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A great sensation was caused at Glenelg   on Sunday when it became known that Mr.     H. Y. Sparks, one of its best known and     most popular residents, had passed away     during the night.' To all appearance Mr.   Sparks had been pursuing his ordinary avo-         cations in the best of health, and although       he had consulted Dr. Verco on Saturday morning 'he 'had been about for the rest    

of the. day and evening. He was believed     to be suffering from a slight attack of in-   fluenza, so that it came as a terrible shock     to has wife on going to her husband's room     about 9 o'clock in the morning         to find (him dead. Dr. Giles was called in,         and later in the day Dr. Verco, from Ade-       laide, and although there was nothing at     all suspicious in the appearance of deceased,     Dr. Verco decided before a certificate could     be given that a post-mortem examination       would be necessary. Mr. Henry Yorke   Sparks was born of English parents in   Monte Video during the prolonged blockade of that town. His father, a Liverpool mer- chant, settled in Monte Video, suffered   from vhe disasters of that epoch, and char-   tered the Barnard to proceed to South   Australia with his young family. Mr.     Sparks arrived dn Adelaide as a boy in 1852,     and joined the school which had just been       opened by Mr. John Whinham, the fourth     master of St. Peter's College. After carry-       ing off for two successive years the lead-     ing honors in classics and mathematics, he entered the office of Sir John Morphett,   and in time those of the Bank of South Australia, Elder, Smith, & Co., and the Mortgage Company of South Australia, in the latter of which he filled the office of manager since its foundation in 1880. On June 26, 1894, he was appointed manager   of the South Australian Company, in suc- cession to Mr. W. J. Brind, and held that position up to the time of hie death. He also filled the positions. at various times of director of the Executor, Trustee, and Agency Company, director of the Glenelg Railway Company, chairman of the City, Land Company, member of 'the Adelaide Society of Accountants, and was a   life member of the South Australian Cricketing Association, the Adelaide   Rowing Club, and the Glenelg Oval Association. From boyhood he evinced an unflagging interest in athletics, and was the founder of the Adelaide Oval, the Ade- laide Amateur Athletic Club, and the   Gleneig Oval. In 1898 he was elected mayor     of Gleneig, of which place he has been a     resident for many years. He was an en- thusiastic amateur gardener. Mr. Sparks was in his 56th year, and leaves a widow,   and five daughters.       A post-mortem examination of the body of the late Mr. Henry Yorke Sparks   was conducted by Drs.. J. Verco and Giles     on Monday morning, with the result that   death 'was found to be due to natural causes.