Friday 2 February 1917
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Mr Harold Barnes, who has charge of the Information Bureau which has been opened at Shipley in connection with the War Loan, received his training in the accountant’s office of the Shipley Council under Mr J W Todd. Mr Barnes, who followed Mr Carlisle, has fully justified the confidence placed in him by the council in making him head of the department. Ratepayers who are familiar with the Abstract of Accounts will recognised the importance of having a man of undoubted ability like Mr Barnes in charge of this work. Notwithstanding the additional work devolving upon him in consequence of the war, Mr Barnes has taken charge of the Information Bureau. He is familiar with all the details of the loan and will be only too pleased to furnish whatever particulars are required by prospective investors in the latest Government Loan.
Accountant takes on Bureau task
Rev John Matthewman from Wesleyan Mission, Windhill, launched a stinging attack on the government for failing to control the drinks industry. Speaking at a meeting of the Rosse Street Brotherhood, he said he spoke as a patriot and offered no apology for talking about drink. “The drink question stares us in the face and makes all the serious things our statesmen say appear like mockery. “What is the use of attending the war savings’ meeting tomorrow night and advertising war savings when the nation is wasting £182m a year on liquor?” Inspiration He told his audience that men, women and young people were presented with temptation all the time and added, “Every morning I open my paper and drink stares me in the face.” He went on: “People abroad are looking to Great Britain for support and inspiration. Great Britain is the rock on which the hopes of the Allies are built. “But one cannot help thinking how much more true would be the trust and how much more thoroughly Britain could fulfil the role if only she
would deliver herself from that which holds her by the throat. “We are asked to save and yet the Government inspires the nation to fling away money on drink. This waste lessens Britain’s chances of winning.” Greater enemy  He claimed that the drink industry had far too much influence over the press and even the House of Commons, adding “King George has declared that drink is a greater enemy than either Germany or Austria. There is more to be feared from drink than the German submarine menace. “When Lloyd George entered upon the warpath, the King came to his side. The King banished intoxicants from all the palaces except Westminster. “The latter, as it were, laughed at the King and made a face at him. Drink won and shook its fist, figuratively speaking, in the face of the great British House of Commons and the law had been going wrong ever since.”
“Drink is a fool’s game in peace but in war, it is a traitor’s game. The devil has got his hands on the throat of the nation and unless the nation is released in this critical hour, it will be strangled. “It is not seemly that a nation should drink while its sons are dying. It is not worthwhile that one half should play the fool while the other battles at death grips with the common foe. “The King gave the right lead but he was betrayed by the House of Commons.” All Fools Day In conclusion, Rev Matthewman said: “Arrangements have been made for the reduction in the sale of intoxicants to take effect on April 1st – a significant date. “The Government still propose to go on committing suicide at full speed ahead until April 1st (All Fools Day) and to go on committing suicide at a reduced speed of 70 per cent. “That is the kind of Government we have at the present time and that is the sort of nation we are.”
“It is not seemly that a nation should drink while its sons are dying. It is not worthwhile that one half should play the fool while the other battles at death grips with the common foe.”
Drink presents a greater threat than Germany
Council chairman, Cllr Thomas Hill, set Shipley an ambitious target to reach in taking up War Loans and warned there was not much time because the loan scheme closed on 16 February. “We have already made a start by opening an Information bureau at the Council Offices,” he told a meeting held to discuss how Shipley and district should respond to the appeal. Some plans were already in place. The National Committee had supplied them with a good deal of suitable literature but it had been decided to supplement these by the distribution of a special bill for local propaganda purposes. Clock arrangement They were also going to fix up a clock arrangement in various parts of the town to show how the Loan was progressing in Shipley and district. And the managers of the local cinemas have promised to exhibit slides about the loan. Cllr Hill went on: “It was originally intended to ask residents of the town to subscribe £150,000 to the Loan but now it had been decided to start off with an appeal for £250,000.
“I see no reason why Shipley should not raise that amount. “It will mean a lot of hard work for a few days. Canvassers, however, will have the advantage of being able to point out to people they were not asked to give anything away. It is merely a loan which will bring them a good return.” In a separate piece columnist Scrutator voiced some criticism about how the government had gone about selling the idea of the War Loan. “To the average Londoner,” he wrote, “London is England. That is a mistake which has been made in the advertisements of the Victory War Loan. “All the advertising has been done in the big daily papers. The provincial weeklies, the family newspapers of the country, have been ignored. “One would have thought that when the government wanted the shillings
and pounds of the working man and woman, they would have used those papers which constitute part of the home life of the country and that the wording of the appeal would have been plain and simple in character, forceful in language, yet language capable of being easily understood by Dick, Tom and Harry, and language which emphasised the pertinent and salient features of the Loan. “That has not been done.” Scrape and scrape He continued: “Many of us have willingly and cheerfully given Old England of our dearest and best during the last two and a half years. The time has come now when the stay-at-homes should add their little bit to that which our brave lads have done and are doing in the trenches and on the seas. “The new Minister of Education said if we had any belief in the cause for which thousands of our fellow countrymen have made the supreme sacrifice we should all ‘scrape, and scrape, and scrape’ to put all we possibly can into this great Victory War Loan. “This loan which is to ring the death knell of the militarism of Prussia. “This loan which is to avenge the rapes, the arsons and the murders of Belgium. Place in the sun “This loan which is to give to all nations a place in the sun and allow their sons and daughters to feed their flocks and herds and follow the business of life in peace, contentment and safety. “We have given our flesh and blood to this great cause. Shall we keep back that which is to give life and sustenance to our army and navy to finish quickly and triumphantly the takes they have in hand? “No! A thousand times No!”
Shipley set an ambitious War Loan target
Dialect columnist ‘Owd Abe’ was suffering from the winter blues: “To walk abart t’streets this winter weather, especially afooar dayleet i’ t’mornin’ an’ after dark at neet, it’s eniff to give yo t’jim-jams. “They lewk miserable. They slip abart mooar like ghooasts new hewman bein’s. “Goin’ to their warrk an’ commin away throo it, all i’ t’dark, they jog on, whisperin’ ther bits o’ tales together, an’ it’d tak a man wi’ a good strong mind ivver to think what it’s like i’ t’middle o’ summer when yo’d freely give tuppence for a shadey tree or a glass o’ lemonade wi’ a small piece o’ ice in it up Shipla Glen.”
Dreaming of Shipley Glen in the summer
Shipley Food Production Committee had inspected various pieces of unoccupied land with a view to use it for growing food. It had agreed to undertake the cultivation of about six acres of land at Hirst Wood, three and a half acres at Dockfield, five acres at Wrose Hill and about four acres on the Redburn Estate The committee had received eight allotments and were going to allocate one allotment at Dockfield and then plough the other land before deciding if it could be used as allotments. Potatoes Generally the committee were in favour of growing potatoes, wheat and oats. They had purchased four tons of seed potatoes and had authorised the purchase of another ton. In another bid to increase local food production, inquiries were being made into the possibility of obtaining land near schools so the children could grow potatoes. Meanwhile the Military Depot at Malton had requested that schoolchildren should help making sacks to be used as sand bags. Shipley Education Committee told head teachers that the request could be complied with so long as the ordinary school work was not interfered with and suggested the sack making could take place out of school hours.
Land and schools used to increase production
The week before the newspaper ran a story about a crisis in healthcare in Baildon but this week they had better news. “The representatives of the District Insurance Committee, the medical men, together with the doctor and chemist who precipitated the deadlock, met a deputation from the County Insurance Committee a few days ago in Shipley and after a full discussion of the whole of the circumstances agreed on an arrangement.”
Baildon medical crisis resolved after meeting
The watch offered under novel conditions in a prize-drawing organised by a few employees at the Canal Ironworks, has not yet been claimed by the winner. The winner is the person who possesses the ticket marked 7 hours 30 minutes, when the watch stopped. If the watch is not claimed by Feb 17th it will be disposed of by the promoters and the amount raised added to the fund for the benefit of their sick workmate.
Prize watch unclaimed
“The time has come now when the stay-at-homes should add their little bit to that which our brave lads have done and are doing in the trenches and on the seas.”