The Witness - Friday, 8 January, 1915


CAMPBELL--BELL -- Jan. 1, at the First Presbyterian Church, Islandmagee, by the Rev. David Steen, B.A., Duncan Campbell, Yoker, Glasgow, to Leilia, third daughter of Mr. John Bell, Dundressan, Islandmagee.

CREGAN--FRASER -- Dec. 29, 1914, at Cavendish Chapel, Manchester (quietly, owing to the war), by the Rev. J. Cregan (father of the bridegroom), assisted by the Rev. S. Gamble-Walker, James Grattan Cregan, Second Lieutenant Dorset Regiment, to Gertrude, daughter of Dr. Alexander G. Fraser, of Markham House Alexandra Road, Manchester.

HILL-LAWRENCE--BARBOUR -- Jan. 2, 1915, at the Presbyterian Church, Adelaide Road, Dublin, by Rev. W. A. Hill, B.A., Hamilton Road, Bangor (brother-in-law of the bride), and Rev. R. K. Hanna, B.A., Captain S. Hill-Lawrence, Commanding 10th Divisional Cyclist Corps, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, son of the late Henry Baynes Lawrence, Bel-Air, Jersey, and grandson of the late Major Charles Lee, 24th Regiment, to Lily, fourth daughter ot the late Samuel Barbour, Wolfhill, Belfast, and Mrs. Barbour, 40, Upper Mount Street, Dublin, and granddaughter of the late David M'Cullough, Knockduff, Jerretspass, Co. Armagh.


IRWIN -- Jan. 7, 1915, at his residence, Granshaw, Comber, Arthur Irwin. The remains of my beloved husband will be removed on to-morrow (Saturday), 9th inst., at two o'clock, for interment in Granshaw Burying-ground. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation. ANNA IRWIN.

MORROW -- Jan. 3, 1915, at her son's residence, Avondale, King's Road, Knock, Jane, widow of the late Wm. Morrow, Ballyhanwood. Her remains were interred in the family burying-ground, Gilnahirk, on Tuesday, 5th instant. JOHN H. MORROW.

WATSON -- Jan. 4, 1915, at his residence, Elgin Villas, Limestone Road, Belfast, William John Watson. Interred in City Cemetery on 6th January. MARGARET WATSON.

BENNETT -- Jan. 3, at Ballyloughan, Comber, Agnes M'Kibbin, youngest daughter of the late William Bennett.

BLAIR -- Dec. 31, at Royal Victoria Hospital, Lily, second daughter of the late Hugh Blair.

CAVEN -- Jan. 1, at Tobercorn, Ann, widow of the late William Cavern, Ballybranagh.

CLARKE -- Jan. 4, at The Cottage, Aghalee, Thomas George, infant son of John G. Clarke.

COLE -- Jan. 4, at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Annie, wife of the late William Cole, Belfast.

CRAIG -- Jan. 3, at Royal Hospital, Salford, Meta Gamble, daughter of John Craig, 49, Thorndale Terrace, Belfast.

DOGGART -- Jan. 1, at Church View, Holywood, Mary, relict of the late James Doggart.

DRENNAN -- Jan. 4, at 233, York Street, Belfast, Agnes Grace Anna, wife of Samuel Drennan.

FORSYTHE -- Dec. 31, James, husband of Margaret Forsythe, Elmgrove, 390, Ravenhill Road.

GRAY -- Jan, 3, at 45, St. Albans Gardens, Samuel Leslie, child of Samuel H. Gray.

HALL -- Jan. 1, Anne Jane, wife of Alexander Hall, Drumeague, Bailieboro', Co. Cavan.

HANNA -- Dec. 31, at Ballycarngannon, Boardmills, William John Hanna, late of Lindsay Street, Belfast.

IRVINE -- Jan. 4, at, Glebe View, Anahilt, Hillsborough, Thomas G. C. Irvine, son of David Irvine.

LOW -- Jan. 3, at 71, Ardenlee Avenue, Ravenhill Road, John C. Low.

LYTLE -- Jan. 4, at Carlton House, Malone Road, Margaret [Mercer] Young, widow of the [late] Joseph H. Lytle.

MacHENRY -- Jan. 3, at Holly House, Derriaghy, Elizabeth, relict of the late John MacHenry, C.E.

MACNAGHTEN -- Dec. 31, at Dunderave, Bushmills, the Honourable Edward Charles Macnaghten, Bart., aged 55 years.

MORROW -- Jan. 1, at 70, University Street, Andrew Morrow (late of Culcavey, Hillsborough).

M'CURDY -- Jan. 4, at 137, Alexandra Park Avenue, Amelia M'Intosh (Amy), daughter of Lauchlan M'Curdy.

M'ILROY -- Jan. 3, at Toberagnew, Lyle Hill, Andrew M'Ilroy.

M'MULLAN -- December 31, at Stoneleigh, Bangor, County Down, Harold Wilfred, elder and dearly-loved son of Thomas W. and Florence M'Mullan, aged 21 years.

OGILBY -- Dec. 31, in Dublin, Lillie, widow of the late Leslie Ogilby, and daughter of the late Alexander O'Rorke, Belfast.

PARK -- Dec. 31, at Skilganaban, Ballynure, Elizabeth Park.

PATTON -- Dec. 31, at his residence, 9, Holywood View Terrace, Shore Road, Hugh Ferguson Patton.

POOLE -- Jan. 4, at High Street, Ballynahinch, Thomas William (Wee Willie), second son of William Poole.

SIMMS -- Jan. 5, at Bryantang, Carrickfergus, William Henry Simms.

SPENCE -- Jan. 3, at Maralin, Lurgan, Thomas Spence.

YOUNG -- Dec. 27, at Culdaff House, County Donegal, Letitia, widow of the late Robert George Young, M.A., in her 74th year.



Venerable Charles King Irwin, D.D., Archdeacon of Armagh, died on Sunday in his seventy-eighth year. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, he took a scholarship in 1854 -- over half a century ago -- and graduated classics in 1867. His i860, and he was then appointed ornate of Derrynoose, County Antrim. From1866 to 1872 he ministered as Curate of St. Saviour's, Kilmare, from 1872 to 1873 as incumbent of the same church, from 1873 to 1879 as incumbent of Bantry, from 1879 to 1893 as incumbent of Derrynoose, and from 1893 to 1896 as incumbent of Clonfeacle, County Tyrone. He held the position of domestic and examining chaplain to the Archbishop (Knox) of Armagh from 1889 to 1893, he was financial secretary for the Diocese of Armagh from 1871 to 1894, and treasurer of Armagh Cathedral from 1889 to 1894. In the last-named year he became Archdeacon and Examining Chaplain, for the Diocese.



We regret to record the death of Mrs. Wylie, wife of the Rev. William Wylie, the senior minister of Downshire Road Church, Newry. The sad event, following upon a lengthened and trying illness, occurred on the 29th ult. at Woodleigh, Marino, County Down, where she and her husband: have resided since the retirement of the latter from the active duties of the ministry seven years ago. The deceased lady was the daughter ot the late Mr. Samuel Parker, of Kingstown, County Dublin, and was married to Mr. Wylie almost forty-eight years ago. Possessed of great charm of manner, a sympathetic nature, and a deeply religions spirit, she proved a worthy helpmate to her distinguished husband, with whom there is widespread sympathy in his bereavement. The funeral was private, and took place on Thursday, the 31st ult., to Holywood Cemetery. A short service was conducted at the house by the Rev. Dr. Park, of Rosemary Street, and the Rev. S. W. Chambers, of Holywood, and at the graveside by Mr. Chambers.

On Sunday last in First Holywood Church the Rev. S. W. Chambers, preaching from 1st Samuel ii. 7 -- "He bringeth low and lifteth up" -- made the following reference to Mrs. Wylie's demise -- "During the week that is gone, there passed into the Unseen the spirit of one who throughout a long life occupied a sphere of considerable influence, and occupied it with a grace and faithfulness that will be treasured as a sacred memory by those in her immediate circle, and by many beyond it. Mrs. Wylie was known to few in Holywood, for during the years of her residence her enfeebled health compelled her to a life of retirement and seclusion. But in the three congregations in which her honoured husband successively ministered -- Ballyroney; Gardenmore, Larne; and Downshire Road, Newry -- she filled the rather exacting position of a minister's wife with tact and success, and left behind her the fragrant influence of a gracious, winsome, and consecrated spirit. Her home was her kingdom; and by her gentleness and sympathy she made it a true resting-place, where the sunshine of peace and happiness steadily shone, and where she exhibited a tender devotion that was as tenderly, and fully returned. For very many years she bore a burden of infirmity with a patience, cheerfulness, and self-forgetfulness that gave witness to her strong, unclouded faith in the unfailing goodness of our Heavenly Father. Even during the last days when the shadows were, gathering thickly round, the welfare of others claimed her thoughts and prayers. The spirit has gone, but the testimony that spirit bore to the reality of the Unseen and the eternal is one of the things of which death cannot rob us. She endured as seeing Him who is invisible; and so we have not to chronicle defeat, but victory; not death, but life, and the power of an endless life. Our sympathy goes out to those who mourn, and especially to her lonely partner; and our prayer is that as they have one tie less with the earth they may be conscious of one tie more with the eternal home, and that to them, and to all who sorrow to-day, the God of all comfort may fulfil His word, 'He bringeth low and lifteth up. . . He will keep the feet of His saints.'"



The announocment of the death of Mr. W. J. Watson, which occurred after a lingering illness on Monday last, will be read with regret by his many friends. The deceased, who was one pf the eldest sanitary engineers in the city, was born in Richhill, County Armagh, and came to Belfast about seventy years ago. He was a life-long Unionist, and a man of the most kindly disposition. He was a prominent member of the Methodist Church, and took a deep interest in all matters affecting its welfare. Deceased, who retired from business some years ago, is survived by a widow and family, one of whom, the Rev. H. M. Watson, is the pastor of the Methodist Church, Carrickfergus. The funeral took place to the City Cemetery on Wednesday, and their was a large attendance representative of all denominations. The chief mourners were -- Rev. H. M. Watson, Mr. J. Watson, Mr. T. H. Watson, Mr. W. C. Watson (sons), Mr W. Bell, Mr. B. Craig, Mr. K. M. Alexander (sons-in-law), Messrs. T. Coulter and F. Watson (nephews). A short service was conducted at the house by the Revs. R. Lee Cole, J. Nixon, and P. Martin, and at the graveside by the Rev. R. Lee Cole, J. Grubb, and W. Maguire.



The residence and shop occupied by Roger Murphy at Aghadrumsee, Clones, consisting of one small thatched building, were destroyed by fire on Friday.

On the 1st inst., at County Down Technical Committee meeting, Ballygalget and Clonduff were chosen as centres for poultry classes, and the farm and cottage scheme of last year was adopted for 1915.

An outbreak of fire occurred at the residence of Mr. James Moore, J.P., The Finaghy, near Belfast, on Saturday night, and as a result the servants wing, which runs at right angles to the main building, was completely destroyed.

On Tuesday the farm dwelling-house of Mr. Robert Williamson, Coolhill, Killyman Road, Dungannon, was much damaged by fire. The outbreak took place in the kitchen when the inmates were away at work.

At Moneymore on Tuesday Private James Johnston, 3rd Inniskilling Fusiliers, charged with overstaying his leave, was handed over to the military authorities, the Court advising him to fight both the drink and the Germans.

An application for a share of the good things provided by the American people for the poor children in Newry was made by Mr W. M. Cronin, Town Clerk, hon. secretary to the Distress Committee, who applied for eighty, and was granted seventy articles.

A new election of Petty Sessions Clerk for Warrenpoint Petty Sessions district has been ordered, the Lord Lieutenant having refused to sanction the election of Mr. Conor Clarke, an ex-constable of the Royal Irish Constabulary.

There were only four candidates nominated for four seats on the Portstewart Town Commissioners Board -- namely, Messrs. H. O'H O'Neill, J.P.; Daniel Reid, Jas. M'Curdy, and George Kane. There will, therefore, be no contest.

At Armagh Petty Sessions last week Mr. W. J. Best, J.P., referred to the retirement of District-Inspector Culhane, and moved a resolution recording the Bench's appreciation of the manner in which he had invariably discharged his duties since his appointment to this district.

The principal business at the meeting of the Warrenpoint Urban Council on Monday was the election of a Town Clerk. Mr. Vincent Crawford, B.A., son of Mr. John Crawford, a local merchant, residing in The Square, was elected.

Out of a total of fifty applicants for the position of gas engineer and manager of the works at Strabane at a salary of 120 a year, with free house, fuel, and light, it was unanimously agreed to appoint Mr. H. C. Gripton, manager of the Windsor Gasworks, Berks.

William Hughes, a native of Banbridge, who was an able-bodied seaman on board the ill-fated vessel H.M.S. Formidable, writes home to his mother, who resides in Railway Street, Banbridge, from Bolton Hotel, Brixham, South Devon, to inform her of his safety.

On Tuesday when Newry Quarter Sessions were opened -- before Judge Orr -- no criminal business was listed for hearing, and his Honour expressed his satisfaction that there was no necessity to summon the Grand Jury. Neither were there any appeals from magistrates' decisions.

On the 30th ult. a grand patriotic concert, organised by Mrs. W. R. Young, Galgorm Castle, was given in the Galgorm National Schools in aid of the fund for providing a motor ambulance in connection with the Ulster Division of the Volunteer Force in Mid-Antrim. The chair was occupied by the Rev. H. W. Lee, Ahoghill.

At the weekly meeting of the Stranorlar Board of Guardians the Master reported that on Christmas Eve the clothing of Annie M'Glinchey, an old woman who was a patient in the Infirmary, caught fire. She received extensive burns on the face and body, and died on Christmas Day.

The high price of 295 -- equal to almost 50 an acre -- was given at an auction at Lisnaskea last week for a six-acre grazing field adjoining the village and on which there is a yearly rent of 12. The property belonged to the Porter Porter estate, and, after keen bidding, was knocked down to Mr. Maguire, draper, Lisnaskea.

Dr. James Gaston, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, who is a son of Mr. Andrew Gaston, Carabeg, Cloughmills, County Antrim, has been gazetted to a commission as lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and has taken up duty with a division of the new army at Whitchurch, Hants. Lieutenant Gaston is an old student of Queen's College, Belfast.

Anxiety is felt in Mullingar and district by the relatives and many friends of Mr. William Murray, Dysort House, a prominent and respected gentleman farmer and extensive cattle exporter, who has now been missing for over three weeks. About that time he went to England with some cattle, and was never seen again after being seen on the boat.

The pupils of Clones (Fortview) National School have done their share in providing for the comforts of our soldiers and sailors. From the school have been sent, solely by the efforts of teachers and pupils, thirty-one pairs of socks, seven navy mufflers, six khaki mufflers, six pairs navy mittens, six jars vaseline besides a quantity of tobacco and bootlaces.


The following gentleman have been appointed to the County Tyrone magistracy and will sit at Dromore, Omagh, and Castlederg Petty Sessions respectively -- Mr. Charles Moorhead Hamilton, [Lakem--?] Dromore; Dr. Patrick J. Campbell, medical officer, Drumquin; and Mr. John J. [-?-raney], Clegernagh, Castlederg.

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A most successful concert was given in Monkstown Schoolhouse on the 30th ult., the proceeds of which are to be expended in providing comforts for our soldiers at the Front. Mr. Kenneth C. M'Dowell presided over a large audience, and the following artistes contributed to an excellent programme -- The Misses W. Brady, D. Green, M. Hamilton, and A. Maybin; Messrs. A. Hunt, D. Norton, and J. A. Thompson.

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Pioneer R. Wylie, Gilmore Street, Ballymena, of the Royal Engineers, who is with the Fourth Division of the Expeditionary Force, has been presented with the following Distinguished Service card from Major-General H. F. M. Wilson, commanding the Fourth Division -- "Your Commanding Officer and Brigade Commander have informed me that you have distinguished yourself by conspicuous bravery in the field, and I have read their report with much pleasure, and have forwarded it to higher authorities for recognition."



The late Miss Mary Jane Bailey, who died on the 17th October last at Arthur Street, Newry, has by her will bequeathed the residue of her estate to the trustees of the Presbyterian congregation known as Tullyvallen (Bog) Meeting-House, near Newtownhamilton, for the benefit of the church and congregation, and to be applied for such objects in connection herewith as the minister and committee thereof for the time being think best.




At a meeting of the session and committee of Whitehouse Presbyterian Church on the evening of the 6th. inst., the Rev. Robert Barron, D.D., presided, and made sympathetic reference to the death of Master John S. Coey, who was one of the midshipmen on H.M.S. Formidable, and on the motion of Mr. Vint, seconded by Mr. J. Elliott, the following resolution was unanimously passed, and the secretary instructed to forward a copy of same to Mr. and Mrs. Coey -- "That we, the session and committee of Whitehouse Presbyterian Church, desire to convey to Mr. and Mrs. Coey our deep sympathy with them in the great sorrow they have sustained by the loss on the 1st January, 1915, of their son, John S. Coey, midshipman on board H.M.S. Formidable. Mr. and Mrs. Coey have been so closely identified with our congregation, so helpful, so generous, so sympathetic when trouble came to any of its members, and have so endeared themselves to us all that we do feel that any grief that touches them touches us. We sorrow, too, at the loss of the young life so bright, so hopeful and full of promise, in whose career we all took an interest, and of whom we were all so proud. Our consolation is that he died in the discharge of his duty, and so has made the greatest offering that any one can make for his King and country. We pray that God may comfort and sustain the sorrowing parents and all the other members of their family in this time of sore trial and sorrow."


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The Witness - Friday, 15 January, 1915


DUNN--M'CAMMON -- Jan. 7, at First Armagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. H. W. Perry, B.A., assisted by the Rev. R. M'Cammon, B.A. (uncle of the bride), the Rev. James M'Cammon, M.A. (brother of the bride), and the Rev. H. J. Lilburn, Rev. Thomas Dunn, B.A., Maze, to Marguerite Anna (Meta), elder daughter of Hugh W. M'Cammon, Annagh Terrace, Portadown. At home, Maze Manse, 17th and 18th February.

GOUK--HUNTER -- Jan. 6, at Belmont Presbyterian Church, by Rev. John MacDermott, D.D., assisted by Rev. John Cochrane, James Robertson, eldest son of William Gouk, "Rossie," Cregagh, to Annie, youngest daughter of Thomas Hunter, Loughans, Bloomfield, Belfast.


M'CLELLAND -- Jan. 6, 1915, at her residence, Kilbride, Doagh, Mary, widow of the late a John M'Clelland, in her 82nd year. Interred in Kilbride Burying-ground, on Friday, 8th January. JAMES M'CLELLAND.

M'CLURE -- Jan. 14, at her residence, Ardaneer, Dhu-Varren, Portrush, Sarah, widow of the late Rev. Samuel M'Clure, Crossroads, Londonderry. Funeral to-morrow (Saturday), 16th inst., arriving at Crossroads Burying-ground about 1-45 o'clock.

ORR -- Jan. 9, at the Rectory, Lurgan, Elizabeth Jane Orr, aged 80 years, the faithful friend and servant of the O'Loughlin family for thirty years. Interred in Drumragh Church Graveyard, Omagh.

ADAIR -- Jan. 13, at Shandon, Ballymena, Blayney Adair.

ADAIR -- Jan. 11, at Ballycraigy, Antrim, Thomas, husband of Agnes Adair.

BOLSTER -- January 12, 1915, at his residence, Cremorne, Holywood Road, Belfast, Richard George Bolster, of Royal Avenue.

BOYD -- Jan. 9, at his residence, Tullyvallen, Newtownhamilton, Co. Armagh, George Boyd, aged 86.

CONN -- Jan. 10, at Woodvale, Nedd, William Conn, aged 87 years.

ELLIOTT -- Jan. 6, at 72, Dufferin Avenue, Bangor, Mary, relict of the late Torrens Elliott, in her 85th year.

FALLOON -- Jan. 9, at Masonic View, Ballinderry, Deborah, wife of David Falloon.

FULTON -- Jan. 13, at 28, Israel Street, Mrs. Mary Fulton, in her 71st year.

GILMORE -- Dec. 29, at Lisgar, Bailieborough, David Gilmore, aged 85 years.

JAMES -- Jan. 8, at 93, Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Harriett James, widow of the late Walter James, of London.

JAMISON -- Jan. 9, at 1, George's Terrace, Castlereagh Street, Samuel T. Jamison, second son of the late Henry C. Jamison.

KERR -- Jan. 8, at the Post Office, 107, Peter's Hill, Belfast, Martha Kerr.

LAIRD -- Jan. 11, at Gobrana, Glenavy, John Laird, J.P. (late Proprietor of Cramer, Wood, & Co., Castle Place, Belfast).

LAVERY -- Jan. 7, at the Post Office, Magherafelt, Bessie, relict of the late David Lavery.

MACAULEY -- Jan. 9, at Closkelt House, Banbridge, Mary Anne, wife of Matthew Macauley.

MATCHETT -- Jan. 11, at 35, Grosvenor Road, Elizabeth Matchett.

MORTON -- Jan. 7, at Shandon, North Parade, Jane, relict of the late William Morton.

M'COMB -- Jan. 7, at Lisburn, Elizabeth, wife of George M'Comb.

M'COMB -- Jan. 9, at 8, Maryville Terrace, Dunmurry, Ruth, youngest daughter of William M'Comb.

M'CONAGHY -- Jan. 7, 1915, at Tullydonnell, Convoy, Co. Donegal, Elizabeth, widow of late Charles M'Conaghy, M.D., R.N.

M'CUAIG -- Jan. 8, at 4, St. Paul's Street, Alison Alexander, widow of the late Duncan M'Cuaig.

M'QUITTY -- Jan. 12, at 16, Twickenham Street, Margaret, widow of the late Luke M'Quitty (formerly of Ballymena).

NEVILLE -- Jan. 12, at 30, Roseleigh Street, Ann J., widow of Robert Neville.

PORTER -- Jan. 7, at Hillsborough Street, Dromore, James Porter, aged 67 years.

REFAUSSE -- Jan. 10, at Pond Park, Lisburn, Robert, husband of Mary Refausse.

REILLY -- Jan. 6, at Thornfield, Carrickfergus, Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Reilly, aged 26 years.

STEWART -- Jan. 12, at Eastbourne, Coleraine, Louisa, widow of the late John Stewart.

TAYLOR -- Jan. 13, at Thornton, Carrickfergus, Margaret Taylor, relict of the late Robert Taylor, Cloughrim, Co. Down.

THOMPSON -- Jan. 7, at Crofton Hall, Holywood, James Mayne Thompson, of Mill Street, Belfast.

WALKER -- Jan. 13, at The Annagh, Portadown, John Walker, C.P.S.

WHITE -- Jan. 12, at Thomas Street, Portadown,. William John (Jack), son of F. W. White, aged 3 years and 5 months.

WILSON -- Jan. 13, at Nuns Quarter, Kirkcubbin, James Wilson.

WOODS -- Jan. 6, John Woods, of Donaghmore, Newry, in his 77th year.

In Memoriam

MATHER -- In fond and loving memory of our dear Wilhelmina, who departed this life 12th January, 1908.
"Till the day dawn and the shadows flee away."



We regret to announce the death of Mr. George Boyd, of Tullyvallen, Newtownhamilton, which occurred on the 9th inst. at the age of eighty-six years. The deceased was a well-known and highly-respected resident in the district, and was an ardent church worker, being an elder in the Second Newtownhamilton congregation for the past forty-five years. All his life he was an example of a true Christian gentleman, and many indeed were the words of comfort he spoke to those in sorrow and suffering. Up to the last he maintained an active interest in the affairs of the congregation, and until the month of August last was seldom absent from his pew on the Lord's Day. He was a generous subscriber to all the funds of the Church, and will he greatly missed in the whole neighbourhood. He is survived by his wife and five sons, one of whom is the Rev. Robert Boyd, a missionary in India, (and to them we extend our sincerest sympathy in their sad bereavement. The funeral, which took place to Second Newtownhamilton Presbyterian Churchyard on Monday, was largely attended by all classes. Prior to the remains being taken from the house and at the graveside short but impressive services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Hadden, Aughnacloy, who is in charge of the Newtownhamilton congregation during the absence of Rev. R. J. Newell.



Twelve Months' Figures.

The Registrar-General's return of the number of emigrants (natives of Ireland) who left ports in Ireland during the month of December, 1914, shows that the males numbered 157 and the females 99, a total of 256, as compared with 431 in the corresponding period of last year.

The total number of emigrants for the twelve months ending December last was 20,314 (10,660 males and 9,564 females), compared with 30,967 (16,452 males and 14,515 females) for the previous year, a total decrease of 10,053.

Of the number 20,314, it appears that 2,860 were from Leinster, a decrease of 1,134 on the figures for last year; 5,662 from Munster, a decrease of 2,145; 6,602 from Ulster, a decrease of 5,790; and 5,190 from Connaught, a decrease of 1,584.

The destination of 15,272 of the emigrants was the United States, 2,909 went to Canada, 118 to South Africa, 768 to Australia, and 172 to New Zealand. In addition, 914 went to reside in England and Wales, and 133 to Scotland. Of the 13,649 steerage passengers to the United States, 3,752 had their passages paid for in America.

A table which is appended to the return shows that the number of emigrants last year was lower than in any year since 1890, when the number was 61,313. The figures which most nearly approach those for 1914 are 28,676 in the year 1909 and 29,344 in 1912.



Mr. John Woods, of Donaghmore, Newry, a gentleman well-known in Ulster, died suddenly on Wednesday.

At a special meeting on Monday of Lurgan Urban Council, Mr. Robert Page, dairy-keeper, Green Street, was unanimously co-opted a member.

Captain M'Connell has been appointed to the command of the new coasting steamer, Aspen, the latest addition to the fleet of the Newry and Kilkeel Steamship Company.

An old-age pensioner named Eliza M'Keary was found dead in bed on Saturday morning at her residence in Pullans, near Coleraine. Deceased was aged seventy-five years, and resided alone.

When the Enniskillen Guardians met on Tuesday there were three applications for the post of medical officer to the Union Hospital, and Dr. Moore Betty, Enniskillen, was elected.

Late on Saturday afternoon a farmer named Peter Quinn, of Kilmacardie, Donaghmore, met with a serious driving accident when returning from Dungannon, where he had been shopping.

A woman named Ann Jane Daly, a native of Mountnorris, who died in the Newry Workhouse on Tuesday evening, was over 100 years of age; in fact, last March she celebrated her 102nd birthday.

Six nominations for three vacancies on the Auchnacloy Urban Council were received -- namely, J. W. Malley (U.), George Wright (U.), Johnston M'Ilwaine (U.), James O'Neil (N.), John. M'Kenna (N.), and Wm. M'Cann (N.).

During the past month twelve men from Donacloney parish have enlisted, bringing up the total strength of the contingent to 149 and of the parish's roll of honour, including fallen heroes, to 152.

Newtownstewart Railway Station now ranks as a third-class station. In the past it has been fourth-class; there are seven classes on the Great Northern Railway. The higher class indicates to some extent the prosperity of the district, as the classification is based on the volume of traffic.

We regret to announce the death of Mr. Conway William Blackwood-Price, which occurred on the 6th inst. at Banchery, Scotland. Deceased was the elder son of Major James Nugent Blackwood-Price, D.L., of Saintfield House, County Down.

Joseph Ballagh, millowner, Oakfield, Clones, was run over and killed by a train on the railway line on Saturday night about nine o'clock, a short distance outside Clones. He received terrible injuries, has leg being crushed to pulp near the hip, his two arms broken, and has head badly fractured.

There was no criminal business for disposal at the County Derry Crown Sessions before his Honour the Recorder in the County Courthouse on Tuesday, and the Sub-Sheriff (Mr. Alwyn S. Craig) presented his Honour with a pair of white gloves.

The King has written, to Mrs. R. Newell, North Street, Stewartstown, informing her that he has heard with much interest that she has had four sons in the Army, and assuring her that his Majesty appreciates the spirit and patriotism which prompted this example.

Thirty-four Belgian refugees, women and children, men and boys, arrived on Thursday in Portstewart. On arrival they were met by a number of members of the Coleraine committee and Portstewart Joint Committee, and conveyed to Portstewart Castle, which has been kindly placed at their disposal by Mr. B. A. C. Montagu, J.P.

Mr. Richard Gwynne, Ballyclose Street, Limavady, applied before his Honour the Recorder, at Derry on Tuesday, for compensation for the alleged malicious burning of a stack of hay and a stack of straw at his premises, and he was awarded a decree for 30 compensation.

At Londonderry Quarter Sessions on Tuesday the Recorder gave has decision in the malicious injury application of Mr. John Walker, Brookhalls, Drumahoe, a prominent Unionist and Ulster Volunteer, for 300 compensation for the burning of hay and outhouses at Brookhall. An award of 261 was given.

Caught in a bush in the eddying current, the body of the boy Michael Madine, who, as previously reported, accidentally lost his life in the Sliddery River, near Castlewellan, was discovered by a linesman on the Great Northern Railway, which runs parallel to the river. There were no marks of violence on the body, and a Coroner's jury has returned a verdict of accidental drowning.



We regret to announce the death of Mr. R. G. Bolster, which took place on Tuesday at his residence, Cremorne Villa, Holywood Road. Mr. Bolster was attacked with a serious illness about twelve months ago, which incapacitated him from business. He was attended by Dr. Ewing and Dr. MacKissack, and his personal friend, Dr. Craig, of Londonderry. Notwithstanding the greatest care and skill he succumbed on Tuesday. Mr. Bolster was a native of Co. Cork, and, after some years in Cork, in connection with the hosiery business, he came to Belfast as a buyer for Messrs. Anderson & M'Auley. After being for some time in the service of that firm he commenced business on his own account in Royal Avenue as glover and hosier shortly after the Avenue was opened, and there he carried on a successful business ever since. Mr. Bolster was an excellent business man, and made gloves his speciality. He was an acknowledged expect in that department, and his business in it especially was of a high-class and very successful. Mr. Bolster was an intelligent, well-read, cultivated gentleman, and his knowledge of Shakespeare and Shakespearean literature was very extensive. He was kindly, genial, and gentlemanly, and was very popular in all circles in which he was known. In his younger days he was very fond of bowling, and was interested in horses and a most excellent judge of them. His death will, cause the most sincere sorrow in the many business and other circles in which he was known and esteemed. He leaves a widow and three children to mourn his loss, and to whom we tender the most sincere expressions of sympathy.





A very serious earthquake was reported on Wednesday from Rome, observations in Scotland and the Isle of Wight also recording the shock. Early account of the occurrence reported only serious damage to houses and public buildings, and a few isolated fatalities, but later messages show that great destruction has resulted.

The greatest work of destruction was effected in Avezzano, a town situated in Central Italy on the River Aterno, and in the vicinity of Lake Fucino, some sixty miles east of Rome and twenty miles east of Tivoli, almost in a direct line. The population of the town, which is reported to have been destroyed is 9,000, and of this number over 8,000 are said to have perished.

The shock caused slight damage to the Vatican. At the time of the disturbance the Pope, who was in the library, knelt down and prayed fur a time. One hundred and fifty windows were broken in St. Peter's.


Rome, Thursday. -- The latest approximate reports show that 12,000 people were killed and 20,000 injured in the earthquake. Trains reached here early to-day bringing about one hundred injured persons from Avezzo and Tagliacozzo. Ambulances were waiting, and the injured persons were conveyed to hospitals. Refugees confirm that Avezzo is completely destroyed.

Naples, Thursday. -- A tower at Arpino to the memory of Cicero, who was born there, collapsed owing to the earthquake, causing many victims.



Departure from Belfast.

On Tuesday the thirty-five members of the Belfast city force of the R.I.C. who have been accepted for service with the Irish Guards left the Great Northern Railway Company's terminus, Great Victoria Street, for Dublin by the ten o'clock train, and were given a hearty send-off not only by their old comrades, but also by a large number of the general public. The men paraded at Glenravel Street Barracks at nine o'clock, and were there joined by some 250 of their colleagues on the force; and, headed by four members of the troop of horse police and the bands of the 5th Battalion R.I.R. and the R.I.C., set out for the railway station, where a large crowd of people had congregated. As the train, moved out there hearty cheers were given by those on the platform, and were lustily responded to by the men in the train. Last night the volunteers were entertained at a smoking concert held in the Musgrave Street Barracks.



Information has been received of the death of Captain Denzil Onslow Cochrane Newton, M.V.O., of Princess Patricia's Own Light Infantry, Canada. Deceased was a son of the late Mr. George Onslow Newton, of Croxton Park, St. Nects, and of Lady Alice Cochrane, daughter of the eleventh Earl of Dundonald, and nephew of Lady O'Neill, of Shane's Castle, County Antrim. As is well known two cousins of deceased have figured in the casualty lists -- Captain the Hon. Arthur O'Neill, M.P., of the 2nd Life Guards, having been killed in action, and Captain Lord Cochrane, of the Scots Guards, having been wounded.



The funeral of this well-known resident of Mourne took place on the 7th inst., amid many manifestations of regret. The deceased, who was seventy-four years of age, was a brother of Mr. Andrew Orr, a well-known Kilkeel merchant; and his wife, who died some years ago, was a sister of the late Mr. Joseph Fisher, J.P., of Newry. Mr. Orr was an elder of the Kilkeel Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Masonic and Orange Orders. He leaves three sons and two daughters. One of the latter is the wife of Mr. James Beck, merchant, Kilkeel, and the other is married to Mr. James Annett, farmer, Drummond, Kilkeel. The attendance at the funeral was of a large and representative character. The officiating clergy were Rev. Dr. M'Mordie, minister of Mourne Presbyterian Church, Kilkeel; Rev. S. Kershaw, B.A., Moravian Church, Kilkeel; and Rev. A. Eadie, B.A., Kilkeel Presbyterian Church.


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The Witness - Friday, 22 January, 1915


MARTIN -- Jan. 16, at the Manse, Keady, to the Rev. S. H. and Mrs. Martin -- a son.


BOYD--HIGGINSON -- Jan. 7, at the Irish Presbyterian Mission Church, Surat, Bombay, by the Rev. H. R. Scott, M.A., D.D., assisted by the Rev. Robert Boyd, B.A., sen., the Rev. Robert Boyd, B.A., jun., Missionary of the Irish Presbyterian Church, to Annie, third daughter of the late John Higginson, Ashley, Dunmurry, County Antrim. (By cable.)

TOBEY--FORSYTHE -- Jan. 4, 1915, at the Gotham Hotel, New York, U.S.A., by the Rev. Frederick Winslow-Adams, Harold Tobey, to Mabel Camron, daughter of John Forsythe, New York, and niece of Robert Forsyth, Downshire Park, Carrickfergus.


M'AFEE -- Jan. 18, 1915, at his residence, 412, Shankill Road, Samuel Walker M'Afee. His remains were interred in Connor Cemetery on Wednesday, 20th inst. SARAH M'AFEE.

M'BRIDE -- Jan. 21, 1915, at The Ravens, Hyde-park, Belfast, Henry J. M'Bride, J.P. Funeral from above address to-morrow (Saturday), at ten o'clock, to the City Cemetery.

ROBINSON -- Jan. 16, at his residence, Liscloon, Dunamanagh, John Robinson, aged 84 years. Interred in Donagheady Old Burying-ground, on Tuesday, 19th inst.

ANDREWS -- Jan. 16, at 16, Roe Street, Ethel Mary, youngest daughter of Anthony Andrews.

BUNTING -- Jan. 17, at Moira, Annie E. Bunting (late of Drumlin).

CANNON -- Jan. 17, at Main Street, Ballyclare, Frances Cannon, youngest daughter of the late John Cannon.

CLELAND -- Jan. 15, William James Cleland, of Basin Walk, Newry.

CORBETT -- Jan. 19, at 8, Allworthy Avenue, Antrim Road, Belfast, Ida, second daughter of the late James Corbett.

CRAWFORD -- Jan. 18, at Chlorine, Mrs. James W. Crawford.

DUGAN -- Jan. 18, at Belfast Road, Comber, Hugh Dugan (late of Locomotive Department, B. and C.D.R.), eldest son of the late John Dugan.

EADIE -- Jan. 19, Andrew Inglis Eadie, Rose Cottage, Lisbellaw, father of J. I. Eadie, 33, Clifton Drive, Belfast.

FLANNERY -- Jan. 15. at 124, High Street, Holywood, Hannah, widow of the late Arthur John Flannery, in her 88th year.

GILBERT -- Jan. 17, William Anderson Gilbert, Lawnmount, Lurgan, and of Messrs. Robert Wasson & Sons.

GRAY -- Jan. 19, at 6, Castle Street, Newtownards, Anna E. Gray.

HARPER -- Jan. 10, at Holywell, Annie, daughter of the late Andrew Harper, Shane's Castle Park, Randalstown.

HENDERSON -- At 5, Little Patrick Street, Belfast, William John Henderson, brother of the late Reid Henderson, of Bullynure.

HERITAGE -- Jan. 19, at 16, Seacliff Road, Bangor, Mary Heritage, in her 83rd year.

HERRON -- Jan. 15, at her residence, Ballyroney, Banbridge, Eliza Jane, the beloved wife of James Herron.

KIDD -- Jan. 17, at Banbridge, Mary Jane, widow of William Kidd, Ballymacaully Cottage, Markethill.

KNOX -- Jan. 18, Mary Jane, wife of David Knox, Tierkelly, Rathfriland.

M'BRIDE -- Jan. 17, at Portavo, Donaghadee, Samuel M'Cutcheon M'Bride.

M'CLEMENTS -- Jan. 14, at 3, Dub Cottages, Upper Malone, Hugh, second son of the lat James M'Clements, Gilnahirk.

M'CLUNG -- Jan. 20, at 15, Rushfield Avenue, Emma, fourth daughter of Robert M'Clung, Vancouver, B.C. (late of Newtownbreda).

M'CLURE -- Jan. 14, at Ardnaneer, Dhu-Varren, Portrush, Sarah, widow of the late Rev. Samuel M'Clure, Cross Roads, Londonderry.

M'FARLAND -- Jan. 17, at Railway Road, Coleraine, Nancy, relict of the late William M'Farland.

M'FARLANE -- Jan. 14, Sarah, beloved wife of Joseph M'Farlane, The Mall, Baldoyle, Co. Dublin.

M'MILLAN -- Jan. 17, at 224, Upper Newtownards Road, William M'Millan, sen.

M'NUTT -- Jan. 18, 1915, at bis residence, Carnshanngh, Burnfoot, Londonderry, John M'Nutt.

NEILL -- Jan. 17, at 7, Queen's Parade, Bangor, James Neill, Coal Merchant,

RITCHIE -- Jan. 14, at Coleraine Road, Portrush, Rev. William Ritchie, in his 91st year, Senior Minister of Croaghmore Presbyterian Church.

ROBINSON -- Jan. 15, in hospital, Victoria G. Robinson, daughter of J. R. Robinson, 342, Woodstock Road, Belfast.

SCOTT -- At 151, Albertbridge Read, Maria Bullock, wife of William Scott, Butcher.

SEAWRIGHT -- Jan. 20, at Taberhuney Cottage, Lurgan, Alexander Seawright, aged 101 years.

SIMPSON -- Jan. 17, 1915, at his residence, 71, Hatton Drive, David Simpson (of Messrs. Simpson & Mitchell).

TODD -- Jan. 14, at Waveney Crescent, Ballymena, Joseph Todd, retired Officer H.M. Inland Revenue.

WALSH -- January 20, at 8, Upper Crescent, University Road, Belfast, Isabella (Isa), the dearly-beloved wife of Joseph A. Walsh, M.P.S.I.

In Memoriam

MARTIN -- In loving memory of our mother, Mary Batten Millar Martin, of Eglintoun, Tayport, Fife, widow of the Rev. Jamas Martin, Belfast, who died at Edinburgh on the 16th of January, 1908. F. P. H.; J. C. M.



It is with sincere regret we announce the death of Mr. H. J. M'Bride, J.P., Hyde-park, which took place yesterday. The deceased had been in comparatively good health up till a few days ago, but had ceased to take any active part in business for about two years. He caught a chill on Monday, and although everything possible was done to prevent serious developments, all the efforts were unavailing, and the end came quietly in the presence of his family. The deceased, who was the chairman of the firm of Messrs. H. J. M'Bride & Son, Ltd., bleachers, was a son of the late Hr. H. M'Bride, Gilford, and on the completion of his education he entered the firm of Messrs. Dunbar M'Master & Co., Gilford, where he served his apprenticeship. He afterwards went to Hanford Bleach works, and was there for a number of years, when he came to Belfast, taking over the Glenalin Bleachworks, where he remained for twenty years. In 1895 he removed to Hydepark, his rapidly-growing business requiring more extensive premises, the Hydepark works being amongst the largest in that particular branch of industry. His relations with his employees were always of the most harmonious character, and in everything that contributed to their comfort and happiness he took the deepest interest. This deceased was a most ardent Unionist, and did a great deal for the cause, especially in the West Division of the city, and was a generous subscriber to that and every other deserving object. As a Presbyterian, he was warmly attached to his Church, though by no means narrow or bigoted in his views, and he was ever ready to lend a helping hand to tho other denominations in the time of need. He took a very active part in the organisation of the new Presbyterian church, Broadway, and although after his removal to Hydepark he worshipped in Carnmoney he continued his connection with Broadway all along, and liberally contributed to the funds of that congregation. The deceased was a magistrate for County Antrim, and sat at Templepatrick and Whiteabbey. He was twice married, his first wife being a daughter of the Rev. Dr. Carson, Keady, and his second Miss Swan, of Rathfriland, who died about a year ago.

By his first wife he had four sons and four daughters, and is survived by two sons and three daughters. His oldest son, Mr. H. W. M'Bride, who now succeeds him in the chairmanship of the company, is commander of the Central Antrim Volunteers, and his youngest son, Mr. A. K. M'Bride, who was also in the business till the out-break of the war, is now first lieutenant in the 12th Battalion R.I.R. With all these relatives there will be the deepest sympathy in the loss they have sustained through the death of one of the most highly-esteemed gentlemen the city has ever known. It may be added that a brother and a sister also survive the deceased, the former, Mr. S. M'Bride, being connected with the firm at Hydepark.



The Rev. John Pattison Strothers, M.A., of Greenock Reformed Presbyterian Church, died on Monday, aged sixty-three years. He was seized with illness while preaching on Sunday afternoon and conveyed home, attended by Doctors Cook and Marshall. In the evening he rallied a little, but suffered a relapse on Monday morning, and died between nine and ten o'clock.

A native of Haddingtonshire, he was brought to Glasgow when a boy, his father having carried on business as a dyer in Bothwell Street, and he was educated in the city. After leaving the University he travelled as a tutor and subsequently spent a short time in the church at Whithorn. Thirty-three years ago he was called to Greenock as pastor in succession to the late Rev. Dr. James Kerr. Throughout his long ministry Mr. Strothers entered very closely into the life of the town. While, in keeping with the tenets of the Reformed body, he exercised a conscientious aloofness in political and municipal relations, in all other local associations for the welfare of the citizens he was prominent in word and act. He was a man of an outstanding personality. As a preacher he was eloquent and appealing, his sermons thoughtful, suggestive, and humanising, with a vein of originality through all, and couched in simple and impressive language. His monthly congregational publication, "The Morning Watch," was unique as a Church Sunday-school production, and found a wide circle of readers far beyond the usual religious boundaries. His merit in scholarship, intellect, and loftiness of character would some years ago have been rewarded with a D.D. degree from his Alma Muter, but for his natural aversion from anything in the form of self-display. In the performance of his ministerial duties he was singularly faithful, and his thirty-three years' pastorate was a history of steady progress in the best elements of religious life. Mr. Strothers is survived by his wife, who is a sister of Sir Hector Cameron. In the Reformed Presbyterian Church he was a leading authority, and for a term was Moderator of the Synod.



An extensive farmer and cattle breeder died on Friday in the person of Mr. Alex. M'Roberts, of Ballynamagna, Rathfriland. The deceased was a Unionist in politics and a devoted member of the Ballyroney Presbyterian Church.



The deatH of Mr. M'Nutt occurred on Monday last at his residence, Cornshenagh, Burnfoot, Londonderry. Though he had reached a ripe age, his decease was the occasion of widespread regret in his native district, in which he was very popular. Mr. M'Nutt is survived by his wife, a daughter, and three sons, who have received many messages of sympathy in their bereavement. The funeral took place on Wednesday to Fahan Burying-ground, and was attended by a large concourse of friends. The chief mourners were -- Rev. Wm. M'Nutt, Hillhall; Messrs. Robert M'Nutt, Cornshenagh, and John M'Nutt, Northern Bank, Fintona. (sons); John Palestine, Collconey; Joseph M'Nutt, Ballymoney, and Scott Whyte, Derry. The attendance of the general public included Revs. R. W. Ross, Burt; John Heney, B.D., Limavady; Robert Lynn, Fahan and Inch; J. R. Sides, B.A., rector of Burt; John Brewster, B.A., Rathmullan, and Messrs. J. B. Mullin, D.L., Buncrana; D. Hamilton, M.D., Fahan; R. Gilliland, Brook Hall; William Wallace and Herbert M'Candless, Derry; Samuel C. Logan, J. Edwards, and Joseph M'Arthur, J.P., Burt.

Rev. R. W. Ross conducted an impressive service in the house, and in the course of a touching address spoke of the deceased as "a man who had, always been characterised by fidelity to every duty, even the smallest, honesty of purpose, passionate devotion, to his family, loyalty to his church and minister, and, above all things, by a simple faith in his Saviour and humble submission to the Divine will. Though there was always an element of incompleteness in human life, some duties still undischarged, some tasks still undone, yet if ever there was one of whom it could be said that he had finished his course and reached the goal, that one was Mr. M'Nutt. In his death there was nothing to regret, and we can only pray that the God of all consolation would comfort the widow who had lost the companion of a long life, and inspire his children to imitate the example set by their father and follow in his steps."

At the grave the service was conducted by Rev. J. Heney, B.A., B.D., of Limavady, and Rev. R. W. Ross.



The death of this well-known Bangor resident has occasioned the utmost regret, and sincere sympathy is felt for his sorrowing relatives. Deceased was one of the leading merchants of the town, in whose welfare he always evinced the keenest interest, and Trinity Presbyterian Church, with which he was connected, loses in him one of its most prominent members. On Tuesday the remains were removed from Queen's Parade and interred in the New Cemetery, Bangor. The funeral was very large and representative. The chief mourners were -- Messrs. Campbell Neill, J. F. Neill, Second-Lieutenant V. C. Neill, S. Neill (sons); Alex. Gilmore, William Moore (sons-in-law); Wm. Campbell (brother-in-law); Robert Neill, Charles Neill, J. Neill, F. Neill, Dr. G. F. Campbell, and Dr. J. C. Nicholson (nephews). The funeral service at the house was conducted by the Rev. R. J. Morrell and the Rev. W. J. M'Farland, B.A., and at the graveside by the Rev. R. J. Morrell and Rev. Dr. Montgomery.



Ethel Forsythe, a pupil of Seagoe N.S., did not miss a single school day from Jan. 31st, 1910, to Dec. 8th, 1914, a period of almost five years' unbroken attendance.

Miss Evelyn Martin, of Killarney, niece of Rev. Pierce Martin, of Lisburn, has gained the Reid Sizarship in Trinity College, Dublin. Miss Martin was educated in the Methodist College, Belfast.

On Sunday morning a child named Wm. Kearney, aged three years, of High Street, Newry, was admitted to the Union Hospital suffering from burns about the face and neck, accidentally sustained through his pinafore getting alight in his house.

An outbreak of fire occurred on Tuesday evening in the house of a man named Francis Hegarty, in Bellhouse Lane, Coleraine, a bed in the upper storey having been ignited by a candle. The flames were extinguished without the aid of the Fire Brigade.

At Derry Petty Sessions Court on Monday the Chairman (Mr. John P. Thompson) extended on behalf of the Bench a hearty welcome to District-Inspector Ryan, who made his first appearance in the court since his transfer from Letterkenny to Londonderry.

When Hugh Sherry, labourer, Caledon, was going to his work on Saturday morning he found a young man named Norman Wilson, son of Mr. Thomas Wilson, postmaster, Dyan, lying dead in a ditch at the side of the county road at Tannaghlane, near Caledon.

Mr. R. A. M'Call, younger son of Mr. C. H. M'Call, J.P., Dunida, Banbridge, has been gazetted to a second lieutenancy in the new army, and has been posted to the 9th Service Battalion Cheshire Regiment. He was educated at Weymouth College, and joined the Public School Corps on September 12th, 1914.

In connection with the Presbyterian General Assembly's Scripture examinations for secondary schools, prizes in the middle and junior divisions have been awarded to twenty-seven students of Dungannon Royal School, including J. W. Leebody, who obtained 92 per cent. Eleven other students also obtained passes.

The death occurred on the 14th inst. at his residence, Waveney Road, Ballymena, of Mr. Joseph Todd, who was a retired Inland Revenue officer, and who took up residence in Ballymena some twenty years ago. On the organisation of the Municipal Technical School he assumed the duties of science and art master.

The annual meeting of Ballynahinch Unionist Club was held in the Ballynahinch Courthouse -- Mr. John Scott presiding. Lord Clanwilliam, president; Mr. D. Kinahan, treasurer: and Mr. H. J. Gordon, secretary, were re-elected, together with a representative committee. Thirty members of this club have joined the colours.

Mr. Ernest N. Ensor, son of the late Mr. Clarks Ensor, J.P., Loughgall, recently gave up a position in the Chinese Customs service worth 400 a year, paid 40 for his passage to Belfast, and enlisted as a private in the 9th. Battalion R.I.F. Mr. Ensor has a brother in the same regiment, and another brother of his is an officer in the Canadian contingent.

Rev. Benjamin B. Morton of Athy, has accepted a cordial invitation to Moy to succeed, next June, Rev. James Cathcart, who has accepted a similar invitation to succeed Rev. Wm. M'Vitty, at High Street, Lurgan. Rev. W. E. Maguire has accepted a hearty invitation to Glenavy to succeed Rev. Robt. Maxwell, who is removing to Donaghadee in June, as superintendent-minister of the Antrim and Glenavy circuit.

At Limavady Quarter Sessions on Tuesday his Honour Judge Todd, K.C., delivered judgment in a case in which, a farmer named James Hamilton, Faughanvale, sued Major Quin, J.P., Campsie, to recover a sum of 50 damages for the shootings by the military of plaintiff's mare on a rifle range, the grazing rights of which were held by the defendant. In his opinion the animal was killed not through the negligence of Major Quin, but through a pure accident. The defendant, in the circumstances, was not liable.



We regret to announce the death of Lord Ardilaun, which took place at St. Anne's, Clontarf, County Dublin, on Wednesday night. Arthur Edward Guinness, first Baron Ardilaun, was born in 1840, and was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Dublin. He was a son of Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness, Bart., M.P., who restored St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, and a brother of the first Viscount Iveagh. Lord Ardilaun represented Dublin in Parliament; in the Conservative interest from 1868 to 1869 and from 1874 to 1880, when he was created a Baron. On 16th Feb., 1871, he married Lady Olive Charlotte White, second daughter of the third Earl of Bantry. He was a Deputy-Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for the Counties of Dublin, Galway, and Kerry, each of which he had residences, and each, of which has historic associations. His Dublin residence was St. Anne's, Clontarf; his Galway house was at Cong; and his Kerry residence at Muckross.


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The Witness - Friday, 29 January, 1915


ALEXANDER -- Jan. 22, at 28, Hamilton Road Bangor, James, eldest son of the late Thomas Alexander, Newtownards.

ALLEN -- Jan. 21, at Seskin, Straid, Jane, wife of George Allen.

BELL -- Jan. 24, at 51, Lavinia Street, Belfast, Joseph Bell (for 30 years in the employment of Messrs. Cantrell & Cochrane, Ltd.).

BROWN -- Jan. 23, at Edenderry House, Shaw's Bridge, E. F. Brown, widow of the late John Shaw Brown, J.P., aged 94 years.

BULLOCH -- Jan. 23, Laura Roberta, infant daughter of Mr R. L. Bulloch, Strandtown.

BURTON -- January 27, 1915, at the residence of her brother-in-law, John Adair, Tullycraught, Randalstown, Martha Burton, late of Thorold, Ontario, Canada.

CARRY -- Jan. 2l, at Upper Broomhedge, Moira, William, husband of Mary Carey.

CARSON -- Jan. 22, at 6, Campbellpark Avenue, Lizzie Mary, youngest daughter of the late Matthew Carson, Rosepark, Dundonald.

COOPER -- Jan. 26, at 60, [Trevelyan?] Terrace, Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, Catherine Elizabeth Cooper, widow of the late Joseph Cooper.

COULTER -- Jan. 21, at 230, Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, Thomas, only son of Joseph Coulter.

CRAIG -- Jan. 26, at 11, Woodvale Road, Samuel, husband of Eleanor Craig.

CRAWFORD -- Jan. 27, at Drumbrain, Newbliss, Thomas Crawford, J.P., aged 49 years.

ELLIS -- Jan. 26, at 54, Israel Street, Ellen, wife of William J. Ellis.

FLEMING -- Jan. 23, at la, Stoke Terrace, Devonport, Elizabeth Fleming, widow of John Fleming, Esq., late of Kingstown, Co. Dublin.

GRAHAM -- January 20, at Waringstown, Mary, widow of the late George Graham, in her 81st year.

JOHNSTON -- Jan. 25, at 41, Court Street, Newtownards, Elizabeth Patton, wife of Alexander Johnston.

KEENAN -- Jan. 21, at Church Street, Magherafelt, Edward Patrick, second son of Patrick Keenan, Victualler.

KENNEDY -- Jan. 22, at Belfast, Samuel Kennedy, Merchant.

KYLE -- Jan. 23, at Main Street, Limavady, Margaret Elizabeth, wife of J. C. Kyle, M.R.C.V.S.

LOWRY -- Jan. 27, at Greyabbey, Eliza, relict of the late Andrew Lowry, Ballycastle, Co. Down.

LUTTON -- Jan. 2l, at Rathfriland Street, Banbridge, Isabella, relict of the late Robert Lutton.

MARTIN -- Jan. 20, at 9, High Street, Newtownards, Ethel Helen, daughter of the late W.B Martin. M.D., Beech Hill, Newtownards.

MAYNE -- Jan. 24, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Lucy, wife of Thomas Mayne, 282, Albertbridge Road.

MULLIGAN -- Jan. 23, Maggie, daughter of John H. Mulligan, Ballydunmaul.

M'BRIDE -- Jan. 21, 1915, at The Ravens, Hydepark, Belfast, Henry J. M'Bride, J.P.

M'CANN -- Jan. 23, at Castlewellan, John M'Cann.

M'COMBE -- Jan. 25, 1915, at Drumaroad, Castlewellan, Lizzie, youngest and dearly-beloved daughter of Samuel and Agnes A. M'Combe.

M'CULLOUGH -- January 24, 1915, at 14, Wyndham Street, Cliftonville, Belfast, Samuel M'Cullough (formerly of Cavan). Deeply mourned. MARY, EMILY, GERTIE, and GEORGE.

M'KENZIE -- Jan. 24, 1915, at his residence, 5, Mayfield, Killaughy Road, Donaghadee, James M'Kenzie (late Woodbine Cottage, Antrim Road, Belfast).

M'ROBERT -- Jan. 24, at Rademon, Crossgar, Elizabeth (Betty), third daughter of John M'Robert, J.P.

POWELL -- Jan. 23, at Lisburn, Jane Charity Powell, daughter of the late Rev. John Powell, Lisburn.

REID -- Jan. 25, at Clanchattan Street, Elizabeth, relict of the late William Reid.

SIMPSON -- Jan. 27, at Aranmore, Malone Park, Belfast, Marianne Simpson, in her 86th year.

STOREY -- January 16, 1915, at The Cottage Hospital, Ballymena, Essie, youngest and dearly-loved daughter of John and Agnes Storey, The Greenhill, Moorfields.

WHITE -- Jan. 21, at The Banks, Ballyholme, Bangor, John White.

WILSON -- Jan. 24, at 239, Spamount Street, Jane, relict of the late James Wilson, Kinallen.

WILSON -- Jan. 26, at Sea View Terrace, Whiteabbey, Sarah Jane, widow of the late Thomas Wilson, in her 91st year.

In Memoriam

QUIGLEY -- In loving memory of Annie, beloved wife of Thomas Quigley, J.P., who was called home on January 29th, 1913, and her body laid to rest in Omagh Cemetery, on January 31st, till the Lord shall come again. Ever remembered by her loving husband and family.


Mr. and Mrs. STOREY and FAMILY desire to express their warmest thanks to all those who so kindly sympathised with them in their sorrow, and gratefully acknowledge the kindness and consideration received from the Matron and Staff at the Cottage Hospital, Ballymena. The Greenhill, Moorfields, 27th Jan., 1915.





The Secretary for the Admiralty regrets to announce that the armed merchant vessel H.M.S. Viknor, which has been missing for some days, must now be accepted lost with all officers and men.

The cause of her loss is uncertain, but as some bodies and wreckage have been washed ashore on the North coast of Ireland, it is presumed that during the recent bad weather she either foundered, or, being carried out of her course, struck a mine in the seas where Germans are known to have laid them.

The Viknor was commissioned at Portsmouth on December 12. Before her transfer she was known as Viking, and was used as a tourist cruising yacht in the summer months, usually visiting the Norwegian Fjords. She was a wel-fitted steam yacht, of considerable size, her registered tonnage being 5,386.


No indication is given of the number of the Viknor's crew, but the following list ot twenty-one officers, including the commander, appears in the Navy List published at the beginning of this month:--

Commander Ernest O. Ballantine.
Lieut.-Commander Hardinge L. Shepherd.
Lieutenant (R.N.R.) W. C. M. Johnson.
Lieutenant (R.N.R.) Christopher H. Lucking.
Chief Engineer (R.N.R.) Henry Pollard.
Senior Engineer (R.N.R.) John J. Tuck.
Engineer (R.N.R.) Fred Bell.
Engineer (R.N.R.) David Bruce.
Engineer (R.N.R.) John Bradley.
Surgeon Vernon L. Matthews.
Sub-Lieutenant (R.N.R.) Geo. N. Watkins.
Sub-Lieutenant (R.N.R.) Fredk. S. Monks.
Sub-Lieutenant (R.N.R.) Roy H. C. Hodge.
Sub-Lieutenant (R.N.R.) Bertram R. U. Sutherland.
Assistant Engineer (R.N.R.) Jas. A. Green.
Assistant Paymaster (R.N.R.) John Wagstaff.
Midshipman (R.N.R.) B. H. Cullimore (probably).
Midshipman (R.N.R,) John M'D. Cooper (probably).
Midshipman (R.N.R.) Stanley E. Hancock.
Midshipman (R.N.R.) John A. Hamilton (temporary).
Gunner Kenneth Ballantyne.



Captain the Honourable Andrew Edward Mulholland, of the Irish Guards, late of Ballywalter Park, Ballywalter, County Down, who was killed in action near Ypres on the 1st November last, aged thirty-two years, son and heir of the second Baron Dunleath, left unsettled property of the gross value of 26,583, of which the net personalty amounts to 21,583. Probate of his will dated 10th June, 1913, has been granted to his brother, the Honourable Henry George Hill Mulholland, of Ballywalter Park, Ballywalter, County Down, and power is reserved to grant probate also to his brother the Hon. Charles Henry George Mulholland. The bequests were all of a personal character.



Lieutenant W. Noel Montgomery, Royal Irish Fusiliers, son of Rev. Dr. Henry Montgomery, Belfast, am ex-Moderator of the General Assembly, has been invalided home from the front owing to an acute attack of rheumatism, and is at present undergoing treatment at the Research Hospital, Cambridge. Lieutenant Montgomery, who is a well known Queensman and member of the University hockey team, was in his last year as a medical student, and was taking the customary course at the Royal Victoria Hospital when war broke out. He at once volunteered his services, obtaining a commission in the Royal Irish Fusiliers, and before leaving for the theatre of war was stationed at Dunree Fort. Owing to exposure at the front Lieutenant Montgomery is quite crippled, but it is gratifying to be able to state that he is progressing as favourably as can be expected in the circumstances. His brother, Mr. Frank Montgomery, the well-known Rugby international, intends to volunteer for the front as soon as he has passed his final medical examination.



The funeral of Mr. H. J. M'Bride, whose death occurred on the morning of the 21st inst., took place on Saturday, at ten o'clock, from his late residence, The Ravens, Hydepark. On every hand there were tokens or the sorrow felt, for the loss of one who had for the past twenty years occupied such a warm place in the affections of the people, all work being suspended in the district, till after the funeral procession left. A short service was conducted in the House by the Revs. H. Waterworth and L. M'Quitty, in addition to whom Revs. J. W. Gibson, Mr. Barron, J. B. Lusk. R. J. Porter, A. Cuthbert, and R. J. Clarke (rector of Carnmoney) were also present. The chief mourners were -- Mr H. W. M'Bride and Lieutenant A. K. M'Bride (sons). Master H. M'Bride (grandson), Mr. S. W. M'Bride (brother). Mr. H. Carson and Mr. J. Carson (brothers-in-law), Mr. J. Chisholm and Mr. J. Hanna (sons-in-law). Mr. John Corbett (nephew).

The solemn cortege, which was one of the largest seen in the neighbourhood for years, was witnessed by many of the inhabitants from Hydepark to Carnmoney and on its arrival in the city it was joined by numbers of the deceased's old friends, who had known him so long and so intimately in his business relations and his connection with many of the philanthropic institutions that found in him such a generous supporter. At the Grosvenor Road, Colonel R. C. A. M'Calmont, M.P. and Lieutenant Davidson, with a detachment of the 12th Battalion R.I.R., under Sergeant Lyle, joined the funeral procession, and accompanied it to the City Cemetery. At the grave a portion of Scripture was read by the Rev. H. Waterworth, and the committal service was conducted by the Rev. J. W. Gibson, after which the grave was closed on all that was mortal of one whose memory must remain green in the minds of a large number for years to come.

Rev. R. J. Clarke, vicar of Carnmoney, preaching on Sabbath last from the text Hos. ii. 15, referred in sympathetic terms to the deeply-lamented removal from amongst them of Mr. M'Bride. He said -- The shadows have fallen thick and heavy around us, and the sorrow which this day darkens a home in Hydepark is a sorrow in which we all share. Having faithfully served his day and generation. Mr. M'Bride has fallen asleep, and we all feel that, we have lost a kind, true, generous, friend, who by his uprightness, integrity, and loving kindness was a pillar of the community. While firm in his own religious convictions and staunch in his political opinions, he was singularly free from all bigotry and narrow-mindedness. Every effort to promote spiritual, moral, and social well-being was sure of his hearty sympathy and generous support. His relations with his friends and employees were of the kindliest and most considerate character. He was a man who was in his long, beneficent life, feared God, loved his fellow-men, and honoured the King, and whose influence was ever on the side of righteousness and truth. Personally, since I came to the parish, twelve years ago. I have always experienced the greatest kindness and the most considerate, sympathetic helpfulness from the deceased gentleman, whom I mourn as a warm, close, highly-esteemed friend. But we sorrow not even as others that have no hope. We can thankfully and devoutly say, "The Lord gave" -- gave him to be a power of good while here -- "and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord." It is our prayer that in those nearest and dearest to our dear departed brother the promise, may be fulfilled -- "I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you."



Mrs. M'Farlane's death removes one who was devoted throughout life to the service of Christ and His Church. She was closely associated with the ministry of the Church, two of her brothers -- the late Rev. Andrew Halliday, of Portsmouth, and the late Rev. Henry Halliday, of Holywood; her son, Rev. A. W. M'Farlane, of Waterford; and her nephew being in the'sacred office. Throughout the major portion of her married life she was an earnest worshipper and a useful worker in the congregation of Ormond Quay. But from the inception of the church in Howth she and her husband associated themselves closely with the new congregation in which Mr. M'Farlane is clerk of session and treasurer. The church was to her even a second home, in which she truly found her life. She was a woman of deeply Evangelical spirit, and out of her faith in the Evangel her character grew strong and secure. She was eminently a bright Christian, full of light and humour and freshness, and radiating gladness through her home. She was deeply interested in the music of the sanctuary, and found an unfailing pleasure in the Psalms and hymns of faith and joy. Her strong, gracious, serviceable life eroded when she might have hoped for many years still to come. She will be deeply missed and mourned. At the Sabbath, services following her death regretful references were made by Rev. James Wilson and Rev. H. C. Waddell.



Everyone interested in the evangelisation of the heathen will learn with profound feelings of regret of the death of Captain William H. Steele. The sad event took place at Sydney on the 14th inst. as the result of a severe attack of pneumonia, complicated with malaria. The deceased, who was recognised as one of the greatest of ship captains that had served the Lord on missionary service, was an Ulsterman. Born in Belfast between thirty and forty years ago, he was educated at the Model School, and passed most of his younger days in Islandmagee, where he acquired a taste for the sea. He served his apprenticeship on one of the vessels of the Lord Line, and left Belfast in 1898. He joined the John Williams, the well-known missionary ship, as second mate, and became in turn chief mate and captain. The principal work performed by this vessel is undertaken in connection with visiting and founding mission stations in the South Sea Islands, and no man was better qualified than Captain Steele to be in charge of such a boat. Versatile and generous, he was inspired by an enthusiasm for raising a barbarous population, out of their deplorable condition and bringing to them, the benefits of the Christian religion. For this reason he was looked upon as a reliable friend and counsellor both of the natives and of the missionaries all round his fifteen thousand-mile route. His deep interest in the cause which he supported by his skill as a navigator was shown by the fact that he presented to the society the wireless apparatus with which the ship is now fitted. Captain Steele was married, and leaves a widow and three children, who reside in Sydney. He is also survived by two brothers, one of them being Mr. Samuel T. Steele, of Millbrook Bleaching and Finishing Company, Larne, while the other is Captain Robert G. Steele, who is at present on a voyage. A sister of the deceased, Miss Lily H. Steele, resides at Mountpleasant, Islandmagee.



There has just been installed in Cregagh Presbyterian Church the organ which until recently did duty in University Road Methodist Church. It is a really excellent instrument, and the improvement which its installation makes in the praise service is most marked. The new organ was opened on Sabbath last. The preachers at the two services were the Rev. John Macmillan, D.D. (ex-Moderator of the General Assembly), and the Rev. A. F. Moody, M.A., B.D., of Cliftonville. The pastor of the congregation is the Rev. David Stewart, who is keenly alive to making his services, musically and otherwise, wholly worthy of their purpose. He is ably and energetically seconded in the musical part by Mr. William M'Clelland and the choir, which, consisting of young and fresh voices, has given, and continues to give, every satisfaction.

The new organ is a two-manual pedal instrument, with eight stops on the great organ, ten on the swell, and four on the pedal organ. The tone is very sweet and mellow, and the mechanism is simple and effective. The congregation may be congratulated upon this most welcome addition to the church equipment.



Call to Mr. George F. Waddell.

The congregation of Donaghmore, within the bounds of the Newry Presbytery, has decided to give a call to Mr. George F. Waddell, B.A., of Belfast, who was licensed by the Banbridge Presbytery on the 4th February, 1913. The Donaghmore congregation is one of the oldest congregations in connection with the General Assembly. On the north gable of the church there is a moulded date-panel with the inscription -- "Donaghmore Presbyterian Church, 1705; enlarged 1762; restored 1895."




Miss Sinclair, in an interesting account of the Ulster Volunteer Hospital at Pau, France, writes -- Out staff consists of -- Dr. Norman Darling (of Harley Street), who is in charge. He is, unfortunately, at present away for a few days, as he is doctor to the Spanish Royal Family, and has been telegraphed for to go to Madrid. He hopes to get back in two or three days. Drs. Woodroffe and Clarke, both Irish. Our matron, Miss M'Cord, a native of County Down, formerly matron of a London hospital. She is in the U.V.F.M. and N. Corps. Sisters Johnson, Cobbett, Jennings, from St. John's. Sisters Steevens, Jameson, Shimmin, Sullivan (Dungannon), M'Ferran (Belfast), Wright (Strabane), Patrick (Castlederg), all members of Tyrone U.V.F.M. and N. Corps. Probationers Alexander, Dickson, Harkness, Moore, and Thompson, also alt Tyrone U.V.F.M. and N. Corps. Orderlies -- Sergeant Bass, Corporal Downer (Londonderry), Hunter (Belfast), and Lowry (Strabane), also all U.V.F., and last Miss Ballantine and myself. Miss Ballantine has charge of all the linen, clothing, and stores of all sorts. Everyone is more than kind to us. The officials are most anxious to do everything they can for us, and seem so pleased with all our equipment and arrangements. The English Consul's wife comes here nearly every day, and takes someone out for a run in her car, which is a great treat. As well as our fifty-four beds here we have charge of the nursing arrangements at a hospital at Lescar, a few miles from here. It is in charge of a French doctor, and has been equipped by the Government, but is being run by our nurses. Sister Johnson is in charge, helped by Sisters Patrick and Cobbett, two probationers, and Sergeant Buss and Hunter. They have French people under them to do the unskilled work, such as cleaning up, handing round the food, &c. A small committee of ladies has been formed bene to help us. It consists of Viscomtesse de Sujay (daughter of the Mayor), Honourable Madam Duval (Lard Vernon's daughter), Mrs. Hewiston (wife of British Consul), Mrs. Ayrton, Lady Agnes Daniel, and the secretary is Mrs. Whiteway, sister of Sir John French. These ladies are most helpful. They borrowed all sorts of furniture for us from various hotels and houses. As for Lady Agnes Daniel, who kindly came out with us, I don't know what in the world we should have done without her. She has lived a great deal at Pau, and knows everyone. She has put us up to all the ropes, and has been invaluable. If the people who have been kind enough to help this hospital could see their "guests" I am sure they would feel, as we all do, thankful to have the opportunity of doing something to help these men who have suffered so much, and who are so wonderfully brave and gay in spite of it all. It really is too tragic. They are not even like our soldiers, whose profession it is and who have chosen it. They are for the best part men who are small farmers and labourers, whose whole interests are in their homes, and they have had to leave everything, whether they like it or not, for a life to which they are quite unaccustomed; many of them are not at all young. Many of them even in our little hospital will never again be able to follow their former occupations. It is too pitiful, and yet there they are, so gay -- never a grumble. But they love to talk of their homes and families and occupations.


The "London Gazette" announces the following temporary promotions and appointments in connection with the Ulster Division of Lord Kitchener's new Army --


9th Battalion (County Tyrone). -- As major -- Captain J. G. North Bamford. As captains -- Quartermaster and Hon. Lieutenant E. H. Bell. Reserve of officers and to be adjutant -- W. F. H. Pelly. As lieutenant -- F. J. Scott Murray. As second-lieutenants -- T. G. Johnson, J. S. M. Gage, and H. W. D. M'Clenaghan.

10th Battalion (Derry). -- As second-lieutenant-- R. Shaw.

11th Battalion (Donegal and Fermanagh). -- As majors -- Captain R. L. Moore, reserve of officers, and Captain C. F. Falls. As captains -- Lieutenant W. Moore and to be adjutant; Second-Lieutenant L. W. M'Intyre, Second-Lieutenant H. H. C. Butler, Second-Lieutenant F. G. Boyton. As lieutenants -- Second-Lieutenant W. H. Wagentrieber, Second-Lieutenant H. C. Gordon, Second-Lieutenant J. Ballantine, and Second-Lieutenant G. F. Gilliland. As second-lieutenants -- H. Gallaugher, R. G. Orr, J. W. Grant, and R. Grant.


8th Battalion (East Belfast). -- As lieutenants -- Second-Lieutenants J. M. M'Alery and J. Brown.

9th Battalion (West Belfast). -- As captains -- Lieutenant and Adjutant A. Membry. As second-lieutenants -- P. A. D. Jackson and H. M. M'Kee.

10th Battalion (South Belfast). -- As captains -- Lieutenant W. R. Goodwin, and to be adjutant. As second-lieutenants -- A. N. M'Clinton and S. Hunter.

11th Battalion (South Antrim). -- As major -- Captain G. F. Cavendish Clarke. As captains -- Lieutenant O. B. Webb. As second-lieutenants -- W. Ellis, F. B. Thornley, and W. C. Boomer.

12th Battalion (Central Antrim), -- As captain -- Lieutenant J. E. Jenks. As lieutenants -- Second-Lieutenant G. Thompson and J. Griffiths.

13th Battalion (County Down). -- As major second in command -- Major R. D. P. Maxwell. As captains -- Lieutenant and Adjutant R. Fridlington, Lieutenant C. H. Murland, and Lieutenant A. H. Hamilton. As lieutenants -- Second-Lieutenant H. Workman, Second-Lieutenant A. C. Herdman, and Second-Lieutenant E. Johnston.

14th Battalion (Y.C.V.). -- The following second-lieutenants to be lieutenants -- C. M'Master, V. H. Robb, J. M'Minn, H. Hanna, A. Mulholland, P. B. Lewis, E. H. Clokey, W. J. W. Carson, J. L. Walker, and R. Renwick. As second-lieutenants -- R. C. Workman and W. A. P. Wilson.

15th Battalion (North Belfast). -- As second-lieutenants -- W. G. Hogg, F. W. Andrews, and E. W. G. Hind.

16th Battalion (2nd County Down). -- As second-lieutenants -- A. M'Lardy, H. R. Dolling, L. N. Ross, F. S. Pardoe, J. A. Johnston, and J. Maxwell. As quarter-master -- A. Forsyth, and to be hon. lieutenant.


9th Battalion (County Armagh). -- As captains -- Lieutenant and Adjutant W. H. Seton (Indian Army), Second-Lieutenant C. Johnston, and Second-Lieutenant J. G. Brew. The following second-lieutenant as lieutenants -- W. J. Menaul, L. M. Anderson, J. G. E. Fitzgerald, R. S. B. Townsend, C. H. Ensor, J. E. Gibson, R. S. Flood, and T. G. Shillington.


As captain -- J. H. Otway. As second-lieutenant -- A. V. Heywood.


36th Division Train -- As captain -- C. R. Purdon Coote. As lieutenant -- T. Wasson. As second-lieutenants -- R. Watts, J. Ross, O. G. Culverwell, and W. Gilmour.


The recruiting return for Belfast last week as under --
The Ulster Division ... ... 241
City Hall, general ... ... 55
Victoria Barracks, general ... 24
Black Watch ... ... ... 6
Total ... ... ... ... 326

The six men enrolled in the 6th (Home Service) Battalion of the Black Watch were passed during the week by Dr. G. G. Lyttle, Lisburn Road. On Saturday fifteen men were attested at the City Hall, and fourteen were approved for the Ulster Division at the Unionist Headquarters, Old Town Hall.


Depot Battalion to be Formed

It is understood that a large depot battalion is to be formed in connection with the Royal Irish Rifles as soon as the new service battalions are ready for service outside Ireland. The depot battalion will be located at Newcastle, County Down, and its commandant will be a lieutenant-colonel. The establishment will be over 1,000 rank and file, and its duties will include the feeding of the service battalions on foreign service. The Rifles last had a depot battalion during the South African War, when the depot formed part of a provisional battalion, as it also did some years previously when both battalions were on foreign service at the same time.




The heavy weather on Friday has had disastrous results for the Wilson liner Hydra, as she foundered in the Channel about thirty miles off Castlerock, and fourteen members of her crew of twenty are missing. The first news of the disaster was a small ship's boat, which drifted in at Castlerock on Friday afternoon. Two of the members of the crew -- Charles Enden, fireman, of Dunkirk, France, and Hans Johanssin, seaman, a native of Friedrichstadt -- were in the boat, and as soon as they word discovered were medically treated and put to bed in the residence of Miss Perry, where they are now making a good recovery from their trying experiences. When the small craft reached the shore she was capsized by the heavy sea, and the unfortunate men thrown back into the water, but they were speedily rescued by the members of the R.I.C. who were on the scene. The Hydra was a steamer with a registered tonnage of roughly 2,000 tons, and was bound from Liverpool to Trondhjem, Norway, with a general cargo. After leaving Liverpool heavy seas were encountered, and difficulty was experienced with shifting cargo.

In the course of an interview the Norwegian told a thrilling story. He said that the Hydra, which was in charge of Capt. Sharpe, had twenty of a crew. A tremendously rough sea was experienced on Thursday night and the hatches were washed away, the ship rapidly filling with water. Lifebelts were served to the crew shortly before nine o'clock, and the order "man lifeboats" was given. One of the ship's lifeboats was carried away, and Johanssin and Enden went after it in a small punt. They had no rowlocks and consequently were handicapped in their efforts with the oars, and by the time they reached the lifeboat the punt had filled with water and they were a considerable distance away from the sinking ship. They hoisted a sail on the lifeboat and made towards the spot where they had last seen the Hydra. Nothing, however, could, be found but some of the ship's cargo floating in the sea. When they last saw the Hydra, all but the bow was submerged, and the remaining members of the crew were in a lifeboat a short distance off. When they got back to the spot they saw nothing of the other lifeboat containing the remaining members of the crew and concluded that they had made for shore. He and his companion then turned their boat towards shore, but ere they reached it they had a very trying time. They state that they passed a warship and signalled her, and the warship signalled in reply, but no aid was forthcoming. Johanssin expressed the view that the warship signalled the coastguard station probably at Innishowen or Moville.

The boat in which Johanssin and Enden were had been dashed about greatly by the sea, and was full of water by the the time it reached shore. Enden's brother was a member of the crew. The Hydra was lying at Whitby during the recent German bombardment.

Four other members of the crew were landed at Kingstown on Saturday afternoon by the steamship Mynegen.



Mr. Edward Gardiner, Derryadd, Newtownbutler, has been appointed to the Commissioner of the Peace for County Fermanagh.

Rev. Edward Whittaker, of Lurgan Methodist Church, has accepted a cordial invitation to succeed Rev. R. H. Gallagher, B.A., at Portadown, in June 1917.

On Saturday evening last a driving accident occurred near Maghera, as a result of which Mr. Robert Crawford, merchant and auctioneer, met with serious injuries.

A concert in aid of the Ulster Women's Unionist Councils Ambulances and Field Kitchen was held in the Assembly Rooms, Moneymore, on the night of the 20th inst.

Mr. J. N. Richardson, D.L., Bessbrook, one of the proprietors of the Bessbrook and Craigmore Spinning Mills, gave the workers in the latter factory their annual treat on Friday night.

A burning accident occurred in Raphoe on the 20th inst., as the result of which Mrs. Catherine Stevenson, aged fifty years, met her death. It appears that she was alone in her house in the afternoon and was lighting a fire when her clothes became ignited.

At a meeting of Newry Teachers' Association on Saturday the office-bearers for the ensuing year were elected as follows:-- President, Mr. J. O'Neill, Killeen N.S.; vice-president, Mr. J. J. Gallen, Ballinliss N.S.; secretary and treasurer; Mr. D. Fearon, Camlough N.S.

News has come to hand from France that Lance-Corporal William Houston, 1st Batt. Highland Light Infantry, is missing, but it is hoped that at the worst he may be only a prisoner of war. A member of Ballykine L.O.L., for some time he was employed by Messrs. Weir & Co., Dromore Street, Ballynahinch.

The funeral took place on Friday of Sergeant William Taylor, late recruiting officer at Cookstown. The funeral procession was preceded by a firing party of the Cookstown U.V.F. Company, in charge of Instructor Hugh Montgomery, and the hearse was followed by a large contingent of the Volunteers, wearing armlets and sidearms in honour of the deceased.

On Friday evening a very enjoyable entertainment (promoted by Mr. E. J. Milligen) in aid of the Belgian Relief Fund was held in the village schoolhouse, Lambeg -- the Rev. Canon Banks presiding. The programme was supplied by Miss Hunter, Miss Leary, Messrs. A. Hunter Morris St. Clair, Alf M'Kerr, G. Hawthorne, H. Nugent, Haward, and J. Markham.

In connection with the Y.M.C.A. work carried on in Palace Barracks, Holywood, a very intersting concert was given on the 21st inst. by Miss Wright, of Ravenhill Park, and friends, and was greatly enjoyed by a large gathering of soldiers. The programme included pianoforte solos by Miss Wright, violin solos by Miss M. Carinduff, songs by Miss Wright and Mr. R. S. Craig, and recitations by Mr. S. Blair.

At a meeting of Newry Urban Council on 25th inst. the Clerk said that some weeks ago he was asked to ascertain for the Council the number of men who had gone from the Newry district, whether as recruits or reservists, to his Majesty's forces. From the names which the police, unofficially, of course, had kindly supplied to him it appeared that the recruits numbered 265 and the reservists 356; a total of 630.

Two fires occurred on Monday morning at an early hour in the parish of Inch, midway between Crossgar and Downpatrick. The cottier house situated on the roadside at Ballyrenan, tenanted by John M'Shane labourer, and his family, was found to be on fire at an early hour, and the back portion of the thatched roof was gutted. About three fields distant, in the farmstead of Mr. John Laverty at Dunanelly, a large quantity of hay, and straw was burned.




Twenty-one motor ambulances are being supplied to the War Office by the Ulster Committee for the Ulster Division, and yesterday the first two of the cars having been completed, they left Belfast for a tour through a number of the principal Ulster towns. No. 1 ambulance was presented by Portadown, the collection of the funds having been made by Mr. John Collen, D.L,. and No. 2 was the gift of the people of Newry and district, the money in this instance being raised by Mr. T. P. Willis.

The ambulances, which were built by Messrs. J. B. Ferguson, Ltd., and Mr. J. Hanna, Chichester Street, are very complete vehicles. They have each accommodation for four wounded lying on stretchers, or for eight partially disabled men, who would be able to sit, and they have been finished in a most comfortable, complete, and up-to-date fashion with all the latest arrangements. When the cars started a few minutes after eleven o'clock from the Old Town Hall there was a large crowd gave them a send-off. Dr. Wm. Gibson, J.P., hon. secretary to the Motor Ambulance Fund, accompanied the cars on their run, and when the first stop was made at the Ulster Division Headquarters, Wellington Place, they were inspected by Colonel Gregg and Lieutenant-Colonel Jas. Craig, M.P., and a number of other officers of the Ulster Division, each of whom expressed their warm admiration at the way the ambulances had been built.

The cars then proceeded by Lisburn, Portadown, Armagh, and Banbridge to Newry, to be placed at the disposal of the Royal Army Medical Corps (Ulster Division) for their training, and in each of the towns mentioned the ambulances remained for a little time for inspection, and also for the purpose of doing recruiting on behalf of the R.A.M.C., a recruiting sergeant accompanying one of the cars.


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