Huddersfield and Holmfirth Examiner (01/May/1852) - Local News
The following are selected items relating to the 1852 Flood.
Health of the District. — The general health of the inhabitants of this district is, we are glad to observe, gradually improving. Typhus fever, which a few weeks ago raged violently, is much abated ; smallpox and measles, so prevalent among young children at this season, are also declining ; so that, if genial weather should continue, in all probability ere long the usual health of the inhabitants will be restored.
The Schoolmaster Abroad. — Amongst the host of individuals who have raised the wind by acting as guides in conducting persons from Holmfirth to the scenes of devastation higher up the valley caused by the bursting of the Bilberry reservoir, the following, who made his first appearance with a few friends in that capacity on Sunday morning last, is not entirely devoid or interest, and evidently shows, although not a native of Holmfirth, that with him the schoolmaster is not at home. James — for that is his name — when standing upon the embankment, with a majestic air eloquently describing the sublimity of the surrounding scenery, suddenly directs his companions’ attention to the construction of the fatal reservoir, and, with the attitude of an orator remarks, — "This reservoir was never reet instructed, and if I'd been the conspector of it I sartanley would have had it reeted at the first." His companions immediately turned away, and laughed heartily to themselves, no doubt highly amused with his eloquence on the occasion. What a pity that such an excellent conductor should have made his appearance at so late a period.
Bursting of the Bilberry Reservoir. — The excitement caused by this recent awful catastrophe is not yet subsided. During the past week the Rev. E. D. Leach, incumbent of Holmfirth, received a letter from Elisabeth Pollard, of Hoddesdon, Hertford, anxiously inquiring respecting her only brother Joseph, a cloth miller, who it appears had left some time previous, in search of employment. Not having heard from him since the 2nd of February, at which time he wrote from Yorkshire, she fears he might have been in the immediate neighbourhood of the calamity of the 5th of February, and perished in the waters ; her mind is consequently much pained. She therefore earnestly requests the reverend gentleman to make every necessary inquiry in the neighbourhood respecting him, which has been complied with, but hitherto without success. She describes her brother as being thirty-five years of age, five feet seven inches in height, and brown hair, grey eyes, and very full eyebrows, and has a mark on the left side of the mouth, caused by a burn when a child ; he had on when he left a miller’s dress. Should this meet the eye of any one knowing such a person, a line to that effect addressed to the female above would no doubt be gratefully received.