8 October 1904
L E I G H ' S
A I N L E S S
R O C E S S
L E I G H S
E N R.
BOLTON, ASHTON, AND STALYBRIDGE,
Between Old Square and Parish Church
L A T E S L E I
G H B R O S.,
Stalybridge Cars Pass the Door. Also
3, CORPORATION-ST., STALYBRIDGE
HOURS OF BUSINESS, both at Ashton
DAILY from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Teeth on Vulcanite 30s. per set, top or bottom
Best Teeth on Whalebone 40s. per set, top or bottom
Fillings from 2s. 6d., Crowns from 10s.
Nitrous Oxide Gas 2s.
SLEIGH's Painless 1s. per Tooth.
Half Returned when
having New Teeth
GENERAL BOOTH TO VISIT
Some disappointment was experienced in Ashton a month
or two ago when the projected visit to Ashton, in connection
with his motor car tour, of General
Booth, the esteemed head of the Salvation Army movement,
had to be cancelled. On Monday morning, however, the Mayor
(Alderman A. SHAW), who has interested himself greatly
in the projected visit, was gratified to receive the following
Salvation Army Oldham Division,
Oldham, Oct. 1, 1904
To His Worship the Mayor of Ashton.
Dear Sir, I am pleased to inform you that following
on my interview with you on Tuesday last, at Ashton, it
is now settled for General Booth to visit Ashton to conduct
a special meeting in the Ashton Town Hall on Monday night,
I take the present opportunity of thanking you for your
very generous promise to allow the General the free use
of the Town Hall, and also for so kindly consenting to
take the chair on that occasion. I will let you have any
further details in due course.
In the meantime I should be pleased in harmony
with your kindly offer to assist all you can to make the
visit an all-round success if you would kindly
use your per-social influence in securing the attendance
of a really representative platform and reception for
I will forward further details in course of time. Again
thanking you for all your kindness, I am, dear sir, yours
John WATSON, Major
As the visit will be a unique one, it is the intention
of the Mayor to invite all engaged in religious and social
work in the town to be present, and to hold a reception
in the Mayor’s Parlour.
CHARGES OF WIFE DESERTION AT ASHTON
At the Ashton Borough Police Court, on Monday, Mary Ann
SAXON, a middle-aged person, summoned her husband, James
SAXON, for deserting her. He pleaded not guilty.
Complainant opened the case by saying that her husband
had gone with other women ever since they were married,
21 years ago. On the 12th of August this year he left
her when they lived in Headfield-street. He had not given
her anything towards her support since then. She had two
children, one 20 and the other 12.
The Clerk: What made him go away? I don’t know.
Defendant: She took two beds out of the house
whilst I was seeking work. Complainant: I didn’t.
The Clerk: Who took them then? My son-in-law.
Are you living with him? No. Defendant:
I never left her. She took the meat and things out of
the house, and I was obliged to go somewhere. I had nothing
to eat. How long is it since you worked? About
seven weeks. She gave me £1 to leave her. She has
£130 in the bank. I have neither home nor nowt now.
A document was produced to the Bench in which it was shown
that Mrs SAXON agreed that her husband was to keep away
from her. The Bench dismissed the case.
Emily LAWLER, Park-street, summoned her husband, John
LAWLER, labourer, for desertion. Mr F. HAMER appeared
for defendant, and pleaded not guilty.
Mrs LAWLER stated that they were married 27 years ago,
and she had three children under 16 years of age. Her
husband deserted her 12 months since, saying that he was
going to live at the house of a niece. He stayed there
about six weeks, and then went to live with another woman.
He had only sent her 9s. 6d. since Ashton Wakes.
The Clerk: Do you say he is living with another woman
now? Yes, and she is a very loose character. Mr
HAMER: You say he left you twelve months ago on the 26th
of this month? Yes. Why? Because he got entangled
with another woman, and got tired of living with me, I
Did you never tell him you would not live with him any
longer and he must go somewhere else? No, he had been
cohabiting with this woman two years before he went away
from my house. One night when he went home didn’t
you refuse to let him in and hit him in the eye? No, I
pushed him. He lived in the house six weeks afterwards.
Have you a son who is a youth? Yes, he is 27.
Have there been any differences between your husband and
that son? Yes, when he has been ill-using me with his
nasty tongue. You live with your son and the rest
of the family? Yes. Do you know that your son
has told your husband he would give him a good thrashing?
No, never in the world. Are you willing to go
and live with your husband? No, he is living with another
woman, and she has had a child by him.
The Clerk: If that is so there is no defence.
Mr HAMER: That is contrary to my instructions.
Do you know that he is not in regular employment? No.
Emily LAWLER, daughter, corroborated her mother’s
evidence. Mr HAMER: Isn’t it a fact that
your mother told your father she did not want him any
longer in the house? No, he said he would go.
Defendant stated that twelve months ago he went home shortly
after eleven o’clock at night. His wife met him
at the door, hit him in the face, told him to go, and
if he came again they would “punce his guts in.”
They said his place was in the workhouse, and they would
drive him out of the country.
The Chairman: Is it true you are living with another woman
now? I am lodging there. The Chairman: Don’t
let us have any dodging? Yes, I am living there.
The Chairman: You are not bound to live with another woman.
Defendant: I am bound to live somewhere.
An order to contribute 4s. per week maintenance was made.
SUICIDE OF AN ASHTON PUBLICAN
The details of an extremely sad affair were brought to
light at the Beaver Inn, Bentinck-street, on Monday morning,
when Mr J.F. PRICE, county coroner, conducted an inquiry
into the circumstances surrounding the death of Fred Williamson
TURNER, landlord of the house, who met his death by his
own hands on Friday afternoon.
It appeared from the evidence of the wife, Sarah Jane
TURNER, that the deceased, who was 45 last birthday, had
been in very good health, but had unfortunately been drinking
up to Thursday, when he seemed to have ceased somewhat.
On Thursday night they went to bed about half-past eleven,
he suffering from the effects of drink.
He had been quiet all day, but during the night was very
restless. She gave him some soda and milk, and on Friday
morning they rose about a quarter to seven when he seemed
very ill. She gave him a seidlitz
powder and some hot tea, and he returned to bed, where
he remained until shortly after two, when he came down,
and sat in the kitchen.
She went for a friend, and returning saw the kitchen empty.
Looking further, she saw blood running under the washhouse
door. She entered and saw him lying on his back in a pool
of blood quite dead. There was a gash in his throat. He
had never threatened to commit suicide, and she knew no
reason why he should. He had no domestic or financial
troubles at all.
Hannah MASON, of 27, Charles-street, said she had known
deceased for 18 months. She had never noticed him drinking
heavily at all. — The Coroner: Did you not state
to the police that he had been drinking heavily? No, sir,
I don’t think so. As witness left the room
the Coroner observed that evidently she would not say
Constable DIXON deposed to being called to deceased at
2.23 on Friday afternoon. He saw him lying in the washhouse
on his back with a large wound in the throat from which
he had lost a large quantity of blood. Dr MORRISON arrived
and pronounced life extinct. The man had severed the windpipe
and the large artery. A carving knife covered with blood
lay on the slopstones. It appeared as if he had held his
head over the slopstones.
A Juryman remarked that TURNER fretted somewhat about
his daughter, who was very delicate. He had known him
to be a very temperate man, and could not imagine him
doing such a thing, and he had known him 26 years.
Other jurymen testified to the same effect.
A verdict of “Suicide during temporary insanity,
induced by excessive drinking,” was returned.
CLAIM FOR WORK DONE
Ashton Contractor’s Action in the County Court
At the Ashton County Court, on Thursday, before his Honour
Judge Reginald BROWN, K.C., the case of Frank MARLAND
against James Arthur MATHER came up for consideration.
Mr MARLAND claimed £17 paid on account to Mr MATHER
for work done in tiling the floor of the Corporation Arms,
It appeared that the work was condemned and plaintiff’s
action was for money paid on account. The whole contract
was for £25. His Honour gave judgment for plaintiff
in the amount of £3 2s. 6d. Former judgment was
given for £13 2s. 6d., but the latter judgment prevails.
INTO THE LION’S JAWS
A Man who Threw Missiles at the Police Station
At the Ashton Borough Court, on Thursday, a man of the
labouring class, named John WOOD, was charged with throwing
missiles in Katherine-street, on the 4th of October. He
Constable FEARNLEY said that about seven o’clock
on the evening in question he was on duty in the police
office., when he heard something rattle against the window.
He went out and saw WOOD take up a handful of gravel and
throw it at the windows. He told him to go away home,
and he said he would if he would pay for a gift. He picked
up another handful and threw it at the windows.
Sergeant HEIGHWAY said he asked the man why he did such
a thing, and received the answer that he wanted a night’s
lodging. Answering the Clerk, prisoner said he
came from Sheffield for a week. The Chairman:
Will you leave the town if we allow you to go?
Prisoner: Yes, sir. Be off then.
SERIOUS ASSAULT AT HURST
Particulars of a very serious assault on a Hurst innkeeper’s
son were related at the Ashton County Police Court, on
Saturday, when John GODFREY was in custody charged with
being drunk and disorderly at Hurst the previous night.
From the evidence of Constable MARSHALL it was gathered
that at 10.25 the previous night the prisoner, along with
another man, were being ejected from the Happy Shepherd
public house, when the prisoner kicked the licensee’s
son so severely that he was rendered unconscious.
He was carried into the house, and restoratives applied,
and he regained consciousness in about 15 minutes. Dr
HILTON was sent for, and on arrival said he was suffering
from shock. Constable MARSHALL on leaving the house saw
the prisoner running away, and he gave chase and secured
him. The other man got away.
The prisoner pleaded guilty. He assumed a very penitent
attitude, and said he was sorry for what he had done.
A fine of 5s. was imposed.
ABUSE OF THE ZONE TICKET
Exemplary Penalty at Ashton
At the Ashton Borough Court, on Monday, a young man, named
Charles SMITH, of Hooley Hill, was summoned for travelling
on the Great Central Railway without having paid his fare,
and with intent to avoid payment thereof on 5th August.
He pleaded guilty.
Inspector COTTRILL said the case arose out of the abuse
of the zone ticket system between Guidebridge and Manchester.
On August 5th the defendant arrived at Guidebridge by
the seven minutes past eight o’clock train at night.
He tendered a zone ticket to the collector issued to a
female. The collector asked where he had got it from.
He said, “It’s my ticket.” The collector
told him it was a lady’s ticket, and had not been
issued to him. He swore it was his ticket, and eventually
gave his name and address, which proved to be correct.
They had found that the ticket had been issued to the
defendant’s sister, and that he never had a ticket.
The company had great difficulty in stopping this kind
of thing, and he asked for an exemplary penalty.
Defendant: I did not know I was doing wrong. I thought
it was a transferable ticket. The Clerk: If you
thought that why did you tell the ticket collector that
it was your ticket? I did not know what I was doing; when
he pulled me up I was muddled. The Clerk: The
railway company should not be defrauded in this way. We
have had other cases here last week and the offenders
have been fined 20s. and costs.
The Chairman (Mr W. HAMER): You will be fined 40s. and
costs or one month. I may say this is a very gross case
of fraud. The zone system is a great convenience and advantage
to the public, and the railway company have adopted it
to enable people to travel cheaply, and abuses of this
character are really calculated to injure the community
because it may prevent the railway company to do what
they are disposed to do.
Inspector COTTRILL asked for the expenses of two witnesses,
and they were granted. The total fine and costs
amounted to £2 15s. 6d.
AN ALLEGED SMOKING CHIMNEY AT DUKINFIELD
Action in the Ashton County Court
In the Ashton County Court, on Thursday, before His Honour
Judge Reginald BROWN, K.C., a case arose in which Mr E.A.
CLARKE, of Dukinfield, sued Mr John THORPE, also of Dukinfield,
for a month’s rent in lieu of notice. Mr WILLIAMSON,
solicitor, of Ashton, appeared for the plaintiff, and
Mr GARFORTH, of Dukinfield, defended.
It appeared from the defendant’s evidence that he
took a house in Astley-street, the chimney of which was
notoriously smoky owing to the close proximity of the
Cooperative Hall. He took it on the express condition,
he said, that he would remain if the defect was remedied,
and leave if it wasn’t. “No cure, no pay.”
Evidence was given by defendant’s daughter that
the defective chimney was not remedied and that many times
the tablecloth would be covered with soot, and other inconveniences
would arise. The plaintiff alleged that an agreement for
a month’s notice was arrived at, and denied that
it was “No cure, no pay.”
His Honour ultimately found for plaintiff 6s. 8d., a week’s
rent which defendant had paid into court.
A LIVELY HALF-HOUR AT DUKINFIELD
Mary Ann WINSTANLEY, a married woman, of 2, Syke-street,
Dukinfield, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly
in that street on Saturday night.
Constable MOORE stated that at 8 p.m. on Saturday he received
information of a quarrel at a house in Syke-street, and
on going there he found the defendant and a man quarrelling.
The man on being spoken to promised to behave himself,
but the woman refused and became more stupid. She kept
abusing the man. She was in a very drunken state, and
eventually he locked her up. Detective Sergeant KELLY
gave corroborative evidence.
The defendant said her husband was abusing her. On the
Friday night he came home and gave her 13s. for his wages.
He was beastly drunk. He said he wanted a pint of beer,
and because she had not the money to give him he upset
the table, and picked up the burning lamp off the table
to throw at them.
Defendant called a woman named Alice WILLIAMSON, of 9,
Syke-street, to give evidence on her behalf, but Mrs WILLIAMSON
said she didn’t know anything about it. Mrs WINSTANLEY
was fined in July for being drunk and disorderly, and
the magistrates now fined her 5s. for costs.