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Passed Away. John i. Andrew. On Sunday Inst an old identity o Merino Downs passed away, In th person of Mr John Stevens Andrew nown generally as John Forster. 11 reached Merino Downs under somewha romantic circumstances about 02 year, ago, alld hti remained between there o Munthau ever since, Ile arrivedia Portland in the ship "General Hewett' in 18,5t, when the gold fever was at it height, and men were decamping in al direltions for the diggings. Nearly al the crtet of tile General Howett ' bolted, and a number made their way up to this district, and remained to thI day of their death. Amongst them wil bo remembcred the names of Messr Rooking, Andrew, Gasperino, Chard, Harvey and others, all of whom have now pnssed to their long home, Andreo lbaing survived the others. 11e ottei related the circumstances of his going t< MeArino Downs. It apFcaro that owing to the sailors running away to the dig gings no permission could be got under any pretext to leave the vestel, conse quently he and tile lato Mr Rooking devised the scheme of lowering a Inddoe into the sea and drifting with it to the shlore, as all boats had been secured or board the vessel. 1jy this means they got safely to land. e'ily had toutse the utmost canuion, as the police were on the alert, and very natrifnul. ' U'pon landing they dived into the forest, and made their way to Ileywood, and ultimately to HIotspur. Still keeping in the timbee they reached the open about Dwyer'. Creek, when they woro completely knocked up, but seeing smoke at a dis tance dragged themselves along, footsore and weary, to what proved to be Morino Downs homestead, where they were given the isual permission to stny, and the next day worn engaged as casual lando on tihe station, where they remained. Rooking passed away in 1871, Andrew was buried on Tucesday in the Morino Cemetery by the side of his old com panion, the I1ov. .A . Marcnueen officiat. Ing. 1'rovions to joining the " General llowett," Andrew had been a man of war's man, having seen service in the Crimea, where Ihe took part in thle seige of Sebastopol in 185,5. At the time of his death he had reached the ripe age of 85 years, and up to within about a year ago was seemingly as vigorous as over, lie was always spoken of as being a trusty servant, and an all round general favorite.