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 following is a transcription of a historic newspaper article and may contain occasional errors. If the article was published prior to 1 June 1957, then the text is likely in the Public Domain.


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?