Friday 23 June 1916
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Attempted suicide
Albert Busfield, an 18-year-old mill hand was charged at Bradford City Police Court with having attempted to commit suicide in the canal at Apperley Bridge. Chief Supt Detective Talbot said that the youth’s father had agreed to take care of him and the prisoner was therefore discharged.
Exciting day out for choir
Things didn’t quite go to plan on a day trip to Ripon for choirboys of St Paul’s Church, Shipley. ‘It was a memorable day,’ the report said. ‘One of the lads missed the train back and several others almost did the same thing. They went boating and stayed too long on the river where they saw a boat capsize.’ The day started with the boys, accompanied by the Rev W Bowker and choirmaster, Mr J E Moore, attending the morning service in Ripon Cathedral. That was followed by lunch at the Victoria Café and an afternoon walk to Studley Royal and Fountains Abbey. ‘On the return journey to Ripon, a call was made at the military camp, the novelty of the spectacle making a strong appeal to the whole party.’
Columnist Bob Stubbs was the latest to remark on the soaring cost of living and he illustrated his piece with some figures of how much a butcher friend of his was paying for meat: 1916 1915 1914 Best grades beef 1s 2d 10d 7¾d Best grades mutton1s 3d 11d 9d Best grades pork 11d 8½d 7¼d
Soaring meat prices
Angry words were exchanged on Baildon Council over plans to trade in the surveyor’s bicycle and replace it with a motorbike. Cllr Fred Holmes was opposed to the idea. “We have meetings for war savings and the encouragement of thrift,” he said, “and it appears to me that, in spite of the advice and warnings of the higher authorities, money was still being spent unnecessarily. “We have provided a bicycle for the use of the surveyor which has been in use a couple of years and so far as understand is yet in a fairly good condition. Flush of money “Why on earth then should we go to fresh expense at this particular time when we are constantly advised to spend as little as possible?” To add to the folly, as far as he was concerned, “we are actually talking of going in for a motorcycle in the face of the fact that both petrol and oil are to be very much restricted.”
He estimated the cost of a motorcycle would be £60-£70 and added: “If the council is ‘flush’ of money, as it would appear, I cannot see why we should not spend it on improving the dangerous state of the roads where in some places the manholes stood up six or seven inches. They are very dangerous indeed.” The plan to purchase a motorcycle came on top of a rise in wages for the surveyor and Cllr Whittaker used the latter to help justify the former. Suggesting that the hills of Baildon were not the ideal spot for cycling, he added: “Time is money and as the council is paying the surveyor an increased rate, it is more essential that we should get the best out of him. “It was bad enough wasting his time
before by allowing him to push a bicycle up the hills of Baildon but now, when he is drawing a little more salary, the waste will be still more pronounced.” He pointed out that the surveyor had the extra duties of waterworks manager and had to inspect a number of buildings as well as other property and road repairs. Modern ideas “We do not want him to be spending more than half his time pushing a bicycle about,” he said. “We need to give him something that will enable him to get over the roads more quickly and not only that, but when he arrives at his destination he will be more physically able to do the work.” Cllr Williams, a member of the highways committee who approved the plan, said that he felt it would make the surveyor far more efficient and added: “We must adopt modern ideas even in war time.” After more discussion the amendment to cancel the purchase of the motorcycle failed to find a seconder.
“It was bad enough wasting his time before by allowing him to push a bicycle up the hills of Baildon but now, when he is drawing a little more salary, the waste will be still more pronounced.”
Opposition to surveyor replacing bike with motorcycle
Columnist Wanderer considered a social question and his piece had a sting in the tail. We used to argue at school as to what it was which constituted the gentleman but we never seemed to be able to come to a definite conclusion on the matter – exceptions and contradictions were constantly cropping up and so we gave it up. Now that we are grown up, I wonder if we have any clearer views? Perhaps we would venture to assert that they are both born and made. When we say “born gentleman” we do not necessarily mean that the fact of birth in a gentlemanly environment – the son of a hundred earls – thereby ensures the product we imagined. We all know too well it is not so – there may be a sad lapse from grace! By a “born gentleman” we really think very little of his ancestry – what we do mean is that from his earliest years he has exhibited all those traits which we call “gentlemanly.” Education And when we say that he is a “made gentleman” we recognised the force of education and that innate, indefinable something which puts its hall-mark upon him unmistakeably. But what are those traits to which I refer? I think we cannot improve on this which is some two thousand years old: “A gentleman has nine aims: To see clearly; to understand what he hears; to be gentle in manner; dignified in bearing; faithful in speech; painstaking at work; to ask when in doubt; in anger to remember difficulties; in sight of gain to remember right. His modesty escapes insult; his truth gains trust; his earnestness brings success; his kindness is a key to open men’s hearts.” Valet Here we have something whereby to measure ourselves. Can we truly say we have all the nine points? If so, we might well call ourselves gentlemen – but stop! No gentleman ever really talks about his gentlemanliness – he would not be quite the genuine thing if he did. No, he leaves it to others to sing his praises – a gentleman never boasts, never tells you of the great things he is doing, never parades his goodness. To hold one’s tongue is part of that modesty which makes him what he is. The boasting, which is, alas, so common in these parts, of his money, houses, motors, dinners and success in business transactions, the gentleman leaves to his valet and I am forced to think there are in this world more valets than masters.
How to recognise a gentleman
SALE BY AUCTION HOPE VIEW TERRACE WINDHILL MR FRANCES LISTER will offer for sale by PUBLIC AUCTION, at the SUN HOTEL, SHIPLEY, on FRIDAY, the 30TH day of JUNE, 1916, at 7.30 p.m. subject to the conditions of sale to be then produced ALL THAT FREEHOLD JOINERS SHOP and plot of land situated in HOPE VIEW TERRACE, off Carr Lane, Windhill, comprising, including a moiety of Hope View Terrace, 961 square yds, or thereabouts, now in the occupation of the owner Mr William Atkins. The property was built by the present owner for joinery purposes about 1897 and has been used by him as such ever since. It is centrally situated and to anyone desirous of obtaining joiners premises the sale affords a splendid opportunity. For further particulars apply to the Auctioneer at his office, Crown Estate Office, Shipley to     JOHN B ATKINSON Solicitor    Prudential Buildings, Shipley
An inquest returned a verdict of accidentally drowned on the death of nine- year-old Phylis Hutchinson, the daughter of Greenwood Hutchinson of 4 Fagley Place, Eccleshill. Phylis had been collecting flowers in Ravenscliffe Woods with her friend, 13- year-old Charlotte Poole, when she scratched her hand. She went to nearby Harpers reservoir to bathe it but slipped down the embankment into the water. Charlotte was unable to help her and then ran to Ravenscliffe Drive to seek help. Child’s hat Giving evidence, William Scott of Mill Row, Calverley, told how he and his brother-in-law had been out walking when they came across Charlotte in a distressed state. When they found out why, they went to the reservoir ‘but could only see a child’s hat and a bunch of flowers floating on the water. ‘He entered the water to try to recover the body but it was not until dragging operations were resorted to that they were successful in finding it.’ The coroner and the jury praised Mr Scott for his courage in trying to rescue the girl and also expressed they sympathy with the bereaved parents.
Flower collecting ends in tragedy
About five o’clock on Thursday evening, an alarming accident occurred in the narrow part of the thoroughfare in Victoria Road, Eccleshill, close by the Co-operative Stores. Mr Fred Maynall, who was in charge of the Corporation road roller, was driving down the road when Mr Albert Rhodes, who was coming in the opposite direction with a horse and cart, endeavoured to pass him. The horse became restive and got its right fore-foot in front of the oncoming roller and it was crushed. The services of the slaughterer were found and the animal was despatched. The corporation have already spent large sums of money in widening the road above this spot and the completion of the work will be a great boon to the public.
Horse destroyed after accident with road roller
Wedding gifts for popular ladies’ attendant
Mrs Ross, who has been ladies’ attendant at the Shipley Midland Station for over six years and who left the service of the company on Wednesday of last week, was married on Tuesday at the Parish Church by Rev W Bowker to Mr H Marriott, platform inspector, of Keighley and formerly of Shipley. The event was of a quiet nature. The newly-married couple left soon after the ceremony for Bournemouth where the honeymoon is being spent. They are to reside at Keighley. Mrs Marriott has been a great favourite amongst the lady passengers and many of the latter have signified their appreciation of her services by sending beautiful wedding presents. From the staff at the Midland Station, Mrs Marriott received a handsome barometer. The presentation was made by the stationmaster, Mr A Parsons, who said ‘the recipient went away with the best wishes of the donors for her future happiness and welfare.’
Working men’s club
A letter to the paper from a resident of Idle claimed that after the war, ‘no longer will we working men at Idle be led by the Liberal and Tory wirepullers, a few of whom meet in secret and settle the destinies of all the voters.’ Instead, he suggested, ‘We will have a Working Men’s Club at Idle on thorough democratic lines. ‘A good big house, standing away from the road, is needed with grounds. We will have the same comfort and elegance at our disposition as the well-to-do.’
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