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transcribed by Pat Ashdown





On Wednesday night about eleven o’clock Mr. Frederick Charles Candy, in company with Mr. Dennis Dorey, were returning from Swanage to Kingston, the latter driving a spirited horse in a two-wheeled trap.  They pulled up at the Eldon Arms, the home of Mr. Candy, and Mr. Dorey alighted, leaving Mr. Candy in the trap.  He had barely tucked the reins through the ring of the pad when the horse moved on, slipping on the frosty ground, and started off at once.  Mr. Dorey held on to the bridle for about 100 yards, when the shaft struck him in the mouth and knocked him down and the wheel went over him.  The horse at the time was galloping at a furious rate and near the rectory gate Mr. Candy was thrown out against the wall.  Dr. Hawkins was summoned from Corfe, but on his arrival deceased had been dead some time.  Fuller details of the sad catastrophe were elicited at the inquest which was held on Thursday, at the Eldon Arms Inn, before Mr. Henry Symonds (deputy-coroner),  and a jury, of whom Mr. Medd was foreman.  The body having been viewed, the following evidence was adduced : -

Dennis Dorey said he lived at Barnstone and was a farmer.  On Wednesday evening he and deceased went to Swanage together.  Witness drove a horse in a two-wheeled trap.  They left Swanage about half-past nine, and everything went well till they got back to Kingston.  Then witness pulled up and got out of the trap, leaving deceased in it.  Miss Candy was standing at the door.  Witness intended returning home in the direction of Corfe Castle, and the horse’s head was turned that way.  They both intended to get out of the trap at Kingston.  Witness had just got down and tucked the reins through the ring of the pad, when the horse (a young one only broken in this winter) moved on, slipping on the frosty grounds, and started off at once.  Nothing happened to startle the horse.  Witness held on to the bridle for over 100 yards, when the shaft struck him in the mouth and knocked him down and the wheel went over him.  When he fell the horse had got into a gallop.  He did not think deceased tried to get out of the trap, nor did he cry out.  Miss Candy ran after them.  When witness fell the horse broke away, and a little way further on (close to the rectory gate) the trap struck against the stone wall.  He did not see what happened, but he was not insensible.  With the assistance of Miss Candy he went to the inn.  The horse had never bolted before, and had stopped there scores of times. 

Elizabeth Candy said her brother (the deceased) was 22 years of age and had been managing the Eldon Arms for her father.  About a-quarter to eleven on Wednesday evening Mr. Dorey and her brother returned, driving up to the front door first and then across to the stable.  She afterwards saw Mr. Dorey trying to hold the horse, which was endeavouring to break away.  It was too dark for her to see her brother, but she ran down the hill and saw Mr. Dorey knocked down, and the horse run up against the wall.  She picked Mr. Dorey up and helped him home, and then, in company with P.C.Ellis, went to look for her brother.  Mr. Dorey appeared to be perfectly sober, and nothing she saw led her to believe they were not fit to look after the horse.  The horse was young and she had frequently ridden behind it.

Richard Frost deposed to hearing the young men return, and to following Miss Candy and P.C. Ellis to where deceased was found.

P.C. Ellis said about a-quarter to eleven on the evening in question he was near Afflington barn, and the two young men passed him on their way to Kingston, and said. “Good night;”  the horse going at a good canter.  When he got to within 200 yards of the Eldon Arms he heard a trap going at a tremendous pace down Kingston hill.  He saw Miss Candy leading Mr. Dorey, who was holding a handkerchief to his face.   Miss Candy came out again in a few minutes with a candle, and they picked up two hats, and then went on to look for Mr. Candy.  About 60 yards from the Eldon Arms on the right hand side of the road they saw the trap, and, putting his light under it, they saw deceased lying on the ground between the gutter and the wall.  The horse and harness had clean gone and only a slight splinter was off the shafts.  Deceased was entangled in the step of the trap.  Witness felt his pulse and found he was quite dead.  There were very severe injuries about the head and a large quantity of blood about, which ran down the gutter a long way.  Deceased’s left ear and eye and mouth were injured.  With assistance he afterwards got deceased home.

The Coroner briefly summed up, characterising it as a very sad accident, which they all deplored.

The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death,” and generously gave their fees to the Dorset County Hospital.


The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, when a large concourse of friends from far and near attended to pay a last tribute of regard and esteem to one so highly respected and beloved.  The cortege left the Eldon Arms for the old parish church shortly after two o’clock, and besides the immediate relatives considerably over one hundred followed.   The mournful procession included Mr. And Mrs. George Candy, their second son and daughter, their third son and daughter, Mr. Charles Candy and daughter (Bournemouth), Mr. Lewis Ash, Mr. And Mrs. Frost, Master and Miss Dorey, Mr. T. Cooper (Messrs. Devenish and Co’s. representative), Mr. H. W. Green (stationmaster, Corfe Castle), Captain Harrison, Messrs. F. Yearsley, F. Hibbs, Speed, G. Hobbs, Dorey, James Whittle, G. Elmes (Wareham), C. Smith (Arne), Caines and Son (Renscombe, J. Snook and Son, H.Stickland, Cleal, W. Stevens, W. Moss, T. Vye, S. Moss, Shittler.  T. Luther, A. Stickland, Pople Gillman, J. Williams, Senior, E. Smith (Corfe Castle).  W. H. Burt, W. Linnington, King (Herston).  R. Hayman (Dorchester), Smith (Eastington), A. Burbidge (Swanage), F. Jackson (Encombe), R. E. Pinney (Backnowle), J. Hughes (Kingstone), and many others.  At the church the funeral party were met by the Rev. S. C. Spencer-Smith, who conducted the service.  On entering the sacred building the choir, under the leadership of Mr. W. Dorey, organist, sang the hymn “When our heads are bowed in woe”, and, after the solemn service had been performed, hymn 197.  The procession was reformed and proceeded to the newly consecrated piece of ground, where the body was interred.  The corpse was conveyed on a hand bier, supported by six men from Lord Eldon’s estate, and a large number of wreaths and crosses were presented.  Among those sending these floral offerings being Mr. A. Burbidge, Miss Danilly, Mr. And Mrs. F. Jackson, Mr. Smith, Mr. And Mrs. C. S. James (London), Mrs. Evans (Dorchester), Mr. And Mrs. Green (Corfe), Miss Vincent (Victoria Hotel, Swanage), Mr. R. Cann (Wareham), Mr. F. Hibbs, Mr. G. Hobbs, Mr. E. Penna (Clapham), Mr. Bulpitt (Southsea), Mr. T. Cooper (Abbotsbury), Mr. D. Dorey (Barnstone), Mr. J. Uphill (gardener, Encombe House), Dr. Woodford Daniel (Wareham), Mr. George Whittle (Wareham), Mr. And Mrs. William Merson (Bournemouth), Mrs. Hoare (Swanage), Mrs. Frost (Kingston), and others.  The inscription on the coffin was “Frederick Charles Candy, died January 2nd, 1882.  Aged 22 years.  Many letters of condolence were received from friends, who for various reasons were unable to attend the funeral.  The late Mr. Candy was a great favourite with all who knew him, and much sympathy is felt with Mr. And Mrs. Candy and the family in their sad and sudden bereavement.



BIBLE UNION- On Tuesday evening Mr McGinley addressed the members of the above Union in the National Schools.

THE ADDRESS TO THE EX-EMPRESS FREDERICK-The cost of illuminating the above address has been borne by the Mayor (Mr. Freeland Filliter).

ST. MARY’S CHURCH SERVICES FOR SUNDAY NEXT-Holy Communion at eight.Matins, 10.30 ;Responses, Tallis;Venite, 131;Te Deum, Oakeley;Benedictus, 143;Hymns, 7, 341, 220.Evensong:Psalms;Magnificat, Bunnett’s Service;Nune Dimmittis:Hymns, 107, 103, 175, 179;Vesper Hymn. – Rev. S. BLACKETT, rector;Mr. A.J. Bussey, organist.

ACCIDENT. -A little girl named Stickland was in a perambulator in charge of her sisters Effie and Alice, on Wednesday afternoon, by the side of the road on the green near Mr. Warren’s stables at Northport, and before they could move, a pony and carriage came in on them, throwing the child out and smashing the perambulator.The little sufferer, who so narrowly escaped, was conveyed home in Mr. Yearsley’s ‘bus and, under the care of Dr. Blakiston, is making progress.

THE MAYOR AND CORPORATION AT CHURCH.-On Sunday morning his worship the Mayor (Mr. Freeland Filliter), together with some of the members of the Corporation, with the Town Clerk (Mr. G. C. Filliter), and other officers met in the Town Hall and walked in procession to St. Mary’s Church.The Mayor wore his chain of office, which was admired by a large number of people who were in the market-place.The civic procession was accompanied by a good muster of B Company of Volunteers, under the command of Captain Harrison and Lieut. Bond.The volunteers were headed by the town band, who played a suitable selection of music to and from the church.The service was fully choral, the sermon being preached by the Rector, from Psalm civiii., 1 and 2.Collections throughout the day in aid of the debt fund realised £8 6s. 6d.

OLD PEOPLE’S TEA.-This annual tea to old people over 60 years was held in the Wesleyan Schoolroom on New Year’s evening.Tea was partaken of, and presided over by Mrs. Densham.Mrs. Hollingham, Mrs. Tuck (Congregationalists), Mrs Marshallsay, Mrs Beardsley, Mrs. Bussey, Mrs. Randall, Mrs. Drew, Mrs. Yearsley (Episcopalians), and Mrs. Haynes, Misses Bates (2), and Pollard (Wesleyans).Afterwards a meeting was held, the Mayor of Wareham (Mr Freeland Filliter), the Revs. T. Bate, W.Densham, Messrs. Haynes, and G. and W. Crocker being the speakers.The latter gentleman in the course of his remarks said this was the first time in 18 years that no rector of the parish or curate was with them.During the evening a nice selection of music was rendered from the “Christian Choir” by friends of various denominations.Messrs. Yearsley and Bennett Bros. kindly lent their ‘bus and van to convey the old people from and to their homes, and Mr. Marshallsay presented each with an orange and Mrs. Crocker a card before leaving.

ODDFELLOWS’ MEETING.-The Oddfellows of the Poole district met at Wareham on Tuesday under the presidency of the P.G.M., Bro. W. H. Tanner.There were 61 delegates present.Bro. F. A. K. Hounsell (Bourne) was elected P.G.M., and BROS. J. c. Barnes, Benevolent (Wimborne), D.P.G.M.Bro. Petton was appointed auditor by 41 votes against 20 given to Bro. H. Russell, of Weymouth.Bros. J. Pickard, P.P.G.M. (Weymouth), Tanner, P.P.G.M. (Poole), and P.P.G.M.C.T. Old (Dorchester) were added to the arbitrators.The following were selected as delegates to the A.M.C. gathering at Hull : - Bro. John Mowlem, P.P.G.M. (“Good Samaritan” Lodge), Bro. W. H. Tanner, P.G.M. (“Philanthropic”), Bro. W. P. Stickland, P.P.G.M. (“Manuel’s”), and Bro. H. Selway, P.G. (“Hand-in-Hand”).A district levy of 21/2d. was made.It has been resolved to co-operate at the reception of the High Court meeting of the A.O.F. at Bournemouth on the August Bank Holiday.A committee was appointed and £10 was voted towards the expenses.The following resolution was passed touching the death of Bro. W.M.Thiselton : -

“That this meeting have heard with profound regret of the sudden death of our brother W.M.Thiselton, P.G., of the Excelsior Lodge, who was appointed to attend as delegate here to-day, hereby expresses its deep sympathy with the widow and family, trusting that God will sustain them in their sad bereavement ;that this solution be recorded in the minutes of this meeting and a letter of condolence be sent to Mrs. Thiselton.”

THE MAYOR’S CHAIN. -“It struck us both as one of the handsomest and most artistic Mayoral chains we have seen, and the loyal borough of Wareham is, we think, to be congratulated in possessing so fine a specimen of the goldsmith’s art.”The above is an extract from a letter received by the Mayor of Wareham from Birmingham, touching the Mayoralty chain, which will interest the friends of Wareham.One of the parties (both of whom happen to be Liberal Unionists) was knighted at Windsor Castle during the Jubilee year as Mayor of Birmingham.The donors of the links are Messrs.Montague Guest, G. H. Bond, M.P., Thomas Bond, William M. Calcraft, Mrs. Fairer, Miss Bartlett, Messrs. Freeland Filliter, Stephen W. Bennett, Woodruffe Daniel, Thomas Randall, James Albert Panton, and Cornelius Selby.The principal piece, containing the seal and arms of Wareham as well as the centre link, was given by Mr. Montague Guest, who in fact started the chain.Two of the links were given by the present Mayor ;all the other gentlemen named gave one link each.The following are the inscriptions on the links : -The pendant attached to the chain, given by Mr Montague Guest, shows the Wareham seal and arms, and he also gave a link with the following inscription : - “Given by Montague J.Guest, M.P.for Wareham 1880 to 1885.The first link on one side has the following inscription, “W. Montague Calcraft, lord of the manor of Wareham, 1887 ; 2nd link, George H. Bond, M.P. for East Dorset, 1887 ; 3rd link, Thomas Bartlett, Town Clerk, 1765 to 1789, Recorder, 1823 to 1837, C. Oldfield Bartlett, Town Clerk, 1823 to 1867 ; 4th, Thomas Bond, Recorder, 1846 to 1858 ; 5th, Oliver W. Farrer, recorder, 1858 to 1876 ; 6th, James Albert Panton, Mayor, 1872, and in memory of his deceased father, James Panton, Mayor, 1849, 1856, and 1861 ; 7th Freeland Filliter, Mayor, 1863 – 5, and recorder from 181876 to 1886, first Mayor under the new charter in the Jubilee year 1887 and in the present year, 1889 ; 2nd, Woodruffe Daniel, Mayor, 1869, 1875, 1881, and 1888 ; 3rd Stephen W. Bennett, Mayor, 1881, 1884, and 1885 ; 4th, Thomas Randall, Mayor, 1868, 1863 ; 5th Cornelius Selby, Mayor, 1882 ; 6th, Freeland filliter in memory of George Filliter, Town Clerk, 1743 to 1750, and Mayor, 1750, 1752, 1754, 1758, 1762, 1769, and Clavell filliter, Mayor, 1850, 1852, 1855.


CHRISTMAS TREE. – This annual event took place in the schoolroom on Friday.The recipients of the various articles were the Congregational Band of Hope children, and fortunate children they were, as the gifts were not of the monkey-on-the-stick style or Jack-in-the-boxes at eightpence a dozen, but things of value, use, and amusement.To mention the articles would be impossible, so varied were they, according to the position of each child who had them.The tree on which these things were hung was of immense size, and brilliantly illuminated, so beautiful that on the previous evening a charge of 1d. was made on the outside world to see the tree lighted up.The men and women were not neglected in a dietary point of view, tea, cake, buns, oranges, &c., being their to be obtained ad lib., whilst they enlivened their friends and parents by marching round the tree singing–

                                                            “If I were a sunbeam,

                                                            I know what I would do.”

But, alas, in that bright room there was one little girl who was not happy ; she had not attended the prescribed number of times, and the managers therefore shut her out from partaking of the benefits, and instead of being a little sunbeam her face was wet with tears.To individualise any helper in this big success would be invidious, but great credit is due to all in bringing this annual treat to such a satisfactory termination.

MISSION.What promises to be a successful mission was commenced on Monday evening at the congregational church.Latterly the pastor and office bearers of the above place of worship have been exercising their minds how to bring those in the in the town who never or rarely attend any place of worship to come at least once a month, and with this object all the seats have been declared free the first Sunday evening in each month.The services have been bright and cheerful, Sankey’s hymns being used, and instead of the usual sermon Mr Densham has given brief addresses interspersed with singing and prayer, and the attendances at the last two monthly services must have been very gratifying to the pastor and deacons.The missioner this week is the Rev. W. A. Meaton, a gentleman used to the work who has a genial countenance, is distinct in his utterance, unostentatious in his manners, and has several new ideas in reference to Bible truths.He also does not think it an unpardonable sin to create a smile even whilst in a sacred edifice or even in a pulpit, and to judge from Monday’s Introductory remarks he may be a bit “racy” this week.The service commenced with singing “Wonderful Words of Life,” and after a brief prayer Mr. Meaton said he had come to Wareham to win souls.He did not for one moment suppose all the people in this town were lost or were heathen.God had given him the office of reaper, and what he was looking for was a reaping time, so that their minister’s heart should be full of joy.He did not come to supplant him, but to supplement his work.He looked for great things as the result of this mission, and believed God had sent him there.He urged upon them to help him.They knew the people and could ask and could ask them to come there, and he would do his part and preach. They did not know what was going to happen, theymust look for a large blessing, and he asked them to expect it.God is far more willing to bless than we are to receive.The speaker added he was very cautious in his method of work.He did not speak indiscriminately, and his method was therefore different from that of some missioners.He would be in the vestry at the close of each service, and if God spoke they would come to him.He would rather that one soul was really saved than that thousands should go into the enquiry room and turn back again.The rev. gentleman then ascended the pulpit, preaching from John III., 16.

URBAN SANITARY AUTHORITY.-The monthly meeting was held in the Town Hall on Friday, the following being present :The Mayor (Mr Freeland Filliter), Aldermen Bennett and Daniel, Councillors Beer, Collihole, Crocker, Drew, Hollingham, Oakley, Trenchard, and Yearsley.

NUISANCES. – The report of the Inspector of Nuisances was first considered, from which it appeared a case of diphtheria had occurred in Pound-lane at the house of a person named Nineham, and disinfectants had been used.Mr. Crocker enquired if anything had been done in reference to the nuisance reported at the last meeting at the house occupied by Mr Bate.The Inspector stated notice had been given, but the alterations had not been carried out.

THE MEDICAL OFFICER. -It was resolved that Dr, Blakiston be appointed medical officer of health for the year at a salary of £10.

THE NEW CHAIN PUMP. -Tenders and specifications for erecting a chain pump, staging, with floor steps, &c., were received from Mr. William Laws, builder, and Messrs. A. and A. Drew, ironmongers, at three different parts of the South River.In Mr. Laws’ estimate three prices were quoted – namely, £11 6s., £11 12s., and £12, according to the situation of the pump, which would throw 2,500 gallons an hour, with the addendum that if one throwing 5,000 gallons per hour was decided on, £1 extra would be charged.Messrs. Drew’s prices were £11. 10s., £11 15s., and £12, with the same charge, £1 extra, for a 5,000 gallon pump.Mr Oakley :I think the best place would be near Mr Bennett’s old house, there is always plenty of water there.Mr. Daniel : The first thing is, is it decided to have it?Mr. Bennett:The first thing is, is it necessary?It was then resolved unanimously that the pump should be erected.Mr Hollingham expressed his opinion if erected on the east end of the Stores it would be no little matter for a horse to pull a ton and a half up the incline :whilst Mr. Drew, after a great many years’ experience with the quay, thought the erection there would be a nuisance as water would be always dropping about, and boys would be more likely to damage it, whilst, if erected at the east end of the Old Stores, the cost would be very trifling-extra, and a trough could be put under the nozzle of the pump.Mr Collihole enquired if the specifications were the same, and was informed they were precisely the same.Mr. Daniel then proposed that Messrs. Drew’s tender be accepted but failed to find a seconder.Mr Drew : As Mr. Laws tender is the lowest, I think it right he should have it.The Mayor : I think the best is cheapest in the end.Mr. Collihole : There is no best about it, the specifications are the same.It was then resolved that Mr. Laws’ tender be accepted and that the pump be placed at the east end of the Old Stores for £11 12s.Mr. Drew : What size will you have?If you have the smallest it will take you longer to fill and the difference is only about £1.It was decided the largest should be erected for £12.

THE WORKMEN’S INSTITUTE. -Mr. Crocker wished to know the position of the Council with regard to the Workmen’s Institute given by Mr. Drax in 1874 to the Mayor and Corporation.There was no committee to manage the institute and every evening there were lads and young men of the town there with a large fire and oil lamps, and the insurance was not kept up to the amount stated in the deeds.There were chairs, tables, &c., and the point was to whom did they belong?There was once a library with 150 volumes, and now there were about 30.The cupboards were turned out and used by the rifle corps for stores &c.If the volunteers wanted store room they should let it to them, and leave the upper part to the young men of the town.At present no one was responsible for any accident or loss.Mr Collihole :It is corporation property and we must see that it is carried on as an institute or must take the key.In reply the Town Clerk said it was insured for £200, but the deeds said it should be insured for at least £300.It was proposed by Mr Drew, seconded by Mr. Oakley, that the Rev. H. P. Stokes, the donor of the moveable things, be asked if he would make over this property to the Corporation.Carried unanimously.Captain Harrison, entering the room, stated the Mayor had kindly given him leave to place their stores there, and there had not been the slightest friction between those occupying the institute and themselves; whenever they wanted the room they had it. He did not want more accommodation than they had already. Mr Crocker : Could you not confine yourself to the lower part of the room altogether; the cupboards were originally designed for the use of the institute? Captain Harrison : It would be absolutely useless. The cupboard was taken bare by us, and, as for the store room, you may as well put the rifles in the street. It was ultimately decided the Mayor and Messrs. Crocker, A. Drew, Hollingham, and Beer be appointed a committee to see into the matter.

END OF THE GAS CONTROVERSY. - A lengthy document from the Wareham Gas Company was read by the Town Clerk to the effect that the Gas Company could not entertain the resolutions passed at the previous meetings of the Urban Sanitary Authority. Mr. Crocker : do we understand that this gas bubble is exploded?

THE EX-EMPRESS OF GERMANY. – The Mayor then read the reply he had received from Count Seckendorff, a copy of which was published in our last issue, and added that nothing had given him more pleasure than the part he had taken in this matter.(Applause.)On the proposition of Mr. Drew, seconded by Mr. Yearsley, it was resolved that a vote of thanks be passed to Mr. Filliter for the trouble he had taken. The Mayor, in replying, said he had brought the Mayor’s chain so that the council might see the additional links presented by himself and Mr. Panton.

DANGEROUS STATE OF THE WALLS. - The Surveyor (Mr. George Hobbs) drew the attention of the meeting to the dangerous state of the walls near St. Martin’s Church, and enquired whose place is was to remedy it, the churchwardens or Corporation. On the suggestion of Mr. Drew it was thought advisable to write to the churchwardens, calling their attention to the matter.

TOO MUCH WATER AT THE BREWERY.-Owing to the surface pipe emptying too much water in Mr. Bennett’s yard it was resolved to appoint the Paving Committee to see into the matter, and if necessary give Mr. William Laws orders to remedy it at an estimated cost of about £10 10.




UNITARIAN CHURCH. – On Sunday evening Mr. R. J. Wilkins delivered a special discourse on “The Death Roll for 1888” in the above place of worship.  On Sunday evening next a children’s service will be held.

WAREHAM AND PURBECK UNION. – At a meeting of the Board of guardians on Tuesday the mater (Mr. Cotton) reported there were 76 inmates on the last day of the week against 77 in the corresponding week last year.  Vagrants relieved during the week, 30 ;  imbeciles in the house, four.

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. – The mission conducted by Mr. Meaton at the above place of worship, the particulars of which appeared in our last issue, was brought to a close on Wednesday evening.  There has been a fair attendance, and the services have been much appreciated, judging by the regularity of those attending them.  On Tuesday a tea meeting was held, provided by Messrs. Bennett Bros., and to which a good number sat down.  The singing was not quite so hearty as usual at mission services, showing a want of practice amongst the choir.

CHURCH MISSION SOCIETY. – The annual meeting of the Wareham auxiliary was held on Thursday evening in the National School.  After the signing of a hymn, the rev. J.S. P. Fagan, the newly appointed curate, offered prayer.  From the statement of accounts read by Mr. Beardsley, it appears about £30 has been sent up to the society during the past year.  The Rev. Selwyn Blackett gave a very interesting and profitable lecture on India, illustrated by numerous diagrams, which was much appreciated.  There was a good attendance, and Miss Bussey presided at the harmonium.

ST. MARY’S CHURCH SERVICES FOR SUNDAY NEXT. – Matins : Responses, Tailis ;  Venite, turner  ;  Te Deum, Oakeley  ;  Benedictus, Goss  ;  Kyrie, Walmsley  ;  Hymns, 297, 313.  Holy Communion.  Evensong  :  responses, tailis  ;  Hymn, 163  ;   Psalms, Smart, Bunnett’s Service  ;  Anthem after third collect  ;  Hymn before sermon, 235  ;  Hymn after sermon, 259  ;  Vesper Hymn. – Rev. S. BLACKETT, rector  ;  Mr. A. J. BUSSEY, organist.


Tuesday  :  Before Lieut.-Colonel Mansel, Mr. J. B. Dugdale, and Mr. H. Stillwell.

EDUCATION CASES. -  George Munden, of Morden, was summoned for not sending his two children to school.  Mr. Slade appeared for the School Board, and the case was proved by William Bullen, the attendance officer.  Defendant was fined 5s. for each child.

CHARGE OF DRUNKENNESDS. -  John Tollerfield, of Swanage, was summoned for being drunk on licensed premises at Swanage on December 29th.  P.C. Parminter stated in evidence that he saw the defendant, who was drunk, go into the Anchor Inn and call for a glass of beer, which the landlady refused to serve him with, and asked him to leave the house.  He refused to do so and used disgusting language, and witness had to push him out:  Defendant was fined 10s. and 8s. costs, or 14 days. -  James Roberts of Wareham, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly at Wareham on December 17th.  The case was proved by P.C.Sheal, and defendant was fined 5s. and 8s.costs.  -  Thomas Lammerton, of Wareham, was summoned for a similar offence on December 16th, at Wareham, and, the case being proved by P.C. Symes, a fine of 7s. and 8s. costs, was inflicted.  -  Albert Edmunds of Swanage, was summoned for being drunk at Swanage on January 5th.  P.S.Elford proved the case, and defendant was fined 5s. and 8s. costs.  -  William Welch, of Wareham, pleaded guilty of being drunk and disorderly at Wareham on December 26th, and was fined 2s. 6d. and 7s. costs.

CATTLE STRAYING. -  Charles Summers, of Swanage, was summoned for allowing three horses to stray on the highway at Swanage on January 1st.  P.S.  Elford stated the case, and said he found the animals straying in the street and drove them to defendant’s stables.  Defendant, who admitted the offence, and who had been several times previously convicted, was fined 10s. and 7s. costs.

RIDING WITHOUT REINS. -  William Ridout was summoned for riding without reins at Studland on January 5th.  P.C. Parminter stated defendant was in charge of two horses and a wagon.  The horses were trotting, and defendant had no reins.  Defendant was charged 1s. and 6s. costs.

ASSAULT. -  Henry Sinnick, of East Stoke, was summoned for assaulting David Wellstead, of the same place, on December 24th.  Complainant gave evidence that on the evening in question he was on his way home and on coming out of a field the defendant came up to him and knocked him down.  He got up and defendant knocked him down twice after that.  Defendant stated that he did not strike complainant till the latter had put his fist in his face.  A witness named Grant proved seeing defendant knock complainant down once.  Defendant was fined 2s. and 10s. costs.

AFTER THE GAME. -  Thomas Ridout, of Langton Matravers, was summoned for trespassing in pursuit of fame and conies on land in the occupation of William Saunders, at Langton, on December 26th.  Defendant pleased guilty, and it appeared he had set a wire on the land.  He was fined 2s. 6d. and 7s.costs.  Sampson White, of Swanage, was summoned for a similar offence at Studland on December 29th.  Charles Scutt, keeper, gave evidence that he saw the defendant, in company with another man and two dogs, on an enclosed rabbit warren belong to Mr. Bankes.  One of the dogs caught a rabbit, and witness watched the men searching holes. The other man, it was stated, had absconded.  Defendant was fined 6s. and 9s, costs.  John Bondfield, of Swanage, was summoned for a similar offence at Swanage on December 7th.  William Smith, keeper, said he found a wire with a rabbit in it on land in the possession of John Stevens, and saw defendant come and take it out.  He asked him what he was doing, and defendant asked him not to summon him.  Fined 2s. 6d. and 9s. costs.  Frederick Wallis and Thomas Orchard, of Winfrith, were summoned for a similar offence on land in the occupation of Mr. Weld, on December 13th.  William Adlam, keeper, gave evidence that he saw defendants beating furze on the common.  A rabbit was run to a hole, and defendants tried to dig it out.  Wallis was fined 5s. and 8s. costs and Orchard 10s. and 9s. costs, or 14 days in default.



A VERY ACCEPTABLE GIFT. -  The Mayor of Wareham (Mr. Freeland Filliter) has kindly given a hundredweight each of coals to over 100 of the poor of the town, and during this bitter cold weather the gift has been much appreciated.

“THE AURORA”. -  The Wesleyans of this town have, with the assistance of their friends far and near, got together as extensive and well selected cargo of articles for use and ornament; the good ship “Aurora” brought it safe into harbour on Thursday afternoon, and landed her freight in the Wesleyan Schoolroom.  Te arrival of the vessel was the signal for a festive fathering at which the goods so safely brought to port were disposed of at reasonable prices.  The ship was utilised for the display of the “cargo”, and upon the masts and rigging were suspended the tasteful effect an assortment of wearing apparel, purses, pictures, handkerchiefs, biscuits, &c.  In the “hold” were vegetables of various kinds.  All the goods could not thus be arrayed and a stall stood by the side of the ship for the display of the surplus.  Mrs. Crocker was in charge of this ship, and Mrs. Read, Mrs. Bussell, and Miss Fish had the superintendence of the attractive refreshment buffet adjoining.  Among other features of the affair was the immense shoe in which lived the old woman with the numerous progeny.  Miss Cissy Gilbert found a more certain mode of getting ride of her doll children than her prototype, for instead of shipping them all round and sending them to bed she disposed of them to the highest bidders.  Miss M. Dicker was in charge of a wonderful snowball.  The proceedings were enlivened with instrumental and vocal music by the Misses Bates and Miss E. Dicker, and the arrangements were superintended by Mrs. Crocker, Mrs. Dicker, and the Misses Bates, &c.  The room was decorated in expectation of the ship’s arrival, and we doubt not the cargo proved of considerable value.

SANDFORD SCHOOLS. -  On Thursday evening, in the above schools, Mrs. Rodgett gave her annual supper and tea to her workmen, and their wives, who were joined by the Sandford choir, and a few other friends, in all about 98 persons.  The schools were well lighted, and ornamented with evergreen.  After a substantial supper, which consisted of roast beef, mutton, and fowls, &c., Mrs. Rodgett and her niece, Miss Rodgett, played several pieces of choice music, both on the organ and piano, which called forth from the audience long and repeated burst of applause.  This was followed by a sacred song by Miss Rodgett, which she sang sweetly and with effect.  After another, by the Misses Taylor and Miss Rodgett, which they sang in parts, the musical power of the choir was called into action, several beautiful hymns and sacred songs were sung, with piano accompaniment by Miss Rodgett, and Miss Taylor, and certainly not without great labour and careful training on the part of the Sandford ladies could the members of this choir have been brought to earn for themselves the well merited applause which they heartily received from all present.  One little girl, a Miss Francy, daughter of one of the workmen, deserves special mention, her very sweet voice and accuracy in keeping time being very noticeable.  This brought the first part of the evening’s programme to a close.  Tea being now announced, Mrs. Rodgett took her seat at the head of the table, and with the assistance of several lady helpers, tea was served with plenty of good bread and butter and cake in abundance; after tea several amusing toys were introduced, which created much laughter and amusement.  This brought a happy evening to a close, but the company before leaving, through Mr. Beardsley, seconded by Mr. McGinley, tendered a hearty vote of thanks to Mrs. Rodgett and Miss Rodgett.

IMPORTANT MEETING OF THE WAREHAM TEMPERANCE SOCIETY. – This society, which has undergone so many vicissitudes and has met with so much opposition from the outside world, is at the present time in rather a chaotic state, the cause of this confusion being the wish of some of its members to dissolve the society, which for a great number of years has been the means of doing an immense amount of good in this town, and neighbourhood, and carry on aggressive temperance work in sections, of, to put it plainer, to make it a denominational society, evidently forgetting the motto –
                                                            “United we stand,
                                                               Divided we fall.”
It must also be borne in mind that the Wareham Temperance Society, has not the liberal minded vicar of Isleworth amongst them to guide and direct them or there would have been no need for the following:-  “All member of the above society are earnestly invited to attend a very important general meeting to be held in the Town Hall on Monday.”  On Monday evening the Town Hall was filled with a very representative audience, members of all the religious bodies of the town, being present.  Mr. Crocker took the chair, and, after singing and prayer, said the meeting was called not so much for speech making as to form some little idea how the work was to be carried on in the future.  Each might have different opinions, but all would agree that a great deal had been done for temperance in the past.  When Mr. Stokes (applause) was in Wareham he worked heart and soul in the matter, and with every one, but now he had left them and they were doing comparatively nothing.  Speaking of the various Bands of Hope in the town, Mr. Crocker said previously they had worked them together and at their meetings they had great difficulty as to the behaviour, but now each school had its own Band of Hope and had gone on much better than with united efforts.  He invited a full discussion as to the future of the Wareham Temperance Society.  The hon. treasurer (Mr. P. P. Gillingham stated through a lady generously giving him £10, he had a balance in hand of £3. 10s. after paying all bills and fees, and what was to be done with it?  Questioned by the chairman, he further added that after paying the expenses of the meeting that night he would still have £3.10s. in hand.  The hon. secretary (Mr. W. Beardsley) having read his annual report, the Chairman, after a few moments silence, asked that some one should make a suggestion.  Mr. Smith: When the Committee met did they pass any suggestion that you should propose a resolution to us?  The chairman:  The only resolution we came to was to call this meeting.  The question is shall we work separately or on the old lines?  Mr. Smith;  Has it been satisfactory?  Mr. Beardsley: I think the Band of Hope has been better by separation, and that the temperance would go on better if we each had a society.  We could then watch over each member better.  It was proposed by Mr. Drew, and seconded by Mr. Smith, “That in consequence of the increased activity in temperance work the Wareham Temperance Society do not proceed, to the re-election of officers. “  The chairman said he was sorry to be at the death of the Wareham Temperance Society, but, no doubt, the work could be carried on as well if each society worked on their own lines.  It did not follow that this was the only proposition they were bound to vote for; any one was at liberty to move an amendment.  The proposition was then put to the meeting and lost, only six, including the proposer and seconder, voting for it.  Mr John Green trusted the society would not come to nought, expressing his opinion that if it was carried on unity and love it would prosper as it had hitherto.  After a deal of discussion and attempted compromises, it was resolved “That the Wareham Temperance Society consists of the members in association with the three religious denominations, and that each body elect two members to constitute a general committee to arrange for united temperance work, the president and general secretary to be elected at the annual meeting to be held in September every year”   The election of officers was then proceeded with.  Mr Malpas proposed and Mr Green seconded, “That Mr Crocker be the president.  Carried.  Mr Gillingham was elected treasurer on the proposition of Mr dicker, seconded by Mr Moses Selby and Mr Dicker, secretary on the proposition of Mr Gillingham seconded by Mr Samways.  The Rev. Thomas Bate asked if what had been done at the meeting that night would be carried out; this ought to be clearly understood before they separated.  Would the different denominations agree to the resolutions passed?  Mr Dicker :  That is just the thing in a nutshell.  Why don’t they say so if they don’t wish to work with us?  Mr Drew represents the Church, and can have no difficulty in sending another beside himself to form the general committee.  Mr Drew said he feared he could not speak for the Church to which he belonged. (Murmurs)  Mr Dicker  (with warmth)  :  Then I take it that the whole of the evening’s meeting has been wasted.  The Chairman said in the room the Congregationalists could guarantee two to form the committee and the Wesleyans two and if Mr Drew could get another beside himself it would do.  Mr Drew asked how he could be answerable for another?  He was always pleased to meet all on the temperance platform; Mr Smith hoped this would not upset what had been done.  Should they face the difficulty?  It might as well be settled then as later on.  Mr Dicker thought the only thing would be to risk it.  A vote of thanks being passed to the chairman and past officer, Mr Beardsley, in replying, said he had done his best to make the society a success, but he had so much work on his hands that he could not possibly attend to the secretaryship.  The meeting then broke up.



CONSERVATIVE CONCERT – On Wednesday, January 16th the members of the Creech Grange Conservative Association had their annual concert.  The Wareham Musical Club were engaged to give of their well-known entertainments, which was well rendered and highly appreciated.  The room was tastefully decorated with evergreen and ferns, a stage front that was erected giving quite a theatrical appearance to the schoolroom.  When the performers, nine in number, made their appearance, they were accorded a hearty welcome, their black faces adding not a little to the novelty of this entertainment.  The two corner men, Bones and Tambo, fairly brought down the house with their side splitting jokes, while the singing, both comic and sentimental, was fully up to the average.  After a “split” by E. Fudge, entitled “Panorama” Mr. Fordham gave “The Nigger in Love”.  Mr. H. Marshallsay came next with a “split” called “Fooling the Bear,” followed by Mr. E. Bower, who was  deservedly encored for the way he rendered a song entitled “The Streak of the Silver Sea”.  Mr. H.Crumpler gained the next encore for his song “Jemima.”  A song and clog dance, by Mr. H. Marshallsay, had to be repeated, and the first part closed with “The Laughing Nigger”, by Mr. E.Fudge.  During the interval Mr G. R. Bond, M.P., gave a political address on home and foreign affairs.  The hon. member, who met with a hearty reception, first spoke on the work of the past Session.  He briefly touched on Irish affairs, saying that instead of Irish orators putting the facts before the people of this country, they appealed to them for sympathy for their fellow countrymen, whom they falsely asserted were rotting in Irish prisons for simply “booing” at  Mr. Balfour’s name.  He then gave an instance in refutation of the statement lately made by Sir Walter Foster, who said a man was sent to prison for simply “booing” at Balfour’s name, and this he proved was a tissue of falsehoods.  After referring to the Local Government Act, Mr. Bond descended from the platform amidst loud and continued applause.  The following resolution was proposed by Mr. T.Tyler (the vice-chairman of the association) in an appropriate speech, seconded by Mr. A.Cobb, and carried unanimously:-
“That this meeting desires to express its satisfaction with the manner in which the foreign affairs of this Empire are administered under Lord Salisbury, by which the honour of the British flag has been untarnished, the respect of foreign Powers obtained, and the unspeakable blessings of peace preserved;  that they view with equal satisfaction the management of home affairs, by which Imperial taxation has been greatly reduced and a great relief to local rates afforded, whilst in Ireland a firm and just administration of the law has been followed by increased prosperity and a marked diminution of the crime and outrage which have so long disgraced that country.”

In Part II several good character songs were sung by Messrs. Elmes, Bower and Crumpler, the last named creating much laughter owing to his unique attire and the way he manipulated his one-stringed fiddle.  Mr. A. Elmes gained an encore for his song “Remarkably Loose”.  The musical part of the programme was brought to a close by Mr. Bower singing two comic songs, both of which were encored.  The entertainment concluded with a laughable farce, entitled “Starvation,” after which a vote of thanks to the performers was unanimously passed.  “God Save the Queen” was then  heartily sung, and the audience dispersed well pleased with their evening’s amusement.