DEATH OF MR. E. A.
A SUDDEN ENDING
The Cairns correspondent of the "Towns ville Bulletin.'' telegraphing on the 8th in-
stant says: "News was received on Sun day of the death of Mr. E. A. Delisser
whose named body was found on Saturday on the bank of the Butcher's Creek, near Golds
borough, Upper Mulgrave. An examina tion showed that the deceased who was seventy one years of age, dropped dead of failure of the heart's action just as he was about to bathe. Mr. Delisser for some years past has been actively interested in the Walter Hodgson gold mine on the Up- per Mulgrave upon which mine a large sum of money has been expended. He was for- merly a lieutenant in H.M's 78th High- landers and was captain and adjutant, of the First Volunteer Force in South Austra-
lia, where he completed many important Government surveys. Later on he made both the preliminary and permanent survey for the Townsville Charters Towers rail
way and was afterward District Engineer of the Central Division. The deceased ex-
pected a sudden ending and left all his af fairs in thorough order. His body was buried near the mine, on a site he had pre viously selected."
Mr Delisser, says the "Bulletin" was an intrepid explorer, and his exploration of the Great Australian Bight is recorded in Australian history. His name is men-
tioned in Lord Roberts, "Forty Years
in India." in connection with an act of
great gallantry at Aden. A fanatic Arab,
armed with a huge knife attacked an un-
armed member of Lord Roberts' staff, when
Lieutenant Delisser rushed in between them, warded off the blow with his arm and seized the Arah, whom he disarmed. Lieutenant Delisser received a wound dur
ing his encounter which laid open his arm
from the elbow to near his wrist. With a
modesty characteristic of the deceased, he never voluntarily referred to this incident in his adventurous career, and when the
subject was brought up he always alluded
to the matter as "a little difference of
opinion which I had with an Arab at Aden." Mr. Delisser at one time took up on behalf of a South Australian syndicate in which he was heavily in islands near Port Essington Northern Ter- ritory. The venture which had for its ob ject the formation of a cattle station, was not a success. He was respected and ad- mired throughout the district for his pluck and endurance and amongst the aborigines from the Upper Russell down the Mulgrave to the Lower Russell River he was always referred to as "the old man." a term of which he was very proud.