Friday 9 June 1916
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The Shipley Times & Express carried little in the way of national news but today’s lead editorial reflected on the death of Lord Kitchener, who was one of 600 men drowned on 5 June 1916 when HMS Hampshire struck a German mine while taking him to negotiations in Russia. The news of Lord Kitchener’s tragic end was received by every Briton with deep sorrow. The blow given by the unexpected news had a staggering effect. By the passing of the great Field Marshall we have lost a faithful and
brilliant servant at a time when the services of such men are most precious and the whole Empire mourns his death. Upon him fell the burden of creating an army in which there was not even an initial organisation or scheme and the magnitude of the task entrusted to him has now been realised by the nation. What a pity it is that he has not lived to see the fruits – the victory for which we are all looking – of his signal contribution towards the end for which the Allies are bending their energies. Mr A J Balfour, on Wednesday, paid a
fitting tribute to the late Secretary for War. He said: “Lord Kitchener’s loss is not merely national; it is international. He had that gift of personality which made his figure known, as it were, personally by those who never saw him and he, I believe, did embody in the eyes of our Allies the militant forces of the Empire. “We mourn for ourselves. Let us not mourn for him who died, as I think he would have asked to die, suddenly in the height of his fame and in the work that he was doing for his country.”
The Empire mourns a ‘faithful and brilliant servant’
While following his employment at the mills of Messrs C F Taylor & Co at Lowerholme, a boy named Robert Craven was accidentally injured by the hoist on Monday morning. One foot was crushed and the toes injured. Medical assistance was secured and the foot attended to as soon as possible. The boy is reported to be progressing satisfactorily. It was the beginning of the first week in which the boy was working full time at the mill.
Painful start for Robert
Complaints have been made with regard to the presence of lead in the water at a house in Moorhead, owing to the length of lead piping and the Council are doing their best to effect a remedy.
Concerns over lead
Eccleshill fire tragedy
An inquest into the death of 73 Jane Pearce decided she died an ‘accidental death from shock to the nervous system due to burns.’ Mrs Pearce, a widow, lived at 100 Wharncliffe Drive, Eccleshill with her daughter who noticed smoke coming down the stairs when she returned home from work for breakfast just before eight o’clock. ‘A small fire had been left in the bedroom grate. Her mother was found in a kneeling position between the bed and the couch and the latter was smouldering. It was badly burnt and charred. ‘There was no fire-guard as the deceased had refused to have one.’
In view of the greatly increased cost of food, the North Bierley Guardians have been asked to contribute the sum of four-pence per meal in respect of all necessitous children whom they send for dinners to the Shipley Education Committee’s Food Kitchen, the amount suggested being the actual cost per child for maintenance of the Food Kitchen during the last twelve months.
Food Kitchen seeks 4d boost from Guardians
Ethel curious about her brother and Job’s curse
From Wanderer’s Column “When will our little baby brother be able to talk?” asked Ethel, eagerly. “Oh, when he’s about three, Ethel.” “Why can’t he talk now, father?” “He is only a baby yet. Babies can’t talk.” “Oh yes they can, father,” insisted Ethel, “for Job could talk when he was a baby.” “Job! What do you mean?” “Yes,” said Ethel. “Nurse was telling us yesterday that it says in the Bible, ‘Job cursed the day he was born.’ “ Poor Job – misunderstood by his contemporaries and by Miss Ethel. It is quite too bad. Perhaps the best way to regard it is as another tribute to genius – for geniuses always have been and will be misunderstood. But what shall we say to Ethel? It is possible she is a budding higher critic – perhaps more correctly a lower critic (for such, I believe, are those called who deal with the text only)? I cannot say.. But I think she needs watching!
The committee appointed by the Shipley Education Committee to investigate the outbreak of diphtheria at the schools and especially at the Albert Road School, Saltaire (right), have had several meetings and have come to the conclusion that the schools are in no way responsible for the outbreak and that the sanitary condition of the schools and of the town generally is quite satisfactory. They are of the opinion that the infection has been spread amongst the children by personal contact Although there have been some deaths from the disease, there is nothing to justify public alarm. There have been three cases notified since the matter as first discussed and the sanitary authorities are satisfied that everything possible is being done to prevent the spread of the disease.
No need for alarm over diphtheria
Regular columnist ‘Scrutator’ didn’t try to hide his indignation at a recent court case: Asquith, Long, Lloyd George, all the Military Tribunals and Military Representatives tell us that women must do the work and relieve the men wherever possible but Bradford’s Chief Constable has had his attention drawn to some musty, fusty dusty old bye-law which says they shall not. Last Wednesday week the Chief Constable summoned a woman window cleaner because she was cleaning a window more than six feet from the ground and he pointed out in court that “girls could not be allowed to undertake such work.” This means that our upstairs windows must go dirty. For certain it is that we cannot keep men at home to clean windows when they should be fighting the Huns.
Lloyd George, in one of his speeches, commended the women window cleaners but then it does not lie with him to enforce the bye-laws of the City of Bradford. Nelson At such times as these when far greater issues are at stake than the keeping of bye-laws of small importance, one could wish that our local officials received instructions to follow Nelson’s action and look at such venial offences as window cleaning with a blind eye. We cannot blame the Chief Constable for his action in this matter. He was only doing his duty. But the one who called his attention to such a triviality
ought to be sent to the Front. Sniping the Huns would be a better job for such a one than looking for petty infractions of the city’s bye-laws. An old Latin proverb, “Salus populi suprema est lex” tells us that the supreme law is the welfare of the people. Just now most men would say that is to conquer the Germans. Can we do it if we keep the men to clean our windows? Our Military Tribunals are acting up to the old proverb I quote. Our officials say, Germans or no Germans, women must not break bye-laws nor clean windows. The army wants the men but Bradford’s bye-laws must not be broken. Summertime is an economy measure. Dirty windows mean waste of sunlight and waste of artificial light. But this bye-law must not be broken.
Women and windows - ‘E Don’t Know Where ‘E Are
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On Saturday morning, Mr Eddie Craven was the recipient of a handsome silver cigarette case and a pocket wallet which had been subscribed for by the burlers and menders at Tunwell Mills. Mr Seed Stansfield, manager of the burling department, handed over the gifts and in doing so, expressed regret that such a zealous and willing worker was leaving them. This was to be expected in times like the present and as his hearers were aware, their friend was about to take his place in the Navy in defence of home and empire. Speedy return He was leaving with the good wishes of all concerned and on behalf of both departments he had much pleasure in wishing him a safe and speedy return. Mr Wilfred Howcroft, manager of the mending department, said that during the five years Mr Craven had worked for the firm he had earned the sincere respect of those with whom he worked. He was about to take his place among those who face the perils of the deep but he hoped their comrade would come through safely. He was sure the same good qualities he had shown for the firm would secure him many friends in the navy. In thanking them for the gifts, Mr Craven said he regretted having to leave but it was his firm intention to do his best with his new duties as he had tried to do with the old ones. The gifts he had received would be greatly valued and would remind him of pleasant associations.
Workmates say farewell with gifts as Eddie leaves to join the Navy
Baildon horse dealer Amby Ainsworth was fined five shillings for allowing a mare to stray on the highway. Giving evidence, P.C. King said that he was at Town Gate, Baildon at 12.45 on 18 May when he saw a bay mare on the highway with no one in charge. ‘He took it to the New Inn Stables and fastened it up. It was owned the same day by the defendant. The animal was a quarter of a mile away from home.’
Horse loose in Baildon
The late Mr Rawnsley
The body of Mr Rufus Rawnsley of Fairfield Road, Shipley was buried at Scholemoor Cemetery, Bradford following a service at Shipley Parish Church. Mr Rawnsley was a prominent Conservative and he was for forty-four years connected with the business at Victoria Mills.