10 JUNE 1911, Page 3

Sir Charles Elliott, who died suddenly on Sunday week, was

one of the most efficient, the most high-minded, and the most indefatigable of our public servants. Entering the Indian Civil Service in 1856, he distinguished himself in the Mutiny, being mentioned in despatches for his gallantry, and brought his long and honourable career in India to a close as Lieu. tenant-Governor of Bengal from 1891 to 1895. On his retire- ment he followed the noble example of another great Anglo- Indian, Lord Lawrence, and devoted the hard-earned leisure of his old age to education, serving for eight years on the School Board and for seven as Chairman of the Finance Committee, to which, though a Moderate, he was repeatedly re-elected by the Progressive majority. To the splendid unselfishness of his work for the schools of East London Mr. G. L. Bruce pays a fine tribute in Tuesday's Times : "There was something magnificent in the perfect simplicity with which he passed from ruling an Empire to caring for the pettiest details of school work. 'Is there anything better,' he once said to sue, than when a child is glad to see you ? ' "