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Miscellaneous A brunch of the Commonwealth Bank was opened at Hamilton last Wednesdiy. The winter tariff at Grille' Ozone Coffee Palace is advertised at 27/61 per week, The Back to Hamilton movement showed a profit, of £189/11/9, the receipts being £815113/ and the ex penditure £626113. Mr J. McNuill, M.H R, "for Wan non, has been elected president bf the Viclorian'Labor Party; The total fall of rain at Cape Nelson for the month of March was 24 points, which fell on 6 days. During Edster week tile Romeo and Port Boaen called at the port, the former for burl,-y and the latter for apples and frozen meat, The altered advertisement of the Portland Store Pty. Ltd. appears in this issue, A large assortment of autumn and winter goods is well worth. inspection. The date of Messrs A. LE Smith and Co's. Bridgewater sale has been altered to Monday. May 71h. 'hJ' sale on behalf of Mr W. J. Terrill will take place the same day. Mr C. E. Errey won the cham pionship.of the Portland howling club this year, beating J. Sennel in the final by the narrow margin'of one point. Mr M Leddin, a returned soldier from Yambuk, has purchased the hay and corn store in Percy street previously conducted by Messrs Rae and Son. His advertisement ap pears in this issue. Cricket in Pottland has come to an abrupt and unsatisfactory end, Nobody knows what's what in con. nection with the local competition. and it is time the atmosphere was cleared and the position explained, A' movement is on foot by police men to bold a meeting of protest against the latest action of the au thorities in sending out four senior constables in plain clothes to super vise by roving comrniseion-the Work of men on the beats in Melbourne. For some time past Mr S. P. Freeland, of Stawell, has been in communication with some secre taries of football clubs in relation to a proposal to hold a conference about rebates or. special trains. A meeting in conncction with, the matter is to be held in Ballarat this month. Clubs in the Western dis trict would do well to follow suit, as the disadvantages they labor under as regards special trains are great. , Several Portland riflemen were participants in the Hamilton Dis trict Rifle Union matches held at Hamilton last week. E. C Baldwin. H. L. Vivian and H. T. Baldwin were the most successful, the latter winning the continuous at 600 yards. and gpining second place at 300 yards. : His brother Ernie tied for second place in the Winter Cooke prize at 300 yards, being only one point behind the winner. Dr. Greenwood. the medical offi cer of health for Kent, calls atten tion to the alarming increase of cancer in Great Britain. The year 1921. he says, showed the highest total of deaths from this disease yet recorded, nearly 50 per cent. higher than the" rate for 1908. In round figures one person in 780 died from this decease, and only heart disease caused more deaths. The total was 1,429, The Federal Government meteor ologist, Mr Hunt, is not taking an alarmist view of the 'continued dry spell in his reports to the Minister for Home and Territories, Senator Pearce. On the contrary, a hopeful note is struck by Mr Hunt. .Abnor mally dry summers, he says, do not necessarily precede dry winters. "There will'be rain before the win ter is far advanced." is the optimis tic remark of leading Federal officers. An amusing part of the Back to Casterton celebrations was the Court of Injustice, held on a lorry in tbe main street. Prisoners were seized indiscriminately and escorted in great numbers to the "seat of lojustice." Amongst tne offenders were several Portlanders. who brought fines of 2/ each, Mr Wal pole was charged with climbing up a wall without a pole, and Mr L. G. Minogue with having a pony named Try Again and never attempting to try to win, A third local resident was fined for sending his children to school without boots, and another for stdaling fleas from the boats whilst in port. A story of a visit paid by the Prince of Wales to a h6spital in which there are 36 men who were so terribly injured in the war that they must remain within its walls until they die is told in the "Chil dren's Newspaper," After the Prince had been round the wards he said, "I was told you had 36 patients. I have only seen 29." It was explained that tile other seven were so disfigured that the visit to their ward had been purposely omitted. He insisted on being taken to it and spoke to each of the men. Then he spid, "There are only six here. Where is the seventh ?" He wase told that no one could see this sevepnti man. Blind, deaf, disfi gured out of the likeness of human ity, he lay in a room by himself, '?I wioelf to soee him," said the Prince. The account continues; '(One member of the staff accom pahDied the J:rinco into that little darkened room of unutterable tragedy. Ie relates that the Prince walked firmly to the bedside, and lihe turned very white, but stood there with bowed head, looking at the man who could neitoher see nor hear him. Then he stooped down and kissed the man's face."

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