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Wednesday, 3 July 1912

Senator STORY (South Australia) . - As a colleague of the deceased gentleman, I should like to say one or two words. Senator W. Russell was a man of the people. In his early life he suffered great privations. He knew what poverty and want meant, and consequently his sympathies always went out to the poor and distressed. His kind-heartedness and his sympathy with the' afflicted were greattraits in his character. He was always fearless in the advocacy of his opinions, and he was always earnest and honest. No matter what the consequences might be, he was never afraid of expressing his candid convictions upon all political questions. As has already been said, his death is a distinct loss to the Commonwealth. It is a still greater loss to the State which he represented, and it is an irreparable loss to his' widow and family. I am sure that every honorable senator will sincerely subscribe to .the motion of condolence with them in their bereavement. ;

Senator Lt.-ColonelCAMERON(Tasmania) [3.15]. - I should like to offer a few words of sympathy to the widow and family of the late Senator W-. Russell in their extremely sad bereavement. It was my privilege and honour to have known the deceased gentleman since fee became a member of the Senate somewhat intimately, and I can truthfully say that the personal intercourse which I had with him has left a deep impression upon my mind. I found that in all his thoughts, and in all that he did, he was actuated by the purest and best motives. A man of that class, no matter whether he be in public or in private life, we cannot well afford to lose. I wish to tender my sympathy to the widow and family in the very great loss which they have sustained.

Senator WALKER(New South Wales) {3.17]. - In common with other honorable senators, I do not like to permit this motion to pass without expressing my personal regard for the late Senator. W. Russell, and my sympathy with his widow and family in their profound bereavement. I suppose that there is no honorable senator upon the other side of the chamber with whom I had more friendly relations than I had with him. Needless to add, I found in him a strong fellow countryman of my own, and that in itself constituted a bond of sympathy between us. But irrespective of considerations of nationality or of politics, I grew to like him exceedingly. I found him most courteous. We differed in our political views it is true, but that circumstance did not interfere in the slightest with our personal friendship. I can sincerely say that my feelings are in thorough accord with the terms of the motion which has been so gracefully proposed by the Vice-President of the Executive Council

Question resolved in the affirmative, honorable senators standing in their places.

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