Passed Away. Mr Alexander McBean. One of the early pioneers of the dis- trict passed away about half past 11 o'clock last night in the person of Mr Alexander McBean, who had attained the ripe age of 74 year. Mr McBean came out to this country about 60 years ago, and as a boy of about 13 years of age had rough experience in the employ of another pioneer, then known as " Ter- rible Billy " Thomson. He was later apprenticed to Mr W. Handley, Sand. ford, with whom he began to learn the trade as blacksmith which he followed in later life. He next imigrated to Carng- ham, in the Ballarat district, later on set up in business at Carapook, and later still to Edenhope, then to Casterton, where he was in business for a time behind the premises now known as Cawker's Mart, and eventually built, and and for some time occupied, the black smith and wheelwright shop occupied for many years by the late Mr J. Illingworth, and now by his sons. Re- tiring from that establishment. Mr McBean went to Harrow and about ten years ago returned to Casterton and opened the blacksmith's shop near the town bridge, which he conducted up to the time of his demise. Mr McBean, known to his intimates as "Sandy," was also widely known as one of the genuine "white men" of the district who was held in high esteem by all who knew him, who found him always a "man". Of late, he had been com- plaining at times that he was not feeling as bright as usual, but was about as usual yesterday (Wednesday), and made. no complaint of illness when he went to bed tonight 11.30 o'clock last night. Al- most immediately, however, he turned on his side and in a breath had passed away. He leaves a widow, who is daughter Mrs William Caffrey, and sister of Mr George Smith, and surviving family, including Messrs If. S. (Casterton), Alick (Melbourne), W. R.. G. S., andl R. McBean (Casterton), Mesdames D. Cameron (Fitzroy), J.. Smith (Violet Town), and Miss McBean, who resided with her parents in Robertson Street, Casterton. The funeral is appointed to leave Mr McBean's late residence at 2 p.m to- morrow (Friday).