PERSONAL ITEMS. .
BETURN OF LIEUTENANT-COLONEL O. F.
Lieuteniint-colonel O í Cox, O B , who served m tho Boor war practically from tho outbreak of hos- tilities ni Octobor, IS'J'I. until its termination earlv tu Juus of this yoar, returned to Sydney yesterday from Loudon in tho Arcadia Throughout tho campaign he suffered no illness nor was ho wounded m any of the iiumorous engagements in which he participated Ho loft, it will bo icmemborcd, us lieutenant ni com- mand of tim detachment of Now bouth Wales T aucors that went to Aldershot for spocial training When tho war broko out ho proceeded lo tho front with the majority of his conimnud, and with lus mon hu took part, mulei G cnoral French in all the lighting aiound Colcsbcrg then on to the rolmf ol Kunberlov, followed by tho actions at Paardcberg, Driofonteiii
Bloomfontcin, tfienco to T haba'iiahii and after with tho main advance to Koten biding, and the> oiit,oge muiits nt Johuuuesbuig, Diamond Hill, Belfast, and Burl ort jil Consequent up m the strain of this heavy work ho returned to Sydney on furlough al captain in January l')01, only to depart again for South Africa immediately after as AJuior command- ing tho Jid Nor South Willes Mounted Rifles His regiment served under Rimingtoii for tho remainder of the campaign und was onguged principally on hcivv night niaichoam thu Eastern Transvunl and Eastern Vreu btotc The worst and most exciting engagement, ho told a " Hornld " roportor yesterday, that ho took p lit in was tho night attack nu 1 ob ruary2llast in tho Harrismith drive, when 22 of the Now 7ealaudors wore killed, and 40 wounded It was a stubborn haiij-to-haud light in tho dark and tho Boers mado the position moro difhcult by driving mobs of cutth amongst the Britishers, »ho num- bered at that luneturo about >00 onl\ However, tho icsult of the drive wus the capturo ni bOO Boers und 7000 head of oittlo Lieutenant-colonel Cox -ho rcccncd promotion on tho Hold-on Juno 7 waa select« d to take part with tho South African details ni clio Coiouatiou ceri monies, and at ouce left .for Loudon On Coronuttoii Day he was made a O B in recognition of his services iu South Africa His war medal curries six clasps Liuutonunt colouel Cox does not think thore will bo any moro trouble in tho Transvaal or Cape Colony, but if moro fighting lukes place ho is ready for more either
there or elsewhere
Mr. W. H. Walo, Mus. Bac. Oxou , of tins city, has again been appointed additional examiner for the third jetir of the Mus. Rae. degree at Adelaide Universily in November.
By the last English mail tho secretary of St. John Am hillanco Association' received from Sir Herbert Perrott, chief secretary m London, the following letter -"London, August 21, 11)02. Dear Madam, I havo your letter of the 15th ultimo. omeo its re- ceipt wu have reeoived back from the King his Moicsty's sanction of the recommendation of H.R.H, tho Groud Prior and tho Chapter that Dr. Car- ruthers should bo onrolled as honorary associate, the delay being caused by Ins Majesty's unfortunate ill- ness. The awurd of tho vellum votes of thanks to Miss Read, Miss Woolcott, and Mr. G. Robinson lins aKo beon approved, mid these documents will bo sent to von to nriaiigu for their presentation (public) as soon iib let eived bncksigned by IJ U II the Pnuco of Wales It has tiirorued Ina Royal Highness and tho Chapter very grout pleasure to bo able to recog- nise tho valuable services of these ladies and gentle- men, to vvlioiu tho ambulance department of tho Order of St John is so greatly indebted for able co- operation. Yours faithfully, Hcrheit C. Perrott.
The Prospect and Sherwood Council met on Thurs- day evening, but adjourned out of respect for the memory of the late Mayor (Alderman Henry T. Jones), who died early in the week, and was buried on Wednesday last.
'Die Mayor to-day, at the request of tho Kiama Pubho School boys, piesonted Mr. A. W. Roberts, hoof tcachor of the Pubho sehuol, with a testimonial fiom his former pupils.
Air. H. T. Adams, J.P., O.P.S., who recently arrived lrom Brewarrina, hus been promoted to Wyalong.
Mr. Charles Burley, aged 07, propnotor of the Cen- tennial Hotel, Ward's River, died yesterday. The interment took place to-duy in Uio Church of Eng- land cemetery.
WISEMAN'S FERRY, Friday.
Mrs. George Douglass, sen, of the Lower Hawkesbury, aged 82 years, was buried to- day at Wiseman's Ferry Cemetary in the presence of a large concourse of people from all parts of the district. Deceased's husband died eight days ago. He was two years her senior. They were a highly respected couple, and lived together 64 years. They had 12 children, the youngest being aged 32. All tho children are living, and 11 of them are settled down in the surrounding localities. Mrs. Douglass retained consciousness to the end. The Rev. James Colwell conducted both funerals.