In consequence of the Government having again cut down the supply of paper, this time to only one half of what it was in 1917-18, it is altogether impossible to go on publishing the Express the size it has been.Obviously we shall not be allowed anything near enough paper. And not only will there be a shortage of supply but a considerable increase in the price is announced.We have, however, a stock of paper which will last a few weeks and we propose giving our readers the benefit of this; but it may be that we shall be compelled to increase the price of the Express later.DutyUnder the circumstances we are absolutely compelled, as a war-time measure, to at once make the paper eight pages instead of 12.A similar reduction in the size of all newspapers in this country has been or is being made.The drastic conditions of the Government are compulsory. They are imposed in order to relieve tonnage for the importation of food and other purposes. They are for this country’s good.It is, therefore, our duty and the duty of all our readers, to loyally fall in with, and make the best of the restrictions in the National interest.All the same, with the helpful co-operation of those who use our paper, we shall be able to give in a condensed form as much news and other reading matter in the eight pages as we have previously given in 12.To do so, we propose taking out of the paper anything that at present is not strictly necessary, sub-editing closer, cutting down everything to actual essentials and yet to so balance the paper that everything will have a share relative to is value and importance.
Mr Jonas Ogden (left), aged 72, principal of Jonas Ogden, Sons & Co, Woodend Mills, Windhill, who died on 3rd March.Mr Varley Woodhead (right) of Leyburn Grove, Shipley, textile designer and well-known in various public capacities, who died on 1st March.
Trades Council demand fairness for Co-op
A big bite at the food question was taken by the Shipley Trades and Labour Council on Tuesday night when interesting references were made to jam, butter and tea.Mr Grey alleged that there had been an unequal distribution of jam in Shipley and he moved that the local Food Control Committee be requested to get into communication with John Smith (Shipley) Ltd with the object of an order being put into the hands of the Windhill Co-operative Society.OutsidersHe added that outsiders were coming into Shipley and getting jam.The chairman, Mr H Cooper, said: ‘We don’t know that the Co-operative Society directors would accept jam from John Smith.Mr Holmes remarked that in view of the shortage and the numerous applications there had been for jam at the Co-operative stores, Smith’s were asked by their manager but refused.Mr Anderson said this was a case where the Co-operative Society was
being boycotted because it was a working man’s movement.The resolution was carried.Regarding butter, Mr Holmes said the position at the Stores was that they could go a whole week and get no butter or they might get it at the eleventh hour.He added that it was deplorable that the Stores were getting such a small quanitity of butter, considering that they had been such large users of Danish.Mr Anderson moved that the Food Control Committee be requested to take steps to ensure the Co-operative Society getting a comparatively equal supply of foodstuffs.He considered that was the only way of ensuring an equitable distribution in the town.
What he meant by the term ‘comparatively’ was an equal supply per head.He understood that two-thirds of the public in this part of the country were Co-operators and, if that was so, it was a shame that the Co-operative Stores could not get foodstuffs at the present time.No teaHe had not been able to obtain tea for a fortnight at the Stores.Mr J Hudson seconded and said the Co-operative movement was receiving anything but fair treatment.It appeared that the small shopkeeper had the most butter and not the Co-operative Society and it was up to organised labour in Shipley to see about this.It was evident to him that the local Food Control Committee were not doing their duty in this respect and he moved that Mr Higson, the Food Executive Officer, be invited to a meeting of the Trades Council to thrash things out.Both resolutions were carried.
The hon sec of the Shipley and Baildon Branch of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies writes to the editor:‘I should be greatly obliged if you would find space for the enclosed letter in the next copy of your paper; it has already appeared in the leading London papers.’Grave social questionThe letter, which is signed by Millicent Garrett Fawcett, president of the National Union, deals with a grave social question but as it is not discussed with the reserve which we think should be characteristic of such matters, we cannot see our way to publish the letter – the Editor.
Suffrage letter not suitable to publish
Mr John Moulson of 30 Horton Green, Bradford, who died on Saturday, was a member of a well-known family of builders. His father, the late Alderman William Moulson, a former Mayor of the city, having been concerned in the building of Saltaire Mills.
Last Friday was the anniversary of the opening of the Shipley, Idle and Eccleshill railway for goods traffic in 1872.
Sir Ellis Denby of Wycliffe House, Shipley, is presenting to the Liberal Club a photograph of the late member for the Division, Mr Percy H Illingworth.
Dickens’ letter boost for prisoner of war fund
Mr C H Simonds of Shipley, recently presented an original Dickens’ letter, dated 27th July 1861 to the Ladies’ Committee, whose headquarters are at the Institute, Saltaire, the proceeds to be for parcels for Shipley prisoners of war.A sum of £25 4s has been realised as a result of the efforts of Mr Simonds, assisted by some of the member of the committee and over £15 of the total receipts was contributed by friends of Mr Simonds, outside Shipley.
Yesterday, sentence of two months was passed at Leeds Assizes on Frank Harrison, aged 32, a fireman of Valley Road, Shipley, for stealing 255lbs of leather belting, the property of Campbell & Harrison Ltd, woolcombers, Shipley, between 30th September and 31st December 1917.John William Clark, aged 54, a boot and shoe maker of Bradford Road and Valley Road, Shipley, received the same sentence for receiving the leather.
Leather thieves jailed
Reward for long service
In recognition of lengthy and faithful services, John Smith (Shipley) Ltd have this week presented war savings certificates to 60 or more of their 82 employees.Three of these have the distinction of each having served the firm for over 36 years and 15 full certificates have been divided among them.There were previously 273 certificates among the workpeople through the war savings’ association.
The funeral took place at Undercliffe Cemetery on Monday of Mr John Monkman, whose death occurred yesterday week at Westfield House, Wrose, at the age of 81.Last male survivor of a well-known and highly esteemed family, the deceased gentleman was not actively interested in public life though he was widely known in business circles, being the Bradford representative of Fleming Reid & Co of Greenock and Watson Bros of Kidderminster.