Bacup Times 20 April 1889

Half a century has elapsed since Bacup Mechanics' Institution was started in a very humble way…no written statement or accumulation of statistics can, however, convey a definite idea of what 'the Mechanics' has done for Bacup and its people…there is no denying that much of its vitality must be attributed to the working classes themselves.

A painful case of juvenile depravity and mis-placed genius came before the magistrates at Bacup and Rawtenstall on Saturday, a young girl of 17 years being charged with various acts of theft; some them displaying a considerable amount of ingenuity. The girl who could steal a pair of boots from a shop door, and shortly afterwards persuade a tradesman to purchase his own property, is evidently possessed of an amount of coolness and fertility of resource…

…it is not a matter of surprise that on Tuesday night the muster of Primrose [league] dames at St James' Schools was considerably more numerous than the congregation the vicar had collected in the adjoining church to join him in his Easter devotions. ['upwards of 100 ladies and gentlemen were present, predominantly the former…']

…the northern birds yet linger, chiefly the fieldfares, but in greatly reduced numbers. The resident birds are numerous and many are nesting…on the moorlands the lapwings are busy nesting…the arrival of the first swallow was noted on the 7th inst and a chiffchaff followed two days later

George Fleming, a labourer, was on Saturday committed to prison for begging at Crawshawbooth.

An effort is being made to secure new premises for the local Conservative Club, the present premises, which are known the market, being scarcely creditable to an association which includes amongst its members the wealthiest men in the district.

Richard Barton, Labourer, Glen Street, Leeward, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly. PC Carroll…advised him to go home, but defendant said he should walk the streets all night if he links. He paid rates for them…

Alexander Pounder, landlord of the Angel Inn, Yorkshire Street, was summoned for having an unjust measure in his possession for use in his trade.

James Reid, of Lockgate, was summoned by PC Cannell, for being asleep whilst in charge of a lorry and two horses, travelling along the highway, at Bentgate on April 10th.

Java can produce no more lizard skins. The demand for skins for purses has exhausted supply.

Rossendale beat Haslingden by three goals to nil in the semi-final cup tie.

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