16 November 1901
This week has seen the end of a great and prolonged
crisis. We have been waiting, and watching, and
wearying for an unstinted pluvial downfall. It
has been postponed from week to week, and even
from month to month, and the scanty supply in
the reservoirs has kept gradually diminishing
until the dire possibility of a water famine has
in many places been a nearer prospect than they
have ever before experienced. But the long-looked-for
always comes at last in matters of this description.
Nature is occasionally erratic, but in the end
the normal course is always reverted to.
So the longer we have had to wait
the more abundant has been the out-pouring of
the clouds. Before some people had become aware
that there had been an unusual fall of rain during
the night, they found that the shrunken rivers
had been swollen into raging torrents whirling
down trees, and wooden constructions, and poultry,
and even in some parts sheep and cattle. People
have after all a very inadequate idea of the extraordinary
possibilities of these natural phenomena. In a
very few hours the empty reservoirs were in a
fair way for being filled up tot the brim. As
we have now reached that period of the year when
there is likely to be an excess rather than a
deficiency of rainfall, there is scarcely any
probability that the supply will not keep pace
with the demand.
But the blessing has had its drawbacks.
The sudden and heavy downfall has been attended
almost everywhere by destructive floods entailing
considerable loss upon riparian dwellers. Large
stretches of low-lying country, and even of town
districts, have been under water, and the streets
of our Lancashire towns have for the nonce worn
quite a Venetian aspect.
ACCIDENT AT CURZON MILL
During operations in connection with the completion
of Curzon Mill, Hurst, a workman named Sydney HANSON
happened a serious accident on Friday afternoon
by falling a distance of about 15 feet from one
of the elevated portions of the building, and sustaining
a compound fracture of the skull. He was conveyed
with all speed to the District Infirmary, where
he lies in a precarious condition.
SINGULAR DEATH AT ASHTON
Information was conveyed to the Ashton police
office on Sunday that Joseph CASTLE, aged 59 years,
rent and debt collector and agent for a firm of
tea dealers, residing at 170 Cotton-street, Ashton,
had been found dead in bed at 1pm that day. For
the last eight weeks he had been troubled with a
cough, but had not been medically treated. He retired
to bed about eleven o'clock on Saturday night, but
got up shortly afterwards and dressed himself, and
began to quarrel with his wife, who thereupon got
up and went into another room to sleep. She heard
her husband get into bed about four o'clock next
She got up about seven o'clock and
went into his room, and saw him lying on his left
side on the bed with his clothes on. He appeared
to be asleep, and was snoring. She did not disturb
him, and several times afterwards she went upstairs
and found him in the same position. Towards one
o'clock she became alarmed, and sent for Dr PEARCE,
who on arrival made an examination, and pronounced
life extinct. There was a smell of laudanum in
the room. A bottle, which a day before contained
a noggin of whisky, was empty. Deceased, it appears,
had often when under the influence of drink threatened
to commit suicide,
The adjourned inquest was held at
the Town Hall on Wednesday, when Dr PEARCE gave
the result of the post-mortem examination, which
show all the organs to be in a healthy state.
The stomach contained about three ounces of undigested
food, but there was no sign of any poison nor
any morbid appearances to show deceased was a
heavy drinker, and absolutely nothing to show
how he came by his death. The statement in the
deposition that he had said he had smelt laudanum
was wrong. He had not noticed any such smell.
Mrs CASTLE was questioned again,
and said that deceased had shouted to her, when
going upstairs at four o'clock in the morning,
"Good-bye." An open verdict was returned.
ASHTON BOROUGH POLICE COURT
A DISORDELY WORKHOUSE INMATE. John HANSON,
an elderly man, was charged with disorderly behaviour
and insubordination at the Workhouse on the 6th.
It was stated that the prisoner came to the house
in an intoxicated condition and became disorderly
in the presence of the master, Mr SHORE. He was
ordered by the chairman of the Workhouse Committee
to appear before them, but he refused to do so.
These proceedings were therefore taken against him.
Prisoner said he got a drop of whisky on the day
named because it was foggy. He was very sorry.
On promising to mend his ways he was discharged
on condition that he went back to the Workhouse.
VEHICLE WITHOUT LIGHTS.
James :LITTLEWOOD was fined 1s and costs for using
a vehicle without having a light attached on the
3rd inst. Defendant said the lamp had been taken.
AN INSOLENT BEGGAR.
James BOLTON was charged with begging alms in
Burlington-street on the 9th inst. He pleaded
guilty. Mr PLATT junr said the prisoner
came to their house begging, and because he was
refused he began to use very bad language. They
were terribly pestered in the neighbourhood by
such characters.. The Bench said they considered
it a serious offence and sent him to prison for
DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.
William GOOSETREE was charged with being drunk
and disorderly in St Michael's Square on the 8th.
Constable GOODWIN said the defendant was thrown
out of the Boar's Head, and became disorderly.
The Clerk: Who threw him out this time?
Officer: The landlord. Fined 10s costs or
14 days. Ernest FOX was charged with being
drunk in Hook-street on the 10th. He said he came
from Gorton, and had been with some friends at
Stalybridge. Fined 5s 6d for costs.
John CONNOLLY, who had been up eight times, was
fined 5s 6d and costs for being drunk and disorderly
in Church-street on Sunday.
A DISGRACEFUL SCENE.
John NEWTON and Patrick WALSH were summoned for
committing a breach of the peace in Mill-lane
on Sunday afternoon, the 3rd instant. Constable
TOMLINSON stated that about twenty-five past two
o'clock the defendants came out of the Welcome
Home beerhouse and commenced fighting in the street.
NEWTON said when he came out of the beerhouse
he was thrown down in the street and WALSH on
the top of him. They were not fighting.
The Clerk: It seems a nice pleasant home, this
Welcome Home. (Laughter.) The Chairman
told defendants there was no doubt they were acting
disgracefully. They would be bound over in the
sum of 40s each to keep the peace for three months
and pay the costs. In default seven days.
ALLEGED FRAUDULENT BAILEES.
Joshua and Ellen ROSE, who did not appear, were
summoned by Isaac EDDLESTONE, Old-street, that
they being bailees of four chairs, one set of
vases, and a sideboard, did fraudulently convert
the same to their use. Complainant produced
a letter which he had received from the defendant,
and the Clerk read it. It stated that in all probability
when complainant received the missive "we shall
be at the land's end, and hope you have better
luck next time you have a customer." (Laughter.)
Complainant said he wanted four or five other
customers who had gone away and never asked. If
he went on at that rate he would have to go away
himself. The Clerk: I am sure we should
miss you here. (Laughter.) Complainant:
I should think you would. Warrant granted.
HUSBAND AND WIFE. Mary
Ellen HARGREAVES summoned her husband, James Howarth
HARGREAVES, for assaulting her. Defendant did
not appear. Mr J B POWNALL, for the complainant,
said he did not think defendant would appear.
He had been and said he should plead guilty, but
he had not the courage to come to the court. He
said it was one of a series of assaults, and took
place on Sunday, the 3rd of November. He did not
ask for a maintenance order although the Bench
might make some order. She maintained herself
and children, and all that she wanted was for
him to stay away from her. Mrs HARGREAVES
was then called, and said that she carried on
business at 55 Wellington-road. On Sunday, the
3rd, he came home at dinner time under the influence
of drink. He threw a pan at her. At ten o'clock
at night he knocked her off her chair into the
corner, and made her a black eye, knocked her
shoulder up, and kicked her twice. After that
he left the house and she did not see him again
until ten o'clock on the Monday night. She had
summoned him once before, but withdrew it on his
promising to behave better. She had three children,
aged 16, 13 and 8. While he was working he was
a weaver, getting 25s per week. Defendant
was fined 5s 6d and costs for the assault, and
an order of 2s 6d per week was made for the support
of Mrs HARGREAVES and her children.
ASSAULTING HIS WIFE.
James BRENNAN was summoned for assaulting his
wife, Mary BRENNAN, on the 5th inst. He pleaded
guilty. Mr J H FLETCHER, who appeared for
the complainant, said she was married to the defendant
in June 1894. She was the tenant of the Old Dog
Inn, Old-street, under Mr John FLETCHER. She went
into the Old Dog Inn in 1892. She had at that
time a sum of £600 or thereabouts. The defendant
started betting with her money, and in 1897 she
would have been absolutely ruined had it not been
for the kindness of Mr FLETCHER. Defendant
interposed with the remark that it had nothing
to do with the present case. Mr FLETCHER,
continuing, said she then determined she would
no longer live with the defendant, and never had
lived with him since, but he would persist, contrary
to her wishes, in coming to her house annoying
her. On the 5th November he committed the assault
to which he had pleaded guilty. It was somewhat
of an aggravated kind, but he did not press that,
because her object was simply to show him that
he could not with impunity come to the house,
assault her, and kick up rows. He suggested that
defendant should be bound over. Defendant
said he was guilty of a common assault. He had
had a drop of drink that day. The Clerk:
You have no business to go and assault your wife.
Defendant: That is quite right. The Clerk:
If you go again you will get into serious difficulty.
HIS WIFE TURNED HIM OUT.
John KELLY was summoned by his wife Eliza KELLY
for desertion at Hurst. Defendant pleaded
not guilty. Complainant said they had been
married ten years and had no children. Defendant
went away short of a month ago and he sent her
nothing. This was his fifth time of going away.
Defendant said his wife turned him out.
The rent book was in her name. Complainant was
his second "missus," and she had driven his children
away. He was willing to live with her if she would
get without her family the same as she had done
with his. His wife was in the habit of drinking,
and the result was that all his clothes were in
the pawnshop. He had had to fetch her out of public
houses at night. Defendant was ordered to
contribute 2s 6d a week towards his wife's maintenance.
SINGULAR DEATH OF A CHILD
The death occurred under singular circumstances
on Wednesday forenoon of an infant aged 17 moths,
named Alice, daughter of a widow named Mary Alice
COFFEY, Turner's-court, Charles-street, Ashton.
The child had been under the treatment of Dr MANN
for a chest complaint and had also been troubled
with a cold and soreness of the left eye, which
had been examined by a doctor at an eye hospital
in Manchester. According to the mother's statement
the window and door of her house were taken out
by the landlord the previous Wednesday on account
of her not having paid the rent, and through the
bad weather the child's cold was made worse. On
Wednesday morning the mother placed the child on
the sofa to sleep, and shortly afterwards she found
the child was dead.
SELLING BREAD WITHOUT WEIGHING
Ernest CLAYTON was before the Ashton County
justices, on Wednesday, charged with selling bread
other than by weight; also with not providing proper
scales and weights in his van at Woodhouses on November
2nd. Defendant pleaded guilty. A constable
stated that at 2.15pm on the date in question he
saw defendant deliver a loaf of bread at a dwelling-house,
for which he received 2d, without weighing the bread.
On being asked the reason he said he thought it
did not matter. Witness took the loaf to the van
to weigh it, but there were no scales there, and
defendant said he had left them at home.
Defendant said the scales were left off the van
in mistake. Chairman: It is rather a lame
excuse; a case of the window being cracked before.
(Laughter.) Defendant was fined 5s 6d and
costs in each case.
ALBION YOUNG MEN'S CLASS
The member of this class held a social party
on Saturday evening last to take leave of one of
their number, Mr William HALLOWS, who for business
reasons is removing to Doncaster. The chair was
occupied Mr William HOUGH, one of the teachers of
the class, who, in brief and sympathetic manner
referred to the event which had called them together,
and to the great wrench in one's associations which
such changes entailed. Addresses were also given
by Mr Jonas KNIGHT and Mr Thomas KNOTT, superintendents
of Albion Sunday School, and by Rev Thomas HOOPER,
the pastor, all of whom spoke highly of Mr HALLOW's
services to the class, the school, and the church,
expressed their great regret that he was leaving,
their good wishes for his health and prosperity
in the new position to which he was going, and their
hope that he would find a suitable outlet in his
new home for his energies and experience in school
and church work.
CHARGE OF UNLAWFULLY WOUNDING
An Affray at Charlestown
At the Borough Police Court on Monday, Patrick
LAMB was in custody charged with unlawfully wounding
Alice GREGORY, and William MORRISEY was charged
with a similar offence against James Hy. LAMB. The
Chief Constable said he proposed to offer evidence
sufficient for a remand, as the persons assaulted
were not in the opinion of the police surgeon out
of danger. The evidence showed that on Saturday
night there was a general melee at 19 Pitt-street,
Charlestown, in which the LAMBs and MORRISEY were
engaged. It is alleged that Patrick LAMB drew a
knife from his pocket and stabbed Alice GREGORY
in the arm. MORRISEY attacked James Henry LAMB with
a poker and struck him a blow on the head. GREGORY
had to be sent to hospital, and Dr HUGHES put some
stitches into LAMB's head. The Chief Constable
asked for a remand for a week. Patrick LAMB
applied to be admitted to bail. The Chief
Constable said it was a rather serious case and
he opposed bail. The Magistrates declined
to allow bail and both prisoners were remanded for
ASSAULTING A CONSTABLE AT
James McDERMOTT was before the Ashton county
justices on Wednesday, on a double charge of committing
a breach of the peace at Hurst on November 9th,
and also assaulting Constable WHITING. Defendant
pleaded guilty to the first charge, but said he
did not know anything about the second charge, as
he did not remember what he did. He said he had
been with some friends, and got some drink.
Constable WHITING deposed to being called to a house
and seeing defendant in the doorway with his jacket
off, and waving his hands about, and acting like
a madman. He said he was the "boss" of the house,
and would have no one else in. He threatened to
shoot witness, and also kicked him several times
on the legs. Superintendent HEWITT informed
the magistrates that Constable WHITING had been
off duty ever since the assault. Defendant
was fined 10s for assaulting the constable, and
was bound over in 40s to keep the peace for three
UNSUBSTANTIATED CHARGE OF
MANSLAUGHTER AT WEST GORTON
Thomas NIBLETT (35), labourer, pleaded not guilty
to an indictment charging him with the manslaughter
of James FLANNAGAN. He conducted his own defence.
Mr HULTON, who appeared for the prosecution, stated
that prisoner and the deceased, who worked together,
were, with a third man, in a public-house in Arthur-street,
on September 14th. The three men were seen to come
out of the house together. According to the evidence,
FLANNAGAN was under the influence of drink, and
was staggering about. He wanted to go back to the
public-house, but NIBLETT endeavoured to persuade
him to go home. Words ensued, and NIBLETT struck
FLANNEGAN on the head. The latter fell to the ground
unconscious, and lay there with his head resting
against the kerbstone. NIBLETT and the other man
eventually got him home, where he remained unconscious
until Sunday, the 15th of September. His wife then
sent for the doctor, who found no external marks
of injury. There was, however, an injury to the
brain, and the man died on the 19th of September.
A number of witnesses were called.
They spoke of the efforts the prisoner made to
get FLANNAGAN home, but the desire of the deceased
man was to go back to the public-house, and he
became very excited. The medical testimony was
to the effect that the injury which caused death
was the result of a fall, and not of a blow.
Prisoner elected to give evidence
on his own behalf. He said he appealed to FLANNAGAN
not to get any more drink, as he had already had
two pints of beer, and he wanted him back to work
on the Monday morning. FLANNAGAN became very abusive,
and in the end he (prisoner) pushed him on the
arm, remarking that he might go where he liked.
FLANNAGAN slipped down, and it was only with assistance
that he managed to get him home, where he left
him on the sofa. The next morning he called for
him to go for a walk, but he was in bed. He swore
that he would never take a drop of drink any more,
and drank half a bottle of ginger beer.
The jury returned a verdict of "Not
guilty," and the prisoner was discharged, the
Judge advising him never to push a drunken man
again. He said he would have nothing to do with
any man in such a condition again.
SINGULAR DEATH OF A DUKINFIELD
Ashton Unqualified Practitioner Censured
At the Tame Valley Hotel last Saturday morning,
an inquiry was held upon the body of Berth HOBSON,
aged 32, wife of James Henry HOBSON, cotton operative,
of 9 Nineteen-row, Tame Valley, whose decease occurred
the previous Thursday.
The husband as the first witness
called. He said: About half-past eleven on Friday,
deceased gave birth to a child, and was attended
by Charles Samuel SPENCER, homeopathist, of Ashton,
and Louisa HEATON, midwife, of Dukinfield. She
did very well until Monday morning, about three
o'clock, when she was seized with shivers. Mr
SPENCER had attended her daily, and came as often
as he could, and on Wednesday evening, as she
continued to be going worse, he suggested that
Dr MASON of Ashton be called in. On the following
morning, deceased succumbed about 9.45.
The Coroner: At whose request was
it that Mr SPENCER was present at the time? Witness:
Deceased's. The Foreman: You ought to have seen
to having someone in attendance who could have
given certificate when your wife died, seeing
she was getting worse. Witness: I did not know
Mr SPENCER was not a qualified man. My wife seemed
to have good faith in him because he had done
her so much good when suffering in the head.
Mr SPENCER, who was present at the
inquiry, said his brother, whom he took with him,
was not qualified. The Coroner, (to the husband):
Did Dr MANN refuse to give a certificate?
Witness: Yes, sir. The Coroner: Why?
Witness: Because he said he dare not do so. Continuing,
witness said his wife did not ask for a doctor.
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AGGRAVATED ASSAULT UPON
A WIFE AT HOLLINGWORTH
A Brutal Husband
At the Dukinfield Police Court, on Thursday,
a tall, powerful looking fellow named James BRADLEY,
described as a labourer, was in the dock, under
warrant, charged with committing an aggravated assault
upon his wife, Ruth BRADLEY, at Hollimgworth on
the 6th August. He pleaded not guilty.
Mrs BRADLEY stated that she lived
in Spring-street, Hollingworth, and the prisoner
was her husband. On the morning of the 6th August
she got up to go to her work. Her husband had
been out of work seven weeks. She told him that
the landlord had given her notice to leave, as
he would not stand his abusive language and misbehaviour.
He got out of bed, dashed her on the bedroom floor,
slapped her in the face, throttled her, and kicked
her about the face. He also made her two black
eyes. After that she left the house to go to her
work, and when she got to the bottom of the street
the prisoner came after her. He got hold of her
by the hair, and dragged her back to the house.
He got a thick stick and beat her about the head
with it. He then said he thought he had done enough,
and left her.
She had not seen him until the other
day. She had to go to Dr POMFRET, and she was
under him for a week. The Magistrates' Clerk:
You have brought him up five or six times.
Complainant: Yes, sir. Defendant: There
is no chance of me living with her again when
she has a man living with her. The Clerk:
Is that so? Complainant: No, sir. There
is a lodger in the house, and I sleep out..
Defendant: There is one room upstairs and one
down. The Clerk: Where do you sleep?
Complainant: Across the road at Booth's.
Defendant: Didn't I find some papers showing you
that you insured other people's children and their
parents? The Clerk: What about these lodgers?
Complainant: I have had some lodgers to keep the
house going. Defendant: You have no need
to do that. You have a banking account and that
is what you have been doing for years.
Complainant: This is about the 43rd
time you have been up. Defendant denied
the assault, and said all his wife stated was
imagination. Annie BRADLEY, aged 12, daughter,
gave corroborative evidence. She saw her father
drag her mother back along the street to the house
by her hair. He then got a stick and beat her
over the head with it, and split her head open.
The Bench granted a separation order
and an allowance of 5s per week to the wife for
maintenance, and custody of the child.
SKINS ON FIRE! SKINS ON
With torturing, disfiguring eczemas, and every species
of itching, burning, bleeding, scaly, and blotchy
skin, scalp, and blood humours, with loss of hair,
are instantly relieved and speedily cured by warm
baths with Cuticura Soap, to cleanse the
skin of crusts and scales and soften the thickened
cuticle, gentle, anointing with Cuticura,
the great skin cure, to allay itching, irritation,
and inflammation, and soothe and heal, and full
doses of Cuticura Resolvent, to cool and
cleanse the blood. This simple and inexpensive treatment
will afford instant relief, permit rest and sleep,
and point to a speedy, permanent, and economical
cure in the most torturing and disfiguring of itching,
burning and scaly skin, scalp, and blood humours,
when all else fails. PRICE, THE SET, 5s; or, SOAP,
1s; OINTMENT, 2s 6d; RESOLVEMENT, 2s 6d; all chemists,
SOLVED AT LAST.
He entered the box-office of a West-end theatre
with thunder on his countenance. "Look here," he
said to the booking-clerk, "these two seats you
gave me are in different rows one seat immediately
behind the other." "That's all right," was the reply,
"You are expected to sit behind the lady, and if
you bring one with a big hat well, it's your
own fault. That's the way we sell 'em now."