Huddersfield Chronicle (27/Apr/1850) - page 3

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Half Day Holiday on Whit Monday


Srr, — We, as shopmen, hail the approaching Whitsuntide festivities with an expectation of pleasure. From the teious hours of close confinement in our shops, a half-day holiday is no little boon and must alzo be appreciated by masters. We heartily thank our masters, WEA, 50 generously closed their respective places of business last year, and we have no doubt but they will again confer this great boon to their servants, — but as the thing is new in this town there' wefe some who did not close last year. We now remind them that Whitsuntide is' near at hand, and. hope they will make ail necessary arrangements ; and wit!: others, who have so nobly begun the work, close their shops arid' Warehouses on Whit-monday at noon, and les us have generat haif-day holiday, so that we may keep pace with the other improvements that are going on in our town. . .

Believing the public will well assist us, and make their purchases earlier than hitherto, and afford us the pleasurd of enjoying ourselves in our galas, our yearly lodge-days, our Sunday-school anniversaries, and our different socicty meetings, which usually take place on that day, I am, sir, yours, &c. M.B.

Condition of the Present Newtown



Srr; — In. your journal of Saturday last appears a letter © -under the above head, from an individual who subscribes himself " At Cellar Dyreher," which eontains statement+ that are uncalled for and unjustifiable. Therefore, Sir, I trust to your impartiality and candour as a journalist, in allowing me a small space in your journal, on behalf of myself and neighbours, to rectify the error: The "Cellar _ Dweller," after relating the contemplated' matnificence ct the projected new town, begins his disingenuous lament:\tions of the present Newtown. He says, 'there is a mass of cottages known by the name of Newtown, the like of which for discomfort, nastiness, and surrounding filth is not 'to be' found within the sound of the parish church bells." He then talks of "sewerage," ' drainage," "< close courts," " public privies," and 'how to erowd up the nooks ani .corners with pigcotes and heaps of dung." Persons unzcquainted with the position of Newtown' will imagine from reading the'above that in point of sanitary regulation it is inferior to the ntost deitsely-populated town in England, and that pestilence and putrefaction is our inevitable duom. But if I briefly state how it is situated, I doubt not but that they will readily agree with me that the statements of 'A Cellar Dweller" are' much exaggerated. Well, then, this " mass" of cottages: consists of one single frons row, containing eighteen, with' archways at intervals, . which lead to. the back-yards; containing other cottages, (in one of which'I live) ; they are situated so that the ai: may circulate freely about them, and are generally wel! ventilated ; they contain no pigcotes, but cleanliness are their general character. Where, then, is, the "sinfoun:ing filth," on which the "Cellar Dweller" so emphatically dwells? I will tell you: At the distance of a capacious highway, from the front of this single row, there is erected. a high wall. At the back of this wall, there is alarge arcu of open ground, containing many thousand square yards. It is upon a portion of this ground tha+ tlie privies, piy.cotes,. Qntg-heaps, Ke., are deposited. Thus, you see that so far from the-filth and'nastiness being crowded up in the nooks and corners, it is removed to a place where its dele. terious influence is neutralized by the surrounding atmv:-

ere. P Wherefore, then, is it that " A Cellar Dweller" manitests such: prurienee that' you, or the Ramsden' trustees> or the 'Improvement Commissioners should come and see this place? I presume it is that his mind dwells in a darker and deeper "cellar" than his body, in which every impulse of honour and generosity has been benumbed, and thet he can only now look upon the small privileges of his neighbours with an eye of malevolence. hope and trust, Sir, that such are not his motives; but that he has writie:. without having given the subject a mature consideration. . Having taken so much of the letter as relates to my own 'immediate: neighbourhood, wish new, by way cf concli-sion, to say that' I am am advocate of sanitary reform, ycz I see no necessity of turning our neighbourhood " topsvturvy." Iam convinced that all we require is, that the main sewers shall be enlarged, so that an overflowing may be prevented in times of heavy rain ; and to this I wish w call the Coimmissioners' attention, as I have frequently heard it said by some of the oldest inhabitants here th::t their portion of the taxes are taken to repair other place, and themselves nezlected.

lam, Sir, respectfully yours, &c., ENOCH SYKES, 15, Lucas Yard, Newtown, April 28rd, 1850. Huddersfield. . — —

Huddersfield and Upper Agbrigg Infirmary



Srr, — Having noticed the appeals recently made to the public c#i behalf of this institution, and feeling more of the benevolent. disposition than the-pectniary ability to-respon in a more substantial manner, I bez to draw your atteniie:: to a plan recently adopted for increasing the voluntary ecr:tributions to the Infirmary boxes. .

An old traveller, occasionally attending two respectable inns in the town, about three months ago placed a note to the following effect upon the boxes kept there + — _ "Every persens attendisg tis huuse is respeetfully re quested to deposit one penny per week in this box, in : ii of the funds ef the Infirmary, which are at present in u depressed state."

It need scarcely be observed that the desired effect wes produced in both instances; ard that, in addition to the 'one penny per week," many a small piece of silver. foun? its way into the boxes:: — the liberality of the compu y having been frequently challenged by way of joke, (on sor « oceasions'tu-the araount of sixpence a man) and resporsied _ 'to ih good earnest ; none daring to incur the displeasure ci the rest by refusing to pay.

As the system of small, but regular contributions h:s been often found to raise considerable sums of money witl.out materially affecting the contributors, (who might othe wise probably have spent the moncy more irrationally) is. is suggested that the governors-ghould cause a sewedles (ule e tebe painted on tin and nailed on all the boxes place:! public places for the reception of charities to the Infirmary : and that an additional number of such boxes shouil ie placed at the respectable inns and coffee-houses in the town. and populous out townships, — extending as far as Marsder, . Meltham, Holmfirth, Almondbury, Kirkburton, Kirkheate:, Mirfield, Elland, and Scammonden ; — the respectability cf the person'conducting the house determining the governess as to its propricty in each case, and: their eoliector atter<:ing, say once a quarter, to empty the boxes and-repori tio anovit.of tke receipts.

The above plan would afford an opportunity to mary well-intentioned people in the humbler walks of life, arsi:o others who, being alive to the advantages of sueh an institution, might afford to make an occasional trifling deposit, but who are at present either_too difident ur tev negligent to. send. to the treasnrer smalk.annual. or okey dt nations. -

Lest the printed: labels above-mentioned should net be sent, the gentlemen 'in whose custody the present Intirnary charity boxes are placed, would do well to copy the fours of label above given, and paste it in front of the box : an!, by endeavouring as much as possible to press upon all persons visiting their places of business the. desivabilicy cc keeping up small weekly payments, according to ther means, would no doubt very materially relieve the depressuil state of the funds of the institution. .

Lam, Sir, your obedient servant,: .

— A LEAN. CONTRIBUTO::. Hiiddersfield, 15th April, 1850.

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