Huddersfield Chronicle (01/Feb/1868) - page 7

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District Intelligence


Distribution to the Poor

Distribution to the Poor. — During the week the Rev. Canon Hulbert and others have been engaged in visiting the poor inhabitants of Almondbury and distributing sums of money to them, to relieve their present distressed condition, About £10 was left over from the amount set apart by the Trustees of Nettleton's charity for distribution at Christmas, and this sum was handed over to Canon Hulbert, co be dis sensed as he thought fit.

The New Road to Almondbury

The New Road to Almondbury. — The tenders for the formation of the new road to examined, and Mi. Abraham Graham' tet eet Brigg, and other members of the Local charity main y waited upon the Trustees of Nettleton's toa Niner a view of obtaining from them a grant the formats' ing the expenses which will be incurred in en on of the new road, and after consideration 'ey agreed to give £200 towards that object.


Breach of Contract by a Hired Servant

Breach of Contract by a Hired Servant. — Thomas Craves, a youth, was charged at the Huddersfield Police We on Saturday, that he having contracted to serve of f am ES, Hall, farmer, Cumberworth, in the capacity out awe Ourer for one year, did absent himself withbreach cause or excuse ; and Mr. Hall claimed 10s, for hivel contract. The complainant said the lad was a at the Wakefield statutes on the 12th November aft ene year, and entered into his service about a week : wards. He had absented him nearly half the time, and new threatened to leave altogether. "The defendant eed to give a month's notice; but he refused to ees it. The agreement was made in writing, and the endant was hired by the complainant's daughter, — efendant : Before I had been hired a week I wanted ening to eat, and he gave me dry bread and milk, — ir. Hall explained the lad's diet, which, he said, consisted of boiled milk and bread to breakfast (and he helped himself), pint of beer, bread and cold meat, or whatever there happened to be, for forenoon drinking ; he dined with the family, who never sat. down without pudding, meat, and vegetables; in the afternoon the fare was similar to that at the forenoon drinking ; and he had bread and milk to supper. (Laughter. ) — The daughter who conducted the hiring at the statutes, said she paid the defendant 5s. for " God's penny." — The defendant, when asked what he had to say, repeated that he had not sufficient food ; but his reckoning of the number of meals allowed him, and the kind of food set before him, excited much derisive laughter. The father of the boy said his son had complained of having dry bread; and when he came home, after having been at the place a week. was fit to fall. — Mr. Laycock: He looks thin, Mr Hall. — Mr. Hall: What I tell you as to his diet is perfectly true. The boy was ordered to return and complete the contract, the Bench remarking that, according to his own showing, he was not very badly kept.


The New Connexion Chapel

The New Connexion Chapel. The annual sermons, in aid of the trust fund of the Marsh New Connexion Chapel, were preached in that place of worship on Sunday. The afternoon sermon was delivered by the Rev. M. Miller, and that in the evening by Edward Brooke, Esq.

Collections were made after each service in aid of the above fund.

Working Men's Institute

Working Men's Institute, — Last evening Mr. Henry Williamson gave his lecture, entitled the " Wonderful Book," under the auspices of the above institute. The lecturer described various scenes and incidents connected with the translation of the Bible into the English language, and the struggles and sufferings of Wickliffe, Tyndal, and other noble pioneers of the truth. The word of God proved itself the 't Wonderful Book," by its extraordinary history and powerful influence. Mr. Williamson illustrated his lecture by several striking diagrams in colors. At intervals picces of music were well performed by the choir. A vote of thanks was heartily accorded to the lecturer.

The Local Board Meeting

The Local Board Meeting. — The fortnightly meeting of the Marsh Local Board was held at the Church School, Paddock, on Wednesday evening. Mr. James Crosland vecupied the chair, The other members present were Messrs. C. Ramsden, E. Stotz, G. H. Hanson, J. Whitworth, D. Calverley, R. Worth, W. H. Dyson, T. Smith, and W. Hanley, the clerk. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. Mr. Tunnicliffe, the schoolmaster, applied for an addition to his allowance for preparing the room for the meetings of the Boird. After a short conversation it was resolved to allow the sum of Is. for preparing the room for each meeting. — Mr. Stott called the attention of the Board to the disgraceful state of the causeway from the place where the toll bar stood at Edgerton to the boundary of the Huddersfield Commissioners. Part of this causway is flagged, and the other portion is left ina very dirty state. On the motion of Mr. Stott, a sufficient quantity of flags for the completion of the work was ordered, and the Board agreed to meet on the spot this (Saturday) afternoon to view the place and order how the work was to be done. The statement of accounts were laid before the Board, and showed that £8 18s, 1d. hud been received on the general district rate account, and £20 10s. on highway account. The expenses amounted to £24 2s. 10d. The statement was adopted. — Mr. T. Webb, of the Nag's Head Inn, Paddock, was allowed 2s. Gd. per year, as an acknowledgment, for the use, by the Board, of a shed belonging to him, for storing working tools of the men employed to repair the roads. — The question of additional lamps being erected in the district was introduced by the chairman, but inasmuch as several members were absent who had viewed the district, the subject was postponed till the next meeting. — The subject of draining part of Luck Lane was then discussed. At present a drain runs under the causeway from the new lodge gates of Mr. Joseph Crosland to the bottom of the lane, but, owing to its imperfect construction, the causeway is continually out of repair. After discussing the question as to whether the drain should be reconstructed, and made a walled drain, or one of pot pipes substituted, it was resolved that a square drain, flagged at the bottom, be made, and the work carried out under the dirction of the sub committee. — This concluded the business.


The Gas Directors

The Gas Directors. — The directors of the Meltham Gasworks partook of their annual supper at the house of Mr. Joseph Knight, the Swan Inn, Meltham, on Thursday evening week, and a very pleasant evening was enjoyed.

Resignation of the National Schoolmaster

Resignation of the National Schoolmaster. — Mr. T. Lawford, who has held the important position of schoolmaster of the Meltham National school for a period of 24 years, has found it incumbent upon him to resign the post he has so long and so efficiently held.

Robbery from a Butcher's Shop

Robbery from a Butcher's Shop. — Thomas James, who said he was a slaughter House labourer, and came from Shropshire, was charged, at the Huddersfield Police Court, on Saturday, with stealing a leg of mutton, a neck of mutton, and a sheep's heart, value 8s., the property of Alfred Bray, butcher, Meltham. Mr. Dransfield prosecuted. On Thursday afternoon about half-past five o'clock the prosecutor left his shop, and went to his house, a short distance away. In a short time afterwards a youth named Charles Varley saw the prisoner in the shop by himself, and in the dark, and gave information which induced the prosecutor to examine his shop, from which he missed the above pieces of meat. The prisoner went to the house of Nancy Taylor, a married woman, and asked if he could be accommodated with lodgings. She told him he could not, and he asked her if he might fry abit of meat. Permission was given, and when the prosecutor went to the house the prisoner was eating a portion of the meat. Mrs. Taylor saw the neck of mutton and the sheep's heart, and the prosecutor identified the leg of mutton as the one stolen from his shop. The prisoner, who was handed over to P.C. Rogers, told the magistrates he was very drunk, and did not know what he was doing. — Committed for trial at the sessions.

Unseemly Conduct in Meltham Church

Unseemly Conduct in Meltham Church.- — On Sunday afternoon the congregation attending the Parish Church at Meltham were scandalised by the unseemly conduct of afemale. It appears that originally several seats of a pew in the east gallery of the church belonged to the late Mr. Samuel Siddall, a farmer, of Meltham. At his death the seats in question became the property of the deceased's brother, John Siddall. With John Siddall resided from childhood one Joseph Lockwood, to whom, prior to his death, John Siddall sold the whole of his real and personal estate. Since the death of John Siddall, Mr. Lockwood and his wife have continued to occupy the pew in the church, but not without molestatien. A Mr. John Siddall Bannister claims an hereditary right in this pew, as heir to his late uncle John Siddall, and the present occupants of the seat have frequently been annoyed by the interference of this party. Some menths since Mrs. Lockwoed, when occupying the pew, was interfered with by Mrs. Bannister, the result of which was, that the former lady was summoned before the Huddersfield magistrates by the latter person. After hearing the whole facts of the ease, the Bench dismissed the summons. On several occasions the churchwardens have endeavoured to reconcile the disputants by informing them that each of them might occupy the pew if they would do it quietly. This advice not being taken, the churchwardens have threatened to summons both parties if any further disturbance tock place. On Sunday afternoon last, Mrs. Lockwood and her sister took quiet possession of the pew, but they had not been long seated when Mrs. Bannister, her sister, and several children went to the coveted pew, and finding Mrs. Lockwood there before her, Mrs. Bannister unceremoniously odered Mrs. Lockweoed and her sister to leave the pew. Acting on the instructions of the churchwardens, Mrs. Lockwood remained silent, but retained her seat. This seems to have raised the ire of Mrs. Bannister, for she seized Mrs. Lockwood by the dress and attempted to oust her by force, Two or three ineffectual attempts having been made, Mrs. Bannister left the church in high dudgeon, leaving her sister and children and Mrs. Lockwood in quiet possession of the pew.


Penny Readings

Penny Readings. — On Saturday evening, the fifth o a os} pnlinee tok place in the Working Men's Club Room. Mr William Hepworth occupying the chair. The readings were by Messrs. E, Gee, Cc. Mellor, A, Lottom, and L, Townend. A glee _party, consisting of Messrs. S, Gee, N. Gelder, C. Aspinal, B. Brook, and D. Moore, contributed greatly to the evening's entertainment. There was a good attendance.


The Proposed Life Boat

The Proposed Life-boat. — On Saturday afternoon a meeting of the ladies of the townships of Slait ees ihe Lingards, was held in the Slaith waite Free Schoo 2, t u 7 'ming a committee to assist in carrying ou purpose of forming a committee to assis hold an the proposition of the Earl of Dartmouth, to on exbilition at Wolverhampton in August, to Pree the life-boat to be placed on some dangerous part of the coast. The Rev. J. FP. Moran was appointed chairman. Resolutions were afterwards adopted appointing the above rev. gentleman as the permanent chairman of the committee. the Rev. G.S. Terry as vice-chairman, and Mr. J. Varley as secretary. Other resolutions were adopted «pproving <f the action teken by the gentlemens' committee, held on the 14th ult.

The Liberal Association

The Liberal Association. — On Tuesday evening a general meeting of the Sleithwaite and Linthwaite Liberal Associxtions, was held in the :eading-room of the Slauthwaite Assuciation for the purpose of making arrangements for the forthcoming banquet to Lord Milton, M.P. for the southern division of the West Riding. The meeting Was well attended and enthusiastic. The dinner he place in the Lewisham Hotel, and the meeting ree roar of a newly-erected mill. en Thursday next.





Phrenology. — During the evenings of Monc day, and Wednesday, lectures as the sagas Tacs: phrenology," were delivered in the Co-operative Hall, b Professor Graben to large audiences, wey

Alarm of Fire

Alarm of Fire. — The inhabitants of Brighouse alarmed on Saturday, by the fire buzzer being loudly sounded. The engine of the Royal Insurance Company was immediately got out, and proceeded towards Clifton but had not gone far before it was turned back again, there being no necessity for its services. The alarm was given in consequence of a quantity of straw in the cottage of Joseph Longley, a small farmer at Clifton, ecoming ignited ; but the fire was extinguished by the neighbours before much damage was done.

Narrow Escape from Injury

Narrow Escape from Injury. — William Barrett, a youth employed at the co-operative stores, had a narrow escape from severe injuries yesterday week. A small steam engine is erected on the premises for the purpose of hoisting heavy goods, grinding coffee, ke. On the above day the lad was attempting to force round the fly wheel after the steam had been turned on, for the purpose of starting the engine, when his arm was caught in the wheel and he narrowly escaped being drawn in and thrown over the shaft. He sustained a slight injury to the arm.

Wesleyan Missions

Wesleyan Missions. — The annual services in aid of the Brighouse Wesleyan Missionary Society commenced on Sunday. In the morning and evening, sermons were preached in St. Paul's Wesleyan Chapel, by Mr. Hornby, of Woodhouse Grove ; after which collections were made for the mission fund. On Monday evening the annual meeting was held in the same chapel, and was largely attended. The chair was occupied by Mr. Eagland Bray, of Halifax. The mission cause was ably advocated by the Revs. G. Dickenson, of Leeds: G.° H. Smith, of Halifax ; R. Harley, of Brighouse ; and the ministers of the circuit. A collection was made at the close, which, with subscriptions, amounted to £29 14s, 23d.

Mechanics' Entertainment

Mechanics' Entertainment.The weekly entertainment in aid of the Brighouse Mechanics' Institution took place in the Co-operative Hall, on Saturday night, but was not so nunerously attended as those previously. The chair was occupied by Mr. W. B. Fletcher. Readings and recitations were given by Messrs. Richard Sugden, W. Sutcliffe, D. Crossley, — Riley, of Halifax; and the Chairman. Mr. Taylor, of Elland, had been engaged as a comic vocalist, during whose performance an unlookedfor occurrence took place. The performer, being encored in one of his songs, substituted one of an objectionable character ; the Chairman stopped Mr. Taylor from proceeding with the song, and would not allow him to appear again that night. -

The Savings' Bank

The Savings' Bank. — The annual meeting of Brighouse District General and Penny Savings' Bank me held at the Mechanics' Institute on Wednesday evening John Brooke, Esq., of Rhydings, occupied the chair. Mr. B. H. Thorp, the actuary, read the report and balancesheet for the past year, both of which were satisfactory. The receipts up to the 20th of November, 1867 (when the financial year closed), had been £1,276 3s. Yid., and the payments £1.439 3s. 6d. The excess of drawings out being laid to the account of slackness of trade. The sum in the hands of the treasurer amounts to £4,615 5s. Thenumber of depositors on the books is 2,011, but the actual depositors are considerably below that figure. The increase in the depositors during the year is 132. The total receipts since the opening of the bank (about ten years since) amounts to the large sum of £14,393 16s. 3d, The amount paid in averages about £24 per week.


Embezzling Woollen Materials

Embezzling Woollen Materials. — Joseph Ainley, weaver, Golcar, was charged at the Huddersfield Police Court, on Saturday, before Messrs. J. T. Armitage, and J. Beaumont, with having in his possession a quantity of materials used in the woollen manufacture, consisting of 201b. of fancy woollen weft, twenty-six machine bobbins, one wool sheet, &c., suspected to have been embezzled. The prisoner, who was brought up on remand, pleaded "not guilty." Mr. N. Learoyd, who prosecuted, said the defendant had been, for some time past, in the employment of Messrs. Schofield & Sons, Commercial Mills, Firth street, Huddersfield, as an out-door weaver. Cir. cumstances recently came to the knowledge of the prosecutors, which led them to suspect that the defendant was dishonestly possessing himself of some of their goods. In consequence thereof, a communication was made, and Mr. Kaye, inspector under the Woollen Embezzlement Act, said, when he went to the house occupied by the defendant, found materials of different kinds, some of which there could be very little doubt were the property of Messrs. Schofield. — Mr. Kaye said he went to the house on the 20th inst., and in various rooms discovered quantities of yarn, cops, a wool sheet, partly woven materials, and a bundle of bobbin pins in the roof. — Hannah Cocking made the wool sheet, and James Berry saw the defendant take it from the mill. Berry afterwards saw the defendant put_his hand into a skip, and abstract one or two cops ; and thereupon communicated what he had seen to his employers, The cop produced corresponded with the one produced taken from the bulk. The defendant, who alleged that the partly woven materials were purchased from « hawker, and the pins were bought at Marsden, was fined £20. — Mr. Laycock (to defendant): Have you any goods and chattels? Defendant: No. I havea wife and four children at home, and nothing to eat. — Bench: In default, one month's imprisonment.


Breach of the Peace

Breach of the Peace. — Joseph Gledhill, factory hand, Hillhouse, was charged at the Police Court, on Tuesday, with committing a breach of the peace and assaulting Hiram Drake. Mr. Superintendent Heaton said it would be proved that Drake was standing quietly near the footpath at the bottom of Hillhouse, and the defendant, who was partially stripped, went to Drake, and said " Now we will have it out." It appeared they had been fighting the day before, and when he saw him, Drake attacked him, and he (Mr. Heaton) thought it his duty to summon Gledhill for a breach of the peace, and call as a witness, Drake, who was merely defending himself. The witnesses called to prove the case were Police Constable Whitehead, Police Sergeant Birkhill, and Drake, after which the defendant, in his statement, said Drake and his mother met him at dinner time; and the latter said to him '"art thou ready for a bit more," and Hiram Drake took a running kick at him, Two witnesses were called who stated that Hiram Drake was the assailant; but the Bench inflicted a fine of 1s. and costs (total 13s.).

Miss Midgley's Concert

Miss Midgley's Concert. — On Thursday evening Miss Midgley gave a grand concert in the Congregational School, Hillhouse, which passed off with ec/at. There was a large and highly respectable audience, every part of the spacious room being filled. The principal artistes were Miss Helena Walker, Miss Crosland, Mr. Joel Mellor, and Mr. Varley, with Mr. H. Hartley, jun., as accompanyist. The programme showed a choice selection, and the performance was everything that could be wished, the greater portion of the pieces being re-demanded. The trios " Memory" and " Queen of the night" were admirably rendered, as was also the closing quartett of "Sleep gentle lady." Miss Walker was enthusiastically encored in her songs of "The lark now leaves" and " The Willow Glen." For the latterjshe substituted the pleasing one of "Shy Robin." Miss Crosland was similarly complimented in '" The beating of my own heart," for which she substituted "My own love." Miss Midgley, who performed fantasias on the pianoforte on airs from "Oberon" and '"Non Piu Mesta," received applause, both pieces being re-demanded. The concert, being well sustained throughout, was one of the best ever given at Hillhouse.

Hillhouse Congregational Church

Hillhouse Congregational Church. — The third anniversary of this place of worship was held on Sunday, when the Rev. Henry Quick, of Sheffield, preached two excellent sermons to large and attentive congregations. On Monday night a tea meeting was held in the new schools, of which about 150 persons partook. After tea a public meeting was held, which was numerously attended. T. B. Willans, Esq., of Rochdale, occupied the chair. After singing and prayer, Mr. W. M. Jackson read an abstract of the accounts for the past year showing a deficiency of about £50, which he attributed to the bad state of trade and to several extra items of expenditure that would not occur again for some time to come. Mr. Jackson concluded a practical address by urging those present to take sittings and give their support in the measure that God had prospered them. The Rev. William Braden stated that he had now been fourteen months at Hillhouse, that he had had a varied experience, and that to much anxiety and work had been added much joy and encouragement, The rev. gentleman then gave an interesting sketch of the various societies connected with the church. The Dorcas Society so ably managed by the ladies, was doing a good work by making useful garments for the poor during the inclemency of the winter. The Tract Society had tokens of encouragement ; everywhere the tracts being willingly received and eagerly read. Towards the London Missionary Society the congregation had contributed more than in former years. The Sunday school, however, showed the greatest prosperity. Since the opening of the new schools there had been an increase in the attendance of 120 scholars, who seemed anxious to be taught from Sabbath to Sabbath ; and a night schol for the senior boys had been recently established. The fortnightly entertainments were largely attended, and these sought to combine amusement with profit to the audiences. Great good had been effected by means of a Bible woman, supported by John Rawson, Esq., who, in her visitations from house to house had been made a blessing to many. Netheroyd Hill preaching station was supplied by members of the church every Sunday evening, and during the summer months out-door services had been held in Hillhouse after the evening service in the church. The evening congregation had largely increased and forty-two members had been added to the c ure i The Chairman, who was received with applause, ae te having heard the two previous speakers, he vad pa able to make a few remarks. He feelingly referre t connection of his family with Hillhouse, and ute iL those who remained would always be ready to ep E friends there. The necessity of establishing a chure had been made manifest by the results of the efforts that had been put forth. He temanted tinal they fal a coh j begin the year with, but hope Y . had ed and days of brightness and prosper Wy w Fen at hand. He concluded a very interesting speech by offering . euineas -ards liquidating the debt to give one hundred guineas towards liquids twee upon the schools, if it were cleared off in either, ane, or three years, and he hoped the liberality of the for the would compel the committee to wait upon ito Or an whole amount before this year closed. The ie having to leave at this period of the meeting, t Sy -y William Braden occupied the chair. Mr. George, x the Rev. BR. Skinner, and Mr. Hughes (of Liver pas ), ota addressed the meeting. Mr. James Willans Par ly vote of thanks to the ladies who had presided and _ y given the trays. Mr. B. Halstead seconded the ree On the motion of the Rev. R. Skinner, seconded ps G. G. Boothroyd, a vute of thanks was accorded to "s Willans, Esq., for presiding and for his generons ofits These resolutions brought the proceedings to a close. collections and the proceeds of the tea realised the han some sum of £45.


United Brothers Lodge, 690

United Brothers Lodge, 690. The annual tea party of the above lodge was held at the house of Mr. be jan He worth Ship Inn, Paddock, on Monday evenirg, when B atte ards of 70 embers' wives earis partonk 3 mt ife and fork tea, got up in Mrs. Hepworth s be s yle. A a i cloth was drawn, Mr. Thornton's band w "s in After and dancing commenced at eight o clock, atten, Mr. Levi Chadwics. Mr. Emmett Walker conducted by 21r Omit +na aveninio t variety of favourite songs, aml the everlng gave a great a ees — s inti w late Buur. wits suent Larnmenieussy "

and sweethearts partook of


Riding Without Reins

Riding Without Reins. — Jonathan Oddy, carter, in the employ of Messrs. Senior and Sons, brewers, Shepley, was charged at the Police Court, Hnddersfield, with driving a waggon at Dalton without reins on the 20th inst. Police Constable Keighley stated that, when on duty on the Wakefield road at Dalton, he met the defendant, who was In possession of one waggon drawn by two horses, riding without reins. — The defendant, who pleaded guilty, was fined 1s. and costs (total 11s.).


The Rifle Corps

The Rifle Corps. — the newly formed company of riflemen for this district appears to be progressing satisfactorily. The men who have joined being anxious to perfect themselves in drill, meet almost nightly at the offices of the Local Beard, in the warehouse of Mr. Beuj. Walker, where they are instructod by Sergeant Wood and Private Haigh, of the Huddersfield Corps. _ The company numbers nearly 100. On Tuesday evening a meeting of gentlemen favourable to the movement was held in the Local Board roum, for the purpose of commencing a subscription towards defraying the incidental expenses of the company. The question was taken up with spirit, and a handsome amount was contributed.


The Mechanics' Institute

The Mechanics' Institute. — At the monthly entertainment, on Saturday evening last, the president, Josiah Berry, Esq., occupied the chair. The following ladies and gentlemen, in connection with Grove Chapel, Dalton, contributed the music, readings, and recitations, viz., Misses Sykes, Messrs. Armitage, Booth, Shaw, Kilner, Wilson, Hutchinson, Alston, Hill, Umpleby, and Schofield.

Lecture on Switzerland

LECTURE ON SWITZERLAND. — A lecture was delivered to the members of the Lockwood Working Men's Club, in the Baptist school-room on Wednesday evening. There was a crowded audience, presided over by the Rev. J. Barker. The lecturer was Mr. A. Crowther. Subject — "A Journey Through Switzerland." The lecturer was highly applauded, and a cordial vote of thanks awarded to him at the close.

Tea Party and Ball

Tea Party and Ball. — A tea party and ball, arranged by Mr. and Mrs. Hanson, of the Swan Inn, for their friends took place in the Town Hall, on Monday night, when upwards of 50 persons partook of an excellent knife and fork tea. The Berrybrow brass band was in attendance, as was also a company of handbell ringers, who gave a concert of instrumental music. The evening's entertainment concluded with a ball, dancing being kept up till an early hour in the morning.

Bagatelle Match

Bagatelle Match. — A friendly match at _bagatelle between six-members of the Lockwood Working Men's Club, and an equal number of the members of a similar club at Paddock, was played at the rooms of the former club on Saturday. The game was 151 cannons up, but the Paddock men were by no means equal to the Lockwood team, as the latter gained their goal before the Paddock men had obtained 60 marks. There was a large attendance and much interest was excited in the match.

Workpeople's Supper

Workpeople's Supper. — Between 30 and 40 of the workpeople in the employ of Messrs. Bentley and Shaw partook of their annual supper — the result of New Year's gifts — at the house of Mr. Samuel Hanson, the Swan Inn, on Saturday night. The after proceedings were of a very pleasant character. — The previous night the workpeople employed by Messrs. Charles and William Kaye, waggun makers, Lockwood, partook of their annual supper at the same house. Mr. Charles Kaye presided, and a very harmonious evening was enjoyed. .

Part of a Building Blown Down

Part of a Building Blown Down. — Owing to the high wind which prevailed in this neighbourhood on Friday night, considerable damage was done to a building incourse of erection at Lockwood-crescent for Mr. F, Humpleby. The masons had proceeded satisfactorily with their work, and the building had reached to about the middle of tke chamber storey when they left it on the above evening. Between nine and eleven o'clock the outside wall of the house, about ten yards in length and five yards high was blown down and fell with a loud crash. Fortunately no one was passing at the time. The damage is estimated at about £20. .

The Working Men's Club

The Working Men's Club. — The half-yearly meeting of the members of the Lockwood Working Men's Club, was held in their reading-rooms, Salford, on Tuesday night week. There was a large attendance. Mr. Joseph Rothery occupied the chair. The report was read by Mr. Shaw, the secretary, and showed the funds of the club to be in a little better position than at the previous half-year, but there was still a deficiency of £10 17s, 9d. To clear off this incubus, a subscription was opened in the room, and £5 17s. speedily raised. One gentleman present offered to give £2, if the remaining deficiency was obtained within a short period of time. The report was adopted, and it was resolved, in order to make the club self supporting, that the subscriptions should be raised from 1½d. to 2d. per week. The club numbers 150 members on the books. The officers were then appointed for the ensuing year. Mr. James Crosland was chosen as president, Messrs. J. Rothery and W. Hirst, vice-presidents, ; Mr. Reuben Hirst was reappointed treasurer. Messrs. J. Hanson, and — Peace, were elected secretaries, and Messrs. R. Winterbottom, F. Pincheon, J. Osterfield, Joshua Shaw, G. Crabtree, and G. Brook, were chosen to supply the places of the six members of the committee who retire by rotation. The customary votes of thanks having been accorded, the meeting terminated,

Alleged Fraudulent Removal of Goods: A Sharp Landlord

Alleged Fraudulent Removal of Goods.-a Sharp Landlord. — On Saturday, at the Court House, Huddersfield, Elizabeth Thomas, wife of Geo. Thomas, tailor, was charged, that, she being a tenant of Mr. Joseph Dickenson, did fraudulently remove goods and chattels, value £5, to prevent a distraint of arrears of rent alleged to be due, and Asa Lee, broker, Chapel Hill, was charged with aiding and abetting in the commission of the said offence. Mr. J. I. Freeman, in stating the case, said Dickenson was the landlord of a house occupied by the defendant Thomas, and £5 was owing for rent. On the 16th inst., between nine and ten o'clock at night, the goods were sold to Lee, and Dickenson thereby prevented from obtaining his rent. Mr. Learoyd said it seemed to him that the charge could not be sustained. The removal took place on the 16th, but the rent was not due until the 20th. The complainant said the rent was to be paid quarterly, and was not due until the 20th inst. Mr. Freeman: If that be so, you can go no further. The rent should be due. Mr. Learoyd explained that the furniture was sold to pay the rent. The husband, having removed, instructed his wife to sell the furniture and pay the rent out of the proceeds. Mr. Freeman: To clear all imputations, let him pay the rent. Defendant asked what course he must adopt? Mr. Freeman said he must get to know where the defendant lived, and seize his goods. — Case dismissed.

Lockwood Mechanics' Institution

Lockwood Mechanics' Institution. — -The annual general meeting was held on Wednesday evening. Josiah Berry, Esq., occupied the chair, and, during his remarks, observed that he had been president twelve months, during which time he had endeavoured to make himself acquainted with the wants of the institution, and he hoped it would occupy a still more prominent position than it had hitherto done. If we intended keeping pace with other nations the people must be better educated, and it was pleasing to see that our leading statesmen had espoused the cause of primary education, by whichalone theladder of technical education could be climbed. A system of compulsory education was being forced upon the attention of parliament, and he hoped Mechanics' Institutes would in future be used for something more than merely elementary instruction. The secretary read the report, from which it appeared the classes were in active operation. The number of members was 296 males and 89 females. The total receipts during the year had been £237 5s. 4d., and the disbursements had been £236 9s. 03d. 4,036 deposits, amounting to £174 l5s. l1½d., had been made into the Penny Savings' Bank, while the sum of £69 7s. 11d. had been withdrawn, leaving a balance in hand of £105 &s. 04d. Repayment of the deposits was guaranteed by wealthy and respectable gentlemen of the neighbourhood. During the year 128 prizes had been awarded to the members, male and female, for punctuality, regularity, and good behaviour in the classes. A choral society had been formed, which promised to become a useful adjunct to the institution. Mr. Enoch Berry expressed his satisfaction with the report and moved that it be adopted and printed. Mr. Geo. Lawton seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. The following gentlemen were elected to serve on the committee during the ensuing year, viz: — Josiah Berry, Esq., president, Mr. Geo. Matthewman, treasurer, Rev. T. B. Bensted, M.A.. Bentley Shaw, Esq., J.P., Messrs. N. Berry, Thomas Haigh, N. Jagger, Joah Lodge, Enoch Berry, J. H. Abbey, F. W. Armitage, Jas. Kenworthy, Chas. Kaye, Henry Haigh, G. H. Swift, William Berry, Jonathan Pearson, James Hawkward, Joseph Wilson, and Thomas Kelley. The attendance of members was unusually large.

Unpleasant Termination of a Footing Party

Unpleasant Termination of a Footing Party. — At the Huddersfield police court, on Saturday, John Newton Broadbent, William Cartwright, and Dan Cartwright, factory hands, were again charged with assaulting Christopher Turner, mechanic. Mr. N. Learoyd appeared for the complainant, and Mr. Dransfield defended. The case had been adjourned for the production of a witness. Last Saturday night week the complainant went to the Victoria Tavern, Lockwood, between nine and ten o'clock, and was waiting there for a friend, who had ed to meet him there. Turner stepped out to the back door, and while standing there the men came up and asked what he was doing there, to which he simply replied that he had as much business there as themselves. One man pushed very roughly against the complainant, and shouted out "Let's lump him." To that the complainant answered, 'If they are all like you I should not mind that," meaning that the men being drunk would not do him much harm. The complainant was then knocked down and kicked time after time, until he was rendered insensible, and without any previous provocation. He was assisted home, and had been attended from that time by Mr. Chapman, a medical gentleman. For four days he remained quite unable even to put his feet down, and was yet very lame indeed. Other men were concerned in the assault, but the complainant only recognised the three defendants. After the complainant's statement, Mary Mellor and Henry Garside were called, the latter prevariacating in his statements. In defence, Mr. Dransfield said the defendants were in the employ of Messrs. Crowther, Lockwood. There had beena '" footing" supper at the house, and complainant quarrelled with aman named Sykes. When the men met at the back part of the house the complainant struck William Cartwright in the mouth in the first place. A struggle took place; and the complainant brought the punishment upon himself by his own improper conduct. Richard Garside, who had been at the supper, saw the complainant strike " at" the defendants, and the defendants kick "at" the complainant, but subsequently he admitted the defendants kicked the complainant about one minute, or between one and two minutes. — Best Sykes, who: went to the house, said the complainant gave hima push and said he would either "fight, wrestle, or measure" him. The complainant pulled out his "brass," and wanted to fight or wrestle him for £1. He (Sykes) replied, " Thou hast too much brass, and too much wit for me;" but afterwards they shook hands and parted peaceably, Just before he(witness) left they measured who was longest in the arm. The : complainant appeared to be "fresh," but witness did not see him drinking. — A question arose as to whether, in the early part of the ease, the Bench had not discharged Dan Cartwright, Mr. Dransfield asserting that they had, and the Bench ruling that they had not. After a deliberation 'the Magistrates said the evidence was not strong against Dan Cartwright, and he would be discharged. The other two defendants were fined 10s. each, the complainant was


allowed Js. in cach ease and ev penses, (total 27s. Gd. exch).


Holmbridge School

Holmbridge School. — On Saturday evening last, a Penny Reading was held in the above schoolroom, presided over by John Barber, Esq. The readers were Messrs. Hargreaves, H. Beardsell, R. Oldfield, C. W. Beardsell, E. Broadhead, A. Beardsell, and D. Broadhead. The church choir attended and gave a selection of glees in a very efficient manner. Mr. B. Beardsell also sung several songs during the evening. The room was crowded.

Working Man's Club Penny Readings

Working Man's Club Penny Readings. — Another selection of penny readings were given in the Town Hall, on Saturday evening, by members of the club. John Harpin, Esq., in the chair. The readings were, 't The Bachelors Soliloquy," and "The Old Maiden Lady," by Mr. John Haigh ; "Belshazzar and the Fire at Hamburg," and "A Melting Story," by Mr. H. Lomax; "John Gilpin," by Robert Meller, Esq. ; a " Neets Lodgings," by Mr. H. Hinchliff ; and a chapter from Pickwick Papers, by Mr. W. Crosland. The Rifle Corps Band attended and played a selection of music during the evening. Two members of the band sung a number of comic songs.

Upperthong Local Board

Upperthong Local Board. — The monthly meeting of the above Board, was held in the Upperbridge schoolroom, on Friday evening week. The members present were — Messrs. J. Hixon (chairman), J. Charlesworth, N. Thewlis, W. M'nish, J. Holmes, B. Butterworth, E. Trotter, T. Barber, S. Wimpenny, and J. Harpin, Esq. The amount paid by the collector to the treasurer during the month, was £24 17s. 21½d. Mr. W. Nunn, the newly appointed Inspector of Police, was appointed Inspector of Nuisances, in place of Mr. Ayrton. An additional lamp was ordered to be fixed at the corner of Messrs. Bower's dye works, at Burnlee. Plans were submitted by Messrs. Barrowclough, architect, for the erection of three cottages for Messrs. Holmes, at Prickleden, and for making a cesspool at Carr House, which were approved and signed. The plans for the erection of a shop for Mr. W. Gledhill, at the bottom of Victoria Street, were not passed. Mr. H. Wadsworth, and Mr. A. Turner, each presented pans for the erection of out Buildings, &c., respectively at Shaley Bottom and Park Riding, and they were approved.

Holmfirth Gas Light Company

Holmfirth Gas Light Company. — On Monday afternoon, the directors of the above company met together to audit the accounts and make other arrangements preparatory to the annual meeting. On Wednesday evening the annual meeting of the shareholders was held in the offices of the works — John Hixon, Esq., in the chair. The accounts were unanimously passed, and a dividend of 3 per cent. was declared. A call of £1 share was ordered to be made. Mr. Jonathan Mi ley and Mr. Thornas Ellis were elected directors, in place of two who had retired. The gas rental for the last quarter is £250 less than the corresponding quarter, owing to the mills not having run full time. This shows the trade of the district to be in a depressed state.

Concealment of Birth

Concealment of Birth. — An inquest was held on Wednesday last, at the Royal Oak Inn, Thongsbridge, before J. R. Ingram, Esq., and a respectable jury, J. E. Mellor, Esq., being foreman, on the body of a male child, which had been found in Hagg Wood on Sunday noon by Mr. John Haigh, home missionary. A post mortem examination had been made by E. Trotter, Ls surgeon, who said the child had been alive for at least twenty-four hours after birth, and that death had been caused by brutal injury to its body. From the appearance of the body, he thought the child had lain in the wood only from Saturday night or Sunday morning, for the clothes and skin were dry. The jury returned a verdict of '"Wilful murder against some person or persons unknown."

Holmfirth Church

Holmfirth Church. — Sermons were preached on Sunday in Holmfirth Church, and collections were made on behalf of the organ and choir fund. The Rev. R. E. Leach preached in the morning, and the Rev. J. R. agoe, incumbent of Meltham Mills in the evening. The collections amounted to £8 8s.

Death of Joe Perkins

Death of Mr. Joe Perkins. — We have again to record the death of another well-known musician, named Joe Perkins, of Cliffe, which took place on Monday last. He was interred on Thursday at the Holmfirth Church burial ground, and was followed to the grave by a great number of his musical friends, and the Rifle Corps Band, which played the "Dead March" on the route. He was a man who had his eccentricities, but he was generally respected. All who knew him were aware of his musical abilities. When a young man, he was considered one of the best tenor singers of the neighbourhood. He was the leader and conductor of the great choral society, at Holmfirth, some thirty years ago ; when he was engaged as choir master at Meltham Mills Church, and left there to go to Carlisle Cathedral as tenor singer. Some time afterwards he left Carlisle, and came back to Meltham Mills. Since then he has been engaged at various times as conductor of the Holmfirth and Meltham choral societies. During his life he composed a number of songs, glees, services, and instrumental pieces. Amongst the most popular of his songs which have been published, are — " Hope Brothers Hope" — "O, where is the Land of the Brave and the Free ?" — " Holmfirth Flood" — "Pretty Flowers," and " The Merry Mountain Child."

Huddersfield Opera Troupe

Huddersfield Opera Troupe. — The above named amateurs gave an entertainment in the Town Hall, on Thursday evening, before a respectable audience. Several of the songs were well sung. The second part of the programme consisted of comicalities and burlesques, and was rather tame, with the exception of Mr. J. A. Bowker, who went through his part in a very humorous and efficient manner. The whole concluded with the Railroad Explosion. The entertainment was for the benefit of the funds of the Holmfirth Temperance Cricket Club.

Lane Independent Chapel

Lane Independent Chapel. — On Tuesday evening the Rev. R. Bruce, M.A. of Huddersfield, delivered a lecture in the Independent schoolroom, on births, deaths, and marriages. The Rev. J. Colville, in the chair,


Pleasant Evenings

Pleasant Evenings. — One of the most pleasant evenings in connection with the Honley Working Men's Club, was enjoyed in the National Schoolroom, on Tuesday night, when, instead of " penny reading," a most instructive lecture, on a "Tour in the East," was given by the Rev. Joshua Ingham Brooke, rector of Thornhill. Mr. G. W. Farrar occupied the chair. The rev. gentleman expressed pleasure at being present among old friends in his native village, and he would endeavour to make it a pleasant evening, by giving an account of his travels in the Holy Land, which he undertook in 1863, in company with a brother clergyman. In the first instance they sailed down the Mediteranean Sea, and visited the island of Malta, of which he gave a description ; also of the habits, manners, and custoras of the inhabitants, and their great propensity to impose upon travellers. From thence they sailed to Alexandria. When in Egypt they visited the pyramids, and the great pillar at Heliopolis. He also described the overflowings of the river Nile, and the fertilising properties of its waters. Their next move was to Joppa, in the Holy Land, the lecturer giving an account of the incidents they met with by the way, and a description of the wretched state of the many pilgrims who flock to that place. He then gave a rapid description of the many places they visited — Lydda, where St. George, the Patron Saint of England, was born; Jerusalem, Bethleham, Nazareth, &c., with an account of the mountains, the valley of, and the river Jordan, the Dead Sea, &c.. &c. He dwelt long on the present state of Jerusalem, which he founda very dirty place. The rev. gentleman had a splendid groupe of drawings and views of the places visited, which he pointed to and explained as he went on. The acts of worship of the Jews were very sin waving their bodies in various postures, which verified the words of the Psalmist, where he says, " All my bones do shake." The lecture, which occupied two hours and a Half in the delivery, was very interesting ; and, at its close, on the motion of Mr. Owen, a hearty vote of thanks was given to the rev. gentleman.


The Local Board Meeting

The Local Board Meeting. — The monthly meeting of the Marsden-in-almondbury Local Board was held at the town's school, on Thursday night. The only members present were Messrs. Firth, Schofield, and Webster, the clerk. The minutes of the previous meeting were formally read, after which accounts amounting to £11 0d. 4d., were produced, examined and adopted. There was no other business.


Guardians' Meeting

Guardians' Meeting. — The usual fortnightly meeting of the Saddleworth Board of Guardians was held at the Workhouse, on Thursday — Rev. R. Whitelock in the chair. The minutes of the preceding meeting having been read, the returns of in and out-door relief were laid before the Board, showing the following results : — In the house, week ending January 22nd, 72 persons, corresponding week last year 65: week ending January 29th, 75 persons, corresponding week last year 65. Out-door relief, week ending January 22nd, 232; persons relieved cost £17 16s. 10d.; corresponding week last year, 204 persons cost £16 13s. 5d. Week ending January 25th, 218 persons relieved cost £18 5s.; corresponding week last year, 207 persons cost £15 13s. 2d. Lunatics in the asylum, 23.

Petty Sessions

Petty Sessions, Wednesday, January 29th.

Or the Bench: James Lees, J. H. Whitehead, and F. F., Whitehead, Esqs. Transfer of Licenses. — The license of the Junction Inn was transferred frorh Richard Garforth to Thomas Lumb, late of Huddersfield; and that of the Red Lion Inn, Austerlands, from the late Matthew Kenworthy to Martha Kenworthy, his widow. Another Assault at Delph. — Thomas Dyson, one of the defendants ia the previous charge of assault, was charged with having, on the 20th instant, violently kicked and beaten John Kenworthy, at Delph. The complainant stated that he was going through Delph about five o'clock in the evening, and met the defendant, who asked him what he had been telling the policeman about him? He replied nothing, when defendant abused him and commenced striking and kicking him very severely. The complainant's statement was corroborated by Mrs. Hudson, who saw the assault. Mr. Learoyd addressed the magistrates on behalf of the defendant, but called no witnesses. He was fined 10s. and costs, which were paid. Assault. — William Winterbottom, Thomas Dyson, Eli Mills, James Platt, Adam Buckley and Joshua Mallalieu, all of Delph, were charged with having, on Sunday night, the 19th instant, unlawfully kicked and beaten James Lawton, of Thurston Clough. The complainant stated that about half-past nine o'clock, on the night mentioned, he was leaving Mrs. Matley's house, near the Delph bridge, when a person told him that his little dog was running about the White Lion front. At that time the whole of the defendants passed him, and made some insulting remarks; he took no notice of them, but went in search of his dog. When he came near to them they all commenced to kick and strike him. He caught hold of one, whom he believed to be Mallalieu, and called out for assistance, but the others rescued him, and he was again severely beaten. Three of the defendants then ran one way and three another, witness followed the three that went towards Shore End, and when they saw him following they turned round and kicked him a third time ; those three were defendants Winterbottom, Dyson and Mallalieu. — Mr. N. Learoyd appeared for the defendants, and cross-examined the complainant at considerable length, but failed to shake his testimony. The Chairman said the magistrates were of opinion that an assault had been committed by five of the defendants, who would be fined 5s. each and costs, or in default would stand committed to the house of correction at Wakefield for the space of seven days each. With respect to the defendant Adam Buckley there was a slight doubt as to his identity, and the justices would give him the benetit of it, and dismiss the charge against him.


The Co-operative Society

The Co-operative Society. — The Kirkheaton Towntop Co-operative Society held a public tea party and meeting on Tuesday evening, which proved eminently successful. This was the first general meeting of the society for two years and a half, and the first co-operative tea party ever held in Kirkheaton. Nearly two hundred persons partook of a knife and fork tea, in Field's School, arranged by Mr. John Thornton, the storekeeper. In the evening a public meeting was held in the same room, presided over by Mr. James Thornton. The room was filled with an attentive audience. The accounts of the society for the past two years and five months were read by the secretary, Mr. David Garthwaite. Each half year a dividend had been declared, averaging Is. 6d. in the pound on members purchases, and 6d. in the pound to non-members. The report was unanimously adopted.

Mr. Cockshaw, of the Huddersfield Co-operative Society, addressed the meeting at considerable length on the advantages of co-operation, showing that immense works could be carried out successfully by that system which would be impossible by individual efforts. As a proof of this he instanced the formation of railways, in which no individual could be found to risk his capital single-handed, but which was easily accomplished by co-operation. The success of the Rochdale Co-operative Society was alluded to, and Mr. Cockshaw concluded an able address by urging the meeting to support and extend the co-operative prin-

ciple to every branch of trade. — Mr. F. Curzon pointed out the great benefits to the working classess who had availed themselves of the co-operative system, and advised those who were not already members of the Kirkheaton society to lose no time in joining. — Mr. Ramsden, also of Hud-

dersfield, addressed the meeting in a similar strain. — The proceedings were pleasingly diversified by the excellent performances of the Almondbury Glee Society, assisted by Mr. Bartin. Votes of thanks having been heartily awarded to the ladies, the speakers, and the chairman, the meeting concluded about half-past ten o'clock.


Milnsbridge Mechanics' Institute

Milnsbridge Mechanics' Institution. — A most eloquent and able lecture was delivered at the above institution on Wednesday evening last, by Mr. J. Bate, secretary of the Huddersfield Mechanics' Institution. His subject was " England's Greatness," which he treated in a most effective and exhaustive manner. The chair was occupied by the president of the institution, Geo. Armitage Esq. At the close of the lecture a vote of thanks were given to the lecturer and to the president for taking the chair. The meeting was then brought to a close.

Sudden Death

Sudden Death. — On Tuesday night, Benjamin Sykes, a labourer, aged sixty-four years, residing in Chapel Lane, Milnsbridge, died suddenly. After ing of tea in his usual hearty state of health, Sykes went to enjoy a pleasant chat with his neighbour, David Dawson. About nine o'clock — having sat two hours — Dawson commenced reading a newspaper, but had not read many words before Sykes fell from the chair on to the floor a corpse. Mr. Knowles, surgeon, of Paddock, was speedily in attendance but his services were not required, life being extinct. The body was conveyed to deceased's residence, An inquest was deemed unnecessary.

Damage by Storm

Damage by Storm. — Towards seven o'clock on Friday evening, the inmates of Milnsbridge house, the residence of George Armitage, Esq., were suddenly lunged into total darkness. For a time this unexpected phenomena was a mystery, but was ultimately explained by the fact that one of the large popular trees in the grounds had been uprooted by the violence of the wind. An iron pipe that supplied the house with gas, was laid above the roots of this tree, and in its fall the tree forced the pipe from the ground, and snapped it in two. The supply of gas being thus cut off, the house was left in darkness. The rupture of the pipe was repaired on the following day. The amount of damaze is considerable.


Births, Marriages, and Deaths

Births, Marriages, and Deaths. — On Thursday night a lecture was delivered in the Congregational Schoolroom, Moldgreen. by the Rev. R. Bruce, M.A., of Highfield Chapel, Huddersfield. There was a moderate attendance. Mr. R. Jackson, of Huddersfield, presided. At the conclusion votes of thanks were accorded to the rev. gentleman and the chairman.


Fatal Accident on the Railway

Fatal Accident on the Railway. — On Wednesday an inquest was held at the Huddersfield Infirmary, respecting the death of the boy named James Beaver, who met with an accident on the branch railway at Netherton on the 16th ult. The evidence showed that the deceased was attempting to "tip" an earth waggon — which he had no right to do — when he fell, and the wheel crushed his left arm fearfully. Amputation had been performed, but the boy died on Sunday. Verdict, " Accidental death."


The Local Board

The Local Board. — The usual monthly meeting of the Newsome Local Board was held in the Board Room, Taylor Hill, on Wednesday night. Mr. J. Varley presided. The statement of accounts as laid before the Board by the clerk shewed that £60 5s. 4d. had been expended on highway account during the month, and £46 4s. 2d. on district account. The statement was adopted, and the sums ordered tobe paid. The highway rate made in November last was ordered to be amended by the addition of thirteen new buildings that had been erected since the last valuation. It being announced that Sir John Ramsden, Bart., had charged the Board 2s. per yard for the land used for the purpose of getting stone for the repair of the roads of the district, being an advance on the sum previously paid of 1s. 6d. per yard, Mr. N. Berry was appointed a deputation to wait upon Captain Graham, at Longley Hall for an explanation of such increased charge. Plans for the erection of five new cottages in the district were laid before the Board, examined, and sanctioned.

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