Friday 24 November 1916
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Fine and warning for gamblers
Men from Shipley and Windhill were among 16 people caught up in a police swoop on illegal gambling in spare ground off Livingstone Road, Bolton Woods. James Wright Hollis (41), riveter of 10 Bridge Street, Shipley, John Charles Holcroft (32), woolcomber of 18 Northbrook Street, Shipley, William Hattersley Wilson (39), painter of 22 School Hill, Windhill, James Robinson (28), mechanic of 4 West Church Street, Windhill, Herbert Whittaker (33), fruiterer of Briggate, Windhill and Peter Robinson (31), corker of 7 Smith Street, Shipley, all pleaded guilty Bad weather Superintendent Johnson told Bradford City Police Court that the raid was made at four o’clock on Saturday afternoon. Gangs of gamblers had been broken up several times at that spot but on this occasion Chief Inspector Turner and a number of constables raided the place and although it was such a bad day as regards weather, 16 men were found, all of whom were apprehended. None of the men made any statement when charged. A sum of six shillings was left on the ground Two of the men who had previous convictions for gaming were fined £3 and £4 while the rest were fined £2 with the alternative of 11 days in prison. They were also warned that if they came before the court again on a similar charge they would probably be sent straight to jail rather than face a fine.
As so often, evidence to a Military Tribunal revealed details of the working life of ordinary people 100 years ago. A milk dealer named Alfred Farrar asked to be exempted from military service. He had been passed for Class A. 60 gallons He delivered 60 gallons of milk a day amongst 300 customers and had the assistance of only a schoolboy In addition he had three pigs feeding for pork and had about one hundred head of poultry. He had about £400 sunk in the business. In order to get through the work he had to start at half past five in the morning and had to continue until about nine at night. Exemption was granted until March 31st.
Daily workload of a Shipley milk dealer
W A S Robinson (right), who had spoken at hundreds of recruiting drives in the early part of the war now claimed to be recruiting for the peace. Speaking for the first time since recovering from a serious illness, Mr Robinson told a packed meeting of Rosse Street Brotherhood: “Let us bravely face the future. Changes will be made and it remains largely with the people at home to see that these radical changes are for the best. “The finish of the war must not be an end but a beginning, for on the past we must build to nobler purpose. Otherwise our gallant dead, amongst whom are the boys of some here present, will have paid the full price in vain. “Let us decide, each man for himself, that the future shall repair the past and that out of death shall come life in all its fullness and splendour.” Social reform He went on: “Today I am going to plead for recruits with as much enthusiasm as ever, but the work for which the recruits are wanted is of rather a different nature this time. I
want them to fight in the army of social reformers. “It is going to be a battle against things incredible and monstrous. Loathsome betrayals of high trust; the foulest black treacheries and cruelties past expression; soul-less injustices and follies worse than crimes; things that set the blood aboil with indignation. “We have millions of men in the army and navy who have left home and all that the word means. They have left comfort to fight for their country and to maintain the nation’s honour for a shilling a day, perhaps to return maimed or, might be, never to return at all. Trafficking “What are the people at home going to do for them? “We must take immediate action. We must see that the dependants of our soldiers and sailors are at least as well looked after as if times were normal. “We are waging war at a tremendous cost and if we can afford to do that, we can afford to do ‘square’ to those men with the colours and the people they have left behind.” He also called for a fight against injustice in society and for the
government to take action against men who were exploiting serving men’s families for their own profit by “trafficking in life’s necessities.” Looking ahead he spoke of a time when the boys will come home. “They have been promised great things. We have sung about them and be-flagged our cities for them but while that is very nice, it will not suffice. Nationalisation of land “We shall have to find suitable employment for them and this will be one of the greatest tasks that the war has produced. Millions of men and women are involved. “Immediate action should be taken so as to avoid industrial chaos when peace is decided upon. One of the first things wanted is the nationalisation of the land. This war has taught us how necessary it is that the land should be nationalised for it will add greatly to our security. “Another matter that must have attention is the better regulation of the working day. Overtime must go and carry in its train a host of minor evils such as the half-time question.” Sell matches He concluded: “It must be understood that soldiers’ wives, their children and dependants should receive not charity but justice. “It is the same with respect to the wounded and maimed. They should not be compelled to sell matches in the streets on their return in order to get a living. “We are spending £3m a day upon this gigantic war; we should also insist that the dependants of our soldiers should lack no good things, regardless of the cost. Re-build “To partake of this work is a more glorious thing than to be the inheritors of all the wealth and rank that power can bestow. If we are proud of England and the fact that she is the fairest of all countries, let us safeguard her in every true sense. “Germany, with all her horrors and all her barbarities and frightfulness is not the only enemy we have in England. There are others nearer at hand. “Keep your eyes open, be watchful for we shall soon begin to re-build England. If we are to build securely, firmly and broadly, we must look to the ancient men who builded incessantly. Then if needs be we must fight to uphold our right to build.”
Recruits needed to fight for the post-war future
An inquest was held into the death from scalds of John Bailey, aged three years and nine months. Amelia Bailey, mother of the deceased, who lived at 106 Union Street, Shipley, said she was not present when the accident happened but had not been absent more than three minutes. When she got back the child was suffering from scalds. She dressed the injuries and sent for a doctor. The child died at about one o’clock on Tuesday morning. William Bailey, the father of the boy, who is a blacksmith, said he was sitting in the armchair before the fire at the time the accident happened and the boy was playing on the rug before the fire Pan There was a pan containing hot water on the ribs and it appeared that the boy had knocked this over on top of himself in trying to reach his father’s knee. Evidence was also given by Dr Mosley of Shipley, who attended the deceased. Although badly scalded, the child seemed fairly comfortable and he did not anticipate that the boy would die. If the child had got over the shock there was no reason why he should not have lived. There was no great destruction of the skin. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
Child scalded reaching for his father’s knee
Railwaymen on night duty at the Shipley Midland Station say there is scarcely a train passes through Shipley Station during the night that has not its complement of soldiers, either on their way home for a few days’ leave or returning to the front. When they change for their connections at this station it often happens they have considerable waiting periods and time hangs heavily with them. The suggestion is made by a correspondent that if the various organisations at Shipley would  undertake to provide little  comforts for these men in the form of light refreshments, they would be doing a really good and useful work. These soldiers come mostly from outlying districts and there is, suggests our correspondent, an opportunity for rendering a quiet service which would be highly appreciated especially during the cold, cheerless nights.
Call to cheer soldiers stuck at Shipley station
Choir’s presentation
Mr John E Moore, organist and choirmaster of Shipley Parish Church, has been presented with a handsome luminous wristlet watch by the choir boys on the occasion of his taking up military service. All the thirty choir boys and probationers subscribed to the gift and the presentation was made by Mr Ben Burroughs, one of the former ‘solo’ boys of the choir.
Pte Albert Stead of Shipley was charged at Bradford West Riding Court yesterday with being an absentee from the Leicester Regiment and was remanded to await an escort.
Absentee in court
Uncovered light
At the Otley Police Court on Friday, Mary Simpson, housemaid, Bradford was summoned for not obscuring the light in a dwelling house at Baildon. Defendant pleaded guilty and was fined ten shillings.
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