10 November 1900
"We thought the General Election a very
big event, but it sinks into insignificance when
compared with the great presidential election
in America, just as the magnificent distances
of America dwarf the tiny dimensions of our own
little island home."
The Reporter marveled at the number
of languages that election material was printed
in, the Republicans publishing 70 documents and
the Democrats 158, from simple leaflets to 456
pages of close type. Each were printed in their
millions and the combined cost came to £300,000.
"Of course, there are many
other ways to influence public opinion,"
said the Reporter. "Thousands of orators,
grotesquely styled spellbinders have
been stumping the country and there have been
no end of demonstrations, parades and rallies."
The candidates were Mr McKINLEY
and Mr BRYAN, both deemed to be good men,
but it was anticipated that Mr McKinley would
be elected for a second term
EDISONS ANIMATED PICTURES
"A numerous audience was at the Rink on
Monday evening to be entertained with a cinematograph
series of pictures of the war in the Transvaal and
China, supplemented by humorous and other living
photographs of miscellaneous characters. The entertainment
is known as Edisons Animated Pictures
shown on a screen by means of Edisons telephoto
The show was in two parts, the first
a series of shorts with such snappy titles as:
"Factory operatives leaving work at a Bury
mill"; "Peculiar play of facial expressions
on the reading of an interesting letter"
and; "Elephants at the zoo"
After the interval, there followed
reportage of the wars in South Africa and China,
including the departure of the troops, the Relief
of Mafeking and the arrival of General BULLER
"An amusing picture was a display
of fisticuffs by Kruger and John Bull, Uncle Sam
being Johns second and Krugers backers
being a Frenchman and a Russian; needless to say,
John Bull was the victor.
AN ASHTON MAN SHOT AT ROTHERHAM
An Ashton man was accidentally shot and killed
at Rotherham Fair when a sideshow went tragically
wrong. The young man named Charles HILTON worked
for George COPEWELL, also of Ashton, in running
what was known as a Battle Shooter.
Customers were issued with Winchester repeating
rifles to shoot at bottles hung from string or eggs
supported by jets of water.
It was Charles job to keep
up the supply of eggs, while COPEWELL and his
other assistant, Sarah CROSSITT saw to the customers.
One that night was William HAGUE, a cycle maker
of Rotherham. (No relation to Leader of the Opposition,
surely? I think we should be told!) He had had
several shots and was taking a fresh rifle from
CROSSITT when it went off for no reason. HILTON
was standing a few feet away and the bullet hit
him in the head. He was pronounced dead on reaching
Rotherham Hospital. At the coroners inquest,
it was said that HILTON was on the wrong side
of the stall replacing eggs when he was shot.
George CORNWELL from Bolton and
the owner of the fair said that he had never known
a gun go off accidentally in 18 in the business.
He also offered to pay for HILTONs funeral
and traveling expenses for his father. The inquest
concluded that his death was accidental and no
blame was attached to either HAGUE or CROSSITT.
EYE DESTROYED AT LEES
"The gunpowder plot celebration at Lees
resulted in the loss of an eye to a young girl named
Leah BUCKLEY, aged 11 years and living in St John-street.
Her father had gone on a trip to Oldham. Leah and
some companions were letting off some small Chinese
crackers at the back of Hey Store.
"At about 7.30, she had one
in her hand and as it seemed to miss going off,
she turned it to her to see what was amiss with
it. At that moment, the cracker shot into her
right eye and completely destroyed the sight without
in the least singeing the eyelashes."
Doctors McVEAN and APTHOMAN removed
Leahs eye the following day, at her home
while she was under chloroform.
ORIGIN OF GRASS WIDOW
"The term is from the French word grace
widow that is one by grace or courtesy, and
not in fact. It generally means one separated from
her husband. It came into use with the Californian
gold miners of 49, but then only designated
the adventurers wife left at home, and as
she often had to pick up her own living,
the change from grace to grass
was a natural corruption."