Mr Luther Clough, chief assistant in the Collector’s Office at Somerset House, left the service of the District Council on Thursday last to take up duties with the Royal Naval Reserve. He has been given the position of First Petty Officer and is at present stationed in Scotland.The whole of the original staff in the collector’s department, with the exception of the chief, have joined His Majesty’s Forces.
An inquest was held at Shipley Fire Station on Monday into the death of Irene Armstead, the infant daughter of Pte Herbert Armstead of 17 Park Road, Windhill, who was found dead in bed with her mother on Friday morning.The mother stated that when she awoke the child was lying in her arm. The bed clothes were quite clear of the child’s head..Dr Mosley, who had made a post mortem examination of the body, said there were no signs of disease.AsphyxiationIn a child that age, viz three months, it was quite possible that death was due to asphyxiation as a result of overlaying although the symptoms were not visible.
The jury found that the deceased had been ‘accidentally suffocated’ and the foreman of the jury drew attention to the danger of young children sleeping with their mothers.Dr Mosley said: “I think it is a great mistake. A child is much warmer in its own cot.”The coroner remarked that several similar cases were being heard just now. It was very desirable that children should sleep in cots.“Some people tell me,” he said, “that they can’t afford cots or blankets for
cots, but a cot can be made out of any box.”Dr Mosley remarked that quite effective cots could be made out of banana cases.The Shipley Times & Express also published an editorial comment piece on the case.It takes much to convince the general public that a child is safer and more comfortable in a cot by itself than in bed with its parents but the sooner they are convinced the better.The fact was referred to at a Shipley inquest on Monday and we desire to emphasise it.Loss to the nationThe coroner referred to the serious loss to the nation of so many young lives as the result of the practice of allowing babies to sleep with their mothers.In this, as in many other matters, evil is wrought by want of thought – or is it want of enlightenment? – and not through want of heart.Poverty cannot be brought forward as an excuse for, as was pointed out at the inquest, a baby’s cot can be made from material costing only a few coppers, even in war time.
Tragic reminder of the need for baby’s cot
On Saturday evening, about half-past ten, a serious accident occurred to Mrs Sam Robinson of 97 Chapel Street, Eccleshill.She had occasion to go on to the landing in front of her home to see if her son was coming home by the tram which passes close to her house, and on leaning over the low railings to obtain a better view, her feet shot from under her with the slippery nature of the flags, and she landed on her head on the pavement below.She received a very severe scalp wound and suffered from severe shock.Three hoursOn being discovered by her husband, she was taken in home.Sgt Harry Crapp of the Congregational Ambulance Brigade was sent for and immediately responded to the call of distress and rendered the necessary aid until medical assistance could be obtained, staging with the unfortunate woman about three hours.Under pressure from the police authorities, a doctor was secured and the woman’s injuries attended to. Though still in a weak state, Mrs Robinson is making steady progress.
Mother’s nasty fall looking for son
On Tuesday night Mr W Claridge of Thackley gave an address at the Idle Men’s and Women’s Guild at the Co-operative Society on “The rising price of food.”According to the Board of Trade’s investigations, said Mr Claridge, each working-class home in 1904 spent on an average 22s 6d on food per week.Comparing the prices with various periods, the following facts were stated: The same food in 1894 would have cost 20s 9d, in 1914 25s 8d, in July 1915 over 33s, in July 1916 not less than 40s, and probably at the present time not less than 44s.So, supposing this basis was correct, the expenditure on food stuffs per family had doubled since 1904.Poor harder hitThe cost of living, however, included other things besides food, such as house rent, clothing, tram fares, amusements, subscriptions, tobacco, drink etc., and the better off a working man was the larger these items appeared in his accounts.Many of these items had not risen in price and others had risen less than food so that it might be fairly estimated that there had been an average rise throughout of something like 50 per cent at least.Unfortunately, the poorer a family was, the greater was the proportion of income that must be devoted to food and therefore the poor were harder hit than those who could afford money to spend on amusements and luxuries.On the face of it, it would look as though very great hardship would arise owing to this increase in price but there were facts to be considered on the other side.
Price rises set to cause hardship
The Rev H M Nield delivered a lecture to a large audience at the Windhill Wesleyan Mission on Saturday night under the title of “Deutschland uber Alles: or the Rise and Fall of the German Empire.” The Rev J W Matthewman, the resident minister, was in the chairMr Nield described a tour he made through Germany before the war and with the aid of lantern slides, conveyed a clear impression of the country and its people. He traced Prussianism back through Bismarck to Frederick the Great.Mr Nield said that throughout his tour he was treated with the greatest kindness and the conviction on his mind was that when all the smoke had cleared away, it would be seen that this was more a war of Junkers and the military caste than of the German people as a whole (applause).As a whole the Germans were a peace-loving people but rather than let them be masters in their own house, the Junkers rushed them into war.
It had been suggested that we were trying to wipe Germany off the map. That was all rubbish. A nation of sixty-nine millions could not be wiped out.No, the truth was we were reaching out in mercy to Germany, to chastise from her veins this obsession of Prussian – this spirit of Deutschland uber Alles.Refined and pardonedAs had been the case in all ages, the stars in their courses seemed to be fighting against all attempts to establish military domination in the earth. Where Alexander and Napoleon had failed, the Kaiser could not succeed. He prayed God that Germany might soon come to her senses, cast away the evil of militarism and ultimately, refined and pardoned, take her place in the country of nations.“Lord, make the nations see that men may be brothers and form one family, the wide world o’er.”
Most Germans are a peace-loving people
The vicar of Shipley, Rev B Herklots, began working half-time on munitions last week, and each working day the rev gentleman can now be seen trudging along with the workers early in the morning with the patriotic purpose of fighting the Huns at long range.There is ample evidence that if Mr Herklots had been well within military age he would have wanted to be in the war zone.What a difference between a patriotic vicar and a ‘conscientious objector’ or perhaps it would be more correct to style that class of Englishman as an unconscientious dodger.
Vicar’s commitment in stark contrast to conscientious objectors
Going strong at 80
It is not many who can be said to be in active employment at the ripe old age of 80. Such, however, is the case with “Jim” Grimshaw who attains that age today and is daily following his usual work at Pearson and Foster’s Mill, Ashfield, Idle.Mr Grimshaw comes of a long-lived race, his grandmother living until she was 96. She was born and died at Calverley, where most local Grimshaws originated.
An effort is being made to recognise a plucky act by Cllr Percy L Carroll, the well-known auctioneer and a special constable at Baildon, in stopping a runaway horse in Cheapside, Bradford, last week.The horse, attached to a waggon, was startled by a passing motor vehicle and bolted at full speed down this busy thoroughfare.Cllr Carroll sprang at the horse, seized the reins and was dragged a considerable distance but succeeded in bringing the runaway horse to a standstill.Apart from a slight bruising and shaking, Cllr Carroll was no worse for his experience.
Brave, quick-thinking councillor to the rescue
New pianist makes the Pavilion de Luxe the cinema to visit
Music critic, Musama, declared that musical fare at the Pavilion de Luxe has surely reached the high-water mark under Mr Parker, a newly acquired pianist of very considerable ability and fame.His is pleasurable playing and he would appear to have gone far towards perfecting the true type of cinema music.His execution is clean, crisp and erudite and as an extempore player he is unrivalled for an astonishing fecundity and sparkle.SonorousA feature of special note is the very frequent and effective modulations and his expert use of the most sonorous keys.I was altogether charmed with the ‘Caro Nome’ from Rigoletto, also what one does not always get at such places, an adequately expressioned and harmonised rendering of the ‘Rosary’ song.Mr Parker is supreme in his sphere by reason of his own musicianly ability and an unrivalled experience. Patrons of the de Luxe will indeed find double pleasure from seeing and hearing.
Slack time in court
There was only one case at Bradford West Riding Police Court, a lad placed on probation for six months for stealing a bicycle.A Shipley case in which a teamer, living in Wycliffe Road, was charged with failing to maintain his wife, was withdrawn because it was stated that the amount owing had been paid.