Huddersfield Chronicle (18/Jan/1868) - page 7

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District Intelligence


Workpeople's Tea Party

Workpeople's Tea Party. — The workpeople i employ of Messrs, Scott and Co., mantierneen se Helen's Mill, Almondbury, to the number of r 40, partook of a substantial knife an at the house of Mr. Noble, the Woolpack I proceedings were presided over by Mesers. Greenwonie and gave entire satisfaction. ,

Tea Parties, &c.

Tea Parties, &c. — A public tea place at the house of Mr. Wm, N oble! the Radsittee Avon ton. Almondbury, on Saturday. Upwards of 90 partook of © good things provided, and the proceedings conclued pen or ee Monday evening a knife and fork tea re ze r took place at the house of Mr. Poppleton ay an t eco Inn, which was attended by upwards (ine e kheaton quadrille band was in

Treat to Workpeople

Treat to Workpeople. — -On Saturd f t workpeople of Messrs, Taylor Bros., an "Mr. JJ Taylor, woollen manufacturers, of Almondbury Common, oan fon ted by their employers to their annual knife and over 40 d fork tea on Saturday, which were of a pleasurable descripti ption, Mr. Rd. Wood ae of o¥ workmen, proposed in appropriate terms the eae the two firms, which was responded to most ue a y by all present. — Mr. Beaumont Taylor, son of Mr. "4 E. Taylor, thanked the company for the manner in . ich they had responded to the health of his father ni uncles, and said it had always been the study of ep Sentlemen to do all in their power for the comfort their workpeople, between whom and themselves there ad invariably existed the greatest harmony and good feeling. Several other local and personal toasts followed, and the evening was agreeably spent.


Opera Troupe

Opera Troupe. — On Monday night a company of amateurs from Halifax, styling themselves the Buffalo Opera Troupe, gave a concert in the Co-operative Hall, Brighouse, to a large and delighted audience. The jokes, a Par and witticisms of the troupe were highly relished, and the performers frequently rewarded with loud plaudits.


Entertainments. — The Brighouse Church School authorities have determined to give a series of pleasant evening entertainments, consisting of interesting readings and musical selections by lady and gentlemen amateurs, and the Church choir. It is hoped by this means a fund will be raised to provide additional desk accommodation for the Church schools.

Mutual Improvement Society

Mutual Improvement Society. — A general meeting of the members of the Rastrick and Brighouse Young Men's Mutual Improvement Society was held in the Congregational 'schoolroom, Bridge End, on Tuesday night. There was a good attendance. The chair was occupied by one of the vice-presidents. The Rev. R. Harley, president of the society, read a very interesting paper on the question "Is 'man naturally predisposed to virtue?" At the conclusion an animated discussion occurred in which several of the ministers took part.

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree. — A very successful Christmas tree, and sale of fancy and other needlework, was exhibited in the Southowram National School, on Thursday afternoon and evening week, and was well attended. The various stalls were superintended by Mrs. Aspinal, Mrs. Naylor, Mrs. Laycock, Mrs. Highley, Mrs. Sunderland, and Miss Barber. In the evening a choice selection of music was performed by the church choir, Miss Barber presiding at the pianoforte. The proceeds realised over £94, which will be divided between the Church Pastoral Aid Society, the work of the Church in Southowram, and the Missionroom at Southowram Bank.

Robbing a Lodging House

Robbing a Lodging-House. — Thomas White, a mechanic, who stated that he came from Leeds, was charged at the West Riding Court, Halifax, on Saturday, with stealing two sheets from the house of Joseph Pratt, lodging House keeper, Commercial Street, Brighouse. The prisoner had lodged two nights at Pratt's, and on Monday week, after he had left the house, two sheets were missed from the bed. Police Constable Meikle was communicated with, and the articles were found pledged by the prisoner the same day, at Keith and Breok's pawnshop, in Halifax, for Is. 6d, The prisoner, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to two months' imprisonment.

Treat to Workpeople

Treat to Workpeople. — About seventy of the workpeople in the employ of Messrs. T. R. Sutcliffe and Son's, of Brighouse Mills, and West Mills, Mirfield, were, on Saturday night, treated by their employers to a first-class supper at the house of Mrs, Sarah Crowther, the Black Swan Inn, Brighouse. The after proceedings were presided over by Mr. W. Campenot, one of the travellers of the firm. After the cloth was drawn the evening was spent in singing and dancing, accompanied by an efficient pianist. The health of the firm was proposed by Mr. Isaac Holdroyd, seconded by Mr. Armitage Mills, supported by Mr. Benjamin Smith, and drank in a bumper. The National Anthem terminated the pleasant proceedings.

A Clown at the Station

A Clown at the Station. — Considerable excitement and amusement was created at the Brighouse station on Tuesday afternoon from the following circumstances : — It seems a clown, named Pietro Carle, performing in Huddersfield, went to Brighouse station, to a friend of his, named Geo. Ibeson, clerk at the station. With the assistance of this friend he was dressed and painted in the usual fantastic style, and was turned out of the porters' room, every inch a clown, to the amusement of a large number of passengers waiting for the train. After strutting up and down a short time Carle was snugly packed in a hamper, and thus forwarded to Huddersfield in the guard's van, where, on arriving, he was conveyed through some of the streets of the town on the roof of a cab.



Annual Tea Party and Meeting at Castle Shaw School

Annual Tea Party and Meeting at Castle Shaw School. — On Saturday evening the annual tea party and meeting was held at the above school. Mr. James Shaw, of Knowl, presided, and opened the proceedings by an appropriate address on the benefit of education. A sacred drama was successfully gone through by the scholars and teachers, after which Dr. Ramsden, of Dobcross, gave two interesting pieces, which were well received, and warmly applauded. The meeting was numerously attended, and passed over in a most agreeable and satisfactory manner, and was brought to a close about ten o'clock by cordial votes of thanks to the ladies who had served up the tea, Dr. Ramsden for his instructive readings, and the chairman for his able conduct in presiding. .

Treat to Volunteers

Treat to Volunteers. — On Wednesday a dinner was given to the members of No. 3 Company of the Saddleworth Rifle Corps at the Horse and Jockey Inn, Bleakeynook. The officers present included Colonel Bradbury, the commanding officer of the corps, Captain Buckley, Lieutenants J. W. Turner, and J. R. bradbury, and Ensign J. T. Hirst. After partaking of an excellent dinner the usual loyal and patriotic toasts were proposed by the chairman. Captain Buckley then proposed the health of Colonel Bradbury, which was drunk with musical honours. In replying, the Colonel gave some particulars of the present pusition of the corps, urging all present to use every effort to induce likely young men to join it. He also made the following appointments in No. 3 Company, on the recommendation of Captain Buckley: Corporals S. B. Snaw, and 8. Wood, to be serjeants ; privates: T. Beesley and J. Gartside, to be lance-serjeants. W. Schofield, and John Wrigley to be corporals; and T. Bentley to be lance-corporal. The other toasts were the healths of the chairman, of the members of No. 3 Company, of the officers present from other companies, and of Serjeant-major Kendall the esteemed drill instructor of the corps, all of which were suitably acknowledged. After dinner the room was cleared, and, each Volunteer having the privilege of admitting his wife or sweetheart, dancing was commenced, and kept up to an early hour the following morning. _ treat was given to the company by an honorary mem : of the corps, Mr. J. E. Buckley, of Linfitts House, who also acted as chairman.

Petty Sessions

Petty Sessions, Wednesday, January 15th. On the Bench: James Lees, J. H. Whitehead, and F. F. Whitehead, Esqs. —

Interim Orders Granted. — Mrs. Martha Kenworthy, widow of the late Matthew Kenworthy, of the Red Lion Inn, Austerlands, applied for an interim order to empower her to sell excisable liquors until the next transfer day — Thos. Lumb, late of Huddersfield, got an interim order to empower him to sell excisable liquors at the Junction Inn, near Delph, lately occupied by Richard Garforth.

Assault. — Joseph Isaac Shaw, the defendant in the last case, preferred a charge of assault against Mr. Jose Lawton, of Valenciennes, near Delph, and stated t " when he and the Free Church party went to the gate an demanded it to be openedy Mr. Lawton struck him on the head with his "crutch" (walking stick). This was proved by two witnesses, and not denied by the defendant. Mr. Clough said the point for their worship's consideration was whether Mr. Lawton was not justified in doing what he did. He wus there in defence of Miss Gartside's property (being her solicitor), and was no doubt very much excited at the outrageous conduct of the defendant and those who were with him, and made use of his stick with a view to prevent them from pursuing their unlawful course. It was not alleged that defendant received any injury from the blow, and therefore it appeared to him that defendant brought the assault upon himself. — Their worships consulted a short time, and the Chairman said the Bench did not consider the assault justified, and defendant would be fined 5s, and costs.

Wilful and Malicious Damage. — Joseph Isaac Shaw, of Delph, appeared on summons, charged with huving, on the 11th inst., wilfully and maliciously broken the lock of a certain gate, the property of Miss Ann Garteide, of Delph. Mr. Clough, of Huddersfield, appezred for the complainant, and stated that his elient was the owner of considerable property at Delph, part of which was called the Great Bottom. On part < a Property there was a feotpath leading toa well, = Be eutranee of which there was 2 gate locked, and a stile by the side of it, The defendant represented a parr — called themselves the "Free Church eat an tine oO had leased a plot of land for the ampere sre ng a chapel or meeting House thereon. 7s PI oO eee joined up to Miss Gartside's property, ane 1 Stute' tte Free Chureh party, as they called themselves, " — make free with their neighbour's property. Pee nade day named in the information, the defen ant nd 8 number of others formed a procession and a " oan 2 the gate of Miss Gartside and demanded it ye obs the This demand was refused, and the defendan ne the lock with a hammer, thereby doing damage Chareh amount of 3s. 6d. Now the object of the nO. party was to muke a read threugh Miss Gartside 4 perty to their chapel, which, of course, would be res 7 4s no road ever did exist for the public in that direct The road used led to a certain well of water, for the use of which the euttagers had paid at the rate of one shilling a-year; but the case would not invelve a question right as to the foot road. That was not the question raised; but whether the Free Church had a right to brexk the lock of the gate and go that way, thereby implying that it was a cart way, and not 2 foot way only. Mr. Clough called a number of witnesses to prove that the lock of the gate was broken by defendant, and that there was « sufficient footpath through the stile at the side of the gate. The defendent conducted his own case, and called several of his party to show that the footpath at the stile was out of repair, and unfit to travel over. The justices retired to consider the case, and on their return the chairman announced that the decision of the

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An Indignant Irishman

An Indignant Irishman. — On Thursday at the Police i Court, Huddersfield, Benjamin Hilton, butcher, was summoned for having assaulted James Ward, an Irishman, a labourer on the railway. Last Monday week, it appeared, the complainant went to the house of Benj. Brooksbank, who keeps a beerhouse called the Butchers' Arms, and one of the company called him a Fenian. He replied that he was not a Fenian, but worked for his living, Ina few minutes afterwards Hilton came in and called him a Fenian. He went across the room to Hilton, and putting his hand on his shoulder, asked if he had anything against him. The defendant again called him a dirty Fenian," knocked him down and kicked him. — John Jagger, who was called by the complainant, said Ward challenged Hilton to fight and "collared" him ; and then Hilton pushed him against the table leg. The complainant was very drunk. — The defendant, in his statement, denied having called the complainant a Fenian, The complainant, who was calling everybody in the house, seized him ina violent manner, and he (defendant, ) standing in his own defence, pushed Ward down. — Henry Stockwell proved that Ward was the first to offend, and the Bench said it appeared the complainant had been the aggressor, and the two men ought to change places. Case dismissed.


Conservative Meeting

Conservative Meeting. — A meeting of the members of the Golcar Working Men's Conservative Association was held in the Infant schoolroom, Golear Hill, on Monday night. There was a good attendance. Mr. J. Webster occupied the chair. The usual routine business having been transacted, a letter was read from W. Ss. Stanhope, Esq., accepting the invitation to be present at the banquet, proposed to be holden at Golcar on the 3lst instant.

The Golcar Volunteers

The Golcar Volunteers. — The members of the newlyformed Golcar company of the 34th West York Rifle Volunteers assembled in strong force, on Monday night, in the National School, for the purpose of. being put through their first drill. Above one hundred members of the company assembled, and for nearly two hours were exercised by Drill Sergeant-major Kendall. During the evening an additional number of young men entered their names for enrolment.

Musical Appointment

Musical Appointment. — Miss Pearson, Mr. Henry Pearson, of Golcar, has been recently appointed organist at the Wellhouse New Connexion Chapel. This makes the fifth appointment of the members of the family as organists, who are dispersed in various directions — Mr. Henry Pearson, at Slaithwaite Church; J. E. Pearson, at Trinity Church, Huddersfield ; Alfred Pearson at Brunswick Street Chapel; and James K. Pearson, at the Holmfirth Parish Church. ,

A Flock Dealer Accused of Uttering a Counterfeit Sovereign at Liverpool

A Flock Dealer Accused of Uttering a Counterfeit Sovereign at Liverpool. — On Tuesday, at the Liverpool Police Court, before the stipendiary magistrate William Whitwam, who said he was a woollen manufac. turer at Huddersfield, but who is known as a flock dealer at Golcar, and is constantly in trouble, was charged with having uttered a counterfeit sovereign. From the evidence, it appeared that the prisoner and a Frenchman, named Stephen Guayard, were staying at the Providence Hotel, Liverpool, and on Monday they went to some place of amusement, the defendant borrowing 5s. from Guayard to pay expenses. On his return he handed what appeared to be a sovereign to the latter, receiving 15s, change The coin was subsequently found to be a counterfeit, and Whitwam was given into custody. The prisoner stated that he Fad received the sovereign in the course of business. The case was remanded that enquiries might be made respecting the prisoner in Huddersfield.



Lecture at the Mechanics' Institution

Lecture at the Mechanics' Institution. — The monthly entertainment, under the auspices of the members of the Lindley Mechanics' Institution, took place in their hall last evening week. There was a full attendance of members and the public. Mr. A. Walker occupied the chair. The Rev. T. T. Short delivered an interesting lecture on "The education of the working classes." The choir of the Methodist New Connexion Chapel was present, and performed select pieces of music.

The Lindley Volunteer Company

The Lindley Volunteer Company. — The first drill of the Lindley Company of the 6th West York Rifle Volunteers took place on Tuesday night, when between 50 and 60 of those enrolled were put through the first part of their exercise, by Drill-sergeant Wood, of Huddersfield, and Private Haigh, of No. 3 Company. The men were divided into two squads, the larger one occupying a room in the warehouse of Mr. B. Walker, and the smalger number the room under the Local Board Office. The men were also drilled on the two following nights.

The Choral Society

The Choral Society. — The annual meeting of the Lindley-cum-quarmby Choral Society, was held in the Church School, Lindley, on Thursday night. Mr. Joel Crosland, the retiring secretary, occupied the chair. The annual report was read by the chairman, showing the society to be improving in its financial position, being now free from debt. Since the removal of the society from the Quarmby, to the Lindley National School, several new members have been enrolled. The report was unanimously adopted. Mr. J. Crosland was re-appointed secretary, and Mr. Henry Hall, the treasurer, received a similar mark of confidence. The other officers having been appointed the meeting concluded.


Treat to Workpeople

Treat to Workpeople. — Between 40 and 50 of the workpeople employed by Messrs. Robert and Charles Beaumont, manufacturers, of Spa Mill, Slaithwaite, were treated to a first class supper at the house of Mr. George Walker, the Commercial Inn, Slaithwaite, on Saturday night. The after proceedings were presided over by the son of Mr. Robert Beaumont, and consisted of song, toast, and sentiment.


Scholastic. — It is with pleasure we announce that Mr. J. W. R. Mellor, son of Mr. John Mellor, schoolmaster, late a student at Culham College, Oxford, and now master of Penistone National School, bas obtained the diploma given by the Science and Art Department, Sonth Kensington Museum. Of the five subjects of examination, he obtained " excellent" for three, and " good " for the remaining two.

Treats to Workpeople

Treats to Workpeople. — About forty of the workpeople in the employ of Mr. John Farrer, manufacturer, of Slaithwaite, were treated by their employer to a firstrate supper at the house of Mrs. M. A. Shaw, the Harp Inn, on Saturday night. — Last night week, between twenty and thirty of the hands employed by Mr. E. T. Sykes, manufacturer, were treated to an excellent supper at the pense of Mr. Timothy Bamforth, the Dartmouth Arms nn.

Liberal Banquet

Liberal Banquet. — A meeting of the Slaithwaite Liberal Association was held at their reading-room on Tuesday night, when there was a good attendance of members. Mr. T. Sykes presided. The meeting had been convened to take into consideration the propriety of holding a Liberal banquet in the village. After the subject had been discussed, it was decided that such banquet should take place at the Lewisham Hotel, on Thursday the 6th day of February next, and that Lord Milton and several other M.p's., should be invited to attend the same.

Marriage of the Incumbent

Marriage of the Incumbent. — This interesting event took place at the Parish Church of Bowden, Cheshire, of which the Rev. C. A. Hulbert, Jun., was recently curate, on Thursday last. The first part of the ceremoney was performed by the Rev. Thomas W. Powell, brother of the bride, and the service at the Communion was read by the Rey. Canon Hulbert, father of the bridegroom and the exhortation by the Venerable Archdeacon Pollock, M.A., vicar of Bowden and Hon. Canon of Chester. The bride was given away by her elder brother Frances §. Powell Esq., M.P., for Cambridge. The choir attended and sung a hymn before the ceremony and the psalm. The Church was filled with a very respectable con tion. The warmest feeling of respect has been shown for both the happy arties by the gift of their friends and parishioners. A e party sat down to an elegant dejeuner a la forchette at at the house of Mrs. Powell, St. Margarets-view, and the happy pair left in the afternoon for the eastern counties,

The Committee of the National School and the Liberal Association

THE COMMITTEE OF THE National SCHOOL AND THE LIBERAL AsSSOcIATION. — The following letters have been handed to us, accompanied by a request that they may appear in the Chronicle : — To the Rev. C. A. Hulbert, jun., M.A. Lewisham Terrace, Slaithwaite, near Huddersfield. January 2nd, 1868.

My dear Sir, — The Committee of the Slaithwaite Liberal Association send you their compliments, and beg to inform you that they have made arrangements for holding a Liberal banquet and public meeting on the 6th of February, 1868, to be presided over by the Right Hon. Lord Milton, M.P. Only National Subects will be discussed by most hon. and respectable men, and you having so kindly lent the National School to the Conservative Association for a similar purpose, they humbly hope that you will give them the same privilege, by grauting the use of the National School on the day named for the evening's meeting. We meet to make the final arrangements on Friday evening, anda reply before that time would greatly oblige, your humble and obedient servant, daughter of C. H. Wiiernson, Hon. Sec. Slaithwaite Parsonage, January 3rd, 1868. My dear Sir, — I have received your letter of yesterday, written in behalf of the Slaithwaite Liberal Association, requesting the use of the National School for a Liberal banquet and public meeting. I have consuited the committee on the subject, and, after much consideration, we have decided that we ze a decline to grant your request. — Believe me, yours very -


The Dartmouth Lifeboat and Industrial Exhibition

The Dartmouth Lifeboat and Industrial Exhibition In consequence of the letter of the Earl of Dartmouth to his tenants in Slaithwaite and Lingards, announcing his intention to hold an industrial exhibition in Wolverhampton, next autumn, for the purpose of establishing a lifeboat, a public meeting. of the tenants o the above "estates was held in the National Schoolroom. Slaithwaite, on Tuesday evening, for the purpose oO! forming a committee to sorwaet ae prepared ae ae Bon. The meeting was well attended ; the fev. ©. i i tter of the Earl o the incumbent, presided. _ The letter a Mae artmouth, as published in our last issue, The subject a0 taken up with great spirit. Gbort and interesting addresses were delivered by the snes Messrs. J. Varley, Jas. Hirst, B. Horsfall, done aw Eli Eagland, Isaac Batmtorth, E. T. Sykes, Ja ke, hers. During the iscussion whi ved, Mr. Mellor ae others suggested ood it waste j2dvisable » hibition of the articles inten t 86 Wolcoriempton in Slaithwaite prior to their being sent off. — Mr. Varley, Mr. E. Sykes, and the mee aoe generally, approved of Mr. Mellor's suggestion. spirit with which the subject was taken up may be gathered from the following resolutions, which we passed unanimously : — " Thet this meeting fully concurs with the Earl of Rertmoulh eo a sore eta, i ; is tenantry, 3 to suc Cina ents a5 hail be best calculated to aid his lordship in the undertaking. . seamaiit. dhecie -, C. A. Hulbert, jun., be the per cinta that, x. J. Varley be the vice-chairman of the comi ; out the above object.

meat Me ecnmittess, one of gentlemen and the ae of indies, be appointed and selected to carry vut the object co eed in the Earl of Dartmouth's letter. steten anata ta two lists of tenants resident on the estates pares ag a" ebairman, form 2 general committee to assis ue by et vommittees (to be hereafter appointed) in furthering


above object.

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Kench was that defendant must pay ds. 6d., the amount of damage swora to, and the costs, j man, Mr. Mellor, and Mr. ©. Holroyd, the meeting was adjourned till Tuesday next.


The Harrington Family

The Harrington Family. — The above family gave one of their concerts in the Town Hall on Wednesday evening. The entertainment consisted of singing and personification of different characters, which were highly amusing.

Treat to Workpeople

Treat to Workpeople. — On Saturday evening last Mr. B. Mellor, clothfinisher, gave a treat to his workpeople at the King's Head Inn, when about 30 sat down to a good supper. After supper the evening was spent in a very convivial manner.

Removal of Inspector Ayrton

Removal of Inspector Ayrton — -we are sorry to hear that Inspector Ayrton is about leaving this neighbourhood, to take charge of the division at Skipton. All lovers of order and peace will regret Mr. Ayrton's leaving, as since his appointment to Holmfirth, he has discharged his duties in a very efficient and satisfactory manner.

Sudden Death

Sudden Death. — On Saturday evening last, Jonas Barrowclough, of Clitfe, was found lying on the road leading from Sycamore to Thongsbridge. He was carried to the Sycamore Inn, when it was found that he was dead. It is thought that an apoplectic fit was the cause of death. Deceased was a hawker of nuts, oranges, &c., and was on his way to Thongsbridze.

Stealing Cops

Stealing Cops. — On Thursday, the 9th inst., before J. Moorhouse, Esq., and Lieut. Harpin, Frederick Ramsden, of Underbank, power-loom weaver, was charged with stealing from Swan Bank Mill a quantity of cops, the property of his employers, Messrs. John Brook and Son. It appears that Messrs. Brook having reason to suspect the prisoner, set a man to watch the premises. On the evening of the 8th Ramsden was seen to pocket several cops, when he was detuined and given into custody. On searching his house it was found that he had a pair of handlooms with which he wove the cops into sey, having previously bought cotton warps for that purpose. Two or three pieces of linsey were also found. As the charge was not pressed, being the first offence, the magistrates inflicted a penalty of 40s. and costs, or one month's imprisonment, at the same time administering a severe rebuke, and telling him that nothing but the leniency of Messrs. Brook had saved him from the sessions. __

Penny Readings

Penny Readings. — -A penny reading was given in the National Schoolroom at Holmbridge, on Saturday evening last, John Barber, Esq., in the chair. Notwithstanding the unfavourable state of the weather, the room was crowded. The church choir performed a selection of glees, duets, &c., in an admirable manner; and the readings, with one exception, were given by teachers in the Holmbridge Sunday School. The singing was ably accompanied by Miss Barber on the piano. — A selection of readings were also given in the Town Hall on Monday evening last, under the management of the Working Man's Club, and presided over by John Harpin, Esq., J.P. The readings were given by the Rev. W. Flower, Messrs. B. Scholefield, J. T. Taylor, G. H. Swift, E Thorp, and F. Gutteridge. The most hamorous piece of the evening was read by Mr. G. H. Swift, entitled " Early Adventures," in -chich he was encored ; when he gave " Paddy and his guinea." The vocalists consisted of Mrs. Hirst, Messrs. J. R. Mellor, H. Biltcliffe, and George Moorhouse. Mrs. Hirst was in capital voice, especially in " Lo! hear the gentle lark," which she sung in a very creditable manner. The duet " Tobacco controversy," by Mrs. Hirst and Mr. J. R. Mellor, was encored. Mr. W. Sandford efficiently presided at the piano.


Wives and Sweethearts Tea Party

Wives and Sweethearts Tea Party. — The members of the '" Holm River Standard Lodge," No. 1,098, of the Order of Druids, treated their better halves and sweethearts to a first-rate tea, at the Sawyers' Arms, Honley, on Monday night, where a galaxy of beauty, old and young, sat down to a repast which showed that Mrs. Turner knows how to makea dish of theright sort After tea, the evening was spent in playing by the band, singing by the men, and dancing by the women, and thus the time passed merrily away.

Penny Readings at Brockholes

Penny Readings at Brockholes. — Another pleasant entertainment took place at Brockholes National School, on Tuesday evening, when the third series of reacings, &e., were given. J. H. Bower, Esq., presided. The readers were Messrs. E. S. Brooke, D. Haigh, J. Robinson, Sykes, Eastwood, and Boothroyd, who all read interesting pieces, Besides the reading, the Church Choir, assisted by Miss Renshaw, and Messrs. Beardsell, Wimpenny, and W. Renshaw, gave some excellent glees, duets, and songs, which much pleased the audience. Mr. A. Renshaw presided at the pianoforte. As a whole, the entertainment was highly approved, and the audience thanked the readers, singers, and chairman, after which, the National Anthem was sung, which brought the proceedings to a close. .

Treat to Workpeople

Treat to Workpeople. — On Saturday night last, Messrs. Schofield and Hodgkinson, cloth finishers, whose works are at Cocking Steps Mills, treated their numerous workmen, and a few friends, at the Foresters' Arms, Honley, where some 90 persons sat down to an excellent knife and fork tea, provided by Mrs. Senior, the hostess. After the repast, the usual proceedings on such occasions took place. Mr. Joseph Waite presided, and addressed the company on the advantages of good feeling between masters and workmen, and what pleasure sycb occasions as these afforded to all concerned. A few hours were afterwards spent in singing, reciting, short addresses, and dancing. The dancing being led by Mr. G. W. Farrar and Miss Hodgkinson. There was some splendid " tripping away" to the fine music of the band. Among the toasts, " Health and prosperity to the Firm," proposed by Mr. Farrar, was drank with great applause. In the votes of thanks, Mrs. Senior was thanked for the rich provision she had made ; the members of the firm for their kind treatment ; and the chairman for presiding. In responding, the Chairman congratulated the workmen on the fact that, whilst many firms were working short time, they were fully employed, which was great cause for thankfulness. Altogether, the evening's proceedings was of a very satisfactory character.


Lessons in Wrestling

Lessons in Wrestling. — At the Huddersfield Police Court, on Saturday, a beerhouse-keeper named James Balderstone, Spring Mill, Lower Linthwaite, was charged with assaulting an aged man, named John Stocks, on the 6th inst. The complainant, it appeared, was at the defendant's house, and the defendant, who came and seated himself on the same form, said he would show him how to wrestle. So saying, the defendant laid hold of the complainant, and banged him on the floor. He wanted to go, but the defendant banged him down again. Again he desired to leave the house, but the defendant said he would show him another point, and banged him on the floor a third time. — Mr. Wright Mellor (to complainant) : I suppose you didn't like the education? Complainant : No, I didn't. It is not the first time. It is not two months since he gave me a black eye. — Lieut.-Colonel Brooke: It is the second lesson. (Laughter. ) — William Hall was called as a witness by the complainant, but, when questioned by the Bench, said he knew nothing about the affair. He said he never saw the defendant take hold of the complainant on the day in question, in any shape or form. — Bench: Did you see the complainant put on the floor? Witness: I never saw him touch him lest Monday in any shape. — Mr. Heaton: When was it? Witness: When wasI summoned for ? — Bench: Was you in the house when this occurred? Witness: They say I was; Isay Iwas not. (Laughter.) — Bench: Then you know nothing about it? Witness: I don't. — The Bench asked if there were any other witnesses ? — The complainant said there were plenty in the house. — The Bench told him he had made bad choice in bringing Hall as a witness, and dismissed the case.



Concert. — A grand concert was given in the dininghall at Meltham Mills, on Monday last, under the auspices of the Meltham Mills Cricket Club. There was a e attendance. The performers were the Huddersfield African Opera Troupe, and Mr. Lodge. The programme was an attractive one, and the performance gave general satisfaction.

The New Infant School

The New Infant School. — The building formerly used as a National school, having been converted into an infant school, was opened on Monday under the management of Miss Walker, and has already been well attended. Over fifty children were entered the first day. On Tuesday the numbers were increased to seventy, and the school now numbers nearly 100.


A New Night School

A New Night School. — On Tuesday evening a night school in connection with the Church at Shelley, was opened in the town's school and was well attended. Between thirty and forty pupils entered their names. The Rev. A. Turner, the incumbent, was present and superintended the instruction given by Mr. Charles Hargreaves, the appointed master. The school will be continued two nights per week, viz., Tuesdays and Fridays.


A Paramour Refusing to be "Discharged"

A Paramour Refusing to be "Discharged." — Humphrey Dalton, dyer, was brought before the Bench, at the Police Court, Huddersfield, on Saturday, charged with committing damage on the 8th inst., to certain windows, the property of Ellen Hirst. A sister of the complainant's had been living with the defendant, by whom she had had four children; and the complainant said she had " discharged" him from coming into herhouse, On the night in question he went to the house and smashed 13 squares of glass, doing damage to the amount of 3s. 3d. On the previous night (Friday) he trated asimilar outrage, the amount of damage being 5s. 4d., which, however, was not included in the an:ount claimed. Wilson Turton saw the defendant kick the windows in on Wednesday. A fine of 20s. and costs was inflicted on the defendant, (who did not appear) amounting to 37s. 94. — Dalton and the woman with whom he has been cohabiting, named Elizabeth Senior, weaver, aged 27 years, were brought up in custody, at the Police Court, on Tuesday, charged with assaulting the police. — Mr. J. L Freeman defended; and applied for an adjournment to enable the accused to adduce material evidence. — Mr. Superintendent Heaton objected to an adjournment. Senior, he stated, had been cohabiting with Dalton, and they had fourillegitmate children. The woman had been living with a sister at Skelmanthorpe, and she refused to affiliate the children. The sister forbade Dalton to come near the house again; and, in consequence of that, he kicked the windows in. She brought him before the magistrates on Saturday ; and he was ordered to pay a fine of £land costs. He did not appear and a commitment was taken out. In theevening Dalton went to the house again, created a great disturbance, and threatened to murder the complainant, Ellen Hirst. Two officers went to the place, and told him that unless he paid £1 17s. 9d., he would be apprehended under the commitment. He declared he would not pay a single farthing, and kicked the officer. When Dalton was being removed to the police station, the female Senior beat the police officer Canby on the head with a stick in a most shameful manner. About 200 people collected; and the prisoner cried out " If you have any respect for me, come forwa: and don't let them take me." The crowd sympathised with the defendants; and the officers experienced great difficulty in conveying them to the police station. If the ease was adjourned he should object to the prisoner Dalton being set at liberty on bail. — Mr. Starkey: We shall certainly not set him at liberty. — Mr. Heaton : me is very violent with everybody. — Dalton, perceiving a if the case was adjourned until Saturday, he would ne e released, asked the magistrates to proceed with it. — M ue Starkey said the prisoner was attempting to trifle 7" : the magistrates ; and they should not hear the case, would adjourn it until Saturday, and declined to admi the prisoner to bail.


An Infant Found Dead in Bed

An Infant Found Dead in Bed. — On Sunday morning the infant daughter of Harry Sykes, of Stoney Battery, Lockwood, was found dead in bed. On Saturday night the family went to bed as usual, and at half-past six o'clock the following morning the infant was found dead in bed. Death is supposed to have resulted from a convulsive fit. No inquest has been held.

The Working Men's Club

The Working Men's Club. — A lecture was delivered to the members of the Lockwood Working Men's Club, and their friends, in the Baptist schoolroom, Hanson Lane. on Tuesday night. There was a large attendance. Mr. Reuben Hirst occupied the chair. The lecturer was the Rev. J. D. Barton, of Holmfirth, who chose for his subject the significiant title of 'Old shoes and clouted." The discourse was attentively listened to, and at its close a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the lecturer.

Cabbage Show

Cabbage Show. — A show of red cabbages was held at the house of Mr. John North, Britannia Hotel, Brierley Wood, on Saturday. There were 42 entries, and the Majority of the vegetable productions exhibited were excellent specimens. The following were the successful competitors : — Ist prize, Thomas Taylor, Milnsbridge ; 2nd, William Brook, Almondbvry ; 3rd, Allan Law, Paddock; 4th, E. Brooksbank, Almondbury; 5th, A. Broadbent, Almondbury ; 6th, W. Durrans, Almondbury. The awarding of the prizes gave great satisfaction to all concerned.

Congregational Tea Party

Congregational Tea Party. — On Monday evening, the annual Congregational tea party in connection with St. Stephen's Church, Rashcliffe, took place in the schoolroom, when a large party partook of tea provided by ladies of the congregation. After tea the chair was occupied by the Rev. D. J. Mackimm, the incumbent, who delivered an impressive address to the meeting. Interesting addresses were also delivered by Messrs. Matthewman, Tempest, Shaw, Davison, and Nuzum; and five boys connected with the senior class gave a recitation which gave general satisfaction, The church choir was present, and added much to the pleasures of the evening, Mr. R. Morley presiding at the pianoforte. The usual votes of thanks were accorded at the close of the meeting.

A Beerhouse Keeper's Guests Fined

A Beerhouse-keeper's Guests Fined. — Edward Priest and Walter Whiteley, Primrose Hill, were summoned before the magistrates at the Huddersfield Court House, on Saturday, for aiding and abetting Eli Revell, landlord of the Brunswick Hotel, a beerhouse, in a breach of the Beer Act, on the preceding Sunday night. The defendants, who were summoned under Jervis's Act, were found drinking at the house on two occasions — ten minutes past twelve o'clock on Sunday night, and again at ten minutes before one in the morning. Revell, who had been summoned before the magistrates and fined 5s, and costs, said the men were friends, and being Christmas time, he gave them some bread and cheese and beer. The defendants, who did not appear, were fined 2s. 6d. and costs, each having 11s. 6d. to pay for being entertained. Robbiinc aN UNCLE. — Elizabeth Thornton, 16 years of age, who belongs to Netheroyd Hill, was brought up, on remand, at the Huddersfield Police Court, on Saturday, charged with stealing a coat, the property of John Bradley, co-operative store-keeper, Lockwood. On Monday morning last, the prisoner went to the prosecutor's house and at the time the coat lay on the sofa with other clothing belonging to her son. Mrs. Bradley had reason to leave the room ; and, after the prisoner had gone, she missed the coat and gave information to the police. — Mr. T. Bagshaw, assistant to Mr. Hirst, pawnbroker, Buxtonroad, stated that, on Monday morning, between eleven and twelve o'clock, the prisoner brought the coat to pledge, and asked him to advance 4s. uponit. She said she had been sent by her grandmother, Sarah Thornton, Netheroyd Hill, with the coat; and he advanced the money. Police Constable Redman charged the prisoner, at the lock-up, on Thursday morning, with stealing the coat, and she made no reply. The prosecutor, it was stated, is uncle of the prisoner ; and Mr. Superintendent Heaton said the girl was in a very filthy state. — Police constable Long, in answer to Mr. Heaton, said the prisoner had lived on his beat. She had been brought up by her grandfather, and very much neglected. The prisoner was sentenced to imprisonment in the Wakefield House of Correction for two months.

Disputed Validity of a Notice to Quit

Disputed Validity of a Notice to Quit. — A case of ejectment was heard at the Police Court, Huddersfield, on Tuesday. The property, which consists of a shop, is occupied by George Short, clogger, Bridge Street, formerly belonged to Nathaniel Booth's trustees, but afterwards it was sold to George Kinder, of Lockwood, and this was an application for an order to eject Short, and for Kinder to obtain possession, under the New Tenement Act. Mr. J. Sykes appeared for the defendant, and Mr. Booth, solicitor to the executors, represented Mr. Kinder. It appeared that the solicitor to the executors of the late Mr. Booth gave the defendant a notice to quit, on the 26th August, 1866, and the defendant came into court on the 11th July, 1867, to obtain possession of the tenement. The notice was then held to be invalid ; and the applicant, without any further notice, applied on Tuesday for an order to eject Short under the same notice, which he (Short) contended determined the tenancy on the Ist January, 1868. The notice stated that the defendant should give up possession at the end of the current year of his tenancy, which should expire at the end of six months from the service thereof. Mr. Sykes urged that the notice of the 26th August, 1866, was admitted, by the applicant, to determine the tenancy on the Ist July, 1867, and, having been held to be bad by the justice, could not be said to determine the tenancy in 868. It was not competent, he submitted, for Kinder first tu state that the notice expired on the Ist July, 1867, and afterwards assert that it was a good notice for January, 1868. He cited the case of Mills v. Goff (the only case in point which could be found in the books). In that case, a notice to quit on the llth October now next, or such other day as the tenancy might expire on, was delivered in June, 1840; and it was held that this was not a good notice for the 11th October, 1841. On the other hand, it was stated that a clerical error had been made in the notice to quit, and, under the advice of their clerk (Mr. Laycock), the magistrates decided that the notice determined the tenancy in January, 1868.


Accident at the New Coal Shoots

Accident at the New Coal Shoots. — An accident occured at the coal shoots now in course of completion near the Longwood station, on Wednesday night, to Mr. Joshua Farrar, coal merchant, of Marsden, by which he was rather seriously injured. It appears Mr. Farrar had gone to the station on the above evening for the purpose of looking at the new shoots. A plank being laid across the walls Mr. Farrar incautiously walked on it, accompanied by another gentleman, when the plank tilted and both gentlemen were precipitated to the bottom. Mr. Farrar was taken up severely shaken and bruised. He was removed to his home at Marsden, where Mr. Hesslegreave attended him. His companion escaped injury.

Juveniles Robbing a Shop Till

Juveniles Robbing a Shop Till. — On Saturday, at the Huddersfield Police Court, two boys, named Ben Collins, aged 17, and Richard Halstead, aged 10, living at Hellewell Green, Stainland, were brought up charged with stealing a purse from a drawer in the shop of Mr. Dan Walker, grocer, Longwood. The prosecutor stated that, on Thursday night, about six o'clock, Halstead carne to his shop, and asked the price of some small article; but nothing was sold to him. At seven o'clock the same evening, he heard the shop door open, and, on going into the shop, saw Halstead standing in front of the counter. He asked the price of a small pitcher, and, when told the price, replied that he would go home and tell his mother. The next witness came in, and made a communication to him which led him to look into the counter drawer, from which he then found his purse had been taken. — Maria Taylor, wife of Edwin Taylor, went to the shop, and saw Collins standing at the window. The prisoner, when he saw her, whistled. She then went into the shop, and saw Halstead laid across the counter and just in the act of closing the till, Having been served she went out, and waited until Halstead came, when she returned and made a communication to the prosecutor._-George Walker found the prisoners in a privy, 2 few yards from the prosecutor's house. The door was burst open, and the prisoners gave up the purse. They were handed over, with the purse, to Policeconstable Sunderland ; and, when charged with stealing the purse, made no reply. — Collins, when cautioned in the usual way, said he went into the privy and brought the purse out. — Halstead asserted that Collins sent him for the purse. — Collins: I didn't. — Mr. Superintendent Heaton stated that the younger boy (Halstead) had been previously brought before the Bench, on a charge of stealing a watch, and was ordered to receive six stri Inspector Townend had to perform the unpleasant duty of whipping him. The same two boys visited a shop at Milnsbridge, just before Christmas, and, under very similar circumstances, stole better than £2. The parties found out the robbery, pursued the boys, took the money from them, but did not report the matter to the police. — tThe prisoners were committed for trial at the sessions.


Rent Audit

Rent Audit. — The half-yearly rent audit of Godfrey Beaumont's charity, or, as it is locally called, the Honley and Meltham chapel charity, was held at the Rose and Crown Inn, Meltham, on Wednesday afternoon. At the conclusion of the audit, thirty of the tenants and trustees partook of a first-rate dinner, presided over by Geo. Armitage, Esq., one of the trustees.


Application for a License to Store Petroleum

Application for a License to Store Petroleum. — An application was made, under the Act for the safe keeping of petroleum, at the Huddersfield Police Court, on Tuesday, by Mr. J. I. Freeman, on behalf of Mr. John Richard Brook, chemist and druggist, Moldgreen. The Act, it seems, provides that not more than 40 gallons of petroleum shall be stored, within 50 yards of any dwelling House, except in pursuance of a license, which, according to the 4th section, the justices had power to grant where the district was not under the jurisdiction of a local authority. A similar application had been made by Mr. Byram, and the license granted. — The Bench thought Mr. Brook had better confine himself to the 40 gallons. — Mr. Freeman said petroleum was in great demand, and pointed out that wholesale dealers purchased large quantities. There was no opposition to the granting of the license. — Mr. Starkey: With the present state of the country, I think we should not be justified in taking any steps to-day. — Mr. Superintendent Heaton promised to make some enquiries into the matter, and report thereon to the magistrates on Saturday. _

Breaking into Co-operative Stores

Breaking into Co-operative Stores. — During the night of Tuesday some thieves broke into the No. 2 branch of the Huddersfield Co-operative Society's store at Moldgreen. Money seems to have been the sole object of the depredators, in the attainment of which they were to a great extent disappointed. On Tuesday night, 2 few minutes after eight o'clock, Mr. Adamson, the salesman, locked up the shop — no one sleeping on the premises — and, according to his custom, took away with him all the large silver coin, leaving in a small cash-box only about £2 in 3d. or 4d. pieces and copper, which, after removing from the till he placed in a small drawer in the counter. On going to the shop next morning he discovered that the premises had been entered by removing two of the slates from the roof of a low back place. The thieves had made their exit the same way by placing a tub of sugar under the opening to assist them in gaining the roof. Every part of the upstairs front room had been ransacked with the view of obtaining money, but none was found with the exception of that mentioned above. No other articles have been missed. Information was given to the police, but no trace of the thieves has yet been obtained. This shop was entered in a similar manner about three years since, and over £20 in cash was stolen from it.


Bad State of the Roads

Bad State of the Roads. — A correspondent says: — " The roads in this village are now in a very bad state, especially those leading from School Hill to the George Inn, and from the latter place to the blacksmith's shop. He hopes the attention of the Local Board will be drawn to these matters. Some of the members, he says, were willing to put them into an efficient state of repair some time ago, but others of them not wishing for such improvements, objected to this being done."

Primitive Methodist's Tea Meeting

Primitive Methodist's Tea Meeting. — The annual tea party in connection with the Highburton Primitive Methodists, took place in their chapel on Saturday, when about 180 persons partook of the social beverage. In the evening a crowded meeting was held in the chapel, pected over by Mr. John Green. Addresses were given y Messrs. Joseph Robinson, Charles Edwards (of Shelley), W. Blacker, and the Rev. J. Swales, the circuit minister. The chapel choir sang several pieces of appropriate music. Mr. Charley Midgley, presided at the harmonium.


Concert. — The annual miscellaneous concert of the Kirkburton Choral Society, was given in the Grammar School last evening week. There was a large and respectable audience. The principal performers were Miss Hiles, Miss Crosland, Mr. T. Hinchcliffe, and Mr. H. B. Lodge. Mr. J. Wood presided at the pianoforte. The performance went off satisfactorily. Miss Hiles, who made her first appearance in Kirkburton, was greatly appreciated, and she received an encore in one of her songs. Miss Crosland was labouring under a severe cold and sang but one song, for which she was loudly applauded. Mr. Hinchcliffe was encored in all his songs, as was also Mr.



Child Burnt to Death

Child Burnt to Death. — A little child two years and a half old, the daughter of Elizabeth Lawton, of Marsden, expired on Saturday night, through her clothes taking fire on the previous day. The girl was left in the house about noon yesterday week, by its grandmother, while she went outside for some coals, and on her return found the child in flames. The old woman beat out the fire in the best way she could, but this could not be effected till the child was dreadfully burned on the side, arms, neck, and face. Mr. Hesslegreave, surgeon, was quickly in attendance, and rendered all the assistance possible, but the little sufferer expired about ten o'clock on Saturday night. During her consciousness the child said she was lighting a shaving at the fire when her clothes became ignited. An inquest was deemed unnecessary.


The Local Board Meeting

The Local Board Meeting. — The Marsh Local Board held its fortnightly meeting in the Church School, Paddock, on Wednesday night. Mr. James Crosland presided. The other members present were Messrs. G. H. Hanson, T. Smith, A. B. Haigh, J. Whitworth, J. Thornton, D. Calverley, E. Stott, W. Watkinson, R. Worth, C. Ramsden, W. H. Dyson, and W. Hanley, the clerk. The minutes of the previous meeting were confirmed. The statement of accounts showed there had been received during the fortnight of the highway rate £26 9s. 2½d., and of the district rate £12 0s. 10½d. The statement was adopted. A memorial from the inhabitants of Viaduct Street, signed by 35 ratepayers, was presented to the Board, complaining of the disgraceful state of that street, and asking the Board to state, and to light the same. After a short conversation it was agreed that the Highway Committee should view the place at the conclusion of the meeting, and report what was desirable to be done in that street. A letter from Captain Graham, of Longley Hall, enclosing tracings of the intended alterations and improvements at the bottom of Luck Lane, was read by the chairman. During the discussion that followed it was shown that the improvement was greatly needed, and when carried out it would make the lane one uniform width of 30 feet. The subject was referred to the Highway Committee to carry out the necessary alterations. The clerk was instructed to obtain 100 copies of the bye laws_ printed in a pamphlet form, for the use of the members of the Board. This concluded the business.


Choir Supper

Choir Supper. — On Saturday last the members and friends of the choir of the Baptist Chapel, Milnsbridge, numbering about 27, partook of supper at the house of Mr. Edmund Leech, the London and North-western Hotel. After the edibles had been disposed of, the evening was pleasantly enjoyed, the choir singing a selection of songs, glees, Kc.

The Church Choir

The Church Choir. — On the 9th inst. the choir of St. Luke's Church, Milnsbridge, anda few of their friends were most handsomely entertained at the parsonage by Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd. The first part of the evening was engaged in different games, after which the company partook of a very sumptuous supper. The rest of the evening was pleasantly spent in music, recitations, and speeches, including the health of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd and family. The rev. gentleman, in responding, said he was glad they had enjoyed themselves and he should look forward with great pleasure to meeting them, if spared, another year.


Annual Tea Party

Annual Tea Party. — The annual tea party, held at the house of Mr. B. Hepworth, the Ship Inn, Paddock, was held on Saturday, when over seventy persons partook of a knife and fork tea. The evening was afterwards pleasantly enjoyed.


Working Men's Club

Working Men's Club. — A lecture and musical entertainment were given in connection with this society on Wednesday evening, in Quarmby Schoolroom, George Walker, Esq., of Longwood, in the chair. The lecture was by the Rev. C. D. Ward, of Huddersfield, who chose for his subject, " The Life and Times of Richard Baxter." The lecture was a very instructive and interesting one, and kept the audience thoroughly alive from beginning to end. The musical part of the entertainment was by Miss Sissons, Miss Iredale ; Messrs. W. Hepworth, H. Ellam, J. Earnshaw, W. Brook, and A. Woodhouse. All acquitted themselves in excellent style and gave great satisfaction.



Snowballing. — On Thursday, at the Huddersfield Police Court, Ben Thorp, factory hand, Rashcliffe, was summoned for assaulting John Carver, printer, Northgate, Huddersfield. The complainant stated that on last Saturday afternoon, as he was passing down Rashcliffe (there was a good deal of snow on the ground) he met three youths, the defendant and two others. The defendant, who was the last, had a large lump of snow in his hand, and was hardening it between his hands and knees. He kept his eyes on the defendant as well as he could ; and, when he got a few yards, the defendant threw a snowball and hit him over the head. He said he could not allow that ; and the defendant told him to go toa place which shall be unmentionable, and threatened him with more snowballs. While the defendant was gathering more snow the other two stopped ; and the complainant said he would bring him before the magistrates. A woman in a house near the spot refused to give the youth's name; and the complainant seized him for the purpose of detaining him until he could get his name. The defendant, who clung to a lamp-post, at length said his name was Sykes; but his mother came up and said his name was Benjamin Thorp, and then he left loose of him. A whole lot commenced throwing snowballs again ; and, in a few minutes afterwards, he saw the defendant on a wall throwing snowballs at everybody who passed. — In defence the defendant alleged that one of the other boys threw the snowball; but the complainant "collared" him and dragged him down the cliffe. One of the lads came up and admitted having flung the snowball. — Two witnesses gave corroborative evidence, and said the defendant never had a bit of snow in his hands. — The Bench dismissed the case; and Mr. Bentley Shaw, addressing the defendant, remarked that throwing snowballs was a a dangerous practice.

Meeting of the Lockwood Local Board



The monthly meeting of the Lockwood Local Board was held at the Town Hall, Swan Lane, on Monday night. Mr. A. Crowther presided. The other members present were Messrs. J. Berry, T. Haigh, J. Kenworthy, W. Shaw, W. R. Croft, J. Rushworth, C. Crosland, R. Hirst, J. Haigh, J. Sharpe, and E. Fenton, the clerk. The minutes of the former special and monthly meetings were read by the clerk, and confirmed. Accounts amounting to £158 18s. 6d. were examined by the Finance Committee, and recommended for immediate payment. On the motion of Mr. Wm. Shaw, seconded by Mr. Sharpe, the accounts were adopted. Ata special meeting of the Board, the tenders of Messrs. E. Mallinson and Co. were accepted for the flagging and edging of Victoria Street and Dead waters Road.

The Minutes, &c.

The Minutes, &c. Mr. Kenworthy enquired whether the advance of the lamplighter's wages, as agreed upon at the last meeting, was to date from the man's application or from the time it was agreed to by the Board ? — After along conversation, it was arranged that the advance of 2s. per week should date from the first payment after the sanction of the Board was obtained. — 'The Chairman stated that the £1,000 borrowed at the last meeting of the Board had been received and placed in the bank to the credit of the Board. — Mr. Croft enquired if anything had been done with respect to the removal of the old building in Deadwaters Road belonging to Mr. Brook ? — The Chairman and Clerk explained that the proper notices had been served on Mr. Brook to remove the building, and the time having now expired, if the notice had not been complied with, a summons would be issued forthwith. — Mr. Wm. Shaw wished to know if, in the event of Lockwood being joined to Huddersfield by the charter of incorporation, the debts of Lockwood would be taken and paid by Huddersfield, and if Lockwood would have to pay towards the money borrowed by Huddersfield, or whether Lockwood would have to pay its own borrowed money ? — The Chairman believed and understood that with regard to the debts owing by Lockwood, the township or district would remain in the same position as at present, and the only additional expense to Lockwood would be the payment of the borough rate.

The Acceptance of Bentley Street

The Acceptance of Bentley-street.

The question of the acceptance by the Board of Bentleystreet in a macadamised state, as agreed to conditionally at the last monthly meeting, was again discussed. — The Chairman, having read the resolution, stated that in accordance with Mr. Abbey's request the Highway Committee had met that gentleman to examine what was desirable to bedone. It was agreed that the proprietors of the street should lay on four tons of dross per rood, and then cover it with ashes and roll it, which the committee thought would be satisfactory so far as the road itself was concerned. The indemnity, binding the owners to flag and pave it when required by the Board would have to be adhered to as defined in the resolution. — Mr. Abbey intimated to the committee his intention, on behalf of the owners of the estate, to light the street, and had prepared a plan for that purpose. — Mr. Croft understood the owners were to flag and light the street when called upon to do it by the Board. — The Chairman explained that the Board had the power, immediately after their acceptance of the street, to call for it being paved, but that it would not look well for the Board to do that as soon as they had possession of it. —

Mr. T. Haigh considered the Board would be great savers in accepting the street, because a large portion of the traffic now passing down Swan Lane on to the Meltham road would pass on this street, and thus save the extra expense in repairing the former. — Mr. Berry considered the street ought to be thoroughly finished before the Board took it into its hands. — Mr. T. Haigh intimated that 400 tons of dross had been ordered by the surveyor, and wished to know if the same was to be charged to the Board or to Mr. Abbey. — The Chairman intimated that it must be charged to the Board. — At a later period of the meeting Mr. Abbey attended, and produced the plan of the street, and pointed out that he was prepared to light five lam in it, showing the positions in which they would > placed. — After a long discussion Mr. Abbey agreed to light seven lamps instead of five, and the subject was ultimately left in the hands of the Highway Committee.

The Highways

The Highways.

A letter from Mr. J. Ashton was read, complaining of the dangerous areas in a passage leading from Bridge Street to Water Street, and pointing out the fact that in consequence of the unprotected state of these areas, a man named John Crabtree had, on Christmas morning, fallen down the opening and received such injuries that he died from the effects a few daysafterwards. A long discussion ensued as to whether the place complained of was private property or a public thoroughfare. The Clerk having explained the law on the point, it was suggested that the Highway Committee should investigate the matter, and report to the next meeting of the Board. Ultimately a resolution, moved by Mr. Croft and seconded by Mr. J. Haigh, was adopted, instructing the clerk to write to the owners of the property, and request them immediately to fence off the dangerous place complained of. — George Quarmby applied to the Board to purchase or lease the old exhausted quarry, the property of the Board, lying on the Manchester-roadside in Brierley Wood, for the erection of cottages thereon. Several members of the Board doubted the pone of the Board either to sell or lease it, and Mr. Croft believed that, in the event of the turnpikeroad being thrown on the town, valuable stone might be obtained from it to repair the same. At the conclusion of an animated discussion the clerk was instructed to obtain all the information possible on the subject, and the powers of the Board to sell or lease the plot, and lay the same maar te Beak Paitin of on ene having been inti that Mr. Dyson, of Linthwaite, possessed a co of the town's award the clerk was further instructed make a copy of the same, if permission could be obtained from Mr. Dyson to do so. — A memorial from the inhabitants of that part of New Street, lying between Messrs, Crowthers' mill and Water Street, was presented to the Board, complaining of the disgraceful state of that street, and requesting that a causeway might be laid on both sides of that street. After half an hour's discussi ion, during which Mr. Abbey said the work would cost £184, it was resolved on the motion of Mr. Hirst, seconded by Mr. Rushworth, that the work be done, and that Mr. Abbey obtain tenders for the exeeution of the work, and present the same to the next meeting. — Mr. Kenworthy urged that the flagging of Swan Lane, opposite the Swan Inn, should be widened, and that the causeway should be continued on both sides as far up as Bentley Street. The subject was referred to the Highway Committee. — Mr. Croft called attention to the disgraceful state of Rash-

put it into a satisfactory cliffe, the road of which was thoroughly worn out, and suggested that the Board should call upon the owners to set it at the bottom and macadamise the remainder with the view of its being taken by the Board. He urged that Rashcliffe paid one-third of the entire rates of the district and had not a yard of road that was repaired by the town. The Highway Committee were requested to view the place and report to the next meeting of the Board as to what was required to be done in the locality. — Mr. Croft complained that during the last month the footpath leading from Rashcliffe to Yews had been cut in two for quarrying purposes. He wished to know if any notice had been given of the intention of the parties to cut up and divert the footpath. — The Chairman replied in the negative. The subject was, at the end of a short conversation, referred to the Highway Committee. — The dangerous state of the fence wall to the river from Bridgestreet to Lockwood Spa, was brought forward by Mr. T. Haigh, with the view of its being put into a safe state. The question arose as to who was to do it, the Board or the owners of the Lockwood estate. Mr. Abbey admitted he had, on behalf the estate, repaired it several times, but denied the liability as the river was on one side of the wall, and a public highway on the other, and he saw no reason why the estate should build a wall between them. The Clerk having explained the'law bearing on the point, he was instructed to notice the proprietors of the estate to repair the wall and make it safe.

Permanent Improvements

Permanent Improvements.

The Treasurer (Mr. T. Haigh) intimated that as the permanent improvements in several of the new streets, including New Street, Deadwaters Road and Victoria Street, were now completed, the expenses upon the owners ought to be apportioned, and the various sums got in at once. Mr. Abbey said that Deadwaters Road and New Street could not be apportioned for the next month, as those streets were not yet finished, but that the accounts for Victoriastreet might be made out at once. Mr. Abbey introduced the subject of improving the bottom of Hanson Lane by the removal of the three old buildings now existing there, and continuing a causeway from the end of the Jane to the Meltham road. The owners of the property were agreeable for the work being done. — Mr. Croft objected to the Board doing it at present owing to its financial position. — A long and warm discussion ensued, at the termination of which Mr. Berry moved and Mr. Kenworthy seconded a resolution " That the offer made to the Board by the owners of the property at the bottom of Hanson Lane be accepted." — Mr. Croft moved as an amendment "That considering the state of the finances of the Board, it is not desirable to incur further expenditure by the removal of the buildings suggested at the present time." — This was seconded by Mr. Sharpe, and, on being put to the meeting, four members voted in its favour and six against it. — The resolution was then putand carried.

Plans of New Buildings

Plans of New Buildings, Plans and tracings of four dwelling-houses for Messrs. Wm. Hattersley and Co., in New Street and Buxton Road, and for two cottages and a workshop at the top of Rashcliffe for John Stalker, had been examined by the Building Committee, and recommended to the Board for its sanction. Plans for the erection of five dwellinghouses in Bentley Street, for Mr. George Bower, a mason, were also laid before the Board ; but not being in accordance with the building bye-laws, they were adjourned till the next monthly meeting. The other plans were sanctioned.

The Corporation Question

The Corporation Question.

Mr. Kenworthy intimated that, this being the first meeting of the Board since the enquiry at Huddersfield respecting the charter of incorporation, he wished to know who attended the enquiry on behalf of the Board and whether the deputation were satisfied with the number of representatives allotted to Lockwood? He had heard they were not satisfied, and he had heard that the chairman of the Marsh Local Board had boasted that Marsh had obtained as many representatives at the council as Lockwood, although the rateable value of the former was but £12,000, as against £20,000, in Lockwood. — Mr. Berry was not prepared with any report of the proceedings of the deputation. Personally he was not satisfied that Lockwood had only three representatives. He explained at length the first programme drawn by Mr. Batley, and agreed to by the Corporation Committee, which gave Huddersfield 24 members, Lockwood and Moldgreen six each, and the restof the out-townships three each, making a total of 51 membersof the council. This, he considered, would have been about fair. This scheme was altered by the enquiry commissioner, and although it was protested against, it was not altered. By the second scheme the total number was advanced to 56, viz: — 42 councilmen and 14 aldermen. — Mr. Croft considered that if the deputation felt dissatisfied, they ought to have communicated with the Board at the earliest opportunity. He thought that it was too late now to express dissatisfaction with either Mr. Crowther or Mr. Berry, as the proper time to have put in an appeal for more representation was when Captain Donnelly was here, and that being neglected, it was now too late to get additional representatives to the council. He was surprised the question had not sooner been raised by the deputation from the Board. He himself attended the enquiry, and gave evidence, but did not take any notice of the affairs of the township, but left that to the deputation that had been appointed. — Mr. Berry defended the deputation from any remissiness of duty, and stated that the deputation had attended all the committee meetings, and had done their utmost to obtain more representation, but, unfortunately, during the investigation, he was from home one of the days, and thought the scheme first propounded had been settled. Mr. Crowther had also been from home, but their absence had not been detrimental to the interests of Lockwood. — The Chairman, in explanation, stated that Lockwood was the most important of any of the districts within the borough, except Huddersfield itself, and, in comparison with the other outdistricts, ought to have more representativesat the council. The great difficulty, however, was the fact that Lockwood must have either three or six representatives, They could not have four nor five, they must have either one or the other of the former numbers. He should have liked them to have had six representatives, but they must look at the matter fairly. If they took the whole valuation of the borough at £200,000, and divided that sum by 42 — the number of councilmen — it would give nearly £5,000 in valuation to each, and if Lockwood was £20,000, or £21,000, in value, it would give them nearly four representatives, and that, in his opinion, was a fair representation. ey must either have three or six, and although six were too many, it must be admitted that three were too few. — -Mr. Kenworthy urged that Marshand Mold n, having only a valuation of £12,000, while Lockw was over £21,000, if the latter had six members it would be more equal than the other two having three each. — The Chairman admitted that if those two places were selected, it would be as Mr. Kenworthy had stated, but if they took the whole of the out-districts together the result would be as he had previously stated. The deputation did allin their power to obtain a larger share of representation, but were unable to do so. — Mr. Croft admitted the reasonableness of the way in which the chairman had placed the subject before the Board. Had that not been the case he (Mr Croft) would have gone away with » wrong impression, but when it was put as a question of three, or six, it assumed a different aspect. — Mr. Berry explained that it was a question with the committee whether the three extra members should be given to Lockwood or to Huddersfield, and it was decided, by the proposition of the chairman of the Moldgreen Board, that they should go to Huddersfield. He did not think any harm would arise if the clerz wrote to the Privy Council, drawing their attention to the faet- — which Captain Donnelly was also aware of — that Lockwood was not sufficiently represented and that that fact was pointed out to the Enquiry Commissioner when viewing Lockwood, it was possible an alteration might be made in the report of the Commissioner. — After considerable further discussion on the subject, the meeting concluded shortly before eleven o'clock.

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