'. Mr. Ritchie, Inspector of Schools foxt the North Canterbury Education Board,* 1 is seriously ill at present. The Hon. A. W. Hogg-leaves " in a few days for the Wairarapa, en rout^■ to Kawhia, the Mokau and Te Kuiti. Miss Rubi Seddon, daughter of the late Premier, accompanies Dr. and Mrs. Moricel to England by the Athenic, leaving oa. the 25th inst. The Hon. C. Douglas and the Hon. \V, Douglas, sons of the Earl and Countess of Morton, arrived in Wellington by the: '. Mamma from Sydney, on a tour of thaf Dominion. . The Hon. T. K. Macdunald and Mrs. Macdonald r of Wellington, leave at thej end of the month for Lon.ion, joining tha . Asturlas at Sydney. ?*lr. Macdonaltf hopes to return for the l&tter end of the " Parliamentary session. ' The Rev. Joseph Capva, D.Sc. and Agriculture at Milan, concludes hisOSewi Zealand tour at Wellington to-uay, an<i leaves by the Moeraki ior Sydney, Hβ has acquired a large amount of information regarding the colonies, which, jhal says, will be of value to the Italian Go« vernment and people. His Excellency, .the G.oyernor, will bat accompanied by Captain Shannon, A JD.G,and" Mr. H. C. WaterfieM, private secre- I tary, ok his visi.t to the East, Coast. JLotjJ • jPlunket-will probably motor- through*' : j-Irbm"-P*lmeiston-North- to- Napier-to*-' morrow," aid will leave cv Sunday- evea* - ing for Tuparoa by the Tufeanekai. Mr. G.- Tattle, superintendent; of thej'- ,- mechanical departments of the Govern.-"" - ment Printing Office, is amongst the officers retiring at the end of thi3 month; on superannuation. Mr. Tittle's length ol service covers about forty years. Jtla was "born in Wellington ia 1542, and eny tered the Government Printing Office ia : 1862, being appointed overseer in 1892. The Earl and Countesa of Mortoa' ' (family name Douglas), who arrived ia - Sydney by the Malwa last week from Scotland.- are en route to New Zealand on a pleasure tour. The Earl (21st) has? Tjeen a representative Peer for Scotland!" ~* since 1880, and succeeded to the titie oaf , 1884. It is interesting to -recall that tha 4th Earl of Morton was Chancellor: undei}' Mary of Scots, and was implicated, in the murder of Rizzdo; ihe also became HigltAdmiral and Regent of Scotland, 1572-78* but was executed for the murder, 1581, The 9th Earl was a zealous Royalist, dis* posing of his Dalkerth estate for , , £100,000 for the cause. The 13th Earl •was a Commissioner for signing the Union of England and Scotland, ITWi The 16tkEarl was a prisoner in the BaW tille for a short time. ._ ■->*.
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