Friday 21 April 1916
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We are glad to note the continued prosperity of local woollen and worsted industries. Several mills in the district are running day and night while practically everyone is working until at least 8 p.m. It is undoubtedly a fact that the mills of this district are doing a fair share in the prosecution of the war in turning out fabrics for military purposes and we notice with pleasure that quite recently many local firms, including Messrs G Garnett & Sons Ltd., Apperley Bridge, Messrs James Harper & sons, Ravenscliffe Mills, Calverley, Messrs Joseph Baxter & Sons, Greengates and Messrs J Walton & Son, Lydgate Mills, Calverley, have received new Government orders for khaki. For several years the mills hereabouts have enjoyed wonderfully prosperous times and both employers and employed have profited thereby. It is well known that several manufacturers are doing business in all parts of the world and it is worthy of note that really up to date fabrics are being turned out.
Business booming as mills turn out khaki
Cllr T F Doyle defended the work of Shipley Tribunal and described it as ‘the most democratic institution that had been established since the Romans left the country.’ Cllr Doyle, an Independent Labour Party member, was speaking at a well-attended meeting of Shipley and District Trades’ Council. He shared the platform with fellow tribunal member Cllr C E Learoyd. The men admitted that inequalities might have happened but Cllr Doyle claimed, ‘When a man attends a tribunal he goes before men of his own class and he is given every facility for laying down his case without any cost being imposed. ‘I consider such an arrangement is the thin end of the wedge to do away
with lawyerism. If continued after the war the tribunal might work in such a way as to become the poor man’s law court.’ However he admitted it was not an easy task. ‘The tribunals are between the devil and the deep sea,’ he continued. Industrial machine ‘We have received a circular from the Local Government Board saying we must be careful not to hamper industry in any way by taking men away who are indispensable. On the other hand we have letters from the Military Authorities saying that the military requirement must be paramount.’ His own view was, ‘We should keep the industrial machine moving
whatever the army authorities might say and therefore it is necessary that we should not send too many men to the colours. ‘It can be seen, therefore, that the tribunals are the watch-dogs of industry because we have to keep the industrial machine going and at the same time supply the best material for the army.’ Conscientious objectors Addressing criticism that some conscientious objectors had been sent to the fighting line, he said: ‘Some men have come forward and said they are conscientious objectors simply because they are members of the Wesleyan and Church of England and of the I.L.P. but members of all those organisations are with his Majesty’s Forces.’
Tribunal member defends industry’s ‘watch-dog’
When John Hodgson was stopped for driving a vehicle without lights he claimed he was Bradford grocer George Shackleton and it was he who was initially summoned. When the real culprit was tracked down he was fined but because he had written to the court to say that he was joining the colours that day, the summons was withdrawn. The court planned to check that Hodgson carried out his promise.
Traffic fine withdrawn on joining the colours
Everyone was being urged to make economies as part of the war effort so columnist “Wanderer” offered “A Catalogue of Don’ts” to help. 1 Don’t burn both coal and gas in cooking 2 Don’t put on coals late at night 3 Don’t forget to mix coke with your coals 4 Don’t forget to riddle cinders 5 Don’t throw away scraps or bits – all can be used 6 Don’t forget old bread goes further than new 7 Don’t waste bread 8 Don’t forget the virtues of porridge 9 Don’t eat butter with bacon 10 Don’t put jam on your buttered bread 11 Don’t eat between meals 12 Don’t waste your soap 13 Don’t buy unnecessary things in food or dress 14 Don’t forget to cook your potatoes in their skins 15 Don’t poke your fire too much 16 Don’t forget we are spending £3,470 a minute, day and night, on the war 17 Don’t imagine you know everything and can learn nothing 18 Don’t forget how the German women are saving to help their country 19 Don’t forget we are fighting for the preservation of our homes and the honour of our women and children 20 Don’t be ashamed to wear old clothes.
20 economic “don’ts” for everyone to follow
Easter is late this year and there should be some finer weather by the time the holiday arrives. It is due – overdue in fact. But there are many preparations for the visitors who will go to Baildon in spite of the climatic conditions. For over the hill, fringing on the moor, the cottages have been renovated or decorated or have already had their “spring clean” ready for the great festival of Easter. The birds are singing blithely in the woods close by and down in the pastures by the stream the lambs are romping – a delight to witness. But April was ever a changeable month. After bright sunshine comes the north wind and showers of hail and snow. Yet in the meadows the wee daisy is showing and along the field hedges are many signs of Spring and its welcome flora. It was Margaret L Woods who wrote: Oh come into the hollow, for Eastertide is here, And pale below the hillside the budding palms appear, The silver buds a-blowing Their yellow blooms are showing To woo the bee; The bee awhile yet drowses But the drunken moth carouses All night upon the tree. And dreams there in the dawning of the Springtime of the year.
Baildon and nature getting ready for Easter
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It is always interesting to learn what attempts are being made by Britishers all over the world to assist the Mother Country and her brave defenders during this awful conflict. In this respect a former resident of Shipley, writing from Spokane, Washington, USA, gives some very interesting items of information as to what is being done by Britishers in that city. Spokane, which is about 325 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and about 3,000 miles from New York, has a population, our correspondent informs us, of rather more than 100,000. Canadians It includes people of nearly every race on earth, but nevertheless quite a few Britishers, including of course, Canadians, the latter working and assisting in every possible way for the benefit of England and her Allies. The British Benevolent Society has already subscribed the splendid sum of 1,200 dollars to the Prince of Wales’ fund and are hoping shortly to be in a position to subscribe a further sum of 500 dollars to the Blind and Disabled Soldiers’ Fund. Other hard-working societies which have been formed are “The Gordon Chapter of the Imperial Order” and “Daughters of the British Empire.” Sewing, knitting, making shirts The latter society is composed of women of British birth who meet once a week at the Chamber of Commerce for sewing, knitting, making shirts, handkerchiefs etc. The various members hold teas and parties to which all are invited and in this manner “raise the dollars” with which to buy materials. The “Gordon Chapter” has not been formed very long but nevertheless appears to be rendering excellent service. In fact on the day our correspondent writes, March 21st, the members had despatched a big package of shirts and socks.
Support for Mother Country from ‘Britishers’ in Spokane