No corrections yet
F'irst Issue,. August 20, 1842. -O With which is incorporated tc -'.ertlud itlirror. -0 i1 Published at Portland Every Monday. p Wednesday and Friday Evening. , Phone. No. 39. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1913. PORTLAND--MT. GAMBIER LINE. Readers will be pleased to hear that the surveyors are preparing to com mence operations for the construc tion of the above line. Some of the officers have arrived at Heywood, and seven more are to arrive this week. In addition to this the staff will be considerably increased by men for general work, and as the price per day is to be 9s there should " be a full supply. OBITUARY. -Another old and re spected resident of the Narrawong district, Mr James Davidson, died at his residence on the 12th inst, after a long illness. Deceased took an active part in all public matters for many years. He was one of the strongest supporters of the mounted rifles, a prominent man in athletic and such like sport, an ardent and successful angler, and one always ready to give his assistance in any I. deserving cause. In short he could be called a good all-round citizen. I-Hq was born in Narrawong, and the funeral took place there on Friday last and was very largely attended. SIow ITEMS.-The Secretary in forms us the dead weight of the sheep used for the guessing com petition was 541bs., which was n guessed by W. Osbourne, A. Alford and J. Lane. Other guesses were two 5311bs., one 532lbs. and two 54ilbs. The oat crop of five acres was won by Mr R. L. Muir, with Mr T. W. Redfern second. The judge was Mr W. Jackman. The Secretary desires an owner for a gold bangle left by an exhibitor of fancy work. RIFLE NoTIcEs,--Musketry prac tice will take place on the local s ranges on Wednesday. The Hamil" ton District Union have issued their programme for the matches for - Easter week. The amount of prize money is £235 and entries close on - March 15. A rifle match, between teams representing Merino and Port land, was fired on the local ranges to-day, and resulted in a win for Portland. THE POST OFFICE CLOCK, which had to be removed owing to alter ations at the office, has been re stored to its former position. TIE WANNON SEAT.--Mr. Rod gers, the selected candidate for the above, has devoted the past few days to visits to localities close to Portland. He addressed a well-at tended meeting at Bridgewater, 1 under the chairmanship of Mr. T. Kittson, and received a very en couraging meeting. Narrawong was also visited on Saturday night, and, with Mr Redfern in the'chair, a good meeting resulted. It was, however, unfortunate that pub licity was not given to these two meetings, this office not even having 1 been furnished with the fixtures. a A meeting will be held this after- t noon at Gorae, and to-night Mr t Rogers will address the residents of a Heywood and district at the ii Mechanic's Hall. q OBITUARY. -Our Greenwald cor- v writes, under date;February 15 :-I p learn this morning, with regret and p surprise, of the death of Mr W. t, Egan's son, Lewis, whose age was n 15 years. The young fellow, who a died last night, had been unwell f for a few days, but there seemed to be nothing to cause any anxiety until a short time before he expired The deceased was a bright obliging ti lad, and was a favorite with all who fi knew him. The bereaved family fi will have the sympathy of all. ALL SAINTS GARDEN FETE.- G This annual and popular fixture is timed for Wednesday next, opening i at 3 o'clock and continuing atnight. s On the following evening a sale of 01 gifts and drawing of prizes will o] take place in the Library Hall. c From past experience a large collec- p tion of goods may be expected to be F on sale, and a good business is anti cipated. This fete is one of the most popular of the many and those hi who desire to try their luck in the cc prize business will be afforded ample P opportunity for investment. A dance ai will wind up the whole, . A HARVEST thanksgiving service D will be held in the local Presbyterian r church on March 2. BUSINESS NOTICES.-In our busi ness columns on Wednesday, new notices will appear from the Port land store regarding their annual e summer fair, the opening day of which will be on Thursday, the 20th. Mr J. Campbell, Pioneer House, h will also have a change of advertise ment regarding his clearing sale of h drapery now on. Both these an-h nouncements will be of much inter- gi est to householders, and we regret c they reached our office too late for at this issue. al HEYWOOD ATHLETIC CLUB. - In Wi our business columns appears the tu programme for the annual Easter be Monday athletic sports reeting of se ths Heywood Clitb. As usual a i liberal programme has been pre- de sented, to which we ask attention of de athletes, E
? THE RECENT FIRES.--We regret to learn that during the recent de a- structive bush fires in the Cashmore ©- district some of the new settlers had n" unpleasant experiences which re. ' suited in loss of property. Mr McCamish was, perhaps, the largest sufferer. A portion of a big fire was approaching Mr Hemly's, an ad joining neighbor, and Mr McCamish hastened to his assistance. While working at this fire he was h surprised to find one of his little boys by his side endeavoring to make the father realise some. thing was wrong. and to his horror the father discovered his v, stable on fire. A valuable draught horse was tied up in the stable, and Mr McCamish was soon on the scene. He found the stable door in flames and other portions burning. The horse was endeavoring to get free, and his owner found he had no - knifei to cut the rope. At some risk it he managed to free the horse, and 1- then remembered the enclosing fence was of barb wire, which, under P the circumstances, instead of being i, of use was considerably dangerous. is He was, however, able to overcome ff the difficulty and save his horse, but y in the meantime the hay stack had oe caught and fully six tons of hay d were destroyed. The house was saved, and Mr McCamish considers, under the circumstances, his loss was not so great. Mr Hemly had some three tons of hay destroyed. It is considered Mr McCamish's fire n was caused through a burning piece n of bark or bush, which must have i been carried a couple of hundred ' yards at least. ic RACE BALL.-The ball in the d Library Hall on race night proved 's to be well attended, and a pleasant y means of spending the evening, and for further increasing the total re ceipts of the race fund, We are in 0 formed that fully one hundred couple v were present, and the evening being cool the dance was enjoyable. The management throughout is said to e have been all that could be desired. SPLENDID RECORD.-It is indeed d a pleasure to find that the good e name Portland.has always enjoyed o for the best behaviour has again s been verified. During the past week h our population has been at times e about double the ordinary, and not e withstanding the many attractions a for the introduction of the undesir f able element, we are pleased to learn from the police that not one single arrest had been, made up to FI riday night, that scarcely an indi vidual was seen even the slightest the worse for the use of intoxicating r liquor, and not one complaint had r been made of larceny or other e offences. Portland has a specially n good class of police-officials, and this n fact has no doubt a considerable re straining influence with any who may 5 fell disposed to trespass too far. On r show night it was difficult to house the additional population, but this appears to have been accomplished as the streets were empty fairly early. THE SCOTTISH PIPERS, ot Ham ilton, carried out their promised en e gagement for a musical evening at Portland on race night. The show a ground was the locale and the fete enclosure the spot. Seating accom modation had been secured but far short of requirements. The stage was found to be suitable, and the light breeze from the eastward carried the music to the audience, and was heard in every part. Quite a lengthy programme was success fully given and much appreciated, This was composed of many vocal items by well-known and popular amateurs in the Hamilton district in particular, and assisted by equally proficent ladies and gentlemen from other parts. In addition the Ham ilton Scottish pipers contributed quite a number of popular airs on the pipes, and as 'usual, were re warded by full honors also. The programme as published in our issue preceding the concert was adhered to in the main, and the venture must have been a financial success as.well as providing a very pleasant few hours to residents and visitors. PORTLAND MT. GAMBIER RAIL WAY.-In a reference to the Inspec tion of a proposed line of railway from Macarthur to Port Fairy, we find the following in the "Gazette" : -On Thursday afternoon, Mr T. G. Guyett, the hon. secretary of the league, had an interview with the railway department's chief engineer in Melbourne, and he will have something definite to communicate on his return to Port Fairy. Last night Mr Guyett wired :--"Mr Coombs still on the Mount Gambier Portlandsurvey. He will visit Port Fairy on Thursday next." REGATTA.-Mr McDougall, M.P., has forwarded us the following, re ceived by him by wire from Senator Pearce :-Have now been able to re arrange training programme and accordingly have arranged that Destroyers will attend the Portland regatta. THE BAND.--Through an over sight we regret no mention was made of the band in our general re ferences to show day and race pro ceedings. On show day the public vwere freely supplied with excelleiqt music and which was mch e " oyedt The sweet strains were distinctly heard by those in the ring and like wise enjoyed. On race day the band held a prominent position in the grand stand enclosure, and dis coursed a lengthy programme. The attendance of members here also was large, and the band strong in all parts, and marks of appreciation were freely heard. "Portland is for tunate in having such a capable body of musicians, who give their services free for the edification and pleasure of the public, and are most deserving of the thaniks of dur resi dents for their valuable entertain, ment,
SHOW NIGHT.-It had been an nounced that a promenade concert would be held on show night to provide recreation for visitors and others, and secure a few pounds in money for the show funds. This was apparently abandoned, as the evening was occupied by Leitch Pictures. The attendance was good and the pictures, as usual, of the entertaining order. Those who were not at the pictures were apparently bn the piers and promenades front ing the town. There was a large - additional number in the streets but not so many as might have been ex pected. The circus catered for a large number, as it is reported the takings that night were considerably over £70. THE REGATTA.--The following additions have been made to the programme :--Horse swimming race tmile; £3 as second prize to the whaler's boat race; boys swimming race, 50 yards; duck hunt 20s: greasy pole 20s. DR. SHANASY, dentist, will again visit Portland, Heywood and Con dah on dates appearing in his ad vertisement to-day. POTATO GROWERS and others should note a potato digger trial will be given at South Portland, on ths 21st inst. See advt. GREENMOUNT.-Few if any pro perties in the beautifully situated town of Portland offer more induce ments for homes than the one known as "Greenmount," South Portland, which is to be offered for sale by Messrs. J. G. Stewart and Co, of Hamilton,on a date to be fixed. Preliminary notice respecting same appears in our columns. The area is 46. acres, and will be offered as a whole or in lots. SALE AT DARTMOOR.--Mr J. L. Wyatt will sell furniture, etc., at Dartmoor, on the 21st inst. See advt. DENTISTRY.-Messrs Miller Bros., dentists, will visit Portland, at Lon don Hotel, on February 5, and Hey wood, February 6.