24 November 1900

A Mr CHADWICK appeared in court charged with obstructing the highway. He was standing at the corner of Hyde Road, Denton chatting to three or four women for 15 minutes according to the police officer. For some reason, the policeman asked him to move on and Mr CHADWICK refused, saying he wouldn't move until he had finished his conversation.

The court heard how the officer had pushed the defendant as he made his way from the corner. Mr CHADWICK told him that if he put his hands on him again, he would 'shove' him on the nose. Despite the laughter in court, He was found guilty and charged 2s 6d and costs

Two separate reports in the UK this week identified stress at work as an increasing health hazard, but this is nothing new as the Reporter told us in 1900. Tax collectors were said to be suffering all sorts of problems because of their work. The job had become much more worrying due to a higher work
rate for collecting and staff shortages.

It was believed that one surveyor of taxes had been "worried into a fit of temporary insanity" and committed suicide. Another claimed to be threatened with blindness due to overworking. But the article said that the Treasury would not pay for extra staff, so the situation would only get worse.

A Hyde man's letter from America was printed in the Reporter, telling readers more about the country. Arthur ALDCROFT of Dukinfield Road had sailed from Liverpool on board the Luciana, arriving in New York more than a week later. He wrote: "I guess I like America very well," but added that "the country generally is not as fine as England."

Hyde was about to get a new tramway some seven furlongs and nine chains in length. On the same topic, Mr JACKSON, general secretary of the tram workers union wrote to the paper to thank readers for their support during the recent strike. He represented workers on the Oldham, Ashton, Denton and Hyde
Electric Tramway and wrote: "My Executive fully recognise that it was mainly owing to the support which we received from the public and the press that we were enabled to win such a splendid victory for the men and for trades unionism."

A runaway dog caused a stir in Clarendon Place, Hyde. It had run into Mr WILDMAN's shop through the front door, but created its own exit by leaping through the shop window. It then made its getaway uninjured before the crowds gathered.
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