Huddersfield Chronicle (18/Jan/1868) - page 6

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Magistrates in Petty Sessions

Magistrates in Petty Sessions, West Ripine Court House, Princess Street, Saturday, January ilth, 1868. On the Bench: Wright Mellor, Esq., and Lieut.-colonel Brooke.

Furious Cart Driving

Furious Cart Driving. — Fred Riley, cart driver for Mr. France, carrier, was charged with furious driving in John William Street, The defendant did not appear, but France, his employer, pleaded guilty in his behalf. Mr. Superintendent Withers stated that Mr. France had given the police every assistance in the case, and, as France would have to pay the money, he asked the Bench to be as lenient as possible. A fine of ls. and costs was inflicted.

Shoplifting by a Woman

Shoplifting by a Woman. — Rose Penistone, about 45 years of age, was charged with stealing a scarf and a woollen shawl, the property of Mrs. France, hosier, Cross Church Street. On Thursday night, about five o'clock, the prisoner entered the shop, and, taking the goods from a place near the door, walked away with them. Mr. H. B. Taylor, bootmaker, carrying on business in the shop next to the prosecutrix, saw the prisoner go into the shop of Mrs. France, put some goods under her shawl, and wal away. He communicated with Mrs. France, and ran after the prisoner who was caught near the White Lion yard, a few yards from the shop. The prisoner threw the goods down the yard, where they were found, just before being captured by her pursuers. Mr. Taylor brought the woman back to the shop, and she was ultimately handed over to Police Constable John Nutton. The officer charged the prisoner with stealing the goods, and she replied, "I have not stolen them." The prisoner, who was committed for trial at the sessions, is a stranger in the town, and she is supposed to be an itinerant shoplifter.

A Thoughtless Cab Driver

A Thoughtless Cab Driver. — B, Micklethwaite, cab driver, in the employ of Mr. R. Coney, hackney coach and carriage proprietor, was summoned for allowing a cab to remain in Kirkgate without a proper person to take charge thereof. Police Constable Dennis Ford said, about seven o'clock on Monday night, when on duty near the Parish Church, he saw a horse and cab running up Kirkgate without driver. He ran after it, but, in turning out of Kirkgate into John William Street, the horse and cab came in contact with the causeway near the shop of Mr. R. Jackson, tea dealei, breaking a gas lamp, upsetting the horse, and breaking the cab. The defendant, he afterwards learned, had stopped at the Huddersfield Arms beerhouse to get some refreshment, but left no one in charge of the horse and cab. The Bench remarked on the mischief which sometimes resulted from drivers leaving their horses in the street, and severely censured the defendant for his thoughtless conduct. A fine of Is. and costs (total 12s.) was inflicted. The cab would have to be repaired at the defendant's expense ; and the magistrates said it would be a heavy loss to him ; otherwise, a much higher penalty would have been imposed.

An Innocent's Blessing

An Innocent's Blessing. — A man who gave the name of James Gledhill, was charged with wandering abroad in Westgate, without any visible means of subsistence, and not giving a good account of himself. Police Constable Boler stated that, on the previous night, about twentyfive minutes to ten o'clock, when on duty in Westgate, in consequence of a communication made to him, he followed the prisoner into Mr. Simmons's cellar kitchen. The prisoner was coming out as he was going in, and Mr. Simmons told him the man had been begging. The prisoner went to the Cherry Tree. — Prisoner: I only went to three houses, and I have been out of work two months. — Mr. Superintendent Withers said the prisoner was one of a class of persons who, under the cloak of begging, went about for the purpose of stealing. — Mr. Superintendent Heaton said the prisoner, some time ago, called at the house of Mr. Dow, Lockwood, and, after he had departed, some money was missed. The prisoner was brought before the Bench, and committed for trial. — Prisoner: I was innocent at the time. I never saw a half-penny. — Bench: We shall have to commit you to the Wakefield House of Correction for one month. — Prisoner: Why, God bless you, I am innocent.

Breaking into a Shop

Breaking into a Shop. — Two young men, named Michael Ward, labourer, Swallow Street, and Anthony Poinard, labourer, Water Lane, who are connected with the "small gang," were charged with breaking into the dwelling House of George Wood, shopkeeper, Castlegate, and stealing a box containing cigars of the value of 3s. The prosecutor, it appears, went to bed about 12 o'clock on the Friday night. Police Constable Smith, who was on duty in Castlegate, saw the two prisoners, about twenty minutes past one o'clock next morning, standing against the prosecutor's shop windows; but when they saw him they went down Denton Lane. About half-past two, he the shop again, and, noticing that one of the windows had been broken, called up the prosecutor. An examination of the window was made, and the cigar box missed ; but 14 cigars were picked up from under the window outside. The window frame appeared to have been cut, as well as the glass broken. Michael Connell, a young man, stated, about 20 minutes past two, he was in Castlegate, some 50 yards from the prosecutor's shop. He heard the sound of glass being smashed, and presently the prisoners came running from the place where he had heard the glass broken, and turned up an opening about ten yards from him. There was a gas-lamp, and he could see distinctly. Ten minutes afterwards, he saw the prisoners at the house of a person named Gillerlane, where the prisoner Ward hadi in his possession a cigar and a pipe. Police-sergeant Moore apprehended the prisoners in an empty house in Upperhead Row, and, after taking them to the police office, picked up a cigar from the place where Poinard had been standing. The cigar corresponded with those found under the window outside. It appeared there had been a " waking," and, during the hearing of the case, Ward said they had been to the " corpse house." Poinard, in answer to the usual caution, said, "It is a very easy thing for him to take a cigar out of the lot and say he found it where I was standing." Both men were committed for trial at the assizes.

Systematic Shoplifting

Systematic Shoplifting.-Alice Wood, wife of an enginetenter, residing at Longroyd Bridge, was brought up on several charges of theft. Mr. J. Bottomley prosecuted. Only three charges were preferred against the prisoner. She was, in the first place, charged with stealing two men's boots, worth 14s., the property of Mr. Henry Boothroyd Taylor, boot and shoe dealer, Cross Churchstreet. On Monday the prosecutor left his shop, having occasion to go down into the cellar kitchen, between twelve and one o'clock. He was not absent more than three minutes ; but, on his return, he missed two odd boots, which had been taken from two nails in the middle of the shop. Thomas Bagshaw, manager for Mr. Hirst, pawnbroker, Buxton Road, stated that on Monday, a little before six o'clock, the prisoner brought two odd boots to pawn, and asked how much he could advance upon them. He asked her if the boots belonged to her, and she said she had been sent with them, but they were to be pledged in her own name. He told her he suspected they had been stolen, and sent for a policeman. He detained the prisoner, and gave her into the custody of Acting-sergeant Standish, in reply to whom, the accused said no one could swear to her having stolen the boots. — The prisoner was further charged with parloining a pair of boots, value £1, the property of Mr. E. Henry Walker, boot manufacturer, King Street. On Monday, ata quarter-past three in the afternoon, the prisoner called at Mr. Walker's shop, and asked if they wanted an apprentice or an errand boy, and the shopman, James Nelson, replied "No." On Tuesday a pair of boots were shown to Nelson at the police office ; they had Mr. Walker's private mark on them ; and, ou returning to the shop, he perceived there wasa pair missing from one of the pegs. The boots were pledged, at the shop of Mr. James Hadfield, pawnbroker, Castlegate, for 6s., by a woman, in the name of Hannah Shaw. Mrs, Fox, female searcher, found on the prisoner a pawn ticket, purporting to be for a pair of boots pledged at Mr. Hadfield's for 6s. — The prisoner was also charged with stealing a muff and two woollen shirts from the shop of Mr. Bickerdike, cap manufacturer, &c., Kirkgate. On Saturday evening, the 4th, in consequence of a communicatiun made by a lady, Miss Bickerdike, daughter of the prosecutor, examined the shop, and missed a muff. The one produced was the same ; it had been sent to the shop to be repaired, and was worth 10s. On Monday the prisoner came to the shop, about one o'clock, and asked for a shilling cap. Miss Bickerdike turned round to get one, and, when she faced the prisoner again, the woman pretended to be feeling in her pocket for the measure of the cap, which she said she had either lost or left at home. The prisoner said she would go home for the measure, and Miss Bickerdike was to leave the cap on the counter. When the prisoner had gone, witness counted their stock of woollen shirts, and missed two. One of the shirts was pledged at the shop of Mr. James Hadfield for 2s. 8d. ; and the other at the shop of Mr. Walker, pawnbroker, High Street, for 3s. 6d., in the name of Hannah Shaw, Longroyd Bridge. The pawn tickets were found on the prisoner by the female searcher, Mrs. Fox. Standish found the muff in a drawer at the house of the prisoner, who, on being charged with stealing it, made no reply. — The prisoner was committed for trial at the sessions, bail being refused.

Tuesday

Tuesday. On the Bench: L. R. Starkey, J. Hirst, and Charles Brook, jun., Esqs.

Mendicancy

Mendicancy. — George Worthington, about 40 years of age, who stated that he belonged to Oldham, was brought up charged with begging. — Police Constable Eli Nutton stated that, on Sunday night, at 10 minutes past nine o clock, when on duty in Manchester Road, he saw the prisoner begging from door to door. He was under the influence of drink, The prisoner besought the Bench to permit him to jsin his wife and child, who were present in court, but he was known to be a professional beggar, and, having been previously cautioned by Mr. Supt. Withers, the Bench committed him to prison for one month.

A Prisoner and his Title

A Prisoner and his Title. — John Mitchell, 28 years of age, was brought up charged with committing damage, to the amount of 4s., to three squares of glass, the property of the Improvement Commissioners. — Prisoner : I don't deny the charge, but I wish to give an explanation. — Mr. W. Priestley, superintendent of the Model Lodging House, stated that, on Sunday afternoon, about three o'clock, the risoner came opposite the room window of the lodginghouse, in a drunken state, and began deliberately to pitch penny pieces through three squares of glass. — The prisoner, in defence, alleged that, both by Mr. Priestley's assistants and the lodgers, he had been treated in a manner which he consivered a disgrace ; and after that he was ordered to leave the house. — Mr. Superintendent Withers (to Mr. Priestley): Do you remember what name he gave when locked up. — Mr. Priestley: He gave the name of the Right Hon. Sir John Mitchell, Ibelieve. (Laughter. ) — Prisoner: It is a title that will soon disappear. — A fine of 20s., damages 4s., and costs was imposed; or, in default of payment, to be committed to prison for one month. — Prisoner: The damage would not have been done if I had not been grossly insultel. — Mr. Hirst: What have you to do with being insulted 7 — The prisoner was then removed.

Preferring to "Work for Captain Armitage"

Preferring to "Work for Captain Armitage." Dyson Roberts, tripe dresser, was charzed with neglecting to maintain his wife and family,who had become chargeable to the Guardians of the Huddersfield Union. — Mr. J. Cocking, clerk to the Guardians, stated that the prisoner was charged with neglecting to maintain his family or refusing to work. He was 33 yours of aye; his wife was of a similar age ; and they had five children, ranging from twelve years to one year. The Guardians had, on various occasions, had great trouble with the man. The wife applied for relief ; and the relieving officer, Mr. Sykes, who investigated the case, found her and the children in a state of destitution. From the 24th December to the 9th January, on six several occasions, 3s. hud been allowed to the family ; and the prisoner had been offered employment by the Guardians, but refused to work. On Friday the case came before the Guardians again; and, the woman having again been relieved with 7s. 6d., the Guardians gave instructions for the prisoner to be brought before the magistrates. — Prisoner: I will not work for Is. 6d. a day. I'll have a better master than you. — The Bench said he ought to maintain his family. -The prisoner asked the magistrates to give him some "time," and let him go to gaol. He was asked by the Guardians to work four days for 6s. ; but 1s. 6d. a day would not keep his family. and he might as well remain unemployed, He would have a better master than the Guardians, or he would go and work for Captain Armitage (governor of Wakefield Gaol). The prisoner was committed to prison for one month.

A Bad Beginning for a Husband

A Bad Beginning for a Husband. — Henry Lewis, upholsterer, was charged with assaulting his wife. — Mr. John Sykes, who appeared for the complainant, said the parties had only been married some twenty months. The complainant had had many grounds of complaint ; and, on Thursday last she went to fetch her husband from the Packhorse Yard Billiard Room, kept by Mr. Cambidge. She took a note for him, and, when she wanted him to go home with her, he deliberately and violently struck her. He did not come home until one o'clock next morning, and later on he dressed himself up in his best clothing, and left his wife. The man could earn 303. per week; but, during the whole time they had been married, he had seldom brought home more than 10s. per week to maintain his wife and child ; and even a great deal of that had been expended in the payment of a bill for doctor's attendance upon the defendant. The complainant, on being called, said her husband had been at the billiard room ever since dinner time, and, when she requested him to come home, he struck her on the back of the head, and pushed her down the steps. Her sister, who accompanied her, interfered; and the defendant then dealt her a blow in the mouth. — Sarah Ann Walker, the sister, said the defendant struck his wife twice, and pushed her down the steps. She wanted to prevent the assault, and he struck her on the mouth. The defendant, in defence, said, although he promised to return home, his wife threatened to create a disturbance in the billiard room, and he told her, if she did, he would carry or lift" her down the steps. Both attacked him, and, after they had torn his collar and " frontispiece," he carried his wife to the bottom of the steps. — Mr. Hirst: You are a very violent man. — Mr. Starkey: We never fine the defendants in these cases ; but we shall commit you to the Wakefield House of Correction for one month.


Marsden Mechanics' Institution

MARSDEN MECHANICS'

INSTITUTION.

On Thursday afternoon the members of the Marsden Mechanics' Institution gave a social party in honour of the Rev. J. M. Maxfield, vicar of Norwell, Notts, and formerly incumbent of Marsden, The proceedings commenced with a public tea party in the class rooms of the Institution of which nearly 600 persons partook. In the evening a meeting was held in the large hall of the Institution, which was crowded in every part, to hear an address from the Rev. Mr. Maxfield, on " A few points of comparison between the manufacturing and agricultural districts." Mr. J. B. Robinson, president of the Institution, occupied the chair. An efficient glee party was in attendance, and diversified the proceedings by their harmony. Mr. T. Russell presided at the pianoforte.

The CHAIRMAN, in opening the proceedings, referred to the 17 years' incumbency of Mr. Maxfield, and said they did not all see things in the same light, and were not all of the same opinion. He eulogised the rev. gentleman for the good sense he exhibited during his 17 years' labours, in his dealings with the parishioners, in using persuasion instead of dictation, in removing whatever trifling differences might have existed among them. His advice was Catholic, and his counsel was as genial, as it was free from cant and bitterness. He contrasted the time of thirty years ago with the present, and said that Mr. Maxfield might be considered as standing between the living and the dead, because many had been swept away by the hand of time, and the ranks of even the rising generation had been thinned since the rev. gentleman first ministered among them. The counsels of past years had improved their conduct and modified their views, and they saw the good that had been done by the counsels of one who, when among them, was always good, kind, genial, and full of sympathy, and who had always a pleasant word for the young, a blessing for all, and who had left an indelible stamp among those for whom he laboured, and as they well knew, whom he also dearly loved.

The Rev. J. M. MAXFIELD on rising, was received with loud applause. Addressing the audience as his dear old Marsden friends, the rev. gentlemen said he was about to give them a few points of comparison, or contrast between the agricultural and manufacturing districts. It wasa wide field to take, but he would select a few points in the two departments for review. In the first place he would see what was on the outside, and what struck the eye as they jogged along. He would either go on horseback or on foot, just as they pleased, but not by rail, because if they travelled by rail, they whisked past things and scarcely saw them at all. He then described himself as passing through a purely agricultural district, where there were no long chimnies, but where fine trees, richly cultivated ground, fruitful meadows, and verdant pastures were to be seen on every hand. Well built farm houses met the eye in every direction, and gentlemen's residences and noblemen's seats, crop up at becoming distances from each other. He paused in a neighbouring parish and found himself at the seat of the right honourable the sperker of the House of Commons, whose grandfather or great grandfather was a Leeds merchant and a Yorkshireman. What was going on in that aristocratic nook? There were labourers, carpenters, blacksmiths, all at work, and a good school provided by the Speaker, taught by an efficient master and his wife, on terms quite within reach of the poorest classes. He then pointed out that it was a mistake to suppose that the landowners wished to keep their dependants and neighbours in ignorance, for in that part of the coun where he resided the opposite was the case, and he felt pleasure in making theavowal. Afterreviewinga portion of Sherwood Forest, the scene of Robin Hood's exploits, the rev. gentleman said that the landowners took an honest pride in throwing open their parks of hundreds and thousands of acres to the lovers of the picturesque and the public, without distinction or exception. He remarked that the great landed proprietors in the rural districts were not only their great capitalists, but the great users or dispensers of capital, in the shape of wages paid to innumerable workmen and tradespeople, employed in different ways and for various purposes. The wealthy landlords did not, as was supposed by some people, receive their rents by thousands twice a year and put the money in strong iron boxes and let it there accumulate and rust. Neither did they entirely spend it upon their own pleasures. He then spoke of the kind or degree of mind within the agricultural district, as compared with the manufacturing. The children were not so sharp among the broad acres as they were among their mills and chimnies. They might not have in the country more of the animal mixed up with their identity, but they had less of the intellectual. There were various causes for this difference. The first was the difference in the school training, which was generally at a low ebb, because there was no middle class among them as among the manufacturers. They did not receive the continual rubbing together as they did in the manufacturing districts. It was not flint and steel they struck omitting sparks, but was like rubbing two blocks of wood together, wood they were and wood they remained. He then referred to the efforts making, by means of Government enquiry, through Mr. E. Stanhope, one of the assistant Commissioners appointed to enquire into and report upon the employment of children in agriculture, for the purpose of ascertaining to what extent the Factory Acts can be applied in those districts for the regulation of such employment, with the view of establishing a better system of education. The manners of the two classes were then descanted upon. The agriculturists were softer, and gentler, and a quieter people; they used fewer words in expressing their feelings and wants; they pass the day in comparative silence ; there was not the noise of numbers produced by friction, and that interchange of thought which invariably characterises the gathering of crowds in factories, or at idle corners. The morals were contrasted of the two classes without much perceptible difference. The amusements, especially the cricket clubs of the two districts, were then alluded to, and shown to be greatly in favour of the manufacturer, who, being shut up in workshops all day, required out-door enjoyments in the evening, while the agriculturist was in the open air the whole day. They, in the country, were also destitute of another recreation and enjoyment — railway excursions. He did not mean to large and distant cities, but to neighbouring towns and mansions, which are now so common in the manufacturing districts. The superstitions of the two classes were also dwelt upon, and illustrations given which proved very amusing. The middle class of the two districts were contrasted and the advantage shown to be greatly in favour of those living in large towns where they joined hand and heart and worked harmoniously together for the common weal. The unity of a middle class with a community of feeling, pursuing objects in common and working together, were proved to be far superior than in those places where they could only work as it were in single harness. The consequence was, there was very little political feeling or ambition among the purely agricultural population. Political excitement he had seen none. He had seen county elections pass over tamely. He had many times presided over ratepayers' meetings in the vestry of the old chapel in Marsden, where the number in attendance was double that of the county election, and the enthusiasm a hundred times greater. As an instance of their being a quiet race, he alluded to the fact that, in his parish of Norwell, there were twenty-five or thirty voters, and during the whole of the thirteen years he had resided there, not one single objection had been made. He concluded with thanking the audience for the patience with which they had listened to him, and resumed his seat amid loud applause.

After brief addresses by the Rev. T. W. Holmes (Independent), and the Rev. S. Robinson, of London, Mr. Enoch ROBINSON moved the first resolution as follows : —

That the best thanks of the meeting be given to the speakers and visitors, who by their attendance on this occasion, and the addresses which they have delivered, have shown their interest in the welfare of this and kindred institutions.

Mr. E. Taytor having seconded the resolution, it was carried with acclamation. £

The Rev. J. M. Maxrfrevp, in responding, expressed the pleasure he felt in seeing so many old familiar faces before him. He concluded by proposing a vote of thanks to the chairman, which was seconded by Mr. Joun Hirst, and carried with acclamation.

The CHAIRMAN returned thanks, and a vote of thanks having heen given to the ladies, the meeting closed with the National Anthem.


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