Friday 30 November 1917
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According to the minutes of Shipley Council’s Baths and Fire Brigade Committee, the chairman reported that the committee had held a special meeting at the Baths to enquire into the report of dirty water in the swimming bath. They found that the complaints were justified and had ordered an analysis of the water and special enquiries to be made in regard to the water as it left the reservoirs at Baildon Bank. Satisfactory The report of the analyst – Mr Slatter – was now submitted and showed that some of the samples of water contained peaty matter but there was nothing of an injurious character in the water.
The Surveyor reported that the water which was now being supplied to the swimming baths was quite satisfactory. It appeared that the improvement had been brought about by an alteration in the system of discharging the water from reservoir. Allowed to settle Previously the practice had been to send the water direct to the town as it came from the supply conduits but now the water was sent down after it had been allowed to settle in the reservoir for seven days. The committee expressed their satisfaction with the result of the investigations and in their opinion there would be no ground for complaint in the future.
“Some of the samples of water contained peaty matter but there was nothing of an injurious character in the water”
Peaty swimming bath water resolved
Mr P Harrison, aged 29, B3, single, a foreign representative of Gresham, Blundell and Co Ltd, stuff merchants of 38 Chapel Street, Bradford, appeared before the Shipley Military Tribunal. He said he had presented himself for the navy and also for the army and had been refused. Later he was again rejected at Halifax. He was in Scandinavia at the time of attestation and could not attest. He was on the firm’s Bulk List in Bradford and was conceded in favour of one of the partners of the firm. When he became liable for service a business appeal was too late and he had to rely on personal grounds. Scandinavian connection He had been in the firm’s employ since 1911 and had travelled the whole of Europe and spoke about six languages. The Scandinavian connection was the result of his efforts, the firm having no markets there when he was engaged. He had an expert knowledge of Bradford woollens and of the Continental markets. He had been certified by a private practitioner in May last year as medically unfit. The Military Representative said: “The army would not ask a B3 man for active military service but a man who can speak six languages would be valuable to the army. He would be earmarked for special duties.” It was suggested by the appellant’s solicitor that he was essential to the Bradford trade. The Scandinavian connection was of a personal nature. The appeal was refused, appellant, when called upon, to be ear-marked as interpreter and clerk.
Multi-linguist too valuable to avoid conscription even if B3
Idle miner’s inquest
Today the Bradford City Coroner held an inquest in reference to the death of Thomas Henry Preece, 45, of 7 Rawson Square, Idle, who was killed by a fall of stone at the Charles Pit, Tong, on the 22nd November. The evidence showed that whilst the deceased was filling a corve with dirt in the haulage road of the pit, a stone weighting five cwts fell on him, causing a fracture of the right thigh and spinal cord. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
Next day Scotland post delivery with new service
Owing to train alterations, letters etc for Scotland have suffered delay during the past two or three months. In consequence an additional mail has been established in order that letters etc for Glasgow, West Coast of Scotland, Cumberland and Westmoreland may be delivered the following morning. 7 p.m. All letters for these parts posted at Head Office up to 7 p.m. and in the pillar and wall letter-boxes throughout the district to about 5 p.m will be included in this despatch on and from Monday next, 3rd of December.
The funeral of the late Mr Charles Hawkswell of Bank House, Baildon Green, who had for many years been secretary and cashier of Sir Titus Salt Sons & Co Ltd, took place at Nab Wood Cemetery on Friday. There were many indications of the great respect for Mr Briggs in his lifetime and of sympathy for his bereaved relatives. A choral funeral service was held at the Saltaire Congregational Church, the choir being present. The last remains of the late Mr Charles E Fletcher of Argyll Villa, Scarborough and previously of Ashfield House, Idle, were laid to rest in the family vault at the Idle Parish Church burial ground on Saturday and there was a large attendance of relatives and friends The deceased was a generous supporter of the church of which for some time he served as warden, whilst in politics he was a staunch Conservative and was a member of the old District Council.
Funerals of two notable men in their communities
Man who established League on apex of fame re-elected for tenth time
The re-election of Mr J J Booth of Idle, as president of the Bradford Cricket League for the tenth consecutive time is no slight honour. Mr Booth has been the chief agent in lifting the League from a position of practical obscurity to one of national, one may truly say international, eminence. In saying this we do not forget other factors which have had their due place and influence but it can be said without fear of contradiction that if the League had not been developed, it would have been impossible for clubs to have launched out in the direction made possible by the spade work of Mr Booth. Powers of oratory It must further be remembered that all Mr Booth’s powers of oratory and argument were required to convince the League committee of the wisdom of ‘carrying on’ during war time. There was much shaking of heads when Mr Booth led the League forward against the ‘unequivocal dictum’ of Lord Hawke. Mr Booth carried the League with him and the cricketing public rallied round him. This successful move on Mr Booth’s part has proved his sagacity and foresight. It has also provided the opportunity, which the League has seized upon, for establishing the Bradford Cricket League on the apex of fame.
Proud of record
The ambulance men of Eccleshill who assisted the convoy of wounded soldiers which arrived in Bradford on Friday night, established a record of which they are very proud. The unloading of 100 cot cases and 23 walkers was done in 10 minutes. There were 21 Eccleshill men assisting.
A number of Shipley residents were summoned at the West Riding Police Court on Monday in respect to overdue rates and water rents. Several of the defaulters had paid before the time fixed for the hearing of the cases and after evidence had been given by Mr Albert Smith, chief collector, the magistrates issued orders and warrants in the remaining cases for payments of the amounts forthwith.
Overdue rates
The Meat Inspector, Mr S Bradley, reported that during the four weeks ended 17th November, 745 carcases had been examined at the slaughterhouse, 741 of which were found to be perfectly sound.. Two whole carcases and the affected parts of two carcasses were destroyed at the Destructor Works.
Meat inspection
The Baildon Orchestral Band visited St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford, on Thursday evening and gave an excellent programme of choice selections to a large and appreciative audience of wounded hero inmates. Mr and Mrs Lodge gave vocal items and Mrs Carpenter was the accompanist whilst Mr Albert Carpenter conducted the instrumentalists.
Wounded entertained
The annual tea and concert in connection with the Bolton Woods Wesleyan Band of Hope took place on Saturday. There was an attendance of over 200. The concert in the evening was an excellent one. The principal vocalists were Miss Shepherd, Mrs Davey, Miss M Davey and Miss P Barber. A children’s choir, conducted by Miss Whitley, gave a short cantata, action songs etc. Miss F Shires, Miss M Wigglesworth and Miss Marjory Taylor gave recitations and Mr J Thresfield concertina solos. Mrs Walker was the accompanist.
Band of Hope
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