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PERSONAL. The engagement is announced of Ida Beatrice, daughter of the late Mr. Robert C. Scott and Mrs. Scott, .. of. York-road, Glen Iris, and Cadow Sta tion, Forbes,.N.S.W., to Thomas Ar nold, son of the Rev. Thomas and Mrs. Brown, of "Strathavon," Mono nleath Avenue, Canterbury. Mr. Fred Gooding was admitted to the Gippsland Hospital on Monday-ta undergo an operation for appendicitis. As a social evening, held at Yal lourn on Friday last, school teacheis of the Warragul inspectorate enter tained aM. J. S. Bacon (late inspector of the district) and his wife. There was a very large attendance, sand representatives from all schools were present. Amongst other visitors were Mr. J. McCrae (Director of Edu cation) and Mrs. McCrae. Mr. Kil patrick (of Moe) occupied the chair, and during the evening a presentation of a wallet of notes was made to 3Ir. Bacon by Mr. Lindsay, of the Traral gon School. Opportunity was taken of welcoming the new inspector (Mr. Curtis) to the district, and he was cordially received by the assemblage. At a meeting of Cobain's Branch of the C.W.A. yesterday afternoon, at the residence of Mr. J. M. Finlay, occasion was taken to bid farewell to Mrs. Hector Luxford, who has been secretary of the branch for the past three years. A handsome bedroom clock was presented to Mrs. Luxford, and to Miss Nell Luxford a string of crystal beads. Mrs. Clem Kingswell's baby was presented with a silver cup. Mr. G. W. Peart, of Bairnsdale; president of the Nurserymen and Seedsmen's Association of Victoria, accompanied by his wife, who left for Sydney on Tuesday to join the Nia gara, will visit America and Canada to inspect the growing and canning of vegetables and fruit. He will then qo on to England for the King's Jubi lee. He was farewelled at a luncheon at the Commercial Travellers' Club on Tuesday. On hoard the Strait halird. when it leaves Melbourine on .March 5, will be the 'l'raralgon Shire President (Cr. Johnson), Mrs. Johnson, n11,1 Miss Johnson. Their destination will be New Zealamd, calling at Sydney eon route. An old and respected resident of Sale in Mrs. Anne Duffy. of Carter street, and wife of Mr. John Duffy, passed away at the Gippsland Hospi tal on Tuesday. The funeral took place at the Sale Cemetery on Tues day, and many friends paid their last respects to her.