Sir John Colton, after a few days' illness, died on Thursday evening in his eightieth pear; An extended biographical notice ap pears in another column.
Another of South Australia's oldest pioneers, Lady Davenport, wife of Sir Samuel Davenport, died on Thursday. She came to the state with her husband about 1842. After their arrival in this state they went to Macclesfield, where they remained for a number of years. In 1852 Sir Samuel and Lady Davenport went to London, and on their return they set- tled at Beaumont, where they have resid- ed ever since. Lady Davenport had for some years been in bad health, which pre- vented her from visiting friends and attend- ing outside functions. She will be remember- ed as a philanthropist, and one who took a great interest in benevolent institutions, particularly the servants' home and the State Children's Department. In the lat- tler work she was closely associated with the late Lady Colton and Miss Clark. Prior to her marriage with Sir Samuel the deceased was Miss Cleland. and her bro- ther was Mr. John Cleland, formerly Registrar-General of Births, Marriages, and Deaths. Mr. Caldwell, M.P., returned to Adelaide on Thursday morning from a trip to New Zealand and the eastern states. H» has been making enquiries into the methods of inspecting dairies with a view to ensuring a pure milk supply. He spent a month in New Zealand and a week in each New South Wales and Victoria. ''Within the next 10 years electric supply end traction may be expected, with a fair field, to engage at least £250,000,000 of , capital.' So said Mr. Percy Sellon, mem ber of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, in his address to' the London Chamber of Commerce. This estimate would seem to be by no means exaggerated. Apart from snch a krge project as the electrification of the district and metropolitan railways, there is scarcely a municipal authority in Great Britain which has not in hand some scheme of electric ? railway, tramway, 'or lighting. It is as well id think (says the London 'Daily Telegraph') that electricity is not the agent of the future but of the present, and an era which has already dawned. In displacement of steam electri city is evidently destined to be one of the products of the first quarter of the 20th century. It will be probably an analogous phase of -work and speculation to that in railways during the early forties of last century, with this difference— that England then led the world; now we have competi tors, and, in electrical work, exemplars. The Government has issued a commission to Mr. G. A. J. Webb to paint in oils a portrait of the ex-President of the Legisla- tive Council, Senator Sir Richard Baker, who is now President of the Federal Senate. The price to be paid for the picture com- plete and framed is £100. It will be hung on the walls of the Legislative Council chamber by the portraits of previous Pre sidents. The remains of the late Mr. C. Savile Gore, late assistant private secretary to the Governor-General, arrived in Adelaide on ITinrsday in a special carriage attached to the Melbourne express. The coffin was conveyed to tie mail steamer Oniba for passage to England, in accordance with the wish of CoL Gore, father of the deceased gentleman. Lady MacMahon is a passenger for Europe by the R.M.S. Oraba. She will make an extensive tonr of the continent. Her programme includes a visit to Ireland. The city treasurer, Mr. R. E. Kippist, accompanied by Mrs. Kippist, left Adelaide on Thursday afternoon. They are proceed ing to the hot springs at Rotorna, New Zealand. Dr. Roth, Protector of Aborigines fcx Northern Queensland, on Thursday after noon gave an exceedingly interesting ad dress about his work to the members of the South Australian Branch of the Royal Geographical Society. Mr. W. M. Sandford, who died on Thhrs car morning, was^one of the oldest mem bers of the .South Australian bar. The de ceised gentleman, who was 78 years of age, arrived in South Australia in 1*851. ' He had been called to the bar in England, and quiKfied for admission as practitioner in the local courts in the office of the late Mr. Parker. He subsequently entered into part nership with the- late Mr. Maddock. The Bnn, known as Maddock & Sandford, carried on business for a number of years in King William street in a suite of offices which occupied the site on which the Bank of New South Wales now stands. After Mr. Mad dock's death, Mr. Keppert was taken into partnership by the surviving member of the firm. Since October, 1S99, Mr. Sand ford had carried on business in company vith Mr. E. H. Limbert. Mr. Sand fohl was regarded as an exceed ingly able soHcitor, and was a com gkte master of all questions relating to wnveyancing. He was reserved, and never took active paft in public affairs, but he had a large circle of friends, who admire* ami respected him for his sterling qualities. Shortly after he arrived in South Australia he married the widow of the late Dr R. Stock, mother of Mr. W. F. Stock and Mr. R.'A. Stock, of this city. His wife prede ceased him, but he has left a family of three daughters, a\l of whom are married. Sir George Clarke, Governor of Victoria, held an official reception on Friday of foreign consuls resident in Melbourne. The engagement lasted half an hour. The consuls wore official dress, and each had a few moments' conversation with His Excel lency. Owing to a disagreement with his col leagues, Mr. Holmes, Minister without portfoEo, has resigned from the Western Australian Cabinet. In general orders issued in Sydney on Ihursday night, Mjr. Bridges, of the Royal lustralian Artillery, was requested to hold himself in readiness to take up the position Dn Gen. Hutton's staff of assistant quar term&sier-general.' _ Mr. F. R: Spofforth, whose name was once a household word, on account of the wonderful bowling which earned for him the sobriquet 'The Demon,' is a passenger for Melbourne by the mail stea mer Ophir, which should reach Largs Bay on Monday. Mr. jtyotforth left Austrailfa about 14 years ago, and has since resided in England. The appointment was announced in Syd ney on Thursday of Capt. £L W. Dangar, ELA.A.,-as aide-de-camp to. Gen. Button. . In addition to those whose names have already been mentioned, Drs. C. E. Todd, President of the South Australian Branch of the British Medical Association, and J. C. Terra will leave next week to attend the medical congress at flobart. Dr. Todd has been empowered to invite the -*mgres8 to assemble in South Australia in 1905, mder Professor Stirling's presidency, if for my reason the invitation to Western Aus kalia is declined.
Numerous friends assembled at the Ade-, hide Railway Station on the departure of the express to Melbourne on Saturday af ternoon to aay farewell to Mr. Edgar J. Pa krstm, who had been on a visit to this city for a fortnight. Mr. Paterson is interested in the big firm of Messrs. Ainslie & Co., whisky distillers, afc Clyjielfch, TJrora, Scot land, and has made arrangements to intro duce a Wend which will be called the Glen Lyon whisky, into Australasia.