MR WILLIAM GOLD
■ An old identity of tho Kowai Bush district, in the person of Mr Wm, Gold, was laid to rest in the Kowai Pass Cemetery on Saturday, the Rev. W. P. Hughes ofßciating at tho graveside. Tho late Mr Gold came into the locality forty-three years ago, then Ijuite a youth. His first omployer was the lato Mr Bruce, of Cora Lynn, and after remaining with him for some years, ho took lip stockdriviug to the West Coast, for Mr Garbutt and the late Mr John Grigg. For some years he managed the Brookdalo estate for tho Loan and Mercantile Agency Co. Whon this property was sold ho bought a small farm at Kowai Bush, where he lived till his 'death. For fifteen years he was head shepherd for Major Johnson at Mount Torlesso, relinquishing the position after an accident caused by a horse slipping and rolling over him. He lost his two eldest sons at thowwatr t and from tho shock of this and tho accident ho never seemed to recover, but was ablo to bo about his farm till a couple of days before his doath, when he caught a chill, resulting in pneumonia.
Amongst those present at tho funeral were:—Messrs J. Hewitt and R. Evans (his two oldest friends), W. J. Atkinson, J. Pope, Major Johnson, R t M. Johnson, J. A. Milliken, M. Downey, and C. Rodgcrs.
Wreaths were sent hy the past and present members of the Kowai Bush School Committee, Mr and Mrs W. J. Atkinson and familv; Miss "Ruby Gold, Major and Mrs Johnson, Mr and Mrs Pone. Mr and Mrs J. A. Milliken,/ Mr find Mrs Son ward, Mr and Mrs C. Cover, and others.
The lato Mr Gold was very highly esteemed, and was a thoroughly genuine man. He lias left a widow, one Fon. and throe daughters to mourn their loss. Mneh sympathy is felt for the family, owinc to the great break-up the last, three vear-s. and Mrs Gold being in a very precarious stato of health.
Sergeant J. H. Joseph who was lost overboard from the transport Tainui, was the youngest son of the late Mr A. Joseph, of Taieri Mouth. He left New Zealand in May, 1916, in the Reinforcements. Attached to the Divisional Signalling Company of the New Zealand Engineers, he served continuously in Franco, and subsequently with his unit in the occupation of the Rhine provinces until the geceral demobilisation. Prior to enlisting _be was employed in tho Timaru district as a blacksmith, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.