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PERSONAL.

Mr. Bout's health is improving, ami the |

Uuder-Trcavuver (Mr. Meakiu) ami Mr.

Owen (private secretary), who accompanied ! him, are well. The Premier, in replying

yesterday to a cablegram sent by the act- j ing Premier, relating to the finances. |

tacked this information 011 to what he had ; to say about u Joan conversion proposal. !

An annouueemeut appeared in this week's "Government Gazette" to the effect that Sub-Inspector Michael Ilannan had been appointed licensing inspector for the li censing districts of Barkly (Bendigo East), Bridgewater, Darling (Bendigo West), Eaglehawk, GoIden-*i|tiaro% Iiuiitly. Kan garoo Fiat. Serpentine, and Strathiieldsaye in lieu of the late Sub-Inspector A. II.

Gray.

Some lime ago Mr. W\ Roberts, clerk of works to the llunlly Shire Council, ten dered his resignation, and he attended yes terday's council meeting at Iluntly for the last time in his official capacity. Or. Peat ling firew the attention of councillors to the fact, and said they would all agree with hint that the retiring olliccr had carried out his duiicH well. Some time ago, ;n carry ing out the valuation work, Mr. Roberts had to obtain assistance, for which he paid

on', of his own pocket. Cr Peatling j moved that Mr. Roberts be reimbursed the j amount, and also that the council forward I him a letter expressing appreciation of hi; i past services. Cr. Trevrick said the council [ had no reason to complain of the work per i fonuod hy Mr. Roberts. He had carried

out his duties well and faithfully, and lie I <Cr. Trewiek) thought the council would I only be doing its auty iu recognising Mr. I Roberta's past service*-. Oilier councillor"

' apoko in a similar strain, and said they re gretted they wore losing the services of so old and esteemed an olliccr. 'Hie motion was carried unanimously. Mr. Roberts brieiiy returned thanks.

.Mr. J. M'Loughliu, the well-known side drummer, of Bendigo, who recently left for Western Australia, under engagement to the Boulder City Baud, lias already dis tinguished himself in the Western State as a bandsman. The ''Kalgoorlie Miner," of 23rd April, referring to a Sunday eouert by the Boulder City Brass Band, say*;: — "Considerable interest was aroused by the first appearance in the band's concerts of Mr. J. M'Loughlin, a recent arrival from Bendigo, where he had received much kudos as a side drum and effects manipulator. Jle is certainly a great acquisition, and it was admitted on all sides that never on the goldfields had such a good kettle-drum per forma lice been previously heard."

The recent death of the late Mr. John M'Lay, of Maroug, was referred to by C'r. Bailey, at yesterday's meeting of the Maroug Shire Council in terms of regret. lie said ilw decw.sDd gentleman was one of t!:c most stvaighttorward and honorable, mcu he had cwr met. The late Mr. M'Lay had boon a member of the council for many years, and he (Cr. Bailey) succeeded hinfin tlie council. Ho moved that a letter *»f condolence be sent to the bereaved family. Cr. Carter added a few words of regret, and the motion was agreed to.

Mr. H. A. Nevitt has accepted the position of chancellor of the Diowse of Ballarat, ren dered vacant by the death of Sir Tlenry Cnthhert, and offered him by the Anglican Bishop of Ballarat (Dr. Green). Mr. Ncvitt will he the third chancellor of the diocccie, the two former occupants of tiie office hav ing been the late Judge Rogers and the

late Sir Henry Cuthhort.

It is notified in the ''Government, Ga zette" this week that Mr. Stuart Murray's

term of office as chairman of the Water

Commisrtion, wliieh expired on Wednesday, has been extended to :i1st .Inly. Mr. D. El wood Mead, who i; tc, enceceQ Mi Mur ray, is expected to reach Melbourne early in July next.

Mr. David Hunter, managing director of the shipping firm of Messrs. M'llwra'.th, M'Eucharu and Co., has been gazetted Japanese consul iu Melbourne.

Our Kchnca correspondent writes.:—Your correspondent lias been informed that Diver T. Hoarue, who a.-dititfld Diver Hughes in reselling the Italian Varischetti from the flooded mint at Bonnie Vale, Western Aus tralia, was 5omc years ago a resident, of Kehuea. and practically began his diving

here. At the time of the construction of

the Murray bridge llearne was employed an a diver in connection with tTie sinking of the large cylinders in the river. My in formant also tolls me that llearne had charge of ihe large crane which collapsed during the ereciion of the bridge, and re

sulted in the death of several workmen, but at the time of Ihe accident he was not

pre-ent. Many old residents remember the gentleman in (jneMion, who was commonly

kuo-vn as 'Tom" lleanie.

Mr. C. Kelly (home missionary), who ha* had i■ harge of the Korong Vale, Mvsia and Honing Presbyterian Church districts dur ing the past IS months, hav? accepted a similar appointment at Toora, Sou! h Gipps land. lie, with his wile and family, m:\de a pleasurable trip by driving across coun try to their new home. Mr. O'Suilivan, of Berrhyillock. has taken .Mr. Kelly's place at Korong Vale.

The will of Mr. George Gordon, late of Ellerslie Gordon-street. Toorak, civil en- gineer, who died on 25th February last, was filed for probate yesterday. Testator

left estate valued at 8289 to his widow and children.

t!ev. A. U. Kbbs. secretary of tue An ican Church Missionary Association, left t'ibourne yc.-terday to attend a missionary conferonte, which is to l>e opened by Bishop Pain at Sale to-day. Mr. Khbs will preach at .St. Paul's Church, Sale, on Sunday,

i Knrsc Hoylo, head sister at the Hendigo Hospital for .souk* timo, has Wen appoint;"! matron »>{ tho .Sale Hospital. She entered the Bvndigo Hospital as u trainee eight years back, and wad appointed head sister four years ago. During the absence of Us: matron sho temporarily tilled the position

wi'h satisfaction.

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