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bortlanb narbian First Issue August 20, 1842. With which is incorporated ýiu Nartlapnd .trror.., -0 Publisned at. Portland Every Monday Wednesday and FridayEvening. 'PHONE NO. 39. MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 22, 1919. Mr S. B. Abotomey, eyesight specialist, who has gained such an enviable reputation since the com mencement of his professional visits to this district, announces that he will he agaip in Portland on October 11. With the advent of warmer, brighter, weather, thoughts will nat urally turn to clothing suitable to the season, Problems which beset the.mind on this subject may be readily solved at the Portland Store Pty. Ltd,. who insert a new notice to-day. A meeting of New Zealand Sold iers at the Royal Colonial Institute passed the following resolution: Seeing that the New Zealand Gov ernment, after repeated cable in quiries. has failed to state its prom, ised decision regarding a war gratu ity. this meeting protests most strongly against the delay and urges that the whole question be submit ted to a Parliamentary committee for speedy decision. The annual Septerpger lolidsays are being oqsevved in the schools this week. The unveiling of the Baptist church Honor roll was performed yesterday by Mrs Boulter, and the Rev Boulter, the former pastor of the church, conducting the service. There .vas a large oý'iion and addressee and singing rendered the service a memorable one,

With deep regret we record the death of Miss Catherine McLeod, of " Claremont." Portland, and eld est daughter of the late Mr J. N. McLeod. the sad event having occur red on Frilay night. Thle de ceared lady had been in failing health for a considerable time prior to the death of her brother. the late Mr Wallace McLeod, a few weeks ago, but her demise has come as an unexpected blow to her large circle of friends. Finer weather prevailed during the week end, warm sunshine being tempered 'by moderately strong north-westerly winds. FOOTBALL -On Saturday the semi final match in the Portland Football Association was played between teams representing the R.A.N.B. and West Portland. The result was a win for the Navy lads, who, as a result, will meec the Imperials (the highest scorers in the playing off of the draw) on a- future date in com petition for the deciding of the local premiership, officially announced that the British Goveirnment will sell by auc tion 50,000 bales of Australian'wool in Boston at the end of November. It is believed that further auction sales of Australian wool will be held monthly in America. - It is under stood that the 'congestion of the ports difficulties with wool combers, and the question of sterling exph ange partially explain this decision. Water in the gas pipes supplying the local railway station on Satur day night resulted in the officials being obliged to resort to candles and a limited supply of oil lamps for, the lighting of the station upon the arrival of the night train. ' At Scots Church yesterday Anni versary Services in connection with the Sunday School were very succes fully conducted by Mr J. Kelso. B. A. of the Welfare of youth office, The Narrawong Gun club held its usual monthly fixture on Saturday, Sept 20. The weather was boister ous and owing to the prevailing high wind birds were difficult. Mr. R, Catrr put up some very consistant shooting, The results were.. No 1 sweep R. P. Carr, No 2 H. Long, Nos 3 and 4, R. P. Carr, THE monthly general meeting of the R.A.N.B. Sports Club, will be held in the drlll hall, on Monday 29th in'st, at 8 p.m. The very Latest in Milking Ma chines-Two thousand dairy farmers and several Government institutions in New Zealand have installed the "New Zealandia" milking machine which is considered by experts to embody all the latest improvementl in 'mechanical milkers. The sole agency in the Western District for the '" New Zealandia, " together with the ". Primrose Separator. and the International Harvester Com pany's Oil Engines has been secured by, the Western District Co-opera. tive Produce and Insurance Co Ltd. and farmers are advised to commun icate with that Company at 49-57 King street. or with branches at Colac and Warrnambool or with the managers of co-operative factories. -Adv. THE flag at the naval Drill Hall is to-day flying at half mast as a tri bute to to the memory of Rear-Ad miral F. Tickell. C.M.G., :Director of Naval Auxiliary :Services, and whose death occurred' on Friday night. Speaking of the agricultural and pastoral outlook in New South Wales Mr Rodgers says the position is far from encouraging. In the northern districts the season was practically over and it would require phenom inal spring rains to effect a recovery In Riverina proper and southern Riverina there was 'still time for fair crops if general rains set in with cool weather following. Vic toria would need to make provision, unless the position alters, not only for her own stock, but for the nor thern States and it would be well for large areas of crops in the more prolific districts to be cut for hay. A very profitable market at pres ent offers in New South Wales, M. Poulet, the French aviator, wno proposes to attempt the flight f'rom Paris to Melbourne, intends to leave Paris on Sunday. September 28. He plans to fly by way of Gen eva (Swit-erland). Rome and Brin dis (Italy), Salonica (Macedoniaj Constantinople (Turkey), Adana (Asia Minor), Bagdad IAsiatic Tur key), Bandar Abbas and Bushire (on the Persian Gulf) Kl-raechi, Bom bay and Calcutta (India), Bangkok (Siam), Singapore (Straits Settle ments), Batavia (Dutch East Indies) and the islands of. Tchindana and Timor to Northern Australi. According t, latest information in the 2-avy Department, the Ameri can Asiatic Fleet. which is said to be about to visit Australia, may consist of the cruiser Brookldyri, about 3400 tons, There are also some gunboats and submaiqe bute it is thought that th. visitwill be confined to the larger shis. The Navy Department has no drefi nito news a- to whether the fleet wvil come to Australia, nor as to the time of any projected visit,