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A FEW TRIBUTES.  

"DISTINCT LOSS TO THE STATE." Mr. Aldridge had so many true friends that column after column could be filled of tributes to the late squire of Richmond Park. On Wednesday several gentlemen of prominence in the city, were seen, and they all deplored the loss that has been suffered by Mr. Aldridge's death. Beloved By All. The Chairman of the S.A J.C. (Mr. W. B. Carr) paid the following tribute to     Mr. Aldridge: — "For years Mr. Aldridge had been one of the most widely known and most popular identities of the turf in South Australia, and one to whom the sport owed much for its maintenance and stability. When he raced horses, he did so for the pure love of the sport, and the applause which always greeted the suc- cess of his colours was a splendid tribute of the racing public to the popularity of the owner. He was an exceptionally fine   judge of a horse. The gratify-   ing results which he obtained   at Richmond Park, causing it to stand so high on the list of studs in the Commonwealth, are due to his good judg- ment and ripe experience. I well re- member the success which attended the first sale of yearlings held by him, and from that day to this owners and trainers from all over the Commonwealth have always been on the lookout for young- sters from Richmond Park. As a man he was beloved by his most intimate friends, while he commanded the respect and esteem of all those who had the privi- lege of his acquaintance. He had a   charming personality, with a warm hearted, generous nature, and a lovable disposition — in fact, a white man in every sense of the word. His death is to be deeply regretted, and is a distinct loss to the State."     What He Did for Racing. The Chairman of the Port Adelaide Racing Club (Dr. A.. V. Benson} said: — "The death of a man of   the calibre of Mr. Aldridge is     a distinct loss to the State.   He did an enormous amount, not only for South Australia, but for the whole of the Commonwealth, in improving the standard of horses, and I think he was a plucky man to have purchased horses such as Carlyon, Pistol, Lucknow, and St. Anton, and to establish them in a small State like South Australia. The racing community owes   him a great debt of gratitude, not only in the breeding of horses, but as a result of the great improvement and progress that has taken place in racing generally in this State, and much of it can be attri- buted to his foresight. He was a most estimable man, a thorough gentleman, courteous, and a man of strict integrity. He was admired .and respected by every one, and every one's sympathies will go out to the family in their bereavement." "Dear Old Jim."   Dr. A. H. Bennett, a member of the A.R.C. Committee, expressed deep regret at the death of Mr. Aldridge. He said, "I always think of him as 'dear old   Jim.' He was a genuine and kindly man and always had a kindly thought for others. He had the real sportsman's   spirit, and was always prepared to give the other fellow a chance. It was typical of "Old Jim" to do it. So far as racing is concerned South Australia is deeply indebted to Mr. Aldridge for his splendid stud and the importations he made for Richmond Park."         "The Master's" Tribute.   Mr. Seth Ferry, or "The Master," by which sobriquet he is so widely known,   feels keenly the passing of another "pal" of the old racing school in South Aus- tralia. "They are all going," said Mr. Ferry yesterday. Only on Monday Mr.   Ferry played his usual game of dominoes at Tattersalls Club with Mr. Aldridge. Referring to the death of his old friend, Mr. Ferry remarked, "I knew him since he was a boy, when his father had the Prince Alfred Hotel. He was always of sporting inclinations, and was highly thought of in every walk of life. He did a fine thing for South Australia when he established Richmond Park, and he   showed his judgment of hones by the selection of his sires. He was always   a great caretaker and feeder of his horses which were the cardinal points of his suc- cess, as a studmaster. He will be greatly missed in racing circles in Australia, and too, at Tattersalls Club."     "The Dear Old Boss." When James Aldridge passed away   peacefully on Wednesday morning, South Australia was the poorer for the loss of one of Nature's gentlemen. It would be impossible almost to imagine a man with a kinder heart or sweeter disposition. There were many expressions of regret   among the old brigade, and none could wish a finer tribute than the words that fell from the lips of that sturdy old Scotchman, Mr. Lachlan McTaggart:— "I have known Jim Aldridge for 50 years, and I have never known anything but   good of him." Mr. Aldridge entertained thousands of people at Richmond, and they ranged from viceregal representatives to humble citizens, but few guests came away from the hospitable house who were not impressed with the character and kindly ways of the well-known stud master. What a delight it was on a warm spring day to be escorted around the spacious paddocks, admire the con- tented brood mares with bonny foals at foot, plucking the luxuriant and succu- lent barley, and listen to "the dear old boss" recounting the turf deeds of the various matrons. Mr. Aldridge had an intense love for the English thorough- bred, indeed he had a warm spot in his heart for most birds and animals. He was a great admirer of the English Game fowl, and always had a favourite dog. Mr. Aldridge was best of all a home lover, and his affection for his children and grandchildren was delightful. There was nothing he enjoyed better than a game with the little kiddies. I always think (writes "Rufus"), when one sees a man like Jim Aldridge, to whom child- dren and animals are instinctively drawn, one can stake all the money in the world that that man has a kind and true heart. One of his great delights on race days was to gather together the members of his family and their friends and take them to afternoon tea. And happy little parties they always were. Jim Aldridge had a fine sense of humour in a quiet way. No one enjoyed the quips and cranks of the late Dot Whitby more than he did. I can see him now with his brother George, who was Chairman of the Stock Exchange, the late Theodore Bruce, and Ted Gwynn chuckling away when the irresistible Dot had been in- spired to fire a shaft of his sparkling wit. The squire of Richmond was a good-tempered man, and would scorn to do a mean thing, but if any one played him false he could take care of himself to some purpose, being proficient in the noble art of self-defence. As a young man he was a fine all-round athlete. He was a true sportsman in the best sense of the word. To pass away peace- fully, loved by family and friends, after having lived a good honest life, and en- joyed it too, is the end we all would choose.

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