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Establishen AvujuIs 1813 i hq ortland tuadian, . Witb which is Incor;,ra-' 8;It S2ortliul ^Uir rjr. Published at Ltortlnkl Every M oni Iy Wed nesday,u and Friday Eveninl. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1904. "COMPETITOR."-YOur contribution is declined. Tne prize was for "the most original dress." OFFICIAL VstrT.-By the midday train yesterday Major Patterson, of the Per manent Head Quarters D'-fence Staff, arrived by train on official business. During the afternoon he had some busi ness with the representatives of the Portland Rifle Club and Buys' Brigade when defence matters generally were talked over, At night the members of tce Boys' Brigade paraded to the num. ber of 45 and were put through a num ber of exercises in the presenc. of Major Patterson, who expressed him self as being pleased by the smartness displayed by the boys of the Brigade. HEYwOOD P. AND A. Sntow,-The official copy for the prize schedule for the annual show of the above has reached us, but we regret being unable to insert same to day, It will, how ever, appear in our next. In the mean. time we may first mention generally speaking the programme will be found the same as last year, but it is pleasing to note that in quite a number of cases the prize money has been raised, and of these we may mention that for the Hunters, Hurdles, Pair Buggy Horses, Pair Buggy Ponies, In the Dogs, Poultry, and Produce there has also been an increase in the prizes all round. A number of specials have also been added, while the list has been lengthened by the addition of several extra events. The date of the show is November 17, and as a guarantee that all should be again ably carried through we need only state that the chief offices are filled by the same able gentlemen as previously, Mr Geo. Beavis, also being in his old position of honorary Secre tary. We trust intending exhibitors will at once make preparations for the contests, FouND.--We are pleased to bd able to state that Mr W. Crisp's fishing boat. which broke from her moorings on Tuesday night, was found on the beach near Narrawoug and not badly damaged. Yesterday a number of brother fishermen proceeded to the spot in a lorry and had the boat brought to Portland. This is a kind act as Mr. Crisp is unfortunately confined to his bed through a serious illness. SP'ARROw MATCH.-Quite a humber of residents put in an appearance at the Cricket ground on Wednesdey afternoon to witness and take part in a sparrow match arranged by the Narrawong Gun Club, There were no lack of entries aLd some creditable records were put up, especially by Mr M. O'Connor, who won the principal ,rizes in the match. A sweepstake proved a popular event in which quite a number of Portlanders tried their prentice hand and succeeded as a whole in making a creditable dis play. Of the locals Mr P, Carrison shot well only missing one bird. The winner was found in Mr H, Robertson. It is very probable a Sparrow Club will be established in Portland, A full report in our next, HARD BATTTING -Several of our fisher men who have been at Port Fairy fishing for some time determined to return bome yesterday. They left about 7 a.m. and had a hard battle against a big sea and strong wind, Most continued the struggle to the finish, not reaching here till about 6 o'clock at night. Some however, after reaching the Julia Percy Island found the sea so bad that they ran back to Port Fairy. ANOTHER PEST.-We are informed that at least one Starling-a bird which has the reputation of being even a greater nuisance than thesparrow-has been seen in the vicinity of Portland. Efforts should be made to prevent their increase, THE RIDING PARTY.-In our Wed nesday's issue we stated that almost every one of our municipal fathers had left that afternoon on a yisit southwards of the town, most of. them mounted on horses and a couple in a buggy, It was also stated the object of the outing was the inspection of the South Boundary road, and the Cape Grant country, It now appears we were somewhat misin formed, as the real ibusiness was rabbits -an inspection of the to~syi common and some, at least, private property. Several of the councillors, under the guidance of the herdsman, who was in turn assisted by his dogs, t6ok to the hoath county in the vicinity of the Rifle Ranges and in extended - or go-as-you-please-order the party roamed at large in anxious ex pectation of the dogs raising numerous rabbits, and in the glorious anticipation of a gallop over the heath and through the scrub in chase of thd flying game. After a time the thoughts of good runs, and the delightful spirit of the chase began to ease oft-or cool down-for notwithstanding the exertions of the dogs, and the merriment of the party, only a poor solitary scared bunny or so coquld be made to leave cover. Some of thb party were carried back to the days of boyhood, while others became inter ested in the heaving ocean and the grandeur of the scene'as the large waves dashed against the precipituous cliffs, and sent fully coo feet high large masses of Enowy spray. Bunny soon became too stale a game, the ever changing scenery ,by the water against the cliff being more in touch with the pleasures of the outing. As mile after mile was travelled along the cliff, Blacknose, Point Danger, Cape Grant all passed, and but an occasiqnMl pqor stray punny could be seen with 'nor a hole In the form of a burrow to dive in. The common boun dary past, and the beauties of the sea somewhat obscured, hopes were raised of a bit of a spurt after all. It is said from this out the dogs had opportunities for more work, but at least some of the riders were beginning to think the gait of the walk would be preferable to a sharp gallop, so the compassion of the others was touched, and no kills are reported, the only excitement being the hbrds.
man's dog unexpectedly finding a trap with one of his legs, necessitating a dismount, the rescue of the canine pet from his afflictions, the lesson of so doing being witnessed with considerable in terest. The journey was continued well through the Cape Nelson country, where it is said rabbits were far more plentiful; but the Guardian not having been extended the courtesy of a mount and an invitation to accompany the party, we are unable to speak definitely on the point. The horseback contingent made their return home audible-or rather heardable-but from what we hear all enjoyed the outing, and the only ques tion which is exercising the minds of the ratepayers is does the great costlof this ex pedition come out of that portion of the Mayor's allowance (£25) set apart for any special important occasion, It should, we say. THE ORDERLY Roor.-Mr, Arthur Robinson, the member for WVannoa in the house of Representatives, writes us as under on the r2th:--The Portland Boys' Naval Brigade recently made ap plication to me to secure the use of the Portland Orderly Room for the purpose of drilling the boys. I am pleased to say that the Defence department have instructed Major Hawkins to permit the Brigade to use the room for drilling so lo- t as the department is not put to ex. .. u.se. IMPORTANT SALE OF PROPORTY, Messrs Gu': i w and Stewart elswhere advertise at? e of a number of nice properties ts this town. The various properties can be easily located by the description and a good opportunity is afforded to secure nice homes. The sale takes place at Mac's Hotel on Thursday, September 22, at 0.3o. GOVERNMENT GAzETTE.-Thelfollow ing notices appeared in Wednesday Gazette:-Applications far licences ap proved-J. A, Laidlaw, 5a, Byambynee, D, MacLean, 5a, Bramburra. Permit to occupy Issued-Mr W, Flower, junr, aa, Branxholmo, Transfer of leases P. King to Isabell HIolmes, 6n8a, Warrain. Trans fer of leasehold-Executrix of late Denis Bunworth to Ellen Bunwortb, 4oa or 23p Weerangourt, An unenviable experience was that of Mr A. Tuffnell, a farmer at Nangeola, who on Friday last was let in for a real '-bad" quartetr of an hour, He was jogging along quietly with a waggon and four horses, returning from his day's work; the night was verydark, and a bush track through heavy timber made driving a careful operation, " Fair and softly" was the driver's thought, as he guided his team through the scrub, but, alasel those horses must surely have descen ded from the one that made Gilpin's ride famous. With one bound, as sudden as it was startling, they made off, and before the unlucky driver could collect his ster tied wits, the horses were racing along the track at top speed, The bumping and jumping was tremendous, and all Mr, Tuffnell could see was a new kind of " blazed " trail made by the fire from the wheels as they struck the ground. For a quarter of a mile they keep the pace, then there was an awful din and sudden silence. In the darkness it was some time before Mr Tuffnell discovered that he was wsttitu , pu'ater of a mile from home. A loud coo-ee soon brought help and lights to his assistance. They found the waggon and three horses stretched across a six wire fence. The fourth horse was discovered under the waggon, having apparently attempted suicide with his collar, doubtlesss in a fit of repentance, As soon as the three horses, now quite and trembling had been released, number four was hauled out from his ignominious position. The rescue was in the nick of time, as the horse, in another few seconds would have been choked, Six posts were torn from the fence by the col lision and an inspection of the track next day showed many narrow escapes from a smash up, Strange to say though they bolted through the forest, neither horses nor waggon got a scratch, T'his owner anticipated northing short of a burst up of the lot.