Friday 2 February 1917
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The meeting of Salt’s Hospital Board was again dominated by a discussion of the ‘rum controversy.’ The Board had been widely criticised because it had been reported that the ladies’ committee had tried to ban wounded soldiers from having rum on their Christmas pudding. Some temperance campaigners had praised their action and turned their fire on the matron, Miss Mitchell, who had ignored the ban and bought a bottle of rum and dispensed it. Mrs F F Rhodes told the latest meeting that the whole business had been a mistake and the reports had misconstrued the real situation. She said: “We did not object to the rum at all. We have so many different kinds of people contributing to our funds and we realised that there might be some who would object to the purchase of rum. “It was really out of consideration for those people that we decided not to buy any.” Cllr Learoyd pointed out that the supply of alcohol had been frowned
upon by Sir Titus Salt and his associates who founded the hospital “They would have nothing to do with either rum, beer or anything else of the kind. This attitude continued to be enforced up to the end and the whole of the governing body have since tried to follow that lead,” he said. Wine cellar Mr B Allsop, the chairman of the Board, replied: “I might say that the donor of this hospital, although he did all he could to regulate the control of the liquor traffic in Saltaire and district, had at the hospital a very well stocked wine cellar, which continued to be well stocked for a good many years.
“But of late years we have had no stock whatever, so that shows really that we are on the better side of things in this hospital with respect to the liquor traffic than ever we were in those days.” Medicinal brandy In reply to a question, the chairman added that there had occasionally been a bottle of brandy bought for medicinal purposes and a bottle of rum, which has always “lasted a year, if not longer.” The meeting agreed it was unfortunate that the matron had been criticised and the chairman ended the discussion by saying: “I am only sorry that things have been magnified in the way they have. It is a great misfortune.”
Soldiers are glad of rum in the trenches
Pte Fred Kilshaw, who was formerly in business in Idle as a tailor, included comments about the ‘rum scandal’ in a letter home. “We have rum rations at 6.30 every morning,” he says, “and after having spent the night in the trenches we are in need of it. “I look forward to it and so do the others. You cannot spend a night out without being fearfully cold. You feel as if you want warming up and as the rum just does the trick, we are exceedingly thankful for it.”
Rum controversy was the result of misunderstanding
Mr F C Sewell has completed 25 years’ service as headmaster of the Eccleshill National School, during which time he has only been off duty one day through sickness. An ideal man for his post is how we should describe Mr Sewell and those who know him best will agree that the description is an apt one. He is not one of those dry-as-dust masters who regard their work as drudgery to be got through as soon as possible but is one who puts interest into everything he takes in hand. His aim has always been to give the knowledge imparted an attractive form and that he has not been unsuccessful in that aim will be allowed by all who have had the advantage of his tuition. Inexhaustible sympathy A man with a combination of sound knowledge, endless patience and inexhaustible sympathy, he can always arouse interest in the subject to which he is drawing attention. His ideal is a high one and nobody knows that better than the Rev R B McKee, vicar of the parish. For many years Mr Sewell has been a warden and in that and many other capacities he has rendered yeoman service to the church life of Eccleshill. Mr Sewell was born in Pudsey on 12 November 1866 and in deciding to become a teacher, followed in the footsteps of his great uncle who was headmaster at the Fulneck Boys’ School for 27 years. When he commenced his duties at Eccleshill, the school was receiving the lowest Government grant but Mr Sewell worked with characteristic energy and succeeded  in obtaining the highest award.
25 year’s service to Eccleshill School
At the Saltaire Institute on Tuesday morning, before the deputy district coroner, Mr E W Norris, an inquest was held respecting the death of a boy named Harry Horatio Kitchener Bacon, the eleventh child of Jane Elizabeth Bacon of 31 Constance Street, Saltaire. The child was seven months old and died suddenly on Sunday. A verdict of death from natural causes was returned.
Death of eleventh child
Double motoring fine
At Bradford City Police Court on Tuesday, Sam Granville Cowling of Wrose was fined £3 for having driven a motor cycle at a dangerous speed and £2 for not having given audible warning of his approach. It transpired that driving down Sunbridge Road, he knocked down a woman crossing the road.
The District Council have decided to purchase a motor car which can be used for both passengers and commercial purposes. It is to have a detachable body and lorry body with the necessary equipment.
Utility vehicle for council
Hunt cut programme and cancel puppy walk
Airedale Beagles will cease hunting this season at the end of February – a month earlier than usual. As was the case last summer, the hounds will not be kept in the hunt kennels during the off-season but will,  on the score of economy, be put out with members of the hunt to be kept until next season. No puppies are to be bred and therefore, the always popular puppy walk will not be  held this year
At the Bradford City Police Court on Tuesday, Jesse Baxter, the landlord of the Alexander Hotel, Idle, was fined £3 for permitting drunkenness on his licensed premises.
Idle landlord fined
SALTAIRE INSTITUTE SOCIETY  WEDNESDAY NEXT FEBRUARY 7TH  Prof W Bateson, M.A., F.R.S (Past President of the Salt Schools Shipley will Lecture on Heredity ILLUSTRATED BY LANTERN SLIDES  DOORS OPEN 7.30 LECTURE COMMENCES AT 8  ADMISSION: 2s 6d, 1s 6d Children Half-price
NOTICE TILLOTSON (late Parker), 8 Manor Lane, Shipley. Stockings knitted and re-footed
On a day at the end of November over a hundred fish were seen in the River Aire at Shipley. That might come as a surprise to many readers who may have had good cause to observe the none too delightful condition of the river hereabouts at different times. Yet in a case that was before the Otley Court, one fisherman said he had seen about 30 and another over 100. It is true that these were only what are technically known as the ‘course’ variety – roach, chub, minnow and gudgeon – but they were fish ‘within the meaning of the act.’ Juicy steak As such they make one wonder whether, under the careful protection and watchful eye of the Yorkshire Fishery Board, the Aire at Shipley may ever become an anglers’ paradise and whether in the days of our grandchildren, it will no longer be necessary to send to Grimsby for a nice juicy steak of fish but that all one need to do is to cast a net into the stream and take the haul home for breakfast. If this is really the case, then one may reasonably hold out hope for the Bradford Beck, that lovely and pellucid stream which is notorious in a much wider area than the valley it washes – or should we say, pollutes? When fishermen are seen lining the banks of the Bradford Beck the millennium will have arrived!
Encouraging signs of fish flourishing in Aire
The first appeal before the Shipley Military Tribunal was an application made by R Foster for a boat captain called Francis Foster, and it again revealed something of the life and reputation of boatmen. Francis Foster was away on a voyage but the military representative on the Tribunal, Mr J Burton, wanted convincing he was what he appeared to be. Mr Burton: “What I want to assure myself of is the time the man is putting in at this work. Is he really in charge of the boat? Mr Foster: “Yes, he has been in charge ever since he was 15 years of age.” Mr Burton: “You would call him a captain then?” Captain and the rest Mr Foster: “Yes a captain and all the rest put together.” (laughter) Mr Burton: “You might almost call him an admiral. (laughter). Does he keep good time? Mr Foster: “Yes, he keeps too good time.”
Mr Burton: “Will you tell the tribunal what you mean by ‘too good time’?” Mr Foster: “Well, it’s this ‘ere way. I have to woken him up at 2 o’clock he sud nobbud start at 6.” (laughter) Double time Mr Burton: “He is practically doing double time, then?” Mr Foster: “He is working double time and at Sundays an’ all. If I could get him to work longer hours than at present I sud mak’ him, and I sud kill him in another six months.” (laughter). Mr Burton: “But you must not do that, you must let him live. It would be better for him to go and fight the Germans than remain at home and killed by working too hard on a canal barge.” (laughter) Cllr Learoyd took up the questioning: “Is he your son?” Mr Foster: “Yes and I hev one at t’front already. I often tell this one that if doesn’t dew as he ought to dew he’ll hev to go an’ swop places wi’ him at t’front a bit.” (laughter)
Cllr Learoyd: “Is it not possible to ‘swop’ somebody in place of your son? He must be a really fine chap to be doing all this work.” Mr Foster: “I’m not varry particular. If ye can get me somebody who’ll dew t’wark mi son does, I’ll let him go.” Cllr Learoyd: “Well I suggest that the tribunal should try and do that.” Good turn Mr Foster: “There’s plent of men ‘out theer’ who hev done us a good turn and who could dew us a good turn here. I don’t say mind ye, they could dew as mich as this lad is dewing nah.” Cllr Learoyd: “You would be satisfied to get a substitute?” Mr Foster: “I should.” Cllr Learoyd: “That is what I call speaking like an Englishman and I appreciate it.” The tribunal granted postponement until March and meanwhile put the man’s name on the substitution list.
Substitute must be able to do as much as overworked son
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