Friday 12 January 1917
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The newspaper ran an editorial against those distributing peace leaflets. Shipley and Saltaire householders have been the recipients of a couple of leaflets which have been put through the letter boxes under the cover of darkness. They bore the headings “Why Not Negotiate?” and “The Desire for Negotiation in Other Countries.” For the most part the publications contain extracts purporting to be from speeches of German and Austrian Social Democrats and others in France, Russia and Italy. After giving passages from speeches by the German Chancellor and Mr Asquith, it is added: “These ideals are the same. On this basis negotiations are possible.” Ridiculous One wonders whether the writers and distributors of these leaflets really believe that they are helping to bring about peace. If they do they wholly misunderstand “the spirit and temper of the British people.” It is ridiculous to suggest that the German ideals and the British in this war are the same. They are absolutely irreconcilable. No one who understands the British public can mistake our present purpose. As has been well said: “We should hold ourselves guilty of treachery both to the quick and the dead were we to break off now; were we to make a peace which would be no peace.”
Peace leafleters are out of touch
NOTICE I BEG TO GIVE NOTICE that I was in no way connected with the scandal which took place at Windhill last week. Reports are current in the Town that it was to my address that the soldier was taken to. This is false and anybody found repeating this statement will be prosecuted. ALBERT BUCKLE 34 Church Street, Windhill
The week after a man was jailed for soliciting soldiers while dressed as a woman, this notice appeared
Salt’s Schools pulled off a major coup by persuading distinguished academic Prof Gilbert Murray to be their president and the Shipley Times & Express devoted a whole page to his presidential address made to a packed audience at the Victoria Hall. This is just a few extracts. He took as his subject education and while he thought much of the criticism of education in England was unfair, he did concede that it wasn’t up to the standard of countries like Germany, not least because the Germans educated their pupils to an older age. Apprenticeships Turning to the question of apprenticeships, he said: “Our businessmen are sometimes said - heaven help them! - not to believe in education, not even in technical training but to be content with the old fashioned undirected business of business experience or apprenticeships “Apprenticeships may have been a very good system 200 years ago when businesses were small and the master could give personal attention to the boy. But let me illustrate what that means now.” He then told the story of a young engineer who claimed that all he had learned in his first year as an apprentice was “to hold a nut with a spanner while an artisan hit it with a hammer and to run and fetch tools when they were wanted.” He had picked up more by loitering when he was sent on messages and watching what the other men did. Prof Murray asked: “How are we going to fit ourselves for this international competition, turn
ourselves into an adequately trained nation? “We need money which will be hard to get. We need organisation and co-ordination and we need before we start upon the race, a drastic throwing off of unnecessary burdens.” One of those burdens he claimed was the “arbitrary, unscientific and monstrously difficult English spelling.” But by far the greatest burden, was the class system that ensured only around ten per cent of the population was properly educated. “What of the 90 per cent of our fellow countrymen whose education was cut short at the fourteenth birthday? It was cut short generally for the reason that the parents were poor and not in any degree for the really good reason that the children had got as much education as they could carry. Wealthy 10 per cent “With very few exceptions all the great men of intellect who have ennobled our nation in the past were drawn from the wealthy ten percent of the nation who had been born able to give their sons education beyond the age of 14. “Did that mean that no men of genius or exceptional gift were born among the 90 per cent? The notion was perfectly ridiculous. “It means that at a time when power and intellect is absolutely needed for the welfare of the country we are allowing the greater part of our intellectual resource to be undeveloped or utterly thrown away. “Our capable youth is not given a full opportunity of education. In richer classes our incapable youth is given
far more education – in the words of the Prayer book – than it either desired or deserved.” From pupils he turned to teachers and mourned those killed in the trenches who had left gaps in the schoolroom. He added that many brilliant people who at one time would have become teachers were now turning to the more lucrative professions like the civil service or the law. “The work of a schoolmaster seems to have less public honour and makes less appeal to the imagination.” He went on to praise those who were teaching through the Workers’ Education Association, adding “They carry into practice the great principle of the unity of our common calling as teachers, be we men or women, rich or poor, in the university or the elementary school.” Aspiration In conclusion, Prof Murray said: “In the main, as I look forward to the future, I am inclined to fall back on something which through all history has been the last hope, but perhaps also the greatest and most permanent hope of humanity – not the State, not the mob, not the latest success of the market place, not all the blatant and triumphant forces which may seek to dictate our policies and control our national opinion; but that small incorruptible flame of aspiration which burns always in the hearts of some few thousands of men and women..
“I will not pretend that my mind is quite at ease. Wars and revolutions, epochs full of fraud and violence tend generally to throw up into power and prominence not the wisest or best or most scrupulous of men but those who breathe most easily and congenially the atmosphere of each infected times. “It is the lesson of all history from the Peloponnesian war to the French revolution. It shows one of the great dangers ahead of us, our form of disaster which the old kindly common sense of England may still have strength to avert or soften. Future England “But I am convinced also that out of the anguish of the last years, out of the horror of the deeds we have had to do as well as to suffer, out of the spirit of the young men who have died for us, there must emerge, in part at least of the nation, a devotion and high purpose which some will perhaps describe as the spirit of humanity and others as the spirit of Christ. “I trust that amid much defeat and discouragement that purpose will still be able to permeate our public activities; and that we who are left, the women and the older men, will have the strength wholeheartedly and unselfishly to give our work and thought to the preservation and upbuilding of that future England for which better men than we have laid down their lives.”
“But I am convinced also that out of the anguish of the last years, out of the horror of the deeds we have had to do as well as to suffer, out of the spirit of the young men who have died for us, there must emerge in part at least of the nation, a devotion and high purpose which some will perhaps describe as the spirit of humanity and others as the spirit of Christ.”
To improve education we must end class and monstrous spelling
On Saturday night, about 11.40, an outbreak of fire occurred at the Queen Hotel, Windhill, resulting in considerable damage to the kitchen and furniture. The outbreak was discovered by a married woman named Lily Child, of 158 Leeds Road, who knocked at the door and aroused the landlord, Mr George Moore. The Shipley Fire Brigade attended, in charge of Captain Wilks, and shortly after twelve o’clock the fire was extinguished. In the meantime Mrs Moore and the two children had been removed to a neighbour’s house. It is thought that the fire was caused by a spark from the kitchen range igniting some clothes which had been left to dry over the fire-guard. The damage is covered by insurance.
Fire at Queen Hotel
Elderly bowler dies
An old and well respected Shipley resident passed away on Thursday last in the person of Mr Tom Hudson of Birklands Road. The deceased gentleman, who had attained the age of 74 years, was employed for many years at Lower Holme Mills but had been retired for a considerable period. He was an old member of the Shipley Bowling Green Club and the flag at the institution was hoisted half-mast as a mark of respect. Mr Hudson, who was a bachelor, had been in failing health for several months.
Those who look for portents and signs of the times in the sky, writes Mr W Claridge of Idle, will be fully gratified in the course of the coming summer. Coming events sometimes cast their shadows before, a long way in advance and the coming event as regards the celestial phenomena will be a comet. It was observed more than nine months ago at an immense distance from the earth but approaching it at the rate of about a million and a half miles a day or nearly 60,000 miles an hour. It is now about three hundred million miles from earth but it will arrive at the nearest point to the sun about the middle of June next and it is expected to be a striking, naked-eye object. In regard to their physical appearance, comets have a habit of upsetting calculations. Astronomers can predict pretty accurately their movement but what they will exactly look like when they come, no one can pretend definitely to say, but at any rate, it is expected that the comet of the summer of 1917 will stay with us several months – at any rate from the middle of June to the end of August.
Looking forward to 1917 comet
An inquest jury returned a verdict of suicide on Emily Davison of 110 Wharncliffe Drive, Eccleshill. Giving evidence, her husband Rowland Davison said for about three months his wife had been low spirited and depressed on account of ill health. Troubled She was under the impression she would not get better and this troubled her very much. He had gone home from work to his breakfast and found his wife in the bath with the end of a gas pipe in her mouth. The other end was attached to the gas bracket. Artificial respiration was resorted to but without success.
Low-spirited wife killed herself with gas pipe
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