23 May 1903
COLLIER’S ESCAPADE AT NORTHENDEN
At the Stockport Police Court on Monday, a man named Ernest
POGSON, whose last place of residence is given as Wharf-street,
Ashton-under-Lyne, and who is described as a collier,
was before the Bench in an amusing case.
From the evidence it appears
he had been tramping the country of late, and he called
at the house of Mr William Thompson KIRKPATRICK, of Sharston
House, Northen Etchells, Northenden. The servants were
out at the time, and so Ernest gained admission, and after
a slight search came across apple pies and a bottle of
whisky. After disposing of as much refreshments as would
satisfy him he began another tour round the house.
In his travels he came across
a well-stocked wardrobe, choosing fitting raiment, white
silk stocking, a new suit, collar and tie, and a trilby
hat, he donned these, leaving his own suit in exchange.
His next discovery was a pair of white tennis shoes, which
he substituted for his old worn out boots. Later he found
three rings, the total value of which was £17, and
placing these on his fingers he left the house, not having
forgotten to curl his moustache with a box of bongreise.
He then proceeded through Gatley
and Cheadle without mishap, but upon arrival at Brinksway
he was noticed as to be behaving in rather an eccentric
manner. The half bottle of whisky which he drank no doubt
accounted for this, and Sergeant SEED found it necessary
to arrest him, thinking perhaps he had escaped from the
asylum. He was then wearing the articles enumerated, and
displaying stolen rings.
Superintendent McHALE drew
attention to the conduct of Mr HARTLEY, of Sharston Hall,
in this matter. He had lent his telephone and placed his
motor at the disposal of the police, and rendered every
possible assistance. He (POGSON) was remanded for further
CLAIM AT ASHTON COUNTY COURT
Before His Honour Judge Reginald BROWN, K.C., at the Ashton
County Court, on Thursday, Mary COOK sued Walter and Mary
PRICE, executors of the will of the late Mary Ann BOARDMAN,
for £9 4s, money alleged to have been lent on a
promissory note, dated 21st of June 1897. Mr G HEATHCOTE
appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr Arthur LEES represented
According to the evidence of
the plaintiff she lent the late Mrs BOARDMAN, who was
a friend of hers, £9 4s. After she died she waited
for some time expecting the will to be proved, but this
she said had not been done. She alleged that PRICE and
his wife had received sums of money on insurance policies
on the life of deceased, and, therefore, she maintained
they were liable for the payment of the sum mentioned.
Mr LEES, for the defendants,
said the deceased was formerly a confectioner in Old-street,
Ashton, but getting into difficulties she sold the policies
to PRICE and his wife for £35. His Honour said he
was satisfied a bargain to that effect had been made,
and he gave a verdict for the defendants.
SCARE: INFECTION AND TABLE SALT
Sir, - The present is a very opportune time to draw attention
to the means whereby infection is carried and spread.
It perhaps does not occur to many people the risk there
is in our present unclean method of using table salt from
an open dish or salt cellar, as it is always exposed to
the dust and germs floating about in the atmosphere. Knowing
also the affinity salt has for moisture, it is only reasonable
to expect that it will absorb this from a sick room (which
may possibly be humidified artificially) and then take
up the germs of disease at the same time.
The American custom of using
salt in castors – the same as we use pepper –
which seems a more common sense method. No spoons being
required, it does not spill about the table, is evenly
spread over the food, and kept free from dust.
Yours truly, PREVENTION
DRUNK ON LICENSED PREMISES. – A
charge of being drunk on licensed premises at Waterloo
on May 2nd was preferred against John QUARMBY and John
WINTERBOTTOM at the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday.
– Both defendants pleaded guilty, and were fined
10s including costs.
SEQUEL TO MAY DAY.
– In answer to a charge of being drunk
in charge of a horse and cart at Bardsley on May 1st,
Jos. CLAYTON pleaded guilty at the Ashton County Police
Court on Wednesday, and told the magistrates that on account
of May Day he got a little more than he should have done.
– Fined 5s 6d and costs.
BOWLING MATCHES. –
C LOWNDES v. J SCHOFIELD, of Ashton, played on Monday
31 up, for £5, on the green at the Dog and Partridge
Inn, Waterloo. SCHOFIELD won by one point. On the same
afternoon W H ANDREW, of Waterloo, and T SCOTT, of Waterhead,
met on the same green and played 81 up, for £20,
SCOTT having 18 start. ANDREW gradually lessened the points
given, and at half-time the scores were:- SCOTT, 51; ANDREW,
47. On resuming, they paired at 51, when ANDREW forged
ahead, and won by 18 points, the final scores reading:-
ANDREW, 81; SCOTT, 63.
ATTEMPT TO OBTAIN ALMS BY FALSE PRETENCES AT ASHTON
”Felt Himself to be a Dying Man”
At the Ashton Borough Police Court, on Thursday, before
Messrs J KERSHAW (in the chair) and W TIPPING, a shabbily-dressed
man named Robert James PARKINSON, was before the magistrates
charged with attempting to obtain alms by false pretences
on May 18th. Mr A LEES appeared to prosecute.
Mr A LEES said that at one
time the defendant was a member of a Masonic Lodge, but
he had not paid any subscriptions for a long time. The
brethren of the Order were making an effort to prevent
people perpetrating fraud on the almoners, whose duty
it was to bring any case that came to their notice before
the magistrates. There were about 200 or 300 known characters
going about the country obtaining relief under the guise
James William POWNALL said:
I am the almoner and treasurer of the local Masonic Lodges.
On Monday afternoon just about 1 o’clock, the prisoner
called at my shop, 13 Bow-street. He said he was a poor
and distressed Mason, had just walked from Manchester,
and that he felt very ill. He had been in Crumpsall Hospital
for four months, and had only been out a fortnight. I
recognised the prisoner as having called upon me on the
9th May 1902, and on that date I gave him 5s, and then
he made a similar statement as having only just come out
of Blackpool Hospital, where he had been for three months.
I told him I had reasons for
doubting his statement as to having been in Crumpsall
Hospital for the past four months, and charged him with
having for upwards of twelve months past been continuously
seeking relief from Masons privately in Liverpool. He
replied, “I don’t remember this – it
must be another person. I asked him his reasons for continuing
his practices after having been cautioned, and he did
I have ascertained that the
defendant was made a member of Lodge 958, St Aubins, Jersey,
on the 21st 1892, but had never subscribed since. He had
previously told me that he had paid up to the end of last
year. On September 20th 1901, he was relieved by the Liverpool
Committee with 10s, and also on 14th March 1902, and on
1st May 1902 at Darwen; on 9th May 1902 at Ashton; on
9th July 1902 at Huddersfield; also by the Manchester
Committee on 9th September 1902 with 20s, on 19th September
1902, 5s, and 12th May 1903, 10s, and probably other places
I have not received notice of.
The prisoner also said that
he had been discharged from the Army in consequence of
ill-health. This is not so, as a discharge certificate
was found upon him, showing that he had served the complete
term of twelve years, and had left with “Good Conduct.”
I subsequently gave the prisoner into the custody of Constable
Defendant said Mr POWNALL had
retained his Masonic certificates. He should like the
Bench to see them. When he went into Mr POWNALL’s
shop, he said he could not ask for anything, but he wished
to state his case. He said he felt himself to be a dying
man, and he did not know what to do. Mr POWNALL proceeded
to ask him several questions.
Mr POWNALL said that was perfectly
true. Defendant appeared to be in indifferent health,
and he thought it would be a charity if he was put into
hospital. He had written to his brother, but had received
no communication. He believed he was respectably connected
and had had a good education, and had no doubt seen better
The Chairman: The man is evidently
bad and something might have been given to him, and then
he could have been sent about his business. We shall discharge
him and give him a little of something. – Mr POWNALL:
I told him I would relieve him. – Mr J SNELL (Chief
Constable): He has not been detained here; he has been
to the Workhouse Hospital. – The Chairman: You must
give up going about the country. – Mr POWNALL promised
to take defendant to his shop and relieve him, and help
him all he could.
VAGRANCY. – At the County Petty
Sessions held at Hyde on Monday, John HUGHES, Mark SHAW,
and Thomas HOE were summoned for begging at Dukinfield
on various dates. It was stated that SHAW resided in Ogden
Square, and was a Dukinfield man. They were all sent to
prison for seven days.
PIGEON FLYING. –
At the Railway Inn, Dukinfield, the monthly belt (distance
1½ miles) resulted: BUTTERWORTH’s Shoulder
of Mutton, 1min 54secs; RIMMER’s Young Jack, 1min
58secs; WADE’s Red Cock, 2mins 8secs. Mapper, Thos.
COOP (Hollingworth); timers Messrs WHITEHEAD and NEWTON.
– From the Railway Hotel (Astley-street), Dukinfield
Hall, a belt flown over 1½ miles, in a side wind,
resulted:- T WILDE’s Too Slow, 1min 36secs; J OATES’s
Express, 1min 41secs. Referee and timers, Messrs W HARRISON
and J S BRITMER. Mapper, T COOP (Mottram).
CHARGE OF DRUNK AND
DISORDERLY. – At the Police Court on Thursday
Eliza HOPWOOD who carried a child in her arms was summoned
for being drunk and disorderly in Highfield-street on
the 16th. She pleaded not guilty of being drunk. –
A Constable stated that at 10.50pm he saw defendant in
a drunken condition, using dirty language and creating
a great disturbance by beating her father in the street.
– Defendant said she was not drunk. She and her
father were having a bit of bother about the rent. –
Fined 2s 6d costs, the bench “havin’ their
doots” about her statement.
REFORM CLUB, TOWN LANE.
– On Tuesday evening last the members of
the above club were again entertained to supper. Alderman
STAFFORD and Councillor WILLIAMS gave a general invitation
to members to meet them and a good number availed themselves
of the hospitality, and ample justice was done. An adjournment
was afterwards made to the concert room, where thanks
to Alderman STAFFORD and Councillor WILLIAMS were given;
also to the curator and curatrix for their excellent catering.
A musical programme followed when Mr E MOODY officiated
at the piano and songs were rendered by Messrs J TOUGHEY,
J STAFFORD, W WILLIAMS, G PEARL, W E GRAINGER, and others.
Mr Fred MAKIN made a capable chairman, and a most enjoyable
evening was spent.
ASTLEY DEEP PIT SICK
AND ACCIDENT FUND. – On Tuesday evening
a meeting of the Astley Deep Pit Sick and Accident Fund
was held at the Angel Inn, King-street. Mr James BUCKLEY
(president) occupied the chair, and was supported by Messrs
A ELCE and James CROSSLEY (trustees), and J W TAYLOR (secretary).
The meeting was convened to consider a communication from
the Registrar of Friendly Societies with respect to the
winding up of the fund, and a division of the finances.
The registrar suggested that
the funds be divided as follows:- Each married man to
receive two shares for himself and his wife, and each
single man and widower one share each. – After some
discussion it was resolved that the Registrar’s
suggestion be accepted, the division of the funds to take
place on the 7th of June. The meeting closed with a vote
of thanks to Mr F W UTTLEY for generously providing refreshments
for those who attended the meeting, a similar compliment
also being paid to the chairman.
SUICIDE AT STALYBRIDGE
Yesterday (Friday) noon, Mr F NEWTON, district coroner,
held an inquest at the Astley Arms, Robinson-street, touching
the death of Charles PATTIN, aged 65 years, of 14 Wagstaffe-street,
who was found in his house on Wednesday night with a terrible
gash in his throat, life being extinct. Mr Samuel WINTERBOTTOM,
of the Stakes Inn, was the foreman of the jury.
Annie PATTIN said: I live at
14 Wagstaffe-street, and deceased was my husband. He was
65 years of age last February, and was by trade a tinplate
worker. For about a week he had been out of work, though
of late he had worked irregularly, and had been depressed
and low spirited. On Wednesday afternoon I asked him what
he would like for tea, and I went out for the purpose
of going an errand.
I was away about a quarter
of an hour, and upon my return I missed deceased. I went
through into the kitchen, and there found him laid on
the kitchen floor at the foot of the stairs with his throat
cut, and dead. He had never threatened to take away his
life. The knife produced was near to deceased as he laid
on the floor. Witness was greatly upset at the conclusion
of her evidence, and had to be assisted from the room.
A verdict of suicide during
temporary insanity was returned.
TO AN ACCIDENT AT STALYBRIDGE
Application to Terminate a Compensation Order
Mr Adshead ELLIOTT, barrister, applied at the Ashton County
Court, on Thursday, before His Honour Judge Reginald BROWN,
K.C., on behalf of Messrs STOTT and Son, and Co, Ltd,
builder of Stalybridge, for a termination of the agreement
made under the Workmen’s Compensation Act with James
HOLLAND, of Ashton-road, Hurst. Mr C H M WHARTON appeared
for the respondent.
The case for the applicants
was that the man was now able to do work and earn wages.
They were willing to give him light employment at the
rate of 4d an hour, which would be 18s 2d per week. The
accident occurred on the 15th of June 1902, through a
mill roof falling in. The respondents had not denied liability,
and had paid compensation regularly. Dr TALENT, said Mr
ELLIOTT, had examined the man, and was of the opinion
that the man exaggerated his injuries.
The respondent told the court
that he had been a collier, but since the accident he
had not been able to do any work. Since the accident he
had never ceased to feel pain. The firm began to make
offers in May 1902 to settle the matter, and in April
this year he went back to his work, and got the men’s
dinners ready. There was too much stooping, and it hurt
him. The next day he could not go back as he felt so bad.
Replying to the judge, the
respondent stated that his wife and two little children
depended upon him. At the time of the accident he was
doing a labourer’s work, and was getting 28s per
week. His Honour thought the man was not in a fit condition
to work, and he dismissed the application.
MILLS OFFERED FOR SALE AND WITHDRAWN
Mills to Cease Working
There was a fairly numerous company of millowners and
others at the George and Dragon Hotel, Ashton, on Tuesday
night, when the cotton spinning mills and premises known
as Messrs Reyner Ltd, Cockbrook Mills, were offered for
sale by auction.
For some months past it has
been generally known that the mills were to be closed
as soon as the orders on hand had been worked up, and
an official communication was made that in the event of
not being sold as a going concern, the mills would be
stopped at the end of the present month, and stripped
of the machinery, after which the buildings and site would
In addition to the mill premises,
there were also 16 cottages offered for sale, numbered
1, 3, and 5 Stamford-street, and to 13 (inclusive) Corkland-street,
adjoining the mills, producing a gross yearly rental of
£172 18s. The land on which the mills are built
is freehold, and contains an area of 21,933 square yards
or thereabouts (a considerable portion of which is vacant),
and subject to ground rents amounting to £122 9s
4d. There is a reservoir upon the land, and valuable water
rights connected with the property. The engines, boilers,
gearing, and machinery (30,036 mule spindles) were included
in the sale.
The auctioneer, after reading
out the conditions of sale, asked for bids for the mills
and £5,000 was offered, followed by bids of £6,000
and £6,500. Several £100 bids were made until
the amount reached £7,000, and as there were no
further offers the property was withdrawn. The land, buildings,
and cottages were next offered, for which the bidding
started at £5,000 and rose to £5,200, at which
figure the lot was withdrawn.
PROCESSION ARRANGEMENTS AT STALYBRIDGE
The Church of England Schools
Mr Samuel WILLIAMSON, hon. Secretary, has favoured us
with a copy of the programme of the Whitsuntide procession
for united Church of England Sunday Schools of Stalybridge
on Whit Friday. The arrangement are:-
1. Meet on the Market Ground
at Half-past Nine prompt.
2. Position of Schools on the
Market Ground:- (1) Old St George’s, facing the
Baths, to go out Stamford-street end, (2) Holy Trinity
(Castle Hall), to the right of Old St George’s,
(3) Holy Trinity Mission Hall to the right of Castle Hall,
(4) Christ Church to the right of Holy Trinity Mission
Hall, (5) St George’s (the Hague), up to the right
of Christ Church.
3. To sing five verses of the
100th Psalm, and three verses of the National Anthem.
Councillor Sydney HALL, Esq. Hymns to be played by the
4. The following is the route:
Market Ground, Stamford-street, Market-street, Melbourne-street,
Grosvenor-square, Grosvenor-street, High-street, to Stanley-square,
where the United Procession will end, and each school
will take its respective route.
St George’s (the Hague)
do not join the United Procession. They leave the Market
Ground by way of Corporation-street.
As the motor-car approached the street corner, a young
man sprang directly to the front of it, and, waving his
arms, cried: “Now come on, will you?” The
car struck him squarely in the chest and threw him ten
feet ahead. Rising quickly, he rushed back at the car
and was thrown ahead again. He was about to make another
rush when a policeman caught hold of him.
matter with you?” growled the officer. “Off
your head, eh? “Not at all,” replied the young
man. “I was just getting myself in condition for
our football match this afternoon.