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The Vlotorlan Government huvo in* tlmatod that tlioy intend utilising somo of our .?marram grass enclosures for the agistment of starving stock, This ?appears a risky thing to do, for after the expenditure of much money and energy It "would be a pity to run any risk of damaging tlu. enclosures. Tho authorities, however, consider their grazing on them for a tlino will do more good than harm, Lot us hopo so.

The presoncc In our bay of largo shaols of lish still continues, giving sport to many, and profit to some, A curious reason la given for tho pro* sonco in our waters of theso flsh, It is, simply, that hugo shoals of por* poises arc hovering around our coasti and the tlsh aro seeking the shallow waters for protection.

Tho death took place at Melbourne on Saturday of Mr. Thomas lColller, who was for many years a prominent resident of Portland, currying on busi ness as a merchant lit wnat was known as tho "Iron Store." He took a llvoly Interest in public affairs,1 and occupied seats In the borough and shire councils.

Throe Portland boys-W. Allon, N. Beglln, and V. Plthouse-took part in the capture of German New Guinea. Thoy are, of course, attached to tho Australian navy.

Frederick Saunders, of Narrawong, retired farmer, who died on August 11> loft roal estate valued at £ 2,010, and personal property valued at £870 to hlfl widow and chlldron,