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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.