Carlisle, Friday, October 25, 1844.


The London newspapers received this morning bring very little intelligence
of public interest.  The speech of the King of the Belgians in opening the
Chambers on Tuesday last, forms the principal topic of remark.  Like most
other Royal speeches it is somewhat vague, but upon commercial matters it
intimates distinctly enough, that Belgium like all other Foreign States, is
alive to the advantages of protecting its native industry.  Belgium is in
fact now involved in the Great German Commercial League - and although the
Free-traders are loud in their declamation upon the subject, we trust it
will teach them that all sound commercial policy points to a reliance upon,
and due encouragement of national resources at home and abroad.

                            IRELAND AND ITS AGITATIONS.

While the Conservative and Liberal politicians of this country are engaged
busily and somewhat angrily, in discussing the propriety of the prosecution
of MR. O'CONNELL and his coadjutors, for the agitation of the Repeal of the
Union, there can be but one opinion now as to the result of that proceeding.
It has annihilated the Repeal agitation.  It has made the leaders of that
movement personally conscious of the illegality of their proceedings.  It
has taught the people of Ireland that the loud-tongued contemners of the law
in reality, tremble at its authority;  and although MR. O'CONNELL attempts
to atrribute his accidental escape from a prison to the legality of his
conduct and the infallibility of his prudence, he has learned to "speak with
bated breath and whispering humbleness" of 'monster meetings', and has
practically abandoned the Repeal project altogether.

We do not, indeed, assert that he does not speak and write about it, as a
matter still uppermost in his thoughts;  for this has become a habit with
him that he cannot get rid of at once;  but it is a fact, nevertheless, that
after years of agitation for that Repeal of the Union which he declared
himself willing to die for on the scaffold, the 'infallible' Agitator now
quietly admits that another scheme  --  one concocted by a man comparatively
unknown  --  is far preferable to his nostrum, and he merges all hope of
Repeal in MR. GREY PORTER's dream of a Federal Parliament  !

The proposal is briefly this:  That for all local legislation  --  and for
all matters affecting Ireland only  --  MR. PORTER proposes there shall be a
legislative body elected, exclusively Irish and sitting in the Irish
metropolis, with full power to regulate its own proceedings, to declare the
qualification necessary for its members, and to reform, to any desirable
extent, the constituency by whom they are to be elected.

The British Parliament is to have no voice whatever in the proceedings of
this body;  but where matters of joint interest arise and the welfare of
both nations demand something like a joint deliberation, then that a body
should be elected by both local parliaments to legislate in such

The professed object of this proposal is to secure greater attention to
Irish affairs, and to induce the landed gentry, who are at present
absentees, to remain at home.  For this end, MR. PORTER proposes that
Ireland shall stand in the same relation to the United Kingdom that any one
of the United States does to that 'political union'  !

At present little has been disclosed beyond the outline of this project.
The details are merely 'in embryo';  but nevertheless, MR. O'CONNELL is, or
pretends to be, so enamoured of it that he at once suspends his Repeal
agitation to give it every encouragement.  Such, at least, he asserts to be
the cause of his contemplated inaction;  but his motives are too well
understood to allow this deception to be successful.

The Repeal rent is falling off  --  great anxiety is already expressed lest
the O'CONNELL tribute should share the same fate  --  the nation at large is
beginning to ask, what result has been attained by the enormous sums
annually collected from its almost pauper population for the purposes of
agitation?  --  and there are many who believe that O'CONNELL now sees that
the "game is up", and is willing to shift from his own to the shoulders of
others, the disgrace and responsibility of utter failure.


We congratulate the Rate-payers and the inhabitants of the County generally,
upon the view which the Finance Committee have taken of the proposal for
dividing the County into districts, one of which shall be assigned to each
of the present County Coroners.  The Committee recommend the division not so
much on the score of economy, as to avoid all future disputes between the
officials as to their respective jurisdictions.

That there will be 'some', if not 'much', saving in expense to the County is
in itself a conclusive reason why the division should take place as soon as
possible;  and we believe, that in this point of view it will be found, when
the matter comes to be more narrowly investigated, that the saving will be
greater than the Committee appear at present disposed to calculate upon.

But independently of this, a proper regard for the office of Coroner itself
requires that the means afforded by the 7th and 8th Vic., should be taken
advantage of by the magistrates to avoid the unseemly wrangles that could
scarcely fail to arise, where two officials were disputing their respective
right to hold a solemn inquest on the dead.

We observe, in connection with this subject, that MR. CARRICK has stated to
the Committee, that he considers himself entitled to compensation for the
loss of emoluments, on the ground, as we understand, that there is an
existing customary division of the County, from which we presume he derived
an exclusive advantage.

We shall be glad to learn what this division is;  for most assuredly until
now, it was never recognized as affecting the office of Coroner  --  on the
contrary, MR. CARRICK himself always contended whenever the subject was
broached, that he was Coroner for the "whole" county, and not for "any
division" of it.  This question has very properly been referred to the CLERK
OF THE PEACE for enquiry, and difficult as it must be, in any case to fix
the amount of compensation which a Coroner might claim for the prospective
loss of possible inquest, we think it will be much more difficult to
discover the customary division of the County of Cumberland upon which MR.
CARRICK professes to ground his claim  --  an imaginary division of which
the boundaries must absolutely be without a limit, as MR. CARRICK's labours
have constantly extended, and by the same alleged right, to all parts of the
County whether north, south, east, or west.

    R.S. STANLEY, Esq., collector of Excise for Newcastle and neighbourhood,
has been promoted to take charge of the collection of Excise at Liverpool.

The DUKE OF BUCCLEUCH has left Montague House for Dalkeith Palace, at which
princely seat the Duchess has arrived with her family, from Drumlanrig
Castle, Dumfriesshire, for her accouchement.

POCKET PICKING. - Our races were as usual attended by several of the
light-fingered gentry, who succeeded in lightening the pockets of several of
our worthy citizens.  In one instance, a policeman, who was called in to
assist in quelling a sham-fight, had his watch stolen from him.

CHARTIST LECTURE. - MR. FERGUS O'CONNOR, the Chartist leader, lectured in
our Theatre on Friday evening last.  The presence of the demagogue was made
known to our inhabitants, by a rabble of boys, with band and banners
parading the streets.  The lecture itself was of the usual character;  BUT

THE OLD GUILDHALL.-  The following additional subscriptions in aid of the
funds for re-roofing and repairing this ancient edifice have been received
since our last notice: -

ROBERT DOWEN, Esq..................................1
GEO. COWEN, Esq........................................1
SYDENHAM DIXON, Esq.............................0  10  6
MR. EDWARD ALLISON..............................1
MESSRS. WALLACE & SIBSON, Grocers...0  10  0
THE REV. J. TWENTYMAN..........................1
WM. HODGSON, Esq., Bowness....................3
MESSRS. T. & W. HALTON..........................1
P. H. HOWARD, Esq. M.P. [second subs].......1
MESSRS. P. DIXON and SONs......................5
G.G. MOUNSEY, Esq. [second subscription]...1

LOWTHER RENT DAYS.-The Michaelmas audit of the EARL OF LONSDALE took place
at Lowther Castle, on Wednesday and Thursday week.  After business was
transacted, the tenantry were entertained in the Castle Hall as usual, with
a substantial supply of old English fare, to which we need scarcely say, the
most ample justice was done.
The Celebrated Brown Stout of MR. CROWDEN, then freely circulated in the
locomotive Nelsons along the tables;  and the usual toasts were duly

The healths of his lordship, COLONEL LOWTHER, LIEUTENANT LOWTHER, and other
branches of the family, were successively given by his lordship's worthy
agent MR. BENN, and received with most deafening cheers;  and the afternoon
was spent in the most pleasant and convivial manner.


Of all concerts of the season this seems to have been the one most relished
by the lovers of music.  We cannot say that it was the most crowded
assemblage of the year, but we can safely assert that no concert in Carlisle
has been more appreciated by those really capable of judging of musical
excellence.  TEMPLETON is, in himself, a host.  He stands alone as the most
accomplished singer of the present day, and well did he sustain his European
reputation in "I love her, Oh!  I love her" ;  and "Still, so gently o'er me
stealing".  MR TEMPLETON's voice seems capable of every modulation that the
human organ can attain, from the most daring and inspiring to the most
simple and soul-subduing melody.  He seems to labour under no difficulty in
the execution of the most elaborate and refined compositions, or in the
homely phrase of every-day life.  It is the perfection of execution,
exciting even the sceptical professors of the art to expressions of rapture.
Well and truly has poor MALIBRAN said, that TEMPLETON was the only English
performer of the vocal art that she could sing with.  We hope that he will
soon visit us again.  MR. TEMPLETON was ably accompanied on the piano-forte
by MR. BLEWITT, the celebrated composer.


The body of MOORE, who was drowned last week, on Lancaster sands, was found
on Friday last, but that of the other unfortunate sufferer, WOODBURNE, has
not yet cast up.  The parties who were appointed to search for the bodies
found the remains of two other bodies, almost reduced to skeletons, one of
which has been recognised by the widow, as her husband.

It appears that his name was WILLIAM WOODS, of Bolton-le-sands, and that he
was a fisherman, and left home on the 16th March, 1843, in order to follow
his avocation, in company with two others who were not heard of since.  The
deceased was recognised by his bereaved widow by a boot which was on one of
the feet.  The deceased was about the age of 44, and has left six children.


A beautiful new building, in the neighbourhood of the Prebend's Bridge, has
been devoted to the purpose of this ancient foundation by the munificence of
the dean and chapter, and was opened on Monday last.  It is built in that
style of domestic architecture which commonly prevailed about the reign of
our first James, and the school-room, with its projecting gable and long
mullioned window, and the dormer windows and bell-turret of the other part
of the structure, as seen from the south road and other neighbouring points
of view, combine in a picturesque and pleasing manner with the dark masses
of trees which form its back-ground.

The school-room has an open timber roof, is lofty and well proportioned, and
is capable of containing about 200 boys.  A spacious cloister unites this
with the house, which is henceforward  to be occupied by the head-master, in
which he has made provision for the accommodation of forty or fifty
boarders.  The site has been happily chosen, combining all the advantages of
the country with the convenience of a sufficient proximity to the town.

A grammar-school, in connection with the cathedral, existed from the very
earliest period, for the names of the masters are of frequent occurrence as
witnesses to charters relating to the church.  The foundation was settled in
its existing form, by royal statute, in the reign of HENRY VIII., when the
dean and chapter  took the place of the prior and convent;  and consists of
an upper and under master and 18 scholars.

The scholarships are of the annual value of from £25 to £30 each, and are
open to boys under 15 years of age, who shall have passed an examination
before the dean and chapter.  There are also two scholarships in the
University of Durham appropriated to boys elected, after due examination,
from this school, as well as certain small exhibitions at Oxford and
Cambridge.  Besides the upper and under statutes provided by the foundation
statutes, the boys have the advantage of a regular mathematical instructor.
The increasing number of scholars sufficiently indicates the zeal and
efficiency of those who now preside over the school.  -  'Durham

On Thursday week, the HON. COL.LOWTHER, M.P., and his son, LIEUT. LOWTHER,
of the First Life Guards, brought down 110 brace of game, on the EARL OF
LONSDALE's preserves, in the vicinity of Lowther Castle.  The same gentlemen
in the afternoon following bagged 90 brace.


Saturday, October 19th -- Present:
                                         MAJOR WILDE
                                         MAJOR WILSON
              W. HODGSON, Esq.;  THE REV. J. HEYSHAM
                                         REV. W. REES
WILLIAM BANKS was charged by the Excise with removing two gallons of whisky
in a box from Scotland, without a proper permit.  This was another instance
of the folly of parties bringing whisky by the coach.  The defendant pleaded
guilty, and was fined in the mitigated penalty of £25 and costs.  The bench
was then engaged for a considerable time in disposing of affiliation cases.


On Tuesday last the half-yearly inspection and review of the Garrison took
place in the Castle Yard.  Precisely at ten o'clock a.m. GENERAL BROTHERTON,
accompanied by COL. WHINYATES, arrived at the Castle, when the pensioners
recently enrolled were first reviewed.  This veteran band excited great
interest.  They were sixty-two in number, and, under the command of LIEUT.
TAYLOR, went through a variety of evolutions, which showed that, although
many of them have been discharged upwards of 20 years, they have not
forgotten the "war-craft" which they practised in many a well-fought field.

Several of them wore the Waterloo medal, and although some of them were
"more than grey", they mustered an array well calculated to prove useful in
any emergency that may arise.

The uniform is blue, with red facings, but the great coats only have arrived
at present.

The garrison were then reviewed, and went through all the field manoeuvres
of a light infantry corps with admirable precision, under the command of
their gallant Major.  They are about 250 in number, and are for the most
part fine young men, apparently well fitted to maintain the high position
which the 43rd deservedly holds as one of the "crack regiments" in the