KENDAL FORTNIGHTLY FAIR. - At Monday's market there was a very poor stock, and purchasers met with a great disappointment having to go away without buying. Calving cows were scarce and dear. Prices: Best beef, 7-1/2d to 7-3/4d; secondary, 7d to 7-1/2d; mutton 7d to 8-1/4d; lamb 7d to 8d.
ST. THOMAS' CHURCH. - On reference to our advertisement columns it will be seen that the new organ, built by MESSRS. WILKINSON and SON, of this town, is to be formally opened on Sunday week. We are given to understand that the new organ is of very superior tone and finish, and under the presidency of ROBERT DANIEL, Esq., whose musical ability is well-known, its capabilities will be fully brought out.
WATER COLOUR PAINTINGS. - MR. E. M. EDMONDS, artist, of this town, has just completed a set of water colour paintings, the whole of which, eight in number, he had intended for exhibition in London.
Three of the set, however, were sold off the easel, and the remaining five represent - Rydal Fall, Bridge crossing the Lune, Farm-buildings at Troutbeck, a Cottage at Ramsgate, and a view at Plymouth. The water-fall and bridge at Rydal (a former painting of which by the same artist we inspected some time since) is certainly an improvement, the various points being brought out with very best effect, the picture containing some of MR. EDMONDS' most successful touches.
The Bridge at Kirkby Lonsdale is equally artistically pictured, and forms a really attractive scene. The buildings, or rather portions of farm-buildings, at Troutbeck show at once the amount of labour in detail that has been expended on the view, in the truthfulness with which the smallest features of the piece are brought out, and in the exquisite tints which light up the picture, and to this is due the success of the artist in producing a beautiful picture of a subject which in itself might appear in some eyes, at first sight, devoid of attraction.
The Ramsgate scene consists of a cottage and adjoining building of very primeval aspect, its irregular doors and windows, heavily straw-thatched roof, and other peculiarities which mark an age now past even in rural architecture, being faithfully depicted.
The scene at Plymouth is also well worked out and the collection is altogether such as will in no wise detract from MR. EDMONDS' well-earned reputation.
BURGLARY AT BROUGHAM VICARAGE. - During the past week the police in Westmorland have been making inquiries relative to a most daring and impudent robbery, which took place at Brougham Vicarage, on the night of Monday week, or early on Tuesday morning.
It appears that the burglar or burglars had effected an enterance into the mansion by cutting a hole in the shutter of the study window after the REV. W. S. SALMAN, and his household had retired to rest. On entering the apartment, the thieves appear to have made a hasty search for the most valuable things they could lay their hands upon, and decamped under the cover of the darkness with their booty.
The missing articles consisted of a silver punch ladle, a silver snuff box, a silver pencil case, marked with the owner's initials, a silver mustard spoon and an ald silver coin. A desk and cupboard had been forced open, but in their precipitate haste the burglars had overlooked other places in the same room where a large quantity of silver articles had been placed.
Strange to state, the noise which must necessarily have been created by the burgulars awoke none of the inmates of the vicarage.
MEMORIAL TO THE LATE BISHOP OF CARLISLE. - The adjourned meeting with reference to the proposed memorial of the late Bishop of Carlisle was held at Penrith on Friday last.
It will be remembered that the original decision in favour of converting the new church of St. Mary into a memorial church, failed to secure the unanimous support of the intending subscribers, and that at a second meeting held in Carlisle, it was resolved that the question should be reconsidered at Penrith.
In the meantime many memorial schemes were suggested, but only three or four of these were formally proposed on Friday, that of the memorial church being altogether withdrawn by the Chancellor.
Motions were made in favour of a statue or memorial window in the Cathedral; a fund of £10,000 in connection with the Diocesan Society, as a fund for the augmentation of poor livings; and a new memorial wing for the Cumberland Infirmary.
The first named proposition was most in favour; but as the east window has already been dedicated to the memory of Bishop PERCY, and there is no possibility of obtaining another window of equal importance, it was ultimately resolved that the monument should take the form of a statue only, to be executed by some eminent sculptor, and erected in the Cathedral.
About £200 was subscribed in the room.
The Irish electors in Southwark are talking of starting the Fenian convict COLONEL BURKE, of Clerkenwell notoriety, as a candidate.
LUNESDALE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. - The annual meeting of the members of this association was held at Kirkby Lonsdale on Thursday, the 2nd inst., The attendance was not so good as could have been desired seeing that the business transacted at it forms the basis of the operations of the society for the ensuing year.
The auditors presented their report, which shewed a balance of £66 odd standing to the credit of the society. The payments for the year 1869 were 19 l. 14s. 10d.; and the receipts £285 5s. 9d.
The report says: - "The premiums still unpaid are for 1868 £9, and for 1869 £12 6s. 6d. The subscriptions yet unpaid for 1869 amount to £8 18s. 6d., of which £7 11s. is considered good."
The report went on to show that there was cause for congratulation in the present condition of the society, and that its efforts in the cause of agriculture were beginning to be appreciated.
The Committee of the past year were re-elected with the addition of a few names.
It was resolved that a show of entire horses be held in the spring, and that the society appropriate a portion of their funds for prizes.