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Word was received in Melbourne on Monday from, the Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes), who is at present in Durban, stating that all the members of ihe party were welL The message, although indefi

nite, indicated that the vessel on which Mr. Hughes is returning to Australia wduld not reach Fromantle until about August 24. The Acting Prime Minister Mr. Watt) was present at his office in Melbourne for a little -while on Monday morning, and looked much better for his rest, lie will attend a meating of the Federal Cabinet this afternoon, and will probably be pre sent when the Federal Parliament meets on Wednesday. He docs not intend, how ever, to resume personal control of the many dtnartmentai matters that formerly camo before him. The Minister for Re^ patriation (Mr. Millcn) -will continue to look after most of these matters. Mr; W. Hague, M.P., states tbat infor mation has been received from his «r-l- league. M*. H. B. Crosby, to the pffc-it that he is not likely to, reach- Adelaide until the end of August or the beginning ot* September, as the boat in which he n tra velling is lying disabled at Capetown. . At the annual meeting of tho Adelaide Racing Club on Monday Mr. W. B. Carr, for 10 years Chairman of the committee, was elected a life member of the dab. Mr. Care recently resigned his seat to become a member of the committee of the S.A.J.C., tho ruling racing body in the State. The death of Mr. Arthur Nicholas Hughes on Saturday afternoon, at his resi dence, Lee Lodge, Strangways terrace, North Adelaide, has removed another mem ber of one of the best-known families of pastoralista in the Commonwealth. He was the second son oi the late Mr. Her bert Bristow Hughes, who, at the time of hw death, in 1892, was the owner of three well-known runs-^Jooyoolee (South Aus tralia), Kinchega (New South, Wales), and Nockatunga (Queensland). Mr. A. N. Hushes -was born at Booyoolec, Gladstone, on November 4, 1856, and was therefore in his sixty-third year. He received his carjy education at Su Peter's CoUege, and subsequently studied at Malvern CoUege. England, after which he spent a couple ol year* in France studying the wool indus try. Since the death of Mr. H. B. Hughes the conduct of his pastoral properties has been carried on -by his trustees for the benefit of. tho family, and the personal management of ihe stations was under taken by his six sons. Mr. A. N. Hughes spent many yean among tbe cattie on Noekatanga, bat in more recent years took' up his residence as Kinohega. In 1913 he married Miss Lizzie Steven son, of Port Lincoln, and since he had lived at North Adelaide. Deceasci took jjp active part in public life, being of a somewhat retiring disposition, but his genial personality won him a largo circle of friends. A .widow,- two brothers, and two sisters -survive. Tho brothers are Messrs. Edsar B. Hughes (Athclncy, Hack ney), and Harold W.-Hughes (Fullarton), and the sisters— Miss L. S. Hughes one Mn. J. Maddock Hughes (both oi South port, Queensland). CaptsDenny, M.C., MJ\, will arrive in Adelaide on Thursday morning. At tbe Abattoirs cattle market on Mon day afternoon the opportunity was taken by stock agents and metropolitan master butchers to wish Mr. Sidney Kidman a safe journey end happy holiday in his pro jected trip to America, Mr. Sam flelp man -(Bennett & Fisher, Limited) spoke in behalf of the Stock Salesmen's Associa tion and the master butchers. He said, that there was no doubt that Mr. Kidman was the best friend the Adelaide butchers bad ever known. Mr. Kidman's cattle would continue io enter the Adelaide mar ket during his absence. They all looked for his early end safe ?return. Mr. Me iAchlan (Bagot, Shakes, & Lewis, Limited) supported. Mr. Kidman, who feelingly re sponded, paid tribute to the standard on which tho Adelaido meat salesmen con ducted tbeir various business. Their con duct, he said, at all times compared more th»n favourably with the trade a* he knew it in the sister States. Australia, Mr. Kidman centinned, vos the best coun try in tbe rorld, and he was sorry to leave it even for the brief period which his con templated trip to America would occupy. He admitted interests in many ventures apart from the pastoral industry. Cheers and the singing oi 'For he's a jolly good fellow' followed. Mr. Kidman and family will leave by the Melbourne express on Wednesday afternoon -on their long jour nev.

Tho Bluo Funnel liner Nestor left tlir Outer Harbour 'on Saturday for Liverpool (via Durban). The following passengers embarked at Adelaide:— For Durban—Air. H A. Groin and Mrs. E. M. Gordon. For Liverpool-Mr, and Mrs. C. B. Douglas, Hr.«nd M«. W. Pope, Mrs. S. A. Miraer, Master D. W. and Mies Mflncr, Miss M. E. Eames, -Mr. and Mrs. Cuthbert Welle, Misses P. and E. Wells, Master A. Wells, Mre. B. M. Pooler, Mrs. E. QI. Carter, Mia -E. Purdis. Mifa McKay,- Mr, Mrs., Miss, and Master Williams, Miss A. B. Scott, 31ns. A. A. Richards, Mrs. A. Pendlcton, Miss A. Wil kiinon, Miss L. Glaswnt Sir Arthur Stan ley. (Governor of Victoria), Capt Conaud, Miss Dribble. Mr. and Mrs. J. Wato, o: Stflrborougn st:tc:. GJcnelg. '.-'.ll to-^ay «elcfirate lac fiftieth anniversary of their wedding. The ceremony was performed in St. Lake's Church, Wiitmoro square, Adelaide, by the fate Rev. J. Pollitt Mr. White was born in Little Leigh, Essex, in 1846, and came with his parents to South Australia in the sailing ship Warren Hastings, hav ing arrived at Port Adelaide after a rough voyage on October 11, 1855. Mrs. White reached South Australia on November 5, 1840, by the ship Constance, ia charge of Capt. Gregory. According Ho Mr. White, Capt Gregory mode the fastest trip on record bebween England and Aus tralia, and received the honour of knight hood in recognition of his skill. When Mr. White reached Port Adelaide flour was £10 a bag and bread 1/ a loaf. Mr. White is the founder oi the firm of J. White & Son. plumbers, of Carrinjrton street, Adelaide, and he established that business 45 years ago. Since then he has fulfilled some of the largest public and private contracts in Seuth Australia, hav ing as many as 45 bonds employed at a time. He learned the business from the late Mr. W. F. Gray, ol Gawlcr place, with whom ho remained for 14 years, for a considerable period of which time he arcs foreman. Many of Mr. Whjtce em S'oyes have been with him for more tbao yearn, and tbe remainder for long terms. When he retired from the active control of tjte bovnesi, Mr. White tras presented by bis employes with a Morris chair as a token of their esteem. He has always taken a deep interest in religious matters, and has been a member of the Church of England all his life. For 3t connectitms years he held1 office as people's and minis ters' warden, and was also a representative on Synod. On relinquishing office hn was appointed a trustee of St. Lukes, and was prescnitB with an illuminated address by tbe congregation. Ho is a strong oppo nent of ritualism. Mr. W. A. Normen, who has* for some years been associated with the hpl firm of Messy. Bakewcll, Stow & Piper, in tends to sever his connection with the firm. He will enter into partnership with Mr. A. G. Waterhouse. Prior to doing that. how. ever. Mr. Norman -will take a holiday trip to America, and he expects to be absent from the State for about four months. He will leave Adelaido a fortnight hence. The death last Wednesday of 'Mr. David Davics, of Port Lincoln, has removed one of tho most highly respected and progres sive resident* of that locality. Born in Monmouthshire, Wales, on September 9, 1853, he came with bis parents to South Australia in 1856. He spent his boyhooa days at Yankalilla, and afterwards served his apprenticeship to the blacksmitbing trade at Kadina. In 1877 Mr. Davieg and his brother Thomas started in business at Carrie ton ns coachbuildcra «nd ma chinists. The undertaking grew into a large concern, and ultimately pvve employ ment to more than 50 men. In 1903 Mr. David Davies began at Port Lincoln a similar business, which is still carried on. He -was 'the proprietor of tbe Pier Hotel in that town from 1908 untn 1911, and thence until his death ho was the landlord of ihe Grand Hotel at the «amo place. The deceased had been a mem ber of ihe Masonic order for manr years, and was also connected with &e R-A.O.B. organization. He has left a-'ridow, Sx sons, and two daughters.

The Rev. R. B. Cornish, after some Tears' ministry in the Melrose distrietleft last week to take up his. new duties at Port Pirie. He was tendered a public farewell and given a presentation. Mr. W. T. D. Oindcnning, for many years a highly respected officer in tbe lands and survey department, has been seriously ill since . January. Some time ago he was knocked down by a motor car and sustained grave injuries.- and his pre sent illn«« appears to be in large measure due to that accident Mr. Clindcning has been an enthusiastic member of the Public Service Association, and was ap pointed an honorary life member in -1916. after having been honorary departmental Secretary for, about 25 fears. ,

Our Sydney correspondent telegraphed o4 Monday evening:— The death is announce* of David William Gregory, who «««**«»« time an international cricketer. The lots Mr. Gregory was captain of the first An* toalian team which visited England in Wit, and was a fine batsman. He -was 74 yeaig of age' on April 15 last. Sixty years of married life is a long span which it is given to few people to bridge. The completion of such a term is invariably the occasion of much family rejoicing, and the relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman, of Maitland, Yorke's Peninsula, were able to gather at the old homestead on Monday, July 28, to congratulate their aged parents upon having reached the six- tieth anniversary of their wedding day.   The old gentleman, who passed the nin- tieth year of his age a few weeks ago, has not enjoyed good health lately, and for that reason the celebrations were quiet, although there was a large gathering of relatives and a few friends. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bowman have their mental facul- ties well preserved, and Mrs. Bowman, at 82 years, is still active. Both are very old colonists. Mrs. Bowman was brought to South Australia from Cornwall by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Hooper (who afterwards settled at Mount Barker), in the ship Isabella Watson, in 1846. Her husband, who was born in Westmoreland   in 1829, came in the ship Champion of the Seas in 1855. He was on the Victorian gold diggings for some time, but found his way to this colony, and married on July 28, 1859. For several years he was in charge of the property of his cousin, Mr. Edmund Bowman, of Port Wakefield, but when the Maitland areas were thrown   open he took his family there and secured a farm on the north-eastern side of the town. Mr. Bowman was a foundation member of the Maitland A.H. and F. So-   ciety, and for some years was its Presi- dent. The surviving daughters and sons are:— Mesdames H. C. Pitt (Stansbury), W. James (Balhannah), G. A. Wurm (Stansbury), F. Parkyns (Maitland), and F. H. Hobbs (Campbelltown), and Messrs. A. E. Bowman (Stansbury), Foster (Mait- land), Harold and Ernest (Ardrossan), and Clarence (Maitland). There are also 40   grandchildren and nine great-grandchil- dren. Miss Annie S. Thomson (general aeetof tary of the Young Women's Christian Jut sodation) left Adelaide on Monday- fM Sydney, ir order to superintend tho'Na* ttonal Young Women's Christian Assoei*» . tior. Training School for Secretaries, which) » being iheld this year in conjunction witk that of ihc YAI.&A. . . . Tho death occurred at Fowey (£ngbnd)( on May 20 of Dr. Francis Jaffery, F.R.C.S; (Consulting Surgeon at St Geo^e'e Hasp* tal. London). Although lie was Umt&.hf. ill hearth to retire from practice in London ir. 1914, lie had recovered sufficiently io mi; dertake the duties of honorary secretary of tho Fowey Cottage Hospital and surgeorf to the Fowey Auxiliary HospiUl ; fofl wounded officer*. Dr. Jaffery was a ton of tie late Mr. Archibald Jaffery, of Adelaide; and wasborn .here on February 6, 1881/ In referring -to his death, The Bririsa lie* dkal Journal for Slay stated:— 'He ,.re* ceived his education at St PeterVi College* where Dr. C. E. Todd, who dtsd J&st jesr, and Sir Edward Stirling, whoso death oc curred in March lost, were al» educated*. The fact that those, two Australians as4' entered at St George's Hospital may pot* mbiy hove influenced Dr. Jatforv in bit] cfaoioe of a medical school He toik i» ' medicine rather later «n life than is usoali having started 'his career in die sity. Hf entered St George's in 1885, and while tJ student was given to athletics. ' He' wtf captain of the Hospital Rugby FoatbiH -in - 1888, and also helped St. Georss's to secure the Lawn Tennis Cup on at least two eeV ? casiona He took tho diplomas of ;he Cciff joint Board qualification in 1890, and wad house surgeon in 1891. fn Uie follow^ year he accepted the position of R.M.O* to the Atkinson Morley Convalescent H#s* pital at. Wimbledon. Returning to &U ' George's in 1897, Tjo was surgical' regutaaf . and demonstrator of anatomy, and in tilt year became F.R.C.S., Eng. He was »p* pointed assistant surgeon at St Ueorci Hospital in 1898, became surgeon ha. 190$, nnd consulting surgeon in-19l5. Aaaibcr institution to which ho was attasbgd wag the Befcrravc Hospital for Children, and foe some years he -was consulting surgeon aft the Cripples' Home in Kensington. Dr. Jaffery was a most efficient ho*piUl officer, and was an ideal man io work with. His death leaves a cap not easily to be filM.? Mr. Henry Rymill, of Adelaide, stated. ©? Monday that the surviving members of At family are:— Dr. .lattery's - brother, Mr. Norman Parr Jaffery, LL.B., and ttr«t sifters— Mesdamcs Farr and Smith— all el whom reside in Eog&nd. Thoir father, Mt. Archibald Jaffery, was one of the cajrj South Australian colonists, and wu a iargs -. landed proprietor. He died ia England in . 1893, and bequeathed- his South Australian cstitics to his sons. The nuuagcincns of tho estates lias been in the hinds of Mr, Rymill for the last 40 years. 'Mr. Fnmc» Burns, who died suddenly it Suowtown on July 29. in h\s ninetieth year, was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland, aao came to South Australia about 66 years ago* Five years afterwards he started farming in a amaH way on Stanley Flat, near Clare; but when the norshern areas wsro thrown open for selection io took up lasJ in tlio Hundred of Eoohinga, near the Bronghton. In 1873 the family irtnt to live tliere, l»u-i in 1S77 the deceased so!d 'his EooTaiip land, and moved to * larger holding .in too Hundred of Barunga, where be sueeess* fully combined grazing and farming until about 16 rears ago, when he went to live in Snowtown. There are two soo^^-ftfostsw W. Burns (SnnnydaJe, Gawler) and F- Burns (Springfield, Snowtown), and fir* grandchildren. ' At Hie meeting of the Adelaide Cittf Council ou Monday, the Mayor (Mr. C. R. J. Glover) stated tbat word bod been re* ccircd thnt Sister E. S. Davidson. R.R.C* city trtiicc* nurse, who enlisted in thd Zwlr.-han Army Nursiug Servico m So* rtmccr 1914, had been Misftl io ? -tb* dignity of a Commander of ihe Order ? oi (he British Empire. Sister Davidson, who? held tbe Royal Red Cross of both tbe first and second classes, had been the matron of military hospitals in France, Italy, and England, and recently had been engaged in administrative duty at headquartens in London. She intimated some time ago that sho intended to return to the service' of the corporation. At fhe instance of Aid, Entwistie it -faa decided to send a letteS of congratulation to Sister Davidson. Members of tho Port Adelaide policd division gathered at the local police ewjoa on Saturday afternoon to witness tbe ore* sentation to W.P. Constablo A. E. Const* dine oi a gold medal which had been offered by Aid. J. H. Gouston to tbsj officer securing the highest number oJ marks in Che recent St John Ambulance examinations. Tho local police attended two classes, from which 17 candidates offered and all passed, with an average of 70 per cent Constable Considina secured 85 points, end was followed by Constable D. J. O'Leaxy, who was only enn point behind. The Major of Port Adelaido . (Mr. R. H. Smith), m presenting tha gold medal, referred to the coed work wfcjch Aid. Clouston performed while Mayor in, obtaining imbalance outfits for distribu tion in points of vantage throughout tbs city. Aid. Clouston related interesting vp« miniiKericcs concerning ambulance -work in the district Sub-Inspector Fraser formal!? thanked Mr. Clouston on behalf of.ths division for the trophy he bad presented. Ono of the oldest pioneers of ihe Bird wood district, Mrs. J. H. PromniU, died at her daughter's home at Dry Creek on Jir-y 29 at the age of 72 years. Born in Silesia, she came to Australia in early childhood with her-parente, Mr. and Mm. Shaepc. They arrived «t Pott Adelaide about 70 years ago in the shin Csetsf Godeffroy. In 1865 the deceased married Mr. K. 6. A. Bmor, and in 1883. after hi* decease, was wedded to Mr. G. Promnita, who predeceased her by about 18 month?. Mr*. Promnitz wns possessed of a robuit constitution, and died as the result of in* iurics sustained in an accident at the BaJ bnnnah Railway Station about 10 weeks ago She has left a family of fonr son* and three daughters— the R«v. A. Brauer-. fAmblesidc), Dr. H. Brauer (Washington . University. U.S.A.1. Mr. C. Bran* ? {Payneham). Mrs. 0. Huf (Sunbury, Vic toria). Mr. E. Promnite (Birdwopd). Mrs; F. Cox (Dry Creek), and Mrs. A. Packer (Murki Bavl.