The Witness - Friday, 6 August, 1915


BREIDFJORD--MEGAW -- July 27, at Methodist Church, Grays, Essex (by special licence), Lieutenant M. A. S. Breidfjord, Royal Fusiliers, London, to May, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Megaw, Clara, Clough, County Down.

FLOYD--GALLAGHER -- July 29, at First Ramelton Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. William D. Wallace, D.D., Moses, son of the late Andrew Floyd, Braighy, to Annie, eldest daughter of James Gallagher, Ardnaree, Ramelton.

WARD--STURGEON -- Aug. 4 (by special licence), at the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev. Josias Mitchell, Anahilt, Samuel G. Ward, youngest son of Daniel Ward, Aughandunvarran, Dromore, to Elizabeth Margaret, only daughter of Samuel J. Sturgeon, Ocka Lodge, Drumlough, Hillsborough.


ALBIN -- July 18, at Rockmacraney House, Richhill, Jane, wife of Robert Albin, and only daughter of the late Thomas Fullerton, of Drumorgan.

ALLEN -- July 28, at 14, Seacliffe Road, Bangor, William M'Letchie (Willie), youngest son of James Allen, 3, Belgravia, Lisburn Road, Belfast.

BAXTER -- July 29, at The Cottage, Greenisland, Jane, younger daughter of the late Samuel Baxter.

BEGGS -- Aug. 2, at Ardmore, Oldpark Road, John, son of William Beggs, aged 18 years.

BENTLEY -- Aug. 2, at Waringstown, Isabella, widow of the late John Bentley, and eldest daughter of the late William J. Withers.

BRADFORD -- July 28, at Janeville, Dunleer, Samuel Bradford.

CHARLTON -- Aug. 1, at Cranfield, James Charlton, husband of Mary Charlton.

CHISOLM -- July 30, John Chisholm, of Cloughfern, Whiteabbey, aged 70 years.

CRAIG -- Aug. 2, at Castlecapp, Bushmills, Annie Isabel, youngest daughter of the late Johnston Craig.

FERGUSON -- July 31, at Ballycastle, Mountstewart, James Ferguson, son of David Ferguson.

HALL -- Aug. 2, at 1, Westbourne Terrace, Lisburn, John, husband of Eliza Jane Hall.

HANNA -- July 21, in France, Captain John Hanna, youngest son of the late Rev. Dr. Hanna, St. Enoch's, Belfast.

LECKEY -- Aug. 1, at Bovolgan, Stonyford, Lisburn, William, husband of Elizabeth Jane Leckey.

LEGATE -- June 29, 1915, at the Manse, Tatura, Victoria, Australia, the Rev. Chas. J. Legate, Minister of Tatura Presbyterian Church, and formerly of Riverside, Newry, Ireland.

LEMON -- July 29, at 109, Main Street, Bangor, Mabel, wife of the late Captain Samuel Lemon.

MORGAN -- July 31, at 26, Upper Townsend St., Robert Legge (Bobbie), son of Andrew Morgan.

MULLIGAN -- July 28, at 38, Kenilworth Park, Dublin, Isabella Mulligan, formerly of Fort Charles, Banbridge, widow of Thomas C. Mulligan, M.R.C.S., Meigh, and daughter of the late Rev. Robert Henry, Rector of Jonesboro', aged 90.

M'GONIGAL -- July 31, at Ard-na-Greme, Park Road, Ballynafeigh, James M'Gonigal.

ROBINSON -- Aug. 1, at Carnmoon, Ballycastle, Elizabeth Woodside, widow of John Robinson.

RODDEN -- July 30, at 4, Belgravia, Lisburn Road, Belfast, William Rodden, Organising Secretary N.S.P.C.C.

STEWART -- July 30, at the Cottage Hospital, Ballymena, Edward (Eddie), second son of John Stewart, Ballydonnelly.

STEWART -- July 30, at City Mills, English Street, Armagh, D. W. Stewart, husband of Maggie Stewart.

STUART -- July 21, at Eastburne, Ballymoney, Ellen Jane, wife of Andrew Stuart.

SWEET -- Aug. 1, at Holmville, Bloomfield, Mary, wife of John Sweet.

WILSON -- July 31, at Edward Street, Portadown, William Wilson, Clerk to the Urban District Council and Portadown and Banbridge Joint Waterworks Board.



The death has just taken place of Mr. Aubrey White, C.M.G., Ontario's Deputy Minister of Lands and Forests at Chief Island, Lake Muskoka, Bracebridge, Canada, where he had been recuperating. Mr. White was a son of the late Mr. David White, Lisonally House and Mountjoy Forest, Omagh, County Tyrone, where he was born in 1845. He was educated at the Royal Schools of Raphoe and Dungannon, and came to Canada when seventeen. Going into the Woods department he attained high position there. He was a Freemason of very high degree, being inspector of the 33rd Degree and Past Grand Master of Ontario Grand Lodge. His death took place suddenly. Very much regret is expressed in Toronto.



On Wednesday evening a special service of intercession to commemorate the anniversary of the declaration of war was held in First Dungannon Presbyterian Church, when the following list of church members on active service was read by Rev. Stanley W. Thompson, B.A., pastor loci -- Private Robert Bell (wounded), 1st Inniskilling Fusiliers; Private Robert Averell (killed in action), 2nd Inniskilling Fusiliers; Lieutenant W. T. Dickson, 6th Inniskilling Fusiliers; Privates Robert Anderson, James Anderson, William Anderson, John Henry, John M'Grath, and William M'Menemy, 9th Inniskilling Fusiliers; Lance-Corporal Robert Somerville, 10th Inniskilling Fusiliers; Corpora! Ross Bell and Private Thomas Blair, 12th Inniskilling Fusiliers; Lieutenant William Best, Royal Irish Fusiliers; Lieutenant T. C. H. Dickson, 4th Royal Dublin Fusiliers; Trooper John Burrowes, Imperial Light Horse; Trooper Hamilton Burrowes, South African Mounted Rifles; Lieutenant James Z. Sloan and Private Jas. Coleman, Royal Engineers; Lieutenant Harold Sugars and Private George Todd, Royal Army Medical Corps; Sub-Lieutenant David M'Ferran, Royal Navy; Lieutenant Samuel E. Reid; Naval Brigade; Lieutenant H. F. M. Reid, Northumberland Fusiliers; Private Robert M'Clean, Irish Guards; Private Henry Todd, Army Service Corps; Lieutenant Thos. A. Wilson, 7th East Lancashire Regiment.



At the morning services in Whitehouse Presbyterian Church on last Sabbath the Rev. Robert Barron, D.D., made the following reference to the death of Mr. James Wallace, Hillmount, Greencastle. He said -- On Tuesday last there was taken away from us an old and respected member of our congregation, Mr. James Wallace. He was one of the oldest members, one of the few still left to us who were present at my ordination forty years ago. He was a native of the district of Cookstown, County Tyrone, and was married fifty years ago. The anniversary of his marriage was in June of this year. Most of those fifty years have been lived in Whitehouse and Greencastle. Mr. Wallace was a man of high character, and much esteemed by all who knew him. He was an honest workman and very industrious and successful in his business. By his industry and carefulness he became possessor of a considerable amount of property in this neighbourhood. He was an attached member of this church, a Communicant and member of the committee. He took a great Interest in the church, and rejoiced in its growth and prosperity. He was a good man, and an example which our boys might well instate. He will be much missed. Personally, I feel his removal as a great loss. He bore his illness with great patience and fortitude, and was sustained by the grace of God and the faith of Jesus Christ. Indeed, he longed earnestly for the end and the rest of God's people. He entered very calmly into that rest, and now he suffers no more. I am sure we all sympathise with Mrs. Wallace and her family in their great sorrow, and pray that God may comfort and support them still, as He has already done. We are losing one and another of our dear members, but our congregation is growing in heaven. Let us each live as those who hope to join some day those dear and loved ones whom we have lost awhile.



The news will be learned with regret of the death of Mr. William Rodden, local secretary of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, which occurred suddenly on Friday at his residence, 4, Belgravia, 107, Lisburn Road. He had been at business as usual during the day, and appeared to be in the enjoyment of excellent health, and, as was his custom, he spent the evening at home. Shortly after ten o'clock a member of the family found him in the drawing-room in a state of collapse. Medical assistance was requisitioned, and on arrival the doctors found that Mr. Rodden was suffering from a clot of blood on the brain, and that his condition was so grave and critical that no hope of recovery could be entertained. Death supervened shortly before midnight. The deceased, who was 55 years of age, was a native of Limavady. He was secretary to the Cavehill and Whitewell Tramway Company until the Corporation acquired that undertaking. The deceased was prominently identified with the religions and philanthropic life of the city, and evinced a keen interest in the many agencies existing for the amelioration of the social conditions of the people. For a time he acted as secretary of the Hibernian Bible Society, and he also was actively associated with the work of the Church of Ireland Young Men's Society. The effectiveness of the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children in the North of Ireland owed much to his initiative and energy. The deceased leaves a widow, two sons, and five daughters to mourn his loss, and deep sympathy will be extended to them in their tragic bereavement.






1. Germany declares war on Russia.
3. Germany declares war on France.
4. Great Britain declares war on Germany.
15. Fall of Liege.
16. British force lands in France.
21. Brussels occupied by Germans.
23. Mons retreat begun.
26-28. Battle of Tannenberg; heavy Russian defeat at Masurian Lakes.
26. Capture of Togoland by the Allies.
28. Battle of the Bight; British naval success off Heligoland.


1. Germans advancing on Paris. French Government leave for Bordeaux.
6. End of Allies' retreat from Mons. Battle of the Marne.
7. Germans take Maubeuge.
15. Battle of the Aisne.
14-17. Russian retreat from East Prussia. Austrians routed in Galicia.
22. Hogue, Cressy, and Aboukir torpedoed in North Sea.


9. Fall of Antwerp.
11. First Battle of Ypres opens.
17. Four German destroyers sunk by Undaunted flotilla.
27. German "life-or-death" struggle for Calais stemmed.
28. De Wet rebels in South Africa.
30. Lord Fisher becomes First Sea Lord.


1. Naval battle off Chili; Monmouth and Good Hope sunk.
3. British and French squadron bombard Dardanelles. German cruisers are at Yarmouth beach.
7. Japanese take Taing-tao.
9. Emden caught by H.M.A.S. Sydney at Keeling, Cocos Island, Pacific, and driven ashore and burned, with reported heavy loss.
20. Definite failure of German attempt on Calais.


2. Austrians take Belgrade.
6. British naval victory off Falklands. Four German cruisers sunk.
14. Serbians recapture Belgrade.
16. Germans bombard Hartlepool, Scarborough, and Whitby, killing 127 civilians.
18. Khedive of Egypt deposed.
25. Air fight off Cuxhaven supported by British cruisers and submarines.



1. Formidable torpedoed in Channel.
19. Zeppelin raid on Yarmouth and King's Lynn.
24. Naval battle on Dogger Bank. One German ship sunk, another seriously damaged.


2. Turks defeated on Suez Canal.
5. Army ask for 3,000,000 men.
17. Two Zeppelins wrecked off Danish coast.
18. Germans declare submarine blockade of Great Britain.
19. Heavy bombardment of Dardanelles by Allied squadron.


2. Russian victory at Praznysh.
6. Smyrna forts silenced by British ships.
7 to 13. Fierce battle for Neuve Chapelle; British success. Germans lose 18,000 men. German cruiser Dresden sunk and German submarines U8 and U12.
8. Queen Elizabeth, with four other battle-ships, enters Dardanelles; fierce bombardment.
18. Irresistible, Ocean, and Bouvet sunk by mines during engagement in Dardanelles.
22. Russians capture Przemysl, taking 126,000 prisoners and 700 big guns. Germans retake Memel.
27. French capture Hartmannsweilerkopf.
28. Falaba torpedoed off Milford.


14. Zeppelin visits the Tyne.
16. German aircraft raid on East Kent, Essex, and Suffolk.
17. British take Hill 60, breaking German line. Germans use poison gases.
24. Desperate fight for Ypres; day saved by "gallantry and determination" of the Canadians.
28. German offensive on Ypres definitely stopped, and with it second attempt on Calais.
30. Air raid on Ipswich.


2. Germans retake Hill 60.
7. Lusitania torpedoed by German submarine near Queenstown. Great loss of life, including many American passengers.
10. Zeppelin raid on Southend. Germany blames England for sinking of Lusitania.
12. Goliath torpedoed in Dardanelles.
14. "Times" correspondent reports serious lack of high explosives in the field.
17. Zeppelin attack on Ramsgate. Resignation of Lord Fisher.
19. Mr. Asquith announces Coalition Government.
25. Italy declares war on Austria.
26. Majestic torpedoed by submarine in Dardanelles.
29. Germans take Przemysl.
31. Zeppelin raid on London. Six people killed.


4. General attack in Gallipoli; 500 yards gained.
6. Zeppelin raid on East Coast; twenty-four people killed, forty injured.
7. Zeppelin destroyed by Lieutenant Warneford, R.N., at height of 6,000ft.
7. British advance at Festubert and Hooge.
8. Mr. Lloyd George sets up Ministry of Munitions. Mr. Bryan, not agreeing with Note to Germany about Lusitania, resigns office, Secretary of State, United States.
10. Two British torpedo-boats torpedoed in North Sea.
15. Mr. Asquith asks for 250,000,000 vote of credit.
16. British take 2,000 yards of trenches at Hooge.
21. De Wet found guilty of treason; six years' imprisonment and fine of 2,000.
22. Lemberg recaptured by Austrians.
24. Germans use burning liquid and poison gas in unsuccessful attack an Meuse heights.
27. Russian retirement from Dniester.
28. Battle of Bagatelle; Germans use air torpedoes.
29. National Register Bill. All males and females between fifteen and sixty-five to register.
29. Mackensen turns North as part of campaign against Warsaw.


4. German advance in the Argonne.
6. Allies advance in Gallipoli. Turkish counter-attacks repulsed with heavy losses.
5-9. War conference at Calais.
9. South-West Africa surrenders to General Botha.
11-16. Italian attacks on Isonzo.
11. German attack on Ypres repulsed.
12. Koenigsberg, German cruiser, hiding in African creek sunk by British monitors.
15. Welsh coal pits idle.
14. Russians withdraw to second line in Warsaw area.
14. Premier of Canada attends meeting of British Cabinet.
18. Italian cruiser Garibaldi sunk.
18. Crown Prince checked in the Argonne.
19. Germans occupy Praznysh.
20. Mr. Lloyd George goes to Cardiff and settles coal strike.
20. Germans fifteen miles from Warsaw.
22. Announced that Commander Max Horton, R.N., had sunk German battleship in Baltic.
24. British capture Turkish positions on Euphrates.
28. Italians masters of Lower Isonzo.
28. Government announce setting up of ten new national arsenals.
30. Germans announce orderly retirement from Warsaw.
30. Germans pierce British line at Hooge by using flame projectors.
31. Austrian enter Lublin.


1. British recapture lost trenches.
2. In an amazing manifesto on the occasion of the anniversary of the war, the Kaiser informs the German people that he did not will the War, and that "before God and history my conscience is clear."
3. Several British submarine successes are reported, a German destroyer, among other vessels being sunk.




Colonel the Honourable James Whiteside M'Cay, commanding the 2nd Australian Infantry Brigade, who has been wounded at the Dardanelles, is a son of the late Rev. Boyd M'Cay, M.A., B.D., a well-known Ulster Presbyterian clergyman. Born at Ballynure, County Antrim, on 21st December, 1864, he emigrated at an early age, and was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne, and Melbourne University. He is a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria, and became a Deputy Judge-Advocate in 1894. In the following year he was appointed a member of the Legislative Assembly, representing Castlemaine, Victoria, and Minister of Trade and Customs and Minister of Education from 1899 to 1901. He was elected a member of the House of Representatives, Australian Commonwealth Parliament, in 1901, and was Minister of State for Defence in 1904-5. Colonel M'Cay had his first military experience in 1886, when he obtained a lieutenancy in the Victorian Volunteer Forces. His honorary chief of the 66th Mount Alexander Infantry, at Castlemaine, in Victoria, and also of the 67th Bendigo Infantry. He has the Volunteer Decoration, having served many years with the 4th Infantry of Victoria, the 8th Regiment, the Intelligence Corps (commandant), as well as being on the unattached list for some time. As Director of Intelligence on the General Staff from 1909 to 1913, he did much to establish the new military system in Australia. The brigade he commands at the Dardanelles comes from Victoria. Colonel M'Cay married in 1896 Juba Mary O'Meara, and has two daughters. Colonel M'Cay was wounded in the leg whilst leading a charge and shouting the rallying cry, "On, Australia." When he fell his men went on, captured the position and held it.


A fresh name says "The Times," has to be added to those devoted Englishmen and women, who have given their lives in the cause of Serbia. The Hon. Richard Cecil Frederick Chichester, who died on July 31 at Nish, of typhoid fever, was the youngest son of Lord Templemore, and was in his twenty-sixth year. Mr. Chichester was at University College, Oxford, and took his degree in 1910. He went out to Serbia last November as acting hon. secretary to the First Hospital Unit of the Serbian Relief Fund, of which his cousin, Lady Paget, was the administrator. During the desperate situation created by the outbreak of typhus in the town of Skoplje he showed great capacity for organisation, and contributed materially to the success of the unit in stamping out the epidemic. Later he was planning a scheme of relief for the civil population of Southern Serbia. His relations with the whole staff, and, above all, with the Serbian authorities, were of the most cordial kind, and he had been granted honorary rank as captain in the Serbian Army.


Lieutenant-Colonel John M'Neill, 4th King's Own Scottish Borderers (T.F.), of Kippilaw, Roxburghshire, who has been reported missing, is now, says "The Times," unofficially reported killed. Born in December, 1862, he was the eldest son of the late Henry Hugh M'Neill, of Parkmount, County Antrim. He entered the Army in November, 1885, being gazetted to the Coldstream Guards, and attained his majority in March, 1903, retiring two years later. He was appointed to the command of the 4th K.O.S.B. in April, 1912. Colonel M'Neill served in the South African campaign, taking part in the operations for the relief of Ladysmith, including the action at Colenso. He was also present at Spion Kop, Vaal Kranz, Tugela Heights, and Pieter's Hill, and was mentioned in despatches, receiving the Queen's Medal with six clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps. He married, in 1891, Oonah Edwyna, second daughter of the late Lieutenant-Colonel Conolly, V.C., of Coolure, County Westmeath, and leaves two sons and two daughters.



Tribute to Ulster Division

Captain Charles Blakiston-Houston, Mess President, Army Service Corps, Ulster Division, has received the following tribute to the behaviour of the men while in training at Annadale -- "We, the undersigned residents of Annadale and district, desire to place on record the exemplary behaviour of the several companies of the Army Service Corps whilst in training here: it is greatly to their credit. We appreciate and realise how much the good conduct is due to the excellent discipline of those in command.-- (Signed) R. Workman, D.D., The Manse, Newtownbreda; W. P. Carmody, Rector of Knockbreda; James S. Rutherford, Stevenson Gregg, John M'Watters, Charles S. Neill, S. Blacker Quin, Hugh Scott, James Scott, W. J. Bell, R. Calwell, Lachlan MacLaine, R. Baines, John G. Johnston, Annette W. Gardiner, W. G. Turner, and Arthur Gregg."



Crew Left to Their Fate

The Press Association says that the chief officer and twelve men of the crew of the steamer Costello, of Liverpool, have been landed, their vessel having been sunk. The men were left to their fate, and they drifted about in a small boat for twenty-six hours before they were rescued by a passing steamer. The captain, chief engineer, third engineer, the steward, and three firemen were in another boat, and it is not known whether they have been rescued or not.

Lloyd's report that the steamer Portia has been sunk. The crew was landed.

Lloyd's reported yesterday that the British steamer Costello has been sunk. The captain and seven men were landed. One boat containing the mate and thirteen men are missing. One man was drowned from the captain's boat.

Later. -- The chief officer and twelve men have since been landed.


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The Witness - Friday, 13 August, 1915


MEGAW--ELLISON -- Aug. 4, at May Street Presbyterian Church, by Rev. T. A. Smyth, M.A., assisted by Rev. R. Scott, M.A., Rev. Wesley Megaw, B.A., youngest son of Robert Megaw, Clara, Clough, Down, to Eileen, third daughter of James I. Ellison, Mount Oriel, Newtownbreda.

M'ILMOYLE--CARSON -- Aug. 11, at Dervock Reformed Presbyterian Church, by Rev. R. J. M'Ilmoyle (brother of the bridegroom), assisted by Rev. S. Kennedy, B.A., A. Ferguson M'Ilmoyle, Limavady, to Jeannie Hanna, elder daughter of Alexander Carson, Conagher, Ballymoney.


DOAKE -- July 31, Richard R., younger son of the late Staff-Surgeon Doake, of Dromara, County Down. Interred, August 3, in the Burying-Ground of First Dromara Presbyterian Church.

ARMSTRONG -- Aug. 10, at The Schoolhouse, Randalstown, June Armstrong.

CARSON -- Aug. 6, at Christchurch, New Zealand, Maude Elizabeth, wife of Robert Carson.

CHAINE -- Aug. 7, at 1, East Road, Lancaster, Rebecca Ellen Chaine, aged 79 years.

COURTNEY -- Aug. 7, at Templepatrick, Arthur S. Courtney, aged 85 years.

CRANSTON -- Aug. 4, at Corr, Coalisland, Rachel, wife of the late John Cranston.

CROZIER -- Aug. 5, at the Abbey Sanatorium, John, eldest son of Francis Crozier.

DAVISON -- Aug, 5, at 11, Percy Street, Belfast, Mary Ann (Minnie), daughter of the late James Davison, of Christy's Hill, near Crumlin.

DEVOTO -- August 10, 1915, at her father's residence, The Glen, Limestone Road, Mary, third daughter of J. B. Devoto.

ELLIOTT -- Aug. 8, at Darley Street, Enniskillen, Thomas Elliott, C.E., Member Architectural Association of Ireland, Borough Surveyor, aged 82 years.

FRACKLETON -- Aug. 5, at Methodist Manse, Dungannon, County Tyrone, Anna Marian, wife of Rev. Henry Frackleton.

GORMAN -- Aug. 8, at Ard-na-Mara, Carrickfergus, Elizabeth Dobson, wife of Thomas Gorman.

HORNER -- Aug. 2, at Tunbridge Wells, Frederick Archibald, youngest son of the late Archibald Horner, of Ballybay, County Monaghan.

HUSTON -- Aug. 7, at Magherabeg, Eliza, wife of Jamas Huston.

HUTCHINSON -- Aug. 9, at 39, Seymour Street, Lisburn, William A., youngest son of Joseph Hutchinson.

KILDEA -- Aug. 7, at Infirmary, Cavan, William, eldest son of the late Charles Kildea, Belfast.

LEGATE -- June 23, at The Manse, Tatura, Victoria, Australia, the Rev. Charles J. Legate, Minister of Tatura Presbyterian Church, and formerly of Riverside, Newry, Ireland.

LEITCH -- Aug. 9, at Creeve, Letterkenny, Frances Leitch, widow of the late David Leitch, aged 70 years.

LOWRY -- Aug. 8, at 69, Botanic Avenue, Josephine M. Lowry, eldest daughter of the late Joseph Lowry, Belfast.

MATIER -- June 20, at Springfield, Canterbury, New Zealand, John, youngest son of the late Thomas Matier, of Ballyfotherly, Donaghadee.

M'DONALD -- Aug. 2, accidentally drowned at Clonmany, County Donegal, Mark William M'Donald, Second-Lieutenant 4th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, only surviving son of Mark M'Donald, M.B., Portaferry.

M'DONNELL -- Aug. 4, at Ballyspurge, John M'Donnell.

M'KAY -- Aug. 7, at Larne Infirmary, Alexander M'Kay, eldest son of the late Daniel M'Kay.

M'KEE -- Aug. 10, at Rutherglen, Ballygomartin Road, Sadie Evyleen Hope, eldest daughter of the late George A. M'Kee.

ORR -- Aug. 8, at Ballymagerny House, Loughgall, Armagh, Robert James (Lundy), son of the late Robert Orr.

PRENTICE -- Aug. 2, at 2, Victoria Place, Blackrock, Dublin, Jane Isabella, widow of the late B. Maziere Prentice, Bank of Ireland, Roscrea; sister of J. T. Gibb,, Cliftonville, Belfast.

PULLAN -- July 5, at Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.A., the infant daughter of Walter R. Pullan.

PULLMAN -- Aug. 10, at Claremont, Knock, Belfast, Alfred J., son of the late Thos. Pullman.

SPEERS -- Aug. 11, at 82, Ainsworth Avenue, Letitia, wife of Thomas Speers, sen.

STEELE -- Aug. 3, at 15, Moat Road, Harryville, Ballymena, John Steele.

STRAIGHT -- Aug. 9, at Baird's Hotel, Le Ballyclare, Eliza Jane Straight.

TURKINGTON -- Aug. 8, at Brackagh, Portadown, Isabella, wife of Thomas Turkington.

YOUNG -- Aug. 8, at Rickamore, Margaret Ann, daughter of James Young, aged 20 years.



The Rev. D. Hair, Inch Castle-Kennedy, has received a letter from the secretary of the National Bible Society of Scotland, stating that he has had a communication from one of the chaplains at the front enclosing a Bible which saved the life of Private J. Slaven, 6th K.O.S.B., son of the dairyman at Boreland, Castle-Kennedy. Slaven was carrying the Bible in his left top pocket, and a bullet penetrated it, but glanced off and only wounded him. But for the Bible he would have been shot through the heart.



Mr. Gerald J. D. White, who has obtained a commission in the Royal Irish Regiment, is an old Campbell College boy. Two of his brothers are at the front in Flanders -- Lieutenant H. V. White, A.S.C., and Lieutenant H. W. White, R.A.M.C. They are sons of the Rev. Canon H. V. White, of Dublin.



It was with feelings of profound sorrow that a wide circle of friends heard of the death of Mr. James Fleming, which took place at his residence, Garvaghy, Portglenone, on Wednesday morning, the 4th inst. Mr. Fleming was a man of sterling Christian character. Just and upright in all his dealings, highly gifted with many good qualities, he commanded the respect of all with whom he came into contact. Every good cause received his hearty approval, and found in him a true advocate and a liberal supporter. The large and representative gathering which followed his remains to their last resting-place on Friday was a token of the esteem in which the deceased was held ih the district. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. C. Jasper and Rev. C. A. Bateman.

At the morning service in the First Presbyterian Church, Portglenone, Rev. T. C. Jasper, referring to the deceased, said:-- In the death of Mr. Fleming this congregation has sustained a severe loss. Ordained at the early age of twenty-one years, he served for half a century in the eldership of this church. It is difficult to form an adequate estimate of the character and worth, of Mr. Fleming. He was richly endowed with gifts and graces. He read widely and thought deeply. He had a thorough knowledge of God's Word, a fine grasp of the doctrines of the Bible, and a clear conception of the plan of salvation. In addition to a good voice, he could express his thoughts in a manner that would do credit to many a university graduate. For fifty years he was closely connected with this congregation, the welfare of which was dear to his heart. He was a man of common sense and sound judgment. His advice was sought and relied upon. He was the wise counsellor amongst us. We shall sadly miss him in the days that are to come. So long connected with this place, one can scarcely think of First Portglenone without Mr. Fleming's presence and help. He remembered the Sabbath Day to keep it holy, and the spiritual life of his family was stimulated and fed at the family altar. If his character at times seemed to wear a sterner aspect, it was because he had a passion for righteousness, and could not look upon sin without rebuking it. Many a conversation I had with him on great Bible themes, and these conversations were to me an inspiration and a help. Only last December he ceased to be in his pew on the Sabbath Day. Then it was discovered that he was labouring under a fatal malady, and during that prolonged illness no one could tell the agony of his sufferings. But the wise view which he took of Divine Providence comforted him in his affliction, and his faith did not fail him in his time of need. In the intervals which he had from pain it was refreshing to converse with him; nor did he hesitate to urge neighbours whom he believed to be neglecting the one thing needful to prepare for their latter end. To Mrs. Fleming and the family we offer our sincere sympathy, and we pray that they may be sustained and comforted in their sad bereavement. His death is calling us to renewed consecration and activity in the Master's service, to work while it is called day, for the night cometh when no man can work, the night cometh and the door of mercy is shut.



Miss Lucretia Davidson, Moore, of Heath Hall, Aughnoloopy, County Down, who died on the 26th May last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 980 7s 10d. The testatrix in addition to several personal bequests left 200 to Mourne Presbyterian Church for the benefit of the poor, to be called the "Moore Memorial Fund;" 20 for the repair of Mourne Presbyterian Church, and 20 for the benefit of Cargingah Church.



The late Rev. D. G. Smyth, of Ballygawley, by his will bequeathed 300 to each of the following objects -- Foreign Mission, Jewish Mission, Sustentation Fund, and Aged and Infirm Ministers' Fund; 250 to each of the following objects -- Irish Mission, Home Mission. Colonial and Continental Missions, Jungle Tribes Mission, Presbyterian Orphan Society, and the Society for Orphans of Ministers and Missionaries; 150 to each of the following objects -- The Sabbath-school Society, Qua Iboe Mission, Ulster Institution for Deaf and Dumb, Shankill Road Mission, and Presbyterian Old-Age Fund; 100 to each of the following objects -- Royal Victoria Hospital, Women's Inebriate Home, Cripples' Institute, Hospital for Sick Children, Queen Street, Belfast; and Indigent Ladies' Fund of the Presbyterian Church. The residue of the estate is to be divided equally between the Aged and Infirm Ministers Fund, and the Society for Orphans of Ministers and Missionaries of the Presbyterian Church.




The outstanding features in connection with the Registrar-General's report of marriages, births, and deaths registered in Ireland in the year 1914 are as follows:-- The birth-rate (22.6 per 1,000 of the population) was low; the marriage rate (5.41) -- number of marriages per 1,000 of the population -- was the highest since 1867; the death-rate (16.3) was the lowest recorded in Ireland since 1868; and the emigration-rate (4.6) is much below that for any year since emigration returns were first compiled in 1851, while the estimated population in the middle of 1914 shows an increase of 2,386 on the estimate for the middle of 1913.

The marriages registered in Ireland daring the year 1914 numbered 23,695; the births, 98,806; and the deaths, 71,345. The marriage-rate was 5.41 per 1,000 of the estimated population, showing an increase of 0.33, as compared with that for the year 1913, and of 0.22 as compared with the average rate for the ten years 1904-1913. The birth-rate was 22.6 per 1,000 of the estimated population, being 0.2 under that for the preceding year, and 0.7 under the average rate for the ten years 1904-1913, and the death-rate (16.3 per 1,000) was 0.8 below the rate for the preceding year, and also 0.8 below the average rate for the ten years 1904-1913.

Evidence of the progress of elementary education in Ireland is afforded by the signatures of the contracting parties in the marriage registers or certificates. In the year 1914 there were 22,405, or 94.6 per cent., of the husbands, and 22,845, or 96.4 per cent., of the wives, who wrote their names, and the remainder signed by "mark," as against 20,584, or 89.6 per cent., of the husbands, and 21,122, or 92.0 per cent., of the wives in the year 1904; and 17,912, or 82.9 per cent. of the husbands, and 18,039, or 83.5 per cent., of the wives, in the year 1894.

The counties having the lowest mortality rates per 1,000 of the population are -- Mayo County, 12.8; Kerry, 12.8; Roscommon, 13.2; and Clare, 13.2.

The counties or county boroughs with the highest rates are as follows -- Dublin County Borough, 23.7; Belfast County Borough, 18.3; Limerick County and County Borough, 17.5; and Monaghan, 17.5.

Deaths from tuberculosis in Ireland numbered 9.089, the lowest number recorded in this country for fifty-one years, beginning with, the year 1864. The number of deaths from the disease in this country in 1914 was 298 under the number registered in 1913.



Statue for the City Hall.

Mr. F. W. Pomeroy, the distinguished sculptor, is at present in Belfast submitting to the committee in charge of the movement the model of the statue which is to be erected to the memory of the late Mr. R. J. M'Mordie, M.P., who for five years in succession was elected Lord Mayor of the city. The model shows Mr. M'Mordie wearing his robes and chain of office in the Council Chamber, and is a splendid example of art. It may be noted that the beautiful statue of the late Marquis of Dufferin and Ava, which now adorns the City Hall grounds, was designed and executed by Mr. Pomeroy, whilst among other monuments designed by him we may mention the Robert Burns' centenary statues for Paisley and Sydney, and those of the late Mr. W. E. Gladstone for the Houses of Parliament, the Duke of Westminster for Chester Cathedral, Archbishop Temple for Canterbury Cathedral, Dean Hole for Rochester Cathedral, Bishop Ridding for Southwell, and Dr. Guthrie for Edinburgh.



Appointment of Lord Londonderry

The Press Association is officially informed that the King has been pleased to approve of the appointment of the Marquis of Londonderry to be his Majesty's Lieutenant for Co. Down.

His Lordship, who succeeded to the title on the death of his father on 8th February last, has been at the front since the beginning of the war, acting as aide-de-camp to Lieut. General W. P. Pulteney, K.C.B., D.S.O. He is honorary colonel of the 3rd Northumbrian (County of Durham) Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, and of the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (Royal North Downs), and spent his regimental service in the Royal Horse Guards, in which he holds the rank of major. Before the war his Lordship was prominently associated with the Ulster Volunteer Force as officer commanding the North Belfast Regiment. He has lent his London residence, Londonderry House, and Seaham Hall, East Durham, for the purposes of hospitals for wounded soldiers.


Mr. Vance Hopper, of Drumshambo, Cookstown, who was a pupil of Cookstown Academy under Mr. Alexander Rutledge, B.A., obtained a scholarship value 280 at the Royal College of Science, where he specialised in chemistry.



Lieutenant J. Naismith, who was honourably mentioned in General Sir John French's despatches recently and complimented by "Eye-witness" for a remarkably clever piece of work, is a United Free Church minister in the south of Scotland, and was formerly assistant in Bridge-of-Allan. He saw one day a company of Germans advancing stealthily to make a surprise attack on the British lines. Telegraphing for one or two machine-guns and a few snipers, he concealed his forces in a wood, allowed the Germans to pass; then, when they had gone some distance, opened fire upon them. They retreated to their own trenches; but as they passed the wood they were brought down one by one by the nine snipers, ninety-five being killed and forty wounded.



During the fortnight ended 4th inst. twenty-five young men enlisted in Cavan town for various regiments.

At Coleraine Board of Guardians' meeting, following communications with Colonel Day, Victoria Barracks, Belfast, arrangements were completed for the reception, if necessary, of soldiers from the Magilligan Camp in the fever hospital and infirmary.

Two tenders were received by the Strabane No. 1 Rural District Council for carrying out the work in connection with the Ardstraw water scheme. The lowest tender, that of Mr. Davison, Strabane, offering to do the work at 184 10s, was accepted.

Only one tender has been received for the supply of 400 tons of coal to Lisburn Workhouse for the ensuing year. The amount of the tender was 36s 6d, and there was the usual war clause attached. The Board after some discussion accepted the tender.

A boy named Early, aged about six years, was badly bruised and cut on Sunday by a wall falling on him at Brunswick Row, Fintona. He was medically treated, and his injuries, which are regarded as serious, dressed, but hopes are entertained that he will recover.

On Sabbath the annual service under the auspices of Lisburn District Black Chapter No. 1, do. No. 3, and the Apprentice Boys' No Surrender Club was held in Christ Church, Lisburn, the special preacher being Sir Knight and Br. Rev. L. W. Crooks, rector of St. Aiden's, Belfast.

The death was announced on Tuesday of Major Gilbert Stirling, J.P., late of the Royal Horse Guards. He was formerly a cornet in the 9th Lancers, and married in 1873 the Honourable Norah Josephine Westenra, fourth daughter of the third Baron Rossmore, County Monaghan.

On Monday at Armagh Urban Council meeting a report was received from Waterman Kearney stating that the water in the lake was 5ft. 7in., as compared with 4ft. 7in. for the corresponding period of last year. It was decided that the water supply to the city be from seven o'clock in the morning until ten o'clock at night.

The Strabane No. 1 Rural District Council on Tuesday unanimously appointed Mr. William H. Ingram executive sanitary officer. There were three applicants for the position of water manager, Newtownstewart, and Mr. James Hempton was appointed. It was decided to grant Mr. Anderson, retiring water manager, a bonus of 12.

At Dungannon Urban Council on Monday evening it was reported that the Dam Meadows, which the Council had purchased a few years ago from Lord Ranfurly, had been let by public auction for the season's cropping at a clear profit to the ratepayers of over 40. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mr. Patterson, who had auctioned the several lots without fee.

Bella O'Neill, domestic servant, while cycling along Union Street, Coleraine, on Saturday lost control of her machine, and dashed into the Anderson Park railing at the junction of Portrush Road. A railing point entered her neck below the chin, and two of her teeth wore damaged. In a state of collapse she was taken to the Cottage Hospital, where Dr. R. Allison attended her.

The anti-conscriptionist resolution came before the Lisnaskea Rural Council at their monthly meeting. Several members declared that it was an insult to ask public bodies to interfere with or hamper the Government, and a resolution was passed to the effect that if the Government considered conscription necessary to bring the war to a successful conclusion they should pass it at once.

Very serious injury is being done to the hay and other crops in Mid-Armagh by the constant rains during the past four or five weeks. Most farmers were tempted during short blinks of sunshine to cut the hay and the greater part of the crop is now lying in a deplorable condition, and nothing can be done to save it. The oat and wheat crops have been battered down, and a large portion of the straw will be lost.

On Wednesday morning in the Drumsurn district of County Derry Edward Gordon, a young farm labourer in the employment of Joseph Mullan, Little Derry, tost his life whilst carting turf for his employer. He was leading the horse by the head when portion of the harness gave way, with the result that the horse bolted and the cart passed over his body, inflicting grave injuries, to which he succumbed almost immediately.

The Committee of Management of Donegal Asylum received tenders for the supply of coal. Two tenders for 260 tons of house coal were received, the prices quoted being 35s a ton and 34s 9d a ton, the contractors in the latter case only undertaking to supply provided the colliery was not commandeered by the Government. The committee ruled the tender out in consequence of this stipulation, and the tender at 35s was accepted.

In the Ardglass herring fishery the curers were idle during last week owing to the poorness of the fishing. It was practically a blank draw on Tuesday night, and many of the fleet put away to Howth, where, from the grounds at Rockabill, 900 crans were landed on Tuesday and 1,000 on Wednesday. On Wednesday the steam-drifter Radiant from Burghead landed a good shot at Ardglass -- 34¿ crans, which realised 103 10s.

William Neill, lighterman on the Village Belle, from Milewater Basin, Belfast, fell into the water at Carrickfergus Harbour whilst hauling his craft alongside a steam pinnace yesterday morning. He managed to seize a rope, and, his plight being promptly noticed, a boat put out and brought him to land. He was unconscious, but Dr. Houston's efforts at artificial respiration proved successful, and when Neill recovered he was taken to the house of Sampson M'Cune, in Governor's Place, where he died an hour later from shock.

The last of a series of meetings arranged by the Coleraine Recruiting Committee took place on the 6th inst. at Ballinsrees, and was well attended. Mr. H. O'H. O'Neill, J.P., Portstewart, who presided, emphasised the need for recruits, and believed there were many present who could join one or other of his Majesty's forces. Rev. J. G. Keers, minister of Second Dunboe Presbyterian Church, also made a rousing appeal, as did Sergt.-Major O'Rahilly, Connaught Rangers.

The monthly meeting of Armagh Asylum Board was held on Monday, under the presidency of Mr. John Compton, J.P. The Resident Medical Superintendent's report stated that several attendants had handed in their resignations, and some wanted leave to join the R.A.M.C. during the period of the war. Two attendants and two women asked for facilities to enable them to volunteer for work in munition factories. It was decided to release the applicants and issue advertisements for attendants.

On Friday Mr. W. M. Cronin, Town Clerk, of Newry, received from the Accountant-General of the High Court of Judicature in Ireland (through Mr. J. Hunter Moore, solicitor) a cheque for 1,699 0s 5d, being the accumulated rents in connection with the real estate of the late Mr. Patrick Murphy, of Newry, up to the 1st November last, with interest added. It is hoped that in October next the first quarterly payment of 250 in respect of dividend from his personal estate will be received. The lata Mr. Murphy, it will be remembered, left by his will property amounting to a very considerable sum to the Urban Council of Newry in relief of the rates of the town.

Between eight and nine o'clock on Saturday night a fire broke out at Whitehead in a large dwelling-house known as Grand View House, situated at the junction of the King's Road and Windsor Avenue. The premises, which are owned by Mr. James M'Dowell, painter and decorator, are let, furnished to summer visitors. The outbreak was observed from the constabulary barracks, and Sergeant Moutray, Constables Gallagher and M'Cormick were promptly on the scene. On entering the house the police found that a bedroom at the rere was burning vigorously. The work of extinguishing the flames was rendered very difficult owing to the dense volumes of smoke, but after vigorous efforts the flames were got under and prevented from gaining a hold on the adjoining rooms.



Arrangements for Belfast

The forms in connection with the National Registration Act, 1915, will be left at every dwelling-house in Belfast on some one of the days of the present week, and will be collected on some one of the days of next week, so that, therefore, the completion of the register, so far as the city is concerned, will be made within the next fortnight. It has been decided to adopt similar methods to those employed on the occasion of a municipal plebiscite, and to-day the constabulary commenced the rather arduous work of distributing the necessary forms. A sufficient number will be left at each house for all residents between the ages of fifteen and sixty-five.

It is confidently expected that the citizens will supply the information asked for, and thus give further practical proof of their willingness to assist the Government to the utmost of their power in the prosecution of the war to a speedy and triumphant issue. Heads of large establishments are requested to help the police by giving full particulars of persons under their control, so that the necessary number of forms can be supplied and the particulars noted. In any case, where a form is not received or where it has been lost or destroyed application should be made at the earliest possible moment to the head-constable in charge of the barracks in the district. Special attention is directed to the necessity for the exercise of care and correctness in the filling up of forms, which should not be creased or folded in any way, and if any information or instruction is required it will be given by the police constables acting as enumerators.



A memorial stone has been placed in Hawarden Churchyard on the grave of the late Lieutenant W. G. C. Gladstone, Lord Lieutenant of Flintshire and M.P. for the Kilmarnock Burghs, who was killed in action in April. The inscription consists of an appropriate Scriptural text, also the following quotation from the last letter lieutenant Gladstone wrote to his mother, the Hon. Mrs. W. H. Gladstone:--

It is not the length of existence that counts, but what is achieved during that existence, however short.

The stone is an exact reproduction of the adjoining memorial to his father, the late William Henry Gladstone.



Mr. Andrew Beattie, D.L., J.P., 46, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, received a telegram from the War Office on Monday informing him that his son, Captain Sidney H. Beattie, has been wounded on the battlefield. Captain S. H. Beattie has been in the fighting line since October last. He had severe frostbite in his feet which he contracted in the trenches last winter, and was invalided and in hospital for some time. When pronounced fit he returned to France a second time on March 9th last. Capt. S. H. Beattie took his B.A. Degree at Trinity College, Dublin. He took a deep interest in athletics, and played full back in Trinity "first" football team. He also played full back for the well-known Barbarians, and was considered a good all-round man. His eldest brother, Major Andrew Ernest Beattie, who served in the South African War, 1889 to 1902, was five months at the front in France. Another brother, Capt. J. Osborne Beattie, B.A., is serving in the Indian Army. The three brothers were educated at St. Andrew's College and Trinity College, Dublin.



Deep regret is felt in the Harryville district at the death of Mr. John Steele, who passed away on 3rd inst. after some weeks' illness. Many could recall frequent instances of his unpretentious kindness and wise counsel and sympathy in times of trouble or difficulty. Deceased took a deep interest in his church's affairs, and had for a considerable number of years been a member of session of Wellington Street Presbyterian Church, in connection with which also, and being a life-long total abstainer, he re-organised, and, as secretary, zealously managed the temperance society of the congregation. Sabbath-school work and all agencies for the training of the young likewise gained his active support. While not taking active part in public affairs he was a Unionist of firmly fixed views. Deceased was a widower (his wife, having died in 1898), and leaves three, sons and one daughter, another daughter having died three and a half years ago.

The funeral took place on Thursday, 5th inst., and was largely attended by the church officers, representatives of management, and office staff and overlookers of the firm with which deceased was so long associated, and the general public. The chief mourners were:-- Joseph, Edward, and George Steele (sons), Edward Steele (father), Joseph A. M. Steele, solicitor (brother); Robert Stewart, Castlerock (uncle); Samuel Saunderson, Cullybackey, and Samuel Allen, Belfast (brother-in-law). Beautiful wreaths were, sent by deceased's family, his sister, Mrs. Saunderson, office staff and the overlookers of Braidwater Mill. Rev. W. H. Sloane, B.A., officiated in the absence of Rev. R. M. M;C. Gilmour.



At a meeting of the members of the kirk session of Adelaide Road Presbyterian Church they passed the following resolution -- "That they desire to place on record their deep sorrow on the death of Mr. Samuel P. Boyd, who was an elder in this church for many years, and faithfully discharged all the duties pertaining to his office." Mr. Boyd took a lively interest in everything that concerned the well-being of the congregation and of the Church. He acted as treasurer of the Sustentation Fund, with much zeal for many years, and was also one of the treasurers of the Church Building Extension Fund, and his sympathy and practical help went out to every deserving case.



The announcement of the death of Mr. Wm, J. Ingram, of Derry Road, Strabane, will be received with regret by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, and much sympathy will be extended to his sorrowing relatives in their sad bereavement. Deceased was clerk to the Strabane Board of Guardians and Strabane No. 1 and 2 Rural Districts, positions from which he retired a few weeks ago owing to ill-health, being succeeded by his son, Mr. W. H. Ingram. One of the most competent clerks in Ireland, Mr. Ingram was recognised as an unimpeachable authority on the many intricate points of poor-law administration, and Local Government officials and Guardians alike joined in paying tribute to his ability. A native of Newry district, he came to Derry a young man, about thirty years ago, as managing clerk to Mr. R. A. Wilson, solicitor. When that gentleman became Clerk of the Crown and Peace for Donegal Mr. Ingram took charge of the office in Lifford, and conducted the business of that responsible post until appointed clerk of the Strabane Union in 1907. He took office there at a time when faced with peculiar difficulties, but his methodical mind and large grasp of detail quickly straightened things out, and the harmony with which all the complicated affairs of the Boards proceeded was due largely to his able administration. His eldest son, Mr. John Ingram, is an Inspector under the Department of Technical Instruction. Another son, Ernest, is serving with the 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. The deceased was one of the most prominent Masons in the district, being a P.M., P.P.S.G.W., P.K., P.P., as well as Grand Lodge instructor for the Province of Derry and Donegal He was a devoted member of First Strabane Presbyterian Church, of which he held a position on the committee.





The King held an investiture at Buckingham Palace yesterday, when he personally bestowed a number of military decorations, including three V.C.'s.

One of the officers decorated had a particularly fine record, having in the course of twelve months obtained a commission from the ranks, been mentioned in despatches, and awarded two military decorations.

The three V.C.'s, were Lance-Corporal Joseph Tombs, of the King's Liverpool Regiment; Private Henry May, of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles); and Rifleman William Mariner. They had removed their decorations on leaving the palace, but at the earnest request of their friends they readjusted the Crosses upon their breasts at the gates in the presence of an admiring crowd, many members of which pressed forward to shake them by the hand.

All three were specially pleased with the way in which his Majesty had received them. The King shook hands with each man personally, pinned the decoration on his tunic, and in a conversational way said a few words of congratulation and commendation of the gallant conduct which had won them.

His Majesty also expressed the hope that they would all live to be blessed with good health and enjoy their well-won honours. The men afterwards visited the War Office to report themselves.

Briefly, the deeds for which the three men were decorated were as follows --

Lance-Corporal Tombs was at Rue des Bois on June 16th, and crawled out under heavy rifle fire to rescue a wounded comrade. As a matter of fact he succeeded in getting four men out of the range of fire, lassoing one with his rifle sling and dragging him along into safety.

Private May performed his act of gallantly on October 22nd at La Boutelliere. May attempted to rescue a wounded man, and got him out of the firing zone, but, unfortunately, he was killed by the enemy fire on the same day. However, May rescued an officer, whom he carried for a distance of 300 yards.

Rifleman Mariner attacked single-handed a German trench, throwing bombs at the enemy. He remained in the most dangerous position for an hour and a half.




Those of us who live at home at ease, and know more of trencher than of trenches, more of carving than of being carved, more of feeding than of fighting, can know nothing of the horrors or the sorrows of war. We read or hear of so many killed and wounded and give the subject no more than a passing and a regretful thought, as if it was something that interested but did not touch us. When we read of so many being killed we cannot realise what has been lost to the world, all that it means to individuals as well as families, to hearts as well as homes; and too often fail to realise what it means to the nation. When we read of a number wounded we cannot realise the days of torture and anxiety of hopes and fears each individual may suffer or how far each may have to bear the burden of a maimed body or a maimed career. It is perhaps a wise provision of nature that it should be so, for each heart has to bear sufficient burdens of sorrow and pain of its own that it would break if it had to bear the burdens of the sorrow and pain of others. It was with such ideas in my mind I attended at the Great Northern Railway Station an Saturday to meet our wounded soldiers sent from the front to have the careful attention of our doctors and nurses in our hospitals. I saw over a hundred of them, some having to be carried on stretchers, and some only able to limp, and some, able to amble from the train to the ambulances and motors. Some were seriously wounded, some less seriously, but all bore the marks of shell or poisonous gas on their bodies and memories of many days and nights of fearful struggle and stress in the trenches; in their many memories of jocund days of health and strength to mingle with the present and coming days of helplessness, suffering, and pain. And as I looked upon them, all having features indicative of strong manhood or vigorous youth, I could not help feeding that these wounds had been received for others, and among the others those of us who looked on and regarded the proceedings as a mere passing incident of the day. For these men had all been fighting for us and for our country, doing service which many who looked on should have been sharing; risking their own lives that we others might live. As I watched man after man being borne to an ambulance or moving to a motor I could not help asking and thinking why they and others should have done so much, and why so many of us at home have done so little. To me each man did not mean so much a man with wounds as a hero and a patriot, not alone a man who suffered, but a man who had sacrificed. Here were men who but yesterday were strong and active, and to-day were feeble and helpless; some of them yesterday fighting to save others, and to-day perhaps fighting for their own lives. I do not say that the sight enabled me to realise all that war means to the multitude, but I could realise what it meant to those individuals who had come amongst us not to show their wounds, but to get them healed so that they might be able to risk the same fate again. I could not help a feeling of national pride that the country had produced such men, and satisfaction that in this way we have an opportunity of showing our gratitude and appreciation, and of rendering the service of our well-trained and kindly-disposed doctors and nurses to bring them back to health and strength.

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It was interesting to note the preparation that has been made. In the station were ambulances and motors in abundance to convey the wounded to the various hospitals to which the wounded were assigned. On the platform were a number of medical men and members of the St. John's Ambulance Association, with the familiar Red Cross badge on their arms. There were also officers connected with the military medical service. When the train had steamed in, the work of transferring of the wounded commenced without fluster or hurry. The more serious cases, of which there were about twenty, were dealt with first. Each was removed from the train to the ambulance on stretchers with all the care and tenderness that a mother could extend to an ailing child. These were all despatched at once. It was easy to see from the features that some of them must have been suffering pain or anxiety, yet they had all a comparatively calm and contented look. It was noticeable that in some of the cases the familiar match box and cigarette box had been carefully placed where it could be easily reached. It was only after the removal of the more serious cases that the transfer of the less seriously wounded to the motor cars took place. Some of these had evidently been wounded in the arms and some in the legs or in other parts of the body, but only in a few cases was assistance necessary for the removal. The majority were fine, strong, and healthy looking wounded, men who seemed seasoned to face any ordeal or any work, and whose main regret seemed to be that they were temporarily deprived of the opportunity of doing that work which was nearest the heart. Many of them were smoking the inevitable cigarette, and all seemed cheerful, neither down-spirited nor down-hearted. Looking at them as they made their way to the cars, if one did not know by the number of bandages and the number who halted that something was wrong, he might have thought they were all out for a holiday. Whatever memories the trenches or the wounds may have caused seemed for the moment at least to be forgotten. But after everyone had done all they could to make their path easy and their positions comfortable, there was still woman with her part, and that far from the least pleasant to be received or the least willing to be tendered. Here was Miss Cunningham and some lady helpers with a small army of nurses, fresh as spring, and quick as fawns, armed with baskets and trays with tea and cake, fruits and flowers of all sorts to refresh and cheer the wounded as they passed along. And they all seemed to welcome not only the gifts, but the givers, and they looked grateful thanks as well as expressed them. It was all so simple and natural, so hearty and spontaneous that must have made the attention doubly welcome.

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I may add that Lieutenant Millar and Staff-Sergeant Harrison had charge of the ambulance train, and superintended the removal from the train, while Major M'Cormack, R.A.M.C., and Staff-Sergeant Cowley and Sergeant Meehan carefully and expeditiously despatched them to their various temporary destinations. I may also add that Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. A. Hill-Trevor, Assistant Provost Marshal and Intelligence Officer, was present on the occasion, and also Mr. Campbell Wallace, traffic superintendent of the line. I afterwards had an opportunity of inspecting the ambulance train. It is admirably equipped with all the convenience for resting and for cooking; is in point of fact what might be described as a moving hospital. I may mention that Lieutenant Millar, the medical officer in charge of the train, lives on it night and day, provision being made for himself and his staff, so that they can be ready for moving at any moment an order may be received. The apartments look quite homely and comfortable. I questioned Lieutenant Millar as to the vibration of the train, but he said there was hardly any vibration, that he never travelled in such a smooth train. No doubt the railway company made special arrangements to secure this most desirable object, and evidently they have succeeded.

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Captain Perseus, one of the German naval experts, does not think very much of the achievements of the submarines as a means of either intimidating the British or depriving them of their foodstuffs, which is the professed aim. Neither do any of us. All they have destroyed either in ships or as cargo is so infinitesimal as hardly to be noticeable. The loss of one, two, or even three vessels in many hundreds is really trifling, and not worth the cost in money and character. It has not made us either intimidated or alarmed. We discount them all, and are content to suffer the present loss in the hope of the greater gain and the greater triumphs that await us.

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Sir Charles Macara, representing the Manchester cotton industry, and Lord Chas. Beresford, representing the services of the country are still clamouring to have cotton declared as contraband. An important meeting of businessman was held in London yesterday calling upon the Government to take immediate action in the matter. The Germans now profess that they do not want cotton for their explosives -- wood pulp does as well. But lying is part of the German trade. The cotton-grower of the United States, in conjunction with the Germans and pro-Germans, are calling upon the United States Government to ensure even greater freedom for cotton. In the face of statistics that their exportation was above normal, the cotton-growers complain that their industry has suffered. The greed of some Americans goes hand in hand with German audacity. It must be admitted that our Government has not controlled the supply of cotton to Germany as it should, and it does not seem inclined to do it even now. It seems to be thinking more of the interests of Americas trade than of British safety, so far at least in cotton is concerned.

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The Radicals journals are still telling us of the use the Germans are making of Lord Northcliffe's action in "The Times" and "Daily Mail." All the comfort the Germans can get from that is the fact that we are not getting all the men and materials we should to fight them. They have found, however, far more satisfaction in the Radical Press whose chief glory seems to be to prevent them getting either, in so far as a protest against compulsion of workers makes for that. The Germans know right well that the Radicals are their friends, not the Unionists; the cocoa and alkali Press, and not Lord Northcliffe. The man who complains of lack of such work when notoriously it is lacking is surely a better friend of his country, than the man who declares his satisfaction in the loss of ono-fourth in labour every day.

-- "The Man in the Street" in "The Ulster Echo."


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The Witness - Friday, 20 August, 1915


BRANN -- Aug. 16, at the Parade Manse, Ballyeaston, to the Rev. Wm. and Mrs. Brann -- a son.

LOGAN -- Aug. 12, 1915, the wife of Mr. James Logan, M.A., Rathmines College, Dublin, of a daughter.


MORROW--KENNEDY -- Aug. 4, 1915, at Ballyjamesduff Presbyterian Church, by Rev. S. Fleming Stuart, B.A., assisted by Rev. S. Gourlay, Dungiven, John, elder son of John Morrow, J.P., Rockville, Ballyjamesduff, to Elizabeth (Dolly), second daughter of T. R. Kennedy, Kiffa House, Ballyjamesduff.


HERON -- Aug. 17, at his residence, Anwee, Raffrey, Samuel James Heron, aged 56 years. His remains will be removed for interment in the family burying-ground, Raffrey, to-day (Friday), at two o'clock.

ARMSTRONG -- Aug. 16, at Markethill, Eleanor, wife of George Armstrong.

BANKS -- Aug. 15, at 334, Springfield Road, Samuel James Banks, eldest son of the late Samuel James Banks, Banbridge.

BLAIN -- Aug. 12, at Lake View, Hillsborough, Sarah Thompson, widow of the late James Blain.

BOYD -- Aug. 18, at Ballyferris, Ballywalter, William Boyd.

CAMPBELL -- Aug. 15, at 405, Newtownards Road, Hugh Campbell, late of Ballypallady, aged 86 years.

FAY -- At Liverpool, John Fay, J.P., late of Holywood, Co. Down.

FILBIN -- Aug. 11, at Dougher, Lurgan, Mary, daughter of the late Richard Filbin.

GAILEY -- Aug. 11, at Griffinstown, Grangecon, Co. Wicklow, Elizabeth Gailey, widow of the late John Gailey, J.P., of Dublin, in her 69th year.

GARRETT -- Aug. 14, at Ballybeen, Moneyrea, William Garrett, in his 76th year.

GRCAEY -- Aug. 17, at Balteagh, Portadown, Robert Gracey.

GRAY -- Aug. 16, at Ballynavalley, Milltown, Shaw's Bridge, Thomas A. Gray.

HAMILTON -- Aug. 17, at Clare, Waringstown, Charles Edward Hamilton, husband of Isabella Hamilton.

HARDING -- Aug. 13, at 44, Avonbeg Street, John Harding, late of Ulster Spinning Co.

HERON -- Aug. 17, at Anwee, Raffrey, Samuel James Heron, aged 56 years.

HUTTON -- Aug. 14, at 5-7, Verner Street, William J. Hutton, Carrier.

LEATHAM -- Aug. 9, at Min-y-don, Peel, Isle of Man, Sarah Geraldine, wife of Robert P. Leatham, of Toronto, Canada.

LEITH -- Aug. 17, at Main Street, Ballymoney, Margaret, wife of Andrew Leith.

MILLAR -- Aug. 13, at Coolsythe, Mary Jane Millar.

MORTON -- Aug. 15, at 3, Lena Street, Ravenscroft Avenue, Harry Hunter, only son of Samuel Morton, late of Riverdale House, Doagh.

M'CAFFERY -- Aug. 16, at Granville, Dungannon, Maxwell, eldest son of the late Hugh M'Caffery, The Hollow, Seskanore, aged 57 years.

M'KEE -- Aug. 14, at High Street, Newtownards, Anna M'Kee.

PARKER -- July 17, at St. John, New Brunswick, the Rev. Lindsay Parker, M.A., Ph.D., some time Rector of St. Peter's, Brooklyn, U.S.A.

PATTERSON -- Aug. 15, at Ashvale, Bailiesmills, Sarah, relict of the late John B. Patterson.

PAUL -- Aug. 13, at Ballywatermoy, Glarryford, Samuel Paul.

PATTERSON -- Aug. 18, at Masonic Hall, Bailiesmills, Lisburn, Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew Patterson.

REA -- Aug. 16, at Ballyholme, John Rea, of 34, Ann Street, Belfast.

ROBINSON -- Aug. 33, at Glendore, Crawfordsburn, Co. Down, Samuel, son of James A. Robinson.

ROLLINS -- Aug. 17, at 8, Ulsterville Gardens, Minnie Adams, wife of H. J. Rollins.

THOMPSON -- Aug. 17, at The Parade, Donaghadee, Mary, relict of the late John Sanders Thompson, Marino, aged 87 years.



An Amusing Incident.

Seaman Samson, who has received the honour of V.C. for conspicuous gallantry at the Dardanelles, passed through Aberdeen yesterday on his way from Aboyne to his native Carnoustie. At the landing of the forces at the Dardanelles Samson was one ot those who volunteered to assist the River Clyde. In the course of an interview Seaman Samson, in describing the experience, said the bombardment was terrible, shell raking the whole shore, and large numbers of the River Clyde men were hit and fell into the water. The nearer they could get to the Turkish guns the safer they were. He was for thirty-three hours without food, and in the course of his trying ordeal he was wounded in seventeen places.

The V.C. related an amusing experience which befell him while on the train on his way to Edinburgh. He was in plain clothes and was challenged by a clergyman, who asked whether he was not to do anything to help his country adding that a young man like him should join the Army. The war-worn seaman replied that he had no intention of joining the Army, whereupon the clergyman said he was a "slacker." Samson at once retorted -- "I think it would suit you better still if you had the khaki on." It was only when on leaving the carriage and taking down his uniform from the carriage rack that a companion of the clergyman realised the mistake that had been made and apologised, remarking -- "We thought you were just one of the lads who would not go."



The kindness and human side of Lord Kitchener are shown by the following incident says the "Standard") -- The aged mother of Corporal W. Bickerton, 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, serving in the trenches in France, lay dying, and repeatedly asked for her son, Willie. The Rev. Robert Johnson, of Newcastle, where the mother resided, took the liberty of sending a registered request to the busy War Minister, asking that the lad might be given leave of absence. Corporal Bickering reached his home in Newcastle about forty-eight hours after the request was posted, just in time for mother and son to see each other again.






The Press Bureau on Monday night issued a despatch, dated July 1st, from Vice-Admiral John M. de Robeck, reporting the landing of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25th and 26th April. The Vice-Admiral describes the part taken by the Fleet under his command in the landing, and covering the landing of troops, guns, and stores, and gives a long list of officers and men who performed meritorious service. Six of these -- viz., two commanders, two midshipmen, and two seamen -- one of the latter killed, having been awarded the Victoria Cross, And a large number of other decorations and promotions.

Admiral de Robeck describes in detail the various landings on April 25 and 26, already known from Sir Ian Hamilton's despatch. But the naval story contains many new incidents. For instance, in the landing near Gaba Tepe, near the point which has since become known as "Anzac Cove," "The beach was very narrow and continuously under shell fire. The difficulties of disembarkation were accentuated by the necessity of evacuating the wounded; both operations proceeded simultaneously. The service was one which called for great determination and coolness under fire, and the success achieved indicates the spirit animating all concerned."


The critical point in the landing was at "V" beach, at the toe of the peninsula. The first landing there was made in boats, but the experiment was tried of landing the remainder of the covering force by means of a collier, the River Clyde.

This steamer had been specially prepared for the occasion under the directions of Commander Edward Unwin; large ports had been cut in her sides and gangways built whereby the troops could reach the lighters which were to form a bridge on to the beach. "V" beach was subjected to a heavy bombardment, with the result that when the first trip attempted to land they were met with a murderous fire from rifle, pom-pom, and machine guns, which was not opened till the boats had cast off from the steamboats. A landing on the flanks here was impossible, and practically all the first trip were either killed or wounded, a few managing to find some slight shelter under a bank on the beach; in several boats all were either killed or wounded; one boat entirely disappeared, and in another there were only two survivors. Immediately after the boats had reached the beach the River Clyde was run ashore under a heavy fire rather towards the eastern end of the beach, where she could form a convenient break-water during future landing of stores, &c. As the River Clyde grounded, the lighters which were to form the bridge to the shore were run out ahead of the collier, but unfortunately they failed to reach their proper stations, and a gap was left between two lighters over which it was impossible for men to cross; some attempted to land by jumping from the lighter which was in position into the sea and wading ashore; this method proved too costly, the lighter being soon heaped with dead, and the disembarkation was ordered to cease.


It was at this stage Commander Unwin and his men came to the rescue and won their V.C.'s. Their work is referred to in the concluding paragraphs of the Admiral's despatch, in which he says --

The great traditions of his Majesty's Navy were well maintained, and the list of names submitted of necessity lacks those of many officers and men who performed gallant deeds unobserved and therefore un-noted. This standard was high, and if I specially mention one particular action it is that of Commander Unwin and the two young officers and two seamen who assisted him in the work of establishing communication between River Clyde and the beach.

These five heroes head the list of the Admiral's "Special Recommendations" as follow:--

Commander Edward Unwin, R.N. -- While in River Clyde, observing that the lighters which were to form the bridge to the shore had broken adrift, Commander Unwin left the ship and under a murderous fire attempted to get the lighters into position. He worked on until, suffering from the effects of cold and immersion, he was obliged to return to the ship, where he was wrapped up in blankets. Having in some degrees recovered, he returned to his work against the doctor's order and completed it.

He was later again attended by the doctor for three abrasions caused by bullets, after which he once more left the ship, this time in a lifeboat, to save some wounded men who were lying in shallow water near the beach. He continued at this heroic labour under continuous fire, until forced to stop through pure physical exhaustion.

Midshipman George L. Drewry, R.N.R. -- Assisted Commander Unwin at the work of securing the lighters under heavy rifle fire and Maxim fire. He was wounded in the head, but continued his work, and twice subsequently attempted to swim from lighter to lighter with a line.

Midshipman Wilfred St. A. Malleson, R.N. -- Also assisted Commander Unwin, and after Midshipman Drewry had failed from exhaustion to get a line from lighter to lighter, he swam with it himself and succeeded. The line subsequently broke, and he afterwards made two further but unsuccessful attempts at his self-imposed task.

Able Seaman William Charles Williams, O.N. 186774 (R.F.R. B3766). -- Held on to a line in the water for over an hour under heavy fire, until killed.

Seaman R.N.R. George M'Kenzie Samson, O.N. 2408A. -- Worked on a lighter all day under fire, attending wounded and getting out lines.


Two others who helped in connection with the River Clyde are mentioned, and both have been awarded the Distinguished Service Order. One is Lieutenant John A. V. Morse, R.N., who assisted to secure the lighters at the bows of the River Clyde under a heavy fire, and who was very active throughout the 25th and 26th at V beach. Surgeon P. B. Kelly. R.N., attached to the Royal Naval Air Service, is the other. Although wounded in the foot on the morning of the 25th in the River Clyde he remained on the ship until the morning of the 27th. During that time he attended 750 wounded men, although in great pain and unable to walk during the last, twenty-four hours. Four petty officers and an ordinary seaman have received the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal for the deeds in connection with the River Clyde.


How the cruiser Inflexible was saved after being mined is told in the "London Gazette." The Distinguished Service Order has been awarded to Lieutenant-Commander (now Commander) Hon. Patrick George Edward Cavendish, M.V.O., R.N., Acting Sub-Lieutenant A. E. B. Giles, R.N.; Engineer-Commander Harry Lashmore, C.B., R.N.; Engineer-Lieutenant Commander Arthur Ellis Leister, R.N.; Engineer-Lieutenant R. G. Parry, R.N.; Surgeon M. H. Langford, R.N.

During the time H.M.S. Inflexible was steaming to Tenodos -- after having struck a mine -- the engine-room being in semi-darkness and great heat, the ship in possible danger of sinking on passage, a high standard of discipline was called for in the engineer department, a call which was more than met. Engineer-Commander Harry Lashmore, responsible for the discipline of the engine-room department, was in the starboard engine-room throughout the passage, and set a fine example to his men.

Engineer-Lieutenant-Commander Lester was in the port engine-room carrying out the same duties as Engineer-Commander Lashmore did in the starboard engine room.

Engineer-Lieutenant Parry went twice through the thick fumes to the refrigerator flat to see if the doors and valves were closed; he also closed the escape hatch from the submerged flat, fumes and vapour coming up the trunk at the time.

Surgeon Langford brought up the wounded from the fore distributing station in the dark. Fumes permeated the place rendering five men unconscious. Surgeon Langford, though partially overcome by the fumes, continued his work.


The Victoria Cross, it was staled in the "London Gazette," has been awarded Lieutenant-Commander, now Commander Eric G. Robinson. R N., for the conspicuos bravery at the Dardanelles specified below -- Lieutenant-Commander Robinson on Feb. 26 advanced alone, under heavy fire, into an enemy's gun position, which might well have been occupied, and, destroying a 4in. gun, returned to his party for another charge, with which the second gun destroyed. Lieutenant-Commander Robinson took part in four attacks on the mine fields -- always under heavy fire.


Two Ulstermen are included in the list of officers specially commended for their service in action at the Dardanelles. Commander the Honourable Patrick Charles Geo. Cavendish Acheson, M.V.O., younger son of the Earl of Gosford, K.P., H.M.L., for the County of Armagh, has been appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order. Accompanied by an acting sub-lieutenant, a chief engine-room artificer, and a stoker, this gallant officer went down into the fore magazine and shellroom of H.M.S. Inflexible when the parties working in these places had been driven out by fumes, caused by the explosion of a mine under the ship. They closed valves and water-tight doors, lights being out, the shellroom having two feet of water in it, rising quickly, and the magazine flooding slowly. The fumes were beginning to take effect on the acting sub-lieutenant, but neither he nor the others left until ordered to do so by Lieutenant-Commander Acheson, who was the last to leave the shellroom. Commander Acheson was born on 30th June, 1883, and became a lieutenant in the Royal Navy in 1904. His elder brother, Captain A. C. M. B. Viscount Acheson, of the Coldstream Guards, was wounded while serving on the Western front Last year.

Lieutenant Oscar Henderson, who is now temporarily in command of H.M.S. Ribble, is the second surviving son of the late Sir James Henderson, D.L., and was educated at the Royal Naval College, Osborne. In due course he was appointed a midshipman, and in October, 1913, was promoted to the rank of sub-lieutenant, while in April last he was gazetted a lieutenant. When war broke out Lieutenant Henderson was serving on H.M.S. Ribble, a torpedo-boat destroyer, on the China Station, and he took part in the operations which led to the fall of Tsingtau, the capital of Kiao-chou. H.M.S. Ribble subsequently joined the British Fleet at the Dardanelles, and assisted in the landing operations at the Gallipoli Peninsula.



The death took place at Portrush on Wednesday of Mr. William Semple, head of the well-known drapery firm of Semple & Co., Londonderry. The deceased gentleman, who had been for some time in poor health, was well known all over the North-West of Ireland, where he had extensive business connections. He belonged to a distinguished Tyrone family, one of his brothers being Sir David Semple, who gained great fame by the discovery of a valuable serum in India, where he is still serving on the Army Medical Staff. Another brother is Rev. Professor Semple, of the M'Crea Magee College, and a third is Rev. Samuel Semple, of Faughanvale.



In Second Dungannon Presbyterian Church on Sabbath, at the conclusion of the sermon, Rev. John Watson, B.A., made an appropriate reference to the death of Lieut. Ernest M. Harper, 7th Battalion Minister Fusiliers, who was killed at the Dardanelles on 9th inst. He said it was fitting that in the name of the congregation he should tender to Mr. Harper and his family their sincere sympathy with them in their bereavement. Lieutenant Harper was a very distinguished student, and would no doubt have risen soon to a high position in this world of learning and science. When, however, the call of King and country came to him he gave up all theme bright prospects, not counting such things dear unto him, and now he has given up his life and had made the supreme sacrifice in what they believed to be a sacred cause -- the cause of righteousness and freedom. To Lieutenant Harper and men like him the nation was greatly indebted for their self-sacrificing love, and they prayed that their friends might be comforted by the thought that such sacrifices would not be made in vain.



Mr. James Neill, of Queen's Parade, Bangor, County Down, who died on the 17th January last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 18,322 4s 1d, of which 79 8s 4d is in England, and probate of the will, dated 27th May, 1915, with codicils of the 3rd June, 1909, and the 15th November, 1915, has been granted to his widow, Mrs. Mary Bell Neill, and his son, Mr. John Fergusson Neill, coal merchant, of Bangor. The bequests were of a personal nature.



At Llangollen men from Coward's timber yard were engaged in felling and removing trees from ledges of the Berryn Mountains above the Tyndwr estate, when a massive trunk which two horses were drawing broke loose and began to roll down the steep slope of Gwernant Hill. The horses were dragged towards, a precipice of great depth, and John Hughes, wagoner, became entangled in the gear and was carried along with the horses. On the very brink of the precipice he succeeded in winning free, but the tree dragged the horses over the edge to the terrible fall beneath.



The remains of Mr. Thomas A. Clarke, of Glenmaquin, were laid to rest in the family burying ground at Errity, Manorcunningham, on 10th inst. He was a widely known and highly-esteemed gentleman, as was evidenced by the unusually large concourse of mourners and acquaintances of the deceased, who assembled on that occasion to pay their last tribute of respect. He leaves behind him five sons, three of whom are much-respected farmers in the district, whilst one is a successful medical practitioner in Milford, County Donegal, and another is a judge in India. The funeral services in the house and in Second Ray Presbyterian Church were conducted by the Rev. S. J. Parker, B.A. assisted by the Rev. E. J. M'Kee, LL.D.

At the conclusion of a brief address in the church Mr. Parker said -- As we gather to-day around the remains of our departed father we feel that we have lost a friend whom to know was to respect and love. And to his sorrowing children and relatives we would tender our sincerest sympathy. But in their depths of sadness it must be to them a comforting thought that there was light at eventime. Not amid storm and darkness but in calm and peaceful glory "the sun hath made a golden set."

In the death of Thomas A. Clarke this neighbourhood has lost one of its most striking personalities. He was a man of outstanding ability who would have made his mark in any calling in life. His keen insight and knowledge of human nature, coupled with his strict honesty and integrity, fitted him to be a leader of men, and would have commanded confidence and respect anywhere. His clear brain and methodical habits and extreme accuracy, even to the minutest detail, would have ensured his success in any business or profession. But whilst the public saw and appreciated these aspects of his character, it was only those in the inner circle of his acquaintance who understood fully the goodness and generosity of his heart, and, after all, it is the greatest testimony to a man's character that those who knew him best loved him most. Combined with all his strength, there was about him a great gentleness and sympathy, a thoughtfulness and consideration for others that bound many of us to him with hoops of steel. He was not a man who wore his heart upon his sleeve, but he could always be trusted as a genuine friend. As for his relationship to me personally, I cannot trust myself to speak of that. He had been like a kind father to me ever since I came to this district, and no one knows better than I how invaluable was his wise counsel and shrewd common sense, and how sadly he will be missed. His removal from the congregation of Second Ray, where he was a worthy elder for almost forty years, and clerk of session, creates a vacancy which in many respects can never be filled, but surely "to live in minds made better by his presence is not to die." He was intensely interested even to the very end in the welfare of this congregation, and in the Church at large, and while health permitted was most exemplary in his attendance on all the ordinances of the sanctuary. In fact, although he lived almost four miles away, I think his attendance on the Sabbath Day during his long life constitutes a record in the history of our church. His virtues were many, too many for me to enumerate here, and his faults were few. Let us who remain seek to emulate his virtues, and let us leave his faults where we leave our own, at the feet of Him who is "the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." In the snapping asunder of the ties of earthly friendship, let our affections be set on things above, and our thoughts projected to that eternal home where there shall be no parting and no more pain. We feel that as we mourn his loss to-day we need not sorrow even as others who have no hope, for he has gone to join his loved ones, and is worshipping where they need no temple, and the voice which has become forever silent here is blending with the heavenly melodies. And may we all feel that God to-day has laid His hand upon us in His exhortation to personal and individual vigilance. "Watch ye, therefore, for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh, at even, or midnight, at the cock-crowing, or in the morning, lest, coming, suddenly, He find yon sleeping, and what I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch."



The news will be learned with regret by a wide circle of friends of the death of Mr. John Rea, which took place on Monday at his residence, 4, Dufferin Villas, Ballyholme, Bangor. The deceased, who for nearly half a century had been connected with the general provision trade in Belfast, was a native of Saintfield, and commenced his business career with his uncle, Mr. Samuel Moore, who carried on business in Ann Street. When only twenty years of age he commenced business on his own account, and by his energy and business acumen he established a large and flourishing trade at 34, Ann Street, which he successfully conducted for over forty years. About ten years ago the concern was convented into a limited liability company. The late Mr. Rea, whose city residence was in Annadale Avenue, was a well-known and respected citizen. He was a staunch Unionist, and as a member of the Presbyterian Church he was actively associated with the congregation of Newtownbreda, of which Rev. Mr. Workman is senior pastor, and was treasurer of the church for a good many years.

The funeral of the late Mr. Rea, which took place on Wednesday, was marked by those external manifestations which indicate the esteem of a community for a departed citizen. Mr. Rea, as stated, had been a leading member of the congregation of Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church, and it was his wish that his remains should find a last resting-place in the hallowed ground attached to that ancient edifice. After a brief service at Dufferin Villas, Bangor, conducted by the Revs. Rutherford and Legget, the cortege proceeded by road to Belfast, and thence to Knockbreda. Many of the leading commercial citizens of Belfast joined the ranks of the mourners at Cromac Square, and accompanied the remains to the burial ground. At the graveside the Rev. Dr. Workman, senior pastor of Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church, officiated, and paid a brief tribute to the Christian virtues and exalted character of the late Mr. Rea, after which the interment took place.



On last Friday the funeral took place of the late Mr. William John Ingram, late clerk of Strabane Union, and Rural Councils Nos. 1 and 2, to the New Cemetery, Strabane. There was a very large attendance of the deceased gentleman's brother Masons, public officials, and representatives of the professional life of the town. The coffin contained two wreaths, one from his widow and family and the other from his mother. The chief mourner's were:-- Mr. John Boyd, Newry (father-in-law); Mr. John Ingram, B.E.; Mr. William H. Ingram, Mr. Ernest Ingram, and Masters Norman and Freddie Ingram (sons). Prior to the removal of the remains a service was conducted in the house by the Rev. Edward Clarke, First Strabane Presbyterian Church, assisted by the Rev. G. K. Toland. The Masonic brethren, headed by Provincial Grand Lodge officers of Derry and Donegal and Tyrone and Fermanagh, followed the chief mourners in the procession. Rev. E. Clarke officiated at the graveside.



In Derry Cathedral Rev. James Kelly, B.A., curate of St. Patrick's Church, Ballymacarrett, was instituted an rector of the parish of Muff, near Derry.

The County Monaghan Committee of Technical Instruction have appointed Miss M. A. Flood, Newry, to the position of domestic economy instructress, at a salary of 80.

A three-year-old ewe, the property of Mr. R. M'Clelland, Cremore, Poyntzpass, gave birth to two lambs on the 6th of January, 1915, and again on the 7th inst. This, it is said, is the first case known in the district of a ewe lambing twice in the one season.

Mr. William J. M'Minn, Corrainey, Bush, was co-opted by Dungannon Rural Council as member for the Drumaspil division, in the place of Captain R. H. Scott, vice-chairman of the Council, who had resigned membership on leaving for the Dardanelles.

The Board of Works have agreed to issue to the Lurgan Town Council a supplemental loan of 1,200 for the completion of fifty-three artisans' dwellings in Wellington Street, at present rented by the military authorities. The original loan was for a sum of 10,000.

The death took place on Friday last of Mr. Samuel Paul, of Ballywatermoy, Glarryford, an extensive farmer and corn miller, who was well-known and highly respected in and around Ballymena. Deceased had enjoyed robust health until a few weeks ago, when he had a paralytic seizure.

Dr. W. H. Elliott, inspecting medical officer of recruits in Derry and district, has just issued a return showing the number of recruits examined by him from the 1st of January last to the 30th of June. During that period he examined 670 men, of whom ninety-one were rejected as physically unfit.

As a result of the series of recruiting meetings held in Newry and adjoining districts of Down, Armagh, and Louth, thirty-seven recruits ware attested in the Newry Recruiting Office during last week. The town of Newry furnished by far the greatest number of the thirty-seven who enlisted.

At the monthly meeting of the Derry Corporation -- the Mayor presiding -- Alderman Sir William M'Learn proposed, and Councillor George Doherty seconded, that the salary of the City Surveyor (Mr. M. A. Robinson) be increased by 200 a year. This was opposed on the grounds of economy, but was passed by a majority.

His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant has ordered that a fresh election should take place in connection with the appointment of a petty sessions clerk for Omagh district. It is understood that the ground upon which the recent election has been upset is that certain magistrates who were disqualified voted on the occasion.

Dr. Luke, medical officer of the Pomeroy dispensary district, having joined the R.A.M.C., the appointment of a successor was before the Cookstown Guardians on Saturday. There were two candidates -- Dr. Harriet Neill and Dr. James Mitchell, Ballintra -- and the latter was appointed by fifteen votes to fourteen.

Mr. William Rodgers, house steward in the Tyrone County Hospital, has resigned his position after a service of forty-nine years, during which time he administered chloroform in about 20,000 eases, without even one death resulting. The Committee of Management have fixed his superannuation allowance at 46 per annum.

The death took place on Saturday evening of Mr. James Smith at his residence in Forkhill, County Armagh. The deceased was Clerk of the Forkhill Petty Sessions for many years, and his demise after a short illness is deeply regretted. He leaves a wife and family to mourn his loss. He was brother to Mr. W. C. M. Smith, M.R.C.V.S., Newry.

At Newry Urban Council meeting on Monday, Mr. J. J Mooney, M.P., replying to a letter from the Town Clerk, with reference to the manufacture of munitions in the town, transmitted af letter he had received from Mr. Lloyd George, who stated he had passed the letter on to the Department dealing with the matter, asking them to give it immediate attention.

On Monday a young man named Joseph Brown, aged about twenty years, residing in Dunamoney, was, with a companion, shooting wild duck around Millbrook. He was in the act of ramming home a charge when the gun went off, the charge lodging in his left side under the armpit. As a result his left arm had to be amputated, but he is progressing favourably.

At a quarterly meeting of Coleraine Urban Council, in reply to Mr. Tomb the Town Surveyor said the making of tar macadam was very profitable so far as the Council was concerned. He submitted proposals providing for the relaying of 1,700 feet of curb on the Articlave Road pathway from the town boundary to gate crossing above main entrance to Holm Lea. The proposals were rejected.

The Local Government Board's Medical Inspectors report submitted to Clogher Rural Council on Saturday relative to the sanitary condition of the union stated that the sanitary condition of the villages, particularly Aughnacloy, was most unsatisfactory. Some of the houses in Auchnacloy were totally unfit for human habitation. The report was referred to the sanitary committees,

On the 12th inst a horse belonging to Mr. Michael M'Nally, fruiterer, Monaghan Street, Newry, was killed by lightning on the Dublin Road. During the heavy thunderstorm Mr. M'Nally, who was returning to Newry, took shelter in a house by the roadside, tieing his horse and van to the gateway. He had no sooner entered the house than the horse was struck by lightning and instantly killed.

The master of Dungannon Workhouse reported to the Rural Council that the two-ton weighbridge had been condemned by the police inspector of weights and measures. It was actually registering one cwt. per ton against the Council, and the recent coal supply had been weighed on it, Mr. Erskine, J.P. -- Then we have lost fifteen tons of coal by it. It was decided to have the bridge examined by an expert at once.

On Saturday afternoon a man named Alex. Minnis, a ganger in the employment of the Great Northern Railway Company, met his death under tragic circumstances. He was employed on the section of the main line between Poyntzpass and Scarva, and while engaged in tightening bolts on the permanent way failed to notice an oncoming special train going to Belfast, the engine of which struck him, and he was killed instantaneously.

In memory of the late Field-Marshal Sir George White, V.C., the heroic defender of Ladysmith, his brother, Mr. John White, C.B., and his sister, Miss White, two memorial windows were dedicated in St. Patrick's Parish Church, Broughshane, yesterday, the impressive ceremony being conducted by the Lord Bishop of Down and Connor and Dromore (Right Rev. Dr. D'Arcy) in the presence of a large and representative congregation.

Mr. Francis M'Breen. Coroner for the district, held an inquiry in the Farnham Hotel, Cavan, on Friday relative to the death of Mr. John J. Kelly, a Local Government Board Inspector, who was found dead in bed. Dr. Acheson stated that the cause of death was heart failure, and the jury found accordingly. The late Mr. Kelly, who resided at Castle Square, Castleblayney, had been a Justice of the Peace foe Monaghan for the past twenty years, and a Local Government Board Inspector for six years.

The circumstances attending the death of a labourer named John Hayes, of Coldagh, who was fatally kicked by a horse, were investigated at an inquest held on Tuesday afternoon -- before Dr. J. C. Martin, Coroner for North Antrim. Dr. Thomson said death was caused from the shock and hemorrhage due to the rupture of the abdominal organs. Mr J. B. Hamilton, on behalf of Lieutenant Cramsie, by whom the deceased man was employed, expressed sincere sympathy with Mrs. Hayes. A verdict of accidental death was returned.

Intimation was received by wire on Friday afternoon from the War Office that Colonel Arthur R. Cole Hamilton, of Beltrim Castle, Gortin, County Tyrone, has been killed in action at the Dardanelles.

Amongst the many Tyrone families having a large representation on active service is included that off Mr. Thomas M'Daniel, a farmer reading at Tullyvannon, near Ballygawley, four of whose sons have enlisted.

The body of a man named Bernard Corr, who had been missing since the 7th inst., was found floating in the Newry Canal close to the Poyntzpass locks on the 13th inst. The deceased had no fixed place of abode.

According to a list recently compiled Lurgan has contributed 2,453 9s 9d to the several war funds, but many local contributions were made direct to the Prince of Wales' and other funds which it has not been possible to ascertain, and which are, therefore, not included.

A largely attended meeting under the auspices of the St. John Ambulance Association was held in St. John's Schoolhouse, Newcastle, on Monday night for the purpose of obtaining volunteers for the military home hospitals reserve. Miss Gray was appointed organiser for the district.

At the Newry Urban Council on Monday five tenders were received for the demolition of old buildings between Upper Water Street and Lower North Street, the clearance of the site, and the formation of a new street, and the tender of Mr. J. Hughes, Newry, 196 3s, being the lowest, was accepted.

Colonel Brooke, R.A.M.C., has inspected the staff barracks at the Mall, Downpatrick, which, with the temporary barracks adjacent and the old police station in Church Street, are shortly to be occupied by a detachment of 300 soldiers. A fatigue party is engaged making arrangements for their arrival.

Dr. P. W. M'Cartan, medical officer of the Gortin district, reported to the Omagh Rural Council on Saturday last that an epidemic of typhoid fever had broken out in the townlands of Alwolies, Formil, Seskinshule, and Bennefreaghan, in the Greencastle district. Ten cases had been removed to hospital.

Major-General L. B. Friend, C.B., commanding the troops in Ireland, has written the Lurgan Town Council acknowledging that body's offer of extending a welcome to any troops that might be sent to that town. He added that it was hoped before long that some of the Royal Irish Fusiliers would be sent to Lurgan.

At an adjourned meeting of Armagh Rural Council on the 17th inst. discussion took place regarding the granting of leave to the surfacemen to work at the harvest. Mr. Lyons said he did not think any of them would help the farmers at all. Mr. Dunlop -- They are just killing time. The matter was left over till next meeting.

The Archdeacon of Raphoe (the Venerable John Molloy, rector of St. Johnston) died suddenly when in his garden on Monday. He preached as usual on Sunday, when he showed no signs of weakness. Deceased was ordained in 1870. A year ago, owing to advancing years, he resigned the secretaryship of the Protestant Orphan Society.

Constable Henry P. Brennan, Rostrevor, who volunteered some time ago for active service, has been released by the police authorities, and after a short holiday at home he joins the Inniskillings. He was very popular in Rostrevor. Constable Bell, who also volunteered from Rostrevor, is at present serving in the tranches in the Irish Guards.

While motoring at Fivemiletown on Monday evening Captain Weir, of Corcreevy, collided with a motor cyclist named Robert Gray, who was coming round a sharp corner on the Church Road, and dashed right into the car. The cycle was badly damaged, the front wheel being buckled, but, happily, the cyclist and occupants of the car escaped injury.

In the Limavady district on Friday there was a heavy downfall of rain, which caused extensive flooding in and around the town. The deluge, which set in about 1-30 p.m., only lasted half an hour, and was accompanied by thunder and lightning. The street sewers were wholly inadequate to carry away the water, which invaded the dwellings in some parts of the town, flooding the ground floor apartments to a depth of twelve or eighteen inches.

At the Castlederg Board of Guardians on Friday a letter was read from Nurse Isabel Patrick, of the Ulster Volunteer Hospital, Villa Beaupre, Avenue Theus, Pau, France, who was formerly head nurse in the workhouse hospital, stating that as she was to receive a salary for her services in France from the 1st August she would no longer require the salary which the Board had so generously allowed her. She thanked the Board for their great kindness to her.

Miss Joyce Dodds, who was a member of the U.V.F. ambulance class trained by Dr. M'Donald at Portaferry, County Down, has been engaged for the past six weeks nursing wounded soldiers in Whitworth Street Hospital, Manchester. Last week she signed articles for twelve months' service, and was ordered to proceed to a hospital at Alexandria. Miss Dodds is the first County Down U.V.F. nurse to be selected to tend the wounded from the Dardanelles.




One of the most determined and daring of the many audacious incidents in connection with the landing of arms in Ireland occurred at the North Wall at an early hour on Sunday morning, and, viewed in conjunction with the seizure of riles, the property of the "National" Volunteers, by the "Irish" Volunteers on the canal bank some months ago, the occurrence is not without considerable significance.

It would appear that on Saturday a consignment of one hundred rifles was landed at the North Wall by the London and North-Western Railway Company's steamer. They were contained in four cases, each being addressed to "John E. Redmond, Esq,, chairman, National Volunteers." As is usual the cases were conveyed to a store on the London and North-Western Railway Company's premises pending removal by the representatives of the consignee.

The sequel proves that the arrival of the consignment must have been well known to persons who either wished to appropriate them or prevent them from reaching the "National" Volunteers. At any rate they laid their plans well.

About 1 o'clock on Sunday morning, eight men, two of whom were masked, and all carrying revolvers, went directly to the store in which the cases and rifles were placed, and entering by an unlocked door proceeded to remove the boxes, which they dragged along the railway line in the direction of Sheriff Street bridge to Abercorn Road, where traces on the carriage way show that a large motor car was in waiting. The four cases were placed in the car, which left immediately.

So far as the harbour constables and watchmen who may have been in the vicinity when the daring raid took place are concerned, the utmost reticence is preserved, and no authentic information is available. The fact remains, however, that the traces of the cases having been dragged along the railway and over the wall on to the road were clearly discernible on Sunday morning, together with the tracks of the motor car.

No arrests have been made.





London, Thursday.

The Press Association telegraphs that the White Star liner Arabic, from Liverpool for New York, has been torpedoed and sunk off the Fastnet.

A wireless received by the White Star agents at Queenstown states that the Arabic only floated eleven minutes.

Eleven boats got away.

It is feared that a large number of the passengers have been lost.

The White Star London office has received a message stating that fifteen or sixteen of the ship's boats are on the way to Queenstown with passengers and crew. It is not yet known if there has been any loss of life.

The Arabic left Liverpool yesterday, afternoon.

The White Star Line state that the boats making for Queenstown are more than sufficient to accommodate all on board, and it is hoped there have been no loss of life, though no definite news is yet to hand. Altogether between 600 and 700 persons were on the Arabic.


The Arabic was a Belfast-built boat, and though outclassed in recent years by the leviathans Olympic and the ill-fated Titanic, was still one of the finest and most popular boats Messrs. Harland & Wolff have turned out from the Queen's Island Yard. Her dimensions were -- Length 600ft., breadth 65½ft., depth 47½ft. Her registered tonnage was 15,081, and she had a speed of sixteen knots. She was constructed twelve years ago.




The following names have appealed in the casualty lists during the week --

Lieutenant Wm. Stewart Collen, 6th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, killed at the Dardanelles, was a nephew of Mr. John Collen, D.L., Killicomain House, Portadown, and of Dr. William Gibson, J.P., Mountpottinger House, Belfast. The deceased officer was educated at the Methodist College and Cambridge, and was a member of the firm of Collen Brothers, builders and contractors, Portadown and Dublin.

Lieutenant Fred H. Ledgerwood, 6th Royal Irish Fusiliers, wounded at the Dardanelles, is a son of Mr. N. J. Ledgerwood, J.P., Wellington Park, and 16, Donegall Square South. He was educated at the Royal Academical Institution, and was afterwards for about four years a member of the Queen's University Officers' Training, Corps.

Lieutenant T. W. E. Brogden, 6th Royal Irish Rifles, wounded at the Dardanelles, was prior to the war learning the business of manager in the Boyne Weaving Factory, Drogheda, but relinquished his post and enlisted in Belfast as a private, shortly afterwards being promoted to officer's rank.

Second-Lieutenant F. A. Newell, 5th Royal Irish Fusiliers, wounded at the Dardanelles, is a son of the Rev. C. F. Newell, vicar of Templepatrick. Prior to obtaining his commission he was a private in the Public Schools Battalion.

Second-Lieutenant H. E. S. Seth-Smith, 4th Royal Irish Rifles, wounded in France, was an assistant master at Rockport House Preparatory School, Craigavad.

Captain Frank Jackson, 6th Royal Irish Fusiliers, wounded at the Dardanelles, is a son of the Rev. John Jackson, B.D., Ballycastle, and was formerly an R.I.C. officer.

Lieutenant-Colonel V. W. Odium, commanding the 7th (British Columbia) Battalion Canadian Contingent, reported wounded in Flanders, has local connection, his father, Professor Odlum, having resided in Belfast for some years. Lieutenant-Colonel Odlum, who resides ordinarily at Vancouver, came over with the battalion as its second in command, and succeeded to the command of the battalion after Colonel M'Harg fell whilst leading it in a charge near Ypres. Lieut.-Colonel Odlum is a very popular officer with his men, who include a large number of Belfast and North of Ireland men.

Colonel A. R. Cole-Hamilton, East Lancs., killed, was the eldest son of Captain W. C. Cole-Hamilton, of Ballitore House, County Kildare, by his marriage with Miss Caroline Stuart, grand-daughter of the first Earl Castle Stewart, and he was also a kinsman of the Earl of Enniskillen. He succeeded to his grandfather's property at Beltrim, Tyrone, in 1891. Colonel Cole-Hamilton served in Egypt in the 7th Hussars, and was afterwards transferred to the Royal Irish Rifles, subsequently retiring from the Special Reserve as hop. colonel. He was fifty-five years of age.

Major W. F. C. Garstin, 5th Irish Fusiliers, has, it is learned, been killed in action. He was the only son of Mr. J. K. Garstin, D.L., Braganstown, Castlebellingham, and was a magistrate for County Louth. He served with the 2nd Royal Irish Rifles throughout the South African campaign.

Captain Edward M. MacIlwaine, 5th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, wounded at the Dardanelles, is a son of the late Mr. Edward N. MacIlwaine and Mrs. MacIlwaine, 69, Eglantine Avenue, and was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, the Royal School Armagh, and Queen's University of Belfast, where he graduated in 1911. He was a member of the Queen's University Contingent of the Officers' Training Corps, through which he obtained a commission in the 3rd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers in 1910. Captain MacIlwaine brothers in the service are Captain A. G. J. MacIlwaine, Royal Army Medical Corps, embarkation medical officer, Overseas Forces, at Bombay; Lieutenant J. M. MacIlwaine, 5th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (Royal South Downs), who was wounded in April last, and has now almost recovered from the effects of the injury; and Corporal F. M'D. MacIlwaine, motor despatch rider, who was wounded in France in December, and is now on the Manchester Infirmary.

Lieutenant R. B. Pirrie, 1st Battalion the King's (Shropshire) Light Infantry, who was killed in Flanders was the eldest son of Lieutenant R. R. Pirrie, M.D., Ryton-on-Tyne, Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to the 26th Battalion (3rd Tyneside Irish) Northumberland Fusiliers, and grandson of the late Dr. John Miller Pirrie, formerly a well-known and highly-respected medical practitioner in Belfast. The late Lieutenant Pirrie was a second cousin of Mrs. Andrews, wife of the Right Hon. Thomas Andrews, D.L., Ardara, Comber. He was also a great-grandson of the late Captain William Pirrie, a former chairman of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners.

Second-Lieutenant W. A. Birmingham, 6th Royal Irish Regiment, killed at the Dardanelles, was a son of Mr. J. Birmingham, late of Dublin, and a grandson of Mr. M. B. Birmingham, R.M., Dalgin, Tuam. He was on the staff at Guinness's Brewery when war broke out, immediately volunteering for service.

Second-Lieutenant Fitzherbert P. Synnott, Flintshire T.F. Welsh Fusiliers, who has been killed at the Dardanelles, was a brother of Mr. H. Synnott, Maxwell Road, Rathgar. The officer, who was twenty-one years of age, was a member of the staff of the Department, and got his commission a year ago from the Officers' Training Corps at Trinity. A brother is an officer in the Irish Fusiliers.

Second Lieutenant Hugh M. MacDermot, 6th Royal Irish Fusiliers, is reported as having been killed in action at the Dardanelles. He was the eldest son of The MacDermot, Prince of Coolavin, D.L. for Sligo and Mayo, and vice chairman of the General Prisons Board, Madame MacDermot being a daughter of Mr. J. J. Whyte, D.L., Loughbrickland, County Down. Deceased officer was only nineteen years of age.

Second Lieutenant R. S. Trimble, 6th Irish Fusiliers, wounded at the Dardanelles, is a son of Mr. W. C. Trimble, journalist, Enniskillen. He was engaged with Messrs. Guinness, and was a member of the Wanderers Football club.


Engineroom-Artificer Randal Rothwell Patterson, who has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for devotion to duty at the Dardanelles, is the younger son of the late Mr. E. F. Patterson, of Talbot Street, Belfast, and of Mrs. Patterson, Clifton House, Bangor, and grandson of the late Mr. Robert Patterson, F.R.S., and the late Mr. Richard Rothwell, R.H.A. He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, King William's College, Isle of Man, and Queens College, Belfast. He enlisted in the Imperial Yeomanry, and was two years in South Africa. On his return he took up engineering near Manchester, and at sea with the Lord and Head Lines, and after gaining the necessary certificates was appointed second engineer on the Irish Lights steamer Alexandra. On applying to the Admiralty he was accepted as an engineer on H.M.S. Majestic, and went to the Dardanelles. He was one of the small number of men who, feeling they were going to certain death, volunteered to go out and destroy E.15 when ashore. In this they were successful. The pinnace, however, was sunk immediately afterwards. It is believed that the medal has been awarded for this service. He was on H.M.S. Majestic when she was torpedoed, and has now been transferred to the mine-sweeper, H.M.S. Marigold.

Able-Seaman William F. Hayward. H.M.S. London, who is mentioned in Vice-Admiral J. M. do Roebeck's despatch, being commended for service in action, is a son of ex-Sergeant George Hayward, formerly of the 2nd Battalion Suffolk Regiment, who resides at 14, Regent Street, Belfast. Sergeant Hayward, who wears the Abyssinian and long service and good conduct medals, has four sons in the Royal Navy.




A thrilling story of a three hundred miles' march across the Kalahari Desert, an achievement which had an important bearing on General Botha's victory over the Germans, was told by the South African troopers who reached Portsmouth on Tuesday to enlist in British Army. The desert had never before been crossed, and the trek seemed impossible, but advance parties bored holes for water at distances of fifty miles.

The Eastern Force, raised at Kimberley, marched from Kuruman in relays of two hundred, and in three days covered the whole distance.

There were two thousand troopers, five thousand horses, and ten thousand oxen. On one occasion the men and horses had to go one hundred miles without water, except that transported by motor waggons. They rendered valuable service. When the force reached Rietfontein, on the German border, the enemy were taken completely by surprise. The march helped General Botha to surround the enemy and strike them in his weakest spot.



Major-General Alexander Wilson, C.B., and Major-General Alexander Wallace, Indian Army, were last night gazetted divisional commanders, attached to headquarters units. Major-General Wilson is well known in Belfast, having commanded the 15th Infantry Brigade with headquarters in this city from 1908 to 1911, when he was succeeded by Major-General Count Gleichen, K.C.V.O.

Mr. William Macafee, B.L., son of Mr. Thos. Macafee, Currysisken, Ballymoney, has been granted a commission in the Army Service Corps in England. Lieutenant Macafee received his early education at the Coleraine Institution, and afterwards at Trinity College, Dublin, where he took out his degree.

Captain H. S. Hodgkin, 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards, son-in-law of Mrs. M'Mordie, ex-Lady Mayoress of Belfast, was, the "London Gazette" last night announces, appointed temporary major whilst commanding a battalion of the Cheshire Regiment from 28th December, 1914, to the 22nd July, 1915, inclusive.

Mr. C. H. Slater has been appointed temporary second-lieutenant in the Royal Irish Rifles, 16th Battalion (2nd County Down Pioneers).


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The Witness - Friday, 27 August, 1915


BLACK -- Aug. 22, 1915, at Cliftonville Avenue, Belfast, the wife of the Rev. A. Pattison Black -- a son.


DICKSON--SINCLAIR -- Aug. 23, 1915 (by special licence), at 38, Windsor Park, Belfast, by Rev. A. H. Dill, M.A., assisted by Rev. Robert Workman, M.A. (uncles of the bride), T. C. H. Dickson, Second Lieutenant 4th Battalion the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, younger son of James Dickson, Miltown House, Dungannon, County Tyrone, to Mary, only daughter of John Sinclair, 38, Windsor Park, Belfast.

LEMON--CRAIG -- Aug. 17, 1915, at Christ Church, Rathgar, Dublin, by Rev. J. J. Macaulay, B.A., assisted by Rev. F. Stuart Gardiner, M.A., Herbert William Lemon, M.A., T.C.D., Rathgar, eldest son of William Lemon, of Philadelphia, to Norah Gilbert, elder daughter of Henry and Mrs. Craig, 6, Kenilworth Road, Rathgar, and granddaughter of the late Rev. Samuel Mateer, Mourne. No cards.

MARTIN--RADCLIFFE -- Aug. 11, at Ballydown Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. R. B. Knox, William Martin, jun., Meadowbank, Jordanstown, to Margaret Nelson, youngest daughter of Samuel Radcliffe, Brown Hill, Cleigh, Banbridge.

M'CAUSLAND--KIMMITT -- Aug. 19, at the Presbyterian Church, Limerick, by the Rev. R. H. Semple, M.A. (Cantab.), assisted by the Rev. W. M. M'Millan, B.A., and the Rev. A. W. M'Farlane, B.A., the Rev. David M'Causland, B.A., Presbyterian Minister, Tipperary, youngest son of the late W. S. M'Causland and Mrs. M'Causland, Galwally Park, Belfast, to Daisie, only daughter of Captain and Mrs. Kimmit, Geraldine, Limerick.


AIKIN -- Aug. 21, at Glen Cottage, Carnew, Hugh Aikin, of 75, Fitzroy Avenue, Belfast, late Agent for the Sabbath-school Society, aged 83 years. Interred in First Dromara Burying-ground.

ARDREY -- Aug. 25, at Ardrina, Cherryvalley Park, Knock, Kathleen, younger daughter of John Ardrey. Funeral private.

M'KEAG -- Aug. 26, 1915, at her residence, Ballydrain, Comber, Mary, beloved wife of John M'Keag. Funeral to Old Meeting-House Green, Killinchy, to-morrow (Saturday), at three o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation. JOHN M'KEAG.

ANCKETILL -- Aug. 20, at Lough Cowie, Portaferry, Amyatt William Ancketill, late 83rd Foot (Irish Rifles), and formerly of Quintin Castle, Co. Down, aged 62.

BRACKEN -- Aug. 23, at Toam, Blacklion, County Cavan, William Bracken, in his 83rd year.

BRIDGET -- Aug. 25, at 98, Great Victoria Street, Annie, wife of William Bridget.

BROWNLOW -- Aug. 24, at Portferry, County Down, Mamie Brownlow, daughter of the late James Brownlow.

CARLETON -- Aug. 20, at Knock, Co. Down, Sarah Jane Carleton.

CLEAVER -- Aug. 24, at Dunraven, Malone Road, Belfast, John Martin Cleaver, B.A., second son of John Cleaver, and Secretary of the Egypt General Mission, aged 43 years.

DUFFIN -- Aug. 22, at 243, Decatur Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., Isaac, eldest son of the late Francis Duffin, Laurel Lodge, Cliftonville, Belfast.

HANNA -- Aug. 25, at Galgorm Road, Ballymena, John Hanna (J. & R. Hanna).

HARPER -- Aug. 19, at Marine Cottages, Marino, Co. Down, Mary Noble Harper, aged 80 years.

MOODY -- Aug. 22, at 6, Loretto Terrace, Springfield Road, Rose Moody.

MOUTRAY -- Aug. 21, at Favour Royal, County Tyrone, Gertrude Madeline, wife of Anketell Moutray, D.L., and daughter of the late Matthew J. Anketell, D.L., Anketell Grove, Co. Monaghan.

M'ALLISTER -- Aug. 20, at the Golf Links, Ballycastle, County Antrim, Daniel M'Allister.

M'CULLOUGH -- Aug. 23, at 26, Everton Street, Samuel McCullough.

M'KERR -- Aug. 23, at Church Avenue, Holywood, John, husband of Elizabeth M'Kerr.

M'WHERTER -- Aug. 24, at Creeveroe, County Armagh, Margaret, widow of the late Joseph Morrow M'Wherter.

RICHARDSON -- Aug. 21, at Fernshaw, Dungannon, Margaret, daughter of the late J. Richardson.

RITCHIE -- Aug. 17, at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Hugh Alexander Ritchie, of Buenos Ayres, Argentine Republic, and Upper Clifton, Bangor, Co. Down, eldest son of the late Capt. Robert Ritchie.

SKELTON -- Aug. 19, at Erin View, Greencastle, Samuel Skelton.

STANLEY -- Aug. 22, at 55, Cherryville Street, John, husband of the late Hannah Stanley.

STEWART -- Aug. 25, at Ballyhorset, Downpatrick, Robert Stewart.

WILSON -- Aug. 22, Dr. Andrew Wilson, 219, Langworthy Road, Seedley.

WRIGHT -- Aug. 19, at his residence, Ballyboy, Caledon, Samuel, dearly-loved husband of Mary E. Wright, aged 74 years.

WYLIE -- Aug. 19, at Mowbray, Cyprus Park, Bloomfield, James Wylie, husband of Florence S. Wylie.

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PATTERSON -- August 26th, 1915, at his late residence, The Rowan, Ballymacashan, Robert Patterson. The remains of my beloved husband will be removed from above address on Saturday, 28th inst., at three o'clock p.m., for interment in the family burying-ground, Raffrey. Friends will please accept this intimation. ELIZA PATTERSON.

PATTERSON -- August 26th, 1915, at his late residence, The Rowan, Ballymacashan, Robert Patterson. The remains of our beloved father will be removed from above address on Saturday, 28th inst., at three o'clock p.m., for interment in the family burying-ground, Raffrey. Friends will please accept this intimation. WILLIAM and ELIZA TAYLOR HARPER, Mossley.

PATTERSON -- August 26th, 1915, at his late residence, The Rowan, Ballymacashan, Robert Patterson. The remains of our beloved father will be removed from above address on Saturday, 28th inst., at three o'clock p.m., for interment in the family burying-ground, Raffrey. Friends will please accept this intimation. JOHN and ANNIE M'NEILLY. 11, Albertville Drive, Belfast.

In Memoriam

MAYBEN -- In loving memory of my dear father, William Mayben, who died on 25th August, 1914, and was interred in City Cemetery. A. H., Bangor.



Miss Katharine Cathcart, of Kingstown, County Dublin, late of Birkdale, Lancashire, who died on the 16th June last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 4,856 15s 3d, and probate of her will has been granted to her brother, Mr. Robert Cathcart, of Doncrea Lodge, Kilcool, County Wicklow, and power is reserved to grant probate also to the other executors. The testatrix left 200 upon trust for the minister of the Presbyterian congregation at Drogheda, 50 to the Jewish Society of the Presbyterian Church. 50 to the Orphan Society of the Presbyterian Church, and 50 to the Sustentation Fund of the Presbyterian Church.




We regret to announce the death of Mr. Hugh Aikin, who for many years held the important position of travelling agent of the Sabbath-School Society for Ireland in connection with the Presbyterian Church. The deceased, who had attained the ripe old Age of eighty three years, was a native of County Down, and taught for a number of years in Gransha National School, within a short distance of his father's home. Early evincing a deep interest in religious work -- Dromara had always been noted for a consecrated ministry and a church-going people -- he devoted much of his time to Sabbath-school work, for which he showed considerable aptitude. His success in this field of effort soon became widely recognised, and after spending a year in Cork, where he carried on a most successful work as missionary under the late Rev. Dr. Wm. Magill, he returned to Ulster, and for a couple of years was engaged in National school work at Wolfhill, Belfast, where he also showed his keen interest in the religious education of the young by becoming the superintendent of the local Presbyterian Sabbath-school. Shortly after the formation of the Sabbath School Society for Ireland, an organisation which, under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church, has been the means of conferring vast benefits upon the young eager to make progress in Christian knowledge, the late Mr. Aikin was appointed the first travelling agent, a position he held with conspicuous ability and to the entire satisfaction of all concerned, for almost half a century. In the course of his annual itinerary in connection with this work Mr. Aikin, who, in addition to being a fluent and impressive speaker, was possessed of a striking personality and winsome manner, addressed thousands of children. Straight and pointed, his message invariably went direct to the heart, and many of his hearers in after life attributed their steadfast love for the truths of the Gospel and their bold stand for God and righteousness to its stimulating influence. Truly, Mr. Aikin was a man who served his Master faithfully, and now when he has passed to his reward he leaves behind him a memory fragrant with all that is good and noble and upright. At present, principally through his labours, wisely guided by a most energetic and enterprising committee, the organisation with which he was connected has spread in every direction, and one of its leading features is an admirably-equipped book department, where those attending the various Sabbath-schools find an invaluable stock of information, usually conveyed to them in the form of prizes. A little over six months ago the deceased retired from the position which he had held so long and worthily, and Mr. J. H. Ireland, late secretary of the Central Presbyterian Association, who became has successor, is new carrying on the work with zeal and vigour. For a number of years Mr. Aikin was a prominent member of Duncairn Presbyterian Church, worshipping under the late Rev. W. J. Jackson, but latterly he was closely identified with Fitzroy Avenue Presbyterian Church, and took an active interest in its affairs, filling the office of ruling elder. In order to recuperate he recently went on a holiday to a cottage contiguous to Dromara, the scene of his boyhood days, and while there he took suddenly ill, and succumbed on Saturday, after a week's illness. He is survived by three sons and four daughters. With the family and other relatives much sympathy will be felt in their sad bereavement.


On Monday afternoon the remains of the late Mr. Aikin were laid to rest in the family burying ground in connection with First Dromara Presbyterian Church. A large number of sympathisers from the neighbourhood and from Belfast assembled at the Glen Cottage, Carnew (Dromara), and after a brief service, conducted by Rev. W. Colquhoun, B.A., Fitzroy Avenue Church, Belfast, of whose congregation Mr. Aikin was an elder, and Rev. W. G. Glasgow, B.A. (First Dromara), the cortege proceeded to the graveyard, the chief mourners being -- Messrs. J. and H. Aikin (sons), T. and R. Bell (brothers-in-law), R. M'Gladdery and J. M. Bell (sons-in-law), W. H. Seawright, Malcolm Bell and James Bell (nephews); others present including the Very Rev the Moderator of the General Assembly (Rev. Dr. Hamill), Rev. W. Colquhoun, Rev. James Maconaghie, Rev. S. Hawthorne, Mr. J. Lynn (Sabbath-School Society), Mr. J. B. Macrory, Mr. J. F. Magill, Mr. T. Bell, Mr. J. R. Sprott, (Belfast) and amongst local sympathisers Messrs. J. B. Doake, A. G. Heron, M.D.; J. H. Jones, R. Graham, W. J. Graham, W. B. Meeke, R. Gamble, and J. Cumming. A short service at the graveside was conducted by the Moderator (Rev. Dr. Hamill) and Rev. James Maconaghie (Fortwilliam, Belfast).

The entire funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mr. J. P. M'Crea, and carried out efficiently under the personal supervision of Mr. J. M'Crea.



The death occurred on Wednesday of Mr. John Hanna, a well-known Ballymena resident. The decorated, who was one of the leading drapers and outfitters in the town, had been in failing health for the past six weeks or so, but it was only during the past week that somewhat serious symptoms began to develop, and despite everything that the medical skill of Drs. D'Evelyn, Davison, and Armstrong could accomplish, combined with the most tender and skilful nursing, he passed away peacefully, Mr. Hanna was a most prominent member of the Board of the local Urban Council, and a member of the Municipal Technical Committee, and in the discharge of those offices he brought a very considerable amount of business knowledge into the conduct and carrying out of his multifarious duties. Not long ago he was, on behalf of the Lighting Committee of the town, instrumental in having the major portions of the urban area lighted under the automatic principle in the interests of economy to the ratepayers. He was a sterling Unionist, and as a member of the local Unionist Club he rendered excellent service to the cause which they had so much at heart. He was practically all his life associated with the Orange Institution, and both as a private member, master, and past master of L.O.L. 221 he evinced the keenest and most appreciative interest. He was also an honoured brother in the Masonic Order, being a member in office of 149, and during the recent bazaar in aid of the funds of the new temple in Ballymena he took a very prominent part; in fact, he was connected with everything which had for its object the welfare of the town and its institutions both public and private. He was also secretary and manager of the committee of the Protestant Hall, and look a deep interest in its prosperity. In religion he was a devoted son of the Presbyterian Church, and a member of committee of the Harryville congregation.



Another link with the past generation has been broken by the death of Mr. James Boyd, a faithful member of Tartaraghan Presbyterian Church, and one who was the respected and valued friend of a large circle of acquaintances. Born on the 27th of January, 1827, it might be said of Mr. James Boyd that he had been blessed with long life and good health. He was held in the highest esteem by everyone who knew him, and naturally the news of his death caused widespread sorrow and regret. At his bedside he had the consolation of having around him his wife, daughter, and brother, who faithfully and lovingly ministered unto him until the end came. His suffering was borne with great Christian patience and resignation. A great many attended at the home of deceased to pay their last token of respect, the chief mourners being Mr. Boyd's wife, daughter, and brother. Rev. J. S. M'Millan conducted the funeral services. At the home of deceased Rev. Mr. M'Millan gave a funeral address.



Second-Lieutenant J. F. Hunter, 6th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 10th Irish Division, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, wounded, is the son of Rev. W. Hunter, B.A., an Irish Presbyterian missionary labouring in Kuang-mug, Manchuria, China. Lieutenant Hunter was educated in the Royal Academical Institution, Belfast, and afterwards at Queen's University, to whose magazine "Q.C.B." he had often contributed clever articles. He had been travelling with the Dungannon Royal School pupils at Geneva when the war broke out, and, returning to Dungannon with them, enlisted as a private with a Dungannon contingent (Ulster Volunteer Force) who joined the 6th Battalion of the Inniskillings in August last. He had had previous experience of U.V.F. work in Belfast, and soon obtained a commission. He was a member of the Queens O.T.C.



Dublin Professor's Son Killed.

Professor G. H. Carpenter, of the Royal College of Science, has lost his younger son, Sidney, a boy of fifteen, who has been, killed by an accident at a waterfall at Keswick. Sidney Carpenter attended the Dublin High School, Harcourt Street.

A telegram states that the body was recovered from the pool at the bottom of the romantic Airey Force, in the National Park at Gowbarrow, on the Cumberland side of Ullswater. On Tuesday the boy, with a large party, drove from Keswick to Patterdale, and eight left at Dockray to see the Falls, the boy's father remaining on the coach. Carpenter left the path above the bridge which crosses the stream, and attempting to get ferns or leaves slipped and fell seventy feet down a cliff into the water. Only two ladies witnessed the accident. The police dragged the pool till dark, and resumed at six on Wednesday morning, the body being recovered at ten.


The funeral of Mrs. Anketell Moutray, Favour Royal, Aughnacloy, took place on Tuesday, the place of interment being the family vault in Ballinsaggart Graveyard. The deceased, who was highly esteemed, was carried for over three miles by the tenantry of the Favour Royal estate. The chief mourners were Messrs. Anketell Moutray, D.L., husband; Charles Moutray, J.P., Summer Hill, Clogher, brother-in-law; and Mervyn Moutray Moutray, J.P., Killymoon, Cookstown, nephew. The cortege was large and the wreaths numerous. Rev. Hubert M'Manaway, rector, officiated.



At the meeting of the General Committee of the Belfast and Distinct Branch of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children on Friday -- Mr. W. H. M'Laughlin, D.L., presiding -- the following resolution was passed -- "That this committee desire to place on record an expression of their deep regret at the passing away of Mr. Rodden, who for almost a quarter of a century was the secretary of the branch, during which time he was indefatigable in its interests. By his death the branch has lost an able official and the suffering children of the district a warm friend. The committee would assure Mrs. Rodden and the sorrowing circle of their heartfelt sympathy with them in their sore sorrow."

The question of appointing an honorary secretary for the branch was then considered, and ultimately it was decided, on the motion of Mr. Hugh C. Kelly, seconded by Mr. J. S. Shaw, J.P., that a small sub-committee be appointed to deal with the matter, and to report to the Executive Committee.

Mr. Hugh C. Kelly suggested that the committee should mark its deep appreciation of the services Mr. Rodden had rendered by getting up some memorial to perpetuate his memory. The suggestion was enthusiastically received, and the further consideration was referred to the executive.



Egypt General Mission.

We regret to announce the death of Mr. John Martin Cleaver, B.A., which occurred, on Tuesday at Dunraven, Malone Road, Belfast, at the early age of forty-three years. The deceased gentleman was the second son of Mr. John Cleaver, one of the original partners in the well-known firm of Robinson & Cleaver, Ltd., Belfast, Educated at a school in England, and afterwards in Germany, the deceased graduated as a Bachelor of Arts of the Royal University. Returning to Belfast he decided to adopt the profession of a solicitor, and to this end served his time with Messrs Carson & M'Dowell, of Royal Avenue, afterwards assisting in founding the firm of Cleaver & Fulton, of Wellington Place. The late Mr. Cleaver practised in this city with much success for two or three years, when he retired from the profession in order that he might devote the whole of his time and energies to promoting and assisting in the work of the Egypt General Mission, of which he was one of the founders. He went out to Egypt in 1897 to fulfil the arduous duties of a pioneer missionary, being one of a noble band of seven. After four years of service in the mission field, however, his health broke down, and he was ordered home. Nothing daunted, the deceased settled down in London and assumed the office of secretary of the mission, a post he retained to the end, becoming practically the home director of the organisation. Under his fostering care the mission prospered abundantly, so that from modest beginnings it has achieved considerable importance. There are now forty European workers in connection with the mission, which maintains and conducts a number of schools and a hospital in Egypt, the work being principally amongst the Mohammedans and the Copts. The late Mr. Cleaver, who was a brilliant writer and gifted speaker, was the author of several striking pamphlets. He was spending a month's holiday at his father's residence in Belfast when he was overtaken by the ailment to which he succumbed, after an illness of three weeks' duration. He leaves a widow and five children, to whom, as well as has brothers and sisters, deep sympathy will be extended in their sad bereavement.



A leading personality in Londonderry's staple industry, Mr. Marshall Tillie, D.L., died on Friday at has residence, Duncreggan. The late Mr. Tillie, who had been ailing for some time, was the resident partner in the extensive firm of shirt and collar manufacturers, Tillie & Henderson, which was established by his father, the late Mr. Wm. Tillie, H.M.L, the principal pioneer of the industry in the North-West of Ireland. The deceased gentleman took a prominent part in the public life of his native city for many years up till eighteen months ago, when his health failed. He served as an Alderman on the Corporation, having the distinction, as Mayor, in entertaining the late King Edward and Queen Alexandra during the Royal visit in 1904. On that occasion his late Majesty expressed his high appreciation of the Mayor's princely hospitality, and the splendid arrangements made in connection with the visit. Alderman Tillie also rendered valuable services on the Harbour Board, Bridge Board, and various other public bodies. Kindly headed and generous in disposition, he was esteemed by his employees and appreciated by the community as a citizen of prominence and integrity. His only son died some years ago, and a son-in-law, Captain Geddis, was recently killed at the front. He was a Presbyterian, being a member of the committee of the First Derry Church, and was a generous subscriber to the funds of the Church.

The remains of the deceased were interred in the family burying-ground in the City Cemetery, Derry, on Monday afternoon. Although the funeral was strictly private there was a numerous attendance of relatives and personal friends of the family, amongst the number being Sir James B. Dougherty, M.P. for the city, and Mr. Greer, of Ballymoney. The chief mourners were deceased's three brothers, Messrs. William, Alexander, and Arthur Tillie. Before the removal of the remains from Duncreggan House an impressive service was conducted there by the Rev. James M'Granahan, D.D., who also officiated at the grave.



Rev. John E. Hamilton, B.A., of Helen's Bay Presbyterian Church, has received a temporary commission as chaplain to the forces, and will leave immediately for the front. Mr. Hamilton has been almost six years in the ministry, having been ordained in Helen's Bay towards the close of 1909.

Rev. Samuel Cochrane. B.A., minister of Sinclair Seamen's Presbyterian Church, Belfast, has been appointed by the Admiralty officiating minister to Presbyterians belonging to the Royal Navy at Belfast.



At the morning service in Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church, on Sabbath feeling reference was made to the late Mr. John Rea, who died at his seaside residence, Dufferin Villas, Ballyholme, Bangor, on Monday last. Dr. Workman said Mr. Rea was eminently a just man, one who feared God, and tried to love his neighbour as himself. He was esteemed by all with whom he came in contact, and his high character was one of the things which made him a most successful business man. Mr. Rea had, in the office of treasurer, been a good friend to the church. He had helped in the building of the church and schoolhouse, and had given the congregation the benefit of his experience. The deceased had also been a good father and a good husband. He made his home attractive to his sons and daughters, to whom he was not only a father, but a constant companion. At the conclusion of the service the Dead March in "Saul" was played by the organist.



Saves One Hundred Lives and Loses His Own.

Mail advices received in Derry with reference to the loss of the steamer Eastland at Chicago, when a thousand persons were drowned, tell a story of extraordinary heroism on the part of a native of County Donegal. When the Eastland capsized at her berth, throwing 2,000 passengers into the Chicago River, Peter Boyle, a young man of splendid physique, a native of Arranmore Island, Donegal, was in a barber's shop adjacent to the dock. Hearing the shrieks of the drowning hundreds, Boyle rushed to the river front, and, securing a boat, made straight for the struggling mass of humanity, whom he hurried from the river to safety. It is estimated that he rescued over 100 people, conveyed to the river bank in boat loads. Returning to the shore with a final batch of survivors he saw the body of a child drifting by in an undercurrent just below the surface. Without a moment's hesitation he dived overboard, but failed to come to the surface. In the afternoon dragging operations were commenced, and among numerous bodies recovered from the bed of the river was that of Poter Boyle.





The total loss of life entailed by the torpedoing of the Arabic on Thursday of last week is forty-four. Nineteen of those missing are passengers and twenty-five members of the crew. Two American passengers were among those unaccounted for.

A graphic idea of the tragedy was gleaned in the course of interviews with survivors. From these it appears that the passengers and crew.

It appears that the passengers and crew of the Arabic were interested spectators of the drama of the cargo ship Dunsley, a couple of miles away, little suspecting that the "S.O.S." message which was being sent out would bring rescue ships to their own aid. It was a dramatic moment when the white streak crept stealthily and yet quickly across the water, betraying the approach of the torpedo. "We're done, boys," Captain Finch exclaimed to his officers on the bridge. "They've got us this time." But the nerve of the gallant commander did not fail him. Already he had had lifebelts and rafts distributed, the bugle call rang forth to signal every man to his post.

The response was electric. The preparations to leave the ship worked with the utmost smoothness. No one faltered; even the women and children, frightened as well they might be, showed no sign of panic. They trusted the crew, and they obeyed them.

Then came the crash. The torpedo tore right into the vessel and ripped the side and bottom out of her. The fumes from the explosion were suffocating. But there were worse perils. A great column of water rose high in the air and descended on the deck of the ship with a roar. Strong men were felled and washed overboard. Two women were left dead on the deck, and a girl of five or six was tossed over like a feather. Her body was seen afterwards from the lifeboats.


But the explosion, terrible as it was, did not disturb the coolness and courage of everyone on board. Lifebelts were fastened on, and the passengers and crew jumped into the boats. The ship was going down, and quickly, but the lifeboats were winning in the race with death. Steadily they were lowered, and sturdy oarsmen pulled away. The splendid fellows who had launched them refused to take a seat, but took a heroic plunge. Some dived, others jumped, but all without exception took the water. A thrilling scene followed. Those in the water heard a woman's cry from high above, and looking up they saw a pathetic sight. A boat was swinging out on the davits of the sinking Arabic containing sixty passengers, many of them women and children. There was no one at hand to lower them, and they were going down with the big ship, but Billy Cummings, a Queenstown lad, determined that these poor folk, whose fate was trembling in the balance, should have a chance Come what might of his own. Seizing a rope he climbed up the side of the ship, encouraged by the cheering shouts from below. A steward followed the noble example, and these two heroes lowered the boat to the water as though, they were at drill. They then dived back into the sea.

They were not the only heroes. Mothers and children showed splendid courage. The officers will tell you the crew were all heroes, especially the gallant fellows in the engine room. These men stood at their posts as long as a message could be signalled from the bridge, which was as long as the bridge remained above water. The captain will tell you his officers were heroes. But the praise of the passengers and crew alike is loudest for Captain Finch, and they cannot find words adequately to express their admiration. "No other man could have saved that ship in ten minutes as he did," said one seaman, and there was a chorus of approval. The first words I said when I came to, said one hardy sailor were, "Thank God, we saved the old man." The appreciation of Captain Finch amounts to something like adoration. He went down with his ship, giving his orders from the bridge. He was one of the last to be picked up after being in the water twenty minutes. When he was hauled out of the water, stated one survivor, all the rescued cheered him, and it was cheers, I can tell you. Finally, when he landed at Queenstown Captain Finch had another ovation from the passengers and crew, which he acknowledged by waving his hat, and the bugler again rose to the occasion and played "Are we downhearted?" There was no mistake about the answer.


In the few minutes which elapsed between the discharging of the torpedo and the sinking of the Arabic there were many remarkable incidents, pathetic, tragic, and strange. When the explosion came a little frail woman was on deck cooing softly to a twelve months' old baby nestling in heir arms. They were alone and unattended on the voyage, but what did that matter; every moment brought them nearer to husband and father in Toronto. Happy thoughts. Then the torpedo explosion sent the woman reeling against the side of the ship. She looked over the side, and realised with what she was faced. Then she took the proffered lifebelt and went to one of the boats.

Mrs. Salt, of Fort Street, Blackburn, with her four children, was on her way to join her husband in the United States. All five were saved uninjured, but they have lost all the money and goods they possessed. They came back to Liverpool this morning homeless and penniless.

When the explosion came one man was thrown down by a great volume of water, which descended on the deck, and he was rendered unconscious. When he came to his senses the deck was awash, and he was carried overboard. He managed to scramble into a boat, and not realising what he had just gone through he took an oar to help. No sooner had he done so than he slipped back unconscious, and remained in that state for two hours.


A startling experience was that of a Liverpool member of the crew. Those in his boat were all pitched into the water as the Arabic foundered. Two other men and myself went down with the suction of the ship. He said -- "I put my hand against the hull, and tried to push myself away, but I could do nothing to interfere with that awful descent -- down, down, down. I don't believe that any man has been so near the ocean bed as I was and lived to tell the tale. One man began to grip me, and I had difficulty in shaking him off. Then I got caught in some wreckage, and thought it was all up. Suddenly the waters about me seemed to shake. I believe the boilers of the ship blew up at that moment. Whatever it was it released me from the wreckage. I began to go up at an extraordinary rate. I seemed to be travelling like a shot from a gun, and you can judge what it was like when I tell you that I shot right up clean out of the water. After hanging on to a piece of wreckage for over an hour I was pulled on to a raft."

Miss Stella Carol, the well-known singer, who was on board the Arabic, told a Press Association representative that after the Arabic was struck she got into one of the boats. She added that two boats were capsized by the sinking of the vessel, which went down within about five minutes. The captain remained on deck to the last, only diving off when the ship was on the point of disappearing. Two firemen were waiting to help him off, but he said, "Save yourselves first."

A lot of people were clinging to wreckage in the water, and the boats picked them up. One woman, who had a child clinging to her, went under the water three times, but was eventually saved. I saw one lady standing in night attire as if glued to the deck. She appeared to go down with the ship. An American gentleman jumped off the deck with his mother in his arms. He was saved; I believe she went down. When the boilers burst a number of bodies were thrown into the air.



At a meeting of the County Tyrone Tuberculosis Committee the tender of Mr. Isaac Copeland, Belfast, for making alterations in Dungannon House, the new sanatorium, was accepted at 2,015, and for building new pavilions at 2,750.

Mr. R. J. Maunsell, county inspector of the Louth police force, has been transferred to Mullingar, vice County Inspector P. C. Ireland. County Inspector Maunsell is doing temporary duty in County Donegal.

The purchase price of the steel and iron screw steamer Harrington (recently sold by Mr. W. Donnelly, Londonderry, to British buyers) was about 5,000. She is 367 tons gross register, was built at Maryport in 1889, and carries 420 tons deadweight.

The number of animals shipped from the port of Belfast during the week ending the 21st August, 1915, was -- 3,305 cattle, 1,040 sheep, 3 swine, 20 horses -- total, 4,368. For corresponding week last year -- 1,705 cattle, 1,033 sheep, 58 swine, 108 horses -- total, 2,948.

A wire has been received announcing that Private Joseph Topley has been drowned at Seaford. Deceased who was about twenty-three years of age, was employed at the Messrs. Sinton's factory at Laurelvale, Portadown, before enlisting. He was an enthusiastic member of the Ulster Volunteer Force.

Kell Methodist Church, C'd. Fermanagh, has been reopened after extensive renovation and improvement. Rev. John Coulson, a former highly-esteemed pastor, was the special preacher on the occasion, and there were large congregations. The church is now one of the neatest and most comfortable in the district.

At the meeting of the Derry Asylum Committee Dr. John Watson, senior assistant medical officer, wrote asking permission to join the R.A.M.C. for the duration of the war. The committee expressed their appreciation of the patriotism of Dr. Watson and of his services to the institution, and unanimously granted his application.

On 19th inst. an attractive sale of work was held in the Cromie Institute, Portstewart, and was largely attended by visitors to the resort. The object of the sale was to clear off a debt on the Adam Clarke Memorial Methodist Church, which has recently been renovated, together with the old schoolroom. The amount of money outstanding is about 200.

Three ladies were injured in a collision between a motor car and a horse and trap in Main Street, Bushmills. Mrs. M'Vicker, Craignamaddy, Mosside, and her two daughters were driving past the Hamill Hall when a motor car belonging to Dr. Joseph Dunlop, J.P., Straidkillen, collided with their machine, causing the horse to spring forward, and the three ladies were thrown to the ground.

Recruiting has been very brisk in Londonderry during the past week. A special effort was made on behalf of the 12th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, stationed at Finner, one of the reserve battalions of the Ulster Division. Second-Lieutenant J. J. Glenn attended from Finner during the past week in charge of a small recruiting party, and succeeded in getting an average of over a dozen men per day.

The Lancaster County Police report the death of Samuel Baxter (fourteen), son of Samuel Baxter, fisherman, of Morecambe. The lad was assisting his father to haul in a net off the pier at Walney, when he overbalanced and fell into the sea. The father grabbed at the boy, but missed him. In a second effort, however, he caught the boy's hand, but the boat was going so fast that he slipped away and was drowned.

At the Armagh Board of Guardians on Tuesday there were three applicants for the position of nurse in the fever hospital, and Miss A. J. Magill, St. Stephen's Hospital, Dublin, was appointed by eighteen votes to fourteen for Miss O'Toole, Armagh. Mr. John Nugent said the system adopted at the Board was on the party principle -- where one led the rest followed -- the same as ducks going through a hedge. (Laughter.)

On the 19th inst. a serious motor accident occurred at the Shell Hill, on the Portrush Road, near Coleraine. The Rev. W. H. Massey, Methodist minister, Coleraine, who was proceeding to Portrush on a motor bicycle, came into collision with a large motor car, driven by Master Jack Martin, a Belfast lad, who is spending his holidays at Portrush. Rev. Mr. Massey was severely injured, and was conveyed to the Cottage Hospital, Coleraine.

At a meeting of the Donegal County Council, a sub-committee who had considered the application of certain officials for increases of salaries recommended that seven members of the office staff be increased from 78 to 90 per year, and the three heads of the departments by 20 per annum; that the County Surveyor for the Southern Division (Mr. John Caffrey) be increased from 400 to 450, and the flag men to 1 per week. Applications from two drivers of engines were refused, as they had been appointed at the maximum. Action wan postponed for twelve months.

A garden fete, organised to provide funds for the provision of comforts for soliders at the front, was held in the beautiful grounds of Coolnafranky, Cookstown, the residence of Mr. J. B. Gunning-Moore, D.L., who generously placed them at the disposal of the promoters. The first prizes in both classes of sweet pea were won by Mrs. Leeper, Well-brook. The second prizes were awarded to Mrs. Staples, Lissan, and to Mrs. L. Adair, Mesopotamia, respectively. In the carnation competition the first prize went to Mrs. Dunlop, Holywood, and the second to Mrs. D. D. Reid, Donaghadee.

At a meeting of the Donegal County Council -- Mr. Wm. Gallagher, J.P., presiding -- Mr. James F. O'Donnell, J.P., proposed a resolution appealing to the Congested Districts Board to purchase the Rosses estate, "the poorest and most congested in the county," from the Marquis of Conyngham. The resolution added that the actual purchase, irrespective of the improvements on the estate, would be a matter of much consequence to the individual tenant, and an annual cash saving of over 1,000 to the tenants. Mr. J. E. Boyle, J.P., seconded the motion, which was unanimously passed.

The report of the Local Government Board Inspector, Mr. Kelly, in connection with the resent inquiry hold by him on oath into the manner in which Miss Watson discharged her duties as night nurse in the Omagh Workhouse Infirmary, came before the Omagh Guardians on Saturday last. The report stated that the Board had formed the opinion that Miss Watson's conduct was prejudicial to discipline, and unless she was prepared to apologise for her conduct and undertake to submit in future to all reasonable control, the Board considered she should be asked to seek other employment. It was decided to send a copy of the report to Nurse Watson for her decision.

The inhabitants of Innishmurry, an island off Sligo, have for many years defied collectors of both rates and taxes. There is no direct communication with the island, and in a recent report to the Local Government Board it was stated that the rate-collectors who tried to land in Innishmurry were driven off by showers of stones. The population, which consists of about fourteen families, appears to form a happy community. One of the islanders, a very old man, acts as ruler, and settles any disputes that arise, but these are rare. Every summer a priest visits Innishmurry to conduct marriages, and remains for a few weeks. During the rest of the year the islanders hold a service among themselves every Sunday.

On Saturday afternoon a horse attached to a bread cart bolted in Moy, and a little boy, aged about twelve years, the son of the driver, had a narrow escape from injury. He was seated on the top of the cart when the animal ran off, but placidly held on to the seat, although the horse was rushing along at a tremendous rate. After running some three miles, the horse collided with a milk-cart at Killyman Creamery, with the result that the animal attached to the latter also bolted. On reaching Moyroe the breadcart horse was met by Mr. Charleton Irwin, Dungannon, who pluckily headed off the maddened animal into the Cohannon Road, where it fell, bringing the breadcart with it, but fortunately the boy was able to jump off safely.

A huge mushroom was found on Monday by Mr. Robert Gordon, of Larne, when out for a walk. The mushroom measures forty-eight inches in circumference by thirty-four in diameter, and weighs a little over 101 lbs. It is believed this constitutes a record. The mushroom was found in a field on the north side of Ballygally Head, on the Shore Road.

References to the work and worth of the late Mr. W. J. Ingram, Clerk of Strabane Guardians and the Nos. 1 and 2 District Councils, were made at the meeting of Strabane Guardians, and, on the motion of Mr. William Rankin, J.P., seconded by Mr. Edward Gallagher, J.P., a resolution of condolence with Mrs. Ingram and family was passed, the members standing.

A young man named John Chambers, of Damolly, near Newry, had a narrow escape from injury whilst riding a bicycle from Warrenpoint to Newry on Sunday evening. He had reached Narrowwater when be was overtaken by a motor cyclist, who dashed into him and upset him, throwing him at distance of some yards. The bicycle was completely smashed, but Chambers fortunately escaped injury.

The discovery on Saturday evening of a revolver bullet, embedded in the harness, by his coachman, George Addis, discloses the remarkably narrow escape from death experienced by Dr. S. Agnew, medical officer of the district, who was fired at by a man named David Johnston. Johnston, it will be remembered, barricaded himself in his house, and fired at all who came within range of the dwelling. Amongst those who were thus endangered was Dr. Agnew, who was fired at while driving past the house.

Second-Lieutenant Robinson, of the 17th (Reserve) Battalion R.I.R., stationed at Donard Lodge, Newcastle, narrowly escaped serious injuries owing to falling off his motor bicycle near Kilkeel a few days ago. It appears that a girl suddenly crossed from a side road, and in order to avoid knocking her down the young officer, regardless of his own safety, swerved his machine and dashed into a stone wall, with the result that he fell heavily and was rendered unconscious. Happily he has almost recovered from the effects of the accident.

At a meeting of the Donegal Agricultural Committee in Lifford, Dr. Hinchcliffe, of the Department, submitted the proposed scheme for the ensuing year. The total allocations amounted to 3,384. This was roughly 450 in excess of the committee's ordinary income, but he explained that there was a balance of 633 to draw upon. The most important alteration was the proposed abandonment of the cottage and farm prize scheme owing to the reduction of grants and the poor competition. Rev. J. Maguire, P.P., strongly, opposed the dropping of this scheme. After considerable discussion, it was decided to continue the scheme on a reduced scale.

During either Saturday or Sunday nights nine of the fifty-three artisans dwellings erected by the Lurgan Town Council in Wellington Street, which up to a few months ago were occupied by the 16th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, had been broken into, entrance having been effected in most cases by smashing the front glass doors and drawing back the bolts. As the houses are at present unoccupied and unfurnished, the only object the miscreants could have had in view was that of robbing the automatic gas meters with which the dwellings are provided, seven of these being found forced open. The house-breakers, however, gained very little reward, as the contents of the meters had all been removed.

At a special meeting of the Armagh Urban Council, held on Monday, a discussion took place regarding the lighting of the lamps, and Mr. M'Garvey said he did not see why Armagh should not be lighted with electricity. The present system of lighting the town was most unsatisfactory, and was causing endless discussion at the Council meetings. In reply to the chairman, the Clerk said 351 was paid to the Gas Company last year. The Town Clerk was directed to point out to the Gas Company that the system of lighting was most unsatisfactory. It was decided to discuss the question of electric lighting at the next meeting, the Clerk in the meantime to get particulars regarding same.

Dr. Heron, J.P. (Coroner for South Down), held an inquest at Dromore relative to the death of an old-age pensioner named John Martin, of Meeting Street, who was knocked down on the 18th inst. by a motor cyclist and received fatal injuries. Robert J. Martin, a nephew of deceased, gave evidence of identification, and said his uncle was 74 years of age. Sergeant Barton stated that the motorist reported the occurrence at the police barracks. Mr. J. Norman Wright, the rider of the motor cycle, stated that he was just approaching deceased, who was driving a cow, when the latter went to go up a lane, having apparently shied at engine. Deceased was following the animal when witness struck him and knocked him down. Witness also fell himself and received slight injuries. He was going at the time

Witness also fell himself and received slight injuries. He was going at the time about from four to five miles per hour. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death, and recommended the widow of the deceased to the consideration of Mr. Wright.





Copenhagen, Wednesday. -- On the occasion of the funeral service for the dead British sailors of the E13, every ship in the harbour to-day flew its flag at half-mast. The coffins of all the victims were covered with the British colours and masses of wreaths. Rear-Admiral Lachariae, Chief of the Arsenal, received the various high personages invited to the service, among whom were Dr. Munch, Minister of National Defence; the Admiral in Command, the General in Command, the British, French, Russian, and Belgian Ministers, and all the officers of the Danish squadron here not on duty. There was a guard of honour of two hundred sailors. All the interned British seamen were also present. At the close of the funeral service, the coffins were borne from the hall in which it was held by Danish sailors, the interned commander of the victims of the German outrage following immediately behind them. Outside the hall a detachment of naval men, with a band, headed the funeral cortege, which passed down avenues lined with sailors to the steamer Vidar.

As the coffins were placed on board the band played the hymn "Nearer, my God, to Thee." The Vidar flew the Danish marine flag on the after-mast and the English naval ensign on the main, both flags being at half-mast.

As soon as the coffins and the piles of wreaths had been placed on board, the steamer cast off, the band playing the British National Anthem and the sailors presenting arms. The Vidar was escorted out of the harbour by the torpedo boats Stoeren and Springerein. The departure of the vessel was watched from the shore by great crowds of people, all standing with bared heads as the vessel passed.

The bodies of the fourteen men who lost their lives in the British submarine E13 are expected to arrive at Hull to day (Friday). Arrangements are being made for the public reception of the dead heroes.

The steamer from Copenhagen will be met by an Admiralty representative and a detachment of the naval and military forces. The coffins will be sent to their respective destinations.



Copenhagen, Wednesday. -- The latest accounts of the E13 crew's last moments as told by eye-witnesses reveal one of the most stirring deeds of heroism in British naval history. The story, as told in the simple language of an old fisherman of Dragoer, is doubly impressive.

"We passed E13," he said, "on Thursday morning in our boats, and could easily have taken all the crew on board and brought them ashore, but they politely declined our proffered assistance. A little later in the forenoon we saw German torpedo boats approach, and we began to think matters looked serious. The British had launched their boats, but suddenly we heard sharp words of command and the sounds of whistles, and the few men who had got into the boots immediately scrambled back on E13. The vessel was listing slightly.

"I saw the crew quietly resuming their places on the deck, and some of them calmly began playing cards and other games. I particularly noticed two young sailors playing chess, and a third standing by smoking, while at short intervals he bent down over the chess board, indicating how the last move ought to have been made amid good-natured chaff.

"Meantime the German torpedo boats were drawing closer, but none took the slightest notice. Suddenly we saw a torpedo rush through the water, miss, and explode in the sand bottom. Again we heard a short, sharp word of command, and immediately the men got up and formed into line on deck, with crossed arms facing the enemy's guns, immovable as statues and looking death in the face without moving a muscle. They were brave men, these English."




A supplement to the "London Gazette" on Wednesday contained, a list of thirteen officers whom the King has appointed Companions of the Distinguished Service Order in recognition of their gallantry and distinguished service in the field, details of which are given. Twenty-one officers and warrant officers are awarded the Military Cross, and the "Gazette" also publishes a long list of British officers and men on whom the Emperor of Russia has conferred orders, crosses, and medals, rewards far gallantry and distinguished service in the field. Awards of the D.S.O., the Military Cross, and the Distinguished Conduct Medal to French officers and men for bravery and most distinguished service are also announced.

The following are the recipients of Russian honours in Ulster regiments:--


Lance-Corporal James Donnelly, 1st Battalion, Cross of the Order of St. George, 3rd Class.

Corporal John O'Connor, 2nd Battalion, Cross of the Order of St. George, 4th Class.

Sergeant Harry Rees, 1st Battalion, Cross of the Order of St. George, 4th Class.

Regimental Sergeant-Major Wm. Carroll, 1st Battalion Medal of St. George, 1st Class.

Sergeant Edward Henry, 2nd Battalion, medal of St. George, 2nd Class.

Regimental Sergeant-Major James Patrick Tighe, 1st Battalion, medal of St. George, 2nd Class.

Private Michael D'Arcy, left Battalion, medal of St. George, 4th Class.


Sergeant James Carney, 2nd Battalion, Cross of the Order of St. George, 4th Class.

Private Andrew M'Cormack, 2nd Battalion, medal of St. George, 3rd Class.

Private Robert Morrow, V.C, 1st Battalion (died in action), medal of St. George, 3rd Class.


Private George Wilson 1st Battalion, medal of St. George, 3rd Class.

Private John Gray, 2nd Battalion, medal of St. George, 4th Class.

Private Christopher Hayden, 1st Battalion, medal of St. George, 4th Class.

Private Bernard Leddy, 1st Battalion, medal of St. George, 4th Class.

Private James M'Alinden, 1st Battalion, medal of St. George, 4th Class.

Private Francis M'Kenna, 1st Battalion, medal of St. George, 4th Class.

Private William Herbert Rodgers, 2nd Battalion, medal of St. George, 4th Class.



Corporal Issy Smith, the Jewish V.C., who is being treated in the Dublin University V.A.D. Auxiliary Hospital, Mountjoy Square, for gas-poisoning, had a busy time last evening. He was present at the first "houses" of the Theatre Royal Hippodrome and the Empire Theatre, and in the Interval motored out to a recruiting meeting at Clontarf, where he delivered a short speech. He again appeared at the second "house" of the Theatre Royal. Everywhere that he appeared he was given a cordial and enthusiastic reception. Responding at the Theatre Royal, Corporal Issy Smith, in a few appropriate words, thanked the audience for the cordial reception they had given him, and added that he also wished to thank the people of Dublin for the many kindnesses they had shown him. He appealed to the young men to enlist, and if they felt inclined ho do so they should go at once to the recruiting office, as men were badly wanted.



A young Ulster officer, Second-Lieutenant H. Shannon Brisby, 5th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was on Wednesday licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow as a minister of the Church of Scotland. This was the first time in the experience of the Presbytery that a man in khaki had been licensed. Lieutenant Brisby joined the colours after completing his divinity course at Glasgow University. The Rev. Dr. Brown commended Lieutenant Brisby on seeking licence before going abroad, and expressed the good wishes of the Presbytery for his welfare.


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