9 February 1901

"There is indignation in Blackburn because of a speech by Mr H M HYNDMAN at the opening of a new socialist hall on Saturday evening. He said the mourning for the late Queen was monstrously overdone and he protested against the humbug of bowing down before the German Emperor and all other monarchs. His journey to Blackburn had been delayed because communications in London were practically suspended on account of a trumpery celebration. The audience sand the Marseillaise and cheered for social revolution."

Catherine TUMLTY was in court charged with unlawfully wounding John DIXON by striking him with a glass in the vault of the Clarence Hotel in Ashton. DIXON said he was a hawker living at Dale-street, Ashton, and that he had been in the Clarence with the prisoner's husband, John James TUMELTY, and others.

DIXON said that TUMELTY's wife came into the bar and that he said he knew her from Burnley and Blackburn when she went out with a young fellow, at which point she attacked him with a glass. He remembered nothing more until the following morning when he woke up in Ashton Infirmary.

Under cross-examination, he denied asking her if she knew him, or had a drink with him at the market place in Blackburn. Nor had he said he had drunk with her many times "while John James did his six months."

Anna Matilda CLEMENTS, wife of the landlord of the Clarence, confirmed that DIXON had indeed confronted Catherine with her alleged infidelity until she finally snapped, saying: "What about that if I did. If you mention that again, I'll smash this glass in your b______ eyes." The prisoner was committed to sessions.

Woodruff WALSH cut a smart figure in court as he was charged with stealing a brass bell valued at 2s 6d from the King's Arms Hotel in Stalybridge. Barman James ELSIEGOOD said WALSH had been in the bar from 6.30 until nine o'clock. He had heard a bell ring and when he entered the vault, WALSH was leaving by a side door. When challenged, he said he would be back in five minutes. It was only then that he noticed the bell missing from the chimneypiece.

WALSH's friend, Thomas LYNCH, later asked him to return the bell which he finally agreed to, although LYNCH took it back. WALSH admitted that he couldn't tell them what had happened because he had been drunk. He said that they knew him well in the pub and that the bell was of no value to him. WALSH was originally a manager of a business in Ashton until five or six years before and had moved to Stalybridge when he married. He also had a brother in Gee Cross, Hyde: "An independent business man; at any rate he made 20,000 by a patent in the chemical trade."

WALSH said: "My brother is a year and half older than me and I am 61. It is all drink gentlemen. I am a draper by trade and Mr LEIGH of Leigh and Ardern has known me for over thirty years. I have been the manager of a large shop and the manager of Freemans and Hardys knows me well."

The bench was convinced that he had not taken the bell with any felonious intent and he was discharged.

"The quietude of Waterloo and district was ruthlessly disturbed on Friday last by a visit from Detective Sergeant DILLON and the subsequent arrest of Thomas ANDERTON (who resided with his mother at Barton Row) and a young woman named Mary BOOTH (with whom he has for some time been keeping company) on a charge of stealing 60, the property of John MARSDEN, proprietor of a shooting gallery."

ANDERTON's mother was proprietoress of an "Aunt Sally" stall that was regularly seen at Ashton Market. Her son had gone to work for MARSDEN where he met Mary BOOTH, MARSDEN's adopted daughter. A relationship began and they were described as 'lovers' and all went well until the couple disappeared with 60 of MARSDEN's money.

The court was sympathetic to the 18 year old girl who was an orphan taken in by MARSDEN 17 months before. They accepted that she had acted under ANDERTON's influence and that he owed it to the girl to marry her. With that in mind, he was jailed for just two months. Meanwhile, Mary was given into the care of Mrs FRANKS, the court missionary.

"Whatever the result of Dr TEALE's experiments in sending messages to planets, the messages which scores of Ma's are daily sending to their daughters and friends is that Charles FORD's Bile Beans are beyond all doubt the world's specific for colds, coughs, anaemia, rheumatism, indigestion, chest pains, buzzing in the head, flatulence, debility, liver and kidney disorders, constipation, piles, headache and all female ailments."

Evidence of the weaker sex?!

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