Huddersfield Chronicle (04/Jan/1868) - page 7
Tea Party and Ball
Tea Party and Ball. — On Saturday afternoon the wives and members of the lodge of Free Gardeners partook of tea x she ee Inn, Almondbury, After tea uadrille band attended, and dancing wae i gua Terre 'neg was kept up with
The Wesleyan School Tea Party
The Wesleyan School Tea Party. — The annual ¢ party in sad of the Almondbury Wesleyan Methodists day school took place yesterday afternoon week wie between 60 and (0 of the triends sat down to tea in the schoolroom. Tn the evening an interesting lecture was delivered in the same room to a large audience, b the Rev. T. T. Short, of Had lersfield, on " The great battle for the truth." The lecture was listened to with atten-
tion, and a hearty vote of thank : anks ac od t . gentleman at its close, accorded to the rey.
The Concert for the National Schools
The Concert for the National annual concert a aid of the reduction ra 'debt an existing 2S Almonc ation: = in the ecntra] schoolroom last wont ween nak place rae ! ght week, and proved via ment i The room was crowded in every part . ie pen toe 'le es who were highly delighted at Smythe, Miss Wom e principal performers were Miss and the inimitat le H yy? Mlessrs. J. Mellor, R. Garner, and J, Marshall ne eon 7dse With Messrs. J. Wood ae poe Wecompanists on the pianoforte. The concent a consilered one of the best ever given in
Oppren ee The proceeds amounted to £11 12s. 5d.
Oddfellows' Anniversary. — The members of the fellows, MU or a the Independent Order of OddWoolpack 107 celebrated their 37th anniversary at the : eo pack Inn on Thursday night week. Over 100 par-
ook of dinner. Mr. KE. Dyson presided. After the ands, oe savas business was transacted.
€ lodge tu be in a highly prosperous state, the f unds accumulating, and the nuitiber of vem. bers on the increase. A good sum had been gained during the year, and the committee were making some new and beneficial investments, The report was adopted, and the remainder of the evening passed in a pleasant and harmonious manner.
Primrose Hill Chapel Bazaar
Primrose Hill Chapel Bazaar. — A sale of plain and ornamental work, in aid of the fund for the reduction of the debt upon the Methodist New Connexion Chapel at Primrose Hill, was held in the schoolroom on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The room had been beautifully decorated with evergreens, artificial flowers, &c. There was a large display of those articles usually found at fancy sales. The stall were superintended by Mrs. Boothroyd, Mrs. Chadwick, Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. J. Sykes, Mrs. Barraclough, Mrs. Higgins, the Misses Noble, Miss Boothroyd, Miss Heywood, &c. The bazaar was well patronised and a brisk business was done. On Tuesday evening a large number of ladies and gentleman who had taken an active part in the management of the bazaar partook of supper together in the schoolroom.
Another Wife Beater Sent to Prison
Another Wife Beater Sent to Prison. — On Tuesday Thomas Heppenstall, dyer, of Almondbury, was charged at the Huddersfield Police Court, with unlawfully assaulting his wife, Mary Heppenstall, on the 25th ult. The complainant stated that they had been married twelve years, and for a long time past she had sutfered from his ill treatment. On Christmas night the prisoner went home, and demanded something to eat. Being in bed at the time, she got up and struck a light, but before she could do anything else, he etruck her violently on the breast and face, and inflicted bruises on other parts of her body. It was his invariable custom to treat her so when she was unable to work. For weeks together he gave her no wages, and for four days ata time they had been without food in the house. Five weeks since he used her in a similar manner. He was sentenced to one month's imprisonment.
Lower Houses Church School
Lower Houses Church School. — On Saturday afternoon a tea meeting was held in the Lower Houses Church Schoolroom, presided over by the ladies of the neighbourhood. About 100 persons partook of tea. At the public meeting in the evening the room was crowded. The Rev. Canon Hulbert, M.A., vicar of Almondbury, presided. A report of the present state of the school was read by Mr. G. Noble, the schoolmaster. It commented upon the benefits already apparent in the locality by the revival of the school, which had been closed for a great number of years. The progress made since the re-opening of the school in June last was also pointed out, and the number of scholars on the books shown to be eighty. Addresses were delivered by the Vicar, by Messrs. 8S. Sykes, W. D. Marsden, A. Sykes, — Wood, — Blackburn, and others. Divine service is conducted in this schoolroom every Sunday afternoon, and once a month there is a second service. There is also service in the same room every Wednesday evening, and a hope was expressed at the meeting that ere long a church would be erected in that hitherto greatly neglected locality.
Wesleyan Day School
Wesleyan Day School. — A lecture is announced to be delivered in this schoolroom by Mr. E. A. Leatham, of Whitley, on Wednesday evening next. The subject of the lecture is Sydney Smith."
Oddfellows' Tea Party
Oddfellows' Tea Party. — The ninth annual tea party of the wives and sweethearts of the members of the Spring of Industry Lodge of Independent Oddfellows, M.U., was held at the house of Mr. Lodge, the Spring Grove Tavern, on Tuesday night. Between 60 and 70 assembled ; and the subsequent proceedings consisted of dancing and singing.
Wesleyan Foreign Missions
Wesleyan Foreign Missions. — The annual tea meeting in aid of the Kirkburton Wesleyan Foreign Missions, took place in the day schoolroom attached to the Dean Chapel, lust evening week. A large number of the congregation and friends partook of tea. Afterwards Mr. Joseph Haigh, of Huddersfield, whe presided, addressed the meeting on the subject of mission work. The Rev. J. G. Cox, of Huddersfield, read the report; and an address was delivered by the Rev. J. Wood, B.A., of the Buxton Road circuit. The annual sermon in aid of the missions, was preached in the Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday evening, the 22nd ult. The collections realised over £6.
The Railway. — The strong retaining wall at the foot of the embankment of the new railway at Pontey is now complete, and it is hoped by the inhabitants that the footpath will speedily be put into an efficient state of repair, and thus enable the public to travel along it instead of having to wade — as they have done for months — up to the ankles in mud in the road. In consequence of the arduous work the men have have had to perform in the erection and completion of this wall, Mr. G. B. Godfrey, the contractor's engineer, treated them to supper last evening week at the house of Mr. William Lodge, the Spring Grove Tavern. About twenty persons were present. .
Working Men's Club
Working Men's Club. — On Tuesday evening the wives and sweethearts of the members of the Kirkburton Working Men's Club, partook of a knife and fork tea in the old schoolroom. Upwards of 90 sat down. An entertainment was afterwards given, Mr. C. Hargreaves presiding, the vice-chair being occupied by Mr. G. Brooke. Songs, recitations, &c., were given by members of the club and other friends. Mr. Adam Hoyle presided at the pianoforte. The chairman read a piece, in rhyme entitled the "Kirkburton Exhibition." The piece was lengthy, and humourous. Games were also indulged in, and the hours passed pleasantly by till the advent of the new year, shortly after which the proceedings were brought to a close,
Teetotalism. — Mr. T. Worsnop, from Bradford, has held four interesting meetings in Miss Sykes's schoolroom, for the purpose of establishing a Band of Hope for the district. The meetings have been well attended, considering the many attractions at this season of the year, and a large number have signed the pledge. .
Fire in a Joiner's Shop
Fire in a Joiner's Shop. — A fire occurred in the joiner's shop of Mr. Thomas Umpleby, Moldgreen, yesterday week. About noon the above day, George North, a stonemason, working near the premises, observed the shop to be in flames, and after giving the alarm, he with others went into the place, and with a plentiful supply of water from rain tubs, and other sources, the fire was suppressed, but not till a number of valuable wood patterns, and several new doors were destroyed. It is supposed that a spark from the stove in the shop mse for heating the glue kettle had ignited the shavings an set the place in a blaze. The damage is estimated at about £7, which is covered by insurance in the Royal office.
A Mother Pleading for Mercy for an Unmerciful Son
A Mother Pleading for Mercy for an Unmerciful Son. — Charles Wood, a powerfully-built fellow, about 35 years of age, described as a cart-driver, living at Mold green, was brought up at the Court House, Huddersfield > on Thursday, charged with beating his mother, Martha Wood. She stated that, on Monday night, when she went home, she found the prisoner had had a drop of beer, an he was very bad when under the influence of beer. She began to scold the prisoner, who, being in a bad temper, struck and kicked her on both sides of the head. Although the woman's face bore sickening marks of ill usage, she hoped the Bench would be as merciful as they could with him ; and suggested that he should be bound over to keep the peace. — Mr. J. T. Armitage: These cases are sadly too many. — Complainant: I don't wish him to go to prison; but I want him to keep me. — Mr. Armitage: he ever done this thing before ? — Complainant: Some little before. If you will allow him time to pay, and bind him over, that is all I want. — Mr. Armitage: We should not be doing our duty if we did that. — Police-sergeant Lucas stated that, when the prisoner was apprehended, he behaved in a violent manner. — Complainant: It takes that effect upon his brain. — Sergeant Lucas: But he was perfectly sober yesterday ; and he came out with some abominable language. — Mr. Armitage (addressing prisoner): It is a perfect disgrace ; and you ought to be ashamed of yourself. It is one of the worst cases I remember having heard. We have it in our power to send you to prison for six months; and I question whether we are doing our duty in sending you for a less term. It is a most abominable and disgraceful case ; and we shall send you to the House of Correction for three calendar months,
With hard labour.
Christmas Tree. On Friday, the 27th ult., a Christmas tree was held in St. Paul's National School, Shepley, for the benefit of the church and schools. The tree was well laden with fruit and various productions, and the stall of plain and fancy work was ae e 'taco, by Mrs. J. Collins, Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Edward oe e, Miss Armitage, and other ladies, who. won erally patronised by their friends on the occasion. e eoom was tastefully decorated with evergreens, bomen "ably &c. ; and tea was provided for visitors, yMre. Hobson superintended by Mrs. Saml. Armitage and N The proceeds of the evening amounted to £23,
Church Tea Party
Church Tea Party. — The friends of the Church had their Christuas tea party on Friday night wee', mt Parochial School, when a very large number At principal inhabitants of the village took tea ogetnet the ufter-proceedings the room was crowded. The f J. Jones, incumbent of Honley, and formerly curate of Thurstonland, presided, and addressed the company, 88 did also the Rev. P. Cronin, curate of Honley. In the course of tie evening addresses were given by Messrs. J. Rodgers. C. Hirst, — Sharman (schoolmaster), B. Crooks, Jabez Pontefract, John Pontefract, and J. W. Jenkinson, jun,. who were all attentively listened to. A band of inisig also contributed its share to the other pleasures of th: evening, by sending forth a concord of sWeet sounds" jn the intervals of speaking. The intuestiue proceedings were breught to a close by the vsuul votes of thanks,
Disorderly Customer. — At the Huddersfield Police Court, on Thursday, Anthony Thornton, dyer Berry Brow, was charged with behaving in a disorderly manner at the Farmers' Boy. — Police-Sergeant Turner deposed that on Sunday night, when on duty in New Street, Honley, a little after six o'clock, with Police Constable Morley, he went into the Farmers' Boy to turn out
Thornton, who had been misbehaving himself, when requested by the landlord, refused to leave the house and he had to put out the defendant, who resisted as much as possible, Fined, vs, and expenses ; total, 16s.
Working Men's Conservative Association
Working Men's Conservative Association. — On Monday evening a general meeting of the Berry Brow Working Men's Conservative Association was held in the Conservative Rooms, Parkgate. Mr. T. Brook was unanimously elected chairman. In his opening remarks he congratulated the members on the encouraging state of the society, and expressed his pleasure at seeing such a goodly number assembled on that occasion. He hoped the meeting was a sure sign of success of true constitutional principles in this locality. He was very glad he could mect so many who had espoused the cause of ConServatism. The honorary secretary (Mr. M. Beaumont} laid before the meeting a report of the financial position of the society, showing a balance in hand of £8, after paying all expenses of the late inaugural banquet. Several subjects were brought before the meeting, and discussed in a very rational spirit. Throughout, the greatest unanimity and friendliness prevailed. The new rooms are being fitted up in a very comfortable manner. and are well supplied with daily and weekly newspapers. The association is in a very flourishing condition ; the number of members is rapidly increasing, and it promises to become a very beneficial and useful institution in the neighbourhood.
Primitive Methodists' Tea Party
Primitive Methodists' Tea Party. — This denomination held their annual Christmas tea party in the schoolroom on Christmas Day, when a large number of friends took tea together. The after-proceedings were of a very gratifying character. Mr. Edward Jillott occupied the chair; and interesting addresses were given by the Rey, — Swales, circuit minister, and by Messrs. B. Dawson, B. Haigh, W. Donkersley, R. Senior, and B. Donkersley. Hymns were sung at intervals, and thus Christmas Day was celebrated by the Primitive Methodists of Honley, and was concluded by giving each other "the compliments of the season."
Juvenile Concert. — The greatest treat, of an intellectual nature, which the inhabitants of Honley have enjoyed this Christmas, has been that of the concert given on Tuesday night, in the National School, by th day scholars of that establishment. sisted of sacred and secular pieces, and it was most pleasing to hear their youthful voices go through the various parts. They were accompanied by Miss Smith on the pianoforte, and the whole performance was gone through to the great delight of the numerous audience which consisted of the parents and friends of the children. 'The concert ended by the whole company Joining in singing the Christmas Hymn and the National Anthem.
Christmas Festivities. — There have been several festive gatherings at Honley this Christmas, the one most worthy of being noticed has been that connected with the Working Men's Club. To the great credit of the members of the club they resolved to give a dinner, as a token of respect, to the aged of their own class, from 60 years of age and upwards, male and female. The interesting gathering took place in the large rooms of the clubhouse, on Christmas Day, when considerably more than 100 aged pilgrims sat down to a substantial and especially a plentiful dinner, consisting of roast beef, and plum pudding, mutton and tongue, and all the necessary adjuncts. The old people were waited on from "hand to foot" by the president (Wm. Brooke, Esq.) and the committee of the club, who carved for and encouraged the old people to eat and make themselves comfortable ; and thus a hearty meal was enjoyed. After dinner the old people were allowed to indulge in a " pipe of tobacco," and soon the rooms became filled with the " Queen of flowers," which was especially the case with the old dames, whose puffing away seemed to say "Herb divine, from thee shall rise, clouds of incense to the skies." After dinner, and whilst the old dames were smoking their pipes in the lower rooms, the large room was set in order, and then all the old patriarchs assembled together, and it was pleasing to see so many males with the snows of many winters on their heads, and so many females tottering with age. The after proceedings were commenced by the worthy president of the club, who, in some appropriate remarks, expressed the pleasure he had in seeing so many old people together, and how welcome they were to the provision which had been made for them by the members of the workingmen's club. Short addresses were also given by the Rev. J. Jones, and Mr. Owen, and by Abraham Lockwood, of Berry Brow. The whole company sung tbe Christmas Hymn, and also other hymns allotted for the season. In addition to which several solos from the " Messiah" were pleasingly sung by Miss Brooke, of Northgate House, accompanied by Mr. Owen on the pianoforte, In the course of the afternoon, spice cake and cheese were served out to the old people, also some good " home-brewed." In return for all this, the grateful patriarchs returned their sincere thanks to the members of the club for the marked respect which has been paid by youth to old age. Singing the National Anthem closed the very pleasant proceedings.
Pthe foregoing paragraphs ought to have appeared in last week's paper, and were despatched by our correspondent in good time to reach Hudderstield; but, by a strange error at the Post Office, the letter (though bearing a printed address) found its way to London, and did not reach us until Saturday morning. ;
Tea Party at Brockholes
Tea Party at Brockholes. — On Thursday night week the friends ot the Church at Brockholes had a very pleasant tea party, in the church schoolroom there, when a numerous company sat down to an excellent tea. When tea was over, the Rev. J. Jones, incumbent, presided, and addresses suitable to the occasion were given by the Rev. P. Cronin, curate, and by Messrs. D. Berry, J. N ewsome, Job Whiteley, J. Whitehead, and J. B. Broughton. There was also some very suitable singing. The usual votes of thanks were accorded.
Christmas Treat. — An excellent treat was given by Captain Thomas Jessop, to the tenants, workmen, and friends of his aged father, on Christmas Eve, at the Waggon and Horses Inn. After the various courses of which the "set out" consisted had been gone through, the cloth was withdrawn, and, in the absence of Captain Jessop, Thomas Farrar, Esq., of Grasscroft House, was called to the chair, when the usual loyal and patriotic toasts were given in succession, and were responded to by the company in true English style. The health of Captain Jessop was drunk with applause. That of his venerable parent was also given, with the hope that the evening of is days would glide on in peace. Captain Jessop very suitably responded. It being Christmas Eve, the company broke up soon after eleven o'clock, after singing the National Anthem and spending the evening in a manner worthy of all concerned.
The Working Men's Club: Further Entertainment
The Working Men's Club.further Entertainment. — Such was the bountiful and plentiful viands provided by the members of the above club, to regale old people on Christmas day, that a goodly quantity was left, — so much so as to suffice for another entertainment, which took place in the large room of the club last Monday night, when the members and their wives, to the number of about 200, were plentifully regaled with sandwiches, coffee, tea, spicecake, cheese, &c. After the repast A. H. Owen, Esq., presided. The evening was afterwards spent in the most ' free and easy" manner, with song, toast, and tale, and thus the time was whiled sociably away. The usual complement of thanks having been paid, the company separated. Those old persons who, from sickness, could not attend on Christmas day, had each Is. 6d. in money sent to them,
Foresters' Anniversary. — Court 967, of the Ancient Order of Foresters, celebrated their 35th anniversary on New Year's Day, at the house of Mr. Josh. Dawson, the New Inn, Longwood. Over 160 partook of dinner. Brother John Broome, the secretary, read the annual report. The lodge was in a satisfactory position, having 226 members, and possessing over £1,000. The lodge being closed, music was introduced, and the evening passed amid singing, reciting, &c.
Accident. — An accident occurred while getting a flywheel into the "firm" mills at Longwood on Thursday week, by which a mechanic named James Shaw, residing at Brierley Wood, and in the employment of Mr. Broadbent, of Huddersfield, met with an accident. It seems, the engine at this mill had broken down, and a donkey engine was being erected to turn the machinery while the necessary repairs were being executed. On the above forenoon when unloading the fly wheel, and carrying it into the mill, it slipped from the grasp of the men, and falling on the foot of Shaw, severely crushed it. He was conveyed to the Huddersfield Infirmary, where he still
Christmas Tea Party
Christmas Tea ParTy.. — On Saturday last the annual congregational tea party connected with Longwood Church was held in the Infant Schoolroom, which was very tastefully decorated. More than 200 persons sat down to tea. The trays had been given by several members of the congregation, at the solicitation of the church committee, who are anxious to clear off the balance due to the widow of the latejMr. D. Broadbent, who had been the minister's churchwarden and treasurer for many ears. During the evening it was announced that the large sale of tickets had enabled them to do this completely. After tea the company were enlivened by various songs #nd glees, sung by the church choir, w ch is now very efficient, assisted by the Misses wan an Casson ; and speeches were made by the incumbent, who occupied the chair, and by the Rev. R. B. Thompson, curate. The whole thing was considered a great success, After singing the National Anthem, thecompany separated at ten oclock, highly delighted with their evening's entertainment.
National School New Year's Party
National School New Year's Party. -On Wednesday there was the ansodl — , in safesunt School, Newmill, presided over by the Rev. J. W. ee en of the parish. Shortly after five o'cloc wae Asascly crowded, rendering it necessary to hare several sittings down to tea. This being over, he a man made some appropriate remarks on the u ie of Christians at this season of the year, and uue hone present not only to consider the misdeeds an is hange ss of the past year, but also to endeavour, with God's sis tance, to inprove themselves during the forthcoming o e The Rev. T. Lee, incumbent of Ossett, eave Several appropriate and humorous addresses, which elici com the audience roars of laughter. He also gave as t lecture on the electric telegraph, with slfastraieoes 3 ane concluded this part of the entertainment by exhibi ae unique selection of revolving lights, which were eS ly ired by all present. uring g . sin Holnies, curate of Ossett, drew the attention of hae present to the length of time their worthy pastor ae Jaboured amongst them, and ex ressed a ope "he luity of the ecclesiastical parish of Nes n a Fe found willing to assist him whenever they co a ane musical part of the performance was well snataine y he hoir of Newmill Church and their friends, who ga : nuiscellaneous selection of glees, trios, &c., accompanse ° tl « pianoforte by Mr. C. E. Holmes. There yas oF ati se dance the Shelley hand-bell ringers, who wen in at wards of 100 bells, a selection of overtures, through, wraltaes to the satisfaction of every one. Vy otes glees, ant the singing of the National Anthem broughe ef nose one of the most successful and pleasing entertou
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tainments giver at Newmill for some time back.
Oddfellows' Anniversary. — The members and friends of the Village Pride Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, M.U., celebrated their first anniversary at the Albion Inn, on Thursday night week, when about 40 persons sat down to supper. The members' wives took tea together at the same house on the following day. On both occasions the evening was pleasantly enjoyed amid dancing, singing, and recitations.
Home and Foreign Missions
Home and Foreign Missions. — On Tuesday the annual sale of plain, fancy, and ornamental work in aid of the foreign and home missions connected with the Brighouse and Rastrick Congregational Chapel, was held in the Schoolroom, Bridge End. The bazaar was held more especially with the view of assisting the fund for providing a Bible female missionary for Samoa, in China, and another for the home district of Brighouse. The stalls were well supplied with the usual description of articles exhibited at similar sales, and were presided over by the following ladies: — Mrs. T. T. Ormerod, Mrs. Harley, Mrs. Atkinson, Miss Tetley, Miss Hoyle, Mrs. H. Ormerod, and others. There was also a refreshment stall. The sales were brisk throughout the day, the total receipts amounting to the handsome sum of £66 12s. 3d. — On Wednesday the annual tea party in connection with the Tract Society and the congregation of the above chapel took place in the same school, when over 450 persons partook of tea. In the evening a public meeting was held, presided over by the Rev. R. Harley, the resident minister. Addresses were delivered by the chairman, Messrs. T. T. Ormerod, — Allatt, Metcalfe, J.
Turner, and T. Ormerod. The chapel choir were Present, and varied the proceedings by performing selections of appropriate vocal music. The usual votes of thanks having been accorded, the meeting closed with the Benediction. This year the proceeds of the tea will be given to the Tract Society.
Shepherds' Anniversary. — The Brighouse lodge of Ancient Shepherds celebrated their anniversary at the house of Mr. Jubal Wilkinson, the Black Bull Inn, Brighouse, on Tuesday, when 120 of the members partook of dinner. The lodge was stated to be in a flourishing condition. The evening was pleasantly enjoyed. The following day 125 of the wives and friends of the members partook of an excellent tea at the same house.
Church Tea Party and Presentation to a Clergyman
Church Tea Party and Presentation to a Clergyman. — On New Year's Day, the annual tea party of the Church School teachers and senior scholars was held in the Brighouse National School, when about 100 sat down to tea. A meeting was afterwards held in the same room, presided over by the Rev. W. Booker, M.A., the incumbent. There was a large attendance. The meeting had been more especially arranged for the purpose of presenting to the Rev. E. D. Bannister, curate of Brig ouse, a small testimonial, as a mark of the respect and esteem in which he is held by the teachers and scholars for his uniform kindness during the two years and a half of his ministrations among them. The rev. gentleman is removing to Blackburn, in Lancashire. The testimonial, which consisted of an elegant silver fish knife and fork, was presented by the rev. chairman with a few appropriate and interesting remarks. Mr. Bannister feelingly res-
onded, and thanked them for their kindness towards im, which would never be erased from his memory. Addresses were delivered by Messrs. Thorpe, Crossley, Healey, and Hirst. The remainder of the evening was passed in many amusing and instructive games.
Treat to Workpeople
Treat to Workpeople. — On Thursday evening fifty of the workpeople in the employ of Messrs. Camim Bros., of Brookfoot, Brighouse, partook of a substantial supper served in the warehouse of the mill, and provided by Mr. Close, confectioner, of Brighouse. After the viands hed been dispatched, a pleasant evening was enjoyed. Short addresses were delivered, interspersed with singing, &c., one of the workmen presiding at the harmonium,
Fox Hunt. — On Monday, the Stainland and Halifax harriers enjoyed a few hours excellent sport in the Walter Clough Valley, Southowram, &c.
Child Killed. — An inquest was held at the Royal Hotel, before Mr. J. K. Ingram, deputy-coroner, on Saturday, touching the death of a child, five years old, daughter of a cotton spinner named Whiteley, of Milllane. It seems the child was playing among some large iron castings near the foundry of Mr. Charles Broughton, on the previous day, when one of the castings fell upon and crushed her. She was taken home, but expired in a few minutes afterwards. A verdict of " accidental death" was returned.
The Fire Brigade
The Fire Brigade. — On New Year's Day about 20 members of the Fire Brigade connected with the Royal Insurance Company at Brighouse, had their annual dinner at the house of Mr. W. Smith, the Royal Hotel. The chair was occupied by Mr. H. Barber, and the vice by Mr. G. H. Brook, of Huddersfield. A very pleasant evening was enjoyed.
The Master Joiners
The Master Joiners. — On Thursday evening about 20 of the master joiners, of Brighouse, partook of supper together at the Royal Hotel, Brighouse. Mr. R. Greenwood occupied the chair. The evening was subsequently enjoyed amid toast, song, and sentiment.
Workmen's Supper. — About 30 of the hands employed at the printworks of Messrs. Robinson Bros. partook of a supper at the Royal Hotel on Monday evening. Mr. T. Cordingly occupied the chair. The evening was harmoniously passed.
Treat to Railway Servants
Treat to Railway Servants. — -Through the liberality of the gentlemen of Rastrick and Brighouse 32 of the employes of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company, at Brighouse station, partook of a substantial dinner on Christmas Day, at the house of Mr. Dyson, the Star Inn, Bridge End. The chair was occupied by Mr. J. Wroe, and the vice by Mr. Stirzaker. The after proceedings were pleasantly spent.
The Local Board
The Local Board. — The monthly meeting of the Rastrick Local Board was held on Wednesday evening. Mr. Wilson occupied the chair, The surveyor's monthly account showed that the sum of £70 14s. 7d. had been paid during the month. A letter was read from the Rastrick Gas Company, which stated that the very unsatisfactory way of ascertaining the quantity of gas consumed by the public lamps could only be fairly decided by the Gas Company requiring the Local Board to carry out clause 38 of the Gas Company's Act. To carry out the clause it would be necessary to have a meter attached to every lamp, which is now being done in many towns and villages throughout the country. Several of the members expressed themselves strongly on the contents of the letter, especially as the Gas Company had not pointed out where any irregularities existed, either in the lighting, utting out, or any of the arrangements agreed upon by both parties. From the information possessed by the Board, they could not see but that the quantity of gas coasumed was as accurately tested for both parties as it was possible to obtain it. It was also stated that the present arrangements were more in favour of the company than the Board. A deputation from the gas directors, consisting of Messrs. Johnson, Mcketrick, and Tetlow, waited on the Board, and stated that the Company had got an idea that the quantity of gas consumed by the public lamps could not be properly ascertained by the present number of meters used, and had come to request the Board to put up nine additional meters in various parts of the district. There were but 40 lamps when the arrangements for the present meters were first entered into, and now there were 70 lamps. The deputation expressed a hope that the Board would accede to these requirements as the Gas Company were only wishful to be paid for the gas actually consumed. A discussion ensued, and the d were unanimously of opinion that the Gas Company had not shown any necessity for the erection of nine additional meters, as from the returns given by the present meters it was found that an average of 3,733 feet of gas per lamp was consumed during one Half of the lighting season. This, with the expense of repairs, and the wages of the lamplighter, made the cost of each lamp nearly £2 per annum, which was the estimated cost when the present arrangement was entered into. At the termination of the discussion it was resolved that the Board would erect three additional meters, or give the Gas Company £10, for which the Company should provide and erect nine extra meters, at such places as the Board and the Company should decide, and that all the burners on the lamps should be of the same description. The deputation having been informed of this decision the meeting terminated.
Accident from the Frost
Accident from the Frost. — On Thursday forenoon, Eliza Hoyle, wife of a cloth-finisher, residing at Huddersfield, had the misfortune to break her leg. She was descending Toothill Bank, into Rastrick, when the ground being very slippery from frost she fell and fractured her leg. She was picked up, and Mr. Pritchett, surgeon, called in, by whose directions she was taken to the Huddersfield Infirmary, where the limb was set.
Treat to School Children
Treat to School Children. — On New Year's day the infant and Church Sunday scholars were liberally treated, through the kindness of T. Bradbury, Esq., of Longroyde, and other gentlemen. The whole of the scholars were treated with buns and coffee. The parents and friends were afterwards adn.itted, and interesting readings were given by Mr. Storr, the schoolmaster; and in the intervals some excellent singing was rendered by the choir and company. Miss Bradbury presided at the pianoforte. After the readings Mr. Bradbury kindly exhibited his magic lantern. The entertainment concluded with the usual votes of thanks.
Oddfellows' Anniversary. — On New Year's Day the Lodge of Independent Oddfellows, M.U., held at the house of Mr. J. Smith, the Thornhill Arms Inn, Rastrick, celebrated their anniversary. About 80 partook of an excellent dinner. The lodge numbers nearly 90 members, and the funds are in a prosperous state. The evening was afterwards convivially spent amid singing, reciting,
Fraudulently Removing Goods
Fraudulently Removing Goods.- — At the Police Court, Huddersfield, on Saturday, Joseph Brook, a farmer, of Ludhill, Farnley Tyas, was charged with fraudulently and clandestinely removing goods from the farm to prevent the landlord from distraining on the same for rent due. — Mr. Learoyd prosecuted; and Mr. Dransfield defended Brook. — In opening the case, Mr. Learoyd stated that the defendant oceupied a farm under the Earl of Dartmouth, and owed three half-years' rent, amounting to £37 10s., exclusive of the one becoming due. Notice to quit had been served upon the defendant, who would have to give up the land in February, and the farm premises in May next. Believing that the defendant intended to sell the farm produce then on the premises and thus avoid a distraint for rent, Mr. Gilbert Wilson, the earl's agent, caused a notice to be served on the defendant on the 12th of December not to remove any of the farm produce then in his possession. In defiance of this notice the defendant, on the 17th of the same month, sold a stack of hay valued at £16, a sow and litter of pigs value £5, and a number of head of poultry which was roughly calculated at 18s, The above statement being proved on oath by Mr. Wilson, that gentleman was cross-examined at seme length by Mr. Dransfield. — It was also shown for the prosecution, that after a portion of the hay had been removed from the premises, Thomas Wilson, a game-watcher on the estate, observed a lurry and a number of men on the defendant's premises removing the remainder of the hay. He ordered them to desist and the men went away, but the hay was removed the next day. — Mr. Dransfield, in defence, took a technical objection to the wording of the summons, and aygued that the goods being sold and removed in the day time, there was no clandestine removal. — The Bench overruled the objection, and the complainant agreeing to reduce the value of the goods removed to £19, an order was made for the defendant to pay double that sum, viz. : £38, or, in default, to be committed to prison for three months.
Primitive Methodist Sunday School
Primitive Methodist Sunday School. — The annual tea party in connection with the Colnebridge Primitive Methodist Sunday school took place on New Year's day, when about 200 friends partook of tea. After tea a public meeting was held in the chapel, which was densely crowded, Mr. J. Preston presiding. The financial statement and report was read by Mr. J. Spivey. After which the Rev. R. Smith, cireuit minister, on behalf of the teachers and friends, presented to the chairman on his 70th birth-day anniversary a beautifully framed large sized coloured photograph of himself, by Mr. Lord, of St. Peter's Street. Mr. Preston, who was much affected, thanked them for their kind recognition of his services; and, in doing so, gave the history of their school for the past 25 years. The Rev. J. Swailes, Messrs. J. Hargreave, and C. Glendinning afterwards addressed the meeting. The very interesting service was brought a close by the customary vote of thanks and singing the Doxology.
New Poor's Rate
New Poor's Rate. — The assistant overseer of the township of Cumberworth Half (Mr. Joshua Peace) applied to the Huddersfield Bench of Magistrates on Saturday, for & new poor's rate at 1s. 8d. in the pound, for the township, Total amount of rate, £294 1s. ; recoverable arrears, £6 103. 10d. ; excused on account of poverty and empty buildings, £12 63. 2d. The rate was granted.
St. Nicholas' School
St. Nicholas' School. — The annual tea party in connection with this school took place on Thursday, when about 300 people were present. The school was ,most tastefully decorated with wreathes of evergreens, mottoes, and banners; the teachers laboured hard to make the platform end very imposing, which effect was decidedly accomplished. Several of the scholars recited pieces in a creditable manner, which seemed to afford great pleasure to their parents and friends. The well-known singers of this neighbourhood cheerfully volunteered their services, and it is a long time since the parishoners witnessed such @ union of musical talent, for, to use their own expression, they "had a grand sing,"
Cricket Club. — A special general meeting of the members of St. John's Cricket Club was held in the National School, Hillhouse, on Monday night. There was a good attendance. Mr. Chas. Glendinning occupied the chair. The meeting was convened for the purpose of cons:d:ring the propriety of engaging a field belonging to Mr. Nutter, of the George Hotel, Huddersfield, in rls of the one now occupied by them. After a full consideration Messrs. Whitaker, Whitehead, Mellor, Love, and Hollingworth were appointed a deputation to wait upon Mr. Nutter, and, at an interview the same night, Nutter at once acceded to all the requirements of the deputation.
Consuming Beer on Unlicensed Premises
Consuming Beer on Unlicensed Premises. — On Thursday, at the Court house, Huddersfield, George Steele, provision dealer and beer retailer, Hillhouse Lane, was charged with infringing the excise laws, by permitting beer to be consumed on his premises. Mr. Superintendent Heaton informed the bench that the defendent had a license to retail beer, not to be consumed on the premises. Latterly a great many drunken men had been seen proaling about Hillhouse on Sunday morning; and they ad been unable to find out where the parties had procured their beer. However, they obtained some information which caused them to send a person to the defendant's house on Saturday to ask for a glass of ale. The ale was supplied by Mrs. Steele, and the witness paid 13d. for it ; and he sat down, and drank it on the premises, as he had Gone on previous occasions. An officer went to the house, and saw the witness with the glass of ale. The Act of Parliament provided that, for allowing beer to be consumed on the premises unlawfully, a fine not exceeding £20 might be inflicted. — William Radcliffe, butcher, stated that the defendant had a license to sell beee out. He went to the house on Saturday last, and saw the defendant's wife. He asked for a glass of ale, and it was brought to him by the servant. He paid 13d. to the mistress ; and drank the ale on the premises. Policeconstable Whitehead came in, and caught him with the glass in his hand. — In reply to Mrs. Steele, the witness stated that he had seen many persons consume beer on the premises. The servant fetched the beer out of the cellar. — Police Constable Whitehead corroborated last witness, and said Mrs. Steele admitted having filled the beer when he went into the house. — Mr. Heaton stated that Mr. Noble, the landlord of the Waggon and Horses, went with the officer to the house. Noble had complained of having been blamed for inaking people drunk, when they had not been near his house, and objected to the defendant allowing beer to be consumed on his premises, when he (Mr. Noble) had to pay a heavy amount for a license. — Mrs. Steele in defence, said Radcliffe came into their shop, with his little girl, andasked for a pie. She gave the girl a pie, and Radcliffe went forward. The shop was full of customers, and she heard Radcliffe ask the servant to fill him a glass of beer. The servant told him she had nothing to do with the beer, and added, when Radcliffe pressed his order, that she did not know where the barrel was kept. He said he must have a glass of beer; and she (Mrs. Steele) promised to give him one. He gave her 61., and she took pay for the pie, but not for the beer. Noble sent Radcliffe up, and afterwards went on to Whitehead's house. No man had been seen coming, in a drunken state, from their house, and she could prove that by respectable neighbours. — Radcliffe: I have seen people coming drunk from your house, women and all, many a score of times. — Mrs. Steele: He has never seen a drunken man leave our house. — Whitehead said he had been to the house two or three times, but no money had been paid in his presence. A penalty of 40s. and expenses (total £2 17s.) was inflicted, and the Bench cautioned the defendant that, if he should be summoned again on a semilar charge, the full penalty would, very likely, be imposed.
Brutal Treatment of a Wife
Brutal Treatment of a Wife. — Abel Sutcliffe, slubber, of Hillhouse, was placed in the dock, at the Huddersfield Police Court, on Saturday, charged with brutally assaulting his wife, Martha Sutcliffe, on the previous day. The complainant told a pitiful tale of a long course of ill usage. The parties had been married about 15 years, and she had a boy 13 years of age. For many years the prisoner had constantly been in the habit of thrashing her. Six months ago they separated, in consequence of the treatment she then received. About seven weeks since, from his importunities, she consented to live with him again, he promising to behave better to her. At an early hour on the previous (Friday) morning the prisoner went home the worse for liquor, and, after abusing and threatening to turn both her and her boy out of doors, he beat and kicked her most unmercifully. In defence the prisoner alleged that the cause of their disagreement arose from the incontinence of the complainant. He was sentenced to two months' imprisonment with hard labour.
Births and Deaths
Births and Deaths. — The return of the Registrar for the quarter ending the 31st. ult., shows the births to have been — males 30, and females 25. Total 55. The deaths in the same period have been — males 20, females 16. Total 36.
New Poor's Rate
New Poor's-Rate. — On Tuesday, Mr. Joseph Taylor, the assistant-overseer, applied to the magistrates at the Huddersfield Police Court for a new poor's-rate of 1s. 8d. in the pound for the township of Meltham. The total rate amounts to £911 12s, 44d.; recoverable arrears, £12 12s, 43d. ; excused on account of poverty, £5 6s. 8d.; and for empty buildings, including three mills, upwards of £30. The rate was granted.
Oddfellows' Anniversary. — The members of the lodge of Independent Oddfellows, M.U., held their fortyfirst anniversary on New Year's Day, when about 240 partook of a substantial dinner. There not being room in one house in Meltham to accommodate so large a number they were distributed between the houses of Mr. Joseph Knight, the Swan Inn, Mr. G. H. Bray, the Rose and Crown, and Mr. G. Wadsworth, the Waggon and Horses. After partaking of the good fare provided for them, the members and friends assembled in the Oddfellows' Hall, Meltham, where the annual soiree took place. The lodge is one of the most properous in Yorkshire, having on its books near 300 members, with an accumulated capital of nearly £3,000, being about £10 per member. The profit during the past half-year exceeded £55. During the evening short addresses, interspersed with singing and reciting, filled up the time till eleven o'clock,
Wesleyan Christmas Tea
Wesleyan Christmas Tea. — On New Year's Day a tea party in connection with the library of the Meltham 'Wesleyan Methodists was held in their schoolroom, and was attended by nearly four hundred persons. After tea a public meeting was held, presided over by Mr. J. Broadbent. Ad were delivered by the chairman, the Rev. Richard Crowther, of Holmfirth, and several of the senior teachers and friends of the school. The proceedings were varied by the singing and numerous recitations given by the children. The interesting entertainment gave general satisfaction.
Chess and Draft Tournament
Chess and Draft Tournament. — A few members of the Meltham Mechanics' Institute, and lovers of the game of chess, offered prizes consisting of four handsome sets of chessmen nt boards, and a set of draftmen and board, to be competed for by the members of the Institute during Christmas. Sixteen persons entered their names as competitors for the draft prize, and the games were played on Christmas Eve. After some very good play the prize was won by J. W. Lockwood, of Meltham Mills. The chess-players also numbered sixteen, and having drawn lots for opponents, commenced the first games on Christmas Day, the winners of the first two games drawing lots and paying again. The play was kept up each evening until Saturday, when the last games were played out. The winners of the prizes were — First, Joseph Ranfield ; second, George Armitage; third, Geo. Henry Mitchell ; and fourth, Abraham Broadbent, all of Meltham. The games were played in the rooms of the Institute, and excited great interest. The prizes were given on Monday evening, and gave general satisfaction to their owners.
Gaming in a Public House
Gaming in a Public-House. — William Sykes, landlord of the Bay Horse Inn, Deanhead, for whom his wife appeared, was charged at the Police Court, Huddersfield, on Saturday, with permitting gambling in his house contrary to the tenour of his license. In consequence of complaints, Police-sergeant Corden and two other policeconstables visited the house on the 21st ult., where, from what they heard outside the house, they suspected gaming was going on inside. Proceeding to the windows of the front room, the constables lifted each other up to obtain a glimpse into the room through a crevice in the blind, when they observed four men sat at a table playing cards at a game called "all fours," for twopence a corner, and saw the landlord standing by the longsettle watching the game. Having seen sufficient, the officers quietly opened the door, went into the room, and obtained possession of the cards which they produced in court. The defendant's wife denied the cards being theirs, and said a gentleman from Halifax left them at the house last July. — The Bench informed her that she should have destroyed the cards, and inflicted a penalty of 10s. and costs 8s.
Aiding and Abetting
Aiding and Abetting. — At the Police Court, Huddersfleld, on Tuesday, Wm. Sykes, weaver; John Haigh, weaver ; John Aspinal, delver; Wm. Schofield, weaver ; all of Scammonden ; Abraham Hampshire, farmer, of Rishworth ; and Henry Wadsworth, spinner, of the same place, were charged with aiding and abetting Wm. Sykes, innkeeper, of Scammonden, in the commission of a crime. The defendants did not appear, Police-sergeant Corden and two other officers found the defendants playing at cards in Sykes's house on the 21st ult. The defendants were each fined 2s. 6d., and costs 9s. ; or in default seven days' imprisonment.
Holroyd's Charity. — On New Year's Day the funds of this charity, amounting to about £30, was distributed in Mr. G. Binns's schoolroom, Fartown, to the deserving poor of the locality. The gentlemen present at the distribution were Messrs. John Booth, Captain Armitage, and John Day, trustees of the charity, assisted by the Rev. W. C. E. Owen, Rev. R. Crowe, Messrs. G. Binns, W. Sugden, and H. Crosland. The number of recipiants was much larger than usual.
Births and Deaths
Births and Deaths. — The registrar's return for the quarter ending the 3lst December, shows there had been in the Golcar district 128 births, and 60 deaths, being below the average in both.
Victoria Mills Fire Brigade
Victoria Mills Fire Brigade. — On Saturday evening the members of the Fire Brigade in connection with Victoria Mills, Golcar, and a few of their friends sat down to an excellent supper provided by Mr. and Mrs. Hall, of the Rose and Crown Inn. The chair was taken by Mr. Edward Taylor, captain of the brigade. Several songs were sung. Mr. James Gledhill playing the piano.
Mechanics' Institution. — The fortnightly Penny Readings took place in the above place on Tuesday evening, Mr. Daniel Thorp in the chair. The readings were given by the chairman, Messrs. Joseph Bamforth, Joseph White, Humphrey Ainley, James Gledhill, Crosland Smith, Law Heppenstall, jun., and Charles Thornton, and were well received. Messrs. James Gledhill, jun., and Edward Singleton gave the vocal part of the entertainment. Mr. Alfred Pearson was the pianist.
Church Tea Party
Churc Tea Party. — On Monday the annual Christmas tea party in connection with the Church school at Westwood-edge, was held at that place, of which upwards of 150 persons partook. The Rev. W. Barker, incumbent of Golcar, presided over the after proceedings, Addresses were delivered by the chairman, the Rev. B. Russell, curate, and several members of the Golcar church congregation. St. John's Church choir was also present under the leadership of Mr. E. Taylor, and performed a choice selection of glees, duets, and other pieces of vocal music.
The Church Choir
The Church Choir. — On Tuesday night, between 30 and 40 of St. John's Church Cheir, Golcar, were treated to an excellent supper in the Infant School, by the Rev. W. Barker, the incumbent. The rev. gentleman afterwards presided over the meeting and was assisted by the Rev. B. Bussell, and Mr. J. Sykes, Addresses were afterwards delivered by the chairman, Mr. J. E. Ramsden, and other friends.
Wellhouse Chapel. — The annual tea party in aid of the school connected with this chapel was held on Thursday, the 26th ult., and was attended by about 300 persons, A meeting, presided over by Mr. J. Taylor, was held in the chapel, when addresses were delivered by the Revs. C. D. Ward, of Huddersfield ; F. Jewel, the resident minister ; and other friends. The chapel choir was present and performed selections of sacred music. Mr. A. Pearson presided at the pianoforte.
Foresters' Anniversary. — The 22nd anniversary of Court No. 436 of Royal Foresters was held at the house of Mr. Joseph Hall, the Rose and Crown Inn, Golcar, on Wednesday, when 155 of the brotherhood partook of dinner. The after proceedings were presided over by Mr. M. Heppenstall. A party of glee singers, from Huddersfield, were in attendance. The report stated that the Court, both as regarded numbers and funds, was in a prosperous state,
The Formation of a Rifle Company
The Formation of a Rifle Company. — Another meeting for receiving the names of those young men wishful to join a rifle companyjfor Golcar was held at the National School, on Monday evening. Mr. Webster, surgeon, and Mr. F. Ramsden attended to receive the names. Fortyfive persons entered, making, with the twenty before, sixty-five. Another meeting for the same purpose was held in the same room last night.
Baptists' Sunday School
Baptists' Sunday School. — The annual tea meeting of the Baptist Sunday school teachers was held on New Year's Day, when upwards of 350 persons partook of the social beverage in the schoolroom. A meeting was afterwards held in the chapel, presided over by the resident minister (Mr. Berry). The report was read by Mr. Hirst, showing the school to contain 350 scholars, and 106 teachers. <A sick and burial club has been established in connection with the school and numbers 45 members. The report was adopted and addresses delivered by Messrs. R. H. Shaw, T. E. Sykes, J. Tate, C. Smith, W. Hirst, G. Walker, Longwood ; and D. Dawson, MilnsMile The scholars sang at intervals in a creditable style.
Treat to Old People
Treat to Old People. — On Thursday, William Brayshaw, Esq., of Oakwell, and George Eastwood, Esq., of Upper Wellhouse, Golcar, gave their annual dinner of roast beef, plum pudding, &e., to the old people of Golcar and part of Linthwaite, in the schoolroom under the Methodists' Chapel, at Wellhouse, kindly lent for the occasion. The room was beautifully decorated with evergreens. The number of aged people invited was 112, but from the somewhat slippery state of the roads, and other causes, 21 of them were not able to attend, but had their dinners sent by those who were present. After the old people had finished their repast some of them repaired to the vestry of the chapel, while the above gentlemen, and many private friends, together with those who had been engaged as attendants, being about 30 in number, also sat down to dinner. Afterwards a portion of the Christmas Hymn wassung, and votesof thanks passed for the very substantial dinner thus liberally provided. On returning home each old person was supplied with a nice currant cake. The average age of the old people is 713 years. Two were present, a man and a woman, both in their 90th year.
Free Church Bazaar
Free Church Bazaar. — The total receipts from the bazaar which was held last week amount to £112. The object of the bazaar was to raise funds to reduce the debt on the chapel.
Broadhead's Charity. — On Monday morning last the above charity was distributed in the Upperbridge schoolroom. The sum given away amounted to nearly £20, ph the recipients received in sums varying from 2s. 6d. to 30s.
Wesleyan Missions. — On Tuesday evening last the annual young men's missionary meeting was held in the Wesleyan Chapel, Mr. Herbert Harpin in the chair. Addresses on missions were delivered by young men connected with the chapel. A public tea was provided in the school-room.
Wooldale Free Church
Wooldale Free Church. — On Wednesday last the annual tea party was held in the schoolroom, when about 150 sat down to tea. Addresses were delivered by Messrs. W. M'nish, H. Dearnley, H. Wadsworth, B. Moorhouse, A. Hinchliff, J. Booth and others. The choir sung a selection of music during the evening.
Burnlee Independent School
Burnlee Independent School. — The annual tea party was held in the above school on Tuesday evening last, After tea the Rev. J. Collville occupied the chair. Messrs. W. M'nish, 8S. Wimpenny, Joseph Senior and others addressed the meeting. Recitations were given by the Sunday scholars. The temperance brass band o attended and played a selection of music during the evening.
Rifle Corps. — On Thursday evening the Holmfirth Rifle corps attended at head-quarters for company drill. After drill the captain presented to eant James Farmer a sword, being the gift of the captain and his brother officers, as a recognition of his services as drill instructor, and for his regular attendance at drill. The men then marched down to the captain's residence at Spring Grove, where sandwiches and beer were served out to them,
Mississippi Minstrels. — On Friday evening week, the above minstrels gave an entertainment in the Town Hall, for the benefit of the funds of the Working Man's Club. The hall was crowded to excess, many going away, being unable to gain an entrance. Several of the songs in the first part of the programme were sung very well, but owing to the noise and uproar of the gallery, were only indifferently heard. The comic oration in the second part was very good. After balancing up, the sum of £7 was handed over to the club.
St. John's Church Schools
St. John's Church Schools. — On Tuesday last a teachers' tea party was held in the Upperbridge school, when about 150 sat down to tea. After tea the chair was taken by the incumbent. Addresses were also delivered by Mr. Charlesworth and the Rev. J. Powell. Mr. W. Blackburn read a paper on Sunday school teaching. The choir of St. John's Church enlivened the proceedings by singing. Oranges were handed round duriag the evening. After a vote of thanks had been given to the singers, and the National Anthem had been sung, the benediction was pronounced, which brought the evening's proceedings to a close.
Tea Party and Soiree
Tea Party and Soiree. — The annual tea party and soiree of the Holm Bridge Co-operative Stores was held in the Free Church Schoolroom, on Wednesday evening last. About 400 sat down to an excellent tea. After tea Mr. Hirst Burrell took the chair. Mr. J. M. Shore read the report which showed the society to be in a satisfactory state. About £9,000 had been received during the last twelve months ; £20 had been taken to the reserve fund; also £6 10s. to the education fund. A dividend of Is. 11d. was also allowed for. Messrs. John Thorpe Taylor, H. Butterworth, S. Wimpenny, W. Cockshaw, of Huddersfield ; and Nathan Whitehead addressed the meeting. A glee party, consisting of Misses Head and Renshaw, Messrs. F. Bailey and Joseph Moore, accompanied on the piano by Mr. W. Sandford, added greatly to the evening's enjoyment, by some excellent singing. After a vote of thanks to the ladies for presiding at the trays, and to the singers, the National Anthem was sung, which terminated the evening's proceedings.
Pulling Down the Chimney of a Dwelling House
Pulling Down the Chimney of a Dwelling-house. — On Wednesday, at the Barnsley Court House, Humphrey Dalton, a young man, was charged with doing wilful damage to a dwelling House to the amount of 5s, the property of Jacob Wood. Mr. Hamer prosecuted. It sppared that on the 10th ult., the parties were at a public House at Skelmanthorpe, where the defendant asked the complainant fora job. The latter told him he thought he had nothing in his line. Defendant then declared he would find himself some work, and said he would go and pull down one of the chimneys on the complainant's property, He left the house, and in a short time returned with his hands sooty, and said he had pulled down the chimney, an assertion which subsequently turned out to be true. The defence was that part of the chimney was built on the defendant's house, and one of the complainant's witnesses acknowledged that this was the case. The bench dismissed the summons, and advised the parties to call in an arbitrator.
Trespassing for Rabbits
Trespassing for Rabbits. — On Tuesday, at the Police Court, Huddersfield, Edward Smith, woollen spinner, and George Brook, collier, both of Falhouse, in Whitley Upper, were charged with trespassing on land over which Mr. E. A. Leatham possesses the right of shooting. Mr. Clough supported the complaint. On the 24th ult., Woolfenden and the other keepers being off shooting, John Berry, a farmer, was set to watch at Falhouse, and at about half-past two o'clock in the afternoon of that day Berry saw the two defendants at the bottom of Luke Kitson's field digging up the rabbit burrows. They had a spade and dog with them. Being unable to meet with any rabbits in this place they hunted the dog down the field side for two or three hundred yards, and then went over the hedge into another field. The watcher then spoke to them, and passed on. The defendants denied the charge, but the Bench considered the case proved, and fined them in penalty and costs 23s. each, or 14 days' imprisonment.
Church Festival. — On New Year's Day the ninth annual festival was heldin the National Schools, Lindley. The proceedings were commenced by a tea party, to which 358 persons sat down and did ample justice. The trays — which were gratuitously provided by some ladies of the congregation, and most profusely ladened with various provisions, presented a most pleasing and inviting appearance. Addresses were afterwaris delivered by the Revs. J. W. Town, N. R. Lloyd, T. Lewthwaite, G. S. Terry, A. C. Gleadhill, and R. B. Thompson. The usual votes of thanks were duly honoured. The church choir contributeel very much to the enjoyment of the evening, A very pleasing and unexpected incident occurred during the evening. Mr. J. H. Stansfield stood forward and said he had been requested by several young persons, forming the adult class of girls in the Sunday school, to present, on their behalf, the small token of esteem which he held im his hand. It consisted of a beautifully bound album, containing cartes de visite of the members of the class. It bore the following inscription in gilt on the cover : — " Presented to Mrs. J. W. Town, as a token of the esteem and affection in which she is held by the members of her select class, at the Lindley Church Sunday School. Lindley, January Ist, 1868." ;
Assaults. Reuben Morton, joiner. of Lindley, wag charged at the Huddersfield Police Court, on Saturday, but did not appear, with having assaulted Charles Horsfall, of the same place, on the 19th ult. — A fine of 5s, and costs 10s. was inflicted, or in default seven days' imprisonment. — Benjamin Clegg, a farmer, George Holmes and Thomas Holmes, labourers, all of Lindley, were on Saturday charged at the Huddersfield Police Court with assaulting John Todd, a farmer, of the same place. — George Holmes was discharged, Thomas Holmes fined 20s. and costs, and Clegg 10s. and expenses.
New Poor's Rate
New Poor's-Rate. — At the Huddersfield Police Court, on Thursday, the assistant-overseer (Mr. John Crosland), applied to the Bench for sanction to grant the laying of @ new poor's-rate of Is. 3d. in the pound for the township of Lindley-cum-quarmby. The amount of the rate was £761 14s, 3d. Of the former rate there were recoverable arrears amounting to £4 4s. 10d. ; excused on account of poverty, £20 ls. 8d. ; and empty houses, £11 19s. 8d. The rate, which was the usual amount, was granted.
Watch Night Service
Watch Night Service. — A watch night service was held in the new Wesleyan Chapel on Tuesday night. An impressive sermon was preached by the Rev. J. M. Pilter, of Linthwaite, from the 90th Psalm, 12th verse,
Wesleyan Sunday School
Wesleyan Sunday School. — -The annual tea meeting in connection with the Linthwaite Wesleyan Methodist Sunday-school took place in the Schoolroom on Christmas Day. The room was tastefully decorated by the teachers. About 400 persons sat down to tea, which was presided over by the ladies of the congregation. After the removal of the cloth, Mr. Samuel Dyson began the meeting by singing and prayer. Mr. Eli Mallinson, of Grove House, was called to the chair, and gave an interesting address on the advantages of Sunday-schools, Recitations were given by upwards of 30 of the scholars. The chapel choir and organist were in attendance, and enlivened the proceedings by singing several appropriate pieces. Votes of thanks were given to the chairman, the choir, the ladies, and Messrs. Thomas Mallinson and Joseph Heaton, for the able manner in which they trained the scholars, which concluded the proceedings.
Disorderly Conduct in a Public House
Disorderly Conduct in a Public-House. — David Walker, spinner, and David Swift, factory hand, both of Linthwaite, were charged at the Huddersfield Police Court, on Saturday, the latter with creating a disturbance in the house of Robert Lewis, the Coach and Horses Inn, Linthwaite, and the former with aidind and abetting him in the act. It seems that at about nine o'clock on Christmas night Swift went to the above inn in a state of intoxication, and there created a disturbance by stripping his coat to fight any of the company. Swift was several times requested tu jJeave the house, but instead of complying became mere boisterous, Police Constable Weldon requested the defendant to leave the house, and on being refusing the officer took hold of him to force him out, and it was alleged that Walker attempted to prevent the constable effecting this object. The Bench having a doubt as to the part taken by Walker discharged him, and fined Swift 10s. and costs 12s., or 21 days to prison.
Stealing an Overcoat
Stealing an Overcoat. — Hugh Holmes, slubber, of Linthwaite, who had for some time been " wanted?" by the police, was on Saturday brought up at the Huddersfield Police Court charged with stealing a top coat, the property of David Haigh, a wood turner, of Huddersfield. On the night of the 24th of September the prosecutor was at the Bath Hotel, Lockwood, and placed his top coat over the back of a chair in the kitchen. When he went for it shortly afterwards it could not be found. The following day Police Constable Redman ascertained that the coat had been pledged the same day at Hadfield's, in Castlegate, Huddersfield, in the name of John Taylor. A description of the prisoner was given by Geo. Pickering, the assistant, but the prisoner having absconded could not be apprehended till the 26th ult., when he was taken by Redman. The prisoner pleaded guilty, said it was his first offence, and begged for mercy. He was sentenced to one month's imprisonment.
The Tunnel. — The long talked of second tunnel through Standedge Hill, for the London and North Western Railway Company, is again revived, the directors having advertised for tenders. It is believed that this time the project will be carried out, and the introduction of a large number of workmen into the village will relieve Marsden from its present depressed state,
Tea Party and Ball
Tea Party and Ball. — On Tuesday evening the wives and friends of the members of the Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, M.U., held at the house of Mrs. Twigg, the New Inn, Marsden, to the number of 120, partook of tea in the Assembly-room. After tea, Messrs. Armitage and Carter's quadrille band was engaged, and the annual ball was held. Dancing, interspersed with singing, and recitations, was kept up till after the New Year had commenced, when the large company separated with hearty good wishes for each others pros-
Conservative Lecture. — A public lecture under the auspices of the Marsden Conservative Association, was given in the Assembly-room attached to the New Inn, by Mr. W. E. Stutter, of Manchester, on Saturday evening, There was a large attendance. Mr. J. E. Dowse occupied the chair. The lecturer chose for his subject, " The Conservative principle, the Magna Charta of England." The lecturer by his manner of handling the subject evinced his thorough knowledge of Conservative principles, and their tendency as the safeguard to the liberties of this country. He dwelt particularly upon the law of Magna Charta, and pointed out its analogy to Conservative principles. Frequent plaudits greeted the lecturer, and at the close a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to him,
Large Pullet Egg
Large Pullet Egg. — On Wednesday afternoon a pullet, in the ion of Mr. Kaye, of the Big Valley Hotel — only eight months old — laid an extraordinary egg, which measured seven inches by six inches, and weighed over 3¼ ounces.
The Wesleyan Chapel
The Wesleyan Chapel. — On Sunday afternoon and evening sermons were preached in this chapel in aid of the organ fund. The afternoon sermon was preached by Mr. T. Seymour, of Green Hammerton, and in the evening by Mr. E. Brooke, of Fieldhouse. Collections were made after each service, amounting to £15.
Lost, Lost. — At an early hour on Wednesday morning the inhabitants of the Big Valley were alarmed 7 hearing a man shouting out, " Lost, lost," in most pitiful accents.
On some of them opening their bedroom windows to ascertain the cause, it was found that one of the musicians, who had been at the Lockwood concert, was returning home, when, from the darkness of the night, and the uantity of " Timmy's best" imbibed, he became bewildered. Being directed in the right way, he went home rejoicing.
Friendly and Lodge Suppers
Friendly and Lodge Suppers. — On Monday night about twenty persons enjoyed a friendly supper at the house of Mrs. Shaw, the Harp Inn, after which pleasi entertainments filled up the hours till the time of parting, — On Wednesday upwards of 50 members of the Lodge of Gardeners partoek of their usual annual dinner. The lodge business was subsequently transacted, after which a leasant evening was spent by those present. The lodge is in a prosperous condition, having increased both in numbers and funds during the past year.
Cop Hill Friendly Society
Cop Hill Friendly Society. — The members of the Cop Hill Friendly Society celebrated their anniversary on New Year's Day, by dining together at the house of Betty Shaw, the Rose and Crown Inn, Cop Hill, Slaithwaite. About 130 of the brethren sat down to a substantial dinner. The chair was afterwards occupied by Mr. Benj.
Sykes. The report was read by Mr. Henry Bamforth, and proved the society to be in a good position. having 140 saeuchonn and a fund at command of over £300. ore than £32 had been expended during the year as sick and funeral money.
Tea Party and Ball
Tea Party and Ball. — The annual New Year's tea and ball took place at the Lewisham Hotel, on Wednesday, when 160 persons partook of the social and cheering cup. In the evening a ball was commenced and kept up with intermissions of singing, reciting, &e., till midnight.
The Earl of Dartmouth and his Tenantry
The Earl of Dartmouth and his Tenantry. — This nobleman has it in contemplation to hold an Industrial exhibition in the forthcoming autumn, to which he invites all his tenantry to contribute, as the following letter received this week by many of his tenants on his Slaithwaite estate will show : — -
Patshull, Albrighton, Wolverhampton, Nov., 1867. Sir, — With a view to afford heme occupation and amusement, I have it in contemplation to hold an Industrial Exhibition, probably at Wolverhampton, in next autumn, with the object of raising a fund to purchase and fit out a lifeboat, to be placed in such a spot on the coast as the Lifeboat Institution shall recommend. I propose to form the exhibition by the assistance of my tenantry, their families, and friends, and would suggest the following articles as being suitable for contribution, viz. Collections of dried plants, ferns, insects, &c., stuffed birds and animals; articles of home manufacture, comprising basket work, fancy eabinet work, turnery, carving, hardware stuffs, knitted articles, plain and ornamental needlework, drawings and paintings, lace, artificial flowers, models of buildings, machinery, ships, boats, de. If you are disposed to co-operate with me in this undertaking you will probably signify the same to me in writing before the end of the present year, and, if possible, I should be obliged by your stating in what branch you or your family would be most likely to exhibit. I should add that it is intended that all articles offered for exhibition shall be subsequently sold (unless the exhibitor expresses a wish to the contrary), and the proceeds applied to the purpose above mentioned. — I am, sir, yours faithfully,
The Harmonic Society
The Harmonic Society. — The members of this society gave a concert in the National School on Monday night, when, in addition to the other artistes, Mr. Albert Walker, the ventriloquist, &c., was engaged. There was a good house. The singing of Miss Mellor was loudly applauded, Mr. Walker received unbounded applause,
Penny Readings. — The second of the series of Penny Readings by the Slaithwaite Working Men's Conservative Association, was given in the National School, on Tuesday evening, when there was a large attendance. The Rev. C. A. Hulbert, jun., incumbent, occupied the chair. Interesting readings were given by Messrs. Henry Sykes, Charles Thornton, J ohn Schofield, E. Walker, E. Sugden, and the Chairman. Some excellent singing was rendered by Messrs. Jabez Shaw and George Bamforth. Mr. John , Mellor presided at the pianoforte.
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