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THE LATE MR A. W. FULTON.

[Special to the Stab,] WELLINGTON, July 29, One of the largest funerals seen in Wellington for a long time took place yesterday afternoon, when the mortal remains of the late Mr A. W. Fulton, the eldest son of the member for the Taieri, were conveyed to the cemetery. In the early part of the day a special train on the Manawatu line brought down from the various stations on the line 150 employes of the company, who came to pay their last tribute of respect to one so highly thought of. Following the hearse were a considerable number of the members of both Houses of the Legislature, the Mayor, the Minister of Public Works, the Minister for Defence, Dr GMon, and a large number of former pupils of the Dunedin High School. Among the mourners were the father, mother, widow, sister, and two brothers of the deceased gentleman. The pallbearers were the directors of the Wellington Railway Company, The coffin was adorned with a large number of most beautiful wreaths.

Of the deceased the ‘ Now Zealand Times’ remarks editorially;—“lt is difficult to appraise justly the loss which the colony has experienced in the early and lamented death of Mr Arthur Fulton. It is not for us now to speak of the terrible bereavement sustained by those who were nearest and dearest to him, or of the deep sympathy which is felt for them in their great sorrow. That may well be left unspoken in words ; nor is it necessary to speak of the many admirable personal and social qualities of him who has been taken away. Apart from all this, a great public loss has been sustained through Mr Fulton’s death, as it is no exaggeration to say that he proved to be, and in some respects was, the most remarkable New Zealander born who has as yet come to the front. Other colonists by birth have turned out very capable and successful men, but Mr Fulton was something more than this. He had developed such a special and exceptional capacity in railway engineering and management as to approach very closely to absolute genius. We are quite aware that this is a strong expression, but we use it deliberately and with a full knowledge of the subject. We do not hesitate to assert that he has literally done wonders on the Wellington and Manawatu Railway, and that it will take a long time to realise fully the value of what he has done. Unhappily he has bceu cut off at the very threshold of a career which had the potentiality of being a more than ordinarily useful and even brilliant one. If ho had lived long enough to perfect some of the schemes of railway improvement to which he had latterly devoted much thought and consideration, his fame would probably have been world wide. It is within our special knowledge that he had planned several improvements in railway working of a most valuable nature, the success of which was virtuallyassured, and the advantage of which would have been certain to win the general recognition of the railway world. These, however, die with him. It is possible that some other engineer may one day take up the dropped threads of Mr Fulton’s ideas, hut meanwhile they are lost to the world. The loss of these, however, is a trifle compared with that which the colony experiences in the premature death of this able and promising young engineer. That is, we repeat, a public misfortune.”

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THE LATE MR A. W. FULTON., Evening Star, Issue 7971, 29 July 1889

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THE LATE MR A. W. FULTON. Evening Star, Issue 7971, 29 July 1889

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