Friday 23 November 1917
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Should women smoke?
‘Isabel’ of the Bradford Daily Telegraph has secured the opinions of a number of prominent men on the subject of should women smoke? The first answer with which she furnishes us is that Dr Guy Warman, vicar of Bradford, who will no doubt shock most people by declaring: “If they really enjoy it by all means let them do it.” Lots of people get drunk because, as he himself said at Shipley recently, they like it but he did not give that as a sufficient reason they should drink. If, as is admitted even by the most inveterate of smokers, smoking is an evil or a bad habit, the same argument should apply to smoking. Loss of mental energy On the authority of many eminent medical men “smoking leads (as Dr Rabagliati says in his reply) to loss of power, loss of mental energy and altogether encourages those qualities which women are better without.” Although, like Cllr Lyles of Eccleshill, most of us should be inclined to leave the question for the women themselves to decide, there will be exceedingly few whose feelings are not expressed in the words of Mr Ogden Whiteley of Idle, our City Treasurer: “Frankly – maybe from an old-time sentiment – I cannot feel that I should regard with pleasure the prospect of my own wife or sister behind a cigarette.”
This piece appeared on the editorial pages with a large advertisement elsewhere in the paper. This old favourite of the Christmas annuals, now in its 27th year, has never presented a more attractive feast of seasonable literature and art than in this number. While happily breathing the good old English spirit, it also introduces, with enhancing effect, a touch of present-day atmosphere that will be much enjoyed. Its pictures are a great feature – “Things of beauty” every one – including three fine presentation plates in colours, of a good size, suitable for framing, reproducing a famous Lady Hamilton painting by Romney, a charming study of contrasted animal and human beauty by Margaret Collyer (a mezzogravure) and a humorous  character subject by A W Holden. There is also a superb four-page supplement in colours illustrating old Christmas Days, contributed by John Hassall, R.I., Joseph Simpson R.B.A., Lionel Edwards, R.I. and Harry Rountree.
The cover, too, is artistically notable for its fine coloured picture – ‘Home Once More’ by Joseph Simpson R.B.A. The literary contents comprise a rich collection of stories and poems, illustrated in tints, by well-known authors and artists. There is a West Indian tale by Eden Phillpots, a naval story by ‘Taffrail,’ a humorous Irish sketch by G A Birmingham, a present-day Christmas narrative by Mark Allerton, a cheery Christmas tale of rural life by J E Buckrose, and special Christmas poems by James Burnley. All the stores are powerfully illustrated, the artists including Arthur Garratt, Charles Pears, H M Brock, R.I., Septimus E Scott and Lewis Baumer. It is astonishing how in these days such an all-embracing collection of Christmas attractions can be put forth at the popular price of one shilling. It is bright from beginning to end and thoroughly representative of the best attainments of the time in the large and varied field that it covers.
Old Christmas favourite is better than ever
Cllr C E Learoyd, a member of Shipley Military Tribunal, addressed a potentially hostile meeting of the Shipley Business Men’s Protection Society. The Society had objections to the tribunals because it felt they didn’t take into account the importance some men had to a business and still insisted they joined the military. In a long speech at the Musical Union Rooms, Cllr Learoyd gave a brief history of why and how they tribunals came into being and then turned to the Shipley Tribunal. It is not my wish to institute comparisons between the Shipley Tribunal and others but I must tell you that by very many people – solicitors, military representatives and those who have appeared before several tribunals – we are considered to be a model tribunal. Mr J A Burton (pictured), the gentleman who has during the whole of our sittings acted in the capacity of military representative is, in my judgement, as near perfection as can be hoped, having regard to the claims of his duty. He is capable, efficient and extremely painstaking. He tries to get satisfied as to all the circumstances of each case where the appellant seems, from lack of education or from nervousness, to be at a disadvantage. He is helpful oftentimes in drawing out details which assist the tribunal to give a sound decision and altogether in discharging the onerous duties of his position, his attitude is correct and commendable.
My colleagues, differing as they do very widely in their opinions and in their outlooks, seem to me to be guided by an intense desire to do rightly and justly in each case. Shortcomings Of course, no one can possibly be more aware of the shortcomings of the system than we are, the members of the tribunal, and I can assure you that I have lost many precious hours of sleep in cogitating and wondering as to whether or not we ought to do this, that or the other, and afterwards as to whether or not we had done right in many a case. You will perhaps ask for evidence justifying the statement as to our tribunal being a model one. Well, in the first place, all meetings are held in the evenings. This prevents work having to be broken and is much more convenient for all persons in business or in industry. All cases are taken in public except where a desire is expressed for it to be in private. Appellants are not summoned in batches, so many every hour, and left to wait in an uninteresting corridor until fetched by a policeman from thirty to ninety minutes after the hour for which they were called. Each case is notified for a time worked out in three-minute intervals and although this does not always work out, yet it saves a lot of waiting. Every applicant is allowed plenty of time to state the case and if the
tribunal decides in favour of exemption the decision is quickly given and if it seems difficult to grant exemption, the opportunity to produce facts is extended. Many and many a time in my experience an appellant has after much laboured statements, produced on vital fact that would have been sufficient in itself to secure an exemption, whereas if the statement had been peremptorily cut short, refusal would have followed. The last but by far the most important feature is that we give decisions in all cases there and then in the presence of the parties and before passing on to consider the next case. I think this is most important. Why should an appellant be kept in suspense for two or three days or even until the next day? Any of you would prefer to know your position forthwith.
Councillor defends Shipley Military Tribunal
Mr Edgar Wood, coroner, has held an inquest concerning the death of Amy Timbrell, aged 12, of Lindon Bungalow, Gilstead. She was in the habit of going to the Bingley Training College every Thursday and on Thursday last she was found dead at the bottom of one of the staircases. It was suggested that the girl had been sliding down the banister. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death and recommended that studs should be placed on the banisters to prevent sliding.
Girl found dead at bottom of the stairs
Early on Monday morning an accident occurred at Westfield Works, Wrose Hill, the premises of the Shipley Grease and Fertiliser Company, to John William Lee, 42, of 4 Bright Street, Bradford Road Idle. His left leg was caught in a cutting machine and it was badly crushed and broken between the knee and ankle. The man was conveyed to the Bradford Royal Infirmary and detained.
Man’s leg crushed
Pit roof fall kills miner
Whilst following his employment in a pit at Tong yesterday morning, Thomas Henry Preece, miner aged 45 years, of 7 Rawson Square, Idle, was killed through the falling of a roof. He leaves a widow and three sons.
At Otley Police Court on Friday, Joseph North and Jowett Cowgill, carters of Bradford, were summoned for having no control over their horses at Baildon on 25th October and were each fined six shillings.
No control of horses
Railwayman preacher
Special interest is attached to the services to be held at Windhill Wesleyan Mission on Sunday morning and evening. Mr Fred James, Victoria Stationmaster, Manchester will be the speaker. Mr James is one of the busiest railwaymen in the North of England. He is also a popular preacher and in great request. To railwaymen, railway passengers and the general public alike, his addresses are sure to be well worth hearing. At 3 pm, Mr James will preach on “Watchwords” and in the evening his address will be based on the words “A straight furrow.” Master Jack Craven, the well-known Windhill vocalist, will sing afternoon and evening.
Handy household tips
Pampas grass is by many people thrown away when dirty for they do not know that it can easily be cleaned at home. The way is to make a lather with tepid water and soap and shake the grass about in it, smoothing it through the fingers until the dirt is removed. Then rinse it in clean water to which a little blue has been added and shake it well before a fire until it is quite dry. Candle Never trouble to shave down the end of a too-thick candle for there is a better and quicker plan. Get a little hot water and in it hold the end of the candle till the wax softens; then press it into the candlestick – it will fit firmly directly.
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