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Death of Lord RHONDDA. GREAT WELSHMAN'S HEROIC END. ¡GREAT WELSHMAN'S HEROIC END. STROVE FOR NATION IN FATAL ILLNESS. With profound regret-which will be shared by every soul in the country, and, indeed, in the Empire-we have to announce the death of Lord Rhondda. He passed away quietly in his sleep at eight o'clock on Wednesday morning. It is literally true that Lord Rhondda gave his life for his country. Six weeks after the Lusitania tragedy he was asked by Mr. Lloyd George, just installed as Minister of Munitions, to re-cross the At- lantic to re-arrange and coordinate the great munition contracts in Canada and the States. Although knowing that an old heart trouble had been accentuated by his Lusitania experiences, he promptly under- took the task, and accomplished it to the great advantage of the country. For these services he was made a peer. When Mr. Lloyd George became Prime Minister he asked his old friend to take charge of the Local Government Board. Hesitating on the score of ill-health, Lord Rhondda went to consult a famour heart specialist. On coming away from that interview he met a friend and said: "I have just had my death- warrant." The words were said placidly, in a matter-of-fact way. How long do you give me?" he asked the specialist; "ten years?" The specialist shook his head. "Five years?" Again the specialist shook his head, and after a pause said: "If you live very quietly, without excitement, without hard work, and always exercise the greatest care, you may live two years —perhaps more, perhaps less; but you must go very, very quietly." Yet, knowing this, Lord Rhondda ac- cepted Mr. Lloyd George's invitation to go to the Local Government Board and threw himself into the work with characteristic energy, determined, as he said more than once to the writer, to leave his mark on the department and on the country. With his penetrating insight he soon discovered that Britain's urgent needin home administration was a great, live, vigorous Ministry of Health, and he set himself to the t ask of creating it. There is every probability that if he had remained at his post in the Local Government Board he would have succeeded in his object-succeeded in spite

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