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The Premier (Sir James Mitchell), who paid a visit to Northam yesterday, will return to Perth this morning.

Mr. A. A. Gibson, director of Robert Jowett and Sons, Ltd., will leave to-day by the Katoomba for Adelaide. Mr. J. Anderson, branch manager of the National Bank of Australasia, Ltd., will leave for the Eastern States to-day by th« Katoomba. Mr. A. Dawson, of Stewart, Dawson and f Co., Ltd., who has been in Perth for the past three weeks on business, win leave to-day by the Katoomba for Sydney. Mr. H. J. Doyle recently sustained ex tensive injuries to a knee, and was ni6'hed from the Gascoyne to a hospital in Perth. His condition yesterday showed marked improvement. Mr. R. Hooper, assistant superintendent of the Ford Motor Company (Aust.) Pty., Ltd., who has been on a brief business visit to Perth, will leave to-day for Mel bourne by the Katoomba. Mr. T. Upton, an executive officer of the Colonial Sugar Refining Co., Ltd., who has been on a business visit to Perth, will leave for Sydney to-day by the Katoomba. He will bs accompanied by Mrs. Upton. Sir Donald Cameron and Mr. S. M. Bruce have been nominated by the Fede ral executive of the Returned Soldiers' League as the Australian league's dele gates to the council of the British Em pire Service League, London. Mr. Thomas Henry Payne, formerly a member of the Victorian Legislative Coun cil, died yesterday at his home at Toorak, aged 70 years. For a brief period in 1908 he was an Honorary Minister in the Bent Ministry. He took «i» the breeding of high-class cattle, sheep and horses as a hobby and had many successes at the Royal Agricultural Show. He leaves a widow, son and daughter. Mr. Harry Vowles was in Budapest at the beginning of November. In a private letter he reports having seen Norbert Coomer, who is settling down at the Academy. He had a few minutes' con versation with Miss Eileen Ralph and also with Mr. Monty Brearley. who is now as sociated with the British Broadcasting Cor poration. Mr. Vowles leaves for Perth by the R.M.S. Otranto on January 7. and expects to reach Fremantle a month later. Mr. James Grice died yesterday at his residence at Frankston (Victoria). He was connected with the Melbourne firm of Grice, Sumner and Co. for many years and early in his career was interested in the pastoral industry in the Wimmera dis trict. He was chairman of the Victorian board of directors of the AJMP. Society. Mr. H. Womersley, who has been eon ducting investigations in Western Aus tralia with a view to the eradication or control of the clover springtail (lucerne flea) and red-legged earth mite, has ac cepted an appointment as entomologist to the Adelaide Museum, and will leave Perth on December 22. Mr. Womersley wa3 brought out from England two years ago by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and his investigations have al ready led to the discovery of a predatory mite which it is hoped will prove an effec tive means of control of the clover sprinff tail. At a meeting of the biology section of the Royal Society of Western Australia on Tuesday night, farewell was said to Mr. Womersley, who was elected first chairman at the formation of the section this year. Mr. Frederick Knight, president of the Taxpayers' Association of Victoria, died suddenly in Melbourne yesterday. He had attended the wedding of his wife's niece, Miss Margey Falkiner. at Christ Church, South Yarra, and collapsed after the recep tion, dying almost immediately. He was aged 61 years. Mr. Knight wae a member of the Stock Exchange from 1888 to 1895, when he became manager of the South Comorgin station, new: CharieviHe (Queens land). He became proprietor of the sta tion in 1910. While there he founded the famous F.F.5 brand Shorthorn stud, which became known all over Australia. Mr. Knight sold the station in 1914 and re turned to Melbourne, where he had many commercial interests. He was a generous subscriber to charities.

Mr. C. E. Stuart Smith has been ap pointed general manager of the Economic Stores. Ltd., Perth, in place of Sir Wil liam Lathlain, who has resigned from active participation in the busmess after having been in control of the business since 1914. Mr. Smith, who took up his appointment a few days ago, was formerly well known in Perth business circles, and he had experience of goldfields pioneering days. While in his 'teens he was pros pecting at Cue with Mr. Tom Cue, after whom the town was named, and in 1894 and 1895 he was associated with D. and W. Murray, Ltd. Then he went to Eng land for experience, served in the Boer War, and at the end of 1902 returned to Australia to open and manage the busi ness of Charles M. Read and Co., owned by Mr. Charles Moore, at Prahran. He subsequently managed the same company's business in Adelaide, and was appointed general manager of Charles Moore and Co., Perth, in 1907, soon after which he became a keen worker for the Children's Hospital. Mr. Smith left Perth at the end of 1913 with the object of going into business in the Eastern States, but the war inter vened, and he took over the management of Lasseter and Co., Sydney. On the death of his uncle. Mr. Charles Moore, in 1916. he returned to the management of th Prahran business, where he remained nntil his present appointment. Mr. Smith's wife and daughter will arrive in a few weeks to reside permanently in Perth, his son being already with him.