19 September 1903

About half-past six on Thursday night a further accident took place, a portion of the roof falling in one of the mines, and one of the miners named Joseph HAYES, working there at the time, sustained slight injuries. It was difficult to get the injured man to the surface, but it was accomplished, and he was conveyed in an ambulance with all possible speed to the surgery of Dr CRAWSHAW, in Trafalgar Square, where his injuries were attended to.

Death from Excessive Drinking — “Drinking by Bucketful”

On Monday forenoon, at the Norfolk Arms Hotel, Hyde, before Mr Francis NEWTON, the district coroner, an inquest was held to ascertain the cause of death of Thomas FROST, a foundry labourer, against whom a separation order had been recently obtained by his wife and who died in a lodging-house at Hyde. Councillor GARSIDE was elected foreman of the jury.

Emma FROST said: I live at 49 Riddling-lane, and Thomas FROST was my husband. He was 40 last November, and was a labourer in a foundry. I have seen him one since six weeks last Thursday. — The Coroner: I believe you got a separation at that time? — Mrs FROST: Yes, sir. He was of drunken habits, and partly on that account I got the separation order. He was not sober when I saw him since the granting of the order. Since we separated he lived for a short time with my sister, but has been living up and down. He was a strong, healthy man, but was plagued for his breath when he had been drinking. I know nothing about his death.

Henry HYDE said: I live at 13 Thomas-street, and am a lodging house proprietor. The deceased, FROST, came to my house for lodgings last night (Sunday) about half-past ten. I asked him what was the matter with him, as he was out of breath, and he said he was running out of the road of a man. I could not see any man. He appeared to have been drinking heavily. He did not complain of any pain in his chest, and went up to bed about 20 minutes to eleven.

About half-past eight, when the others got up, deceased stayed in bed, and they said “Heigh. It’s time to get up,” and he said, “All right; I’m coming.! They then went on with their work, but as he did not appear, they said he would not get up, and so I said, “I must go and get him up.” So I went up and saw him, and he looked very ill, and the police sent for a doctor, but the man died before a doctor could appear.

Detective-Sergeant ATKINSON said he was up Charles-street at 9.30 on Sunday morning, when he saw deceased leaning on a window sill, and very short of breath. He said: “You will have to give over drinking, or you’ll soon be gone,” and deceased said “Yes.” There was no doubt that he had been drinking very bad for the last seven or eight weeks. He had been drinking it by the bucketful. — A Juror: And more.

The Coroner: It seems to me that he was not in his right mind last night when he said someone was chasing him. There would be no one after him. (Several voices: “No.”) It seems as if he had been drinking heavily, so heavily indeed that his wife had had enough of it, and had had to get a separation order, and he had gone on drinking ever since, with the object it seemed of drinking himself to death. Whether that was so or not he had succeeded in doing so. He got to bed and died. If you think his death has been caused by drinking you can say so. It seems as if there has been some heart trouble here, perhaps caused by excessive drinking.

The jury returned a verdict of “Found dead, from excessive drinking and neglecting himself.” — A Juror: he had been neglecting his food, and not taking care of himself. — The Coroner: There is no doubt that he has died from heart failure, brought on by excessive drinking and want of food.

At noon on Wednesday whilst a hansom cab, owned by Mr Samuel MILLWARD, coach proprietor, driven by Geo. TAPLEY, 13 Globe-street, Ashton, was turning out of Gas-street into Katherine-street, it collided with an electric tramcar coming from the direction of the Market Ground, driven by Jos. LANCASHIRE.

The driver of the hansom was thrown off his box, and the hansom was knocked over, and both wheels and windows were broken. There were two occupants, Mr H J HORROCKS, art printer, Gas-street, and Mr Philip ASHLEY, artist, of Marple. Mr ASHLEY escaped unhurt. Mr HORROCKS received slight injuries, but was able to walk to the office in Gas-street. He was found to have sustained a slight cut on the right side of the head, and a bruise on the right leg, which were attended to by Dr COOKE.

Visit to Atlas Works, Stalybridge

On Saturday about 70 members of the Ashton-under-Lyne and District Society of Engineers visited Messrs James CARTER and Sons’ Atlas Works, Stalybridge. The following were amongst those present: Messrs James ROBINSON (secretary), Josiah WARHURST (president), N CARR, Wm. INGHAM, Thomas HAZLEHURST, Thomas BELFIELD, John WOOD, John BEECH, George POTTER, John WIDDOWSON, Geo. HAZLEHURST, James POTTER etc.

The visitors arrived at the works at 3 o’clock, where they were met by Mr James CARTER, head of the firm, Mr Arthur CARTER, and several members of staff. Mr CARTER having given the visitors a hearty reception, the party then proceeded to inspect the works. The first place visited was the engine room, which contained a first-class set of high-speed engines, which when driving are used for the purpose of generating electricity for driving the numerous motors about the works, the machinery, cranes, etc, being driven by these motors.

The visitors were then conducted to the turning department, and here a feat was performed by facing four flanges up in 29 minutes. The moulding shop was also visited, and the electric cranes were set in motion. The party then made a thorough examination of one of Messrs CARTER’s improved economisers, whilst the store rooms were in turn inspected, likewise the model room. The party then adjourned to another room, where refreshments were partaken.

Ample justice having been done to the good things provided, Mr ROBINSON called upon Mr Thomas HAZLEHURST to move a vote of thanks to the firm. This was seconded by Mr Thomas BELFIELD. Mr CARTER replied in an interesting speech, concluding by giving the visitors a sketch of his progress through life. This concluded the visit, the members returning to Ashton after a most enjoyable outing.

Fred STAFFORD, Wm. RICHARDSON, Fred BATTY, and Walter VARE, all apparently about 15 or 16 years old, were brought up at the Police Court, on Monday, on a charge of being disorderly in Huddersfield-road, Millbrook, on Wednesday, the 9th.

Constable STUBBS said he was on duty about 8.30 on the night in question, along with Sergeant EYRE, when they saw the defendants round a shop window. They were shouting and bawling and making a great noise. When the boys saw the officers they ran away. BATTY was caught. The Chief Constable said there had been a great many complaints about this rowdyism, and , and these same boys had been warned by him last March.

STAFFORD said they were looking in a shop window at a football team sheet, and “it wer writ so comical” they started laughing at it. Some bigger lads began pushing them about, and it was that what caused the bother. — Parents and other relatives of the lads appeared, and said they were good lads at home. — In answer to the Mayor the father of one of the lads said he gave him “the belt” on the occasion of the Chief Constable’s warning. — The defendants were discharged after being admonished.

Breach of the Peace. — At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday, before Messrs Ralph BATES, John WOOD, and J BEARDOE-GRUNDY, Sophia HEPWORTH was charged with committing a breach of the peace at Hurst on the 29th of August. Defendant pleaded not guilty. — An officer said that at a quarter to 12 on Saturday night she was shouting and swearing in Hope-street. He ordered her to go inside, and by all accounts she went in, but kept the neighbours awake all night by her noise. — Defendant said that a young man came in, and she ordered him out. — She was bound over for three months.

Farewell Party and Presentation. — A pleasant gathering took place at the Seven Stars, Hurst, on Tuesday night, to bid farewell to Mr Harry J HOWARD, a native of Hurst, on his departure for Providence, Rhodes Island, USA. Mr HOWARD has been over on a three months’ visit to the old country, nine years having elapsed since he left his native shores for the land of his adoption, during which many changes have taken place, though time has in nowise diminished the cordial relations with his numerous friends in Hurst, and as evidence of the warmth of feeling he was presented by Mr Jos. HURST, licensee of the Seven Stars, with a beautiful silk muffler as a token of esteem and regard. This he accepted in the same kindly spirit as it was given. A repast was partaken off by the assembled company, and the subsequent proceedings were of a harmonious character, interspersed with vocal and instrumental music.

On Wednesday, at the Stalybridge Police Court, before Messrs H KNOTT, H JACKSON, and J CARTER, a girl of 12, named Lucilla BEELEY, was charged with stealing 1lb of tomatoes, value 7d, the property of Mrs SHACKLETON, of 68 Walmersley-street.

Evidence was given by Agnes SHACKLETON, daughter of the prosecutor, to the effect that accused, along with other children, went into the shop on Monday evening, asking for a drink of water. After they had left the shop witness missed the tomatoes. Information was given to the police.

Thos. GRAY, 9 years of age, said he went into the shop with the accused. She took the tomatoes off the counter and put them under her jacket. When they got outside she gave him two bites. — Asked if she wished to question him, the little girl said, “He says he only had one bite. He took half a tomato in one bite, and he wanted me to steal a big apple as well.”

Constable LAWTON gave evidence as to the arrest. When charged prisoner replied, “I stole them and divided them with my brother and Thos. GRAY outside the shop.” She was brought to the office, but was afterwards allowed to go home with her father. There had been several complaints as to small thefts committed by the girl.

Captain BATES said the child’s mother was dead. Both her parents had been convicted there, and her brother, Ernest BEELEY, was the worst lad in town. — In answer to the bench the child’s father said his wife had been dead three years, and he did what he could to make them do right. He was away all day at work, and a married daughter looked after the younger children but they ran away from school.

Mr KNOTT said he was afraid BEELEY had not given them much instruction as to what was right and wrong. The law held him responsible for the conduct of his children, and if they had another case of that sort they would have to deal with him. — The bench were disposed to be lenient, but felt bound to enter a conviction. The girl would be sentenced to one day’s imprisonment, which meant that she would at once be released. Mr KNOTT addressed a few words of kindly admonition to the girl, who was then taken away by her father.

An Enormous Crowd

The beautiful and picturesquely-situated cemetery at Hurst, with its breezy heights overlooking a wide expanse of undulating country, was the scene of a huge concourse of people on Tuesday afternoon, bent on witnessing the funeral of the murdered gamekeeper, Robert KENYON, whose sad end, as well as that of UTTLEY, another gamekeeper, sent a thrill of horror throughout the whole district.

The day was fine and bracing, the sun shining with dazzling brightness from an azure sky, and this, coupled with the fact that many of the local cotton mills were stopped owing to the state of the cotton trade, caused thousands of people to assemble at the cemetery and along the approaches thereto.

With such a huge crowd, it was only natural to expect a considerable amount of damage at the beautifully laid out cemetery, but the cemetery superintendent (Mr GREEN) in consideration of the time of the year, and the fact that flowers and vegetation were on the wane, allowed the public free access to the grounds. The result was that the beautiful tree-lined avenues, footpaths, and byeways were a sort of dumping ground for a large crowd which, however sympathetic, was in a great measure attracted by morbid curiosity.

Many wondered and speculated as to the desirability of conveying the body such a long distance as that from Buckstones to the Hurst Cemetery, something like 14 miles, but the KENYONs were natives of Hurst, both father and son being born there, and in the village churchyard lie the remains of the first wife and four children of the bereaved father, Mr Jas. KENYON.

This grave was full, hence it was that a new one was purchased in the new cemetery. The grave was vaulted and bricked, and the depth was nine and a half feet. It was in a beautiful sequestered spot in the Church of England portion of the cemetery, and in that part consecrated about eighteen months ago. Prospect-road leading from Higher King-street to the Barracks and Mossley-road is but a few yards away, and from it the grave can easily be seen. There are but few graves in the cemetery as yet, and the spot where the murdered man was buried has a degree of isolation characteristic of his home in Buckstones.

Shortly before 3pm, a large number of relatives of the deceased, from Hurst and the surrounding districts, numbering about 60, assembled at Hurst Cross to await the arrival of the funeral cortege, which left Buckstones at ten o’clock in the morning, travelling via Delph, Mossley, and along Mossley-road past the Barracks and Queen-street, Hurst.

A large crowd of people lined Queen-street, Hurst Cross and Higher King-street, and on all hands one heard frequent expressions of sympathy, or had perforce, whilst hemmed in by the crowd, to give ear to a recountation of the terrible tragedy, the mysterious circumstances concerning which have so far baffled the police in their investigations.

As the cortege reached the square at Hurst Cross a respectful silence pervaded the crowd as they made way for it to pass, and few onlookers gazed on the solemn spectacle unmoved. A number of cyclists, evidently from the Marsden district, passed along some distance in front of the closed hearse containing the coffin, and directed the way. Owing to some misapprehension the cortege turned the wrong way on reaching Hurst Cross, and had proceeded some little distance along King-street in the direction of St John’s Church before the mistake was discovered.

The hearse being closed at the sides the coffin could not be seen as it passed along at a well-measured pace, drawn by a couple of well-groomed coal-black steeds, the undertaker, Mr Joe CROWTHER, of Golcar, and two drivers occupying the front seat. There was only one coach containing mourners, the occupants of which were Mr and Mrs Jas. KENYON, father and mother of the deceased, Mrs UTTLEY, widow of the murdered gamekeeper, Miss Mary MOORES, of Oldham, deceased’s sweetheart, Mrs NASH, Miss MARSDEN (aunt) and a friend of the deceased’s, Mr Seth PLATT, of Denshaw.

A number of floral tributes were sent by relatives and friends, and these were placed on the coffin inside the closed hearse. The body was enclosed in a leaden shell encased in polished oak, with heavy brass mountings, and inscription on brass plate:-

Died September 10th, 1903,
Aged 26 years

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