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A PROMISING CAREER.

The career so far of Mr H. T>. Bedford, who has been returned to Parliament I with a record cumber of votes at ihc top of the poll for Duncdm city, reads like one of the romances of American public life, such as " From Log Cabin to White House." The Dunedio Star in a biographical notioe relates that Mr Bedford was born in (he year 1877, at Hunslet Hill, a suburb of Lejds, Yorkshire, and is therefore only twenty-five years of age. He came out to New Zealand along with his parents, who settled at Invercargill in 1885. He passed through the South jjohool, then under the headma.lership of Mr Webber. While he was a pupil in Standard V. it was decided that h should engage in farming pursuits. To that end his father took up a farm of thirty acres at Clifton, on the line of the Bluff Railway. While following his studies at the Clifton School young Bedford had to attend to much of the outdoor work on the farm. Later hte father took up a larger farm at Makerewa, where they tried pony breeding. After going through the Sixth Standard at the latter school, he entered the service of Mr Arch. Weir, of Tnornbury, it being dtemed advisable that he should acquire a knowledge of blacksmith's woik, as he was to be put on a back-block of Crown lands. From tbe blaoksmithy ho went to the Sjuthland Implement Works, where be gained a technical knowledge of reapers and binders. He wns then to have been placed on the estate of Mr Sutton, at Winton, but at this time his mind was attracted to the study of soutl and political questions as the outcome of mutual discussion at the family circle ; indeed, the atmosphere of the borne was charged with it. Accordingly it was resolved thac he should go in for an academical career. Placing .himself under the charge of an old tutor (Mr Jas. Ham), he passed the matriculat : on examination *n 1896; part of the following year he spent as assistant teachtr at the Park street (fnvtrcargillj School. At this period he had no hope cf being able to pursue a university course, bur. m 1897 his father obtained a good appointment in Wellington, and young Bedford was able to give his undivided ou orgies 10 study. Next cune the opportunity he had almost despaired of His parantß removed to Auckland, where he ontered as a graduate of the local University College, and attended for two sessions, t iking the oratory pr'zo in his last year. In 1899 he entered the Oiago University ; in 1900 he gained a first-clis. certificate in mental science, and another first class in political economy, carrying off the Macandrew scholarship in the latt' r subject. At the English examinations in the Bame year he won the senior pcholaribip for New Zealand in political science, and took second class honors in 1901. Two year* ago Mr Hercus, Mr E. Guthrie, and Mr Bedford woi for Otago University the debating contest with Canterbury College, and last year Mr Guthrie aid Mr Bedford scoured a similar honor for their Alma Mater at the Chr.3 .church carnival, on the same oooasion defeating Wellington, Auckland, and Canterbury. At the by-election for Caveraham, on tho dea'.h of Mr Arthur Morrison, Mr Bedford stood for that seat, but polled only 149 vote 3, his poiition on the poll being entirely due to the fact of him being an unknown and untriod'man. It is related that Mr Bedford is modest as well as clever. The great trial of his life is immediately before him. We have known clever young men enter tho House with every promise only to fail because apparently they regarded their oratorical powers as the .only necessary equipment for a statesman. Oratory i* a great gif r, and if there is intellectual power and practical good sense behind it, a man who possesses v has a people and a Parliament within his influence. No matter on what side of politics they may be it is the young men of education and of ability who have the future of this colony in their keeping, for it is largely to this that we must look for a steadying influence on the power of the politically ill-informed aud careless who form ho great a proportion of the younger voters.

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A PROMISING CAREER., Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLII, Issue 7617, 1 December 1902

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A PROMISING CAREER. Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLII, Issue 7617, 1 December 1902

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