Shipley canal boatman George Henry Hawksworth came up for public examination at the Bradford Bankruptcy Court on Wednesday.In reply to Mr Durance, the Official Receiver, Hawksworth said his gross liabilities were £131 15s 1d, liabilities expected to rank for dividend £87 15s 1d, estimated assets, £39 4s, deficiency £48 11s 1d.For the past twenty years as master and man he had been engaged as a canal boatman by the Aire and Calder Navigation Co. His average wages were from 25s to 30s a week.£10 a quarterHis first boat was the Monarch, which was hired at the rate of £10 a quarter. The last instalment was paid in January 1908. Subsequently he had a new boat, the Gladys. There was a lieu on the Monarch and being unable to pay he agreed to sell out, having about £30 when he had straightened up. He kept no books or accounts.Before the war Hawksworth did pretty well but now at times he was unable to get men to get the cargoes out of the boats. “It’s the war that’s done me in,” he said. In 1913 he was insolvent and had been insolvent since.
Bankrupt Canal boatman claims ‘It’s the war that’s done me in’
A verdict of ‘accidentally drowned’ was returned at an enquiry into the death of Martha Bray, a 55-year-old widow from Blackpool whose body was recovered from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal on Monday night.A former resident of Shipley, Mrs Bray was on holiday at her sister, Mrs Tiplady, at 19 Otley Road, Shipley and on the afternoon of her death had visited Ellen Anderson at 16 Dockfield, Shipley.Giving evidence Mrs Anderson said she last saw Mrs Bray about six o’clock in the evening when she left. Her house was quite close to the canal and at that point it was very bleak.Worth picking upEdward Ashcroft, a boatman, said he found the body in the canal near Ramsey’s dock yard, at about 10.30 on Monday night. On seeing the body the witness remarked to a companion “There’s something here worth picking up.”P.C. Brown of Shipley said the deceased was fully dressed and still wore her hat and gloves. There were no marks on her body. There were two rings on her fingers and she wore a gold wristlet watch. The latter had stopped at 6.30. She also wore ear-rings. An American cloth handbag and an umbrella she normally carried were missing.
Holiday-making widow drowns
Having dismissed the critics of the matron the previous week, the writer of the Titus Salt Hospital notes, turned her attention to those whose charity was not all it might appear.Did you ever have any experience of anonymous givers, Mr Editor?Of course, I know every man who runs a paper has plenty of experiences of anonymous contributors. From the anonymous contributor you do get something, if it’s only a poem but from the declared anonymous giver you get nothing, not even a poem.I have met two or three folk who prefer to give that way, anonymously.Brass bandIt does not matter to the committee if they were to engage the Shipley Brass Band to trumpet their gift throughout the township, if they only gave.However, these folk have given so anonymously that neither the Matron nor anyone else has been able to discover when or how much.I know people who like to create fiction of giving anonymously but telling others that that is their guiding rule and principle does not help them to get the reputation.Besides, I don’t know that anyone need be ashamed of giving if they only give freely enough. I can quite understand if one is contributing a mere trifle of what they can afford they don’t engage the bell-man to circulate the fact.But that’s their affair – a matter they can easily adjust and enjoy a clear conscience.
Spiky remarks about ‘anonymous givers’
Naturalised German dies
An inquest was held at Shipley on Wednesday morning on the body of Wilhelm Korner, a naturalised German (71), who died suddenly on Monday.He was a retired pork butcher and resided at 3 Victoria Park, Shipley.After Dr Bonner had given evidence, the jury returned a verdict of “death from heart failure.”
Airedale Lodge of Freemasons held their annual children’s party on Thursday last.After tea the juveniles revelled in games under the direction of Mrs Brayshaw. The guests thoroughly enjoyed a ventriloquial entertainment given by Mr R Y Walton and a Punch and Judy exhibition by Professor Temple.A pianoforte solo by Master Stanley Deacon and a song and dance by Miss Alice Deacon were heartily applauded.A humorous song was excellently rendered by the Worshipful Master, Mr Fred Power. Each child received a book and also a gift from a Christmas tree.
Fun and games at Freemason’s party
Some of the Esholt farmers are disposed to try and see what they can do in regard to the cultivation of arable land, but before sanctioning the change the Council’s Sewage committee must be assured that there will be sufficient labour at hand to ensure that the land will be farmed up to its full capacity when turned over.Experience in other parts of the country renders such a condition imperative.In a milk-producing district like this it is more essential than ever that such a drastic change must not entail any risk. In fact the committee, before agreeing to the admission of the plough into meadow or pasture land, must be convinced that the Man-Power Board will guarantee the necessary labour.Further, the committee must know
what fields it is proposed to break up – and this to guard against a good meadow being turned over whilst a ‘hide-bound’ pasture, equally good as arable, is left to continue its idleness.FatThere must also be a guarantee that when a field is turned over it shall not be possible for a farmer to get out without penalty the ‘fat’ – cereal crops are always best in the first two or three years – and then leave the Corporation with the leanest valuable acreage.Generally speaking, the Esholt farmers regard these conditions as being satisfactory and reasonable.When the statement was made in the Press recently that farmers on the Esholt Estate could only break up grass land under a penalty of £50, a good deal of surprise was expressed
by those who are unfamiliar with the conditions attached to the letter of farms.The inference immediately – and it was the one which it was intended should be drawn – was that being a party to such conditions the Corporation was retarding food production.The deputy chairman of the Sewage Committee, Cllr John Garnett, informs us that the Sewage Committee intend to enforce the payment of the £50 penalty should a farmer plough up land without permission but in the event of a tenant considering that the land can be better employed by being turned into arable, then on proper application being made and subject to the Corporation’s conditions being observed, the committee will favourably consider each application.
Concerns over admitting plough into meadow
Councillor taking up the cudgels to tackle tram queue jumpers
There has been a good deal of talk in the Idle and Thackley (tram)cars this week about the courageous stand made by Cllr Jasper Townend at the City Council meeting in respect to the service of the cars which come to the villages.The conditions in Foster Square are becoming serious. For instance, on Saturday on the 1.5 p.m. car, someone rushed across Foster Square and pushed in front of the people waiting, many of whom had been standing there for more than half an hour.Heavy finesThe Corporation have prosecuted two people on the Horton car route and a heavy fine on a few people who acted in a similar manner would ease the situation a good deal.The suggestion has been made that the Idle and Thackley cars should start from the side of the Square from which they used to start and that would, to a large extent, get rid of the difficulty of overcrowding caused by Eccleshill people using the Idle cars.Cllr Townend deserves the thanks of the tram travelling community for taking up the cudgels.
The Rev W T Forster, vicar of Idle, wrote in the parish magazine about the recent tragedy that saw four members of a family die from fumes from a boiler at St John’s Church schoolhouse.“While it is some satisfaction to know on the authority of the jury that it was an accident and that no one is to blame,” he wrote, “yet the awfulness of the tragedy remains.“How the noxious fumes got into the schoolhouse is still a mystery to those who have lived in the house for many years and have had to manage the heating apparatus for an even longer period.“It is evidently one of those unexpected happenings which no amount of inspection could have avoided and we can only leave it, as we again express our sincere sympathy with everybody concerned.”
St John’s tragedy
Saltaire cab driver, Thomas Hutchinson, was summoned for driving a vehicle without a rear red light at Baildon on December 10th.The defendant wrote to the court to say he was very busy and could not come. He pleaded guilty and asked for leniency.He claimed the light must have shaken out as the light swung about. When told he would be reported, he replied “It’s a paltry thing to report.”He was fined nine shillings