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. MR. BATCHELORS'DEATH.
TRIBUTE BY HOUSE OF REPRE-
A MOTION OF~CONT>OLENCE.
MELBOURNE. October IO.
I On the Hevusa of Representatives meeting this afternoon, the Primo Min- ister (Mr. Fisher) rose and said that, since the members had last met death had removed one of their number. Eger- ton Leo Batchelor, their loved and valued colleague, had passed away. Their great sorrow »vas shared by every- one who had had tho privilege and pleasure of knowing him. His life had been ono of value in his own State. Ho had entered the Parliament of that State in 1883, and took office in the Holder Ministry. Ho had given ¿his up to seek a seat in the House of Re- presentativos, and his life there was m tho memory of all, and he would bo re- membered asa courteous gentleman. Jt was conceded by all that ho had pot
formed his elutics in an. able mannet. Ho moved,
That this House places on record its great appreciation of the services of the lato Honourable Egerton Lee Batchelor, and tenders its sincere sympathy to tho bereaved wife of an eminent ojjjzon, whose untimely der coase is deeply deplored throughout
Mr. Deakin' said ho desired to second
the motion moved by tho Prime Minis- ter. Direct personal testimony had reached him from those associated with Mr. Batchelor at the Imperial Confer- ence, and this endorsed all that had been auid by Mr. Fisher. That occa- sioned no .surprise, because tho mem- bers of the House vero assured of his high capacity and ,thc value of liis ser- vices. These placed him among those who liad played a foremast part in the early history of the Commonwealth. He had been an excellent administra tor, and had proved to bo a thoughtful
The motion was carried, all standing, and the House then adjourned <v
MENTIONED IN TASMANIAN
ASSEMBLY. ' A MOTION OF CONCOL-ENOE.
In- the Assembly last evening the Premier.(Sir Elliott Lewis) said:-"Be- fore the orders of 'the day aro called on I irish to refer to tho verv regret- table death of a distinguished Minister of*the> Crown in the Commonwealth of Australia, the late Mr. E. L. Batchelor, Minister of External Affairs. It .was my privilege during my visit to England to meet Mr. Batchelor frequently, and I then formed a very high opinion of his sound common-sense, his courtesy, and his ability in connection with' one im- portant matter J which concerned both the Oommonwealth (¡ind the States of Australia. Ho then seemed in tho very'best, of health, as he was in the prime of life. Suddenly death has overtaken him, and we mourn his loss. "Wo can .sympathiso with tho Common- wealth Government i and" the Common wen 1th Parliament in the loss they have sustained, and I wish, Mi'. Speaker, without further words, to move that this House desires to convey to the Go» vernment and Parliament of the Com. monwealth its deep sympathy. in the loss that lins been sustained in the sud- den and regretted death of the Hon. E. L. Batchelor, Minister of External Af-
Mr. Earle : - "In seconding the mo. turn,'Mr, Speaker, I think it would be superfluous for me to add anything to the kindly expressions used by the Hon. tile Premier. . I personally feel deeply the sad loss-that Australia, has sustain- ed in the death of the late Ministor. .So was, as tho Premier has truly said, . a man of sound judgment, and as the Prime Minister has said, a man who was loved by ¡ill, botli opponents and supporters, in the political sphere in which'ho moved. I join with the Pre- mier in tho, remarks he has made, and express the deep sympathy felt by tho Opposition, us I know it is hy 'every member of the House, with those near and dear to him who are now bereaved, as well as with ,the Commonwealth Ministry and the Australian people."
Mr. Mulcahy : "I may be pardoned as one who has had opportunities of coming in oontact with the late Minis- ter, and ono who had learned to re- spect him on account of his very kindly personality and his many manly quali- ties, for saying a few words in support of. the motion. I particularly deplore his loss, as bon. members do. \l re- spect^ hint, notwithstanding that our política! opinions, differed, a& an honest worker in tho public cause, and I feel that Australia has, lost a good und sound politician."
Th« motion was agreed to.
,Tho Premier: ''1 move that the Speaker be requested to convey the resolution; to*the Primo Minister of the Commonwealth and the Speaker of the House of Representative*,."
i The motion was agreed to.
REFERENCE IN SOUTH AUSTRA
1 ADELAIDE, October 10.
In both the South Australian Legis- lative Council and House of Assembly to-day (cables our correspondent) mo- tions of condolence with Mr. Batchelor's widow and family were agreed to in solemn silence. The Assomb.lv then ad- journed until the evening. The Legis- lative Council adjourned till Thursday.
REGRET IN LONDON.
LONDON, October 0.
Tile newspapers in London express regret at the death of Mr. E. L. Batche- lor, the Commonwealth Minister for Ex- ternal Affairs. The "Pall Mall Ga- zette" states this evening that his; frankness, sound common-sense, and coo! judgment impressed all al the Im- perial Conference.