The death occurred yesterday evening, at his farm, Orford, of a very old and greatly respected resident of the district in the person of Mr John Howell, who had reached the age of 72 years. The de ceased, who selected in 1867 the land on which he resided up to the time of his death, never married. He was born in this district, his parents coming here from the North of Ireland in the 40's. De. ceased had not been subject to any seri ous illness, although he was a sufferer from heart trouble, and Dr Pern advised him not on any account to exert himself. Yesterday he had been about the pad dock, and came in the evening and laid down. He shortly afterwards expired from heart disease. A man of upright character, he was held in high regard by all who knew him, and all his neighbors have nothing but words of praise for him, A careful, thrifty man, he was a liberal donor to any object which met with his approval, and his hospitality (like that of all the Howell family) was proverbial. His brothers are Messrs William and Miles Howell (Orford), Samuel (Bendigo), and the sisters are Mesdames Evans and Pridmore (Warrnambool), McInnes and Jacobson (Macarthur), and Miss Rachel Howell (Orford). The funeral will leave his late residence at 11 o'clock to-morrow morning, and arrive at the Port Fairy cemetery at 3 o'clock.