Partridge Shooting.—It may not be amiss to remind our Sporting readers that the season for Partridge shooting expires on the 1st of February. This hint may be more useful as many excuse themselves by pretending not to know the time was altered.
Among our Advertisements we have announced that excellent and truly national work, the New Monthly Magazine, the high character of which claims the attention of the literary and general reader. The number to be published on the first of next month will begin the fourth volume, and will contain a portrait of the Rev. Geo. CRABBE, well known for his poetical works: other particulars will be found in the Advertisement. Orders for this work will be received by B. SCOTT the printer of this paper.
The experiment carrying on at the Schoose Farm, in rearing cattle on the soiling system, is likely to be attended with the most complete success. A short horned Heifer, of twelve months’ old, was found to weigh 68st. of 14lbs. No doubt seems to remain that cattle fed on green food, may at two years’ old be brought to sixty stone weight in carcass. Animals so reared appear to be less liable to the disorders incidental to young cattle. Out of 23 horned last year, there has been no loss.
THE NEW ROAD.—In our last paper we mentioned that a subscription was raising in Glasgow for the purpose of carrying into effect the very important projection of the New Road from Carlisle to Glasgow. It is well known to our readers that Mr. TELFORD’s estimate for the completion of the road amounted to £80,000. It was proposed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to recommend to Parliament the grant of one half the sum required, provided the remaining half was raised from other sources, and to postpone the claim of Government, till the interest of the second moiety was defrayed: in other words to give to the private creditors a preferable security for the advance. The amount to be procured by private subscription is estimated at £40,000. Of this sum it is proposed that there shall be raised by the landed gentlemen connected with the road, and by the trading towns which are to be benefitted by the improvement, either by borrowing on bonds, or in such other mode as may be deemed most eligible, the sum of £30,000, and that the mercantile and manufacturing interests of the different communities shall contribute the balance, £10,000. It is further proposed that the sums subscribed by the manufacturing and mercantile interest, should be assigned over in security to the landed interest and corporations against loss, in order to induce them to make so large an advance as £30,000. These propositions are made by a most respectable Committee of gentlemen at Glasgow, among whom are the Lord Provost; Kirkman FINLAY, Esq. M. P. &c. and this Committee, we understand, anxiously wish that a meeting be called in Carlisle, to consider of the important subject, which we have no doubt will be soon done; for in an improvement of this nature, every one must feel interested. After a very attentive consideration of the details, of the present amount of the tolls, of the probable extent to which they will be increased, and of the annual expenditure for maintaining the road, it is conceived that the proposed measures will be fully adequate to the regular settlement of the interest on the £30,000, and that although the period of payment may be distant, no doubt is entertained of realising the sums to be subscribed by individuals.
In consequence of the great depreciation of the price of tallow, candles are sold in this city at 9d. per lb., taking 3 pounds. Leather being also down in price, shall we not have cheaper shoes?
The stormy weather, which we noticed in our last, was very severe on the coast of this county, and the coast of Scotland.—Of a fleet of trading vessels which sailed from Whitehaven, several were forced back, and others contrived to get into Douglas, Belfast Lough, &c. The storm continued at Whitehaven, the whole of the Wednesday, and the water rose unusually high: much anxiety was felt for the shipping, but only partial damage was sustained. The Ceres, ROONEY, having sprung a leak, on Tuesday night, was saved with great difficulty. During the gale, the Ann, CONNOLLY, of Wexford, was stranded near Ravenglass, but the crew were saved, with the exception the master's father, who died of starvation.
At the late meeting of the Whitehaven Auxiliary Bible Society, John CHRISTIAN Esq. of Unerigg Hall, paid some very deserved compliments to the Dean of Carlisle, (the patron of the Society) on rising to move the thanks of the meeting to him.—At this meeting the Rev. Mr. CHURCH, of Whitehaven, came forward as a warm advocate of the Bible Society, at the same time regretting most feelingly that he was once one of its greatest opponents. He now feels convinced not merely of its utility, but of its very great importance to mankind at large.
The antiquary will regret to hear of the almost total destruction of that much admired and beautiful relic of antiquity, "Our Lady's Chapel," situated in the bosom of a romantic wood of that name, upon the margin of the river Wansbeck, near Morpeth.
Sir H. DAVY's lamps have been tried in Hebburn and Wallsend collieries with the most complete success, and the persons who conducted the experiments have the fullest confidence in their safety. At the mouths of blowers, and in places where fire-damp prevailed in various degrees of inflammability, they gave the fullest satisfaction.
Henry POTTINGER, Esq. of Clea-Hall, in this county, has now in his possession a Ewe of the Southdown breed, which although only 3½ years old, has brought forth the extraordinary number of 13 Lambs, in the following gradation, viz. When a year old, 2 lambs; a year and a half old, 2 ditto; two years old, 2 ditto; two years and a half old, 3 ditto; three years old, 2 ditto; three year and a half old, 2 ditto.
Miscellaneous Arrivals, &c.—The Cumberland, BENNETT, at Whitehaven from America, last from Liverpool.—The Vittoria, TWENTYMAN, and Jamaica, FERGUSON, of Whitehaven, at New York, all well.—The Jean, KENDALL, belonging to Workington, at Liverpool, from the Brazils.—The Bull Dog, THOMPSON, of Workington, at Barbadoes,—sailed from Liverpool.—The Isabella, ATKINSON, of Workington, at Cork, from the Havannah.
A fine vessel, called the Britannia, 312 tons register measure, was launched last week from the yard of Messrs. PEILE & Co. of Harrington.
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