19 October 1901
FARMER'S ESCAPADE AT ASHTON
At the Ashton Borough Court on Monday morning,
a young soldier named Charles HOLLAND, belonging
to Stalybridge, was in the dock on remand from
Saturday, with stealing £1 7s from the person
of Geo. PARKEY, Matley Hall Farm, Stalybridge.
Mr J B EATON appeared for the defendant, and pleaded
George PARKEY said: I am a farmer
at Matley Hall Farm, Stalybridge. On Friday night
last, shortly after midnight, I was on my way
home from Ashton to Stalybridge. When near the
Beconsfield Club on Stalybridge-road I was met
by a woman. She asked me for twopence for her
lodgings. I took some money out of my trousers
pocket, selected twopence from it, and the gave
it to her. I then put the remainder of the money
in my inside jacket pocket. At this time, the
prisoner came up to me. He said if I had got any
money about me I must take care of it. He then
got hold of my coat by the collar with both hands
and backed me against the wall and shook me. He
put his hand in my pocket and took some money
He ran off down Currier-lane. I
followed him and caught in the corner of the building.
I told him he had got my money and he replied
that if I followed him I should
be killed. He kicked me several times on the legs.
The same woman then came up and said to the prisoner
"let him alone." He went away and I followed after
him. He went down Granville-street, and I overtook
him. I pulled my money out to see how much had
gone. I missed 27s altogether. Whilst I had the
money out, the prisoner knocked my hand, and the
money fell on the ground. Whilst I was stooping
to up the money, prisoner ran away.
I followed, but could not find him.
I went on home then, and called at the Stalybridge
Police Office and reported what had occurred there.
I had seen the woman prior to that night on my
milk round in Stalybridge. - Cross-examined by
Mr EATON: I had been to Ashton Market that day.
I came down at two o'clock. I was not in Stamford
Park in the afternoon. The fair was not over so
far as I was concerned until eleven o'clock at
the Ashton Hotel. I was not sober, but I was not
badly drunk. I first saw the woman opposite the
Beconsfield Club. She said she was going to Oldham.
I did not know she was a woman of notoriously
bad character. I don't think we were together
five minutes before the prisoner came up. She
went with me in search of the prisoner. I did
not shout for assistance. I am certain the woman
did not take the money. When the prisoner came
up I did not say I had lost some money and poke
him with my stick.
The Chief Constable said he had
another witness to prove that prisoner was there.
Mr EATON said his client admitted being there,
but denied committing any robbery. Constable HAWCOURT
gave evidence that he arrested the prisoner on
Friday noon at 3 Union-street, Stalybridge. He
charged him with the robbery and he replied "No,"
and then added, "I was there, but was 100 yards
away." On searching him he found 17s 1 1/2d
The Chief Constable said the woman
WALSH or CORRIGAN was locked up last week on a
charge of drunkenness. She was bailed out and
went home to Stalybridge. Since then he had heard
of her being at Oldham. She left the lodging house
there early that morning to come to court, but
had not put in an appearance. Mr EATON submitted
there was no case to answer in the absence of
the woman. The police had already had her in their
clutches. The Chief Constable: Not since this
occurred. I cannot find her. Mr EATON: You ought
to have found her. The Clerk: Will you have the
case remanded? Mr EATON replied in the negative.
The prisoner, who said he was a
private in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment over
on furlough. He was with the woman WALSH when
they met the prosecutor, almost at the top of
Scotland-street. PARKEY spoke to the woman and
the two went away towards Whitelands. They were
away from him about a quarter of an hour, and
he waited for her. When prosecutor came back he
said he had lost some money and said he had got
it. He told him he had not been near him. Prosecutor
bobbed his stick in his eye and he then kicked
him in return. He never felt in the prosecutor's
pockets, and never took a half-penny from him.
In reply to the clerk prisoner said he
did not run away. By Mr EATON: I was sober
and prosecutor was drunk. I am under orders for
India and should have joined my regiment to-night
Mr EATON said he did not know whether
the Bench wished to hear more. It was oath against
oath. The prosecutor got too much drink at the
fair. He admitted meeting this woman, who was
one of his milk customers. He suggested that prosecutor
went with her for an improper purpose. The woman
was not present. There should be more material
corroboration of the prosecutor's story. He asked
the Bench to send his client back to his regiment
to fight for his country, as no jury would convict,
and if there was a doubt in the case the Bench
should give prisoner the benefit of it.
The Chairman said there was not
evidence sufficient to convict the prisoner, and
the case must be dismissed.
BRUTAL ASSAULT UPON AN ASHTON
At the Ashton Borough Court, on Monday, William
HILTON and William STEWART were summoned for assaulting
Ellis Edwin HAMER, landlord of the Walk Mill Tavern.
HILTON pleaded guilty in self defence and STEWART
not guilty. Mr J B POWNALL appeared for the
complainant, and alleged that the defendants committed
a brutal and entirely unprovoked assault upon him.
His client had been tenant of the
Walk Mill Tavern, off Victoria-street, for some
time and the defendants were entirely unknown
to him. They entered the house on Saturday night
week at five minutes to eleven o'clock and demanded
to be served with bottled beer. They were in such
a condition that the landlord refused to serve
him.. The defendant STEWART insisted upon being
served and pushed the landlord against the mantelpiece.
Thereupon HILTON thumped him on the face, knocked
him down on the fender, and kicked him several
times in the eye and face, until he became unconscious.
Although this occurred a week ago, there were
still traces upon the landlord's face of what
then took place.
He had suffered a lot of pain in
the meantime and was not better yet. These men
had no right to go there and create such a disturbance.
It was difficult for a landlord under ordinary
circumstances to conduct his house properly, and
when drunken men like the defendants entered and
conducted themselves as they had done, they ought
to be severely punished for such disgraceful behaviour.
Complainant said the defendant STEWART
was three-parts drunk, and he refused to serve
him. HILTON was not drunk. Witness was not drunk.
He had only had five glasses that day from eight
o'clock to 11 o'clock. HILTON: You hit STEWART
first, and I told you that you should not hit
a man like that for nothing. STEWART: Did
I shove you? Yes. Did you thump me in the
mouth? No, not likely.
George MORT, Hertford-street, said
he was in the Tavern and saw what took place.
STEWART came and asked for a bottled beer. He
was drunk, and the landlord refused to serve him.
The landlord was about to push him out of the
house, when STEWART turned round and pushed him
back against the chimney piece. HILTON then got
up and knocked the landlord down on the floor
and kicked him three times. He bled terribly.
HILTON: Did I kick him? Yes. HILTON: He
let in the fireplace. Witness: You knocked
him into the fireplace. STEWART: Didn't
Mr HAMER thump me first? No. George BLACKSHAW,
173 Church-street, gave corroborating evidence.
The statement of HILTON was that
he went into the tavern. He had not been in many
minutes before STEWART came in and ordered a bottled
beer. The landlord told him he had none, and told
him if he did not go out he would knock him out.
He thumped STEWART in the face, and he (HILTON)
told him it was a dirty trick, and then HAMER
hit him. He got hold of him, and they both fell
into the fireplace. HAMER must have struck the
top bar, and caused his injuries that way.
STEWART said he was not drunk, far from it. The
landlord was not capable of serving anyone. He
had no sooner asked for a bitter beer than HAMER
landed out and caught him in the mouth.
The Chairman told HILTON they considered
him the chief offender, and he would have to pay
40s and costs or go to gaol for one month. STEWART
will be fined 10s and costs or 14 days.
On the application of Mr POWNALL, the Bench allowed
the advocate's fee and 3s 7d witnesses' expenses.
THE SAD DEATH OF A STALYBRIDGE
Mr F NEWTON, district coroner an inquest on
Friday afternoon at the Moulders' Arms, Grasscroft-street,
Stalybridge, touching the death of John SHEPHERD,
aged 11 years, son of Sydney SHEPHERD, landlord
of the Commercial Hotel, Brierley-street, who died
as a result, it was supposed, of eating poisonous
The father of deceased informed
the coroner and jury that on the previous Friday
afternoon his son left home to attend Castle Hall
School at about 1.15. He was then in his usual
state of health. Upon his return at 5.30 he said
he and another boy had been in Early Bank Wood.
Next morning deceased began vomiting and complaining
of pains in his stomach, in consequence of which
his mother gave him a dose of salts. On Monday
morning, as he appeared to be no better, and gradually
going worse, Dr LISHMAN was consulted, and he
attended upon the boy up to his death, which took
place early on Thursday morning. Deceased told
his mother on the Sunday that he had been eating
chestnuts. They had also heard that deceased had
been eating acorns.
The Coroner expressed his own and
the jury's sympathy with the parents in their
John Woolley NORTON, aged 10, residing
at 15 Chapel Walk, said he went with deceased
after school on Friday afternoon to Early Bank
Wood. Whilst in the wood, SHEPHERD ate some acorns
and some green and red blackberries; he also ate
some lady-chestnuts. Witness did not eat any of
the berries or acorns, but he ate one lady-chestnut.
Deceased made no complaint after eating the berries.
Witness did not know how many he consumed.
Dr LISHMAN said deceased was first
brought to his surgery on Monday afternoon, when
he looked very ill. Witness treated him for irritation
of the stomach and told his mother to take him
home and get him to bed. Deceased was much worse
the next day, when, for the first time, witness
was told that he had been eating berries. Symptoms,
which appeared to be due to poison, developed,
and this witness attributed to the berries. The
boy died on Thursday from inflammation of the
bowels. Witness was of the opinion that the acorns
were not responsible for the mischief, but rather
the brown skin of the chestnuts.
Mr A MORRIS, schoolmaster at Castle
Hall School, said he had asked the boys and out
of the whole school he did not think there were
more than a dozen who had eaten acorns. Witness
himself had eaten scores of lady-chestnuts like
those produced, which he supposed were the same
as those in the shops. He did not think the brown
skin was fit to eat.
The Coroner remarked that it was
difficult to tell what the lad had died of. He
remembered once when he was a boy going to school
going into a wood and having a fill of acorns,
and he suffered severely. He did not know how
he got home on that occasion. Luckily, he was
sick immediately after eating them or very likely
he would have been poisoned.
A Juror: Probably if the boy had
had an emetic right away he would have been all
right. A verdict to the effect that the boy died
from inflammation of the bowels, caused by eating
chestnuts, was returned.
ACCIDENT TO A DROYLSDEN
Death at Ashton Union Hospital
Information was received at the Ashton Police
Station on Sunday evening of the death of Robert
HAMILTON, aged 67, saddler, of 142 Edge-lane, Droylsden,
which took place that day at 4.50pm at the Ashton
Union Hospital. Deceased was admitted to the Union
Hospital on March 15th suffering from the effects
of a fall caused by slipping off the curbstone on
March 9th at Droylsden. He had enjoyed good health
up to about four years ago, when he had a stroke,
which affected his walking. He also became troubled
with his chest, so that he had not followed any
employment for some years.
On March 9th he left his daughter's
house, Mrs Eliza MELLOR, where he was living,
to go into the garden. Shortly afterwards he was
brought back, and stated that he had slipped off
the curbstone. He was put to bed, and next morning
he complained of his hip hurting him. Dr GELLATLEY,
medical officer for Droylsden, was called in and
examined him, and said he was suffering from a
fractured hip, and advised his removal to the
Union Hospital, where he was taken and died as
UNSOUND MEAT AT GLOSSOP
At the Glossop Petty Sessions, on Monday, a
butcher named Richard PARKER, of Wharf-street, Dukinfield,
was summoned for exposing unsound meat for sale
in the Glossop Market on 28th September. Mr F W
G MORAN prosecuted on behalf of the Glossop Corporation;
and Mr W H SHAWCROSS defended.
Mr Samuel DANE, sanitary inspector,
Glossop, said he had been authorised to take these
proceedings, and in reply to Mr SHAWCROSS he said
there was no receptacle provided in the Glossop
Market by the authority for meat which might become
Constable WHITE said that on Saturday,
the 28th September, he was on duty in the Glossop
Market about 3.20, when he noticed a very bad
smell. He did not then make any complaint. He
again visited the stall about 7.45 the same night,
when he saw a piece of beef hanging up in the
stall. He reported the matter the Chief Constable,
who came with the medical officer. The latter
examined several pieces, and he seized one piece
of beef and declared it to be unfit for food.
Witness took the meat to the police station, where
it was destroyed. The meat was hanging on a rail
with several other pieces in the stall.
Cross-examined: He did not know that defendant
bought his meat at the Manchester abattoir.
Sergeant SCOTT corroborated, and
deposed that defendant said the meat was fir for
food, and would keep until the following Tuesday.
He said the Inspector had passed it. On Sunday
night there were maggots on the beef.
For the defence, Mr SHAWCROSS said
the defendant was a man who had been carrying
on business for seven or eight years, and during
that time he had conducted himself in an upright,
respectable manner, and no suggestions had ever
been made that he had been in the habit of selling
meat in an unsound condition. What the defendant
did was that on the 20th September he purchased
this meat at the Manchester Abattoir, and he held
the receipts. The Manchester Corporation were
most particular in cases of this kind, and employed
two inspectors, whose sole duty was to examine
every piece of meat that came into the market,
and every piece that left. According to the opinion
of the inspectors in Manchester, the meat was
presumably in a perfectly sound and wholesome
Defendant carted the meat to his
home in Dukinfield on the Friday evening, and
brought it to Glossop on the Saturday morning.
Defendant hung this piece of meat on a hook at
the back of the shop, and he instructed him (Mr
SHAWCROSS) to state that he did not know the meat
was unfit until it was pointed out to him by a
policeman. Although there were about 150lbs of
meat in the shop, the medical officer only thought
it necessary to seize one piece weighing about
10lbs, and it was perfectly reasonable to suppose
that owing to the sultry weather, this piece of
meat had rapidly decomposed.
ASHTON BOROUGH POLICE COURT
ON PREMISES FOR UNLAWFUL PURPOSE.
Harry HILL was in the dock charged with being
on the premises of the Ashton Co-operative Society
for an unlawful purpose on the 11th October.
Harry WRIGHT said he was an assistant employed
at the Oldham-road branch of the Aston Working
Men's Co-operative Society. On Thursday night
at 8.40 he locked the place up, and all the windows
were then closed. Next morning his attention was
called to one of the windows being open. It had
not been opened for years before. Prisoner:
long time since you had the painters there then.
Constable MILLINGTON stated that
at five minutes to one o'clock on Friday morning
he was on duty at the rear of the Co-operative
Stores, and saw the prisoner sitting on a window
sill. He asked him what he was doing there. He
replied "I should have been in and out again in
ten minutes." He took prisoner to the police station,
and charged him. He replied "Being on enclosed
premises for an unlawful purpose." Prisoner:
In what state was I? Witness: You seemed
all right. Prisoner: It's a
if he does not know. Had you to carry me to the
Town Hall? Witness: No. Prisoner:
I went there to stay until morning.
Sergeant McFINLEY said he was in
the charge office when the prisoner was brought
in. He had had something to drink. On charging
him, he wanted to argue the matter on a point
of law. Prisoner repeated that he went there to
lie down, and added that he worked for the Co-operative
Society. The witness WRIGHT was recalled,
and in reply to the Clerk said prisoner was not
in the employ of the society. He had occasionally
fetched a bag of sawdust. (Laughter.)
Mr WARHURST, manager, also said the prisoner never
worked for the society in his life, and his name
was never on the books. The Chief Constable
said prisoner had been up 11 time for various
offences, including twice for obtaining money
under false pretences. He seldom did any work.
Committed to prison for on month
INTERVIEW WITH W SIMISTER,
THE DUKINFIELD RUGBY FOOTBALLER
There are more brilliant men in the Northern
Union than the subject of our sketch, in fact there
are dozens in the ranks of such teams as Swinton,
Oldham and Broughton, but there are few who in all-round
excellence can approach the Stockport forward who
heads this column. A modest man is SIMISTER, and
some weeks ago when spoken to by our representative
he did not appear to at all relish the idea of speaking
to a newspaper man of his own antecedents
certainly not from any desire to hide anything,
but more out of modesty, which nowadays is not so
prevalent amongst footballers.
"Simmy," as all his friends delight
to call him, is a well-built young fellow of 24
years of age, who hails from the Dukinfield district,
joined Stockport along with several others at
a time when the club, some four years ago, was
at a low ebb. In fact, looking at the club from
a certain standpoint, things with the Edgeley
club have never been particularly rosy, but at
any rate, SIMISTER, despite the fluctuations of
his club, has remained loyal, and to-day there
is no more popular player in the team than he.
That he deserves this popularity
there can be little doubt. As a player he is of
that type which is ever successful, plodding and
persevering, and one that never gives up for the
want of trying attributes for which he
is certainly to be commended. SIMISTER was first
drafted into the team as a forward, and in the
opinion of good critics was said to be quite as
good, if not better, than any forward in the team,
and seeing that the pack was considered the best
in the country, it was a compliment worth having.
How handy it is to have such a Jack-of-all-trades,
so to speak, on a team is plainly evident, and
his transfer would cost any other club a fine
penny. He will not like the idea of figuring in
this column, but his reputation warrants it. Chatting
with our representative, he expressed an opinion
that the Northern Union was to be preferred to
the Rugby Union on account of its fastness, and
also on the ground that it gives more scope to
a player's ability. He has a high opinion of several
of his colleagues, but considers, like a true
supporter, that his club is decidedly unlucky.
STALYBRIDGE LOCAL NEWS
The opening of the Free Library on Wednesday
afternoon will rank as a red-letter day in the history
of the borough of Stalybridge. The only lamentable
fact is that the event was not considered by the
committee to be worthy of a more popular, or at
least a public demonstration. As it was, the invitations,
numbering some 200, were strictly confined to members
of the Town Council, magistrates, members of other
public bodies, and a select number of the elite
of the borough. The action of the committee has
been severely criticised, and not without reason,
as we understand that originally Mr CHEETHAM gave
the committee two Saturdays from which to choose.
However, the magnificent structure
has been opened, and the public can now use it
for the several useful purposes it has been generously
given. Ideal weather associated itself with the
opening, and the crowd which did assemble did
not forget to cheer the donor and his esteemed
wife, Mrs Astley-Cheetham. The pleasant duty of
presenting a gold key to the latter fell to the
lot of Alderman FENTEM, as chairman of the Free
Library Committee, and having accepted the handsome
gift (which was set with pearls and rubies) Mrs
Astley-Cheetham appropriately replied. Then she
most graciously opened the doors, and the subsequent
proceedings inside mainly consisted of speechmaking.
Mr CHEETHAM was naturally applauded
to the echo, and his concluding words to the Mayor,
in handing over the building, are worth reproduction:
"It is now my most pleasant duty to place in your
hands the deeds assuring to yourself and your
successors in the mayoralty of the good borough
of Stalybridge, the full ownership of this memorial
building and library, to have and to hold, for
ever and a day, or so long as one stone shall
stand upon another, in public trust for the free
use and enjoyment of the entire community."