Friday 26 May 1916
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The newspaper gave over three of its five columns on page two to an entertaining article which promised to show ‘the simplicity of Canary Breeding and giving hints for the overcoming of such little difficulties as may arise.’ The article was by Arthur Price of Thackley who, with the passion of a man devoted to his hobby,
quickly warmed to his subject. ‘Although only an amateur in the exhibition world, I at my first attempt won first prize at the Crystal Palace with a bird of my own breeding. I bred in my first year 41 youngsters from four hens and most of them won for me on the Show Bench. ‘I make all my own cages during spare hours and when a man takes an interest in the hobby it is surprising how he forgets the time flying, especially when he is cage making. Starch boxes ‘The boxes I use for the purpose are Colman’s 28lb starch boxes and I think there is plenty of room in them for I have used them with success.’ He then described in detail how he crafted his cages until ‘you can then watch your birds to see whether the ones you intend breeding are ready to commence the house-keeping business. ‘This you will be able to see quite plainly, for if the cocks are in full song and the hens fly vigorously from perch to perch, you can safely put them together, of course considering the weather.’ Next he advised on buying your first birds, warning: ‘Do not mind
giving a good price for them as it will pay you in the long run and you can have the birds on approval by depositing your cash with the editor, which is by far the safest plan. ‘Now if you think your birds are quite ready to breed, run the buff cock in with one yellow hen and after two days put in your nest and a little nesting material. I use moss of my own gathering and a little cotton wool – no cow hair as I think this breeds too much red mite’ Marbles He suggests when the hen lays the first egg you remove it to an egg box – ‘I use a Bovril box’ – and replace it with a marble. Keep doing this until she has laid three eggs, then remove the marbles and replace the eggs. ‘The hen will still go on sitting and you will be able to use the cock with the other hen.’ After a section on feeding and keeping the birds healthy, he moved on to how to train the birds for show.
First he hangs the show cage in their main cage so they get used to it, then ‘twice a week I take about six birds down to the kitchen in their show cages and place them on the table. ‘With the constant passing of those in the house, the birds get a lot quieter and not so wild. ‘There is nothing more provoking to yourself or the judge than to find that on lifting up the show cage to examine the bird, it flutters all over the wires, thereby disarranging its feathers and knocking itself about so that it cannot stand erect.’ Touch of hemp With more instruction on dealing with moulting and special preparations for ailing birds he concludes with: ‘After the show season I feed on plain canary seed with a touch of hemp, say, once a week. ‘After the winter is past – during which I use no heat at all – you will be getting near the breeding season again and, of course, if you have been successful during last year you will naturally go on the same lines again; but you must also use your brains and try and remedy any defects you may find out’
THE YORKSHIRE CANARY The breed which has made Mr Price’s   name known through the country “If the cocks are in full song and the hens fly vigorously from perch to perch, you can safely put them together, of course considering the weather.”
Thackley’s master canary breeder passes on some tips
The new England that was being promised after the war wouldn’t happen unless there were new parents, ‘or rather the old parents with a new outlook and a new ideal.’ That was the message of a sermon preached by Rev W T Forster, vicar of Idle, (right) to mark the Sunday School anniversary. Taking the decline of parental control as his theme he claimed: ‘It is weakness in that respect which is largely responsible for the state of the streets. ‘Go into Market Street, Bradford,
between 9 and 10 any Sunday night and you will see little girls with their hair down their backs and boys who have just gone to work, jostling one another and indulging in all sorts of horseplay. ‘You will hear them making rude remarks and defiling their lips with filthy talk and giving themselves over to rowdyism.’ He was fully persuaded that the cause was the weakness of parental control. ‘It is that too which often makes Sunday School work disheartening and disappointing,’ he added. ‘The decay of discipline in the home is
working havoc in the homes of people and Christian parents have it in their power to save the situation.’ Gadding Having set out that parents cannot impose standards on children except by setting an example, he concluded: ‘There is no more sacred work than the bring up of children in the way they should go and that cannot be done by parents who are always gadding off to places of amusement. ‘A tremendous responsibility rests upon parents who ought to remember that the influence of the home is the key to most of the problems which are baffling our great statesmen and thinkers.’
Parents must set good example to children
Clocks change without a hitch
The introduction on the previous weekend of Daylight Saving Time for the first time in England seems to have passed without too many problems. Indeed columnist Scrutator remarked, ‘Those who opposed the change have had little to say since Saturday for the change was carried out in the most matter of fact way without any inconvenience. ‘So simple in operation and effect was the change that astonishment has been generally expressed that it ever had any opposition whilst the extra hour of daylight in the evening met with the greatest appreciation.’ Thrifty of time and pence He did admit that there had been a few laggards and that ‘two young fellows who came late to an early service and missed the collection were chaffed by their mates as to being thrifty of both time and pence. ‘One old lady arrived at morning service just in time for the sermon and was horrified. “Never before for fifty years have I been late for church. I clean forgot about the new time. How very unfortunate”.’ Apparently a few ‘hyper-critical souls’ had claimed that changing the clocks went against the natural order of things as dictated by the sun but he pointed out, ‘Old Sol is a false guide. Hopelessly at variance ‘Greenwich time is not sun time, neither is Irish time, nor that of any other country. It is perhaps as well that we do not take the sun as our guide in the matter of time for really he has no idea of punctuality. Only on four days a year does he come up to time, arriving at the meridian exactly at 12 and he can be as much as 18 minutes late. ‘Before the astronomers decided to take no notice of his little goings on, it was necessary to watch him every day to regulate your clock. As a consequence public clocks were hopelessly at variance and Delambre says that he heard the public clocks strike the same hour one after another for 30 minutes. ‘That had at least one advantage, the unpunctual man could always keep his appointments by choosing his clock carefully.’
A meeting of Wharfedale Guardians considered a number of issues from a workhouse inmate’s false teeth to boarding out children. The workhouse had recently been given a glowing report by Miss Denby, a commissioner of the Board of Control who said: ‘I was very pleased with what I saw at this very nice house.’ In the minutes of a recent committee meeting, the Guardians learned that the workhouse master had been exempted military service by the Tribunal. And the same minutes revealed, ‘that the master be authorised to arrange for the necessary repair of Amelia Lyne’s teeth,’ Fire Cllr Hepplethwaite reported to the Guardians that he had been at the workhouse when the fire alarm went off. ‘The workhouse master had to summon to his assistance a man who was on the potato patch engaged in the mellifluent occupation of spreading manure but he had a stream of water playing over the infirmary in five minutes.’ Finally, the Board considered an agreement they had to issue when boarding out children. The clerk told them that it should include the words “with the parents’ consent.” Asked what would happen if the parents didn’t give their consent, he replied that it would then be for the board to take the case to the magistrates for a decision.
Guardians consider fire, boarding out and Amelia’s false teeth
Offending coat tails
Bradford barber, William Rycroft, was ordered to pay 6s 6d costs after being caught riding a motor cycle in Baildon with the number plate obscured P.C Bentley told the court that ‘another man was sat on the carrier and his coat tails completely obscured the plate.
Bradford carrier, Joseph Ward, was fined 12s for having no control over two horses and a waggon in Baildon P.C. Smith told the court he had been in the Baildon Road at 1.10 p.m. on 4 May and had seen ‘two horses attached to a timber waggon. Queen’s Hotel ‘The horses had nose-bags on and their bits were out. He watched them for a quarter of an hour but no one attended them. ‘He then went into the tap room of the Queen’s Hotel where he saw the defendant who said he had gone inside for something to eat. ‘The horses were fully 60 yards from the hotel and out of the defendant’s sight.’
Fined for leaving horses and waggon unattended
Tradesmen’s outing
Baildon’s annual tradesmen’s outing took place on Tuesday. The party journeyed by motor char- a-banc to Harrogate and Knaresborough. A most enjoyable time was spent. The weather was all that could be desired.
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