Friday 26 May 1916
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Despite the imposition of a 1½d entertainment tax on the price of admission, a sunny day and the presence of two of the country’s finest cricketers ensured a crowd of between four and five thousand people at Idle for the visit of Saltaire. The match, captured for the Shipley Times & Express in W B Taff’s cartoon, saw England pair Jack Hobbs and Sydney Barnes go head to head. Prophets The colourful report read: ‘The wicket at Idle was not hard but it was by no means without life and the game was full of animation. ‘Batting first, Idle only amassed 71, a total which the wise men did not consider sufficient. As the Idle men won by 20 runs the result proves how unwise it is to put faith in prophets.
‘Hobbs accounted for 24, half of which were made by three hits as he drove both Barnes and Sedgwick over the boundary – in fact out of the field – and made one delicious cut. ‘But neither Hobbs nor any other batsman could get a boundary hit on the Eccleshill side. ‘Although Hobbs once edged a ball from Sedgwick up in the slips and laid a fielder panting on the grass, his batting was as stylish and exhilarating as ever. He was the sixth to depart with 40 on the board. ‘The last four wickets realised more than the first five. This shows that one never knows what may happen at a cricket match in spite of the mysterious messengers which Barnes can bowl, especially from the leg side. ‘However Sidgwick secured most of
the wickets because he inspired less respect. ‘With so small a score to help them, Idle recognised that their task was considerable but their attack was rendered all the stronger by very fine fielding in spite of the fact that two catches were not taken. Still, an eleven rarely accepts every chance which may be offered. Crimson sheen ‘Barnes opened the innings and was faced by Hobbs, who is said to be a good bowler while the bloom is on the dye, so to speak, of the leather. But long after this crimson sheen had vanished, Hobbs was pounding away. ‘From the end that Sidgwick had utilised, Hobbs was most fatal. He is by no means the lady-like bowler that some great batsmen have been – Arthur Shrewsbury for instance. He has some pace and seemed to attack the off stump or be so near to it that a man had to play him. ‘With only one run on the board, Hobbs shot down the off stump of Firth and at 12 got Welburn snapped by the wicket keeper. ‘There was a Yorkshire roar when the Surrey celebrity felled one of the set which Barnes was skilfully endeavouring to protect. “Tit for tat,” said the spellbound watchers. Looks a hitter ‘No one could play Hobbs, who had to thank Tom Craven for a clever, one-handed catch in the slips. The same Craven, by an exact return to the top of the stumps, had brought about the run out of Swithenbank, who looks a hitter. ‘In this matter Plowright was very quick in removing the bails He had a hand in the dismissal of four Saltaire strugglers and kept wicket remarkably well. ‘Although Pratt and Holmes put forth a determined effort after six wickets had gone down for 24, Saltaire were doomed to defeat unless there was a miracle ‘Unless the bowling of Hobbs, seven wickets for about 3½ runs each, borders on the sensational there was nothing in the world to wonder at for the batsmen were fighting and scratching. ‘This was a very fine win and the triumph of Hobbs as an all-round cricketer.’ The handwritten captions in W B Taff’s cartoon have been replaced for clarity
Hard lines, Sir
Who is he?
P puts one down
S strikes an attitude
Barnes with mischief in his eye
Dick sets off
Barnes meditates
A bit of style
The president was delighted
A spectator
From Saltaire
J H refuses to be tempted
Tax doesn’t stop Yorkshire fans flocking to see two of cricket’s greatest players
Susannah Bower, ‘a well-known Shipley character,’ pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly, assaulting a police officer and wilfully damaging a police cell window. Supt Keel reported that she had made ‘a most disgraceful disturbance’ in Shipley and when arrested, ‘so violent did she become that she had in turn to be violently handled.’ He then said she had struck P.C. Brown and twice spat in his face but was interrupted by the prisoner who, to laughter in the court, said, ‘Only once. I’ll tell the truth!’ Leathered She also told the court that when the police had arrested her ‘they found Jack as good as his master. They leathered me and I leathered them; and they were three men to one woman.’ She said she broke the window because the police had teased here when she asked for a drink of water. She had 43 previous convictions against her and the magistrate fined her 18s for being drunk and disorderly, 60s for the assault and 20s for the damage with the alternative of three months’ imprisonment.
Well-known Shipley ‘character’ in court after battle with police
‘Empire Day was for the first time observed in the Shipley Schools on Wednesday. Flags were flying outside the Salts’ High School, the Central School and over the Carnegie Library at Windhill.’ Mr R Denison, headmaster of the Central School, addressed the boys’ department, telling them that the Union Jack stood for justice, good government and liberty. ‘Of course,’ he added, ‘there are a few people who hate the British and will not believe what we say the flag stands for but you boys will learn to know the truth. Some day you may have to fight for it. ‘Your country may be invaded and then every one of you will have to do something to defend your flag and your country. Good citizens ‘In the event, however, of you not having to fight, you can serve the flag by making yourselves good citizens and by getting as well educated as possible, by securing so much technical knowledge and so regulate your conduct that you will not lower the character of the nation of which you are a unit. ‘You will probably vote, pay taxes, some of you serve in various bodies and all of you, if determined, can add lustre to the Union Jack. ‘The flag should be an inspiration and if at any time you are tempted to do anything base or cowardly, you must look up to the flag and say “I will not”.’ Later the pupils marched through Saltaire, Moorhead and Nab Wood, headed by the school band. The ceremony concluded with the singing of patriotic songs and the national anthem. ‘A somewhat similar programme was enacted in the Girls School, Miss Thorpe giving a little address to the girls who afterwards went in procession to the Park where patriotic hymns were sung and a good deal of pageantry gone through.’
Pupils learning to honour the flag
Harry Jennings, a Shipley Engine driver, was summoned for driving a locomotive that did not consume its own smoke. P.C. Stephenson stated that at 2.30 p.m. on 7 May he saw the defendant driving a steam roller in Boroughgate, Otley, ‘from the chimney of which a lot of black smoke was coming.’ The defendant had told him that he couldn’t avoid it because he couldn’t get any coke and so had to stoke with coal.’ He was fined 20s and costs, or 14 days’ imprisonment.
Fined for black smoke
Leniency because of the state of the road
John Henry Thomas pleaded guilty to driving without proper lights but was allowed to leave without a fine as long as he paid the costs. The police stopped him on Otley Road at 9.30 p.m. because he had no off side light. He’d admitted he couldn’t get the lamp to burn and drove away after agreeing to a suggestion that he swapped the lamp with the one on the other side. In court he blamed the state of the road for the lamp being out and Mr T A Duncan, the chairman of the magistrates, agreed: ‘Yes, we know something about the Charlestown Road,’ he said.
James Wright Hollis, a Shipley labourer with 11 previous convictions, was fined 10s for discharging a gun on the highway. He had left his house, outside of which the police were quelling a drunken disturbance, and fired his gun across the street. He claimed it was only powder he discharged while he had been discussing with a soldier friend how to blow a candle out but the police said they heard a missile strike the opposite wall.
Discharging a firearm
Someone signing himself ‘Thirty- bobber’ wrote to the paper to give his views on recent articles on a living wage for workers. He wrote: ‘I am sorry to find that Mr Bland’s request for a definition of the term “A Living Wage” also “how this living wage can be economically secured” has been declined, at any rate so far as the Shipley Express is concerned. Crux The term “a living wage” has so often cropped up in my own career that I regard it with no small interest. I wonder if my own definition of it resembles Mr Bland’s? What is my definition? It is this: “Just enough to live upon and no more.” As for Mr Bland’s second question, I reply that in my lifetime at least it always has been and always applied “by the masters paying the lowest wages that are wrung from them.” That is the whole crux of the matter. “Get as much work out of a man as possible and pay him as little wage as possible.”
Thoughts on a living wage