OBITUARY.--The relentless reaper has been amongst us again and removed from our midst another of the oldest residents in the town. On Thursday morning, after a protracted illness, Mrs. Hay, relict of the late Mr. J. Hay, of Gawler street, breathed her last. The deceased lady was rarely, if ever. for many years past seen beyond Gawler street in the block in which she lived, but she was highly respected by all who had formed her acquaintance. Mrs. Hay was 68 years of age, and 49 years of that time were spent in Portland. The funeral takes place to-morrow at the New Cemetery. THE DAww.-.WMe ar infarrmed that the Dawn is not expected to resume her connection with these ports until another three weeks have elapsed. On STATE SctiooL.-The same unsatis factory complaints relating to the local State school may still be made. There must be something radically wrong somewhere when it takes a couple of months to find a teacher qualified and willing to take the position of junior assistant in such a pleasant locality as Portland-that not a pupil teacher is eligible in the town-and that it takes years to fit.d a person with sufficient ability to teach singing and drawing, or any individual for each. The next thing we may expect is the removal of the whole staff. POLICE GoCnr.-The P.M1., Mr. M3'ormick, oio:lpied the Bench at the local Police Court yesterday morning. The only case set down for hearing was a civil action, Mrs. MIott v. W. Lander, claim for £3 13s board and lodging. Defendant did not appear. Plaintiff proved the indebtedness, and the Bench made an order for the amount with costs l s, in default distress. CoR?ESrornDsvcE.-~Ve have received another letter from 3Ir. C. A. Macan on the subject of Shire rating, but must decline to publish it. Our carrespondent has already been allowed unusual liberty on this question, and as his complaints appear to excite very little interest we are not justified in allowing the correspon dence to continue, particularly as person ,lities are being introduced. Goons SItErds.-So far as we are able to learn nothing ntew has Icclt done by the railway authorities in the matter of pro Tidi:og the goods sheds accommslrtodatiotn at the pier as promised. THE CA,,.t STarl:.-The Doailyl Tele gra/.L :ays work at thL Stocl:t5o mine was resumed on We lne-day, and c.,al has already been shipiel. Only one shift of men was working, but in a few days a second shift will be at work, and the outlput will he doubled. The cotm pany expects to work up at the rate of j0').11000 tons eor year. Sixteoen more tlliners, chielie Italians, canme from Sydney to-day, and were taken out to the Walls end tine under police protection, but no listurbance was made. Some of the delegates to the Miners' Association express the opinion that the lodges have
made a mistake in allowing the Stockton mine to resume work. The main points of the Stockton agreement, which has inlucel the district to allow that mine to be resumned, are tii.' price paid for hewing coal. Is _d per t:n when the sellirng price is 11_; and the a '!·. i t:ient `.f a board of cnci:ia:ian, ceo-i-tir;z of i i "e ! ,r.- :; -v :ru n- e m . _- t. e d. C. : c 'e d by th i' o,,wner, .1- i v.. ., tvo lv the n .e:, and ., . ? , o ir+s . , the CL..f Jou-': . .e : ,tn oun but were alw "- ;.ing to ' iie w i trk. r.in: out ,:, _ kL ~ t tLe Li l i:, r f :tLe 1u.:0n. T.:e as-oci I :nI1t-res s thS: tieyo wil not an. . It chi- a'gr-. ':; ent. a.,.raie it oe co t t :.ly ,t,* a et-?u,!:,: d of- ,. Ti.i- d,;: . ,t af,-" t:o, vn. whichb is wrkel in to ;:' i. e -e.. "1ft. aun I ft. Thfe im sters al- accept the board of c.onci:iati-n. They are making no ,idial -tate:ents, and re fus-' information until their meeting on the t.h. The b e r, o h. .,iini-on seems to i-: th,, there will be a s lit in the Coal. o -r. A,.'bc,:in --It i= stated that tl:e ;ork o f h,:,Binrg co.d 1 i:1 be resume.i a: (;eli-::f th- s?:ike cctinnues.--It is rel'-rte'l That tl.e , wN-st'e NWall-end Cell srv wsi.i c, mi.n:cce icntnediately to load t . o tor= of sma' coal which is rying at the pit's irccuth. The labourers to Le emplire I will w.,rk unler police protection. The Stockton Coiliery re sunmed work to-day with :? men. It is thought tihrt the iGreta. one of the largest non-a=saciated mines. will resume on the sanme con litions. The U nion men al pear very desirous of getting to w,.rk again. It is rumore I tn:,t the Delegate Board ill bring tlhe miners out of the Stockton mine again, in order to intro luace a fresh agreement. IlECEI tED. - We have roceivel Donaldson's " Investor's Gui!e," a monthly periodical hich furnishes a classified list of the various stock and share compnanies on the market, with the latest quotations for each. together with other informnatin -val?able to the in ve-tor. Fisu.-Griffiths and party haIl a forta nate haul kith their drawing seine on Wednesday evening. They lhaled their net bletween the two jetties and the re-nlt was some0 here about 1100 baskets of fair sized barracouta. The fih were despatched to distant markets by rail, where. the weatherbeirngcool, they should cotnrumand g.o,:d prices. It is peculiar that though daily trial; are made for these fish with the hook and line, the first captured for some months should be right itnshore. Net hauling has been ging on all the morning along the fore -i:cce between the new jetty and the baths, and with fair success, barraconts being the principal if not the only fish netted. We have not observed any of the boats out endeavoring to take 'oonts with the hook and line. The netting operations afforded a considerable fund of entertainment to visitors and others who had plenty of spare time at their disposal. TtIe SEcrs BILtn-The first petition presented to the Legislative Assembly regarding the Redistribution of Seats BIll was laid on the table on Wednes day. The petition was from the residents of the shire of Euroa, who represent: '1 That the boundaries of the pro pose- electorate of Goclburn Valley are inimical to the best interests of the shire o Eurosa, and that the lines laid drwn by the conference of Moira muni cilalities held in Melbourne, and pre enuted to the hlion. the Premier, be sub stituted therefore, as being more in sa cordance with the wishes of the peti t-t-nrs. 2. That as Euroa shire occupies the centre, and embraces more than one-half of the proposed newelectorate, the petitioners consider that the name should be - Etur-a.' " C'RISTIr as SUPPLE)?NET. - From the piubli-hcrs we have reeuiredl a specimen copy of the picture intendlel to be pre. sented to subcblers of the "Town and Country Journal" as a Christmas Supple meint. The picture. of which the or;gtnal is by Ellis Ilowat, an Aus tralian floral artist, is entit:ed "A Burnch of Australian Wi!dl Flowers," and is a sp'.endid example of the pitch of perfection to which color printing hals been brought. The flowers, most of which will be recognised by our readers, are beautifully brought out in their natural colors against a shadel back ground. The subject alone should make the picture a popular production, but independent of this its artistic merit will cause it to rank high in favor. Orders for the plate may be left at this office, where the specimen may also be seen. FtirrtnN, Is Toe;o LoAn.-A Daily Telegrophi cable states that a vessel whichi has arrived at Liverpool from Western Africa brings the news that an exnedi tion was landed from a British war vessel on the coast of Togo Lant, which forms part of the territory formerly distinguished as the Gold Coast, to inflict punishment on the natives for tile recent nmurder oi an English officer. Captain Dalrymphe. LThe expeditionary force met with a fierce resistance, during which 5300 natives were killed. Tir .. NELsoN. --This steamer is exvected to arrive this afternoon, and will sail again to-mtorrow mtorning. Two thousand members of cadet corps will go into camp at. Langwarrin oni Tues lday, ith October, under the charge of Colonel Brownrigg. S.S. Casio.-We are requested to notifv shi"ipers and pasengers :that, owitig to the i'tclenlency of the weatlier. the Casino did not leave Jlelliournei till inoon to-diay; she is, however, expected to arrive hero to-lnorrow afternoon, so as to Ioal.lo to leave agaiu fr lMelbourne, viia Port l'Fairy, thell same evening. 1 he agent informs us she has a large inward carivo for l'ortlauld. Next neck -hle will te sume hier usual sailing today, rio., leav ing Melbourne ftr P'ortlandl oni Thursdayl doots 31 inocr advertises twolbicycles for sale. 'Tlhere is an alteration in ii; land advertisements, some properties being withdrawn, and others ajdel to the list. Sel.ris to-night in the Garler street Iink. The fancy dlress carnivlal which takes place on Tuiesday night pronises to be very successful, as we are informed ont relisale authority that 50 at least will take part, and somne of the costumes promise to be immense. TIE rulinig quotation at the Warrnam. bool market for potatoes is 80s rer ton. The market is very dull,
'J'he tender of W. Rolech & Co., at £371, hau been accepted for works at Cape Nelson Lighthouse. Mlr."r.=. C.i'rracrzr .~An So?s A .D Co. an?ncoane thLit t .e, have been successful Ir Leri;:, 3I:. J..o. Irio;n to take charge .f ib;er Doilc arra woolWash. Mlr.rrsr:'.-It havin; been mentioned Iiý thla me t:i. tu,.zalrrow at Bridge. "w'0'er in; r.r"c -nice to recruiting for :h: mi:;.tia would be better at tenied if h. 1 i.? the evening, it has e.en decidel to alter the time previously i x ui,.:a to 7 p.m. lT is reprtel from Sydney that a i.aborer namred Charles Lawson. a native of Ger:Lmny, fell from a building in ernore of erection in George-street, on Mlonday, a distance of 70 feet. When picked up, his skull and both his thighs were fractured, and his bowels were pro truading. Death was instantaneous. RAILWar LzaocrL-The eommitte meet ing of the Portland District and Norad juha Railway League did not take place on Wednesday evening. A number of gentlemen were in attendance, but owing to some misunderstanding the Town Ilall was not open. However, it was of ;ittle consequence, as pending the return of the league's delegate there is no bai. ness of great importance to transact. AT a meeting of delegates from the different metropolitan brandhs .of the Australian Natives' Association held on T"es lay evening last, it was decided, in answer to a petition from Western Aus t ralia, to call a preliminary pnbicmeeting to ascertain the best steps to be taken towards promoting the attaiament of res'ponsible government for that colony, and which would add another link in the federation of the Australian colonies. At the same meeting it was also decided that special trains be engaged to carry members and friends of the A.N.A. to Melbourne on the 26th of January next (our national holiday), and pay a grand visit to the Exhibition on that date. Tar.sraessro.-All eattle and sheep found trespassing on block 345, parish of Mouzie, it is notified elsewhere will be impounded. Sarcanir's SILL-Mr. J. R. Woods will sell at his mart to-morrow a special lot of furniture, also sundries and a horse, saddle and bridle.