Friday 28 June 1918
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At the annual prize giving at Woodhouse Grove School at Apperley Bridge, the headmaster, Mr Walker, reported that in 1917 there were 114 boys at the school and there were now 123. The number of boarders had increased from 97 to 106 up to last Christmas and the present number was 113, which was nearly 50 per cent more than three years ago. 42 lost The school was worthily represented in the colours. The roll of honour now contained the names of 42 lost, which was between one-fifth and one-sixth of the total roll. He did not know of any school with such a percentage of losses. Several old Grovians had won honours and distinctions in the war. A memorial to the fallen old boys was to be erected and the fund for that purpose now stood at about £170.
School’s proud record
The death occurred at the Ilkley Coronation Hospital of Mr W E Crowther of St James’ Road, Ilkley, aged 66. Mr Crowther had resided at Ilkley about thirty years and his death occurred from pneumonia after a brief illness. He was four years Midland stationmaster at Shipley and while acting in this capacity in 1891 was accidentally run over by a train and lost both his legs, besides suffering other injuries. Cashier As an expression of sympathy with him in his suffering and also as a mark of appreciation of the esteem in which he was held, the passholders at Shipley presented him with £450. Since his accident he has been cashier in the offices of the Midland Railway at Bradford.
Shipley stationmaster who lost both his legs
The advantage of multiple public service was illustrated by Cllr F Fearnley Rhodes on Monday evening when, as a member of Shipley Tribunal and of the Education Committee, he was able to throw a sidelight at the meeting of the latter on the custom of some milkmen employing children before and after school hours without authority. Others who are also on both the tribunal and the education committee corroborated what Cllr Rhodes said and they supported the point he had made that it is not so much a question of engaging the children as having permission to work them during certain hours. Officialising In times like the present nobody would think of denying the milkmen the help which the school children can give them but at the same time, the position of affairs requires officialising in case the use made of the children’s labour is abused at any time through ignorance. In any event, as Cllr Learoyd contended, no child should be worked before attending morning school and again after attending afternoon school on any one day.
Limits to the help for milkmen
With a load of 6cwt on their hydroplanes, says a Paris correspondent, the aviators Louis Heraldy and Marcel Largnat renewed their aerial post trials between Paris and Lodon and vice versa. They started from Bezons at the gates of Paris, at 1.5 p.m. and reached the English capital in a non- stop flight at 3.50 p.m. Leaving London again at 4.5 p.m. and favoured by a good wind behind, they rapidly made the return journey, reaching Bezons at 6.40 p.m.
London-Paris return in under six hours
The General Management Committee of the Shipley Divisional Labour Party met on Saturday evening for the purpose of electing a candidate for the next election. The two candidates nominated were Mr James Butts (London), nominated by the A.S.E., and County Cllr Tom Snowden (Bingley), nominated by the I.L.P. Federation. Both addressed the conference and answered questions. A ballot was then taken which resulted in the election of Mr Snowden by 42 votes to 22, following which Mr Snowden was formally adopted as the Party’s candidate. Mr Snowden, in accepting the nomination, said the Labour-Socialist movement had come to stay whether their opponents liked it or not and they would prepare their political household and organisation to be a habitation for men and women of all ranks of society. Left wing He added that he would take an early opportunity of declaring his opinions and policy to the constituents. In the meantime he wished it to be understood that he belonged to the
left wing of the Labour Party. He had always been against their men joining the government. Experience had demonstrated that so long as they were tied to the Curzons, Milners, Northcliffs, with Lloyd George thrown in, they would be unable to exercise the influence they could if they were free and independent. Secret treaties He had yet to learn that they had anything in common with the Liberal or the Conservative Party either in a time of war or peace. The war aims of the present government, as revealed by the secret treaties, proved conclusively that they were not a disinterested nation. Their rulers and diplomats had not shed their imperialistic aims and ambitions. “I love my country; I know of none better,” he added, “but I will not be a party to the shedding of one drop of blood to gratify the sordid impulses of a few dominating autocrats.
“International Socialism, co-operative and trade union fraternisation with the democracies of all countries, including so-called enemy countries, is the only cure and prevent of war. “I will trust these agencies because I have faith in their ultimate triumph.” Born in 1875 at Cowling, Mr Snowden, who is now principal of the worsted manufacturing firm of T Snowden & Son, Argyll Mills, Bingley, started work as a weaver at the age of ten. Reconstruction When 22 he was elected secretary of the Middleton (Cowling) Co- operative Society which afterwards became the parent society at Cowling. He was in this position for eight years. In 1904 he removed to Bingley and began business on his account as a manufacturer. He joined the Independent Labour Party 23 years ago, was elected to the Bingley Urban Council in 1911 and to the West Riding County Council in 1912 as a Labour and Socialist representative. He is a member of the West Riding Standing Joint Committee and the War Agricultural Committee. At the last County Council meeting he was one of the 16 members chosen as the Reconstruction Committee. He is a governor of the Bingley Grammar School, chairman of the Higher Education Committee and a trustee and P.G.M. of Myrtle Lodge, Manchester Unity Oddfellows.
Bingley man wins Labour nomination
“I love my country; I know of none better,” he added, “but I will not be a party to the shedding of one drop of blood to gratify the sordid impulses of a few dominating autocrats.”
 “This came as a bombshell to the General Purposes Committee,” said Cllr T Hill from the chair of Shipley Urban council on Tuesday night when mentioning that the Bradford Tramways Committee were desirous of curtailing the service during the war. The manager of the City tramways had written asking the Council to approve an hourly service between Thackley and Shipley and the closing of the service from Briggate to the car depot at Saltaire. The committee decided unanimously to object to the closing of the service on the Saltaire Road section and had appointed Cllrs Hill, Hirst and Reynolds to interview the tramways manager on the matter. The news also attracted an editorial comment piece: It seems to us that the Bradford City Tramways Committee have a duty to the suburbs and the connected towns as well as a duty to the best interests of their undertaking. But their proposal to dock the service between Thackley and Shipley and to cut the tail-end of it from Briggate to the car depot at Saltaire is an over-emphasis of the latter at the expense of neglecting the first.
Idle and Thackley are big feeders of the cars to Shipley and if the service is reduced to one car every hour instead of two cars as at present, there will be considerable inconvenience to business and working people. Then there are the folk who shop at Shipley from Idle and Thackley, to say nothing of the villagers of Esholt who would be stranded for getting to Shipley. If the Tramways Committee are set on curtailments why not tackle the Bradford-Baildon Bridge service as passengers on that route either to or from the city could make the roundabout journey through Idle and Thackley. Argument It costs no more and if it is a good argument for cutting down the number of cars that some of them do not justify the running expenses, it is just as good an argument for reducing the Otley Road cars and filling up the ones that run from the city to Shipley with the overflow from a curtailed service on the Otley Road. The Tramways Committee are even more inconsiderate in wanting to isolate Saltaire from Shipley. In fact, the whole idea strikes at the root of the linking-up system and is certain to be very unpopular if persisted in.
Anger over proposed cuts to tramways services
A bowling match was played among local licensed victuallers on the green at Shipley Bowling Club on Wednesday afternoon, the proceeds being in aid of the Shipley Branch of the Discharged Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Association. Royal Oak The first prize was won by Mr F Cox (Royal Oak Hotel) and the second by Mr W Smith (Prince of Wales Hotel). The prizes, in money, were given by the winners to the fund.
Publicans boost fund with bowls
The Wharfedale Branch of the National Farmers’ Union protested against the reduction of labour on local farms. Mr Richard Garnett, formerly of Idle, mentioned the case of Mr Brooksbank, a Shipley farmer who was ill in bed and attended by a doctor. He said that on this farm upwards of 40 cows were milked, producing 85 gallons per day. There were also over 100 pork pigs and there was ground every week 20 tons of corn for a neighbouring farmer. Mr Brooksbank had only one son and he had been passed for service by the War Agricultural Committee. An official at Leeds admitted a mistake had been made and advised seeing the regional officer but he refused to rectify the mistake. When challenged, the regional officer said: “Somebody else will buy the stuff; someone else will take the farm. And if they don’t, the public will have to do without milk.”
Short shrift for farmer
Boy’s sudden death
Calverley Council chairman expressed the opinion that Council School head teacher, Mr Walker, would be best serving the National interest by remaining in the school rather than being called up for the army and he hoped that would be possible.
Better if Head stays
Natural causes was the jury’s verdict on Tuesday at the Wellfield Moravian School, Baildon, with regard to the sudden death of Edgar Firth, nine years of age, whose parents live at Sun Place, Woodbottom. He attended the Sunday school on Sunday morning and later went for a walk with friends, returning home at dinner time. He complained of  headache and died in the afternoon.
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