Tho Department of Roads gave a dinner on Tuesday night in honour of Mr. C. W. Hursthouse, who is retiring on superannuation from the position of chief engineer. There /was a large gathering of the staff. " The : Hon. A. W. Hogg (Minister of Roads) presented Mr. Hurs£ house with a .purse of sovereigns, which was subscribed by the staff of the De-' partment throughout the Dominion. Mr Hogg outlined Mr. Hursthouse's career in the public service,..and spoke in appreciative terms of the good work their guest had done for New Zealand. Messrs. A. B. Wright and F. Withers (district' engineers) stated how Mr. Hursthouse's retirement was regretted, and added to the Minister's, their, own. testimony as to the steadfast manner in which the retiring chief engineer had carried ; out his , duties. Advantage was taken of the occasion, to present an illuminated address to Mr. G. F. tftobinson (roads engineer in charge-of Wellington, .district), who is also retiring on superannuation.;' This presentation was also made by Mr. Hogg. The toast of the Ministry was proposed ■by Mr. R. H. Reaney, and responded to by the Hon. J. Carroll. "The Backblocks Settlers" was proposed by Mr. G. T. Murray, and Mr. Hogg replied. President Roosevelt, who. recently rode 98 miles in ,17 hours, attributes his wonderful energy to his very simple mode of living. A short time ago an-American newspaper published an account of the elaborate daily menus at the White House,-whereupon the President sent for a reporter of the paper in q\iestion, and told him the actual facts, of the case. Hard boiled eggs, rolls, and • coffee are the staple articles of .breakfast. For lunch, Mr. Roosevelt declared that when he is alon« he seldom has more than a bowl of milk and a chunk of bread, and the evening meal never consists of 'more than three simple courses. Mr. Roosevelt has been a non-smoker nearly, all his life, and to this fact he attributes his absolute lack of, what are commonly known as. "nerves." -—.'.- \ A, number of Americans who hold honorary degrees from Oxford recently sent a donation of £205 in aid of the funds of the University of Oxford, as, to quote the words of President Butier of Columbia University in a letter to the ViceChancellor, "a very sincere, if slight, expression of the regard in which they hold that ancient seat for.learning.". The contributors include President;. Butler, Mr. Choate, Mark Twain;*,the Bishop of Albany, Mr. Wi. D. Howells, President rEliot of HarVard,VMr W.hitelaw Reid,, Mr John S. Sargent, and Mr. Andrew White, the former American Ambassador to Germany. ,
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