Huddersfield Chronicle (20/Apr/1850) - page 8

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The Burial Ground Question (cont.)


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burial-grounds at the present time in the metropolis is 138, but this cannot be taken asthe actual number, since a great anny parisiies have not yet sent in their returns. The tot: number cannot be less than 200, and is probably somewhat. more. There are then in London, situated at various distances from each other, and each differing in extent, 200 centres of more or tess pollution, each pouring off unceasingly «day and night its respective contribution ofdecaying matter ; "but the whole together, reckoning only the gases from de"composing human remains, amounting, as we have-seen, uv eae year, to upwards of two millions and abalfof cubic feet. 'Whatever portion of these gases is not absorbed by the earth -earth already surcharged with theaccumulation ofcenturies — and whatever part does not mix with and contaminate the" 'water, must be emitted into the atmosphere, bearing with" them as we know, patrescent matters perceptible to sense. 'hat these emanations do act iajuriously on the health of the people resident in the immediate neighbeurtiood of the places irom which they issue, appears to us, by the evi-: dence that has been aiduced, to be indubitably established. 'From the law of the diffusion of gases, they must be rapidly spread through the whole ofthe atmosphere that surrounds the metropolis ; and though they thereby become diluted, and are thus rendered preportiona¥y 'innocuous, -yet that: they do materially contribute to the contamination of the air breathed by" two millions of the peopie cannot, we. think, adinit of any reasonable doubt. We submit, therefore, that a case is made out for the total prohibition of interment in the metrupolis, on account of the injury result-, ing from the practice te the public health." —

The recommendation ef the Board therefore was, that intra-mural interments should be prohibited, and in cons¢anence thereof a complete change in the existing practice' «finterments. This change was described in considerable dlutail ; but as these are generally set forth in what follows we need not here dwell upon them as mere recommendations.

On Monday last Sir George GREY, the Home Secretary, mioved for leave to bring in a bill founded on the report of: the General Board of Health above described, and genevally embodying its suggestions. As-the said bill contains, T31E PRINCIPLES which will be applied to country towns, as weil as to London, we here give Sir GEORGE'S explanation ot them at considerable length, for they will enable all to "-e the principles upon which the Huddersfield New Ceznctery will in all 'probability be provided and conducted. The General Board of Health recommend that the same principles, modified in detail according to circumstances, s'util be applied to country towns ; and the probable course, will be that, when the metropolitan bill has passed the, (ommons, and the principle of the bill been thereby sctted. a second bill will-be introduced, applying the same at «once to those towns where lees! inquiries have been held, and where the Board of Health report the remedial measure to be necessary ; reserving to the Queen in Council ;»wer to close otherburial grounds, and to bring the new act inte operation in those places where the General Board of ealth may afterwards report it to be required. It is a cherefore of moment to attend to the principles laid down: in the bill already indicated by Sir Geokce Grey. In ctuinving for leave to bring it in, he is reported to have said :

" it is proposed, in the first Instance, in accordance with tie'resommendations of the Board of Health, that a dis"trict should be formed, to be termed " The Metropolitan urial District." The parishes to be comprised in this district will be enumerated in the schedule, and they constitute, fur the most part, the district already known as the dtegistvar-General's London District, with the exception of souie fw outlying parishes which it has 'not been thoucht necessary to include within the provisions cf the bill. For this district it is proposed burial grounds shall be provided), uimicr the control and management of the beard charged wvitn the execution of the act, who shall also be authorized t» ix the fees and payments to be required upon all interracuts. {tis further proposed to give power to the board iw take, under the act of Parliement, any ef the cemetery estublshments in the district, making compensation with w of shatting up those which may, upon inquiry, er utterly unfit to be continued as places of in, but with regard to the others making use 'ei them as burial-grownds under the provisions 'ef this A portion of every such burial-ground is, as is 2 practice now, to be consecrated and provided with table chapel for the performance of the funtral eueremony, according to tke rites of the church ef nmaland, and other parts of the ground ar2 to be appropriated to the interment of persons of other religious dewulinations. A power wil! be given to set apart portions wf these burial grounds for any denomination ef Christians ; who, upon religious grounds may require a separate place 4 ef interment. After one or more places of interment aye been provided, it is proposed that power should be riven to the Queen in Council to order burials in churchvvirds and other existing places to be discontinued, subject to any exemption which, due regard being had to the public 3: alta, may be necessary; and this prehibition may be r:<conried from time to time watil all intramural interments a '2: Jscontinued, with such saving rights us to family vaults, ' a being had to public health, as may be deemed nery. Itis also proposed that the inhabitants of any 8 of which the burial-ground is closed, shall have the sune right of interment in the new cemeteries as they had iia ike parochial burial ground: and in order to provide for E2¢ natural wish for near relatiens to be buried in the same v .cv, that they may remere their $ediesto the new burial weevnd. Power is also given to provide in 'each 'district 2ii-s for the reception of the dead previoes to interment, da ercer that the poor may not suffer in their health aii comfort from continuing the dead in the reoms os .pied by the living. One great practieal difficulty with regard to framing provisions for extramucuterments, was that of placing the poor in the 'ine position with regard te burial grounds at a distance »; iLey were with those that were near; and in order to ve neve that difficulty, it is proposed to empower those who © 1-05¢ to avail themselves of it to inter in these burial wounds at specified and exceedingly moderate rates. A hirse portion of the London clergy, and some to a consider«>. 2 atnount, derived fees from burials, and justice requires tit sume coinpeusation shoud be ptven, beth to them and 4 ver olficial perzons fur the loss they will incur by the vsure. With regard to the clergy regard will of course had to any diminution of fanes and conscquent less i they inay seffer ky this change in the law, and provi its wil be introduced for settling the compensation uy mr equitable terms. Locking at the large amount which s+ouof the clergy have derived from these fees (in some e1 es ihey have forined their whole or nearly whele income), 1, Las been thought necessary in these cases to eontinuc £1: compensation beyond the term ef the existing incumb::.¢'23, as in several parishes, if this were not tke case, ©. clergymen would be left without the means of support; 3 bat iz: all such cases a power wiil be given ef revision from time to time. With regard to the clerks and sextons, <> pensation will be given according to the tenure of their odiss. It is expected that the receipts froin fees and paymn -nts on account of the numerous interments frem the v2 tiepolis will fully cover all the expenses ; but it will be at). hitely necessery to make some provision for the imme-diate purchase ef burial grounds. Power will therefore be cn to borrow money upon the security of the fees and


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wanents, and of a rate which the board are authorised to in :ke,-not exceeding in 'any case the annual amount of one vs. ny in the pound, in the event of the fees and payments ocving insufficient for the whole expenses. With regard +t» 'hke parties who are to execute the act, the Board of H-eith have recommended that this power should be ener: sted toa board specially instituted ; but there are obvious 'ections to the creation ofa new commission unless some isnensable necessity can be'shown; and it thas been iu. uzht by the government that the Board of Health are "ly competent, amd that they are upon the whole the best

wu in «ix to carry the act into effect in the first instance. The ?-: wwiedge they have acquired in the discharge of their duties, and the great extent of their services, render their

4 ssixtance most valuable, and it is, therefore proposed that ue additional paid member should be added to the board, 'ju } eng conceived that with this addition and the appointra7+.1 Gf such subordinate officers as may be required, they "li constitute a very fit establishment for the direction and rol of intramural interments throughout the metropolis. huve thus statcd merely the main provisions of the 4, sure, ax briefly as I could ; but I trest I have stated «ow to induec the house to assent to the motion I have ake fur leave to bring in the bu I cannot, however, <1 ecown without expressing the sonse I entertain of the wd ity und efficiency with which the Board of Health have dscharged the duties imposed upon them by Parliament, dof the great and valuable mass of information they collected and embodied in this report. The public, I "yk, are much indebted to my noble triend the noble lord on ember fur Bath (Lord Ashley}, who, within niy own walsdce, bas devoted most assiduously many roontis of wt veiualle time to those duties, muder cluustaness,

» , which, we all are aware ocurred last year, invefving pediliar responsibility and anxiety, asan unpaid member of the. board ; and that he is devoting :his+tims and 'attention at: this moment to the very various and important duties with which the Board of Health is charged, 'and Which'they are' performing with great benefit to the public. I shall now conclude by stating my cordial concurrence with the report of the Board of "Health ; by congratulating Parliament that their inquiries, and the recommendations founded upon those'inguiries, are likely to be productive of so nich be-. nefit ; and by exprescing'a cordial hope that 'they may: eminently conduce to the public health, by-leading at no: distant period to the abolition of what they justly term 'the great and growing evil' of intramural interments.' This explanation was most favourably received by the.

House ; and there is every probability that tho measure will pass — modified somewhat it may be in some particulars ; but still 'in its main features, as above indicated. And if this bo the .case, it will, as woe have said before, serve as a model bill fer the country towns also.

At length, then, this solemn question is to be taken up and treated in a manner befitting its importance. At length |:

the guardianship of the dead of a great nation, and the reverent care of all the affections, memories, and aspirations . which ought to surround.them, are to be placed in the hands of responsible authority, and not left loose and disjointed as the winds. The time has surely come when all trafficking in the spoils of poor humanity should cease, and when the whole process of interment shall be under-_ taken as a solemn and pious duty, which society owes equally tethe remains ef all her rentbers, however exalted or howestr humble. wo We shall shortly return to the subject, and have something to say on the proposed new burial-ground at Huddersfield — its appropriate site and 'general applicability.

Yorkshire School for the Blind

Most of our readers who have visited the city of York, |:

and indulged themselves in the inspection of its many noble: erections and laudible institutions, will not have failed to. have become @eeply interested in the Wilberforce School' for the Blind, where the culture attaintd to by the pupils ; the serenity which marks their various movements, under the most painful of mortal afflictions — and the literal reali-

'sation of the most delectable picture df a "happy home"

among the inmates and their teachers, form altogether one of the most interesting ineidents in the-minds of thoughtful men — aye, and women too, — and should cause all, if possessed of wealth, epulence, or even a little, superfluity, to remember the source from whtnce'thb pecuniary income of this secitty is sdlely derived.

This institutien was founded in 1835, te eommemorate' the many virtnes of the memorable William Wilberforce, the promoters, rightly, in our opinion, conceiving that such a memorial would be more in accordance with that great man's views, than 2 personal and laudatory reference to himself or his family. When the institution was erected in 1833, by and for the purposes of the whole county, Huddersfield contributed about one-twentieth part of the': whole cost of erection, but since that time, from some cause or other, it has gradually contributed in a lessor degree each year, until at the commencement of the present year, this, our town could only claim one annual sub-' scriber — and that'a lady — to 'the seciety's funds. Of late' years, this excellent institution, from the apathy evinced in this and other towns in the county, has been very much crippled in its movements, and, we believe, but for some liberal donatious and legacies, the subscriptions would latterly have failed to meet the pressing demands made upon the committee. It appears that the committee rej quire a sum of £250 a year more in subscriptions, in order to keep up their present most. efficient establishment, and they have come forward among their Huddersfield friends } with the very modest request that they will exert themselves and raise annually £20 of that sum.

With the view to give the general public some idea of the success which has ettended the mode ef instruction imparteti ' to the pupils in this school, a party of then: attended with their teachers, at the Philosophical Hall, on Thursday mormmng, and we were gratified to find a goodly attendance #f ladies and gentlemen who are distinguished for their support of this class of charities.

The Vicar of HUDDERSFIELD, at the request of the meeting, presided, and proceeded to observe that none could feel otherwise than interested in the misfortunes of these our fellow beings, some cf whom had been brought amongst us to shew the progress they had made in their studies, as, unless we saw the results which flowed from them, we were too apt to forget the claims such societies had vpen ws. . He urged en ail present, whose means would allow, to put down their names as subseribers to this institution, which was calculated to smooth the path of these 4 poor creatures, who had been deprived of sight by the Providence of God.

The pupils were then exercised in the performance of a variety of selections of music, opening with a duct arranged for the piano-forte from Beethoven, which was executed with wonderful precision and boldness. This was followed by a quartett and chorus from an anthem ky Mozart, and a recitative, air, and quartett from the Elijah of Mendelssohn, 4 in which the singers displayed an amount of fecling and impassioned declamation worthy more reputed artister. These were followed by selections from Haydn, a pianoforte duct ky two of the female pupils, by Resellen, — glee, " Blow gentle gales." and several other choice miscellancous morceaur from the repertoire of Bishop, Paxton, Arne and Jackson, Beilini, and Danby. The several pieces were executed with great taste, and were ably accompanied on the piano-forte by one of the pupils taught in this establishment.

In the evening a second meeting was held, also presided oyer by the Vicar, when the pupils went through another selection of sacred and secular music, which elicited from the audience repeated demonstrations of approbation.

In the room up stairs a large quantity of baskets, mats, &c., the work of the pupils, were exposed for sale after each meeting, and as one of the greatest difficulties of the institution is the selling of these productions, which by the bye are very beautiful, we were glad to sce that the penny was being turned to some purpete after the concerts were over. We trust that the result of this visit will be an accession to the society's list of subscribers in this town and the district surrounding it.

District News (cont.)

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C8nfirmation. — upwards of 160 young male and female believers were confirmed by the Lord Bishop of Ripon, in Holmfirth Church, on Saturday last. The proccedings } should have commenced at 11 o'clock; i was nearly 12, however, b2fore the Bishop arrived, his lerdship having to 4 walk a considerable distance, owing to an accident which' occurred to his carriage about Honley. 'The ceremony Was a very interesting one, and was witnessed by a largo body of spectators.


Music. — the last mecting for the season of the Holm: firth Philharmonic Society was held at the house of Mr. Wm. Dyson, the White Hart Inn, on the evening of yesterday week. The attendance of members and others was larger than on previous oceasions. The vocal corps was strengthened by the addition cf Mess Berry, this vocalist being accompanied by Miss Pogson, Mr. B. P. Wood, and

Jessrs. Ramsden, of the Cliff Harmonic Society, with Mr. James Walker, as pianist. The songs and ballads, ductts and. gi¢es, were all that could be desired. Besides which, the quadrille band (Littlewood's) engaged by the Philharmonic Society from its commencement, executed some beautifil pteces, all of which gave general satisfaction. The speedy re-union of the Society is, indeed, a consummation most devoutly to be wished.


Elfctricity. — on Tuesday evening last, Mr. G. R. Sutton delivered an interesting Iecture 'On Galvanic Electricity," in the large room of the National School, sanctioned by the Church of England Literary Association, A very numerous audience congregated on the occasion, not less than five hundred persons being present. _ The lecture was practically instructive, being erabellished with a scries of well-performed experiments. The best part of the evening's entertainment consisted in Mr. Sutton's very lucid exposition of the working of the electric telegraph, a model of the one used upon the Lecds and Manchester Railway being shown in actien. The lecture closed by the exhibition of the mencebromatie lamp, which may be described as one of the most amusing discoveries ef modern science. As soon as the lamp is lighted, the most singular change takes place in the appearance ef every thing in the room ; the gayest dresses, and cvery other Object, lose their original colour, Ali, both old and young, are effected, being scarcely recognizable by their most intimate friends; but as soon as this singular lamp is extinguished, all, of couse, return to theirgnatural colour. Every one derives amuseinent from the extraordinary appeararce of his neighbour, without being sensible that he himself is one of the ghostly asscublage. Mr. Sutton's lecture gave general satisiaction, and his return to Holmfirth some reasonable time hence ots 2 yor oor) anethe® fr) Sttevtdone tele at ewe oe

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"Hush Shops" and "Stiff Shackles"

"Hush Shops" and "Stiff Shackles." — the ne'gh bourhood of Holmfirth, like most other places, abounds with these beer-drinking estaklis ments. Haporintendent Heaton having been making' war upon them elsewhere, now fairly commenced' operations here. The species houses alluded to are drinking places, where ae or ants have hitherto allowed persons to congrega-® ap beer, supplied to them at three half-pence a uart 3 oe the names"thirce-haifpenny shops," ""whisht shops, sti shackle holes," &e. fo r some time it has been a questio vexetce whether this permitting beer to be drunk on the premises was. strictly in accordance with the letter o the law,; bmt-recently the motter was set at rest by the Halifnx-eonck deeiding aathoritatively against the practice, and also that not less than four and a half gallons could be sold at ene time, andthis teee taken away to be consumed. Such being the case, Mr. Heaton took occasion to 'serve proper notices upon 'a number of these '" hush shops' about olmfirth.. Mazy of them ceased selling at once ; but others, more injudicions: set the notice at defiance, an tinued theirillegal aveeation as usual. These contemptuous individuals were summoned before the magistrates at olmfirth, on Saturday last, to be taught "the majesty of the law," Theire names were 'Betty. Cartwright, of Hinchliff Mill, single Woman ; Charles Breatlbent, of Knowl He'pht, in Bradshaw ; and John Heward, of Holme. Each case being clearly proved, Cartwright was finell G4. with 21s. 6d. ex-4 penses. Broadbent's fine was also 6d. with 20s. 6d. expenses, ' a fortnight being alowed him for payment. Hewardstated boldly his intention of persevermg 'm filling beer, to be drank, in quarts, on the premises, and this too in spite of any alleged enactments 'to the contrary, and the ben therefore inflicted a fine of five shitings im, which, with 20s. expenses, he was desired to pay promptly, or a distress-warrant.weuld be'issued for the amount. 4

Words to Blows

Worps To Biows. — t'wo parties living at Hepworth, before the beneh on Saturday, in the characters of complainant and defendant, in a case of assault ; Mary Mitchell charging Henry Hinchliff with having personally ill-used her a few days ago. Of the assault there could te no doubt, sufficient evidence being produced to prove it. ' Hinchliff, however, maintained that Mary was the first ag-" gressor, in making insulting and provoking remarks to him as he passed quietly along the street. He retaliated by. re'lecting somewhat upen her character, and then a regular } '"fratch ensued. To angry words succeetied blows, andi probably matters would have pushed to still greater lengths bat for the interposition of the neighbours. A fine of 5s. with 13s.-6d. expenses was im' , which, itis presumed, will for the future deter Hinchlift from ever again strikimg one of "the weaker vessels" under any circumstanees. +


Defaulters. — seventeen summonses havimg 'been issued ' by the overseers of Wooldale against as many parties in the township, who had neglected to pay their rates ; thirteen of whom were ordered at once to pay the amount sought, with eosts. The remaining -four had paid up previous to the court sitting.


Usefulness of the Electric Telegraph

USEFULNESS OF THE ELECTRIC Telegraph. — on Thursday last, when the train which leaves Huddersfield for Manchester at 11 47 a.m. arrived at Marsden, it wasdiscovered that a lady in one of the carriages had fainted, for whom a glass of water was solicited. Unfortunately none was at hand, but Mr. Sykes, the station-master, with that ready desire to oblige which chareeterises his conduct, immediately, by means of the telegraph, desired the station-master at Saddleworth to previde a glass of' water for a lady in a fainting state, and whom he would ; find in a certain carriage belonging to the train which j would arrive in about 12 minutes. This intimation was promptly attended te, and the instant the train stopped at Saddleworth, to 'the lady's great joy and surprise, and we may add no small relief, the station-clerk handed the welcome beverage to her. Such conduct on the part of railway officials is worthy of all commendation and imitation.


The Surveyors' Accounts

The Surveyors' Accounts. — the consideration of the acco ints of the surveyors of the above township was adjouraed from Saturday. the 6th instant, until Tuesday last, whea the merits of the opposition offered were gone into before J. Armitage and 3. Brook, Esqr3. Mr. Clouzh appeared on behalf ef the surveyors, and Mr. Dransfield for 1 Mr. Haigh Waddinzten, paper dealer, Manor Heuse, Crosland Hill, who objected to the accounts being passed in their present form. From along and somewhat irregular discussion which ensued it would appear that a person named Balderson had been employed, by contract, to repair a .cersain portien of the roads by the surveyors, for a certain sum per amnum'; but beyond this the surveyors, in conjuction with 2 commitice ef rate-payers in the township, of which Mr. George Crosland was ore, agreed to let Baide:son have certain sand, on consideration of his making some additional repairs on the road for which he had contracted. This Mr. Bransficld objected to, and submitted that inasmuch as Balderson had agreed to keep the road in good repair for a specifie sum, that the money reccived for sand, &c , ought to have been placed to the credit of the township. The surveyors called a man who had made out and cen-

the township books for the last twenty-three sears, whol, stated that it had never been customary during the whole of that time te make any entry, in the township books, of money received for sand, this itom of income being looked upon as a kind of remuneration to the surveyors. Joseph Brook, Esq., said he must protest against this mode of remunerating public officers. . The surveyors were appointed to perform certain duties gratuitously, and any emoluments received by them for those services in that capacity could not be legal, unless granted at a duly-convened township meeting. .In this view Mr. Armitage fully concurred. From the further statements made by Mr. Clough it would, however, appear that the expenses of the out-going surveyors had been less by £126 1s. 9d. than those of their predecessors,and he characterised the present opposition as a vexatious one, merely bocause its promoters thought the road in the neighbourhood of Crosland-neor had been too well repaired. It was ultimately decided to knock offa sum of £3 10s. received for sand, and for money paid for work which the Bench considered within the meaning of the contract made with Balderson, and also a sum of £1 2s for extras, making a total reduction on the accounts pre-

sented of £4 12s.


A Lepton Publican Fined

A Lepton Puslican Fined. — at the Guildhall, Huddersfield, on Tuesday last, before J. Armitage and J. Brook, Esqrs., Mr. Heaton, county superintendent, preferred an informatien against Mrs. Ann Parish, of the ten lem Inr, Lepton, for having company drinking in her ,house on the Sunday afternoon, dering the hours of divine service. Mr. Heaton stated that on going into the house at a few minutes past three on the Sunday afgernoen he found eight persons with liquor before them, several of whom where from Kirkheaton and Dalton.. Mrs. Parish, ia defence, said that the the house at the time Mr. Heaton came in were a " wedding party," who had been to the parish church in the morning, and who had all dined at her house atter the morning service.: It appears that some fifteen months previous the "Tandom" had beech marked on the magistrates' black list tor a similar reason, but in consideration of the landlady having recently rendered Mr. Heaton signal service in the robwery in that neighbourhood, a mitigated fine of ten shillings and expenses was inflicted.

Lepton: Election of Churchwardens

Lepton. — election oF Churchwardens. — this village is somewhat celebrated for its parochial contests, but when it is remembered tha} in this parish there is no church-rate, it really becomes matter of woader how men, not remarkable for their pious zeal in support of the religious institutions of their country, should stick so strongly to the cares and troubles of the parish vestry. . At the mecting last week the movement party in Lepton were truer to the time properly fixed, and published for the nomination of church: wardens, than the n ratepayers ; but' the. friends of the old churchwardens, Joseph Lockwood and John Hardy, again nominated them for the vear ensuing ; other parties nominated Joseph Jessop and Thomas Smith ; and a third party nominated John Smith and Joseph Ainley. The old churchwardens demanded a poll, and the two following days were fixed for the contest. Great was the noise and busy were the ratepaycrs. At the end of the first day's poll the old churchwardens scemed to have a fair chance of being returned. This indueed a collision between the Moderates and the Radicals, and John Smith and Ainley consented te discontinue the contest, the result being that the anti-churehrate men, Jessop and Thomas Smith, were returned.



Education. — a requisition is in course of signature to the Mayor, (John Crossley, Esq.,) for the purpose of ealling a public meeting, to consider the above important question. We trust the working classes will be on the look-out, and not be found wanting on the day of meeting. The men of Manchester and Leeds have-already put their shoulders to the movement, . we

Sunday School Anniversary

Sunday Scuoot Anniversary. — the Rev. H. Reynolds,

B.A., of Leeds, officiated at Zion Chapel, on Sunday last, pleading for the Sunday School interest conyexted with that place. Aftcr two sermons, morning and evening, the collections amounted to £60. 16.0. ee .

Railway Accident

Ratway Accpunt. — george Dyson, Esq., coroner, ficld an inquest on Monday last, at the Halifax Infirmary, on the body ofa man name James Jagger, about 40 vears old, who, most impradently attempted to get into a third class auriiago at the Halifax Railway Station, and received such injuries, by falling On the line ef rolvay, 23 40 cause his sath, Verdict seg ontingly, ch}

Sudden Death

We are sorry to announce the death of Mr. William Em , butcher,: of this town, in avery sudden manner. standing in his shop on Wednesday evetiing, along with Mr. John Barstow, he was f| with a fit, and Svould "have fallen had not Mr. Barstow caught him. As soon as possilble a cab was pracured, which took him te his residence, in West Street. edical aid was obtained' immediately, yet he never rallied, and died on the: following morning. He leaves a widow, (his second -wife, + and eight children to mourn his loss, The was highly respected im his business, and of steady upright: character. .

Election of Poor Law Guardians

Election OF Poor Law Guardians. — chariles Barstow, q-, Clerk to this Union, published the return of persons; elected as Guardians for the ensuing year on the 12th inst. In Halifax and Skircoat the elections were contested. For the former township. 13 gentlemen were nominated ; ene of !

whom, (Mr. Adam Lowe,) was objected to, by Mr. Barstow, as being disqualified. This notice on the voting paper has not deterred the ratepayers from exercising their discretion, (

which resulted in placing Mr. Lowe at the head of the poll. } Many votes were lost on account of informality, and many rate-payers have been without voting papers. The result of the voting is for — VOTES. Mr. Lowe, Gentleman, King Cross Street ....... . 1457 »» Councillor Hanson, Victualler, Causeway ,... 1106. " ,» _ Brook, Woollen Draper, Hanover St. 1092 », Wm. Hutchinson, Card Maker, Rhodes St. 754 », Richard Carter, Land Surveyor, Wards End 745 ,», James Eckersley, Hatter, Crown Street ....... 691 ;}, Aldermen Booth, Merchant. St. James' Rd. 672 ',, John Prest, Woollen Draper, Crown Street 623 Charles Whiteley, Gentleman, King Cross St. 564 »» George Bennett, co., Trinity Place... 476 ;, William Keith, Pawnbroker, Northgate...... 464

Geo. Gaukroger, Card Maker, Upper Bruns-

wick Street.............-...+aenaccncnsantineacines ass Thomas Dearden, Rope Maker, Hanover St. 417 Mr. Barstow declining to declare Mr. Adam Lowe, the sixth gentleman, (Mr. Eckersley,) obtained his election. The Commissioners will have to decide who is in the right. In Skircoat, Mr. James Fielding, Drysalter, Washer Lane, was carried by a large majority over Mr. James Longbotham, Market Gardener, the numbers being —

VOTES. Mr. Fielding ....... acne eceececeeeceesececesecteeceeeeereecse 393 Longbotham 02... ..e ee ceece cee eee eee eeenes 183

In the out-townships there is no much alteration from the list of last year,


Smith Place Mutual Improvement Society



Sir, — to my mind nothing has appeared for a great length of time more out of place, more unfeeting, and more unjust than certain strictures that have this day appeared in the first namber of the Chroniele, reflecting upon the character of a worthy gentleman now no more. .

Nothing could have caused mre greater surprise, an nothing have intlicted mere pain than a. pertsal — and I May say — a re-perusal of the article in question... I will concede to your correspondent (and in doing so, I am conceding a great deal) that he could never be so inconsilerate and cruel as wilfully to intend te disturb the ashes of the dead, nor wound the feelings of the surviving relatives and friends — numerous, respectable, and devoted as they are known to be.

The respected gentleman to whom I allude, and whose personal acquaintance I had the honour of enjoying for some years, and with whose family connexions I am proud tosay Iam at the present time on terms of friendship, was one who for his many virtues would cast in the shade many of the so-called moralists and philanthropists of the present day. As a friend. and neighbour — as a master and landlord — as a benefactor and patriot (leaving out of the question his amiable and domestic qualities) it would be difficult to point out the man that could vie with him. Firmer and more attached friends no man could boast of, and in the true acceptation of the term no man was deservedly more popular. What might have happened " thirty years ago" I know, not. But assuming he did participate in some of the exciting sports and pastimes of that day, what wonder can there be; when, with the example before his eyes of the surrounding gentry, of some of the highest and proudest of the aristocracy in the land, with the patronaze of the Crown itself at the lead, such exciting scenes had in his carlier days seme effect upon his ardent temperament ? I will take it this was so, but the affectionate husband and father,-the warm-hearted friend, the generous master, the benevolent -men;was never merged nor lowered in such scones and pastimes, nor were his principles or his actions at all compromised by the association.

But 'thirty years agu!" Surely the lapse of time, when a generation has already passed away — when the difference in the social-condition of England between then and rw is fairly consideved — wheir the alceration in taste, pursuits, and amusements, that al! Europe has undergone is borne in Ythind,, and making due allowance for all other outward circumstances influencing men's condue: in those dayss are j fully weighed 5 sicily, [ say, thd conserstion of thesa ote ay See views, singly, and especially cured a thought, and a grave days should i after a la pondent of " thirty years." been as careful in ale

Jeeeased as he has been resolute im notiem:: -),,.

bined 7 one tom, befinr. _, ave been again umeoverert tp I woulsi Shar recordimg levy

Fe eps

'he sun" — both sides of the picture, im fiir... "

ave been shown. How would the contrast 1.



It is due to. the memory. of the deeeaseci, as...)

auch f

to traduce and asperse the character of one aow defend himself, to make these few ren cannot — it ma worse, see the be an infirmity — it may +. in their own eye, whils -)

apt:to diseover the mote in their neighbour +.

man I allude to true ¢ would that all Poeeners of Mutual £ vould, in that respect, imitate him. r ost men have — nay, who is without '

respected family, and a long traim of (m,.." and admirers, who will feel painfully withal -),.

this vr t ier fee any harity ima lary. _ Porcine,. 'anit.

Bur traked up after a long lapse of time. withent -it. spoants in character being at the same tn...

aii contrasted ?

fcannot conclude my letter without plavinthe opinion of a popular modern writer, whe. » .. t« the life and career of Sir Richarei Steele, =). _ thus remarks :- — " If there were no worse world than Steele, what a planet we she

Steele knew his own foibles as well as any m: gretted, and made amends for them, and ef. ,,

HE Lepy name fer which they have-reason to thank and |, I leave the application of this to your reader:

aad to your correspondent in particular.

I remain, Sir, yours


Sands, Xpril 6th.. 1850.

[it was our mtention that the above let. -

appeared last week, but we were reimetane!: We have now only again to &.));

withdraw it.

gret that through inadvertence the puragrap) obtained admission to our columns, and to si: x, the fullest enquiry, tothe sentiments convey! .

le ter. — ED. C]


Huddersfield Market


We have had a numerous attentdanee o market to-day.

More activity pervades «>

the manufactures of the district. We stac.

last week that the public sales of colonial «. 4 place the first week in May. We eve now 2h

— — —

f informing our readers that they are posit. commence on Thursday, the 2nd. There much doing in wool during last week : bur whe may have been holding back, expect: -

would be lower at the sales, are graduaily hi: removed frem their vision, and the chances very circumstance will cause the sales to rem do not anticipate any lowering in price. ether raw matenial see our Liverpool list.



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