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Funeral of Mr John Bright.

Mr John Bright was buried in the Friends' graveyard at Rochdale on Saturday, March 31, Crowds began to assemble round the gates of One Ash about nine o'clock, and all approaches were filled with people making preparations to witness the funeral. The arrival of distinguished visitors was witnessed with much interest, among those specially noticed being Sir Wilfrid Lawson and Mr Joseph Chamberlain. Shortly before eleven o'clock the hearae was seen to leave the principal door of One Ash. The deputations then formed four deep in Whitworth road, which runs close up to the gates of One Ash. The pack of people round the gates was exceedingly great, but the greatest order and decorum were observed. The hearse had glass sides, through which the handsome oak coffin, covered with three or four beautiful wreaths, could be seen. Immediately behind it came a carriage which contained General Gardiner, the Queen's representative. The relatives of Mr Bright were in the following carriages, those present including his sons, Mr John Albert Bright, Mr W. L. Bright, M.P., and Mr Philip Bright. Mr Jacob Bright, M.P., was also present. Other carriages contained Mr J. Chamberlain, Sir Wilfrid Lawson, the Dean of Manchester, Mr W. Mather, M.P., Mr R. Leake, M.P., etc. The route taken was along Whitworth road and Yorkshire street to the burial ground of the Society of Friends. The distance is about half a mile, and the whole of the space from which a view could be obtained of the funeral cortige was filled with people who manifested every token of sympathy. Arrived at Narrow street, leading to the Friends' burial ground, which is in the centre of the town and surrounded by buildings, none but those who had secured possession of tickets were admitted through the single entrance to the Meeting House. The coffin was borne by eight workmen of Messrs Bright's firm and laid by the graveside. The mourners gathered round in respectful silence, and a period of silence for private meditation followed, in accordance with the custom of Friends. A brief address was given at the graveside by Mr W. S. Lean, of Ackworth College, in which he said their departed friend was a man of great simplicity, and did not attribute the gifts which he undoubtedly had to any efforts of his own, but to the Almighty. The coffin was then lowered into the grave, four wreaths remaining upon it. The one from Her Majesty had attached to it an autograph letter, with the words "A mark of respect." The wreath sent by the Prince and Princess of Wales was also on the coffin, and of the other two one was from the workpeople and the other from Miss Cobden "In loving memory of my father's best friend." After the coffin was lowered another period for silent meditation followed, and afterwards the funeral party went into the chapel and there sat in silence for a considerable time, The yard was crowded with people while the last rites of the dead were being performed, and from the roofs of the adjoining houses people witnessed the ceremony. Those who had joined the procession, but were unable to obtain admission to the burial ground, dispersed after walking to within twenty yards of the burial ground, but a large crowd waited till the service was ended and saw the funeral party return to One Ash.

The Northern, Wakari, and Southern Clubs play a scratch match on the Asylum Ground tolmorrow afternoon. At an international railway conference in Rome on March 26 the tariffs between Italy and Belgium were amended, and fresh rates adopted between Italy and England. Ten thousand new carriage horses are among the items which Paris is acquiring for the accommodation of visitors to the approaching exhibition.

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Funeral of Mr John Bright., Issue 7914, 23 May 1889

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Funeral of Mr John Bright. Issue 7914, 23 May 1889

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