Saturday 12 Oct 1822 (p. 3, col. 1-3 + 5)
On the night of yesterday week, an attempt was made to rob the shop of Mr. BROWN, jeweller, &c. in the market-place, by penetrating the cellar below, in the hopes, it is supposed, that an easy passage would thence be found to the intended scene of plunder, but the thief or thieves were wrong in their calculations, and retired without booty.
On Thursday last, Wm. HASTY was committed to Carlisle gaol, on a charge of stealing various articles of wearing apparel from the house of Grace ARMSTRONG, of Warwick-Bridge. HASTY had lodged with Grace ARMSTRONG for a month past. On Thursday morning, he pretended to be unwell, and went to bed; the family, suspecting nothing, went out to work as usual. On coming home to dinner, however, ARMSTRONG learnt that her lodger had been seen go out with a bundle, and she found, on examination, that her dwelling had been robbed of caps, handkerchiefs, a piece of linen cloth, a gown piece, &c. With the assistance of the Carlisle Police-officers, the delinquent was apprehended in the evening in Caldewgate. When taken he had in his hat several handkerchiefs, caps, razors, &c.; upon his person, 2 shirts, 3 waistcoats, 3 pair of pantaloons, and a fustian jacket, the sleeves tied round his waist, and the remaining part stuffed into his triple covering of pantaloons!!!
The Brewers of Carlisle have reduced the price of ale 6s. per barrel. From the 10th of this month, publicans are compelled to vend that beverage in standard measures.
Various parts of this county, were visited by a very heavy storm of thunder, lightning, hail, and rain, on Monday morning, between the hours of three and six. Monday night, in Carlisle, was an exceedingly wet and stormy one: the Eden was much swollen on Tuesday, but no damage was done.
A meeting of the Trustees of Whitehaven Harbour was held on Monday, at which the Earl of Lonsdale was present, when it was resolved that the plan recommended by Messrs. WHIDBY and RENNIE, for improving the harbour, should be adopted. The plan is to extend the New Quay in a direct line from the Fort, or Life-boat-house, 80 yards, with a sweep of 300 yards Pier. Should the funds hereafter be found adequate, it is the intention of the Trustees to extend the North Wall. Mr. RENNIE is appointed to conduct the undertaking, which is estimated at £60,000, to be completed in five years, from March next. We understand the affability and condescension of the Earl of Lonsdale afforded the highest satisfaction to the Trustees. His Lordship expressed himself desirous to conform to the wishes of the town.
Mr. H. ALEXANDER opens the Dumfries Theatre on the 16th inst.
The Students of St. Bees Clerical Institution have presented their superintendant, the Rev. Dr. AINGER, a full-length portrait of himself, as a mark of their gratitude.
Last week, a man named WREN was crushed to death in Whysfoot slate-quarry, Borrowdale, and another was so much injured that his life is dispaired [sic] of.
A fine new vessel, named The Gnat, was last week launched from the building-yard of PEEL & Co., Maryport.
An agent of one of the Scotch Banks attended at Brough-Hill fair, and by his presence prevented the anticipated inundation of forged notes.
CAUTION.—On Saturday last, was convicted at the Public-Office, Carlisle, Walter GRIEVE, a driver in the service of Mr. PATTINSON, carrier, and John BUSHBY, a driver belonging to Mr. Joseph BUSHBY, carrier; the former in the penalty of 10s. for obstructing with his carts a post-chaise passing along the highway, in the parish of Bolton; and the latter in the penalty of 5s. for being at such a distance from the carts which he had the care of, that he could not have the government of the horses drawing the same, also in the parish of Bolton; both of which penalties, with costs, were paid before the parties left the Office, otherwise they would have been committed to the house of correction for one month.
APPLEBY HUNT.—This annual stag-hunt took place on Thursday last. The stag was turned out upon Gallow-Hill at twelve o'clock, and the hounds were let off in twenty minutes afterwards. The chase took to the Eden at St. Nicholas's Bottom, and followed the course of the river to Crackenthorpe Holme, where he doubled and re-crossed the water at Colby-Laiths, and dashed onwards to Battleborough, running through the gardens, where several old wives pursued him most vigorously. He soon left the sporting matrons behind, however, and, again crossing the Eden, once more bent his course towards Colby. The river being high, the horsemen were obliged to go round by Appleby-bridge. Eventually, after a chase of four hours, the noble animal was taken at Longmarton. One gentleman was particularly unfortunate at the outset: in crossing a ditch, his horse reared and threw him, and he was literally covered with mud; it was fortunate, however, that the steed did not fall backwards: as things were, the gentleman soon recovered himself, and, like a true sportsman, followed the stag to the last. The horse of another gentleman, in endeavouring to make a leap on rising ground, fell backwards, but no serious injury ensued. Forty horsemen were in the field. In the evening, a numerous company sat down to dinner at the King's Head inn, and Mr. HERD's viands and wines received deserved commendation. The cloth having been removed, the toast and the song went round, and the evening was passed in the utmost good-humour. The Ball, at night, was respectably attended.
At Cockermouth Michaelmas Fair, on Thursday last, for cattle and horses, milch cows and backend calvers brought good prices; indeed, many persons could not suit themselves at any price. Fat cattle sold readily, but declined a little. Wintering heifers, in good condition, went well off, considering the times. A very poor show of horses. A high price was asked for all of tolerable quality; but not many were sold.
Appleby Brough-Hill Saturday-fair, on Saturday last, was not so numerously attended as of late years; yet the clothiers and dealers in trinkets and soft goods did much better than on the Hill.
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