Huddersfield Chronicle (25/Jan/1868) - page 7
Workpeople's Supper. — About 40 of the employ of Messrs, Carters and Huddersfield, partook of their ann of Mrs. Berry, Primrose Inn, evening was pleasantly enjoyed in songs, toasts, &c.
Penny Readings. — Another of the series of penny reading entertainments was given i , A A
) of the workpeople in Lisle, machine makers, ual supper at the house on Saturday night. The Readings were given h enaing y Messrs. Thompson, Scho-
oa. Higgins, and others. The chapel choir, assisted by interest of Gee were present, and added greatly to nter venin thei J. W. Noble presided at the harmonigen vmances. Mr.
Funeral of an Old Servant
Funeral of an Old Servant. — The remains of Benjamin Schofield, of Almondbury, aged 67 years fone interred in Farnley Churchyard, on Saturday last. ce Old Bons he was familiarly called, had been in the service of t aylor family for more than forty years, and had ans l eee generations of that family, by all of whom he pes ighly respected. After he had served his apprenticesl ip bo a weaver, he entered the service of the late Mr. Cc es Taylor, the grandfather of the present Messrs. Taylor Brothers, manufacturers, of Almondbury Common. i the death of Mr. Charles Taylor, his brother, the late Thomas Taylor carried on business, in whose service Se ofield remained. At the death of this gentleman, Ben," for his long and faithful services, was pensioned off ona weekly allowance of from 8s. to 10s., but he would not absent himself from the works now carried on by Messrs. J. E. Taylor Brothers, so long as he was able to go to the mill,
Church Missionary Society
Church Missionary Society. — The annual sermon in aid of the Lockwood Branch of the Church Missionary Society, was preached in Emmanuel Church, on Sunday morning, by the Rev. R. Collins, M.A.. vicar of Kirkburton. The collection realised between £5 and £6.
Sudden Death. — A sudden death occurred in Lockwood on Monday. Mr. Joseph Green, grocer, Bentley Street, was attending to the duties of his shop during the whole of Saturday. On Sunday he was taken ill and Mr. Dow, surgeon, sent for. He gradually became worse and expired on Monday. Deceased was about 35 years of age.
Accident to an Old Man
Accident to an Old Man. — On Tuesday morning, owing to the dense fog, a fatal accident befel Paul Crowther, a man 70 years of age. About eight o'clock in the morning the old man, who resided at Yew Green, was crossing the lane near to Yews Hill, when he was knocked down by a waggon belonging to Mr. Whiteley, machinist, of Lockwood, and the wheels passing over him fractured one of his legs. He was removed to the Huddersfield Infirmary where he expired shortly afterwards. An inquest was held on view of the body the same day, before Mr. J. R. Ingram, deputy coroner, and a verdict of ' Accidental death " returned.
Newsome Working Men's Club
Newsome Working Men's Club. — The above club, a shert time ago, removed to more commodious rooms, when it was determined to celebrate the opening by a tea party and entertainment. The tea was most liberally provided by several friends of the club, and took place on Wednesday last in the Newsome National Schoolroom, kindly lent for the occasion by the Rev. T. Lewthwaite. About 160 persons were present, and after tea a pleasant evening was spent, agreeably interspersed with recitations, readings, and a selection of music; the latter rendered voluntarily by the Newsome Choir. Mr. John Hardcastie, president of the club, occupied the chair.
A Self-Accused "Thief, Robber, and Fenian"
A Self-accused "Thief, Robber, and Fenian." — An aged man, named George Dickinson, who said he came from near Sheffield, was charged at the Police Court, Huddersfield, on Tuesday, with being drunk early on Sunday morning. The case was proved by Police Constable Redman, who said the prisoner came up to him, declared himself to be a "thief, a robber, and a Fenian," and wanted to be locked up. — The prisoner, who denied being drunk, said two men had felled him, and he called upon the officer to assist him. — Magistrate : Perhaps you had fallen down because you were so drunk. — Prisoner : No, they knocked me down. — Promising to leave the town immediately, the Bench ordered the prisoner to be set at liberty.
Midnight Robbery from a Dwelling House
Midnight Robbery from a Dwelling House. — On Tuesday night, Mr. Samuel Berry, of Lockwood Crescent, and his wife retired to bed about ten o'clock, leaving the house door unfastened. About twelve o'clock Mrs. Berry was awoke by hearing a noise at the front door and awoke her husband. He quietened her fears, and all was again still, About five o'clock he was awoke by Mrs. Berry's sister, who felt a cold wind blowing from the front door. On going to the door Mr. Berry found it open, and his clothes which he had put on a chair by the bedside on the previous night laid in the opening — thus preventing the door from closing. On searching the pockets three half sovereigns and about 10s. in silver had been taken from them. Information was given to the police, but who the thief was has not yet been ascertained.
Alleged Highway Robbery
Alleged Highway Robbery. — On Thursday afternoon a farmer, from Highburton, named Joshua Crosland, visited Huddersfield for the purpose of receiving £7 10s., being the half-yearly interest of some property in which he has a share. Having received the money he paid a portion of it away in the town, and towards seven o'clock at night wended his way towards the Bath Hotel, Lockwood, to his son who was visiting at that house. Having passed Spring Gardens he was pounced upon by a number of men, in a rather dark part of the road, and knocked down. After being pulled about his assailants decamped, and on regaining his feet he went to the Bath Hotel where he ascertained that £3 in gold had been taken from one of his pockets, and 15s. from another. Information was not given to the police for several hours after the occurrence, nor could the man describe the appearance of any of parties.
Assault at a Beerhouse
Assault at a Beerhouse. — On Thursday, at the Police Court, William Cartwright, Dan Cartwright, and John Kenton Broadbent, factory hands, were charged with assaulting Christopher Turner, mechanic, Rashcliffe, Mr. S. Learoyd appeared for the complainant ; and Mr. Dransfield defended. About half-past ten o'clock, last Saturday night week, the complainant was at the Victoria Tavern, Lockwood. He was in a room by himself; and the defendants were in another part of the house. The complainant had occasion to go out, and he met four men, three of whom were the defendants. They came up to him, a few worcis passed, and then the assault was committed. They threw him down, kicked him, and he had been lame ever since. He was found, in a state of insensibility, by a man. In defence, the men alleged that the complainant was the aggressor, and the case was adjourned for the production of a witness.
Gambling at Yews Hill
Gambling at Yews-Hill. — At the Huddersfield Police Court, on Tuesday, William Wilkinson, labourer; Allen Berry, factory hand; Fretchfield Calvert, moulder ; Henry Thornton, and Joseph Denby, factory hand, were charged with playing at unlawful games, sports, and pastimes on the highway on Sunday. The defendants were found pitching and tossing at Yews Hill by Policeconstable Redman, on Sunday afternoon. The officer secreted himself behind a wall, and heard the men betting three shillings, half-crowns, and coppers. A halfpenny fell over the wall, and one of the defendants, looking to see where it had gone, observed the officer, and told his comrades. They all ran away, but the officer recognised the five defendants. Denby, the only defendant who appeared, admitted being at the place. — They were each fined 10s. and costs. Each defendant had 20s. to pay or one month, with the exception of Denby, who had 19s. to pay, or go to prison for fourteen days. .
Extraordinary House Robbery
Extraordinary House Robbery. — On Tuesday evening a robbery is alleged to have been committed in the house of Mr. Richard Bolland, clogger, &c., at the bottom of Rashcliffe, under extraordinary circumstances, the thief or thieves escaping detection. It seems that Mr. Bolland went to Huddersfield on Tuesday afternoon leaving the house and shop in charge of his wife. During his absence Mrs. Bolland heard a kind of shuffling noise in the rooms overhead, but thinking it was the cat running about, took no further notice of it. On the return of Mr. Bolland about half-past five or six o'clock, his wife asked bim to go upstairs and drive the cat down. On reaching the sitting-room, which is on the first floor, he was surprised to see the drawers open and their contents strewed over the floor, and a number of pairs of new boots also on the floor which had been brought from the adjoining chamber. On proceeding up the attie stairs he found a Paisley shaw] laid there, and in the fireplace a silver watch and gold locket, all of which had been removed from the drawers. On examining the latter it appears they must have been opened with keys as there does not appear to have been the slightest violence used. From the drawers were taken £8 10s. in gold and £3 in silver. A silk dress, white silk shawl, and other articles were missed, and from the store chamber about twenty pairs of men's new boots, many of them worth 16s. per pair. How the robbery was effected is a mystery, and the only supposition is that the thief must have descended from the roof — which is easily accessible from some low buildings in Deadwaters Road — by the attic chimney, and made his exit with the booty the same way. On examining this part of the premises several bricks are found to have been displaced, and a quantity of soot was in the fire Place. 3olland declares that there had been no fire in that grate for the past three years. The circumstance was reported to the police, who are making enquiries, but nothing has yet transpired to point out the guilty parties.
Damaging Sausages. — On Tuesday, at the Court House, Huddersfield, Lister Peace, Bird's-edge, was charged by James Murray, butcher, Shepley, with damaging a quantity of sausages to the amount of 12s., on the 11th inst., at Shepley. Mr. Superintendent Heaton informed the Bench thata witness, who had been summoned, id not appear. Although his wages had been paid, the man set the summons at defiance ; and he applied for an adjournment of the case until Thursday, to enable him to bring the man up under a warrant. — On Thursday the witness, Ralph Braddock, appeared, and the case waa gone into. The complainant stated that on the 11t inst. e Was selling suusages near to Senior's brewery, and went into a beerhouse. The defendant, who was in the house, asked him to credit him lb of sausages, but he said rp not his practice to give credit. The defendant _ e€ 1 =" the time. and, as he turned round to look at the "la e then put his hand into the basket, and made ' fit for Quantity of the sausages, which were uncooked, un k sale. Que tb fell on to the floor, and the others — "bruised" and "smashed," It was then half-past ae o'clock, and he was put to the inconvenience of returning tv Shepley to get his sausages repaired, but some of them he could not make saleable. He had 18fb in the. basket, and a good number of these he had to throw into the ewill tub. He sold the sauszges at 7d. to Sd. per pound, and he estimated his loss at 12s. — Mr. Braddock was then called, and he was asked to explain the cause of his nonattendance on Tuesday. In reply, he said he was extremely sorry he could not come, but his employers attended the market on Tuesday, and left him in sole Possession of the office. He sent that information to the complainant. The Bench regarded the explanation as satisfactory. The witness said he saw the defendant thrust his hand into the basket, and extract & quantity of sausages, but he could not say what weight of sausages there would be. — Another witness denied that the defendant put his hand mto the basket ; anc the defendant, in his defence, affirmed that he never tuuched the sausages ; it Was another man. — The Bench allowed 5s. four the damage to the sausages, fined the defendant Is. and expenses, making £1 9s. 61; or the pion of 14 days' imprisonment,
Young Men's Mutual Improvement Society. — A lecture, under the auspices of the members of the Brichouse Free Wesleyan Methodists, was delivered in their schoolroom, on Thursday night, by the Rev. J. Rogers, the resident minister, who chose for his subject, Knowledge. There was a large attendance. Mr. Rk, Howe, the president of the association, occupied the chair. The subject was well treated, and the lecture listened to with marked attention.
Disorderly Fellows at the Railway Hotel
Disorderly Fellows at the Railway Hotel. — John Walker, collier, John Shaw, dyer, and James Garside, mason, all of Rastrick, and Thomas Wilson, joiner, of Brighouse, were charged, at the Halifax Police Court, on. Saturday, with disorderly and riotous conduct in, and refusing to quit, when requested, the Railway Hote}; Brighouse, on the night of Saturday, the 1lthinst. They. had been requested to leave the house by Mr. John Brook, the landlord, and his son Joe, when they drove both of them out and kicked them severely. Garside, being an old offender, had 25s. to pay, and the others 20s. each, or to go to prison for 14 days, Being unable to pay, Garside was committed for that period.
Infringements of the Factory Act
Infringements of the Factory Act. — At the Halifax Police Court, on Saturday, William Brierley, operative cotton spinner, Brighouse, employed at the factory of Messrs. Sugden, in that town, had 20s. and costs to pay for employing a boy named John W. Quarmby, in the same factory (he being under 13 years of age), after one o'clock on the 27th December, the said child having been employed in the same factory in the forenoon of the same day. — M. Byram, operative cotton twiner, Brighouse, was charged with a similar offence in reference to his son, Ellis Byram, under 13 years, at the factory of Messrs, Stott Brothers, Brighouse. He was also fined 20s. and costs. The cases were brought by Mr. Lakeman, factory inspector, who stated that the full penalty for such an offence was £3, and the lowest £1.
Mechanics' Entertainment. — Another of the series of pleasant evenings, for the benefit of the Brighouse Mechanics' Institution, took place, in the Cw-operative Hall on Saturday night. The room was again crowded, and the chair was occupied by Mr. Hanson Ormerod. The Brighouse Glee and Madrigal Society was present, and performed, in a satisfactory manner, numerous songs, glees, &e. Mr. R. Robinson, of Hightown, presided at the piano. _The other vocalists present, who took part in the proceedings, were Miss Noble, of Elland ; Mr. Barney O'sullivan, of Leeds; and Mr. CG. Abercrombie. Messrs, Greener and Swift, of Huddersfield, gave several highly popular recitations. Readings and recitations were also given by Messrs. R. Sugden, T. Ormerod, W. Sutcliffe. and D. Crossley. A duet, on the fiute and piano, by meses. Mills and Robeson, as loudly applauded. The entertainment close the entire company sinzi God save the Queen. 7 oe SAS
Entertainment at the Church Schools
Entertainment at the Church Schools. — The first of a series of select readings and other entertainments for the purpose of establishing a fund for the purchase of additional desks, &c., for the Brighouse Church Schools, was given in the National School on Monday evening. There was a crowded attendance. The Rev. W. Booker, M.A., the vicar of the parish, occupied the chair. The following readings were given with considerable effect : — ' Newsmongering," by the Rev. F. W. Newman, M.A.; "A selection from the Pickwick papers," by Mr. B. H. Thorp ; and " The proud Miss Mac Bride," by Mr. Fletcher. Mr. W. G. Ellis recited in a first-rate style "Ow'd Jone," from Waugh. in which he was rapturously encored, and substituted " The dule's i" this bonnet o' mine," by the same author, and being a Lancashire man, the effect was the more pleasing from the provincial pronunciation. The song, "Spirit of Air," by a lady amateur, was also encored, as was also the "Slave chase," by a gentleman amateur. The reading by Mr. A. Bailey of the 'Golden Eagle's Nest," was admirably given and loudly applauded, as was the pianoforte solo, "I'll hang my harp on a willow tree," by a lady amateur. The Church choir were present and performed satisfactorily a choice selection of glees, &c.
Scholastic. — Mr. Wm. Thornton, late a pupil teacher at the British School, Rastrick Common, succeeded at the recent examination in obtaining a Queen Scholarship, entitling him to admission into the Borough Road Training College, London,
Entertainment to Scholars
Entertainment to to Scholars. — On Thursday night Mr. W. Gregson, photographer, of Halifax, exhibited his magic lantern in the Bridge End Congregational Schoolroom to the Sunday scholars and teachers belonging to the chapel of that denomination. The spacious room was crowded. The views exhibited comprised scenes serious, reflective, and comic, and the exhibition was loudly applauded throughout.
Astronomy. — On Monday evening a popular lecture on "Astronomy" was delivered in the Congregational School to the members of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Society, by Edward Crossley, Esq., of Halifax. There was a large attendance, over which the Rev. R. Harley, the resident minister, presided. The lecture, which was illustrated by diagrams, was highly interesting and instructive. A hearty vote of thanks was awarded to Mr. Crossley for his instructive lecture, on the motion of the Rev. J. Rogers, seconded by Mr. T. F. Ormerod.
Gas Celebration. — The inhabitants of the cottages in Toothill Bank have, till within the past fortnizht, been destitute of gas in their houses. This want having been supplied, after an application to the Local Board, the inhabitants determined to have a public rejoicing on the occasion, for which purpose subscriptions or presents were solicited. The first donation was from T. Bradbury, Esq., who generously gave a joint of beef, weighing over 20lbs., on the express condition that the feast should be in a private house. Another gentleman presented a fine fat goose. Other articles were speedily contributed, and on Monday night the supper was prepared and partaken of by a large number of the inhabitants of this part of Rastrick. The supper was served up in several of the cottages and a very pleasant evening was passed. The healths of Mr. Bradbury and the other contributors to the feast were heartily given by the company.
Irish Church Missions
Irish Church Missions. — Two sermons were preached in St. Bartholomew's Church, Marsden, on Sunday, morning and afternoon, by the Rev. — Armstrong, of Manchester, after which collections were made in aid of the fund for the Irish Church missions,
Railway Employees' Supper
Raltway Employees' SupPER. — The employes of the London and North Western Railway Company at Marsden and their friends, to the number of 30, en joyed their annual supper at the house of Mr. William Holroyd, the Railway Hotel, Marsden, on Saturday night. The after proceedings proved of a pleasant character, and were presided over by Mr. William Hepworth.
Sudden Death of a Girl
Sudden Death of a Girl. — on Sunday noon, a girl eight years of age, daughter of Wm. Meller, a pointsman at Diggle station, but residing at Marsden, died suddenly. During Saturday the child complained of feeling unwell, but not so much as to alarm her parents. On Sunday forenoon she became worse, and Mr. Hesslegrave, surgeon, was sent for, but before his arrival life was extinct. Disease of the heart is the supposed cause of death.
A Railway Guard and his Van Left in the Tunnel
A Railway Guard and his Van Left in the Tunnel. — On Thursday night the goods train from Huddersfield to Manchester left the Marsden station about 20 minutes past eleven o'clock. When the train had got about half way through the tunnel, from some unaccountable cause the guard van became detached from the rest of the train, and was left standing in the tunnel. The guard, finding himself in this dilemma, ran down the tunnel towards Marsden, in order to stop the Bangor mail, which leaves Huddersfield at five minutes past eleven o'clock. Having by great exertion accomplished this feat, he telegraphed the circumstance to the Diggle station, where the train had arrived without the loss being discovered. The authorities at Diggle immediately despatched an engine into the tunnel, and by cautiously proceeding the van was attached to the engine, and conveyed to its proper destination.
Affray. — Humphrey Dalton, dyer, and Elizabeth Senior, weaver, a female with whom he cohabited, were on Saturday brought up, at the Huddersfield Police Court, on remand, charged with assaulting the police. Mr. J. I. Freeman defended. Dalton, it will be remembered, had been courting the woman Senior some time, and she had four children by him. Senior refused to affiliate the children, and these incurred the displeasure of her sister, Ellen Hirst, with whom she lived. The woman Hirst prohibited Dalton entering her house, and, in consequence thereof, he went and, by smashing windows, committed damage to the amount of 3s. 3d. He was summoned before the magistrates, on Saturday, and ordered to pay £1 17s. 9d., fine and costs. About nine o'clock, on the same night, two officers, Canby and Slater, went to apprehend Dalton under a commitment. He behaved in a most violent manner on the way to the police station, striking and kicking Slater, and endeavouring to make his escape. The prisoner asked a crowd to rescue him, but, after being cautioned by Canby, they declined. _ He then exclaimed, " Bring me a knife, and I'll run it through them," and again began to kick Slater, who, in self-defence, returned a blow with the handcuffs. On the way to the lock-up, Senior interfered, striking Slater on the head with a stick, and obstructing the officers in the discharge of their duty. The tendency of the evidence, for = defence, was to show that the officers were, 1p the place, guilty of a breach of the peace by upnecensat ly apprehending the man. The bench fined Dalton we e penalty of £6 and costs, amounting altogether to 7 os $d., or, in default of payment, two months inpeane with hard labour. Senior was fined 40s. and cou ota £2 18s. 8d., or, in default of payment, one month's im-
A Juvenile Delinquent Sent to a Reformatory
A Juvenile Delinquent Sent to a Reformatory. — Walter Dyson, 15 years old, son of Ephraim Dyson, eb ber, living at Armitage Fold, South Crosland, was brought t up at the Huddersfield Police Court, on Saturday, charge with stealing a watch, value £2, the property of ange Henry Hargreaves. The prosecutor hung up the watch in the house, on the 25th December last, and saw it there on the following morning about nine o'clock. When e looked for it on the 27th it was gone; and he gave informe. ation to Police Constable Hawksby. — A boy, named Joe Broadbent, stated that on the 27th December font, h e prisoner came to him, said he had a watch, and sake im to buy it. He told the prisoner he would "shake up whether he gave him Is. or 2s. for the watch. They then ut two pennies in a.cup, and shook them up. _He wot, : d gave the prisoner Is. for the watch, which his mother oe oO the officer on the 16th inst. — Police Constable Fawksby apprehended the prisoner at the house of his ts, on the 16th, and charged him with stealing the 'teh from the residence of Mrs. Hargreaves. At a wa d he knew nothing about the watch, but whan tis that he would be locked up, hesaid Well, I ae eal it, I was clemming. The watch is at Ne e kat. are the father, in answer to the magistrates, said he Dyson, for the lad. He kept taking little is best f < ing 1 bad done a he had frequently cautioned him. — The i i for one month, 2 itted the prisoner to prison seen fier that term of imprisonment, to SE ee for five years; and they also made an orc . upon the father to contribute 1s. per week towards the m: auce of his son in the Reformatory.
A Negligent Husband
A Negligent Husband. Thomas Hudson, a young man, 2 colliery labourer, of Kitching Royd, was charged, at the Huddersfield Police Court, on Tuesday, with neglecting to maintain his family. — Mr. Meller, relieving officer, said the defendant's wife had been chargeable since the 23rd November, and she died last week. The defendant, who had been. working near Barnsley, had two children, living with his parents at Cumberworth; and he had visited them sometimes. His wife had been living with her father, in a sick state; but he could not maintain her; and the amount of money paid in the case, including funeral expenses, was £1 16s. 6d. — The defendant said he had been married four years and had lived three years with his wife. He had been out of work some time; but lately obtained employment near Penistone, and sent his wife some relief eight weeks since. He had never been absent; but his. wife's father said if he went near he would "tram" a knife in him. — The magistrates ordered the defendant to repay the amount given in relief and expenses, amounting to £2 7s. 6d., or the alternative of one month's imprisonment.
Begging, — At the Huddersfield Police Court, on Saturday, a stranger, who gave the name of William Haley, was brought up charged with vagrancy. On the 10th inst. Police Constable Coates saw the prisoner begging from door to door in Dalton. The man, after eing cautioned, said h uld ay; but the officer a ng cautioned, said he wo goaway; Ou 'Gledhill, J. Balmforth, ean ore Milasb once again detected him in the act of following his calling, and, using abusive language, the officer brought him to the lock-up. The prisoner, who said he had been out of work for two months (a faet which was corroborated by the: delicate appearance of his hands), was sent to prison for Seven days.
The Harrington Family
The Harrington Family. — The above family gave another of their entertainments in the Town Hall on Monday evening. The audience was good, and appeared highly pleased with the entertainment.
Accident at the Hepworth Ironworks
Accident at the Hepworth Ironworks. — Yesterday forenoon an accident occurred to an employe of the Hepworth Ironworks Company, named Matthew Turner. It seems that while engaged at his usual occupation, a large bar of iron fell upon and crushed his leg severely. He was removed to the Huddersfield Infirmary, where he now remains.
Death of Mr. W. Roberts
Death of Mr. W. Roberts. — We are sorry to record the death of Mr. W. Roberts, musician, of Delph, and formerly of Holmfirth, which took place on Monday last, after a lingering illness. He was well known amongst the musical public as a thorough musician. Some years ago he received a certificate from the Society of Arts for his proficiency in music. He leaves a widow and four children. .
Stealing Trousers. — On Monday evening, at the Police Office, before Joshua Moorhouse, Esq., Friend Fox was charged with stealing a pair of trousers from a clothes line, belonging to Joe Nobles, of Underbank. From information received by policeman Atkinson, enquiry was made at Mr. Littlewood's second-hand clothes shop, on Saturday last, and it was found the aecused had sold the missing pair of trousers tohim. The prisoner was committed to the sessions. .
Happy Home Meeting
Happy Home Meeting. — Another happy home meeting was held in the Free Church Schoolroom on Thursday evening. The room was again crowded. Mr. W. Battye was in the chair. Readings and recitations were given by Messrs. John Lawson, G. Jubb, R. Hind, and J. Moorhouse. The musical part consisted of songs, by Messrs. W. H. Hirst, and J. and H. Mosley. A comic oration was also delivered by Messrs. J. Lawson and W. F. Ferguson. Mr. J. Lawson delivered an address on bands of hope.
Fire at Hinchliff Mill
Fire at Hinchliff Mill. — Early on Thursday morning last, as the cart driver of Messrs. Roberts was passing the co-operative stores, belonging to Messrs. Hardy and Co., he saw flames issuing from the building, and at once raised an alarm. Assistance was obtained, and the fire was got under. It was very fortunate the fire was discovered before it had got greater hold, for in the room where the fire was, was a barrel of gunpowder, about 25tb, weight. It was got out by Mr. H. Greensmith in a most miraculous manner, for he had to carry it through the flames to get to the doorway. The damage is roughly estimated at about £50, but the correct estimate cannot yet be got at, for there is a quantity of tea and flour which, it is feared, will be useless.
Newmill Choral Society
Newmill Choral Society. — The twentieth annual concert of the above society was held in the National School, Newmill, on Saturday evening, when Handel's "Messiah" was performed. The principal parts were well sustained by Mrs. Hirst, Mrs. Jackman, Mrs. Silverwood, Mrs. Haigh, Miss Charlesworth, and Messrs. F. Bailey, B. Matthews, Morley, B. Hirst, G. Greenwood, and Hanson. The band and chorus was full and effective, and consisted of upwards of 70 performers. The flute playing by Mr. G. Coldwell, and the trombones by Messrs. G. Lawton and A. Hoyle, was good. The drums were played in a very effective manner by Mr. Shaw, an old veteran of 79 years of age. The whole was under the able leadership of Mr. M. Rollinson. After the singing they adjourned to the Duke of Leeds Hotel, and sat down to an excellent supper, and the remainder of the evening was spent in singing.
A Landlord Giving a Man Credit
A Landlord Giving a Man Credit. — At the Hudderstield Police Court, on Tuesday, John Wood, labourer, Reins, was brought up under the following cireumstances: — -Mr. Superintendent Heaton stated that the man had been apprehended under a warrant, on a charge of obtaining goeds by false pretences; but he found that he had gone to the house of John Lister, the New Inn, Fartown, and they had trusted him. It was simply a ease of credit, and the man's friends had come forward and paid the money. He, therefore, applied for the case to be withdrawn. The man, it seemed, said he had a £5 note in his pocket, and would pay the landlord as soon as he changed it. The case was then withdrawn.
Workhands' Tea Parties
Workhands' Tea Parties. — On Saturday night last there were several gatherings of the workhands employed at the mills about Honley, who each had its tea party at different places. Those in the employ of John Littlewood and Sons had theirs at the Foresters' Arms ; those of Mr. Greenwood at the Wheat Sheaf Inn; those of Mr. Kellett, and also of Mr. Hirst, at the Waggon and Horses; and those at Steps Mill in the large warehouse there. The great requisite, "a gooyd teea," was served at each place, and the good old beverage was largely partaken of, and afterwards music, singing, dancing, or whatever pastimes were thought of, were indulged in, and bad trade being for the nonce forgot, the time passed merrily on. On the same night, Mr. G. A. Haigh, common brewer, gave a supper to his workmen, &c., in the large room of the brewhouse, Mr. Haigh, jun., presiding. On Tuesday night Mr. W. H Walker, manufacturer, whose works are at Lord's Mill, gave a splendid treat to his workhands, about 150 in number, at the Foresters' Arms, Honley. It being also Mr. Walker's birthday, the treat and the proceedings after were of a first-class character, and gave abundant satisfaction to both master and workmen.
Rifle Drill. — During the past week the newly-enlisted members of the Lindley Rifle Company, of the 6th West York Rifle Volunteers, have undergone a course of drill ina very satisfactory manner. Sergeant Wood and Private Haigh have acted as drill masters.
Burlers' Tea Party
Burlers' Tea Party. — About forty of the burlers in the employ of Messrs. Liddel and Martin, manufacturers, of Wellington Mills, Lindley, portook of tea at the house of Mr. William Brook, the Fleece Inn. After tea, Mr. Varley, one of the overlookers, occupied the chair, and the proceedings were of an harmonious description. Mr. J. Dyson presided at the piano.
An Itinerant Beggar
An Itinerant Beggar. — On Thursday, at the Huddersfield Police Court, Thomas Cooper, who said he came from Staffordshire, was charged with lodging in an outhouse at Lindley. Police Constable Stephenson said, on Tuesday, at a quarter to twelve o'clock at night, he found the prisoner lodging in an outhouse at Lindley. The prisoner admitted that he went round the country begging. Lieut.-colonel Brooke: Then he did give a true account of himself. — The prisoner, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 14 days' imprisonment.
The Rifle Movement
The Rifle Movement. — A preliminary meeting of a few gentlemen, interested in the movement for the promotion of a rifle company in Lindley, was held at the office of the Local Board on Tuesday evening, in order to consider the best means of supporting the same. Mr. J. N. Sykes occupied the chair. After a conversation on the subject, the chairman announced his intention of subscribing the sum of £20for the object intended, and fmther intimated that alike sum would be subscribed by his brother, Mr. Wm. Sykes. The meeting was ultimately adjourned till Tuesday next.
The Church Institute
The Church Institute. — A meeting of the members of the Lindley Church Institute was held in their rooms on Tuesday evening, for the purpose of appointing a delegation to attend the approaching Church Conference at Wakefield about the 20th of next month, to discuss the Trish Church question. The meeting was well attended. The chair wus occupied by the Rev. J. W. Town, M.A, incumbent. After the subject had been thoroughly ventilated, the following gentlemen were appointed as a deputation: — The Rev. J. W. Town, Messrs. John Freeman and J. H. Stansfield.
The Liberal Association
The Liberal Association. — A meeting of the members of the Slaithwaite Liberal Association was held in their reading-room on Tuesday night, and was well attended. Mr. T. Sykes, president of the association, occupied the chair. The meeting was convened for the purpose of arranging the details for carrying out the forthcoming banquet to Lord Milton.
Lecture. — On Thursday evening the Rev. J. F. Moran, curate of Slaithwaite Church, delivered a lecture on the Irish Church question, in the National School. The attendance was numerous. The Rev. G. 8. Terry occupied the chair. During his two hours' address, Mr. Moran gave some valuable statistical information respecting the revenues of the Irish Church, and the manner in which they were applied. A vote of thanks was accorded him at the close of the lecture. . .
The Proposed Dartmouth Life Boat
The Proposed Dartmouth Life Boat. — This subject seems to be taken up with great spirit by the tenantry of the Earl of Dartmouth in Slaithwaite. A meeting in furtherance of the object was held in the Slaithwaite National School, on Tuesday evening, and was largely attended. Mr. John Varley occupied the chair. After a pleasant conversation, Mr. John Mellor was appointed secretary, and Mr. Joseph Shaw treasurer. It was resolved to hold a exhibition of the articles proposed to be sent, in Slaithwaite feast week. An executive committee was appointed to carry out the details of the exhibition. .
Lingards Church School
Lingards Church School. — On Saturday evening last, in spite of the inclement weather, this little school wore a most lively and joyful appearance, the whole of the teachers and senior scholars having been invited to tea by the Rev. G. S, Terry, B.A., and Mrs. Terry, in honour of the marriage of the Rev. C. A. Hulbert, jun., M.A., incumbent. Upwards of 70 sat down to tea, after which a public meeting was held, and addresses were delivered by the Rev. G.S. Terry, B.A., the Rev. J. F. Moran, B.A., Mr. T. Bamforth and Mr. Henry Sykes. During the evening several anthems, hymns, &c. were sung, and readings and recitations given by the scholars and frien A cordial vote of thanks was given to Mr. and Mrs. Terry, and at nine o'clock the proceedings were closed ae hymn, and the Benediction, and all dispersed highly gratified with their evening's entertainment.
Disorderly at a Public House
Disorderly at a Public-House. — A young man, named Robinson Rayner, was charged, at the Huddersfield Police Court, on Thursday, with being disorderly at a public House at Fartown. — Mr. Superintendent Heaton said the man was charged with behaving in a disorderly manner at the house of Mr. Baines, publican, Fartown, and re g to quit when the complainant requested him. From what had transpired since, if the defendant would promise not to do so again, he would be willing to withdraw the case. — Bench : What do you say to that ? — Defendant: I am sorry. — Mr. Heaton: You will not offend: again ? — Defendant : No. — The defendant agreed to pay expenses, and the particulars of the case were not entered into.
The Rifle Corps
The Rifle Corps. — The members of the newly-formed Golcar Rifle Company of the 34th W.Y.RB.V., to the number of 108, assembled at the National School on Monday night, where they were effectively drilled by Mr. F. Ramsden, of Golcar, and Private Taylor, of the Slaithwaite Company. The list for the Golcar company now coneains over 120 names,
Penny Reading. — The fortnightly reading entertainment at the Golcar National School took place on Tuesday when, owing to the thick foggy weather, the attendance was not so numerous as heretofore. The Rev. W. Barker, the incumbent, occupied the chair. Pleasant and instructive readings were given by Messrs. James Church Choristers was in attendance, and: performed choice Mr. R. Morley, of Huddersfield,
Charge of Embezzlement
Charge of Embezzlement. — Joseph Ainley, weaver, Golcar, was brought up, at the Huddersfield Police Court, on Tuesday, on a charge of embezzlement. Mr. Superintendent Heaton stated that the prisoner had embezzled goods belonging to Messrs. John Schofield and Sons, manufacturers, Colne Road, Huddersfield, his. late employers. The identification of the goods was so. clear that it was a matter under consideration whether the case should be dealt with as a felony or as an embezzlement; and he, therefore, asked for the man to be remanded until Saturday. Ainley, who neither objected to the remand nor inquired if the bench would take bail, was remanded.
The New Baptist Chapel
The New Baptist Chapel. — On Wednesday night the rearing supper of the new Baptist Chapel, which is being erected in this village, was partaken of in the Lower School, Golcar, when 70 persons employed in its erection sat down to a very excellent repast. A meeting was afterwards held, presided over by Mr. Strickey, when appropriate addresses were given by Messrs. Chas. Smith, William Hirst, and Thomas Edward Sykes. Readings, singing, and recitations were also given, and a well attended and very interesting meeting was brought to a close about a quarter to ten. A fact mentioned in one of the speeches, and which is deserving notice, is that hitherto no serious accident has nappened to any of the men employed at it, although the building is a very large one and 1s DOW approaching completion.
Conservative Meeting. — A meeting of the Golcar Working Men's Conservative Association, together with the Amalgamated Banquet Committee, was held in the National School op Monday evening. There was a good attendance. Mr. J, Webster occupied the chair. The usual routine business having been transacted, letters were read from W. B. Denison, Esq., the Rev. J. H. F. Kendall, of Holbeck; the Rev. G. J. Clarke, of Moldgreen; Messrs. W. E. Stutter, of Manchester, W. E. Hirst, of Huddersfield, and other gentlemen, acce ting the invitation of the committee, and promising sien tease at the banquet to be held on Friday next, in the Golcar schoolroom. W. S, Stanhope and W. B. Denison, Esqs., will be the guests of George Armitage, Esq., of Milnsbridge House, during their stay in the neighbourhood. Great preparations are making by the committee to render the affair worthy of the eause. A large number of tickets have already been disposed of.
William Whitwam, the Flock Dealer
William Whitwam, the Flock Dealer. — William Whitwam, the flock dealer, who had described himself as a woollen manufacturer at Huddersfield, was brought before the Liverpool magistrates on remand, on Friday, charged with having passed a counterfeit sovereign, and was discharged, the prosecutor in the case having gone to sea. In discharging the prisoner the stipendiary magistrate stated that a letter had been received from the police superintendent at Huddersfield which was not at all satisfactory. It stated that the name and address given by the prisoner was correct, but that he had been leading a loose, idle life, during the past two or three years. In 1866 he was in custody for obtaining a gold watch and guard by false pretences, but the matter was compromised, and that now he was wanted for having defrauded the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company. The prisoner was removed in the custody of a member of the West Riding police force, and brought before the magistrates, on Saturday, for being in arrears with payments for an illegitimate child affiliated upon him.
Sudden Death. — -On Thursday afternoon Mr. George Hanson, plumber, glazier, and painter, of Hillhouse, died very suddenly. Mr. Hanson owned a number of cottages at the top of King's Cliffe Terrace, and on the above afternoon was forming a drain through the garden of one of them, conversing at the same time with one of his tenants, About three o'clock the tenant entered his house, leaving Mr. Hanson digging in the drain. On his return to the garden, in two minutes afterwards, he was horrified to find the gentleman lying on his face in the trench. He instantly jumped down and lifted him up, but life was extinct. Mr. Johnson, assistant to Mr. Clarke, surgeon, was speedily on the spot, but his services were of no avail. A sudden fit is supposed to be the immediate cause of death. No inquest was held. The deceased was 49 years of age, and has left a widow and several children.
Congregational Church: Fortnightly Entertainments
Congregational Church. — Fortnightly Entertainments. — These entertainments have been so far a great success. They are composed of music, singing, readings, and recitations, intervening fortnights being devoted to lectures only. The latter series was held in the new and commodious schools, on Thursday evening last, when the Rev. Marmaduke Miller delivered a lecture entitled " The wit and poetry of Hood." The rev. gentleman first gave a sketch of Hood's life ; he then amused the audience by referring to some of his best efforts of wit and ridicule, and afterwards excited their sympathy by reciting some of his beautiful but sad descriptions of the sorrows of the poor and outcast. Alfred Crowther, Esq., of Lockwood, ably presided. At the close a cordial vote of thanks was passed to the lecturer on the motion of the Rev. John Hanson, seconded by James Willans, Esq. A similar compliment having been accorded to the chairman, the meeting, which was numerously attended, separated highly delighted with the intellectual treat they had received.
Workpeople's Entertainment. — Upwards of 40 of the people employed by Mr. Law Heppenstall, manufacturer, Longwood, partook of their annual knife and fork tea on Saturday, at the house of Mr. George Lee, the Dusty Miller, Longwood, to which the guests did justice. In the evening numerous amusing games were indulged in, and the time passed nicely till eleven o'clock, when the company separated pleased with their evening's enter-
Emley: Tea Meeting
Emley.-tea Meeting. — The annual tea meeting, held at the house of Mr. Samuel Beaumont, the Gun and Pigeon Inn, Emley Moor, took place on Monday, and was attended by upwards of 100 persons. The after proceedings were of an interesting description.
Social Tea Party
Social Tea Party. — A society of young men, principally colliers, who style themselves "New biggins," held their annual tea party and meeting on Monday, at the house of Mr. John Clayton, the George Inn, when between 70 and 80 of the members and friends partook of a substantial meal, The evening was passed in the usual manner.
The Branch Railway
The Branch Railway. — The goods warehouse at the Kirkburton station is drawing towards completion. The roof-frame is now on and ready for covering in, and it is expected that ina few days the place will be ready for goods. The foot Bridge across the hill from the turnpikeroad at Dean Bottom to Slant Gate is progressing satisfactorily, but pedestrians will find it no easy task to mount over 250 steps in order to reach Highburton from that part of the road.
Penny Readings. — A pleasing entertainment was given in the Kirkburton Working Men's Reading Room on Saturday night, when there was a crowded audience. Mr. G. Dawson occupied the chair. using and interesting readings were given by Messrs. C. Hargreaves, E. Exley, J. F. Johnson, and several gentlemen from Huddersfield. Between the pieces some excellent singing was rendered by Miss E. Clayton (who also presided at the pianoforte), Messrs. H. Whittell, and W. Fitton, the latter of whom sang a song the words of which were by Mr. Arthur Lodge, of Lepton. .
The Late Industrial Exhibition
The Late Industrial Exhibition. — A meeting of the committee was held in the reading-room of the Working Man's Club on Tuesday evening last. The Rev. R. Collins, vicar, occupied the chair. It appeared from the treasurer's account that upwards of £106 had been received, and the expenditure had been £103 odd, thus leaving a balance of £2 2s, in favour of the funds of the reading-room. A vote of thanks was proposed to the vicar in a highly eulogistic speech, by Mr. J. F. Johnson, who attributed the success of the exhibition to the prestige which the countenance of the vicar had given to it, at a time when other influential parties looked upon the undertaking with disfavour. The motion was seconded and carried unanimously.
Distribution of Charities
Distribution of Charities. — The distribution of various charities left to the poor of the township of Kirkburton were on Saturday last distributed at the Old School to 250 poor persons by Messrs. Joah Cook, overseer, John Alderson, churchwarden, and John Parkin, assistant overseer. The first charity distributed was from the interest of a sum of money invested in the Huddersfield Waterworks, by the late Mrs. Farmer, daughter of the late Rev. Benjamin Kaye, formerly vicar of Kirkburton, and the interest from a like investment by the late Mr. James Booth, of Lane Head, Kirkburton. The gifts consisted of lengths of calico, varying from four to eight yards, according to the necessities of the recipients. About 180 persons were supplied, selected by the vicar, churchwardens, and overseers. At the same time and place, the Earl of Dartmouth's annual charity was distributed by the same gentlemen to 66 recipients, who expressed their thanks for the gift. The list of these poor persons was furnished by the assistant-overseer, and approved of by Mr. Gilbert Wilson, the Earl's agent,
An Aged Woman Burnt to Death
An Aged Woman Burnt to Death. — A deplorable event occurred at Highburton on Monday afternoon, through which Ann Wilkinson, aged 80 years, was burnt to death. It seems the old woman and her son reside together in a cottage at Highburton. At noon on Monday the son left his mother in the house, where she was seen quite well at half-past four the same afternoon by Betty Hinchcliffe, a neighbour. At six o'clock the son returned from his work, and on opening the door found the house filled with smoke. He called to his mother, but receiving no answer he proceeded into the room, and found that the old woman had fallen into the fire. He raised an alarm, and with assistance removed her from the fire place. Mr. Lockwood, surgeon, was sent for, but on his arrival life was extinct. Mr. Lockwood gave it as his opinion that she had fallen into the fire during a sick fit, and was thus burnt to death. An inquest was held on view of the body on Wednesday, at the house of Mr. Henry Carter, the Smiths' Arms, before Mr. T. Taylor, coroner, and a jury, of which Mr. John Parkin was foreman. A verdict of "Accidentally burnt" was returned.
Breach of the Climbing Boys' Act
Breach of the Climbing Boys' Act. — At the Huddersfield Police Court, on Thursday, John Whiteley, chimney sweeper, Gulley, Holmfirth, was charged that on the 23rd inst. he did allow John Wilson, twelve years of age, to ascend the chimney of a house occupied by Leah France. Mr. Superintendent Heaton stated that the policeman stationed at Kirkheaton received information of the man having sent a boy upa chimney, and gave him instructions to sweep it. The officer waited at the house until the boycame down. A short time ago the defendant was summoned for committing a similar offence at the house of Mr. Millar, incumbent, Farnley Tyas; but the man who appeared was not identified as the man who sent the boy up the chimney on that occasion. The officer, therefore, in the present instance, brought both the boy and the defendant to the Police Station. This was a flagrant case, and he should ask the Bench to inflict such a penalty as would prevent a repetition. The defendant went long distances, as far as Penistone, to sweep chimnies, and took such young boys as Wilson with him.
— Mr. Armitage: It stops their growth; and an Act of Parliament was passed to protect boys from being tortured. — The Bench said they had power to inflict a penalty of £10; and, although they did not propose to go to. the extreme, they hoped the defendant would take warning. If he was brought up again, the full penalty would be inflicted. A fine of 40s. and expenses (total
£2 9s.) was imposed ; or the alternative of two months' imprisonment.
Conservative Meeting. — A meeting of the Conservative iation of Linthwaite was held in their reading room at Hoylehouse, on Wednesday night. Mr. B. Taylor occupied the chair. After the usual business had been transacted, the banquet committee proceeded to draw up and arrange a programme of the proceedings to be observed at the forthcoming banquet to Messrs. Stanhope and pentaons. The project is heartily taken up in Linthwiate.
Grand Concert. — On Tuesday evening a miscellaneous concert, arranged by the Linthwaite Working Men's Conservative Association, was given in the National School, and was attended by an audience numbering over 400 persons. The performers on the occasion were Miss Stead, Messrs. J. Schofield, R. Stead, B. Baxter, and H. B. Lodge. Mr. W. H. Pogson presided at the pianoforte. The performance gave great satisfaction, and a considerable surplus will be left for the benefit of the association. Tae Locat Board ELEcTIons. — The election of three members of the Linthwaite Local Board to fill the places of those who retire by rotation, was fixed to take place on Monday next, but owing to the retirement of Mr. Charles Lockwood, who had been nominated for the central ward in opposition to Mr. George Dyson, there will be no contest. The retiring members are Messrs. G. Dyson, G. Shaw, and G. Mallinson. Mr. John Schofield will succeed Mr. Mallinson — who has not been again nominated — and the East Ward having failed to nominate a successor to Mr. Shaw, the Board will, within a month from the date of the election, have to appoint a member for that ward, in accordance with the 34th section of the Local Govern-
Concert. — On Tuesday night a coneert of vocal and instrumental performance was given in the Oddfellows' Hall, Meltham, by the Harrington Family. The audience was small, but the performance gave great satisfaction.
The Reading Room
The Reading-Room.- — An entertainment for the benefit of the Meltham Mills reading-room, was given in the National School on Monday night, when there was a full attendance. E. Brook, Esq., of Bent House, occupied the chair. Readings were given by Messrs. T. D. Scholes, D. Balmforth, and several members of the reading-room which were highly appreciated. The Huddersfield African Ethiopian Troupe were present, and diversfied the proceedings by their humourous performances.
St. Luke's Church
St. Luke's Church. — On Sunday last three sermons were preached in the above church, and collections made in aid of the incidental expenses of the church. The united collections amounted to a little over £5.
Renewal of a Petroleum License
Renewal of a Petroleum License. — On Tuesday, at the Huddersfield Police Court, an application was made to Messrs. G. Armitage and J. Beaumont, by Mr. J. I. Freeman, for a renewal of the license granted to Mr. J. Byram, ironmonger, Moldgreen, to enable him to store petroleum on certain detached premises. The present license expired on the 3lst January. Mr. Byram was a well known tradesman, and, every precaution having been adopted to prevent accident, no fault had been found with him since the granting of the license. In the place for which Mr. Byram required the license a reservoir had been formed, and the petroleum was pumped up as it was required. The license was renewed.
The Application for a License to Store Petroleum
The Application for a License to Store Petroleum. — On Saturday, at the Police Court, Huddersfield, (before Bentley Shaw, Esq., and Lieutenant-colonel Brooke), Mr. J. I. Freeman renewed an application for a license to be granted to Mr. John Richard Brook, druggist, Moldgreen, to store petroleum on certain premises occupied by him. The case had been adjourned from Tuesday, when the magistrates instructed Mr. Superintendent Heaton to make an investigation for the guidance of the bench. Mr. Heaton, in stating the result of the inquiries he had made, said he had examined the place in which Mr. Brook required permission to store petroleum. It was a cellar under the shop, and at the front. He thought a more dangerous place could not be found. — Mr. Freeman reminded the bench that the Act of Parliament, under which the application was being made, provided that not more than forty gallons should be stored within fifty yards of any dwelling House, except in pursuance of a license. — The magistrates refused to grant a license, and, in reply to Mr. Freeman, promised to grant a certificate embodying the grounds of their refusal.
Workmen's Supper. — The spinners and slubbers in the employ of Messrs. Wrigley, at Wrigley Mill, Netherton, partook of their annual New Year's supper, at the house of Mr. Geo. Wood, the Rose and Crown Inn, Netherton, on Saturday night, when about forty sat down to a firstrate spread. The evening was afterwards harmoniously spent.
Supper Party. — The annual party of the friends of Mr. Jesse Kaye, of the Big Valley Hotel, took place at that house on Saturday night, when between forty and fifty friends partook of the substantial viands which were provided in abundance. The after proceedings were presided over by Mr. Allen Hallas. During the evening the health of the host and hostess was heartily drank and responded to, and the evening passed merrily.
Accident on the Railway
Accident on the Railway. — A boy named James Beevers, working on the Meltham branch railway as a nipper, met with a serious accident yesterday week, from improperly interfering with work he had no right to do. It seems a number of waggons filled with debris were being taken from the Butternab tunnel to the tip at Delf Clough, when the boy, who is about 13 years of age, attempted to knock off the catch to "tip" the waggon. In doing this he slipped and his left arm falling across the metal, the wheel of the truck passed over it and crushed it fearfully. He was removed to the Huddersfield Infirmary where it has since been found necessary to amputate the limb at the shoulder joint. The lad is doing well.
Kilngreen Day School
Kilngreen Day School. — On Tuesday evening, the 21st inst., Mr. and Mrs. Knott, teachers of the above school, provided a treat for their scholars — about 80 in number — in the schoolroom. Many of the parents of the scholars were present. Tea and other refreshments were furnished. After tea recitations were given by some of the scholars, and a very pleasant evening was spent.
Benevolent Burial Society
Benevolent Burial Society. — The half-yearly meeting of the Benevolent Burial Society was held at the house of Mr. George Radclitfe, the Hare and Hounds Inn, Uppermill, on Saturday, the 18th inst., when the officers for the ensuing year were appointed and the accounts passed. The funerals for the last year have been 82, Number of members at present 7,000. Total worth of the society, January 19th, 1867, £298 9s. 9d. ; January 18th, 1868, £341 4s. 11d.
Penny Readings. — On Saturday evening, the 18th inst., the second of a series of readings took place in the Platt Lane Schoolroom, Dobcross, in connection with the Dobcross Mechanics' Institute, the Rev. W. Burrows, B.A., in the chair. The following gentlemen read pieces on the oceasion — Mr. John Hirst, jun., gave the " Barrel Organ," Shakspeare's "Julias Cesar," and "Ben and the Bantam." Dr. Ramsden read '"John Gilpin" and " Willie's Grave." Mr. Kaherry, of Uppermill, gave, "Say as I say and do asI do." Mr. Turner, of Dobcross, read " The Bridge of Sighs." Messrs. Wood and Hinchliffe read very amusing pieces. All were well received, and there was a good attendance.