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WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday February 21, 1919

Sarah Ann WILKINSON, Formally of Telangatuk East, widow, who died on October 16, left by will dated October 17, 1907, real estate valued at 1540 and personal property valued at 508 to her children.

While driving to a meeting of the Clear Lake branch of the Red Cross Society Mrs H.E. HAIR met with a painful accident. She was closing a gate when the horses started off. In attempting to stop them Mrs HAIR tripped on a stick and fell heavily on her left shoulder, which was dislocated. She is progressing under the care of Dr BIRD.

Obituary - Mr Thomas LEAR
A colonists of 63, and a resident of the Gymbowen district for 43 years, died on Saturday evening last at the home of his daughter, Mrs Arthur RICHARDS, Gymbowen, in the person of Mr Thomas LEAR at the ripe age of 90 years and 9 months. The old gentleman had enjoyed good health up to November last, but since then had gradually grown weaker. He was held in high esteem by a large circle of acquaintances. He had helped considerably in letting the sun shine on the lands of Nurcoung, and thereby making them productive, the sound of his axe, mingling with the songs of the birds, being the only evidence that the bush was being reclaimed from the happy hunting ground of the kangaroo and dingo. He was spared to enjoy, in the evening of his life, the productive appearance of a district which produced practically nothing when he took a hand in its development. He was born at Chudleigh, Devonshire, in 1828, and was married in 1846 to Miss Mary STONE, of Exeter, and they, together with three children, landed at Portland in 1856. Mr LEAR proceeded to Hillgate station, near Coleraine, then occupied by the late Alfred ARDEN, of Tahara. From there, Mr LEAR went to reside at Colraine, and selected land at the Salt Pans in 1863, where he farmed until he removed, 43 years ago, to Spring Hill, near Gymbowen, he and his family having selected a good scope of country there. Retiring some years ago, he had since resided with his daughters in and around Gymbowen. His family consisted of four sons and six daughters, of whom three predeceased him. His wife died about 16 years ago. The surviving members of the family are Messrs John (Mitre Lake) and Henry (Underbool) and Mesdames D. MAYBERY (Mitre Lake), A. BUFFHAM (Gymbowen), A. RICHARDS (Gymbowen), and ERFORTH (Melbourne). He leaves also 49 grandchildren, and 32 great grandchildren, three of his grandsons having been killed at the war.

The funeral took place to the Goroke cemetery on Monday, the remains of deceased being placed beside those of his wife. The Rev A.C. EDWARDS, of the Church of England, conducted the burial service, and the coffin-bearers were four grandsons, Messrs Leslie LEAR, Reginald MAYBERY, Thos P. KNIGHT, and Arthur RICHARDS.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday March 7, 1919

Private Norman McDONALD, of Edenhope, who was attached to the Flying Corps in Mesopotamia, whose brother John was killed at the war, and Private J.D. SCHUMANN, who has seen three years of service, returned by Tuesday's train. Mr George BIRD, of Goroke, has received word that his son Fred is returning by the Geramic today (Friday).

Mr Jas. FAIRLEY, who is taking over the management of the National Bank, Natimuk, has been in the district for the past week meeting clients and having a look around. He returns to Ballarat at the end of the week to hand over to his successor there, after which he returns to Natimuk permanently.

There was a very large attendance at Mr. Jas. BROWN's clearing sale at Natimuk East on Friday last, all parts of the surrounding district being represented. The sale was conducted by Messrs YOUNG Bros., and the vendor was thoroughly satisfied with the result, almost everything offered being sold.

Private Norman BAKER, son of Mrs and Mr Jasper BAKER, of Natimuk, is due to land today by the Ceramic. Private Ernest BOEHM, son of Mr and Mrs Ben BOEHM, of Natimuk, was to arrived by the Margha on Wednesday. Mr Harry OVERALL, of Quantong, has arrived back from the front.

Mr H. ROKESKY has let his Lake Karnak property to his son-in-law, Mr AMPT, and intends living privately in Horsham.

Mr Frank KELLY, of the Goroke Post Office, who is away on Holidays, is being relieved by Mrs Phoebe WILLIAMS, of Natimuk.

The engagement is announced of Mr C.A. KLOWSS, of Natimuk Lake, with Miss I.M. HAUSTORFER, second daughter of Mr and Mrs A.C.G. HAUSTORFER, of Natimuk.

Mr D.J. CRABTREE jnr, of Booroopki was on Tuesday last successfully operated on for appendicitis in the Horsham hospital.

Mr Les GEORGE, of Quantong, who has been away for three years as a munition worker, returned to this district last week.

Mr George BAILEY, an old resident of Goroke, whose health would not permit of him continuing an active life, and who has handed his property over to his son, proposes to live at Portland for a while.

Before leaving Natimuk Mr G. ANTONY handed the books in connection with the hospital Sunday effort to Mr J. CROSS, who, now that the influenza embargo has been lifted, has convened a meeting for Monday evening next to make arrangements for the annual Sunday celebration in aid of the hospital. It is hoped that there will be a large attendance.

Private Norman McDONALD, of Edenhope, who was attached to the Flying Corps, in Mesopotamia, whose brother John was killed at the war, and Private J.D. SCHUMANN, who has seen three years of service, returned by Tuesdays train.

A private cable message announces the death in Paris of Madame BUCHARD, wife of Admiral Henry BUCHARD, who a few years ago commanded the French Squadron in the Pacific. Deceased was a Victorian, the only daughter of Mrs Hector WILSON (formally of "Vectis" Station, and now resident in Paris), who is a sister of Mr Pierre BELLEW, of Melbourne.

Private Jack WHITTINGHAM arrived at Edenhope Friday night, 21st Feb., and although it was after midnight when he reached his home (having come home from Goroke after the arrival of the train) a large crowd assembled and gave him a right royal reception. Private WHITTINGHAM has nearly four years service to his credit, and although he looks well, his left arm has been very severely injured. The Soldier's Welcome Home committee will tender Private WHITTINGHAM a social a little later on. Several other Edenhope men are expected within the next few weeks.

Mr Andrew MEWETT, of Natimuk, has purchased a 192 acre block formally owned by the late Mr Alf YOUNG, next to Mr T. DWYER's property, Tooan East. The sale was affected through Messrs HAGELTHORN and BOLTON, the price being 6/2/6 an acre.

On Monday night last a representative gathering met in the Noradjuha hall to arrange for the welcome home of the soldiers who have gone from the district. It was resolved to form a strong committee with Mr R.G. FOGARTY as secretary. It was then decided that the district be canvassed for donations, and the total collected equally divided amongst the returning men. They aim at presenting to the value of 5 to each man. Misses FOGARTY and LIGHT, and Messrs N. WALTER and R.H. GREEN were appointed collectors.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday March 21, 1919

A meeting of the Booroopki Soldiers' Welcome Committee was held on Friday evening last, Mr L.A. BULL (vice- president) being in the chair. The principle business was to arrange for the presentation, and paying for, of the memorial addresses which are to be presented to the relatives of soldiers who enlisted from the districts of Morea and Booroopki, and made the supreme sacrifice. It was resolved, after discussion, that the president and hon. secretary, Messrs. P.J. LAVERY and A.F.CARRACHER, be deputed to present the addresses privately, as soon as they are in order. The names of the deceased heroes, in respect of whom the addresses have been prepared, are Cpl. James DELANEY, of Morea, and Privates Clarence F. PATCHING, and John Ray GARDNER, of Booroopki. A levy of 2/ each was struck on all residents, and Mrs C. WONG, Mr M.F. MORRIS, and the secretary, were appointed as canvassers. Lists are returnable on Friday, 28th inst., when a further meeting will be held.

Messrs HAGELTHORN and BOLTON will receive tenders up to Friday next for the purchase of Mrs MARSH's valuable agricultural and grazing properties at Goroke and Karnak in three lots.

Two of the most extensive clearing sales which have been held in the Wimmera for many a year are those advertised in this issue by Messrs YOUNG Bros. on account of Mr W LANGLEY and Mr G. EASTWOOD. Mr LANGLEY's sale will be held on Saturday next and Mr EASTWOOD's on Saturday week.

A meeting of the Natimuk branch of the Australian Labour Party was held in the Mechanics' Hall on Monday evening last, to elect officers for the coming year. The following were elected:--
President, Mr V. RAPP; Vice President, Mr. R. SIMMONS; Secretary, Mr J. BOURKE (pro tem) ; Treasurer, Mr. C. McCUISH; Committee, Messrs. E. DOCHERTY, C. NEAL, T. CAMPION, H. THOMPSON, H. R. ABRAHAMSON, and T. STOTT. It was decided to hold a social on Monday, 31st March. The next meeting is to be held on 29th inst., at 8pm sharp.

Mr. M. McDONALD who recently returned from the war, has been appointed to take charge of the Aubrey State School. He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Jas. McDONALD, of Polkemmet.

The sheep presented by Mr. Peter SCOTT in aid of fencing material for the Soldiers' Park at Natimuk and which was disposed of by Art Union, was won by Mr. Bert SCHUNKE.

Lease by Public Tender for a term of five years from May 1st 1919. 186 acres. A splendid agricultural and grazing land in the Parishes of Karnak and Goroke. Tenders close Friday, March 28th, 1919. HAGELTHORN and BOLTON instructed by Mrs. John MARSH invite tenders for the lease of her valuable property, as under
Lot 1.
Homestead Block of 800 acres of good agricultural and grazing land in the Parish of Karnak, being allotments 40, 46 and 47, also 800 acres of grazing leases.
Lot 2.
Allotment 4, Parish of Goroke, containing 320 acres of agricultural and grazing land.
Lot 3.
Allotment 51, Parish of Goroke, containing 265 acres of good grazing land. All the above properties are securely fenced and well watered. Tenders close at our Office, Wilson Street, Horsham, at 1 o'clock p.m., on Friday 28th March. The lightest or any tender not necessarily accepted.

Welcome Home

To Corporal George McCLURE

The Mitre Lake Hall was the scene of a large gathering of the district people on Tuesday evening last, the occasion being a welcome home to Corporal Geo. McCLURE, who has returned to Mitre Lake, after close on three years of service abroad. The hall had been nicely decorated for the occasion by Mrs R.G. McCLURE. The hall was draped with flags and bunting and the background was a large Australian flag, while spays of greenery were hung at intervals around the walls. Mr R.G. McCLURE occupied the chair. Proceedings opened with the singing of the National Anthem, during which the guest marched through the hall to the stage and took his seat, followed by three other local returned boys, Private Roy AITKEN, Chas. TAYLOR, and Harry CROSS.

The Chairman said they were there that evening to welcome back to their midst Cpl. George McCLURE, after three years service abroad. He had seen and been through a lot in that time, but that he gave a good account of himself at all times, he (the speaker) felt confident. The good name the Australian soldiers had won would live for all time, they had with them on the platform three other returned boys all of whom had done their bit and he had not the slightest doubt that they would go again if necessary. He knew all present were with him in extending to Corporal McCLURE a hearty welcome back to Mitre Lake.

Cr. GRANT said he was pleased to be there as a representative of the Arapiles Council. He had known the guest for a long time and had always found him a jolly good fellow. He was connected with the Lowan Football Club of which the guest was a playing member, and one who always played the straight game. When the call came to enlist George was not behind in offering his services. Nothing was too good for them to show their appreciation for what the soldiers had done for them. From their first day under fire on the 25th April, 1915, when they stormed with reckless fury those shell swept heights of Gallipoli and during the fighting in France, the Australian soldier had made a name for Australia that can never die. They were now placed in the position of being able to dictate terms to the enemy, although not very long ago some of them were beginning to think that they would have the terms dictated to them. They should not forget the men who had made it possible to attain this end. He was sure that when peace terms were fixed up it would prevent another war such as has been raging during the past four years. It was the duty of those left behind in Australia to see that the soldiers were properly cared for on their return. The Government had a big task before it in the matter of repatriation, and we should not criticise but assist. He was indeed pleased to welcome Corporal McCLURE home again and on behalf of the Councillors and rate payers of the Shire of Arapiles, he had much pleasure in presenting him with an illuminated certificate which he hoped in years to come would serve to remind their guests of the part he played in the greatest war in history. (applause)

Mr H. W. WADE said he too was pleased to be there to welcome their guest as he regarded it his duty if he could be of any use. They had failed to do what they might have done at home. These lads had offered their lives for the Empire and that was the spirit they all admired. He felt that he would like that night to have had the experience of some of our returned men. Last week he attended a similar function to this one, and the guest, though three times wounded, had said that his wounds would not interfere with his ability, both morally and physically. The experience of these lads was one of the greatest any man could wish to have. Their deeds of courage and daring had staggered the world, yet these were the men who were told that they would run away when they heard a shot fired. Subsequent history had shown that the Australian soldier was equal to any emergency. They were a nation trained in the arts of peace, and not in those of warfare, and yet they rose to the occasion magnificently. He like everyone else present, was proud of what they had done, and they were glad to see Corporal McCLURE back to his native land once again.

The chairman here presented Corporal McCLURE with a suitably inscribed gold medal on behalf of his many friends at Mitre Lake, and hoped that he would accept it, not for its value but as something to remind him of his friends.

In response, Corporal McCLURE said that in a few short days time it would be three years since he was given a send off in the hall. He had been through a lot since then, but he would gladly go through it all again to receive another such welcome as this. He wished to thank them all sincerely for the present and also Cr. GRANT for the illuminated certificate. Three cheers were given for the guest and all present joined in singing "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow."

The following musical program was then gone through and was much appreciated by the audience:---.

  • Song, Mary Ann, (encore) ; We All Go The Same Way Home, Mr Bert HAASE.
  • Song, Home Again to Dear Old Aussy, Mr C. PUMPA.
  • Song, Waiting, Miss A. BUNWORTH.
  • Recitation, Mr R. WHITFIELD (encore).
  • Song, Laddie in Khaki, Miss Ethel HATELEY.
  • Song, God send You Back To Me, Mr A. MAYBERY.
  • Song, Story of Two Chicks, (encore) ; Hang Out The Front Door Key, Mr John JONES
A sumptuous coffee supper was then banded round, after which the hall was cleared and dancing was indulged in by the young folk until the early hours of the morning.

The old established business premises known as McINTYRE's Store, situate in Main Street, Natimuk, were submitted to auction by Messrs YOUNG Bros. yesterday on account of the executor in the estate of the late Carl SCHMIDT. There was a large attendance. The first bid was 500 and the last 650, which was made by Miss M. SCHMIDT. The allotment of land adjoining the Masonic Hall was offered on account of the estate of the late Mr W.C. SCHMIDT and bought by Mr A. PFENNIG for 80.

Mr McGINTY and Miss GASH, while returning to Ullswater after attending a welcome home to soldiers at Edenhope on Friday night last, had the misfortune to be thrown out of the gig through the vehicle coming into contact with road material. Fortunately no serious damage was done. The horse being quite, only went a short distance and stopped.

Australian Labour Party
The Natimuk branch of the above has decided to hold a social on Monday 31st March next. Roll up ladies and gents and assist a good cause. A meeting will be held on Saturday evening 29th inst. at 8 p.m. sharp.
V. RAPP, President
J. BOURKE, Secretary.

In Memoriam
In sad and loving memory of my dear wife and our dear mother who passed away on 24th March 1918.
You are not forgotten dear mother,
Nor wilt thou ever be;
For as long as life and memory lasts,
We will remember thee.
Inserted by her loving husband, son and daughters.

At a meeting of the Minimay Soldiers' Welcome Committee, Mr J.T. CARRACHER (vice president) in the chair, held on Saturday evening last, it was decided to arrange a public welcome to Corporal Percy WILLIS, who arrived home on Thursday, 13th inst., to take place in the Mechanics' Hall on Wednesday the 19th inst.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday May 23, 1919
We understand that Private B.P. NEILL, brother of Mrs D. McPHEE, of Minimay, is on his way home. He was a prisoner of war in Germany for nearly two and a half years, and was repatriated to England in December last. We also understand that another brother, Private James NEILL, is returning shortly.

In Memoriam
In loving memory of my dear husband and our dear father, who died on the 22nd May, 1917.
Father when we think of all the changes,
That the last few years have wrought,
We are glad the world that holds you,
Is a world that changes not.
Inserted by his loving wife and family.

Mrs W. BEARD of Nhill, daughter of Mr and Mrs E. LARRAD, of Natimuk, has been in a precarious state of health, suffering from bronchial pneumonia.

Mrs Geo. BILSTON, of Natimuk, has recovered from pneumonic influenza.

In Memoriam SCOTT--In loving memory of our dearly loved brother, Jack, killed in action in France May 27, 1917, while stretcher bearing. A clean living laddie was brave soldier Jack,
A boy to be trusted and true.
Oh what would we give to be able to say,
"Welcome home" dear Jack to you.
Ever Remembered.
Inserted by his loving sister and brothers, Mary, Alex, Peter, Jim, Harry and Bob and sisters-in-law Mesdames Alex, Peter and Harry.

KIELY--At Abbotsleigh Private Hospital, Horsham, on May 22nd to Mr and Mrs Dan KIELY, Nirvana, Goroke-- a son. Both well.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday June 14, 1919
Welcome to Booroopki Soldier - PRIVATE VAL GARDNER
A very well attended Welcome Home Social was on Friday evening 7th inst., tendered to Private Val GARDNER at Booroopki. It will be remembered that Private GARDNER arrived home in November last, but on the day that he arrived the very sad news was received that his younger brother, Pte. Ray GARDNER, had been killed in action, consequently the committee had to abandon the idea of a public welcome for some time. Pte. GARDNER was then called to Melbourne to undergo a serious operation, which, we are pleased to say, was successful. Some two or three months ago Private GARDNER was discharged and returned home, but as his mother was then in Melbourne undergoing medical treatment, it was decided to postpone the public reception until her return. Mrs GARDNER recently returned home very much improved in health. It was fitting that the reception, which had been so long delayed, should be so largely attended by friends and well-wishers from all parts of the surrounding districts.

Mr P.J. LAVERY occupied the chair, and extended a cordial welcome to Mr GARDNER, on behalf of the residents. He explained the reason of the delay and feelingly expressed sympathy with Mr and Mrs GARDNER and family in the loss of their brave young son and brother, Pte Ray GARDNER.

He also extended a hearty welcome to the other returned soldiers present--- Pte. Dan NEILL, L Cpl. Jack McCARTHY, and ex Pte.Wm. McDONALD. He hoped that Val would soon be fully recovered, and that he would live long amongst them. Others who added their quota of eulogy of the guest, and extended to him a hearty welcome, were Messrs. A. SCHINCKEL, J.C.McDONALD, M. MORRIS, D. CARRACHER, L.A. BULL, and J. CARRACHER jnr. The chairman then presented ex-Pte. GARDNER with a suitably inscribed gold medal on behalf of the residents of Booroopki and district.

The recipient, who was greeted with applause on rising to respond, thanked the people for their kind remarks, which he said he didn't deserve, as he had only done his duty. He also thanked them on behalf of the family for their kindly expressions of sympathy in regard to his late brother, who they were proud to think had been prepared to risk and give his life in the struggle of right against might. He also wished to refer to the good work being done by the ladies in regard to Red Cross and other comforts, he could assure them their efforts were greatly appreciated by the boys.--(Applause). The National Anthem, God Bless our Splendid Men, and They are Jolly Good Fellows were then sung, and a vote of thanks to the Chairman on the motion of Mr A. SCHINCKEL, and responded to by Mr LAVERY concluded the social. Mrs A. McINTYRE, the Misses CHILTON (2), A. LAVERY, and A. CARRACHER, and Mr R. McINTYRE kindly rendered local items. Dancing was kept up until the early morning, Mr M. LANCASTER acting as M.C. and Messrs. F. HINCH and L. BULL and others, providing good music. The catering was in the capable hands of the ladies.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - June 20, 1919

Quite a crowd assembled at Mr H. OLIVER's residence, Duchembegarra North, on Saturday evening, 14th inst. the occasion being a kitchen tea to Miss Alice BUTLER on the eve of her marriage with Mr W. MACKLEY. The evening was spent in singing, games, etc., and Mr W. BERRY, in a great speech, and on behalf of those present, presented Miss BUTLER, who is the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs J. BUTLER, with a good supply of kitchen utensils. Supper was provided by the ladies, and altogether an enjoyable evening was spent.

Pte. B.P. NEILL, brother of Mrs D. McPHEE, of Minimay, arrived home on 6th inst., after an absence of over three and a half years, nearly two and a half years of which he spent as a prisoner of war in Germany. He now looks well but when repatriated December last, was four stone below his normal weight, the result of starvation. Another brother Pte. Jas. NEILL arrived in Melbourne on 12th inst. and reached Goroke on Tuesday. Pte T. DELANEY, formally of Morea, arrived on the same boat.

Mr J. MARTIN, aged 80, one of the first settlers at Salt Lakes, died on Wednesday week. His remains were interred in the Harrow cemetery on the following day. On the same day Mr J. ROWE, aged 51, also of Salt Lakes, died. He had been confined to his bed for over nine years, and had undergone several operations. His remains were conveyed to the Harrow cemetery on Thursday.

An accident which might have had more serious results happened on Saturday evening on the road at the South-West corner of the Natimuk show ground. Mr Heinrich BOEHM, eldest son of Mr and Mrs John BOEHM, of Natimuk Lake, who was returning from the football match at Noradjuha, was riding along the road on his hack, when Mr W. MORRISON met him on a motor cycle. Mr BOEHM, it is alleged, pulled his horse off the track, but the iron foot rest of the cycle struck the horse above the fetlock, while the handle must also have struck the same leg, as it was bent upwards. The foot rest was also bent and the lamp broken. The rider of the horse was thrown off, but escaped with a sprained ankle. The rider of the cycle was not hurt. The horse limped to the adjoining fence and on examination it was found that the bone of the leg had been cleanly broken. An order having been obtained from two justices of the peace, the animal was shot. Mr BOEHM had purchased the hack only a fortnight before, and values it at 5.

Four years ago while farming at Lockhart, in New South Wales, Mr H. R. COLYER, of the Gardens, Goroke, had the misfortune to get a wild oat in his ear. An attempt at the time to remove the oat was unsuccessful, and Mr COLYER has been carrying the oat ever since. Lately he has been subject to dizziness, but whether he associated the trouble with the oat or not, we are not in a position to state, but at any rate wild oats are not desirable in any one's head. So on Monday last Mr COLYER consulted a medical man, who removed the oat, and it can be easily imagined that Mr COLYER is very glad and relieved.

Pte. C.H.L. CRABTREE, son of Mr and Mrs D. CRABTREE, of Booroopki, arrived in Melbourne by the Kaiser-i-Hind on Monday last.

2nd Lieutenant B.P. LAVERY, M.M., son of Mr and Mrs B. LAVERY, of Minimay, was recently promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

Her large circle of friends will regret to learn that Mrs D. CARRACHER, of Lemon Springs, left for Horsham last Saturday week, where she is undergoing medical treatment.

Lieut. T.H. SCHOLFIELD, M.M., son of Mr and Mrs J.H. SCHOLFIELD, of Telangatuk East, returned on Friday.

The Rev. R.H. GREEN was called away suddenly on Friday last to attend the funeral of his uncle, who died in Shepparton. His pulpits were supplied by Messrs J. WATKINS and M. PERRY. Mr GREEN returned to Noradjuha on Tuesday.

Mrs A.E. CUNNINGHAM, of Dahleu, near Horsham, died in bed at 1 a.m., yesterday week. Half an hour previously she asked her husband to call Muriel, one of the children, as she was choking. He did so and when he looked at his wife she was unconscious and becoming black in the face. He then went to Horsham for Dr BLACK, but on Dr BLACK's arrival she was dead. On Monday night the deceased had a slight attack of choking. She had not complained of any illness, but appeared to be mentally weak since her last illness. At the enquiry a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony, that death was probably due to natural causes, such as heart failure, following upon nephritis, was returned.

Mrs A. I. EKMAN Wishes to notify her many patrons that she has removed her business from ANTONY's buildings to the V.P.C. depot adjoining Mr M. WHELAN's Hotel, Main St., where she hopes to receive a continuance of the patronage hitherto enjoyed.
Fruit and Confectionery.
Ham and Eggs, Saveloys.
Supper Parties catered for.
Orders taken daily for Pastry and Cakes.
Afternoon Tea a specialty.

Meals at all hours.
Fresh Lollies, Fruit and Vegetables.
Football Matches, Picnics, Socials.
Shows, etc., catered for.
Hot Pies, Chips and Saveloys.
Orders for Bakery promptly attended to.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday July 4, 1919

All outstanding accounts due to me in connection with my cafe (now closed) must be paid by Saturday, 5th July, 1919.
A.I. EKMAN, Natimuk.

Musketry Shooting.
Riflemen are reminded that musketry will be fired on the range at Mt. Arapiles on Saturday July 5th, commencing at 10 o'clock. Corporal G.W. McCLURE will be in charge, and riflemen, by completing their musketry will be assisting a returned soldier.

Will be tendered to Private H. LEAR in the Mitre Lake South Hall on Tuesday, July 15th. Tickets Gents 1/6, ladies a basket. Dance to follow.
R.J. McCLURE Hon. Secy.

Private James NEILL arrived at Minimay on the 17th ult and is looking well after over three years of active service.

Private C.H.L. CRABTREE, of Booroopki, arrived home on the 20th. ult, after an absence of nearly three years, during which time he was wounded and has suffered a great deal of sickness.

Gunner E.C. CARRACHER, of Booroopki, arrived by the Zealandia last week end, but has been detained in Melbourne for a few days for hospital treatment, he having recently undergone an operation in England for appendicitis.

Mr James BAKER, contractor, of Natimuk, was admitted to the Horsham Hospital on Friday last suffering from rheumatic fever. Yesterdays report was to the effect, that he is making good progress towards recovery.

Master Ernie BRAUNE, son of Mr and Mrs W. BRAUNE, of Natimuk Lake, was at deaths door last week. He is suffering from gastric influenza, which spread to the stomach. He is now out of danger, and is under the care of Dr. E. HARBISON.

Mr James CHASTON, of Minimay, was on Wednesday of last week, standing on the pole of the road grader, adjusting some harness, when by some means he slipped, and fell behind the heels of one of the horses, which kicked, and inflicted rather severe injuries to Mr CHASTON's head.

At a meeting of the public of Booroopki, and Morea, held on Friday evening last - Mr D.J. CRABTREE Snr in the chair - it was resolved that future welcome home socials be held at Minimay instead of Booroopki, on account of the illness of Mr and Mrs D. CARRACHER, at whose house the socials have, up to the present, been held.

Sergeant Rod McDONALD, son of Mrs M. McDONALD, of Apsley, is expected home at an early date.

On Thursday, June 19th, Mrs A.J. MUNN was given a kitchen tea by her many friends in Apsley and district. Mrs F. MUNN presided, and quite an enjoyable afternoon was spent. Mrs MUNN received many useful presents for the kitchen.

Mr H.B. WALLER, postmaster, of Ballarat East, formally of Natimuk, is just recovering from a four weeks' attack of influenza, followed by pleurisy.

Private Gordon TAYLOR, son of Mr and Mrs John TAYLOR, of Mt. Arapiles, returned home last week.

Private Tom HEARD, son of Mr and Mrs T. HEARD, of Geelong, will be tendered a welcome home at Lowan next Friday night. He is at present in Melbourne undergoing hospital treatment.

Private George LARRAD, son of Mr and Mrs E.H. LARRAD, of Natimuk, returned to Natimuk on Wednesday night. He was gassed and wounded, and was also down with pneumonia. He will probably be reinstated in his pre war office at the Zoological Gardens.

Private Coss HOOD, son of Mrs HOOD, Natimuk, returned home on Tuesday.

Ex-Private George BOUSFIELD, son of Mr and Mrs T.H. BOUSFIELD, of Natimuk, who was invalided home through an injury to his hip, caused by a fall of earth in the trenches, and who has been under surgical treatment ever since was operated upon at the Caulfield Military Hospital yesterday morning for the removal of his leg. Shortly after midday yesterday Mr BOUSFIELD received a wire to the effect that the operation had been performed and that George was in a very low state.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday July 25, 1919

A well attended welcome home social was tendered to Privates C.H.L CRABTREE, and T. DELANEY, and Gunner E.C. CARRACHER, by the Booroopki Welcome Committee--representing the residents of Booroopki and Morea--in the Minimay Mechanics' Hall on Monday evening, 14th inst. Other returned soldiers present were, Privates J. and B. NEILL and T. MARSH (Melbourne) and Messrs. T. DICKERSON (Gymbowen) and J. McCARTHY, F.L. HAWKINS and W. MITCHELL ; and as all the returned boys marched up the centre of the hall to the platform, headed by the guests of the evening, they were loudly applauded, and Home Sweet Home was played by Miss M. SCHINCKEL. After the National Anthem and the Soldiers' verse were sung, the chairman, Mr P.J. LAVERY, warmly welcomed the returned lads, expressing his appreciation of what they had done for all, and hoping they would all settle down in the district. Other speakers were Messrs. Robert WILLIS, and A. SCHINCKEL and Reuben WILLIS. The Chairman apologised for the absence of Mesdames G. GARDNER, D. CRABTREE, and Messrs. V. GARDNER, and ?. HARVEY. He presented to Private CRABTREE and Gunner CARRACHER suitably inscribed gold medals on behalf of the people of Booroopki and Morea ; and explained that Private DELANEY had already received his medal, having been presented with it on the occasion of a hurriedly arranged welcome social at Morea to Lance Corporal J.D. SCHUMANN, who was recently home on a short leave and who was not likely to visit the district for some time, owing to the fact that he is still undergoing treatment for wounds received in France.

Privates DELANEY and CRABTREE and Gunner CARRACHER all feelingly acknowledged the warm welcome and the medals. "They are Jolly Good Fellows" was then sung by the company, and a vote of thanks to the chairman at the instance of Mr H. COLLINS, responded to by Mr LAVERY, concluded the social. Speeches were interspersed with well rendered songs by Misses G. WILLIS, and A. LAVERY, and Mr A. SCHINCKEL, and a humorous recitation by Mr A. SCHINCKEL. At a latter stage, during an interval in the dancing, Messrs. P.J. LAVERY and A. SCHINCKEL favoured the company with songs. Good music for the dance was provided by Mrs R. McLAUGHLIN, Miss E. WILLIS, and Messrs. P.J. CARRACHER, E. STEHN, and L. CARRACHER, Mr P. McCARTHY being an efficient M.C. An excellent supper was provided by the ladies.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday August 15, 1919

The news of the death of Mrs F.W. WIDDICOMBE, which occurred at 8.20 yesterday morning, was received throughout the Gymbowen district with feelings of genuine regret. Mrs WIDDICOMBE was a victim of pneumonic influenza. She had been ailing for about a week, and her case from the outset was regarded by her medical attendant, Dr HARBISON, as serious. Her death removes one of the most highly esteemed residents of the Gymbowen district, as well as a loving wife and mother. Mrs WIDDICOMBE was born at Cooma, N.S.W., 53 years ago, and was married at Melbourne at the age of 28, the issue of the marriage being three boys and one girl. Private Marsden WIDDICOMBE is at present on active service. To her husband and family the deepest sympathy is extended. The funeral takes place this (Friday) morning at 10 o'clock to the Goroke cemetery.

In Memoriam
MAYBERY In loving remembrance of my dear husband, Thomas Morgan MAYBERY, who died on the 14th August, 1915.
Four years have passed, but in my memory still,
You hold a place, dear husband, that time can never fill.
-Inserted by A. MAYBERY.

Mr and Mrs WOLLERMANN, of Pimpinio, formally of Natimuk, have suffered another sad bereavement in the death of a twin son, aged 12. He was undergoing an operation on his tonsils when he succumbed while under the influence of chloroform. It is only a short time back that the bereaved parents lost their infant child.

We have received word that Mrs VOIGHT, formally of Natimuk Lake, is seriously ill suffering from influenza.

Mr P. FOURACRE, postmaster at Natimuk, who, with two other members of the staff, is down with the flu, is being relieved by Mr H.B. WALLER, formally postmaster here.

At the Natimuk Court last week William MORRISON was fined 10s for driving a motor cycle without a licence, and John PETRIE 1s for riding a bicycle on a footpath.

Corporal C.J. SCHMIDT, of the 8th Battalion, and Sergeant C.A. SCHMIDT, 6th Battalion, who have just recently returned by the Port Darwin, are at present spending a few days with their uncle, Mr John SCHMIDT, of Natimuk.
Both lads are very well known in the district, being sons of Mr and Mrs W. SCHMIDT, formally of Quantong, but who now reside in Footscray, Melbourne.
Corporal J. SCHMIDT, who has seen three years' service abroad, has been awarded the Military Medal for distinguished conduct in the field, having personally accounted for 40 Germans (killed), 8 machine guns captured, together with a number of rifles, ammunition, etc. "Jack" was keeping night guard (while the battle of Neippe Forest was raging) with six of his comrades who during a lull in the fighting were indulging in a much needed "forty-winks". Seeing a number of shadows advancing, Jack challenged the approachers twice, and on not getting any response unaided, lifted his machine gun over the hedge behind which they were ambushed, to a more advantageous position, but right out in the open road in a very perilous position to himself, and opened fire, with the result as above stated, the rest of the enemy advance party of an estimated number of 60, retreating in wild disorder.
"Charlie," who is now only 21 years, has also seen 3 years' active service abroad, and was twice badly gassed at Paschendaele.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday August 22, 1919

The marriage of Mr David, second son of Mr and Mrs D. J. CRABTREE, of Booroopki, with Vera, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs J. CHASTON, of Minimay, was quietly celebrated at "Bonnie Banks," the residence of the brides parents, on Tuesday, 22nd ult. The Rev. McCOY (Church of England) was the officiating clergyman. Mr and Mrs CRABTREE are residing at Minimay. They have the best wishes of a large circle of friends.

At the residence of the bride's parents, Grass Flat, on Thursday last, the marriage was quietly celebrated of Miss Lilly SMITH, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Mark SMITH, with Mr Thomas Joseph McCREDDEN, son of Mr and Mrs William McCREDDEN, of Mitre Lake. The bride, who was neatly attired, was given away by her father, and was attended by her sister Miss Myrtle SMITH. The best man was Mr Henry WEBB. The Rev. R. H. GREEN officiated. At the subsequent wedding breakfast the usual toast were honoured. Mr and Mrs McCREDDEN will reside at Mitre Lake, Mr McCREDDEN having acquired the property formally owned by Mr Albert SUDHOLZ. They were the recipients of many useful and handsome presents.

On Wednesday, 6th inst., a very pleasant afternoon was spent at Booroopki, the occasion being to plant trees in the Avenue of Honour in place of those that died since the original planting, which took place on 28th August of last year.

Besides planting of the trees, enamel plates, bearing the soldiers' names and units, were nailed to the guards, and a few improvements and alterations were also effected that day and on other days set apart for planting by working bees. Very little now remains to be done to complete the Avenue, which consists of thirty-five trees, securely enclosed with timber guards five feet square. The people of Booroopki and surrounding districts now look forward to the time, when they can proudly point to their Avenue as a fitting memorial of the untold sacrifices made by our heroes in the great war, and also as an adornment to the township.

WIDDICOMBE - On the 14th August at her residence, "Oakbank" Gymbowen, of bronchial pneumonia. Ellen Josephine (Nellie) dearly beloved wife of Francis WIDDICOMBE, J.P., and loving mother of R.R. (Queenie), M.W.G.(Mars) A.I.F. abroad, F.W. and J.E.E., aged 53 years. Deeply Mourned. Sadly Missed.

In our obituary notice in last issue concerning the late Mrs F. WIDDICOMBE, it was stated that death was due to pneumonic influenza. The cause of death was bronchial pneumonia. The remains of the late Mrs WIDDICOMBE were interred in the Goroke Cemetery on Friday last, the funeral procession being a very lengthy one, showing the high esteem in which the deceased lady was held throughout the Gymbowen and Goroke districts. The Rev. A.B. ROWELL conducted the burial service, and the mortuary arrangements were carried out by Messrs T.H. BOUSFIELD and sons.

At a public meeting held at Booroopki on Thursday evening, 14th inst. (Mr D. CRABTREE presiding ) it was decided to proceed with the construction of a telephone line between Minimay and Booroopki post offices. All present were formed into a committee, with power to add, Mr P.J. LAVERY being elected president, and Mr J. CARRACHER jnr., secretary protem. The latter was instructed to obtain all the necessary particulars and permissions, for the benefit of the next meeting.

At Nurrabiel on the evening of 5th inst. a hearty welcome home was tendered to L-Cpl E. McDONALD. The function took place in Cr. J. GILL's woolshed. Speeches, expressing the esteem in which the guest was held were made by Messrs. J. GILL, H. HUTCHINSON, W. HOLMES, C. TOWNER, F. LANE and A.E. RUSSELL. "Ted" suitably responded, and thanked all for kind wishes, and also expressed his keen pleasure at his safe return after a long, honourable term of service.

Lieut. J. DOYLE, 60th Battalion, writes to the "Mail" as follows:- Pte A.W. FLACK, one of Goroke's old school boys, who served for two and a half years, and was under me in the 60th Battalion, proved a brave and conscientious soldier. He was frequently under heavy fire with me and was always cheerful, showing a bright example to other men. At Perrone on the 4th of September, 1918 under very heavy fire he stuck to his post until gassed and ordered out by myself, and is well worthy of success in his future life.

Nurse K. SMITH, who has had charge of the Goroke Cottage Hospital for the past three years, tendered her resignation to a meeting of the committee held on Friday last, the term of her engagement having expired. The committee excepted the resignation with deep regret. The unanimous opinion being that nurse SMITH had conducted the hospital in a most able manner.

Mr F. HUTCHINSON has resigned the secretaryship of the Welcome Home Committee at Nurrabiel, and Mr L. McDONALD has been elected in his stead.

Mr J.G.B. SCOTT, manager of the National Bank at Goroke, has suffered a sad bereavement in the death of his father, he is being relieved by Mr DUNNE while absent from Goroke.

Ex-Private Frank WAYCOTT was walking out to Jilpanger along the Jacky road on Monday evening, when darkness overtaking him he decided to camp on the road opposite Mr T.C. CHAPMAN's. After lighting a fire he accidently stood on the end of his loaded pea rifle which was lying on the ground. The rifle exploded and the bullet entered the sole of WAYCOTT's foot horizontally. He was brought into Natimuk, and Dr HARBISON extracted the bullet and attended to the wound.

Captain Mervyn LEE, who was in charge of the Natimuk Salvation Army Corps, and enlisted from Natimuk, is now staying with friends at Polkemmet. He enlisted with the Army Medical Corps, but not being able to get away soon enough with this department of army service, he sailed with the Infantry. He will be given a welcome home at Polkemmet, probably on September 3.

The death under tragic circumstances of Mr Johann Edward HAHN, eldest son of the late Mr W. HAHN, of Natimuk, occurred at the residence of Mr W. WERNER, Walmer, on Friday morning last. The cause of death is outlined in the following report of the inquest given in the "Wimmera Star."
An inquest was held at Walmer on Friday morning, before the coroner (Mr E. HARRISON P.M.) , concerning the death of Johann Edward HAHN, whose body was found in some chaff the same morning. Johann Wilhelm WERNER, farmer, residing at Walmer, said that the deceased, who was his nephew, had been employed by him as a farm labourer. He last saw him alive at 8.30 pm on Thursday, when he appeared to be in a good state of health. He did not complain of any illness nor had he so complained of late. The deceased was 20 years of age on March 14 last. He had worked for the witness for six years. His health had been good but for epileptic fits. The last occasion on which he had a fit was about a month or six weeks ago. It was in consequence of such fits that a doctor attended him. The witness found the body of the deceased in the chaff house, lying face down. The usual time for feeding the horses was 5.30 or 6 o'clock, but the deceased would not be up at the earlier hour. The horses were in the stable, but as far as he knew they had not been fed. It was customary to fill the loose chaff into a bag and tip into the feed bins. When he found the body, there was a bag beside it, in which there was a little chaff. The deceased's parents were dead.
The deceased was born at Natimuk, his father's name being Johann Frederick Wilhelm HAHN and his mother's maiden name Maria Martha WERNER. He received the following document from Dr G.R. FELSTEAD that morning. I hereby certify that for several months I attended Johann Edward HAHN for epilepsy, and that he was subject to frequent fits. I last saw him in March, 1918. It has been reported to me this morning that he was found dead. In my opinion the cause of death is probably epilepsy, with asphyxiation ensuing on an epileptic fit. Sergeant James TOBIN said that at 8.40 o'clock that morning the previous witness informed him that his nephew had died suddenly, his body having been found in the chaff house. The witness proceeded to Walmer and examined the body. There were no marks of violence.
The coroner returned a verdict that the deceased died on August 15 from being accidentally suffocated by falling face downwards into some chaff, in an epileptic fit.
The funeral on Sunday afternoon was largely attended. The deceased was a hard working, good living young man. The burial service was conducted by the Rev. J.F. NOACK

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday September 5, 1919

The finishing touches have now been added to the Booroopki Avenue of Honour, and most of the trees planted on 6th August last are doing well, due largely to the fact that they were locally raised. They having been kindly supplied by Mrs A.J. HAWKINS.

Sylvester, the little son of Mr and Mrs H. COLLINS, of Minimay, last week met with an accident. severely injuring his knee.

As reported in last issue, the Minimay B team defeated Ozenkadnook at Booroopki on Saturday 23rd ult. in an interesting game of football. The scores being 3 goals 14 bhds to 2 goals 4 bhds. Those who played well for Minimay were D CHASTON (capt), G. PRETLOVE, H. ROBBIE, H. and P. PRETLOVE, L. HAWKINS, H. COLLINS, T. D. & C. CRABTREE, J. CARRACHER, and R. McLAUGHLIN, and for the losers C. BLOCK, H. CUMMING (capt), R. THOMAS, A. CUMMING, C. SCHUMANN, and others did good service. Mr D.F. CARRACHER gave satisfaction as central umpire, and Messrs H. BLOCK and H. STEHN as goal umpires. Minimay players entertained the opposition players at Mrs C. WONG's Half Way House, where a good spread was provided.

Sapper Albert SCHUNKE, son of Mrs W. SCHUNKE, was given a "hoy" as he stepped from the train at Natimuk on Wednesday night. He comes back in the full vigor of health.

Ex-Private George NORMAN has taken the place of Mr H. STYLES at the Natimuk Post Office. The latter has gone to Charlton.

Aeroplane Tour (No 2)
The Aeroplane used in connection with the Peace Loan will leave Horsham at 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 6th. Arriving at Natimuk at 4.15. Where it will Loop the Loop over the Post Office, perform other spectacular turns and drop Loan Leaflets. Captn. A.T. COLE M.C. D.F.C., will pilot the aeroplane. Everybody should be present.

At Tuesdays meeting of the Arapiles Shire Council Cr SCOTT said they should endeavour to arrange for the aeroplane to land at Natimuk. Cr GRANT said they would not get the benefit from the visit unless the aeroplane landed for half an hour. He moved that the secretary endeavour to secure a landing in or near Natimuk. Seconded by Cr SUDHOLZ and carried.

Mr W. SINCLAIR, in accordance with the councils resolution, wired the Central Peace Loan Committee, asking that the landing of the aeroplane be arranged for at Natimuk. Yesterday he received the following reply.
"Aeroplane will give a flying exhibition at Natimuk on Saturday at 4 p.m., and ex-Senator St. LEDGER will give a public address and sell bonds."

The reply appears to us evasive. Mr SINCLAIR also communicated with Mr Arthur RODGERS, asking him to arrange a landing.

Yesterday afternoon Mr SINCLAIR received the following wire from Mr RODGERS:-- "Have seen authorities and urged Natimuk's claims. Possible plane will land, depends nature of country,"

It now rests with Natimuk's people to pick out a suitable site.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday September 19, 1919

WELCOME HOME AT MINIMAY As announced in our last issue a public welcome was accorded Private P.J. CARRACHER at Minimay on Friday evening, 29th ult., when there was a large attendance. On the platform with the chairman (Mr E. CROSS) were the guest and his parents, and several other returned soldiers, namely, Messrs. W. O'CALLAGHAN, F.L. HAWKINS, D. NEILL, Jas. NEILL, J. McCARTHY, W. MITCHELL, and C. CRABTREE, and Gunner E.C. CARRACHER, Sergeant T. DEVLIN, (Strathkellar), Corporal F. DUFFY (Melbourne), and Corporal H.B. PHILIPS (Stawell). A most enjoyable program consisted of the National Anthem, the Soldiers' verse, and Home Sweet Home, by the company, followed by speeches of eulogy and welcome by the chairman and Messrs. Robert WILLIS, Robert McLAUGHLIN, J. WATT, Reuben WILLIS, and P.J. LAVERY, interspersed with well-rendered local items by Miss A. WILLIS, A. CARRACHER, and G. WILLIS, and Mr W. O'CALLAGHAN.
The chairman then presented Private CARRACHER with a suitably inscribed gold medal, on behalf of the residents, and "For they are jolly good fellows" was sung by the company.
The guest suitably responded, thanking the people for their kind welcome and presentation. A vote of thanks to the Chairman concluded the social. The hall was then cleared for dancing, which was kept up for some hours, good music being supplied by local talent, and Messrs. E. CROSS and M. LANCASTER acting as M.C's. A splendid supper was provided by the ladies.

A very pleasant evening was spent by a number of residents at the Morea school on Wednesday evening, 3rd inst., the occasion being a welcome home to Corporal H.B. PHILIPS, who, prior to enlisting for active service over three years ago, was head teacher at Morea and Booroopki State schools. The evening was principally devoted to dancing, during an interval in which Mr A. SCHINCKEL, in a well chosen speech spoke of the great esteem in which Corporal PHILIPS was held by all, and more particularly by the children, who always regarded him as a friend. They were all pleased to know that he was again taking up teaching, and that he had gained promotion, which they knew was well deserved.
Corporal PHILIPS feelingly responded, thanking the people for the pleasant little function they had arranged in his honour, and which he had not anticipated. He was pleased to see his old friends and the children, with whom he had spent four and a half years. He thanked the children for the numerous letters they had written him while on active service, which were a great help in cheering one up after a strenuous term in the line. "For he's a jolly good fellow" by the company was then sung, and dancing was resumed.
The ladies of Morea and Booroopki provided a very appetising supper. Music was supplied by Messrs. F. SCHUMANN, H. STEHN, M. LANCASTER, and A.F. CARRACHER, and the duties of M.C. were well carried out by Mr M. LANCASTER, assisted by Mr H. CUMING.

An attractive wedding was celebrated in the Horsham Methodists Church last Wednesday week at 1.30, the contracting parties being Elizabeth May, daughter of Mr and Mrs Thomas MOTT, of Clear Lake and Herbert Walter son of the late Mr W and Mrs BLAKE, of Noradjuha. The Rev R.H. GREEN was the officiating clergyman. The bride who was attended by Miss Olive BLAKE as bridesmaid looked charming in a white silk costume with wreath and veil.
The bridesmaid wore a pretty cream frock and black hat. The best man was Mr Alf MOTT. The wedding party partook of a daintily served tea at Slavens Cafe, at which the usual toasts were honoured. The bride and bridegroom travelled by the afternoon train to Ballarat where they will spend a short holiday. Their future home will be at Noradjuha.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday September 26, 1919

The local school was the scene of a pleasant though rather small gathering on Friday last, when a euchre party and dance for the Queen of Jailakin and Charam was held. Miss Isabella BURNS of Moss Gill, Jailakin, is the Queen in question, and the money gathered goes to the Rodgers repatriation fund.
During Friday and the Thursday before a good deal of rain fell and though the night was clear and dry, the afternoon had been very dirty, and thus the huge crowd which generally turns up to gatherings at Charam was not present.
Still a nice number was there, and the evening was an enjoyable one for those. Six euchre were filled the prizes being won by the following :--
Ladies fist prize, box handkerchiefs (donated by Mrs R. GUTHRIDGE), Miss EDWARDS ; booby prize, a safety pin, Miss McDONALD. Gents leather wallet (donated by Mr R. GUTHRIDGE), Messrs A. NIVEN and H. HADDEN tied, Mr NIVEN winning in the playoff ; booby prize, liquorice pipe and cigars, Messrs C. HUNT and J. CRABTREE tied, Mr HUNT losing in the playoff.
Dancing was then indulged in till about 2 am. A splendid supper was provided by the Charam ladies, who deserve special mention for untiring efforts in this regard. A feature of the dance was a waltzing competition, in which five couples competed. The prizes a silver brooch for lady and a box of toilet soap for gentleman-were presented by Mr A. HADDEN, and won by Pte J. PARECH and his partner, Miss G. OUGH, who gave a fine exhibition of waltzing. Several songs by Pte PARECH were greatly enjoyed by an attentive audience, Mr S. POTTER also sang. The duties of M.C. were ably carried out by Messrs J. CRABTREE and A. HADDEN. To the latter a well deserved vote of thanks was carried at the close of the evening, as he as secretary, had been most active in his organisation of the affair. About 3 was raised, including a donation of 1 from Mr. Jas. HADDEN, but excluding amounts gained by various raffles, which were not run off, owing to the small gathering. They will be kept open for sometime. Despite the damper the rain caused to the evening's success, all were glad to see it, as it was needed to freshen up the grass and crops, and replenish the waterholes. About 260 pts were registered here from September 1st to date.


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