MR. JAMES DAWSON has been successful in obtaining a theory certificate in PITMAN's shorthand.  MR. DAWSON was a pupil of the late MR. ALFRED WARE, who previous to his illness conducted shorthand classes at Kirkby.
The Bootle steam roller is still engaged by the High Furness Highway Committee, and is at present at work on the Kirkby roads.  It is understood that there is ample work for the roller for six or eight weeks more.
The fruit and berry trees in the Kirkby district, judging by the profusion of infloreance, give promise of a very bountiful fruit season this year.