29 August 1903
A BRUTAL SON-IN-LAW
Unprovoked Assault With a Fender — Not Sober in
On Monday morning, at Stalybridge Police Court, Peter
MOSELEY, a builder’s labourer, was summoned for
having assaulted Sarah Ann GRIMSHAW on the 8th inst. He
Complainant, who appeared in court with
her head swathed in bandages, said that a fortnight last
Saturday night she called at her daughter’s house
in Grasscroft-street, and had not been there above a few
minutes when defendant came in drunk. At the time his
child was eating some “pobbies,” (bread, milk
and sugar — Ed) and defendant said, “Give
me a bit, love.” The child replied, “No,”
and he then said, “Won’t you give dada some?”
and began to be wranglesome.
He went toward the fireplace, and she (complainant)
thought he was going to reach a match to light his pipe,
but instead he picked up the fender and “let fly,”
the ugly instrument catching her head and face, and rendering
her unconscious. She was afterwards taken to the Infirmary.
The Mayor: How long were you in the Infirmary?
— Complainant: I went in on the Saturday, and came
out the following Monday week. — Is the sight of
your eye injured? I do not think so, sir, but I am very
weak, as I lost a lot of blood. — Do you suggest
he intended to strike you with the fender? I cannot say,
but this is not a thing to lift up to strike anybody with.
Had it not hit me it would have caught the child, and
what an awful thing that would have been
Mr R INNES: Is he often drunk? — Complainant:
Oh yes; he is never sober; he knows that! He has never
been to see me since I came out of the Infirmary. If he
had only come and said something, but he has not. —
Mr INNES: Is he in work? — Defendant: I work at
Storrs’. I am very sorry this has happened, I am
sure. — Complainant (much affected): So am I. It
has made me into an old woman. I could always keep myself,
but I cannot now. I never thought he was going to throw
the fender. — The Mayor: What is your position in
this man’s household? — Complainant: Nothing.
I am a reeler at the Alma Mills, Ashton, and have kept
Mary Alice BOLTON, a daughter of complainant,
was called, and she said she saw her mother immediately
after the assault. She was bleeding profusely, and defendant
ran at witness to kick her as she was leading her mother
away. — Mr INNES: Has he ever assaulted her before?
— Witness: No, sir. — Defendant: I would sooner
give her 10s! It was done through drink. — The Mayor:
That is no excuse, you know. — Defendant: That is
Have you something to offer now? No, but
I will look after her. — Complainant: You have said
so, but will you? I shall be a great while before I can
work again. — Defendant: I have a good shop, gentlemen,
and I would not like to lose it. I have a wife and children
to keep. — Complainant: It is a bad job for me.
— Defendant: Beer, beer, beer!
The Mayor: I would suggest you have had
some this morning? — Defendant: I have had two pints,
but I do not intend to have any more. — The Mayor:
Do you think it would do you good if you were away from
it a month or so? — Defendant: Yes, I think it would;
I will go back to my work at dinner time. — The
Mayor: You will not go to your work if you are sent away.
You have no right to come here in that state on a serious
charge of this description. — The Magistrates’
Clerk: It might have been a more serious charge. —
Defendant: I am very sorry it has happened.
The Mayor: You will be fined £5, including
costs, or one month’s hard labour in default. —
Defendant: Will you give me time to pay? — The Mayor:
The magistrates do not see their way to give you time.
It will have to be paid at once. — MOSELEY was subsequently
removed to Strangeways Gaol for a month.
THE WAKES HARVEST FOR
THE ASHTON POLICE
At the Ashton Borough Court, on Monday, there were nearly
thirty cases down for trial by Messrs KELSALL and John
WILSON. The majority of these had occurred since the advent
of the Wakes holidays, on the 15th inst, and may fairly
be traced to the festive occasion.
James BRADBURY pleaded guilty to an offence
of a disorderly character in Scotland-street, on the 17th
inst. Constable FURNESS said defendant had had some drink,
but was not drunk. — In fining defendant 5s 6d for
costs, or seven days, Mr KELSALL told him that a man of
his age ought to be ashamed of himself.
Daniel MORAN was charged with a breach of
the peace in Warrington-street. He pleaded guilty. No
evidence tendered, and the magistrates, upon his plea,
bound him over to keep the peace for three months in his
own recognisance of 40s, and pay the costs, in default
John PRESTON pleaded guilty to using bad
language in Gerrard-street. As it was his first offence
he was fined 5s 6d for costs.
Margaret MATTIMORE and Margaret PARTLAND
were charged with a similar offence, in Pitt-street, on
the 14th inst. MATTIMORE pleaded guilty to “falling
out,” and PARTLAND did not appear. — Edith
MOODY, residing in Pitt-street, said the defendants threatened
her for coming to court.
Defendant MATTIMORE denied using bad language.
The bother arose over a blanket. She called Mrs GLYNN
as a witness. Mrs GLYNN said there was no bad language
(“b______ and the like”) used. (Laughter.)
— The Chief Constable said MATTIMORE had been up
five times. He knew nothing about PARTLAND. — The
Bench fined MATTIMORE 10s and costs, or 14 days; and PARTLAND
5s 6d for costs, or seven days.
John KELLY was charged with being drunk
and disorderly in Cavendish-street. — Defendant’s
father appeared, and said his son had not received the
summons. — Adjourned.
James SIMCOCK, who was said to be deaf and
dumb, and who was accompanied by a friend as interpreter,
was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Warrington-street
on the 17th inst. On the charge being explained, defendant
pleaded guilty. — Constable ROLLINSON said the man
was drunk, and swearing. — The Clerk: He can swear
then, whether deaf or dumb. — Constable ROLLINSON:
He was swearing hard when I saw him. — (Laughter.)
— The Chief Constable said defendant had been up
six times for drunkenness and breach of the peace. —
Fined 5s 6d and costs.
Emma HIGGINBOTTOM appeared to answer a charge
of being drunk and disorderly in Fleet-street on the 19th
inst. She pleaded guilty, and was fined 5s 6d for costs.
Mary Ann ROBERTS was charged with being
drunk in Adelphi Court, an the 13th inst. — A person
who came forward said her name was Sarah Jane. —
The Clerk: Are you her mother? No; I am her herself. —
(Laughter.) — Oh, I see, you are charged with being
drunk. — Sarah Jane: Well, I had a drop. —
You were not blind drunk? No. — The Chief Constable:
There is nothing known against her. — Fined 5s 6d
and costs, or 14 days.
James MILLS pleaded guilty to being drunk
and disorderly in Katherine-street, on the 14th inst,
and was fined 5s 6d costs.
William Thomas LEE was summoned for being
drunk and disorderly in Wellington-street, on the 15th
inst. He pleaded not guilty, and said he only got home
from work at 9.30 on the 14th inst. — Constable
SUDMAN said the offence was committed at a quarter to
one o’clock in the morning. — The Clerk: Plenty
of time to get drunk between 9.30 and 12.45.
Inspector McFEELEY gave evidence as to being
in the office when defendant was brought in. He was in
a state of madness, and rough with it. — Defendant
said there were five or six other brothers and sisters
in the bother. — The Clerk: Well, you must divide
the fine amongst you. — (Laughter.) — Fined
5s for costs.
Thomas SUTTON pleaded guilty to being drunk
on the licensed premises of the Angel Inn, Old Cross,
on the 15th. — Constable WILD stated that he found
defendant drunk on the premises. He had been turned out
before that. He had not been served. — The Chief
Constable informed the Bench that defendant had been up
five times. — Fined 5s 6d and costs.
Sarah Ann PARKINSON, who did not appear,
was charged with disorderly conduct in Fletcher-street
on Saturday night. Thomas DUCKWORTH was summoned for aiding
and abetting her. He pleaded guilty. — Constable
WILD stated that at 20 past 11 o’clock he saw the
defendants behaving in a disorderly manner. The woman
was locked up at the time, but bailed out, and the man
had been summoned.
The Chief Constable said PARKINSON had been
ten times convicted for similar conduct. — Mr WILSON:
Where does the man come from? — Defendant: Hooley
Hill. — The Chief Constable said there was nothing
known against him. — The Bench committed PARKINSON
to prison for three months, and fined DUCKWORTH 10s and
costs, or 14 days.
William WALKER was drunk and pugilistically
inclined on the Market Ground on Saturday night. —
Constable HAWCOURT saw him, and escorted him to the Town
Hall. William had not the courage to face the court and
sent his sister. — Fined 5s 6d and costs.
William Henry POTTER is an inmate of the
Ashton Union Workhouse. On Wakes Monday he obtained leave
of absence, and at 6.15pm Constable ROWBOTTOM found him
helplessly drunk in Albion-street. Defendant did not appear.
— The Chief Constable informed the Bench that defendant
was an inmate of the Workhouse, and the master promised
to send him down. In fact, he telegraphed that he was
on his way. — The Clerk: Perhaps he is on his way
yet. — Mr KELSALL: If this is the harvest of Wakes
time it is a terrible list. — The Chief Constable
said the Workhouse Master had nothing against the man.
He was very useful in the house. — Discharged.
Jane MURRAY, who did not appear in answer
to her name, was charged with being drunk and disorderly
in Mill-lane. She had been up 21 times, and was now fined
20s and costs or one month. — Later on she turned
up with a child in her arms and under the influence of
drink. When told by the Clerk what she had been fined,
she in thick speech described it as very hard. She wanted
to argue the justice of the decision, but she was immediately
removed shouting at the top of her voice.
Frederick TAYLOR and Jas. CARR were summoned
for committing a breach of the peace on the Market Ground
on the 17th. — They pleaded guilty, and were bound
over on their own recognisances of 40s to keep the peace
for three months and pay the costs, in default seven days
in each case.
James FLANNAGAN was charged with a like
offence in Warrington-street on the 17th. — Defendant’s
wife appeared, and said he was working. — She was
told the case could not be dealt with in his absence.
Annie LEE and Winifred LOGAN were charged
with being drunk and disorderly in Wellington-street on
the 18th. — LEE did not appear, and LOGAN admitted
having had some drink. — Constable FURNESS said
defendants were fighting with one another and using bad
language. — Another officer said the women had their
hands locked in each other’s hair, and they had
great difficulty in parting them.
The Chief Constable said LOGAN had been
up 24 times for various offences. Nothing was known against
LEE. — Mr KELSALL: We have got over £10 in
fines and they say times are bad. — The Clerk: They
keep paying, some of them. — LOGAN was fined 20s
and costs or one month, and LEE 5s and costs.
Charles JONES, who had been up once before,
pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in Catherine-street
on the 18th, and was fined 5s 6d and costs or 14 days.
Leah WILLIAMS and Bridget YOUNG were charged
with being drunk in Henrietta-street on the 22nd, and
pleaded guilty. They said they had not much drink, but
it took hold of them. — The Chief Constable said
they were found in a hapless state during the storm on
Mr KELSALL: It was not the only case. Another
woman was in a helpless state, and had to be turned into
a hovel. — YOUNG said when she had any drink it
flew to her head. — The Clerk advised her not to
take any then. — Under the circumstances, and as
there was nothing known against them, they were discharged.
George ATKINSON was fined 5s 6d for costs
for being drunk and disorderly on the Market Ground. —
Nothing was known against him, and he was told that if
he had not been disorderly the magistrates would have
DEATH OF A STALYBRIDGE
MAN IN AUSTRALIA
A communication has been received that the death took
place at Sidney (sic), New South Wales, on June 10th,
of Mr Ralph BEECH, late of Stalybridge. Deceased was 5
years of age, and was formerly in business as an ironworker
at premises in Caroline-street, which business he disposed
of and emigrated to Australia over 20 years ago.
Being a well-learned man and a phrenologist
of some repute, he put his knowledge to practical use
in the land of his adoption, and opened a drug store and
made up prescriptions for the treatment of various ailments.
In this way he worked up a very lucrative business. For
some time he had been in delicate health, which developed
into consumption, and he lay on a bed of sickness for
a considerable period. Specialists were consulted, but
in spite of medical skill and attention he gradually weakened,
and died as aforestated.
ROBBERY AT NEWTON
A Stalybridge Publican Waylaid and Robbed
A serious outrage was committed at Newton on Thursday
night week, which has caused a great sensation in the
neighbourhood. A well-known Stalybridge publican had been
on a visit to Newton, and had been staying with some friends.
He left them late at night to return home, and when in
Linedge-road he was attacked by a man whom he could not
There were few people about or within accessible
distance of the scene of the assault. A desperate struggle
ensued, in which the publican was very severely handled
and mistreated. He was badly cut, and bled profusely,
and when found later was in a semi-conscious state. He
was robbed of a valuable gold watch and chain. The police
have been informed of the outrage, but at the time of
writing the miscreant had not been caught. It is to be
hoped that he will soon be captured, and that he will
receive full desserts for his nefarious work,
NEGLECT OF CHILDREN
At the Police Court, on Thursday, Elizabeth GLISTER was
charged with neglecting her children, William GLISTER
(5), Florence (3), and Frank PURCELL (11). — Superintendent
CROGAN asked for a week’s remand, and explained
that prisoner lived in St Mark’s street. Last Thursday
night Inspector SKITT visited the house and found one
of the children, aged three, lying upstairs on a bedstead,
without mattress and devoid of bedclothes, with the exception
of a single sheet. The child was in a very poor state,
suffering from acute pneumonia. The boy William was downstairs,
equally bad and lying on his face on a very old bed.
Before the inspector had completed his inspection,
the prisoner entered the house in a helpless state of
intoxication. The. The floor was covered with empty and
broken bottles, some cups containing liquor were on the
table, and upstairs the inspector found a sum of money,
amounting to £1 6s 3d, strewn about the bedroom.
During the night the police fed the children
on soda and milk, and in the morning they were removed
to the Union Hospital at Ashton. The prisoner was arrested.
The superintendent added that prior to the police visit,
the prisoner took the children to Dr BOOTH’s surgery,
and the doctor prescribed for them. He urged upon the
mother the necessity of keeping them warm, and told her
they were suffering from pneumonia and whooping cough.
After the police inspector’s visit,
Dr BOOTH again saw the children, and advised their removal
to the hospital. They were now progressing favourably,
and were out of danger. — Inspector SKITT said the
only food in the house was an unboiled ham shank and a
piece of red herring. — Prisoner was remanded until