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PERSONAL.

Squadron-Leader F. W. Lukis, of the Royal Australian Air Force, who has spent the past fortnight in this State, will leave to-day for London.

Sir Edward Wittenoom, who injured his ankle some weeks ago, is stillan inmate of Warwick private hospital. He is report ed to be making satisfactory progress. . Mr. P. J. Wood, managing director o£ Felton, Grimwade, and .Bickford, Ltd., is due to return from Melbourne this morn ing by. the Great Western express. . Mr. A. Sanderson; :. of Lesmiadie, Kala munda, will leave for Colombo to-day? by the R3I.S. Cathay. , 'He' intends to retura to the State, on December 30. ' :; Mr. Frank Harvey, the well-known actor, is travelling to Australia on the Ormonde to open a season with Mr. Edgar Wallaces play of Chicago gang life, 'On the Spot. Dr. H. I. Carlile, of Cunderdin, who has sold his practice, is leaving to-day for Mel bourne. He intends to travel overland by motor car,- and will be accompanied .by^nis wife. f The Mayor or Horth Fremantle (Mr. J. McCabe) and Mrs. McCabe, left by last night's Great Western express for a holi day visit to Tasmania. They expect to be absent for seven weeks. Archbishop Le Fanu, who attended a meeting of the Australian Board of Mis sions at Brisbane, will return to Perth, this morning by the Great Western ex press; Mr. Stanley Mills, managing director, of Mills and Ware, Ltd., who has been /on a short business visit to Melbourne; will return to Perth this morning by tha Great Western express. ' General T, Griffith, Colonel* Ralston and Dibdin, and Mr. G. H. James, mem bers of the War Pensions' and Entitle ment Tribunal, will arrive in Perth Jby the Great Western express this inorning to hear appeals. Mr. C. J. Locke, managing .director ? of the Locke Furniture Manufacturing Co., Fremantle, was a passenger for the Eastern States on last Friday's Great Western ex press. He was met at Kalgoorlie by his wife and daughter, who continued the jour ney with him. ' Mr. H. A. Hunt, the Commonwealth. Meteorologist, will retire at the beginning of February. He joined the Sydney Ob servatory in 1884. He rose to the control of the meteorological branch of the Syd ney Observatory, and was appointed Com monwealth Meteorologist in 1906. Dr. F. L. Stilwell, geologist, of the Mel bourne University, who is associated with, ; the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, has been lenjt to the develop ment branch of the Prime Minister's De partment to make a geological examination of the Moonta copper mining ; area in South Australia, with a view, to possible fresh development. Dr. J. Espie Dods, Government Medical Officer, died at Brisbane- on Saturday, at the age of 66. He had an excellent war record and was. awarded, the Military Cross and D.S.O., and twke mentioned in . despatches. In -1917 he attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel% Dr. Doda held the position- of Government Medical' Offiner for 2fl vears.

Mr. Dudley Glass, the Melbourne com? poser, has written 'the music for a large scale new production of 'The Toymaker of Nuremberg,' wHich is to be produced; at the Kingway Theatre, London, on Decem ber 20. This is a musical version of the play by the American '? dramatist Austin Strong, which was shown at. the Playhouse Theatre in 1910. Mr. Frederick Ranalow, who is known especially for his playing'of. the role of Captain Macbeath in the. fam ous revival of 'The Beggar's Opera' ,m 1920, and subsequently, will take the chief part, of the : toymaker. Mr. Adrian Ross wrote the lyrics, and George Sheringham, whb has been 'Associated witB Gilbert and Sullivan productions, has 'designed' typical scenery. ' Dr. Charles Bage, who has been associat ed with the medical and artistic life of Melbourne for many years,. died suddenly at his home, in ' Kensington-road, South Yarra, yesterday/afternooni He was after 71 years. Dr. Bage was born at Colac in 1859. From 1877 -to 1881 Dr. Bage xstu died medicine at the Melbourne .Uni versity, graduating in 1881, and obtaining the degree of doctor of medicine in 1884. Pursuing his academic studies! he gradu ated master of arts in 1887. ; After a year as a resident doctor at the Melbourne Hos pital. Dr. Bage commenced private practice at South' Yarfa, where he remained until 1923. In that year he restricted his pro fessional activities to those of a consultant in Collins-street, and two years' later le retired altogether from the ; practice of medicine. Mr. W. H. Simmonds, after 18 years as editor of the Hobart 'Mercury;^ is ; retiring. Changes in the management ot the 'Mercury' were announced by the chairman of directors ! (Mr. C. B^ DaviesV at the annual dinner of the 'literary stair on Saturday night. He' stated that the board of directors had asked', him to be come managing director, to succeed # the general manager (Mr. W. H. Cummins V who had accepted the position of general manager on the Brisbane 'Daily Tele graph.' Mr. F. Usher, at present chief of staff, would -succeed Mr. Simmonds ai acting-managing editor, and. Mr. . C. Or; Patman would become acting-cluet or staff. . The commercial side of the nrux would be under the control of Mr. d. A. Robertson, who would occupy the posi* tions of assistant manager and secretary. Mr. Cummins was accorded a farewell by the literary ataff and received a pre sentation.

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