SOCIAL BREVITIES Tile loss sustained by tile community in the death by drowning of Mr. S. J. Gold smitll, P.LM., was feelingly referred to at Monday's sitting of the Essendon Densnl Iy Cr. A. Showers (chairman), who said that the deceased gentlemen had presided at Essendon for severel years. and given general satisfaction. Colonel Hanby said that tllroughout tihe legal profession tile news of Mr. Ooldsmith's death had been received with expressions of sincere re fret: tMr. H. J. O'Niell (C.P.S.). Sergeant Blennett and Inspector Breese also made sympathetic references to the deceased gentleman. Cr. A. F. Showers, at the conclusion of tile business at Essenldonl Court on Mon. siay, wishied the members of the bar. court ohicials, police and press represenlatlves thile colmplllnent of tile season. Me said that tile overslladowing influlence of thre war would preclude many froml celebrat ing tile festive season ill orthodox faslion,. but lie elxpress a hope tlhat tile conlillg year woUld usher in a season of peace alnd hltllpiness. Representatives of the III. terests mentioned returned the compli mests extended by Cr. Stihowers. Mr. W. 51. Beck. J.'. said that, despite the war, thlere were a few local residents who would be in a position to elnjoy tile season of nood wishles. Among tllee was Ills col league on the Benech. Mr. J. D. Grallam, whoi Ilad recently received news to tile effect that hlls son had distinguished him self at thi front aid been awarded the 1).8.0. D.5.O. e·g Mr. it. J. O'Neill. C.P.S. at Esseodon anes Flemingtoa. will be absent for tour weeks from 19th iilbt. onil holidats, which lie in tends spending in Tasmania. Tile vacanllcy will be filled br Major Hart, who ihas been invalided front the front, and is now acting as relieving clerk of courts. - 000 A pleasant half-hour was spent in tile Mayor'ts room at the conclusion of tile business of the Essendon Council on Mon day evening, when Or. W. J. Mountain en tertained his colleagues, members of tIlhe municipal staff, and a few visitors. Several toasts were proposed and responded to. and n"asonable greetings were exelfaIgeil. 1he domlinant note tlhrougllout the speeches was tlhat the-year 1918. would wit ness the return'of peace and prosperity, and thie victory of Great Brhitain and iher Allies. - Mr. and Mrs. F. Morris of "Arawatta," 35 Filson street. Ascot Vale, have been notified that their son, Pte. Lindsay F. Morris, of the 7th Field Ambulance, has been mentioned in despatches, and has been awarded the Military Medal for con spicuous bravery in bringing in wounnded under heavy shell fire. He is 21 years of age and has completed over 1000 days' service abroad. Mr. and Mrs. W J. Morgan, of 11 Robb street, Essendon, have recently returned from England, where they met their four sons, who are on active service. Since ar riving in Australia they received advice that their youngest son, Ernest, of the 7th Battalion, had been wounded on October 4th. He is improving. They have Just learned that Private Leslie Morgan, of the 8th Battalion, is being returned, and will probably arrive by the end of the year. The other two brothers are with the forces in France. Mr. Frederick Ryall Dart, second son of Mr. R. S. D. Dart, of Moone Ponds, en listed on Monday. Pte. Les. Puckey has arrived in Moonee Ponds, after 18 months' active service. Cpl. Eddie Watt, M.M., of Moonee Ponds, is expected to arrive soon after Christmas. M31r.-C. G. Melsall, of 3 INorwood creseent, Mosnee Ponds will be awayp from tile di,. triet from the 21st December until 7t111 January. Tile engagellment, is alounoned of Miss iaurelJlavender, daughter of Mr and Mrs. . iFreeman Lavender. "~,errowe. Brick ton Beach, to Mr. Beginald Bolderston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bolderstqn Moonee Ponds.