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On Monday the usual fortnightly meeting of this Authority was held at the Court-house, Cockermouth.  MR. THOMAS PAISLEY presided, and there were also present   MR. W. MCGLASSON,    MR. A. PIELE,    MR. S. S. BRIGGS, MR. M. FALCON,   and   MR. LITT,   with   MR. J. MUSGRAVE (clerk).    DR. ROBERTSON (medical officer),   MR. WEATHERSTON (surveyor and inspector).


DR. ROBERTSON reported that during the last fortnight the deaths registered in the entire district were 16, which is equal to an annual rate of 15.8 per 1000 living.  The mortality in the four sub-districts was as follows:

Keswick rural district, 2, or 13.7 per 1000 population.
Cockermouth rural district, 4, or 18.2 per 1,000 population
Workington rural district, 1, or 3.9 per 1,000 population
Maryport rural district, 9, or 23.2 per 1,000 population

Two of the deaths were from diarrhoea.  He visited Gilcrux on the 12th of July and found six or more copious springs of water.  One well was covered in except on one side, where it is exposed to pollution by vegetable matter; hence the necessity of excluding the supply of external debris by substituting a pipe to receive the overflow, with the erection of one or two watering troughs.

He found slop water flowing from several cottages on the public road, and other dwelling-houses were found to be seriously deficient in ventilation, many of the sleeping apartments and living rooms without the slightest provision made for the admission of external air unless by the entrance door.

A farm house at High Green was found defective in stable drainage, and in consequence two public-houses adjoining were subjected to a most insufferable nuisance.  At the west end of the village a filthy drain was observed, but the local surveyor intended to divert the drainage underneath the road.

**Cockermouth Union Rural Sanitary Authority will continue**