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T!7:b:rh1!fJ lt pt em c v t m n* COOEL HOBERT JOHX HAKRISON, OF CAERHOWEL. saThe poet. jittered a melancholy truth when ho .a' sorrows came not Mn;> *,)U'; ju SaH^0118- I6 was ju^t a IT;onth ago v." had trie duty 0f recording; the death of one of our fore- ban*' P^lic uien, and scarcely have tliewords of syni- Uly left our pen when we are called upon to cc.fd the demise of another estimable man in the r*°n of Col Robert John Harrison, who, by the autiftil character of his home life, and the keen- sss of his sympathy with all praiseworthy objects Cached himself to those with whom tie came in ^tact that his death is a bereavement of an j, .optionally severe character. Unfortunately, the Se-aPse with which Colonel Harrison was 8g1Ze<^ 011 Sunday week ended fatally about si^?Q on Saturday evening. It is just a year ago Colonel Harrison had ar. apoplectic seizure in CQ6 where he was at th<? time engaged in °t^eCt'°n w,t'i ^s duties as colonel in command th P Montgomeryshire Militia. His condition at id bme was one of extreme gravity, but with the H pf diligont medical attendance and skilful thtSlDr ',e partially recovered from the effects of tlj6 Se'zurcS and was able to spend the winter on Continent. While abroad he had another C Itek, less severe in character. He returned to p^r^°Wel in April, aud took a deep interest in the (jj Nations which were being made for the series of the coming-of-age of his eldest Hugh Harrison. Since his seizure last IItt k Colonel Harrison has been constantly he 6nded by Dr Hawksworth and specialists have ^at" Ca"ed ini t>ut the gravity of the case was aHd ^7 all. on Friday there remained no hope, tjj^ °n Saturday evening the patient succumbed in 0 Presence of his wife and family, with whom we i% Il0b say, the deepest svmpathy is felt in an C £ on rendered all the keener by contrast with *"ejoicings so recently held in connection with w!|ugh Harrison's majority. Ato hen the news was received in Welshpool and ^g^Qtnery, the flags on all the public buildings lowered half-mast, the minute bell at the \¡liehes tolled, and many of the townspeople drew Of and put up shutters. In fact the inhabitants int places were deeply moved by the sad Q 'IGENCE. 0Nel Harrison, who was born Septembei 27th, '•,YAS THE eldest and only surviving son of the V^»' -ROBERT John Harrison, M.A., of Caerhowel, °f Forden, by his marriage in 1841 with 14" beth, second daughter and co-heiress of the IK -^EVEREUX Glynne Mytton, Rector of Llan- FTO11- The family of Harrison originally cime OF Q WILTSHIRE. In 1779 Mr Robert John Harrison E married Mary Devereux, A lineal DESCEN- DS ^ALTER Devereux, first Viscount Hereford. ^EVEREUX family were settled for many IJW^TIONS at Yaynor and Nantcribba. Of this P«E CAME Robert John Harrison, formerly cf TLYE IJ1'ER! and afterwards of Caerhowel, Major of O:ae ONTG°ME*Y Royal Militia, who inherited the F.AILd Cefngvvernfa property. Major Harrison in 1810 Sophia Maria, third daughter of HI8 .^LIATN Ilbert, of Bowringsleigh, Devon, and son was the Rev. Robert John Harrison, EJGI AERhowel, M.A., Vicar of Forden for twenty- ^EARS- Colonel Harrison was educated at 6STA?°W and Cambridge, and he succeeded to the to ta S on the death of his father. He soon began of thke an active part in the administrative work 8. tie e connty, for which he was a magistrate and O$CPUTY lieutenant, and in 1880 he served the "ith of high sheriff. For eighteen years he acted OF TOUCH ability as chairman of the Forden Board brok tlardlans, and it was only when his health C E,D°WN that his resignation was regretfully 0, J? BY HIS fellow guardians in March last. IFJGO passing of the Local Government Act of i{0 6 WAS elected to represent the borough of A-C- S0Q,ERY on the County Council, and under the T>0^ °F 1894 he was elected chairman of the OR Rural District Council, which office he held 11 a FEW months ago. He was a member of the ^°OTgomeryshire Standing Joint Committee, and S GERMAN OF THE borough of Montgomery, and J?ETL that borough, in common with a number of W~ER small boroughs, was reformed in 1885, he W* elected its first Mayor, an office to which he again elected in 1893. Colonel Harrison was S^^TIVE Conservative, and president of the Con- Association for the county, but the A tests waged under his direction have FRKT E™kittered by any act or word of his. retirement of the late Mr Charles Wynn ltIel1t' t!:¡e of Colonel Harrison was more than once tned as that of the probable candidate. He. ?«*v principal founder of the Montgomory Con- ITS f ati"e Club, and he has been its president since SON^DATION.' He was president of the Mont- NW7 Cricket and Football Clubs, and he was a "Its tbPatron of cricket. Colonel Harrison, who owner of property at Montgomery, Forden, 1 °1TJ»' Llanfair, took a deep interest in the AN LILERYSHIRE Militia, in the command of which Co) Acceded Colonel Crewe Read in 1887. lletlli e Harrison married, Jnne 4th, 1874, Charlotte £ V1(Lta Emily, third daughter of Mr and Lady »VU ( .Montgomery of Grey Abbey, County HE ? N'ECE of the late Earl of Powis, and by had two sons and a daughter—Hugh Robert *Jily 2^fL^orn April 16th, 1875; Cecil Pryce, born TOIL 1880; and Gwendolen Lucy, born July ^OLO Harrison set upon his career equipped Adtnirable education, and with a character ^LJ thorough in all things which he under- ESTAWI-N0VER ^A'L°D him to the end of his days, HSHED a name for himself of which any HE proud his rnle of life being to ^ITT,R/TH ing through from the base to the 0F °FORE committing fiiinself bnt once satis- course to take it, regardless of the IN pursuit of this lofty ideal, un- HE often found himself in situations ^EPAHLS ^ENT^S were not apt to consider the most T^FACR' HIS only concern was to have the SUC'0N THAT he was doing the right thing. To P^>TYIN A MAN at the head of the Conservative H THFIFJ- 0Ntgonieryshire wasof the highest motnont 1I.1're-land the people of Montgomeryshire will Y acknowledge that he gave the party an STFO^TS 8 STIMULUS by his vigorous and well-directed • AND his splendid power of kindling and fi ^nthusiasm. 'I(; "arrison was universally esteemed, and IN ''IS death will be received with sincere PNH]"1'' L)ARTS °F the county. The warmth of JJ*13 SHOW0 ^00''NG towards the family of Caerhowel J^AFRIG( TL In the recent rejoicings, in which Col. I); ha,a h Was at first able to take part, and although J HI8 CAT IN the prime of life, the memory BO DI C. SEnrices and his private work will ^EHERISHED by all who knew him. He had HE ^UNCH friends and more honest admirers in 0 HTS UR^' AN<' IDS prominence in all public move- T^NTY ,1I('h had FOR their aim tho welfare of the art combined to make him a striking ) hIre ba r will lament that Montgomery- EA^ERS. in him one of its foremost intellectual of' • ^TH Battalion South Wales Borderers 'T? MOST highly-gifted officers; and the HAT T,VR_ 1VE party one of the stoutest champions Of 'T.S ^H>LDOD a PEN or lifted a voice on behalf J> 4 TOUMCLF)LOS- r,,E<I PEAL was rung on the belle of Welshpool ^TEA<;H"URCTL ON Tuesday evening. H? ^^NDA1^1" Parish Church, Montgomery, E HEETOV TF1?RN'NK; from the text, God is love," f IH EVIDLJREV- E- W. Brown, M.A.), speaking 8URE EAIotion, said the thought which he ^"FTIIIIO W.WAS UPpermost in their minds that {V^ISHIOQ AS THE death of their friend and I EY > Col. Harrison. Twelve months ago BEEN .MARNED by his sudden illness, but they J>C°^ER „ '?°"'C-D NP with the hope that he might A ARRI80Q THIS he did to a certain extent. Col. IN TLIQ8 ER>ter into and thoroughly », 'FG F0 event to which he had been J. ^H GREAT I A AN^ which was celebrated with He was able IIB °^LV ON FU610 A'; ^'1E Sunday morning services, TH!!AL PL*ACE IN F1PREVIOAS. Sunday he was in his FTE-V ^VERE O-° morning, but in the evening A ROTLGHOTIT ).I!.EVE<^ HEAR of a fresh attack, and ^°I.8E AC E week they had indeed been anxious. ]A.EPARED THPR^NF °D Saturday morning somewhat THO °R 8AC^ NEWS that they received I S8ED A\YA Col. Harrison had A°D fpll 6 NO^ wish to speak of their °R NEWB°W PArishioner in mere words of COl that, neithPaper eulogy, and it was not a time could he tell them anything of t}ia °h Harrio ^t-hey themselves did not know, to .J1 him hi^i. ^een known to them longer i had known him long enough hart ^ati. p lm 'he qualities of a Christian CoTne to MF°T "le time when he (the R,ector) tad ^esPonsihiJ)D gomery to undertake the serious iie J een his cm^re Parish, Col. Harrison tK ,nS help and adviser. Keenly as <50TI Was n0t r,^088' what must it be to them, and who wm,i^Person in 'hat parish or in the W ^°nld bo °°,t. in the universal grief pray to r ^a death. They would, he e could oivo°* 'he comfort, which He > ° the widow and children in their I great sorrow and bereavement. In Montgomery I parish Colonel Harrison took an active interest in the management of the Schools and other parochial matters, and lie. was Chairman of the Church Restoration Committee. God had taken him awav in the very prime of life, and though it was hard to .say it, they mast say, "Thy will be done." They could not ask why He took way one in the vigour of life awl health, and left others ailing and aged to oil. Thev were all children of one Father, and would sympathise with and feel for those who were now passing through the furnace of sorrow and bereavement. The final hymn was, Without Me ye can do nothing," with the touching lines of the last verse- I could not do without Thee, For years are fleeting fast, And soon in solemn loneliness, The river must be passed But, Thou wilt never leave me, Aud though the waves roll High, I know Thou wilt be necr me, And tf-hisiper, It is I." As the congregation passed out of the church, Mr Tipping, the organist, played the Dead March from Saul. The rewa of Col Harrison's death was received at Llanfair with universal sorrow. The deceased gentleman was always much beloved at Llanfair and recent events proved that the friendship existing between him and the inhabitants of Llan- fair was stronger than ever. The following letter, in his own handwriting, to the honorary secretary, in reply to a letter of thanks from the County School Managers, dated Caerhowel, May 29, 1896, will show how attached he was to Llanfair:—" Dear Sir,I must thank you very much indeed for the kind expression of thanks conveyed in your letter. I have had so many acts of kindness from my friends at Llanfair that it is a real pleasure to be able to make any small return to them.—Yours faithfully, R. J. HARRISON."—The letter is a picture of the unostentatious character of the gallant gentlemen. He attached some value to what all the Llanfair people look upon as a noble deed. Very great sympathy is felt here with Mrs Harrison, Mr Hugh Harrison, and the rest of the family. THE FUNERAL. The remains of the late Colonel Harrison were laid in their last resting place in Forden Church- yard on Wednesday amid general manifestations of widespread sympathy and affection. The solem- nity of the occasion was marked by a temporary suspension of business in Montgomery, and the people flocked to Forden village from the district around to pay their last tribute of respect. The late colonel was accorded a military funeral in which the officers and men of the 4th Batt. South Wales Borderers participated. The weather con- trasted favourably with that of the previous day. Nature herself at first appearing downcast, yet sunshine, typical of re-kindled spirit, was behind the sullen skies. Presently the welcome rays brightened into cobalt the grey gloomy firmanent, and as noon approached the day became one of gloriously golden sunshine. Within the little God's acre of Forden Church was posted the firing party of the 4th Batt. S. W. B. To the last resting place of him whom they loved and whose memory they cherished, they mourn- fully tramped, their arms reversed, to pay usual homage in traditional military fashion to their late chief at the solemn moment of committal. The officers on duty were Colonel Isherwood, Captains Tolcher, Lomax, Sladen, Gent! Colville, and Gaisford, Lieutenants Hastings, Tudor, Knowles and Hopwood. As the time drew near when the solemn cortcge was expected to arrive at the church there was an air of suppressed excitement about the throng, but there was not one incident in the conduct of the onlookers to mar the dignity and pathos of the deeply-affecting scene. For, be it remembered, the inhabitants of Montgomery and district, cown to the humblest amongst them, knew and loved the gallant Colonel who presided, it seems but yester- day, with great ecldt at the coming-of-age rejoicings of his son exactly three weeks previously. Scarcely one among them was there to whom the Colonel had not made himself acquainted, and in whom he had not at some time or another evinced a friendly and kindly interest, and so now that the shadow of death had crept into their midst and robbed them of one for whom they entertained the warmest feelings of regard, the good folk who dwell within sight, almost, of Caerhowel, came out in force to show, not alone by their presence, but by their respectful and reverential demeanour, how they feel for the bereaved in the loss that has fallen upon them. Twelve o'clock having struck the soldiers, acom- panied by a detachment of officers from the garrison, who arrived by special train from Brecon and detrained at Montgomery took up their position outside Caerhowel and the escort and firing party nnder the command of Colonel Isherwood to enact their important share in the coming ceremonial. A fewlminutes elapsed and eight colonr-sergeants were seen to emerge from the honse bearing the oak coffin of Colonel Harrison. Slowly and reverently these men carried their sad burden and placed it in the glass panelled hearse. The coffin was draped with the Union Jack and over it had been deposited the handsome floral cross from the distressed widow and the wreaths from the late colonel's sorrowing children and sister, together with the helmet which he wore as colonel of his regiment, his sword, and belt. It was an affecting moment, and the final touch of solemnity and pathos was impar- ted to the scene when the hearse moved off at a slow pace to the accompaniment of the band and muffled drums, Lieutenant Hugh Harrison, attired in his uniform, following on foot behind his father's charger, with boots in tie stirrups reversed, whilst the other chief mourners followed in closed carriages as follows Mrs Harrison, Miss Harrison, and Mr Pryce Harrison. Mr and Mrs Wharton Mr E. T. D. Harrison, and Mr G. D. Harrison The Earl of Powis, General Hon. and Mrs Herbert, the Hon Robert Herbert Major Herbert, and Mr F. Montgomery Colonel Montgomery, Miss Montgomery, and Air George Montgomery „ Captain D. H. Mytton, Mr R. E. Jones (Cefn Bryntalch), and Mr ft. J. Edmunds (Edderton, Forden) Major Corbett-Winder, Mr R. W. Williams-Wynn, and Sir Thomas Meyrick Mr Forbes, Dr Hawksworth, and Mr E. H. Morri Mr Hawker and Captain O. H. Johnes The household servants. Closed carriages of Mr Beck, Mr J. M. L oy and others. Nothing could have been more profoundly im- pressive than the music played by the military band as the cortege slowly wended its way to the Church, past the Union Workhouse, the blinds of which were drawn, and where the Colonel had for many years presided with much ability over the deliberations of the Board of Guardians. As the mournful procession neared the Church all heads were uncovered as the carriage on which reposed '(3 the oaken casket threaded its way between the military lines, and thus did the bystanders remain until the imposing cortege was completely out of sight. It was here that the procession was joined by the Mayor (Mr E. R. James), and Corpora- tion of Montgomery, the tenantry on the Caer- howel and Glyn estates, the representatives of the various associations with which Colonel Harrison was connected, the general public and the work- men on the estate. Among them we noticed the following Revs E A Fishbourne, J Roberts, Fron Martin, Berriew; Pughe Morgan, Llandyssil; Messrs Archibald Graham, T W Davies, Welshpool Wm Jones, Montgomery; 'J Withers, Vaughan, Morris Davies, Lewis Griffiths, Clipston, R Jones, Compton House; Stephen Williams, C T P Davies, Thomas Alder, John Edwards, Ed Williams, J. Caerhowel; T H George, H E Griffiths, C S Pry ce, clerk to the Forden Guardians; R Turnbull, R Tomley, Solev, Dr Morgan, Messrs Walter Downes, master of the Forden Workhouse; Davies, Fron- fraith (Chairman Forden District Council), E D Parry. The following members of the Montgomery Lodge of Oddfellows—S Davies, R Griffiths, P.G., It Maddox, T Statham, E E Williams, E T Davies, T Jones, R T Harris, J B Tomley, secretary'; R Proctor, P.G.; M Jones, T H Proctor, C B Williams, J Jones, R H Bunner, J Evans, E Berwick, J Berwick, H Lewis, S smith and G Williams, Messrs R W Hughes, Chief Constable of Montgomeryshire W Forrester Addie, (Mayor of Welshpool) Major Prvce-Jones, M.P., Messrs. A. W. Pryce-Jones, W. E. Prvce-Jones, C. Whitley Owen and H. W. Owen, Fronfraith; Edmund Gillart, Machynlleth; G. W. Griffiths, Machynlleth; T. J. Hcunsfield, Glyrcogen; Capt Westby, Messrs. Maurice Lloyd, Scott Owen, E. O. Jones, J. P., Welshpool; J. Fred Francis, Gaer; Francis Langford, Court Calmore R. Laugford, C. Pryce Yearsley, T. Evans, Berriew street; K. Davies, Neuaddlwyd Jones, Llanoddian; Jones, Neuadd; Richards, Llanoddian; A. Humphreys, Manafon; ltvan Evans and Evan Evans, jun., Cetn- gwernfa; E. Andrew, Belandeg; J. N. Jones, Wttrawen; J. Hughes, Mnnlyn Williams, Hem; D. Richards, Welshpool; Matthew Powell, J. J. J. Evans, (secretary Welshpool Savings Bank); u. Rowlands, W. M. Ireland, (Shropshire Union Kail- way and Canal Company); John Smith, °^eP Whittingham, D. P. Owen, J. P., C. Shuker, G. E. Evans, Broad street; William Faimer, Berriew street; J. Pryce Jones, J. Elton, James Fortune, Dawson, W. Davies, Forden; John Lewis, Trwst- E. 1). \L, l Lewi. Turner, jur. Barker llalliwoll, iSV.v'own T. J. j'r .:h. (Co'e-orvative agent ilontgomvry Boro]?:„is •; .i •rn.-s, Sutton 'i. En wards', Aberinuk? T. Waii^in, Luggy J. Lun^'oxd, Brithdir; Davit s, Kemiomen: John Gough, Fo'dt'1 Jn". I;lydyw»:O T. Jonef, Cvvtu ..J. C. T. Morri*. (REPRESENTING the Wei.>hpool Working ilenV: Club); Mevii-k, Nurse Williams, Chester Infirmary Major Healey, Cap tain T. E. Jones and Lieut. Douglas, 3rd Batt. S. W. Borderers Lieut. R. W. Jones, Sergt,Major Black, and Sir. Cook, canteen steward, formerly sergfc.- major oT the 4th Batt. and who served with the late Col. Harrison, from the Dapot, Brecon. During the service in the little fan the firing partv, about 60 in number, stood with arms re- versed north of the churchyard. At tho solemn moment following the committal the soldiers fired a volley, and then was heard once more the roll of muffled drums. Yet another pause and then through the still air was heard the sound of more firing. One more sainte- the third and last—resounded, and then the drums, now un- mufiied, sounded a roll long sustained, which pro- claimed that the sad rites had drawn to a close, and that Co!onel Harrison had been laid to his rest. IN THE CHURCH. The church had been striidngly decorated, and in the presence of Nature so radiant, the solemn strains of Chopin's Funeral March struck the ear as a paradox, vet it is the contrast between Life and Death. The choir presently entered, chanting the opening services of the Burial Service, and once again were"heard the words 1 am the Resurrection and the Life,"—a sentiment which from time im- memorial has been the mourners' last solace. Graduallv the procession moved up the aisle, headed bv Rev J. E. Vize (Vicar of Forden), Rev Prebendarv Burd (Vicar of Chirbury), Rev D. Grinialdi Davis (Vicar of Welshpoo]), and Rev E. W. Brown (Rector of Montgomery). Following the bier came the chief mourners in the order already described, who took up their places in the front, pews to the right of the coffin. The prevailing hue was black, and the officers in their scarlet coats, gave a variation of colour on the north side of the chancel. While the congregation were taking up their places, the choir impressively sang Peace, perfect, peace," after which the congrega- tion sang the 39. h and 90th Psalms. Then Rev E. W. Brown recited the Lesson, from Corinthians. The Rector read the noble passages in a clear, resonant voice full of feeling, and in atone befitting the belief in the final triumph of Life over Death. The hymn Now the labourer's task is o'er," having been sung, the procession was reformed, and slowly moved to the moss-lined grave situate on the north side of the burial ground. Here Rev Prebendary Burd read the pre-committal sentences which com- mence with the words Man that is born of a woman hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery," the parting words Earth to earth, ashes to ashes," being pronounced by the Vicar of Forden. Rev Grimaldi Dav;s gave the closing prayers and pronounced the Benediction, which closed the im- pressive service, after which the mourners one by one filed round the open grave and took a last look. And so was laid to rest one who died after render- ing valuable service to his country. Nothing could have been more beautiful than the floral tributes that surrounded Colonel Harri- son's coffin; nothing more touching than some of the inscriptions. First was a cross covering the length of the coffin bearing the words In h ten- derest affection from his wife." Then came a wreath from his three loving children," and a cross, In loving memory, from Mr and Mrs H. A. Wharton; "They rest from their labours." The wreath from Miss B. A. Mytton, Welshpool, was accompanied with the words, A token of love and regard." Exquisite wreaths were sent by the Ear.L and Countess of Powis; Colonel and Mrs Montgomery, IN affectionate remembrance From his life-long friends, Isabel M. Welch and J. M. E. Lloyd;" Mr and Mrs S. D. Price-Davies, With affection and sympathy;" Mr C. Whitley- Owen, Fronfraith; With deepest sympathy from Beatie and Edward Herbert; In affectionate remembrance from Florentia, Annie, and Arthur ilerbert; Loving remembrance from Henry C. and Edith Dugdale With deepest sympathy and respect from Mr and Mrs Thomas;" With much sympathy and deep regret from Mr E. H. Morris; With much sympathy from Sir Watkin and Lady Williams-Wynn • Rev and Mrs E. W. Brown Mr and Mrs Thomas, Glynn, Llanidloes; In affec- tionate memory of the beloved from the members of the Montgomery Cricket Club;" Mr and Mrs Jones, Rhydyware; the household servants, With deepest sympathy From his old nurse Eliza- beth," Miss E. Devereux Pryce; With sincere regret from Capt and Mrs Lovelt; Miss Parry, Welshpool; servants at 24, Severn street, Welsh- pool With kind remembrance from Mrs C. H. Humphreys, Gartbmyl Hall; In affectionate remembrance from Lucy S. Montgomery In kindest remembrance from Sir Pryce and Lady Pryce-Jones; Sir Thomas and Lady Meyrick; Lieut. Col. Isherwood and Officers, 4th Batt. S.W.B. Dowager Lady Williams Wynn Mr Charles E. and the Misses Howell; "A token of sincere sympathy and regret from Mrs Lovell, Ltanerchydol;" Mr C, J. Lomax, Bod- fach, Llanfyllin Mr. E. Sidney B. Sladen, Oriental Club; Captain and Mrs. Mytton, In affectionate and deep remembrance." "With deepest sympathy, from Robert and Annie Herbert" With sincere sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Jones, Cefn Bryntalch;" From Walter, Elsie, Whitmore, Cicily, Mabel, and Lumley, Cefn Bryntalch In affectionate remembrance, from Lieut.-Col. and Mrs. R. A. Montgomery With Lady Charlotte Montgomery's kindest love;" Mr. and Mrs. Williams, Caerhowel Inn; Mr. W. Jones, coachbuilder, Montgomery In memoriam, from the Montgomery Workiugmen's Conservative Club;" With sincere sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Harrison, Fron Llwyd; With true sympathy, from Mrs. Jones In memoriam, from the Mont- gomeryshire Conservative Association;" Mr Thomp. son and Miss Harrison; Col. and Mrs. Brom- head the Officers of the Depot, Brecon from the Warrant and Non-commissioned Officers of the Depot of the S.W.B.; Mrs. Naylor, Leighton Hall; General Hon. and Mrs. Herbert; Mrs. Pryce and Capt. A. Pryce, Cyfronydd; Major and Mrs. Corbett- Winder, Ac. The remains were enclosed in a shell of plain oak, and the outer coffin was of massive oak grown on the Caerhowel estate. The coffin-plate was in- scribed Robert John Harrison, Colonel 4th Bat- talion South Wales Borderers, born 27th September, 1852, died 6th June, 1896, aged 43 years." The undertaker was Mr. W. Morris, of Welshpool; and the coffin was made by Mr. T. H. Evans, of Mont- gomery.

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