Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pictures and Piano, but No Songs Allowed ; REWINDELAINE O'FLYNN

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pictures and Piano, but No Songs Allowed ; REWINDELAINE O'FLYNN

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Monday October 21, 1912 SINGING AT PICTURE SHOWS Mr Francis Bliss and Mr Frank Morris applied through Mr Wragg, at the Manchester County Police Court, today, for a cinematograph licence for the Globe Picture Palace, Cornbrook Street, Stretford. Superintendent Keys said he considered the building quite safe. In some halls singing was allowed, he went on, not only in the ordinary way, but for competitions. Lads from the corners of the street were allowed to go in and compete for prizes. He would like this to be prohibited.

Mr Wragg said they were quite prepared to give the undertaking. There would be nothing but a grand piano, and it would simply and purely be a picture palace. The licence was granted from 12 noon to 10.30pm.

Tuesday, October 22, 1912 BOY KILLED AT PLAY A verdict of accidental death was returned at an inquest held at Mottram, near Hyde, last night, respecting the death on Saturday of a seven-year- old boy, Willie Maddox, of Mottram Moor.

The evidence showed that Maddox, along with several other boys, was playing at a dilapidated building. They were throwing stones through an opening at a tin can inside. Maddox was inside, when suddenly the wall fell. Afterwards one of the boys asked, "Where is Willie Maddox?" " They could see his clog sticking out from under the bricks, and when he was got out he was bleeding from the nose and ears. A police sergeant who rendered first and found that the boy's skull was fractured. He died about half an hour afterwards. The mother of the boy stated that he was their only child, and that their his father, who had been in Canada, was on his way back.

Several witnesses who were called said they knew the building was dangerous, but were not aware that it have been condemned by the Mottram Council. The property belonged to Lord Tollemache.

Mr. S Hudson, the council's surveyor, said they would take any action the jury considered necessary in regard to the building.

Wednesday, October 23, 1912 ZIG ZAGGING At Stockport today, Ernest Bamford of Waterloo Road, was summoned for driving a motor van to the danger of the public. It was stated for the prosecution that the defendant drove up Hillgate at fifteen miles an hour turned into Wellington street and zigzagged into the cars. A number of children were scattered, and one had to make a jump for the footpath.

Mr J Grace submitted that there was negligence on the part of the local authority for putting up a notice board in Wellington Street without a light at dusk. It was in avoiding the board that the ban took a zig zag course. Defendant was fine 20 shillings and costs, the magistrates being of the opinion that sufficient care was not taken at the junction.

Thursday, October 24, 1912 COST OF THE UNFIT The Prestwich Board of Guardians were informed by the clerk this afternoon that six pauper lunatics now in the asylums and chargeable to the Union had cost the ratepayers no less than Pounds 6,226. …

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