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The Rev. H. L. Mortimer, of Christchurch, who was recently nominated to the vacancy at St. Peter’s, Caversham, caused by the resignation of the vicar (the Rev. pf. I). Evans), has written to the chuifch? wardens notifying his acceptance of ; the position. At the monthly meeting cf the Maori Hill School Committee a resolution was passed expressing regret at the death of the Hon. T. Fergus, and sympathy with .Mrs Fergus and the family. Mrs Brazie, one of the West Coast pioneers, dropped dead .it Reefton yesterday, She had not been in good health for some time.

A well-known and respected resident of Colac. Bay, Japhet Winiata. died at the Maori Kai’k at Otakou a few days ago, after a long illness. There was a large and representative gathering of his relatives and friends from the different kaiks in Canterbury and Otago at tho_ funeral, which took place yesterday afternoon. The service was read in Maori both .in the Whareruuanga and at the grave by the Yen. Archdeacon W r oodthorpe, M.A. The hymns were sung in Maori to the old tunes,’ which have been sung at Maori funerals for almost a century. At last night’s meeting of the Otago branch of the Technological Institute last night Mr H. Broach (hon. secretary) stated that Mr F. W. Payne, one of their olciest and most esteemed members, was about to leave for England and the Malay States. It was possible that he would not return to New Zealand, Mr Brasch moved that a resolution be passed and recorded on the minutes expressive of the members’ appreciation of the valuable services Mr Payne had rendered to the Technological branch of the institute. Professor Park said that he was quite in accord with the motion, for Mr Payne had been one of the most consistent supporters of the branch. Mr E. E. Stark seconded the motion, remarking that Mr Payne was al really sterling and honest worker. He was not only original in his work, but was specially well grounded in scientific matters. He had a keen sense-of devolving new things out of his knowledge of old ones. The motion was carried with acclamation.

The Dowager Ducjiess of Sutherland has married Major Percy Desmond Fitzgerald. * Prior to the commencement, of Mr Stark's lecture before members of the Technological branch of the Otago Institute, Mr H. firasch, hon. secretary, stated that Mr F. TV. Payne, one of their oldest and most esteemed members, was about to loavo for England, and the Malay States, and it was possible he would not return to the Dominion. A motion appreciative of Mr Payne’s valuable services to the institute was proposed by Mr Braach. Professor Park and Mr E. E. Stark heartily supported the motion, and made eulogistic reference to Mr Payne’s many good qualities. The motion was carried with acclamation.

The death is reported of .Monsignor Robert Benson, of the archdiocese of Westminster, aged 43 years. Mr F. W. Nicholson arrived by the Marama on Wednesday last to take up the position of general manager of the National .Mutual Life Association, a position so long occupied by the late Mr Orton Stevens. 31 r Nicholson has been connected with life assurance for over 39 years, and has filled every position from office boy to manager, and for the last 27 years has been attached to the Sydney office. During Mr Dixon's illness the management of the Wellington office has devolved upon Mr L. U. Chaffey, accountant.

Mr H. A. Le Cren will bo a candidate for the mayoralty of Mornington next vear.

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PERSONAL, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914

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PERSONAL Issue 15629, 21 October 1914

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