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The Hon. W. Herries, Minister of Railways, left for Auckland by the Main Trunk expuess to-day.

_Tho Hon. W. D. S. Mac Donald returned to Wellington from Rotorua yesterday afternoon.

The Hon. Arthur M. Myers, Minister of Customs and Munitions and Supplies, returned to Wellington by the Main Trunk express to-day.

The Hon. T..M. Wilford ii due back in Wellington from Napier on Saturday evening.

Mr. D. H. Guthrie is- formally gazetted a member of the Executive Council of the Dominion of New Zealand.

Mr. J. D. Harper's appointment as. a member of the War Peneions Board is gazetted.

Mr. F. Bond, of Palmerston North, has'been appointed dental surgeon to the Wellington Hospital for a period of six months.

Mr. H. Buddie has been "appointed assessor for the corporation in the claims made by the Rhodes Trustees for land taken at Main Wadestown-road.

Mr. H. Temple White has been appointed musical director of the newlyformed Musical Society in connection with the Commercial Travellers' Club.

The Rev. R. R, Hermon, Chaplain to the Forces, has been awarded the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officer's Decoration. He has a total commissioned service of over twenty years.

The Hospital and Charitable Aid Board has accepted with legret the resignation of Mr. Simpson, caretaker at the T. G. Macarthy Home. At yesterday's meeting of the Board, M,r. John Marshall was appointed' to the vacancy.

Major-General Sir A. W. Robin, General Officer Commanding the Forces, who has been on an inspectional tour in the South Island, returned to Wellington this morning. He was accompanied by Captain -D. Bryan, assistant military secretary. , „

Professor A. P. W. Thomas (Auckland), and Mesers. H. F. Yon Haast (Wellington), G..M. Thomson (Dunedin), C. A. Bwen (Wellington), and P. G. Morgan (Director of Geological Survey) are gazetted members of 'the Board of Science and Art.

Sergeant Leonard Robertson, son of Mrs. Robertson, of Amesbury-street, PalmeTston North, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry on-the field of battle. Sergeant Robertson left with the 7th Reinforcements, and has seen service both in Gallipoli and France.

The Lyttelton Times says thafthe first appointment of Mr. E. D. Mosley, newlyappointed Relieving Stipendiary Magistrate,- is to Auckland, where he will assume the duties of Magistrate and Warden of the Thames district, and where his 1 intimate knowledge of mining procedure will be especially valuable.

Lance-CoT.poral H. Pake, of the New Zealand Engineers, who haa been awarded the Military Medal, was born in Wellington 35 years'ago, and was educated at the Newtown School. At the age of fifteen he went to Palmerston North, residing there for eight years, learning the trade of a-bricklayer and builder. He then went to Wanganui for two years, afterwards going to Auckland, which city he left with the 9th Reinforcements as a. sapper. He went through the fighting at Armentiereg, the battles of the Somme, Messines, and Passchen: daele, being wounded at the Somme.

The City Council last night placed on record in silence its sympathy with Mr! Justice Herdman in the loss of his wife. A further motion was passed conveying to the late member for Wellington North congratulations upon his elevation to the Judicial Bench. The Mayor (Mr. J. P. Luke) spoke of the great energy displayed and distinction achieved by the retiring Minister.

At a meeting) of the executive of the New Zealand Alliance, the following motion was carried unanimously: "The Executive of the New Zealand. Alliance, having heard with profound regret of the death of Professor H. D. Bedford, desires to express to Mrs. Bedford and her children and other relatives its reverent and heartfelt sympathy. As Professor of Economics and History in the University of Dunedin, Dr. Bedford obtained recognition of • his distinguished educational _ attainments and a position of great influence and,usefulness. His enthusiasm and energy led him into other and even wider spheres of activity. By means ol public lectures and addresses on social and economic questions, and especially in" connection with tho V.M.C.A. and New Zealand Alliance, he rendered service of the highest order iri the interests of -purity, temperance, and righteousness. Dr. Bedford spent the last few weeks of his life in the service of the Alliance, and by his fervour, his eloquence, and his resistless logic, he won all along the line. The executive rejoices in the record of a life bo highly gifted and so unreservedly consecrated to the service of God and his fellow creatures."

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PERSONAL MATTERS, Evening Post, Volume XCV, Issue 46, 22 February 1918

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PERSONAL MATTERS Evening Post, Volume XCV, Issue 46, 22 February 1918

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