Larne Times - Friday, 3 May 1913


Announcements under this heading are charged for as follows:-- Births, 1s 6d; Marriages, 2s 6d; Notice of Death, 1s 6d; Interment Notices, 2s 6d.


HOOD -- April 8th, 1913, to Mr. and Mrs. John Hood, of Closerton Hill, Seetsdale, Pa., U.S.A. -- a son.


Mrs. NELSON and Family desire to return their sincere thanks to the many kind friends who sympathised with them in their sad loss; also to the Officers and Members of the Masonic Lodge for their beautiful wreath. MARY NELSON & FAMILY. Glynn.

Missing Realtives

M'CONNELL. -- Wanted to know, the whereabouts of Robert M'Connell or Martin, last heard of in Cardiff Seamen's Hospital in July, 1912; was donkeyman in s.s. Sarah Radcliffe three years ago, paying off at Bristol. Official number 105.182. Any information regarding same will be thankfully received by his son, Sam. Martin, at 53 Brownlow Street, Belfast, Ireland.

WEIR. -- Charles G. Weir went to the United States in 1909. He resided for two years with relatives at Fall River, Mass. Early in 1911 he went to the Western States, and was heard of in Denver, Colorado. Afterwards he was employed on Adam's Ranch, North Dakota, and finally at Spokane, Washington Territory. He had been to Vancouver, B.C., but returned to Spokane. Someone of your numerous readers in the States may be able to furnish his address or information concerning him to his anxious mother, Sarah Weir, 87 Brookmount Street, Shankill Road, Belfast, Ireland.

BROWN. -- Wanted to know the whereabouts of John Brown, who left Farmhill, Leckpatrick, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, in April, 1901, for Transvaal, South Africa (Volunteer London Yeomen). After discharge he was employed in a gold mine. Information will be thankfully received by his sister, Mrs. J. Berry, Patrick Street, Strabane. South African papers please copy.

DONNELLY. -- Wanted to know the whereabouts of Bridget, Lena, and Mary Donnelly, who emigrated from Magherafelt about 25 years ago. Last heard of in Boston, U.S.A. Any information concerning them will be thankfully received by their brother, Thomas Donnelly, Robert Street, Ballymena. American papers please copy.

BELL. -- Information wanted about Joshua Bell, who left Belfast for America six years ago and when last heard of was boarding with Mr. Graham, 2 Clarke's Avenue, New York. Kearney, his wife, wishes to know if he is still living. -- Mrs. Mary Ann Bell, 15 Edenderry Street, Belfast, Ireland.

CALLEN. -- Information wanted about Geo. Francis Callen, joiner. Last heard of 10th October, 1910, at Pigeon Key, East Coast Railroad, Florida, U.S.A. His father inquires, Francis Fallen, 3 Cadogan Street, Belfast, Ireland.

SANDERSON. -- Wanted to know the whereabouts of Robert Sanderson, last heard of 12 years ago Cincinnatti, Ohio, United States America. American papers please copy. Any information will be kindly received by his brother, William Sanderson, Lisgorran, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan, Ireland.

CLARKE. -- Wanted to know the whereabouts of Alexander Clarke, ex-Gunner Royal Artillery. Last heard of in Halifax, N.S., about nine years ago. His brother inquires, Samuel Clarke, 60 Bankmore Street, Belfast, Ireland.

KANE. -- Wanted to know the whereabouts of Patrick Kane. Last heard of about twelve years ago. He was then stationmaster at some of the stations in St. Louis, America. He formerly belonged to Moneyscalp, Bryansford, County Down. Any information regarding him will be thankfully received by his sister, Rose (Mrs. John Rainey), Ballyduff, Carnmoney, County Antrim. American papers please copy.

SCOTT. -- Wanted to hear of James Scott, who emigrated to America, and was last heard of in Pennsylvania, where he worked in a foundry. Is believed to have since married and gone to a farm of his own. Any information concerning him will be thankfully received by his sister, Mrs. Bolton, 7 Emerald Street, My Lady's Road, Belfast, Ireland.

CREDDEN. -- Wanted to know the whereabouts of Michael Credden, who left his sister, Ellen Reynolds, in March, 1911; last heard of in Belfast; age 56 years. Any information regarding him will be thankfully received by his sister, Ellen Reynolds, 56 Llewellyn Avenue, Lisburn, Ireland.

REID. -- Wanted to hear of Edward Reid, bricklayer, formerly of Ravenhill Road, Belfast. Last heard of about four years ago in North Battleford, Sask. Any information will be gladly received by his parents at 1 Carrington Street, Belfast, Ireland.

LOWRY. -- Wanted, to know the whereabouts of William James Lowry, who left Antrim Road, Belfast, on the 27th May, 1875, for Wellington, New Zealand. Last heard of at Christchurch, N.Z. Any information regarding him will be gratefully received by his sister Ellen. Address -- J. Sinclair, 57 Osborne Street, Belfast, Ireland. Australian papers please copy.

SCOTT. -- Wanted, to hear of Thomas Scott or Agnes Scott, believed to be still resident in Belfast. Hiram Scott, of Altamont P.O., Manitoba, Canada, son of William Scott, brother to the above, is anxious to hear from any relatives of his deceased father. Should any reader of this notice happen to be acquainted with people named Scott it would be a favour if he will call their attention to it.

MATHER. -- An American cousin wishes to know the whereabouts of any of the descendants of John and Martha Mather. Martha Mather died May 17, 1849, leaving a family of six. Reply to "American Cousin," c/o Editor "Belfast Weekly Telegraph."

SMYTH. -- Wanted to know the whereabouts of Mrs. Mary Smyth, last heard of about six years ago; was then in Millport, Scotland, keeping house for a gentleman there. I would like to hear from her. -- Miss E, M'Conkey, 31 Brookland Street, off Lisburn Road, Belfast, Ireland.

GRACEY. -- Wanted to know the whereabouts of the family of the late Robert Gracey, of Lisburn, who was last heard of in Philadelphia, U.S.A. Any information regarding them will be thankfully received by their cousin, Miss Matilda Prichard, Main Street, Randalstown, Co. Antrim, Ireland. -- American papers please copy.

DAVIDSON. -- Wanted, to know the whereabouts of the family of the late Francis Davidson, who lived at Whitehill, Randalstown. When last heard of, they were living in Philadelphia, U.S.A. Any information concerning them will be thankfully received by their aunt, Mrs. P. French, Main Street, Randalstown, Co. Antrim, Ireland. American papers please copy.

STEWART. -- Wanted to know the whereabouts of James Stewart, son of the late Wm. Stewart, of Ballywalter, County Down, Ireland, who left home about forty years ago; supposed to be in San Francisco. Any news concerning him will be thankfully received by his sister, Mary Jane Clarke, 12 Houston Street, Ballyhackamore, Belfast, Ireland.

ROONEY. -- News wanted of Joseph Rooney, who left Belfast in September, 1902, and went to Tuscan, Arizona, America. Anyone knowing of his whereabouts please communicate with his sister, Alice Rooney, 174 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, Ireland.

M'BROOM. -- Wanted to hear information of any of the family of the late James M'Broom, of Druminchin, Richhill, Co. Armagh, Ireland. A daughter named Mary, who married a Mr. Hamilton; two brothers, named David and Alexander M'Broom, are believed to have gone to America. Any of the relatives of the above might please write to Mrs. R. Underdown (formerly Elizabeth Ann M'Broom), c/o Mrs. W. T. Jenkins, P.O., Lancaster, Victoria, Australia.

M'MILLAN and MILLAR. -- Wanted to hear of Mrs. Esther M'Millan, wife of Samuel M'Millan, formerly of 44 Lord Street, Belfast, or of Elizabeth Millar. Their sister, Mrs. Helen Boyce, 3 Folsom Street, Dover, N.H., U.S A., is anxious to hear from them.

SPENCE. -- Wanted, to know the whereabouts of James Spence, who left Retarnet, Markethill, Armagh, about 20 years ago, for Belfast. Last heard of in St. Helens, about five years ago. Any information will be gladly received by his sister, Hanna Spence, Drumbee, Richhill, Armagh.

ARCHER. -- Wanted, to find the present address of Margaret J. Archer, formerly of 12 Dunvegan Street, Belfast. Thomas R. Archer, Acme, Texas, U.S.A., inquires.

SMYTH. -- Wanted to know the whereabouts of William John Smyth, last heard of about eight years ago, when he was residing in Renfrew, Scotland. Any information will be thankfully received by his brother, Samuel Smyth, Craigs, Co. Antrim, Ireland.

WILLIS or BENTLEY. -- Wanted to hear of Jane Willis, married name Bentley; left Fivemiletown about 30 years ago; last heard of in Sunderland. Inquirer, her brother, James Willis, Burnside Street, Glengarnock, Ayrshire.

TRAVERS. -- Wanted to hear of Michael Travers, who left Belfast for Boston, U.S.A., about eight years ago. Last heard of about seven years ago as working in an hotel near that city. Information will be thankfully received by his brother Joseph Travers, 12 Finmore Street, Belfast, Ireland. American papers please copy.



The funeral took place from his late residence, 29 Wigton Street, of Mr. Tomas Hamilton, an army pensioner, who passed away on Wednesday, after a brief illness, in the Royal Victoria Hospital. The place of interment was the City Cemetery, and the last rites were performed by Rev. D. L. C. Dunlop, of St. Luke's Church. The late Mr. Hamilton, who had attained the age of 73 years, had to his credit an excellent service record of 22 years, the greater portion of which was spent abroad. Whilst on active service he occupied the position of butler, and on several occasions had the honour of waiting upon Royalty. On his retirement from the army he became butler to Col. Wallace's father. A master of his occupation, Mr. Hamilton's services were much appreciated at the principal local clubs and hotels, and it was with deep regret that a wide circle of friends learned of his death. Mr. Hamilton was identified with the Orange and Black Institutions, which Orders were largely represented at the funeral, the arrangements in connection with, which were carried out in a satisfactory manner by Messrs. Melville & Co., Ltd.



David Thompson, solicitor, Rochdale, who on Saturday at Manchester Assizes pleaded guilty to unlawfully converting to his own use two sums amounting to £1,475, was today sentenced by Mr. Justice Bankes to three years' penal servitude.



On Saturday morning the death occurred unexpectedly, at Chester, of Canon Arthur Core, foimerly vicar of Bowdon, Cheshire which post he held for 38 years, and one of the best known clerics in the Chester diocese.

Canon Gore was born at Kilkenny in 1829, and was educated at Kilkenny College and at Trinity College, Dublin, where he gained many distinctions.

He was ordained in 1855, and became Clerical Superintendent of the Liverpool Church of England Scripture Readers' Society in 1858. He became vicar of St. Luke's, Liverpool, in 1861. Liverpool at that time was included in the Diocese of Chester, and he was made an honorary canon of Chester Cathedral in 1867.

Six years later he was presented to the living of Bowdon, the principal church in the largest and wealthiest deanery in the county. He acted as chaplain to Bishop Jacobson from 1877 to 1884, and was Proctor lor the Archdeaconry of Macclesfield from 1881 to 1884, and again in 1893.

In 1884 he was made Archdeacon of Macclesfield, but resigned that office in 1893, when he was made Canon Residentiary of Chester Cathedral.

He was Select Preacher to Trinity College, Dublin, in 1890 and 1891, and was some years later examining chaplain to the Bishop of Chester. He resigned the living of Bowdon in September, 1911, and went to live in Chester.



The death took place on Monday at Sunnyside, Prince's Park, Liverpool, of Mr. Samuel Gibson Sinclair, a leading merchant of that city. Deceased, who was in the provision trade, was fourth son of the late Mr. John Sinclair, of The Grove, Belfast, and a brother of the late Mr. William Pirrie Sinclair, who was member of Parliament for Antrim before the Redistribution Bill. He was a cousin of Right Hon. Thomas Sinclair, D.L., of Belfast, and tidings of his death were received with sorrow in Belfast by many friends.




One of the largest assemblages ever seen at a local funeral was witnessed in Coleraine on Sunday afternoon, when the remains ot the late Mr. Robert Platt were removed from Taylor's Row, Long Commons, and interred in Kildollagh Graveyard. There were floral tributes from Albert Edward Masonic Lodge, No. 235 (of which the deceased was a P.M.), Royal Blue Masonic Lodge, No. 754; L.O.L., No. 316; R.B.P., No. 37 (Knights of the Bann); the local branch of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, the staff of R. A. Taylor, Ltd., &c. Officers of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Derry and Donegal. officers and members of the local Masonic Lodges, leading members of the Orange Institution (Coleraine District), and other organisations were in the solemn cortege. The chief mourners were the only son of the deceased, several nephews, and relatives. The services in the residence of the deceased and at Kildollagh were conducted by Rev. W. A. Wilson, M.A., New Row Presbyterian Church, in the absence (in Canada) of Rev. W. G. Davis, of Coleraine Congregational Church, in which the late Mr. Platt was a respected member.



The tercentenary of Belfast has not unnaturally resulted in a good deal of critical attention being focussed upon the records relating to the early history of the City. It is to be feared that amongst the number of historical retrospects, real or alleged, which have been given to the public at the tercentenary period, some at least can have no claim to notice save that of presumptuous insolence which is rendered objectionable in the last degree when it is indulged in by such as answer to the description of "the stranger within the gates." Belfast has certainly never been spoiled by any flattery; upon the contrary it has literally had to plough its way to success, and splendid achievement in the face of rude detractors and shameless slanderers, some of whom knew even less of its history than a Cook's tourist who reaches it at morning and leaves it at sunset of the same day. They have not even approached it with an open and fair mind, and just as "all is jaundiced that the jaundiced eye espies" so these traducers of its greatness have sought to spew over everything associated with it in the hope that it may present to others the picture which they desire to visualise. It is a pleasure to turn from a contemplation of writings which have their origin in such malignity and invincible ignorance to others which while they eschew flattery, with equal propriety eschew mischievous misrepresentation, and whose authors take pains to know whereof they speak. Of such is Mrs. Lowry (whose new book "The Story of Belfast and Its Surroundings" has just been issued by Headley Bros., Bishopsgate, London. Long residence in and association with the city have given her unique opportunities of collecting and collating historical memoranda of much interest, and she has been afforded access to some rare and valuable books available only to a privileged few. So happily circumstanced, it would have been to the discredit of such a prolific and gifted authoress if she had failed to present to the public at such a juncture in the city's history something well worthy of careful and enthusiastic perusal. Some of the pseudo-historians already alluded to have leaped to the mistaken conclusion that because they have not heard of such the history of Belfast has never been written. Mrs. Lowry has not fallen into this stupid error. She knows that to be a field already well tilled, but cultivated rather for the grown ups than for young people. Her purpose, therefore, is to climb the tree of knowledge and shake its boughs in the confident belief that it can be made to yield acceptable fruit for the eager palates of the younger generation, and she has suited the means to the object in view. This is no bare recital of dry as dust statistical details associated with the great industries of shipbuilding and linen manufacture, and yet all the leading features of each are set out not in tables, but in a way that cannot fail to captivate the attention of the reader. The first faint adumbrations of the fishing village that has developed into one of the civic wonders of the kingdom are skilfully depicted, and the reader is carried along, his interest heightened by every page, as house is added to house, street to street, and acre to acre. He sees his forbears as they lived and moved and had their being. He understands why certain localities with which he is to-day familiar first obtained their names, and he learns of those who in other days shaped the destinies of the city, and were not afraid to trust its future. There is no straining after dramatic effect, no pandering to the ornate in style. It is a plain unadorned story that flows smoothly yet gracefully along. That fact is indeed its great charm. It is as if one were listening to a pleasant verbal recital that compels the mind to visualise the thing described. Fancy can easily conjure up the very human scene presented to the eye upon that memorable evening when the town was first lighted with gas, and the members of the Town Council arm in arm paraded its leading thoroughfares in solemn procession to see the effect and shed an added effulgence. Or we can enter with the town's populace into the uproarious mirth which was created by the way in which "Jimmy," the town fool of the period, utilised the newly-introduced Post Office system to convey a boxful of herrings to a customer whose address he had forgotten. Jimmv, it appears, dumped the herrings one by one into the letterbox in the belief that they would reach their destination. The feelings of the postmaster can be conjectured. Every phase of the city's characteristics is dealt with by Mrs. Lowry, And many hitherto unpublished details are presented to the public. No feature of the city's progress and development has been neglected. Successive chapters are devoted to the early days when Belfast was only a hamlet; its old castle; the origin of its street names and districts; its first churches; the introduction of water and light supplies; the evolution accomplished in modes of travelling; the progress of education, and the foundation of hospitals and charitable institutions; its curious laws and taxes, and quaint ancient documents which are in the nature of a photograph of the lives and habits of its people; the growth of its harbour and the foundation of those great industries which are the wonder and admiration of the world are all so graphically and skilfully limned that the city's growth seems to be taking place before the eyes of the reader. Lord Shaftesbury has added a graceful and important foreword upon the value of history. In venturing the assertion that a perusal of the book will bring a genuine reward in the shape of instruction and pleasure he has expressed an opinion in which every reader will concur. Though but three centuries have elapsed since Belfast obtained its first charter, the city has in the intervening period made history of which its people have no reason to feel ashamed when they compare it with what has been accomplished in the same period by other centres whose initial advantages were vastly greater. What Belfast is the virility, energy, and purposefulness of its people have made it, and they may at this period feel a just pride as they look back over the difficult way that has been traversed, and along which the noble monuments of the labours of themselves and their forbears are so thickly studded. We do well to take pride in the things that have been well done, and to learn wise lessons from our errors no less than from our successes. Mrs. Lowry has done a public service in affording cju>ort unities for improvement in both directions.



There was a large congregation at St. Peter's, Athlone, on Sunday, when, after Nuptial Mass, the marriage was celebrated of Mr. Johnnie M'Donnell, the well-known international football player, and Miss Delia Francis (Cissie) Naughton, second daughter of Mr. Michael Naughton, merchant, Athlone.

The present of the Bohemians to their old colleague was a substantial cheque.



Down in one of Antrim's glens.
Lying deep and far away.
Where the hillsides purple-tinted
In the sheen of Autumn lay.
   By a dashing mountain rill
   Stood an ancient moss-grown mill,
And the wheel was still at play.

Lived the miller near at hand
In a pleasant woodland glade,
Rose trees round his cottage clung
In their flaunting bloom arrayed.
   And a rustic seat had he
   Where a weeping willow tree
Ever flung a welcome shade.

Simple was the life he lived.
Honest was his heart and true,
Little had he been abroad.
Little of the world he knew --
   But one song he still would sing
   To the great and pondrous swing.
'Bout a girl with eyee of blue.

Oft amid the village youths
Sat he in the evening air.
Listened to the tales they told
As they built the future fair;
   Heard them talk about the West
   With a golden harvest blest.
And the fortunes waiting there.

One -- a youth with soldier longings --
Oft would tell with glowing pride
How his grandsire played a part
In that far-famed, glorious ride,*
   Forging down the vale of death
   'Mid the cannon's fiery breath.
On by gallant Nolan'a side.

* The charge of the Light Brigade,

Oh! the miller heard it all
As the moments swiftly flew.
But it roused no restless thoughts
And no answering thrill he knew --
   But he rose and passed along.
   And they heard him hum a song
'Bout a girl with eye* of blue.

Still the changing years rolled on.
Bringing much of joy and pain.
And his comrades all are gone
For they passed beyond the main;
   Oh! they sought for pastures new
   As bold Antrim's men will do.
And life called them not in vain.

Where is now the soldier youth?
Ah! he's lying ©old and low
On a foreign field afar
Where he heard the bugles blow.
   When the British squadrons came,
   Charging thro' the volleyed flame
On the hillside of Glencoe.

But the miller clung to home --
To the land that gave him birth,
And he held that it was fairest
Of all the lands on earth;
   And his wheel went ever round
   With a merry, merry sound,
And he never knew of dearth.

Stands his cottage still as then
'Neath the willow's pleasant shade,
And at eve upon the doorstep
Waits for him that blue-eyed maid.
   Of whose beauty still he sings
   As the great wheel rocks and swings.
And he does a thriving trade.



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