TROUBLES AT WATERLOO
The Use of the Knife
The domestic troubles of a Waterloo married couple
were unfolded to the Ashton county justices, on
Wednesday, when Mary H JONES summoned her husband,
Thomas JONES, for persistent cruelty. JONES, who
is better known in the Waterloo district by the
name of “Blossom,” was the man who was
severely kicked in a fight at Waterloo some months
ago, in which it was alleged he was the aggressor.
He was dangerously injured, and had to be removed
home on an ambulance. He pleaded not guilty to the
charge of cruelty.
The wife stated that
they were married 16 years ago, and there were seven
children. He had been in the habit of turning her
and the children out after everybody had gone to
bed and no one could take them in. He would not
give her sufficient of his wages to keep the children
and had ill-used her several times. A few weeks
ago he threw a cup at her causing her arm to be
black. He also threw a knife at her, and it stuck
in the wall. She was afraid to live with him.
In reply to the Clerk,
complainant said she had had a separation order
once before for persistent cruelty, but went back
to live with the defendant. — The Clerk: I
suppose if the magistrates make another order you
will go back? No; I can work for myself and children.
— Does he drink? Yes; he ought to be put on
the black list, he would be a better man then. —
(Laughter.) — The Clerk said he knew the defendant,
who charged another man with unlawfully wounding
him some little time ago. Defendant, he believed
was the aggressor.
A neighbour, named Mary
Ellen WINTERBOTTOM, said the husband had a bad character
and got drunk. He had ill-used his wife and children,
and witness had taken them into her house many a
time. He’d turned them out at after one o’clock
Defendant said he never
laid a finger on his wife. She went out of the house
and took the children with her. — Complainant
stated her husband was receiving 24s per week wages
and he had only been giving her amounts ranging
from 10s to 15s a week. He had given her nothing
of last week’s earnings, and had the money
in his pocket. — The magistrates granted a
separation order, the husband to contribute 7s a
week to his wife, the latter to have custody of
CELERY ON A SUNDAY
Audenshaw Hawker Fined at Ashton
An interesting case, the first of its kind, was
brought before the Ashton county justices on Wednesday,
in which Jas. TOMLINSON, a celery hawker, was summoned
under the county bye-laws made in May of the present
year, No 4 of which states that no person shall
for the purpose of hawking or distributing any article
call or shout continuously in any street so as to
cause annoyance to any resident. The defendant failed
Evidence was given by
a constable that the defendant was shouting celery
in the streets and a man named TAYLOR made a complaint.
— The Magistrates’ Clerk: was there
someone ill or something? No; he not think it was
good enough to shout on a Sunday. — It would
not have mattered then if it had been Monday? He
said it was very annoying. — The magistrates
imposed a fine of 2s 6d for costs.
COUNTY REVISION COURT
The revising barrister, Mr Timothy O’Brien
O’FEELEY, sat at the courtroom, Ashton Town
Hall, on Tuesday forenoon, for the revision of the
lists of voters in respect of the county area including
Waterloo, Bardsley, Audenshaw, Woodhouses, Littlemoss,
Alt, Hartshead, &c. In addition to the revising
barrister there were present Messrs D F HOWORTH
(assistant overseer), N NORRIS (assistant overseer
Stalybridge), A C WHITTINGHAM (Conservative agent
Prestwich Division), J C BUCKLEY (Conservative agent)
Sim SCHOFIELD (Liberal agent Prestwich Division),
H RADCLIFFE, and W H HUGHES.
Prior to the arrival
of the revising barrister, who had missed his train,
the two political agents went through most of the
objections throughout the division, and where the
proper qualification was forthcoming the vote was
allowed by mutual arrangement, and the subsequent
agreement of the revising barrister. By this method
much time was saved, and many persons were spared
the necessity of attending the court.
The Rev C H BAGOTT, former
curate of the Ashton Parish Church, attended at
the court in support of a claim for a vote in respect
of St George’s Church Vicarage, to which formal
objection had been made by the Liberals in order
that he might attend and prove his right. As so
many bogus claims had been put in in the past both
political agents had agreed to object to all new
ownership claims. The Rev C H BAGOTT produced a
document in proof of his induction, and was told
his vote was allowed.
He asked for expenses,
but was told they did not allow expenses on a first
claim, to which the rev. gentleman replied that
he did not think it fair that he should have to
come so far for his vote. Moreover he had not claimed
the vote. — Mr D F HOWORTH: Someone has claimed
the vote for you. — The Vicar thereupon took
vote on the ownership list in respect of property
in Mill-lane, Ashton, was primarily objected to
by the Liberals, whose agent in the meantime had
withdrawn the objection, and so notified the Conservative
agent. Alderman ANDREW attended in court, and said
he had received no notice that the objection had
been withdrawn, and wished to know who was going
to pay his expenses, and why he should be objected
to three years in succession?
Mr SCHOFIELD: We have
got wrong information altogether. — Mr ANDREW:
That won’t suit me; I want some expenses for
coming here. — Mr WHITTINGHAM: the objection
is withdrawn. — Mr ANDREW: Well, then I might
as well go home then. I suppose you will have some
sort of excuse next year? — (Laughter.) —
Mr WHITTINGHAM: No, I do not think so. — Mr
ANDREW then left the court.
“UNFAIR MUNICIPAL COMPETITION”
Sir,— I somewhat surprised to read the letter
on “Unfair Municipal Competition,” written
by Mr John Brown WILSON, which appeared in you last
week’s issue. To my mind the Technical School
is a great boon to the working classes, and is intended
for those who cannot afford to have private tuition.
I do not think for a moment that the gain to local
instructors would compensate for the great loss
to the working people of the town if the classes
which he mentions were given up.
The arguments which he
uses in regard to music could be used in regard
to languages, art subjects, chemistry, electricity
&c. Where is the private tutor who possesses
the appliances, instruments, and equipment necessary
to a thorough mastery of the various subjects referred
to, not to mention the terms? There is also another
point which should not be overlooked. The rates
paid by local instructors would not compare favourably
with the rates paid by those whose children have
passed and are passing through the Technical School.
This alone, I think, is sufficient material ground
for the school’s existence and its curricula.
Mr WILSON’s plea
is one for a few, and not for the many, and if the
objection were to end the classes we should go backward
instead of forward. The classes themselves speak
for a broad and generous spirit; a stimulant to
the humblest student in noble and lofty endeavour.
If Mr WILSON is able and willing to provide instruction
for the working people of the town, either of a
more thorough kind at the same price or the same
kind at a cheaper rate, or better and cheaper together,
I, for one, feel sure he will earn the gratitude
of the students round about.
Thanking you for insertion
in anticipation, I am, yours respectfully,
An Old Scholar
DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. — Sarah
BROADBENT pleaded guilty at the Ashton County Police
Court on Wednesday to being drunk and disorderly
at Bardsley on September 13th, and was fined 5s.
DEATH IN A LODGING
HOUSE. — A woman named Sarah Ann
HEWITT, formerly of Bardsley, died under curious
circumstances at Jacque’s lodging-house in
Boardman-street, Oldham, on Saturday night. She
had been suffering from a bad cough, and on the
previous day was taken worse. It is assumed that
her death was caused by taking an overdose of cough
medicine. She was 42 years of age. An enquiry was
held by the Coroner. The deceased’s body was
brought to Bardsley on Thursday morning, and in
the afternoon was buried in the burial ground attached
to Holy Trinity Church.
— Edwin DRAYCOTT, coal dealer, was
before the Ashton county justices on Wednesday charged
with having in his possession two unjust weights
at Waterloo, on September 16th. — Inspector
CLARKE stated that on the 16th inst he met a lurry
containing coal, belonging to the defendant. One
of the weights on the scales was 4oz and another
3oz short. — Defendant said the weights had
been tested from time to time, and he had no complaint.
— The Magistrates’ Clerk: They had no
stamp on. — Defendant said he told his man
to get the weights stamped. The lead must have dropped
out whilst the weights were lifted about. —
The Ashton Union School Attendance Committee ceased
to exist as an educational authority on Wednesday.
Quiet “do” — no rosemary, no cakes.
The appointed day for the new authority taking over
was Thursday, October 1st, and on that day all the
old things had passed away, the old order had changed,
and everything become new.
The new authority is
a bit backward, and some little inconvenience may
probably arise, but all will come under consideration
and adjustment. The new authority has no officers,
no bye-laws; not much of anything yet. One pressing
difficulty is, and will be, the children wanting
their half-time and full-time papers filling up.
Three applicants went
on Thursday to Mr GARTSIDE, late school attendance
officer, while at his registration station at Bardsley.
It would be a pity for any boy or girl to miss a
full-time shop through this reason. The certifying
surgeon attending the factories and workshops can
bridge over this if age and attendances are right
in both cases of half-timers and full-timers.
DEATH AT WOODHOUSES
On Wednesday the Waterloo police were apprised of
the sudden death of Mary ROBINSON, aged 79, of 2
Crime-lane, Woodhouses, which took place at 6.45am
on that date. It appears that deceased, who lived
by herself, had not been well for several days,
but no immediate danger had been apprehended by
On Tuesday Mrs COILE,
wife of Thomas COILE, farmer, of Lower Crime Farm,
went to give deceased some milk and to put her to
bed, and sent for a doctor. On Wednesday, at 6.45am,
Mrs COILE sent her son to see how the old lady as
progressing, and he returned with the information
that she was dead. She was found in a sitting position
in her arm chair.