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dated November 2, 1951: Tribute to Leonard Matters

Mr. Leonard Warburton Matters (70), TheHindu's representative in London from 1933, died in his home in Hertfordshire, England. In indifferent health for some months, he seemed to be recovering. As late as on 24th October, he had sent a short-story for the Sunday Magazine supplement of this paper. He had planned to go to Brighton first, and then for the winter to Portugal or Madeira. But death came sooner. This tribute to Mr. Matters is from the Editorials:

``In his death, TheHinduhas lost an able and zealous representative who looked after its London Office. His colleagues have lost a valued collaborator and genial friend. An Australian from Adelaide, Mr. Matters took to journalism from boyhood. Parliamentary correspondent of a local paper even in his teens, he became editor of the `PerthDailyNews' in his twenties. After brief experience in the Boer War as a soldier, he used his flair for journalism to see the world through the windows of newspapers in Argentina, California, Jamaica, Japan, and China, before finally settling down in Fleet Street. His travels in Russia shortly after the Revolution resulted in an interesting book on the development of Siberia, and of Arctic trade routes. Mr. Matters was a keen Socialist; joining the British Labour Party, he became member for Lambeth in 1929. The Labour Party held radical views on India. Mr. Matters took special interest in the subject, and came here in 1932 with V. K. Krishna Menon and Miss Ellen Wilkinson at the height of the second Civil Disobedience movement, to see things at first-hand. The report he published after this tour was banned by the Government of India, but it served to arouse the conscience of the British people. About this time, Mr. Matters joined TheHinduas its London Representative and Correspondent: his contacts with Labour leaders and other British politicians made his reports particularly valuable to the paper and its readers. He became well-known to the Indian community in London and many students and Indian visitors to England will recall his kindness and invariable good humour. During the war, Mr. Matters continued to send reports despite the air-raids and, in recent years, he came twice to India to cultivate his many contacts and acquire more intimate knowledge of the Indian people and their problems. All those, who had the privilege of knowing this fine journalist, will mourn his passing.''

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