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OBITUARY. -x- IlR. JOHN NIDDRIE. The death of Mlir. John Niddrie, of Bylron treet, Hamiltonj, has rmoved another old resident froln our midst. 1lorn 7.1 yeLar ago at Cherry JMou:It, near Glenthompsoll, Mr. Niddrie was onle of live brotherl who grel' 1111 to be accompllished bushmen tand Ilter achieved no . small ileputatlion Iis climbers of the big guntl trees of the district. It wlas the blcks who tiuglit the Niddlrie boys to climb, andl it was not )long befoltre they out stripped their instructors. 'lThere is Sbig tree :Lill tiutlldi.ig ne:iar l)un? kcld which, locll gossip says., has1 , been climbed by only three white nten, one of thla the late 1r:.1)h1 Niddric, land it had bulfled thle black': to climb. A coIntr.ov.ersy took place reienltly :' the meltlopolit:lllI pres collncerning the nks of thile ol igi.ali climbingt; :.tcpt onl cer'li~i bush trees, which Illrks s?eomled too f;1r apart' to help it climlnbe, andl it was larglued that as the tree grew, the distunce between the imarks would intrense. When .sked atbout this, M[r. Niddrie ex pilnined that the trees he and his bro thers climlbeld had finished growing, landl thait the blacks 1~.d taulght them to take it long stride on thIe tree. (It was snid that :to other white tm1an could follow the Niddries u11 a tree without cutting adlditional stles.) It was U tribute to their skill and ne veu thallt 1none of the Nislllies bol P. seriotus full f1ro1 i tree, and it, was remallrkoble that up until lately AMI'. John Niddrie wa:s still abIlell to climb the big" trees, but, in tile lmodern way. Mr. Niddrie lived in the1 district plractically all his life, and his manl:'ly good qtalities endeared him to n big circle of friends. Ilh w)as of a qui:et anld retiring dilsposition, aeul very kinlly and cheerful It all times. Ie0 )was Illldl'lri t0 Mliss Florence Jaime.s, of lIamilton, lland she, llas well as two chlildren, D)oreen (lIrs. Storie) n:id Claud, are left to mourn1 i his loss. "Spectator."