MISCELLANEOUS

Notice is hereby given, that the partnership heretofore subsisting between us, the Undersigned, as Drain Tile Makers, and carrying on the business at MILLRIGG, in the Parish of Bowness, under the firm of ?JOSHUA WARD & CO.?, has been dissolved, by mutual consent.
Dated the 17th day of September, 1844.
JOSHUA WARD
JOHN STORY
PATTINSON LAWSON
WM. H. DONALD
The business will in future be carried on by Mr. THOMAS STORY, by whom all debts due to, and owing by, the late partnership, will be received and paid, or by whom he may appoint.

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Samuel Jefferson?s Assignment
Whereas, SAMUEL JEFFERSON, of the City of Carlisle, in the County of Cumberland, Printer and Bookbinder, hath, by Indenture of Assignment, bearing date the 17th day of September instant, assigned all his personal estate and effects whatsoever to ISAAC FLETCHER WHITRIDGE, of the City of Carlisle, bookseller and Stationer, and CHRISTOPHER BULMAN, of the same place, Joiner, in Trust for the equal benefit of themselves and such other of his Creditors as shall execute the said indenture on or before two calendar months from the date thereof, -
Notice is hereby Given,
That the said indenture is now lodged at the Office of Mr. MOUNSEY, Solicitor, Carlisle, for the Inspection and signature of the creditors of the said SAMUEL JEFFERSON,
Carlisle, 19th Sept., 1844

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Newcastle-On-Tyne fire office for insuring houses, buildings, goods, wares, and merchandise, hay, corn, livestock, ships in harbour, in dock, or while building, &c., from loss or damage by fire.
The proprietors of this office most respectfully beg leave to inform their friends whose premiums fall due at Michaelmas Quarter, that printed receipts for the renewal of their policies are now ready for delivery, and may be had on application either at the Office in Newcastle, or of any of their agents in other towns.
In order to prevent loss to the insured from unintentional omissions, this office allows fifteen days after the expiration of each year for payment.  The holders of policies, therefore, whose premiums become due at the said quarter, are hereby informed, that if payment be not made on or before the 9th of April, 1844 (paper says 1844 but perhaps should be 1845?the next year), when the said fifteen days expire, they forfeit the benefit of their insurance.
The agents for this company for the County of Cumberland, are
Mr. JOSEPH ROME, Draper, Carlisle
Mr. THOMAS HAMMOND, Whitehaven
For the County of Westmorland,
Mr. MICHAEL BRANTHWAITE, Kendal

Printed proposals, setting forth the rates and conditions of insurance, with the names of the proprietors may be had at the office, or any of the said agents, which will be found as eligible as those of any insurance office in Great Britain.


An inhabitant of St. Denis, who was evidently insane, lately committed suicide in a strange manner.  He had for some time employed himself in endeavouring to imitate an egg in pasteboard.  He took this egg, filled it with gunpowder, put it in his mouth, and then with a match which he had got from his wife as if to light a cigar, touched the powder, and with the explosion blew his brains out.

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Mr. BROWN, surgeon to the royal household, who has accompanied the infant princess to Brighton, has recently received a very valuable present from the queen - two water-colour portraits of the princess royal, one at the age of four months, the other of twelve months, by the queen's own hand.

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An Austrian cottager asserts that experiment has clearly established the fact, that plants intended for seed should always be cut down before they are fully ripe, in fact, as soon as the seed has attained its full size and plumpness.  He says the difference in a crop of grain raised from seed so taken, will be from one to two sacks per acre more than from seed allowed to become hard and dry in the standing plant. - Adelaide Observer

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MEYERBEER is at present at Dresden, where he intends to remain this summer.  This celebrated composer has just finished a new opera, and is now assiduously employed in superintending the vocal studies of a young prima donna, recently arrived at Dresden from Stockholm, whom he purposes to engage for the opening of the grand opera at Berlin.

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Watches, remarkable for their extreme thinness, are now manufactured at Geneva.  They are not thicker than a line and the 16th of a line (little more than the 12th of an inch.)  This change does not, however, militate against the full play of the movement, for that remains the same, the thinness being obtained by placing the hands at the side, instead of over the works.  This arrangement makes the watches rather larger in circumference.

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A well-dressed man, of great rotundity of person, a few days ago got into an omnibus at Lyons.  A wasp settled on this stomach and was driven away; it returned, and was again sent off; on its settling there a third time, an obliging gentleman in front, desirous of ridding his fellow traveller of the annoyance, made a sudden attempt to seize it, but took his measures so awkwardly, that the stout gentleman all of a sudden became contracted, and a quantity of brandy contained in a bladder, with a view of defrauding the Oct*oi, flowed over the omnibus.  In the midst of the confusion caused by this unforeseen accident, the gentleman, no longer stout, made off.

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An act was passed just previous to the adjournment of parliament (7th and 8th Vict. cap.39) to exempt from the payment of Property tax the dividends on certain annuities of three pounds ten shilling per cent, per annum, payable for the quarter of the year ending the 10th October, 1844.  This boon has been granted to the holders of such securities in consideration of the reduction of the amount of interest.

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Messrs. ST**GE (may be Sturge) the eminent corn merchants, in their September circular, say: - "The small stocks of old wheat, added to the failure of the crop in the great corn growing districts in the north of Europe, and the deficiency of all other kinds of agricultural produce, will operate against very low prices for wheat during the ensuring winter.  Notwithstanding we have, as usual in dry seasons, more than an average crop of wheat in the midland, southern, and western counties of England".

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On Monday an order was affixed on the walls in the General Post Office to the effect that "The Postmaster General having had the papers laid before him relating to the gross conspiracy which existed amongst the letter carriers, TAPSAN, SANDERSON, LONG, BELL, WALKER, SKINNER, and CROSKELL  who have been in the habit of opening the letters of sporting gentlemen, his lordship has been pleased to dismiss them the service."

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"I believe," said Lord ELDON to Mrs. FORSTER, "I have preached more sermons than any one who is not a clergyman.  My father always had the church service read on the Sunday evenings, and a sermon after it.  Harry and I used to take it in turns to read the prayers or to preach.  We always had a shirt put on over our clothes, to answer for a surplice!" - Twiss's Life of Lord Eldon

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The person (EDWARD LIDDELL) who was charged with firing at Lord HOWICK at Monk-Wearmouth, at the close of the election for 1841, has been removed to the lunatic asylum of Mr. KENT, at Sheriff Hill, Gateshead, having latterly been in such a state of mind as to be unfit to be at large.

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Sir ROBERT PEEL is expected to preside at the annual dinner at the Lichfield and Midland Counties Agricultural Society, at the Guildhall, on the 25th instant; and the Hon. Colonel ANSON, M.P. will fill the vice chair.

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Captain WARNER, in his correspondence just published and presented to Parliament, states,  that the mouth of the Humber might be blockaded, and ingress and egress effectually prevented in the space of one night, by means of his invention.

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On the 26th ult., at the moment the troops were filing off before the Emperor and Empress of Austria, four piers that supported an iron railway, near her Majesty, fell down, and killed two men, and injured several others, amongst whom were two captains, very severely.

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During the recent sittings of the Wesleyan Conference at Birmingham, a letter was read by the president from the Metropolitan Drapers' Association respecting the early closing of shops, when it was agreed to bring the subject before the attention of the members of society in the annual pastoral address.

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A great improvement in the construction of window frames has lately been made, for the purpose of enabling servants to take them completely out for the purpose of cleaning, instead of incurring the danger of falling by standing or sitting outside.

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A splendid char-a-banc, intended by the King of the French, as a present to the Queen of England, arrived at Windsor last week.  It appears that during her visit to Eu, Queen Victoria greatly admired the char-a-bancs which served for the 'gipsying' excursions through the forest.  The King gave immediate orders to construct a carriage on the same model, but much more richly decorated.  The carriage has cost 78,000 francs.

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The losses sustained by the Emperor of Morocco, since the commencement of hostilities with France, are estimated at 30,000,000 of francs; and this loss is every day increased by the cessation of commerce.

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We believe that in the beginning of October it is intended to call out the pensioners for training, but that only two days instead of five, will this year be employed for that purpose.

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There is now in the possession of Mr. CHRISTOPHER KING, of Hinderclay, a sow, reared by himself, which is 6 feet 10 inches long, is 4 years old, and has had 117 pigs; brought up 97, averaging 1 over 12 at a time, and one of the pigs, at 22 weeks old, weighted 11 stone.  She has now ot 13 very fine pigs by her side.