DEATH OF AN OLD COLONIST.
A very old resident of this dis- trict, in the person of Mr. Samuel Keen, passed away early yesterday morning at his residence in Station- street. The deceased gentleman, who was highly respected, had resided in Hamilton for the past 61 years. He was born at Tamworth, in the coun- ty of Stafford, England, in the year 1846, and came to this country in the sailing ship Helen with his par- ents at the early age of six years, arriving at Portland. In the follow- ing year they came to Hamilton with a bullock wagon for a conveyance, as trains were prac- tically unknown. Mr. Keen was al- ways at his best when telling of his early experiences, and many were the friends gained by his kindly and genial disposition. He leave a wi- dow and a large family, for whom the deepest sympathy is expressed.