23 January 2004
THE ASHTON MUSIC HALL
Deputation to the Magistrates
The agitation for the suppression of music hall licenses
in the borough, which created such a sensation about twelve
months ago, is again being fanned into flame by the action
of the organisation known as the Town Licensing Reform
Committee, composed of representatives of religious and
temperance societies and cognate bodies. In conducting
their “campaign” for the abolition of music
license in connection with the various public-houses and
music halls it had been decided to go on different lines
on the present occasion to those adopted last year, when
visits of inspection were paid to the music halls.
The objections will be formally lodged and
argued out on principle, which will constitute a basis
of the witness’s testimony. The Town Licensing Reform
Committee have been holding meetings for some weeks past,
bringing their forces into line and perfecting their organisation.
There have been no “scouting” and surprise
visits. The licensed victuallers have looked on apparently
without concern, but will rise, no doubt, to the occasion,
and meet any attacks levelled against them in the manner
required by the exigencies of the case.
”It’s a farce,” said Alderman
SIDDALL to us, “and we are not going to do anything
except what is imperative. They can only advance the same
arguments as last year, and make a lot of statements more
or less true., and it is no use discussing it.”
He said he had presided at a meeting of licensed victuallers
at the Old Vaults, Old-street, that afternoon, and the
matter had been talked about in a general sort of way,
but the majority of members were opposed to sending a
deputation to the magistrates, as was the case last year,
although they had the option of doing so if they chose.
The annual meeting of the magistrates took
place on Monday morning at the Town Hall, the Mayor (Alderman
A SHAW) in the chair, the principal business being the
appointment of the Licensing Committee to act for the
ensuing year. Last year’s committee were re-elected
as follows: The Mayor, Alderman HEGINBOTTOM, Dr COOKE,
Messrs F REYNER, J WILSON (Delamere-street), S KITCHEN,
and T D SEAL.
A letter had been received by the magistrates’
clerk (Mr C H BOOTH) from the Town Licensing Reform Committee,
asking the magistrates if they would receive a deputation,
and the request was granted, the deputation to appear
in the Mayor’s Parlour at 3pm on Monday. The deputation,
which will include close upon 50 representatives of almost
every church in Ashton, including the Church of England,
Nonconformist, and Roman Catholics, is to be introduced
by the Rev T HOOPER, and the speakers, the Rev T W PUGHE-MORGAN,
Bramwell DUTTON, and Father MALLOY.
The secretary is Mr R B GASKELL, who, in
reply to a question, said they intended to oppose on principle.
If they were to oppose individual cases, he said, they
would have to pick a house or two out, and that was not
desirable. The general belief of the committee was that
music licenses were purely an inducement to drink, and
on that ground they would oppose them.
”We could have shown some dirty work,”
he said in conclusion, “and although we have the
means we do not desire to do it because it only creates
a bitter feeling, and there is already enough bitter feeling
existing in the town without any more.”
ANTICS OF A BULL AT
A little excitement was provided in Ashton on Wednesday
afternoon through the escape of a bull from a slaughter-house
belonging to Mr Lees SLATER, butcher, Waterloo. The bull
had been secured by a rope, and was about to be despatched,
when it broke away and ran at full speed along Oldham-road
with the rope dragging behind it.
Threading its way through several streets
in Ashton, it arrived at Park Parade Station, and tried
to get through the doorway on to the platform, but was
beaten off. Near the railings at the top of the incline
it slipped and rolled over, and a man, in attempting to
secure it, had several teeth knocked out.
The bull again got away, and ran up Warrington-street,
and was again secured and fastened to the railings in
front of the Stamford Estate Office. It then broke loose,
and charged the butcher’s boy, knocking him to the
ground. It was ultimately secured and tied to the railings
adjoining the Station Hotel where it was despatched, and
taken away in a cart.
CRUELTY TO A HORSE
John HOLT appeared before the Ashton county justices,
on Wednesday, in answer to a charge of ill-treating a
horse at Bardsley on the 18th of December. When asked
if he was guilty, he replied, “What do you call
cruelty?” — The Clerk: What do you call cruelty?
Were you thrashing it?” — Defendant: No, thank
Inspector LAMBERT, of Oldham, deposed to
being in Ashton-road, Bardsley, and seeing defendant in
charge of a horse and tip cart laden with coal. He saw
the animal was lame, and stopped it to examine it. He
found it was a very old black gelding in poor condition,
and very lame in both legs, the tendons being badly strained.
On looking under the saddle he found a sore as large as
a five-shilling piece, discharging matter.
The animal was totally unfit to be worked.
When questioned he said he did not consider it unfit for
work, and said there were plenty in Oldham which were
worse than that. — Defendant: I could cover the
wound with a threepenny piece. — The Clerk: What
kind of horse was it? — Inspector LAMBERT: It is
an old worn out knacker, that is the term. — Defendant:
He will be 14 years old come next June. — The Clerk:
Oh, is it getting on a bit then? — (Laughter.) —
Defendant was fined 5s for costs.
SAD SEQUEL TO FALLING
DOWNSTAIRS AT ASHTON
The Ashton police were on Wednesday apprised of the death,
under singular circumstances, of an old woman named Harriet
WISE, aged 80 years, residing at 137 Park-street, Ashton,
which took place at that address on Tuesday night from
injuries supposed to have been received by falling down
the cellar steps on December 31st last.
For the last eight years deceased had suffered
from nervous debility, and had been medically attended
by the late Dr THOMPSON. About 12 months ago she had a
stroke, and was attended by Dr SPENCER. Her niece, Mary
Jane WISE, who resided along with her, left home on December
30th to go to her work as a tailoress, her aunt being
then in the house alone.
On returning at 7pm in the evening she found
her aunt sitting in the kitchen, and she then told her
she had fallen down the cellar steps. Dr SPENCER attended
her, and said her shoulder had been fractured. On Tuesday
morning she had a severe stroke, and at 4pm became unconscious,
and expired at 7.30pm.
AFFAIRS OF AN ASHTON
ACCOUNTANT AND ESTATE AGENT
At the Ashton Bankruptcy Court, on Thursday, before the
Registrar, Mr Henry HALL, the examination took place by
the Official Receiver of Harry NUTT, residing in lodgings
at 22 Cavendish-street, Ashton, but formerly at 45 Pottinger-street,
off Stockport-road, and lately carrying on business as
an accountant, estate agent, and certified bailiff under
the law of Distress Amendment Act, at 17 Booth-street,
The gross liabilities were stated as £407
11s 6d, assets £2 5s, deficiency £405 6s 6d.
Causes of failure as alleged by bankrupt: “Loss
of an action to recover commission for the sale of a public
house; loss of investments in, and salary due from Taylor’s
Patent Air Compressor Limited.” The Receiving Order
was made on Bankrupt’s own petition.
Bankrupt stated he commenced business early
in 1891, up to June 1895 with a partner, afterwards alone,
and had not kept a proper cash book, nor a complete creditors’
ledger, nor during the past three years ascertained his
financial position, and could not file deficiency account
in prescribed form, but attributed his deficiency to:—
Bad debts £76 2s 6d; law costs £122; losses
on shares £50; and household and personal expenditure
in excess of income £147. He first became aware
of his insolvency in February 1903; has not since contracted
any existing liability; that in August 1902 he sold his
household furniture for about £20; and in or about
May last, his office furniture for £5 10s.
In course of the examination, debtor said
he could have run away had he been so disposed, but he
preferred to stay and face it out. — The Official
Receiver: A much more manly course. — Debtor said
he had some betting transactions on the turf some three
or four years ago resulting in a gain of about £5.
— The Official Receiver: Are you prepared to swear
that you have not lost anything by betting in any form
during the past five years. Yes.
Mr J B POWNALL appeared on behalf of one
or two creditors, and in reply to him debtor admitted
conducting betting operations for a short time. —
Mr POWNALL: What do you call a short time? About three
or four months perhaps. — Had you a private system
of your own? Yes.- How long is it since the action was
brought against Mr FISH? I could not tell the exact date.
— How long has he been dead? About two years. —
At the time the action was brought against Mr FISH were
you not his partner in these betting transactions? No.
The Official Receiver: You have scheduled
a liability of £95, and you say the betting transactions
were only three or four years ago. — The Debtor:
The transactions Mr POWNALL is talking about were before
1895. — Mr POWNALL: I put it that you were using
collected money for betting purposes? No. — There
are 81 creditors, £227, monies you received on their
account; was none of that money utilised for betting purposes?
When did this betting partnership between
Mr FISH and yourself cease? Well, I could not tell you
the exact date. — Was it in existence at the time
the bookmaker brought the action against Mr FISH in the
county court? No, and it had not been for five years at
least. — Didn’t you prepare the pamphlet circulated
over the town by way of explanation of this betting transaction?
No. — Will you swear it? Yes. — Was Mr FISH
your solicitor at that time? Yes. — You were in
his office almost daily? Yes. — And you still say
you were not a party to the transactions? I say I objected
It appears that for the last few years you’ve
been simply collecting debts and living on them? It comes
to that if you care to put it that way. — There
are 81 people for whom you’ve been collecting money,
and you kept it and spent it? Yes. — Debtor, in
reply to the Official Receiver, admitted having failed
to hand over a cash book, but promised to do so immediately.
The Official Receiver asked for an order
for bankrupt to file accounts disclosing in full detail
the several amounts owing and money received and disposed
of for the last two years. He asked for the accounts to
be filed by February 26th, but on the understanding that
if it was absolutely necessary that debtor should have
further time he would not oppose it. — The application
was granted and the examination adjourned to March 17th.
WATERLOO AND BRADSLEY
Dramatic License. — Samuel MILLS
applied at the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday
for a dramatic license with respect to Woodhouse Church
School. — The application was granted.
Dangerous to the Public. —
James CHADWICK appeared before the Ashton County Justices
on Wednesday in answer to a charge of being drunk in charge
of a horse and lurry at Waterloo on the 2nd of January.
He pleaded guilty. — Superintendent HEWITT said
it was a dangerous thing to do. — The Chairman:
Very dangerous. We shall fine you 5s and costs, and don’t
get drunk again. It is dangerous to yourself and to the
ALLEGED BOGUS TEA AGENTS
At the Dukinfield Police Court, on Friday, two men named
John HARGREAVES and John GRUNDY were charged with obtaining
half a crown from Mrs Martha KIRK, of Higher King-street,
by false representations on the 15th. — Superintendent
CROGHAN said the previous evening at six o’clock,
GRUNDY called at Mrs KIRK’s and asked her to purchase
a pound of tea for 2s 6d. He told her that he and HARGREAVES
had opened a shop in the Avenue, at Ashton, and if she
was amongst the first 20 customers on Saturday forenoon
she would be presented with a sovereign.
The husband’s suspicions, however,
were aroused, and the two men were arrested. At the police
station they were found in possession of a bag with a
quantity of parcels of tea. They said their head office
was in Deansgate, Manchester, and that they resided in
Ellison-street, Ashton. These addresses were false. A
long list of names of people said to have purchased tea
was produced. Prisoners were remanded for further inquiries,
bail being refused.
The case was called at the Police Court
on Thursday. The prisoner GRUNDY was in the dock alone.
— The Clerk read a certificate from the prison doctor
at Strangeways that HARGREAVES was in hospital suffering
from delirium tremens. — The Chairman said they
could not go on without the man, and there would have
to be another remand until next Thursday.
Mr J A GARFORTH said he was there to make
an application on behalf of the prisoner GRUNDY. He was
there before Mr UNDERWOOD at the special court held on
Friday last. — The Chairman: We have only got a
prima facia case. — Mr GARFORTH: I want bail. —
The Chairman: The Bench are prepared to grant bail, himself
in £20. — The Clerk: The sureties to meet
the approval of the superintendent.