30 April 1904
DISPUTE AT A HURST
Who Shall Provide the Instruments
Internal strife and complications are rending the working
of the hitherto peaceful Band Club, Evans-street, Hurst,
the headquarters of the Hurst Village Reed Band. The instruments
with which the members were wont to carry off so many
prizes are, through senile decay, gradually refusing to
perform their allotted task, and things are in a parlous
The present year sees the jubilee of the
band and it may be imagined that instruments 50 years
old have not retained the fire and energy of their youth
and are apt to strike the wrong note at some crucial moment.
For some time the members have seen the present impasse
looming in the distance, and had approached the Club Committee
with a view to improving the quality of the playing by
providing new instruments.
Naturally the committee hesitated somewhat
before launching on such a venture, which would prove
necessarily expensive, but eventually by dint of much
persuasion, they consented to purchase new ones for the
LOCAL DIVORCE CASE
In the Divorce Division of the High Court of Justice,
on Monday, Mrs Mary Jane KENWORTHY petitioned for a divorce
from her husband, Thomas KENWORTHY, on the ground of his
cruelty and adultery.
Mr PRITCHARD stated that the parties were
married on February 20, 1888, at the parish church, Denton,
and afterwards lived together at Hyde, Cheshire. The husband
treated her cruelly. On one occasion he came home to tea
and struck her on the back. On another occasion, when
she refused to give him money, he threatened her with
a razor, and finally cut her arm.
On November 15, 1899, he went off, and he
had since left her alone. The husband seemed to have gone
to Dukinfield and Ashton-under-Lyne, and since then he
had been living with a woman, Emma SIDEBOTTOM. The petition
was not presented before on account of want of means,
Mrs KENWORTHY having had to support herself, earning 13s
a week as a seamstress.
The petitioner gave evidence in support
of this statement, and evidence was given that the respondent
had been living in adultery at Charles-street, Ashton.
His Lordship granted a decree nisi.
SHOCKING ACCIDENT AT
Labourer’s Fatal Fall
At the Denton Police Court, on Wednesday, Mr J F PRICE
and a jury held an inquiry into the circumstances attending
the death of Thomas DOYLE, a labourer, of 15 Leech-street,
Dukinfield, who fell from a landing at the new Denton
Co-operative Society’s buildings, Amelia-street,
Denton. The case was watched on behalf of Mr Joseph CLAYTON,
contractor, by Mr H F S CLAYTON, of Messrs J CLAYTON and
Sons, solicitors, Ashton-under-Lyne.
Sarah Hannah DOYLE said deceased, Thomas
DOYLE, was her husband, and she lived with him at 15 Leech-street,
Dukinfield. He was a plasterers’ labourer, and he
was 42 years of age last March. He was a healthy man.
She last saw him alive about a quarter to six on Monday
morning, when he left home to go to his work in Denton.
He was in the employ of Abraham JEFFREYS, plasterer and
builder, of Dukinfield. The deceased was perfectly sober
when he left home. He was generally a temperate man. She
heard of his death the same day.
In answer to Mr CLAYTON witness said deceased
had a break out at Easter, but since that time he had
been very temperate. He had a pint or two on Saturday,
but had got over it by Sunday.
Joseph JEFFREYS, 7 Pearson-street, Dukinfield,
said he was a plasterer, and worked for his brother, Abraham
JEFFREYS, plasterer of Pearson-street, Dukinfield. On
Monday, 25th inst, he was working at the new offices in
course of erection for the Denton Co-operative Society
in Amelia-street. Deceased was working there too, as witness’s
Witness first saw him at about a quarter
to eight that morning, when he brought a hod of mortar
up a ladder to him on the second storey, where he was
plastering a landing belonging to the staircase. As soon
as he saw him he noticed he had had drink. He could not
get off the ladder, and witness had to help him off on
to the landing. He was very unsteady, and smelt of drink.
Witness got him to empty his hod, and then
drew his attention to the danger of falling off the ladder
and down the cellar steps. Deceased said he would “mind
the next time,” meaning that he would be more careful
next time. The ladder reached from the ground floor, which
was concreted, to the landing, and was held by four bricks
at the end of a rope thrown over a plank.
He came up three times after breakfast,
and went down safely. About a quarter past ten o’clock
he came up again with a hod of mortar. Witness heard him
get off the ladder on to the plank and tip the mortar.
Immediately afterwards he heard a noise, and upon looking
round found he had disappeared. He saw deceased’s
He was certain deceased fell from a plank
he had fixed himself on the previous Saturday, so that
he could tip the mortar easier. The plank was resting
on a trestle on the landing. He must have overbalanced
himself. Witness went down the ladder at once and saw
two joiners bringing him up from the bottom of the cellar
steps. He did not appear to be alive, but witness sent
for Dr STEWART, who pronounced life extinct.
When deceased came up the ladder first time,
witness charged him with being the worse for drink. Deceased
said he would be better after breakfast. He could not
have suspended deceased for being the worse for drink.
— The Coroner: Didn’t it seem a very risky
thing to allow a man to go up and down the ladder while
under the influence? — Witness: He would have had
to go home every Monday morning.
Thomas CLARK, 30 Nelson-street, Hyde, stated
he was a joiner, employed by Mr Joseph CLAYTON, Manchester-road,
Denton. He saw deceased between 8.30 and 9 o’clock
coming out of the street into the building. He could not
whether he was drunk or not. He saw him about ten minutes
before he fell, and spoke to him. He seemed to have had
some drink, but he was not drunk. He thought he was steady
enough to go up a ladder.
He saw him go to the ladder with a hod of
mortar. Immediately after he heard a noise, and looking
up saw deceased at the corner of the landing. He looked
as though he had fallen, and was trying to regain himself.
He fell over the edge with a chest to a plank. He then
turned a complete summersault and fell on his head. Witness
went to him and picked him up. He saw he was injured and
unconscious. He was dead when the doctor arrived.
Replying to the coroner he said he had never
seen a man go up drunk, but he had seen men go up worse
for drink. It was hard to say whether deceased could have
saved himself after he fell, even had he been sober. A
verdict of “accidental death” was returned.
THE DECORATION OF ASHTON
Sir, When the Ashton Parish Church was last decorated
there was a lot of dissatisfaction caused by the job being
given to a decorator outside the district, and a lot of
correspondence followed after the job had been let, but
it was too late then, and I think myself it was a great
injustice to the decorators then established in the town,
and the tradespeople who had been asked to subscribe to
the funds, and I thought after the support the people
of Ashton and district had given them, preference would
have been given to the decorators of Ashton to get out
the designs, but a former decorator of the Parish Church
has been instructed to get out designs and estimates by
I suppose it means the firm who decorated
the church last, and if that is so I should like to know
why the decorators of Ashton have not been asked to supply
designs and estimates, and a prize of, say, £5 or
more offered for the best design. The new have a decorative
class at the Technical School which might have entered
the competition; not only that, they would have had at
least half a dozen designs to select from, besides being
I think there are enough competent firms
in Ashton to supply all the needs of the Parish Church.
In fact, I know a firm who a few years ago had three churches
(with far more decoration in than the Parish Church has
at present) and the largest building in the town on hand
at the same time, and no doubt there are other firms as
competed in Ashton.
The funds for this purpose have been raised
in the town, and I think it should be spent in the town
as far as possible. The other night an old Ashton painter
told me that when their firm decorated the Parish Church
the boss painted and gilded the gates at the entrance
gratis (this is thirty years ago), and to his knowledge
they had not been touched since. Is there any wonder at
the iron work crumbling away if the painting is neglected
in that manner.