First Issue, August 20, 1842. -0 With which is incorporated Site artzimi glfirror. -0 Published at Portland Every Monday, Wed nesday and Friday Evening. FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 1909. It will be heard with some re gret that the Portland Freezing Works will be closed down from to morrow for one month. The cause of this is the supply of rabbits not being sufficiently large,
OUR HEATH LAND.--It was stated in these columns a short time back that one of the Government mam moth traction engines, specially built for the work of land clearing, was being trucked to be sent on to Portland. The preparation of the truck for the big, heavy, and un weildy load took some time, but the engine arrived here on Wednesday night and has been removed from the truck-a by no means easy task. When fitted up the engine will pro ceed to the site of the drainage works, and at once be put to the task of tearing up in some form the scrub and such like to permit of the land being made available for culti vation. The wheels of the engine are said to be 4ft wide by 8ft high, and will act as rollers for the scrub, making the rooting up process of such much easier. No time is to be lost ifi getting the engine to work, and we trust good luck will be met with. WIRE NETTING.--In reference to the wire netting business, com plaints have been made to Shire Councils of the delay experienced in supplying netting under the pro visions of the Act passed in the last session, and it is pointed out that this is all the more remarkable in view of the fact that private people are being supplied with wire netting manufactured at Pentridge. In referring to the complaints the Secretary for Public Works states that the netting sold to private in dividuals did not in any way affect the Shire Councils, because the de partment could not supply the latter until the necessary legislation had been passed, and the usual formali ties in regard to regulations com plied with. The Act provides that the regulations must lie in the hands of members of Parliament for three weeks, and that period would not expire until the 26th inst. If these regulations are subsequently appro ved of by the Governor-in-Council, they will be gazetted, and a copy of them thereafter forwarded to the municipalities throughout the State, along with an application form which they will have to fill up if they desire a supply of netting. The Public Works Department offi cials contend that, so far as they are concerned, there has been no delay whatever in supplying the netting to the shires. At the same time, the department reminds the municipalities that the Wire-netting Bill was delayed in its passages through Parliament owing to the dissolution and change of Govern ment. PORTLAND PUBLIC BAND. - A special meeting of the Committee of the Band was held in the Town Hall on Wednesday afternoon, the Mayor, Mr J. Long, presiding, and a full attendance of committeemen being present. The special business of the meeting was to receive the resignation of Mr. W. E. Thomas, as conductor of the band, which position he has held for over two years, but owing to his having gone m for another line of business, which takes him away from the town, he was compelled to sever his connection with the band. The re signation was received, and a certi ficate as to character and ability was granted to him. The committee then considered the appointment of a new conductor, and it was decided to advertise for one at a salary of £65 a year, being an increase of £5 a year on the salary previously given, applications to be in the Sec retary's hands by May 12. Mr A. H. Andrews was appointed to take charge of the band until a new con ductor was appointed. OBITUARY.-Still another of the early pioneers of this district has gone to her rest. For some time Mrs Levett, relect of the late Mr F. F. Levett, has not been enjoying good health, and the infirmities of advanced age added to the fears of the family that a separation was fast approaching, and the end came yesterday morning. Mrs Levett, who was 85 years of age, was a colonist of 72 years, and could relate many trying and exciting personal experiences of the early days. Dur ing her long residence Mrs Levett enjoyed the esteem of a large num ber of our residents, and was a de voted mother to her children. The funeral is timed for to-morrow afternoon. LEAVING PORTLAND.-It is seldom we have to record residents of Port land for 55 years leaving this place to spend the remainder of their days elsewhere. Such, however, is the case with Mr and Mrs Cruse, who having disposed of the old family home are going to reside with their daughters, who are engaged in busi ness at Port Fairy. Mr Cruse, who was born in Norway, left his native place at the age of 25 for America, and having served his apprentice ship as a carpenter soon found em ployment. After a few years word of the diggings at Australia and the finding of gold in lumps reached him, and with a few mates shipped for Geelong. The vessel, however, had to call at Portland for provisons, and Mr Cruse and his mates decided to remain here, the pretty place and the lot of work offering being the attractions. This was in 1854, and the following year married his pre sent wife, who had arrived here with her uncle, Mr Madden, of Yambuk. Sober, steady, and in dustrious Mr Cruse prospered and now in his 84th year, with his also aged wife they leave us, taking with them the well wishes of the p~eople of Portland generally for con tinued happiness to the end of their days. PORTLAND STOCK SALE.-In our business columns Dalgety and Co., Hamilton, announce that they will hold a sale of stock at the Wheat Sheaf Hotel yards, North Portland, on Thursday, May 13. Particulars of stovk will appepr later,
WIMMERA TO SEABOARD. - A meeting of delegates from the branch centres of the Wimmera to Portland Railway League will he held in the Town-hall, Horsham, on Saturday, April 24, for the pur pose of receiving reports as to progress, and to ascertain the infor mation available to place before the Railways Standing Committee, on its visit to the district early next month. MT. GAMBIER VISITORS. - Two gentlemen from Mt. Gambier have paid Portland a visit this week for the purpose of personally becoming acquainted with the capabilities of our bay fcr shipping, and we are assured a big surprise was given them, although having been given to understand Portland Bay was one of the finest in the Commonwealth. The gentlemen alluded to are the Messrs Buchanan Bros., who not only had a good eye-opener as to the capabilities of the bay for catering for the trade of the Soush-East, but in addition had real good sport in fishing,securing over 20 dozen of the finny tribe in a little over an hour. VALEDICTORY.-Mr James Long, who has been transferred to the Apsley district, was entertained at a musical evening by the brethren of the Portland Lodge of Victoria, No 6, V.C., on Tuesday night in the Masonic Hall. A good attendance of the brethren testified to the high esteem in which Bro. Long was held, and while expressions of re gret were made at his removal from Portland he was warmly congratu lated on his well deserved promotion. The Worshipful Master, Bro. Hux ley, on behalf of the members, pre sented the guest of the evening with a valuable travelling rug, as an ex pression of the kindly feelings to wards him held by the officers and brethren of the lodge, and all, he was sure, joining with him in wish ing him, "Au Revoir," trusting to see him back in the district later oh. A WEDIDING. -On Wednesday a marriage was solemnised at All Saints' church, Portland, by the Rev. T. P. Lynch, which caused a large amount of local and Tyren darra interest in particular, the parties to the union being Mr Daniel J. Crowe, of the latter place, and Miss Mary Lanagan, daughter of Mr Edward Lanagan, of South Port land, The bride was becomingly at tired in a blue navy costume, while her bridesmaid, Miss L, Brooks, wore a brown dress, with hat to match, Mr P. Crowe acted as best man. "The ceremony over the wed ding party adjourned to the Rich mond Hotel where a sumptous re past awaited them. The usual toasts were duly honored and after a pleasant hour had passed the young couple left by the afternoon train for Melbourne on their honeymoon tour, taking with them heaps of good wishes for a happy wedded life. NEW RESIDENTS;—It will be re- membered that a few months ago Mr A. Donald, of "Woodford," Dartmoor, purchased that well known residence, "Wando Villa," South Portland, with the intention of making that the home of the family. We are pleased now to state that family has arrived and are now located in the new home. As a public man Mr Donald is well known, particularly as a member of the Portland Shire, for in addition to sitting as a councillor for a good term, he also held the position of President for a number of years. We are sure our readers will join with us in wishing Mr and Mrs Donald and family many years of peaceful enjoyment of their new Home. WAGGON ACCIDENT. -Mr Angus Macintosh, of Glencoe, was the vic tim of an unfortunate accident at that place on Monday. He is in the employ of Mr Berkefield, farmer, and was driving a waggon belong ing to that gentleman, loaded with potatoes. It was very cold driving, and Mr MacIntosh thought he would like to have a walk ; so he jumped from the shafts to the ground. In doing so he slipped and was thrown under the front wheel of the wag gon, which passed over his left leg, fracturing the outer bone and crush ing the ankle. He succeeded in stopping the team before the back wheel reached him. He was dis covered some time later by persons passing, and conveyed to his home. POSTPONED.-In order to prevent clashing with Narrawong the Bridge water concert fixed for the 5th May has been put back to Friday, the 7th May. The Rev. Wesley Johns' subject for Sunday evening is "I and my House." Mr Kirk, formerly of National Bank, Casterton, has' been appointed second in command of the bank in London. The Closer SettlcmcntBoard has decided, in view of the good harvest, to proceed against defaulting lessees for arrears of rent. In the list of prize winners at the recent rifle matches at Hamilton, A. R. Forsyth, Hamilton, should have been A. C. Forsyth, Byaduk. The Rev. Father Murray, assis tant to the Rev. Father Walsh at Wollongong, was drowned on Tues day while bathing in the surf. Thomas Day, of the "Brisbane Truth," was on Tuesday fined £50, with £15 1Ss costs, for~ publishing matter of an obscene nature. The property known as McLellan's plan tation, including some 411 acres of land and a four-roomed building at Drik Drik, was offered on behalf of the Trustees in tho estate by Mr A Schulze at McPhee's store on Saturday, and passed in for private sale, the bids offrercd not coming up to the re serve. A fine sample of Redskin potatoes, grown by Messrs Lockie Bros. near the proposed route of the Mount Gambier to Portland railway, has been sent to the "Border Watch" office for exhibition, Three of the tubers weigh 31b,
Mr F. Hughes, of Hamilton, has donated a handsome clock to the officials of the Hamilton Presby terian Church. The timepice will be hung in position on the completion of the building. The services of the ambulance waggon recently purchased have been in demand during the past few days, when two patients from the surrounding districts were met at the railway station and conveyed with care and comfort to the Himil ton hospital. George Hill, of Ballarat, was fined £100, with £13 17s Gd costs, at the Fitzroy court for having offered for sale gold, the possession of which he was unable to lawfully account for. The second charge was ad journed to next week. This is a record breaking age, but here is a record that will be hard to lower. Last week Mr Jma. IIannah, farmer, of Stock yard Hill, slaughtered 68 sparrows in one shot with a No. 10 cartridge. This seems impossible to the casual reader, but not so to the person who has seen the swarms of sparrows which frequent the stack yards. The dead birds were counted by Mr Hannah. Monday next, 26th April will be ob served as Eight Hours ay. All post offices will be closed to the public at noon, and there will be only the first delivery of letters by carriers. All country mails will be received and despatched as usual. Money order business will be transacted from 9.30 a-m. till noon. The principal telegraph offices, will be opened as usual. The guarantors of the telephone line Digby and Merino were agreeably surprised last week to learn from the Deputy Post master-General that the revenue from the line for 1908 was £2/17/I0 over the estima ted revenue guaranteed, thus showing the increasing use made of this telephone. When this liho was constructed the De partment estimated a loss of revenue in working it of 19/ per annum, and which had to be guaranteed by residents of Digby, this to hold for seven years.