Four Criminal Indictments

 FOUR CRIMINAL INDICTMENTS
AT EASTER SESSIONS.

   The Cumberland Licensing Committee (Compensation  Authority) will present
their annual report at the forthcoming Easter Quarter  Sessions for the
County to be held at Carlisle on Tuesday, April 5th. No  licensed premises have
this year been "referred" for extinction by compensation,  and the committee will
recommend that the ensuing year no compensation levy be  made in respect of
the licenses existing in the county.

   There are four criminal indictments in the  calendar:

James William RIDDICK, aged 24, farm worker, Cross Cottages, Blennerhasset
and George RIDDICK, aged 17, Scales, Bromfield who were jointly indicted for
burglaries at Abbey Town, Blencogo, and Mealsgate.

Nathaniel MURDOCK, aged 47, coalminer, for stealing a sheep at Grasslot,
Maryport.

James FULTON, aged 18 for larceny at Workington.

Fatally Kicked By Horse

 CROSBY MAN FATALLY KICKED BY HORSE.
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        "LIKE A KNOCK-OUT IN  BOXING."

Robert CARRUTHERS, (61), head husbandman, employed by Mr. Robert ELLWOOD,
farmer, Hill Farm, Crosby, died on Saturday, as a result of a kick by an
agricultural horse. Deceased was a married man with two children.

Mr. D. J. MASON held the inquest at Hill Farm on Monday morning.

Eleanor CARRUTHERS, Mawbray House, Crosby, deceased's wife, said her  husband
left home for work at 5-30 a.m. He was quite well then. She did not see  him
alive again.

Henry WATSON, a student at Hill Farm, and a second horseman, said that on
Saturday morning he and CARRUTHERS were ploughing the same field. They took
their horses to the stable about mid day. Witness was feeding a horse in a  loose
box opposite the stable door, when CARRUTHERS was unharnessing his  horse.
He had not noticed CARRUTHERS horse uneasy. Witness heard a groan from  the
stable and on going in found CARRUTHERS lying against the wall behind his  horse,
three or four yards away. He was lying on his side curled up. He just  gave
another graon and was quiet. The horse was standing quietly. Deceased had
complained the morning before that the horse had struck out at him while it was
feeding. Witness had always found the horse perfectly quiet. Witness called for
assistance, and he and CROSTHWAITE carried CARRUTHERS into the house.
Witness thought he was dead then. There was a dirt mark on deceased's waistcoat
which might have been caused by the horse, but there was no imprint of a  shoe.

Dalton CROSTHWAITE, Lowside, Crosby, cowman, employed by Mr. ELLWOOD, said
WATSON called him into the stable and said CARRUTHERS had been kicked by a
horse. Witness found CARRUTHERS in a sitting position being supported by WATSON.
He was taking short gasping breaths, but stopped breathing before they got
him  into the house.

Dr. F. W. CLARK said he found the man dead when he was called to the Hill
Farm. Witness could only find two bruises, a small one on the forehead and one
on the back of the right hand. There were no fractures and nothing to suggest
internal injury. On the left side of the chest, just below the heart, witness
found that the cartilages of the 7th, 8th, and 9th ribs had been driven
inwards  and detached from the corresponding ribs - the result of violence. The
blow in  that region, heavy enough to cause that injury, was sufficient to cause
death  from shock. The cause of death was quite clear. It was just like a
knock-out  blow in boxing.

In reply to the Coroner, witness said it was a well known fact that a blow
on a yielding surface, particularly on the abdomen, did not necessarily cause
any bruise.

The Coroner found that the cause of death was shock and said that the only
inference that could be drawn was that deceased had been kicked by the horse.
His death was accidental.

Whitehaven Woman Assaulted

 SEQUEL TO SOLICITOR'S LETTER
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 Whitehaven Woman Assaulted.

"This is a serious case and you will be fined 20s. But as you may  apparently
cause a lot of trouble among these young people, in addition you will  be
bound over to keep the peace for twelve months."

Thus did Mr. J. JEFFERSON, chairman of the Whitehaven Bench, address Mrs.
Mary EDGAR, of 4, Buttermere Avenue, Seacliffe, Whitehaven, when on Monday the
court found her guilty of assaulting Mrs. Margaret WILLIAMSON, 87, Buttermere
Ave.

Mr. W. C. SUMNER (for complainant) described the attack as premeditated and
one for which the defendant should be taught a severe lesson. A fortnight ago
he  said, a young married couple (son and daughter of the respective parties)
brought their differences before the court and the case was adjourned to
enable  the husband to find a home. Within a week the couple were living happily
together but, added Mr. SUMNER, Mrs. EDGAR seemed tpo probe into everyone's
business and if she kept on uttering her slanderous statements it might result
in separating the young couple again. Concluding, the solicitor said he had
had  occasion to write to the defendant about her conduct and it was upon that
letter  that the present case arose.

Mrs. WILLIAMSON stated that she was at home about six o'clock on March 12th
when the defendant came to the door and shouted, "Where is your ___ Willie?"
Witness went to her and Mrs. EDGAR said, "What do you want sending me a ___
letter." Witness then attempted to close the door and defendant pushing it open
again, grabbed her by the hair and pulled witness out of  the house. Mrs.
WILLIAMSON added that when she stooped to pick up a shilling defendant rushed
at  her again, pulled her hair and struck her. Witness's husband rushed out and
separated them and witness fainted.

Mr. SUMNER produced a bundle of hair which, he alleged, had been torn from
his client's head by defendant.

When asked to question witness, Mrs. EDGAR broke out with a voluble
explaination of the affair and it was some time before she could be stopped. She
alleged  that complainant's family had called her a ___scamp, a rotten sod  and
other nasty names, besides threatening her. Defendant said it was a pity her
daughter had married complainant's son.

The Chairman: How do you account for this hair?

"It came out with a comb I should say. (Laughter)

Complainant's husband, Jos. WILLIAMSON, also gave evidence, and P. C.
WARWICK described Mrs. WILLIAMSON's condition when he visited the house shortly
after the incident.

Defendant alleged that the complainant would bruise her arm and cut her  nose
on purpose or had received the injuries the night before when there was a
disturbance in the house. Mrs. and Mr. WILLIAMSON had called her "all sorts of
dirty names." Mrs. EDGAR strongly denied the assault and said that when she
went  to the house complainant charged her with having made " a lot of  ___
slavver about her son." Witness said she could not get a word in edgeways, and
because Mr. WILLIAMSON waved his arms about and threatened her, she went  away.

During cross-examination, witness denied bruising complainant's arm and
asserted that members of the WILLIAMSON family often went to get stitches in
their heads through fighting among themselves. "They throw dishes and pans at
each other," added the witness. "and neighbours will have nothing to do with
them because they are well known wherever they go."

Mrs. KELLETT, called by defendant, said Mrs. EDGAR entered witness' home
with blood on her face and hair, "in a very distressed state." (Laughter.)

Replying to Mr. SUMNER, witness admitted she never saw the affair and  denied
that Mrs. EDGAR and she went to a whist drive the same night.

When the Bench announced their decision, defendant left the Court in  tears.

National Children's Homes

 NATIONAL CHILDREN'S HOMES.

   Mrs. W. H. JOHNSON, of Meadow House, Whitehaven,  opened an A. B. C. sale
in the Wesleyan Church Schoolroom, Whitehaven, on Friday  afternoon, in aid
of the National Children's Homes and Orphanage. The sale was  organised by the
Whitehaven Branch of the young Leaguers' Union. The stalls were  well laden
with goods of all descriptions, and flowers were in abundance.

Mr. H. W. WALKER presided at the open proceedings and gave a short account
of the work of the Homes. Last year, he said, the Homes had spent more than
their income and that made the position serious, there being a debt of £16,000.
The Young Leaguer's Union had worked hard in raising money, and Lord
WAKEFIELD  had made a broadcast appeal, which had helped a great deal. The expenditure
had  been reduced from £203,000 to £183,000, and money was urgently needed
for  carrying on good work. A great problem, said the chairman, was that of the
unwanted child, and despite all the public organisations which were
available,  the necessity for private enterprise was present. They had ceased to send
children to foster parents, preferring to keep them in their institutions.
Much  of the money spent went to help boys of the institution emigrate to Canada
and  Australia, and the girls who stayed in England, to receive a training. It
was  indeed a very big and expensive work and they needed all the help
possible. The  chairman then introduced and asked Mrs. JOHNSON to declare the sale
open.

Mrs. JOHNSON said the work of the Children's Home and Orphanage had grown
considerably since the institution was founded 62 years ago, and thousands of
children had been saved from evil and misery. The door of the Home was always
open to any child in real need, and the motto was "Love, care and attention."
Every child who  was taken to the house was well cared for and given a
chance in life. Mrs. JOHNSON, in declaring the sale open, wished the effort  every
success.

A vote of thanks was proposed by the Rev. Bancroft JUDGE, who stressed the
fact that the work was of a National importance.

A solo was sung by Mrs. JUDGE, and recitations given by three young  Leaguers
Elsie PHILLIPS, Nancy BANKS and Bessie TAIT, "Bags." Those on the  platform
were presented with flowers by Joyce PHILLIPS.

The stallholders were:

Work stall - Mrs. JUDGE, Misses JOHNS and LACHLISON

Fruit and flower stall - Mrs. ELLWOOD, Mrs. J. M. STOUT, Misses. LUCAS,
LOWERY, MOSS, M. STOUT, WORKMAN.

Cake stall - Misses DOUGLAS and M. WILLIAMSON

Sweet stall - Miss. HARTLEY and the Misses MOORHOUSE

Stationery - Misses HUTTON, W. KENNETT, E. CANNOR and B. TAYLOR

Tea - Mrs. HODGSON, Mrs. L. HODGSON, Mrs. H. PHILLIPS, the Misses BRAGG,
WILLIAMSON, B. and E. WARWICK, MARTIN, M. BOUCH, HORNSBY, WILSON and W.  KELLY.

A concert was held in the evening when Mr. J. BURLINGTON presided, and the
following contributed to the program:

Mrs. CAMPBELL

Mrs. and the Misses SPEDDING

Misses WHITEHEAD, ROTHERY and M. BOUCH.

Former Workington Minister

 FORMER WORKINGTON MINISTER.
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 Rev. Hugh SINGLETON to Retire.

   The Rev. Hugh SINGLETON, who began his ministry at  Workington in 1882 in
a building in Edkin Street which was then used during the  week as a public
auction room and is now Christ Church, is retiring in April.  For the last 37
years he has been pastor of the Smethwick Regent Street Baptist  Church, and
the members of the church, in accepting his resignation at the  recent service
placed on record their high appreciation of his ministry and  their deep sense
of gratitude for the success that has attended his labours.  "The senior
deacon," the "Smethwick Telephone" records, "expressed the feelings  of all who had
been helped by the Rev. gentleman's ministry when he said no man  in the
district has been more beloved."

   In his letter of resignation, Mr. SINGLETON  recalled that he began his
ministry at Workington on the third Sunday in April,  1882, so the second
Sunday in April, 1932, would conclude his 50th year in the  ministry.

   The resolution in which the Church accepted the  resignation was in the
following terms:

   "We, the members of the Smethwick Baptist Church in  special meeting
assembled, having received from our beloved pastor a letter  expressing resolve to
resign the pastorate of the Church, desire to place on  record our high
appreciation of his ministry for the past 37 years, our deep  sense of gratitude to
Almighty Good for the measure of success that has attended  his labours, and
our earnest prayers that God will spare him in health and  strength for many
years to come."

   Mr. SINGLETON during his ministry at Workington  raised the money with
which the present Baptist Church in Harrington Road was  built.