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N.Z. TELEGRAMS

.+. MR. COLVIN'S DEATH. INQUEST OPENED. WELLINGTON October 30 A n inquest was held this morning and adjourned, after the identification of the remains, which wore conveyed by the Komata to-day to Westport. THE FUNERAL PROCESSION. WELLINGTON October 30 A fuc.eral procession "loved from tlie undertakers is 'Parana ki Street to-, day ater the remains of the late Mr Oolvin, proceeding to + he steamer Komata at 4.30. Six Members of Parliament acted as pall-bearers, and practic ol ly all the Members of Parliament were walking: behind the hearse. Following was a long procession of motor <~ars. WESTPORT MOURNS HIS LOSS. WESTPORT. October 30 Westport was shocked at the announcement of Mr Cnlvin's tragic ending. Citizens mouivn the loss of one held in the highest esteem. The sad news was broken to Mis Cblvin and family by the Mayor. Mr Leaver, a»d Rev. M r Coursey. The late Mr Colvin wan elected 20 years neo. and had to fieht every election since. At one period he was Minister of Mines, in the MacKenzie Ministry. All parties, friends* and opponents alike, held him in highest esteem and all mottrn hie loss deeply. Our honoured and belovfid Member's body will be brought h» the Komata for interment at Orawaiti cemetery He is survived, by his sorrowing widow and eleven of a family — Mesri aint>s W. Newman, Gm-rie, Craig. Griffin and Misses Katp. Elsie ami Myrtle Colvin. Messrs Robert, Albert, Harry and Percy Colvin. Another son Ohnrles, died in the Boer War. (The late Mr Colvin was bom Jn Donegal, Irelrtnd. in 1844 He arrived in Australia in 1861, and in Otago in 1862. He was engaged ?- mining and storekeeping on the Otnwo and West land fields. He entered local politics in 1885, when he became a member of the Buller County Council. Subsequently he was chairma.ii of the Westport Harbour Board and from 1898 to 1900 he was Mayor of Westport. In 1899 he entered Parliament as member for Buller, and he renresented that constituency till the time of his death. Tic was Minister of Mine.<= in the MacKenzie Government). LABOUR'S TRIBUTE. AN ELOQUENT PANEGYRIC. BY THE LEADER. WELLINGTON. October 30 Speaking in the Hn"«e. on the motion to adjourn out of respect for the late Mr Colvin. Mr TT E. Holland expressed the deep regve+- of the Labour Party in the House ~nd the Labour Movement outside, .^ince he first came into Parliament, he had received from the deceased gentleman cv.cry assistance it was possible f or one member to render another. He was confident the member- for bnt'h the West Coast and New Zealand generally would deeply wegret hie: death. More than any main who was not a coaf miner, Mr Colvin understood the dancers, difficulties, and heartbreaks that belonged to the coal, miner's life, and expressed himself ready to stand for the miners' efforts to better their working and living conditions.. Those who knew him were impressed with his intense love of freedom as he conceived it and also his intense love of Ireland, and of Irish poetry, especially tne poetry which ' belonged to that period of Ireland's he-Mtbreak — the darkest in her history — whidh gave to the world the gift of a wonderful outpouriug of song. He referred to Mr Colvin's self-sacrificing »id to people in distress, and concluded by saying: "When a good maa di^a the grave has no victory — death has no sting — but New Zealand was tfc«s poorer by Mr Colvin's death. The Labour Party joined with the other M or nbers in expressing deep sympathy with the Dfereaved relatives and «lso with the constituency.

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N.Z. TELEGRAMS, Grey River Argus, 31 October 1919

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N.Z. TELEGRAMS Grey River Argus, 31 October 1919

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