26 October 1901
A DAISY NOOK FARMER'S
CLAIM FOR A MARE
At the Ashton County Court, on Thursday,
Tom WHITEHEAD sued Wm. HURST, both farmers at
Daisy Nook, for £16 damages for injuries caused
by his mare, by reason of which the mare died
through alleged carelessness of the defendant
or his servant. Mr Joseph HURST was for
the plaintiff, and Mr R G IVES was for the defendant.
From the evidence of the plaintiff, it transpired
that on August 28th defendant borrowed plaintiff's
mare and cart to fetch coal. As the load of
coal was being drawn up a steep incline, the
cart twisted round, and threw the mare to the
ground, and before they could extricate the
mare the collar had choked it to death.
Mr HURST stated that there was over a ton of
coal on the cart, whereas half the quantity
would have been quite sufficient for the mare
to have taken up the incline. Witnesses
were called on both sides, and Mr IVES submitted
and substantiated it by the evidence
of a veterinary surgeon that the mare
was a victim of heart disease, and that this
caused its death. His Honour came to the
conclusion that the mare would not have died
if it had had a proper load. Judgement was given
for £16, £5 to be paid in seven days, and the
balance at £1 a month.
COLLIERS' ARMS, HURST BROOK On Tuesday
evening about 50 of the "boys" of the billiard
room assembled round the festive board and enjoyed
a most substantial repast. The following contributed
to the night's entertainment Pianist John
GARDNER, Tom WOOD. A KELLETT, Little Tommy, Ted
MOSS, Bill LAWTON, a Friend from Openshaw, and
the worthy host, Sam CRABTREE.
BREACH OF THE PEACE
At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday,
Maria PLATT and Mary GOODWIN were charged with
causing a breach of the peace in Hurst on the
9th inst. PLATT pleaded guilty and GOODWIN not
guilty. Evidence was given by the police
to the effect that on the date mentioned the
defendants were causing a disturbance by shouting
and using bad language. They could be heard
400 yards away. PLATT said that her son
was living at Mrs GOODWIN's, and as she did
not think it was right she went to see if she
could not get him to come back. GOODWIN
stated that Mrs PLATT had turned out her son
herself, and that was why he had come to stay
with her. She never used any bad language.
The defendants were bound over to keep the peace
for three months in the sum of 40s.
A GANG OF OBSTRUCTIONISTS
At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday,
a number of youths named Thos. GOSLING, J CAMPBELL,
John BURGESS, Christopher RALPH, Harry ORMROD,
Harry WINYARD, W H NADEN, Geo. HODKINSON, Thos.
WALTERS, Frank LOMAS, John LEES, Jas. LAMBERT,
Harry HOLDEN, and Percy WOOD were charged with
obstruction at Hurst on Oct 2nd. Evidence
was given by two constables of seeing defendants
in West-street playing on the footpath at a
game called "trust" which was jumping on each
other's backs. The defendants occupied the whole
footpath, and pedestrians had to leave the footpath.
All the defendants pleaded guilty with the exception
of GOSLING, CAMPBELL and NADEN, the latter's
mother, who appeared, stating he was suffering
with a fever at that time. Defendants
were each fined 1s.
WATERLOO AND BARDSLEY
RUN OVER BY A HORSE AND TRAP A girl,
aged 15, daughter of Geo. THOMAS, of Anglesea-street,
Waterloo, was crossing Oldham-road on Friday night
week, when she was knocked down by a horse and
trap driven by Mr George Albert BINTLIFFE, and
sustained bruises about the legs, but no bones
"A TERROR TO ASHTON AND
Before the county magistrates at Hyde on Monday
morning, Wright PEARSON, aged 12, of 131 Pickford-lane,
Dukinfield, was charged with stealing one pennyworth
of toffee from shop No 74, King-street, Dukinfield,
at 3.30pm on the 17th October, the property of
Betty Jane SAWDON. Prosecutrix stated that
at 3.30 on Thursday last she was in the kitchen,
when she heard a noise proceeding from the shop.
On going there she saw prisoner draw his hand
from the counter and put it in his pocket. She
asked him what he had taken, and he made no reply.
Prosecutrix then put her hand into his pocket
and found a quantity of toffee. Prisoner said
he was going to pay for it. Constable RATCLIFFE
gave evidence to arresting prisoner. When he charged
him with the theft he replied that he intended
paying for it, and said if he would let him off
this time he would not do it again. Prisoner's
father was called, and stated that prisoner had
been a very bad boy. Supt. COOPER stated
that prisoner had been convicted on two previous
occasions for stealing cigarettes and a tennis
ball. He was a terror to the shopkeepers both
in Ashton-under-Lyne and Dukinfield, and they
were afraid of him coming into the shop.
He was ordered to receive twelve strokes with
An old barber, who is noted
for his wit, made a clever reply to a farmer the
other day. It was market day, and the shop was
full of people waiting to be shaved. A farmer
entered, who was very careful with his cash, and
said to the barber: "I say, Joe, farming's very
bad nowadays; I think you should have us half-price."
"Nay, nay," was the barber's reply, "I think I
should be paid double, 'cause tha knows farmers'
faces are twice as long as they used to be."
ASHTON BOROUGH POLICE
STEALING BUTTER A young woman, named
Harriet DOUGLAS, was charged with stealing half-a-pound
of butter under the following circumstances.
Emma RADCLIFFE said she was the wife of Alfred
RADCLIFFE, and carried on business as a pork butcher
in Wellington-road. About 11.30 on Friday night
the prisoner came and asked for some roast pork.
At that time the butter produced was on the counter
wrapped up in a bit of paper. Witness sold her
a loaf, for which she paid 21/2d.
Immediately prisoner had left the shop she missed
the butter. She followed her to a lodging-house
in Pitt-street. She asked her where the butter
was that she had taken, and she said she had not
taken any. She was buttering some bread with it,
and had it in a dish. Prisoner gave her the butter
and witness gave information to the police.
The butter was worth 6d.
Prisoner said she took the butter thinking it
was roast pork. The Clerk: You knew it
was not pork when you got home. Prisoner:
I did, but it being so late I did not go back
with it.. The Clerk: It is a very lamentable
tale. Prisoner: I can get my own butter.
The Clerk: You were getting somebody else's
this time. Constable JOULE said on Friday
night he was on duty in Oldham-road at 11.55.
In consequence of a communication made to him
he went to Higham's lodging-house in Pitt-street,
and took prisoner into custody. He brought her
to the Town Hall and charged her with stealing
half a pound of butter from the shop of Alfred
RADCLIFFE. She replied, "I never stole it."
Witness received the butter produced from Mrs
The Chief Constable explained
that Mrs RADCLIFFE follow the prisoner into
the lodging-house and got the butter from her.
The Bench decided to deal with the prisoner
under the First Offenders' Act, and bound her
over in the sum of 40s to be of good behaviour
for three months.
Two lads named Ernest OULTON and Harold ROTHWELL
were summoned for throwing stones in Cavendish-street
on the 16th inst. ROTHWELL
pleaded guilty, and said he and OULTON were
throwing stones at one another. The Chief
Constable said OULTON's father had been to the
office and told him that the lad was so young
he would rather not bring him to court. He had
no doubt they were throwing stones at each other.
In reply to the question, ROTHWELL said he was
13, but he did not know the age of OULTON.
The Chief Constable said he had nothing against
these lads, but he felt bound to summon them
for this offence, because he had so many complaints
about broken windows and damage to property.
The Bench discharged the defendants with a caution.
DRUNK AND DISORDERLY
William and Julia CONNOLLY, man and wife, were
summoned for being drunk and disorderly in Wellington-street
on the 12th October. The male defendant only
appeared. Constable WILLIAMSON stated
that at a quarter to twelve o'clock midnight
he saw Julia in the street. She was drunk and
making use of bad language. He ordered her into
the house and then her husband came out and
commenced to use bad language. He got his wife
into the house and threw her down on the floor,
and continued to use bad language. Defendant
said he had been playing on account of the pit
of the pit being stopped. He met a few mates.
The Clerk: And had a few drinks? Yes.
The Chief Constable said Julia had been up seven
times, but he had no record about William.
The Bench fined the man 2s 6d costs and the
woman 5s 6d costs.
USING THREATS Margaret
HOWARD was charged with using threats towards
John DAVIES, 92 Old-street, on the 14th inst.
She pleaded not guilty. Complainant stated
that a quarter to ten o'clock last Monday night
defendant came into his shop and said his housekeeper
owed her some money. She was not quite sober,
and he told her he did not think she was fit
to come into the shop and she must get out.
She threatened that if he did not pay her some
of the money, she would put his lights out.
Defendant: Your housekeeper lives with you,
and she owes me £3 10s 3d. I went to ask if
Maria was in, and he asked me to come round
again in an hour, and I did so. The Clerk:
Have you any witnesses? Complainant: They
are afraid and won't come. Defendant:
I went to get some money which was owing for
the child, and he said, "I am not paying for
no Irish bastard." Complainant: I never
mentioned anything. Do I owe you any money?
The Clerk: Then why did you go
to his shop? Defendant: I didn't ask him
for any money. I asked for Maria BRIDGE.
Complainant: I advised her to put it in the
county court.. Defendant: It's a nice
road to get out of £10. Complainant: All
I want is to stop the defendant coming and annoying
me. The magistrates bound defendant over to
keep the peace for three months, herself in
40s, and ordered her to pay the costs, in default
seven days. Elizabeth LEES was summoned
for using threats to Catherine DONNOLLEY on
the 15th, and was similarly dealt with.
ATTEMPTED SUICIDE AT BARDSLEY
At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday,
Wm. McCREADIE, described as a labourer, was in
the dock charged with attempting to commit suicide
by jumping into the canal at Bardsley on Tuesday.
Superintendent HEWITT stated that the depth of
the canal where prisoner jumped in was about seven
feet. When asked why he jumped into the canal,
prisoner replied, "I have been driven to do it,
and I shall do it again." On being searched, a
book was found upon him, which indicated that
he intended to commit suicide. There were two
witnesses present in court who saw prisoner jump
into the canal. Constable BARBER deposed
to his attention being called to the canal. On
speaking to the prisoner, he said his family troubles
had driven him to it, and he should do it again.
The Magistrates' Clerk: What condition
was he in; was he drunk? He seemed in an excited
condition. Superintendent HEWITT said
it appeared there had been some unpleasantness
between the prisoner and his wife, and there
was a summons to be served against him.
The Magistrates' Clerk: Does he drink? No, he
does not take any drink, but he has been hurt
on the head, and there is an indent caused by
the wound.. (To prisoner): What do you
do? Labourer at Platt's foundry; I was working
there up to Saturday. In answer to the
magistrates, prisoner said he would promise
not to do anything of the sort again. He would
go home if his wife would take him. Prisoner's
wife appeared in court, and said she dare not
take her husband home, as he was dangerous to
live with. She had taken a summons out against
him for using threats. The magistrates
remanded the case for a week.
QUESTIONS FOR THE RATEPAYERS
Sir, Could you, or any of your numerous
readers, supply a little information regarding
a few questions which have often been put to me,
and being unable to answer them, have been requested
to appeal to you through the medium of you valuable
1. What will
be the cost of the new lavatories at the east
and west ends of the town, and, supposing the
need of them, could not a less expensive mode
have been adopted, as any return will be a very
long time in covering the outlay?
2. The cost
of fitting up, &c, the sterilised milk shop,
and has any profit already been made, or what
is likely to accrue in the near future?
3. How is
it that about one-half of the fish mart is unused,
and why cannot the other portion be turned to
good account in some way, and thus pay at least
interest on money laid out and lying dormant?
There is much talk at the
present moment about the increased rates in
the borough, and that seems to be the bugbear
for the time being, but for my own part, I think
I think we should not trouble so much about
the rates, so that economy is studied in the
outlay of the money and best value got for it.
To make what is claimed to be, a "model borough."
There are several matters that must be attended
to. The morals of the people should be protected
and vice put down with a strong hand; there
are many things included in this, as gambling,
Sabbath breaking, an the wretched dens of infamy
which are too well known to exist.
Of course we do not expect
those whose interest is at stake to take any
steps to wipe out the existence of these evils,
therefore it behoves every man and we are our
brother's keeper _ to have an eye upon such
things, and look out for those to represent
us in our local Parliament who will promise
to put down their foot sternly and stamp out
those and other evils.
No suggestion is intended
as to which party should be returned, but it
is certain that if one will not stand out and
attend to these matters another should.
Yours truly, AN OLD CONSERVATIVE