Friday 21 September 1917
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Nurse Ella Whitfield, who for the past six months has been a probationer at St Luke’s Hospital in Bradford, is an enthusiastic war worker. Nurse Whitfield is the second daughter of Mr William Whitfield of Greengates House, Greengates, a member of the notable firm of T D Whitfield & Sons, Oak Lea Mills. She is deeply interested in her work at St Luke’s and is considered to be as capable as she is enthusiastic. Mr Whitfield has no sons to fight for the country but ever since the war started his three daughters have been engaged in some form of war or hospital work and in kindly efforts on behalf of wounded soldiers. Mr Whitfield’s generosity is proverbial and his contributions to local charitable objects and the war funds are as characteristic as they are numerous.
Enthusiastic war worker
There were two main items on the agenda of a meeting of the Bradford Cricket League committee – a complaint by Saltaire that Laisterdyke had started negotiating with their bowler without permission, and hearing a deputation from Bingley who had been expelled from the league because their captain, T A Booth, had been one of the ringleaders in discussions of a breakaway league. Saltaire alleged that Mr Somers snr, who has played for Laisterdyke, offered Slack 5s a week plus expenses and talent money for wickets and runs – 2s for each wicket and 2s for each ten runs. Mr Somers admitted talking to Slack before the club wrote to Saltaire to seek permission but claimed that as he was just a player for Laisterdyke and not an official, it was quite legal. He said that last week he was asked if he would be on point duty as special constable and if Slack could come to see him. He replied he would be pleased to see Slack if he wanted a move. Three Saltaire men When he approached the place there were three Saltaire men waiting on the kerbstone. Slack saw them as well and he walked away. He had to go in the same direction on his ‘beat’ and Slack came to see him. After the discussion, Somers had asked Laisterdyke secretary to approach Saltaire, adding he thought he was allowed to approach the player individually to ask for the first chance after he had finished with Saltaire. Slack was called to give his account and claimed there
was no arrangement for a meeting. “As soon as I saw the Saltaire Committmen I went off for a walk,” he added quaintly. “I met Mr Somers later by accident.” The Laisterdyke club were ordered to pay a fine of two guineas. Mr Barran, president of Bingley CC, said he had known nothing of any breakaway plans until he read about it in the paper and he felt very upset about it. There seemed to be an allegation that Bingley had been working in an underneath manner to upset the organisation. He had made enquiries and had gone in the matter pretty fully. Wounded son He found that their late captain had been working for something which was best known to himself and he also found and was instructed by the committee to tell them, that so far as the Bingley club was concerned they repudiated anything whatever which would seem disloyal to the league. When it was queried why Bingley had appeared to ignore previous meetings about the matter it was pointed out that Mr Barran’s son had been wounded in action and was now in London, consequently Mr Barran had spent considerable time there and this had kept him out of Bingley. At the same time the club was preparing for some 130 soldiers to be entertained for sport etc and as chairman of the committee he must confess they had been working under great difficulties. It was decided to cancel the previous resolution and to reinstate the Bingley club as a member of the league.
“He offered Slack 5s a week plus expenses and talent money for wickets and runs – 2s for each wicket and 2s for each ten runs.”
League ponder player-poaching complaint and plea for reinstatement by Bingley CC
Parkinson’s help workers get right balance in life
By Ben Mercato One of the most striking problems in industry today is how we can bring about the best scheme in honour and justice to unite the working elements and what are known as the proprietors, or, in other words, the firm or employers. In most industries there is ‘a move on’ towards a basis of comradeship upon mutual interests between the worker, the craftsman and the proprietors. My own judgment tells me, after a long and strenuous working life, with many vicissitudes, that the time is now ripe for drawing a closer unity between the men and employers. Let us forget the old strife between the two sections and get upon a sound foundation wherein every man shall have the rights of manhood and have his due as a member of the commonwealth of labour, be he master or man, in the common phraseology of the united brotherhood of labour. Work and play Whatever his accomplishments, ‘A man’s a man for all that.’ To have a well-balanced life and obtain any real pleasure in this vale of tears, there must be work and play with due common sense in his daily life – a man with no ‘hobby’ is a poor
sort of fellow who misses more than half the pleasures of life. We are as men in the bulk endowed with two natures – the physical and the spiritual. One’s best course is to endeavour to keep the two in equal condition if we would have an equally healthy mind and body This train of thought occurs to me through an informal invitation from my esteemed friend, Mr Arthur Pearson, who kindly invited me last evening to attend an ordinary rehearsal of the male choir connected with the works of J Parkinson & Son, Shipley. This choir, I understand, has been in existence three or four years and I have heard reports of its commendable success; but on account of old age and infirmity, I had not heard them to proper advantage. Truth to tell, I heard them with delight and much appreciation during the course of a very agreeable evening. They are a fine body of men, courteous, intelligent, painstaking and most enthusiastic. Their programme for rehearsal consisted of various glees or part songs of exacting
rendition and high merit in their class. I have no regrets for leaving my study and comfortable fireside to go down the town in the darkness and rain; I was full compensated with what I heard. It was a mutual compliment; we met as comrades in the noble art of music. Handsome accommodation I was also charmed to find that handsome accommodation has been provided for the comfort of the workers. A noble concert hall or meeting room, dining rooms, ante rooms and every useful office and convenience. These rooms are lofty and well ventilated and there is a quiet atmosphere of comfort, cleanliness and adaptability in the complete assemblage. Verily it is an institution unique in its character but worthy of imitation throughout the industrial world. But this is only one of the many institutions connected with these famous works for the well-being of all concerned in its industry. Jack and Tom and foreman, managers and principals are bound together in high comradeship. The firm has been a pioneer where so many have feared to tread. May the example be followed far and wide.
“A man with no ‘hobby’ is a poor sort of fellow who misses more than half the pleasures of life.”
Edward George Hayburn of Gilstead, Bingley, was summoned at Bradford on Wednesday for not furnishing particulars affecting the accuracy respecting the registration of motor cars. It was stated that no notification had been made to the police of the conversion of the car into an ambulance. Mr Thompson, on behalf of the defendant, said he wanted to make a strong protest against the ill- considered and must ungenerous action on the part of the authorities in prosecuting in that case. Meeting trains A year ago Mr Hayburn had his touring car converted into an ambulance car in response to a suggestion by the ex-Lord Mayor and placed it at the disposal of the Wounded Soldiers’ Transport Committee Mr Hayburn had been meeting trains of wounded soldiers at Bradford and Keighley and had also supplied petrol for driving the car. Mr Thompson suggested after the summons was issued that it should be withdrawn under the circumstance but he was met with a refusal unless upon payment of costs The presiding magistrate, Mr George Wilkinson, said there had been a technical offence but the Bench felt justified in the circumstances in dismissing the summons without payment of costs.
Judge dismisses case against patriotic driver
Miss Clara Codd, the prominent Theosophist, is to give two lectures at Shipley under the auspices of the Bradford Lodge of the Theosophical Society. Her discourses are always unusually clear and practical. The subject of her lectures are to be ‘Re-incarnation: its answer to life’s problems’ and ‘The other side of death.’ In the former the lecturer will give an explanation of the inequalities of birth and station, of health and ability, and will suggest a key to the right understanding of the perplexing problems of the hour. In the latter she will speak of heaven and hell in light of Theosophy.
All will be explained
At the West Riding Police Court, Bradford, on Monday, a 25-year-old mule spinner named Joyce, employed at a Calverley mill, was charged under the Military Services Act with being an absentee. The firm by whom he had been employed had had exemption for him in the early part of the year but he had since been called up for military service and had not obeyed He was served with a second notice without result and was apprehended last Thursday by P.C. Woodhouse. Joyce was fined 40s and handed over to the military authorities.
Absentee in court
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