Presiding on Saturday at the annual show of the Menston Horticultural Society, Mr C W Bridgland (President) said that Menston was regarded as the pioneer in the allotment movement and they gladly welcomed the appearance of similar associations.One of the most important developments of their work of late had been the inauguration of a pig club and as a result he considered there were over a hundred more pigs in the village.
Six months imprisonment in the second division was passed last Friday at Bradford on Annie Dawson, aged 44, of Apperley Bridge, who had been charged with stealing 727 yards of cloth of the value of £572 13s, the property of G Garnett & Sons Ltd, woollen worsted manufacturers.The cloth had been stolen within the last twelve months and Mr Beaumont Morice, the Stipendiary, said that in his opinion the manner in which the accused had pandered to the weakness and the vanities of her daughter only made the case worse.DischargedIt was urged in extenuation by Mr Heap, who defended, that the family had already been punished. He said they were practically ruined and would have to leave the district.He also alleged that the accused had been dismissed from her position as office and warehouse cleaner, that her husband had also been discharged by Garnetts, that they had received notice to leave their house, and that the daughter had been served with notice to give up the tenancy of her shop.Mr G W Leathem, who prosecuted, said that the accused had been employed by the firm for the past 18 years. She had the keys to the premises. It was her duty to clean the offices at six in the morning but she was not supposed to clean the warehouse until after eight o’clock
when the staff were present.The firm had a very large stock and during the past twelve months pieces and parts of pieces had been continually missed. Recently it was ascertained from certain carriers that the accused had been despatching parcels to Francis Cooper, a half-brother, at Nottingham.When the Worsted Inspector searched Cooper’s premises at Nottingham he found bundles of cloth in the lock-up shop. Cooper stated that he had been carrying on business of a fent dealer for at least three or four years and that he obtained the majority of his stuff from the accused.She had also sent parcels of cloth to Eliza Leatherhead, her half-sister at Bulwell, near Nottingham.Only myselfWhen arrested Mrs Dawson said her husband knew nothing about it and her half-brother didn’t know how she obtained the cloth. On being charged she replied, “There is nobody to blame only myself.”Mr Heap said that a fortnight ago, the accused was charged under the Worsted Act and fined £5 for a theft of cloth from her employers. A charge of stealing buckets was dismissed.
It was a great misfortune that on that occasion she did not make a full disclosure but her explanation was that she was afraid of involving her half-brother.Her action in taking the cloth had been caused by her keen desire to provide for the future of her daughter, aged 24, who was paralysed. It was from no selfish motive or personal indulgence.The daughter was paralysed in girlhood and the accused indulged her every whim and dressed her almost above her station.All her life the accused had been most industrious and not in any way addicted to laziness or extravagance. Her husband had been employed by the firm for 32 years. Her action was cause by natural maternal instinct, which she had allowed to overcome her moral considerations.
Pig boom in Menston allotments
Mother’s thefts that left her family in ruins
The idea of interesting young people more in gardening appealed to the Baildon Education Committee on Monday night.The clerk read correspondence he had received with respect to war-time gardening land for boys and girls who have left school and were not more than 16 or 17 years of age.The scheme would include the provision of land for the purpose of allotment gardens and remuneration to any teachers who take up the duties of teaching the young people, the Education Committee to be responsible for finding the land.Interest by parentsMr Henry Robinson moved that the clerk interview the headmasters of the various schools to ascertain their opinion and report to the next meeting.A letter was read from Mr Jones, headmaster of the Central Schools, calling attention to the increased interest taken by parents in the education of their children as
evidenced by the number of scholars who are continuing their education in secondary and commercial schools.Last year fifteen scholars left the Central School for that purpose and this year already seventeen have left, fourteen of whom are going to secondary schools.Blackberry pickingRegarding blackberry picking, the clerk said he had received a circular giving an outline of a scheme by which, under the supervision of head teachers, the picking might be undertaken.Mrs Sykes said the local Food Control Committee had received a similar communication and had decided to take no action on the matter.Several members thought that if the children gathered blackberries their parents should have the right to them and not the West Riding authorities.On the other hand, a question was asked as to what was the use of gathering fruit of any kind of no sugar was to be had for preserving?
Education Committee tackle gardening, secondary schooling and blackberries
A large number of the members of the Shipley Workers’ Education Association visited the Shipley Baths and Fire Station where they were received by Cllr J W Moody, chairman of the Baths and Fire Brigade Committee.Cllr Moody said it was a pleasure to welcome the party and it was gratifying to find people taking an interest in those things that are for the welfare of the town. He then escorted the party through the baths giving information and answering questions.In the swimming bath Mr and Mrs Smith and their little son, Roy, gave an exhibition of swimming and diving which was much appreciated.From the baths the party crossed over to the fire station where Capt J D Wilks explained the provision that has been made to quell fires in Shipley. He said that with the motor fire engine and the easily detachable fire escape, they were well equipped, over and above the horse-drawn vehicles and steam fire engine which was always kept in readiness for an emergency.The party then visited the billiard room provided for the recreation of the firemen.
WEA visit to baths and fire station
A number of oak, beech, sycamore and ash trees have been felled for timber for the Government at the Esholt Woods. Bradford Corporation workmen have been engaged on the sawing of the trees and parts of the trunks are to be used for the building of municipal pig-sties at Thackley and Frizinghall,
Wood cut for sties
Fawkes is the guy in waiting-room exhibition
One of the features of the third annual vegetable show of the Shipley Midland Railway Co’s staff on Saturday in the waiting room on platform two was the success of T Fawkes, who won three specials, three firsts and three seconds.The specials included a gold medal for most points in the show given by Mr G C Waud of Ferniehurst, Baildon. Other specials were secured by T Bolton and A Files.The exhibition was very successful from the standpoint of quality though the entry was much smaller than last year.
Mr Walter Pearson of Bankfield, Idle, worsted manufacturer, who died on 8th June, left property of the gross value of £75,723 3s 1d of which £34,493 1s is net personalty.Probate of his will, dated 27th October 1904, with a codicil of the 2nd November 1911, has been granted to his wife, Mrs Louisa Parker Pearson, and his son, Mr Ernest Walter Pearson, of Bankfield, architect.The testator left £200 and his household effects to his wife and the residue of his estate to his wife for life with remainder to his children in equal shares.It is estimated that £75,723 would be the equivalent of just over £4m in 2018.
Ten Guiseley milk retailers were fined £3 and a guinea costs at Otley last Friday for selling milk at a price in excess of the rate fixed by the local Food Control Committee.It was stated that the defendants defied the committee and sold at 6d per quart although the price fixed by the committee was 5½d.The defendants were William Bell, George Corker, J G Frankland, W A French, H Wormald, W Jennings, A Maude, Frank Smith, S Whitaker and W Varley.Two profitsThe prosecuting solicitor said that in the main the defendants were milk retailers as well as producers and therefore they received two profits.In Guiseley, according to the returns, there was an average weekly consumption of 1,600 gallons of milk and that meant that the retailers had been taking from the public during the month of July £13 6s per week more than they were entitled to.In the case of one of the defendants, Aaron Maude, who retailed 300 gallons per week, the man was receiving an amount which represented £7 10s per week as profit for retailing milk.