19 December 1903
KNOCKED DOWN IN THE
STREET AT ASHTON
County Court Sequel
On the 25th of July last a girl named Hannah SAXON, aged
9 years, was going along Cork-street, Ashton, when she
was knocked down by a horse and cart belonging to John
Thomas KENNEDY, a cooper, of Mill-lane, Ashton.
She received internal injuries, and had
to be medically attended, and the sequel was an action
heard in the Ashton County Court on Thursday, before his
Honour Judge Reginald Brown, K.C., when Harry WILD, grinder,
of 38 Glebe-street, sued, on behalf of the injured girl,
the defendant for a sum of £9 14s 6d, damages for
The plaintiff contended that the horse was
driven in a negligent and furious manner. The plaintiff
was internally injured, and the sum claimed was for medical
attendance and damage for pain and suffering. Mr J B SANDBACH,
barrister, appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr Joseph HURST
represented the defendant.
Mr SANDBACH stated that the girl was the
plaintiff’s adopted daughter. The accident occurred
in Cork-street, Ashton, and the girl was knocked down
just as she stepped off the pavement. — Evidence
was given by several witnesses of the accident, and all
were of the opinion that the trap was driven recklessly.
One witness said the horse was going from twenty to twenty-five
miles an hour. — (Laughter.)
Dr WALLACE, who attended the child, told
the judge that the girl was in bed for 10 days. She was
suffering from general shock to the system, and he did
not think she had quite recovered from the shock.
Mr HURST called the defendant, who said
he was driving very slow at the time the accident occurred.
The girl was trying to get out of the way of another cart
when she ran against the horse he was driving, and was
knocked down. The pony’s leg caught her. —
Lilian Ann SHEPLEY stated that the girl ran under the
pony’s hooves. It all happened “in a flash.”
His Honour, in commenting on the evidence
for the defence, said he was not satisfied with it. It
was not good enough to have the evidence of people who
were friends and on their door-steps. He believed the
evidence of the independent witnesses for plaintiff, and
was of opinion that defendant was driving carelessly,
and did not see the little girl. He found a verdict for
the plaintiff, and allowed her £6 4s.
BANDS FOR CHRISTMAS
Sir, — As I have had bands and singers at my house
on Christmas morning for many years, I would like to suggest
that the bands play the Christmas Hymn twice through and
two hymns, one verse each. It would be much better, as
the donations would no doubt be more from the majority
of the subscribers. The singers have the same idea that
I have, and I don’t think they lose by it. I remember
one band last year having played the Christmas Hymn before
I was aware they were at my house.
Thanking you for insertion. I am yours,
SUDDEN DEATH AT HURST
Died in the Street
On Monday information was conveyed to the County Police
at Hurst of the death of George BOOTH, aged 54, a shopkeeper,
of 67 Hillgate-street, Hurst, which took place suddenly
about 5pm on that date. It appears that deceased enjoyed
fairly good health, except for a cough which had troubled
him for a few moths past.
About 2.30 on Monday afternoon he accompanied
his wife and daughter to Ashton to do some shopping, and
on returning home he complained of a pain in his chest,
and told his wife and daughter to hurry home, saying he
would follow on slowly. Mrs and Miss BOOTH had not been
more than five minutes in the house when two children
told them that deceased was sitting on a window sill in
Hillgate-street unable to get further. Mrs BOOTH went
to his assistance, but he was unable to walk and had to
be carried home. Dr HILTON was immediately summoned, and
pronounced life extinct.
An inquest was held by Mr J F PRICE (County
Coroner) and a jury, at the Colliers’ Arms, Hillgate-street,
on Tuesday afternoon, where a verdict of death from natural
causes, probably sudden heart failure of the heart’s
action, was returned.
ALARM OF FIRE AT AN
About 11.15 on Wednesday night the residents in the neighbourhood
of Messrs Reyners Limited, Albion Mills, Ashton, were
thrown into a state of excitement by the sound of the
fire gong in connection with the sprinklers of the mill,
which could be heard for a long distance away.
A telephonic message was immediately dispatched
from the White Hart Inn to the fire station stating that
the mill was on fire, and the alarm bells were rung at
the Town Hall, and the fire brigade in a remarkably short
time was on its way to the mill. On arrival it was discovered
that a steam valve had burst in the engine house, setting
the sprinklers working.
DEATH OF MR JOHN HARRISON,
The death took place on Thursday week at his residence,
277 Stamford-street, of Mr John HARRISON, aged 84 years.
For some months past Mr HARRISON had been visibly failing
in health, and it had been evident to all his friends
that the end was not far off.
For 48 years he had been prominently connected
with Ryecroft Chapel, where he was a senior deacon. Springing
from a race of sturdy Derbyshire farmers, whose home was
near Glossop, all his early life was spent in the vicinity
of the farmyard. When the deceased was a few years old
the family moved to Hadfield. There he lived until with
a wife and family he came to Ashton to take up a position
at Oxford Mills.
He was one of the founders of Ryecroft Chapel,
when it was held min a small building in the neighbourhood
of Crowthorn. Since that time he has been inseparably
connected with all the doings of the chapel, and his death,
though not entirely unexpected, will be felt by all.
An impressive funeral service was held on
Monday afternoon in the chapel by the Rev J M CRAVEN,
where many of the deceased’s friends had assembled.
The rev. gentleman paid an eloquent tribute to his memory,
and spoke of his close connection with the history of
the church and of the loss the congregation had sustained.
His death, he said, had snapped a link in the chain which
bound the present generation to the past. There were only
two or three of the kind left, and when they disappeared
the severance would be complete.
The funeral took place at Dukinfield Cemetery
on Monday afternoon, amid every manifestation of regret,
and was attended by a large number of friends and relatives.
Many of his old friends and associates attended the funeral,
including some former deacons, who occupied the office
during the early period of his connection with the chapel,
and amongst them were Messrs Abel BRADBURY, Manchester,
W H MORRIS, Lytham, Jabez AXON, Sale, David MORRIS, Heaton
Chapel, Jos HADFIELD, Bardsley Gate, Matley, Stalybridge,
Mr Wm KNOTT, representing the Harper Twist, where deceased
was a former director, also attended.
MOVING PIGS WITHOUT
LICENSE AT WATERLOO
The County Council Bye-Laws
At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday, Alfred
RIDGEWELL and David WHITTAKER were summoned for removing
swine without license at Waterloo. They pleaded not guilty.
Superintendent HEWITT stated that it was
a proceeding taken under the bye-laws of the County Council,
which provided that no swine should be removed into the
county of Lancaster except the tranportee had a license
allowing him to do so. It appeared that on the 30th of
November last a constable met the defendant RIDGEWELL
with nine pigs in a float on Oldham-road, Waterloo. He
asked to see his license, which he produced, but on examination
it was found that it only provided for the removal of
eight pigs. After a little talk he produced another license
for eleven pigs, consequently neither license could apply.
The officer spoke to seeing defendant in
a float on Oldham-road, Waterloo, and asking to see the
license. When asked who was the owner of the pigs he said
In answer to the Clerk, WHITTAKER said he
was a pig dealer and dealt in thousands a year. —
The Clerk: You ought to know the law if you are a pig
dealer. — Defendant: I do, but not definitely.
RIDGEWELL was fined 1s and costs, and WHITTAKER
5s and costs, the Chairman observing that they had had
a very cheap lesson.
AND HYDE HAIRDRESSERS’ UNION
Annual Tea Party and Ball
On Tuesday the annual gathering of the above union was
held in the Co-operative Hall, Ashton. Over a hundred
sat down to an excellent tea, catered for by Mr J ANDREW,
Katherine-street. After tea a short meeting was held,
presided over by Mr Harry SMITH (president), who was supported
by the secretary (Mr Percy MAJOR), and other officials;
Mr F KEMP (president, Hairdressers’ Federation),
Mr Edward BYRNE (president, Lancashire and Cheshire Federation
of Trades Councils), Mr Kennedy (Manchester, the oldest
hairdresser in England), Mr A RILEY (Salford), Mr S JACKSON
(Openshaw), and Mr T GEE (Ardwick).
The Chairman congratulated the members on
having maintained and strengthened their position in the
district. Messrs KENNEDY, BYRNE, ASPINALL and POTTER briefly
addressed the meeting, some concern being expressed as
to the possible effect in the trade of the new Children’s
Mr J HULME’s orchestral band gave
a tuneful and spirited programme of dance music, and at
intervals variety was afforded by a smart display of conjuring
by Mr Chris TAYLOR, and the excellent rendering of “Killarney”
and “Daddy” by Miss PAYNE, a youthful soprano.
Mr H DUCKWORTH was M.C., and the stewards were Messrs
JAGGER, MELLOR, COUPE, S MOORHOUSE, CLOUGH, R E SMITH,
ASPINALL, and POTTER. The dancing continued until one
o’clock. Mr C F REDFORD was the refreshment caterer.
SINGULAR BLOOD POISONING
FATALITY AT ASHTON
Pricked His Thumb with an Awl
The death, under singular circumstances, has been reported
to the Ashton police of Thomas AVEYARD, shoemaker, aged
57 years, residing at 38 Booth-street, Ashton, which took
place about 9.20 on Sunday morning from septic blood poisoning.
Whilst at work as a shoemaker about six
weeks ago he pricked his thumb with an awl, and about
a week or ten days afterwards he complained of a severe
pain in the arm. Up to this time he had always enjoyed
good health, and was able to follow his employment regularly.
As the symptoms showed no signs of abatement on the following
day his wife called in Dr TWOMEY, who was examined him,
and said he was suffering from blood poisoning, and ordered
him to be poulticed, which was done, but it gave no relief.
The symptoms developed alarmingly, until at length he
collapsed entirely and died as aforementioned.
The inquest was held on Tuesday afternoon
at the Free Trade Inn, Booth-street, Ashton, by Mr J F
PRICE, District Coroner.
Mary Lucy AVEYARD, wife of the deceased,
said her husband had had fairly good health, and had always
been able to follow his occupation as a shoemaker on his
own account. About the commencement of November witness
saw he had a bit of wax plaster on his left thumb. Witness
asked him what he had done, and he replied he had pricked
it with an awl whilst forcing an old sole off a boot.
On the following Sunday, after tea, he complained
of pain under his left arm. Witness examined it, and could
see nothing at all. The arm was bathed in hot water, and
wrapped in turpentine bandages, and by the next morning
he was much worse, and Dr TWOMEY was called in. The doctor
asked her husband if he had pricked his thumb or hand
anywhere, and he replied yes. Poultices were applied,
and the arm began to swell. The doctor attended him daily
until death, and told witness he was suffering from blood
poisoning arising from the wound in the thumb. Deceased
had pricked himself many times before, but never thought
anything about it.
The Coroner remarked that the doctor had
very kindly sent him a note expressing the opinion that
death was the result of blood poisoning arising from the
wound. It was a common occurrence for blood poisoning
to be set up by a scratch with a rusty nail, pin, &c.
The jury returned a verdict of death from misadventure.
MR HOWORTH’S APPOINTMENT. —
Mr Daniel Fowler HOWORTH applied at the County Police
at Ashton on Wednesday morning for a confirmation of his
appointment as chief overseer for Hurst. — Granted.
A WARM RECEPTION. —
William GOODIER and Mary MACLAREN were before the county
magistrates at Ashton on Wednesday charged with committing
a breach of the peace at Hurst on the 29th of November.
GOODIER pleaded guilty. — Mr T E HEWITT, who represented
MACLAREN, pleaded not guilty. — GOODIER’s
version of the affair was that he went to MACLAREN’s
house and asked for his missus. MACLAREN suddenly appeared
armed with a poker, and said “I’ll give you
missus.” — (Laughter.) — Mrs MACLAREN
said it was not true, he came to her door and began shouting
at her. — Mr HEWITT said he had insulted her many
times before. — The Chairman: You are very silly
folk kicking up a row like that. You are both dismissed
and don’t come here again. — GOODIER: Thank
you, sir, that is the idea.
The Stalybridge police are to be congratulated on bringing
to book such offenders against moral order as the two
— man and wife — who appeared in answer to
a summons at Wednesday’s police court. Pictures
and other articles of an obscene character have been distributed
for the last few weeks amongst young people who have been
frequenting the Market Ground.
The tendency to develop the evil propensities
is sufficiently strong without being fostered in this
despicable manner by people who seek only monetary gain
thereby. It needs all one’s efforts to ensure that
the best traits of character shall have full opportunity
to improve and produce a generation of men and women of
the highest possible order.
CHRISTMAS AT THE DUKINFIELD
During the coming Christmas season the regular transmission
and prompt delivery of letters will be facilitated if
the public will post their Christmas cards as long before
Christmas Day as possible, and if on Wednesday or Thursday,
the 23rd and 24th instant as early in the day as possible.
New Year’s cards should be posted early on the 31st
It will be necessary to close the letter
boxes in Dukinfield earlier than usual on the 24th instant,
and the hour of closing will be announced by Mr LYDFORD,
postmaster, by a notice exhibited in the Post Office window,
or in some other conspicuous position for the information
of the public. Important business letters requiring prompt
delivery should be posted early in the day. The early
purchase of postage stamps for the prepayment of Christmas
correspondence will materially assist the department’s