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BDBIE OF THOMAS ELV/AROD.

'; AN IMPOSING FUNERAL.

Long before the hour appointed for the cortege to leave the Fremantle Trades yr«.n every avenue of ap proach was blocked, by great crowds of people who had assembled to follow the remains of Sir. Thomas Edwards, ?who succumbed to injuries received during Sunday's struggle on the wharf. ?Phft Australian flae was flown half

mast from the building, and many other business establishments and offices in Fremantle, also from vessels In the harbor. The casket with the i body of tho deceased was removed to tYie Trades Hall at noon, and was cov ered with floral emblems sent from all quarters, and bore also four large bows of bine and white (Labor colors). At 2 o'clock the cortege moved off, being headed by Mr. W. Renton, president of the Lumpers' Union, who was mount er] upon a black horse. Then came the hearse, the. pall-bearers being Messrs. A. H. Panton and Alex. M*Callum, ; general president and secretary of the j a T.F ; F. A. Baglin, Fremantle district A-L-F.; A. J, Watts, general secretary of the A.W.U.; C. Haynes, general secretary of the W.A. Amalgamated Society of Itailway Employes; A. W. j Foster, president of the Tally Clerks' j Union: and F. Eowe (secretary) and G. 'Woodicombe, representing the | Lumpers' Union. The Fremantle Band J preceded the hearse, playing the 'Dead March' in 'Saul,' the drums being ? muffled. Next was a carriage laden j v.ith floral tributes, then two mourning ; coaches, after which came the Leader j of the Opposition, Sir. P. Collier, with : all the members of the Federal and i State Parliamentary Labor Party now ! in W.A. Foliowing were a large num- j ber of wives of members of the Fre- j mantle Lumpers' Union, and behind I them were unionists on foot, returned | soldiers, and friends of the Labor I movement, the rear being brought up j br a number of motors and other vo- j hides. ! Tbe tfimeial (procession «vraa a mile j long as it passed near the Trades Hall, j and was the largest ever witnessed in j Fremantle, toeing considerably aug- j men ted en route. Almost every un- j ionist in tho metropolitan area who i fx'-ild /possibly attend was present. The Fremaxitle Lumpers' Union, of ?which : the deceased wns a member, attended ! about a thousand strong, and their j wives, familie?, and relatives must i easHy have accounted for nearly two i thousand more. Many other onions i ?were numerously represented, whilst j aJmost every branch onion iSuxxn-giout the Stale had at least one officially ap TKiintP.d proxy representative- present. The various district councils had each tc'.egra-pied for someone to be present in their interests. Tho procession moved from Gift Trades Hall along1 Henry-street, thenc« via High-street to the placa of inter ment, in the Church of England por tion of tSe Fremantle Cemetery, where the Rev. Mr. Bowen officiated. AH along the .route the sides of the road IV ere lined, and as the cortege passed pvery 'business establishment closed its doors as a .mark of respect to 0h& de ceased.

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