Newtownards Chronicle - Saturday, 2 February 1918

BIRTHS, MARRIAGES & DEATHS

ANNOUNCEMENTS under this heading are charged for as follows: -- Thirty-five words or under, 2s 6d each insertion, and 6d for every additional seven words; verses and quotations 6d per line. These announcements must be prepaid and duly authenticated with the name and address of sender.

Marriages

M'CHESNEY--BAILIE -- January 25th, 1918, at the Parish Church, Donaghadee, by the Rev. M. H. G. Willis, Driver Joseph M 'Chesney, Royal Engineers, second son of Mr. and Mrs. John M'Chesney, Donaghadee, to Annie Bailie, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bailie, Donaghadee.

TUTTY--M'CLEMENT -- January 21, by special licence, Arthur S. B. Tutty, Lieutenant R.I. Rifles, son of Edward Tutty, Clontarf, Dublin, to Martha, daughter of the late John M'Clement, J.P., Newtownards.

Deaths

HARTE -- January 30, 1918 (suddenly), James Harte, 59 James Street, Newtownards. The remains of my beloved husband will be removed (by motor) from above address for interment in Castlewellan Churchyard on to-day (Saturday), at 12 o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.
Deeply regretted. MARGARET HARTE.

KENNEDY -- December 31st, 1917, at his residence, Chicago Heights, Illinois, U.S.A., John, fifth and youngest son of the late Hugh and Margaret Kennedy, Craigantlet.
Deeply regretted by his Sisters, S. J. Kennedy (Superintendent, Infirmary), M. Ferris (North Street), Newtownards.

M'CORMICK -- January 26, 1918, at Main Street, Kircubbin, John M'Cormick. The remains of my beloved husband were interred in Kircubbin Cemetery on Monday, 28th ult. ELIZABETH M'CORMICK.

In Memoriam

NICHOLSON -- In remembrance of my dear mother, Mary Nicholson, who entered into rest on February 2nd, and was interred in Movilla Cemetery on 5th February, 1917.
Jesus said unto her -- "I am the Resurrection and the Life." "There shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain. And He said unto me, 'Write: for these words are true and faithful.'"c-- Rev. xxi. 4-5.
Sadly missed by her Daughter Agnes. Drumawhey.

Acknowledgment

Mrs. M'CORMICK and Family desire to return their sincere thanks to the many kind friends who sympathised with them in their recent sad bereavement, and also to those who sent letters of condolence. They hope this acknowledgment will be accepted as a token of their deep appreciation.
Main Street, Kircubbin.

Clippings

Sudden Death in Newtownards.

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NEVER HAD A DAY'S ILLNESS.

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EVIDENCE AT THE INQUEST.

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On Thursday afternoon Dr. S. Wallace, Coroner for the Northern Division of Down, held an inquiry at the residence of the deceased, James Harte, James Street, Newtownards, as to the cause of death.

The following jury were sworn:-- Messrs. John Heron (foreman), David Orr, Wm. J. Morrow, Thos. Montgomery, Wm. Carroll, John M'Gimpsey, James M'Kee, John Stevenson, Wm. Moore, Jas. Adair, Matthew Malone, Thompson Anderson, David O'Prey, James Ferguson, and Jas. Briody.

Constable Johnston conducted the examination of witnesses on behalf of the Crown.

Samuel Harte, James Street, Newtownards, deposed that the body the jury had viewed was that of his father, who was named James Harte. Deceased was married, and was aged about fifty years. He was employed as a washer in Messrs. Stevenson's hosiery factory. Witness last saw him alive on Wednesday morning about 8 o'clock, witness going to town that morning. Deceased was then apparently in his usual health. He was always a healthy man, and never had a day's illness.

Robert Dalzell, Movilla Street, Newtownards employed in Messrs. Stevenson's Factory, deposed that he was working just opposite to the deceased during Wednesday. Deceased was away for tea about half-past five o'clock, and then seemed to be in the best of spirits, and returned about half-past six. Deceased kept the machine running until witness came back at 7-15 o'clock. Deceased told witness's brother he felt a little bit sick, and he then went out to the yard to the air, but soon returned. He sat down at the bottom of the room for a few minutes, and changed his clogs for boots with a view of going home. He "dandered" about four yards past witness, who noticed that he was going to fall. Witness caught him by the arms, and supported him until Dr. Warnock came. This all happened in the wash house about half-past seven. Deceased did not vomit, but gave a couple of slight sighs -- that was all.

Dr. J. M. Warnock deposed that he was called to Messrs. Stevenson's Factory about a quarter to eight o'clock on Wednesday evening. He found deceased at the wash-house door of the factory lying on the floor. He was then dead, and was being supported by Robert Dalzell, who seemed to be doing everything he could for him. Witness made an external examination of the body, but did not find any marks or signs of violence on it. Witness had never attended him. In his opinion deceased died from angina pectoris -- heart failure.

Wm. S. Adams, manager, said that on behalf of Messrs. Stevenson & Co. he desired to say how much they regretted the death of the deceased, who had been in their employment thirteen years. He was a conscientious and good worker, and it would be difficult to fill his place. They sympathised sincerely with the widow and family in the sudden and heavy bereavement which has befallen them.

The Coroner -- The work he was at would not be so severe as to strain his eart?

Mr. Adams -- No. He never complained, and was never absent an hour.

The Coroner having summed up, the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.

The foreman sympathetically expressed the jury's condolence with Mrs. Harte, the family, and relatives in the irreparable loss they had sustained.

Mr. O'Prey having concurred in the expression.

The Coroner suitably conveyed it to Mrs. Harte and family.

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Two Newtownards Brothers Win the Military Medal.

A UNIQUE RECORD.

We are gratified to announce that Lce.- Corpl. James Gibson (No. 57,984), Royal Engineers (Ulster Division), has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field and devotion to duty. Prior to joining up with the Volunteers he was employed in the Royal Nurseries of Messrs. Alex. Dickson & Son (Ltd.), Newtownards. He is the eldest son of Mrs. James Gibson, 82 Balfour Street, Newtownards, formerly of Ballyskeagh. For so far he has been fortunate enough to avoid injuries. His younger brother, Lac.-Corpl. William Gibson (No. 64,549), Royal Engineers, in 1916 was awarded the Military Medal also for gallantry and devotion, and later, in April, 1917, received an Ulster Divisional Certificate for devotion to duty. He has been wounded twice, first in the great push of 1st July, 1916, and again in August, 1917. We very heartily congratulate Mrs. Gibson on the bravery displayed by her only two sons, and the well-merited honours which have been conferred upon them.

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COUNTY DOWN AND THE WAR.

Newtownards-Inniskillinger Succumbs.

Private J. Hall (No. 11,300), R. Inniskilling Fusiliers, is officially reported to have died of wounds.

Ards-Inniskillinger Wounded.

This week's official returns state that Private H. Beck (No. 30,265), R. Inniskilling Fusiliers, has been wounded.

Kircubbin M.T. Driver Wounded.

Driver J. Warnock, M.T., A.S.C., wounded with shrapnel on the 4th ult., is a son of Mr. T. Warnock, Ballygraffin House, Kircubbin.

Comber Tanks Officer Decorated by King.

On Wednesday, at Buckingham Palace, Captain George Allen (Tanks) had the honour of being decorated by his Majesty with the Military Cross.

Carrowdore Volunteer Wins the Military Medal.

It is officially announced that Lce.-Cpl. Wm. J. Yeaman (No. 18/1174), R.I. Rifles. of Carrowdore, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field.

Newtownards A.S.C. Sergeant in Hospital.

Sergeant Sandy Aiken, Army Service Corps, son of Mr. Fred Aicken, Ann Street, Newtownards, has been in hospital in England since 27th December last suffering from shell shock. It is gratifying to know from news received this week that he is getting on well, and able to be out a little.

Comber Officer Awarded Bar to Military Cross.

Captain George J. Bruce, of Cuan, Comber, who has been awarded a Bar to the Military Cross which he won last summer, is one of the best known sportsmen in Ulster. As a cricketer his performances for North Down and N.I.C.C. are widely known, while as a golfer, tennis player, cueist, or rifle shot he is equally expert. Before the war Captain Bruce was managing director of the Comber Distilleries, Ltd., of which his father, Mr. Saml. Bruce, D.L., who was for many years resident in Gloucestershire, was chairman. Captain Bruce served originally in one of the County Down battalions of the Ulster Division. In February, 1916, he received a staff captaincy, and in August, 1917, he was appointed brigade-major on the staff of an infantry brigade at the front. There is no more popular officer in his division than Captain Bruce, who has now for the second time been the recipient of a decoration. He is a nephew of the late Mr. James Bruce, D.L., of Thorndale, Belfast, and is married to a daughter of Mr. J. Blakiston-Houston, D.L., of Orangefield.

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NEWTOWNARDS COMFORTS' COMMITTEE.

THE COMMITTEE gratefully acknowledge the following

SUBSCRIPTIONS:-

Scrabo Golf club, result of Competition (per Mr. C. Anderson) 10 0 0


And donation from Mrs. Weldon 5 0 0  15 0 0
Mr. M'Cready (per Mr. G. Dickson)


0 5 0
Mrs. Drake, Danecroft


1 0 0
Mrs. W. J. Ferguson, Rosemead


1 0 0
Mrs. David Jamison, Innishowen


1 0 0
Sale of Pasteboard Waste Paper


0 8 0
Mrs. Black, Court Square


1 10 0
J. Anderson, Minesweeper 332


0 10 0
Mrs. Hamill, Milecross


11 15 0
Found on Scrabo


0 0 3
Mrs. W. Dunn, Bangor


0 10 0
Mrs. Bailie, Castle Street


0 10 0
Miss Brown, Ladies' School


0 10 0
Mr. Holmes, Balance of Account for Belgian Relief Committee


1 5 0
Mrs. Wallace, Victoria Avenue


0 10 0
Mrs. H. Dickson, Glen House


3 10 0
Mrs. Mayne, Mount Pleasant


1 0 0
Mrs. M. H. Walker, Killard


1 0 0
Mrs. A. Dickson, Ard House


1 0 0
Miss O'Neill, Ballyboley N.S.


1 0 0
Mrs. Stewart, Lynalta


1 0 0
Mrs. Lindsay, Dunlady (per Mrs. Whitla)


0 5 0
Mrs. M'Ilwaine, Regent Street


0 2 6
Mrs. Wm. Smith, North Street


0 5 0
A Friend, Regent Street


0 5 0
Miss Ledlie, Model School


0 10 0
Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Lavery, Victoria Avenue


5 0 0
Mrs. H. J. Johnston, Cloneen


5 0 0
Rev. J. M'Cauley, P.P., Newtownards


0 10 0
Miss Vincent, Killard


0 5 0
Rev. R. M. King, Hollymount


0 7 6
Miss Agnes Moore, Loughries


0 5 0
Mrs. H. M'Cartney, Victoria Avenue


0 5 0
Newtownards Licensed Vintners (per Mrs Hamill)


9 10 0
Mrs. Nelson, Regent Street


0 10 0
Miss Denmark, Regent Street


0 10 0
Collected by Miss J. and Miss M. L. Weir in Scrabo District


29 18 6
Employees of Messrs. Stevenson & Co.


5 0 0
Mrs. Whatham, The Rectory


1 0 0
Employees of Ulster Print Works


3 5 0
Employees of Messrs. Iveston & Co.


1 1 0
Directors of Ards Weaving Company


5 0 0
Employees of Glen Printing and Finishing Works


10 0 0
Mrs. Paden, Craigantlet


0 10 0
W. Dunn, Wynard, Bangor


1 0 0
A Friend (per Mrs. W. Dunn)


1 0 0
A Friend (per Mrs. W. Dunn)


0 2 6
Mrs. Salters, Ardtara


0 10 0
A Friend, Regent St. Presbyterian Church (per Mrs. Salters)


0 10 0
James Holmes, Ard Cuan


0 10 6
Mrs. Duncan, Glenford Place


1 0 0
Mrs. M'Millan


0 2 6
H. Dickson, Glen House


1 0 0
Mr. and Miss Anderson, Victoria Avenue


0 10 0
Mrs. Moorhead, Victoria Ave.


1 0 0
Mrs. Hamilton, Regent Street


0 10 0
Mrs. Simms. Woodgarth


6 2 6
Employees of Ards Hemstitching Works


2 1 0
Mrs. Hanna, Bangor Road


0 7 6
Mrs. Mackereth, Coolreagh, Ulverston


1 0 0
Messrs. G. T. and D. G. Dickson, Milecross


3 0 0
L.O.L.1919 "Scarlet Crown" (per Mr. Jas. White)


32 2 3
John Russell, High Street


1 0 0
Miss Byers, Model School


0 5 0
Mrs. J. S. Moore, Ulster Bank


41 3 0
Mrs. T. G. Kirk, High Street


1 0 0
Mr. Watson, Knock (per Mrs. Hamill)


5 0 0
Benefit in Regent St. Picture (per Mr. Rogers)


11 17 6
Concert in Guild Hall (per Mr. S. Gordon)


34 9 6
BOXES





Miss Kerlin. Regent Street


0 19
Mrs. Drake, High Street


0 2
Mrs. Burch, North Street


0 7 11
G. Bailie, Conway Square


0 3 11½
Mrs. Mayne, High Street


0 3 11½
Mr. Maxwell, High Street


0 3 6
Mrs. J. S. Moore, Ulster Bank


1 1 6

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PORTAFERRY.

PORTAFERRY ADMINISTRATION SUIT.

Little and Others v. County Down Infirmary.

The plaintiffs, Francis Little, William E. Rogers, and Victor Wilson, all of Portaferry, executors of the will of the late Miss Esther Gunning, of Portaferry, sought, in the Chancery Court, Dublin, on Wednesday, administration by the Court in order to settle a question arising out of the loss of assets, the defendants being the governors and governesses of the County Down Infirmary, the residuary legatees under the will. Testatrix, who died on the 19th December, 1915, left a sum of 150 to "her second cousin, John Gibson, of Vancouver," and all the rest of her estate to the County Down Infirmary. The executors having made certain inquiries, forwarded to America a Belfast Bank draft for 150, payable to "John Gibson, Portland, Oregon." It appeared that a person other than the real John Gibson had procured payment of the cheque, and the question arose as between the executors and the residuary legatees whether the executors were liable as having been negligent in the matter or whether the estate should bear the loss.

Mr. Justice Ross reserved judgment.

Mr. R. F. Harrison, K.C., Mr. R. D. Megaw (instructed by and Messrs. Bell & Co.), appeared for the plaintiffs, and Mr. Herbert Wilson, K.C. (instructed by Messrs. Murland & Co.), for the defendants.

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PORTAFERRY PETTY SESSIONS.

BREACHES OF FOOD ORDERS.

At the usual monthly Court, which was held on Tuesday last, Mr. Edmond N. S. Nugent was sworn in a magistrate, and will in future adjudicate at these Petty Sessions. The Justices present were -- Messrs. W. G. Duff, R.M. (in the chair); Chas. Brownlow, John Greer, Jas. Watson, John Linchey, F. Lyttle, and R. O. Young.

Mr. J. T. Wallace, D.I., and Mr. H. S. Neely, C.P.S, were in attendance.

Mr. W. O. Hume, B.L. (instructed by Messrs. Wallace & Co., solicitors), appeared on behalf of James Gracey, merchant, Portaferry, who was prosecuted for several breaches of the Bacon, Ham, and Lard (Provisional Prices) Order, and Margarine (Maximum Prices) Order. He was charged (1) with having sold bacon which was not in any cut as specified in the schedule to the Order. In this case the order of the Court was "Dismissed on the merits." (2) Having sold bacon without stating on the invoice relating to such sale whether the bacon was "imported" or "home produced." Fined 1s and 1s costs. (3) Failing to keep a proper record of such sales. Fined 1s and 1s costs. (4) Exposing ham for sale at a price exceeding the maximum. Fined 5s and 1s costs. (5) Selling margarine at 1s 4d per lb., being 4d in excess of the maximum price. Fined 2s 6d and 1s costs. (6) Selling lard at the rate of 1s 8d per lb., being in excess of the maximum price. Fined 1s and 1s costs.

Matilda Curran was also fined 5s and 1s costs for exposing ham for sale at a price exceeding the maximum.

Thos. M'Donnell was charged also with selling or offering for sale bacon at price exceeding the maximum. A conviction was recorded, but as the excess only amounted to ¼d per lb. no penalty was imposed.

Thomas Fitzsimmons was summoned for being drunk and disorderly. There were in all four summonses against him for like offences. He was sentenced to a month's imprisonment in the first case, and the others were ruled by that order.

John Quinn, of Loughdoo, summoned Daniel, James, and Margaret M'Gratton for threatening language. There was also a cross-summons by Daniel M'Gratton for a similar offence.

Mr. Stewart appeared for Quinn, and Mr. M'Court for Messrs. M'Gratton.

Mr. Linchey, J.P., suggested an adjournment to the hotel of the different parties, with an object of having the matter settled.

Finally the cases were settled in court by the defendants giving an undertaking not to molest the complainant in future, and to pay Mr. Quinn the sum of 1 as costs incurred.

The School Attendance Committee summoned the following persons for non-attendance of their children at school -- Hugh Walsh, Lizzie Kennedy, Jessie Brigden, Arthur Reid, Hugh Doherty, Joseph Dornan, and Wm. M'Namara. Attendance orders were granted in each case.

For non-compliance with attendance orders the following were each fined 6d and 4s 6d costs -- Richard M'Mullan, Alex. Keenan, Mary J. Lawson, Ruth Donaldson, Arthur Reid, Robt. M'Carthy, Betty Caldwell, Bernard Smyth, James Denvir, F. Magennis, Robt. Polly, Chas. M'Cullough, and Jas. Murnan.

Mr. M'Court (Messrs. Wallace & Co.) applied on behalf of Richard Crangle for a temporary transfer of the publican's licence held by the late Emily Crangle. Application granted.

Patrick Trainor applied for a general dealer's licence, which was granted.

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LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS.

Held Over. -- Report of Newtownards School Attendance Committee and special Court held at Comber on Wednesday.

The Marquis of Londonderry arrived at Mountstewart House on Tuesday, and will, it is expected, remain until next Tuesday. His Lordship, who is a member of the Ulster Unionist Standing Council, is to be present at the meeting of that body in Belfast to-day (Saturday), at which Sir Edward Carson will also be present.

Lock, Bolt, and Bar! -- Recently night depredations by individuals who have entered houses in Newtownards and the immediate rural vicinity have been committed. Without disclosing further particulars we would advise all our readers to see that before retiring at night entrance to their premises is made secure. Verb. sap.

The Funeral of the Late Mr. Hugh M'Morran took place on Saturday afternoon last, the interment taking place in the family burying-ground, the New Cemetery, Comber. There was most representative attendance of the public. The chief mourners were Messrs. Saml., John, and Hugh M'Morran, sons of the deceased. A remarkable coincidence was the fact that the deceased was buried on his 82nd birthday. Services in the house of mourning and at the graveside were conducted by Rev. John K. L. M'Kean, M.A., First Comber Presbyterian Church.

Sale of Machinery and Tools. -- Mr. John Russell, auctioneer, Newtownards, conducted an important sale on Wednesday and Thursday of the present week for the representatives of the late Mr. John Apperson, when some record prices were received for a number of lots. A screw-cutting lathe, after spirited competition, was knocked down to Messrs. John Kelly, Ltd., at 135. The tools for this lathe went to the same buyer at 32. Another lathe went to the Ards Motor Transport Company at 69. The vertical drill went to the bid of Messrs. John Kelly, Ltd., at 51. The milling machine brought 40, going to Messrs. Musgrave & Co. The planing machine went to Messrs. Clegg & Co., at 15. The entire lots, numbering almost 700, were disposed of in good time, and without a hitch.

The Palace, Frances Street. -- "A Good Bad Man," of which the management hold the exclusive rights locally, will be screened during the first part of next week. It is a masterful Western drama, featuring Douglas Fairbanks as a cheerful outlaw, and Bessie Love as heroine. This film will be supported by a full programme of comedy, travel, and interest. Variety during the week will be supplied by Tom and Dora Conway, Irish-American comedy couple, in songs, dances, and patter. This is their third visit to the Ards. which speaks for the quality of their turn. Next week-end pictorial "star" will be "The Lyons Mail," "starring" H. B. Irving. Everyone has heard of this famous story of a miscarriage of justice, which abounds in exciting thrills from start to close. This week-end the fourth of the "Ultus" series and Chris O'Brien are proving box-office magnets. With regard to last Saturday's charity matinee Manager Campbell Morrison informs us that he has had the pleasure of handing 1 to Mrs. Taggart and family, and that her gratitude was beyond his description.

Picture House, Regent Street. Business is still booming at this theatre. During the week "Tim the Penman," as presented by the Famous Players Co., met with universal approval, while the items contributed by Will Bell, an old and well-tried local favourite, and by dainty little Ida Damar, have aroused enthusiasm at every performance. The ever-welcome Fox films are to fill the bill next week. On Monday fascinating June Caprice appears in the "Mischief Makers," and on Thursday another Fox "star," Virginia Pearson, will be seen in "A Tortured Heart." This film is full of intense scenes and romantic interest, and deals with life in Dixieland, about which we hear so much in rag-time songs. The story of a "Tortured Heart" is one of the most absorbing ever depicted, and as Virginia is a native of Dixie, the charming Southern State, she does full justice to the heroine's part. The variety interlude will be in the hands, or should we say voice and feet, of Lil Dennis, who is justifiably billed as the feminine Eugene Stratton. She is an artiste in every sense of the word, and is untiring in her efforts to please her audiences. There's nothing else for it, we shall have to go to Regent Street twice next week.

The Immortal Robert Burns. -- For the first time, within our "ken," as the good Scots folks would say, the anniversary of the birth of Scotland's immortal bard -- Rabbie Burns -- was celebrated on the evening of 25th January, when a few "cronies" foregathered "thegither"' to pay honour to the memory of Burns. The arrangements in connection with the function were efficiently made by Mr. MacDonald, the popular manager of the Picture House, Regent Street, who presided at the spread of "saut herrin' and taties," in the Ulster Hall Minor, which was tabled by Mrs. Bailie and her amiable staff in irreproachable manner. The "chieftain o' the pudden race" the haggis -- failed to keep his appointment, but that was not the fault of those responsible for the arrangements -- it was due to the present economic conditions prevailing in the land o' cakes. At the social meeting Mr. Peter M'Lean presided, and, as expected, proved a most capable chairman. The toast of "The Immortal Memory of Burns" was entrusted to Mr. Robert S. Henry, F.J.I., who gave an interesting historical sketch of the poet's life, and, needless to say, due honour was done to the sentiment. Song and story -- maistly Scotch -- helped to make the time pass pleasantly, and those who had the privilege of being present will not soon forget the first celebration in Newtownards of the birth of Burns. The programme was contributed to by Mr. Robert Morrison (The Palace), Mr. David Heron, Mr. Spencer C. Henry, Mr. J. Lowry, Mr. John Knox, Co.-Q.-M.-S. Jones, Co.-Q.-M.-S. Harding, Co.-Sergt.-Major Stillwell, Lieut. Kennedy, and Lieut. Healy. The brunt of the musical portion was borne by Mr. MacDonald, who was most versatile artiste, whether as soloist, raconteur, or accompanist. The proceedings appropriately enough concluded with the singing of "Auld Lang Syne" and "God Save the King."

Sale now proceeding at the Scrabo Hosiery House, Newtownards.

Itsit Indigestion Mixture is the safe and certain cure in all cases of indigestion, dyspepsia, defective assimilation, etc., prepared and sold only by J. Martin Poots, chemist and optician, Castle Street, Newtownards.

Keep Baby from Coughing by using my Special Children's Cough Syrup, an invaluable remedy in these times of whooping cough. In bottles at 9½d each, to be had only from Sandford's Drug Store, Conway Square, Newtownards.

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OUR POET'S CORNER.

BUT ONCE.

But once I pass this way,
And then -- no more.
But once -- and then the Silent Door
Swings on its hinges --
Opens -- closes --
And no more
I pass this way.

So while I may,
With all my might,
I will essay
Sweet comfort and delight
To all I meet upon the Pilgrim Way;
For no man travels twice
The Great Highway
That climbs Darkness through to Light --
Through Night
To Day.

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DONAGHADEE.

Donaghadee the Birthplace of "Sewed Muslin." -- An exhibition of Ulster white linen embroidery or "sewed muslin" has been opened in the National Museum, Dublin. The exhibits have been lent by Mr. F. J. Biggar, Belfast. Begun in Donaghadee in 1830, the industry spread over all Ulster, 120,000 persons being employed in it in 1863.

"The Navy." -- What was aptly described as a "great naval night" was held in the Market House, Donaghadee, on Tuesday night, Dr. Geo. Gibson, J.P., presiding over a representative attendance. Lieut. J. C. Percy, R.N.V.R., gave an interesting and instructive lecture on "The Navy -- Past and Present," which was illustrated by over 100 views; whilst Lieut. Spry, R.N.V.R., recounted his experiences, which commanded every attention.

Concert in No. 2 N.S. -- The annual concert and entertainment in connection with No. 2 National Schools was held on Friday night, 25th January, and was attended with the usual success acquired at such functions connected with this flourishing school. Rev. R. Maxwell, manager of the school, presided over a very large and representative attendance. The various items, in which the present and past pupils of the school took part, were performed in a finished manner, which elicited the greatest appreciation and applause. The proceedings throughout were of the most enjoyable nature.

Donaghadee "No Surrender" L.O.L. 241 A.C. -- The inauguration of this Chapter took place in the Orange Hall, Manor Street, on Friday evening, 25th January. A number of brethren from Blue Banner L.O.L. 781 were present on the invitation of the members, and proceeded with the installation of the officers for the ensuing year, which resulted as follows:-- Bros. Robt. J. Rea, W.M.; John Moore, D.M.; Wm. Moore, Chaplain; Hugh Strain, Treasurer; and Alex. Moore, Registrar. After the ceremony the brethren were entertained to a most enjoyable tea. Bro. Dr. Gibson, D.M. No. 11 District A.C., presided, and an appropriate speech thanked the members on behalf of 781 for their kind hospitality. Judging from the attendance there was every appearance that this Chapter would become one of the best in the District. In concluding, he wished it every success and prosperity. Bro. W. R. M'Auley suitably replied, and stated that it was a great pleasure to have the members from their sister Chapter there that evening. A musical programme was then entered upon, the following taking part -- Bros. Wn. Pollock, Thos. Simpson, John Bunting, W. R. M'Auley, and Robt. Simpson. A most enjoyable evening concluded with the singing of "Auld Lang Syne" and the National Anthem.

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COMBER PETTY SESSIONS.

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NEW MAGISTRATE WELCOMED.

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A RATES CASE.

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DEAR HARE HUNTING.

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The monthly Court was held on Monday -- before Messrs. James M'Culloch, J.P. (presiding); James Robinson, J.P.; John Prentice, J.P.; A. T. Gilliland, J.P.; and W. J. Ferguson, J.P.

Mr. David Young, C.P.S., was in attendance.

Mr. W. J. Ferguson Welcomed.

The Chairman said that on behalf of himself and his brother magistrates he desired to offer a very hearty welcome to Mr. Wm. James Ferguson, J.P., Newtownards, who had elected to sit on the Comber Bench. The infusion of new blood on the Bench would do them all the good possible, and he was perfectly certain that from his reputation Mr. Ferguson would discharge his duties fairly and equitably, and it was with much gratification that he extended to him a sincere welcome to that Court.

Mr. F. J. Orr, solicitor, said that he was very pleased to concur with the remarks made by the chairman. Mr. Ferguson, while particularly associated with Newtownards, was favourably known everywhere. They were delighted to see him, and they hoped they would have the pleasure of seeing him frequently on the Bench at Comber Court.

Mr. Ferguson expressed his sense of gratitude to the Bench and the Bar for the very kindly welcome that had been accorded to him on his first attendance at that Court. He would do his best to carry out the duties incumbent on him in a way that would meet with their approval, and hoped to attend Comber Court as frequently as opportunity offered.

Irish Education Act.

The Newtownards Rural School Attendance Committee summoned Henry Reid, Ballyrussell, for failing to send three children -- Herbert, Ermice, and Stanley -- regularly to school, and demanding that the children should be produced in court.

Adjourned for a month.

Attendance orders were issued against John Cooke, Ballystockart, in relation to his two children -- Isabella and Catherine.

The same complainants summoned Jas. Dempster, Carnesure, for failing to comply with an attendance order issued in respect to his child Sarah.

A fine of 6d, and 4s 6d costs was imposed.

Mr. W. J. Patterson gave evidence in the above cases.

Rates.

Samuel M'Kee, rate collector, processed Samuel B. M'Keag, 278 Albertbridge Road, Belfast, for 1 15s poor rate due for the half-year due 1st October, 1917.

Mr. Alex. Stewart appeared for the plaintiff.

Plaintiff produced his warrant as collector, and deposed to serving the second demand note on defendant and the six days' notice. He had also written to defendant, who had refused to pay.

Defendant -- I paid you the first moiety. Wasn't that up till 30th September?

Plaintiff -- It was, but this is the second moiety of the rate for which you are responsible, and was due on 1st October.

Mr. Stewart (to defendant) -- You know, or should know, that the rates are payable in advance. They are not always demanded on the date they are legally due, and if you have not been asked for them on that particular date it is only owing to the fact that the collector cannot call with everyone liable on that specified date.

The Chairman -- Mr. M'Keag was in possession when the rate was struck, and he is liable for them. That is the law.

Mr. Stewart -- The magistrates can in this case give up to 20s costs, and I apply for costs outside court costs.

Defendant said that Mr. Douglas was his successor in the premises, and by arrangement he was to be responsible for the accruing rates.

Mr. Douglas denied this, stating that he had paid the full rates for the house he had left.

Defendant, recalled, said that the arrangement was made in the presence of Mrs Douglas.

Mr. Douglas questioned that.

Mr. Stewart said that as regards the parties it was a matter of private arrangement between them, a subject with which the Court had nothing to do.

Mr. Ferguson -- The defendant was liable for the rates when they were struck. It is as Mr. Stewart says, a private or personal matter between him and Mr. Douglas as to squaring the matter.

Mr. Robinson -- Mr. M'Keag is responsible in the first place, and if he has an arrangement with Mr. Douglas in the matter he can sue him for the proportion for which defendant says he is responsible.

The Chairman -- We give a decree for 1 15s rates, the amount claimed, with 10s costs, and 3s 6d court costs.

Defendant gave a cheque for the amount.

Disorderly While Drunk.

Elizabeth Burns, alias Kirk, 31 Winetavern Street, Belfast, was summoned by Sergeant A. Wilson for being guilty, while drunk, of disorderly behaviour in Comber on 12th January. Mr. Alex. Stewart appeared for the defendant.

Sergeant Wilson stated that on 12th January the defendant was in Castle Street, and under the influence of drink. Her language was so bad that he would not repeat it in the court. He handed to the Bench a written document containing the abusive expressions she had used on the occasion.

Mr. Stewart -- You took her to the lock-up, and kept her there till she regained her senses?

Sergeant Wilson -- Yes.

Mr. Stewart said that the woman was a dealer, and unfortunately she had a weakness in the way of getting drunk. She had expressed to him that she was sorry for what had taken place, and the only excuse he could suggest was that the Comber whisky was stronger than that which she had been in the habit of getting.

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

Trespassing in Pursuit of Game.

Adam Morrow, Ballyhanwood, summoned David Courtney, Ballybeen, Dundonald, for unlawfully entering on plaintiff's lands at Ballyhanwood on 14th Jan., to look for game -- hare -- with a gun, not having been authorised to do so by the plaintiff.

Mr. F. J. Orr appeared for the plaintiff, but the defendant was not professionally represented.

Adam Morrow deposed that he lived at Ballyhanwood, between Dundonald and Knock, and farmed over 100 acres of land. On 14th January he was at an out-farm, with one of his men, David Boyd, feeding the cattle. When returning he saw a man on Mr. M'Whinney's land, and whom he later knew to be the defendant, who had then started a hare, and shot at it. The hare bolted over to plaintiff's ploughed field, and clapped in one of the furrows. The man got over the ditch and followed down over the back of it, and then into the middle of plaintiff's field. The hare then got up again, but Courtney did not shoot. Witness said to defendant -- "You know there is no allowance for shooting or poaching on my land." Defendant, in reply, said he would shoot where he liked. Witness told him that he was trespassing, and then defendant gave him some "illtongue." Defendant knew well that witness objected to the killing of game. Witness had seen the defendant over his lands several times during the last three months, and had previously warned the defendant and his brother not to come there. Witness desired to preserve the few hares there were, and but within the last few weeks four of them had been snared.

Defendant -- You say you told me not to trespass on your land. I say you never did. I was not on your land in search of game; I shot at a rabbit.

Plaintiff -- It was a long-legged one. Didn't you see the notice boards up warning against trespassing?

Defendant -- I was not aware that you had boards up.

Plaintiff -- You are very soft.

The Chairman -- Do you deny being on his land with a gun?

Defendant -- I do not. I have a licence to carry the gun.

The Chairman -- That is all we have to deal with.

Joseph Boyd stated that he worked to the plaintiff, and was with him on the day in question at the out-farm. He saw a man shooting on M'Whinney's land at an animal, it was a hare, not a rabbit. The hare came over on to Mr. Morrow's land, and lay down in a ploughed furrow. The man whom he then saw was the defendant. Courtney followed on to Mr. Morrow's land, carrying his gun with him. The hare rose again, but defendant did not fire at it.

Mr. Orr -- Why?

Witness -- I suppose because he saw Mr. Morrow and myself there.

Mr. Orr -- Could he not see you before he came into Mr. Morrow's field?

Witness -- There was a sort of a hollow in which we were at the moment, and he may not have seen us.

Continuing, witness said that he saw Courtney shoot when on M'Whinney's land. When Mr. Morrow told defendant that he had warned him before about trespassing the defendant denied that he had been "checked" before, cracked his fingers at plaintiff, and sent him to "the hot place." There were notices posted up warning people not to trespass on the lands. Defendant had a kind of lurcher dog with him. He had several times seen the defendant and his brother hunting hares.

Defendant -- I had no dog at all.

The Chairman -- You admit you were on Morrow's land with a gun?

Defendant -- I agree to that, but I was not in pursuit of hares. If I wanted to I shoot a hare I could have done it on my own land. A rabbit got up on M'Whinney's land, and I had a "whack" at it and missed it. Plaintiff never checked me before about trespassing, nor did I know that he had boards up. It was Morrow's dog that raised the hare in Morrow's field. was in a different corner on the path when Morrow called me up, abused me, and struck me, and swore what he would do on me.

Mr. Orr -- Why didn't you summons him for assault?

Defendant -- I am a peaceable man, and want to live peaceably with everyone.

Joseph Boyd, recalled by Mr. Orr, denied that Morrow struck Courtney.

Mr. Orr -- My surprise is that he didn't.

Defendant -- I tell you in presence of this Court that he did hit me.

The Bench retired to consult, and on their returning to court.

Mr. Orr reminded the magistrates that in a case of that kind they had no power to give costs.

The Chairman -- The unanimous decision of the Bench is that the defendant be fined 5, or in default two months' imprisonment.

The fine was paid.

Dr. R. Henry, J.P., Sworn in.

Dr. Robert Henry, Comber, was on Wednesday morning sworn in as a Justice of the Peace for County Down before Mr. Garrett Nagle, R.M., in the Belfast Custody Court. Dr. Henry will adjudicate in Newtownards and Comber districts.

 

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