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? — v The Governor of South Australia (Sir Day Bosanquet), accompanied by Admiral Bridges and Capt. Fletcher, was welcomed on Thursday at the Ballarat pity Hall by the Mayor (Cr. Crocker)- His Excellency

visited the gardens and the Eureka Stock ade, and gtrbsequently ? descended the Llan berris No. 1 Mine. _ He expressed his in terest in the operations there. Sir Day stated that he visited Ballarat 44 years ago, and was surprised at the development and progress ''that 'had been effected since that time. In consequence of the absence of His Ex cellency the Governor from the State the

Lieutenant-Governor (bir aamuel Way) has assumed office as Deputy Governor. He presided at the meeting of Executive Coun cil on Thursday morning. The Anglican Bishop o£ Perth (Right Rev. Dr. C. 0. L. Riley), who had attended a conference of military chaplains in Mel bourne, arrived on Thursday, and later in the day joined the mail steamer at the Outer Harbour, for home. Mrs. Owen Smyth will sail for London at noon to-day from Melbourne, in the steamer Themistocles. She is accompanying Mr. and Mrs. Edward Neale, her brother-in-law and sister, who are returning to England after a couple of years' visit to Australia. Our London correspondent announces the death of Sir Clement Lloyd Hill, K.C.B., K.C.M.G..who had been for the past seven years Unionist M.P. for Shrews bury. Sir Clement, who was born in 1845, had a distinguished and adventurous ca reer. From! 1867 to 1905 (when he retired from active duties) he was in the Foreign Office. He wore an African general service medal, with clasp, for meritorious work in Uganda 12 years ago. In the late eighties he was British Commissioner to the West Indian Republic of Hayti, and he ~er formed several other signal diplomatic tasks. Commander Banks, of the Torres Strait Pilot Service, was a passenger by the ex press on Thursday afternoon for Sydney. Tho majority of the delegates from the eastern States to'the Congregational Con ference left foj Melbourne by the express on Thursday afternoon. The Rev. Dr. Roseby (President-elect) and the Rev. A. J. Griffith, M.A. (Secretary), expect to begin the homeward journey this afternoon. Dr.. Roseby has accepted an invitation to spend Sunday at Ballarat, where he was at one time pastor of the Dawson Street Congregational Church. \ The will of the late Mr. W. S. Penley, the prominent theatrical manager, who died .last January, has been lodged for probate. The estate is sworn not to exceed £15,000. Among the passengers to England by the R.M.S. Mongolia is Mr. Arthur E. Mil bank, the well-known teacher of painting. He expects to be away for 12 or 18 months, and it is his intention, after spending a few weeks in London, to proceed to Corn wall for stndy. Subsequently some time will be spent in the art centres of Paris and several other cities of the Continent. Mr. Milbank'a friends presented the tra veller with a practical token of their good will, and his student classes tendered him a farewell social. Mr. W. Fitzpatrick (Chairman of the Victorian Railways Commissioners) is travelling to the old country by the Mon golia. He will visit the Continent and America to make enquiries in respect to the working of electric railways. Mr. Frank Wild, leader of the western party of the Mawson Expedition, and a member of two previous antarctic expedi tions, is returning to England by the mail steamer which left the Outer Harbour yes terday. Mr. W. C. Colman (District Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages for Encoun

ter Bay and Clerk of the Local Court, Port Elliot), who was to have, retired on June 30 next under the Septuagenarians Act, has been granted 12 months' extension o£ time in the Government service. Mr. A. Scott has been appointed a mem ber, and Mr. W. J. McBeath auditor, of the Vermin Board of the District of Elliston. The resignation of Mr. P. T. Lowe as a justice of tho peace has been accepted by the Executive Council. Dr. A. C. Wilton, of Streaky Bay, has been appointed a public vacdinator. The Rev. Dr. Jefieris (of Adelaide) and the Rev. N. J.' Cocks, M.A. (of Sydney, and formerly of Adelaide), are the only two surviving ministers who have held the pastorate of the Pifet Street Congregational Church, Sydney. Both were present at the Congregational Union Conference in Ade laide this week. Dr. Jefferis is revered as 'the father of the chnrch.' Although more than 80 years old he delivered a vigorous valedictory address at the conference on Thursday. A'fc the Australasian Congregational Con ference on Thursday the Rev. A. J. Griffith, M.A. (N.S.W.),was presented with a purse of sovereigns in appreciation of the excellent services which he has rendered as Secretary and as a mark of esteem from the delegates. Jn replying, Mr. Griffith re marked that his duties had really been a ?work of love, and that he looked forward with distinct pleasure to the ensuing three years' service under the presidency of the Rev. Dr. Roseby. The death occurred at Meadows South on Wedne?day of Mr. Michael Watson, a resi dent of that place for 58 years. He was 84 years old. Deceased was born in Ar magh, North Ireland, and' came to South Australia with his wife and one child in 1854. Mr. and Mrs. Wateon walked to Mount Barker, and then on to Meadows South, where a small block of land was bought. The deceased knew the hardships of the pioneering days. Five children are living. Mrs. Watson died 27 years ago. Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Hackett, who have been on an extended holiday trip through Europe, are returning to Adelaide by the R.M.S. Malwa, which is due on Saturday morning. The Rev. Dr. Adeney (President of the Congregational Union 01 England and Wales) has intimated that he will visit the Commonwealth and New Zealand to wards the end of the present year. Dr. Adeney, who will be accompanied by his wife, is one of the foremost Biblical scho lars in England. Three of the most notable ministers at the Congregational Conference in Adelaide were the Revs. Dr. Bevan (President), Rev. Dr. Roseby (of Svdney, President elect), and Rev. Dr. Jefferis. Dr. Bevan occupied the chair at a number 01 the meetings, and his happy wit and the anec dotes from his fine storehouse of know ledge, which were judiciously inwrsroven with the business, added considerably to the enjoyment of the assembly. His Presi dential address, which waa one of the most masterly and eloquent contributions to what was a remarkable conference, and stamped largely upon it the impreis of a

great and versatile scholar. Une ot the visitors from the eastern States referred to it as a ''magniloquent address.' Dr. Bevan, in recalling that fact on Thursday, blandly said that he thought the speaker had intended to use quite a different word. Then he paused and surveyed the gather ing. The delegates, after a moment's re flection, burst into a peal of laughter, and the veteran minister joined in the merri ment. Dr. Roseby also has a robust per sonality, and in addition to striking the observer as a deep thinker, speaks in con vincing and impressive style. He is M.A., LL.D., and F.R.A.S. Dr. Jeffcris, who is styled 'the father of the church,' is n well-known and accomplished scholar, and although he did not take a particularly pro minent part in the discussions at the as sembly, he -said euouzh to demonstrate to all that he possesses the soul of humour as well as wisdom. His valedictory address on Thursday was much appreciated by the delegates. The trio of patriarchs referred to were often seen in conversation with each other, but they also gave the vounger members of the conference a full share of their oompany, which was highly appreci ated. The fathers of the church are held in the highest esteem. One of the repre sentatives has referred to Dr. Bevan as 'the old lion, always ready to fight, a for midable opponent in deb'ate, and a gran-l acquisition to any cause with which he as sociates himself.' Mr. William E. Hamp, who for many years was a well-known figure in the stock world, died at the residence of bis mother, Halifax street, Adelaide, shortly after mid day on Thursday. Deceased, who was about 48 years old, was born at Chicajoo, on the we3t coast, where his father was engaged in pastoral pursuits. He had been manager of the stock and station department of Messrs. Daigety &. Co. since its inception. Previous to that he was with Messrs. Bar ker Brothers and Elder, Smith, & Co. Mr. Hamp was one of the most widely known men in the stock business in Australia, and was noted for his genial disposition and kindness of heart. He bad a wonderful capacity for handling men, and was 'known for his integrity and fairness. His mother and four of his brothers survive him— Wal- ter, Edward. Harry, and Arthur— all of whom are engaged in pastoral work in the north and north-east, .\nothcr brother was the late Mr. John Chipn Hamp, u-ho was a well-known solicitor in Adelaide. J 1

Mr. Edward Reeves, the well-known Ade laide elocutionist, is making excellent pro gress, after a rather critical illness. He has so far advanced as to be able to rcsum* work. Mr. A. W. Pearse, editor of The Pastoral Review, was a passenger for Europe by the R.M.S. Mongolia, which sailed yesterday. He has been' appointed representative at the third International Congress on Re frigeration, for the Associated Meat Com panies of the North Island of New Zealand, and most of 'the meat companies in Aus tralia. He will read a paper, ?'Australia and New Zealand as a source of meat supply.' It will be printed in French. German, Spanish, and English, for distribu tion among the members. Mr. Pearse has received an invitation from the Russian Government to visit its agricultural institu tions and horse-breeding establishments during_ August, and a private invitation from Trince Scherbatoff to call upon him at his home, near Moscow.. Mrs. Thomas Falconer, wife of the manager of the Clan line of steamers ;n Melbourne, left 'by the mail steamer on Thursday for London. _ She will there join her husband, who sailed by ihe Clan Macarthur. Mr. W. Fyvie. of Messrs. Fyvie and Stewart, Melbourne, was a through passen ger by the R.M.S. Mongolia. During a trip, which will extend over several months, he will study the progress of engineering in Great Britain and America. The death occurred at the Port Pine Hospital on Monday of Mr. T. J. Fitz gerald. The deceased, who had resided in Port Pine for about 30 years, was one of the finest allround athletes in the north. He was born at Wallaroo 38 years ago. For some years he conducted a dairy farm, and afterwards became landlord of the Pilot Boat Hotel. The. venture was not successful, and Mr. Fitzgerald found it necessary to obtain employment on the wharfs. A widow and young family sur vive. Mr. L. W. Peake, of Penola, has been appointed a commissioner for taking affi davits in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Mr. II. Abbott (chief engineer on the Bri tish Mine), who resigned his post to go to Sydney, was entertained oh- Wednesday niglit by the employes .and officials of th* mine, and presented with a purse of sove jeijme. Mr. E. Darby presided. Mr. Cyril Emery (general manager) was among those who testified to Mr. Abbott's ability and popularity. Representatives of all branches of the mine praised the pest, and wished him good fortune.