30 May 1903
TELLING AT MILES PLATTING
Woman Sent to Gaol
Mary HULME, who gave her address as Leamington-street,
Miles Platting, was charged at the Manchester City Police
Court on Tuesday with “unlawfully pretending and
professing to tell fortunes on May 21st and diverse other
days.” P.C. ALDCROFT said that as a result of complaints
which had been received he and another officer instructed
three young women to go to the prisoner’s house.
Afterwards the place was watched, and on several days
young women were seen to enter the house and remain in
it for a little while.
Leah CARTER, domestic servant,
said they went to the prisoner’s house together
on Sunday, the 17th inst, and said they wanted to have
their fortunes told. HULME said she was too ill to do
it for them, and asked them to go again the following
Thursday. They did so, and witness was taken into another
room, leaving her companions. Prisoner then asked, “Have
you brought anything with you?” and witness replied,
Mr ARMITAGE (the chairman):
I thought that was the first question. – (Laughter.)
– Witness: She then said, “Has anyone been
wearing that broach you have on?” I said, “No,”
and she said, “Give it to me.” I did so, and
she rubbed it on her forehead twice. She said I was in
trouble over a young man. – (Laughter.) –
Mr ARMITAGE: I thought so.
Witness: She said I had met
him in a road where there was a field and some new houses,
and that we quarreled, and then he left me, he going one
way and I another. She added that he had rosy cheeks and
was dark, and then she said I had another young man. –
Mr ARMITAGE: Two strings to
your bow, eh?” – (Renewed laughter.) –
Witness asked prisoner hat her charge was, and HULME replied
that Annie (another of the girls) gave her a shilling.
Witness took out her purse and prisoner, seeing s sixpence
in it, said that would do.
Police Constable DORRITT’s
wife also visited the prisoner’s house, and she
related what took place. – The third young woman,
who had been referred to as “Annie,” was then
called. Her story was that HULME told her she was in trouble
with some young man who was no good, and in whom she should
put no trust. – Mr ARMITAGE: That was very good
”Annie” said prisoner
told her it would all come right in the end, and that
she would be married next August. – Prisoner declared
that “Annie’s” evidence was entirely
untrue, and that she never received any money, and she
addressed the Court with great volubility, but little
coherence, and wound up with a mild attack of hysterics.
Evidence was given to show
that prisoner had been cautioned for fortune telling no
less than three years ago. Mr ARMITAGE remarked that the
only real fortune tellers were magistrates. There was
no doubt they could tell fortunes, fortunes that came
true. The Bench intended to see whether they could not
put a stop to fortune telling. Prisoner must go to gaol
for three calendar months’ hard labour.
A BOY BIRCHED FOR THEFT. – A boy
named Thomas FREETH was charged at the Ashton County Police
Court, on Wednesday, with stealing a pair of boots, the
property of Wm. SHEPLEY, greengrocer, Hurst, on May 1st.
– Wm. SHEPLEY, 57 Hillgate-street, said the boots
were his property and were worth about 11s. He last saw
them safe in his house under the bed on April 30th and
missed them on May 24th. – Charles WOOD, assistant
to Mr J LEES, pawnbroker, Holden-street, Ashton, deposed
to receiving the boots produced in pledge from the prisoner
on May 1st, and o lending him 3s on them.
The boy told him the boots
belonged to Alice MOORES, Hillgate-street, Hurst. –
Prisoner said he pledged the boots and spent the money.
– His mother said she had been unable to get him
to go to school. She could do no good with him as he was
continually running away. – Superintendent HEWITT
said the boy had been previously charged with breaking
into a shop and stealing chocolate, for which he was discharged.
– The magistrates ordered the boy to receive six
strokes with the birch rod.
(There was also an account
of the boy’s remand hearing, and additional information
about Thomas FREETH/FREITH was 11 years old and had passed
the first standard at the day school. He had no father.
ACCIDENT TO A HURST
DRAYMAN. – An accident by which a carter
named Edward TUDOR, residing at 101 Hope-street, Hurst,
employed as a carter for Mr J POLLITT, agent for the Great
Central Railway Company, Ashton, was injured, occurred
on Tuesday afternoon. The carter was assisting in the
removal of a large quantity of metal from the Haughton
Dale Mills, Denton. The metal was contained on a lurry
drawn by four horses, in charge of TUDOR and other drayman.
The road leading from the mill
is somewhat difficult, and whilst the load was being drawn
up the incline the shaft horse, which was in charge of
TUDOR, stumbled and fell upon him, injuring him internally.
A telephonic communication was sent to the Ashton Police
Station, and in an incredibly short time the horse ambulance
was on the spot in charge of Constables ALFORD and WOLFENEN.
TUDOR was conveyed to the surgery of Dr HUGHES who ordered
his removal to the District Infirmary where he was taken.
On enquiring at the Infirmary
on Wednesday morning it was stated that TUDOR had had
a comfortable night, and was progressing as well as could
FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN
Work of the Openshaw Branch
For some time it has been generally felt that some institution
should be provided for crippled children, and residents
of Openshaw will perhaps be interested to learn that at
any rate a local home for infirm children has been established.
It is one of many which is hoped to be inaugurated in
different parts of the city, but this desirable result
will not be accomplished unless sufficient financial support
is forthcoming. The Openshaw “home” is situated
in Amy-street, off Clayton-street, a dwelling house having
been secured for the purpose.
Councillor James POLLITT, of
Stanley House, Fairfield, soon interested himself in the
work, and with the view of giving the organisation a fillip
he agreed to pay the rent of the dwelling for a period
of twelve months. Mr Percy POLLITT also generously consented
to become the honorary secretary of the movement, and
with the assistance of the Rev T R PENNINGTON (rector
of St Barnabas’), Mrs PENNINGTON, Nurse LINCOLN,
and Councillor J POLLITT (chairman of the committee),
no energy has been spared in putting the work of the “home”
on a satisfactory footing.
There are at present about
50 crippled children visiting the new home in Amy-street,
and under the capable supervision of Nurse LINCOLN, who
is most accomplished in this kind of work, the young ones
are taught basket work, bent iron work, artificial flower
making, etc. Anyone visiting the home cannot but feel
favourably impressed with the readiness and cheerfulness
with which the children take up the work, and remembering
the character of the institution which Councillor POLLITT
and the other members of the committee have founded, it
is only reasonable to say they deserve all that financial
support possible to enable them to continue a work which
should enlist the sympathy of almost everyone.
The goods which the young ones
make will be collected and disposed of at a sale of work
on some future occasion, but meanwhile it is the desire
of the members of the committee to take the children into
the country for a day’s pleasure soon after Whitsuntide.
A special appeal is thus made for support, and Mr Percy
POLLITT, the hon. Secretary will be glad to receive donations
on behalf of the committee.
After a period of decline the smallpox epidemic in the
outskirts of the city seems to have taken a more serious
turn. Ten cases have been reported within the last fortnight,
and two of these occurred in private houses at West Gorton.
In the Urban District of Gorton only three cases have
occurred within the last few months, and whereas the authorities
have hitherto had to depend upon Manchester for dealing
with any local outbreak, they are now able to accommodate
their own patients.
The new smallpox hospital which
was recently completed has been utilised for three patients
already, but unfortunately one of these proved fatal.
One patient has been discharged and he other is being
treated. In the new hospital provision has been made for
12 patients, one nurse and one servant. There are altogether
MOSS COLLIERY DISPUTE
The dispute at Ashton Moss Colliery with regard to a re-adjustment
of wages, which led to a stoppage of the pit on Friday
and Saturday last, and throwing idle about 500 men, has
resulted in an arrangement being come to by which the
men returned to their work on Monday morning.
A deputation of miners was
received by the managing director (Mr GARFORTH) and the
manager (Mr WORDSWORTH) on Wednesday, to consider the
points in dispute. Messrs GREENALL and BUTLER (miners’
agents) accompanied the deputation, and were compromised
in such a way that an amicable settlement will no doubt
result. The collieries have been working as usual during
TRADESMAN FINED FOR FORTUNE TELLING
At Margate (Kent), on Monday, John Joseph RAMSBOTTOM,
proprietor of a greengrocery business in King-street,
Dukinfield, was prosecuted for using certain subtle means,
to wit, palmistry, whereby he imposed upon certain persons.
Defendant, who described himself as a phrenologist, palmist,
and character reader, pleaded not guilty.
deposed that acting under the instructions of the chief
constable, he went to 1 Paradise-street, and saw the prisoner
there in a small shop. In the windows were displayed bills
dealing with palmistry and phrenology. He said to the
prisoner, “You tell fortunes, I believe?”
He replied, “We let our clients make them.”
Witness informed him that he was about to undertake a
very serious step, and wanted him to tell him what the
result would be,
He was told to sit in a chair,
which he did, and prisoner proceeded to examine his hand,
and afterwards took a book and made entries in it. He
gave witness the book, and said his fee was 1s. Witness
told him that he had a friend outside, and having called
in Constable CLARK he arrested prisoner. There were five
parts to the book, and for the filling up of each of these
prisoner charged 1s. At the police station he charged
him with the offence, and he replied that he did not think
he was doing any harm.
’Annie INGMIRE said she
went to prisoner’s shop and asked him to tell her
fortune, and he did so, There were five other ladies in
the shop at the time. The four who had been examined before
paid a shilling each. After completing his examination
he told her his fee for giving advice was 1s for the filling
up of any part of the five parts of the book. She chose
two parts, and paid prisoner 2s. She asked him is she
was going to be married, and he replied, “All the
ladies want to know that.”
The same evening she again
saw prisoner, and told him she would like to have the
other part of the book filled up. Witness (continuing)
said that morning (Monday) she took a friend to see the
prisoner, as she expressed a wish to have her fortune
told. This lady had two parts filled up, and paid 2s.
Mrs Emily INGMIRE deposed that
that morning she went to 1 Paradise-street, with the last
witness. She had two parts of the book, and paid 2s. Prisoner
said what information he had given the ladies was in accordance
with the scientific rules of palmistry.
The Chairman: You know its
all humbug and you know you get these people to part with
their money in a way that is not legal.
Prisoner said he was a member
and fellow of the Institute of Mental Science and held
two golf medals for scientific palmistry. This was his
first year in Margate and he had never been away from
his wife before. At the present time she was managing
his greengrocery business in Dukinfield, Cheshire. He
did not induce anyone to come to him; they pleased themselves.
They could have phrenology or scientific palmistry just
as they chose.
The Chairman said by the manner
in which the prisoner carried on his business he was gulling
the public. It was a serious offence and he would be fined
40s, or in default, a month’s imprisonment. He would
have to pay £2 13s 6d in all.
Proposed Ashton and Chester Walk – A Rush of Competitors
In these days of deadly motor races and long-distance
walking, it is not surprising that the latest craze for
novelty and excitement should have spread to Ashton. The
walking mania has “caught on,” and there is
a movement on foot in the town for a grand walk from Chester
to Ashton. The date for which event has been fixed is
Tuesday, June 23rd.
The movement originated amongst
the shop assistants, and immediately the proposition was
made it was taken up with enthusiasm not only by shop
assistants, but by bank clerks, tradespeople and others,
all stimulated with a desire to provide an attraction
in the town and encourage healthy walking exercise. The
Mayor (Councillor J B POWNALL) has accorded his patronage
to the movement and has been appointed president, along
with Mr T G GREAVES, 29 Booth-street, as secretary.
There is every prospect of
the walk being a hug success, no fewer than 30 entries
having already been received, amongst them being chemists’
assistants, bank clerks, and shop assistants generally
from Ashton, along with others from Stalybridge, Dukinfield,
Hurst, Hyde and Oldham. It is proposed to limit the number
of entries to not more than 80 or 100.
The programme as at present
arranged is that the competitors will leave Ashton on
June 23rd by train about seven o’clock in the morning,
and on arrival at Chester they will assemble in front
of the Town Hall, which is the starting point, and set
out on the walk to Ashton at 9.30 or 10am, and they are
timed to arrive at the Ashton Town Hall between 8 and
9 o’clock in the evening.
The distance is 44 miles and
any competitor who takes more than 11 hours in accomplishing
the journey will be let out of the “running.”
The competitors must walk, heel an toe it in true pedestrian
fashion, and any attempt at running will be disqualification.
Checkers will be placed at various points along the route,
and anyone who wishes to do a “mike” is at
liberty to do so, but he may not fetch up any lost time
in the way of a “sprint.”
Should he stay too long at
the “Rope and Anchor” or the “Bleeding
Wolf” the penalty will cling like a millstone round
his neck for the remainder of the journey, and he will
pay for his folly by being a laggard in the race. It is
expected that plenty of nourishments will be provided
for the competitors in the shape of Bovril, oxo, fruits,
etc, and efforts are being made to secure several motor
cars to be used for conveying stimulants, and also officials
and others interested, who will dispatch telegrams from
various points en route as to the progress of the race.
The entrance fee for each competitor
is 5s, and the first three to arrive at the Ashton Town
Hall will receive a gold-centre medal, whilst those walking
the distance in the time limit will each receive a silver
medal. There is no stipulation as to dress, and it is
expected that the bulk of the competitors will be in walking
The route of the walk will
be Northwich, Knutsford, Bowdon, Sale, Manchester, Gorton,
Openshaw, Audenshaw, Manchester-road, Margaret-street,
and Katherine-street, to the Town Hall steps. It is not
intended to present the medals the same night, but shortly
after arrival the competitors are to be entertained to
dinner at a suitable place.
When approached by one of the
officials the Mayor was quite pleased to bestow his patronage
on the movement, saying that it would do good and bring
money into the town, as well as provide an attraction
for thousands of people in the event of weather being
fine. He willingly placed the Town Hall at their disposal.
The spiritualists of former times held faith in one hundred
and forty purgatories through which the souls of self-destroyers
must pass before becoming materialized – that is
before being capable of assuring the ordinary believer
of their invisible presence by touch. These gradations
have been reduced till they stand at seven at the present
Now as then only the specially-gifted
mediums can hold converse with the spirits of such unfortunates
whilst in process of materialization. Putting two and
two together, the unbeliever would account for the substantial
decrease of the refining processes as owing to the lack
of such mediums and the consequent limitation of spiritual
This by way of explanation
of the scene witnessed by the little bird whose flighty
whisperings have been the talk of the upper end of the
district during the past few days. One evening –
time unknown to the writer – the pathway leading
to a well-known mill lodge was wended by some half dozen
couples of mature age, who studiously walked apart to
avoid a processional interpretation on the part of passers
When at a wooden bridge spanning
the goit end they closed in, and it was seen the congregation
had some intense meaning. In low but fervent voices a
hymn was wafted on the evening breeze, and then one good
man raised his voice in supplication to the unknown Deity,
whilst round him bowed the others in reverential attitude.
Impassioned appeals next smote
the air, bearing some occult meaning to the watcher soaring
unseen over the heads of the devoted, and the finale was
reached in the air, “Peace, perfect peace.”
This latter rendering is said to have fathomed the seeming
mystical holding, the awesome project being the laying
of a ghost whose airy wanderings had chilled the natural
spirits of some poor mortal, and whose earthly life departed
in his embrace with the dark waters near the point of
One problem is yet unanswered,
and which perhaps might form a theme of cogitation profitable
to the Creed. Either the spirit had performed its allotted
duties in the seven successive spheres, or the haunted
one proved an unconscious medium. Which of the two has