2 March 1901

"We are now in the month (March) when the arrangements for taking the decimal census have to be completed, and the stupendous amount of work involved in connection therewith has already been realised by the superintendent registrar, Mr Albert SEYMOUR, who has been busy with his staff for a long time, mapping out the area and sub-districts for the various enumerators of whom there are 38 already appointed in Ashton, making 38 districts.

"Every institution containing over 100 persons, such as the Union Workhouse, Infirmary, lodging-houses etc, will have a separate enumerator of its own so that the number given will be in proportion. Each enumerator has been apportioned about 250 houses.

"Mr G A PAGE (Registrar) has charge of the arrangements for the Borough of Ashton; Mr Wm HUGHES for Hurst, Hartshead and Waterloo; Mr Wm WALKER for Audenshaw and Mr James GARTSIDE for Knott Lane.

"The Ashton Union comprises Ashton, Knott Lane, Audenshaw, Denton, Newton, Stalybridge, Mossley and Mottram. Mr SEYMOUR will be principally responsible for the counting of people who may be in the Ashton Union on the last day of March and the first day of April.

"A few days before the time fixed for taking the census - 1st April - the enumerators will distribute schedules, asking for the usual particulars, to each family in their respective spheres of work

"It is understood that the rate of payment throughout the country will be that the enumerator will receive one guinea for the first 400 names (or part) in his book and 3s 6d per hundred words afterwards. Taken as a whole, this means an expenditure of 70,000, each man's remuneration averaging 2. It is estimated that to enumerate the 41,000,000 people supposed to be living in the United Kingdom, about 35,000 temporary officers will be required.

"When the census of 1891 was taken, the information was got out by the registrars on loose scraps of paper, in a more or less imperfect manner, but on this occasion, the printed forms of information are bound in serviceable volumes - one for each registrar - and the planning out of the districts, with defined boundaries for each sector, is as nearly perfect as possible.

"It is not expected that an authoritative tabulated result will be arrived at before 1903, whilst its completion will for over twelve months occupy the time of a couple of hundred London clerks.

"Every occupier of a house may be reminded that it will be his duty, on the night of the last day of March, to properly and faithfully record on his census paper the names of his family, and of the man-servant, the maid-servant and the stranger within his gates."

"A birthday party was held at the Rising Sun Inn, Water-street, Hurst, to celebrate the coming of age of Joshua SHAW, youngest son of the landlady, when over sixty sat down to an excellent sandwich tea provided by Messrs M J ANDREW and Son, confectioners, Katherine-street. The health of the King was drunk with musical honours.

"Dancing commenced in earnest and at intervals, songs were sung by Mr James SHAW, Mr Albert HURST, Mr Samuel SHAW, Mrs E WHITEHEAD, Mrs S LAWTON, Mr J W CLOUGH, Mr Frank COWSILL and Miss Polly VICKERS. Mr Robert PEEL was the pianist."

"An inquest was held at Ashton Union Workhouse on Monday morning on the body of John BRADY, joiner aged 78 of Crickets-lane, Ashton, whose death took place at the workhouse hospital at 7pm on the 20th inst.

"Mary Ada BRADSHAW, superintendent nurse at the hospital stated that the deceased was admitted suffering from a slight scar on his forehead and a bruise on the left eye. Deceased told her that on the previous day, he had some drink and fell against a wall in Manchester and grazed his forehead. Erysipelas set in and got worse and deceased died as aforestated."

Salford Hundred Court heard an action brought by Mrs Emily ARTINGSTALL of 19 West-street, Denton, against William and Jane BOOTH formerly of 13 West-street, now of 130 Ashton-road, Denton. It was alleged that the defendants had "uttered and published" a slander against the plaintiff, to the effect that she had stolen a comb and two pairs of stocking from their home.

"Counsel said that the plaintiff and her husband, being in the employ of the Lancashire Felt Company, and enjoying a well established reputation for respectability, could not afford so serious a statement go unchallenged."

The defendants had been given fair opportunity to retract the allegations, but had refused and after detailed debate of the incident, the judge found in favour of Mrs ARTINGSTALL who was awarded 5 damages and costs.

"Mrs Annie OLDHAM, late of Hurst, died on Sunday morning at her residence at 8 Victoria-road, Gorton after a week's illness. She had usually had good health - in fact she had never had an illness before. She was well known in Hurst where she was pupil teacher at the Methodist New Connexion Day School and was highly esteemed."
John Thomas SCHOFIELD, John DAVIES, Elizabeth DAVIES and Dorothy SCHOFIELD were in the dock charged with breaking and entering the house of Samuel OLIVER and stealing "a quantity of wearing apparel." The four were held on remand.

"Tired Tim" Over Again

"Michael McDONALD was in the dock at Ashton Borough Police Court charged with refusing to do the task allotted to him whilst an inmate at the Ashton Union Workhouse. The prisoner after a few moments reflection pleaded guilty."

He had applied for a night's shelter in the 'casual ward' and when given a task, he refused. "He was given the option of onion-picking, but he refused to do that also. It was about the fifth time this month that the prisoner had been to the workhouse and he refused to do anything, saying he did not go there to work."

The Magistrate's Clerk to prisoner: You were here in January and you told the Bench on that occasion that you did not like to work and they sent you down for 21 days with hard labour.

Prisoner: My conscience would not allow me to work. I have a reason because they put some kind of electricity on me. (Laughter)

The Magistrate's Clerk: You got 21 days and then you had to work when you got there.

Prisoner: That was not the same kind of labour.

The Chairman: We will give you six weeks hard labour and see what they can do with you there.

Prisoner: I cannot get any rest at night.

The Magistrate's Clerk: You must have had rest because you have a conscientious objection to work. (Laughter)

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