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1 THE LATE MOX. W. MILES.
Tlio announcement in our columns yesterday morning of the death on the previous evening ut Toowoomba of tho Minister for Works (Hon. W. Milos) was reoeivod on all hands with regret, and though tho many holiday fixtures could not bo cancelled, the flags which wero hoisted flow h-ilf-niast high, and most of the shopkeopers in Quoen-stroct who Btill retain the old wooden bhuttors had put some of thom up as a tokon of respect to the deceased gentle- man. Por Mr. Milos was well known in Queon-street both in his capacity of politician und us a man of business, and it was his in- tention had ho lived to havo left Toowoomba, whoro he has resided recently, and to have taken up his abode in Brisbane. His ailmont and his advancing years had made the air of the Downs too sharp for him, and tho journoy to and fro too wearisome, and ho recently bought a houao and ten acres of ground ut Eagle Parin, near the Bacecourso, and had started improvements on his nowly-acquired property, where he meant to spend tho last years ot his life. Prom tho further informa- tion which was available yesterday wo leam that on his return to Toowoomba on Priday last he was snft'ering aouto pain from the abscess in his ears, the agony having returned with in- creasing intensity after ho left the Assembly Chamber on the previous evening. On Saturday ho went into Toowoomba from Race- view, his residence, and saw his medical adviser, Dr. Roberts, who again enjoined completo rest on the hon. gentleman, and told him that ho must no longer worry himself nbout public affairs. On Sunday ho showed no signs of im- provement, and towards evening got decidodly worse; ou Monday morning exudation iro-.u the ears ceased, inflammation of the brain set in, and ho becamo delirious from suffering. Dr. Roberts called in Dr. Sheaf to consult with him, as tho position was evidently be- coming critical ; but it was soon apparent that there was no hopo of recovory. Ho never re- gained consciousness, but passed away peace- fully at last at fivo minutes past 9 o'clock on Monday evening, in the presence of his wife. Mrs. Nicoll, one of his surviving daughters, arrived by truin in the ovenmg, but too late to seo her father alive. Mrs. Herbert Hunter, his othor daughter, was in Brisbane with nor husband, and they left for Toowoomba by special train yesterday morning. It had boen uitouded that the Premier and other friends of tho do
ceased who wished to attend tho funeral should
haï e left by special tram foi Toowoomba j es terday morning, but ii hon Mi Huntei ariived in tow n ho explained that Mr Miles had somo time proi louslj expressed a n ish to be buried m the cemetery at Toowong, so tint tho othoi ai rangement was cancelled At Mi Hunter s request, tlio Commissioner tor Railwa} s, Mi
Cuinow, visited the cemetor} yesterdav morn- ing, and seleoted a site for the last resting place of the deceased gentleman The gnu o will bo on the hill in the neighbourhood of tho monuments to Governor BlncktiU and Sir Joshua Peter Boll
An account of Mi Miles'sh'e, tho particulars of ii Inch weie supplied to tho Hon AV H Groom, Speakei of tho L"gislativo Assembly, and proprietor of tho Joouoomha C/uomelc,by Mi Milos himself about two months since, appeaiodm Unit journal ^esterdii} morning, and as it is, as it nero, fiesh from the deceased guitlemau s omi lips, no aio only too glad to loproduco it as appropnalo to tlio occasion - *' Ho was bom near Edinburgh, in Ma}, 1817, and in the lattor part of lb37 when ho had Hist entered on his 21st 3 ear, Dr Dobbie, of the Ro} al Nai}, was appointed by the Non South AVules Goiernment to proceed to Glasgow m the hopo of inducing emigration to tho oolony Mr Miles ii as poisuudLd to como to Aus tiaba on the oiortures of the New South AVules Goiernment in guaranteeing tho emigrants employment m its boivico Mr Miles aimed m Sjdney on 30th Juno, 1S38, after a tedious passngo extending overnoaily six months Offers of profitable omplo}inont nero mado to him, by private indiiiduals, but as usual with all non coméis, ho ii as advised not to Liiter the bush, but to wait until Boeing -w hat tho Goi ernment w ould provide Tho Goiernment, how over, did literall} nothing, and Mr ¿liles accordingly engaged with the lato Mr AV n Chapman to pioceed to tho Maclay River, the fuitliest northern settlement at that time, as a "general useful " at a salary of £2b per annum At tho teiminatiou of tho filot yeal moro fuiourablo terms, wcio ofiered, with the rebult that Mi
Miles continued in Mi Chapman's soi wee foi six jems, the last fiieof which ho hadchargo of tho cattle stations Duung that period, although the blacks were dangerous]} trouble- some, ho did not lose a single man's life nor had he a single head of cattle oi sheep
stolen At tho end of this service Mi Miles
joined Towell Crook station, a largo run, which ho managed for Captain Steele, noro the hincks woro murdering the shepherds and carrying off the flocks wholesale. Under Mr. Miles's management no lives were lost and the stock remained unmolested. Captain Steele suffered through finanoial difficulties, mid Mr. Miles then entered the service of Mr. John Maclean, of Now England, and remained there for somo considerable timo. Having obtained a knowledgo of pastoral pursuits for a period of fifteen year», ho entered into partnership with Mr. David Bell, with a view of taking stook from NeAV South Wales to the Dawson uiver. He, however, found that under the then existing lund laws the countiy was taken up for fully 300 milos beyond that ocenpiod. Tiley thoreforo disposed of the stock and dissolved partnership. Mr. Miles next rented a station from Messrs. Miller and Turnbull, on tho Dawbon River, for tinco years," and on tho expiration of that term, as they AvUliod to visiltho oldcountry, he purchased
and becamo the owner of a station Known us Dulacca, besides obtaining in the course of a fow years, other stations in the Warrego district, and on the Leichhardt, Maranoa, and North Gregory. Ho entered the Queens- land Parliament as member for tho Maranoa
in 180S, and continued to represent that distiict until 1874, when Mr. (now Sir Thomas) M'llwraiih contosted the seat with, him, and after a severe btragglo defeated Mr. Milos by fourteen votes. lu 1870 ho was elected for Carnarvon in the Liberal interest, and ho declared on that occasion that lie could no longer sit or voto with the squatters, whose desire was to mono- polise lill the publie lands of the oolony. Ile subsequently resigned his seat and went on a visit to tho Philadelphia Exhibition. Shortly after his return he was elected for Northern Downs and joined the Douglas Ministry ns Minister for Works, but on Mr. Douglas wishing him to be transferred from the Works to the Lauds Department, he refused and re- signed his portfolio. At the general election of 187S, he was defeated for Dalby by Mr. G. M. Simpson, but was immediately nominated for Darling Downs, and was returned at tho head of tho poll. Ho continued to represent that constituency until his death. In 1883, on tho defeat of thoM'Ilwraith Government, ho joined the Griffith Administration as Minister for Works, and has literally died in harness."
In publio life Mr. Miles was dosorvedly popular. Despite the extremely tenacious manner in which he held to what ho believed to bo light, and the pugnacious way in which he alwuys endeavoured to forco his opiuiottb on the rest of the community, there waa a certain charm in his roughness of style and speech ; for there was no mistaking the meaning of his outspoken
ness, ana his straignttorward nonesty ot pur-
pose was universally recognised oven by his enemies. For, like all strong feeling men who neverhesi tate to actupon their convictions, he had many enemies, and he himself was a good hater. At one timo he was the closest political ally of Sir Thomas (then Mr.) M'llwraith, but in 1S71 they quarrelled, and they never afterwards Bat on the same side of the House in Parliament, or took the same view of any question. AYhen he sat on the Opposition cross-benches, in the time of the rule of the Macalister Government, he assumed the rôle of Joseph Hume as a severe critic of the Estimates, and was sometimes in- clined to be very obstructive. It is well known, too, that it was tlio uncompromising attitude which Mr. Miles took up when he came to Brisbane, shortly beforo the late rupture in the Cabinet, that fanned the smouldering embers of dissent and discontent into the blaze which burnt the cords which had united his col- leagues. AlthouRh a squatter, he never identified himself with tho squatting party in any
y, but presented the unique spectacle of a
man holding large squatting properties still AAOikingv ith the party which taaded on the " auti-squatting " ory, he himself being ono
of the severest in his denutiuiatioiis of tho squatting oluss Ho took groat prido m ono measure whioh he was ni tho mam instrumental in getting p lísod by Parhamont-the Stations' AAragos Act-an act which secured to sei vants on a station BIK months' wages, if tho proporty w ero takon po^sossio i of bj moitgagce« lío believed that thousands of pounds w ero, prior to the passing of this Act, lobt to working mon on stations, thiough the financial dirhculties of then employers, and he saw in the Act the remedy for tho wrong Anothor action ho often referred to was his motion to declare the seat of Mi (aftcruatds Mi Justice) Pring vacant when that gentleman acceptai the ofhco of commissioner to teport upon tho goldfields of tho colony Mr Miles held that this was an othee of profit under the Crown, aud a majority of the Assembly siippoitmg him, Mr Piiug's seat was declared vacant Auothoi foaturo in his political career t\ as the leading part which he took m the " st*>el rails" controveisy, his ovt n naiiio appearing tis prose- cutor in tho celebrated case Miles v M 11 wraith, a position owing to it Inch ho «its mulcted m costs which havo beon tiuiously
stated at from £1000 to £7000 Ile was tho fiist to di wilgo to tho pubho tho policy of tho present Government in regaid to the ten million loan It Avas at tho banquet held at Emu Valo m honoui of the opening of the lino of i nilway to that placo that Mi Miles, m his speech, said that tho lato M'lhtruith Government might boast about their throo million loans, but the Gnllith Government would go ono better than th it-they would gue the oountrt not threo millions but threo tnneb three, and ho culled upon the audience to then and theie give three tmiob tinco cheors for the now loan How this idoa developed into tho ton million loan is a matter of histort As Mmistci for Works Mt Miles had elie honour of piopanng the schedule of w orks to be caniod out by tho loan foi tho considciution of tho Cabinet and P irlmuiont, and ho has sinco presided over tho oxpondituio ulioadj inclined It was at tho Emu Vido banquet albo that Mr Milos plcdgod himsolt to \that has sinco been known as tho 7 i« liecta, a projeot which, in his death, will lose ti furn fneild and all) In debute Mr Milos Avas exttemely usoful as a combatant
when hea\ y woikwas about mid things weio getting serious, but ho was not regarded as a sufo adiisorora loader, lacking the cool hoad and tho caution neoossaiy to both Of late years his mfiimitios mado lum much less oilootn o and useful in the House, but ho n as always read} to dofond his dopaitmeuts fiom attaoks mado upon them, as thoy IIHVO boon with growing tiequonc} yoar by }car His last appeaiiuiLO in tlio Houso w as marked by ono ot thoso displii} sof impatience which increased in fiequoncy tow lids tlio labt, but Ins appeal to tho Channin of Committees to piotect his colleague tho Attorney-General against tho mtoiruptions of the Opposition cioss-benchoa met 111th no support fiom the Houso To deputations ho nas eier n turor, and it is oui lons that his own last gnu vaneo should huí o boen w hut w as al wa} s a bugbeui to bun us a
In puvato life ho showed much moro kindli- ness of spuit and a gontloi disposition In business ho was onterprihing and fin-seeing, und as a sheep-fariner his piaotical know lodge was of great sei neo to him, and was tlio means of his many investments turning out so well
He would boast that it was by buying and selling that ho mado his mono), and not by sticking to ono position-that when settlement carno too close, ho always went out fuitherwost to non country-and ho was wiso enough to bo quit of his proporties bofoio tho bud times mino Ho was connected with many commoioial speculations in tho colony, has hold shares m newspapeis much to his own advantage m mono} and ni powei, und was tue founder and first oban man ot tho Royal Bank and of the Metropolitan Peiinanont Preohold Land and Building Sooiety Ho hold piominont positions on tho Council of tho Queensland Nat.onal Association and in tho Queensland Tin f C1 iib, and goner illy took an interest ni sporting and agncultural matters in the colony Ho died n veiy «eulthy mun, and hud tlio comfort of knowing tli.it thoso most dear to lum weio well prouded tor
Tho body of the deoeasod gentleman wdl bo biought down from Toowoomba to-day by spécial tram, which leaves at 10 a m On roooipt
yosterday morning of a telegram from Mr "
Horbeit Huutei, bon-in-law of the decousod, ltitimatiiig that the funeral w as to take placo at Toowong on "Wednesday, and asking Mr Curuow to make the ULcessury irrnngoinentä, it was deemed advisable by Mr Curuow, aftoi consultation with tlio Piomior, that tho
funeral should start from the Roma-stroot
terminus as soon aftor 4 o'clock as possible Ono of tho now convertible goods and piibsengcr cars was spcciully prepared and sont up to Toowoomba lustnight to be used ns a f unorul car betweea thero and the Brisbano station, wheoco to the Toowong Cemetery tho arrnngomonts will be in the caro of Messrs. J. and J. HÍHIOD. At the request of a number of friends of tho deceased gontloman, residents of Toowoomba, u saloon carriage was scut up with tho hoarso car last night, so that they may accompany it to Brisbano, and attend the funeral.
The Legislative Assembly will meet as usual at 3.30, and the adjournment to ona bio mem- bers to attend tho funeral will at once bo moved by the Premier. The Legislative Counoil will meotat 1 o'clock, iinlebs a quorum of members should assomblo before that hour. The fuuoral cortège will, hoAvever, no doubt bo delayod siiflieiontly long to enub'o mombers of the Upper House to arrive from their Chamber and fall into the piuco assignod to thom in the pro-