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PEESONAL.

The Minister of Agriculture (Hon. J. P. Wilson, M.L.C.) will to-day open the new poultry farm at Freeling.

Sir Edwin Smith, who is an ex-Mayor of Norwood, celebrated his 81st birthday on Tuesday last, and at the meeting of ths council on Monday evening it was decided that a letter of congratulation be for- warded to Sir Edwin. The Mayor (Mr. G. H. Prosser) mentioned that Sir Edwin Smith desired to retire from the presidency of the Eastern Suburban Horticultural and Floricultural Society, and at the show to be held during the month an address would be presented to him, expressing, ap- preciation of his services to that society since it was inaugurated eleven years ago. Unfortunately the state of Sir Edwin Smith's health leaves much to be desired.

He had intended to be present at a social evening in connection with the South Aus- tralian League of Wheelmen on Mondiy evening, but owing to indisposition he was

unable to attend.

Councillor Davey, the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, has been informed that P>* cques-tran statue of the late Mirquis ot linlithgow, cist in bronze in Naples, has been dispatched by steamer, and should ar- rive in Australia early in May. The granite pedestal which has been erected in the triangular piece of ground in fr-mt of the Federal Government Oflices, bear*, the in- scription:-"The Marquis of Linlithgow, P.C.. K.T., G.C.M.G., G.C.V.O., fir-/. Go vernor-General of Australia, 1901-2. Go- vernor of Victoria, 1889-1895." The enclo- sure is to be transformed into an omi -

mental garden, with grass plots and_ gravel paths, The statue will De unveiled in June, i

Mr. J. J. Virgo, formerly secretary of the Adelaide Y.M.C.A., who is about tj leave Sydney for London to take charge of the Y.M.C.A. in the latter dty, waa enter- tained in Sydney on Thursday, the Lord Mayor (Alderman Allen) bdng in the chair. In replying to the speeches of eulogy Mr. Virgo said it was hard for him to leave but letters of congratulation from all the Y.M.C.A. secretaries in Australia had hdped him to a realisation of the honor done the organisation here. "I fdt I owed it to Australia to accept," he added. "I want to cay that I'm going to London to represent Australia, and I don't know how long I'll be in London, but . they'll - never make, a Londoner of me. ITl never be anything but an Austrab'an, and proud of it." He had tried honestly to do his best in Australia, and he conduded, "To everyone I say good-bye, and God bless you fellows." Mr. Virgo presented to the board an enlarged photograph of himself, and to the rowing club a Taring-four boat. -

The Rev. Alexander Law. of Monarto, .»ho recently attained the age of 90 years, will to-dav celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a minister of the Pres- byterian Church. He retired from active work a few years ago, and is now residing with his daughters at Monarto. Members of the Presbytery of Onkaparinga will at- tend to-day's celebration, which is to be held in the Presbyterian Church ar, Monarto, and among the other invited guests are the Rev. W. Grav (general agent of the Presbyterian Church in South Australia) and the Rev. J. H. Angus (of Norwood). The Moderator of the Presby- terian Assembly (Right Rev. A. Maden nan) will preside. Mr. Law was one of the pioneer ministers in South Australia.

Mr A.'J. Higgin, FJ.C, metallurgist at the School of Mines, has been appointed lecturer on-me tAllnrtrv at the - University of Melbourne. Mr. Higgin will enter upon his new duties on Jumvi. ,

The South Australian Education Commis- sion yesterday visited the Hurlstone Agri- cultural Continuation School at Ashfield, and the Fort-street School, Sydney. .The Commissioners will leave for Adelaide this evening.

Mr. R. C. Olabam, the chief electoral officer for the Commonwealth, leaves Mel- bourne to-day for Adelaide to attend to matters 'in connection with the forthcom-, ing referenda.

Mr. A. C. Thomas left by the express on Monday afternoon for Sydney to attend the first meeting of the new Australian Bowl- ing Council. Mr. Clarence Moody, his co delegate from South Australia, is at present in the New South Wales capital.

By the express on Monday afternoon several members of the Y.M.O.A. left for Tasmania, where they will take part in the annual Australian competitions. The re- mainder of the team of 32 competitors will leave this afternoon.

The Rev. C. H. Nield, secretary of the Anti-Gambling League, who returned, from a lecturing trip in the Strathalbyn district last week, will visit Quorn this week and speak at the Christian Endeavor Conven- tion on the work of the league.

Mr. H. S. Power, the South Australian artist, has nad a watercolor hung in the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolors,

London.

Mr. John Eavmond Wilton, eldest son

of Mr. C. R. Wilton, of Adelaide, was ad- mitted to the degree of Master of Arts at Cambridge University on Saturday, March 4. He was Fifth Wrangler in the mathe- matical trrpoe of 1907, and obtained a first class in the second part of the natural sdence tripos in the following year. He was also awarded a major scholarship in mathematics at Trinity College. Mr. Wil- ton graduated in science at Adelaide Uni- versity before going to Cambridge, taking first-class honors in both- mathematics and physics. He is now lecturer in mathe- matics at Sheffield University.

Captain H. Carr is transferred from the South Australian unattached list to the re- serve of officers as from March 27.

Mr. Ralph Cuento has been reappointed to take charge of the Gladstone railway- station, which, under regulation No. 25. has been raised in status to that of second class. Mr. Cilento has had a successful

career, having risen from the rank of i'mior i clerk in 1882. His first appointment as station-master was to the Carrieton sta- tion, and afterwards he had charge of the Jamestown station for 19 years.

On Friday evening, at Bricknell's cafe, Rundle-street, Mr. T. J. Richards, the well-known carriage builder, of Hindmarsh» Xare, Adelaide, entertained his em

yes at a dinner on the occasion of his retiring from the business, which he has successfully conducted for over a quarter of a century. The toast of "Onr late em plover" was proposed by Mr. A. Foggo, who recalled many acts of kindness which Mr. Richards had done to his employes and to his sterling business qualities. Mr. H. Teakle presented Mr. Richards with a handsome case of pipe» on behalf of the employes, and expressed the hope that Mr. Richards would live long to enjoy their present, and that he would return after his holiday in better health. Mr. Richards, in returning thanks, gave some, interesting reminiscences of early-day carriage build- ing, and told of the great strides .he bad seen during his long connection with the trade. Other speakers were Messrs. H. McClorv, II. Tulk, A. Crossman, Henry E. and Claude A. Richards, F. Davey, P. Werrey, and D. Robinson. A musical pro- gramme wits contributed byMessrs. P. Ros man. R. Gray, H. Teakle, H. McClory, and

G. Wood.

Our Wellington (N.Z.) correspondent telegraphed last night:--Mr. Hugh Ward and the members of his company were the guests at a civic reception at the Town Hall to-day. when over 3,-000 were pre- sent. The mayor presented Mr. Ward with an illuminated address, aiid Miss Grace Palotta with a silver tablet as re- cognition of the citizens' appreciation of their efforts on behalf of the Children's Hospital fund. . .

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