MR. HUGH POLLEN.
[by TELEGRAPH.—PRESS ASSOCIATION.] Wellington, Friday. The death has occurred of Mr. Hugh Pollen, Under-Secretary for Internal Affairs. ,
. Sir Joseph Ward to-day sent the following memorandum to all heads of Departments:"lt is with deep regret that I have to advise officers of. the Public. Service of the death last evening of Mr. Hugh Pollen, Under-Secretary for Internal Affairs. The deceased gentleman, during a long period of years, filled his responsible position with conspicuous zeal and ability, and in his demise the people of the Dominion have lost a devoted servant and the Government and Public Service a most exemplary officer. I have conveyed to Mrs. Pollen and her family the sincere sympathy of the Government in iho deep bereavement which has befallen them."
In a personal tribute to the late Mr. Pollen, the Prime Minister, speaking to a reporter to-day, said: —" I have known Mr. Pollen personally for nearly 25 years, and for a considerable period I was Minister in charge of the Department of which ho was head. Throughout the whole of that time Mr. Pollen had a great deal to do with public matters that have been brought before mo. I desire to acknowledge the high qualities he possessed for carrying out the affairs of the important branch of the Civil, Servico of which he was the head. Its operations are amongst the most varied in the service, and I can say that a more careful, painstaking, and conscientious man one could not wish to meet. At all times he was most. courteous, careful, and judicious, and was entirely without fads. In the transaction of the business of the Department he brought to bear an extensive fund of information, which gave the Minister in charge the greatest possible confidence. Looking back over matters that came before me in his Department, I cannot recall one that resulted in any trouble or difficulty. That demonstrates in a most practical way the extreme care Mr. Pollen took at all times in the work of his Department. I heard of his death this morning with the deepest regret. His death was a loss to the Public Service, and consequently to the country."