ESTABLISI3ED 18?2.) With which Ie incorporated ?h e oroUtan( "irror, Pablished Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday Evening. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBIEIR 17, ISS1. OnrvAno.--Death, the great levellsr, has been bousy amongst us since last issue, and two of the best known and oldest residents have been called away. On Monday the mournful intelligence was circulated that Mr. G. Findlay had breathed his last. The news was not unexpected, but none the less it was received with the greatest regret by everybody. The deceased has been ill for upwards of 12 mouths, having been attacked by that fell malady consump tion, and all the medical skill available proved futile in arresting the progress of the disease. The sufferer gradually got weaker until he died ~ei ated on Monday about dinner time. The deceased lpoar a wife and family of four small children to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father. Mr, Findlay was only 33
years of age, and was one of our most pushing townsmen, being the seo.ior member of the contracting firm of G. and A. Findlay. The funeral took place to-day, when the remains of the deceased were followed to the South Cemetery by a large number of friends. IBut the shock occasioned by the death of one prominent citizen was destined to be soon intensified by the departure of another scarcely two days safter. This morning Mr. G. Bevan expired. As most of our readers are aware Mr. Bevan's general health has not been good for some length of time, and for the past month or six weeks he has been confined to his bed, having been unable to move, after letting his London Hotel property. into the private residence in which it was hoped by his many friends he would spend a good few years in retired ease. But Providence dictated otherwise. and somewhat unexpectedly the deceased breathed his last at an early hour this morning. Mr. G. Bevan was one of the most prominent figures in Portland history for the past 20 years, indeed his connection with the town dated back as far as '62. He first leased and subse- quently became proprietor of the London Hotel, and with a few years intermission has occupied the post of landlord ever since. The deceased was a thorough sportsman, and was an enthusiastic supporter of and active participator in (while he was able) sport of every kind. He occupied a seat at the Borough Coun- cil table on a number of occasions, and always evinced a desire for progressive movements. Beneath a somewhat rough manner beat a kindly heart, and the deceased's worst enemy was probably himself. In Mr. Bevan's death the Racing Club, the Horticultural Society and other institutions lose an active sup- porter and the town a good citizen. The funeral takes place on Friday. The deceased was 59 years of age, and although his death was not totally unex- pected the shock has been a severe one to many, and general sympathy is expressed for Mrs. Bevan in her sad affliction. S. S. NrL.sos.-This steamer leaves Melbourne to-day for Portland, and will sail on the return journey on Saturday morning. OUR WooL STrEAME.-The Gulf of Venice arrived at Hobson's Bay on Mon. day with a full cargo and fair number of passenger. She had a gaod run out under the command of Captain Thos. Ligertwood. The Venice after discharg ing her cargo at Williamstown proceeds to Sydney, and will then work her way back again completing her outward laud ing at this port for London direct. Woor.-This staple is commencing to arrive in something like decent quantity by rail, and most of the dumping machines are at work. By road very little has come to hand. Yesterday two large waggon loads were between this town and Heywood, and which were expected to arrive here this afternoon. We hear the first farmer's (or cockies as it is most commonly called) lot, consisting of about half-a-dozen bales, was brought into the town to-day. F csacsCL.-lBy our report of tihe Borough Council proceedings it will be seen that owing to no proposition being before the Council nothing was done in the matter of the refusal of the Council's bank to make any advance for progress payments on the new baths. The manager of the Union Bank, who had been interviewed by the Finance Committee, had submitted their proposals to the head office, from shich ho had received a reply but not in time to lay it formally before theCouncil. It was therefore decided that the sitting of the Council should be adjourned until 2 p.m. to-day to deal with this impor tant matter. The Council met as ar ranged this afternoon, when there were present the Mayor, and Crs. Woods, Trickey, Webb and Day. The letter from the Union Bank did not realise expectations. The bank would advance £1000 as a temporary accommodation against the security of the debentures provided their solicitor was satisfied as to the ability of the Council to give a legal lien over them mid so assure the bank of the validity of the security. A postscript was added to the effect that Mr. Lyne, the bank's solicitor, had been consulted and could not advise the bank to make the advance as he did not know whether the Council had taken the proper steps to authorise the loan. The writer suggested that Mr. Lyne be instructed to look into the matter before anything further was done. After some rather strong expressions of feeling it was decided to decline the proposals of the Union Bank. It was then moved and carried that the debentures be at once placed in the hands of Mr. C. E. Clarke, the Council's broker, to dispose of on the MIelbourno market. Other business dealt with was the decision as to what matters were to be brought before Sir James Lorimer, when the following list was adopted :-Iam bor Works, Gas for Gaol, Goods Sheds, Nelson Mail, Supreme Court Sittings, Government Buildings, IIenty Street Bridge. crane in Goods Sheds, Gleneig Bridge. It was arranged that the Mayor should, the Minister consenting, drive Sir James Lorimer and his party to the Cape Nelson Lighthlouse and other places of interest to-morrow. THE H Dcn STREnT RE IELsavE -The despoiler is again to enter the reserve and carry on the work of destruction com menced last year. for at the meeting of the Borosgh'Council last n;-'t .:lders were let for making a nu.'.. Ai paths in the reserve. We are glad to find at least one councillor has some idea of the beautiful, and regret his protest was not backed up to such an entent that at least those trees bordering on the surrounding fence might be spared theI destructive axe for at least a time. Cr. Webb's action in this matter is to be commended, and we believe all who take the trouble to compare the bareness near the entrance gates at IlIurd and Ilenty streets, and that opposite the town wells, with other portions of the enclosure will agree with him and us that the paths are not re quired if such apparent spoilation is to be continued all round. We are quite pre pared to admit some of the paths require making, and can only hope the work will not prove so objectionable when com pleted as there is reason to believe it will do at present. Mn. Try, one of the largest builders andl contracotous in Sydney has conceded (says the Age) the demand of the Car penters' Union, that owing to improved trads the rase of wages per day for car penters be restbred to the old standard of 10s. '
VISIT OF TI5 MItiSTER OF DEFENCE.C It is now tolerably certain that the Hon. t James Lorimer, Minister of Defence, will visit Portland to-morrow. The sus pension of cable communication for a few days aroused no suspicion this time, a and after a weary time of waiting we I may fairly expect to have the site of our t battery fixed and the work of its con struction proceeded with within a reason able period. The Minister will be accompanied by a strong patty of militasy notabilities, iucluding the officer corn manding the forces, Colonel Brownrigg, Colonel Walker, Major Rlhodes, and the Secretary of Defence, Commander Collins. The Tdegraph says :--"On Tuesday next the Minister for Defence a (Sir James Lorimer), accompanied by t Commander Collins, proceeds to Ballarat for the purpose of inspecting the orderly room in that city. On the following day t the Minister will go on to Portland, and t will be moet there by Colonel Brownrigg, Colonel Walker, and Major Rhodes. The object of this visit is to decide upon the nature of the armament of the Port land battery. A conference will be held by the military authorites afterinspection of the locality. It is possible that 80 pounder guns will be mounted there." At last night's meeting of the Borough Council a deputation was appointed to welcome Sir James Lorimer to Portland on behalf of the Council, The Minister arrives by to night's train, while the military commandant and others will come on from Port Fairy to-morrow morning. A Paerre Siour.-R-esident of and promenaders in Bentinck street yesterday morning witnessed a picture wortil travelling rome miles to see, The view of the bay with the rays of the sun glinting and sparkling on the wavelets caused by the breeze which was just sufficent to ruffle the water's surface was in itself a seascape such as an artist would love to transfer to the canvas, but add to this the score of fishing boats which danced to and fro, passing and repassing on every varying tack, and the scene derived an interesting beauty that even the most prosaic temperament could scarcely fail to appreciate. Better still there was a practical side to the picture. for we need hardly say that the boats were unintentionally attracting the ad miring gaze of those who were fortunate enough to view the scene; their crews were busily engaged in plying their vocation, and even from the street the observer could see the shining and struggling fish being drawn and deposited in the boat. It is some time since we had the pleasure of witnessing so much activity in the fishing industry, and again express the oft reiterated wish that the present measure of success will not be spasmodic, but will continue for such time as will make the calling more remunera tive than it has been of late. Frs.-lUpwards of a score of boats were engaged in berracouta fishing close in to the end of the pier yesterday. The fish, however, although there are plenty of them, do not bite freely, and the aver age catch per boat when they came to the pier at dinner time was about four baskets. We are not far out in stating that the aggregate catches during the morning would be 150 dozen fish. The exports of barracouta per rail on Monday and yesterday totalled 128 baskets. INsoLvENcY.-- The first general meet ing of creditors in the sequestrated es tates of James Henry Bell, William Bell, and hlenry Bell were held before the Chief Clerk, Mr. W. S. A. Ponsford, yesterday morning. It was found neces sary, however, to adjourn the meeting for a week. and this the Chief Clerk did. CArrLE YDnns.--W are pleased to draw special attention to one item that came before the Borough Council at last night's meeting, viz., the letter from the Railway Department conveying the intelligence that the erection of re ceiving yards for cattle at the Portland station had been approved by the Com missioners. We trust that no time will be lost in carrying the promise into effect, A Co.L FIxe.-There are many who hold the opinion that coal seams exist in the neighborhood of Portland. but we scarcely expected to find coal at the door of our publishing office. Such, however, was the discovery made yesterday morning when we came to busi ness, for on the steps leading to tthe editor's room reposed a piece of coal weighing some 12 or 151bs. Before re moving the coal a closer inspection was made and a label discovered bearing the inscription " Portland coal; light up the lamps." It being as before stated day light there was no immediate necessity for attention to the latter injunction, and as for the title given to the '" bottled light" thlat seemed rather suspicious, so that the " extraordinary" at first contemplated was deferred pending further developments. Later enquiries proved the wisdom of this prudesce, for we elicited that the coal was a specimenof that brought down from Moe (Gippsland) for use by the local railway engines, and left here by MIr. Johlnstone (who is an earlier bird than we) that its capabilities as fuel might be tested. This we will be haply to do when the tlhermometer becomes less ambitious. Three trucks of coal from Moe arrived here on Mon day and will be used in conjunction with wood for the present. OLOsE SEasONs Oa CnTfsrrIsu.--rhbe Committee appointed by the general meeting of the Portland Fishermen's Union, of Saturday last, met on Monday nighs at the Foresters' Hall, to consider the proposed alteration in the regulation with reference to female crayfish, when it sas unanimously carried that the IIon. HII. J. Wrixon should be communicated with on the subject, and that the Fisher men's Unions in the colony be also communicated with requesting their assistance in obtaining the appointment of a board by the Government to take evidence on the matter before any alterations in the present regulations are made. &.S. Dawn.-The repairs and renova tions to thlis vessel are nearing comple tion, and it is stated that she wall start running again in about ten days. She was to come out of dock for the last time to-day, so from that we may presume all tile repairs hiave been effected and the ship has now just to be refitted. H.ALF-DAY lARADE.-In connection with the expected visit of the military authorities to-morrow Major Foote, the Officer-commanding, has arranged for a half-day parade of the local battery. A lare number of names wereo given in on
Monday Light by those able and willing to attend, and an effort will be made to arrange for as many as possible of the remainder to be present. The men hare been requested to turn out as smartly and soldierliko as they can, and as there is little to complain of in this direction at any time an exceptional effort will be sure to result in making a strong and favorable impression on the visitors. We trust the promise of a large muoster will be Ibrne out, so that when Major Lot irter sees the fine body of men complrised iu the Portland Battery he will at once recog nise the de, ability of immediately placing a sni ..:" armament at their dis posal. The parad: falls in at 3 o'clock, and we trust evers man will be up to time. Dr.recE. McrTrets.-At the meeting of the Executive Council held yesterday the following orders in connection with the Defence department were confirmed : -Lieuts. Att. J. Meadows anl J. McShane transferred from the unattached list and appointed to the 2nd Battalion Infantry; II. Carrigan, engineer Naval Brigade to be engineer I'e:manent Naval Forces; the commission of Lieut. C. Ii. Stewart confirmed: Captain It. Vicars Foote to be major commanding the Port land Battery. The Ist and 2nd Brigades Garrison Artillery have been abolished, and formed into the separate corps of Geelong, South Grant, North Melbourne, Port Fairn, \ arrnambool, Williamnstown, Harbor Trust and Portland. We con gratulate Major Foote on his promotion, and the men attached to the Portland Militia corps on having once more a Major in command. CAULFIELD Cut'P.-The following are the acceptances :-honeydew 9st, Cardi gan Fost 121b, Enfilade 8st 71b, Bravo 8st 71b. Spade Guinea S:t 71b, Stanley Set 5lb, Dividend 8st 31b, Dick Swiveller Sst. Lord HIeadington 7st 91b, Lara 7st 91b. Pakeha 7st Slb, Touch stone 7st Gib, The Charmer Tst tlb, Aglaos 7st 5!b, Chicago 7st 41b, Tra. dition 7st 41b, Maggie Tot 41b, New master Tat 21b, Plutarch 7st 2lb, Both well 7st 11b, King of the WVet 7st, Victory 7st, Sorella Gst llbn, Menotti, Ge6st 101b, Crown Brand 6st 101b, Lockley Gst 91b, Rouge-et.Noir fist Sib. A.O.F.-The quarterly meeting of United Portland District, A.O.F., was held on Friday, 12th inst., at the Foresters' Hall, Gawler street, for the nomination of officers, &c., for the year, with the following result : -1).C.R., Bro. 11. Goldsmith; D.S.C.R., Bro. C. Cathels ; D.I., Bro. T. J. Ward; D.S., Bro. C. Trickey: D.B.. B ro. P. Goldsmith. The funds for the whole district are now over £8,000 and the members on the roll 465. SroRTo.-Our readers will be pleased to see that the Council having agreed to apply for a pub!ic holiday on November 19, the Portland Public Band has de cided to hold athletic sports on that date. Full particulars are promise I in our next. PosTPONED.-A public meeting was to have been held by the W.C.T. Union in the Baptist Chapel on the 15th but has been postponed, owing to the absence of Mr. 1'ettifer. Mr. Pettifer will give the continuation of his lecture. ' The Early Days of the Gold Fields," There will also be music, readings, &c. Particulars will be advertised next week. Anoxcsr the lprovisions in tile Amend. ing Act for the Protection of Game, now before Parliament, is the following. From and after 19th December, 188I , no fireartms exceedinig the size and bore of those commonly known as No. 10 shall be used or kept for the purpose of being used to kill or capture or destroy game or native game, and no firearms of any description whatever used or intended to be used for such purpose shall be at the time of discharging aflixed to any boat, raft, vessel, truck, or vehicle of any kind. Any person violating the provisions of this Act shall be liable on conviction thereof to a penalty not exceeding £20. Ptne STocK.-By the recent trip of the steamship Casino from Melbourne a consignment of pure Berkshire pigs was received, intended for the Oakbank Estate, IIeywood. These animals are of the celebrated Angus strain, and it is doubtful whether any previous shipment has equalled them for quality and breed. ing. They were evidently none the worse for their trip, and when lauded were safely styed at tile Gordon, where they were interviewed by many admirers of high class stock, In an article pub. lished in this journal some months ago the grand quality of the Oakbank Berk shire herd was referred to, and the present addition should make it second to none in the district. Yesterday the pigs were safely delivered at Oakbaunk. TIHE COAL Srnatr.-A Sydney Telb gram says :-Regarding thie South Bulli strike it is stated that owing to tie position of thie proprietors in the matters of contracts the men must either accept the termsoffered or wait till thie New castle strike ends. The company does not lose the contracts which will be re sumed when the strike ends, and say they have nothing to gain or loose by it. It is not yet known whether the ballot is in favor of a strike at Bulli. No further arrests Ihave been made at Wallsend. This morning railway chairs were found on thie line over which the special carrying the manager and officials were to hare travelled, but the latter did not leave tile mine where they were camped all aight. Ar a meeting of the Cabinet on Friday the Ministry had under consideration the obstrucotionist tactics adopted by the Op position in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday evening. Gome of tile Govern ment supporters have urged the rcvision of the rules of procedure, so as to miake it imupossible for a memnber on frivolous pretexts to waste whole sittings of the House. Others have advised another caucus. After a general discussion on thie situation, it was resolved to press forward the Redistribution of Seats Bill next week before all other business, and to wait further developments before at tempting amendment of the standing orders. TAILORING.--MIr. Catchplo is now in Portland and may be intn-erviewed at the Richmond Hotol.-:Anvr.] A FEW days ago, at Tamworth, a young man named Arthur Coulton who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to two years' inprisoninent for shooting his step.father. The reason was that the latter had seduced Coulton's sister. A number of sympathisers are preparing a petition to the Governor for his release
ACCOUnTS await payment at the Local Receipt and Pay Office this morning for J. C. P. Allnutt, H. E. Brewer, Camp bell and Sons, D. Gorrie, E. Nulty, H. Rosenbloom, H. Steveas, J. Lindsey, G. Aldridge, T. J. Denbow, J. Boyle, W., G. Grant, Isabel Jolnson, It. Lighthody, j. Pettit. A. Pitts, J. IIatherill, A. Cow. land. STRAY STOCK.-The following appeared in Saturdays lHerald and as it will interest many we give it ,ull!iciy in our colmns : WV. II. B. writes:- Nearly two months ago I had a colt come into my paddock. I have advertised it in most of the lead ing papers, and in the Gorerament Gazeate. Shall I do right in selling him. I have no use for him, and am now paying 2s Cd per week for his grazing ? Answer. Your proper course is to send the colt to the nearest pound, and it will there bo sold, unless claimed and expenses paid. You have no right to sell the animal yourself ; and, strictly speak. ing, should have sent him to the pound long ago. The trespass and agistment rates will be charged on your behalf by the poundkeeper, and deducted for you out of the proceeds of the sale. Sprnic; novelties are now being shown at " The New Lead "' in all departments, and are marked at prices which astonish everybody. A splendid assortment of all the latest styles; zephyr and ancond cloths, and other dress fabrics in plain, striped and checked ladies' mantles, visetes, short jackets at Melbourne prices, The assigned stock of boots and shoes recently bought at a big discount will be re-marked by Saturday next at clearing prices. Ncte the address-W. J. Fraser's " SNew Lead" Gash Drapery and Boot Warehouse.