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Tho Rev. \V. Slade, of Die Dunedin Central Mission, reached Melbourne from Loudon by the Moldavia yesterday. A. son has been born to Lady Edwina Levin, daughter of tho late Earl Roberts. Mr'H. Fox, bandmaster of the 10th (North Otago) Regiment, arrived at Fremantle by the Osteriey on Tuesday last cn route for Oamaru. The death of Mr David Walker, a New South Wales pioneer and ex-general secretary of the Y.M.C.A., is reported from Sydney. Sir George Turner has been appointed chairman of the Commonwealth Savings Rank Commissioners. Tho appointment dates from December 25. and is for 12 months, The- three Conciliation Commissioners--Messrs T. llarle Giles (Auckland and Taranaki). I’. Hally (Wellington, Marlborough, Nelson, and West-land), and -T. R. Triggs (Canterbury, Otago, and Southland) —have been appointed to their positions for a further term. Among yesterday's arrivals from the north was” Mr Duncan F. Bauchop, A..M.L Mech. E., who is paying a. visit to. Port Chalmers. Mr Geo. H. Chernfide. a well-known -port,am an of Victoria, arrived in Auckland by the Riverina. on Monday. He went on to Rotorua, to participate in a. fishing holiday, Mr Chernside lias frequently been in New Zealand, and has at various limes generously donated valuable doer to the New Zealand Tourist Department and the New Zealand Government. Relatives in Melbourne- have, received !ir-w,s of the death of Captain Richard L<vkimrton Birdwood (Indian Armv), brother of Lieutenant-general W. R. Birdwood. Commander of tho Australasian t,r..ojis in Egypt. Captain Birdwood. who was killed in action in the operation? at Basra, at the mouth of tho Euphrates, on the Persian Gulf, was the youngm-t of five sons of the. late Herbert M. Birdwood, C HI., at one time member of the Bombay Government. Ail the son.? served in the Indian Army. The. late, officer received bis find commission in July, ]B£T and was posted to the Ist Gurkhas, obtaining his enptniivy in July, 1907. On Tuesday evening, in the h.M.C.A. Baths, Miss Erancis Tiarland. member of the Minnehaha Ladies* Swimming and Life-saving Club, succeeded in passing the award of merit of the .Royal Life-saving This is a very stiff examination. One of the many things a swimmer has to do is to swim 600 yds with practically all her clothes on, which, in itself takes a lot of training and energy. As (here are only two other ladies in Otago who have gained this distinction, it will be seen that, it is an. event, to be proud of. At the half-yearly meeting of Die Hotel ami Restaurant Employees’ Union a presentation of a purse of .sovereigns was made to Mr D. A. R. M'Ewpn, president. Mr A. Waltho (secretary of the union) said it was considered fitting that .mine token of esteem should bo given to Mr M'Eweu, whose many good qualities had made him a valuable president during his term of office. The secretary referred to him as a in,oat who was endeared to the hearts of all with whom he. came in contact. During his term of office lie had bad many strenuous lights for the union, and had helped to firing it up to its present standard. Tho union was largely indebted to Mr M‘Ewen for its present position. Tt was fitting, therefore, that Mr M‘Ewen should ha given some tangible mark of appreciation from the members. Mr J. CoUavn (treasurer), in making the presentation. spoke in the highest tonus of Mr M‘Ewen’s character, and referred to the many services rendered by him to the union, .Mr A. G. Trimmc) (vice-president) replied, thanking tho members for the manner in which they had responded to (ho presentation, and expressing the worthiness of the, president to receive l , it. Mr M'Ewen, on receiving the token, received an ovation, and briefly returned thanks.

A Christchurch message states that the fhM-ornor and Lady Liverpool will leave Christchtirch to-morrow for the West Coast in order, to pay an official visit- to .■Roofton on the 25th and Westport on the. 26th. Their Excellencies will return to Christchurch on the 30th inst. Mr Kussell H. Hartley, lately electrical engineer for the Te Kuiti Borough Council has been appointed electrical tramways engineer for the New- Plymouth Borough Council. As no news had been received for some time of the whereabouts of Rev, Mother Alary Aubert. Head of the Sister of Compassion Home at Island Bay, Wellington. a cabled inquiry was sent to Koine, and a. replv has been received to the effect that the Mev, Mother is safe and well, and is engaged in. nursing the injured. It is presumed “the injured” referred to are sufferer* by the Italian •earthquake.

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PERSONAL, Issue 15707, 22 January 1915

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PERSONAL Issue 15707, 22 January 1915

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