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NEWS AND NOTES.

- The maximum shade 'temperature in Perth yesterday was 98.2deg. ' Warm to hot and sultry weather is forecast for to day, but a coo] change is expected in the.

metropolitan area aunng we evening or early tomorrow. '-'- . .- Federal Minister's Proposed Visit. The desiie of the Minister for Repatria tion (Mr. C. W. Marr) to visit Western Australia about next April was announced last night by Senator H. B. Collett, at a meeting of the State executive of the Re turned Soldiers' Leajrne. '/?' ' \ ;. . Aprieultiral Bank CommissieR. The Chief Secretary (Mr. Drew) in formed Mr. Seddon, -in the Legislative. Conned yesterday, that the cost to date, including expenses, of the Royal Commis sion on the Agricultural Bank was £629: The estimated cost of .the, inquiry, from beginning to end, was' ab6W'£l',4O0: : ~T Special Train Schedule. The Bail way Department announces that tomorrow and on .Monday, passen gers from the Eastern States will arrive at Perth by the special tram due at 9 a m. The ordinary Kalgoorlie' express, carrying passengers from Kalgoorlie. intermediate stations and connecting branches, will ar rive at 9.47 ajn., as usual, on 'both days. Another New Aeroplane. , The purchase of another Dragon Moth aeroplane is under consideration by West Australian Airways, Ltd., according to 'Airways Bulletin.' It is stated that the first 'Dragon has given complete satisfac tion in a period of extensive operation, but that an improved plane of that type is now1 available. The 1934 model, it is claimed, gives greater speed and increased carrying capacity. There are four Dragon Moths in Australia at present, three being in this State. Passports at Christmas. Persons desirous of obtaining passports on those days during the Christmas vaca tion on which the Customs House* at Perth and Fremantle are closed may do so_by .communicating with the Passport Officer (Mr W. Woods), telephone FM1O09. He will then arrange to hand over the passport one hour before the sailing time of the vessel concerned. The Customs Houses will be closed next Mon day, Tuesday and Wednesday. Marthaa. and TyyewrHfni. -. The presentation of prizes and certifi cates to the respective winners in the 're- cent shorthand and typewriting competi tions will take place tonight at 8 o'clock in the art gallery at Newspaper House. The prizes and the special typewriting certificate have been donated by West Australian Newspapers. Ltd:, the promo ters of the competition, and Sir Isaac Pit man, and Sons, Ltd., have presented shorthand speed and amanuensis certifi cates. ?' ?? . 'Great Eastern .Highway.' The Perth Road Board has suggested that the Peith-Guildford road north of the Rivet Swan should be named the - Great Eastern Highway. It recently re ceived a request from the Bassendean Road Board for co-operation in havine the name - fixed as Perth-road. The Perth board, however.- considers that the latter name carries no special significance, and ?that, as the thoroughfare is an 'artery serv ing: eastern districts, the .Great Eastern : Highway is more appropriate.

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