24 September 1904
FATAL ACCIDENT TO A
DUKINFIELD MAN AT PARKBRIDGE
The Oldham borough coroner held an inquest on Wednesday
afternoon at Oldham Town Hall on the body of Wm. James
RHODES, aged 22 years, of 73, Foundry-street, Dukinfield.
He was a stoker on the Great Central Railway, and on Saturday
last sustained serious injuries whilst on the engine near
Parkbridge. George RHODES, 73, Foundry-street, Dukinfield,
gave evidence of identification.
John Alexander McKENZIE, house surgeon at
Oldham Infirmary, said the deceased was admitted about
6.30 on Saturday morning suffering from concussion of
the brain. He never recovered consciousness, and died
the following day. There was a bruise on the right side
of the head.
As the result of an examination he had found
that deceased had received a fractured skull and laceration
of the brain. The fracture was extensive. Witness thought
the fall against the coalguard would be sufficient to
account for the fracture. Death was due to the injuries
George William MIDDLETON, of Openshaw, an
engine driver in the employment of the Great Central Railway,
said that about 5.30 on Saturday morning he was driving
an engine towards Oldham between Broadoak box and Broadhurst
box. Deceased was acting as stoker. Deceased mounted the
tender to reach the cart.
He climbed about four or five feet, but
could have reached it from the sand box on the engine.
Witness turned round to look at the road, and when looking
towards the deceased he saw him fall on the coal protection
plate. Witness did not think he would hurt himself, but
he saw him lying on the plate. Deceased did not move so
he lifted him down on the footplate and stopped at Parkbridge
for assistance. Witness could not say whether he struck
his head against anything or not. He was taken to Oldham.
James Bertie HAMMOND, stationmaster at Parkbridge,
said that about 5.30 on Saturday morning the last witness
handed the deceased to him. He told the driver to take
him to Oldham as soon as possible and witness accompanied
him to Clegg-street Station. The ambulance was there in
waiting, and he was taken to the infirmary. A verdict
of accidental death was returned.
STAMFORD PARK, ASHTON
Sir, - Together with my family I frequently visit Stamford
Park on a Sunday afternoon, and greatly enjoy the lovely
flowers and our walk over the well-kept gardens. We much
regret, however, that unless accompanied either by myself
or my son, my daughters have refused to go there again,
and I hear this is a decision of many of our lady friends,
in consequence of the offensive remarks they are compelled
to listen to when they are there by themselves.
Both young men and young women are guilty
of vulgar and rude talk, and appear to address most ladies
that pass who are unaccompanied by gentlemen. It is a
pity that in these days coarseness and ignorance should
prevail, as it apparently does to such an extent amongst
those who, we should have thought, know better. Perhaps
if you are good enough to publish this letter, some of
the offenders may learn to mend their manners.
Your, etc, Locus Standi
ACCIDENT AT ASHTON
On Wednesday afternoon the attention of a constable was
called to a drayman, named Eli ALLEN, residing in King-street,
Radcliffe, who had happened an accident. He was riding
on a lurry along Manchester-road, in company with his
son, and when near Willow Bank he was getting down from
the front of the lurry, when the horse kicked, and caught
him on the right leg below the knee, causing a compound
fracture. Dr HAMER arrived, and applied splints and bandages,
and the man was removed in the horse ambulance to the
IN THE ASHTON SECONDARY DAY SCHOOLS
”A Hot Bone of Contention”
At the monthly meeting of the Borough Education Committee
held at the Ashton Town Hall on Wednesday evening, an
interesting discussion took place on a resolution of the
Higher Education Committee:— That the use of classrooms
be granted for denominational teaching to those students
of the Day Secondary School whose parents desire it from
9 to 9.25 every morning, provided that the cost of such
instruction be not paid by the Education Committee.
The chairman (Councillor J.B. POWNALL) moved
the minutes of the Higher Education Sub-committee, and
these were seconded by Alderman SIDDALL.
Councillor T. HALLAM moved an amendment
that minutes be passed with the exception of the clause
respecting the use of classrooms being granted for denominational
teaching where requested. It seemed to him that if the
resolution was confirmed it would open the way to a good
deal of ill-feeling. The Council, as such, could nor provide
denominational teaching. It might allow it, but not at
the expense of the Council.
It would mean that either the present staff
would have to give the religious teaching and not receive
any additional remuneration for it, or other teachers
would have to be introduced. The Act provided that no
unfair preference should be shown to any religious denomination.
It was no great stretch of imagination to think what might
happen if all the different denominations applied for
classrooms to teach their particular tenets.
Councillor HAMER seconded, and regretted
the resolution had been passed, and that it was not in
the educational interest of the town. It would be a very
hot bone of contention. He had an objection to day school
buildings provided by the ratepayers being used for sectarian
The Rev. F.H. BURROWS said the minute was
passed with unanimity and friendliness. They had no religious
difficulty, and he could not see what had arisen since
the previous Monday to provide feelings of a religious
difficulty. The observations made had relation to the
Act, and they were not there to discuss the Act, but to
administer it. There were large numbers of Roman Catholic
and Church of England teachers who would be deprived of
a training if they removed this opportunity. The Council
would have the control.
Mr. A. PARK said if the local education
authority thought it desirable they might permit any religious
instruction to be given at the parents’ request,
no unfair preference to be shown to any religious denomination.
The cost did not fall on the authority.
Whilst supporting the framing of the minutes
on legal grounds, he thought religious instruction should
be given under conditions in which it would not interfere
in any way with the ordinary work of the school. It would
be an inconvenience say, for five or six gentlemen to
go into school at 9.25 a.m. and call out the various denominational
children to give them religious instruction. Ashton was
the only non-county borough that had a resolution of this
kind on its books.
The chairman said no harm should result.
It merely rested with the parents filling up the forms
provided as to whether their children should have religious
instruction. It would be a great pity after going on so
well if any feeling were manifested. He strongly entertained
the opinion that there should be religious instruction
in the school, and particularly if paid out of public
money. With regard to dogmatic teaching, it was a difficult
question. The plain fact remained that people did insist
on religious teaching.
Councillor HALLAM’s amendment was
defeated, and the minutes were passed. There was a further
resolution in the minutes which was passed:— That
Bible instruction from 9 to 9.25 every morning be given
to those students of the Secondary Day School whose parents
desire that they should receive such instruction.
DROYLSDEN MAN DROWNED
IN AN AUDENSHAW RESERVOIR
Droylsden Man’s Sad End
The Droylsden police were last week notified of the disappearance
Mr. John BOWES, of Greenside-lane, Droylsden, and search
was made for him. The Audenshaw reservoirs were dragged,
but without success until Saturday when his body was seen
floating by an angler in No. 3 reservoir. An inquiry touching
the circumstances of his death was conducted by Mr. J.F.
PRICE, coroner, on Tuesday at the Council offices, Audenshaw.
Jane Ann BOWES, wife of deceased, of 92,
Greenside-lane, Droylsden, said her husband was a labourer
at Messrs. Whitworth’s, and was 53 last birthday.
He had been a healthy man all through life, and worked
until Monday, the 5th of September, on which day he went
to work at a quarter past eight in the morning.
He returned about 10 o’clock, explaining
that he had had to give his work up. He could not do it.
It was too hard. He had made a similar complaint before,
saying he could not do as much as any other man because
he could not use a pick. He remained at home all the afternoon
On Tuesday, the 6th, he left the house in
the morning, but returned at night, and didn’t sleep
so well. He seemed very much upset about his work. At
five minutes past eight on Wednesday morning he left home
and never returned again. Witness went to the police station,
to the Town Hall, and other places, but they heard nothing
of him. He had never threatened to drown himself.
”On Tuesday night he sat in his armchair,”
witness proceeded in a broken voice, “and he looked
very despondent. I says ‘Pick up, father,’
and he answers ‘I’m done.’ I says ‘Nay,
father, you are a young man yet; look at the newspaper
a bit.’ ‘They’re all full of suicides,’
he answered, looking up. ‘I can’t look.’”
He gave the work up of his own accord, and
had told her that the men kept jeering and making fun
at him because he couldn’t do it. She thought he
wasn’t quite strong enough. He had asked for some
lighter job, and the foreman had given him one. He was
a willing worker, but had never been a steady man.
Richard COPPOCK, a labourer at the Manchester
Corporation Reservoir, of Audenshaw-road, Audenshaw, said
that on Saturday, about half-past five his attention was
drawn by an angler to a body floating in No. 3 reservoir,
near the side. He obtained grappling hooks and pulled
the body out. It was quite dead, and had the appearance
of having been in the water some time. The police arrived
and the body was taken away. There were two fences to
climb to get to the reservoir.
Charles Herbert BOWES, of Greenside-lane,
Droylsden, said deceased was his father. He knew he was
missing from home. He identified the body on Sunday. —
The jury returned an open verdict.
The Coroner asked Mr. BENNETT, an official
of the waterworks who was present at the inquiry, if the
water would be used for drinking purposes. — Mr.
BENNETT replied that he could not tell them just then,
but the spot where the body was discovered was quite half-a-mile
from the centre of the three reservoirs, and could not
have contaminated it in that short time.
SAD SEQUEL TO AN ACCIDENT
An inquiry was held by Mr. J.F. PRICE, district coroner,
at the Co-operative Hall, Ashton, on Monday at noon, into
the circumstances of the death of Abram BOWERS, aged 47
years, of 83, Welbeck-street, Ashton, whose death took
place on Thursday of last week following injuries received
on May 2nd. Mr. G.H. CLOUGH was present on behalf of Mr.
Thomas LOCKWOOD, coal merchant, Stalybridge, by whom the
deceased had been employed for many years.
Matilda BOWERS, wife of deceased, said he
was a railway wagon builder and repairer up to the time
of getting hurt, and had been a healthy man. On Monday,
May 2nd, he left home about 8.30 a.m. to go to his work
at Guide-bridge, and returned about 10.30 the same morning,
saying he had fallen from a wagon on to the buffer and
then to the floor, and hurt himself about the abdomen.
She gave him some brandy and water, and
he then went to Dr. HAMILTON who attended him frequently.
He had since been confined to bed. He told her he slipped
off the wagon and did not blame anyone for what had happened.
George TURNER, labourer, 53, Peel-street,
Dukinfield, stated that on May 2nd he first saw the deceased
about 9 a.m. when he was in Mr. LOCKWOOD’s wagon
shop at Guidebridge railway sidings. Witness had gone
to look for work. About 10 o’clock he went with
deceased to repair a wagon which was on the siding. When
they got there witness turned to walk away, leaving the
deceased standing between the ends of the two wagons.
Before he had proceeded many yards he heard
a noise as though deceased had fallen. He turned round,
went back to the wagons, and found him standing between
the two wagons apparently in pain. Witness asked if he
had hurt himself, and he replied, “Yes.” He
walked without assistance towards the shop. Deceased had
got the end pillar which he took with him fixed into position,
and he would have to climb on the buffers or the drawbar
hooks to put in the top bolts.
In reply to Mr. CLOUGH, witness said the
wagon was situated about 50 yards from the shop. Mr. CLOUGH:
Was it in our siding? It was near Guidebridge Station,
about 50 yards from the siding. The coroner said it did
not matter how far it was away.
Dr. HAMILTON said deceased called at his
surgery about 10.30 on May 2nd, saying he had fallen on
the buffer of a railway wagon, and had hurt himself. Witness
examined him and found he was bleeding. He ordered his
removal home to bed and attended him there for four or
He went on well, and then an abscess formed
in the position of the injury. He was attacked with inflammation
in both hips and thighs, and ultimately a large abscess
formed in the thigh. He gradually grew worse. Septic pneumonia
set in from which he died. Witness was satisfied in his
own mind that death was directly due to the original injury.
The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”
SUDDEN DEATH AT ASHTON
On Tuesday at the Halfway House, Whiteacre-road, Mr. J.F.
PRICE, county coroner, conducted an inquiry into the circumstances
surrounding the death of Emma PRESS, who died on Saturday
Charles PRESS, of 44, South-street, son
of the deceased, said his mother was 64 years old, and
lived at 122, Alexandra-street, Ashton. She hadn’t
had the best of health for two or three years, and had
complained of nervous debility for which she had been
treated by Dr. BRADLEY about 12 months ago. The last time
witness saw her alive was a week last Sunday, when she
didn’t seem very well, having had a slight attack
of diarrhœa. She worked up to Saturday dinner-time,
and he heard of her death at half-past nine on Saturday
Mary Ann HARRISON, of 65, Mossley-road,
said she had known the deceased all her life, and had
frequently been to see her. She wasn’t obliged to
work, but she preferred to. She had been in failing health
for the last 12 months complaining of weakness. Witness
last saw her alive about half-past nine. She made no complaint.
She was called to her on Saturday evening about twenty
to nine. She had no reason to doubt that she had died
a natural death.
Mary Ellen MUTTER, a widow, of 110, Alexandra-street,
deposed to going to the woman’s house about twenty
to nine on Saturday night. The door was loose, and she
entered. All was in darkness, and she struck a match.
In the faint light she saw Mrs. PRESS sitting on the sofa,
with her head leaning against the arm. She was quiet,
and only moaned twice. She sent for Dr. SPENCER, who arrived
and said she was dead.
A juryman asked if it was a fact that the
coalman saw deceased, and thought she was drunk? —
Witness answered that she had never thought of going before
the coalman had told her so. — The same juryman
said he had heard that she had a bit of bread clenched
between her false teeth. — Mrs. MUTTER was recalled,
and said that when she discovered Mrs. PRESS she had a
piece of bread the size of a shilling between her teeth.
A verdict of death from natural causes was