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THE Grey River Argus. PUBLISHED DAILY. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 1879.

"Poor Harrison died at sixthirty on Friday morning, in his sleep," was the telegram received yesterday. And thus quietly has passed away another of the pioneers of the West Coast, and one whose name was familiar to everyone. His memory will long be kindly remembered by all who had the pleasure of his friendship ; and his talented pen, which was ever used in the advancement of the district in which he had cast his lot, will be sadly missed. The deceased gentleman had faults — as who has not — but they were trifling in comparison with the good qualities and great ability he possessed. Possessing, as we did, his friend ship for sixteen years, we can vouch for the love he had for the furtherance of every object that would advance this district, and the energy with which he tried to attain this. Mr Harrison was a native of Leeds, Yorkshire, and came to Auckland about the commencement of 1860, where he started in business, but was unsuccessful. On the first discovery of gold in Otago, in 1861, he went there, and, on the Otago Daily Times being started he became one of the staff under Julius Yogel. On the Grey Biver Argus 'einj> started in Greyniuuth in 1865, the editorship- of that journal was offered to, and accepted by Mr Harrison, which situation he retained until his death, with the exception of about twelve months, when he occupied the editorial chair of the Independent, in Wellington, and its successor, the New Zealand Times. The deceased gentleman was elected a member of the House of Representatives about 1867 for the Boroughs of Hokitika and Greymouth ; and, on the Grey district being made a separate electoral district, was again elected, and represented it for several years. He was also a member of the first County Council in Wescland, and a member of the Grey County Council, having resigned the latter only last month. The deceased gentleman had suf fered for some time back from a painful disease in the jaw, and was advised to proceed to Melbourne to procure the best advice there. He left here per Claud Hamilton on the Ist May, and on arrival at Melbourne consultedDr Fitzgerald, who at once reported the case as hopeless, the disease being malignant cancer. He lingered on till the 30th May, when he quietly passed away in his sleep. We regret to add that Mr Harrison leaves a widow and two children unprovided for.

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THE Grey River Argus. PUBLISHED DAILY. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 1879., Grey River Argus, Volume XXIII, Issue 3374, 11 June 1879

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THE Grey River Argus. PUBLISHED DAILY. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 1879. Grey River Argus, Volume XXIII, Issue 3374, 11 June 1879

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