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—By VOX—

YESTERDAY Sir Stanton Hicks (Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of Adelaide) walked into the lecture

room in Darling Building wearing civilian clothes (or the first time n six years. To his amazement and amuse ment undergratfs. stood and in dulged in prolonged handclapping md cheering. One student, who has done his aourse in the past six years, con fessed that he had never seen Sir Stanton Hicks in muftf before. SyCAM FOR THE SHORE "THERE was a lot of talk yester day about the sporting action of number three in the PAC crew in the Old Boys' Eights who jumped into the Torrens at the Public Schools Regatta on Saturday and swam to the bank to give his crew mates a chance of victory when be broke a foot strap and could not, as it were, pull bis weight. Not many of those who admired the young man, knew that he was Stanley NichoUs, son of Sir Robert Nltholls (Speaker of the House of Assembly). Stanley left his matriculation studies at PAC early in the war to Join the Navy, and was in Adelaide for demobilisation recently when his old school called on him to take an oar. He got his rowing colors at school and (fortunately) won an under 15 swimming championship j cup. He served in HMAS Shrop shire for three years in the war. He will shortly resume his studies with a view to take a science course. SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS \1 TE were signing autographs on the menu cards at the lunch at Victor Harbor last Friday to cele brate the 90th anniversary of the first meeting of the District Coun cil of Encounter Bay, when Coun cillor Depledge told me he was 2/IC on the Derbyshire, carry ing mainly artillery reinforce ments in Great War I. "I hsM auto graphs of lust about all the 700 on board," he said. "I went away with the Oth Light Horse and came back with the sth Div. Art. There were only two South Australians on board—Capt. Nat Campbell and Roy MeUish's brother." Curiously enough I saVtjeside Col. Parsons, who was CO 9th Light Horse. He married a granddaughter of David Jones, Encounter Bay Council chairman 1870-2. Mr. Depledge recalled that his father, William Depledge, was an Encounter Bay pioneer, came out in the same snip as Mr. Geo. Battye's parents 90 years ago. Mr. Battye confirmed that, and said that his father. William Battye, went to Encounter Bay soon after he arrived here. He was born there 67 years ago, and lives in th? old homestead now NEWLY DEVELOPED LAND AFTER lunch we all had a plea sant tour of Inspection through newly developed land in the Hun dred of Waitplnira. The Minister, ax usual, was enthusiastic about discussing engineering and other council problems on the spot in stead of solely by correspondence. The country peoole tell me they like business done that way. , Mr Mclntosh has an inherent sense of humor, and always has a rend? story fitting for the occasion. In the r?r+v also were Messrs Bice and BrooVm?r. MLC's. Mr Dunn. MP. Mr Mcl -Tacobs (chair man of Port ElHot District. Coun cil), and Dr. F J. Douglas ROADSIDE NOTES \\'E motored along cfie new Range road which runs tbroufth to Cape Jervis, and on the top of a rise near the two Radar rowers, we nulled uo to look at

a charming little memorial—a small granite boulder erected in honor of SX3I3 Pte. H. R. Wilson, who had a block of scrub land nearby, enlisted the day war broke out. and was killed in action on May 25,1941, at the age of 29. I was in Col. Parsons's car—he is councillor for Inman Valley ward— and as we spun along we saw a couple of quail run off the road way. He said they are migrating now. I mentioned the antiquity of this bird, considered by the ancient Egyptians an emblem of safety and security, and how Maj. C. S. Jarvis, ex-Governor of Sinai, says they still fly across the Me diterranean as they did in Old Testament days. Col. Parsons said he often heard these birds flying over at night In Palestine, and had seen people catching them with nets on the sea shore as they have been doing for countless generations. He also has a photograph he took of a large waterspout out from Gaza during Great War I. only other he has seen since was in the Southern Ocean off Waitpinga Tarlton Jefferis. who lives at Encounter Bay, recalled having seen three whales off the Bluff three years ago. GOOP RIFLE SHOT COUNCILLOR Paul Cudmore (Victor Harbor ward) has spent most of his life at the seaside town. The old family home, "Adare," changed hands a few years ago. Cr. Cudmore was a good rifle shot in his day. and was an emer gency in the 1907 Australian team when Walter Addison won the coveted King's Medal at Bisley. In the following year a British team came out here, and their only de feat of the tour was by the South ern team at Mount Barker; Cr. Cudmore was a member of it. In cidentally, he is a brother of Mr. Collier Cudmore, MLC. who, we are pleased to hear, is recovering from bis motor accident. PHENOMENAL SEASON COUNCILLOR H. E. Welch, who has lived between Victor Har bor and Port Elliot for 60 years, told me this has been the most phenomenal season he has ever known. This year 16 Inches ol rain bad fallen; the annual aver age is 20. One rain in January totalled seven Inches, one In Feb ruary eight inches. Feed is as good now as it is normally in the flush of October. He bought wethers, big-framed stores, off the Waitpinga country 10 weeks ago and sold them at Port Elliot market at the top price of 43/10 last week. They were fat tened in 10 weeks on this year's green feed—clover and natural grasses. Of course, bis country was burnt out 18 months ago, and that was a helpful factor in restoring potash to the soil. His cattle and working horses att also fat. and will not look at chaff or hay. ENCOUNTER BAT HISTORIAN OLD Journalist RB. writes:—"l am sorry to think that long Illness and infirmity prevented our old friend C. R. Hodge, former Registrar of the University of Ade laide, from attending the En counter Bay .luncheon. What an interesting story you made of the gathering! "Pioneering settlement in that district and its natural glories have been well described by Mr. Hodge in newspaper articles and in his book, "Encounter Bay.' He served for a while in the local council. "His father, the Rev. C. Hodge, succeeded the Rev. R. W. Newland as minister of the Congregational Church at Victor Harbor. I saw our friend recently in his home. Flinders, in Sturt street Victor Harbor, where he resides with two ?ievoted daughters."