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Obituary. Mr. A. I. Hogan. The passing of Mr. Alfred I. Ho gan, whose death, at the age of 76 years, was briefly chronicled last is sue, removes one of Portland's most public-spirited citizens from our midst. He took a keen interest in anything for the benefit of the town, and was ever ready to accept his share of civic responsibility. Coming to Portland as a young man, he gained fame biy his daring Blondin performances and was re garded as a clever tight rope walker. In later: years he entered the saw milling business, and was really the pioneer of what ultimately turned out to be one of the district's most important industries. He showed remarkable business ability, and by dint ot hard work and application eventually won through and estab lished himself firmly in the timber trade. With his sons, he conducted several mills in the district, the la test site being that on which the pre sent mill stands at West Portland. The late Mr. Hogan was connected with many public institutions and played his part well in the civic life of the town. For many years he occupied a seat in the Borough Coun cil, and was ever a zealous guardian of the ratepayers' interests. A leading member of the P. and A. Society, he gave generously towards anything connected with that body and will be remembered for his great liberality. In football he took a lively interest, being a member of the committee and an enthusiastic supporter whether at home or abroad, in the latter case his car al ways being available when the ne cessity for extra transport arose. He was amongst the originators of the Hlanlon Park scheme, and lived to see the realisation of his ideals in the shape of what now is one of the finest football grounds in the whole of the -VWestern District. By his death the public hospital loses a warm friend whose place will be very hard to fill. He was a member of the Board and missed no oppor tunity of assisting to alleviate the sufferings of the indigent sick. As one of the House Committee he was regularly in attendance at the hos pital and was never happier than when doing something to add to the comfort of the inmates. Charity was an outstanding trait in the de ceased gentleman's character, and many acts of kindness to his fellows could be cited. The band also claimed his interest, which he de monstrated in a tangible manner on more' than one occasion. Passion ately fond of -brass instrumental music, he constantly advocated the claims of a 'brass band contest in connection with the show and on one occasiod showed his practicability by donating a valuable cup for com petition. He was a devout member of Wesley Church and .a represen tative on the Trust, and a great ad vocate of temperance, being closely connected with the local Rechabite lodge. His wife predeceased him some two years ago, and he is survived by a grown-up family-Mrs. Brown, Charles and Frederick, who have the sympathy of many friends in their affliction. The funeral took place on Sun day afternoon, when the large num ber who attended was eloquent tes timony to the esteem in which the departed gentleman was held. The Portland Citizens' Band marched in full uniform, with maffled drum, and two hospital nursen in uniform also followed the hearse on foot. Borough councillors and Water Trust commissioners were present in a body; and other organisations with which the deceased was asso ciated were represented. Rev. O. J. Boyle officiated at the graveside and spoke feelingly o? the late Mr. Hogan, both as a citizen and a churchman. The Rechabito's ser vice was read by Bro. C. French.