Friday 18 January 1918
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The photograph is of the three sons of Mr Charlie Emmott, of 8 Oastler Road, Shipley, the Bradford rugby half-back who played for England against Wales in 1892. The eldest son, Pte James Emmott (left) has been in Salonica with the Northumberland Fusiliers for two years. The second son, Pte Lawrence Emmott, Grenadier Guards (right), has been killed in action. He joined the forces in August 1915 and went to France 11 months ago. The boy in front is the youngest son.
FAMOUS FOOTBALLER’S FAMILY
Shipley man chosen as parliamentary candidate
Some four months ago we intimated that efforts were being made to induce Mr W A S Robinson, of Shipley, to allow his name to go forward as a candidate for parliamentary honours. The matter has now been carried a step further. On Tuesday, at Leeds, Mr Robinson addressed the executive committee who are entrusted with the duty of securing a suitable candidate and he created a favourable impression. Patrioti The name of the Division which Mr Robinson has been asked to contest cannot yet be divulged but we feel sure that in congratulating him upon his having been selected, we are only voicing the feelings of Shipley people generally. It is common knowledge that Mr Robinson has done splendid work of a patriotic nature in the Shipley district since the war began. By his self-sacrificing efforts he has shown a fine example to those young men who, from whatever cause, still remain in civilian life.
During his address to the committee, Mr Robinson expressed complete agreement with the original motive which drove us to declare war on 4th August 1914. “We entered the war primarily on behalf of the small nations and the maintenance of the British Empire,” he said. “We have fought and shall fight until the enemy recognises the full independence of every small nation. “We desire no self-aggrandisement but we do desire that little countries shall have the right to live. Brighter days “I am sorry things appear so black at present. Brighter days, however, are coming. We do not want this awful war to go on a single hour longer than is necessary but we will never be a party to either a ‘patched-up’ peace or a purely Germanic ‘peace’.”
Mr Robinson added that he thought the Government were playing a game of fast and loose with regard to food. What was wanted was simply a system of rationing. Let us all be equal. “I know of no better way to create trouble than by permitting unequal distribution of the necessities of life. “The food economy campaign is a farce. The people cannot grasp the meaning of such procedure and are amazed at such a waste of public money. Reconstruction “Another matter that should receive more immediate support is that of reconstruction after the war. We cannot afford to wait and see in regard to the work. It should be begun right now or the whole fabric of our society will be endangered. “We must not have revolution but evolution. We do not want class hatred but a real co-operation that will lead us into a state where all shall understand what life really is.”
“The food economy campaign is a farce. The people cannot grasp the meaning of such procedure and are amazed at such a waste of public money.”
Frank Harrison, fireman, of 116 Valley Road, Shipley, was charged at the Bradford West Riding Police Court on Monday with stealing 255lb of leather belting to the value of £53, the property of Campbell & Harrison, woolcombers of Perseverance Mills, Shipley. John William Clark, boot repairer, of Norwood House, Bradford Road, Shipley, carrying on business at 39 Valley Road, was charged with receiving the leather knowing it was stolen. Harrison pleaded guilty and Clark not guilty. Mr Alex Neill, appearing for the prosecutors, stated that between September 30th and December 31st last year Harrison, a boiler fireman, who was employed by Campbell & Harrison, had a duplicate key for the store room. Taking advantage of that fact he had taken away leather belting to the weight of 310lb. 9d per lb The leather, which cost 4s 2d per lb, he had sold to Clark at 9d per lb. Clark had prepared a note, which Harrison signed, stating that the leather purchased had been in the possession of Harrison and his father for seven years, they having received it as part payment of a debt. Beyond that, Clark had made no inquiry about the truth or otherwise of Harrison’s explanation. The belting was new, having all been bought within the year. Of the missing leather, 248lb was discovered on Clark’s premises. Police Sgt Cockshott of Shipley, said that at 2.30p.m on
the 3rd January, he and Inspector Foulkes visited Perseverance Mills and were told by the cashier, Walter Gill, that the leather was missing. Sgt Cockshott made inquiries and at 4.20p.m. on Saturday the 5th, he visited Clark’s shop and there found the leather. It weighed 255lb. Asked where he had got the leather, Clark replied that he had purchased it from Harrison. Sgt Cockshott obtained possession of the leather and took Clark and Harrison into custody. When charged with having stolen the leather, Harrison said “yes” whilst the other prisoner said, “I object to that.” Windhill Co-operative Giving evidence, Clark said he had begun life as a boy with the Windhill Co-operative Society. He worked his way up to the position of a store manager and he was presented by his fellow-workers with a gold watch in token of their esteem. When Harrison signed the note, he took it as a bona fide transaction. He had known Harrison about five years and regarded him as a respectable man. He had bought other leather at 9d per lb and some at less but it was not as good leather as this. His solicitor told the court that Clark had acted innocently although foolishly. He had made no attempt to conceal the leather from the police. The defendants were committed for trial. Bail was allowed in both cases.
Duplicate key gives access for leather thief
An inquest was held on Wednesday morning into the circumstances touching the death of Beatrice Mathers, the eight-year-old daughter of Mr George Mathers of 5 Moray Place, Valley Road, Shipley. The child, who from birth has only enjoyed indifferent health, was taken seriously ill on Monday morning and died before services of a doctor could be obtained. Dr Mosley, who had conducted a post mortem examination, was of the opinion that death was caused by convulsions due to the early stage of bronchial pneumonia. The jury returned a verdict to that effect.
Inquest into death of 8-year-old girl
Driver Willie Crabtree, R.F.A. and his brother Able Seaman Fred Crabtree, of Greenfield Lane, Idle, were home on leave last week The former has been in France about three years whilst Fred has had 14 months’ active service. Both have taken part in most important operations.
Brothers on leave
It was reported that Baildon Council had purchased from the trustees of the late Mr T  M Holmes about 9¾ acres of land on the west side of Northgate, including Town Gate House and the old Masonic buildings, with a view to laying it out for the erection of houses for the working classes. Cllr W E Rhodes said it was an attempt on the part of the Council to make some provision for the housing of the working classes. The Council wished to see Baildon developed on ideal and satisfactory lines.
Council buy land for working-class houses
Writing in the current issue of the Eccleshill Parish Magazine, Rev R B McKee, vicar, says: “I should like to congratulate the members of the Church Institute in their resolve to provide a treat for the widows and orphans of our local heroes. “It is a fine thing to do. We can never do enough for the families who have lost the breadwinner. So I hope the treat will be a ray of light in many sad homes. Honorary member “It shows at any rate that the heart of the Church Institute is in the right place. “I also congratulate the Institute on its decision to admit as a honorary member for one year any discharged soldier. He will be welcomed as a brother and a friend and the Institute will be proud of having him as a member. “If I may add another congratulation to our Institute it is this, that by hard work, skilful management and a true spirit of brotherliness, the Institute has bee able to ‘carry on’ when so many similar institutions have had to be closed. “Well done! May it ever flourish!”
Vicar’s praise for Eccleshill Institute
Mr T S Ives, newsagent, of 39 Bradford Road, Shipley, and Mrs Ives attain to the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding today. They were married at the Bingley Parish Church on 18th January 1868 by the Rev A P Irwine, vicar. Mrs Ives is the only surviving daughter of the late Mr William Craven, who was a master cloth fuller at New Hirst Mill, Shipley and who resided at Ivy Cottage, Dowley Gap, Bingley. Nine children Mr Ives is 71 years of age and Mrs Ives 70. There have been nine children of the marriage – six sons and three daughters – six of whom survive, namely four sons and two daughters. There are two grandsons. One son and one grandson are serving with the forces.
Golden wedding
Mr Henry Pickles Fletcher of Woodbine Terrace, Idle, passed away on Monday morning, after a brief illness. The deceased gentleman was 80 years of age and had enjoyed excellent health until recently. By trade he was a warp dresser and he did not retire until about five years ago. He was a regular worshipper at the Baptist Chapel and attended services there as recently as last Sunday week. Married 49 years He had been married for 49 years. He is survived by a wife, who is 79 years of age, and a daughter, Mrs Lambert of Woodbine Terrace, with whom the aged couple resided. The late Mr Fletcher was much respected. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon at the Independent burial ground, the Rev Thomas Moss officiating.
Death of an octogenerian
A lantern lecture was given on Tuesday evening in the Idle Wesleyan Sunday School by Mr J W Swithenbank of Bradford on his ‘Experience with the Boys at the Front.’ He gave a glimpse of things as they really are at the front, showing what the boys are enduring for us and how cheerfully they are doing their bit. He urged all to do whatever lay in their power to help to make things more comfortable for those who are fighting our battles.
Lantern lecture gives a glimpse of life at the front
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