Friday 25 January 1918
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In the early hours of yesterday week, a daring attempt was made to break into the workroom over the shop occupied by Mrs Craven of Bromet Place, Eccleshill. The burglars had procured a ladder and got on to the porch of the house and then climbed to the top of the shop front with the intention of forcing the workroom window. The inmates were awakened by the noise but thinking it was due to the falling of snow from the roof, no further notice was taken of the matter. Footprints in the snow On looking out of the workroom window later, two distinct pairs of footprints were plainly visible on the top of the shop front. The would-be robbers had evidently been disturbed and had decamped after finding the window securely fastened. As the shop front faces into the main road and is also situated in the same block of buildings as the police station, the attempt appears all the more daring.
Daring burglary attempt fails
There was a general feeling of sympathy on Sunday when it became known that Mr Samuel Asquith, the well-known boot dealer in Stoney Lane, Eccleshill, was suffering from a slight seizure which had deprived him of speech.
Boot dealer’s seizure
Owd Abe This is a likeness o’ Heman an’ his donkey Jimmy. That’s Heman i’ t’middle, wi’ his Sunda’ coit on, a flahr i’ his button hoil, an’ a mustash like a General. They’ve just joined t’Express staff. Heman says Jimmy is noan fast bud, like his-sen, he’s sewer. Up ta nah, Heman an’ Jimmy hez been knawn as owd bottle an’ jawm jar merchants – ta say nowt abaht rags an’ boans. Bud nah they’ve ta’en up t’waste paper trade. I doan’t say they’re a Gover’ment controlled firm or owt o’ that soart, or ‘at t’Income Tax chap suspects ‘em squarin’ the’r excess wahr profit. Swagger Bud Heman an’ Jimmy hez been appointed t’heead waste paper collectors for t’Express office an’ they’re nah goin’ rahnd ta ivvery hahse i’ t’district buying waste paper. Soa ya can all expect ‘em drivin’ up ta yar hahse some day wi’ as gooid a flourish an’ swagger as ivver Tom Mitchell did i’ t’owd days when he drave his heigh-steppers inta Otley Show. Just lewk aht! If ya hear Jimmy singin’ one of his love songs ya’ll knaw it’s them – whether Heman says owt er nowt. They’ll buy all yer waste paper, mitch
er little, an’ they’ll pay ya fair price for it. Bud, of ourse, if ya think ta give poor Heman t’paper for nowt, it’ll help him an’ it’ll be all profit for him. He’ll get paid for it bi t’Express fowk whether he’s begged it er he’s bowt it. Soa, if ya save yer waste paper an’ let Heman heve it, ye’re dewin’ a gooid turn to a desarvin owd chap ‘at’s been crippled an’ handicapped nearly all his life thro a accident. Gooid turn An’ that isn’t all. Bi lettin’ Heman hev onny waste paper ‘at ya save, ya’re boath dewin’ Heman a varry gooid turn an’ helpin’ yer country ta mak’ new paper aht o’ owd asteead o’ ewsin’ ships ta bring stuff ower t’seah ta mak’ paper on!
I want ya ta think seriously abaht this. Bi takin’ care o’ yer waste paper an’ letting Heman hev it ya’are helpin’ t’Gover’ment ta provide new paper at hoam an’ i’ that way leavin’ ships ta bring ower summat for fowk ta eyte. Patriotically Ye’re helpin’ yer neighbours an’ ye’re actin’ patriotically. A bit o’ waste paper ‘appen doesn’t lewk mitch ta some on us bud it means a lot ta t’country. Ships is a gurt thing just nah ta all on us an’ we all owt ta dew whativver we can i’ t’way o’ewsin’ stuff ‘at we hev i’ wer awn country asteead o’ ewsi’ foreign stuff ‘at hez ta be browt ower i’ ships – ships ‘at could be better ewsed ta bring ower stuff ta eyte. Savin’ yer waste paper an’ lettin’ Heman hev it is one way o’ dewin it.
Heman and Jimmy now on war work
The tone of the annual meeting of the Eccleshill Cricket Club which was held on Monday night, was not to the liking of the officials. Although no unfriendly criticism was indulged in, several references were made to the existence of ‘an undercurrent.’ “T’ getherin’s rather upset me,” observed an old committeeman. “I thowt it ‘ud ha’ been a cheerful affair bud it’s been just t’opposite. “If onybody hez a grievance he owt ta aht wi’ it an’ then we s’ hev a chonce ta set things straight.” A peculiar meeting Mr J W Overend declared that it had been “a peculiar meeting in more ways than one,” whilst another member created much amusement when, pointing to a motto on the wall, he said, “Ye talk abaht ‘carryin’ on,’ bud that can’t be done unless we dew as it says theer – ‘Let brotherly lover continue’.” The fact that things went on pretty smoothly at the meeting was undoubtedly due to the tactfulness of the president, Mr George Thornton.
Despite the ‘undercurrent’ the meeting ended satisfactorily, all agreeing to do their best ‘ to maintain the high traditions of the club and the dignity of the League.’ Excellent spirit Wisely have Eccleshill decided to go on engaging ‘star’ players in preference to going under by adopting a reactionary and parsimonious policy. The secretary of the Eccleshill Club is to be congratulated on the neat appearance of the report he has published. On the front page are photographic vignettes of H Dixon, E Dixon, George Fawcett and W Denby, members of the committee who are with the Forces. When it is recalled that in the season 1917, the team only achieved one victory, it will be admitted that the report breathes an excellent spirit. Regarding a decision to remain in the Bradford League, the report says, ‘Despite the abnormal situation and the position of the club, the great point is to keep the flag flying and the ground in good condition in order that they may be ready for the local lads when they again take up duties in civil life.’
Tact overcomes ‘undercurrent’ at meeting
PUBLIC NOTICE SHIPLEY DISTRICT COUNCIL ALLOTMENTS The Council having acquired Land in the Albert Road, Saltaire Road and Manor Lane for Allotment purposes, the Food Production Committee are open to receive applications from Ratepayers for plots for cultivation of vegetables &c. The area of each allotment would be approximately 200 square yards and applications should be forwarded to the undersigned not later than the 31st inst ISAAC LINDOW Clerk of the Council
An excellent work is being done by the Baildon Comforts Fund Committee for the village boys serving overseas. Since the commencement of the war over 650 have joined the Services and of these, 66 have paid the supreme sacrifice and 15 of those who have been wounded have been discharged. To those serving, parcels of comfort have been regularly sent out to the total of 4,500 and an extra effort is now being organised in the shape of a bazaar. Administration With commendable enterprise the committee have taken the local picture house and café for a whole week and will run the ‘show’ in connection with the effort in the hope of raising a substantial sum. So far about £1,500 has been raised by various means in the village and the fact that the cost of administration has amounted to only about £4 is in itself striking testimony to the management of the fund.
Enterprising committee take over cinema and cafe to raise funds
Transformation tricks
A new film entitled The Schoolmaster and described as ‘a transformation scene’ has been showing during the week at the Pavilion de Luxe, Shipley. It proved especially attractive from the fact that, with the exception of the master himself, all the performers are children who enter with a zest proper to their age into the spirit of the scene. This illustrates certain mysterious transformations that take place on a blackboard with the aid of which the schoolmaster is giving a writing and drawing lesson to a class of girls and boys. Superior virtues The children’s excitement may be imagined when a line of ‘copy’ dealing with the qualities of bread in general, changes, by no visible agency, to a sentence descriptive of the superior virtues of ‘Hovis’ bread in particular. Their delight knows no bounds when an ear of wheat laboriously represented on the blackboard for reproduction on the children’s slates, to all appearance comes to life and transforms itself, if not into a loaf of bread at least into the familiar letters HOVIS. There are other clever and amusing tricks (for tricks, of course, they are) which should be seen in order to appreciate the entertainment to be derived from this latest form of ‘trick film.’
Dr Myers of Menston and formerly of Shipley, a non-Catholic, as given a £100 War Bond towards the building of a new Catholic Church at Horsforth. One of the conditions was that the parishioners should raise the sum of £50 by Christmas and it was announced this week that £75 had been raised.
Doctor’s generosity
Under the auspices of the Baildon Orchestral Society, a concert was given in the Primitive Methodist School on Monday evening. Choice selections of music were given by the orchestra under the able conductorship of Mr A Carpenter. Songs were creditably sung by Miss Laura Thorpe, Mr Albert Carpenter and Mr Gomersal, whilst a pleasing violin duet was contributed by Mrs Pitman and Mrs Heaton. Refreshments were served by Mrs Lister, Mrs Clough, Miss Holmes, Misses Lottie Holmes, Elsie Clough and Ida Peel. The event, which was well patronised, realised £5; the proceeds are towards the Primitive Methodist Stall at the Moonlight Bazaar.
Successful concert in Baildon
Dampen a very large and coarse sponge and hang it by a cord in the inside of the window at the top. Spinkle it thoroughly with clover, linseed or mustard seed and very soon you will have a pretty round mass of green. Keep the window open occasionally and the sponge very wet. Should there be bare spots when the seeds begin to sprout, sprinkle the sponge again so that it may be altogether hidden when the growth is completed.
How to create a garden on a sponge indoors
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