PERSONAL It is announced from Rome that the Duke of Abruzzi has been appoin ted.chairman of the £9,000,000 Italia shipping combine. A cable from Doorn states that the ex-Kaiser of Germany is suffering from influenza which is causing his doctors some anxiety. He has been ordered to remain in bed. A London message states that Sir Osborne Smith (managing governor of .the. Imperial Bank of India) has been appointed a Knight Commander of the Indian Empire. Mr. R. Marshall, a Tasmanian mer chant, arrived in Melbourne yesterday by the R.M.S. Mongolia, after inves tigating fruit markets abroad. Mr. Marm shall will return to his home at Dev onport where he will prepare a report on his activities. Mr. Sydney Curnow, the South Afri- can cricketer, is keenly looking for ward to his visit to Launceston, as it is his mother's native city. His mother was Miss Francis McAuliffe, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Denis Mc- Auliffe, who many years ago went to South Africa on a visit and there mar- ried the late Mr. W. S. Curnow, a min- ing engineer on the Rand. The Prime Minister (Mr. Scullin) yesterday sent a message to the Pre sident of the French Republic, mourn ing the death of General Pau ' Mr. Scullin said that many Australians had pleasant recollections of General Pau's visit to Australia, in 1918, when he headed a mission from France. The visit had helped to draw closer the bonds between the two nations. Mr. and Mrs. Scullin will enter upon a fortnight's holiday in New South Wales immediately after the new Ministry has been sworn in. Be fore leaving Melbourne for Canberra last night, Mr. Scullin said that he felt in need of a rest, and to gain freedom from political affairs for a short period he did not intend to an nounce where he would spend the holi day. The death occurred at ldaunceton yesterday of Mr. Frederick William Munro, at the age of 39 years, after an illness which had seriously impair ed his health recently. Deceased was well known in Launceston. He was for many years associated with, the Brisbane-street firm of Cox and W1Vebb, tailors and mercers. He took a keen interest in sport and was a" familiar figure at race meetings. Mr. Munro was also a member of Court Sher wood Lodge A.O.F., and St. John's Lodge No. 2, T.C. He leaves a'widow. The funeral will move from his late residence, 25 Bryan-street, Invermay. at 3 o'clock this afternoon for. the Carr Villa. Cemetery.