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The Board of Trade returns of railway casualties, issued yesterday, show  
that during the past year the total number of persons killed on the railways was  
1038, and 8573 were injured, 500 of those killed and 1800 of those injured
being  railway se...


       In the midst of the turmoil and excitement of the elections of the
Royal Agricultural Society has held it's annual meeting, prosperously and
convivially, at Lewes. Visitors remark, as a good sign, the great show of machinery
at reduced pr...

Farewell Words


Our Dublin correspondent telegraphs that the Duchess of  Marlborough has
addressed a letter to the distressed districts of Ireland,  written in English and
Irish, and dated Viceregal Lodge, Dublin, April  21.

Her Grace says before leavi...
At the Birmingham Police Court, on Wednesday, John LLOYD,  Albert EVANS, and
Ada EVANS, were remanded for a week on a charge of stealing a  portmanteau,
with £800 worth of jewellery, from a train on the London and  Northwestern
Railway, between Birmi...

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

 

THE "STAR COMPETITION."

 

SIR: - I wish to ask you for an explanation respecting the "Star" competition.  Prizes are offered for the best list of surnames of Members of the Workington Local Board and School Board made o

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WHITEHAVEN v.  ELLENSIDERS  (MARYPORT)

This match was played on the ground of the former on Saturday.  The game did
not commence until four p.m., owing to the late arrival of the  strangers. The
weather was all that could be desired, and the ground was ...
 
POLICE COURT , KENDAL
 
SATURDAY.
Before W. LONGMIRE and G. E. WILSON, Esqrs.
 
EVADING TOLL.
 
ROBERT THISTLETHWAITE, Forest Hall, was charged with driving over a private road, thereby evading toll, and was fined 10s and costs.
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Sir William WORSLEY is a gentleman whose views upon the  political questions
of the day have at least the merit of  originality.

 Addressing a meeting of Conservatives at York on Monday  night, he seems to
have distinguished himself greatly by the displ...
 
MR. PLATT, M.P., ON THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND.
 
On Saturday night, MR. PLATT, one of the members for Oldham, addressed a meeting in connection with the Working Men's Liberal Association.
 
In the course of his speech, he said that although a churchman hims...
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To the NOBILITY, GENTRY, &c.

THE famous MRS. BERNARD (from BERLIN in BRANDENBURGH) is possessed of an infallible secret for cleansing the teeth, and rendering them as white as alabaster, notwithstanding they may be as black as coal;  rema...
 
THE WORKINGTON
MURDER
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EXAMINATION OF HARRISON
YESTERDAY.
Part One.
 
 
    On Saturday morning at eleven o'clock Maynard James HARRISON, aged 17 years who is charged with the wilful murder of Lucy SANDS, at the North-side, Workington, on or about the 1st December last, was brought up on remand for examination at Workington.
 
    The magistrates on the Bench were William THOMPSON, Esq. (Chairman) and Michael FALCON, Esq. Before the time announced for the court to open a large crowd had assembled in front of the Court House, not one-fifth of whom were able to gain admission when the doors were thrown open. Mr. PAISLEY appeared for the prisoner, and Superintendent BIRD conducted the prosecution.
 
    Henry MAINPRIZE stated that he wished to make some explanation with respect to the change of his name. BEDFORD, he said, was his father's name. After his father's death he went to live with his grandfather, who was named BEDFORD, when he was two years and six months old. He returned to his home when he was 14 years of age, and by that time his mother had got married a second time to a man named MAINPRIZE and the name of MAINPRIZE was given to him (witness) by the inhabitants of the village. He had a sister who was also know by the name MAINPRIZE.
 
    When he returned from Manchester he was known by the name BEDFORD, but he received letters addressed to him as "Henry MAINPRIZE." When he went back to Yeadon, the place at which he had previously resided, he was called by the name MAINPRIZE again, and had been known by it ever since. When leaving the Court last Saturday he met the prisoner at the door, who muttered some thing like these words, "You --- I will have your life. When I come out of this you will not live another day."
 
    In answer to Superintendent BIRD witness said he was quite positive that the prisoner made use of this threat, and it was after he had been giving evidence in connection with that inquiry.
 
    By Mr. PAISLEY: Came to Workington in May 1880. He had been in the employ of Moss Bay Iron and Steel Company as assistant chemist. When he lived in Manchester he resided at Miles Platting. Was married last November at St. John's Church, Workington. Was married under the name BEDFORD. Would be 23 years of age in June.
 
    James REAY deposed that he was a labourer and resided at 42, King-street, Workington. Him and Lucy SANDS were second cousins. On the 1st December last he was twice at the house where Lucy SANDS lived. The first time he was there was a little after four o'clock in the afternoon,  and again about seven in the evening. The first time he was in he saw Lucy curling her hair.
 
    He said, "You are taking a deal of pain with yourself; what is the matter?"
 
    She said, "I am going to see my young man."
 
    He replied, "Have you a young man?"
 
    "Oh yes I have," she replied.
 
    He asked her who he was and she replied "They call him Mr. HARRISON?" She said this twice over. She said no more, and he left her in the house. Never saw her after that till he saw her body at Workington Bridge Station.
 
    By Mr. PAISLEY: On the day he called at the house Lucy told him her grandmother was working at the church. Was working himself in the forenoon at the quarries. There was no person in the house but Lucy herself. Remained in the house for about twenty minutes. The second time he called Lucy was not in. Did not give evidence before the coroner. Knew that an inquest was being held on the body of his relative, Lucy SANDS. Did not mention what he had told to-day to Lucy's grandmother and aunt. The first person he mentioned the matter to was Mr. RENNICKS, when in Bridge Street. Mentioned it to the police the same day. That would be before last Saturday. Knew the inquiry was going on, but did not take the trouble to mention it to the police. Did not know the prisoner.
 
    Jessie NICHOLAS deposed that she was a dressmaker, and resided in High Street. Remembered the 1st of March, when she met HARRISON at the top of Wilson Street. She was in company of Harry MAINPRIZE. That was the day on which the body of Lucy Sands was found. Met HARRISON between Mrs. WAITE's and the shop of Mr. SMITH, the grocer. He asked her if she had been to see the body, and said, "I have been to see the bloody thing!" She replied, "Whoever did it ought to be punished."
 
 
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