30 July 1904
THE SAD DOWNFALL OF
A GLOSSOP GIRL
Alice Whalan Again in Trouble at Stalybridge
The magistrates sitting at the Stalybridge Police Court,
on Monday, had before them in the dock a good=looking
woman named Alice WHALAN. In years she is young, but as
an offender against the law she is old. This time she
was charged with having drunk and disorderly in Market-street
on the 24th instant, to which she quietly pleaded guilty.
Constable BOWDEN stated that at a quarter
to one o’clock on Sunday morning he found defendant
making use of very bad language. She was drunk, and she
threatened to break the windows of the White House Hotel
unless she was locked up. The officer accordingly placed
her in safety at the Town Hall.
The Mayor (Alderman WOOD): What have you
to say for yourself? Defendant: Nothing, sir. The Mayor
pointed out that the young woman was before the court
in December last, and Inspector BAMFORTH added that she
had been up at Glossop, Hyde, and Ashton since then.
The Mayor: She was bound over here, or six
months in default. Did she find the sureties? Inspector
BAMFORTH: Oh, no; she went down to gaol for six months,
and that expired a month ago. Alderman NORMAN: Didn’t
she promise to go into a Home? Inspector BAMFORTH: yes,
every arrangement was made for her, but she would not
go when the time came.
The Mayor: What can we do in this case,
Mr WHITEHEAD? The Magistrates Clerk: Either proceed against
her under the Licensing Act or under section 3 of the
Act of 1902. Last time she was prosecuted under the latter
in default of finding sureties. The Mayor: Imprisonment
does not seem to do her any good at all.
Inspector BAMFORTH: She has been bundled
out of Stalybridge several times since she came out of
gaol, but she returns at night when all is quiet. She
came here drunk on Saturday with a man. Alderman FENTON:
Nearly all these offences appear to have been committed
within three years. What was known before that? Inspector
BAMFORTH: Nothing; she was a very respectable girl before
Alderman NORMAN: She came from Glossop,
I believe? Inspector BAMFORTH: Yes; she has a mother,
brother, and sister there. Alderman FENTON: She seems
dangerous to society. The Mayor: Do her relations take
any notice of her when she is in trouble like this? Inspector
BAMFORTH: Not the slightest! There is a commitment order
against her at Glossop now, but they will not execute
it unless she goes back. The Mayor: I see; they are glad
to get rid of her out of Glossop. Inspector BAMFORTH:
The Mayor: All authorities cannot afford
to deal with people in this way. (T defendant): Yours
is a very bad case, and I think the best method of dealing
with you is for you to find sureties or in default six
months’ imprisonment. It will probably give you
time to think about it. You will be bound in the sum of
£20 and two sureties of £30 each, or six months
to gaol. The Clerk: Can you find sureties? Defendant:
No, sir. WHALAN was then removed.
DEATH UNDER CHLOROFORM
Painful circumstances surrounded the death of Mrs Jessie
Sarah WHITEHEAD, residing at Chadderton, but living until
lately with her mother, Mrs Emily WOOD, at Limehurst Post
Office. It appears that Mrs WHITEHEAD had been suffering
from a weak heart for some time, and for two months had
been under the care of Dr PEARCE, of Ashton. On Tuesday
morning Dr PEARCE and Dr HAMER visited the house to perform
an operation, and for this purpose administered chloroform.
Immediately afterward she collapsed and, despite every
attention, the unfortunate woman expired. The doctors
immediately informed the police of the occurrence.
Mr J.F. PRICE, district coroner, conducted
an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death
of Mrs WHITEHEAD, at the Wellington Inn, Oldham-road,
on Friday forenoon.
Emily WOOD, mother of the deceased, a widow
of Limehurst Post Office, Oldham-road, Limehurst, said
Mrs WHITEHEAD was her daughter and the wife of Elva WHITEHEAD,
of 18 Garforth-street, Chadderton, a spinner, and was
29 last birthday. She hadn’t enjoyed good health
for a long time, and came on Whit Friday last on a visit
to Waterloo, where she had stayed since, expecting to
be confined about the 11th of July.
She had been under the care of Dr PEARCE,
and had suffered from a weak heart. It was her wish about
a fortnight since to undergo the operation, but she was
not allowed. On Tuesday morning, about 11 o’clock,
the doctor visited the house with Dr HAMER and a nurse.
Witness left the room at deceased’s request, and
very shortly afterwards she heard her daughter was dead.
The chloroform was given by deceased’s own consent,
and she was satisfied Dr PEARCE had done his best.
Dr Charles PEARCE, of Ashton, said he had
been attending the deceased for two months for heart disease
and dropsy. She was in quite a helpless state, gradually
sinking, and the only way to save her was to conduct the
On Tuesday morning , at eleven o’clock,
he went to the house with Dr HAMER and a nurse. Dr HAMER
administered a very small quantity of chloroform, in fact,
she was not fully under the influence of the drug: it
was simply done to resist the pain. Dr HAMER shortly afterwards
drew his attention to Mrs WHITEHEAD’s state. All
available means were used to restore animation, but without
avail and she died about two minutes afterwards.
The chloroform was administered in the ordinary
way, and without it she could not have possibly gone through
an operation. The cause of death, in his opinion, was
syncope of the heart, due to heart failure, dropsy, and
general exhaustion accelerated by the influence of chloroform.
The Coroner remarked that the doctor did
right to report the matter immediately to the police.
His opinion was that it was always advisable to do so.
A verdict in accordance with the medical evidence was
A MELEE IN DELAMERE
ST. NORTH, ASHTON
Sequel in the Police Court
At the Ashton Borough Court on Monday, two rough-looking
figures, with sundry evidence of having indulged in some
melee, stood in the dock. They were James COOMBES and
James SIMPSON, who were charged with committing a breach
of the peace in Delamere-street North, on the 23rd of
An officer said that on the date in question
he was on duty in Delamere-street North, when he saw the
two men fighting on the floor. – A witness said
he was sitting at the corner when one of the two men kicked
him in the mouth.
Each prisoner submitted a different version
of the affair, one of them saying that as soon as they
passed along with a young woman the man drove at him.
He went to the commercial yard to wash his mouth, and
was there met by the men again. The officer surmised that
they went to the commercial yard to have the fight out.
– They were bound over to be of good behaviour for
STEALING A SILVER WATCH
At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday, Alfred
WOOD and David YATES, two boys, stood in the dock charged
with stealing a silver watch, the property of Samuel FAIRBROTHER.
They pleaded guilty.
Samuel FAIRBROTHER, of Hillgate-street,
Hurst, said the watch and chain produced were his property,
and were worth £4 15s. He last saw them safe about
twelve noon in his house, and missed them about an hour
Constable MARSHALL deposed to arresting
YATES on Sunday morning, the 24th of July. He said, “What
am I being taken for?” The officer answered, “On
suspicion for stealing a watch and chain. YATES answered,
“I know nothing about it.” After walking some
distance, he remarked, “I am very sorry I took it.
I put the chain down the tippler of our closet.”
He (the constable) received the watch from
a man named Jas. WHARMBY. He received WOOD into custody,
and charged the two boys together. WOOD said, “I
was against the market about a quarter to two this afternoon,
when YATES came up to me and said, ‘Do you want
to buy a watch?’ I said ‘No. I am out of work.”
As they were entering the cell YATES said, “He (meaning
WOOD) took the name off,” to which WOOD made no
The magistrates dealt leniently with the
lads, and bound them over to be of good behaviour for
CRUELTY AT ASHTON
Drink and the Use of the Knife
Charles ROBERTS was summoned by his wife at the Ashton
Borough Court, on Thursday, for persistent cruelty. –
Defendant pleaded not guilty.
Defendant’s wife said she had been
married eight years. Her husband came home drunk on July
4th, and said he was going to have another day on his
own. He picked up a kettle and caught her on the head.
She was afraid of living with him.
The husband said he had come home often
and found his wife drunk, and he had had to go to work
next day with wet clothes. Sic weeks ago he had to fetch
her out of a beerhouse, the fire was out and no tea ready.
– The wife said she went there with some friends
from Canada. The husband denied ever using a knife, and
said it was the opposite way about. It was his wife who
picked the knife up.
The Chairman (Councillor KELSALL) said it
was quite clear that both parties had roads to mend. The
fact was only too palpable that there was too much drinking
in the town. The Bench thought the pair might live amicably
together. – The wife: Never. I’d live on a
meal a day first. – The case was dismissed.
THE EXCITING CASE AT
Detectives’ Smart Arrest
A clever and important arrest was recently effected by
Detective Sergeant JAKESMAN and Detective ALLAN, of the
Manchester Police, and details of this were explained
at the City Sessions on Thursday.
It came to the knowledge of the detectives
that some property had been concealed in an unoccupied
house in Miles-street, Gorton, and the two officers concealed
themselves. About 10.30 in the morning two men named John
LATHAM and Joseph NEWSHAM came with a hand-cart, and –
thinking all was clear – commenced loading.
The officers, who were upstairs in the empty
house, endeavoured to get downstairs as quietly as they
could, but they were heard doing so and the men bolted.
One of them ran right through Gore Brook, and after an
exciting chase ALLAN brought his man down and secured
him, although the detective sprained his ankle during
Detective Sergeant JAKEMAN was also successful
in capturing the other man, and the prisoners were strapped
together and held by JAKEMAN whilst ALLAN started to load
the goods, which consisted of all kinds of valuable brass
fittings, some of them upwards of 100lbs. Weight, and
about half a ton altogether.
Inquiries were made, and it was discovered
that the premises of Messrs Pearce, engineers, of Thomas-street,
West Gorton, had been entered. The goods were then valued
at about £13. At Belle Vue-street police station
LATHAM said he was not guilty of breaking in but guilty
of entering the premises and NEWSHAM replied that he was
Before the Stipendiary committed the prisoners
to the sessions, Mr SINCLAIR, a managing director of the
firm, and Mr BESWICK, a foreman, gave evidence. Mr SINCLAIR
spoke to identifying the goods, which prisoner had no
right to take, and Mr BESWICK spoke to the premises being
secured on the evening before the alleged thefts. He added
that the prisoners must have climbed a gate nine or ten
feet high and forced back a very large bolt.
LATHAM, who had been previously convicted
for a similar offence, told the Deputy Recorder (Mr BYRNE)
it was poverty that made him do it. He was sent to prison
for six months. NEWSHAM, who was found guilty, was sentenced
to two month’ imprisonment.
THE LAST CAR
A Saturday Night Study
The time was 11.30 p.m. The scene was inside the last
tramcar at Hyde Town Hall, and it was raining. A man in
corduroy garments, battered bowler hat, and in that peculiar
period of intoxication when the mind dimly retains its
intelligence infused with the consciousness of inebriation,
sat in the corner and leered benignantly at his fellow
At the other end of the car sat a jaded
woman with a baby in her hands. The baby was gnawing with
ferocious energy at a sticky lump of treacle toffy, and
by degrees dyeing the weary woman’s countenance
the colour of its own mouth.
An old man with a flowing beard of patriarchal
length and snowy whiteness deposited a large sack on the
conductor’s platform. He sank down with a heavy
sigh of relief and wiped his brow with a red handkerchief
with white spots. He had walked far, along devious and
stony paths, and much of the way burdened by his heavy
He was a herb-gatherer, and had since the
early hours of morning plucked the dandelion and other
herbs from their native haunts until his old back had
bent under the load of the fruits of his labours, and
he had perforce to return to his home. He settled himself
in his corner of the tram car, and was wooing Morpheus
long before it commenced its journey.
Presently an odour not at all grateful floated
on the night breeze. It was the advance guard of a gentleman
in a far developed state of intoxication and he was soothing
his troubled mind with a pennyworth of what are known
as “chips.” He was odoriferous of beer, and
chips, and the delicate violet perfume which accompanied
a young lady who swept majestically inside was quite overpowered
by the more pungent but less agreeable odour.
The motorman rang his gong, the conductor
jerked his bell and the car started. Silence reigned for
some time during which the first drunken gentleman surveyed
the scented young lady appreciatively and the young lady
tossed her head and looked at the ceiling of the car as
if she had grown familiar by long experience with being
subject to the gaze of admiring males.
Then a horrible choking and coughing echoed
above the rumble of the car. Whilst the jaded woman overcome
by weariness had fallen asleep, the gentleman with the
chips, solicitous for the child’s welfare had been
feeding it with the potatoes with the result afore stated.
After the child had been revived by a vigorous
shaking and beating, the first drunken gentleman ventured
the remark that “chips was very ‘dilatory’
to children,” meaning, it is presumed, that they
were deleterious, at which the gentleman with the chips
scowled alarmingly, and consumed the remaining chips with
By the time the car had entered Ashton,
and the gentleman who had been feeding the child with
his potatoes having arrived at an amicable settlement
with its mother, by reason of the gentleman informing
the lady that he had once had a child nearly choked with
chips, and the other inebriated gentleman having received
an interesting recipe for making herb beer from the herb
gatherer, peace was restored, and as Ashton Town Hall
was reached the herb gatherer was given a helping hand
by his new acquaintance, whilst the other gentleman insisted
on carrying the weary woman’s baby home.
TAKEN ILL IN THE STREET
Effect Of the Heat
About 6.20 on Friday evening the attention pf Sergeant
HEIGHWAY was called to Mary Jane WALTON, wife of Owen
WALTON, 49 Ogden-street, Ashton, who was taken ill near
the fish market, and appeared to be in a fainting condition.
She was placed on a chair, and her clothing loosened about
the neck. In a short time she recovered sufficiently to
be driven home in a cab. She had been treated as an out-patient
at the Infirmary for weakness.
SUDDEN DEATH OF A HURST
Delicate from Birth
An inquest was held at the Church Inn, King-street, Hurst,
on Tuesday morning, by Mr J.F. PRICE, coroner for the
district, an the body of a boy named William TAYLOR, who
died very suddenly last Saturday. It appears that the
boy was 13 years old, and was the son of an overlooker
named James TAYLOR, of Swift-street, Hurst.
The father, in his evidence, said his son
had been in very delicate health from birth, and had been
attended by various doctors, and had also been for a short
time a patient in the District Infirmary. For the past
two years, however, he had been somewhat better, although
On Saturday morning at six o’clock
he went to his work as usual at Hurst Mills, but returned
at nine o’clock complaining of headache. His mother
gave him some castor oil and tincture of rhubarb, and
he retired to bed until about five o’clock, when
feeling a little better he rose, and had a little mutton
He lay down again on the sofa and read the
newspaper until half past nine, and went again to bed.
Shortly after 11.30 the father heard the boy breathing
heavily, and going to him found him in a dying condition.
He carried him downstairs, and sent a messenger to Dr
HILTON, who arrived about twelve o’clock, but the
boy had expired.
Dr Albert HILTON deposed to making a post-mortem
examination on Tuesday morning. He found the lungs enlarged,
the sac adherent, the heart dilated, and the mitral valve
thickened. The right side was full of blood, but the left
was practically empty. The bases of both lungs showed
signs of congestion, more especially the right, and there
were signs of old pleurisy.
The body was highly decomposed. He also
opened the skull, and there found signs of decomposition,
but none of haemorrhage. The membranes were much thickened,
and the liver congested. In his opinion death was due
to heart failure, consequent on mitral incompetence. The
jury returned a verdict in accordance with the doctor’s
A DEPRAVED COUPLE
Drunken Lambs at Ashton
At the Ashton Borough Police Court on Monday forenoon
a case arose for consideration in which a married woman
named Rachel LAMB was charged with using obscene language
in Pitt-street, and James Henry LAMB, her husband, was
charged with being drunk and disorderly at the same time
and place. The man had another charge against him. He
was charged with using bad language in Pitt-street. They
”They’re anything but lamb-like,”
observed the Clerk as he proceeded to receive the evidence.
– Constable WILSON said that about half-past seven
on the night in question the two were shouting and bawling,
and using very bad language. He put the woman into the
house, but she went upstairs and put her head through
the window and commenced shouting again, and was going
to throw an umbrella at him. Another officer deposed to
seeing the man four hours later in the same street using
bad language. He had to take him to get quietness in the
The Chief Constable: Sarah LAMB –
also has given the name of Rachel this morning –
has been up 17 times before, whilst James Henry LAMB has
been 18 times before. – The Chairman: It is getting
a great nuisance the bad language indulged in the streets
of Ashton, corrupting the morals of the children and setting
such bad examples.
You have sent the children down the same
path you have gone. You, Rachel LAMB, will be fined 10s.
and costs, or 14 days, for each offence – a month
BULL BEATS TIGER
A fight in a bull ring between a bull and a tiger caused
immense excitement at San Sebastian on Sunday. The animals
were let loose in a large cage in the centre of the ring.
Neither animal showed fight until the bull
charged the tiger twice. The tiger declined to fight.
Squibs, crackers and spikes were actually used on both
the bull and tiger to goad them into fighting, but without
result. The tiger was shot by the attendants.
Colonel (inspecting the hospital): “What’s
wrong with this man?” Surgeon: “Phthisis.”
”What in the world’s that?” “Consumption.”
“Why can’t you say so without any of your
confounded medical terms?
”By the way, surgeon, I’m not
feeling very fit myself this morning. Can you tell me
what’s the matter?” Surgeon (after a brief
“What?” “Well you want
it in plain language, don’t you?”