The Witness - Friday, 7 February 1919


BOYD--GAMBLE -- On Saturday, January 25, 1919 at St. Columba's (Church of Scotland), Font St., Belgravia, London, by the Rev. Archibald Fleming, D.D., John Boyd, Lieutenant, N.Z.M.C., eldest son of the late James R. Boyd, J.P., and Mrs. Boyd, Geenwood, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, to Jenny, eldest daughter of Thos. W. and Mrs. Gamble, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan.


MEHARRY -- Feb. 5, 1919, at 70, Madrid Street, Esther, relict of the late Robert Meharry, and eldest daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Boyce, of Magherascouse, Ballygowan. The remains of my dear mother will be removed to-day (Friday), at two o'clock, for interment in Comber Churchyard. Friends will please accept this intimation. SARAH MEHARRY.

TAIT -- Jan. 25, at Windsor Hill, Newry, Joseph C., beloved husband of Ellen T. Tait. Interred in the family burying-ground at Drumlough. "Gone to be with Christ, which is far better."

BLAND -- Feb. 1, at Tobarcooran, Carnmoney, John Humphrey Bland, aged 90.

CORKEY -- Jan. 22, 1919, at his residence, Ballylane, Glenanne, Alexander Corkey, aged 78 years.

CURRY -- Feb. 3, at Main Street, Ballyclare, Samuel Curry.

WALLACE -- Jan. 30, at 2, Hollybrook Road, Clontarf, Dublin, Rebecca, widow of the late Thomas Wallace, Great Northern Railway (I.).

WEIR -- Feb. 2, at. Ballymacateer, Lurgan, Anne, daughter of the late Charles Weir.



The death of Mr. George Cuming, J.P., managing director of Messrs. Harland & Wolff, Ltd., shipbuilders, took place suddenly at his residence Ormiston, Belfast, on Saturday from heart failure. Mr. Cuming, who was 48 years of age, was the only son of the late Mr. George Cuming, of Lannevanknock, Belfast. He was educated at the Belfast Royal Academical Institution, and entered the service of Messrs. Harland Wolff, Ltd., at the early age of 16, being accepted by the late Sir Edward Harland, M.P., as a pupil in the engine works. He was distinguished for his industry and ability and made rapid progress in the works in both the practical and theoretical side of his profession. After he had passed through the engine works, he spent some time in the drawing office of the firm, and his ability came under the personal observation of Lord Pirrie. and he was promoted assistant manager of tne engine works, subsequently being appointed manager of that department. About ten years ago he was made a managing director of the firm. Mr. Cuming was generally recognised as one of the ablest shipbuilders and engineers among the many brilliant men who were associated with the firm of Harland & Wolff and was probably one of the best marine engineers in the United Kingdom. During the war he had charge of the construction for the Navy of various types of marine engines, including the machinery of one of the famous "Hush" boats, which was reputed to be the fastest vessel in the Royal Navy. Mr. Cuming was a justice of the peace for Belfast, and early in the war was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. He was unmarried.


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The Witness - Friday, 14 February 1919


MINFORD -- Jan. 28, 1919, Margaret, relict of the late William Sam Minford. Interred in Donegore Burying-ground. D. IRWIN.

BELL -- At the residence of her nephew (Harry Bell), Edenfells, Hillsborough, Sarah Jane Bell.

BOYCE -- Feb. 7, at her residence, Corcreevy, Richhill, the widow of the late William Boyce, aged 82 years.

DODDS -- Feb. 6, at Tullybranaghan, Newcastle, James Dodds.

DUNWOODY -- Feb. 6, at Mill Street, Monaghan, Forster Dunwoody, J.P.

FERGUSON -- Feb. 7, at Lake View, Stewartstown, Robert Thomas (Bertie), eldest son of Thomas Ferguson, Albany, Stewartstown.

GIBSON -- Feb. 5, at Bleary, Portadown, James Gibson, in his 83rd year.

GREER -- Jan. 8, at 5,647, Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, U.S.A., Sophia, widow of the late Wm. John Greer, formerly of Coalisland, and daughter of the late James Flack, teacher, Islandmagee and Belfast.

HAGAN -- Feb. 9, at her parents' residence, Dalriada Hill, Greenisland, Mary Agnes (Minnie), the youngest daughter of John and Mary Hagan.

MOORE -- Feb. 8, at his residence, Main Street, Ballyclare, Thomas Moore.

MacCLINTON -- Feb. 2, at Queen's Parade, Bangor, Co. Down, in her 93rd year, Maria, widow of the late William MacClinton, Deputy Inspector-General, R.N.

M'CAW -- Feb. 10, 1919, at Hospital, Newtownards, Joseph M'Caw.

ROSS -- Feb. 9, at Millvale, Ballyclare, William A. Ross.

SINCLAIR -- Feb. 10, at Bushmills, James Sinclair, late Principal of Bushmills Boys' School.




Surplus of 1918 Oat Crop. -- It has been arranged between the Department of Agriculture and the Royal Commission on Wheat Supplies that the Wheat Commission will purchase for gradual delivery a further 50 000 tons of feeding oats. This will exhaust the surplus and make a total season's export of about 140,000 tons.

Troopship Aground. -- The U.S troopship Narragansett was stranded in severe weather at Bembridge, Isle of Wight. The men, 1,700, were rescued by destroyers and small craft, but all attempts to refloat the vessel failed. Most of the men were asleep at the time the vessel ran aground. Nothing was lost but a few kits and rifles.

Cannibalism in Turkey. -- According to the special correspondent of the Press Association at Turkey a case of cannibalism took place at Mosul 8 months ago, the victims being 6 small children. The report is confirmed by a photograph showing the execution of the criminals, a man and a woman, in whose house the heads of the children were discovered.

The German Warships. -- The Press Association learns authoritatively that of the U-boats surrendered to Britain 37 have been dispersed as follows:-- To France, 16; to Italy, 10; to Japan, 7; and to the United States, 4. The surrendered German war vessels at Scapa are showing great deterioration as the result of neglect of them by their crews.

Sugar for Domestic Preserving. -- Lord Bledisloe, Director of Sugar Distribution, intimates that no assurance can be given at present that any allotment of sugar for domestic preserving will be made to individual applicants during the coming summer. He, therefore, recommends persons who are accustomed to make their own jam to reserve as much sugar as possible out of their weekly ration.

Big U.S.A. Navy. -- Admiral Mayo, in the U.S.A. House of Representatives, on the eve of the vote on the Naval Bill, urged immediate naval expansion, saying -- "Nothing Congress can do will be in excess of the naval requirements. There was never a time when it was so necessary to be thoroughly prepared. If the war ends with trouble between some of the nations it will be a different ending from any other great war that has ever taken place.

Archbishop and Secret Oaths. -- Archbishop Gilmartin, at the Cathedral, Tuam, said secret societies and the taking of secret oaths were pitfalls at the present day for the youth of the country and he appealed to all the people to avoid such societies as might lead to serious offences against the Ten Commandments. If young men wished to join societies let them join only such as they could join openly, and as did their business openly and above board.

Primary Education Report. -- In the draft report of the committee appointed to inquire into the conditions appertaining to primary education in Ireland, it is proposed that an initial salary of 100 be fixed, going up to 180; special good service to carry with it 230 per annum. For principals there should be a capitation grant of 10s up to an average of 120, and 5s for the principal senior assistant. Where the attendance numbers more than 120, it is proposed that a vice-principal be appointed, There is also a recommendation of a grant in lieu of residence.

A Horrible Massacre. -- A Reval paper contains a description of a horrible massacre committed by the Bolsheviks. People were murdered at Wesenberg of all ages and occupations, after first being compelled to dig their own graves. They were then lined up at the edge and shot down. Dozen of bodies fell into the same grave, which were filled in so perfunctorily that arms and legs protruded. A driver saved himself by jumping down into the grave shortly before the order to fire was given. Several Jews ransomed their lives for sums varying from 250 to 1,500 The vicar of the village was executed.

Entertainment and Epidemics. -- Arising out of the recent influenza epidemic, the Local Government Board have made regulations providing that in the city of Belfast public entertainments shall not be carried on for more than three hours consecutively, or four hours in the case of cinematographs, and that there shall be 10 minutes between two entertainments at one place, and in that interval the place shall be thoroughly ventilated. When a cinema proprietor has been notified that a National school in the district has been temporarily closed owing to influenza, children shall not be admitted to the cinematograph exhibition.

National Teachers' Demands. -- Tyrone Central Teachers' Association instructed delegates representing the C.E.C. and county or local associations at any congress or meeting to withdraw when political or religious subjects came under discussion. Resolutions passed demanding that salaries should begin at 150 and increase to a maximum of 350, those of J.A.M.'s to begin at 70 and increase to 100; that the pension scheme be replaced by English system, with voluntary resignation after 55 years; and that the present war bonus be increased to the same amount as that given to P.O. officials, and payable from the same date.

Irish Centre Party. -- The Provisional General Committee of the Irish Centre Party have appointed Messrs. T. O'Dowd J.P.; W. P. O'Neill, G.E.; and F. P. Griffith, C.E., treasurers; and Lieut. F. J. Welan, central organisation committee; and a propaganda committee is to be under the direction of Mr. J. Dinsmore jun., and Captain Scholefield, while subcommittees have been chosen to suggest action on electoral reform (Professor Oldham and Mr. A. Smith, J.P. directors), public health (Drs. Crofton and Rowlette), judicial reform (Serjeant Sullivan and Mr. W. E. Wylie, K.C.,), and development and transit (Messrs. W. P. O'Neill and E. P. Griffith).

General Townshend Tells of Kut. -- Gen. Townshend, speaking at an entertainment to repatriated men, said that Mr. Candler had written a book in which it was stated that he had miscalculated his provisions at Kut. This was wrong. He had resolved to stand at Kut to save all Mesopotamia, and the Commander-in-Chief promised him help in a month, but failed to send it. He only held out as long as he did by finding hidden grain, which the Arabs disclosed on threat of being shot. It was also false to say he had been well treated in captivity. As a prisoner he worked to upset the Turkish Government although if he had been found out he would have been shot.

Ulster Farmers' Union. -- A representative metting was held in the Lisnadill National School with the object of forming a branch of the Ulster Farmers' Union. Rev. E. A. Foy, rector presided. Mr. D. P. Martin, secretary of the Ulster Farmers' Union, explained why the union had been formed and the work that had been accomplished during the short period of its existence. It was decided to form a branch, and Mr. David Beattie was appointed secretary. The following committee was appointed:-- Messrs. Wm. M'Kinstry, A. Ireland, Geo. Rainey, John Haughey, Thomas G. Johnston, Robert Ireland, John Menary, John Nesbitt, James Starr, A. Boyd, Robert Atkinson, Thomas Gray, and Wm. Frazer. A similar branch was formed at Lisadian, and forty members joined.

Sir H. Plunkett in America. -- Sir H. Plunkett has arrived in New York. Asked if he came to the U.S. to agitate the Irish question, he said he did not think that necessary, as everyone understood the situation now. He was simply going West to study agricultural conditions.

R.D.S. Horse Show. -- Right Hon. Lord Rathdonnell, H.M.L., president, occupied the chair at the meeting of the Royal Dublin Society, when it was resolved that, having regard to the great difficulty in arranging for all shows, they consider it better to retain the usual date for the next horse show -- viz., Aug. 26, 27, 28, and 29.

War Regulations Relaxed. -- The Order requisitioning stocks of raw goatskins and fixing prices has been cancelled. Wool derived from Cape coarse and coloured sheepskins is no longer required for Government purposes, and such wool is freed from control. Dealings in Russian flax and tow are authorised on the same terms as Dutch and other imported flaxes.

The Lusitania Monument. -- The French sculptor, George Dubois, has just finished the model of a monument commemorating the Lusitania. It represents a woman kneeling on a piece of wreckage, and another holding a baby in outstretched arms appealing to invisible rescuers. The monument will be of bronze, 15ft. high, and will be anchored to an enormous float off the Irish coast.


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