Friday 11 February 1916
Second anthrax death in fortnight
Shipley mortuary is dangerous The case also turned the spotlight on Shipley’s mortuary facilities which Dr Eurlich, who had carried out the post mortem on Mr Hardy, described as ‘in the highest degree unsatisfactory. ‘There was no hot water and no fire-place. Worst of all, there was no drainage and the work of cleaning up might be attended with very great danger. No effective disinfectants were supplied that could mitigate the danger.’ At the request of the jury, the coroner said he would take the matter up with the District Council.
An inquest into the death of John Hardy revealed he was the second Perseverance Mill worker to die from anthrax in a fortnight. The deceased, a 46-year-old ‘shoddy man’ at Campbell and Harrison’s woolcombers, lived at 11 Stirling Place, Valley Road, three houses away from where the first victim, James Horsfall, had lived. Mr Hardy’s widow told the inquest ‘her husband had worked at Perseverance Mills for eleven months. On several occasions he had told her that he had a dusty job. Cold ‘When he came home to tea on Wednesday of last week he complained of feeling cold but went back to work until 8 p.m. On the following morning he remained in bed and at breakfast time the foreman called and after seeing Hardy said he would telephone to Dr Mitchell (Bradford) who, on behalf of the firm, visits workpeople when
they are ill. ‘Dr Mitchell and Dr Thornton (Shipley) attended but it was not until Sunday when death took place that anthrax was suspected.’ Carding machine It had been suggested that Mr Horsfall’s death had been caused because the bottom dividers of the carding machine were not cleaned regularly and there could have been a connection to Mr Hardy’s death in that his job was to deal with the waste
that came out from under the carding machine. The foreman, Arthur Wilson of 8 Rosedale Street, Valley Road, pointed out that as the machine Hardy was using was for waste only, not raw wool, the woolcombing regulations did not apply and the coroner said there was no breach by the company but ‘the case had been fully investigated in order, if possible, to help those who framed regulations to safeguard employees.’
Shipley council issued an order to revert to reduced street lighting. ‘The brilliant electric light on the Bradford Road have not been lighted this week. Gas lamps are only to be lighted at what are considered dangerous places and the whole of these will be extinguished between ten o’clock and midnight.’
Council orders street lighting cuts
‘The illustration depicts the two oldest guests at the recent treat given to the old folks of Baildon by the Wesley Guild, together with a number of the promoters. Their names are (standing left to right): Miss Constantine, Rev J Shenton (Wesleyan minister), Miss S Mountain, Miss Midgley. (Seated) Mrs Drake (85 years of age) and Mr William Wilkinson (81). The photograph was taken by Mr Newton Smith, One Oak, Baildon, and the print made by Mr Frank Fortune, manager of the Prince’s Hall Picture House, Shipley. Both gentlemen are amateurs but they are keenly interested in the art.’
Elderly Baildon residents given treat
In his weekly column, The Long Road, “Wanderer” reflected patriotically on the increases in prices. ‘Prices are going up and will go up unless the war suddenly collapses, of which there is no sign. And yet, be the prices what they may, we shall not for a moment grumble. We know it is the price we are paying for liberty. Butter-less bread ‘What matter if I have to eat butter-less bread with my wife and family? I do it willingly because I know it is the price I am paying for the sake of preserving my wife and family from the unspeakable abominations which would come on them once the Huns got the upper hand here. ‘I look at Belgium, N.E. France and Serbia and I learn the awful object lesson that rather than let the fate of our woman-kind and our helpless children be the fate of those poor, brave souls, I will gnaw my crust with rejoicing and drink my cream-less tea without a murmur for the return of the good old days. ‘We are at war and we are going – cost what it may – to win the greatest victory for liberty, truth, righteousness and God this old planet of ours has ever known.’
Victory will make the sacrifices worthwhile
Guild steps in to help those in poverty
The fifth annual report of the Shipley Guild of Help sheds valuable light on how society tried to cope with poverty and hardship in pre-welfare state days. The report acknowledged that the war had reduced their work load because an increased number of jobs mean less working-class unemployment. Depths of despair But they were still very much in need: ‘many cases have been visited and helped which without such an organisation would have been neglected and allowed to drift into the deepest depths of despair. ‘About £46 has been supplied in cases of extreme poverty arising from sickness and inability to work as have also coals and clothing in some cases.’
While the National Insurance Acts provided some benefit in the case of sickness, the Guild pointed out that ‘when the chief breadwinner breaks down (it) is quite insufficient to provide for a young family and often there would be no possibility of a continuance of the home life were it not for the help that the Guild can and does give. ‘Loans have been granted to persons who needed help to fully qualify for their benefits under the Insurance Acts.’ The Guild also offered advice and help in finding jobs, ‘often the means of opening a new door of hope to those who are well nigh hopeless.’ They also provided ‘milk in cases of tuberculosis and for young children and some special cases of sickness. Clothing and footware have also been
given to those in real need.’ But they sought to reassure donors that their money was in no way squandered: ‘No case has been or will be assisted without investigation of its merits by those experienced in such work nor will the Guild allow itself to be exploited by the professional mendicant, the permanently destitute or the undeserving. Cases of imposition are therefore, practically impossible.’ Kindly disposed The report predicted that when the war was over the Guild ‘will have many more calls upon its resources than at present and they confidently appeal for the support by service and donations in money and goods of the kindly disposed who are enabled thus to assist.’
Windhill move fails to save woman
‘Death from natural causes, namely consumption, was the verdict of an inquest held on Tuesday at the Fire Station on the body of Amelia Casey, aged 40, of 32 Shaftesbury Avenue. ‘Evidence was given by the husband, William Casey, to the effect that two years ago they lived at Bingley and on the advice of a doctor removed to Windhill. ‘On Sunday she was taken ill and died on Monday.’
TODAY’S RECIPE Each week the newspaper offered a recipe using techniques like boiling in a cloth, rarely seen 100 years later. BOILED BREAD PUDDING – Prepare a teacupful of breadcrumbs, break as much of the crust into small pieces as will fill another teacup and over the last pour a little water. When fully soaked, press as dry as possible and beat smoothly with a fork. Cream of tartar Mix the breadcrumbs and soaked bread, add a teacupful each of flour, chopped suet, currants, stoned raisins or dates, a barely- filled teacupful of sugar and a small quarter-teaspoonful each of bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar, nutmeg and salt. Moisten slightly with milk (usually about a teacupful) and turn into a greased basin, placing on top a floured cloth. Keep it completely covered with boiling water, whilst boiling steadily for about three hours. Or it may be boiled in a cloth or steamed in the ordinary way.
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