First Issue, August 20, 1842. With which is incorporate THE PORTLAND MIRROR. ---o--- Published at Portland Every Monday, Wed- nesday, and Friday Evening. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1905 OBITUARY.--We regret being called upon to record tee death of another well- known and highly respected resident, as shortly after noon to-day Mr. John Rior- dan, proprietor of the London Hotel, ex- pired. The deceased has been a resi- dent of Portland for some six years, the whole of which time he has spent as land- lord of the London Hotel. As a busi- ness man he enjoyed the respect and esteem of all, his transactions being up right and straightforward, the result being that he was most popular with residents and visitors alike, the hotel being conducted in a highly creditable manner. Prior to coming to Portland Mr. Riordan had businesses in Ballarat, Creswick, and Ararat, in which places he was widely known and respected. In local matters deceased took a close interest. He was a member of the Portland Borough Council for some years, but failing health prevented his attending meetings regu- larly of late. The date for the funeral has not yet been decided, friends at a distance having to be considered. PORTLAND EXHIBITORS at the Hamil- ton show were not so successful as usual, Mr. Fricker, a well-known poultry exhibitor only secured one second. Mr. P. O'Donnell had better luck, as he ob- tained first for silver wyandotte cockerel in the open section. The judge alludes to this exbibit as an easy win, the bird showing good top color and breast lacing. PAINTING ETC.,-Those who desire to learn Painting, Chip Carving, and Pyro Painting should be pleased to find from a notice elsewhere that Mrs. Quarterman, is prepared to give lessons in each at the most reasonable figure of 17/6 per quar- ter, while for advanced work in Chip Carving and Pyro Painting the fee is only 21/ per quarter. STEREOGRAPHs.---It will be remembered that some little time back an effort was made by means of a biograph en- tertainment to secure a number of Stereo- graphs for use in the local State school. It was pointed out that by the aid of these views pupils were able to much more readily grasp subjects being taught, they having, one might say, the actual, real subject distinctly in evidence by the use of the stereographs. The entertain- ment was successful so far as the funds were concerned, and,the result is that the firm have supplied a large and very fine col- lection of pictures. Through the cour- tesy of Mr. Johnson, the head teacher of the Portland State school, we were affor- ded an opportunity of viewing some of these stereographs just received at the school. We say some because the time at our disposal would not permit of all being looked at. The pictures are indeed fine productions, the life like reality and clearness being most striking. Several of the scenes thrown on the sheet at the entertainment were good pictures, but under the stereocope the stereographs come out much more vividly and the most minute detail is plainly discernable. Many of our readers will remember the pictures of the largest tobacco farm in the world, portions of the timber industry (the log rafts for instance) the children working in the tea plantations, and others. Realistic as they were shown in the hall, the stereographs far outshine them in perfectness and detail, and are so interes- ting that hours could be spent in gazing upon the many scenes in the collection. A number of stereoscopes have been forwarded so that quite a number of the scholars can be viewing the same subject at the one time, there being also several stereographs of each subject. BONES.-From an announcement else where from the Manager of the Portland Freezing Company (now Messrs. Thos. Borthwick and Sons) it would appear that this enterprising firm intend to make full use of the various machinery at the works, the line now alluded to being evidently the manure plant, as they an- nounce they are cash purchasers of bones. This should be good news for many as bone gathering should afford employment for a good many both so the town and district. The fertiliser turned out by these works previously had a good name, and bone manure should also be in large demand as it is very generally recognised that this class of fertiliser is the most popular with agriculturalists, orchardists, florists, etc. THE PIONEER DREDGE.--- A denial is given by the officers of the Public Works Department to a published state- ment that the new dredge Pioneer has proved a failure. The engineers of the department have no doubt that the dredge will prove to be eminently satisfactory, but, as a matter of fact, no trial has yet been given to it which would enable any conclusion to be drawn. After the dredge had been dismantled her machinery was set to work as a preliminary trial. In the spot selected there was a great deal of seaweed, but very little sand, and it was therefore determined to remove the dredge to Queenscliff, where opportuni- ties exist for showing what she is capable of. " I have not the slightest doubt the dredge will be a great success," said Mr. Bent, who had been furnished with re- ports on the subject.---"ARGUS" SCOTCH HEATHER.--Those interested in Scotch Heather may view a couple of pieces at our office, The samples were received by Mrs. Wm. Robb, of this town from Struan, Sterlingshire. I HAVE YOU HAD INFLUENZA ? and has it left you with a bad cough ? If so try a few doses of" Bonnington's Irish Moss," and the cough will stop, For Bronchial Coughs take Woods' Great Peppermint Cute 1/6,
THE BRIDGEWASER P. and A. So- ciety have issued a very commendable programme for their annual show, which is to be held this year as usual on the King's Birthday. The prize schedule appears elsewhere, and it is expected good competition all round will result. MR. MARCHANT, eyesight specialist, of Geelong will visit Portland at Mr. Martells' on Thursday Octoder 5. DENTISTRY.---Dr. Frank Shanassy visits Portland on Friday night, Septem- ber 29, leaving on Monday morning' October 2 Heywood, at Righetti's Hotel, until i1 p.m. on Monday, October 2nd DENTISTRY.--Dr. W. E. Thomas, else- where inserts a notice that his represent- ative will be at Mac's Hotel on October 17 and 18. '' BONNINGTON'S IRISH MOSS " never fails to cure a cough or cold. This pre- paration is equally benehical for adults or children. On Monday evening the Geelong Town Council decided that the Western district should be connected direct with the Murray, and resolved to co-operate with the Ballarat Council in urging the construction of a short railway line to Hopetoun. Messrs. R. S. Bree and Co., advise us that Mr H. S. Kittson, of Bridge- water, has been appointed their agent for that district. ACCOUNTS.---Accounts await payment at the local sub-treasury this morning for :-W. Hanlon, W. Lund, P. Cun- ning, Portland Shire, and W. S. Philip. The wheat crops at Maranda, Queens- land, are perishing fast owing to the dry weather. If rain does not fall soon the crops will be beyond recovery. "Penny Day " at the Castlemaine State school realised £6 for the Children's Hospital. Messrs. Learmonth and Co., to-day give particulars of some of the stock to be offered at their Heywood sale on October 12. For Children's Hackiog Cough at night, Wood's Great Peppermint Cure, 1/6. Tenders are elsewhere invited for painting and carpentering at the Saving's Bank Portland. The President of the Methodist Con- ference will shortly visit Portland, when there will be meetings afternoon and even- ing. The Prime Minister (Mr. Deakin) has received a cable inviting offers for 500 good horses which are wanted for the South African constabulary to be landed at Durban. Wm. Neughton, convicted of frauds in connection with the drawing of the St. Vincent's Hospital art union frauds, has been sentenced to five year's im- prisonment. The mining registrar at Bright re- ported a rich find by Guinness and Croft's party in the Old Reliance mine at Freeburgh. Two dishes of wash yielded 50 oz. of gold, and contained several nuggets up to 2 oz. Snow fell in the city and the northern suburbs on Monday morning. The Dan- denong Ranges are covered with snow. Heavy falls also took place at Ballarat, Beechworth, Kyneton, and the mountain- ous districts. The authorities stopped snowballing at Ballarat.