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AS countless- numbers of people knew, there was no more kind-hearted woman at Adelaide Government House
nan Lauy Weigall, who, years after she left with Sir Archi bald Weigall in 1922, showed evidence that she had not for- gotten friends she had made here. I know 'Lady Kitty' will confirm that. Friend To War Nurses MRS. L. M. Hurst (100 Irish Harp road. Blair Athol) de- clares that Army nurses in World War I. have lost a true and valued friend. 'When Sir Archibald and Lady Weigall handed over their home to be used as a hospital, she tells me, 'two South Aus- tralian Sisters then in England -Misses K. Payne Hodge and Linda Stowe— were appointed in charge of the staff. ' 'When she came to Adelaide, tier Ladyship through these two Sisters, adopted us all and was in close contact with us dur- ing her term of office. 'Since leaving here, she never failed to send us greetings in time for our annual meeting, and although so ill she did not forget us this year, for a letter arrived only last week written by Sir Archibald at her request, because she could not write her self. 'I do not know if her wish was still the same as when she was here and we entertained her in 1935, that her ashes be sprinkled from the top of Mount Lofty, so that even part of her would rest in the place she loved best in the world, Adelaide. 'If this were done. Army nurses would be privileged to honor the memory of a wonder ful friend and a gracious lady.' A Former M.F.H. In this age of speed we are apt to overlook men of promi- nence who were well known to Adelaide in the really good old days of freedom when every- body was happy. I refer to Mr. John Tennant Love, who passed on recently. Last time I saw him he was not so erect as he was when on the staff of Elder, Smith & Co. He was bent, leaning on two sticks, a legacy of a fall in the hunting field, possibly. A friend of mine told me dur- ing the week-end that Mr Love once had a very heavy fall off Steel Trap, Mr. R. H. Crawford's old grey, when he was Master of the Adelaide Hunt Club (1898-1901). It almost looked fatal, but he was about again in charge next week. Mr. Love succeeded Mr. Frank Downer as Master, and hunted Cleveland (which he bought from Mr. S. S. Ralli), Florida and Militaire; Mr. Ken neth Bakewell had the latter afterwards In his first hunting season. Mr. H. C. Cave followed Mr. Love as Master in 1901. Mr. Love won the Maiden Hunters' Steeplechase on Ex- plorer in 1893, easily beat Mr. W. B. Cowan's Niger (Mr. Mick Pilkington) and Mr. F. W. Braund's Harry Esmond (Mr. S. S. Ralli). Some of his hunting contem- poraries still living are H. C. Cave. R. C. Beck, A. G. Fen
ner, A. E. Hamilton, A. C. Ed- wards, Harold Law Smith, K. W. Bakewell, C. L. Moorhouse. W. S. Bright. Early Adelaide Motorist I RAN into Nat Netter during the week-end, and said I re- membered him as an early motorist here. Yes, he used to don goggles, dust coat and lea- ther cap, and look the part as far back as 1905. He told me that he won a test from the Tower Hotel, Magill to Norton Summit (4½ miles) in 18½ minutes, which was sup- posed to be good time. He drove a 6 h.p. De Dion car, with Harry Tandy as a passenger. 'In 1905.' he said, 'we had a reliability motor car and cycle trial from Adelaide to Mannum and back. Our cars were sealed for the night, and next day we went to Victor Harbor via Wil- lunga. and back. 'I got 990 marks out of 1,000. But my car only had two gears, and it would not operate uphill. We had to get out, push it, and so I was disqualified for having assistance.' Nat recalled having taken part in the car races at Mor- phettville course. He named other early motorists, Including Sir Arthur Cudmore, Dr. Phoebe Chapple, Ben Thom- son, Napier Birks, Hugh Corpe, Norman Jackson, Ernest Rymill, Harold Adamson. More Breweries Then Because he worked in the liquor trade in the early 1900's. W. P .Connelly (40 Light terrace. Southwark) can remem ber about 27 or 28 breweries, the names of which he repeats. 'I could name two old gents who may recall them, as they carted coal from the Adelaide Steamship Company in dray and trolley to most of the city breweries' he says. 'All the brewery waggons had canvas tops, half-round like greengrocers' vans, and some of the one-horse drays were covered likewise to keep off the sun during the hot weather, as there were no cooling systems then, only the ice box. 'I packed most of the goods for camel trains to the Far North in four dozen cases, bound with hoop iron to check pilfering. Some of the kegs returned had plugs of tobacco and rusty chisels and files in them.' Wallet Back Minus Cash Talking of Streaky Bay re- mlnds me that Mrs. W. A. Thompson had an extra- ordinary experience. Four years ago a wallet, containing £4 and a couple of dozen war snapshots, was extracted from her purse in a crowded city lift. Last week she received through the post the wallet and precious photographs, but not the money. 'Thus conscience does make cowards of us all.' Consistent T LEARNT on Saturday that x Mr. Ken Whiting, of Mc- Laren Flat, who is president of the local cricket dub, has opened the season for the past 27 years.