Friday 15 December 1916
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An unnamed writer produced a column aimed at persuading people to provide long-term support through cash and gifts for the work at Salt’s Hospital. I wish that every mother in Shipley who has a wounded boy lying in some far away hospital could have the solace of knowing that her son was being as well cared for there as the boys are cared for at Salt’s Auxiliary War Hospital. Our boys take their pains and hurts so cheerfully that one is apt to run away with the idea that wounded soldiers are made of different stuff to ordinary folk and that they do not feel their pains like common civilians. Narcotic Our wounded soldiers are only your wounded brothers dressed in khaki and I can assure you that khaki is no narcotic for the pains of a broken limb or the agony resulting from inhaling some poisonous gas. They feel the pains just the same as any of us would feel them only they bear them more cheerfully and bravely. These boys have ceased to be boys; they have their lives to live and why should they not make the best of a condition that cannot be remedied? Like stout-hearted young men they look bravely towards the future, determined to keep their faces to the sun. They have paid the price but they are not going to pay the price over and over again by being miserable and downhearted. Luxuries Those who will not see active service again have done their share; they have their hopes and aspirations, perhaps directed into different channels to what they ever thought. But whatever their hopes may be, it becomes the duty of all at home to help to see them realised. Our immediate object is to see that the convalescents at present with us are provided for reasonably and comfortably – provided with those reasonable luxuries that make their life a pleasure and a pleasant memory. But our responsibilities do not rest with the present; the future must also engage our attention. Fresh faces are always coming and those who have regained their health are always
going. How long this will continue none of us can say. While we provide for the present, we cannot close our eyes to the future and it must be a constant endeavour to build up a reserve fund so that the boys who are to come may enjoy the same treatment as those who have gone. We cannot ignore the prospect before us and as good stewards we must fill our obligations to our wounded boys in the future as well as the present. The piece then goes on to acknowledge a gift of £5 from Mr Harry Laycock and his friends and to list others who have agreed to become donors. It also describes two pieces of practical help. Fresh eggs The Commanding Officer of the Salvation Army, Adjt Soper, left at the Salt’s Hospital today a basket of fine fresh eggs. We can only say we acknowledge with real feeling the significance of this very welcome gift. Every housekeeper knows that at present fresh eggs are a luxury and every contributor may rest assured that the gift is fully appreciated.
Mrs Atkinson, Robert St, Windhill, and her friends have sent in a present that has been most welcome. This was nothing less than a quantity of Gillette razor blades and shaving sticks for all the boys – really a most welcome and practical idea. Finally we learn something of how the hospital keeps its patients entertained. Ventriloquist Through the week our boys have been well entertained by the Reelers of Saltaire Mills at the Café, Windhill, New Jerusalem Chapel and had a capital entertainment. Mr Walton, ventriloquist and Lyric Quartette. The Shipley Musical Union brought and fetched our lame boys and their evening was a great pleasure. We have from Miss Mitchell, matron, (right) who was voicing the wishes of the boys, a request for the loan of a small piano. If any lady or gentleman could lend such an instrument to us they would be conferring a great favour and very largely contributing to the enjoyment of the boys.
“They feel the pains just the same as any of us would feel them only they bear them more cheerfully and bravely.”
We must provide so ‘boys’ can rebuild their lives
An application was made at the Bradford West Riding Police Court on Thursday last by James Cousin & Son, estate agents, Shipley, for an ejection order against Wallace Skinner and James Allen. Mr A Hammond, who appeared for the applicants, explained that some confusion arose as to the actual tenant of the house which was situated in Wrose Hill Terrace, Windhill. A Mrs Allen, who appeared as the respondent, was formerly known as Mrs Skinner. Her former husband had died and she alleged that her son, Wallace Skinner, who was now with the Army in France, became the virtual tenant. Later Mrs Skinner married a man named Allen against whom an application had been previously made. Mr Hammond maintained that Mr and Mrs Allen were trying by wrong methods to retain possession of the premises. Notices had been served on the respondents. Nailed to the door The Clerk: How do you prove service of notice on Skinner, who is in France? Mr Hammond: The notice was nailed on his door, which is a proper service. The Chairman (Sir James Roberts): We are advised by the Clerk that the service on Skinner is not proved. It will better, therefore, to leave Skinner out. Mr Hammond, continuing, said that on one occasion all the goods were removed from the house and Mr Cousin put in a joiner to see to the locks and bolts. He maintained that possession was then given up. Mrs Allen complained that there was a question of valuation and that she was unable to get the valuation on account of the action of Mr Cousin. Mr Alfred Cousin stated that he had endeavoured to assist Mrs Allen to obtain valuation on condition that the rent due was paid. An order was made for possession of the property to be given up.
Soldier’s mother loses house case
The late Mr William Henry Fawcett, 25 Shipley Fields Road, Frizinghall, who was buried on Tuesday at Undercliffe Cemetery, had been in the service of the Bradford District Bank Ltd, for 48½ years. He was an ardent Conservative, one of the founders of the Frizinghall Conservative Club, treasurer for many years and the first treasurer of the Bradford Chess Club. For several years he held office in the Airedale Lodge of Freemasons. Mr Fawcett made a study of literary subjects and was an entertaining educationalist. He leaves a widow and seven children to mourn his loss.
Frizinghall stalwart dies
Sixth son wins appeal
Clayton Military Tribunal heard an appeal from a widow with six sons, four of whom were in the army and one a confirmed invalid. She was appealing for the remaining son, aged 18 years, who had been passed for one of the C classes. He was granted exemption until May 1st and one of the members of the Tribunal remarked that his family had done well.
The abstract of accounts of Shipley Urban District Council for the year ended 31st March last has just been published. The accounts generally show a very satisfactory state of affairs. Although the general district rate was the same as obtained 15 years ago, there was a balance on the right side for the year of £1,453 11s 7d. This excess of income over expenditure was due to the saving on street lighting. The trading departments all show profits for the year. The rate was relieved by £1,302 14s from trading undertakings, £728 14s 5d from the water supply and £573 19s 7d from tramways. In the gas department the nett advance of 7d per 1,000 cubic feet in the price of gas has turned a loss in the previous year of £1,761 6s 6d into a profit of £234 9s 2d in 1915-16, which is equivalent to only 44d per 1,000 cubic feet of gas sold. The out put of gas was 21,179,888 cubic feet less than in the previous year, arising from restricted street lighting and economies effected by users. This reduction in the output of gas is responsible for the increased charge. Electricity The accounts of the Electricity Department show a very satisfactory year and justify the considerable extensions recently completed at the electricity works. There was a nett profit on the year of £822 17s 1d against a loss of £303 15s 7d in 1914-15. The income from current sold for power purposes was more than double that of the previous year – there were 912 consumers on the books at the end of the year, as against 840 at the commencement and the output was 2,442,968 units as against 1,596,069 units in 1914- 15. It is satisfactory to note that the Education Committee were able to effect savings on their estimates in respect of elementary education and thereby close the year with a balance on the right side of £185 3s 2d. In respect of higher education, however, there was an overspent balance of £2,674 17s at the close of the year and no satisfactory method of dealing with this deficit appears to have been found. Copies of the abstract which has been prepared by Mr Harold Barnes, the Council’s accountant, can be had by ratepayers at a cost of 6d each.
Council’s accounts   very satisfactory
Christmas entertainment
Success attended the presentation at the Theatre Royal this week of the famous comedy “Peg o’ my Heart.” Success of course was certain. Already the play had appeared over 800 times at the Globe Theatre, London where it proved to be the greatest success of the season. It is interesting to note that on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec 19th, 20th and 21st, the Bradford Amateur Operatic Society will repeat their brilliantly successful production of “Miss Hook of Holland” in aid of the Lord Mayor’s War Relief Fund. Entire receipts without deduction will be handed to the fund and no expenses or tax will be incurred. For eleven nights commencing Boxing Day, the Carl Rosa Opera Co will present Tuesday (Matinee) “Carman”; (Evening) “Faust”; Wednesday (Evening) “The Tales of Hoffman”; Thursday (Evening) “The Lily of Kilarney”; Friday (Evening) “The Magic Flute”; Saturday (Matinee) “The Tales of Hoffman”; (Evening) “Il Travatore.”
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