PRESENTATION TO CORPORAL JOSEPH VARTY OF THE WESTMORLAND AND CUMBERLAND YEOMANRY CAVALRY

Where is the man or woman, resident in Penrith or the neighbourhood, who does not know Corporal VARTY?  Should there be any negative answer, the question might be put as follows: - Where is the man, woman, or child, who has not seen, year after year, a stiff old soldier, sword in hand, riding before the band?  And who is that jolly old soldier?  Corporal VARTY, to be sure.  He has been in the regiment since its formation, in 1819.  He was one of the first who took the oath, a parade he never missed, nor was his name ever twice called during his service in this, or the other volunteer regiments in which he served - the total term of his service extending over a period of 53 years.  But we must not further dilate upon this subject, otherwise we should trench on our little report of the presentation which took place at the Golden Keg inn, on Wednesday the 17th inst., Captain and Adjutant FRANKLIN in the chair.  Quarter-Master ROBINSON said he had a very pleasing duty to perform, viz., to present Corporal VARTY with a silver snuff-box, which had been purchased by the joint contributions of the regiment, as a token of their esteem for his lengthened services, and his constant attention to his duties (hear, hear), having never missed a day's drill.  (Applause.)  His old comrades had therefore determined to present him with some tangible token of their esteem, and he (Mr. ROBINSON) had great pleasure in being the instrument of that presentation.  (Hear, hear.)  The box was then presented amidst loud applause.  The inscription upon it is as follows: "Presented to Corporal JOSEPH VARTY, by his old comrades of the Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry Cavalry, on his retiring from that regiment, after serving in it for 37 years, and a total military service in that and other volunteer regiments of 53 years, under 7 Colonels, 3 Kings, and Queen Victoria."  Corporal VARTY rose amid renewed applause to return thanks.  He had had many proud days in connection with the Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry Cavalry, but this was the proudest.  It was impossible for him to find words to express his gratitude under such circumstances.  Perhaps, however, he might be allowed on this occasion to make a few remarks.  The worthy Quarter-master had said that he had served under seven Colonels - he would, therefore, with their permission add their names, namely, Colonel WHELPDALE, Colonel MAUDE, Colonel CARUS WILSON, Colonel GRAHAM of Mossknowe, Colonel LOWTHER, and the present noble Colonel of the Yeomanry Cavalry.  (Hear, hear.)  He hoped that the recruits would stick to their red jackets and their worthy Colonel, into whose heart such charity was ingrafted that if they were called out on actual service he (the Colonel) would protect them with as much tender feeling as a father would protect his own family.  (Great applause.)  It had been said by Quarter-master ROBINSON that he (Corporal VARTY) was about to retire; but, as the war was not yet over, he would tender his services to the last.  (Hear, hear.)  He had served under three officers of the house of Lowther, three of the house of Edenhall, two of the house of Dalemain, and if he continued on another year he trusted to have the pleasure of serving under three officers of the house of Dalemain, and then he would retire with glory.  (Great applause.)