31 October 1903
TO DR BOWMAN’S CANDIDATURE FOR PORTLAND PLACE WARD,
There was an unexpected turn up of affairs in connection
with the proceedings in the Mayor’s Parlour, Town
Hall, Ashton, on Monday afternoon when the Mayor (Councillor
J B POWNALL) sat to hear objections, if any, to the nominations
of candidates for the forthcoming municipal contest.
The nomination of Dr BOWMAN as Conservative
candidate for St Peter’s Ward was objected to by
Mr Jno WHITWORTH (solicitor) on the grounds that he held
an office of profit under the Corporation. He understood
that Dr BOWMAN occupied the position of home nursing lecturer
in connection with the Corporation, and received a salary,
and he submitted therefore that he was disentitled to
The Mayor said after considering the matter,
his ruling was that he was entitled to be nominated, but
could not go to the poll unless he resigned the office.
He was not sure that he did hold the office as stated.
He thought the salary was provided from the funds of the
Sick Nursing Association. — Mr WHITWORTH: I shall
advise them to sign the objection on that ground.
DEATH OF AN ASHTON
We regret to announce the death of Mr John LEES, of the
Half-way House, Whiteacre-road, which sad event took place
at his residence last Monday. His sad death was not entirely
unexpected, for he had been suffering from heart disease
and dropsy for some time.
The following were the representatives of
the various clubs and societies of which he was a member:—
Hurst Conservative Club: Messrs John ANDREW
and James HILL.
Hurst Band Club: Councillor J SCHOFIELD, Messrs John
BURGESS, George CHAPMAN, Samuel KENYON, Albert KNIGHT,
Ashton Licensed Victuallers: Messrs Thomas KENWORTHY,
Alfred ADAMS, Joe HORSEFALL, and William NIELD.
The occupants of the carriages were:—
First carriage: Mrs John LEES and children,
Miss Betty LEES and Miss Lavinia LEES.
Second carriage: Mr and Mrs TETLOW, Mr and Mrs BROOMHEAD,
Mr and Mrs EVANS.
Third carriage: Mr and Mrs James HILL, Mr and Mrs WORRALL,
Mr and Mrs WILLIAMS, Miss BROOMHEAD.
Fourth carriage: Miss HILL, Mrs Joe BAKER, Mr and Mrs
John DAVIES, Mr and Mrs ROWBOTTOM.
Fifth carriage: Mr and Mrs RADCLIFFE, Mr Robert ASPINALL,
Mr and Mrs BARDSLEY, Mr J P WALKER.
Sixth carriage: Mr and Mrs CRABTREE, Miss KENYON, Mr
Seventh carriage: Friends.
The carriers were Messrs T INGHAM, Jack
TURNER, W CRAIG, J FAULKNER, T HEAP, J VERNON, R G PAYNE
and Jack ATHERTON.
Drunk and Disorderly. — At the
Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday, Mark BOWKER was
charged with being drunk and disorderly at Hurst on the
14th of October. He pleaded guilty. — An officer
said he was shouting and creating a disturbance and drawing
a crowd of people. — Superintendent HEWITT said
he was always quiet and respectable when sober. —
He was discharged.
Hurst MNC Literary Society. —
A goodly number of members braved the elements on Tuesday
evening last to hear Mr J A YOXALL speak upon “Some
of the pleasures of life.” After a brief description
of happiness and the difference in the search for the
same between the western and the eastern minds, he thought
happiness was more dependent upon the mind adapting itself
to outward circumstances, than an effort to make circumstances
fit into our lives.
Mr YOXALL had a good word to say upon outdoor
recreation and sport, but pointed out that undue prominence
was many times accorded to their pleasures of youth. After
touching upon the fundamental principle of happiness,
namely good health, and pointing out the practice of temperance
in all things as being conducive to health, he dwelt upon
one of the pleasures of life that could be enjoyed right
up to its end, namely “reading.”
Some beautiful quotations from Ruskin’s
works were read. The society of the greatest and the noblest
minds were ever open to the lover of books.. The love
of the beautiful was one of the pleasures that all could
indulge in. The beauties of scenery, of clouds and sky,
and nature generally, was brought to his hearers, and
he (the speaker) had many of his own impressions and experiences
of visits to various places to relate, which kept his
audience’s attention throughout.
Music, he said, was one of those pleasures
that could be taken from the cradle to the grave. Every
age and every condition of life has its songs. What would
our churches and Sunday schools be without music? What
is a home without music? In conclusion he spoke of religion,
but not as a pleasure in itself, but as a thing that intensified
and glorified every joy of life.
A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the
lecturer at the close, and the Hurst friends are sure
to give him a good welcome on a future occasion.
HOUSE ROBBERY AT ASHTON
An impudent house robbery is reported to have been committed
on Saturday from the house occupied by Mr Joe HEGGINBOTTOM,
in Margaret-street. It appears that during the last week
he had drawn about £70 from the bank to meet some
accounts of the Shepherd’s Institute, for which
he is secretary, and wrapped it up between two blankets
and stowed it away before he left the house about seven
On returning about 10 o’clock he found
the lights in the house burning, and on investigation
discovered that the money had vanished. A gold guard is
also missing. He immediately informed the police, who
have taken the matter up.
ASHTON HAWKERS DEFRAUDING
THE L. AND N.W. RAILWAY COMPANY
An Ingenious Dodge
A case was before the Ashton Borough Justices, on Thursday,
in which two Ashton hawkers, Thomas WOOD, senr., and Thomas
WOOD, jnr., were summoned by the L. and N.W. Railway Company
for travelling on the railway without having previously
their fare and with intent to avoid payment. Col W A LYNDE
(solicitor for the L. and N.W. Railway Company, Manchester)
appeared to prosecute, and Detective Inspector E RICHARDS
was also present.
Col LYNDE said that on December 1st the
defendants took tickets at Stalybridge Railway Station,
the son booking two single tickets to Longwood followed
by the father, who booked two tickets to Ashton. They
both proceeded to Longwood, and travelled back to Ashton
without paying the fare from Longwood to Stalybridge.
Evidence was given by Sidney OAKES, booking
clerk at Stalybridge Station, of booking the two defendants
to Longwood and Ashton respectively. The defendants both
pleaded guilty, and were each fined 10s and costs. The
advocate’s fee £1 1s and witnesses expenses
10s were allowed.
TWELVE GOOD NEVERS
Never go to bed with cold or damp feet.
Never lean the back upon anything that is cold.
Never take hot drinks and then go immediately out into
Never undertake a journey until after a good breakfast
has been eaten.
Never fail to keep the back well covered, especially between
the shoulder blades; also the chest well protected.
Never breathe with the mouth open in sleeping in a cold
room, but establish a habit of breathing through the nose.
Never omit regular bathing, for unless the skin is in
active condition the cold will close the pores and favour
congestion and other diseases.
Never drive in an open carriage, or near the open window
of a train for a moment immediately after exercise of
any kind. It is dangerous to health, and even life.
Never continue keeping the back exposed to the heat after
it has become comfortably warm. It is debilitating to
do otherwise than merely warm the back by the fire.
Never go from a warm atmosphere into a cooler one without
keeping the mouth closed, so that the air may be warmed
in its passage through the nose before it reaches the
Never strain the voice in an effort to speak while hoarse.
Wait until the hoarseness is recovered from or the voice
may be permanently injured or difficulties of the throat
Never stand still in cold weather for any length of time
in the outdoor air, especially after having taken active
exercise; and never stand long on the ice or snow, or
where the person is exposed to cold winds.
FOOTBALL AND SCRIPTURE
Some amusing instances of the extent to which football
monopolises boys’ thoughts were given at a Sunday
school convention at Preston on Saturday. A class being
asked who Paul was, a boy immediately answered, “Full-back
for Swinton.” Explaining the miracle of the five
loaves and two fishes, a Blackburn teacher asked if his
pupils had ever seen twenty thousand people together.
“Oh, aye,” replied a boy, “when the
Rovers played Preston North End.”