FUNERAL OF MR. HENRY BUNNY.
(From the ' Evening Post.') The mortal remains of Mr Henry Bunny were yesterday afternoon interred in the Featherston Cemetery, in the presence of a very large and representative assemblage. Tbe religious rites were impressively per* foimed by the Rev Father M'Kenna, o Masterton. The unfortunate haste with whioh the funeral had been arranged was thfl cause, I understand, .of much icconvenieno and disappointment to many old friendß and colleagues of the deoeased gentleman, who had looked .forward to paying a last token of reepeot to his honored. memory, bot notwithstanding this tbe attendance at the foneral was almost unprecedented in the Wairarapa, The coffin was covered with floral wreaths and crosses. As tbe long cortege passed through the town, tbe universal respeot and sorrow was testified by blinds closely drawn in almost every house. Conspicuous among the. mourners were .the »Hon P. A. Bnokley, Messrs Pnarazyn, Matthews, Bidwell Bro?, W Beetham, Riddiford, Monckton, T.'Kempton, Hare (of Masterton), and- old settlera from all parts of the Valley. Tbe clergy were represented by the Revs E. H. Wyatt and T. Porritt. The children of the Featherston Sohool attended in charge of tbeir teachers to the nun-ber of over 60— a fitting tribute to. one whose last publio aot had been to present tbe prizes to the scholars at the borough school, in -which he had always taken so strong an' interest. -Nearly 500 persons must have been present at the graveside, and it may safely.be asserted that in spite of tho Latin service; ot...the--> old religion, not understood by those; gathered around, few funeral obsequies ia Featberßton have ever touched the emotions of the; people, at large more deeply or thrilled a imoltitude with suoh manifest sorrow. Iti ia: not: -took much to -say that the feeling entertained in the neighbourhood was one of profound, affection for . Mr Runny, whose; kind .help and counsel had always been available; for his ; neighbours in their need, and the general expression is that " tbe .father ot the district has .passed ja^ay/ 1 , The '.foneral arrange— ments were admirably carried out; :. nnder the fupervisionofu the. undertaker,?. -Mr- Ay. Donald. ' :,::_. i :% a- '■• Tbe members of the town band are in the habit of practising in the Poard office, the;: room in which the late Mr Bunny met hie
tragio fate, , and, laat night the .big drain, Whiohis usually hung up there, was found 'to have a hole through' each • end. Farther examination revealed the faot -tbat the deeeaeed must have fired at the drum, aB a hallet was fonnd embedded in a scantling in the fine of fire. This disoovery accounts for the two empty cartridges found in the revolver. If any further evidence were required of the diseaaed's mental derangement, thiß circumstance would supply it, an anyone who knew the late Mr Bunny Qa \A never believe that he wonld degtr^" £„&£ if he were in a sane conditio- ' t ,4 °« ,cc v
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