The annual excursion run by the Maryport and Carlisle Railway Company
to the above named towns left Maryport on Sunday at midnight, and returned a
little after six on Tuesday morning. It was well patronised. 270 being booked
at Maryport (the majority being for Liverpool) and as the train took up the
excursionists at all stations up to Carlisle it was a pretty heavy one.



       The Maryport Harbour Commissioners have commenced the construction of
a groyne on the south side of the south pier for the purpose of preventing the
drifting of ironworks slag against the pier into the entrance channel. Lately
there has been an immense accumulation of slag in the angle formed by the sea
wall and the shore end of the pier.

       Messrs. RITSON, Maryport, have secured the contract for the supply of
timber for building the groyne.



       The harvest festival in connection with this church  was held on
Sunday and Monday. On Sunday services were conducted in the morning, afternoon, and
evening, by the Rev. G. S. MARTIN, the minister, while the Town's Band
attended during the afternoon and played selections. A public meeting, presided over
by Rev. G. S. MARTIN was held on Monday evening, when addresses were given by
the Rev. W. G. HOPE, Aspatria and Rev. T. N. TATTERSAIL, the Maryport Baptist

       Selections were rendered by Mr. T. W. FRAZER's Company, Flimby. One of
the members sang, "The Holy City." The pastor presided at the organ. The
church had been nicely decorated by members and their friends with fruit,
vegetables &c., which at the close of the service were sold by Mr. James LANCASTER,
who gave his services free. The collections and the result of the sale went
towards the church fund. The harvest festival was the most successful for years
past, good congregations attending all the services.



       Mrs. GRAHAM, Spittal Farm, Wigton, has lost by death a well known
Clydesdale mare, Blossom of Spittal. Blossom, which was twenty years old, was a
grand breeding mare, the fourteen fouls she had having averaged £50 each when
sold as two year olds, and one making £80.

       She had 10 foals by Lord Lothian, and all were prize winners, one of
her progeny being the valuable mare Bonnie Doon, the property of Mr. W. J. P.
BEATTIE, Moffat, and winner of championships at Carlisle, Dumfries, Lockerbie,
and Annan. Mr. BEATTIE once refused £500 for this mare, which was the dam of
Lothian Mosstrooper, a stallion which has lately done well in North Cumberland.

       Blossom was also the dam of Lothian Queen, the property of Mr. David
RIDDELL, Paisley, a prize winning mare which changed hands in Scotland for
127gs. and which the dam of the Highland Society first prize horse Good Gift.



       Under the auspices of the North Cumberland Conservative Association a
tea and public meeting was held in the National Schools, Aspatria, on Friday.
One hundred and fifty invitations had been given for the tea of which a good
number partook.

       In the evening a public meeting was held, when Mr. George BELL,
Aspatria, presided, and introduced Miss. MARRIS, of Birmingham, who gave an address
on the fiscal policy. At the close Mr. H. GRAVES moved a vote of thanks to
Miss. MARRIS, which was seconded by Mr. A. B. CLARK. The attendance was very poor
owing to the inclemency of the weather.