OBITUARY MR J.T. KITTSON The sudden death of Mr. James Trotter Kittson, which occurred at his residence, Cape Bridgewater, on the 11th inst. at the age of 79 years. Deceased was the older son.of the late Mr. James Kittson, one of the first settlers in that locality. It is recorded that the Kittsons, with another pioneer family, the Kennedys, made their home at Bridgewater as far back in time as 1840. In a brief history of the Cape Bridgewater settlement, contributed to "Lone Furrows" by the late Mr. W. Hedditch, an interesting story is told of the families who first settled there and made history in the early colonisatlion of an entirely new country. The late Mr J.T. Kittson was held in the highest esteem throughout his long residence in this district. He was a loyal and devout member of the Methodist Church, and joined the Dawn of Hope Tent of the Rechabites when he was a comparatively young man and continued his membership throughout his remaining years. He leaves a widow, a daughter and one son. The late Mr Kittson was a typical specimen of the English gentle man, and was the essence of polite ness, with an unfailing consideration for others. The slightest little favour was looked upon by him with the greatest graciousness, and part icularly was he appreciative of the returned boys. Nothing gave him greater pleasure than to attend the annual Anzac service, when he al ways had a kindly word and warm hand-shake for the Diggers. No one could say that the late honoured gentleman had ever uttered a word of ill-will against anyone; in fact, he was always looking for the finer points, and could, as the Rev. Barren said, in his address at the church prior to 'the. funeral, find something good in the lowest derelict. And so another old pioneer passes to his Reward with "full points" to his credit, hav ing lived his life, not for his own aggrandisement, but in the service of his fellowmen, in whom he found such wonderful companionship--an example for all to follow. The remains were interred in the Bridgewater cemetery alongside many more of his illustrious kins men, the attendance at the grave side being representative of all parts of the district. Mr. Frank Cockburn Mercer, 72, whv, died recently aLt Portland, wits the second son of a Western District pioneer who Look up the properties of Springwood, Kanawalla, and . Ni gretta in 1851. The late Mr. Mercer' wali educated ait Loretto, in Scot land, where lie was a leading ath lete, land in later life a keen cric keti'r and golfer lie served in the South African war with the East Kent Yeoimanry, and subsequently spent several years iat Springwood before acquiring, in 19114, Ils own Iprolperty atL Eleplhant North, near .Derrinnllum. l' e was it well-known breeder of ierino sheep.' Of" re cent years Ilis activities had been curtailedl by indifferent health, lie is survived by ai widow itid two The whole contmuiniLy was shocked to hetri of the death- of Mr. Glanville Willshire on" Friday Ilust. Deith W'as dtueto tetanus, caused by the ,detcaseI treading on Ii rusty nlil. Ito watt rushed to the lTamilton hos-. pital, but treatment wits inplied too late.