Huddersfield Chronicle (09/Jan/1894) - Huddersfield?
The Times newspaper had published several summaries of the year in late December 1893 and early January 1894. The only Huddersfield reference appears to be from 4 January when a summary of "Leeds and District" reported that the woollen trade "in Huddersfield district was worse last year than in any year since 1885."
- The London Times has taken stock,
- Throughout this land of ours,
- Noted its manufacturers and
- Its great producing powers;
- Its past year’s trade, its prospects too,
- What its industries yield,
- But by some strange, some hidden means,
- Has left out Huddersfield.
- Can it be true that this large town
- Is left out in the cold,
- Is losing prestige year by year,
- Is growing weak and old;
- Has let its opportunities
- Pass into other hands,
- Is lacking men of influence,
- And in the rear now stands?
- Can it be true that public men,
- Of intellect and light,
- Have been choked off by party spleen,
- By pettifogging spite;
- Forced from its borders elsewhere, till
- Its mediocrities
- Have hid its light, with dead weight sunk
- It in oblivion’s seas?
- Or does it yet possess the power
- To give its sons their due,
- Make honour something more that votes,
- And to itself be true;
- Make the whole world know that it leads,
- In trade, in skill, in mind,
- Imbued with patriotic zeal,
- Will not be left behind?