31 January 1903
FREEMASONS HONOUR AN ASHTONIAN
At the 135th anniversary, an installation meeting of the
Lodge of Sincerity, No 174 of the Ancient Free and accepted
Masons of England, held on January 21st at the Guildhall,
Gresham-street, City, Mr G T H SEDDON, a native of Ashton,
received at the hands of the lodge, in which he was initiated
in 1868, a very pleasing testimonial. This took the form
of a special vote of thanks passed unanimously by the
lodge and beautifully engrossed and illuminated on vellum,
and handsomely framed. There was a large gathering of
the members of the good old lodge, as well as of visiting
brethren, among them being several Grand officers and
Provincial Grand officers.
At the request of the W.M.
the presentation was made by Bro. Charles LACEY, P.M.,
Prov. G DEACON, Herts, the treasurer of the lodge, who
spoke in very feeling terms of the long and valuable service
Bro. SEDDON, P.M., P.Z., &c had rendered to the lodge
as its organist and musical director for a period of 35
years, and also as a Past Master for 24 years. He, having
been closely associated with Bro. SEDDON from the time
of his initiation, felt very proud that he should have
the honour of being selected to make the presentation.
Bro. SEDDON, in reply, thanked
the brethren for this mark of their esteem, and hoped
he might be pardoned if he said he felt proud to think
that this was the second time within twelve months that
he had been similarly honoured, the brethren of Yarborough
Lodge, No. 564, having last January presented him with
an organist’s jewel in gold, in recognition of his
having completed 30 years as organist of that lodge, having
joined it a short time after his initiation. He did not
forget either that in addition to the beautiful present
now handed now handed to him, he wore upon his breast
a valuable Past Master’s jewel, also the gift of
the Lodge of Sincerity – his mother lodge.
Over 100 brethren partook of
the sumptuous banquet which followed, and Bro. SEDDON
received an ovation on rising to respond to the toast
of his health. Bro. SEDDON left Ashton in October 1855
to take up musical duties in the metropolis, and his career
there had been one of continued success. He is well-known
throughout the United Kingdom as a band contest adjudicator,
having been appointed at nearly all the first-class contests,
including Belle Vue and the Crystal Palace.
Before the Mayor (Alderman BAILEY)
A DESERTER.- James HOLDEN, a private
in D Company of the 4th Battalion Manchester Regiment,
stationed at Cork, was charged with deserting from his
regiment on December 1st. It was stated by Inspector MOORE
that from a conversation he overheard, he went shortly
before eleven o’clock on Tuesday night to a house
in Fernley-street, where he saw the prisoner, and asked
him if he were on a pass. Prisoner said he had lost his
pass, and he handed witness the railway warrant produced,
which showed he should have returned to Cork on the 29th
November. – The prisoner, who was in uniform, was
remanded pending the arrival of a military escort.
The following were summoned for allowing their house chimneys
to be on fire. – Thomas SHAW, Manchester-road; Peter
HARROP, Frances-street; Alfred WOOLLEY, Gee Cross; and
George OLDHAM, Jackson-street. – Fined 2s 6d each.
A HINT TO LICENSING
APPLICANTS.- Alfred Smith HIGGINBOTTOM was granted
temporary permission to sell at the Unity Hotel. –
Arthur BLACKSHAW, confectioner, applied for an occasional
wine license, from 8 to 2 on Tuesday next, the occasion
of the tradesman’s ball, at the Armoury. –
The Magistrates’ Clerk (Mr T BROWNSON) intimated
to Mr BLACKSHAW, and to any other person that might make
a licensing application, that twenty-four hours’
notice should be given to the police, to enable inquiries
to be made. – Granted.
Nelson MORTIMER, a miner, of No 7 East Parade, Eastborough,
Dewsbury, was summoned in respect of the illegitimate
child of Bertha BOOTH, 3 Godley-street, off Victoria-street,
Newton, of which he was alleged to be the father. Mr H
BOSTOCK, solicitor, appeared for the complainant, and
Mr BLAKELEY, solicitor, Dewsbury, for the defendant. It
was stated by Mr BOSTOCK that there had been a legitimate
courtship, and in a letter to complainant, the defendant
put this: “With best love, from your ever loving
friend, Nelson.” – (Laughter.) There were
several crosses attached. – After a lengthy hearing,
the magistrates made an order upon the defendant to pay
5s 6d a week until the child attained the age of 14 years,
also incidental expenses and costs.
OBJECTOR” AGAIN: MAGISTRATES DISAGREE.-
Charles WAINWRIGHT, of George-street West, hatters’
labourer, applied to the Bench for a certificate exempting
him from having his child vaccinated. He had fortified
himself with the customary plea – he had a “conscientious
objection” to vaccination, and “believed it
would be injurious to his child’s health.”
– After a brief conversation by the magistrates
– the Mayor and Mr SYKES only were now sitting –
it transpired that the former was in favour of granting
a certificate and the latter against. – Magistrates’
Clerk (to applicant): You are aware that there are cases
of smallpox about? – Applicant: Yes, sir. –
Magistrates’ Clerk: In face of that, you persist
in the application? – Applicant: Yes, sir. –
The Mayor (to Mr SYKES): You still hold out? – Mr
SYKES: Oh, yes. – Magistrates’ Clerk (to applicant):
The Bench are divided, and you will have to make another
TO UNRULY BOYS.- A boy named Robert BURKE, 42
Syddall-street, a half-timer, was summoned for assaulting
another boy, Benjamin COOK, on 26th January. The information
was laid by Mr W STANSFIELD, draper, in whose employ the
boy COOK had been working. This boy gave evidence showing
that he was 14 years of age. About 12.30 on Monday he
was passing Croft-street, when the defendant rushed out,
and hit him in the eye. He knew him, but was not playing
with him. BURKE, when he came into the arcade, brought
his mates, who came round the penny stall, and asked if
witness wanted to fight. BURKE and his mates met witness
when he went home to his meals. BURKE said COOK asked
him to fight, but this COOK denied. Mr STANSFIELD said
this thing had occurred so often that he was bound to
make an example of it. This was the third time that COOK
had been given a black eye by boys who came into the Arcade
to annoy him. He did not wish to press the case, but wanted
the boy to be protected – The defendant, or his
mother, were ordered to pay costs.
MANUFACTURE OF BASE COIN
Prisoner Again Before the Hyde Magistrates
A special sitting of Hyde magistrates – Councillor
BARRON, Mr A T HIBBERT, and Mr S N BROOKS – was
held on Saturday at the Court Room, Beeley-street, when
Francis RYAN, of 28 Tame-street, Stockport, was again
charged with unlawfully making false and counterfeit coin,
resembling certain of the King’s current silver,
between the 1st and 29th December last. He was also charged
with uttering false coin. Mr Joe COOKE again appeared
for the defence.
The Chief Constable asked that
RYAN should be committed to the Assizes. Mr COOKE said
he thought it would be more desirable and better in the
interests of everybody if they understood what the prisoner
was being charged with. The Clerk: That would be the better
course because there are a number of possible charges,
and I think the best course would be for the evidence
to be gone through and then the magistrates consider which
charge they will take.
The evidence was again gone
through, the Clerk reading the same. In his address to
the bench, Mr COOKE submitted that, although they heard
in the course of the evidence that the prisoner’s
character hitherto had not been unblemished, yet he contended
that upon the charge of uttering base coin there was not
the slightest evidence against him. As they perfectly
knew, in these criminal cases the strictest proof must
be brought to prove the charge against the accused.
What had they got against the
prisoner on the charge of uttering base coin? They started
with the woman HICKLING, and she submitted that her evidence
was the only evidence whereon hung the charge against
the prisoner. He therefore claimed that when they came
to analyse the evidence they could come to no other conclusion
than that the evidence was altogether too meager to send
the prisoner for trial on a charge of uttering false coin.
If the whole case was put before a jury of twelve men,
they would conclude that the evidence was not sufficient.
The magistrates here retired,
and upon their return into court after a lengthy absence,
the Chairman said that before giving any decision, the
bench would hear the second charge. The second charge
was then gone into, that of unlawfully making false and
The first witness was Josephine
DOWNEY, and in answer to the Chief Constable, she said
she could not account for the metal that was found by
police in the house in Tame-street, Stockport. By Mr BARRON,
witness admitted that there were several liquor bottles
in the house, but the one produced only contained liquor.
The witness Thomas Henry MOSS,
of Manchester, a letterpress printer, said in cross-examination
by Mr COOKE, that he got his living by begging when he
had no money. It was not a fact that he roamed about from
town to town, day by day.
The witness Isaiah SLATER,
jeweler, Market-street, Hyde, said he had further examined
a piece of the metal produced and found that the specific
gravity of the piece was of the same specific gravity
as the coins produced. In answer to Mr BARRON, witness
said he had no doubt whatever that the piece of metal
produced were the same kind of metal as the coins were
Mr COOKE, addressing the bench,
said that on the charge of manufacturing base coin there
was really no great amount of conclusive evidence against
the prisoner. It did not seem a very likely thing that
prisoner would serve the man MOSS with the ten coins mentioned
in the manner he said he had – on trust. What did
MOSS want with the coins? He got them to make money in
order to carry on his calling. Did it not strike the bench
that when MOSS was found with the ten coins upon him that
he must have had previously other base coins upon him?
MOSS, to his mind, appeared to have been living on the
proceeds of the nefarious system he had been carrying
on. Again, on his own admission, he had been convicted
twice or more times for passing base coins.
The prisoner pleaded not guilty
to both charges, and he was ordered to take his trial
at the next Chester Assizes on both counts. With regard
to the evidence of the woman DOWNEY, Councillor BARRON
said the bench regarded it as very unsatisfactory.
FROM SMALLPOX AT HYDE
Two Other Victims
On Tuesday afternoon it was discovered that there were
three cases of smallpox at 23 Ridling-lane, Hyde. Walter
ROYSTON, son of Mrs ROYSTON, has been working at Reddish,
and it is supposed that he contracted the disease there.
The mother and a sister named Minnie contracted the disease,
and all of them were at once removed to the hospital,
but we are sorry to state, the mother died whilst being
taken there. The house has been fumigated, and every precaution
is being taken to prevent the disease from spreading.
TO A CHILD AT STALYBRIDGE
Yesterday (Friday) William Henry COTTRILL, collier, was
in the dock at Stalybridge, charged with cruelly neglecting
his child. He had given himself up to police at Mansfield,
Notts, a warrant being out for his arrest. The prosecution
was instituted by Inspector REDDY of the National Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, for which society
Mr A LEES, solicitor, appeared. Sentence of four months
hard labour was passed.
ESCAPADE AT ASHTON
Two soldiers from Ashton Barracks were in the dock at
the Borough Police Court on Thursday, charged with being
drunk on licensed premises, the Commercial Hotel, Ashton,
and refusing to quit when asked to do so on Jan 28th.
Prisoner KENAN was further charged with doing £3
damage to a mirror at the same time and place. –
Prisoners both pleaded guilty.
Jos. CLEMENTS, waiter at the
Commercial Hotel, Old-street, stated that prisoner KENAN
went to the bar and asked to be served, and the barmaid
refused to serve him. He then went into the bar parlour
and asked for a glass of beer and witness told him he
could not be served. Prisoner said “If I cannot
be served there’ll be a hot house here.” He
thereupon pulled off his gloves and threw them on the
floor along with his stick and unbuttoned his jacket.
He picked up a water bottle from the table and threw it
at a mirror and broke the glass.
Adam NELSON, officer’s
servant at Ashton Barracks, deposed to seeing the disturbance,
and to seeing KENAN pick up the bottle and throw it at
the mirror. Both prisoners had had too much drink to be
A private from the barracks
deposed to being on police duty when he saw MORGAN running
down Old-street with his jacket unbuttoned, and no belt
on. He arrested him, whereupon he became very violent,
and witness had to call in the assistance of the police.
Constable HILTON deposed to
seeing the two prisoners drunk at the Commercial Hotel.
Both had their jackets off, wanting a fight. One of them
rushed at witness, who got hold of him.
The two prisoners were very
indifferent in the dock, which caused the Chairman (Councillor
W KELSALL) to remark that they had been making fools of
themselves in court. The magistrates fined MORGAN 5s 6d,
and costs, or 14 days’ imprisonment, and KENAN 5s
6d, and costs, or 14 days’ imprisonment, for being
drunk and refusing to quit, and the cost of the mirror
and court costs, or to go to gaol for another 14 days.
– Both prisoners said they would prefer to go to
gaol, and they were accordingly removed below.
AND DISTRICT FANCIERS’ SOCIETY
There was a large gathering at the Gardeners’ Arms,
Taunton-road, Ashton, on Saturday afternoon, the headquarters
of the Ashton and District Fanciers’ Society, the
occasion being the annual party and distribution of challenge
cups and special prizes won at the recent annual show
which is held in connection with the society.
About 100 members and their
wives and friends sat down to tea, and this number was
considerably augmented afterwards, the spacious showroom
at the rear of the house being utilised to its fullest
extent. After tea dancing, which entered largely into
the evening’s enjoyment, was interspersed with songs,
solos on the concertina, &c, by members and friends.
The president of the society,
Mr Robert FISH, occupied the chair, and he was supported
on the platform by Mr P SMITH, the old energetic century.
On a table in front of them were placed the six handsome
silver cups, together with the gold and silver medals
that went along with them, which were to be presented
to the successful exhibitors. Mr N DITCHFIELD presided
at the piano, and the proceedings began with a dance.
Mr FISH said as they were all
aware that the annual show of the society took place recently,
and notwithstanding that it was the best show the society
had held insofar as quality, quantity, and attendance
were concerned, there had been a loss on the show, this
having been incurred through extra expenses in its management.
Notwithstanding this, the society was at the present moment
in a most prosperous position, and he had it from his
friend Mr FISH that they had now 70 members absolutely
clear on the books, and this in itself was something to
be proud of. – (Hear, hear.)
Despite the keen competition
that took place at the show, it was gratifying both to
himself and the members to know that 49 of their members
had gained prizes and specials which, when summed up,
amounted to the respectable total of over £30. –
(Hear, hear.) As to the financial position of the society,
there was nothing but encouragement, for when he told
them at the present moment the treasurer had in hand the
nice nest egg of over £15, they would agree with
him that they were making rapid progress.
Besides having this nice little
nucleus they stood unique as a society so far as regarded
property, for they had silver cups, pens, staging, &c,
of the value of over £50, estimated at the very
least, and it would be found a rather difficult task to
discover a society in Lancashire to eclipse them. –
(Hear, hear.) These were the most salient features in
the society’s position, and he would not dwell further
thereon, as he knew they were bent on enjoyment. –
The Chairman then made the
presentations. The first recipient was Mr R ORMEROD, who
won two cups, one for poultry and one for pigeons. In
acknowledging them, Mr ORMEROD, amid cheers, intimated
that next year he would have pleasure in giving a cup
for the best pigeon shown that had never won a cup either
in their show or any other show. The other recipients
of cups were Mr A FISH (poultry), Mr READ (poultry), Messrs
GIBSON and McDONALD (rabbits), and Mr W NIELD (cavies).
At the close of the presentations,
Mr W CATLOW moved a vote of thanks to the retiring officials
for the exertions they had put forth to make the recent
show the great success it was. Mr T DEAN seconded this,
and the Chairman, having briefly replied, dancing and
singing was resumed.
Amongst those who contributed
to the evening’s entertainment were Miss M JONES,
Mrs H M MELLOR, Mr Edward MARSH, of Bardsley, with Mr
Thomas DIXON, of Ashton, as the humorist, who contributed
songs, while Mr GARNER, of Worsley, played selections
in brilliant style on the English concertina. Hearty thanks
were tendered to the host and hostess, and the company
shortly afterwards separated.
On Friday night last a public meeting was held at Chapel-en-le-Frith
“To consider what steps should be taken respecting
the poor quality and impurity of the gas supplied to the
district.” The gasworks are private property, and
5s 6d per 1,000 feet is paid for the illuminant.
Mr T HOWARTH, chairman of the
lighting inspectors, presided, and said for years they
had been writing to the proprietor of the gasworks, but
could get no reply. The quality of the gas was unbearable,
and the inspectors wanted power to levy a rate, so as
to see what the law could do for them.
Mr J HEATHCOTT suggested that
the Board of Trade be placed in possession of the facts,
and informed that the public were being both poisoned
and punished. – The Rev J C STREDDER said that in
the Parish Church there was a poor light, a bad smell,
and a poisonous atmosphere. Mr CHALLONER contended that
for the size of the place, the gas compared favourably
with other places.
Major LINGARD moved that the
Board of Trade be written to and placed in possession
of the facts, and asked for their advice.
Return of bathers for week ending January 24th, 1903:
Swimming Bath, 2nd Class ……………………………….
Men’s Swimming Bath, 2nd Class, extra towel
Women’s Swimming Bath, 2nd Class ………………………...
Boy’s Swimming Bath …………………………………………………. 23
Girl’s Swimming Bath …………………………………………………..
Men’s Private Bath, 1st Class …………………………………….
Men’s Private Bath, 2nd Class …………………………………….
Women’s Private Bath, 2nd Class ………………………………. 18