23 April 1904
A JOKE AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
The Alleged Theft by a Gorton Man and Youth
At the County Police Court, on Tuesday, Edgar WADDINGTON,
2 Chatsworth-road, Gorton, and Herbert TRELFER, in his
employ, and who lives with him, were jointly charged with
stealing from a stable in Barlow-road, Levenshulme, on
the 11th instant, a horse body-brush and a surcingle,
the property of George Ruston MARRIOTT, of Princess-road.
MARRIOTT and WADDINGTON occupy stables adjoining
each other, the partition between being about 12ft high.
Evidence was given that the articles named were safe on
the 11th. About 5.30 the same afternoon, WADDINGTON and
TRELFER were seen in a trap driving along Barlow-road,
and (the witness said) TRELFER was examining the body-brush.
The witness informed Mr MARRIOTT of what he had seen.
Sergeant BARKER went over to Gorton subsequently,
and apprehended the accused on suspicion of having stolen
the articles. He afterwards proceeded to search WADDINGTON’s
house, when he was informed that the articles were up
the chimney in the front bedroom, and from that place
they were recovered.
Mrs WADDINGTON told Sergeant BARKER that
the boy (TRELFER) had taken them to the house, and they
had been concealed to screen him. When charged with theft,
TRELFER said he threw them over the partition to WADDINGTON,
and he picked them up. WADDINGTON replied, “He threw
them over, but I did not pick them up.”
Mr COBBETT, who appeared for the defence,
said TRELFER’s account was that a loin cloth had
disappeared a few weeks ago from their stable, and a lot
of corn had disappeared. In retaliation TRELFER jumped
over the partition, and threw the brush and surcingle
over. That was a very stupid thing to do, but there was
no intention of stealing. TRELFER admitted that he threw
the articles over the partition. They had missed things,
and he thought he would have “a bit of his own back.”
Mr COBBETT also put WADDINGTON into the
box. – Mr YATES: The thing against you is that they
were found up the chimney. – WADDINGTON: That was
done to save all this bother. From what I have been told
it was said last week that my wife put them up the chimney.
That is not true. It was her friend. – Mr YATES:
For what purpose? – WADDINGTON: I expect it was
to screen the lad and me, but it has come to this. It
has been to me a joke, but it has gone further.
Superintendent KEYS said that WADDINGTON
was a respectable man and exceedingly well to do. He had
stables at Levenshulme as well as at Gorton. – Mr
YATES said whatever the Bench might think as to the story
told as to retaliation, both of them had good character,
and the bench did not want to put a stain on those characters,
and they would let them go. “Be careful and mind
you don’t do this sort of thing again,” he
concluded, “as it is not every court will do what
we are doing.”
A GORTON MAN’S
A youth named Thomas Cyril COLLIER, who resided at 64
Lonsdale-road, Levenshulme, was found dead the week-end
on the footpath near Yew Tree Farm, between Levenshulme
and Gorton. The shocking discovery was made by Mr Robert
DODGE, of Stowell Avenue, Gorton.
The deceased, who was about 18 years of
age, was employed as a goods clerk at the Ardwick station
of the Great Central Railway Company, and left home at
5.30 to be at his work at six o’clock. The deceased
was lying on his back when he was discovered, and by his
side was a five-charge barrel revolver. Two of the cartridges
had been discharged. One of the shots had gone through
the left side, near the heart, and death must have been
AN OPENSHAW JUMPER
FAILS TO BEAT THE RECORD
There was a large attendance at the Ardwick Athletic Grounds
on Saturday, when W BARKER, of Openshaw, was down the
following couple of records in jumping, viz, five spring
jumps, without weights, and four hops and jump, for a
stake of £40.
BARKER’s first attempt was at the
four hops and jump, and his first efforts were a yard
short, but on towing the mark again he beat HIGGINS’
record of 11yds 9in by 10in. The final jump was five springs,
but in this he failed to cut the mark made by DERBY, at
Dudley, of 61ft 5½ in, in three attempts, although
his second jump was the best, and this was just ten short
of that made by DERBY.
A fortnight ago, BARKER failed to beat the
record of John HIGGINS, of Blackburn, being 16in short
of the latter, whose distance was 30yrds 9in.
A DISHONEST GORTON
Sent to Gaol for Three Months
At the County Police Court on Tuesday, Margaret BOARDMAN,
91 Reddish-lane, Gorton, was charged on remand with stealing
a coat and vest, valued at two guineas, the property of
Frederick James WEBB, “Edna Greens,” Hyde-road,
Gorton. She was employed as a charwoman at Dr WEBB’s.
The coat and vest were hanging up in January,
and were missed this month, and were pledged by the prisoner
on the 20th February with Sabina MOORE, in Reddish-lane.
She said they were her husband’s property. In defence,
prisoner said she only asked for mercy for the sake of
her husband and children. – Mr John CROFTON, solicitor
(who prosecuted for the police): She has been in custody
since the 14th April.
Mr YATES: She did the same thing in July
last, and we are obliged to look at that. If you come
here again you will most certainly be sent to the sessions,
and you will get twelve months. – Prisoner: I shall
never take anything again. – Mr YATES: I have no
doubt you told the city magistrates that. You must go
to prison for three months with hard labour.
SUDDEN DEATH OF A LANDLADY
Mrs Jackson, the popular landlady of the Dog and Partridge
Inn, died very suddenly on Sunday evening last. She had
been actively engaged in her business during the day and
evening, and was seized with a severe illness about 8.30,
and died in the presence of some of her customers in the
house in about three quarters of an hour.
Her death is very much regretted by a large
circle of friends and acquaintances both in Woodhouses
and Failsworth. She was the daughter of the late Mr Samuel
GREENHALGH, of Failsworth, a well-known resident, and
had held licenses in Woodhouses for about a quarter of
a century without having a single conviction recorded
Owing to the suddenness of her death, in
the opinion of the coroner, Mr PRICE, it was deemed advisable
to hold an inquest, which was duly held at the inn on
Wednesday morning, resulting in a verdict by the jury
that the lady had died from natural causes, attributed
chiefly to a weak heart.
She was interred at the Failsworth Cemetery
on Thursday in the presence of relatives and a large number
of neighbours and friends resident in the surrounding
MR WINSTON CHURCHILL
Free Trade Candidate for North West Manchester
Mr Winston CHURCHILL, we are informed, will at the next
Parliamentary election, contest the North-west Manchester
division. Mr CHURCHILL, at the public meeting in Oldham
on Friday night, organised by the Free Trade League, announced
that he had decided to stand aside from the representation
of Oldham at the next election, seeing that Mr Alfred
BENNETT and Mr Thomas ASHTON there were already two strong
supporters of Free Trade before the electors of the borough.
He added that probably he would be found not far from
Mr CHURCHILL described Free Trade as the
question of supreme political interest, and as the north-west
division contains the greatest part of the commercial
centre of the city, whose prosperity is bound up in the
maintenance of Free Trade, it is considered particularly
fitting that he should become the progressive candidate.
The leaders of the Free Trade League, together
with Mr CHURCHILL, have had an interview with those of
the North-west Manchester Liberal Association, and discussed
with them the situation. The Liberal Association are fully
cognisant of the importance of the Free Trade issue, and
the discussion also ranged into other political issues.
A PAINFUL CASE FROM
Charge of False Pretences at Oldham
It was a pathetic to see Edith SHARPLES, of Ashton, a
prepossessing and respectably-attired young lady of 19,
in the dock at the Oldham Police Court on Monday morning.
The charge against her was that of having obtained underclothing
to the value of 6s 4d by false pretences from Clara TAYLOR,
of 203 Ashton-road. The Chief Constable, in his opening
statement, said the girl was wanted at Ashton to answer
Clara TAYLOR, daughter of Mary TAYLOR, of
230 Ashton-road, stated that on the 13th inst, prisoner
came to the shop and asked for an underskirt. When this
was shown to her she asked if she might take it home in
order to let her mother, whom she described as an invalid,
look at it. She gave the address of Villa-road, which
was not far from the shop.
Encouraged by receiving consent to her expressed
wish, she asked for two more articles of underclothing,
and these she was allowed to take “home” on
the promise of returning herself in five minutes, or sending
her sister. She had not returned to the shop, nor sent
anybody. Prisoner had visited the shop on the previous
Monday, and bought a pocket handkerchief.
The Chief Constable stated that the girl’s
mother was in court, and she was the only one who could
depose of the false pretences. But, as the offence was
admitted, he did not wish to put the mother to the painful
necessity of appearing in the dock.
The girl’s brother, who also attended
court, was then called. He stated that she had been going
wrong for two years. They had done their utmost to try
and draw her back, and had received her back home five
times. How she had gone wrong he could not say, except
that she must have got into bad company.
She had been living away from home for some
time, and told them that she was in service. But, so far
as they could ascertain, she had only been in service
six or seven weeks, at Denton. In reply to the bench,
the girl stated that if discharged, she would “be
different,” and would go back home, if permitted.
The brother shook his head to indicate a negative.
The Chairman: If we deal leniently with
her, will you take her back? The Brother: No. –
Mr HARDERN: Are you going to throw this girl on the world,
though she has done this? – The Brother: I have
instructions from my father to say that he will not take
her back until she has been in a home.
The Chairman: We are disposed to deal leniently
with you. Will you give us a promise not to do anything
of the kind in the future. – Prisoner, who had been
sobbing all the while, replied faintly in the affirmative.
The Chairman: Then so far as this Bench
is concerned, you will be bound over to come up for judgment
if called upon. The girl was then taken below to be conveyed
by a detective to the Ashton police.
DROYLSDEN WOMAN FOUND
DROWNED AT ASHTON
About 11 o’clock on Sunday forenoon a boy named
Alfred WHITEFIELD, residing in King-street, Droylsden,
was walking along the canal towing path near Alma Bridge,
Ashton, when he saw a body floating in the water. He drew
the body out, and discovered it to be that of a woman.
Life was extinct.
He gave information to the police, and the
body was removed on the ambulance to the mortuary at the
Town Hall, where it was identified as Elizabeth Hannah
BROWN, aged 44 years, wife of Francis BROWN, carter, 14
St Peter’s-street, Ashton.
She had always enjoyed good health, and
made no complaint. On Sunday morning she put her shawl
on her head, and told her husband she would go and buy
some pepper. She went out, and her husband did not again
see her alive again.
SINGULAR DEATH AT STALYBRIDGE
The Stalybridge police were on Tuesday apprised of the
death, under singular circumstances, of Clara SHAW, aged
20 years, daughter of Mr James SHAW, Nags Head beerhouse,
corner of Trinity-street, Market-street.
Deceased had been known to be troubled with
heart disease for some years, for which some time ago
she was under treatment by Dr HOWE. The symptoms were
very pronounced at times, but latterly the doctor had
not been in attendance, the last visit being about Christmas.
She retired to bed as usual on Monday night,
and not getting up a visit was paid to her bedroom, where
she was found in bed in a state of coma. She expired shortly
afterwards. The doctor being in a position to certify
as to the cause of death, an inquest has been obviated.
FAILING TO REPAIR PROPERTY
In the Nick of Time
Benjamin WELLOCK appeared at the Stalybridge Police Court
on Monday morning, charged with failing to repair certain
closets on his property.
Mr F THOMPSON, representing the Town Clerk,
who appeared to prosecute, explained that the case was
one in which the Stalybridge Corporation were concerned.
WELLOCK was the owner of certain property situated in
Spring Bank-street and Holmes’-yard. On the 24th
October last year, a nuisance on his property was reported,
and the summons was issued in January for him to attend
By arrangement it was then adjourned until
the 21st of March, then to the 18th of April, and Mr WELLOCK,
he had been informed, had commenced the work that morning.
He asked that an order should be made compelling him to
continue the alterations. The necessary order was issued.
THE ATTEMPTED SUICIDE
The Rescuer Complimented
Before the ordinary routine of the court commenced on
Monday morning, the Chief Constable (Captain John BATES)
made reference to the most gallant rescue offered by a
man named MURPHY on Friday morning by diving into the
canal and bringing to the shore a man who had fallen in.
He (Mr BATES) has arranged with the Mayor, as first citizen
of the town, to publicly recognise the act.
The circumstances of the occurrence were
that on Friday morning a man fell into the canal. Without
a moment’s hesitation MURPHY, who was in the vicinity,
dived in, swam to him, and hauled him out. With the assistance
of Constables BEEVER and LENNON, the man was restored
to consciousness and conveyed to the Workhouse Hospital.
From investigations they had learned that
MURPHY had been in the navy and served on many ships.
The Mayor had agreed with him that the case deserved recognition,
and that was why he was before them that morning. The
Chairman (to MURPHY): I understand you don’t want
to receive the Humane Society’s certificate? –
MURPHY: No, sir. I don’t care as long as I get work.
The Chairman: Your conduct is highly commendable
in every sense of the word, and reflects great credit
on you. It is everyone’s duty to save the life of
a fellow creature. You had the opportunity, and availed
yourself of it. You deserve the certificate, and I trust
you will accept it if the Chief Constable secures it for
If one could be gained it would serve as
an incentive to others to do likewise, and it might be
the means of saving other people’s lives if it were
known there would be a reward, even of this small kind.
You have our sincere thanks, and I am sure the thanks
of the whole community. – (Hear, hear.) –
The Chief Constable: Since this morning, your worships,
I have been able to secure work for him. – (Hear,