4 May 1901


Proprietor - - - - - - A M DAVIES


Is still being exhibited at the above house
The one and only for miles round this district

All others (not Edison’s) are poor imitations. Hundreds of records (Bands, sentimental songs, comic songs, speeches &tc. Too many to be enumerated. Something new daily and nightly. You can come over and over again and always hear something fresh. Talks and sings as loud as a human being. Machines in the neighbourhood are mere TOYS in comparison to this COSTLY SCIENTIFIC MARVEL.

This machine has been purchased by and is the sole property of A M DAVIES



Their MANURE suitable for POTATOES and all kinds of VEGETABLES is Unexcelled in Quality.

Their GRASS, CLOVER and CORN MANURES have won Great Renown.


Their TURNIP MANURE grows the Heaviest and Succulent Crops


Telephone No. 4,424

First Class Agents Wanted where not represented


Wholesale and Retail Tobacconist

Cigars and Cigarettes of the Finest Brand

Newly opened under the new Act of Parliament. Loans advanced on reasonable terms to all respectable Householders, either with or without sureties on note of hand. Letters from town or country immediately attended to. Distance no object. Strictly private.


N.B. — Applications Granted Same Day

Mr Joseph PIKE, undertaker, an old and well-known villager of Hooley Hill, passed peacefully away, on Wednesday last, from natural decay, at a ripe old age of 80 years. He was born at what used to be known as Flash Hall, in Old-street, Ashton-under-Lyne, on December 8th, 1820. His father, also named Joseph, was a Hampshire man; his mother was a native of Liverpool. He was the only child, and became fatherless at the age of three. For very many years he has not known of a single living relative on either his father’s or his mother’s side.

Sometime after his father’s death they removed to Hooley Hill, and his mother took him to the Methodist New Connection Sunday School, of which Mr Nelson DOOLEY was then superintendent. Like many lads, he depended mainly upon the Sunday School — and later upon the upon the mutual improvement clause — for his general education. His mother was a member of the Establishment, and had been a singer in one of the Liverpool churches, but she had no bigoted scruples about her son going to a dissenting place of worship; her great concern was that he should have a true religious training somewhere.

At one time this lady kept a little school in her house, and to her many of the present grandparents of the village are indebted for their stock of education — an indebtedness which they are always pleased to acknowledge.

Joseph commenced work as a "tier boy" at the Shepley printworks, where he remained until old enough to learn the trade of carpenter with his step father, who was a joiner and millwright at the works. When still a youth Joseph was subjected by the chapel authorities to learn the bass fiddle, for service in the choir. This was a tribute both to his character and to his attachment to the place, and he dreamed the honour worthy of his best exertions.

He had the distinction of being the oldest Sunday School teacher in Lancashire. When the medal in recognition of this pre-eminence was applied for on his behalf. It was found to have been awarded to someone else for fewer years of work.

At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday, Mr G HEATHCOTE, solicitor, applied on behalf of Edward HUNT for permission to sell at the Collier’s Arms, Hurst, Broad Carr, Hartshead, until the next transfer date. Mr Hunt was a Mossley man, and had been in business there for some years, but was wishful enter the licensing trade. Mr John RYLANDS, Wagon-road, Mossley, spoke to the applicant’s character — Granted.

— At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday, Kate PURCELL was summoned for keeping a dog without a license. She said she understood they were allowed to keep a dog twelve months before taking a license — The Clerk told her the limit was six months. If she could not afford a license she should sell the dog, give it away, or drown it. — Fined 5s 6d, for costs.

Mr Alfred MARSLAND, formerly assistant to Mr HALL, chemist, Market Avenue, Ashton, and latterly with Mr CROMPTON, chemist of Hurst, has been successful in passing the pharmaceutical examination of Great Britain, qualifying him to practice as a chemist.

A smoking concert was held at the above house on Thursday, April 25th, to bid farewell to Mr Henry OLDHAM and Mr Wm. BARON, who are leaving to join the South African Constabulary. Songs were given by a few friends during the evening. Mr OLDHAM was presented by the officers of the Hope Burial Society with a splendid letter case, and the company presented both of them with linen handkerchiefs and a pipe each. There were other presents from several friends. A jolly evening was spent, finishing up with a very good health to Mrs OLDHAM and a safe return to her son and his friend.

We understand that Mr Arthur T HEYWOOD, formerly of Ashton, but latterly with Messrs SIMONDS, bankers, Reading, has been appointed to the colonial staff of the Standard Bank of South Africa Limited, and sails for Capetown per the Union Castle steamer, Briton, on May 11th.

The following letter has been received by Mrs Joseph MARSH, of Micklehurst: —

Dear Sister, — We are all going on first class here and we have had a splendid voyage since we left the Bay of Biscay. I have only had about two days sickness since we left Liverpool and the weather is so hot on board, we had to parade with nothing on only our flannel trousers and slippers. We have had concerts every night on deck and it has been very lively.

We stopped at Las Palmas for coal and fresh water on 23rd March, and it is the grandest place I have seen in my life. We passed the Island of Helena on March 25th, about 40 miles to the west. Everything is very expensive on board. Bottled beer is 6d and ginger beer 4d per bottle and each man is only allowed two bottles a day.

There are about 800 troops on board, all volunteers. It had been so hot here that the vessel had to be covered over with canvas to protect us from the sun. I hope the war is not over before we get up country, as we are in splendid fighting form. I hope you are well at home, as we are going first class here. Hoping to hear from you.


T107 Active Service Company, West Riding Regiment, Field Forces, South Africa

— At the Police Court on Thursday, Mr Marshall BARDSLEY, Lodge Hotel, applied for an occasional license to sell at the bar of the Stalybridge Cricket Club on the 4th, 11th and 31st May, and on 15th June. — Superintendent Cooper had no objection. He said the refreshment bar had been conducted in a very fair manner by Mr BARDSLEY, and no complaints had been received.

(Sadly, the club, actually based in Dukinfield, is to be no more. Although the club bar remains a popular attraction, they cannot attract enough players and the pitch is to disappear under a housing development — Ed)

BREACH OF THE PEACE — On Thursday, at the Police Court, a young man named James PHILLIPS was charged with committing a breach of the peace by fighting in Lodge-lane on the 22th. He pleaded guilty. — Constable DALE stated that at 10.50pm, he saw the defendant fighting with a man named WAINWRIGHT. The ground was covered in blood. — Defendant said the other man thumped him in the face first. — Superintendent COOPER informed the Bench that the defendant was the real man at fault. He took advantage of WAINWRIGHT’s drunken condition, and assaulted him badly. There had been an old grudge between them. — The Bench bound the defendant over to keep the peace, himself in 10, and two sureties of 5 each.

STREET OBSTRUCTIONS — At the Police Court on Thursday, Samuel HOLT and Henry BRIDGE, boys of 15, were summoned for playing football in the street on 25th April. They pleaded guilty. — Constable LONG stated that he was on duty in King-street, and saw the defendants and two other boys kicking a ball from one side of the street to the other. — Superintendent COOPER said he had received a large number of verbal and written complaints about the annoyance of street football. — Alderman FENTEM said he quite understood that would be so. It was a great nuisance, and many times dangerous. — Fined 1s each.

Two lads named John HALL and George POLLARD were summoned for obstructing the footpath in Oxford-road by standing thereon at 3.20pm on the 29th ult. They pleaded guilty, but as it was their first offence they were discharged with a caution.

DRUNK ON LICENSED PREMISES — At the Police Court on Thursday, Thomas ASHTON was summoned for being drunk on the licensed premises of the Royal Oak beerhouse on the 27th April. He pleaded guilty. — Constable DALE stated that at 2.0 in the afternoon, he went in Crescent-road and saw the defendant in a very drunken state. He entered the Royal Oak Inn. Witness immediately followed him and found him in the taproom. The landlord refused to serve him, and ordered him out of the house. On coming out of the house, defendant walked up the road to the Astley Arms and entered. He was ordered out of there by the landlord.

Superintendent COOPER said a case like this was rather hard upon the publicans. — Alderman FENTEM: Exactly. If this man had got sat down in a room unseen, and been found drunk and asleep on the premises, the landlord would have been brought up. — Superintendent COOPER: That is so. The defendant has been up before for drunk and disorderly and assaulting the police, and on each occasion he went to prison. — Fined 5s, costs or seven days. — Defendant: Aw shanno pay. — Superintendent COOPER: Very well, we shall know what to do with you.

DUKINFIELD ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY — On Tuesday evening, the president of the above society, Councillor W FISH, entertained the members to dinner at his residence, Astley-steet. Covers were laid for 25 and Mrs T BORSEY placed an appetising repast before the guests. The post prandial proceedings were under the presidency of Mr J Alfred GARFORTH, who proposed "Success and prosperity to the Dukinfield Orchestral Society." In doing so, he said he did not see why such a society should not flourish like a green bay tree in Dukinfield.

— On Sunday night as Fred MITTON, aged 19 years, of Daisyfield Terrace, Huddersfield-road, Millbrook, was proceeding home on his bicycle he fell violently, and when picked up he was found to be unconscious. Constable HOLDEN appeared on the scene, and at the request of Dr SCOTT the unfortunate cyclist was conveyed to the Infirmary. The officer secured an ambulance for the purpose, but when on Stamford-street, a horse and trap violently collided with the ambulance, throwing MITTON on to the roadway. Upon examination at the Infirmary it was found that the young fellow had sustained an injury to his head, in addition to slight concussion. MITTON is well known in the village, being employed as an assistant at the Millbrook Co-operative Society’s store.

DEATH OF MR T R PICKERING — We regret to announce the death of Mr Thomas Richard PICKERING, which took place at his residence, Wakefield-road, at Monday midnight. Mr PICKERING, who had attained the ripe age of 76 years, was a Yorkshireman by birth, and in his earlier days worked as a hand-loom weaver. He came to Stalybridge when a young man and was employed as a weaver, but subsequently he became the caretaker at the Town Hall, a position he held for over 20 years. Deceased was a gentleman of somewhat quiet and reserved habits, and was held in esteem by a large circle of friends. The interment took place yesterday (Friday) afternoon at St Paul’s Churchyard, Staley.

THE MYSTERY OF THE DOCTOR’S DOG — At the police court on Wednesday, Fred WILLIAMSON was summoned by the Inland Revenue authority for keeping a dog without a license. Evidence was tendered by Mr SIDNEY, Inland Revenue officer, to the effect that on the 20th March he saw a dog on the defendant’s premises. Asked as to whom the animal belonged, defendant said Dr MACPHERSON owned it. An address failed to find the doctor, and the defendant was summoned.

Mrs WILLIAMSON, who appeared in answer to the charge, said Dr MACPHERSON had lived at Bradford, but had left. Mr BARNFORTH (the acting chief constable) knew the dog belonged to the doctor. — Alderman RIDYARD: But why did you keep it? — Mrs WILLIAMSON: We thought the doctor would fetch it. I took out a license as soon as I was told. — Alderman RIDYARD said it was hard lines on defendant, but the Bench had no alternative in the matter. Under all the circumstances they would only order defendant to pay the costs.

On Sunday morning, Sarah Jane BRADDOCK, married woman, of 36, Cecil-street, Stalybridge, reported to the police that her brother, George CLAYTON, labourer, aged 43 years, had committed suicide. Deceased, it appeared, had been of a rambling disposition, and had lived with his sister about four weeks. During that time he has undergone an operation, having his right eye taken out. He frequently said he wished he was dead, but he had never threatened to commit suicide.

On Saturday night, Mrs BRADDOCK retired to bed at 11.45, leaving her brother asleep in the house. He had previously told her he felt no better. At six o’clock on Sunday morning, Mrs BRADDOCK was awakened by hearing her brother call out "Sarah Jane, I have done it." She shouted "Done what?" and he replied "I have cut my throat." She hurried downstairs and was horrified to find her brother hacking at his throat with a table-knife over the slopstone. Dr CLEMENTS was fetched, but by the time of his arrival, death had ensued.

The Coroner remarked that it was evident deceased have been depressed in consequence of the loss of his eye. The jury returned a verdict of "suicide during temporary insanity."

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