7 November 1903
CLAIM AGAINST A CHAMPION
Interesting Case at Stalybridge
On Thursday, at the Stalybridge County Court, before his
Honour Judge Reginald BROWN, KC, Hugh WEBB, cycle dealer,
28 Oldham-road, Ashton, claimed £3 10s, of which
22s 6d was for repairs to a cycle, from Joe BROOKS, the
well-known cyclist and footballer, of Stalybridge. The
remaining portion of the claim was for money lent. The
present address of defendant was St Mary’s-road,
Watford. Mr Allen HOWARD, solicitor, appeared for defendant
who was not present in court.
Plaintiff’s case was that he repaired
BROOKS’ cycle and lent him a sum of money. The account
had been presented, but defendant had refused to pay.
The Judge: Is defendant here? – Plaintiff: No, sir;
he is a professional football player, and is now living
away from Stalybridge. – Mr HOWARD: Now, is it not
a fact he was to ride your machine, and you had to keep
it in repair? – Plaintiff: No, sir.
Is it not a fact that BROOKS’ prizes
were shown in your window week after week? Only twice.
– Yes, and what was the consideration – that
he rode your machine? No, he had not bought one then.
– Then what was he showing his prizes in your window
for? Because he wanted the frame of a bicycle finishing
Do you suggest he never won a prize on your
machine? Yes; he bought a frame and had not a pair of
wheels for it, and he was “hanging on” to
Dwelaps to get them! – (Laughter.) The first time
he rode my cycle was when Jim GREEN challenged the world.
He had told someone that if I put him in court he would
give me a good hiding. – (Laughter.) But you are
a bigger man than he is. – (More laughter.) –
I am not saying anything about that; I never fought in
my life, it is nothing in my line.
His Honour: These cycle makers advertise
certain makes? – Mr HOWARD: Exactly. – His
Honour: But they do not lend them money? – Mr HOWARD:
In some cases they do when they are going to race meetings.
I know some years ago some of the so-called amateurs made
a good deal of money out of it!
His Honour: I am afraid it is not confined
to cyclists, and the sooner it is put down the better.
Eventually the case was adjourned to enable BROOKS to
be present. The rehearing will take place at Ashton on
the 19th inst.
DEATH OF MR MATTHEW
BOON, OF ASHTON
The funeral took place at the Cemetery, Dukinfield, on
Wednesday afternoon, of Mr Matthew BOON, formerly of Ryecroft,
Ashton, whose death took place at his home, Vernon-street,
Farnworth, Lancashire, on Friday of last week, at the
age of 53 years. Deceased was well known in Ashton, he
be before going abroad many years ago, a member of the
Methodist New Connexion Church, Stamford-street, and also
connected with the MNC, Trafalgar-street, where his brother,
Mr Job BOON, is at present the organist.
The deceased left Ashton over 20 years ago,
where he was then employed at Mr Jas Smith BUCKLEY’s
mill, Ryecroft, and journeyed to Russia to take up an
appointment of manager at a cotton mill at Tvar, from
which position he retired a few months ago on account
of an internal malady, and came home to England, taking
up his residence at Farnworth where he died.
A goodly number of relatives and friends
gathered at the cemetery to watch the interment, which
was conducted by the Rev J E MEIR, Bethesda Chapel, Dukinfield.
The coffin, which was of rich polished oak, with brass
mountings, was conveyed in a hearse with glass sides,
and there were a few wreaths and other floral tributes.
The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Mr Isaac
BARNES, undertaker, Oldham-street. The coaches, with the
mourners, were as follows:-
First coach: Mr and Mrs William ARCHER,
Mrs J BARNSLEY, and Mrs and Mrs N MOORE.
Second coach: Mr and Mrs J BOON, Mr W BOON, and Miss
Third coach: Miss M MOORE, Miss L MOORE, Miss E POLLITT,
and Mr BLEZZARD.
Fourth coach: Mr G BALLE, Mr A HOLT, Mr Z MAWDSLEY,
and Mrs MAWDSLEY.
THE SEAMY SIDE OF ASHTON
How the Other Half Live
A side-light was thrown on the way in which a class of
people live, by the appearance at the Ashton Police Station
the other day of two ragged street urchins, so unkempt
and uncared for that they seemed almost strangers to civilisation.
They were brought into the police office by Sergeant BUTTERS,
who, noticing their suspicious behaviour, had recognised
one of them as a boy from Manchester, guilty on several
occasions of running away from home and causing his father,
formerly a soldier at the Ashton Barracks, endless amount
of trouble. He was 11 years of age.
The other boy was taller and a year or two
his senior, and said he came from Middlesboro to Dukinfield,
where he had been living with some relations, who could
do no good with him because he would not work. Both boys,
judging by the furrows on their necks, looked as if they
had never had a proper wash for weeks, and in their answers
to the questions some rather remarkable admissions were
”Where did you sleep last night?”
quoth the inspector in charge. – Under the dobby
horses on the Market Ground. We crawled underneath and
slept near the boiler, where it was warm. – Where
did you sleep the night before? In one of Millward’s
busses. – And the night before that? Here the boys’
memories appeared to fail them and they were stuck.
When did you leave home? Over a week ago.
– How have you obtained food? He (meaning the bigger
boy) crept under Uncle John’s pie stall on Saturday
night, and took some pies, and we ate them under the dobby
horses. – Anything else? Jimmy went into a shop
with a penny to buy a cake, and there was no one in the
shop, and he took two pies and gave me one. – How
did you get the money? Carrying parcels at the station
and begging. – Where did you wash last? At the horse
trough on the Market. – How did you come across
each other? We were both looking round the Market Ground
for tabs. – Birds of a feather, eh? We have not
known each other long.
Further questioning elicited the information
that the boys took some straw into a sewer and slept there,
and that the smaller of the two boys had been sent by
his mother to a loan office to pay 2s, and he ran off
with the money. The boys were sent to the workhouse, and,
thanks to the vigilance of the police were subsequently
restored to their parents.
Such cases reminds one of the story of David
Copperfield running away from home, and it would be well
if sowing wild oats had a corresponding beneficial result.
All’s well that ends well, but also boys of this
character too often degenerate into systematic vagrancy
and become irredeemable.
During the last three or four Sunday nights the confectioner’s
shop of Daniel BULLOCK in Margaret-street has been broken
into, and money extracted from the till. On Sunday evening
a watch was set, and Thomas CROOK, a grocer, secreted
himself on the premises.
About 8.30 he heard the door open and to
his surprise Mary Jane NEWTON, the next-door neighbour,
walked into the shop in her stocking feet. He caught hold
of her and she asked to be let off. He gave her into custody.
At the Borough Police Court on Monday, NEWTON, who is
a married woman with several children, was charged with
housebreaking and remanded on bail.
ASHTON MAN ARRESTED
The Ashton policed, under a warrant issued by the Birmingham
Police, have arrested Joseph SCHOFIELD, formerly of Ashton,
for an embezzlement alleged to have been committed at
Birmingham. SCHOFIELD, about six months ago, resided in
Minto-street, and was well known in that part of the locality.
Up to that time he worked at the shop of Mr Joseph TAYLOR,
jeweller, Old-street. It is expected that he will be tried
GOOD NEWS FOR HURST
We understand that the syndicate of gentlemen who have
floated the Minerva, Rock, Atlas, Curzon, and Tudor Mills,
have decided to erect another mill on a site adjoining
the Curzon Mill, Hurst.
The mill will probably have be the same
size and capacity as the present Curzon Mill, namely about
90,000 spindles, and when erected will pay a sum of £300
per week in wages. We understand the directors are to
be Mr Samuel NEWTON, who is chairman of the whole of the
above companies, together with His Worship the Mayor (Councillor
J B POWNALL), Councillor E BARLOW, Colonel POLLITT, and
Mr L H MARLAND.
SEQUEL TO A DOG BITE
County Court Case
On Thursday, at the Stalybridge County Court, before his
Honour Judge Reginald BROWN, K.C., a young girl named
Florence A BOOTH, of 104 Kenworthy-street, Stalybridge,
sued through her next friend, her mother (Lilly BOOTH),
to recover £10 damages from Thomas WARD, of Forester-street,
Stalybridge. Mr TIPPING, barrister, Manchester, appeared
for plaintiff. Defendant was represented by has wife.
Mr TIPPING said his client was nine years
of age, and the damages were in respect to a dog bite
on the 12th July, 1902. On that date the little girl was
sent an errand by her mother, and while in the shop defendant’s
collie dog ran out and bit her badly. In consequence,
she was attended by a doctor for nine weeks, and suffered
He thought his Honour would agree that the
damages claimed were very moderate. The damages included
the doctor’s bill (£2 11s 6d), nourishments
and nursing. Counsel asked the judge to examine the child’s
leg and see for himself what a wound had been caused.
Evidence was given by plaintiff, who said
defendant’s dog rushed at a little log, but bit
her leg instead. – Mary BRIGHT, a neighbour, corroborated,
and said plaintiff did not do anything to cause the dog
to bite her. – William JONES, a coal-lurryman, said
defendant’s dog bit his back three days’ before
biting the girl. Mrs WARD came and beat the animal away
from him. He told her then the dog should be destroyed,
and he also spoke to defendant, but he said “nowt.”
– Counsel: Perhaps he thought you could afford to
be bitten. – (Laughter.)
Mrs BOOTH, the girl’s mother, was
also called and she spoke as to the injury inflicted.
– Mrs WARD: I brought the girl nourishments. –
Mrs BOOTH: You brought her two oranges and half-a-pound
of strawberries. – (Laughter.) – In reply
to the Judge, witness said her daughter was terribly upset
lest she should die. They had two “fearful”
nights with her.
She had no idea but that Mrs WARD had paid
the doctor’s bill, as she promised to do, until
Dr SCOTT died. Witness then received a letter from Mr
INNES, solicitor, asking for a settlement of the doctor’s
bill, and when she took it to Mrs WARD the latter threw
it in the street and otherwise treated her discourteously.
The judge remarked that collie dogs were
generally the cause of these sort of cases, and if men
would keep such animals they must be prepared to pay.
He gave judgment for five guineas, to be paid at the rate
of 8s per month.
Sir, – I was somewhat surprised to find in your
even-edition of Nov 3rd, that by the request of the Stalybridge
people we in Ashton are to be inconvenienced by a less
number of cars running in a morning, which will put us
back to four per hour, same as the old horse cars.
I contend that the bare statement is not
quite sufficient to satisfy certain patrons and ratepayers,
who make frequent use of the morning cars, and live on
the route. If a person walking gets five minutes’
start of car, it is hopeless to expect to ride, but if
running more frequently, it would save time to wait and
take the car, and, I am convinced, would pay the Corporation.
Perhaps the Chairman of the Tramways Committee
will give some satisfactory reason for the alteration,
or perhaps feel inclined to run a few extras between the
Park and Old Square. I am sure we are fully justified
as ratepayers in expecting a better services in a morning.
If patronage is wanted, cultivate it. It will not be got
by keeping people waiting in the Old Square or on the
route in all sorts of weather for a quarter of an hour.
It is absurd.
It is also to be hoped that the committee’s
attention has been called to the Saturday night’s
mad rush for cars, and the loss sustained by not taking
all the passengers. Surely something could be arranged,
either in the way of extra or larger cars or trailers.
An Interested Ratepayer