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PERSONAL.

Mr George Dickinson, of Cambridge HI has mtimated his intention of contesting .1 the mayoralty. a -M

The Rev. Clement Houchen was ordained by the Anglican Bishop of Auckland at St Peter's qimrch, Hamilton, on Thursday. *

Sir Joseph Ward will visit the Taieri district at the end of the month to at* tend a social which is being tendered ta the Hon. T. Mackenzie,

Lieutenant F. P. Evans, BJNJI., late of the Antarctic exploration ship Nimrod, has arrived at Wellington, and will take command of the Union Company's s.a. Rotoiti.

A Press Association telegram from. Dunedin reports the death of Mr. Allan Holmes, barrister, for many years a, prominent figure in golfing and cricketing circles.

Captain-Adjutant J. E. Barton, one of the four New Zealand officers about to go to England for a course of military training, is to be accorded a public send-' off at Hamilton.

A year subsequent to his retirement, after 22 years' service as crier and custodian of the Supreme Court, Wellington, Mr George Bastin died on Thursday of heart disease.

The Hon. George Fowlds, Minister for Education, will be in attendance at the Government Buildings on Tuesday afternoon. He leaves by the through trawi in the evening for Wellington.

It is reported that the Secretary of Agriculture (Mr J. D. Ritchie), who .has been appointed inspector and chairman of the Land Purchase Board, will probably go on a six-months' visit to England shortly.

Mr F. Davies, senr., a prominent worker in connection with the Church of Christ, Ponsonby-road, was, at a public social gathering held last evening, presented with an easy chair and a silver teaset, he having reached his 70th birthi day.

Mr Benson H. Wyman was tEis morning, on the motion of Mr Allan Moody, admitted as a solicitor by his Honor Mr Justice Sim. Mr Wyman was for many years a clerk in the Magistrate's Court, but recently resignea" from. the Justice Department to take the position of managing clerk to Mr G, W-. Basley* barrister> of this city.

Mr W. H. Draffln, headmaster of the Chapel-street School, Auckland, and Miss Edith A. Hill, who has also been on the staff for some years, are to be married on Monday. On Wednesday last several members of the City Schools Committee attended at the school to bid farewell to Miss Hill, who was presented with a set of silver forks and a silver jam spoon on behalf of the school children, and % silver cruet-stand from the staff.

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PERSONAL. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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