23 February 1901
"The advertising columns of papers continue
to produce extraordinary offers made by people
who have but one idea in their minds. This naturally
was from a bottler:
Respectable girls, about eighteen,
wanted for bottling.
"This from a booksellers
offering in which he classified his authors:-
A fine collection of Two Hundred
Clergymen, consisting of Protestant Ministers,
Roman Catholics, Wesleyan, Methodists, Unitarians
and Presbyterians Nice Clean Lot, five
CHARGE OF HORSE STEALING
Walter CHEETHAM was before Ashton Police Court
charged with stealing a mare valued at £25 from
a stable in Denton owned by Richard HARROP.
HARROP had shut the stable on King-street
at 10.30pm and gone home. George HEATON had been
passing at 6.30 the following morning and saw
that the stable door was open. He then saw the
accused pulling the mare along by her mane and
later identified him to the police.
CHEETHAM claimed that he had been
at work at Mosleys India-rubber works in
Ardwick from six in the morning until four in
the afternoon on the day in question. He was committed
for trial at Salford Sessions.
DARING ROBBERIES AT ASHTON
"Two robberies of a daring character were
perpetrated in Ashton on Wednesday night. One was
at the house of Mr OLIVER of 44 Delamere-street
North, which was broken into between six and eight
oclock in the evening.
"Mrs OLIVER went out at six
oclock, leaving her husband in bed and the
house locked up. On her return at about eight
oclock she found that the house had been
broken into, the thieves cutting a pane of glass
out of a window at the back which enabled them
to reach the bolt of the door and open it. The
bolt was lying on the floor and the back, kitchen
and yard doors were wide open.
"The drawers were ransacked
and everything the thieves could lay their hands
on was carried off. Such trivial articles as soap
boxes and tea caddies were taken and even the
poker was considered worthy of a place amongst
the booty which includes suits of clothes, sheets,
under clothing and several other articles.
"The House of Mr WARDLE of
44 Alexandra-street received a visit of a very
similar character at about nine oclock,
Mr and Mrs WARDLE having gone to the theatre.
The window had been cut and then opened. The value
of things taken far exceeds that of the previous
case, the estimated value being over £50.
"Some of the articles have
been recovered and police are on the track of
the culprits who judging by the similarities of
ICE ACCIDENT AT BARDSLEY
"The sharp frost which set in last week
gave lovers of skating an opportunity of indulging
in this healthy exercise and amongst other places
patronised, the canal at Bardsley received considerable
"Amongst others who ventured
on the canal on Saturday afternoon were Arthur
SADDLER, son of Mr Alfred SADDLER of Park-lane
and Fred SYKES, son of Mr E SYKES, Oldham-road.
"About half past three, after
disporting themselves on the ice for some time,
they ventured too near the edge of the ice under
the bridge at Oldham-road and they were soon struggling
in the water which at this point is seven or eight
feet in depth. An alarm was raised and three young
men went to the rescue. Two of them were successful
in reaching one of the lads and drew him out on
to the bank. The other boy was, however, out of
reach and in imminent danger of being drowned.
"Grasping the situation in
a moment, one of the young men, Thomas SWANWICK
of Newmarket-road, Taunton, without divesting
himself of any article of clothing boldly plunged
in the canal and had the satisfaction of bringing
the lad to the side."
The boys appeared little the worse
for their unpleasant experience.
DEATH FROM SCALDING AT ASHTON
An inquest into the death of Mrs Mary MELIA
of 42 Alexandra-street, Ashton, was held after she
died from severe scalding to her left arm.
Her daughter, Esther MELIA said
that her mother had been in very bad health for
some time. On the day the accident happened, Esther
had gone to work leaving her mother at the dining
table. When she returned, Mrs MELIA was sitting
in a chair and told her daughter that when she
took the kettle off the fire, it had upset and
the steam had scalded her arm from hand to shoulder.
Neighbour Sarah BOURKE had applied
oil and lime water and looked after Mrs MELIA
until her daughter came home. Mrs MELIA died several
days later and a verdict of accidental death was
SAD PHASE OF LIFE AT ASHTON
There was quite a lengthy report on the case
of Robert BELL, a journeyman butcher who was summoned
by his wife for persistent cruelty. Unfortunately,
the library closed before I could make notes, but
if it rings a bell, let me know.