+ ¥n£\ J : M.R.C.V.S., is gazetted Chief Veterinarian as from Ist January of this year. A l . Millar intends, to inspect the Miaiand and West Coast railways this week. -■> Mr. H. W. Preston, of , Northcote, leaves by the Wimmera' this evenin- on a visit to the Old Country. JThe Hon. R. McKenzie has been obliged to postpone for about a week his intended visit to Nelson and Marlborough. Sergt. Hulbert, of the Wellington Post and Telegraph Rifles, has been appointed district signalling staff officer, with the rank of lieutenant. Mr T. Ritchie, senior inspector of the North Canterbury educational district is seriously ill, and his condition is giving his friends much-anxiety. Mr. D. A. Gray, a member of Northcote Borough Council, leaves on a. trip to the Old Country and the Continent this evening by the sjs. Wimmera. • Miss Bawson, daughter of Sir Harry Bawson, Governor of New South Wales, has been presented by the women of that State with a diamond bracelet valued at £500. Mrs Hannan, the only woman, survivor of the Penguin disaster, has, it is stated, been offered by the Union S.S. Co. a position as stewardess on one of the company's steamers. Mr George Matheson. of J. C. Williamson's staff, who was to have piloted the Royal Comic Opera Company through New Zealand, has been recalled, and left for -Sydney on Friday■■ afternoon. The Rev. T. R. Kearney of the I-Gh'ang, China, who is at present in Auckland, leaves on Tuesday week for Wellington and Ihinedm. He afterwards proceeds to Melbourne via the Bluff, en route for Scotland. Mr Kea-rney, who is accompanied by Mrs Kearney, returns to China about this time next year. Mr P. S. K. Macassey, Crown Prosecutor at Dunedin, has returned to Auckland from Rotorua, where he lias been spending a holiday. He left again for Dunedin by the Rotoiti to-day, accompanied by Mr H. L. Tapley, also of that city. Mrs. E. A. Lepper, who has acted as postmistress at Northcote Post Office for the past seventeen years, has obtained leave of absence from the Department for the purpose of visiting her relatives in England, after an absence of twentyfive years, and leaves this evening by the s.s. Wimanera. The majority of the northern members of the Timber Commission will leave Wellington for Invercargill to-night, including the secretary, Mr. Jourdain. The Hon. T. Y. Duncan, chairman of the Commission, who is at -present. a<t Hanmer Springs, leaves Christchurch for Dunedin on Tuesday. Messrs. S. I. Clarke and W. B. Leyland, Auckland members of the Comraiesion, arrived in Wellington by the Main Trunk express on Friday, and went on to Christchurch on Saturday evening. .-'.■■:' f,: ji . The Rt. Rev. Mgr. Gillan, V.G., was invested with the robes of a monsignor by Biahop Lenihan at St. Benedict's Church yesterday morning in the presence of a' large -congregation. In the course of >an address, the Bishop testified to the efficient manner in which tho newly-created monsignor -had managed? the affairs of the diocese during 'the former's absence abroad. A social in recognition of the services of Mr. J. Kirkpntriek in -connection with the choir and Bible Class of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, was held on Friday evening, and on behalf of the choir and classes the minister presented Mr. Kirkpatrick with a goldmounted watch guard, as a memento of his connection with the church and its work.
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