A farce on stage ... and pub­lic loved it

Rochdale Observer - - NOSTALGIA -

HERE in this new weekly fea­ture, we take a look back at the Rochdale Ob­server from 100 years ago...


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.


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.


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 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.


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

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