The Witness - Friday, 2 January, 1914


MARK -- Dec. 27, at Dunboe Manse, Castlerock, the wife of Rev. James Mark, B.A., of a son.

WILSON -- Dec. 24, at Ballygoney Manse, Moneymore, the wife of Rev. George Wilson, of a daughter.


BECK--BAIRD -- Dec. 29, at First Donegore Presbyterian Church, by Rev. Alexander M'Kinney, assisted by Rev. J. D. Craig Houston, B.D., Josiah, youngest son of the late Josiah I. Beck, Donegore, to Annie, third daughter of the late James Baird, Ballyhamage. At home, 27, Hughenden Avenue, February 18th--21st.

LAMB--HENRY -- December 10, at the Strand Church, Londonderry, by the Rev. W. J. Lowe, D.D., assisted by the Rev. J. Carson Greer, M.A., George Gibson Lamb, Altnafoyle, Londonderry, son of the late William Lamb, Greenland, Berickshire, to Annette Louise Eckhardt, daughter of the late Professor J. Edgar Henry, M.A., D.D., of M'Crea-Magee College, Londonderry.


M'MASTER -- Dec. 26, at Green Street, Carrickfergus, Mary, daughter of the late Robert M'Master. Her remains were interred in St. Nicholas' Churchyard, Carrickfergus, on December 28.

ROBB -- Dec. 26, at his residence Kirk-Bruigbean, Fortwilliam Park, Kirk Robb. Funeral private.

SIMMS -- December 30, 1913, at her residence, Scrabo Isles, Newtownards, Elizabeth, widow of John Simms. Her remains were interred in Movilla Cemetery on Thursday, 1st January, 1914.

ALEXANDER -- Dec. 29, at Gransha, Islandmagee, Joseph Alexander, husband of Mary Alexander.

ALLEN -- Dec. 28, at a Private Nursing Home, Belfast, Edward M'Crea Allen, Cookstown.

ARCHIBALD -- Dec. 25, at Gospel Hill, Aghadowey, Ernest George, youngest son of William Archibald, aged 15 years.

ARNOLD -- Dec. 23, and Greenan, Dromore, Ellen, the wife of John Arnold

BRADSHAW -- Dec. 22, at Kilmory, Cadzow Drive, Cambuslang, Glasgow, Ethel Margaret Herald, only daughter of Mr. George L. B. Bradshaw.

BIRNEY -- Dec. 6, at Sigra, Benares, India, Rev. Herbert William Vincent Birney, Church Missionary Society.

BURNS -- Dec. 11, at 8, Milton Avenue, Westcliff, Essex, Elizabeth Isabella, eldest daughter of the late Walter Burns.

BURNS -- Dec. 24, at 24, Upton Street, Thomas George Burns, Compositor, husband of Lizzie Burns.

CARLILE -- Dec. 29, at The Hill, Cregagh, Robert Carlile.

CRAIG -- Dec. 24, at Durban, South Africa, Sarah, wife of John Craig, and only daughter of the late Moffett Dickson, Belfast. (By cable).

CUTHBERT -- Dec. 24, at Mount Donard, Windsor Park, Joseph Cuthbert, J.P.

DAVIDSON -- December 25, at her residence, Oakley, King's Road, Knock, Elizabeth Chambers, wife of James Davidson.

DUMICAN -- Dec. 30, at Helen's Bay, Co. Down, Mary Dumican.

FERRIS -- Jan. 1, at Shaftesbury Square, Eleanor Jean, youngest daughter of Harry Ferris, aged 14 months.

FOSTER -- Dec. 23, at 125, University Avenue, Margaret (Maud), younger daughter of John Foster.

FLEMING -- December 22, Dr. Alexander J. Fleming, of Hampstead, London, much and deservedly regretted son of Rev. Robert Win--- Fleming, formerly the minister of First Co------.

GORMAN -- Dec. 27, at Queen's Parade, Bangor, Dr. John Gorman, Surgeon, third son of the late Philip Gorman, of Maze, Co. Down.

HALLIDAY -- Dec. 24, at Church Walk, Lurgan, Andrew Halliday, aged 75 years.

HENNING -- Dec. 30, at his residence, The Course, Cavan, Rathfriland, James H. Henning, in his 85th year.

HERBISON -- Dee. 26, at Cottage Hospital, Ballymena, Samuel, second son of the late William M'Crory Herbison, aged 22 years.

HERDMAN -- Dec. 29 (suddenly). Henry Hedman, Hillside, Holywood.

IRELAND -- Dec. 27, at Oakley, Holywood, Emily, daughter of the late James Ireland.

JOHNSTON -- Dec. 23, at 19, Leitrim Street, Castlereagh Road, Belfast, Charlotte Johnston, youngest daughter of the late John M'Williams Johnston, formerly of Mullintor, Dyan, Caledon, County Tyrone.

MERCER -- Dec. 26, at Gallows Street, Dromore, Co. Down, George Mercer.

MORRISON -- Dec. 28, at 3, Court Street, Newtownards, James Morrison, Coach Painter.

M'BRIDE -- Dec. 31, at Ballynalough, Letitia Jane, wife of William M'Bride.

M'CALL -- Dec. 29, at Londonderry Arms, High Street, Newtownards, Edward M'Call, J.P., aged 80 years.

M'CLEERY -- Dec. 27. at Dufferin Avenue, Bangor, Samuel A. M'Cleery.

M'VITTY -- Dec. 27, at Whitehall Street, Clones, James M'Vitty, aged 76 years.

NEILL -- Dec. 24, at Brimscombe, Gloucestershire, Ethel, fifth daughter of the late Henry J. Neill, Rockport, Co. Down.

NICHOLSON -- Dec. 31, at her residence, No 6, Artana Street, Ormeau Road (suddenly), Margaret Ann Nicholson, relict of the late John Nicholson.

PURCELL -- Dec. 26, at the Infirmary, Armagh (the result of an accident) Nellie, the wife of John T. Purcell, Gweedore, Co. Donegal, aged 46 years.

RAINEY -- Dec. 27, at 18, Thomas STreet, Newtownards, Margaret, relict of the late William Rainey.

RITCHIE -- Dec. 24, at his residence, 4 Faughart Terrace, Dundalk, Samuel Bell Ritchie.

ROBB -- December 31, at her residence, 38, Eglantine Avenue, Belfast, Martha, widow of the late Rev. J. Gardiner Robb, D.D., LL.D., Galway, and daughter of the late Rev. John Hanna, Clogher, County Tyrone, aged 68 years.

SMYTH -- Dec. 27, Robert Baxter Smyth, formerly of Lis--- Park, Caledon, aged 89 years.

SPEERS -- Dec. 19, 1913, at The Mountainside Hospital, Montclair, New Jersey, U.S.A. (following an operation), Elizabeth, youngest daughter of the late William Speers, Mount Pleasant, Jordanstown, Whiteabbey.

STANNUS -- Dec. 25, at The Elms, Portarlington, Sophia, widow of the late James Stannus, ---, The Elms, Portarlington, and Carlingford, Co. Louth, and daughter of the late William Blosse Armstrong, Lisnagrough, Co. Tipperary.

SURGENOR -- December 26, at his residence, Killycorgin, Portglenone, James Surgenor, aged 86 years.

TAYLOR -- Dec. 22, at 28, Clifton Crescent, Belfast, William Taylor, aged 83 years.

TODD -- Dec. 24, at Court House, Markethill, Lucy, widow of the late William Pedlow Todd.

WALLACE -- Dec. 31, at Glenoe, Bangor, Charles Albert Wallace.




3 -- His grace the Duke of Abercorn died after a brief illness, pneumonia being the immediate cause of death.
  A new school was opened at Dunadry by Mrs. Haughton, whose husband owns a factory in the neighbourhood.
4 -- Death of Mr. Wm. Hegan, for sixteen years an elder in Carnmoney Presbyterian Church.
5 -- In May Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, the Moderator of the General Assembly, unveiled a bust of the late Rev. W. J. M'Caughan.
  Cooke Centenary Church organ opened.
7 -- At very interesting lecture on the subject of the Sustentation Fund of the Presbyterian Church was delivered by Rev. W. A. Watson in Crescent Church, Belfast.
8 -- Carrowdore Presbyterian Church new hall opened.
9 -- Death of Mr. W. H. S. M'Millan, one of the Belfast city missionaries.
10 -- Rev. Wm. Patterson, D.D., lectured in St. Enoch's Presbyterian Church, Belfast, on "The Republic and the Dominion."
  Presentation of an organ to the congregation of Second Limavady Presbyterian Church by Miss Irvine, Drumrane Villa.
11 -- Special sermons relating to the Soudan United Mission were preached in Belfast by Dr. Karl Kumm, Rev. C. N. Barton, and Mr. Gilbert Dawson.
12 -- Citizens' Sunday in the Assembly Hall, Belfast. Rev. Dr. Patterson preached the sermon.
13 -- Rev. Dr. Taylor attended Ulsterville Presbyterian Church and installed Miss Foreman as deaconess.
14 -- John Knox Hall, in connection with Pettigo Presbyterian Church, opened by Mrs. Dickson.
15 -- Rev. Wm. Orr, minister of Greenbank (Derry Presbytery), signified his intention of accepting a call from the congregation of Cushendall, in the Presbytery of Ballymena, and was installed, on 28th January.
16 -- Rev. Thos. Doey, Bessbrook, called to First Dromore (Co. Down) congregation.
  In Belfast and many parts of Ulster demonstrations were held, at which the Home Rule Bill, which had passed its third reading, was publicly burned.
19 -- Rev. Dr. M'Kean preached on behalf of the Foreign Mission in the Assembly Hall, Belfast.
20 -- Fiftieth annual meeting of Dublin Presbyterian Association was held, and satisfactory reports as to continual increase of membership were read.
21 -- Mr. Wm. Young, J.P., Fenaghy, Ballymena, cousin of the Right Hon. John Young, Galgorm Castle, died at the advanced age of 86 years.
  Address and presentation to Mr. Matthew Patterson from the congregation of Second Ray.
22 -- Queen's University Students' Union, having been recently enlarged, was reopened by the Lord Mayor.
23 -- Third annual festival, held under the auspices of Limavady Presbyterian Church Union, was addressed by the Moderator (Right Rev. Henry Montgomery, D.D.)
24 -- Presentation to Mr. D. M. Patterson, for thirty years choirmaster in Albert Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast.
26 -- First Presbyterian Church, Carrickfergus, re-opened after the installation of a new organ, pulpit, and choir seats, gifts of Mr. Wm. A. Woodside and Mr. D. Woodside.
29 -- Publication of Orient Missionary Exhibition balance sheet, showing total receipts of 783.

2 -- Colonel J. M. M'Calmont, M.P. for East Antrim since 1885, died at his residence Magheramorne House, aged 65 years.
3 -- The Right Rev. Dr. Montgomery, Moderator of the General Assembly, commenced in Drogheda his rounds of visits to a number of the outposts of the Irish Presbyterian Church.
6 -- An enjoyable function took place in the Assembly Hall, when a reception was given by Duncairn Presbyterian Church congregation to Rev. Jas. Pyper, B.A., and his wife on the occasion of their marriage.
9 -- Fifty-fifth anniversary of the Irish Temperance League.
10 -- Ballymena Presbytery held a conference on the Sustentation Fund, with a public meeting addressed by Rev. H. P. Glenn, Bray.
  Presentation to Rev. J. B. M. Armour from congregation of Fitzroy Avenue Presbyterian Church.
11 -- Over 100 of his ministerial brethren and lay friends made Rev. Samuel Thompson, Clifton Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, the recipient of a handsome presentation on the occasion of his forthcoming marriage.
  Rathfriland Presbytery Sunday-school Union formed.
12 -- In connection with the anniversary of the Irish Temperance League a meeting under the auspices of the Belfast Women's Temperance Association, was held in the City Y.M.C.A.
  At a largely attended meeting of West Belfast Anti-Home Rule Association, under the presidency of the Right Hon. Thomas. Sinclair, D.L., Mr. Stewart Blacker Quin was selected Unionist candidate for the division.
14 -- Rev. James Irwin, B.A., celebrated his semi-jubilee at Newmills Presbyterian Church, and was given an address and presentation by the congregation.
  Rev. T. M. Barker, M.A., a licentiate of Derry Presbytery, was ordained and designated for service in the Manchurian Mission.
16 -- Sermons were preached in Elmwood Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by Rev. R. H. Fisher, Edinburgh.
  Memorial service, held in City Y.M.C.A., to the memory of Captain Scott and his comrades who perished in the Antarctic.
17 -- Death of Mr. John Megaw, J.P., Ballymoney, for many years an elder in First Kilraughts Presbyterian Church and Sunday-school superintendent.
19 -- Major M'Calmont was returned unopposed as M.P. for East Antrim.
  Mrs. Dickey, wife of Professor Dickey, Magee College, opened Carnowen Schoolhouse.
20 -- Healthy reports were read at the annual meeting of the Belfast City Mission held under the presidency of the Right Hon. Thomas Sinclair, D.L.
  Sunday-school conference in Stewartstown.
21 -- Compliment to Rev. H. H. Macready by the congregation of Second Islandmagee Presbyterian Church on completing twenty-two years' ministry.
  C.P.A. annual conversazione and musical evening in Belfast.
24 -- At a special meeting of the Presbytery of Belfast an important statement was read by the Rev. R. Barron regarding the attack by Nationalists upon Sunday-school children at Castledawson.
  Death of Mr. R. H. S. Reade, D.L., Dunmurry, in his seventy-fifth year.
25 -- Resignation by Sir W. J. Baxter, Coleraine, of the position of secretary of Terrace Row Presbyterian Church after over thirty-four years' service.
26 -- Rev. G. F. Stewart, M.A., of Aughnacloy Presbyterian Church, accepted a call from the congregation of Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan.
28 -- Rev. Thomas J. Harrison, B.A., made the recipient of a valuable presentation from the congregation of Second Rathfriland Church on the occasion of his recovery from illness.

3 -- Government Committee of the General Assembly nominated Mr. Joseph Lynn, B.A., Derry Presbytery, to act as an Army chaplaincy probationer with a view to his appointment by the War Office.
4 -- The Ards Presbytery met in Kirkcubbin Church, and installed Rev. C. H. Hunter, B.A., late of Cladymore, to the pastorate of the congregation worshipping there.
  Farewell missionary meeting at Kingstown to Dr. Emma Crooks and Miss Rosa Hudson.
9 -- A fine turn-out of local contingents of the Boys' Brigade attended St. Enoch's Presbyterian Church, and the Rev. John Pollock gave them a very practical address on Christian reading.
10 -- Cladymore Presbyterian Church congregation presented Rev. C. H. and Mrs. Hunter with an address and presentation on the occasion of their departure to Kirkcubbin.
13 -- A record year's work was completed in the Kinghan Mission for the Deaf and Dumb and Blind.
14 -- Bloomfield Presbyterian Church congregation hold a sale of work to liquidate a debt of 600 which still rested on the church building.
16 -- David Livingstone Centenary celebrations in Belfast. Special service, Assembly Hall, at which the sermon was preached by Rev. Dr. Geo. Thompson.
  Rev. Prof. F. J. Paul, M'Crea Magee College, conducted special services in Eglinton Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast.
  Death of Rev. Robert Turner, Swateragh, Co. Derry.
17 -- A conversazione was held in the People's Hall, York Street, in celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of the North Belfast Mission.
  Reception and presentation from Clifton Street congregation to Rev. Samuel and Mrs. Thompson.
18 -- At the forty-seventh annual meeting of the Presbyterian Orphan Society it was reported that since the founding of the Society a sum of 419,883 had been distributed to orphans.
  Banbridge Presbytery Sabbath-school conference, at Banbridge.
19 -- At First Derry Presbyterian Church meeting an instance of the growth of the congregation was given by the statement that the Communion-roll contained 100 names more than ten years ago.
20 -- In the Assembly Hall, a largely-attended public meeting was held for the purpose of expressing sympathy with the Rev. R. Barron and the Whitehouse congregation in connection with the attack on their excursion at Castledawson.
22 -- I.O.G.T. annual meetings at Ballymena.
23 -- Rev. Gilmour Neill resigned the pastorate of Hillhall Presbyterian Church to go to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Portsmouth.
  Rev. R. B. Wylie, M.A., resigned in the forty-third year of his ministry to Terrace Row Presbyterian Church, Coleraine.
24 -- With the object of aiding the John G. Paton Hebridean Mission Fund in connection with Dungiven Presbyterian Church a concert was held in the Guildhall.
  Death of Rev. Samuel Petticrew, in his ninety-third year, at his residence, Strandtown, Belfast.
25 -- Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, renovated at a cost of 300.
28 -- The tri-jubilee of Belfast Methodism was celebrated in Donegall Square Church schoolroom, Belfast.
  Rev. Joseph Lynn, B.A., Londonderry, ordained to the ministry on his appointment as army chaplain.
29 -- In connection with the Livingstone Centenary celebrations a united service was held in the City Y.M.C.A., Wellington Hall, Sir Wm. Crawford, J.P., presiding.
30 -- A high-grade Estey organ was opened for praise service in Tartaraghan Presbyterian Church.
  Rev. T. A. Smyth, Great Victoria Street Presbyterian Church, declined a call to South Africa.
31 -- Missionary Loan Exhibition in City Y.M.C.A. Hall.

2 -- Intimation given at meeting of Belfast Presbytery of the retirement of Rev. James Maconaghie, Fortwilliam Presbyterian Church, Belfast.
3 -- In recognition-of his public services, Sir Robert Anderson, Bart., J.P., was presented by the citizens with his life-size portrait and address in album form.
4 -- Rev. Wm. M'Neill, Dublin, accepted, a call to Trinity Presbyterian Church, Birkenhead.
5 -- Laying of foundation-stone of Brownlee Memorial Schoolhouse in connection with Railway Street Presbyterian Church, Lisburn, by Lady Keightley and Mrs. R. W. Hamilton.
6 -- Death of Lady Carson, wife of the leader of the Irish Unionist party.
10 -- At a meeting of the Presbyterian Theological Faculty the degree of D.D. was conferred upon Revs. A. J. Wilson, B.A.; Thos. C. Fulton, M.A.; W. J. Macaulay, B.A.; and the degree of B.D. upon Revs. Hugh D. Swan and John T. Montgomery.
  Death of Dr. Cecil Shaw, youngest son of the late Rev. George Shaw, a former, minister of Fitzroy Avenue Presbyterian Church.
12 -- Death of Mr. John M'Kee, of Wyncroft, Adelaide Park, one of the most prominent members and a former secretary, of Fisherwick Presbyterian Church.
16 -- Retirement of Rev. Dr. Davidson after over fifty years' ministry at Glennan Presbyterian Church.
  Rev. Dr. W. J. Macaulay entertained to dinner by the members of the Armagh Presbytery.
16 -- Record year's work was announced at annual meeting of Newington Presbyterian Church, Belfast.
17 -- Rev. John Johnston, after completing twenty-five years' ministry, was, with his wife, made the recipient of handsome presentations from Cumber Presbyterian Church. Presentation of pulpit robes to Rev. W. J. Macaulay, D.D., by the congregation of First Portadown Presbyterian Church.
20 -- Installation of a new organ at Warrenpoint Presbyterian Church.
25 -- At Fitzroy Avenue Presbyterian Church, Belfast, annual meeting Mr. John Campbell, captain of the Boys' Brigade for nineteen years, was presented with a purse of sovereigns and an address.
  Presentation of a cheque to Rev. T. A. Smyth, Great Victoria Street Presbyterian Church, by his congregation.
24 -- Presentation to Rev. Thomas Glass, B.A., by the congregation of First Presbyterian Church, Cookstown, on the return of himself and family from an Australian tour.
25 -- Death of Professor John Park, M.A., D.Lit., Queen University, Belfast.
28 -- M'Quiston Memorial Presbyterian Church, twenty-first anniversary celebrations.
29 -- At this annual meeting of the Belfast Synod of the Presbyterian Church, Rev. David Steen, Islandmagee, was elected Moderator, and addresses were given by Revs. Dr. M'Kean, W.A. Watson, and Thos. Doey.

1 -- At Belfast Corporation meeting a deputation representing Irish Presbyterian, Episcopal, and Methodist Churches attended to urge upon the Council the necessity of building an adequate nu ber of National schools in the city.
2 -- At a meeting of ladies in the City Hall -- Mrs. R. J. M'Mordie presiding -- Mrs. Matheson (Birmingham Women's Settlement) gave an address on "Work Among Girls."
  Jungle Tribes Mission annual meeting in Belfast.
4 -- Memorial service in connection with the death in Liverpool of Mr. Samuel Gibson Sinclair, cousin of the Right Hon. Thomas Sinclair, D.L., was conducted in Sinclair Seamen's Church, Belfast.
5 -- Rev. John Stewart, D.D., Dublin, a well-known and highly-esteemed clergyman, died after an operation for appendicitis.
6 -- At a meeting of Belfast Presbytery Rev. Dr. Megaw presented a report on the previous winter's Sunday services in the Assembly Hall, and said the smallest number present was 449, and the largest 1,912.
10 -- Pulpit Supply Association secretary, Mr. Alex. Stewart, resigned, he having accepted a call to the congregation of Bessbrook.
11 -- Rev. Dr. M'Kean conducted special services at Ballybay Second Presbyterian Church on the occasion of the installation of a pipe organ.
  Rev. W. J. Macaulay, D.D., preached at Derramore Presbyterian Church, Limavady, in aid of the renovation fund.
13 -- Mr. S. Smyth, for over twenty-five years Sabbath-school teacher at Ballymacreely, Killinchy, was presented with an illuminated address and other gifts.
15 -- Call to Rev. W. H. Marshall, B.A., Sixmilecross, to Aughnacloy Presbyterian Church.
  New Presbyterian Church in Waterford opened by Rev. Dr. Henry Montgomery.
16 -- Tenth annual Sabbath-schooi conference in connection with Comber Presbytery, held in Dundonald Presbyterian Church.
17 -- Rev. R. J. Patterson (Catch-My-Pal) left Belfast on a visit to America.
18 -- College Square Presbyterian Church annual special services, conducted by Rev. Alexander Cuthbert, Carrickfergus.
20 -- Rev. Andrew Irvine, late of Drumkeerin, installed at Cladymore Presbyterian Church.
21 -- Ordination of Rev. Alex. Stuart, Belfast, at Bessbrook Presbyterian Church.
25 -- Rev. Wm. Corkey conduced Empire Day Service in City Y.M.C.A.
26 -- East Belfast Sabbath-school Teachers' Union Conference in Y.M.C.A. Hall, Mountpottinger, Belfast.
27 -- Old-Age Fund of the Irish-Presbyterian Church annual meeting. Amount in bank, 2,713 10s.
28 -- Irish Colportage Association annual meeting in Assembly Hall. 18,819 copies of the Scriptures sold during the year.
29 -- Complimentary tea and presentation of an album address to Rev. A. J. Wilson, D.D., by his ministerial brethren.

2 -- The annual deliberations in connection with the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland were commenced in the Assembly Hall, when the Rev. Dr. Macaulay was elected Moderator for the ensuring year.
3 -- Presbyterian Women's Union annual meeting in Belfast -- Lady Baxter presiding.
5 -- Three hundred ministers and elders of the Presbyterian Church entertained Mr. and Mrs. John Megaw to dinner, and made them gifts of in recognition of the hospitality, they have displayed for many years on the occasion of the annual meetings of the General Assembly.
6 -- At the meeting of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland a Memorial containing 131,356 signatures was presented by a deputation, of laymen, requesting the Assembly to give a clear deliverance against Home Rule, and the Memorial was received and the declaration against Home Rule passed by 921 votes to forty-three.
7 -- Annual meetings of the Women's Association for Foreign Missions held in the Assembly Hall.
8 -- Rev. Dr. M'Mordie, Mourne, conducted service in Belmont Presbyterian Church, Belfast.
9 -- Death of Mr. Samuel Lawther, D.L., an ex-Alderman of Belfast Corporation, at Tullow, County Carlow.
10 -- Discussion at the General Assembly meeting on alleged sweating in some industries, and the matter referred to the Social Service Committee to come up for discussion at this year's meeting.
12 -- Worlds Y.M.C.A. Conference in Edinburgh.
13 -- Successful fete held in connection with First Donagheady and Castlemelton Sabbath-schools.
15 -- Kingstown Presbyterian Church jubilee celebrations.
16 -- Randalstown Sabbath-School Union annual examinations.
  Miss Small, of Killucan, was presented with a case of silver spoons by the members of Killucan Presbyterian Church on the occasion of her departure from the district.
19 -- Statue to the memory of Lord Kelvin unveiled in Botanic Gardens Park.
20 -- Two day summer fete held for the benefit of Rickamore School. Rev. Robert Wallace and Rev. Luke M'Quitty presided in the respective days.
23 -- At the opening meeting of the Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, in Belfast, the outgoing Moderator read a message from the Free Church of Scotland expressing sympathy with Irish Protestants in the trying conditions of the country.
24 -- Route Sunday-school Union annual conference. Revs. A. Crothers, W. H. Craig, T. M'Connell, A. J. Jenkins, A. H. Dill, S. Wallace, and R. C. Elliott took part.
26 -- Rev. W. F. Marshall, B.A., ordained at Aughnacloy.
29 -- Rev. C. W. Hunter, B.A., Ballyrashane, occupied the pulpit of St. Giles' Church, Edinburgh, and made sympathetic reference to the death of the Rev. Dr. Cameron Lees.

1 -- First Dromara Presbyterian Church bi-centenary celebrations. Ministerial jubilee of Rev. Gawin Douglas, Reformed Presbyterian Church, Loughbrickland.
2 -- Rev. W. A. M'Nutt, Drumachose, accepted a call from Hillhall Presbyterian Church congregation.
  Kilmore Presbyterian Church, near Crossgar, held a bazaar, and fete to clear off a debt and to raise money in order to provide a residence for the school teacher.
4 -- First Dromara Presbyterian Church annual outing for Sabbath-school children.
6 -- In connection with the Twelfth anniversary services were held in many of the city churches.
7 -- Rev. Alex. MacLurg, M.A., Ardstraw Presbyterian Church, Co. Tyrone, received the call from Cowan Avenue Presbyterian Church, Toronto.
8 -- Presbytery of Connaught met in Ballymote Presbyterian Church for the visitation of the congregation.
10 -- At a meeting of the Presbyterian Church Old-Age Fund, it was announced that in connection with the Indigent Ladies' Fund Mr. W. M. Cuthbert, of Belfast and Capetown, had signified his intention of contributing 1,000 to the fund on the same trusts as those governing the 12,000 contributed by the founder of the fund.
12 -- Death of Mr. Samuel Wright, J.P., a prominent member of Newbliss Presbyterian Church.
13 -- Rev. Corkey M.A., Monaghan, preached at Culnady and Swateragh Presbyterian Church in aid of the Manse Improvement Fund.
14 -- A demonstration under the auspices of the Protestant Total Abstinence Union was held at Ramore Head, Portrush.
16 -- Presentation to Rev. G. B. Shaw, Clagan Presbyterian Church.
20 -- A special service was conducted by the Rev. Dr. Henry Montgomery in Dunmurry Presbyterian Church in connection with Dunmurry Unionist Club.
  Rev. S. Cochrane conducted a Masonic service in the First Donaghadee Presbyterian Church.
21 -- Death of Mr. Andrew Gailey, Castlederg, in his eighty-fifth year. He was a Sabbath-school teacher for almost seventy years.
22 -- Address and presentation to Rev. S. D. Stuart from Sixmilecross Presbyterian congregation on completing the eighteenth year of his ministry.
25 -- Millisle Presbyterian Church congregation held a two-day summer fete to raise money to improve the church property.
26 -- Sale of work to raise 350 for the enlarging of the Boys' Home of Rest at Bangor in connection with the Shankill Road Mission was held in the Esplanade, Bangor.
27 -- Rev. Wm. Corkey, Townsend Street Presbyterian Church, conducted drumhead service at Forth River grounds, which was attended by Sir Edward Carson.
31 -- First Raphoe Presbyterian Church Sabbath-school examination and sports for the scholars.

2 -- Shankill Road Mission holiday homes at Bangor. Eighty-four children entertained for a week.
5 -- At a luncheon at which the members of Ards Presbytery were entertained by the session and committee of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bangor, Rev. Donald Davidson, Wallacetoun, Scotland, expressed on behalf of the United Free Church sympathy and support for Irish Presbyterians in the political crisis.
7 -- Presentation to Rev. W. J. M'Farland at Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church, on the occasion of his marriage.
  North Belfast Mission "day of delight." Two thousand poor children to Bangor.
12 -- At a meeting of the Sustentation Fund Committee Rev. H. P. Glenn paid a tribute to the efforts Mrs. Moore (Markethill), Mrs. Watson, wife of the minister of York Street Presbyterian Church, and Mr. Francis Curley, J.P., in connection with the red-envelope scheme.
13 -- Newcastle Presbyterian Church bazaar in aid of the lecture hall funds opened by Countess Annesley.
  An important manifesto against Home Rule, and signed by Rev. James Buchanan, Moderator, and Rev. W. J. Moffett, Clerk, was issued by the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
17 -- Rev. Wm. Spence, D.D., Deputy Clerk of the General Assembly, of the Church of Scotland, died.
18 -- Mr. John Lowe, ruling elder for twelve years of Knockbracken Presbyterian Church, died.
19 -- Annual conference of the Northern Presbytery of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, held at Ballymoney.
23 -- Death of Mr. Samuel Clements, a Councillor in the City Corporation and a prominent member of St. Enoch's congregation.
24 -- Ballysillan Presbyterian Church after renovation was reopened, Rev. Wm. Morrow, Glastry, being the special preacher.
  In Waterside Presbyterian Church, Londonderry, Rev. Professor Paul, who officiated in the absence of Dr. Stuart, made a touching reference to the death during the week of Mr. James Greer, J.P., Londonderry, an elder of the congregation.
  Children's Day service conducted in Chester Avenue Presbyterian Church, Whitehead, by Rev. H. H. Macready, Islandmagee.
26 -- Mr. James Lonsdale, D.L., father of Sir John Lonsdale, Bart., died in his eighty-eighth year at his residence, The Pavilion, Armagh.
27 -- Rev. Dr. Patterson, the esteemed minister of May Street Presbyterian Church, returned from America.
28 -- Sudden death of Mr. Wilkinson May in Castleblayney, where for twenty years he had laboured as a colporteur of the Assembly's Irish Mission.
31 -- Cripples' Choir service in Kilbride Presbyterian Church, arranged by Mrs. Allison.

1 -- At a meeting of the Belfast Presbytery, Rev. Wm. Park was congratulated on his having been raised to the highest office to which he could be appointed, that of President of the Pan-Presbyterian Council.
3 -- Marriage of Miss Lan Colhoun, daughter of the High Sheriff of Londonderry, to Mr. A. E. Duncannon, of Toronto, in Londonderry First Presbyterian Church.
4 -- Death of Mr. A. M'Arthur, J.P., Sligo, a ruling elder of the local Presbyterian Church.
6 -- York SWeet Presbyterian Church thirty-first annual flower show, opened by Mrs. Colquhoun (Fitzroy Avenue). Broadway Presbyterian Church annual flower show.
6 -- Announced that Rev. Robert Prenter, M.A., son of Rev. Dr. Prenter, had been elected minister of St. Mark's Church, Dundee.
  Presentation to Rev. Joseph and Mrs. Cordner at Drumbo Presbyterian Church.
7 -- Preaching in First Derry Presbyterian Church, Rev. R. W. Ross made touching reference to the death of Mr. Hugh Kerr, who for many years was an elder in the church and teacher in the Sabbath-school.
  Ballynure Presbyterian Church re-opened after repairs. Rev. G. Thompson, D.D., conducted the service.
  Death of the Rev. M. H. Murphy, M.A., in Londonderry. He was senior minister of Mullingar Presbyterian Church.
10 -- Rev. Geo. Limerick, of Seafin, in the Bailieborough Presbytery, accepted a call from the congregation of Drumkeerin, in the Presbytery of Cavan.
11 -- A two-day conference was commenced in the City Y.M.C.A. Buildings under the auspices of the Egypt General Mission.
12 -- Public demonstration in Belfast in favour of Sunday closing.
13 -- The eleventh annual demonstration in connection with the East Belfast Presbyterian Sabbath-school teachers took place at Castlereagh.
16 -- At a meeting of ladies of the Presbyterian Church in the Assembly Buildings it was decided to inaugurate a "Red-Envelope" scheme in aid of the Sustentation Fund of the Church.
17 -- Presentation to Rev. T. J. K. Rankin, M.A., from the congregation of Legacurry Presbyterian Church on the occasion of his marriage.
19 -- Third Portglenone Presbyterian Church presented with a handsome Communion table by Mrs. Berbrain.
21 -- Special services conducted by the Moderator in Garryduff Presbyterian Church.
25 -- Being the first anniversary of Ulster Day, commemorative services were held in Belfast.
26 -- Ormiston Church bazaar, Ballyhackamore, in aid of the building fund.
30 -- The Presbytery of Belfast conducted its first visitation of congregations by commission, the congregation visited being Newington.
  Death of the Rev. Jas. Smyth, B.A., senior minister, Crossgar Presbyterian Church, in his sixty-ninth year.

2 -- Farewell meeting was held, under the auspices of the Women's Association for Foreign Missions, in Duncairn Church on the occasion of the departure of Miss Ball, Miss Macauley, and Dr. Sara M'Elderry for the Indian Mission field.
3 -- Young People's Guild annual meetings in Belfast. Central Presbyterian Association annual business meeting, Sir Wm. Crawford, J.P., presiding.
4 -- Missionary conference in Newry, under the auspices of the Sandys Street Presbyterian Church Women's Missionary Association.
5 -- Services in connection with the re-opening of First Newtownhamilton Church were conducted by the Rev. Samuel Prenter, M.A., D.D.
6 -- Opening meeting in connection with the temperance work in Ulsterville Presbyterian Church.
7 -- The foundation-stone of new church buildings for the congregation of Gardenmore, Larne, was laid by the Dowager Lady Smiley.
10 -- The twelfth annual Sabbath-school conference under the auspices of Ahoghill Presbytery took place in Grange Presbyterian Church.
14 -- In the name of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Moderator (Right Rev. W. J. Macaulay, D.D.) and Sir William Crawford issued an important manifesto dealing with the effect of Home Rule upon religious and educational interests.
  Presentations to Rev. Mr. M'Kinney, Mrs., and Miss M'Kinney from the congregation of First Donegore Presbyterian Church.
15 -- Mr. Zeno Sloan, for fifty years the esteemed leader of First Dungannon Presbyterian Church choir, presented with a purse of sovereigns.
16 -- Coleraine Presbytery installed Rev. J. G. Paton, M.A., late of Newry, as assistant and successor to Rev. R. B. Wylie, M.A., LL.D., in Terrace Row Presbyterian Church.
17 -- A social meeting in connection with Fisherwick congregation, Belfast, was held, and a purse of sovereigns presented to the Rev. H. J. Lilburn.
19 -- Special services conducted in Agnes Street Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Dr. Prenter, Dublin, in connection with the re-opening of enlarged school premises.
20 -- Mr. R. J. M'Mordie, M.P., nominated as Lord Mayor of Belfast for the fifth year in succession.
  On the occasion of the opening of the Assembly's College, the Rev. Professor Heron and the Rev. W. M. Magregor, Edinburgh, gave addresses at the meeting in the college chapel.
23 -- Rev. H. J. Lilburn ordained at Magheragall Presbyterian Church in succession to the Rev. H. Hastings.
26 -- The annual service in connection with the Belfast branch of the Commercial Travellers Christian Association was held in Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church, Rev. Wm. Colquhoun, B.A., preaching.
27 -- Memorial tablet in commemoration of the members of the First Derry Presbyterian Church who resigned their seats on the Londonderry Corporation at the passing of the Irish Test Act in 1704 was unveiled.
28 -- Mr. Wm. Smith, J.P., Banbridge, died suddenly in Harrogate. He was 76 years of age.
30 -- Mr. John Hogg, head of the firm of Messr's. John Hogg & Co., Ltd., flax merchants, Academy Street, died in his seventy-first year. He left 40,000 for Belfast charities.
  A fine new hall, the gift, of the late Mr. Joseph Cuthbert, J.P., Windsor Park, was opened and dedicated for the purpose of the Belfast City Mission in Lord Street.
  In connection with the Catch-My-Pal Total Abstinence Union a conference was held in the Assembly Buildings, followed at night by a largely-attended public meeting, at which Rev. R. J. Patterson, LL.B., delivered an address.

2 -- Rev. Wm. Witherow conducted service for the Ulster Volunteers in Westbourne Presbyterian Church.
4 -- A demonstration of the business men of Ulster was held in Belfast for the purpose of protesting against the Home Rule Bill.
5 -- An interesting function took place at Mullaghdubh, Islandmagee, when a new scholl was opened by Mrs. Steen, wife of the Rev. David Steen, B.A.
6 -- Ballysillan Presbyterian Church bazaar opened by Mrs. Coey, Whitehouse, to clear off a renovation debt of 500.
9 -- Rev. W. J. Baird, M.A., of Agnes Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, conducted services in Coagh Presbyterian Church.
11 -- Over 8,000 collected by the Cripples' Week Scheme in aid of the People's Palace and Homes of Rest.
14 -- A series of meetings in celebration of the twenty-first anniversary of the founding of the Belfast branch of the International Bible-Reading Association were held.
16 -- New organ, costing 1,500, opened in Great James Street Presbyterian Church, Derry.
17 -- Fifty-first annual meeting was held of the Sabbath-school Society for Ireland.
18 -- In the lecture hall of Belmont Presbyterian Church, Rev. John MacDermott, M.A., delivered an interesting lecture, entitled "The Legislative Union Between Great Britain and Ireland and Its Results."
19 -- At the annual meeting of the Belfast Auxiliary of the Hibernian Bible Society, Mrs. Florence L. Barclay, the noted authoress, delivered an interesting address on the infallibility of the Bible.
  Under the auspices of Queen's University Christian Union a service was held in Elmwood Presbyterian Church, the speaker being Mr. R. P. Wilder, M.A., of Princeton University.
20 -- Annual business meeting of East Belfast Sabbath-school Teachers' Union was held.
21 -- Presentation to Rev. T. M'Candless and Mrs. M'Candless from Saltersland Presbyterian Church on the occasion of their marriage.
24 -- Mr. Hamilton M'Cleery lectured in Duncairn Presbyterian Church on "Snapshots from the Far East."
25 -- First annual meeting of Presbyterian Health Insurance Society.
27 -- Nelson Memorial Presbyterian Church sale of work opened by Mrs. M'Mordie to raise 300 for a manse fund.

2 -- At a meeting of Belfast Presbytery Rev. Dr. Beatty reported that the number of children examined in connection with the Belfast Presbytery in 1912-13 was 14,226, or 617 more than in the previous year.
4 -- [--?--?--?--] Christ Church, Rathgar and installed the Rev. J. J. Macaulay, of Greenock, as minister of the congregation.
  Agnes Street Presbyterian Church tercentenary bazaar was opened by Lady Whitla, Rev. Dr. D. A. Taylor presiding.
5 -- Death of Mr. James Bowman, an esteemed member of the Presbyterian Church in Bangor.
  First Lisburn Presbyterian Church Zenana sale of work opened by Mrs. Morrison, Ligoniel, in the absence through illness of Mrs. Patterson, wife of Rev. Dr. Patterson.
7 -- The sixty-first anniversary services in Albert Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, was conducted by the Moderator of the General Assembly (Rev. Dr. Macaulay).
8 -- Adam Barr Mission at the Cripples Institute.
9 -- The members of the Route Presbytery met at Dunloy Presbyterian Church, and ordained Rev. John L. Corkey to the pastoral oversight of the congregation.
10 -- Newry Presbyterian Sabbath-school Union eighth annual conference.
12 -- Strand Presbyterian Church, Derry, sale of work the proceeds going towards the liquidation of a debt.
  The congregation of Joymount Presbyterian Church, Carrickfergus, held a bazaar to raise 100 to be devoted to church funds.
20 -- Death of Mr. John Douglas Browne, Windsor Park, a respected member of the Fisherwick Church congregation, in his sixty-eighth year.
21 -- Mr. T. G. Millar, Mr. J. O. M'Cleery, Mr D. Irwin, and Mr. Hamilton M'Cleery visited Clifton Street, Ekenhead, St. Enoch's, and Windsor Churches respectively on behalf of the Laymen's Missionary Movement.
14 -- Bloomfield Presbyterian Church anniversary services were conducted by the Moderator.
16 -- Death of Mr. Samuel Nicholson, Windsor Park. For many years he was a member of the committee of Windsor Presbyterian Church.
17 -- Address and presentation to Rev. James Meeke, B.A., from the congregation of Kingsmills Presbyterian Church, Newry, on the occasion of his retirement from the ministry.
18 -- Cookstown Women's Missionary Association sale of work in aid of the Zenana Mission.
24 -- Mr. Joseph Cuthbert, J.P., one of the leading citizens of Belfast, and a generous supporter of religious and charitable institutions, died at his residence, Windsor Park, in his eighty-fifth year.

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Amid many manifestations of regret the funeral took place on Tuesday or Dr. John Gorman, whose death occurred with tragic suddenness on Saturday, at his late residence, Queen's Parade, Bangor. An enormous concourse of the general public followed the remains to their last resting-place in Bangor New Cemetery, and all along the route to the cemetery blinds in business and private establishments were drawn in token of regret, and in part for the memory of one so universally esteemed. The chief mourners were Messrs. Vance Gorman (son), Thomas B. Gorman (brother), James and Edward Gorman, J. and R. Balmer, and R. A. Neill (nephews), Isaac Neill, Ezekiel Vance, and Thomas Balmer (brothers-in-law) Rev. W. W. Hutchinson, minister of Bangor Methodist Church, of which the deceased doctor was a leading member, conducted the funeral.

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With sincere regret we have to announce the death of Mr. Kirker Robb, of the form of Kirker Robb & Co., timber, slate, and tile importers, Whitla Street, which took place on Friday morning at his residence, Krk-Bruighean, Fortwilliam Park. Mr. Robb had been unable to attend to business for some time owing to the state of his health. He had been attended by Dr. Taggart, who was most attentive, but death had evidently marked him for his own, and the best skill was unavailing, as is proved by the fatal result. Mr. Robb was one of the leading merchants of the city in connection with his special lines of business, and was held in universal respect for his combination of modesty and maniless, uprightness and integrity, kindness of heart and generosity of nature. He was a native of County Antrim, having been born in Carmavey, in the historic district of Templepatrick. He was educated in the Royal Academical Institution, and, served his apprenticeship to the flax business with the old-established firm of John Preston & Co. His brother had previously entered into business in the timber trade, and after the completion of his apprenticeship he joined them, and in conjunction with them carried on a successful business for many years. About a quarter of a century ago the deceased commenced business on his own account as stated, and the developments of that business are themselves a tribute alike to his character, enterprise, and success. The late Mr. Robb, while always interested in local and public life, did not take any active part in public affairs. But he took an active part in the work of the old North-East, now the Royal Agricultural Association, and he was held in such respect by his brother merchants that he was elected president of the Wholesale Merchants' Association. In [--?--] belonged to the old school of Liberals, but with the introduction of Home Rule he associated himself with the Liberal Unionist party, and was an active participator in all the movements for the support of the Union, local and Imperial. He was a member of the Ulster Reform dub, and took a leading part in its political and social life, and among no section of the community will his death be more sincerely regretted than by his old friends of that club. He was a loyal Presbyterian, a member of Fortwilliam Church, and a liberal supporter of and sympathiser with everything that made for its welfare and prosperity. In this, as in all his relationships, he was earnest, sincere, and honest, kindly and generous, and as a personality will be sincerely regretted kindly remembered by all who knew him. Robb was married to a daughter of the late Mr. James A. Beck, Ballysillan, who predeceased him. He leaves a family of three sons and one daughter, to whom we tender our expressions of sincere condolence, founded on long personal friendship, upon the loss of one of the best of fathers, and the most sincere, honest, and manly of men.

The remains of the late Mr. Kirker Robb were removed on Sunday from his late residence, and interred in the City Cemetery. Notwithstanding that the funeral was announced to be private there was a large and representative attendance of the deceased gentleman's personsal and business friends. The coffin, which was of polished oak, with brass mountings, was covered with beautiful floral tributes. The chief mourners were the deceased's three sons and three brothers, and Rev. R. M. M'Cheyne Gilmour, Ballymena (brother-in-law). The service at the house and at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. James Maconaghie, Fortwilliam Presbyterian Church. The funeral arrangements were admirably carried out by Messrs. Melville & Co., Ltd., Townsend Street.

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(All Won Direct from the School.)


49 Distinctions Won (29 held).
5 Medals.
21 Exhibitions (13 held).
4 Special Composition Prizes.
19 General Prizes (7 held).
38 Honour Passes.
95 Pupils Passed the Examination generally.

TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN -- The Charles Wilkins Memorial University Scholarship in Mathematics.
Sizarship in Science.
Junior Exhibition (40).
Entrance Scholarship qualified for (40).
Megaw Scholarship (40).
ROYAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, DUBLIN -- Three Teacherships in Training (value about 200 each).
COLLEGE OF PRECEPTORS -- 3 Certificates.
BANKS -- 3 Places.


The William Gihon Memorial University Scholarship of 20 a year for two years -- Emily H. Stevenson.
Gold Medals (presented by Captain the Hon. Arthur O'Neill. M.P.) -- Florence M. Anderson, Francis W. B. M'Alonan.
Honour Football Cap (presented by Rev. J. M'Quitty, B.A.) -- John Carson.
Money Prizes (1 each) for First Girl and First Boy in the Preparatory Grade Class -- Nellie Simpson. W. L. Duncan.


LATIN -- Emily H. Stevenson, Frances P. Patton, J. Johnston, Mabel Armstrong, L. J. Woodside, Jeannie Chesney, G. Duncan.

MODERN LANGUAGES -- Frances P. Patton, Nina Kyle, Josephine Thompson, Helen W. Patton, Dorothy Davison, A. Davison, I. M'Cambridge, H. Carson, Mabel Armstrong, Rose M. Millar, Susie Murphy, Augusta Russell, Eva Stevenson, Minnie Wallace, Kathleen Carson, Ellen Allen, Jane E. Carson, Harrie O'Hara, Jeannie Lamont Davison, S. J. Stewart, T. M'Cullough.

COMMERCIAL CLASS -- Alice Paul, Anna Simpson, Jack B. Young.

ENGLISH -- Norah Scott, Mary Richmond, M. Palethorpe, J. B. Wilson, E. Burns, R. Erwin, Susie Murphy, Maggie King, W. G. R. Skillen, Victoria Gilmore, J. Haslett.

MATHEMATICS -- Emily H. Stevenson, Nellie Erwin, Frances P. Patton, Florence M. Anderson, Nina Kyle, Mary King, J. A. Martin, W. A. Nesbett, A. G. Stevenson, I. M'Cambridge, F. W. B. M'Alonan, A. Davison, Margaret Hollinger, Rosa Jack, Eva Stevenson, Edith Davison, Mary P. Calderwood, G. H. Barclay, J. C. Jack, A. B. M'Loughlin, J. M'Quitty, W. F. Vint, D. S. M'Millen, Eva M'Kay, B. Kernohan, J. Kernohan, J. D. Stewart.

SCIENCE -- Mary E. Irwin, Josephine Thompson, J. Carson, A. V. Henry, R. M'Intyre, F. W. B. M'Alonan, J. E. Crawford, F. Agnew, T. G. Christie, G. Christy, G. H. Barclay, J. M'Quitty, W. F. Vint, T. M'Clatchie, R. A. Kernohan.

GENERAL PROFICIENCY -- May Armstrong, Margaret Kyle, Edith Ross, Eleanor Spence, Sadie M'Dowell, D. Loughridge, R. King, T. Thompson, W. G. Young, John Eaton, R. J. M'Millan, J. Collins, J. Caruth, R. Alexander, Agnes Acheson, May Crothers, Maggie Cumming, May B. Erwin, Marion Esler, Norah Ferguson, Muriel M'Clelland, Eva Matthews, Winifred Scott, May Spence, Jane Wray, Jeannie M. Wylie, Winifred Liston, L. W. Cooney, W. Graham, W. Grey, W. D. Hamilton, G. Hanna, J. R. Hillis, R. B. Kelly, S. Kernohan, J. C. Love, S. J. M'Caughey, D. J. M'Gookin, D. M'Neilly, J. Meban, J. Mulholland, W. Morrow, E. Orr, H. Simpson, A. Sloan, J. J. Stewart, A. Wall, J. Warden, W. M'K. Boyd, D. M'Clelland, P. Ritchie, R. B. Anderson, W. Erwin, Jeannie Hood.


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The Witness - Friday, 9 January, 1914


ANNOUNCEMENTS under this heading are charged for as follows -- Thirty-five words or under, 2/6; and 6d for every additional seven words. All announcements must be prepaid and authenticated.


ROWAN -- Jan. 5, 1914, at The Manse, Vinecash, Portadown, to the Rev. T. and Mrs. Rowan -- a daughter.


BROWN--BOYD -- Jan. 7, 1914, at the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, by the Rev. T. Boyd, Francis Campbell, Lisbarnett, son of Hugh R. Brown, Drumhirk, to Elizabeth Mulholland, elder daughter of William Boyd, Drumhirk.

DONALD--SHILLIDY -- Dec. 17, 1913, at the I.P.M. Church, Surat, India, by the father of the bride, Thomas Chrystie Donald, of Samnuggar, Bengal, only son of the late Alexander Donald, of Craigs, Forfarshire, and of Mrs. Donald, Montrose, N.B., to Frances Wallace, second daughter of the Rev. J. Shillidy, M.A., D.D., and of Mrs. Shillidy, Surat, India. (By cable.)

MOORE--ROSS -- Dec. 27, 1913, at the Baptist Church, Antrim Road, Belfast, by the Rev. Mr. Wilson, Robert Moore, late of Grahamstown, South Africa, to Susanna Jordan (Nan), third daughter of the late Alexander Ross and Mrs. Ross, 4, Court Street, Belfast.

CORMACK--M'WILLIAM -- Dec. 24, at Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. W. A. Hill, B.A., James, second son of William M'Cormack, Hillhall House, Lisburn, to Edith-Maude, youngest daughter of the late William Rea M'William, Erin Villa, Bromley, Kent (formerly of Banbridge, County Down).


BROWN -- Jan. 4, at Drumarris, Gilford, George Brown, late of Tullylish. Interred in family burying-ground, Tullylish.

MAYBEN -- Jan. 1, 1914, at her late residence, Dalton Villa, Connsbrook Avenue, Strandtown, Belfast, Eliza Jane, beloved wife of William Mayben. Her remains were interred on Saturday, 3rd January, in City Cemetery. Deeply regretted.

CLELLAND -- Jan. 6, at her residence, Ballylintagh Cottage, Hillsborough, Margaret, beloved wife of James M'Clelland. Her remains will be removed from above address, for interment in family burying-ground, Loughaghery, to-day (Friday), at twelve o'clock noon. Friends will please accept this intimation. JAMES M'CLELLAND.

M'FETRIDGE -- Jan. 1, 1914, at her brothers-in-law's residence, 221, Tennent Street, Lily M'Fetridge. The remains of our beloved sister were interred in Shankill Burying-ground on 3rd Jan., 1914. WILLIAM and ISABELLA CLARKE, and SARAH M'FETRIDGE.

PATTERSON -- Jan. 7, 1914, at her residence, Ballyrush House, Mary Busby, wife of Robert Patterson. The remains of my beloved wife will be removed for interment in the family burying-ground, Comber Churchyard, on Saturday, 10th inst., at two o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation. ROBERT PATTERSON.

THOMPSON -- Jan. 7, 1914, at her residence Churchvale, Killinchy, Lizzie Patterson Thompson. The remains of my beloved wife will be removed for interment in Killinchy Old Meeting-house Green, on Saturday, 10th inst., at one o'clock. ROBERT THOMPSON.

WATSON -- Dec. 29, at Mercer's Hospital, Dublin, Matilda, loving wife of Robert Watson, Noble Street, Castleblayney. Interred in family burying-ground, First Castleblayney.

KNOTT -- Jan. 3, at Doughery, Banbridge, Sarah [rest unreadable]

AUSTIN -- Jan. 1, at Helen's Bay, Margaret Austin.

BRACKEN -- Jan. 7, at 3, Traffic Place, Dundalk, William Arthur Bracken, Stationmaster Great Northern Railway, Dundalk.

CATHCART -- Jan. 6, at Ballygarvey Terrace, Ballymena, William Cathcart.

CLELAND -- Jan. 1, at Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar, John Warnock Cleland, younger son of the late James Cleland.

CONNOLLY -- At Churchtamlaght, Rasharkin, John Connolly.

CURRIE -- Jan. 6, at The Manse, Clones, James Stewart, infant son of Rev. Samuel and Mrs. Currie, aged five weeks.

DONALDSON -- Dec. 30 (suddenly), at the students' private ward, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, James A. Donaldson, M.A., B.Sc., eldest son of James Donaldson, Orphier, Orkneys.

DOWEY -- Jan. 1, at Rathgar, Dublin, John, husband of Mary Ann Dowey, formerly of Lisburn.

DUFFIELD -- Oct. 5, at Pietermaritzburg, Africa, Caroline Beauclerc M'Creary, wife of Samuel Duffield, Pietermaritzburg (late of Bloemfontein).

DUNN -- Jan. 2, at Woodvale, Boardmills, Agnes, relict of the late John Dunn.

EDGAR -- Jan. 6, at Beach Mount, Stranraer, Annie, wife of John C. Edgar, formerly of Manchester.

FERGUSON -- Jan. 6, at Glenfield Place, Ormeau Road, Belfast. James Coleman Ferguson, M.D.

GILLILAND -- Jan. 4, at Ballyrobin, Scott Gilliland.

GORDON -- At The Diamond, Londonderry, Harriette, widow of the late Thomas Gordon, in her 84th year.

HAMILTON -- Jan. 4, at Groomsport, Ann Hamilton.

HARKNESS -- Jan. 5, at Donebraggy, Moneymore, David Harkness.

HARPER -- Nov. 16, at Dunedin Hospital, Robert Robinson, husband of Margaret Harper, of Middlemarch, and eldest son of the late Andrew Harper, Ballygrainey, Co. Down.

HUNTER -- Jan. 2, at Hollowdene, Greyabbey, Barbara, sister of the late Patrick Hunter, Rose Cottage, Portaferry.

IRWIN -- Jan. 7, at Aghyaran, Castlederg, Thomas Irwin, aged 67 years.

JOHNSTON -- Jan. 7, at Leitrim, Castledawson, Margaret Johnston.

MAGINNIS -- Jan. 2, at 7, Toronto Terrace, Lisburn Road, Belfast, Mary, wife of Stouppe Maginnis.

MARSHALL -- Jan. 6, at Ashfield Park, Clogher, County Tyrone, John Marshall, aged 82 years.

MONTGOMERY -- Dec. 31, at Ballinderry, Lisburn, James, husband of Rebecca Montgomery.

MORRISON -- Jan. 4, at Londonderry Schools, Newtownards, William J. (Billy), third son of James Morrison, aged 15 years.

M'CLINTON -- Jan. 4, at 35, Adelaide Park, John M'Clinton, in his 98th year.

M'ELVAINE -- Jan. 5, at Union Lodge, Scarva, Andrew M'Elvaine, J.P.

M'HENRY -- Jan. 6, at his residence, 7, Windsor Gardens, Malone Road, Robert M'Henry, Chief Clerk of Petty Sessions.

M'KEAG -- Jan. 3, at Killaughey, Donaghadee, James M'Keag.

M'KEE -- Jan. 5, at Clare, Waringstown, Robert (late of Bessbrook), husband of Esther M'Kee.

NEILL -- Dec. 31, at Dromore, Co. Tyrone, James Neill, Ulster Bank, Ltd., brother of Pierce Neill, Caragagh, Downpatrick.

ROSS -- Jan. 1, at Rockfield, Clough, John Ross, in his 88th year.




The sudden death of Mr. John Warnock Cleland, younger son of the late Mr. James Cleland, and brother of Mr. James Cleland, J.P., Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar, caused a sensation in that town and district on the 1st inst., the deceased gentleman being a general favourite.

Much regret is felt at the death of Mr. George Ballam, of Manorhamilton, who was a devoted member of the Methodist Church, and who was a near relative of several leading Methodists in Dublin and Belfast. He leaves a wife and six children, for whom much sympathy is felt.

The 4-30 p.m. train from Brookeboro' to Maguiresbridge, on the Clogher Valley Rail line, ran a narrow risk of being derailed on Saturday through colliding with a donkey which had been wandering on the rails at Gola. Rounding a curve the engine struck the animal, driving it several yards and killing it.

Colonel Doran (president) presided at the annual meeting of the Brookeborough Unionist Club, in the Orange Hall, on Wednesday night. The election of officers for the ensuing year resulted as follows -- President Colonel Doran; vice-president, Rev. M. R. Davies; secretaries, Messrs. John R. Jordan, R.D.C., and Frank Armstrong; treasurer, Mr. Robert J. Dickie.

A fishing skiff, belonging to Mr. John Murphy, Newcastle, containing the owner and four other fishermen, got caught in the gale in Dundrum Bay on Friday, and nearly foundered before the arrival of friendly aid. Fortunately Mr. Edward Murphy observed the straits of his brother fishermen, and proceeded to the rescue. He reached the boat after considerable tacking and towed her ashore.

Lady Anne Coote Stewart, of Carrickmore Hall, Carrickmore, in the barony of East Omagh, and County of Tyrone, who left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 762 5s 11d, left 100 each to her daughters, Nina, Mary, and Madeline. She directed that a memorial clock tower shall be erected at Carrickmore to the memory of her husband, her personal effects to her daughter Mary, and the residue of her estate to her son, Major Albert Fortescue Stewart.

Congratulations to Mr. S. A. M'Clintock, M.D., Edin., D.T.M., and H.D.Ph., Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Edinburgh, and R.F.P.S., Glasgow, on his appointment as principal medical officer and chief permanent head of the Department of Public Health, Chief Health Officer, and Chief Federal Quarantine Officer for Tasmania. Dr. M'Clintock is a son of Mr. Andrew M'Clintock, Strand Road, Derry.

Nominations took place on Monday for the two vacancies in each of the five wards in Londonderry. In the East and Waterside Wards the Unionists are returned unopposed and the same takes place in the South, where the Nationalists hold the representation. The big fight takes place in the West, where, there are no fewer than six Nationalist candidates. A contest is also promised in the North, where the official Unionist nominees are opposed by a Nationalist in Mr. M'Laughlin and an Independent Unionist in Mr. Chambers.

The recently reorganised Ulster Volunteer units at Tamlaght O'Crilly and Innisrush, Co. Derry, had their first route march to Portglenone on the afternoon of the 2nd inst. The weather was exceptionally favourable and there was a splendid turnout, about 150 men participating. Before the men of the Tamlaght contingent left their quarters they were spoken to by their commanding officer, Rev. Mr. Mulholland, who expressed much regret that owing to ill-health he would not be able to accompany them on the march.

Mr. Alexander Joseph Thompson Anderson, of Church Street, Portaferry, who died on the 16th June last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 601 17s 6d, of which 567 15s 7d is in England. He left his estate to his sister, Mrs. Harry MacDonnell, of St. Louis, U.S.A., for life for the maintenance of his son, Hugh Anderson, provided that she shall return to Ireland within six months of his death, and should she neglect to comply with this condition then to his sister, Mary MacDonnell, for life for the maintenance of his said son, with ultimate remainder to his said son absolutely.

On the night of the 2nd inst the death took place of John Duffy, aged twenty-three, of West Street, Castleblayney, while travelling in the train from Dublin to Dundalk. It appears that the deceased was returning from Peamount Sanatorium, where he had been under treatment for phthisis.

Mr. James Gallogly, chief clerk and telegraphist at Newry Post Office, after forty-four years' service, has just retired on pension. Mr. Gallogly attained the age limit of sixty years early in 1913, but was specially retained until the end of the year. He joined the postal service in 1870.

Mr. Edward M'Adam, Corsale, Newtownbutler, who celebrated his 100th birthday last month, is able to walk two miles to his place of worship, and to the post office, where he receives his old-age pension. He is a carpenter by trade, and has been a moderate smoker and drinker all his life. He was famous locally as a step-dancer.

At Limavady Urban Council meeting on 2nd inst. the special business was the appointment of a town officer and sanitary sub-officers. There were eleven applicants. After consideration one candidate was disqualified, and Mr. Robert Marshall was appointed by a majority.

An outbreak of fire was discovered in the dockyard near the residence of Mr. Henry Martin, farmer, Tullans, about a mile and a half outside of Coleraine, at a late hour on the night of the 2nd inst. The brigade succeeded in protecting the dwelling-house, but the straw, which was not insured, was totally destroyed. The circumstances, it is said, point to the burning being malicious.

A copy of the "Fiji Times" to hand, chronicles the following Government appointment -- Dr. C. R. M. Pattison, medical officer at Makagai, to be stipendiary magistrate of the colony. Dr. Pattison was for some time medical officer of the Ballyward dispensary districts in the Banbridge Union, and previous to going to Ballyward he practised for a considerable time in Rathfriland.

At the last meeting of the Select Vestry of Donacloney (Waringstown) parish, Captain Holt Waring, D.L., generously offered, with the sanction of the vestry, to present to the rector and churchwardens for safe keeping in the parish church the old flag of the Waringstown Volunteers of 1778, which has been in possession of his family for upwards of 130 years. The offer has been most gratefully accepted.

At Castlederg Petty Sessions on the 3rd inst. Tyrone County Council prosecuted John Cassidy, Creevy, road contractor, and his sureties, Alex. M'Cay and Andrew Sproule, Castlederg, for having failed to comply with an order of the Court directing him to have a road contract between Castlederg and Drumquin put in repair. The Court made an order authorising the County Council to levy the sum of 200 from the defendants in respect of this default.

On Friday evening the annual enrolment of new members in connection with the 1st Company Ballymoney Boys' Brigade took place in the lecture hall of First Ballymoney Presbyterian Church. There followed an inspection by Captain Hamilton, and the distribution of book prizes presented by Mr. Thos. M'Elderry, of Drogheda, son of the late Mr. Thos. M'Elderry, Ballymoney, to the boys for good attendance during the past year. The medal offered to the sergeant of the best squad was won by Sergeant James Camac. The Rev. R. H. Wilson subsequently delivered an able address, and drill evolutions and firing exercises were gone through.

At Drumbo Ploughing Society's annual working trial competitions of swing and chill ploughs on the 3rd inst. the prize-winners were:-- Chill Plough (open to all Ireland) -- First prize, cup presented by Mr. Robert Thompson, D.L., M.P. -- William Kidd, Boardmills; 2nd, Wm. Johnston, Boardmills; 3rd, Thomas Braithwaite, Hillhall; 4th, David Greenlees, Drumbeg; 5th, Robert M'Cormick, Hillhall. Confined Class -- First prize, cup presented by Mr. Hill Dickson, Hugh M'Cormick, Hillhall; 2nd, Albert Gillespie; 3rd, John Gilliland, Lisnatrunk; 4th, Wm. Spence; 5th, Robert M'Farland, -- Ballynagarrick. The last-named also won the prize for the first man to finish.

A united parade service was held on Sunday evening in Drumgooland Presbyterian Church. The companies of the Volunteer Force which attended were Closkelt, Katesbridge, Leitrim, and Moneyslane. Unfortunately the weather was very unfavourable, but, notwithstanding this fact, the turnout of the Volunteers and the general public was so large that the large church was filled to overflowing. An appropriate sermon was preached by the Rev. David M. M'Connell, B.A., Katesbridge Presbyterian Church, who was assisted in the service by the Rev. J. O. A. Richardson, rector of Ballyward, and the Rev. S. J. M'Kay (pastor loci).


Professor John Adams, of Dublin, has been appointed by the Dominion Minister of Agriculture to take charge of investigations into the outbreak of potato disease in the Maritime Provinces. Mr. Adams is Professor of Botany in the Royal Veterinary College and Assistant Lecturer in the College of Science, Dublin.

Rear-Admiral Henry J. Fletcher Campbell, C.B., died on the 1st inst. at his residence at Wimbledon Common, London, from pneumonia. Deceased, who was born in 1857, served in the Baltic and the Black Sea during the Russian War, and he commanded the Naval Brigade in the Zulu War. The funeral takes place on Tuesday at Putney Vale.

Mr. J. Adye Curran, County Court Judge of Longford, Westmeath, and King's County, has retired after thirty years' service. Judge Curran is one of the few survivors of the counsel who appeared for the defence of the famous trial of Parnell and other traversers of the State trials of 1881. He also conducted the private preliminary inquiry into the Phoenix Park murders.

Miss Emily Matilda Easton, of Gateshead, who died on Christmas Day, aged ninety-three, gave during her life over 100,000 to Church and philanthropic objects, and in her will she leaves 50,500. 10,000 being to Durham College of Medicine, 5,000 to Armstrong College, 3,500 to Newcastle Church Institute, 2,000 each to thirteen Newcastle charitable institutions, and 1,000 each to six other institutions.

In a letter to Sir Ernest Shackleton, congratulating him on his new expedition, Earl Curzon says -- "That it is a work worthy to be taken in hand cannot be doubted; that it ought to be undertaken by an Englishman is to me quite clear, and that of living Englishmen you are the best fitted by training, knowledge, experience, and prestige to carry it to a successful issue, none will be found to deny."

A scheme for the construction of a tunnel under the Mersey from Liverpool to the Cheshire side was considered by the Liverpool Tramway Committee. Proposals for a bridge, which have been discussed from time to time, have been rejected, owing to various difficulties. The tunnel would be about two and a half miles long, and would cost about 1,200,000 per mile, a total outlay of 3,000,000.

Miss Margaret M'Manus, of Mullinavanog, Smithborough, known as "the Monaghan lady litigant," died on Saturday. For years Miss M'Manus revelled in litigation, and always pleaded her own cases. In one instance she fought through all the Courts, and eventually appeared before the House of Lords. Of late she had confined her attention to the Monaghan Courts, carrying a brief bag stuffed with documents from Somerset House. She laboured under the delusion that she was to succeed to property, but she died in poverty.

The inquest on Catherine Christine Bradfield, whose body was recovered in a sack in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, took place on Wednesday in Liverpool. George Sumner and the youth Eltoft, who are accused of the crime, were present. The latter gave evidence in his defence, declaring that he was outside the shop when the murder was committed, and that he believed Sumner when he said the contents of the sack were merely rubbish. The jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against both prisoners, who were later brought before a Magistrate and remanded.

The death is announced of Rev. Robert Rodney Fowler, for fifty-two years rector of Broadwas, Worcestershire.


Montreal, Saturday. -- The residents in the water famine districts received the first direct supply of water yesterday since Christmas Day.

Chengtu, Szechuan, Friday. -- It is estimated that 24,000 executions took place in the Province of Szechuan in 1913, mostly of robbers.

Reykjavik, Iceland, Monday. -- Two German trawlers sank yesterday off the North-West coast of Iceland. The crews were rescued. It is feared a third steamer has been lost.

Cairo, Saturday. -- A mutiny broke out in the Tourah Convict Prison, near Cairo, today. The prisoners mauled the warders. Guards, mounted on a wall, fired blank cartridges, but without effect. They then fired ball cartridge, killing four prisoner and and wounding fifty. Order was restored.


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The Witness - Friday, 16 January, 1914


HUTCHESON--FERGUSON -- Dec. 25, at Knox Presbyterian Manse, Saskatoon, Canada, by Rev. Wylie Clark, Donald Hutcheson, Manager, Quebec Bank, Herschel, Sask., to May, second daughter of the late William Ferguson, Farn Mills, Ennishean, Co. Cork.

Golden Wedding

M'CAY--M'CAUGHEY -- Jan. 12, 1864, at Cloughwater Presbyterian Church, by Rev. William Davison, assisted by Rev. Thomas Davison (Garvagh), and Rev. John Wilson (Killymurris), Rev. William M'Cay, Moneydig, to Mary, second daughter of the late Francis M'Caughey, Tullynuey, County Antrim.


KELLY -- Jan. 10, at his residence, Knocknacloy, Bantry, Dungannon, Robert Kelly, aged 92 years. His remains were interred in the family burying-ground, Benburb, on Monday, 12th inst.

MOLYNEAUX -- Jan. 9, 1914, at Benvista, Ballymena, John Molyneaux, J.P., late of Fisherwick Lodge, Doagh, aged 84 years. Interred at Muckamore, on 12th inst.

ADRIAN -- Jan. 13, at Ballyboley, Ballynure, Robert Adrain, aged 86 years.

BAILEY -- Jan. 8, in Basutoland, S. Africa, Alec T. Bailey, Inspector B.M. Police, eldest son of Rev. W. H. Bailey, M.A., Clogher, Tyrone. (By cable).

BEWLEY -- Jan. 10, at Knapton House, Kingsltown, Louisa Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Bewley, and daughter of late William T. Pim, Belfast.

BROWN -- Jan. 12, at Hillcrest, Whiteabbey, Co. Antrim, Jane, widow of the iate Samuel B. Brown, Whiteabbey.

CALLISON -- Jan. 9, 1914 (peacefully), at her residence, Lisdrumchor, Glenanne, Armagh, after a short illness, Jane, widow of the late Thomas Callison, in ber 80th year. Deeply regretted by a wide circle of relations and friends.

CLARKE -- Jan. 12, at Deneight, Lisburn, George Clarke.

CLARKE -- Jan. 7, at Donaghadee, Henry Clarke.

COONEY -- Jan. 8, at Castleblayney, Lydia, widow of the late John M'Effer Cooney.

DONNOLLY -- Jan. 11, at 30, Carlow Street, John Donnolly, late Unionist Registration Agent for West Belfast.

DOUGLAS -- Jan. 12, at 1, Windsor Park Terrace, Jessie, widow of Alexander Douglas.

FORBES -- Jan. 10, Fergus, infant son of Mr. R. E. Forbes, Clover Hill, Carrickfergus.

HEWITT -- Jan. 12. at Railway Street, Comber, Mary, widow of the late William Hewitt.

HUEY -- Jan. 12, at Moorefield, Cullybackey, Catherine, widow of the late John Huey, Cloonavin, Coleraine.

LENNOX -- Jan. 13, at Ballygrainey, Co. Down, George Lennox, formerly of Drumenagh, Magherafelt.

LOYAL -- Jan. 8, at 54, Canning Street, James Loyal, late H.M. Coastguards, and formerly of Weymouth, Dorsetshire.

LYTLE -- Jan. 10, at Ebrington, Waterloo Gardens, Belfast, Margaret, second daughter of the late John H. Lytle, Portglenone and Belfast.

MILLER -- Jan. 10, at 73, Ormeau Road, William Miller, eldest son of the late James Miller.

M'CAMMON -- Jan. 12, at Nutgrove, Downpatrick, David George M'Cammon, J.P.

M'CLUGHAN -- Jan. 12, at 47, Rugby Road, Belfast, Margaret Ann, widow of the late James M'Clughan.

M'CONNELL -- Jan. 8, at Ballymageehan, Comber, Samuel M'Connell.

M'MANUS -- Jan. 8, at Beechmount, Randalstown, Hugh M'Manus.

NESBITT -- Jan. 11, at 59, Antrim Road, Agnes, eldest daughter of the late James H. Nesbitt.

ORR -- Jan. 8, at 619, Cranmore Crescent, Balmoral, Mary, wife of the Rev. Thomas Orr.

RITCHIE -- Jan. 9, at 3, Breeze Hill, Millisle Road, Donaghadee, Sarah J., relict of the late Charles Ritchie, formerly of Shamrock Cottage, Bloomfield, Belfast.

SCOTT -- Jan. 12, at Drumaugher, Woodview, Armagh, John Scott.

SPILLER -- Jan. 8, at Eirene, Fortwilliam Park, Belfast, Susan, younger daughter of the late Captain W. M. H. Spiller, 94th Regiment, aged 83.

STUART -- Jan. 4, 1914, at Ulster Bank, Enniskillen, Andrew Thomas Stuart, of Ulster Bank, Larne, aged 23 years.

THOMPSON -- Jan. 7, at Churchvale, Killinchy, Lizzie Patterson Thompson.

WALKER -- Jan. 9, at Upper Maze, Hillsborough, Robert, husband of Mary S. Walker, aged 72.

WARWICK -- Jan. 9, at Ballyno, Samuel W. Warwick.

In Memoriam

MARTIN -- In loving memory of our mother, Mary Batten Millar Martin, of Eglintoun, Tayport, Fife, widow of the Rev. James Martin, Belfast, who died at Edinburgh on the 16th of January, 1908. F.P.H.--J.C.M.

MATHER -- In loving memory of Wilhelmina, who died at Dundalk, 12th January, 1908. "Till the day dawn, and the shadows flee away."




The fortnightly County Donegal District Council have passed a resolution to the effect that the business shall in future as far as practicable be conducted in the Irish language.

On the 11h. inst. the residence of Mr. Owen Rush, farmer and cattle-dealer, of Tullyboone, about two miles from Keady, was burned to the ground, only the walls being left standing.

Dr. T. Harkin, of James Street, Moville, County Donegal, has been appointed a certifying surgeon under the Factory and Workshops Acts, in succession to Dr. C. O'Reilly, for the district of Moville.

On Saturday, 10th inst., the Glasslough, Hand and Pen, Mullapike and Emyvale units of the 1st Monaghan Battalion Ulster Volunteer Force were inspected at Glasslough by Colonel John Leslie, D.L., County Commander.

At Cookstown Rural Council on Saturday, Mr. Robert Martin moved that the Council formulate a scheme for the public lighting of Stewartstown. On a poll seventeen Councillors voted for the motion and five didn't vote. The motion was declared carried.

A very sad affair is reported from Kells, near Ballymena, in consequence of which a lad named Wasson, aged about nine years, son of a respectable farmer, was killed as the result of a gun accident, whilst his brother, aged about ten, received slight injuries.

The funeral of the late Mr. Andrew M'Elvaine, J.P., took place on the 8th inst. from his late residence, Union Lodge, Scarva. Prior to the removal of the remains an impressive service was conducted at the house by Rev. W. P. Johnson, M.A., incumbent of Acton parish.

At Newry Quarter Sessions on Friday -- before his Honour Judge Orr -- Mrs. Agnes Boyd, Newry, applied for 50 compensation for the malicious burning of a cottage, her property, in the townland of Carneyhough on the 7th November last. 20 was allowed by his Honour.

On Sunday Coroner Wallace conducted an inquest at Ballysugah, near Downpatrick, on the body of Mr. Henry Ritchies's eleven-months'-old daughter. The little one had been left alone in a chair beside the fire; a cinder ignited a bag underneath the chair, and she was fatally burned. The jury found that, death was due to burns accidentally received.

The men of the Fivemiletown Company of Ulster Volunteers, under Mr. William Cowan, commander, and numbering 150, together with a half-company of fifty men from Cooneen, Co. Fermanagh, were on the 7th inst. inspected in various forms of company and battalion drill in Blessingbourne Demesne by Captain Ricardo, D.S.O., of Sion Mills, adjutant of the Tyrone Regiment U.V.F.

On the 8th inst. a concert in aid of the Carson Defence Fund was given in the Hand-and-Pen Orange Hall, under the presidency of the Countess of Dartrey, president of the Count Monaghan Branch of the Women's Unionist Association. The concert was under the auspices of the local branch of the association, and had been organised by Miss Richardson, Poplar Vale, the energetic hon. secretary.

On Friday a carter named Patrick Brannigan, in the employment of Mr. James H. Cummings, was engaged depositing rubbish in the disused limestone quarry at Drumcoo, Dungannon. When about to empty a load the horse backed over the bank into the quarry, and was immediately drowned. The quarry bank is very steep at this point, and the carter's efforts to save the animal were unavailing.

Mr. Patrick M'Menamin, J.P. (chairman), presided at the monthly meeting of the Committee of Management of Tyrone and Fermanagh Asylum, held on the 8th inst. Pursuant to notice, Mr. Wm. Early, solicitor, moved that the salary of the assistant medical officer, Dr. Patrick O'Doherty, be increased from 200, with allowances, to 300, with allowances. Mr. Murnaghan seconded the motion, which was unanimously passed.

At Caledon Ploughing Association annual general meeting, on the 10th inst., the following officers were elected for the current year -- President, Mr. James Irwin (re-elected); honorary secretary, Mr. John Wilkin; hon. treasurer, Mr. Wm. J. Marshall; committee -- Messrs. James Cullen, Drumess; William Gordon, Ramaket; James Strutt, Knockaginney; Thomas Murphy, Finglush; Wm. J. Strutt, Knockaginney; and Isaac Mercer, Finglush.

At present there is a very serious epidemic of measles in Armagh and district, and in several cases there have been as many as four deaths in one house. The schools have not yet been re-opened.

The members of the Magherafelt Volunteer Corps assembled in the Town Hall on Monday evening for the purpose of inspection by Major Lenox-Conyngham, J.P., commandant, and Rev. W. Hogarth, adjutant. The corps were in charge of Captain Averall.

On Monday evening, while Mr. John M'Gurk, flax millowner, Brackaslievegallon Magherafelt, was engaged in building a stack of tow, and when about to tie the ropes on it, he accidentally slipped and fell to the ground, a distance of over twelve feet, sustaining concussion of the spine.

Four hundred and thirty officers and men of the Dungarmon Battalion attended a special service in Newmills Parish Church on Sunday morning. An earnest and impressive address was delivered by Rev. H. G. W. Scott from Psalm xciv. 12.

We regret to announce the death of Lady Chambers, wife of Sir Newman Chambers, J.P., formerly Town Clerk of Londonderry, which took place on Sunday at Middleton St. George, County Durham, the cause being heart failure. The deceased lady belonged to a very old Londonderry family.

The installation of a system of electric light in Fivemiletown is under consideration by the business people of the town. It is estimated the amount of capital necessary for the purpose is 12,000, and it has been decided to make an effort to raise the capital.

Miss Leonard, who was so shockingly burned on Saturday night owing to an overheated brick being used as a bed-warmer, died in the Infirmary, Clones, on Saturday night from shock resulting from the burns. The Coroner did not deem an inquest necessary.

On Saturday evening a somewhat serious cycling accident occurred in Meetinghouse Street, Ballymoney, a man named Charles Ellison, of the labouring class, sustaining severe injuries. Ellison, who was mounted on a push bicycle, came into collision with a spring cart.

Last week the death occurred with painful suddenness of a young man named Isaac Smythe, at Maine, in the Drumsurn district, near Limavady. Deceased, who was a son of Mr. Edward Smythe, a permanent-day man, employed by the Midland Railway Company, was unmarried, and was subject to epileptic fits.

On Monday Mr. W. H. Atkinson held an inquest touching the death of Stewart M'Dowell aged sixty-three years of Taylor's Court, Lurgan, which had taken place suddenly on the previous morning. Dr. Agnew stated that death resulted from heart failure, the result of cardiac degeneration. The jury found accordingly.

At Derry Recorder's Court on Monday, Judge Todd delivered judgment in a case in which John Reilly sued Marshall M'Kay, D.C., to recover 2 damages for the alleged poisoning of number of fowl. His Honour dismissed the case, and as he thought there were faults on both sides he would deal likewise with the counter-claim.

Mr. D. G. M'Cammon, J.P., of Nutgrove House, Clough, County Down, a gentleman farmer and stock-breeder of high repute, died at his residence on Monday after a few days illness. In politics the deceased was a pronounced Unionist. He was a member of Downpatrick Board of Guardians and Rural Council, and was a regular attender at the School Board meetings.

The Portadown Battalion of the Armagh Regiment attended, a special service in the Parish Church on Sunday afternoon, when an able sermon bearing on the present political crisis was preached by the Rev. James E. Archer B.D., rector of Seagoe. There was a very large turnout of the members of the battalion, under the command of Major Blacker, J.P., of Carrickblacker.

The death has occurred at Melbourne of Mr. Marriot Robert Dalway, D.L., a well-known County Antrim gentleman, who represented the old borough of Carrickfergus in the House of Commons from 1868 until 1880. Mr Dalway, who was the only son of the late Mr. Marriot Dalway, J.P., of Bella Hill, Carrickfergus, was born in 1832, and was thus eighty-two years of age. In 1886 he emigrated to Australia for the purpose of taking up farming.

The death has bean announced of Colonel Alexander Stewart Orr (son of the late Wm. Orr, Hougomont, Ballymena, and brother of Judge Orr), late of the 18th Royal Irish Regiment, at his residence, Hillcroft, Ashdown Road, Epsom. The late Colonel Orr, who had seen active service, in Egypt (where his first engagement was Tel-el-Kebir), India, and South Africa, was the holder of six medals and of the Distinguished Service Order.

The election took place on Monday of five members of the Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners. In four instances, the retiring members again offered themselves -- Messrs. T. F. Cooke, D.L.; R. Lee Hogg J.P.; Patrick Breslin, J.P.; and Wm. Donnell, J.P. -- and they were re-elected. For the other vacancy, which was caused by the death of Alderman M. A. Ballantine, D.L., the only candidate was Mr. A. A. Crockett, who was returned.

Mrs. Rebecca Little, of Castle Sugge, Greenisland, County Antrim, who died on the 12th November last, left personal estate valued 3,668. The testatrix left 25 and 800 shares in Little & M'Lean, Limited, to her daughter Susan Sproull, 1,000 shares in the said company to her daughter Mary Stuart Little, the remainder of her shares to a her son Stuart Simpson Little, 25 to Dr. James King-Kerr, 100 to her sister Mary Ann Simpson, and the residue of her estate to her children Mary Stuart Little and Stuart Simpson Little equally.


By the bursting of a number of glass bottles placed in an oven to warm two children of a policeman at Jarrow-on-Tyne were injured. The oven door was blown off.

At a council meeting of the Royal Geographical Society it was resolved to vote a sum of 1,000 towards the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition under the leadership of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

At London Bankruptcy Court on Friday a receiving order was made against Mr. Victor Grayson, the Socialist. The petitioning creditor was Mr. Baron Woolfe, the debt of 101 being for money lent.

Three men while working at Freshwater Bay Isle of Wight, in excavating for piling work were buried by a fall of earth, and John Cotton, of Freshwater Bay, died soon after being got out, the two others escaping with injuries.

Rev. Evan Edwards, said to be the oldest Nonconformist in the country, died at Torquay on Friday. Deceased who was nearly ninety-nine years of age, entered the Baptist ministry when seventeen, and was known in Wales as "The Boy Preacher."

Ellen Taylor, a young married woman, died near Gateshead on the 7th inst., and her mother, Ellen M'Carrick, died at the same place in the afternoon of the same day. A week ago a young couple, husband and wife, related to Mrs. Taylor by marriage, also died on the same day.

The Postmaster-General has consented to a licence being granted to Marconi's Poldhu Station for the purpose of conducting a commercial telegraph service between England and Spain. Arrangements are in hand to open this service to the public at an early date.

At Par, Cornwall, on the 8th inst. a boat which put off from the steamer Braeside of Sunderland, was struck by a huge wave, and swamped. Two of the three occupants -- Harold Clarke, a fireman, of Yarmouth, and Frederick G. Nicholson, second engineer, Sunderland -- were drowned.

The Lord Chief Justice has taken the title of Baron Reading of Earley, in the County of Berks, and will henceforth be known as Lord Reading. His Lordship's estate, Foxhill, is situated partly in the parish of Earley and partly in Reading. He also owns considerable property in Reading itself.

Dr. Henry Frederick Baker, F.B.S., has been elected Lowndean Professor of Astronomy and Geometry at Cambridge University, in succession to the late Sir Robert Ball. Dr. Baker was educated at Perce School and St. John's College. He was bracketed Senior Wrangler in 1887, was Smith's Prizeman in 1889, and is now Cayley Lecturer in Mathematics.

The General Committee of Lloyd's Register last week appointed Mr. Westcott S. Abell, Professor of Naval Architecture at Liverpool University, to succeed the late Dr. S. J. P. Thearle in the office of Chief Ship Surgeon to the society Mr. Charles Buchanan, who was Dr. Thearle's senior assistant, has at the same time been promoted to the position of principal of the Chief Ship Surveyor's Staff.

The new light cruiser Lowestoft, whose first keel plate was laid on July 29th, 1912, on Friday commissioned at Chatham Dockyard, by Captain B. Kennedy, to carry on her official trials. The cruiser will be absent from Chatham for twelve days. The Lowestoft's machinery is designed to indicate 22,000 horse-power, with a speed of 25½ knots. She carries nine six-inch and four three-pounder guns.

Between seven and eight o'clock on Friday while a goods train was proceeding up a steep incline between Craigendoran and Helensburgh fourteen waggons broke away, and ran down the hill. They jumped the points near Craigendoran, and tore up the permanent way on the main line between Glasgow and Helensburgh for a distance of nearly a hundred yards. Both lines were blocked. Breakdown gangs were summoned and succeeded in getting one line clear by noon, when traffic was resumed.

"The Times" announces the death on the 8th inst., aged eighty-one, at his residence in Lochearn, Perthshire, of Colonel John Stewart, R.A., who was employed during the Indian Mutiny in forwarding supplies to Sir Henry Havelock's field force for the relief of the Lucknow Garrison. After the restoration of peace he founded the great Government harness factory at Cawnpore, which furnishes the Indian Army with leather equipments. Retiring in 1888 he received the C.I.E. He had been in indifferent health for some time.

A disastrous fire occurred early on Saturday at Barton Hall, near Bury St. Edmunds. The hall, which is the residence of Sir John Smiley, was razed to the ground, but fortunately the large house party which was being entertained got safely out of the burning building. The outbreak, originated in the roof, and was discovered about one a.m. The fine old picturesque mansion was built about the beginning of the reign of Charles I., and contained a choice selection of valuable paintings and drawings, some of which have been destroyed, in addition to other valuable property. The cause of the fire is yet unknown.

Mr. James Bryce has taken the title of Viscount Bryce of Dechmount, in the County of Lanark.

The death is announced of Mr. Samuel Alsop, of Codnor, one of the oldest colliery managers in the country. Deceased was a founder of the Colliery Managers' National Association.

Mr. F. S. Bullock, Assistant Commissioner at Scotland Yard, died at eight o'clock on Monday. Mr. Bullock was attending to his duties on Saturday, when he was suddenly taken ill.

At a wedding at Wokingham on Monday of an engineer of the Wokingham Fire Brigade, the Marquis of Downshire, who is captain of the brigade, drive the bridegroom to church on a steamer.

Damage amounting to several thousand pounds was done by a fire at Messrs. Clerke, Chapman, & Co.'s engineering works, Gateshead, on Saturday night, the power-house being burnt out and the fitting and boiler shops damaged.

Delay and inconvenience was caused on Tuesday to the Great Eastern service to London by a big embankment slip on the Southend line, near Billericay. Tons of earth fell on the permanent way, necessitating the traffic being run on a single line.

The will of Sir Robert Stawell Ball, who died on Nov. 25, aged 73 years, was published on Friday. He left estate of the gross value of 12,045, of which the net personalty has been sworn at 11,331. His bequests are purely to his wife and sons.

Admiral George Stanley Bosanquet, of Bichet Wood, Sevenoaks, died on Tuesday at the Vicarage, Stoke-by-Nayland, Colchester, aged seventy-eight. He served in the Black Sea in 1854, and received the Crimean medal, and later with distinction in China and the Egyptian war.

George Ball, alias Sumner, and Samuel Angeles Eltoft were again before the Liverpool Stipendiary on Tuesday, charged with the murder of Miss Catherine Christine Bradfield. Accused were both committed for trial on the capital charge to Liverpool Assizes. In reply to the usual question Ball said firmly: "I reserve my defence," and Eltoft emphatically answered: "I am not guilty."

On Saturday, at the Holloway Empire, Mr. Walter Long, whose return to the Unionist fighting line after his recent severe illness is gratifying to his many friends, will reply to the land speech made in the safe place by Mr. Lloyd George in the beginning of December. At the same time he will indicate the alternative policy of the Unionists, both with regard to town tenants and the urban land problem.

The inquest on the Senghenydd pit victims closed on Wednesday. The jury found that the accident was caused by gas, fed by coal dust. As to the cause of the ignition, there was insufficient evidence, but what there was pointed to a naked light at the lamp station. The deaths were accidental and were not contributed to by neglect of any person or persons. The jury made the following recommendations:-- (a) That the lamp station should be placed in the arch work near the shaft, and (b) that the water tanks should be fitted with a spray. They also expressed the opinion that, were there are not sufficient inspectors of mines to enable a thorough inspection of the collieries to be made as often as is necessary.


Severe weather is reported from Central Europe. Railway lines and passes in the Tyrol are blocked by snow, and in Paris unexpected and intense cold has caused a number of deaths.

Strasburg, Saturday. -- The Court-martial on the two officers -- Colonel Von Reuter and Lieutenant Schad -- in connection with the Zabern incident, concluded this morning, when both officers were acquitted.



We regret to announce the death of Mr. Tom Stuart, son of Mr. Andrew and Mrs. Stuart, Ulster Bank, Enniskillen. The deceased was only twenty-eight years of age -- just in the flash of young manhood. Like his father, he had adopted banking as a business, and was cashier of the Ulster Bank branch in Larne. Extremely popular in professional and social circles, he had as an athlete gained an especially reputation and esteem amongst the younger people of the thriving seaside town. The funeral was very notable because of the large assemblage of townspeople who accompanied the remains to the cemetery, and because every house along the route was closed -- although it was market day -- with blinds drawn in token of a respect and grief that were absolutely universal. The abundance of beautiful flowers was another striking testimony to the feelings evoked by a death so profoundly sad. These took various touching forms in wreaths and crosses, all symbolising the sincerest commiseration. The chief mourners were -- Mr. A. Stuart (father), Rev. Dr. Stuart and Rev. S. D. Stuart (uncles), Messrs. M. W. Blackwood (uncle), Sam Millar (cousin), John Patton, secretary Ulster Bank, representing the directors. On arrival at the cemetery, the coffin was borne into the Mortuary Chapel, followed by a large number of mourning friends, the building being quite filled.

Rev. S. C. Mitchel, having read a portion of Scripture, delivered a very pathetic address, in the course of which he said -- Our esteemed young friend whose early removal from this home of his boyhood we all grieve over to-day, was one of those who, to all human appearances, had until a few months ago many years of usefulness before him. Being gifted with a strong robust constitution, which had been still further developed and strengthened by his skill at athletics, none dreamed that he of all our acquaintances should so early in life be laid on a bed of sickness from which he would never rise. His long and manly struggle against the fell disease that at last gained the mastery over him shows what a splendid physique he had, and his marvellous patience during all those weeks of acute pain and suffering was most remarkable. He was esteemed and loved by his relatives and friends; he was trusted by the heads of the bank he faithfully served in a responsible position, and to all human appearance a bright future lay before him. God, however, has willed it otherwise, and has called away His young servant from the familial scenes of earth to those of the better land beyond. To his sorrowing parents, to his sisters, and to his brother in a foreign land we offer our united Christian sympathy today. We bid them sorrow not as those who have no hope, and would have them think of their departed one as freed from earthly pain and trouble and with his Saviour in the heavenly land. But for us who remain -- and especially for the young who knew him and regarded him as one of themselves -- I would say -- see in this early calling away of your friend on the threshold of his manhood another forcible reminder of the shortness of life. Let it be an object lesson as well as a solemn warning to you, my young friends, to remember now your Creator -- to make choice of Christ and His blessed services while you may, and to consecrate yourself, your time, your talents, your all to Him.

The remains were then conveyed to the grave, where, after prayer, they were committed to their last resting-place.



Over 26,000 in Death Duties.


Mr. John Hogg, late of 33, Wellington Park, Belfast, and of Academy Street, Belfast, head of the firm of Messrs. John Hogg & Co., Ltd., flax merchants, and a director of the Brookfield Linen Company, Ltd. formerly connected with the well-known firm of Messrs. Dunbar, M'Master, & Co., Ltd., flax spinners; one of the founders of the Ulster Reform Club; a director of the Ulster Weaving Company, Ltd., and other concerns; and one of the largest guarantors of the Ulster Volunteer Fund, who died in a tramcar on his way to business on the 30th October last, aged seventy-one years, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 232,098 7s 11d, of which 48,819 0s 8d is in England. Estate duty at the rate of 11 per cent amounting to 26,028 17s 7d, has already been paid on the estate. Probate of his will, dated 31st March, 1906, has been granted to Mr. Edward Bailey(?), of 28, Waring Street, Belfast, chartered accountant; Mr. David M'Kee, of Waring Street, bank director; and deceased's sister, Mrs. Lizzie Holland, of 53 Wellington Park, Belfast.

The testator left fifty ordinary shares in John Hogg & Co., Ltd., each to Edward Bailey and David M'Kee; one hundred ordinary shares in John Hogg & Co. (25 each fully paid) each to Robert Gault, John F. Gawn, and John Sloane Larmour; fifty ordinary 25 shares in the said company to Vernon Davys Despard; 100 to each child of his friend and pastor, the Rev. William Park.

5,000 each to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast; the Presbyterian Orphan Society, the Foreign Mission in connection with the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, to the Home Mission Fund in connection with the Presbyterian Church in Ireland for church extension, to the Sustentation Fund of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, to the Women's Association for Foreign Missions in connection with the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, commonly known as the Zenana Mission.

2,000 to the Forster Green Hospital, Belfast.

1,000 each to the Ulster Hospital for Women and Children; the Hospital for Sick Children, Queen Street, Belfast; the Samaritan Hospital, Belfast; the Ulster Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital; the Society for Providing Nurses for the Sick Poor; the Ulster Institution for the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind; the Home of Rest, Bangor and the Edgar Home, Belfast.

Testator directed that the said legacies shall be paid as to one-tenth at the expiration of one year after his death and the balance during the following nine years. He also directed his trustees for five years from the date of his death to set apart a sum not exceeding 500 per annum to be paid to such charities as he had been in the habit of assisting during his lifetime, 200 per annum to his step-mother for life, and then 200 per annum to his step-sister, Annabella. The residue of his estate he left as to one moiety to his brother James for life, with remainder to his children as he shall appoint, and, failing appointment, then to such of his children as shall attain the age of thirty years equally, and one half upon trust for his sister, Lizzie Holland, for life, with remainder upon like trusts for her children.



His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant has been pleased to appoint the following Presbyterian clergymen to be Hon. Chaplains to his Excellency -- Rev. Andrew Gailey, B.A., minister of Lucan; Rev. J. J. Macaulay, B.A., minister of Rathgar; Rev. R. K. Hanna, B.A., minister of Adelaide Road; Rev. Jas. Millar Craig. B.A., minister of Sandymount; Rev. G. T. C. Clements, B.A., minister of Donore, Dublin.



The funeral of the late Mr. John Donnolly, who for thirty-eight years past was Unionist registration agent in the city, and whose death has caused such deep regret amongst his friends and acquaintances, took place from his late residence, 33, Carlow Street, to the Shankill Burying-Ground on Tuesday afternoon. A large number of the general public and Unionist and Nationalist solicitors and agents, and also members of the Orange Institution and the Masonic Order, in which deceased held a prominent position, were present to pay a last tribute to one whom they held in high esteem. The chief mourners were Mr. T. and Mr. E. Martin, nephews of deceased. Prior to the interment a short service was conducted in St. Matthew's Church -- of which deceased was people's churchwarden for the last twenty-five years -- by the rector, Rev. J. M. Shearman, assisted by the curate, Rev. W. A. Dodd, and the same gentlemen officiated at the graveside. The coffin, which was of oak, was covered with a number of floral tributes which had been sent by the select vestry of St. Matthew's Church, the members of Golden Pillar Masonic Lodge No. 156, the members of Shankill L.O.L. No. 1069, No 9 District L.O.L., and the Nationalist solicitors and agents. At the conclusion of the service held at the graveside, the "Last Post" was sounded by the buglers of the St. Matthew's Company of the Church Lads' Brigade, and a firing party drawn from the same company fired one volley.



By a telegraphic message received on Friday evening, 9th inst., the Rev. W. H. Bailey, M.A., of Clogher, County Tyrone, was informed of the death of his eldest son, Mr. Alexander T. Bailey, in South Africa. No particulars regarding the sad event, which took place on the 8th inst., have as yet come to hand. Mr. Bailey volunteered for the war in South Africa, and joined the 54th (Belfast) Company of the Imperial Yeomanry. He was for three months a prisoner at Lindley with his company. Afterwards he received a commission as lieutenant in the 74th (Dublin) Company of the Imperial Yeomanry, and served till the close of the war. On the conclusion of peace he was appointed an inspector in the Basutoland Mounted Police, which he held till the time of his death. He was a thoroughly efficient officer, and had excellent prospects of promotion in the service. On Sabbath last the Rev Dr. Lowe conducted a memorial service in Clogher Presbyterian Church, and made appropriate reference to the life and character of the deceased. Mr. Bailey was thirty-seven years of age, and leaves a widow and three children. We express our sincere sympathy with the Rev. Mr. Bailey and his family in the heavy bereavement they have sustained.


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The Witness - Friday, 23 January, 1914


SHIELS -- Jan. 7, at Broad Street, Magherafelt, to Mr. John Shiels and Mrs. Shiels -- a daughter.

STUART -- Jan. 16, at The Manse, Ballyjamesduff, to Rev. S. F. Stuart and Mrs. Stuart -- a son.


ROBINSON--MUNN -- Jan. 7, 1914, at Gransha Presbyterian Church, by Rev. Dr. Vance, assisted by Rev. Joseph Cordner, B.D., Wm., eldest son of the late James Robinson, Leverogue, Lisburn, to Henrietta, second daughter of David Munn, Ballyallaly House, Comber.


MAIRS -- Jan. 22, 1914, at his residence, 64, Rutland Street, Belfast, David Mairs. The remains of our beloved father will be removed from the above address on to-morrow (Saturday) afternoon, at 2 o'clock, for interment in Balmoral Cemetery. Friends will please accept this intimation. JAMES and MARGAURETTA MAIRS and ANNIE KILDEA.

BARKLEY -- Jan. 18, at Huntley, Greenisland, Eleanor, wife of Matthew Barkley.

BROWNLEE -- Jan. 19, at Ballymoney Street, Ballymena, Alexander, younger son of the late Alexander Brownlee.

CAMPBELL -- Jan. 15, at 4, Roseleigh Street, Belfast, Dessa Louisa, youngest daughter of John Campbell.

CAMPBELL -- Jan. 16, at Island House, Lisburn, Sarah, widow of the late John Campbell, M.D., Lisburn.

CAUGHEY -- Jan. 19, at Sand End, Ballyobican, 31 Ballywalter, Margaret Jane Caughey, aged 59 years.

CLARKE -- Jan. 19, at Mullacarton, Lisburn, James Clarke.

COSH -- Jan. 17, at 17, New Street, Donaghadee, Isabella, widow of the late James Cosh, aged 82 years.

CRAIG -- Jan. 17, at Woodville, Greenisland, Emily, the wife of Thomas H. Craig.

CUNNINGHAM -- Jan. 18, at Private Nursing Home, Belfast, Thomas Cunningham (late of S. Agnew & Co., Skipper Street), aged 78 years.

DOUGLASS -- Jan. 18, at Tullyglass, Mary, daughter of the late, Robert Douglass.

FERGUSON -- Jan. 15, at Madison House, Mary, second daughter of the late Henry Shaw Ferguson, M.D.

FRAZER -- Jan. 14, at Finvoy Rectory, Ballymoney, Rev. George Frazer.

GILMER -- Jan. 20, at 23, Little George's Street, John Gilmer.

GILMOUR -- Jan. 16, at Long Commons, Coleraine, James Gilmour, late of Ballynagg, aged 74 years.

HANSARD -- Jan. 16, at Holywood, Co. Down, Mrs. Emma Hansard.

HARDEBECK -- Jan. 15, at 102, Limestone Road, Belfast, Mary, the beloved wife of Carl G. Hardebeck.

HIGGINS -- Jan. 20, at Estate Office, Dervock, Elisabeth Herdman, wife of Thomas Higgins.

IRONS -- Jan. 16, at The Manse, Drumquin (after a short illness), Rev. Samuel Douglas Irons, in the eighteenth year of his ministry. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."

IVES -- Jan. 15, at Benburb, Co. Tyrone, Bertha Hannah, wife of Frederick Ives, of 2, Avonbeg Street, Belfast.

KIRKWOOD -- Jan. 20, at Eno, Falls Road, Belfast, Margaret Kirkwood.

MACDONNELL -- Jan. 13, 1914, at her residence, Carrowreagh, Myroe, Maria, widow of Joseph Macdonnell, and daughter of the late Abraham Patten, Myroe.

MARTIN -- Jan. 19, at Bishopscourt, Mary Martin, widow of the late Simon Martin, J.P.

MISKIMMIN -- Jan. 17, at Straidnahanna, Andrew, husband of Agnes Miskimmin, in his 89th year.

M'CAW -- Jan. 21, at bar residence, 20, Lyons Street, Bridge End, Mary M'Caw, relict of the late William M'Caw.

M'CLURE -- Jan. 18, at Linenhall Street, Ballymoney, Wallace M'Clure, aged 75.

M'COUBREY -- Jan. 18, at Ballyfotherly, Donaghadee, Jane M'Coubrey.

M'FERRAN -- Jan. 14, at Scotch Street, Dungannon, George M'Ferran.

M'MULLAN -- Jan. 16, at 10, Osborne Terrace, Warrenpoint, Mary M'Mullan.

M'MORRIS -- Jan. 20, at Richmond, Portstewart, Sarah Armstrong, widow of the late Rev. R. M'Morris, D.D., aged 78 years.

STERLING -- Jan. 19, at 3, Palestine Street, James Sterling, in his 78th year.

STEVENSON -- Jan. 14, at Lisnanane, Tullyhogue, James, fourth son of the late James Stevenson.

STEVENSON -- Jan. 20, at Mount Oriel, 20, Willowbank Street, James Stevenson.

TOWELL -- Jan. 20, at Moygannon, Donacloney, William Towell, aged 72 years.

WALES -- Jan. 18, at Ardmore, Holywood, Charlotte, widow of the late G. F. Wales, M.D.

WHITESIDE -- Jan. 20, at Ballyginiff, Minnie, third daughter of the late Samuel Whiteside.

In Memoriam

SMYTH -- In loving remembrance of our dear friend, Ellen Smyth, who departed this life at her residence, 76, Lawnbrook Avenue, on the 10th inst., and was interred in the City Cemetery.
      Oft we pause and think of thee,
            And think of how you died;
      To think you could not say good-bye,
            Before yon closed your eyes.
            Too far away thy grave to sea,
            But not too far to think of thee.
Mr. and Mrs. THOMPSON and FAMILY, Bury, England.




Among the gentleman called to the Bar on Monday in Dublin by the Lord Chancellor was Mr. Edward Mark Hoy, second son of Mr. John Hoy, solicitor, Dungannon.

Mr. George Lawrence Young, of Culdaff, was sworn in as High Sheriff of the County of Donegal, before Mr. Hugh Marks, commissioner of oaths, at Randalstown, County Antrim, on the 12th inst.

Down County Council has approved of the agreement assuring 20,000 from the Development Fund for the reconstruction of Kilkeel Harbour, the county to contribute 1,300 and the Department 1,200.

At the annual meeting of Clones Unionist Club, Lieutenant-Colonel Madden, D.L., was re-elected president, and Mr. Tom Hayes re-elected honorary treasurer, and Messrs. Michael E. Knight and F. G. Patterson hon. secretaries.

The engagement is announced between Holt Waring, of Waringstown, Co. Down, Captain North Irish Horse, and Margaret Alicia, youngest daughter of Mr. J. Charlton Parr, of Grappenhall Heyes, Warrington, and Staunton Park, Herefordshire.

At the monthly meeting of the Downpatrick Rural Division School Attendance Committee on Saturday, the Venerable the Archdeacon of Down presiding, touching references were made as to the loss sustained owing to the death of Mr. D. G. M'Gammon, J.P., Nutgrove.

On the 15th inst. Wm. Mayberry and Robt. Cameron, two Whitehead postmen, observed smoke issuing from the one-storey lock-up shop of Mr. Nathaniel Campbell, which is situated at Windsor Avenue; and raising the alarm the flames in a short time were thoroughly subdued.

On the night of the 17th inst. intimation was received by the Carrickfergus constabulary of the sudden death of a man named Andrew Miskimmin, aged eighty-eight, belonging to Straidnahanna, West Division, Carrickfergus. He was gathering potatoes when he fell dead.

At the annual meeting of Garvagh Unionist Club Lieutenant-Colonel Macausland was re-elected president. Mr. J. J. Little, and Mr. Wm. Getty were appointed honorary secretary and honorary treasurer respectively. As the members of last year's committee were available, no alteration was made.

Dr. Mussen, Coroner for the district, held an inquest in Glynn Schoolhouse, near Larne, on the 17th inst., touching the death of a woman named Maggie Snoddy, aged sixty-eight years, who was found dead in her house. Dr. T. Killen deposed that death was due to natural causes, and a verdict was returned accordingly.

The funeral of the late Rev. George Frazer, Finvoy, whose death occurred on the 14th inst., took place on the 17th inst. amidst many visible signs of mourning. The deceased, who ministered to the parish of Finvoy for upwards of thirty-five years, was beloved by all creeds and classes, and his sudden demise is deeply deplored in the district.

A special Court was held on the 17th inst. in Dungannon Courthouse -- before Mr. C. B. M. Chambre, J.P., at which District-Inspector Barrington charged a carter named James M'Grath with having caused the death of a horse, the property of his employer, Mr. T. H. Charles, Dungannon, by stabbing it on the 9th inst. He was returned for trial to Tyrone Assizes.

We regret to record the death of Dr. Henry Ferguson Shepherd, which occurred suddenly on the 16th inst. at his residence in South Shields. The deceased, who was only thirty-eight years of age, was the elder son of Rev. William Shepherd, B.A., of Ballyroney, County Down, and a brother of the Rev. W. F. Shepherd, B.D., of Portglenone, County Antrim.

Deep regret has been caused in Ballymoney and district by the death of Rev. George Frazer, the respected rector of Finvoy, which occurred late on the evening of the 14th inst. after an illness of short duration. The deceased gentleman took part in the wedding ceremony of his younger daughter -- Mrs. Skemp -- on the 7th inst., and, unfortunately, on that occasion caught a chill.

At the inquest on the nine-year-old boy, Norman Harvey, of 14, Cedar Avenue, who was killed in a motor accident on the Antrim Road, Belfast, on the morning of the 15th inst., the jury returned a verdict to the effect that they could not agree as to whether the occurrence was accidental or due to the negligent management of the car.

At a public auction of a farm containing five acres, at Moneycroft, Castlewellan, on 16th inst., Mr. Michael Lavery, solicitor, Lisburn, was declared the purchaser at 355, or at the rate of 71 per acre. There is only one house on the farm, and at present it is not in a habitable condition, while the land is described as coarse, unsuited either for grazing or cultivation. Nevertheless the competition to acquire it was keen.

Damage amounting to about 1,000 was caused by fire in a flax mill near Ballymena on Monday night. It was the property of Mr. Samuel Nesbitt

Mr. H. Moore, relief clerk, Newry, has been appointed stationmaster at Dundalk Junction, in succession to the late Mr. Bracken. Mr. Moore acted temporarily at stationmaster during Mr. Bracken's illness.

Some fine fully-blown Orange lilies were proudly exhibited on Saturday by Mr. Joseph Clarke, gardener to Mr. W. J. Smith, St. Hilda, Coleraine, who holds a record for early production of Ulster's favourite blooms.

In dismissing the appeal brought by District-Inspector Richardson in connection with a charge of cockfighting in Monaghan, the Lord Chief Baron said if he were Solicitor-General the case would not rest there.

On Tuesday the Inspectors of Lunatics held an inquiry on oath at Monaghan Asylum into the circumstances connected with the death of a patient named James Wilson, Shanmullagh, who committed suicide in the institution.

The session and committee of Great James Street Presbyterian Church, Londonderry, have unanimously appointed Mr. W. R. Anderson, of Blackburn, as organist and choirmaster. The new organ was opened a few months ago, and the congregation gave their sanction to the use of the Church Hymnary.

The election of an Alderman to represent the Waterside Ward on Derry Corporation on Monday resulted as follows -- Dr. M. G. Hime (U.), 691; Mr. J. H. Pollock (I.U.), 450; majority, 241. Dr. Hime was thus elected. There are 500 Nationalists in the ward.

At the annual social meeting of the M'Cammon True Blues L.O.L. 1687 (Holywood) held in Holywood, the following officers for the ensuing year were installed: Br. R. Garrett, D.M.; Br. S. Hewitt, D.D.M.; Br. A. I. Herdman, secretary; and Br. M. B. Milligan, treasurer.

At the monthly meeting of Portadown and Banbridge Joint Water Board, held on Tuesday, Mr. Thos. Coulter, a local man, was appointed inspector for the Portadown section of the works at a wage of 30s a week, with free house. There were two other candidates for the position from Belfast.

News has just been received in Warrenpoint of the death under tragic circumstances of a young man, named Herbert Meek, son of Mr. David Meek, Warrenpoint. Young Mr. Meek, who had not reached his twentieth year, emigrated to Nevada about three months ago.

On the night of the 15th inst. Mr. George Hill Smith, Barrister-at-Law, delivered in the United Protestant Young Men's Institute, Hill Street, Newry, his intensely interesting lecture on "Some Personal Reminiscences of a Long Life." Mr. R. A. Mullan, solicitor, presided.

"Armagh from 1747" was the title of a lecture delivered by Mr. Jas. C. M'Bride, C.E., in Abbey Street Presbyterian lecture hall on Monday evening under the auspices of the local Parliamentary Debating Society. Dr. Hampton Gray presided. The lecture proved most interesting.

Waringstown presented a very animated scene on Sunday afternoon, the occasion the first church parade organised by the local Volunteer corps, who were joined by battalions from Lurgan, Maralin, Moira, Donacloney, Banbridge, and Gilford. The men numbered between 600 and 700.

Considerable excitement followed the escape of a lunatic named Creighton, from Clooneenbane, from the harmless lunatics' ward in the Roscommon Workhouse on Monday night. He was captured at Ballybride Bridge, where some of the lads strapped him and held him in custody until the arrival of the police.

Miss A. J. Cullen, daughter of Rev. John Cullen, Methodist minister, Broomhedge, near Lisburn, who has been accepted by the Ladies' Committee of the Methodist Missionary Society for mission work, left London on the 16th inst. for Medak, Southern India, where she has been appointed to take up her abode and enter on her new duties.

Mrs. Matilda Wrixon, of Rostrevor, County Down, who died on the 7th November last, left personal estate valued at 5,249. She left her estate as to one-fourth to the three daughters of her late sister, Annie Stephens, one-fourth to her sister, Louisa Strickland, one-fourth to her sister, Fanny Vesey, and one-fourth to her sister, Arabella Blakeney.

At the annual meeting of the Derry Port and Harbour Commissioners, held on Monday, the re-election of Mr. G. K. Gilliland, D.L., as chairman for the ensuing year, was passed with enthusiasm. The Harbourmaster reported that during December 110 vessels, with a tonnage of 59,848, arrived at the port, as compared with 11B with a tonnage of 71,684 in December, 1912.

On Monday evening the Rev. Wm. Bateson, of Lincoln, an English Methodist clergyman, delivered a lecture in Dungannon Methodist Church, on "John Knox, the Scottish Reformer." The lecturer, who was very heartily received, said he had been formerly greatly prejudiced in favour of Home Rule. A week's visit to Ulster had changed all that.

Major Viscount Crichton, D.S.O., presided at a public meeting of Protestants and Unionists (organised under the auspices of the local Methodist Church) at Newtownbutler on Friday evening, on the occasion of a lecture on "A Memorable Epoch in the History of Protestantism" (dealing with the Siege and defence of Derry), by Rev. James Gibson, superintendent of the circuit.

Important manoeuvres were carried out at Newcastle by the local Volunteers on Monday night. The force of 100 assembled at the Annesley Memorial Hall at 7-30 p.m., and under the command of Sergeant-Major Smith marched to the spacious lawn of the Donard Demesne, their path being lighted by the glare of huge torchlights. Here they were divided into companies and put through a course of different forms of drill.

Limavady women Unionists have spiritedly set about making provision to cope with any eventuality that may arise in connection with Ulster's determination to retain citizenship in the United Kingdom. One lady has placed her large mansion at the disposal of the Force as a hospital, whilst other ladies have offered their houses in town for a similar purpose. Something like one hundred beds are being got ready immediately.

The Lislane Company of the Ulster Volunteer Force was inspected on the evening of the 19th inst. at Limavady by Colonel Beresford-Ash, commander of the 2nd (Roe Valley) Battalion of the North Londonderry Regiment, who was accompanied by Captain Gaussen, County Instructor. The local officers in attendance were -- Mr. S. D. H. Harrison, commanding the Lislane Company; Lieutenants M. M. M'Causland, D.L., and S. Collins, with Section Commanders Joseph Adams, John Lagatin, Henry Donaldson, and John Oliver. Under Commander Harrison the men were put through a number of military evolutions.


Mrs. Clarke, of Rushden, an expert pillow lace-maker died on Friday aged 101. On her hundredth birthday she received a telegram from the King.

On Friday afternoon two young lads, named Ian Menzies and Thomas Chisholm, were drowned while skating on the disused distillery reservoir on Oban Hill.

Mr. James R. Wilson has been adopted as the prospective Unionist candidate for the Falkirk Burghs. Mr. Wilson is the eldest son of Sir John Wilson, Bart., of Airdrie, a former representative of the constituency.

Mr. George Chester, who died last week at Havant, Hants, aged ninety, was an old Chartist when resident in London, where he worked as a tailor. He was an associate of Fergus O'Connor and the other leaders of the movement.

The Orcoma, which arrived in Liverpool on Friday, made the passage from Callao, a distance of 12,000 miles, in 32 days, 22 hours, 40 minutes, inclusive of calls at about twenty ports. This beats the record of the Oropesa, which has stood for fifteen years.

The death is announced of Sir Henry F. R. Yorke, K.C.B., who was Director of Victualling of the navy from 1836 to 1906. He married in 1882 Lady Lilian Harriet, daughter of the Earl of Wemyss, and widow of Sir Henry Garstairs Polly, M.P., and leaves one son, born in 1883.

Lady Mary Corbally (says the "Daily Telegraph") has given birth to a daughter at her residence in Queen's Gate, London. Lady Mary is the only daughter of the third Earl of Cottenham, and married Mr. Elias Corbally, of Rathbeal Hall, County Dublin, in November, 1910.

The body of a free labourer was found floating in the Liffey at Alexandra Basin, Dublin, last week. Letters found on him bore the name and address, "Edward Farrell, Richmond Row, Liverpool." Farrell had been engaged by the Shipping Federation, but left some weeks ago to return home, and is believed to have been in the water since December 6.

Mr. George William Mills, retired jeweller, of 7, Charleville Road, Handsworth, Staffordshire, whose estate has been valued at 6,185, left about 1,000 on trust for his son, Charles Lewis, for a period of ten years, or until definite news of his death or whereabouts be obtained. If there is no trace of him at the end of this period the money is to be divided among his sisters.

During the past year the wills of 141 persons connected with the liquor trade in the United Kingdom were proved, showing an aggregate net personalty amounting to 8,296,941, or an average of 58,843 per estate. In the previous year the number of wills proved was 148, the net personalty 4,375,000, and the average 29,563. Last year's figures are the highest for many years.

The Second Division of the Court of Session, Edinburgh, on appeal, have adhered to the judgment of Lord Ormidale, dismissing as incompetent the action by David Prentice Menzies, Plean Castle, Stirlingshire. Plaintiff, who claims the vacant baronetcy of Menzies, asked the Court to declare that he was the heir of Captain Menzies, who died in 1748. The Court suggested that the proper course was to apply to the Sheriff of Chancery.

Miss Sylvia Pankhurst, addressing a Suffragist meeting at Hackney, advised her hearers never to come to their meetings unless armed. The police were not very courageous, and often carried things they were not supposed to, but if they saw that women meant to fight, they were afraid. Parliament would soon be meeting, and they proposed to make themselves a terror to the Government.

At New Tredegar, Rhymney Valley, on Friday, six men employed underground at the Powell Duffryn Collieries, Bargoed, were fined 20s each for carrying small blocks of timber in the cage in which they were riding from the pit, contrary to the provisions of the new Mines Act. Formerly it had been the privilege of colliers to take home for firewood the waste ends of timbering. The new Act makes it an offence to carry such timber in a cage carrying men.

We are officially informed that the original autograph journals kept by Captain Scott throughout his Antarctic expedition, including those carried with him to the Pole, in which his last "message to the public" was written, have been placed by Lady Scott in the British Museum. This being the second anniversary of the arrival of Captain Scott and his party at the South Pole, the Trustees have authorised the exhibition of the journals in a temporary case in the department of manuscripts.

Dublin strikers on the night of 17th inst. attacked two free labourers, and one, a native of Kells, County Meath, died subsequently in hospital.

As the result of a cattle-drive on the Blake estate, County Galway, eight men were arrested. They refused to give bail, and were sent to the Assises.

The death occurred at Dumfries on Monday of the Rev. Dr. Wm Turner, Catholic Bishop of Galloway, in his 70th year. Dr. Turner, who was a native of Aberdeen, was ordained in Rome in 1868, and was consecrated in 1893.

A tragic occurrence is reported from the village of Dalry, in the uplands of Kirkcudbrighshire. On Saturday night a shoemaker named John Ramsay attacked and left for dead his wife, and afterwards drowned himself in a barrel of water. Mrs. Ramsey is expected to recover.

Submarine A7, in the course of exercising on Friday last in Whitsand Bay, off Plymouth, failed to come to the surface. She is believed to be lying four miles from Rame Head, in a depth of eighteen fathoms, but could not be located before dark. All hope has been abandoned of rescuing the crew of eleven.

Board of Trade emigration returns for 1913 show that 388,813 persons left the United Kingdom to settle overseas. Of these 284,663 went to places within the British Empire, 94,660 to the United States, and 9,430 to other foreign countries. In the same period 86,758 British subjects returned to the Mother Country.

The death occurred at midnight on Sunday of Sir Mathew Amcotte Wilson, of Eshton Hall, Gargrave, Yorks, at the age of sixty-two. Deceased, who was the third Baronet, took a great interest in agriculture, and owned about eighty-seven hundred acres. He had recently suffered from an attack of influenza.



Mr. John Lockington, Postmaster of Waterfowl for the past four years, has just been appointed to the important position of Postmaster of Colchester, England, and will leave the city by the Suir in about a fortnight to take up his new duties. Mr. Lockington was most popular with all classes in Waterford, and during his residence there he saw extensive additions and improvememts carried out in connection with the Post Office. His departure from the city is greatly regretted, but it is softened by the fact that Mr. Lockington goes away on promotion. By none is his severance with Waterford more felt than by his fellow-worshippers in the Presbyterian Church, of which he is a loyal adherent. He was prominently identified with the new Church Building Fund, and he worked zealously and whole-heartedly to make the undertaking the success it was. Mr. Lockington is a native of County Cavan. He commenced his career in the Post Office service in the General Past Office, Belfast, and in later years attained to the position of chief clerk in Derry. He also held the office of superintendent in Dublin, subsequently being transferred to Portadown. From the latter place he was transferred to Waterford, taking up the duties in that city in October 1909. He is the present president of the Irish Branch of the Postmasters' Association. Colchester, to which Mr. Lockington is transferred, is the headquarters for the Eastern counties of England, and is an important military centre.




We regret to announce the death of the Rev. S. D. Irons, of Drumquin Presbyterian Church, which took place last Friday after less than a week's illness. The deceased, who was a native of Bovevagh, near Limavady, where his highly-respected and aged father still resides, received his theological education in Magee College, Londonderry, and was ordained to the ministry on 5th December, 1895, being appointed minister of the congregation of Kells, Co. Meath. In Kells he laboured for shortly over nine years, when he received the call to Drumquin, where he was installed an 26th January, 1904, so that had he been spared he would have completed ten years' ministry in Drumquin on Monday next. The deceased was greatly beloved by all who knew him. He was an earnest preacher of the Gospel, was seldom absent for move than a day from the midst of his congregation, and was an active and sincere Christian worker. In the Drumquin Presbyterian Church Sabbath-school he took a warm interest, always giving encouragement to teachers and children, while he lent his most enthusiastic support to everything that affected the welfare of his congregation. A member of Omagh Presbytery, he was a regular attender at its various Courts, and manifested a lively interest in its deliberations. He enjoyed the confidence and high esteem of his ministerial brethren, who regard his loss to the Presbytery as very great and to the congregation of Drumquin as irreparable. The deceased was known very widely as a prominent member of the Orange Institution. In the Drumrawn L O.L No. 381 he occupied the position of W.M., and was for many years W.M. of Omagh District L.O.L. No. 11. He was also chairman of the committee of management of Omagh Orange Hall and a member of the Browning Club of Apprentice Boys, Londonderry. On many occasions he presided at large Orange demonstrations in North and Mid-Tyrone, and on several occasions declared new Orange Halls open. He was a gifted and eloquent speaker, and was ever ready at all times to place his services at the disposal of the Unionist cause. He was also connected with the Masonic Order, being a member of Castlederg Lodge No. 799, the members of which deeply regret his demise. The deceased preached his last sermon in Drumquin on Sunday, 4th inst., from Revelation, 1st chap., last clause of verse 17 and verse 18 -- "Fear not, I am the first and the last; I am He that liveth and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and death."


The funeral of the late Rev. S. D. Irons took place on Monday to the burying-ground connected with the Drumquin Presbyterian Church, and was a convincing tribute of the high affection in which the deceased was held throughout Mid and North Tyrone. The chief mourners were -- Robert M'Cay Irons (son); William Irons, Bovevagh, Limavady (father); John Irons, Coleraine; Jacob Irons, Keady, Armagh; William. M. Irons, Londonderry; and David Irons, Londonderry (brothers); Edward Wood, Drumquin (father-in-law); Alfred Wood (brother-in-law); James M. Irons, Ballymoney, and Samuel D. Irons, Londonderry (nephews). There was a very large attendance of clergy, including the Church of Ireland and Methodist clergymen and the parish priest and Catholic curate. There was a very large representation of the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Orange Institution, who marched in processional order four-deep behind the coffin, which was carried by members of the Drumquin company Ulster Volunteers all the way from the manse to the church. Practically all the Unionist Clubs in North Tyrone and Mid-Tone were represented at the funeral, and Captain J. C. Herdman, who is second in command of the North Tyrone Battalion, represented the Commanding Officer, Mr. E. C. Herdman, D.L., who was unavoidably absent. Prior to the funeral a service was conducted at the manse, Rev. Jackson M'Fadden leading in prayer, Rev. W. J. M'Askie read a portion of Scripture, and an impressive address was delivered by Rev. J. G. Hamilton, Moderator of the Omagh Presbytery. The service concluded by prayer, led by Rev. T. L. F. Slack, rector of Lower Langfield. At the Presbyterian Church the funeral service was conducted by Rev. J. G. Hamilton,, and Rev. H. W. Morrow led in prayer. Rev. D. Marshall read a portion of Scripture, and a very impressive address was delivered by Rev. A. Macafee. At the conclusion of the service the Moderator pronounced the benediction, and the interment afterwards took place, Rev. Richard Laird taking part in the burial service. Subsequently the members of the Masonic Order performed their funeral rites at the graveside, and the burial service of the Orange Institution was led by Rev. Mr. Kelly, curate of Drumquin.

At a meeting of the Omagh Presbytery, held afterwards, a resolution expressing deep regret at the deceased's death and tendering sympathy to his widow and relatives was passed. Similar resolutions have been passed by Drumrawn Unionist Club and Drumrawn L.O.L. No. 381, the members of which met specially for the purpose.



The announcement of the death of Mr. Wallace M'Clure, Ballymoney, which occurred on Sunday, has caused deep regret among a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in North Antrim district. The deceased gentleman, who was 75, has been in failing health, but the end came rather unexpectedly, many of the townspeople being unaware of his illness. For upwards of fifty years Mr. M'Clure had been a prominent factor in the trade of the district, the business of grocer, seed, and manure merchant bringing him into touch with the farming community, among whom and his fellow townspeople he had a high reputation. His time was fully taken up in his business, and he, therefore, mixed little in public affairs. He was a member of St. James' Presbyterian Church.


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The Witness - Friday, 30 January, 1914


REID. -- Jan. 26, at the Manse, Loughbrickland, the Rev. T. S. and Mrs. Reid -- a son.


M'CULLOUGH--SMYTH -- Jan. 21, 1914, at First Presbyterian Church, Carrickfergus, by Rev. Cuthbert, M.A., assisted by Rev. J. W. Johnston (brother-in-law of the bride), William, second son of Andrew M'Cullough, Scotch Quarter, Carrickfergus, to Janie, youngest daughter of Henry Smyth, The Cottage, Woodburn.

THOMPSON--HASSARD -- Jan. 21, at Christ Church, Delgany, by the Rev. J. A. Jagoe, assisted by Rev. W. M. Weir (Rector), and Rev. R. M. Wilson, Dr. John King Thompson, 1, Mentmore, Lisburn Road, Belfast, second son of the late John Thompson, Esq., and Mrs. Thompson, Ellerslie, Windsor Park, Belfast, to Annie Margaret Dorothy Hassard, of Innismore, Delgany, youngest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Hassard, of San Angelo, Texas. At home Ellerslie, Windsor Park, Belfast, March 3rd, 4th, and 5th.


REID -- Jan. 21, 1914, at Lisnoe, Orwell Park, Rathgar, Co. Dublin, John Hamilton Reid, son of the late John Hamilton Reid, Killarney House, Bray. Funeral private.

STUART -- Jan. 29, at his residence, 12, Dunluce Terrace, Lisburn Road, Belfast, John Stuart, Tea(?) Merchant, 17, Queen's Square. The remains of my dearly-beloved husband will be removed for interment in Dundonald Cemetery, on Saturday afternoon, at two o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation. ELLEN STUART.

BELL -- Jan. 22, at Ballyboy, Doagh, Robert John Bell.

BILL -- Jan. 28, at Ballymartin, Samuel, only son of the late Samuel Bill, aged 4 years and 4 months.

BLACKWOOD -- Jan. 26, at 27, Frances Street, Newtownards, John Blackwood.

CROTHERS -- Jan. 27, at Belfast Road, Comber, Robert Crothers.

DUNDEE -- Jan. 23, at Bruslee, Samuel B., youngest son of the late John Dundee.

ESLER -- Jan. 25, at Fountain Street, Antrim, Sarah Esler.

GILMER -- Jan. 15, 1914, at the residence of Mrs. Sarah Jane Lockhart, Mulladuff, Castleblayney, dearly-beloved grandson, Willy Gilmer son of the late William Gilmer, Mullaghanee, Castleblayney, and of Mrs. Gilmer, Mulladuff.

GREEN -- Jan. 23, at Hyeres, France, Josephine, wife of Sydney L. Green, Byeways, Chalfont Road, Buckinhamshire, and daughter of the [Rev.] R. Workman, D.D., Newtownbreda.

HAWTHORN -- Jan. 25, at Pine Hill, Clogher, Lisburn, William Hawthorn.

HEWITT -- Jan. 25, at the Village, Killinchy, Isabella Hewitt, relict of the late John Hewitt.

KELLS -- Jan. 28, at 110, Castlereagh Road, Mary, widow of the late James Kells.

KENNEDY -- Jan. 25, at Castle Chester House, Whitehead, Jane, widow of the late Isaac Kennedy.

KENNETT -- Jan. 26, at 3, Cambrai Street, Eliza, wife of Charles Kennett.

KEOWN -- Jan. 21, at 19, Artana Street, William Keown, husband of Annie Morrison [Keown], and eldest son of Joseph Keown.

MACRORY -- Jan. 25. at May Cottage, Ballymena, Mary, eldest daughter of tha late Robert Macrory, Brocklamount.

MARSHALL -- Jan. 25, 1914, suddenly, at his residence, The Foundry, Limavady, Richard (Marshall).

MATEER -- Jan. 27, at 7, Melrose Terrace, Melrose Street, John Norman Carlisle, eldest son of David Mateer.

MIDDLETON -- Jan. 24, at his father's residence, Cargygray, Anahilt, Hillsborough, James W., third son of Robert and Rachel Middleton.

MILLER -- Jan. 26, at Purdysburn House, James Miller.

M'ALISTER -- Jan. 23, at Cushendall, Robert M'Alister.

M'BRIDE -- Jan. 24, at the Ravens, Hyde Park, Belfast, Sara Swan, wife of Henry J. M'Bride.

M'CLATCHEY -- Jan. 22, at 3, Bridge Street, Portadown, Joseph M'Clatchey, Merchant.

M'CLURE -- Jan. 3, at Islandreagh House, Dunadry, Hamilton, youngest son of Samuel M'Clure.

M'DONALD -- Jan 25, at Moss Vale, Aghalee, Lurgan, Alexander M'Donald.

M'MASTER -- Jan 24, at Duff's Hill House, Carrickfergus, Henry B., fourth son of William M'Master.

RITCHIE -- Dec. 21, at Aughlisnafin, Clough, Co. [Down], Jane, widow of the late John Ritchie, aged 75 years.

TAIT -- Jan. 23, at Belgrave Villa, Knock, James Tait, Principal of Porter's National School.

WHITE -- At Ballymaconaghy, William R., husband of Minnie White.

WOODS -- Jan. 22, at Purdysburn Fever Hospital, David M'Alpine Woods.



We regret to announce the death on the 23rd inst. of Mr. James Tait, a well-known Belfast school teacher, which took place at his late residence, Belgrave Villa, Knock, following an operation for appendicitis. For upwards of twenty years the deceased had been principal of Porter's National School, of which Lady Cowan is the manageress. A man of high ideals, he had proved himself to be not only a sound educationist, but also a sincere and kind-hearted friend, and by pupils and parents alike he was held in the highest respect and esteem. The deceased was fifty-two years of age.



Of ninety-four deaths which are recorded in a Local Government Board return as having occurred from starvation or accelerated privation in England and Wales during [19-?] it is stated that forty occurred in the administrative county of London and fifty-four in provinces. In fifteen cases a verdict was returned by the jury that death was due to starvation (specifically named) or starvation in conjunction with some other cause, such as disease, exposure, or neglect. For the most part the deaths appear to have been due to disease consequent on or accelerated by want or exposure, or both, owing to [severe] neglect. In seven cases the persons dying were in receipt of old-age pensions at the time of death. In ninety-one of the fifty-four cases no application had been made for poor relief, or application was only made when the person was in a dying condition.



The Asiatic Museum at St. Petersburg recently acquired a Chinese banknote issued at Pekin in 2800 B.C. It is in many respects similar to those now in use. It is of thick white paper, inscribed in blue ink. Round the border is engraved the counsel -- "However much you may possess, strive to be thrifty." Thus morals not extravagance were inculcated on the note.

In connection with the above the "London and China Express publishes the following letter by Mr. Lionel Giles --

By far the most interesting item of news in the current number of the "London and China Telegraph" is the report of the acquisition by the Asiatic Museum of St. Petersburg of a Chinese banknote, made of thick white paper with characters engraved on it, which was issued at Pekin in 2800 B.C. Few will be found to deny that this is the most far-reaching archaeological discovery of recent years, seeing that it disposes at one blow of a number or seemingly well-substantiated facts. 1. It throws back the use of written characters at least 1,000, and the invention of printing more than 3,000 years.

2. It proves that a highly developed state of civilisation and an utterly unsuspected economic system must have existed under the Emperor Fu Hsi, who has hitherto been treated as a purely legendary Monarch.

3. It reduces the tradition of Ts'ai Lun as the inventor of paper in the first century A.D to a puerile myth, the origin of which appears quite unaccountable.

4. It enormously increases the age of Pekin -- which is not mentioned in the Chinese annals as an Imperial city until as late as the Mongol dynasty, between 600 and 700 years ago.

Altogether the Asiatic Museum of St. Petersburg must be warmly congratulated on the possession of a document of such extraordinary interest and value as this almost incredibly ancient banknote.



Well-Known Belfast Merchant.

It is with sincere regret that we record the death of Mr. John Stuart, the well-known tea merchant, of Queen's Square, which occurred yesterday afternoon at his residence, 12, Dunluce Terrace. The deceased had been in ill-health for the past three months during which time he had the skilful treatment of Dr. Simpson, but not withstanding the best of medical attention and nursing, he passed away, as stated, to the profound sorrow of a large circle of acquaintances. The late Mr.Stuart was a native of Carrickfergus, and came to Belfast and served his apprenticeship to the wholesale grocery business, afterwards representing such important firms as Messrs. S. Andrews and Forster Green & Co. Over twenty-five years ago, in conjunction with Mr. Thomas M. Millar; he opened a wholesale tea establishment in Queen's Square, and on the death of the latter gentleman he carried on the business in his own name. He was a man of great business capacity, and in his own special department was looked upon as one of the leading merchants of the city. Of an amicable disposition, and having a desire to be of service to those who sought the benefit of his sound advice, he gained hosts of friends, and was held in the highest respect by all who knew him. He took a keen interest in the welfare of the North and West of Ireland Commercial Travellers' Association, whose members were only too delighted to confer upon him any honour in their power. A staunch Presbyterian, he had always the interest of the various schemes of the General Assembly at heart, while as an elder and Sabbath-school teacher he did much to add the the success of the work he was so honourably associated. He was a UNionist in politics, but never took any part in public affairs. The deceased leaves a widow and one son and one daughter to mourn his loss, and the utmost sympathy will be extended to them in their sad bereavement.


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