13 February 1904
A HYDE BUTCHER’S
THEFT AT DUKINFIELD
George TAYLOR, a butcher of George-street, Hyde, was brought
before the magistrates at Hyde County Police Court, on
Monday, charged with stealing 7s 7d from a drawer in a
bedroom of the Black Horse Inn, Town-lane, Dukinfield,
the property of Samuel MASSEY, on Sunday, the 7th inst.
Samuel MASSEY, licensee of the Black Horse
Inn, stated that the prisoner came to his house on Saturday
night last, and stopped there during the week-end. He
had known the prisoner for the last two years, and during
that time, prisoner had been in the habit of stopping
at his house at week-ends. He said it did him good to
stay at week-ends. — (Laughter.)
On Sunday afternoon, the 7th inst, prisoner
went upstairs to lie down. Prosecutor had about 12s in
a drawer in the bedroom where the prisoner went, and shortly
afterwards he went up to the room. Being near-sighted
he looked if the prisoner was in bed, but not finding
him there he went towards the drawer where the money was
placed, and found TAYLOR sitting near it.
Prisoner put his hand up to his head, and
said, “Oh dad; I am bad,” so he told him to
have an hour in bed. He had missed money before and it
struck him to look at the drawer. He found the drawer
unlocked, and a skeleton key was in the lock. He exclaimed,
“Hello, what’s this, we’s ketched thief
at last!” — Prisoner said, “What? Don’t
make any bother.”
Prosecutor shouted the girl upstairs, told
her what he found, and also told her to fetch a policeman.
He then asked him, “Where’s that money?”
Prisoner put his hand in his pocket and pulled out a handful
of silver and copper. It was counted by the policeman,
and there was 7s 7d altogether.
Constable CUNLIFFE stated that on Sunday
night, about 7.40pm, he apprehended the prisoner and conveyed
him to the police station at Dukinfield. He charged him
with stealing 7s 7d, and prisoner replied, “I admit
taking the money.” — TAYLOR was formally charged
in court with the theft, and pleaded guilty.
Superintendent CROGHAN said prisoner was
a native of Congleton. He was a butcher by trade, and
was at present employed in Hyde. He recently came from
Oldham, where he had a wife and family living. There was
no previous convictions against him as far as he could
glean at present. He knew that prisoner had been in the
habit for some time of coming to Dukinfield, and staying
at this house. He was a married man, but was living apart
from his wife, and was cohabiting with a woman in George-street,
Hyde. Prisoner had been employed for 12 years by a pork
butcher in Market-street, Hyde.
The Chairman said this was a very serious
offence for a man of his age, but instead of sending him
to prison, he would be fined 20s and costs, or 14 days’
THE FATALITY AT ASHTON
NEW MOSS COLLIERY
Hyde Miner Crushed to Death
The district coroner (Mr J F PRICE) held and inquest in
the court-room, Ashton Town Hall, on Monday afternoon,
on the body of Patrick KELLY, collier, who met his death
on Friday of last week. Mr GERRARD (H.M. Inspector of
Mines) was in attendance, as were Messrs WORDSWORTH (colliery
manager), and Jesse BUTLER (miners’ agent).
Maria KELLY, wife of the deceased, 1 Holt’s-passage,
off Water-street, Hyde, said her husband was 49 last birthday,
and she last saw him alive at 4.45 on Friday morning,
when he left home to go to his work. She heard of his
death about 8.15 the same morning. Deceased had been a
coalminer all his life, and had worked at the Moss Colliery
off and on for several years. She had never heard him
complain about his work, or being short of timber.
Thos BOWKER, 34 Katherine-street, Hyde,
said he was a collier at the New Moss Colliery, and had
worked along with the deceased about three months. On
Friday they commenced work about 6.15 in the Roger Mine.
They began packing until the tubs came about 7.30, and
they “jigged” a tub up, and subsequently sent
for more “jig” props. They “jigged”
a second tub, and then witness asked deceased if he must
pull a lump of coal off in order to “jig”
Deceased said he would pull it off himself,
and witness must go on with his packing. Witness saw him
get hold of a bar to pull the coal away, and then went
to pick up a shovel, and whilst his back was turned he
heard a noise, and on looking round saw that the roof
had given way, and a large stone had pinned the deceased
to the ground, doubling him up and leaving his body scarcely
Witness called for help, and four men came,
and they tried to lift the stone, but they could not do
so, and further help was obtained. By means of rails they
lifted the stone and extricated the deceased. The stone
was seven or eight feet long and four feet wide, and weighed
about two tons.
Deceased appeared to have been killed instantaneously.
He was under the stone about twenty minutes. The fall
appeared to have been caused by a slip in the roof. They
knew about it, and had taken precautions by setting timber,
and had set several props the day previously. They had
not set any props that morning, but intended doing so.
There were five or six props in a space of about six yards.
Deceased was in charge of the place, and
witness received his orders from him. The props in front
of the coal face exceeded the distance allowed by the
rules by about a foot. They were anxious to get the coal
down, and did not wait to put a prop up. The fireman had
been his usual rounds during the night. There was plenty
of timber about 90 yards away.
The Inspector (Mr GERRARD) said the number
of pit fatalities in the district had considerably increased
and in 39 fatalities ever so many of them, as in the present
case, had resulted from the timbering rules having been
absolutely disregarded. — A juryman said it appeared
to be an error of judgment.
The Coroner said it had arisen purely from
the fact that they were impatient in waiting for a prop.
The rules stated that the props must not be more than
five feet apart, and there was a space of 10 feet 6 inches
on the face and 6 feet 9 inches from the jig props to
The foreman, addressing the witness BOWKER,
said the jury were of the opinion that there had been
some negligence in trying to get coal a little quicker
than usual, and they ought to be very careful for the
future. The jury thought there had been an error of judgment.
The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”
FALSE PRETENCES AT
At the Ashton Borough Court, on Monday, John ALLEN was
charged on remand with obtaining goods by false pretences
from Lewis ANDREW. — Mr T E GIBSON defended, and
Mr Arthur LEES appeared to prosecute.
Lewis ANDREW, of Wellington-road, lamp dealer
and herbalist, said he remembered prisoner coming to his
shop on Friday morning, the 11th of December last. He
asked to see the table lamp produced, which he reached
down and unpacked. He said, “That will do,”
as soon as he saw it. He then asked to look at an enamelled
bucket, candlesticks, and brushes, which he selected.
The total value would be £1 6s 9d.
Prisoner said, “Will you send them
up?” Witness asked what was his name, to which he
replied, “Mr ALLEN.” He then said, “You
are the gentleman Mr PARK recommended. He replied, “Yes,
my wife was here a week or two ago for some goods.”
Witness knew him by previous transactions he had had with
Mr Abraham PARK, examined by Mr LEES, appearing
for the prosecution, said he did not know the prisoner
in the slightest, not had he ever authorised him or his
wife to use his name for the purpose of obtaining goods
or any other purpose.
Questioned by Mr GIBSON: He had known a
Mr William MELLOR, of Royton, who was formerly connected
with the P.S.A. Society, and through his connection with
the society he (Mr PARK) was acquainted with him. He knew
Mrs MELLOR slightly also. The member of Mr MELLOR’s
family possibly might know him. He did not know prisoner’s
wife was a daughter of Mr MELLOR.
Sergeant HEIGHWAY deposed to arresting prisoner
about half past nine on the morning of the 30th January
as he was leaving home. He made no reply to the charge.
Prisoner was furthermore charged with attempting to obtain
goods by false pretences from Messrs LEIGH and ARDERN.
John WHALLEY said he was an assistant in
the employ of Messrs LEIGH and ARDERN, Stamford-street,
Ashton. On the 28th of November he came to the shop and
asked to look at some blankets. Witness showed him some,
and he asked for a quarterly account to be opened with
him. He replied, “Our terms are cash, and if you
want to open an account you must see Mr ARDERN.
Mr ARDERN came in and asked him for a reference.
Prisoner suggested that he did not care about his affairs
being inquired into, but his wife was a personal friend
of Mr PARK. The goods were not supplied. On the following
Monday, witness went to see Mr PARK, who informed him
that he knew nothing at all about him. A letter was written
to him informing him of this, but the witness received
Prisoner was remanded until next Saturday,
being allowed bail in £30 in each charge, and one
surety of £50.
AN ECHO OF THE ASHTON
MUSIC HALL OBJECTIONS
The “Buskin’” Nuisance
A case which coincided somewhat with the plea of the Ashton
music hall licensees, that the decision of the licensing
justices last week in regard to music halls and music
licences would result in an influx of what are known as
“buskers” in the district, came up at the
Ashton County Police Court on Monday, before Mr J WOOD,
when an unkempt man, named John BEAN, was in the dock
charged with begging at Audenshaw
In reply to the charge, he said he was what
was called “buskin’” — singular
at various places, and going round with the hat. He said
that he came from Yorkshire, and admitted that he had
been up for the same offence before. — The magistrate:
You are one of those ne’er-do-wells, continually
rambling about the country, and getting your living this
way. — Superintendent HEWITT: He’s a professional.
Constable HILL deposed to seeing prisoner
going about begging in Guide-lane at 10 o’clock
on Saturday night. — The prisoner endeavoured to
show the magistrate by argument the differences between
singing and begging, but he was promptly shut off by the
magistrate, informing him that he would have to go to
prison for seven days.
MR JASPER REDFERN’S
ANIMATED PICTURES AT ASHTON
A highly-pleasing and instructive entertainment was furnished
by Mr Jasper REDFERN’s Vaudeville Combination and
grand series of animated pictures at the Oddfellows’
Hall during the current week. There was a crowded hall
on Monday evening, and every one came away with the consciousness
of having spent a profitable evening. It is the first
visit of Mr REDFERN’s photographic entertainment,
and has come direct from Sheffield, where Mr REDFERN’s
firm is permanently located as opticians and scientists
and experts in animated photography.
One of the prime features of his exhibition
is a practical demonstration of photography in natural
colours, and the pictures are produced by the bioscope
on the canvas in all the beauty and charm of nature’s
own, especially the flowers. The pictures as a whole are
so excellent they are deserving of mention in detail.
The animated section includes the Royal
procession in London last week to the opening of Parliament.
There is also a grand spectacular representation of moving
figures on the canvas, in fifteen tableaux, showing the
rise and fall of the great Napoleon, from boyhood to his
defeat at Waterloo, including his crossing the Alps and
the burning of Moscow, and his death at St Helena
Another important series of animated pictures
shows the Australian bushrangers, a gang of desperadoes.
We see their camp, and their attack and capture of the
mail convoy, their making off with the loot, and finally
their defeat by a strong force of mounted scouts, and
their ringleaders shot.
The trick and comic films were greeted with
shouts of delight and laughter. Besides the usually French
views of extraordinary transformation, and topsy-turvy
pictures of persons and places, which astonish as well
as amuse, there are some home scenes and foreign incidents
of great interest. We have an Arabian phantasia, sports,
a long railway journey on a Swiss mountain line, showing
clearly the mountain ranges and deep gorges, producing
the same effect to the eye one gets in travelling by rail,
and getting glimpses of the country as you pass.
A very interesting portion, too, are the
singing pictures, or songs illustrated. This series are
coloured, and are shown on the canvas as the singer proceeds
with his song. In this manner two male vocalists —
Mr Charlton HOWARTH (tenor) and Mr J E LINSTEAD (baritone)
— sang some popular ballads, including “stay
with me, my darling, stay”, “The stowaway”
and other songs, and the duet “Excelsior”.
All these songs were illustrated by appropriate
pictures and greatly added to the pleasure produced by
the excellent vocalism of the artistes named. Mr Austin
McLOUGHLIN was an effective piano accompanist, and the
descriptive lecturer Mr LINSTEAD. There will be a matinee
at three o’clock on Saturday afternoon.
ON THE WAY TO SEE AN
A middle-aged woman named Sarah BROWN was before the Manchester
city justices on Monday, charged with being drunk and
incapable at Openshaw. She denied the incapability, and
said the doctor at Ancoats Hospital would be able to certify
what was the cause of it. It was not being “over
drunk” at all.
The officer who proved the case said he
gave her a chance to go away, but she refused to do so,
and used abusive language. Sarah told the justices she
was on her way to Ashton-under-Lyne to see the colonel
at the barracks. She took the train to Fairfield station,
and after she had left the station she remembered “something
coming over her.” She was found in the condition
described by the police in Cornwall-street, Openshaw.
The Court Sergeant said that was her 5th
appearance. The last time she was before the court she
was discharged. — The Bench now imposed a nominal
An Oldham draper named TURNER recovered, at Manchester
Assizes on Saturday, £30 damages from the Lancashire
and Yorkshire Railway Company for assault and false imprisonment.
The case arose, according to the plaintiff,
through a misunderstanding on the part of the railway
constable, named LEWIS, who had treated a newsboy rather
roughly for selling papers on the company’s premises.
This excited the indignation of several passengers, who
expostulated with LEWIS, and the latter threatened to
lock up anyone who went past a certain spot.
Mr TURNER, coming on the scene, was seized
by LEWIS and roughly handled, and ejected from the station,
although he possessed a return ticket for Oldham. When
the case had been part heard, Mr SHEE, on behalf of the
company, intimated that they offered to pay plaintiff
£30 and costs, and on these terms the case was settled.
FATAL FALL AT DUKINFIELD
On Thursday, at the Dukinfield Court House, Mr F NEWTON
held an inquest into the death of John LEONARD, who met
his death under the following circumstances.
Sarah LEONARD said she was the wife of James
LEONARD, coal miner, and lived at 4 Hill-street. The deceased,
John LEONARD, was their son, and was in his sixth year.
About six weeks ago he was brought home unconscious about
4 o’clock in the afternoon. There was a swelling
on the side of his head. He recovered consciousness in
about half an hour, and said he had fallen off a wall.
He did not say anyone had pushed him off.
He apparently recovered from his injury,
and went to school for three weeks. He had occasionally
complained of pain in the head when she washed him. He
died last Monday at two o’clock. He had the whooping
cough, and was attended to by Dr BOOTH. He had been unconscious
ever since a week last Monday night, but he was not delirious.
She told Dr BOOTH a week on Tuesday that he had fallen
from a wall, and last Saturday he said the injury had
developed into inflammation of the brain.
Hannah GREAVES said she was the wife of
Richard GREAVES, and lived at 9 Hadfield Row, Dukinfield.
About six weeks ago she saw the deceased walking along
the top of a wall in front of her house. She told him
to come down, but he did not do so. She turned her head,
and afterwards hearing a noise she looked again, and saw
the boy lying amongst some paving stones beneath the wall.
She went to him. He could not stand. She carried him home.
There was no one near him when he was on the wall. A great
many children walked along that wall when the school loosed.
The Coroner: It looks as if it were built
on purpose to invite children to go there. There ought
to be some railings put up, or the wall made sloping,
so the children could not walk along it. There did not
appear to have been anyone near the boy when he fell,
and on one could have pushed him off. Dr BOOTH had sent
a letter that an inflammation of the brain or an abscess
had set in, which proved fatal. Whose property was it?
Several jurymen thought it belonged to Mr
W H ASHWORTH. The Coroner said it was dangerous, and should
be attended to. The Foreman agreed, and said there ought
to be some pointed coping put up in place of the flat
The jury returned a verdict of accidental
death. The jury made a presentation or recommendation
to Mr ASHWORTH to reduce the danger attached to the wall.
ASSAULTING AN ASHTON
Squire LOWNDS appeared before the Borough magistrates,
at Ashton, on Monday forenoon to answer a charge of assault
preferred against him by Mr Arthur LEES on behalf of Robert
McMEEKIN, the licensee of the Park Hotel, Park Parade.
Mr LEES, in stating the case, explained
that on Saturday, the 30th of January, defendant went
into plaintiff’s house, who, having had trouble
with him before, ordered him out. He took no notice, and
walking from one room to another commenced using strong
Mr McMEEKIN again asked him to go out and,
LOWNDS refusing, he went to fetch a policeman. Defendant
followed him, and when turning from Park Parade into Delemere-street
vicinity assaulted him, kicking him on the forehead, arm,
The Clerk: Well, what have you to say? —
Defendant: I didn’t kick him. I only hit him with
my fists. I am very sorry. He was fined 40s and costs.
SUNDAY CRIES AT ASHTON
A case of some interest to the inhabitants of the district,
having regard to the fact that it is the first of its
kind in Ashton for some time occupied the attention of
the borough magistrates at Ashton on Monday morning when
William LAWN, of Manchester, was charged with committing
a breach of the peace by crying newspapers for sale on
a Sunday. He pleaded guilty.
The Chief Constable explained that in consequence
of many complaints he had received he had sent a constable
in plain clothes to the district of Birch-street to report
anyone committing such offences. — The officer proved
the offence, and said the defendant was shouting at the
top of his voice.
The Chairman: As it is the first offence
of its kind for a long time, you will be dismissed. —
Defendant: Thank you, sir.