Friday 22 March 1918
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Economy has almost become an art at Baildon where on Tuesday night the Urban Council were able to fix the general district rate at 3s 2d in the pound which is 6d less than the current rate. It is only likely to be temporary, however, as Cllr W E Rhodes, the Finance chairman, said that the present year had been the strongest from a financial point the Council had ever experienced. Only temporary Economy had been practised by the Council and this would continue until after the war. The reduction in the rate was only temporary and it was quite possible that at some future time the ratepayers would be called upon to forego some of the concessions in order that improvements which had been held over on account of the war, could be carried out. Cllr William Holmes, chairman of the Overseers, said it was extremely likely that there would be an increase in the poor rate.
Baildon Council makes a cut in rates
Mr J T Midgley of 15 Threshfield, Baildon, a foreman light rivetter, employed by W P Butterfield Ltd, tank manufacturers, aged 33 and A1, appeared at the Baildon Tribunal to explain why he had not complied with a request to drill with the Volunteer Force. He has a conditional exemption from conscription and he said he could not do his laborious work and drill as well, as he was ready for bed when he got home. The chairman, Cllr  W F Whittaker, said: “I have known thousands of rivetters and they don’t spend their time in bed when they finish. The alternative to drilling is the army.” Midgley replied: “Then I will have to take the alternative. I have to walk a long way for my meals.” Gardenining on Sundays Chairman: “That is no excuse as lots of us have to get our meals outside on account of the distance. When I worked in a ‘shop’ I carried my meals and had to walk several miles.” The respondent said he did some gardening on Sundays and the chairman advised him to rest on Sundays if he was so tired during the week. Midgley: “I grew 67 stone of potatoes last year and I am reaping the benefit now by not having them to buy.” Having answered questions as to what work he did, the respondent was informed by the chairman that the tribunal did not like applicants answering questions in a certain way and putting the tribunal down as fools. All they wanted from him was a straight tale and to give them credit for understanding something of business. The respondent said it was not his intention to drill and the chairman remarked: “if you say you are too tired to drill then we think you are not doing your share. You will either have to drill or got into the army.”
Stark choice for weary rivetter
Shipley’s effort during Business Men’s Week, when £81,884 was subscribed instead of the £62,500 asked for, included over £5,200 through the 32 war savings associations in the town. This shows the populace of Shipley are interested and many stories could be told of effort made with great success by the officials. The educational value of the war savings association movement, with its encouragement to regular investors, shows it is not a capatilistic dodge. And the enlargement and strength- ening of the organisation and membership in Shipley will result in increased prosperity in the town and for its people generally, quite apart from the patriotic assistance and help given to the lads who are fighting our battles.
Shipley goes over target
Miss Salt, late of Milner Field, gave an address on ‘Signs of the Times’ at the Socialist Hall, Shipley on Saturday evening before a good audience. Referring generally to the present outlook, both national and international, Miss Salt said that although for some time past it had been discouraging, yet she felt there were signs of a more reasonable attitude in regard to a settlement of the problems. She did not think military victory would bring a satisfactory settlement of the war but that a lasting settlement would be more likely to be obtained if the peoples rather than the diplomats of the various nations entered into conference.
Miss Salt referred to the publication by Russia of the secret treaties between the Allies and stated that these had come as a disappointment to many people. She held that the fact that these secret treaties had not been repudiated by the various governments was no obstacle to peace. Questioned as regards the German-Russo peace terms, Miss Salt said that the situation made her all the more an internationalist. Whatever might be thought of the terms arranged, it should not be overlooked that Russia had laid down for the world ideals of the highest character which, if accepted by all the belligerent nations, would form the basis for a permanent and satisfactory peace for all.
Russians have shown the way for peace talks
A strike by tram conductresses over their pay, produced a sharp editorial and a number of letters. Though few people concerned themselves about the dispute which lay behind the stoppage of the trams from the city through Idle and Shipley, as it was more or less a personal matter connected with the problem of work and wages, the inconvenience which the suspension of the service caused was not at all lost sight of by the public. And no matter what rights the employees may have had on their side, they cannot pretend their strike was popular outside themselves. In other times, less complicated than we all know these to be, it probably would have been but the governing element of give and take that should characterise all popular movements today was not very obvious to outsiders. It was pure accident, of course, that few trains were running at mostly long intervals and in the circum-
stances it would perhaps have been asking too much of human nature to expect the strikers to drop their agitation out of mere sentiment for the plight of the travelling public. All the same, the meagreness of the railway facilities was an advantage to them in the sense that these could not give to the public anything like the convenience the withdrawal of the trams had robbed them of and so the position was aggravated by an almost total shortage of cheap and convenient locomotion of any kind. FORBEARANCE Sir – Being in favour of equal rights for men and women and in sympathy with the conductresses’ demand, I regret they did not have the matter settled by the just and reasonable method of arbitration, for the workers of their class are the greatest sufferers in their sudden decision to strike. I quite agree with the complaint with regard to the incivility of many of the conductresses. Being a woman I don’t
like to detract from my sex but I am bound to say the conductors have always been most courteous to me. I am sorry I cannot say this of many of the conductresses. Perhaps they have not realised that they have not been civil; let us hope that evil has been ‘wrought for want of thought’ and that we shall have better service in the future. On the other hand, I think passengers should be more reasonable. It must be a very trying position standing in the cold, bearing patiently with the ill- nature of some who board the cars. A little forbearance on both sides would make things work more smoothly. I am, etc A Constant User of the Cars. INSULTS AND ABUSE Sir –Correspondents need to learn the full facts of the case in regard to the tramway strike. A conductress receives from 6d to 6¾d an hour and a full week averages 54 hours. If this is summed up, I don’t think that you can get this to £2 or even £3 even after adding the war bonus of 9s. As to manners, I think the conductresses do as well as circumstances will allow after the insults and abuse that are offered them by the public. I am, etc A Conductress WORKMEN NECESSARY Sir – It is rumoured that tramway fares are, like everything else, going up and it is said that workmen’s fares are to be docked. Let me suggest to our Tramways Committee a better way to meet the extra expenses which will be paid in wages to our drivers etc. Workmen are necessary; therefore let them have the advantage of cheap fares. Sunday travelling is a luxury or a pleasure. So leave the workman’s fares alone at present and double all Sunday fares. I am, etc Early Morning Traveller
Tram-strike conductresses in the spotlight
The meat rationing scheme for the whole country, which was to come into operation on 25th March, has been postponed until 7th April. The alteration is due to the desire that the introduction of the scheme may coincide with the introduction of a supplementary ration by which preferential treatment will be given to heavy manual workers. Lord Rhondda is examining in detail proposals for the grading of rationing. Some little time ago it was stated that for the purposes of national rationing the population would probably be classified under five grades according to occupation, the divisions being as follows: Men engaged on heavy industrial or agricultural work. Men engaged in ordinary manual work. Young people of both sexes engaged on physical work. People to receive the normal ration. Children under 10 years of age.
Meat rationing postponed
Idle faces prospect of a 10 shilling rate
As chairman of the City Finance and General Purposes Committee, Cllr Stringer of Idle will present Bradford’s next budget and the new rate will be made known in a week or so. Today the poundage is 9s 3d and no one expects it to be less for the coming year and the new rate is almost certain to be bigger. But a 10s rate would not be a record in Idle. Some 23 or 24 years ago Idle had such a ‘distinction’ and the township had very little to show for the expenditure. Esholt Grease Works The corporation is now paying something like £200,000 a year in war bonuses, apart from dependents’ allowances, and this is eloquent enough of the present financial position of the municipality. But for the Esholt Grease Works, with their sales of over £100,000 a year, one is tempted to ask, Where should we have been?
A group photograph, surmounted by ivy and covered with a Union Jack, was unveiled on Wednesday night at the Rosse Street Brotherhood Social Rooms to the memory of five members – Harry Scott, West Yorks Regt, of Saltaire Road; Percy Holgate, R.E. of Wrose Hill; Harold Moorhouse, D.L.I. of Saltaire Road; Fred Mounsey, D.L.I. of Barrett Street;  and Harry Waugh, R.F.A. of Westgate – who have fallen in the war. Mrs Chadwick, wife of vice president Mr D B Chadwick, who have three sons with the colours, performed the unveiling.
Rosse Street tribute
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