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- Edition: March 10, 1882 March 10, 1882
The telephonic experiments which were made at the Maryport and
Workington offices of Messrs. HINE, on Tuesday, afford a striking proof of the
wonderful changes which have taken place in this district during the last half
Fifty years since there were no railways in Cumberland; the land between
this town and Workington was a waste; there were no blast furnaces; and the
telegraph was unknown. Now, the western division of the county is intersected
by a network of railways; the land between Maryport and Workington has been
brought into cultivation; blast furnaces dot the whole line along our coast;
and we are not only able to flash messages along the electric wires, but to
converse freely with persons six miles away as if they were sitting opposite
to us in the same room. The telephone is certainly one of the most marvellous
inventions of human genius.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD.
The Local Government Board is evidently determined not to sanction the
proposal of the Guardians of the Cockermouth Union to try by piecing and
patching the Workhouse at Cockermouth suitable for the public requirements. The
Central Authority insists that a new workhouse should be built. How Mr. PEARSON
and his friends will deal with the letter which was read at the meeting of
the Guardians on Monday remains to be seen.
There is one very easy way out of the difficulty. Let the local
Government Board sanction the proposal of Mr. Arthur BENSON to form Maryport and
Workington into separate and independent Union. The workhouse in it's present
condition is large enough for the requirements of Cockermouth and Keswick.