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WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday January 5, 1906

Duncan -- Jory.
The marriage of Mr L.S.DUNCAN, 5th son of Mrs DUNCAN, senr., of Natimuk, with Miss M.E. JORY,second daughter of Mrs R. JORY, of Natimuk, took place in the local Methodist Church on Wednesday, 27th December, the Rev. T.J. PAYNE officiating.
The bride who was given away by her elder brother, Mr. W. JORY, wore a dress of cream voile, silk bodice with transparent yoke of yak lace trimmed with pleated chiffon, skirt trimmed with silk, yak insertion and orange blossom. She also wore a bridal veil and wreath of orange blossom. Miss Lilian DUNCAN, first bridesmaid, was tastefully attired in cream voile skirt and silk blouse, trimmed with chiffon and ribbon. Miss Ethel MEMBERY was dressed in cream delaine, trimmed with lace and ribbon. Both bridesmaids carried baskets of flowers. The bridegroom was supported by Mr Jas. CRANAGE.
After the ceremony, the happy couple left the church amid showers of rice, and were driven to the residence of the brides mother, where a number of guests sat down to the wedding breakfast, and a happy time was spent, the usual toast being honored. Mr. Mrs DUNCAN left by the 3 O'clock train for Goroke, en route to Edenhope.
The bride's travelling dress was of blue silk crepoline, with hat to match. The presents were numerous, and costly, including a handsome clock to the bride from the Methodist Church and a piece of plate from the Sunday school, the bridegroom being presented with a teasel by the Edenhope Presbyterian Church choir, and a silver fruit stand by the Edenhope Brass Band.

The marriage of Mr Harry KNIGHT, Tinsmith, of Natimuk, with Miss DRUMMOND, of Coleraine, took place yesterday, at Coleraine. Mr KNIGHT intends living in portion of the house adjoining that of Mr Harry SCHMIDT. Later he intends building a house next to the residence of Mr H.G. HODGES.

One of Dr SHELDON'S digestive tablets will digest 1500 grams of meat, eggs, and other wholesome food. They are a genuine tonic, because they bring about in the only natural way a restoration of nerve power, a building up of lost tissue and appetite by the digestion and assimilation of wholesome food. They can't help but do you good. For sale by W. H. MEREDITH, grocer, Natimuk.

The reason why any wholesome food is not properly digested is because the stomach lacks some important element of digestion. Some stomachs lack peptone, others are deficient in gastric juice or hydrochloric acid. The one thing necessary in any case of poor digestion, is to supply those digestive elements which the stomach lacks, and nothing does this so thoroughly and safely as Dr SHELDON'S digestive tablets. They digest what you eat, thus giving the stomach a rest and assistance until it is restored to its normal action and vigor. For sale by W. H. MEREDITH, grocer, Natimuk.

NATIMUK COURT ( Before Captain BURROWS, P.M., and Mr. A.E. BEARD, J.P. )
W.C.TULLY, rabbit inspector, proceeded against A. C. HATELEY for failing to destroy rabbits on his property, at Tooan. Mr POWER defended. Complainant deposed that he served defendant with notice to destroy rabbits on the 31st August. Inspected the land again on the 12th December, when he found no sign of any work having been recently done, excepting a plough furrow.
To Mr POWER: Do not think that the notice served on the 31st August had expired on the 12th December. Did not see the land in the meantime. If reasonable work had been done the rabbits would not have increased. If all rabbits had been killed others could not have got through the wire netting which surrounded the property. Wouldn't swear that nothing had been done to the burrows. Did not find that rabbits were worse than other years.
To the Bench:-- The rabbits I saw on the 12th December were of all sizes. Mr POWER contended that his client had taken all reasonable means to destroy the rabbits.
Captain BURROWS said the bench took in that defendant had done something, but not sufficient work according to law.
A fine of 20s was imposed.

Duncan McLACHLAN was similarly charged in regards to the property in which Mt. Arapiles was enclosed. The evidence as to the inspection and services was the same as in the first case. When he inspected the land on the 12th December the inspector found evidence of a furrow, but saw no poison and no dead rabbits. Defendant said the property was a special area fenced to keep the rabbits in. He had laid poison on the fringe around the rocks.
Captain BURROWS:--You could lay poison. You must destroy the rabbits.
Defendant: Oh, give us British Justice.
Captain BURROWS: We have to administer the law as we find it.
Defendant: I have done my best, I can not employ an army of men. If poison were laid now it would be worse than useless.
Captain BURROWS: Why not get the army?
Defendant (laughing heartily): What ! the Salvation Army ?
Defendant was fined 20s.

QUANTONG (from our correspondent)
The church which was brought here from Wail a short time ago is nearly re-erected by the contractor, Mr R. SISSON, and will shortly be ready for use by the Church of England people here in connection with St. Aidan's, Natimuk.

A concert and tea meeting was held on Christmas evening by the Methodist people in aid of the chapel, and although the night was very hot the hall was crowded, many standing in the doors. The entertainment opened with a quartet by Messrs HOYLE, and HOWELL and Mrs YOST and Miss ASPLIN. A duet followed by Mr HOSKING and Miss McKENZIE, who had come from Horsham to assist, the former being famous, especially as a "Glory" singer affected by Mr ALEXANDER, of revival fame. Miss McKENZIE has a fine contralto voice, which blended very finely with Mr HOSKING'S in "He is so precious to me," eliciting an encore, to which they responded with, "There's honey in the Rock for you". Mr E. J. SANDERS followed with a sacred song, with quartet chorus, well rendered. Mr LYNCH sang "The Holy City". Miss Freda SANDERS gave a short poetical recitation, as also did her sister Aggie, very nicely, but not with sufficient modulation, being said rather than recited. Mr HOSKING sang "Fathers keeping," and Miss McKENZIE also gave a solo " May God be with you" both being finely rendered. Mr W. HOWELL sang "A dream of Bethlehem" and Mr W. H. HOYLE "Nazareth," while Miss ASPLIN also gave a solo. Mr HOSKING and Miss McKENZIE sang "Jesus promised me a home, " which received a loud encore, to which they responded with, "Dear to the heart of the Shepherd." The chair was occupied by the Rev. Mr PAYNE in his usual humorous and capable manner. The accompaniments were played by Mrs YOST, and Mrs NETHERWAY and Miss ASPLIN, and a vote of thanks to the performers was carried with applause on the motion of Mr HARRIS.

The death of Mr Walter LAIDLAW, J.P. (owner of Newlands, Benyeo, Melville Forrest, and Ardachy stations) which took place on Saturday week, has removed one of the old school of Western district squatters at the age of 80 years. Deceased had a slight paralytic stroke about a year ago, which broke up his robust constitution. He was a Scotchman, and had been 55 years in Victoria. He first tried his fortune at the Bendigo diggings, then went on the land at Broadmeadows, and shortly afterwards took up the property now known as Skene. From there he went to Newlands as Manager for the late Mr. James Gordon, whose sister he married. He acquired Murrandarrah Estate, lived there until 1880, when removed to Melbourne, remaining there for five years. He went to Scotland, and on returning bought Benyeo, and entered into partnership with Miss Gordon in the Newlands Estate, where he went to reside, and where he lived until his death. He was the last of the Apsley pioneers. Deceased leaves a family of five--- Mr. Jas. LAIDLAW, Melville Forest; Messrs Gordon and Walter LAIDLAW, Benyeo; Mrs H. McMEICHAN, and Mrs C. McMEICHAN, Melbourne, and Miss LAIDLAW, of Ardachy. The remains were quietly interred in the private cemetery at Newlands on Monday, a large number of mourners attending.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday January 12, 1906

Owing to the extreme heat which obtained on Friday evening the concert in aid of Goroke Horticultural Society was only sparsely attended. The performers had a hard task, but did remarkably well. Mr A. SCHINCKEL made an excellent chairman.
Taken as a whole the performance was a good one. Mrs ACRES, from Melbourne, rendered some very fine violin selections. Miss McCLOUNAN'S singing was highly appreciated and Miss P.WALTER'S voice was very clear and her songs were well rendered. Miss BOEHM, a very young player, gave the audience a treat with her pianoforte selections. Mr J. CARROLL sang in his usual good style, and he received an encore. Mr J. O'DONNELL of Horsham was suffering from a cold, but was brought back. The gem of the evening was "All in the hush of twilight," by Miss E. JELBART, accompanied by Mrs. ACRES (violin obligato) and Miss JELBART, (piano).

The following is the programme

Overture, Miss E. JELBART
Song, Miss WALTERS
Song (encore) Mr. O'DONNELL

Violin selection, Mrs. ACRES and Miss JELBART
Song Miss E. JELBART
Song Mr. G. H. HAWKINS
Violin selection Mrs. ACRES and Miss JELBART


Trio Messrs TULLY and Miss JELBART
Recitation Mr. SCHINCKEL
Violin selection Mrs. ACRES
Song (encore) Mr. CARROLL
Song Mr. McCLURE
Pianoforte selection Miss BOEHM
Song (encore) Mr. A. MUEGEL
Chorus by the company, A Happy New Year to you all, God save the King.

Mr H.C.BLOCK has just arrived from Melbourne with an 8-horse power (American) traction engine, the journey from Melbourne occupying nine days. Mr BLOCK had a rough time on the engine during the heat. The engine is to be used for hauling logs to Mr BLOCK'S sawmill at Goroke.

Our heat register in the shade last Saturday was 115.

A wedding took place yesterday week at "Bonnie Brae" Coleraine, when Miss Mary Ann WATSON, daughter of Mr and Mrs Richard DRUMMOND, was married to Mr Henry KNIGHT, of Natimuk, by the Rev. David MILLAR. The bride was costumed in cream voile, trimmed with silk ruche and lace, and had also the usual wreath and veil. Miss Marjory R. DRUMMOND, who carried out the duties of bridesmaid, was in grey voile, with gnipure trimming and white lace. Mr CREAN, of Hamilton, was best man. The bride, writes the Albion, became the happy possessor of a watch and chain given by the family, besides a cheque from the bridegroom. The latter received from the ' better half ' a gold breast pin, and the bridesmaid was presented with a gold chain by the bridegroom. After the ceremony the wedding party sat down to an elaborate spread, at which the table decorations were very fine. The Rev. D. MILLAR proposed the toast of the bride and bridegroom, which was responded to by Mr Knight. Mr G. DRUMMOND proposed the toast of the bridesmaid, which was responded to by Mr CREAN, and that of the parents, was safely entrusted to Mr. MOORE, Mr. Richard DRUMMOND suitably replied. The presents were valuable and plentiful.

Messrs HAGELTHORN and BOLTON report :--- we have succeeded in disposing of a number of good district properties since our last report, most of them having been secured by district farmers, who are in the best position to appreciate the value of such lands.
Mr B. McMANUS of Pimpinio, has purchased 1260 acres of the well known South Brighton property at 5/5/ per acre. This property is situated about five miles from Horsham, is all virgin soil, and is all admirably adapted for either grazing or agriculture---- indeed, these paddocks were regarded by the late manager of South Brighton Estate as the fattening paddocks of the station. Mr McMANUS proposes to fallow the bulk of the land during the coming season, and given anything like an average rainfall, Mr McMANUS should secure a splendid return.
On account of Mr J. H. OLIVER, we have disposed of his property at Polkemmet, consisting of 202 acres of freehold, and on account of Mr M. KELLY, and Mr SHERIDAN, we have sold 200 and 346 acres respectively. All these properties in contiguous blocks, having a frontage to the Wimmera River, and containing in all 748 acres, have been purchased by Mr George SMITH, of Pimpinio. Mr SMITH is to be congratulated on having secured so good an area of land together at a reasonable price.
One of the largest properties we have sold is on account of Mr and Mrs LUNDY, containing about 2700 acres near Polkemmet. This land is of fair quality, and excellent returns of wheat have been obtained from time to time.
On account of Messrs TURNER Bros., Dergholm, we sold to Mr Reeves COLLINS a splendid grazing property at 2/10/ per acre, containing 1290 acres.
Near Hopetoun, in conjunction with our Warracknabeal office, we have sold to Messrs TALBOT Bros., 4000 acres, and on account of Mr HOGAN 640 acres near Rosebery. The well known Natimuk Hotel on account of Mrs ROSE, we have sold at a satisfactory price to Mr NEWTON. The new owner may be congratulated in having secured a property to which is attached such an excellent a business as the late proprietress had succeeded in working up.
We have also sold on account of Mrs JAMIESON the Royal Hotel, Rainbow, to Mr P. McCABE, of Horsham, at a satisfactory price. We have sold on account of Mr J. SUDHOLZ his township property and butchering business at Natimuk to Mr A. W. KAY at a satisfactory figure. A township property at Horsham was sold by us in the estate of Mr SIMPSON to Mr J. GRIFFIN, and we think a record price for Wonwondah land has been established when we sold by auction 45 acres of land to Mr M. HICKEY, at no less than 4/16/ per acre for the freehold.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday January 19, 1906

Mr Wm. PENNY, of Salt Lakes, contracted Tetanus in a simple way. He was harvesting on the recent scorching Saturday, and lay down in the shade, his head resting on the edge of an iron trough. He fell asleep. On waking, he had a stiff neck, and to relive it poured water from his bag on it. He become worse, and though in great pain, did not consult Dr POTTS for nearly a week. The Dr found that he was dangerously ill with lock jaw, and though he has rallied somewhat, he will not be out of danger for over a month.

The probable cause of the Longerenong fire was sparks from the chimney of the hut of Stephen TEMPLAR, rabbit trapper, who was boiling water to mix poison when the chimney took fire, and burning soot flew about on grass outside.

Mr F. McQUILLAN has resigned his position in charge of Wartook reservoir, as he is leaving for New South Wales.

Mr. PERRY, proprietor of the butter factory, is making fair profit out of cream supplied by the district farmers, but would like larger supplies.

The night service telephone is now working, and the service is constant, including Sundays. Dr COOKSON wired the Post Master General that the delay greatly inconvenienced him, and the same date the night service commenced.

Mrs MILLS, of Wawunna Road, who is 67 years old, is dangerously ill with an internal complaint.

The tender of Messrs. LANGLANDS and Co at 190 odd, for provisioning Longerenong for this year, has been accepted by the Government.

Mr. and Mrs R. A. McRAE lost their six month old daughter, through heat and bowel complaint.

Cheques are at the Sub Treasury for Arapiles Shire, F. HATELEY, T. JELBART, W. SINCLAIR, J. TREADWELL, H. KNIGHT, D. McPHEE (2).

A transfer of the Albion Hotel license has been granted from J. THOMAS to J. P. O' FARRELL.

Mayor MILLAR, Miss MILLAR, and Miss MAY are starting for a long holiday tour round Australasia.

J. SCOTT was sent to jail for six weeks for stealing from the till at WARD'S hotel.

Dr. READ is going to Tasmania for a fortnight's holiday, his locum tenens being Dr. DONALD.

Mrs C MILLS died on Saturday.

A. WATSON, swagman, was fined 5, or a month, for lighting a fire near Mr R. McCLOUNANS stables, Horsham. The man refused to put out the fire. He took the month.

The income tax fiend is about, and wage earners whose income totals 157 must send in a return before Jan. 31. Those carrying on business are allowed till March 1.

Mr. H.C. WOOLMER, coach builder of Natimuk, has just completed to the order of Mr Alf WILLS, of Tooan, a very handsome pony express. The buggy, while being strong and roomy, is very light in draught. The undercarriage is particularly well ironed and herein lies the strength. Well seasoned hickory and kauri have been used, while the trimmings are of American duck. The wheels are of the Savern patern, with half patent axles. Altogether, Mr. WILLS will take delivery of a buggy not only highly suitable for his requirements, but one in the construction of which much care and good workmanship have been used, employed. In looking through Mr WOOLMER'S workshop we noticed a clever and simple device for blowing the bellows, it is a large wheel with a belt around it and connected with the fan. The wheel is driven by the lever in the old style. A child almost can work the lever, while the blast is exceptionally strong. Mr WOOLMER has introduced other labour saving appliances, so that his shop is getting very up to date.

A few days ago Mr. HOOD, of Duchembegarra, drove out to one of his paddocks to look at some bags of wheat. He left the horse and trap on the road in charge of a boy while he went into the paddock. The flies were troublesome, and in shaking it's head the horse, which was a medium draught, shook the winkers off. It then bolted, but had not gone far when the buggy axle between the wheel and body struck a tree. The boy was thrown violently between some stumps, but he miraculously escaped injury. The trap was wrecked excepting the wheels, the wood and iron being broken and twisted into all sizes and shapes. Only a few days before the accident, Mr HOOD had brought the buggy home from Mr. R. C. WOOLMER'S, freshly done up, and the pieces of the buggy now lie in the same shop.

A little boy named MASCHMIDT, who is over from Adelaide with his mother spending a holiday with Mr.and Mrs Harry SCHMIDT, of Natimuk, got his hand caught in the cogs of a chaffcutter with painful results. Two or three stitches were inserted by Dr. BIRD.

The will of Mrs HEARD, late of ' Lake Banks', Tooan East, grazier, which was made five days before death, has been lodged for probate. The whole estate being left to her children. The real estate is being sworn at 7,150, and personal at 1,225.

Tenders for the purchase of Mr Geo. CRICK'S farm at Pimpinio have been extended until tomorrow.

Mrs Harry KNIGHT, of Natimuk, was in the act of stooping to take a loaf from the bread boiler when the head of a black snake darted up inquiringly. Mrs KNIGHT hastened to oblige the visitor by putting the lid on the boiler, and upon the arrival home of Mr KNIGHT, it came to an untimely end. The snake was 18 inches long.

A tiger snake entered Mrs NIVEN'S boarding-house at Balmoral, and could not be found, though the house was well searched. Some days later Mrs NIVEN in taking down a coat in a back room was startled to find the snake hanging from the sleeve. It was dead, having caught its mouth in a fish hook hanging from a rod on the wall. It was 4ft. long.

Several members of Mrs KLOWSS' family were recently ill with measles, but are alright again.

Mr. and Mrs BLACKSON, of Natimuk, have had the misfortune to loose their six month old daughter Lena. The parents took the child with them to Melbourne on their holidays. She had been ailing previously, and became very ill on the journey down, dying soon after their arrival in the city.

Mr. and Mrs Stewart TRENERY, of Horsham, suffered a great loss through the death of their only son Allan, a bright boy of 13. He had gone for a holiday to his aunt at Surry Hills, and went swimming on Thursday, after which he felt slight pains in the head, though he kept about as usual. On Saturday morning a wire came to say that the boys head was worse, and Mrs TRENERY sent back to ask if she should go down. No answer came till midnight, when there came a telegram to the railway station announcing the death. The bereaved parents, for whom great sympathy is felt, with their only child Florrie, went by express to Melbourne hours later.

Mr. James LANE, a very old and well respected resident of South Wonwondah, died last week aged 77 years. The funeral was a very large one, the internment being at Nurrabiel. The pallbearers being, Messrs H. FLACK, J. BALLINGER, A. GROTH, S. BLIGHT, G. TUCKER, and T. BLIGHT. The service at the grave was read by the Rev. T. J. PAYNE. The deceased has descendants living at Goroke and Quantong.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday January 26, 1906

Ministerial Changes.
Mr. STEWART of the Natimuk Presbyterian Church, was farewelled at the residence of Mrs W. JORY last night. As before stated, Mr STEWART goes to Dunolly, and is to succeeded by Mr COONS, who will occupy the manse. The Rev. A.J. STEWART, Presbyterian, who conducts the services at Neuarpurr and beyond, has accepted a call to the Mt. Kosciusko charge, and is to leave immediately. A Rev. Douglas BRUCE (that's Scotch) from Sea Lake takes his place.

Miss HAYDON has been transferred from Lemon Springs school. Her successor has not arrived. There is a new teacher at Morea, a Mr PEARCE.

Mr. M. JACKMAN, of Clear Lake, has given Mr W.H. CRANAGE a contract for erecting a seven room lath and plaster residence. The ceilings are of embossed steel, as also is the dado in the passage. The kitchen is lined throughout with uralite, a heat conductor.

Our Gymbowen correspondent writes that Mr. CRANAGE has made a start with Mr. McCANN'S seven roomed house and two bedrooms at the Gymbowen Hotel.

Mrs KUSE, of Pittsworth, Queensland, formally of Natimuk, has died, as the result of an operation. Deceased was sister to Mrs W. MEREDITH.

Painful Accident At The Arapiles Flour Mills
Frank BAKER, employed as a wheat lumper at the local mill, met with a nasty accident on Wednesday. The last bag of a huge stack of wheat in front of the mill was being stacked in the shed, BAKER called to Bob BRAY, who was driving the horse, to pull up, at the same time grasping the pulley rope.
The middle and third finger were caught between the pulley and the rope, and the tops cut off. A similar accident to another employee named HARRIS a few days previously was narrowly averted, HARRIS dragging his fingers from under the rope just in time.

Sale Of Brippick Station.
Mr. W. B. CROSBIE, a former resident of the Neuarpurr and Harrow districts, and who has of late years been managing a sheep station in South Australia, has purchased from Mr. J. C. FITZGERALD the Brippick Estate. It is expected that Cr. FITZGERALD will shortly resign his seat as a representative of the West Riding of the Kowree Council.

Another Vehicular Accident
Mr. RICHARDSON, the well known tea traveller, had an unpleasant experience on Wednesday evening. While he was closing a gate entering the property of Mr J. H. KEYTE of Grass Flat, the horse, attached to a hooded gig, bolted. The weight of the hood and the jolting caused the seat to break and the hood and the seat fell to the ground. The gig turned up on it's side and bounced on it's wheels again, four times before turning upside down, the horse also falling. The horse got up and stood till Mr RICHARDSON came up. The gig is in Mr WOOLMER'S shop in pieces.

Natimuk Court Of Petty Sessions.
At this court yesterday before Captain BURROWS P.M. Ernest and Harry HALLAM were charged with careless use of fire at Connangorach, on December 19, where 20 acres of grass on Mr John RUSSELL'S property, was destroyed. Constable TATE who prosecuted, said the boys admitted lighting the fire, which the elder boy said was caused while explaining to his brother the danger of the careless use of matches. Four fires were lit along the road. Capt. BURROWS, after explaining to the boys the seriousness of the offence, and exacting a promise that they would not light any more fires, discharged them.

Fred ROGERS, who had conscientious objections was fined 2 for failing to have his child vaccinated.

Search where you will, it is impossible to find a better more reliable medicine for stomach, liver, or bowel disorders, then CHAMBERLAIN'S stomach and liver tablets, during the past few years they have restored hundreds of sickly people to health, and will do as much for you. We urge every sufferer from loss of appetite, insomnia, nervousness, indigestion, Dyspepsia, or Billiousness, to give them a trial. For sale by J. CRUMP Natimuk, G. H. HAWKINS Goroke,and WALTERS and TREADWELL Noradjuha.

Mrs SULLIVAN has effected several improvements at her bakery, which is now quite up-to-date. A new furnace oven, bake-house, and bedroom have been added. The oven has capacity for 140 large loaves, and is fitted with up-to-date iron work. On top is a self filling hot water tank. The oven measures 10ft. by 8 1/2ft.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday February 2, 1906

Mr and Mrs KING, of Tooan, were unfortunate enough to loose their only child, a daughter of 7 weeks. Mrs KING was staying at Mrs BLACKSON'S, in Natimuk, so that the child might have medical attention, when it died suddenly on Friday morning, just after Mrs KING had left town. This child was one of five living generations in the family of Mrs HOGAN, of Tooan. Mrs HOGAN is 90 years old, and is still active. Mrs Julia JOHNSON, has a daughter, Mrs C. TAYLOR, who is the mother of Mrs KING, and grandmother of the deceased infant. Mrs HOGAN is still a great great grandmother, as her granddaughter, Mrs SCOTT, has two children. This is a rare record.

Mr UBERGANG, of Warrnambool, was the purchaser of Mr H. SCHMIDT'S farm yesterday. There was a large attendance at NEWTON'S Hotel, including would be buyers from New South Wales and South Australia. Mr J. SUDHOLZ started the bidding at 6. and after very brisk bidding Mr. Thos. YOUNG knocked it down to Mr. UBERGANG at 8/16/., Mr August GLADIGAU going to 8/15/. This is a record price for local land. An hour later at the same hotel, Messrs HAGELTHORN and BOLTON disposed of the farm of Mr Jas. WOODHART jr. at Tooan East. This was secured by Mr T. DWYER, who has property in the vicinity, at 4/2/. per acre, which was regarded as a highly satisfactory figure.

CARCHAP (From our own correspondent)
Harvest operations are about over, and wheat carting is now the order. In some of the paddocks very good yields have been obtained. Some of the crops at Mt. Talbot have turned out very well. Messrs. CAMPBELL Bros. having obtained over 5 bags per acre on new ground. The average for the district will be about three bags.

A fire started on the property of Mr John MARSHALL, Telangatuk West, last Monday week. It was partly beaten out, but broke out afresh on Tuesday, and travelled with great rapidity over the Mt. Talbot estate, and, in spite of the efforts of a number of willing fire fighters reached the paddock rented by Mr J. SCOTT, of Clear Lake, and in which all his wheat just harvested, was standing in heaps, in different parts of the paddock. Mr SCOTT had just arrived home with his machines, when word reached him that the fire was close to the stubbles. Mr SCOTT and Mr. COCKROFT who was with him, started at once in hot haste to the scene of the fire across country, and being on good horses rode the distance of ten miles in half an hour and considering they had such a number of fences to negotiate, I think they must have put up a record. As soon as Mr SCOTT arrived, he gave orders to burn around the heap instantly. The order was carried out, and so the wheat was saved, some 500 bags, and in less time than it takes to write particulars, the whole paddock of 230 acres was swept by the flames. All Mr SCOTT lost was 5 bags, and I'm sure all his friends will join in heartiest congratulations on his good fortune.

The many friends of Mr Abel BULLOCK in the Goroke district will be pleased to know that he has been appointed to the important position of manager of the drapery Dept. in the well known store of Oliver L. BEDFORD and Compy. Mr BULLOCK, who has held a similar position for Messrs RATCLIFFE & Son, has been associated with the West Wimmera for over a third of a century, and has a thorough grasp of his business.

Mr HODGKINSON, of the Colonial Bank Natimuk, has had to cease duty owing to illness.

Miss E. FISHER, of Bridgewater, has been appointed to Natimuk Post Office.

Messrs LEARMONTH Bros. report a poor yarding at RATCLIFFE'S yards yesterday, little business being done.

The Quantong people are having some trouble amongst themselves over the distribution of water, and matters have gone so far between two parties that litigation is threatened.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday February 9, 1906

Ozenkadnook and Morea schools are now full time, the former, in charge of Mr J.D.STEWART, and the latter, of Miss A. TODNER, who succeeded Mr. M. CANCE, teacher of these schools on halftime. Miss CAHILL is the successor of Miss HAYDON at Lemon Springs, and Mr. H.L. BARNFATHER is teaching Minimay school in place of Mr. G. PEDLOW.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday February 16, 1906

Much surprise was felt in Natimuk when news came that Mr. Harold HODGKINSON, accountant at the Colonial Bank had succumbed on Saturday morning to his attack of typhoid, in Horsham hospital. Deceased who was only 27 years old, was suffering from a mild attack of typhoid, and his death was not expected. Mr HODGKINSON had not resided long enough in Natimuk to be very well known, but was well respected by a circle of friends. He was the son of Mr HODGKINSON manager of the Colonial Bank at Omeo, and brother of Dr. HODGKINSON, who came to Natimuk to take charge of deceased's belongings.

The two year old daughter of Mr and Mrs Fred OLIVER, of Grass Flat, who was brought into her aunt, Mrs CARBERY'S, Natimuk, suffering from the extreme heat, which had affected her head. Dr BIRD did not hold out much hope of her recovery, and the poor little child, who was unconscious most of the time, died on Saturday afternoon. Her remains were interred in Polkemmet cemetery, on Sunday, a fair number following the remains out of respect for the family. Mr. WATKINS read the burial service.

(Before Messrs J.KEYTE (chair) and A. E. BEARD J.P.)
William ROBERTSON charged Benjamin MANNING with using threatening words on the 28th January at Quantong and intimidating witness as an officer of the Western Wimmera Irrigation Trust.
Complainant conducted his own case; Mr H. B. CATHCART defended.
Complainant deposed that he was officer in charge of the water at Quantong.
On January 27th he wrote defendant warning him not to interfere with the sluice-gate near Mr UNSTEAD'S, as all previous arrangements had been cancelled. Defendant replied that if the matter of distributing the water could not be settled by talking he would settle it some other way to his satisfaction.
Witness wrote another caution. Which he left at his house while he went to his orchard about a mile distant. On the way thither he met defendant. He (witness) asked MANNING whether he would send his son with the letter to defendants place, or whether he (defendant) would call for it. Defendant said he would not call for it, and, having dismounted, walked along with witness in the direction of the orchard, adopting a menacing attitude and using threatening words. Shaking his fist defendant said "I'll take it out of your b....... hide with that". Witness was too old for fighting, and had never done any. He went to the police, who advised him to bring this action. He did not wish to have a conviction recorded; he simply desired that he be cautioned against creating another breach of the peace. He had nothing against defendant in his private capacity.
Mr CATHCART remarked that after what Mr ROBERTSON had said he felt that no case would be met by the discharge of defendant with a caution not to disobey authority again. It was possibly owing to a misunderstanding that the high words had been used. The bench, having administered a caution, dismissed the case.

Mr Ernest BARKER, of Melbourne, is the new director of the Horsham Working Men's College.

At the sittings of the county court at Horsham on Friday last, the action by the Kowree shire against Mrs Selena FORREST came on for hearing. Proceedings were instituted some time ago by the shire against Mrs FORREST claiming a sum of 112. for arrears of wire netting instalments and a sum of 86/18s for interest on same, and for a decree that these amounts were effectively charged on certain lands and that in default of payment of such amounts with cost the lands in question be sold to satisfy the claims. Mr Eugene SYLVESTER, solicitor of Coleraine, appeared for the plaintiff the shire, and Mr. J. Weldon POWER, instructed by Mr. H. B. CATHCART, appeared for Mrs FORREST; and, acting for his own firm, appeared for Messrs HAGELTHORN and BOLTON, Mr H. A. ROKESKY and Mr A. PHILIP, who had been added as defendants.
Mrs FORREST having paid into court 112. 5s, the instalments without interest. His Honour gave verdict for Kowree Shire for rest owing, 8. without cost, commenting on the Shire's delay in collecting arrears. This was explained to be the fault of Mr CUMMINS.

Mr Geo. MOULDEN, who has been 19 years, and Mr. Robert YOUNG 16 years, in the employ of Messrs YOUNG Bros. at Warracknabeal and Minyip respectively, have been admitted as partners in the firm at those places.

Mr W. C. De GRANDI'S clearing sale has been fixed for March 24.

At the last meeting of the local Agricultural Society Dr. BIRD took exception to the March show being held in the Mechanics when they had a show ground. The hall was altogether too small. He said it reminded him of a certain English squire who entertained his guests in the pantry. "Not a bad place, either" retorted Mr. I. McCLURE . "One can generally find something pretty good in the pantry"

Mr. LEON, Crown Prosecutor, has furnished the Crown Law Department with the opinion that there is no likely hood of a conviction if a fresh presentation is instituted in the matter of the poisoning of Mrs. TIERNEY of Gymbowen.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday February 23, 1906

Several Ribs Broken
Mr John NEWTON, Jnr., of Natimuk hotel, was returning from the Horsham races, on Wednesday evening, and had scarcely left the town when he was thrown from the conveyance in which he was riding. He was taken back to Horsham where he remains in a private hospital.


Mr T. E. HARRISON of the Colonial Bank, is recovering from typhoid, as also is Oscar TAIT. Una TAIT, the latter's sister, has contracted the fever in a very serious form.

Mr BOUSFIELD'S Darkie was standing outside Mrs JORY'S shop yesterday, attached to a wagonette in charge of master George BOUSFIELD, when he took fright at some paper, and ran down the back street. The horse tried to enter the back gate of Mr BOUSFIELD'S yard, but the vehicle struck one of the posts and one wheel and both shafts were broken. George was thrown out just before the collision, and fell with some force to the ground. The horse galloped away with the harness on, but was soon caught.

It is many years since Natimuk had such a severe visitation of Typhoid and Diphtheria. The family of BANDELS, who have been living under rather insanitary condition in tents near Main Street, became ill with diphtheria, and Mrs BANDEL drove them to Horsham hospital. Louis, a boy of 14 years was in a critical state when admitted, and though Dr. READ performed the operation of tracheotomy to relieve him, he died on Wednesday. The ages of the others, who are doing well, range from 17 to 3 years. Mrs BANDEL has been retained in the hospital, partly as a safeguard to prevent the spreadof the disease and also to assist in nursing her children.

Serious Accident
Mr. Geo. REECE was amongst the crowd watching one of the bicycle races when a competitor's machine swerved in some sand and collided with Mr. Geo. REECE with considerable force, Mr. REECE received several very nasty abrasions in the face, and one forearm was broken. Mr. REECE was conveyed to the hall, where his injuries were attended to by Dr LYONS, who fortunately happened to be on the ground. Mr. REECE was well enough to leave for home later in the day. The cyclist was not hurt.

FIRE AT DOPEWORA - Blacksmiths Shop Burnt
A fire broke out at Mr Geo. WATSONS farm, Dopewora, burning his blacksmith's shop and all it contained nothing at all being saved. It appears Mr WATSON had been working in the smithy all the morning, and had gone to dinner, and when he came out the smithy was in flames. It is believed that the fire originated from a spark which may have settled in the roof, which was of bark. Some horses in an adjoining shed had a narrow escape, but with the help of Mr J. CUMING, who happened to come along, these were got out. Mr WATSONS loss will amount to at least 100.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday March 2, 1906

A rabbit trapper named John Charles CLARKE fell dead from heart disease at Tintaldra on Thursday. The addresses were found in his pocket of his brother in Natimuk and his sister in Melbourne. An inquiry was heard, and a verdict of death from natural causes was returned.

On Saturday morning, about 10 o'clock, a shocking accident occurred while the thresher was working at Mr E. SANDERS' farm, Polkemmet, which resulted in the death of Mr James SWAN. Deceased, who was a nephew of Mrs H. BUTLER, but whose parents live at Moyston, was the eldest son, and only 18 years old. After the accident SWAN was driven to Dr BIRD at Natimuk, who advised his removal to Horsham, where he died late in the afternoon.
An enquiry was conducted on Monday by Cr. ARNOTT, J.P., at Horsham.
A. SCOTT, labourer, of Natimuk, said he was working on Mr J. D. P. WILLIAMS' thresher. He was feeding on the machine at SANDERS', and James SWAN was bandcutting. As SWAN was kicking a bundle of straw into the drum he slipped and fell face forward onto the cover over the drum, and his left leg slid down the board into the beaters. Witness shouted, and the engine was stopped. The machine had stopped before, through the belt jerking off. Witness lifted the guard, and he and Mr. WILLIAMS lifted SWAN out. They had to reverse the beaters before the beaters could be got out, and the boot was left in. Could not tell how he got in that position, for there was only about six inches when the guard was down through which a mans leg could pass.
Mr WILLIAMS stated that he heard what he thought was a whole sheaf going into the drum. After laying SWAN on a tarpaulin with D. SCOTT'S help, he cut the trousers off the leg, which was so smashed that there seemed no bone left; bound the limb with towels and a sheet, sent for a Doctor, and sent SWAN in a trap to meet the Doctor. Every care was taken to avoid accidents on his machine, and SWAN must have been too far forward. A special guard was provided, and had it been fixed, the leg could not have got to the beaters. The witness SCOTT said he pulled the guard away when he ran to assist SWAN. The guard was kept in place by cleats at each end, and he did not know how deceased's leg got over the beaters.
Dr READ, who saw SWAN about half past two on Saturday at Horsham hospital, said he was in a state of collapse from shock and loss of blood. The left leg and foot were mangled out of recognition and thigh crushed and torn. He applied restoratives immediately, causing him to rally sufficiently for surgical treatment. The left leg was amputated above the middle of the thigh, but the patient succumbed just as it was completed.
The cause of death was shock and hemorrhage.
E. SANDERS deposed that he employed young SWAN as bandcutter, he drove him to Natimuk, and than to Horsham.
Deceased said no one was to blame but himself, and that in kicking some loose wheat he fell. Believed he had been warned not to wear light boots on the machine. The machine was quite safe to work on, and well guarded.
Peter SCOTT, farmer, of Natimuk, gave corroborative evidence.
The Coroner recorded a death from shock and hemorrhage accidentally caused by deceased getting his foot into the drum of the thresher.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday March 23, 1906

Mr E.L.COLLYER, who has been head teacher of Duchembegarra State school for the past 16 years, is retiring from the service on account of ill health. Mr Collyer, who has been 30 years in the service, and is entitled to a pension, has spent most of his time in the Wimmera, his first school being near Dimboola, and he was an industrious and successful teacher. Mr and Mrs Collyer and family are leaving the district, but have not yet decided where they will live.

Going to England
Mr and Mrs H.C. WOOLMER, of Natimuk, intend to make a trip to the old country, and will sail in a few weeks time. They will be away for about 4 months.

Mr and Mrs James WILLIAMS will be leaving Natimuk for Geelong, his new abode, on Friday, 6th April, and he would be pleased to meet all his friends on the Natimuk platform before the departure of the train to say goodbye over a glass of something.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday June 1, 1906

An old pioneer in the person of Mr William DUNTON, who resided at Redruth, near Coleraine, died in Dr BENNETTS' private hospital at Hamilton, on Wednesday week. Deceased was over 80 years old, and a native of Bedford, England, He came to Australia, in the ship Helen, with his wife and infant in 1852, landing at Portland, and settled inland. He leaves four sons and a Daughter, all married. The late Mr DUNTON was a prominent member of the Church of England, and his family Messrs. John and Thomas DUNTON, and S WORTHY, are well known in this district.

A very old lady, named Mrs FITZNER, died in the porch of the Lutheran Church at Hochkirch on Sunday morning, of heart failure, after the exertion of walking to church.

Miss COWARD, of Ballarat, has been appointed to Vectis South school, and Miss O'DONNELL, who was relieving at Vectis school, has been transferred to Lowan school.

In Memoriam
SUDHOLZ.----In sad and loving memory of my dear husband, son and brother, Willie, who departed this life 28th May, 1905, at Broad Arrow, West Australia.

    There is a grave but far away
    Where our dear Willie sleeps.
    He seemed alive but yesterday
    How fresh his memory keeps.
Inserted by his loving wife, mother, brothers and sisters.


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