Newtownards Chronicle - Saturday, 3 October 1914


STEVENSON -- September 29th, Agnes, wife of John Stevenson, Campmar, Newtownards.

In Memoriam

FRANCIS -- In fond and loving memory of my dear daughter, Jennie, who departed this life on 28th September, 1913, and was interred in the family burying-ground, Movilla.
When, least expected, death doth come.
   No hand can stay its power:
The fair, the healthy, and the strong
   All perish life a flower.
Deeply regretted by her Mother, Brothers and Sisters. ISABELLA FRANCIS. 45 James Street.

FRANCIS -- In fond and loving memory of my dear companion, Jennie Francis, who died on 28th September, and was interred in Movilla Cemetery. "Sadly missed."
A face, still loved, so sadly missed,
   Her smile that was so bright;
She was so thoughtful, good, and kind,
   Time cannot blot her from my mind.


Newtownards Trooper Lying Ill



Trooper Thomas Clarke, of the North Irish House, resident in West Street, Newtownards is, it appears from an official communication received by his wife, Mrs. Lizzie Clarke (nee Russell), on Saturday, at present lying* in hospital in France. The communication fails to specify, however, the nature of Trooper Clarke's illness, whether from wounds, fever, or accident. The communication is as follows:

No. N.LH.,/02.
Cavalry Record Office.
York Station,
Madam, -- I regret to inform you that a report has this day been received from, the War Office to the effect that 794 Private Thomas Clarke, North Irish Horse, is ill, and has been admitted into hospital in France. Ailment not notified, but case not reported as being serious. Any further information received in this office as to his condition or progress will at once be notified to you,
I am, madam,
Your Obedient Servant,
G. H. HUTCHINSON, Lt., Officer in Charge of Records.

We understand that Trooper Clarke has since the above intimation was received been transferred, to Netley Hospital, and hope is expressed., that he may he able m a day or two to travel to Belfast on sick furlough.




Amongst the many Belfast and County Down men on their way to the front with the Canadian forces is Mr. David Wright, formerly of Bangor, and who is well-known and highly esteemed by many friends in Newtownards as well as "Belfast-by-the-Sea." Should he come this way a hearty welcome awaits him.

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Mrs. Sharman-Crawford and Mrs. Mitchell-Thomson are collecting comforts, and money to purchase same, for the members of the U.V.F. belonging to North Down who are going on active service. A list of the articles most desired will be found in our advertising columns, and parcels and remittances will be gratefully received by Mrs. Sharman-Crawford, Crawfordsburn, Co. Down.

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It is being strongly urged that sentries posted at thickly-populated localities should be armed with shotguns instead of rifles, which may miss the object aimed at and kill or wound innocent persons a mile off. Armed with a shot gun throwing buckshot -- eight to ten pellets to the cartridge -- a sentry would have a very much better chance of bringing down an enemy than with an ordinary rifle.

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The men on Lord Londonderry's Wyn-yard Park estate and Thorpe have responded splendidly to the call for Lord Kitchener's army, twenty-seven in all having joined the various regiments -- Rifle Brigade, King's Royal Rifles, 30th Hussars, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Royal Field Artillery, the Guards, and Fusiliers. In addition to this number eight men from this estate are now at the front, as is also Viscount Castlereagh, who is A.D.C. to General Poulteney.

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Mr. Vivian T. T. Rea, B.A., son of Mr. Henry Tighe Rea, of 1 Glandore Park, Belfast, and a senior lieutenant of the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (Royal North Down Rifles) was ordered to the front on the 25th inst., and sailed from Southampton on Sunday morning. Mr. Vivian Rea was well-known and highly esteemed, not only in university circles, but in the social life of the city.

He had just completed his studies for the ministry of the Church of Ireland, with the exception of the confirmatory examination -- due this month -- at Trinity College, where he recently gained several honours, including the medal of the Theological Society. He was honorary secretary for the Ulster Provisional Council of the B.P. Scouts, and had beep scoutmaster of the Bangor Troop, which he maintained in a high state of efficiency, and with a large muster roll, for a number of years.

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There is much speculation as to the place of the Indian troops and the work they are doing. It is understood that they went first to Egypt. The military correspondent of the "Scotsman" writes: "In the case of the Indian troops some unavoidable delay has, it is said, been caused by the necessity of replacing the whole of the small arms ammunition in their charge. The Indian contingent is, we hear, drawn almost wholly from the Lahore, Meerut, and Poona commands, and in the case of the troops belonging, at any rate, to the two first-named divisions, their rifle ammunition would be drawn from and bear the marks of the Dum-Dum Small Arm Ammunition Factory. In view of the capital which would eagerly be made by the German military authorities were any cartridges or ammunition boxes thus labelled to come into their hands, it has been considered advisable to withdraw the whole of the ball cartridges from India and to replace them with ammunition made in this country. This delay, if such has been caused, is unfortunate, but perhaps it may not be without its compensations if it gives time for the cavalry and gun horses of the Indian Army to recover from the effects of a fortnight's or three weeks' voyage during the fag end of the monsoon."



Royal North Downs -- B. B. Bellew has been appointed a second-lieutenant (on probation) in the 4th R.I. Rifles, and G. G. M. Bennett has been appointed to a lieutenancy.

Proposed Civil Force Cadets. -- An effort is being made to form such a force in Newtownards, and Major T. H. C. Boyle, V.C.F., will attend in Conway Square this (Saturday) afternoon at three o'clock to give all information regarding the proposal. Boys and youths from 12 to 16 years of age are eligible to join.

Alleged Larcenies at Drumhirk. -- Saml. Mawhinney, of Ballyharry, and Henry Sibbles, of Drumhirk, who were remanded in custody from last Petty Sessions on charges of housebreaking and larcenies, were brought up on Friday at Newtownards. Further depositions were made and the accused were returned for trial to the assizes.



(Dedicated to the Stay-at-Home Rangers.)

All the brave boys under canvas are sleeping,    All of them pressing to march with the van. Far from the home where their sweethearts are weeping;.    What are you waiting for, sweet little man?

You with the terrible, warlike moustaches.    Fit for a colonel or chief of a clan; You with the waist made for sword-belts and sashes;    Where are your shoulder-straps, sweet little man?

Bring him the buttonless garment of women!    Cover his face lest it freckle and tan; Muster the Apron-String Guards on the Common --    That is the corps for the sweet little man!

All the fair maidens about him shall cluster.    Pluck the white feathers from bonnet and fan, Make him a plume like a turkey-wing, duster --    That is the crest for the sweet little man!




Soldiers of the King. -- Most of the Donaghadee contingent of soldiers who are in camp at Clandebove were granted leave of absence on Saturday last till Sunday night, and were given a hearty, welcome by their friends and acquaintances. The new soldiers had not then been supplied with the army uniform, but it is expected that they may obtain leave for the weekend and may probably be in uniform then. A number of other recruits from Donaghadee and district have joined the colours since the main batch left for the camp.

Death of Mr. Robert Dunn. -- Deep and profound regret was everywhere felt and manifested in this town and district at the death of Mr. Robert Dunn, which occurred at his residence on Monday night after a lingering illness. The late Mr. Dunn was highly esteemed and respected in all quarters, and had for some 30 years efficiently discharged the duties as a postal official at Donaghadee, and he was always a most popular and obliging official. Some time ago he was laid aside with an illness which necessitated his retirement from official duties, but latterly he had recovered sufficiently to enable him to get about with assistance. He was always of a cheery disposition, and it was not thought that the end was so near. However, a relapse hastened the end, and despite the most assiduous home care and medical assistance he passed away, deeply and sincerely lamented. The greatest sympathy has everywhere been extended to his sorrowing relatives in their bereavement. The interment took place on Thursday, and it is hoped to give a report of this in next week's issue of the "Chronicle."

Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association. -- The worthy and efficient hon. secretaries of the Donaghadee branch of the Soldiers and Sailors' Families Association (Mrs. Potts and Miss E. L. Galway) are certainly deserving of congratulation on, and are desirous of acknowledging, the gratifying results of the efforts in Donaghadee on behalf of this most worthy and deserving object, as, in addition to what has already been contributed, it, is understood that on the 29th ult. they received contributions of work from the following:-- Mrs. MacMinn, Mrs. and Miss de la Cherois, Mrs. Reid, Mrs. Milliken, Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Fennell, Mrs. Lewis, Mrs. Louden, Mrs. Potts, Mrs. Kenny, Mrs. Gumming, Mrs. W. F. Walker, Mrs. Dunn, Mrs. Hamilton, Miss Cuming, Miss S. Campbell, Miss Hind, Miss Beattie, the Misses Kilbie, the Misses Carr, Miss Galway, Miss Stevenson, Miss Sloan, Miss Gray ; Mrs. Geddis kindly contributed 10s and Mrs. Louden a parcel of cigarettes: It is understood that it has been arranged to receive further contributions in the Market House on 3rd November at 4 p.m. or, in the meantime, by the hon. secretaries.

Ulster Day Service. -- On Sunday last, in the new Orange and Protestant Hall, a special united praise service was held in commemoration of Ulster Day, and the signing of the Ulster Covenant, and also took the form of an intercessory service with regard to the present war crisis. The Donaghadee and Herdstown U.V.F. assembled in uniform (under Company Commander Robert Sloan, U.D.C., and Commander W. Ferguson), and marched to the service, special seating accommodation being reserved for the large number of Volunteers who attended. In addition there was a representative attendance of the general public. The service, which was of a most appropriate and impressive nature, was conducted by the Rev. Robert Andrews (minister of Shore Street Presbyterian Church) and the Rev. M. H. G. Willis, M. A. (rector of Donaghadee), and special and appropriate music was rendered in an effective manner. The addresses delivered, and the service throughout was of a most inspiring and appropriate nature, and indicative of the continued loyal feelings and determination of the people of Donaghadee and district in the Ulster cause.





This monthly court was held on Thursday, before Messrs. W. G. Duff, R.M. (presiding), Charles W. Dunbar-Buller, D.L.; F. J. M'Cormick, J.P.; Wm. Warnock, J.P.; G. L. de la Cherois, J.P., and J. H. Mulholland, J.P.

District-Inspector E. O. Gerity, Mr. David Young, C.P.S., and Mr. David Walker, Town Clerk, were in attendance.

Rate Cases Adjourned.

Robert H. Finlay, Bangor, rate collector for the County Council, sued Wm. R. Montgomery, of Cottown, to recover £1 0s 2d, being three half-years' poor's rate on his farm at Cottown.

The Chairman said that in face of the Court Emergency Act, which had just come into force, they could not give a decree in the absence of the defendant, or, if they did, it would be practically useless. The decree could not be legally executed except notice was served on the defendant that it was complainants intention to ask the magistrates to make an order.

The Clerk -- This summons was issued before the Act was promulgated.

The Chairman -- I don't think we can do anything to-day. If Mr. Finlay will serve the notice suggested in the meantime we will adjourn the case until the next court.

Mr Finlay -- Could I get the summons amended to include mother half-year's rates?

The Chairman -- I think not, but you could issue a new summons, and serve the notice is the meantime.

Mr. Finlay said he would proceed with the original summons.

The Chairman -- The case will be adjurned until the next court.

Copeland Island Rates.

The same complainant sued Peter Halpin, The Parade, Donaghadee, to recover £3 10s 2d, being poor's rate accrued on defendant's holding on the Copeland Islands.

Mr. Hugh Graham, who appeared for the defendant, said he would like the case disposed of that day.

The Chairman -- I don't think we can r go on. The defendant is not present, and no notice has been served on him that the magistrates would be asked to make an order against him.

Mr. Graham -- You could give a decree, but of course it would be no good.

This case was also adjourned by the Court.

Drunk in Charge.

Constable Kenny summoned Robert Lewis, of Drumawhey for being drunk in charge of a horse and cart in Donaghadee, on 28th September.

Mr. Graham said that the defendant, who was a respectable farmer, had told him that he was unable to come, to the court that day, and that he admitted the offence.

Fined. 5s and costs.

Poaching in Donaghadee.

George L. de la Cherois, Donaghadee, prosecuted James M'Narry, Manor Street, Donaghadee, and John M'Williams, Meeting House Street, Donaghadee, for having unlawfully trespassed in pursuit of game with a gun on the lands of complainant on 29th August, contrary to 27 George III., chap. 35.

Mr. George de la Cherois deposed that at about 4.30 o'clock on the evening of the 29th August, when near his farm, he heard a shot near by. At first witness thought it was fired by one of his employees, but he decided to go and see who it was. He found the two defendants shooting at rabbits and they had ferrets in their possession. The men picked up their guns and ferrets and ran off. He shouted to them to stop, but they would not stand their ground, although he told them that he knew who they were. He followed them, but afterwards came back and found a ferret belonging to the defendants, which he picked up. This took place within two hundred yards of his farm, and he thought it was a deliberate case of trespass.

The Chairman -- Are there any hares there?

Mr. de la Cherois -- No, there are not hares in the country. They have all been exterminated.

Is there no game besides rabbits? -- Practically none except ground game.

The Chairman said that rabbits under the Act were not considered game. Rabbits were excluded under its provisions.

Mr. de la Cherois -- Are they not ground game?

The Chairman -- Are there any pheasants?

Mr. de la Cherois -- There is an occasional one, but they are practically extinct.

In reply to the Chairman, M'Narry admitted the offence, and expressed his sorrow. M'Williams also admitted the offence, and said he was sorry at the occurrence.

Mr. de la Cherois said he had no ill-will against these men, and if they apologised and paid the court costs, he would withdraw the case. He would like, however, the Bench to warn them seriously, because he intended to prosecute in every case that came under his notice. He had been put to a great deal of trouble and expense, owing to the breaking of his fences, and the undermining of his ditches, and he was determined to put a stop to it.

M'Narry said he was prepared to apologise, and give an undertaking not to commit the offence again. M'Williams gave a similar undertaking.

The cases were then withdrawn, the Chairman remarking that Mr. de la Cherois had acted very kindly. If they were caught again, it would be more serious.


(Mr. W. G. Duff, R.M., presiding.)

Drunk and Disorderly.

The Urban Council, summoned Wm. M'Minn, Moat Street, for being disorderly while drunk on 15th September.

Sergeant Orr stated that the defendant was shouting and causing a. scene on the Parade. He did that occasionally. Defendant had not been charged this year, but witness had cautioned him.

Defendant, who did not appear, was fined 2s 6d and 2s costs.

David M'Mullan, Church Square, was summoned for being disorderly while drunk on 19th September.

Sergeant Orr stated that the defendant was shouting and using bad language. It was his second offence.

Defendant, who did not appear was fined 7s 6d and 2s costs.

Wm. Kennedy, temporarily residing at William Street, Donaghadee, was summoned for a like offence on 23rd September.

Defendant did not appear.

Sergeant Orr said that the defendant was rowdy, and threw himself down on the ground.

Mr. M'Cormick -- How is it these defendants do not appear?

Mr. Walker -- This defendant lives near Comber.

A fine of 5s and 2s costs was imposed.


James Angus, Warren Road, was summoned for being drunk on 24th September.

Sergeant Orr said that the defendant was quiet.

Fined 2s and, 1s 6d costs.





The following pargaraph appeared in the "Auckland Star" of Monday 10th August:--

Second Contingent of Auckland Territorials.

A Rush Mobilisation.

The mobilisation of the Auckland quota for the Volunteer Force for service at home or abroad was checked for a few hours this morning, while the rush mobilisation of the contingent of 250 to depart this afternoon was carried out. The work was carried out at fever pitch of orderly excitement, so that by mid-day the whole contingent was medically inspected, armed, clothed and equipped. They left for Wellington this afternoon by special train.

The Roll of Honour.

The contingent comprises 261 officers and men, made up as follow's:-- Major W. Kay, 3rd Regiment, commanding; Capt. Jas. Blackwood Neely, 3rd Regiment, second in command; Company Sergt.-Major, Sergt.-Major Meechan ; Company Quartermaster-Sergt., O. M. S. Poile. Captain J. B. Neely is an Irishman, a native of Portaferry, Co. Down, where his parents reside. Eight years ago he left for New Zealand to take up a position in Messrs. Smith and Caughey's establishment. After some time he joined the Territorials, where he became most popular, gaining rapid promotion and has recently received his commission as Captain, being placed second in command of the 3rd Regiment. His friends in the Ards will be pleased to learn of his practical exhibition of loyalty to King and country. He was amongst the first to volunteer for active service.



This mouthly court was held in the Courthouse on Tuesday. The following magistrates were present -- Messrs. W. G. Duff R.M. (in the chair) J. Greer, J. Elliott, J. Watson, C. Brownlaw, J. Linchey, P. M'Nabb, and Dr. MacLaughlln.

District-Inspector E. O. Gerity and H. S. Neely (acting clerk) were in attendance.

At the Children's Court

there were two charge® of larceny of money, brought by District-Inspector Verity, against Hugh Donnan and Adam Donnan, two youths hailing from Ballyhalbert.

Mr. A. Stewart defended the boys, who were discharged under the First Offenders Act.

Publicans' Licenses.

This being the annual licensing sessions all the publican's and spirit growers' certificates were signed, there being no objection by the police.

Bound Over for Using Threats.

Kate M'Grattan, Ballygelagh, summoned John M'Grattan, jun., Ballygelagh, for having used threats and putting her in bodily fear.

A like charge was brought by John M'Grattan, sen., against the same defendant, who was defended by Mr. A. Stewart, Newtownards.

After hearing the evidence, the Court decided on binding over the defendant in his own recognisance, to keep the peace for twelve months, in the sum of £10.

Son Sues Mother.

John M'Grattan, jun., processed Mary Ann M'Grattan, his mother, for £10, damages for unlawful dismissal, he being her hired farm servant.

Mr. Stewart represented the complainant, who was awarded £5.

School Cases.

The School Attendance Officer, Portaferry, summoned Richard M'Mullan, Alex. Keenan, Frank Ritchie, and W. J. Donnan, for non-attendance, and certificates of order were granted.

He also charged James Moore, W. J. Gilmore, John Shields, Patrick Matthews, Jane Ross, Wm. Wilson, and John M'Ilheron with non-compliance of attendance orders previously issued, and each were fined 6d and 4s 6d costs.

Disorderly Conduct.

Sergeant Diver charged Edwd. M'Mullan with disorderly conduct. Fined 2s 6d and 1s costs.

Constable M'Kenna charged Thomas Fitzsimmons, an old offender, with disorderly conduct while drunk. It was proved that this was his sixth offence within the past twelve months, and he was ordered to be imprisoned for one month with hard labour.

Constable Noble charged James Convery with being disorderly while drunk on the public street.


Mr. Johnston, solicitor, Downpatrick, defended the accused, and produced witnesses to prove that he was not drunk.

The magistrates decided to dismiss the case.



Commissions in the South Downs. -- Mr. Thomas Marshall Tate, son of Dr. T. M. Tate, Downpatrick, Lieutenant on probation, has received a commission as Second Lieutenant of the 5th R.I.R., as has also Mr. G. Coates Hume.

Harvest Thanksgiving Services. -- In the First Presbyterian Non-Subscribing Church, Downpatrick, harvest thanksgiving services were held on Sunday. The church was tastefully decorated with foliage, fruit, flowers, and corn, and there was a large attendance at each service. Appropriate sermons were preached by the Rev. J. D. Davies, of Clough. Saul harvest festival was held on Sunday. The sermon was preached by the rector, Rev. John M'Cracken.

I.N.V. Express Confidence in Mr. John Redmond. -- At a meeting of the Downpatrick Committee of the Irish National Volunteers, held on Sunday, a resolution was proposed and passed unanimously expressing confidence in Mr. John E. Redmond and his policy for the I.N.V., and repudiating the unpatriotic action of a small minority of the Provisional Committee, who, for their own ends, were endeavouring to wreck the Home Rule Bill and the Irish Volunteer movement. The resolutions have been passed by the Ballykilbeg, Dundrum, Killough, and Ballykinlar Companies of the I.N.V.



County Down Lady's Bequests. -- Miss Dinah Mulligan, of Lismasliggan, County Down, who died on 27th May last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at £1,471. The testatrix left £5 each to the Jewish Mission and the Colonial Mission, £40 upon trust to pay £1 per annum so long as it lasts to the Sustentation Fund and £1 per annum to the Sabbath School of Second Aughalone Church, £20 upon trust to pay £1 per annum to the Foreign Mission, and £30 upon trust to pay 30s per annum to the Zenana Mission.

Area of Crop in County Down. -- According to an official return, the area under crops in County Down this year was 242,627 acres, as compared with 243,396 last year, and the distribution was: Corn crops, 93,507 acres; green crops, 61,335 acres; flax, 9,405 acres; hay and meadow, 77,662 acres; fruit, 718 acres. The area under flax declined 618 acres, and the number of flax mills, enumerated as working in Ulster is 602. As to live stock in this county, there are 33,545 horses, 899 donkeys, 160,473 cattle, 104,638 sheep, 41,199 pigs, 10,188 1,456,356 poultry.

The County Down Sanatorium. -- The Down Tuberculosis. Committee are said to favour a place near Dromore for the purposes of the sanatorium about to be established. In their annual report the Local Government Board state that a number of the present union fever hospitals might be transferred to the district councils, where the latter body are the sanitary authority for the entire union area served by the hospital. The name, district isolation hespial, might he substituted for that of union fever hospital. These institutions might be available both for the treatment of cases of infectious diseases, and also for advanced cases of tuberculosis by adding pavilions or chalets for the purpose.

Cruelty to Animals at Holywood. -- At Holywood Petty Sessions on Monday, Mr. W. J. Jackson, J.P., asked Sergeant Donaghy to pay special attention to the sea wrack collectors in the Clanbrassil and Craigavad direction. He stated that the horses were very cruelly treated. In the first place, the animals employed were very poor and worn, and utterly unfit for their work, as they had to toil up steep hills with very heavy burdens. He understood that last week one of the horses fell dead on the way. The district were doing their best, but the help of the police was necessary. Sergeant Donaghy said that he and his men had had the place under observation. The horses were undoubtedly poor, but when the police arrived the worst cases seemed always to be set out of the way. As for the horse that died last week, he understood that it had wandered while its owner was at work on the shore, and had been killed by falling over the sea wall on to the shore below.



On to the war we're going-, boys;    Ah, when shall we return? Our fathers, mothers, sisters all,    And wives and children mourn. From brother and from bosom friend,    And sweethearts we adore -- We leave them all in sorrow, now    We leave our native shore.

Chorus: We hear the bugles calling loud,    So now farewell, adieu ; For we may fight where heroes sleep    On the plains of Waterloo.

No bribes are offered by the Crown    To make us hear the call, We go where duty points the way,    Though in the breach we fall. We go to beat the common foe;    We hope to meet again, Then all our vows we will endorse.    And play the part of men.


We'll fight the battles of our King,    Beneath our old Red Hand, And then we'll join our friends at home,    And save our native land. We go to meet the common foe,    We're asking no reward; We may return from bloody strife    With visage sadly marred.


With hope and courage blending,    We'll overcome in time. And vanquish all the cruel foes    Who gather round the Rhine. It's then we will return with joy,    To join, dear friends, with you; When all our vows we will endorse.    And every pledge renew.


Bangor Road, Newtownards.


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