Obituary, SUDDEN DEATH OF MR. COXON. Again the regretful task falls to our lot of chronicling a gap in the ranks of prominent citizens of this town. When the report was circulated early yesterday morning that Mr. G. Coxon had died on the previous night many who heard the intelligence were incredulous, for on the day previous Mr. Coxon had been seen, apparently in good health, by some residents. The news was, however, only too true, for the gentleman referred to died suddenly at his residence about 10 p.m. on Monday night. From what we can learn Mr. Coxon some few days since had an at tack of spasms, but was relieved by some familiar remedies administered by his wife. He had another attack a day or two later, which was cured in the same way. He did not consult a medical man, we understand. On Monday Mr. Coxon spent a great part of the day at the resi dence of Mr. W. T. Bennett, assisting with his advice Mr. G. Bennett in some gardening operations. Some little time after the deceased and Mrs. Coxon had retired to rest that night the latter was awakened by her husband, who seemed to be gasping and choking for breath. She again endeavored to relieve him as before, but this time the measures taken proved unavailing, for in a few minutes Mr. Coxon fell back dead. Mrs. Coxon shouted for assistance, and some members of the Bennett family responded to the call, but on arrival they found that Mr. Coxon was past all human aid. Dr. Dowling, for whom a messenger was immediately despatched, could only confirm on arrival the worst fears of those in attendance. Mr. Coxon has been a resident of Portland for the past nine or ten years, having settled down here to live a retired life after disposing of his agricultural property in the vicinity of the Casterton district. He began his colonial experience, we believe, on the goldfields, but did not pursue the ignis fatuus of a bonanza in this direction to the bitter end like so many of those with whom he was early associated. He chose the more certain form of acquiring wealth in agri- cultural pursuits, and was able to retire about the period mentioned above with at least, we believe, a competency. Mr. Coxon had a large circle of friends in Portland, to whom the news of his sudden decease was a great shock, and the utmost sympathy is felt for his widow, who has been practically an invalid for a considerable period. Mr. Coxon has several grown-up sons and daughters, who reside in the Casterton district, There was no medical man present when the death occurred, and the de- ceased had not been attended by a doctor, so that it was necessary that a port mortem should be held. This was done yesterday, and we understand the result was that it was ascertained the cause of death was heart disease. Mr. Coxon's son arrived last night, and it has been de- cided to convey the remains to Sandford, where the deceased's first wife lies, for interment, The body will be taken by train this afternoon.