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Thursday, 2 June 1921

Mr WATKINS (Newcastle) .- As one who, perhaps, knew our late friend more intimately than many other honorable members, I should like to. add my tribute in support of the motion. I think the best side of his character was the' fact that while he forgot the unpleasant things done to him, he never forgot those who did him a kindness. It may be said of him that he was a person brimful of humanity. He always stood out for a fair deal. He had many fights, but no enemies. For many years, our departed comrade discharged the onerous duties of the office of Whip of our party. How arduous and exacting those duties frequently are none can better testify than one who, like myself, has undertaken them. He appliedhimself to their discharge with the utmost zeal and efficiency, and with the same warm-hearted enthusiasm he devoted to every aim of the great cause he loved so faithfully and served so well. God rest his soul!

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