Friday 10 November 1916
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The report of the Medical Officer of Health at Shipley, Dr Foster, for the third quarter of the current year is as follows: There were 148 births during the quarter, 74 males and 74 females, equal to a birth rate of 20.8 per 1,000 compared with 17.2 per 1,000 for the previous quarter and 16.7 for the third quarter of 1915. There were three illegitimate births, two males and one female. The births are apportioned to the following Wards: Central, 27; North, 22; South, 23; East, 51; West 24. There were 75 deaths during the same period, 37 males and 38 females, equal to a death rate of 10.5 per 1,000, compared with 15.5 in the previous quarter and 10.4 during the corresponding quarter of 1915. There was one uncertified death. The deaths occurred in the following Wards: Central, 17; North, 21; South, 10; East, 11; West 16.
The ages of deaths were: Under one year 1916 - 9, (1915 – 8); 1 year, 3 (3); 2-4 years, 5 (5); 5-14 years, 7 (4); 15-24 years, 4 (2); 25-44 years, 6 (9); 45-64 years, 18 (13); 65+ years, 23 (28). Diphtheria Zymotic diseases caused 11 deaths, six due to diphtheria, five to infantile diarrhoea, giving a Zymotic death-rate of 1.5 per thousand, compared with 0.85 for the previous quarter and 0.8 for the corresponding period of 1915. I have received nine notifications of phthisis during the quarter, eight cases of phthisis palmonalie and one other. Respiratory diseases caused 11 deaths, with a death rate of 1.56 compared with 2.84 for the previous quarter and
1.4 for the third quarter of 1915. This death-rate is a low one. Heart diseases caused nine deaths with a death-rate of 1.2 per 1,000. Malignant diseases caused five deaths with a death-rate of .56. There were only nine deaths of infants under one year of age during the quarter, giving an infantile mortality of 60 infants per 1,000 registered births compared with 132 for the previous quarter and 67 for the corresponding quarter of 1915. The infantile mortality of the past three months forms a very satisfactory feature of the present report. Children under five The deaths of children under five years of age are only 16 per cent of the total deaths. The low general death-rate, including the low infantile mortality, in addition to the very diminished phthisis mortality, are very noteworthy features of the present report.
The infantile mortality of the past three months forms a very satisfactory feature of the present report.
Death rate of children under five ‘only 16 per cent’
Sir: - Mr Potter, at the Bradford Band of Hope bazaar, was good enough to  point out that Bradford had more licensed house proportionately to the number of inhabitants than either Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds or Liverpool.. While deploring this state of things he went out of his way to accuse the Licensing Justices of not doing their duty under the 1904 Licensing Act but omitted to tell his hearers that  whereas Bradford has the largest percentage of pubs, the convictions for drunkenness are proportionately less than in any of the cities he mentions. The drunkenness of any town cannot be estimated by the number of its licensed premises, any more than the piety can be reckoned by the number of its churches and chapels. I am etc, Ben Wilde, Birch Lane, Bradford.
More pubs but less drunkenness in Bradford
Problems with gas lights
Thank goodness there is some light on dark nights at Shipley. But regulations of the military authorities are so stringent that not everybody will be satisfied in the matter of the lighting of the streets. The Council have arranged for a number of electric lamps to be lit in the main thoroughfares but they have found a great difficulty in regard to the use of gas lamps.. It is one of the first requirements of the regulations that in case of an air raid all lights must be immediately extinguished. This is possible with electric lights but it is not so simple with gas. The public may rest assured, however, that what light the authorities will allow, will be provided.
At Bradford West Riding Police Court yesterday, Cyril Grimshaw, a youth of 17, described as a millhand, and living in Carr Road, Calverley, was charged with indecent assault on a female. At the request of Mr J  Lee, who appeared for the defendant, the charge was reduced to one of common assault. Guilty plea Superintendent Fairbairn said the defendant was charged with assaulting Agnes Gill at Calverley on September 30th. The defendant pleaded guilty. Supt Fairbairn said that at about 4 o’clock on Sept 3rd, Grimshaw met the girl and asked her where she was going. She replied that she was going home. The defendant asked her to visit his home afterwards. The child went home and told her mother what the
defendant had said and the mother, thinking that the girl was required to run an errand, told her to go to the defendant’s home. It was whilst she was in the house with Grimshaw that the offence complained of was committed. Mr Lee said it was a most painful case. The defendant came of a most respectable working-class family and had always been a good lad. There had been no trouble with him previously. London He had done a very foolish act. When the warrant was issued by the police the lad ran away but his father found him in London and brought him back. In his opinion an admonition only was necessary. It would be a lesson for him which he would not forget. Maurice Grimshaw, father of the
defendant, said that his son was rather high spirited but a good boy at home. He did not think the defendant would do a similar thing again. Concession The magistrates retired to consider the evidence and on their return the chairman, Sir James Roberts, said that having regard to the fact that the charge had been made into one of common assault, that in itself was a considerable concession in favour of the defendant. The magistrates had been impressed by the deliberateness of the defendant’s actions and it was felt that a fine should be imposed. A suggestion that the defendant should be placed under the observation of the Probation Office had not met with favour. A fine of £5 was the least that could be imposed.
‘Good lad’ fined £5 for assault on young girl
Editorial reflections on blindness
Having been told by Willie Chadwick of Idle (pictured) that the lot of blind people like him was getting better, the newspaper ran a sympathetic editorial on a condition that was being inflicted on many by the war.. To bear the affliction of continual darkness seems to those who are blessed with the possession of the sense of sight to require the fortitude of a Stoic. Milton Yet those of our friends who are unable to visualise either animate or inanimate objects and who alone can tell what life-long blindness really means, are able to say, with John Milton, who was similarly afflicted: Nor to these idle orbs doth sight appear, Of sun, or moon, or stars throughout the year, Or man or woman, yet I argue not Against heaven’s hand or will, nor bate a jot Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer Right onward.
CLASSIFIED ADVERTS CALVERLEY URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL Allotments. Persons desiring Allotments are requested to at once send their names and full particulars of requirements to the Council Offices, Calverley J DAVIDSON, Clerk MOTOR DRIVING: tuition by practical motor engineer; fee £5; practice until efficient. - Write Z4, Express Office, Shipley LAUNDRY - Good IRONERS wanted also Girls to learn. Crown Laundry, Lynthorpe Road, Frizinghall WANTED, Weavers, Winders, Menders, Twisters. Boys for reaching-in, and also a few Girls; good wages paid. Apply William Oddy and Co, Junction Mills, Shipley. WANTED, Handy MAN to assist generally in Printing works. Suitable man would have a good and permanent situation, not only for war-time but afterwards. Manager, Express Office, Idle. WANTED,  a smart PERSON to look after pony and flat cart and make himself generally useful. Apply by letter to Fred Shaw, Burler and Mender, Shipley. 100 MACKINTOSHES  at Half-price; stylish, up-to-date, various colours, from 13s each; inspection invited. Duxbury, 6 Whitley St, Bingley. Tel 136. HOME-CURED HAM WANTED - Lady offers valuable 7-guinea service of sterling silver-mounted Table Cutlery (Government hall-marked), consisting of 12 table knives, 12 dessert knives, pair meat carvers, pair game carvers and steel, unsoiled, never used; will exchange for nice Ham or accept 42s cash. Will send on approval willingly. Write A2, Times Office, Shipley
Mr Joseph Mortimer of 5 Bromet Place, Eccleshill, has added another gold medal to his laurels as a cyclist by riding 178 miles in 12 hours. The route lay from Otley, through Wetherby, York and Market Weighton and back again to York. The run was under the auspices of the Yorkshire Road Club. Mr Mortimer is now the possessor of five gold medals, five silver medals and numerous prizes.
Gold medal for cyclist after 178-mile ride
At the great Poultry Show held at Belle Vue Manchester this week, Mr Richard Watson’s famous Patridge Wyandottes once again gave proof of the supremacy of the Thorn Garth stud by winning first, second and fourth prizes in the keenest competition at the largest show ever held in the North of England and the largest in all England this year. Thorn Garth Partridge Wyandottes enjoy world-wide fame.
Triumph for Thackley poultry breeder
Profitable hobby
The five-month old black-and-white English Rabbit belonging to Mr C B Thompson of Green Row, Springfield, Idle, which secured the breeder’s cup at the recent English Rabbit Club Show in Bradford, has been sold for £11. It is evident from this that the breeding of fancy rabbits is a profitable as well as pleasurable hobby.
A full house assembled at the Co-operative Hall, Shipley on Thursday last for the fortnightly concert, the audience being augmented by a contingent of wounded soldiers from the Saltaire Hospital. Mrs H Smedley, who was responsible for the organisation of the concert, rendered Songs My Mother Sang with much feeling and was encored repeatedly for Tennessee and other songs, the choruses of which were shared with evident relish by the audience. Laughter Encores were also demanded from Mr Charlesworth George, whose magnificent voice was displayed to advantage in A Perfect Day and Bedouin’s Love Song. Mr Arthur Wilkinson with his inimitable deliveries kept the house in a continuous state of laughter and at the close of the programme, a substantial meal was given to the visitors from the hospital, the usual refreshment being also served to the members of the club.
Wounded in packed house for show
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