KEEPERS OF THE PEACE
A GRAVESIDE EULOGY
CONSTABLE BEGG'S DEATH.
(By Teleortph.) , (Special to "The Evening Post.")
AUCKLAND, This Day.
The public appreciation of the services of the Police Force, and particularly of those members who give their lives in.discharge of their duty, was reflected on Sunday in the large attendance at: the funeral of the late Constable Begg, who was killed in the Parnell railway tunnel last week, whilst searching for a man who had escaped from custody.
The Rev. F. R. Jeffreys performed the last rites. Speaking at the graveside, he said:' "I only, hope that this, sad tragedy will help.; the general public to a better understanding of their great indebtedness to bur .'men in blue,' who in season and out of season unflinchingly face many dangers of which those outside know nothing. While citizens sleep in security and peace, their homes and hearths, their children, and their children's -honour are under the constant guard of men who, often with their lives in their hands.and throughout long night watches, keep ceaseless vigil. We New 'Zealanders often boast of our comparative freedom from ser^ ous crime," said Mr. Jeffreys,T "but do we always remember to give credit where credit is due? To-day, thanks to our police,. New Zealand is not the happy hunting ground for skilled and professional criminals.. and cunning can always be met.by intelligent and fearless detection; Our Police Forceps not a brute force,; but a body of traine'% intelligent, and humane men, who often go far out of" their way to help the delinquent from.the path of crime. To-day we mourn the loss of an honoured and esteemed young member of, this Force, who while in the execution of duty met his death in this tragedy, for tragedy it is. The public are brought face to face with the dangers that daily beset the members of the Force at the call of duty."
Adam George Begg, the preacher continued, was only on the threshold of his career, but already he. had given' good service in Scotland, where for two ;, ears he had been a member of the Hussars and for five years a member of the Glasgow Police. He had been connected with the New Zealand Force for only fix months, yet during that time he had won the affection and esteem pf his comrades and the confidence of his officers, a record of which any man might well be proud. ,
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