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OBITUARY _____________ MR. CHARLES CLAY. The passing of Mr. Charles Clay at the age of 90 years, has removed from our midst one of the remaining links with the pioneers of our district. Born at Buninyong, Mr. Clay spent the early years of his life in that and the Cobden areas, and it was among these forests that he developed that love for the Australian bush which was such a feature of his life. In 1874, the family removed to Portland and settled on land at Gorae often spoken of as the "Old Statlon," being part of one of Henty's cattle runs. It is interestlng to know that this part of the country was then comparatively open, and fine grazing land whereon large herds of cattle were fattened. On this property, Mr. Clay followed farming pursuits and also planted one of the first orchards of the district and justly claimed to be one of the first exporters of apples. Latter, Mr. Clay acquired land op- posit the Gorae railway crossing, which, during the following years, he converted from virgin bush into a well established orchard and home- stead known as "Latimer." Mr. Clay was a very active and strongly built man, and many tales are told of his prowess in sport and feats of strength rarely seen, even in the days of the hardy pioneers. As a young man he joined the local militia garrison, the ranks of which are now fast diminishing; he was also a member of the Portland Rifle Club. He was a great reader and pos- sessed a very retentive memory, so much so that a conversation with him became a delight to his many friends. As a very keen student of the Bible with a deep knowledge and understanding of its pages, nothing pleased him more than a discourse on its truths with the similarly minded. He was an active member of the Methodist Church from boyhood, a lay preacher, and in turn a teacher in the North Portland, Gorae, and Bolwarra Sunday Schools. Mr. Clay was widely known throughout the district, particularly in Gorae, where he reared his family and was active in all the community Iife. Mrs. C.lay was not of the same robust constitution, having pre- deceased her husband nineteen years. It was not till he was well in the eighties that Mr. Clay felt a hard day's work was getting beyond his powers, and he decided to dispose of his property and retire from active life. A home was built in Portland, where he spent his remaining years. During the last twelve months it was evident that he was quietly but surely losing his strength, but only last week was there an indication that the end was near. We are pleased to read that the passing was a very peaceful one, and the long life just ebbed out as if in sleep. The funeral which took place last Thursday, was preceded by a service held in Wesley Church at which the Rev. E. W. Barren paid high tribute to the deceased and the respect in which he was held. This was evi- denced by the many beautiful floral tributes and the large following to the Cemetery. Pall bearers were Messrs. G. and A. Clay, A. Pitts, R. Robins, A. Long and W. Cock. The mortuary arrangements were in the hands of Mr. T. C. Jarrett.