KENDAL RIFLE VOLUNTEERS. - The annual returns from this corps for the year ending 30th November, shew the following as entitled to wear the marksman's badge: ....

                                                                400-600              650-800             Total.
Q. MASTER SERGT. RUSHFORTH..............45................32.................77
SERGT. JOSEPH RILEY...........................46................28.................74
COR. R. HORN....................................41................30.................71
PRI. JOHN SPENCER.............................44................20.................64
PRI. R. TROUGHTON............................38................25.................63
PRI. JOHN PARKIN...............................35................27.................62
PRI. H. BUCKLEY..................................40................22.................62
PRI. H. COLLETT..................................33................25.................58
PRI. J. GOLD......................................33................22.................55
PRI. SERGT. TAYLOR.............................33................22.................55
L.-COR. W. THOMPSON..........................34.................21................55
PRI. W. THOMPSON...............................33................20................53

There are also 33 members who are in the first class, and about 150 in the second class.  The average shooting of the whole corps is an improvement on previous years, the highest made in the first period, being that of SERGT. RILEY, 69 points out of a possible score of 80.
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BIRMINGHAM AND MIDLAND COUNTIES' EXHIBITION.
 
The twenty-first exhibition of fat cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, &c., was held in the Bingley Exhibition Hall, in connection with the above society, on Saturday and during the present week.  The entries numbered 2,390.
 
We are glad to notice that some of our local breeders of poultry figure on the prize list.  MR. RUTLIDGE, of Storth End, came in fourth for coloured Dorkings, and was commended for Dorking pullets.
 
MR. R. D. HOLT, Orrest Head, Windermere, was first for silver grey Dorkings, also highly commended in the same class, and commended for silver grey Dorking cocks.
 
MR. T. J. HARRISON, of Singleton Park, was first in Turkeys (cocks exceeding one year old), and highly commended in Spanish cocks hatched in 1869.
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LEEDS AND SMITHFIELD EXHIBITION. - This exhibition of cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, &c., was held in the Smithfield Cattle Market, Leeds, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  There were 1,048 entries.
 
MR. J. J. WALLER, Kendal, was first for Rouen ducks;
MR. JOSEPH BARROW, Kendal, was third for black-breasted red game chicken;
MESSRS. GRAHAM and ROBINSON, were third for brown-breasted and other red game.
MR. WALKER had a pen of Dorking pullets which sold for four guineas.
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THE FUTURE OF BARROW. - The "Barrow Hearld" states that the negotiations are progressing satisfactorily for the establishment, in Barrow, of a flax manufactory which will provide an amount of employment, the want of which has been severely felt in that town.
 
A new iron works will be very shortly started by a company consisting of some gentlemen already well known in the district, and a choice of sites has been generously offered to the new concern by the railway company.
 
Under these circumstances the "Hearld" hopes that Barrow will not only very shortly be a very large and important place, but will occupy a very enviable position as compared even with the great manufacturing and trading centres of our country.
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**I'm sure the name of the paper was the BARROW HERALD, but I have transcribed it as it was printed.
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COAL MEASURES IN FURNESS.
 
The "Barrow Herald" says the question "Do coal measures exist in Low Furness ?" remains unsolved.
 
There is a belief - and it is somewhat general - that coal in all probability lies under Barrow, for according to geographical reasoning, coal is generally to be found beneath the permian sandstone.
 
Samples have been shown of the material at present being raised at Stank, and it is the opinion of several practical gentlemen that coal measures have not as yet been passed through.
 
Too much praise cannot be given to the Steel Company, for the energetic manner in which they are prosecuting the search.
 
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