MARYPORT MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION.
MORE LITERARY PILFERINGS BY MR. HENRY CURRIE.
At an ordinary meeting of this association on Thursday evening Mr. D. DIXON
presiding - a paper prepared by Mr. H. CURRIE, on the ?Manufacture of Iron”
was expected. There was a good attendance of members, and after the
preliminary business was transacted, Mr. CURRIE was called upon to read his paper.
He proceeded at once to read a paper on the subject appointed. At the
conclusion of his reading Mr. CURRIE took his seat, and immediately Mr. IRVING
rose and in fitting language expressed his regret that Mr. CURRIE should, after
his recent experience, attempt to pass as his production a verbatim extract
from a work by Professor ROSCOE, and followed up his remarks by submitting to
the president, the work named.
Mr. F. KELLY, Mr. D. DIXON, Mr. R. H. HAMILTON, and Mr. J. RICHARDSON
followed, each expressing in their strongest terms their surprise and sorrow that
a member of the association could act in such a mean and contemptible manner.
Mr. CURRIE offered as excuses for his conduct, inability to prepare an
original paper in consequence of lack of time, his ignorance of the fact that
members are expected to contribute original papers, and his opinion that the
members would be benefited by a reading from an extract from Professor ROSCOE’s
work, with which he thought they would not be acquainted.
These excuses were not accepted by the meeting, which refused to discuss
the matter, a proposal (which was not carried) being made to record the regret
of the association at Mr. CURRIE’s conduct. The members then proceeded to the
exercise of impromptu speaking, several of the speeches being discussed
THE PROPOSED AMBULANCE CORP.
A meeting of the Committee of the Maryport Literary and Scientific Society
was held on Tuesday evening. - The Secretary, Mr. D. IRVING reported the
results of the Committee’s efforts to form a branch of Corps of the St. John’s
The principal difficulty was in getting a medical man able and willing to
give the required course of lectures on the subject, but Dr. LITTLE had
consented to act. On the motion of Mr. HINE, seconded by Mr. WALKER, Dr. LITTLE was
heartily thanked for his offer.
In the course of a long discussion, Dr. MATHIAS pointed out several
difficulties that occurred to his mind in connection with the scheme for having the
Corps connected with the Literary and Scientific Society. While he was in
favour of having a branch of the corps in the town, he thought they were going
outside the lines of their society to promote it.
It was ultimately agreed to form a branch of corps, and a sub-committee was
appointed to collect subscriptions.
The writer’s syllabus was laid before the meeting and adopted.
The Rev. J. Ildephonous CUMMINS, Maryport, has now severed his connection
with the Maryport Catholic Church, and left to take up his residence in Rome.
The Rev. gentleman informed us a week ago that he expected to be in the
town till the beginning of next month, and also gave a similar intimation to his
congregation on Sunday. On Monday morning, however, he received immediate
orders to leave. When this became known considerable regret was expressed. The
church was crowded on Wednesday night, when Father CUMMINS addressed a few
faewell words to his congregation. He said it was not easy to say the last
words to a number of people to whom he had been in close and constant communion
for several years.
That evening he could not help looking back to the Sunday morning, between
three and four years ago, when first he spoke to them as their pastor.
Although it was in that church many of them would hardly recognise it as the same
building, so great had been the alterations made on it. He went as a stranger
amongst strangers, yet he felt that before long they had been able to get on
and to like one another and work well together. When he went among them they
were regretting the loss of one that had been for so many years their pastor.
He was reminded that on that very day on which he was taking his farewell of
them was the anniversary of the death of Father CARROLL.
He could not help thinking that he had many things to be thankful for
during the past three years. The priest could do but little unless he was helped
by the people. In conclusion he asked for the prayers of the congregation, and
also asked them to support the various confraternities and associations which
he had established for carrying on the work of the parish.
After service an adjournment was made to the school room, where an address
was presented to Father CUMMINS by Mr. E. McCLORRY. Father CUMMINS
acknowledged the kindness shown to him in a few suitable words. - When the rev
gentleman left Maryport on Thursday afternoon he was heartily greeted by a large
crowd, who lustily cheered him. Before the train left he addressed a few words to
those assembled. Father CUMMINS is spending a few days with his friends at
Waterloo, Lancashire, and leaves for Rome on Monday.