OBITUARY. Still another of the old pioneers has passed away in the person of Mrs. Margaret Bell, late of Mt. Eck- ersley, Heywood, who died on Thurs- day, September 7th, in the Hamilton Base Hospital. The deceased lady had recently resided with her daugh- ter, Mrs. Gilham, at Gaaum. She was aged 80 years, being born in County Cavan, Ireland, in 1853. She came to Portland with her par- ents, the late Mr. and Mrs. William Best, in the sailing ship General Hewitt, taking four months to com- plete the voyage. She came to re- side at Heywood at the age of 9, and at 26 years she was married to the late Mr. James Henry Bell, of Mt. Eckersley. Amongst the members of the family are-Amy (Mrs. Gil- ham, of Hamilton) ; Mr. John Bell, of Lyons; Mr. Norman Bell, of Heywood ; Mr. Hector Bell, of Hey- wood. Rev. W. Duffy, of the Hey- wood Church of England, was the officiating clergyman at the church and graveside, the remains being in- terred in the Heywood cemetery. It is with deep regret we record the passing of yet another of Port- land's pioners in the person of Mr. Edward Boyle at the ripe age of 72 years. The deceased gentleman was born in Portland, and resided here practicaly all his life, being em- ployed by the Railway Department until his superannuation some time ago. His remains were interred in the Portland cemetery on Sunday, the large gathering at the graveside giving testimony to the very high esteem in which the late gentleman and family were held. He leaves a widow and four sons to mourn their loss, another son having prede- ceased his father some years ago. The service at the graveside was con- ducted by the Rev. Father Cain, the mortuary arrangements being in the hands of Mr. B. L. Wilkins, Portland.