16 April 1904
SINGULAR DEATH AT COCKBROOK
The death took place under singular circumstances, on
Thursday morning, of Ann WOOLLEY, aged 58 years, of 83
Stamford-street, Cockbrook. She had been in delicate health
for 20 years, and had been under medical treatment for
bronchitis and heart disease. About 7.50 on Thursday morning
she was found by a neighbour, Mrs TURNER, foaming at the
mouth, and died almost immediately.
TAKEN ILL IN THE STREET
AND DIED AT ASHTON
The death took place, under singular circumstances, on
Sunday forenoon, of Sarah Ann HYDE, aged 62 years, residing
in Pitts Yard, off Park-street. She had enjoyed good health
up to about two years ago, when she began to suffer from
bronchitis and indigestion, for which she was attended
by Dr HAMILTON, who continued in attendance up to about
eleven moths ago.
She was troubled in the night-time with
difficulty of breathing. About eight o’clock on
Sunday morning she got up to eat a good breakfast, and
appeared in good spirits. Throughout the day she went
about the house apparently in good health, and ate a good
dinner and tea.
In the evening she went on a visit to a
daughter, who lives in Ashton, and while returning along
Church-street, about 9.30pm, she was suddenly taken ill
and had to be assisted home. She was placed in a chair,
and made a remark to one of those in attendance that she
thought she was going to have an attack of her old complaint.
Dr HAMILTON was sent for, but on his arrival shortly afterwards
the woman was taken worse and expired.
SHOCKING DEATH OF AN
A rather startling discovery was made about 12.30 noon,
on Wednesday, at a house numbered 78 Church-street, Ashton,
occupied by a woman named HANSON, widow of the late Mr
John HANSON, licensee of the Talbot Inn. A lodger at the
house returned home to dinner, and, finding no one about,
after waiting some time he proceeded upstairs, and there
found Mrs HANSON hanging by the neck from a cord tied
to the curtain pole in the back bedroom. He cut her down,
and she was then quite dead.
REFUSING TO QUIT AT
The Publican’s Woes
An interesting case from Lees occupied the attention of
the Ashton county magistrates on Wednesday, when Edward
and James ROGERS were charged under the Licensing Acts
with refusing to quit the Buck Inn, Crossbank, when requested
by the licensee. They pleaded not guilty.
The licensee said that on Sunday, the 3rd
of this month, the two defendants, along with their father,
entered his hostelry about dinner time. He refused to
serve them, not because they were drunk, but because they
had created disturbances many times before. He did not,
however, refuse to serve the father, who shortly after
Later in the day they came again, when he
once more requested them to quit. They refused, and commenced
shouting and singing.
A few weeks ago, James had entered his house
and ordered a gill of beer. He drank half, and witness
asked him where his money was? Defendant answered, “All
right,” and drank the other half, and then said
he had no money. – (Laughter.)
He had also treated the company all round,
and then offered him a bad coin in payment. – The
Chairman: It is own house, and you go out if he tells
you. You will be fined 5s for costs each.
TAMPERING WITH AUTOMATIC
At the Glossop Petty Sessions, on Monday, three youths
named Thomas CHARLTON (13), of Woolley-lane, Hollingworth;
Charles HALL, 41 Lees-street, Woolley Bridge; and Joseph
HADFIELD, of Woolley-lane, were charged with stealing
a packet of cigarettes from an automatic machine at Dinting
Station, the property of the Automatic Sweetmeat Company.
Mr John ROWLAND (chief inspector), who prosecuted,
said the company had three machines at the railway station
on the Great Central Railway, and the stationmasters acted
as agents in filling the machines up and collecting the
money. During the past five or six years a tremendous
raid had been made on the machines at Glossop, Hadfield,
and Dinting stations, and a special watch had been kept.
On the 4th instant, Mr Thomas JACKSON, stationmaster,
Dinting, cleared two machines at 12.30, and found over
130 checks in them. At 4.30 he saw the boys on the platform,
and observed CHARLTON put something in one of the machines,
and draw out cigarettes. The lads were taken into a waiting
room, and the police sent for.
Checks were found in their possession, and
the lads made statements incriminating each other. One
of the lads made the remark that he did not like the cigarettes,
as they made him sick. – (Laughter.)
In reply to the Bench as to how the lads
got hold of the checks, it was stated that a large quantity
of checks had been buried in a refuse heap at Hadfield
by a Co-operative Society. The checks were obsolete, and
about 480 of them had been found.
The Bench bound defendants over to come
up for judgment when called upon; and they were informed
that if they were summoned again within six months they
would each receive twelve strokes with a birch rod for
the present offence.
DEATH AT ASHTON
The singular circumstances in connection with the death
of a 13 month old child, named Earnest HUNT, were reported
to the police on Monday evening. Since the death of its
mother in October last the child had been under the guardianship
of a widow named Elizabeth NEWTON, residing at 83 Town-lane,
Dukinfield. And had been in a weakly condition in consequence
of whooping cough.
“It was fed on infants’ food,
and condensed milk, and although taking plenty of nourishment,
the child seemed to decline in strength, and on Monday
morning became ill, and was taken to Dr BOOTH’s
surgery, and examined by Dr BISHOP. Subsequently the child
was taken to the establishment of Mrs BEECH, photographer,
34 Mill-lane, in order to have his photograph taken, and
while being placed on a stool he suddenly became convulsed,
and died almost immediately.
A STALYBRIDGE WOMAN’S
SHOCKING NEGLECT OF HOME
Children Who Wasted Away – Serious Allegations by
On Tuesday noon, Mr F NEWTON, district coroner, held an
inquest at the Town Hall, Stalybridge, touching the death
of Tom BETSWORTH, aged three months. The following evidence,
which revealed a shocking state of affairs, was adduced:–
Elizabeth Ann BETSWORTH, mother of deceased,
said she was the wife of Thomas BETSWORTH, a carter, and
they resided at 1 Kershaw’s-court, Chapel-street.
Deceased had been delicate from birth, and eight weeks
ago Dr HOWE said he was unfit to be vaccinated. He said
the child was wasting away, and that she must not give
it anything but the breast and lime water. She complied
with the instructions.
In the afternoon he commenced to draw up
his legs as if in pain, and he kept crying. On going to
bed she placed the child on the edge, and she laid next
to him. Her daughter, aged ten years, slept on the other
side of witness. During the night, the baby was quiet,
and at three o’clock she gave him the breast.
The Coroner: You told the police that the
child slept in the middle? – Witness: No, sir; I
did not. – The Coroner: It seems strange that you
should tell two tales.
Continuing, witness said that when the baby
had the breast she put him away from her and went to sleep.
At four o’clock on waking she found the child dead,
and she accordingly woke her husband, who fetched in a
The Coroner: Were you sober when you went
to bed? – Witness: Yes, sir. – Has the child
had sufficient food? Yes, sir. – Never been short
of food? No, sir. – Is your husband in full work?
Yes. – Have you been visited by the inspector for
the Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Children?
Yes. – For why? I do not know, sir.
Detective LEE: Didn’t the officer
whom you called in say anything about the dirtiness and
filthiness of the place? – Witness: No. –
Detective LEE went on to say there was a flock bed in
the house, and this had been bought since the inspector
visited. The bed was not clean, the flocks were scattered
about, and it was not fit for a child to sleep in. For
anyone weakly, the conditions were, of course, worse.
The Coroner: Has she been summoned before
the magistrates? – Detective LEE: No, sir, but she
has been warned. The case was reported to Inspector REDDY,
and he visited the house along with a constable and warned
The Coroner: How many children have you?
Witness: Two now. – What ages? Three and ten years;
I buried one eight weeks ago two years of age. –
Had that one a long illness? Yes, it was under the doctor
from being born. – Detective LEE: Yes, it wasted
away to nothing! Witness: I have cleaned the place through
and bought new clothes. – Detective LEE: Yes, since
the child died. Witness: I cleaned it through on Saturday.
Detective LEE: You should be able to look
after your house and keep it clean. It is a well-known
thing by people who pass the door that the smell is sufficient
for them outside without going in! There is no excuse
for a woman like you.
The Coroner: Does your husband drink? Witness:
No, sir; he gets a pint of beer, but he does not get drunk.
– Does he neglect his work? No, sir. – Now
why can’t you keep the house tidy? I have done,
sir. I washed the floors on Thursday and Saturday, but
they are black, and you hardly tell they have been done.
– Detective LEE: The bed has been saturated through,
dried, and saturated again. You know that perfectly well.
The Coroner: If you have children it is
your duty to look after them, and make them as comfortable
as your means will allow. You should keep the beds clean.
You will never have good health unless the dwelling in
which you live is properly ventilated and kept clean,
and you will never rear children until you act on a different
principle to what you seem to have acted. What rent do
you pay? Witness: Half-a-crown a week. – How many
rooms have you? Two bedrooms and two rooms downstairs.
You have now got no children who require
so much looking after, and perhaps you will have more
time to spend upon your home. Was this child troubled
with diarrhoea? Yes, sir, it was very relaxed.
The Coroner (to Inspector REDDY): Perhaps
you will keep a watch on this house, and see if there
is an improvement. There are only two children now, but
you can keep it in mind.
Inspector REDDY said he first visited the
house on the 9th February, and he was sorry to say the
place was in a most shocking state. Constable GRIMSHAW
was present, and the husband of the woman said he had
often beaten her for not keeping the house clean. Two
days after their visit one of the children died.
The Coroner: I am not at all satisfied with
the statements she has made with regard to the position
of the child in bed, because her first statement was made
to the officer immediately afterwards. The chances of
the child living under the conditions it was reared were
very remote. Now, do you promise to look better after
your house? Witness: I will, sir; I have made it respectable
now, and I will keep it so.
The Coroner: You do not know what injury
you did yourself and the neighbourhood in which you happen
to live by being dirty and filthy. It breeds disease and
brings on epidemics. You may go.
Addressing the jury, Mr NEWTON observed
that from the evidence it would seem that the child had
been wasting away, probably from consumption of the bowels,
and although the mother had not perhaps done as she might
have done, this complaint was most likely the cause of
death. Dr HOWE was called in some time ago, and found
the child too weak to be vaccinated, but after that no
medical man was consulted.
The jury agreed with the coroner’s
views and returned a verdict of, “Death from natural
causes, probably consumption of the bowels.”
ART AT THE HEGINBOTTOM
TECHINCAL SCHOOL, ASHTON
Work Sent to London
During the past few weeks, students of the art department
of the Heginbottom Technical School, Ashton, have been
putting the finalising touches to the work annually sent
up to the Board of Education, London, in connection with
the National competition and certificates. About 80 works
of art, representing 80 students, have been sent up.
They are of very high quality, the requirements
of the department being considerably higher than in past
years. There are now some 260 students in connection with
the School of Art. The day classes are doing remarkably
good work, and are well attended.
The work of the school is divided into productions
during the year and personal examinations. The productive
capacity this year has been greater than usual, thanks
to the able assistance received by the art master, Mr
J H CRONSHAW, at the hands of the new assistant art master,
Mr C E E CONNER, and a capable staff of teachers.
Perhaps the most important were the works
of the assistant art master, Mr CONNER, and Mr S E HEWITT.
The first-named was a figure composition for two panels
depicting “The Fall.” Mr HEWITT’s work
shows a decided improvement on last year’s, and
he is advancing steadily towards the goal of his ambitions.
His design of a music cabinet, to be depicted in fumed
oak, was classic and full of meaning and inspiration.
He also executed several surface designs
from woven hangings, and Mr CONNER designed a suitable
panel for a medicine chest, representing a sick child;
also a wardrobe in oak, with semi-classical figure compositions.
One of the soundest set of works was by
Mr W WASHINGTON, whose draughtsmanship is almost unique
in connection with the institution, his shading drawing
of the Dancing Fawn being very fine.
Three female students, Misses Evelyn CRYER,
Vera F ROBINSON, and Molly GARTSIDE submitted still life
water colours of the crustaceans, Miss CRYER’s being
characterised by truth and accuracy and good draughtsmanship,
while Miss ROBINSON displayed skill and bold vigorous
Miss GARTSIDE’s work was noteworthy
for its sweet, fresh colouring and sympathetic treatment.
A little ha and fast study is needed, with the training
she already possesses to enable a full and adequate expression
of the intellectual side of art, coupled with good draughtsmanship.
For good all-round work and careful delineation
of facts, Mr R BUTCHER was prominent with a set of original
designs, and Mr J E RAWSON, a first year student, displayed
the true art temperament in an excellent monochromic study
Mr Marshall HOLMES executed a very good
model bust of a figure of Venus There was a good nice
collection of applied art by Messrs W H SMITH and W TAYLOR,
and group studies in oils by Misses H HALL, T TRENOR,
and E WELSH; also a conventional design for weaving by
Mr P BIRTWISTLE; highly-finished designs by Messrs W BOOTH,
J G CHEETHAM, R JONES, and C ROBINSON; painting in oils
by Misses G WOODCOCK, D CHORLTON, M WRIGHT, and M HUDSON;
shading and letter sheets by Messrs W TRAVIS and J A KERSHAW;
a good all-round set of works, including designs, shadings,
and plant studies by Mr J L ROBINSON.