9 July 1904
SERIOUS CHARGE AT BARDSLEY
A youth, named Peter DEANE, residing at Ashton-road, Oldham,
presented an abject appearance in the dock at the Ashton
County Police Court on Saturday before Mr J. BEARDOE-GRUNDY,
charged with an assault on a girl named Edith NEIGHBOUR,
aged seven years, daughter of Thomas NEIGHBOUR, living
at Dean Shutt, Bardsley.
When his name was called, the defendant
paid no heed, his face being covered by a handkerchief,
and when aroused by a constable, and told to stand up,
he displayed his utter helplessness by leaning forward
over the side of the dock. He made no reply to the charge.
— Superintendent HEWITT said the defendant was given
into custody on Friday. The girl went to a school at Parkbridge,
and on returning home on Thursday afternoon she made a
complaint to her mother.
The mother, Edith Annie NEIGHBOUR, deposed
to her child complaining. She was walking along the road
with her on Friday, when she cried out "that's the
man: don't let him touch me." — The case was
remanded to Wednesday, the defendant being allowed bail,
himself in £10, and two sureties of £5 each.
DEANE again stood up in the dock at Wednesday's
Court. The offence had been reduced to one of aggravated
assault. Superintendent HEWITT detailed the facts of the
case, and the following evidence was then given:
Edith Annie NEIGHBOUR, mother of the child,
corroborated the superintendent, and said that the day
after the had complained, they kept a watch on the footpath
leading from Dean-street to the station. They saw DEANE
coming, and the child recognised him. Witness told the
village policeman the same day. The offence would take
place about half-past four.
Cross-examined by Mr LEES: She was by herself,
but DEANE had another boy with him. When waiting on the
footpath many men had passed before DEANE arrived. Edith
NEIGHBOUR, the complainant, then gave evidence bearing
out the mother's statement. — Constable BARBER deposed
to having received prisoner in custody. Charged at the
police station, he made no answer. Charged by the mother,
he denied the offence.
DEANE was sworn, and gave evidence, and
said he worked at the Honeywell. On the date in question
the mill was stopped, and his father sent him to "cob"
some pigeons. He left home about 10 past 4, and cobbed
his pigeons about 5 to 5. On his way he obtained a stop
watch from some friends with which to time the flight
of the pigeons. The Parkbridge school would be out of
He met the men coming back, and obtained
the stop watch about half past four. At five minutes to
five he threw the pigeons up. He never met the girl on
the return journey. The next day he went again, and was
stopped. He denied any knowledge of the affair.
Cross-examined by Superintendent HEWITT:
He went by Atlas-road to Park-road, and to the top of
Dean Shutt because it was the nearest. — Superintendent
HEWITT: Do you mean to tell me that it is sooner by Dean
Shutt than by the footpath through Fairbottom? —
No answer. — Cross-examined further: he didn't go
that way the day before.
Peter DEANE, father of the boy, said he
left the house about 10 past four to toss them up at the
other end of Lees-road. Judging by the time the pigeons
arrived back, they had been tossed up at the right time.
— Joseph GREEN, one of the men who gave the boy
the stop watch, said that where they had met DEANE was
not in the way of the school.
The Chairman said the Bench thought the
offence had been proved, and DEANE would be fined 10s.
and costs, a lenient sentence.
HYDE COUNTY POLICE
A Reformatory School Application. —
Alfred PRITCHARD, a chimney sweeper, of 5, Walter’s
Court, Dukinfield, was summoned to show cause why he should
not contribute towards the maintenance of his son, Frank
PRITCHARD, aged 12 years, who had been committed to the
Manchester and Salford Reformatory School at Blackley.
Superintendent CROGHAN said defendant's
son was recently committed at Ashton-under-Lyne to the
Manchester and Salford Reformatory School for stealing.
He (the superintendent) had received a communication from
the Inspector of Reformatory Industrial Schools asking
him to see if PRITCHARD would make an effort to contribute
towards the maintenance of his boy.
He was seen, and absolutely refused to make
any offer whatever. He said, "You have took him away,
and you will have to keep him." Defendant had no
one dependent upon him for support but himself. It was
sheer nonsense for the defendant to think that the reformatories
would keep his son for nothing.
Detective-sergeant KENNY gave evidence to
the effect that he had known defendant five years. He
had no one but himself to support. His son and daughter
were both earning their own living. — Superintendent
CROGHAN made an application for an order for the defendant
to contribute 1s. per week. He said the authorities would
be satisfied with that amount.
Defendant said his son went out with the
brushes, but did not bring in what supported him, and
all he had to depend upon was a daughter and a son-in-law,
who gave him a bit of food and shelter. — The Chairman
said defendant had no right whatever to have his boy put
on the rates and be paid for by the public. He would have
to pay 1s. per week, and the costs of the case. If the
Reformatory School authorities had asked for more, he
was quite sure the Bench would have granted it.
Tramcar and Trip Lurry in Collision — Children's
About half-past seven on Saturday evening a startling
accident occurred in Hyde-lane, and created a considerable
sensation in the town. A large party of children from
the Dukinfield Working Men's Mission were conveyed on
lurries from Dukinfield to Werneth
Low, to spend a half-day on this pleasant and bracing
hill which overlooks the town of Hyde.
They were returning home by way of Stockport-road,
and when near Zion Chapel one of the lurries came into
collision with tramcar No. 22, driven by a man named Alfred
GOSLING. The lurry turned over and all the children were
thrown into the street. A man named Saml. HIBBERT, of
Kinder-street, Stalybridge, who was with the children,
sustained injury to his leg, and was attended by Dr ALLCOCK.
Two or three of the children — whose
names are not known — were slightly hurt, but these
were able to proceed to their homes, and the rest of them
escaped without injury, although somewhat shaken. It was
very remarkable that some of them were not seriously injured
Honour to a Dukinfield Lady
The first "degree-day" since the re-construction
of the above university
was held last Saturday, and was naturally regarded as
an occasion of special importance. The spacious Whitworth
Hall, which provides an appropriate setting for these
ceremonies, was filled with interested spectators, and
undergraduates — their ranks swollen by the presence
of delegates to the Inter—University Congress —
found scarcely sufficient accommodation in the galleries
at the end of the hall. But the crowding together of the
students did not lessen their high spirits.
While Dr Kendrick PYNE, at the organ, was
filling the hall with music that pleasantly relieved the
tedium of waiting, the undergraduates were comparatively
subdued. But when the procession entered, the organ ceased,
they recognised their opportunity, and thenceforward cheered,
and sang, and joked in the old style.
In the procession were more than two hundred
members of the university, who were about to receive degrees,
among them being a considerable number of women graduates,
many of them, like the recipients of degrees, wearing
cap and gown, with hood of more or less brilliant hue.
On the previous Tuesday, at the invitation
of the women students of the Bayer laboratories, a large
number of the friends of Miss Edith M. PRATT, M.Sc., eldest
daughter of Alderman
H. PRATT, J.P., Park House, Mayor of Dukinfield, gathered
in the women's common room of Owens College, to congratulate
Miss PRATT upon having attained the degree of Doctor of
Science in the Manchester University.
Congratulatory speeches were made by Miss
SYKES(?) M.Sc. (an old colleague of Miss PRATT's), Professor
HICKSON, and Professor WELSH (Professors of Biology and
Botany in the Manchester University. Afterwards the scarlet
and yellow robes appertaining to the Doctors degree were
presented to Miss PRATT on behalf of the past and present
science women students by Miss LLOYD JONES. The remaining
portion of the evening was taken up with musical selections
by the students and members of the staff.
As stated above, the degree ceremony took
place on Saturday afternoon. It was an imposing function.
The Lord Mayor of Manchester, in his robes of scarlet
and ermine, together with the Mayor of Salford, in is
gown of black and gold, preceded the Vice Chancellor,
a stately figure in the picturesque robes of his office.
Maces were carried before the Lord Mayor and the Vice
Chancellor, and both the municipal representatives wore
their massive gold chains.
As Earl Spencer, the Chancellor of the University,
was not sufficiently well to be present, the degrees were
conferred by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Alfred HOPKINSON,
L.L.D., K.C. Miss PRATT was presented for her degree by
Professor HICKSON, her professor at the Victoria University.
In the evening the women graduates were
invited to supper at the Midland
Hotel, at which Miss PRATT was warmly congratulated
and toasted. In response she made a short speech, comparing
the present attitude of the public with regard to the
higher education of women with that of twenty years ago,
and paid grateful tribute to the pioneering work done
by their predecessors in the women's department of the
defunct Owens College, now represented by the University
TRAP ACCIDENT AT ASHTON
The rather slippery setts at the corner of Wellington-road
and Oldham-road have been responsible for a number of
trap accidents. About 8 o'clock on Thursday evening a
trap conveying Dr CORNS and Councillor E. BARLOW, who
had been to a bowling match at Oldham, was turning from
Oldham-road into Wellington-road, when the horse appeared
to slip, but quickly recovered itself. The sudden jerk,
however, threw the occupants of the trap out, fortunately
without sustaining injury.
ASHTON, WATERLOO, AND
HURST CRIPPLES AT THE "SHRINE" OF RAE
Remarkable Cures — Interesting Interviews
It has often been remarked that the number of people with
deformed limbs, and cripples generally in Ashton and the
out-districts, is out of all proportion to the population.
Much of the deformity and lameness is the result of ignorance
on the part of the parents themselves before a child has
learned to walk.
At a time when the bones are mere gristle
and not properly hardened, infants are made to support
themselves on their feet, with the result that they become
bow-legged, knock kneed, or, worse still, rickets, or
injury to the joints leading to dislocation, disease,
&c., may ensue. As the twig is bent, so the tree inclines
is a very good motto, which applies particularly to young
Although many, if not all, such cases are
curable, as appears from the remarkable doings of Mr W.
RAE, the Blantyre
bonesetter, now at Bolton, still prevention is better
than cure. To those so affected it will be good news to
hear of the almost miraculous cures of cases similarly
circumstanced to themselves, and when their authenticity
is established by the experiences of residents of the
locality, greater credence may be attached thereto.
On Friday last about half-a-dozen local
cases journeyed to Bolton, where Mr RAE is at present
treating patients. Three of the cases were from Hurst,
one from Waterloo, and two from Ashton. The three Hurst
cases journeyed together, and as they, along with the
two Ashton cases, were unsuccessful in the ballot which
took place, and consequently could not receive treatment
during the Bolton visit unless Mr RAE varies his programme,
it is undesirable to publish all the names.
The ballot referred to had to be resorted
to on account of the thousands of applications for treatment.
A ticket with a number was supplied to each applicant,
300 of whom were afterwards selected by ballot. One of
the Hurst cases was a boy residing at Hurst Cross, suffering
from hip disease, and wearing an iron "patten"
on one of his shoes.
Another was a girl in Princess-street with
one of her feet paralysed, and the third a girl whose
name there is no necessity to withhold on account of the
fact that she underwent one operation at RAE's hands last
Whitsuntide, and derived considerable benefit. She is
the 18 year old daughter of Mr Thos. Wild LEES, residing
in King-street, Hurst. The Waterloo case was a boy named
TRAVIS, who was operated upon.
The Ashton cases included the six year old
boy of a well-known tradesman, who two years ago fell
from a step and injured his hip. It was diagnosed as hip
disease, though the father is of the opinion that the
joint was in some way dislocated. The hip had become rigid,
and the leg grown thin, apparently through the blood circulation
having been interfered with in some way. It is the intention
of the father to take him to Blantyre.
The two other cases — one the niece
of a tradesman, and the other the sixteen year old daughter
of a machinist — are both deformations. An Ashton
man named FARRAR is stated to have undergone treatment
on Wednesday, but we cannot trace his identity.
A Hurst Case
In the case of Miss LEES, daughter of Mr T. W. LEES, of
Hurst, who first received treatment last Whitsuntide,
it may be stated that although unsuccessful in her second
application last Friday she has since received a notification
of selection amongst a further list of 100 cases which
Mr RAE proposes to take if possible at Bolton. She has
been a cripple from birth, and requires crutches to go
It has often been remarked that if the Scotch
miner cured her he would be a marvel. Her spine, shoulder,
legs, and feet are the parts affected, the tendons being
so taut as to draw the legs and feet out of shape so that
she cannot walk with the soles of the feet on the ground.
When she went to Blantyre her back and right shoulder
were drawn, and she could not sit straight, but now she
is able to sit up with ease.
Only the latter have yet to be operated
upon, the legs and feet being reserved for the second
visit. She is so delighted with the result that she is
eager to undergo the second operation, and was greatly
disappointed when she had to return home without accomplishing
"I felt as if I could jump and skip
off," she said in answer to an inquiry as to her
feelings after the operation at Blantyre. "he told
me," she said, "that he had cured scores of
worse cases than mine, and that he would cure me. He said
I was a big girl, and I should grow taller after the operation."
— Did you experience any pain? Hardly any to speak
of; only a twitch or two as the bones of the spine and
shoulder were pressed into their proper position. I could
easily tell when they were right by the slight crack and
the cosy sensation which followed.
How did he operate? I had to lie down on
a couch, and he pressed his forefinger and thumb along
the spine until he came to the point which he said was
the seat of the disease. That was in the small of the
back. He said the muscles were deranged. The spine at
that time pressed inwards and was indiscernible to the
naked eye; now it comprises an ordinary appearance, and
my shoulder is in the right position.
Are you still keeping up any treatment?
Only that which he prescribed, quite simple, viz that
when I went to bed I should lie for some time to come
on my back on a board or hard surface to allow the bones
to grow into position. — Had you any faith in the
cure? Yes; the moment he put his fingers on my back I
fell under his influence. His fingers felt full of electricity
You think you are getting well then? Yes,
there had been a decided improvement. I am anxiously waiting
for the operation on the legs and feet, as I am looking
forward to a holiday in the Isle of Man in August, and
on my return if the result is what I anticipate, I hope
to commence some useful occupation and be of assistance
to my parents. At no time in my life have I been able
to take up any regular occupation. In conclusion she expressed
a hope that she would soon be able to banish her crutches
Benefit to a Taunton Boy
Hearing that a Taunton youngster had experienced benefit
by the miraculous touch of Mr RAE's hand, a "Reporter"
representative called on Mrs TRAVIS, grandmother of a
young boy named Benjamin TRAVIS, who for years has suffered
from curvature of the spine and diseased hip, and gleaned
several interesting facts and irrefutable testimonies
to the healing power of the Scotch bonesetter.
For five years, it appeared, the little
fellow had been a cripple through, so Mr RAE told his
grandmother, who took him to Bolton, a fall when young.
Their hopes of obtaining a successful ballot paper were
meagre when they journeyed to Bolton on the Friday. Arrived
there, however, the usual mode of procedure was passed
through, and shortly after they were overjoyed to hear
that they had obtained a paper.
Of course the two returned to Ashton with
light hearts, and once more on Saturday essayed the journey,
and by the magic influence of their ticket, numbered 811,
gained admittance to the presence of the wonderful doctor.
After the wearisome but inevitable wait, the tenth case,
which happened to be the TRAVIS's, was called.
Immediately on seeing the child, Mr RAE
took him tenderly on his knee, and the while questioning
him in his broad Scotch accent proceeded with the operation.
"Why, manny," he said, whilst his skilful fingers
kneaded and pulled the bones into position, "ye never
tell't me your name," and thus diverting the youngster's
thought. Mr RAE at last gave a strenuous pull, and with
a click the operation was finished. "What's the matter
with the manny?" he said at the commencement. "Hip
disease, we think," answered Mrs TRAVIS. "Na,
na," said Mr RAE, shaking his head doubtfully: "I
dinna spey — I dinna spey."
Naturally the youngster was not able to
walk home immediately, but felt great benefit the moment
he left the hotel. He cannot walk without crutches for
a long stretch, but practices at periods increasing in
length daily. Mr RAE told his grandmother he should like
to see him again, and accordingly in September the two
will journey to Scotland. The benefit, however, is very
apparent. The foot was three inches from the floor, but
since treatment nearly touches.
A NEW LIFE GUARD FOR
Trials at Audenshaw — An Ingenious Contrivance
A new tramway car lifeguard has just appeared, which at
a trial last Thursday was shown to have many advantages.
The trial took place on the length of line on the Oldham,
Ashton, and Hyde tramways which runs from the depot to
the Packhorse Hotel at Denton.
A dummy, more or less resembling a human
being, was laid across the track, and number 45 car —
a heavy double decker — fitted with the Nuttall
and Pearson contrivance, was set running at full speed
towards it. The car met the obstacle, the cradle descended,
swept it up, and stopped the car without the least apparent
injury, and without the driver touching a single lever.
Four trials were made, and each exceeded
the patentees' highest expectations. In the last trial
the driver was presumed to have seen the obstacle, and
by an action of one foot on a small lever the car was
pulled up in a minimum of time.
The patentees of the contrivance claim that
it encompasses three distinct objects with one mechanism,
viz, the moment the object touches the gate in front of
the car, the cradle falls, at the same time applying the
brakes to the wheels, and cutting off the current from
the motors, bringing the car to a standstill. Moreover,
if the driver sees the obstacle a short distance ahead,
he can stop the car as described above, bringing all three
actions into play instantly.
In addition the patentees claim that the
cradle cannot ride the obstacle — the fault of most
of the contrivances of this character. The reason is that
the cradle is usually placed at an angle of at least 45
degrees before it loosens itself; but in the present one,
it flies loose instantly. The driver can also apply his
ordinary brakes distinct from the lifeguard.
THE DISTRESS AT HURST
A Poverty Stricken Home
Mary and Annie ASPINALL were charged at the Ashton County
Police Court, on Wednesday, with stealing coal from the
Broadoak Colliery, Hurst. — William ROYLANCE, of
Hazlehurst, watchman at the colliery, said on Monday morning,
the coal produced was shown to him by Constable MARSHALL.
Defendants had no right to take it. It was worth 3d.
Constable MARSHALL deposed to seeing the
defendants leaving Nook Pit premises each carrying about
25lbs. weight of coal. They made a statement that they
were allowed to pick coal, and witness took them to Mr
WHITWORTH, manager, who repudiated it. One was a widow
with four children, and the other a single woman. In the
house of the married woman there were evidences of poverty,
there being no fire in the grate and no coal.
Supt. HEWITT said he was instructed by Mr
H. HALL, agent for the Stamford Estate, to say that they
did not wish any severe measures taken. It was not possible
any recurrence would take place, because the pit was now
closed and the coal removed, therefore they wished the
magistrates to extend clemency.
The defendant Mary ASPINALL said she had
only 4s. 6d. a week coming in, and could not buy coal
and pay rent, nor get sufficient food. — The Chairman
Lees BROADBENT) said the Bench were very sorry for
the defendants in their straitened circumstances, but
there were places they could apply to for relief. The
bench had extreme sympathy with them in their distress,
and the case would be dismissed.