Read all about it……. Echoes of our past NEWSWhat was in the local news this weekend in 1898?
MAIN NEWS –
*Death at Glossop –
The death of Mr Tom Dutton of Glossop was the cause for much speculation and the inquest was held at the Rose and Crown Public House on Saturday.
Mrs Dutton the widow of Tom was called to give her account; she stated that Tom was 55 years old and worked as a painter and decorator. He had been ill for 11 weeks after Christmas from which he had not recovered.
On the day in question Tom arrived home early and was in an upset state. He lay down on the sofa and rested. A daughter of Tom’s noticed that there was a strong smell of carbolic acid and so she mixed some salt and water to give to him.
Dr Heale was called for and he arrived at the home of the Dutton’s at 8.40pm. He also confirmed that Tom was lying on the sofa; in an “insensible” state. In his opinion the symptoms of the death were caused by poisoning by carbolic acid. It was thought that Tom had taken the acid in “a crude commercial form” and had drunk at least half an ounce.
Tom passed away at 9.15pm. The inquest gave a verdict of suicide whilst “temporarily unhinged”.
OTHER ITEMS –
*Public house quarrel –
Herbert Hardy was accused of assaulting Charles Taylor in the Steel Melters Arms on Newbold Moor on 23rd May.
It appears that both men had been drinking in the public house when they began to get into dispute, which ended up with the two men fighting. The landlord tried to separate the men but in the end the police were called. D.C.C Carline asked Herbert to leave and they were on their way out when Charles took another blow at Herbert. Herbert retaliated and Charles fell onto the fender. He had injured his ribs severely, one puncturing his lungs.
Up to this week Charles had been in a critical condition. Herbert was remanded in custody with the warning that if Charles died he would be in serious trouble. Herbert’s reply was said to be “Yes Sir, but it was his own fault”.
*Driving without a light –
Joseph Hardstaffe of Matlock Bath was charged with driving his cab without a light. He stated that he had picked up two gentlemen who had told him to drive quickly.
He also blamed the wet weather and described how he had was rushing to get out of the rain and had not attached his light.
Joseph had been charged before for a similar offence. This time he was charged 10s and costs for driving fast and in the charge of driving without a light, just the costs were to be paid.
*Out of control brewery horse –
A chaotic scene emerged outside of the Apollo Inn at Barlborough when the horse belonging to Scarsdale Brewery bolted whilst attached to a cart.
As the horse bolted a young man named Herbert Wheates was driving his grocers trap past the Apollo Inn on his way to Renishaw.
The near wheel of the brewery cart caught the wheel of Herbert’s cart and caused such a jerk that the brewery horse had its harness ripped from it. At which it ran a fair way until a man named Johnson was able to catch the wayward horse.
*Frederick Coombe to Florence Elizabeth Blair both of Brampton on 12th June at Chesterfield Parish Church
*Samuel Burkitt aged 68 years of Stubbing Court on 13th June
*Eliza Hoyland widow of Wm Hoyland (cab proprietor) aged 72 years at Marsden Street
*Ernest May aged 17 years at Chesterfield on 10th June
*Louisa Payne aged 67 years at Brimington on 14th June
*James Ladley aged 2 years at Chesterfield on 13th June
*William Stevenson aged 29 years at Barlow on 11th June
The Chesterfield Board of Guardians of the Workhouse accepted the challenge to play a game of cricket against the Mansfield Guardians.
The game was to be played at Hardwick Park on 13th July.
If you fancied a quick refreshing drink in the summer months of 1898 then you may have purchased a product named “Frevil”. Described as “nature’s own extract of fruit” it came in four flavours; lemon, lime, raspberry and orange.
One tablespoon was to be added to a tumbler full of either cold water or soda water and then enjoyed. The lemonade was said to have “all the fresh flavour of ripe lemons”.
Frevil could be purchased at your grocer’s for 1d a tin, which would make a pint of drink or 6d tins to make 2 gallons of liquid.
If the local grocer did not have it in stock then it could be ordered by sending 8d worth of stamps to DeCarle & Son, Department No9, Fruit drink works, Norwich.