The Witness - Friday, 7 April, 1915


STEWART--CHAMBERS -- March 29, at Brigh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. W. M'Ilhatton, B.A., B.D., assisted by the Revs. A. Thompson, B.A. (brother-in-law of the bridegroom); W. Bates, B.A., and W. H. Stewart, B.A. (brother of the bridegroom), Lieutenant John K. Stewart, M.B., R.A.M.C., second son of the late John S. Stewart and Mrs. Stewart, Glenwillow, Toomebridge, to Lottie Elizabeth, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Chambers, Ballymaguire, Stewartstown.


BRADY -- April 3, at a Private Nursing Home, Belfast, Eliza Martha, widow of the late Robert Brady, Grange, Millquarter, County Antrim, and eldest daughter of W. J. Bell, Dromore, Stewartstown. Funeral private. (Pittsburg papers please copy).

BRYSON -- March 28, 1916, at the residence of her daughter, Knock Croom, Ravenhill Road, Belfast, Margaret, widow of the late James Bryson, Rockhill, Kilkeel. Interred in Killead Meeting-house Green. JAMES C. BRYSON.

M'CULLOUGH -- At his residence, Sandringham, Melbourne, Robert, the dearly-loved husband of Florence M'Cullough, and son of the late William G. M'Cullough, Warragul, Victoria. Interred in the family mausoleum, Maryborough.

ADAIR -- March 30, at Glenavon, Cookstown, Hugh Adair.

ALEXANDER -- At Cliftonpark, Nellie Anetta, daughter of Robert Alexander.

ANGUS -- March 30, at Craigboy, Donaghadee, Jane Angus, relict of the late Robert Angus, to her 93rd year.

AULD -- April 3, at 183, Woodstock Road, Samuel Auld (late of Messrs. G. & J. Burns).

BLACKHALL -- April 5, at 4, Inver Avenue, Chichester Park, Margaret E., daughter of A. M. Blackhall, Bromsgrove, Bloomfield.

CLELAND -- April 4, at Barnamaghery, Saintfield, Margaret D. Celand.

ELLIOTT -- April 1, at 22 and 24, Main Street, Bangor, Margaret, widow of the late Robert Elliott.

GORDON -- March 29, at Annalong, John Gordon, J.P.

GRAHAM -- March 23, at Kilkeel, County Down, in his 89th year, Thomas Graham, for many years elder of Mourne Presbyterian Church.

HAYES -- April 5, at Bernagh House, Dungannon, Edith Mary, wife of Thomas Hayes.

HENNING -- April 2, at Carnew, Dromara, Mary Jane, daughter of the late Hugh Henning, Carnew, Dromara.

HILL -- April 2, at Longwood Terrace, Upper Whitehouse, Mary Jane (Jean), oldest daughter of Richard Hill.

HOBSON -- -- March 30, at Mullaghcarton, Lisburn, Mary, widow of the late James Hobson,

KNOX -- April 4, at Tullyhenan, Banbridge, Robert Knox.

LINDSAY -- April 3, at Roseberry, Marlborough Park, Belfast, Ellen, daughter of the late Alexander Lindsay, of Rathmines, Dublin, aged 83 years.

MOAT -- April 5, at 108, Malone Avenue, John Moat (of Moat Brothers, Rosemary Street.)

M'CAY -- March 30, at Larchfield, Clough, Dr. F. W. M'Cay (late Medical Officer, Northern Nigeria), elder son of Dr. John M'Cay, Clough.

M'ELWAINE -- March 21, at his residence, Lisgar, Bailieborough, John M'Elwaine.

M'ILWAINE -- April 3, at Newtownards, Ellen M'Ilwaine.

M'INTYRE -- April 2, at Glenone, Portglenone, Hadassah M'Intyre.

M'MASTER -- April 2, at Ivyville, Ballymagreehan, Newtownards, Charles M'Master.

NEWBURN -- March 30, at Barnhill, Larne, William Newburn.

PAUL -- April 3, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Samuel Paul, Gladstone Terrace, Ballymena.

RUMLEY -- April 2, at Oakfield, Jocelyn Gardens, Walter Harding, youngest son of the late Captain James Rumley, H.M.R.N., Springville, Ovens, Co. Cork.

SMYTH -- April 6, in a Nursing Home, London, Robertson Stewart, Major R.A.M.C., fourth son of the late1 Wm. Smyth, Brookfield, Banbridge.

STEVENSON -- April 3, at Islandmagee, John Archer, husband of Millie Stevenson, and third son of the late James Stevenson.

STINSON -- April 4, at Ballymoney, David Anson, eldest son of the late James Stinson.

STOTHERS -- March 27, at Rossclare, County Armagh, Thomas Victor Stothers, son of Rev. Thomas Stothers, B.A., The Rectify, Newtown Seville, Omagh.



On Saturday afternoon the remains of the late Dr. Fred W. M'Cay, eldest son of Dr. John M'Cay, J.P., of Larchfield, were removed from his father's residence for interment in Clough Burying-ground, and the large and respectable concourse of people, consisting of all classes and denominations in the district and Ballymena, bore eloquent tribute to the respect and esteem in which Dr. M'Cay was held by everyone who knew him. The chief mourners were Dr. John M'Cay, J.P. (father); Mr. John M'Cay (brother), Messrs. John Caruth, Hamilton Ross, J.P.; Hugh Boal, Robert Caruth, and H. Twiss (brothers-in-law); Rev. Wm. M'Cay, First Castlederg, and Rev. James M'Cay, Garvagh; Daniel M'Cullough and Alexander M'Cullough (uncles), Masters J. L. Ross, N. G. Ross, R. H. Ross, J. Caruth and Robert Caruth (nephews), Daniel M'Cay, Lieut. Saml. M'Cay, William M'Cay, Jas. M'Cay, Samuel Stewart, John Stewart, James Smith, Samuel M'Cullough, John M'Cullough, Thomas Strahan, and James Strahan (cousins). Rev. Richard Hall, B.D., conducted the funeral service at the house, and Rev. W. J. Gilmore and Rev. Andrew Patton at the graveside.

The Ballymena Board of Guardians on Saturday instructed the Clerk to write a letter of condolence to Dr. M'Cay on the lamented death of his son.



The news of the death of Mr. Samuel M'Bride, Edgehill, Lennoxvale, Belfast, which took place on Monday, will cause sincere regret amongst a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. His health had not been good of late, bait he was able to go about until last week, when an attack of influenza seized him, and chest complications setting in he passed peacefully away as stated. The deceased gentleman, who was in his 78th year, had a notable share in the building up of the staple industry of the province. Mr. M'Bride was the principal of the firm of Messrs. Robert M'Bride & Co, linen merchants, Tower Hill Buildings, Ormeau Avenue, the success of the firm being largely due to his enterprise and energy. The employees of the firm regarded Mr. M'Bride with great respect; and, indeed, he was held in the highest esteem by those with whom he came into close contact. A man of cheerful and genial disposition, with a heart to feel for the sufferings of others, he identified himself in a practical manner with philanthropic and religious objects, and the poor have lost in him a warm friend. In religion Mr. M'Bride was a Presbyterian, and took an active interest in the work and prosperity of the congregation of Elmwood, of which he was a beloved elder for twenty-eight years. He devoted a good deal of time and attention to the mission work carried on in the Blackstaff district, and it was largely due to his exertions that the congregation now known as Donegal! Road was formed. He acted as treasurer of Donegall Road Church for a lengthened period, and was superintendent of the Sabbath-school until a few years ago. The Belfast Town Mission had for many years his whole-hearted support, and his grand qualities of head and heart, coupled with the fact that he was never obtrusive, made him extremely popular with the committee and those identified with the work generally. The members of the deceased's family are all well known. One of his daughters is married to Professor Walker, of the Assembly's College, and another to Mr. David Phillips, a Liverpool merchant. His eldest son, Dr. Ernest M'Bride, was a most distinguished Cambridge scholar, is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and Professor of Zoology in the Imperial College of Science, London. His second son, Mr. Arthur M'Bride, is a member of the firm of Robert M'Bride & Co., and his youngest son, Mr. Herbert M'Bride, is in business for himself. Great sympathy will be extended with the relatives of the deceased in their sad bereavement. The funeral was strictly private.

The remains of the deceased were interred on Wednesday forenoon in the City Cemetery. The funeral was strictly private. Services were conducted at the late residence of the deceased by the Rev. Dr. Taylor and the Rev. Dr. Purves, and at the graveside by the Rev. Dr. Montgomery and the Rev. J. M. M'Ilrath. The chief mourners were Professor Ernest M'Bride, Mr. Arthur M'Bride, and Mr. Herbert M'Bride (sons); Messrs. Thomas, Robert, and William M'Bride (brothers); Professor Walker and Mr. David Phillips (sons-in-law).

At a meeting of the session and committee of Donegall Road Church, held on Monday, the following resolution was passed -- "Having heard of the death this day of Mr. Samuel M'Bride, the honorary treasurer and trustee of this church, we do hereby express and record our appreciation of his exemplary Christian character and work. For more years than we can remember Mr. M'Bride superintended a large Sunday-school in the neighbourhood of Sandy Row, and it was very largely through that work, supported by his efforts, influence, and princely liberality, that our congregation came into being and built its church edifice. While an elder in Elmwood (our Alma Mater), Mr. M'Bride became a member of our interim session and a seatholder, and took a lively interest in all our activities. Though assisting many philanthropic and Christian agencies in this city, we feel that Donegall Road Church owes him most. His personal influence on the young people of this district for a period of half a century is beyond estimation, but we know that many will rise up and call him blessed. With the utmost respect and sincerity, we offer our sympathy to his widow and family, who were all so closely united with him in his work of faith and labour of love."


The congregation of Drumminis, of which the Rev. Dr. MacLaughlin is the esteemed minister, has at present 50 per cent. of the men of military age connected with it serving in different units of the British Army. Dr. MacLaughlin's eldest son is a despatch-rider at the front, in the Royal Engineers, and has been wounded four times. The National school, Hamilton's Bawn, in connection with the church, and which has been a little over a decade in existence, has at present twenty-six former pupils doing "their bit somewhere" for home and King and country.

Master Willie MacLaughlin, pupil of Hamilton's Bawn National School, in the recent All-Ireland essay competition organised by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, has obtained first place among the Armagh schools, primary and secondary, and eleventh place in Ireland. This pupil, who is only ten years of age, is a son of Rev. Dr. MacLaughlin, Druminnis Manse Armagh.



Mr. Edward Gallagher, J.P., M.C.C., of Lansdowne House, Strabane, has been appointed a Deputy-Lieutenant for County Tyrone.

For a number of days past the scutchers employed at Mr. Wm. Ross's flax mill at Turmeal, near Dungiven, have been out on strike, demanding 7d per stone instead of 6d for scutching.

The Cookstown and Clogher Unions' resolutions favouring the amalgamation of workhouses in the country was unanimously adopted by the Derry Board of Guardians at their meeting on Saturday.

Henry Campbell, Lisnacrevey, Rathfriland, farmer, who left his home on the 19th ult., and whose disappearance had caused considerable apprehension, has been discovered with friends at Portadown.

A serious conflagration occurred on the farm of Mr. Wm. Devlin, Kilhoyle, in the Limavady district, whereby a large barn was totally destroyed, together with the contents, which consisted of straw.

At a meeting of the Monaghan Urban Council it was decided to retain the town markets in their possession, and the lease from Lord Rossmore was renewed for three years for the sum of 250 per year.

At Donaghadee Urban Council meeting on Monday evening a motion to co-opt a new member in the place of Mr. Robert Sloan, resigned, was defeated, three voting for and four against same.

At Moneymore (County Derry) Petty Sessions on Tuesday Mr. John W. Hutchinson, Ballygurk, was sworn in to the Commission of the Peace for County Derry before Mr. W. Q. Murphy, R.M., and took his seat on

Dr. E. C. Thompson, Omagh, the well-known North of Ireland surgeon, has been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for County Tyrone. Dr. Thompson has been surgeon of the Tyrone Hospital for over forty-one years, and is president of the Tyrone Medical Association.

The Warrenpoint Urban Council have struck rates for the financial year ending 31st March, 1917, as follows -- Poor rate, 2s 8d in the and consolidated town rates at 4s 3d in the . This is a reduction of 6d in the .

The foundation-stone of a new Masonic Hall at Ballycarry for Lodge No. 260 was laid on Saturday afternoon by Mr. J. H. Stirling, Deputy Grand Master of the Province of Antrim. There was a large attendance of members of the Grand Lodge and members of the Craft.

A forty-three acre farm of land in Causnagh, near Portadown, owned by Mrs. Carroll, has been sold for 1,075 and auction commission, the purchaser being Mr. Wm. Martin. The lands are held subject to the payment of a half-yearly instalment of 13 8s 2d to the Irish Land Commission.

At the annual meeting of the Coleraine Courthouse branch of the North Derry Unionist Association the following officers were elected -- President, Sir Harvey J. L. Bruce, Bart.; vice-president, Major Torrens, D.L.; honorary secretary, Mr. J. F. McLaughlin; honorary treasurer, Mr. John Mooney.

At the Limavady Branch of the War Hospitals Supply Depot, which is quartered in the Limavady Technical School, Mrs. Stanley Ferguson (cutter-out) and Miss Orr (instructress of the Belfast War Hospitals Supply Depot), attended on Monday, and gave instructions to the ladies in the making of all kinds of bandages.

A serious accident occurred on the Newry Road adjacent to Barnmeen Chapel, whereby a farmer named Wm. Weir, aged about 70 years, and who resides in the townland of Lurgancahone, sustained severe injuries by falling off one of the Newry Mineral Water Company's vans.

Dr. B. A. Palmer, J.P., Millvale House, Newry, writes under date the 2nd inst.:-- "The chiff-chaff arrived here this day at midday, ten days earlier than last year; so that I consider we may now, with confidence, look forward to a cessation of the easterly winds from which we have been, suffering."

At Downpatrick Quarter Sessions on Saturday his Honour Judge Orr upheld the conviction of the Newtownards Justices fining Wm. Scott Wallace, of Belfast, and his son Samuel for an infraction of the game laws at Carnasure on 15th January last. The penalty in each case was 2 and costs, with the forfeiture of each defendant's gun.

The Clerk (Mr. Lecky) informed the Coleraine Guardians on Saturday that the expenditure on Union dispensaries during the half-year had been as under -- Aghadowey, 175 15s; Articlave, 121 7s 2d; Coleraine, 188 15s 7d; Garvagh, 109 6s 7d; Kilrea, 137 15s 8d; and Portstewart, 109 19s 3d -- total, 842 19s 3d.

A most enjoyable concert and entertainment was given by the First Holywood Troop of the Boy Scouts (Sir Robert Kennedy's Own) on Saturday evening in the Town Hall, Holywood. All the items were by members of the troop, and reflected great credit on Scoutmaster Heasley.

Lisburn Urban Council has adopted the recommendation of the Finance Committee and struck a rate of 8s 6d in the f which is a shilling less than last year's. On the suggestion of Dr. St. George, the Town Solicitor was directed to draft a bye-law requiring the provision of fire-escapes at places where the employees exceeded forty in number.

At a meeting of Armagh Agricultural Commission on Tuesday, the secretary mentioned that the knitting industry was in demand at present, and advocated the purchase of a machine so that the people could be taught to use it. The committee allocated a sum of 60 for the Technical Committee in connection with the matter.

A large squad of road surfacemen, employed at Farnaloy quarries between Keady and Tynan of the Armagh County Council struck work for higher wages on Monday. They made an application to the Assistant County Surveyor for an increase of 2s 6d per week, bringing their wages up to 17s per week.

At a meeting of the trustees of the Lower Bann Navigation, held in Coleraine on Saturday, the suggestion was considered of erecting a jetty at Antrim. On the suggestion of Mr. Barrie, the secretary was directed to intimate that the trustees regretted that owing to the scarcity of funds they were not fully justified in at present embarking upon such an expensive scheme as had been suggested.

At Monday's meeting of the Monaghan Board of Guardians Mr. James Longhead handed in a notice of motion to discuss on that day two weeks the question of Workhouse amalgamation, and stating that it was an unnecessary waste of public money to have four Workhouses in the county, and that two Workhouses were more than sufficient for the requirements of the county.

The death has taken place at his residence; Hawkin Street, of Mr. Robert M'Culloch, J.P., an esteemed citizen of Londonderry. A native of Cloughglass, deceased went to Londonderry in his youth, and in partnership with the late Mr. Hugh M'Laughlin carried on for many years a highly successful business, from which he retired some years ago.

On Monday at Coleraine Urban Council meeting the report of the Technical Instruction Committee stated that a grant amounting to 498 12s 5d for attendance in session 1914-15 had been received. This included a 10 per cent. increase given for conspicuous merit in the science, art, and domestic economy classes, and was the largest sum ever obtained. The committee congratulated the teachers on these satisfactory results.

On Monday evening the death took place of an old and esteemed resident of Hilltown, County Down, in the person of Mr. Andrew Bradley. The deceased, who was over 90 years of age, was a farmer and a veterinary surgeon. He leaves one son, Mr. Patrick Bradley, vice-chairman of the Newry No. 1 (County Down) Rural District Council, with whom he resided.

At the meeting of the Newry Urban Council on Monday a discussion arose in connection with the recent fire in Water Street, Newry, wherein Mr. Joseph Rooney, merchant, lost his life, and it was decided that the Council hold a public inquiry next Monday into all the circumstances attending the loss of life, all persons who can give evidence to attend.

At a meeting of the trustees of the Lower Bann Navigation, held in Coleraine on Saturday, correspondence between the trustees and the Lagan Navigation Co. on the subject of the condition of Toome weir was submitted. The secretary was directed to reply that the matter was receiving attention. The Inland Navigation Company, Ltd., Belfast, wrote with reference to a difficulty experienced in getting through Portglenone bridge. The matter was referred to Mr. Boddie to investigate and report.

On Monday at Coleraine Urban Council meeting, a deputation consisting of Revs. G. W. D. Rea, W. A. Wilson; Captain Paton, C.F.; Mr. W. K. Law, M.D.; Sir Wm. J. Baxter, D.L; Mr. Wm. Abraham, J.P.; and Mr. A. O. Moore appeared before the Council urging the necessity of temperance legislation during the war, and asking the County Council if they would grant the use of the Town Hall for a public meeting in support of the "Down-Glasses" crusade, and this request was granted.

In the course of his report on the audit of the accounts of the Portadown and Banbridge Water Board for the year ended March, 1915, Mr. G. Bryan, Local Government Board auditor, states that the receipts of the Board for the year under review were 4,841 13s 9d, of which 3,250 was received from the Portadown Urban Council, 1,350 from the Banbridge Urban Council, and 241 13s 9d from water sales. The expenditure was 4,794 10s 3d, and the balance due to the treasurer on 31st March was 365 6s 10d.



There was universal regret in Cookstown at the death of Mr. Hugh Adair, J.P., who passed away at his residence, Glenavon, Cookstown. Deceased, who was sixty-eight years of age, was the only surviving son of the late Mr. Thomas Adair, of Greenvale, Cookstown. He was educated at Cookstown Academy (under Mr. J. A. Smyth), Belfast Academical Institution, and Fairfield, Manchester. He entered the linen business founded by his father, to which he succeeded. He carried on spinning, weaving, bleaching, dyeing, and finishing at Cookstown, Limavady, and elsewhere. He was a keen golfer, and at one time was captain of the Royal Portrush Club. Politically Mr. Adair was a strong Unionist. He was a member of the Ulster Unionist Council, and had been for a considerable time treasurer of the East Tyrone Unionist Association. He was the Cookstown representative on the Tyrone County Council. Another subject in which he took a deep, interest was technical education, and subscribed 100 to buy out existing tenants on the site where the school will be built. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Mr. Adair was married to the eldest daughter of Dr. Henry Graves, and they had a family of six. Two of the three sons are at home in the business, and one, Mr. Hugh Adair, jun., is in New York, where he took charge for years of the American business. Of his three daughters one is married to Mr. Crothers, who was the leading spirit in the U.V.F. movement, and, joining the colours before the Ulster Division was formed, went to Gallipoli with the 10th Division, and has now the rank of major with the forces. Another was married to Major Cuthell, who lost his life in the Gallipoli Peninsula.

The remains of the deceased were laid to rest on Saturday in the family vault in Derryloran Churchyard. The funeral was very largely attended not only by the people of Cookstown of every class and creed, but by many friends from long distances. The chief mourners were -- Mrs. Adair, widow; Mr. John Adair and Mr. Louis Adair, sons; Miss Adair, Mrs. Crothers, and Mrs. Cuthell, daughters; Mr. J. W. Munnis and Mr. W. A. Munnis, cousins; and Dr. C. H. P. D. Graves, brother-in-law. A brief but impressive service was conducted at Glenavon by the Rev. Robert Hyndman, B.A., minister of First Cookstown Presbyterian Church, who also officiated at the graveside.



The Press Association telegraphs -- Captain Martin and ten men forming part of the crew of sixty-one hands belonging to the Manchester steamer Zent, were landed yesterday morning, the vessel having been sunk on Wednesday evening. Two bodies were also landed.

It is regrettable to state that in addition to these two men who died of injuries as the result of the explosion caused by the torpedo, forty-nine other men were drowned.

The Zent was torpedoed without warning. After the explosion, and while there was much headway in the steamer, an attempt was made to get out the boats, but they capsized, with the result stated.

Captain Martin and eleven men, four of them badly injured, were several hours in the water before being picked up.

Two of the injured men soon died. No attempt was made by the submarine to rescue any of the drowning men. The ship was unarmed,

Lloyd's report that the British steamer Clan Campbell has been sunk. The crew of seventy-eight has been landed.


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The Witness - Friday, 14 April 1916


MACBETH -- March 26, at 7, Victoria Villas, Ballyclare, the wife of Rev. W. J. Guy Macbeth, of a daughter.


CLOKEY -- April 12, at his residence, 1, Crumlin Terrace, Thomas Clokey, aged 82 years. Funeral to-morrow (Saturday) morning, at 11 o'clock. No flowers.

DONALDSON -- April 7, 1916, at his residence, 23, Eaton Square, Terenure, County Dublin, Robert Donaldson, M.R.C.S.Eng., J.P., late of Fort Hill, Castleshane, County Monaghan. Funeral private. No flowers.

BELL -- April 12, at 284, Crumlin Road, Edwin Ralph, infant son of Edwin Bell.

BLACK -- April 7, at Craig-an-ariff, Carnance, Portstewart, Samuel Black.

BLACK -- April 10, at 7, Mark Street, Portrush, Nancy, widow of the late William Black, The Cottage, Dundooan, Coleraine, in her 91st year.

BOYD -- April 10, at 61, Percy Street, Hugh, son of Hugh Boyd.

BROWN -- April 11, at The Hill, Ballymacruise, Elizabeth, wife of Robert Brown.

BRYANS -- April 11, at 36, Delaware Street, Belfast, Thomas Bryans.

GEORGE -- April 10, at Toberagnew, Templepatrick, Janet Elizabeth, relict of the late Samuel George.

GLOVER -- April 6, at Monkstown, Whiteabbey, Annie, wife of Francis Glover.

HAMILTON -- April 9, Margaret Ann, wife of John Hamilton, Park Street, Hillsborough.

HEDLEY -- April 9, at 8, Madison Avenue, David Hedley, in his 81st year.

HILL -- April 7, at The Thorn, Gilnahirk, Hugh Hill.

JOHNSTONE -- April 11, at Hartley, Greenisland, Robert Johnstone, in his 96th year.

KNOX -- April 9, at Belleek, Marie E., wife of Edward Knox.

LINDEN -- April 10, 1916, (suddenly) at Leytonstone, Dr. Henry Cooke Linden.

LOCKHART -- April 8, at 9, Thomas Street, Newtownards, Nellie Lockhart, daughter of Private R. Lockhart, R.E.

MILLAR -- April 4,. at Military Hospital, Newport (Mon.), Private Samuel Minford, R.A.M.C., son of the late Thomas Minford Millar, Clonoriel, Belfast.

MILLIGAN -- April 6, at Eastward, Bangor, Co. Down, Seaton Forrest Milligan, M.R.I.A., aged eighty years.

MONYPENY -- March 13, at Hartford, Kansas, U.S.A., John Watson Monypeny, son of the late Hiram Monypeny, linen (manufacturer, of Cornascriebe, County Armagh.

MORRISON -- April 11, at 20, Agincourt Street, James, husband of Ellen Morrison.

MORROW -- April 1, at Stratford, Winton, Bournemouth, Rose Ellen, daughter of the late David Morrow, of Holywood.

MORROW -- April 8, at 42, Fernwood Street, Belfast, William, only son of Jas. Morrow.

M'BRIDE -- April 5, at Annaville, Princetown Road, Bangor, Margaret Ann Hood, wife of James M'Bride (late of Springvale, Wandsworth Road, Knock, Belfast).

M'CORMICK -- April 12, at 2, Clonlee, Larne, Anne, widow of the late J. Miller M'Cormick.

M'ELROY -- April 6, at Mount Oriel, Saintfield Road, Belfast, Albert Percival Cantley (Bertie), son of Isaac M'Elroy, 102, University Avenue.

M'MASTER -- April 10, at Rose Lodge, Upper Newtownards Road, Isabella, relict of the late Lendrick M'Master, aged 87 years.

M'NEILL -- April 6, on active service and in the 55th year of his age, Captain Robert Hugh M'Neill, of Sunnyside, Carrickfergus, Commander H.M. Transport Lake Manitoba.

TAYLOR -- March 30, died of wounds at 1st Clearing Station, Canadian Division, Private John Taylor, second son of Frank Taylor, Springvale, Doagh. (Nelson, B.C., papers please copy.)

WHITE -- April 7, at Beech Lawn, Templepatrick, John White, Ballywalter.

WHITESIDE -- April 10, at Bracken Hill Upper Ballinderry, Fortescue Whiteside.

In Memoriam

WARWICK -- In fond and loving memory of our dear mother, Hessie Warwick, who fell asleep in Jesus on the 15th April, 1908, and was interred in Kilbride Burying-ground.
   We mourn the loss of one we love,
      We did our best to save;
   Beloved in life, regretted gone,
      Remembered in the grave.
Inserted by her Husband and Family.

JOHNSTON -- In fond memory of John King Johnston, The Cottage, Smithboro', who departed this life on the 8th of April, 1912. Ever remembered by his Loving Wife and Family.



The home situation, so far as English recruiting is concerned, is no clearer or more satisfactory. The strivings and the straffings between the married men who have attested and the single men who have evaded it, are anything but creditable, and in the time and circumstances much that is disgraceful. There is blame somewhere; indeed, we might say blame everywhere. And Mr. Asquith and the Government cannot a escape a share of it. The controversy all hung round the question of the pledge said to be given by Lord Derby that the married men who had attested would not be called up till the single men had been compelled to come up. Lord Derby spoke and acted as if that was what he meant; but when that was not carried out he threw the responsibility on Mr. Asquith and the Government. Mr. Asquith was silent as a Sphinx; and the controversy went on raging, and is raging still. A deputation of married men tried to bring it to a head or a decision on Wednesday, when a deputation from them waited on Mr. Asquith. They did not seem in a good temper, and said some strong things to and about Mr. Asquith, which put him in a bad temper also, so that no modus vivendi was arrived at. One of their number accused Mr. Asquith of not having kept his pledge in the spirit, if even in the letter; and he indignantly declared that he had kept it in both. He asserted that he never promised to use more than the limited form of compulsion that had been used, and was being used. All we can say of it is that in its working it has been a form of compulsion which enabled as many to evade the duty as to accept it.

However, the issue is now being raised in a manner that will necessitate some definite decision, if that were possible. Sir Edward Carson, in the name and with the authority of the Unionist War Committee, and with the approval, it is said, of the Liberal War Committee, has tabled a motion, which he will move and press to a division in case the statement which Mr. Asquith is to make on Tuesday is unsatisfactory. It is a motion which will cut the Gordian knot of the present controversy, for it calls for the compulsion of married and single of military age alike -- "equal sacrifice from all men of military age by rendering all alike liable for military service during the war." It is said that at least one hundred members are pledged to this motion in advance. It raises the question of general compulsion, to which Radicals and Nationalists alike object, and the latter are accusing Sir Edward Carson and his friends of breaking truces, trying to break up the Government, introduce dissension, and creating unutterable dangers and difficulties. They say that it will make the position of Mr. Bonar Law and the Unionists in the Cabinet uncomfortable, and whichever way the decision goes confusion and rupture will result.

While we are satisfied that compulsion should have been adopted earlier in the war, on the ground alike of fairness and sufficiency, and fairness we feel that the existing system has failed to provide all the men the country should provide, the question arises if it not all too late now. It is a choice, however, between doing the best with the weak methods we have or ensuring sufficiency by stronger methods with all the antagonism the new system will meet with the melancholy fact is that all the trouble might have been saved if there had been on the part of the Government a little more foresight, a little better realisation of the situation, and a little more determination to secure the safety of the country by a sufficient army rather than save the principle of voluntaryism, and with it the principle of staking. While we think the Government might have shown more vigour and decision, more consideration for national interests, and thus saved the country from this controversy, we cannot regard with satisfaction the prospect of a rupture in the Government at this time, or a change that might make matters at home more complicated and unsatisfactory than they are. They are bad enough. We are hopeful and confident that Sir Edward Carson will do his best, as he has hitherto done, to bring the Government to a decision rather than to a defeat.

In this connection we cannot refrain from a reference to a speech of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, who, with Lord Derby has resigned his position on the Air Committee. He said he did so because the Committee seemed to be able to do nothing except there was perfect unanimity, and that every thing had to go through the Admiralty Office or the War Office, and be bandied about from one to the other. He is a great authority on aircraft, and he complained that in the twentieth month of the war we were still without an effective anti-aircraft system, and did not seem to be making much progress towards getting it. But what we desire specially to refer to was his statement that it was possible fighting in the air or fighting against submarines would prove as decisive a factor in the war as on the land. That is an opinion possibly on which any of us is as able to form an opinion as he, but we call attention to it because we think that more should be done to meet the aerial crusade than seems to have been done, to say nothing of countering the submarine raiding. We quite admit that there are difficulties in dealing with both, but we think Lord Montagu's statement is well deserving the attention not only of the Government, but the country, and the country in order to inspire the Government, which many think are not doing all they should, at any rate in the matter of the air.

We are still waiting to see what President Wilson will say or do in the matter of the submarine warfare, and especially in the matter of the Sussex. The Germans seem to think that they can take any liberties with him they like. In their latest reply they deny that a German submarine torpedoed the Sussex, and say it must have been struck with a mine. And this, despite the fact that several on board the Sussex say that they saw the torpedo. With regard to a number of other vessels sunk they say that they refused to stop at a signed, and, therefore, were entitled to be sunk. As a matter of fact, the absence of warning has been one of the features mentioned in connection with the majority of the recent raids. The Germans talk again about an inquiry through The Hague Convention, which President Wilson repudiated long ago in the matter of the Lusitania. If we were not satisfied on general principles that the statements about the Sussex in the form of repudiation are lies we would be satisfied from the fact that for the last few weeks lies have been the staple of the German reports. The British, French, and Russians have alike complained of them, and for a time half the reports were made up of contradictions of the German report. When the fact failed to impress their own people or neutrals they fell back on lies, of which this we are satisfied is one. It is not only a lie, but an atrocious one, and an audacious attempt to stave off American criticism or American action. But President Wilson is long-suffering and patient, and the Germans appear to think he has not reached his limits yet.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is getting on wonderfully with his Budget. He has been doing a little giving in exchange for his great taking. He has abandoned the tax on railway travelling altogether, thus parting with three millions, and has made some modification in the match tax that has placated the match manufacturers who had struck against releasing any more matches. He has cut in two the tax so far as large boxes of what may be called domestic matches are concerned, and as this was the principal part of the Irish match business, Mr. Dillon and Ireland are satisfied. With regard to mineral waters and cinema theatres, the chief trouble is not so much as to the tax as to the manner of its collection, and the Chancellor has promised to take this matter into consideration, and consult as to the most economical and satisfactory manner of providing for the collection. On the really great matters of the Budget, including the income tax, philosophy rather than quibbling has prevailed. With regard to any loss from the travelling tax, or by the modification of the match tax, the Chancellor and the Treasury may be easy in their minds, for those who ought to know say that the cinema and theatre tax, from which five millions are only estimated, will likely produce two, or even three, times that sum.

With regard to the war, the Germans are still concentrating themselves against Verdun and its neighbourhood, and pouring men and shells into it to a most formidable extent. If they say this attack on Verdun was not an isolated and purposeful one, but merely an incident of the campaign, they are hanging on to it with a forcefulness and ferocity which would almost suggest that they meant to make it decisive. They have been pouring in men in hundreds of thousands, and losing them in tens of thousands, but they still press on and hold on. They have gained points and positions here and there, and in some cases lost them again, but they are much less likely to gain their objective, breaking through the French lines at the end of fifty days as they were at the end of the fifth. To show that they are not spending all their strength on the French, they have been paying the British special attention too, but with as little result. While we admit that at the present rate of progress the war would appear endless, so far as decision is concerned, the one satisfactory feature of the situation for the Allies is that there is no doubt or wavering as to the impossibility of the Germans successfully invading their lines. But we confess that if the Germans can continue to bring up men and guns at their present rate it will take much time and many more men on the Allied side to drive them out either of France or Belgium. However, sufficient for the week is the news thereof, and for this week the news is simply one of determined and almost unprecedented effort on the part of the Germans, and determined and successful resistance on the part of the Allies.



Dr. Donaldson, whose death took place at Dublin on Friday last, was born only some six years short of a century ago at Rockcarry, Go. Monaghan. His father designed him for the medical profession. In 1849 he took his medical degree, and became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, England. A few years after he had finished his preparatory course he was appointed medical officer to the Castleshane Dispensary District, County Monaghan, a post which he held with honour to himself and benefit to the community for forty years. He was also appointed justice of the peace for the county at a time when Presbyterian justices were as scarce as sloes in June. He married Miss Martha Lockhart, of Gilford, County Down; she predeceased him by twelve years. There were six children. As an evidence of the confidence his character inspired and of the esteem in which his family were held, his eldest son, Dr. Robert L. Donaldson, M.D. of Dublin University, was elected resident medical superintendent of the Monaghan and Cavan District Asylum, a post he held for twenty-five years, till disabled by an injury to his spine, inflicted by one of the inmates, and his third son. Dr. George Donaldson, M.D. of Dublin University, was elected to succeed his father as medical officer of Castleshane on his retirement from active service. His second son, Dr. William Ireland Donaldson, also a graduate and M.D. of Dublin University, holds the very important post of medical superintendent of the London County Council Asylum, Horton Manor, Epsom. The youngest son, John Harvard Donaldson, was a student in Trinity at the outbreak of the South African War. He went out and served in the war, and is now headmaster of a public school in South Africa. His eldest daughter is the widow of the late Mr. John Hamilton Reid, of Lisnoe, Orwell Park, Rathgar, Dublin, and the youngest was his faithful attendant, companion, and nurse till his death. Up till the beginning of the present year he enjoyed fine health, and possessed all his faculties in vigour, notwithstanding his great age. For the last three months he gradually decayed, and fell painlessly asleep on Friday evening last at nine o clock. His son, after he was appointed to Castleshane district to his father's poet, lived for only a year. On his death Dr. Donaldson and his family removed to Belfast, where he resided some twenty years, during which they were members of Duncairn Church. Four years ago he came to Dublin, and joined Lower Abbey Street. He was an elder of the Church for over half a century, first in Second Clontibret, and then in Duncairn.

Referring to his death last Sabbath, Rev. J. C. Johnston paid an eloquent tribute to the deceased gentleman.

The interment was private, in the family burying-ground at Upper Clontibret. The services were conducted by the Rev. J. C. Johnston and Rev. John Thompson of Clontibret.



Mr. John M'Elwaine, Lisgar, died on the 21st March, after a prolonged illness. He was a member of an old and popular family, and was highly esteemed and respected by all. He was a devoted member of Corglass Presbyterian Church, in the affairs of which he always took a deep interest. The funeral to Corglass Churchyard was a large and representative one. Rev. T. S. Killen, Trinity Church, Bailieborough, and Rev. J. Coulter, Methodist Church, Bailieborough, conducted the funeral service at the deceased's residence, and at the church the officiating clergymen were Rev. T. S. Killen, Bailieborough; Rev. F. Moore, Glasleck; and the Rev. W. Auld, Coroneary. The chief mourners were -- Dr. Robert M'Elwaine (Bailieborough), Dr. T. M'Elwaine (Devon-port), Dr. P. M'Elwaine (Wallasey), Messrs. Richard M'Elwaine and William M'Elwaine (brothers), and John and Thomas M'Elwaine (nephews).



Tribute by Rev. Dr. Purves.

At the morning service in Elmwood Church on Sabbath the Rev. Dr. Purves, preaching from Psalm cxii., made reference to the death of Mr. Samuel M'Bride, an elder in the congregation. He said Mr. M'Bride certainly came of the generation of the upright, and his outstanding characteristic was his beneficence. He was generous and freehanded, and he distributed the wealth God gave him as a steward of what he had received. Much of it he dispersed and gave to the poor, and he showed favour and lent where need was, and gave freely even where he was not likely to receive again. Outside his business his interests were in his home, and by his work in the Sunday-school, which he superintended for so long, he won the blessing of those who befriend little children. Mr. M'Bride also fulfilled the ideal of the reliable man depicted in this Psalm, for his heart was fixed, trusting in the Lord. Although trained in what might be called the old school of religious doctrine, he kept an open mind for newer light; and he had the religious experience which proves all things and holds fast that which is good. He held his opinions with tenacity, and that is a quality not undesirable in one who would guide others, whether in business or in religion. Beyond most employers Mr M'Bride sought the good of his workers, with the happy result that they seldom or never wished to leave his service. Like all strong personalities, he had the defects of his qualities, but he won and kept the respect of all who held intercourse with him. Personally, I always found Mr. M'Bride a kind friend, and there never crossed the path of a friendship which has lasted for many years a shadow of estrangement. He was loyal to his friends, and he had many of them. I need not enlarge on his services to this congregation. It is sufficient to say that its best interests lay at his heart, and that his death has made a blank in the ranks of those who have been prominently connected with it. It was largely owing to his influence that Elmwood Church took a position in regard to church extension in the city which led this congregation to become the founder of another in the district of Donegall Road. Towards that effort Mr. M'Bride gave freely of his means and his time. For many years he has been living apart from all public life, and God has taken him gently away from the burden of many infirmities. No motto could more fittingly be inscribed on his life and work than the words, "The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance."

Mr. S. Paxton Cowan, J.P., regrets that he was unable to attend the funeral on 5th inst. of Mr. Samuel M'Bride, who was his brother-in-law.


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The Witness - Friday, 21 April 1916


M'COMB -- April 16, to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M'Comb, Lilybank, Whitehead -- a son.

M'KEE -- April 14, at Ealing, to the Rev. John and Mrs. M'Kee, Beaumont Manse, Mindrum, Northumberland -- a son.

STEWART -- April 16, at 7, Wellington Crescent, Ravenhill Road, Belfast, the wife of Rev. David Stewart, B.A., Cregagh, of a son.


GILLESPIE -- April 15, 1916, at her residence, 216, Old Lodge Road, Belfast, Anne, the beloved wife of Robert Gillespie. Interred in City Cemetery, Belfast.

HARRISON -- April 19, at the Manse, Castlebellingham (suddenly), Rev. Samuel Lyle Harrison, in the 76th year of his age, and 49th year of his ministry. Funeral to the Presbyterian Church, Castlebellingham, to-morrow (Saturday) at 1 o'clock p.m. No flowers, by request.

ANDERSON -- April 15, at 11, Manor Street, Thomas, husband of Helen Anderson, formerly of Gilford, Co. Down.

ARMSTRONG -- April 12, at 2, Canal Street, Newry, Mary Elizabeth (Lily), wife of Samuel A. Armstrong, and only surviving daughter of Robert Long.

BELL -- April 18, at his residence, Drumods, Coagh, Arthur H., the beloved husband of Mary Bell.

BOYD -- April 13, at Seabreeze, Ballyholme, Frank, son of James Boyd.

BUCHANAN -- April 17, at 67, Kansas Avenue, Emily, daughter of the late Richard W. Buchanan, of Sion House, Kingstown, Co. Dublin.

CAIRNS -- April 17, at his residence, Eskragh, Dungannon, Hugh Cairns, the beloved husband of Isabella Cairns, late of County Courthouse, Belfast, aged 74 years.

COCKING -- April 15, at Glebe Road, Huddersfield, Mary Alice (Molly), daughter or the late William Cocking, Architect.

CROOKS -- April 12, Margaret, relict of the late John Crooks, Legateriff, Ballinderry.

ELLISON -- April 15, at Gar-Na-Mona, 216 Duncairn Gardens, James Ellison (of J. Ellison & Sons, harnessmakers), husband of Maria Ellison.

GREER -- April 12, at 66, Portallo Street, George Samuel Greer.

HOLTON -- April 17, at Bank House, Dungloe, Donegal, William James Holton, manager, Northern Bank, Dungloe.

KANE -- April 13, at Sunnyside, Cloughfin, Islandmagee, George, infant son of George Kane.

KIRKPATRICK -- April 17, at his brother a residence, Redhall, Ballycarry, Alexander, youngest son of the late Alexander Kirkpatrick, Blackcave, Larne.

KYLE -- April 15, at 5, Kentullagh Terrace, Ballymena, Esther Orr (Hessie), eldest daughter of William Kyle, aged 11 years.

LOWRY -- April 12, at Ballygoskin House, County Down, Adam Lowry.

MAGILL -- April 17, at 54, Earl Street, Agnes, wife of John Magill.

MATCHETT -- April 17, at a private nursing home, Belfast, Dorcas, the wife of Rev. F. Matchett, The Rectory, Hillsborough.

MERVYN -- April 19, at The Priory, Strandtown, Belfast, George Gore Mervyn, Vicar of Ballymacarrett and Treasurer of Down Cathedral, aged 55.

M'CAUGHEY -- April 14, at Church Place, Lurgan, James M'Caughey, in his 91st year.

M'LEAN -- April 14, at Plas Mervyn, Holywood, County Down, James M'Lean, R.M. (retired).

M'MEEKIN -- April 18, at her residence, Cogry, Sarah, daughter of the late Robert M'Meekin.

RAINEY -- April 4, at Mountstewart, Ballymena, Hugh Rainey, J.P.

SMYTH -- April 15, at Lisnalinchy, Ballyclare, William Hugh Smyth.

STUART -- April 10, at her residence, Newbuildings S., Ballymoney, Margaret Stuart, aged 84 years, relict of the late Thomas Stuart.

STURGEON -- April 16, at Tullynore, Anahilt, Hillsborough, David A., brother of John Sturgeon.

TROTTER -- April 17. at 52, Tennant Street, Belfast, Elizabeth Trotter, wife of James Trotter.

TURNER -- April 14, Adam Turner, Clifton Street, Belfast, husband of Maggie Turner, aged 71 years.

WARDLAW -- April 8, 1916, at New College Settlement, Edinburgh, Robin Dishon, youngest son of the late David William Wardlaw, and of Mrs. Wardlaw, of 1, George's Terrace, Howth Road, Dublin.

WATSON -- April 19, at 4, Joselyn Gardens, Margaret Elizabeth (Gretta), daughter of the late David C. Watson, and granddaughter of the late Thomas M'Call, of Holywood, Co. Down.



Instruction in Day Schools.

The results of the examination on religious instruction in day schools are as follows:--

Senior Division --

Anna Adelaide Stephenson, Drumakill N.S., first place and silver medal;
Gordon M'Bride, Derryvalley N.S., second;
Albert E. Knox, Drumakill, third;
Madge Sanderson, Violet Wells, Janie Ritchie, and Samuel Wells (Derryvalley) -- these names are in order of merit --
Eileen Adair, Carrickaslane; Willie M'Cullagh, Derryvalley; and Isabella Beggs, Carrickaslane.

Middle Division --

Thomas Carson, Derryvalley N.S., and Dorothy Orr, No. 2 Castleblayney N.S., equal for first place, and silver medal each;
Hulva Adair, Carrickaslane, and Elizabeth Sanderson, Derryvalley, equal for second place; Harrison Adair, Carrickaslane, third;
Sissie Crozier, Drumakill, fourth;
Janie Nesbitt, Derryvalley, and Dorothea Garton, Mullagreenan N.S., equal for fifth; Florence E. Gaston, sixth;
Annie Jane M'Carter, seventh;
T. J. Pollock, Drumakill; Bella Kelly and John Hagan, Derryvalley, equal;
Beatrice Patricia Harcourt, Mullagreenan; Robert Ritchie, Derryvalley, and Roberta Windrum, Carrickaslane, equal;
all the above names are placed in the order of merit.

Competitors entered from five schools, and the answering this year, especially in Scripture, was excellent. The silver medal in the senior division has been again presented by Mr. J. Gillespie, solicitor, Castleblayney, and that in the middle division by Mr. H. Boyd, B.A., Carbrock, both gentlemen being true friends of education.

On Tuesday evening last the distribution of prizes gained by the pupils of Derryvalley National School, at the written examination, held at convenient centres within the bounds of Ballybay Presbytery, took place in First Ballybay Presbyterian Church Lecture Hall. There was a large attendance of the pupils and friends. Rev. H. A. MacKenzie, B.A., occupied the chair, and after devotional exercises, introduced a varied and most interesting programme, in which the children of the day school had a prominent part. He called on Mrs. D. J. Carson, Ballybay, to distribute the prizes and medals to the successful competitors. Through the kindness of Mr. J. Moore, superintendent of First Ballybay Sabbath-school, a beautiful silver medal was presented by Mrs. Carson to Saidie Templeton, who had not missed a single day during the last five years at Sunday-school. Mr. D. J. Carson, J.P., gave the extra silver medal for first place in the middle division, which was secured by Thomas Carson, a little boy of nine years of age. Prizes -- eighteen in number -- were also given by the manager, Rev. H. A. MacKenzie, to those pupils who, at the oral examination, had, in the opinion of the examiners, richly deserved prizes. He congratulated the teachers for the great pains they had taken throughout the year to prepare their pupils in the Scriptural programme, the results showing how earnest they had been, as in the senior division one half of the prizes awarded had been obtained by the pupils of that school, arid in the middle division one-third, although scholars from five schools had entered for the written examination. In response to the chairman's request, hearty cheers were given to Mrs. Carson for so kindly distributing the prizes, and to the gentlemen who had presented the medals. A very pleasant and happy evening was brought to a close by the singing of the National Anthem.



It is with feelings of profound sorrow that we record the somewhat sudden death of the Rev. Samuel Lyle Harrison, which took place on Wednesday at The Manse, Castlebellingham, Co. Louth. The deceased, who was in the 76th year of his age, and the 49th year of his ministry, was a son of Mr. W. Harrison, a County Armagh man, who took up residence as a school teacher in Kirkhills, near Ballymoney. The son made his first venture in public speaking in the eventful year of 1859, in the scenes of which he took a prominent part. Having prepared for college with a view to the ministry, he entered Queen's College, Belfast, in 1861, and spent there the three years of his undergraduate course. This was followed by a session at the Assembly's College and two sessions at Magee College, after which he was licensed by the Presbytery of Route on 7th May, 1867. His career as a licentiate was unusually short, as on 19th November following his licensure he was ordained by the Presbytery of Athlone to the pastoral charge of Creggs congregation. From this he removed Clogher, where he was installed by the Presbytery of Connaught on 29th January, 1873. After a period of five years he was transferred to Dromore West, where he settled on 17th May, 1878, and after a further period of five years he made his last ministerial change. In 1883 the congregations of Castlebellingham and Jonesborough were both vacant, and a union having been effected, Mr. Harrison was installed in the joint charge on 29th May. Thus he had almost completed 33 years in that pastorate. All his ministerial labour was done within the bounds of the Synod of Dublin, the members of which honoured him by calling him to act as Moderator at their meeting in 1900. Since coming to Castlebellingham he had to travel about 30 miles each Sabbath in connection with his Christian duties. As late as last Tuesday week he attended a Presbytery meeting in Newry, and no member was more active in the deliberations of the meeting than he was. He was the oldest surviving student of the Derry College. In fact, he remained a student to the end of his days, and he was to be found at 5-30 in the morning in his study. In 1907, on the completion of his 25th year in Castlebellingham, he was made the recipient of a magnificent presentation and address by the residents of the district. He was a member of the County Louth Archaeological Society, and took a keen interest in the preservation of the old landmarks and relics of the country.

Though somewhat delicate in early student days Mr. Harrison lived to a good old age. Throughout his ministry he was a very devoted preacher and an excellent pastor. He possessed the imaginative gift to a considerable degree, and, especially in the latter portion of his career, gave evidence of a facile literary touch which rendered his various contributions to "The Witness" and magazines exceedingly popular and interesting. He was very fond of companionship, and was one of the friendliest of men when by his word or deed he could do anything to relieve their trouble. With increasing years he found the toil of the Sabbath services to be a heavy dram on his strength, for the church at Jonesborough was many miles distant from Castlebellingham, and to reach it he had to pass through Dundalk, where for the past twenty-three years he held the chaplaincy in the local prison. It was with cordial appreciation of a long and useful career that the General Assembly at its last meeting gave him liberty to retire from the active duties of the ministry; and on that occasion tribute was borne to his sterling character and his fearless expression of his opinions in the supreme Court of the Church. His death, which makes the twentieth removal from the ranks of the ministry since last Assembly, will be deeply deplored, for there was no member of the Irish Presbyterian Church who was more beloved.

His widow was a Miss Allen, a member of a well-known Dublin family connected with the Society of Friends. Their only child is the Rev. A. L. Harrison, B.A., assistant and successor to the Rev. Dr. Jas. Maconaghie, Fortwilliam Church, Belfast, who is a first cousin of deceased.

The funeral will take place to-morrow at one o'clock, when a service will be held, prior to the interment, in Castlebellingham Presbyterian Church.


The death under circumstances of great suddenness and sadness of the Rev. S. Lyle Harrison removes one of my earliest friends, and one who was associated with one to the last. I first became acquainted with him during his student days in the then Magee College, and the friendship there formed continued all through life. For many years Mr. Harrison was a regular contributor to the Editorial columns of "The Witness," and the leading article of to-day is from his pen. What adds to the personal pain of the tragedy of his sudden taking off is that immediately after I heard of the news of his death on Wednesday I was shown the envelope which had contained the revised "proof" received that morning, and written in his usual clear and firm hand. Such long and close personal and official associations impel me to offer a brief tribute to his memory, and to ask his widow and son to accept from me the expression of heartfelt sorrow on their sad bereavement. Mr. Harrison was an industrious and able student, and interested in classical and general literature, some of the fruits of which the readers of "The Witness" have enjoyed for many years. His style was polished and vivid, and his information was varied and extensive, and his resource, both of subject and illustration, exhaustless. In later years I had only opportunities of seeing him during the Assembly meeting or on other local visits, but it was always a pleasure to me to meet and talk with him. He was essentially modest and unassertive, but he was a man of great earnestness end strong convictions, and one who had the courage of his convictions. He often intervened in Assembly debates, and always evinced the deepest interest in all that affected the Church or the country. He was eminently honest and straightforward, without cast or affectation, and of a most kindly and genial nature. I never had an opportunity of hearing him preach, but if he only displayed the same care, culture, and earnestness in his preachings as he did in his writings his pulpit ministrations must have been finished and impressive. He has had his day, and ceased to be, lived a life of useful and devoted service, and he has now gone to his rest and reward, leaving behind him the fragrant memory of duty well done, of service faithfully rendered.



On Monday, 27th ult., there passed away Mr. Alexander Mayrs, Kiltinney. He was a highly-esteemed elder of the Macosquin Congregation. When a young man he removed to Peoria County, Illinois, where he engaged in farming, and where he married Miss Mary A. Yates. All the members, save two, of his large family were born there. Shorty before the death of his parents he, with his family, returned to the home-farm at Kiltinney, and greatly improved its value through the experience he had gained in Illinois. He was immediately chosen a member of the Macosquin Session, and for many years was a superintendent of the Sabbath-school. The remains of the deceased, who was a warm-hearted and faithful friend and true Christian, were laid to rest in the Macosquin Burying-ground on the following Wednesday, the Rev. T. C. Stuart (pastor) officiating, and Rev. Mr. White, of Dromore, assisting at the graveside.


We regret to record the sudden death of Mr. James M'Lean, R.M. (retired), which occurred on Friday at his residence, Plas Merdyn, Holywood. The deceased, who had been a member of the Holywood Urban Council, was in early life a solicitor, like his late father and his brother, Mr. R. E. M'Lean, who is now serving in the Royal Irish Rifles as a major. He was afterwards appointed a Resident Magistrate, and retired from that position a few years ago, his last district being Monaghan. He was a most popular gentleman, and the news of his death has been received with feelings of sincere sorrow by the residents of Holywood.



Ministerial Appreciation.

In Eglinton Street Church on Sabbath evening the Rev. J. H. Morton, referring to the death of Mr. T. Clokey, said deceased wee born more than eighty years ago, and was baptised by the Rev. Dr. John Edgar in Alfred Street Church. He became a member an full Communion in Eglinton Street Church in 1861, and for many years acted as superintendent of one of its Sabbath-schools. Since 1876 he had been a ruling elder and clerk of the kirk session, and for twenty-three years of this period acted also os secretary to the Congregational Committee. Much of the long and honoured service rendered by him was performed in the Hemsworth Street Mission district, with which his name is inseparably connected. In the year 1859 he was induced by Mr. John Getty to give up his business in North Street and devote all has time and energy to evangelistic work. But prior to this he spent much of has time in doing good. To him was due the inception and much of the success of the Midnight Mission, to the work of which he brought in a highly consecrated degree the seal and patience and wisdom with which he was endowed. He also took a prominent port in dispensing free breakfasts to the poor of the community, and under his skilful leadership the mission district became a valuable training ground for Christian workers. He was in close touch with the best religions life of the community, and was honoured as a man of probity and whole-hearted consecration.

In concluding, Mr. Morton, said -- No minister ever had a more loyal colleague or a more devoted helper. With the increase of his years there was a mellowing of his disposition and a ripening of his wisdom. In counsel he was always judicious; in handling difficult situations he was moderate and conciliatory; in demeanour he bore himself as a man of God; in attendance on the ordinances of the Gospel and in the difficult grace of Christian giving he was a praiseworthy example to the whole congregation. Very conspicuous was his humility. He was completely devoid of the vice of self-seeking, and had well learned the meaning of the Apostles exhortation -- "In lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than himself." On the unworthy side of rivalry he was unskilled, nor was he careful to secure that due praise should be accorded to his own labours. This saved him from the bitter pains of jealousy and envy. To him the main object was the rescue of souls from the captivity of sin; and whether this was effected through him or through others it was equally to him a cause of rejoicing, because thereby glory accrued to the Saviour Whom he loved. No appreciation of our beloved friend would be at all adequate which faded to note his pity for the outcast section of the community. It is so hard to love the drunkard, the profligate, the shamelessly abandoned, who flaunt their wickedness by day and night. Yet this class appealed to his heart; their wretchedness and the depth of their degradation were a challenge to his God. Nor was his pity of the passive kind which is satisfied with a word of sorrow or a sigh of despair. His faith in the power of Divine grace led him to loving and ceaseless effort for the rescue of such as were possessed by unclean spirits. The star of hope was for him ever in the ascendant; his expectation was based on the Divine promise and reinforced by the knowledge that many had become trophies of the Divine mercy. Probably our friend was at has very best when engaged in this difficult and depressing work; yet his energies never flagged, and his patience was a reproach to many of us. With what tenderness he described the appalling danger of sin; with what fervour he set forth the blessings of salvation; with what ample grasp of the wide mercy of God he gave assurance to the despairing; with what urgency he pressed the need of immediate surrender to God. With many he has pleaded in speech, for them he has wrestled in prayer, with a tenacity and hopefulness which only whole-hearted consecration could sustain. Lastly, let me mention his strong faith. This was the girdle that encompassed all the other graces with which he was endowed. In so far as his own personal religion was concerned he was a man of faith. And because he made full proof of trust on God for his own needs, he believed in God in so far as regarded the needs of others. He trusted so confidently in the willingness and power of God to bless others just because he knew so well what these meant to Ms own spiritual welfare. The things that he himself bandied day by day were things that he commended to the acceptance of others. The limitless reach of the Divine grace became his theme through his appreciation of that grace as extended to himself.

The praise selections and Scripture lessons were in harmony with the solemn occasion, and at the close of the service the organist played the Dead March in "Saul."



The funeral of the late Mr. Wardlaw, a student for the ministry under the care of the Dublin Presbytery, took place last week in Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin. Having completed his undergraduate course in Trinity College, Dublin, and graduated with honours, Mr. Wardlaw proceeded to Edinburgh, where he finished the second year of theology in the New College. He remained on, engaged in the work of the Settlement, where he had resided during the past session, till a sudden attack of acute bronchitis ended a career of great promise. The profound sympathy of many in Dublin goes out to the bereaved mother, who is a widow, and to the brothers in their sore bereavement.

The service in the Mortuary Chapel was taken by the Rev. J. L. Morrow, M.A., of Clontarf, of which congregation the family are attached members, and by the Rev. J. Denham Osborne, D.D. In a brief address Mr. Morrow said -- A very profound sorrow, a very tender sympathy, fills our hearts as we meet around this coffin. Robin Dishon Wardlaw was one of the first children baptised in the Clontarf Presbyterian Church. Educated in the day and Sabbath schools of the congregation, he was in every sense a child of the Church. There he heard the call to the Christian ministry, to which, with several others, he willingly responded. With an intense earnestness and application that weak health could not stay, he pursued a successful and promising course in Trinity College and in the New Theological College, Edinburgh. As a student of Trinity College he attended my Catechetical lectures, and won every prize that was open to him; as a student for the ministry of the Dublin Presbytery he was entrusted, to my care, and as a dear friend of my own boy he was often in the manse. I got to know him intimately -- his character, has qualities as a friend, as a brother, as a devoted son of his mother. I believe he was a Christian from his birth, that love for the Lord was born in his blood. His guilelessness and purity of mind, his conscientiousness and consecration of life, his loftiness of soul and unselfishness, added to an ability that was highly cultured, all gave promise of profound personal influence and much fruitfulness in the Christian ministry, for which he had almost completed the long course. Those who knew him and loved him, looking back over his career, have nothing there to regret or sorrow for. Our Heavenly Father has called him to a higher ministry than that he contemplated. We cannot question His wisdom; we dare not doubt His love. One is constrained to ask. Has all this fine training been wasted? Not if we remember that the end of education is the drawing-out of character. Christ was being formed in him, and that being completed, God took him when spiritually he came of age. This early and sudden death calls all of us, and especially the young, to a greater seriousness. Our daily occupations, our pleasures, are, after all, but the clothes, the externals of life. God is calling us to get beneath these to the real things, to lay hold of the Eternal. Our sympathies go out to the bereaved mother and brothers -- to her who, through long years of widowhood, cherished him and followed his career with hopes now sadly disappointed, though but for the moment; and to the brothers who proved themselves to be to him brothers indeed. In this solemn hour, when man's words fail, we commend them to God, who is a very present help in time of trouble. As we turn away to take up again our ordinary lines let no one go with wonder in his heart or doubt in his mind at this providence of God. On a tombstone over a child's grave is inscribed this parable -- "A gardener was going round the garden with his master, and came upon a young and tender flower plucked off. He asked 'Who plucked this flower?' 'I did,' replied the master. And the gardener held his peace."




Lieutenant R. W. M'Connell, who was killed in action on 9th April, 1916, was the second son of Rev. James M'Connell, Megain Memorial Presbyterian Church, Belfast. He was born on 8th Jan., 1896, and received his elementary education at Mountpottinger school. He entered Campbell College in Sept., 1906, and remained there till July, 1914, during which time, he gained several prizes, won a senior scholarship for two years, and passed the junior, middle, and senior grades examinations of the Intermediate Education Board for Ireland. On more than one occasion he was among the first prize-winners at the General Assembly's guild examinations. In 1909 he took second place with 95 per cent., the examiner (Rev. Prof. Heron, D.D.) reporting his answering to be "exceptionally brilliant." He entered the honours English school of the Belfast Queen's University in October, 1914. and was gazetted second-lieutenant of the King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment on 21st Feb., 1916, the Academic Council allowing him, on resuming attendance in the University, to count himself as having completed his first year, and to take rank as a second year student. He was extremely popular with his fellow-students, and was elected a member of council of the Literary and Scientific Society, and awarded at the annual meeting of the society on 10th March, 1915, the Dufferin medal for oratory. He was also immensely popular with the members of his father's congregation, in the work of which he took a deep interest, teaching in both the morning and evening Sabbath-school. The office-bearers, at a social meeting on 8th April, 1915, presented him with a sword of honour. He took part in fighting the Turks at Suvla Bay, and subsequently in the wonderful evacuation of Gallipoli. He was afterwards attached to the Indian Expeditionary Force, and proceeded to Mesopotamia. On 5th April he was slightly wounded in the chest, but pluckily remained at duty, and a few days afterwards (9th) was killed in action.

Ministerial Tributes.

Preaching in Megain Memorial Church on Sabbath morning last, Rev. Dr. Macmillan, in the course of an eloquent tribute to the deceased, said he was a youth of great gifts and promise and most winning ways. God made him good as he was beautiful. The deepest characteristic of his life, wonderfully developed and matured by the scenes through which he passed during his year in the army, was trust in the love and power of God. Indeed, as he expressed it himself in one of his letters to his father, he left home a boy and he expected to return a man. He left the old home a boy, he entered the new Home a man. And we may judge as to what manner of man he was from the fact that at a farewell dinner on the eve of his departure from British shores he was the only one among sixty officers who had the courage to drink the King's health in water and the loyalty to follow the King's own example. Lieutenant M'Connell was possessed of the gift of speech which would, had he been spared, proved a magic power in his life. The children of the class he taught, his fellow-students, all who knew him grieve to think that his voice is still. But, being dead, he yet speaketh, and he will speak on earth for years to come, and in other spheres his gifts will find ample scope for their exercise. Those who have had the privilege of reading his letters know that he wielded a picturesque and graceful pen, which, we mourn, has been laid down for ever; but he himself was an epistle of Christ, and he is now where he no longer needs the slow and cumbrous medium of pen and ink, for there they see face to face. One of his communications gives an impressive description of a silent march in the moonlight, stray bullets whizzing unheeded over the column as it wound its way onward to the sea, countless prayers rising to heaven for help and many a rough ranker pouring out his heart in thanksgiving when the evacuation was complete. The writer adds -- "I can only thank God for His goodness, and I can trust Him for anything since He has brought me safely from the cliffs of Gallipoli." And he brought him through everything -- even the final stage and step of all -- and by the nearest way he reached his Father's house above. On leaving England he thought -- as was his wont -- far more about the anxious hearts at home than as to what might befal him in the scene of action for which he sailed. He pleads -- "Stubbornly refuse to look at the dark side of the picture; it is only au revoir till we meet again... I am proud to fight for you all. I thank you for bringing me up a Christian. It is not a matter for talk, but in a moment like the present I cannot tell you what a difference it makes. It is a common bond which unites us, and so long as that link remains we can never stray far apart. Do not fret, be cheerful; this is faith in God.

Rev. Wm. Witherow, preaching at the evening service also paid a high tribute to the deceased. In the course of his address he said -- A fine specimen of the cultured young men from our colleges and universities who have joined the colours to fight for liberty and civilisation and righteousness, Lieutenant M'Connell determined that he would do all that man could do to put down all the despotism, oppression, cruelty, atrocity, falsehood, treachery, and heathen frightfulness connected with Prussian militarism. An able and distinguished student, respected much by his fellow-students, living in a happy home, much loved by the members of his family, and for whom he had the warmest affection. Christian patriotism constrained him to deny himself of all these pleasures of home and of the homeland, that he might deliver his King and country from the indelible disgrace of "lying at the proud foot of a conquerer." Surrounded with many home comforts and with bright prospects for the future, he might, like some other young men, have stayed at home and enjoyed these things; but he left all the fellowship of this church, his loved work in your Sabbath-school, and all the joys of home, and took as his motto the words -- I live for those that love me."



Mrs. Margaret Stuart, of Newbuildings, Ballymoney, who died last week at the age of eighty-four years, was a much-respected member of a well-known family in the district. She spent her long and honourable life in the townland an which she was born, and where her forefathers and their descendants have been resident for more than 200 years. Sprung from a strong and stalwart race, she was a woman in whom a fine integrity of character and a clear and vigorous mind were beautifully blended with tenderness of heart. Her Christian influence radiated through all the interests of her home and family, and she lived an the esteem of her friends and in the affectionate devotion of her sons and daughters, for many generations her people had been connected with the First Presbyterian Church, Ballymoney, and had taken an active part in its work, and so through all her days she loved the courts of the Lord's house, and entered with gladness into all its worship wand service, and the Lord was at all times her light and her salvation. Her husband pre-deceased her by thirty years, and for those thirty years she was the centre and head of the home. Under such a gracious home influence her two daughters have followed their mother's footsteps in character and usefulness, and as helpers in the work of the church in which they were brought up. One of her sons, the Rev. Archibald Stuart, entered the ministry of the Irish Presbyterian Church, and was appointed under the Jewish Mission to work in Damascus. He was a man of remarkable gifts, and had already left the impress of has personality and his spiritual influence on the congregation in that ancient city, and on the surrounding Syrian villages, when, in the Providence of God, death came to him in the prime of life, and in the fulness of his powers. Another of her sons, Mr. Thomas Stuart, has for many years, with unwearied zeal, superintended the Sabbath-school of Gulduffin, in his own neighbourhood. Of the other two sons, Mr. Henry Stuart is an extensive farmer, and Mr. William Stuart is a successful merchant, and an influential member of the Ballymoney Urban District Council.



The funeral, which was of a private nature took place to the New Cemetery, Lurgan, on Monday of Mr. James M'Caughey. Deceased, who had reached the advanced age of ninety years, was at one time engaged in the grocery trade, and later he embarked with his son, Mr. John M'Caughey, J.P., (a member of the Belfast Corporation), and his son-in-law, Mr. James English, J.P., in the linen trade, and succeeded in building up a very extensive business, from which he retired many years ago. His death occurred suddenly on Friday evening. The chief mourners at the funeral were -- Mr. John M'Caughey, J.P., (son); Messrs. Donald M'Caughey, John M'Caughey, jun.; Robert G. M'Caughey, Harry English, Thomas Johnston, Henry G. Johnston (grandsons) James English, J.P. (son-in-law); William Strain, Sidney Jackson, Lieut. Erney Strain, Terence Strain (great-grandson); Wm. Belshaw and W. Millar (nephews). Rev. Professor Hamill and Rev. W. B. Sproul officiated at the graveside.


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The Witness - Friday, 28 April 1916


IRWIN--MILLER -- April 26, at the Presbyterian Church, Ballygilbert, by the Rev. R. J. Morrell, Rev. J. A. H. Irwin, M.A., B.D., D.Ph., Killead, to Amy Marie, widow of George Ure Miller, Craigmore, Buteshire, and elder daughter of the late Francis Hunter, Bangor, Co. Down, and Mrs. Hunter, The Chase, Helen's Bay.

M'KEE--CHARRIER -- At Newington Church, by the Rev. Alex. Gilchrist, Surgeon A. G. M'Kee, Royal Navy, youngest son of the late Rev. James M'Kee and of Mrs. A. E. Allen, 8, Belgravia, Belfast, to Leonore Dorothy Logan, eldest daughter of the late Major P. A. Charrier and of Mrs. Charrier, The Laurels, Alexandra Road, South Farnborough, Hampshire.


CARRUTHERS -- April 25, 1916, at her residence, 3, Skegoniel Avenue, York Road, Belfast, Tillie, the beloved wife of David Carruthers. Interred in Belfast City Cemetery. DAVID CARRUTHERS.

GASS -- April 20, 1916 (suddenly), at Ardeen, Clones, Janet, widow of Rev. John S. Gass, aged 81. Buried at Stonebridge, Clones, on 22nd inst.

WOODHEAD -- April 20, at 79, Ampthill Road, Aigburth, Mary Gault, the dearly-beloved wife of Robert W. Woodhead, and second daughter of Isaac Adams, Ballyrussell, Dundonald, County Down. Her remains were interred in Smithdown Road Cemetery.

ANGUS -- April 21, at 20, Albert Street, Bangor, Robert Angus, late of Cottown.

BLAIR -- April 21, at Ballypollard, Magheramorne, Jane, daughter of William Blair.

CANNING -- April 22, at The Lodge, Rostrevor, the Hon. Albert Stratford George Canning, D.L., in his 84th year.

CARROTHERS -- April 24, at 1, Church View, Holywood, Samuel Carrothers, formerly of Ballyrobert, County Down.

CHARLES -- April 18, at Walthamstow, London, Richard Charles, third son of the late Wm. Charles, Desertmartin, County Londonderry, aged 76 years.

COCKING -- April 15, at Glebe Road, Huddersfield, Mary Alice (Mollie), daughter of the late William Cocking, Architect.

COURTNEY -- April 23, at 5, Mill Street, Whiteabbey, Jane, relict of the late Wm. Courtney, Craigarogan.

CRAIG -- April 20, at 14, Atlantic Avenue, Belfast, Matilda, widow of John Craig.

DARRAGH -- April 21, at Milltown, Antrim, Mary Darragh, aged 81, wife of James Darragh.

DEYARMON -- April 16, 1916, at her residence, Cargygray, Ballynahinch, Eliza Jane, beloved wife of Thomas Deyarmon, in her 82nd year.
    Gone to the spirit world,
    Another vacant chair;
    Under the banner of love and peace,
    We soon shall meet her there.

HALLIDAY -- April 24, at Toughblane, Hillsborough, Elizabeth, relict of the late Wm. Halliday.

KIRK -- April 24, at, Ballycraigy, Carnmoney, Samuel Kirk.

KNOWLES -- April 23, at the residence of her son (the Rev. James Knowles, Richmond House, Antrim Road, Belfast), Jane, widow of the late James Knowles, Ballymena, in the 95th year of her age.

M'CLEERY -- April 20, at her residence, Killerane, Mary Jane, relict of the late George M'Cleery, Killerane, Co. Monaghan.

M'CULLOUGH -- April 24, at Creevy House, Loughbrickland, Francis Moore M'Cullough, aged 92 years.

REID -- April 18, at her residence, Ballymullen, Lisburn, Fanny J. (Nia), wife of John Reid.

REID -- April 20, at his residence, Ewemount, Crewe, Glenavy, Francis Wm. Reid.

SAYERS -- April 21, at Cuppendale, Eliza Hastings, relict of the late William J. Sayers.

SIMPSON -- April 23, at Ballycreely, John Simpson.

SMALL -- April 23, at, Portavo, Ann Small, aged 66 years.

STEELE -- April 24, at Dunbarton, Gilford, Maggie, sister of Alexander Steele.

WALLACE -- April 20, at his residence, Woodvale, Ballymena, Richard Wallace, only son of the late John Wallace, J.P., Lisconnan.

WALSH -- April 24, at Broomhedge, Jemima G., youngest daughter of James Walsh.

WILSON -- April 24, Thomas Ferguson, eldest son of Thomas Wilson, Knockairn, Dundrod, and grandson of the late Thomas Ferguson, Shankill Road, Belfast.

YOUNG -- April 21, at 411, East India Road, London, George R. Young, M.D., son of the late W. E. Young, Antrimville, Belfast.

In Memoriam

CAMPBELL -- In fond and loving remembrance of William Campbell, who departed this life on April 25, 1914, and was interred in Dundonald Cemetery. Ever remembered by his sorrowing Wife and Family. 9, Elbana Street, Belfast.




An interesting ceremony took place on Saturday in Duncairn Presbyterian Church, when Mr. Frederic T. Lloyd-Dodd, M.A., M.Sc., Professor of Commerce in the Municipal Technical Institute, was married to Miss Elizabeth Maude Macartney, eldest daughter of Councillor William Macartney, J.P., and Mrs. Macartney, Dunavan, Cliftonville. Owing to the war the wedding was very quiet in character. The bride, who looked charming in a fawn gaberdine costume with hat to match, was given away by her father, and was attended by her sister. Miss May Clarke Macartney, who was dressed in a Cheviot blue costume. Mr. Edward H. H. Lloyd-Dodd, Trinity College, Dublin, brother of the bridegroom, acted as best man. The officiating clergymen were the Rev. James Pyper, B.A., minister of Duncairn, and Rev. W. A. De Vere Lloyd-Dodd, M.A., M.Sc., brother of the bridegroom. Mr. Walker presided at the organ, and after the ceremony played the Wedding March. Before leaving the church en route for County Wicklow, where the honeymoon will be spent, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd-Dodd were, the recipients of the hearty congratulations of their friends, who attended in large numbers.



We regret to announce the death of Mrs. Gass, which occurred suddenly at her residence, Ardeen, Clones, on Wednesday night, 19th inst., at the age of 81. She had been in a frail state of health for several years, but had been able to be out at church on the second Sabbath before her death. She survived her husband, the late Rev. John S. Gass, over nineteen years. She was a woman of deep piety, of great wisdom and sagacity, and was held in the highest respect and esteem by all who knew her. She had a very wide circle of friends who were deeply attached to her, and who feel that they have late lost one of the truest and kindest of friends. But her work was finished, and her course was run, and quietly and painlessly she passed away to her Father's House. She is survived by her son Dr. Gass, of Nottingham, and her daughter Miss Gass, of Clones, to whom with other bereaved relatives tender our sincere sympathy. The funeral, which was private, took place on Saturday, in the burying-ground at Stonebridge, Clones. Rev. Samuel Currie conducted the service in the house and at the grave, assisted by Revs. William McDowell, P. W. White, and W. M. Henry.

Rev. Mr. Currie, preaching on Sabbath from Mat. xxvii. 55 -- "Many women were there . . . ministering to Him." made reference to the loss sustained by the congregation through her death. After referring to the ministering woman in the New Testament and in the history of the Church in the high places of the field, he continued -- Mrs. Gass was connected in the closest way with his congregation for some fifty-six years, and as wife and mother, as Sabbath school teacher, as worker for temperance missions, and the poor she has left a record behind her such as at once to humble and in spire us all. Possessed of a strong and vigorous body, gifted with a most tenacious memory and great intellectual abilities, she consecrated all these unreservedly to the service of the Lord, and having done so whatsoever her hand found to do she did it with all her might. There was a fine abandonment and whole-heartedness in her life and work. She took the deepest interest in the affairs of this church, and wrought and prayed incessantly for its prosperity. She had a most kind heart, and when she was unable to speak the word she would write the letter of comfort and consolation that helped to cheer many a lonely and sorrowful heart. But perhaps her most outstanding quality water unselfishness. She would work and toil and pinch and deny herself that others might have daily bread or the bread of life. As for her hospitality, it was unbounded. She was brilliant in conversation, fond of a good story, and a born teacher. She had a marvellous knowledge of the Scriptures and a great grasp of the doctrines of grace. Her fellowship with her Lord was close and constant, and He was always her salvation and her desire. Her humility was such that even up to the end of her long and beautiful life she looked upon herself as utterly unworthy, and she remained to the last a penitent soul, satisfied to remain "at His feet." Why she was a devoted and loyal Presbyterian she had a broad outlook towards all who loved the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity, and was always ready to join with them in every effort to uplift and purify human life.


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