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CONCERNING PEOPLE. His Excellency the Governor and Lady Bosanquet entertained 130 children of the Norton's, Summit and Cherrj'ville State Schools at Marble Hill on Tuesday. A| cricltet match between. teams representing, the two schools ,was won by Norton Summit. After tea a number of races were run.; ? - . '
His Honor the Chief Justice, at the open ing of the sitting of the Full Court on lues day, stated that he had on the previous evening visited Mr. Justice Homburg, at Ru Rua Hospital, and had found marked signs of improvement in his condition. Bishop Wilson, of Walkerville, received advice on Monday that theJlev. Cecil John Wood, of St. Mary's, Wimbledon, in the Diocese of South wark, has been appointed Bishop of Melanesia. , The Minister for Defence (Sr. Pearce) an- j nounced in Perth, on Tuesday that Lieut. Cql. Legge (Quartermaster-General on the , Military Board) had been selected as the representative of the Australian section on ' the Imperial General Staff in London. That office was formerly filled by Brig.-Gen. | Bridges,' who vacated it to take up the posi- 1 tion of Commandant of the -Commonwealth : Military College. Col. Legge will not leave for London immediately, and the changes necessary to fill the vacancy on the Mili- ' tary Board will not be announced for some time. | The Commissioner of Crown Lands (Hon. P. W. Young) returned to Adelaide on Tuesday morning and resumed his official duties. He stated to the press that prior to taking office he had arranged to visit _a pro perty; oh the Victorian border in which he was interested. As he intended to be away . rom Adelaide for some days he asked Mr.
E. J. field (the Immigration' Officer), to accompany him to allow him while travel ling _to go fully into the question of immi gration. He did not wish to lose any time ! while away, and now was in a position to; report to Cabinet on the subject. The Western Australian Government has decided upon several important alterations in connection with the administration ot various State departments, with the object of arranging for the abolition of certain oj lices and the retirement of a number of public servants who have reached the age of CO. Among those whose retirement is announced are the Commissioner of Police (Capt. Fred Hare), the ComptrollerGene ral of Prisons (Mr. O. Burt), the Com missioner of Tropical Agriculture (Mr. A D«speissis)).and the Superintendent of Police (Mr. W. Lawrence). The lastnamed office will be abolished. The death occurred on Tuesday morning of Mr. A, S. Chapman, manager of Elder, Smith, & Co.; ? Limited, who for more than SO years lad been connected with the iirm. He was one of the best-known and most highly respected business men of Ade laide. Mr. Alfred S.' Chapman was born on April 4, 1842. His record of over 55 years of business service with the one house re mained unbroken until about three weeks ago, when an attack of typhoid fever com pelled his retirement to. bed, at his home on Dequetteville. terrace, Kent Town. The deceased was the only son of- the late Mr. Samuel Chapman, who arrived in South Australia on the first survey staff, by the Cygnet, in 1836. Mr. A. S. Chapman was taught by the late Messrs. John Martin and Francis H. Haire. He left school in 1856, and entered the office at Elder, Stirl ing & Co. Tlie deceased gentleman held an almost life-long service witli Mr. It. Barr Smith, and his high repute was known throughout the ^omtnomveallh. Mr. Chapman; devoted himself to mercantile
anairs, ana. ma not seek a nublic career. He married in Adelaide, and five sons and two daughters survive. One of the sous, Mr. Horsley Chapman, manages a -k|rurt- raent of Elder, Smith, & Co., Limited. At a dinner given, to celebrate the jubilee of Mr.' Chapman's sen-ice with the firm, on.. October . 25, 1908, a. letter of eulogy was read from Mr. Barr Smith, 'who was unable to be present. Mr. Barr Smith on that occasion stated:— 'Looking back -50 years, when as a lad Mr. Chapman first came to the office of Elder and Co., my first impression of him then was his capackv and willingness for hard work. _ If any department was behind, and an. assistant was required for night work, Mr. Chapman presented himself, wi,th the result that, going through all the depart ments in this way, he soon knen- as much about them as the man in charge, and so, Avhen any one dropped out of his place in the office there never was any difficulty about replacing— hi3 understudy '(Mr. Chap lnan) was equal to the part. I fancy Mr. Chapman must lava filled almost every post we had to give. Let me add that he has always had the strictest sense of honour and the most fair and reasonable considera tion for everybody with whom he came in business contact.' At the Methodist Conference on Tuesday superannuation wus granted to the Revs W. F. James, after 40 vears' service, T. McNeil, 44 years; 0. Lake, 49 years; and .lohn Raymond, 42 years. The Revs. H. C. Farley and A. W. Trengrove were ap pointed a plan committee. Among the passengers in transit by the It.M.S. Moldavia, which arrived at Fre mantle on Tuesday morning, nre the Vis count and Viscountess Masscrrecjie and Capt. (Jilpin Brown, the new Commander of II.JLS. Challenger, and his wife. Mr. Justice Cbomlcy, of Melbonme, is another traveller to the eastern States. Hs is ac eompaiiied by Misses Chomley. The twenty first Earl of Morton, a descendant o'f the Earl who was Chancellor under Mary Queen of Scots, is proceeding to Xenv Zea land with .the Countess of Morton, the Hon. ,C. Douglas, and the Hon. R. Douglas. Mr. S. T. Thomas, secretary of Gco, P, Harris. Scarfe, and Co., Limited, who will leave for England on Thursday, accom panied by Mrs, Thomas and their two sons, was presented with a suit case on Tuesdav evening bymembers of the company's staff. The presentation was made in the board room by Mr. F. J. Loutft, who. with Messrs. A. Somerville, J. J. Slrarp, and R. Lewis, passed complimentary references to Mr. Thomas's ? straightforwardness and other -good qualities. The recipient ex pressed his gratitude, and asked those pre sent to join him in a clans of wino at the Exchange Hotel lounge room, where .Mr. Thomas proposed the toastof Geo. P. Har ris, Searfe. & Co., Limited, to which Mr. W. Law Smith responded. Messrs J j. Sharp. S. Ross, J. Allen, R. McKay, H. J. Patterson, J. W. Fox, H. James, and otlwrs also spoke. Information was received on Tuesday of the death, at Weston-suwr-Mare, Somer setshire, on January 11. of Mr. Alfred Samuel Spenee. a former business identity of Adelaide. Tlie d'veased was a pioneer colonist, who resided between Glenelg and Brighton, and for many years acted a* agent for Da Costa Estate, and managed the South Australian properties of several EngKsn owners. He was a large-hearted man, and his name was prominent in con nection with a number1 of local charities. For years he represented the Charity Com missioners as a member of the Adelaide Hospital Board. Probably Ids greatest philanthropic interest was centred in the Bh'nd, Deafi and Dumb Institution at Brighton. Prior to settling in England a few years ago, Mr. Spenee was an active member of its corrrmittcc, and his name was retained upon it until his doatTi. While in England he interested a ntimoer of oene volentl.v disposed ladies in the work of the irietihTtkm. insomuch that they have since contributed hundreds .of pounds to it.'., funds. Mr. Snerrce was formerly one of the leading officers of the Church of Eng land at Brighton. He wri.H ah expert ehe?s player, and during many years contributed Koltrrions to tire problems that anpeared in The Observer. He married twice, and left a widow— €be ds'ifthtpr of tlie Rev. * . Fells, and sister of Mr. W'. B. Fdls. a well known squatter. The deceased had no children. . Mr. H, S. Stafford, who Rcted (is Secre tary of the Adelaide Y.M.O.A. during the absence in America of Mr. H. A. Wheeler, is now engaged in secretarial duty in Pitt- bnrg. He has taken over the secretnryphip nf n'-new suburban branch— the Hill- Top Y.M.C.A. A handsome building has just been completed there. Last November Mr. Stafford inaugurated a membership cam paign, with the -aim, if possible, of Ftart ing the new association with a thousand members. The results exceeded his ex pectations. A^Pittsburg newspaper said that the campaign was one of the most re markable in the history of Pennsylvania. When the inaugural meeting was held in the semi-completed building Mr Stafford announcpd that the roll numbered .1,147 fully paid-up members. Mr. R. H. Gibson, who while adinc as manager for Elder, Smith, & Co., Limited, at Port Augusta, was stricken down by typhoid fever about nine months ago. ha* recovered from his long illness, and is holiday making at Victor Harbour. Mr. W. W. Goodhart, of the Adelaide Steamship Company, limited, who has been branch manager at Port Lincoln, intends to leave by the steamer Morea on Thurs day on a visit to Europe.