DEATH OF CAPTAIN ELLIS,
PRINCIPAL SUPERINTENDENT OF THE CORPS OF
We lament that it is our painful duty to an- nounce the death of Captain Ellis, who was spear- ed by a Native at the commencement of the en- counter with the Natives (which took place on the 27th ultimo,) at Pinjarra, on the banks of the Murray. The unfortunate sufferer lingered until Tuesday morning last when he expired, at his residence, near Mount Eliza, to which place he had been removed about a week previously. The spear having struck the deceased in the right temple, he was affected with frequent fits of deliri- um; his friends were consequently interdicted by the medical attendants (the Colonial Surgeon and Dr. Langley) from showing those personal atten- tions which the occasion required and their own feelings would have dictated, it appears to be a question, whether the fall from the horse, rather than the spear wound, was the occasion of
The instant the communication reached the Colonial Office that Captain Ellis had breathed his last, the Hon. P. Brown prepared a Circular, call- ing upon all the Officers of the Civil Department to attend the funeral at four o'clock the following day. At the hour appointed the corpse was brought to the Jetty ; nearly all the inhabitants of Perth had assembled, and it was followed by them to the grave, where the impressive burial service was read by Mr. Spencer, in the absence of the Rev. J. B. Wittenoom, Colonial Chaplain.
His Excellency the Governor returned from York about an hour previously to the time fixed for the funeral ; he however attended.
In announcing the demise in the present Ga- zette, His Excellency has paid a well-merited tri- bute to the memory of the deceased.
The Harvest, it is expected, will be much more forward this year, than any previous year, owing partly to the Agriculturists having general- ly adopted the system of early sowing, and also attributable to the seasonable showers which we have had during the last month. The wheat looks extremely promising, and many farmers, we are told, will commence cutting the first week in De- cember : some few, we believe, a week earlier.
Capt. Whitfield has a small patch of wheat (it covers about ½ a chain of ground) which is
now ready to cut. He calls it Syrian wheat, a small quantity of which was imported about three years ago by Captain Mangles, and entrusted to
the care of Mr. Drummond, then Colonial Botanist. From this Gentleman Capt. Whitfield two years back, received one ear, which has now yielded this astonishing increase. We are promised
a statement of the exact quantity of wheat when
the whole is thrashed out. It stands about 5 feet 6 inches on the average, and the ear, which is black and bearded, is heavy and full.
In noticing last week the intended departure of the Government Schooner Ellen for the north- ward, with a party from H.M.S. Hyacinth, we were in error in stating that Lieut Backhouse
would take charge of the Expedition. There is no lieutenant of that name on board the Hyacinth. We have since learnt that Mr. Derbishire, mate will take the direction of the Party, accompanied by Dr. Alexander Muirhead, M.D., Assistant Surgeon of the Hyacinth, who is supplied with everything necessary in a medical point of view, not alone for the casualties of the boat's crew of
His Majesty's Ship, and the crew of the Colonial Schooner, but also for the aid of the survivors from the wreck, should they providentially fall in with them. Dr. Muirhead, who is fully competent to the task, will make such observations relative to the geological character of the coast, its bo- tanical and natural productions, as the short time allowed to the Expedition will admit of.
It is reported to us that provisions are [rather] scarce at King George's Sound. The following Notice, posted in the town, furnishes us with a list of prices. Should the seconds flour chance to be unsaleable, otherwise than in lots with the firsts,
unforeseen circumstances are highly favorable to
the advertiser :-
" Notice having been posted by His Excellency the Governor's direction, that the Store would not again be opened for the supply of food, and as by unforeseen circumstances, I am become the holder of the greater part of the provisions in the Colony, it is a duty I feel incumbent on me to acquaint the public, I have provisions sufficient for the supply of the Colony for some weeks yet ; that it is not my intention to take an illiberal advantage of being the only holder of provisions for sale, I will not rise the price above what is at present, viz :-
Bread 6d. per lb., fine flour 8d, seconds 6d.,
Persons having fine flour, must take an equal quantity of seconds.
I am the Public well-wisher,
(Signed) J. B. SHERRATT. K. G.'s Sound, Oct. 18, 1824.