Wednesday, August 10, 2011


A young Chinaman named Wi Ying, a cousin to the well-known Chinese interpreter, died of fever in a house in Wakefield-street on Sunday evening. He only arrived here four months since, was taken ill about a fortnight ago, and though he was attended by Dr. Stockwell and every means taken, death supervened. The funeral, which was conducted by Mr G. H. Leaning, took place yesterday. The interment took place at . Waikomiti, and the obsequies .were attended by some 22 of the dead man's compatriots. The ceremonialwasofavery simple character. Each •of the mourners cast a handful of rice into the grave to support the dead man on his journey to the happy hunting-ground of his race; and after, the coffin had been lowered, those around, after the Chinese custom, pronounced panegyricsonthedeceased. " What did you say Tommy ?" our reporter enquired from Mr Quoi, who supplied the materials for this paragraph. " Oh," replied Quoi, I said "Farewell, oll man ! I wish you go along to heaven quick without much trouble." All the mourners, we may add, wore white " weepers " on their hats, white being the Chinese symbol of mourning. Auckland Star, Volume XVIII, Issue 168, 19 July 1887, Page 8

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