Friday 16 March 1917
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We reproduce a photograph of Miss A Lister as she appears when carrying out the duties of electric crane operator in a local munition works. The crane, it may be added, lifts five tons. Miss Lister resides at 52 Charnwood Road, Undercliffe, and formerly lived at Shipley. The photograph was taken by Mr A Dobson, photographer, of 28 Saltaire Road, Shipley.
Ready to operate crane
At the meeting of the Shipley Trades and Labour Council on Tuesday evening, the question of the fair distribution of sugar was brought forward by Mr S Moss, who said he took exception to consumers being compelled to purchase articles up to a certain value to obtain a limited quantity of sugar. A costermonger, he said, was fined 10s at Bow on the 7th for attempting to compel people to purchase other goods before they could obtain potatoes. If it was wrong for a costermonger to do that, it was equally wrong in his opinion for grocers to make customers purchase other articles to a certain amount before they could get sugar. By the hundredweight Mr F Holmes, president of the Windhill Co-operative Society, said that the sugar question was a real trouble and not an imaginary one. It was not possible for any family to purchase a large amount of sugar when the traders themselves were only allowed to obtain a limited quantity. We had all got to do with less sugar. The Co-op would sell sugar by the hundredweight if they could get the supply to sell. It was perhaps a mistake on the part of the Government that they did not regulate the quantity of sugar per head of the population so that everybody would be made alike. In the absence of the Government stepping in to do that, it was left to the trader to do it for his customers. If anyone knew of a solution, the public would be only too glad to have it put into operation.
Government must act on sugar crisis
Unmistakable proof of the great shortage of working-class dwellings in the Shipley district came to light at the Bradford West Riding Police Court on Thursday last during the hearing of a batch of ejectment cases from the ‘model village’ of Saltaire. Most of the tenants had scoured the district for weeks but without success. When war broke out the District Council had prepared a scheme for the erection of about three hundred houses of the kind for which there is now a crying need and if the scheme had not been stopped by the Local Government Board, those dwellings would have been ready for occupation before now. The Local Government Board were quite satisfied of the need but they considered that it ought not be met until after the war. In other districts where munition work is carried on, the
local governing bodies have been permitted to erect houses and so pronounced is the shortage in Shipley of houses at a rent suitable for the workers that the authorities in London would have been quite justified in allowing the Council to carry out their project. Almshouses It was stated by the learned counsel for the application that if an offer made by the owner to the Shipley Council to take over almshouses had been accepted the congestion would have been avoided. But if the almshouses had been transferred to the Saltaire firm, the District Council would have had to seek powers to eject the tenants and matters would not have been improved so far as the whole district is concerned. The only remedy for the shortage of houses is to be found in the erection of new ones.
Saltaire evictions case highlights shortage of houses
Two-year-old Horace dies after catching measles
At the Fire Station on Tuesday morning Mr E W Norris, deputy district coroner, and a jury enquired into the circumstances attending the death of a child named Horace Wade, aged 2 years, the son of David Wade, a soldier whose home is at 22 New York, Shipley. Four other children Charlotte Wade, the mother of the child, said that she had four other children, three of whom had recently suffered from measles and been attended to by Dr Emerson. The child which had died had started with the measles a day or two after the doctor had ceased going to the house. The child went to bed at the usual time on Friday night and slept until four on the following morning. When
she went to fetch the boy downstairs at about 9.30, he was dead. She intended sending for a doctor if the child was no better. She had called a doctor to the other children because she had never seen measles before. Dr John Emerson of Shipley said that he had attended the other children for measles. Coroner: ‘Your opinion is that the child died from pneumonia?’ Dr Emerson: ‘Yes, following measles. There is also evidence that the child had suffered from convulsions probably brought on by the high temperature.’
The witness added that he had never known so widespread an epidemic of measles as the one prevailing at the present time. The coroner said he would like to emphasise the importance of obtaining medical advice where children were suffering from the measles. Delicate Many people did not appreciate what a dangerous ailment measles was, especially in the case of children who happened to be delicate, as the child in this particular case evidently was. It was a very common thing for pneumonia to follow an attack of measles and pneumonia. especially in the case of children, was very dangerous and developed very rapidly. The jury returned a verdict of death from natural causes.
“The witness added that he had never known so widespread an epidemic of measles as the one prevailing at the present time.”
It is pleasing to hear of the efforts which are being made at Baildon to encourage gardening amongst the schoolchildren. Probably about half an acre of land adjoining the Woodbottom Council School is to be cultivated by the scholars under the direction of the headmaster, Mr A H Anderson. Four plots The land will in all probability be divided into four plots of about 400 yards each, part of which will be let as an allotment garden. The return of the produce of a plot of 40 square yards worked by less than a score of boys of the Tong Park School, under the direction of Mr E Helliwell, the headmaster, last year is remarkable and shows what a great deal can be done even by children under a fully qualified teacher. Dissatisfaction By the way, there is much dissatisfaction at the way in which the land for cultivation is being allotted by the Baildon District Council. It is stated that residents in the West Ward have been allowed to take plots in the North Ward whilst applicants in the latter ward are having their claims refused. With regard to the land secured for allotments at Woodbottom, the idea is prevalent that the site selected is not suitable, inasmuch a part of the field taken is more liable to be flooded than the other portion.
Baildon pupils set to lend a hand to solve shortage of food
A letter in support of Thackley CC had a dig at Idle, whose side included England star Jack Hobbs Sir, In these conflicting times and the economy which has been necessary during the past year, it is a pleasure to find that in a little village cricket club balance-sheet you can see a debit balance of £2 12s 6½d turned into a credit balance of £17 15s 8½d. This is all the more creditable when it is taken into account that some fifty of the members have left the village to serve in His Majesty’s forces. It raises the question as to whether professionalism in cricket clubs is better than amateurism, for in the above-mentioned club all the players are amateurs, paying their own expenses and playing for the love of the game. It is far more satisfactory if you have a Saturday afternoon to spare in watching your own local lads and encouraging them in the sport. It matters little to the supporters whether the club in question is high or low in the league table; they are quite satisfied with either a win, draw or a loss and they do not get down-hearted whether any of their batsmen get into double figures or not, simply because they do not go with the intention of expecting to see one of their players going in for his ‘talent’ score. It is to be hoped that the neighbouring village club will try to work on the same lines and so stop the terrific expenditure which is shown by their own balance sheet. I am, etc, Thackleyite.
In praise of amateurism in cricket
For the first time in a number of years, Shipley’s overseers of the poor find themselves with a substantial balance. This is due to the income from the poor rate having been £300 more than was estimated and the calls from the Guardians of the County Council having been £800 less than was anticipated. Credit balance In consequence, the overseers are in the happy position of having converted a debit balance of £600 in April 1916 to a credit balance of £1,100. This is equal to a rate of 2d in the £. The overseers could have reduced the rate but they have decided to keep it at the same level so as to be prepared for any emergency which might arise. In contrast, Baildon people will regard with some concern the act that the Wharfedale Board of Guardians have decided to increase the poor rate from 4d to 5½d in the £ - an increase of 38 per cent.
Contrast in new rates
Those who turned up for Volunteer Force drills on Sunday had no ground to complain. Unfortunately the distinguished officer who was to have inspected us, did not put in an appearance, but with assembling, manoeuvring and drilling some 500 men, towards which Shipley contributed about 200, and classes of special instruction in bayonet fighting and physical exercise, the Coliseum and Whetley Lane School Yard were hives of industry. Mobilisation The cold snap which was just beginning, made violent exercise pleasant and exhilerating when once hands and feet got warm. Between 9am on Saturday next and 1pm on Sunday there is to be a trial mobilisation of the Battalion. Volunteers must, of course, appear in uniforms and everyone is recommended to bring one ration.
Drill stimulated by cold
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