Belfast Newsletter - Monday 2 April, 1883


BROWNE -- March 30, at Northland Row, Dungannon, the wife of T.J. Browne, M.B., of a son.

BARRY -- March 29, at 12, Queen's-gate Terrace, South Kensington, London, the wife of Robert A.H. Barry, Captain 5th Batt. Royal Dublin Fusiliers, of a son.

CREEDY -- March 28, the wife of Robert Henry Creedy, of The Ferns, St. John's Villas, Upper Holloway, London, N., of a son.

RYAN -- March 26, at Emly, the wife of Charles E. Ryan, Esq., M.D. of a daughter.

SWEENY -- March 28, the wife of the Rev. P. Sweeny, Ballinacourty Rectory, of a son.


BRIGHT--TYLOR -- March 28, at the parish church, Carshalton, by the Rev. Canon Farrar, Wm. Leatham Bright, son of the Right Hon. John Bright, M.P., to Isabella M'Ivor, daughter of Alfred Tylor, F.G.S., of Shepley House.

ELY--BEVERLEY -- March 28, at St. James's Piccadilly, London, by the Rev. L. Davidson, M.A., Assistant Commissary-General Alfred Ely, Commissariat and Transport Staff, to Julia Cecilia Beverley, late of Leeds, Yorkshire.

TOMLINSON--SWAN -- March 28, at St. John's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh, by the Rev. D. Sandford, LL.D., Bishop Designate of Tasmania, assisted by the Rev. -- M'Sweny, Robert George Tomlinson, of 95, Leinster Road, Dublin, youngest son of William Tomlinson, Abbeyleix, Ireland, to Elizabeth (Bessie), youngest daughter of William Swan, of 62, Queen Street, Edinburgh.


CARLILE -- At Cavan Cottage, Rathfriland, Mary, relict of the late Rev. Thomas Carlile.Funeral this (Monday) afternoon, at three o'clock.

CHAPMAN -- March 31, at 27, High Street, Lurgan, Margaret, relict of the late John Chapman.Funeral this (Monday) morning, at half-past eleven o'clock.

CRAWFORD -- March 30, at 78, Denmark Street, Belfast, Caroline, wife of James Crawford, M.D. Her remains will be removed for interment in Shankhill Burying-ground on this (Monday) morning, at nine o'clock.Friends will please accept this intimation.

CULLENAN -- April 1, at the residence of his brother, 24, Market Street, Lurgan, Patrick Cullenan, aged 34 years.His remains will be removed on to-morrow (Tuesday) morning, at eight o'clock, for interment in the family burying-ground, Clogher, County Tyrone, arriving there about three o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation. -- R.I.P.

GELSTON -- March 31, at 6, Marine Parade, Holywood, Eliza, relict of the late Robert Gelston, of Whitechurch, Ballywalter, aged 91 years.Funeral private.

GILL -- April 1, at his residence, Drumcill, Lisburn, William John Gill, aged 75 years.His remains will be removed for interment in the family burying-ground, Magheragall, on to-morrow (Tuesday) afternoon, at two o'clock.

GIFFEN -- At Ballyduff, Carnmoney, Samuel Giffen, aged 43 years.His remains will be removed from his late residence for interment in Carnmoney Burying-ground on to-morrow (Tuesday) morning, at ten o'clock. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation.

MORGAN -- April 1, at 15, Brookfield Place, Belfast, James Haithwaite, eldest and beloved son of Charles J.G. Morgan, aged 6 years.(Safe in the arms of Jesus.)His remains will be removed for interment in the Borough Cemetery on to-morrow (Tuesday) morning, at ten o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

M'CALDIN -- March 30, at Poyntspass, County Armagh, James M'Caldin, of Belfast, aged 72 years.Funeral will leave Great Northern Terminus, for Borough Cemetery, on arrival of 10-50 train, on this (Monday) morning, Friends will please accept this intimation.

M'GEOWN -- April 1, at the Globe, Market Square, Lisburn, William Ernest Garfield, only son of William and Aggie M'Geown, aged 1 year and 10 days.His remains will be removed for interment in New Cemetery this (Monday) afternoon, at four o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

BUCKLEY -- March 30, at his residence, Killincarrick, Delgany, John Buckley, aged 85 years.

CONNOR -- March 31, at her residence, Cloughan, near Richhill, Johanna, relict of the late John Connor aged 75 years.

GRAINGER -- March 27, at the Gassion Hotel, Pau, Rachel Elizabeth, third daughter of the late Richard Grainger, Esq., of Newcastle-on-Tyne, and widow of the late Rev. William Burris, M.A., formerly vicar of Farnworth-with-Kersley.

GOWAN -- March 30, at Ballyspurge, near Portaferry, Jane, relict of the late John Gowan.

KNOX -- March 31, at 24, University Square, Belfast, Mary Anne, widow of the late Rev. Edmond F. Knox.



(Before THOS.. HAMILTON, Esq., R.M.; ROBERT MACGEAGH, Esq., J.P., and Dr. BROWNE, J.P., R.N.)


An old man named John M'Laughlin was charged by Harbour-Constable James Smith with stealing a quantity of scrap iron, the property of the Harbour Commissioners.

Mr. Coulter prosecuted.

The accused pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to one month's imprisonment with hard labour.


Jane Corr, an inmate, was charged with having been insubordinate in the Belfast Workhouse that morning.

Mr. Harper prosecuted.

The laundress, Miss Mallaghan, stated that she had told the accused to get some clothes from a room upstairs for the wash but she refused, at the same time using very bad language.

The Master of the Workhouse (Mr. Maniece) said when the laundress complained to him he went in and spoke to the woman, but she got very disorderly and refused to obey him.If women like her were allowed to do as they liked the house could not be managed.He had power to put her in the cells for twelve hours, but she raised such an outcry he thought it better to bring her before their Worships.

The defence was that the accused was suffering from heart disease, and could not do the work she was put to.

Mr. HAMILTON remarked that she appeared to be a very turbulent woman, and as there were twenty-five previous records against her he would send her to jail for one month.


Thomas Gardner was sent to jail for three months for assaulting his wife by striking her with a stool.The woman stated she had to support him, and that it was a usual thing for him to come home and beat her.


An old man named William Gallagher, of 5, Isabella Street, formerly a mill overlooker, was brought up in custody, charged with having fired a loaded pistol at Mr. Peter Macaulay, solicitor, Donegall Street, on Thursday morning last. Sub-Inspector Townsend prosecuted, and the prisoner was undefended.

Peter Macaulay, examined by Sub-Inspector TOWNSEND, stated he was a solicitor, and was in his private office in 109, Donegall Street, on Thursday morning, 29th March, about half-past nine.There was no other person in the place.While writing some letters he heard the sound of some one coming into the room.He looked up and saw the prisoner, whom he knew.He had an old sack over his arm.When he came in witness told him he had not time to speak to him that day as he was going to the assizes.The accused said he must.Witness then said he really could not, as he had a very heavy record on.He then said he would wait till he would get "it."He then sat down at the other side of the table, and the next thing he said was, he would shoot witness.He looked over at the accused and saw he had a pistol in his hand.Witness jumped up and said "Oh, you don't mean that."He saw him aiming the pistol, and as he (witness) got up Gallagher also got up.

To Mr. HAMILTON -- When he said "aiming the pistol" he meant he was pointing it at him.

To the SUB-INSPECTOR -- Witness went round and caught hold of him by the shoulders, facing him.In the struggle at the door prisoner got away from witness into the public office.In getting away witness slipped.Accused then went backwards into another private office repeating he would shoot him.

To Mr. HAMILTON -- He had the pistol at the time in his hand.

To the SUB-INSPECTOR -- That was the second time.He then extended his arm and fired, the report being a very loud one.Witness was not injured.At the time the shot was fired he was about five feet from the accused.He opened the door, ran down stairs, and went into the house next door.When he went back in a few minutes prisoner was away.He then examined the door opposite, where the prisoner stood when he fired, and found some burnt paper sticking in it and a small mark underneath.He did not report the matter to the police until Friday evening.

Mr. HAMILTON -- You seem to think nothing of being shot at, actually saying nothing about it until next day.

Witness -- I was too busy at the assizes.

Examination resumed -- He knew the accused before.Witness first saw him about two months ago.On the first occasion when he came to his office he said he wanted £1 he had given him in the year 1878.Witness told him he knew nothing of the matter, but he would have the books examined.He had the books examined, but there was no trace of the matter.Since then accused had called repeatedly, and asked about the money.

To prisoner -- He could not say how often he had called.He had not a will of prisoner's wife's mother.

Catherine M'Peake, examined by the SUB-INSPECTOR, said she lived in 42, Donegall Street.She was in the habit of cleaning Mr. Macaulay's offices.She saw the prisoner on Thursday morning when she was cleaning the brasses at the hall door.When he came up he asked was Mr. Macaulay in, and witness said yes.Accused then went upstairs.She heard no noise upstairs.Mr. Macaulay came downstairs very quickly, about five minutes afterwards, and went in next door.The prisoner came down a few minutes after Mr. Macaulay, and asked where he had gone.She said he was next door.Prisoner had a bag under his arm when he came down.She cleaned the office on Friday morning, and made a careful search, and found a little bullet.It trundled from behind the office door.It was like the one produced.She put it on the mantel-piece, and subsequently gave it to Head-Constable M'Manamon.She saw a mark in the door.She had seen the accused earlier in the week.He was passing up and down the other side of the street.

Head-Constable John M'Manamon said he arrested the prisoner on Friday evening, about six o'clock, in his own house, Isabella Street.After he arrested him he told him what he was charged with, and cautioned him.Accused then said he had fired the shot at Mr. Macaulay. He said the pistol was not in Mr. Macaulay's, but in a water barrel at the rear of Mr. A. Birney's public-house in Church Street.Witness then went to the place indicated, and found the pistol (produced) without a stock.There was an exploded cap on it when discovered.

To Mr. HAMILTON -- He (witness) passed no observations regarding the stock.

To the SUB-INSPECTOR -- He made an examination of Mr. Macaulay's offices in Donegall Street.He saw a mark made by a fair-sized bullet in the office door, about three and a half feet from the floor. The mark was such as the bullet produced would cause.He got the bullet from Catherine M'Peake, at 42, Donegall Street.He got the wadding underneath the mark made by the bullet.Prisoner, when being brought to the house in Church Street, said he had fired at Mr. Macaulay because he owed him a pound and would not give it to him.

To Mr. HAMILTON -- He didn't look about the water-barrel for the stock.

Mr. TOWNSEND said he was informed the pistol never had a stock, and was used for cleaning the chimney.

To Mr. HAMILTON -- The bullet did not go through the door, but made a mark in it about half an inch deep.It was an ordinary swan shot, and if it had stuck Mr. Macaulay it would probably have killed him, as from examination it must have passed within a few inches of his head after he slipped.

Mr. HAMILTON said Mr. Macaulay's life had been greatly endangered.Had the bullet struck him the consequences might have been very serious.

Sub-Inspector TOWNSEND asked to have the prisoner returned for trial to the next assizes.

The prisoner was then returned for trial.

After the accused had been cautioned in the usual way, he said he had no intention of shooting Mr. Macaulay.It was only done to frighten him into paying the money.He got angered going so often, and being always told to come back, until he did not know what he was doing.

The prisoner's wife asked the Court to allow him out on bail.He had a good character from the place where he had been employed for a very long time.

Mr. HAMILTON said his own serious opinion was that the man did not really intend to shoot Mr. Macaulay, and he thought Mr. Macaulay treated the matter in the same light.If Mr. TOWNSEND did not object he would take two solvent sureties in £50 each, and the accused in £100 for his appearances at the assizes, and he would also bind him and his securities over in similar amounts to keep the peace for twelve months.

Sub-Inspector TOWNSEND said he had no objection.

The prisoner was then formally returned to take his trial at the next assizes.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

EDWIN BOOTH. -- Mr. Edwin Booth has arrived at Vienna, and has begun a series of Shakespearian representations.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --



PORTADOWN, SATURDAY EVENING. -- An important meeting was held in the Town Hall here to-day for the purpose of hearing a report from Mr. R. C. Sinclair, an eminent London engineer (who was specially engaged by Mr. J.G.V. Porter, Lisbellaw), with reference to the Northern canals, and to consult generally on the matter.The chair was taken by Arthur Thornton, Esq., chairman of the Portadown Town Commissioners, and there were also present amongst others -- Dr. Riggs, Armagh; Dr. Heron, Portadown; Thomas Best, J.P.; Thomas Shillington (2),Altavilla; George Greer, J.P., Woodville; James Best, Armagh; John Richardson, T.C.; John Tate, Hamilton Robb, Jacob Orr, Cranagill; P. Loughran, William Hall, T.C.; Frank J.O'Hanlon, Coates Stanley, &c.

The CHAIRMAN having briefly explained the object of the meeting.

Mr. PORTER introduced Mr. Sinclair, C.T., who read the following very important report.:-

"To J.G.V.PORTER, Esq. -- Dear Sir -- Having at your request undertaken the responsible duty of making a personal examination of the canals in the northern district of Ireland, and suggesting some mode of rendering them of use and benefit to the country, and to avoid the calamity of their being in some cases disposed of, and probably closed entirely, by the contemplated action of the Lords of the Treasury, I have made a careful examination of the subject as respects those canals which might, and no doubt were, intended to form a through communication between the seaports of Belfast and Newry on the east coast, and the River Shannon on the west, but have confined my attention principally to those canals which form the connecting chain between the Blackwater and the Shannon -- viz., the Ulster Canal and the Ballinamore and Ballyconnell; Canal -- the Newry Canal and the Lurgan being to a certain extent in an independent position, and admitted to be in good repair and well managed.

"It appears from the published reports arising out of former inquiries, that the cost of constructing the canals and rivers in this district amounted to no less a sum than £836,623 of which the Ulster and Ballinamoreabsorbed more than half, or £450,652.I have made a careful and personal examination of both the Ulster and Ballinamore Canals.And first as relates to the Ulster Canal.I would remark that although the lock gates and masonry of the locks are, as far as I can judge, in fair working order, a considerable outlay will be required in preventing the loss of water by leakage, which appears to me to be very serious and extensive.Even now I noticed water being run down at every lock to keep the canal between the locks at a proper level, which certainly ought not to be the case.The canal at Benbun locks is very narrow, and will require widening and making watertight.The lower end at Charlemont seems to be on bad ground and very defective -- banks low, and the masonry of the lock on one side seems to have sunk and bulged inwards.I notice from the reports that these repairs are estimated to cost about £10,000 which includes a liberal sum in my opinion for raising the banks.I do not, however, question the amount, as I have no doubt the estimate was carefully made.I do not wish to swell this report by enumerating all the necessary repairs, of which I have taken copious notes, but to remark that, with the exceptions I have alluded to, and with the possession of a fine and capacious reservoir, and several other streams which may at a small expense be added for the purposes of the water supply, and with a rigid economy at the locks -- I have no hesitation in saying that the Ulster Canal ought to be and can be made available for trade purposes throughout the whole year, and throughout its whole length.I am satisfied that if it were in the hands of a company, and managed, as it would then be, with ordinary commercial sagacity, it would more than pay its expenses; and if the Ballinamore Canal were put into good repair, so as to be commercially and safely used, and thus form one unbroken line from Belfast to the Shannon, a considerable trade would arise.I believe the main cause of all the failure hitherto experienced has, if my information be correct, arisen from the fact that neither of these canals has been in complete working order at any one period of their existence -- so as to be capable of being used together in conjunction.Anything more truly deplorable than the state of the Ballinamore Canal I can scarcely conceive, with all its locks of excellent masonry, and the lock gates all allowed to decay and fall down; I am afraid this has mainly been caused by want of enterprise and energy, without which no public or private undertaking can prosper, and when I am led to understand that a sum of about £8,000 would put it in good order and repair, I cannot understand anything more suicidal (if I may use the expression) than the proposition to abandon such a work, and leave it for mere drainage purposes -- very useful in themselves, but of small value as compared with the advantage of cheap and regular carriage by water.I can quite see that the present position of these two canals, and the failure of one at least, is, and has long been, an unpleasant picture for the Lords of the Treasury and the Board of Works, and that they would gladly rid themselves of any further trouble and responsibility respecting them; but to abandon them after spending nearly half a million of money out of the public purse, and while retaining them in their own hands, without any well-directed effort to render them of commercial use, allowed them to go to ruin and decay (as in the instance of the Ballinamore Canal), would render them open, at all events, to a charge of grave neglect.I am quite aware that the rapid decay of the lock gates on the Ballinamore is mainly due to their being made of memel timber.Had they been made of good sound oak, as they should have been, with the trifling work they have done, they would all have been in good order at this time, and I think the cost of the work, or the price paid for it, did not justify the use of such material.

The next question which naturally arises is this; What is best to be done with it?I should recommend that it and the Ulster Canal be put into a state of good and efficient order at the expense of the Board of Works, they having neglected it, and handed it over in an incomplete state; and to hand over their entire interest in these canals, after putting them in repair, together with all their powers, interests, and easements, to a public company or to a Navigation Board.The Treasury must, I apprehend, treat these canals as insolvent, as neither the prime cost nor the interest upon it can ever be paid, and would probably wish to see the account closed.And here I would suggest that, if handed over to a public company, they should pay a fair interest upon the sum required to be laid out in repairs, or, as an equivalent, should take upon themselves to duty and expense of keeping the drainage works now in connection with these canals in good working order and condition.There is another mode of dealing with them which suggests itself to my mind -- viz., a Navigation Board framed upon a basis similar to the River Weaver navigation in England, though the circumstances of the two cases are not exactly parallel.The River Weaver in Cheshire, and runs through great salt manufacturing districts, and was at one time, I understand, a very poor concern, however, it has for many years been managed under an act of Parliament, by which all the excess of tolls over and above what is required for the maintenance and improvement of the River Weaver, as a navigation, is handed over to the County of Chester for the public purposes of the County, and every magistrate of the County of Chester is an ex-officio trustee of the River Weaver; and so excellent is the result that, although money expended on improvements is very heavy, and the river as a navigation one of the finestin England, the amount handed over to the County of Chester represents a sum of nearly £10,000 a year, I am not quite sure of the exact amount, but I believe it has one year exceeded that amount, carrying nearly three million tons of salt per annum.

If the first proposition as to a company can be carried out, I should suggest that the money required to be spent in repairs be laid out by the company engineer in conjunction with or under the approval of the engineer of the Board of Works, producing vouchers to show how and where the money has been expended.When put into thorough repair, the one great object towards their ultimate success would be the union of the entire canal and river navigation into one interest to be under one management and control, instead, as at present, very different interests.It would tend, firstly, to greatly reducing the management expenses, and by enabling through rates [--???--] made, greatly facilitate business, as a merchant or trader would then have only one Board and its manager to communicate with in lieu of, say half-a-dozen.I see no difficulty in arranging the whole matter on a basis of this kind, provided perfect unanimity is preserved, and vested interests fairly dealt with, and [--???--] business entered upon in a liberal, willing, and, above all, united spirit.Much has been said as to the competition with the Great Northern Railway, I am,of course, aware there will be, and have had abundant experience of what is meant by competition in England, not only as regards railway, but other traffic, and it is pretty generally understood by those connected with carrying that for a certain class of articles, such as coal, iron ore, building materials of all kinds, grain, and agricultural produce, canals can and do hold their own [article continued]


^ top of page

Belfast Newsletter - Tuesday, 3 April, 1883


BATTEN -- March30, at 19, Cadogan Place, London, S.W., the wife of H.C. Batten, Esq., of the Inner Temple, B.L., of a son.

EWART -- March 30, at Glenbank House, Ballysillan, the wife of Lavens M. Ewart, of a daughter.

ROHDE -- March 28, at Cluny, Ootacamund, the wife of W. CottonRohde, of a daughter.

WILKINSON -- March 28, at 11, Westbury Park, Durham Down, Bristol, the wife of E. Wilkinson, of a son.


LE POER TRENCH--ROBERTS -- March 29, at St. Stephen's Church, East Twickenham, by the Rev. T. Cobb, M.A.,F.A. Le Poer Trench, to Mary Gertrude, daughter of the late C.W. Roberts, M.R. C..S, of Radstock.

SANDHAM--BARTTELOT -- March 29, at Stopham Church, Sussex, by the Rev. J.M. Sandham, uncle of the bridegroom, Chas. M. Sandham, son of General Sandham, to Evelyn Fanny, daughter ofSir Walter B. Barttelot, Bart., C.B. M.P.


DARLEY -- April 2, at 32, Parkview Terrace, Cook Street, Belfast, the residence of her son-in-law, T.H. Ham, Elizabeth, relict of the late Horatio N. Darley, and daughter of the late Captain Henry Archer, Ballyseskin, both of the County Wexford.Her remains will be removed on to-morrow (Wednesday) morning, at ten o'clock, for interment at the Borough Cemetery.

DENVIR -- April 1, at the Hotel, Downpatrick, Mary, relict of the late Robert Denvir, aged 98 years.Her remains will be removed for interment in the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Downpatrick, on to-morrow (Wednesday), at twelve o'clock, noon.Friends will please accept this intimation.

GIFFEN -- April 1, at Ballyduff, Carnmoney, Samuel Giffen, aged 43 years.His remains will be removed from his late residence for interment in Carnmoney Burying-ground on this (Tuesday) morning, at ten o'clock. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation.

GIBSON -- April 1, at The Square, Comber, Agnes, the beloved wife of Thomas Gibson.Her remains will be removed for interment in the Remonstrant Meeting-house Burying-ground, Comber, on this (Tuesday) afternoon, at four o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

HAMILTON -- April 2, at 93, St. Mary's Terrace, Belfast, Mary, the beloved wife of the Rev. George Hamilton, Rector of St. Matthew's, Shankhill, Belfast.Her remains will be removed for interment in the Borough Cemetery on to-morrow (Wednesday) morning, at half-past nine o'clock.

MAHIR -- March 31, at Lambeg, Lisburn, Eliza, eldest daughter of the late James Mahir.Her remains will be removed for interment in the family burying-ground, Lambeg, this (Tuesday) afternoon, at four o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

M'KELVEY -- April 1, at Glastry Cottage, Mrs. Jane M'Kelvey, aged 78 years.Funeral private.

MAWHINNEY -- April 2, at Ballyhenry, Janet, relict of the late Robert Mawhinney.Her remains will be removed for interment in Carnmoney Burying-ground on to-morrow (Wednesday) morning, at nine o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

REID -- April 2, at the Eglinton Hotel, Portrush, Sarah, eldest daughter of James Massey, and relict of the late David H. Reid.Her remains will be removed for interment in Ballywillan Graveyard on to-morrow (Wednesday) morning, at eleven o'clock. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation.

WILSON -- At the Manse, Ballydown, Elizabeth, eldest child of the Rev. James Wilson, aged 6 years and 3 months.Funeral on this (Tuesday) afternoon, at three o'clock.

WATSON -- April 1, at 212, Cooper Street, Belfast, Mary Jane, the beloved wife of James Watson.Her remains will be removed for interment in Carnmoney Burying-ground on this (Tuesday) afternoon, at half-past two o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

ALEXANDER -- April 1, at the Kilmore Manse, Listooder, County Down, Sarah (Saidie), third daughter of the Rev. Thomas Alexander, aged 1 year and 8 months.

GIBSON -- March 28, at Mulgrave Cottage, Limerick, Ellen, the beloved wife of Robert Gibson, eldest daughter of the late James Bogan, Cork.

HADDEN -- March 31, at his residence, Cookstown, William James Hadden, aged 24 years.

MISKIMMIN -- April 1, at Raffrey, Killinchy, John Miskimmin, aged 69 years.

SLOAN -- March 26, at his residence, Knockagh, Carrickfergus, John Sloan, aged 79 years.




AT the Custody Court, yesterday, before Thomas Hamilton, Esq., R.M.; W. J. Johnston, Esq., J.P.; Dr. Wilberforce Arnold, J.P.; and Arthur Hamill, Esq., J.P., a man named James Neill, journeyman baker, in Kent Street, on Sunday morning.

Messrs. Harper and Coulter prosecuted, and the prisoner was defended by Mr. Sheals.

Mr. HARPER said he also represented the firm of Messrs. Wilson & Strain, Cromac Street, on the ground that complainant was in their employment on the morning in question.The reason why this man was assaulted was simply because he had under special circumstances gone to assist Messrs. Wilson & Strain in their work, and he (Mr. Harper) thought it was not to be permitted on a hard-working, unoffending man.The case was brought as one of assault, and he would ask their Worships to impress the fact upon all those concerned that they were provided with much stricter powers than he would ask them to act upon in the present case, so that the people might be allowed to do their work quietly and without fear in Belfast.

Mr. HAMILTON -- If this case can be brought under the provisions of the Crimes Act, I think that course should be taken.It seemed to have something to do with the threatened strike of bakers in Belfast; if so, it was only the other day one of the master bakers of the town came here, and asked protection, and we intimated to him that if there was any attempt made to intimidate that we would put into effect the powers of a much more stringent act.The provisions of the Crimes Act gives the magistrates full power to deal with any cases brought under it, and if the case now before us comes under that act it should be so tried.

Mr. HARPER said, as a Belfastman, he only expected that act to be put into operation under very special circumstances.Their Worships had jurisdiction to deal with the case in a way that would prevent a recurrence of the offence.His desire was not to be too severe, but he wished the lesson taught that decent men should be allowed to earn their daily bread without being molested for doing so.

Mr. SHEALS asked to know the name of the complainant.

Mr. COULTER said it was the constable, as he actually saw the assault committed.

Mr. HAMILTON asked to hear the particulars of the case, and then they would know how to deal with it.

Mr. SHEALS objected to that course being taken.He would ask their Worships to deal with it if they chose under the Crimes Act, as he was quite prepared to meet the charge.He was not anxious, however, to see the provisions of that act extended to Belfast; in fact, he would be glad to see it dispensed with altogether.

Constable Joshua Miller said he saw M'Greevy and the prisoner come out of a doorway in Fountain Square on Sunday morning.The accused struck M'Greevy a very violent blow.Witness then arrested the prisoner, and the complainant said he would go down to the Office if he was wanted.The prisoner said he would like M'Greevy to forgive him.M'Greevy told witness he lived in Carrick Hill, and that he was at work that morning, and when coming out of the place where accused struck him he asked complainant to fight him.Prisoner stated he was a baker, and worked with complainant the week before.

Mr. SHEALS -- Did the prisoner say anything about the strike?

Witness -- He said they were out on strike.

Mr. SHEALS -- Where is Fountain Place?

Witness -- It is a little place off Mustard Street.

Wm. M'Greevy stated he lived in Carrick Hill, and worked for Messrs. Wilson & Strain, of Cromac Street.He went into work on Sunday morning to "set the sponge."He knew the accused.They never had any previous quarrel.The accused met him in Kent Street, as he was on his way home.He struck him on the lip and said, "Is that you M'Greevy? You are the very man I want. Can you fight me?"He made a second attempt to strike witness, but the constable prevented him.From the knowledge he had of the circumstances he believed he would again receive violence.He had been a jobbing hand in the house where the accused was employed as a constant workman.

Mr. HAMILTON -- Are you going to bring the strike part of the business into the case?

Mr. SHEALS -- He can't make that out.

Examination resumed -- There were parties out on strike on Sunday, and the Scotchmen engaged to take their places were working in the bakery that morning.

Mr. JOHNSTON -- How many men were in the place with you?

Witness -- All the men were there; it takes them all to set the sponge.

Were you cautioned by any one not to work with these men?No.

To Mr. SHEALS -- The constable did not arrest him.He was arrested twice in his life.He was in gaol a week for being drunk.His lip was cut by the blow.He came there that morning of his own free will.He never told any employer in Belfast about the matter, nor did any employer speak to him.He would not say the prisoner was connected with any conspiracy.Of his own knowledge he knew that the accused was out on strike.He knew he was out, because he worked in the same place with him the week previous.To the best of his opinion accused was working in Jardine's up till Sunday morning.He did not see accused on Saturday.He saw him on Sunday morning in North Street, and spoke to him, but he did not make any answer.He was working in Jardine's on Friday night, but not on Saturday, as bakers did not generally work on that day.He only knew the accused was out because the house had been supplied with new men.He saw Jardine's foreman on Saturday, and he told him that the accused was out.

Re-examined by Mr. HARPER -- He was jobbing last week in Robert Jardine & Co.'s, in Queen Street, where accused had been employed as a regular hand.They were on the best of speaking terms with one another last week.He had gone to Wilson & Strain's on Sunday morning.

To Mr. HAMILL -- He could not give an idea of the distance from where he met him in North Street to the place where he assaulted him.

To Mr. JOHNSTON -- It was before ten o'clock on Sunday morning when he first saw him, and it was a little while after that he saw him on the second occasion.

To Mr. HAMILTON -- Accused said nothing to witness with regard to working after the strike.Witness had been working with Wilson & Strain before.He was not taking part in the strike, nor assisting anyone doing so.He was a non-society man.

Mr. HARPER -- It was because of his first answer, to the effect that accused said nothing to the witness regarding the strike, we did not bring the case under the Intimidation Act.

Wm. M'Cracken Wilson said he was a partner in the firm Messrs. Wilson & Strain.Some men in the baking trade had struck work.

Mr. HARPER -- How many?

Mr. SHEALS -- Don't answer that.The case is either one of assault or no assault, and it is beside the matter to ask the question.

Mr. HAMILTON -- said they had heard the arguments on both sides, and it was for them to decide.Mr. Sheals was anxious to keep the fact of the strike out of the question, and he considered it quite competent for them to judge of the motive which actuated the assault.

Mr. HARPER -- Had you any strange workmen employed on Sunday?

Witness -- The employment of the strangers was owing to a notice received from the men to the effect that they would stop work after Saturday.

Mr. HARPER -- Were any of your men intimidated?

Mr. SHEALS -- How can you ask him to answer that?

Mr. HAMILTON -- If it were given as evidence under the Crimes Act it could be taken, but otherwise I don't think it can be given.

Mr. SHEALS then said he would ask their Worships to banish from their minds every iota of the strike in Belfast.No person had been produced to give a scintilla of evidence as to the origin of the assault.All the policeman saw was that there was a wrangle between the two men, and, unfortunately for his client, he was put into the dock, where his mouth was closed.He had no witnesses, but he could tell their Worships there was nothing about the strike brought forward.Before coming to a conclusion he hoped they would take Mr. Harper's statement respecting the nature of the assault into consideration.It was not an aggravated assault, and if his client could go into the witness-box he could give a very different version of the affair, and show there was nothing mentioned about the strike.He hoped, having heard the whole evidence in the case, they would only deal with the real facts.

Mr. HAMILTON -- We have decided to deal with this case as one of common assault, but we are also unanimous in our opinion that this case should have been brought under the Crimes Act, there appearing to us to be ample evidence for such a course.Under the circumstances, we will adjourn the case until this day week.We will take bail -- the prisoner himself in £50 and two sureties in £25 each to be of good behaviour, especially towards those employed in the particular trade in question.We have no hesitation in saying that the assault was attributable to the strike, and if there are any of these men brought up again for assault, and the evidence shows that it was in consequence of this strike, we will be prepared to deal with it.If any case of intimidation comes up before this day week it will greatly affect your case, and if you have any influence among your brethren in the trade I would advise you to use it, for you will certainly have to suffer if such a thing happens.

Mr. SHEALS asked to have the amount reduced.

Mr. HAMILTON -- The matter is a serious one, and we are determined to crush every such attempt at intimidation.

Mr. COULTER -- The trade is greatly imperilled.

Mr. HAMILTON -- As public attention has been directed to this subject, I think it well to inform the general public that there is an act of Parliament bearing on the subject, named The Prevention of Crimes Act (Ireland), and I will just read the section which affects the case just heard.The section reads -- "Every person who wrongfully and without legal authority uses intimidation, or incites any other person to use intimidation to or towards any person or persons with a view to cause any person or persons either to do any act which such person or persons has or have a legal right to abstain from doing, or to abstain from doing any act which such person or persons has or have a legal right to do so, or to or towards any person or persons in consequence either of his or their having done any act which he or they had a legal right to do, or of his or their having abstained from doing any act which he or they had a legal right to abstain from doing, shall be guilty of an offence against this act.In this act the expression "intimidation" includes any word spoken or act done in order to and calculated to put any person in fear of any injury or danger to himself, or to any member of his family, or to any person in his employment, or in fear of any injury to or loss of his property, business, or means of living."That puts the matter very plainly, and I hope the knowledge of its provisions will have a deterring effect for the future.

At a subsequent period of the day.

Henry Gibbs was charged, on the complaint of Mr. D. Strain, of the firm Messrs. Wilson & Strain, with having used intimidating language towards his foreman that morning.

The same professional gentlemen appeared as in the former case.

David Strain was examined, and he said he carried on business in partnership with Mr. Wilson in Cromac Street.In consequence of the strike they had employed a number of men from Scotland.They were at work last night.His foreman had been in their employment for over eighteen months.He saw the accused in his place of business on that day.He was a perfect stranger to him, and had no business in his place.Accused spoke to him, and said it was an unfortunate thing about the strike.Witness had about five minutes' talk with accused, and he told him if he was not going to work he could go home.Accused had no legitimate business there, and he was going to about talking to the Scotchmen who were at work.Witness said he had nothing to do there, and told him to leave the place.The foreman was within view at the time.After he told the accused to leave he turned round and said to him that it would be a pity of that man, pointing to the foreman.Witness immediately sent for the police, and gave the man into custody.

Mr. HAMILTON (to prisoner) -- Are you a Belfast man?

Prisoner -- No, sir.

Where do you belong to?I belong to Larne, but I have been over eight years in Scotland.

Mr. HAMILTON -- Then this is one of the men who came over from Scotland?

Witness -- Yes, sir.

Mr. HAMILTON -- He has been intimidated himself then?

Witness -- Yes.

Mr. HAMILTON -- He has learned his lesson well, as he himself is now one of the intimidators.

Richard Nicholl was examined by Mr. HARPER, and said he was a Scotchman, and worked with Messrs. Wilson & Strain.The accused was in the place that morning.He said it was a shame to treat the men in such a way as they had been treated.Mr. Strain then told him to go away home.Witness did not know whether his windows had been broken that day or not, as he had not yet been home from his work.There was a strike in the trade at present, and he had to get new men from Scotland to do the work, and they were all working still.Accused had no business in the place, as he was not employed there, besides none of the men knew him.The occurrence took place about a quarter to one o'clock.

Mr. COULTER remarked that the previous case was over about half-past eleven.

Examination resumed -- Eight persons came to his house on Sunday morning, about half-past ten, and one of them was very impertinent, and made a rush at the door, but witness locked it.

The prisoner said he was not one of the eight persons referred to.

Mr. HAMILTON -- Mr. Strain, will you please repeat what the prisoner said to your foreman?

Mr. Strain -- I told him not to stay there, as he had no business in the place, and he then turned round and said, "It would be a pity for that man there " (pointing to Nicholl).I don't want to press the matter, however; I only want peace to carry on my trade.

Mr. HAMILTON -- You only did your duty, and we are trying to do the same thing.Our place is to find from the evidence given what act we should go by.

Mr. HARPER said there was certainly sufficient in the case to give protection to the witness, and there was also a great deal more to entitle the accused to be bound over to keep the peace.

Mr. COULTER stated that eight men went to the witness's house on Sunday, and threatened him, besides breaking his window.

Mr. HAMILTON -- The question was, had the witness been intimidated.

Mr. HARPER said the fact was the witness was afraid to go home for his meals.

Mr. HAMILTON -- But you have not shown that either the foreman or the master baker has been intimidated.If you say you will look more particularly into the case I will adjourn it until to-morrow morning.

Mr. HARPER (to witness) -- Are you afraid to go to or from your work at the present time?

Witness -- I am not what you would say afraid.I have policemen to escort me. Would you like to go without the police?I would not like to do so without an escort.

Mr. COULTER remarked it was clearly a case of intimidation.

To Mr. COULTER -- Witness's wife and family were afraid, and he intended sending them over to Glasgow, as he would not let them stay in Belfast while the present state of affairs existed.

Samuel Stafford was examined for the defence, and said the accused was with him a few minutes before the occurrence.He was a respectable young man, and had worked as a baker in Church Street.

To Mr. HARPER -- He worked four months with the accused.They were out since Saturday, and had been working no place since.He met the accused in Cromac Street.Witness lived in Primitive Street, off the Blackstaff Road, which was about a mile distant from Cromac Street.No one was with them at the time.Accused said he wanted to speak to one or two of the men in Wilson & Strain's.They did not arrange to use any threatening language.A strange man from Glasgow and another baker named Shilliday afterwards came forward.He understood the Scotchman was also a baker.They did not wait until the accused came out.He was not long inside, not more than fifteen or twenty minutes.He saw him coming out between two policemen.He knew accused came out with the police, because he was there afterwards.He was only taking a walk at the time.

Mr. HAMILTON said Stafford had had a very narrow escape, and advised him not to be taking a walk after the same style again.Addressing the prisoner, he said he was liable to a penalty of £20, but he would not impose a fine, as that could be easily made up among his friends by the aid of contributions.He would, therefore, impose a penalty they could not share in, and that was three months' imprisonment, with hard labour, and if there was any continuance of the conduct it would very much affect the case which had already been brought before them.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --



DUNGANNON, MONDAY. -- Messrs. Romney Foley, Q.C.; Ellis, and Byers sat in the Courthouse this morning, and took up the hearing of cases on the estates of Joseph Falls and LordCharlemont.


THE Sub-Commissioners for County Down -- Messrs. Hodder, B.L.; Bomford, and Fitzpatrick -- sat in the Courthouse, Banbridge, yesterday, and heard applications to have fair rents fixed.The holdings were situate in the electoral divisions of Banbridge and Skeagh.A great number of the cases on the list were settled out of court, and considerably reduced the business.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


The presiding magistrates in the Custody Court yesterday were -- Thomas Hamilton, Esq., R.M.; W.J. Johnston, Esq., J.P.; Dr. Wilberforce Arnold, J.P.; and Arthur Hamill, Esq., J.P. James Murphy was brought up in custody of Constable Moore with having stolen two cows on the 23rd ult. from a man named James Erwin, of Creevytenant.Mr. Coulter prosecuted, and the prisoner was defended by Mr. Sheals.The accused was arrested while offering the cows for sale to a butcher in town.Mr. Hamilton remanded the prisoner till Wednesday for the purpose of hearing further evidence.Two young men named Joseph Hughes and Thomas Thompson were charged by Sub-Constable John Cleery, Ligoniel, with having been engaged in bullet-throwing in the neighbourhood of Oldpark on Saturday last.Constable Cleery stated that he was on duty at the time in plainclothes, and saw the prisoners committing the offence.The bullet (produced) was nearly striking him.Several complaints had been made against the practice, which was very frequent, and the children in the village of Oldpark could not go into the street without very great risk.He had sprained his wrist in trying to arrest the prisoners.Mr. Hamilton said he would make an example of the prisoners.He would therefore fine them each in 40s and costs, which was the extreme penalty.The constable deserved great credit for the manner in which he had brought the case before the Court.Charles Somerset was charged at the instance of Elijah Price, manager of the Pepper's Ghost entertainment, for having assaulted him on Saturday evening at the Victoria Hall.Mr. Shealsdefended the prisoner.It appeared that the accused went into the wrong part of the hall, and when requested to go to the proper place, deliberately struck the complainant on the neck and knocked him down.Mr. Hamilton fined the accused in £5, or one month's imprisonment -- one-third of the fine, if paid, to go to the complainant. -- A. Hamill, Esq., presided in the Summons Court, and disposed of some unimportant business.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


The Queensland line steamer Almora, from Batavia and Brisbane, arrived at Gravesend on Sunday.

The Guion steamer Alaska arrived at New York at eleven a.m. yesterday.

The Messageries Maritimes Company's steamer Congo, with inward French mails from Buenos Ayres, Monte Video, Rio Janeiro, &c, arrived at Lisbon on Sunday morning.

The Messageries Maritimes Company's steamer Anadyr, with the inward French mails from Japan, China, Batavia, Calcutta, &c., arrived at Marseilles on Sunday morning, at eight.

The Union Company's steamer Spartan arrived off Plymouth Sound at 3-30 a.m. yesterday from the Cape, and proceeded for Southampton at six a.m.The mails were forwarded at 8-35 a.m.

The Inman line steamer Indiana arrived at New York at five p.m. on Sunday.

The National line steamer England arrived at New York on Sunday.

The Allan Line steamer Nova Scotian arrived at Halifax on Sunday.

The American line steamer Pennsylvania arrived at Philadelphia yesterday.

The Inman steamer City of Berlin, from New York, passed Browhead at 7-30 p.m. yesterday.


^ top of page

Belfast Newsletter - Wednesday, 4 April, 1883


BARCROFT -- March 31, at Chatham, the wife of Surgeon Barcroft, R.N., of a daughter.

CONINGHAM -- March 29, at 6, Lewes Crescent, Brighton, the wife of W.J.C. Coningham, Esq., of a daughter.

LOVE -- April 1, at Mitcham, Surrey, the wife of Henry Love, A.B., L.R.C.S.I., of a daughter.

MADDOCK -- March 30, at 55, Bateman Street, Cambridge, the wife of the Rev. H.E. Maddock, Fellow of Clare College, of a daughter.

TEMPEST -- April 2, at Douglas Place, Dundalk, wife of William Tempest, of a daughter.

WILSON -- April 2, at Cabra, Dublin, the wife of Robert Wilson, of a son.


CUBITT--BURROUGHS -- March 28, at the parish church, Lowestoft, by the Hon. and Rev. John Harbord, E.G. Cubitt, Esq., to Christabel Mary, daughter of the Hon. Mrs. Burroughs and the late Rev. Randall Burroughs.

LONG--VANDERHOEF -- April 3, at Killyleagh Church, Killyleagh, by the Rev. Richard Rutdledge Kane, LL.D., of Belfast, James Carson, eldest son of George F. Long, formerly of Banbridge, to Mary Chauncey, only daughter of the late W.J. Vanderhoef, of Brooklyn, New York.

MILES--SELLAR -- March 29, at St. John the Baptist's Church, Windlesham, by the Hon. and Rev. James Lascelles, F.T. Miles, 18th Hussars, to Anne Coralie, daughter of Thomas Sellar, Esq., Hall Grove, Bagshot.

MELLETT--SMOUT -- March 29, at St. George's, Hanover Square, London, Edward James Mellett, M.R.C.V.S.L., only son of Mr. Edward Mellett, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, to Amy, second daughter of Wm. Smout, 48, South Audley Street, Grosvenor Square, London.

OGG--THOMAS -- March 29, at St. John's, Lewisham High Road, London, by the Rev. Dr. Hill, of Cambourne, Easton M. Ogg, eldest son of Sir Wm. Anderson Ogg, of Brentwood, Essex, to Lizzie Jane, eldest daughter of Mr. T.J. Thomas, Bryn Towy, Lewisham High Road, S.E.


HAMILTON -- April 2, at 93, St. Mary's Terrace, Belfast, Mary, the beloved wife of the Rev. George Hamilton, Rector of St. Matthew's, Shankhill, Belfast. Her remains will be removed for interment in the Borough Cemetery on this (Wednesday) morning, at half-past nine o'clock.

PATERSON -- April 1, at 22, India Street, Glasgow, Mary, the beloved wife of Alexander Paterson, M.D. Remains will leave the N.C. Railway at 9.50 a.m., on this day (Wednesday), via Magherafelt for interment in Draperstown.

PATTON -- April 3, at Regent Street, Newtownards, John Patton, aged 66 years. His remains will be removed for interment in the family burying-ground, Movilla, on to-morrow (Thursday) afternoon, at two o'clock. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation.

BURKITT -- April 1, at the Rectory, Cappoquin, county Waterford, Susan Austin, daughter of the late James Burkitt, Esq., M.D., Waterford.

HOPE -- March 31, at the Vicarage, Drung, County [Cavan], Louisa Georgina, infant daughter of the Rev. R.J. Hope, M.A., aged 7 months and 22 days.

M'AULEY -- April 3, at Ballygowan, after a lingering illness, Annie, wife of John M'Auley, station-master, Ballygowan Station, Co. Down Railway.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --



Sole Proprietor and Manager, Mr. J. F. WARDEN

Last Ten nights of the Great Annual Comic

NOTICE. -- Notwithstanding the very great success of the present Pantomime, it must be withdrawn to make room for important engagements entered upon by Mr. Warden.

Last Grand Day Performance of the Pantomime on FRIDAY NEXT, April 6, at 1-30, open at 1-0

TO-NIGHT BENEFIT of the BROS, TABRA, Snap andSnorum, Clown, and Lion Tamers, and the Rising Generation and Policeman.

THIS (Wednesday) EVENING, April 4, and every evening until further notice at 7-30, Saturdays at 7-0, an entirely New Grand Easter Comic Pantomime, entitled --


For this night only, after the Transformation Scene, Mr. C. Guilfoyle Seymour, will recite "A Man Hunt," written by G.R. Sims, Esq., author of "The Lights o'London," &c.

The Three Arlotti's, Richard, Henrie, and Shy, in their celebrated Acrobatic Song and Dance.

Master M'Bride, Champion Juvenile Clog Dancer and Song and Dance Artiste.

"The Midshipmite," sung by Juan Arlotti.

"Nellie and I go Strolling," written and sung by Jean Stanley for the Bros. Tabra's Benefit, Wednesday, April 4.

Notice -- All theatres will be free! When-bye-and-bye!

     On Wednesday night if all goes right,
     I'm sure it will be a treat,
     The Tabra's take their benefit,
     And hope their friends to meet.
Wednesday Night, April 4.

To Conclude with the grand HARLEQUINADE, Tabra's Feast of Folly.

Friday Evening, April 6, BENEFIT of Mr. THOS. NERNEY (Dame Gaffer).

On MONDAY NEXT, April 9, BENEFIT of Mr. EDGAR HAINES, Musical Director.

Prices as usual. Children under 12 half-price.


-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


Read the Opinions of the Press on the BEST AND MOST SUCCESSFUL PANTOMIME ever Produced in Belfast:

"The company is unusually excellent; for the scenery there can be nothing but praise; it is entirely devoid of coarseness.It will doubtless secure the success it deserves." -- Northern Whig.

"A unique and brilliant performance.The Pantomime provides a fund of amusement both to young and old.Mr. Warden is to be heartily congratulated.Ingenuity of design and magnificence of effect." -- Morning News.

"This year's Pantomime is a distinct advance on previous years.It is infinitely superior to any we have yet had." -- Evening Telegraph.

"The transformation scene is undoubtedly one of the biggest triumphs that Mr. Warden has yet scored.In all respects 'Puss in Boots' is the best Pantomime yet produced in Belfast." -- Evening News.

"Nothing finer could be desired than the scenery and gorgeous dresses.The topical songs, the best we have heard.Nothing better has been seen in the terpsichorean line in Belfast." -- Ulster Echo.

"Whether in singing, dancing, acrobatic, or scenic excellence 'Puss in Boots' is much superior to Pantomimes of past years." -- Weekly Advertiser.

"For originality and genuine fun it eclipses anything that has appeared on the boards of the Royal.The scenery is gorgeous." -- Lisburn Standard.

"Puss in Boots" tops the climax.No description could do it justice. -- North Down Herald.


-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --




Eight p.m.,

GADE'S "COMALA," With Full Orchestral Accompaniments,



-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --




Will be given by the Members of above Club,
On WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY EVENINGS, 4th and 5th April,

Doors open at 7-30; commences at 8.

Admission -- Reserved Seats, 2s; Body of Hall, 1s.

Tickets may be had at Messrs. HART & CHURCHILL, CRAMER, WOOD, & Co., and???? BURNS & Co.5088

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


THE HAGUE, MONDAY. -- The King and Queen and Princess Wilhelmina left here half-past one this afternoon for England, via Flushing.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


BERLIN, TUESDAY. -- According to a telegram received by the Reichstag from Kiel, the Socialist Deputy Herr Von Vollmar was arrested this morning.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


OTTAWA, MONDAY. -- In Dominion House Commons, to-day, Sir J. Macdonald stated (an) offer had been made to Sir C. Tupper to succeed Sir Alexander Galt as High Commissioner (to) London.

The Premier announced that the Dominion Government had determined to establish a signal service in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the interests of shipping.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


COLOMBO, TUESDAY -- serious riots have occurred here between the Buddhists and Roman Catholics owing to the objection of the latter to allow (a) Buddhist religious procession to parade the street carrying a crucifix with a monkey on it.The troops were ultimately called out, and dispersed the rioters.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


CAPE COAST CASTLE, MARCH 16. -- It is rumoured that the Ashantee King has abdicated.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


NEW YORK, TUESDAY. -- General Grant has been elected president of the National Rifle Association.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

LURGAN PETTY SESSIONS. -- The usual bi-monthly petty sessions of this district were held yesterday before William Liddell, Esq., J.P. (in the chair); Captain Whelan, R.M.; and George Greer, Esq., J.P.The Great Northern Railway Company prosecuted George Leathem, Lurgan, for having assaulted one of the employees while in the discharge of his duty.Two other summonses were issued against the same defendant by the company -- one for obstruction, and the other for travelling without a ticket.Mr. Hazlett appeared for the defence.A porter named Livingstone gave evidence to the effect that on Sunday, 18th March, he was assisting in the collection of tickets for passengers by the up train passing Lurgan at 5.21 p.m.Seeing the [story continued]


^ top of page

Belfast Newsletter - Thursday, 5 April, 1883

Births, Marriages & Deaths.

Announcements under this heading are charged for as follows :-- Marriage, 2s 6d; Death with funeral notice, 2s 6d; Obituary Notice, 1s 6d; Birth, 2s 6d. In every case such announcement must be prepaid and duly authenticated.


ARMSTRONG -- April 1, at Cragside, Lady Armstrong, of a son and heir.

HENDERSON -- April 3, at Lonsdale House, St. Lawrence Road, Clontarf, the wife of Wm. A. Henderson, of a daughter.

JEFFERSON -- March 29, at Neswick Hall,Driffield, Yorkshire, the wife of Captain M. D. Jefferson, of a son.

LANDALE -- April 1, at 12, Westbourne Terrace, Hyde Park, London, W., the wife of Alexander Landale, of a daughter.

PIM -- April 4, at Finaghy, Dunmurry, the wife of J. J. Pim, of a daughter.

SMITH -- April 1, at Manor Road, Stoke Newington, the wife of Robert Walter Smith, Esq., of a daughter.


ALLEN--BALLAGH -- April 4, by special license, at Belfast, by the Rev. J. Kennedy Elliot, Andrew Allen, Esq., Magherafelt, to Lizzie, third daughter of Hamilton Ballagh, Esq., Castleblaney.

BEAUFORT--GRIFFITH -- March 29, at the Parish Church, Stratfield Turgies, by the Rev. C.H. Griffith, Leicester, Paul Beaufort, M.A., of the Inner Temple, to Edith Mary, daughter of the Rev. C.H. Griffith.

BRODER--ALLIES -- April 2, at St. James's, Spanish Place, London, W., by the Lord Bishop of Emmaus, assisted by the Rev. H.B. Allies, J. Lynam Broder, Esq., to Mary Frances, younger daughter of T.W. Allies, Esq., of 82, Gloucester Place, Portman Square.

CAMPBELL--HUTCHINSON -- March 31, at Kirk Braddan, Isle of Man, by the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man, the Rev. Herbert Ernest Campbell, of Brighton, to Emily Marian Hutchinson, daughter of the late Thomas Frederick Hutchinson, Esq., of The Groves, Isle of Man.

MACRORY--COWAN -- April 4, at Duncairn Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Dr. Meneely, Thomas Macrory to Mary Cowan, both of Belfast.

STEWART--M'CULLAGH -- April 3, at the Fitzroy Avenue Church, Belfast, by the Rev. George Shaw, William S., youngest son of William Stewart, to Rachel, fourth daughter of the late Samuel M'Cullagh, Brackley House, Markethill.


ANDERSON -- April 4, at her residence, Knockagh, Ellen Anderson, aged 74 years.The remains of my beloved wife will be removed for interment in Carnmoney Burying-ground, to-morrow (Friday) afternoon, at one o'clock.Friends will please accept this intimation.WILLIAM ANDERSON

COLLINS -- April 4, at 173, Durham Street, Belfast, Mary Jane, the beloved wife of Henry Collins.Her remains will be removed from the above address for interment in the Borough Cemetery, to-morrow (Friday) morning, at eleven o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.HENRY COLLINS.

ENGLISH -- April 3, at his residence, Ballylough, Lawrencetown, James English, aged 77 years.Funeral on this (Thursday) afternoon, at three o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

GORMAN -- April 4, at the residence of his grandfather, Thomas Gorman, Flush House, Lurgan,David Gorman, aged 19 years.His remains will be removed for interment in the Friends' Burying-ground, to-morrow (Friday) morning, at eleven o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

MOAG -- April 4, at Ligoniel, John D., infant son of John Moag, aged 7 months.Funeral this (Thursday) morning, for Loughaghery Burying-ground, at ten o'clock.

ORR -- April 4, at his residence, 25, Gresham Street, Belfast, Robert Orr, jeweller.Funeral will start from above address to-morrow (Friday) morning, at 8-30, to proceed by 9-45 train for interment in family burying-ground, Ballymoney. Friends will please accept this intimation.ROSANA ORR

WHITEFORD -- April 4, at Upper Ballylagan, Carrickfergus, Mary Wilson, youngest daughter of Hugh Whiteford, aged 8 months.Her remains will be removed for interment in Ballynure Burying-ground, this (Thursday) afternoon, at three o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

GOODISSON -- April 2, at 12 Manor Road, Brockley, London, John Smith Goodisson, aged 44 years.

JOHNSON -- April 2, at Brookville, Wexford, Samuel Johnson, Esq., J.P., aged 71 years.

JOHNSON -- March 31, in London, Alice Edwina, wife of Colonel Clement Richard Johnson, late 50th (Queen's Own) Regiment, aged 28 years.

M'CRACKEN -- April 4, at No. 4, Arnon Street, Belfast, James, only son of W.J. M'Cracken, aged 2 years and 6 months.

REUSS -- April 1, at Frankfort-on-the-Main, Senator Dr. Jur John Leonard Reuss, in the 86th year of his age.



Sole proprietor and Manager, Mr. J.F. Warden.

Last Nine nights of the Great Annual Comic

NOTICE -- Notwithstanding the very great success of the present Pantomime, it must be withdrawn to make room for important engagements entered upon by Mr. Warden.

Last Grand Day Performance of the Pantomime on FRIDAY NEXT, April 6, at 1-30, open at 1-0.

THIS (Thursday) EVENING, April 5 and every evening at 7-30, Saturdays at 7-0, an entirely New Grand Easter Comic Pantomime, entitled

Splendid Scenery. Magnificent Dresses. Sparkling Music. Charming Singing. Agile Dancing.
Everybody should see it.
The Talk of the Town.

"A unique and brilliant performance.The Pantomime provides a fund of amusement both to young and old.Mr. Warden is to be heartily congratulated.Ingenuity of design and magnificence of effect." -- Morning News.

To Conclude with the grand HARLEQUINADE, Tabra's Feast of Folly.

Friday Evening, April 6, BENEFIT of Mr. THOS. NERNEY (Dame Gaffer).

On MONDAY NEXT, April 9, BENEFIT of Mr. EDGAR HAINES, Musical Director.

Prices as usual.Children under 12 half-price.

-- -- -- -- --


TO-MORROW (Friday), April 6th, BENEFIT of Mr. THOMAS NERNEY (Dame Gaffer.)

GREAT ATTRACTIONS, for this Great Night.

Comedy, Entertainment, and Pantomime.

The performance will commence at 7-30 with the Laughable Comedy of

Barney O'Toole, an itinerant Tinker from the Emerald Isle, seeking his fortune.... Mr. THOS. NERNEY

Supported by Mr. Frank Russell, Mr. C.G. Seymour, Mr. Parker, Mr. Leigh, Mr. Evans, Miss Rose Valerie, Miss Mackie.

After which Mr. NERNEY will give his celebrated IMITATIONS of Barry Sullivan, T.C. King, J.F. Cathcart, J.L. Toole, and his Burlesque Italian Opera!

Mr. C.G. SEYMOUR will sing, for this night only, "Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep."

(Proprietor and Manager)

Will, for the first time, RECITE
Written by G.R. Sims, author of "The Lights of London."

To conclude with the great Pantomime of

Terminating with the Grand Transformation (for this Night)

"What I suffers nobody knows!" -- Quotation.

-- -- -- -- --



ULSTER HALL, FRIDAY, 6th April, 1883


Will sing all the solos in Dr. Sullivan's Te Deum Laudamus, "Though the last glimpse of Erin," and "My Dearest Heart."

The Great Basso Profundo, will sing, "Arm, Arm, ye Brave," "The Skipper," and "The Diver."

The most brilliant Organist of the day, will accompany the Chorus, and perform "Andante" (Silas),"Trumpet March" (Jude), Sonata in G" (Guilmaut).

MR. W. J. KEMPTON will Conduct.

Balcony -- ONE SHILLING.

Late Trains on all the lines

FULL REHEARSAL THIS (Thursday) EVENING with Miss Sellers and Mr. W.H. Jude in the ULSTER HALL, at 7-45.
H. J. STEEN, Hon. Sec.

-- -- -- -- --


Comprising Twenty talented Artistes.
This week's Programme will comprise

ManagerMr. E. Pryce.
Plan and Tickets at the Music Shops.
Admission -- 3s, 2s, 1s, and 6d.Children and Schools Half-price.Carriages at 4-45 and 10.

-- -- -- -- --



Special and Last Mid-day Performance on
SATURDAY NEXT, April 7th, 1883,
At Three o'clock;


EVERY EVENING, at Eight o'clock.
At the conclusion of each Entertainment
Will introduce his remarkable and incomprehensible


Limited Number only.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


[Before THOS. HAMILTON, Esq., R.M.]


Henry Gilmore was put forward on a charge of drunkenness, and pleading guilty was fined in 40s and costs.

As prisoner left the dock,

James Allen, a lodging-house keeper, residing at 56, Carrick Hill, charged Gilmore with having wrecked his house.Allen was sworn, and deposed that accused had lodged with him for five weeks, but had paid nothing during that time.He returned to the house on the previous night in a state of intoxication, and smashed all the breakable articles he could find in the kitchen, and wound up by catching witness's finger in his mouth, and inflicting a severe wound.

Prisoner was sentenced to two months' imprisonment, in addition to a fine of 40s and costs already imposed.


Mary Atkinson was charged with having stolen two cloaks, the property of Mrs. Meek and Miss M'Carrison, two ladies who reside at 35, Botanic Avenue.

It appeared that the prisoner snatched the garments from the hall rack, and ran away with them, but was overtaken within about a hundred yards from the house.

Inasmuch as there was another case of larceny against the prisoner, in which the evidence was not yet complete, a remand was granted for a week.


James Magee, Michael Waters, Michael Gallagher, and Francis Moreton were charged with having been concealed with intent to commit a felony in business premises in Garmoyle Street.

The prisoners, who stated that they went into the place merely to sleep, and not to steal, were remanded until to-day.


Robert, Bernard, Mary Ann, and Mary Jane Shillady, Shane's Court, were charged with having assaulted several policemen.

The evidence went to show that Sub-Constables M'Caffrey, Rafter, and Phelan had had their attention directed to a house in the court wherein, as they were informed, a woman was being severely assaulted.On forcing an entrance they were attacked by the prisoners, Robert Shillady being the most violent of the four.

Robert Shillady was sentenced to two months' imprisonment.The other prisoners were discharged.


Charles Campbell, 25, Victoria Terrace, Limestone Road, a respectably-dressed man, who was described as a commercial traveller, was charged with having violently assaulted his wife.

Mrs. Campbell, who appeared to be in very weak condition, was assisted into the witness-box by her mother.She deposed that she had been married to the prisoner for five years, and had become the mother of four children.Accused was in the habit of ill-treating her, and on the previous evening he dragged her along the floor of the kitchen and threw her out into the yard.He then lifted the two oldest children and threw them down on her.Witness suffered want from her husband's neglect, and was often obliged to depend on her mother.He had repeatedly threatened to take her life, had never treated her like a wife, and had often said that he wanted to get rid of her.

Jane Boyle, mother of the previous witness, gave corroborative testimony, and said that when she wanted to convey food to the children she was obliged to leave it in a neighbour's house, or otherwise the prisoner would not let them have it.

Mr. HAMILTON -- I must confess that I have heard a great many cases of men ill-treating their wives in this court, but I never heard one presenting more horrible features of brutality then this.Unless you produce evidence to disprove what has been sworn by your wife and mother-in-law I will give you the full extent of punishment that it is in my power to inflict.Have you any witnesses to call?

Prisoner --No; I have not.

Mr. HAMILTON -- Then, you will be imprisoned for six calendar months, with hard labour; and that is hardly sufficient punishment for your offence.At the expiration of that term you are to find bail -- yourself in £20, and two sureties in £10 each- to keep the peace for twelve months; or, in default, to be imprisoned for a further period of six months, with hard labour.


James Murphy was put forward on a charge of having been concerned in the stealing of two cows from a farmer residing in the neighbourhood of Ballynahinch.

Sub-Inspector Bull stated that the prisoner's father was also implicated in the matter, and it was believed that he was the principal offender, but he had not yet been arrested.Meantime he (the sub-inspector) would ask for a remand. Accused was remanded for a week.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


[Before JAMES H. HASLETT, Esq., J.P., andROBERT MACGEAGH, Esq., J.P.]


George M'Closkey, licensed publican, 183, York Street, was summoned for having permitted disorderly conduct to take place on his licensed premises.

It appeared that the crowd of persons found by the police in defendant's shop were very noisy, but no blows were struck.

The case was dismissed.

Mary Hunter, Flannigan's Court, was summoned to answer a charge of having sold drink without a license.

The constable, on entering the house at 12-30 a.m. on the morning of the 24th ult., found six men seated in the kitchen, each with a bottle of porter in his pocket.The defence was that the men had brought the liquor into the house.

A fine of 20s and costs was imposed, with the alternative of fourteen days imprisonment.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --



STEWARTSTOWN, WEDNESDAY. -- The monthly sessions of this district were held here to-day, in the Courthouse, before St. George Laurence Wilcocks, Esq., J.P. (chairman); Hunt W. Chambre, Esq., J.P.; Charles Stanley, Esq., J.P.; John Stevenson, Esq., J.P.; and Wm. Wilson, Esq., J.P.


Twelve young men, named George Mabin, John Magee, John Clements, S. Clements, jun.; James Stinson, Robt. Wilson, Chas. Patterson, James Henderson, David Wilson, James Mabin, John Mullan, and Samuel Dudgeon, were charged, at the instance of Sub-Inspector Wm. L. Martin, with having broken windows in the houses of Thomas M'Gowan, Wm. Corry, M.Conlan, and John M'Nally, in Stewartstown, on the evening of the 19th March.

Constable Gilchrist conducted the prosecution, and the prisoners were defended by Mr. J.P. Harris, Stewartstown.

Thomas M'Gowan was examined by the constable, and said he was sitting by his fireside on the night of the 19th March, when a crowd with drums passed his door.After it had gone up the road he heard a noise outside, and some one shouted to send out the "brogie" men.He knew none of the men in the crowd.Three panes were broken in the fanlight of the door.He did not know who did it.He would not swear against anyone.

Several other witnesses were examined and gave similar evidence, but could not say that any of the defendants whom they saw in the crowd broke the windows.

For the defence Mr. Harris said he would only call witnesses to prove that the first defendant, George Mabin, was not in Stewartstown on the day in question at all, but in Cookstown, and their Worships might judge (of) the rest of the evidence by the facts which he would bring out.

George Dunn was then examined, and said he was a carowner in Cookstown.He knew the defendant, George Mabin, as he had previously been in his employment.He came into his employment the second time on the 19th ult.He reached Cookstown by the 9 a.m. train that morning.Mabin was busy about the place all the day, and went to bed about ten o'clock.Witness went up shortly after ten, and got him up again, and sent him with two men on a car to Killycurragh.

To the CHAIRMAN -- Mabin could not possibly be in Stewartstown on that day.

Robert Steen, of Cookstown, corroborated the above evidence.

Elizabeth Mabin said she was defendant's mother.She saw him off to Cookstown by the quarter to nine train, and he was not back for a week.

Mr. HARRIS asked their Worships to dismiss all the cases, as the Crown had completely failed to bring forward a particle of evidence to show that the defendants were connected with the window breaking at all.It had not even been proved that they were in the crowd with the drums.Besides, all the witnesses brought forward by the constable proved that the windows were broken after the drums had passed out of the town.

The CHAIRMAN dismissed all the cases, as he said there was no proof whatever in the matter.


Chas. Patterson, David Wilson, John Clements, Robert Robinson, and James Mabin summoned Bernard Derby, Richard Conlin, John Donnelly, Patrick O'Neill, Thomas Conlin, Hugh M'Guigan, James King, and John Rea for having assaulted the complainants on Sunday, the 18th ult.

Mr. J.P. Harris appeared for the complainants.

The CHAIRMAN said he heard that there was a partial settlement in some of these cases, and he thought the remaining cases could be amicably settled out of court.

Mr. HARRIS said that a settlement could not be effected in the other cases, and he would, therefore, respectfully ask their Worships to hear them.

Bernard Derby, one of the defendants, said they were not prepared to go on with their defence, as he understood the cases were all settled, and they had been unable to obtain a solicitor in the meantime to take up their cases.

The CHAIRMAN decided to adjourn the cases until that day month.


John Rea was summoned by James Mabin, one of the defendants in the first case, for having assaulted him on the evening of the 18th March.

Mr. Harris appeared for the complainant.

It appeared from the evidence that complainant, who is a Protestant, was passing through the square on the evening in question, when the defendant, who is a Roman Catholic, came up to him, and without any apparent cause, struck him on the breast with his fist.

Two witnesses having proved the offence.

The CHAIRMAN said, as the assault was altogether unprovoked, he would impose a fine of 10s 6d and costs.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --



PORTADOWN, WEDNESDAY.-A bazaar in aid of the debt of £340 existing on the Orange Hall, Portadown, was openedto-day by the Baroness Von Stieglitz, and furnished another illustration of the success with which the gentry of the district can carry out a venture to which they accord support.The bazaar was held in the hall, so that visitors were enabled to see that the object for which their assistance was asked was a substantial one.Few provincial towns can boast of a finer building for the purposes of a meeting place for Orangemen, and it is very creditable that the amount required to remove the deficit is not larger.The goods for sale were displayed in the large upper hall, and with the greatest taste.Three stalls, draped with white muslin, through which parti-tinted fabrics were seen, occupied each side of the spacious apartment, on the platform of which were skillfully-arranged large quantities of plants in pots.Tendrils of ivy concealed the staging upon which the flowers were placed, and the effect gained was excellent.A space on the wall above was occupied by a large portrait of the late Mr. Stewart Blacker, D.L., surmounted by a wreath of forget-me-nots.Too much praise cannot be bestowed upon the lady stallholders and their assistants, as well for the choice selection as the artistic arrangement of the stock of articles to which the committee look with hope as the medium through whose means their liability will be discharged.Extreme utility was seen in every article, from the little man of cork, with head, eyes, and knapsack, capable of containing matches sufficient to fire a candle or a city, to the gipsy table, over whose slender legs may be discussed, if not decided, the destinies of a nation or the design of a necktie.Many of the exhibits possessed exceptional attraction, especially those at Mrs. O'Brien's stall, to which captain O'Brien, an old friend to the Orangemen of the district, had contributed a number of nick-nacks constructed and painted by him with the greatest taste and skill.At Mrs. Stewart's stall was a pretty French work-table, presented by Messrs. Harper & Co., Belfast.Contributions to the flower stall were sent from Drumbanagher Castle, Kircassock, Dumbarton House, Tandragee Castle, Caledon Hall, Carrickblacker, &c.The teachers and Sunday-school children on the Carrickblacker estate gathered and forwarded neatly made up bunches of wild flowers.Articles for sale were also sent by Mrs. Close from Nice; Rev. Richard Johnston, Kilmore, from Florence; and Rev. Canon Blacker.The opening ceremony took place at noon, when Captain C.W. O'Brien and Dr. Stewart escorted to the platform the Baroness Von Stieglitz.The Baroness, in declaring the bazaar open, said she had laid the foundation-stone of that hall, and had taken part in the opening ceremony, and now she had much pleasure in assisting in an undertaking which she trusted would be as successful as it deserved to be.She hoped the visitors would do their duty, as she had striven to do hers.(Hear, hear.)

Negotiations of the usual momentous descriptions shortly afterwards were engaged in.The attendance during the day was highly satisfactory, and, should the same good weather which favoured the opening day be experienced on the second, the bazaar has every likelihood of realising the required amount, particularly as the sympathies of the ladies and gentlemen who attend the hall were entirely in accord with the object to which the proceeds will be devoted.Not a little of the satisfactory issue of the scheme will be due to the work done in its furtherance by the hon. secretaries, Messrs. W. Paul and A.G. Sloane, who were courteous and efficient.Sub-joined are the names of the ladies who presided at the tables:-

No. 1 STALL. -- Baroness Von Stieglitz, assisted by Miss Belshaw, Rostrevor; Miss Mary Alexander, Miss Fanny Alexander, Acton Park, Caledon; and Miss Pollock, Waringstown.

No. 2 STALL -- Mrs. Close, assisted by Miss Close, Miss Mary Close, and Miss Alexander.

No. 3 STALL -- Mrs. O'Brien, assisted by Mrs. Herbert Taylor and Miss Hardy.Stewards -- Captain C.W. O'Brien and Mr. Saml. Lawson.

No. 4 STALL -- Mrs. Stewart, Alten Place, assisted by the Misses Stewart, Miss Quirk, and Miss A. Armstrong.Stewards -- Mr. Wm. Atkinson, Magheree, and Dr. Stewart.

No. 5 STALL -- Miss Carleton, assisted by Mrs. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Morgan, Miss Fitzgerald, and Miss Kate Carleton.

No. 6 STALL --Mrs. Best, assisted by Miss Macdonald and the Misses Best.

FLOWER STALL. --Miss Bessie Von Stieglitz and Miss Annie Belshaw.

REFRESHMENT STALL. -- Mrs. Dougan, Miss Von Stieglitz, Miss Belshaw, Miss Loftie.Stewards -- Messrs. John Fitzgerald and T. Hall.

The bazaar reopened at seven o'clock, having been closed for a couple of hours.A band was in attendance during the evening, and there was a large number of visitors.

The bazaar will continue open to-morrow (Thursday).

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


Wind -- S.S.E.


The ss Panama, Favard, from Baltimore, with maize; Hamilton, Megaw, & Thomson, consignees; G. Heyn & Sons, agents.

The ss Bertha, Kerr, from Dunkirk, with a general cargo; to order; Henry Gowan, agent.

The Ocean Gem, Gale, from Garlieston, with turnips.

The Volusia, Hughes, from Stranraer, with turnips and potatoes.

The Nina, Edwards, from Chester, with fire-clay goods.


The ss Kirkless and ss Viking, from Garston; the Harry Russell, from Swansea; the ss Cargan, from Port Talbot; the Ellen Ashcroft, from Cardiff; the Black Diamond, from Troon; the John Shelly, from Porthcawl.


The ss Bertha, Kerr, for Dunkirk, via Glasgow.

The ss Ballydoon, for Glasgow; the ss Kirkless, for Garston; the Ardclinis, for Worthington; the ss Black Diamond, for Troon; the Industry, Dwina, Dinorah, and Huntress, for Ayr; the Rainbow, for Maryport; the Island Maid, for Porthcawl.


At Charleston, March 19, the Bessie Parker, Reed, from Belfast.


Straits of Sunda, February 26, the Jane Bell, Crosbie, from Batavia, for Mauritius. Cape Henry, March 17, the barque-Keswick, from Norfolk, for Belfast.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


Lieutenant-General Lord A. Russell has been selected for the command of the troops serving the Dominion of Canada, from the 24th of March in succession to Lieutenant-General Sir P. M'Do[--?--] whose period of staff service will expire on that date.

Major-General Smith, of the Royal Artillery has assumed command of the Woolwich District in succession to Lieutenant-General the Hon. [--?--] Gage, who vacated that appointment on his promotion.

Major-General Sawyer, C.B., has assumed command of the Western District, headquarters Devonport, on transfer from the Belfast District.

Lieutenant E.A.G. Pery, of the 6th Battalion Connaught Rangers, has tendered the resignation of his commission in the Militia.

Lieutenant Carruthers, of the Devonshire Regiment, has been noted for removal from 1st to 2nd Battalion, but is to continue to duty with the former until required to embark for India during the next relief season.

Quartermaster-Sergeant Alexander Scott, the Recruiting Staff at Dublin, who served in the Post Office Corps with the army in Egypt, has been awarded the bronze star lately issued to the troops for service in that country.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


The following regiments will be mustered on the 9th inst. for a preliminary course of training: The 2nd Brigade North Irish Division Royal Artillery, at Carrickfergus; the 8th Brigade, at Sligo; the 5th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, at Downpatrick; the 3rd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, at Armagh; the 4th Battalion, at Cavan; and the 5th Battalion, at Monaghan.

(From the London Gazette.)


2nd Brigade North Irish Division -- Lieutenant Wm. Stanley Smith resigns his commission.

3rd Brigade North Irish Division -- Major and Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Harry Hutchinson Augustus Stewart, retired p[ay, to be major.


3rd Battalion the Royal Irish Rifles -- Lieutenant Gilbert Waugh Spankie to be captain.

5th Battalion Princess Victoria's Royal Irish Fusiliers -- Samuel Algernon D'Arcy, gentleman to be lieutenant.

GRATUITY TO THE IRISH MILITIA. -- It has been decided by the War Office, in consideration of the expense which will be entailed upon the officers of the undermentioned brigades and battalions of the Irish Militia on change of uniform under the new army organisation, to grant the sum of £25 to each officer of these battalions or brigades who was effective on the 30th June, 1881, and is still so, and who will have to provide himself with a new uniform. The grant will be paid to officers concerned when they appear for preliminary drill or training with their corps, which includes the 7th Brigade South Irish Division Royal Artillery, 9th Brigade North Irish Division Royal Artillery, 3rd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 3rd Battalion Leinster Regiment, 4th Battalion Leinster Regiment, 3rd Battalion Connaught Rangers, 5th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. The grant is not applicable to medical officers on the department list.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


KIEL, WEDNESDAY. -- Thirty-six Danish subjects have been expelled from North Schleswig for refusing to inscribe their names on the military service register.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


NICE, WEDNESDAY. -- The pier here has been completely destroyed by fire.The damage is estimated at five million francs.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


PARIS, WEDNESDAY. --At the request of the Belgian Public Prosecuter,M. Simon Philippart was arrested here yesterday on a charge of falsifying the accounts of his bank.The Belgian Government has demanded his extradition.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


CATANIA, WEDNESDAY. -- Last night, frequent and violent shocks of earthquake were felt at Pedara.The inhabitants, greatly alarmed, camped out in the open air.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


The Hamburg-American Company's steamer Frisia arrived at New York on Tuesday from Havre and Hamburg.

The Peninsular and Oriental steamer Rohilla sailed from Gravesend yesterday for Bombay, with £136,000 in specie.

The Allan line steamer Waldensian arrived at St. John's on Tuesday.

The North German Lloyd's steamer Rhein, from New York, arrived at Southampton at 1 p.m. yesterday, with mails and $138,000 in specie, and proceeded to Bremen.

The Peninsular and Oriental steamer Tanjore, with India, China, and Australian mails, ex Surat and Khedive, left Alexandria at 9 a.m. yesterday for Brindisi.

The Peninsular and Oriental steamer Surat, from Bombay on March 23, arrived at Suez at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Peninsular and Oriental steamer Khedive, from Calcutta on March 12, arrived at Suez at 7-30 a.m. on Tuesday, and entered the canal at 7-30 a.m. yesterday for Plymouth and London.

The Peninsular and Oriental steamer Siam, from Sydney, arrived at Suez at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, and entered the canal at 6-30 a.m. yesterday for Plymouth and London.

The National Steam Company's steamer, Italy, from New York, arrived at Queenstown at 4 a.m. yesterday, landed despatches, and proceeded for Liverpool.

The Peninsular and Oriental steamer Shannon, with outward London mails of Feb. 23, arrived at Melbourne on Monday morning.

The Peninsular and Oriental steamer Indus, from Australia, arrived at Plymouth at 4 a.m. yesterday, and having landed specie, &c., proceeded for London at 7-40 a.m.

The State line steamer State of Indiana arrived at Greenock at 5 a.m. yesterday.

The Allan line steamer Sarmatian, from Portland and Halifax, arrived at Moville at 5-30 yesterday morning, and having landed all mails, including those for London, proceeded immediately for Liverpool.

The National line steamer Erin arrived at New York on Tuesday.

The Allan line steamer Phoenician arrived at Boston on Tuesday.

The Allan line steamer Nova Scotian arrived at Portland on Tuesday.

The White Star royal mail steamer Baltic arrived at Queenstown from Liverpool at noon yesterday, embarked passengers, mails, and despatches, and proceeded for New York at 4-40 p.m. -- all well.

The Pacific Navigation Company's steamer Valparaiso, from Chili, &c., arrived at Pauillao yesterday morning, and sailed at noon for Liverpool.

The Peninsular and Oriental steamer Peshawur from Calcutta, left Colombo yesterday morning for London.

The Peninsular and Oriental steamer Nizam from Australia, left Colombo yesterday afternoon for London.

The Peninsular and Oriental steamer Kashgar with outward London mail of 23rd ult., left Aden yesterday morning for Bombay.

The Peninsular and Oriental steamer Assam, from London, left Aden yesterday morning for Calcutta.


^ top of page

Belfast Newsletter - 6 April, 1883


ARMSTRONG -- April 2, at No. 14, Sheffield Gardens, Campden Hill, London, W., Mrs Thomas Armstrong, of a son.

BOYD -- April 4, at 17, Turin Street, Belfast, the wife of Wm. Boyd, of a son.

CHINNOCK -- April 3, at 86, Cornwall Gardens, South Kensington, London, Mrs. Frederick G. Chinnock, of a daughter.

DIXON -- April 5, at Cranston Place, Antrim Road, Belfast, the wife of Alexander Dixon, of a son.

PERTWEE -- April 1, at 19, Denmark Villas, West Brighton, the wife of Mr. Charles Ernest Pertwee, of a son.

ROBERTS -- At Botanic Avenue, Belfast, the wife of John O. Roberts, of a son.

ROTHWELL -- April 1, at 11, Onslow Crescent, South Kensington, London, the wife of Major J.S. Rothwell, R.A., of a son.


BORRER--THOMAS -- March 31, at St. Patrick's Church, Brighton, by the Rev. Canon Borrer, William, son of William Borrer, M.A., J.P., D.L., of Cowfold, Sussex, to Fanny Elizabeth, daughter of W.P. Thomas, Michaelstown, niece and adopted daughter of General Sir Richard Dacres, G.C.B.

CURTIN--NICHOLSON -- April 2, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, by the Rev. R. Isherwood, John Curtin, of New Jersey, to Ellen T. Nicholson, of New York, daughter of Admiral Nicholson, United States Navy.

M'CULLY--CAMPBELL -- April 4, at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, the Rev. Alexander M'Cully, A.B., LL.B., T.C.D., to Maria Julia (Minnie) Campbell.

WILLIAMSON--BRIGGS -- April 3, at Drumbo Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. James M'Neill, John Williamson, jun., Ballycoan, County Down, to Mary, second daughter of the late David Briggs, Belfast.


GORMAN -- April 4, at the residence of his grandfather, Thomas Gorman, Flush House, Lurgan, David Gorman, aged 19 years.His remains will be removed for interment in the Friends' Burying-ground, on this (Friday) morning, at eleven o'clock.Friends will please accept this intimation.

M'CAW -- April 4, at Lisrodden, Portglenone, Nancy, the beloved wife of James M'Caw, aged 64 years.Her remains will be removed for interment in the family burying-ground, Portglenone, on this day (Friday), at twelve o'clock, noon. Friends will please accept this intimation.

M'CLURE -- April 5, at Thistleborough House, Jessie, the beloved wife of Hugh M'Clure, aged 59 years.Her remains will be removed for interment in Crumlin Meeting-house Burying-ground, to-morrow (Saturday) afternoon, at one o'clock. HUGH M'CLURE.

STUBBS -- April 5, at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Holmes, Holywood, County Down, Maria, relict of the late Robert Stubbs, of Omagh, and eldest daughter of the late Lieutenant John Hamilton, 1st Royals, Strabane.Her remains will be removed for interment in Strabane Burying-place to-morrow (Saturday) morning, at seven o'clock, arriving at Great Northern Railway Station for 10 a.m. train.

WOODS -- April 4, at the residence of his son, Ravarra, Ballygowan, in the 90th year of his age, Mr. Andrew Woods, late of Barnamaghery, County Down.Interment in Ballygowan Burying-ground, to-morrow (Saturday), at twelve o'clock noon.

CRACROFT -- April 1, at Dorking, Isabella, widow of Thomas Robert Cracroft, Esq., of West Keel, Lincolnshire, and last surviving sister of Sir John Franklin.

HODSON -- April 1, at 113, Shrewsbury Street, Manchester, Thomas Hodson, in the 70th year of his age.

LITHERLAND -- April 2, at his residence, No. 17, Laurel Road, Fairfield, Liverpool, Wm. Litherland, in his 80th year.



Sole proprietor and Manager, Mr. J.F. Warden.

Last Nine nights of the Great Annual Comic

NOTICE -- Notwithstanding the very great success of the present Pantomime, it must be withdrawn to make room for important engagements entered upon by Mr. Warden.

Last Grand Day Performance of the Pantomime on FRIDAY NEXT, April 6, at 1-30, open at 1-0.


GREAT ATTRACTIONS, for this Great Night.

Comedy, Entertainment, and Pantomime.

The performance will commence at 7-30 with the Laughable Comedy of

Barney O'Toole, an itinerant Tinker from the Emerald Isle, seeking his fortune.... Mr. THOS. NERNEY

Supported by Mr. Frank Russell, Mr. C.G. Seymour, Mr. Parker, Mr. Leigh, Mr. Evans, Miss Rose Valerie, Miss Mackie.

After which Mr. NERNEY will give his celebrated IMITATIONS of Barry Sullivan, T.C. King, J.F. Cathcart, J.L. Toole, and his Burlesque Italian Opera!

Mr. C.G. SEYMOUR will sing, for this night only, "Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep."

(Proprietor and Manager)

Will, for the first time, RECITE
Written by G.R. Sims, author of "The Lights of London."

To conclude with the great Pantomime of

Terminating with the Grand Transformation (for this Night)

"What I suffers nobody knows!" -- Quotation.


Prices as usual.Children under 12 half-price.

-- -- -- -- --





Will sing all the solos in Dr. Sullivan's Te Deum Laudamus, "Though the last glimpse of Erin," and "My Dearest Heart."

The Great Basso Profundo, will sing, "Arm, Arm, ye Brave," "The Skipper," and "The Diver."

The most brilliant Organist of the day, will accompany the Chorus, and perform "Andante" (Silas), "Trumpet March" (Jude), Sonata in G" (Guilmaut).

Mr. W.J. KEMPTON will conduct.

Balcony -- ONE SHILLING.

Late Trains on all the lines

-- -- -- -- --


Comprising Twenty talented Artistes.
This week's Programme will comprise

ManagerMr. E. Pryce.
Plan and Tickets at the Music Shops.
Admission -- 3s, 2s, 1s, and 6d.Children and Schools Half-price.Carriages at 4-45 and 10.



Special and Last Mid-day Performance on
SATURDAY NEXT, April 7th, 1883,
At Three o'clock;


EVERY EVENING, at Eight o'clock.
At the conclusion of each Entertainment
Will introduce his remarkable and incomprehensible


Limited Number only.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --



[Before THOMAS HAMILTON, Esq., R.M.]


Mary A. Bell was sent to gaol for three months for assaulting Sub-Constables Kelly and Walsh the previous day in Mullin's Place.

John Shillady was charged by Sub-Constable Rafter with having assaulted him after being arrested for breaking a number of panes of glass in the house of a Mrs. Grant, Shane's Court, on Wednesday.

Mr. Coulter prosecuted.

The constable having given evidence regarding the assault, stated that Mrs. Grant, whose windows had been broken, did not appear.

Mr. HAMILTON remanded the case till to-day to have Mrs. Grant produced.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


[Before WM. BELL, Esq., J.P.; JAS. H. HASLETT, Esq., J.P.; and SAML. ANDREWS, Esq., J.P.]


A MAN NAMED Wilson Moore, Sandy Row, was summoned by Acting-Constable Kane for having assaulted a man in complainant's view on the 24th ult.George Hanna, the party alleged to have been assaulted, was also summoned for being drunk and disorderly at the time of the occurrence.

Mr. M'Lean, jun., prosecuted, and the defendant Moore was represented by Mr. M'Erleau.

It appeared from the evidence that the constable, when he told Moore he would summon him, was informed by the defendant he was not the man at all.

To Mr. M'ERLEAN -- He (the constable) could not swear positively that Moore was the man, but he believed he was.

Mr. M'ERLEAN applied for a dismiss, with costs, which was granted. Hanna, for being drunk and disorderly, was fined 10s and costs.


David Craig, publican, Craigmore Street, was summoned by Sub-Constable Crooks for having sold liquor during prohibited hours on Sunday, the 25th ult. Mr. Sheals appeared for the defendant.

The constable stated he was on duty about a quarter-past eight and saw some one getting what looked to be a bottle out of defendant's shop.He tried to overtake the party, but could not.He then went back to the defendant's shop, but when he got inside he found the bar was locked.

Mr. SHEALS applied to have the case dismissed.

Mr. M'LEAN admitted the case had not been proved, and it was accordingly dismissed.

The same defendant was again summoned by same complainant for having allowed liquor to be consumed on the premises on the 26th ult., he having only a spirit-grocer's license.

The evidence went to show that the constable, hearing corks drawn, entered the premises, and found two men named Gelston and Scott, the latter with half a glass of porter in his hand.There was a glass of porter on the counter in front of the other person.

TO Mr. SHEALS -- He saw a breadcart standing at the door.

The evidence for the defence was that the men were breadcart drivers, and had been treated by Mrs. Craig, and that they had not paid for the drink.

The COURT dismissed the case.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --


THE inquiry into the loss of the ship Glen Roy was resumed yesterday morning, at eleven o'clock, before Thomas Hamilton, Esq., R.M., and the nautical assessors, Captain French and Captain Wilson.

Mr. G. K. Smith again appeared on behalf of the Board of Trade, and the master and owners of the vessel were represented by Mr. J. M'Lean, sen.

At the opening of the Court.

Mr. HAMILTON remarked that it was a pity none of the crew were present, as there seemed to him to be some mystery about the matter.

Mr. M'LEAN explained that the crew were all away on voyages and could not possibly attend.

Mr. HAMILTON said as it was over a month since the vessel was lost the inquiry should have been opened sooner.

William Carriagher, formerly boatswain of the Glen Roy, was examined by Mr. SMITH, and stated what had happened to the vessel during his watches from he joined her on the 10th February, until the crew took to the boats for Holyhead.

Andrew Miller, pump maker, Belfast, gave evidence as to the sufficiency and good quality of the pumps.

John H. Farmer, shipbroker, Liverpool, was examined on behalf of the master and owners, and stated he was the agent through whom the Glen Roy had been purchased.He bought her on condition that, on examination in the dry dock, she would bear satisfactory scrutiny.After certain repairs had been made on her at Birkenhead, he believed she was in excellent seaworthy order.His explanation regarding the leakage at the stern ports was that the vessel must have touched something or other going down the Clyde.

Wm. Frazer, a shipwright, who had superintended the repairs, also testified to the seaworthy condition of the vessel.

Mr. M'LEAN having addressed the Court on behalf of the master and owners,

Mr. SMITH handed in a series of questions, which the Court retired to consider; and, on their re-assembling, read the replies, being their finding in the case:-- 1. Whether, when the vessel left Glasgow, she was in good and seaworthy condition?The vessel could not have been in good and seaworthy condition when she left Glasgow, although she had a certificate of classification from American Lloyd's * A 1 for seven years. 2. Whether she was overladen?She was overladen, taking into consideration her character and age.3. Whether she had sufficient freeboard?She had to all appearance sufficient freeboard.4. Whether, on the evening of 28th February, the vessel made any considerable quantity of water, and whether proper measures were taken to ascertain the cause of it?The vessel did make a considerable quantity of water, but nothing to cause alarm at that time.5. Whether the pumps were sufficient and in good order?The pumps were sufficient and in good order.6. What was the cause of the vessel making so much water on the morning of the 3rd March?Serious leaking at the hood ends on either side of the stern ports, owing to the want of proper caulking.7. Whether prompt and proper measures were taken to ascertain the cause of it; and whether a very possible effort was made to stop the leak?When the leaks at the stern ports were discovered they were so serious that the water was rushing in behind the transoms at such a rate that nothing could be done to stop it.8. Whether the pumps were used with sufficient frequency, and whether the master and mate made every possible effort to induce the crew to work the pumps with a view of keeping the water under until the vessel could be got into port?The pumps were not used with sufficient frequency after nine o'clock a.m. on the 3rd March, when they sucked, and it does not appear that the master and mate used sufficient exertions to induce the men to work the pumps, although they themselves took an occasional spell at them.9. Whether the vessel was navigated with proper and seamanlike care?We find no fault with the captain's navigation of the ship.10.Whether the vessel was prematurely abandoned?The vessel was not prematurely abandoned, but had the captain used sufficient exertions she might have been brought into some port; and finally, 11. Whether the master and chief officer are, or either of them is, in default, and whether their, or either of their, certificates should be dealt with; and whether blame attaches to the owner?Although we do not find the captain or the chief officer in default, yet the Court is of opinion that they were very remiss in not using greater exertions to get the ship into some port.But after some hesitation the Court does not deal with their certificates, and they do dot attach blame to the owner.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

The invisible grey uniform will be first supplied to the Rifle battalions.

The ceremony of unveiling the national statue to Lord Beaconsfield will take place on the afternoon of April 19th, the anniversary of the death of the late Premier.

LORD CAIRNS ON ARMY SCRIPTURE READERS. -- Lord Cairns presided on Monday at a lecture given by Major Evered Poole on the work of the Army Scripture Readers Society during the late war in Egypt.Lord Cairns said that in time of war the Scripture reader had special opportunities for doing good among our soldiers; for whatever might be the conduct of men at other times, when brought face to face with death they would listen to the message of pardon and salvation.But it would be a mistake to think that it was only during a time of war that a society of this kind had work to do.The position of the soldier was a very peculiar one -- one of great isolation, owing to the necessity of discipline.It was almost impossible for them to join in the ordinary organisations outside; so that if the Christian Church wanted to do any effectual good they must bring the instruction to them and seek their good in a way which the officers or the chaplain could not do.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --



THE closing meeting of the session of the Assembly's College was held at eleven o'clock yesterday, in the Gamble Library Hall.The President (Rev. W.D. Killen, D.D.) occupied the chair, and on the platform were the Moderator of the General Assembly (Rev. T.Y. Killen, D.D.) and the members of the Faculty of the college.The clergymen upon whom degrees were to be conferred sat in front of the dais, wearing gowns and hoods.The latter were, for the Doctors in Divinity, black silk lined with violet.Rev. R.Workman, who was to receive the degree of Bachelor, wore a hood similar to the Doctors, but with a border of white fur.The attendance included the following: -- The Mayor of Belfast (Mr. David Taylor, J.P.), Dr. Wilberforce Arnold, J.P.; Revs. Professors Watts, Murphy, Rogers, Glasgow, Witherow, Magee College, Derry; Given, do., Graham, do.; Dr. Meneely, Dr. Knox, Dr. Bellis, Dr. Maclise, Dr. Martin, Newtownards; H.B. Wilson, Cookstown; H.M. Williamson, George Magill, James Heron, S. Phillips, Damascus; Joseph M'Caw, Manchester; William Magill, Cork; Smylie Robson, S.B. Stevenson, D. Gordon, Gilford; J.M. Hamilton, Banbridge; James Knowles, Spa;J.S. Gass, Clones; L. Hutchinson, John Greenlees, W. Clarke, Bangor; S.E. Stewart,D.R. Moore, Killinchy; John Kinghan, George Shaw, S. Walker, Donaghadee; Wm. M'Kean, Thomas West, Antrim; W.R.L. Kinahan,R. Workman, H. Halliday, H. Osborne, R.M'Morris, Manorcunningham; D.K. Mitchell, H. Woods, Alexander Field, E.T. Martin, R.J. Lynd, J.H. Moore, J.D.Crawford, Wm. Irwin, Castlerock; John Waddell, George M'Farland, R. J. Arnold, John M'Ilveen, Lurgan,Robert Montgomery, Thomas Hamilton, A. Patton,W. Witherow, J. L. Biggar,A.H. Beattie, Portglenone;J.D.C. Houston, Hyde Park; Wm. M'Keown, Comber;

D.A. Taylor, Comber; Thomas Watters, Newtownards;S.D. Burnside, A. Montgomery, Wm. Park, Messrs. W.P. Holmes,H. Campbell, Dr.M. Wylie, &c.

The 119th Psalm having been sung,

The PRESIDENT read a portion of Scripture, and offered up prayer.

Rev. Professor WATTS, Secretary of the Faculty then distributed the following scholarships awarded during the session:-

Third year -- H.R. Scott, Sir Edward and Lady Coey scholarship;J.F. Steele, Findlater scholarship;Robert Scott, Hughes Scholarship;M. Stevenson, Todd scholarship;William Johnston, Getty prize.

Second year -- Wm. J. Jackson, Sir Edward and Lady Coey scholarship;Alexander Cuthbert, Findlater scholarship;George Weir, Herdman scholarship; George T. Cowper, M'Cormick scholarship;Alexander Hall, Getty prize; Chas L. Thomson, Getty prize, William White, Getty prize.

First year -- J.I. Brown, Sir Edward and Lady Coey scholarship;Robert Bruce, Sir Edward and Lady Coey scholarship;Samuel Matthews, Edgar scholarship;John W. M'Vicker, Getty prize, W.E. Campbell, Getty prize;Samuel Macaulay, Hanna scholarship.

Getty prizes of £5 each were awarded to the following students for regularity of attendance and general proficiency in their classes throughout the session -- W.J. Jackson, Robert Bruce, W.J. Lowe, G.T. Cowper, Alexander Cuthbert, F.O.M. Watters, J.F. Steele, Robert Scott, J.D. Brown.

Rev. Professor Glasgow distributed the prize awarded to the students in his class.The recipientswere Messrs. Weir, Watters, Stevenson, and Boyd.

The PRESIDENT read the report:- During the past session the business of the classes had proceeded much as usual, nothing having occurred to call for any special notice.The students had enjoyed remarkably good health -- (applause)- there were few cases of sickness.This, he believed, was the result of the healthiness of the chambers.They had shown average ability, and led the professors to form the opinion that many of them would yet be of distinguished service in the Church of God.The attendance at lectures had been remarkably good.It was gratifying to know that the supply of candidates for the ministry had greatly increased, and for the session now closed was larger than it had been for fifteen or sixteen years past.(Applause.) The following was the attendance at the classes --Systematic theology, 44; Church History, ?3; Biblical criticism, 41; Hebrew, 38; Christian ethics, 20; sacred rhetoric, 107.There was another matter of general interest to which he would refer.In the course of last summer they obtained an act of Parliament incorporating their trustees, and making provision for the safe legal investment of the property of the college.They had thus secured an importantboon, but an act of Parliament was an expensive thing, and financially they had been involved in some difficulties.Five or six hundred pounds would, however, carry them over this monetary crisis, and he was happy to say that one generous gentleman, who had signalised himself amongst their benefactors, had taken the first step to relieve them of this difficulty.He referred to Mr. W.A. Robinson, J.P.-- (applause) -- who , on the previous day, had given £100 as a contribution towards this object, and he hoped that others, blessed with ample means, would follow the example of this gentleman, and that very soon they would be delivered from the rather uncomfortable predicament in which they stood.

The MODERATOR of the General Assembly addressed the meeting, expressing the satisfaction of the committee with the attendance at the classes and the work done during the year.He was glad to take part in the proceedings that day, when for the first time they had not only the professors of that college, but also a considerable number of professors of the Magee College, Derry. (Applause.)He did hope that one result of the new charter that had been conferred on the Presbyterian Theological Faculty of Ireland would be to draw the professors of the two colleges more closely together, to prevent any jealousy from springing up between them, and to stimulate them all to labour with one heart and mind for their beloved Church.(Applause.)He trusted the only rivalry that would ever exist between them would be as to who would send forth the best fitted men for carrying on Christ's work. (Applause.)To the students who would shortly be licensed he would say that they should not [--?--] at mere popularity or merely preach to please those before whom they preached.The great [--?--] of the Christian ministry was the glory of God and the salvation of souls.He advocated the continuance of studies after the close of the college career; and, above all, he urged on the students the necessity for personal piety, upon which their success in the ministry depended far more than upon eloquence or ability or human attainment.

Rev. Professor MURPHY then delivered the closing address of the session.They would let the parting word be "Know the Lord."He dwelt on two great sentences quoted in the New Testament -- " And they shall all be taught of God" "And they shall not teach every man his neighbour and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord; for all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest" -- and exhorted them to a knowledge of the Lord and a realisation of His love.

The proceedings terminated with prayer by the President.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --



Immediately afterwards the Faculty was constituted, and proceeded to confer the degrees for the first time under the new charter.

The PRESIDENT OF THE FACULTY (Rev. W.D. Killen, D.D.) said -- It has pleased her Majesty (to) grant to the theological professors of our Assembly -- including those of Derry and Belfast -- Royal charter, empowering them to confer degrees in divinity.It is expressly stated in the official document that "all persons upon whom degrees shall be conferred by this Faculty shall be fully possessed of all such rights, privileges and immunities as belong to similar degrees in theology granted by or in any university in the United Kingdom; and shall be entitled to whatsoever rank or precedence in any part of the United Kingdom is derived from similar degrees granted by any such university." (Applause.)The charter here makes mention of "rights, privileges, and immunities" -- as well as of "rank or precedence" -- belonging to those admitted to wear the titles which the Faculty is now warranted to bestow.It is, however, at present unnecessary to enumerate particularly the items to which these words make allusion.Presbyterian ministers do not move habitually in circles where their rank requires they be settled by a master of the ceremonies -- (laughter) -- but it is well to know that a degree in divinity gives its possessor a social position which he can legitimately claim.It places him in close proximity to those in the higher walks of life.It is of more consequence for all to understand that it marks out the individual who wears it as endowed, in the estimation of those from whom it emanates, with more than commonplace attainments in his profession, and accredits him as a minister who may be safely consulted in questions relating to theology. (Hear, hear.)The privileges secured by this Royal charter have been long desiderated by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland; but, until very lately, it seemed hopeless to apply for them.At length -- under the Moderatorship of Dr. Watts -- (applause)- the subject was formally brought under the notice of her Majesty's Government, and when the committee in charge made report of its proceedings to the annual meeting of our Supreme Judicatory in 1880, a resolution was unanimously adopted declaring that the Assembly "approved of the action" of the Commissioners in calling the attention of the Queen's Ministers to "the grievance under which our Church has so long laboured through the inability of her theological faculties to confer degrees."From the very first movement made in this matter our deputies enjoyed the counsel and encouragement of our good friend, Mr. J.P. Corry -- (applause) -- one of the trustees of this college, and one of the members for the important town of Belfast.During the course of the negotiations Mr. Corry gave us the full benefit of his earnest and influential advocacy.He was cordially supported by Sir Thomas M'Clure -- (applause) -- another of our worthy elders, who has also a seat in the Imperial Legislature.Sir Thomas from the very foundation of this college, has taken a deep interest in its prosperity; and on this occasion we were greatly indebted to his advice and co-operation.(Applause.)Other friends in Parliament have likewise given us valuable aid; and thus it is that we are this day assembled to exercise the rights which have at length been conceded to us.(Applause.)It was not strange that our Assembly complained of the grievance which has only now been removed; for our ministers felt that so long as this license was withheld the principle of religious equality was not fairly carried out in our country.(Applause.)We had special reason to be dissatisfied because of the disability imposed upon us.Trinity College, Dublin, was originally established on a broad Protestant foundation; its highest offices were open to members of our communion, and its first regular Provost -- Walter Travers -- was an earnest and distinguished Presbyterian.(Applause.)But this state of things was of short duration.Under the influence of Archbishop Laud a change was made in the arrangements of the Irish University, and for well nigh two hundred years we were systematically excluded from all its honours and emoluments.A more liberal spirit has of late prevailed; and I believe I am correct in saying that my old friend and colleague Dr. Murphy -- (hear, and applause) -- is the first Presbyterian since the Restoration in 1660 who has been honoured with the degree of Doctor of Divinity by Dublin College.(Applause.)We are happily now in a position that we do not depend on any extern body for the gift of such a literary distinction.Under the sanction of the Crown we can henceforth bestow our diplomas on any of our brethren who have given evidence that they have a claim to be thus recognised.(Applause.)We learn from the New Testament that there were men in reputation, and distinguished as doctors in the Jewish Church.On one occasion we read of our Lord sitting in the midst of them, hearing them and asking them questions; but whether they acquired their title from some seat of learning, or otherwise, cannot now be very clearly ascertained.(Laughter.)In more recent times the custom of conferring degrees of various kinds by literary corporations may be traced back at least seven hundred years.It appears to have originated almost contemporaneously with the rise of universities.In these establishments faculties were soon formed charged respectively with the special cultivation of the study of the arts, law, medicine, and theology.Theology was considered the queen of the sciences; the doctor of divinity was the highest distinction.The degree of doctor then implied a right to teach the students by delivering lectures to them within the walls of the university; but in process of time regular professors were appointed in these seminaries, whose proper duty it was to communicate public instruction; and, under these circumstances, the degree of doctor as connected with any Faculty became merely an honorary distinction, intended to certify the proficiency of its possessor in a particular department.One minister who has no degree may be quite as well acquainted with divinity as another who has a whole row of letters appended to his name; but still a diploma from a Faculty composed of men whose lives are entirely devoted to sacred studies must be admitted to be a testimonial of decided significance.It is to be hoped that the fact of our possession of this Royal charter will stimulate our ministers to increased mental cultivation, and I trust that the powers committed to this Faculty will ever be employed to confer honour only on those of whose acquirements, services to the Church, and soundness in the faith they are fully assured.

The following clergymen then received the formal certificate of their attainment of the degrees indicated by the letters appended to their names: -- Rev. Thomas Workman, B.D. (by examination), Newtownbreda; Rev. Wm. Magill, D.D., Cork; Rev. Smylie Robson, D.D.; Rev. Professor Witherow, D.D., Magee College, Derry; Rev. Thomas Croskery, D.D., Magee College, Derry; Rev. John James Given, D.D., Magee College, Derry;Rev. Wm. M'Caw, D.D., Manchester; Rev. Thomas Young Killen, D.D. (Moderator of the General Assembly), Duncairn.

Rev. Professor LEITCH, secretary of the Presbyterian Theological Faculty of Ireland, made a brief statement of the grounds on which the Faculty has conferred the honours.Each recipient was warmly applauded as the President admitted him to the degree, and presented him with the parchment certifying the fact.

The benediction, pronounced by the President, terminated the proceedings.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --



THE adjourned annual meeting of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners was held yesterday, in the offices, Corporation Square, for the purpose of receiving the report of the auditors appointed by the ratepayers.Mr. E.J. Harland, J.P., occupied the chair, and the other Commissioners present were -- Messrs. W.C. Mitchell, J.P.; Jas. Musgrave, J.P.; Samuel Lawther, J.P.; Henry Matier, J.P.; and James Hind.

The CHAIRMAN said this was an adjourned annual meeting, convened for the purpose of receiving the report of the auditors as to the statement of accounts submitted on the former occasion.He would be glad now to receive such a report from Mr. M'Murtry, after the secretary, Mr. Thompson, had read the advertisement calling the meeting.

The SECRETARY having read the advertisement, Mr. M'MURTRY, the auditor in attendance, said he had to apologise for the unavoidable absence of his co-auditor, Mr. Edward Allworthy, who regretted his inability to be present owing to a previous engagement at the same hour.The joint report which they as auditors had to submit was as follows: -- "We, the undersigned auditors, appointed by the ratepayers to audit the accounts of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners for the year ending31st December, 1882, hereby certify that we have examined the books, vouchers, and accounts of the said Harbour Commissioners, and that we find them correct, and that they agree with the printed statement.The books and accounts are kept on the same excellent principle as in former years and in a most efficient manner, by the accountant, Mr. Hill."The auditors concluded by acknowledging the assistance and facilities which they had received from the various officers of the Board.

The CHAIRMAN said it was very gratifying to the Commissioners, and he was sure also to the officers, of the Trust, and it could not but be reassuring to the bondholders, and satisfactory also to the ratepayers, to receive this report as to the accounts of the Trust.He hoped that each year, as their accounts seemed to swell from the increasing trade of the port, but more particularly from the very varied character of that trade, indicating that our town is no longer so dependent upon one trade as it used to be, but that various others are springing up, and so swelling and varying the character of those accounts -- he hoped that as this developing process progressed in the accounts of the Trust, Belfast might make steady and, if slow, yet sure, progress onward.He had very much pleasure in now moving that the report of the auditors, which had been read, be received, approved, and entered on the minutes.

Mr. HIND seconded the motion, which was thereupon carried.

This concluded the business.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

An enormous specimen of the wild cat was captured last week at Glen-Quoich by Mr. Duncan Grant, head gardener.It measured 4ft. 2in. from the point of the nose to the tip of the tail.Mr. Grant has trapped fifteen wild cats during the last three months.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

The Royal show at York in July will be the biggest and best thing of the kind ever held in the provinces.The Prince of Wales will visit the show, and be the guest of Sir George Wombwell, of Newbury Park.The Lord Mayor of York conveyed, through Sir George Wombell, Bart., his desire to entertain his Royal Highness and council of the Royal Agricultural Show at a banquet in the Mansion House during his visit, but his Lordship has received an intimation from Colonel Knollys to the effect that as the Prince is in the habit of going nearly every year to the annual meetings of the Royal Agricultural Society, he is afraid, were he to accept the invitation to a banquet, that it would make an inconvenient precedent in regard to the other towns which he might visit on similar occasions.


^ top of page