Friday 22 June 1917
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The Shipley branch of the Workers’ Educational Association paid a visit on Saturday to Fulneck Moravian Settlement and had a most enjoyable outing. The party proceeding by tramcar to Tong Lane End where they were met by Miss Hutton of Fulneck, who acted as guide to the Settlement and who indicated many interesting points en route. Magnificent view A visit was paid to Tong Church. Much interest centred in the interior, especially in the quaint old three-decker pulpit and also the family pew of the Tempests of Tong Hall. At Fulneck, the party were received by the Rev R B Willey, pastor, who was formerly stationed at Baildon. Under the guidance of Mr Willey,
the party proceeded through the various buildings comprising the settlement and were much impressed with what they saw, the position of the settlement with its magnificent view coming in for many enconums. In reply to a vote of thanks, Mr Willey spoke of the great importance of education, especially at this juncture in our history, and of the need of intellectual equipment in dealing with the many problems that must inevitably be faced in the future. Before leaving the settlement, he invited the party to accompany him to the cricket field where a much more extended view of the surrounding country could be obtained. On the return journey, the trippers came via Pudsey, Stanningley and Bradford Moor
WEA impressed on Fulneck Settlement visit
Post Office plan favours the better off
A notice has been posted at the Idle Post Office which has caused a good deal of comment. The office is open on Sunday mornings so that in the absence of delivery, callers may have their letters. The notice intimates that commencing last Sunday, letters will be restricted to a) private box renters; b) members of the public who are prepared to pay a search fee of 3d; c) those entitled to use poste restante; d) those who make use of the express delivery service. This means that the ordinary callers will be charged 3d whether letters await them or not. We understand this step has been taken in order to try and diminish the callers. It is almost impossible to cope with the business in the time
which the Post Office is open. But there is special difficulty with which postal servants have to contend owing to the stoppage of the train service on the Great Northern branch line, which passes through Idle. No joke In consequence of this the postmen have to fetch the letters from Apperley Bridge every Sunday morning and this they rightly look upon as ‘no joke.’ Sunday’s experience showed that there will be a great reduction in the callers but in our opinion it would be better for the postal authorities to stop the callers altogether than to impose a condition which renders it exceedingly difficult for the workers to obtain their letters and quite easy for those who are better off.
The services of George Gunn, the famous Notts cricketer, have been secured by Tong Park and when he joins them later in the season, they should have a remarkably good combination. One of the finest cricketers of the day, Gunn might have established himself even more firmly had his health been better. Ranji He comes from a great cricketing family and Frank Field, the Warwickshire county man who is now playing with Tong Park, has a tremendous admiration for him. “He is,” says Frank, “the nearest
approach to ‘Ranji’ I ever saw. No English cricketer I have ever met is so calculated to make a man think he cannot bowl a bit. “The almost contempt- uous manner in which he will flick away to leg the fastest ball just wide of the off stump is astonishing.” Gunn is the kind of player to appeal to lovers of the game in this district and his advent to the League in July will be eagerly awaited. He is at present fulfilling a coaching engagement at Harrow School. This was to have been taken by his brother John but the latter was called up for
service and George thereupon took his place. George Gunn is well on the sunny side of 40 years of age but there is no need for anyone to ask how it is that he is not in khaki. Ashe As a matter of fact he has spent a couple of years with the Forces and was for about 18 months in France to be discharged last April. He is a Test match cricketer. Not only has he played against Australia in this country but he has also played for both Pelham Warner’s and A O Jones’s teams which visited the Commonwealth where he played fine cricket. He was on the men who brought back the mythical Ashes.
Tong Park sign England Test star
In a letter, Mr Radnor Hodgson of Baildon says: “President Wilson and some of our statesmen have been especially careful to make it clear that it is the German Military Government that is the enemy and not the German people.” But can the area of enmity be thus limited? With exceptions numerically far from strong and without political power, the German people seem to accept with pleasure all that they are told about the horrors committed in their behalf. Intrigue of peace Perhaps that is partly because they are kept in ignorance. That being so, it is partly the task of the Allies to educate the Germans and as all other channels of education are closed to us, this can only be done by military force. Therefore, as President Wilson says, it is necessary to inflict a decisive defeat on Germany and not be deceived by the German ‘intrigue of peace.’
Military force the only way we can educate German ignorance
This is just a small sample of the 46 appeals against conscription heard by the Shipley Military Tribunal in the last week. Appealing on his own behalf, a grocer, aged 33, with three children, the eldest of whom is not four years old, said that he had previously had exemptions. He was a ‘one-man business.’ His wife was delicate and could take no active part in the business in which all his savings were invested. Before the war he had two assistants who had both gone. He was now doing the work of three men. It was a working-class district and he executed many small orders. It would be a very cruel hardship if he had to leave his business. Conscientious objecctors Questioned as to why the man had not attested his willingness to serve, his solicitor said he did not thing there was a great deal in the point. Many did not attest simply because they did not see their way to go for family or business reasons. A member of the tribunal, referring to conscientious objectors, said he would not put such a reflection upon the man as to ask if he was one. The name was ‘one that stinks in the nostrils of most people at this time.’ The case was postponed to September 30th. 4ft 11½in In the case of a horse driver (26), married with one child, Mr Hodgson said the man had been twice rejected but had evidently improved so much in health that he now found himself a Class A man. He was only 4ft 11½in in height. Six out of seven carriers had gone from the firm and this was the only man left. All the firm’s work went for Government purposes. Commenting upon the man’s size, the Military Representative said that one did not always pick the biggest
potatoes from the sack and reminded the applicant that some of the biggest generals in the world had been men of little stature. After six months’ training this man would hardly recognise himself. The employer said that, confident this man would not be taken, he had allowed other men to go without appeal. He had advertised in vain for other men. Time expired Appeal refused, grace to August 1st. The Military Representative assured the employer that he could obtain him a substitute for the man he was taking. T H Walker (24), scraper, employed by J Parkinson & Son, engineers, said he was an A man. He was mobilised as a reservist when war broke out and had served until March 1916, having been 11 months in France. Then his time expired and he had been on work of national importance ever since. When he came home from the front he
thought he would do a bit more for his country and so took to work of national importance in place of bricklaying, his ordinary trade. The Military Representative: “You know that Parliament asks the trained soldier to have another turn. Lots of time-expired men who have come back have gone out again. Bread winner “Surely a man who is trained should be of great use to the country.” Walker: “I am the bread-winner of the house. I have my wife and my wife’s mother, an invalid, to look after.” Cllr Doyle: “You are not asking for total exemption, are you?” Walker: “I am doing more good for my country where I am.” Chairman: “You have not made out a strong case at all.” The case was adjourned to August 31st to see how the invalide mother progresses but applicant was warned that it was unlikely there would be further exemptions.”
Tribunal hears reasons not to be conscripted
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