2 February 1901

The paper was full of articles about the death of Queen Victoria and the coming funeral. There was a brisk trade in black cloth and black clothes judging by the advertisements, notably by John WILSON and LEIGH and ARDERN, both shops on Stamford Street.

Regular readers will recall the sorry last week of Ernest REVILL and Arthur WILSON, both of Ashton, who had been accused of attempted robbery by Frederick ASHWORTH. He claimed that the pair had gone through his pockets as they shared a cab from Ashton to Hyde in the mistaken belief that he had 30 on him. The earlier trial was adjourned because ASHWORTH had skipped town and a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Detective Sergeant MOORE told the court that he had been able to trace ASHWORTH who was believed to be in Queenstown.

Mr HEATHCOTE, the defending solicitor, said his clients had accompanied ASHWORTH simply for his protection. The bench dismissed the case for lack of evidence.

Trooper Fred MAKIN returned home after a year in South Africa with the Imperial Yeomanry Volunteers. His family were not expecting him and the first they knew of it was a telegram to his wife sent after he landed asking her to meet him at the station in Manchester. This she did with other relatives and "Fred had the liveliest ten minutes on Victoria platform that he had during his whole experience in South Africa. They 'outflanked' him and 'surrounded' him and of course, he had to surrender for the first time."

He told the Reporter of his journey by ship via Ceylon where they were taking Boer prisoners. "Adverting to the character of the Boer prisoners, Trooper MAKIN described them as uncouth and obstinate and awfully averse to the English plan of sleeping in hammocks on board ship. To them, it was as bad as sleeping on a clothes line for they invariably overbalanced themselves and fell out."

"Trooper MAKIN fully endorsed all that had been said about the splendid climate of South Africa … and states that if he were single, he would be anxious as ever to renew his acquaintance with the 'rolling veldt' and the 'picturesque kopjes'".

"A sacred concert in aid of the sufferers of the Denton disaster was given in the Oddfellows Hall on Sunday by Mossley Brass Band. The 'Dead March' was first played, the audience standing uncovered. Mr R DAWSON gave a good rendering of a song entitled 'A Dream of Paradise', the pleasing effect being heightened by the tasteful manner in which Mr BATTY played the violin obligato.

The inquest into the death of Emma ROTHWELL heard that it had happened after an accident at the Staley Mill Company where she worked as a ring spinner. She was aged 16, the daughter of George and Sarah ROTHWELL of 11 Arpley Place, Millbrook. She had been taken to the District Infirmary with a serious laceration to her upper right arm and though she appeared to be responding to the treatment, blood poisoning set in and she died.

Mary WHITEHEAD, a fellow spinner, said that she had seen the girl on her knees, brushing the ledge of her frame. She had been in a safe position at that time. "Immediately afterwards, I heard a noise and the deceased's frame was jumping and I saw her lying on the floor. One of her arms was fast between the rollers in the frame."

Emma was buried in St James' Churchyard.

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