Established August 1842 -o The Portland Guardian With which in incorporated The Portland Mirror -o Published at Portland Every Monday, Wed- nesday, and Friday Evening. FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1899 OBITUARY,-Still another of the links which bind the early history of this colony with the present has been snapped by the death of another of the oldest residents of the district, Mr James Par- ker, who breathed his last at his resi- dence, "Fernbank," Heywood, last night. The deceased gentleman, who had reached the ripe old age of 90 years, was the father of Mrs A. McKeand. of Hey- wood, and has been a resident of that neighborhood for a lenegthy number of years. In our next issue in all probabi- lity we shall give an account of the life of this old pioneer. The funeral is fixed for Sunday. M.U,I,O.O.F.-Last night the Loyal Prince of Wales Lodge held their half yearly financial meeting, when the balance-sheet and auditor's report for the half-year ending 3o0th June was presented, The former disclosed the pleasing fact that there was £3859 gs Id to the credit of the lodge funds, being an increase of 0.o 45 4 5d for the half-year. There were a good many members present, and the financial position was the subject of congratulation from all sides. The usual votes of thanks was passed to the trus tees, treasurer and officers of the lodge. Bros. Past Grands W. T. Bennett and T. Symington, were presented with a copy of the emblems of the order, suitably inscribed. The meeting closed with a vote of thanks to Bro. A. Keiller, who so ably_had acted as Chairman during the meeting, Sr. STEPHEN'S. - In missionary matters Portland is not forgotten. Quite recently the Baptists, and the Presbyterians and the WVesleyans have received visits from workers in the foreign field, and on Sunday the Rev. A. N. Storrs, M.A., of the Church Missionary Society, whose addresses in Melbourne and other places have been much appreciated, will tell, at St. Stephen's, how the work in which he is engaged is going forward. On Monday evening a missionary meeting is announced. As ACCIDENT.--We are called upon again to report another accident caused by the axe. Yesterday morning a lad, son of Mr. N."Jenkins, of the Nine Mile Forest, was cutting some wood when through some unexplained cause he al lowed the axe to strike him on the fore head, inflicting a: yery severe wound. Mr. Muir, whose residence is not far dis tant, was informed of the occurrence and drove the injured lad to town, a distance of about five miles. Dr. Levis attended to the wound, which unfortunately is re garded as of a somewhat serious charac ter. GRAss GROWING ON SHEEP S BACK. -The Warrnambool "Standard " says : -An extraordinary instance of the re markale geniality of the climate in this district in promoting the growh of vege tation cams under notice at jthe Warr nambool Corporation Yards on Thurs day. Old residents of the district have often coupled the fertility of the soil with the influences of climate, and have as. cribed to the latter a fair share of praise for the wonderful luxuriance of both crops and grass. Yet, arsong all the good seasons and good times, there never seems to have been better than the present, for the grass grows on the sheep's backs. Let no one think that wool should be read instead of grass, for the s'ool is there too, and the grass on top of it. A small flock of crossbred sheep, which came from the neigh bourhood of Crossley, was sold at the corporation yards on Thursday with the grass growing green in the wool on the backs of some of them. It was rye grass and clover-burr, aind on one sheep it was about an inch m length. The sight was phenomenal, and was the subject of much remark among grazisrs and others. " With a flock like that," said one," you don't want a station; all you've got to do is to let the sheep feed off one another, and cut the balance for hay at shearing time." The seeds of the grass had evidently got into the wool, and the warmth of the animals' bodies had caused it to germinate and grow until patches of green were mingled with the wool. \VESLEYAN CHURCH.--Thle services at this church on Sundry will be con ducted by the pastor, the Rev., Thomas Collins, who will speak on the subjects "Be Clean" and "A Voice from the Gallows," morning and evening respec tively. The soloist will be Mrs J. Camp bell. FEDERATION. - The Gove0nor has telegraphedto Mr Chamberlain that Par liament has enthusiastically passed the Enabling Bill, by which the people's re. ferendom for the adoption of-the Con stitution will be taken on the 2Tth inst The adoption, by an overwhelming wjatiiy, i, sonfatl atcipaslted.
!CHAXGED:'HANDS,-The well-known Clydesdale sire, Farmer's Glory, owned by Mr John WVilson junr., of Bridge water, has been sold to a resident of the Coleraine district. This sire has only been here a few years, bat from what we hear his stock give every promise of turning out good useful animals. We understand the price at which the horse changed hands was quite satisfactory to the seller. L.B. SOCIETY,-Now that the winter is here, and cold, wet, weather prevails. the Ladies' Benevolent Society would be grateful for donations of cast offcloth ing; either ladies or gentlemens, Parcels can be sent to Mrs S, P. Hawkins, Julia street, Miss A.IY CASTLES.--Miss Amy Castles's matinee concert in the Sydney To vn-hall on Tuesday afternoon, at tracted one of the largest crowds that has ever attempted to enter the building. Something like a panic occurred at one time through the rough behaviour of a number of people who were seeking to gain admission. The cries of the womem could be heard far away, and several persons were so overcome by the strain of resisting the jostling and scrambling mass that they fainted. Miss Castles was in fine voice, and was encored for every number. V.R.C. RacEs.-We are requested to draw attention to the special train ar rangements in connection with the Vic toria Racing Club Grand National Steeplechase meeting. A train will be despatched to the course each day of the meeting, immediately after the arrival of the Port Fairy express, and a train will leave the racecourse at 4.5 p.m., on Saturdays, 8th and I5th, to catch the Port Fairy express, which will be de layed on these days till 4.25 p.m. THE REV. HECTOR FERGUSON. Some ministers of the Presbyterian Church think that the Presbytery of Melbourne North rather exceeded their jurisdiction when they declared the Rev. S. H. F;erguson no longer a minister of the church. The matter was alluded to by the Rev. George Tait, at the meeting of the Presbytery of Melbourne South His opinion was that the other Presbytery had taken on itself a duty which clearly belonged to the General Assembly and other ministers held the same view. As a preliminary step to future action it was decided to ask the other Presbytery for definite information regarding its repo:ted action. A VETERINARY SURGEGN,-Mr A. J. Filmer, whose business notice appears elsewhere, is now in Portland and may be consulted at premises in Julia street, near Mr D. Brown's. Those having horses which require the attention of a horse doctor should take advantage oi the presence here of Mr Filmer, MARVELLOUS ESCAPE.'-- A railway ganger named McGuiness, employed be tween Albury and Barnawartha, had a narrow escape of being run down by the Melbourne express. McGuiness was going along the line from Wodonga on a railway tricycle, when he was overtaken in the fog, and the engine of the express dashed into the machine, smashing it to pieces. McGuiness was thrown head long in front of the engine, but almost clear of the line. The heel of one of his boots was caught under a wheel, and the boot was dragged off and crushed to pnlp, McGuiness, however, escaped with one slight cut, necessitating a couple of stitches. TEA AND CONCERT.-On July no, a tea and concert will be held at Drik Drik. The tes is to be on the table at 5 o'clock, and the concert, which will illow, is to commence at 7.30. WHOLESALE HUSBAND POISONING. Crimes of a particularly diabolical nature have been brought to light in Hungary. The accused were married women, eighteen of whom have been brought to trial on a charge of murdering their husbands and children. Evidence for the prosecution disclosed an appalling state of affairs and a conspiracy on the part of a number of wcmen to rid themselves of their spouses and offspring. The trial resulted in the acquittal of nine of the accused. The remaining poisoners were found guilty and sentenced to long terms of imprisonment, In each instance arsenic was the agent employed. DENTISTRY.-Mr VW. T, Shanasy's next visit to Portdand is on Friday, July 14. A SERIOUS ACCIDENT,-A most pain ful accident happened to Mr Armstrong Kerr, of Linton, on Thursday afternoon. He had lately been laid up with rheu matism, but on Thursday was overlook ing some winnowing in the farmyard with a shawl around his shoulders. While straightening some portion of the machine the end of the shawl became entangled in the cogs, and his hand and arm were dragged into the machine and terribly crushed, necessitating the limb being amputated. A TERRIBLE PoISo. - One of the strongest drugs in the world is called "ezcal." It is a South American pro duct, and made by the tropical Indians there. A grain of it will make you feel the need of violent exertion, and once you begin there is no stopping, You walk till you die. Moreover, you do not walk straight ahead, but in a little circle of two or three yards diameter. You tramp wildly and steadily on, seeing nothing, and not suffering actual pain, but with all your nerves on fire and your brain spinning. You do not stop walking till ycu drop dead in your tracks. The extreme vitality is kept up till the last moment. Some of the Indians have a way of dosing their cap tives with this drug, and sitting round the victim while be walks,-" New York World," A Boos To bSuFFERERS. - A well knbown Stockdealer and Storekeeper an nounces that if written to confidentially, he will reply and state the plan he pur sued by which he was restored to health and vigor after years of suffering from Nervous and Physical Weakness, Loss of Manhood and loss of vigor, He writes. "I have no scheme to extort money from anyone whomsoever, I was victimised by quackt:s and empirics until I lost faith m mankind; but thank heaven, I am now well, vigorous and strong, and anxious to make this certain means of cure known to all. Having noting to sell, I want no money," Ad. dress-J. Kilian, Storekeeper, S.oga ZlQ, $f~Ql A~uaiky~rr
CAPTAIN DREYFUS.--Prince Albertof Monaco, whose principality includs Monte Carlo, with its famous gamin establishment, from which the Prince ge ceives a revenue of £50,ooo a year, has invited Captain Dreyfus to visit hbi after his trial by court-martial at Reon~e Some Shire works are advertised else. where to-day. Those requiring work will flrd tat Mrs Hughes has some grubbing of t:ze, etc., to let by tender. J. J. Allen has been engaged to ride Podarces in the Grand National Hurdle Race. Five marriages were solemnised in St Joseph's R.C. Church \Varrnambooh~l Wednesday, The Assembly decided by 36 votes t 34, to take a vote of the electors o0 the question of elementary unsectaria rel;gious instruction in State schbol?s Archbishop Carr is a passenger by the San Francisco mail steamer Alameda, which arrived at Auckland on Tuesday en route to Sydney. The Crown law authorities have de. cided to release Geo. N. Taylor, now held for the non-payment of £5030, a fine in connection with the Land Credit Bank frauds. At a meeting of the Council of Agri. cultural Education, on Tuesday, it was resolved to ask the Treasurer for a special grant of £?o00 for the establishment of a dairy school. THE. Casino arrived on Wednesday night, discharged her Portland cargo and then sailed for Port Macdonnell for a special cargo. She returned here again last night, and sailed for AMel bourne early this morning. Charles Bourke and Thomas Hustler were committed for tr;al at the Macarthur police court on Tuesday upon a charge of having stolen a fat bullock, the pro. perty of Mr A. J. Sparrow, Mount Eccles, A terrible boating disaster took place on Saturday, at Pwllheli, situated on Cardigan Bay, in North Wales, ne01 Carnarvon. Twelve children, belonging to a Sunday school excursion, were sailing on the bay when the boat sud. denly capsized. All the children were drowned. Much amusement was caused at a race meeting in Melbourne recently by a vi-itor from the country, After watch. ing the first three events without having a bet, he decided to have his " quid" ? in the Steeplechase, and turning round to a bookmaker behind him said, " I'll have a £r worth of Onion;" the book. maker being a bit of a wag, exclaimed, "will you have them raw, boiled, or fried," The amusement was immense. He wanted to back Ouyen.