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THE LATE MR WARNER.

Mr W. F. Warner was sixty-one years of age, and was one of the most respected members of the licensed -victuallers in Christchurch. He had lived a somewhat adventurous life. He was born in Shropshire, and went to sea when a youth in the British mercantile service, but afterwards sailed under the American flag. His first voyage to New Zealand was made from Bristol in 1861, when he was second mate of the Eeah Sylvia, and on that voyage he distinguished himself by a moat courageous action. The facts, as told by an eyewitness, are that when in mid-ocean, with a very heavy ~ sea running, a passenger named Gleeson, who is still in this colony, fell overboard. Mr Warner immediately seized a life-buoy and jumped over after him. A boat was lowered, and both men were found clinging to the lifebuoy, some distance from the ship. When they again reached the vessel loud cheers were given the rescuer for his plucky act. Mr Warner returned Home in the vessel, but came back to the colony, and took up his residence in Christchurch. With the late Sir Julius von Haasfc he took part in the exploration of the West Coast, and was amongst the first to cross the dividing range. On this and a subsequent trip to explore the Alps', both Mr Warner and Sir Julius von Haast had many trying experiences, including several narrow escapes from drowniug; In 1865 he went to assist the late Mr J. G. Ruddenklau in the management of the City Hotel, and in the following year he became landlord of the Golden Age Hotel, on the site of the present Hereford Hotel. He remained here for. several years, and in 1873, when the late Mr Coker left the Commercial Hotel, Mr Warner became proprietor of it. With the exception of a short period he has remained there ever since, and as a result 'jot his genial and hearty manner, he became one of the most popular men in the city, and earned the respect of all who knew him. He was married twice, first to a daughter of the late Mr E. P. Hill, and afterwards to a daughter of Mr Little, of Christchurch, formerly of Nelson. By his second wife he had three children. During the last few years he has resided at New Brighton, in which place he took a great interest, and became commodore of the Sailing Club. An enthusiast in politics, he was amongst the most ardent of Sir Julius Vogel's adherents, and was a staunch supporter of the present Government. He was ever ready to assist those less fortunate than himself, and a deserving object invariably received his sympathy and practical assistance. Popular wherever he was known, the news of the Bad accident will be received with widespread regret, and deep sympathy will be extended to the Avidow and family in their bereavement. A large number of flags in the various business places and hotels in Christchurch

were at half-mast on Saturday and yesterday out of respect to the victims of the sad fatality, and the flags on the Boating Club's shed and other places at New Brighton were also at half-mast. Our Rangiora correspondent writes ; — The receipt of the news of the boating fatality at New Brighton caused a painful sensation hero on Saturday morning, and the telephones were besieged for the latest information. Mr J. Murray was for several years a resident of Bangiora, and for some time before going to New Brighton was licensee of the Red Lion Hotel. Very genuine regret was expressed at his untimely death. The same feeling was expressed with regard to Mr Warner's death, he having, as a matter of course, many personal friends in the town. Flags were hoisted half-mast when all hopeß of, their survival were gone.

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THE LATE MR WARNER., Star, Issue 5503, 2 March 1896

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THE LATE MR WARNER. Star, Issue 5503, 2 March 1896

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