5 December 1903
CHOIR LOCKOUT AT ST
Some regrettable incidents have taken place recently at
St Mark’s Church, Dukinfield, and many of the congregation
attending that place of worship are wondering what will
be the next move of the church officials. How was it there
were no special anthems at the re-opening of the organ?
Is a question that has been often asked, the replies being
various and unsatisfactory.
So far as we can gather, the facts are as
follows:— Some weeks ago the relations between the
officials at St Mark’s Church and their organist
and choirmaster (Mr A E SPAFFORD) became strained owing
to the arrangements made for the re-opening of the organ
— in which Mr SPAFFORD took a great interest —
the organist and choirmaster had, with the knowledge of
the officials, been preparing the choir for two special
services, four anthems and other musical changes having
been practised for the occasion, he, of course, expecting
to conduct the re-opening services.
A week before the re-opening, however, as
we are informed, after morning services, the organist
was abruptly notified that a stranger was to take the
whole of the services in connection with the re-opening
of the organ. Thus being given to understand that his
services would not be required, Mr SPAFFORD considered
that such treatment was not courteous nor in accordance
with professional etiquette, and strongly resented it,
and the officials were offended at him.
The adult member of the choir were taken
into the confidence of their leader, took sides with him,
and endeavoured to arrange a compromise. Believing that
they had succeeded in their object, the evening service
on November 15th, when the Mayor officially attended divine
worship and the collection was taken for the District
Infirmary, was taken by Mr SPAFFORD and his supporters
in a hearty manner.
Notwithstanding this, the officials ignored
the previous negotiations and brought in a strange organist
for the whole of the re-opening services, the choir, however,
declining to sing the special music prepared under the
leadership of a stranger, though they were in their places
and went through the ordinary services in a creditable
It was then thought by the organist and
choir that matters would resume their usual course, and
a practice was arranged for the following Wednesday evening.
When the choristers assembled, however, the church was
locked up. After waiting in the rain for some time their
leader arrived and went for the key, but was told he could
not have it, so no rehearsal was possible then. This treatment
naturally offended the adult members of the choir, and
they resolved to discontinue their voluntary services.
Last Sunday morning only the boy members
of the old choir presented themselves, and, with the assistance
of the church officials and a strange organist, did the
best they could with the service. At the evening service
the choir benches were better filled, but it must be admitted
that the quality of the singing was far below that which
had been heard at St Mark’s for some time past.
The adult members of the choir, who are all strongly attached
to the church, are still prepared, in the event of the
officials making the amend honourable, to once more take
their places upon the choir.
SUDDEN DEATH AT ASHTON
The death took place suddenly on Friday afternoon of last
week of Jesse LOMAS, market gardener, residing at Victoria
Gardens, Lees-lane. Deceased was 61 years of age, and
was strong constitutionally, but for some years had suffered
from a disease in the throat which troubled him a deal
in the winter months, for which he had been attended by
Dr Bisset SMITH. Within the past month his throat commenced
to trouble him again, but it was not deemed sufficiently
serious to call in a doctor.
He retired to bed about 8 o’clock
on the night previous to his death, and made no complaint.
On getting up the following morning his wife noticed he
was ill and went for Dr SMITH, who was out. On her return
he said he felt better, and she gave him soda water and
beef tea to drink. Whilst in the house she heard a noise,
and on going upstairs found deceased lying on the floor.
She sent for Dr SMITH, who arrived shortly afterwards,
and pronounced life extinct.
ASHTON COUNTY COURT
Sequel to a Cycle Accident at Dukinfield
At the Ashton County Court on Thursday, before his Honour
Judge H BROWN, K.C., Jane Alice DAVIES, of 73 Birch-lane,
Dukinfield, claimed from Samuel LEIGH, overlooker, Newton
Moor, £15 as damages for injuries alleged to have
been caused by the defendant negligently and furiously
riding a bicycle and running into her. Mr GARFORTH appeared
for the plaintiff, and Mr BOSTOCK was for the defendant.
Mr GARFORTH said that on August 24th, about
20 minutes to 11 o’clock at night, plaintiff was
walking from Hyde to Dukinfield, and when near the Angel
Inn, at the bottom of Pickford-lane, she was stepping
into the roadway, when she was knocked down by the defendant,
who was riding a bicycle at the rate of 14 miles an hour,
with his head down, apparently to avoid the rain which
Plaintiff was severely injured, and lost
two front teeth, and had to be taken in a cab to a doctor.
— Plaintiff corroborated, and said she lost three
weeks’ wages at £1 per week as a weaver at
Harrison’s mill, Stalybridge, and her clothing was
damaged and had to be cleaned. — Dr SMITH, of Hyde,
stated that he attended the plaintiff, who was suffering
from a broken nose and a lacerated wound, two black eyes,
left knee bruised and swollen, half of the right leg bruised,
and severe nervous irritation.
Mary HIGGINBOTTOM said she had just bade
good-night to the plaintiff when she heard a scream, and
saw defendant crash into her. When carried across the
road plaintiff was bleeding from the nose and mouth like
a tap. — John LISTER, shoemaker and clogger, deposed
to seeing the defendant riding at the rate of 12 to 14
miles an hour.
Mr BOSTOCK submitted that by her action
in not looking round plaintiff was guilty of contributory
negligence. Defendant blew his whistle loudly several
times, and was not riding at a greater pace that 8 or
9 miles and hour. — Defendant corroborated.
Constable WOOD said he saw the plaintiff
step in front of the machine in the middle of the tramline.
The defendant blew his whistle, and was travelling at
8 or 9 miles an hour. When witness picked him up he had
the whistle in his mouth. Plaintiff remarked to witness
that if she had looked where she was going the accident
would not have happened. — Samuel PHILLIPS, Pickford-lane,
Dukinfield, and Arnold BROOKS, Angel Inn, Dukinfield,
spoke to seeing the defendant travelling at about 8 or
9 miles an hour. He blew his whistle, but she did not
seem to take any notice.
His Honour said the evidence of excessive
speed was feeble. He was satisfied that the defendant
blew his whistle. It was what the law called a pure accident,
and he must therefore non-suit the plaintiff.
ALLEGED ATTEMPTED SUICIDE
Some excitement was created in the neighbourhood of the
canal at Cavendish-street Bridge, Ashton, about eight
o’clock on Tuesday night, by a report that a man
had attempted to drown himself. It appeared that a man
named Thomas JARVIS, aged 57 years, residing at Mills’
lodging-house, Crickets-lane, threw himself into the canal
at the aforementioned spot, but was seen by a number of
people, who assisted to get him out of the water. Constable
CROSSLEY came on the scene, and took the man to the Town
Hall, where he was attended to by the medical officer
of health, Dr W H HUGHES, and subsequently removed to
the Union Hospital.
WOMAN DROWNED IN THE
CANAL AT ASHTON
Identification of the Body
On Wednesday morning the body of a woman about 60 years
of age was found in the canal behind the Great Canal goods
warehouse. It appeared that about five minutes to ten
John PREECE, a carter, was looking through one of the
windows of the warehouse when he observed the body floating
on the water. With assistance he got it out, and removed
it to the waiting room at Park Parade Station, where artificial
respiration was resorted to. Dr HUGHES, junr, was called,
and pronounced life extinct.
The body was thereupon removed to the mortuary.
The body is that of a woman about five feet in height,
with dark brown hair, turning grey, grey eyes, a wedding
ring, and a gold earring in right ear. The clothing is
a green plaid shawl, with red and white stripes, black
dress, trimmed with beads, black and red striped skirt,
green stuff underskirt, red flannel petticoat, and a light
fawn plaid shoulder shawl, grey stockings, and elastic-sided
The body was subsequently identified as
Elizabeth MORRIS, aged 64 years, residing with her daughter,
Mrs Mary Jane CHADWICK, 47 Holden-street, Ashton. She
had not had a settled home for some time, and had not
had a settled home for some time, and had not been settled
in her mind since the death of her husband in February
She left her daughter’s house on Saturday
evening, and returned again on Tuesday and stayed all
night, departing at 9.20 the following morning, saying
she would go and see her son, who lives in Botany-lane.
She had been suffering from pains in her head for a long
time, for which she was attended by Dr MANN a month ago.
She also suffered from bronchitis.
The inquest was held in the court room at
the Town Hall by Mr J F PRICE, district coroner. —
Mary Jane CHADDERTON, wife of Tom CHADDERTON, hatter,
of 47 Holden-street, Ashton, said deceased was her mother,
and was a widow. She was 64 last birthday. She had had
no settled home since her husband died nine months ago,
and had been strange in her mind since then.
Before Tuesday night she had been staying
with her son, but on that date she went back to witness’s
house. At that time she seemed strange in her manner.
On Wednesday morning she got up about eight o’clock,
and left the house about 20 past nine, saying she was
going to her brother’s, after which witness was
to meet her and go to Dr MANN’s to be treated for
pains in her head. Witness never saw her again until she
heard of her death on Wednesday night. She had never threatened
to commit suicide, and seemed much as usual when she left
John PREECE, a carter, of 19 Fleet-street,
Ashton, said that on Wednesday morning about ten o’clock
he saw the body floating on the Manchester and Ashton
Canal from the office of the Great Central goods warehouse.
He ran down, and with the assistance got the body out.
Artificial respiration was resorted to, and she was removed
to the waiting-room at the Park Parade Station, where
further efforts were made to restore animation. Shortly
after Dr HUGHES came, and pronounced life extinct.
A verdict of found drowned was returned.
THE SUDDEN DEATH IN
AN ASHTON PUBLICHOUSE
An inquest was held in the Court-room, Ashton Town Hall,
on Friday afternoon, by Mr J F PRICE, district coroner,
touching the death of George LOVEDAY, butcher, which took
place suddenly in the Newton Tavern, Wellington-road,
Ashton, on Thursday of last week.
Alice GARLICK, widow, 21 York-street, Ashton,
said the deceased had lodged with her for over two years.
He was 41 years of age, and had suffered from pains in
the left side. He was given to drinking habits, and only
worked a few days together. The week before his death
he was working as manager for Messrs NELSON and Co, butchers,
Stamford-street, Ashton. For three days he had been drinking.
On Sunday he complained of being ill, and
did not get up on Monday until after dinner when he went
out for a short time. He was very ill on Tuesday, and
got up and went to Dr BOWMAN’s surgery and obtained
some medicine, afterwards returning home and going to
bed. He complained of very severe pains in his side.
On Wednesday witness went and saw Dr BOWMAN
who advised her to poultice the deceased, which she did,
and he remained in bed. She last saw him alive at 11.15
on Wednesday night when she put him a poultice on and
went to bed. She did not know that he had gone out on
Thursday morning, and was surprised to hear of his death.
There was no carbolic or other poison in the house, and
deceased had never threatened to commit suicide.
After his death, witness found a letter
on his dressing table. On Sunday night a man came to see
deceased, and she overheard a conversation about butchering.
— The coroner read a letter from NELSON and Co worded
as follows:— “unless you arrive at the office
before 12 o’clock on Monday and give an account
of yourself and your cash, it will go into other hands.”
James ALLSOPP, licensee of the Nelson Tavern,
Wellington-road, Ashton, said the deceased came into his
house on Friday morning at 7.25 and appeared to stagger
into the lobby. Witness thought he was under the influence
of drink. He asked for a glass of rum, but witness did
not serve him. He looked very bad, and witness asked him
if he was ill, and he replied that he was bad after drink.
He was standing at the bar window, and almost immediately
afterwards sank down in a crouching position , and witness
caught hold of him to prevent him from falling. He appeared
to be dying, and witness placed him on the floor where
Dr BOWMAN said the deceased called to see
him on the Tuesday, and complained of pains in his left
side, and having a very ill appearance witness prescribed
for him, and advised him to go home and go to bed. On
Wednesday morning witness received a message to visit
him, and on making an examination detected signs of pleuro-pneumonia
in the left side. He was very ill and not in a fit state
to get up. Witness impressed upon him the necessity of
remaining in bed.
He did not see him alive again. From the
condition he was in, he might die suddenly from exertion,
and the fact of his getting up and walking about might
bring it about. Death was due to sudden failure of the
heart’s action consequent upon the exertion and
the pressure of pleuro-pneumonia. The quantity of alcohol
taken by deceased had over stimulated the heart. It was
a very frequent disease with intemperate people.
A juryman said he had known deceased for
seventeen years, and he had always been addicted to drink.
— Several jurymen expressed the opinion that the
deceased had not taken poison. — The jury returned
a verdict in accordance with the doctor’s evidence.
BREACHES OF THE FOOD
AND DRUGS ACT AT WATERLOO
Prosecutions at Ashton
At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday, Joseph
SAXON, of Waterloo was charged by Mr WILSON, of the Lancashire
County Council, with selling butter at Waterloo not of
the substance demanded. Mr J B POWNALL, who appeared for
the defendant, pleaded guilty subject to an explanation.
Mr WILSON stated that the county analyst
had certified that the butter contained 20.21 per cent
of water, 72.29 per cent of butter fat, 6.57 per cent
of salt, and .93 of curds. The proportion of water and
salt was too large. The Board of Trade had stipulated
that if butter contained more than 15 per cent of water
it was not fit for sale. He would like to say, on behalf
of the prosecution, that the correct amount of butter
fat, which in this case was 72.29 per cent, was 80 to
82 per cent.
Mr J B POWNALL, for the defendant, saw no
reason to dispute the statements of Mr WILSON, but it
was rather a remarkable case, as the sample taken by Superintendent
HEWITT was just an odd quantity which, having run out,
Mr SAXON had obtained from another shop, where he sent
for a dozen pounds of Irish butter, and the superintendent
had just happened to call at the shop on that date. He
would like to point out that Irish butter stood on a very
different level to Kiel, and it was generally agreed that
1 per cent was not a fair allowance. It was unfortunate
that Mr SAXON omitted to get a warranty when he purchased
Mr WILSON remarked that the County Council
had nothing against Mr SAXON, and he had a remedy against
the person from whom he bought it. It was an extraordinary
thing, but at the present time there seemed to be an outbreak
of excessive water in butter all over Lancashire, and
there had been many prosecutions of late.
The Chairman said that they did not consider
this a serious matter, as it seemed to be quite a mild
case in comparison with some others. Defendant would be
fined 10s and costs, and the advocate’s and analyst’s
Edward ASHWORTH was charged with exposing
margarine for sale without a label, and for selling to
Superintendent HEWITT on the 21st October one pound of
margarine without having a printed label on the panel
identifying it as such. Defendant pleaded not guilty.
Superintendent HEWITT said that defendant
kept a small provision store in Oldham-road, Waterloo.
On the date in question he went to the shop, and there
saw eight or nine pounds of what appeared to be butter,
but it had no label attached. He asked for a pound, calling
it butter. ASHWORTH said, “Oh, that’s margarine.”
When asked where the label was he said, “It’s
there,” but it had fallen on to a box of biscuits
that stood under the butter, and was in no way attached
to the margarine. He then sold it to the witness, wrapping
it in a paper which bore no printing, but had written
on it “Margarine.”
Mr WILSON observed that the Act required
that the letters should be printed in capital block letters,
distinctly legible, and to contain no other writings.
— The Chairman(to defendant): You will be selling
real butter for margarine if you don’t mind. —
(Laughter.) He was fined 5s and costs in each case.
A “hybrid elephant” was Lord Derby’s
description at a lecture on Saturday of the new “pedrail”
traction engine. The lecture was delivered at the Liverpool
University by Professor H S HALE-SHAW before the members
of the Self Propelled Traffic Association, who by the
aid of models, diagrams, and cinematograph views were
enabled to thoroughly appreciate the highly ingenious
manner in which the inventor has adapted the natural movements
of the higher animals to mechanical locomotion.
Once, said Professor HALE-SHAW, the pedrail
got down into a ditch through the carelessness of the
driver. The professor expected that nothing but another
traction engine could get it out of the hole, or that
perhaps it would have to be dug out. But the driver simply
put on full steam, and the hybrid gave a snort and walked
out of the hole in a manner suggestive of a high-stepping