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Saturday 02 Jul 1803 - Local News
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 Saturday 02 Jul 1803   (p. 3, col. 1)
GORMANDIZING.—On Saturday last, a young man in this city undertook, for a trifling wager, to hop on one leg while he eat twelve penny pies!—He commenced his operation in a manner which left little room to doubt his success; but after he had devoured the seventh pie, he confessed, reluctantly, that, though not tired of hopping, he was of eating.
The liberality of Henry HOWARD, Esq. towards the Cumberland Rangers (of which corps he is commandant) is deserving of notice. Not being enrolled a sufficient length of time to exempt them from the militia, on his recommendation they have formed themselves into a club, for the purpose of providing substitutes, to which he has very generously subscribed the sum of one hundred pounds.
The rebuilding of the pillar upon Burgh Marsh, commemorating the death of King Edward the First, was begun this week, by order and at the expence of Lord LOWTHER. It is to be built upon a more substantial plan than the former pillar, which was erected by the Duke of Norfolk, in 1685, and fell down in 1795. When it is finished, we shall give a particular description of it, with a cut.
Yesterday the Old Union Benefit Society in this city, held their annual meeting. They met in their club-room in the morning, from whence they went in procession, accompanied by a band of music, to St. Cuthbert’s church, where a sermon suitable to the occasion was delivered by the Rev. Joseph PATTINSON. In the afternoon they dined together at the Rose and Castle, where the afternoon was spent in convivial mirth and harmony.
On Friday se’nnight, the University of Edinburgh conferred the degree of Doctor of Medicine on Mr. Hugh JAMES, son of the late Rev. Dr. JAMES, of Arthuret, in this county.
The hay harvest has just commenced in this neighbourhood. The crops are unusually abundant.
On Wednesday evening, about six o’clock, as Thos. JOHNSTON, stone-mason, of Rickerby, was returning home from Brampton, he was attacked between Ruleholme and Crosby, by two men genteelly dressed and well mounted, who robbed him of a one pound note and a seven shilling piece.
On Thursday last Messrs. SURTEES, BURTON, and BRANDLING’s Bank, in Newcastle, stopped payment; but we understand that the Bank will be shortly re-opened, and their notes all taken up.—As soon as this temporary stoppage was made known, the landed and commercial gentlemen in Newcastle and the neighbourhood immediately entered into an agreement to guarantee the other banks in that town, so that the public will be perfectly safe in continuing to accept their notes in payment as usual.
The scheme resorted to by a number of dastardly young fellows, to evade the militia, prevails at present to such an extent as to call for the remedial interference of the legislature. Prior to the lists being made out, those sons of pusillanimity slip off (generally to an adjoining county), and there wait till the ballotting is over, when they return home to boast of a despicable manśvre, which every mind containing the least spark of patriotism would be ashamed of.—At a period like the present, it behooves every man to come forward chearfully in defence of his country, and we should like to hear tell of fugitives of the above description being forced to face the enemy in some of his Majesty’s ships of war.
On Wednesday morning, when the family of Mr. Thomas BOUSTEAD, saddler, in this city, arose, they found the parlour window shutters thrown off, and the window standing open; but as nothing appeared to have been taken away, it is supposed to have been the mischevious [sic] act of some drunken wags, who some nights ago amused themselves with shifting signs.
Reproduced with kind permission of British Newspaper Archives