THE PORTLAND GUARDIAN (50th Year of Publication.) With which is incorporated The Portland Mirror Published every Monday, Wednesday, an Friday Evening. FRIDAY, JULY 22, 1892. OBITUARY. - On Wednesday, accom- panied to the grave by the undertaker, the Superintendent of the Asylum, and the driver of the conveyance, were in, terred the remains of James Barnett, known to the youthful and adult popula- tion of this town for many years past as "Old Barney." The deceased breathed his last at the Asylum on Monday, at the age of 63 years, 55 of which, we under. stand, were spent in Portland and the neighborhood. According to the records of the institution James Barnett was born at Burslem, Staffordshire, in the year 1809, and landed in Tasmeria in 1830. He was married in Portland in 1851, and his wife died, it will be remembered, some few years ago. There are five children of the deceased living. Since we can remember him Barnett was in humble circumstances, and when he be- came to some extent incapacitated he eked out an existence by bottle gathering He entered the Asylum about three years since, and has been failing ever since, The cause of death was senile decay. Poor Barnett was one of the pioneers of this country, but failed to grasp the opportunity which he had with others in the early times of acquiring worldly possessions. SinRe ConoIL.-Our Heywo)d cor. respondent states that a rumor is current that Mr. S. Righetti will not seek re election at the haods of the electors of the South Riding. He has it, however, on the most reliable authority that Cr. Bighetti will ask the constituents of that riding to indicate, a continuance of their confidence in him PICTORIAL PORTLaND. - Yesterday afternoon a representative of this paper, accompanied by Mr. Wellesley Parker, the gentleman who is representing Messrs. Rider and Mercer in endeavoring to carry out the idea of producing a ohromoolithographio view of Portland and Heywood and the principal business places therein, started canvassing for support to the venture, and as far as they went met with very fair sucoess. Naturally they were met in some instances with tho per. fectly honest cry of dull times, but there were a good proportion of our moat pro. minent business firms who evidently recog nise that standard motto of the judicious and experienced advertiser, that in periods of depression is the time to make some extra endeavor to attract new business. We trust to be able to announce in our next issue that the scheme is an assufed success. It may be stated that the three commeroial firms in Heywood have all extended their support to the idea of hav ing that place included. To EaeLoYERc.-From the Commis. sioner of Publio Works we have receired the following citoular :-" In order to alleviate to some extent the distress now existing in the colony, and more particu. larly in Melbourne, consequent on the dearth of employment, I shall be glad if you will be good enough to unblish in the news columns of your journal an intimation to the effect that, if furmers, contractors, or other persons requiring labour of any desoription in the country districts, will forward to this office par. ticulars of their requirements, the De partment will endeavor to supply their wants. Pending the opening of a Oc vernment Laboar Buresa with agencies in the country districts, it will be suffi cient if such persons will state the nature of the work and the amount they are pte pared to pay for its ex:cution, together with any other necessary particulars. Any one willing to accept the terms will be forwarded free to the railway station named by the employer." MATRIMONIAL -- Dr. Norman Dowling, of this town, was away from the town for three or four days just recently on very urgent business, The following, from the social column in the current number of Punch will explain the reason of the doctor's absence to those who are not already aware of it:-" The marriage of Miss Katie Kitchen, second daughter of Mr. Jno. A, Kitchen, of Oakleigh, with Dr. Norman Dowling of Portland, was celebrated at St. John's Church, East Melbourne, on Thursday last by the Rev. Canon Vane, of Holy Trinity Church, Kew, assisted by the Rev. J. B. Gason, of St, John's. The church was prettily decorated with floral designs, and a large marriage bell, and the letters ' K' and 'N' wrought in white blossoms, were suspended over the altar. The bride was given away by her father, and wore a gown of rich white silk cut in Princess style, and trimmed round the foot with a rohing; the bodice was high, and finished at the throat with a full ruff of lace; oaronet of orange blossom and long plain aveil, and she carried a bouquet of hothouse flowers, Miss Alice Kitchen, the bridesmaid, wore a soft creta copon, with coffee.colored sash and long court erail, and carried a bouquet of roses and leaves, After the ceremony the party drove to the residence of the bride's parents, where a reception was held, after which Dr. and Mrs. Dowling left for Portland, the latter wearing a gown of ntavy oloth, with fancy vest; pretty hat sn msite." We heartily wish Dr. and Mrs. Dowling many happy years of wedded life in Portland. A meeting of the unemployed has pas. sod a resolution condemning the "manner and cowardly talk of the so-called seocialists, as it is inimical to the beat in terests of workinog men generally."
Au APPEAL.-From the Secretary of the Melbourne Eye and Ear Hospital we have received an appeal that will strike a sympathetic chord iu many hearts, even if people cannot be as responsive as they would wish. Subjoined we give extracts from the communication which will perhaps sufficiently explain its contents, " The monthly meeting of the Committee of the Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital was held at the institutton, Victoria Parade, on let June. "'Owing to the falling off in subscriptions, whilst the pressure for admission to the wards has been increas ing, the president gave notice of his in tention to move, at the next meeting, a resolution to the effect that the largest ward in the hospital be closed unless the subscriptions improved in the immedi. ate future. Unfortunately the public did not seem to folly realise or appreciate the important and valuable work done by the hospital. Ite regretted, for the sake of the suffering poor, and especially in this season of general distress, that such an extreme step should be forced upon the committee, and on their behalf he ventured to hope that it might be averted. The stateof the hospital on 31st May, was as follows :-In.patients-In house at last sepost, 42; admitted during the month, 27; discharged (cured or reliered), 23; remaining in wards, 40. Out-patients -Males. 625; females. 630; new, distinct cases, 380; total attendances, 1,535. Operations - In-patients. 31; Out-patients, 22; total, 53." In this extremity the Committee of Management appeals to the charitable portion of the public for support, feeling assured that the appeal will not be in vain. Hundreds of those who hare been treated at the Hospital have been cured of complete blindness, and thousands have been prevented from becoming totally blind sil caved from being burdens to them selves, to their friends or to the com. munity. The patients admitted to the wards are selected from the worst and most urgent oases amongst the Out-patients. Many of them are fathers and mothers with families dependent on them; many are in the prime of youthful manhood and womanhood; and, sadder still to think, great numbers of them are young children. As for the Out.patients, their ages vary from four days to four score years and upwards. The importance of the work may be measured by the value that we place upon "the blessings of the sight," and the pity that we feel for the otter helplessness of those who have lost it, This work embraces not only the entire colony bnut all the other Anatral. asian colonies as well; each of them, with the exception of Fiji and New Guinea, having from time to time furn ished its quota of patients. These facts being laid before the public, the Com mittee are hopeful that they may be spared the painful necessity of, in any way, curtailing the benefits conferred upon the deserving poor. And tLey wish it to be fully known that the strictest precautions are at all times taken to prevent imposition on the Hospital, so that the liberality of its patrons shall not be misapplied. Tus UsNIPLOYED DIFFIcuLTY.-Mr. James Brake, of Horaham, has sent us a precis of a scheme by which he proposes to solve the unemployed ditficulty. The chief features of the scheme are the stimulation of oltlivaliuu ln Ita ariuous forms, of manufactures and an equitable system of paying for labor. Piecework seems to be the basis on which Mr, Blake would accomplish the latter, while he als) favors the co.operative system. He believes in the shoemaker sticking to his last, or in other words contends that it is a false economy to put a mah to work to which he is unsuited, He would have his scheme worked out by local commit tees composed of practical men acquainted with the different departments of labor. Finally, we may say, everybody has more or less sound ideas regarding the way to advance our material prosperity, but the present depression will do much to accomplish its own cure before it is got rid of, or we are much mistaken, CoNnArr Swvrc,--The Macarthur correspondent of the Warrnambool Standard writes :-Condah swamp is still flooded, and work cannot be resumed for some days, even if it be fine. Some men passed through here to-day, on their way to the drains. Apropos of the letting of the contract seored by Mlesss. Younger and Allan. Mr. W. D. Rundellinforms me that hin and his brother's tender was a halfrpenny per yard lower than that of Younger and Allan. Mr, Rnndell has just returned from Melbourne, where be ha. been to advocate his claim, and Sir H. J. Wrixon has taken it up. and pro. bhbly will bring the matter before the House. DIJer Exou Orx-Stu?ro.-Tho Syd, ney correspondent to the Argus wired on Tuesday:--Last week a little girl named Lottie Crouch died suddenly at Parrmstts, and at the inquest the jury expressed an opinioin thst the child's death had been hbstened by excessive stud;, As she was a pupsil at the Parramatta publio school, Mr. Soutor ordered an inquiry, and a re port has been furnished which explains that the rdvanced books which thedi: ceased -c. known to have been reading prior to blr dseth were not prescribed by the school authoritie; but belong to elder members of the iamily, and were picked op by the child herself, who was naturally ,, very clever girl, Acoros SLE.-We are requested to draw epecial attention to Mr. J. lt. Woods' auction sale, which takes place at has mart, Richmond street, to.morrow after noon at two o'olock, when he will offer Mr. J. T. K. White's vlaluble property, situated an Cashmere; also a large and useful assortment of household forniture, full and complete particulars of which will be found in our advertisiog columns. FooTnLL.-The second draw for the Glossop Cup resulted as follows:-Cole ruane v. Condab on 23rd July, winners v, Portland on 6th Augost, winnets v. Hear. row on 20th August, winners v.Castorton on 3rd September, winners v. Sandford on 17th Septtember. M snarL.-The halfryearly inspection of the Portland Battery will be held on Tuesday, 23rd August, at 8,30 p,m. Danistar.-Mr. F. J. Tbwaites, suer. goon dentist, may be consulted at Mao's Hotel, Portland, on Saturday and Snday, July 30 and 31. TnE Bcrough louncil require tenders to.night for works in Otway street. TErNDEn art elsewhere invited for thb purchase and removal of the Old Wood: ford Inn, Dartmoor. Particulars may be had from Mr, F IL, Lyne.
CU5AGE of OFFrCEs,-During the past week a change has been made in 5the officers of the Union Bank of this town which will be a sourcq of regret to many :customers of the bank for at least a time, rDritt, ho has held the position of teller for a2 months with credit to himself and the general satisfaction of customers of the bank, has been removed to one of the South Australian branches, and his place has been filled by Mr. Loughlan, who comes from the head Melbourne office. This gentleman has made a favourable impression with those he has come in contact with, and we have but little doubt that in a short time he will prove a worthy successor to AMr. Drewitt. Asa cricketer Mr. Loughlau is, we understand, a first class one-so good is fact that he has played with the second eleven. This will be welcome news to cricketers, and his services should be very valuable to the local club. In wishing MIr. Dre-itt every success in his new position we feel we are only cchoilg the wish of the customers of the Union Ilrk, anti at the same time hope his successor will be equally as highly esteemed during his residence here. LoOL, OPTION PLL.-T'lhe corrospon. dent to the Argus wired under Wednes day date:-The local option poll at Eagle. hawk to-day.resulted as follows. the exist. ing number of hotels being 49 and the statutory number 17:-For the existing number, 940 votes :for the statutory num. her, 607 votes; for 23 hotels, 39 votes; for 30 hotels, 4 votes , for 35 hotels 4 votes; for 39 hotels, 2 votes ; for 40 hotels 2 votes ; for 41 hotels, 1 vote; for 45 hltel!, 2 votes ; for 20 hotels, 3 votes; t r 48 hotels, 1 vote ; for 27 hotels. I votes; At the poll taken in March. 18SS, the looal optionists were defeated 11 30 votes, which on the present occasion has been increased to 333 votes asginst the statu. tory number. FaUlT PL.ATIUo.,-A reliable author. ity informs ns that a large number of fruit trees have been planted in the im. mediate vro;nily of the town this season, and should all go well the supply for the English market in a few years will be very largely increased as most planters have purchased the best kinds for foreign mar. kets, TEt D.wi1N.-Thls steamer did not arrive here.till about 7 jo'clock last night but notwithstanding this and the fact that she had a good cargo her business was transacted in time to admit of her leaving again this morning about 7 o'clock. PREOBTTERIAN MIssiON.-The mission which has been conducted in the local Presbyterian Church by the Rev. J. McNeil during the past week was brought to a close on0Wednesday night. Every one of the many services held was well attended, some of them being so well patronised that the Couroh could scarcely contain all who wished to get within the doors. A good many residents, members of tLe various churches, are reported to hare received special benefit from the services, and it is generally admitted that the mission has been the means of stirring up many who previously only evinced a lukewarm interest in religious matters, Mir. McNeil appears to hare an eoffective method of attracting the atte ution of his hearers, and once having gained that he is certainly not backward in fallowing up the advantage, and with good effect. The mission has been rendered all the more effective by the united help of the ministers of the other religious denomin. stions in the town, OEOaoE Rose, the owner of Belisarins, deauee that he attempted to evade the unty on the horse Bclisarius. He tried hard to asecertain if there was any duty, asd voluntered to leave it if there was any with a resident of Strathdownin, the Dustons officer being away from home.