20 July 1901

— George HOWELL was in the dock charged with wilfully exposing himself in a field at the rear of the Ashton Union Workhouse, on the 5th July, also in Argyle-street on the 11th. Several nurses from the hospital were called who spoke to the prisoner’s conduct. — The Chief Constable said prisoner had been seen in the neighbourhood of the workhouse many times, and he had received several complaints. When arrested prisoner denied the charge, but he was placed amongst three or four other men and picked out by the witnesses. — Prisoner still denied the charge, but the bench considered the case proved, and he was sent to gaol for one month with hard labour.

WITHOUT LIGHT — Jack CASSIDY was fined 1s and costs for using a vehicle without having a light attached.

A SEPARATION ORDER — Gertrude TAYLOR summoned her husband Henry TAYLOR for assaulting her on the 8th July. — Mr J B POWNALL protested, and said the defendant had agreed to allow his wife 7s per week, and consented to a separation order, the wife having the custody of the child. — The bench made the order in these terms.

BEGGING — Benjamin TAYLOR was in the dock charged with collecting alms in Currier-lane on the 14th. — The Clerk: Where do you belong to? — Prisoner: Hadfield. — What do you do? — I am a coal heaver. — How long is it since you heaved any? A to thri week sin. — (Laughter) — Promising to make tracks to Hadfield, he was discharged.

THE BRASS STEALING CASE — Abraham LEE and Alfred STUART were again charged with stealing 20lbs weight of brass, the property of Gartsides Limited. — Mr J B POWNALL prosecuted and applied for a further remand — Mr J S EATON, for the defence, did not object, provided the bail was renewed. — The case was accordingly remanded for a fortnight.

BREAKING WINDOWS — A young man named James Patrick LAMB was summoned by William CLEGG, lodging-house keeper, Charlestown, for wilfully breaking thirteen panes of glass, and doing damage to the extent of 10s on the 16th instant. Defendant did not appear. — The Chief Constable said defendant had been 12 times previously convicted. — The defendant was fined 10s and costs and 10s damages, in default one month.

CLAIM AGAINST AN ASSURANCE COMPANY — Margaret McDERMOTT summoned the London, Edinburg and Glasgow Assurance Company Limited, to recover 9 16s upon a policy of insurance. — Mr J S EATON appeared for the plaintiff, and said that Messrs RICHARDSON and MARSH, of Bolton, solicitors to the defendant company, had approached him with the view of an adjournment of the case. He suggested a week on Thursday, and they said it would suit them.

THROWING STONES — Three lads, named William SCHOFIELD, Harry MARLAND and William WOOD, were summoned for throwing stones on the 7th instant. Constable TOMKINSON said he was on duty, at the back of the Union Workhouse, and saw the defendants on the Workhouse wall. They were throwing stones at the inmates in the yard. They were also knocking glass off the wall. — The Chief Constable said the Workhouse Master had complained about boys climbing the wall and throwing stones at the inmates. — It was a dangerous practice. — It was the defendants’ first appearance and they were dismissed with a severe reprimand.

DRUNK AND FIGHTING — James O’BRIEN, collier, was charged with being drunk and disorderly on the Market Ground on the 14th. He pleaded guilty to being drunk, but said he was disorderly striking in self-defence. — Thos NAYLOR, collier, was summoned for fighting at the same time and place. He pleaded guilty in self-defence. — Constable MORTON stated that at five past twelve o’clock midnight he was on the Market Ground, and came across the defendants fighting. O’BRIEN was drunk. — Defendant O’BRIEN said he was attacked by NAYLOR because he stopped him going round with an organ "on his own." NAYLOR thumped him in the jaw. — NAYLOR said O’BRIEN had been looking for him all night, and made him fight in self-defence. — The bench fined O’BRIEN 5s 6d and costs, or 14 days, and discharged NAYLOR.

GAMING WITH CARDS — Five youths named Percy KERSHAW, James CORBETT, Harry MILNER, John WALKER and Charles BIRD, were summoned for gaming with cards off Birch-street on the 7th instant. They pleaded not guilty. — Constable TUMELTY stated that at 3-15 on Sunday afternoon week he was in Birch-street, and saw the five defendants gaming with cards near the Guide Bridge Spinning Co’s Mill. — Defendants denied gaming, but admitted they were watching. — Frank HAUGHTON was called and said he was playing at cards with all the defendants except BIRD, who was watching. Defendants now wanted to know why the witness had not been summoned along with them. — The Clerk informed them that HAUGHTON was giving what was called King’s evidence on condition that he was not prosecuted. — Defendants were fined 5s 6d each for costs, and BIRD was discharged with a caution not to be watching in future.

DRUNK AND DISORDERLY — Mary JACKSON pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in St Peter’s-street on July 16th. She said she had been having a bit of bother with her husband, who locked her out. — First offence, discharged.

"MAD DRUNK" — John PRIESTNALL was in the dock charged with being drunk and disorderly in Old Cross-street on July 18th. — Prisoner pleaded not guilty. Constable FERNLEY proved the case and deposed to prisoner being drunk and using bad language. — Prisoner said he was only telling his stepfather what he wanted when he "ran into the constable and was locked up." He was not drunk and using bad language, and he could procure witnesses to prove it, but he had no chance to obtain them. — Sergeant BUTLER deposed to seeing prisoner "mad drunk" and kicking at a door. — First offence, fined 5s 6d for costs.

ALLEGED CRIMINAL ASSAULT — Ernest KAY was in the dock charged with committing a criminal assault upon a little girl, aged 7, sometime within seven days last past. — Mr EATON, solicitor, who appeared on behalf of the prisoner, asked for a remand. He said he had been instructed, but only generally. He did not know the case on which the prisoner would be charged, and he was not prepared to defend it. His client had been locked up on a serious charge. — The Deputy Clerk (Mr Geo BOOTH) said that being a child she could not fix a date. — The Chief Constable (Mr SNELL) said nothing had been kept from Mr EATON. The latter had not said anything about asking for prisoner’s remand before, and he had obtained the attendance of the doctor and all the evidence. — The Deputy Clerk said there was no objection to a remand, but there would be no further evidence. — Mr EATON said he understood that the charge was to be reduced to an aggravated assault. The Deputy Clerk: No in case of remand. — The magistrates granted the application for remand. — Mr EATON asked for bail. His client, he said, worked for Mr Ben EVANS, and he bore a good character. He (Mr EATON) held a reference from Mr EVANS. The Chairman said it was a serious case, but bail would be allowed, the prisoner himself in 20 and two sureties of 10 each.

S HORROCKS and J H SAGAR, of the Dukinfield team, were, fortunately for their side, in splendid batting form on Saturday. Dukinfield were opposed to Stalybridge in the return fixture, and batting first, the crowd were quite prepared to see Dukinfield dismissed for a very low score. Five batsmen came to the wickets and were dismissed for less than 20 runs. SAGAR and HORROCKS joined partnership, and put a different complexion on the game for the sixth wicket, the former scoring 55 and the latter 41. ROBINSON later gave invaluable assistance. As it was, the Dukinfield total reached 136. HANCOCK and BAMFORD bowled exceedingly well. The innings of the Stalybridge side was a poor display, owing to the destructive bowling of Tom CASSLEY, who obtained seven wickets. Some of the Stalybridge batsmen tried a forcing game, but came to grief, for CASSLEY was turning the ball very funnily. MESSENGER played an excellent innings, scoring 26. The Stalybridge total only reached 74, so that a substantial victory was recorded for Dukinfield.

— At the Police Court on Thursday, Agnes CARROLL was summoned for using threats to Mary SHUTTLEWORTH, whereby she was afraid she would do her some bodily harm. Defendant pleaded not guilty. — Complainant said she lived at 33 Wharf-street, and the defendant was a neighbour. She had not spoken to her for a month. On Tuesday week defendant threatened to break her face with a jug. — The Clerk: Are you afraid of her? — Complainant: I am not afraid of her if she won’t bring out weapons. — Defendant said the complainant called her an Irish ————— sod, and she had to obtain protection. — The bench dismissed the case.

William CARROLL summoned Mary SHUTTLEWORTH for assaulting him. He stated that the defendant came to his house, and after using threatening language, she kicked him and beat him about the head. After hearing the evidence the magistrates imposed a fine of 2s 6d and costs.

BATHING IN THE CANAL — At the Police Court on Thursday, a youth named Alfred LEECH was summoned for exposing himself on the canal bank on Sunday last. He pleaded not guilty. Constable KENNY stated that at 4.30 pm he saw the defendant and others bathing in the canal without drawers. They got out of the water, but when witness and Constable KENNY got up to them they jumped into the canal again. — Defendant said he had drawers on. — Detective MOTTERSHEAD stated that he was with the last witness. The defendant refused to come out of the water. Another youth threw a pair of drawers to the defendant, and he put them on whilst in the water. — Inspector DUTTON said there were frequent complaints about young men bathing and exposing themselves. — Mr W UNDERWOOD: And the remarks they make to passing females are abominable. — Constable MOTTERSHEAD said there was a great crowd about at the time. — The Bench fined defendant 2s 6d and costs.

"CROWN" PICNIC PARTY — On Sunday, 22 members left the Crown Inn, along with the respected host, en route for Macclesfield, leaving Hyde Junction at 7.19 am. On arrival at Macclesfield the party did full justice to a good breakfast laid at the Queen’s Hotel, after which, for a short time, the local sights were viewed, a number of the party going through the fire station. They then took wagonettes to Gorsworth where "Maggoty Johnson’s" grave was seen; thence on to the deserted village (Barrow Bridge), where the latest "Havanna" cigars are manufactured. It is not called the deserted village for nothing, as there are less than half a dozen houses occupied, but yet even they sport the electric light.

After a further drive to Holmes Chapel, the party were ready to put out of sight some of the good things provided for dinner at the Old Red Lion, and having satisfied the cravings of the inner man, they viewed the scenery en route to Alderley Edge, where, after rusticating for a while, they once more put their legs under the festive board, this time at the Royal Oak. They here dispensed with the wagonettes and took train at 7.40 for Ashton, which was reached at 8.40, and wagonettes were waiting to convey the party to headquarters, where they arrived soon after nine o’clock.

Everyone had enjoyed the outing to their hearts’ content, excepting perhaps one, who was "like a fish out of water" because his pal "Andre" was not with him, but "Tam" eased his troubled mind and his pocket, too, by standing treat for the company. What puzzles the party is, who sneaked the towels and left them to wipe on their napkins. The amount of envy displayed by those who had not participated in the outing was so great that it has been decided to have another jaunt ere long.

On Thursday, the Dukinfield police received information from Mr Thomas ASHTON, farmer of Yew Tree Farm, Cheetham Hill-road, that he had found a woman drowned in a pond of water near his farm. Constable DALE went to the place and conveyed the body to the New Inn to await the inquest. Subsequent enquiries showed that the unfortunate woman was Mary HAMER, aged 38, wife of the landlord of the Hollins Inn, Stalybridge. It appears her husband retired to bed at 11.30 on Wednesday night, leaving the deceased downstairs. At 4.30 next morning he awoke and missed her, and he at once instituted enquiries as to her whereabouts.

About three o’clock in the afternoon Mr ASHTON was going through one of his fields adjoining the reservoir. He casually looked over the wall and saw a shawl on the embankment. On closer observation, he also saw a pair of women’s boots, inside of which were a pair of spectacles. On looking into the water, he saw the body of a woman, who was afterwards identified as Mrs HAMER. She was quite dead. With assistance, he recovered the body and communicated with the police.

Before His Honour, Judge BROWN, at the Ashton County Court on Thursday, Harriet THOMASSON, 11 Warre-street, Ashton, weaver, claimed from J HUNTER (trading as Hunters), of 17 Old-street, Ashton, 10 10s damages for personal injuries sustained by the viciousness of the defendant’s horse, which, it was alleged, on the 30th May bit plaintiff when near the defendant’s premises in Old-street, Ashton. Mr J B POWNALL (solicitor) was for the plaintiff, and Mr J S EATON (solicitor) was for the defendant. — Mr EATON for the defence argued that they were not aware that the horse was savage. Mr POWNALL said he should prove that the horse had had to be muzzled. — Jas CUNLIFFE gave evidence showing that the horse had once bitten his boy. — His Honour gave judgement for the plaintiff for 7 and costs.

Information was given to the police on Friday of the death of a child, aged 8 months, named Alice MARSHALL, the daughter of Sarah Emma and William MARSHALL, of 106 Hill-street, Ashton. At ten o’clock on Thursday she was taken to bed by her mother, who awoke shortly after six o’clock and found the child was ill. She took it downstairs and noticed that its hands were clenched and it was frothing at the mouth. She at once went for Dr HAMILTON, who came and pronounced the child to be dead.

A man who worked in a Bradford mill went out of his mind, and was removed to the asylum. A fellow worker, on passing the asylum one day, saw Jimmy sitting in the grounds smoking his pipe. "Hello Jimmy," he called out, "how are yo’ going on?"

"Oh, aw’m going on first rate, thank yo’," answered Jimmy.

"Aw’m varry glad to hear it, lad. Yo’ll happen be coming back to work soon, eh?"

"Wot!" exclaimed Jimmy, in great surprise. "Leave a big house an’ a grand garden like this, an’ cum back to work? Do yo’ think aw’m wrong in my head?"

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