31 October 1903

There was an unexpected turn up of affairs in connection with the proceedings in the Mayor’s Parlour, Town Hall, Ashton, on Monday afternoon when the Mayor (Councillor J B POWNALL) sat to hear objections, if any, to the nominations of candidates for the forthcoming municipal contest.

The nomination of Dr BOWMAN as Conservative candidate for St Peter’s Ward was objected to by Mr Jno WHITWORTH (solicitor) on the grounds that he held an office of profit under the Corporation. He understood that Dr BOWMAN occupied the position of home nursing lecturer in connection with the Corporation, and received a salary, and he submitted therefore that he was disentitled to be nominated.

The Mayor said after considering the matter, his ruling was that he was entitled to be nominated, but could not go to the poll unless he resigned the office. He was not sure that he did hold the office as stated. He thought the salary was provided from the funds of the Sick Nursing Association. — Mr WHITWORTH: I shall advise them to sign the objection on that ground.

We regret to announce the death of Mr John LEES, of the Half-way House, Whiteacre-road, which sad event took place at his residence last Monday. His sad death was not entirely unexpected, for he had been suffering from heart disease and dropsy for some time.

The following were the representatives of the various clubs and societies of which he was a member:—

Hurst Conservative Club: Messrs John ANDREW and James HILL.
Hurst Band Club: Councillor J SCHOFIELD, Messrs John BURGESS, George CHAPMAN, Samuel KENYON, Albert KNIGHT, J SMITH.
Ashton Licensed Victuallers: Messrs Thomas KENWORTHY, Alfred ADAMS, Joe HORSEFALL, and William NIELD.

The occupants of the carriages were:—

First carriage: Mrs John LEES and children, Miss Betty LEES and Miss Lavinia LEES.
Second carriage: Mr and Mrs TETLOW, Mr and Mrs BROOMHEAD, Mr and Mrs EVANS.
Third carriage: Mr and Mrs James HILL, Mr and Mrs WORRALL, Mr and Mrs WILLIAMS, Miss BROOMHEAD.
Fourth carriage: Miss HILL, Mrs Joe BAKER, Mr and Mrs John DAVIES, Mr and Mrs ROWBOTTOM.
Fifth carriage: Mr and Mrs RADCLIFFE, Mr Robert ASPINALL, Mr and Mrs BARDSLEY, Mr J P WALKER.
Sixth carriage: Mr and Mrs CRABTREE, Miss KENYON, Mr MATTHEWMAN.
Seventh carriage: Friends.


Drunk and Disorderly. — At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday, Mark BOWKER was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Hurst on the 14th of October. He pleaded guilty. — An officer said he was shouting and creating a disturbance and drawing a crowd of people. — Superintendent HEWITT said he was always quiet and respectable when sober. — He was discharged.

Hurst MNC Literary Society. — A goodly number of members braved the elements on Tuesday evening last to hear Mr J A YOXALL speak upon “Some of the pleasures of life.” After a brief description of happiness and the difference in the search for the same between the western and the eastern minds, he thought happiness was more dependent upon the mind adapting itself to outward circumstances, than an effort to make circumstances fit into our lives.

Mr YOXALL had a good word to say upon outdoor recreation and sport, but pointed out that undue prominence was many times accorded to their pleasures of youth. After touching upon the fundamental principle of happiness, namely good health, and pointing out the practice of temperance in all things as being conducive to health, he dwelt upon one of the pleasures of life that could be enjoyed right up to its end, namely “reading.”

Some beautiful quotations from Ruskin’s works were read. The society of the greatest and the noblest minds were ever open to the lover of books.. The love of the beautiful was one of the pleasures that all could indulge in. The beauties of scenery, of clouds and sky, and nature generally, was brought to his hearers, and he (the speaker) had many of his own impressions and experiences of visits to various places to relate, which kept his audience’s attention throughout.

Music, he said, was one of those pleasures that could be taken from the cradle to the grave. Every age and every condition of life has its songs. What would our churches and Sunday schools be without music? What is a home without music? In conclusion he spoke of religion, but not as a pleasure in itself, but as a thing that intensified and glorified every joy of life.

A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the lecturer at the close, and the Hurst friends are sure to give him a good welcome on a future occasion.

An impudent house robbery is reported to have been committed on Saturday from the house occupied by Mr Joe HEGGINBOTTOM, in Margaret-street. It appears that during the last week he had drawn about £70 from the bank to meet some accounts of the Shepherd’s Institute, for which he is secretary, and wrapped it up between two blankets and stowed it away before he left the house about seven o’clock.

On returning about 10 o’clock he found the lights in the house burning, and on investigation discovered that the money had vanished. A gold guard is also missing. He immediately informed the police, who have taken the matter up.

An Ingenious Dodge

A case was before the Ashton Borough Justices, on Thursday, in which two Ashton hawkers, Thomas WOOD, senr., and Thomas WOOD, jnr., were summoned by the L. and N.W. Railway Company for travelling on the railway without having previously their fare and with intent to avoid payment. Col W A LYNDE (solicitor for the L. and N.W. Railway Company, Manchester) appeared to prosecute, and Detective Inspector E RICHARDS was also present.

Col LYNDE said that on December 1st the defendants took tickets at Stalybridge Railway Station, the son booking two single tickets to Longwood followed by the father, who booked two tickets to Ashton. They both proceeded to Longwood, and travelled back to Ashton without paying the fare from Longwood to Stalybridge.

Evidence was given by Sidney OAKES, booking clerk at Stalybridge Station, of booking the two defendants to Longwood and Ashton respectively. The defendants both pleaded guilty, and were each fined 10s and costs. The advocate’s fee £1 1s and witnesses expenses 10s were allowed.

Never go to bed with cold or damp feet.
Never lean the back upon anything that is cold.
Never take hot drinks and then go immediately out into the cold.
Never undertake a journey until after a good breakfast has been eaten.
Never fail to keep the back well covered, especially between the shoulder blades; also the chest well protected.
Never breathe with the mouth open in sleeping in a cold room, but establish a habit of breathing through the nose.
Never omit regular bathing, for unless the skin is in active condition the cold will close the pores and favour congestion and other diseases.
Never drive in an open carriage, or near the open window of a train for a moment immediately after exercise of any kind. It is dangerous to health, and even life.
Never continue keeping the back exposed to the heat after it has become comfortably warm. It is debilitating to do otherwise than merely warm the back by the fire.
Never go from a warm atmosphere into a cooler one without keeping the mouth closed, so that the air may be warmed in its passage through the nose before it reaches the lungs.
Never strain the voice in an effort to speak while hoarse. Wait until the hoarseness is recovered from or the voice may be permanently injured or difficulties of the throat produced.
Never stand still in cold weather for any length of time in the outdoor air, especially after having taken active exercise; and never stand long on the ice or snow, or where the person is exposed to cold winds.

Some amusing instances of the extent to which football monopolises boys’ thoughts were given at a Sunday school convention at Preston on Saturday. A class being asked who Paul was, a boy immediately answered, “Full-back for Swinton.” Explaining the miracle of the five loaves and two fishes, a Blackburn teacher asked if his pupils had ever seen twenty thousand people together. “Oh, aye,” replied a boy, “when the Rovers played Preston North End.”

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