The Witness - Friday, 4 June, 1915


ELLIOTT -- May 19, at Duneane Manse, the wife of the Rev. R. Cummings Elliott -- a daughter.


MAYES--FOX -- May 29, at St. Thomas's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Chancellor Moore, M.A., Holywood, assisted by the Rev. John Taylor, M.A., Thomas Hudson Mayes, Second-Lieutenant 14th Royal Irish Rifles (Y.C.V.), son of William Mayes, Drumcairn, Deramore Park, Belfast, to Mary (Mollie), daughter of W. Taylor Fox, Wilmont Terrace, Belfast.


BISHOP -- May 27, at Fortairn, Donegall Park, Belfast, Mrs. Bishop, Coleraine.

BROWN -- May 27, at 73, Court Street, Newtownards, Jane Brown.

CROOKSHANK -- May 28, at 13, Thorndale Avenue, Rev. Charles H. Crookshank, M.A., Methodist Minister, in his 80th year.

DUNWOODY -- June 1, at Fitzwilliam Nursing Home, Dublin, William J. Dunwoody, M.P.S.I, Ballybay.

EDMONDSON -- June 1, at 47, Victoria Road, Bangor, Lizzie, wife of Robert Edmondson.

ESLER -- May 31, at The Gobbins, Islandmagee, Andrew Esler, husband of Isabella Esler.

EWART -- May 31, at Sterling Villas, Bloomfield, Belfast, Andrew T. Ewart.

FRAME -- May 24, at Rossett Avenue, Liverpool, Margaret Frame, daughter of the late Dr. Frame, of Comber.

HARPUR -- May 27, at Charlemont Street, Moy, Charles Mervyn, seventh son of the late T. H. Harpur, Gorestown House, Moy.

HAYDOCK -- June 2, at Gloucester Villa, Antrim Road, Belfast, Jane, wife of Thomas Haydock.

HENRY -- May 29, at Ardbana Crescent, Coleraine, Mary, widow of the late William Henry.

HEWITT -- May 27, Hannah Nairne, widow of the late B. T. Hewitt, Solicitor, 24, Wellington Park, Belfast.

IRELAND -- May 28, at 3, Ivan Street, Lisburn, Emma Collison Ireland.

IRVINE -- June 2, at Red Hall, Bangor, Mary, widow of the late Thomas Irvine, formerly of Kirkcubbin.

KIRKPATRICK -- May 31, 1915, at her brother's residence, Cloughfern, Whiteabbey, Isabella Kirkpatrick, formerly of Sea View Terrace, Jordanstown.

KYLE -- June 1, at 14, Camden Street, Eleanor Kyle, last surviving daughter of the late John Kyle, Carrowreagh, County Down.

LAUGHLIN -- May 29, at Florenceville, Ballynafeigh, Belfast, Victor Godfrey Herdman, aged 5 years, son of Robert Laughlin.

LINDSAY -- May 28, at Ballykelly, Banbridge, Robert Lindsay, aged 70 years.

LIVINGSTON -- May 29, at Cavehill House, Henderson Avenue, Cavehill Road, James Edward, a husband of Sarah Livingston.

MAGOWAN -- May 30, at 6, Abbey Street, William Hanna, son of Robert Magowan.

MAWHINNEY -- June 1, at Dunsilly, Mary Mawhinney, aged 88 years, relict of the late James Mawhinney.

MAWHINNEY -- June 1, at Tullymoyle, Dunsilly, Antrim, Susan Neill, youngest daughter of Neill Mawhinney.

MITCHELL -- May 25, at Capra, Carrickmacross, Mary Johnston, daughter of the late Henry Mitchell.

MORRISON -- May 28, at Knockana, Finvoy, James Morrison.

MORROW -- May 31, at Dundermott House, Glarryford, Robert Morrow.

MORROW -- June 2, at Keady, Co. Armagh, Mary Ellen, wife of the late James Morrow.

M'ALPIN -- May 31, at Mount Alexander, Comber, Mary, widow of the late David M'Alpine.

M'CLELLAND -- 27, at Whitechurch, Ballywalter, Ann, relict of the late David M'Clelland, Killyvolgan.

M'CONNELL -- May 27, at Portavo, Isabella, daughter of James M'Connell, aged 23.

M'KNIGHY -- June 2, at Huntly Cottage, Dunmurry, Mary, widow of the late Charles M'Knight, Belfast.

M'MORDIE -- May 27, at 83, Wellesley Avenue, Belfast, John Andrew M'Mordie.

NESBITT -- May 31, at Lake View, Emyvale, Co. Monaghan, Thomas Nesbitt.

ROBINSON -- May 31, at Ballymacashen, Killinchy, Eliza Ingram (Lizzie), eldest daughter of John Robinson.

SERVICE -- May 28, at Bentra, Ballycarry, Nancy, widow of the late Alexander Service.

SHAW -- May 31, at Albert Terrace, Carrickfergus, Martha, wife of Captain Robert Shaw.

SMITH -- May 29, at 25, Prospect Road, Bangor, Edward M. Smith (late of York Street Flax Spinning Co.), in his 77th year.

THOMPSON -- May 28, at 7, Princess Terrace, Cregagh Road, Mary, relict of the late James Thompson, Banbridge.

THOMPSON -- At 15, Ireton Street, Emma, wife of George Thompson, of Wooler.

WRIGHT -- May 27, at Magheramorne, Elizabeth Wright (nee M'Ilveen), wife of Samuel Wright.

WYLIE -- June 2, at Beaufort, Whitehead, Margaret Davis, wife of John Wylie.




Through the great kindness of a friend I am able to lay before your readers a few personal facts of enthralling interest which will do more to bring home to the heart of Ulster the realities of the war than any amount of mere official or descriptive writing.

The terrible battle began early, at 4 o'clock a.m. on Sunday morning, the 9th of May, the Germans attacking. As we shall see, our own troops were expecting the onset of the enemy, and were eagerly awaiting it. The scene of the battle was in the direction of Lille, on the east of Neuve Chapelle, on a spot now made historic called Aubers Ridge. The battle of Aubers Ridge and Formelles raged all the day, and has received at the hands of correspondents due appreciation for the valour of our troops and for the brilliancy of their exploits. The future historian will assign to it a conspicuous place in the annals of the war. My object, however, is not to anticipate the historian, but rather to follow into the sanguinary field a few of our own young Ulster heroes who fell in the battle. They were our representatives on that fateful field; they have given their lives for us that we might enjoy safety at home; their names should be for ever engraven in our memory and enshrined in our hearts, for greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

The 1st Irish Rifles were in the forefront of the attack, and the Brigade General was Lowry Cole, of Enniskillen, of the family of Lord Erne, a name held in the highest honour in Ulster. The Brigadier-General fought with the valour and skill of his race, but he fell and left his body on the field. Needless to say, the death of the General did not take place without the death of many soldiers of the rank and file, and the toll of the Irish Rifles in the battle was heavy and distressing. The names of these private soldiers will yet be collected; but in the meantime, as most of them came from Ulster, their deaths are mourned in their own households far and wide over the province.

There are at least six junior officers, all belonging to Ulster, who met a soldier's death on that fatal day, and whose names must be held in everlasting remembrance.

First. Lieutenant R. L. Neill, son of Mr. Sharman D. Neill, of Belfast. Lieutenant Neill was born in 1894, and educated in Campbell College and in Switzerland. He was a member of the 1st Battalion North Down Regiment (Ulster Volunteer Force), and on the outbreak of war received a commission in the 5th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, at Victoria Barracks, being promoted lieutenant on January 10. He left for the front on 22nd March with a draft of the Berkshire Regiment, and on arrival joined the 1st Battalion of the Rifles, which had been cut up at Neuve Chapelle a few days before. On 7th May -- two days before he was killed -- he wrote his parents that his company (D) had been selected for a pending attack on the German position, and that Lieutenant Martin, of Belfast (who is also reported killed) was to lead the charge. Lieutenant Neill was a prominent member of the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, and was a fine young officer. He died for his country on the 9th, and his native province will engrave his name amongst her heroes.

Second. Lieutenant M'Laughlin, son of Mr. W. H. M'Laughlin, D.L., Belfast. Lieutenant M'Laughlin received his commission on, 15th August, and had a brother George, a trooper in the Belfast Yeomanry, who was killed in the Boer war, and another brother, Captain W. M'Laughlin, who is an officer in the 3rd Battalion of the Irish Rifles, and a third brother, Mr. Henry M'Laughlin, of Blackrock, who is taking a prominent part in connection with the recruiting campaign in Ireland. Lieutenant M'Laughlin fell on the field on May 9th at Aubers Ridge, but he will be held in everlasting remembrance not only in his family, but throughout his native province.

Third. Lieutenant A. W. Bourke, son of Mr. C. E. Bourke, of Belfast, a highly-respected office-bearer of the Newtownards Road Methodist Church. When the war broke out the young lieutenant was a medical student at the Queen's University, Belfast, and he obtained a commission, in the 3rd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers on 15th August last. He went to the front about three months ago, attached to the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. He, too, fell on that fatal Sunday at Aubers Ridge, and his death has brought sorrow to a wide circle of friends, but gives him a permanent place in the heart and memory of his native province.

Fourth. Lieutenant Miller, son of Dr. Miller, of Derry. Lieutenant Miller was twenty years of age, and was an officer full of promise, but he was wounded on the field, and he lingered for a fortnight and died in hospital. His name is added to the bede-roll of Ulster heroes who have laid down their lives for us.

Fifth. Captain Gilliland, also of Derry, was killed on that 9th of May. I am sorry that I have not been able to lay my hand on the particulars of Captain Gilliland's career; but his heroic death secures for him a conspicuous place in the love and gratitude and admiration of his native province.

Sixth. Lieutenant J. S. Martin, son of Mr. R. T. Martin, of Belfast, known to all his friends by the endearing name of Jack Martin, a name which I can not write down in this list without mingled feelings of deep sorrow and pride. I had known him intimately since his childhood; I saw him to say adieu a couple of days before he started for the front in March. I never saw a nobler or finer specimen of young manhood, tall, handsome, educated, with a soldier's strength and courage, and a woman's gentleness and grace. He might have been one of the famous knights of King Arthur's table-round, a young Sir Galahad who would have carved his way to fame by noble deeds, but whose sword could never be other than untarnished. If I have a growing hatred in my heart against the Germans for the evil they have wrought in this war, the keenest pang of the resentment I feel is that they killed Lieutenant Jack Martin on the 9th of May on Aubers Ridge.

A few further words about him will complete my present picture of this single battle and the part which Ulster played in it. I hope your readers will ponder over the record, for I think it reads us all a very serious and obvious lesson. Lieutenant Martin joined the 5th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles last August, receiving his commission on 15th of that month, and on 10th January he was promoted lieutenant. He left Victoria Barracks in the middle of March for the front, where he was attached to the 1st Battalion of the regiment. The gallant lieutenant has now fallen in action, one of the many brave young Ulstermen who have laid down their lives for the Empire. Had he been spared the late Lieutenant Martin would have been nineteen on May 19th. He was educated at the Bilton Grange Preparatory School and at Uppingham School, where he gained on entrance, in 1910, a foundation scholarship on the classical side. He was captain of the games, excelling in Rugby football, cricket, and swimming, was senior non-commissioned officer in the school O.T.C., and was in the Upper Form. It was his intention to go to Oxford University in the coming autumn, but when war broke out he left school and received his commission, as stated. Since the death of Captain Lanyon, with whom he went to France, he had charge of a company which he commanded, and we understand that he fell leading his men against the first line of German trenches. Of his company not a single officer was left. The deceased, who was a member of the Windsor and Stranmillis Battalion of the U.V.F., was a lad of magnificent physique and splendid promise.

I am sure there is not a mother or a father in all Ulster who will not read the following letter from Lieutenant Martin to his home with breathless interest:--

"1st R. I. Rifles, 8th Division,

"May 7th, 1915.

"My Dearest All, -- I am writing this in anticipation of what I hinted at in yesterday's letter. The show is coming off at last. I wish I could tell you about it, but I hope soon you will be reading of a tremendous victory. All I can tell you is that it is going to be absolutely colossal, that our battalion is to be in the front, my company in the front of it. It will be an absolutely desperate affair, and I do not know how many of us will get through. I have known about it for a long time; in fact, the wire work I referred to a fortnight ago was a direct preparation for it; so I have taken a small part in it already. Last night I was up with a working party of 200 doing finishing touches, and it was about the most frightful night I have had here. First, I was shelled along the road getting there, a shell bursting ten yards away. I dropped flat, and was covered with mud. Then all night long we had fire all round us when working. We were often in water up to our knees, or falling back into feet of mud, trying to work like devils all the time. We had to race against time and get a parapet built before light, which we just managed to do. I got back at 4 a.m., and have just now had my breakfast, feeling like nothing human.

"It is altogether a desperate business, but every one is very calm, about it. Inwardly we are all dreading it; outwardly we joke about it. In many ways I feel indifferent about what happens to me; at other times I do not. It is often a frightful thought. However, I have a sort of feeling I shall get through somehow, and it will be a great thing to have taken part in it. If I do not get through it will be equally great. The only thing I am really afraid of is that I shall get the company messed up. Commanding a company in a thing like this is a bit thick, but there is no one else to do it. I only pray I shall do it all right. If we succeed in breaking through it will be worth everything.

"I know this letter will be bound to make you worry, but I thought it better to write now that I know it is coming. I put it off as long as possible. I also know it would be no good minimising the dangers, as you know them as well as I do from the last one. We can only pray that I shall get through it all right and get home again. If I do not, it cannot be helped. It will be a great thing to have taken part in it, and I shall try not to disgrace the family. I shall take some F. S. cards, and shall write you at every opportunity.

"I must stop now, so good-bye, I pray not for long. Give my love to all at home. I am going into this show perfectly confident, and I hope it will be a great victory. -- Yours very lovingly. JACK."

This letter is as manly as it is tender and affectionate; and if it were not that the writer is now beyond these earthly voices, where there is peace, and that his memory will be enshrined in the heart of Ulster as long as Ulster is capable of pride in her own noble sons, we would not seek to publish it at all. Another letter from the same hand, addressed to his minister, Rev. William Corkey, M.A., Townsend Street Church, Belfast, will be welcome reading also:--

"1st R. I. Rifles, 8th Division,

"May 4th, 1915.

"Dear Mr. Corkey, -- I have now got an opportunity of writing properly to thank you and the members of the Townsend Street Bible Society for your very kind parcel. As I explained in my card of yesterday, I got it just before moving into the trenches, and so have not had time to distribute them yet. I am sorry there was such a delay in my getting them, and that, therefore, I could not write sooner, but things were a little upset during the last ten days, and we were moving from place to place without any warning.

"As regards the parcel itself, please tell everyone concerned in getting it up that it is very welcome, and that socks are very good things to have sent. The men need them more than underclothes now, as the weather is getting fairly warm. However, we so often get wet feet that socks are very welcome. Cigarettes, chocolate, and notepaper, which came along too, are always greatly wanted too. When I have them distributed I shall mention that they came from Townsend Street, which should interest those who come from Belfast.

"At the present moment I am sitting in a dug-out, with the remains of a thunderstorm going on outside. I have the cheerful prospect of being soaked to the skin before morning. Many of the men are already in that condition. We were all pretty wet this morning after last night, but we dried in the sun during the day. We are now going through the same process again, I suppose.

"Nothing very dreadful has happened since I came out bere, though we have had some pretty rough times. I expect a change will take place before long. We were well out of that fighting up north, but I expect our turn will come soon. Everything that happens here, that seems so extraordinary to read about at home, seems perfectly natural here, and it seems a different sort of world. I do hope it will all end soon.

"Many thanks for the little book that you sent, which, I assure you, will be a great comfort. I shall read it often and think of Townsend Street when I do so. Please remember me to Mrs. Corkey and the children, and thank all at Townsend Street who helped to send that parcel. -- Yours very sincerely, JACK S. MARTIN."

As we look down this long list of deaths in this single engagement at the front on May 9th, we think proudly of the young Ulster heroes who have died for us on the battlefield, and we enshrine them lovingly in our heart of hearts as a precious heritage. We thank God for such noble young lives, and we pray Him to comfort those who sorrow most over their death; but the question which springs to our lips is, Who are to go and fill the vacant places? And this question raises a larger, broader, deeper question -- viz., the question of conscription of some sort, which the new Cabinet are obviously up against. It seems to me perfectly clear that this terrible war with Germany cannot be ended until the whole British Empire puts herself unreservedly into the field. The first step, in the process is the complete mobilisation of the United Kingdom on the side of her industries and on the side of recruiting. We are now fighting for our lives, and the Commonwealth has the right to obtain the services of all its citizens. These services must be distributed according to the abilities and capabilities of the people; but every man, woman, and child must be regarded as engaged in a war of self-defence, a war which cannot be conducted vicariously, but must be conducted by every one doing his share and her share according to their ability. Hitherto, the small proportion of our bravest young men have volunteered for service. Now we must bring pressure to bear upon the unwilling, lest a worse thing happen to us. If the Germans succeed in breaking through the lines in France and Flanders; if they succeed in landing their armies on our shores, and proceed to devastate our country as they have devastated Belgium, what then? We shall all then have to arm ourselves for the fight, and the chances of Germany destroying us at home will be infinitely greater than they now are of beating us in the trenches. The young men of Ulster have still a chance before conscription comes of playing the man, of offering themselves willingly for the standard, and it will be a much nobler thing to enter the ranks under the impulse of heroism than be driven into them by the lash of authority. This is a subject which should occupy our thoughts at the present time to the exclusion of all others. The war is just; the war cannot be waged without the help of all; the call to it is the call of God and duty. Are we to play the part of men or the part of cowards? In a little time we must go into the war whether we like it or not. Are a we to go into it in the spirit of free citizens? or be driven into it in the spirit of unwilling a cowards?



During last week 3,615 cattle were shipped from Belfast docks, as composed with 6,219 for the corresponding week last year.

On Saturday a house, the property of Patrick Roan, farmer, Gortlettragh, County Donegal, and occupied by a tenant named Harkin, was practically burned to the ground. It is not known bow the fire originated.

At the annual meeting of the Guardians of Strabane Union, Captain E. C. Herdman, D.L., who is serving with the North Irish Horse at the front, was re-elected chairman of the Board.

The members of the Newry United Counties Club have received a letter from Lord Kitchener thanking them for the telegram which they forwarded to him assuring him always of their confidence.

The "London Gazette" states that the Chief Inspector of Factories has appointed Dr. T. B. Pedlow to be certifying surgeon under the Factory and Workshop Acts for the Lurgan district of County Armagh.

On Sabbath afternoon the funeral took place to the family burying-ground at Ballycarry of Mrs. Service, an old resident of the district of Whitehead, whose demise took place with startling suddenness on the Friday evening previous.

There has just been laid to rest with full military honours in St. Mark's Churchyard, Armagh, Sergeant James Moore, of the 95th Regiment (North Derbyshires), who served in the Crimea and Indian Mutiny, for which he received the war medal and clasp.

Derry people will learn with regret of the death of Mrs. Strickland, Cooney Terrace, which took place after an illness of about two months on Sunday afternoon. She had for twenty years been in the employment of the Guardians as maternity nurse in Waterside, where she was exceedingly popular with all classes.

Whilst cycling home from Ballymena on Saturday evening, Thomas M'Dowell, shop keeper, Kells, received somewhat serious injuries as the result of being accidentally knocked down by a motor car in Queen Street, Harryville, driven by Mr. Wm. George M'Cartney, Cambrai Street, Belfast, son of the owner of the car.

A second stained glass window was broken in Derry Cathedral on Saturday afternoon. The damaged window was erected by Mrs. Henry M'Cay in memory of her husband, a former loading solicitor in Londonderry. A number of stones probably thrown on the occasion were found below the window, and the police are making inquiries.

Although Richhill has contributed 75 per cent. of its eligible young men to the Army, a number of the remainder left their employment on Tuesday, accompanying the soldiers of the Ulster Division who had been on furlough, proceeded to Newtownards and enlisted in the 9th Battalion R.I.F.

A deputation from the Armagh Chamber of Commerce appeared before Tuesday's meeting of Armagh Agricultural Committee and urged them to appoint an instructor to teach the country people the art of making butter. After consideration it was decided to adjourn the matter to next meeting.

A woman named Boylan, the wife of a soldier, who was on her way from Ballyshannon to Londonderry, accidentally fell out of the Great Northern Railway train between Fintona and Omagh, with a child in her arms. She very luckily escaped without injury, but the child was slightly injured.

At Ballycastle on Monday Sergeant Brannigan charged John M'Laughlin, Ballycastle, with cruelty to a horse, the property of Mr. John Butter, J.P., Waterloo Street. The sergeant said that the horse had been left in Mr. M'Keagin's yard on fair day, and it was found with the tail out and bleeding. The magistrates ordered him to be imprisoned for three mouths.

As a motor car, the property of Mr. F. E. Cradock, was proceeding along Circular Road, Larne, in the direction of the station on Tuesday morning, a woman named Reid, of Millbrae, who was walking in the same direction, suddenly ran across in front of it, and was knocked down. She died a few hours afterwards.

Last week a young man unearthed a coin in a field near Saintfield. On the observe is the image of a head, with the name "Georgias III., D.G., Rex.," while on the reverse is the harp and crown with, the word "Hibernia," and the date 1805. The image and lettering are as perfect as when the coin was made, even to the harp strings.

The wounded soldiers who have been under treatment in Cushendall Cottage Hospital (kindly placed at the disposal of the War Office by Miss B. MacDonnell, a member of an old and highly-respected Glens family) have greatly enjoyed their stay in this picturesque seaside village, and speak in the highest terms of the kindness shown them by the residents.

A sale of work and entertainment of a varied sort was held in the Cromie Institute on the 27th ult. on behalf of the Portstewart Branch of Queen Mary's Needlework Guild. The committee in charge of the arrangements was composed of Miss M'Morris (hon. secretary), the Misses Wallace (two), Miss Eileen Aiken, Miss Wylie, and Miss Mary Watt.

A narrow escape from drowning and a plucky rescue by a woman was reported at the Police Barracks, Tandragee, on Friday evening. David Black, Tamnamore, fell into a disused well containing ten feet of water. Hearing his cries, his sister, Mrs. Selina Milligan, ran to his help, and succeeded, after much difficulty, in pulling him to the top.

The officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of the R.A.M.C. stationed in Newry received a pleasant surprise on Friday, when Miss Cunningham, of Glencairn House, Belfast, arrived at the barracks and presented the men with comforts in the form of body belts, mufflers, cigarettes, matches, pipes, tobacco, handkerchiefs, Testaments, socks, chocolates, oranges, and so forth.

As a result of the recent inquiry by Mr. P. C. Cowan the Local Government Board have sanctioned the loan of 7,000 for the purpose of extending the Ballymena waterworks from the Quolie reservoir to the filter beds by laying a pipe line. The issuing of the loan is owing to the special and urgent necessities of the case for sanitary purposes. It is repayable in thirty years.

There was a large congregation in the Templepatrick Church on Friday, when a memorial service was held in memory of Captain the Hon. Eric Upton, eldest son of Lord Templetown, who was killed on the 9th inst, when leading his men into action. The deceased officer was well-known to the people of Templepatrick and the surrounding district, and was greatly respected by them.

The new Post Office in Ballymena, situated in the centre of Wellington Street, is rapidly bordering on completion. Associated with it are the Customs and Excise offices for Ballymena and district, and these have been taken possession of by the officials some weeks ago. It is anticipated that the entire building, which has cost something like 6,000, will be a completed and taken river by the Postal Authorities early in July.

Addressing the Grand Jury at Castleblayney Quarter Sessions on Tuesday, his Honour Judge Johnston congratulated them on the fact that there was only one indictment to go before them, and said it was very satisfactory from the point of view of the administration of the criminal law. His Honour suggested, to the Grand Jury that a central committee for recruiting should be formed in the county to aid the authorities.

On Saturday the remains of the late Corpora1 Robert Forde, of the 11th Battalion Inniskilling Fusiliers, stationed at Randalstown, were buried with full military honours in Antrim Cemetery. The deceased, who was a native of Pomeroy, County Tyrone was a young man of sterling character, and was a general favourite in the camp. He became ill with scarlet fever a short time ago, and was removed to Antrim Hospital, where he died.



A wide circle of friends will learn with regret of the death of Mr. John Andrew M'Mordie, 83, Wellesley Avenue, Belfast, a cousin of the late Lord Mayor (Mr. R. J. M'Mordie), which occurred on 27th ult. at his residence after an illness of five or six weeks, following an attack of influenza. He was in his seventy-first year. Mr. M'Mordie, who had been engaged in the linen trade, was a son of the late Mr. David M'Mordie, of Beech Hill, Crossgar, and was a brother of Rev. Dr. M'Mordie, the well-known senior minister of Mourne Presbyterian Church, Kilkeel, and an ex-Moderator of the General Assembly. He was a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church, and his connection with the congregation of Fisherwick (of which he had been upwards of thirty years an elder) extended to upwards of half a century. He took an energetic share in all the activities of the church, teaching in the Sabbath-school until his health broke down some time ago, and acting as superintendent of one of the mission schools. By all his fellow-members of the congregation he was greatly esteemed for his uprightness, kindness of heart, and unaffected piety. Deceased was married to a daughter of the Rev. G. H. Shanks, Boardmills, and is survived by that lady and three daughters, his only son, Dr. David M'Mordie, a promising young medical practitioner, having died in Omagh about ten years ago. The eldest daughter, who had taken a prominent part in Zenana missionary work in China for several years, and is frequent contributor to "Women's Work," is home at present; the second daughter is the wife of Rev. John Keers, of China; and the youngest daughter, Miss Clare M'Mordie, B.A., is a teacher in Victoria College, Belfast. Deep sympathy will be extended to Mrs. M'Mordie and family in their bereavement. The funeral was private.



Sincere regret was occasioned amongst the residents in the districts of Clough, and Glarryford by the death, which occurred on Monday, of Mr. Robt. Morrow, Dundermott House, Glarryford. He was in his seventy-eighth year. Mr. Morrow, who was highly esteemed for his many good qualities, was a zealous member of the Clough Presbyterian Church, of which the Rev. Richard Hall, B.D., is at present the pastor, and became a member of session some forty years ago. From an early age he taught in the Sabbath-school, eventually becoming superintendent, a position he held until his death. Deceased who was a large and extensive farmer, and took a prominent part in the establishment of the Glarryford Co-operative Dairy Society, was a Unionist in politics, but being of a quiet and unobtrusive disposition, he took no part in the public activities of the party. With his brother, Rev. J. L. Morrow. Clontarf, his sister, and other relatives there is widespread sympathy in their bereavement.


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The Witness - Tuesday, 8 June, 1915


WILSON--PRENTER -- June 2, 1915, at the Presbyterian Church, Greystones, by the father of the bride, assisted by the Rev. J. R. Prenter, M.A., Dundee (brother of the bride), and the Rev. Robert Parke, B.A., Greystones, Guy Burgo, Balloo House, Groomsport, County Down, youngest son of W. Moffatt Wilson, 7, Sorrento Terrace, Dalkey, and grandson of the late Rev. H. B. Wilson, D.D., Cookstown, County Tyrone, to Edith M'Crea, youngest daughter of the Rev. Samuel Prenter, D.D., LL.D., Innisfree, Greystones.


BAIRD -- June 3, at Glenvale, Cregagh, Margaret Baird, widow of the late Samuel Baird, Belfast.

BELL -- June 5, at Private Nursing Home, Edith, wife of James Bell, 100, Great Victoria Street, Belfast.

BLAIR -- June 5, at a Private Nursing Home, Belfast, Robert James Blair, of Hillmount, Strabane.

COADE -- June 3, at Chelsea, Promenade, Whitehead, George Coade.

DICKEY -- June 4, at 48, Edlingham Street, Jeanie, youngest daughter of the late Nathaniel Dickey, Ballybeg, Ahoghill.

HAWKINS -- June 5, at Ballycarry, John Hawkins, aged 76 years.

JEFFERSON -- June 5, at Blackpool, Redmond Jefferson, of Lisburn.

MILLIKEN -- June 3, at Bogend, Islandmagee, Alexander Milliken, husband of Catherine Milliken.

M'CARTER -- June 6, at 42, Leitrim Street, Mary, widow of the late M. M'Carter, Academy Street.

M'ILVEEN -- June 4, at St. Patrick's Hospital, Dublin, Walter Orr M'Ilveen (late Chief Clerk Belfast Corporation Electricity Department), youngest son of the late Arthur M'Ilveen, Linenhall Street.

M'KEOWN -- June 4, at Fountain Street, Antrim, Annie, wife of Robert James M'Keown.

OVEREND -- June 4, at Castle Street, Bellaghy, Elizabeth, widow of the late Silas Overend.

SCOTT -- June 6, at Castle Street, Lisburn, John, fourth son of the late Hamilton Scott.

STEPHENS -- June 6, at Glenside, Sans Souci Park, Belfast, the infant son of John Stephens.

WATSON -- June 4, at 53, Belmont Road, Strandtown, Kathrine, youngest daughter of the late Thomas C. Watson.

WHITE -- June 3, 1915, at Cromlech House, Kilkeel, County Down, the Rev. Robert White, B.A., in his 81st year.



Heroic Priest's End.

Cairo, May 28. -- The losses sustained by the Dublins and King's Own Scottish Borderers have been much felt here, where both regiments did garrison duty some five or six years ago, but perhaps no death has been more keenly felt than that of Father Finn, the Catholic chaplain, who was so well liked in English circles here. He was one of the first to give his life in the landing of Sed-el-Bahr. In answer to appeals made to him not to leave the ship he replied, "A priests place is beside the dying soldier," whereupon he stepped on to the gangway, immediately receiving a bullet through the chest.

Undeterred he made his way across the lighters, receiving another bullet ii the thigh, and still another in the leg. By the time he reached the beach he was literally riddled with bullets, but heroically went about his duties, giving consolation to the dying. It was while thus engaged that his head was shattered by shrapnel.

While Captain Bowen, of the Essex Regiment, was lying wounded and unable to move he saw Private Humbeston run out into the open on no less than three occasions and bring in wounded men to safety under hot fire.

Subsequently the New Zealanders came along, and while moving across the trenches of the Essex Regiment one of their officers was shot down. Captain Bowen understands, although he did not witness the incident, that Humberstone again ran out under fire and carried the officer into the dug-out, where he dressed his wound and made him comfortable.


The Goeben comes down the Straits every morning, and sometimes in the afternoons, and fires 11-inch shells in the direction of Gapa Tepe, but they generally fall harmlessly into the sea. A young midshipman named Garner, in charge of a pinnace from the Triumph, had an exciting time dodging six shells from the Goeben the other day off Gaba Tepe. He had the whole beach for an audience, who gave him a warm cheer. As he shot back under cover he exclaimed with a broad smile on his face -- "That was pretty hot while it lasted."

The Australians are to be seen, bathing daily, heedless of the shrapnel falling around them. The beach is continually enfiladed by them.



Promise of a Kingdom in Palestine.

"Here is an extraordinary tale which comes from Holland (says the Paris "Matin"). If its authenticity were not guaranteed by such serious witnesses, we should hesitate to believe it, but is there anything of which the Germans are not capable?

"At the moment they are actually distributing in Holland a grandiloquent appeal to the Jews of all countries. After having recalled the misfortunes of the Jews crushed under the yoke of the Czars -- having evoked the Beilis affair, invited the American Jews to furnish no more ammunition to the Allies, and even dug up the Dreyfus case -- the Central Empires undertake at the termination of the War of Liberation (Befrinung's Krieg) -- as the German text calls it -- to re-establish, by agreement with the Sultan, the Jewish Kingdom of Palestine with guarantees of neutrality. Doubtless similar to those given to Belgium.

"This extraordinary scheme is signed by twenty-five German and Austrian Rabbis, as well as by a considerable body of the great personalities of the Empire, including the illustrious Herr Ballin, the well-known personal friend of the Kaiser.

"It is evident that the Germans, who have already captured the centre of Mohammedanism, are now setting themselves to exploit Zionism."



Extract from a Negro Soldier's letter

The following extract of a letter from a Christian negro soldier in the Togoland Field Force is of interest as showing the African view of the war --

"The result of the war will be really for the benefit of the people here. Only the few German prisoners who have been left here to carry on trade have got certain class of their clerks (who have been already influenced) to persuade their brothers, the uneducated, not to accept British rule. I don't think that this will be fruitful, as the majority of the people of Togoland were for the British before the outbreak of hostilities, and are still very glad that the Germans have been driven out of their land. They will be more glad to hear very soon that the Germans have been finally defeated, and that Togoland is absolutely under British rule."



Mob law has been rife in Urumia, where, according to Mr. W. Allinson, of the Church Missionary Society, the populace got out of hand and hanged over sixty Christians who had taken refuge in the Urumia Mission (American Presbyterian) compound. Mr. Allinson also forwards letters of an earlier date, received from an American missionary at Tabriz, stating that all the Nestorian Christian villages in the neighbourhood had been plundered and burnt by the invading Kurds, 1,000 Christians had been killed, and 2,000 had died from disease.



The "London Gazette" announces the promotion of Lieutenant R. W. Vint, M.B., of the Royal Army Medical Corps, to the rank of captain. Captain Vint, who is a son of Mr. John Vint, J.P., Fern-Royd, Ashley Gardens, Belfast, and a brother-in-law of the Rev. E. J. M'Kee, LL.D., First Ray Presbyterian Church, Manorcunningham, was a distinguished student of the Queen's University, Belfast. For the past year he has been stationed at Agra, India, and he now takes up duty at the military hospital headquarters, Meerut. His numerous friends in Belfast will cordially congratulate Captain Vint on his well-deserved promotion.



The list of birthday honours included the name of William Maxwell Director-General of Posts and Telegraphs, India, who was made a knight commander of the Indian Empire.

The son of the late Mr. William Maxwell, of Ballygraffin, County Down. Sir William was borne there in 1870. He was educated at the Methodist College, Belfast, afterwards studying at Queen's College, Belfast, and Trinity College, Dublin. He entered the Indian Civil Service 1889, when only nineteen years of age, and served for ten years in Bengal in the Post Office department. In 1900 he was appointed Postmaster General of Bombay, and subsequently of the Punjab. In 1908 be became deputy director-general of the Indian Post Office, and eventually was advanced, while still quite a young man, to the highest position, in the service as Director-General of Posts and Telegraphs of the Indian Empire. His brilliant career and rapid promotion have been earned by singular ability, which was recognised and appreciated by every department with which he came into contact. He received the C.I.E. in 1909 and the M.V.O. in 1911. He has directed the affairs of the Indian Post Office since 1908. In 1910 he acted as secretary to the Government of India Commerce and Industry Department, and is a member of the Viceroy's Legislative Council. Sir William Maxwell, who lives at Simla, is married to a Miss Harper, sister of Mr. James Harper, clerk to the Belfast District Asylum Committee.



We regret to announce the death of Rev. Robert White,, B.A., senior minister of Kilkeel Presbyterian Church, which occurred on the 3rd inst, at his residence, Cromlech House, Kilkeel. Mr. White, who was in his eighty-first year, was a native of Loughbrickland, and on the completion of his school education in the year of the great Revival, his attention was specially directed to religious things, and he became conscious of a strong desire to enter the ministry. After undergoing the necessary college training he was licensed to preach the Gospel, and on the 15th February, 1875, he was ordained in Kilkeel Church as assistant and successor to the Rev. George Nesbitt, who had been for forty years minister of the congregation. In his new charge Mr. White laboured with great zeal and acceptance, and under his ministry the congregation prospered exceedingly. In June, 1897, a new church was opened at a cost of 1,000, the requisite funds being raised from local and outside sources by Mr. White. He was greatly loved for his many good qualities by the members of his congregation, and one practical manifestation of their affection for him was forthcoming on the 15th Sept., 1908, when, consequent upon his recovery from an extended illness, he was presented with a beautifully illuminated address and a well-filled purse of sovereigns. At the General Assembly in June, 1910, he was granted leave to retire from the active duties of the ministry. In the following September he availed himself of this leave, and on the 18th April, 1911, Mr. Alfred Eadie, B.A., a licentiate of the Ards Presbytery, was ordained as his assistant and successor. The late Mr. White was an ardent Unionist, and was a popular speaker at all Orange anniversaries in the district. His death is deeply regretted, and widespread sympathy is entertained for his widow and family. Two of his sons are members of the Ulster Division of his Majesty's Army -- Lieutenant William White and Private Thomas White.

The remains of the deceased were on Saturday laid to rest in Kilkeel Graveyard, the large attendance at the funeral testifying to his popularity.



Lady Mayoress's Scheme.

For some little time past, through the thoughtful kindness of a few ladies and gentlemen, our wounded soldiers undergoing treatment in the various hospitals in the city have been entertained to motor drives and brief visits to places of interest, where by arrangement refreshments were dispensed. Such kindly thought and action have been greatly appreciated by these brave and wounded ones, who have come back for a little while from their heroic deeds in defence pf King and country, and are eager to get strong enough again to return to the front. We understand that the Lady Mayoress (Lady M'Cullagh) has expressed a desire to form a small committee to make arrangements for regularly giving the men a little outing or entertainment of some sort so as to relieve the tedium of waiting to be fit once more to take their place in the fighting line. The intention is that, say, once or twice a week, numbers of the men should be taken in motors, first for a drive and then conveyed to a residence or to club grounds, or such place as they had been invited, where enjoyable proceedings would be organised for them. Several offers have already been sent, to the Lady Mayoress, and it is requested that those in our city who desire to take a share in entertaining our wounded soldiers in this way kindly communicate with Mr. Samuel Dickson and Mr. F. W. Moneypenny, M.V.O., City Hall (who have consented to act as hon. secretaries), stating particulars of the nature of the entertainment or hospitality offered.



The residents of Strabane and the surrounding district learned with regret, on Saturday evening that the death had occurred in a Belfast nursing home of Mr. Robert J. Blair, who carried on an extensive printing establishment in the town, and was an agent for losing newspapers of Belfast, Dublin, Derry, and other centres. Mr. Blair enjoyed robust health until a little time ago, when he had occasion to be operated upon. The operation was performed on Thursday, and the patient seemed to be progressing favourably, but on Saturday he grew weaker and passed away. Deceased, who had a very kindly disposition, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him, was an elder in Strabane Presbyterian Church for a large number of years, and was also superintendent in the Sabbath-school. Up till a few years ago he represented the North Ward in the Strabane Urban Council, and was chairman of the Gas Committee until his retirement. In politics he was an ardent Unionist, and for many years was treasurer of the North Tyrone Unionist Association.


James Fitzpatrick died in Santa Monica (Ocean Park Sta.), California, some time ago, leaving an estate of some value, but no clue to his heirs or relatives. He is stated to have been born in County Cavan in 1841, and his next-of-kin are being sought for.



Information was received on Sunday evening by the constabulary in Whitehead of the tragically sudden death of Mr. Thomas Hawkins, one of the oldest residents in Ballycarry, and father of Mr. Hawkins, the highly-respected stationmaster of the same place. It appears that the deceased lived alone, but was visited daily by either a brother or sister or his son, all of whom reside in the neighbourhood. On Saturday the deceased was in his usual health, having been through the village in the evening, and engaged in conversation with several of the residents. Following the usual custom of daily visitation, his son called to see him on Sunday. Receiving no answer to his repeated knocking, he effected an entrance to the house, and was inexpressibly shocked to find his father sitting in an arm-chair quite dead. It would seem that the old man had been preparing to retire on Saturday night, when death overtook him. Evidence of this was to be found in the fact that a boot and sock had been taken off and were found lying on the floor beside him. The deceased had lived all his life in Ballycarry, and was held in respect by all who knew him. His wife predeceased him a very short time ago. The coroner for the district (Dr. Arthur Mussen, J.P.) has been communicated with and an inquest will be held.





The Aberdeen liner Star of the West, has been sunk by a German submarine. The crew were brought into Aberdeen by a steam trawler.

No fewer than five crews of vessels, sunk by Germans, were landed at Peterhead during the week-end. In addition to the crew of twenty-three of the Swedish steamer Lapland, landed on Friday morning, the crews of four trawlers were landed at Peterhead on Sunday.

The first crew brought into port were those of the trawler Persimmon, of Grimsby, thirteen in number, their vessel having been sunk at half-past ten on Saturday morning, sixty miles north east of Buchan Ness.

Captain Pigeon states that the Persimmon left Grimsby on Thursday morning for Iceland. When off Buchan Ness the trawler was attacked by a submarine, which fired two shells, one striking the forward part of the ship and the other aft in the bunkers, the latter sinking the vessel. The crew took to their boats and pulled towards the land ten hours. They were afterwards picked up and landed at Peterhead at eight o'clock on Sunday morning.

Two hours afterward's the crews of two other trawlers were landed at Peterhead. They were the Gazehound (Captain Osborne, Stroud) and the Curlew (Captain Daniel, Stroud), both vessels owned in Sunderland, but meantime chartered from Aberdeen. They left Aberdeen in company on Saturday morning about eight o'clock and ran about fifty miles east-by-north of Aberdeen.

Between four and five on Saturday afternoon they sighted a submarine four or five miles off, which signalled them by gunfire to stop and kept a gun pointed at them. Some small shot was fired at the Gazehound, but none of the crew were struck. On coming alongside the Gazehound the submarine ordered the crew to get into their boats immediately, and then fired a shell at the vessel, which caused her to sink in half an hour.


Four shells were fired at the Curlew, but these being ineffective, the vessel was boarded by men from the submarine, and a bomb with a time fuse was placed aboard. The result of the explosion was that the vessel sank about an hour afterwards. Both boats' crews in company pulled for land for about ten hour's, when they were picked up by a patrol boat from Peterhead and landed there at ten o'clock on Sunday morning.

The Curlew's crew numbered nine, and the Gazehound's eight. None of the crews was injured. The Curlew's crew had time to collect their personal effects.

The crew of twelve of the trawler Dromio, of Hull, also sunk by a German submarine, were landed at Peterhead on Sunday night. None of the men was injured, and they were allowed to bring their personal effects with them.


The trawler Indian Empire arrived at Queenstown, having on board Captain Bagmell and the entire crew of the barque Sunlight, of Liverpool, which was torpedoed and sunk yesterday at 4 p.m. by a German submarine twenty miles south-west of Galley Head. The crew were ordered to leave the ship, which was then sunk. After many hours of hardship in open boats the crew was picked up


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The Witness - Friday, 11 June, 1915


CLOW--ROBERTSON -- June 5, 1915, at Darlington House, Glasgow, by Rev. Professor W. M. Clow, D.D., assisted by Rev. Thomas Currie, M.A., Langside Hill, and the Rev. W. J. Macaulay, D.D., Portadown, William Moffat Clow, of Feddal House, Portadown, to Emily, youngest daughter of the late Henry Robertson. Esq., Langside. At home, 27th and 28th July.


LITTLE -- June 6 (suddenly), at his brother's residence, Ouley House, Glascar, the Rev. James Little, A.M., of Windsor Park, Belfast. Interred in City Cemetery, Belfast, 9th June.

ALDERDICE -- June 6, Anna Jane Singer Alderdice, of Wolfenden Lodge, Marlborough Park (Central).

CLARKE -- June 9, at Carnbawn, Sheridan Drive, Ballyholme, Jack, son of Bob Clarke, aged 8 years.

DICKSON -- June 7, at Glan-Fonn, Knockdene Park, John Dickson, aged 67 years.

FIELDEN -- June 8, at Wimbledon, Immer Fielden, R.N., formerly Board of Trade Surveyor, Belfast.

HUNTER -- May 25, at Coolkenny, Penn., U.S.A., Thomas Patteson, youngest son of the late Isaac Hunter, Corstown, Portrush.

HYNDMAN -- June 5, at his residence, Dromore, Glarryford, Co. Antrim, Thomas Hyndman, dearly-beloved husband of Elizabeth Hyndman.

IRVINE -- June 5, at Toronto, Canada, Elizabeth Rolleston, relict of the late William Irvine, Engineer, Bangor.

MACAULAY -- June 5, at Cambridge, Mary Louise, daughter of Rev. W. J. Macaulay, D.D., Portadown.

MEGAW -- June 10, at Clooneen, Holywood, Eliza Morison, widow of the late Robert Megaw, of the Prairie, Holywood.

M'ALISTER -- William, third son of the late Francis M'Alister, of Darton, Killylea, County Armagh.

M'KNIGHT -- June 8, at Kilcorig, Magheragall, Lisburn, Sarah, wife of John M'Knight.

PORTER -- June 8, at Drumahoe, Kalk Bay, Capetown, Robert Wallace Porter, second son of the late Rev. Classon Porter, of Larne, County Antrim.

REILLY -- June 7, at Waringstown, Ann Jane, widow of the late Andrew Reilly, Anaghanoon.

SHAW -- June 8, at 31, Cedar Avenue, Belfast, Jane (Jeannie), daughter of the late William Shaw, formerly of Newtownards.

SURGENOR -- May 28, at her residence, Beechgrove House, Carnearney, Ahoghill, Annie Kennedy, widow of the late William Surgenor, aged 91 years.

WATERS -- June 3, at Upper Hawthorn, Melbourne, Australia, Andrew R. Waters, son of the late W. R. Waters, C.E.




At the morning service in Clough Presbyterian Church on Sabbath, 6th June, the minister, Rev. Richard Hall, B.A., B.D., at the close of his sermon on Acts xiii. 36, made the following reference to Mr. Morrow's death -- We mourn to-day the loss of a friend and brother beloved, who has been called to his rest and reward -- Mr Robert Morrow. There are few of us who do not feel poorer to-day because he is gone, and it is only now we are realising how great a place he occupied amongst us and what a vacancy there is left behind. The work of the Lord in this church was that which lay nearest to his heart; how much he has accomplished during his life-long connection with the congregation is abundantly testified to on all hands, and the various positions he held on the committee and session show the esteem in which he was held. Though it was only my privilege to know him for a short time, yet I rejoice in being able to count him as my friend. How much he helped me by his kindly advice and unfailing sympathy will always be one of my most sacred and cherished memories. What impressed us all meet and what will be remembered longest was his Christian disposition, so gentle, guileless, unassuming, and full of the charity that thinketh no evil. In all the activities of the Church his help was cheerfully given. Every effort had his sympathy and practical support. In the Sabbath school his work was lifelong. As a teacher from his boyhood, and later on as superintendent, he laboured constantly and earnestly for the welfare of the young, his great aim being to win the children for Christ and guide them in His footsteps. As an elder of the Church for over half a century he magnified his office, and walked worthy of the vocation wherewith he was called. The members of session feel deeply the loss they have sustained, for they recognised in him a disciple who sat near to the Master. His end was calm and peaceful and in keeping with what his life had been. His faith in the Saviour, which had always been as simple as that of a little child,, remained firm and unclouded to the end. Our sympathy goes out to-day to his brother and sisters, who mourn his loss. We share with them the grief and the loss, but we sorrow not as those which have no hope. We know he has heard the call of the master to "come up higher." Having fought a good fight and finished his course, and kept the faith, he has won the crown of life which fadeth not away. His memory will remain with us as a precious heritage for many a year to come, and his influence will unite with the influence of others whose flames we cherish in forming a source of strength and stimulation to us in the pilgrimage of life. "Until the day break and the shadows flee away."



It is not often the sympathetic feelings of the community of Killinchy and district were so deeply stirred as on Monday, 31st ult., when the sad intelligence became known that Miss Lizzie Ingram Robinson, eldest daughter of Mr. John and Mrs. Letitia Robinson, Ballymecashan, Killinchy, after a lingering illness, borne with Christian fortitude and patience, had passed away in the very flower of her womanhood. It is hard to realise that the face so familiar to all, the charming personalty, ever eager to speak the kindly and helpful word, the lovable and thoughtful disposition, which were the marked features of her winsome character, shall never again be met with here on earth. That she had made hosts of friends was amply witnessed by the large numbers who turned out to pay their last tribute of respect at the funeral, which was one of the largest ever seen in the district. The remains were interred in the Old Presbyterian Churchyard, Killinchy, rich in sacred memories. Rev. William Smyth, B.A., pastor loci, conducting the religious exercises in the house and at the graveside. To her sorrowing father and mother, brothers and sisters the greatest sympathy will be extended in the loss of such an esteemed member of the family circle.



News has been received at Ayr that Lieut. and Adjutant J. R. Dill, 69th Punjabis, third son of the Very Rev. Dr. Dill, Alloway, ex-Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, has been killed in action in France. He had been for a time with his regiment in Egypt, and had just gone to the front in France. He was twenty-six years of age. His brother, Captain Graham Dill, of the R.A.M.C., had seen him, for the first time for five years, a day or two before he was killed. The Rev. Dr. Dill's second son, Capt. R. F. Dill, 129th Baluchis, who had gained the D.S.O., was killed in action on April 11. The youngest son, Mr. Alfred Dill, is in the Officers' Training Corps, and Miss Dill is engaged on a hospital ship bringing wounded from France.





Miss M. Roche, Bishop Street, Londonderry. Miss A. Burns, Greencastle, Moville, Londonderry. Miss Nora M. Bond, 2, Burnet Street, Londonderry. Miss S. Harley, Quigley's Pt., Moville, Derry. Miss M. C. Madden, Irish Green Street, Limavady, Derry. Miss R. A. F. Walker, 100, Duke Street, Londonderry. Miss M. Quinn, Station House, Eglinton. Mr. F. M'Donagh, Foyle Road, Londonderry. Mr. M. W. Thompson, Gobnascale House, Waterside, Derry. Mr. J. F. M'Loughlin, Waterloo Street, Londonderry. Mr. W. Doherty, Waterloo St., Londonderry. Mr. J. A. Spence, Duke Street, Waterside, Londonderry. Mr. P. J. Sherlock, R.I.C. Barracks, Lecky Road, Derry.


Miss M. C. O'Hagan, 15, Iris Street, Belfast. Miss A. J. M'Elroy, 2, Vicinage Pk., Belfast. Miss E. H. Murphy, High Street, Antrim. Miss M. Tweed, The Mullan, Ballymoney. Miss A. Duffin, Culnafay, Toomebridge, Co Antrim. Miss M. B. Gilmartin, 53, The Mount, Belfast. Miss V. Abercromby, 383, Newtownards Road, Belfast. Miss A. M. Mullan, Post Office, Portrush. Miss W. Foley, Earlmount, Victoria Street, Portrush. Mr. J. Mulholland, 58, Mountpottinger Road, Belfast. Mr. J. M'Hugh, 21, Haywood Avenue, Ballynafeigh, Belfast.


Miss S. Harvey, Aughnavallog, Rathfriland, Co. Down. Miss R. M'Kee, Drumnascamph, Rathfriland Co. Down. Miss E. Dunn, Granshaw, Co. Down. Mr. E. Gallagher, Downshire Road, Holywood, Co. Down. Miss F. Hewitt, Culcavey House, Hillsborough, Co. Down. Mr. F. Fegan, Beechgrove, Mayobridge, Newry, Co. Down.


Miss G. Byrne. Poyntzpass, Co. Armagh. Miss A. Smyth, Drummond, Keady, Co. Armagh. Miss M. F. Whitten, Lisnakee, Tandragee, Co. Armagh. Miss M. E. M'Sherry, Church Street, Poyntzpass. Miss A. J. Fearon, Mulladry, Portadown, Co. Armagh.


Miss E. Canning, Sistrokeel, Ballykelly. Miss A. Devine, New Mills, Letterkenny. Miss M. Moore, Dunfanaghy, Letterkenny. Mr. M. M'Grory, Monaugh, Buncrana. Mr. J. A. Gallagher, Inch Island, Bancrana. Mr. J. J. Houston, Cloghanmore, Cloghan P.O.


Mr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, Roselea, Clones.


Miss M. E. Daly, Church Road, Coalisland, Tyrone. Miss E. J. M'Cullagh, Dergmoney, Dublin Road, Omagh. Miss M. Donnelly, Tavneymore, Augher, Co. Tyrone. Miss E. W. M'Minn, Rivervale House, Bush, Dungannon.


Mr. A. M'Loughlin, The Lawn, Belturbet, Co. Cavan.

Since 1st January 83 POST OFFICE APPOINTMENTS have been secured by HUGHES'S students, and this brilliant and unapproached total could have been doubled had THE PROMISING CHILDREN WHO HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN A CHANCE BY THEIR PARENTS been sent to the Academy.

As only about 14 School days are gifren as Summer Holidays, enrolment should be made at once.

HUGHES'S ACADEMY, 82, Royal Avenue, Belfast




In Admiralty Court on Tuesday, Mr. Justice Bargrave Dearie sitting with the Trinity Masters, gave judgment in the action brought by the owner of the Norwegian steamer Risoy to recover in respect of damage alleged to have been sustained by the vessel while berthing at George's Quay, Dundalk, belonging to the Dundalk, Newry, and Greenore Railway Company. The defendants denied liability.

In deciding in favour of the defendants, his Lordship said that the damage complained of was alleged to have occurred to the vessel at their berth, between November 5 and 12, 1912. That the steamer was damaged at the time she was placed in dry dock on November 15 was common ground. The question was whether she was damaged at the berth or at some other time and place. He had tried a certain number of damage-at-berth cases, but he did not remember any case in which the plaintiff came into court as here with no evidence at all as to the nature of the berth of which they were complaining. There was, however, evidence that in the previous July the vessel went on a voyage which took her through the Great Belt near Denmark, and that while there something was felt scraping along her port side. She might then perfectly well have touched some half or wholly submerged wreckage, and it was quite possible that the damage was done there. He was not satisfied, in the circumstances, that the damage was caused at the berth, which there was absolutely no evidence to show was otherwise than a perfectly good and sound berth. There must be judgment for the defendants, with costs.



Coasting Steamer Sunk.

The Press Association's Liverpool correspondent telegraphs that a serious collision, occurred off the Irish coast on Sunday morning, resulting in the loss of a steamer and eight lives. The ships involved were the coasting steamer Gertrude and the Ellerman liner City of Vienna.

The Gertrude, which, was on a voyage from Ellesmere Port to Waterford, was so severely damaged that she settled down and sank in a few minutes. There was a crew of nine on board, and all were drowned, with the exception of a fireman named Moore, who was picked up by the City of Vienna and taken on to Glasgow.

The City of Vienna is a 6,000 tonner, and the Gertrude was of 353 tons, and owned by Messrs. J. Monks & Co., Liverpool.

It is understood, says a Liverpool message, that fog prevailed at the time.

Nearly all the crew of the Gertrude came from Moelfre, Anglesey, the captain, mate, and three deck hands all being near relations. The following are the names of those who have been lost -- Captain Owen Jones, Mate John Owen, Chief Engineer M'Dermott, Second Engineer Griffiths Hughes, a fireman, engaged a few hours before sailing, name unknown, and three deck hands -- Hugh P. Jones, W. R. Jones, and David Jones.



Resignation of Rev. S. B. Clarke.

A meeting of the Carrick Presbytery was held on Wednesday -- the Rev. T. Bartley (Moderator) presiding -- to receive the resignation of the Rev. S. B. Clarke, M.A., minister of Cairncastle Church. On the motion of Rev. D. Steen, Mr. Clarke's resignation was accepted and the Moderator was asked to supply Cairncastle on next Sabbath and declare the congregation vacant. The Revs. J. L. Donaghy, D. H. Hanson, J. T. Doherty, and Messrs. Samuel M'Mullan and W. L. F. Donald, with the Rev. Ewing Gilfillan as convener and interim moderator, were appointed a commission of Presbytery to take the necessary steps towards the appointment of an assistant and successor in the ministry of the congregation.


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The Witness - Friday, 18 June, 1915


CAMPBELL--M'KEE -- June 8, 1915, at Glasgow (by special licence), Albert Joseph, fifth son of the late William Campbell, 9, Eblana Street, Belfast, to Annie Elizabeth, second daughter of the late James M'Kee, Ballymurphy, Annahilt, Hillsborough.

LARMOR--MITCHEL -- June 12, 1915, at Hillhall Presbyterian Church, by the father of the bride, assisted by Rev. James Meeke, M.A., William J., elder son of W. J. Larmor, Killultagh House, Ballinderry, to Winifred I., elder daughter of Rev. S. Cuthbert Mitchel, B.A., The Manse, Enniskillen.

M'ELDERRY--MOFFETT -- June 8, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Ballymoney, by Rev. J. B. Armour, M.A., Robert Andrew, second son of the late Thomas M'Elderry, Ballymoney, to Jennie Constance, second daughter of William Moffett, Ballymoney.

M'NEILL--BROWN -- June 9, at the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, by Rev. Torrens Boyd, Robert Henry, son of the late Robert M'Neill, Belfast, and nephew of Andrew H. Hogg, Killearn, Newtownards, to Margaret M'Clure, third surviving daughter of Hugh R. Brown and Mrs. Brown, Prospect Cottage, Drumhirk, Newtownards.

WILSON--PRENTER -- June 2, 1915, at the Presbyterian Church, Greystones, by the father of the bride, assisted by the Rev. J. R. Prenter, M.A., Dundee (brother of the bride), and the Rev. Robert Parke, B.A., Greystones, Guy Burgo, Balloo House, Groomsport, County Down, youngest son of W. Moffatt Wilson, 7, Sorrento Terrace, Dalkey, and grandson of the late Rev. H. B. Wilson, D.D., Cookstown, County Tyrone, to Edith M'Crea, youngest daughter of the Rev. Samuel Prenter, D.D., LL.D., Innisfree, Greystones.


ANDERSON -- June 10, at The Square, Portaferry, Ann Jane, relict of the late William Anderson.

BOAL -- June 12, at 38, Brookvale Avenue, Belfast, Mary, relict of the late James Boal, Newtownards, aged 87 years.

BODEL -- June 11, at 50, Brougham Street, Belfast, Samuel Bodel (late of Messrs. Workman & Clark).

BOYD -- June 15, at Church Street, Antrim, David Boyd, Boot and Shoe Merchant.

BROWNE -- June 13, at 46, Deramore Avenue, Belfast, Margaret, wife of J. W. Browne.

CONDELL -- June 13, at 454, Oldpark Road, Samuel George, youngest son of Robert Condell.

DALE -- June 16, at Newry Street, Banbridge, Oliver Reginald, only son of Hugh Dale, aged 3 years.

DAWSON -- June 12, at Legatariff, Ballinderry, Samuel, youngest son of Richard James Dawson.

FERRIS -- June 12, at 16, Florenceville Avenue, William, husband of Sarah Ferris.

FOSTER -- June 14, at 84, Mountpottinger Road, Charles Alexander Foster, aged 19 years.

GRANT -- June 15, at Hazelwood, Antrim Road, James Ervine Grant, aged 76 years.

HARRISON -- June 11, 1915, at 65, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, Agnes, beloved wife of Thomas Harrison, Barrister-at-Law, and widow of the late Sir Edward Porter Cowan. H.M.L. for Co. Antrim, Craigavad, Co. Down.

MERCER -- June 12, at Ballygowan, Hillsborough, Elizabeth, relict of the late Andrew Mercer, aged 69 years.

MUNNIS -- June 13, at Mosside, Mary M. Munnis, relict of the late Samuel Munnis.

M'CLURE -- June 16, at Edenvale, Pond Park Road, Lisburn, Margaret M'Clure (late of ------)

M'DONNELL -- June 15, at The Villas, Portaferry, John M'Donnell, late of Ballyspurge.

PATTERSON -- At Rasharkin, Annie Letitia, wife of James Patterson.

PATTISON -- June 11, at Altona Cottage, Old Hillsborough Road, Lisburn, Lily Pattison.

REED -- June 11, at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, William S. Reed, 8, Chatham Street, Manchester, aged 67 years.

ROBINSON -- June 16, James Jones, husband of Anna M. Robinson, 21, Kelvin Parade.

RUSSELL -- June 13, at Arbutuf, Clifton Road, Bangor, Eliza Jane, widow of the late James A. Russell, Tullyrain House, Laurencetown, Co. Down.

SEMPLE -- June 12, at 62, Rugby Avenue, Belfast, James, second son of George Semple, in his 21st year.

SMITH -- June 13, Edward Henderson Smith, late of 87, Old Lodge Road, Belfast.

TODD -- June 9, at Magheramore, Ballycastle, William John Todd.

WADDELL -- June 15, at Balaclava, Cork, Rev. George Frederick Waddell, B.A., Minister of Donoughmore, youngest son of the late Rev. Hugh Waddell, Tokio, Japan.

WHITE -- June 3, 1915, at Cromlech House, Kilkeel, County Down, the Rev. Robert White, B.A., in his 81st year.

WILLIAMSON -- June 12, at 5, Farnham Road, Bangor, David Williamson, formerly of Cronstown, Newtownards.

WRIGHT -- June 10, at 117, Ormeau Road, Belfast, James Wright.

WADDELL -- June 15, at Balaclava, Cork (suddenly), Rev. George Frederick Waddell, B.A., Minister of Donoughmore, youngest son of the late Rev. Hugh Waddell, Tokio, Japan. Funeral to-morrow (Saturday), June 19th, at twelve noon, from his mother's residence, 19, Cedar Avenue, Antrim Road, Belfast, to the City Cemetery.

In Memoriam

HOBSON -- In loving memory of our dear mother, who died 17th June, 1914. "The memory of the just is blessed." JOHN and JANE HOBSON, Drumduff, Benburb.



Army Council to Release Men.

The Board of Agriculture and Fisheries has been informed by the Army Council that in view of the possible shortage of agricultural labour for the hay harvest furlough will be given, at the discretion of the military authorities, to a limited number of soldiers of the New Armies and of the Territorial Forces for work in the hay harvest as circumstances may permit. The furlough granted to each soldier will last only for such number of days, not exceeding fourteen, as he is actually required for hay-making. The employment of soldiers in the hay harvest will be subject to the following conditions --

(1) That suitable labour cannot be obtained in the locality.

(2) That the farmer will undertake to pay each soldier sent at his request -- (a) 4s a day if the soldier provides his own board and lodging; (b) 2s 6d a day if board and lodging is provided by the farmer.

(3) That the farmer will provide conveyance from and to the nearest railway station; no charge will be made to the farmer for railway travelling expenses.

Every endeavour will be made to ensure that the men released have been accustomed to farm work, but no guarantee to this effect can be given.

The above arrangements will not apply to the corn harvest, in respect of which fresh regulations will be issued.

Applications from farmers who desire to employ soldiers in the hay harvest must be made as soon as possible to the Board of Trade Labour Exchanges, when the application will be transmitted to the military authorities. Forms for the purpose are obtainable from the local labour exchange.



The Right Rev. James O'Sullivan, D.D., formerly Bishop of the United Dioceses of Tuam, Kilalla, and Athonry, died at his residence, Eaton Brae, Shankill, County Dublin, last week, after a short illness. He belonged to the Evangelical school, and was closely associated with its traditions, and with the admirable educational work done by the schools of the Irish Church Missions throughout his Diocese. In this he always took a great and genuine interest. In some respects the bishop was the least known prelate in Ireland outside his own Diocese. He rarely, if ever, intervened in the debates of the General Synod, and was little known either by his sermons or charges, nor did he take a prominent part in the large affairs of Church life. He served nearly his whole ministry in Tuam Diocese, and to its general traditions and outlook he always remained faithful. But his love for it and his interest in all its concerns were undoubted, and he will be remembered by many as a prudent and kindly bishop, with a wil of his own, and a devotion to what ne believed to be the highest interest of his Diocese. Owing to advancing years and failing health, Dr. O'Sullivan resigned in 1913 and was succeeded by Hon. [-------] Plunket, D.D.



Mr. Birrell told Mr. P. Meehan in Parliament last week that in view of the difficulty during the war of procuring a sufficient sum from the Treasury to finance in whole pending schemes for the building of labourers' cottages in Ireland, the portion of the schemes dealing with applicants whose present houses had been condemned as unfit for human habitation would be proceeded with, but it would be necessary for the Rural District Council in each case to satisfy fully the Local Government Board, that the occupant of such dwelling could not otherwise be provided for.


At the annual meeting of the Antrim Rural Council on 9th inst., Mr. Robt. S. Thompson, J.P., said they all learned with deep sorrow that Mr. J. F. M'Cance, the chairman of the County Council, had met with a very sad bereavement by the death of his son, who died from wounds received in France. A resolution of sympathy was adopted.



Many friends in Belfast will regret to learn of the death of Lady Cowan, which has taken place in Dublin. The deceased lady was a daughter of the late Mr. Andrew Cowan, of Bangor and Craigavad, and about the year 1866 married the late Sir Edward Porter Cowan, who was a well-known citizen, and who occupied the office of Mayor of Belfast in 1881 and 1882. Sir Edward died in 1890, and three years later his widow became the wife of Mr. Thomas Harrison, B.L. She continued to be known, however, as Lady Cowan. She resided at Craigowen, Craigavad, up to 1896, when she removed to Dublin. She still retained her local associations, and was a frequent visitor to the city, in which she took a deep Interest.



We regret to announce the death of the Rev. George F. Waddell, of Donoughmore, County Down, which occurred suddenly while on a visit to Cork. He preached at both services as usual on Sunday, and on Monday left, apparently in radiant health, for a visit to Cork, the first intimation his relatives in Belfast had of anything being wrong being a telegram from the friends with whom he was stopping announcing that he had died suddenly from heart failure shortly after his arrival.

The late Mr. Waddell was born in July, 1887, in Tokio, where his father's (the late Rev. Hugh Waddell) work in the mission field is familiar to all Presbyterians. He returned to Ireland at an early age, and was educated at Campbell College, and afterwards at Queen's College, graduating as B.A. in 1908. After passing through the Assembly's College he was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Banbridge, and, following his father's example, turned his attention to mission work, serving on several stations in the South of Ireland. He was assistant for some time to the Rev. S. B. Clarke, of Cairncastle, and in March of the present year was ordained in Donoughmore as assistant and successor to Rev. Lawson Burnett. Though attached to the congregation only for a few months, Mr. Waddell had thrown himself into his new sphere of labour with great energy, and his joyous personality speedily made him, as amongst his fellow-students at Queen's and the Assembly's College, a general favourite. Mr. Waddell was a brother of Mr. S. Waddell, who, under his penname Rutherford Mayne, is known to every Ulsterman, and of Miss Helen Waddell, whose "Chinese Lyrics" strike a new note in modern poetry. The deceased was a nephew of the late Rev. John Waddell, of Newington Church, Belfast, and of a minister who is very well known in New Zealand in the person of the Rev. Rutherford Waddell, of Dunedin, New Zealand, while he was also a brother-in-law of the Rev. J. D. Martin, of Magherally, a well-known minister in the Church. Deep sympathy will be extended to the deceased's relatives in their sad bereavement.



We understand that Mr. J. R. P. M'Alery, son of Mr. John M'Alery Belfast and Whitehead, has been appointed sectional as well as constructive engineer on the Central Argentine Railway, his headquarters being Cordoba. where he has resided for the past four years, having charge of the building of the great new station there. The section of which he is now appointed engineer is about 1,000 kilometres long, and on this he has absolute charge of all constructions as well as continuing the work in Cordoba. He has now one of the biggest and most important posts outside that of chief engineer on the Central Argentine Railway, Cordoba being the great junction through which two other of the Argentine railways pass, and whilst alterations and improvements to the lines at this place are being made the traffic way has to be kept open for all trains. Mr. M'Alery is to be congratulated on his advancement to such a responsible and important position.


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The Witness - Friday, 25 June, 1915


BLACK--KNOX -- June 16, at First Presbyterian Church, Ballymoney, by the Rev. A. H. Dill, M.A., James Dunlop Black, Ballindreen, to Mary Peacock Knox, eldest daughter of Mrs. Knox, Knowhead, Ballymoney.

CALDWELL--HARKNESS -- June 9, at Killymurris Presbyterian Church, by Rev. M. A. Thompson, assisted by Rev. R. J. Porter, B.A., Belfast, and Rev. J. R. Wright, B.A., Coleraine, Rev. Robert Caldwell, B.A., Castledawson, youngest son of the late Robert Caldwell, Houstonstown, Killagan, to Margaret Sherrard, only daughter of Matthew Harkness, Burnbrae, Glarryford.

GAULT--MAGOWAN -- June 16, 1915, at St. Enoch's Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. John Pollock, William, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Gault, 120, Oldpark Avenue, Belfast, to Anna Gladys, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Magowan, 26, Bedeque Street, Belfast.

WITHERS--CORBETT -- June 23, 1915, at St. Barnabas' Parish Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Robert Walker, M.A., LL.D., rector, William Albert Edward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Anderson Withers, 79, Duncairn Gardens, to Nora, third daughter of the late James Corbett and Mrs. Corbett, 8, Allworthy Avenue.


HODGE -- June 24, at his residence, Killinchy, after a long illness. Rev. Matthew Hodge, retired Minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Killinchy. Funeral on to-morrow (Saturday), at two o'clock, to Ballymacashin Churchyard. Friends will please accept this intimation.

PARKER -- June 19, 1915, at his residence, Parkmount, Galgorm Road, Ballymena, Alexander Parker. Interred in Ballymena New Cemetery.

THOMSON -- June 19, at his brother's residence, 21, Botanic Avenue, Belfast, Rev. John Boyd Thomson, B.A., second son of the late William Thomson, Dunaverney, Ballymeney. Interred in Castlereagh Presbyterian Church Burying-ground.

SANDS -- June 22, 1915, at bis residence, Clairmont, Windsor Hill, Newry, Robert Sands, Merchant, Newry. Interment took place on Thursday, at Jerrettspass.

AGNEW -- June 22, at 5, Mountedgecombe, Stranmillis Road, Matilda J. Agnew, daughter of the late Robert Agnew, Rockview, Randalstown.

ARCHER -- June 16, at Waringstown, James Archer, aged 75 years.

BELL -- June 20, at 29, Landseer Street, Isaac Bell.

BOSTON -- June 18, at Drumcro, Maralin, Rachel, widow of the late Thomas Boston.

CAMPBELL -- June 20, at Glenfarlough, Strandtown, Amy, widow of the late James Campbell, Solicitor.

CAMPBELL -- June 20, at 84, Corporation Street, Sarah, wife of William Campbell.

CAVAN -- June 16, at Private Nursing Home, Belfast, Isabella, widow of the late William Cavan, Kearney, Portaferry.

CLARKE -- June 18, at Park View, Dungannon, Gabriel Clarke, aged 68 years.

DALE -- June 17, at Bay Road, Larne Harbour, Annie, wife of William John Dale, in her 71st year.

DAVISON -- June 16, at Stobhill Military Hospital, Glasgow, James Smyth Davison, of Lake Glen, Andersonstown, Belfast.

DUMMER -- June 22, at Royal Hotel, Larne, Jack, aged 26, eldest son of E. G. Dummer.

GRAHAM -- June 20, 1915, at 1, College Avenue, Londonderry, Rev. H. C. Graham, Professor of Metaphysics and Ethics in M'Crea Magee College, aged 84 years.

GREER -- June 17, at The Moat, Glenwherry, John Greer, aged 77 years.

GREER -- June 23, at Seapatrick Rectory, Banbridge, the Rev. R. Ussher Greer, M.A., Chaplain to H.M. Forces.

HANNA -- June 21, at 7, Holborn Terrace, Bangor, Down, Mary Ann, widow of the late James Hanna, R.N.

LYLE -- June 22, at Thornhill, Ballyclare, John Lyle, J.P.

MAGEE -- June 17, at 10, Woodland Avenue, Belfast, John Magee.

MORRISON -- June 19, at Narrow Water, Warrenpoint, John Morrison, aged 69 years.

M'COMB -- June 22, at Whitestown, Ballysculty, Samuel Suffern White, son of William John M'Comb, in his 20th year.

NEWBURN -- June 20, at the Hospital, Lisburn Road, Thomas, husband of Elizabeth Newburn.

PRICE -- June 21, at Ballyhill, Sarah, wife of Isaiah Price.

ROSS -- June 23, at Inver, Jordanstown, James, husband of Eliza Ross.

SERVICE -- June 21, suddenly, at his residence, 29, Orrell Lane, Aintree, Edward Service, Manager, Midland Pottery Co., Ltd., second son of the late James Service, Eden, Carrickfergus.

SMYTH -- June 19, at his residence, 35, Wellington Park, Belfast, Rev. David Gordon Smyth, senior minister of Ballygawley, aged 95.

STERLING -- At Edenderry House, Ballylesson, on Sunday, June 20th, Tom Sterling, Justice of the Peace.

THOMPSON -- June 20, at Purdysburn Hospital, John Edward Thompson, son of Edward Thompson, aged 5 years.

WATSON -- June 19. at 7, Clifton Drive, Margaret, wife of Hugh Watson, and daughter of the late Martin Boyd, Hercules Place.



The residents of Ballymena and the surrounding districts learned with much regret of the death on Saturday last of Mr. Alexander Parker, J.P., Galgorm Road, Ballymena. Deceased, who was sixty-seven years of age, had been in failing health for some years, and for the past month or two had been staying in Portstewart, but about a fortnight ago an apoplectic seizure necessitated his removal home, and despite the assiduous care of his medical attendance, Dr. W. R. Davidson, a fatal ending could not be averted. Mr. Parker was a native of Portglenone. He served his apprenticeship with the Messrs. Gibon, of Lisnafillan, who were closely identified with the dyeing and finishing end of the linen trade. So earnestly and successfully did he set himself to master the business that he ultimately became manager of the concern, a position which he continued to occupy for over thirty years. When the firm was turned into a limited liability company he became the first managing director, and this important position he retained until failing health caused his retirement, some four years ago. In private life he was a most estimable gentleman, kind and charitable to those requiring any pecuniary assistance, and his demise is much deplored.

Mr. Parker was appointed a Justice of the Peace for the county about seven year's ago, and while health permitted, was a regular attender at Ahoghill Petty Sessions Court. He took a keen interest in matters educational, and was a governor of Ballymena Academy, as well as a member of the local School Attendance Committee. He was also a member of the committee of Ballymena Cottage Hospital.

In religion he was a Presbyterian, and belonged to the High Kirk congregation, of the session of which he was an honoured member. Formerly president of the Liberal Association, Mr. Parker found himself unable to follow that body in its policy during the Home Rule struggle of 1910, and thereupon retired. Subsequently he identified himself with the Ulster loyalist movement, under Sir E. Carson, for resisting the imposition of Home Rule, and was one of its warmest supporters.



A memorial service was held in above hall for the late Miss Alderdice on Sunday, 20th inst., at 7 p.m. Mr. John Macivor, superintendent, presided over a very large audience. He referred to the time when the work was begun in that district by these ladies by taking three small houses; also her asking for assistance from the Rev. H. Montgomery, Albert Street (which is still under his superintendency), now twenty-seven years ago. Mr. David Irwin was the preacher, and took his text from Phill. iv. 3 -- "Help those women who laboured with me in the Gospel," He spoke of the many philanthropic works done by those ladies, having a great influence for good amongst the people, was, indeed, a light in that place. He was glad to see so many old faces present, and hoped that all would meet our sister, who left her home on Sunday week last to go to church, and whose spirit went to God from that place. He was glad that they would all meet our sister in heaven. Miss Johnston sang beautifully "Loved ones in the glory."



We regret to announce the death of the Rev. R. Ussher Greer, rector of Banbridge, which occurred suddenly at his residence, Seapatrick, on Wednesday night. As one of the chaplains of the Ulster Division, Mr. Greer had been in camp at Ballykinlar, and on Wednesday returned to Banbridge on a visit. He then appeared to be in his usual state of health, but during the night he had a seizure and died in the course of a few minutes. The son of a former rector of Kilcoleman and Crossboyle, County Mayo, he was born on the 29th July, 1868, so that he was only in his forty-seventh year. Rev. Mr. Greer was formerly connected with, St. Michael's Parish in Belfast. At the beginning of his ministry in that church the congregation only numbered from 150 to 200 people, but by his earnestness and enthusiasm he soon increased it to 500 or 600, with 2,850 Communicants. The Orange Institution had in him a very staunch adherent, and at the July demonstrations he was always to be counted amongst the speakers at some of the places where the Anniversary was being observed. On leaving Belfast he went to Lisburn, and was appointed rector of Banbridge about four years ago, in succession to the Very Rev. C. T. P. Grierson, now Dean of Belfast.



Mr. Wm.Colhoun, of Alt-na-Righ, Northland Road, Londonderry, proprietor of the "Londonderry Sentinel," chairman of the Londonderry Unionist Association, and formerly High Sheriff of that city, Who died on the 1st April last, aged sixty-six, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 45,169 18s 10d. of which 14,846 11s 10d is in England, and probate of his will, dated 17th July, 1906, with two codicils, has been granted to his widow, Mrs. Isabella Calhoun, and Mr. James Ross, of Clooney Terrace, Londonderry, book-keeper. The testator left 50 to the Presbyterian Orphan Society in connection with the First Derry Presbyterian Church and 50 to the Derry Protestant Orphan Society. Other bequests followed to his family and relatives. Testator left his interest in the "Londonderry Sentinel" and the remainder of his real and personal estate upon trust for his son James, directing him to keep in order the graves of Mrs. Wallan and his grandfather and grandmother, and if he shall not accept the bequest of his interest in the "Londonderry Sentinel," then to the testator's other eons successively, with other remainders.





The annual show of the County Antrim Agricultural Association, which took place on Wednesday, was one of the most successful ever held at Ballymena. Its entries showed an all round advance of fifty-five, as compared with last year's record total, and this notwithstanding the fact that a rearrangement of classes had been effected whereby the duplication of entries for the "Smiley" and "McConnell" Challenge Cups had been avoided, thus doing away with some forty entries which went to swell the total in previous years. The only section to suffer was that devoted to horses, but even here there was a reduction of only fifteen in the total -- a remarkably low figure when one considered the extent of the demands made by the military authorities some months ago. In inaugurating classes for Clydesdales this year the committee have acted very wisely, for those classes were amongst the strongest and most interesting of all, there being one of the finest exhibitions of pure-bred Clydesdales that had been brought together in the North for a long time. A shortage of entries in the hunter class was directly attributable to the war. There was a general consensus of opinion that the horses represented a decidedly finer show than last year, the young classes being particularly good, while the classes for aged stallions and brood mares also elicited specially favourable comment. All the principal breeders in the county were represented, and competition was keener than in previous years. The attendance, too, was very large, a record being created. In the glorious weather which prevailed the splendidly-appointed grounds were thronged, the attendance being over 12,000, and the gate receipts were about 40 more than last year, the grand stand being especially well patronised. The arrangements for the show vere excellently carried out by Mr. James Kyle, the efficient secretary, while the catering was entrusted to the Ulster Menu Company, and executed with characteristic care by Mr. H. J. M'Millan, jun. The band of the 5th Royal Irish Rifles enlivened the proceedings by musical selections.



Stallion calculated to produce horses suitable for agricultural purposes -- 1. County Antrim Agricultural Association, Ballymena; 2. Chas. Macaw, Curryseskin, Bushmills; 3. Charles Dundee, Redhall, Ballycarry, County Antrim; 4. Charles Dundee.

Brood mare, calculated to produce hunters or harness horses, in foal, with foal at foot or having produced a foal in 1915; a prize of 10s given for the best foal in this class -- 1. Hugh A. M'Allister, Castle Street, Ballycastle; 2. Charles Dundee; 3. Samuel S. Owens, Braetown House, Glenwherry; 4. John Kyle, Broadway, Ballymena.

Brood mare, calculated to produce hunters or harness horses, in foal, with foal at foot or having produced a foal in 1915; the property of a bona-fide County Antrim farmer -- 1. Mrs. W. M'C. Harbison, Clougher, Ballymena; 2. H. & S. Boal, Slatt, Ballymena; 3. Samuel S. Owens; 4. Daniel Cruickshank, Carnstrone, Broughshane.

Pony brood mare, 14.2 hands and under, in foal, with foal at foot, or having produced a foal in 1915 -- 1. Wm. Robinson & Sons, Carrickfergus; 2. Patrick M'Erlain, Knockcloughrim, County Derry; 3. Alexander Crawford, Lislabin, Cloughmills.

Clydesdale brood mare, in foal, with foal at foot, or having produced a foal in 1915 -- 1. J. Cunningham, Belmount, Antrim; 2. J. Cunningham; 3. William Glenn, Green Cottage, Ballycarry.

Hunter mare or gelding, four years old up to 13.7 stone -- 1. John Bamber, Farm Lodge, Ballymena; 2. Mrs. Charles M'Connell, Brookville, Ballymena; 3. George C. M'Meekin, Mallusk, County Antrim.

Hunter, mare or gelding, four years old, 13.7 stone and upwards -- 1. S. Edgar M'Manus, Dungannon; 2. R. & J. Kernohan, Ballymena; 3. John Bamber, Farm Lodge, Ballymena.

Hunter, mare or gelding, five years old and upwards, up to 13.7 stone -- 1. S. Edgar M'Manus; 2. Donaldson Bros., Emyvale and Killylea, County Monaghan; 3. J. Stevenson, Bridge Street, Ballymena.

Hunter, mare or gelding, five years old and upwards, 13.7 stone and upwards -- 1. Enna Gallines, Milan Italy; 2. Donaldson. Bros.; 3. Cbas. M'Connell, Ballymena.

Gelding or filly, suitable for saddle, three years old -- 1. Master Willie M'Kee Stevenson, Claremont, Ballymena; 2. John Boal, Tullygarley, Ballymena; 3. S. S. Owens.

Gelding or filly, suitable for saddle, three years old; the property of a bona-fide County Antrim farmer -- 1. John Boal; 2. S. S. Owens; 3. Hugh Donaghy, Moneygobbin, Ballymoney.

Gelding or filly suitable for saddle, three years old; the product of the thoroughbred stallion Azzur -- 1. Master Willie M'Kee Stevenson; 2. S. S. Owens; 3. Robert C. Simpson, Prospect, Ballymena.

Gelding or filly, suitable for saddle, three years old -- 1. Samuel M'Turk, Aughnadore, Broughshane; 2. David R. Thompson, Corbally Cottage, Galgorm; 3. James Weir, Straid, Gracehill; 4. James Lamont, Drumafivey, Stranocum.

Gelding or filly, suitable for saddle, two years old; the property of a bona-fide County Antrim farmer -- 1. David R. Thompson; 2. James Weir; 3. James Lamont.

Gelding or filly, suitable for saddle, two years old; the produce of the thoroughbred stallion Azzur -- 1. David J. Adams, Dunaird, Broughshane; 2. Bernard M'Keown, Kilnocolpagh, Aughfatten; 3. S. S. Owens.

Colt, gelding, or filly, suitable for saddle, one year old -- 1. Wm. Wallace, Ballinihone, Stranocum; 2. Samuel M'Turk; 3. Robert Caruth, Dunbought, Clough.

Colt, gelding, or filly, suitable for saddle, one year old; the property of a bona-fide County Antrim farmer -- 1. Samuel M'Turk; 2. Robert Caruth; 3. Robert D. Best, The Cairn, Aghalee, Lurgan.

Colt, gelding, or filly, suitable for saddle, one year old; the produce of the thoroughbred stallion Azzur -- 1. Robert Caruth; 2. Robert D. Best; 3. J. & W. W. Brown, Ballinaloob, Dunloy.

Gelding or mare, suitable for harness, four years old and upwards -- 1. Robert Wilson, Straid, Ballynure, Ballyclare; 2. R. W. Ewing, Kingsmere Avenue, Belfast; 3. Mrs. John M'Watters, Annadale, Belfast.

Gelding or filly, suitable for harness, three years old -- 1. William Shannon, Oaklands, Broughshane; 2. Campbell M'Fetridge, Clougher, Ballymena.

Gelding or filly, suitable for harness, two years old -- 1. Robert Gregg, Lower Broughshane, Ballymena; 2. Nathaniel Creith, Carnarmore, Stranocum; 3. Alexander Stewart, Kildowney, Glarryford; 4. Samuel Gaston, Frocess, Cloughmills.

Gelding or filly, suitable for harness, two years old; the property of a bona-fide County Antrim farmer -- 1. Nathaniel Creith; 2. Wm. Mullan, Carnmoney, Belfast; 3. Alex. Stewart; 4. Samuel Gaston.

Colt, gelding, or filly, suitable for harness, one year old -- 1. John Petticrew, Ballycloughan, Broughshane; 2. Robert Simpson; 3. David Mark, Glenleslie, Clough.

Colt, gelding, or filly, suitable for harness, one year old; the property of a bona-fide County Antrim farmer -- 1. Robert Simpson; 2. David Mark; 3. Geo. M'Neilly, Killyfleugh, Ballymena.

Colt, gelding, or filly, one year old; the produce of the Hackney stallion Latest Edition; prizes presented by Mr. Campbell M'Fetridge -- 1. John Petticrew; 2. Robert Simpson; 3. David Mark; 4. George M'Neilly.

Gelding or mare, four years old or upwards, likely to make a polo pony; first and second prizes presented by Mrs. A. J. Pilkington -- 1. Mrs. Hugh Boal, Slatt, Ballymena; 2. Master Jack Stevenson, Claremont, Ballymena; 3. Mr. J. Stevenson.

Gelding or mare, 14 and under 15 hands; shown in saddle -- 1. Master Jack Stevenson; 2. Mrs. Hugh Boal; 3. Master Jack Stevenson.

Gelding or mare, 14 and under 15 hands; shown in hand -- 1. R. W. Ewing; 2. William Gray, Tardree, Kells, Ballymena; 3. William. M'Convey, Railway Hotel, Scrabo Street, Belfast.

Gelding or mare, 13 and under 14 hands -- 1. James Boucher, Ballygowan, County Down; 2. S. C. Millar, Market Road, Ballymena; 3. George Boyd, Gracehill, Ballymena.

Gelding or mare, under 13 hands -- 1. Robt. Agnew, Portglenone; 2. Thomas Gillespie, Randalstown; 3. John Bamber, jun., Ballymena.

Clydesdale gelding or mare, four years old and upwards -- 1. J. Cunningham, Belmount, Antrim; 2. J. Cunningham.

Clydesdale gelding or mare, three years old -- 1. James Caldwell Killagan, County Antrim; 2. James Rainey, Killagan, County Antrim; 3. Charles Dundee.

Clydesdale gelding or filly, two years old -- 1 John M'Robert, J.P., Rademon, Crossgar, Co. Down; 2. John Ferguson, Silversprings, Templepatrick; 3. John M'Robert, J.P.

Clydesdale colt, gelding, or filly, one year old -- 1. John Ferguson; 2. John M'Robert, J.P.; 3. Charles Dundee.

Gelding or mare, other than pure bred, suitable for agricultural purposes, four years old and upwards; the property of a bona-fide County Antrim farmer -- 1. Hugh Gray, Finvoy, Ballymoney; 2. Joseph Raddie, Ballylesson, Ballymena; 3. John Murphy, Grange Park, Toomebridge.

Gelding or mare, other than pure bred, suitable for agricultural purposes, three years old; the property of a bona-fide County Antrim farmer -- 1. John Ferguson; 2. James Moore, Carrowreagh, Mosside; 3. John Murphy.

Gelding or other than pure bred, suitable for purposes, two years old; the property of a bona-fide County Antrim farmer -- 1. David M'Kay, Craignageeragh, Ahoghill; 2. David Graham, sen., Lisunan, Kells; 3. Hugh M'Caughey, Aughnadore, Broughshane.

Colt, gelding, or filly, other than pure bred, suitable for agricultural purposes, one year old; the property of a bona-fide County Antrim farmer -- 1. Mrs. S. E. Ramsay, Culramoney, Ballymoney; 2. Daniel Cruickshank, Carnstrone, Broughshane; 3. John Anderson, Lisnamurrican, Broughshane.

Colt, gelding, or filly, one year old; the produce of the Clydesdale stallion Royal Marquis. -- 1. Daniel Cruickshank; 2. John Anderson; 3. Francis J. S. Turnley, Drummasole, Carnlough; 4. John Madill, Crankill, Ballymena.


Shorthorn bull, calved before 31st August, 1913; age considered -- 1. John Wallace, Anticur, Dunloy; 2. Wm. and J. Ekin. Ultimo House, Coagh, County Tyrone; 3. Carleton Reid, Killycowan, Glarryford; 4. W. R. Henderson, Sherrygroom House, Dungannon.

Shorthorn bull, calved since 31st August, 1913; age considered; 1. James A. Perry, Killane, Ahoghill; 2. W. R. Crawford, The Priory, Tullyhogue; 3. Nicholson Best, The Cairn, Aghalee, County Antrim; 4. John Madill, Crankill, Ballymena.

Shorthorn bull, calved before 31st August, 1913; age to be considered; the property of a bona-fide County Antrim farmer; prizes presented by Captain the Hon. Hugh O'Neill, M.P. -- 1. Carleton Reid; 2. Wm. A. Todd, Rashee, Doagh; 3. Warwick Lake, Forthill, Ballymena; 4. M. Dysart, Glenaghty., Glarryford.

Shorthorn bull, calved since 31st August, 1913; age to be considered; the property of a bona-fide County Antrim farmer; prizes presented by Major R. M'Calmont, M.P. -- 1, Nicholson Best; 2. John Madill; 3. F. W. Gorman Best, Broommount, Aghalee, Lurgan; 4. Hugh Simpson, Portglenone.

Shorthorn cow, any age; age to be considered; first prize presented by the Dowager Lady Smiley -- 1. Thomas J. Crawford. Limepark, Tullyhogue; 2. Reps. George Dickson, Milecross, Newtownards; 3. Geo. M. Thompson, M.D., Bellaghy, County Derry.

Shorthorn heifer, two years old -- 1. Thomas J. Crawford; 2. F. W. Gorman Best; 3. Thos. Wilson, Caugherty, Broughshane.

Shorthorn heifer, one year old -- 1. Thomas Pattleton, Moneymore, County Derry; 2. F. W. Gorman Best; 3. Thomas Pattleton.

Shorthorn calf, calved since 31st August -- 1. James Wilson, Clonlee, Larne; 2. Reps. Geo. Dickson; 3. R. P. Crawford, Cloughmills; 4. R. F. Crawford.

Galloway bull, any age; age considered -- 1. B. H. Lane, Rush Hall, Limavady; 2. John G. Wallace, Ballinacaird, Broughshane; 3. Jas. Graham, Clonreagh, Glenariffe; 4. Sir R. Shafto Adair, Bart., The Castle, Ballymena.

Galloway cow or heifer, two years old and upwards; age considered -- 1. B. H. Lane, Limavady; 2. B. H. Lane.

Registered dairy bull, any age; age considered -- 1. Samuel Kirk, Creavery, Randalstown; 2. John Jamieson, Kirkistown, Cloyfin, Coleraine; 3. Robert M'Gaughey, Ballykeel, Ballymena; 4. M. Dysart.

Dexter cow or heifer, in calf or in milk; any age; age considered -- 1. W. R. Creswell, Stag Hall, Belfast; 2. William Arthur, 53, Ballyclose Street, Limavady; 3. Samuel Gibson, Summerhill, Dunmurry.

Kerry cow or heifer, in calf or in milk; any age; age considered -- 1. Mrs. E. Robertson, Dog Leap, Limavady; 2. Sir Robert Anderson, Bart., Parkmount, Belfast; 3. Sir Robert Anderson; 4. William Arthur.

Cow or heifer, of any pure dairy breed, for which no class is provided; in calf or in milk; any age; age considered -- 1. W. R. Creswell; 2. W. R. Crosswell; 3. James Smyth, Creva Moy, Broughshane; 4. Mrs. Ritter, Roe Park, Limavady.

The Joint Committee of the Braid, Cloughmills, and Rathkenny Co-Operative Agricultural and Dairy Society, Ltd., offered the prizes to owners of dairy cows who have been supplying milk to any of these societies since 1st January, 1915 -- 1. R. J. Linton. Burnfoot, Broughshane; 2. James Smyth; 3. Patrick Irwin, Broughshane; 4. Patrick Irwin.

Dairy cow, any age or breed other than pure bred; date of calving considered -- 1. J. C. Welsh, Bellee, Ballymena; 2. David Rainey; 3. W. R. Creswell; 4. Samuel Evans, Cullybackey.

Cow, any age or breed, other than pure bred, suitable for general purposes; the property of a bona-fide County Antrim farmer -- 1. J. C. Welsh; 2. David Rainey; 3. W. R. Creswell; 4. James Simpson.

Heifer, other than pure bred, two years old; the progeny of registered dairy cows under the Department's scheme -- 1. Daniel Patterson; 2. Daniel Patterson; 3. R. W. G. Hutchinson, Eglish, Brougbshane.

Heifer other than pure bred, two years old; the property of a bona-fide County Antrim farmer -- 1. John M'Bride, jun., Lisnagunagh, Bushmills; 2. W. R. Creswell; 3. W. R. Creswell; 4. R. W. G. Hutchinson.

Heifer, other than pure bred, one year old; property of a bona-fide County Antrim farmer -- 1. John M'Bride, jun.; 2. Samuel Evans; 3. Samuel Linton; 4. W. R. Creswell.



Ram, one year old -- 1, 2, 3, and 4. A. J. Pilkington, Parkmore.

Ram, over one year old -- 1. A. J. Pilkington; 2. Thos. S. Stott, Broadbog, Cloughmills; 3. A. J. Pilkington; 4. B. H. Lane.

Ewe one year old -- 1 and 2. B. H. Lane; 3 and 4. A. J. Pilkington.

Ewe, over one year old; lamb or lambs at foot -- 1 and 2. F. S. Henderson, Ballybentra, Templepatrick; 5. Angus M'Leod, Broadbog, Cloughmills; 4. A. J. Pilkington.

Three ewes, with black-face lambs at foot; must be uncrossed, and grazed on owner's hill during previous breeding season; prizes presented by Mr. A. J. Pilkington -- 1. Angus M'Leod; 2. David White, Tecloy, Aughafatten. Confined to bona-fide County Antrim Farmers.

Ram, one year old -- 1. James C. Robinson, Killyharn, Aughafatten; 2. Robert Millar, Tecloy, Aughafatten; 3. Angus M'Leod; 4. David Gibson, Cloneytrace, Broughshane.


Ram, one year old -- 1 and 2. T. W. Stokes, Anahilt, Hillsboro', County Down; 3. Rev. R. J. M'Ilmoyle, Dervock, County Antrim; 4. Joseph Alexander, Moneyduff, Cloughmills.

Ewe, one year old -- 1. Robert Marrow, Carncullagh, Stranocum; 2 and 4. Rev. R. J. M'Ilmoyle; 3. T. W. Stokes.

Ewe, over one year old; lamb or lambs at foot -- 1. Thomas Rush, Clintagh, Ballnahinch; 2 and 4. Rev. R. J. M'Ilmoyle; 3. James Simpson.

Ewe lamb, dropped in 1915 -- 1. Thomas Rush; 2. T. W. Stokes; 3. David Wilson; 4 Saml. M'Bride, Mayfield, Broughshane.

Ram lamb, dropped in 1915 -- 1. James M'ILonan, Killycowan, Glarryford; 2. Thomas Rush; 3. T. W. Stokes; 4. David M'Cosh, Kenbally, Broughshane.


Confined to County Antrim Exhibitors.

Ram, one year old -- 1. Rev. R. J. M'Ilmoyle; 2. Joseph Alexander; 3. John Ritchie, Ballylig, Broughshane; 4. Thomas Wilson.

Ewe, one year old, not having lambed or having lost her lambs this season -- 1. Robert Morrow; 2 and 4. Rev. R. J. M'Ilmoyle; 3. Alexander Stewart, Glarryford.

Ewe, one year old, lamb or lambs at foot -- 1. John Ritchie, Ballylig, Broughshane; 2. Samuel M'Bride, Mayfield, Broughshane; 3. Matthew Simpson. Mill Street, Ballymena; 4. Joseph Linton, Frocess, Cloughmills.

Ewe, one year old, lamb or lambs at foot -- 1 and 3. Rev. R. J. M'Ilmoyle; 2. John Simpson; 4. David M'Cosh.

Ewe lamb, dropped in 1915 -- 1 and 2. David Wilson; 3. Rev. R. J. M'Ilmoyle; 4. John Holden, Railway Street, Ballymena.

Ram lamb, dropped in 1915 -- 1. James M'Alonan, Killycowan, Glarryford; 2. David M'Cosh; 3. Joseph Linton.

Border Leicester Challenge Cup, value ten guineas, for the best group in Border Leicester classes, consisting of one aged ewe, one year old ewe, one year old ram, one ram lamb, one ewe lamb -- Rev. R. J. M'Ilmoyle.


Calculated to Produce Stock Suitable for Curing Purposes.

Boar, large white Ulster -- 1. W. R. M. Boyd, Lisnataylor, Muckamore; 2. Hugh Gray, Finvoy, Ballymoney; 3. John Madill, Crankill, Ballymena; 4. H. D. M. Barton, The Bush, Antrim.

Sow, large white Ulster, in pig, or with litter -- 1. Thos. Cumming, Ballymena; 2. Thos. Cumming; 3. Joseph Kissock, Dunaird Broughshane; 4. Thos. Cumming.

Sow, large white Ulster, under nine months -- 1. Thos. Cumming; 2 and 3. Joseph Kissock. Litter of pigs, large white Ulster, not less than six in number, and not to exceed eight weeks' old; age considered; bred by exhibitor -- 1. Joseph Robinson, Rokeel, Broughshane; 2. Wm. John Morrison, Andraid, Randalstown; 3. Joseph Kissock; 4. Thos. Cumming.


Female goat, the property of artisans and cottiers resident in the Ballymena urban and rural districts; prizes presented by Mr. John Dinsmore, jun. -- 1. Jas. Jamieson, Loughconnelly, Broughshane; 2. John Scullion, Ballymena; 3. Alex. Henry, Ballymena; 4. Alex. Thompson, Ballylesson, Ballymena.


The Morton Cup, for the best brood mare calculated to produce hunters or horses with foal at foot or having a foal at foot, was annexed by Mr. Hugh M'Allister, Castle Street Ballycastle, with Foxglove II., a useful-looking chestnut with foal at foot, by Redwald, bred by Robert D. Best, Aghalee. Master Willie M'Kee Stevenson, Ballymena, won the Challenge Cup presented by the late Sir Hugh Smiley, Bart., D.L., with a view to encouraging the breeding of horses in Ireland for the saddle with His Majesty, a brown gelding by Azzur, out of Glenariffe. The Alex Caruth Challenge Cup was carried off by Mr. S. Edgar M'Manus, Dungannon, with My Prince.

The M'Connell Perpetual Challenge Cup, value twenty guineas, presented by Messrs. C. & M. M'Connell, Church Street, Ballymena, with a view of encouraging the breeding of horses in Ireland suitable for harness. This cup is for the best gelding or mare bred in Ireland, three or four years old, suitable for harness; to be shown in hand. Formerly held by Robert Gregg, to whom it was awarded in 1914 for Gay Lad III., it fell to Wm. Shannon, Oaklands, Broughshane, for Special Edition, a grey gelding.

Mrs. John M'Watters retained the cup presented by Mr. Jamies B. M'Allister, J.P., for the best turn-out in driving competitions, having won it with Mathias, the same winner as at last year's show. The Midland Cup was awarded, after a close contest, to Mr. Thomas J. Crawford, Tullyhogue, for China Rose, a handsome roan cow bred by himself. Mr. Jas. Smyth carried off the cup presented by Mr. Harold A. M. Barbour, M.A., for the best cross-bred cow.

The Clarendo Perpetual Challenge Cup, value 20 guineas, presented by Messrs. White, Tomkins, & Courage, Ltd., for the best cow or heifer fed on Clarendo, the property of a bona-fide farmer residing in the Ballymena rural district. The winner must produce to the secretary of the show receipts for at least one ton of Clarendo, as having been purchased between the 1st January, 1915, and the date of the show. Now held by R. W. G. Hutchinson to whom it was awarded in 1914 for Perfect Belle. It was now won by Mr. Robert J. Linton, Broughshane.

The Stag Hall Cup was awarded to Mr. David Rainey, Antrim, and in the sheep section the Rev. R. J. M'Ilmoyle, Dervock, got the M'Coy trophy, while Mr. F. S. Henderson was declared the winner of the Dinsmore Challenge Cup for the best black-face ewe.


The horse-jumping and driving competitions were, as usual, an exceedingly interesting and popular feature of the day's programme, and were attended with every success. The seven events attracted a large and representative entry, and competition in several cases was exceptionally keen. Mrs. John M'Watters secured the M'Allister Perpetual Challenge Cup, the first prise in the single harness turn-out for cobs 14 and under 15 hands, and first prize in the single harness turn-out for ponies under 14 hands. The Nathaniel Morton Challenge Cup (horse-jumping) was carried off by J. Stevenson, Ballymena, who also captured the Kernohan Challenge Cup (champion wall jump). Richard Johnson, Belfast, won the horse-jumping contest for horses that have never previously won a 5 money prize in any jumping competition, and the ladies' riding competition for style and general appearance was won by Miss Kennedy, who rode a horse owned by Charles M'Connell, Ballymena.




The "London Gazette" of last night contains lists o promotions in the field, and of officers and men recommended for gallant and distinguished service.

The list contains the names of many officers well known in Belfast and in other parts of Ulster, as well as several local officers and men.

Lieutenant-Colonel G. B. Laurie, the commanding officer of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles, went to the front with the regiment from Belfast, and was subsequently killed in action.

Brigadier-General A. J. Bols, C.B., D.S.O., General Headquarters Staff, is well known in Belfast, where he was in command of the Dorsets at the outbreak of the war.

Lieutenant-Colonel R. Fitzgerald Uniacke, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was serving on the General Headquarters Staff, and was accidentally killed at the beginning of this month.

Captain John Greer Dill, Leinster Regiment, is a son of the late Mr. John Dill, manager of the Donegall Place branch of the Ulster Bank, and a second cousin of Professor Sir Samuel Dill, of the Queen's University, Belfast. He was also a relative of the late Captain Robert Foster Dill, D.S.O., who was killed in action on 11th April. Captain G/ J. Dill has been serving at the front as Brigade-major of the 25th Brigade. He was mentioned in despatches in February last, and was wounded on May 9th.

Lieutenant W. A. Burgas, 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action whilst gallantly leading his platoon at the second battle of Neuve Chapelle. He was an old Campbell College and Armagh Royal School boy.

Lieutenant R. St. J. Blacker Douglas, 1st Battalion Irish Guards, belongs to a well-known County Tyrone family. He was wounded, and returned to the front again, and is now reported in the above list to have been killed.

Major the Hon. J. F. Hepburn Stuart Forbes Trefusis, D.S.O., 1st Battalion Irish Guards, is a brother of Lord Clinton, who married in 1886 Lady Jane Grey M'Donnell, daughter of the fourth Earl of Antrim. He took part in the South African war, going out as a trooper in the Irish Yeomanry, and was captured at Lindley.

Major R. G. Shuter, D.S.O., of the 1st Battalion (Princess Victoria's) Royal Irish Fusiliers, was in command of the depot at Armagh previous to the outbreak of war. He served through the Boer war, and was twice mentioned in despatches for his work during that campaign. His merits have now again been similarly recognised. In the present war he has been wounded on two occasions.

Captain George Bull, now "mentioned" for the second time, is a son of Mr. R. G. Bull, who up to a year or two was the Resident Magistrate at Newry. Captain Bull is in the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, but in the Boer War, for which he holds two medals with six clasps, he served with the 5th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

Second Lieutenant E. R. Culverwell, R.A., Headquarters Staff, son of Mr. G. P. Culverwell, Ashdene, Comber, engineer of the B.C.D. Railway Company.

Captain H. S. Hodgkin, 4th Dragoon Guards (attached 1st Cheshire Regiment), son-in-law of Mrs. R. J. M'Mordie, Cabin Hill, Belfast.

Major H. S. Sewell, 4th Dragoon Guards, Ballycastle, County Antrim, brother-in-law of Mr. R. H. S. Noble, Belfast.

Second Lieutenant G. W. T. Coates (killed in action), 33rd Battery, son of Mr. G. D. Coates, Andersonstown, manager Northern Bank, Royal Avenue.

Major B. B. Crosier, D.S.O., 36th Battery, son of the Lord Primate of Ireland.

Colonel Sir Almroth Wright, M.D., a Belfast freeman.

Rev. J. Sims, D.D., Principal Chaplain (Presbyterian), of Newtownards.

Rev. H. C. Meeke, Presbyterian Chaplain, formerly of Ballylinney, Ballyclare.

The Press Bureau have issued a long list of promotions and appointments for services rendered in connection with the military operations on the field, which the King has ordered on the occasion of his birthday

K.G.C.B, (Military Division) -- General Sir Douglas Haig, K.C.B.

C.B. -- Amongst those appointed is Temporary-Colonel Sir Almroth E. Wright, Army Medical Staff.

C.M G. -- The appointments to the Companionship of the Order of St. Michael and St. George include -- The Rev. John Morrow Simms, D.D., Principal Chaplain.

The following promotions and awards have been made, among others, for services rendered in connection with the military operations in the field, dating from June 3rd --

G.M.G. -- Lt. Col. P. R. Wood (R.I.F.), Major (Temp. Lt.-Col.) L. Lipsett, R.I.R. (attached Canadians).

Brevet Lt.-Col-Major (Temp. Lt.-Col.) M. Welch, R.I.R.

D.S.O. -- Capt. J. G. Dill (Leinsters).

The following appear under regimental heading's --

Royal Flying Corps -- Military Cross -- Lt. (Temp. Capt.) R. M. Vaughan, Inniskillings.

4th (R.I.) Dragoon Guards. -- D.S.O. -- Major H. S. Sewell, Capt. H. S. Hodgkin. Military Cross -- Sec-Lt. R. J. F. Chance.

Royal Irish Rifles. -- Military Cross -- Capt. F. R. W. Graham. Lt. G. J. Gartlan; 5710, Rtg.-Serg.-Major W. Carroll.

Royal Irish Fusiliers. -- Brevet Major -- Capt. G. Bull, Capt. M. J. Furnell. D.S.O. -- Major P. Gould, Capt. T. J. Crean, V.C. (Reserve); Capt. O. W. M'Sheehy, M.B. Military Cross -- Lt. J. F. Hodges, Capt. E. J. Kavanagh, M.B.

Army Chaplains. -- Military Cross -- Rev. W. Drury, M.A. (Anglican), Rev. W. H. Abbot (Anglican), Rev. A. E. Popham (Anglican), Rev. J. E. Adams (Presbyterian), and Rev. A. T. Cape (Wesleyan). Promotion from 3rd class to 2nd class -- Rev. H. C. Meeke, M.A. (Presbyterian).


The following amongst others have been awarded Distinguished Conduct Medals. The particulars of the acts of gallantry will be published in the "London Gazette" on an early date --

Segt. (Acting Co.-Qtr.-Segt.) F. W. Borley, 9400, 1st Batt. R.I.F.; Lance-Corporal H. Cairns, 9249, 1st R.I.R.; Pte. A. Copeland, 8497, 1st R.I.R.; Segt. J. Coyle, 6427, 1st R.I.R,; L.-Cpl. M. Darcy, 8223, 1st R.I.R.; Pte. R. D. Keenan, 9766, 1st Batt. R.I.F.; Pte. P. M'Cormick, 8664, 2nd R.I.F.; Pte. J. M'Kenna, 6333, 1st R.I.F.; Segt. H. Rees, 6346, 1st R.I.R.; Co.-Segt.-Major J. P. Tighe, 5638, 1st R.I.R.



Sir Almroth Wright, the distinguished Irish savant, whose skill in bacteriological research has been of invaluable service in the treatment of wounded soldiers at Wimerux and other hospital bases in France, has been awarded the Le Comte Triennial Prize of 2,000 by the French Academy of Science.

The "London Gazette" announces that the King has appointed the Earl of Granard a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order. Lord Granard is commander of the 5th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, for the raising of which he made himself personally responsible.



Lieutenant C. Gordon Macdonald, 6th Scottish Rifles (T.F.), has been killed in action in France. Lieutenant Macdonald was a son of the late Mr. E. E. Macdonald, headmaster of Hillhead High School, and before joining the Forces was assistant minister at Hamilton Parish Church.


Seven Vessels Sunk by Submarine.

A Lloyd's Cullercoats correspondent says that the following message, received from the steamer Llama yesterday, states -- Just picked up the crew of nine men from the drifter Quiet Waters, of Peterhead, and also ten men from the Viceroy, of Aberdeen, sunk off the Shetlands by a German submarine twenty-five miles east of the Skerries last night at eleven o'clock. They report five other drifters sunk at the same time. We are going to put the crews ashore at the first opportunity.



Executed in the Tower.

The spy Muller was shot at the Tower on Wednesday morning.

The summary of evidence in the case of the alleged spy Rosenthal was taken at Wellington Barracks yesterday. He will be tried by Court-martial.

After his appeal against the sentence was dismissed on Monday, Muller was taken back to Brixton Prison, and on Tuesday was handed over to the military authorities, and removed under an armed escort to the Tower of London. He was watched throughout the night by a guard of the H.A.C., and shortly before 6 o'clock yesterday morning was taken to the miniature rifle range in the moat of the Tower. The firing party consisted of eight picked marksmen. At the word of command they fired. It sounded like one report, and Muller was certified by the medical officer present to be dead. Later an inquest was held in the Tower, and the jury returned a verdict that the sentence of death had been duly executed in accordance with the law. The body was afterwards taken to a cemetery in North London, and buried in unconsecrated ground.



To the regret of a wide circle of friends the death took place oh Tuesday at his residence, Clairmont, Windsor Hill, Newry, after an illness extending from October last, of Mr. Robert Sands, one of Newry's most prominent merchants and enterprising citizens. The deceased gentleman, who was a native of Portadown district, came to Newry in his early manhood in the seventies to assist in the management of Messrs. Abram R. Walker & Sons in the milling industry, and by his energy and application rose to a pre-eminent position amongst the flour and meal milling industries in the North of Ireland. About the eighties he entered the Clanrye Mills, and subsequently purchased the interests, developing the business to such an extent that the mill has business connections with almost every town in the North of Ireland. He was one of the promoters of the Newry, Keady, and Tynan railway scheme, and was a member of the Newry Harbour Trust. He took no part in politics, though a strong Unionist. He was a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church and a liberal supporter of its funds. His contribution to the Church's Twentieth Century Fund amounted to 1,000, and for many years past his annual subscription to the congregation's Foreign Mission collection ran into three figures. Farm colonies in India are an interesting feature of the Foreign Mission work of the Irish Presbyterian Church, and a few years ago the deceased contributed 500 towards the founding of a new colony near the village of Dhemi, about five miles from Borsad, and in recognition of his gift the colony was named Sandspur. Deceased was of a most charitable disposition, and was a large subscriber to numerous philanthropic agencies. He married a sister of Mr. Thomas R. Ledlie, Newry, who survives him, and with whom much sympathy will be felt.



A well-known Belfast businessman in the person of Mr. Tom Sterling, J.P., died on Sunday at Edenderry House, Ballylesson. He had been in indifferent health for some time past, and it was with the object of seeking rest and change that he gave up his in flat the city two or three months ago, at which time, it will be remembered, his auction of furniture attracted a large attendance of connoisseurs and collectors. In the conduct of his extensive business -- that of wholesale and retail confectioner -- he was exceedingly successful. Starting from small beginnings, he made such marked progress that in the course of a few years he was able to open branch establishments in Donegall Place and Royal Avenue. He was keenly interested in artistic matters, and was unfailing in his attendance at the concerts given under the auspices of the Philharmonic Society. His death, at a comparatively early age, will be deeply regretted by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.


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