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PERSONAL.

I The Eev. Mr. Pigotfc is going to Gis* borne to-morrow by the Victoria. - -_ The Hon. J. A. Millar, Minister for B-aihvays, returned to Wellington last night by the Main Trunk train. Mr. H. L. Bennett, the eldest son o! Mr. M. J. Bennett, of Newton, is leaving on a trip to Australia by tie Wiminera this evening. ..'...'." Mr. J. Marchbanks, of Wellington, -was a passenger fjjsin Sydney by the Victoria last night, ana- -.virile in Auckland is putting up at the Grand Hotel. A private telegram received in Auckland this morning states that Mr. Alfred Hill is dying, and that his medical attendants 'have given up all hope. Mr. John Court will not be a candidate at the forthcoming Municipal eleo tiohs, his medical adviser having declared for a rest from public affairs. Lieutenant-Colonel J. Stacey, of St« Thomas, Canada, arrived on a visit t» New Zealand by the Victoria last night. He is staying at the Grand Hotel. The Eev. H. Reeve, vicar of St. Sepulchre's, is about to leave on a trip to the Old Country, and wall be absent from Auckland until the end of the year. Mr. S. Brown, assessor for the emarrived by train yesterday to attend the Arbitration Court sittings. He is staying at the Grand Hotel. Mr. L. Ullmann, a New York gentleman visiting the Dominion, arrived by the Main Trunk train yesterday, andi is at present a guest at the Grand Hotel. Mr. J. A. McCullough, employees' I assessor at the Arbitration Court, and <Mr. Ben. Wilson, registrar, arrived overland last night to attend the court sittings. They are stopping at the Star 'Hotel. The Commissioner of Stamps (Mr. C. A. St. G. Hickson) Has been retired as from the 30th instant. Mr. Hickson, who does not attain the present statutory retiring age (Co years) until August, joined the Civil Service 44 years ago. Mr. J. H. Fox, railway locomotive engineer, was presented with several mementoes by his brother officers, in Wellington prior to his transference to take charge of the Auckland section. He leaves Wellington for the north ~ ■ toI morrow. ' Captain Xeville, of the Union Company, proceeds South io headquarters by the Takapuna this afternoon, after spending a holiday in Auckland. Captain Benton, recently of the Squall, also goes by the West Coast boat to-day to report at 'headquarters. Mr. J. T. Law ton, M.A., travelling secretary of the Australasian Students' Christian Union, is at present in Auckland in connection with h'u\ mission, and will to-morrow eve.ling audress the Auckland University students at the College. An official welcome will be extended him by Bishop Neligan. Bishop Lenihan, accompanied by the Rev. Father Holbrook, arrived in ton on Friday night by the Mate Trunk express. Bishop Lenihan, who is staying at St. Patrick's College, will rem&uyin. Wellington until the end of the week, attending to business in connection vrith the Auckland orphanages. Cable advice was received in Wellington on Friday from Melbourne, of the death of Mrs. Chapman, eldest daughter of the late Mr. C. D. Barraud, of Wellington, and wife of Mr. Chapman, sharebroker, Melbourne Brother of Mr. Justice Chapman and Mr. -Martin Chapman. The deceased leaves two sons and two daughters. The Prime Minister (Sir Joseph Ward), Hon. George Fowlds, Hon. Dr. Findlay, and Hon. A. W. Hogg are in Wellington; Hon. J. A. Millar, en route to Wellington, via the Main Trunk; Hon. J. Carroll and Hon. A. T. Ngata, at Huntlyj Hon. E. MelCenzie, at Blenheim; Hon. T. Mackenzie, at Dunedin; and Hon. D. Buddo, at Christehureh. Mr. R. T. Simons, who for the past 14 years has been British Consul at Tahiti, has been spendinj 'he past fe\r days in Auckland, stopphr j the Central Hotel. This evening Mi. 3imons proceeds by the Wimmera to Sydney, en route to Noumea, where he takes up the post of His Majesty's Consul to New Caledonia. His successor at the British Consulate in Tahiti is Mr. Arthur Rowley. Mr J. T. Lawton, M.A., the travelling secretary of the Australasian Students' Christian Union, is at present in Auckland. On Tuesday evening he will give an address to students of Auckland University College and their friends who are interested in the movement, which is truly national in its character and work. Bishop Neligan will preside and officially welcome Ml Lawtoa to this country. Changes have been made in the Redemptorist Order, which has been conducting missions in New Zealand during the past few years. The Eev. Father Lowhanx has been transferred to Ballarat, and left by the Maori from Wellington on Friday, on his way south to join the boat for Melbourne.' Father Lowham had been two years in New Zealand. The Rev, Father MeDercnott has been transferred to Sydney, and left by the Riverina yesterday. Father McDerraott had been four or five years in New Zealand, and is very well known in Auckland. It is expected that the places of the departing priests will be filled by the Rev. Father Lynch, of Perth, West Australia, and the Rev. Father Hunt, of Ballarat.

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PERSONAL. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 92, 19 April 1909

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