Friday 11 January 1918
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At Otley Police Court on Friday, Thomas Galling, who is a skinner and now resides at Dewsbury, was summoned by Mr Harold Albert Lennox Barker for using abusive language at Esholt on Christmas Day. It was stated by Mr P S Wade of Otley, who prosecuted, that the action was brought by the employer in order to show that the man, who was a discharged employee, could not allow his tongue to run riot and use abusive language and threats as the defendant was in the habit of doing every time he went over to Esholt to see his friends. Evidence was given by the Prosecutor and P.C. Horsman. Defendant was fined £1 and £1 costs.
Abusive  former employee fined
The list of county players who will appear in the Bradford Cricket League next season continues to grow. The latest addition is, we understand, Mr Ernest Robson of Somerset who has been secured by the Idle Club. He will be 47 on the first of May and it is likely that he has finished his county career but he should prove of considerable assistance to Idle, even though he may not be a great ‘star’ attraction like Barnes and Hobbs. Groundsman as well as coach Idle have learned the lesson of having an experienced man to attend to their pitch and it is probable that Mr Robson will be groundsman as well as coach and player. For years, up to the time of war breaking out, Robson had been one of the mainstays of the Somerset attack while he was also a sound batsman. In the last season of county cricket, he captured 78 wickets and bowled more overs than any other man on the side.
Idle CC sign Somerset stalwart
Shipley did its fair share towards the success of the Bradford Tank campaign, which realised the enormous sum of over £4,000,000. At the present moment, unfortunately, the actual figures are not available and such figures as have been published do not in any way represent Shipley’s contribution towards Bradford’s achievement. War Bonds Large amounts have gone through the Tank on behalf of Shipley residents and we hope at a later date to be able to publish full particulars. It ought to be mentioned that apart from what was taken to the Tank, £64,109 worth of new War Bonds were issued up to last Saturday through banks at Shipley whilst £25,000 worth of War Savings Certificates have been issued through  War Savings Associations and the contribution to the Victory War Loans approached, it will be remembered, a sum of £300,000.
Small investors and others from Shipley were greatly in evidence outside the Bradford Town Hall during Tank Week and we believe they have done nobly in that noble cause. £300,000 The Shipley Local Central Committee decided some time ago to aim at raising £300,000 in National War Bonds as early as possible and as will be seen from what we have already said, the effort is well on its way to success. We are pleased to hear that Mr S H Servant (pictured), Unionist Agent for the Shipley Division, who is always to the fore in enterprises of a patriotic character, rendered valuable assistance throughout Tank Week besides working energetically in connection with the Shipley effort. It is fitting that what he did should be appreciated by the Bradford Press. Mr Servant is just the man to arouse enthusiasm in matters which concern the nation at large.
Shipley responds nobly in a noble cause
Mr J W Dobbs stood down as chairman of the Shipley & District Insurance Committee and handed over to his deputy, Mr E A Dean for the following year. Unfortunately Mr Dean (pictured) was unavoidably absent but Mr Dobbs in responding to a vote of thanks for his service, said he was very much obliged to Mr Dean for his loyal support as vice-chairman. Sacrifice The committee could congratulate itself on having accomplished some good work during the past year. It was rather sad, however, that while they were doing their best to save life by endeavouring to stamp out disease, it should be necessary for large numbers of their fellow countrymen to sacrifice their lives in order that the world might be freed from the mailed fist of Prussia.
New chairman for Insurance Committee
Handy household tips
Among this week’s handy tips, captioned as ‘Little Wrinkles,’ were the following: Cayenne Pepper is excellent to rid cupboards of mice. Hot vinegar will remove paint splashes from windows. Medicine stains can be removed from linen with strong ammonia. A cut lemon rubbed on fishy knives and forks takes away the smell at once. Corks if steeped in paraffin oil for a few hours will make excellent fire- lighters. An onion sliced up and put in a basin of cold water will absorb the small of new paint in a room.
Churches support the king’s day of prayer
King George V proclaimed 6 January 1918 as a day of prayer and thanksgiving. ‘By the churches generally the King’s request was loyally observed and in the Anglican, Catholic and some Nonconformist churches special forms of service were used.’ The newspaper gave most of a page to reporting the services around the district. Here are a few extracts. To My People – The world-wide struggle for the triumph of right and liberty is entering upon its last and most difficult phase. The enemy is striving by desperate assault and subtle intrigue, to perpetuate the wrongs already committed and stem the tide of a free civilisation. Steadfastly We have yet to complete the great task to which, more than three years ago, we dedicated ourselves. At such time I would call upon you to devote a special day to prayer that we may have the clear- sightedness and strength necessary to victory of our cause. This victory will be gained only if we steadfastly remember the
responsibility which rests upon us and in a spirit of reverent obedience ask the blessing of Almighty God upon our endeavours. Fortified With hearts grateful for the Divine guidance which has led us so far towards our goal, let us seek to be enlightened in our understanding and fortified in our courage in facing the sacrifices we may yet have to make before our work is done I therefore appoint January 6 – the first Sunday of the year -  to be set aside as a special day of prayer and thanksgiving in all the Churches throughout my Dominions and require that this Proclamation be read at the services held on that day. GEORGE R.I. The vicar of Shipley, Rev B Herklots, warned his congregation that the country’s day of devotion was long overdue. Is it any wonder, he said, that God has not given us victory before when we as a nation have been so slow in recognising that victory depends on the will of God? It has required hard and grievous lessons, untold anxieties, sufferings, sorrows and hardships, along with a
vast destruction of national wealth to make us realise that in this awful struggle, God counts more than anyone or anything else. Proud Later in the sermon he said: We thank God that we are fighting and toiling and suffering for such a splendid and noble object. We are proud to think that it is upon us Englishmen that in this moment of grave crisis and danger, the world is depending or the upholding and safeguarding of its destinies. Rev A E Sidebotham in Baildon admitted it was sometimes hard to convince people there was such a thing as Divine Providence but added: We must still look forward to the time when the world would reap its reward by the sadness, grief and great loss experience in thousands of homes. It was terrible and heartrending to ponder over the great sacrifices made on the battlefields by our gallant young heroes (some, alas, never to return, others to be maimed for life) during the first bloom of their manhood. Rewarded But though our few earthly years of existence are marred by pain and grief, they will be rewarded later by a radiant spell of existence freed from sordid cares. Those who had weltered in the grim struggle of war would each one surely be rewarded. Those who had so nobly paid the supreme sacrifice would reap their rewards in His Divine presence and what a grand re-union would take place in the reformed brotherhood when the cessation of hostilities takes place and the wheels of life run once more smoothly and in uninterrupted courses. At Windhill, the Rev R Whincup reminded his hearers that we as a nation were not out for the destruction of the German people, nor for the destruction of the Kaiser if the German people still wished to have him as their ruler and if he were willing to rule them in a right and proper manner. We pray for victory because we honestly believe that the extension of the Kingdom of God on earth is wrapped up with the victory of our arms. Ingenuity Whether we are right or wrong in this belief, we can only leave it in God’s hands; but we certainly believe in the righteousness of our cause and we confidently appeal to the justice, the mercy and love of God in the struggle in which we are engaged. We pray for peace because we now appreciate more highly than ever the blessings of peace and because things have got to such an awful pass that it appears to be almost beyond the power of merely human ingenuity to bring about a satisfactory solution of the present terrible state of things, so that a really good and lasting peace may be the result.
Mr Frank Pilley, who in many ways had rendered yeoman service to Calverley, passed away on Thursday morning last. At the election of the first Urban District Council in 1894, Mr Pilley was returned at the head of the poll and was a member until 1903, serving also as chairman. He was a Justice of the Peace and one of the Commissioners of Income- tax for the Bradford district. To be appointed on the latter body is regarded as a rare honour. Up to two years ago, Mr Pilley was a partner in the firm of John Pilley and Sons whose works are at Eccleshill. The funeral, which took place on Saturday, at the Parish Church burial ground, was largely attended.
Death of Frank Pilley
The following pupils of Miss Hilda Cook, 223 Bingley Road, Saltaire, were successful in pianoforte examinations: Agnes Marjorie Stephenson, William Edward Hirst (Preparatory Grade); George Harold Millington (Grade II); Miss Nellie Smith (Grade III); Miss Lily Watson (Grade IV). Also at the examination of the Trinity College of Music, Miss Nellie Lightowler passed in singing.
Piano exam successes
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