OF BARDSLEY AND DISTRICT
By Joseph Isaac NEWTON - No III
This should have been the third in the memories of Bardsley,
however, this section of the Reporter was pretty well
unreadable. I hope to continue it next week.
(To be continued.)
TO DEFRAUD THE RAILWAY COMPANY AT ASHTON
First Class Passenger — Third Class Ticket
At the Ashton Borough Court, on Monday forenoon, Herbert
MADEN, described as a music hall artiste, was charged
with travelling on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway,
with intent to defraud the company. He pleaded not guilty.
Mr H E DANIEL, a solicitor to the company,
appeared to prosecute, and explained that on Friday, the
5th of February, defendant, in company with a young lady,
was a traveller on the train due to arrive at Ashton at
7.18. On the arrival at Charlestown station they were
seen to alight from a first-class compartment, and walk
to the opposite end of the station. Later they left the
station, tendering a third-class ticket, Manchester to
Josiah COLLINS, a porter, on duty at the
time, said defendant and a lady were in the first-class
compartment. They alighted and went to the opposite end
of the barrier. He spoke to Porter DAWSON. Shortly afterwards,
they left the station, giving a third-class ticket. Witness,
along with Porter DAWSON, followed them. Defendant promised
to be responsible for both.
Joseph DAWSON, porter, and Fred WATSON,
guard, corroborated, and said that there was plenty of
third-class accommodation. — Defendant was fined
10s and costs with advocate’s fee, or fourteen days.
ALARM OF FIRE
AT AN ASHTON HOSTELRY
Abour 7,20 on Saturday night some alarm was created by
an outbreak of fire at the Astley Arms, Chester Square,
Ashton. Smoke was seen to be issuing from the bedroom
floor, and a communication was at once despatched to the
West End Police Station.
Sergeant BUTTER and two constables shortly
afterwards arrived on the scene, just as the bedroom floor
was bursting into flames. Acting promptly, they took up
the hearthstone in front of the fireplace, and also a
few boards, and were thus able to get at the fire, which
was extinguished with a few buckets of water. The fire
was caused by a beam below the hearthstone becoming heated
THEFT OF COAL
The Superintendent and the Magistrate
At the Dukinfield Police Court, on Thursday, John BRIDGE
(9), Harry SIGLEY (10), and Hannah POTTS (14), were charged
with stealing 112lbs of coal, value 10s, the property
of Messrs HEMMINGWAY and Co, under the following circumstances:—
Constable HALL said he was on duty in Globe-lane
on the 1st inst. At 7.15 pm he saw the three defendants
coming across a field from the direction of the Great
Central Railway siding, each with bags on their backs.
When they saw him they dropped the bags in the field,
and ran away. He looked at the content of the bags, and
found they contained coal. He concealed himself and watched
the bags. In about 20 minutes the same three defendants
came back and fetched the bags. They carried them in the
direction of Globe-lane, and he followed them. They dropped
the bags again and ran off.
He afterwards saw the defendant SIGLEY,
and he admitted stealing the coal. He requested his parents
to bring him to the police station, and the three defendants
were brought by their parents. He charged them with stealing
coal from the G.C. siding. BRIDGE said he did not know
he was doing any harm. The defendants SIGLEY and POTTS
made the same reply. Witness subsequently weighed the
coal, and there was 112lbs. It was all good coal, and
Joseph WOOD said he was 12 years old, and
lived at 93 Ashton-street, Dukinfield Hall. He remembered
seeing the three defendants on the night in question.
The girl POTTS asked him if he had seen a policeman, because
one had been after them for stealing from against the
wagons in the siding.
Detective-inspector COTTRILL, of the G.C.
police said Messrs HEMINGWAY, of Nottingham, stored coal
on the G.C. siding near Globe-lane. He had received many
complaints about coal having been taken. The coal taken
was valued at 10s. — Mr W E WOOD: Is this coal protected
in any way? — Mr COTTRILL: It is in the siding in
the usual way, and people who went near were trespassing.
There was also a watchman on the spot. — Mr WOOD:
Is it not under lock and key? — Inspector COTTRILL:
No. — Mr WOOD: It is a great temptation to poor
The Mayor: Anything known against them before?
— Superintendent CROGHAN: As regards POTTS and BRIDGE,
they have not parental supervision. One of the brothers
of POTTS --- Mr W E WOOD: We are trying the boy POTTS
and not his brother. As a magistrate, I decline to listen
to anything about POTTS’ brother. — Superintendent
CROGHAN: I have no interest in him. — Mr WOOD: Whatever
POTTS’ brother may be is no evidence against this
Superintendent CROGHAN: I did not know I
was doing wrong. I was giving information to the Bench.
If I have done wrong I am sorry. — Mr WOOD: As a
magistrate I shall not listen to it. — Superintendent
CROGHAN: I have never seen it objected to before —
Mr WOOD: I object to it. — Superintendent CROGHAN:
I am not aware that what I was about to say would be irregular.
— Mr WOOD: So long as I try cases here I will try
them upon their merits. I think it is entirely out of
order whatever the Superintendent may say. — Superintendent
CROGHAN: Am I to understand I am not to go on with the
The Bench consulted with Mr WESTBROOK, the
clerk, after which the Mayor said they would hear what
Superintendent CROGHAN had to say. — Superintendent
then said the girl POTTS’ brother got six months’
imprisonment at the last Knutsford Sessions for house-breaking.
On that occasion it was shown that the children were not
under parental control or supervision. The family came
into Dukinfield from Ashton about 10 months ago, and he
had their record from Ashton.
Prior to getting six months for house-breaking,
there were three or four convictions against the boy.
He simply stated these facts to prove what sort of a home
this girl had, and to show that the parents would not
look after her. As regard SIGLEY, he had a good home,
and the father looked after the children.
The Mayor: They have not been here before?
— Superintendent CROGHAN: No. — SIGLEY’s
father appealed to the Bench to be lenient with the defendants,
and deal with them under the First Offenders Act. —
The Bench adopted this course, and bound the parents over
in £5 each to bring the children up for judgment
when called upon.
FANCIERS IN TROUBLE
Failing to Pay for the Licenses
A batch of fanciers of the canine race, whose love of
the animals was not so strong as to warrant them paying
for licenses, appeared before the County Police Court,
held at Ashton on Wednesday, each charged with keeping
a dog without license. Edwin JONES of Audenshaw, who,
when charged with the offence, pleaded guilty to not having
one when the officer visited his place, but said he had
taken one one out before he received the summons, was
fined 5s for costs.
Harriet GREGORY, when charged with keeping
two dogs without license, disclaimed, in a lugubrious
voice, all ownership of the animals, saying they were
her son’s. — An officer deposed to finding
the two dogs in her house. On asking the son if they were
his, he said they belonged to a man living in Trafalgar
Square. He spent two hours but could not find the man.
During the officer’s recital, defendant
persistently interrupted with a garrulous explanation
of the circumstances, until the Chairman, in an exasperated
voice, asked her if she would be quiet. The case was adjourned
until the original owner could be found.
The third case showed — according
to the defendant’s explanation — a remarkable
case of fidelity. Fred JOHNSON, the defendant, when charged
with keeping two dogs, explained that the dogs would persist
in following him from his work. They had done for three
months. The Chairman: Ah, you are the owner then. He was
fined 5s 6d and costs.
WITH AN AXE AT ASHTON
At The Ashton Borough Court, on Thursday, before Alderman
SIDDALL, Colonel EATON, C.B., and Mr N B SUTCLIFFE, William
SMITH was in custody charged with wounding his brother,
Samuel SMITH, on March 2nd. The Chief Constable said the
injured man had to be taken to the District Infirmary,
and was not able to appear that morning.
Evidence was given by a constable that about
7.30 on Wednesday night he was called to Whiteacre-road,
where lay a man bleeding and unconscious. Witness waited
until he became, and he said his brother had struck him
on the head with an axe. He was attended by Dr HUGHES,
and taken to the infirmary.
The Chief Constable said the prisoner afterwards
admitted striking his brother with an axe. He asked for
a remand until Monday. — The magistrates granted
the remand, and allowed bail, prisoner in £20, and
two sureties of £10 each.
An enterprising Yankee came over to England and decided
to open a shop in a Midland town next door to a man who
kept a shop of the same description, but was not very
pushing in his methods. The advent of the Yankee, however,
caused the older trader to wake up, so he affixed a notice
over his shop with the words, “Established 50 years,”
painted in large letters. Next day the Yankee replied
to this with a notice over his store to this effect:—
“Established yesterday. No old stock.”