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LOCAL POLICE COURTS.

J GOOD TEMPERS' SOIREE AT…

BOARDS OF GUARDIANS.

CUPID IN THE WORKHOUSE.

(A VISIT TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.

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A REMARKABLE NORTH COUNTRY STORY The little school at Blawith, near Ulverston, is los- in Mr Walker, a master whose remarkable career is one one which is worthy of being more widely known. Wonderful Walker," as he is spoken of amongst a wide number of friends, now retires from his pest after thirty-three years' service rendered under quite exceptional circumstances. He was born at Bucxeaidc, a village in Westmoreland, in 1831, and when he be- came old enough to go to school he was such a con. firmed truant that his parents, despariug of persuad- ing him to attend regularly, sent him to work at a paper mill. He was unfortunate enough to have his bands so severely crushed in a calendaring machine that they were both amputated. Mr Walker was then twelve vears of age, and when his arms were healed he was sent back to school, though at that time he had no intention of paying much heed to his lessons. Seeing the other boyPl writing, howevsr, the desire came upon him to try also, and he avked a comrade to tie a penholder to his arm. Hepractiecd in this manner uutil he could write legibly. Ilo now learned to write holding the pen with both arms, and became an expert penman. When eighteen ye,rs of age he was assisting the master in his scbo)1. and subsequently be opened a school of his own. commenc- ing with sixteen pupils. Seven years afterwards, when he left he had an attendance of 120. Mr Walker now took charge of Blawith Schooi, near Coniston Lake. While here he married, and after he had been in charge of the school eight years he made efforts to hare hi-i salary, 13s a week, iucreased. The school was placed under the control of tha Depart- ment, and Mr Walker obtained htscertificate. He also h 'lis titt Bishops' Certificate for Scripture, and when drawing was also made compuUory, he obtained "good" for freehand and "excellent" for mo iel. Riø school has always done weil at the ex- aminations, and his former pupils now hoid positions of responsibility as vioar. curates, teachers, tnanag- agers of mills, Ae. Mr Walker has been choirmas- ter at Blawith Church for many years, nor did he allow the result of his accident to prevent him tak. inir an active part in various sport*. Hewas an ex- cellent cricketer and only once missed a catch when fielding, and on that occassion paid the penalty with • black eye. In reeent years Mr Walker h is taken to fishing, and is known as one of the beit anglers en the River Crake. A few months ago he had a Hpri. .118 illness and WM led to resign. A pension was granted, and we think our readers will agree he thoroughly deserves one. And now after hard work in school, and having brought up a large family, he spends his well-earned rest on the banks of the Crake sketching and fishing.

A REMARKABLE NORTH COUNTRY…

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