OBITUARY. MISS MARY BARRETT. Still another very old and respected resident of the district has passed away, the death of Miss Mary Barrett occur- ring on Friday night last at the Brigi- dine Convent, Ararat. The deceased lady was a niece of the late Rev. Fa- ther Barrett, one of the pioneer priests of the Roman Catholic Church in this district, and a sister of the late Mrs Edward Maccabe. She was born in Ireland, and came to Ararat over fifty years ago, and resided with her uncle in Ingor street in the early days. For many years she lived with Miss Aitkin in Moore street, but her health failing she some time back took up her resi- dence at the Brigidine Convent, where she expired, as we have stated, on Fri- day evening, from heart failure, having reached the age of seventy years. Miss Barrett from the very early days took an earnest interest in the work of the Roman Catholic- Church, and her untiring and self denying labor in all matters affecting the welfare of the church will endear her memory to the minds of the congregation. The re- mains of the deceased were laid to rest in the Ararat Cemetery on Satur- day afternoon last, many sorrowing friends joining the cortege. The Rev. Father Leydon conducted the burial ser- vice of the Roman Catholic Church at the grave, the funeral arrangements be- ing in the hands of Mr J. Dunn. Private cable messages from Japan advise that the Chinese authorities have released 100,000 tons of wheat for J:. panr, and the market has declined ap prociably in eoncequence.