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0B1TDARY.

MR JAMES COWBM,.

After a residence of almost sixty years in Victoria, the greater por tion being spent in and around Mortlake, Mr. James Cowell, of Webster-street, passed peacefully away to that bourne from whence no traveller returns early on Sun day morning. For a very lengthy period deceased had been in failing health, and for the past few months his condition was critical. There fore his passing was not unexpect ed, but nevertheless deeply de plored. Mr. Cowell was one of those sturdy band of pioneers that did so mnch for the development of this and other parts of the State. He was the soul of honour; his word was his bond, and rather than go back on an agreement would suffer undue losses. Un fortunately too few of Mr. Cowell's type are to be found in our midst to-day. As far back as 1868 Mr. Cowell was in business in Mort lake, when he conducted a butcher ing establishment. After dispos ing of the business he became a road contractor to the Shire of Mortlake, being one of the-Shire's principal contractors for many years. About five years ago he severed his connection with the Shire and retired to enjoy the re mainder of his life .in ease and comfort—a fitting reward to a life well spent, Mr. Cowell, at the time of his death was 79 years. He was born at Fulborn, Cam

bridgeshire, England, and through- j

out his life was ever proud of the

fact that he was an Englishman, j The seeds-of patriotism were deep-' ly implanted in him, and those

patriotic ideals which he so deeply ] cherished have been worthily in-' lierited and exemplified by the fact that three of his sons responded to the call of empire when the clarion appeal for men was sounded. One of the , three, sons'—Pte, Harry Cowell—made the supreme sacrifice at Gallipoli, and whilst the loss of that brave son was a severe blow to the aged parents, yet they bore . their cross of burden with true j christian fortitude. The sympathy . of a wide circle of friends gdes out i to the bereaved widow and sorrow-1 ing sous and daughters in their: heavy loss. I

The funeral obsequies took place

on Monday afternoon at the Mort-; lake Cemetery, and was largely at-!

tended. Rev. T. Cole read the beautiful service of the Church of

England at the house and grave-; side. Mr. W. Christian carried , out the mortuary arrangements. i

By the last English mail, to hand | on Thursday, a letter was received j from Rev. F. W. Rolland (former ly of Noorat), at present on active service with the Australians in France, in the capacity of Chap lain. in which he says : "Your readers will be interested to know that in one battalion (the ,)

are quite a number of Western Dis- I

trict boys, as the following list will show :—Two Fishers from Cam perdown ; Chas. Parker, Caniper dowri ; A. Simmonds, Camper down ; J. Boyd, Camperdown ; R. Carmody, Camperdown ; S. Par ker, Camperdown ; W. G. Patter son, Noorat; W. Primrose, Noorat; J. Casey, Noorat ; C. Clifford, Kolora ; C, Stewart, Terang ; W. Porter, Terang ; M. T. AI'Lennan, The Sisters ; W. J. Baird," Garvoc ; M. Somerville, formerly of Garvoc ; J. Cullen, M'Kinuon's Bridge ; J. Bamford, Gnotuk ; A. C. Cust, Weerite ; R.J. M'Garvie, Pombor neit : J. Tomlinsou, Ballangeich ; — Pollock, Framlinghatn ; — Vaughan, Noorat ; Swain, Kolora.

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