The Duke of Cornwall held an Investure Court in Wellington, New Zealand, on Tuesday evening. Lord Ranfurly, Gover- nor of New Zealand, was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George; Mr. J. G. Ward, Postmas- ter-General, and Mr. J. McKenzie, an ex member of the Seddon Government, were created Knights Commander. Three other gentlemen-Messrs. W. C. Walker (Minis- ter of Education), A. G. Cadman (honorary Minister), and Gudgeon-were made Com-
panions of the Order.
Our Perth correspondent telegraphed last Bight that the condition of Mr. Alex. For axst, C.M.G., ex-Mayor of Perth, had be- come critical, and telegrams had been seat to Sir John Forrest and other relatives.
Mr. G. D. Delprat, who is well known at Broken Hill, he being the manager of the Broken Hill Proprietary mine, was a pas eenger from Colombo by the mail 'Steamer Austral. Mr. Delprat took a trip to Co]ombo for the benefit of his health. He had been away between five and six weeks. ¡Mr. Houlder, a member of the shipping finn of Houlder Bros., was, with his wife, a passenger for Adelaide by the Austral.
The Staff Office intimate That a report Iras been received stating that Lieutenant ¡H. A. Tolmer, of the Fifth Contingent, made two gallant attempt«,-at the risk of his own life, to save the life of Sergeant J. Hamilton, who was accidentally drowned at Kr-oonstadt about two months ago.
Mr. Knight, representative of Messrs. Strong & Wordbridge, of New York, who is 'visiting Australia in connection with the
¡West Australian water scheme, arrived m 'Adelaide from Melbourne on "Tuesday morn- ing.
Mr. John P. Sharkey, hydraulic engineer to the Broken Hill Water Supply Company, was a passenger by Tuesday's express from
Tlie English "Baptist" states that the es- teemed Baptist president of Harley College, Bow, the Rev. Silas Mead, M.A., LL.B., will possibly not return to Australia in August next, as he had intended. The whole of the students have petitioned him to ? remain. - and he is considering the ' question
of-at any rate a further twelve months' con- tinuance of his much-appreciated work in East London, in training men for the foreign mission field.
Mr. C. Tucker, M.H.A., left by the Mel- bourne express on Tuesday afternoon on a trip to the eastern colonies.
Several members of the Victorian lacrosse
tea'm left Adelaide by the express on Tues- day. The only members left behind are Messrs. F. Bainbridge, W. Walsh, F. Dunne, J. Latham, and B. Bower.
Mrs. Maria Houghton Peacock, widow of the late Mr. Joseph Peacock, died at her residence, Brougham-place, North Adelaide, on Tuesday, at the age of 73. She leaves three daughters, one of whom is married to Dr. Swift. Mr. J. Peacock, whose death took place several years ago, at one time carried on a tanner and currier's business with his brother, the late Mr. Caleb Peacock, in the city and at Hindmarsh. Mr. Caleb Peacock twice held the position of mayor of Ade-
Mrs. S. V. Pizey has received a telegram from the Chief Secretary stating that cable news had arrived from South Africa that ,- her eon, Lance-Corporal Pizey, of the Fifth
Contingent, who had been suffering from fever and the effects of an accident, is now
"Had Mr. Reid achieved a victory at the fiist Federal elections," says the "Bri- tish Australasian," "we have the best au- thority for knowing that tlie Treasarership of the Commonwealth would have been at Mr. Holder's disposal."
Mr.^ A. B. Cockburn, who has been ap ^ pointed to a position on the Federal "Haa
Bard" staff, is an old Adelaide pressman, who has a host of friends in South Aus- tralia. Mr. Cockburn, who has been living in Sydney for many years, was formerly a member of "The Advertiser" literary staff.
At the close of the performance at Her Majesty's Theatre, Sydney, on Friday even- ing, a festive gathering took place behind the scfehes, the occasion being the announce- ment of the engagement ' of Miss Carrie Moore to Mr. Tyson, a wealthy squatter. A gift to the former, which excited much ad- miration, was a magnificent diamond star. ^Fhe date of the marriage has already been
' fixed for June 27.
"Lady Gladstone, widow of Sir Thomas Gladstone, Bart., died on May 3, at the ago of 84. Deceased was married to Sir Thomis Gladstone, eldest brother of the late ïlr. W. E. Gladstone, in 1835. Sir Thomas died in 1889. .
A good story is told of the present Governor of New Zealand. His Lordship went to a small town to open a boys' insti- tute, and was met at the railway-station by the mayor and mayoress. After being in- troduced, his Lordship was rather amused when the mayoress said to him, "I am so sorry you didn't bring the Governess."
It is stated that Sir Thomas 'Lipton is trying to organise the Austfalian wine trade, with a view to pressing the colonial wines on the British public, as he did the Ceylon teas.
11 Henry Guy Carleton is not only a plav? wright, but also the president of an electná company devoted xo the manufacture of certain of Mr. Carletonrs own inventions, which are designed to serve a multitude cf
One of D'Oyley Carte's stories was about an American, who drew the long bow. Ho was warned by Mr. Carte not to exagge- rate, and was told that if he went "too jar Mr. Carte would gently kick him under the table, in order to give him a hint. Some- thing was said about a large dining-room which had been built in an English country house, whereupon the American started off by declaring that at his place in Texas they served the meals on horseback, for his din- ing-room was "two miles long" (here Mt. Carbe gave a vigorous kick) "and three feet
The gemmed» snuffbox presented to the Right Hon. E. Barton by the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall as a souvenir of the visit of their Royal Highnesses is being exhibited at the establishment of Messrs. Fairfax & Roberts, jewellers, Sydney. The casket weighs 8 oz. 11 dwt. of fine gold, but the value of xgold does not enter into « the computation of the value of one of the
most exquisite pieces of hand-chased work ever^seen in Australia. Even the base of the casket is of the finest finish and ex- quisite relief work. The lid is formed of a eohd plate x>f gold, which is completely en- amelled in royal blue, and on this va. raised relief gold work are cellim scrolls,, which appear to invite the introduction of the six large diamonds, which lend a radiance and splendor that are otherwise unprocur- able. The centre «of jthe hd is occupied by three Prince of Wales feathers, which are formed by the insertion of over 200 dia- monds. The setting of these stones is a masterpiece of the setter's art. Color and contrast are obtained m this part of the work by the setting of rubies and sapphires amongst the diamonds that are artistically used bo form a coronet. The whole of this blaze of diamonds is surmounted by a crown compbsed of brilliants, rubies, and sap- phires of a fineness of workmanship rarely realised even in London. The ensemble is materially added to by the raised gold en- amel and jewelled garter that bears the words "Honi soit qui mal y pense." The inside of the lid is engraved "To the Right Honorable Edmund Barbon, Prime, Minis- ter to the Commonwealth of Australia,
from the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall-, and York in remembrance of their visit to Australia. 1901."