Sir,--May I suggest that  you should have boys out with the "Star" on Saturday nights on the streets, say from six till nine.  I know last Saturday night I could have sold my copy for a penny several times on the street.  In my opinion its a paper that every house in Workington should be proud to have a copy of.

Yours, &c.            W.R.



[ We may say that the "Star" can be had on Saturday nights at either of MR. SUART's shops; of MESSRS. WILSON in Station-road; and of MR. CARMICHAEL in Finkly-street.  We will get lads out also if we can manage it.            Ed. ]





Sir, -- I was glad to see a letter in your issue of Friday speaking against the resolution of the School Board for placing a boundary wall at St. Michael's Schools in Station-road.  There is really no need for the Board to go to the expense at the present time.  Rates are sufficiently high without anymore being added to them, and I hope the matter will be again brought forward to put a stop to the work being carried out.

Yours truly,  A Working Man. July 10, 1888





Sir, -- May I call attention through your excellent paper to the prostitutes who way-lay men going to and from Lonsdale Dock and the various ironworks.  On two occasions last week I had business in town, and was returning home between 10 and 11 o'clock.  I had got as far as the Halfpenny Bridge - where I met three prostitutes who were evidently "soliciting" of four men just before I got near them.  Hoping you will permit me to draw public attention to this danger that I know besets the workmen going to and from their work, and which is greater than many would believe.


I am &c,                           "THE ROVER"

North Side, July 10, 1888





Sir, -- Not long ago the Local Board shook itself up, and the members thereof assumed much dignity of appearance, and they declared that Workington needed and should have - more magistrates.  But, what have the wise and chosen ones of Workington done ?  Simply gone to sleep.  Last week I am told, there were only two magistrates on the Bench, and this week with a very heavy police court there were only two justices present.  What is the matter that this town of 22,000 or more people is kept back in everything and treated as a country village ?

          How long, O people of Workington, will you let these things go on ?  Certainly I think it is a shame that whilst a small town like Cockermouth has about 20 magistrates at command, we can hardly be said to have more than five or six.


Let the "Star" shine a light on the question, sir, and oblige,

yours, &c.,            AN OLD TOWNSMAN.





Sir, -- Permit me as a father of eight to thank your inimitable CAPTAIN CUTTLE for the splendid idea he has thrown out about a park for the town.  The removal of the line of cottages in Finkle Street, just below the "Star" office, is certainly a most desirable thing, and if they were removed and the ground behind made into a park, it would be both central and convenient, and would be a wonderful improvement to the town.

          The owners of property all along the other side of Finkle Street ought to take up CAPTAIN CUTTLE's suggestion, as it would be a grand thing for them as well as the town.  I hope the notion will be taken up, for it is a real good one, and it would be a boon and a blessing to men like myself and our wives if we could send the bairns now and then to "the Park."

          If the "Star" never does another good thing, it has already merited hearty support by this proposal, for it is just the very thing that is wanted.  I hope the bright little paper will prove a big success.

Yours truly,   JAMES GRAHAM   July 10, 1888.


P.S.  --  As the Local Board already owns some of the row of cottages, &c., I would suggest that some of our rich men buy the rest and give them to the town.  Some of our wealthy citizens cannot long keep their feet out of the grave whatever they do, and they can't take their money with them, can they ?






Dear Sir, -- Your "Star" is but a little one, but its mettle is in inverse ratio to its size.  It makes its appearance with no appeal for pity or favour.  Doubtless it is prepared to encounter the shock of Comets, and woe be to the unlucky Comets for they will assuredly be shattered into fragments.  But let us try the effect of a gentle bump from the Dog-Star.

         I will not come into direct collision with the body of your "Star," but will attempt to block the way of three of its satellites.  These sattellites go by the names of "Ann Jane", the "Man out Flimby way", and the "Thing with Spats on".

          Now, sir, to leave Metaphor, what do you mean by placing such silly nonsense on your placard ?  The first unpleasant effect of such headings is to remind one of a contemptible print which some time ago circulated in Workington, but which has met its proper fate.  Its life was brief, but its death was not untimely.  It is true the paragraphs indicated by these headings are mere mythical nonsense, and in no way resemble the drivelling gossip of that print referred to.  There is nothing wrong in the paragraphs, but it will be understood that funny things will be found in your funny columns without advertising them by silly and misleading titles.  A sensibly worded placard I will venture to say will not injure the circulation of your paper.

        Long may your "Star" revolve and shine, but whenever it is inclined to stray may it speedily be bumped and sent back to its track by stars like.........




[ "Sirius" writes in a kindly spirit and we know he means well, so we refrain from making any retort to the effect that we probably know our own business best, &c.  However, whilst we do not "appeal for pity or favour" we have no objection to candid and reasonable criticism, and our columns are open to "Sirius" at any time.

Ed. ]





Sir, -- Would you kindly inform me where CAPTAIN CUTTLE was on Monday.  I am certain I saw him in the neighbourhood of the Cloflocks on the forenoon of that day.

          The reason of my wanting to know of the Captain's whereabouts is owing to some of our clothes which were laid out to dry on the Cloflocks, being missing in the afternoon, and Cuttle is blamed for taking them.  It will be a serious matter for him if he is found out, as I am determined to prosecute.  If the Captain requires any body linens, he should really not procure it in the way he is alleged to have done.

          Perhaps you would be so kind as to question the Captain when he comes to your office, and note any change of linen he is wearing. 

          I enclose my card for your private inspection.  Your kind attention in this matter, will greatly oblige.

Yours truly,                           JOHN BANKS.

Griffin Street.

[ We will certainly question the Captain; this is serious.   Ed. ]