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Huddersfield Chamber of Commerce
HUDDERSFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
The monthly meeting of the Huddersfield Chamber of Commerce was held on Wednesday, Wright Mellor, Esq., presiding. There were present — Messrs. J. Wrigley, jun., J. F. Brigg, W. Mallinson, D. Boscovitz, M. Liebmann, J. Hinchliffe, W. Keighley, H. Brooke, W. P. England, and E. Huth.
Telegraphic Communication with Huddersfield
Telegraphic Communication with Huddersfield.
Mr. M. Lizpamann, who had given notice of this subject, said the matter to which he wished to draw attention was the hours at which the telegraph offices closed at Huddersfield. They were aware that most of the traffic with the south, especially with London, was carried on by means of the Great Northern Railway Company. and the last train at night, which left London at five o'clock, arrived here at ten o'clock. While he and his wife were travelling together, a railway accident occurred, and, instead of arriving at ten o'clock, the train did not reach Huddersfield until one o'clock on the following morning. Although there were two telegraph stations at the railway station, yet, the accident happening in an hour when those offices were closed, there was no possible means of informing his family of what had happened, or stating the reason why the train was delayed. It would, no doubt, be a source of enormous anxiety to the people who were waiting for the train without being able to get any information with reference to its detention. The stationmaster, with whom he had had a conversation on the subject, told him that boys were kept in both offices at the station, perfectly familiar with the systems of telegraphing, during the night ; and he believed it only required some step to be taken by the Chamber to bring about an arrangement for m es to be received here up to a reasonable hour at night. Huddersfield was the centre of a large population ; and he did not know whether it would be advisable to go so far as to ask for a night service, the same as in neighbouring towns. At all events, he thought, if representations were made, arrangements could be entered into by the companies, so that messages might be received as late as ten o'clock at night. .
The CHAIRMAN — What is the arrangement in Manchester ?
Mr. LIEBMANN replied that there were two sets of men there — one for night, and the other for day time.
Mr. KEIGHLEY — In one central station. .
The CHAIRMAN remarked that a strong argument in favour of taking action to obtain all the accommodation they could get was that, by the charter of incorporation which was being expected shortly, a large population would be brought into the borough.
Mr. WRIGLEY stated that a case similar to that mentioned by Mr. Liebmann happened to himself a short time ago ; and he suffered much personal inconvenience. An accident happened, during the hours in which telegrams were not received ; and nothing was heard of the cause of the delay until the train arrived. A great deal of anxiety and trouble might have been saved if the telegraph offices had been opened for the reception of messages.
Mr. LIEBMANN moved that the telegraph companies be requested to make arrangements to extend the time of service in one of the two offices up to ten o'clock on week day nights. J .
Mr. WRIGLEY seconded the motion ; and it was adopted.
The Indian Consolidated Customs Act
The Indian Consolidated Customs Act.
A communication had been received from the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, transmitting, for the consideration of the Council, copy of a memorial addressed to the Secretary for India on the subject of a notification in the Gazette, intimating the strict enforcement in future of two sections of the Indian Consolidated Customs Aci, 1863, which have hitherto remained in abeyance. The sections were 33 and 34, and, in accordance with them, it had been notified that specifications of all goods would be required, from all masters and commanders of vessels, imported in their respective vessels ; and stated that, in case of neglect, those who neglected to comply rendered themselves liable to a penalty not exceeding 1,000 rupees. The Glasgow Chamber regarded the detailing of the contents of every package which might be shipped, in the ship's manifest, as altogether unnecessary, both for fiscal and statistical purposes, The CHAIRMAN suggested that it would be advisable for the secretary to write to the Glasgow Chamber, and state that they (the Huddersfield Chamber) thought the matter of such importance as to necessitate its being introduced for discussion at a meeting of the Associated Chambers in February next.
The Council agreed, and the subject dropped.
Nomination of Members of Council
Nomination of Members of Council.
The nomination of members of the Council, for election at the next annual meeting, in place of the following retiring gentlemen then took place: Messrs. D. Taylor. C, Hirst, W. P. England, Henry Brooke, and J. Hinchliffe, The gentlemen recommended for nomination by the Chamber were — Messrs. Robert Jackson, W. R. Haigh, Joseph Lowenthal, Robert Skilbeck, John Day, and Joseph Crosland. The result of the voting was as follows : — Mr. Haigh, 11; Mr. Lowenthal, 11; Mr. Crosland, 11; Mr. Skilbeck, 9; and Mr. Day, 7.
The Secretary (Mr. C. Mills) then read the draft of the annual report ; and it provoked discussion on several subjects.
The CHAIRMAN said it was not right that commercial questions of importance should be cast aside simply because one Government was set up and another defeated. It was important we should have a Minister of Commerce, a competent man, who should take charge of the great questions affecting commercial legislation ; and should, whether a ministry went out or stayed in, permanently take charge of that department.
Mr. Bescovitz — That would not be a ministry.
Mr. LIEBMANN — A permanent secretary.
The CHAIRMAN said they might describe the official as they pleased, but it was impertant a competent person should take charge of that department permanently.
It was stated that there were 405 members of the Chamber ; annual expenses £450, exclusive of furnishing the new rooms; and there was a deficiency amounting to £40
Mx. Liebmann thought the proposed establishment of an exchange might be alluded to in the report. It was a question which would crop up again at some time.
The SECRETARY said it had struck him, but he thought it was a tender point to touch upon.
Mr. WRiGLEY — Hadn't we better let the ery come from without?
Tie CHAIRMAN said he was anxious the Chamber should get out of debt.
After some further conversation, the subject dropped.
The draft of the annual report was adopted on the motion of Mr. KEIGHLEY, and seconded by Mr. ENGLAND.
This concluded the business.
Visit to Vesuvius and Pompeii
VISIT TO VESUVIUS AND POMPEII.
The fifth of the series of lectures in connection with the Highfield Independent Chapel, was delivered on Wednesday evening, in the Assembly Room, Mr. Joel Denham, presiding. The lecturer was the Rev. Bryan Dale, M.A., of Halifax, and the subject "A personal visit to Vesuvius and Pompeii." There was only a moderate attendance.
After singing and prayer, The Chairman made a few introductory observations, stating that he had always regarded travelling as essentially instructive, and entertained a desire to visit distant places of interest.
The Rev. Bryan DALE, on being introduced, stated that every year he usually spent a few weeks away from the shore of Old England, — partly for the purpose of recreation, and partly for the purpose of becoming acquainted with other peoples, places, and nations; and one of the last excursions of this nature he made was to the south of Italy. His object would be simply to give a familiar description of what he observed, especially in the neighbourhood of Naples, rather than attempt anything more elaborate. He, accompanied by a friend, left Halifax on Monday morning, 3rd of April, and cast anchor in the bay of Naples on the following Monday morning. He adverted to the progress which had been in late years in the means of quick communication, enumerated and explained various objects met with on the voyage, and gave glowing and edifying descriptions of the scenery in the different parts of the continent which they visited. His remarks were afterwards confined to what hesaw inand about the celebrated city of Naples. There wasa common saying " See Naples and die" ; and certainly one was not likely to see a more beautiful prospect on earth than that which presented itself on entering its magnificient bay. The lecturer gave asketch of the landscape scenery in the neighbourhood of the city of Naples, which had a population of half-a-million of people; and he commented on some of the customs of the inhabitants. Naples, for its size, had less trade than any other city in the world; but it made the most fuss about it. The people, the mass of whom lived on maccaroni, complained of heavy taxes, but he found that wages had increased two or three times the former amount. That was the reason why the lazzaroni or beggars had ceased travelling, having been transformed into boatmen or fishermen, or induced to follow more lucrative occupations. The power of money had made these men industrious. The chief objects of interest in Naples were the churches, of which there were about 300, and, about the time of their arrival there, preparatiuns were being made for the Easter solemnities, which were kept almost with as much pomp and rigidity as in Rome. The blood of St. Januarius was regarded as an indication of the favour of the protection of their patron saint. Ly his prayers it was believed Naples had been so long preserved from the fury of the burning mountain in which other cities had perished. A more flagrant imposture than that of the blood of St. Januarius it was impossible to find. The priest knew it perfectly well; and no educated man in Naples believed it; but it was thought necessary to uphold the delusion in order to maintain the influence of the church over the ignorant and superstitious masses of the people. Was it any wonder that the system which found it necessary to maintain itself by such methods as this, should be regarded with abhorrence by those people into whose minds the light had been shed? And what should be said of the men who unite? in making and loving alie? Afterwards, the lecturer gave an account of journies made to the suburbs of Naples, and a visit to the large Crater, of which they made aininute examination. Finally, the lecturer and his guide reached the top of the Crater (where he had left his friend) in safety, glad to escape the " horrible pit and the miry clay." (Laughter, ) While lingering on the edge of the Crater, 1t might be well to say a word or two on the nature of volcanoes. Scientific men were not agreed us to the precise cause from which volcanoes rose ; but the theory which most generally attained, was that they are the result of chemical combination in sume form ;
tle oxygen of the atmosphere or water, coming into con-
tact with certuin metallic sebstances. cavsed the great heat and explosions by which they were characterized. He detailed the different kinds of lava (exhjbiting specimens of the porusand hard kinds) ; and subsequently read an extract from a letter, dated the 14th December, written by a correspondent of the Times, explanatory of the nature of the eruption which was at present placing the lives of a large number of people in jeopardy. It was, he said, by a tremendous shower of ashes, and not by an earthquake, that Herculaneum, Pompeii, and Stabiz were destroyed in the year 79, nine years before the destruction of Jerusalem. The most notable eruptions of modern times were those in 1858, 1861, and the eruption which was taking place at the present moment ; and, by means of the known eruptions at least 20,000 people had perished. A hasty glance was next taken of the buried cities ; and the lecturer said that, on gazing upon the scene, he could not help exclaiming, with Sir Walter Scott, The city of the dead, the city of the dead !
In pursuing their quiet and solitary way, musing over the strange life of ages past until it seemed to live around them again, they were suddenly startled by some strange noise of human voices, and fora moment it seemed as if the ghosts of the departed had come back to look at the old place again; but they soon discovered a number of workmen engaged excavating palaces, removing statues, and opening up what remained of the buried city. The impression left on the mind after surveying these places was one of a most painful nature, and this arose not merely or chiefly on account of the fearful calamity that fell upon the place, but on account of the vivifying revelation it made of the modes of life pursued by its inhabitants, and also of the millions of the ancient heathen world of which it was but too true a representation. That mode of life was earthly, sensual, and devilish. The chambers of imagery which they saw in Pon.peii must have far surpassed those evils and scenes which the peormet described ; but, when genius had covered the earth with images, God overwhelmed the works of ancient civilisation with a deluge of barbarism, and consigned the most splendid monuments of literature and art to almost universal oblivion. It was too bad to exist, and God swept it away, therefore, with the besom of destruction. Before the destruction of Pompeii, 2 man landed on the shores, a few miles distant, under the command or conduct of a Roman guard, and pursued his way towards Rome. That man, though in bonds, carried with him the power of the world's liberation ; and, after the lapse of centuries, his. progress appeared more like the advance of a mighty conqueror going to the capital in triumph than a prisoner going to his trial and death. Let them rejoice that the Gospel had elevated us to the ition we at present occupied as a people anos uations of the earth ; at the same time let them not be high-minded, but fear, lest being exalted to heaven by our privilege and prosperity, we should be cast down to hell through our neglect and abuse thereof ; and let the doom of the buried cities remind them of the approach of that great day in which the elements should melt with fervent heat, and when men least expected it ; " wherefore," he concluded, "be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless."
Mr. Lams proposed, and the Rev. R. Bruce seconded, a vote of thanks to the lecturer, who, after acknowledging the compliment, moved a vote of thanks to the chairman. - — Mr. R. JACKSON seconded the motion, and it was carried unanimously, after which the proceedings were brought to a close.
The Volunteer Movement: What is it Coming to?
THE VOLUNTEER MOVEMENT. WHAT IS IT COMING TO?
TO THE EDITOR OF THE HUDDERSFIELD CHRONICLE.
Sir, — Will you kindly allow me space in your columns reply to the four letters in answer to mine of the 24th t.
Not being present at the Kirkheaton meeting held by the Mirfield officers, I could only state what I had been told, and my informant has since corrected his statement to this extent, that Ensign Taylor introduced Mr. J. BR. Bradbury as a lieutenant in the Saddleworth Corps, but that Mr. Bradbury explained that he was not a lieutenant but in expectation of receiving his commission very shortly. Ihave since seen that he is gazetted as a lieutenant in that corps.
T am glad that the letter signed by Mr. J. F. Brigg and other gentlemen has appeared, as it gives me the opportunity of saying that I do not for a moment impute to the Earl of Dartmouth a desire to exercise undue influence in the matter in question, but also to state that his lordship's well-deserved influence and popularity is so great in the neighbourhood of Woodsome, that the slightest expression of his desire that the company should join either Saddleworth or Huddersfield would be acted upon.
The object of my former letter was to raise the question as to whether the system of extension at present pursued by the Saddleworth Corps be right, or in the real interest of the volunteer movement. The two letters appearing in your last Saturday's issue, which I have already referred to, do not profess to deal with the question.
As to the occurrences at Kirkheaton to which Mr. T. C. Smith's letter particularly refers — the vote being taken at the request or with the consent of Ensign Taylor, ("the officer under whose instruction Mr. Smith was acting,") I cannot admit as sufficient, Mr. Smith's reasons for afterwards recruiting, unless he still acted under instructions, in which case he is fairly entitled to blame somebody else for not abiding by the decision arrived at.
Mr. Smith's letter is in itself a confirmation of my statement that the course now being pursued by the Saddleworth Corps "can only tend to create animosity and illfeeling between the respective corps, in place ot rautual respect and esteem."
"A Volunteer" complains that till " very lately" the Huddersfield Corps have never shown they had either wishes or claims, forgetting that till "very lately" there had been no encroachment by the 34th to call forth any such expression, and as to Longwood men being refused admission into the corps, I never heard of it, and believe there are Longwood men at present in it.
In his statement of the Outlane affair, " A Volunteer" 'puts a complexion upon it which is quite erroneous, inasmuch as Lieutenant-colonel Greenwood (then Major) announced, three or four days before the time, his intention of visiting Outlane, by invitation. Lieut.-colonel Bradbury's placard was posted in Outlane on the day of the meeting, and Major Greenwood knew nothing of it until he arrived there.
1f any inference is to be drawn from the facts, and I have correctly stated them, it can only be that Col. Bradbury intended to spoil Major Greenwood's four o'clock meeting by calling another for seven. I make no such charge against Colonel Bradbury, I have drawn the inference only to shew the absurdity and impudence of the direct charge "A Volunteer" has made against "Colonel Greenwood and others." "A Volunteer" supplies me with an argument against himself, or the position he has taken up, by pleading the expense of a country company to its oificers in explaining the difficulty of procuring them. The expense must be great of conveying the Longwood Company by train to Head Quarters several times ayear for battalion drill, and there is no wonder that men competent in every respect to command a company should hesitate about incurring it. Attached to Huddersfield it would be a comfortable half hour's march.
In neither Mr. Smith's letter nor that of " A Volunteer" is the real question touched upon or spoken of, and after reading carefully both letters Iam still of the opinion I expressed in mine of the 24th ult. — Yours obediently, HUDDERSFIELD. January 9th, 1868.
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Huddersfield Mechanics' Institution and Technical Education
HUDDERSFIELD MECHANICS' INSTITUTION AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. TO THE EDITOR OF THE HUDDERSFIELD CHRONICLE.
Sir, — The late exhibition in Paris has been the means of opening the eyes of our countrymen to the position our artisan population occupies, as compared with our continental rivals, in regard to the question of education. As a manufacturing community, it is of the very first importance that something should be done immediately to raise the standard of education in this district, if we intend to maintain the position we have hitherto held in the markets of the world. I believe that much more can be done than has yet been done, through the medium of our Mechanics' Institution, to place within the reach of the working-classes of this neighbourhood a higher class education than has hitherto been open to them.
Attempts have often been made to introduce higher classes into our Institution, but they have always met with the determined opposition of certain members of the committee. The excuse that has always been given for this opposition is that if they were to commence to teach anything beyond a simple elementary education, many of the subscribers would object to such a course and would cease to support the Institution. I believe this excuse is a libel upon the subscribers. I know many of them myself ; but I don't know any who are actuated by the motives attributed to them, and I firmly believe that the only men in Huddersfield, whose judgments are still by those antiquated class jealousies, are to be found upon the committee of the Mechanics' Institution.
There are hundreds of young men in Huddersfield who have acquired an elementary education in the classes of the Mechanics' Institution ; but after they had got hold of the tools, as it were, by which they might make themselves into intellectual men, for the want of higher classes they have been turned out into the world, and there being no other association wherein they could carry on the good work they had begun, they have remained in comparative ignorance. If higher classes had been provided for these youths, they would have become the elite of our working population, and would now have borne favourable com. parison with the intelligent ourriers of the continent that we hear so much about.
These young men, who may be said to be driven away from the Institution, are the very members who would be the greatest credit to it if they were only allowed to continue their studies. But the committee, like an unnatural parent, turns his back upon its cleverest children and reserves its paternal care for the least deserving.
Now, when the voice of an enlightened public opinion is drowning those class and sectarian jealousies that have so long kept the working-classes of this country in ignorance, and is demanding from Parliament a sound system of national education, it is for the members and subscribers connected with the Institution to say if they will allow this state of things longer to exist.
It will soon be the time for the election of a new committee, and I hope the matter will not be forgotten then by those interested. — -Yours respectfully, A MECHANIC. Paddock, January Tth, 1868.
The Huddersfield Improvement Commissioners: "Where Are We Now?"
THE HUDDERSFIELD IMPROVEMENT COMMISSIONERS. — " WHERE ARE WE NOW ?"
TO THE EDITOR OF THE HUDDERSFIELD CHRONICLE.
Srr, — On looking over the report of the Rates and Finance Commitiee presented to the General Board at their monthly meeting, and published by you in last week's Chronicle, I find there is owing by the treasurer — that is, the Halifax and Huddersfield Bank, the large sum of £5,360 10s. This on the face of it would appear to justify the chairman in congratulating the Board on being financially in a better position than they had ever been before. But let us look a little closer and see how the matter does really stan?, as since Mr. Commissioner Clough and others have ceased to bully the late chairman, itis impussible to get up even the semblunce of a debate, and we outsiders have to put up with the simple and very meagre reports of the various committees to the General Board, and no explanation of any kind is vouchsafed oe. well known that the Commmissioners have no capital of their own, and that all the money required for carrying on the town's business, and for making private improvements, must either be raised by rates or borrowed. Now what I wish to know is, whether this large sum of money which is lying idle in the bank, is a portion of the rate for the present year, or is it borrowed money upon which we are paying interest? If the latter, it will have been obtained, I suppose, at 4 or 43 per cent, which is about the average rate, and as the bank cannot allow any such per centage, it must follow that we are considerers by the transaction. a ould il call the attention of your readers to the reports of the Superintendent of the Model Lodginghouse, and the Inspector of Registered Common Lodginghouses. In the former I find that there is a decrease for the month of 568, and an increase of 1,299 in the latter. Ican, and do bear, willing testimony to the ability displayed by Mr. Priestley in the management of the Model Lodginghouse, but the above figures are somewhat startling, and I for one should be glad to be enlightened as to the probable cause. . I am glad to learn that the new superintendent of police is to have the entire management of the force, and to be responsible for the conduct of the men. This is exactly the policy which was adopted when Mr. Hannan was appointed, and it was carried out successfully by the predecessors of the present Board ; and had no deviation from it taken place there would have been no occasion to appoint a successor to the late superintendent, who discharged the duties of his office, I believe, to the entire satisfaction of the town, but who would not submit to the obtrusion and dictation of one or two officious individuals. The " Old Clo" question has advanced a stage ; instead of the demand for the return of all the clothes which had been supplied to him for the last two years, Mr. Hannar. has been requested to return the suit which was supplied to him as superintendent of the fire brigade. As this did not suit Mr. Hannan he has declined to comply with it, and it now rests with the Commissioners to enforce their unprecedented demand, which I know they dare not do. _By some ' meddling and muddling" the Commissioners have got across with Mr. Morton Price, their landlord, who has given them notice to leave, so that ere long they will not have a place in which to meet. Surely, Sir, the days of this effete Commission are numbered. " Ichabod" has long been written against it ; and the sooner it ceases to exist the better will it be for the town ef Huddersfield. — Yours respectfully, CIVIS.
Goods Damaged in the Process of Dyeing
GOODS DAMAGED IN PROCESS OF DYEING. TO THE EDITOR OF THE HUDDERSFIELD CHRONICLE. Sir, — A letter, signed by Messrs, E. and C. Eastwood, dyers, of Bradley Mills, appeared in the Chronicle of Saturday last, respecting an action brouzht by us against them in the County Court, to recover compensation for damage done to our goods by their negligence and mismanagement ; and though we should not have thought it necessary, after a very lengthened hearing in the Court, to trouble you or the public further with the matter, it is impossible for us consistently with any sort of self-respect to let that letter pass unanswered, for, Mr. Editor, it is simply a tissue of misrepresentations from beginning to end, and now the truth must be told. We complained that Messrs. Eastwood had kept our goods (sent to them to be dyed) in a damp state for a most unreasonable length of time, and that in consequence of this they had become mildewed and spoiled. This was proved to the satisfaction of the Judge, and of every one in court. Messrs. Eastwood now say there was no i detention by them. How was it they could not say this before the court ? — nay, on the contrary, one of them in crossexamination, admitted the delay exactly as our witnesses had alleged it, — the goods having been kept in the damp state as many weeks as they ought to have been kept days; the Judge, in giving judgment in our favour, referred to this as an admitted fact.
In order to throw dust into the eyes of the reader Messrs. Eastwood now pretend that they kept the goods as a lien for their dyeing account. They know this to be simply a falsehood ; the goods were returned by them to the finisher dyed and damaged, and then when we rejected them because of the damages, they were thrown by the finisher on Messrs. Eastwood's hands, who, after trying in vain to remedy the defects by re-dyeing, kept the goods as admitted by them in court, a month or six weeks, before they said one word tous about them. At length we required that they should take the goods to account, and pay us for them, while they on the other hand refused to take them and required us to pay their account, and then we were advised that our proper course was to pay their account, take back the goods, and sue them for the damage.
We paid them accordingly, and it was utterly untrue either that we obtained a reduction from the account in respect of the damages or that we paid the amount agreed on by instalments. Messrs. Eastwood know this is untrue, and they seek simply to daub us with a brush with which they are well besmeared themselves. Messrs. Eastwood say in their letter that though they did not cause the damage, yet they paid for it, and that if the party had been present with whom the settlement of this account took place the deduction in r + to damages would have been shown. Why on earth did they not produce him? They had had the summons for weeks, and knew what there was totry. They had asked for and obtained an adjournment of it, alleging that they were not ready. Why, then, were they not ready at last? But, Sir, will it be believed that when Messrs. Eastwood attempted in the County Court to set up this excuse (after failing on the other) the account containing the alleged settlement was actually produced, and there upon the face of it was our claim to deduction for damages struck out and disallowed, we being left to our remedy in the County Coart. We do hope that when next Messrs. Eastwood appeal from a legal tribunal to the public through your columns they will record facts and not a string of falsehoods. — We remain, Sir, your obedient servants, LUMB and THOMSON.
Huddersfield, 9th January, 1868.
Huddersfield County Court
Huddersfield County Court.
YESTERDAY. Before J. Stansfeld, Esq., Judae.
Suit in Equity
Suit in Equity. — The plaintiff in this suit was George Gibson, an aged man, resident in the town, and the defendant Sarah Gibson, widow and administratrix of her late husband, formerly landlord of the Boy and Barrel public House. — Mr. J. Bottomley, on the report of the Registrar (Mr. F. R. Jones) into the accounts of the estate, as ordered to be made by a decree of the judge, in July, 1866, applied in pursuance of the registrar's report, for the payment into court of £140 6s. 5d., balance in the hands of the defendant, by next court day. — Mr. N. Learoyd objected ; and his Honour adjourned the case until next court day, so that the plaintiff might have an opportunity of serving a proper notice on the defendant.
A Hay Transaction
A Hay Transaction. — -The plaintiff was James Balmforth, farmer, Slaithwaite, and the defendant, for whom Mr. J. I. Freeman appeared, Edmund Shaw, butcher, Meltham Moor, the amount claimed being £4 12s. 3d. It seems the plaintiff had supplied the defendant with quantities of hay, and had received on account £3. In defence, it was alleged that the defendant was to be allowed 15s. for the inferior quality of the hay, that he had paid 10s. on one occasion when the plaintiff was the worse for liquor; and that there was only £1 7s. 6d. due to the plaintiff. His Honour gave a verdict for £3 12s. 9d. ; but should allow the defendant 15s. for the hay being bad. An order for immediate payment was made.
Suing for the Value of Clothing
Suing for the Value of Clothing. — The plaintiff in this case was Selina Milnes, Almondbury Bank, and the defendant William Byram, the amount claimed being £4 4s. 4d., for clothing and other articles left at the defendant's house. The plaintiff said she formerly lived with her aunt, who married the defendant. She lived at their house as one of their children. The plaintiff left the house, and the defendant refused to et her have certain articles belonging to her, and which she valued at £4 4s, 4d. An order was made for the payment of 20s, by the defendant, without costs. Mr. J. I. Freeman defend:
A Court of Chancery Suit
A Court of Chancery Suit. — In this case the plaintiff is John Berry, joiner, assignee of William Rogers, and the defendants Seth and Reuben Senior, brewers, who have a warehouse in Rhodes's Yard, King Street. Mr. N. Learoyd said this was an action by the assignee of the bankrupt to recover rent, and he (Mr. Learoyd) claimed to be the equitable mortgagee of the property in respect of which the said rent was accruing. He had filed a bill in the Court of Chancery, to restrain the plaintiff from proceeding with this action, and for the appointment of a receiver of the rent of that and other property. He, therefore, applied for an adjournment, in order that an application might be made for an injunction before the Vice-chancellor. Mr. Clough had agreed to an injunction being taken by consent to restrain both ies receiving the rents, but required the costs of the action in the County Court to be paid. They had no power to pay the costs, and there was no reason why they should do so. He now asked his Honour to grant an adjournment of the case until next court day, rather than incur the expense of bringing the Vice-chancellor to Oxford for the p of making an injunction. — Mr. Clough objected to the adjournment unless the costs of the action were paid into court. The action, he said, was not against Mr. Styring, but against Seth Senior and Sons, who, although in possession of the house, were paying no rent. — -After several points had been argued by the advocates, his Honour said there should be an adjournment on payment into court of the costs of this action before the 20th of next month, unless otherwise ordered by the Vice-chancellor.
Angola Yarn Transactions
Angola Yarn Transactions. — In this action the plaintiff was Jabez Robinson, who was represented by Mr. Clough ; and John Lockwood, for whom Mr. J. I. Freeman appeared. Mr. Clough said this was an action, commenced in the Exchequer of Pleas Court and brought to the County Court for trial under an order of the judge in the superior court. The plaintiff is a spinner of Angola yarn at Huddersfield, and the defendant a manufacturer, jresiding at Brighouse. The action was brought J to recover £48 0s. 5d., being the amount due for a certain quantity of yarn, white woollen, blue mixture, &c. The total amount of the transactions between the parties came to over £171, towards which they gave credit for £123, leaving a balance of the amount claimed. The defendant pleaded, first, that he never was indebted as alleged ; and second, that he had satisfied the charge for the goods. — Mr. Freeman said the main point appeared to be this : They had looked closely into the accounts and found three items for yarn charged to the defendant, which, it was alleged, had never been received, nanely, on the 9th July, white woollen yarn, amounting to £6 Lis. 8d.; August 13th, £4 13s, 11d.; September 27th, £9 7s. 3d. Credit had not been given for £10 paid on the 6th Aug. ; there was an overcharge of 4d. per lb. on the gross amount of yarn, 4,783lbs., amounting to £9 19s. 63d. ; further, there were 7lbs. white yarn short, which would come to Als. Sd.; and the defendant also claimed discount on money paid, amounting to £6 13s. Gd. Therefore, according to the defendant's account, £47 123. 54d. had been paid against £48 03, 5d. — Mr. Clough stated that discount, at 23 per cent, was to be allowed, but the defendant paid the accounts in a different manner from what he had promised, and, therefore, was not entitled toit. After the transactions had been closed, and payment of the amount required, the defendant, in a memoranda at the foot of TN
i ion of the account, intimated, for the first time, that there wove about 2,0001bs. of yarn for which he had been overcharged 3d. per ib., and also claimed discount. — Mr. Robinson was put into the box, and questioned respecting the account, and the delivery of the yarn. He said the defendant was to pay weekly, and, if he did so, he was to have 24 percent. discount. Albert Robinson, son and bookkeeper of the plaintiff, produced carriers' receipts for the delivery of the different lotsof yarn, snidaponed to the weight of the yarn delivered. — James Percival, who assisted in the weighing of the yarn, saw the carriers sign the receipt book for the delivery of the goods. — It was alleged, in defence, that the defendant had neither received the three parcels nor monthly statements, as had been sworn to. The yarn, the defendant asserted, was to be delivered, as he wanted it, to the carters of the dyers, Mr. Robson or Mr. Craven. He received no parcels of yarn on the 9th July last. — His Honour: Have you inquired whether Mr. Robson received them ? — Defendant: I never received them from Mr. Robson. — His Honour said the defendant ought to have ascertained whether Mr. Robson received the yarn, because Mr. Robson was his agent. — The defendant added that, when he complained of the inferior quality of the yarn, the plaintiff told him, if he would try it again, he should have the yarn at 7d., and that at 7d. was to be 63d., reducing the account £4 os. — His Honour, in giving judgment, allowed the defendant £10 ; 23 percent on thesums he had paid, coming to £363. + and as to the overcharge, he should give the defendant credit to the extent he claimed upon 2,000fb, which came to £4 33s; making £17 9s. 5d. Deducting that from £48 0s. 5d., there was left a balance due to the plaintiff of £30 1ls., for which he gave judgment,
Interpleader Action. — In this action the claimant. for whom Mr. Dransfield appeared, was William Swallow, carrier ; the execution creditor a person named Megson, of Oldham, executor of Robert Clay, represented by Mr. N. Learoyd ; and the defendant, Edward Swallow, carrier, father of the claimant. A waggon, Mr. Dransfield stated, was seized under an execution against the father of the claimant, but it never belonged to Edward Swallow : it was bought by the claimant of a person named James Bedford, who is now in America, and his (claimant's) name had been painted on the cart itself from the time when it came into his possession. — William Swallow, carrier, said he bought the waggon, several years ago, for £21. — In defence, Mr. Learoyd, on behalf of the execution creditor, contended that the waggon was bought, in the name of the claimant, for the sole purpose of defeating creditors, with money belonging to the father, and not of the son. — His Honour, in deciding the case, remarked that the evidence was all on one side, and not satisfactory ; yet there was the fact of one of the witnesses having sworn that he saw the money paid for the cart by the claimant. There would be a difficulty in getting over that fact ; and he should give the claimant the waggon, without costs.
The following bankrupts came up to pass their last exarnination, and make application for their order of discharge :- —
Thomas Broadbent, yarn spinner, King's Mill. Mr. Dransfield for the bankrupt, who was unopposed. He owed £256 4s. 2d.; there were debts owing to him amounting to £139 19s.; and about £120 had been realised on machinery and debts. Order of discharge granted.
Maria Stubbs, boot and shoe dealer and hosier, Buxton Road, was unopposed. The bankrupt, who stated that she made an assignment in 1860, owed £223 3s 9d. ; and there were debts owing to her amounting to £517 7s. There were some goods, the disposal of which was not satisfactorily explained ; and the judge refused to grant the the order for the present.
Joe Ellam, the next bankrupt, who came up for his last examination, owed £62 7s. 114d. ; and there were people indebted to him in the sum of £17 10s. 9d. There was no estate, and £4 10s. had been paid for court fees on behalf of the bankrupt. He said he had given an account of all his property; and had no shares in any other property. — His Honour: Who sent you to York? Bankrupt: Mr. Learoyd. — In answer to his Honour, Ellam said there were a few cottages left by his father, who died intestate about nine years ago. Thecottages, which were at Hillhouse, were tenant right under Sir John Ramsden. After the death of his father, they drew the rents some time; but the cottages were now in Chancery. — Mr. Hanley, clerk: They are tenant right, that is what he means. — The bankrupt said there were seven children, and they were all entitled toa share. Mr. Learoyd was drawing the rents at present. — His Honour: Yes, but you ought to have put it down. — Dankrupt said he was sent to prison because they wanted him to pay the rent, aad he would not do so. — His Honour: He is in contempt for not obeying the Court. — Mr. Hanley said the bankrupt did eventually obey the order, but he was indebted to other parties, and petitioned the court in forma pauperis. The order of discharge was granted.
John Hannah Haley
John Hannah Haley, beerhouse-keeper, Spring Street, said he passed through the Insolvent Court in 1859. His father died in 1860, and left him an annuity — the interest upon £1,500. He sold the annuity five years ago. It was mortgaged, in the first place, to Mr. Learoyd ; and afterwards transferred, or absolutely sold, to his mother and sister, who paid Mr. Learayd. Since then, the bankrupt had been in the commission trade, and had claimed no part of the annuity. He hada family of two children, and he attributed his insolvency to losses of money. At one time he entered into partnership with a man named M'elroy. M'elroy received £300 from him, and had not been seen since. For the last eighteen months he had kept a beerhouse ; but had been unfortunate in that concern. The bankrupt was in debt to the extent of £168 12s. Od. ; and there were monies owing to him amounting to £38 9s. 2d., of which nothing had been received. The court fees had been deposited. The debt of £15, owing to Edmundson, of Leeds, was incurred by his wife. No trade assignee had been appointed, and the judge granted the order.
James Ingham, mule spinner, Thomas Street, owed £128 83. 5d., and there was due to him £1 14s. 4d. The sum of £8 had been realised on goods. The bankrupt traced his present position to having been surety for several parties in money club transactions. Riley, the person for whom he became surety, was also surety for him, and had also passed through the bankruptcy court. His Honour : It is a miserable way of going on. — Mr. E. Sykes (who supported the bankrupt): These are working men, and were trying to raise money to get into business. Order granted.
Joseph Robertshaw, earthenware maker, Lindley-
3; and there were no cum-Quarmby, owed £48 17s. 3d. He became involved in difficulties debts owing to him.
while carrying on the business of a beerhouse keeper at Halifax. He had five of a family. The chief creditor was Job Aspinall, who had sued him in the Halifax Court. He had paid nothing ; and Aspinall had threatened him with an execution. The goods, which had been distrained for rent, were said to be not worth more than 503s. The order of discharge was allowed.
John Shaw, weaver, Slaithwaite, came up to apply for his discharge. It appeared he was a member of the Ripponden and District Spinning Company ; and the liquidators had sued him fora call amounting to £10, at a cost of £4. The bankrupt, who said he had no property at all, was granted his discharge.
William Senior, woollen spinner, Union Street, was in difficulties to the amount of £48 17s. 3d., towards which £8 had been realised. The bankrupt had been surety for a person who had borrowed some money from a loan society. His Honour (to the bankrupt): A man should be just before he is generous. He should look to the payment of his own debts before entering into engagements for other parties. There are three clubs, and eight cases in which the bankrupt has been concerned. It is a very reckless way of proceeding. — His Honour was informed that another party interested was Ingham, who had just obtained his order of discharge. The bankrupt stated that, when he first became surety in 1863, there was a prospect of payment; but he had been very unfortunate in work since. He had been in partnership with a man named Firth, but drew out; and Firth had also declared himself a bankrupt. Order of discharge granted.
District Intelligence (cont.)
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Presentation. — On Saturday the members of Lodge 355, U. A. O. D., held at the house of Mr. Joseph Noble, Waggon and Horses Inn, presented to Mr. William Crosland, A.D., an address, accompanied by a silver watch and guard, for his valuable services in connection with that lodge. Mr. Mark Chambers, in presenting it, made a few appropriate observations. Brother Crosland acknowledged the present in a very suitable speech, and said that he would always do his best for the lodge, and if ever he was tempted to do wrong he would look at the watch, and remember where it came from. Other members addressed the lodge. The lodge was favoured with the presence of a few of the district officers, including Messrs. Crossley, Hirst, and Jenkinson.
Penny Readings. — The monthly entertainment under the auspices of the Longwood Mechanics' Institution, took place in their hall on Saturday night, when the spacious room was crowded to overflowing. The chair was occupied by Mr. R. M. Shaw. Pleasing and interesting readings were given by Mr. Joseph Bate, secretary to the Huddersfield Mechanics' Institution; Mr. J. W. Shaw, and Mr. James Gledhill, of Golcar. The choristers of St. Mark's Church, Longwood, were present and performed a choice selection of music, Mr. J. Varley presiding at the pianoforte. Mr. H. B. Lodge was also present and convulsed the audience with laughter by his comic vocalism.
Presentation. — Last evening a presentation of a purse of gold was made by the members of the gation of St. Lake's Church' to the Rev. C. helps the late curate, (who last week entered upon his duties : curate of St. Paul's, Huddersfield) as a mark of the respect in which he is held by the parishioners of Milnsbridge. The presentation was made by Geo. Armitage Esq., J.P., who, on behalf of the subscribers, expressed the regret felt by the parishioners on the cessation of Mr. Phelps's ministerial labours amongst them, which had been highly appreciated, and also congratulated him on his new appointment. Several of the subscribers (ineluding Messrs. Craven, Marshall, Sykes, and Haigh) were also present and spoke in eulogistic terms of Mr. Phelps who, in replying, acknowledzed the numerous kindnesses received by him during his two years' curacy at Milnsbridge, and earnestly wished the blessing of peace and prosperity in the parish in which he had formed so many kind friends. .
The Choristers of St. Luke's Church
The Choristers of St. Luke's Church. the choristers of St. Luke's Church, to the number of 30 were most hospitably entertained at the residence of Geo. Armitage, Esq., J.P., Milnsbridge House. The chain under the leadership of Mr. Ephraim Taylor, were engazed for some time in singing anthems, glees, songs, &c.. to a large purty assembled at Mr. Armitage's, and the manner in which they performed their part was greatly appreciated by several parties present. At the conciusin§, f their services the choir adjourned and partook of a excellent supper, and after justice had been done to the good things provided, the health of Mr. and Mire, went" tage was drunk with three times three. After exis inne themselves for a little while longer the choir se atten well pleased with the evening's proceedings and a ily grateful to Mr. Armitage for the thy haa
— Last evening he has 3 all times rendered to the choristers.
sympathy and support i
Netheroyd Hill and Cowcliffe Mechanics' Institute
Netheroyd Hill and Cowcliffe Mechanics' Institute. — The monthly concert was held on Saturday evening last, when a good selection of glees, duets, songs and recitations were given by Misses Sumner and Perren, Messrs. J. Sutcliffe, D. Mitchell, J. Wilkinson, and qT. Rayner in good style, the purty receiving several hearty encores. Mr. J. Chappell recited " Lord Ullen's daughter," " Jabez Bunting," " Do you grumble," and Little Jim," in a humorous manner. Mr. Baines ably presided at the pianoforte. Mr. Henry Crossland occupied the chair. The concert closed by singing the National Anthem.
Weavers' Tea Party
Weavers' tea Party. — On Thursday night forty of the power loom weavers in the employ of Mr. James Crosland, manufacturer, of Paddock, sat down to tea, at the house of Mr. John Dyson, the Commercial Inn, Paddock. After tea dancing was indulged in to the strains of Thornton's yuadrille band, and the merriment continued till a late hour of the night.
Pitching and Tossing
Pitching and Tossing. — William Hirst, 10 years of age, living at Longroyd Bridge, was summoned before the magistrates at Huddersfield, on Thursday, for playing at unlawful sports and pastimes. Police-constable Brough said, on Sunday afternoon, about four o'clock, when on duty at the bottom of Crosland Moor, he found a number of boys tossing in Millgate, Paddock. Hirst was the only one he could get hold of, and he gave a wrong address. The prescribed penalty of 3s. 4d. wasinilicted (total, 12s.4d.)
Church Choir. — On Wednesday night the choir of All Saints' Church were hospitably entertained by the Rev. W. C. Mcgrath, incumbent. This was the annual treat to the choir ; and the rev. gentleman expressed the pleasure he felt in seeing the members assembled once more together.
A New Night School
A New Night School. — So much success having attended the Church Sunday School since its establishment in this village, the Rev. A. Turner, the incumbent, and other school authorities, have determined to open a night school, in order to afford those young persons who are engaged in the mills, &c., an eppentnuaty of obtaining alittle education. An efficient teacher has been engaged, whose duties will commence on Tuesday next. The school will be open two nights a week. .
Assault. — On Thursday, at the Huddersfield Police Court, Benjamin Kilner was charged with assaulting Alfred Hinchliffe, on the 6th inst. The complainant stated that, as he was speakige to.a female in the street, the defendant came up, seized him, dashed him against a wall, threw him on the ground, and then kicked him ; and afterwards gave him a running kick. — The defendant, in answering the charge, alleged that he went up to the complainant to ask him what he had been saying about him on the previous day ; but denied having committed the assault. The complainant went to the Gardeners Arms after the assault; and the marks which his face bore were not to be perceived when he arrived there. A fine of 5s. and costs was imposed (total, £1).
A Cattle Dealer Defrauding a Railway Company
A Cattle Dealer Defrauding a Railway Company. On Tuesday, at the Police Court, Huddersfield, James Sykes, cattle dealer, Stainland, was charged with travelling on the London and North-western Railway without having previously paid his fare. Inspector Batchelor stated that on the 19th December the defendant arrived at Slaithwaite by a train which was due there at 8-40, leaving London Road Station at 5-35. He was in charge of half a truck load of cattle, and, on producing his ticket, the stationmaster saw that he had paid no fare for himself. Cattle dealers, with half a truck load of cattle, pay half fare, but, if they have a fullload, they are allowed to travel free. He told the stationmaster that he had come from Chester, and had given his ticket up at Diggle. The stationmaster communicated with the stationmaster at Diggle by telegraph, and received a reply that no ticket from Chester had been taken that day. In further conversation, the defendant admitted that he had not paid anything, and offered to pay his fare. The company had been defrauded to a great amount by these cattle dealers ; and it was only by dint of great ingenuity the frauds could be detected. Mr. Sheard, stationmaster at Slaithwaite, stated that the defendant should have paid 2s. 6d., half fare, for travelling from Chester. The statement of the inspector having been corroborated, the defendant, when asked what he had to allege in defence, said a porter told him if he had given them 6d. it would have been all right. — Mr. G. Armitage (magistrate): Itis very wrong to make a charge like that. You had better defend yourself. The Bench would do what they could to prevent the company being defrauded in this kind of manner. — A fine of 40s. was then inflicted, making with costs £3 2s. 6d.
On the 6th inst., at Greenside, Dalton, the wife of James Tolson, Esq., of a daughter.
On the 2nd inst., at Boothby Hall, Grantham, the wife of Henry F. Beaumont, Esq., M.P., of a son
On the 9th inst., at the Free Wesleyan Chapel, Brunswick Street Mr. Edward A. Eccles, of Cowcliffe, to Miss Ann Taylor, of this town.
On the 9th inst., at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Queen Street, Mr. Joseph Iredale, of Linthwaite, to Miss Mary Wilkinson, of Slaithwaite.
On the 7th inst., at the High Street New Connexion Chapel, Mr. John aynes, of Mirfield, to Miss Ann Armituge, of Lepton. On the 7th inst., at the Register Office, John Street, Mr. Samuel Gledhill to Miss Jane Hellawell, both of Golcar.
On the 7th inst., at St. Patrick's Church, New North Road, Mr. Michael Lauler to Miss Bridget Gantley, both of this town. On the 6th inst, at Grove Place Chapel, Dalton, Mr. Robert Owen Needham, of Miles Platting, to Miss Jane Waddington, of Moldgreen.
On. the 6th inst., at St John's Church, Upperthong, by the Rev. W. Flower, assisted by the Rev. Chadwick, uncle to the bride, William Berry, Esq., surgeon, Holmfirth, to Ann Matilda Jacques, adopted daughter of Mrs. Woodcock, of Hightown.
On the 5th inst. at Almondbury Parish Church, Mr. John Smith Pearson to Miss Martha Wood, both of Honley.
On the 9th inst., aged 68, John Carter, Esq,, of Upperthong, Holmfirth.
On, the 9th inst., aged 65, John Robinson Machan, South Street.
On the 7th inst., aged 50, William Hannah, silk spinner, Quay Street.
On the 7th inst., aged 2 years, Herbert, son of Mr. Alfred Noble, Spring Street.
On the 5th inst., aged 16, Hiram, son of Mr. Edwin Haigh, draper, Clara Street.
On the 5th inst., aged 33, Mr. Cain Sykes, boot and shoemaker, Sheepridge.
On the 4th inst., aged 10, Ruth, daughter of Mr. John Simeon, farmer, Storth.
On the 4th inst., aged 10 weeks, Thomas, son of Mr. Thomas Atkin, currier, York Street.
On the 3rd inst. aged 24, Ruth, wife of Mr. John Douglas, of Paddock.
On the 2nd inst., at the Infirmary, aged 57, Maria, wife of Mr. John Hobson, farmer.
On the 2nd inst., aged 67, Mr. Joseph Noble, cloth dresser, Marsh.