Friday 29 November 1918
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Gold medal for helping police
Mr John Thomas Smith of 20 Briggate, Windhill, has been presented with a gold medallion and £5 in recognition of “signal service to the constabulary” last July. It will be remembered that Mr Smith, who has been a tram conductor on the Bradford system for the last 16 years, ‘spotted’ two men who were afterwards convicted in connection with a burglary and theft of £280 worth of silver plate at Aireville, Shipley and that he assisted the police to apprehend the men. Everybody agrees that it was a piece of smart detective work on the part of Smith. When the presentation was made to him the other day at the Bradford West Riding Police Court by Mr J G Mowat, the presiding magistrate, the report of the Chief Constable was read out and the magistrates congratulated him on his achievement. Mr Smith returned thanks and said he was pleased to have done what he did in the interests of the public safety.
Co-operator wins council by-election but disappointment at low voter turn-out
Voting took place at the Otley Road Council School in the by-election in the South Ward on Saturday to fill the vacancy on the Shipley Urban council and shortly after 9 p.m. the Returning Officer, Mr I Lindow, declared the result to be: MORTON, Norman Joseph (Co- operator) 796. Mrs Gertrude Bonner (Conservative) 491. Arthur Bateson (Liberal) 403. Co-operator’s Majority 305. There were three spoilt papers. The by-election was remarkable for the amount of personal energy and initiative that all the three candidates infused into it and there was also evidence that the parties behind the candidates meant to leave nothing to chance. Women And yet the poll was very disappointing, under 60 percent, or only 1,692 of the electors exercising the franchise. It was expected that the women
would take this, the first opportunity of going to the poll in something like full strength, but they cannot have done so as the total votes cast in the election only exceeded their number on the new register by 26. In the after poll speeches, Mrs Bonner, the Conservative candidate, commented on this slump in the vote of her sex. After the declaration the successful candidate moved a vote of thanks to the returning officer and his staff. He added that he wished to pay a tribute to the manner in which his opponents had fought. He could wish for no nicer opponents. Mrs Bonner thanked the voters who had supported her and hoped they would do the same again ‘next March.’ She was sorry to see that though there were so many ladies present they
could not have backed her. Incidents Mr Bates said that although he had lost he thanked his supporters. It had been a straight- forward fight. Mr Morton had been an excellent opponent and so had Mrs Bonner. There were some incidents in connection with the election. In one case a male elector asked at the polling booth if he was entitled to vote for his wife. On the other hand, a woman wanted to vote for her husband. A young woman inquired why she had not received an intimation to vote. A member of the polling staff if she was of age to vote. “What is the limit,” she replied. “Thirty,” replied the clerk. “Then I am entitled to vote; I was 30 last week,” she said triumphantly.
ELECTED:  Norman Morton
Bradford’s rejection of Shipley ambition is just a repeat of the past
Everything considered, Shipley has been completely disappointed by Bradford in connection with the aspiration to create a Greater Shipley. For some reason or other the impression was entertained at Shipley that Bradford would not, on this occasion, oppose any application that might be made to raise the township to the status of borough. Thus it was with a feeling of confidence that the Shipley representatives went to the conference with the Bradford Parliamentary Sub-Committee last Friday. The result was a rude awakening. Bradford showed its hand very determinedly and by a unanimous vote made it clear that if Shipley proceeded with its ambitions for self- determination Bradford would do its best to scotch it. Damping Knowing this, Shipley will probably think twice before going further on the matter as the cost and the result of the last process, when Shipley sought a charter of incorporation for itself, coupled with the reprisal of Bradford, had a damping effect on local administrative circles. On that occasion, in 1898, Bradford not only obstructed Shipley but also tried to suck it into the city and, as it must be obvious from the strategy of Bradford at the conference that the city’s policy is still annexation. The only conclusion that can be come to now is that Bradford would put up another double-handed fight if Shipley persevered with its present scheme. Too credulous We suppose there were some grounds for Shipley believing that Bradford had changed its mind on the question but the optimism with which Shipley went to the conference shows that Bradford had been pretending a sympathy or that Shipley has been too credulous. However, Shipley is not committed to any step by the present development and the conference has served one good purpose at least – it has let daylight on to the matter and it has enabled Shipley to ascertain exactly the state of mind of Bradford. Looked at in this light, the upshot of the conference is a diplomatic success for Shipley. Insular minds At the same time, it is a remarkable sidelight on the under-currents opposed to self-determination and illustrates once more that this principle is too great for parochial and insular minds to either understand or appreciate. Bradford’s unchanged and inflexible attitude towards a progressive township anxious for more elbow room and a greater self-expression is surely the last word in neighbourly jealousy. Its offer to deal generously with Shipley in the event of the township consenting to be absorbed by Bradford is a sop that is all the more distasteful because it presupposes the utter inability of Shipley to show a way out of the predicament It is too much like rubbing it in and if the feeling which Bradford has aroused in Shipley over this matter is anything to go by, incorporation with the city is about the last thing the township would contemplate.
Property sales
Four cottages and two cellar dwellings at Manor Croft were sold at the Angel Hotel, Baildon, on Tuesday evening to Mr Albert Halliday, ornamental ironworker, of Baildon for £555. Mr Francis Lister was the auctioneer.
Died in Canada
Football circles will be sorry to learn that Oscar Newall, who played for different clubs prior to emigrating six years ago, has died at 155 Lansdown Avenue, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 50. A cablegram received on Monday stated that he passed away on 21st November. Fire Brigade He was for many years a member of the Shipley Fire Brigade and a turner at the Canal Ironworks, Shipley. He is survived by a wife, two daughters and a son, the latter being discharged from the colours.
Reserved for men
The women and girls department of the Shipley Employment Exchange has been transferred to the Providence Wesleyan Sunday School at Otley Road. The Exchange Office is reserved for men.
The Salvation Army at Shipley have started a movement to raise 2,000 shillings for providing ten new instruments for the band. Twenty of the bandsmen joined the colours. One was killed in the Dardanelles and another passed away at home. Several have been wounded and two are prisoners of war.
Shillings for instruments
Co-op chairman dies
The death has taken place of Mr William Mosley, aged 79, of 55 Manor Lane, Shipley, a member of the Liberal Club and who was also connected with the West Cliffe Road Church. At one time he was chairman of the directors of the Windhill Co-operative Society and he was also a trustee of the Oddfellows, Loyal Standard Lodge. At the funeral Messrs U Emsley and A Barnes represented the Co- operative Society and Messrs S Longbottom and F Greetham the Oddfellows.
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