The Council sat a couple of hours on Tuesday, and go through a good deal of work. The proposal of the Health Committee, that the proprietors have notice to repair the numerous new streets between Union Street and Brook Street, brought up Mr. CROSER with the case
of Chapel Street, and it was surprising that other members did not follow suit, because there are many streets in a very discreditable condition at this time. One at least is in a state which has no parallel in the district of the most negligent and incapable authority in Cumberland. We refer to Nelson Street, one of the two highways to the Cemetery. That street has not been conveyed to the Corporation; nevertheless, it is the duty of the latter, as the guardians of the public health and convenience, to see that those who are liable do what is required. A letter from Mr. Tyson PATTINSON raised the glaring anomaly of the law as it affects the English and Scotch fishermen in the Solway, and it was resolved to petition Parliament in support of Mr. Stafford HOWARD'S intended effort to remove the unjust advantage which the Scotchmen enjoy. As we remarked on a former occasion, and as Mr. HARDY put it on Tuesday, it is not merely a matter which concerns the prosperity of the river fisheries, but it involves a serious moral question, because the daily and hourly sight of the operation of an unequal law must have a bad effect upon those English fishermen who have to compete in the same market with neighbours who still enjoy a lucrative mode of netting which Parliament has taken from themselves. The people of this country may grumble awhile if they are deprived of any advantage for the general good; but generally their sense of wrong is short-lived; when, however, they find that the law is partial in its sweep, and has the effect, not merely of injuring the, but of giving rivals an advantage in the common market, their aggravation is kept green and their innate respect for the law is shaken by this practical illustration of the law's one-sidedness.
Mr. HOWARD will find that it is not enough to make a motion in the House. He must previously arrange such concert among friendly members as will defeat the "block" policy at which the Scotch representatives are so expert where the privileges of their countrymen are threatened. A motion by Mr. TODD concerned one of the departments in which the town's business has been neglected of recent years. The plans of new houses have to be approved by the Health Committee, and, when the houses are finished, a certificate given to the effect that they have been built according to the plans; but the latter has been done very irregularly, and the preservation of any official record of the giving of a certificate has been still more irregular. The object of Mr. TODD'S motion was to repair this defect. The question of the continuance of the Museum in the hands of the Corporation was finally disposed of; at least, it may be considered as finally disposed of, unless the public evince a spirit very different from that which now prevails. The gentlemen who have had the subject in hands, and whose enthusiasm is not damped by slight difficulties, reported that they had met with very little encouragement outside, and they have been driven to the conclusion that it is hopeless to resuscitate the Museum. Such a result is deeply to be lamented. We almost agree with Mr. CROWDER that it is "a disgrace to Carlisle." But there have been previous failures in matters of intellectual interest scarcely more creditable to the culture of the citizens. In this connection we cannot but recall the futile efforts of the Committee of the Mechanics' Institution and Committee of the Young Men's Christian Association to cultivate a taste for high-class lectures. However, Mr. CROWDER has leisure, influence, and an ardent spirit; and if he will take the thing into his own hands, we are sanguine that he will succeed in establishing the basis of a working scheme. What is wanted is a beginning, however humble; and that attained, the rest will follow in due course, for, as Mr. WHEATLEY remarked, few districts can compare with our own in objects of antiquarian interest.
Some time ago it was reported to the Council that Messrs. MOUNSEY claimed a right to a cartway to their yard on the Castle Bank, and, in assertion of that right, they had broken down the iron gate at the Finkle Street end of the footpath. The late Surveyor was directed to erect a stronger gate, which he did. Last week, however, Messrs. MOUNSEY again broke down the obstruction, and the Finance Committee ordered them to be proceeded against for the injury done. This resolution came before the Council, when it was over-ruled, and the whole matter was remitted back to the Committee. Messrs. MOUNSEY write, "If the Corporation contest our right to this road, we are prepared to defend any action that may be brought against us." In the course of the discussion, it was stated that in the boyhood of men now living there was no road whatever round the Castle Bank, and that the present path was made by public subscription, with the consent of the Duke of Devonshire, who belongs to the Castle Bank. In that case, it is probable there would be some deed or agreement between the Duke and the Corporation, and it must be material to the present issue to know the nature of it. This point, along with others, was referred to the further consideration of the Finance Committee, who, no doubt, will investigate the whole case properly before they commit the town to a contest in the law courts. It would be a pity to have the entrance to a favourite walk cut up by conveyances; at the same time, private rights, if they exist, must be strictly regarded.It will be seen that on Tuesday Mr. WALKER resigned his seat at the Council Board, he being about to leave this country for New Zealand. General regret was expressed, and it will be shared by his constituents and the public at large, at the loss of a member whose intelligence and independence have often formed an element of value in the deliberations of the Council; and the good wishes of many friends will go with him to his new home.