24 October 1903
A WATERLOO PUBLICAN’S
CLAIM AGAINST A DAISY NOOK FARMER
At the Ashton County Court on Thursday, before his Honour
Judge Reginald BROWN, K.C., William H ANDREW, licensee
of the Dog and Partridge Inn, Waterloo, claimed £12
from James CHADDERTON, farmer, Daisy Nook. Mr G HEATHCOTE,
solicitor, Dukinfield, appeared for the plaintiff, and
defendant appeared for himself. Mr HEATHCOTE said the
plaintiff was ill and could not appear, but his wife was
present to speak as to the facts.
The Defendant: My lawyer is not here, so
I want the case adjourning. — His Honour: How much
do you admit? Nothing. — Do you want to be defended?
Yes, by Mr POWNALL. — It had to be adjourned at
the last court because you were not very well? I was in
the court-room. — It was stated that you were outside?
I was both outside and inside, waiting all day. —
(Laughter.) — I saw a solicitor, and he told me
to get it adjourned.
Mr HEATHCOTE said he did not object to an
adjournment, but it was rather hard lines on the witnesses.
— His Honour: You’ve caused the witnesses
to appear twice already? Yes, I shall get them to come
50 times if I can. — (Laughter.) — Mr HEATHCOTE:
The defendant is going about using threats. He has used
a threat towards a lady in court. It is simply putting
off the agony if we adjourn. — Defendant: I have
never used threats.
His Honour: Will you deposit £1 in
court in consideration of the adjournment? I can fetch
one in a few minutes. — Mr HEATHCOTE said the defendant
had been going about flashing his money, and had £100
in his pockets. — Defendant became somewhat exited,
and began calling the witnesses foul names. He was warned
to desist, and a constable was stationed by his side.
His Honour agreed to an adjournment of 15 minutes, and
CHADDERTON left the court to fetch the amount from the
bank. He returned saying the bank was closed.
Mrs ANDREW, wife of the plaintiff, said
the defendant had been in the habit of attending the Dog
and Partridge for some months. At the beginning of March
this year he owed £12 for drink, and a bill was
given to him. He had paid £6. Witness had lent him
two sovereigns, and he had had the difference in refreshments
The slate produced was kept specially for
CHADDERTON. He had been in the habit of coming in and
out of the house five or six times a day. She lent him
7s 6d to get his watch out of pawn, and 6s to pay to a
man who had killed a cow for him. She also lent him £1
to settle a matter in which an allegation of assault had
Defendant objected to the slate system of
recording the amounts, and said it was not good enough
for him. — His Honour said that providing the defendant
paid £2 into court within 48 hours he would give
him an opportunity of appearing with his solicitor at
the next court. Failing the deposit he gave judgment for
plaintiff for £9 15s.
WATERLOO AND BARDSLEY
No Light on Vehicle. — At the Ashton
County Police Court, on Wednesday, J N COLLINGE was summoned
for having no name on his vehicle at Waterloo on the 13th
September. — He pleaded not guilty, and said he
had his name on the beam of the lurry. — An officer
deposed to seeing the lurry going along Oldham-road, and
the lurry had no name on, or it was not legible. —
He was fined 5s for costs.
A Familiar Face. —
A familiar face appeared at the Ashton County Police Court
on Wednesday, when Alfred DARKE was charged with committing
a breach of the peace at Waterloo on the 3rd of October.
He pleaded not guilty. — An officer stated that
at 10.15 on the night of October 3rd defendant was making
use of bad language in front of his house. Witness sent
him in, and said he would be reported. He was a very quiet
man when sober. — Defendant expressed the opinion
that it was a pity they could not leave a man alone, and
seemed quite inured to the process of being bound over
through which he passed.
EXCITING INCIDENT AT
ASHTON PARK PARADE STATION
Councillor Reyner and Mr Joseph Hurst Avert and Accident
At the Park Parade Station, Ashton, on Tuesday afternoon,
and exciting incident occurred. Whilst Councillor F REYNER
and MR Joseph HURST (one of the Liberal candidates for
the Portland Place Ward at the November elections), were
waiting the arrival of the train to Manchester, much alarm
was created by seeing two women crossing over the line
just as a train from Stalybridge was emerging from the
bridge adjoining the station.
The engine had got up to within 40 or 50
yards of them when the passengers called out to them to
go back. They paid no heed to this, and came with all
speed to the platform. One of the women reached the side
all right, but the second one by some means caught her
dress and fell back. Councillor REYNER and Mr HURST realised
the danger in which the woman was placed, and running
to her assistance they seized her by the shoulder and
dragged her to the platform.
She only just escaped from the engine by
a yard or two, and the passengers on the platform did
not fail to appreciate the gallant part which Councillor
REYNER and Mr HURST had played in what might have ended
Surely this will act as a warning to those
who are accustomed to using the line instead of the subway.
The officials of the station are constantly giving warning
of the danger which passengers place themselves in, and
it is indeed lamentable that after all this repeated caution,
there are to be found people who are prepared to act in
such a foolish manner by putting their lives in peril.
The former step-up on the south side had been removed,
and it was almost a criminal act on the part of some unwise
AN OLD CUSTOMER
The officials of the court are sometimes afforded a slight
relaxation from the ordinary hum-drum routine they are
accustomed to by complainants and defendants, who by their
eccentricities have provoked even the magistrates to occasional
laughter. One of these, who often visits the court to
obtain what he thinks justice, is Alfred KINGDOM, and
on Wednesday, when he stepped into the box with a determined
air, a pathetically resigned look stole over the magistrates’
faces. It was his usual story.
The Clerk, to whom KINGDOM must be a veritable
nightmare, lent a patient ear to his plaint about how
he wanted justice, and would have it, and explained the
case to the magistrates as far as he was able, for the
applicant persisted in interrupting him, and declaring
that he was telling lies. The case was to the effect that
his boy a while since was assaulted and kicked by a man.
KINGDOM accordingly brought him up in court, and obtained
damages, which were paid into court until the boy should
come of age.
As this does not satisfy KINGDOM he persists
in coming almost every week and making a complaint, and
working himself up to such a pitch of excitement that
the magistrates invariably leave the court before he has
finished. His excitement was now directed against the
clerk, and he with the terrible threat “that he
would go over to Dukinfield, and tell the people there
what he knew about him.”
BURNING FATALITY AT
Reading in Bed with a Lighted Candle
The sad circumstances of the death of Isabella DORRINGTON,
aged 50 years, single woman, residing at 20 Howard-street,
Hooley Hill, were reported to the Ashton police on Saturday.
According to the statement of Elizabeth DARDIS, widow
of Robert DARDIS, furrier, with whom she lodged, the deceased
woman returned home about nine o’clock on Monday
night, September 28th, in her usual good health, but apparently
the worse for drink.
She afterwards went for a pint of beer,
which she drank, and retired to bed about 11 o’clock,
taking a lighted candle with her. Mrs DARDIS went to the
bottom of the stairs, and saw smoke issuing from the bedroom
occupied by the deceased. She ran upstairs, and found
her lying on the bedroom floor face downwards, her bodice
She called in a neighbour named Mrs PRITT,
and a policeman, who applied linseed oil and limewater
to the burns, which were very severe about the chest,
hand, and mouth. Dr HOWE was sent for, and prescribed
medical treatment, and the following day ordered her removal
to the Workhouse Hospital, which was done. She there told
a nurse that her clothing caught fire from a candle whilst
reading in bed. Death took place at 2.30 pm on Saturday.
The inquest was held at the Union Workhouse
by Mr Ernest BIRCH, deputy district coroner.
Elizabeth DARDIS was called. She had known
deceased, who lodged with her, since she was 12 years
of age. She was a furrier’s puller, and was aged
about 50, and had always had moderate health. She was
in the habit of taking a drink. Witness remembered her
coming home on the 28th of September, about half past
nine at night, when she was under the influence of drink.
After a while she went out and returned
with some beer. She shared it with witness and another
woman, and went to bed about 11 o’clock, taking
the remainder of the beer and a lighted candle. About
a quarter of an hour after deceased had gone up witness
followed, and when half-way up she saw smoke issuing from
the room. She then opened the door and found that the
room was in darkness and full of smoke. She opened the
window and called for a light.
Deceased was lying face downwards on the
floor. A portion of her clothing which she had pulled
off was on fire. She had not been in bed. She had been
in the habit of reading in bed. When questioned deceased
said she did not know how it had happened. Witness then
called in Mrs PRITT, who went for the police, who administered
linseed oil on the chest, face and hands, where she had
been injured. She sent for Dr HOWE, who ordered her to
Elizabeth PRITT, of 23 King-street, Hooley
Hill, a furrier, said that she had known deceased for
about 20 years. She got the worse for drink occasionally.
At nine o’clock that night witness saw her. She
was drunk. Witness only stayed a few minutes and next
saw about a quarter past eleven, when she was called to
her. On going upstairs she found deceased on the floor.
She was burned on the back and neck. They carried her
Margaret KERSHAW, a nurse at the Union Workhouse,
said deceased was admitted to that institution on the
29th of September suffering from severe burns about the
chest, neck, and hand. She stated that she had been reading
in bed with the candle. Witness dressed the wounds, which
were seen by Dr HUGHES the following morning about half-past
nine, after she had been attended to, and appeared much
better, but a little after her face began to swell. She
continued better until about a week since when she changed
for the worse and gradually sank and died on Saturday.
The verdict was to the effect that deceased
came to her death by accident.
At the end of the inquest one of the jurors
broached the question as to why patients should be brought
to the Workhouse Hospital instead of to the Infirmary,
and why there was not a resident doctor at the Workhouse?
The Coroner presumed that it depended on the nature of
the injuries sustained. The last witness (Mrs KERSHAW)
said that if it was thought necessary a doctor was immediately
telephones for. The Coroner: I should have thought, in
a large institution like this, there would be a resident
At Knutsford Quarter Sessions, on Tuesday, before Sir
Horatio LLOYD, K.C., and Justices, Harry EVANS, licensee
of the Talbot Inn beerhouse, Dukinfield, appealed against
a conviction for permitting drunkenness on his licensed
premises. Mr Colt WILLIAMS, instructed by Mr J A GARFORTH,
solicitor, appeared for the appellant, and Mr Trevor LLOYD,
instructed by Mr J G WESTBROOK, clerk to the justices,
for the respondent magistrates.
The case for the respondents was that on
the evening of August 15th an inspector and a sergeant
of police went into the taproom of the appellant’s
house, and found a drunken man, named BRUCE, drinking
from a pint pot. According to the evidence of the police
the licensee said to his wife, who was serving in the
taproom, “You should not have served him. I cannot
attend to the music and this room as well.”
Counsel pointed out that under the new Licensing
Act a further onus was thrown upon the licensee, who was
not obliged to prove that he took all possible steps to
prevent drunkenness on his licensed premises. BRUCE was
ordered out, and the landlord remarked, “It’s
a long time since he was served,” and as the man
staggered and tumbled from the room he said, “He
has not been served here.”
The inspector drew the landlord’s
attention to the man’s condition, and he said, “Yes,
he has had enough.” A pint pot, which was found
on the counter near where the man had been sitting, was
claimed by another man in the room, but the police were
confident that this was the drunken man’s pot. The
man BRUCE was afterwards convicted of drunkenness
The appellant’s case was that the
police had committed a mistake and that BRUCE was not
under the influence of drink. The landlord denied the
statement alleged to have been made by himself to the
police, and a number of witnesses were called to prove
that the man BRUCE was sober. The court upheld the conviction.
Breach of the Peace. — Before the
Ashton county justices on Wednesday, Bridget YOUNG pleaded
guilty to a charge of committing a breach of the peace
at Hurst on the 1st of October. — She was bound
over to keep the peace for three months.
Tossing. — At the
Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday, four youths
named William HAMPSON, Albert MELLOR, William BROOMHEAD,
and John MATLEY were charged with gaming at Hurst on the
2nd of October. — HAMPSON did not appear, but sent
someone in his stead. — They were fined 5s for costs
Pigeons Smothered. —
Superintendent HEWITT, of the Ashton County Police Division,
has lost eighteen pigeons as a result of a fire which
occurred in the hayloft over his stable. The birds were
kept in a cote adjacent to the loft, and when the outbreak
was discovered the premises were full of smoke. Upon an
entrance being effected to the cote the birds were found
BREACHES OF THE FOOD
AND DRUGS ACT
Prosecutions at Ashton
At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday, Samuel
THACKER, a farmer, of Greenhurst, was charged with selling
to the prejudice of Superintendent HEWITT, on the 25th
August, a pint of milk not of the quality and substance
demanded. He pleaded guilty. Mr W H WILSON, solicitor
to the Lancashire County Council, appeared to prosecute.
Mr WILSON, in stating the facts, said that
defendant was a farmer at Greenhurst Farm, Hurst. On the
25th August Superintendent HEWITT purchased a pint of
milk from him. He then intimated that he had brought it
for the purpose of analysis. He then divided it into three
parts, gave the farmer one, kept one part, and sent the
other to the county analyst, who certified that it contained
one in 25,000 parts of formaldehyde, a powerful antiseptic,
the use of which was unusual, unnecessary, and harmful.
Dr SERGEANT, the medical officer of health for Lancashire
was present, and would be called. The antiseptic was so
strong that though one part in 25,000 might appear trivial
there had been prosecutions for one in 100,000.
Dr Edward SERGEANT was called. He bore out
Mr WILSON’s statements, and said that the chemical
rendered milk difficult of digestion, and to children
especially harmful. The object of using it was to preserve
the milk. He thought the present case was one of the worst
they had ever had.
Defendant stated that he got the chemical
from Rochdale under the impression that it was concentrated
lime. He did not know he was doing anything wrong. Mr
WILSON pointed out that defendant had his remedy, as he
could recover any costs from the person he purchased it
from by civil action. He was fined 20s and costs, including
advocate’s and analyst’s fee.
HINTS TO LOVERS
Do not, immediately you fall in love with a girl, begin
to pester her with attentions; girls want careful treatment,
and are not, as a rule, fond of abrupt, imperious lovers.
Do not allow yourself to become too familiar before you
know her sufficiently well; be respectful and deferential,
and always scrupulously polite.
Do not come into her presence when your
appearance is untidy; it shows disrespect. Do not, should
you meet her at the dance, be offended if she refuses
to give you all the dances you may ask; remember she may
wish to dance them with you just as much as you do with
her, but dares not, for fear of remarks being made about
Do not haunt her footsteps like a shadow,
until she tires at the sight of you; but when you do see
her, make her interested in you and your conversation.
Do not bore her with everlasting talk of yourself and
your doings, but question her about herself, her thoughts
Do not, when meeting her out with her mother,
forget to pay proper attention to the latter as well as
the former; mothers like courteous young men. Do not,
if you see your love is not wished for, persist in offering
it again and again. Withdraw like a gentleman; but should
you see any chance of her changing her mind, proffer your
suit at once.