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ESTABLISI-IED 1842.) With which is tacorp?ated ite gortuand Mtirror. Publshed Every . Monday, Wednesday and Fridar Evening. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 1S89. WVEATrurE.-The experience during the past few uays has been delightfully cool sad pleasant, atmospheric conditionsa that
cannot fail to be appreciated by the numerous vi-itors now in the town, many of whom have doubtless come from warm inland districts. Onotrvnv.-The news was received here this morning that Mr, Francis Henty had expired at his residence. in Melbourne, after a someibhat brief illness. The deceased gentleman is por sonally known to many of our readers and by repute to almost every colonist as one of the pioneers of settlement in Victoria. Ii is 54 years last December 14 since Mr. Francis tlonty landed in Port land. having arrived about a month subsequent to his brother, the late Edward Ilenty. lie therefore spent many years in Portland but did not seem disposed to keep up old associntians as his visits to the town of late years have been few and far between. The deceased, however, at the time of his death owned some amount of property in the town and district, but his chief interest lay further inland at Merino, where he owned the well-known " Merino Downs" Station. Mr. HInty though he did not perontally visit the town often did not forget it altogether, but by means of donations to any deserving cause brought under his notice kept the name so inseparably con nested with the colony generally and Portltnd in particular before the people of this town. One by one the pioneers are passing away and soon there will be no living link connecting the present with the earliest days of the colony. But in the order of things mundane this is but natbrra'alid we can only record our tribute of respect to the memory of those who led the way to shores on which a mighty nation is fast springing into existence, and who are spared to see thi well on the way to be accomplished, before going down to their graves full of years and honor. SKATI?o.--Portland streets were even more than usually animated just before the mail delivery last evening. Hand bills had been distributed during the day to the effect that in connection with the skating exhibition the same evening a procession would march from the Limb Hotel. At about half-past seven the Portland hand started from the place mentioned, and were followed by half a dozen juveniles bearing advertising banners, Professor Wyman bringing up the rear on a bicycle. and by means of every descripticn (of buffoonery attracting the public attention. The end in view was well served for the rink was fairly filled, there being fully 200 present. The major part of the exhibition again fell on Professor Wyman's shoulders, though from the handbills the public were led to believe that Miss Roberts' skating would be the piece de resistance of the evening. That young lady certainly did appear fir a few minutes in conjunction with the Professor. when some very graceful movements that much pleased the specta tors were performed, but as stated before the greater part of the exhibition de volved on the Professor who repeated his former feats in his usual clever style. It is announced that a grand concluding performance will be given this evening. A bhesArtIOAL PLcrrE.-Consider. able excitement was caused on the Moorabool street (Geelong) wharf on Monday just after the steamer Edina had cast off on the return journey to Mel bourne. A man who desired to enjoy the trir rushed on to the pier a few seconds too late, the vessel being then about one hundred yards from the wharf. This did not daunt the man, who in his anxiety to proceed to the metropolis did not count the danger, for he plunged into the Bay and swam after the steamer. Several boats were lowered from various vessels as soon as possible, and the agitation of the spectators waxed great in consequence of the danger of a shark appearing on the scene. After a chase of about 130 yards one of the rowing boats overtook the foolish fellow, who was conveyed back to the wharf, not, how ever, without a struggle, for he expressed great regret at not being allowed to pursue the steamer. Tlsnen.-Forty-three trucks of the timnber landed from the Alfred Hawley have now been despatched to Hamilton by special and ordinary trains. There are now under 1000 sleepers to be dis charged. S.S. Jo?.Ix Peucv.-This steamer leaves Melbourne to-night for the Wes tern Ports and will sail from Portlani for Melbourne again on Friday morning. Goons Tn.ua.-We have frequently urged in these columns the desirability, amounting frequently to absolute neces sity of running an ordinary goods train on this line as far as Ararat. So far the efforts put forth have been fruitless, this being in a great measure due to their not being seconded by those most interested. The very fact of the number of special trains required for some months past proves the reasonableness of our request and strength of the arguments used in pressing it, and there is great p:obability for some months to come of these specils in the absence of regular arrangements being required at frequent intervals. But if our Myamyn correspondent speaks with authority the department has at last come to recognise that independent of the public convenience an ordinary goods, train can be run in conformity with "comnmercial principles," and have decided to try the experiment--though it can scarcely be called such in view of the fact that the arrange ment is merely supplying a long existent demand-for four days a werek. Tihe train will probably eventually be come a daily institution, for we are sanguline that the department will not require even on economic grounds to discontinue it and certainly hopr tl,* ' no other reason than that t:. : proved to be unnecessary w, .....- be done. PonTLAsN FaEr L nIB .x-Tnoe annnal general meeting of subscribers will be held in the Reading Room on Friday, 25th inst. Monr TRounLE BREwIc,.-Admiral Fairfax, who is at present in New Zea land, has cabled to Lieutenant Richards, the officer commanding the Queensland gunboat. Palumab, intructing him to proceed with his vessel to Sydney. The Brisbane Government, which has not been consulted, object to allow the ressel to leave the colony, The Chief Secre. tary is absent at Dalveen, but will immediately consider the question on his return. The Palumah has hitherto been used fot Admiralty purposes in surney. ing the coast and Queensland waters but the colony sharems in the cost of the work.
A BOLT.-On Monday a bolt occurred at least it was primarily so, but before the runaway had proceeded far his moderate rate of progress and uncon cerned demeanor gave none of those ex citing sensations that such occurrences usually rorse in the breasts of spectators. Messrs. W, Tulloh and Co's. horse and delivery waggon were standing in the firm's yard when the animal, probably disturbed by flies, made off outside the gates and down Julia street. He then turned into Bentinck street towards the Catholic Church, turned again down the jetty cutting and was on his way out the opposite end when he was stopped without difficulty by a telegraph messenger. Indeed the horse after the first impulse appears to have settled down as though the driver was aboard, and not the slighest damage was done. There was not wanting a comic element in the incident. A local painter who before has been precipitated from a ladder by a runaway horse happened to be again aloft in the street down which the horse alluded to above made his vway, but on this occasion our painter quickly scrambled from his ladder on to the roof of the building, which there was little fear would fall with the concussion of a waggon. BISHroP ''EnnEn, of Brisbane, who left London on Saturday in the Austral for Australia, said, before leaving Eng land, that in all probability Australia will. in half a century, outstrip England in importance. MOONEE VALLEY RACES.-Tuesday's meet at Moonee Valley resulted as under: -Mornington Handicap-Mortavis 1, Milly 2, Rosebud 3. Selling Hurdles Pan 1, Bushman 2, Partner 2. Sorrento Handicap-Pride of the Lake 1, Eva 2, Glengarrie 3. Dromana Handicap-The Jewess and Creamie dead heat, Master Gus 3. Selling Race--Iona , Miss Jessie 2, Lady's Maid 3. TuE " PORTLAND." - Mo0st f our readers remember the good fishing yawl Portland, built by the late Mr. J. Pill, and sold soon after her launching to a fishing firm, if we remember rightly, along the coast. Since that time we have heard nothing of the Portland, but she has now turned up under most favorable circumstances. The Portland has fallen into good hands, those of a gentleman who has discovered that she has capa bilities beyond the ordinary run of fishing boats and having the means to practically follow out his ideas is fitting the late Portland, now Springbock, out regardless of expense, the sum of £1u00 being the amount it is estimated the cabins and other details to be undertaken will cost. Then the proprietor, Mr. Bell (a wealthy gentleman of Port Albert, who has a hobby for yachting), intends taking a trip to England in the Springbock, or PIortland as she will always be to us, and we are sure that well and trully built as she is the old boat will fully vindicate the wisdom of her owner's choice to voyage across the ocean in her, if he has made up his mind to do so in that description of craft. It will further please our nautical readers to learn that there is a great probability of Mr. Bell putting in here with the boat; we will all be proud to see her again. It may be mentioned that a counter stern has been fitted to the craft, and this greatly improves her appearance. Our information is from a private source and the gentleman from whom it came writes thus in concluding his remarks :-" After all Portland can produce something." SIt HENRY PARKES, the Premier of New South Wales, told a Melbourno audience at the festive board the other day, that he claimed to be the oldest Victorian at the table. IIe was a citizen of Victoria before Sir James MeBain, and he was a citizen of Victoria long before .Mr. Gillies had left his native home. He wandered about St. Kilda when there were only three lhoues there ; he stood where Port Melbourne now stood when its only inhabitants were peli cans; he wandered through the bush where the mazes of the Fitzroy gardens now enchanted the visitor, and he sailed down the Yarra when it was a pure un polluted stream. lie was in the streets of Melbourne when the town indulged in boisterous demonstrations on the receipt of the news of its new constitution. Fully 43 years ago be had a business in Geelong, which at that time was known as the Pivot of Victoria and was looked upon as the future metropolis. REcErnED. - We have to hand the Wimmera Star Almanac and Directory for 1889, which is as usual a useful pub lication, particularly to inhabitants of the district. The Australasian Sketches for January is also to hand. T['he major part of the engravings are typical of Astramlian life more or less fanciful. A good idea is gathered of the magnitude of the metropolitan railway system by a double page view of the Spencer street terminus. A hot day in town gives a Portlander a sensation of fatigue, as here on hot? days instead of reclining under trees in hammocks drinking iced liquors our people play tennis and skate. The number altogether is a good one. We have also received the Port Fairy Gazette sheet almanac for 1889. A STRAx.o CAsE.-An extraordinary repiort was received from Wentworth on Wednesday (says the Tcrang Observerr.) It appears that a man named Robert Stewart was drowned at Golgol, 25 miles from Wentworth, on December29, and the-body wos recovered the next day. The district coroner, Mr. WY. 1. Holding, did not hold an inquest until Monday, 7ith January, when the inquiry was conducted with closed doors, the press being ex eluded. The medical examination of the body was made, and after thj case had closed, but before the Court rose, two witnesses desired to give evidence, pointing to suspicion of violence, the face of the deceased having been dis. figured, as if by a blow from a bottle. The deceased and a man named Reilly had crossed the river in a boat, and were returning when Reilly alleges that the boat capsized and :he deceased was drowned. Reilly made soveral contra dictory statements. The boat was found right side up. The people of GOolgol were indignant, and they met and passed a resolution to the effect that the Minis ter of Justice be asked to remove Mr. Holding from his position as coroner. Bowrsv. - Considerable interest is shown in this game, as may be seen by the large attendance on the local green any ordinary afternoon. A martch has been arranged between the Hamilton and
Portland Clubs, to be played on the green of the former on Wednesday (to-day), when the Portland Club will be represented by Messers, Hanlon, Rose, Bennett, Campbell, Lyue, Criohton, Henry, Mclnnes, and Spence. Emergencies Messrs. Nicholls and Brown. The first drawing for the club's champion medal appears in another portion of our present issue. The team left by this morning's train and were the same as given above, with the exception that Mr. l'ettifer took Mr. Spence's place. MR. J.tAMts WVlrT's two clts, foaled to English time, and entered for the Two Thousand Guineas, 1 'rby, and St. Legcr, of wlNO. will be sh' 1 to England by the Orient moil , .r " Orizaba during the second week of Fei-nary. At that time they will race as tro-year-olds in England, and will have over a year in the old country for acclimatisation and work, prior to the first of their engagements in the great classic races. The brothers to Cranbrook and Acme will leave for the long sea voyage with best wishes for their success at Newmarket, Epsom, and Doncaster. Lord Dudley's wager of £1to.000 to £100, with Lord Carrington, that Mr. White does not win a Deorby in ten years with a colt of his own breed ing, will also be brought to a practical test within a year from next May. As accident occurred on the Hopkins road on Sunday morning, which was (reports the Ararat Advertiser) sur ronnnded by circumstances of a very unusual character. A Mr. Brennan, an employe of the railway department in charge of a gate about iour miles from the town, on the Hamilton railway line, had driven in to early mass at the Roman Catholic Chapel with his wife and son, and the party was returning and had reached the hill at Colling's paddock when the son drew attention to a smell of fire, remarking that the axle must have run hot. Mr. Brennan at once got out, when he found that the back of his wife's dress was in flames. He lifted her from the vehicle, and taking off his coat he wrapped it around her. endeavoring to smother the flames, but finding his efforts ineffectual he threw her down and tore the burning clothes off her. A shawl had been thrown over the seat of the cart and this had by some means cauglht fire, but as no one had been smoking it is difficult to account for the origin of the flames, unless a match had been lying on the floor of the cart and had been ignited by the pressure of some one's foot. A fresh breeze was blowing in a direction opposite to which the vehicle was pro ceeding, and consequently the flames had spread right up the back of the unfortu nate woman's dress before they were observed. She was brought to the Ararat Hospital. when it was found that she was extensively burned about the limbs and the lower portion of the back. and she is now lying in a critical condition. IIur husband was badly burned absut the hands, his finger nails even being con sumed, and he will be incapacitated from work for some time. TnE STrr.?rn Gulf of Guinea is ashore ;n Sydney Harbour. A respectablc-looking little boy, who apdeared and cnnducted himself as if he had had a decent bringing up, was the Herald says, before the City Court on Tuesday morning on a charge of being a neglected child. The boy's story was that he lived in Castlemaine, and that his father turned him out to make his own way in the world by himself. When found he had a small valise with a few clean articles of clothing in it, and a shilling or two of money on him. The boy's lips trembled and his eyes filled with tears as he told the story. lie was remanded to the Reformatory school till the police could inquire into tile story. No less than 22 fresh cases of typhoid feve: were reported to the Central Board of Health to-day. SOCIAL.-We understand that those who partook of tile hospitality of the captain of the Thyatira on board the ship a short time since give a return social in tile new Orderly room to-morrow evening, to which a large number of invitations have been issued, We (Gazetie) learn privately that there is every probability of the Railway De. partment making Port Fairy a coaling station. Accorm.zrs.-The quarterly accounts in connection with the Guardian office having been issued those indebted are respectfully requested to give them early attention, and as a personal application for the amounts is impossible those who have received their accounts will oblige by remitting as early as possible. MIrLtTrra.--On Monday night the men of the local militia were marched up the street and indulged in various evolutions. The band accompanied the battery and Mr. Jarrett's pupils acquitted themselves very well, showing a great improvement since their previous appear ance in public. SvCnnmE DrATH.- A remarkably sad. den death took place on Sunday last in the neighborhood of Killarney (reports the Port Fairy Gaz:tel.) A well.known fiarmer named William Ferguson (a brother of J. Ferguson, who owns a anag farnml in the Blackwoods, Port Fairy) ap. peared to be in good health. On Sunday morning he took a walk on to the beach at Armstrong's Bay, a practice he often indulged in, and returned home again, Shortly afterwards he became seriously ill, having taken a fit, and in a few minutes died. ])r. Jennyn was sent for, and after examining deceased, certified that death was caused from natural causes. The deceased was 55l years of age, was in tolerably good circumstances, and was muchl respected. lhe had many years ago lost his left hand, but had an iron book, and with which he could utilise that arm. The late Mr. Ferguson was in Port Fairy on business a few days ago, and was apparently in perfect health. T'e thermometer at Echuca on Mon. day was 111 in the shade. AFTER the late heavy rains thie Wan non rose almost bank high, and raised the Gilenelg below the junction six or seven feet. Last week the joint stream fell more than three feet. VERRI BE IBRRItATION SCIIE)IE, Doubtless some of our readers read the prospectus of a company denominated the Werribee Irrigation and Investment Gompany, which was floated a short time ago with a capital of £250,000, the first issue of shares being 100,000, which were bought up eagerly. The trust has ao quired 1450 acres of land with a front. age of three orloar milhs to the Werribse
and this land is to be irrigated under the direction of the Messrs. Chaffey, who have a large interest in the undertak. ing. The prospects are considered to be highly encouraging, and the pumping plant is expected to arrive in March. The land promises to do well under irri gation, and already channels have been cut and weirs prepared. It is the present intention to subdivide and sell as soon as the irrigation works are fairly started, and it is thought the land will be eagerly sought after in small lots, particularly by market gardeners who erstwhile flourished in Brighton and other metropolitan suburbs, but whose occupation (or the moans of following it) is gone since the voracious land boom which has swallowed up every available foot of land. One at least of our townsmen has an important interest in the company, and we trust investors will reap a fair profit as the fruits of their foresight. Mn. II. WrLrrseoN, of Ararat, re. quires a furnished house for a few weeks. THE Ararat Advertiser tells us that a large number of men are now employed on the earthworks for the Ararat and Avoca railway, and at the first cutting from the town, at the Flint Hell, already a good show is being made. There are three camps on the line, one at the Flint, the next at Three-Mile Creek, and the third at Mooney's Gap. At the latter place the line has been cleared of timber, and a start made at the aarthworks. In consequence of the extremely hot weather a few men ceased work on Saturday at Flint lill, but labor seems abundant, and the works are being pushed on with much vigor. IRRIGATION is probably carried on most carefully and extensively in India. A recent official report shows that in the Province of Ponajaub there were, at the close of last year, 3,770 miles of main canal and 5675 miles of distributing ditches, which served to irrigate about two million acres of land. The crops taken from this area last year were nearly equal in value to the entire cost of the irriagting system. Three of the main canals are nearly 700 miles long. One is 526 miles long, and three others are over 200 miles in length. The system is anrder Government auspices, and returns a net profit of 2. per cent. on its coot, and a greater profit is expected when the system is completed. One hundred miles of main canal and a thousand miles of distributing ditches are now under construction, and more are contemplated. Nearly half the irrigated area was last year planted in wheat. A DAnINo BcrcLrstr.-Mr. F. E. Stevens, the bicyclist who travelled round the world on his machine, has undertaken another sensational trip. This time he intends to visit Central Africa on his bicycle, with the view of finding Emin Pasha and Mr. II. M. Stanley. Tae Mount Alexander Mail remarks: -" Tyhoid fever is as rampant as ever in this district, but it is noticeable that the mijarity of patients under treatment hero contracted the disease in other parts of the colony. The heat here is intense. On Thursday the thermometer registered 104deg. in the shade." Tus Meredith correspondent of the Geelong Advertiser writes:-" A spark from the engine drawing the mid-day train on Thursday set fire to the grass on the racecourse paddock. Fortunately it was noticed early, and willing hands set vigorously to work and stayed its progress, but not before about 12 acres of grass were destroyed. A strong north wind was blowing at the time, and it was feared we were going to have a repetition of the fire that occurred on Boxing Day. It seems strange that the Railway Department, with all its ingennity, cannot devise or invent a spark-catcher, so that people living near railway lines lines need not always be dreading the outbreak of fires in summer." Tiee PoTATo M31asgr.-The Gazette tells us that the potato market at Port Fairy was quieter yesterday as regards the price, but the Steam Packet Wharf yard was all bustle and excitement. All available space was taken up with farmers' drays laden with potatoes, the recent high prices which had been paid having started growers to bring in produce fit for market as rapidly as possibly. The representatives of the various metropolitan and Sydney firms had received instructions from their principals as to the tone of the market and consequently could net go beyond £5 per ton. The farmers as a rule were not prepared for a fall of 50 per cent. in a few days and in onsequnence were somewhat disappointed. However, during the day a fair quantity was par chased. The general price paid was up to £3 per ton. The Casino took away yesterday evening 1600 bags for the Melbourne market. A TrELE;n.iAM from Bnrisbane says:- "Hans HIansen Wieland, a carrier, has been arrested for murdering his son, aged nine years, by beating him to death with a horsewhip on the night of the 4th inst., three miles outside Port Douglas." A FANArICAL Salvation Army woman has got into trouble in New South Wales for searing her son's head with a red hot fork "' in order to get at his little con science," the lad having stoles some money. She said she had marked the boy in the same way as the "Iord did Cain," and the iBench marked their dise approbation of the proceeding by sending her to gaol for four months. A Io.r containing a fishing party (says an Auckland telegram) was cap sized at Pourere, lHawkes Iay. T'woof the party, Mr. Dixon, the managerof the Poure run, and 31r. Kennedy, a black smith, were drowned. The former, a powerful swimmer, reached the shore, but seeing Kennedy drowning he swam out again. Kennedy cnlutched hint, and both sank and were drowned. SA.snoURsT.- The follos-ng description (says the Bendigo Adrertiser) oEf a hail stormn which took place recen:ly is given by Mr. George Murray. of Merival, in a letter to his father in Ssndhurst, an extract from which we copy :--"Ahat three weeks ago I encountered the heaviest hailstorm it has ever been my lotto experience. I was out near the main range mustering when the sky commenced to get very black, and in less than half an hour from the time thunder was first heard, the stormn was on us. The lightning was very vivid. striking hundreds of trees, some nithis twenty yards of us., Then came the hail, which was rocks of ice, one rock of which struck my hand, breaking the akin. This storns
was about a mile wide, and can be traced for years to come where it has knocked lumps of bark off the trees, and for twenty miles there is not a single leaf to be seen on a tree. The country looks as if it had been ring-barked for years. Next day we found birds of all descriptions dead, and also found several calves killed. I have seen no account of any such storm I describe in the papers, so conclude that it was purely local." AT the Soneporo (India) meeting the Australian horse Bon Accord beat the English horse Padlock and others in the Hutwa Cup. At the Cawnpore meeting the Pouny Chase of 2,000 rupees was woon by Mr. Woolmer's Australian pony Enid. who gave an Arab named Suspense 121b. and a beating. Lord W. Berestord's Australian pony Blarney won the Selling Race. Tits latest diabolism on the race tracks is the use of the hypodermic needle (says the New York Sun). It seems that some men who hare had entry of the best tracks lately have managed to inject morphine into horses that ther wanted to disable temporarily. They i ave done it without exciting suspicion by hiding the injection needle in one hand and seeming to slap the horse on the buttock with some such remark as '. here's the horse for my money." The drug takes effect in half an-hour, and the horse goes around the track with his head down, the wreck of his former self. If not too frequently done it does not harm the animals. A vaIPERas'cI millenium has not been established, it is true; but on the other hand, nine-tenths of the drinking and drunkenness of former years has been abolished. Further, the temperance sen timent is steadily growing in this State, growing steadily and firmly. Tens of thousands of men now go to bed every night sober and self-respecting, who went every night four or five years ago soaked with liquor. Thousands of women and children hungry and in rags five years ago are now comfortably clad, and sit down every day at the tables pro. vided with all the necessities of life. Four-fifths of the people of this State, knowing that what we assert is true, have resolved that they will not return to the old order of things. The open saloon in Kansas has gone, and gone to stay.-Atchison Champion. Tas Russian method of stopping a runaway horse is said to be very effective, and is not particularly cruel. Ihey pace a cord with a running knot around the horse's neck near the neck-strap. To this slipnoose attach apair of reins, which may be thrown over the dash.board ready to be seized at once. When the horse starts take up the extra reins and tighten the cord around the horse's throat. 'he most furious horse thus choked stops instantly, and will not kick or fall. As a result of the disastrous floods which recently swept along the valleys of the Yang-tze-Kiang and Yellow rivers in China, destroying all the crops in cultivation, a serious famine has occurred, the residents suffering sevetely. A relief fund nas been started in London. A LITTLE grey mare is owned at Lamer tine 0., that has a war record that any horse could be proud of, and although she is thirty years old, she bids fair to live several years yet. She was captured in Georgia in 18t;;l, and was with the Union army during "Shermaan's March to the Sea," was in hardfought battles and still carries the scars of a wound in the neck made by a Minnie ball. To PRsvsvT mistakes you should have your initials in your hat in gold letters the following special lines have been opened. -Boys felt hat Is 9d tweed hats Is Id, youths' " unbreakable,, hard felts, 4s 6d and' 6 Gd in both black and gentle men's hats from 3s lid to 10s 6d, pug arries and net palls from lI, bathing trunks Is 3d. Note the address. W. J. Fraser. "New Lead" Cash Drapery and Boot Warehouse, Julia Street, Portland. [Avdt] Massas. Campbell and Sons want be fore the 31st inst. to complete an order, 300 tons good dry wattle bark, for which they will give £8 15s per ton. Cash on delivery.-[AnvT.] TA.oanso.-Mr. Catchpole, Messrs. Beestor. Bros. represertative, is now in Portland and may be seen at the Richmond until Thursday.-[AdVt.] Srocx Owezns.-Owners of stock grazing at Tarragal and Mouzie are notified to remove same before the 25th January. DBSaIMAKriG.-Attention is addressed to Miss J. Gall, dressmaker's, advertise mnent in another column. Mnsuo.-We direct attention to an announcement by Mr. J. Campbell, regard ing Thirmer pianos and Smith American organs.