The Airedale Combing Company Ltd of Baildon were charged at the Otley Police Court last Friday with having, on 9th May, put liquid matter in the River Aire so as to kill fish.Mr W E Puckering of York prosecuted on behalf of the Yorkshire Fishery Board and Mr Francis Watson appeared for the company.Sick and dyingFrom the evidence of John William Prince, water bailiff for the Saltaire Angling Club and hon Bailiff for the Yorkshire Fishery Board, it appeared that he was on the river bank near the defendant’s premises and saw a number of fish in the water in a sick and dying condition.The water was in a muddy state owing to the outflow from the defendant’s works and when he drew the attention of the manager to the state of the river and the fish, the reply of the manager was that he could do nothing.Cross-examined by Mr Watson, the witness said there were several other factories and tanneries on the banks
of the river higher up than the defendant’s works but he was of the opinion that nothing came from the factories and tanneries which would kill the fish in the river.He understood that means were adopted by the defendant company to purify their effluent before it went into the river but he should say that the effluent as he saw it on the day in question had not been treated.For the defence, Mr Watson submitted that his clients were doing all that was possible to treat the effluent properly before it was turned into the river and if, after doing that, manufacturers were not allowed to discharge into the river it was impossible to carry on the industry of the country.CanalThe Bench imposed the full penalty of £10 and costs and allowed three guineas special costs.Mr Puckering again represented the Board at Bradford West Riding Court on Monday, when the Shipley Carbonising Company were summoned for polluting the Leeds
and Liverpool Canal on two occasions. The pollution was alleged to have occurred on 5th June and it was very serious, killing hundreds of fish below the defendant’s works.SalmonThe Leeds and Liverpool Canal was a tributary of the river which was a tributary of the Ouse, which contained salmon.The defence was that on the day of the pollution there was an accident to a retaining wall which was the cause.John William Price, water bailiff to the Board, said the canal was polluted with suds and in a dirty condition. It was a serious pollution.John Spence, foreman canal bank-ranger to the Board and Charles E Moses, inspector of the Board, also gave evidence.Mt Puckering said they did not take a sample of water and there was no obligation upon him to produce one. He had simply to satisfy the court that fish were killed and that the cause was pollution.A fine of £5 and costs was imposed.
To facilitate the filling up of the fuel and lighting ration form, Mr Exelby Reynolds, local field officer, has hit on a very useful method which should have the best results.Last Friday he visited the Central Council and Church of England Schools and explained to the older scholars how their parents should fill up the form and the children were requested to pass the information on to their parents.At the Central School Mr Dennison, the headmaster, and Miss Thorp, the headmistress, also addressed some of the scholars on these lines and Mr Smart, headmaster at the Church School, did the same.Special formsMr Reynolds has also addressed the scholars at the Windhill Church of England School with the help of the headmaster, Mr Lund.The fuel and lighting staff are dealing with the filling up of the special forms at the Carnegie Library and the Saltaire Institute every day this week from 2-8.30 p.m., and all next week from 6-8.30 p.m. Householders can also be assisted any day by Mr Reynolds at his office in Commercial Street.
Children to teach their parents
Mr Winston Churchill, president of the Salt Schools, cannot get to Shipley for the time being.In a letter to Mr Walter Popplestone, director of Education, he states that he deeply regrets that war conditions and the extreme pressure of his work make it impossible for him to undertake a visit to Shipley in the near future.
Churchill unable to visit
When the Idle Feast was known for it’s breathless drama
The Idle Feast must have roots sunk deep somewhere for, although the attractions were the fewest on record, there were large gatherings of people from all round on the district on the Feast ground.What Idle ‘Tide’ was like half-a-century or so ago is illustrated by a correspondent’s letter: “Some forty years ago the peripatetic Thespians used to have a good time. For some years Vickers’s Alhambra Theatre was the outstanding attraction and I have a memorial of one week’s dramatic bill of fare.Printer’s careless error?“On Monday they played ‘The Murder on the Turnpike’; on Tuesday, ‘Alone in the Pirate’s Lair’; and on Wednesday, ‘Jack Long of Texas or The Shot in the Eye.’ The Saturday night’s programme was ‘The Gipsy King or The Perilous Pass of the Cataract.’“Mr Vickers used to put out some flaming bills and on one occasion, doubtless in order to meet the tastes of all classes, he made the following free and easy announcement: ‘Swearing, Whistling or Obscene Language Allowed.’ Or, more likely, it may have been a printer’s careless error.
A boys’ band has been established at Shipley. The first of its kind, it is in connection with the Salvation Army and is the upshot of an idea which Adjutant Ruud has pushed since he came to take charge of the local corps a few months ago.At that time the men’s band was very much thinned owing to members of it having gone to the colours and it occurred to Adjutant Ruud that a boys’ band would not only be able to deputise their elder in an emergency but that they would also stimulate the young people’s work.29 BoysHe opened a fund for providing the instruments and several residents and firms in the district subscribed and on Saturday, at the young people’s harvest festival, the instruments were presented to the 29 boys who form the band.Mr Fred West, a senior bandsman for the last 18 years, has been appointed leader of the band which played its first tunes on Saturday night at the Citadel and also played on the Market Place on Sunday evening.
Boys’ band set up to fill the place left by men away at war
Unpatriotic use of candlescould mean rationing
The Coal Controller points out that the use of candles and lamps in bedrooms and other parts of the house where there is gas or electricity is an unpatriotic action.He considers that the lighting rations are sufficient, if the utmost economy is observed, to give everyone enough light for ordinary purposes without resorting to substitutes.Candle famineIf this growing practice is not stopped there will soon be a famine in paraffin and candles, the supplies of which are limited. Wax and fat for candles are particularly scarce.Large supplies of oil and candles are absolutely necessary for country districts where there is no gas or electricity and if these show any signs of running out, the distribution and rationing of oil and candles will be the next step.
Shipley Urban Council agreed to give permission to owners of steam waggons to take water from drinking troughs in the Shipley area on the payment of 10 shillings per annum for each vehicle.Cllr Moody said this was a departure for Shipley and perhaps it would have the effect of stopping the polluting of the water.Cllr Doyle remarked that if there had been pollution, the fact of introducing a payment would not stop it.Cllr Moody replied that less than two years ago he saw a waggon taking water out of the trough near the Junction and there was oil on the top of the water afterwards. He had not seen anything of the sort since.
Concession to steam
Repairing closed path
Shipley Urban Council Clerk submitted the correspondence with the Engineer of the Midland Railway Company with regard to the footpath between Valley Road and Low Well, which had been closed owing to a breakdown in the retaining wall between the Bradford Beck and the footpath.The Engineer favoured a scheme for setting back the boundary wall and he suggested that the Council should make a contribution towards the cost of the improvement.The Clerk also reported that the Bradford Dyers’ Association had been asked to contribute to the cost as the Midland Dye Works would gain some benefit from an improved beck course.The Council were not in favour of making a contribution but they agreed to support the railway company in regard to the application to the Bradford Dyers’ Association.
The Bingley Burial Board have decided to grant an advance in gravediggers’ wages of ¾d an hour, bringing up the rate to 11¼d per hour, as compared with 6d in pre-war days.
New tram stops
It was reported at Tuesday’s meeting of the Shipley Urban Council that the Bradford Tramways Department had acceded to the Council’s request to alter the stopping places in Saltaire Road and Bradford Road at Victoria Road top.No alteration, however, had been made at Windhill, where the Council required a stopping place near the Carnegie Library.It was agreed to ask that the stopping place for cars from Saltaire to Thackley be fixed at the top of Dock Lane.
Death after a fall
An inquest was held on Wednesday at Bradford respecting the death of Mary Hannah Wilson, 50, wife of Joseph Wilson, milk dealer, of 5 West End Terrace, Eccleshill, who died on Monday.It appeared that the deceased had suffered from epilepsy and an attack which she had on Friday last resulted in her falling down some steps and fracturing the base of her skull.A verdict of accidental death was recorded.
Wot Nots and Charlie
A good audience attended the second of Mr Harold Stead’s Saturday evening concerts at the Co-op Hall, Shipley.The ‘Wot-Nots’ were presented on Saturday and the programme included an impersonation of Charlie Chaplin by Jack White. ‘Jolly George’ was also a success.