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Saturday 09 Sep 1815 - Local News
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* June 10, 2021, 02:45:31 AM
 Saturday 09 Sep 1815   (p. 3, col. 1-2)
We informed our readers, last week, that the heavy hand of government was again upon the press.—In allusion to this subject we deem it necessary to state, that the additional duty on the stamps for the last and this week's paper will be duly accounted for to government, on affidavit, as required by the act,—our stock on hand not having been expended.—We further beg leave to inform the public, that so far from us benefiting by the additional advance of government, we are subject to an actual loss; the additional charge of half-penny upon each Paper being barely sufficient to defray the extra impost of government, whilst the risk, out-laying of capital, and other considerations connected with trade, render a newspaper concern much less eligible than before the imposition of the new duty.
We are particularly obliged to our correspondent S. for his able communication on the impolitic and oppressive conduct of the dignitaries of our church towards the inferior clergy and laity; but, from motives of policy, we are sorry we must decline giving his sentiments publicity. Our correspondent's sentiments are our own; and we cannot refrain stating to our readers a curious fact, named by our correspondent, of the conduct of our Bishops, on the passing of Lord Harrowby's Bill. He says, "almost the whole Bench of Bishops opposed Lord H.'s Bill for the better support and maintenance of the stipendiary curates, though not one of them denied the evil, or offered a remedy."—Mechanics generally assist the miserable of their own vocation; not so, it appears, with the members of the church.
That tithes are a check upon industry and a grievance of a serious nature, both to the landlord and tenant, is indisputable; the former being a sufferer in his rent, the latter in the capital and labour employed in the cultivation of the land. Mr. PALEY, speaking on the subject of tithes, observes, "it is the most pernicious of all taxes." We trust this opinion of so celebrated a divine will become universal, and that society will see the necessity of reforming a system, pregnant with so many drawbacks on the agricultural prosperity of the country.
Our readers will see by advertisement in this Paper, that Mr. HINDMARSH, whose abilities as an elocutionist have been duly appreciated in the principal towns of the kingdom, intends to give another public reading at the Blue Bell Assembly-room, on-Monday next, when, we doubt not, his talents will attract a crowded audience.—Mr. HINDMARSH has been reciting this week with much approbation to a very genteel assemblage, and his exertions were such as to justify the character the public prints had given of him.
We are informed that some gentlemen have formed themselves into a society, to dine together every week at the Bush Inn, in this city, and they have denominated their meeting "The full-measure Club."
A few days ago, a valuable fishing net, the property of Mr. RELPH, of this city, was destroyed and carried away from Etterby fishery.
At Belle-Vue, near Newtown, on a piece of ground which at the beginning of the year was uncleared (having been the scite of a plantation), a potatoe stem was measured which was in length two yards, though it had not attained its full maturity; and to its root were attached a number of potatoes which weighed 7lbs. besides several small ones; the largest weighed not less than 15oz. The prolific nature of this plant was such, that from the joints of the stem fresh potatoes were sprouting, and even these embryos were beginning to send forth shoots and leaves, in the same manner as the parent stem.—This potatoe plant was taken up promiscuously from a bed of others, of about the same size.
Several robberies having recently taken place in Yorkshire and the neighbouring counties; we deem it right to put the inhabitants of this city and neighbourhood on their guard. It should be remembered, that as the nights lengthen, a greater facility of burglaries, &c. is afforded to desperate and unprincipled characters; many of whom, from the paying off of vessels of war, will be let loose upon the public. We mean no disparagement to that gallant body of men, the British navy; but it is too notorious to be denied, and we cannot but lament the fact, that, of late years, its been too commonly the practice to compromise criminal offences by sending delinquents into a service which in its own nature is as honourable as it is meritorious.

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* June 10, 2021, 04:48:05 PM
There are few circumstances that give us greater pleasure than recording the heroic actions, or superior abilities, of a native of the place where we dwell. The inhabitants of Maryport have been gratified within these few days past by a beautiful and striking west view of that place, its harbour, and shipping, executed by Mr. Wm. BROWN, of the City of Carlisle, a native of the former place.—The above has been exhibited by Mr. BOVEL [?], innkeeper.
The Rev. Thomas SCURR, master of Hexham School, is appointed to the living of Thackrington, in Northumberland; and also a surrogate of the Dean and Chapter of York.
A medical gentleman, of this city, on Wednesday extracted from the nose (the nasal cells) of a young boy, a button which had remained there for three years, which had occasioned him, during that time, great uneasiness. The button had been thoughtlessly thrust into his nose by the boy himself.
James HART, of Heskett-new-market, Cumberland, weaver, has been committed to York castle, on a charge of privately stealing divers articles of wearing apparel at Knaresbro'.
A collection for the Waterloo sufferers has been made throughout the chapelry of Plumpton, in the parish of Lazonby, which amounts to £6 10s. 6d. which sum has been put into the proper hands, to be transmitted to London. The like collections are general throughout the county.—In many places, the collections have been liberal in the extreme. In particular,—after an excellent sermon preached by the Rev. T. BEWSHER, the sum of £72 5s. was collected at Penrith church; and which was afterwards greatly increased by the praise-worthy contributions of many individuals.—In the small parish of Hutton-in-the-Forest, the very large sum (comparatively) of £31 was collected for the same purpose.—How honourable to the character of our common country is the eagerness with which all ranks concur in performing the duty of repairing as far as possible the personal injuries of the brave who fought, and fell, and suffered at Waterloo, that field of glory and of blood. Nothing that we may do can reach the dead; our very prayers will not avail them; but they have left their widows and fatherless children behind, and of these, as well as of their glory, they have made their country the heir. And if their remembrance be dear, if their glory be held sacred, their widows and their fatherless children must be cherished and honoured by the survivors. These, with the wounded, and their families, have claims upon our sympathy, our generosity, and protection, which we would not evade if we could, and durst not deny if we would.
During the absence of warfare abroad, the good citizens of Carlisle (which place indeed only forms part of the system) employ their leisure moments in discussing the war which the magistrates have levied against those gentry in the employ of innkeepers which the former deemed, on comparison of their respective bulk with the constitutional standard, to be what are locally termed straight jackets; and therefore, like a Frenchman whose meagre skeleton, even if introduced into the paunch of an overgrown alderman, would scarcely augment his visible dimensions, these meagre gentry were declared inimical to the church and state, and open warfare was proclaimed against them. Of these many were made prisoners; and though, in the engagement between the "powers that be" and the innkeepers, many specimens of eloquence were exchanged, the latter have found to their cost, that it is almost as easy to push the moon from her sphere as to kick against the prickly domination of magisterial influence.—A war contribution of ten shillings each, in the way of summons, has been imposed upon the defaulters, besides the mitigated penalty of 5s. for each prisoner taken.—We understand that in Lancashire, where the like enforcement of the legal measure is used, the Magistrates, after rendering useless the captured measures, return the metal to the owners; and a correspondent wishes to know, whether the Justices can confiscate to their own use, or to the use of others, those measures that are taken from innkeepers on the plea of being deficient.
Mr. SADLER's 47th ascension took place, yesterday week from Newcastle, at nearly half after three, when the baloon [sic] took a W. S. W. direction. As Mr. SADLER found that he was rapidly approaching the sea, he descended, near Whitby Park, 21 minutes from the time of his ascent. The greatest elevation of the baloon was 1¾ mile.
On Tuesday last, at Bambro', near Doncaster, two twin brothers were drowned whilst fishing.
Hint to Overseers of the Poor and of the Highways.—The returns directed to be made under an Act passed in the last Sessions of Parliament must be made before the 20th of September. They are required to be made on oath; and the Act inflicts a penalty of five pounds on those overseers who [sic] returns are not made to the magistrates on the day which may be appointed by them.
Reproduced with kind permission of British Newspaper Archives