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Saturday 18 Mar 1815 - Local News
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 Saturday 18 Mar 1815   (p. 3, col. 3-4)
The next Cumberland Sessions will be held in this city on the 14th April next.
We are informed, that the Earl of Carlisle has granted permission to such of his tenants in this county as incline, to throw up their leases.—This conduct has also been imitated by others.
TAX ON CLERKS, &c.—From the printed votes of the House of Commons it appears, that the following duties are intended to be imposed and made permanent, viz.:—
For every Clerk, Writer, &c. employed by a }
   Merchant, Trader, &c.                               }               4    4  0
When more than one                                                   7  10  0
For every Do. employed in Shops and Warehouses    3    0  0
When more than one                                                   4  10  0
For every Manager, Overseer, and Foreman, or }
   Clerk under them                                              }       3    0  0
For every Shopman, Warehouseman, or Cellarman    3    0  0
For every Porter, Carter, or Driver                               3    0  0
For every Waiter in a Tavern                                       4  10  0
For every Occasional Do.                                            3    0  0
For every Hostler                                                         4  10  0
As it is apprehended that these taxes will press more severely on those liable to them than they seem to be aware of, from the apathy of those concerned; we have thought it proper to call their attention to them ere it is too late.
We understand that meetings are in contemplation to present petitions to the Prince Regent, to pray his Royal Highness to send the Members of the House of Commons back to their Constituents, that it may be seen whether they do or do not speak the sense of the people on the great question of the corn-laws.
The freemen of Newcastle have declared their determination to adopt such measures as will, in future, tend to make those they elect their real representatives. This noble spirit of independence, there is every expectation, will extend throughout all England. People now see how they are benefitted by bartering their birth-right for a mess of porridge—they are in a fair way of being starved notwithstanding; for it signifies not how much corn be produced, if an increase of produce is acknowledgedly founded upon a previous increase of price, and this price is at too dear a rate (coupled with the consequent decline of manufactures and reduction of wages) to permit them to buy it.
The Kendal Petition against the Corn Bill has been signed by upwards 1,500 persons.—The city of York has also petitioned.
The town of Preston has petitioned for a renewal of the Property Tax in lieu of the proposed taxes.
The following circumstance shows the ferocious nature of those destructive animals, rats:—In Howgill, near Sedberg, a few days ago, a farmer went into his barn to take up the remainder of a corn mow, when to his astonishment, after removing a few sheaves, he perceived an immense number of rats to issue from among the corn; the man had the presence of mind (after four had escaped) to fasten up the hole, and all the holes that were likely to afford an escape, or asylum, for the destroyers of his property; a severe conflict took place betwixt the man and the remainder of the vermin. Both parties attacking and occasionally retreating; he after a great deal of labour laid prostrate fifty-three, though not without running a great hazard of being bitten, as they attempted several times to fly in his face when hard pressed.
A remarkable well fed swine of the half breed was killed lately at Appleby, belonging to Mr. George HODGSON, butcher, of that place. It weighed, exclusive of entrails, &c. 43 stone of 14 lb. to the stone, and cut between 5 and 6 inches at breast. The hams after being cut out weighed 63lb. each.
Saturday last was launched from the building-yard of Messrs. WALLACE and Co. Workington, a beautiful new copper-bottomed vessel, of 500 tons, called the CUMBERLAND.
The Vine, IRWIN, of Harrington, has been put on shore near Ravenglass, and gone to pieces.
Reproduced with kind permission of British Newspaper Archives