23 February 1901

"The advertising columns of papers continue to produce extraordinary offers made by people who have but one idea in their minds. This naturally was from a bottler:—

‘Respectable girls, about eighteen, wanted for bottling.’

"This from a bookseller’s offering in which he classified his authors:-

‘A fine collection of Two Hundred Clergymen, consisting of Protestant Ministers, Roman Catholics, Wesleyan, Methodists, Unitarians and Presbyterians — Nice Clean Lot, five shillings.

Walter CHEETHAM was before Ashton Police Court charged with stealing a mare valued at 25 from a stable in Denton owned by Richard HARROP.

HARROP had shut the stable on King-street at 10.30pm and gone home. George HEATON had been passing at 6.30 the following morning and saw that the stable door was open. He then saw the accused pulling the mare along by her mane and later identified him to the police.

CHEETHAM claimed that he had been at work at Mosley’s India-rubber works in Ardwick from six in the morning until four in the afternoon on the day in question. He was committed for trial at Salford Sessions.

"Two robberies of a daring character were perpetrated in Ashton on Wednesday night. One was at the house of Mr OLIVER of 44 Delamere-street North, which was broken into between six and eight o’clock in the evening.

"Mrs OLIVER went out at six o’clock, leaving her husband in bed and the house locked up. On her return at about eight o’clock she found that the house had been broken into, the thieves cutting a pane of glass out of a window at the back which enabled them to reach the bolt of the door and open it. The bolt was lying on the floor and the back, kitchen and yard doors were wide open.

"The drawers were ransacked and everything the thieves could lay their hands on was carried off. Such trivial articles as soap boxes and tea caddies were taken and even the poker was considered worthy of a place amongst the booty which includes suits of clothes, sheets, under clothing and several other articles.

"The House of Mr WARDLE of 44 Alexandra-street received a visit of a very similar character at about nine o’clock, Mr and Mrs WARDLE having gone to the theatre. The window had been cut and then opened. The value of things taken far exceeds that of the previous case, the estimated value being over 50.

"Some of the articles have been recovered and police are on the track of the culprits who judging by the similarities of both robberies."

"The sharp frost which set in last week gave lovers of skating an opportunity of indulging in this healthy exercise and amongst other places patronised, the canal at Bardsley received considerable attention.

"Amongst others who ventured on the canal on Saturday afternoon were Arthur SADDLER, son of Mr Alfred SADDLER of Park-lane and Fred SYKES, son of Mr E SYKES, Oldham-road.

"About half past three, after disporting themselves on the ice for some time, they ventured too near the edge of the ice under the bridge at Oldham-road and they were soon struggling in the water which at this point is seven or eight feet in depth. An alarm was raised and three young men went to the rescue. Two of them were successful in reaching one of the lads and drew him out on to the bank. The other boy was, however, out of reach and in imminent danger of being drowned.

"Grasping the situation in a moment, one of the young men, Thomas SWANWICK of Newmarket-road, Taunton, without divesting himself of any article of clothing boldly plunged in the canal and had the satisfaction of bringing the lad to the side."

The boys appeared little the worse for their unpleasant experience.

An inquest into the death of Mrs Mary MELIA of 42 Alexandra-street, Ashton, was held after she died from severe scalding to her left arm.

Her daughter, Esther MELIA said that her mother had been in very bad health for some time. On the day the accident happened, Esther had gone to work leaving her mother at the dining table. When she returned, Mrs MELIA was sitting in a chair and told her daughter that when she took the kettle off the fire, it had upset and the steam had scalded her arm from hand to shoulder.

Neighbour Sarah BOURKE had applied oil and lime water and looked after Mrs MELIA until her daughter came home. Mrs MELIA died several days later and a verdict of accidental death was returned.

There was quite a lengthy report on the case of Robert BELL, a journeyman butcher who was summoned by his wife for persistent cruelty. Unfortunately, the library closed before I could make notes, but if it rings a bell, let me know.
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