DEATH OF MR ARTHUR MORISON, M.H.R.
Shortly after 9 o'clock on Thursday even- | ing, at the Hanmer Springs, Mr Arthur .Morrison, the member representing Caversham, died from the effects of tho throat i ailment which had made it necessary for him I to leave Wellington some time before the ! end of the just concluded session. At the end of January last he had apparently recovered from his attack, and attended the bowling tournament in ChrSchurch, but Upon bis return to Dunedin he bec'aiim i seriously ill, and From this last attack he ' never thoroughly recovered. Mr Morrison was born in 1846 at Darvoll, Loudoun ■ Parish, Ayrshire, Scotland. Until nine j years of age he attended the parish school, after which he received some education at' various night schools, but- he always looked upon himself as mainly a self-taught man. After leaving school he was for a time engaged in farm work in the old country, among other things being employed in a Glasgow slaughterhouse. In 1874 ho came | to Otago, and in 1875 was employed as salesman to the Walton Park (Wl Company, which position lie occupied when returned as tho member for Caversham in 1593. Mr Morrison was a Past District President of the Druids Society, by whom he was sent to Melbourne in 1887 as a delegate. to the Grand Lodge of Druids. He was a member of the New Zealand Masonic body, and took a large interest in temperance work, having been connected with the I.O.t'i.T. and other sister organisations. Mr Morrison was likewise for three years a member of the Caversham Hmougli C'onneii, and also served on inc. Caversham School Committee. Thus it will bo seen that Mr Morrison had always taken an active par! in all matters of public interest. With a good deal of previous experience in municipal matters it was, then, that .Mr Morrison first ottered himself as a caudidae for Parliament in 1893. In November of that year he contested the Caversham electorate in the Labour interest, and was the successful candidate, securing 1535 voles as against 1199 [Killed by Mr Barron and 18 by Mr Mnnro. Since I hell Mr Morrison has had no difficulty in retaining his parliamentary seat, and has been one of the most faithful supporters of the Seddon Government. In December of 1896 ho seemed VSO7 votes against Mr Sidey's 1126. Mr Wardrop's 664. and Mr Barron's 30£ At tho last general election, in December, 1899. he defeated Mr Warren by a large majority, tho voting being 2800 agains l ; 1752. Personally. Mr Morrison was in character a true Scotchman—that is to say, he had plenty of confidence in himself, but not too much in others, and he never took anything for granted. He was eminently a careful rcnsoiier, and, as admitted by his iioliiical opponents, sincere, honest, and reliable. Evidence of this lies in the fart that he for so long enjoyed the confidence of bis constituency generally. In addition he was a genial (nan, kind of heart, full of enthusiasm for and belief in his colony. He was nn enthusiastic member of the Caledonian Bowling flub. 11l opening the Kew Methodist Church bazaar in the Caversham Hall yesterday afternoon Mr Arnold, M.H.R., made [cc.Hiis reference to the late Mr Morrison, whom lie characterised as a true Labour representative. The Rev. Mr Guy then moved, and it was unanimously carried—"That this meeting dcire to express their heartfelt sympathy with Mrs Aforrison ami family in their sad bereavement." The resolution was subsequently telegraphed to Mrs Morrison by Mr Arnold.