Friday 10 November 1916
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Wharfedale Guardians voted 12-11 in favour of a resolution calling for the legitimatising of children born out of wedlock if the parents should afterwards marry. Mr G H Teale of Yeadon, moved the resolution, saying that the principle was already in force in Scotland and the Isle of Man. “It is a hardship on an innocent child to be placed outside the law through no fault of its own,” he added, “and I don’t see that we have any right to visit the sins of the parents on the children to a third and fourth generation.” Pauper brat Opposition came from Mr Jesper who said that if these children were legitimised, wrong-doing would be easier than before. “My principal objection to the resolution is that it would seriously affect the sacredness of the family life. “We ought to give a lead to a higher plane of life and not to a lower.” Mr A B Bonwell, of Ilkley, said: “We ought to take a broad view of the matter and not stigmatise as a pauper brat an unoffending child that was not responsible for the accident of its birth.”
Narrow vote in favour of removing stigma from illegitimate children
We are pleased to report a decided improvement in the health of Mr W A S Robinson of Shipley. He has been recuperating for several weeks at the seaside and is undoubtedly better for the long vacation and freedom from all commercial and public worries. Fine work A little function will be held in Leeds in the near future to celebrate his return to a normal state of health. As vice-chairman of the West Riding Territorial Recruiting Association he did a remarkably fine work and is immensely popular in military as well as civil circles and rightly so. No individual has rendered more service for the benefit of our soldiers and their dependants and best of all the whole of what he has done has been of a voluntary nature.
Top recruiter recovering after time by the sea
Garden thriving under Mr Edmondson’s care
There is still a fine show of geranium bloom in the greenhouse at Crowgill Park, a remarkable fact considering that the year is so far advanced. There has also been excellent bloom in the various beds of flowers in the part during the summer. These have been much admired and commented on by the increasing number who make the park their rendezvous. Wrose Hill Mr Edmondson, who has been in charge during the last sixteen years, has from a lad taken a keen interest in flowers. Before he was twenty years of age he had taken three silver cups as an amateur gardener and numerous other prizes since then have been added to the collection. Mr Edmondson, who resides at Wrose Hill, designed and laid out the park there, which is a credit to the little village on the hill top.
Among those asking Shipley Military Tribunal to exempt them from serving in the forces was Hildebrand Havelock Wilson, ‘canine fancier, Low Ash Road, Wrose Hill.’ He was represented by Mr A V Hammond who said that the appeal was a rather unusual one. His client wasn’t trying to shirk his patriotic duty but was in a difficult position. “Mr Wilson is known throughout the world as a dog breeder and fancier. His father, Mr Sam Wilson, years ago was at the very top of the tree in the fancy and bred one of the most famous dogs that was ever reared, namely Bolton Woods Mixer, which was the foundation of the Irish terrier stud. “By his own endeavours Mr Wilson has become a most eminent breeder and is looked upon as one of the highest authorities as judge, breeder and handler. Pedigree “He looks after other people’s stud dogs, keeps them in good health and prepares them for showing. He also keeps them for breeding to improve the pedigree and to keep the continuity of valuable pedigrees.
“At the present time Mr Wilson has six or eight dogs upon his premises which are not his own property. He is simply acting as caretaker of them for gentlemen who have commissions in the army.” The Tribunal’s Military Spokesman, Mr Burton said: “They are holding the dog then (laughter). Mr Hammond: “Very decently put, sir, if I may compliment you (laughter). £1,000 “It might be very properly said that someone who is not eligible might look after the dogs. That is the trouble. So many men have joined the army that there are none left capable of doing the work. “Since his previous appeal, Mr Wilson has done all in his power to dispose of his kennels but has only been successful in selling one dog. He has dogs of the value of £1,000 of his own and those belonging to other people in his kennels are worth at least the same amount. “It might sound rather audacious but I ask the Tribunal to grant Mr Wilson conditional exemption on the understanding that he at once joins
the Volunteers. “If you are unable to agree to that suggestion then I ask for a further postponement so that my client might have time to put his house in order. Ruined man “It is most difficult to dispose of this valuable set of dogs at anything like their approximate valuation. Unless they are properly cared for or sold, he will be a ruined man.” Mr Burton: “You know we postponed it until the first of November a long time ago and I made a note at the time that Mr Wilson would be perfectly satisfied to go on the prescribed date. I think he has had a fair chance to get ready.” Tribunal Chairman: “The Tribunal has decided to refuse the appeal but Mr Wilson will not be called up for December 1st.” Mr Hammond: “Could you make it until the end of January? There are certain meetings going to be held at which my client can sell his dogs.” Mr Burton: “I’m afraid he will have to get a proxy. We have been very generous with you.”
Dog fancier appeals for exemption from military
At Otley Police Court on Friday, Nellie Bellamy, a Baildon housemaid, was summoned for not obscuring the light in a bedroom at Baiidon on October 17th. It was stated that at 11.15 in the evening, P.C. Cooper was going near the house where the defendant was employed when he saw a bright light shining from a bedroom window. Roused the servants There was no blind down and the light showed up into the sky. He went and knocked at the door but everyone was in bed. He roused the servants and told them to put out the light, which they did. Defendant, who did not appear, but who had written, was fined 10s.
Housemaid fined for failing to put out light
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The newspaper followed up its previous week’s story of Ben Ross’s swimming success with a picture and more details of his achievement. Ben, aged 12, who lived at 7 Herbert Street, Windhill, had come out on top in an annual competition run by Shipley District Council to win a year’s free entrance to the swimming baths. A pupil of Windhill Church School, Ben had beaten four other boys to the prize in a test that consisted of: 1 To swim a distance of 240 yards (go as you please) in seven minutes. 2 Dive from the top diving board. 3 To swim a distance of 80 yards in each of the following styles consecutively, breast stroke, back stroke (arms and legs), over-arm stroke and trudgeon stroke, twenty  yards to be allowed for each stroke.
Ben clinches prize with 20 yards of trudgeon
Absentee in court
James Leahy of Shipley was charged at Bradford West Riding Police Court with being an absentee from the Royal Engineers. The accused pleaded guilty and was remanded to await an escort.
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Trade Unionist Joe Hudson, who ran the newly opened Shipley Workers’ Office, shared a letter - written by candle light - that he’d received from a labourer bitter about profiteering on the farm where he was working “The farm is nine hundred acres, of which six hundred are arable land My employer has also four more farms of about five or six hundred acres. He is one of those who have helped to cause an artificial famine by holding back thousands of pounds worth of corn. “We are now busy since the last rise in prices, threshing last year’s wheat. Some of the stacks are infested with rats and mice which have, of course, done considerable damage.” He complained that while farmers were making up to £70,000 a year profit, their labourers were only paid 21 shillings a week. “Fancy, a guinea a week and three of the families of our labourers consist of eleven children each, with the parents, thirteen. Fancy again, children half pined, ill clad, running about ankle deep in slush without boots or stockings this weather.” He concluded “This is work of vital national importance. I mean the bringing about of better conditions of labour.”
Farmers accused of price fixing
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