13 July 1901

James BEAVER and Ann BEAVER, mother and son, were in custody at the Ashton Borough Police Court on Thursday, the first named being charged stealing a set of harness, the property of Messrs GIBSON, on July 6th, and the mother being charged with receiving the harness well knowing it to have been stolen.

John CLARKE, 34 Tatton-street, Ashton, deposed to the harness being the property of his employer. He last saw it safe at five o’clock on the Saturday, and missed it at ten o’clock the following morning. The value of the harness was about 6.

Detective HEIGHWAY deposed to arresting the two prisoners. When charged, the male prisoner said, "I am very sorry. I was out of work." Witness visited the house of the female prisoner in Croft-lane, and there found the harness upstairs in a sack behind the bed. Prisoner said her son had brought the harness there, and told her not to let anyone have it. She did not know it was stolen property.

The male prisoner pleaded guilty, and said it was his first offence. He had worked at Mr J ANDREW’s trotting ground for nine years, and had also worked at Messrs SHAWCROSS’ wine bar. It was all through associating with bad "pals." Prisoners, on pleading guilty, were both bound over in the sum of 40s to be of good behaviour for six months.

About 10 a.m. on Saturday the attention of Constable GOODWIN was called to a woman named Mary LEMON, aged 50 years, widow, residing at 1 Hollas-court, off Moss-street, Ashton. The woman stated that she was shifting some furniture in the house about 10.30 the previous night (Friday), when she fell down the cellar steps. She lay there till the following morning when a neighbour named Margaret WALKER went into the house, and heard the woman groan, and call out in the cellar that her leg was broken. Assistance was obtained, and the woman was carried from the cellar into the house. Dr TALENT was sent for, and on making an examination found the woman suffering from a fractured thigh. The injuries were attended to and the woman was afterwards removed to the Union Workhouse hospital on the police ambulance.

Sir, — The other afternoon two gardener friends called in to see me. While partaking of a cup of tea, one of them asked me if I had anything of interest to show them about Ashton. After a moment or two of thought, I said "Yes, we will go to the Stamford Park. There is some rock work being done there which will be of interest to you." No sooner said than done. We wended our way towards Old Square and took a tram for the park.

On our way one of my friends noticed the number of tall chimneys which kept popping in view and observed the surroundings were not very favourable to vegetation. I said: "You will be surprised how well things look when we get there." Well, on entering the park we took the path to the left which leads to the glen. Immediately on entering, the visitor has a foresight of the beauties of the place. On the right, the rock work commences, which for workman-like skill combined with harmonising landscapes is not to be surpassed in the north of England.

The beautiful cascades and niches in the rockery for the growth of plant life are excellently chosen, also the rests (arm chair like), which are left here and there for the tired visitor to sit. On going further up the glen you cross a stone bridge which had human faces cut into the rockwork. These are a study for the curious. Immediately after crossing the bridge, you come to a basin, which is surrounded with iris and other water loving plants.

My friends reminded me that time was short, so we hurry forward where we come to the crowning point of all, the grand waterfall and cascades at the top of the glen. The beautiful conception and general harmony are grand. You ascend by a path to the top where, from a bridge, you can view the beauties below. While on the bridge, I enquired of my friends what their impressions were. They answered "You have given us a real treat. We never expected to see anything like this. You said you would show us a bit of rockwork! Why it is gigantic!"

I remain yours truly, James HOUGH, Rockwood Terrace, Oldham-road

Signal Lamp Infested by a Swarm of Bees — An Expert Stratagem

An extraordinary scene was witnessed at Millbrook Station on Monday night. The event, though not unique in that particular district, caused plenty of interest and no little excitement. In the evening a swarm of bees, estimated at 20,000 strong, settled upon a signal lamp on the L and N W Railway, and their presence had the effect of considerably delaying the traffic.

"Scout bees" had previously been seen in the vicinity as if in search of a suitable hive, and in a short interval, the swarm made their appearance. The position of the railway officials can be better imagined than described; from Mr MADEN (station master) downwards, the staff were in a complete dilemma. None of them dared to venture near the signal lamp, which the bees had taken possession of, and when the affair had assumed a serious aspect the officials notified Mr Abel BOTTOMLEY, whose knowledge of bees is excessive and so well known.

The gentleman procured a hat box, which he bore, and though failing in his search for the Queen bee, he succeeded in luring the swarm into the imprisoned hive. This was not, however, accomplished without much strategy, but Mr BOTTOMLEY never ceased to persevere, and he was rewarded by success. Having procured the whole of the bees he conveyed them to his own hives. Two years ago a swarm of bees visited Millbrook, and on that occasion Mr BOTTOMLEY’s exertions were attended with the same degree of success as on Monday and Tuesday last.

At last week’s meeting of the Ashton-under-Lyne Operative Spinners’ Association, it was decided to give the permanent accident grant of 100 to Samuel CROWTHER, a spinner formerly employed at the Lumb Mill. He met with a serious accident about two months ago when he fell over a "slip" in the mule room, and injured his shoulder and knee, the doctor certifying that he would not be able to follow his employment again.

Division of Money

At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday, Isaac JONES was summoned by Hugh JONES for assault. Mr LEES, solicitor, appeared for the complainant, and Mr F HAMER, solicitor, represented the defendant. — Mr LEES said that the parties were brothers. Their mother died at Whitsuntide leaving about 20 in money, 18 of which was left for division after expenses had been paid.

There were six children, one of them an invalid, and it was decided to have 3 10s each, the invalid to receive the remainder. The defendant went to the complainant’s house and created a disturbance, demanding 10s more from his brother, whom he hit on the head with a jug, and knocked several ornaments on the ground. Hugh JONES, 90 Hope-street, Hurst, gave corroborative evidence and said they each decided to give 10s each to the invalided brother.

Abel JONES, invalid, said he lived with the complainant. Defendant came to the house and made a bother, saying he wanted 10s. He punched complainant. — By Mr HAMER: He could not say that he struck him with the jug, but he punched him. — Mrs JONES stated she was in the house when the defendant came in worse for drink. He began to swear and hit the table. He hit complainant on the top of the head with a jug and knocked him in the corner. — Mrs RICHARDS gave corroborative evidence, and said defendant was not drunk, but had had some.

Mr HAMER described it as a family squabble about the division of money. Defendant went to complainant in a friendly manner for a sum of 10s, which he considered he was entitled to. Complainant jumped up and said he did not want defendant bothering there, and endeavoured to get hold of him by the neck. Defendant resisted, and several blows were struck. — Defendant gave corroborative evidence, and said he could say nothing without complainant interfering. He simply defended himself. He was not drunk. Defendant was fined 5s, and costs.

Talk about rigidity and observance of the town’s bye-laws! We saw one of them observed with gusto on Tuesday night. According to a poster recently issued, cyclists upon overtaking any cart or carriage, beast of burden, or foot passenger, are required to sound a bell or whistle, or otherwise give audible and sufficient warning of their approach.

"Audible" warning was given by a party of cyclists in Stamford-street on Tuesday night. There were five or six of them, some carrying in their hands "tooters" which they had detached from the handle bars of their machines. One or two of them would steal up surreptitiously behind a pedestrian, preferably a female walking quietly along, and then stretching out his arm, blow the tooter with full force close to the ear. The result would be a sudden start and if perchance in the roadway, a rush towards the footpath. The other cyclists kept up a continuous squealing with their syrens (sic) so that Stamford-street was worse than Bedlam. Surely this is too much of a good thing. It is certainly going one better than the bye-law.

PERMISSION TO SELL — On Monday, at the Borough Court, Ellis Edward HAMER applied for permission to sell at the Walk Mill Tavern, in place of John ISHERWOOD. In reply to questions, applicant said he had been in business before at the Fleece Inn, Stalybridge. He called a witness as to character, and the application was granted. — Thomas Hague SCHOFIELD also applied for permission to sell at the Music Hall Inn, Welbeck-street, in place of William HEYS. He had been in business before in Manchester. — The Chief Constable had no objection, testimony as to character had been given, and the application was granted. — Mary Jane ROYLES obtained permission to sell at the Cambridge Inn, Cambridge-street, in place of her father, the late Mr Arthur MOORS.

— At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday, Thomas HARDMAN was fined 1s and costs for riding a bicycle on the footpath at Hurst.

BOUND OVER — Mary A HILDITCH was bound over in the sum of 40s to keep the peace for three months, on Wednesday, at Ashton County Police Court, the charge against her being breach of the peace on June 9th.

HE WANTED WASHING — A charge of throwing stones at Hurst on June 13th was preferred against Edward WRIGHT and William WOLSTENHOLME at the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday. — WRIGHT pleaded guilty, and WOLSTENHOLME not guilty. — Evidence was tendered by a constable of seeing both defendants throwing stones in Collier-street. — Magistrates’ Clerk (to WOLSTENHOLME): What age are you? 17. — What do you do? Walk about. — What does your mother do? She washes. — Chairman: I wish she would wash your dirty face. — (Laughter.) — WRIGHT was fined 5s and WOLSTENHOLME 1s.

DRUNK ON LICENSED PREMISES — David SHORT failed to put in an appearance at the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday, charged with being drunk on licensed premises. — A constable deposed to following defendant, who was drunk, into the Colliers’ Arms, Hillgate-street, and preventing him being served. — Fined 10s and costs. — Thomas HILL was fined 2s 6d for a simple drunk on June 24th.

BENEFIT CONCERT — A grand benefit concert was held at the Colliers’ Arms, Hurst Brook, on Tuesday evening, in aid of Mr WHITE, which was exceedingly well patronised. The following artistes gave their services: Mr J FITTON, tenor; Mr W WYLLIE, baritone; Miss Maud VERT, contralto; Messrs Ted MOSS, baritone; J ROGERSON, comedian. Mr R JACKSON placed some splendid records on the giant phono, (kindly lent by Mr A DAVIES, of the Robin Hood, Ashton), which greatly added to the evening’s entertainment

Information was received at the Ashton Police Office on Saturday of the death of Ellen ADSHEAD, widow of William ADSHEAD, formerly coal miner, aged 67 years, and residing at 53 Park-street, Ashton, which took place at the afore mentioned address at twelve o’clock noon the same day. Deceased had not had any settled home for the last six weeks and up to about six months ago worked as a weaver. She had not enjoyed good health, and had often complained of hoarseness and shortness of bread, and a doctor was sent for, but on his arrival shortly afterwards death had taken place.

The inquest was held on Monday at the White Hart Inn, Fleet-street, Ashton, before Mr J F PRICE, coroner. Reuben WRIGHT, brother of the deceased, deposed to her having had bad health, and being troubled as named before. He was sent for on Saturday and went at 11 o’clock, finding her on a sofa in a very bad state. From the appearance of the floor, it was evident she had been spitting blood very considerably. He went for Dr TWOMEY, and while witness was out, and before the doctor arrived, she died.

Elizabeth Ann WILSON, with whom the deceased had lodged, said that deceased was all right on Friday. On Saturday morning witness left the house at about six o’clock, returning at seven. She found the deceased coughing very badly, and afterwards she commenced to spit blood. Witness then told her to see someone, and went for her brother. A verdict of death from natural causes was returned.

At the Salford Quarter Sessions on Monday, Joseph ALCOCK, 26, collier, was charged with unlawfully wounding another collier named Joseph HARROP at Ashton-under-Lyne on 22nd May. Mr DODSON instructed by Mr J B POWNALL, who prosecuted, called three witnesses who stated that the prisoner went up to prosecutor whilst the latter was standing in the street smoking a pipe, and without provocation struck him on each side of the head, knocked him down, and kicked him. The prosecutor’s injuries included a cut ear, which had to be stitched, and a fractured rib. The prisoner afterwards kicked the police officer who apprehended him.

A woman called for the defence said that she saw the whole occurrence. She saw the prisoner and HARROP quarrelling and afterwards saw two men take HARROP away. Directly afterwards he returned, took a running kick at the prisoner and fell upon his side on the curbstones (sic) and groaned. In cross-examination, she disclaimed having seen any more. — Mr GIBBONS, instructed by Mr J S HATON, for the defence, said the matter resolved itself into a drunken row between two colliers. A quarrel of six years’ standing broke out afresh and the injuries were, he contended, caused by falling in the street. — The jury found the prisoner guilty of a common assault, and he was sentenced to hard labour for four calendar months.

At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday, Samuel MOSSOP was in custody charged with attempting to commit suicide. Superintendent HEWITT stated that the prisoner was a tailor by trade, and for some time worked for Messrs BRIGGS, Old Square, Ashton. On Tuesday morning, about three o’clock, prisoner attempted to commit suicide by cutting his throat with a razor. He did not succeed in his object, and thereupon went and called up a neighbour, and told him what he had been doing.

A doctor was sent for, and on his arrival ordered MOSSOP’s removal to the Workhouse Hospital, where the wound in his throat was attended to. — The Magistrates’ Clerk: You ought to have more sense than to be taking drink to excess as you have done and then doing this. — Prisoner: I will be teetotal. — Magistrates’ Clerk: So long as you cannot drink in moderation, you should not take any at all. — Prisoner’s mother was present in court, and promised to take him home, as he had been living by himself. — Prisoner was discharged with a caution.

Corporal Samuel ROBERTS a Victim to Pneumonia

The sad intelligence reached Stalybridge last weekend that Corporal Samuel ROBERTS (No 3,116), son of Mr Samuel ROBERTS of 155 High-street, Stalybridge, had succumbed to an attack of pneumonia at Krugersdorp, South Africa, deceased being but 29 years of age. Sam (as he was styled amongst his friends) was very well known and respected in Stalybridge, and his demise will come as a great shock to his acquaintances. He joined the 1st Derby Regiment in 1891, and two years later departed for India, and took part in the Tirah campaign, being present at the charge of Dargia, for which he received a medal and two bars.

He left India in 1898 for Aden where he remained a year, subsequently sailing for England, his term of service having expired. Sam then joined the Worcester police force, and he was still a constable there when called up as a reservist on 1st November 1899 to proceed to South Africa. He arrived at East London (S.A.) in December of that year, and joined General GATAERE’s army corps who were stationed for a considerable time at Stormberg, and until Lord ROBERTS made sweeping movement and invaded the Orange Free State.

During his stay in South Africa, Sam wrote several interesting letters to his brother, Mr Richard ROBERTS, who is the esteemed president of the Stalybridge Oddfellow’s Social Club. In May last year, he spoke of his regiment being in possession of a naval gun which he thought were the best in the country. He had seen one of the guns carry over seven miles. There was a lot of grumbling in his regiment about the 5s a day to the Yeomanry, some of whom were on "corner boys."

On Monday at the Stalybridge Police Court, before Mr T WILLIAMSON and other justices, four men, named respectively Albert VALE, William LEWIS, Edward PRINCE and James TAYLOR, all of Robinson-street, were summoned for gaming by playing with cards at a game called "banker" on an open space — the Platts — on 30th ult. They all pleaded guilty.

Constable ASHTON said that at 4.45 on Sunday afternoon he was on duty at the Platts, along with Detective LEE, when he saw the defendants playing at banker with cards. Witness picked up three cards and a penny coin and told the men they would be reported. Chief Constable BATES asked the magistrates to inflict a heavy fine in this case. The police had bother enough with small boys gaming, but when full-grown men were caught in the act, he thought an example should be made of them.

The magistrates retired for a few moments, and upon their return Mr WILLIAMSON said that gaming was one of the worst evils which existed, and the Bench was determined to impose a heavy penalty, and make an example of the defendants. Each would be fined a guinea and costs, or one month'’ hard labour. LEWIS elected to go to gaol, but the other defendants asked for and were granted a fortnight in which to pay the costs. - 1 10s 10d in each case.

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