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iNOTES AND) EVENTS. Death l-as claimed another of the pioneers of the district, in the person of Mr Thomas Morrissy, of Beeac. He was 78 years of age, and a native of Tipperary.. When 24 years of age he came to Victoria-and was for two years engaged in farming pursuits in the Ballarat district, and then came to Becac, where he carried on farming for about 52 years He was held in very high esteem, and without a doubt the district has lost one of its most estimable citizens. He took a keen interest' in the Colac Dairying Company and his familiar form will be missed at tie half-yearly meetings. He was at all times outspoken in his remarks if he considered that anything was at fault, but his fairness of spirit was generally recognised.- If the co-opera tiv, movement had more men of his calibre it would be evcen stronger. than it is at present.' For many years he was an enthusiastic member of the Colac P. and A. Society, and had been a prominent exhibitor in the cattle sections. Ho leaves a widow and four sons, Messrs J. P., T. J.. E. J., and J. F. Morrissy. The funeral took place at the Beeac ceme terv yesterday and was one of the largest and mnost representative ever seen in the district. Among the floral tributes was one from the Beeac Rid ing members of the Colac Shire Coun cil. one from the chairman and direc tors of the Colae Dairy Company, one from the President and mem bers of the Colac P. and A. Society, and from Mr and Mrs A. E. Hayward, of the Colonial Bank, Colac. The body was encased in a polished oak casket with solid gold mounts, and was borne to the grave by Messrs J. Threlfall, W. Bowler, M. Daffy, P. O'Donnell, T. Darcy, and J. II. M'Cartlhy; the pall bearers being: Co"rrnvillor Meredith (president of the shire), Messrs F. Neylon, M. Troy, RI. Carew, D. Delahunty., T. Hyland, M. Jacob. J. lM'Carthy, R. P. Mee ban, P. Fitzpatrick, R. Daffy, and •0Johnl Wylie. The service at the Graveside was conducted by the Very Rev. Dean Nelan. assisted by the Rev. Father M'Gloin; and the funeral ar rangements were carried out by Mr George James. The committee of the Colac Race Club and United Friendly Societies met the Traders in the Temperance Hall on Saturday evening, to discuss the question of granting a holiday for the excursion to be held on 21st Feb rlary next, and race meeting to be held on the 24th February. After some discussion the above committee agreed, in consideration of the traders granting them their respective holidays this year,. to hold the excursion and race meetin, on the last Tuesday in February every year, and that day be proclaimed a permanent holiday. Mr S. J. Hill moved "that this meet ing recommend that the traders grant a holiday to the U.F.S. excursion on Saturday, 21st Februray, and a half holiday to the Race Club on Tuesday, closing at 12 noon, upon consideration that the iU.F.S. and Colac Race Club agrees not to ask for similar privi leges next year, but to apply for one ;general holiday in lieu of eight hours' day." Seconded -by Mr Parkes and carried. Mr John Hancock moved that steps he taken to have the last Tuesday in February, starting from next year, in lieu of eight-hours' day. Seconded by Mr Baker and carried. Mr Alex. Gaylard, who is employed on the railways, sustained a sad be reavement last Friday, by the death of his wife, at the early age of 34 years. She was well-known by a large circle of riends, who regarded her very highly because of her kindly-nature. She has been ailing for some time, and leaves one child. The funeral took place at tile Colac cemetery yesterday. The pall hearers were Messrs J. H. Slater, C. Matthews, S. Spokes, R. Cowleyr C. Gaylard, W. Gaylard, H. Matthrews, A. Gaylard, and the coffin bearers, Messrs G. Perkins, F. Gay lard, R. Gaylard, J. Gaylard. Tf Rev. Mr Knight conduoted a service at the house and also at the grave ide. About 25 railway employees marchled in front of the hearse. Tihe funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr T. W. Sltrrow. A preseantation is to be mnade 'to Mr and Mrs J. C. Dillon to-morrow (Tues day) evening, 20th inst., in the Beeac Public Hall. The committee have the arrangements well in hand and a large attendance is expected at the social. A good programme hos been arranged. Ragwort, which is a noxious weed, under the Thistle Act, has made its aplpearance in several parts of the Beech Forest. During a visit to the forest somen time ago, Mr A. E. Lang horne noticed the presence of a weed on some of the holdings. He sent a sample to Melbourne arid received a report that the plant was ragwort. As a result of this notification he has served notices, under the Thistle Act, on a number of. landholders, calling upon them to eradicate the weed. The many friends of Mr A. Gerrard, of Ondit, will regret to learn that he is seriously ill. The services of Nurse Sydenhanl have been requisitioned, and hopes are entertained for his recovery. Mr :J. H. Slater, the dashing Gee long footballer, was chosen to represent Victoria in the amateur athletic cham pionship contests in Melbourne on Saturday. hut was unable to take part owing to the death of his sister, Mrs Gaylard, in Cclsac, oen Friday. Atcording to hho returnls sf :he Victori~a Sra:t:ic2l Erancl a the Customs Department, the year 1513 srw a large increase in the import 4td export. trade of thIe State. Iiports of mnerchandisuo in December amoaun~ to £2,8690,038, a aagainst £2,111,171 ig Deeumlner, 1012D. and £1,870,971 in December 1911, The exports were valued at £3,598.0'2' . as caompared with £2,931,00i in December. 1919, and £3,217,17G i1, December 1911, r'olhl : lo specie exports were small, amonoit g i,, Il f.SSS. against. £43,349 ii Deoniher, 1913. ,an ].1.',994 in D)e,,miter. 1911. W'. E. Stephens. of Busy Enferprise Htous., h:as just landed a large indent orde r ]00,)00 stmokeless field eart rilgi.-~. He has aIls a fine stocl of "inrlh a ,ti dolible ,arrlled I?uns. Siho.t,rs Ji;!qpl not n)iss this chance of getting the very tling tly w4t. (Advt.)
The monthly meeting of the Colac 3hire Council will be held to-day. The Rev. Mr Pestle, of Chalmers ;Hobart), has been appointed to the Beeac Presbyterion Church on Wed oeeday, great enthusiasm being maut tested in the appointment. Mr poj.lo was at one time acting as assistant it the Colac church. An electoral canvass is now being taken throughout Victoria. During the next few weeks the police will be sngaged in delivering schedules at all nouses and occupiers are requested to ill same in and returns them to the fflicer. In the past it had been found that occupiers had filled in the names of all eligible persons in the house, but had omitted his own nme. They are urged to be careful in this respect on the present. occasion, and to assist the polies in every possible way. The rolls now being compiled are to be used for the general elections to be held in October next, and electors should take special care that their names are not omitted through their own indifference or negligence. Any householder not 'receiving a schedule by the end of February is requested to communicate with the local police. All natural-born or naturalised persons above the age of 21 yeirs residing in Victoria for six months or in the dis trict in which they now reside for one month immedately preceding the enrol ment are entitled to have his or her name entered on the roll. All persons who owned land at Dece mber 31 last- of an unimproved value exceeding £250 are liable to pay State Land Tax for he current year 1914. No general returns- are, however re quired to be furnished to the Commis sioners of Taxes, who will make his assessments upon' his official .record, which are based upon the Land Tax returns furnished in 1911, supplement ed by notice of change of ownership given by vendors and purchasers of land in the meantime. Notice of change of ownership effected by sales and pur chase of land in the year 1913 are required to be given t othoe Commis sioners not later than January 31, 1914, otherwise the Commissioners's assessments will he made as if the vendor were the owner at December 31, 1913. A very large number of such notices has already been received by the Commissioners; but it is feared many sellers and purchasers have not yet fulfilled their obigation in this re spect. The notice requires to be signed by both seller and buyer, and the forms to enable them to do so may be obtain ed either at jthe State Land Tax Office Flinders Street, Melbourne, or at any law stationer's. The world's most popular musical in strument is the violin. Over two years ago the new style violin was in troduced to Australa, and in large centres such as Melbourne, hundreds are now taking up the study of the violin. The average number of certi ficates gained for violin playing at the Melbourne centre of the Associated Board of R.A.2M. and R.C.M. for the last seven years is 24 per annum, in 1913 no less than sixty certificates were awarded by the board. Of this number 49 learn on the new style violin. It is claimed that there is no other instrument so easy to master as the new style violin. It is our most beautiful and perfect instrument and is justly called the king of instruments, since science and invention has made it easy to learn, it is attracting more students than any other instrument. In the recent examinations numbers of children, ages from 6 to 8 years passed after a few months' tuition. Professor Jenkinsons, who is well known in this di-trict, is most enthusiastic about the new style violin and system.' He has decided to form, classes at principal towns on the' line. The new system is best taught. in class, and it brings the fee within the reach of all. Full par ticular are given in another column as to days of instruction, fees, etc. Th' members of the Licenses Re duction Board will visit Colac on Wed. nesdn-y, 28th January, to obtain evi dence so as to decide the compensa tion which each holder of a victuallers license would have to pay should cer tain things occur in 1917. At the beginning of that year local option will come into force. At the first general election after that date a local option poll will be held. The electors will tbe asked three questions-(a) That the number of licenses continue, (b) that the number of licenses be reduced (c) that there be no licenses at all, Where b or c is carried the Licensing Court will be asked to say what amount of compensation would have to be paid to the owners of hotels, Should there not be suflicient money in the Com pensation Fund to pay the sum agreed ulon, the Treasurer of Victoria will demand such additional compensation fromnt the licensed victuallers of Vic toria. In other words, they'will have to make up the shortage between them. The Licensing Reduction Board will meet in Colac to determine the maxi-" mum amount the local hotelkcepers will be called upon to pay should ques tions b or c be carried in any of the licensing districts. The final results. in conneec tion with the University Examina tions have now been made. public. Nincteen students of the Colac - Agri cultural IHighI School presented them selves for cxanuinations in the various subjcts, and ehave done very satisfac. torily. The passes were-Senior Pub lic--Miss Jean Jolhnstone passed, and in two subjects with honors. Matricu lation-Miss Jessie Ilearn and Miss Elsie Skjellerup. Junior Public-Miss Elsie Scouller, Masters Len. Carr, T. Hilggins, WVillie Johnston, Bruce John, stone. Nine students obtained their block, somae passing in 4, 5, and 6 subjects, and two of the latter only failed in one compulsory subject. The whole of these are eligible to sit for exammination in these subjects in the supplementary examinations to be held In M1arch next.