We have much pleasure in once more directing the attention of our readers to
the announcement of the concerts of MR. CARTE, which will take place at the
Crown and Mitre Hotel on Saturday next.  The musical public of Carlisle and
its vicinity are already greatly indebted to this gentleman for having
brought within their reach several of the most celebrated artistes of the
day;  and we shall be glad to find that on the present occasion he meets
with a proper support;  as we perceive from the programme that no less than
seven performers of most distinguished talent, independently of MR. CARTE
and MR. HARRY CART  -  whose admirable performances on the flute are so
justly admired  --  will make their bow to the Carlisle audience.  It is not
often that the inhabitants of the provinces have an opportuity of hearing
the elite of the opera for 2s, and those who are wise will profit by it.  As
some guide for the uninitiated, we subjoin the opinions held by our
contemporaries, of the several members of the distinguished company about to
visit Carlisle: --------

SIGNOR PIATTI's exquisite performance on the violoncello produced the
greatest sensation that we ever remember to have witnessed from this
generally ineffective solo instrument;  his tone is charmingly pure and
full;  his execution neat and elegant;  and even in the most rapid and
difficult passages, perfectly easy and faultless;  his feeling is that of a
thorough musician and genius, not put on by any unpleasant gesticulations,
but perfectly calm and yet most intense:  In short, when we say that SIGNOR
PIATTI is, without 'any exception', the finest violoncello performer we ever
heard, it is only according him that meed of praise which is justly his
due. - 'Musical Review'.

MISS STEELE.  This charming young vocalist possesses a rich roundness and
mellowness of tone which really surprised us;  she sings with most exquisite
pathos, and shows herself to be a most accomplished musician;  the applause
which was bestowed upon her fully testified how much she was appreciated.  -
'Dramatic and Musical Review'.

MADAME F. LABLACHE.  Every body who has ever once had the pleasure to hear
this charming vocalist, will be gratified to learn that she has now quite
recovered her voice and strength, and will shortly prove that she still
possesses the full power and compass of that exquisite organ, which required
only to be heard to be acknowledged the finest contralto in existence;  her
purity of style, beauty of elocution, and correct intonation, have won for
her the distinguished position which she has now for some time held in the
musical world.  --  'Musical Review'.

SIGNOR F. LABLACHE has proved himself throughout the past season of infinite
service at her Majesty's Theatre, and a most worthy scion of the old stock,
for whether in tragic or comic opera, this excellent artiste is ever found
at home;  every thing that he undertakes is done with a true artist-like and
indomitable spirit, never flinching from difficulties, however great, and
never throwing impediments in the way of assisting those who may have the
good fortune to secure his services;  being endued with an excellent organ,
as well a good memory and correct ear, besides possessing his father's
superior qualification of being an excellent musician, every part allotted
to him is sure to be well performed.  As a concert-room artist, his talents
shine forth most pre-eminently, for not only are his vocal abilities
unquestionbly of the first-rate order, but he has the additional advantage
of being a most excellent 'accompagnateur'.  --  'Musical Review'.

MR. H. RUSSELL, the American vocalist, and M. DOBLER, the pianist, are also
artistes of first rate excellence.


On the evening of Friday last a meeting was held at MR. DUNCAN's Temperance
Hotel, for the purpose of presenting MR. GRAHAM, our late worthy
superintendent of police, who is now leaving Carlisle, with a silver tea
service, consisting of a teapot, cream jug, and sugar-bowl, which had been
subscribed for by a number of the inhabitants of the city.  The value of the
plate was about £25, but we have no doubt that a much larger amount would
have been raised if it had been more generally known that a subscription was
on foot, as MR. GRAHAM was much and deservedly esteemed for his unassuming
manners, and his invariable courtesy to all.

In the discharge of his duties, MR. GRAHAM had many difficulties to contend
with, arising from the very small number of policemen placed at his disposal
by the Corporation;  but his personal activity and attention secured him the
confidence of his employers;  and the presentation would have been made by
the Mayor in person, had he not been unavoidably absent.

This duty devolved on MR. RUSHFORTH, who presented the testimonial with
appropriate remarks, when MR. GRAHAM returned thanks with evident

MR. GRAHAM has been succeeded in the office of superintendent by MR.
SABBAGE, recently sergeant of the A. division of the London police force,
who, is, we believe, a most active and efficient officer.

THUNDER STORM. --  ALARMING OCCURRENCE  --  On Saturday night last, a
violent thunder storm passed over Annan Waterfoot about 10-1/2 o'clock.  The
lightning was of the most vivid description, and the appearance of the night
was such that the 'Newcastle' steamer returned to Annan Waterfoot
immediately after she attempted to commence her voyage.

The electric fluid struck one of the chimneys of the house of MR. DOBINSON,
innkeeper, which was knocked down, and other parts of the building also were
damaged;  MRS. DOBINSON, we regret to state, was severely injured.  She was
sitting beside the kitchen fire, when she was struck by the lightning, and
was immediately deprived of her speech and sight, and otherwise suffered
seriously from the shock.

A servant girl who was filling a pint vessel with water, was also struck,
the pint knocked out of her hand, and one of her arms was so paralysed that
she could not use it for an hour, but after that time she speedily

After defacing the walls in several places the electric fluid ran along one
of the bell wires into one of the bed-rooms upstairs, and ignited the bed,
window curtains, and window blinds, which were immediately consumed, and at
one time the premises were endangered;  happily, CAPTAIN BURTON, of the
'Newcastle' was on the spot, and with others rendered very efficient
assistance in subduing the flames.

MRS. DOBINSON, we are informed has since been confined to her bed, and has
partially recovered her sight and speech, but she is still suffering from
the effects of the shock.


About three weeks ago the foundation stone of the extensive bridge, which is
to consist of seven arches of 60 feet span each, and the parapet of which
will be upwards of 100 feet in height, was laid with the ceremony usual on
such occasions.  The pier was proceeded with to a considerable height above
the bed of the river Lowther, over which it is intended to span at a place
called Yew's Crag, behind the village of Clifton, from the London-road, and
about two miles distant from the town of Penrith.

It now appears that the works of this pier will have to be undone, by reason
of a mistake in the dimensions, or some alteration in the plan of the
ground-work, the fresh one having to be upwards of a square foot more.

This is an unfortunate circumstance, because of the season being so far
advanced,  the river so sudden and violent in its rise and fall, it being
fed by the mountain torrents of Mardale fells, and other mountainous
districts.  The other large bridge, which will cross the river Eamont, near
Yanwath Hall, will be proceeded with forthwith.


A robbery of a daring description was committed upon the premises of MRS.
TIFFIN, near Thursby, on Sunday last.  It appears that MRS. TIFFIN had left
her home secure at 11 o'clock, for the purpose of attending Thursby church,
and returned home again at about 2 o'clock in the afternoon.

During her absence some villain had gained an entrance into her house by
means of a window, half of which was broken to pieces.  One drawer, in which
were a purse, some papers of little value to any but the owner, and other
articles, were ransacked;  the purse of course was taken, yet, strange to
say, with the exception of the drawer, no other article was molested, though
the room contained several unfinished dresses, and other things of value.

It is highly probably that the depredator had been alarmed in the midst of
his nefarious designs, as a young woman, a neighbour, called at the house
for a dress at 12 o'clock, when there being no admittance, she heard a
little disturbance inside, which she innocently conjectured to be occasioned
by hens within the house.

LORD BROUGHAM and suite left Brougham Hall on Monday for London, 'en route'
for his lordship's chateau in the south of France.

VISCOUNT MORPETH has joined the family circle at Castle Howard, from
Scotland.  The HON. CAPTAIN and MRS. HOWARD have arrived on a visit to the
EARL and COUNTESS of CARLISLE, from the continent.

We are requested to state that in the list of stewards for the ball at the
Coffee House on the 29th, MR. RAWSON's name was inserted entirely without
his knowledge, and has now been withdrawn at his request.


after the coming brevet, succeed to the command in North Britain, and not
Dublin, as formerly rumoured.  It has since been announced on authority that
the intended Brevet has been proposed 'sine die'.

SIR JAMES GRAHAM has communicated to the Lord Mayor, that the day of opening
the Royal Exchange having been left to her Majesty's decision, she had fixed
upon Monday, the 28th inst., for that purpose.

We are happy to hear SIR J. BECKETT is improving in health and strength, and
takes airings when he is equal to it.  The hon. baronet is visited every
evening by some branch of his family and intimate friends.  THE DUKE AND

It will be seen by advertisement elsewhere that an arrangement has been made
for a ball at the Coffee House Assembly Room.  The management has been
entrusted to a number of stewards, comprising P.H. HOWARD, Esq., M.P., some
of the county gentlemen, and several of the principal professional men and
tradespeople in the town.  We understand that the preparations for the ball
are on a very large scale.  It will take place on Tuesday evening next the
29th inst.,, and we trust it will be well attended, as being one of the rare
occasions on which the inhabitants of Carlisle have an opportunity of
meeting for festive purposes.


A fire, attended with very serious consequences, broke out Friday night last
in a barn belonging to MRS. THOMPSON, of Ravenglass, and situate near the
centre of that village, occupied by MR. WILLIAM ROBINSON, a most worthy,
industrious, and painstaking farmer, who in the very outset of life has had
the misfortune to lose the chief part of a year's produce of his farm by
fire, the origin of which is still wrapped in mystery.

The fire was first discovered through the barn doors by a person passing
along the street about eight o'clock, at which time the individual states
his hat would have covered the entire volume of flame which was then burning
in the barn directly opposite the door.

The alarm was instantly given, but in consequence of the doors being all
securely bolted, and there being no person upon the premises, some time
elapsed before an entrance could be forced, and in the meantime the fire
within was making fearful headway.

Indeed, so rapid was the spread of the devouring element, that when an
entrance was obtained the fire had reached such a head as to bid defiance to
the united exertions of a vast body of the inhabitants who by this time had
assembled in front of the building.

The attention of a part of the crowd was first directed to some cattle in an
adjoining byer, several of which were got out uninjured, but three excellent
cows, we are sorry to say, perished in the flames, together with all the
poultry in a hen-roost above.

During this time great exertions were made to extinguish the flames in the
barn, but there being no fire engine in the place the exertions of the crowd
to subdue the flames were completely abortive, although persevered in
throughout the whole night, the latter part of which, all the pumps being
exhausted, they had to bear the water from the tide, at some distance from
the scene of conflagration.

Luckily the night was particularly calm, or there is no saying at what point
the fire would have stopped, as the houses on both sides of the barn,
fronting the street, adjoin one another.  The barn in which the fire was
first discovered, as well as the adjoining byer, was gutted, and the
contents of the latter consumed, consisting of the produce of ten acres of
oats which would have yielded not less than 150 bushels;  20 bushels of
barley in the straw;  24 bushels of wheat, also in the straw, with six loads
dressed and in sacks;  and between twenty and thirty cartloads of hay.  In
addition to the loss of his cattle and crop, a corn machine and various
husbandry implements, which were upon the premises, also fell a prey to the

The fire burned with great fury all night, and up to mid-day on Saturday, a
vast body of fire was still smoking within the ruins of the devoted


We regret to learn that the apostle of temperance is in embarassed
circumstances,owing to his exertions in the temperance cause.  A
subscription is about to be commenced for his benefit.

AN AWKWARD DILEMMA.  A gentleman said to LORD NORTH,

 "Pray, my Lord, who is that ugly woman sitting there?"

"That is my youngest sister" said his lordship.

"Good Heavens!: said the gentleman, "I don't mean her, I mean the next."

"That is my eldest sister," replied his lordship.

"I protest" cried the gentleman.  "I don't mean her, but the third."

"That is my wife," said LORD NORTH

"The devil ! " cried the gentleman.

"You may well say that,"  said LORD NORTH, "for she is as ugly as one.  But,
Sir, console yourself;  we are the ugliest family in England." -- 'Life of
Lord North'.


ANCIENT SWARM OF BEES. - A few days ago a swarm of bees was discovered in an
old wall at Natsby Hall.  The discovery was made by a peson in an upper
room, who was alarmed on hearing a humming noise, and consequently made an
aperture into the wall, whan a colony of bees was discovered and destroyed.

The weight of the honey and comb taken was 140 lbs.  Some part of the honey
was black, owing to the length of time that it had been deposited;  the rest
was of fine quality. - 'Preston Chronicle'.


HORRIBLE. --  At the Birmingham police court, on Friday, a girl named EMMA
KIMBERLEY, 17 years of age, who had been employed by MR. JAMES DAVIS, as
nurse to a child three months old, was charged with having attempted to kill
the infant, by causing it to swallow two small pebbles, two buttons, a
button mould, and a hob-nail.

The child evacuated these things, and the girl then confessed that she had
put them down its throat, and that her object was to kill the child, as its
parents made so much of it.  She was remanded.


DISCOVERY OF ANCIENT COIN.  --  On Wednesday, as MR. POPE, a farmer,
residing at Kilburn, was engaged ploughing a field on his farm at Kilburn,
adjoining the London and Birmingham railroad, several pieces of gold,
silver, and copper coins were turned up, including some of the reign of
OLIVER CROMWELL,in excellent preservation.

Some centuries ago, on this site of ground stood an extensive convent and
burial ground;  and during the period the London and Birmingham railroad was
being made, the excavators found, in the same field, numerous stone coffins,
skeletons, similar ancient coins, and plate.


FATAL OCCURRENCE. --  We read in the Lyons journals of the 18th - "The
directors of the Foundling Hospital at Lyons having called in all the
children who were out at nurse, in order to place them under more immediate
superintendence, twenty-eight of them were embarked on Monday last, at the
port of Chanaz, on the Rhone, in an open boat, to be brought to Lyons.  The
poor young creatures, separated from their nurses, and frightened at the
water, all rushed at parting to one side of the boat, and caused it to
upset.  Lamentable to relate, all of them, together with the two boatmen,
were drowned.



At the petty sessions, Oldham, on Thursday MRS. WRIGLEY,the owner of the
cotton mill at Copsterhill, near Oldham, was charged by MR. DAVIES, of
Ashton, sub-inspector of factories, with two offences under the new factory
act.  The first was having neglected to enter in the register of workers,
the names of two girls employed in the mill, namely, AMELIA WRIGLEY and
HANNAH MILLS;  and the second was having suffered the sAMe girls to work
more than seven days without having obtained medical certificates of their
age.  The Bench ultimately convicted MRS. WRIGLEY in all the four cases, in
the mitigated penalty of £1 each and costs.

NEW ZEALAND FLAX. - We understant COMMODORE BERARD, of La Rhin, stationed at
Akaroa, takes very great interest in the preparation of our flax.  He has
long been steadily engaged in making a valuable series of experiments.  Each
month he causes a certain quantity of flax to be cut and worked up into
rope, the strength of which is ascertained by the application of an equal
amount of force.

The result of twelve months' experiments will establish the season at which
flax had best be cut with a view to obtaining the greatest strength.  The
necessary experiments are beyond the means of individuals.

We wish the government or company would cause a piece of ground to be
divided into 24 portions, and sow half with seed and the other half with
transplanted flax, and when at maturity, cause a portion of each to be cut
and worked up monthly.

This would afford 288 experiments, which could not fail to be attended with
results most valuable to the progress of the colony. 'Wellington Spectator'.

THE LAST OF THE PURKISES.  It is recorded in the History of England that the
body of KING WILLIAM RUFUS, after that monarch had met his death by an arrow
discharged from the bow of SIR WALTER TYRREL, whilst engaged in hunting in
the New Forest, was picked up by a man named PURKIS, who placed the corpse
of the King in a cart, and conveyed it to Winchester.

There is one very remarkable circumstance connected with the Purkises, which
is this, viz., that for upwards of seven hundred and fifty years, they have
continued to enjoy uninterrupted possession of the same identical spot, whch
amounts to about two acres of ground, situate near the village of Minstead,
in the New Forest, contiguous to which the King in question was killed.

From the earliest period of their history, it is found that the Purkises
were by trade or calling, charcoal burners,which same business they have
continued to carry on from father to son up to the present time, and which
mode of employment has fortunately afforded them the means of preserving
their patrimony entire through a long course of generations.

WILLIAM PURKIS, the present posessor of the above humble estate, is now in
his eighty-seventh year, and having outlived all his relations, is now the
last of the PURKISES.


A most lamentable and awful calamity occurred at Portsmouth on the evening
on Monday se'nnight, at about twenty minutes to four,on the King's Bastion,
while firing a royal salute on the arrival of her Majesty and suite.

As the artillerymen [Royal] were re-loading one of the guns, which is
supposed to have hung fire, the charge went off, and blew one of them to
pieces, and the other was so horribly mutilated that it is impossible he can

The guns upon this bastion are 32 pounders, and there are only four of them;
consequently to fire a royal salute requires each gun to be loaded five
times, and one, six.  It is usual to use the worm to clear out the gun, we
believe, every second charge, and it is supposed some fire remained in the

The names of the unfortuanate men are reported to us as SANDY MILLER and
MICHAEL WALKER, between 25 and 27 years of age.  MILLER was blown into
fragments, and WALKER had his thigh broken, his arm blown off into the moat,
and his body otherwise disfigured.  The remnants of the untimely victims of
English enthusiasm were conveyed instantly to the hospital of the Royal
Marine Barracks.

In the excited state of the town, it has been impossible to arrive at
anything like a correct statement of anything further than the bare fact
that such a calamity has happended.  Some say there are three killed, others
that one are killed, but several are mutilated.

Only five guns had been fired when the catastrophe occurred.  They instantly
ceased firing, but the bodies being removed, and the fragments of flesh,
clothing, &c., gathered, the guns were again loaded for the purpose of
saluting the royal yacht as she passed by the standard on the bastion.  The
guns upon the King's Bastion being for heavy metal [32's], they are never
used except upon very extraordinary occasions;  and we are informed the
present is only the fourth time they have been used for royal salutes since
they have been mounted;  and the first time they were so used a similar
horrible calamity occurred whilst the artillerymen were ramming down the

It is her Majesty's intention to grant an annuity to the widow of the
unfortunate artilleryman, WALKER, which is stated at £30 per annum.  The
poor widow will not probably enjoy the royal bounty, for the shock she
received, it is thought, will prove fatal.  She has not been sensible since
the dreadful accident.  We are also informed his Majesty the King of the
French, on hearing of the accident, was much shocked, and stated his
intention also to provide for the widow.