26 October 1901

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.

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.

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 were broken.

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 the birch.

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."

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 RADCLIFFE.

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.

THROWING STONES — 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?— Defendant: No.

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.

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.

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 paper.
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.—

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