FOE CHURCH AND STATE.
Memorial Tablets Unveiled.
The memory of five men prominent in philanthropy and business in this State was perpetuated in St. George's Cathed- ral on Sunday morning, when the Gover- nor (Sir William Campion) unveiled, and his Grace Anchbishop Riley dedicated, five memorial tablets in memory respectively of Sir John Winthrop Hackett, K.C.M.G., L.L.D., M.L.C., Sir William Thorley Loton, Mr. Septimus Burt, K.C., the Very Reverend Ernest Foster, M.A., and Dr. Roy Charles Merryweather. Two service books for the sanctuary, presented by the Cathedral branch of the Girls' Friendly Society, were also dedicated.
"We are to-day doing honour and per- petuating the memory," said his Excel- lency, in unveiling the tablets, "of five public spirited and good men who did much for this Church and the State. In every day life honour is often given to public men, but often little is done to per- petuate men who, by their quiet example did so much good. These tablets will be an incentive to those who worship in the Cathedral to profit by their example."
Archbishop Riley preached from the text, "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin." He said that the five men whose memory was being perpetuated by the tablets unveiled by his Excellency had all tried to do away with some of the troubles of life. Sir Winthrop Hackett had thought that many of thc trials of life were due to ignorance and had tried to help all who wanted teaching. The munificence of his gifts would be of great
benefit to the youth of the State. Sir Wil- liam Loton was a business man who never stooped to do a dirty thing. He was per- fectly straight and honourable in business and set an example for the uplifting of mankind. Mr. Septimus Burt was a lawyer whom everybody trusted. Judges never questioned his statements in Court; they knew he was always trustworthy. Dean Foster, by his life and example, showed to the people of his congregation that his faith was real and governed his own life. He did away with much want of faith. Dr. Merryweather did much to fight one of the great evils of life—sickness. He did much for sufferers who could not pay for what they received.
"For these men," concluded his Grace, "we should be very grateful. They made the world more full of beauty and joy."