The Witness - Friday, 2 October, 1914


DUNCAN -- Sept. 30, at his residence, Largy House, Crumlin, George, the dearly-beloved husband of Annabella Duncan. Interment to-day (Friday), to Crumlin Burying-ground, at 2 o'clock p.m.

KILLEN -- Sept. 30, at Belair, Windsor Avenue, Elizabeth Wilson, widow of the late Rev. T. Y. Killen, D.D., of Duncairn Church, Belfast. Funeral private. No flowers.

ARCHER -- Sept. 25, at Mullaghcarton House, Magheragall, Margaret, widow of the late William Archer, Edentrillick, Hillsborough.

BAILIE -- Sept. 28, at Tamnaderry, Randalstown, Mary Ann, widow of the late Adam Bailie, aged 88 years.

BARKLEY -- Sept. 17, at St. Olaf's, New Barnet, William Barkley, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., of Moyola House, Southfields, aged 39, third son of the late Hugh Graham Barkley, of Maghera, County Derry.

BERKLEY -- Sept. 26, at Nurseryvale, Comber, Mary Galway, wife of Joseph Berkeley.

CORBETT -- Sept. 27, at Railway Street, Comber, James, son of the late John Corbett, Booten.

DONNAN -- Sept. 29, at the Hoddens, Kirkcubbin, Mary Ann, daughter of Francis Dorman, aged 24 years.

DUNN -- Sept. 28, at 51, High Street, Donaghadee, Robert Dunn.

GARNETT -- Sept. 25, at Ardtrea Rectory, Stewartstown, Co. Tyrone, Rev. Charles Leslie Garnett, M.A.

GRAHAM -- Sept. 26, at 72, Bray Street, Belfast, Thomas J., eldest son of the late William Graham.

HARKNESS -- Sept. 28, at Ballybriest, Cookstown, Alice, wife of Thomas Harkness.

HARRIS -- Sept. 29, at Divernagh, Bessbrook, Edwin Harris, LL.B., son of the late J. F. Harris.

HARVEY -- Sept. 28, at Drennan (Bailie's Mills), Lisburn, Alice, elder daughter of Andrew John Harvey.

HENRY -- Aug. 26, at Church Street, Castleblayney, Elizabeth A. J., only daughter of Hugh Henry.

HOUSTON -- Sept. 27, at Prospect Terrace, Gilford, William, elder son of D. M. Houston.

IRWIN -- Sept. 28, at 27, Claremont Street, Belfast, Sarah Robinson, wife of Thomas Irwin.

JACKSON -- Sept. 29, at Ballynure, William Stewart ("Wee Willie"), eldest son of Thomas Jackson.

KERR -- Sept. 23, at Leixlip, Co. Kildare, Margaret Elizabeth, wife of Hans Kerr, and youngest daughter of the late George Ingram, Hillsborough.

KERR -- Sept. 29, Thomas Kerr, late of Ann Street, Belfast, and Southwell Road, Bangor.

LINDSAY -- Sept. 25, Frederick William Blood, of Roywood, Balmoral, late Chief Inspector Ulster Bank.

MARTIN -- Sept. 30, at 283, Donegall Road, William John, husband of Annie Martin.

MERCER -- Sept. 26, at the Limes, Lurgan, James Mercer, aged 56 years.

MERVYN -- Sept. 28, at Royal Hotel, Cavan, Jane, relict of the late Robert H. Mervyn.

MILLER -- Sept. 28, at Ballyloughan, Moneymore, Nancy, fourth daughter of the late Robert Miller.

M'MASTER -- Sept. 24, at Lisbane, Kirkcubbin, Eliza Jane, daughter of the late Andrew M'Master.

OLPHERT -- Sept. 22, at Carrichue House, Carrichue, H. Stewart Olphert, second son of the late Very Rev. the Dean of Derry, and late of the Indian Telegraph Department.

PARKE -- Sept. 27, at Swan Park, Monaghan, Robert Henry Parke, LL.B., eldest son of the late William Park, J.P., Clones, in his 56th year.

STEVENSON -- Sept. 29, Agnes, wife of John Stevenson, Campmar, Newtownards.

In Loving Memory

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



A wide circle of friends will regret to learn, of the death of Mr. F. W. B. Lindsay, chief inspector of the Ulster Bank Ltd., which took place at his residence, Roywood, Lisburn Road. For some months the deceased had not been in good health. Mr. Lindsay who was fifty years of ago, was a native of Lurgan. He entered into the service of the Ulster Bank some thirty years ago, and by close attention to duty and real business capacity he gradually rose until he was appointed to the responsible position of chief inspector. The deceased took a keen interest in sport, especially cricket and golf, and was connected with various clubs. He was a member of the Church of Ireland, attending St. Thomas' Church, and was very philanthropic in supporting worthy causes. Mr. Lindsay was married to a daughter of the late Mr. John Ross, of Lurgan, and this lady, with one son, survives him.



At Tully Manse, on Monday, the Rev. W. D. Croskery was presented with a purse of sovereigns, on behalf of the members of Tully and Castlepollard, by Mr. Moore, in the absence of Captain Slator (disabled in the war); and Miss Croskery was presented with a handsome silver tray by Mrs. Slator on behalf of the ladies.

The Rev. Mr. Croskery, replying for his sister and himself, heartily thanked the members for their tangible proofs of their affection. He referred to the closeness of the ties binding pastor and flock in the South and West, to his regret that for reasons of health he must leave them, and prayed that the blessing of God might rest upon them all.



Special services were conducted in the church on Sabbath last by the Rev. J. MacDerrmott, M.A., D.D., in connection with the re-opening of the church after painting and doing up. The congregations at both services were fairly representative, and appreciated very highly the visit of Dr. MacDermott. Being the Sabbath of Humiliation and Prayer, the morning service went on these lines, while at the evening service the preacher dealt with the war, its causes, and lessons. The congregation expected great things, and they were not disappointed. The scholarly manner, and the deep grasp of the subjects showed that, a preacher was in the pulpit, while the earnest, prayerful tone showed that behind the scholarship there lies a simple faith in the God with Whom we have to do. The offering, which was on behalf of tho Prince of Wales' Relief Fund, was very good when taken in conjunction with the amount already subscribed for materials for Queen Mary's Needlework Guild.



Dedication of New Organ.

Special services were conducted in above church on Sabbath, 27th September, by the Rev. W. J. Lowe, M.A., D.D., Clerk of the General Assembly, in connection with the dedication of a new organ. Dr. Lowe preached in the morning from Acts ix. 1-8, and in the evening from John x. 7, his eloquent and inspiring addresses being listened to attentively by the large congregations present at both services. The special organist for the occasion was Mr. T. H. Reilly, Monaghan, who in his masterly playing maintained his reputation as an accomplished, organist, and displayed to the full the many fine qualities of the instrument.

The organ, by Estey, is a splendid two-manual instrument with pedals, and was supplied by Messrs. M. Crymble, Ltd.. Belfast. Its fine range, the manuals of five octaves and the pedals two and a half octaves, its rich, mellow, yet sonorous tone, and the ample scope which is afforded for a great variety of tone effect, make it a most acceptable and much appreciated adjunct to the praise service.

The congregation is fortunate in having as its organist a capable musician in the person of Miss Henry, to whom much praise is due for the careful training given to the choir during the few weeks prior to the opening services, as was evidenced by the efficient manner in which the praise service was led. The circular issued by the committee to the present and past members of the congregation was so nobly responded to that, with the aid of a grant from the Carnegie Trust, they had the satisfaction of knowing that the cost of their organ had been fully discharged before the instrument was used in the opening services. The collections at both services in aid of incidental expenses and church funds met with a generous response.



A serious fire occurred on Friday, at Dromore, and resulted in the complete destruction of the premises of Messrs. Hugh Ledgett & Son, fleshers, of Market Square, the damage being estimated at about 1,200.

Mr. John Watt Smyth, J.P., of Duneira, Larne, formerly a judge in his Majesty's Bengal Civil Service, who died on the 7th May last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 14,745 12s 10d, of which 9,051 13s 9d is in England.

In aid of the Belgian Refugees' Relief Fund a concert was given in the Town Hall, Ballymoney, on Friday evening. The interior of the building had been tastefully decorated by the teachers and pupils of Ballymoney Intermediate School, under which auspices the the entertainment was held.

A letter, signed by Major Caird, has been received from the War Office by Mr. John Graham, caretaker of the Coleraine Cemetery, informing him that his son, Lance-Corporal William Graham, of the 8th Infantry Brigade, (Royal Scots), was reported missing after the engagement of the 26th August.

The death of Captain Edward Fiddes, J.P., Hollywood House, Monaghan, took place at his residence on the 24th ult. The deceased gentleman had reached the age of eighty-one years, and had been in delicate health for some years. He served for many years in the 2nd Battalion Suffolk Regiment.

At a meeting of the Committee of Management of Armagh County Infirmary on Monday -- the Venerable Archdeacon presiding -- the following resolution was passed unanimously -- "That we permit the reception of injured soldiers and sailors to the Armagh County Infirmary for surgical and medical treatment."

The first batch of members of the 1st Battalion Monaghan Regiment, U.V.F., who have volunteered for service in Lord Kitchener's new army, and who on Friday were sworn in as members of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, were entertained on Saturday night to supper in the Orange Hall, Monaghan, by the other members of the battalion.

The death of Mr. John Hopkins, one of the oldest residents of Portrush, took place on the 24th ult., and many will regret his demise. He was seventy-two years of age, and for many years Was a familiar figure at the salmon fishery. He was well known and much respected, and had been a member of Union Masonic Lodge No. 1008 for many years.

Early on Saturday morning the body of John Morris (35), labourer, Larne, was picked up in Stranraer Harbour behind the Gasworks. Deceased was harvesting at Wellhouse Farm, Kirkcolm, seven miles from Stranraer, and as the harvest finished on Friday he left the farm that day, intending to cross over to Larne by the early steamer on Saturday morning.

A meeting in the interests of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families' Association was held in Cookstown Courthouse on the 24th ult. Addresses were given by Captain E. L. B. Lowry, D.L.; Mr. J. B. Gunning-Moore, D.L.; Mr. Thomas J. S. Harbison, solicitor; and Mr John Byers, solicitor. A representative local committee was appointed and a band of collectors.

At the meeting of Castlederg Board of Guardians on Friday a letter was read from Nurse Isabel Patrick, of Castlederg Infirmary, stating that she had offered her services as a volunteer nurse to the French Red Cross Society in connection with the present war, and in the event, of her being called up she requested the Board to grant her leave of absence. This was granted.

On Friday there were interred in the City Cemetery, Derry, with full military honours, the remains of Corporal Robert Dooley, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who expired in the Royal Scots Hospital in Glasgow as a result of wounds received in the war. Deceased, who was only twenty-one years of age, was through the battles of Mons, Le Cateau, St. Quentin, and the Marne.

Mr. William Frederick Anderson, of Linn Gorm, Bath Terrace, Portrush, and head of the firm of Messrs. J. S. Anderson & Sons. The Arcade, Coleraine, a former chairman of Coleraine Urban Council, and for several years captain of the Bann Rowing Club, who died on the 18th June last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 18,004, of which 3,394 is personal estate in England.

At Derry City Revision Court on Friday Mr. W. M. Whitaker, K.C., one of the large number of reservists and Volunteers who had left the city to serve their country and King in the present crisis. Mr. Walker, the Unionist agent, remarked that when he said there were at least 600 Volunteers who had joined Lord Kitchener's army from Derry he was well within the figure.

The death took place on Friday of Rev. C. L. Garnet, rector of Ardtrea Deceased who was one of the senior clergymen in the Armagh Archdiocese, was also Rural Dean of Tullyhogue. He was an earnest preacher, an ardent Unionist, an enthusiastic Orangeman, and a faithful pastor. He was twice married, his first wife being a sister of the late Earl Castlestewart, and his second is a relative of the late Primate Alexander.

Amid many manifestations of regret, the funeral of the late Mr. James Mercer took place to the New Cemetery, Lurgan, on Monday. The remains were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of the public, and on the route the blinds in all the shops and private residences were drawn. The deceased was senior partner in the well-known hemstitching and finishing concern of Messrs. Meaner & Brown, Union Street, Lurgan.

At the monthly meeting of County Derry Technical Instruction Committee on Saturday the principal and secretary (Mr. W. D. Cousins) reported that during the month itinerant centres had been opened at Dungiven for manual instruction, twenty-six students having enrolled; at Macosquin for domestic economy; and at Gulladuff for domestic economy, twenty-four students having enrolled. It had been arranged to open new centres for farriery instruction in Maghera, Magherafelt, and Draperstown.

Miss Dinah Mulligan, of Lisnasliggan, Co. Down, who died on 27th May last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 1,471. The testatrix left 5 each to the Jewish Mission and the Colonial Mission, 40 upon trust to pay 1 per annum so long as it lasts to the Sustentation Fund, and 1 per annum to the Sabbath-school of Second Aughalone Church, 20 upon trust to pay 1 per annum to the Foreign Mission, and 30 upon trust to pay 30s per annum to the Zenana Mission.



Sincere regret was felt throughout the Co. Monaghan by the announcement of the death on Sunday morning of Mr. Robert Henry Parke, LLB., North Road, Monaghan. The deceased, who was the eldest son of the late Mr. William Parke, J.P., and was in his fifty-fifth year, graduated in Dublin University. He served his apprenticeship first, in the office of the late Mr. John Givan, solicitor, Aughnacloy, and afterwards with Messrs. M'Mordie & Co., solicitors, Belfast. He was admitted a solicitor in the Michaelmas term of 1883, taking a high place at the final examination. He started practice in Clones, and remained there for almost three years, after which he went to Monaghan, entering into partnership with Mr. Thomas M'Minn, solicitor, in Church Square. The partnership was carried on for a few years, after which the deceased took over the entire business, which he had since conducted with much success. He had been father of the County Monaghan Sessional Bar for many years past.

Mr. Parke, who was a member of First Monaghan Presbyterian Church, and a Unionist in politics, was a life governor of the County Monaghan Infirmary, vice-chairman of the Monaghan Urban Council for the past twelve years, and a member of the County Monaghan Agricultural and Technical Instruction Committee. He had been in failing health for over six months and, being unable to attend to his professional duties, recently. He was married five years ago to a daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Dear, of London. During his illness he was attended by Dr. James Henry, and Dr. J. C. Hall, D.L, was consulted on several occasions Dr. Pedlow, of Lurgan, a brother-in-law, was also in attendance.




The death occurred on Wednesday at Wightwick, near Wolverhampton, of Lady Hickman, widow of the late Sir Alfred Hickman, and grandmother of Sir Alfred Hickman, of the 4th Dragoon Guards, who is reported wounded and missing. Her ladyship was-eighty-five.

Seventeen members of the Hickman family are serving their country in the Army and Navy.

The deceased lady was mother of Colonel Hickman, M.P., who has just been appointed one of the Brigadier-Generals of the Ulster Division of Lord Kitchener's new Army, and who was chief recruiting officer for Ulster.



New Appointments.

Mr. C. H. O'Hara, drill inspector, Royal Irish Constabulary, Phoenix Park Depot, has been appointed Assistant Commissioner of the Dublin Metropolitan Police, in succession to Mr. Harrel, who retired after the Howth gun-running episode, and who has been given a pension. Mr. Davies will continue to act as Chief Commissioner in succession to Sir John Ross.

The two constables dismissed for disobedience of orders at Clontarf have been reinstated.



Mr. T. W. Russell on Ireland.

Writing in the "Daily Chronicle" on Mr. Asquith's Dublin meeting, Mr. T.W. Russell says:-- "A shade of disappointment is noticeable in the comments of those who thought Mr. Asquith's visit would be instantly followed by the pouring in of recruits to the new army. These people appear to have forgotten that Ireland is in very deed a nation of old people. The flower of our youth, the stalwart young men of the country, have poured out by emigrant ships for decades. The working of the Old-Age Pension Act proved that to a very sad extent Ireland is a nation of the old. The real truth is that if we take the male population between 19 and 35 years of age -- subtract from it all who are already at the front, all who must stay at home to run the country, all who are not fit, all who will not fight in any case -- subtract all these, and the reserve of available young men is not great. Even so the number of Irishmen in the fighting line will be out of all proportion to the population. This is a war where quality as well as quantity must and will count; and in quality as a fighting man who can surpass the Irishman?"



Call to Mr. H. V. Clements, B.A.

A special meeting of Ballymena Presbytery was held on Tuesday in Ballymena, Rev. William Ramsey, B.A. (Moderator), presiding.

Rev. Thos. Haslett reported that the congregation of Connor had made out a hearty and unanimous call to Mr. Herbert Vere Clements, B.A., a licentiate of the Presbytery of Omagh. The call promised 120 stipend as long as he remained an assistant, and 150 on his becoming sole minister, with the use of manse, lawn, and garden. On the motion of Mr. Haslett, seconded by Mr. Adams, it was unanimously agreed to sustain the call and forward it to the Moderator of the Omagh Presbytery. Provisional arrangements were made for the ordination of Mr. Clements (in case of his acceptance of the call) on Wednesday, 4th November, Rev. Richard Hall, B.A., to preach. Rev. Wm. Ramsey, B.A., to ordain, and Rev. Thomas Haslett, M.A., to address minister and people.

The Presbytery appointed Rev. A. Swan, B.A., to preach in Connor on 4th prox.; Rev. W. J. Gilmore, B.A., on 11th, and the Rev. W. A. Adams, B.A., on 18th, and the Rev. T. Haslett, M.A., to take the service on 25th. Rev. D. R. Mitchell announced that the Assembly had ordered that a sermon on the Sustentation Fund be preached in all the pulpits on Sunday, 11th October, and he requested that all the ministers of the Presbytery should do so on that or some convenient Sabbath. The meeting closed with the benediction.




Paris, Thursday. -- The lad Gustave Chatain, who went through several battles with the French forces, and who is now in a nursing home here, has written his memoirs of his adventures. The following extracts give an idea of his adventures, and show how he captured seven Germans.

"I had been at the advanced posts for two days, when, it occurred to me to climb into the loft of a house in order to observe the enemy's positions. Once inside the house I discovered German soldiers' kits and rifles. I had to get out, but was unable to reopen the door. I therefore broke the windows and came out. Then I loaded my rifle and fixed my bayonet and got in again.

"Nobody downstairs. Went upstairs, and discovered -- guess what -- seven Boches sound asleep. I fired my rifle. The German soldiers woke up and looked at each other, wondering what had happened. Hidden behind some straw I observed them. I rushed at them. They did not attempt to resist, but threw up their hands. "Get down," says I to them, and they went downstairs quite happy to surrender. I handed them over to my comrades."

On another occasion the boy soldier, although wounded by a bullet in his shoulder, hoisted a wounded sergeant on his back and carried him off.

A soldier who is being nursed in the same hospital as Chatain told a reporter that the boy really did all he said he had done. His officers praised him, and one general invited him to his table. He has been told that he will be allowed to rejoin his regiment when he is better.

Chatain told a correspondent that he had learned his colonel and captain had been killed, and that he was anxious to avenge them.

Asked how he came to join the troops, Chatain said -- "It was quite simple. I was anxious to fight the Boches, and set out for Senlis. I came across some Chasseurs Alpins and followed them and offered to run errands for them. Then I asked to be given a rifle. They at first laughed at me, but I pressed them so much that they gave me one. A captain saw me and sent me away. I joined another company, and told the soldiers I would be quite good and not in their way.

"At last I saw the Boches, and the fighting began. I picked up a rifle, and nobody paid any attention to me. I fired as many cartridges as I could, and got so interested at this new sport that I suddenly discovered that I was quite alone. I had lost my company. I managed to retire in good order. Ultimately I met an infantry regiment and was allowed to join the ranks.

"Then came the battle of the Marne. I was delighted and took part in the bayonet charges. In order to get near the trenches I held a bundle of straw in front of myself and managed to reach the enemy's trenches. Several times I saw in the trenches German soldiers apparently dead but as I was suspicious of some of them I kicked them to find out if they were really dead. The fun was greater still at the battle of the Aisne."


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The Witness - Friday, 9 October, 1914


DONALD -- Oct. 3, at Outwood, Blackhall, Midlothian, the wife of T. C. Donald, of Samnugger -- a daughter.


EWING--HARVEY -- Sept. 30, at Frankford Presbyterian Church, Castleblayney, by Rev. S. Lewis, B.A., Archibald Browne, youngest son of the late James Ewing and Mrs. L. J. Ewing, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, to Harriette, fifth daughter of the late Thomas Harvey and Mrs. J. Harvey, Annyart House, Castleblayney.

LAIRD--STUART -- Oct. 3, at Great Victoria Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by Rey. T. A. Smyth. B.A., George P., eldest son of P. Laird, Esq., Beechgrove Avenue, Aberdeen, to May, only daughter of Thomas and Mrs. Stuart, Ruskey, Cranmore Avenue, Belfast. At Home -- December 1st and 3rd, 31, Desswood Place, Aberdeen.

MORISON--MAHON -- Sept. 30 (by special licence), at the residence of the bride's parents, by the Rev. John Dunwoodie, B.A., assisted by Rev. M. M. Logan, B.A. (brother-in-law of the bride), Rev. J. D. Martin, M.A., and Rev. Robert Scott, M.A., Edgar Morison, M.B., younger son of the late Rev. John Morison, Tullylish, to Eleanor Kathleen, youngest daughter of William M'Mahon, Ballycross, Banbridge.


BELL -- Oct. 4, at Budore, Mary Bell, widow of the late William Bell, Bell's Grove, Glenavy, age 85 years.

BLACKWOOD -- Oct. 1, at Dundrum, David Blackwood.

CLUGSTON -- Oct. 1, at Ranfurly Terrace, Dungannon, Samuel Clugston, aged 85 years.

CRAIG -- Oct. 4, at Military Hospital, Victoria Barracks, Belfast, James Craig, 15th Battalion R.I.R., 6, Salisbury Avenue, son of the late David Craig, Glenfield, Eden, Carrickfergus.

DRYNAN -- Oct. 1, at 1, Stanley Villas, Cliftonpark Avenue, Marguerite Porteous (Daisy), daughter of the late James Drynan.

DUNWOODY -- Oct. 2, at Creevy, Lisburn, Thomas Dunwoody.

FERGUSON -- Oct. 6, at 308, Springfield Road, Belfast, John, youngest son of the late Thomas Ferguson.

HAMIL -- Oct. 4, at Nanavere, Ballycastle, Nancy, widow of the late James Hamill.

HARPER -- Oct. 5, at Castleview, Maymore, Killyleagh, Robert Harper.

HAY -- Oct. 4, at 18, Church Street, Antrim, Isabella, widow of the late Alexander Hay.

LESLIE -- Oct. 2, at St. Heliers, Strandtown, Florence Elizabeth Henderson, fourth daughter of Dr. and Mrs. R. W. Leslie, aged 17 years.

LUKE -- Oct. 5, at Ahoghill, Alexander Luke, aged 86 years.

MACBETH -- Oct. 3, at New Road, Donaghadee, Robert Macbeth.

MURPHY -- Oct. 3, at 99, Dover Street, John Murphy.

M'MAW -- Oct. 3, at Joymount Bank, Carrickfergus, Robert M'Maw, aged 82 years.

M'QUILLAN -- Oct. 1, at Cantyre View, Carnlough, Mary, relict of the late William M'Quillan.

ROBINSON -- Oct. 2, at Tern Cottage, Castlereagh, William, husband of Jane Robinson.

SCANLAN -- Oct. 5, at Unic-vale, Balmoral, Osmond, husband of Annie Scanlan.

SMYTH -- Oct. 4, at Kenbally, Broughshane, Rose Smyth.

STEELE -- Oct. 5, at The Manse, Hillsborough, Rev. W. C. Steele, B.A., B.D., Minister of Hillsborough Presbyterian Church.

THOMPSON -- Oct. 5, at Dyan, Caledon, William James Thompson, husband of Susan J. Thompson.

TURNER -- Oct. 6, at The Abbey, Whiteabbey, William John Turner.

WHITAKER -- Oct. 2, at Antrim House, Elizabeth Martin, widow of the late Henry Whitaker, M.D., and daughter of the late James Martin, M.D., Newtownards.

WITHERS -- Oct. 3, at 56, Cliftonpark Avenue, Margaret Alice, infant daughter of Robert Withers, aged 5 months.



Friends of this estimable lady will be glad to learn that a suitable memorial will shortly mark the last resting place in the churchyard of Kells of one who for a number of years laboured earnestly in this city in connection with Gt. George's Street Church. It is in the form of a neat headstone and kerb, chastely carved and suitably inscribed. It has been prepared by Messrs. Robinson & Son, sculptors, of York Street, on whom it reflects credit, and it is at present in the window of their establishment at the corner of York Street and Frederick Street. The inscription reads -- Bessie Scott Truesdale, beloved wife and true helpmeet of Rev. J. Mitchell, B.A., departed to be with Christ, 21st December, 1912. Born again of the Holy Spirit, and assured of her salvation solely through the merit of the Divine Redeemer she lived a long life rejoicing in God's love, humbly following Jesus and pointing others to Him for Salvation. "Through this man (Jesus), is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins, and by Him all that believe are justified from all things." Acts xiii. 38-39. "He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life." John vi. 47. "God is love." I. John iv. 8.



Many friends of his in Belfast will learn with regret of the death of Mr. J. C. Hunter, formerly of the Victoria Factory and St. Jude's Avenue, which occurred at his residence, Erinville, Kilbarchan, Scotland. Mr. Hunter, who was born in Kilbarchan, came to Belfast in the sixties, and settled in business as a linen manufacturer, but when his health began to fail a few years ago he retired from business, erected a villa in his native place, and resided there until the end came on Saturday. During the time he was in Belfast be made a wide circle of acquaintances. He was connected with May Street Presbyterian Church when Rev. Dr. Cooke was minister, and for the long period of over forty years was one of the most prominent members of that congregation. He was for many years secretary, then, an elder, and afterwards clerk of session, and took an active part in all the work of the congregation. He was also identified with the work of the Central Presbyterian Association during the early years of its history. His chief hobby was bowling, and he was one of the founders of the International Bowling Association, and same years ago made a tour of Canada with an Irish team. He was a staunch Unionist in politics, but took no active part in political life. His wife predeceased him many years ago, but he leaves behind him two sons, both of whom are settled in Canada, and four daughters, the eldest of whom is married to Rev. James M'Connell, Megain Memorial Church.


The Session and Committee of Cootehill Presbyterian Church desire to return most grateful thanks to Rev. Dr. Lowe, for his most interesting and valuable services on the 27th ult., on the occasion of the opening of their new organ; also to the following gentlemen who kindly acted as collectors: D. J. Carson, Esq., J.P., Ballybay; John Stuart, Esq., Drum; Joseph Boroden, Esq., J.P., Cortober House, Cootehill; James Rountree, Esq., solicitor, Monaghan; Edward M'Caldin, Esq., J.P., Newbliss; J. J. Hanna, Cootehill; Thos. Ronaldson, Esq., Cootehill; and A. J. Eakins, Esq., Cootehill; also to those who sent subscriptions.


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The Witness - Friday, 16 October, 1914


EAKIN -- Oct. 14, at Bondville House, Tynan, the wife of John Eakin, of a daughter.

GRAY -- Oct. 12, at Glenbrook, Finvoy, the wife of Hugh Gray -- a daughter.


AGNEW -- Oct. 8, at Bangor Demesne, George, husband of Agnes Agnew.

BAMFORD -- Oct. 9, Andrew, husband of Eliza Bamford, Bryantang Brae, Upper Woodburn, Carrickfergus.

BAXTER -- Oct. 7, at Church Street, Portaferry, the wife of Henry Baxter.

BLAKELY -- Oct. 10, at Lismoyle, Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone, Catherine Hay, widow of the late Samuel Blakely, M.D., Fivemiletown.

CAUGHEY -- Oct. 14, at Innishargie, Kirkcubbin, County Down, Margaret, wife of William John Caughey.

CLEELAND -- Oct. 9, at 26, Arthur Street, Belfast, James Cleeland, age 80 years, late Registrar of Marriages.

CURRIE -- Oct. 14, at 70, Castlereagh Road, James, husband of Hannah Currie.

CURRY -- Oct. 12, at Ardoyne, Crumlin Road, John Curry.

DOUGLAS -- Oct. 13, at 2, Roden Street, Mary Ann, widow of the late Hamilton Douglas.

BALLOON -- Oct. 7, at 51, Agnes Street, Joseph, husband of Elizabeth Falloon.

FARRELL -- Oct. 6, at The Fort, Ballygoskin, Crossgar, William Farrell, aged 61 years.

GORDON -- Oct. 12, at Botanic Avenue, Belfast, Eleanor Mann, widow of the late Rev. William Gordon, of Gilford, and daughter of the late Rev. Henry Cooke, D.D.

GRANT -- Oct. 10, at Margaret Street, Newry, Annie, relict of the late Dr. Eugene Grant.

GREER -- Oct. 12, at 31, Gainsborough Drive, Arthur, husband of Sarah Greer.

HEWITT -- At Clonrook House, Clonrook, Portadown, Ruth, widow of the late James Hewitt.

IRVINE -- Oct. 6, at 27, Park Avenue, Bangor, William Irvine (retired Engineer, late of Belfast).

LENNON -- Oct. 13, at Newtownards Hospital, David, son of Joseph Lennon, 24, King Street, Bangor.

LYNN -- Oct. 13, Eliza, widow of the late James Lynn.

MAINS -- Oct. 7, at 32, Euston Street, Sadie, wife of Thomas Mains.

MILLS -- Oct. 9, at Vine Cottage, Donaghmore, Newry, Dr. Samuel Mills, B.A., in his 77th year.

MORRIS -- Oct. 9, at Downpatrick, Johanna E. Morris, Postmistress, widow of the late T. Morris, Drogheda.

MORROW -- At Kinnego, Lurgan, Samuel Morrow, aged 98 years.

MORROW -- Oct. 9, at Brae House, Ballymacbrennan, Lisburn, Sarah, widow of the late William Morrow.

M'CAHERTY -- Oct. 13, at 15, Myrtle Terrace, Balmoral, Margaret, wife of James M'Caherty.

M'CANN -- Oct. 12, at 505, Falls Road, Road, Belfast, David, husband of Elizabeth M'Cann, and youngest sen of George M'Cann.

M'GOOKIN -- Oct. 10, at 67, Cavehill Road, Belfast, Elizabeth, widow of the late Lewis S. M'Gookin, Ballyboley.

M'KEAN -- Sept. 25, at St. Catharine's, Ont., Canada, Annie, only surviving daughter of the late Clotworthy Walkinshaw, of Forthill, Ballymena, and widow of David Millar M'Kean, in her 82nd year.

M'NEICE -- Oct. 13, 1914, at her residence, 36, Parkmount Street, Annie, dearly-beloved wife of Duffie M'Neice, Sen.

NELSON -- Oct. 9, at Broomhedge, Moira, James Hall Nelson, youngest son of Joseph Nelson.

PEDEN -- Oct. 11, at 59, My Lady's Road, James Martin Peden, husband of Sarah Peden.

POOTS -- Oct. 13, at Lisnasure, Adam Poots, husband of Mary Poots.

PORTER -- Oct. 11, at 22, Hamilton Road, Bangor, William, second son of the late Alexander Porter, Belmont Park, Belfast, and Mrs. Porter, Princes Gardens, Bangor.

PRENTICE -- Oct. 7, at Carricknaveigh, Saintfield, James Prentice, aged 71 years.

SMYTH -- Oct. 10, at Main Street, Saintfield, Agnes, relict of the late Samuel Smyth, aged 84 years.

THOMPSON -- Oct. 6, at 16, Hamilton Road, Bangor, Eliza Thompson, formerly of Comber House, Drumaness.



Norman, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Gamble, Bellevue, Magherafelt, passed suddenly away at has parents' residence on the 3rd inst. He was a very promising child of three years, and his loss, especially owing to the sad circumstances, is deeply regretted by a wide circle of friends and relatives. On Monday, the 5th inst., his remains were interred in the local churchyard, a quiet spot, shaded with trees. In expression of sympathy as well as of sorrow a large number of people, many of them from a distance, attended the funeral. At the house the Rev. E. Ritchie, B.D., conducted a brief service, and assisted by the Rev. G. W. Lindsay, M.A., and the Rev. W. Maguire, he also officiated at the grave. Several beautiful wreaths had been forwarded as tokens of loving remembrance, and they included one from "father and mother."



Presentation to Mr. T. Scott Buchanan.

On Saturday evening, 10th inst., the choir of above congregation and other friends met, by the kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. MacLean, at their residence, when the Rev. E. C. Linster, on behalf of the congregation of Tullyallen, presented to Mr. T. Scott Buchanan, Derrycughan National School, with an eighteen carat gold half-hunting English lever watch, in recognition of his services as leader of the choir for the past eight years. Mr. Linster voiced, the congregation's appreciation in a few well-chosen words, which were endorsed by Wm. Byers, Esq., J.P., a member of session, and former leader of the choir. Mr. Buchanan having replied, the remainder of the evening was very pleasantly spent with music and games. All feel deeply grateful to Mr. and Mrs. MacLean and the members of their family for their kindness and hospitality on this and many former occasions.



The annual services in connection with Castlewellan Presbyterian Church were conducted on Sabbath last by the Moderator of the General Assembly, the Right Rev, James Bingham, M.A., D.D., who preached eloquent and arresting sermons, appropriate to the occasion and the critical national conditions prevailing. Special offerings were taken up for church expenses and the interest on the debt. The Moderator expressed pleasure at the excellent way in which the praise service was rendered, and the good order in which the church property was kept.



The announcement of the death of Mr. John Curry, which took place at his residence, 348, Crumlin Road, on Monday last, will be received with regret by a wide circle of friends. The deceased, who had attained the ripe old age of 80 years, began life as an apprentice in the employment of the late Mr. Michael Andrews, founder of the Ardoyne Handloom Weaving Factory, and was connected with that establishment for about half a century, rising to the position of manager. In 1896 the business was merged into the firm of Messrs. J. S. Brown & Sons, Ltd., and a couple of years ago the deceased retired from, active service. By close attention to duty he won the confidence of his employer's, while he was held in the highest esteem by his colleagues. A member of the Masonic Order, Mr. Curry was identified with Friendship Lodge No. 513, Ligoniel, for the long period of forty-two years, and was amongst the most honoured of its Past Masters. He was also a companion of Royal Arch Chapter No. 513, of which he was a Past King. A faithful adherent of the Presbyterian Church, he worshipped with Ballysillan congregation, of which the Rev. John Gailey is pastor, and he filled the offices of elder and clerk of session.



On Tuesday a public inquiry was held in the Courthouse, Stewartstown -- before Dr. Brian O'Brien -- into the proposed lighting scheme for Stewartstown.

On Monday Mrs. Mary Cousins, of Ballymacateer, Lurgan, received intimation from the War Office that her son. Private James Cousins, 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, had been killed in action. Deceased was only 24 years of age.

At the meeting of Cookstown Guardians on Saturday it was decided to ask the Dungannon Board of Guardians to arrange for a meeting of the Joint Committee of the Cookstown and Dungannon Boards to arrange about a retreat for advanced consumptive cases.

Mr. James Robson, of Fintona, County Tyrone, who died on 29th November last, left to the minister and members of the Kirk Session of the Fintona Presbyterian Church his residence at Fintona to be used as a manse.

On Monday an old man named Thomas Gillespie was admitted to the County Infirmary suffering from fracture of the skull, caused by being knocked down by a horse and van, the property of an Armagh merchant. He is in a very precarious condition.

Writing to his father, Mr. Samuel Sterling, Town Clerk, Tandragee, Private Robert Sterling, of the North Irish Horse, says -- "I am in the best of health and still at the front. We have been under fire on several occasions, but have come out lucky. We have only lost a few men."

Miss Von Stieglitz and Miss Emily Gartlan (hon. secretaries) and Mrs. Mullan (hon. treasurer), of the Newry branch of the Red Cross Society, state that the committee have received up to the present 68 13s 9½d, and spent 49 7s 11½d on materials, &c., leaving a balance in the treasurer's hands of 19s 5s 10d.

The medical officer of Lisburn Workhouse (Dr. H. S. Murphy) on Tuesday informed the Board of Guardians that he had under his charge in the Workhouse Fever Hospital fifty-one cases of fever, forty-five of which were scarlet and three typhoid. The scarlet cases were, he stated, scattered over the district.

An inquest was held in Dungannon Workhouse by the deputy coroner, Surgeon Marmion, J.P., relative to the death of Wm. Donnelly, of Gortnaskea, Coalisland, an old-age pensioner, who died in the district hospital on Saturday last. The jury returned a verdict of death from shock, due to burns accidentally received by falling into the fire.

Mr. Lancelot T. Montgomery, of Kinvara, Cultra, County Down, merchant, who died on the 22nd June last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 32,991 7s 7d, of which 11,313 is in England, and probate of his will dated 27th January, 1909, has been granted to Mr. Goodwin Pratt, of 57, York Street, merchant, and Mr. Charles W. Majury, J.P., of 58, Cliftonville Avenue, Belfast.

At a meeting of Clogher Rural Council, held on Saturday, a letter was read, from Dr. H. Warnock, J.P., medical officer of Clogher, stating that he was obliged again to draw the Council's attention to the local water supply. The town at present was in great need of good water. The committee to whom the question of Clogher and Augher water had been referred at last meeting made no report, and consideration was further adjourned.

In the revision of the Parliamentary voters' lists for North Fermanagh, just concluded, the Unionists made a net gain in the Ballinamallard district of 16 votes; Enniskillen, 3; Irvinestown, 6; Kesh, 4; Lack, 1; Lisbellaw, 9; Pettigo, 11; Springfield, 5; and the Nationalists gained in Belleek, 13 net; Derrygonnelly, 7; Ederney, 4; and Tempo, 3. There is thus a net Unionist gain over the whole division of twenty-eight.

On Saturday at Downpatrick Council meeting Mr. H. M'Grath, in accordance with notice, moved that the offer of Messrs. Thos. Somerset & Co. to light by electricity the Streets of Portaferry be accepted, and that a scheme be prepared to give effect to the arrangement, the area of charge to be the town of Portaferry, comprising the townlands of Ballymurphy, Tullyboard, and Ballyphilip. The motion was seconded by Mr. J. Murnin, and passed unanimously.

A concert, organised by Mr. Alexander Hill, was held in the Town Hall, Ballymoney, on Sunday evening in support of the effort to raise money for the National Relief Fund. The programme included songs by Mrs. Leslie, Miss F. Cochrane, Rev. F. W. Cole, Messrs. Robert Pollock, and Wm. B. O'Kane. Miss L. M. Barnes, Ballycastle, gave a number of whistling and violin solos, while Mr. P. Boyle delighted the audience with several dramatic recitals.

On Monday there was a large Masonic gathering at the funeral of Br. Samuel Wilson, P.M. Crichton Masonic Lodge, No. ?04, Lisnaskea. Inside the gates of the church the Masonic brethren, who were present from Enniskillen, Clones, Fivemiletown, Brookeborough, and other districts, donned their blue regalia, and at the conclusion of the service, conducted by Br. Rev. I. H. [-?-apham], performed the ritual of the Masonic Order with great impressiveness.

To mark the opening of the Coleraine Young Women's Christian Association for the winter Mission a social was given to the members by Miss Scott, principal of the Ladies' High School, in the Cafe Hall on Thursday evening. Tea was dispensed by Lady Baxter, Mrs. Carson, Mrs. Huston, Mrs. Crofts, Mrs. [-?-les], Miss Scott, and Miss Thompson. After praise and prayer, conducted by Miss Reynolds (Portrush), the chair was taken by Lady Baxter, president. A musical programme was submitted.

The Bushmills Sub-committee of the County Antrim Relief Committee met on the [-?-th] inst., and were confronted with serious difficulties owing to lack of funds. The County Committee had received certain funds to make advances to the wives and dependants of men who enlisted, but the Government have not yet been able to arrange for the payment of what is due to wives and [-?-er] dependants. It is hoped that the Government payments will be forthcoming this week and that, even if they are not, some other satisfactory arrangement will be [-?-nd] possible.

Ballymoney Grass Seed Market on Friday contained 945 bags of grass-seed, all of which was bought up very quickly at firmer prices all round, mixed seed fetching from 5s to 7s 6d per cwt., and perennial from 6s to 7s 9d per cwt.

A verdict of death from natural causes was returned at an inquest held in Ballycarry Limeworks on Patrick Haven, aged 50, of Larne. Haven dropped dead whilst threshing oats in Mr. M'Cully's barn, Ballycarry, on the previous day.

The death has occurred of Dr. Samuel Mills, Newry, who, prior to his resignation, owing to failing health, early in 1911, was for almost thirty-one years the medical officer of the Donaghmore dispensary district, in the Newry Union.

A timely discovery on Friday checked a serious outbreak of fire in the extensive flax and corn mills of Mr. J. H. Currie, at Bushmills. The contents of the store, however, were partially burned and the remainder destroyed by the water.

Lady Garvagh is collecting blankets, comforters, and sweaters, as well as tobacco and pipes, for those members of the Ulster Volunteer Force who have enlisted. She has also a very large Red Cross working centre, with 2,000 workers for the sick and wounded.

At Newry Quarter Sessions on Friday -- before his Honour Judge Orr -- William Cairns, Chapel Street, Newry, claimed 50 compensation for the alleged malicious burning of a shed, horse, ladder, harness, and hay on the 14th July. The case was dismissed.

On the 8th inst. a child named David Wilton, aged about five years, son of Mr. D. Wilton, coachpainter, North Brook Street, fell over the handrail of the stairs on Coleraine station platform, and it was found necessary to insert several stitches in two large cuts on the neck.

From a return to hand it appears that over 700 men of the Tyrone Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force, have joined Lord Kitchener's new army since the outbreak of war. This does not include a large number of men who were called up on the reserve and special reserve.

The Lord Lieutenant, Lady Aberdeen, and Sir William Thompson were the guests of the Right Hon. Edward Archdale, Castle Archdale, Fermanagh, on the 8th inst. On Friday the Viceregal party visit ad Rossclare Sanatorium, afterwards enjoying a sail on Lough Erne.

In a letter home Lance-Corporal William Wright, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, and formerly a postman at Dervock, states that he is now in hospital at Oldway House, Paignton, South Devon. He speaks of the terrible time our soldiers had against heavy odds at Mons.

On Friday afternoon a fire broke out at the Balloo Mills, Killinchy, County Down. The services of the Belfast Fire Brigade were requisitioned by telephone, and a quick response was made from headquarters with a motor pump. Fortunately, the outbreak was not of a serious character.

At the annual general meeting of the Armagh Natural History and Philosophical Society a resolution was adopted expressing to the president, Dr. Robert Gray, and to Mrs. Gray, the society's deep regret at hearing the news of the death of Major Gray from the effects of wounds received in action with the Expeditionary Force in France.

Armagh flax market was opened last week, when there were twenty-eight carts containing over eight tons. The highest price was 13s and the lowest 9s. Mr. Patrick Hughes, Foyduff, Middletown, got the top price, and the flax was scutched at Mr. Marshall's mill, as were two other lots that each got 12s 6d. There were twelve buyers.

A verdict of accidental death was returned at the inquest on Thursday upon James M'Kenna, farmer, Carrickmacstay, who sustained fracture of the skull by a fall whilst attempting to mount a horse at Lurgancahone, near Rathfriland, on the 7th inst. He had purchased the animal, which was young and spirited, that day in Rathfriland fair.





We understand that the following appointments to the Ulster Division have been made and confirmed --


General Staff Officer, 2nd Grade -- Captain W. B. Spender. Assistant Adgt. and Quartermaster General -- Major J. Craig.


Brigadier-General -- G. H. H. Couchman, D.S.O.
Brigade Major -- Captain J. T. Scriven.

Royal Irish Rifles, 15th Service Battalion (North Belfast Volunteers). -- Lieutenant-Colonel -- G. H. Ford-Hutchinson, D.S.O. Majors -- C. Jackson, F. L. Gordon. Lieutenant -- W. Ewart. Second-Lieutenants -- C. B. Tate, R. F. Henry, J. T. Duffin, E. Coey, R. Buchanan, W. H. Chiplin, R. M. Pryde, E. F. Lepper, D. H. O'Flaherty, J. R. Moore, C. F. Knight, N. R. Thompson, H. S. Allison, J. J. Dobson. Quartermaster-Lieutenant F. Hill.

Royal Irish Rifles, 8th Service Battalion (East Belfast Volunteers). -- Lieutenant-Colonel -- H. T. Lyle, D.S.O. Major -- A. F. Penny. Second-Lieutenants -- G. E. M'Coll, A. T. Blackwood, T. A. Blackwood, J. M. M'Alery, J. M. Henderson, J. D. Nicholl, J. C. M'Clughan, A. H. Moore, C. A. Jackson. W. C. Drean, E. R. Kennedy. Quartermaster -- Lieutenant J. K. O'Neill.

Royal Irish Rifles, 9th Service Battalion (West Belfast Volunteers). -- Lieutenant-Colonel -- G. S. Ormerod. Major -- F. P. Crozier. Lieutenant -- P. J. Woods. Second-Lieutenants -- H. R. Haslett, J. H. Berry, F. T. Williamson, G. F. Woods, W. J. Shanks, W. A. Smiles, G. H. Gaffikin, D. C. Lindsay, J. Y. Calwell, J. C. Jamison, J. D. M'Connell, J. M. Sinclair. Quartermaster -- Lieutenant A. Membry.

Royal Irish Rifles, 10th Service Battalion (South Belfast Volunteers). -- Lieutenant-Colonel -- L. G. Tempest-Stone. Major -- A. M. Addison. Captain -- J. F. A. Sheil. Lieutenants -- W. M'Cready, E. R. H. May, F. J. Gregg. Second-Lieutenants -- D. B. Walkington, F. H. M'Clinton, B. Hill, M. Forbes, J. H. Stewart, A. L. Stewart, A. Wallace, C. E. Walkington, R. M'Laurin. Quartermaster -- Lieutenant W. D. Ryall.


Brigadier-General -- G. Hacket Pain, C.B.
Brigade-Major -- Captain C. G. Hill. D.S.O.

Royal Irish Rifles, 11th Service Battalion (South Antrim Volunteers). -- Lieutenant-Colonel -- H. A. Pakenham. Major -- P. Blair-Oliphant. Captains -- C. F. Cavendish-Clarke, A. P. Jenkins, C. C. Craig. Lieutenants -- O. B. Webb, A. Charley, E. F. Smyth. Second-Lieutenants -- E. Vance, L. Waring, C. Ewart, F. N. Webb, R. Thompson, J. Anderson, K. Moore, R. Neill, C. C. Canning, G. Young, F. G. Hull. Adjutant-Captain J. B. A. Drought. Quartermaster -- Lieutenant D. Devoto.

Royal Irish Rifles, 12th Service Battalion (Central Antrim Volunteers). -- Lieutenant-Colonel -- R. C. A. M'Calmont. Major -- D. Dixon. Captains -- S. J. Lyle, Hon. R. W. H. O'Neill, C. S. Murray, J. K. Smith. Lieutenants -- T. S. Johns, J. E. Jenks, A. K. M'Bride. Second-Lieutenants -- I. Thomson, A. D. Lemon, T. J. Haughton, R. A. Cramsie, W. M'Cluggage, J. E. Furniss, R. H. Hanson, S. Allen, W. H. Warman, J. R. Moore, E. H. Macnaghten. Adjutant -- Captain Hon. R. W. H. O'Neill.

Royal Irish Rifles, 13th Service Battalion (Down Volunteers). -- Lieutenant-Colonel -- W. M. Savage, C.I.E. Major -- Earl of Clanwilliam. Captains -- R. D. B. Maxwell, R. E. M'Lean, G. Bruce, A. Uprichard, T. J. Burroughs. Second-Lieutenants -- C. H. Murland, A. H. Hamilton, G. W. Matthew, J. S. Davidson, W. H. Smyth, T. B. Ringland, A. C. Herdman, J. A. Anderson, R. Workman, E. Johnson, W. M. Wright, H. Hardy, J. D. Neill, A. H. Allen, J. Pollock, A. Morrow. Adjutant -- Lieutenant R. Fridlington. Quartermaster -- Lieutenant C. B. Belt.

Royal Irish Fusiliers, 9th Service Battalion (County Armagh Volunteers). -- Lieutenant-Colonel -- S. W. Blacker. Majors -- W. Fitzgerald, J. M. Irwin, A. Pratt. Captains -- T. J. Atkinson, D. G. Shillington, G. R. Irwin, S. J. Scott. Second-Lieutenants -- Charles Johnson, J. C. Boyle, A. D. Allen, L. M. Anderson, J. M. Stronge. W. J. Menane, J. G. E. FitzGerald, C. H. Ensor, R. S. B. Townsend, G. Lutton, A. Small, R. S. B. Townsend, J. Johnson. J. G. Brew, T. G. Given, H. K. Jackson. Quartermaster -- A. Ferguson.


Brigadier-General -- T. E. Hickman, D.S.O.
Brigade Major -- Hon. A. C. S. Chichester.

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 9th Service Battalion (Tyrone Volunteers). -- Lieutenant-Colonel -- A. St. Q. Ricardo, D.S.O. Major -- E. H. Llewellyn. Captains -- J. G. N. Bomford, P. Cruickshank, C. K. Weldon, R. L. Auchenleck. Second-Lieutenants -- L. Gibson, J. Peacocke, T. Robinson, T. Fannon, J. Weir, H. M'Clean, J. H. Verner, A. Coote, R. A, Chambers, R. Law, W. S. Furness. Adjutant -- Captain E. H. Bell. Quartermaster -- Lieutenant F. Hodgson.

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 10th Service Battalion (Derry Volunteers). -- Lieutenant-Colonel -- R. Smyth. Captains -- H. Gaussen, W. Smyth, F. C. Trench, F. J. B. Williams, J. C. B. Proctor, J. T. Miller, R. S. Knox. Second-Lieutenants -- M. A. Robertson, E. M'Clure, G. E. Austin, C. N. L. Stronge, A. W. Wakley, J. M'El. Wilton, W. J. K. Moon, J. Douglas, W. A. Gaussen, J. W. Drennan, J. L. Ritter, K. A. M'Kenzie. Adjutant -- Captain R. E. Toker. Quartermaster -- Lieutenant G. G. Kendall.

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 11th Service Battalion (Donegal and Fermanagh Volunteers). -- Lieutenant-Colonel -- W. F. Hessey. Major -- The Earl of Leitrim. Captains -- C. F. Falls, J. S. Myles. Second-Lieutenants -- L. W. M'Intyre, W. Moore, H. C. Gordon, H. C. Butler, J. G. Boyton, J. Ballantine, A. C. Hart, M. E. Munn, W. H. Wagentreiber, C. B. Falls, B. F. M'Corkill, W. R. Williamson, G. F. Gilliland, J. A. T. Craig, J. D. M'Ildowie. Adjutant -- Captain R. L. Moore. Quartermaster -- Lieutenant J. T. Kelly.

Royal Irish Rifles, 14th Service Battalion (Young Citizen Volunteers). -- Lieutenant-Colonel -- R. P. D. S. Chichester. Major -- J. E. Gunning. Captains -- J. W. Harper, C. O. Slacke. Second-Lieutenants -- C. M'Master, J. M'Kee, J. W. Hyndman, V. H. Robb, A. Mulholland, J. M'Minn, H. Hanna, T. H. Mayes, P. B. Lewis, E. H. Clokey, H. H. Hooton, J. J. Dobson. Adjutant -- Capt. R. Bentley. Quartermaster -- Lieutenant G. Holmes.

The Medical Appointments

The following have been appointed temporary second-lieutenants in the Royal Army Medical Corps of the Ulster Division -- Doctors A. J. Best, W. S. Bury, W. K. Calwell, J. L. Dunlop, H. Emerson, A. R. Hamilton, T. M. G. Hogg, J. G. Johnston, W. R. Mackenzie, J. A. O'Neill, S. Pinion, S. E. Picken, R. S. Taggart, A. S. Taylor and H. G. Wilson.

The majority of the foregoing are graduates of Queen's University of Belfast. Dr. A. S. Taylor, who is a son of Rev. D. A. Taylor, D.D., graduated at Edinburgh University, and Dr. H. G. Wilson, of Larne, is a graduate of Glasgow University. Both are well-known Rugby football players, having represented Ireland on several occasions. Dr. Emerson and Dr. Calwell and others of the Belfast graduates are members of Queen's University Rugby Football. Dr. S. Pinion is a son of the late Mr. James Pinion, who was for many years manager of the Belfast and County Down Railway Company, and Dr. W. R. Mackenzie is a son of Dr. W. G. Mackenzie, F.R.C.S.



Letter from Sir E. Carson.

The Marchioness of Londonderry, president of the Ulster Women's Unionist Council, has received the following letter from Sir Edward Carson --

5, Eaton Place, London, S.W., 12th October, 1914.

Dear Lady Londonderry, -- Whilst I am desirous that every man who can do so should join Lord Kitchener's army, I hope no efforts will be spared to procure recruits for the Ulster Volunteer Force to fill the gaps or those who have been able to go to camp. I rely upon all workers in our splendid Ulster Women's Unionist Associations to see that the Ulster Volunteer Force is kept efficient. This is the keynote of success. -- Yours truly.






Mr. Frank Hedges Butler, the famous aeronaut, has given the Press Association an account of the bombardment of Rheims, which he witnessed. The Cathedral, he says, has suffered less permanent damage than was at first supposed. The walls, carvings, and towers have survived the bombardment. The two organs and statue of St. Peter and the two beautiful stained-glass windows, are intact. He thinks in six months the edifice may be restored. Two figures of the "devil" and the assistant engaged in consigning the ungodly to the flames have been destroyed. After the bombardment he watched from the Cathedral tower the battle proceeding in the outskirts of the town. He reached the town on September 26th. The Germans had left neither eggs, milk, nor tobacco. During the bombardment he joined the rest of the inhabitants at night in the cellars. Four thousand thus took refuge in the cellars of the famous Hiedsick firm. One day he persuaded the people to leave the cellars for sunshine, but shells bursting near them they again retired to the cellars.

Mr. Butler spoke with pity of the fate of the inhabitants, who spent the month almost continuously underground. In the vineyards, however, old men, women, and children continued cutting grapes within a few miles of the battle. The champagne vintage is the finest for ten years. In 1870, by a strange coincidence the vintage was also excellent. Huge stocks of champagne in deep caves have escaped damage.



Letter from Captain Hamilton, R.A.M.C., Lisburn.

On Saturday, 22nd August, we arrived at a little village called Nesbins, near the town of Mons, in Belgium. The Belgian people were awfully good to us; would not let us pay for eggs, milk, potatoes, &c., and gave the soldiers whole packets of cigarettes, matched, &c., in the streets. We slept out in the open, and next morning were up at dawn awaiting orders. We heard incessant firing near us, not only big guns, but also maxim and rifle fire. Shells were bursting here and there, and now and then a column of smoke would tell us of a house on fire. We saw there was a big fight on, and after some hours we gathered that our troops were retiring. About 1-30 we had our orders and moved off towards the front. I had two ambulances and about twenty men in my party. As we went along the road we met troops retiring. Some of them were wounded, and we did what we could for them, directing the slightly wounded to go to our temporary hospital, and putting the severely wounded into the ambulances. We were under both rifle and shell fire, and my horse was fearfully restive. I may have broken one of his teeth trying to hold him, or he may have been hit by a bit of a shell. I had to send him away as he became no use to me. For half an hour or more we worked like niggers, giving water, &c., to men almost dropping from fatigue, bandaging and carrying wounded. Then a mounted bugler of the Gordon Highlanders came galloping to say that a major of the Gordons was lying with his leg broken on the road not far from us. I took two stretcher bearers and started off to him.

We made use of what cover there was, and rushed across the open spaces. It seemed a long road. At last a wounded straggler told us that the major had been taken into a big chateau, which was flying the Red Cross flag. I went there and asked if there was a doctor in the house. If there had been I would have returned at once, as our orders were not, to be captured. There was no doctor, so, of course, I went in. The major had a ball through his leg, which had smashed the bone and made one small entrance and one big exit wound. I sent my two men back. I hope they reached oar lines safe, and reported that I was all right. I do not want to be postal as "missing." There were about a dozen wounded in the chateau beside the major. When I had fixed them all up I tried to get out, but a burst of firing hailed me as I came round the corner of the house. I found that it was impossible to leave as the Germans had planted a large gun at the door.

I have been given a pass by the Germans, and have been looking after the wounded in the different hospitals in Mons -- English and French as well as Germans. I thought the Germans would have required me to stay in Mons, but they have given me permission to stay where I like, and the people in the chateau are as pleased as I am that I can remain here. All Tuesday morning I was out with search parties looking for and burying the dead in the woods. It was a sad morning's work. I took the identification discs off the men's necks, their letters, money, &c., to be sent to their relatives later on. We buried the Highlanders together in the trenches they had defended so well.

Postscript. -- 5/9/'14. -- In great haste. Just being taken away. I believe to Liege. Prisoner. -- Geneva Convention, notwithstanding.



Captain A. C. Elliott, R.A.M.C., writing to his aunt in Londonderry, says -- We are well supplied with socks and shirts. The Government has been marvellous in getting up supplies. But everybody shouts for tobacco. You see where I am just now has been visited four times, once by the Germans going to Paris, then on their return, without having seen Paris, and twice by ourselves, so you may guess money cannot buy tobacco. The retreat from Mons was a simply marvellous piece of Staff work. The way in which our army was saved from the overwhelming hordes of German troops, also the protection we gave the French Army, was remarkable. Our army is cheery and in good spirits. Without doubt, they are the finest fighting material in the world. Our cavalry strike terror into the best German cavalry, and each man of our infantry is worth three German infantry men. I had a long talk with a German officer who was wounded. He said he did not see how the Germans could possibly be victorious in view of the vast numbers against them, and the greatest thorn in their side is the British Navy. He was astonished when I hinted at the possibility of Russians being brought from Archangel. He said that would spell ruin for Germany. On September 27 the Brigade I am in moved out of the firing line for a rest, and this evening I attended a service in the cellar of a large house. Those of the wounded who were able also attended. The service, which was conducted by an English clergyman, lasted twenty minutes. All the time the building was being shaken by German shell fire. Judge our astonishment on emerging from our cellar to find in the courtyard an unexploded shell weighing 100lbs. It had come through two feet of wall. Had it exploded this letter would not have been written.


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The Witness - Friday, 23 October, 1914


DEANS -- Oct. 14, the wife of S. Anderson Deans, L.D.S., 141, Ormeau Road, Belfast, a daughter.


PURCE--CARSON -- Sept. 24 (by special licence), at the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev. Robert Henderson, M.A., India, assisted by Rev. William Martin, B.A., Randalstown, [?] M. Purce, The White House, Randalstown, to Minnie, daughter of Samuel Carson, [Terry-?-wan], Randalstown.

SUMERVILLE--SCOTT -- Oct. 1, at St. Albans Church, Ashcroft, B.C., by Rev. W. [Sandi-?-nds] (vicar), Thomas A. Sumerville, to Martha Stevenson (Mattie), only daughter of the late John Scott, Esq., Ramelton, Co. Donegal, Ireland, and of Mrs. Scott, [Chamber-?-ombe] Park Terrace, Ilfracombe.


HENEY -- Oct. 21, at Dunadry House, Dunadry, Rebecca Frances Parr, devoted and beloved wife of Wm. Heney. Funeral private. No flowers, please.

BEATTIE -- Oct. 17, at Prospect House, Coalisland, Mary, wife of Robert J. Beattie, Postmaster.

BROWN -- Oct. 17, at 85, Castlereagh Road, John Brown, in his 89th year.

COWAN -- Oct. 18, at Knock View, Ballybrick, Thomas, youngest son of the late Thomas Cowan, Ballybrick.

CRAWFORD -- Oct. 21, at Drumbrain, Newbliss, Margaret Jane, only daughter of the late Samuel Crawford, in her 63rd year.

CUNNINGHAM -- Oct. 19, at 117, New Lodge Road, Andrew Cunningham.

FLETCHER -- Oct. 16, at Aghalee, Isabella, wife of Edward Fletcher.

HARKNESS -- Oct. 15, at Aughnamillin, Nutts Corner, Crumlin, Edward Harkness, aged 55 years.

HARPER -- Oct. 16, 1914, at 98, Duncairn Gardens, John Harper, aped 84 years.

HARRISON -- Oct. 17, Robert Harrison, 11, Thames Street, Broadway.

HYNDMAN -- Oct. 18, 1914, at her residence, Dromore, Glarryford, in her 95th year, Jane Marshall, widow of the late John Hyndman. THOMAS HYNDMAN.

JAMISON -- Oct. 20, at Aurdh-Gurth, Greenisland, Thomas Herbert, eldest son of Rev. Robert Jamison, of Londonderry.

KIRKWOOD -- Oct. 21, at Glenburn, Hillhall, Lisburn, Agnes (Baby), only daughter of William Kirkwood.

LAIRD -- Oct. 20, at Ballygallough, Ballyclare, Edward Laird, sen.

LINDSAY -- Oct. 17, at Dunlady, Dundonald, Jane, widow of the late David Lindsay, aged 81 years.

MAHOOD -- Oct. 18, at Waihi, Bangor, Down, Captain James Mahood.

MARSHALL -- Oct. 20, at Pembroke House, Markethill, William John (Jack), son of Gilbert Marshall, M.D., aged 19 years.

MILLIGAN -- Oct. 21, at 16, Fernwood Street, Ann Milligan (nee Weir), relict of the late William Milligan.

MITCHELL -- Oct. 17, at the Manse, Anahilt, John James Harrison Mitchell, M.B. (late Resident Surgeon Noble's Hospital, Douglas), only son of the Rev. Josias Mitchell.

M'MURTRY -- Oct. 18, at his residence, 11, Crumlin Road, Belfast, A. H. H. M'Murtry, M.D.

M'VICKER -- Oct. 17, at 20, Landseer Street, Belfast, Jane, wife of Samuel M'Vicker.

PALMER -- Oct. 19, at Bay View Terrace, Strandtown, Joseph, husband of Maria Palmer.

SHAW -- Oct. 18, at Loughaghry, Co. Down, Jane, relict of the late Samuel Shaw, aged 91 years.

TRAILL -- Oct. 15, at the Provost's House, Trinity College, Dublin, Anthony Traill, Esq., LL.D., M.D., D.L., Provost of Trinity College, of Ballylough House, County Antrim.

WHITE -- Oct. 18, at Lisnaw, Thomas S. White.



The late Alexander Hay Hill M'Murtry, M.D., M.Ch., L.M., was the youngest son of the 1ate William M'Murtry, of Ballynure, County Antrim, where he was born, 14th January, 1843. He was educated at the village National school, at the Ballyclare Classical School, under the late R. Y. Mullan; at the "Belfast Seminary," Donegall Street, under the late Thomas M'Clinton, and at the Belfast Academy, Academy Street, under the late Rev. Dr. Bryce.

He entered Queen's College, Belfast, in I860, winning the first year medical scholarship on the classical side. He won also the following other distinctions during his college career -- First prize in French, medical scholarship prize, first prize in "materia medica," second prize in anatomical dissection, first prize in surgery (two years in succession), first prize in practice of medicine, first prize in diseases of women and children, and was joint-winner of the "Malcolm Exhibition." He obtained the degree of Doctor of Medicine (Q.U.I.), with second class honours, in 1864; of master of surgery (Q.U.I.) in 1865; and of licentiate in midwifery (F.P. and S. Glasgow) in 1867.

After acting for six months as assistant to the late Dr. Harrison Hanna, of Peter's Hill, Belfast, and for six weeks as "locum tenens" for the late Dr. John Dundee, of Carnmoney, he commenced practice for himself in North Street in 1865, and with the exception of a year spent as qualified assistant to a medical gentleman in West Bromwich, England, he continued to practise his profession during the rest of his life in this city.

For many years he had a large practice, chiefly among the working classes, which might have been much larger and more lucrative but for his decided opinions regarding the use of alcoholic liquor as a beverage and as a medicine. He lived to see, and helped to bring about, almost a complete revolution in popular and medical opinion and practice on this subject, and whereas, at the beginning of his connection with the temperance movement, there were only two medical men in Belfast known to be total abstainers (himself and another), there is now a large proportion of our local doctors who are strict teetotallers.

For the greater portion of his professional life he was medical officer of a large number of friendly benefit societies, of the Alexandra Tent of Rechabites fox an unbroken period of forty-five years, of the Lagan Lifeboat Tent for forty years, of the Prince Albert Tent for thirty-four years, of the Flax Overlookers' Trade Society for thirty-four years, of the Coopers' Trade Union for twenty years, and of several juvenile Rechabite tents for lengthened periods. The most friendly relations always existed between Dr. M'Murtry and the members of these bodies, there never having been a serious complaint or misunderstanding on either side. On the contrary, he was made the recipient on two occasions of two valuable presentations and illuminated complimentary addresses in acknowledgment and appreciation of the manner in which he had discharged his official duties. After half a century of active medical service, he decided to resign his society appointments at the end of September, 1914, to the deep regret both of himself and his society patients.

When preparing for college he acquired a strong love of the Latin and Greek languages, and, later, a reading acquaintance with French, German, and Italian, which be found useful in his medical studies. He even set himself, by private study, to master Hebrew, and it was his great pleasure to read, with tolerable facility, the Old Testament in that language almost daily.

In May, 1878, he published "An Examination of the Psalter as Emended by the General Assembly's Psalmnary Committee," in which he pointed out a large number of passages containing careless punctuation, bad grammar, faulty rhymes, defective lines, redundant syllables, wrong accentuation, coloquilisms, obsolete [--?--] applied words and phrases, awkward [--?--] natural arrangement of words, inelegancies, added matter, and, erroneous renderings. Of this "Examination" the late Rev. Dr. Andrew Charles Murphy, when moving in the subsequent meeting of the Assembly the adoption of the Emended Psalter, with all the above imperfections on its head, spoke with approval, and expressed his regret that the author had not been on the Psalmody Committee. In the Psalter, as finally issued to the Church, over one hundred of the faults, blemishes, and mistakes pointed out by Dr M'Murtry had been removed or corrected.

His critical examination of the Revised Psalter suggested to him the attempt to produce a smoother, truer, and more literal metrical version of the Psalms than that hitherto in use, and he translated about fifty of them from the Hebrew into English rhyme, but found the work so difficult and unsatisfactory that he finally relinquished it. He also made English translations of several French novels, which appeared in the weekly edition of one of our local newspapers. In 1869, he was led by certain circumstances to write a strong letter of remonstrance and appeal to a publican of his native place, which Mr. (afterwards the Rev.) John Pyper published later in the "Irish Temperance League Journal," of which he was then Editor. This was followed in the same magazine by "Five Letters to a Clergyman," in which he tried to convince him of his duty to stem the tide of drunkenness among the villagers by both the advocacy and personal example of total abstinence. Such was the beginning of Dr. M'Murtry's interest in the temperance movement, and of a long series of articles and letters, continued as opportunity arose, throughout the remainder of his life, which he contributed to the temperance Press and to the Belfast newspapers. In everything he wrote on the temperance question his constant aim was to establish a truth, to refute an error, to teach a lesson, or to enforce a duty, and thus to produce a sound public opinion that one day might abolish the whole drink evil. For twenty years he was an active member of the Irish Temperance League Executive, and during the four years from 1889 till 1893 he edited its monthly journal, writing most of the original matter himself and received from the readers many appreciative testimonials to the clearness, vigour, outspokenness, and unanswerable reasoning of the products of his pen. He was one of the founders of the I.O.G.T, in Ireland, and was an active member for many years of Erin's First and the Good Samaritan Lodges.

At the meeting of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in St. Enoch's Church in 1874, he ventured to move an amendment or addition to the resolutions of the Temperance Committee, declaring, the personal duty of total abstinence and the national duty of prohibition. His motion received only fourteen votes, and he was somewhat angrily told by the then convener that he had destroyed the case of temperance in the Assembly; and yet the Assembly has long since come round to his view. At that time there were only two or three of its congregations that used the unfermented "Fruit of the Vine" at the Communion, now there are only a very few that don't, and Dr. M'Murtry's pen was one of the forces that have brought about that wonderful and blessed change. He held that the Bible, rightly interpreted, gives no sanction to the use of alcoholic drink either at the Lord's Table or at our own; that it was a gross, cruel, and mischievous inconsistency to teach the children in our homes and Bands of Hope that alcoholic liquor is always and everywhere unnecessary, useless, dangerous, and injurious, and that it is nevertheless right and proper to drink it as an emblem of their Saviour's shed Blood; he held also that there could be no greater danger or stumbling-block to those who had once been addicted to drink than to place before them and call upon them to drink in the solemn, sacred, and presumably safe, surroundings of the Holy Sacrament that which had nearly been, and might yet be, their ruin. He was strongly convinced that the common sale and use of intoxicating beverages could have no sanction or support half so powerful as the teaching of the Church and the general belief among the people, in the face of the fadings of pathology and the facts of everyday observation and experience, that the Bible and the example of Christ are in favour of the liquor traffic and our drinking customs.

In October, 1871, he contributed to the "Medical Temperance Journal," at the request of its Editor, the late Rev. Robert Rae, secretary of the National Temperance League, an article entitled "The Duty of Medical Men in Relation to the Temperance Movement," which was favourably noticed in the "British Medical Journal" by its then Editor, the late Mr. Ernest Hart, and a copy of which was sent by the National Temperance League to every medical man in the United Kingdom. According to Mr. Rae, in his "Reminiscences of a Temperance Secretary," one of the fruits of this article was the famous "Medical Declaration" of 1871 drafted by the late Dr. Parkes, signed by 269 of the most eminent physicians and surgeons, and published as an advertisement, with the whole of the signatures, in the medical journals and in "The Times" newspaper. That "Medical Declaration" declared among other things, that "no medical practitioner should prescribe alcohol without a sense of grave responsibility; that it should be prescribed with as much care as any powerful drug; that the directions for its use should be so framed as not to be interpreted as a sanction for the continuance of its use after the occasion is past; and that many people immensely exaggerate the value of alcohol as an article of diet." At the request of Mr. Rae, Dr. M'Murtry prepared and read at a National Temperance Congress held in St. George's Hall, Liverpool, in 1884, a paper on "The Wise Physician's Attitude Towards Alcohol," of which the late Rev. Charles Garrett shortly afterwards said at a public meeting in the Carlisle Memorial Church, Belfast, that it was the best paper read at the Congress, and at a similar Congress held in the Town Hall, Chester, in 1895, he read another paper on "The Duty of the Press to the Temperance Movement."

In recognition of his zeal and service in the crusade against our drinking customs and the liquor traffic he had the unique and unsought honour of being awarded, in 1876, by the "Societe Nationale d'Encouragement au Bien," of Paris, a "Diplome" and a "Medaille d'Honneur" for "Devouement a l'Humanite."

Dr. M'Murtry took no public part in politics, but by heredity and conviction he inclined to the Liberal and Progressive view of legislation. He had no respect for that blind and undiscriminating partisanship that can see no good in either the acts or the motives of any party but one's own. He deplored the bitterness and unscrupulousness of party strife. He was in favour of the fullest and widest justice and freedom to all, and of every measure that was likely to improve the condition of the people, that removed stumbling-blocks, pitfalls, traps, and temptations from their paths, and that made it easier for them to do right and more difficult to do wrong. Believing that the licensed sale of intoxicating drink and the permission of abounding facilities for and incitements to drinking was a national sin, a national injustice, a national crime, and a national shame, because productive of more unnecessary deaths, misery, suffering, and physical and moral degradation than any other cause under human control, and that total abstinence and the legislative suppression of the liquor traffic by the vote of the people was the most urgently needed, and would be the most beneficent of all possible reforms, he naturally put these truths at the head and front of his political and social programme. He could never understand the apparent insensibility and obliviousness of many social reformers to the comparative futility and failure of all their efforts so long as the liquor traffic existed to counteract them. Hence his watchword and battle cry was always "Down with the drink shop and up with the people." Under no circumstances and for no advantage would he vote for any Parliamentary candidate who would not promise to vote, if elected, for a measure empowering the people to effectually prohibit the common sale of intoxicating liquors in their respective districts.

He was as liberal and tolerant in his religious as in his political sympathies. He believed that "God made of one all nations of men," and he often said -- "Have we not all one Father? Hath not one God created us?" I He believed that as a father pitieth his children and makes allowances for their differing tastes, tendencies, and temperaments, while sure of their love and loyalty all the while, so the Lord pitieth them that fear, reverence, and serve Him from the heart notwithstanding the particular denominational name by which they are called. He was always pained at the exhibition of sectarian animosity and un-Christian feeling which divided and estranged those who ought to love each other as brethren, though each worshipped and served God in his own particular way. And he was pained above measure when such an [--?--] came from the Protestant side of the community. All through his life he exerted a hallowing [--?--] influence; and he leaves behind him a [-->--] as the breath of flowers and bright as the light of the setting sun, to be followed by a yet brighter marring. His kindly presence and his incisive pen will bo long missed and mourned, and by none more deeply than by the conveners and members of the General Assembly's Committee on Temperance. A little more than three months ego Dr. M'Murtry was laid aside from the active duties of his long, busy, and useful life. Although confined to his couch, and suffering acutely at times, he awaited the end of his earthly course with the patience and faith of a true Christian. The call came on the morning of last Lord's Day, when his spirit passed into the clearer vision of the life that is life indeed.


The funeral took place to the City Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon. Prior to the coffin being taken from the house a short but impressive service was conducted by Rev. John Pollock, St. Enoch's Presbyterian Church, of which the deceased was an elder, and Rev. J. Maconaghie, Fortwilliam. The sorrowful cortege then set out for the City Cemetery, the place of interment, the coffin, which was of polished oak, being completely covered with beautiful floral tributes. The following were the chief mourners -- Mr. Wm. M'Murtry, brother; Mr. H. J. Davison, Mr. B. H. Hamilton, Mr. E. S. Sharpe, Mr. W. Dowling, and Mr. T. Baird, sons-in-law; Mr. Alex. Davison and Mr. Cecil Davison, grandchildren; Mr. Malcolm J. Wilson, Mr. Wm. M'Murtry, jun., and Mr. D. Sinton, nephews.

At the graveside another service was held. Revs. J. Pollock and Dr. Macmillan officiating, and as the coffin was lowered one and all felt that they had lost a valued friend.

The arrangements for the funeral were in the hands of Messrs. Adam Turner, and, as usual, were admirably carried out.



An upright man has passed away
    To worthies gone before;
The place he filled but yesterday
    Will never know him more.
"All flesh is grass." Thus sacred lore
    Compares the lives of men.
He lingered here but little more
    Than threescore years and ten.

The noble healing art employed
    His energy and skill:
And surely here he leaves a void
    Mere science cannot fill.
Three generations freely own
    Indebtedness, with tears,
For deeds of mercy daily done
    Through nearly fifty years!

While grateful patients, greatly grieved
    Lament him, everywhere;
The home which shelters the bereaved
    Enshrines the vacant chair.
Its spirit whispers: "Stop and think!
    Take notice that, at last,
The rust of Time corrodes each link
    Connecting with the past."

Endeared to family and friends
    With common sense endowed;
And aiming still at higher ends,
    He lived above the crowd.
With childlike trust in Providence;
    According to his light,
Regardless of the consequence,
    He dared to do the right.

While zealots stormed in loud debate,
    He kept an open mind
On measures meant to elevate
    The status of mankind.
His fearless help or hindrance, when
    Convinced of right or wrong,
Terse argument and trenchant pen
    Will be remembered long.

That sober face and sound physique
    And unassuming mien --
That personality unique
    Has vanished from the scene.
Old class-mates, still adjacent or
    Residing far away,
Will feel the world is poorer for
    Their loss sustained to-day.

October 18, 1914.



In connection with the death of above highly-esteemed lady, memorial services were held in Gilford Presbyterian Church on Sunday, 18th inst., the special preacher at morning and evening being Rev. Thomas Boyd, B.A., Banbridge. The pulpit was suitably draped, and the feeling of regret at the passing away of one who had been so long identified with the congregation appeared to pervade the services. Special and appropriate music was rendered by the choir, under the leadership of Miss M'Mullen, organist. At morning service the text was taken from the 90th Psalm, first verse, "Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling-place in all generations," and at the conclusion of an eloquent sermon Rev. Mr. Boyd, in referring to the death of Mrs. Gordon, said that to know her was to honour, respect, and love her. They had met that day surrounded by deep sorrow and bereavement. At the beginning of last week Mrs. Gordon, the widow of their former pastor, and one they all loved well, full of years and full of trust, passed to her rest and her reward. By Mrs. Gordon's death one of the last links had been severed which connected this generation with the great history of the Presbyterian Church. Measured by any standard applicable to human life, Mrs. Gordon was one of nature's nobility, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Her mental endowments were in keeping with the physical. To meet her was to feel that you were in contact with no ordinary woman. She possessed a great memory, clear, retentive, and reliable. She was widely read in modern literature, and was conversant with all the great questions of the day, so one could understand what a treat it was to be in her company.

Mrs. Gordon was a deeply religious woman, as one might expect from her parentage and early training. She had a firm grasp of Evangelical truth. She loved the old doctrines of the Gospel, and the old paths in which her fathers trod. She scorned all new-fangled ways, and all striving after novelties in the church or in the pulpit. Although tolerant of other Churches, Mrs. Gordon was a loyal-hearted Presbyterian, and an intense lover of her own Church. Nothing delighted her more than to attend the meetings of the General Assembly, and she followed with marked attention its debates and its discourses. Mrs. Gordon was always deeply interested in the welfare of the Gilford congregation, and in every branch of its enterprise. The poor found in her a generous friend, those in trouble a sympathetic comforter, and all a devoted friend. All she did was imbued with the spirit of Him who went about doing good. Nothing delighted her more than to hear of the prosperity of the Gilford people, and of any who had gone from their midst to dwell in other lands. Mrs. Gordon and her daughter were exactly suited to each other in temperament. What trust, what confidence were reposed by the mother in the daughter. When, in God's providence, Miss Gordon was suddenly called home, just a year ago, Mrs. Gordon felt the blow most keenly, and, apparently, she never got over the great loss of one she loved so much, and trusted so implicitly. No one could take the place of the daughter; no one could minister to the mother's needs as the daughter did. Now, after a short, brief illness, Mrs. Gordon has gone to join her beloved (as she called her daughter during the past year) in the happy home above. Mother and daughter were lovely and beautiful in their lives, and in death they were not divided. Those who had not the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Gordon were the losers on that account. Those who knew her were bound to love and respect her. Life is poorer, but heaven is richer, because God has called His servant to Himself.



At a meeting of the Board Nomination of Armagh, the Rev. J. F. Martin, LL.D., senior curate of Portadown, under Canon Hobson, was unanimously elected to the incumbency of Mullaglass.

Lurgan Urban Council on Tuesday decided to allocate ten artisans' dwellings for the accommodation of Belgian refugees. The Ladies' Sub-Committee has arranged to furnish them and provide for the upkeep of the families for some time.

The death occurred with comparative suddenness at Newtownstewart on Saturday of Mr. William M'Kinlay, a well-known merchant and contractor in that town. He was a large employer of labour in the many contracts he carried out for the Tyrone County Council and other public bodies.

On Saturday there was buried in Coalisland the remains of a Crimean veteran named John Kennedy, a private in the 101st Foot. Joining the army in 1846, he was the holder of four good conduct badges. He had a medal for the Crimean War, the Turkish medal, and clasps for Alma, Inkerman, and Sebastopol.

At a special meeting of the County Derry Technical Instruction Committee in Coleraine, Miss Louise Campbell, of Caithness and the Athol Crescent School of Cookery and Housewifery, Edinburgh, was unanimously appointed domestic economy instructress for the county.

Mr. John C. Chambers, of Ballymaguire, Stewartstown, sold 210 stone of flax in Cookstown market on Saturday, obtaining 13s 9d per stone. It was the produce of four acres, which realised 144 gross. The flax was scutched by Mr. Cowan at Annahavil Scutchmills.

At the opening market of the season in Monaghan on Monday flax reached 13s per stone, and the general price was from 9s 6d to 12s per stone. There were between eighteen and twenty tons in the market. The fibre was improved from that of last year, and showed more careful handling.

The committee of the Holywood Thursday; Afternoon Working Party gave a patriotic tea in the Town Hall, Holywood, on Saturday evening in aid of the funds for the soldiers. The hall was crowded to overflowing. Considerably over 25 was realised, besides over 400 gifts for the men.

The honour of having five sons on active service for Britain belongs to Mr. John Millar, of Stable Lane, Coleraine. One of the five (Alexander) is in the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders at the front, and the other four -- James, William, Knox, and Thomas are with their comrades of the Ulster Volunteer Force in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at Finner land.

The funeral took place on Saturday to Carntall Churchyard of the late Mr. Thos. Turner, clerk of Clogher Union. The members of the Rural Council adjourned their quarterly meeting for two hours and attended the funeral in a body. Rev. W. H. Bailey, B.A., Presbyterian minister, conducted a short service in the house and also officiated at the burial service.

On Saturday Thomas Cooke, of Newtownhamilton, aged about eighteen years, employed in Mr. J. Cooke's scutch mill, Newtownhamilton, went to the back of a machine to pull out some fibre, the rollers still being in motion, when his right arm was dragged in, with the result that it was completely severed below the elbow.

The death took place at his residence at Brookvale, Clogher, on the 14th inst. of Mr. Thomas Turner, Clerk of Clogher Union. Deceased was a native of Clogher district, having in his younger days conducted a large drapery concern at Ballygawley, with a branch shop in Clogher. where he also owned the Commercial Hotel.

At a public meeting in Limavady on the 15th inst. a branch was formed of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families' Association. The following appointments were made -- President, Mrs. Robertson, Dogleap; vice-president, Mrs. Boyle; treasurer, Mr. J. T. Simpson; hon. secretary, Mr. H. Moore; with a committee representing the town and district.

With feelings of satisfaction the workers connected with the Coleraine Shirt and Collar Factory have learned of the receipt by Mr. Matt Given, managing director of Messrs. R. H. & S. Rogers, Limited, London, of a telegram from Sir Robert Hargreaves Rogers, chairman of directors, stating "the firm has been successful in obtaining important Government orders, extending over some months, and will very soon be on full time."

The ladies of the Ballyeaston and District Women's Working Guild for the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families' Association sent their first consignment of work this week to Lady O'Neill, Shane's Castle, president of the association for County Antrim. Five well-filled boxes were forwarded, containing 77 pairs of socks, 40 shirts, 16 rugs, 5 mufflers, 3 helmets, 14 boxes chocolate, 10 boxes cigarettes, 4 bed-jackets, 1 nightshirt, 6 petticoats, and 4 skirts.

At Londonderry Quarter Sessions -- before Judge Todd -- in the case in which Charles Devine, Dungiven Road, sued John Carr and Henry Quigg, Drumahoe, for 50 damages for injuries alleged to have been received through being knocked down by the defendants' trap, his Honour gave a decree for 8, that sum being in respect of two months' incapacity. There was no necessity, in his Honour's opinion, for the plaintiff to be incapacitated for fourteen weeks.

The opening meeting of Hillsborough to C.M.P. was held in the schoolroom connected with the Presbyterian Church on Wednesday evening, 14th inst., at eight o'clock. Lady Dixon presided, and in a few touching words, proposed a vote of condolence to Mrs. Steele (vice-president) on the lamented and sudden death of Rev. W. C. Steele, B.D., the large and representative audience standing as a mark of respect. Mr. W. T. Biller gave a heart-searching Gospel address, and the Misses, Weir sang two appropriate duets.



In the list of officers and men of the Royal Irish Rifles and various other regiments mentioned in despatches the following names of Ulster interest are singled out by General French for this honour --

Brigadier-General Count Gleichen, K.C.V.O., C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., commanding the 15th Infantry Brigade. Count Gleichen has commanded the troops in Ulster since August, 1911, and went to the front from Belfast. He lives at Hartfell, Fortwilliam Park, and has seen war service in South Africa (where he was wounded) and elsewhere. Countess Gleichen is at present in Scotland.

Viscount Crichton, M.V.O., D.S.O. Royal Horse Guards, is the eldest son of the Earl of Erne, of Crom Castle, County Fermanagh. His lordship was in Ladysmith during the siege, and was subsequently A.D.C. to the King in his Colonial tour as Duke of York in 1901. He is married to a daughter of the first Duke of Westminster.

Major Viscount Massereene and Ferrard, North Irish Horse, formerly served in the 17th Lancers. He was wounded in South Africa, and was twice mentioned in despatches. He lives at Antrim Castle, and is an officer in the U.V.F.

Lieutenant R. A. West, North Irish Horse, is a native of County Fermanagh, being son of a well-known resident of that county, now deceased.

Lieutenant Hon. H. C. Alexander, 5th Lancers, is a brother of the Earl of Caledon, County Tyrone. He was born in 1883.

Lieutenant Hon. C. Mulholland, 11th Hussars, is the second son of Lord Dunleath, of Ballywalter Park, County Down. He is twenty-eight years of age, and formerly served at the No. 2 Irish Cavalry Depot.

Capt. R. R. M. Stevens, brigade major 9th Infantry Brigade, is an officer of the Royal Irish Rifles. He was wounded early in the war.

Captain J. T. Weatherby is brigade major to Count Gleichen. He is an officer in the Oxfordshire Light Infantry, and has been serving on the staff in Belfast since 1st May last.

Lieutenant D. C. H. Richardson, 12th Lancers, is the only son of Mr. Charles H. Richardson, J.P., Cedar House, Newtownbreda, Belfast. This gallant officer's squadron (C) took part in the brilliant charge of the 12th Lancers and Scots Greys on 28th August. He has been at the front since the beginning of the war, and his many friends in Belfast have received with pleasure the news that he has been mentioned by General French.

Major G. A. Moore is a Ballymoney man, son of the late William Moore, M.D., J.P., High Sheriff County Antrim, 1890, of Moore Lodge, Kilrea. Major Moore is in the R.A.M.C., and an M.B. of the University of Dublin.

Rev. Hugh C. Meeke is a son of Rev. Jas. Meeke, Kingmills. Before becoming an army chaplain he was pastor of a County Antrim church.

The late Major Hubert Francis Crichton, of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, was a nephew of the Earl of Erne. He entered the Army on 15th January, 1898, and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant on 12th March, 1898. He served in the Soudan campaign under Lord Kitchener, and was present at the battle of Khartoum, obtaining the British medal and Khedive's medal with clasp, while he was employed with the Imperial Yeomanry in the last South African war, gaining the medal with two clasps. Some years ago Major Crichton had the honour of serving as aide-de-camp to Field-Marshal Sir John French. He was married in 1903 to a daughter of Mr. L. T. P. Sanderson, of Clonmel, and resided at Naas, County Kildare.

Major Charles Rodney Spedding, D.S.O., of the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, is a son of the late Dr. Spedding, Antrim Road, Belfast. He served in the South African war with the R.I.R. Mounted Infantry, and was staff officer to Colonel E. C. Williams's column from April, 1901. He was wounded in an engagement with the Boers, and his services were twice mentioned in despatches, obtaining the D.S.O. and the medal with three clasps.

Captain Thomas Charles Sinclair, who is serving with the 26th Brigade Field Artillery, is a son of the late Right Honourable Thomas Sinclair, D.L., and of Mrs. Sinclair, Hopefield House, Belfast. Entering the Army on 28th March, 1900, he obtained his lieutenancy on 3rd April, 1901, and was promoted to the rank of captain on 5th August, 1909. He went to the front with the 118th Battery, R.F.A. and has been engaged in some very severe fighting, being on one occasion the only officer in the battery who escaped injury.

Captain W. J. Macauley, whose name was mentioned in General French's despatch, is a son of Mr. C. J. Macauley, formerly of Monaghan, and now residing at Cliftonville, Belfast. Captain Macauley received his commission about eight years ago, and has been five years in India. He has been at the front since the beginning of the war, and after one engagement was personally thanked by the general in command for saving a comrade under severe fire. He is attached to the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays).

Major John Gage Lecky, Army Service Corps, is a son of Colonel George Lecky, Indian Army (retired), and nephew of the late Hugh Lecky, Beardiville, Coleraine. The gallant young officer married on the 4th February last Ethelberta Theodosia, daughter of Mr. Hunt Walsh Leech, Red House, Coleraine, High Sheriff of County Armagh, senior member of the legal firm of Crookshank, Leech, & Davies, Dublin and Coleraine.





The number of recruits for Kitchener's Army in Belfast and Ulster is now well over 21,000. Eleven thousand five hundred and eighty-four men have, according to the latest returns, been accepted for the Ulster Volunteer Division, which has in addition close on 300 officers, 95 per cent, of whom belong to the Volunteers. If the U.V.F. men who enlisted through the ordinary channels prior to the formation of the Ulster Division were available now there would be the nucleus of another Ulster Division. The latest figures are:--

Cavalry ... ... 49
Artillery ... ... 225
Infantry ... ... 2,118
Special Reserve ... ... 1,511
Others ... ... 355
Total ... ... 4,258
U.V.F. ... ... 7,628
Total ... ... 11,886

to which has to be added about 150 men for the North Irish Horse, who joined at Skegoniel Avenue.

The Provincial enlistments for the U.V.F. number 3,956, and the provincial enlistments for the Army generally total approximately 5,600.

Ulstermen are well to the fore in the honours of the war. The 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, which is raised in Belfast and Counties Antrim and Down, enjoys the distinction of having more officers and men mentioned in despatches than any other Irish regiment. Thirteen of all ranks have been singled out by General French for this honour. This total is only exceeded by the 3rd Worcetshire, 3rd Coldstream Guards, and one or two other regiments.


The Army Council has given its official approval of the officers and men of the Ulster Division wearing the red hand of Ulster in bronze as a cap badge. The territorial designation of "Inniskilling," "R.I.F." (Royal Irish Fusiliers), and "R.I.R." (Royal Irish Rifles) will be borne on the shoulder straps. It will be remembered that Sir Edward Carson, speaking at Ballymena on the 18th inst., mentioned incidentally that the Ulster Division would have the red hand of Ulster on their caps.


A third detachment of recruits from the 2nd (Roe Valley) Battalion North Londonderry Regiment U.V.F. left Limavady on Monday to enlist in Kitchener's Ulster Divison, the men to join their comrades at Finner Camp, where they are now undergoing training.



The story of the bravery of a bugler of the Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry is told by Private Merryweather of the same regiment, who, after taking part in the battle of the Aisne, has returned to his home at Reading, wounded. Speaking of Bugler Lovelace, Merryweather said --

"When we were in the trenches the water supply ran out, and realising the position we were in Lovelace pluckily volunteered to go and obtain some for us. He went under heavy fire a distance of fully 700 yards to a farm which was being stormed by shell, and he succeeded in obtaining water, but had hardly returned to the trenches when he was struck in the thigh by a portion of a shell, and wounded."

Merryweather also told of the smartness of one of our airmen, who was brought down by the enemy, but who rendered his machine useless by removing the motor and setting fire to the wings of the machine.



"Keep Very Cheery."

Captain Joseph Lynn, Presbyterian army chaplain, who is with the 5th Field Ambulance, 2nd Division of the British Expeditionary Force, writing to his mother in Londonderry on the 6th of October, says:-- "We are still at the farmhouse near the Aisne, but there is a rumour that the Germans are giving way, and that we shall soon be on the move again. Anything like the havoc wrought here you never saw -- furniture smashed and thrown on the road, empty champagne bottles, houses burned and smashed with shells, people murdered, others wandering homeless towards Paris, and all this quite apart from the terror of the actual fighting itself. However, we try never to think of these things, and keep cheery. We have a gramophone, and it is turned on in the evening's. We go to bed at 9-30, up at 7, breakfast at 8, lunch at 1, tea at 4-30, and dinner at 8. We are fed splendidly, and can buy chickens, eggs, butter, and milk occasionally. We get rations of tea (we found a bag of coffee beans left by the Germans), sugar, bread or biscuits, jam and marmalade, frozen or preserved meat, &c. We got plenty of vegetables, &c., so do very well. We have two fine cooks and two waiters. We have very few wounded, so are having an easy time. We spend the days loafing, reading, writing, and chatting, and then when it gets dark at 5-30 go for a good walk, as it is safer then. There are very few wounded men at present, as we are too deeply entrenched from the shells to get much damage, and there are no attacks by our men at this point. If you look at the map you will see where the canal crosses Aisne. We are within a mile of that. That is all I can say. Of course you know we crossed from Southampton to Boulogne, and arrived at Mons in time for the battle, shared in the retreat to Mons, which lasted ten days, and was hell on earth, and then advanced slowly across the Marne till the 13th September, since when we have been practically stationary.


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The Witness - Friday, 30 October, 1914


BYERS -- Oct. 11, at Strand Manse, Belfast, the wife of Rev. T. Byers -- a son.


BUCHANAN--GLENN -- Oct. 22, 1914, at Castlerock Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. G. W. D. Rea, B.A., assisted by the Rev. James Buchanan, B.A. (brother of the bridegroom), Stephen, son of the late James Buchanan, Craigtown, Cullion, to Annie Ida, youngest daughter of William Glenn, Drumslade, Coleraine.

DAVIDSON--KIRKER -- Oct. 28, in the First Presbyterian (Unitarian) Church, Rosemary Street, by the Rev. H. J. Rossington, M.A., B D., James Davidson, Oakley, King's Road, Knock, Co. Down, to Mary, daughter of the late John Kirker, Killead, Co. Antrim. At home, Linwood, Donaghadee, 21st and 28th November.

NEILL--NORWOOD -- Oct. 21, at Clifton Street Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Samuel Thompson, B.A., Thomas Neill, The Maze, to Isabella, daughter of the late William J. Norwood, Thrush Hall, Saintfield, Co. Down.

THOMSON--BARRON -- Oct. 22, at Duncairn Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. J. Mitchell, B.A., assisted by the Rev. Wm. Colquhoun, B.A. and the Rev. James Pyper, B.A., William Willis Dalziel Thomson, B.A., M.B., B.Sc., D.P.H., 25, University Square, Belfast, only son of the late Wm. Thomson, M.D., J.P., Anahilt House, Hillsborough, to Josephine Hunter, youngest daughter of Humphrey Barron, J.P., Walton, Fortwilliam Park, Belfast.


DUNLOP -- Charles Dunlop, Lieutenant, Royal Irish Inniskilling Fusiliers, elder son of the late James Dunlop, Fleet-Surgeon, R.N., Edenderry House, Ballylesson, Lisburn. Wounded at the Aisne, France, died 22nd inst., in hospital, Versailles, and interred there 24th October.
"Sans peur et sans reproche."

ARMSTRONG -- Oct. 26, at 140, Agincourt Avenue, Robert Armstrong, Coachbuilder, late of 100, Great George's Street.

ARMSTRONG -- Oct. 23, at Colwyn Bay, Jane F. Armstrong, widow of the late Rev. Thomas Armstrong, of Ballina, and Hazelville, Bloomfield.

BEATTIE -- Oct. 19, at her residence, Sycamore Cottage, Hillsborough, Annie M. Beattie.

BEST -- Oct. 26, at Whitehall, Aghagallon, Lurgan, Mary, eldest daughter of the late Arthur Best, Soldierstown.

BOYDE -- Oct. 26, Randalstown, Thomas Boyde.

CLELAND -- Oct. 25, at Ballymorn, Killinchy, Mary Elizabeth, relict of the late James Cleland.

CORKEY -- Oct. 28, at Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.A., Alexander Corkey, D.D., Professor in Omaha Presbyterian College, third son of the late Rev. Dr. Corkey, Glendermott, aged 43 years. (By cable.)

DICKEY -- Oct. 27, at Arklynn, Ballyclare, David Dickey, J.P.

GILMORE -- Oct. 28, at Carmaine, Moneymore, William John Gilmore.

GRACEY -- Oct. 25, at Ballystockart, Comber, Andrew Gracey, husband of Margaret Gracey.

GRAHAM -- Oct. 25, at Cargycroy, Lisburn, Margaret, widow of the late James Graham, in the 100th year of her age. Deeply lamented.

HENEY -- Oct. 21, at Dunadry House, Dunadry, Rebecca Frances Parr, wife of Wm. Heney.

HUNTER -- Oct. 24, at 16, Bridge End, Mrs. Eliza Jane Hunter, late of Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.

HYDE -- Oct. 25, at Pond Park, Lisburn, Anna, only daughter of John Hyde.

MILLIGAN -- Oct. 22, at 21, Lower North Street, Newry, Martha Jane, widow of the late James Milligan.

MURRAY -- Oct. 25, at 11, Malone Avenue, Clara Margaret, second daughter of the late Robert Murray, Belfast.

M'BRIDE -- Oct. 26, at Ulster Buildings, Portstewart, Alexander M'Bride.

M'CRACKEN -- Oct. 23, at Erin Villas, King's Road, Knock, Robert M'Cracken.

O'HARA -- Oct. 23, at Edward Street, Lurgan, Elizabeth, relict of the late Bernard O'Hara, Lurgan.

REID -- At 23, Brookhill Avenue, Jane B., relict of the late N. M. Reid.

RUSSELL -- Oct. 22, at Dunedin, Antrim Road, Belfast, Sarah Jane, daughter of the late John Russell, Portview, Belfast.

SHIPCOTT -- Oct. 24, the result of an accident, William Bradford Shipcott, 2, Lockview Road, Stranmillis, husband of Elizabeth Shipcott.

SIMPSON -- Oct. 28, at Lisnasharragh, Castlereagh Road, Agnes, relict of the late David Simpson, Belfast.

STERLING -- Oct. 22, at 70, Cedar Avenue, James Sterling.

TODD -- Oct. 20, Anna Macfarland Todd, daughter of the late Henry Todd, Eglantine Avenue, Belfast.

WALLACE -- Oct. 27, at Linenhall Street, Ballymoney, Mary Margretta, eldest daughter of John Wallace.


MR. WM. HENEY and FAMILY, including MISS PARR, return their sincere Thanks to the many friends who have sympathised with them in their bereavement.
Dunadry, 28th Oct., 1914.



An Irish Presbyterian Minister in America

A cable which has been received from America conveys the news of the death of the Rev. Alexander Corkey, D.D., Professor in Omaha College. The deceased belonged to a family that is well known in the Irish Presbyterian Church, being the third son of the late Rev. Dr. Corkey, Glendermott. After a brilliant college career, which was completed in Edinburgh, he entered the ministry of the American Presbyterian Church. He was an earnest evangelistic preacher, and made a deep impression on the religions life of the several churches to which he ministered. Some time ago he received an important appointment to the Professorship in Omaha College, Iowa, and last month he left his congregation in Wayne, Nebraska, to enter upon his new duties.

Dr. Corkey had great gifts as a platform speaker, and during recent years he has appeared on the programme of many of the leading Chatauqua Conventions in the United States. Like his late father, he was an ardent temperance reformer, and many will remember the addresses he gave on "Prohibition in America" during a visit some years ago to this country.

But he will perhaps be best remembered by his books, which are widely known in the United States and Canada. His first book, entitled "The Victory of Allan Rutledge," being an answer to "The Calling of Dan Matthews," has had a sale of over 100,000 copies. Among his other well-known works are "For Conscience Sake," a story of the Ne Temere Decree; and "The Testing Fire," which deals with, the race problem. He was honoured with the personal friendship of Mr. Bryan, who is now Secretary of State, and some time ago received a call to the church in Lincoln, Nebraska, in which Mr. Bryan is an elder.

Dr. Corkey was only forty-three years of age, and it is feared his early death, which was sudden, must be due to overwork. He is survived by his widow and daughter.




With profound regret we announce the death, which took place on Friday, of Mr. John Goligher, J.P., at his residence, Hawkins Street, Derry, full of years and enshrined in the esteem and affections of all sections of the community. In all that he did there was a sincerity and honesty of purpose which impressed and inspired. He was always alike conscientious, earnest, and devoted, a faithful friend, and unfailingly courteous and helpful to all who had the privilege of his acquaintanceship. In Mr. Goligher Derry has lost one of its most able, and faithful servants and the Presbyterian Church and the temperance cause a devoted leader, whose worth, and work will ever be held in grateful remembrance. Born seventy-eight years ago at Eglinton, Mr. Goligher was educated by his grandfather, who was master of Ervey National School. Sixty-two years ago he came to Derry. He was two years with Messrs. Tillie & Henderson, and then entered the employment of Messrs. Welch, Margetson, & Co., the factory being at that time in the building later known as Gowdie's Hotel, in Foyle Street, and now forming part of the Melville Hotel. It is interesting to note that the late Mr. Adam Hogg left Messrs. Tillie's for Messrs. Welch, Margetson, & Co.'s at the same time as Mr. Goligher. Last February Mr. Goligher completed his sixtieth year in, connection with the firm. His jubilee in the concern was celebrated ten years ago by his receiving a gold watch in recognition of the partners' high appreciation of his services. By his industry and fidelity he rose from the position of junior clerk to that of manager, and it is in the latter capacity that he is best known to the present generation of the citizens and workers. Deceased was one of the senior magistrates of the city, one of the oldest members of the Y.M.C.A. and the Good Templar Order, and an elder of almost fifty years' standing of Carlisle Road Presbyterian Church, and in connection with which he conducted a highly successful Bible-class for young women. The foundations of this class were laid some forty years ago, and by means of it and in innumerable other ways he has been a great power for good in the city. In connection with the Y.M.C.A. Mr. Goligher has a record of noble service. He joined in 1856, and over since has taken a deep and active interest in the work. In Evangelical work in the city and district his name was synonymous with all that tends to the prospering of the Word and the uplifting of mankind. The Unionist cause loses in him a staunch supporter. For a succession of years he was president of the Londonderry Unionist Association, and it was during his terms of office that the seat was regained and held in face of strenuous contests. On many occasions he occupied with dignity and great acceptance the position of chairman at important political meetings. Deceased was twice married. His widow, with whom there is the deepest sympathy in her bereavement, is a sister of Dr. Hunter. He had four sons. The eldest is dead; the Second is Mr. J. H. Goligher, who holds an important position in the firm with which his father had a lifelong and an honourable connection; another son is Mr. W. A. Goligher, D.Lit., Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin; and a fourth son is Mr. H. G. Goligher, Chief Paymaster in connection with the military in Ireland.


Rev. John Huey, B.D., made a touching reference to the life of the late Mr. Goligher at the Sabbath evening service in Carlisle Road Presbyterian Church. After delivering an impressive sermon from the text, "For David, after he had served his own generation, by the will of God fell on sleep" (Acts xiii 36), the preacher said:-- I have been led to the choice of this subject because we are met under the shadow of a great bereavement owing to the death of Mr. John Goligher. We deeply sorrow because of our great loss, and we shall long cherish his happy memory. Of whom can it be said with greater truth that he served his generation? I refer not so much to his more public services as one of the senior magistrates of the city and his unwearied labours in connection with the Unionist cause, as to his ceaseless work in a less conspicuous capacity. It is given to few men to be connected with so many different organisations and to so labour in connection with each as to leave the impression that he gave his whole energy and strength to the advancement of that one in particular. His was a many-sided personality. He had high natural endowments, a quick and easy mastery of the salient features of the subjects engaging the thoughts of the community, and a great command of appropriate language which made his help so valuable and his services so eagerly sought. And who ever applied to him for help and was refused if it was in his power to render it? He consented, too, in such a cheerful and gracious way as almost to leave the impression that he was not doing you service, but instead you were conferring on him a favour. When shall we see his like again? Not that he was without his limitations or that he was faultless. None would have disclaimed that more stoutly than he. Yet it must be said his excellences were very many and his weakness leaned to virtue's side. He served his generation by the will of God. His deep and unostentatious piety is the clue to his character and the explanation of his ceaseless activity. His love of God made any service he could render to the cause of religion a delight, and his love of God, too, made the well-being of humanity ever dear to him. What he was to this congregation in labour and helpfulness cannot fully be told, for he was always thinking of others, ever busy, and doing it all so quietly. He was one of its oddest members, and in comparatively early life was chosen to the eldership some fifty years ago, and has now been session clerk for forty years. He was a teacher in the Sabbath-school, and afterwards for years its superintendent, and always willing and eager to fill any gap that unexpectedly arose. And what shall I say of his almost unparalleled work in connection with his Young Women's Bible-class, begun in 1874? Getting these young women at an impression able age, and giving to them his best, who can tell the lasting good effected on such a class, which had on its roll last year over 300 names? With amazing zeal and untiring devotion he laboured for their good and denied himself much that they might profit; and now he rests from his labours and his works do follow him, and having served his own generation, by the will of God he fell on sleep. I shall not venture to enter into the inner circle of the family or invade the sanctity of the home by attempting to describe what he was as a husband and a father. We of the outer one keenly feel the separation and deeply mourn our own loss; how great, then, must be the grief and how irreparable the loss to those so near and dear! We heartily sympathise with them in their great sorrow, and earnestly pray that the God of comfort may sustain them with heavenly grace and prove to be, according to His Word, a Husband to the widow and a Father to the fatherless.


The funeral ceremonies on Monday were carried out amid intense and deeply-impressive manifestations of regret on the part of all sections of the community. From factory and workshop, from the counting house and office, and from behind the counter there attended representatives on whom the deceased, through some branch or other of the laudable organisations with which he was connected, exercised an elevating and ennobling influence. Clergymen, businessmen, and professional men, too, joined in the mournful procession to pay their last tribute of respect to the sterling character of the deceased; but perhaps the most affecting section of the cortege was the assemblage of past and present members of the Carlisle Road Young Women's Bible-class, whose tearful eyes bespoke more eloquently than words their love and veneration for their devoted teacher now being laid to rest.

At noon the coffin, bearing the sample inscription, "John Goligher, J.P., aged 78 years; died 23rd October, 1914," was borne from the deceased's late residence in Hawkin Street to the Carlisle Road Presbyterian Church, the following gentlemen, who were long associated with Mr. Goligher as office-holders in the congregation, acting as pall-bearers. -- Mr. James Andrews, Mr. James Glass, Mr. James Hamilton, and Mr. W. H. Wier.

The coffin was deposited on an improvised catafalque close to the pulpit, which, together with the front of the choir gallery, was draped in sombre black. There was a large congregation. The service opened with the singing of the paraphrase, "Take comfort, Christians, when your friends." Rev. Dr. Jas. Thompson then led in prayer. An appropriate Scripture lesson was read from the closing portion of the 15th chapter of 1st Corinthians by the Rev. John Huey, M.A., B.D., who, proceeding to address the congregation, said the deceased was endowed by nature with a disposition greatly free from harsh asperity; he was unsuspicious, little prone to jealousy, kind, considerate, and peace-loving, and these natural qualities were heightened, purified, and ennobled by the grace of God. He was highly distinguished by his minute fidelity and strict conscientiousness in the discharge of duty in all the various spheres of his activities and in all his dealings with his fellow-men. This was proved by his record in connection with the firm where his life-work lay -- on the one side sixty years of diligence and fidelity, thinking and working as earnestly and thoroughly as though the whole concern had belonged to himself; and on the other side, kindness, affection, and high appreciation. Truly he was diligent in business, fervent in spirit serving the Lord. There was one subject, a part from religion proper, which lay very near to his heart, and that was the subject of temperance reform. Deeply impressed by the misery and ruin, wrought by in temperance, any effort which promised to counteract this evil and any organisation established to promote sobriety had his warmest sympathy and most cordial support. After his Young Women's Bible-class, for which he lived and spent his strength, no subject claimed so much of his thoughts or excited so greatly his enthusiasm. To advance this cause he was most assiduous in his endeavours; he was instant; in season, out of season, reproved, rebuked; exhorted with all long-suffering and teaching. And he laboured not in vain, for many, especially among the young, adopted his views and became his devoted followers.

The paraphrase, "How bright these glorious spirits shine," was then sung with deep fervour, and the service concluded with the pronouncing of the benediction by the Rev. Mr. Huey. As the coffin was removed to the hearse by the same four friends of the deceased, Mrs. George Anderson, presiding at the harmonium, played the Dead March.

The procession, then moved off on the last sad journey to the new burying-ground at Glendermott Parish Church. En route blinds were drawn, and large crowds stood with bowed heads in the vicinity of Carlisle Square as the cortege passed. The chief mourners were:-- Mr. J. H. Goligher, Londonderry; Professor W. A. Goligher, D.Lit., Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin; and Mr. H. G. Goligher, M.A., auditor to the Army in Ireland, Dublin. (sons); Dr. Wm. Hunter, Mr. H. G. Hunter, and Mr. Samuel Hunter (brothers-in-law-; Mr. Joseph Hunter and Mr. D. J. Hunter (nephews).

On arrival at the burial ground, the following bore the coffin to the graveside -- Mr. James Trimble (I.O.G.T.), Mr. J. W. T. Smith (Derry Factory), Mr. R. G. Morrison (Temperance Council), and Mr. T. H. Thompson (Y.M.C.A.). A brief service was held, in the course of which the hymn, "There is a land that is fairer than day" was feelingly sung. The officiating clergymen were Rev. Mr. Huey and Rev. Dr. Stuart. The grave was then closed in over all that was mortal of one who will be long missed in connection with almost every local organisation that has for its object the social or spiritual well-being of the community.



The death of Mr. M'Ostrich, which took piace on the 12th inst., deprives our Church of one of its most outstanding representatives in the South of Ireland. He was closely identified all his life with, the city of Cork, with its business, its prosperity, its institutions, and with everything connected with the welfare of its people. He was always a most generous contributor to any object that deserved support. He was a man of the highest integrity, esteemed and trusted by all who knew him. He had the courage of his convictions. He was patriotic in the highest and best sense of the word, loving his country, devoted to her interests. He was loyal to the fullest sense of the word, loyal to his King, loyal to his friends, loyal to his Church. He was a Christian gentleman. There was something singularly attractive in his personality. Along with that buoyancy of spirit and brightness of temperament which was so characteristic of him, and which he never seemed to lose, he had at the same time a dear perception of the responsibility of life and a firm hold of eternal truth.

The funeral was attended by representatives of all the public bodies of Cork, the Presbytery of Cork, and the kirk session of Trinity Church. The service was conducted by the Rev. Victor J. Cotter, A.M., of Queenstown, in whose church Mr. M'Ostrich worshipped in recent rears, and the Rev. Dr. Murphy.

The kirk session of Trinity Church, at its first meeting after his death, adopted the following resolution -- "We desire to place on record our sense of the loss we have sustained in the death of Mr. Alexander M'Ostrich, J.P., which took place on the 12th instant. He was a member of this church at the time when the present building was elected fifty-three years ago, and has always taken a warm and active interest in its work and welfare. He was treasurer of the congregation for fourteen years, and superintendent of the Sabbath-school for thirty years. Since 1861 he has been a member of the kirk session. He was a man of the highest integrity, a most generous supporter of every philanthropic and charitable object, a kind and sympathetic friend, a sincere and humble follower of the Lord Jesus Christ."


The "London Gazette" on Friday contained a list of 103 non-commissioned officers and men who have been appointed Second Lieutenants for service in the field with various regiments. The "Gazette" also announced that the Rev. John M. Simms, D.B., honorary chaplain to the King, has been appointed principal chaplain to the Expeditionary Force, and is granted relative precedence as Brigadier-General whilst so employed.



The Rev. T. J. Johnston, of Pettigo Methodist Church, has accepted a cordial invitation to succeed Rev. W. J. Oliver in Manorhamilton next June.

At Tuesday's meeting of Derry Infirmary Committee this acting secretary (Mr. W. Chadwick) announced subscriptions during the month amounting to 106.

At the meeting of Armagh Rural School Committee it was reported that in the Tynan district there had been 100 cases of default due to an outbreak of measles.

Lieutenant R. L. Palmer, E Battery Royal Horse Artillery, who has been mentioned in dispatches, is a son of Surgeon Joseph Mansergh Palmer, J.P., the Infirmary, Armagh.

Rev. J. F. Martin. LL.D., has been nominated rector of Mullaglass Parish Church, and will be instituted on Monday, 2nd Nov. by his Grace the Most Rev. Dr. Crozier, Lord Primate of All Ireland.

At a meeting of electors in accordance with the provisions of the River Bann Navigation Act, 1879, in Coleraine last week, Mr. William Dalzell, U.D.C., was re-elected as an elective Harbour Commissioner for the ensuing two years.

There were no criminal cases for disposal at Coleraine Crown Sessions on Friday, and his Honour Judge Todd, K.C., Recorder for County Derry, in acknowledging a gift of white gloves from Mr. Alwyn S. Craig, Sub-Sheriff, hoped the gratifying state of affairs could long continue.

The death took place suddenly, at his residence, Portstewart, on Monday, of Mr. Alex. M'Bride, a well-known and highly-esteemed merchant. Deceased was a staunch Unionist, was a Past Master of L.O.L. No. [?79], and a Past Master of Portstewart Masonic Lodge No. 404.

For the purpose of helping the National Relief Fund two public entertainments, organised by the Rev. Canon King, were held in Limavady on Thursday evening in the Ogilby School Rev. Canon King lectured on "How Germany Makes War" and "Fire and Sword in Belgium."

During the winter some 3,000 troops will be quartered in Enniskillen, and in addition to the two military barracks, the County Industrial Hall, Workhouse, and Town Hail will be utilised, and also huts are being erected for 1,400 men. The 4th. Inniskillings, [-?-] strong, will arrive next week.

James Cullen (fifteen) and Fred Thompson (nineteen), both of Maguiresbridge, were each presented by the magistrates at Lisnaskea Petty Sessions on Saturday with a testimonial of the Royal Humane Society for having saved the life of another lad (Alfred [-?-nington]) on 16th August last.

At Markethill Petty Sessions, Mr. J. W. Dunsterville, R.M., who presided, presented to Mrs. Auchmuty, wife of Rev. J. Auchmuty, rector of Mullabrack, County Armagh, a parchment testimonial from the Royal Humane Society for bravery in saving the life of a boy from drowning on 18th July.

The first election of Town Commissioners in Portstewart has been fixed for Tuesday, [?] November. Mr. W. I. Cunningham, Town Clerk of Portrush, who is acting as returning officer, on Saturday attended at the Cromie Institute, Portstewart, and received twenty-six nominations for the twelve vacancies.

A meeting was held in the Town Hall, Ballyclare, on Monday to consider what steps should be taken to raise money locally [-?-] the Prince of Wales' National Relief Fund. Rev. R. Allison and Rev. W. M. Kennedy Grant addressed the meeting, [-?-] decided to appoint a committee to take action in the matter.

A very pronounced feature of the Limavady flax market on Monday was the large number of buyers that attended representing home and foreign firms. The competition amongst these buyers made the purchasing very brisk, the whole consignment of nearly forty tons being on the way to the scales at less than fifteen minutes. The highest price paid was 102s per cwt.

At the last meeting of the Warrenpoint Urban Council it was resolved to find out that the lodging-house keepers would charge for keeping the refugees, and last week applications were received by the Town Clerk from fifty lodging-house keepers stating that they would board Belgian refugees at [-?-] 11s to 12s each per week during the [-?-] months, and that accommodation would be had for 600 people.

At the quarterly meeting of South Derry Teachers' Association, held on Saturday in Maghera, a resolution conveying the association's regret at parting with Mr. Froddyn, [-?-] Fair Hill N.S., Maghera, and their congratulation to him on reaching the end of a professional career in full vigour of mind and body, was passed, on the occasion of his departure after being a member of that association for nearly thirty years.

Mr. James Brown Alexander, J.P., of Northland Place, Dungannon, who died on the 14th of April last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 2,716. The testator left shares in the Harp Creamery Co. upon trust, the income to be given to the incumbent of Dromore Parish Church, and shares in a certain mortgage in trust for the benefit of the Sustentation Fund for the parish of Trillick, Church of Ireland.

The old man Thomas Gillespie, who was admitted to the Armagh County Infirmary about a fortnight ago suffering from serious injuries caused by being knocked down by a horse and van, the property of William [-?-erton], of Armagh, has succumbed to the injuries. At the inquest evidence was given that deceased rushed out on the street in front of the van to pick up his pipe, which had fallen, and the driver was unable to pull up. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

A public meeting of the inhabitants of [-?-] and neighbourhood was held on Friday for the purpose of considering the question of providing shelter, food, and temporary relief for the distressed Belgian refugees. It has decided to write to the respective [-?-] of Knockballymore House, Ballynure House, and Scarva House asking the temporary use of those buildings for the purpose of nursing refugees. It was also decided that canvass be made in the town for guarantees [-?-] contributions.

The first meeting of the newly-instituted committee of the Coleraine branch of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families' Association was held in the Boardroom, Town Hall, on [-?-], when Rev. G. W. D. Rea presided. Mrs. Bruce, Downhill, was elected president, and Mrs. Carson, Bannfield, vice-president. The committee appointments were -- Secretary, Mrs. Crofts; treasurer, Mr. J. N. [-?-]; executive committee -- Lady Baxter, Mrs. Barrie, Mrs. Giles, Mrs. Dudley, Miss [-?-] Miss Murray, Miss Glenn, and Inspector Husten, N.S.P.C.C.





The "London Gazette" last night contained a list of temporary appointments of officers in the Ulster Division of Lord Kitchener's new Army. The appointments, which are now officially notified, have nearly all been announced already in these columns.

In the Headquarters Staff the only change is that the Assistant Adjutant and Quarter-master, Major James Craig, M.P., has been granted the temporary rank of lieutenant-colonel. The following are the appointments which have been made in addition to those already given --


Royal Irish Rifles -- 8th Service Battalion -- East Belfast Volunteers -- Major, J. A. Montgomery; lieutenant, W. Howland; second-lieutenants, H. R. Abernethy, R. W. MacDermott, C. R. Aickin, E. J. Giles, and H. P. Beggs.

Royal Irish Rifles -- 9th Service Battalion -- West Belfast Volunteers -- Adjutant, Lieut. A. Membry; second-lieutenants, A. R. Finlay, R. Law, and E. Feneran; quarter-master, J. Newton, honorary lieutenant.

Royal Irish Rifles -- 10th Service Battalion -- South Belfast Volunteers -- Second-Lieutenants, W. Oswald, T. Bennet, W. Martin, and S. Gault.

Royal Irish Rifles -- 15th Service Battalion -- North Belfast Volunteers -- Adjutant, Second-Lieutenant R. Thompson; lieutenant, W. Ryall, who was originally listed as quartermaster of the 10th Service Battalion R.I.R.; second-lieutenants, D. Monaghan and N. Hind.


Royal Irish Rifles -- 11th Service Battalion -- South Antrim Volunteers -- Second-Lieutenants, S. M'Neill, T. Wilson, and J. Moore.

Royal Irish Rifles -- 12th Service Battalion -- Central Antrim Volunteers -- Lieutenant, T. Adamson; second-lieutenant, L. Campbell.

Royal Irish Rifles -- 13th Service Battalion -- Down Volunteers -- Major, R. D. P. Maxwell; lieutenants, C. H. Murland, A. H. Hamilton, G. W. Matthew, J. S. Davidson, and W. H. Smyth.

Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers) -- 9th Service Battalion- -- County Armagh Volunteers -- No changes or additions notified.


Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers- -- 9th Service Battalion -- Tyrone Volunteers -- Captains. J. Peacocke, L. Gibson, T. Robinson, and L. Fannon; second-lieutenants, J. Muriel, D. Wilson, W. Crazier, H. Hewitt, and E. Marshall.

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers -- 10th Service Battalion -- Derry Volunteers -- Captain, F. Macrory; second-lieutenants, E. Barton and J. Noakes.

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers -- 11th Service Battalion -- Donegal and Fermanagh Volunteers -- Second-Lieutenant, W. M'Conachie.

Royal Irish Rifles -- 14th Service Battalion -- Young Citizen Volunteers -- Second-Lieutenant, S. Monard.


Royal Engineers -- Two Field Companies -- "A" Company -- Major, C. Craig; captain, R. Stanley; lieutenant, H. Gooch.

"B" Company -- Major, V. B. Cooper; lieutenant, G. M'Ildowie.

Royal Engineers -- Signal Company -- Capt., W. T. Thompson; lieutenants, R. L. Lindsay, F. Donnelly, W. Howe, J. Hughes.

Divisional Train -- Captain, C. Blakiston-Houston; lieutenants, R. Cowser, W. Hunter, H. Robinson, and A. Cussans.

R.A.M.C. -- Divisional Field Ambulance -- Three Field Ambulances -- Nine Sections -- Lieutenants, W. M'Kenzie, A. Best, W. Caldwell, S. Pinion, and H. Wilson.


Lieutenant-Colonel James Craig, M.P., Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster-General, Ulster Division, received the following telegram from the Right Honourable Sir Edward Carson, K.C., M.P., leader of the Irish Unionist Parliamentary party --

Colonel Craig, Headquarters, Ulster Division, Wellington Place, Belfast.

Congratulations to you and all officers gazetted to Ulster Volunteer Regiments of Ulster Division. Good luck.


Lieutenant-Colonel Craig sent a reply in the following terms --

Thanks very much from all officers in the Ulster Division. We will always remember you and do our best.


The officers appointed to the Divisional Train are well known in Belfast --

Captain C. Blakiston-Houston, the senior officer of the column, is a son of Mr. J. Blakiston-Houston, D.L., Orangefield. He is the fourth son of Mr. Blakiston-Houston holding the King's Commission.

Lieutenant R. Cowser has been associated with the Ulster Volunteer Force since its formation.

Lieutenant William Hunter is the eldest son of Mr. Adam Hunter, of Inch Bonny, Bangor, and of the firm of Messrs. Hunter & Sons, Royal Avenue. Mr. Hunter served with the 46th Belfast Company Imperial Yeomanry in the South African War, 1900, for which he wears the Queen's medal with clasps. Mr. Edward Hunter, Mr. William Hunter's younger brother, is armourer-sergeant to the 2nd Battalion Canadian Infantry, presently at Tidworth. Mr. Hunter was in the United States Navy during the Cuban war, and the gunboat on which he served was blown up at the bombardment of Santiago. Mr. Hunter was six hours in the water under heavy fire before being rescued. He volunteered in Canada for the war.

Lieutenant Harold Robinson is a partner in the well-known firm of Messrs. Robinson & Cleaver, Ltd., and has been connected with the Volunteer movement for a considerable time. Like Mr. Cowser and Mr. Hunter, he is an ardent sportsman with both gun and rod.

Lieutenant A. J. Cussans is the chief clerk at the Divisional Headquarters.



Another 100,000 Wanted.

We are requested to state that a further 100,000 men are urgently needed to complete the requirements of the Army. Adequate arrangements for accommodation have been made. Steps have been taken to ensure the prompt payment of separation allowance, the machinery for which has been re-organised.

The minimum height for recruits has been reduced to five feet four inches except for those units for which special standards are authorised, and the age limit raised to thirty-eight. In the case of ex-soldiers the age limit has been raised to forty-five.

Men wishing to join should apply in person at any military barracks or at any recruiting office. The address of the latter can be obtained from Post Offices or Labour Exchanges.



A series of special services was conducted in this church during the week, October 18-25, by Rev. John Entrican, B.A., of Cookstown. The meetings aroused much interest in the congregation, and also among members of other Communions in the district. The spirit of the meetings was high, and the interest of those present was evidenced by the large attendances every night. Mr. Entrican's addresses, with their deeply spiritual tone, their thoughtfulness, point, and fire, and vivid close-fitting illustrations, went home to the heart.



Sincere regret will be felt at the news of the death of Captain M. B. C. Carbery, of the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, who was killed in action, in France. Captain Carbery was married to Miss Dora Sinclair, daughter of the late Right Hon. Thomas Sinclair, D.L. A message from the War Office conveyed the sad news to Hopefield House, Belfast, where Mrs. Carbery has been stepping with her mother since the Fusiliers left Shorncliffe for the front. Mrs. Sinclair, Mrs. Carbery, and her little child will have the sympathy of all who know them in the bereavement which they have sustained, and especially of those who have followed the career of Captain Carbery, distinguished as it has been by those qualities which mark the true British soldier. Mrs. Carbery's brother, Captain T. G. Sinclair, is at present at the front, and has been especially mentioned in despatches for his gallantry with the 36th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.



Among the Ulstermen at the front who have died from wounds received in the war we find the name of Lieutenant Dunlop, who died at Versailles, where as a wounded officer he was being treated with all possible care. Lieutenant Dunlop was the son of the late Fleet-Surgeon James Dunlop, of Edenderry House, Ballylesson, who represented one of the oldest County Down families. Lieutenant Dunlop received his education at the Royal Academical Institution, and after some private tuition, he became a military student at Sandhurst, from which he graduated as a cadet two years ago. He became connected with the Inniskilling Fusiliers, and has been at the front since the beginning of the war. He was not long in the service till he received promotion as second lieutenant. He was wounded during the war, and was transferred to Versailles, where, despite the most careful attention, his wounds proved fatal. The irony of the situation is that on the morning of his death news came that he had been promoted to first lieutenant on account of his special services at the front. Lieutenant Dunlop belonged to an old Ulster family and to an old fighting family; and fighting was in his blood. But it was accompanied by the finest athletic and manly qualities. He was pre-eminently a youth without fear and without reproach, without affectation or pretence. His one idea was to do his duty, and he lived up to that to the last. We may add that Lieutenant Dunlop was a nephew of Mr. H. C. Montgomery, of Rosemary Street, and Bangor, with whom, as with his mother and other relatives, the greatest sympathy will be felt.



A meeting of Queen's University graduates was held on Friday last. The following were present:-- Dr. John Campbell (in the chair}, Dr. W. Calwell, Mr. Robt. Campbell, Dr. J. R. Davison, Dr. Fielden, Mr A. Fullerton, Dr. Wm. Gibson, Mr. R. J. Johnstone, Dr. J. E. M'Ilwaine, Dr. D. J. M'Kinney, Dr. M'Kissick, Mr. A. B. Mitchell, Dr. Gardner Robb, Professor Sinclair, Dr. J. W. Taylor, and Mr. Martin Turnbull. After full discussion, it was unanimously resolved -- "That this meeting approves of steps being taken to form a Queen's University Veterans' Corps." "That a sub-committee, consisting of Dr. John Campbell, Mr. Martin Turnbull, and Dr. J. W. Taylor, be appointed to interview the Vice-Chancellor and to take any other action which they think desirable to promote the formation of the Corps." It may be pointed out that the age limit will be between thirty-eight and sixty years.



The death of Mr. Thomas Cowan, Ballykeel, Ardarragh, which took place on the [?] inst., has occasioned the deepest and most widespread regret in the entire district, the grief felt at the demise of one of the most popular farmer's in the Ardarragh neighbourhood is shared by the people of Newry and Rathfriland, where deceased was well and favourably known. The deceased gentleman was the son of the late Mr. Thomas Cowan, Ballykeel, where he was born about fifty-{?] year's ago. In a district given to progressive fanning operations he was regarded as a model farmer, and his extensive holding [-?-] traces of the up-to-date methods he employed. Deceased went in greatly for cattle raising, and his herds were the admiration of the countryside. His knowledge of cattle was most thorough, and year after year he was a successful exhibitor in Newry Show and other similar shows all over the country. Kindly in disposition, but of a quiet and retiring nature, he was respected and liked by all who knew him. In religion deceased was a Presbyterian. An office bearer in Ryans Presbyterian Church he was a large and generous contributor to its funds. In politics he was a staunch and uncompromising Unionist. He is survived by two brothers, Messrs. William George Cowan, Ballykeel, and Mr. David Cowan, Shankhill, to whom the deepest sympathy will be extended.

The funeral took place on the following Wednesday, the remains being interred in the family burying-ground adjoining Ryans Presbyterian Church. The attendance at the funeral embraced the entire countryside, whilst numerous representatives of the business and professional communities of Newry and Rathfriland and many folks from a distance attended to show their respect for the memory of the deceased and their sympathy with the mourners left behind. Before the remains were removed a short service was held in the house by the Rev. M. M. [-?-] B.BA., Brookvale, who also conducted the service at the graveside, making a touching and feeling reference to the deceased's right and consistent life, to his piety and zeal for all that good and upright, and to the deep regret evoked by his [-?-] demise. The chief mourners were -- Messrs. William George Cowan, Ballykeel, and David Cowan, Shankhill (brothers); John [Pa-?-] (brother-in-law), Thomas Cowan, Belfast; Isaac Copeland, Belfast; Robert Blakely, Ballybrick; Thomas John Blakely, Ballybrick; David Radciiffe, Lisnacrevey; [S-?-] Radcliffe, Lisnacrevey,; Samuel [Red-?-] Clough; and Alexander Hanna, Rathfriland (nephews).





On Monday the Canadian-bound cargo steamer Manchester Commerce struck a mine off Tory Island, and sank in seven minutes. The captain and thirteen members of the crew were lost. The survivors, numbering thirty, were rescued by the trawler City of London, and landed at Fleetwood. One life-boat had been launched, and the captain and officers were preparing other boats when the vessel sank. They had to jump into the water, and three managed to swim to the first lifeboat. The weather was wild, but sail was hoisted, and the lifeboat had gone about forty-two miles when she was picked up by the fishing trawler City of London. Second Officer Gee, in the course of an interview, said he was swimming twenty minutes' before being picked up by the lifeboat. The last he saw of the captain was when he was giving orders for the lowering of the second lifeboat.

An unconfirmed report states that a second vessel struck a mine on Tuesday night, and was sunk.

The following telegram was received by Mr. A. H. Milne, Secretary Liverpool Chamber of Commerce:-- "Mine-field reported twenty miles north of Tory Island, extent unknown; warn all outward-bound ships to make Skerrymore Lighthouse before going to westward. -- Senior Naval Officer, Rathmullen."

The Senior Naval Officer at Liverpool also received the following wire -- "I have been instructed by the Admiralty to warn shipping passing round the North of Ireland of the fact that German mines have been laid in these waters. Shipping, should, therefore, not pass within sixty miles of Tory Island. Will you kindly make this known as speedily as possible to all concerned."

Olympic Puts into Lough Swilly

Londonderry, Thursday. -- The White Star liner Olympic was coming from New York with sixteen hundred passengers and a large cargo, when she got notice of the danger of mines. She put into Lough Swilly, where the passengers are being landed. They will be forwarded to Derry by special train.

A staff of Customs men left Derry to-day for Buncrana to examine the passengers' baggage.


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