A farce on stage ... and public loved it
HERE in this new weekly feature, we take a look back at the Rochdale Observer from 100 years ago...
●●THE HOLIDAY MAKERS
On Saturday, from an early hour until late in the evening, the Castleton holiday-makers were returning from their excursions looking as though the change had proved very beneficial. At times, the railway station was crowded. On Monday, work was resumed at all the mills and workshops in this district.
●●HIPPODROME, ROCHDALE, SPECIAL ATTRACTION NEXT WEEK. “MISS LANCASHIRE LIMITED.”
A particularly interesting attraction for next week is announced by the management of the Hippodrome. Miss Florence Baines is returning with “Miss Lancashire Limited,” in which she appears as “Our Mary Ellen,” surely the most popular stage character before the public. To those who have seen this most exhilarating and anti-wardepression farce, we should say: “Go again and see the up-to-date production.” To those who have not: “Go this time, for you may never again get the chance of the heartiest laugh you ever had.” A feature of the production is that nearly all the male members are discharged soldiers who have “done their bit.” There are new songs, new dresses (always an interesting point with the ladies), and beautiful staging. Seats may be booked now.
●●SUCCESSFUL ROCHDALE STUDENTS
THE result of the Oxford Senior Local Examination held in July last were issued on Wednesday. This year the examination has been re-modelled, and the conditions of passing have been made more stringent. In previous years, candidates could obtain a certificate on five sections chosen more or less indiscriminately, but this year, it was provided that the subjects for passing must include English, a foreign language, and science or mathematics.
The following is a list of successful candidates [who passed with honours] from the Rochdale Secondary School, from which 26 pupils entered for the examination.
Honours: Second class (division 1), Ruth Foster; second class (division 2), Annie Watson; third class, Alice Holden and Hilda M Simpson.
- RIFLEMAN J CRABTREE
Rifleman J Crabtree of the King’s Royal Rifles, son of Mr and Mrs John Crabtree of The Albert Hotel, Spotland Road, has been killed in France. Rifleman Crabtree played football with the Rochdale Association Football Club in the season 1914-15.
●●FORTUNE TELLER FINED
At the Rochdale county police court on Saturday, before Sir Samuel Turner (in the chair) and Mr. W. J. Petrie, A Smith, a caravan dweller was fined 10s for fortunetelling at Littleborough. She pleaded guilty to committing the offence. The police evidence was to the effect that at 1.30pm on Friday, the defendant called at 88 Hare Hill Road, Littleborough, and asked Nancy Hall, a domestic servant, if she would buy some lace. Miss Hall refused to do so. Smith then said: “If you will cross my hand with silver, I will tell you your fortune.” By this means, she obtained 5s from Miss Hall. After telling Miss Hall her “fortune” the defendant gave her six yards of cheap lace. Later information was given to the police, and at 3pm on the same day, Inspector Clarke apprehended the defendant in Church Street, Littleborough. ●●A CANAL MYSTERY
Yesterday afternoon, a woman’s shawl was found on the Rochdale Canal towing path near the Dicken Grean Bridge. It was thought that someone might be in the water, and information was given to the police. Dragging operations were carried on for several hours without result, and when darkness set in were abandoned.
●●Miss Florence Baines was starring at the Hippodrome
●●Rifleman J Crabtree was reported killed in France
●●A 1917 advert for Mackintosh’s Toffee de Luxe