The Witness - Friday, 1 October, 1915


M'KAY -- Sept. 24, at Drumgooland Manse, to the Rev. S. J. and Mrs. M'Kay -- a son.


BOYD--M'COMB -- Sept. 21, at Fortwilliam Presbyterian Church, by Rev. James Maconaghie, assisted by the Rev. W. S. Dunlop, S. Wilson Boyd, second son of S. W. Boyd, J.P., Claremont House, Belfast, and Seabank, Whitehead, to Jessie, only daughter of William M'Comb, Dunedin, Belfast. At home -- "Harborne," Cavehill Road, 16th and 17th Dec.

EAKIN--DOUGLAS -- Sept. 22, 1915, at Woodburn Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Alexander Cuthbert, M.A., assisted by the Rev. H. M'C. Douglas (father of the bride), the Rev. H. J. Eakin, B.A., son of Robert Eakin, Cool, Claudy, Co. Derry, to Jeanette E. W. Douglas, B.A., daughter of the Rev. H. M'C. Douglas, Woodburn Manse, Carrickfergus. At home, Duncrue Cottage, Woodburn, 20th and 21st October.

HARBINSON--WILLIAMS -- Sept. 22, at Fitzroy Avenue Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. William Beatty, D.D., Hugh Houston Smiley, fifth son of the late Rev. William Harbinson, former Minister of Clarkesbridge Presbyterian Church, and of Mrs. Harbinson, Linda Park, Jordanstown, to Lizzie Fisher, younger daughter of Charles Dill Williams, 4, St. Jude's Avenue, Belfast. At home -- 5, Ebrington Gardens, Bloomfield, on 28th and 29th October.


M'CORMICK -- Sept. 25, 1915, at her mother's residence, Lisnod, Lisburn, Davida, infant daughter of Agnes and the late David M'Cormick. Her remains were interred in the family burying-ground, Drumbo, on Monday, 27th September. AGNES M'CORMICK

BLAIN -- Sept. 26, at Kilcross, Francis William Blain, aged 80 years.

BROWNE -- Sept. 27. at Culbann, Earlswood Road, Belfast, Maggie Rosetta, wife of Lieutenant S. Browne, R.A.M.C.

CARLISLE -- Sept. 27. Georgina, daughter of the late William Carlisle, Kilmore, Lurgan.

CROZIER -- Sept. 26, at 11, My Lady's Road, Francis Crozier, late of 103, Woodstock Road.

DAVIDSON -- Sept. 24, at Upper Arthur Street, Belfast, David Steeples Davidson, M.R.C.V.S.

DOBBS -- Sept. 25, at Bearnville, Portstewart, County Londonderry, Anne Gertrude Dobbs, youngest daughter of the late Captain John Dobbs.

DUNLOP -- Sept. 27, at Drumadd House, Armagh, William Dunlop (late Head-Constable R.I.C.).

ELLIOTT -- Sept. 28, at the See House, Kilmore, Cavan, Alfred George, Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin, and Ardagh, aged 87 years.

FISKEN -- Sept. 23, at Swallow Cottage, Greenisland, Alexander Fisken, in his 84th year.

GILLESPIE -- Sept. 22, at 14, Rosevale Street, William Gillespie (ex-Sergt. R.I.C.), last surviving son of the late Henry Gillespie, Stonebridge, Clones.

GILLILAND -- Sept. 22, at Woodlawn, Ballydonaghy, Martha, relict of the late Henry Gilliland.

HIGGINSON -- Sept. 25, at Sycamore Hill, Dundrod, William Higginson, J.P., aged 76 years.

HUNTER -- Sept. 22, at Post Office, Glenarm, Thomas Hunter.

IRVIN -- Sept. 27, at Mona Villa, Connsbrook Avenue, Sara Irvin, eldest daughter of the late James Irvin.

LAW -- Sept. 25, at Crossgar, Mary Jane, relict of the late William Law.

LORIMER -- Sept. 29, at 12, Thorndale Avenue, William Lorimer.

LOWRY -- Sept. 8, 1915, at his residence, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Hugh Glass, eldest son of the late Robert Lowry, Tullyrane, and Ballinabraggett, Lurgan.

MacGREGOR -- Sept. 25, at 12, Eglantine Avenue, Jane, widow of the late Rev. Malcolm MacGregor, Gartly, Aberdeenshire, and sister of the late Rev. Hamilton Magee, D.D., Dublin.

MAGILL -- Sept. 28, at Castle Street, Lisburn, Emma G., wife of the late Charles Magill, M.D., Master of Surgery, L.R.A.M.

MILLER -- Sept. 29, at Drumnakelly, Lough Road, Lurgan, Susanna, widow of the late John Miller, Kinego.

MORGAN -- Sept. 25, at 63, Malone Avenue, Belfast, Martha Morgan.

M'CAMMON -- Sept. 27, at Nutgrove, Clough, Eleanor, daughter of the late Andrew M'Cammon.

M'NEILL -- Sept. 28, at Petworth, Sussex, Edmund M'Neill, D.L., of Craigdun, aged 94.

REID -- Sept. 27, at Beech Hill, Downshire Road, Cregagh, Ellen Stewart, widow of the late Robert Reid, D.I., R.I.C.

RUSSELL -- Sept. 23, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, James M. Russell, late Engine-driver Midland Railway (N.C.C.).

SMITH -- Sept. 28, at 248, Ravenhill Avenue, Matilda, widow of the late Francis C. Smith.

STEWART -- Sept. 25, at The Firs, Glaslough, Robert Wilson Stewart, M.D., J.P., Coroner for North Monaghan.

In Memoriam

MARTIN -- Sept. 28, 1894, at his residence, Eglintoun, Antrim Road, Belfast, the Rev. James Martin, First Minister of Eglinton Street Presbyterian Church. In loving memory. F. P. H.; J. C. M.



Rewards for Bravery.

The committee of the Royal Humane Society, having completed its investigation of 180 cases of brave action in saving, or attempting to save, life, sent in during the month, last night issued its list of awards, which includes the following cases from Ulster --

Testimonial to Alexander Buchan, Harbour Works, Ardglass, County Down, for his pluck in saving a youth who fell into fourteen feet of water from the harbour steps on August 13.

Testimonial to Henry Taylor, Linfield Road, Belfast, for his pluck in saving two boys from the Lagan on July 6.

Testimonial to Daniel Shield, Laurencetown, County Down, for saving a girl from the Factory Race there on June 1.

Testimonial to Patrick Doherty, constable, R.I.C., Carnlough, County Antrim, for his gallant and plucky rescue of a boy from the harbour there on June 21.



The death took place in Dublin on the 23rd ult., of Miss Mary Rice. For very many years she has been Lady Superintendent of the Dublin Prison-Gate Mission. Shortly after one of Messrs. Moody and Sankey's missions, about the year 1876, devoted member of various Christian bodies in that city decided to make some attempt to care for the many female prisoners as they were discharged from jail. Miss Rice was trained as a deaconess in the Mildmay Institute, and after some varied experience in mission work in England, came over to help in this work. It is not tool much to say that she has been the life and soul of this noble work for nearly thirty years. She came from an old Welsh family, many of whose members have been distinguished in the service of the Empire. Her father was Colonel Rice, of the Indian Army, and her only surviving brother is General Harry Chippendale Plunkett Rice, now resident in Vancouver, all of whose sons are serving in his Majesty's forces. Inheriting a Government pension, she was enabled to devote her remarkable gifts and energies as an honorary worker to the mission. A woman of a naturally charming and fascinating personality, she speedily won the confidence and love of those who found their way in their misery and woe to the shelter of the mission. No case seemed too degraded or desperate for her loving patience. Thousands of the poor in Dublin will learn of her death with real sorrow. Many who have passed through the mission, now happily leading honourable end upright lives both at home and in our Colonies, will learn with deep grief of the passing of their devoted friend.



Pulpit Reference.

In Carlow Presbyterian Church on last Sunday morning sympathetic reference was made to the death, in action, of Captain J. W. Field, son of the late Hugh Field, and grandson of the late Robert Saunderson, of Canningstown, County Cavan. The officiating minister said:-- Before I finish this morning, I want to say that it is my sad duty to record that another of our gallant and true-hearted sons has fallen on the field of honour. I refer to the death in action on the 19th inst. of Captain J. W. Field, son of one of our faithful members, Mrs. Campbell, of Browne's Hill. Captain Field had first entered on what appeared to be a brilliant and successful career in the Army, but this career is now arrested by the hand of death, which is claiming such a large part of the flower of our manhood. He had a large and varied experience as a soldier, which appeared to have been the profession, of his choice. He served with the army in India for a period of five years, and when hostilities broke out in South Africa he served there for the greater part of the war. On the conclusion of peace, he was offered a commission, which he refused; and during the intervening years until the outbreak of the present war, he was stationed at various military depots in the North. Last August he accepted a commission in the Royal Irish Rifles, and during the winter months was stationed at Holywood, County Down. Early in the spring of the present year he went to the front in Flanders, and was once home, that being in the month of July. On his return he was gazetted to a captaincy, the duties of which office he continued to discharge, until he was killed last week. Captain Field's success as a soldier is marked by his rapid promotion. He was a manly fellow, and he was kind and generous. I'm in a position also to speak of how devoted and thoughtful and kind he was to his mother to the very last -- a good testimony to be borne to the life of any man. He did his duty in a great cause, and surely he could not do more; for greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life. We feel for those who sorrow for the loss of him, and we pray that they may be blessed by God in his mission of binding up the broken-hearted, and healing those wounded in spirit. And may the glorious life of the Gospel always remain steadfast in their hearts; for he has not said good night; he only in a brighter clime waits to say good morning. The service concluded with the hymn, "For all the saints who from their labours rest."



The death of the above-named gentleman, which occurred on the 25th ult. at his residence, Sycamore Hill, Dundrod, removes one who had filled many positions of usefulness, and who possessed wide influence. He had attained the ripe age of seventy-six, and lived on active life. An ardent Presbyterian, he was one of the founders of Dundrod Church. Starting as Sabbath-school teacher, he became superintendent, an elder, and clerk to the session. He was also a strong temperance advocate. In other public connections he was a member of the Lisburn Board of Guardians for upwards of twenty years. On the introduction of the Local Government Act he contested unsuccessfully the Crumlin Division of County Antrim against Mr. J. S. F. M'Cance, B.L., J.P., and the late Mr. John Laird, J.P., but being afterwards co-opted a member of Lisburn Rural Council and appointed first chairman of that body, he, by virtue of same, obtained a seat at the County Council. A staunch Unionist, he was president of the Dundrod Unionist Association and a delegate of the South Antrim Constitutional Association. He was a forcible speaker, been in debate, yet generous to his opponents.

The very large attendance at the funeral on Monday afternoon bore testimony to the universal esteem in which he was held. Prior to the removal of the coffin a family service was conducted by the Revs. Dr. Barron, William Corkey, and Robert Davey. The chief mourners were Mr. John Higginson, son; Mr. James Milligen, son-in-law; Mr. Robert Higginson, brother; Messrs. Hugh Crawford and William Watters, brothers-in-law; Masters John and William Graham, grandsons; Messrs. Thomas and Ernest Higginson, John and James Crawford, Wm. Smyth, W. A. Watters; Samuel and Wm. Smyth, nephews; and Rev. Dr. Barron, cousin. On arrival at the graveyard the remains were carried into the church, where an impressive service was conducted by the Rev. Wm. Corkey (Townsend Street), Rev. William Salmond (Lane-Ends), and Rev. Robert Wallace (Lylehill), the latter delivering the address, in which were recalled the deceased's Christian character, his influence inside and outside the Church, his generosity towards all good works, and his friendly nature. Rev. Mr. Davey officiated at the graveside. Deceased leaves a widow, one son, and three daughters -- the latter are married -- to mourn his loss, and the sympathy of the community is with them in their sorrow.



We learn with regret of the death of Mr. Edmund M'Neill, D.L., of Craigdun, one of the most highly-esteemed County Antrim gentlemen, which occurred in his ninety-fourth year at Petworth, the South of England residence of his daughter, Mrs. Penrose. He was father of Mr. Ronald M'Neill, M.P. Deceased was born at Cushendun in 1821, his lather being Mr. Edmund Alexander M'Neill, of that place, who was for many years senior magistrate in the County Antrim. After education at the Royal School, Dungannon, Edmund M'Neill went to Australia in 1839, where he was engaged in sheep farming in Victoria till 1847, when he returned to Ireland, where ho married in 1851 Mary, eldest daughter of Mr. Alexander Miller, of Ballycastle, and took up a land agency business, which had previously been conducted by his maternal grandfather and great-grandfather, and which in has hands grew to be one at the most extensive agency businesses in Ulster. In 1866 he moved from Ballycastle to Craigdun, a mansion near Cullybackey, which he built an a property purchased from his cousin, Mr. H. H. M'Neile, of Parkmount. When he retired from work in 1908, at the ago of eighty-seven, he had been in uninterrupted management of a number of large estates for upwards of half a century. Mr. M'Neill was an original member of the Ulster Club, and for more than fifty years he was a director of the Northern Counties Railway, only retiring from the Board when the line was taken over by the Midland Company in 1904. He was a deputy lieutenant for the County Antrim, and High Sheriff of the county in 1879. He was also a member of the first General Synod of the Church of Ireland, in which he was a been supporter of Prayer-book revision, and throughout his long life was a devoted adherent of Irish Protestantism. He was also a member of the Orange Institution. Mrs. M'Neill died in 1909, and of his family two only survive -- a daughter, who married the Rev. John Penrose, rector of Petworth, Sussex, where Mr. M'Neill died, and his son, Mr. Ronald M'Neill, M.P. for St. Augustine's Division of Kent, whose name is a household word in the province as one of the stoutest, ablest, and most fearless of the champions of Ulster's cause in recent years.



Armagh Guardians have received a letter from Dr. R. Gray, medical officer of Armagh Dispensary, resigning that position, which he stated he had held for forty-three years, in June last.

Miss Edith Anderson, daughter of the late Mr. Charles Anderson and Mrs. Anderson, of Rose Cottage, Damolly, has gone as a Red Cross nurse -- another name to Newry's roll of honour.

The Ballymena new Post Office, a commodious and handsome structure which has been erected in Wellington Street at a cost of close upon 10,000, has been opened for public business.

A large American ship, four-masted, arrived in Carlingford Lough last week with a cargo of American deal. This is the first time in twenty years that Warrenpoint has had an American ship direct.

A specially-attended meeting of Lurgan Town Council was held on Friday to consider the question of co-opting a member in the room of the late Mr. Daniel Drennan, and it was agreed, out of respect to the deceased's memory, not to fill the vacancy.

The members of the Coleraine Urban Council paid their annual visit to the reservoirs at Ballyversal and Ballyrashane on 22nd ult. At Ballyversal they inspected the new covered service reservoir, which is now nearing completion, and the cost of which is about 1,000.

At the quarterly meeting of Lisburn Rural Council on Tuesday, notification was received of a claim for compensation by Mrs. Flynn, Lissue, in respect of loss she had sustained by a recent fire which destroyed six tons of hay, farming implements, &c., the damage being estimated at 90.

At very impressive thanksgiving service hold on Tuesday in Lisburn Cathedral, a handsome brass tablet recording the sixty years' ministry of Rev. Canon William Dawson Pounden, B.A., rector of Lisburn, and treasurer of Connor, was unveiled by his Grace the Lord Primate of All Ireland (Most Rev. Dr. Crozier).

Sergeant George G. Wray, R.I.C., Clones, who recently volunteered for service in the New Army, has been appointed to the Musketry School at Clontarf, Dublin. He is the eldest son of Mr. Samuel Wray, of Forkhill, County Armagh, who is an ex-member of the R.I.C., and he has spent several years in the police force.

The awards for the best kept apiaries in North Antrim in connection with the North Antrim Agricultural Association have just been made by the judge, Rev. Wm. Martin, Randalstown, as follows -- 1, Mr. Peter Gray, Dirraw, Finvoy; 2, Mr. J. Rankin, Clougherr, Portrush; 3, Mr. R. B. Thomson, Victoria Street, Ballymoney.

A highly successful sole of work was held in the picturesque and well-appointed grounds of The Cottage, Bryansford, the residence of Brigadier-General Hotham, who is now serving in France, the proceeds being in aid of the funds of the wounded soldiers and sailors and for providing comforts for the 13th Battalion R.I.R. (Down Volunteers).

The display of sheep at Warrenpoint Fair on Friday was the largest for many years. It is estimated that there were over 6,000 sheep there, but the exact number could not be ascertained, as the hurdles did not contain more than one-third of the total number in the town. There was a sadden slump in the prices, and only a few hundred changed hands at greatly reduced prices.

A sad commentary on the danger of allowing children to frequent places along the river edge was provided in Coleraine, when the dead body of a five years old boy named Alexander Forde was recovered from the Bann. Deceased, who was the son of Mr. James Forde, formerly a labourer at the quay, went with a boy named Finlay to the harbour, and while playing there he fell into the water and was drowned.

At the annual meeting in connection with Kilkeel Technical School on Friday evening, Mr. Alex. M'Kibbin, principal, presented the first annual report of the work done in the school for session 1914-15. The report stated that the number of students enrolled was 176, with 469 class entries. Students came from all the surrounding townlands, and altogether fourteen subjects were taught and sixteen classes formed.

The suggestion of the Board of Trade, to the Derry Corporation to negotiate with the local coal merchants for the purpose of limiting the price of coal for domestic use during the winter has led to a crisis, with the result that no conference has been arranged, and Cardinal Logue, who took the initiative in the movement, proposes to ask the Corporation to appeal to the Board of Trade to regulate the prices in the city.

An accident resulting in the death of a little boy named Dougherty occurred while a number of lads were gathering chestnuts outside Derry city. Young Dougherty climbed a tree and crawled out on a branch to shake the chestnuts off, when the branch gave way, and the boy fell, sustaining a fracture of the skull and injuries to the spine. He was removed to the City Infirmary, where he succumbed.

At a meeting of the Armagh Rural Council a resolution was passed directing the County Surveyor to release surfacemen from county work when application was made to him in order that they might assist the farmers of the rural district between the present time and October, when it was hoped that the great bulk of the crops would have been garnered. In some portions of the county it was impossible to secure the necessary help to complete the harvest.

The Mutual meeting in connection with Warrenpoint Technical School was held in the school premises on the 23rd ult. The prizes were distributed to the successful students of the past session by Mr. J Hill Dickson, J.P. Mr. Alex. M'Kibbin, principal, in presenting his report for the session 1914-1915, stated that it had been one of the most successful in the career of the school. The number of students who enrolled was 120, with a total of 338 class entries.

At Dungannon Board of Guardians on 23rd ult. Dr. Mann, medical officer, drew attention to the frequent delays in sending out the ambulance. He had requisitioned the vehicle for an urgent case last week, but as it was not forthcoming he was obliged to bring the patient in his own motor car to the hospital. The Master explained that there was trouble sometimes in getting the contractor to send a horse at once. It was decided to consider the matter further at rest meeting.

At the meeting of Dungannon Board of Guardians on 23rd ult. letters were read from the County Tyrone Medical Committee and from the medical officers of Dungannon Union requesting the Guardians to fix a graded scale of salaries for the medical officers. Mr. James Campbell said that the Omagh Guardians had taken no action in the matter. The doctors had no right to press for an increase when medical men were scarce. It was decided again to submit the graded scale to the Local Government Board for approval.

The new Town Hall erected in Omagh by the Urban Council at a cost of about 4,000 has now been completed, and the townspeople can boast with pride of being the possessors of a public building for meetings and entertainments which has few equals in any provincial town in Ireland. The frontage of the new buildings is 47 feet, and they extend back a distance of over 160 feet. The main assembly hall is 85 feet long, 37 feet wide, and 28 feet high. A deep pitch-pine wainscotting is carried along the walls, along the top of which runs a frieze and cornice from which the curved portion of the ceiling springs. At one end of the hall is a stage 18 feet wide and the full depth of the hall, which will be fitted up with a removable ornamental proscenium front. Behind the stage are the dressing and retiring rooms, with a separate entrance from the yard. At the back of the hall is the balcony with a curved front, having an ornamental iron railing and polished mahogany moulded rail. The hall is capable of accommodating 660 people. The Council Chamber is situated at the top of the main stair, and is 33 feet long, 21 feet wide, and 12 feet high.

Annie Kidd, twenty-six years, of Millvale, near Newry, died in the Newry Union Infirmary on Saturday night from burns received in her home. She was epileptic, and during a fit fell in the kitchen fire.

The Committee of Management of Down Asylum have accepted with regret the resignation of Mr. S. Rea, Clerk, after a public service of thirty-nine years, of which about thirty-one years have been rendered in Down Asylum.

The weather during the past week was rather unfavourable for fishing at Kilkeel. About fifty skiffs or yawls were engaged, but the takes were light. The prices ranged from 23s 6d to 37s 6d per mease. There is a keen demand for herrings.

Mrs. Talbot, president of the County Armagh Branch of the St. John Ambulance Association, on the grounds of Mr. S. A. Bell, J.P., Bellvue, Lurgan, a few days ago inspected the members of the Lurgan V.A.D. (female), who were present in large numbers.

Clogher Guardians on Saturday resolved to increase the allowance to foster-parents of boarded-out children from 4 to 5 annually. The new contractor for eggs withdrew his contract, which was 1s 7d par dozen, on. the grounds that the price was too small. It was decided to readvertise.

Fishing at Ardglass is now carried on by the Portavogie fleet and one or two local boats, all the steam drifters with the exception of one having gone home. During the past week fishing was impossible on two nights owing to stormy weather, and takes varied from thirty to 176 crans, and prices ruled rom 56s to 67s per cran.

On Friday evening last an enjoyable entertainment was given in Cogry Mission Hall (Doagh) by the pupils of Cogry Mills National School. Rev. John J. Major presided. The programme consisted of a school operetta, entitled "Ally Sloper's Party," which was most creditably performed.

At a special meeting of Enniskillen Urban Council Mr. James Donnelly, Enniskillen, was unanimously elected borough surveyor and executive sanitary officer. In addition to eight applicants from England and Scotland there were also Mr. Samuel M'Ilveen, Bangor, County Deem, and Mr. Gerald Townsend, A.M.I.C.E., Enniskillen.

At Hillsborough a united Ulster Day commemoration service was held in the grounds of the old castle on Sabbath. Assisting the service were Rev. F. Matchett, B.D., who delivered an impressive address; Rev. H. J. Orr, B. A; Rev. R. N. Morrison, B.A. and Rev. T. Bell, B.A. There was a very large congregation, representative of all denominations.

A meeting of the resident medical practitioners of the County Monaghan has been held at Castleblayney -- Dr. Wilson, J.P., Castleblayney, presiding -- when a resolution was adopted binding themselves to facilitate any member who might answer his country's call, and agreeing to protect and preserve the appointment and practice of any such member.

An inquest was held in Rostrevor on Saturday afternoon by Mr. R. S. Heron on the body of Annie Eliza Walker Lindsay, a spinster, whose death took place at her residence, Glenview Terrace, Rostrevor, early on Friday morning last. The jury found that deceased died from apoplexy and internal haemorrhage.

After the equinoctial gales of last week another large seal was cast up by the sea on the beach near the Municipal Baths at Warrenpoint. The heed was smashed, and there were several other wounds. After the body had lain on the beach for some tame, the sanitary authority had it buried.

Whilst Mr. Hugh Williamson, a farmer, residing at Baltytun, Rasharkin, was working in his field cutting corn with a reaper, his little grand-daughter, aged about ten years, got up on the seat of the reaper whilst the machinery was stopped, but on getting down, the horses moved, with the result that she was caught in the knives, and one of her feet was nearly severed from above the ankle.

The death of Miss Ann Gertrude Dobbs occurred on Saturday night, after a lingering illness, at her residence, Bearnville, Portstewart. A member of an old and distinguished County Antrim family, the deceased lady was the youngest daughter of the late Captain John Dobbs, a gallant veteran of the Peninsular campaign.

The Local Government Board have communicated to Mr. Morrow, Clerk of the Downpatrick Rural Council, the report of Dr. Brian O'Brien, on the inquiry held into the Council's application to be invested with the powers of an urban sanitary authority for the purpose of the pubic lighting of Castlewellan by means of electricity, and stating that they were of opinion that the application should be granted.

Mr. William Y. Crawford, of Drumreighland, Limavady, met with a serious accident while carting corn on Friday. On his way to the town he had to pass the lane leading to his residence, and the pony he was driving made a dash homewards. Mr. Crawford, in his efforts to control the animal, was pitched to the ground, and the pony becoming restive smashed the cart.

At the bi-monthly meeting of Castleblayney Urban Council, Mr. Bernard Coyle, clerk of the union, and Mr. Johnston, C.E., attended, and submitted plans of the proposed new sewerage scheme at the workhouse, and asked the Council's sanction and approval. After a lengthy discussion the plans and specifications were approved, subject to the opinion of the Council's engineer.

An inquest wars held at Lisnamandra Cressdoney, County Cavan, on Saturday evening, relative to the death of an old-age pensioner, who was killed as a result of being knocked down by a bicycle. Alfred Monaghan, the cyclist, stated that he rang his bell, but deceased suddenly turned round and witness dashed into him. The jury, returned a verdict of accidental death.

At Kilkeel Urban Council monthly meeting three tenders were received for the carrying but of sewerage improvements in Rostrevor, the work to be completed inside six weeks. The cheapest tender -- that of Messrs. H. Lightbody & Sons for 79 10s -- was accepted. Mr. Thomas M'Murray's tender for 10 12s 6d for repairing fifteen labourers' cottages in the Bryansford district was also accepted.

A tragic occurrence took place on Monday morning at Drumadd, near Armagh, when as ex-head-constable of the R.I.C. named Wm. Dunlop met his death under most extraordinary circumstances. It appears that Dunlop was up in a tree at his house engaged in cutting down a heavy branch. The branch suddenly came down with terrific force and pinned the unfortunate man against the tree, killing him instantly.

At the Newry No. 1 (County Down) Rural District Council on Saturday last -- Mr. Stephen Toman, J.P. (chairman), presiding -- the Council accepted tenders for 665 8s 2d for completing six cottages under the third scheme, and for 276 for completing two cottages under the fourth scheme. The Council also accepted tenders amounting to 388 13s 8d for repairs to thirty of the thirty-three cottages provided under the first and second schemes.

At a meeting of flax scutchers, held in Cookstown on Saturday, it was decided that every man should start work as he receives the offer from the respective millowners, and that if any man started before that offer was given, and the offer afterwards were given to those who stopped out, they would not start until such man were sacked or paid off or deprived of the extra money, which would be afterwards divided amongst the other workers every month.

At the meeting of the Newry Board of Guardians, the committee appointed for the purpose recommended that the schoolmistress Miss Donnelly, be appointed to discharge the duties of Matron, in room of Mrs. Wauchope, resigned, at a salary of 5 per year. A proposal to appoint a nun as Matron had been rejected by the committee. The Chairman (Mr. John Toman, J.P.) proposed that the recommendation be rejected, and that a nun be appointed at a salary of 25 per annum, with rations, and this motion was carried by 13 votes to 12. The Unionist members of the Board and the Nationalists who supported them are very indignant that the report of the committee was not adopted.



Mr. John Andrew M'Mordie, of 83, Wellesley Avenue, Belfast, manager, who died on the 27th May last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 945 7s 1d, and probate of his will, dated 7th Sept., 1906. with a codicil of the 26th December, 1912, has been granted to Mr. Elijah Kirkpatrick, of Rugby Avenue, Belfast, traveller, and his daughter, Miss Annie Sinclair M'Mordie of 83, Wellesley Avenue, Belfast.




We deeply regret to announce the death of Dr. John Stewart, medical officer of Belfast Prison, which occurred on Monday morning at has residence, 10, Carlisle Terrace, Crumlin Road. The deceased had not been in robust health for some weeks past, and had been laid aside from his official duties, but it was hoped he would soon recover. However, it became worse a few days ago, and notwith standing the skilful attention of his medical adviser and the best of nursing he passed away as stated. The late Dr. Stewart, who was one of the best known members of the medical profession in the city, was a native of County Armagh, where he received his early education, He afterwards had a distinguished collegiate career at the Queen's College, Belfast, and taking his medical degrees with honours he was not long in building up a lucrative practice. He took an active part in matters affecting the citizens and in 1887 he was elected a Councillor in connection with the Belfast Corporation. There he discharged his public duties with great satisfaction, and it was a source of regret to his constituents, and, indeed, to the ratepayers generally, when he retired from that body in 1892. On the death of the late Dr. J. C. Smith, Dr. Stewart was appointed to the responsible position of medical officer in Belfast Prison in 1889, a post which he has since filled with conspicuous ability. A kindly hearted man, he won the confidence and enjoyed the esteem of the sick inmates of the Crumlin Road institution, and, indeed, all over the city, both by his professional brethren and by those who had the pleasure of his acquaintance, he was held in the highest, respect. He was frequently called at the Assize Courts to give evidence in regard to professional matters, and on numerous occasions he received high tributes from the Judges for the great assistance be had rendered. He was most conscientious in his work, and his loss will indeed be a severe one. In politics the late Dr. Stewart was a staunch Unionist, although on account of his official position he was unable in recent years to take a prominent part in political affairs. In religion he was a Methodist, being formerly a leading official of Agnes Street Church, and latterly an active member of Carlisle Memorial Church. To his sorrowing family sincere sympathy will be extended in their irreparable loss.


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The Witness - Friday, 8 October, 1915


HOUSTON--STEEN -- Oct. 6, 1915, at Glenelly Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. John Steen (father of the bride), assisted by the Rev. James Steen, Cahans (brother of the bride), James Houston, Letterbratt House, Plumbridge, to Mary (May), elder daughter of the Rev. John Steen, B.A., Glenelly, Plumbridge, County Tyrone.

KENNY--JAMESON -- Sept. 28, at Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. William M'Kean, D.D., Albert Arthur, elder son of the late Rev. M. P. Kenny, Stonebridge, County Monaghan, to Kathleen Frances, elder daughter of S. D. Jameson, The Mount, Belfast.

KERNOHAN--BOTHWELL -- Sept. 17, 1915, at Breezemount, Saintfield (the residence of the bride's brother-in-law), by the Rev. Noble Huston, B.A., Samuel Watson Kernohan, Ballynahinch, to Clara Jane, daughter of the late T. H. Bothwell, Magheraknock, Ballynahinch.

M'CULLOUGH--YOUNG -- Sept. 29, 1915, at Ballycairn Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. J. A. F. Young, B.A. (brother of the bride), assisted by the Rev. R. G. M'Farland, B.A. (brother-in-law of the bride), John, only son of James M'Cullough, J P., Himten Hall, Moira, to Theresa, daughter of the late John Young, Cuppidale House, Ballymoney, and Mrs. Young, Waterford Terrace, Coleraine.


MARTIN -- Sept. 30, at his residence, Skeogh Hill, Dromore, County Down, John Martin. Interred in First Dromore Presbyterian Church Burying-ground.

M'CRUM -- October 2, 1915, at Kinistino, Sask., Canada, Samuel, second son of the late Samuel M'Crum, Kilgreel, Templepatrick. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing Mother, Brothers, and Sisters.

THOMPSON -- Oct. 5, 1915, at her residence, Brookmount, Londonderry, Sarah Eliza, widow of the late Alexander Thompson, Esq., Merchant, Waterside, Londonderry. Funeral private.

ANDERSON -- Oct. 4, at 37, Madrid Street, Nathaniel, husband of Jane Anderson.

BALDWIN -- Oct. 1, at 10, Irwin Avenue, Strandtown, Flora, wife of L. J. Baldwin.

BEARE -- Oct.1, at 85, Rugby Avenue, David, husband of Dorcas J. Beare.

BOYD -- Oct. 2, at Ballywindland, Ballymoney, Mary, relict of the late Samuel Boyd.

BRISBANE -- Oct. 3, at 28, Oldpark Avenue, John Brisbane, Blockprinter.

CORNETT -- Oct. 1, at Kalamazoo, Mich., U.S.A., James, second son of John Cornett, Tullyvallen, Newtownhamilton, Co. Armagh.

CROTHERS -- Oct. 2, at 61, Meadow Street, John Crothers.

FERGUSON -- Sept. 29, at Royal Victoria Hospital, James, husband of Susan Ferguson.

FORBES -- Sept. 29, at Abeele Clearing Hospital, John Donald Forbes, Second-Lieutenant 10th Lancashire Fusiliers, aged 19, youngest son of John Forbes, 72, Eglantine Avenue, Belfast.

GIBSON -- Oct. 6, at Edenderry, Portadown, Thomas Gibson, Merchant.

HERON -- Oct. 1, at Doagh, William C. Heron.

JOHNSTON -- Oct. 5, at 47, Ulsterville Gardens, Alexander Johnston.

KEARNEY -- Sept. 30, at 38, Agincourt Court Avenue, Belfast, Eliza, relict of the late John Pringle Kearney, Armagh.

KIRK -- Oct. 2, at Portrush, Henry Kirk, of Redburn, Adelaide Park, Belfast.

COUGHERY -- Oct. 1, at Moneymore, John Eccles, husband of Sarah Loughery.

MacLAINE -- Oct. 5. at Wandsworth House, Strandtown, George Langley MacLaine, Clerk of Crown and Peace, County Down.

M'ALLISTER -- Oct. 5, at Davys Street, Carrickfergus, Mary M'Allister.

M'FARLANE -- Oct. 3, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Martha, relict of the late Dugald M'Farlane 22, Lothair Avenue.

OSBORNE -- Oct. 3, at 92, Tate's Avenue, Annie Osborne.

PARKER -- Sept. 29, at Islandreagh, Dunadry, Alexander Parker, husband of Elizabeth Parker.

PENNALL -- Sept. 30 (suddenly), William Pennall, of Governor's Place, Carrickfergus, aged 58 years.

PINKERTON -- Oct. 4, at 475, Ormeau Road, Fredrick Hans, son of Samuel Pinkerton.

ROSS -- Oct. 6, at 16, Prospect Road, Bangor, Anne Snipe, wife of James Ross, late of Londonderry.

RUSSELL -- Oct. 5, at Point View House, Newcastle, Co. Down, Annie M'Cleery Russell, widow of the late John Russell, C.E., Architect and Surveyor.

SINCLAIR -- Oct. 2, at Needham Street, Newry, Mary, widow of the late James Sinclair.

WATSON -- Oct. 5, at Lurganban, Dromore, County Down, John Watson, aged 90 years.

In Memoriam

THOMPSON -- In loving remembrance of William J. Thompson, Cavanbuoy House, Caledon, who departed this life on 5th October, 1914. Sadly missed by his Wife and Family.
"A little while," and we shall dwell for ever,
Within our bright "our everlasting Home;"
Where time, or space, or death, no more sever
Our grief-wrung hearts, and pain can never come.



Miss H. Breakey, Drumskelt House, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan, Ireland, who recently volunteered for service with the Red Cross, writes to a friend at Ballybay from the Dardanelles:-- "I am now in the midst of the fray, and at times I get quite deaf with the roar of the cannons. And oh! the shell fire is something awful. I have got promotion on the troopship H.M.S. Mizpah for duty. We cannot run motors in these parts, but bring the wounded to hospital on artillery waggons, drawn by four mules. It is important for us to lift the wounded off the field before they get too much of the sun. In camp there is no bed for us. We just roll ourselves up in a sleeping kit, with a veil overhead to keep off the mosquitoes. We work night and day, and can only got a sleep occasionally. The battlefield is a sorrowful sight in moonlight. The Red Cross St. Bernard dogs are a great help to find the wounded, and it is truly remarkable how they can distinguish the wounded and unconscious from the dead. When the dogs find a man they give a low mournful howl to summon us. A lot of our sisters are ailing, and five were seat home with fever."



The announcement of the death of Mrs. Thompson, of Brookmount, Glendermott, widow of the late Mr. Alexander Thompson, merchant, Waterside, will be read with a deep sense of loss, particularly in the district in which she resided. She passed away on Tuesday morning after a few months' illness at the age of sixty-seven. Until she was laid aside Mrs. Thompson was a regular worshipper in Glendermott Presbyterian Church and took a deep practical interest in everything pertaining to the spiritual and material welfare of the congregation. By all who had the privilege of her acquaintance she was held in the highest regard for the inspiration of her many fine qualities as well as her Christian character and unfailing benevolence. One of her sons is Councillor J. A. Thompson, who, with two of his brothers, carry on the business of the firm of Thompson & Co., Waterside, Derry. Other sons are the Rev. M. A. Thompson, minister of a large congregation at Killymurris, County Antrim, and Mr. Thompson, cashier in the Ulster Bank. The most heartfelt sympathy will go out to the family and relatives in their great bereavement.



At the noon service in Dundrod Presbyterian Church on Sabbath last special reference to the death of the late Mr. William Higginson, J.P., an elder of the congregation, was made by Rev. R. Wallace, M.A., who conducted the service. In the course of his remarks Mr. Wallace said Dundrod congregation had a history going back for more than eighty years For more than sixty of those years deceased laboured incessantly and unwearyingly for the moral, social, and spiritual welfare of it, and it would have been a shame if Dundrod had not given a prompt and cordial response when called together to honour his memory. Mr. Higginson's whole life was consecrated to God. He was an elder, a Bible-class teacher, a temperance worker, a member of the District and County Councils, and held his Majesty's commission of the peace for his native county. Thousands of men of very much less ability had amassed fortunes in the neighbouring city of Belfast while he was satisfied to live and work on his farm in the shelter of the Hills, exercising a unique social, educational, and spiritual influence, which made him one of the best known and most influential men in the entire community. His public spirit and fine character attracted the attention of the most influential men in his part of the county. Dundrod congregation had long enjoyed the advantage of his influence and counsel, and the feeling must have been universal that the earth had received the body of a good man, full of faith and of the Holy Ghost.



The Rev. Samuel Cuthbert Mitchel, for thirty-three years pastor of the Presbyterian congregation at Enniskillen, who died on the 24th June last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 1,169 12s 9d, of which 58 9s 6d is in England. Probate of his will dated 3rd May, 1909, has been granted to his son, Mr. Edgar Gunning Mitchel, of Bruntsfield House, Portrush, Co. Antrim, banker, and Mrs. Maria Mitchel, of 27, Royal Terrace, West Kingstown, Dublin. The bequests ware personal.



The death has taken place in Edinburgh of Rev. Angus Fiddes, of Portmahomack, Ross-shire, who was well known for the interest be took in the welfare of the people of St. Kilda. He was a native of Portmahomack, and in 1890 he was requested by the Highlands Committee to take the station of St. Kilda. For twelve years he remained on the island, acting both as minister and teacher, and sometimes in the case of disputes as magistrate. He encouraged loom weaving and improved agriculture, and helped the young people to leave the island to better themselves. Infantile mortality through his representations to the Medical Faculty of Glasgow was arrested. Mr. Fiddes, who was over 70 years of age, had been engaged in ministerial work in the Outer Hebrides since he retired from St. Kilda in 1902.




News has just been received that Rev. D. S. Corkey, B.A., of Dundrod, who is now chaplain to the forces, has been wounded in the recent fighting in France. Mr. Corkey received, his commission about six months ago, and was sent immediately to France. After spending some time among the troops at the base he was attached to the Queen's Own Glasgow Yeomanry, and was with them in the trenches. A short time ago he was transferred to an advanced field ambulance, which was stationed up at the firing line south of La Bassee, where the fiercest fighting in the recent advance took place. For several days after the fight began he was helping night and day to bring back the wounded to the dressing station, and was continually under file. It was during a lull in the fighting on the 28th that he was hit by a piece of a shrapnel shell in the side. He is in an officers' hospital in France, and the latest report states that he is recovering rapidly and hopes to be able to resume his duties soon.

Rev. William M'Nutt, of Hillhall Presbyterian Church, and formerly of Drumachose, Limavady, who has been acting as Presbyterian chaplain to the Tenth Division in Gallipoli, is at present in hospital in Malta, recovering from an attack of dysentery. An announcement to this effect was made in Hillhall Church on Sabbath last.

Official intimation has been received at Ardnagrena Cliftonpark Avenue, Belfast, that Captain W. Cupples, 3rd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was wounded between 25th ult. and 27th nit. in Flanders. Captain Cupples is temporarily attached to the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. He obtained his commission on August 15, 1914, through the Queen's University Officers' Training Corps, Belfast.

Second-Lieutenant John Elliott Ainslie, 12th Battalion Royal Scots, killed in action in France between the 26th and 27th ult., was the only son of Rev. W. J. Ainslie, M.A., some time minister of Spamount (Evangelical Union) Church, Belfast, and now of Wellogate Manse, Hawick, N.B. He was educated at Watson's College, Edinburgh, and played halfback in the 1913-14 fifteen. He received his commission in December last. His mother, Mrs. Ainslie, is a daughter of the late Mr. Frank Smyth, Belfast.

Intimation hie been received that Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Ninian Crichton Stuart, M.P., commanding 6th West Regiment, has been killed in action.

Lord Ninian, who was the second son of the third Marquis of Bute and brother of the present Marquis, was in his 32nd year. He had represented Cardiff in the Conservative interest since 1910. He married in 1906 the Hon. Ismay Lucretia Mary Preston, only daughter of the fourteenth Viscount Gormarston. He was Hereditary Custodian of Falkland Palace, Fifeshire, and was a member of the Fife County Council.

Second-Lieutenant Sydney Vernon Young, R.E., killed in action in France on Sept. 25, was the elder son of Prof. Sydney Young F.R.S. Trinity College Dublin. He was in his nineteenth year.

The mother of Lance-Corporal William Keneally, V.C., has received news that her son, who was reported missing or wounded, has died in hospital at Malta. Keneally was one of the three Lancashire Fusiliers selected by their comrades as having performed the most signal bravery in the landing at Cape Helles, Gallipoli, on April 25 last. Aged twenty-five, Lance-Corporal Keneally was a miner at Low Green Colliery, Wigan. He re-enlisted at the beginning of the war.

Intimation has been received, says the "Scotsman," that Lord Sempill has been wounded in France. Lord Sempill commands the 8th (Service) Batt. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).

The London "Daily Express" learns that Major-General F. D. V. Wing, C.B., has been killed in action in France. He was reported wounded at the end of September last year. Major-General Wing was promoted to that rank on October 26 last. He was born in November 1860 and entered the Army in 1880. He served throughout the South African War, and was six times mentioned in despatches.

The "Morning Post" says -- It is announced unofficially that Lieutenant William Frederick Sheridan, 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade, was killed in action on September 25. He was the great-grandson of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and was married to a daughter of Mr. Moreton Frewen.

It is unofficially reported that Lieut.-Colonel Frederick Howard Fairclough, commanding the 9th Battalion 1st Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment); Chaplain to the Forces, the Rev. Frederick Whitmore Hewitt; and Col. Eden Vansittart, 8th (Service) Battalion of the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, have been killed.

Brigadier-General Edward Peter Strickland, C.M.G., D.S.O., who is reported to be suffering from gas-poisoning, is well known in Belfast and district, having been stationed before the outbreak of war at the Palace Barracks, Holywood, where he served with the 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment.

Major Nicholas James Mervyn Archdall, 3rd Battalion (attached 5th) Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders who was wounded in the recent heavy fighting on the Western front, is the sixth son of the late Captain Hugh Montgomery Archdall, 52nd Regiment (now the 2nd Battalion Oxfordshire Light Infantry), Drumadravy, County Fermanagh, and Elizabeth, daughter of the late Sir Hugh Stewart, second baronet, of Ballygawley, County Tyrone. Maj. Archdall is a great-grandson of the late Col. Marvyn Archdall, M.P. for County Fermanagh, whose wife was the Honourable Mary Dawson, daughter of William Henry Viscount Carlow, and sister of the first Earl of Portarlington. Major Archdall is a relative of Rev. Mervyn Archdall, B.A., Chaplain to the Forces, Belfast.

Lieutenant George Glyn Fowler, 2nd Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, who has been killed in action, is related to several well-known Ulster families. He was a nephew of Lieut.-Col. J. S. Fowler, C.B., D.S.O., Royal Engineers, a Director of Army Signals, whose wife is a member of the Brooke family of Colebrooke, County Fermanagh. Another of his uncles, Mr. George Hurst Fowler, J.P., of Eureka, Kells, Meath, is a son-in-law of Mr. John Blakiston-Houston, D.L., of Orangefield. Captain R. H. Fowler, who is a grandson of Jane Anne, eldest daughter of the Honourable John Crichton, and sister of the third Earl of Erne, is also connected with the family of Mr. Edward Sclater, J.P., of Kilwarlin House, Hillsborough.

Second-Lieutenant William Fraser, killed on the Western front, was a son of Mr. Wm. Fraser, builder and contractor, 15, Willowbank Street, Belfast. He was one of many Belfast men who joined the 6th Battalion Black Watch (Territorials), and it was only a few weeks ago that he was awarded a commission in the 1st Battalion for gallantry he displayed in recovering the bodies of two Belfast comrades, the late Lance-Corporals Newel and Willis. At that time Fraser was a lance-corporal, and his promotion took him out of the Territorials into the famous 42nd.

Mr. John Reilly, J.P., Bowling Green, Strabane, has received official notification that his brother, Dr. Joseph Reilly, R.A.M.C., has been wounded in the present severe fighting in Flanders, and is at present in hospital in London. Dr. Reilly is a son-in-law of Mr. James Cullen, Park Road, Dungannon, and brother-in-law of Mr. Maurice P. Cullen, J.P., Dungannon.

At a meeting of teachers in the Sabbath-school connected with Cliftonville Presbyterian Church -- Rev. A. F. Moody, B.D., in attendance -- reference was made to the great loss sustained by the superintendent. Mr. Francis Curley, J.P., in the death of his nephew, Lieut. Frances Curley, Royal Engineers, who had been killed in action, and the secretary was instructed to forward Mr. Curley a letter expressive of their deepest sympathy.




Late on Monday night a further contingent of wounded soldiers arrived in Belfast from the front via Dublin by two special trains, and the suffering heroes -- the total of two officers and 385 men is the largest yet received in the city -- were accommodated in the local hospitals as follows -- U.V.F. Hospital 110, Royal Victoria Hospital 52, Military Hospital, Victoria Barracks, 50, Mater Hospital 45, while 30 were conveyed to the U.V.F. Hospital at Gilford. The men were part of 522 who arrived in Dublin by the hospital ship Oxfordshire, and had all received their wounds in the recent heavy fighting. The first train arrived at 10-45 p.m., and the work of detraining occupied altogether a little over three hours. The arrangements which had been carried into effect at the station by the military, the police, and the railway officials, were perfection itself, and ample provision was made by the Ulster Volunteer Force Motor Car Corps for the transference of the men from the station to the hospitals there being a fleet of nearly sixty private motor cars in attendance -- many of them driven by their owners -- in addition to two Fire Brigade ambulances and a number of military ambulances belonging to the Ulster Division. There were, in all, forty-two stretcher cases -- including two officers -- but for the most part the men were able to make their way unassisted from the trains to the waiting vehicles. The first train was in charge of Captain H. C. D. Miller, R.A.M.C., who was assisted by Staff-Sergeant T. Harrington, R.A.M.C., and during the journey the wounded heroes were served with dinner from the dining saloon which was attached to the train. The second train, which brought 150 men, was in charge of Lieutenant M'Turk, R.A.M.C., and a staff of the R.A.M.C.

The general arrangements at the railway station were in charge of Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. A. Hill Trevor, assistant provost marshal and intelligence officer for Belfast district, and the departure of the wounded took place under the direction of Lieutenant-Colonel J. B. Buchanan, R.A.M.C. Amongst those present on the platform were Surgeon T. S. Kirk, principal medical officer U.V. Hospital; Dr. William Gibson, J.P.; Dr. M. Henry. Dr. J. Macintosh, Dr. T. A. Davidson, Dr. J. Taylor, Mr. James Cunningham, Mr. Josiah Cunningham, and Mr. R. Dawson Bates, hon. secretary U.V.F. Hospital. The motor-car corps had been organised by and were in charge of Mr. Fred Rodgers and Mr. Hugh Murphy. The wounded, as already stated, came direct from the recent great battles on the Western front, and represented almost entirely Scottish regiments. The wounded were transferred from the trains to the ambulances and motor cars by members of the R.A.M.C. and Antrim No. 1 Detachment of the British Red Cross Society under Mr. F. Hudson. Before leaving the station the cars halted inside the entrance, where refreshments, including tea, cakes, and butter fruit, chocolate, cigarettes, &c., were distributed to the wounded by members of No. 676 Voluntary Aid Detachment, St. John Ambulance Association, under the direction of Miss Cunningham, commandant. The local railway arrangements were in charge of Mr. Campbell Wallace, traffic superintendent, and Mr. John Irwin, stationmaster.



We regret to announce the death of Mr. George L. MacLaine, Clerk of the Crown and Press for County Down, which took place on Tuesday at his residence, Wandsworth House, Strandtown. Mr. MacLaine, who had attained a ripe age, was going about his business as usual, but on Friday last he received a paralytic stroke, from the effects of which, notwithstanding the careful attention of his medical adviser. Mr. Leslie, he did not recover. Mr. MacLaine was the last representative of the older generation of a family long and honourably associated with Belfast. His father was one of the founders of the old shipbuilding firm of Ritchie & MacLaine, long known in the place until comparatively recently as MacLaine's yard. The late Mr. Alex. MacLaine carried on the shipbuilding business, but the gentleman now deceased adopted the profession of the law, and for many years was partner with the late Mr. James Andrews in the firm of Andrews & MacLaine. In the year 1874 the late Mr. MacLaine was appointed Clerk of the Crown and Peace for County Down, which office he filled at the time of his death. He devoted himself with great assiduity to the duties of his profession, and especially of the office he held under the Crown, and was recognised as one of the best, as well as one of the oldest, holders of his office in the country. On the death of Mr. Andrews he was joined in 1878 by the late Mr. Omar C. Nelson as partner, in conjunction with whom the business was carried on until Mr. Nelson's death. Afterwards the business was carried on in partnership with Mr. Nelson's son, Mr. W. H. Nial Nelson, by whom the business will be continued. The late Mr. MacLaine, in addition to being an able and capable lawyer, was a man of great force and individuality of character, ready and resourceful, genial end kindly, and with a rich ruin of humour. He was very popular among the members of his profession and among jurors and litigants, and by the Judges of Assise. He was a personal and professional friend of the late Sir Thomas M'Clure, and it was while that gentleman was member for Belfast that he received his appointment. Sir Thomas appointed him trustee of a large fund which he left to be distributed among the different denominations, and he administered it till his death. The late Mr. MacLaine did not take any active part in public life, but was a Liberal in the old days, and a Liberal Unionist -- and a very strong Unionist he was -- in these latter days. While occupying a high position in the legal profession, Mr. MacLaine enjoyed the professional confidence of a large clientele. He was married to a daughter of the late Rev. John Porter, of Rosemary Street Unitarian Church, and is survived by his widow and two sons and two daughters. One son is in America and the other in this country, and his two daughters are married to medical gentlemen. With his death has passed away one who held a unique and honoured position in the legal profession for an exceptionally long period, and enjoyed exceptional respect and confidence. To his widow and family we tender the expression of deep and sincere condolence on the bereavement they have sustained.



Monday was flag day in Monaghan, and a sum of over 50 was realised to go towards provision of comforts for the soldiers at the front.

On Monday afternoon the Rev. Guy W. C. L'Estrange, M.A., formerly rector of Charlestown, was instituted as incumbent of Killylea parish, in succession to the late Rev. W. P. Magee, M.A.

On Thursday evening a successful entertainment was given in the Independent Hall, Carrickfergus, by the pupils of Miss R. Allnutt, the proceeds being in aid of the Comforts League of the 12th Battalion R.I.R.

Rev. H. H. Cornish, of Abbey Street Methodist Church, Newry, has accepted a cordial and unanimous invitation to succeed the Rev. Samuel McIntyre as superintendent of Newry circuit at the Conference of 1916.

The "London Gazette" states that the Chief Inspector of Factories has appointed Dr. D. F. Murnaghan to be certifying surgeon, under the Factory and Workshop Acts, for the Letterkenny district of the County of Donegal.

At Dungannon Joint Committee on Friday the Assistant Water Inspector reported that the storage reservoir at Cappagh was 4ft. 3in. below the overflow, and no water was coming in. The committee decided to make an immediate inspection.

The result of the Russian Flag Day, organised by the Mayoress of Derry on Saturday, was quite up to expectations. When the contents of the various boxes were counted it was found that they contained a total of 275 odd.

At Larne Urban Council monthly meeting the surveyor reported that the quantity of water in store was 14,836,475 gallons, against 2,423,000 gallons at the corresponding date last year, and that the springs were yielding 120,000 gallons per day.

At a meeting of Killyman District Orange Lodge on Saturday, Mr. Barry Meglaughlin, solicitor, Deputy County Grand Secretary, was unanimously elected District Master, in succession to the late Lord Northland, who had been killed in action.

At a meeting of millowners and workers in the Donemana district, held at Earlsgift National School, it was unanimously agreed by the millowners that the scutchers receive one shilling advance and the rollers and strickers an advance in proportion.

At the meeting of the Omagh Board of Guardians on Saturday -- Mr. George Murnaghan, J.P. presiding -- a letter was read from Dr. Thomas Duncan, Fintona, resigning his position as medical officer of the dispensary district, which he had held for forty years.

Ballymena Rural Council on Saturday received a claim for 75 from Mr. Robert Percy, farmer, Lisnocloskey, for the alleged malicious burning of a stack of flax on the night of the 19th September. The stack, it is said, was the produce of eight pecks one quart of seed.

On Friday at a meeting of Monaghan County Council in Ballybay, University scholarships were awarded to Messrs. Peter Dunn, P. M'Gahan, and Miss Susan Daly; and bursaries to Mr. B. M'Mahon on and Miss Lizzie Woods, all of whom had passed their qualifying examination.

At the opening meeting of Newry Y.W.C.A. on Friday night, after tea, in the unavoidable absence of the president (Miss Barcroft) the chair was occupied by Mrs. Magowan, and Miss Donaldson was appointed treasurer in the room of Miss Wauchope, who has gone to Belfast.

The death occurred on Wednesday might after two days' illness, of Mr. Wm. Brady, at his residence, Studley, Rostrevor. The deceased, who was upwards of seventy years of age, was a native of Clones, and formerly resided at Johnstown House near that town, in which he had formerly been manager of the Northern Bank. He was a large landowner.

Dr. Agnew, M.S.O.H., reports that during September there were registered in Lurgan district forty births, equal to an average annual rate of 38.5, as compared with 26.4 for the previous five years. The number of deaths was fifteen, equal to a rate of 14.75, as compared with 16.4 for the previous five years.

At Omagh market on Saturday a farmer named Michael Devlin, Garvonghey, Gortin, was paid the high price of 51 per stone for fifty-six strones of flax which he had for sale. Devlin sowed eighteen gallons of seed in three roods of land, and from this it will be seen that the price is, indeed, a very remarkable one.

On Tuesday at a meeting of Ballymoney Technical Committee, Miss Mary E. Bradshaw, Charlotte Street, Ballymoney, was appointed to teach French for the session; Miss Candy, Donegall Technical Committee, as teacher of dressmaking; and Miss Ramsey, Enagh, as assistant teacher of domestic science subjects.

That Killyclogher National School should be closed was the gist of a report made by Dr. Todd to Omagh Guardians on Saturday. It was unfit for occupation, he said, a portion being built against the graveyard, and the walls were damp and unsanitary. It was agreed to send the report to the Commissioners of National Education.

When Dr. Hunter, Carrickmore, reported to Omagh Guardians on Saturday that there were nineteen vaccination defaulters in his district, including conscientious objectors, the Chairman said these cases should be dropped, as the Guardians had decided not to proceed against them. It was decided to take no action against the conscientious objectors.

At Ballymoney flax market on Wednesday seven loads were offered and quickly sold at prices ranging from 150s to 160s per cwt., although none of the lots were of any special quality. Mr. John Hartin, Dunaghy, sold 7¾cwt. (scutched by Mr. J. C. Boyd), and Mr. Henry MacDowell, Clarehill, 4cwt. (scutched by Mr. C. Stronge), both at 160s.

The expenditure on outdoor relief in the Newry Union for the half-year ended the 30th September totalled 1,167 10s, against 1,061 8s in the half-year ended 30th Sept., 1914. The past half-year, however, included twenty-seven week's, as against twenty-six weeks in the same half-year of last year -- an event which did not take place since 1909 -- and the additional week represents an outlay of 41 2s 6d.

At Monday's meeting of Limavady Guardians the Clerk (Mr. Crawford) submitted a statement of the expenditure under the Medical Charities Act in the various dispensary districts of the Union for the half-year ended 30th September. The total amount was 481 10s 9d, distributed as follows -- Ballykelly, 101 2s 6d; Bellarena, 86 18s 6d: Dungiven, 83 6s 5d; Feeny, 92 7s 8d: Limavady, 112 15s 8d.

At the quarterly meeting of Limavady Rural Council, the County Surveyor, Mr. Roddie, reported that the Council's limit of expenditure had been exceeded by 103. Before considering the list of works submitted on the sheet, the Chairman, Mr. John A. Long, J.P., explained the financial position of the Council, and under the circumstances the Council unanimously refused all the applications on the sheet.

Evidence at an inquest near Cookstown into the circumstances of the death of a Mrs. Doyle showed that she was engaged in milking a young cow, and when found by her husband she was stretched on the ground underneath the cow apparently dead. The medical evidence was that the woman died from shock, caused by an injury such as would be caused by a kick from an animal in the abdomen, and the jury found accordingly.

At a meeting of the Ballymoney Technical Committee on Tuesday the secretary (Mr. J. Pettigrew) read the report of the Department's instructors on the working of the school for the past session, which showed that an excellent standard of efficiency had been maintained. A letter was read from Captain Kelly, Dublin, thanking the committee for the offer of their lathe, and stating that he had instructed Mr. M'Dowell, Belfast, to have the machine inspected.

At a meeting of the County Donegal Committee of Agriculture, on the consideration of applications for poultry stations, Mr. W. J. Hanna, J.P., pointed out that under the present regulations owners of egg stations had to supply all applicants with eggs at a shilling a dozen, although in Derry the market price for eggs was 1s 10d and 2s a dozen. In Derry the Committee of Agriculture had advanced the price from 1s to 1s 6d a dozen, and he moved that they also make a similar increase. Mr. James Clarke, J.P., seconded the motion, which was passed.

The Lord Chancellor has sanctioned the attendance as a magistrate at the Warrenpoint Petty Sessions of Dr. Skeffington, M.A, LL.D., J.P. for County Down.

At Tuesday's meeting of Armagh Agricultural Committee a letter was received from the Department stating that every means should be taken by farmers and others for the purpose of increasing the supply of eggs and poultry.

Enniskillen Guardians are again on the hunt for doctors. Tempo dispensary, which has been off and on vacant for many years, is again vacant by the resignation of Dr. J. A. Thompson, who has been appointed to the Maguiresbridge dispensary.

At Donegal Crown Sessions on Tuesday, Mr. R. A. Wilson, Clerk of the Crown and Peace, intimated that there was no criminal business to go before the Court, and presented, on behalf of the High Sheriff, a pair of white gloves to his Honour Judge Cooke, County Court Judge.

Captain Sir Frederick Edward Shafto Adair, late Rifle Brigade, of Flixton Hall, Bungay, Adair Lodge, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, and the Castle, Ballymena, County Antrim, who died on 8th April last, aged fifty-four years, left unsettled estate of the gross value of 42,440, with net personalty of 22,372.

The highest price ever paid for flax was recorded at Coleraine market on Tuesday, when Mr. Hugh Knox, of Ballymagarry, Portrush, obtained the extraordinary figure of 9 10s per cwt. for a fine lot scutched at Mr. John W. Stewart's mills at Boghill, Coleraine. This by far exceeds any price paid for fibre, oven during the time of the American War.

At a meeting of the County Donegal Committee of Agriculture on Tuesday a letter was received from Mr. Ward, agricultural instructor, intimating that he proposed arranging wheat demonstrations. Mr. James Clarke, J.P., said he had been trying to sell wheat, but could not got a market nearer than Dublin. The merchants in Strabane, Derry, or Omagh would not touch it.

At Tandragee Urban Council meeting on Monday, a discussion took place as to the curtailment of the lighting of the street lamps. The Clerk stated that the cost of carbide had greatly increased, and there were a number of lamps that could be done without. The matter was referred to the Gas Committee, with a recommendation that the lighting of the town be reduced.

The marriage arranged between Captain John Philpot Chatterton Curran, 3rd Royal Irish Rifles, only son of the late Honourable Charles Ribton Curran and Mrs. Curran, Sutton, County Dublin, and Gladys Vera, younger daughter of the late Henry Tate, Rich hill Castle, County Armagh, will take place at St. John's Church, Seaforde, County Down, on Wednesday, the 20th October.

A unique jumble sale was held in the Markethouse, Letterkenny, on Friday, in aid of the British Farmers' Red Cross Fund, Messrs. J. Robinson & Son, auctioneers, putting up for sale a large number of live stock, farm produce, forming implements, furniture, &c., contributed by the farming community in the district on behalf of this laudable object. It is expected that the fund will benefit to the extent of about 250 as a result of the sale.

At the quarterly meeting of Coleraine Rural Council on Tuesday -- Mr. David Caskey (chairman) presiding -- Mr. James Shiels said the people of the town were dissatisfied with the present system of electric lighting, because they were not getting a proper service. The Chairman said Mr. Shiels could have a memorial drawn up and forwarded to the County Council, as suggested by the County Surveyor.

Mrs. Hale, Fairview, Dungannon, has presented a wheeled ambulance stretcher of a new pattern to the 6th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, now fighting at the Dardanelles, in memory of the late Lieutenant Hewitt Haggard, of that battalion, who was a native of Dungannon, and was the eldest son of Rev. Richard Haggard, M.A., formerly of that town and now rector of St. John's, Barnsley.

At the financial meeting of Limavady Urban Council the Finance Committee reported that they had examined the rate collector's statement of collection for the six months ended at date, and found that the amount set forth in the warrant was 1,099 16s, which was accounted for as follows -- Vacant ratings, 20 17s 3d; collectable arrears, 14 7s 7d; collected and lodged, 1,394 11s 2d. They recommended payment of the collector's poundage as agreed upon, and this was agreed to.

At Friday's meeting of Limavady Urban Council Mr. Robert Marshall reported that he had inspected the Waterworks, and found the spring was yielding sufficient water to maintain a fair overflow at the reservoir. The Gasworks Manager reported the carbonisation of 27½ tons of coal, and the Lighting Committee reported having accepted an offer of a cargo of gas coals at 31s per ton f.o.r. A great difficulty, however, was being experienced in obtaining a vessel for their conveyance.

The following sales of house property have just been effected in Derry -- Five houses in Argyll Street, held in perpetuity at 8 per annum and producing a profit rent of 43, sold at 600; dwelling-house, 44, Foyle Street, held at the yearly rent of 3 12s, changed hands at 265; dwelling-house, 4, Northland Avenue, held in perpetuity at 32s per annum, fetched 150; dwelling-house, 6, Westland Terrace, held in perpetuity at 54s per annum, was disposed of at 250; three houses in Cedar Strict, held in perpetuity, realised 330; three houses in Academy Terrace, were disposed of at 190 each.

A sudden death occurred on Saturday night on the Belfast road about a mile from Ballynahinch. A Mrs. Barbour left home with a little boy in order to meet her husband, and assist him in carrying some goods he was to bring. When she arrived at the junction of the Saintfield and Belfast roads she felt unwell, and, sitting down on the wooden seat, fell off it and died. Immediately after Mr. Barbour came along to behold the lifeless form of his wife. Death was considered to have resulted from heart disease.

Mr. H. de F. Montgomery, D.L., presided at a special meeting of Tyrone Agricultural Committee, when a resolution was received from the Cork Committee protesting against the continuance of the present detention order, whereby Irish cattle are kept at English ports for ten hours after landing. The resolution stated that it was the opinion of the committed that the order was injurious in its present form to the Irish live stock trade and to the interests of both feeders and consumers in every part of the United Kingdom. It achieved no object beyond resting, feeding, and inspection, which they submitted could be done easily and more humanely in at least three hours. The rigorous inspection on this side of the Channel had removed all source of risk in England on account of disease, as the results of twelve months' experience testify that Ireland was completely free from disease. The resolution was passed unanimously with the addition of the words "Scotland" and "Scotch" to the passages in which "England" and "English" occurred.




The pretty little parish church of Glencraig, Craigavad, was the scene of an interesting ceremony at noon on Wednesday, when in presence of a large congregation, Mr. Herbert Hall Hall, his Majesty's Consul-General in Portuguese West Africa, was married to Miss Lucy Emily Harriette Kennedy, youngest daughter of Sir Robert Kennedy, K.C.M.G., High Sheriff of County Down, and the Hon. Lady Kennedy. The interior of the handsome edifice was beautifully adorned with choice flowers of various hues, and the pathway from the private grounds adjoining to the church entrance was covered with crimson cloth. The marriage was solemnised by the Lord Bishop of Down and Connor and Dromore. (Right Rev. Dr. D'Arcy), assisted by the new rector of the parish, Rev. Geo. W. Capsey. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore white taffetas, with handsome Carrickmacross lace and full Court train of soft white satin garnished with rich brocade, and silver cord. She had tulle veil, surmounted with an orange blossom wreath, and her ornaments consisted of a diamond and pearl cross, an Irish pearl brooch, and diamond and pearl earrings. Her lovely bouquet consisted of white chrysanthemums, lily of the valley, and ferns. The bridesmaids were Miss Cobbe and her three sisters, and Mr. Algernon Richards, of Ealing, officiated as best man. At the conclusion of the solemn service, the Load Bishop delivered a brief address, and the bridal party afterwards left the church to the strains of the wedding in march, played on the organ by Mr. Thompson, the church organist. Outside a detachment of the Holywood Corps of the Boy Scouts, of which Sir Robert Kennedy is president, was drawn up in charge of Scoutmaster Robert Patterson, and as the happy couple proceeded through the lines large quantities of confetti were showered on them. Subsequently a reception was held by Sir Robert and Lady Kennedy at Cultra Manor, and at this Mr. and Mrs. Hall were the recipients of the heartiest congratulations of their friends. Owing to the war the function was of an informal character, only the immediate relatives being invited. Later in the day the newly-wedded pair left for a motor tour to the South of Ireland.



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The Witness - Friday, 15 October, 1915


LYTLE--DODD -- Oct. 9, at St. Peter's, Formby, by the Rev. J. Brooke Richardson, Joseph Lytle, of Dunbryan, Freshfield Road, Formby, to Edith Dodd, of 24, Warbreck Moor, Aintree.

M'BIRNEY--JOHNSTON -- Oct. 8, 1915, at Fountainville Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Thomas MacDermott, John M'Birney, M.P.S.I., M.R.C.V.S., Rathfriland, eldest son of Mr. Edward M'Birney, Kilkeel, to Aggie, youngest daughter of Mrs. Johnston, Mourne Vista, Rathfriland.

WOODSIDE--MOLYNEAUX -- Oct. 12, at Ballymena (by special licence), by the Rev. Alexander Cuthbert, M.A., David Woodside, Esq., Castle Rocklands, Carrickfergus, to Mary B., daughter of the late John Molyneaux, J.P., Benvista, Ballymena, formerly of Fisherwick, Doagh. -- At home after 13th December.


BOYD -- Oct. 12, 1915, at his residence, Bay Ridge, Carrickfergus, James Boyd, late Town Clerk of Carrickfergus. His remains were interred in North Road Cemetery, Carrickfergus, on October 14.

ARMSTRONG -- Oct. 8, at 19, Caulfield Terrace, Newry, Margaret (Principal of the Newry District Model Infant School), youngest child of the late John Armstrong, of Newry.

BARR -- Oct, 9, at 10, Mark Street, Portrush, Mary Anne, widow of the late Joseph Barr, aged 62 years.

BENNETT -- Oct. 10, in Dublin, Rev. J. Hamilton Bennet, Vicar of Templecorran, Kilroot.

BROADBENT -- Oct. 9, at Dublin, Samuel Arthur Broadbent, husband of Jessie Broadbent, Whitehead.

CRAIG -- Oct. 9, at Chatsworth, Chichester Park, William Reid, eldest son of William T. Craig.

CUMMING -- Oct. 9, at 259, Albertbridge Road, Belfast, John Cumming, Merchant Tailor.

CURRELL -- Oct 11, at Upper Balloo, Bangor, Lizzie Jordan, wife of John Currell, aged 44 years.

DARLEY -- Oct. 11, at 28, University Square, Emily Napier Darley, second daughter of the late Rev. William Shaw Darley.

DICKSON -- Oct. 10, at 173, Sandy Row, Agnes Ferris, wife of Robert Dickson.

GIBSON -- Oct. 6, at Edenderry, Portadown, Thomas Gibson, Merchant.

HENRY -- Oct. 11, at Co. Infirmary, Monaghan, Isabella, wife of Joseph M. Henry, Mullaghmore.

HYDE -- Oct. 8, at 137, West Street, Portadown, George Hyde, aged 69 years.

LITTLE -- Oct. 9, at 2, Erin View, Whitehead, John, husband of Margaret Lyttle.

MAIRS -- Oct. 7, at Crawfordsburn, Nellie, wife of Robert Mairs.

MOGEY -- Oct. 10, at 18, Madrid Street, Belfast, Captain R. P. Mogey, husband of Helen Mogey.

MONTGOMERY -- Oct. 11, at 14, Glynn Road, Larne, Thomas, son of the late Robert Montgomery.

MOLYNEUX -- Oct. 7, at Ballynadrenta, Crumlin, Thomas Molyneux.

M'ALLISTER -- Oct. 5, at Davys Street, Carrickfergus, Mary M'Allister.

M'BRIDE -- Oct. 11, at Kirkland, Toye, Hans M'Bride, in his 77th year.

M'ILWAINE -- At St. John's, Kilcoan, Islandmagee, Captain Robert T. M'Ilwaine.

M'INTYRE -- Oct. 12, at Ballytresna, Randalstown, Sarah, widow of the late Hugh M'Intyre.

ROBINSON -- Oct. 11, at Creevytenant, Ballynahinch, William J. Robinson.

SHANNAN -- Sept. 28, at The Studio, 36, Buccleuch Street, Glasgow, Archibald MacFarlane Shannan, A.P.S.A

WARNOCK -- Oct. 6, at Rubane, Kirkcubbin, Hugh Warnock.

WHARTON -- Oct. 12, Margaret, second daughter of the late Henry Wharton, 27, Ulsterville Avenue.

WRAY -- Oct. 8, at his residence, Rockfield, Castlefin, Wm. J. A. Wray, last surviving son of the late Rev. Wm. M'Clintock Wray, Buckna, Broughshane. Deeply regretted by his family.

WHITE -- Oct. 10, at The Banks, Ballyholme, Bangor, Margaret Frances White.

Killed in Action

SOMERVILLE -- Killed in action in France, on 9th October, Richard Newman Somerville, B.E., Trinity College, Dublin, Lieutenant 94th Field Company Royal Engineers, eldest son of R. N. Somerville, Osborne Park, Belfast, retired County Surveyor of Cavan, and grandson of the late Rev. J. D. Martin, Tullyallen, Co. Armagh, aged 28 years.



The death of Mr. Alexander Weir, aged sixty years, son of the late Mr. David Weir, of Straid, Gracehill, Ballymena, occurred at the General Hospital, Winnipeg, Canada, on the 22nd September, following an operation for appendicitis. He was employed as a constable in the Union Terminals since his arrival in Winnipeg two year's ago. Prior to leaving Belfast Mr. Weir was with Messrs. Inglis & Co. for many years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and three sons, one of whom is on active service. Mr. Weir was a member of Ravenhill Presbyterian Church, Belfast, and although not taking an active part in politics was a staunch Unionist.



The farm accounts for the half-year of Limavady Guardians show a profit of 194 8s 10d.

The death occurred on Saturday at Meigh, near Newry, of Mr. John Mallon, J.P., the famous ex-Dublin detective, who arrested the Phoenix Park murderers.

At Tuesday's meeting of Armagh Guardians the salary of Dr. Gray's successor as medical officer for Armagh dispensary was fixed at 150 per annum.

Mr. Ralph Staley, of the Derry Gaslight Company's Lecky Road Works, has received a temporary commission in the Royal Engineers, and leaves immediately for training at Chatham.

Three members of the Castlewellan R.I.C. establishment -- Constables Cooper, Corcoran, and Henaghan -- have volunteered for enlistment in the Irish Guards, in which so many of their comrades have fought valiantly.

At Monday's meeting of Armagh Asylum Board Dr. Lawless submitted his annual report on the state of the institution. The house continued to be overcrowded, there being sixty or seventy more than provided for.

Saturday last in Coleraine was observed as flower day, when a number of young ladies carried out a street sale of "buttonholes," the proceeds being in aid of the Cripples' Institute. A substantial sum was realised.

On the 7th inst. an Italian Flag Day, organised by Mrs. Robertson, Derrybrook Cottage, was held in Dungannon, in aid of the Italian soldiers' and sailors' families in the United Kingdom and of the Italian Red Cross, and a substantial sum realised.

At Tuesday's meeting of Hillsborough Rural Council the County Surveyor estimated the expenditure on roads for the year ending 31st March, 1917, at 10,000, as compared with 9,250 for the previous year. The limit of expenditure was 10,462 11s 8d.

Joseph Graham, Lisconduff, who fell from a tree at the Rectory, Aughnacloy, on Friday last, and was impaled on the sharp stump of a thorn, has succumbed to his terrible injuries. Deep sympathy is felt in the district with his brother, Sergeant Graham, and family.

The Board of Nomination for the parish of Ballyculter and Kilclief met, and appointed the Rev. Wm. Burton Leslie Smith. M.A. incumbent in succession to the Rev. Geo. W. Capsey, M.A. Mr. Smith is a son of the late Canon George Smith, M.A., rector of Comber.

At a special meeting of the Finance Committee of the Tyrone County Council an application of the assistant county surveyors, numbering nine altogether, for an increase of salary came up for consideration. The committee decided to recommend that an increase be granted the assistant surveyors.

For the opening meeting of the Holywood Temperance Society, in the Parochial Hall, the Rev. Canon Moore, M.A., presided over a splendid programme supplied as follows -- Mrs. Gillespie, pianoforte solo; Miss Laurie, violin solo; Miss Olive Boileau and Mr. Coleman, songs; and Mum Frances Munce, recitation.

On Tuesday morning Wm. Kelly, a well-known resident of Drummurn, Kilhoyle, was found dead on the roadside not far from his cottage, where he lived alone. The deceased, who was an old-age pensioner, was in Limavady fair on Monday, apparently in his usual health, and left towards the evening to go home.

The following have passed the preliminary examination of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland -- Ellen Josephine Wright, Portadown, and James Nolan, Carrickmacross; passed with honours. The following also passed -- Annie Evelyn M'Elwaine, Bailieboro', and James Meredith Whitla Wright, Monaghan. Nine candidates were rejected.

Miss Myra Kerr, daughter of Mr. James Kerr, Market Street, Omagh, has received an appointment on the staff of Queen Alexandra's Imperial Nursing Reserves, and has been notified to take up duties at Devonport Military Hospital, preparatory to being sent abroad. She received her training at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.

A sad drowning accident occurred at Londonderry quay late on Monday night, the victim being J. Hammett, mate on a trawler lying outside the graving dock. Hammett, who was about forty years of age, returned to his vessel about eleven o'clock, and when stopping aboard missed his footing and fell into the river. His wife resides at Buncrana.

A distressing accident occurred in the neighbourhood of Limavady on Monday evening, resulting in the death of the five-year-old son of John Gregg, landsteward to Mr. Maurice M. M'Causland, J.P., Drenagh. The child was playing with his sister about a huge iron gate, when it got unhinged and fell on him, causing an extensive fracture of the skull.

At the meeting of Strabane Board of Guardians the Master read an account for candles supplied to the institution, and a member asked what these were required for. The Master said that some of the old women in the house would not go to sleep in the dark. They must have candles in their rooms, as they were afraid of the ghosts. (Laughter.) The account was passed.

The Lurgan Board of Guardians were specially summoned last week to consider an application from their analyst, Mr. Robert F. Blake, for an increase to his salary of 10. The Clerk, in reply to inquiries, said that the analyist had been appointed at 10 a year, which had been subsequently increased to 15. It was decided to grant an increase of 5 per annum.

A shooting accident of a serious nature occurred at Gowart, about two miles from Middletown, Co. Armagh, on Monday evening, a farmer and stonemason, named James M'Nally, being accidentally shot by a neighbour. Several pellets of shot lodged in his face and neck, and his injuries were such as to necessitate his removal to the County Infirmary at Monaghan for treatment.

News has been received of the death of Mr. Bernard Fitzsimons, a native of Killough, County Down, who was killed in a motor accident at Beverley, U.S.A., last week. The deceased, who was only twenty-nine years of age, was vice-president of the County Down Association, and a prominent Irishman in the States. Much sympathy is felt with his relatives and fiancee, who is a County Down lady.

The death took place in the Fermanagh County Hospital on Saturday, after a painful illness, of Mr. John Irwin, well-known in the Ulster Volunteer Force and in Orange circles in South Tyrone. He was the only son ot Mr. Crawford Irwin, of Kell, Fivemiletown, and was leader of Tempany Section, U.V.F., and a member of Fivemiletown (Lendrums) True Blues L.O.L. 1643 and of Fivemiletown Link and Chain R.B.P. 242.

Addressing the Grand Jury at Letterkenny Crown Sessions, his Honour Judge Cookie said there was only one case to go before them, and it arose out of intemperance. There was ample means now for stopping that, for if the competent military authorities and the Government so chose they could see to it that there would be no more whisky supplied in this country than was absolutely necessary for the people.

A meeting of farmers was held in Armagh to protest against the removal of Mr. Hugh P. M'Gettigan, flax instructor, from the district to County Monaghan. A resolution was passed stating that "the removal of such an experienced expert will at this time do a very serious injury." Messrs. John M'Mahon, H. W. Stewart, Thomas M'Laughlin, J.P.; Jas. Wilkins, J.P.; Bernard O'Neill, J.P.; Alex. Wright, and D. P. Martin were appointed as a deputation to go to the Department in support of this resolution.

"The Tragic Tale of French Protestantism" was the title of a lecture which Rev. W. G. Wimperis delivered in Cookstown Methodist Church on Monday evening. There was a crowded audience, which followed the lecturer with deep interest as he recounted the experiences of the Huguenots in France, the effect of their exile on the industrial and intellectual life of the country, and the impetus they gave to manufactures in countries where they got an asylum, particularly in Ulster, as well as the part they played under Schomberg at the Boyne in revenging their sufferings.

The annual meeting of the Mid-Tyrone Voluntary Aid Detachment was held in the lecture hall of First Omagh Presbyterian Church on the 6th inst., when it was reported that during the year there were seven home nursing classes, Miss Walker conducting one in Fintona, while Dr. Warnock gave the lectures to a class in which the people of Dromore and Trillick combined forces, and Miss Hamilton did the practical work. Ninety-five went in for the examination in home nursing and ninety-two passed.

The death took place on Saturday evening at his residence, Ardmaine, Newry, of the Most Rev. Dr. Henry O'Neill, Roman Catholic Bishop of Down.

Rev. E. W. Young, B.A., has accepted a hearty and unanimous invitation to succeed Rev. Pierce Martin as superintendent of the Lisburn Methodist Circuit in June, 1917.

At the quarterly meeting of the Castlederg Rural Council, the County Surveyor stated in his report that he was afraid their road work was going to suffer this year owing to the scarcity of labour.

Mr. J. Milne Barbour, D.L., has forwarded to the chairman of the Lisburn Technical School Committee (Mr. Thomas Sinclair) a cheque for 50 towards the provision of additional branches, which the committee are anxious to set up.

On Friday the two farms of the late Mr. James Beattie, situated in the townland of Carrickrovaddy, near Newry, and containing respectively 41 acres 2 roods and 15 perches and 10 acres 3 roods and 30 perches, were disposed of at a public auction for 1,400.

A public meeting was held on Friday in Stewartstown in support of the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. The chair was taken by Mrs. Kennedy, Mullentean. It was decided that a flag day be held on the fair day in Stewartstown.

A delightful musical, entertainment was given in the Town Hall, Coleraine, on Friday evening by the choir of the Cripples' Institute, Belfast. Sir William J. Baxter, D.L., presided. The choir was under the leadership of Mr. G. Howe, and the various selections were immensely enjoyed.

At the meeting of the Clogher Rural Council on Saturday, Mr. Frank M'Carroll (N.) was unanimously co-opted, on the motion of Mr. P. Magee (N.), seconded by Mr. James M'Laren, J.P. (U.), a member of the Council (which is Unionist), in succession to Mr. Francis Meenin, deceased.

At St. Peter's, Musselburgh, on Thursday, the marriage took place of Commander B. W. Lothian Nicholson, R.N., son of the late General Sir Lothian Nicholson and the Hon. Lady Nicholson, of Ockley, Surrey, to Miss Evelyn Douglas Montague Browne, youngest daughter of General and Mrs. Montague Browne, of St. John's Point, County Down.

On Saturday at Londonderry Board of Guardians' meeting, Mr. Alex. L. Perry, brother of the late Clerk, was appointed temporary Clerk, and a sub-committee of three members was appointed to confer with three members from each of the Nos. 1 and 2 District Councils with a view to fixing the salaries to be paid their late Clerk's successor.

A splendid rifle (twenty-five yards) range was opened on Saturday by Mr. T. F. Cooke. D.L., for the use of the newly-formed Carrigans (Derry) Miniature Rifle Club, of which he is the president, Mr. Robert Rankin (captain), Mr. R. Mackey (hon. treasurer), and Mr. J. Rankin (hon. secretary). The range has been erected on a site generously provided by Mr. Cooke.

Preaching on Sabbath in Lurgan Parish Church on the occasion of the annual harvest thanksgiving festival, the Lord Bishop of Down and Connor and Dromore referred to tho noble response of the manhood of Lurgan to the call to arms. He understood, he said, that the number of men from that parish who were serving with the Army totalled 1,100 -- a truly magnificent record.

The Local Government Board forwarded for the consideration of the Castlederg Rural Council on Friday the report of their Medical Inspector, Dr. Stephenson, on inquiries made by him in connection with the recent outbreak of scarlet fever in the district. He stated that the spread of infection appeared to have been caused by persons who, while suffering from mild forms of the disease, visited dwelling-houses and exposed themselves in public places.

At Sixmilecross on Friday several persons were fined 6d and costs each for having exposed sheep for sale at the local fair on the 20th ult. without producing a declaration that they had been dipped. Several of the magistrates expressed the opinion that there was not a sufficient period allowed between the dates for dipping, which was most detrimental to the animals, especially lambs. The Chairman (Captain Gossolin, R.M.) said that was a matter for the County Council.

The concert which was held in Bessbrook this week in aid of the Red Cross funds resulted in the realisation of a sum of 25 2s 6d. The entertainment was promoted by Mrs. J. N. Richardson, who defrayed all expenses in connection with it. The programme included selections by a ladies' band of instrumentalists under the direction of the Misses Mather (Edinburgh), and vocal contributions by Miss Agnes Thomson (contralto) and Mr. Walter Alderdice (tenor).

The October fair day in Keady was a day of generous response to the appeal of the Red Cross Society. From early morning the lady collectors worked assiduously, and few were seen in the busy streets who were not displaying a miniature flag of one of the Allies. The success of the undertaking was largely due to the efforts put forth by Mrs. Wallace, Annvale House, and Miss M'Kean, Millmount House, aided by a hard-working committee. Over 40 was collected.

An impressive Masonic service took place on Sabbath afternoon at First Larne Presbyterian Church. A special train from Belfast conveyed a large number of brethren from the city and from Carrickfergus and Whitehead, and members also attended from the surrounding district. The preacher was Br. the Rev. J. Lyle Donaghy, who gave an appropriate discourse. The Masonic collection was on behalf of Masonic charities, and the public collection was in aid of the local Ambulance Corps.

At Londonderry No. 1 District Council meeting on Saturday it was reported that the accounts in respect of road expenditure in the district for the current year stood at the present time as follows:-- liabilities, 8,029 11s 8d; less amount for sudden damage orders, 68 3s 6d; sums deferred from previous year for unfinished works, 214 17s 8d; net total liabilities, 7,746 10s 6d; limit of expenditure, 7,360; representing an excess over the limit of 386 10s 6d.

At Omagh Board of Guardians' meeting the Cleric stated that the debit balance against the Guardians in October was steadily rising each year. In October, 1911, it was 198 18s; 1912, 528 8s 11d; 1913, 506 2s 1d; 1914, 748 2s 3d; 1915, 908 19s 6d. He stated that the military authorities had not yet paid the 150 paid by the Guardians for the alterations to the Workhouse with a view to its being occupied by troops, and he was directed to write to the authorities about the matter.

Owing to the favourable weather conditions during the past week, a very large fleet of the Donegal fishing boats were engaged. At Downings the supplies of herrings during the week have been larger than have been experienced at this season for a number of years. On Tuesday and Wednesday all records were broken, and a large number of takes averaged as high as sixty crans. The herrings were of mixed quality, and prices have beep much lower than on the previous week.

We regret to announce the death of the Rev. J. Hamilton Bennett, vicar of Templecorran and Kilroot, who passed away in Dublin on Sabbath, after a very brief illness. A fortnight ago, while driving to Whitehead to conduct a service there, Mr. Bennett's carriage was overturned, and he sustained injuries of a very painful though not serious character. Early last week he went to Dublin, and while in that city he had an attack of pneumonia, from which he died on Sabbath.

The annual meeting of the Rathfriland District L.O.L. No. 3 was held on the evening of the 8th inst., when the election of officers resulted as follows -- District Master, Br. J. J. Hall (re-elected); D.D.M. Br. John Mawhinney; District Chaplain, Br. Rev. J. A. O. Richardson, B.A.; District Secretary, Br. David Strain, Lake View, Lacken, Ballyroney, Banbridge; District Treasurer. Br. R. J. Davis; committee, Br. John Bradford (chairman), Brs. Joseph Stewart, John Stewart, Thomas Magiffin, and S. M'Ilroy.

An inquest was held at Ballymacvea, near Kells, Ballymena, on the 6th inst, touching the death of Alexander Stewart, farmer and widower, aged about sixty-eight years. Jas. Ingram, blacksmith, Connor, deposed that deceased came in with a young horse, which witness shod, and Stewart then left the forge, leading the horse. Alexander M'Cluney stated that he subsequently saw Stewart lying face downwards on the road, which bore marks as if he had been dragged some distance by the horse. Dr. Torrens, Connor, said that in his opinion death was due to haemorrhage of the brain, following a fracture of the base of the skull. The jury found a verdict accordingly.



Rev. J. Gilbert Paton, M.A., B.D., Coleraine, has just returned from service with the Y.M.C.A. at the headquarters of the British Expeditionary Force in France. In his own church at Terrace Row, Coleraine, on Sabbath evening united service (Presbyterian) the rev. gentleman's references to the condition and prospects of the forces in France and Flanders were couched in the spirit of optimism. He said their experiences had given them new views of life, and service. There was an evident pride in the idea of seif-sacrifice, a total disregard of class or sectarian-distinctions, and a new or intensified attachment to home and motherland, which ought to be reflected by the people of Britain and Ireland, for whose protection those heroes -- their country's best and noblest -- were sacrificing comfort and risking life. The spirit of the men serving abroad was one of the most promising elements in the Empire's future prospects; but the people at home must bear their due share of the sacrifices and encourage their defenders by every means at their disposal.



The War Office have informed the relatives of Lieut. R. N. Somerville, of the 94th Field Co. Royal Engineers, that he was killed in action in France on Saturday, 9th inst. Lieut. Somerville at the outbreak of the war applied for a commission in the Royal Engineers, and was sent to the front about three months ago. He was the eldest son of Mr. R. N. Somerville, late County Surveyor of Cavan, and now residing at Osborne Park, Belfast, and a grandson of the late Rev. J. D. Martin, Tullyallen, Co. Armagh. He was educated at the Royal School, Cavan, and was a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, obtaining his degrees with high distinction. During his University career he was an active member of the Officers' Training Corps of the University. Since the commencement of the war four grandsons of the late Rev. J. D. Martin obtained commissions -- Captain J. D. M'Callum, of the Ulster Division, only son of the late Mr. John M'Callum, secretary of the National Board; Lieut. J. S. Martin, 5th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, only son of Mr. R. T. Martin, Belfast, who fell on the 9th May last at the battle of Frommelles; the above-mentioned Lieut. Somerville, and his brother, Lieut. W. J. Somerville, 75th Field Company Royal Engineers, who for several months past has been serving in Gallipoli, who is at present invalided home, but who, we are glad to say, has recovered, and is fit again for active service.



Miss E. J. Wright, Obin Street, Portadown, deserves congratulations on obtaining first place in Ireland (with honours) and Gold Medal at Pharmaceutical Prelim. Exam. She was coached at University College (Cherry's), at which Institution no failures for over Two Years at Matric. (Q.C.B.), T.C.D,, Surgeons, or any other Exam. Mr. J. Cherry, M.A., University College, 35, Wellington Place, Belfast, equally deserves our highest commendation for his very successful work.


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The Witness - Friday, 22 October, 1915


HANSE--KEVIN -- Oct. 8, 1915, at the Methodist Church, Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone, by Rev. Pierce Martin, Lisburn, assisted by Revs. Thomas Moore, Aughnacloy; C. K. Kevin, Bagnalstown (brother of the bride); Robert Corkey, M.A., Ph.D., Monaghan; S. F. Stuart, B.A., Ballyjamesduff; and F. J. Marshall, M.A., LL.B., Aughnacloy, Samuel Hanse, of Paterson, N.J., U.S.A., youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hansa, of Aughaderry, Aughnacloy, to Helen Mary K., only daughter of the late Rev. H. N. Kevin, and of Mrs. Kevin, Aughnacloy. No cards.

LINDSAY--LOVE -- Aug. 28, 1915, at St. Andrew's Church, Strathalbyn, by the father of the bride, William, son of the late James Lindsay, Glasgow, to Margaret Georgina, daughter of the Rev. G. C. Love, Strathalbyn.

REID--DUFF -- Oct. 12, 1915, at the Presbyterian Church, Ballygawley, by the Rev. Richard Park, B.A., Ballygawley, assisted by the Rev. Archibald Duff, Pettigo and Irvinestown (brother of the bride), Andrew Reid (Cravney Scotch), Ballygawley, to Sara, younger daughter of William Robert Duff, Killymorgan, Ballygawley.

SLOAN--WHITE -- October 6, at Kilkeel Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Alfred Eadie, assisted by the Revs. Isaac Sloan and S. J. M'Ivor, the Rev. Richard J. Sloan, Kilkinamurry, to Agnes Elizabeth, elder daughter of the late Rev. Robert White, Kilkeel, and Mrs. White, Cromlech House, Kilkeel. At home, Kilkinamurry Manse, 24th and 25th November.

STUART--STEWART -- October 6, at Stewartstown Presbyterian Church, by Rev. J. A. Donaldson, B.A., assisted by Rev. S. Fleming Stuart, Rev. T. C. Stuart and Rev. Alex. Stuart (brothers of the bridegroom), Rev. H. C. Stuart, Donaghmore, County Down, son of the late Rev. J. C. Stuart and of Mrs. Stuart, 54, Brookvale Avenue, Belfast, to Esther (Essie), daughter of the late William Stewart, Templereagh, Stewartstown. At home, The Manse, Donaghmore, Newry, November 23rd and 24th.

Golden Wedding

EDWARDS--HAMILTON -- October 19, 1865, at Burt Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. H. P. Charleton, John Edwards, Drumgowan, Burt, to Charlotte Elizabeth Hamilton, laughter of the late A. Hamilton, M.D., Londonderry.


MARTIN -- Oct. 20, at College House, College Green, Belfast, the Rev. Professor William Todd Martin, D.D., D.Lit., aged 78 years. Funeral to the City Cemetery on Saturday, 23rd inst., after service at twelve noon in the chapel of the Assembly's College.

ADAIR -- Oct. 20, at 89, Cavehill Road, Belfast, Jeanie, daughter of Samuel Adair.

BLAIR -- Oct. 13, at The Drift, Jordanstown, Co. Antrim, Agnes Gordon, daughter of John C. Blair.

CAMPBELL -- Oct. 17, at 7, Carlton Street, Mountpottinger, Mary, wife of Peter Campbell.

COOKE -- Oct. 19, at 21, Cavehill Road, Belfast, Agnes, widow of the late Robert Shaw Cooke, Architect, Belfast and Australia.

CRICHTON -- Oct. 13, at Hibernia Street, Holywood, Charles Crichton, in his 79th year.

FLEMING -- Oct. 19, at Lisdivin, Dunadry, Rev. H.M. Fleming, aged 78 years, Senior Minister United Free Church, Cullybackey.

FULTON -- Oct. 16, 1915, at his residence, Arlington, Windsor Avenue, John Fulton, in his 83rd year.

JAMES -- Oct. 13, at Yew Villa, Newtownards, Eleanor, widow of David Jamison, M.D.

KENNEDY -- October 19, at his residence, Limnahavory, Ahoghill, age 79. Interred in the family burying-ground, Ahoghill, on Thursday, 21st October.

KER -- Oct. 13, at Rock Cottage, Quinton, County Down, Rivers Ker, son of the late Richard Ker.

MARR -- Oct. 18, at 9, Princetown Avenue, Bangor, Co. Down, John Reginald (Reggie), eldest son of John Mark.

MAWHINNEY -- At Balmoral House, Newtownards Road, Bangor, Samuel Mawhinney, late of Central Hotel.

MINISS -- Oct. 12, at The Bungalow, Dromore, Co. Down, Edmond Miniss.

MOORE -- Oct. 18, at Pentonville, Armagh, Eliza Moore, aged 86.

MULHOLLAND -- Oct. 19, at Drumhirk, Newtownards, Cornelius Mulholland, in his 96th year.

M'CONNELL -- Oct. 14 at 23, Thorndale Avenue, Larne, Thomas Allan, infant child of Walter M'Connell.

M'KINLAY -- Oct. 19, at Rostrevor, Jane, widow of the late Thomas M'Kinlay, Armagh.

M'MURRAY -- Oct. 13, at Rathgael, Bangor, Charlotte Elizabeth Moag, wife of Samuel C. M'Murray.

M'NINCH -- Oct. 19, at the Infirmary, Antrim, James, eldest son of James M'Ninch, Fourmileburn.

PAISLEY -- Oct. 16, Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Paisley, 3, Upper Court Street, Newtownards.

PATTERSON -- Oct. 16, at 2, Wellesley Avenue, William Patterson.

ROBERTSON -- Oct. 16, at West Park, Glasnevin, Mary, widow of the late Rev. Charles Robertson, Wesleyan Methodist Minister, in her 78th year.

SHANNON -- Oct. 15, at Claughinduff, Templepatrick, Hannah Courtney, widow of the late William Shannon, in her 91st year.

STEELE -- Oct. 15, in Royal Victoria Hospital, William, husband of Agnes Steele.

STRAHAM -- Oct. 14, at 6, Fortwilliam Terrace, Antrim Road, Eliza Jane Straham, eldest daughter of the late Thomas Straham, Connor, Ballymena.

SWANSTON -- Oct. 20, at 4A, Cliftonville Avenue, Belfast, Isabella, wife of William Swanston.

TODD -- Oct. 17, at Mayville, Balmoral Avenue, Mary, relict of Alex. Todd, late of Suffolk, Dunmurry.



The announcement of the death of this clergyman, which took place after a short illness at his residence, Lisdivin, Dunadry, on Tuesday, will be received with deep regret, by a wide circle of friends, especially in Cullybackey and district, where he spent the greater part of a long and faithful ministry. The deceased, seventy-eight years ago, received his early education under the late Dr. Bryce at the Belfast Royal Academy when that institution was situated in Academy Street, off Donegall Street. He afterwards proceeded to Edinburgh, where he had a successful university career. On the completion of his theological course, Mr. Fleming was ordained to the pastoral charge of the United Free Church at Steepinshay, Orkney Islands, and five years later he was installed as minister of the United Free Church, Cullybackey, in his native county. Here he laboured with great zeal and acceptance for over thirty-two years, and toady as the best of neighbours the late Rev. Dr. Buick, who was called upon to fill the position of Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland; and the late Rev. J. C. Moody, of the Reformed Presbyterian faith. At Cullybackey he was privileged to do a great work in the interests of religion, and one of the monuments of his energy there is the present handsome and commodious church. About eight years ago he retired from the ministry and went to reside at Dunadry. He is survived by two sons and two daughters, his wife having predeceased him, and with them much sympathy will be felt in their bereavement. The funeral took place yesterday, the place of interment being the family burying-ground at Cullybackey.


Local and Provincial

Alex Robinson, aged about three years, whose parents reside in Castle Street, Bangor, was killed on Saturday afternoon by being knocked down by a motor car.

At Saturday's meeting of Coleraine Guardians the Master (Mr. Jas. M'Lemon) reported a profit of 159 12s 2d on the work-house farm for the past half-year.

On Sunday, at morning service in Christ Church, Londonderry, a beautiful memorial was dedicated to the late Dean Potter, for many years the rector of Christ Church.

Londonderry has been enabled to contribute a very substantial amount to the Russian Flag Day Fund, a net sum of 317 13s 6d having been raised for this object.

Rev. F. W. Welbon is recuperating at Milford, County Donegal, before returning to the Gallipoli Peninsula, from which he was invalided through illness some time ago.

On Saturday afternoon last a sale of work in aid of Red Cross Funds and home produce was held in the Downshire Hall, kindly lent for the occasion by Mr. E. Sclater, J.P.

At Saturday's meeting of Coleraine Rural Council a committee was appointed to confer with the County Surveyor (Mr. C. L. Boddie) with a view to curtailing the expenditure on roads during next year.

At Saturday's meeting of Tyrone and Fermanagh Asylum Committee -- Mr. Patrick M'Menamin, J.P., chairman, presiding -- it was decided to sell twenty tons of hay to the Army authorities at 4 10s per ton.

At a meeting of the Donegal County Council Mr. Michael Devine, J.P., was appointed a member of the County Donegal Joint Technical Instruction Committee in the room of the late Mr. George Magee, J.P.

Mr. Thomas Crozier, of Ballinamallard, County Fermanagh, retired merchant, who died on the 28th April last, left personal estate valued at 5,647 8s 1d, of which 79 1s 3d is in England. The bequests are of a private nature.

The worst fire that has ever occurred in the history of the town of Monaghan broke out at the corn mills, steam saw mills, and huge stores of Mr. David Patton, Dawson Street, on Saturday morning. The damage is estimated at 20,000.

Tuesday was flag day in Armagh, and being market day the young ladies who had charge of the arrangements did a very brisk trade. The proceeds will be devoted to the British Red Cross and St. John Ambulance Association.

On Saturday afternoon a very successful jumble sale to provide comforts for our wounded soldiers and sailors was held in the Courthouse, Dungannon, organised by Mrs. Darragh, The Villa; Mrs. Neill, Edgehill; and Miss Barcroft, Stangmore.

Nurse Browne, one of the charge nurses in Tyrone County Hospital, has received the important appointment of chief surgical nurse in the Belgian Field Hospital, of which Dr. Thompson is the commandant, and has left Omagh to undertake her new duties.

On Friday afternoon Mr. J. O. Hamilton, solicitor, Dungannon, was motor-cycling to Aughnacloy when the machine skidded at Greystone and he was thrown violently to the ground. He was rendered unconscious, and received severe injuries to his head and face.

On Saturday at Limavady, Thomas M'Leod, head gardener in the employment of Mr. R. W. Alcorn, fell from a tree a distance of about thirty feet. Striking the lower branches, he sustained serious internal injuries, and is now in a rather precarious condition.

For obtaining an old-age pension by false representations, in particular not disclosing a sum of 100 in the joint names of himself and his wife, John Orr, of Loam, was on Tuesday fined 5s, the 1s a week extra which he had received since the date of receiving the pension to be refunded.

Rev. R. H. Spence, formerly of Lisburn and Belfast, who has been ill for some time, has returned from Malta to duty with his divison at the Dardanelles. During his brief convalescence Mr. Spence conducted the services on two successive Sunday evenings at the Floriana Wesley Church, Valetta.

At a meeting last week it was unanimously resolved to ask the Earl of Kilmorey to accept the presidency of Newry Agricultural Society, in succession to the late Earl, who, like the present Earl, always evinced a deep interest in its welfare, and presented valuable cups for competition at the various shows.

At the meeting of Kilkeel Board of Guardians last weak it was reported that the expenditure in connection with the various dispensaries of the Union for the half-year ended the 30th September last was as follows -- Kilkeel (numbers 1 and 2), 162 19s 6d; Rostrevor, 98 13s 9d; and Bryansford, 98 13s 9d.

An accident occurred on the Strabane and Letterkenny Railway on Saturday. There was a special train at 11-25 from Raphoe to Londonderry, and attached to it were a number of cattle waggons, five or six of which overturned. The cause of the accident has not been discovered, but very slight damage was done to the cattle.

All concerned are to be congratulated on the splendid revival of the flax market in Londonderry on Monday. Thirty loads were offered, prices ranging from 7 15s per cwt. to 9 15s, the latter figure having been obtained by Mr. F. T. Alexander, of Imlick. There was a large attendance of buyers, and the entire lot was bought up in an hour.

At the annual meeting of the Ballymena Branch of the Orange and Protestant Friendly Society, the election resulted as follows -- President, Mr. Alexander Ballentine (re-elected); deputy president, Mr. John Wilson; secretary, Mr. Hugh Ballentine; committee, Messrs. William Francey, Thos. Coulter, Joseph Nixon, and Wm. Pherson.

At Saturday's meeting of Londonderry County Council a deputation of the inhabitants of Kilrea requested that the electric wires and poles used by Mr. W. J. Bolton for the lighting of the town be removed, and that permission be granted to Mr. Robt. Peden to erect the necessary wires, fittings, and plant for the lighting. The Council decided to ask for a report from the county surveyor.

On Monday last the farm of land known as Fort Hill, Magheratimpany, containing 47a. 2r. 0p, statute measure, owned by Mr. D. Campbell, was put up for sale. The bidding, which was very keen, started at 1,000, and quickly ran up to 1,715, at which price Mr. Samuel Neill, of Ballymaglave, was declared the purchaser. This price easily constitutes a record for a farm of this size in the district.

The Department of Agriculture, having received an application to alter the period during which it shall not be lawful to dredge for, take, or have in possession any foreign oysters in Carlingford Lough, has made arrangements for a meeting of the persons possessed of or interested in the oyster fisheries of the lough, to be held in the Courthouse, Newry, in the last week of November, to inquire into the application.

Two farms of land, situated at Lisduff, near Newry, the property of the late Mr. John Studdart -- one containing twenty-eight acres, held subject to a tithe rent charge of 8s 9d pear annum, and the other, containing twenty acres, held at the annual judicial rent of 16 15s -- have been disposed of by public auction for 1,300 and 605, respectively. The farms are about 2½ miles from Newry, on the main road from Newry to Belfast.

At a meeting of the council of the Clydesdale Horse Society, held in Glasgow, Messrs. Wm. Chambers, jun., Prolusk, Straid P.O., Bushmills, and James Smith, Crevamery, Broughshane, County Antrim, were elected members. It was also agreed to offer a gold medal at the County Antrim Agricultural Show in Ballymena in 1916 for the best Clydesdale in the field, male or female, registered in the Clydesdale stud-book, and the bona-fide property of a County Antrim farmer.

At the eighth annual meeting of Rostrevor Men's Club, Mr. R. Sinton (treasurer) read the statement of accounts, which commenced last year with a deficit balance as against a credit balance of 3 4s 3d for this year. The committee for the incoming year was elected as follows -- Messrs. D. C. Sinton, J. M'Ilroy, D. Mahood, W. Lyons, J. Purdy, R. S. Glenny, J. Irwin, and G. Wilson; trustees. Rev. T. W. B. Drury and Rev. J. L. Rentoul, ex-officio members, Rev. T. W. E. Drury was re-elected chairman for the coming years.


Belfast and the War

Our Lord Mayor (Sir Crawford M'Cullagh) has reflected credit on the city by the magnificent manner in which he has fulfilled the duties of the Chief Magistracy in a period of great difficulty and stress. It is comparatively easy to command a ship in a calm sea, but it is a trying task to guide it in a storm. It has been Sir Crawford M'Cullagh's lot to have charge of the ship of our local State during the entire period of the war, a troublous and exciting period, and he has done it well. He has been always at his post, always knowing the right thing to do and doing it, and he has always been urbane and courteous, never fused or flurried; always as if he had been to the manner and the life born, and not called up at a moment's notice to undertake exceptional duties and responsibilities at an exceptional time. What is peculiarly characteristic of our Lord Mayor is that he is always ready and always willing, that the more he seems to have to do the better he is able to do it; to do it without hesitating or grumbling, to do it with that tact and completeness and to everybody's satisfaction. No doubt he has an invaluable help in Mr. Fred Moneypenny, M.V.O., the City Chamberlain, but if he had not been "all there" and always, there, himself, he could not have accomplished all he has done with the success that has attended his efforts.

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If Belfast is proud of him he is proud of Belfast, and he never gave better proof of that than in the fine article he has contributed this week to "T.P.'s Great Deeds of the Great War," a weekly journal which the great "T.P." produces in conjunction with the "Daily Telegraph," and which is a mine of readable and interesting information on the great matter of the war. It is a splendid record of splendid deeds. We all feel and know in a general way that Belfast had done nobly in connection with the war, both on its militant and its benevolent and philanthropic sides, but until they were so carefully tabulated and so interestingly presented by the Lord Mayor I did not personally realise or appreciate them as I do after perusing this full record of great deeds done by the city. Here they are summarised and chrystallised -- over 26,000 recruits to Lord Kitchener's Army; over 100,000 to relief funds, half of which was for the Prince of Wales' National Relief Fund, the parent of many other equally benevolent and patriotic undertakings; a complete new hospital (266 beds), with surgical and nursing staff; twenty-four motor ambulances, fully equipped; and 50,000 hand grenades weekly in addition.

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The main items in this list belong to what may be termed the humanity and philanthropy which the war evoked. There is no toll taken of the work of our thousands, might say tens of thousands, of men in our great shipyards and engineworks, and the men and women in many of our factories. According to the lord Mayor's statistics of 74,252 male persons of military age 50 per cent, have been engaged as recruits or munition workers. His lordship, I am sure, is not wide of the mark in saying that 20,000 are engaged in munition works, and this, with the 26,000 on their way to the front or at it, is more than half, leaving less than 30,000 to be accounted for. And I am sure many of these will give a good account of themselves, and soon.

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The first big recruiting boom began on Sept. 4 last year. And there was a marching and measuring of men for days after that. Immediately following Sir Edward Carson's announcement of the formation of the Ulster-Brigade, in fact, the very next morning, came the first batch of Ulster Volunteers, headed by their captain, now Colonel Craig, 1,200 strong from the North Division. Then followed successive batches of a thousand each, and in a few days the thousands mounted up till ten thousand were reached, and it kept on mounting. In addition to a complete division, Ulster has contributed five battalions each to two other divisions -- namely, the 10th and 16th Divisions, including four battalions of Inniskillings, four of Irish Fusiliers, and two Royal Irish Rifles, all of which have earned their share of glory and paid their toll of gore.

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His lordship details the origin and success of the Prince of Wales' Fund of 50,000, which was the outcome of a public meeting which he had convened in reply to a requisition; and of the funds that followed. the Ulster Volunteer Force Hospital Fund 14.417, the Belgian Refugees' Fund 9,250, the Motor Ambulance Fund 9,360, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Help Society 5,055, and a number of other funds aggregating 15,000. Chrysanthemum Day, the last and crowning day, up to the present yielding 4,000 -- and I believe it is still increasing.

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His lordship also explains the course of proceeding in connection with the munitions side of the work that is now proceeding so satisfactorily; the work done by our various hospitals not only in connection with the wounded treated, but in the stream of supplies to Red Cross Hospitals in England and France, in Malta, Alexandria, &c. He then recounts what our women have done, and they have done much (and I may say especially the Lady Mayoress has done much), including Queen Mary's Needlework Guild, the Ulster Women's Gift Fund for Soldiers and Sailors, and in various other ways, among which should not be forgotten their services as ambassadoresses of philanthropy on the various selling and collecting "Days" of the year. Privately and publicly they worked like the true humanitarians and heroines they are. There is also the Ulster Central Committees on Women's Employment, of which the Dowager Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava was head, but it had not much to do in the city, where unemployment for women or men is less than in most other places of the same extent in the kingdom. His lordship also gave details as to the fine hospital maintained and equipped by the Ulster Volunteers, to which reference is made above.

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If Belfast and Ulster did their share of duty they have also earned a fair share of honour, as represented by five Victoria Crosses, four C.M.G.'s, four C.B.'s, twenty-four D.S.O.'s, thirty-two Military Crosses, two D.S.S.'s (Navy), two D.S.O.'s (Navy). This is a good record, and shows that we sent not only men in numbers, but men of merit to the front. And I am sure that the honours that have been received are only earnests of what will follow. In addition many Distinguished Conduct Medals have been received by the Ulstermen, and over one hundred of the rank and file have been raised to commission rank.

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This is a running summary or what the Lord Mayor so proudly tells. While thanking the Lord Mayor for his well-told tale, and congratulating the city on its Lord Mayor and on what it has done for the nation in this crisis, I will conclude with the Lord Mayor's own words --

"I hope it will not be imagined that these of observations are made in any spirit of boastfulness or from other unworthy motive. They are intended simply as statements of fact. It was "up to us," as the most populous and leading industrial city in Ireland, to set an example to the rest of the country that would be worthy of imitation. It is not, I hope, immodest to suggest that the figures quoted indicate that we have set up a tolerably good standard.

"The all-absorbing concern, of our people is to aid to the utmost of their power every effort of the Government for the early and complete overthrow of an enemy whose gross barbarism and fiendish brutality have for ever sullied the pages of German history, and render her unfit to be longer considered part of the comity of civilised nations." -- "The Man in the Street," in "The Ulster Echo."


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The Witness - Friday, 29 October, 1915


M'CONNELL -- Oct. 21, at 105, Main Street, Strabane, to Mr. and Mrs. W. F. M'Connell -- a son.


HENDERSON--HART -- Oct. 23, at Southsea, very quietly, owing to recent death of bride's mother, Charles Westbourne Henderson, Norwood Tower, to Daisy, youngest daughter of the late Edward Clement Crowther Hart, of Ravenshill, Roundhay, Leeds.

MORROW--SHEPHERD -- Oct. 20 (by special licence), at The Pines, Newtownbreda, Belfast, by the Revs. William Shepherd, B.A., Ballyroney; Robert Workman, M.A., Glastry; Professor Heron, D.D., Belfast; Thomas S. Graham, LL.D., Comber, and W. F. Shepherd, B.D., Portglenone, the Rev. Wm. Morrow, B.A., Glastry, to Evelyn Louise (Lena) Shepherd, B.A., T.C.D., only daughter of the Rev. William and Mrs. Shepherd, The Manse, Ballyroney, Co. Down. At home -- The Manse, Glastry, 2nd and 3rd December, 1915.

M'VEIGH--LONG -- Oct. 20, 1915, at Rossinver Parish Church, Kinlough, by the Rev. E. A. Killingley, M.A., William Hamilton Cleland, youngest son of the late Thomas M'Veigh, Carrickmannon, Saintfield, Co. Down, to Margaret Anne (Maggie), eldest daughter of William Long, "Cloon," Kinlough, County Leitrim.


BARRON -- Oct. 21, at Loughmorne, Robert Barron, eldest son of the late Daniel Barron.

BREWER -- Oct, 21, at Astolat, Knockdene Park, Elizabeth Isobel, wife of James Pyper Brewer.

BROWN -- Oct. 20, at Killynure House, Armagh, Thompson Brown, J.P., aged 78 years.

BROWN -- Oct. 22, at Springvale, Islandmagee, James Wilson Brown, aged 86 years.

CRAINOR -- Oct. 26, at Ellenville Terrace, Hillhall Road, Lisburn, Margaret, wife of C. J. Crainor.

CURRY -- Oct. 25, at Cidercourt, Crumlin, John Curry.

FIRTH -- Oct. 27, at Whitehill, Helen's Bay, William Firth.

GRAY -- Oct. 21, at Dirraw, Finvoy, Peter Gray, senior, aged 66.

GRAY -- Oct. 25, at Eglantine, Hillsborough, George, husband of J. Gray.

HAZLETT -- Oct. 21, at Hall Street, Maghera, John Hazlett.

INGRAM -- Oct. 27, at 41, Willowholme Street, Herbert Stanley, son of Joseph H. Ingram, aged 4 years and 4 months.

KYLE -- Oct. 24, at 45, Queen's Parade, Bangor, William, husband of Mary Kyle.

LOCKIE -- Oct. 22, Robert George, husband of Isabella Lockie, Sulby Villas, Larkfield Road, Sydenham.

MARTIN -- Oct, 20, at College House, College Green, Belfast, the Rev. Professor William Todd Martin, D.D., D.Lit., aged 78 years.

MOORE -- Oct. 24, at Main Street, Ballyclare, William, son of Thomas Moore.

M'CUNE -- Oct. 23, at 75, Harold's Cross, Dublin, William M'Cune, Solicitor, son of the late Samuel M'Cune, of Tandragee.

M'KIBBEN -- Oct. 26, at 20, North Street, Newtownards, Eliza M'Kibben.

M'MANUS -- Oct. 26, at Market Square, Dungannon, Samuel Manus.

M'WILLIAMS -- Oct, 23, at Ava Street, Lisburn, Elizabeth M'Williams.

RUSK -- Oct. 24, at Private Nursing Home, Lizzie, wife of John Rusk, 2, Rosetta Terrace.

SLOANE -- Oct. 27, at 29, English Street, Armagh, Samuel Campbell Sloane, son of the late Mr. Samuel C. Sloane, Jeweller, Armagh.

WILSON -- Oct. 25, at her residence, 57, Atlantic Avenue, Anne, relict of James Wilson, Armoy.



The will of the late Miss Esther Gunning, Church Avenue, Portaferry, has been lodged in the District Registry for Probate, The net estate has been sworn at 3,454 12s 8d, and Messrs. F. Little, J.P.; W. E. Rogers, and V. S. Wilson are the executors. Besides legacies to relatives and to her servant, Miss Harriet Caughey, the deceased bequeathed to the County Infirmary, Downpatrick, 200; the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, 100; Dr. Bernardo's Home in Ireland, 150; the Deaf and Dumb Institution, Belfast, 100; the Presbyterian Orphan Society, 200; the Presbyterian Foreign Mission, 100; the minister and elders of Portaferry Presbyterian Church, 50; the minister and elders of Cloughey Presbyterian Church, 50; for distribution amongst the Portaferry poor of all denominations, 50; for distribution amongst the Cloughey and Ballygalget poor of all denominations, 50; for the repair and upkeep of her father's grave-plot at Slanes, 20 and the residue of her personal estate to Down County Infirmary, for the purpose of endowing a bed.



The Vegetable Products Committee, which came into existence at the end of September, under the presidency of Admiral Lord Charles Beresford, for the purpose of supplying the Fleet with fresh vegetables and fruit, has just published, says the "Standard," its report upon the first twelve months' working. During this period the Central Executive has succeeded in forming 540 branches and affiliated committees. By means of these branches, and assisted by gifts from Canada, Australia, Natal, the West Indies, Egypt, the Straits Settlements, and other parts of the Empire, gifts of fresh vegetables and fruit amounting to over 6,000,0001b. weight have been sent to the Fleet. The present supplies average 270,000lb. weekly, the contributors of which are estimated to number 25,000.



The Governors met on Wednesday in the Office, Church House, Belfast. Present -- Mr. Edward Coey, J.P., president; Rev. Dr. Taylor, hon. secretary; Rev. Dr. Park, Rev. John Pollock, Rev. R. J. Porter, B.A.; Rev. Wm. Corkey, M.A.; Mr. R. W. Corry, J.P.; Mr. John M'Robert, J.P.; and Mr. M. A. Mitchell; also, to assist in the scrutiny of votes -- Rev. Dr. Megaw, Rev. J. W. Gibson, M.A.; Rev. T. A. Smyth, M.A.; Rev. John Ross, Rev. A. P. Moody, B.D.; Rev. R. Davey, Rev. Thomas Rodgers, Rev. W. G. Smyth, Rev. A. Lyle Harrison, B.A.; Rev. James Toland, and Mr. Wm. Chisholm, Carnmoney.

The meeting was constituted, and the scrutiny of votes proceeded, when the following 199 families, having received the largest number of votes, were declared to have been duly elected to the benefits of the society. This election adds 325 children to the roll. The Governors will meet in the Office on Friday, 29th inst., to vote grants to the successful candidates and to transact such other business as may arise.

Class 1. -- Orphans, both parents dead -- Dwyer, Myroe, 1; Peel, Belfast, Great Victoria Street, 2; Woods, Second Donagheady, 3; Beggs, Newtownards, Greenwell Street, 2; Ross, Monaghan, Ballyalbany, 1.

Class 2. -- Applicants whose parents were qualified subscribers -- M'Laughlin, Carndonagh, 1; Davenport, Dromore West, 1.

Class 3. -- Fatherless -- Boyd, Newtownards, Second, 1; Magee, Dunmurry, 1; Dorman, Belfast, Fountainville, 1; Ward, Belfast, Townsend Street, 2; M'Quiston, Belfast, Donegal Road, 3; Hamilton, Belfast, Duncairn, 1; Barry, Comber, Second, 1; Jamieson, Belfast, Woodvale Park, 2; Leslie, Belfast, Donegall Road, 1; Wylie, Belfast, College Square, 2; Poag, Belfast, Westbourne, 1; Gibson, Belfast, Westbourne, 1; Johnston, Culnady, 2; Richardson, Belfast, M'Quiston Memorial, 4; Hayes, Belfast, Crescent 4; M'Auley, Belfast, Great Victoria Street, 3; Rainey, Roseyards, 4; Clarke, Drumbanagher, 5; M'Knight, Vinecash, 5; Meeke, Belfast, Great Victoria Street, 3; Boylin, Belfast, Sinclair Seamen's, 3; Moore, Belfast, Albert Street, 4; Nesbitt, Belfast, Great Victoria Street, 2; Kyle, Cairnalbana, 5; Bennett, Lisburn, Railway Street, 2; M'Dowell, Dundonald, 3; Purdy, Belfast, Shankill Road Mission, 3; Mullan, Belfast, Great Victoria Street, 5; M'Cullough, Belfast, Donegall Road, 1; M'Nair, Lisburn, Railway Street, 1; Burns, Bessbrook, 2; Fulton, Castledawson, 2; Barbour, Belfast, Fountainville, 3; Anderson, Whitehouse, 3; Ferguson, Whitehouse, 4; Carmichael, Larne, Gardenmore, 4; Moorhead, Belfast, Albert Street, 3; Gibson, Belfast, M'Quiston Memorial, 5; Dickey, Belfast, M'Quiston Memorial, 1; M'Comb, Belfast, M'Quiston Memorial, 1; Baxter, Belfast, City Mission, 2; Cardy, Dundonald, 1; M'Cutcheon, Newtownards, First, 4; Finlay, Coleraine, Terrace Row, 4; Graham, Bannside, 2; Brolly, Belfast, Castleton, 3; Jones, Belfast, Argyle Place, 4; Mullan, Belfast, Argyle Place, 4; Turner, Belfast, Woodvale, 3; Wilson, Belfast, City Mission, 1; Gilmore, Belfast, Mountpottinger, 2; Hume, Belfast Ballymacarrett, 4; Scott, Belfast, Castleton, 4; Armstrong, Belfast, Ballymacarrett, 6; Kennedy, Ballymena, Harryville, 4; Coburn, Belfast, Nelson Memorial, 1; M'Connell, Donaghadee, Shore Street, 4; Quinn, Raffrey, 1; Ballard, Belfast, Argyle Place, 2; Gibson, Belfast, Great Victoria Street, 3; Montgomery, Glenarm, 4; M'Donald, Dungiven, 5; Caldwell, Brookvale, 1; Cree, Dunmurry, 2; Jordan, Bangor, Trinity, 3; M'Mullen, Randalstown, Old Congregation, 5; Hayes, Ballymoney, St. James's, 2; M'Cracken, Belfast, City Mission, 2; Patton, Newtownards, First, 4; Creighton, Belfast, Great Victoria Street, 6; Sinclair, Belfast, Great Victoria Street, 2; Shiels, Maghera, 5; Fee, M'Kelvey's Grove, 3; M'Whirter, Belfast, St. Enoch's, 1; Arnold, Tartaraghan, 3; Rice, Magheramorne, 3; Macdonald, Belfast, May Street, 2; Lynch. Belfast, City Mission, 3; M'Intyre, Belfast, May Street, 1; Havern, Belfast, City Mission, 1; Young, Balteagh, 1; Gordon, Tobermore, 1; Moore, Belfast, Ulsterville, 4; Compton, Markethill, First, 3; M'Colgan, Urney and Sion, 3; Ellison, Magherafelt, First, 4; Hoy, Belfast, Great Victoria Street, 2; Armstrong, Belfast, Great Victoria Street, 2; O'Neill, Belfast, Crumlin Road, 2; Hanna, Belfast, M'Quiston Memorial, 3; Johnston, Islandmagee, First, 5; Wilson, Islandmagee, First, 4; Waddell, Belfast, City Mission, 4; Campbell, Belfast, Shankill Road Mission, 3; Graham, Belfast, Great Victoria Street, 4; Patterson, Belfast, Clifton Street, 5; Moore, Belfast, City Mission, 2; Houston, Derry, Ebrington, 1; Adams, Belfast, Westbourne, 3; Adair, Belfast, Ballysillan, 2; Canning, Derry, Ebrington, 3; M'Ilveen, Belfast, Megain Memorial, 4; Pollock, Megain Memorial, 5; Waddell, Belfast, Megain Memorial, 5; Brush, Aughnacloy, 1; Scott, Belfast, Townsend Street, 2; Goodall, Belfast, St. Enoch's, 3; M'Cartney, Larne, First, 2; Collins, Belfast, Donegall Pass, 2.

Class 4. -- Cases not under ordinary circumstances, deserted by father -- Stuart, Belfast, M'Quiston Memorial, 1; Johnston, Tassagh, 1; Dunlop, Belfast, Berry Street, 2; Gettenby, Islandmagee, First, 1; Ridgeway, Dublin, Ormond Quay, 1. Father supposed to be dead -- Farnham, Lisburn, Sloan Street, 1.



At a meeting of this Presbytery in First Letterkenny Church on the 22nd inst., Rev. E. J. M'Kee, LL.D., First Ray, was given leave of absence from his congregation for three months to engage in Y.M.C.A. work among the troops an France.



We are pleased to note the brilliant success of Mr. James W. Houston, son of Mr. John Houston, 10, Eia Street. At the June examination of the Queen's University Mr. Houston obtained the B.A. degree in philosophy with first class honours. It is now intimated that he is also entitled to the Studentship Bursary, valued at 80. Mr. Houston, who was brought up in connection with the Reformed Presbyterian Church, is now studying theology in the New College, Edinburgh, in connection with the United Free Church of Scotland.



Referring to the death of Lieut. Somerville in Tullyallen Church on Sabbath last, Rev. E. C. Linster said -- I cannot conclude my remarks to-day without making a brief reference to the death of a young man, whose name appears on our roll of honour, and with whom many of you were acquainted. On Friday of last week the sad news came to hand that Lieutenant Richard Newman Somerville was killed on the 9th inst. in France. He was one of the four grandsons of the late Rev. J. D. Martin, who was the minister of this congregation for fifty-three years. Each of these young men received a commission since the commencement of the war, two of them having already fallen on the field of battle. The untimely death of Lieutenant Somerville is deeply deplored by everyone who knew him. He was a young man of great promise, and those who had the privilege of his acquaintance predicted for him a brilliant and successful career. We hoped and prayed that he would be spared to return home at the conclusion of the war, but an all-wise Providence has decreed otherwise, and we must bow in submission to the Divine will. The late Lieutenant Somerville received his early education at the Royal School, Cavan, and was a graduate of Trinity College in Arts and Engineering. During bis university career he was an active member of the Officers' Training Corps, and as soon as war broke out he applied for a commission in the Royal Engineers, and obtained the appointment. It is very gratifying to know that he did not hesitate for a moment in responding to the call of his King and country. He played the part of a brave and heroic soldier, and his commanding officer says that if ever a son of Ireland served the Empire well for the brief space allotted to him, it was he. If he had been spared he would have been recommended for special promotion to the rank of captain next month. Lieutenant Somerville has laid down his life in a just and holy cause, for he has fought on behalf of righteousness and liberty and honour. We are convinced that that cause will ultimately prevail, and that God in his own good time will vouchsafe success to our arms. Our sincere sympathy is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Somerville and the other members of the family circle, and the prayer of all our hearts is that God in His infinite compassion may sustain and comfort and bless them.



At the examination just held for twelve entrance scholarships, value 40 each, in connection with the Queen's University, Belfast, Mr. James H. Barr, son of Mr. Wm. Barr, Aubrey Street, Londonderry, was awarded second place. This young student, who has just left Foyle College, in connection with which be holds the Irish Society's Leaving Scholarship, has nobly responded to the call of King and country, and is now attached to the 18th Royal Irish Rifles as a cadet, and is undergoing training at Clandeboye Camp, County Down. He has applied to the Academic Council of Queen's College to reserve the scholarship until his release from military service.



Right Rev. Dr. Dowse, at the Cork Diocesan Synod on Wednesday, said every man's duty, in present circumstances, was plain. They must brace themselves for the conflict, and accept every necessary sacrifice. Multitudes or young, able-bodied men were with them still, apparently oblivious of the country's imminent and deadly danger. Why should some go to suffer, and perhaps to die, giving up all those near and dear to them, while others skulked at home, hid themselves behind their nobler countrymen, and perhaps prospered or made money by reason of their absence? That was the case for National Service. Some system, added Dr. Dowse, was wanted which would insist on all doing their duty.



The following scholarships and prizes have been awarded by the Academic Council --


James Duff, St. Malachy's College, Belfast; James H. Barr, Foyle College, Londonderry; Henry Harris, Royal Academical Institution, Belfast; Edward C. Bellew, St. Malachy's College, Belfast; John Campbell, St. Malachy's College, Belfast; Norah Edwards, Methodist College, Belfast; Victor D. Allison, Royal Academical Institution, Belfast; Lizzie Boyd, Victoria College, Belfast; William P. Kirkwood, St. Malachy's College, Belfast; Arthur C. Sinclair, Preston Grammar School, and Shaftesbury House, Belfast; Patrick D. Connolly, St. Mary's Christian Schools, Belfast; Thomas J. Hull, Royal Academical Institution, Belfast.


Emily, Lady Pakenham Scholarship -- Wm. P. Kirkwood, St. Malachy's College, Belfast; Alex. M'D. M'Sparran, St. Malachy's College, Belfast. The first-mentioned candidate being ineligible as the holder of an entrance scholarship, the scholarship is awarded to the second on the list.

Sir Hercules Pakenham Scholarship -- Thos. J. Hull, Royal Academical Institution, Belfast; Dorothy M. M'Cullagh, Methodist College, Belfast. The first mentioned candidate being ineligible as the holder of an entrance scholarship, the scholarship is awarded to the second on the list.

Sullivan Scholarship -- Thomas J. Hull.

Reid-Harwood Scholarship -- Norah Edwards, Methodist College, Belfast; Alexandrina Finnegan, Victoria College, Belfast. The first-mentioned candidate being ineligible as the holder of an entrance scholarship, the scholarship is awarded to the second on the list.

Tennent Exhibition -- Thomas J. Hull.

Drennan Exhibition -- Andrew J. Gailey, Royal Academical Institution.


Mary T. Austin, John C. M'Dermott, David H. O'Neill, Olive M. Pedlow, Arthur H. Ryan.

Third Year Scholarship in the Faculty of Arts -- Edith M. Earls.


1. Entrance -- Henry Harris, Royal Academical Institution, Belfast. 2. Third Year -- William S. Ferguson.

E. The Dunville Studentship was not awarded, but Miss Ethel J. Rutledge has been awarded a prize of 50 on the results of the examination, and a grant of 25 from the Science Scholarship Fund has been mode to Maurice Goldblatt on condition of his continuing his studies in the University during the session 1915-16.


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