18 June 1904
A FRACAS IN ST MICHAEL’S
”A Horrible Spectacle”
At the Ashton Borough Court, on Monday, Thomas LAMB and
Robert BENT were charged with committing a breach of the
peace in St Michael’s square on the 6th of June.
BENT only appeared, and pleaded not guilty.
Mr Abraham PARK appeared, and gave evidence
as to seeing a crowd of women in the square at the corner
of Scotland-street. On going closer he saw BENT and another
man fighting. A fact which struck him forcibly was that
the man BENT was taller than the other man, and knocked
him down and commenced to savagely kick his face. There
was quite a pool of blood around the pair. BENT wore a
pair of sharp-pointed clogs. The whole affair was a horrible
spectacle, and the women were distressed beyond belief.
Defendant said that he was the man who was
underneath and being kicked, but Mr PARK expressed his
consideration that it was otherwise. — Constable
MORTON deposed to arresting the two men. — Defendant
was bound over to be of good behaviour for three months.
a Former Ashton Man
An open verdict was returned on Thursday at the inquest
on the body of Harold Wilfred HORNBY aged 33 (or 35),
a London violinist, who disappeared mysteriously ten days
ago. He had been engaged at the Lyric Theatre during the
run of the “Duchess of Duncase.” His body
was recovered from the Thams on Tuesday.
Mrs (unreadable) HORNBY, the widow, said
her husband suffered from nervous hysteria, and two years
ago lost his memory through that cause. The witness identified
the gold watch and souvenir engraved “Rosaline,”
found on the deceased’s body. At the conclusion
of her evidence, Nrs HORNBY was (unreadable) with a fit
of hysteria, and was conveyed out of court in a fainting
It is said that Mrs HORNBY, long before
she had more normal ground for for anxiety, was warned
in a dream that her husband would disappear. Mr Samuel
HORNBY, deceased’s brother, used to keep the Ryecroft
Inn, whilst the family, prior to their removal to London,
kept a confectionery establishment on Stockport-road.
Sir — Would you kindly allow me to draw the attention
of your readers to the balance sheet of this fund, which
appears in your advertisement columns, as this is one
of the funds which the public some time ago so generously
subscribed to? They will be glad to know that no expense
whatever has been incurred, but that all monies have gone
direct to relief.
Our Chairman (Mr MAXWELL) has kindly allowed
us the use of his office for meetings, and the auditor
has done his work gratuitously. We have still seven children
on our books, and the assistance afforded has been greatly
Yours truly, W. Augustus PAREY, Curate of Hurst, Ashton-under-Lyne
ASHTON AS A WEAVING
Sir,— Being interested in weaving, I noted the remarks
made by Councillor BARLOW in the town council, “That
it had been said that weaving was leaving Ashton; it had
been a good weaving district at one time; he failed to
see why it should not be so again; weaving should be developed
in the district.”
Our friends have helped the spinning, why
not the weaving? I should say work on the same lines as
other districts who make it pay and have taken the Ashton
trade from us. For example, I see in one district £10
shares are selling for £50, and two new concerns
in course of erection. What are we doing in Ashton? If
a stir is not made soon, weaving will be a thing of the
THE TRAMWAY DEADLOCK
Sir,— Can nothing be done in the present stupid
deadlock with regard to the tram service between Ashton
and Stalybridge? Twice to-day have I been unfortunate
enough to be turned out of the “ha’penny”
trams at the park gates in the pouring rain and compelled
to tramp to my destination, with the chagrin of seeing
the Stalybridge tramlines outside my house in full working
order and no trams running.
Stalybridge people are compelled to go to
Ashton for business purposes, and whilst recognising the
clever move of the Ashton committee in inconveniencing
the public in the hope of bringing the joint committee
to their knees, I must emphatically protest against the
stupid policy of “grab” which is being shown
in this unreasonable dispute. If the two bodies cannot
agree, why on earth cannot they go to arbitration?
We all know that railway passengers exist
for the convenience of the railway officials and railway
shareholders, but it is a pity to find the notion creeping
into tramway management also, and that such a splendid
service of trams should be disorganised and so much money
wasted (Ashton cannot work its ha’penny trams at
a profit) on account of the fads of our “men of
light and leading” on the Town Councils is disgusting
Let some of these clever gentlemen wait
until next November, and they will hear a few things.
Yours, &c, THOMPSON CROSS, 13th June, 1904
MAKING A FALSE ATTESTATION
Interesting Case at Ashton
On Wednesday, at Ashton County Police Court, Clarence
BARKER was charged with making a false attestation. He
pleaded guilty. -- Superintendent HEWITT explained that
on joining the Militia at Ashton, BARKER was, in compliance
with regulations, asked, "Have you ever served in
the army, marines, or Royal Navy? If so, state which."
To those questions he had answered in the negative, knowing
that he had served in the Royal Engineers stationed at
Chatham. The maximum sentance for such an offence was
three months. -- He was committed for 14 days.
CLAIM FROM AN AUDENSHAW
At the Ashton County Court, on Thursday last, before His
Honour Judge BROWN, K.C., Henry HULME, farmer, claimed
from George HINES, of Audenshaw, the sum of £38,
being the price of two horses and a cart, and defendant
made a counter claim for £5 2. 6d. for commission
and for keep of horses. Plaintiff was represented by Mr
BYGOTT, solicitor, and Mr H. BOSTOCK, solicitor, Hyde,
appeared for defendant.
Henry HULME, plaintiff, said defendant was
his brother-in-law, having married his sister. Defendant
in the year 1903 had from him two horses, valued at £22,
and a cart, £16. It was arranged that defendant
should sell the horses and cart for the best price possible,
and pay the money so received over to witness. Although
defendant had sold the horses and cart, he had never paid
over the money to witness, although he had applied to
him for it, and when witness's solicitor wrote defendant
demanding payment, he never took any notice of the letter.
Cross-examined by Mr BOSTOCK, defendant
stated he had been on friendly terms with both defendant
and his wife. He denied that the horses and cart belonged
to his mother, who died in April, 1903. He also denied
that defendant's wife had paid to him £26, which
was 5s. more than what defendant had sold the horses and
On behalf of the defendant, Mr BOSTOCK called
Mrs HINES, defendant's wife and plaintiff's sister. She
remembered the horses and cart being sent to her husband
for him to dispose of the same. The horses and cart sold
for £25 15s., and witness had paid over to plaintiff
£26, and defendant still had a cart which was taken
in part exchange for the cart belonging to the plaintiff.
She paid over to plaintiff a sum of £12 in gold,
and later she paid him another £6, after which she
sent £8 through the post. She did not get any receipts
for the money.
Cross-examined by Mr BYGOTT, she said the
reason they paid 5s. more than they had received was that
they had the cart in hand which they had taken in exchange.
The letter containing the £8 she posted herself.
Defendant was not present when she paid the moneys to
her brother. She received the moneys from the defendant,
after which she paid them over to her brother. -- George
HINES, the defendant, corroborated.
His Honour, in giving judgment, said he
believed the evidence of Mrs HINES, who was a much better
business person than the plaintiff, and who had admitted
that he was on friendly terms with defendant and his wife.
He couldn't believe that Mrs HINES would state that she
had paid the moneys over to her brother unless such was
the case. The plaintiff's case, therefore, failed, and
there must be judgment for the defendant HINES.
With regard to the counter-claim, defendant
would be entitled to some commission for selling the articles,
but as he still had the cart taken in exchange, he would
not allow the counter-claim.
THE DEATH OF AN ASHTON
An inquest was held in the court room, Ashton Town Hall,
on Monday forenoon, by Mr J. F. PRICE, district coroner,
on the body of Mr John HALL, chemist, Market Avenue, whose
death took place suddenly on Friday of last week.
Margaret HALL, wife of the deceased, said
he was 47 years of age, and had rather indifferent health
for the last four or five years, being troubled with heart
weakness and rheumatism. For the last two years he had
been troubled with epileptic fits, and had been attended
by Dr MANN. He had three very severe fits, the last being
about three months ago.
He had been medically attended for about
six months. He complained of feeling unwell on Saturday
week, and that his knee was bad. On the Sunday he went
out for a walk before dinner, and went to church at night.
On the Monday, he complained again, and said he thought
he was going to have a stroke. He went in and out of the
shop, but did not do much.
On the Thursday he did not get up until
about 3 o’clock in the afternoon, as he was not
well, and he came downstairs to take some health salts.
He looked very bad in the face, and lay down on the couch.
He said he would go and have a shave, but did not do so,
as he said he felt too poorly. He never tasted food on
the Thursday, but drank freely of health salts.
Witness went to bed, leaving him on the
couch, and never heard him come to bed. She awoke about
6.35 on Friday morning, and missed him from bed. His trousers
were on the bedrail, and he had apparently been in bed.
She came to the conclusion where he had gone, and she
got up and dressed and went downstairs.
The backdoor was open, and when she went
to close it she saw him lying on his face, his brow on
a flag, and his arms underneath him. She ran out to him,
and knelt down beside him, and called him, but he did
not speak, and his face was quite cold. She sent for Dr
MANN, who came, and said he had died as the result of
an epileptic fit.
He had been very very cheerful during the
past fortnight. Formerly he had been of intemperate habits,
but during the last two years he had been better, and
she had nothing to complain about. They were happy together,
and there was no reason to suspect he had done anything
George McEWEN, 48, Old-street, umbrella
maker, said he had known the deceased about 20 years.
He last saw him alive on the Monday prior to his death,
and was talking to him, and he made no complaint. Witness
was called to the house by Mrs HALL on Friday morning
lying on his face in the yard. Witness sent for Dr MANN,
and they carried him upstairs. His hands were clenched,
and face discoloured. He was a cheerful man, and there
appeared to be no unhappiness at home.
Thomas Andrew HALL, brother of the deceased,
said he wanted to know the nature of the bruises. There
was one on the forehead which did not appear to be the
result of falling. He wished to know why Mrs HALL left
him downstairs, to which Mrs HALL replied that she went
to bed expecting him to follow shortly. Sometimes he went
to bed first and sometimes she, and they did not wait
to take each other upstairs.
Mr HALL: What I want to know is why the
children were not brought as witnesses? — Several
jury men remarked that the question was irrelevant, and
the coroner told him to sit down.
Mr D PICKERING voiced the sympathy of the
jury with Mrs HALL in her bereavement, and another juryman
rose and said the deceased had been a gentleman, agreeable
The jury returned a verdict of death from
HEAVY LOSSES OF PIGEONS
Of 35,000 homing pigeons released on Saturday, 10,000
failed to regain their cotes before dark. This was due
to the mist and
and south-east wind.
The 17,000 Lancashire pigeons thrown into
the air at Bournemouth and Weymouth had a severe struggle
for home. The fastest covered the journey of over 230
miles in a little over seven hours.
About 8,000 Yorkshire birds were released
at Winchester, and the losses were heavy. Most of those
birds which did reach home were flying for more than ten
Heavy losses have been sustained by London
fanciers. Sixteen thousand of their birds, after being
detained by bad weather at Aldernay for eight days, were
released on Friday, with the result that only 100 reached
their cotes the same day.