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Is Obesity Hereditary?
There seems to be a prevalent idea that in many cases
the tendency to obesity is hereditary; and, indeed, an
eminent English medical scientist suggests that it may
be handed down from parent to offspring. There is no doubt
that this unfortunate belief deters many stout persons
from following whole-heartedly any course of curative
treatment, with the result that excessive corpulence is
more general than it should be.
Readers of that admirable book, Corpulency and
the cure, by the well-known specialist, Mr F. Cecil
Russell, may take heart from the author's experience
in the treatment of many thousands of cases. We will quote
his figures. He says: Out of this large number
(13,599 cases) I find that in 9,153 cases neither
parent was stout; in 2,034 the mother was stout, in 1,229
the father was stout, and in only 1,192 cases both parents
This very conclusively proves that the bogey of hereditary
tendency or constitutional predisposition
is not so fearsome as many unfortunately believe. And
even if it were, the famous Russell treatment
for the permanent cure for corpulency is sufficiently
potent to effectually destroy the tendency to put on flesh,
as it has done in every case where it has been where it
has been carefully followed.
The Russell treatment is in direct conflict
with old-time processes of fat reduction, which too frequently
ruined the constitution by semi-starvation, drugging,
and other treatments. Mr Russell conceived the idea that
the reducing process should be at the same time a strengthening
one, so that at the finish the subject should be not only
reduced to normal weight and graceful proportion, but
should be greatly improved in health and strength.
That is the whole secret of the colossal success of the
Russell treatment which improves the appetite,
tones up the digestive organs, and makes it an essential
condition of the regime that the subject shall eat plentifully
of five most wholesome foods foods to nourish
the blood and form muscle, nerve, and brain tissue.
There are no irksome restrictions. The treatment is by
every respect simple, pleasant, and easy, causing no stomarchic
or intestinal disturbance, nor any discomfort of any sort.
The practical agent employed is a pleasant liquid of purely
herbal constituents, the recipe of which is given in Corpulency
and the Cure.
Decrease of weight sets in from the very first, so from
four and twenty hours of beginning the treatment the weighing-machine
will prove a primary reduction of 1lb. To 2lb. This is
followed by a speedy daily decrease until the permanent
attainment of symmetrical proportions and correct weight
for height, together with completely restored health and
Our advice to our stout readers is, dismiss from the mind
all fear of a chronic tendency, hereditary or otherwise.
Obesity in its severest aspects can be cured by the Russell
treatment when all other methods of fat reduction have
proved either useless or merely temporary. Our next advice
is, read that wonderful book, Corpulency and the
Cure. In its 256 closely-printed pages it embraces
everything that a stout person desirous of permanent relief
may wish to know.
Anyone may obtain a copy of Corpulency and the
Cure by sending three penny stamps (for private
postage) to the author, Mr F. Cecil Russell, Welburn House,
Store-street, Bedford-square, London, W.C. There is no
work on the subject which deserves more attentive reading.
SHOCKING TRAMWAY FATALITY AT MILLBROOK
A Boy Killed Driver and Passengers Seriously Injured
Cottage House Wrecked
Shortly after twelve o'clock to-day (Tuesday) a
terrible accident occurred at Millbrook in connection
with the local tramway scheme, one life already being
sacrificed and others despaired of.
At the hour stated a single-decked car driven by Ernest
KNELL was proceeding along Huddersfield-road from Stalybridge
in the direction of Millbrook, and when descending Ditchcroft
the car jumped the metals and dashed at a terrific pace
down the incline, finally plunging into the gable end
of a cottage house at the corner of Hartley-street, and
wrecking the building.
The stonework of the cottage fell outwardly, and a little
boy Thomas McCABE, aged 3 years and 11 months,
who resides in Millbrook with his parents was buried in
The car presented a totally wrecked condition, and the
screams of the few passengers were heartrending to the
people about. Assistance was quickly at hand, villagers
coming to the scene with commendable promptitude, and
doing all in their power to assist the unfortunate sufferers.
A diligent search for young McCABE was at length successful,
but life was found to be extinct, his injuries being of
a terrible nature. The driver was shockingly injured,
but the conductor, Thomas WINDLE, practically escaped,
though all the passengers sustained shock.
The passengers injured were:
Mr William UNDERWOOD, contractor, Dukinfield
WHITEHEAD, 35, Stamford-street, Glossop (very seriously
THORNHILL and James NEAL, 17, Primrose-terrace, Glossop
LEE, Top o' Green, Micklehurst
SMALLEY, a boy, of Cambridge-terrace, Millbrook, and
KAY, 377, Huddersfield-road, Millbrook
Opening of the Inquest
Sympathy with the Bereaved Parents
Mr F. NEWTON (district coroner) opened the inquest on
the body of Thomas McCABE on Thursday noon, at the Royal
Oak Inn, Millbrook. Representing the Joint Tramway Board
were Mr J.W. SIMISTER, solicitor, and Mr Frank SCHOFIELD,
commercial manager, while the tenant of the wrecked cottage
(Mr Edward BUCKLEY) was represented by Mr H. GARSIDE IVES.
Captain BATES (Chief Constable) was also in attendance.
The jurymen were Messrs James CROSSDALE, J.W. HIBBERT,
J.B. WRIGLEY, James WILSON, James BRAMHALL, John KIRKPATRICK,
Samuel HILL, Aaron HEAP, Wright HYDE, Sam TAYLOR, Joseph
OLDHAM, and Alfred MERCER.
Mr HIBBERT was foreman of the jury who, having been sworn,
proceeded to view the body which lay in the home of the
parents in Grafton-street. Upon returning to the inquiry
room, the mother of the unfortunate lad was called into
the room. She was very much depressed, and was well wrapped
in shawls in consequence of her poorly condition, but
she gave her evidence extremely well. In reply to the
Coroner, Mrs McCABE said she was not legally represented.
Sophia Polly McCABE, wife of Thomas McCABE, of 35, Grafton-street,
Millbrook, said: Thomas McCABE, the deceased, was my son,
and would have been four years of age had he lived to
the end of this month (31st October). At about five minutes
to twelve o'clock on Tuesday morning he came into
the house and I gave him a jam and bread. I said, Now,
Tom, play about here, and he replied, Yes,
mammie, I will. He then went out and his dead body
was brought home by Constable STUBBS in about three quarter
of an hour afterwards.
The Coroner: Any questions to ask Mrs McCABE? No questions
were put and the Coroner having read the evidence over,
the witness signed the deposition
The Coroner: Gentlemen, I think I may take the liberty
of expressing your sympathy, along with my own, with Mrs
McCABE in the sad loss she has sustained by the death
of her little boy. (Hear, hear.) Mrs McCABE: Thank
you, sir. The case was adjourned.
ALLEGED BREACH OF THE LICENSING ACT AT ASHTON
Charge of Selling During Prohibited Hours
At the Ashton Borough Court, on Monday, the licensee of
the Portland-place Tavern was charged under the Licensing
Act with selling intoxicating liquors during prohibited
hours on the 1st of October. He pleaded not guilty. Joseph
ALLCOCK, Thomas STAFFORD, and Mary Ellen STAFFORD were
charged with aiding and abetting in the offence, and also
denied the offence.
From the evidence tendered it appeared that Inspector
McFEELEY and Constable WOLFENDEN in consequence of a communication,
visited the house at five minutes to one on the morning
of October 1st. The vault was lit up and the two officers
heard voices. Almost immediately on their arrival the
front door was opened and they entered.
There they found the defendants seated in the vault. Inspector
McFEELEY asked what the meaning of that was, and received
the reply that it was all right. The Inspector asked,
What do you mean? Thomas STAFFORD
is my son and the woman is his wife, and ALLCOCK has served
for the last ten years, Mrs STAFFORD answered.
The licensee later said the place was not open.
In the vault there was a jug, a pint pot and a glass,
evidently recently used for it contained about half an
inch of beer and an inch of froth Defendant: Who
was that peeping round the window? Inspector McFEELEY:
I don't know. Defendant: My mama didn't
tell you that ALLCOCK had been with us for 10 years, because
I have only kept the house for six. Constable
WOLFENDEN corroborated, and said Mrs STAFFORD said ALLCOCK
had helped them for 10 years.
STAFFORD's version of the affair was that on Friday
night, his wife being ill he, hadn't had time to
clean the pumps, and therefore asked ALLCOCK to help him.
He did so, and his daughter-in-law was also asked to stop.
She agreed, and whilst they were his (defendant's)
son appeared, and they all sat down together. He saw somebody
peeping at the window, and immediately opened the door.
Nobody had drinks, nor had there been any beer drawn.
Joseph ALLCOCK, of 92, Charles-street, was sworn, and
said he worked in the mill when called for, knocked
up, and sometimes helped at the Portland-place Tavern.
He corroborated defendant's statement in all essential
detail, and said he wanted a drink but never had any.
Cross-examined by the Chief Constable: He seldom went
to bed because he was out at half-past three, and generally
slept in the day time. He would receive about 1s. 6d.
for his work there.
Thomas STAFFORD corroborated, and said positively that
there was no drink served. His wife testified to the same
The Chairman said the magistrates thought there was no
evidence to show that anything was consumed, and therefore
the case would be dismissed, but they thought the work
ought to be done before eleven o'clock.
THE CHARGING OF UNLAWFULLY WOUNDING
A HUSBAND AT DUKINFIELD
Reduced to Common Assault A Sad Domestic
At the Hyde County Police Court, on Monday, Ann Elizabeth
WOODCOCK was again charged after remand with unlawfully
wounding Edward WOODCOCK, her husband, at Dukinfield,
on September 20, 1904. The magistrates present were Messrs
R.W. CHAPMAN, M.P. (presiding), Ed. COCKER, and S. HORSEFIELD.
The prisoner was represented by Mr G. HEATHCOTE, of Dukinfield.
Edward WOODCOCK, 11, Furness-street, Dukinfield, furnace
operator, said on September 20 he arrived home about 10.30.
His wife and son were in the house at the time, and he
noticed she had had some drink, though she was not drunk.
He said to her, t' old game again.
She said, I only had one, but I will have some
She then went out, and came in with some more. He called
his wife a black _____, and she threw the poker at him,
but missed. He said nothing, and then she threw the top
of a butter dish at him, but again missed. However she
picked up half of a broken plate and struck him just under
the eye, causing him to fall to the floor.
The wound bled freely, and his wife left the house, and
he did not again see her until that morning. Afterwards
he went to Dr Clarke's, and on the way he called
to Constable KENNY, who attended to the wound, and then
took him to the doctor.
Cross-examined, WOODCOCK said he had a decent home for
a man in his position. His wife had not always behaved
as she should towards him. — Do you think your wife
intended to cause you these injuries? Yes. She had thrown
knives and forks at me. The night before did you
and your wife have a quarrel? I don't want to answer.
(And on that cliff-hanger, this story ends. My apologies,
I didn't copy the rest of the article and Tameside
Local History Library is now closed while it moves to
its new home in Ashton.)