14 June 1902

Travels Alone 3,500 Miles

A Philadelphia correspondent sends the following by fast mail, under the date of May 30th:–

Among the passenger who landed yesterday was a little orphan boy, William SEATON, aged seven years. Fatherless and motherless, with brother and sisters also dead, the child had come all the way from Oldham, England, with nothing to guide him to his destination but a small card tagged to his jacket, bearing the inscription:–

Going to Uncle
43 Magill-street,
Hamilton, Canada

Three thousand miles of water, and then 500 by rail, the child will have travelled without kith or kin to attend him. On the ocean there were good people who did all they could for him, and tried to bring gladness to the sad face. The child never complained of illness on the voyage. He had no luggage, and wore a blue sailor suit. He had money to pay his fare to Hamilton and something over.

Left alone, his uncle in Canada had offered him a home and promised to tenderly care for him. The boy'’ aunt in Oldham thought it best to send him to the new world. She seemed to know that the tag would carry him safely through.

The Ashton police were on Friday forenoon apprised of the death of Jane DAVIES, wife of John DAVIES, 26 Hamilton-street, Ashton, aged 56 years, which took place at her home at 4.45 the same morning. According to the statement of the husband, he went to his work on Thursday leaving deceased in the house and when he returned home at night, he looked round the house but could not find her.

He enquired of a neighbour in whose house deceased was said to have been at 11.30am that day. The husband returned to the house and lit the fire and on going downstairs to the cellar for some eatables he heard a groan and saw his wife lying on her right side at the bottom of the steps. She was breathing, but did not speak. There was some blood on her left ear and also on an earthenware vessel close by. Dr CRAWSHAW was sent for and deceased was placed on the sofa in an unconscious condition and remained so until death.

Visit to Messrs Vaughan and Son Limited, West Gorton

On Saturday last the members of the Ashton-under-Lyne and District Society of Engineers paid a visit to Messrs Vaughan and Son Limited, mechanical and electrical engineers, Royal Ironworks, West Gorton, Manchester.

The party left Ashton at 1.53, arriving at the works about three o’clock, where they were met by Mr Frank WOOD and other members of the staff. Messrs Vaughan and Son Limited were among the first of crane makers in this Kingdom to recognise the possibilities of the series machines as applied to travelling cranes. One of the earliest three motor travellers was designed by them for the Woolwich Arsenal.

The party first inspected the overhead electric traveller erecting shop where two large cranes were being erected for China. Two of the cranes attached to this department were then set in motion, and the way large wheels, &c, were carried about the shop delighted the visitors. The next department was the electric crab shop, where numerous crabs for South Africa and other places were in course of construction. Several were set in motion to show the visitors how easily they were controlled. A full explanation was given of these cranes and crabs by Mr WOOD.

The party next visited the pulley department. This shop is well fitted up with all modern appliances for the quick dispatch of work. In fact it was said that a 16in. wrought iron split pulley could be put in hand and completed in six hours. The party next visited the new boiler mountings department. This shop is not quite complete, but when it is it will compare with any of the other departments. The party having returned to the crane shop, light refreshments were partaken of, and afterwards Mr James ROBINSON (secretary) called upon Mr Roger NICHOLSON to move a vote of thanks.

Mr NICHOLSON said he was very pleased to be there that afternoon. He was sure it was very kind on the part of Mr WOOD and the other members of the staff to give them such a reception as they had given them that afternoon. They would not soon forget the very able manner in which everything had been explained to them. He hoped that, although it was the first time they had visited these works, it would not be the last; and he moved that their best thanks be given to the firm, also to the staff, for their kindness that afternoon. This was second by Mr Thomas BELFIELD.

Mr Frank WOOD then said: On behalf of the firm, I thank you most heartily for your appreciation of what we have been able to show you. We look upon this visit from an educational point of view. I feel sure that if working engineers would do as you have done, and band themselves together for mutual improvement, I have no doubt engineers would only be too pleased to throw their works open for visits such as these, and place at your disposal competent members of their staff to show and explain the different machines and their own specialities. In conclusion, I may say we hear a deal about foreign competition, but I think if working men would go on the same lines as you are doing, England may fear no American or other competitor.

The party then adjourned to Belle Vue, where the rest of the evening was spent, arriving in Ashton about 10 o’clock after a very pleasant outing. Among those present were Messrs James ROBINSON, Roger NICHOLSON, Henry WARHURST, Joseph BEECH, James SCHOFIELD, Ernest CAMPBELL, and others.

Mother: “The baby’s swallowed a piece of worsted.” Father: “That’s nothing towards the yarns she’ll have to swallow in the Reporter every week!”
William RINGLAND pleaded not guilty at the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday to having a dog without license at Waterloo on May 21st. He said he had not kept a dog.– Evidence was given by Constable KNOWLES of visiting defendant’s house and seeing a full grown dog. He had seen the dog at the house several times.– Defendant was fined 5s 6d and costs.

Elizabeth HEALEY and May ROBINSON pleaded guilty at the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday to committing a breach of the peace at Waterloo on May 20th, and added that they had a few words over the children.– The Magistrates’ Clerk: Telling one another what they thought about them, I suppose.–(Laughter.) Defendants were bound over in 40s to keep the peace for six months.

GAMING.– A charge of gaming at Bardsley was preferred against John CARDWELL at the Ashton Police Court on Wednesday.– Defendant’s wife appeared, and pleaded not guilty.– Evidence was given by a constable of seeing defendant, along with others, playing at pitch and toss on the public footpath. He caught defendant, and the others ran away. Defendant called out to the others to assault witness.– The bench imposed a fine of 2s 6d and costs.

CHARGE OF CRUELTY TO CHILDREN WITHDRAWN.– Mason Albert PILLING and his wife, Martha, were before the Ashton county magistrates, on Wednesday, on an adjourned charge of cruelty to children.– Mr A LEES, who prosecuted for the RSPCC, said the case was before the court on April 30th, to see if the defendants would make some alteration in the surroundings of the children and the home. Since that time everything had gone satisfactorily, and the inspector was perfectly satisfied. The remarks which came from the bench on the previous occasion did a great amount of good. Under the circumstances he asked that the case should be withdrawn.– The defendants agreed to pay the costs, amounting to 10s, and the case was then dismissed.

It is announced that the laying of the rails for what is known as the Gee Cross tramway scheme is to be commenced practically immediately. This scheme will complete a continuous service of electric trams, between Hyde and Stockport, via Bredbury. To proceed with the scheme an agreement was required between the Corporations of Hyde and Stockport, the Bredbury and Romiley Urban Council, and the Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne, and Hyde Electric Tramways Company.

After much delay, the agreement has been signed, and the Stockport Corporation have just extended their tramways for a distance of about 400 yards, to the Bredbury-Hyde boundary. It has been arranged that the Tramways Company shall carry out the Gee Cross scheme, which is a little over a mile in length, and is expected to cost about £8,000.

At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday, Joseph CHADDERTON was summoned under the Food and Drugs Act for having in his cart a receptacle for selling skimmed milk without label, and selling milk to the prejudice of the public.

Mr J WILSON, solicitor, of Preston, said that the prosecution was initiated by the Lancashire County authorities, and the facts were that on May 8th, Superintendent HEWITT saw the defendant’s cart in Waterloo in charge of the defendant’s daughter. There were two milk kits in the cart. He asked for a pint of milk, and was supplied from one of the kits, and on asking for a pint from the other kit, Miss CHADDERTON said it was skimmed milk. The Superintendent asked her where the label was, but she made no reply. The act provided that there should be a label.

The surmise was that it was the previous night’s milk, that the cream had been skimmed off, and there was no guarantee but what any casual customer in the street would be served with the milk the same as new milk, because the same price was charged for both.– Superintendent HEWITT deposed to purchasing a sample of the milk, and submitting it for analysis which showed it was deficient in cream.

Defendant’s son, who appeared, pleaded guilty, and said that the offence was committed in ignorance. The can had since been labelled.– The chairman: It is locking the stable after the horse is gone – donkey I might say in this case. – (Laughter.) Defendant was fined 5s 6d and costs in each case.

John MATTHEWS was in custody at the Ashton County Police Court, on Saturday, charged with attempting to break into a branch of the Oldham Equitable Co-operative Stores, St John-street, Hey. Superintendent HEWITT said that so far as he knew there was no previous conviction recorded against the prisoner, and to prefer this charge would mean sending him to the Quarter Sessions for trial. Under the circumstances, the charge would be brought under the Vagrancy Act of being found on enclosed premises.

In Friday night about nine o’clock prisoner appeared to have lifted the grid of the Co-operative Stores, where there was a window below. He descended the aperture and placed the grid back again, so that anyone walking along the pavement would not notice anything. He then partly forced open the window. In the Lees district, there were what were called private watchers, and one of these watchmen discovered the prisoner, who lifted up the grid and attempted to run away. The watchman had a stick in his hand, with which he brought the prisoner to the ground.

James BRIERLEY, the manager of the branch, deposed to leaving the premises secure at 9.10 the previous night. The watchman knocked him up about 12.35 at night, and he found the window had been forced open.– Edward DENT, one of the Lees district private watchers, stated that about 12.15 that morning, he was in St John-street, and heard a noise coming from the direction of the branch stores. He went there and looked down the bars of the grid and noticed a suspicious movement, and on making a further examination, he saw a man.

Witness moved out of the way a few paces, and the grid was lifted up and prisoner came out and ran away. Witness ran after him and knocked him down, and detained him and gave him into custody. He smelled very badly of drink.– Prisoner pleaded guilty and said he was very sorry for what he had done, but he was drunk. He had never been up before and he would promise never to do anything of the sort again. He had a wife and two children.

The magistrates’ clerk: It is not a drunken man’s action to open a window.– Asked what his occupation was, prisoner said he formerly worked in a cotton mill, and had been recently working in a brickyard.– Prisoner was sentenced to seven days’ imprisonment with hard labour.

Effects Upon Infants

A Waterloo milk dealer, named John HULME, was charged at the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday, with an offence under the Food and Drugs Act. Mr J WILSON appeared to prosecute on behalf of the Lancashire authorities, and Mr J H LLOYD appeared for the defendant. Defendant pleaded not guilty.

Mr WILSON said that on May 8th, Supt. HEWITT purchased from the defendant’s cart a pint of milk for purposes of analysis. This was an important case to the public; it was a case in which preservative was put in the milk to make it keep. This was a practice very much depreciated by the County Authorities. The milk was found to contain five grains of boracic acid per pint. An ordinary child, six months old at this time of year, would take two pints of milk a day. The Chairman: It would be killing it? Yes. It is extremely dangerous, and would have very serious effects upon the child’s life. Royal Commission had recommended that no preservatives should be allowed in milk.

Superintendent HEWITT deposed to making the purchase of milk from the daughter of the defendant and sending it for analysis.– Sergeant DOVE said that when spoken to, defendant said that he put the preservative in the milk because the customers complained, and he was advised to do this. He did not think it would do any harm.

Dr SARGENT, medical officer of health for the county of Lancaster, gave it as his opinion that the use of borax was very objectionable, because it had a serious effect on young children. Infants were fed largely with milk and ten grains was a considerable amount for a drug. It would be very likely to have an influence on the alimentary canal and the digestive system, and in that way cause the child to be ill with diarrhoea or vomiting. If a medical man were called in it was quite possible and highly likely that boracic acid might be given unwittingly, not knowing the character of the milk.

The Chairman (Mr Ralph BATES): What would the colouring be for; it to give it a creamy appearance? Yes.– By Mr LLOYD: It was desirable that the milk be without borax.– The Chairman: Where is all this sterilised milk; how is it going on in your district? – Superintendent HEWITT: It is dying out practically.– The Magistrates’ Clerk: Sterilised milk would be a good thing, no doubt, if people would buy it, but the mothers seem to think that they know a great deal better than the local authorities what to do with their children. If they used sterilised milk, probably the lives of a good many children would be saved.

Dr SARGENT: If milk has to be preserved, sterilisation is the best means of preserving it. It does away with any introduction of foreign substances.– The Chairman: Clear the sewers out with sour milk. – (Laughter.) – Dr SARGENT: The borax is not put into sour milk, it is used to preserve milk from going sour.

Mr LLOYD submitted that the use of borax to the extent that it was used in this case was not injurious. Defendant had only just commenced to use the preservative, and he did it under the impression that he was doing a benefit to his customers. His sole object was to prevent the milk going bad.– Dr OWEN said he had never known any ill effects from the administration of borax in such quantities as had been stated.

The Chairman: To cure stinking fish, I believe, it is a fine thing? – (Laughter.) – Dr OWEN: It prevents decomposition. If milk is sour it will not remove sourness. – Mr LLOYD said his client would undertake not to repeat the offence.– The decision of the Bench was that the case had been proved, and defendant was fined 10s 6d and costs.
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