Friday 8 September 1916
This is the portrait of a smart little lad named Leavens Park, of 74 George Street, Saltaire. A few weeks ago when walking by the side of the River Aire at Saltaire he saw another lad named William Henry Farnell with his face downwards in the water and immediately went to his rescue. Not being strong enough to get him out, he thoughtfully held the lad’s head above the surface of the water until some men arrived on the scene. The little hero is only eleven years of age and the boy he bravely tried to rescue was twelve. Farnell was unconscious when he was got on to the river bank and all efforts to bring him round were unavailing. At the inquest Parks was complimented on his action by the Deputy District Coroner who said that under other circumstances he might have been successful in saving life. It is to be hoped that the attention of the Humane Society has been drawn to the matter. At the request of the Editor, this youthful hero has had his photograph taken for reproduction in the Express.
Paper snaps young Saltaire hero
The paper ran its monthly column by the vicar of St Paul’s. It is reproduced whole as an example of the lessons being drawn from the war: The surprise of the war has been the display of physical courage by the average man. The soldier of today is in our nation, as in all nations, simply the average man. He is taken from all sorts and conditions, all kinds of positions and employments and surroundings. The soldier is the type of manhood of the nation between the years of 20 and 40; and the average soldier has proved himself to be a very brave man. The detailed accounts of acts of courage that are recorded in the Press are simply typical of the actions of any ordinary soldier. The only special thing is that in these cases some particular opportunity has suddenly been given for the display of courage at a particular moment and the act happens to have been remembered and recorded. Discovery The long and short of it is that the average man, of average physique and average treatment, is endowed by God with the capacity for great physical courage. This has been something of a discovery. Look at the average man you may pass in the road. Put him in khaki, send him to the front and then in six months’ time you find him playing the hero. Some fellows have exchanged playing the fool for playing the hero! Now this is worth thinking about. Fighting is not man’s normal occupation. It is abnormal and it is unnatural.
Today it is a necessary end but we hope a day may come when it shall be universally looked upon as a mad idiotic and intolerable thing. Today, as I say, it is a matter of solemn duty. But when the war is over what is the manhood of England going to do with its God-given gift of courage? How is the courage to be used? What national deliverance and blessing is it going to bring? We all know what it is doing for us now. It is saving England from the hands of her enemies. But England has many other enemies besides Germany. It is up to England’s manhood, both now and after the war, to use the gift of courage in saving England from her moral and spiritual foes. Take the foul fiend of impurity which has got its full grip upon ten per cent of the manhood of our towns. Here is a foe for England’s manhood to fight and England’s womanhood, too, for
that matter. I mention no other foes, for I single out this one evil of impurity to which a vast number of men and boys are falling victims of one great typical enemy from which England needs saving and for the crushing of which all the courage of England’s manhood is needed. The fight will begin for some of you who read this letter with giving up the sin yourself and then helping and encouraging others to give it up too I say no more. I ask you to think, resolve and act. To do this and all the rest of it, you will need a higher type of courage than the courage of the battlefield. But the very man who has the capacity for physical courage has the capacity also for moral courage. A great national need has called forth man’s physical courage. I want you to see that a great national need is calling for your moral courage.
Most of us are not called to display physical courage. All the more then, when our men are saving England by their physical courage, are we called to save England by our moral courage. It can’t be done without God. Grit and pluck You must have the grit and pluck to defy criticism, slander, dislike and ridicule such as will be your lot if you do any real fighting for the things that are high and pure and true unless you get help day by day from God in answer to our prayers. You must be a God-fearing man if you want to be a pure and a brave one. As the old hymn says: “Fear Him, ye saints, and you will then have nothing else to fear.” So I want to leave with you these three simple facts and I ask you to think of them and set upon them: 1 England has moral and spiritual enemies 2 You have the capacity for moral courage to help you to higher things 3 Jesus Christ is calling you to follow in His footsteps and play the man for your country and your God.
There was also a profile of the vicar. The Rev Bernard Herklots, M.A., vicar of Shipley, is a remarkably able and earnest clergyman. A man of wide travel and culture, he has been face to face with religious problems both at home and abroad. Considering that the rev gentleman is a South countryman, that his time had previously been spent in the foreign mission fields and that his first and only benefice in England was practically speaking a country town, he was a courageous man to accept his present living. By reason of its population and its financial liabilities Shipley is, as any clergyman in the know will admit, an exceedingly difficult parish. One of the ways in which the church is handicapped is by pew rents and as the beautiful daughter church of St Peter’s is free and open, it makes Shipley all the more difficult. In his knowledge of matters theological, Mr Herklots is acknowledged by his professional brethren to be a sound scholar and he possesses a supreme desire for Christian unity and the extension of the Kingdom of God. He is a deeply spiritual man with high spiritual ideals, the attainment of which, unhappily, does not always count in man’s estimation of a minister’s success.
The courage of men in war is needed for the battles of peace
Rev Bernard Herklots
The death occurred just before noon on Tuesday, under painfully sudden circumstances, of Mr Reginald Bulman, for five years licensee of the Oddfellows Hall Hotel, Idle. Deceased was in his 39th year and had been in indifferent health for some months. Latterly he had appeared somewhat better. He was attending to his business at the hotel up to Monday night when he had a slight attack but appeared better on the following morning. He was suddenly taken ill and expired before medical aid could be obtained. He leaves a widow and three children.
Idle Oddfellows landlord’s  sudden death aged 39
Cllr L P Busfield, chairman of Calverley Council, said it was time they discussed creating a Roll of Honour. Cllr Hollings said they were all proud of the young men of the village who were serving their country and they were looking forward with keen anticipation to the time when they would be able to welcome the lads home again. He would like to see a permanent memorial erected in the village of those of the villagers who had done their duty. Asked if he would include men who had been conscripted he replied: “I would include everybody who has served in the Army or Navy.” He was supported by Cllr Dean who said: “We cannot enter into the motives that have kept the men back. When they get into the army and do their best, we ought not to make a distinction.” It was agreed to create a list of all those who served.
Plans for a Roll of Honour
School caretakers from Baildon Central, Woodbottom, Tong Park and National schools wrote to the Education Committee with a plea for higher wages. “We have had no reply,” they wrote, “to our application re salaries. We shall be pleased if you will again bring this matter before the West Riding Education Committee and press for a substantial increase in our salaries. “The small allowance they have made us as war bonus is as nothing to meet the higher prices of living which have already advanced since our application for an increase.” In discussion of the letter, Baildon Education Committee expressed their sympathy with the caretakers’ case but they were unable to do much about it as the decision would be taken on a county-wide basis and not case by case. However they did agree to write to the County Council and recommend a rise.
Committee can’t do much to relieve caretakers’ plight
‘Well made up’ story convicts drunken woman
Susanah Power of Shipley was fined 15 shillings and costs for being drunk and disorderly on 12th June. Although she claimed the police evidence was “a very well made up story,” the magistrates at Bradford West Riding Police Court believed P.C. Potter’s account of events. Filthy language He said that “while on duty in Commercial Street, his attention was called to the defendant. She was very drunk and was making use of filthy language. “She threw herself into the road and caused a disturbance, refusing to go home. She had to be practically carried to the Police Station.”
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