1 March 1902
FIRE AT ASHTON SKATING RINK
Performance of Crocker's
About 8.30 on Saturday night, the attention of Segeant
McFEELEY was directed to a fire which had broken
out at the Skating Rink, Henry-square, Ashton, during
the performance of Proefessor H K CROCKER's educated
horses. It appears that someone in the audience
had been smoking and inadvertently thrown a lighted
match behind a stone bath at the rear of the audience,
setting fire to some matting lying below the level
of the false flooring. The attendant, Mr Albert
DUNKS, rushed to the fire apparatus, and by means
of a hose pipe and a copious supply of water the
fire was got out. The emergency doors were opened,
but the audience remained calm and did not leave
their seats. The performance, temporarily stopped,
was afterwards proceeded with.
THE RESULT OF DRINK. Charles
RILEY appeared before the Ashton county justices
on Wednesday with his nose plastered up, and in
answer to a charge of being drunk and disorderly
at Hurst on February 8th pleaded guilty. The
Magistrates' Clerk: Is the result of drink? Yes;
I got it cut with a bottle. Fined 5s 6d for
A SNOWBALLER FINED. A
charge of throwing snowballs at Hurst on February
9th was preferred against Percy BURTON
at the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday.
Defendant pleaded not guilty. A constable
deposed that on the Saturday night in question
he saw the defendant in company with about a dozen
others throwing snowballs in Queen-street. He
caught defendant whilst in the act of throwing.
Fined 6s for costs.NEGLECTING TO ATTEND SCHOOL.
At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday,
James BRADBURY, of Hazlehurst, was summoned under
the Education Act for not sending his two children,
Harold and Hebert, to school. Defendant's
wife appeared and said that illness had prevented
the children from attending school. Mr William
HUGHES (school attendance officer) stated that
the child Herbert had only put in 112 out of a
possible 210 attendances during the past six months,
and Harold had not attended school for the last
12 weeks. The bench made an order for Harold
to attend St John's School, Hurst, and imposed
a fine of 7s 6d in the case of the other child.
LITTLEMOSS INDUSTRIAL BURIAL
meeting of the above society took place at the Railway
Hotel, Droylsden, on Saturday. After the usual business
had been transacted, the member sat down to supper,
provided by Mr and Mrs HOWARD, to which ample justice
was done. When the cloths had been removed, the
president, Mr J WATSON, occupied the chair, and
a programme of songs &c was gone through.
The member also took the opportunity
of making their late secretary, Mr Joseph HILTON,
a present, consisting of a black ebony walking
stick and a silver mounted pipe. In making the
presentation, the chairman referred to the long
and honourably service rendered by Mt HILTON,
and to the good feeling that had always existed
between him and the members. Mr G HIBBERT also
made a few appropriate remarks.
In accepting the presents, Mr HILTON
said he was quite taken by surprise, he never
expected it, but he thanked them heartily. He
had always done his best for the society, and
he hoped to see it go on and prosper. After a
few songs &c, had been given, a vote of thanks
to the chairman brought the meeting to a close,
all having spent a very pleasant evening.
SLEEPING OUT AT AUDENSHAW
Romance of the Brickkiln
A middle-aged man
named Charles ALLEN was in the dock at the Ashton
County Police Court on Monday, charged with sleeping
out at Audenshaw on Sunday morning. Constable
CAMERON stated that at 4.30 on Sunday morning he
found the prisoner asleep in a brickkiln belonging
to Mr George BARLOW at Audenshaw. Prisoner
pleaded guilty, and in answer to the magistrate
(Mr F REYNER) said he was a weaver by trade, but
it was three years since he worked at that occupation.
He went about getting coal in, and
filling bags of coal. On Saturday he left a shilling
with the Mrs of the Blue Bell, but was unable
to get it on account of arriving there after closing
time. He had only 2d in his pocket and went to
the Model Lodging-house where he had been staying.
The beds were all occupied. He walked about the
streets, and on asking a policeman what he must
do, he told him to walk about. He did so until
he was tired and done up, and on getting near
the brick-kiln he thought he would have a lie
down and warm himself. It was about half past
Superintendent HEWITT said that
the prisoner had seven previous convictions recorded
against him, six for sleeping out. For a time
he had kept teetotal, but broke out again.
Prisoner was sentenced to seven days' imprisonment.
WELCOME HOME FROM SOUTH
On Friday evening
last the employees of the Waterworks Department
(including the manager, Mr J A WILD), assembled
at the Colliers' Arms, Hurst Brook, to welcome home
from South Africa, after being absent for about
two years, one of their old workmates, Mr John WARBURTON,
and right royally was he received by all his old
pals, to his evident delight.
The evening's programme commenced
with a substantial supper, to which ample justice
was done. The company afterwards adjourned to
the smokeroom, where, under the able chairmanship
of Mr Frank WILD, mirth and music reigned supreme,
and a good programme was gone through. The following
contributed to the night's entertainment:.
Messrs George WEBSTER, W ROBINSON, R OULTON, John
WARBURTON, W BRITTON, A GARTSIDE, and the popular
Hurst baritone, Ted MOSS. Mr Harry HAYES ably
accompanying on the piano.
Before parting, the company wished
Mr WARBURTON a very hearty welcome home, and were
glad to see him amongst them again, and hoped
the war would soon come to an end. Votes of thanks
were accorded to the host and hostess for the
able manner in which the supper was provided,
and to the chairman for presiding. A very pleasant
evening was brought to a close by the singing
of 'Auld Lang Syne' and the National Anthem.
POLICEMEN AND SNOWBALLERS
A Hot Time at Waterloo
A heavily-built man,
brusque demeanour, and a look of determination on
his face, named Harry CROOPER, was before the Ashton
county justices on Wednesday on three separate charges
of assaulting Sergeant DOVE and Constable BARBER
and drunk and disorderly, all at Waterloo on February
9th. Defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge
of assault, and guilty to being drunk and disorderly.
Constable BARBER stated that about
3.15 on Sunday afternoon, the 9th instant, he
saw the defendant, along with a lot more, standing
on the footpath snowballing people on the other
side of the road and on the tramcars. Witness
requested them to go away, and they all did so,
excepting the defendant and another man, both
of whom refused to go. The other man commenced
to snowball witness, whereupon he went to get
his name and address, which he refused to give
Defendant pulled off his coat and
hat, and tried to assault witness, who asked him
for his name and address, which he refused to
give. He then attacked the constable, throwing
him to the ground and kicking him about the legs.
He blew his whistle for assistance and asked some
bystanders to help him, but none of them would
do so. Sergeant DOVE and Constable NEWTON came
to his assistance, and they secured defendant,
who continued kicking all the way to the police
station. He butted Sergeant DOVE in the stomach
and kicked him about the legs. He was in a drunken
state, and on reaching Waterloo Police Station,
he was locked up.
Defendant said he was sorry if it
had occurred. Superintendent HEWITT said there
were 13 previous convictions recorded against
the defendant, assaulting the police, &c.
The magistrates sentenced defendant to seven days'
imprisonment in each of the assault cases, and
imposed a fine of 5s 6d and costs or 14 days'
imprisonment for being drunk and disorderly. Defendant
passed into the dock.
John HAMPSON, who was in company
with CROOPER, was charged with obstructing by
standing on the footpath at the same time and
place. He pleaded not guilty.
Constable BARBER stated that about
3 o'clock on the Sunday afternoon in question
he saw defendant standing with a crowd of others
on the footpath near the Dog and Partridge, Oldham
Road, Waterloo, snowballing people who were passing.
Defendant refused to go away when requested, and
then began to snowball witness. He also gave a
wrong address. Constable KNOWLES deposed to seeing
defendant throwing snowballs at Constable BARBER,
and he went to the latter's assistance.
Mr J JOHNSTONE said he heard a noise,
and on going to the door he saw a crowd round
one of the constables, and a man with his coat
off in a fighting attitude. Defendant admitted
to a lot of men snowballing each other on a piece
of spare ground. The Bench imposed a fine of 5s.
ALLEGED TILL ROBBERY AT
BAILEY and William LUMLEY were in custody at the
Ashton Borough Police Court on Thursday, charged
with stealing 2s, the monies of James ALSOPP, Nelson
Tavern, Wellington-road, Ashton, on February 26th.
The Chief Constable (Mr J SMALL) said that prisoner
BAILEY was seen at the till of the public house
and LUMLEY was covering for him by closing the door
leading into the bar and placing his back against
it. He should offer sufficient evidence and ask
for a remand until next Thursday. BAILEY was a stranger
from Manchester, but the other man belonged to Ashton.
Mary ALSOPP, wife of James ALSOPP, landlord of the
Nelson Tavern, deposed to going into the taproom
on Wednesday and seeing LUMLEY holding the door
whilst BAILEY was taking money from the till.
The magistrates granted the remand.
DRIVERS FINED FOR CRUELTY TO HORSES
At the Ashton County
Police Court, on Wednesday, Harry MRDS, hawker of
greengroceries, of Audenshaw, was charged with cruelty
to a horse by working it in an unfit state at Droylsden
on February 10th. Constable CAMERON stated that
at 12 o'clock noon on the date in question he saw
the defendant driving a pony and spring cart in
Manchester-road, Droylsden. The pony was suffering
from a wound about the size of a shilling underneath
the collar, and also two other wounds, both of which
were covered with blood. The animal was in poor
condition, and was evidently in pain.
Inspector POCOCK (RSPCA) said it
was a very old horse, and completely worn out.
Wherever the harness touched if chafed it.
Defendant pleaded guilty, and said he had had
the horse shot. He had lost his living through
it. The magistrates imposed a fine of 7s
John RUSHTON was also charged with
cruelty to a horse by working it in an unfit state
at Audenshaw on February 12th. Defendant
pleaded not guilty. Inspector POCOCK deposed
to seeing defendant in Audenshaw-road in charge
of a pony and cart laden with empty boxes. The
pony was going excessively lame on the rear hind
leg, due to a wound. It was wasting away in the
hind quarters and was totally unfit for work.
Defendant: That does not say it
is lame because it is a bit thin at the back?
That is the effect of lameness. It could not stand
on the affected limb. Defendant said that the
horse fell, and the load of boxes fell on top
of it. He had had the pony 18 months and it had
always run stiff. George CLARKE, Lumb-lane,
said he had often seen the horse, but had never
known it to be deficient in any way. Defendant
was fined 2s 6d for costs.
WEDDING AT AUDENSHAW
A pretty wedding
took place at St Stephen's Church, Audenshaw, on
Thursday, the contracting parties being Miss Annie
WHARMBY, Hanging Gate Inn, Audenshaw, and Mr Fred
COLLINS, of Ashton. The event created quite a stir
in the neighbourhood the parties being very well-known
and respected by a wide circle of friends, a large
number of whom were present at the ceremony. The
nuptials were performed by Rev Mr SIDGREAVES.
The bride was given away by her
father. She was attired in a costume of grey cloth
trimmed with white brocade silk and Irish lace
with toque to match. The bridesmaids, who were
prettily attired in white dresses and carried
shower bouquets, the gift of the bridegroom, were
Misses Lizzie WHARMBY (sister), Carrie HARDEN
(cousin), Annie and Alice COLLINS (sisters of
the bridegroom). Mr M CONNICK was the bridegroom's
best man. After the ceremony the happy couple,
together with numerous guests, spent a very pleasant
hour at the Hanging Gate where the wedding breakfast
was served. Mr and Mrs COLLINS afterwards left
|List of Presents
Bridegroom to bride, bouquet
Father of bride, cheque
Mother of bride, bedroom suite in walnut and
Mother and father of bridegroom, blankets,
rug and ornaments
Sister of bride, toilet service, copper kettle
and wringing machine
Mrs WARREN (aunt), eiderdown quilt
Mrs FARROW (aunt), American lace centre piece
Mr and Mrs WHARMBY (aunt and uncle), dressing
Mr C COLLINS, pincushions
Mr A COLLINS, mantel border
Mrs BOOTHROYD, white quilt
Miss BOOTHROYD, bamboo flower stand
Miss S BOOTHROYD, covers
Mr W BOOTHROYD, dresser spoons
Mr and Mrs HASSON, sideboard cover
Miss HARDEN, American rocking chair
Messrs Sydney and Ernest HARDEN, silver cruet
Mr Harold HARDEN, silver pepper duster
Messrs SPENCER and HUNTER, dinner service
Mr CONNICK, tea service
Mr SLATER, three copper plant pots
Misses DAVIES and ANTROBUS, flower stand
Mrs STOPFORD, flower stand
Miss MASON, photo frames
Mrs MASON, silver tea spoons
Miss LEECH, toiler covers
Miss SHAKESPEARE, covers
Mrs RHODES, white tablecloth
Miss PAWLEY, butter cooler, sugar basin and
Miss Dora PAWLEY, mats
Misses WALTON, glass dish and crumb tray and
HOOLEY HILL AND AUDENSHAW
DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.John
SHERRY was fined 2s 6d and costs for being drunk
and disorderly at Audenshaw on February 10th, to
which he pleaded guilty.
FINED FOR SNOWBALLING.
For throwing snowballs on February 9th, at Audenshaw,
to which he pleaded guilty, at the Ashton County
Police Court on Wednesday, Frank JOHNSON was fined
NO LIGHT ON VEHICLE.
At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday,
William WINTER was fined 1s and costs for having
no light on his donkey cart at Audenshaw.
Joseph COX was fined 6s for being at such a distance
from his horse and cart that he had no control
THE WOMAN AND HER GROCERY BILL.
In answer to a charge of committing a breach of
the peace at Audenshaw on February 8th, Mary Jane
BENSON tolf the Ashton county justices on Wednesday
that she was not guilty. She was only shouting
and not making any noise. She simply went for
a bit of grocery and there was a dispute in the
reckoning up of the bill, but it was her fault
at the finish. A constable said that defendant
was shouting and making use of bad language in
Guide-lane. Defendant: Oh, how can you stand
there and say that? I had just begun to shout.
I think I have a right to speak when they put
£1 5s on my bill instead of 1s 5d. (Laughter.)
. Defendant was bound over in 40s to keep
the peace for three months.
STEALING A MOUTH ORGAN AND OPERA
GLASSES. At the Ashton County Police
Court, Harrier GRIFFIN was charged with stealing
a mouth organ and a pair of opera glasses at Audenshaw.
Arthur DAVIES, furrier, Pitt-street, Audenshaw,
said the articles produced were his property and
he last saw them safe about a month ago in one
of the rooms of his works. They were worth about
4s. Defendant was at that time an employee in
the works. Harry WAINWRIGHT, Egerton-street,
Denton, said defendant had been lodging at his
house up to about a fortnight ago. She showed
him the opera glasses and said she had found them.
She said would take a dying oath that she had
got them honestly. Defendant said that the
mouth organ was given to her by a man with whom
she had been keeping company. With regard to the
opera glasses, she found them amongst some straw
at complainant's works. Defendant was bound
over in her own recognisance to be of good behaviour
for the next six months.
AN AUDENSHAW BREAD DEALER
At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday,
Allen BEAUMONT was charged with selling bread otherwise
than by weight at Audenshaw on February 5th.
Mr H T S CLAYTON (solicitor, Ashton), who appeared
for the defendant, raised a technical defence upon
His client was charged under the
Weights and Measures Act, 1878. The offence was
comprehended in the Bread Act of 1835, and as
far as he could find out, it had nothing to do
with the Act of 1878. He submitted that they had
no right to cause a conviction. The magistrates'
clerk (Mr C H BOOTH) said this point had been
raised before, and it had always been decided
that they could prosecute either under the Weights
and Measures or the Bread Act. The Presiding
Magistrate: What we have done before we can do
Mr CLAYTON said the position was
awkward, because under the Act of 1836 the complaint
had to be laid within 48 hours.. In this case,
the complaint was not laid for fully ten days
after the offence was committed. The Clerk
said that the complaint could be laid within six
months under the Weights and Measures Act.
Mr CLAYTON said that if the magistrates ruled
against him he must plead guilty. There was no
intention to defraud the public.
Constable WOOD stated that at ten
past nine on the 5th of the present month he saw
the defendant's daughter sell a loaf of bread
without weighing it. Mr CLAYTON admitted
the facts, and said there had been no intention
on the part of his clients to do anything contrary
to the law. It was home-made bread, and people
in the district came for the bread, knowing full
well that it was not sold by weight. In future
the bread would be sold by weight. The bench
imposed a fine of 5s 6d and costs.