Friday 1 December 1916
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At the OtleyPolice Court on Friday, William Pennock, a farm hand, of South Milford, was summoned by Mr William Morton Dacre of the Home Farm, Esholt for leaving work without notice and he claimed 50 shillings damages. The defendant did not appear. Strenuous times Opening the case on behalf of Mr Dacre, Mr C Atkinson said there unfortunately existed a class of work people in these strenuous times who seemed to think they could do what they liked with regard to keeping their engagements or breaking them, thus causing great trouble to farmers who were experiencing difficulties with regard to labour. He would like to think that these people were in a minority but at all events the defendant was one of them.
In October last the complainant advertised for a farm hand. He had several applicants, including the defendant whom he met in Leeds and engaged him to come to his farm. The man was to have substantial wages – 29 shillings a week, with a cottage and other little advantages. Defendant was to have begun work on Sunday, Nov 5th but he did not turn up until the afternoon of Nov 6th. He did a little work, slept in the cottage and the next morning his first job was to have been taking a couple of horses and waggons to fetch his furniture. The man got the horses ready but when sent for to come to his breakfast he had entirely disappeared. Nothing had since been heard of him except a letter in reply to the summons. This letter read as follows: ‘In reply to yours, as to coming back
to Mr Dacre, it will be for one week only as I should give my notice the day I start work.’ These proceedings, added Mr Atkinson, had not been brought so much because Mr Dacre wished to get damages as to show these men that they could not run off their engagements as they liked. He asked for damages for the loss of work of a team of horses standing idle for a week, the amount spent on advertising and in the interview with the man. Conscientious objectors Mr Dacre bore out this statement in evidence. He said he had some seven replies to the advert. Two of these were from conscientious objectors and he did not consider them. The Bench made an order for the amount claimed, with costs.
Labourer sued for quitting work without giving notice
Death of a long-serving librarian
The death took place on Thursday last of Mr William Fry who for forty years was chief librarian at the Saltaire Institute. He was in his 80th year and had only retired three years ago. ‘He lost the sight of the left eye and resigned his office but in view of his long service and accumulated experience, he was given a position by the Shipley District Council as consulting librarian. ‘In the meantime his strength had gradually failed and yesterday morning, about an hour after he had partaken of breakfast, he passed away.’ Mr Fry was born in Wellington, Somerset and first came to the area, working on the railway in Otley. Recommended to Sir Titus Salt He was recommended to Sir Titus Salt as manager of his educational trust and ‘from that time forward Mr Fry was closely associated with all the educational affairs of Saltaire, the High Schools, the Institute and the Technical School. For a considerable period he also discharged the secretarial duties of Sir Titus Salt’s Charity.’ His funeral took place at Nab Wood Cemetery on Saturday afternoon. Cllr C E Learoyd paid tribute to Mr Fry at a meeting of Shipley Education Committee, saying that ‘the deceased gentleman’s work had been the subject of satisfaction to those who had employed him an a public capacity. All were sorry he had been taken away even though he was ripe in years and full of honours.’
Shipley leads the way in tackling   the problem of food shortages
Shipley District Council have decided to put into cultivation the vacant land in the area suitable for growing potatoes and other vegetables. This is an advance on what was done at Leeds last week at a conference of West Riding Urban and Rural Councils, who passed a sort of pious resolution in favour of the encouragement of allotment gardens. Excessive prices The Shipley Council realised that an allotment gardens scheme is of little value in the present emergency when, if there is not an actual shortage of food, excessive prices prevail and can only be reduced either by Government action or by the provision of home-grown supplies. The Shipley Council is probably the first authority in the Riding to undertake what will doubtless be called a municipal potato supply. The experiment will be watched with a good deal of interest not only at Shipley but in other parts of the Riding. The responsible committee, of which Cllr H Hirst is chairman, and the officials of the council will, we are convinced, put forth every effort to make the scheme a success.
The Rev W Bowker, curate at Shipley Parish Church, has been offered and accepted the living at St Luke’s Bradford, the value of which is £250 a year. During his stay at Shipley Mr Bowker has made himself exceedingly popular and has been a real friend to the young and the poor. Never is he so happy as when surrounded by a band of smiling juveniles who can invariably be seen in his company on their way to and from school. At the Food Kitchen his services have been invaluable and he has also been a most earnest worker in connection with many good causes outside his ordinary ministerial duties.
Mr Bowker is bound to be popular wherever he goes. Such is his personality that the moment you get into his company you feel quite at home. With truth it may be said – to use a hackneyed phrase – that he is ‘kind to a fault and generous to a degree’ Those who will regret his departure most are those who know him best and those are the poorest of the poor. If there ever was a parson who really loved the ‘bottom dog’ it is the curate of Shipley.. he would spend the last
coin he had rather than see a poor lad without footwear and he would give the coat off his back to help a poor man. Many there are who have seen him more than once making towards the poorest districts of Shipley with ingredients carefully concealed in his pockets for the making of a tasty boil. He is a thorough believer in helping people materially as well as spiritually and numberless poor people will always be grateful to him for the timely help he has given them. Truly his preferment is well merited.
Curate’s departure will sadden all, especially the poor
Football reports were different in style to those we see today. WOODEND V SALTAIRE ALBION These two clubs met on Saturday last under very unfavourable conditions. Towards the finish the game became very rough, the referee having to administer several cautions. The two goalkeepers played very well, both doing some fine saving. Keicher, Smith and Parker were the pick of the winners, while Booth Padgett and Horne played well for the losers. Score: Saltaire 5 goals; Woodend 2 goals.
Saltaire Albion triumph in very rough game
The annual married folks tea and concert in connection with the Idle Wesleyan Sunday School was held on Saturday. About 200 people partook of an excellent repast which was served by Mrs Charlie Hardwick, Mrs J Denbigh, Mrs Charlie North, Mrs S Longbottom, Mrs James Thornton, Mrs Thos Waite, Mrs Albert Garner and Mrs Walker and others. The after proceedings were presided over by the Rev W Hemingway Shaw. The concert which was taken part in by members of the Cleckheaton Wesleyan Chapel Choir, consisted of songs, duets etc which were of a first-class order.
Married folks’ tea
Bathing figures down
The statistics for the Baths for the month of October showed an income of £18 16s 5d compared to £19 18s 11d in October, 1915. The total number of bathers was 2,286 against 2,798 in 1916. The Baths Superintendent, Mr A Smith, who has been called up for military service, has obtained daytime employment on munitions and the Tribunal and the military representative have given their approval to his temporary exemption from military service. The committee agreed on the wages to be paid to Mr and Mrs Smith during Mr Smith’s absence on munition work.
Excused military service
SALTAIRE INSTITUTE SOCIETY Presidents: Sir Ellis Denby, Kt, JP and Lady Denby WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 6TH 1916 Visit of the celebrated Professor of Astronomy Prof H H TURNER D.Sc, FRS Savillian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford University on A VOYAGE IN SPACE Illustrated with Lantern Slides and experiments, being the account of an imaginary voyage (by telescope) to different heavenly bodies, with a glance at various problems and difficulties suggested by the idea of such a voyage The opportunity of hearing such a celebrated Professor should not be missed by anyone Admission - Reserved seats 2s 6d, 1s 6d; Unreserved 1s and 6d. Children under 16, half price. Tickets may be obtained and seats reserved at the Library, Saltaire Institute. Doors open 7.30. Commence at 8
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