Mr. F. E. Baume, M.P., of Auckland, is at present in 'Wellington. Mrs. Willis (wife of Bishop Willis, of Tonga) is paying a holiday visit 'to Auckland. The Yen. Archdeacon Walsh was a passenger from Russell'by the s.s. Clansman yesterday. Lieutenant-Colonel W. G. Shakespeare (of London) is at present visiting Rotorua. Mr. L. Birks (engineer in charge of the Tourist Department at Rotorua) is on a week's visit to Wellington. Mr. S. J. Jaekman, for many years in the New Zealand' Customs Department, died at Wellington Hospital yesterday morning after undergoing an operation. Mr. J. S. McClune, of the Napier branch of the Labour Department, has received notice of his transfer to Auckland. He is to be succeeded by Mr. G. Burnside, of Masterton. Mr. A. A. S. Duncan, Deputy-Public Trustee, who 13 relieving Mr. Warren, the Public Trustee's agent at Auckland, will remain here for about another month. A pleasing ceremony took place at the warehouse of Messrs. L. D. Nathan and Co. last evening, when an address ol ■welcome was presented to Mr. S. J. Nathan (managing director), who returned yesterday from a visit to Europe. Mr. Nathan was welcomed back on behalf of the staff, by Air. Davis, secretary of the company. Amongst the passengers who are leaving by the Athenic to-day from Wellington, for London, are Lieutenant W. R. Holmes, R.N.R., chief officer of H.M. cable steamer Iris, who is leaving for a six months' trip to England, and the Rev. G. Clement, of Auckland, who has resigned his charge of the Franklinroad Church. On Monday night Major J. O. Wynyard, who recently resigned from the First Regiment of the Auckland Mounted Rifles, -was presented by the officers of the regiment with a handsome liqueur stand in appreciation of his services while in the corps and as a wedding present. 001. Holgate, in reviewing the career of the recipient as a volunteer, said that it had. been a rapid one so far as promotion was concerned, the capabilities of the man having been early recognised. Veterinary-Captain Kinloch was, on Monday night, presented by the officers of the First Regiment of the Auckland M.R. with an 18-carat gold watch in recognition of the valuable services he had rendered the corps in attending to the welfare of the mounts. Captain Kinloch is one of the oldest members of the ■regiment, and has always taken a very great interest in the horses. He is not leaving the regiment. Three English Primitive Methodist ministers, who are taking up work in the Dominion, arrived in Wellington by the Corinthic. They are the Revs. E. Bandy and J. B. Sutling, whose sphere of duty will be in the Auckland province, and the Rev. H. Cotton, who will be stationed in Dunedin. They were selected from the Primitive Methodist College in England by the Rev. J. Cocker (Wellington) and two leading English Primitive Methodists, Sir William Hartley and Prof. Peake. Mrs. Major (widow of the late Mr. Chas. Major, formerly a well-known merchant at Auckland) passed away at Remuera on Monday last at the age of 78. The deceased was one of the oldest identities of the district, and was well known and highly esteemed by a large circle of friends. She was the mother of Major Major, principal of King's College, Remuera. Mrs. Major was a former member of the Methodist Free Church, Pitt and Vincent-streeto, and took great interest in religious and charitable work, having been one of the prime movers in the establishment of the local Young Women's Christian Association. At the meeting of the Auckland Laud Board to-day a letter was read from the 'Under-Secretary for Lands notifying the re-appointment of Mr. Alfred Richard Harris to be a member of the Board. Mr. J. Strauchon, Commissioner of Crown Lands, congratulated Mr. Harris upon his re-appointment, and said they were glad so old a member was still with them. Mr. Harris thanked the Commissioner, and expressed his pleasure at being re-ap-pointed.
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