Annual Ball. — The annual ball given b of the Almondbury Old Quadrille Band. took nian ata Woolpack Inn, on New Year's night, and was well atgendee. Dancing was kept up till after midnight.
The Local Board. — The monthly meeting of the Local Board was held at the Offices of the 'Board of Health, last evening week. Mr. J. F. Brigg occupied the chair. The other members present were Messrs. W Pontey, C. J. Riley, J. Parkin, S. Sykes ey, J. a. Taylor, and J. R. Sykes, the clerk. .
poses £15 lls. 104. = hes £2185. A convention n district and lighting expenses took place respecting the letti of the works for the formation of the ow tad betwask Hudtersgeld and Almondbury, but no action was taken on the subject. This being the last meeting of the Board poor to the election of four new members, to supply t Pp ees of those who retire by rotation, the clerk was lleeting hg make the necessary preparations for such n. — Mr. J. J. H. Taylor was appointed returning oa The retiring members are Messrs. J. F. Brigg, fi nidsley, S. Sykes, and G. Arlom. The election is _ to take place on the 31st inst. Placards announcing t e election have been issued. The last day for nominating is the 24th inst. In the event of a contest voting papers will be issued on the 27th, and collected in on the 31st, and in the evening of the same day the result announced. At the conclusion of the business the members of the Board, according to custom, partook of supper together in the Boardroom (at their own expense), provided by Mr. G. Brook, and presided over by Mr. J. F. Brigg, the retiring chairman.
The Church Sunday School. — The annual tea party, concert, &c., on behalf of the Almondbury Parish Church Choir and Sunday-school, was held in the central schoolrooms last evening week. The rooms had been handsomely decorated for the occasion by the teachers with flowers, evergreens, &c. Various illuminated texts, scriptural mottoes, and emblems adorned the walls. Between 150 and 200 persons partook of tea. In the evening a ublic meeting was held presided over by the Rev. Canon ulbert, M.A., vicar, who delivered an interesting address on the special occasion that had brought them together. At the conclusion of his remarks he presented a number of books to several of the teachers for their assiduity, kindness, perseverance, and efficiency in the school during the period that elapsed between the demise of the late vicar and his own appointment. Mr. Henry Kaye acknowledged the gifts on behalf of the teachers in appropriate and becoming terms. The meeting was also addressed by the Rev. R. M. Hulbert, the curate, who read the new rules for the future guidance of the Sundavschools, and which seemed to give general satisfaction, The meeting was also suitably addressed by Edward Dyson, Esq., one of the churchwardens ; Messrs. P. W. Hulbert, W. Bradbury, of Marsden, H. Kaye, S. Mellor, and others, The Rev. G. S. Terry, curate of Slaithwaite, delivered an interesting lecture on the subject of 'Christmas customs," and at the conclusion was rewarded with a hearty vote of thanks. The Church choir, assisted by Mrs. Hirst, Miss Annie Hirst, and Mr. B. Hirst, was present, and contributed greatly to the pleasures of the evening by their excellent performance of a choice selection of glees, songs, &c.
Sermon for the Huddersfield Infirmary. — On Sunday morning a sermon was preached in Lindley Church, by the Rev. J. W. Town, the incumbent, after which a collection amounting to £3 4s. Gd. was made for the benefit of the Huddersfield Infirmary.
Early Lamb. — On Saturday, a ewe in the possession of Mr. Dan Hall, farmer, of Oakes, in Lindley, dropped a fine lamb. This is considered very early.
Choir Festival. — On Monday evening the choir of Zion Chapel, Lindley, partook of an excellent supper, provided for them and their friends by Mr. Hepworth, the choir master. About 40 persons partook, after which the evening was passed in a pleasing manner, with singing and other amusements.
Choir Dinner. — On Monday evening the choir of Zion Chapel with their wives and sweethearts numbering altogether about 40, sat down to a dinner which had been provided for them by Mr. Hepworth, the choirmaster. fter ample justice had been done to the good things provided, Mr. J. Earnshaw was voted to the chair and the room was cleared for the evening's entertainment which consisted of singing and other amusements. The company after singing the National Anthem, separated about eleven o'clock, all feeling that they had spent a most agreeable evening.
The Local Board. — The monthly meeting of the Lindley Local Board was held on Wednesday night. In the absence of the chairman, Mr. Waterhouse presided. The other members present were Messrs. Walker, Ellam, Fox, Hall, A. Wilkinson, Gledhill, and Crosland. The minutes of the previous meeting were confirmed. The statement of accounts showed that the sum of £70 12s. 3d. had been collected during the month of the highway rate, and £10 5s. 9d. of the district rate. The total collected of the new highway rate was £171 14s. 9d. The amount oF payments for the past month was £55 11s. 94. on highway account, and £15 10s. on district account. A number of tradesmen's bills amounting £65 6s. 63d., were ordered to be paid. The treasurer announced that he was without funds, and had already paid more than £20 out of his own pocket. The rate collector was urged to collect the rates as speedily as possibie, in order to reimburse the treasurer and meet the requirements of the Board. The amount in the hands of the collector was £28 19s. 10d. Plans for a temporary building for the co-operative butchers' society, to be erected in Plover Lane, were laid before the Board andsanctioned. Plans for the erection of eight cottages for Mr. Iredale, in Brian Street, were examined, and being drawn in accordance with the bye-laws of the Board were sanctioned. Complaint was made of a nuisance caused by Mr. Joseph Firth, in consequence of the removal of nightsoil through the streets of Lindley without proper care being used in the cartage of the same. The clerk was instructed to" notice Mr. Firth to exercise more caution, otherwise he would be summoned before the magistrates. — Complaint was made by Mr. Walker that au unnecessary expense had been incurred in consequence of the surveyor having too large a stock of stone on the roads where there were no facilities for using them. — Mr. Firth was of the same opinion, and thought if sucha practice was entertained the Board might some day be in the Gazette. Along conversation ensued on the bad state of the roads in the district. — The surveyor explained that at the present season, owing to the continued wet weather, the roads not only of Lindley but every other township were in a bad condition, and reminded the Board that Lindley was not like Marsh, with only three or four miles of road to manage,. but that Lindley bad 18} miles of road to repair, the whole of which at one time would cost a serious amount of money. — The surveyor was instructed to lay down new edging for the causeway opposite the newly erected Baptists' chapel at Oakes, and so to extend the setting of the crossing at Lindley Laneend, opposite the Bay Horse Inn.
Suicide. — on Tuesday last an inquest was held, at the Woolpack Inn, Dobcross, before John R. Ingram, Esq., deputy coroner, touching the death of Charles Frederick Buckley, of Wharmton School House, who was found hanging in a room of the said house, about eight o'clock, on Monday morning, the 6th instant, by one of his daughters. It appeared from the evidence that deceased had been employed by Messrs. Hirst and Sons as a taker in of pieces, or overlooker of "knotters ;" and on Monday morning last he lighted the fire, and made his son and daughter some warm coffee before they went to their work. He told his daughter that he would make her breakfast, and she was to go to it at the usual time. She went home as requested, and found deceased hanging against the wall from a crook, to which part of a clothes-line was attached. She gave an alarm, and Mr. Wright Platt, who was passing, went into the house and cut deceased down. He was dead, but felt warm, as though he had not long committed the fatal act. Deceased had been in a desponding state of mind for several days, and a verdict was returned ace he hanged himself, being at the time of unsound mind.
Stealing a Watch. — On Wednesday last a oan named Robert Wood was brought before the Rev. R. — —
charged with having, on the 30th day of June las ; stolen a silver lever watch, the property of John Nield, or Highmoor. On the day named, Nield was drunk, and missed his watch, but how he lost it he could not te On the 9th July, ten days after it was missed, the prisoner pawned it at Huddersfield for 20s, giving his name as John Shaw, and his residence Dobcross. _ On the 29th December last the prisoner sold the pawn ticket toa man, and said he had bought it from a woman at Bent, in Oldham. The prisoner afterwards got the ticket back, and took it to the prosecutor, and told him it was the pawn ticket relating to the watch he had lost. Prosecutor went to Huddersfield and redeemed the watch, which was the one he had lost. The prisoner, when apprehended, said he found it in Dolefield, on Monday morning, the Ist of July last; he knew it was the prosecutor's watch at the time he found it, but he wanted money, and, therefore, pawned it. The prosecutor said he might have lost the watch at the place where prisoner said he found it, as he was drank at the time, and did not recollect seeing the prisoner, but prisoner lived next door to him and knew about his watch being lost. The prisoner was discharged with a severe reprimand, and informed that, even supposing he had found the watch, when he knew whose it was, he committed a felony by appropriating it
Mechanics' and Literary Institution. — On Wednes-
ay evening last the annual soiree in connection with = Saddleworth Mechanics' and Literary Institution oes me d in the rooms of the Mechanics' Hall, Upperm hennt Was provided in the class rooms, the han 'lem a of the 41 trays being given by ladies and gen lemen oO a district. The meeting was held in the large Chad the Institution, John R. Shaw, Esq., of St.
i : large attendance of president, in the chair. There was @ /arg The services the most influential residents in the ar pee? es aac of the following vocalists were secured for Gioncester Miss Hiles, Miss Newbound, Mr. Brandon, os Jderefield. Cathedral, and Mr. H. B. Lodge, of Hu ceived. The latter gentleman was enthusiastically Wood, of being encored on every appearance. Mr. aoe negate Huddersfield, presided at the pianoforte. A brie tution was read by Mr. James Lawton, showing the paste ht of to be in a favourable state of efficiency, though a de that £400 was still resting upon it. He hoped, however, the Institution would soon be relieved of that encumbrance. Samuel Lord, Esq., had promised £150 towards the liguidation of the debt; and it was hoped that this enerous offer would meet with the energetic efforts of the members and friends of the Institution to free it altogether from pecuniary embarrassment. — The meeting was afterwards addressed by N. Learoyd, Esq., solicitor, Huddersfield ; Rev. W. Burrows, B.A., Uppermill; Rev. T. Hughes, Hyde; Dr. Pankhurst, Manchester; and Samuel Rigby, Esq., Warrington. — Dr. Blackburn moved a vote of thanks to the speakers for their able services, and expressed his obligations particularly to Mr. Rigby, who had supplement his address by a present of £20. — Dr. Ramsden moved a vote of thanks to the ladies and gentlemen whu had so liberally contributed to the evening's enjoyment. — A vote of thanks to the chairman, moved by Wm, Crosland, Esq., and the singing of the National Anthem, closed the proceedings, which were of
4b instructive and enlivening character.
Births and Deaths. — The resi Br c . egistrar's returns for th district of Brighouse shows the number of births do have eee ties anerter ending 3lst December last, 109 ; and eaths, 55; being exactly the in corresponding quarter of 1 i mane teheaber os iy thie Doc, Pouttry, &c. was held on Tuesday,
Dog, Poultry, &c., Show at Hanley. — This show in the two markets and the Town Hall of Hanley. The prizes offered were of the total value of £450. The entries of poultry numbered 553, most of the specimens being very fine. There were also 293 dogs, among them being numerous prize animals. Among the principal prize takers was Mr. T. Burgess, Brighouse, for greyhound, spaniels, Newfoundland, bulldogs, Skye terriers and toy terriers.
Robbery from a Lodging-House. — -On Monday noon there were stolen from the lodging House of Mr. Josh. Pratt, of Commercial Street, Brighouse, two sheets, value 5s. The thief was suspected to be a tramp who had lodged in the house the previous night. Information was given to the police, who traced the fellow to Halifax, where he had pledged the articles with Mr. Keith for ls. 6d. _He was apprehended the same night at the Halifax Model Lodging House.
Feloniously Entering the Queen Hotel. — The sum of £9 in silver was stolen from the Queen Hotel beerhouse, on Saturday night. The landlord, Mr. Samuel Mitchell, and his wife, having closed the house at eleven o'clock, went to market, as usual on Saturday nights, and whilst they were away some one entered the house by means of skeleton keys, and took the money from a drawer. The lodgings of a suspected person have been searched by the police, but nothingfound to implicate him,
Fatal Accident. — A fatality occurred to Edward Worsnop, a quarryman, in the employ of Messrs. Naylor and Goodyear, of Southowram, yesterday week. It seems the poor man was working in the quarry on the above day, when a large quantity of loose stones, eart and debris fell upon and crushed him severely in the abdomen. He xas conveyed to the Halifax Infirmary, where he expired the same night. An inquest was held on Saturday at that institution, before Mr. J. R. Ingram deputy coroner, when a verdict of " Accidental death " was recorded.
Meeting of the Local Board. — The monthly of this Board took place last night week, at the Gasw. Mr. K. Aspinall presiding. There were also salear Messrs. J. Wood, T. Ormerod, W. Broadbent, E. Standing, J. C. Bottomley, and T. B. Chambers. The minuts2 having been confirmed, the claim of £29 8. 3d. by Mr. Jonas Empsall, contractor, for building a new gasholder tank at the Gasworks was @onsidered, he having refused to make a deduction of £5 as required by the surveyor, and threatened legal proceedings if not paid in full. It was decided not to contest the matter, but to make some arrangement with him. — Mr. Alfred Daker applied for peranssion of the Board to lower the drain near his new uildings; but, it appearing that the drain in question is on private property, the Board coul not interfere. — Mrs, Armitage had enquired whether the Board could do anything in respect to the alterations of the Beck which had caused backwater in her drains. The Clerk said that Mrs. Sugden made a similar complaint. Somebody penned the water up. It being a public watercourse, it was a question of private rights, and if any one obstructed the Beck they were liable to legal proceedings, — The manager stated that the average illuminating power of the gas during the week was 16°36 sperm candles. It was remarked by some of the Board that the gas was of excellent quality. — Mr. Ormerod complained of the bad state of the road from Ganny-bar to the Bull Inn. The road was much used by persons for evading the toll-bar. Within 100 yards of the toll-bar any one could go free of expense; but in order to miss that bar people had no right to come up that street from the direction of the Bull Inn, and so slip the bar. — Mr. Ormerod stated that in Commercial Street persons left the scrapings in lumps, and consequently persons stepped into the dirt when it was dark. He had been requested by several parties to mention the matter to the Board. — The Clerk stated that Wm. Womersley had sent in a claim to the Board of two guineas for a fractured leg sustained by his daughter, aged seven years, owing to the falling of a flag upon her at Bonegate. The child had interfered in the laying down of a flag. If the child had not touched the flag, it would not have fallen upon her. The law was that when a party was in the least degree a contributor to the injury sustained, damages could not be recovered. The Board decided that they did not feel called upon. to make any compensation.- — The Clerk stated that the new gas rate at 9d. amounted to £721 12s., against £656 13s. 6d. last year. The rate collector gave a list of 15 persons who were in arrears of gas rate up to September, and they were ordered to be summoned.
The Mechanics' Institution Soiree.- — The twentyfirst annual soiree of the Brighouse Mechanics' Institution took place in the Co-operative Hall, in that town, on Tuesday last, and proved successful. The proceedings commenced with an excellent tea being served in the Congregational School, Bridge End, to which about 450 persons sat down. The soiree was presided over by the Rev. T. P. Kirkman, M.A., rector of Croft, Warrington. The report was read by Mr. T. Ormerod, and showed the institution to have been successful during the past year. The number of members on the books is 185. Of these twelve are honorary, subscribing 15s. per annum, and having the privilege of sending a nominee to the classes, at half the usual terms; twelve pay 10s. annually; sixtyfive members of the young men's classes and fifty-two quarterly members pay 2s. per quarter ; thirteen members of the young women's class and one nominee pay Is. per quarter. The total number attending the classes is 109, and the average attendance 90. Additional members might have been had if there had been accommodation for them. This defect the committee hope to remedy before the end of the present year, when the Town Hall is completed, in which the committee have engaged a suite of rooms for the purposes of the Institution. Seventeen members of the senior class and nine from the junior class will be able to compete for certificates at the ensuing examination of the West Riding Educational Board. Last year only four were examined, three of them being successful. Several prizes were also given by the gentlemen of Brighouse to those who had made marked improvement. The news-room continued a source of interest, and was well supplied with papers and periodicals, The library contained 920 volumes, the issues being 1,468. The Saturday evening entertainments were successful, and at the close of last year a handsome surplus was left towards furnishing the new class-rooms. The report concluded with hoping that the Institution would maintain its popularity and increase its usefulness. — The Chairman, in a lengthened speech, spoke on the conventionalism thut had hitherto been observed on mechanics' institution platforms, where both religious and political subjects had been debarred, and advised them to seek after the truth, and not judge of the opinions of their neighbours until they had ascertained the truth of their actions, because their neighbours had the same right with themselves. He urged the young members of the Iestitution to search for and study the truth as the only means of making themselves happy. — Mr. Henry Sales, agent and lecturer to the Yorkshire Union of Mechanics' Institutes, also addressed the meeting, at great length, and spoke in favour of compulsory education, showing its necessity and the failure of voluntaryism. In London alone there were more than 60,000 vagrant children running the streets without the slightest education being given them, except for vicious purposes. In the city of Manchester the Educational Society had ascertained that there were 39,132 children in that city without the means of education. After referring to the last report of the Government Inspectors of Schools, he said there were 300,000 children leaving those schools between the ages of ten and twelve years to go to work who could not read fluently, write fairly, or spell correctly. He contrasted the education in England with that in America, and showed that the case was as bad, if not worse, across the Atlantic than in this country. After pointing out that technical education, which had been so much talked about of late, was not understood by the people of this country, he concluded by eulogising mechanics' institutions, and urged them to do their duty in supporting such institutions, and then there would be no fear but that England would still maintain her position at the head of the manufacturers of the world. — The Rev. J. M'cann, LL.D., said the pupils ought not only to study in the classes of the Institution, but to take the books home from the library and make themselves acquainted with the thoughts of great men, and to develope the faculties of their own minds so as to realise the object of those thoughts, and to do their duty to themselves, the Institution, and their families, as reasonable and intelligent men. He also urged the members to avail themselves of the secular education afforded them by the Institution, and to live through life with the one aim and object of learning right and truth._Mr. J. W. Willans urged the attention of the meeting to the study of technical education, and contended that the founder of mechanics' institutions — Dr. Birkbeck — never intended such institutions to become night schools for the young to learn the three R's, nor for mere reading-rooms, or lecture halls, but as schools in which the artisans and mechanics could learn the rudiments and principles of science and art, which were so needful for them in their daily occupation. After coming the progress made by this country in manufacparing P : &e.. with continental countries, tures, the arts, sciences, &C., land had made as much he expressed an opinion that Eng forel t during the last 20 years as any foreign country had during the same period. He concluded by urging the working men to, acepi thei rat ie aaa with continen nS, : Sue doubt but they would obtain the social position ped were rightly en toy and tthe head of the manumaintain its rig go ' ddressed on factures of the world. — The meeting ok. "The Rev. R. the same subject by Mr. Clay, of Rastric sdvantazes of Bruce, of Huddersfield, spoke of the advanta mechanics' institutions, and passed a high oo of that of Huddersfield, which could not, oe han 2 io a prea similar honour to that of Brighouse, in having Bo 1 7 ident who were fellows of the Roya sident and vice-presiden itution to Society. He urged the members of the inetibation endeavour to promote its onward Proerese dl eading sidered that they were tn cet become unica . to the time when a vlnable and the birthright of versal, popular, cheap, ' 4 subsequently every English child. — The meeting ne red and addressed by Mr. Fairless Barber, Mr. T. Ormerod, A glee party, consisting of Miss other gentlemen. g Pp ' Varl and the Smythe, Miss Crosland, Messrs. Mellor, oe 'y nea, and Yorkshire Buffo, H. B. Lodge, was in atten fo ances enlivened the proceedings by their excellent perform ' Mr. Joe Wood presided at the pianoforte.
Cowms Sunday School. — The annual tea meeting In connoetion with the above Sunday school, was held = Monday, the 6th inst. Notwithstanding the aan e weather, a goodly company, numbering over , sat dows is the realities of the tea-table, and evi te cae tention of all concerned. As might have been the ted, all were put into excellent temper, whic bi fcauentiy displayed during the public meeting that a Iowed The report was 1 by Mr. A. Jessop, t nod tary. and was of a very cheering character, showing ihee hb ol to be in a satisfactory and igmiing oo i tion The number of teachers was. stated ed be ee icf ion. ! t : 5 increase ©: sc c .
ere se eel of 100 in the course of eight bape Ene mare a and interesting addresses were oe ed by the Rev. W. ffolliat, on Ki of artes and Mr. Wheel-
tee . Green, of Kir n; al irahoge, St he of the success of Sunday schoels and s their great value in the country.
Committed for Vagrancy. — On Tuesday, at the Huddersfield Police Court, two men, named Luke Percival, plasterer's labourer, and Allen Dyson, mason's labourer, both living at Parkgate, were charged that, on the 4th inst. they, being suspected persons, did wander abroad with intent to commit a felony. — Mr. Superintendent Heaton, in stating the case, stated that, about one o'clock on the night in question, Police Constable Harwood met Percival carrying a bag, which appeared to be filled with something, Dyson being along with him. Percival told the policeman the sack contained some coal, which his sister, who lived a short distance away, given him. The policeman took Percival to the house of his sister, who told the officer that she had not given the coals to him. Percival then said, 'tI might as well tell all about it: I have taken them from the railway 'shoots, and I will show you the place." The officer went with the prisoner to the coal shoots. There had been a fall of snow, and all the coal was covered with the exception of one place, where it was evident some person had taken a quantity of coal belonging to the Parkgate Trading ompany. Dyson went away, but, from a statement made by Percival, was subsequently apprehended. There was no evidence against Dyson further than that he was found walking with Percival at the time he was carrying the bag. — Police Constable Harwood corroborated the foregoing statement. Dyson, for whom Mr. Dransfield appeared, was discharged; and Percival, with whose antecedents the Bench were made acquainted, was committed to prison for one calendar month.
Christmas Tree and Tea Party. — On New Year's Eve the National Schoolroom, Farnley Tyas, which was tastefully decorated, was thrown open from two p.m., forthe sale of a variety of useful and ornamental articles, which crowded the various stalls or hung gracefully from the branches of avery fine Christmas Tree, and which, 28 the evening advanced, produced a striking effect with its coloured lights. Tea was served at five o'clock, and partaken of hy about 150, whilst Mr. France's automaton pump dispensed a cooler beverage. The room was well filled until nearly nine o'clock, when the Doxology closed an exhibition, with which all present seemed thoroughly satisfied. The sum raised amounts to nearly £17 which, after deducting expenses, will be paid to the credit of the Church Missionary, Church Pastoral Aid, and British and Foreign Bible Societies.
Happy Home Meeting. — The eighth meeting of the above was held in the Free Church Schoolroom, on Wednesday evening last, Mr. W. F. Ferguson in the chair. Readings and recitations were given by Messrs. W. Battye, James Moorhouse, John Lawson, and George Jubb. e singers were Messrs. J. Charlesworth, James Moorhouse, W. Lawton, and Seth Coldwell. An efficient person presided at the piano. . .
Special Constables. — In accordance with notices posted on the walls on Saturday last, the magistrates attended in the Town Hall on Wednesday evening last, to swear in special constables for the graveship of Holme, for special service, should occasion arise. The response to the call was good, 150 men being sworn in, consisting of manufacturers, tradesmen, and the operative classes. Ten superintendents have been appointed, and the other arrangements will soon be completed. _
Grand Concert. — On Thursday evening Mr. Wood, of Huddersfield, gave a concert in the Town Hall, to a very select company, the room heing tolerably well filled. The vocalists were Miss Smythe, Miss Won:ersley, Mr. Mellor, Mr. H. B. Lodge, and Mr. Brandon, from Gloucester Cathedral. The singing altogether was excellent, Mr. Brandon in every one of his songs being encored. Mr. Lodge's song "Of course it's no business of mine," was vociferously encored, and he then sung " Sarah Walker, which elicited roars of laughter. The humorous song " Not for Joseph " was also encored. The singing of the National Anthem concluded the evening's entertainment.
Magistrates' Court, Town HALL, January 4th.
On the Bench: Joseph Hirst, Esq., Joshua Moorhouse E3q., and Lieut. Harpin.
Refusing to Quit. — Thomas Wadsworth was summoned for refusing to quit the Rose and Crown when ordered to do so, on the 28th December. The defendant, who was drunk and very noisy, was requested by the landlord to leave the house, he refused, a policeman was then sent for, and after a deal of scuffling he was got out. Fined 5s. and costs.
Damaging a Bass. — Joshua Crosland summoned Samuel Hardy and J. Littlewood, all of Hinchliff Mill, for damaging a bass on Christmas Day morning. It appeared that the bass had been bought with money that had been collected by them, and on Christmas Day morning, complainant, with others, was out singing, defendants thought that they had an equal right to the bass, and in attempting to get it the damage complained of was done. Each was fined 5s. for damages, and 10s. 6d. costs.
Concert. — The committee of the Linthwaite Church Choir gave a concert in the National School Room last night week. The room was crowded with a respectable audience. The performers were Miss Mellor, Messrs. John Schofield, Joel Mellor, Josh. Varley, and the humorous Mr. H. B. Lodge, with Mr. W. H. Pogson as accompanist on the pianoforte, each and all highly deserving the frequent rounds of applause which they received.
The Local Board. — The monthly meeting of this board was held, at the rooms of the Linthwaite Board of Health, on Saturday afternoon. Mr. W. Wood presided. The other members present were Messrs. G. Mallinson, J. Pickles, G. Dyson, J. Walker, and J. Taylor, clerk. The minutes of the previous meeting were confirmed. The clerk informed the board that there had been collected during the month £38 18s. 11}d. of the highway rate, and £9 9s. 113d. of the district rate. The payments during the same period had been £45 5s. 8d. Bills amounting to £22 15s. 10d. on highway account, and £3 lls. 83d on district account, were examined and ordered to be paid. A short conversation took place respecting the formation of the new bridge and footpath, from the toll bar at Linthwaite Hall to Westwood, near Slaithwaite, when it was decided to award £22 in furtherance of the object. The sum of £10 was ordered to be paid to Mr. John Balmforth, the contractor, on account. This being the last meeting of the board for the year, the clerk was instructed to make the necessary arrangements for the election of three new members of the board. It was also resolved that Messrs. J. Eastwood, John Armitage, and Joseph Armitage be employed to assist the chairman during the election. The surveyor was instructed to repair the steps and footpath leading from the turnpikeroad to Low Westwood, and to place a new handrail by the side of the steps to prevent accidents. Thisconcluded the business.
Charge of Neglecting a Wife and Family. — At the Huddersfield Police Court, on Tuesday, Edwin Balmforth, weaver, Linthwaite, was charged with neglecting to maintain his wife and family, who had become chargeable to the Huddersfield Union. — Mr. Wood, relieving officer, stated that the defendant had a wife and two children — one five years of age, and the other three and a half years old. The defendant had been a soldier 10 years, and got off two years ago, and came to Linthwaite. Last August he brought his wife from Dartmouth, where she was living with her parents ; but, he believed, they had lived together very uncomfortably. They were now living apart, the woman stating that she could not live with the defendant, and that she was in fear of her life taken by him. — Mr. Armitage: Where is the neglect? Mr. Wood said the defendant had neglected to provide for his family, and the woman, who had been before the Board, had been relieved with 13s. 6d. at three different times. — A female with whom Mrs. Balmforth was lodging, stated that, on Sunday morning, the defendant,'in her resence, said he would not support his wife, nor give ber apenny. The woman came over from Dartmouth seven weeks ago, and since then she had been twice separated from the defendant. — Balmforth said his wife went away from home for the most trifling things; and he could not help it. It was only a fortnight since last Saturday she went away ; and he was at a loss to see how she had been relieved three weeks. — Mr. Wood replied that, on one occasion, relief was given in flour to the amount of 3s. 6d. ; and two other sums of 5s. each had been allowed her. — Mr. Armitage (to defendant): An ablebodied man like you ought to maintain your family. — Defendant: She went away of her own accord. — Mr. Armitage: Because you wanted to starve her. — Defendant: There was plenty at home for all Christmas. — Afterwards the magistrates were informed that the woman had received, from the employer of her husband, two sums of 15s. and 12s., wages due to the defendant for weaving. She received 15s. on the 19th December, and went away on the 21st. Under those circumstances, the Bench said they should have to dismiss the case. A woman was not to be relieved by the Guardians simply because she could not agree with her husband. If husband and wife could not agree to live together let them settle their differences themselves. The magistrates had merely to enquire into the charge of neglect of family ; and, it ap the wife received 15s. on the day before she went away, and could not, therefore, complain. — The case was dismissed.
Determined Police Officers. — Thomas Granger, landlord of the Woodlands Inn, Greenhead, was charged with permitting gaming in his house on the 3lst of December. It appeared that Police-sergeant Cordon, and three other constables (Holmes, Wheldon, and Bradley,} went to the house on the night in question, and, listening at the front window, heard men playing at cards, naming the cards, and calling the game. About nine o'clock a young man went into the house, and when the front door was opened, a noise was made by a can at the back of the door, warning those within, so that it was almost impossible to get in before the removal of the cards. However, he placed the other officers at the back and in front of the house; and, when a favourable opportunity presented itself, he smashed a window with his stick, lifted up the blind, and saw six men playing at cards. The company, who were playing at "all fours," pitched the cards in various directions, and they were picked up by the officers. The landlady, when Cordon picked ten cards from underneath the table, said, "If there be any cards, you have brought them with you ;" and, afterwards, when five others were found under a form, she said the children had been playing with them. Defendant's wife: There was no card playing that night. — Cordon stated that he paid for the window on the following morning. — Defendant's wife : We don't sell half a barrel a week, and we have nothing to "tip" them with, or we should not have been here now. — A young man named Jas. Crowther was called in defence. He stated that, when searched, Cordon found upon him a club (society) card. In crossexamination, he admitted that five cards were found under the place where he had been sitting. — A fine of 10s. and costs (total 18s.) was inflicted. — On Thursday, Wright Wood, slubber, Binns, Linthwaite ; Jabez Shaw, weaver, Wildbrow ; James Crowther, weaver, Highhousogreen; Wm. Lofthouse, dyer, Highhouse Green ; Davi Swift, weaver, Greenhead; and Squire Shaw, Balshes, Wildbrow, were severally charged, under Jerviss Ac ts with aiding and abetting Grange in committing the breack against the tenure of his license. The only sate t who appeared was Swift, a man who lodged at the net but another defendant had pleaded guilty, and mm ik with which to pay the fine. The officers went ne house in plain clothes, and, by smashing the win on were the defendants in the act of card playing. e dant found under a seat occupied by Swift. The de Swift said he lodged at the house, and was nes ch of playing. He was fined 5s. and costs (total 13s.) 5 ea the other defendants had 14s, to pay.
Working Men's Conservative Association. — The usual meeting of the Golcar Working Men's Conservative Association was held in the National School, Golear Hill, on Monday evening, when the forthcoming banquet of the Conservative Associations of the Colne Valley was the general topic of conversation. The banquet to which Messrs. Stanhope and Denison, the late candidates for the southern division of the West Riding, have been invited. is fixed to take place at the latter end of the present month, that being the only time Mr. Stanhope can attend. The meeting was unanimous throughout, and confidence was expressed that the banquet would be well attended.
The Co-operative Society. — The annual meeting of the members of the Golcar flour and provision society was held at the stores on Monday night and was well attended. Mr. John Tate, the president, occupied the chair. The year's balance sheet was read by Mr. Samuel Kenworthy, the secretary, and showed that the society had during the past year transacted a good business, but owing to a sale speculation considerable loss had been sustained which accounted for the smallness of the dividend. A dividend of 73d. in the pound was declared on members' purchases. Six new members of the directorate having been appointed, the usual votes of thanks were accorded and the meeting terminated.
Penny Readings. — On Tuesday evening another of the series of penny readings took place in the National School, Golear Hill,) The Rev. W. Barker, the incumbent, occupied the chair. There was a large attendance. Instructive readings were given by Dr. Webster, Messrs. B. Bentley, James Gledhill, G. H. Ainley, E. Taylor, and others. Between the readings choice selections of music were performed by the senior scholars of the school under the able management of Mr. Bentley, the schoolmaster, the gem of the evening being the 'Little Swiss Girl," sung by Miss H. G. Bailey, in which she was loudly applauded. Mr. J. H. Pearson presided at the pianoforte. The customary votes of thanks closed the proceedings.
Defrauding a Railway Company. — On Tuesday, at the Huddersfield Police Court, William Whitwam, flock dealer, Golcar, was charged with defrauding the London and North Western Railway Company. Inspector Batchelor attended to prosecute. — Benjamin Stan ey, a watchman in the employ of the company, stated that, at 1-46 on the morning of the 2nd inst., the mail train arrived at the Huddersfi ae He, 22 of the company, was appoin collect the tickets of passengers alighting at Huddersfield by that train. Mr. Whitwam made his ap) ce; he saw him get out of the train ; and asked him for a ticket, as he had asked others. The defendant said he had not a ticket ; and witness told him he knew the company's rules as well as himself, and that if he had no ticket he must pay the fare. Whitwam refused, and said he knew they dare not lock him up. The witness asked him for his name, and at length he gave it. The defendant, who did not answer to his name, was fined 20s. and expenses ; total £2 9s. 6d.
The Rifles. — On Thursday evening Lieut.-colonel Bradbury, of the 34th West York Rifle Volunteers, attended at the Golcar National School for the purpose of attesting those who had entered their names for enrolment as volunteers. The meeting was enthusiastic, and the explanations of the Colonel was deemed to be quite satisfactory. The Rev. W. Barker, incumbent of Golcar, was present during the proceedings. Eighty volunteers were sworn in, and an additional number of young men entered their names for enrolment in the new company. It is anticipated that the Golcar Company will be one of the strongest companies in the regiment,
The Local Board. — The monthly meeting of the Golcar Local Board was held on Thursday night, Mr. George Eastwood presided. The other members present were Messrs. S. Haigh, J. Sykes, J. Crowther, J. Beaumont, S. Kenworthy, Joseph Shaw, and T. E. Sykes, the clerk. The minutes having been confirmed, the statement of accounts was laid before the Board showing that the sum of £30 2s. 9d. had been expended during the month for highway purposes, and £3 for district purposes. The amount of highway rate collected during the same period was £50 11s. 1d., which had been paid to the treasurer. — Messrs. J. and J. Harrison having complained of the fouling of the water in their dam, by the top or surface water from the road running into the same, the Hi hway Committee was instructed to view the place, and take such steps to remedy the complaint as to them appeared needful. — Plans for the erection of some additional outbuildings for Mr. Haigh, at Crimble Mills, were examined by the Board, and sanctioned ; as were also plans for the erection of a shed for Messrs. Shaw of Longwood, at Scar Bottom,
Assaulting a Police-Officer. — On Saturday, at the Huddersfield Police Court, William Hinchliffe, of Moldgreen, was charged with having assaulted Police Constable Clegg. The defendant, when requested to plead, said, "It is true; I was very drunk, and I feel very sorry." Clegg stated that, on the morning of the previous day, at half-past one o'clock, when on duty in Eastwood Street, Moldgreen, in company of another officer, he heard a disturbance in the direction of a house where a prostitute lived. They went to the place, and found the defendant and another man trying to get in at the door, which was fastened. He requested the defendant, who was the worse for liquor, to go away, but he refused and became very abusive. He then ordered him away, upon which the defendant struck him a very violent blow and kicked him on the side and legs. — Police Constable Keighley confirmed the evidence of last witness. — Mr. G. Armitage (to the defendant, whose eye was discoloured): How did you get that black eye? Clegg: It was in a dark place. — Defendant: He hit me with a stick. — Keighley stated that, when the handcuffs were put on the defendant's hands, they all fell, and the defendant received his injuries by the fall. He struck him once on the back of the head with the stick. — Defendant : Yes ; he struck me on the head. — The defendant, who pleaded guilty, was fined 5s. and costs ; total 12s. 8d.
The Local Board. — The monthly meetirg of the Local Board was held on Monday night, Mr. J. Day in the chair. There were also present Messrs. J. Milnes, J. Hirst, W. Ely, I. Robson, E. Sykes, G. Gelder, J. Byram, B. Graham, W. Marsden, and C. Mills, the clerk. The minutes of the previous monthly meeting were read. A special meeting of the Board had been held on the 19th ult., when a letter from Mr. Morgan, the Government inspector, was read, stating that unless the sewage water was purified before it was turned into the river Colne, he could not recommend the Secretary of State to pass the system of drainage laid down by the Board. The clerk was instructed to inform Mr. Morgan that the turning of the water from the sewers into the river would only be of a temporary character. Mr. Gelder was re-elected a member of the Board. Notices were ordered to be served on several owners of property at Moldgreen to alter their area covers to the same level as the new causeway just laid down by the Board. A letter was read from Mr. Hesp, as clerk to the trustees of the Wakefield and Austerlands Turnpike Road, acknowledging the receipt of Mr. Mills' letter, announcing the appointment of a deputation from the Board to wait upon the trustees of the road, respecting the making of a new causeway from the junction to the extent of the boundary of the district. The letter informed the Board that the trustees of the road would meet at the George Hotel on the 27th inst. — The monthly statement of accounts was laid before the Board and examined. The Finance Committee recommended for payment on highway account items amounting to £138 5s. 11d., and on pieeeite account £32 He 3 _ amount of payments for highway purposes was 3 73. 2d. The amount collected during the month of the highway rate was £123 12s. 4d. The bank book showed the Board debtor to the treasurer about £28. The statement was adopted. The plans of Mr. Dyson for building on land lying between Long Lane and the turnpike Road were examined and sanctioned, subject to the drains shown on the plans being used as pure water drains only. The Clerk informed the Board he had obtained the sanction of the Secretary of State to borrow £3,000 for sewerage pui poses, and that the queries of the Public Works Loan Commissioners had been answered, and that before the next meeting the money would be received. He therefore wished the Board to sign the contract of Mr. Jessop for the construction of the contemplated sewers as Previously agreed upon. After a short conversation, a resolution was adopted that Messrs. Milnes, Hirst, Byram, Robson, and Day sign such contract on behalf of the Board, and that the clerk serve the requisite notices upon the Huddersfield Improvement Commissioners, Mr. Jas. Armitage, and the executors of Mr. John Smith, of the intention of the Board to enter the lands in their occupation for carrying the sewer through such lands to its outlet. The subject of renewing the gas contracts was then di and the Board were unanimously of opinion that the discontinuance of lighting the public lamps from May till August was an unwise plan, and the saving thereby effected but of little moment. Many com-
laints had been made last year against this practice. Ultimately the clerk was instructed to obtain tenders from the Huddersfield Gas Compauy and Mr. A. Kaye for the supply of gas for the next twelve months. The following memorial was read by the chairman : — We, the undersigned ratepayers of the district of Moldgre en, respectfully to submit for your consideration the condition of Brook Street, which is in great need of repairs, especially drainage, ing and lighting, and to request that at least sufficient lamp lights be fixed, and a proper causeway laid with as little delay as possible. This street (in which there is not a single lamp) is now the approach to a large number of houses, and the main thoroughfare leading to the church, whose cengregation will bear a like testimony with the residents to the desirability of supplying these wants. Our request is the more urgent now, because of the approach of the winter season when the road becomes almost impassable for mud, and our homesteads lost in darkness. The memorial was signed by the Revs. C. J. Clarke, and W. Hodgkiss, Independent minister; G. Smith, free church minister, and upwards of twenty other owners of property and ratepayers of the locality. A long discussion ensued as to whether the Board the power to comply with the requirements of the memorialists until the street had first been put into a proper state of repair by the owners and dedicated to the public in the usual manner. Several members of the Board urged the absolute necessity of erecting one or two lamps in the street forthwith, which was objected to by other members, who feared if the Board did that, it would be held as an acceptance and the street henceforth become repairable out of the rates. The clerk explained the law of the case showing that the street had y become a highway, and that the mere placing of Jamps in the street would not make it repairable by the public, that expense falling on the owners until they had complied with the terms of the Act of Parliament, and the Board had accepted the street. At the close of the discussion, the clerk was instructed to acknowledge the receipt of the memorial, and intimate that the Board had no objection to the work being done on condition that the written consent of the owners of property in that street be given to defray the cost of the same. Messrs. Milnes and Hirst were appointed a sub-committee to negotiate with the memorialists with respect to the erection of one or two lamps as a temporary convenience, and to report the result to the next meeting of the Highway and Lighting Committee. The rate collector and surveyor, Mr. Godfrey Berry, having tendered his resignation of those offices, the chairman considered the Board should first request him to collect up all his present rates, and to continue to superintend the surveying department, till.the private improvement rates had also been collected, as it would be an awkward position for a new collector to undertake such work. There being no other business the Board resolved itself into a special committee for the consideration of the collector's resignation.
Births and Deaths. — The registrar's returns for this district, made up to the 31st of December, show the births to have been, during the quarter, 51 females and 40 males, total 91. The deaths during the same period have been, males 45, females 20, total 65. The births are a great way below the average of the corresponding quarter of 1866, and the deaths are also below the average of the same period.
Lecture on Sydney Smith. — On Wednesday evening a lecture was delivered in the Kirkburton Wesleyan Chapel, in aid of the day school connected with that place of worship, by E. A. Leatham, Esq., of Whitley Hall — subject, "Sydney Smith." The chai was oceupied hy Mr. D. Lockwood, who, in appropriate terms, introduced the lecturer. The lecture was listened to with the greatest interest, and at its close a hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mr. Leatham.
Bagatelle. — A friendly game of bagatelle was played last Saturday, between six professional and six novices of the Lockwood Working Men's Club. The game was a very exciting one, the novices, who scored 151, winning by one cannon.
A Young Woman Charged with Theft. — At the Huddersfield Police Court, on Thursday, a young woman, named Elizabeth Thornton, was, on the application of Mr. Superintendent Heaton, remanded until to-day (Saturday) on a charge of stealing a dress.
New Year's Party. — The customary ball given at the White Lion Inn, Salford, was held on Monday night, when there was a full attendance of the lovers of terpsi chore present. A quadrille band was in attendance, and dancing and conviviality was kept up by the com any, many of whom came from Leeds and other distant hoon till after the small hours of the morning.
Tea Party and Ball. — About forty of the burlers in the employ of Messrs. Henry Crowther and Sons, manufacturers, of Lockwood, partook of tea together at the house of Mr. Nathan Shaw, the White Lion Hotel, Salford, on Tuesday night. The tea was got up and placed on the tables in first-rate style and to which the burlers did ample justice. In the evening, an efficient quadrille band being engaged, a ball was held in the same room, which was well attended. Dancing was kept up till after midnight.
Robbery from a Dwelling-House. — On Monday morning a young woman, named Elizabeth Thornton, residing at Netheroyd Hill, went to the house of Mr. John Bradley, at Gardenhouses, Lockwood, and while Mrs. Bradley was up-stairs, engaged in domestic duties, the girl contrived to secrete about her person a top coat belonging to one of Mrs. Bradley's sons. Immediately she had left the house the coat was missed from where it had hung, behind the street door. Information of the rob was given to the police, and it was ascertained the coat had been pledged the day it was stolen, at Mr. Hirst's, Buxton Road, Huddersfield, for 4s. On Thursday forenoon the girl Thornton was apprehended, and will be brought before the masistrates at the Huddersfield Police Court this day.
A Beerseller Entertaining his Friends. — On Thursday, at the Police Court, Huddersfield, Eli Revell, landlord of the Brunswick Hotel, was charged with keeping open his house for the sale of beer in prohibited hours. — On Sunday night last Police Constable Redman visited the house at ten minutes past twelve o'clock, and, in the kitchen, found two men, with glasses, containing ale, before them. He went again at twenty minutes to one; and the same two men were still there. When he first visited the house one of the men drank off his beer ; but, on the second visit, they had both part of a glass of ale before them. The men lived at Primrose Hill, half a mile from the house. — The defendant said, as it was Christmas, he gave the men, who were friends, some bread and cheese, and likewise a quantity of ale. — The defendant, who had been once previously convicted, was fined 5s. and costs.
Death from a Fall. — A man named John Crabtree, a dyer, about 45 years of age, of Yews, Lockwood, died at the Huddersfield Infirmary, on Sunday, from injuries caused by falling down the area steps at the bottom of a passage, between Water Street and Bridge Street, Lockwood. It seems that, at an early hour on Christmas morning, the deceased was in company with the watchman for Messrs. Crowther and Sons, manufacturers, Lockwood, and accidentally fell down the area steps in question, to which there is not the slightest protection. 'The injured man was conveyey to the Infirmary, at Huddersfield, where it was found he had, in addition to serious internal injuries, sustained a severe compound fracture of the arm. Everything that medical skill could devise was done for the sufferer, who gradually sunk till Sunday, when he expired. No inquest has been held. The deceased has left a wife and six children.
A Man Committed to Prison for Six Months for Assaulting his Wife. — Godfrey Pashley, tailor, Salford, was charged, at the Court House, Huddersfield, on Thursday, before Messrs. L. R. Starkey and J. Hirst, with assaulting Mary Pashley, his wife, on the 9th inst. Mr. Superintendent Heaton stated that the prisoner wag apprehended at half-past eight o'clock that morning, on a charge of assaulting his wife. He had inflicted some injury to the woman's leg, but they could not find the instrument with which the wound had been inflicted ; and, therefore, it was thought advisable to bring the prisoner before their worships fora common assault. The assault was committed in the bed chamber; but they found nothing with which the injury was likely to have been inflicted, except a pair of scissors, but they had no proof of the wound having been caused by them. — The complaisant, who appeared to be in a very feeble state, and had to be accommodated with a chair while giving evidence, stated that the prisoner eame home drunk, a little before twelve o'clock, on the previous night. She went to ved, and he followed about two o'clock. Between six and seven o'clock in the morning he got up, and went downstairs. Shortly afterwards he came to bed again, seized her by the leg, and said she had robbed him. She thought it expedient to get up; and he then seized her by the arms, and pushed her first against one thing and then against another. The prisoner did nothing but drink ; and he abused the family shamefully. In the struggle she felt her leg smarting, and found blood flowing from it. They had been married 22 years; she had had a family of 14 children, eight of whom had been buried ; and the maintenance of the family depended upon herself and two of the children. — Police Constable Ramsden remarked that he had been called to the house many times to restore quietness. About five months ago the complainant charged her husband with an assault, but subsequently declined to press the case; and the prisoner was brought before the magistrates for drunkenness. The mean appeared to have gone almost insane; and these disturbances occurred every night. — Mr. J. Hirst: The law is sadly too lenient in these cases. — Mrs. Tate stated that the abusive conduct of the prisoner could not be depicted by language; but it required the eye tosee. She was called into the house this morning, and, proceeding up stairs, saw the prisoner shaking his wife about in a very unmanly manner. Her knee was bleeding; but the complainant could not tell how it had been hurt. — Mr. Starkey: This is a very shocking case indeed. It isa disgrace to humanity for a man to treat his wife in the way stated. She certainly would do much better without the prisoner, and we consider we should not be doing our duty if we did not inflict the highest panishment we have power todo. We shall send you (the prisoner) to the Wakefield House of Correction for six calendar months,
A Bright Star. — David Dodson, a young man, was charged, at the Huddersfield Police Court, on Saturday, with being guilty of disorderly conduct at the New Inn, the house of Sarah Ann Twigg, licensed victualler, and refusing to leave when requested by Police Constable Binns. — Mr. Superintendent Heaton said the Jefendant had called upon him that morning, and expressed sorrow for his behaviour. He was a young man; and he said he would take care it did not occur again. — Bench: Do you know him.Mr. Heaton: The defendant's father is an innkeeper in the town. — A fine of 5s. and expenses (total, 7s. 6d.)
New Year's Party. — On the evening of yesterday week, the workmen in the employment of Messrs. Robinson Bros., Cloughill Mills, together with a few invited friends, numbering in all about 100, met at the Old New Inn, the occasion of "footing" some new hands being considered a sufficient reason for having a New Year's . The celebration took the form of a knife and fork tea, followed by a social meeting and ball. When the tables were cleared, J. B. Robinson, Esq., the surviving merrber of the firm, occupied the chair. In responding to the health of " Robinson Brothers," proposed by Mr. Stoney, the chairman feelingly alluded to the fact that the firm of Robinson Brothers existed no longer as a reality, but only asa name. He said that twenty-five years ego, in the very room in which they were then assembled, he made his first speech. After remarking on the great changes in the manners and habits of the people, which had taken place during the intervening period, he referred to the long-continued depression of trade, and concluded by urging the importance of a system of technical education, in order that England might be better enabled to compete with her continental neighbours. — On the motion of Mr. Webster, 2 vote of thanks was given to the managers of the entertainment.
The Co-operative Society. — The thirty-third quarterly meeting of the Marsden Equitable Industrial Society was held in the town's schoolroom on Monday night, when there was a moderate attendance of members present. Mr. Richard Beaumont, the president, occupied the chair. The balance sheet was read and adopted, and a dividend of 1s. 6d. in the pound on members purchases declared. Messrs. J. Rowbottom, James Carter, and Thomas Haigh were elected directors in place of those who retire by rotation.
Church Missionary Society. — The annual meeting of the Marsden branch of the Church Missionary Society was held in the National School, Marsden, on Tuesday evening. The attendance was only thin. The Rev. T, Whitney, incumbent of the parish, presided. The Rev. R. Collins, vicar of Kirkburton, attended asa deputation, and explained the working of the society, dwellin g particularly on the Sierra Leone missions. A collection was made at the close of the meeting.
Death of Mr. Robert Taylor. — The demise of this much respected gentleman occurred somewhat suddenly on Saturday last. Mr. Taylor was the senior partner in the firm of Messrs. Robert Taylor and Sons, of the wellknown Marsden ironworks. It seems that Mr. Taylor, although suffering slightly from cold, had been to Huddersfield on the Tuesday previous, and, on his return in the evening, had to walk home from the station. The exercise proved too much for him, and he was confined to bed and gradually grew worse till Saturday, when he expired. The deceased gentleman was 70yearsof age. Hi remains were interred in the Marsden burial ground on Thursday. As a mark of respect, most of the shops in the village were closed during the mournful ceremony. In addition to his sorrowing relatives, the corpse was accompanied to the grave by the members of the Marsdenin-Almondbury, Local Board, by the directors of the gas works company, by deputations from various oddfellows and other lodges in the locality, and by a large numbers of the inhabitants of Marsden.
The Local Board Meeting. — The monthly meeting of the Marsden-in-huddersfield Local Board, was held at the town's school, on Thursday night, Mr. J. B. Robinson, presiding. The minutes ot the previous meeting having been confirmed, accounts amounting to £7 9s. 3d. were examined and allowed. This was the only business transacted.
Pleasant Evenings. — The fourth pleasant evening of the season, in connection with the Working Man's Club, took place on Tuesday night, in the National School, presided over by J. W. Carlile, Esq., of Thickhollina, Meltham. The spacious room was crowded by a most respectable audience. The programme consisted of readings and singing by several amateurs. The readers were Mr. B. Boothroyd, Mr. J. H. Abbey, and Mr. Owen, Amongst the singers were Messrs. Tom Farrar, Bagshaw, Frost, C. Brooke, and B. Beardsell. Miss Brooke, of Northgate House, sang " Home, sweet home," in excellent style, being accompanied on the pianoforte by her sister, Miss Edith Brooke. The whole company joined in " Auld lang syne," after which the usual votes of thanks were passed, and singing the National Anthem closed the proceedings, .
The Local Board. — The monthly meeting of the Honley Local Board was held in the Boardroom on Wednesday night, Mr. Jas. Robinson in the chair. The other members present were Messrs. J. Lee, L. Littlewood,w. H. Walker, A. H. Owen, and G. Hirst. In financial affairs during the month, £61 8s. 54d. had been received of the highway rate, and £22 0s. 44d. expended on the roads. On district account 3s. 8d. only had been received, while the sum of £22 17s. 2d. had beenexpended. It was moved by Mr. Walker, and seconded by Mr. Hirst, that a lamp be placed in the dark place at the bottom of Greencliffe, and another on the way to Thirstin Mill. An amendment was proposed to the effect that no lights be laced there at present. For the amendment were Messrs. the Chairman, Littlewood, and Lee. For the motion Messrs. Hirst, Owen, and Walker. The numbers being thus equal, the Chairman gave his casting vote also in favour of the amendment. All outstanding debts against the board were ordered to be paid. The board then adjourned.
Church Congregational Tea Party. — A very pleasant gathering of the friends of the church place in the National Sehoolroom, on Thursday evening, where a respectable and numerous company took tea, the ladies of the congregation presiding at the trays. At the after proceedings the Rev. J. Jones, incumbent, presided, and addressed the company, as did also Wm. Brooke, Esq., the Rev. G. C. Wilson, incumbent of Linthwaite, the Rev. P. Cronin, curate of Honley, and Mr. Job Whiteley, lay minister. The addresses were very interesting. Between the speaking, anthems and other sacred pieces were very pleasingly rendered by the Church Choir.
Tea Party. — On the Ist inst. the Church annual tea party and concert took place in the Grammar School, Kirkheaton. Misses Dyson, Fernley, Pexton, Wilson, Greenwood, Copley, Broadbent, France, &e., kindly attended to the tables, while Messrs, Thomas Jessop, D. Bentley, G. Bentley, W. Chambers, J. Greenwood, Edward Greenwood, J. W. Stead, James Chambers, &c., rendered cheerful aid as waiters. After ample justice was done to the good things provided, the Rev. C. Alderson took the chair, and congratulated the company with "a happy new year." On this occasion the school was illuminated with gas, and the rev. chairman facetiously expressed a hope that success might also attend the means employed for the illumination of the mind. A brief report of the Sunday School was read ; but the leading feature of the evening's proceedings was the concert, which was well performed by Miss Smythe, Messrs. Schofield, Mellor, and Varley, Mr. J. Wood presiding at the pianoforte. During the interval between the first and second parts, the Rev. N. R. Lloyd, incumbent of Milnsbridge, delivered an address, and the proceedings were bronght to a close soon 2fter ten o'clock by a vote of thanks to the chairman and others, which was proposed by Mr. James Stead.
Popular Lecture. — A lecture was given in the British Schoolroom, Shepley, on Monday evening, by the Rev. John Hanson, of Huddersfield. The subject of the lecture was "The early days of the late Prince Consort." The rev. gentleman delivered his lecture in a clear and vivid manner, and at the close was rewarded with a cordial vote of thanks. Mr. E. Brook occupied the chair, and the audience although good, was not so numerous as had been anticipated, owing probably to the severity of the weather.
Wesleyan Tea Party. — The annual tea meeting of the Wesleyan Methodists of Shepley, in aid of their Sunday School took place on Satertng About 80 friends sat down to tea in the chapel. Mr. George Burley presided over the proceedings. There was a large attendance, and addresses were delivered by Messrs. Fred Sykes, of Huddersfield; J. Townend, of Shelley, E. Copley, of Thurstonland; I. Armitage, E. Brook, G. Woodward, of Shepley, and other friends. The proceedings were interspersed by some excellent congregational singing,
Oddfellows' Anniversary. — The Shepley Lodge of Independent Oddfellows, No 399, of the Bolton Unity, celebrated their anniversary in St. Paul's Church School, Shepley, on Saturday last. A goodly number of the members and friends partook of tea. In the evening the proceedings were presided over by the Rev. J. Collins, the incumbent. The report of the lodge was highly satisfactory. The New-mill Glee and Madrigal Society was engaged, and gave a well selected assortment of glees, duets, songs, &c., with which the audience was delighted.
Scissett Conservative Association. — A meeting of the Scissett District Conservative Association was held at the Sovereign Inn, Shepley, on Tuesday, when there was a large attendance ; Mr. H. C. Dickinson, the chairman of the District Election Committee, presided. Mr. Wm. Foster, of Clayton West, with a few appropriate remarks on the obligation of the association to Mr. W. S. Stanhope, for the manly, straightforward, and independent manner in which he contested the late election for the Southern division of the West Riding, introduced that gentleman to the meeting. Mr. Stanhope was received with loud and prolonged cheers. In a long address Mr. pe informed the meeting that he had come among them to examine and ascertain the manner in which the Seissett Conservative Association was working, and to give his opinion of what ought to be the aim and object of that and all similar Constitutional Associations. In a lucid manner he reviewed the principal events of the past three years, and pointed out the difficulties and disadvantages that beset the present Government on their acceptance of office. With respect to the Reform Bill — which he did not agree with in all its provisions — he considered it the best measure, under the circumstances, that could be passed, inasmuch as for years the so-called Liberals had dangled the subject of reform before the eyes of the nation as a panacea for all its political evils, without the slightest intention of ever giving their dupes the smallest particle of the substance of political power. The word reform was merely used, in his opinion, as a political war ery, or a stalking horse, to maintain their popularity. The beneficial acts of the Derby Government were then scrutinised, not the least of which were the enquiry commissions — ially that upon trades' unions — with the view of showing that the present Government were doing their utmost for the benefit and welfare of the honest and industrious of the working classes, in order to render their position as safe and comfortable as it was possible to make it under existing circumstances. With regard te Fenianism, he believed that had more energetic measures been resorted to at the onset, the movement would easily have been stamped out. It was to be regretted that such measures were not adopted, but he firmly believed that, had the present Government attempted strong measures, they would have been opposed by Messrs. Bright and Co., through whose speeches in various parts of England and Ireland the disloyal movement had received considerable impetus. In illustration of this Mr. Stanhope referred to the Jamaica insurrection, where, by the prompt, decisive, and strong measures of Governor the insurrection was crushed at once, thereby saving that valuable colony to the realm; while the Governor himself had been subjected to unheard-of prosecution for his loyalty to his sovereign. He expressed his conviction that had the Derby Government acted with the same promptitude with regard to Fenianism, they would have been subjected to similar prosecutions from the same party. During his address Mr. Stanhope was frequently applauded, and resumed his seat smid loud cheers. — The meeting was afterwards addressed by the Rev. J. Johnson, vicar of Denby, Mr. J. Bottomley, of Scissett, Mr. Foster, and other friends of Conservative and constitutional principles. At the conclusion of the meeting a hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mr. Stanhope for his address. A goodly number of new members were enrolled, and the association now numbers 92 members.
— A very pleasant at Honley took
The Earl of Dartmouth's Exhibition at Wolverhampton — On Thursday night a few gentlemen of Slaithwaite, including several members of the Local Board, assembled at the Lewisham Hotel, for the purpose of considering what steps should be taken with respect to the letter of the Earl of Dartmouth, to his tenantry (given in the last issue of the Chronicle) regarding the holding of an industrial exhibition at Wolverhampton, during next autumn. The subject was fully discussed, all present being in favour of the scheme. Ultimately it was resolved to call a public anne to consider the question ; and such meeting was fixed to be holden on Tuesday next.
Treat to Workpeople. — About 40 of the workpeople in the employ of Messrs. J. and S. Horsfall, manufacturers, of Spa Mills and Cloughhouse Mill, were, on Saturday night, treated by their employers to a first-rate supper at the house of Mrs. M. A. Shaw, the Harp Inn, Slaithwaite. The after proceedings were presided over by Mr. G. Horsfall, the vice-chair being filled by Mr. C. Mellor, supported by Mr. J. Varley. A glee party was in attendance, and the evening's amusements were of a pleasing and satisfactory character.
Conservative Banquet. — A meeting of the committees delegated by the several Conservative Associations along the Colne Valley held their second meeting at the rooms of the Slaithwaite Association, on Thursday evening. Mr. Mellor, schoolmaster, occupied the chair. After coongpiniating "Hs company present on the prospect of a successful quet, the chairman ealled upon Mr. James Taylor to read the minutes of the previous meeting held in December last. It appeared that, in the interim, a considerable number of gentlemen, friends of the Conservative cause, had engaged to attend the banquet, — amongst them Messrs. Stanhope and Denison. It was then decided to hold the banquet in the commodious National Schoolrooms at Golcar, on Friday, the 31st inst.
The Local Board. — The monthly meeting of the Local Board was held on Thursday evening, Mr. J. Varley presiding. The minutes of the previous monthly meeting having been confirmed, the clerk produced the list of exemptions from payment of the last rate, amounting to £3 4s. 73d., which, having been examined, was allowed. A letter from Dr. Dean was read, complaining of a nuisance, arising from the slaughter House of Mr. Lightowler. After a short conversation on the subject, the chairman was requested to see Mr. Lightowler, with the view of having the nuisance abated. The highway expenses for the month amounted to £15 0s. 2d.
Medical Examination. — At an examination, held at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, on the 17th, 18th, and 19th of December, Mr. Albert Ramsden, a pupil with Dr. Dean, of Carr House, Slaithwaite, and son of Charles. Ramsden, Esq., of Royd House, Farnley, successfully passed his examination in general knowledge. There , were over 200 candidates.
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