At the Northampton Bankruptcy Court on Friday, Winifred Amy Nicholson, of 30 Midland-road, Rushden, who has been carrying on business as a milliner and draper at 70 Higham-road, Rushden, came up for her public examination in bankruptcy. Her liabilities were estimated at £358 with assets £11 and deficiency £347.
In the course of the examination the debtor said she had been a practical milliner all her life and started in business for herself 15 or 16 years ago.
The change of fashion which brought in the little hats that required much less trimming, and the coming of motor-’buses, which took customers to the larger towns, had both affected her trade. Her takings for the last few years were only about £14 a week with a gross profit of £3. 15s.
She was closely questioned on certain of her transactions in the latter part of last year, and also with regard to a sewing machine which her mother claimed as her property. She admitted that she had paid for the machine with her cheque, but declared that her mother, aged 76, repaid her.
The examination was formally adjourned to the April Court.