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Saturday 02 Nov 1822 - Local News
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* March 26, 2023, 02:03:08 PM
 Saturday 02 Nov 1822   (p. 2, col. 6, and p. 3, col. 1-3 + 6)
NOVEL PEDESTRIANISM!—We are informed that a person is now walking through the country, having undertaken for a wager to walk thirty miles a-day for sixty successive days, and to chalk, one hundred times a-day, the name, address, and profession of one of the most conspicuous characters in the world. We presume he must have lately passed through Carlisle, from observing WARREN'S BLACKING, 30, STRAND, chalked on most of the walls in and about this town.
RADICAL RUMPUS.—The new addition to the calendar, "Saint Henry of Ilchester," has received unexpected honours at the hands of the worthy professors of radicalism resident in the outskirts of this city. On Tuesday afternoon, some of the most zealous, (in obedience, of course, to superior authority), waited upon their fellow-workmen at their respective weaving-shops, and induced them to subscribe a few pence for the purchase of a tar barrel, &c. About half-past eleven at night, a few men, and a great many women and boys, marched through Caldewgate to Coalfell-hill, about a mile from Carlisle, to the music of a drum and fife, bearing two banners, and a couple of flambeaux, where they lighted a fire, and appropriately worshipped their immaculate saint by various extravagancies. About half past twelve, they returned in the same order, and instead of going quietly to bed, foolishly marched into the city, with drum beating and colours flying, loudly shouting as they went along. Having reached the market-place, they went three times round the cross, with boisterous cheering, by way of triumph, and also significantly cheered the soldiers at the guard-house, on their way for Botchergate. Here Barnes, the chief-officer of the police, dashed into their ranks, tripped up one of the standard-bearers, and (oh! dire disgrace!) bore off his proud flag to the enemy's quarters. This was too much to be endured; the honour of the patron saint was at stake; to lose a flag would degrade the whole fraternity, who particularly pride themselves upon having the 'physical strength' on their side; and therefore submission was out of the question. Some of the most courageous made attempts at recapture, but finding this not of easy performance, as the police were soon assisted by some of the horsemen, they confined their operations to throwing stones and hissing, and were finally dispersed without much personal injury. A great proportion of the crowd consisted of women and boys; the number of men, however, was considerable: altogether, there were probably from four to five hundred persons. The captive flag is inscribed—on one side, "England, Scotland, and Ireland; " on the other, "Magna Charta and no Corn Laws." About twenty of the chief actors are known, including the standard-bearers, but we are not aware that the affair will come under magisterial cognizance. To the credit of the operative manufacturers, a vast majority of them took no part in this display of folly; they have had sufficient experience to convince them that their condition, whatever it may be, is not to be bettered by the trickster HUNT, nor by the schemes of the idle and dissolute fellows who locally set up for political leaders.
William COLMAN alias FISHER, of Brampton, the person committed on suspicion of participating in the robbery of Mr. DIXON's house, at the Knells, was brought up at the Police-office, on Wednesday, for further examination, and again remanded. Without entering into particulars, which would be improper at present, we may briefly state how the matter stands. Among the articles lost by Mr. DIXON, was a quantity of silver coin. COLMAN, when first examined, declared that the night of the robbery he was at various places, in company with various persons, all of which was proved on Wednesday to be untrue. It has also been proved that he left Brampton on the evening previous to the robbery, and did not return till next morning; that subsequently he bought a horse for £4, the whole of which he paid in silver, without being able to account for it; that a cart was also bought for him, on the Wednesday following the burglary, his mother paying 40s. of the purchase-money likewise in silver, giving, in conjunction with Mr. TINLING, surgeon, of Brampton, a promissory note for the remainder, drawn by Mr. T. on a 3d. receipt stamp, besides being informally written!—Several young men were held to bail to appear at the Sessions, and one was committed for want of surety, for violent and premeditated assault upon a quiet, harmless, youth, of very good character, residing at Nealhouse, named John IRVING. One of the parties owed him a grudge; so they went at night, called him out of his master's house by tapping at the window, and then set upon him with sticks. IRVING appeared at the office with his head tied up, having sustained considerable injury.
The Earl of Carlisle has made a considerable reduction in his rents.
Mr. ALEXANDER having engaged Mr. KEAN to play in Dumfries and Carlisle, that great tragedian appeared at our Theatre on Thursday night, in the character of Richard the Third, last night as Hamlet, and this evening he plays Othello. The house being very small, prices of admission were raised to 5s. 3s. [sic] and 1s 6d.; on Thursday, the boxes and pit were pretty well filled; but the gods, not liking the innovation of the additional sixpence, kept aloof, and many of the seats were empty. In fencing with Richmond, Mr. K. was cut near the eye, by his own foil, but not seriously. We shall perhaps offer a few observations on Mr. KEAN's Othello in our next paper. After leaving Carlisle he will perform a few nights in Whitehaven.
John Young DEAN, guard of the Express post coach, was yesterday fined in the mitigated penalty of £2 : 10s. for taking two passengers into the said coach at Penrith, and bringing them to the suburbs of Carlisle, for which he received 3s. and did not account to the proprietors for the fare.
Mr. FORSTER, fishmonger of this city, has in his possession a very curious inhabitant of the Ocean, called the Monkey Fish, which was caught during the past week off St. Bees' head. It has two feet, jointed fins and tail, and a most singular mouth; it resembles the cod in size and shape, except being broader and flatter about the head.
The weather continues remarkably mild and pleasant for the time of year. We observe that some of the well-seasoned bathers still daily immerse themselves in the Eden behind the Swifts.
The posthumous work of the late Rev. Mr. WILLIAMSON, of Whitehaven, published for the benefit of his family, (as announced in our last week's paper) is likely to be liberally patronized. More than a hundred subscribers have already given in their names at Whitehaven alone, among whom are the Earl of Lonsdale, 20 copies; Sir James GRAHAM, Bart. M. P., 5 copies, &c.
The following instance of canine sagacity was exhibited at Rickerby, a few days ago. A dog belonging to Mrs. GRAHAM's gardener, having pursued a rat till it took refuge in a hole in the furnace house, of no great depth, sat watching the trembling prisoner for some time. At length, finding the rat in no hurry to come out, the dog ran up stairs, seized a kitten in his mouth, carried it to the hole, and thrust it in with his paw, in a manner which implied—"there, go and catch your natural enemy."

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* March 27, 2023, 12:11:57 PM
On Tuesday last, an inquest was held at Skelton, near Penrith, on the body of a female child, five years old, whose death had been occasioned by fire. It appeared that on Saturday, the mother quitted the house for a few minutes, leaving the deceased to take care of her sister or brother, eighteen months old; and that during her absence, a shawl which the oldest wore, caught fire at the grate, and soon enveloped not only the wearer in flames, but seriously burnt the youngest child also.
It was Mr. LORAINE, schoolmaster, of Skelton, who was attacked by a footpad, near Penrith, as described in our last.
The proprietors of Grassfield lead-mine, Alston Moor, have lately discovered a vein in their mining-field, which is very productive of lead ore.
Mr. Wm. BELL is dismissed from the situation of Clerk of the Course at Dumfries, and Mr. Richard PORTER is appointed in his stead.
Henry SHERWIN, an insolvent debtor, confined in Carlisle gaol, has been remanded by the magistrates for a period of three years, for undue preference to his brother as a creditor.
The musical reader will find in our front page an interesting announcement of some new works by Mr. HOWGILL, of Whitehaven, whose knowledge of the difficult science of music, and skill as a composer, are so universally known and acknowledged.
On Wednesday last, John EVENING, of Papcastle, a labouring man, upwards of 60 years of age, put a period to his existence by hanging himself near Cockermouth.
The mother of the child found at Ambleside, last week, has been clearly discovered. She is under 21 years of age, and belongs to Ambleside; her name is Sarah HOBSON. She had a child when about 17, which is yet living. She acknowledged her guilt to Mr. CARR, the surgeon. It appears that she bore the child the evening before it was found, when alone in a lane, and carried it across a field to a small rivulet, where she strangled the helpless innocent, and held it in the water until it was quite dead; then threw it in altogether, and it was carried down by the stream upwards of 100 yards, under ground, and found at an opening by one of Mr. NORTH's men, where they usually water horses, near to the house. She has been committed to Appleby gaol for trial.
Mr. COWAN, boat-builder of Whitehaven, has completed the model of a life-boat which is much approved of by nautical men.
The late tempestuous weather has caused the suspension of the herring-fishery on the Isle of Man coasts.
On the morning of Saturday se'nnight, the body of a man was found at Sarkfoot, within tide mark; it wanted both the head and the arms, and was naked except a pair black or dark grey stockings.
Mr. Robt. WILLIAMSON, of Pennington, near Ulverston, disappeared on the 11th Oct., and after many days' search, his body was found by letting the water out of the neighbouring canal.
The Brewers of Dumfries and Maxwelltown on Monday lowered the prices of ale, beer, and porter, so as to enable the publicans to retail their strong ale at 5d. per quart.
A Correspondent writes:—The town of Appleby has of late been much infested by beggars. The visits of these gentry have been more numerous since they have been prohibited from practicing their profession in the towns of Kendal, Penrith, Carlisle, &c. These wanderers have their separate districts, over which they travel as regularly as the representative of a commercial house goes the round in which his customers reside. Many of the impostors are so well initiated in the mysteries of their trade, that the tricks they play off would have done honour to Moore CAREW himself. About dusk in the evening, a short time ago, a young fellow went from house to house, telling a most pitiable tale of want: he described himself as a person who was in the habit of fitting up machinery in manufactories; but not having met with employment for sometime, he had scarcely tasted any food for three days; he had a good "whoam" in Yorkshire, and if he could reach it once again, he would travel no more from his "feyther." He succeeded, and at the house of one tradesman had a large wheaten loaf and some money given him, and no doubt his sorrowful tale would prevail with many other charitably-disposed people. In a fortnight afterwards, this poor distressed creature made his appearance in the town, but in a fresh character: he was then hawking an ample bottle of soot and water, which he sold for blacking; but being recognized as an impostor, he made a quick retreat out of the place.—Some few there are who own their calling, and presume upon relief as old acquaintance. On Monday last, a woman of an athletic appearance, with a strong Scotch accent, about 40 years of age, called at a house near Appleby, with "Wad ye be guid enough to help a puir body the day?" when the following dialogue ensued:—Where do you come from? Frae the shire o' Galloway, maister. Then I fancy you are travelling towards your own country? Troth am I not; I'se ne'er lee; I'm just ganging a wee roun i' this country, endeavouring to pick up a sma' trifle o' a leeving. You had better return to your native place, where you may probably be provided for some way or other. Faith, maister, I'se ne'er dui that; th' Scotch fwok 'll ne'er gie owt till a body like me, whae's able to gang about an' spier a morsel. But then you are able to work; perhaps you can spin and knit, and do many other useful things? Troth can I, I can dui a' that; but what can a woman body dui o' lane—it wad be naething to the keeping ane sell: at ony rate, I'se stay in England; they're charitable fwok, an' I can pick up a canny leeving amang them.
A few days ago (says correspondent) Mr. A. HAILE, auctioneer of Penrith, went to pay Hugh PARKIN, Esq. of Skirsgill, twenty guineas, the half-year's rent of a field which he held of that gentleman under lease, not then expired. On complaining that the land was too dear, and expressing a wish to give it up, Mr. PARKIN very generously declared that he would not be instrumental in injuring a good tenant; therefore at once took the land into his own possession, and gave Mr. HAILE a half-year's rent, over and above one guinea which was his usual gift on rent-days.
On Saturday last, at a public house, in this town, a monster in human shape, undertook to eat three raw sheep's heads, which beastly act he duly performed, not being satisfied till he had devoured both the eyes and brains. He then adjourned to another public house, where he cleared off two more in the same style as the first; and, afterwards by way of dessert, he swallowed two pounds of candles—the whole being completed in less than an hour. We have the name of the savage, but we suppress it, through compassion to his friends. He lives in this neighbourhood.—Kendal Gaz.
A meeting of three denominations of protestant dissenters was held at Newcastle, last week, for the purpose of establishing a Society for the relief of necessitous and infirm members of their own body. A Committee was formed, and sixteen ministers entered their names as members.
The Mary of Workington, arrived at Cork from Richibucto, fell in with the Earl of Buckinghamshire, from Quebec to Greenock, in the greatest distress, water-logged, and the sea washing completely over her. The crew, consisting of 24 men, and 22 passengers, had remained on the wreck eight days; two of the crew were washed overboard. The remainder arrived safely in the Mary.
The sloop Mercury, of Kirkcudbright, Wm. BOYD master, on a voyage from Campbeltown to Liverpool, was lost on the 7th ult. in Formay channel. Cargo saved.
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