A selection of articles and news from the Huddersfield Chronicle from 150 years ago today.
Poetry, Original and Selected
EVENING ON THE RIVER.
Over the water, over the water,
Floating adown by the light of the moon ;
Fair Minnie Collins, the old miller’s daughter,
Sitting beyond me, this evening in June.
Down went the sun in a heaven of splendour,
Leaving the twilight still warm from his blaze :
Up came the rounded moon, tranquil and tender,
Sheeting in silver the flood with her rays.
White water-lilies are languidly floating,
Opening their bells amid broad leaves of green,
Bending their heads to the swell of our boating,
As gardens aquatic we wander between.
Off from the meadows that border the river
Comes the fresh odour of newly mown-hay.
Perfume from orchard and garden, while ever
The bittern booms loud in the marsh far away.
I with the paddles, and she at the tiller,
A vision I see, as we dreamily glide.
Of the long-vanished past, and the child of the miller
Reams through the greenwood a child by my side.
Long vanished past! yet unchanged is the wild wood,
The river flows by the same meadows and mill—
But ah, Minnie dear, we have both passed our childhood.
The man and the maiden are drifting on still.
“Tis pleasant to float down the stream, my sweet neighbour,
Through flowers and odours still shaping our way ;
While working up stream is a bore and a labour—
The course of an hour we retrace in a day.
“But there’s no beating back up the stream of existence
Onward and downward we speed evermore ;
Long or short be the voyage, in vain our resistance,
We must sink in the ocean or strand on the shore.”
“If so it must be,” was the maiden’s replying—
The laugh on her lip mocked the tear in her eye,
“Let us never look back on the shores that we’re flying
But watch every change of the water and sky.”
“Then so let it be, my sweet moralist, ever ;
In the same little shallop let both of us glide,
My arm at the oar as we go down the river,
Your hand at the tiller to steer through the tide.”
Over the water, over the water,
Boating adown by the light of the moon,
Wooed I and won I the old miller’s daughter,
fair Minnie Collins, that evening in June.
Selections of Wit and Humour
When is a cat like a tea-pot? When you’re teasin it (tea’s in it).
Foreign Miscellany and Gossip
Linback, the Swedish pastor, who murdered several of his parishioners by poisoning the cup in which he administered the communion to them, has been sentenced to be beheaded.
Magistrates in Petty Sessions
A RUNAWAY HUSBAND BURNT IN EFFIGY. Henry Iredale, a pensioner, was charged with neglecting to support his wife. Mr. Learoyd defended. It appeared that the complainant, who is in a delicate state of health, applied to Mr. Sykes, relieving officer, for relief on Monday ; and he had learned that she had no home. The defendant was now cohabiting with a woman at Marsh ; and the couple had been burnt in effigy by the inhabitants of that Place. George Iredale, brother of the defendant, was called as a witness by Mr. Sykes. Iredale stated that his brother had been married to the woman, on whose behalf the complaint had been made, 14 years. After their marriage, they went to Ireland, whence the defendant proceeded to the Crimea as a soldier, and his wife returned to her parents. About five weeks ago she came from Wiltshire in search of him. She found him, but he would not receive her; and the neighbours brought her to his (witness’s) house at Rashcliffe, where she had since been staying. Cross-examined: Defendant told him he had offered her money to see her home. Was not aware that he had illtreated her. Defendant had been in the army 23 years ; and was in receipt of a pension. Mr. Learoyd, who submitted that there was no case, said he should be able to prove the woman left the defendant of her own accord. Mr. Laycock : If the Marsh people have burnt the man in effigy, will no one come to give evidence ? The Chairman said the case would be adjourned for a week, as they could not decide upon heresay evidence. The case was accordingly adjourned for a week.
CHARGE AGAINST A “PROFESSIONAL” PEDESTRIAN. Patrick Stapleton, a celebrated pedestrian, was summoned (but did not appear) under the following circumstances :— It appears that, on Thursday week, the defendant was training, between Honley and Smithy Place, for a 1,000 yards handicap, which was to come off at Leeds on the ensuing Saturday. Mr. John Goody, of South Crosland, preferred the charge, and stated that as he was driving a gig between Honley and Smithy Place, he saw the defendant who was almost stripped, and who appeared to be training for a race. Witness had a lady in the gig, or he should have stopped the defendant, and very likely thrashed him. The Chairman reminded Mr. Goody that that would have been an indiscreet act. Mr. Goody : I was very much annoyed ; he was in such a disgraceful state. Police Constable Yates stopped the man, who acknowledged that he was training for a race. The Bench inflicted a fine of 5s. and costs ; in all 18s. 6d. ; and the Chairman intimated that, if the offence was repeated, a much heavier fine would be imposed.
LYNCH LAW AT GOLCAR. Eliza Haigh was charged with assaulting Joyes Haigh at Golcar. It appeared that on Tuesday defendant went to the house of the complainant, and pushed her against a washing machine. Complainant, who was making a pudding, had in her hand a rolling pin, and with this she “broke” the head of the defendant, who then called her all sorts of names. Mr. Laycock : You have taken the law into your own hands. The Chairman thought the complainant had acted improperly, and the case was discharged.
TRESPASS BY PIGS. Joseph Dawson, Longwood, was summoned for committing damage to a field of James Mayhall by suffering pigs to be therein. Defendant admitted that the pigs were in ; and a fine of 1s. 6d. damage, and costs were imposed ; and the defendant was advised to keep his pigs at home in future.
OBSCENE LANGUAGE. Michael Mahon, an old offender, was fined 1s. and costs 10s., or ten days to prison, for using disgusting epithets to Catherine Gannon on Monday last.