EARLY MUSHROOMS.
 
This year Great Clifton can claim first place in the mushroom contest.  As MR. ROBERT KENDALL was out for a walk in some fields upon the moor, on Sunday, he gathered a fine dish of mushrooms.
    MR. ANDREW HUTCHINSON, of Clifton, gathered some on Sunday.
 
LOWTHER PIT BRICKWORKS, CLIFTON.
 
These brickworks will commence on Monday morning, with MR. EDWARD H. POOLE as Manager.  The engine and machinery have all been put in good working order.  The drifts and the haulage road is also ready.
    MR. JAMES SAMPSON and his men have been busy at the rope and wheels.  MR. DAVID MOORE, bricklayer, and others have improved the brick kilns and the stoves.  Two men have been pumping from the river Derwent.  The flues are also cleaned.
    People in Clifton district will be glad to hear of these works starting again, as they have been standing twelve months.
 
A BIRD'S NEST BUILT IN A CURIOUS PLACE.
 
As our Clifton correspondent called at Bridgefoot Station, on Monday morning, the station master (MR. THOMAS GRAYSON) drew his attention to a starling's nest which is built in a metal stove in the signal-box, adjoining the booking-office, and there they have laid two eggs, although close to the moving signal handles.
    The birds fly in and out down a narrow chimney, which extends three yards outside from the stove.