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FirsLt 1sue, August 20, 1512. - With which is incorporated Filhe vortltlld ?tirr0r. -o Published at Portland Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday Evening. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1911, MIt. IH. J. M. CAMPBELL TIIANKED -At the meeting of the Portland Shire Council at lHeywood yesterday, Cr Righetti moved a vote of thanks to Mr IH, J. M. Campbell for the good services he had rendered the Council. They all knew Mr Camp bell had been a real good live mem ber, and had given the greatest at tention to all the wants of the Council. lie had been the best member the Council ever had, and was entitled to their best thanks, as nothing wass too much for him to do, or too much trouble. Cr Devlin seconded the motion. He agreed thoroughly in the motion, as he felt they were under a compli ment for all Mr Campbell had done for the Shire. Cr Cope also spoke in favor. IIe considered Mr Camp bell did almost too much, and had really no rest at all himself. He did all he could in any matters re. quired by the Shire, and he (Cr Cope) agreed thoroughly in the vote of thanks. Councillor Car ter also supported. He had al ways found Mr Campbell a thor roughly good man, and one who did all he could for the benefit of all. The President, in putting the mo tion, remarked it appeared that all the councillors would like to say something in favor also. The motion was carried unanimously. PRESENTATION.-At the meeting of the Portland Shire Councilyester day, the President stated the En gineer, Mr Murphy, desired three weeks' leave of absence for most important business, the holiday to terminate on the 11th December, so that he could be present at the meeting that month. The holiday was unanimously granted. At the conclusion of the lunch at IHanlon's Hlotel, and at the request of the President of the Shire, Mr S. Officer, champagne appeared on the table, and the order for glasses to be charged having been duly obeyed, the President said it was generally understood Mr Murphy, their es teemed engineer, was about to take a most important step, in that he proposed entering the bonds of matrimony. Such a step on the part of an officer of the Council had never taken place in the long history of the Portland shire, so far as he could ascertain, and it had been decided to mark the unique event, and also the appre ciation in which Mr Murphy was held by drinking to his good health, every happiness in his contemplated marriage, and also to make him the recipient of a present from the members of the Council and officers. The President handed Mr Murphy a purse of sovereigns. The toast met with a very hearty reception and was musically honored. Mr. Murphy thanked the President, Councillors and officers for their kind presentation, and especially for the good wishes expressed. He was sure the lady to whom he was to be married would appreciate very highly the kindness which had been so generously shown him by the members of the Council, and trusted the most amicable relations which had hitherto existed between the council and himself would long continue, HEYWOOD SHOw.-We would re commend those who purpose com Deting at the above show, which takes place on November 22, that entries close on Monday next, the 13th November, WOOLSHED BURNT. - Early on Wednesday afternoon the Langi-Kal Kal wool shed,10 miles east o lBeau fort, was a scene of well-ordered activity. Fine shearing weather had been experienced, and there was a prospect of "cutting out" in a few days. Before an hour had passed the placo was a blackened ruin. About 2 o'clock the expert, who had been grinding some cutters for the machines, was handing them to a fitter, with whom he was con versing. He happened to glance over his shoulder, and, to his dis may, saw that the whole of the engine-room was in flames. There were 32 shearers on the board, and all hands beat a hasty retreat, leav ing boots, coats, vests, and hats be hind. Seven watches were lost. Less than 10 minutes after the fire was noticed the roof fell in. There were 175 sheep in the shed waiting to be shorn, These were roasted to death. Twenty-five bales of wool, and the machinery and plant were demolished. The shed was a wood and iron structure, witll an iron roof covering shingles. and it is as: sumed that the fire was caused through the ignition of the contents of the petrol tank. This would ac count for the olames spreading so rapidly. The losses are estimated as follows:-Sheep, £170; building, £1,000; wool, £500; plant, £550; engine, £3380, Total, £f3,i20,
GLENELG ELECTION.-On Tuesday night, the 14th, at the Library Hall, Messrs Bruce Smith and J. Livingstone, M's.H.R., will address the electors. PROPERTY SALES.-Mr J. L. W\yatt reports having sold, on ac count of Mr Roger French, part of allot 8, of sec 12, together with the large two-storied bluestone store; also portion of allot 8., of sec 12, which is a piece of land at the rear of the store, Mr James MA. Davis, of Casterton, being the purchaser, at a satisfactory price. BRA,NXIIOLME SIow. -In the prize list of the above we notice the following in our more imme diate district:-Mrs S, Officer for pelargoniums and geraniums in particular, and Mr J. HI. Row in needlework. STATE ELECTIONS. - Wr Watt says the Government is sure of twenty-one seats, eight Ministerial. ists having been returned unopposed and there being no opposition in thirteen other constituencies. Tim steamer Durham is due at the Deepwater Pier early to-morrow morning to load frozen produce for London direct. NEEDLE IN HAND 35 YEARS. Mrs Hill, of Casterton, accidentally ran a needle into her hand 35 years ago. Feeling some pain in the hand on Sunday, she made an ex amination, and found that the needle was protruding from the flesh. With a little difficulty she extracted it. The Bolwarra State school conti nental concert and coffee supper will be held to-night. A good pro gramme will be presented. Ninety strikes, at least, have occurred in the Commonwealth during the last 10 months, Forty of the strikes were in Victoria. It is agreed on all sides that the victory of The Parisian gave the ring a great "shake-up". It is estimated that over £100,000 was paid out by the bookmakers. Peter Pender, a veteran of the Crimea, a member of the early Vic torian police, and for over forty years an inspector of police in New Zealand, died on Monday, aged 84 years. During the quarter ended 30th September 3412 immigrants were assisted to New South Wales through the London office of the Government. September shows a record of 2093. Returns issued by the Federal Treasury show that 77,776 old-age pensions are now being paid, while the total number of invalid pensions granted and still being paid is 8,746 making a grand total of 86,522 pen sioners. In a report which it has prepared for presentation to Parliament the Railways Standing Committee argues that. if as a matter of policy railway deficiency rates are to be abolished, the question of making some permanent provision to meet losses upon new lines must engage the immediate attention of Parlia ment. It is claimed by the State Ministry that if new State cool stores are erected at Victoria Dock at a cost of £80,000 the annual maintenance, including interest and sinking fund charges, will not exceed £10,000, whereas the annual rent paid for the existing stores-"an obsolete building and antiquated machinery," according to Ministers--is £16,000.