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PERSONAL.

His Lordship Bishop Julius was a passenger for the south by this morning's express. ' , '

Constable H. J. Thompson, has received notice oi' his transfer from Ashburton to Timaru.

Mr W. St. G. Douglas (one-time postmaster in Ashburton) was in town to-day, and left for the south by this afternoon's express.

Mr W. Nosworthy, M.P., arrived in Ashburton by this afternoon's express from the north. Mr D. G. Wright was a .passenger by the same train:

Mr T. Buxton, M,P. for Temuka, was in Ashburton to-day. Mr Buxton told a " Guardian " reporter that he had not made up his r mind yet whether he would again stand for the Temuka seat.'

The death occurred at the Christchurch Hospital yesterday (from pneumonia) of Mr Thomas Pickett, who was a well-known identity . at Peel Forest for over 40 years, having originally been packman on the Mount Peel Estate in the early days. Latterly he has resided at Mount Peel. He was about 70 years of age.

Constable A. Ede., of Feilding, an old Ash burton boy. was one of the brave officers who raced and beat ; back the riot m front of Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs's premises at the time of the watersiders' strike in Wellington. His undoubted courage, resource,. and presence of mind; on, that occasion have been recognised in high places, for he has received from the Minister of Justice a cheque for £5 and a letter complimenting him on his splendid behaviour.

Through passengers for the north to-day included Messrs George Fenwick (managing director of the " Otago Daily Times"), John Blundell (senior proprietor of the Wellington " Evening Post"), S. Smith (managing director of the Dunedin " Evening Star "), and E. 6. Kerr (manager of the "Timanr Herald "). Mr R. J. Gilmour (managing director of the "Southland Times") went north last evening. All are bound for the annual Press Conferences, which commence at New Plymouth on Monday night and extend throughout the week.

At the organ recital at the Baring Scmaro Methodis'fc Church last evening, opportunity was taken by the chairman (the Rev. W. J. Elliott) to make a presentation—on behalf of the Church trustees, the Sunday School, the Ohoir, and ]the, members of the congregation— of a; haiiclsome sideboard to Miss Rosa Bonnington, in recognition of 20 years' faithful service as pianiste. Mr Elliott, said that Miss Bonnington, who is shortly, to be married, had been most faithful "in her work, and had taken' her place at the piano with unfailing regularity.-, hi addition to presiding at the< instrument at every morning and evening service she had also found time to ■teaoh a' Sunday School Class. Mr Elliott referred in terms of high praise to Miss Bonnington's sterling qualities, and wished, her, on behalf of all those he represented, happiness in her >new sphere of life. ■ Mr Stanley, Bonnington responded on behalf of his sister. : - .-. .

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PERSONAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8793, 13 February 1914

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