■REV. H. B. COCKS. The news of the sudden death of the Rev. H. B. Cocka, at Amberley, on March 10th, waa received with wide-spread regret in Christchilrch, the deceased gentleman being well known and highly respected. For some years Mr Cocks was in charge of the parish of St. Saviour's, Sydenham, and was deservedly very popular with his parishioners for the zeal and devotedness with which he discharged his duties in connection with the parish. Some little time back he resigned his cure to take up farming pursuits at Amberley. A telegram was received in town that he had died very suddenly, hia two daughters beiug present at the time. Dr. Fitzhenry was sent for, but only arrived when too late to render any assistance.
The Rev. J. F. Teakle writes to us as follows :—" A remarkable testimony to the enduring worth of Mr Cocks' work and character came uuder my notice a few years ago when I visited Leigh, his old English parish. I went there to give an addreae at a Missionary meeting. The night was miserably wet and wintry, and the attendance consequently small. I stated in the course of my address that I had the privilege of knowing Mr Cocks, and' was pleased to come to a parish that had given us such an excellent clergyman. The" effect of this was startling, and/as, sooh as the meeting closed' the people all came up to mc and said : 'If we had only known that you knew Mr Cocks, everybody would have been present—Kiould you jeome again?' I agreed to go in two .months' time. Again the night was wefc, but, Inevertheless, .tlie room was packed. And the Vicar-, ■'"who had recently succeeded Mr Cocke's successor, told mc that although the latter was in every sense a worthy man, and Mr Cocks had left the parish some fourteen years.yettheparishionersseemed to remember Mr Cocks better than their last vicar, and were always talking about him—his goodness and kindness, his saintly character and singleness of purpose, and they loved him still.' .
The late Mr Cocks was related to Baron Somcrs, being a grandson of the late Hon. Reginald Cocks, fourth son of the first Baron. The present holder of the title is the fifth Baron.
The many friends of Mr Robert McIn tyre, fanner, of Ashburton Forks, will regret to Jearn of his death, which took place on Saturday, March 10th, after a brief illness. Mr Mclntyre was one of Ashburton J s earliest settlers. He was a native of Ireland, aud came to the colony in the ship British Empire thirty years ago. He was employed for a short time by the late Mr C. Reid, the then owuer of the Westerfield estate', but was not long in the district before he took up land of his own on the banks of the Ashburton river, about four mi!o3 above the town, and almost immediately commenced to bring it under cultivation. Being a far seeing shrewd man of business and a good farmer, it was not long before he was on the sure road to success, and for many years Mr Mclntyre's farm has been noted for the manner in which it was tilled and for the heavy crops and other products it has annually given forth. Mr Mclntyre was a keen judge of a good horse and other live stock, und rarely had anything but the be3t quality on his farm. He was for many years, and up to the time of his death, a prominent member of the Ashburton Orango Lodge, and took great interest in the welfare of the Order generally. Mr Mclntyre commenced to feel the effects of old age creeping on him a year ago, and was confined to his bed about a fortnight ago, passing away on Saturday evening at the ripe age of aeventy-five years. He leaves a widow and four children, two sous and two daughters.