Friday 20 July 1917
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In the latest meeting of the Shipley Military Tribunal, hearing appeals against conscription, Mr John Kendall appealed for T Lighfoot, a boat captain, who after having been rejected under the ‘Derby’ scheme, had last October been classed A. Lightfoot said that at that time he felt a great deal of carelessness must have been shown because he had been seriously burned at work a short time before and had also been ruptured. When it was announced that no one over 25 years of age was to be taken from canal work, he had not troubled further as he thought he was over 28 years. It was found, however, that he would not be 25 until October this year. Six boats The military authorities had now demanded that he should join up. He was working one of the boats, along with his wife, and it was impossible to get another man. Out of the six boats he had and for which there was plenty of work, only two
were being worked, chiefly owning to the shortage of men. The appeal was supported by the Aire and Calder Navigation Company. There followed an exchange of views in which most of the tribunal opposed the view of Mr Burton, the tribunal’s military representative. Defied Mr Burton: “This man has had several notices to join the colours. It is now too late for his appeal to be heard by the Shipley Tribunal. He is really an absentee. Each time he has received a calling-up notice he has defied the authorities. He is liable to arrest. I submit that he tribunal has no jurisdiction over this case.” Mr Kendall: “It will be a very serious thing if this man is called up. Further, he is not fit to be a soldier. How he came to be passed at all was more than could be understood.
“It was very apparent that he was not fit. He is doing very important work now.” Cllr Hill, chairman of the Tribunal: “24 years of age and in Class A places the Tribunal in a very difficult position and in face of the doctor’s certificates, the tribunal will adjourn the case for medical examination.” Mr Burton: “That is disregarding the fact that he has no right to appeal to this tribunal or to any other for that matter. You can’t have men appealing up to the last day of the war.” Cllr Learoyd: “The medical authorities’ method of doing things is not satisfactory. Lightfoot has a medical certificate that he is unfit.” Valid reason Mr Burton: “He is not put lower than B. His time for appeal has gone by by months.” Mr Illingworth: “He has given a valid reason why he has not appealed. He did not know his age.” Mr Burton: “That is not a valid excuse.”
The last meeting of the Windhill Wesleyan Sisterhood for the summer session was held on Wednesday afternoon when Mrs Smith presided. Mrs Denby sang two solos and Sister Nellie gave an interesting address. At the close of the meeting a complete surprise awaited Sister Nellie Edmonds who is shortly leaving Windhill after having spent four and a half years as deaconess of the Mission. Lady’s dressing case In order to show their appreciation of the excellent work done by Sister Nellie, the members gave her a lady’s dressing case. Mrs Binns handed over this useful article and briefly voiced the good wishes of the members. Sister Nellie responded in a few words with evident emotion. Rev J Matthewman, who came in towards the close, also expressed his appreciation of the good work done by Sister Nellie during the time she had been at Windhill. She leaves towards the end of August to take up other duties in connection with the Deaconess Institute under whose auspices she and others work and will take with her the good wishes of all with whom she has laboured at the mission
Surprise gift for Sister Nellie
Tribunal disagree over boatman’s appeal
“He thought he was over 28 years. It was found, however, that he would not be 25 until October this year.”
By the Outcast I do not ask you believe the following little incident. When I told my wife what had happened at the shop, exactly as I am going to tell it to you, she did not say that I was fibbing. But oh! How she looked it! It was this way. Last week I found that I required a new hoe for use in my garden. So I called round at one of the large shops in town. “What is the department for hoes?” I enquired in answer to the shop walker’s polite question. “Fourth floor and turn to the right.” I followed these directions but to my surprise, found myself in the gentlemen’s outfitting department. “I’ve made a mistake,” I said to the assistant. “It was hoes I wanted.” I only want one “Certainly, sir,” replied the man, taking down a box of socks. “Oh no,” I said. “You see, I want only one.” “One sir?” replied the shopman, glancing down to see if by any chance I had only one leg. “I’m sorry, sir, but we always sell them in pairs.” “Of course,” said I, “but it’s not that kind of hose I require. I mean – err – it’s – “
“Oh but we have all kinds if you don’t like black ones – coloured, fancy and –“ “Yes, yes. But it’s garden hoes that I want.” “Well, but you can wear them in the garden,” said the man. “Look here,” I replied, beginning to get warm, “it’s a hoe – h-o-e – to take weeds out of the garden, you know.” “Why didn’t you say so at the first? Basement floor, at the back.” So I went to the basement floor at the back. “Have you any hoes here?” I enquired. Rubber or flexible metal “Certainly, sir,” replied the attendant. “Rubber hose for the garden, I presume. About how many feet would you require, sir?” “No, no,” I said. “I don’t mean rubber hose. I mean –“ “Well, sir, we have the new flexible metal hose. It comes rather expensive but it’s well worth the extra cost. I’ll just show – “ “My friend,” I said, keeping my temper with an effort, “if you will kindly stop talking for about three minutes, I’ll just explain what I really want. Listen! H-O-E. What does that spell?” “Oh, it’s a hoe. I understand. Sorry, sir, we’ve sold out of hoes at the moment.”
Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! What’s in store for me?
On Sunday some commotion was caused at the Undercliffe Wesleyan Chapel by the non-appearance of the choir at both services. At the morning service the organist and choir master attended but he was absent at the evening service. The school harmonium had to be used to assist in the evening service. Friction is said to have arisen through two lady members of the choir refusing to attend at the Khaki Club at Bradford, where concerts have been given to the soldiers after the Sunday evening service, the choirmaster insisting on their attendance. Ministers tried to smooth matters over but so far have been unsuccessful. It is to be hoped that wise counsels will prevail.
Undercliffe choir goes on strike
MISCELLANEOUS EIGHT PIGS, 10 weeks old; black CARTHORSE, 17 hands, quiet and good worker. Glover, Plompton Farm, Thackley. OLD Gold, Silver, False Teeth, Jewellery bought, best price given; call or write – Sheard, Watchmaker, Kirkgate, Shipley.
A Dutch barn at North Hall Farm, Thackley, collapsed during the weekend. Several men had been stacking the hay but fortunately no one was under the barn at the time. The farm is occupied by Mr Sam Thornton.
Thackley barn collapses
Bowls club entertains wounded soldiers
The members of Shipley Bowling Club on Thursday last entertained fifty wounded soldiers from St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford and the Saltaire Hospital. Mr Arthur Pearson, who had charge of the arrangements, saw to it that everything possible was done for the pleasure of the guests. The men entered with zest into games of bowls and greatly enjoyed the entertainment provided by Mr J H Hawley, a Bradford humourist. In addition to tea, gifts of tobacco were provided.
The funeral took place on Saturday of Mr John James Clough of 4 Windsor Road, a member of a well-known Shipley family. He died on Tuesday last after a sharp attack of pneumonia at the early age of 46. The interment took place at the family vault in St Paul’s Churchyard, Shipley, the vicar of Shipley, Rev B Herklots, conducting the burial service. In addition to the principal mourners and many personal friends, the funeral was attended by the Shipley section of the West Riding Constabulary and the Special constables of Shipley district. Of the latter body, Mr Clough had been a respected member. Amongst those present were Supt Fairbarn, Inspector Foulkes, Divisional Commander Salter (Pudsey), and Section Leaders Dunn, Firth, Kay, Sowden, Stephenson and Suddards. The Shipley special constables were under the command of their leader, Sectional Commander Percy Taylor.
Police out in force to mourn special constable
To antiquarians and to ordinary sight- seers, the house at present occupied by Mr and Mrs Joseph Horn, of 14 Tunwell Lane, Eccleshill, is well worth a visit. On a large slab of stone, in a good state of preservation, which is built into the front of the house over the doorway, there is the following Gospel message: Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost said: Today, if ye will hear His voice, harden not your heart. Sinners obey the Gospel Word Haste to the bleeding Lamb of god. Be wise to know your gracious day All things are ready, come away! Ready the Father is to won And kiss his late returning son; Ready the loving Saviour stands And spreads for you His bleeding hands 1747 It will be seen that the house was erected 170 years ago when both money and education were scarce and it seems safe to presume that those who erected it were educated far above the ordinary level and also possessed piety and plenty.
Inscription gives clues to those who built old house in Eccleshill
Weight of evidence
Before giving evidence in a court of justice a witness is called upon to take oath that his evidence ‘shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.’ This instruction usually is to hold the book in his right hand. A variation of this order was given at an inquest at Shipley on Friday when the Bible on which the oath was to be taken was so large that permission was given for a witness to ‘hold the book in both hands.’
‘Cannibalism and Christianity’ was the subject on which Mr Will Houghton spoke to gathering of members of Baildon Friends’ Adult School in the Mechanics’ Institute on Sunday.
Talk on cannibalism
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