NOTICE. - Competitors for the "Star" prizes, please note that two words have been added to the number previously given.



Portrait of MR. VALENTINE held over till next week.



MR. W. SNOW of Middlesbro' the able organising secretary of the National Association of Blastfurnacemen, desires to return thanks through the "Star" to the Blastfurnacemen of Workington and district for the purse of gold (containing L10) presented last Friday evening to MRS. SNOW, in acknowledgement of the valuable services rendered by her husband in this district.  MR. and MRS. SNOW spent a few days last week in Workington, and the men took advantage of their visit to present the handsome gift we have mentioned.



The annual meeting of the delegates from the lodges of the Cockermount District of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows was held at Scale Hill on Saturday.  Most of the lodges of the district were represented, and several visiting members were also present.

          BROTHER R. WARD, P.G.M., Workington, presided, and BROTHER R. R. COWAN, D.P.G. M., Maryport occupied the vice-chair.  The usual routine business was transacted.  The balance-sheet showed that the district expenses have been L9 14s., and the funeral expenses L100 3s. 5d.  BROTHER T. WAITE (Maryport), delegate to the A.M.C., gave a verbal report of the business transacted at the Conference.  The report of the district examiner of lodges was read, stating that all the lodges were in a satisfactory condition except Workington, the books of which were not in as good a condition as he could have wished.

          BROTHER WILLIAM DIXON (Shatton) was presented with a silver medal and bar in recognition of his services as Provincial Grand Master during the past year.  The officers for next year were nominated, after which the delegates and friends sat down to an excellent dinner.



On Monday evening a storm of considerable violence raged in the Solway.  The Manx boat, the "Douglas" arrived at Whitehaven at the usual hour, but owing to the storm, intending passengers to the Isle of Man could not be embarked, the steamer remaining in port during the night.  On Tuesday morning she left for Ramsay with a goodly complement of passengers.  It was feared that the two piers would be greatly damaged.  She broke from her moorings, but after considerable exertions, she was got in tow and taken into the wet dock.







A disease in the form of a red "rash" has broken out in Penrith, Shap, Soulby, and other places, and is engaging the attention of medical men in those districts.  The disease is of a new type, and is believed to have been produced by the east winds which have prevailed nearly all spring and summer.  It is believed to be non-infectious; but will form the subject of discussion at the next meeting of the Medical Association.  We have heard of cases both at Distington and in Workington of this red "rash"; but are not aware of any cases where medical aid has been called in.



On entering the Senhouse Dock, Maryport, on Monday with a cargo of timber, the Norwegian barque "Brodrene of Horten", collided with one of the dock piers, carrying away her jibboom and head gear.  The fine iron ship, "M. E. Watson", of Liverpool, took the ground on the Senhouse dock basin whilst attempting to enter by the same tide with a heavy cargo of grain for MESSRS. CARR and Co.  The ship, it is said, came in whilst the signals were against her.



The 120 yards handicap which was commenced at the Derwent Running Grounds, Workington, on Saturday week, was completed on Saturday afternoon.  There were 14 men left in, who were divided into four heats.  The following were the winners of their respective heats:

J. BURNETT, Flimby (22 yards)

J. BOWDEN, Maryport (20 yards)

C. CALLIGAN, Workington (19-1/2 yards)

D. THOMAS, Barepot (19 yards).

These four men then ran off for the final, with the following result:


J. BOWDEN (L1 10s)

S. CALLIGAN (12s 6d)

D. THOMAS (7s 6d)

BURNETT won by about a foot less than a yard dividing the whole four.



The members of the Workington Free Church Choir had their annual excursion on Tuesday last, Penrith being chosen for the day's outing.  They left Workington at 8-40 a.m., arriving at Penrith at 10-40 when they proceeded to "do the town", visiting the market place, &c., and found things very interesting.  They then adjourned for refreshments and afterwards visited Beacon Pike and other places of interest.  It was intended to visit Brougham Castle and Brougham Hall, but rain coming on about this time, another adjournment was made for refreshments, and some time passed in singing and games.  The weather clearing up, it was decided to visit the Old Church and Eamont Bridge.  This bridge spans the river Eamont, which divides Cumberland and Westmorland.  A move was then made for the station and the party arrived home at 9-30 p.m., everyone well satisfied with the day's outing.