MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE.
Mr. Freith, a Williamstown fisher- man, has handed to the police a bottle containing a piece of blotting
paper, found by him in the water off Williamstown. On examination the paper was found to have the following mes- sage:—"3rd December, 1908.—To My Dear Friends,—I am now putting an end to my weary. I am going off Port Melbourne pier. I am tired of life and ill-luck. So
good-bye from E. H. Hendreson, from Cardiff, Wales. I came from Cardiff. I
am a Swede by birth." The writing re- sembles that of a schoolboy, and the police have concluded that the affair il- lustrates a boy's' idea of a joke.