Our Melbourne correspondent fc-e fraphed last nicht:-Although the Givern jnent-will make no anuooieemeat at prê- tant "regarding itha i5uccess»r to ¡ii-i retiring Chief Justice of -tíhe High Court (Sir Samuel Griffith) it is considered practica-îj curtain «tih»!; the position will be offered to Sir Edmund Barton, who was the first Prime Minister of Australia, and became a justice of the High Court at the same tima us Sir Samuel Griffith, was appointed Chief Jus; tice. In the event of the appointment of Sir Edmund Barton there will sj;ill be a. Tacancy on the High Court bencfi, which »ay be filled by the appointment of Mr. Adrian Knox, K.C., or Sir Robert Garran, the Solicitor-General, who accompanied t'he Prime Minister to England, and is now on his way back to Australia.
Mr. Sidney Kidman left for Sydney on Wednesday. He intends to proceed to "'America in about a fortnight's time in Company with his wife and daughter.
Mr. H. Allerdale Grainger, who was, a «nember or the House of Assembly for many years, and later Agent-General in London, to-day completes his 71st year. Since his return to South Australia Mr Grainger has boen living quietly at North Adelaide. He was educated at the famous Rugby School, when Dr. Temple, after- wards Archbishop or Canterbury, was headmaster. Before entering po.itics fMr. Grainger followed the journaLetic pm feaston, first in America, where he resided for some years, and later in South Aus
Mr. H. A, Grainger.
¿Talia, but still later he was connected with the Stock Exch-n-te business, ot ?which he had had considerable experi- ence ^in London. As a legislator, Mr. Grainger won a reputation as a financial expert, and there was no more keen critic of a budget in the House while he was . member. ,' He had a faculty for dealing with financial subjects, and it was largely bis skill in this direction that Induced the Government of the day to select him "or the important office of Agent-General, ir, which capacity he rendered great service 'o the State.
The many friends of Mr. Harding W. Bickford, managing director of Messrs. A. M. Bickford & Sons, Limited, Bris- bane,' will regret to learn of his death in that .city from pneumonia on Tuesday. He waa the second and only son of Mr. Harry Bickford, director of the company which bears his name. Mr. Harding Bickford joined the Adelaide staff as chemist, in .which position he served for some years prior to going to England to pursue his studies. He attended the South London School of Pharmacy, conducted by Dr. John- Muter. . F.R.S.C., F.I.C., where he was. 'eminently successful, obtaining the certificates of honor and merit for profi- ciency in chemistry, materia medica, phar- macy,- &c.' - On his return to* Adelaide he took . charge of the laboratories and manu- facturing department in connection ivith the company s business', and when a branch waa opened in Brisbane he was appointed managing director, which position he oc- cupied up to the time of his death.
Mrs. Playford, of Osmond-terrace. Nor ?wood,. has received news that her husband. Major E. F. Playford, has been decorated Kith the Order of the British Empire, in recognition of his valuable services during thé'.war. Major. Playford left Soufiti Aus- tralia with the 43rd Battalion and was a popular officer. He contracted a serious illness in the -Tenches in France, which necessitated a severe operation. He after- wards carried out administrative duties at Various depote hi England, and since May, 1918. baa been in command of B Depot «t the Westham Camp, Weymouth. His fine work in .that capacity was recognised botii by the _ù_tr_ry authorities and all the Australian troops who passed through tha camp. Major Playford is well known i_ the Government service. Up to the time of his enlistment he was co.nnected with the Lands Titles Office.
.Major John Ward, of ¿he Salivation Army, who wa« well known in South Aus- tralia in tiie early days of the movement, lum returned after the absence of 20 years, to take charge of the Boys' Home at Mount Barker.
Mr. Samuel Benson, who wall be remem- bered as mounted orderly to a number of State Governors, will ito-morrow celebrate Ira eighty-first birthday. Mr. Benson has retired to the quiet of a neat little cot ttge in Cardwell-street, Adelaide, and is ?tilt enjoyrn« good hearth and iu full pos- session of his faculties. He is brisk in
.peech and movement, and one would think him nearer 60 than 80 years of age. It seems strange that a man who to-day is ao comparatively young-looking and ac- tive could have ridden his charger as orderly>to Sir Dorr-nick Daly not long alter the election of South Australia's first constitutional Parliament. It waa he who was seieoted by Governor Daly to act as orderly to the Duke of Edinburgh when his Royal HighncsB visited South Aus- tralia and laid the' foundation-stone of the General Post-Office in 1867. Two years later, on-the Duke's second visit, he was seam appointed orderly to ithe Royal guest. He served in a similar capacity five Governors and four Deputy Governors or Administrators, and he came into per
touch with every Governor of South
Mr. S. Benson.
Australia from Sir Dommick Daly to Sir George Le Hunte. Mr. Benson was born at Freshford. Ireland, on August 8, 1838, and came to Western Australia with his parents when 12 years of age. He joined the Convict Department in that State a few years later, and he had many excit- ing experiences with escaped convicts and blacks. He made an unsuccessful attempt at gold mining in Victoria in 1860, and then joined the mounted police, and, when stationed at Mansfield, he was a member of a detachment sent in pursuit of the motorious bushranger, Morgan. In 1863 he returned to Western Australia and again joined the police service. When he was in charge of the police at Camden Harbor, in 1865, the late Mr. R. H Sholl (uncle of Mr. L. H. Sholl, I.S.O.') was Government Resident. Mr. Benson will be remembered as keeper of the old Go Ternment offices, where he made tthe gar- den a very oas.s in the city. Happily
tile failing health which caused him to I retire from the Government service in 1904 baa been restored by his strong constitu-
Mr. T. Burrchell, of Kadina, died last Friday, at the age of 85. He was the oldest resident of the town. He was born at Brinkworth, near Swinden, Wilt- shire, in 1834, and arrived at Port Ade- laide by the ship Hooghly in 1854. Be- fore coming to Australia he was a car- penter an London, and later found em ployment as a fitter in the Great Western Railway Company's works at Swinden. On arrival at Port Adelaide he was engaged
by the late Sir Henry Ayers to heap in erecting the plant at the Burra mine. After a stay of five years he was at- tracted to Kadina through the discovery of the Wallaroo mines. He was the first licensee of the Wombat Hotel. He had, prior to this, constructed the Government
dams at the North-West Bend, on the Murray. He married Miss Augusta Johanna Fuss in April, 1857. The dia- mond wedding was celebrated in 1917. Mr. , Burchell was associated with the Loyal Daly Oddfellows' Lodge for 57 years. A widow and a family of nine survive Messrs. F. M. Burchell (resident engineer to the south-eastern drainage scheme, Beachport), D. Burchell (Savings Bank, Adelaide), and T. and C. Burchell (Ka- dina), and Mesdames 0. Bruce (Henley Beach), B. Opie (Torrensville), A. V. Pile (Kadina), R. Clarkson (Kalgoorlie, WA.), and R. H Wells (Port Pirie). There are also 23 grandchildren and 19 great grand
Captain P. C. Piper, D.C.M., of the Atistra'ian Electrical and Mechanical Mil- ing Unit, who has returned to Australia, after four years' active service, was a member of the Adelaide Fire Brigade. He gained his promotion in France. After the signing of the armistice he held a posi- tion at the great British Thomson-Houston electrical and machinery works at Rugby, England. He is a son of Mr. John Piper, of Broken Hill, and was engaged at the DeBavay process plant.
When the Mannum District Council met on Saturday the chairman (Councillor A. G. Bolte) referred to the fact that,the previous Saturday .was the 40th anni- versary of Mr. J. R. Baseby's appointment as clerk to the council. He congratu- lated the clerk on his holding office continuously for such a long period, and spoke in eulogistic terms or the manner in which he had carried out his duties. He considered the clerkship of such an important district was one of the most honorable positions a man could hold. On behalf of the council he presented Mr. Baseby with a silver-mounted oak tea tray.