Friday 25 May 1917
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The Rev J G Forster, vicar of St Oswald’s, Little Horton, was offered and accepted the vacant living at Greengates. Mr Forster graduated at Queen’s College, Oxford in mathematical and history honours, BA 1894, MA 1897. At Oxford he played rugby football for his college and was also an enthusiastic member of the university volunteers. On leaving university he was a private tutor and in this capacity he spent a considerable time travelling on the Continent. Neighbour He took holy orders in 1896 and served at Sandal Magna, Upper Armley and Harewood before taking over at Little Horton. While there he enlarged the day schools at a cost of £2,500 and cleared the church of a £700 debt. A man of pleasing personality and strong sympathy, and a thoughtful and scholarly preacher, he is deservedly popular. By happy coincidence, in coming to Greengates he will once again by next door neighbour to his elder brother, the vicar of Idle. Mrs Forster, we learn, is as popular as her husband and she is the happy mother of seven healthy bairns – four boys and three girls.
New vicar moves in at Greengates
The newspaper rarely missed the opportunity to be critical of Bradford in its editorial comment columns, in this case over the supply of electricity to Baildon. Baildon residents are entitled to some explanation from their District Council why they prefer to enter into an agreement with Bradford rather than the neighbouring town of Shipley for the supply of electricity. A passing reference to Bradford’s offer was made at Thursday’s meeting of the Shipley Trades Council by Cllr E W Shakespeare and we regard it as a matter to which we ought to call attention. Generous terms Shipley owns electricity works which are on the boundary of Baildon and they are, therefore, in a position to meet Baildon’s requirements on generous terms. It would be impossible for the Baildon Council to undertake the supply of electricity to ratepayers on its own account without a heavy charge upon
the rates – at all events for many years – and as the Shipley Council were prepared to treat Baildon as part of their own district and charge residents of Baildon exactly what they charge their own customers, the offer was one which should not have been lightly cast aside. The only condition attached was that the agreement should be binding for a period of twenty-five years. We understand that the Bradford Corporation have now made an even more generous offer than that made by Shipley. Bradford, it would therefore appear, are prepared to incur the large capital expenditure which will be necessary to enable them to supply electricity to Baildon without asking Baildon to pay anything towards the cost of the outlay.
In other words, the Bradford City authorities are prepared to give the consumers of electricity in Baildon better terms than they are granting to many of their own residents. It is stated that Bradford are not anxious to supply electricity to Baildon but that they would rather undertake such a supply than allow Shipley to do so. Rombalds Moor It looks very much like a repetition of what took place in regard to the purchase of the Shipley water rights at Rombalds Moor and that Bradford have no objection to paying through the nose if they can thwart their neighbouring authority. Have the Baildon Council satisfied themselves that there is no ulterior motive behind the Bradford offer? It is clearly the Baildon Council’s duty to take their ratepayers into confidence and let them know in what way they consider Bradford’s offer superior to that of Shipley.
“It is stated that Bradford are not anxious to supply electricity to Baildon but that they would rather undertake such a supply than allow Shipley to do so.”
Bradford could have ulterior motive for offer
Suicide whilst of unsound mind was the verdict returned at the inquest conducted at the Clayton Institution on Monday into the circumstances attending the death of James Clifford. Mr Clifford, a 36-year-old cloth finisher of 7 Murgatroyd Street, Shipley, died at the Institution on Friday under peculiar and tragic circumstances. Mrs Jemima Clifford, his mother, who gave evidence of identification, said that when about 18 years old her son had a peculiar ailment but up to recently he had been in good health. Jumped from window A few days before his death, however, he had to consult Dr Thornton of Shipley and remained off work. On Tuesday he went to lie down in his bedroom and while she was out of the house he jumped from the bedroom window. Evidence of a sensational nature was given by George Kidson, retired engineer, 3 Murgatroyd Street. About 7.15 p.m. on the Tuesday he was having tea when he heard the sound of a fall and hurrying out of the house found the deceased lying in the channel.
With assistance, the witness got the deceased to his house. Dr Thornton was summoned and found him to be suffering from a wound in the head and several bruises to the body and ordered his removal to the infirmary. State of collapse P.C. Richards, who was called to the house immediately after the deceased was found, said he saw him lying on a couch. He was conscious of what he had done and several times on the way to the Clayton Institution stated that he wished he had completed his object. Dr Cunliffe said he was present at the institution when the deceased, in a state of collapse, was admitted. He slept little, pneumonia set in and he gradually grew worse and died. The witness made a post mortem examination and found there had been severe internal troubles. The lungs were affected and there was long-established pleurisy. In his opinion, the deceased must have jumped from the window in delirium brought on by illness. Death was due to pneumonia, accelerated by shock.
Shipley man’s suicide while in a state of delerium
Mr Arthur Holdsworth of Woodbine Terrace, Idle, met with an accident on Tuesday morning. He was engaged in cleaning the windows of the shops on the Green when he fell from his ladder and in addition to getting a good shaking, he received slight injuries to his head. Nobody witnessed the accident but he was found lying on the footpath in an unconscious condition. He was taken to the surgery of Dr Honeyburns where his injuries were attended to, and afterwards, he was removed to his home by Mr Arthur Skirrow, grocer, in front of whose shop he was working at the time of the accident. Mr Holdsworth has for some time been a warden at St John’s Church and his son Ernest was the first local lad to fall in the war. Mr Holdsworth, who is confined to his bed, has the best wishes of his many friends for a speedy recovery.
Warden injured cleaning windows
Messrs David Waterhouse and Nephew sold by auction on Friday night, at the Sun Hotel, Shipley, a plot containing 271 square yards of land, adjoining the New Inn, Briggate, Windhill, for £53 10s. Six side-scullery cottages – 4, 5 & 6 Cowling Street and 8, 10 & 12 Wycliffe Place, Shipley – were sold for £490. Messrs C M Wilson and Maude were the solicitors for the vendors.
Successful auction
Accident exaggerated
Somewhat alarmist rumours were raised in Windhill on Wednesday evening by the report of a railway accident at the Windhill G.N. Station. But enquiries by an Express reporter shows that the stories which gained currency were much exaggerated. It appears that shortly before seven o’clock, during shunting operations, a passenger coach was de-railed and its wheels damaged. The carriages were not on service at the time and were consequently empty.
Ladies cricket matches
In aid of the Telegraph Convoy Fund, arrangements have been made for two “lady cricket matches” to be held. The first is to be played on June 13th at Eccleshill and the other on June 27th at Idle. The arrangements are in the hands of Mr Harry, Kitson, Cavendish Road, Idle, and Mr J W Overend, Eccleshill.
Sir, - We are told that the reason for granting women a measure of suffrage is the need for their assistance in problems of reconstruction arising from the war. But is it fair to the manhood of the country that any such measure should be passed in the absence of five millions of men in the various fields of action? It would be far better to establish a National Women’s Council to collect and collate facts and information on women’s position and conditions for the purposes of legislation. There is something incongruous about the notion that by giving certain women the right to vote at a Parliamentary election the solution of complex political problems will be facilitated. Imperial questions The vast majority are women whose aptitudes, ambitions and desires and domestic and maternal duties make them shrink from responsibilities and duties of a public and political nature. The municipal vote already provides politically-inclined women with hosts of opportunities for doing beneficial public work. In the larger Imperial questions of finance, foreign affairs, defence, trade and transport, women’s temperament and inexperience would make her a hindrance instead of a help. I am, etc, W M Cheshire.
Women’s temperament is a hindrance in matters of State
Why should soldiers bleed for arrant skunks?
Columnist Scrutator reported that a well-known Shipley tradesman had said to him, “I tell you there is no such thing as a conscientious objector.” He then added his own thoughts. There certainly is logic in his remarks. If these men will not fight to protect their own lives and homes, why should others fight for them? There are today many conscientious objectors who never knew they had a conscience until they received the notices call them up for military service. These men today are enjoying all the benefits of that freedom for which our lads are fighting in France, Italy, Africa, Mesopotamia, Egypt and other parts. Scriptures Why should they shed their blood to protect such arrant skunks as some of those so-called conscientious objectors are? Men who shield themselves behind isolated texts of Scripture and ignore those greater passages which enjoin upon men the defence of King, country, home and kindred. In America and Canada little heed is being paid to these miserable cowards, some of whom have even said they would not lift a finger to save their wives, sisters and daughters from the sensual, brutal Hun.
The consumption of flour at the North Bierley workhouse at Clayton has been reduced from an average of 6½lb per week to 3½lb so that the requirements of the Food Controller in this respect is being fully complied with.
Workhouse cuts
Avoiding garden slugs
Soot sprinkled round and in some cases dusted on the plants in the evening when the dew is falling, keeps slugs away as they do not like the flavour. Leaf-ruining maggots can be searched for and squeezed between the thumb and finger. Parts of the affected plants should be taken off and burnt
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