14 September 1901
ASSAULT CASE AT STALYBRIDGE
A Midnight "Scene" in Market Street
At the Stalybridge police court, on Wednesday
morning, a case of assault, which had aroused
considerable interest in the town, was investigated.
George HADFIELD, assistant magistrates" clerk,
Stalybridge, was charged with assaulting Alfred
Castley HUDSON, railway booking clerk, on August
23rd; there was a cross-summons in which HADFIELD
charged HUDSON with assault. Mr J W SIMISTER appeared
for HUDSON and Mr Fred THOMPSON was for HADFIELD.
Witnesses were ordered out of Court.
Mr SIMISTER said that this was the
most extraordinary case he had ever had anything
to do with, and he thought that when the magistrates
were in full possession of all the facts they
would be convinced that his client had no other
course left to him but to bring Mr HADFIELD before
Mr HUDSON was in the employ of the
London and North Western Railway Co as a booking
clerk at Stalybridge station, and it appeared
to be the custom for him to stay at the station
periodically until the midnight mail train left
for Manchester. At five minutes past twelve o"clock,
Mr HUDSON had finished his work, had closed the
office, and was proceeding to his home in Huddersfield-road,
by way of Market-street. When passing the Manchester
and County Bank in the latter street, he trod
upon a match, which gave a slight report. He paused
for a moment, and then continued on his way.
When nearing the river bridge and
opposite Portland Place, he heard someone following
him, and suddenly he was astonished to find the
hand of a man plunged into his coat pocket. The
man turned out to be Mr HADFIELD, who confronted
Mr HUDSON and accused him of discharging a loaded
revolver in Market-street. Defendant was considerably
under the influence of drink at the time.
The foreman of the sanitary department,
John GREENWOOD, came up, and witnessed all that
took place. He remonstrated with Mr HADFIELD,
but actually had to be summoned to give evidence
that day. A gentleman named WARING, of Abergele
House, Mottram-road, also came up, as also did
Constable BARROW, and in their presence HADFIELD
repeated the charge against HUDSON, and went so
far as to tell the officer to take him into custody.
Not satisfied with this, defendant pushed HUDSON
against the wall of the river bridge, and was
determined to search him.
HUDSON managed to break loose of
HADFIELD"s grasp, and walked homewards with
Mr WARING. Defendant disregarded the constable"s
advice to go away and let the matter drop, for
he walked after HUDSON and abused him the whole
of the way. The only parties present were those
he (Mr SIMISTER) had mentioned, and he thought
the Bench would agree with him that no man could
have behaved better than HUDSON did under such
Arthur D WARING, of Abergele House,
Mottram-road, Stalybridge, said he saw defendant
trying to feel in HUDSON"s pocket to see
if he had a revolver. A policeman came up, and
HADFIELD said, "I give this man in charge
for discharging a revolver on the King"s
highway!"Ì (Laughter.) A very dramatic charge,
added witness amid more laughter.Ì Mr SIMISTER:
Was he sober?Ì Witness: I am afraid he was not.Ì
Had he any difficulty in speaking He spoke like
a man under the influence of drink.Ì Did the policeman
search HUDSON? Yes; but the young man offered
to allow him.Ì We allege that nothing against
the constable: did he find a revolver? No.Ì Did
you hear the policeman give any advice to Hadfield?
Yes; he said, "If I were you, Mr HADFIELD,
I would go home, and let the matter drop."
Then HADFIELD got hold of the young man and said
to the policeman, "Take him in the police
station and lock him up."
Mr SIMISTER intimated that he had
another witness who would only corroborate what
had been said already, and the Chairman replied
that he thought they had heard sufficient. On
behalf of HADFIELD, Mr THOMPSON asserted that
a great deal had been made of very little. On
the particular Friday morning Mr HADFIELD, like
some others, had come into Stalybridge by a late
train, and when going along Market-street he heard
a report as though of a firearm. He had a vivid
recollection of a similar noise some time ago
when a man got 15 years" imprisonment.
Thinking that HUDSON had actually
discharged a revolver he got hold of his coat.
They had a discussion as to whether he had a revolver,
and HADFIELD offered to search him. That was the
extent of the assault HUDSON threatened to strike
HADFIELD with his fist, and he (Mr THOMPSON) asked
the bench to bear this in mind. The cross summons
had only been taken out on the old principle Ì
so that they might be brought on a level footing
and a full hearing of the facts obtained. In the
whole of his experience a more trivial case of
assault he had never heard.
HADFIELD was called, and he said
that when he heard the report in Market-street
he thought it was a revolver being discharged.
He merely took hold of HIDSON with his finger
and thumb, and never put his hand in his pocket.
HUDSON swung himself round, put his hand on his
shoulder and threatened what he would do to him.Ì
Mr THOMPSON: It has been said you were drunk?Ì
HADFIELD: I do not think so. I was more excited
than anything else.
The magistrates retired, and upon
their return, Councillor BOTTOMLEY said the Bench
were unanimously of opinion that the case should
not have been brought to court, but should have
been settled outside. They were sorry the case
had been brought before them. The Bench were also
unanimously of opinion that an assault had been
established Ì a rather serious assault. They were
of opinion that to stop a person in the street
in the way HADFIELD had done was very serious,
and he would be fined 5s and costs. The counter
summons was dismissed.
STRANGE TRAM HOAX
Blackpool Men Accept Bogus Positions in New Zealand
Half a hundred or so of Blackpool Corporation"s
tramway men are in a predicament which can only
be described as uncomfortable. Four weeks ago an
individual announced that he had been authorised
by the British Electric Traction Company to engage
a number of men for New Zealand. Tempting offers
in the way of big salaries, free passages, and three
years" engagements were held out, and eventually
fifty-two men were selected from a host of applicants.
They were medically examined, for
which they each paid 1s 6d. Type-written agreements
bearing sixpenny stamps, for which the men also
paid, were signed, and everything appeared so
satisfactory that many gave up their positions
in Blackpool and several went still further and
made arrangements for the disposal of their household
They were informed that they would
travel by the steamer Dolphin from Gravesend on
September 24, and elaborate provision was made
at a local hotel for the men to have a farewell
entertainment. The night before their departure
Ì it was fixed for last Saturday Ì the enterprising
"representative" left the town, and
gradually it was whispered about that something
was wrong. The British Electric Company were communicated
with, and replied that they had authorised nobody
to employ men for New Zealand or elsewhere, and
what had been done was entirely without their
knowledge or assent.
The baulked men are furiously lamenting
lost places, and are being cruelly chaffed by
their mates as to when the ship sails, and other
similar aspects of the adventure. No explanation
had been made of the hoax. A few of the cheated
are buoying themselves up with the hope that,
perhaps, some other company than the British Electric
has a New Zealand scheme.
SINGULAR DEATH OF A HYDE
SOLDIER IN CUBA
Shot in Breast by a Carbine
The sad news of the death of Private Fred HAYWARD,
of Mantansas, Cuba, reached Hyde last week. The
news was conveyed to his mother, Mrs Elizabeth HAYWARD,
Ingell-street, in a letter from the Captain of Troop
H, 2nd Cavalry, USA, to which the young soldier
was attached. The captain spoke in high terms of
the young man"s character and expressed deep
regret at the sad accident which had resulted in
his death. The story of his death is best told in
the words of Captain GROST"s letter, which
Mantansas, August 10th
Dear Madam,Ì It becomes my painful duty
to inform you that your son, Fred HAYWARD, died
yesterday in the hospital at this place from a
gun shot wound received presumably while cleaning
his carbine on the 7th instant. Of the exact circumstances
attending the accident but little is known. He
obtained in the usual way his carbine from the
non-com officer in charge of the barracks for
the day for the purpose of cleaning it, the carbines
belonging to the men being when not in use in
locked racks furnished for the purpose.
No particular attention was paid
to him afterwards, it being customary for the
men to clean their arms at any time when not engaged
in any other duty. The barracks were nearly empty
at the time, most of the men being in the lavatory
washing for supper, the troops having not returned
from the afternoon stable duty. When the shot
was heard they ran, and HAYWARD was found lying
beside his bed with a bullet wound through the
upper part of his chest. He recovered consciousness
only once before his death when he told the surgeon
that the shooting was accidental.
I need hardly say that this unfortunate
occurrence is a matter of profound regret both
to his superior officers and to his comrades.
HAYWARD was well liked in the troop. Rapidly having
overcome the first difficulties which inexperience
presents to all young soldiers, he applied himself
with a will to mastering the details of his adopted
profession and he bade fair to become a valuable
soldier. He was interred with full military honours,
the esteem in which he was held being testified
by floral offerings of officers and men and their
attendance at the funeral. "
Deceased formerly lived in Dukinfield,
and was a brother of Mr George HAYWARD, of Victoria-street,
Newton. Prior to going to America, he worked at
an engineering works at Newton and was well known
and highly esteemed by many people in Newton and
Dukinfield. The news of his death has caused a
painful sensation and much sympathy is felt for
the family in their sad and sudden bereavement.
LOCAL SWIMMING ITEMS
"Joey" NUTTALL, of Stalybridge, has
been doing great things of late. At a swimming gala
at Radcliffe on Saturday he attempted to lower the
world"s record for the quarter mile, and swimming
in magnificent style succeeded in lowering it by
13 secs, his time being 5 min 38 secs. J NUTTALL
asserted his right to the title of the champion
swimmer of the world on Wednesday. He beat three
competitors in the 600 yards championship race at
Doncaster, and covered the distance in 6 min 30Ð
secs. The other contestants were B GREASELEY of
Lancaster, Professor STERN and Marquis MIBBERO,
all well known national experts. The last named,
who is an old man, simply gave an exhibition.
The race was really between NUTTALL
and GREASELEY, and the Stalybridge man won by
a length and a half, STERN being third. NUTTALL"s
share of the spoil was £10, a cup, and two-thirds
of the gate money. Joey NUTTALL attained the 32nd
year of his age on the 13th ultimo, and has been
in the front rank of swimmers ever since his boyhood,
when he was looked upon as a marvel. Joey NUTTALL
has held the 500 yards championship for over ten
The members of St Peter"s
Church Choir, who at the vicar"s request sent
in their resignations some weeks ago, have had an
interview with the vicar (Rev T W PUGHE-MORGAN)
in the church vestry, with a view to reinstatement,
but the meeting was futile, as the conditions imposed
upon the old members were said to be very unsatisfactory.
The four managers of the day school
are stated to have sent their resignations through
private differences, and on Monday night the managers
met the vicar, but the meeting did not result
in the resignations being withdrawn. The bells
in the church tower are still not being rung on
Sundays, the meeting between the vicar and the
bell-ringers having had no definite result.
On Saturday last a farewell gathering was held
at the Railway Inn, Cowhill-lane, to celebrate the
departure of Mr and Mrs RATCLIFFE, who are returning
to Boston, USA, after a visit to Ashton. There were
upwards of 60 relatives and friends present, and
a good programme of music was gone through, Mr A
BARRETT occupying the chair. Concertina solos were
given by Mr HEADDOCK, and songs were rendered by
Messrs CONSTANTINE, SMITH, and "Dody"
HILTON, and Mrs BATES. During their stay, Mr and
Mrs RATCLIFFE have been to the Glasgow Exhibition,
Blackpool, and have had a week in London. It is
their fifth visit to England since 1893.
WATERLOO AND BARDSLEY
ACCIDENT AT COPPERAN PIT.— On Wednesday
morning we were sorry to hear of Daniel HARDY, Keb-lane,
having been hurt that same forenoon at the pit.
The injuries were reported as being about the face,
but we do trust they will not be serious.
The green at the rear of the Dog and Partridge
Inn, Waterloo, near Ashton-under-Lyne, was on
Saturday afternoon well lined with spectators
to witness H TABNER, of Waterloo, and T SCHOFIELD,
of Denton, play 41 up for £30. Scores.Ì TABNER
51, SCHOFIELD 33.
NOT "VERY" DRUNK.—Matilda
BARLOW was before the Ashton County Justices,
on Wednesday, charged with being drunk at Bardsley
on August 25th.Ì Defendant, in reply to the Bench,
said she did not think she was "very"
drunk; she was excited.Ì A constable deposed to
finding defendant lying on the ground very drunk
and surrounded by a crowd of people.Ì Fined 5s
6d and costs.
A DUAL OFFENDER.—
At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday,
John BAYLEY pleaded guilty to committing a breach
of the peace at Waterloo on August 14th, and also
to being drunk on July 31st.Ì There were 12 previous
convictions recorded against the defendant, who
was bound over in 40s to keep the peace for three
months, and fined 5s 6d, and costs, or 14 days
for being drunk.
CROCODILE SWIMS THE NIAGARA
For the first time on record a living creature
has passed over Niagara Falls and come out alive.
In the interests of science Mr Frank C BOSTOCK,
of menagerie fame, tried this experiment. He sent
his 100 years old Egyptian crocodile Ptolomy over
the Falls. The animal is a splendid specimen, very
cautious, and has a hide as tough as six thicknesses
of sole leather.
Early one morning he was towed out
from Navy Island and set free. As he passed over
the mighty cataract Ptolomy was aroused out of
his normal calmness. With a mighty effort he raised
himself partly out of the water and waved his
forearms wildly in the air. Then he passed over
the great Falls, which has the power to light
the whole of the United States of America. He
had to fall not only 164ft, but to go down into
the tremendous hole which the water had hollowed
out beneath the age-long falling. It seemed impossible
that he would come out alive, but an hour and
a half later, when hope had been abandoned, Ptolomy
swam to the shore and was dragged out of the seething
waters tired but sound.
AN ASHTON BANKRUPT'S AFFAIRS
An Unsatisfactory Case
At the Ashton Bankruptcy Court on Thursday,
reference was made to the affairs of Wm MOSS, hay
and straw dealer, Chester-square, Ashton, bankrupt.
The statement of affairs shows liabilities expected
to rank against the debtor"s estate amounting
to £444 1s 4d and the assets, after payment of preferential
claims, £167 5s 5d, leaving a deficiency of £276
15s 11d. Debtor attributes his insolvency to competition
in the corn business which he carried on, to bad
debts and a large family.
The Assistant Official Receiver
(Mr H JOHNSON) said that the court would remember
what a very unsatisfactory case it was. The debtor
on Monday last brought in some accounts explaining
how he had expended two sums of £100 and £40 received
from his mother-in-law as purchase money for a
life policy and for a piano The examination was
adjourned to Oct 10th.
Ernest BUCKLEY, a railway servant,
one day last week stole a pennyworth of plums, and
on Monday was sent to gaol for 14 days for the offence.
Arguing on this ratio, the theft of a pineapple
would have nearly got him a "lifer."
SENSATIONALISM IN THE PULPIT
An article in one of the magazines this month
raised the question Ì how far is sensationalism
justified as a means of attracting a congregation?
I read, for instance, "Ministers of religion
in this country are changing their tactics. One
preaches to the congregation attired in faultless
evening dress. Another engages a popular actress
to deliver a recitation in his church."
But to America this is mere child"s
play. There sensationalism is not of such a milk
and watery kind. I am told of a minister delivering
sermons in a red robe in order to arouse the curiosity
of his congregation. This is harmless enough,
and is easily outdone by the man who "illustrates
his sermons with oil paintings shown, and even
executed, in the pulpit." The Rev C H TYNDALL
announces that he is to illustrate Bible truths
by electricity. The rev gentleman has introduced
wireless telegraphy into his church, and thus
"proved himself a leader in the ranks of
the great march of progress."
Further on I discover "that
the church with a roof-garden is well attended.
The Rev A KARNS has hit on a still happier plan
of getting a congregation, namely advertising
that he will pay each person who attends his morning
service. The writer makes the naively unnecessary
remark, "he had a crowded church." Really!
Mr Duke M FARSON thinks "that
ministers of today need stirring up." The
statement that "I"ll wager a thousand
dollars I can gain fifteen converts within two
weeks in any church lent to me," seems likely
to accomplish that desideratum. Dr ROBBINS, of
Cincinnati, is not to be outdone in originality,
and "has had one of the galleries of his
church fitted up with cots in which the babies
can sleep peacefully while their mothers take
part in the public worship." What if they
do not sleep peacefully? "A trained nurse
is at hand to soothe and quiet them to sleep again."
What if a dozen are awake at the same time, or
if, as is possible, they are not quieted off to
From Cincinnati I journey to San
Francisco, where one can visit a "church,
the choir of which composed exclusively of Chinese
vocalists, accompanied at the organ by a Chinese
matron," and I learn without surprise that
at the Presbyterian church (the congregation of
which, by the way, "is composed of men, women
and infants in arms") where the musical service
is rendered by a double quartet of male and female
voices." It has required years of zeal and
hope "on the part of the pastor and his wife
to make it a success."
The pastor of the First Baptist
Church, Ohio, utilises the telephone in order
to preach to those of his congregation who are
absent. "Hours before the service begins
requests arrive to be connected." The Rev
Dr Richard HARCOURT, of Pennsylvania, "offers
an inducement of one gold dollar to mothers who
give their children to be baptised." Dr HARCOURT
bases this remarkable plan on a passage of scripture
"which states that the Wise Men of the East
presented the infant Jesus with gold, incense
The Rev W NEEDHAM "stands high
among progressive divines", for in the parish
of Brooklyn, where men and women "are satiated
with religious novelties", he has by chalk
pictures provided yet another. "He executes
as many as ten pictures during a morning sermon."