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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72

The Procession

The Procession.

Thanks to the arrangements which had been made for the funeral and to the manner in which they were conducted under the direction of Major Callen, Captain W. D. Milne, and Captain E. R. Smith, who discharged the duties of marshals, the procession was started very shortly after the appointed hour. The police, who in the vicinity of Knox Church were under Sergeant O'Neill, preserved a clear passage for the cortège, notwithstanding that George, Pitt, and London streets were densely thronged with people, and it was in large measure due to the valuable service rendered by the police that no hitch of any kind occurred here. The procession was headed by the Engineers' Band, who, immediately on the word to march being given, struck up Handel's famous and solemn "Dead March." A large number of children from the Industrial School, with Mr G. M. Borlinson, the master of the institution, were next in the order of procession; and they were followed by a picked number of children from Knox Church Sunday School, under Mr W. T. Todd, their superintendent each of whom was entrusted with the carrying of a wreath from the piles of floral tributes in the church. The male members of Knox Church Bible class—which for over a quarter of a century was conducted by Dr Stuart—were allotted the next place in the order of procession, and then came the Highland Pipe Band, consulting of Pipe-major M'Kechnie, Pipers Adair, Gray, J. and D. M'Kechnie, and three drummers—the pipers playing appropriate Scottish airs—and a strong representation of the members of the Gaelic Society, of which the deceased was the chief, prominent among them being Messrs John Gunn, J. Ogg, A. Math son (mayor of Roslyn), T. C. Matheson, and A. M'Gregor. Then came the hearse, the coffin within it being concealed from view by the mass of flowers offered by sorrowing friends. Walking on either side of the hearse were the pall-bearers, who were flanked by the Highland Rifles, under Captain Gillies—the company in which Dr Stuart always took a lively interest, and of which he was the chaplain. The pall-bearers were eight in number—Mr William Stuart (only surviving son of the departed divine), the Hon. W. D. Stewart, M.L.C., and Mr Edmund Smith (the executors), Mr Colin M'K Gordon (clerk of Knox Church session), Dr Hislop, Mr E B. Cargill, Mr R. Grendining, and Mr J. M. Fraser (elders of Knox Church). Walking with Mr Stuart were the three grandchildren of Dr Stuart—Master Willie Stuart, the son of Mr W. Stuart, and Masters Donald and James Stuart, the two sons of the late Mr D. M Stuart. The late doctor's buggy—a buggy which had been presented to him, and which, with himself in it, has been commonly seen at funerals in the past—followed the hearse, the groom driving; and the sight of this buggy, loaded, as it was with wreaths, affected many people as powerfully as any other spectacle in the imposing procession. A mourning carriage, engaged for the executors, had for its occupant Dr Coughtrey, the medical attendant of Dr Stuart, and then came the office-bearers of Knox Church. Some of the elders and deacons of the congregation are mentioned as having been in other parts of the procession, but in order that the list may be complete the repetition of a few names may be pardonable. The elders present, so far as could be ascertained, were Messrs E. B. Cargill, R. Chisholm, G. L. Denniston, the Rev. Dr Dunlop, Messrs G. Dutch, D. Ferguson, J M. Fraser R. S. Gardner, R. Glendining. C. M'K. Gordon, W. B. Harlow, A. Herdman, Dr Hislop. Messrs Walter Hislop, W. Hutchison, M.H.R., J. T Mackerras, John Reid, John Roberts, C.M G., W. Simpson, Edmund Smith, A. Stewart, the Hon. W. D. Stewart, M.L.C., Messrs W. D. Sutherland. G. M. Thomson, W. T. Todd, and J. A. Torrance; and the deacons included in the procession were Messrs A. Bartleman, A. Burt, G Calder, John Campbell, William Cowie, H. Guthrie, R. A. Johnston, Colin Macandrew, G. M'Carter, S. M'Donald, John M'Farlane, jun., John M'Pherson, W. D. Main, James Mann, T. Moodie, J H Morrison, J S. Nugent, P. G. Pryde, F. Shaw, E. R. Smith, R. S. Sparrow, William Stevenson, R. Sutherland, J. C. Thomson, William Wright, and T. G. Young. Following the office-bearers of the church with which the late Dr Stuart was immediately connected came the clergy of the Presbyterian Church, and these embraced not only ministers belonging to the Presbyterian Church of Otago and Southland, but also a few from the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand, page 32 among those present being the Revs. Dr Elmslie (Christchurch), W. Gillies (Timaru), H. Kelly (Waimate), A. B. Todd (Oamaru), A. H Stobo (Invercargill), J. Ferguson (Invercargill), J. M. Davidson (Mataura), J. U. Spence (Clinton), W. P. Brown (Waikaia). J M'Cosh Smith (Naseby), W. Wright (Otepopo), R. R. M. Sutherland, J. Ryley, W. Will, W. Bannerman, J. M. M'Kerrow, A, Cameron, R. Waddell, J. M. Fraser, Dr Watt, J. Kirkland, J. Gibb, J. Gibson Smith, H. Adamson, R. J. Porter, D. Dutton, A. M. Finlayson, D. Borrie, J. Christie, A. Greig, and D. Ross. The clergy of other Christian denominations were also well represented, among the members on foot or in vehicles being Bishop Nevill, the Venerable Archdeacon Edwards and Venerable Archdeacon Fenton, the Revs. A. R Fitcbett, E. T. Howell, H. C. Frere, and B. M. King (Anglican), the Revs. Father Lynch and Father Murphy (Roman Catholic), the Revs. J. N. Buttle and R. Taylor (Wesleyan), the Revs. W. Saunders and A. H. Wallace (Independent), the Rev. A North (Baptist), the Rev. W. Ready (Bible Christian), the Revs. J. Chisholm (Milton), A. Don, J. S. Reid (Strath-Taieri), J. Kilpatrick (Warepa), aud the Rev. L. J. Harrison (Jewish), the latter being accompanied by his executive, consisting of Messrs D. E. Theomin, L. Mendelsohn, M.Joel, J. Hyman, F. Hyams, R. M. Marks, G. Jacobs, and F. Falck. Mr A. Blair and other shipmates of the late Dr Stuart occupied a prominent position in the procession, and after them came the members of the University Council, the High School Board of Governors, and the Education Board. The staff of the Otago University was present in full strength, Professors Sale, Shand, Ulrich, Black, Salmond, Gibbons, and Gilray, Dr Scott, Dr Brown, Dr Colquhoun, Dr Roberts, Dr Batchelor, Dr Ogston, Dr Lindo Ferguson, Dr John Macdonald, Messrs A. Dallas, A. R. Barclay, and D. Wilkinson, and Dr Findlay being all noticed in the procession. The members of Knox Church congregation, who were present in large numbers, and the office-bearers of other churches were next in order, and following them was a strong contingent of members of the Salvation Army, male and female, wearing white badges on their left arms. The University Students' Association, headed by Mr C. M. Mouat (the president), Dr Ross, and other prominent graduates supplied a contingent about 120 strong; and following them came the rector (the Rev. Dr Belcher), a squad of the High School Cadets, and the pupils of the High School. The members of the Burns Club—prominent among them being Dr Stenhouse, Messrs A J. Burns, J. B. Thomson, and J. R. Thornton—were assigned the next place in the procession; and they were followed by the Ordnance Band, whose excellent playing of the "Dead March" was generally admired. The North Dunedin Rifles, under Captain [unclear: Myes] and Lieutenant Johnston, were present force; and the representatives of the Independent Order of Oddfellows numbered over 100. About a dozen Chinese, belonging to the humbler class of the [unclear: Mong] residents of Dunedin, attracted a considerable amount of attention, but they had probably in common with the European section of the public, experienced acts of kindness from the doctor and not unnaturally desired to pay their tribute of respect to the dead, and there were also some Assyrians in the procession. A long string of children from the Union, George, and Arthur street schools, under their teachers occupied the next place in the procession, the Arthur street boys carrying wreaths, and the followed a large number of the general public on foot, the procession being ended with probably more than 100 vehicles and a number horsemen. Any attempt to enumerate the prominent citizens who were present would [unclear: be] hopeless task, but in order to convey some [unclear: idea] of the representative character of the funer[unclear: al] is necessary to mention some of those who [unclear: w] present. At the same time it must be remembered that in such a large gathering it was inevitable that many persons of light and leading in the community passed by unnoticed, The Hon. J. G. Ward (Colonial Treasurer) was present on behalf of the Government, and besides the members of Parliament already mentioned the Legislature was represented by the Hon. H. J. Miller (Speaker of the Legislative Council), the Hons. R. Oliver, W H. Reynolds, S. E. Shrimski, W. M. Bo[unclear: lt], J. MacGregor, M.L.C.'s, Messrs D. [unclear: Pinkerton], W. Carncross, James Allen, [unclear: T.Macken] W. Fraser, J. Green, and R M'Nab, M.H [unclear: R] The Mayor (Mr H. S. Fish), Crs [unclear: Gourley] Gore, Hardy, Dawson, Wales, [unclear: M'Gregoe] Cohen, Swan, Owen, Toomey, Carroll and Solomon, the town clerk (Mr W. R Taylor), and the city surveyor (Mr S.B Mirams), represented the civic authorities Messrs E. G. Allen, and W. Murray, the harbourmaster (Captain M'Callum), the secretary (Mr J. L. Gillies), and the inspector of works (Mr D. G. Stephens), occupied carriages provided for the members and officials of the Harbour Board; Dr Hocken, Messrs G. G. Russell, D. R. White, M. Fraer, J. R. Sinclair, A. M'Kerrow (Hampden), and H. Clark (chairman of the Bruce County Council), represented besides the members already mentioned, the educational bodies; and among the general mourners were noticed the Hon. W. J M Larnach, the Hon. T. Fergus, Captain Thomson, Cameron, Dr M'Caw (Brighton). Dr [unclear: W] (Abbotsford), Dr Copland (Gore), Dr Closs, Dr Macpherson, Dr Gordon Macdonald, Dr Reimer. Dr Fulton, Dr Barnett, [unclear: Messer] F. R. Chapman, J. Horsburgh (Mayor of Mornington), A. H. Burton, G. Calder (North-East page 33 Valley), B. Sievwright, G. S. Brodrick, T. H. Dick, H. E. Williams, W. Henderson, J. Richardson, A. W. Morris, John Davie, F. Leech, Charles Haynes, F. Mallard, W. J. Moore D. Nicol, W. Elder, Keith Ramsay, John Duncan (Waikouaiti), W. Melville, P. Barr, A. H. Heycock, G. R. Hercus, A. S. Adams, J. Walker Bain (Invercargill), D. M. Spending, G. E. Eliott, A. D. Lubecki, T. R. Fisher, E. E C. Quick, G Fenwick, R. H. Leary, H. H. Inglis (Mayor of Mosgiel), J. M. Jamieson, J. Elmer (Waitati). James Hume Ashburn Hall), E. H. Carew, W. Somerville, W. S. Fitzgerald, W. Barron, John Sidey, T. K Sidey, A. F. W. Lorie, R. Campbell, J. Hazlett, F. Meenan, J. Liston, T. Cornish, A. Owen, John Golder, F. A. Cutten, F. W. [unclear: Perre,] E. H. Hart, James Mills, G. Joachim, E. C. Reynolds, James Macandrew (Portobello), A. R Ure, J. Sinclair-Thomson, C. B. Grierson, James Coates, G Mondy, H. North, B. C. Haggitt, J. M. Gallaway, W. M [unclear: Hodg]. S. Brent, W. Emery, James Todd, A. A. Finch, W. Fels, D. D. Macdonald, J. P Armstrong O J Hodge, W. M'Adam, R Hume, C. Ziele, R. Hay, J. Mollison, G. C. Matheson, A Sligo, H Wise. I. Selby, T. Scott, D Heenan, A. Lees, C S. Reeves, J. R. Monson, D Haynes, D. Baxter, W. Patrick, J. P, Maitland, W. Dallas (chairman of the Clutha County Council), A. Wilson, A. Mowat, James Hegg, T. W. Whitson, W. R. Perston, Hislop, G. Grant, P. Duncan, S. N. Brown, J C. Buckland (Strath-Taieri), J. Timpson, A. J. Barth, A. Hamilton, W. L. Simpson, P Keligher, C. Sonntag, J. P. Simon, A. M'Diarmid, W. Milne, J. Rennie, J. H. Chapman, P. Miller, J. Mathews. A. Tapper, Detectives Henderson and M'Grath, and many others. The cortège was fully a mile long, and the time it took to pass given points varied from 30 to 40 minutes. It is estimated that from 6000 to 7000 persons took part in the procession, while there must have been 15,000 people in George and Princes streets thronging the pavements as the cortège passed along, a dense mass garthering in the Octagon, and another large mass in Custom House square. The funeral was undoubtedly the largest ever seen in Otago, and most probably the largest that has ever taken place in New Zealand. A visitor to Dunedin at the present time states that he has only seen two funeral in the colonies which could compare with that of Dr Stuart, and both of these were funerals in Australian capitals of the victims of disasters which evoked widespread feeling of sympathy.