28 May 1904
A HYDE WOMAN CHARGED
Prosecution by the Co-operative Society
A Remand for Eight Days Granted
At the Hyde Borough Police Court, on Wednesday morning,
before Mr John COOKE, a woman named Lucy ROYLE, of 122
Newton-street, Hyde, was brought up on a charge of having
feloniously forged a certain order, or requested payment
of the sum of £46, then standing, with other monies,
to the credit of Jane Ann SMALLEY on the books of the
Hyde Equitable Co-operative Society, Ltd., with intent
thereby to defraud, on January 11th, 1904. Mr Joe COOKE,
solicitor, appeared to prosecute on behalf of the Co-operative
Society, and Mr WILSON represented the defendant.
Mr COOKE said the Co-operative Society were
prosecuting this woman on several charges of fraud. The
principal charge, he thought, would be of feloniously
forging several documents with intent to defraud the society
of the sum of £46. He only intended that morning
to give formal evidence of arrest, and to ask for a remand
for a week on Thursday.
Inspector DIXON stated that he arrested
the prisoner and charged her, and she replied, “I
know nothing about it. I have not got it. — Mr COOKE:
I think that will be sufficient for a remand. —
Mr WILSON: I have no objections.
Mr COOKE spoke of the condition of the woman,
and said if the bench thought fit to grant substantial
bail he did not think he could object under the circumstances.
— Mr WILSON took exception to “substantial
bail,” and asked for reasonable bail, which Mr COOKE
assented to. — A remand for eight days was granted,
and bail was allowed, the prisoner being bound over in
£20, and two sureties of £10 each.
THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR
An inquest was held on Thursday forenoon, at the Infirmary,
by Mr J F PRICE, County Coroner.
Annie KENNY, wife of John KENNY, an agent,
of 5, Suffolk-street, Ashton, said deceased was her son
by her first marriage, and was last employed in Messrs
Howe’s cotton waste warehouse. He was 22 last birthday,
and had not been living with her for some time, and had
been doing no work in particular. He had been lodging
at the Model Lodging House.
She last saw him alive on Monday evening,
when she spoke to him, and gave him some bread and butter
and tea and sugar, and 3d to pay his lodgings. The next
she heard was about Tuesday morning when her husband,
who had heard of her son’s condition, told her,
and she immediately came to the Infirmary. When she arrived,
he was unconscious. She again went about three o’clock,
and remained with him until death about four o’clock.
Albert GODFREY, night watchman at Lumb Mill,
of 5, Clive-street, Taunton, said he knew the deceased
personally. Returning home from work by the field paths,
he saw deceased lying on the road leading from Taunton
to Littlemoss. A man named Thomas BENNETT was stooping
over him. When he saw witness approach he walked away
about 20 yards, and then returned hesitatingly.
He (GODFREY) asked him what was the matter.
He answered that he was dead drunk. Witness suggested
they should raise him, but BENNETT said, “Let him
lie there, and ------ him,” and walked away in the
direction of Littlemoss. Witness tried to rouse the unconscious
man, but without success, and he acquainted Constable
POLLARD of the occurrence. He saw the bottle produced
in his inside breast pocket. When assisting him to the
Newmarket Inn deceased smelt very badly of drink, although
he could not say that BENNETT was intoxicated.
In answer to a juryman, witness said BENNETT
appeared afraid of being discovered, and tried to steal
away. There were no signs of any struggle round about.
Constable Ernest POLLARD deposed to receiving
information of the occurrence and proceeding to the spot
said every effort was made on arrival at the Newmarket
Inn to restore consciousness, but without success. He
found in deceased’s pocket a table knife, an orange,
and two lemons. The bottle was lying on the ground near
It was reported to the police about one
o’clock that the Crow Hill Bowling Club, near which
the body was lying, had been broken into, and nearly a
pint of whiskey, a gill of brandy, two bottles of stout,
and two bottles of soda water were missing. Two lemons,
a table knife, and an orange had been missing also, and
corresponded to those found on CREWE. Inquiries had been
made in Ashton and Waterloo, but BENNETT could not be
found, and they had heard he had not slept at home that
Nurse Martha CURBISHLEY, ward assistant
at the infirmary, deposed to receiving deceased on Tuesday
in a comatose condition. The stomach pump was used, and
he was placed under treatment immediately. There was a
smell of whisky about him, and he appeared to be suffering
from alcoholic poisoning. He rallied slightly, but never
regained consciousness and died about 4 o’clock
in the afternoon. Dr JUDSON had said he died from heart
failure due to excessive drinking, and accelerated by
exposure. A verdict to that effect was returned.
FOUND DROWNED AT STAMFORD
A Wife’s Sad End — Treated as a Lodger
About 6.45 on Monday morning a man named Jos. DYSON was
walking round the upper lake, Stamford Park, when he noticed
the body of a woman floating in the water. He drew it
to the bank and life was then extinct. The body was conveyed
on the police ambulance to the mortuary, Ashton Town Hall,
and there identified as Emma MARSHALL, aged 44, wife of
Joseph MARSHALL, joiner, Cross Hope-street, Ashton. She
lived apart from her husband for some time, and is stated
to have been very despondent.
The inquest was held in the borough court
room, Ashton Town Hall, on Wednesday forenoon, by Mr J
F PRICE, district coroner.
Joseph MARSHALL, joiner, 10, Cross Hope-street,
Hurst, said the deceased was his wife. They had been separated
seven years through his wife’s temper. She had been
living at her sister’s in Queen-street, Hurst, and
had maintained herself. A fortnight ago last Wednesday
she returned to him on account of a trouble having arisen
where she lodged in consequence of illness.
During the last fortnight she had been ill,
and had been under a doctor at the Infirmary, and also
Dr WALLACE. Her nerves had been affected, and she had
been strange in her manner, and imagining someone was
upstairs. Last Monday morning she went out, and said some
policeman had locked her up, and that she would have seven
days. All last week she had been threatening to destroy
They retired to bed at 9.30 on Sunday night.
She was restless, and she could not go to sleep. Witness
missed her out of bed between 12 and 1 midnight. She returned
in about five minutes, and got into bed again. She said
two “bobbies” had locked her up, and she had
got seven days. Witness went to sleep, and awoke at 3,30
a.m., and his wife was not then in bed. He shouted to
his sister, who lived with him, and told her his wife
had gone. He went out into the street and along the Infirmary-road
to look for her, but could not find her.
He heard nothing more until she was taken
on the ambulance to the mortuary, and he identified her
there. She had been a temperate woman up to last week,
when she began to drink heavily, and pulled her wedding
ring off, and pawned it. Witness did not give his wife
any money when she came back, and treated her as a lodger.
The Coroner: Is it true you have driven
her to this? No. Were you drinking last week? No, I was
working. — Were you the worse for drink when you
came down to the mortuary? No, I was a bit upset. —
What made her drink last week? I cannot say. — If
anyone calls you a drunken, worthless fellow, is it an
The Foreman (Mr Luke PLATT): It seems strange
that you accepted your wife as a lodger? She came of her
own accord. — You never allowed her the purse, not
any facilities for spending money. Your sister seems to
have had command? She came only for a week. My sister
had been laying all the money out. I saw how her mind
was, and did not give her money to go on the spree when
I saw her getting drunk. — You said she did not
usually go on the spree? For a week, I said. — You
say the woman has been temperate? She had been up to last
A Juryman: Who maintained her last week?
I did, but I turned no money up when I saw her going strange.
— The Foreman: It seems a strange thing, and it
wants inquiring into. You have been parted and took her
back again, and one would expect her to come back as a
wife and not a lodger.
The Coroner: What time did you come to see
the body in the mortuary? About 10.30 on Monday morning.
— You are quite sure you were sober? Yes. —
How long had they to keep you here. While they took my
statement. — About two hours? (No answer.) —
If the police say that neither you nor your sister were
sober are they talking an untruth? Yes. — How long
did it take them to get out of you what they wanted? About
Louisa COOK, wife of Mark COOK, said she
had been separated from her husband 26 years. The previous
witness was her brother, and had lived with her ever since
parting from his wife. He liked a drink of beer, but had
not stopped off his work through it. Deceased came to
the house a fortnight ago, and seemed very strange. Her
nervous system got very low, and she threatened to destroy
herself. She was drinking all last week, but witness could
not say why.
She took a basin of gruel to her in her
bedroom on Sunday night, and heard her about the house
between 12 and 1 o’clock on Monday morning. Her
brother awoke her about six o’clock in the morning,
saying his wife had gone again. Witness got up at once,
and they both went out on to the Infirmary-road to look
for her, but could not find her. The husband had had no
drink that morning, and was quite sober, though he was
upset. Witness could not say why they parted. Since parting
deceased had come occasionally and stayed the week-end.
The Coroner: If anyone says he is a drunken,
worthless fellow, is it an untruth? Yes. — By the
foreman: It was through her (the witness) that they began
to live together again. — The Foreman: What made
her take to drink last week? I could not say. She was
drinking spirits. — Did she bring them into the
house? She went outside. Someone brought her home drunk
at 1 o’clock on Saturday morning. — Where
did she get the money? She pawned her ring for 12s. 6d.
and drank it all.
She told me at dinner time that we should
have more trouble with her before she had done. —
A juryman: What caused her to say you would have more
trouble; had you had some words? No. — Didn’t
you ask her the reason for saying that? No. I thought
it was only the drink.
Mary Jane FLETCHER, widow, 121, Queen-street,
Hurst, said the deceased was her sister, and had lived
with her between six and seven years. Deceased had maintained
herself by working at the Stamford Manufacturing Company,
and was a steady, hardworking, and clean woman. She left
witness on her own accord six weeks ago, and went to live
with an aunt at Openshaw.
Witness did not know the nature of her illness,
only that she kept complaining of her pain in her side,
and said she was sure it would drive her out of her mind.
Witness had never seen her drunk in her life. She left
her husband because she said she could not live with him.
He never did what was right to her, and would not work.
He drank all he could get hold of, and tried to put the
blame on her, but the boot was on the other leg.
His wife had left him several times before.
— By the Foreman: She did not believe deceased had
pawned the ring as she could find no ticket. She told
witness would never take her ring off as long as she lived.
— The Foreman: The policeman said the husband came
home drunk. — The Coroner: What impression did he
give you on Monday morning; did you think he was sober
or not? — I do not think he was. — A juryman:
Was your sister insured? Yes. — The Coroner: Who
has got her insurance? She had always kept herself insured,
and would have run out of benefits a fortnight ago had
not her brother paid the money. — Have you ever
had any children? No, and it has been a blessing.
Joseph DYSON, gardener at Stamford Park,
deposed to finding the body about 6.30 on Monday morning.
He was on duty at the fishing lake, and saw the body in
the water floating face downwards about 11 yards from
the side. He went and informed the park-keeper, and they
got the grappling hooks and drew the body out. Life was
extinct. Deceased must have waded some distance in the
water, as this depth increased gradually, and was only
5 feet 6 inches where she was found. Witness discovered
a shawl, and a set of false teeth on a stone flag near
the ice house.
The Coroner said there was very little doubt
that she had committed suicide. Had she fallen in, she
would not be likely to have left her shawl and teeth.
The road was very wide at that point. — The Foreman:
She must have been of unsound mind. — The Coroner:
She has evidently been under a delusion. — The Foreman:
He had not been very consistent in his evidence. —
The Coroner: I have not been satisfied with his evidence
A Juryman: He says he was awakened at 3.30,
and his sister says at 6.30. — The Coroner: He says
he was sober when he came down here, and the police tell
us he was not. — A Juryman: There seems to be more
truth in the sister’s evidence than the other. —
The Coroner: Whatever he has been, there is no justification
for committing suicide. He may or may not have helped
to drive her to it.
The jury returned a verdict of suicide whilst
of unsound mind.
ASHTON CRICKETERS INJURED
Two of the Ashton cricketers, Messrs. Percy S. KERSHAW
and Reg. KERSHAW, were unfortunate in sustaining injuries
in the match with Manchester, at Raynor-lane, on Saturday
Percy S. KERSHAW was endeavouring to take
a difficult catch at long-on, the ball having been forced
a tremendous height by THORNEYCROFT from a delivery by
BAILEY. KERSHAW seemed to judge the catch pretty well,
but failed to secure the ball, which caught him on the
thumb, almost stripping the nail from the flesh, and dislocating
the thumb, which caused his retirement early on in the
game. The injury was immediately attended to and dressed.
Reg. KERSHAW shortly afterwards tried to
make a difficult catch sideways whilst running, but failed.
The ball escaped his grasp, and badly strained the little
finger of the left hand. Although hardly in a fit condition
to bat, he pluckily went in at the end of the innings,
but after battling a few minutes had the misfortune to
be hit on the same finger by a fast rising ball from SLADEN,
which burst the finger.
Both players are very popular, and each
is looked upon as a safe catch.
ATTEMPTED SUICIDE AT
Trying to Frighten His Wife
On Wednesday, at the Stalybridge Police Court, John SINGLETON
was in the dock on a charge of having attempted to commit
suicide by hanging.
Constable JEPSON said that at 2.15 on Monday
afternoon he received information that SINGLETON was trying
to take his own life. The officer went to the defendant’s
house, and upon going to the bedroom he found the man
with a rope tied to the banister and secured around his
neck. At the same time his wife was trying to release
him, and the officer joined in the effort, whereupon SINGLETON
tried to bite him.
Other assistance was procured, and the rope
was finally got away, and SINGLETON was locked up at the
Town Hall. The constable further informed the Bench that
defendant’s riotous conduct was a regular occurrence,
and when in drink he was like a madman. When charged,
defendant replied that “he only did it to frighten
his wife.” — Defendant: I hope you will excuse
me this time, sir.
At this stage the Magistrates’ Clerk
(Mr John WHITEHEAD) read a letter which had been received
from the defendant’s employer, Mr HARGREAVES, paper
mill owner. This communication stated that SINGLETON had
worked at the mill 18 months, and was a very steady and
industrious man up to Saturday last. The writer could
only account for defendant’s conduct through drink,
which he should not take seeing that he had served in
the Indian Army, and suffered from ague. The letter concluded,
“Had his wife been at home this might have been
avoided, but I hope he will take this as a lesson.”
Defendant’s wife was next called to
give her version of the affair, and she expressed surprise
at her husband’s conduct, “seeing that they
were very comfortable.” — Constable JEPSON:
I do not live thirty yards from them, and this kind of
thing occurs every week. The neighbours often fetch me
Inspector BAMFORTH: I do not think the blame
is altogether on his part. I think she is to blame as
well. She came to the office yesterday, and I told her
not to come again, as she was in drink. — Mrs SINGLETON:
No, sir; I have not had a drink since. — Inspector
BAMFORTH: Sergeant STITT and I saw her, and we decided
not to allow her in any more, as it would only make her
The Chairman (Mr KNOTT): Didn’t you
say you had only done it to frighten your wife? —
Defendant: I did not intend to do it, but I might have
made a slip! — (Loud laughter.) — The Clerk:
Yes, it might have been a slip too. — (More laughter.)
— Defendant: I will see it does not occur again.
— Inspector BAMFORTH: I have no desire to press
the case, your worships.
The Chairman: Is it a fact you are in the
habit of taking drink occasionally? — Defendant:
Yes, sir; I cannot hold myself if I get too much, but
I promise it will not occur again. — The Chairman:
Perhaps it would be better, don’t you think, if
you did not take any drink at all? Your wife might also
take notice, and then you could both live happily together.
Your employer speaks well of you, and you seem to be the
worst enemy to yourself.
The Clerk: You had better take the pledge.
— The Chairman: Supposing we let you off this time,
will you try and keep off the liquor? — Defendant:
Yes, sir. — The Chairman: Don’t try to take
a little at a time, but leave it off altogether. Now,
will you do that? — Defendant: Yes, sir. —
The Chairman: Very well; you will be discharged.
FOUND DEAD IN BED AT
On Wednesday at Denton Police Station and inquest was
held on the body of William BARDSLEY, of Moss-street,
Denton, by Mr J. F. PRICE, the district coroner. Mr William
THORNLEY was foreman of the jury.
The first witness was Sarah BARDSLEY, wife
of George BARDSLEY, hatter, Oddfellows’ Arms, Ashton-road,
Denton. Deceased was her brother-in-law. He was a hatter,
and was 37 years of age. He had been lodging with Mrs
EASTWOOD, 28, Moss-street, Denton. He was married, but
had parted from his wife.
He came to Moss-street about 10 o’clock
on Sunday morning. He was very quiet, and was not looking
very well. He complained of his head all the week before.
He had been in America ten years and returned about nine
months ago, and he had complained of his head ever since
he came back. He left their house about three o’clock
in the afternoon to go to his lodgings, and then to bed.
He was under Dr GRIFFIN about six months ago. He was working
up to Saturday noon, and was a fairly steady man. He had
never threatened to take his life or anything.
Mary Ann EASTWOOD, 28, Monk-street, Denton,
said deceased had lodged with her about 10 or 11 weeks.
He had not had such good health, and complained of pains
in his head. Deceased went out about 9.30 o’clock
on Sunday morning. He returned about 3.15 p.m., and said
he would lay down, as he did not feel well. He went straight
upstairs to rest.
Her nephew went to bed about 3.30, and got
in the same bed with deceased. Witness heard him snoring
heavily about 5.30 and called him down to tea. Her nephew
came down about 6.30 p.m., and said, “I am sure
Bill’s dead.” Witness went upstairs and found
deceased laying on his face in bed. Witness stirred him,
but he fell back again. He had never had any fits, but
was always complaining about being starved. Witness sent
for the police, and then Dr McGILL.
William POGMORE, of 28, Moss-street, Denton,
stated he had known deceased about four months, during
which time he had lodged with him at his aunt’s,
and occupied the same bed. Deceased had complained of
his head hurting him. Witness went to bed about 3.30 on
Sunday afternoon. Deceased was then in bed with his clothes
on. He was asleep, and witness got in bed with deceased
and went to sleep.
Mrs EASTWOOD woke witness about 5.30 p.m.,
at which time deceased was snoring heavier than usual.
Witness did not get up until 6.30, and deceased was then
laid with his face downwards on the pillow. Witness tried
to wake him, but could not do so.
The Coroner, in summing, said he thought
Mrs BARDSLEY had correctly termed it when she said deceased
was “wrecked up.” — A verdict of “Death
from natural causes” was returned.
GLOSSOP ACCUSED OF
POACHING IRISH PLAYERS
During the consideration on Tuesday night by the Irish
Football Association of complaints by Belfast clubs against
Glossop for approaching and signing on players without
the said clubs’ permission, it was alleged that
Glossop, having learned that action was about to be taken,
wired the captured players to alter the date of the form
to a date subsequent to the termination of their agreement
with the Belfast clubs. The Irish Association have decided
to bring the whole affair under the notice of the International