First Isesue, August 20, 1842. -0 Published at Portland IEvcrý Monday, Wed nesday aind Friday Evenirig.-. WEDNESDAY,;' NOVEMBER 24, 1909. THE OPENING of the Ladies Rifle Club associated with the Portland Social Amusement Club took place yesterday in the presence of a good attendance of members and visitors. The prizes won were-Mrs Henry first, and Miss T. Johnstone second, for the club, while Mrs Beauglehole and Miss Beauvais tied for first for the visitors, and the shoot off re sulted in Mrs Beauglehole winning. Miss Wyatt was first for the prize for those who had never won a prize. The Mayor presented the above prizes, and also handed. Mrs Woods and Mrs H. J. M. Campbell a memento each in honor of the open ing of the season by them. The event was further celebrated at the Library Hall at night, at which a number of invited friends were pre sent. A very pleasant evening was spent in parlor games, refreshments, and a merry dance. We hope to be able to further allude to this plea sant evening. CONDAII SnowV. -Quite a large ,humber of our residents left by train this morning to be present at the Condah annual show. The weather is most suitable, and a pleasant day should be the ex porionco,
OBITUARY.-For some little time past the relatives and friends of Mr Peter Goldsmith have been much concerned as to the state of his health, and within the past few days it was known the separation was fast approaching. This came yester- day morning, when he sank to rest at his son's residence, Bentinck street. Mr Goldsmith was a very old resident of Portland. He ar- rived in Portland bay on January 4, 1853, in the brig Cornelius, Captain Clarke, late of Merino, being owner and captain of the vessel, which left England on August 18, 1852. On May 3, 1853, deceased was mar- ried to Miss Blay in St. Stephen's church, Portland, and to them 9 children, 5 boys and 4 girls, were born. Shortly after his arrival here he took work in a general way con- nected with the water, and chiefly as waterman and lighterman. This he continued to within practically a couple of years of the close of his long life, at the age of 85 years. The advance of old age compelled him to cease work, but until quite recently he was still a well known figure in Bentinck street. Few men were more widely, known than Mr Peter Goldsmith, and he will be missed by very many. The funeral takes place to-morrow afternoon, at 2.30 p.m., for the South Cemetery. OUR BAY. - Shipping generally was much in evidence in Portland Bay on Monday. Early in the morn ing the large ocean-going steamer Teenkai arrived and berthed at the Deep Water Pier. The dredge Pioneer was busy dredging in the boat harbor enclosure, and later on the steamer Casino arrived from Melbourne and transacted her busi ness at the steamboat pier. The three masted schooner Le Mael had to beat up to an anchorage in the face of a stiff breeze. This occu pied some hours, and added to the business aspect of the port. The Le Mael is on her voyage to Ade laide, and the strong westerly gale raging outside was the cause of her visiting Portland for shelter in our snug harbor, PORTLANDERS ABROAD, - The Rev: Wesley and Mrs Johns and Mr J. J. Couch, who are taking two or three weeks holiday in Adelaide, appear to be charmed with their visit, and in letters to their friends speak with great pleasure of the hospitality they are receiving from those who previously were strangers to them. The scenery in and around the city is greatly enjoyed. The museum, gardens, library, zoo, parks, &c., are places of interest. Their presence at a reception ten dered Mrs. K. Lente Stevenson, M.A., by the W.C.T.U., of Ade laide, led to ai invitation to a Par liamentary dinner and contact with some of Adelaide's foremost citi zens, The visitors hope to return before the end of this week the better for the rest and change. OUR EXPORT TRADE.-We have already alluded to the growing im portance of the port of Portland as a port of export for oversea produce. That such is the case is undeniable, and we would add this months operations alone would be a good lever to useby Mr Campbell, M.L.A., to refute most erroneous statements made by Mr E. H. Cameron, the Chairman of the Railways Standing Committee, that there were no proper facilities for shipping at Port land, and none would be provided for perhaps ten years. For the month of November the value of the cargo shipped from Portland to foreign ports-practically to Lon don-was stated in our issue of the 19th inst. to be £16,526 3s 9d. The cargo taken by the Teenkai on Mon day was £16,800, giving the gross total of exports, as valued for ex port purposes only, as £33,326 3s 9d, for,we repeat,November month only It may be of interest for many to know, particularly in the face of the attempt made to belittle Portland Bay recently in Parliament, what sum would be received in the way of freight by a cargo taken from here by the s.s. Teenkai on Monday. The actual figure is not known, but it may safely be said that the freight on her cargo from Portland alone would be over £700, The port dues here are the merest trifle compared with Melbourne or Geelong, while our lovely bay gives no cause for alarm from hidden rocks, sand banks, or any other obstructions. The sailing directions, few and simple, are all that any captain need observe in entering. Regarding the want of shipping facilities alluded to by the Chairman of the Railways Standing Committee, Mr Cameron, we may state that the Portland Deep Water Pier is provided with same facilities as those at Melbourne and, we would ask, what more is required. The last query might be answered by a still further claim for Portland pier, inasmuch as at Portland Deep Water Pier the tran shipment is straight from the rail way trucks to the ship's hold, This ldoes not apply at any wharf in Mel bourne, but may do so at Port Mel bourne and Williamstown. Portland Bay is accessable in all weathers, and I well sheltered from the gales which usually give so much trouble on this i part of the coast. Take the gale on Sunday, and the destruction of ship ping generally in Port Philip. The experience in Portland on that day -as is always the case with the dirtiest of weather from east round by north, west to east of south-was a sea unruffled save by a few wind t waves, and not a bob's worth of property lost. Yet in the face of these facts, which should be known to those holding important positions, an attempt is made to damage Port. lanid as a port, and prevent its for ward movement as a port of ship ment. The American Labor Federation t are allowing the gimnpers Mitchell I and Morrison, £1,000 each, yearly, while serving sentences for breaking the lVw,
PROPOSED RACE CLUB. -From what we have been able to learn the sub-committee appointed are en quiring fully into the matter of re pairs generally. Mr T. E. C. Henry has decided to survey the course to secure propor data for proposed alteration of same, with the idea of securing a new straight, The grand stand will also be re ported upon by him for repairs. The proposal to revive racing is said to be meeting with good favor, and an encouraging report generally is expected at the next meeting. PROPERTY SALES. - Mr. J. L; Wyatt reports having sold, on ae. count of Mrs James Smith,of Warr. nambool, all that piece of land, being allot 15D, situate in the parish of Drumborg, containing 158 acres or thereabouts, Mr. A. A. Austin, of Larundel, Elaine, being the purt chaser. Also, on account of Mrs. Geo. Fisher, of Portland, allot 15, of section 16A, together with a com. fortable and well finished cottage thereon, Mrs M. J. Bruce, of Bay View farm, being the purchaser. Both the above properties brought highly satisfactory prices. BOROUGH IELECTION. - Just as interest was beginning to be mani. fest in the contest for the vacant seat at the Borough Council table, a change has taken place, Mr F. Mar. shall having retired from the elec. tion. With the three candidates in the field, the fight was causing some doubt as to the dividing of the votes, but a clearer issue is now before the electors. From this out more interest will no doubt be shown in the elec. tion, but the contest must be more on personal than public lines. WOOL STEAMER.-The large steamer Teenkai, which we alluded to in last issue as loading at the Deep Water Pier with wool for London direct, completed her busi ness and sailed on her homeward voyage about nine o'clock on Mon. day night. The somewhat un. usual time in the port was due not at all to any defect or shortage in the shipping facilities at Portland, but to the exertions on the part of the stevedores to take advantage of every available inch of space. The large steamer was practically a full ship on arrival hero, and still about 1500 bales of dumped wool had to be crushed into a couple of apparently already full holds. The task was accomplished, and the good ship left port after a pleasant experience here. Messrs W. P. Anderson and Co. were the local agents. A SPECIAL MEETING of the Port land Progress Association was held on Monday night when the Ghering hap to Maroona railway proposal, and also railway matters generally were discussed. Nothing definite was done further than a decision to interview Mr Campbell, M.L.A., on his next visit to Portland and chat over railway matters generally.