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The Funeral Obsequies.

The body of the late Mr Kenriok was brought down from Auckland by the s.s. Rotomabaria, whicb reached the wharf about 9 p.m. last evening. A very large assemblage was present to witness the landing and follow the hearse as it proceeded to the Court House. After the coffin had been taken inside, the -doors were thrown open for some time, after which they were closed for the night. The gentlemen who had volunteered for the sad duty of watching by the body all night did this duty in turns. Early in the forenoon the doora were again opened, and a great number of persons of all classes and of both sexes, both Europeans and Maoris, came to pay a last tribute of respect to one who had so won the esteem of the community, as was evidenced by the universal sorrow felt and expressed to-day. Many beautiful floral offerings were laid upon the coffin by persons from every class of our community, from the choicest wreath to the single bunch of violets. The Government offices, Borough Council and County Council offices, and public schools were closed at 1 p.m., and the request of the Borough Council was most universally responded to by the burgesses, who olosed their business places at the same hour. Shortly after 1.30 p.m. a large crowd commenced to collect in the imme* diate vicinity of the Court House, and by i 2.30 there must have been fully 2000 persons present. At 2.30 p.m. the funeral procession started from the Court House in the following order :— THE VOLUNTEERS. THE HEARSE. Pall-Bearers : Mr J. E. CrRADFOJtu. Df KILOOUR. Hf Cr T°WKSBK». Mr Taipari. Mr Draw. FIRST CARRIAGE: Members of the late Mr Kekrick's family. SECOND CARRIAGE: Officers of R.MI and Warden's Department. JUSTICES OP THE PEACE. • MEMBERS OF THE BAR. BOROUGH COUNCILLORS. COUNTY COUNCILLORS. INSPECTOR GOODALL AND POLICE. THIRTY MINERS. NATIVES. GENERAL PUBLIC. SCHOOL CHILDREN. Immediately upon leaving the Court House, the Naval and Ranger Bands combined struck up the mournful strains of the " Dead March " from " Saul'" which was played at intervals throughout the march. The Volunteers of both companies mustered in good force, the Navals being under Lieuts. Potts and Allom, and the Rangers under Capt. Lucas and Lieuts. Mayo and Scott. Drill Instructor Grant and Hons. Surgeons Payne and Callan were also on parade. On the arrival of the cortege at St. George's Church, it was met at the door bj the Incumbent. Eev. F. G. Evans, who preceded the coffin up the aisle, reciting the opening sen* tences of the beautiful Burial Service of the church. The usual service was then proceeded with, in the course of which the Rev. E. G. Evans made a few remarks alluding in a most feeling and impressive manner to the deceased gentleman, and to the heavy loss which we, as a community, have sustained. He said that he felt sure the memory and influence of such a just and noble life as that of the late Mr Kenrick would nf| be tffaced or powerless at the Thames for many, many long years to come. The coffin was then again placed in the hearse by the band of 30 miners who had been told off for this purpose, and the precession resumed its progress to the cemetery at Shortland. On reaching the gate the coffin was taken but and carried j to the grave by natives who had specially pleaded to be allowed that last privilege. The remainder of the Burial Service was then read over the grave by Rev. F. GEvans, and the remains of our deeply respected and lamented Magistrate were lowered intp their last resting place.

The procession was thoroughly representative of all classes of our community, testifying to the general desire to show the esteem in which the deceased was held, and the anxiety to pay the last token of respect to his memory. Every local body at the Thames, and many of those of the neighboring districts, were represented, while about 1.30 o'clock, a telegram was received from Auckland by Messrs Miller and asking them to appear at the funeral on behalf of the Law Society. The miners and Maoris, who the late Mr Kenrick so especially desired should be afforded every facility to be present, swelled the cortege in very large numbers. A pleasing feature in the procession was the presence of so many children from the public schools, together with their teachers.

[By Telegbaph.] (from oub own cobbespondent.) Paeboa, This day. A number of local residents left for the Thamos this morning to pay the last tribute to our respected Wardeu.

At a large and influential meeting of residents of Te Aroha and the surrounding districts, it was unanimously resolved to forward a copy of the following resolution to Mrs Kenrick :—" That we, the residents of Te Aroha and its neighbor" hood, it) public meeting aiierabled, deiire

to express our heartfelt sympathy with. Mrs Kenriek and, family in their grea and sudden'bereavement, and at the same time wish to testify our high appreciation of the many eminent services so willingly rendered to this district by our late and much lamented Warden and Magistrate." Auckland, This Day. ■• It is suggested here by persons infer* ested in mining pursuits, that a monument should be erected to Mr Kenrick's memory, to be defrayed by public subscription limited to small sums.

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THE DEATH OF Mr HARRY KENRICK., Thames Star, Volume XVIII, Issue 5466, 3 August 1886

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THE DEATH OF Mr HARRY KENRICK. Thames Star, Volume XVIII, Issue 5466, 3 August 1886

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