Conisborough Pony Driver’s Disobedience

November 1907

Mexborough and Swinton Times November 16, 1907

Conisborough Pony Driver’s Disobedience

A lad named Irving Ellis, of Conisborough, described as a pony driver, came into court on crutches to answer a charge by the Denaby and Cadeby Collieries Co Ltd, of a breach of special rule 106, by disobeying the order of the manager.

It appeared that Ellis had exceeded the authorised number of tubs down a decline, the three tubs being braked by only two lockers. As a result he had been pinned to the ground by the tubs, which had got beyond control, and had been severely injured.

Although there was no desire to press the case, said Mr W.M.Gichard, they were bound to bring these cases forward in order to show that the rules and regulations could not be broken with impunity.

The lad had suffered as a result of his disobedience, but a small fine by that court would serve as a precedent for other cases.

Sam Sykes, a corporal employed at the Cadeby mine, proved the case; but the Bench, thinking that the lad had been punished sufficiently, merely put a fine of 1/- and costs.