AFTER THE BALL
"We understated an unfortunate accident that
occurred to Mr and Mrs J L CUNLIFFE of the Prince
of Wales Hotel, Ashton, after the ball at the
Reform Club had been concluded.
"It appears from out information
that they were driving home together in a cab
and on nearing the Red Lion, Hooley Hill, Mr CUNLIFFE
put his head out to speak to the driver, but found
that no-one was on the box and the cab was proceeding
at a fairly good speed.
"Grasping the situation, he opened
the door and jumped out, ostensibly for the purpose
of stopping the driverless horse, but in doing
so, he fell and got badly knocked about.
"Mrs CUNLIFFE, seeing that her husband
was in difficulties, also jumped out and she likewise
came to grief, getting a couple of black eyes.
"Some time after the accident, the
driver came along, for he had fallen off the box
lower down the road and after some distance found
the cab and horse had also come to grief, the
shafts being broken and the horse badly bruised.
We trust Mr and Mrs CUNLIFFE will soon recover
from the effects of such an unfortunate occurrence.
RETURNED FROM AMERICA
"Many of our readers will remember Mr Charles
BATTY, son of our townsman, Mr Robert BATTY of 80
Abermarle-street, Ashton, who left England for America
eleven years ago.
"Mr BATTY has ever since been wandering
the States as leader or conductor of the principal
opera companies on the road and has played in
all the large cities and towns and before the
elite of America
"For the last two years, he has
held a good position at the Knickerbocker Theatre,
New York. He has now retired to his fathers
house to settle down to his profession of a violinist.
The Silver Wedding of Mr and
Mrs W ROBERTS was held at Victoria-street Mission
Hall. Around one hundred friends and relatives enjoyed
a sandwich tea, after which Mrs F DEARSLEY sang
Flight of Ages. The couple were congratulated
by Mr W R PEPLOW.
Ashton's Board of Guardians
decided that inmates of the town's workhouses could
enjoy a drink of beer with their Christmas dinner.
The proposal was passed by twelve votes to eight.
COTTON MILL FIRE AT MOSSLEY
There was a serious fire at the Britannia Mill
in Mossley. "The flames spread with alarming rapidity
and it was with much difficulty that the work people
(v. pc ed) were able to to get out of the
room, some having to run without their clothes,
while others managed to carry their clothes in their
hands. The mill is fireproof (obviously not!
ed) but is not supplied with sprinklers."
The fire was eventually doused,
but not without several narrow escapes. Ben ROBERTS
had a badly cut arm that severed an artery, while
a minder called Daniel CLAYTON and manager, Mr
ASHCROFT were seriously injured.
DETERMINED SUICIDE OF A
WOMAN AT DUKINFIELD
Cut Her Throat and Drowned Herself
The body of Ann RAINFORD
aged 59 was found in the canal by men going to work
along the towing path near Coopers Mill. Pulling
her from the water, not only was she drowned, but
her throat had been cut.
The deceased had recently returned
from America and was living apart from her husband,
lodging in Old-road and Town-lane, Dukinfield.
During the weekend, she had been seen with a shawl
covering her head and neck which she refused to
remove. It seems she had already attempted to
cut her throat and had even tried to patch things
up with sticking plaster before finishing herself
in the water.
Elizabeth PYATT of 54 Town-lane
gave evidence. She had known Mrs RAINFORD all
her life, she said. She had been married three
times, the last to Richard RAINFORD who used to
keep a stall on Ashton Market.
When the latter was questioned by
police, he disowned the marriage, saying that
the deceased had a husband named OGDEN still living.
At least he was the previous June when he had
gone to America, adding that Mrs RAINFORD had
spent the summer there.
Constable MOTTERSHEAD said "she
had been left her husband OGDEN twenty years and
she went through the form of marriage with RAINFORD."
Coroner: "If there is a certificate
in existance of the marriage with RAINFORD, I
think I shall rely on that. It does not matter
to me whether the marriage is legal or not. There
is a marriage register and she appears as the
wife of RAINFORD and she must be buried as the
wife of RAINFORD."
His verdict was suicide while in
a state of temporary insanity.
All in all, a very strange tale,
not least because Mrs RAINFORD had two daughters
yet living in America. One was the daughter-in-law
of a Mr MORGAN of Bolton who also gave evidence.
It would be interesting to know if any of her
relatives still out there.