9 February 1901
AND THE QUEEN'S FUNERAL
"There is indignation in Blackburn because
of a speech by Mr H M HYNDMAN at the opening of
a new socialist hall on Saturday evening. He said
the mourning for the late Queen was monstrously
overdone and he protested against the humbug of
bowing down before the German Emperor and all
other monarchs. His journey to Blackburn had been
delayed because communications in London were
practically suspended on account of a trumpery
celebration. The audience sand the Marseillaise
and cheered for social revolution."
UNLAWFUL WOUNDING AT ASHTON
Catherine TUMLTY was in court charged with unlawfully
wounding John DIXON by striking him with a glass
in the vault of the Clarence Hotel in Ashton. DIXON
said he was a hawker living at Dale-street, Ashton,
and that he had been in the Clarence with the prisoner's
husband, John James TUMELTY, and others.
DIXON said that TUMELTY's wife came
into the bar and that he said he knew her from
Burnley and Blackburn when she went out with a
young fellow, at which point she attacked him
with a glass. He remembered nothing more until
the following morning when he woke up in Ashton
Under cross-examination, he denied
asking her if she knew him, or had a drink with
him at the market place in Blackburn. Nor had
he said he had drunk with her many times "while
John James did his six months."
Anna Matilda CLEMENTS, wife of the
landlord of the Clarence, confirmed that DIXON
had indeed confronted Catherine with her alleged
infidelity until she finally snapped, saying:
"What about that if I did. If you mention that
again, I'll smash this glass in your b______ eyes."
The prisoner was committed to sessions.
A TRADEMAN'S DOWNFALL
Woodruff WALSH cut a smart figure in court as
he was charged with stealing a brass bell valued
at 2s 6d from the King's Arms Hotel in Stalybridge.
Barman James ELSIEGOOD said WALSH had been in the
bar from 6.30 until nine o'clock. He had heard a
bell ring and when he entered the vault, WALSH was
leaving by a side door. When challenged, he said
he would be back in five minutes. It was only then
that he noticed the bell missing from the chimneypiece.
WALSH's friend, Thomas LYNCH, later
asked him to return the bell which he finally
agreed to, although LYNCH took it back. WALSH
admitted that he couldn't tell them what had happened
because he had been drunk. He said that they knew
him well in the pub and that the bell was of no
value to him. WALSH was originally a manager of
a business in Ashton until five or six years before
and had moved to Stalybridge when he married.
He also had a brother in Gee Cross, Hyde: "An
independent business man; at any rate he made
£20,000 by a patent in the chemical trade."
WALSH said: "My brother is a year
and half older than me and I am 61. It is all
drink gentlemen. I am a draper by trade and Mr
LEIGH of Leigh and Ardern has known me for over
thirty years. I have been the manager of a large
shop and the manager of Freemans and Hardys knows
The bench was convinced that he
had not taken the bell with any felonious intent
and he was discharged.
SENSATIONAL ARRESTS AT WATERLOO
"The quietude of Waterloo and district was ruthlessly
disturbed on Friday last by a visit from Detective
Sergeant DILLON and the subsequent arrest of Thomas
ANDERTON (who resided with his mother at Barton
Row) and a young woman named Mary BOOTH (with whom
he has for some time been keeping company) on a
charge of stealing £60, the property of John MARSDEN,
proprietor of a shooting gallery."
ANDERTON's mother was proprietoress
of an "Aunt Sally" stall that was regularly seen
at Ashton Market. Her son had gone to work for
MARSDEN where he met Mary BOOTH, MARSDEN's adopted
daughter. A relationship began and they were described
as 'lovers' and all went well until the couple
disappeared with £60 of MARSDEN's money.
The court was sympathetic to the
18 year old girl who was an orphan taken in by
MARSDEN 17 months before. They accepted that she
had acted under ANDERTON's influence and that
he owed it to the girl to marry her. With that
in mind, he was jailed for just two months. Meanwhile,
Mary was given into the care of Mrs FRANKS, the
A MESSAGE FROM MA'S
"Whatever the result of Dr TEALE's experiments
in sending messages to planets, the messages which
scores of Ma's are daily sending to their daughters
and friends is that Charles FORD's Bile Beans are
beyond all doubt the world's specific for colds,
coughs, anaemia, rheumatism, indigestion, chest
pains, buzzing in the head, flatulence, debility,
liver and kidney disorders, constipation, piles,
headache and all female ailments."
Evidence of the weaker sex?!