PERSONAL NOTES FROM LONDON. (From Our Own Correspondent.) LONDON, 10th December. Captain R. G. England, who was second in command of the British Antarctic Expedition up to the point when it reached the ice in 1907, has been awarded the clasp for his services. He will attend an investiture at Buckingham Palace on Monday evening, when probably his fellow officers will also receive their honours. Captain England was for some reason omitted from the list of recipients of the Royal Geographical Society's meda' for the expedition. Mr. John Liddeil Kelly, formerly editor of the New Zealand Times, and now engaged in- literary work in London, has left with his wife for Torquay, where they intend to pass the winter months. The Hon. W. Hall-Jones is still enjoying the air at Folkestone, where he continues to derive some benefit from the rest and freedom from worry. He hopes to return to the office shortly after Christmas. Amongst the passengers for tho Dominion by the 'Kaikoura is Captain Bryce Wilson, a British Army officer who has spent some years in India, and is now taking his wife and family of two sons and one daughter to settle in New Zealand. Captain Bryce Wilson belongs to a well-known North Country family, and is a member of the Naval and Military Club. While in the army he took* a special interest in physical training, upon which he is an authority. Captain Wilson will probably take up land in the Dominion. Tho French Government has decided to establish tourist enquiry offices sirm lar to those belonging to the New Zealand Government, and has asked Mr. Donne if he would be willing to give any information ;upon their organisation to an officer of the Government, who will visit London for the purpose. Needless to ray, Mr. Ponne will accede to the request. .Colonel R. H. Davies, C.8., Inspec-ior-General of' the Naw Zealand Forces, has been attached to_ the 2nd Cavalry Brigade at Canterbury for training. It is probable that Mr. Tom Sullivan, tne famous New Zealand oarsman, who is now residing in England, will accompany Ernest Barry to South Africa in the event of the challenge to Arnst being accepted. > The Rev. th& Hon. R. J. YardeBjiller, who is at present in New Zealand for the benefit of his health, is promised a pleasant surprise when no returns to England. Mr. Yarde-Buller has for some years been warden of th>. Naval Church Institute at Chatham. During his wardenship one wing has been rebuilt and a new one added, but the growth of the wont now demands extensive additions, for which a sum of £8000 is necessary. It was in his efiorts to raise Jus amount that Mt. Yarde-Buller impaired his health so as to require ths present hfKday, and his friends here riave determined that before he returns to England they will have the whole of tne money in hand. Captain Hunter, late of the" Imperial Pay Branch at Wellington, is at present hibernating at Brighton, where no is representative of a brewing firm. In May next he will go to Pari oj to take up a good position on the staff of the Continental Tourist Agency. Captain Hunter still has hopes of "doing the block" on Lambton-quay betore long. Lord Onslow has been ordered rest and complete change by his doctor, so he left this ween for Algiers. j "Curwen Bell" is the pen-name selected by Miss Osburne-Lilly, formerly of Auckland, and niece of Mr. B. G. Lilly, who was at one time on the staff of the Otago Daily T(m«s and other Australasian papers. When New Zealanders see this name they will be able to recognise the identity of the writer. '"Curwen Bell's" first book will be a New Zealand story for children ; it is in the hands of Henry Drane, who is publishing it at the price of 6s. In all likelihood its title will be "When Maisie Came to Maoriland,'* but this is not quite settled. Miss Osburne-Lilly, unfortunately, does not enjoy very robust health, but she has benefited somewhat by the change of residence Irom New Zealand to this country. Her brother is a well known resident of Pahiatua. ' Mr. Cyril Towsey (Wellington) has been touring as accompanist to Mdlle. Alice Verlet's concert company, which was in Brighton a few days since. Its other members were: Madame Edna Thornton, the well-known contralto, M. Brinknrann (Brussels, violinist), and Mark Hambourg. Mdlle. Alice "Verlet, who is prima donna of the Grand Opera, Paris, met with great success in London, and her reception all over the country is enthusiastic in the extreme. Mr. Towsey i& a sympathetic accompanist, and he has .lately had a number of good touring 'engagements under the auspices of the ■ Concert Direction Schulz-Curtius and Powell. In spite of this, however, Mr. Towsey is beginning to think that he would like to take a trip out to New Zealand, so nis old friends in Wellington will not be surprised if he definitely decides to go out there again. Mr. R. D. Brown and Mr. A. Webster, both of Wellington, will be in the United Kingdom until April, when they will leave for the United States and Canada on their way back' to the I Dominion via Vancouver and Sydney. But they will not reach New Zealand uiuil Christmas 1910. At yesterday's meeting of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons, Francis Rudolph Hotop, M.8., C.Ch., Otago University and King's College Hospital, was admitted a Fellow of the College. At the same meeting the degree of Licentiate of Dental Surgery was conferred upon two New Zealanders — Cecil Lucas Donne (Middlesex and National Dental Hospitals) and Lionel Uaviu Fruhauf (Charing Cross and Royal Dental Hospitals). Callers at the London Office of the New Zealand Government have this fleck been : — Captain Rupert England and Mrs. England; Mrs. E. A. Manson (Palmerston North), and: the Misses J. E. and H. F. Manson ; Mr. J. Liadell Kelly (Wellington) ; Mr. Percy Douglas (Auck'landj: Mr. W. H. Short (Nelson).