The Witness - Friday, 6 July 1917

Roll of Honour

ASHMORE -- May 6, died of wounds at a casualty clearing station in France, Private Richard Howell Ashmore. C.A.M.C., Principal of Cranbrook High School, British Columbia, aged 47 years.
"Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori."


FREEMAN--HUTCHINISON -- June 28, 1917, at First Bangor Presbyterian Church, Bangor, Co. Down, by the Rev. W. J. Currie, B.A., Battery Quarter-Master Sergeant Walter George Freeman, Royal Garrison Artillery, elder son of Mr. Walter J. Freeman, Roseberry Avenue, Loudon, to Violet Mary, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Hutchinson, Brunswick Road Bangor.

GILLIS--STEWART -- June 28, at Garryduff Presbyterian Church, by Rev. David Tynan, assisted by Rev. William Orr, Cushendall, Nancy, youngest daughter of Mr. Alex. Stewart, Burnquarter, Ballymoney, to Charles I. Gillis, Mullarts, Cushendall.

MILLAR--STEWART -- June 26, 1917, at Castlereagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Dr. Little, Samuel M'Comb Millar, Castlereagh House, Co. Down, to Mary Winifred, daughter of Joseph Stewart and Mrs. Stewart, The Hill, Cregagh, Belfast.

M'KEE--YOUNG -- June 13, at Castlewellan Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. William Shepherd, B.A., Ballyroney, assisted by the. Rev. Joseph M'Kee, B.A., Balteagh, cousin of the bridegroom, John E. M'Kee, Finaghy, Belfast, to Margaret, second daughter of Mr. James Young, Ballyroney.

WEIR--GRILLS -- May 10, at Harbin, Manchuria, by Rev. W. H. Gillespie, Rev. Andrew Weir, to Miss Margaret Grills, both of the Irish Presbyterian Mission, Manchuria.


CLEMENTS -- July 2, 1917, at her residence, 467, Lisburn Road, Belfast, Ann Jane, widow of the late William John Clements. Interred in City Cemetery, Wednesday, 4th inst.

DAVISON -- June 29, at his residence, High Cairne, Ramelton, Samuel Davison, aged 84 years. Interred in Ramelton Churchyard.

BURNEY -- July 3, at Rockmount, Carnmoney, Paul Burney, aged 76.

CINNAMOND -- June 29, at Bangor, Co. Down, Jane, relict of the late James Cinnamond, Monaghan.

CRAMPTON -- June 28, at Cockhill Road, Maze, Nathaniel Crampton.

CROSS -- June 50, at Market Square, Dungannon, Mary widow of the late John Cross.

CROZIER -- June 30 (suddenly), at Silchar, India, John Armstrong Crozier, Acting Adj., S.V.L.H., Cachar, second son of the late Rev. J. A. crozier, B.A., Stramore Lodge, Gilford, Co. Down, and Mrs. Crozier, 56, Eglantine Avenue, Belfast.

DAVISON -- June 30, at his father's residence, Ellis Street, Carrickfergus, Robert, youngest and dearly-beloved wife of William Davison.

DODDS -- June 23 (suddenly), at the residence of her husband, Drumadonald, Ballyroney, Jane, the dearly-beloved wife of Robert Dodds. Deep;y regretted.

DONNELLY -- June 4, 1917, John Donnelly, Norwood Grove, Winnipeg, Canada, eldest son of the late John Donnelly, Ballyrussell, Dundonald.

DUNLOP -- June 28, at his residence, 74, Cromwell Avenue, Highgate, London, in his 79th year, Colonel Samuel Dunlop, C.M.G., son of the late Rev. Samuel Dunlop, Hillhall, Lisburn.

FERGUSON -- June 28, at his residence, Tonaghmore, Saintfield, William John Ferguson.

FLETCHER -- July 1, at his residence, Ladyhill, Antrim, Robert, the beloved husband of Martha Fletcher.

GREENLEES -- July 1, at her residence, Fernbank, Drumbeg, Lisburn, Marya Blakley, beloved wife of David Greenlees.

HAMILL -- July 3, at Ballymartin, Margaret, beloved wife of Hugh Hamill.

HAMMOND -- June 28, at Drumcrail, Ballintra, Co. Donegal, Margaret Eleanor, dearly-beloved wife of Michael Hammond.

HARPER -- July 2, at his residence, Laurelvale, Drumillar, Dromore, Co. Down, David John Harper.

JEFFS -- June 27, at Ballynick, Loughgall, Armagh, Evelyn Dorothy (Eva), fifth daughter of the late Richard and Margaret Jeffs, 23, The Mount, Belfast.

LOUGHRIN -- At New Westminster, B.C., Samuel, eldest son of Robert Loughrin, Orritor, Cookstown.

MARTIN -- June 29 (suddenly), at his residence, Prospect Hill, Ballymacarennan, Lisburn, James, the beloved husband of Margaret Martin.

M'CAMMON -- July 3, at 157, Nithsdale Road, Pollokshields, Glasgow, William M'Cammon, late Bank Manager, Ballynahinch, Co. Down.

M'CULLY -- June 29, at Growell House, Hillsborough, Sarah (Sadie), the dearly-beloved wife of S. J. M'Cully.

RAMSAY -- July 3, at Mountain View, Cookstown, Sarah, the dearly-loved wife of George Ramsay, National teacher.

SHANKS -- June 28, at her residence, Ballyfounder, Portaferry, Susanna, widow of the late James Shanks.

SHAW -- July 1, at 20, Princetown Road, Bangor, Margaret, widow of the late Hans Shaw, of Newtownards.

STEWART -- June 28, at her residence, Ballymacward, Stoneyford, Agnes, dearly-beloved wife of John Stewart.

WEIR -- June 19 (suddenly), at Shillong, India, Henry Weir, second son of the late Thomas Weir, of Lisnabreeny House, Belfast, for over thirty years the manager of the Kalline Tea Estate.

WILSON -- July 1, at Belfast, Rev. S. Law Wilson, M.A., D,D,, Professor of Sacred Ethics and Practical Theology, Assembly's College, Belfast.


MR. and MRS. DICKSON and Family desire to return sincere Thanks to the many kind friends who sympathised with them in their recent sad bereavement; also those who sent wreaths and floral tributes. Trusting this will be by all. 19, Bridge Street, Banbridge.

MRS. FERRIS and Family desire to return their heartfelt Thanks to the many dear friends, from far and near, who so feelingly expressed their sympathy with them in their recent sad bereavement. Sandown Park, Knock.



We regret to record the death of Captain Alexander McDonald Nevin, R.A.M.C., M.B., C.M., D.P.H., which occurred at Newcastle, County Down, after a brief illness. Captain Norm was a son of the late Rev. Robert Kevin, D.D., so long the esteemed minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Londonderry. He had been in practice in Birmingham, and shortly, after the outbreak of war, although over military age, he responded to the call for doctors, and served with a Birmingham hospital unit attached to the Serbian Army. While on duty at Salonica he was laid aside with a severe attack of malaria. He reached this country about a fortnight ago for a brief holiday, rejoining his wife and family, who were staying with his brother-in-law, Dr. Wm. Chancellor, Banbridge. He was suddenly taken ill, and though Sir Wm. Whitla, Dr. Campbell, and Dr. Gardner Robb, from Belfast, were called in consultation, he passed quietly away yesterday week. The funeral took place on Friday, was accorded full military honours at Newcastle. A detachment of the Royal Irish Rifles, with pipe band, in charge of Captain Weldon, with reversed arms, followed the remains to the railway station, where the "Last Post" was sounded as the train left for Banbridge. On arrival at Banbridge the train was met by a large party of mourners, who followed the remains to the public cemetery. Service at the graveside was conducted by Rev. T. Boyd, Rev. James A. Lyons, Rev. T. B. M'Farlane, and Rev. R. Nevin Lyons. There is much sympathy with the sorrowing relatives in their tragic bereavement.



Mr. R. B. Fair has been unanimously elected a member of the Belfast Harbour Board, in the room of Mr. J. Andrews, resigned.

Sligo Corporation have decided to confer the freedom of the borough on Countess Markievicz -- a Sligo lady -- one of the recently released prisoners.

At Bedford, James Wilkinson, a farmer, of Wyboston, was fined 30 and special costs for failing to notify the police that he had in his possession a pig suspected of swine fever.

In giving judgment in a case in London, Mr. Justice Shearman held that when a lady accepts an engagement ring, she is under an obligation to return it when she breaks the engagement.

An electric car on the George route below Niagara Falls ran off the track in a wash-out and fell into the river. Twenty-seven persons are reported killed, thirty injured, and ten slightly injured.

It is officially announced that the restriction on serving potatoes in public eating-places has been repealed by the Public Meals Order (No. 3), and potatoes may now be supplied on any day in the week.

Five Catholic chaplains have been killed in the war, nine Protestant chaplains and one Methodist chaplain. Died of wounds -- Catholic two and Protestant five; and died of disease -- Catholic three and Protestant three.

A memorandum prepared by Mr. Wintour, Director of Army Contracts, states that the value of the purchases made during the war has been over 700,000,000. Large savings have been effected by the control system.

As was expected by all parties, Lord Stanley (eldest son of Lord Derby) Coalition candidate, headed the poll at Abercrombie (Liverpool) by-election, with 2,224 to 794 tor Mr. F. B. Hughes, the Discharged Soldiers' and Sailors' candidate.

The number of animals shipped from the port of Belfast. during the week ending the 20th June, 1917, was:-- 893 cattle, 732 sheep, 70 swine, 139 horses, 2 asses. For corresponding week last year -- 2,296 cattle, 844 sheep, 30 swine, 1 goat, 43 horses.

Mr. Edmond Lupton, B.L., of the Leinster Circuit, has been appointed a Divisional Justice for the Dublin Metropolitan Police District, in place of Mr. M. C. Macinerney, K.C., who has resigned owing to having reached the age limit fixed on his appointment.

On getting an order for 25 worth of goods from the wife of a workman in a mining district, a provision dealer at Newport (Mon.) sought payment, and ascertained from the husband that from himself, children, and lodgers about 50 a week was going into the house.

St. John's Church, Hull, having been sold to provide a site for the art gallery given to the city by Mr. T. R. Ferens, M.P., the whole of the bodies interred in or under the church are being disinterred and removed to the local cemeteries for burial under a special Act of Parliament.

Lord Rhondda, Food Controller, speaking at Cardiff, said he would he the guardian of the consumer, and more particularly of the poor consumer. Even when they had suppressed profiteering it would not be possible to bring down the prices to anything approaching the pre-war standard.

Mr. J. Lee, deputy chief inspector of telegraph and telephone traffic, has been appointed postmaster of Belfast, in succession to Mr. S. G. Forsythe, now postmaster for Leeds district. Mr. Lee entered the postal service at Liverpool in 1883. He has several times visited Belfast in his official capacity.

At the conferring at Trinity College, Dublin, of the honorary degree of D.Sc. on Prof. J. A. M'Clelland, distinguished in scientific research, the Public Orator said that he was a conspicuous ornament of the Royal University, and now ever more and more shed the lustre of his name on U.C.D.

The Prime Minister has made the following appointments -- Right Hon. W. Hayes Fisher to be President of the Local Government Board; Mr. Stephen Walsh to be Parliamentary Secretary to the Local Government Board; Mr. Cecil Beek to be Parliamentary Secretary to the National Service.

Dr. Percival, Bishop of Hereford, has announced his intention to retire. He has held the bishopric since 1895, and is eighty-three years of age. For some time Dr. Percival has been in feeble health, and occasionally has suffered from loss of memory. He is the oldest prelate in England, and was appointed to Hereford by Lord Rosebery.

It was stated at Belfast Corporation meeting that the death-rate was probably the lowest on record, and that the city was practically clear of both typhoid and typhus fever. Alderman Tyrrell said the electricity undertaking net revenue was down to 5,697, due to increased expenses. Daylight saving last summer had saved 1,400 units per day.

The arbitrator on a wages application of a section of Belfast municipal employees has awarded, in substitution for bonuses 1s 6d per day to those of eighteen years and upwards and 1s 3d to those under that age. In the case of electrical department workers, 11s per week is given in substitution of bonuses to those of eighteen years and upwards and 8s to those under that age.

The death has occurred from a heart seizure of Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, the famous actor-manager. Born min 1853, he made his first appearance on the stage in 1877, and ten years later became manager of the Haymarket Theatre, In 1896 he became manager and proprietor of his Majesty's Theatre, where many of his Shakespearean triumphs were won. He recently toured in America.

The Honourable Sir Thomas Mackenzie, High Commissioner for New Zealand, has received a cablegram from his Government stating that there are in store, at fifteen ports in New Zealand awaiting shipment, 3,250,000 sixty pound carcases frozen meat, and it is anticipated that before the present season closes this quantity will be increased by half a million carcases.

The return of income and expenditure for the first quarter of the current financial year contains some remarkable figures. The receipts from revenue for the period amounted to 115,959,286, to which excess profits duty contributed no less a sum than 41,086,000, property and income tax 23,954,000, and Customs 17,910,000. The expenditure chargeable against revenue was also of large dimensions, reaching a total of 671,286,778, of which 610,997,200 was on account of war services.

The King and Queen attended a celebration at Westminster Abbey of the Jubilee of the Confederation of Canada and in honour of the Canadian soldiers fallen in the war. A deputation of Canadian widows presented a bouquet to the Queen. Messages of congratulation were sent to the Canadian Government by the King, the Duke of Connaught, the Prime Minister, Lord Lansdowne, Earl Grey, &c., the last-named saying that Canada would ultimately become the controlling factor of the British Empire.

Colonel Samuel Dunlop, C.M.G., late of the Royal Artillery, has died at his residence at Highgate at the age of seventy-nine. Son of the late Rev. S. Dunlop, of Lisburn, he was born is 1838. He was Inspector-General of the Straits Settlements Police, and in 1875, on the murder of Mr. Birch, was appointed temporarily Special Commissioner for Perark affairs. He organised the expedition which captured the Passir Salar stockades, and was present at their capture. His wife was the daughter of Mr. Robert Potts, of Belfast.

The Bishop of Peterborough has intimated his intention of appointing a committee, with the Archdeacon of Northampton (the Venerable W. H. Hutton) as chairman, to advise the clergy, churchwardens, donors, and others regarding war memorials in the diocese. He strongly urges those concerned to think not once nor twice before committing themselves to definite plans and designs for intended memorials, as it probably will be one of the greatest opportunities in the history of the churches for the adornment and decoration of the sacred edifices.



A meeting of the session and committee of the congregation of First Ray Presbyterian Church was held on Sabbath last after the morning service. Rev. William Logan, M.A., Moderator pro tem. of kirk-session, occupied the chair. Mr. Samuel Marshall, J.P., Sallybrook, announced that he had a communication from the Rev. Dr. M'Kee, minister of the church, who is serving at the front as a chaplain of the forces, in which Dr. M'Kee told him that the officers and men of Captain Gallaugher's battalion had asked to be allowed to erect a tablet or place a window to the memory of their fallen friend. Mr. Marshall also voiced the intense feeling of the members of the congregation in favour of doing something on their part of a similar nature, and mentioned that several friends outside their bounds were anxious to join in any memorial that was being arranged.

The most practical form that had been suggested was the erection of two memorial windows, one to be the offering of the officers, men, and friends, and the other to be provided by the members of the congregation. This scheme was unanimously adopted, and a small sub-committee, with Mr. Marshall as secretary and treasurer, was appointed to carry the matter through.

At a subsequent meeting of the session a minute was placed on the books recording the grief of the kirk-session at the loss of such a member of the church as Capt. Gallaugher, and expressing the sympathy of the elders with their beloved brother, Mr. John Gallaugher in his great bereavement.


Rev. J. H. Coulter, B.A., Presbyterian minister, Magherahamlet, Ballynahinch, Co. Down, son of the late Mr. John Coulter, Donaghaguy, Warrenpoint, has gone to France to take up work amongst the troops there in connection with the Y.M.C.A. His brother, the Rev. Henry Coulter, B.D., of Newport, Fifeshire, is already serving in France as a chaplain with the gordon Highlanders.


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The Witness - Friday, 13 July 1917


LYLE--DAVIDSON -- June 28, in St. Andrew's Church, Peebles, by the Rev. David C. Mitchell, M.A., and the Rev. George Thompson, D.D., Belfast, the Rev. Robert Knox Lyle, M.A., Manchuria, son of the late Rev. Thomas Lyle, M.A., Dublin, to Caroline Isabel Davidson, M.A., Manchuria, youngest daughter of the late David A. Davidson, M.A., Collector of Customs.

PATERSON--LAW -- July 11, at Ballywillan Presbyterian Church, Portrush, by Rev. Hugh R. Wells, B.A. Robert Paterson, C.A., Glasgow, to Elizabeth Annie Kidston Law, B.A., second daughter of William Kidston Law, M.D., and Mrs. Law, Coleraine.

STEEN--BEVAN -- July 11, at Erdington Wesleyan Church, by Rev. R. Bond, Thomas Arnold, youngest son of the late Dr. Robert Steen, Royal Academical Institution, Belfast, to Winifred Mary, only daughter of John Gower Bevan, late of Llanelly.


ANDREWS -- June 12, at her residence, Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.A., Jeannie, widow of the late David Andrews, Tandragee, and daughter of the late George Ripley, Clounagh, Portadown.

APSLEY -- July 8, at Carnrassie, Carrickfergus, Ellen, relict of the late Robert Apsley.

BOYLE -- July 6 (suddenly), at Kilbright, Carrowdore, Eleanor Warden, beloved wife of Joseph Hamilton Boyle.

CASKEY -- July 11, at her husband's residence, Rose Lodge, Coleraine, Margaret Macneary, the beloved wife of James Caskey.

CUMING -- July 6, at her residence, Hill Farm, Ballymagarrick, Arrabella, relict of the late Hamilton Cuming.

DAVISON -- July 5, at her residence, Pound House, Crumlin, Emily, the dearly-beloved wife of James Davison.

FINLAY -- July 10, at his mother's residence, Craigaruskey, James Finlay.

GRANT -- July, 9, at Brookvale, Grace Louisa, wife of Jasper Grant.

HALLIFIELD -- July 4, at 21, Belfast Road, Bangor, Lena Hallifield.

HASTINGS -- July 10, at her residence, Ballyhalbert, Nancy, widow of the late David Hastings.

HENDERSON -- July 8 (suddenly), at Norwood Tower, Strandtown, Kathleen Mackay, fourth daughter of the late James Alexander Henderson.

IRVINE -- July 6, at her, residence, Mullaghdubh, Islandmagee, Mary Ann, widow of the late John Irvine.

KIDD -- July 8, at Tassagh House, Armagh, John Kane Kidd.

LIGGETT -- July 6, at Mullineal, Minterburn, Caledon, Eliza, relict of the late John Liggett, of Derrycreevy, Aughnacloy.

LOCKWOOD -- June 30, at his residence, 24, Hambleton Terrace, York, Frederick Wm. Lockwood, architect (late of Belfast), aged 77 years.

MILLAR -- July 4, at Castlereagh House, Co. Down, Susanna M'Comb, dearly-loved wife of Daniel Millar.

MONTGOMERY -- July 9, at her residence, Ballydonaghy, Crumlin, Sarah Montgomery.

MURPHY -- July 8, at 87, Balfour Street, Newtownards, Catherine, widow of the late Alexander Murphy.

M'BRiDE -- June 9 (the result of an accident), at Pennsgrove, New Jersey, John, second son of Martha and the late Francis M'Bride, of Ballylinnie.

M'CALMONT -- July 10, at her residence, Woodview Cottage, Greenisland, Elizabeth, relict of the late David M'Calmont.

M'CORMICK -- July 11, at the residence of his son-in-law, Henry Kidd, Gartree, Samuel M'Cormick.

M'ILVEEN -- July 9, at her residence, Lislunan?, Kells, Ballymena, Margaret, Beloved wife of Adam M'Ilveen.

RAINEY -- July 10, at her residence, 10, Rathgar Street, Belfast, Eliza, relict of the late Robert Rainey, Bangor, Co. Down.

ROSS -- July 11, at 5, Ruby Street, Bangor, James Ross.

SMYTH -- July 11, at her residence, Grangewalls, Bright, Jane, beloved wife of C. H. Smyth, in her 88th year.

VERNER -- July 9, at his residence, Brantry, 91, Cliftonville Road, James, youngest son of the late George Verner, formerly of Dyan, County Tyrone.

WILKIN -- July 5, at Tannaghlane House, Caledon, Co. Tyrone, John, eldest (twin) son of John and Kathleen Wilkin, aged 4 years and 1 month.

In Memoriam

HUNTER -- In affectionate remembrance of my auntie, Miss Annie Hunter, who died on July 12, 1916, at Elsinore, Holywood Road, Belfast.
"He, that dwelleth in the secret place of Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." -- Psalm xci. 1.
"The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance." -- Psalm cxii. 6.


MISS M'CORD and MISS M'VEY desire to thank the many Friends who sent letters of condolence to them on the death of the late Mr. I. M'Cord, and ask them to accept this acknowledgment.



The following letter has been received by one of our readers from Rev. T. M'Connell, of Comber. Mr. M'Connell is engaged in a very useful work among the soldiers, and is fortunate enough to have been appointed to a forward position, where he has many opportunities of doing good work:-- "I am writing you just a short note to tell you I am quite well, safe, and happy in the work I am doing here. As you may know, I am in a forward position; my work takes me about to a great many places, that I shall be able to tell you about later, that will live in history. Shells come over from time to time. The chief danger hereabouts is from shrapnel. No one can tell where it will fall when the shells burst overhead. But the men take everything cheerfully. It does one good to have to live and work amongst such a crowd of cheerful, brave fellows. For the past week I have been in charge of the section B.S.A. motor bikes and sidecars, taking the secretary about to visit the huts in his area. These are either in the remains of wrecked buildings or in tents, if in the midst of camps. This gives me a special opportunity to visit many interesting places. The roads are terribly rough. Now and then we get a road that is simply dotted with shell-holes. One cannot be too careful. Opportunities are opening up to arrange informal concerts, which naturally drift into a kind of religious service, when I can finish with a talk and evening prayers. I love the work, and pray God to be able to help a great deal these brave men who are enduring and daring so much."



Alex. Stewart was killed by the falling of a clay seam at Griffin Goal Mines, Ballycastle.

No betting on race tracks is to be allowed in Canada from August 1 until six months after the war.

A thousand Greek Liberals in New York signed a pledge on Sunday to fight the common enemy of the world.

Mr. Thomas M'Kinney, M.A., Raphoe Presbytery, has accepted a call from the Glenhay congregation, Clogher.

There is some talk in Dublin, I am told, says a writer in the "Sunday Pictorial," of Lord Wimborne retiring from the Viceroyalty.

The University of Notre Dame, Indiana, has conferred the degree of LL.D. on Mr. Seumas MacManus, the well-known Donegal author.

Mr. Forster informed Mr. Joynson-Hicks that almost the whole of the petrol consumed by the army abroad was shipped direct and did not come to this country at all.

The Greek Government will submit for Royal signature a decree convoking the Parliament of May 31, for Wednesday, July 25 -- the day on which the Irish Convention will open.

According to German newspapers 220 persons were placed on trial for recent food disturbances at Stettin. One hundred and forty were sentenced, including sixty-eight youths.

Dr. Addison stated in the Commons that there had been a substantial increase in the production of shale oil in Scotland, and he hoped it would be still further increased in future.

After a service extending over a decade, Mr. Robert Gaven, manager of the Bessbrook Electric Tramway, has retired on pension. He has been succeeded by Mr. Martin Hamilton, of Bessbrook.

The Washington State Department announces that submarines have torpedoed and sunk the American steamship Orleans, of the Oriental Navigation Company. Four of the crew were drowned.

On Saturday at a meeting of the Ballymena Rural Council the question of providing a water supply for portion of the village or Broughshane came up for consideration, and it was decided to erect a pump.

Speaking at a luncheon at York on Monday, General Sir John Maxwell, Commander-in-Chief, Northern Command, said he thought that the war situation was looking much more hopeful during the last week or so.

The "Telegraaf" learns from Terschelling that towards the end of last week a German torpedo boat struck a mine off the coast near Terschelling. It was towed for some time by armed trawlers, but suddenly sank.

In the House of Commons, Mr. Duke has given notice of the presentation of a Bill to enable local authorities in Ireland to provide allotments and otherwise promote the cultivation of land for other purposes incidental thereto.

The Australian Federal liner Cumberland (9,000 tons), Sydney for Great Britain, was seriously damaged on Friday by two internal explosions in a hold, which tore great rents in her side. She was beached on Gabo Island, in the south-eastern corner of Australia. No lives were lost.

Herr von Bethmann-Hollweg still has the German official epidemic of tete montee. To the German Colonial Society he has said -- Only when after the end of the war Germany asserts and extends her position in Africa will she realise the debt of gratitude she owes to the German troops in the Colonies.

Several places in England had a beerless day on Sunday, there being no supplies. Swindon, where the Great Western works are situated, had a beerless week. Labour troubles with South Wales miners are possible owing to the price of beer and the lack of it. Lord Rhonnda may fix the price for the new lighter brews.

The National Executive of the Irish Trades Union Congress and Labour party has appointed its Vice-Chairman, Mr. Wm. O'Brien (secretary, Dublin Trades Council), and its treasurer, Mr. David R. Campbell (secretary, Belfast Trades Council), as its delegates to the forthcoming International Socialist and Labour Congress at Stockholm.

In an interview given to the special correspondent of the Paris "Temps" in Petrograd, Prince Lvoff, the Premier, said he had the best reason to be optimistic. Russia would not make a separate peace, but now she might treat openly with the Allies as to the objects of the war. They were at the dawn of a vast democratic movement of the world.

Mr. H. Patrick Devitte, the London "Daily Express" correspondent at Geneva, telegraphing, says -- It is reported from Basle that the French raid on Essen caused a panic among the night workmen. Several bombs exploded inside the factory, doing much damage. Towns all along the Rhine are taking precautions, and are begging headquarters to protect them, and discontinue the attacks on London.

It is announced by the Secretary of War that after August 1 no parcel containing foodstuffs, medical comforts, drugs, or wine may be sent to an officer prisoner of war in an enemy country unless it has been packed by the Central Prisoners of War Committee, by an authorised shop, or by an association specially empowered by the Central Prisoners of War Committee to despatch parcels for that officer.

The President of the San Francisco Centre of the California Civic League (Miss Delaney), says a San Francisco correspondent, states that they cancelled Mrs. Sheehy-Skeffington's engagement to address them because of her tremendous arraignment of England, their ally, before the Knights of St. Columbus. She adds that Mrs. Skeffington was very indignant, accused them of having no morals or manners, and of being afraid of the truth.

Total prohibition will not come into effect in America, only on spirits. The maintenance of brewing, apart from the considered advisability of beer, is undoubtedly partly a sop to the hyphenated. The great German brewers at Milwaukee especially are studied. Certainly the fewer grievances possessed by the doubtful the less activity will there be in open or secret disloyalty. Home-grown wine is to be allowed, too, which should mean a great time for California.


Increasing Honour Roll

Sympathetic reference was made to the death on the Western front of Rifleman R. Campbell Ross, of the Y.C.V.'s, son of Mr. R. J. Ross, of Cameron Street. Rifleman Ross is the twenty-sixth member of the C.P.A. to make the supreme sacrifice, and over 200 members are serving with the colours.



U.V.F. Commemoration at the Front

The Young Citizen Volunteers on active service in France commemorated the memorable battle of 1st July by an interesting and impressive parade on the day of the anniversary. The battalion "stood to" and presented arms to the memory of their gallant comrades who fell at Thiepval on that glorious day. After a short address by the commanding officer a memorial service was conducted by the Rev. J. Knowles, C.F., the chaplain attached to the battalion.



Lieutenant M'Laughlin volunteered for service on the declaration of war, and after a few weeks in camp he volunteered for active service, as a motor despatch rider, and was accepted and sent to France. This distinguished young officer has had a share in the big battles of 1914-1915 in this capacity. In his services, which were marked by conspicuous bravery and great risks, he was wounded five times, the last time so seriously that he was "invalided" home. Recommended for a commission in the regular service by his "officer commanding," he was attached to a cadet corps, at his special request, for the Royal Flying Corps, and after an unusually short period of study in this difficult course he succeeded in passing the final examination with distinction. Lieutenant M'Laughlin is "an old boy" of the Royal School, Armagh, and son of the Rev. Dr. M'Laughlin. We congratulate Dr. M'Laughlin on the distinguished and brilliant career of such a son.


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The Witness - Friday, 20 July 1917

Roll of Honour

BLAIN -- July 3, 1817, at Rouen, France (from wounds received in the battle of Messines on 10th June), Private Edward William Stevenson Clotworthy Blain, Wellington Infantry, N.Z., youngest son of the late James Blain, Lakeview, Hillsborough.

HENDERSON -- June 25, 1917, killed in action in France, Lance-Corporal James Henderson, 47th Canadian Infantry Battalion, third son of Robert Henderson, Woodvale House, Omagh. Interred in the Military Cemetery of Villers-aux-Bois, near Arras.

On Service

CLOW -- Officially reported died of dysentery in Macedonia, Malcolm Percy Clow, Conducteur French Red Cross, youngest son of William M. Clow, Feddal House, Portadown.


TODD -- July 13, 1917, at 1, Mount Easton, Cliftonville, Belfast, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Todd -- a daughter.


CROMIE--DALES -- July 4, 1917, at Boardmills Presbyterian Church (Secession), by Rev. John Moody, B.A., assisted by Rev. M. M. Logan, B.A., and Rev. W. P. Young, B.A. (brother-in-law of bridegroom), James Alfred, third son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Cromie, Millvale, Rathfriland, to Louie, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Dales, Drumra House, Boardmills.


BELL -- July 18, 1917, at the residence of Thomas Smyth, Dunanney, Carnmoney, Margaret Bell, youngest daughter of the late Clements Bell, Ballynalough. The remains of my beloved sister will be removed from above address for interment in Templepatrick Old Burying-ground, on to-morrow (Saturday), at 12 o'clock. AGNES DICKEY.

ADAMS -- July 17, at the Children's Hospital, Queen Street, Belfast, Willie Adams, Doagh, aged four years.

BOUCHER -- July 15, at Hollycroft, Ballygowan, James, youngest son of the late Samuel Boucher.

BOYD -- July 17, at his residence, Cullycapple, Aghadowey, John Boyd, sen.

BROWNLIE -- June 24, at Trinity Hospital, Brooklyn, U.S.A., Jane Alexandra, youngest daughter of Mrs. E. A. Brownlie, Knock.

DUNLOP -- At her residence, The Moor, Ballynahinch, Rebecca, widow of the lata Wm. Dunlop.

EDWARDS -- July 15 (suddenly, from heart failure), Arthur William, son of Alfred Edwards, The Laurels, Strandtown, Belfast.

GIBSON -- July 15, at the residence of her nephew, Samuel Orr, Ballygowan, Margaret Gibson, relict of the late David Gibson, Ballyrussel.

HAIGH -- July 14, at Hankow, China, the Rev. Henry Haigh, D.D., of the Wesleyan Methodist Mission House, London.

HALL -- July 17, at her late residence, 44, Dufferin Avenue, Bangor, Rebecca, widow of the late Conway Hall (formerly of Church Street, Downpatrick).

HAYES -- June 9, at her husband's residence, Baker, Montana, U.S.A., Lillian, the dearly-beloved wife of Richard Hayes, M.D., and eldest and dearly-beloved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burnside, Fernleigh, Ophir Gardens, Belfast.

HUNTER -- July 17, at the residence of her son-in-law, 3, Low Wood Terrace, Jennie, relict of the late James Hunter, Islandmagee.

KIRKER -- May 10, at her residence, Oriental Bay, Wellington, New Zealand, Annie Henderson, Rea, relict of the late James Kirker, formerly of Belfast.

MAXWELL -- July 18, at his residence, Fourtowns National School, Ahoghill, Joseph Maxwell.

MONTFORD -- July 15, at Lisnamurrican, Broughshane, Maggie, beloved wife of Robt. Montford.

MUSSEN -- July 18, at his residence, Railway Street, Lisburn, Arthur Mussen.

M'ALISTER -- July 18, at Millbank, Roughfort, Joseph Williams, son of the late Wm. P. M'Alister, Craigarogan.

M'CLELLAND -- July 18 (suddenly, while on a visit), at his brother's residence, The White House, Cookstown, Robert John M'Clelland, boot and shoe merchant, Sandy Row, Belfast.

M'CURDY -- July 15, Marion Elizabeth, dearly-loved daughter of Samuel and Marion E, M'Curdy, of the Waterside, Derry, and grand-daughter of the late John M'Curdy, The Diamond, Coleraine.

PARKE -- July 16, at her husband's residence, Union Street, Cookstown, Eliza, beloved wife of William Parke.

REDMOND -- July 16, at her residence, The Hill, Tannaghmore, Mary Redmond.

ROY -- July 17, at nis residence, 116, Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, James, the dearly-beloved husband of Martha Roy.

SLOANE -- July 176, (suddenly), at the residence of her daughter and son-in-law, Tavanagh Terrace, Portadown, Hannah, relict of the late Mr. Wm. Sloane, Tullygarron, Armagh.

STEWART -- July 15, (suddenly), at his residence, Ingledene, Comber, Henry, beloved husband of Mary Stewart, second son of Mrs. Stewart and the late John Stewart, Carnesure, Comber.

THOMPSON -- July 15, att 56, Princes Road, Liverpool, Margaret Thompson, youngest daughter of the late Robert Thompson, of Walton, Fortwilliam Park.



The King has approved the appointment of Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig as Knight of the Order of the Thistle.

Parliamentary disputes on the Eight Hours' Day and Communal Reform led to a riot in Norway, seven workmen being killed.

Petrol licenses are now issued only to persons using their cars for public or business purposes, it was stated by Mrs. Roberts in Parliament.

Rev. A. D. Mitchell, Ballymena, son of Rev. G. P. Mitchell, Drumbo, has been appointed incumbent of All Saints' Church, Eglantine, near Hillsborough.

Owing to the continuous strain of official business, General Botha has been ordered two months' complete rest, and will not attend to official or private duties.

The death has occurred at Hankow (China), where he was on a missionary tour, of Rev. H. Haigh, D.D. He was President of the Wesleyan Conference in 1911.

Eton's proud record in the war is 817 killed; the honours won include 10 V.C.'s, 270 D.S.O.'s, and 329 Military Crosses. This is out of a total of 5,322 in the war.

Rev. Professor David Smith, M.A., D.D., professor of theology in M'Crea Magee College, Londonderry, has accepted the vice-presidency of the British and Foreign Sailors' Society.

At the recent examinations held at the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, Edinburgh, Mr. Robert Dunwoody, of Belfast, passed the first professional examination with honours.

"Forget-me-not Day" was held in Randalstown on Saturday, July 7th. The total collection for the U.V.F. Patriotic Fund amounted to 61, which, reflects considerable credit on the collectors.

Lord Northcliffe this week attained his fifty-second birthday. His mother, still alive, has four sons in Parliament -- two in each House. This is a record which no other mother of legislators can rival.

Dr. Addison, Minister of Munitions, had a hostile reception from a meeting of engineers he was addressing at Plumstead Baths, only receiving a hearing after the reiterated appeal of some shop stewards.

The Russian Government has received a telegram from the Intelligence Department at Headquarters saying the Germans have sent 700 spies into Russia with instructions to kill M. Kerensky and General Brusiloff.

A hydroplane belonging to Brest Station sighted on Saturday a sailing ship which was sinking, and near her a big submerged submarine. The hydroplane dropped bombs on the latter, which was not seen again.

The Government, it was stated in Parliament, purchased 500,000 and 3,000,000 tons of Australian wheat at different dates, at 32s and 38s respectively, f.o.b. The 500,000 tons has been paid for, but only part has been shipped.

In the Dominion House of Commons on Friday the Conscription Bill was so amended that the first three classes will be merged in one, and will comprise all unmarried men and childless widowers between the ages of twenty and thirty-five.

"The Times" agricultural correspondent writes that English potatoes, which are easily the best crop of the year, were beginning to suffer from the drought, but they have recovered completely, and look extremely well in health and growth.

With Bethmann-Hollweg's exit there is not left a European statesman of the belligerent Powers in the post he occupied in August, 1914. Russia, Austria, and France have had changes innumerable of Prime Ministers, but we have had only one.

The recent work of a squadron of British armoured cars in Galicia and the gallantry of its Commander, Lieutenant W. D. Smiles, R.N.V.R. (Belfast), a relative of S. Smiles, author of "Self-Help," received a high tribute from the London "Times" correspondent at the Russian front. The Russian General who witnessed the cars' work warmly praised both commander and men.

Mr. Frederick Shadforth Watts, chairman of Messrs. Watts & Co., London and Cardiff, colliery owners and coal exporters, has given 10,000 towards the naval branch of Dr. Barnardo's Homes in memory of his late father, Mr. Edward Watts.

A telegram from Seattle states that the United States Government has decided to take out of the organisation of the International Workers of the World that part which is German or dominated by German influence. These men will be interned.

The American Consulate-General gives notice to all male persons, being citizens of the United States between the age of 21-30 inclusive, that they may register in accordance with the provisions of the Selective Service Act of May last at the nearest American Consulate.

In the High Court, Edinburgh, sentence of three years' penal servitude was passed on Patrick Docherty, who appeared for sentence on charges of having procured for and supplied three men with forged exemption certificates purporting to have been issued from Hamilton.

A large meeting of brewery trade representatives held in London who are members of an association representing over 100,000,000 capital, and employing about 1,000,000 hands, passed a resolution against State control or purchase of the liquor trade as being unnecessary and prejudicial to their interests.

Rev. Dr. Irwin, Moderator of the General Assembly, conducted the morning service in Warrenpoint Presbyterian Church on Sabbath last, preaching an eloquent and impressive sermon from the text Exodus xv. 2. There was a very large congregation, and the praise service was heartily rendered.

According to Reuter, the Russian Minister of Communications has circularised the railway officials and militia enjoining vigilance, because, according to information from Army Headquarters, German agents have entered Russia to carry out attempts against the lives of certain Ministers, notably M. Kerensky.

Most. Rev. Dr. Crozier and Right Rev. Dr. Gregg (Ossory) have circularised their clergy requesting them to have special prayers offered during the coming Convention, the latter saying that every true Irishman must hope that a real solution of the problem of the government of our country may be found.

A telegram from a Trondhjem reports that a great fire has occurred there, the damage being estimated at as much as fifty million kroner. The cause of the outbreak has not been definitely established, but eye-witnesses declare that it started at three places simultaneously in the warehouse of the Anglo-Russian Transit Company.

Mr. J. L. Garvin, speaking at a meeting of the United Workers in London on "Reconstruction after the War," said delay in the formation of effective plans for demobilisation would threaten our whole social future with disasters. If, as was probable, peace came within a year, the present would be none too soon to prepare for the tremendous transition from war to peace.

Extraordinary enthusiasm was manifested by the Free State Provincial Congress of the South African party on Thursday at Bloemfontein, when adopting a resolution approving of the Government's war policy, trusting every endeavour would be made to retain German South-West Africa as a part of the Union, and advocating a contribution of 1,000,000 towards the British Fleet.

Soldiers and civilians working for the War Department will now get the maximum of 3s 6d a night for nightly travelling allowances. This will be reduced when a man stays in a place for a period. It may not be generally known that, when travelling, civilians have to "finance" their own railway fare, having to collect it afterwards from the Department of the War Office they are attached to.

The colours of the 208th Irish Canadian Battalion were deposited in The chancel of Belfast Cathedral on Tuesday. The Lord Bishop of Down presided at the ceremony, and the colours, which were the gift of the people of Aurora, Ontario, the home of the officer commanding the battalion, were handed over by Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert Lennox, and accepted by the Dean of Belfast. The Bishop, in the course of his sermon, dwelt on the great patriotism of the Canadian people.


Two young Ulstermen -- Mr. Jack Adams, of Coleraine, and Mr. Charles Thompson, a native of Ballymena -- are believed to have perished in the Vanguard explosion.


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The Witness - Friday, 27 July 1917


BROWN -- July 21, at The Surgery, Blaina, Mon., to Dr. and Mrs. J. L. Brown -- a daughter.


BROWN--LYNCH -- July 4, at Christ Church, Lisburn, by Rev. R. H. S. Cooper, M.A., Rector, assisted by Rev. W. A. Russell, B.A., Samuel Robert, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown, Cootehill, to Mary Frances, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Lynch, Navigation House, Lisburn.

Golden Wedding

HOUSTON--WYLLIE -- July 23, 1867, at the Masonic Hotel, Irvine, Ayrshire, by the Rev. Dr. Robertson, Andrew Houston, of Glenwherry, to Jane, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wyllie, Kirkgate, Irvine, Present address -- 13, Spencer Street, Carlisle.


MAGOWAN -- July 20, 1917 (suddenly), at her residence, "Woodbine," Drumbo, Rebecca, beloved wife of James Magowan. Buried in the family burying-ground, Drumbo, on Sunday, July 23rd, at four o'clock in the afternoon. JAMES MAGOWAN.

ADDISON -- July 23, at her residence, Lurgill House, Ballinderry, Ellen Addison.

ALLEN -- July 20, at his residence, Drumlin, Donacloney, Samuel, James Allen.

BELL -- July 18, at the residence of Thomas Smyth, Dunanney, Carnmoney, Margaret Bell, youngest daughter of the late Clements Bell, Ballynalough.

BOYD -- July 19, at her residence, Rathmore, Dunadry, Alicia Ann, beloved wife of the late John Boyd.

BROWN -- July 19, at Bangor, Willie, aged 28 years, son of the late Archibald Brown, of William Brown & Sons, Printers, Chichester Street, Belfast.

CARSON -- At her brother-in-law's residence, Church Street, Ballymoney, Annie Cochrane, relict of the late Charles Carson, Carnroe, Co. Derry.

CLEMENTS -- July 23 (of acute pneumonia), at his residence, 8, Claremont Villas, Glenageary, James Clements, Managing Director, Switzer & Co., Ltd., aged 66.

CORKEN -- July 25, at Lakefield House, Crumlin, Frederick W. H., youngest and dearly-loved son of Philip and Emma Corken, aged 21 years.

EWART -- July 21 (suddenly), at Millbank, Ganaway, William, second son of William Ewart, aged 21 years.

FLEMING -- July 18 (suddenly), David Fleming, the dearly-beloved husband of Alice Fleming, 169, Mill Street, Hilden.

HERON -- July 22, at Maryfield, Holywood, John Heron, aged 87 years.

JACKSON -- July 23, at her residence, Derrycorr, Annaghmore, Ann Jane, widow of the late John Jackson, Derrycorr, in her 88th year.

KENNEDY -- July 20, at Glencovitt, Dundonald, Mrs. Martha Kennedy.

LAWSON -- July 20, at the residence of her son-in-law, Rev. J. Patterson, Ballybay, Isabella, widow of the late W. H. Lawson, of Newry.

LYTTLE -- July 25, 1917, at her residence, 43, Bentinck Street, Mary, beloved wife of James Lyttle.

MUSSEN -- July 18, at his residence, 22, Railway Street, Lisburn, Arthur Mussen.

M'AULEY -- July 23, at his nephew's residence, Urble, Dervick, Samuel M'Auley, Priestland.

M'CUTCHEON -- July 25, at her residence36, High Street, Ballymena, Annie, widow of the late Gilbert M'Cutcheon.

M'ILWATNE -- July 22, at her residence, Dollingstown, Lurgan, Susanna, the dearly-beloved wife of Samuel M'Ilwaine.

PATEY -- July 20, at Cooleen, Magheragall, Lisburn, Captain Frank Russell Patey.

STIRLING -- July 23, at 25, Binswood Avenue, Leamington Spa, Sally, widow of Captain G. C. Beresford Stirling, North Staffordshire Regiment, aged 93 years.

STONE -- July 22, at her late residence, 86, Holywood Road, Belfast, Agnes Jane, relict of the late Hugh Moore Stone.

THOMPSON -- July 19, at her residence, Newpark House, Dromore, County Tyrone, Elizabeth, widow of the late George Thompson.

In Memoriam

HADDEN -- In loving memory of John Hadden, Ballylane, Co. Armagh, who departed this life on the 22nd July, 1916, aged 87 years.

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DICK -- July 22, at Rockfield, Kells, Co. Meath, Christina, beloved wife of John Dick. Interred in Kells Churchyard, 24th July, 1917. JOHN DICK.




Sir John Lonsdale, M.P., Chairman Irish Unionist party, has been medically ordered to take a month's rest as soon as possible.

The U.S. Senate has passed a Bill appropriating 640,000,000 dollars for aviation. The Bill now goes to the President for signature.

The additional 2s 6d for old age pensioners will be paid on and as from August 10, it was stated on behalf of the Government in Parliament.

England and Wales have contributed over eighty-eight million pounds, Scotland nearly nine millions, and Ireland 1,354,226 to the War Savings Associations.

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, K.G., has honoured the railway service by accepting the presidency of the Railway Benevolent Institution for the year 1918.

Sir Robert Borden, the Canadian Prime Minister, moved a resolution in favour of striking out divinity students from the list of classes exempted from military service.

A Supplemental Estimate is to be presented to provide for Sir Edward Carson's 5,000 salary as War Cabinet Minister. Dr. Addison's salary as Minister of Reconstruction, will be 2,000.

Miss Eva Evans, 19, Evelyn Avenue, Bloomfield, Belfast, was drowned when bathing at Newcastle. She was only about twenty, and lived with her brother, a foreman caulker, Queen's Island.

The United States Government has lent seventy-five million dollars to Russia and eighty million dollars to France, thus bringing the total advanced to the Allies in three months to 1,526,000,000 dollars.

The Pope, through his private secretary, has presented the Rev. Dr. Loughran, Armagh Diocese, with a copy of the New Code of the Canon Law, ornamented with the arms of his Holiness and printed at the Vatican Press.

To increase food production, the Local Government Board has notified that wherever the County Agricultural Committee certify that men are whole-time farm workers, such men are not to be called up for military service.

King Alexander of Greece telegraphed on Saturday the King of the Belgians on the occasion of Belgian independence expressing good wishes for the triumph of right. Greece was happy to be fighting on the side of her Allies.

Mrs. Beatty (chairman) presided at a special meeting of Newcastle Urban Council, when the tender of the Irish Towns Lighting Company, Belfast, to light the town for electricity for the ensuing three years at 230 per annum was accepted.

A Sinn Fein demonstration arranged for Sunday at Killaloe was proclaimed under the provisions of the Defence of the Realm Act. In view of the preparations made by the authorities to prevent a meeting the demonstration was not persisted in.

Mr. Hugh T. Barrie, M.P., has received a letter from his son, Second-Lieutenant Frank Barrie, R.F.C., (now a prisoner of war in an officers' camp at Hanover, Germany), conveying the glad tidings that he is well and unhurt. His 'plane was shot down in action.

Mr. Kennedy Jones, M.P., has resigned his office of Director-General of Food Economy in the Ministry of Food. In a statement he said he had resigned because the particular purpose for which he was appointed -- viz., to conduct a food economy campaign -- was not now so necessary.

In order that the supplies of petroleum spirit may be devoted to the greatest extent possible tor war purposes, it is important to effect every possible economy in consumption. It will not be practical. therefore, to make allowances of spirit for vehicles used for holiday excursions.

The Mayor of Portsmouth, welcoming a conference of the Grocers' Federation, blamed the Government for the food shortage through not commandeering when taking over the railways, and attributed the general unrest largely to the the Government method of dealing with beer and tobacco.

The General Committee of the Brewers' Society opposes State control in any form. It also opposes the purchase of the licensed trade by the State, but if the Government insists on purchase it says the consent of Parliament must be obtained, and the terms must be just to all interests disturbed.

Speaking at Wandsworth on Saturday Mr. S. Samuel, M.P., said he did not think he was giving away any secret when he said that it was the intention of the Government to adopt the policy of reprisals, and that they were making preparations that would enable them to hit back with the same kind of warfare. A resolution demanding warnings and reprisals was adopted.

The Canadian Club gave a luncheon in New York on Saturday in Honour of the Canadian Highlanders. Lord Northcliffe, replying to the suggestion that England would not have gone to Belgium's aid if Belgium had been aa distant as the United States, said Canada had sent 400,000 men to fight for freedom. Two German waiters were ejected from the room during the luncheon.

At the bi-monthly meeting of the Coleraine Rural District Council on the 21st inst. -- Mr. David Caskey (chairman) presiding -- Mr. T. K. Caldwell, secretary of the Londonderry Committee of Agriculture, appeared before the Council, and explained the Flaxseed (Ireland) Order, 1917, whereby flax-growers were compulsorily compelled to save one-eighth of their crops for seed-purposes.

A German, semi-official Amsterdam message says the Dutch Foreign Minister has expressed to the German Minister to The Hague the Dutch Government's regret at the British attack on German vessels off the Dutch coast and its decision to demand satisfaction from Britain. The German steamer Magdalene Blumenthal, one of the German blockade runners, has been refloated, and towed to Ymuiden.

Siam has declared that a state of war exists with Germany and Austria. The Government states that its object is to uphold the sanctity of international rights against nations showing contempt for the principles of humanity and the right of small States. All Germans and Austrians are under arrest, and their businesses have been closed. Nine steamers have been seized of a total tonnage of 18,965.

The regulations prohibiting the transmission through the post or otherwise to any neutral country in Europe or America, or to any enemy country, of any printed or written matter except such as sanctioned by the Post Office regulations are revised, and it is made an offence for any person to transmit through the post any printed or written matter by any indirect route, or otherwise to evade examination by the Censor.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr. G. A. Doran, J.P., Belfast, asks if a sum could be allotted to the relatives of those in Ulster who have lost their bread-winners in the war, to enable those poor people, to carry out their desire to visit France in order to see the piece of hallowed and sacred ground which marks the spot where their dear ones lie. In acknowledging the request the Prime Minister says the matter is receiving attention.

At a meeting on Saturday of the Ballyhoy (County Monaghan) National Teachers' Association -- Mr. Wilson in the chair -- the following resolution was unanimously passed -- "That we deplore the total inadequacy of the proposed grant to Irish education, and we reiterate our demand for a grant of a sum which will satisfy the National teachers of Ireland in their just claims as put forward in the scheme submitted by the C.E.C.

The Rev. Samuel Chadwick, chairman of the Leeds district, was nominated as President-designate of the Wesleyan Conference for 1918.

Mrs. Mary Edith Horncastle, of Holly Cottage, Chobham Road, Horsall, Woking, Surrey, widow, who died on 22nd May, leaving property of the value of 8,129 13s 8d, bequeathed 1,000 to the Representative Body of the Church of Ireland, for the perpetual endowment of the incumbent of the parish of Ballymoyer, Armagh.

Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon on Friday evening entertained 300 men of the 3rd Batt. Royal Irish Rifles to a dinner and concert in the Sailors' and Soldiers Service Club, Waring Street. Mr. H. M. Pollock, J.P. (vice-chairman of the club), gave an interesting account of the Rifles, and and a high tribute to the work of Mrs. M'Cammond in providing all the year round comforts and necessaries for every man of the battalion who went to the front.

In Cork on Saturday the constabulary arrested four men on a charge of unlawful assembly and assaults upon female munition workers, committed on the night of 8th July. The accused were brought before Mr. W. J. O'Hara, R.M., at the Police Court, and after formal evidence were remanded on bail. The employees of the Cork National Shell factory, returning from an excursion in waggonettes bearing Union Jacks, were attacked by a hostile crowd, and the case is a sequel to that incident.



We regret to announce the death of Mr. David Bryars, secretary of Dundalk Linen Company, which took place suddenly at Louth County Hospital, Dundalk, an Sabbath morning. Deceased, who was a native of Dungannon, came to Dundalk about six years ago. He took a keen interest in Christian and social work, and was highly esteemed by the townspeople. He was a leading member of Dundalk Presbyterian Church, in connection, with which he was a Sabbath-school teacher and acted as hon. auditor to the kirk.

At the morning service in Dundalk Presbyterian Church Rev. James Moody referred in sympathetic terms to the death of Mr. Bryars. He said that on the previous Sabbath Mr. Bryars was in his place in the Sabbath-school instructing the young, and also on the same afternoon he conducted a service for him (Mr. Moody) at Jonesboro', Mr. Moody, who was visibly touched, said he felt a personal loss by the passing away of one of the foremost and best members of that congregation. The prayers of all the members of the church would go out to his young widow in her great time of trial.

The remains of the deceased were removed on Wednesday from the Louth County Infirmary to the Great Northern Railway Station, from whence they were conveyed by the 1-20 p.m. train to Dungannon. The chief mourners were -- Mr. Thomas Bryars, Belfast, and Mr. John Bryars, auctioneer, Dungannon. On arrival at Dungannon the remains were taken to the First Presbyterian Church, where a service was conducted prior to interment by Rev. Samuel Lindsay, Belfast; Rev. J. Moody, Dundalk; and Rev. S. W. Thompson, First Dungannon.

Rev. Mr. Lindsay delivered a panegyric, in the course of which he said it certainly could be said of their deceased brother that he had worn the white flower of a blameless life. He had taken more than a common interest in the work of their Church, and he (the speaker) could testify to that. During his time in that old church of First Dungannon he had acted as superintendent of the Sabbath-school, and for many years he had taken a leading part in the different branches of the church's work. He had continued to lend his services to the church, and set a Christian example after he had left his native town.



On Friday last this venerable lady passed away very peacefully in the ninety-third year of her age. The wife of the late Mr. Robert Kennedy, she had been for upwards of forty-eight years a widow, and had borne her full share of the burdens and sorrows of life. No one could know her without recognising her marked individuality. Possessed of a strong, clear, acute intellect, she was a great reader, nor did she content herself with reading current literature, keenly as she was interested in passing events. In the long and happy evening graciously granted to her, she employed her time in reading large standard books of biography, history, and general literature. But, above all, she was a constant, earnest, devout reader of the Word of God. Early in life she had been brought to know the Saviour, and she gave unhesitating and emphatic expression to her faith and hope, often in the words, "I know whom I have believed". And the testimony of her lips was amply confirmed by the testimony of her life. Her sweet reasonableness and constant concern for others -- for their spiritual and temporal welfare -- won for her the confidence and the warmest good-will of all who knew her. Mrs. Kennedy was a member of Dundonald Presbyterian Church, where she was a most regular and devout worshipper as long as health permitted, and was held in the highest respect and esteem by the minister and the members of the congregation. It might be justly said of her that she was a mother in Israel, a Christian of the old school. Her end was so peaceful that it seemed to bring the better world very near. It was easy and natural to believe that she passed into "the inheritance of the saints of light."




A wedding of local interest took place in the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Riverside, Newry, between Mr. William Jamieson, eldest son of Mr. Samuel Jamieson, The Grove, Monaghan, and Miss Ida Laughlin Lyons, only daughter of the late Rev. A. S. Lyons (who was for the long period of thirty-six years the esteemed pastor of the church) and of Mrs. Lyons, Windsor Bank, Newry. The bridegroom is a respected Newry merchant, carrying on business under the title of John Alderdice & Co., Merchants' Quay, Newry, and the bride who was for several years in charge of the kindergarten department of the Newry Intermediate School, and for about six months in a U.V.F. Hospital, Belfast, is an extremely popular young lady. The bride was given away by her uncle, Dr. James L. Nevin, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim. There were three bridesmaids -- Miss Mary Benaugh, Belfast, and two nieces of the bride, Miss Elsie Lyons and Miss Rita Lyons, the pretty little daughters of the Rev. James A. Lyons, B.A., and Mrs. Lyons, Cullybackey, Co. Antrim. Mr. H. C. Lyons, Newry (brother of the bride), acted as best man. The ceremony was performed by the brother of the bride, the Rev. James A. Lyons, B.A., minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey, County Antrim, assisted by his brother, the Rev. R. Nevin Lyons, minister of the Ballenon and Ballylane Reformed Presbyterian congregations, County Armagh, and the Rev. T. B. M'Farlane, B.A., pastor of the Newry Church. Subsequently a reception was held at the residence of the bride's mother, and later on the newly-married pair left for Dublin.


Ulster and the War.

Lieutenant Charles S. Workman, M.C., Cameronians, attached Royal Flying Corps, who is reported missing, is an officer who has intimate family associations with Belfast. The son of Dr. Charles Workman, Glasgow, his grandfather was the late Mr. Robert Workman, Windsor, Belfast. The missing officer is a nephew of Mr. John and Mr, Frank Workman, of Belfast, and of Rev. Dr. Workman of Newtownbreda. Lieutenant Workman had just started his medical course at Glasgow University when he received his commission in October, 1914. He was in his twenty-first year, and was awarded the Military Cross last September.

Captain J. R. M. Mackenzie, R.A.M.C, (attached to South Staffords), has been awarded the Military Cross "for conspicuous bravery and devotion on numerous occasions when attending wounded and leading stretcher-bearer parties under every kind of heavy and continuous fire, and invariably exhibiting great skill, coolness, and contempt of danger." Captain Mackenzie is a son of the late Dr. M. Mackenzie, J.P., Lisburn, a nephew of Dr. W. G. Mackenzie, University Square, Belfast, and a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. R. M'Corry, Chetwood, Notting Hill, Belfast. Captain Mackenzie's grandfather was a former minister of Malone Presbyterian Church.

The Military Cross has been awarded to Lieut. G. Y. Henderson, R.I. Rifles, fourth son of the late Sir James Henderson, D.L., Belfast. The distinction was gained in the Messines-Wystchaete fighting. Lieut. Henderson was educated at the Methodist College, Belfast, and Trinity College, Dublin, taking his B.A. degree three years ago. He was studying for the Church when war broke out, when he took a commission in the Army Service Corps, later transferring on his application to the infantry. He was wounded near Thiepval before the famous 1st July attack.

Presbyterian Chaplain Wounded.

Dr. Monro Gibson occupied his old pulpit at St. John's Wood on Sabbath morning last, and was able to assure the congregation that although the Rev. A. M. MacIver had been wounded, the wound was not a serious one. We understand that while the two officers who were with Mr. MacIver in a dug-out were badly hurt, he received only slight injuries to the face. He expects to be able to return to his chaplaincy duties without needing to come home first. At the evening service the preacher was the Rev. Donald Matheson, M.A., who has recently done such good work as chaplain to the interned Presbyterian troops at Murren.



A verdict for the defendants was returned at the Belfast Assizes by a special jury in an action by Mr. T. R. Burns, chartered accountant, against the "Belfast News-Letter" and "Northern Whig," to recover 1,000 damages from each for alleged libel, and judgment was given accordingly, with costs, by Mr. Justice Ross. The words complained of were contained in a report of a law case in which Mr. Burns was a defendant, and for the defence it was stated that the report was published with the leave of Mr. Burns' solicitor, Mr. Rea. Mr. Justice Ross, in summing up, said if Mr. Rea. was authorised, to ask the editors of the defendant newspapers to make the necessary changes, and they did all he asked them, the plaintiff had no cause of action. A stay of execution was granted.

John Morrison, fifty, Malcolmson Street, was sentenced to five years' penal servitude for wife assault, evidence being given that accused beat his wife till she became unconscious. Two of her front teeth were wrenched out, her right eye was nearly torn out of her head, and it took two constables to bring Morrison to the barracks. Mr. Justice Ross described accused as a terror to the community, and regretted he could not order him to he interned for life.

Mr. Justice Dodd finished the civil business of the Assizes yesterday, and returned to Dublin, being seen off at the station by the High Sheriff (Alderman Wm. Tougher, J.P.) and the Sub-Sheriff (Mr. James Quail).


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