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Mr. Stan O'Grady, of the Limbless Men.^s Association,' returned to-day from a holi ? day visit to the Eastern States. Mr. W.' Watson, M.H.R., was a home

passenger on the transcontinental express to-day. ' ? The death ' has occurred at Strathfield (N.S.W.) of Mr. Washington H. Soul, founder of the firm of chemists of that name. ^ ' ? Mr. Jl A. Simpson, who was a member of the'.New South 'Wales Meat Board, but was retired to make' way for Mi*. A. D. 'Kay, has been reinstated on the board \ 'at a salary, of £1,500 a' year. ' . '- ? Mr..H. A. Wolfe, ''Cardigan' of the ?'i. Argus' and '-'Australasian' sporting, staff, arrived in Perth .*--? the transeontin-, - eutal- express to-day for the Christmas rac ing carnival. ' - ? Miss. Rita Miller,, the young , Ballarai' soprano, who went to .Europe last year to. advance her vocal studies,- is meeting with success. After a favorable appearance i» five .big London conceits* recently, -Miss Miller' is now;'- in 'Paris/ studyijyj..- opera under Mons. Gustavo Huberdeau. ? ? Whilst returning- from .a tour abroad. Mi1. F. (W. Webb,' a monumental mason of ' Maryborough,' Queensland, was taken off the mailboat on its arrival at Fremantle ye:terday: His condition- was not believed to be serious, but he died yesterday even-: ing. The deceased -was accompanied by his wife.- . ' ? 'Mr. K. 'A. Henderson, .a past-president of the Federal Council' of the Institutes of Architects, was last week^ presented with an address by his' professional colleagues^ in' 'appreciation of his services, especially ? in connection with architectural Avork at Canberra and competitive designs 'Cor pub*, lie buildings. ' , - Mr. Duncan Forbes Mackay. grazier, of Bateman's Bay, N.S:W-,'N who ^ died on Oc tober- 27, left an estate valued at £27,273 He' directed that it should be divided into 50' shares, and then divided among' rela- tives, and charities. Among the bene-- ficiaries was Mr. A. B. Piddington, K.C., Chief Industrial* Commissioner, who will receive one share.. ?'„ ' A' copy of the will' made on September 16,- 1924,, of Mr. John. Dowbiggin Foster, late of Fairfield, Epping, Tasmania, pas toralist, ;who died on August 25, 1926, has been filed in the Victorian probate office for pealing. Testator- left property in Tasmania valued at £97,274 and personal property in -Victoria valued at £84,493 to. his widow and' children. Miss Dorothy Barclay, B.A., B.S.C.', who is.on the staff of the Geelong Girls' School .as, senior, resident mathematical mistress, was a passenger on the transcontinental express to Perth to-day. She is spending the Christmas vacation with her parents, Rev. and Mrs. A. H. Barclay, at St. Leon ard 's-avenue, Leederville. The late Mr. John 'Patrick M'Grath, who passed away yesterday at St. John of God Hospital, was well known in pastoral circles. In his ? early days he was as sociated' with his father en the Peak1 sta tion, now known as Wyloo. Later he launched out on his own acocunt, taking up, land on the Murchison, which became known as Kalli station, and was recently sold to Mr. John Forrest. ? Recently filling the position of Chief Auditor for Tasmania, Mr. E. L. Puddi 'combe arrived in^ Perth from Hobart on Friday to take over ,the duties of Chief Commonwealth Auditor in this State. The position was rendered vacant' by the death of Mr. W. E. Kennedy, in July. Originally in the State Audit ' Department in Perth, Mr. Puddicombe took over duties in Adelaide, relieving the chief auditor there until 1922, when he went to Hobart.

Brigadier Winton, Of the Salvation Army.

Brigadier Winton, O.B.E., ' popularly known in strenuous war days as 'the Diggers' Padre of Codford,' returned by the R.M.S. Nal dera yesterday after a special mission to India at the behest of General Booth. His wife and family disembarked at Fre mantle, but - the Brigadier continued to Melbourne. He will return shortly to accept a post in *V.A. ' ,i

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