SHORT NEWS ITEMS
 
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The strike of quarrymen at Rowrah has been settled, the men having accepted the offer of the masters to leave off work at half past four each day instead of at four as demanded. They previously worked to five o’clock.
 
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Another motor tour will be run from Whitehaven to Keswick to-morrow (Friday), leaving at ten a.m. Visitors to the convention will find this a convenient and enjoyable means of reaching the capital of the Lake District.
 
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The “Yorkshire Posts” specially descriptive articles on the Wesleyan Conference on Wednesday, that the Rev. J. H. CARTWRIGHT, of Whitehaven, the chairman of the Carlisle District, on Tuesday, took an active part in the business of the conference.
 
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West Cumberland Otter Hounds will meet (waether and waters permitting) Saturday, July 26th at Ennerdale Boathouse, 12 noon; Monday, July 28th, Sellafield Station, eleven o’clock; Holmrook remainder of week; Tuesday, August 5th, Warcop district, remainder of week.
 
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The outdoor fete in aid of the funds of Hensingham Parish Church will be held by kind permission of Mr. And Mrs. MUSGRAVE, at Homewood, on Wednesday next.
 
 The grounds are now looking their best , and given a fine day, the fete is sure to be a great success.
 
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A sale of work and garden fete will be held in thegrounds of the distington Hall (kindly lent by the Distington Hematite Iron Company), on Friday, August 1st.
 
Mrs. WILSON, of Stainburn will perform the opening ceremony. The proceeds will be devoted to meeting the expense of relighting the church with gas.
 
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The death is announced of the Rev. John WILSON, B. A., a well known Wesleyan minister. Mr. WILSON who was born in 1849, was a native of Maryport, and married Miss. Mitchell HILL of Carlisle.
 
He has been prominently associated with several of the mission movements of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, and has during the last three years been stationed at Bristol.
 
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During May and June, 94,465 persons landed at Douglas, and increase of 18,700 on the corresponding months of last year.
 
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The notices to the workmen at the Solway Works, Maryport, have been withdrawn, and the men are now on a day to day’s notice.
 
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The death is announced at Blackburn House, Hayton, of Mr. James THORNBURN, formerly of Great Broughton, on Sunday last, at the age of 46 years.
 
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The will of the Rev. Hugh FLEMING, B. A., of Rayrigg, Windermere, left bequests to servants. His net personalty was £21,561. The will was proved at £23,672.
 
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On Sunday night Mr. James MITCHELL, cab proprietor, Egremont, lost a valuable horse. The animal with others was grazing and had it’s thigh broken through by a kick by one of the other horses.
 
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The County Council Health Committee on Saturday unanimously agreed to purchase Killhow and 12 acres of ground near Wigton for the purpose of a sanitorium and hospital under the Insurance Act.
 
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The Keswick Convention is being held this week and the attendance will bear favourable comparison with any previous year. The religious fervour of the immense gathering is also well maintained.
 
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The remains of the late Mrs. LOWDEN, of Bootle, Liverpool, who was connected with a very old Whitehaven family, that of WILLIAMSON, were interred at Moresby Church, on Tuesday afternoon.
 
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The ss Tynwald will run another of the popular day excursions to Ramsey and Douglas on Thursday next, leaving the North Pier, Whitehaven, at a quarter past ten o’clock in the morning. - (see advert.)
 
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RECHABITISM OF TOTTLEBANK.
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 The half-yearly meeting of the North Lonsdale District of the Independent Order of Rechabites was held in the Schoolroom at Tottlebank, Greenodd, on Saturday when Bro. Thomas S. MURRAY, of Carnforth presided.
 
 There was a good attendance of officials and delegates from different tents in the North Lonsdale District. The tent representatives gave reports of their various workings. Tea was provided for the delegates, and more routine business was transacted.
 
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THE CRAKE VALLEY
HOMING SOCIETY.
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 The Crake Valley Homing Society flew their first young birds race from Warrington on Saturday last, when four members sent thirty birds, liberated at 12-45. First bird times in 3-2. Result: 1,2 and 3 John LECK, Lowick Bridge.; velocities 925, 914, 902 respectively.
 
 
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COTTAGE IMPROVEMENT
AT BACKBARROW.
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 The effect of Mr. John BURNS’s Housing and Towns Planning Act is at last beginning to make itself manifest at Backbarrow, in the shape of better ventilation in the cottages, and coming at a time of year like the present, the improvements are receiving the blessing of everyone concerned.