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THE PORTLAND GUARDIAN. (ESTABLISHED 1842.) With which is incorporated THE PORTLAND MIRROR.. Published every Monday, Wednesday. and Friday Evening. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1889. BLAIR'S BRIDGE .-At Wednesday night's meeting of the Borough Council the Surveyor was instructed to prepare plans and specifications for the renewal of the bridge over the Wattle Creek leading to South Portland. The work will probably be completed before next winter. TEMPORARY LIGHTHOUSE . - Tenders were opened yesterday for the erection of a temporary timber lighthouse tower at Whaler's Point, Portland, when the tender of Mr. G. Weeks at £95 2s. was accepted. OBITUARY.-We are sorry to have to publish in this issue the death of another old resident, in the person of Mr. James Starritt, who most uuexpectedly expired yesterday at his residence in Hurd street about 11 o'clock. The deceased had been slightly ailing for some months past, but only a few weeks ago was obliged to have medical assistance. During this latter time he had intervals cf compara- tire ease from pain. The complaint, we have reason to believe, was cancer inter- nally, and appeared likely to be both protracted and painful until yesterday morning at an early hour, when the patient became seriously bad and did not rally again, his death taking place as above stated. The deceased, with two other brothers (long since dead), also two sisters still living, and a very aged father, emigrated from Garry Gort, County Done- gal, Ireland, and landed in Portland on the 18th of August, 1852. He joined the police, and continued in that force until they were disbanded some years after to be re organised on a better footing. Upon retiring from the police he purchased some blocks of land, which he most skil- fully and industriosily farmed up to the time of his illness, and secured for him- self and two maiden sisters an indepe- dent living. He was known to live a simple life and to be a quiet neighbour. To-morrow morning the body will be brought to All Saints' Church, and a solemn Requiem Mass celebrated by Father O'Donoghue at 8 o'clock. The body will remain in the church until 2.30, when it will be conveyed to the North Cemetery for interment. In ascordance with the annual custom, the Railway Department will, on 11th and 18th October, issue tickets at holi day excursion fares from all stations in the colony (suburban excepted) to Mel- bourne, available for return up to the 21st inst., for the benefit of persons desirous of seeing the Caulfield Guineas and Cup run. BATHS.-In order to enable the care- taker to reside on the premises, it has been decided to make some alterations and additions to the quarters, which at present only comprise two rooms, with no fire-place in either, The work is esti- mated to cost £20, and the Surveyor has been instructed to prepare plans and specifications, BRAZILEIRA.--This vessel cleared out during last night or the early morning hours of this day, and with the prevailing favoring wind is without doubt speeding on her passage to Newcastle. BAND OF HOPE.-As announced else- where, the members of the Band of Hope will repeat the service of song given some time ago in the Baptist Church. This time the Wesleyan Church has been kindly granted for the purposes. The rsasons for the repetitioni are that on the last occasion the night was stormy, and persons from the suburbs and at a dis- tance from the town could not attend. Some of these and others in the town who were not present have expressed a desire to hear the service which was so ably rendered on the previous occasion. The Rev. Mr. Cooper will give the con- nective readings as before. Mr. H. J. M. Campbell has kindly consented to preside. SAVINGS' BANK.--This institution still continues to extend its operations. The actuary reports opening 10 new accounts for the month of September, and as before stated 12 for the previous month of August. HAMILTON CARNIVAL.--At Wednesday night's meeting of the Borough Council a request that the members would co- operate in the Carnival to be held next month in aid of the Hamilton Hospital by joining in the procession was acceded to. A SHOCKING OCCURRENCE.-A fatal stabbing affray occurred in a lane bet- ween Chetwynd Street and Warwick- street, North Melbourne, on Wednesday night, when a man named John Welsford, who for many years past has driven a furniture van in the city, was killed by a man named Thomas White. The ac- count given of the circumstances leading up to the quarrel shows that in Decem- ber of last year White deserted his wife,
who is comparatively a young woman, and she started a business as a grocer in North Fitroy, near to Welsford s residence. She allowed it to be assumed that she was a widow, and she and Welsford be- came intimate to a degree sufficient to excite the suspicion of the neighbours. About five weeks ago White returned from Amercia, and his wife consented to live with him a again. Welsford objected to this arrangement, and challenged White to fight in order to decide who was most worthy of the woman. White declined, and, to prevent any possibility of unpleasantness, Mrs. White sold out her business in North Fitzroy, and she and her husband went to live in the lane in North Mebourne. Last night Wels- ford found them out, and again renewed his offers to fight. White still declined, and locked the back gate of his yard to keep Welford out. Welsford climbed over the fence, and White either in self defence or in malice, stabbed him in the left breast with a carving knife, inflicting a wound that caused his death within a few minutes. Mrs. White went for the police before the fatal stab was given, and when she returned with Senior-Con- stable Rivis and constable Ross they found White quietly sitting in the kitchen. He was taken to North Mel- bourne lockup, and a charge of wilful murder entered against him. Welsford was about 50 years of age, and a widower, whilst White is about 45 years of age. PROBATE was granted yesterday to the will of the late John Meagher, of Port Fairy. The deceased bequeaths £50 to the Belfast Hospital, and Benevolent Asylum, Port Fairy, and the remainder to his family. The estate is valued at £87,685. RECEIVED.-We have to hand the Illustrated Australian News for the cur- rent month. The front page engraving represents the not very inviting operation of searching for microbes in Yan Yean water. Then there are sketches of Salvation Army work in the back slums of Melbourne, "The Winter of Life," a sketch at the Immigrants Home, "Evicted," an incident of the up-country floods, " West Australian Blacks Shifting Camp," and other interesting views. The musical supplement is as usual interesting, and contains a musical com- position by Hamilton Clarke, which how- ever, does not strike us as likely to be- come exceedingly porular, though doubt- less affording abundant evidence of the musical skill of the composer. Moan J's.P.-When the list of Justices of the Peace was made public, says the Herald, surprise was expressed in several quartner at the absence of the names of a number of gentleman whose nominations had been accepted by the Cabinet. The reason for the omission is simply this none of the nominee ? names were inserted until written sanction had been obtained. as on former occasions it had been found that persns gazetted without their cansent I have declined to act as justices. Those gentlemen, therefore, who neglected to Snotify the Law Department of their sacceptance of the nomination could not 5 be included. Since then, however, answers have been received from most of them, and their names will be eazetted in a supplementary list. Tar Docs LaLosiEE' SrTEam-What is regarded by the Executive of the Trades' Hall Council to be a roet satis factory reply to the cable message sent from that body to Mr. John Burns pro testing against the alleged intended misappropriat:on of the balance of the Victorian collectionst was received by ir. David Bennett, the secretary of the Trades' Hall Council, on Thursiay after noon. The reply is as follows :-' Presi dent T-'ales' Council-Guarantee money spent dockers only.-Brass." The sub scriptions acknowledged by 3Ir. Bennett now total £20,?,5 12s 11d. DUPt Fout Yr.Eas.-~The description of a simple remedy, by which a complets cure of deafness and noises in the head of 40 years' standing has just been effected, will be sent free to any one who applies to J. H Nicholsoc, 175 William street, 3lelbourne.-[Aor-r.j TENDERS are invited for the complete renovation of the old immigrant depot, for Mr. O. Dolphin. The work, we understand, will mean practically renew- ing the building, and are extremely pleased to see a move in the right direc- tion. Next please. Ti officers In charge of that branch of the Defence Force are now making arrangements for holding the next Cadet encampment, nearly a year having elapsed since the last one. The encamp ment will again be held at the Lang. warrin Military Reserve during this month, lasting about a week. TrESnDEn are invited in our buiness columns for 3G chains post and wire fencing. TaE SroD.-Attention is directed to a fresh announcement regarding the dia. trict stud.