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OBITUARY

Many old residents of the lower harboui will have a kindly recollection of the late Captain John Bain, who in the early sixties was one of the Government pilots at Otago Heads, and afterwards went to Newcastle, N S.W , where, after a lengthy service as pilot, he was promoted to the position of assistant harbourmaster, which he fulfilled faithfully and well. Captain Bain recently died, and was buried on May 20 at Belmont, a suburb of Newcastle. The funeral, which was largely attended, was a representative one.

Private advice has been received of the death of Captain Tescheniaker, who a few years ago paid a visit to his brothers at Taipo, Maheno. Captain Teschemaker, who had travelled a great deal in all parts of th« world, has been in weak health for some time.

An Auckland wire reports the death of Captain Daveney, local paymaster of Imperial pensions.

Mr T. Book, v.-ritmg from Oakland, California, on May 17, forwards the following death, notice as likely to be of interest to some of our leaders: — "Died in Oakland, California, U.S. America, on the 28th day of April, 1905, Mr Chafle-a jE. Eva,"about 65 years' old." "For many yeaa-s a resident, of Dunedin." The deceased gentleman was for some years traveller for Messrs Oliver and Ulph before the business was taken over by the New Zealand Hardware Company, his brother, the late Mr John Eva, beinj; manager.

The death is announced of Mrs Marion Hattort, who was well known as president of the "Women's Franchise League. Born in Bristol in 1835, the deceased lady took an active interest, both before and after marriage, in Sunday school and Band of Hope work, fhe accompanied her husband, Mr Joseph; Hatton, in his mission to Amsterdam to form; and open the first lodge of Good Templars in Amsterdam. In this colony sho threw herself heartily into tho movement in favour of securing the franchise for women, and, as president of the Franchise League, her services as a speaker were in great demand. The bill passed tho Legislative Council on her birthday, and she received congratulations on the crowning of her arduous labours from all parts of the colony. With other members of the league she took part in opening and keeping going soup kitchens to alleviate the distress among the unemployed during the winter of 1895, and her friends believe 1 that the breakdown of her health was due to the strain caused by thet hard work involved in her philanthropic work. For many years she had suffered from heart disease. Her* end came peacefully on Tuesday] morning. She is survived by her husband, five sons and one daughter (Mrs R. G-. Whetter). Mr John Hamilton Tennant died on Wednesday after a seizure which Dr Church pronounced to bo apoplexy. The deceased gentleman, who only recently returned from a trip to the Home Country, was well-known, and highly respected. He was a performing member cf the Orchestral Society. News has Leon received of the death- at Newtown, near Sydney, of David Henderson, an old Dunedin resident, who was one of th» artists engaged ou Dunedin Punch m the earlysixties.

The CJutha Leader reports the death of Mr Nathan Yeit'eh, of Waitepeka, where ho had been fanning for the last 30 yeai-s. The deceased cam® to Otago from Victoria with the first rush of gold-seekers, having gone through the stirring times of the early days of the Yictoiian diggings. Tho Wyndhani Herald records the death, a!; the age of 74 yeais, of a, very old colonist, m tho person of Mrs M'Bean, at Seaward Downs. Deceased arrived in tho colony in 1862 in. ths ship Arema, and was married by the late Dr Burns a year later to Mr Peter M'Bean. Mr and Mrs M'Bean lived at Otokia for some 30 years, and there their family of five (of whom four sivrvive) were born. On Mr John E. M'Bean settling at Seaward Downs, his aged parents joined liim, and there Mr M'Bean died. In the death of Mr John Scott, engineer, New Zealand loses another of the fastdiminishing baoad of pioneer colonists. Mr Scott arrived in Dunedin from Scotland over 40 years ago, and has had an eventful careerLearning his trade as an engineer, he was for many years leading engineer of the mail-boats running between. Glasgow and Londonderry — steamers which, as far back as 1858j had a speed of 16* knots an hour. During the American civil war his employers sent him out to run the blockade, and there he had! some exciting experiences. Being of that restless disposition common to the proverbial Scotchman. Mr Scott, much against the wish, of his employers, decided -to seek his fortune in New Zealand — then much spoken of^ at Home, — and in October, 1863, accompanied "by his wife and children, he left the Old Country, arriving here early in 1864. Being desirous oi leaving the sea, he started an engineering shop at Milton, then a busy centre of the goldfield3 traffic. Money, however, was scarce and hard to collect, and in 1865 he commenced sawmilling a few miles out from New Plymouth. Thisventure was also short-lived, for he had to abandon it after a few months on account of a recrudescence of the Maori war, following the withdrawal of the British troops. Moving on again, he found employment in fitting up the Auckland Gasworks. After this he once more took to sea life, and saw service under the Government in the old Sturt, and later on was one of the pioneer engineers of the West Coast trade. Amongst his many anecdotes of the. early days on the Coast Mr Scott used to tell of his first visit to Hokitika, when the steamer was moored to the trees on the bank of the river, and pigeons were shot where* Hokitika now stands. Having been successful as part-owner of the steamer Murray, he, like many others at that time, saw in prospective a huge fortune in qxiartz-reefing. Selling hi» interest in his profitable craft, he embarked his capital and labour in Reefton mines, then just opening out. In common with many, he found there was more glitter than gold, and 1575 found him engineer of the old Samson, so well known in the Dunedin-Oamaru trade, ancl which, along with the Maori and Golden Age, formed the nucleus of the Union Steam Shi^i Company's fine fleet. Failure to wrest a fortune from the hidden treasures of the earth! by means of quartz-reefing did not deter Mr Scott from turning his attention to dredging, and 1881 found him with the dredge Eureka, racing to get ahead of Messrs Kincaid and! M'Queen. who were buiiding the Dunedin, dredge. Mr Scott won the race, and was proud oi having turned the first bucket by steam on. the Molyiieux River. The project was not a success, it bsing left to others at a later time to reap the reward of Mr Scott's and Messrs Kincaid and M'Queen's genius and enterprise. Mr Scott returned to Dunedin, and with hia son (the late Mr John D Scott, also an engineer of repute) was engaged by the New Zealand Refrigeratirjg_Company to fit up the firsfi freezing machinery in New Zealand, at the. Burnside Refrigerating Works. Mr Scott leaves « widow, five son?, and one daughter to mourn their lo=s, among them being" Messrs Thoiras Scott (councillor) and W. .mcl U. Scott (outfitters), of Dunedin.

PATENTS, DESIGNS, and TRADEMARKS FOR ALL COUNTRIES (Established 1882). I am adopting the System under which I bear part loss on rejected PATENTS. A PORTION of FEES are required on APPLICATION, balance ONLY WHEN A PATENT IS GRANTED. Particulars on application. Machinery and Buildings Designed and Carried Out. H. M. DAVEY, Consulting Engineer and Architect, 49 MORAY PLACE. Telegrams : " Davey, Duuedin."

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OBITUARY, Otago Witness, Issue 2674, 14 June 1905

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OBITUARY Otago Witness, Issue 2674, 14 June 1905

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