BACK FROM THE POLE.
TAKING THE VESSEL HO3EE. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) OHRISTCHURCH, Monday. Mr. J. K. Davis, who has acted as first officer of the Nimrod ever since she was placed in commission for the purpose of the expedition, takes command of the little vessel as from to-day, Gapt. Evans having signed off. Air. Davis is to take the Nimrod Home, via Sydney and (possibly) Melbourne. i)r. "Marshall accompanies lieutenant Shaekleton to Wellington to-night. IHE EXPEDITION DISPERSES. RECEPTION ABANDONED. CHEISTCHURCH, Monday. A large and representative meeting of citizens this afternoon decided to accord a public reception to the members 'of the British Antarctic Expedition, and set up a commibtee to arrange details. Wfiile the committee was discussing preliminaries, Lieut. Adams, one of the members of the party, attended and stated -fiKat after Wednesday Lieut. Shackleton would be the only member of the expedition in Christchuroh. In view of the brief period at their disposal, the committee decided to abandon the proposal. EROFESSOR DAVID IN SYDNEY. (Received 11.40 a.m.) SYDNEY, this day. Notwithstanding the early hour of the Maheno's arrival (5 ajn.), a large gathering of friends and undergraduates gave Professor David a rousing welcome; The official welcome has been arranged for later in the day.
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