14 May 1904
The assistance of the Manchester Second Stipendiary (Mr
Edgar BRIERLEY) was sought at the City Police Court on
Friday in finding a child named James HASLAM, 4½
years, residing with his parents at 187
Clayton-lane, Clayton, and who had been missing since
Wednesday morning. The child is of light complexion, round
features, and was dressed in a light blue navy suit, with
white front, white straw sailor hat, black ribbed stockings,
and ankle-strapped clogs.
A Shopkeeper Fined
At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday forenoon,
Phœbe COOKE, a shopkeeper, of Bardsley, was charged
with selling butter not of the quality and substance demanded,
at Bardsley, on the 25th of March. She pleaded guilty.
Mr W H WILSON, who appeared on behalf of
the Lancashire County Council, explained that the summons
had been taken out under the Foods and Drugs Act of 1899,
which provided that 16 per cent or more of water in butter
should be deemed excessive.
It appeared that defendant kept a grocer’s
shop at 167
Oldham-road, Bardsley. On Monday, Inspector PARKINSON
went into the shop and examined some Danish and Irish
butter, taking 1lb of the butter, and divided it into
three parts, one of which he gave to the defendant, forwarded
one to the analyst, and kept one himself. The analyst
had certified the composition of the butter as follows:–
Water 21.12 per cent, butter fat 66.96 per cent, salt
9.38 per cent, curds 2,54 per cent. The inspector would
tell them that butter ought to contain from 80 to 82 per
cent of butter fat. The present contained only 67 per
The County Council had instituted many prosecutions
in this district, and, in fact, the dealers recognised
now in such a manner that they had made representations
to him that they would stop selling it. They had had no
butter of that class on the market for some years until
about eight months since, and of course it was their clear
duty to put it down.
After the purchase, it appeared that the
defendant had a conversation with the inspector, in the
course of which she stated she had obtained the butter
from a Mr WOLSTENCROFT, of Oldham, who could be prosecuted
against for the refunding of any fine the magistrates
thought fit to inflict.
Inspector PARKINSON corroborated, and produced
the analyst’s certificate, and said there were excessive
amounts of water and salt. Mrs COOKE asked if an Inspector
coming into her shop could ask for a portion of the butter
from the middle of the piece, where all the water had
run. It was explained that it did not affect the question.
The Chairman (Mr J W TAYLOR) said they wished
to deal as leniently as possible with the defendant. She
would accordingly only be fined 2s 6d and costs and the
analyst’s and advocate’s fees, which, it was
explained, she could recover from Mr WOLSTENCROFT.
SUICIDE AT MOSSLEY
Shortly after eight o’clock on Friday evening the
Mossley police received information that a man named James
LAWTON had hanged himself in his own house at Quickedge.
When the discovery was made the man had evidently been
dead several hours. Mr J F PRICE, county coroner, held
an inquest concerning the cause of death on Monday afternoon
in the Temperance Hall, Argyle-street. Mr J BEATTIE was
foreman of the jury, and the following evidence was given:–
Emma LAWTON stated that the deceased was
her husband, and they had lived together in a house in
Quickedge. He was 36 years of age, and worked as a stripper
and grinder in a cotton mill. He had always been fairly
healthy. On Wednesday they had some bother, in consequence
of which she left him the following day. When he went
out to his work that morning he told her to be gone before
he returned from his work at night as he did not want
to see her again. She left the house that afternoon about
4.30, and went to her sister’s at Rochdale, and
had not seen him since.
Last Saturday she heard of his death. They
had no children. Her husband had been very strange in
his manner for some time, and was very excitable. His
father had tried to hang himself, and she thought it was
some disorder which ran in the family. He had told her
that he would punce her to death, and she was afraid of
him. He had no reason for saying this to her. Owing to
his being so bad tempered they had not agreed so well
for a long time. She knew of no reason for his hanging
William WOOD, farm labourer, Quickedge,
said he saw the deceased going home on Thursday afternoon
and spoke to him. He was then walking with his head hanging
down. He knew that the deceased and his wife had parted,
but he knew nothing about their differences. For anything
he could see the deceased was all right.
Thomas BYRNE, a cotton operative, said he
knew the deceased very well. He had heard him lay all
the blame on his wife’s sister for the bother between
himself and wife. He saw the deceased last Thursday night
when he appeared a little strange in his manner. Last
Friday, in consequence of so many people having been to
the house and not being able to gain admittance, the neighbours
began to think there was something wrong.
Upon looking through the keyhole of the
door they could see that the door was locked from inside,
and the key was in the lock. Witness and another person
got a ladder and looked through the front bedroom window,
but as they could see nothing they took the ladder round
to the back room window, and when the man who went up
it looked through the window he (witness) thought he would
have fallen of the ladder, as he could see LAWTON was
hanging from the staircase.
Witness afterwards broke the back door open,
and went and cut the rope by which he was hanging to the
banister rail, but the man was quite dead and the body
was cold. He had never heard the deceased threaten to
commit suicide. He always blamed his wife’s sister
for the bother between himself and his wife, as she kept
wanting to go away to Rochdale, and he did not like her
being away from her own house so very much.
The coroner said it was a clear case of
suicide, and the jury decided to return an open verdict
of “Suicide by hanging.”
BAD LANGUAGE IN THE
Sir, - You kindly printed a few lines a short time since
in reference to the bad language in the public thoroughfares,
though Ashton cannot be specialised for the regrettable
use of bad language, or, at any rate, what should be un-English
language, for the same is noticeable in all districts.
I cannot help but think that there is a remedy, and while
bad language is so prevalent in the streets it is impossible
that the youngsters will not acquire the same habit, and
so on for ever until these useless and unmelodious adjectives
become naturalised English.
I remember reading a story some time ago
related, I believe, of the Rev. Rowland HILL. He was travelling
with a mixed company in a railway carriage, some of whom
were relating stories which were interspersed with words
which the rev. gentleman deemed unsavoury. He asked permission
to narrate a story, and proceeded somewhat in the following
”Once upon a time, trumpets, pipes,
and strings, there lived a trumpets, pipes, and strings
man. He was a trumpets, pies, and strings great man, living
in the trumpets, pipes, and strings town of, etc, etc.”
I think the narrator was deemed insane before
he proceeded far with his story, and had to explain that
use of his “trumpets, pipes, and strings”
was just as great an embellishment to conversation as
the practice of using profane words.
Supposing the Chief Constable were to ask
his men now and again to give a gentle hint to the people
who practice “swears!” (and the constables
of Ashton are such stalwart fellows that a hint, I should
think, would not need much emphasising), I believe the
practice would gradually decrease, and the rising generation
would be led to regard such language as repellent.
Yours truly, W.H.A.
A Mine of Information
The Ashton Corporation has just issued its manual in the
form of a neat chocolate-coloured volume, whose external
neatness is only exceeded by the wealth of valuable information
A capital portrait of the Mayor (Alderman
SHAW), in full mayoral raiment, is given as a frontispiece,
whilst on the opposite page, in red, black, and gold,
is emblazoned the borough coat of arms. The names of the
members of the Council committees and officials are given,
along with a description of the various appurtenances
of civic government.
The full names of the borough and county
magistrates appear, along with their days of meeting.
Local post office, revenue, judicial, and volunteer information,
railway, parochial, various bye-laws, waterworks, and
a mine of other information all find a place in this epitome
of local government.
Employer (to man who had absented himself from work for
three days: “Well, what’s been wrong with
you this time Bill?” Bill: “Just been having
a drop of beer, master.” Employer: “Beer!
Ugh! I wish I wish you were up to your neck in beer!”
Bill: “Wish I was master. I think I’d manage
to stoop a little!”