The Premier, who attended at his office yesterday, after his visit to Gympie with his Excellency the Governor,0 states that tho people of the field are in great heart with regard to the future of the field, and m»t tara appeared to tie pretty prosperous. His Excellency and Mr. Philp went down the shaft of tho No. 2, South Great Eastern, and also Inspected the machinery oí the Scottish Gympie. The impression on Gym pio was, Mr. Philp added, that the second shaft was not required on the Glasgow Gympie syndicate's property. The Legisla- tive Council, It will be raavombered, omit- ted the provision for the second shaft* bein? sunk, sending .the bill back to the As- sembly.
A rumour has gained currency during i the past few days that Bishop Webber, who I is now on a visit to England, does not in- tend to return to Queensland. When spoke to yesterday with regard to the
rumour, Archdeacon David gave It an em- I photic denial. He added that Bishop Web- ber had never contemplated resigning, and in fact had openly expressed his desire to remain in Queensland until the first sec- tion of the new Cathedral was completed.
A dinner was given last night (says tho | " British Australasian" of 31st July) by the directors of the Queensland Collieries Company, Limited, at the Cafe Royal, to Mr. W. Rankin, the managing director nnd manager In Queensland of the company.
Mr. G. R. Fife (chairman) aud Messrs. i L. C. Probyn, F. W. North, and Cecil1 Quinton (directors) were present. The health of the guest of the evening was drunk with enthusiasm. Mr. Rankin has been spending a well-earned holiday, alter nineteen years of able management nnd close devotion to the Interests of the com* pany in Queensland. Ho leaves lor />us tralla with Mrs. and Miss Rankin in a few days, very much benefited in lienlth from his holiday, which he has largely employed in visiting and inspecting i number of the most up-to-date coal mines i'l the United States, England, Scotland, and Wales, and bears with him the confidence, respect, end hearty good wishes of his colleagues on the London board of the company.
Mr. W. H. Kelynack, manager of tho Mutual Life of New York in this State, has received cabled intimation of the death on Sunday last of Mr. Samuel D. Babcock, the senior of the thirty-six trustees of the company. For a period exceeding twonty years Mr. Babcock has been a trusteo of the company, and for the last ten yeurs has been senior trustee. A retired banker and prominent figure in New York, Mr. Babcock has, in addition to the position above alluded to, been also director of trustee companies and of banks, extending also to ecclesiastical and charitable in- stitutions. For seven years he was presi- dent of the New York Chamber of Com- merce. The flag at the company's pre- mises in Queen-street has been lowered to half-mast, and for a period of thirty days will remain so.
At the anniversary public meeting held
in connection with the Coorparoo Wesleyan Church, on Thursday evening, the Hon. F. T. Brentnall, M.L.C., was presented with a large framed photo group of the trustees and officers, in which Mrs. Brentnall and himself were the central figures. Mr. W. H. Barnes^ M.L.A., who made the presenta- tion, said the gift was to remind the reci- pient of the esteem of his church col- leagues, ministers, trustees, and congrega-
Amongst those who were accommodated with seats on the colonial stand to witness the ceremony of the Coronation wero : Mr. and Mrs. Russell Wilkins, Mr. T. J. O'Shen, Senator Ferguson and family, Miss Rich, Mr. and Mrs. E. Baynes, Mr. and Mrs. Hoffnung, Miss Yaldwyn, and Captain and Mrs. Townley.
" Notable Australian Women" is the title of an illustrated article by Mrs. Hirst Alexander, in the August number of the ''Ladies' Realm." The women mentioned are Madame Melba, Miss Ada Crossley, Miss Muriel Griffiths, Miss Beatrice Grif- fiths, Miss Bessie Griffiths, Miss Maggie Stirling, Mrs. Campbell Praed, Mrs. Man- nigton Caffyn, Miss Ada Kidgell, Mrs. Creed (Louise Mack), Mrs. Lindsay Miller (Mary Gaunt), Miss Sophie Osmond, Miss Agnes Murphy, Mrs. M. H. Donahoe (Madge Tilley), Miss Susie Darchy, Miss Theodora Cowan, and Miss Ellis Rowan.
Our Ipswich correspondent writes : Last night, in the Congregational Sunday School, Goodna, the Rev. J. T. Williams for four and a-half years pastor there, and who has now accepted a call to the Flin- ders Church, was presented with a silver mounted inkstand by the memoers of the Goodna Congregational Union, as a token of their appreciation of his untiring energy and good work in the locality. There was a large attendance in the School Hall, and Mr. G. H. Shllllto, representing ¡ the Central Congregational Church, pre-
sided. Addresses, eulogistic of Mr. Wil liams's services, were given hy the chair- man, and Messrs. Law, Delaway, and ' Somerford. The rev. gentleman suitably
thanked his many friends. »
| Major R. A. Moore, P.M. at Toowoomba, | has been appointed to act as land com- missioner for the Toowoomba district, I pending the appointment of a successor to
the late Mr. J. R. Warner.
Mr. A. C. Haldanst P.M. at Herberton, has been appointed assistant land com- missioner and acting land agent at that place,
Mr. J. A. Boyce, who has been appointed police magistrate at Townsville, has been appointed also to act as Northern Sheriff and Deputy Marshal of the Supreme Court, offices formerly hold by Mr. C. Francis, whom he succeeds. It is probable that Mr. O. Armstrong, who goes to Townsville for n fow weeks as police magistrate, will also hold the other appointments alluded to in I the meantime.
Tho Rev. D. Burford Hooke, secretary of the Colonial Missionary Society, will ar llve in Brisbane on Monday evening, and will be present at the annual meetings of the Queensland Congregational Union, to be held during the coming week. Daring the reverend gentleman's visit to this
State he will address one or two meetings, and will also occupy the pulpit of the Wharf-street (morning) and Broadway . (evening) Congregational Churches to-mor.
j row (Sunday) week.