LATE HON. STAFFORD BIRD.
When the Legislative Council assem- bled at 10 o'clock yesterday morning the Hon. Minister (Hon. A. Lawson) moved:
That in order, to mark its respect far the memory of the. late Hon. Bol- ton Stafford Bird, formerly member for Huon, who for 15 years occupied a seat in this Council, the Council ad- journ until 11 a.m.
The motion waa carried in silence, the members of the Council standing.
The Hon. Minister intimated that the Premier (Hon. .T. A. Lyons) had ar- ranged for the motor boat Arcadia to leave at 7 o'clock the following morn- ing for the Huon,and that any members desiring to take advantage of the oppor- tunity to pay, their last respects to the memory of the Hon. Stafford Bird would be at-liberty to make the trip, which would probably occupy the whole day.
Following the reassembling of the Council, the Honorary Minister moved the, following motion:
That this Council expresses its pro- found regret at the death of Hon. Bol- ton Stafford Bird, C.M.G., M.EÇ., who for 15 years occupied a seat in this Council as a private member, and as Chairman of Committees of the Coun- cil, aftcr serving as a private member, Speaker, and Minister of the Crown for many years in the House of As- sembly, and desires to place on record its acknowledgment of his devotion to duty, his services to the State, and his sterling merits of character as a
Hon. V. B. Propsting seconded the motion, and in doing so referred to the late Mr. Bird's great services to the State. In both Houses of Parliamnet, he said, tho Hon. Stafford Bird had held high positions, in the Council us Min- ister and Chairman of Committees, and in the Assembly as Speaker and Min- ister. The benefit of his long experi- ence nnd judgment had always been available to members of both branches of the Legislature, and his opinions were always treated with the greatest re- spect by those who from time to time consulted bim. He had served the State before Federation was brought about, and his devotion to duty as a public man vvas an example to thurn all. It wsa with profound regret that members had heard of his death, but they felt a sense of thankfulness that they had been associated with one who devoted himself yo unfailingly to the public ser-
Hon. J. W. Cheek added an expression of regret in supporting tho motion, and referred to the late Mr. Bird's efforts in the Council to see that everything was fairly discussed. It was to be re- membered that he was largely respon bible for the institution of the public library, and members felt genuine re- gret that such an old friend had passed
Hon. L .M. Shoobridge remarked that the late Mr. Bird had been associated with his (Mr. Shoobridge'«) wedding 40 ycara ago, and also paid a tribute to the been interest which deceased had ever taken in matters pertaining to
the welfare of the State.
The motion was carried ia silence, members again standing.
Tho Honorary Minister then moved that a copy of the resolution be for- warded by the President to Mrs. Weath- erley, deceased's daughter, with an as- surance of the deep sympathy of the Council with the relatives of the de- ceased in their bereavement.
This also was resolved, and the Hon- orary Minister stated that the Hon. W. B. Propsting and W. H. F. Calvert would attend the funeral and represent the