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Cheshire Observer - Saturday 27 August 1881
A Headless Body Found in the Mersey.— On Sunday morning, the body of a man, without a head, was found floating in the river at New Brighton, and was removed to the deadhouse at the magazines, Liscard. The deceased was in an advanced state of decomposition, and was completely devoid of clothes.
Pocket-Picking at New Brighton.— A man who gave the name of James Shaw, living at Tyldesley, Lancashire, was charged at the Liscard Court House, on Monday, on suspicion of being concerned in the robbery of a gold watch at New Brighton. It appeared that a visitor had his pocket picked on the pier on Saturday afternoon by two men, who succeeded in getting clear off. It was alleged that the prisoner was one of them, but there was not sufficient evidence to convict. The magistrates, however, sent him to gaol for three months under the Vagrant Act.
Sudden Death of a New Ferry Hotel- keeper. — Mr. James Mills, landlord of .the Great Eastern Hotel, New Ferry, met with a sudden death at Oxton on Tuesday. It appeared that the deceased, who was in good health iv the morning, had called at Mr. Eastwood's, 22, King s-mount, Oxton, for the transaction of business, when he complained of pain in the head. On leaving the house a short time after- wards he fell into the street, and immediately expired. Dr. Kerr was sent for, and he pronounced life to be extinct.
A Marine Hoax. — About seven o'clock on Sunday evening what is supposed to be a sailor's hoax was perpetrated in the Mersey. Just off Seacombe an alarm was given that a man was overboard. Immediately afterwards a punt was dispatched from the Seacombe Pier, manned for the purpose of rescue. On reaching the " body " a dummy was carefully hauled in, consisting of a suit of clothes stuffed with shavings. A bottle was protruding from one of the pockets, but it said that no rum was found in it. Some bread was also found in another pocket. The police were in readiness, a stretcher having been dispatched for the reception of the "corpse." It is said that the "overboard" was from a Yankee ship anchored in the river.
Sunday Trading at Egremont.— At the Wallasey Petty Sessions, on Saturday, Thomas Baker, landlord of the Egremont Hotel, was summoned for keeping his house open during prohibited hours on Sunday, the 31st ult. The case was proved by Inspector Dutton, who stated that he watched the defendant's premises for half-an-hour, and at a quarter-past eleven o'clock in the forenoon he saw a large number of persons enter. They were of the roughest class of people from Liver- pool. Witness followed, and in a room found 30 or 40 persons sitting with beer before them. In reply to witness, the defendant said he believed his customers were bona fide travellers. Mr. Moore, who was for the defence, pleaded tbat his client acted in ignorance, of the law. A fine of 20s. and costs was inflicted. — Wm. Pickford, of the Egremont Vaults, appeared in answer to two informations charging him with having his premises open during prohibited hours on Sunday, the 31st ult., and Sunday, the 7th instant. Mr. Moore appeared for the defence. These two cases were also proved by Inspector Dutton, who found on each occasion a large number of persons in the defendant's house in the forenoon. The defence was that the defendant though' he was serving travellers. On the first information the defendant was fined 20s. and costs, and on the second 40_. and costs. — William Allen, Anthony Monaghan, John Evans, and Samuel Powell, all of Liverpool, were each fined 55., including costs, for being in the Egremont Hotel during prohibited hours, and for a similar offence in the Egremont Vaults William Crosby was fined 6s. and costs, and Thomas R. Jones and John Jones (brothers) 2s. 6d. each, including costs.
The Cheshire Masonic Educational Institution. — The 18: h annual report of this institution, which is established for the education and advancement in life of the children of distressed Freemasons, has just been issued. The committee express regret that they have a less satisfactory account to render of their stewardship than in previous years. The committee state — "An important element of our constitution is that the expenditure shall only consist of the revenue derived from investments originated by subscriptions and donations, which are considered as capital. This revenue has not always been sufficient, but has been supplemented on various active brethren getting up concerts and other entertainments, the profits of which have added materially to the year's income. Unfortunately, this year not a single effort of this kind has been made to augment the fixed income, and consequently the funded capital, which amounts to £3730 3s. 4d., and realises £159 6s. lid. annual income, has not been sufficient to cover the expenditure of the past year. During the year, 17 children have been educated and two advanced ; of these, two cease this year to have the advantage of education. There are no applicants for advancement, but we have seven candidates for education. There is, therefore, a very pressing necessity for some active mason to take up the cause and originate an entertainment of such a nature as will rehabilitate the funds, and put the committee in good spirits. It must be patent to all who carefully consider the mode adopted by the institution that an immense amount of moral as well as intellectual good is done; and the reports furnished by the masters and mistresses of the various scholars are really beart-oheering, and are worth examination by any subscribing brother who has the welfare of the institution at heart." The Start of a Foundling.— "At the Birkenhead Police Court, on Monday, Mary Stanyon Waring, the woman charged with deserting a child in Kinmel-street, Birkenhead, was brought up on remand. Mr. Moore was for the defence.— Superintendent Clarke said that on the case being first before the Court, he suspended Morgan, the policeman, who was said to be the parent of the child, and the circumstance having since been fully inquired into by the head constable, Morgan was, by the order of the Watch Committee, dismissed from the force.— Mr. Moore urged that there was no intention on the part of the prisoner to abandon the child. On the contrary, there was an arrangement between her and Morgan that the child should be left at the door of his own house, in order that he might pick it up and take it home as a foundling, and persuade his wife, who had no children, to adopt it. The prisoner, however, placed it at the wrong door by mistake, and Morgan was too late in going to the place to get it, in consequence of which another person picked up the child and gave it to a policeman, who had it taken to the relieving office. Mr. Moore contended that this could not be called desertion within the meaning of the Aot.— Mr. Preston said he would like to bear what Morgan had to say about the case, but he was not to be found. — Mr. Moore, however, said that Morgan had admitted to him the paternity of the child, and the truth of the alleged arrangement for its disposal. Mr. Preston remarked that he bad nothing to say as to the morality of the matter or the deception intended to be practised on the wife. All he had to deal with was the alleged desertion of the child. Under the circumstances he could scarcely think it was a case of abandonment, and he would therefore discharge the prisoner.
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