Rainless Lakeland

 RAINLESS LAKELAND
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RECORD FOR SEATHWAITE.
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Easter Climbing Prospects.

   With Seathwaite, the wettest spot in England having  had just over an
inch of rain in seven weeks and Keswick a little less than  that, the Lake
District has had the longest spell of fine weather at this season  for thrity years.

   There were sixteen inches of rain at Seathwaite in  the first 17 days of
January and the average rainfall at that noted spot is  about 130 inches a
year.

   The lakes, rivers, streams and falls have been very  low, but there is
still plenty of water, as the heavy snowfall at the latter end  of February and
March has thawed slowly and replenished the mountain  streams.

   There will be a touch of winter left for visitors  this Easter, for there
is snow on the Scawfell and Helvellyn ranges and enough  ice in the gullies
to provide good ice axe climbing.

   There are many remarkable contrasts, but none more  surprising than that
at Esk House. Along Styhead Pass and up to Styhead Tarn  there is no snow or
ice, but spring like green, but as one leaves this 1,000  feet high level and
climbs out towards Esk House comes winter. Three or four  hundred feet up one
finds the snow lying and it gets thicker up towards  Sprinkling Tarn, nearly
2,000 feet high. In the gullies in the Great End the  snow and ice is still
solid, and the mountain tops are heavily sprinkled with  the snow and ice.

   The climbing districts are already booked up, and  there will be a big
muster of members of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club at  Wasdale. But there will
be room for the late comers in the cottages at  Borrowdale, Newlands,
Buttermere, and Wasdale Districts.

In A Scrape Now in Prison

 IN A SCRAPE
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NOW IN PRISON.

Whitehaven Man's Hire Purchase Frauds.

   "I had to do this to get out of my scrape" said  Edwin COOK, of Newtown,
Whitehaven, when answering a charge at Manchester City  Police Court that he
as a bailee fraudently converted and thereby feloniously  stole a motor car
value £40, a player piano value £120 and a wireless set value  £18 18s.

   COOK, who also pleaded that he had a wife and child  to keep and was in
debt, was sent to prison for four months. He started work in  Manchester as a
motor engineer last year and hired cars out. He told the court  that he did
badly in this line and had to sell eight cars he owned for  scrap.

   COOK pleaded guilty to the charge.

   Detective-Sergt. RICE said he saw the prisoner at  Cavendish Street
Police Station on March 8th when he charged him with stealing  on November 12th,
1931, a motor car, the property of Walter John GREEN. He  replied "I sold it for
£25." He then admitted selling a player piano, the  property of Alfred
EMERSON which he purchased on a hire agreement. He said he  paid £5 deposit and
promised to pay £2 monthly. He had sold it on January 11th  for £30 after only
paying one installment. He said he also obtained a wireless  set from Trojan
(Manchester) Ltd., Alexander Road, Moss Side, on  a hire  purchase agreement, paid
£1 deposit and sold it for £4 a few days later.

   "This morning," Sergt. RICE, "I further charged him  with stealing as
bailee the piano and the wireless set and he replied, "I plead  guilty."

   Walter John GREEN, motor dealer, of Deansgate,  Manchester, said he
agreed to sell the car to COOK in November, 1931, and agreed  to accept another car
value £16 in part exchange. No other payment was  made.

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GYMNASTIC DISPLAY.

   On the invitation of Mr. J. G. HARTLEY, Wigton, Mr.  J. ULLART and Mr. K.
TODD, of Carlisle, visited the Nelson School Physical  training class on
Wednesday night when there was a good attendance, and gave an  excellent
demonstration of hand balancing, head-springs, and various other  clever stunts,

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ST. BEES BRITISH LEGION.

   On Friday evening the members held a domino  competition for which there
were 34 entries. Result: 1. Mr. W. NORMAN; 2. Mr. H.  LOGAN

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FLIMBY AND BROUGHTON MOOR.

   Members of the St. John's Ambulance Brigade on  Friday night held a whist
drive in the Welfare Hall, Flimby. The successful  competitors were:

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