11 FEBRUARY 1928, Page 2

• The Mother Country bade farewell, last week, --th" different,

but highly appreciated kind of imperial- em- bassage, the New South Wales Rugby Football' Teany known- as the Waratahs,• who left for Canada on their way to Australia. During -their tour' here they won three out of five of the International- mateheS and of all other 'matches they lost only- three. They are to play a few matches in Canada, and we shall not be accused of making an idol of sport, even in its best forms, if we, set a high .value :on the effects- of such--a tour. Canada meanwhile has sent us a body of -farmers who are welcome here on a tour of inspection. --They have been looking at our farms in a.time of damp and-depression which should arouse their Syinpathy. . Conditions - of farming are so different at home .and in Canada, that the most useful exchanges of hints and wishes is likely to arise from their visits to the ports and markets where-we, their customers, handle .their products.. The,English cricketers touring in .South. Africa. lost. on Wednesday, the-Jast test match, leaving the rubber .undecided.. * * * . - .