30 March 1901
ENGINE AT GUIDE BRIDGE
The first exhibition of the Diesel engine
at work in England was made on Monday afternoon
at the engineering establishment of Messrs SCOTT
and HODGSON close to Guide Bridge Station. The
demonstration took place with a 20 to 22 horsepower
engine which was subjected to severe tests before
a large and critical gathering of experts, about
130 in all, who had journeyed from London by a
special saloon train. Amongst them was Professor
W G UNWIN who is probably the best authority in
England on this particular branch of mechanics.
Whilst the inspection was going
on, the engine was working at a pressure of 550lbs
to the square inch, but is capable of being worked
at 750lbs. The heavier the load, the greater the
pressure required and vice versa.
The engine has been invented with
the object of demonstrating the theory propounded
a few years ago by Mr R DIESEL of Munich, that
steam, oil and gas engines in their present form
have reached the limits of possible improvements.
Messrs SCOTT and HODGSON have constructed the
engine to the order of the company which has been
founded to take over the English patent for the
VIOLENT WORKHOUSE INMATE
Attempt to Stab the Taskmaster
At the Ashton Borough Police Court, an inmate
of the Ashton Union Workhouse named William HIBBERT
was in the dock charged with committing an assault
upon Richard REYNOLDS, taskmaster at the Workhouse,
also with disorderly behaviour on March 26th.
Richard REYNOLDS stated that on
Tuesday, the inmates were assembled in the dining
hall, preparatory to dinner, and the children
were singing grace when the prisoner got up and
began bawling and shouting. On finishing singing,
he began again.
Witness told him they should not
have such behaviour in the dining hall, where
upon he started cursing. Witness got hold of him
by the shoulder and tried to put him outside,
but he got hold of a knife (produced) and made
a lunge at him. With the assistance of Mr SHORE,
the knife was taken from the prisoner and they
got him outside the dining hall.
Prisoner: "Aw want t
send for witnesses and see whether they tell t
truth or not; thats way t decide the
Magistrates Clerk: "What
were you making a noise for?"
Prisoner: "Wi as to ate hash
and aw war axing where t mate (meat) war
and they said they would not have that noise
(Laughter in court).
Clerk: "I suppose this hash
was the usual hash?"
Prisoner: "Theres never
any mate in it; they said it wor a new diet."
The Presiding Magistrate: "You
will be committed to prison for 14 days on each
of the charges and then you will have an opportunity
of trying another diet."
ALL THROUGH THE ORGAN
James POTTS was summoned for being drunk and
disorderly in King-street, Dukinfield. "I had
some drink," he said. "Because the organ
started, the childer got agate o dancin,
and he (the officer) locked me up. I dont
plead guilty to disorderly, except dancin
for the childer.
An officer stated that the defendant
was drunk with a crowd of children around him.
He told POTTS to go away, but he refused. Alderman
BEELEY said: "POTTS, I dont know how
many times you have been here when I have been
on the bench. You seem to be a regular attender.
Superintendent COOPER said the defendant
was an intolerable nuisance. He was fined five
times in 1899 and was dealt with leniently that
time, being fined no more than 2s 6d. This time,
he was fined 10s and costs, at which he said:
"Youd better pension me off."
AWFULLY SUDDEN DEATH AT
The police have received information of the
death of Harry LLOYD, aged 23, dry cleaner, residing
at 23, Malpas-street, Dukinfield which took place
on Thursday evening very suddenly. The deceased
was employed at the dry and cleaning works of Mr
J T HOLDERNESS, Tame Valley, and he attended to
his work in apparently his usual health. He was
in the act of leaving the room where he worked and
when in the doorway, he was seen to fall suddenly
forward upon his face.
His fellow workmen were speedily
at his side and lifted him up. It is said that
the deceased gasped or coughed twice and died
before medical aid could be obtained. Death was
supposed to be due to sudden failure of the hearts
Evidence was given by William LORD
of 115 Park-road and Christopher BARKHAM of 63
Crescent-road. Dr CLARKE said of the deceased:
Nothing unusual had occurred in the works that
day to excite him. He was about his usual stamp
and did not show any signs of fatigue. He was
not running when he fell. The jury returned a
verdict of death from natural causes.
ASHTON WOMAN FOUND DEAD
Sarah COWLEY, single woman, 72 years of age,
was found dead in bed at her home, 33 William-street,
Ashton on Saturday morning. Deceased was always
strong and healthy, and her sudden demise came as
a surprise. She retired to bed at nine oclock
on Friday night and made no complaint of feeling
unwell. It was her custom to remain in bed longer
than usual on Saturday mornings, but as she did
not get up, her brother went upstairs at 11.30 am
to waken her and found her dead in bed with her
Evidence was given by the deceaseds
sister-in-law, Sarah COWLEY of the same address
and Alice CHORLTON of 110 Victoria-street, They
said she was always in good health, although she
was "very stout". It was four years since
she had seen a doctor and she had cleaned at the
Ashton police office for 50 years, never having
been off through illness. She had been employed
under three chief constables. A verdict of death
from natural causes was returned.
SERIOUS FIRE AT GORTON
An alarming outbreak of fire occurred about
half past three oclock on Thursday afternoon
in Cross-street. In the house adjoining Mr DUTTONs
drapery establishment dwelt Mr Isaac McEWAN, a blind
man, and his wife. He was also the tenant of the
next house as he carried on the business of a broker
and second-hand furniture dealer and used the tenement
as a shop or stores. It was in this that the fire
Mr and Mrs McEWAN had gone out for
the afternoon and consequently were away when
the fire was discovered. It gained strength with
alarming rapidity. Mr Fred QUARMBY who was on
business on the street ran to the Town Hall and
sent a telephone message to the Manchester Fire
Brigade. Councillor Edward SCULLY, whose place
of business is not far from the house that was
on fire also ran to the Towns Building,
summoned the men who were at work in the yard,
and they got the hose and stand pipe belonging
to the township, hailed a cab that happened to
be passing, and drove rapidly to the scene.
The men got to work with commendable
speed and worked with a will, assisted be several
onlookers. By this time, the interior of the house
was one mass of flames and it leaped through the
windows into the street in a threatening and alarming
manner. There was a strong wind blowing towards
Wellington-street and the flames were sent in
At nine minutes to four oclock
a tender from the Upton-street (Longsight) Fire
Station came tearing up at a tremendous speed.
The driver said they did not get the call until
15 minutes to 4. At six oclock, Mr and Mrs
McEWAN had not returned to their ruined home and
it is not known whether or not the premises and
their contents were insured.
THE EDUCATION OF A DEAF
The Clerk read a communication from the Board
of Education regarding Jane CHAPMAN, a deaf mute
residing at Kob-lane asking what steps the Council
were going to take with regard to her education.
The sanction of the Board should be obtained to
any contribution to a certified school under the
The Chairman, Mr LEES said she was
a rather weakly girl and was at present receiving
instruction to a considerable extent. The Attendance
Committee did not think it was wise that she should
be sent to a certified school in her present state
On Saturday last, John HADFIELD of Rider Bank,
Chinley, was working at Messrs J J HADFIELDs
bleachworks when his hand got caught in the machinery
and badly injured. The last we heard of the case,
the youth was doing well as could be expected.
COMMENT ON THE CENSUS
Throughout the country, a vast army of enumerators
has been engaged during the week, delivering census
papers, or schedules, as they are officially called,
amongst householders in every rank of life, and
these will be collected as far as possible on Monday
The distribution of the papers is
a comparatively easy matter. It is the collection
that the enumerators may be expected to find the
real difficulty of their work. There will be incomplete
and inaccurate returns to make right and a vast
amount of ignorance and prejudice to overcome
in some of the poor districts before the enumerators
can hand in their papers to the registrar, Mr
Householders will greatly facilitate
matters and assist the accomplishment of a correct
census if they will, before filling up their schedule,
carefully study the five examples which appear
on the back of each. It is required that the precise
occupations of every person enumerated must be
given in the minutest detail and vague terms such
as contractor, manager, foreman, dealer, mechanic,
machine worker, weaver, spinner, labourer and
the like, must not be used alone.
They should clearly state, for instance,
that their occupation is that of "cotton"
or "woollen" weaver, an "operative"
cotton weaver, "outdoor" or "ironworks"
labourer, "mill" mechanic, "boilerworks"
foreman, "provision" dealer, "sewing"
machine worker, "mill" manager, "public
works" contractor &c. On these points,
the requirements of the Registrar General are
DEPARTURE OF ASHTON VOLUNTEERS
FOR THE FRONT
Ashton people were early awake on Saturday morning
bent on witnessing the departure of the local volunteers
for the front and to give them a hearty send-off.
By 7 oclock crowds were wending their way
in the direction of Charlestown Station from which
point the local detachment were timed to make their
departure at 7.50 am. The names of the selected
Captain G LUPTON, Sergeant H SHELDON,
Corporals E EATON and W E SAXON, Lance-Corporal
S BOOTH, Bugler J S STRINGER, Privates H GREAVES,
J OULTON, F ROGERS, W ROBINSON, P H WILLIAMSON,
J WALKER, A JONES, A BROWN, T BOWDEN, W HIBBERT,
R HADFIELD, J W SMITH, A S HOLT, C BOARDMAN, H
ELLISON, A MARLAND, F GORLE, R MARTIN, G HACKLEY,
J H LEES, S ROWBOTTOM, A LEONARD, W H PRIESTLEY,
V R CHADWICK, R ALTHORPE, W H GRANT, P MANGNALL,
F HULLEY and J W MARLAND.
On the previous Wednesday
night, the Volunteers were given a farewell and
toasted in a right handsome manner at the George
and Dragon Hotel.