19 April 1902


An interesting gathering of Englishmen took place on Saturday evening, April 5th, at the Belle Vue Restaurant, St Petersburg, the occasion being the annual skittle match and smoking concert of the Nevka Cricket, Football, Lawn Tennis, and Skittle Club. There were 45 Britishers present, the majority of whom are engaged in the cotton trade in St Petersburg, and who hail from Lancashire.

As usual, the proceedings commenced with a friendly game of skittles, arranged by the winners of the two special prizes in this season’s tournament, Mr S HARGREAVES (Accrington) and Mr H SMALL (Ramsbottom). Mr SMALL’s team won the game.

After finishing the game, the party adjourned to one of the upper rooms, where a splendid “Zakooska,” composed of hot and cold dishes, prepared in true Russian fashion by the landlord, awaited them. After everyone had done justice to the “Zakooska,” the chairman, Mr KNOWLES (Oldham), proposed the usual loyal toasts, which were duly honoured. Mr KNOWLES said he was pleased to see that the members took as much interest in, and derived as much pleasure from skittles during the long Russian winter as from cricket during the summer. No doubt this was owing to the valuable prizes offered for competition.

The following presentation of prizes then took place:– 1st special prize: A beautiful biscuit barrel, given by Mr STANCLIFFE, presented by the donor to the winner, Mr S HARGREAVES (Accrington); 2nd special prize: A photographic condenser, given by Mr KNOWLES, presented by the donor to the winner, Mr H SMALL (Ramsbottom); 1st club prize: A handsome “vodka” barrel and glasses, won by Mr J ARROWSMITH (Accrington); 2nd club prize: A beautiful pair of photo frames, won by Mr W DAVIES (Ashton-under-Lyne).

Mr SPENCER (Patricroft), who presented the club prizes, said he was proud to be selected to make the presentation, because one of the prizes was about to remain with them, and Mr ARROWSMITH'’ friends in St Petersburg would taste the contents of that barrel, and make merry over them.

At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday, James HESKETH pleaded guilty to committing a breach of the peace at Hurst on March 30th, and was bound over in 40s to be of good behaviour for the next six months.
DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.– Elizabeth REGAN was before the Ashton County Justices on Wednesday, charged with being drunk and disorderly at Hurst on March 24th. She pleaded guilty, and this being her first offence, she was fined 5s for costs.

ARRESTED ON A WARRANT.– Kate NUTTALL was in custody at the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday on a charge of committing a breach of the peace at Hurst so far back as October 5th, 1901, the case having been previously adjourned in consequence of her non-appearance. A warrant was thereupon issued for her arrest.– Prisoner explained that on the first occasion she went to the wrong court by mistake.– Prisoner was bound over in 40s to keep the peace for six months.

MEN’S BIBLE CLUB.– On Sunday afternoon the monthly address to the Men’s Bible Class of St John’s, Hurst, was delivered by Mr J H WOOD, of St Mark’s, Dukinfield, who gave a most earnest and interesting lesson about Elijah and the widow’s meal. There was a full attendance of members and friends, and Mr WOOD was listened to with close attention. The hymns, which were accompanied by Mr Enos BUCKLEY, were sung with great heartiness.

DRUNK ON LICENSED PREMISES.– Charles RILEY failed to appear to answer his name at the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday, charged with being drunk on licensed premises at Hurst on March 29th.– A constable stated that about 10.25pm on the night in question he was called to the Royal Oak Inn, Hurst. Defendant had gone into the public-house drunk and would not leave, he having been refused drink.– Defendant was fined 10s or 7 days.– Samuel SMITH pleaded guilty to a similar offence on March 31st.– Superintendent HEWITT said that the defendant had recently returned from South Africa, and appeared to have been rejoicing at having got back.– Defendant was fined 7s 6d.

Sir, – I hope you will allow me to express through your column my disgust at being mulcted as a ratepayer in even a fraction of the cost of the coronation celebrations. Such nonsense should be paid for by the people who like it, and no one else. Evidently the loyalty of the people of Ashton could not be trusted to raise £500, so the ratepayers have to pay the piper, while the minority of the ratepayers’ representatives in the Council call the tune. And we have to rejoice by order, and shut our eyes and ears to the tale of pain, misery and death in South Africa and England, caused by a war for which again we have to pay the piper, &c. There is no room for rejoicing; we ought to go into mourning.

But are we to understand that it will take £500 to feed the poor and needy of our town once? That means that there are about 20,000 people in Ashton who will be glad of a decent feed once in a year. It seems, indeed, that one half the people in Ashton neither know nor care how the other half lives, or the Board of Guardians would be compelled to do their duty, and then there would be no need for people to wait until next coronation for a feed.

I cannot conclude without expressing my admiration at the gallant stand against cant made by Councillor R A BARRETT. Perhaps the pinch of hard times, which is now distinctly threatened, will soon rouse the workers of England to look after their own interests and elect representatives of their own, and then men like Councillor BARRETT will not stand alone, fighting for the right.– Yours faithfully,
4, Hawthorn Grove, Ashton-under-Lyne

P.S. – A town’s meeting in Dewsbury, called to consider how to spend £500 out of the rates on the Coronation, decided that the money was not to come out of the rates at all. Dare the Mayor of Ashton face the music in the same way?

At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday Mr F D HOWARTH (assistant overseer) applied for sanction to levy a lighting rate in respect of Bardsley at 1_d in the £, and the same for Waterloo. Granted.

PLAYING PITCH AND TOSS.– A charge of gaming at Waterloo was preferred against James TAYLOR, aged 13, at the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday.– Defendant’s mother appeared.– A constable stated that at 8.30pm on March 27th he saw the defendant, in company with several others, playing pitch and toss, in Ney-street, Waterloo. He watched them some time, and saw them striking matches to pick up the money.– Fined 1s and costs.

DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.– At the Ashton Police Court, on Wednesday, William Henry ANDREW was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Waterloo on March 26th.– Defendant was represented by his wife, who pleaded guilty.– Superintendent HEWITT said that defendant had been up 20 times previously.– Fined 10s 6d and costs or 14 days.– Benjamin BENNETT, whose sister appeared on his behalf, and pleaded guilty, was fined 7s 6d and costs for a similar offence.

The closing soiree of the above society was held on Saturday, under the presidency of Mr E MARSHALL. An excellent programme was provided. Mr W HARROP rendered two violin solos. Recitations were given by Misses PARKER, MARSHALL, and Mr H CLEGG, concertina solo by Mr T WHITTAKER, and a whistling solo by Mr W H FLOWERS. Mr F WHITTON gave the humorous songs, “Pilgrims of the night” and “The song that broke my heart,” and a character sketch, “A trip to Blackpool,” for which he was encored. Refreshments were handed round during an interval.

GUILTY IN ONE SENSE AND NOT IN ANOTHER.– At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday, Martin BURTENSHAW was charged with committing a breach of the peace at Bardsley on March 29th.– Defendant: Guilty in one sense and not in another.– The Magistrates’ Clerk: What is the sense in which you are not guilty? I am not guilty like o’ this road; t’other mon started o’ me first. – (Laughter.) – And then you joined in at it? – A little bit on it. – (Laughter.)

Sergeant DOVE deposed to hearing defendant shouting and swearing long before he got to him. He had his coat off and wanting to fight two or three men who were advising him to go home. He commenced swearing at witness.– Defendant called a witness named James WARD, watchman at Bardsley vale Works, to speak on his behalf, and he said he was going for a drink of small beer when he saw defendant and another man. Defendant pulled his coat off, and as he did so the sergeant came up.– Defendant said that about 12 months ago the man with whom he was quarrelling along with others went to Oldham and got some drink. They turned the light out in Bardsley Brow, and because he said he would tell the members of the Parish Council, they had it in for him ever since.– Defendant was bound over in 40s to keep the peace for six months.

Alleged Misrepresentation

At the Manchester Assizes on Wednesday, before Mr Justice WILLS and a special jury, a case was heard in which James CLAYTON, baker, Wellington-road, Ashton-under-Lyne, sought to recover damages against Amos BREAKS, of Blackpool, for misrepresentation in the sale of a bakery business at Wellington-road, the false representations being that the business was baking 25 sacks of flour per week, and that the profits were £600 per annum. Defendant denied that he represented that the business was baking 45 sacks of flour a week, but said the other representations were true.

It appeared from plaintiff’s case that his attention was first attracted to the business by an advertisement which stated: “Sixty years same family; fancy bread, &c; business baking 45 sacks of flour weekly. Nett profit, with wages and expenses paid, £600 per annum. Knowledge not essential, having good staff of men. Proprietor would instruct purchaser. Horses, vans, all utensils, and goodwill, £1,000.”

Plaintiff was induced to give £900 for the business, defendant going into figures to show £12 a week profit. Plaintiff’s son took up the business, and found after a time that it only took 28 sacks of flour per week. Correspondence followed, and plaintiff made an unsuccessful effort to sell the business, the present proceedings following.

Plaintiff admitted in cross-examination that on finding the business unsatisfactory he communicated with an agent named JOLLEY, who acted for the defendant, and JOLLEY advertised the business for sale, asking £2,500 for it. Plaintiff denied having authorised him to ask that price. JOLLEY had told him that there was a fortune in the business, and that the man who was leaving it retired with £10,000 and seventeen houses in Stalybridge.

The evidence of several master bakers called as experts went to show that the machinery was very ancient, and inconvenient, and that the property was worth about £350. On resuming after luncheon, Mr TAYLOR, K.C., said that he and his learned friend, Mr SHEA, K.C., had consulted, and agreed to a verdict for plaintiff for £500. By direction of the Judge, a verdict was entered for that amount.

At the Ashton Borough Police Court, on Monday, Joseph GREENHALGH, coal miner, 8 Wood-street, was charged, at the instance of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children on the 25th of March by neglecting them.– The clerk informed him that before the case was heard he had a right to be tried either by the magistrates, or he could go to the sessions to be tried by a jury.– The defendant elected to be tried by the magistrates, and he also pleaded not guilty.

Mr A LEES prosecuted and said defendant was charged with neglecting his three children, Fanny aged 12, Harry, 8, and David 7, in such a manner at to cause them unnecessary suffering. Upon Inspector REDDY visiting the defendant’s house on the 26th ult, he found it in a very filthy condition. There was only one bed without any covering except some old garments. The children were in a dirty verminous condition. Dr HUGHES junr. visited the house and saw the children, and the Bench would hear his statement.

The defendant appeared to be a drunken character. He was a collier and worked at the Hurst Nook Pit.– The Clerk: Has he a wife? – Mr LEES replied in the negative, and said when the inspector went defendant was at his work. He had been frequently supervised by the inspector before going to Wood-street, and had received fair warning. Fanny was before the court some time ago for stealing, but was dealt with under the First Offenders’ Act.

Inspector REDDY was called, and spoke to visiting the house. He found the girl in a shocking state with vermin. The others were very filthy from top to bottom. There was no fire in the house, and nothing to eat except a little dry bread. There was only one bed. It was without mattress, and no bed clothes except some filthy musty rags. There were only two or three old chairs downstairs. He had has the case under his observation for some time when the defendant lived at Hurst Nook. He had been out of work nine weeks, but was now working regularly, and according to his statement earned an average of £1 per week.

Witness had seen him under the influence of drink. On one occasion Sergeant WILD saw the pitiable children, and induced some kind people to provide clogs and other things. In the course of a few days they were pawned, to get bread the defendant said.– Dr HUGHES said he saw the children, along with the inspector. They were insufficiently clothed. Harry had only a thin dirty cotton shirt on. The bodies of the children were filthy dirty and their hair full of vermin.

Defendant said he had plenty of coal in the house now. The children were in court, and the magistrates or anyone else could inspect them. They were not neglected.– The Clerk: You have heard the evidence of the inspector and the doctor as to what they have seen in your house, and they tell us that the children are in a filthy state, and that you have no bedstead or covering for yourself and children.– Defendant: I don’t go to bed at all.– The Clerk: All the covering there is for the children are some dirty old rags.– Defendant: They have never been short of a week’s mate since they were born.– The Clerk: They have been short of soap. They might have been kept clean. It was your duty as a father to see to that, or get someone else to look after them.

Robert HADFIELD, 55, Cotton-street, who was called by the defendant, who spoke to having gone with him in search of work to Moston, Hollinwood, and other places, and he was always desirous to get back at night to his children.– The Clerk: What do you suggest? Do you want him sent to prison? – Mr LEES: No, he ought either to be bound over or remanded, to give him the opportunity of improving the condition of the children.

After some consulting with his colleagues, the Chairman (Alderman Wm ANDREW) said they thought, after the evidence that been given by the doctor and the inspector, there was a great deal of neglect on the part of the defendant. They were going to give a chance of improvement by adjourning the case six weeks. In the meantime defendant must shape up and look after these children. Personally he had no sympathy with any man or woman who would ill use his or her own children.

A Presentation

On Tuesday evening, at the Wellington Hotel, Nicholas Croft, Manchester, the Central Lancashire League held a dinner in honour of Mr J J THOMPSON, of Royton, the late president, and Mr J FOTHERGILL, of Rochdale, late vice-president, to whom two beautifully illuminated addresses were presented in recognition of their valuable service.

The presentations were made by Mr M BARDSLEY, of Stalybridge, the vice-president, in the unavoidable absence of the president, Mr S HILL WOOD, of Glossop.– Mr BARDSLEY said the recipients of the addresses were fully deserving of honoured recognition, as they had assisted to officer the Central Lancashire League since its inception. At its commencement the League was not the power in the land it was to-day.

Thanks, however, to the earnestness and perseverance of Messrs THOMPSON and FOTHERGILL, the League had been so successfully engineered as to be now second to no other institution in the county. They were gentlemen who loved a game of cricket, and had done their best to make it good and pure. The addresses which he was about to present to them were the result of a spontaneous desire on the part of the Central Lancashire League to give honour where it was due.

Mr THOMPSON thanked the committee heartily for the gift. It was a token that he should ever look upon with many thoughts of kindness. He had always been a great lover of cricket, and if he had his way he would establish in every district a field or playground for the school children, and he would provide a professional to teach them the game. This was done in connection with swimming, and there was no reason why the cricket professional should not act in a similar capacity to a professional at the bath.

In returning thanks, Mr FOTHERGILL eulogised league cricket. The league system in Lancashire, he averred, had given great impetus to the game.– The respective healths of Messrs THOMPSON and FOTHERGILL were toasted with musical honours. The dinner concluded with a vote of thanks to the vice-president.
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