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1881.—The Honorable Sir Charles Turner.

steadily against any thing" approaching to corruption, to repel false evidence or evidence which he believes to be false although rendered on his own side; remember that his calling, his duty, is to procure justice not to foster litigation. The engineer must remember that if his work be brought to a successful issue, a part only of his duty to his employer is thereby performed. If in carrying out that work he has allowed waste or overlooked peculation he has failed in a most important duty. A careless estimate, lax supervision by the engineer are as direct frauds upon the employer as false accounts or the abstraction of money.

I have now pointed out some of your duties. I have pointed out to you the class of men that the country needs — statesmen, judges, physicians and engineers. Have we them now ? Yes ; while I have held the post of Governor when statesmen or judges have been needed they have been ready to my hand. And in nominating the Hon'ble Sashia Sastri to the Council of the Viceroy, in placing the Hon'ble Mr. Justice Muthusawmy Iyer on the Bench of our own High Court, and in adding, as I hope in a few days to do, the name of another learned man, Mr. Ranganadha Sastri, who has this day completed a long and honourable service, to our own Legislative Council, I know that I have advanced them to no honor which was not well deserved or to a post which would not be well filled. Such are the men of whom we shall hereafter need many more — keep them in your minds as studies for your emulation. This vast globe on which we live is rolling through space with all its human freight bearing us all from the days that are, to the days that are to be — aye, carrying us all alike whatever our creed, whatever our race, from the world that is to the mysteries of the world that is to come. We cannot delay its revolution or stay its progress, but we can take measures to ensure that ever as needed there shall be men fit and trained for every station, a ready supply of sound-thinking, right-minded and learned men, whose councils shall strengthen Government with that strength which the concurring support of the people can alone give and shall guide legislation for the people's welfare.



TWENTY-FOURTH CONVOCATION.

(By The Hon. Sir Charles A. Turner, Kt., C.I.E.)

"Gentlemen,—The statutes of the University prescribe that the ceremony of admission to Degrees shall conclude with an