Newtownards Spectator - Saturday, 6 January 1945


ADAMS -- December 29, 1944, at "Ardchattan," Newtownards, William Symington Adams, J.P., of "Maryland," New Road, Donaghadee, dearly-loved husband of Winifred M. Adams. Interred in Movilla Cemetery, on Monday, 1st inst.

CRAIG -- January 3, 1945, at her residence, 43 Southwell Road, Bangor, Maria, dearly-beloved wife of Thomas Craig. House and funeral private. No flowers, please.

FULTON -- December 31, 1944, at her residence, 9, Springfield Road, Bangor, Matilda, widow of John Fulton.

MORROW -- The officers and members of above Lodge regret to learn of the death of the wife of their esteemed member, John Morrow, and tender their sincere sympathy.
WILLIAM FERGIE, W.M.; S. REA, Secretary.

McKEE -- December 31, 1944, at his residence, 14 Rathgael Road, Bangor, Samuel McKee, R.I.P., dearly-loved husband of Annie McKee. Funeral took place on Tuesday, 2nd January, from St. Cornwall's R.C. Church, Brunswick Road, Bangor, to Bangor New Cemetery.
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing Wife.

NEILL -- January 1, 1945 (suddenly), at his residence, Greystones, Ward Avenue, Bangor, Charles, dearly-loved husband of Phillis Neill. Interred in Bangor New Cemetery.

O'KEEFFE -- January 3, 1945, at Verdun, Ward Avenue, Bangor, Sarah Emily, widow of Dr. John O'Keeffe, Griffithstown, Wales, and eldest daughter of the late Wilson and Elizabeth Ritchie. Funeral private.

PETTIGREW -- January 3, 1945, at Bangor, Thomas James Pettigrew (late of Bloomfield Road, Bangor). Interred in Bangor New Cemetery.

PORTIS -- December 29, 1944, at Craigavon Hospital, William, dearly-loved husband of Agnes Portis, 11 Ava Street, Bangor. Interred January 1, 1945, in Bangor New Cemetery.
Deeply regretted by his loving Wife and Son.

PORTIS -- The Officers and Brethren regret the passing of our esteemed Past President, Bro. Wm. Portis, and tender to his wife and son, Bro. Harold Portis (Royal Navy) our deepest sympathy.
JAMES GRAHAM, President; J. H. FREEL, Secretary.

SALT -- January 3, 1945, at his brother's residence, Chatsworth House, Bangor, Arthur James Salt, after a long illness. Funeral to Bangor New Cemetery to-day (Friday), at 2.30 p.m. "Deeply regretted."

WALLACE -- January 2nd, 1945, at Ards District Hospital, Joan, dearly-loved daughter of John and Ethel Wallace, 35 Portaferry Road, Newtownards. Interred ih Movilla Cemetery on Thursday, 4th inst. "Deeply regretted."


Mrs. ANNIE M'KEE wishes to thank all those who sympathised with hers in her recent sad bereavement; especially Rev. Father M'Gowan, P.P., Rev. Father M'Nabb and Rev. Father M'Killop; also all those who sent Mass Cards and letters of condolence; also kind neighbours of Rathgael. Hoping this acknowledgement will be accepted by all. -- 14 Rathgael Road, Bangor.

Mr*. STEWART and FAMILY desire to return their sincere thanks to the many friends and neighbours for the kindness and sympathy shown to them in their sad loss, especially those who sent the beautiful floral tributes and letters of condolence. They are deeply grateful to the medical officers and nursing sisters of the Bangor Military Hospital for their unremitting care and attention. Hoping this acknowledgement will be accepted by all. -- 44 Railway View Street, Bangor.

In Memoriam

BLAIR -- In ever loving memory of our dear John, who was called Home 1st January, 1940, and was laid to rest, in Churchill, Carrowdore.
   "Worthy of remembrance."
Also my beloved husband, William, who was called Home, 22nd February, 1943, and was laid to rest in Churchill, Carrowdore.
   "Peace, perfect peace."
Lovingly remembered by the Family Circle. -- Ganaway, Millisle.

LILLEY -- A tribute of love to my dear mother, Jane Nickell Lilley, who was called home on 5th January, 1941.
   "The Lord is my Shepherd."
Always remembered by her loving Daughter, Marcella. -- 22 Meadowbank Avenue, Donaghadee.

McCLELLAND -- In loving memory of my dear husband and our loving father, Andrew, died 4th January, 1944,
   "Gone, but just a little while before us."
Sadly missed by his sorrowing wife and Family, also his Sons-in-law, Daughters-in-law and Grand-children. -- Cottown, Bangor.

McCOUBREY -- In fond and loving memory of my dear brother, James, who died 3rd January, 1929, and was interred in Bangor New Cemetery.
Ever remembered by his loving Sister, Jessie. -- "Braemar," Chippendale Avenue, Bangor.

O'MALLEY -- In loving memory of our dear mother, who died January 6, 1941. R.I.P.
Ever remembered by Joe, Josie, Eileen and Ann. -- 82 Church Street, Bangor.

O'MALLEY -- Loving memories of mother, who died 6th January, 1941.
Ever remembered by Jimmy and Emma. -- 15 Shrewsbury Drive, Bangor, Co. Down.

ORR -- In loving memory of our dear son, Billy, who died on 6th January, 1943.
   "Loved and lost awhile."
Sadly missed by his loving Father and Mother, Sister and Brother. -- 16 Beatrice Road, Bangor.

POLLOCK -- In fondest memory of my dear mother, called Home 8th January, 1938.
Ever remembered by her loving Daughter, Jean. -- 408 Woodstock Road, Belfast.

POLLOCK -- Treasured memories of my dear mother, called Home 8th January, 1938.
Sadly missed by her loving Daughter, Son-in-law and Granddaughter. -- Martha, Willie and Betty Anderson, 27 Alfred Street, Bangor.

POLLOCK -- Cherished memories of a dear grandmother, called Home 8th January, 1938.
Fondly remembered by her. loving Granddaughter and Husband. -- Peggy and Bob Clarke, Belfast.

WILLIAMS -- In loving memory of my dear husband, Glyn, died 6th January, 1944.
   "We cannot, Lord, Thy purpose see, But all is well that's done by Thee."
Always remembered by his loving Wife and Son, David. -- 39 Beechwood Gardens, Bangor.




Newtownards Petty Sessions -- A Disclaimer. -- Mr. James O'Neill, of 27 Robert Street, Newtownards, desires us to state that he is not the person mentioned in a case heard at the Newtownards Petty Sessions on 28th December.

Local Musical Success. -- At the recent examinations held in Belfast by the Royal College of Music, London, Miss Eleanor McKee, Loughries, and Miss Grace McFerran, Ballywitticock, passed successfully. They are pupils of Miss Maude Rankin, Ballyblack.

Newtownards Police Change. -- Const. George Boland, from Banbridge, has been transferred to Newtownards R.U.C. Barracks. He replaces Sgt. Robert Gibb, formerly District Inspector's clerk, who was transferred on promotion.

Ballywalter Music Success. -- At the December examination held in Belfast in connection with the London College of Music, Miss June Mockford, Roddens, Ballywalter, was successful in obtaining a first class certificate for pianoforte playing and theory. She is a pupil of Mrs. Fred Balmer, B.M., L.C.M., Main Street, Ballywalter.

Ards Minister Appointed to Chaplaincy. -- Rev. Matthew Thompson, son of Mrs. Thompson, and the late Mr. John Thompson, Frances Street, Newtownards, has been appointed as a chaplain to H.M. Forces and will shortly leave to take up duty. He will be ordained to the ministry by a commission of the Ards Presbytery at a service which is to take place in First Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, on Sunday evening.

Newtownards R.U.C. Barracks Accommodation. -- We understand that negotiations are at present taking place with the object of securing alternative accommodation to the present R.U.C. Barracks in Court Street, Newtownards. The building in view is centrally situated and should it be obtained, it will be used temporarily until conditions permit the erection of the new barracks after the war.

Conway Square Accident. -- Slight damage was caused to both vehicles when a car and a horse-drawn milk cart collided at the south end of Conway Square, Newtownards, on Saturday. The driver of the car was Hugh Matear, Killaughey, Millisle, and Samuel Ross, Ballycullen, was in charge of the milk cart. The accident was investigated by Sergt. W. Oliver, R.U.C.

Ards Rugby Football Club Dance. -- Dancers in Newtownards district will learn with pleasure that the annual dance organised by the Ards Rugby Fpotball Club, and which proved such a popular function in former years, is to be revived. It will take place in the Town Hall, on Friday, 19th January, and it is anticipated that the event will attract a large attendance. Fuller details will be available at a later date.

M.B.E. for Comber Home Guard Officer. -- Captain Robert Alexander Johnston, Company Commander of the Comber company of the 1st Down Battalion, who has been awarded the M.B.E., is included in a list of Ulster Home Guard officers who have been decorated for their services in the past five years. The announcement, which was made at the week-end, will give much pleasure to Captain Johnston's many friends in Comber and district.

Ards Presbytery Sabbath School Examinations. -- In the list of results of the examinations held by the Ard Presbytery Sabbath School Union, which appeared in the "Spectator" last week, the name of Sally Milling, Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church, who obtained 94½ per cent. and tied for third place in the middle grade, was inadvertently omitted. In the advanced grade results the name Elsie Thompson should have been Elsie Gordon, Greenwell Street Church (70 marks).

Conlig Collision. -- Driven by Joseph M'Kee, Grovehill Gardens, Bangor, a taxi, was slightly damaged at the rear when it collided with a wall, at Conlig on Friday last. The taxi we understand, was about to pass a lorry driven by Herbert Boyd, Deanby Gardens, Belfast, and the impact occurred when the taxi driver attempted to pass the lorry which, in turn, was pulling out to pass another vehicle. Police enquiries were made by Constable J. N. Higginson.

Newtownards W.V.S. and Welcome Home Fund. -- As part of its effort for the Welcome Home Fund, the Newtownards Centre of the W.V.S. has arranged attractive entertainment for Thursday evening, 1st February. It will take the form of a visit of the Killyleagh Players who will present the comedy, "The Rotters," by H. F. Maltby, in the Guild Hall. Tickets are obtainable from any member of the W.V.S. or at the W.V.S. Office, Meetinghouse Lane. Seats can be booked for an extra payment of one shilling.

Little Ards Girl's Sudden Death. -- The sympathy of all Newtownards residents has been deeply stirred by the tragically sudden death of little Joan Wallace, the five and a half year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wallace, 35 Portaferry Road. A winsome and very likeable child, Joan attended Sabbath School and was present at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, but the same evening she was taken seriously ill. She was conveyed to the Ards District Hospital but she never rallied and passed away in the institution on Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace and the other bereaved relatives will have the heartfelt condolence of all in their great loss. The funeral took place from the private mortuary of Messrs. W. L. Doggart & Son, Frances Street, to Movilla Cemetery on Thursday afternoon. The services were conducted by Rev. George F. M'Quitty and the Rev. Adam Loughridge, B.A.

Red Cross New Year Party. -- Held under the auspices of the Down 22 Detachment British Red Cross Society, a very happy and successful New Year Party took place in the Town Hall, Newtownards on Monday evening. The proceeds were on behalf of the Welcome Home Fund. Mr. Jack Hanna very efficiently discharged the duties of M.C. and winners in competition games were the Misses Sally Martin, Jean Perry, Marion Noble and Messrs. Willie Warden and Billy McCaw. The prizes were presented by Mrs. G. Grant, Commandant. Those responsible for the arrangements for the function were the Misses. Beth McNeilly, Jean McNeilly and Mr. George Grant. The carol singing programme which was undertaken by the Detachment during the Christmas period raised the sum of 31 10s. and the members through the "Spectator," wish to express their thanks to residents who contributed so generously.

Rev. R. J. M. Park Retires. -- Rev. R. J. M, Park, M.A., minister of Regent Street Presbyterian Church, Newtownards for the past sixteen years, and who has retired from active duty, preached his farewell sermons on Sunday last. Mr. Park was ordained over forty years ago and his service as a minister of the Irish Presbyterian Church includes a period in Ceylon, while he was also a chaplain to H.M. Forces. During his stay in Regent Street he was responsible for a scheme of renovation of the church costing 2,400. One of thd most popular figures in the Ards Presbytery Mr. Park was the guest of honour at a luncheon which his fellow presbyters gave in his honour some months ago. He took an active part in a number of local organisations and rendered splendid service in his capacity as hon. secretary of Newtownards Garden and Plots Association. Not only the members of his own congregation but all townspeople will unite in extending to him sincere good wishes for many happy years in his retirement.

"Ulster's Pride" Women's L.O.L. No, 110. -- At the monthly meeting of "Ulster's Pride" Women's L.O.L. No. 110, held in the Orange Hall, Newtownards on Wednesday evening, the following office-bearers were installed for 1945:-- W.M., Sister Sadie McBride; D.M., Sister Mary E. Savage; secretary, Sister Rebecca Tate; treasurer, Sister Rebecca Thompson; chaplain, Sister Annie Wightman; committee, Sisters Elizabeth McBride, Jeannie McLellan, Martha Hegins, Kathleen Bailie, Gamble; tyler, Sister M. Logan; auditors, Sisters Baird and Pilson; Orange lecturers, Sisters Baird, Adair, Carson, McKeag, Oates; lecturers to 2nd degree, Sisters Baird and Adair. On the completion of the ordinary lodge business visiting sisters and brethren were most hospitably entertained to supper by the members of L.O.L, 110; and the usual loyal toasts were honoured. The attendance included Bro. James Smyth, District Master No. 4 District; Bro. W. H. Webb, D.M. No. 4 District and Bro. Joseph C. Tate, secretary No. 4 District.

Greyabbey C.A. Entertain Sunday School Children. -- The children attending the Sabbath School of Greyabbey Presbyterian Church were entertained by the member's of the Girls' Auxiliary attached to the congregation at an enjoyable social which took place on Tuesday. Rev. Thomas Patterson, B.A., occupied the chair and after tea parents and friends were admitted for the programme. Those who contributed items were:-- Mrs. Weir, the Misses Jessie M'Kay, Mary Nevin, Eileen Moffett, Molly Moffett, Sadie M'Kittrick, E. Finlay, Rona Trayte, Annie Trayte, Kathleen Cromie, Annie Cromie, E. Taylor, Ella Davidson, Nan Davidson. Games were played and the Misses Lucy Martin and Edith Finlay distributed gifts to the young people from a Christmas tree. Prizes for the Sunday School children were presented by Rev. Mr. Paterson who himself received from the G.A. a gift which was handed over to Mrs. Weir. The proceedings ended with the singing of the hymn,"Sun of my soul," and prayer by Mr. Patterson.

Comber Young Farmers' Club. -- Comber Young Farmers' Club held a very enjoyable dance on Friday evening, 29th December, in the Andrews Memorial Hall, Comber. There was a grand attendance of the farming community and friends' including representatives from Clubs as far afield aS Antrim. The draw for the ballot took place as arranged and the winning numbers were drawn by Miss Allen, winner of a novelty dance, and resulted as follows:-- Ayrshire heifer calf, Mr. Alexander Heron, Castleavery; stock cockerel,(presented by Mr. Galway, Drumhirk, Comber), Mr. John Mullin, Lisnabreeny, Castlereagh; one guinea (presented by Miss Annie Horner), Mr, H. Packer, Castlereagh; mystery box, Miss Annie Anderson, Lisnamurrican, Ballymena; mystery box, Mr. Horner, Earlswood Road, Belfast. Miss Anderson returned her mystery box for auction and it realised a good sum. During the evening there were three novelty dances. The winners were: -- Miss Allen and Mr. M'Loughlin, Miss A. Horner and Mr. John Cairns, Miss N. M'Candless, Boardmills, and Mr. Terence Boyd, Holywood. Mr. Willie Herron (Club Leader) and Mr. J. Stewart performed the duties of M.C. Albert Gray's Orchestra rendered suitable music for the varied programme of old and new dances. Mr. W. Campbell, Newtownards provided an excellent supper. The National Anthem brought a very enjoyable evening to a close. The third and last big dance of the season will be this year -- on Friday evening, 16th March, St. Patrick's Eve, not the 17th March, as usual.


Ards Wedding at Ballygilbert


A pretty wedding of local interest took place in Ballygilbert Church on Monday, 25th December, 1944, when Miss Ena McGilton, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James McGilton, 65 Movilla Street, Newtownards, became the wife of L.A.C. Alfred Smith, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Smith, "Larchfield," Doveston Road, Sale, Cheshire. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Thos. McIlwrath, B.A.

Miss Martha McGilton, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid, while Mr. J. McGilton, B.A., brother of the bride, fulfilled the duties of best man. Miss. Hessie Hamilton, A.L.C.M,, presided at the organ.

The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a two-piece suit of blue with headdress of flowers to tone and she carried a bouquet of pale mauve chrysanthemums. The bridesmaid was attired in a tan suit with floral headdress to match and her bouquet was of bronze chrysanthemums.

As the bride was leaving the church she was presented with a silver horseshoe by her cousin, Miss Beth Cavan.

Many friends attended the service and later were guests at the reception which was held in the "Old Inn," Crawfordsburn.

Afterwards the young couple left for their honeymoon which was spent at Portrush. Going away the bride wore a brown coat over an emerald green frock with hat and shoes to tone.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith were the recipients of many useful and lovely presents.

The flowers were supplied by Mr. Hugh Brown, florist, Newtownards and the wedding cars by W. L. Doggart & Son, Newtownards.




Residents in Newtownards and Donaghadee will share in an expression of sincere regret at the intimation of the death of Mr. William Symington Adams, J.P., which occurred on Friday last at the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. T. C. G. Mackintosh, LL.B., Ardchattan, Belfast Road, Newtownards. The deceased gentleman had spent the Christmas holidays with Mr. Mackintosh, and while he had not enjoyed the best of health in recent months, his passing was rather sudden.

Mr. Adams had an association with the business life of Newtownards extending over half a century. Coming from Bessbrook as a young man, he first of all held a managerial position with the Ards Weaving Co. His connection with this firm lasted lor a long period and he afterwards joined Messrs. Stevenson & Co., hosiery manufacturers, also in the capacity of manager. For the past few years he held a number of agencies and in this sphere, as in his earlier business, relations, he enjoyed the esteem and confidence of a large circle of friends.

The late Mr. Adams took a very keen interest in the Presbyterian Church. He was formerly a member of Strean Congregation, Newtownards, and on taking up residence in Donaghadee he found an outlet for his activities in this direction in his membership of First Presbyterian Church. There he was a ruling elder, an office he filled with much acceptance. He was a member of the Masonic Order.

Mr. Adams is survived by his wife, a daughter of the late Mr. Patrick Mackintosh, for many years manager of the Newtownards Branch of the Ulster Bank. To her, his two brothers and sister, and the other relatives sympathy will be tendered.

The funeral, which was private, took place to Movilla Cemetery on Monday. The chief mourners were Mr. John Adams, Bangor, and Mr. James Adams, Belfast, brothers; Messrs. T. C. G. Mackintosh and W. A. Irwin, brothers-in-law.

The services in the house were conducted by Rev. David Watson, B.A., and Rev. Dr. D. H. Maconachie and at the graveside Rev. Mr. Watson and Rev. G. T. Boyd, M.A., officiated.

In addition to those from the family circle the floral tributes included a wreath from the Session and Committee of First Presbyterian Church, Donaghadee.

Messrs. W. L. Doggart & Son, Frances Street, Newtownards, were responsible for the funeral arrangements.



Deep and sincere regret has been occasioned in Bangor and throughout North Down and elsewhere by the death of Mr. Charles Neill, managing director of the old-established firm of Messrs. Charles Neill, Ltd., coal importers, which took place at his residence, "Greystones," Ward Avenue, Bangor, last Monday morning after a very brief illness. The sadness of the event has an added cause of poignancy, as Mr. Neill had been going about on the previous day and, in fact, was in his accustomed place in Trinity Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning. He belonged to an old Bangor family and was the second son of Mr. Charles Neill, founder of the firm. His early business training was obtained with the firm of Messrs. Cantrell & Cochrane, Belfast, after which he was associated with his brother, the late Mr. Robert Neill, J.P., in the direction of the extensive coal importing firm with headquarters at Crosbie Street, Bangor, and ramifications in Newtownards and in other parts of the North Down area. The lamented death of Mr. Robert Neill eleven years ago threw increased responsibility on the shoulders of his brother -- a responsibility shared by his son, Mr. Charles Neill, jun.

The late Mr. Neill was personally one of the most genial and friendly of men and enjoyed the deserved esteem of all who knew him. A sagacious and enterprising business executive, his opinion on matters connected with the coal industry was valued by his colleagues in the trade, and his relations with the firm's employees were, always of the happiest character. He studied the welfare of those in his employment and enjoyed their loyal regard and respect.

Outside his business, Mr. Neill had many and varied interests. He will be particularly missed in Trinity Church of which he was a lifelong member. For a number of years past he served on the eldership bringing to the duties of that office a high sense of responsibility and devotion. He was the possessor of a fine bass voice and for many years gave acceptable service in the choir. He was also formerly a member of the Bangor Harmonic Society. He was one of the original members of Bangor Rotary Club and it was on grounds of health he retired some years ago, much to the regret of his fellow members.

Keenly interested in all forms of healthy sport, he was a skilful footballer in his youth and filled the centre-forward position in the old Bangor Rangers team. The breeding of racing pigeons was his hobby and he was regarded by fanciers throughout the country as an authority on the subject. Himself the winner of numerous trophies, particularly in the long distance races, he never had the distinction personally of winning the King's Cup for the France race, but it was a satisfaction to him that birds of his strain succeeded in securing this, the blue riband of the pigeon racing world. He was a member of the National Pigeon Service and both in the present and past wars produced many birds for war service. He was a member of the Bangor Racing Pigeon Club.

Bowling was another sport which had his interest and support and there was no more popular figure on the local bowling greens. A member of Bangor Club for many years, he was a skilful player and a good Club man.

The Masonic Order has lost a valued member by his passing. He was a Past Master of Harmony Lodge 286, a Past King of R.A.C. 286, and he was promoted in due course to Provincial honours as an officer of the Province of Down. He was also a member of St. Comgall's Preceptory, Bangor.

While he did not identify himself actively with public affairs, this did not preclude his taking a keen interest in the affairs of the Borough and district and the rise of Bangor was to him as citizen and business man a matter of pride.

He is survived by his wife (who was before her marriage Miss Phillis Wedgwood, of Cumberland), a son, Mr. Charles Neill, and a daughter, Mrs. Norman C. Reid, to whom, as with the other relatives, sincere sympathy is tendered in their bereavement.


A numerous and representative company, including many old friends who came from a distance, to pay their tribute of respect, accompanied the remains to their resting-place in Bangor New Cemetery on Wednesday morning.

The service in the home was conducted by Rev. W. G. Wimperis, Rev. D. Dowling, M.A.; and Rev. J. R. Wesley Roddie. Rev. Mr. Wimperis and Rev. E. E. Logan, B.A., officiated at the grave.

The chief mourners were: Messrs. Charles Neill (son); James Neill (brother); N. C. Reid (son-in-law): J. Wright, E. C. Brice, J.P., and R. Balmer (brothers-in-law); Roy Neill, J. Neill, C. N. Hunter, T. Brice, Jim Balmer and Jack Martin (nephews); J. F. Neill, S. D. Neill and W. C. Neill (cousins).

The wreaths were from the family and the staff of Messrs. Charles Neill, Ltd.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. R. J. Hooke, undertaker, Main Street, Bangor.





North Down were at Cliftonville on Saturday last in the league competition. They were the superior side and led by 2 goals to 1 until nearly fulltime when Cliftonville equalised with what appeared to be an offside goal, the result of 2 goals each being very unr satisfactory. The second string went to Banbridge and were defeated by 4 goals to 2. The better side won and very little comment can be passed on the match. Banbridge at home are always a difficult proposition. The thirds were at home to East Antrim II and a most enjoyable game resulted in a draw of one each.


I am sure I express the sentiments of every citizen in Comber and residents in the surrounding district when I offer heartiest congratulations to Capt. Robert A. Johnston, Gwenville, Comber, and Commander of "F" (Comber) Coy., 1st Down Battn. Ulster Home Guard, on his being awarded the M.B.E., an announcement which appeared in the King's New Year Honours List. General satisfaction will be felt in the town, especially by the members of the local H.G. detachment who will regard the award as a great honour conferred on the entire company.


Two very successful dances were organised by the local Home Guard last week in aid of the Comber Welcome Home Fund, one on Christmas Night and the other on New Year's Night. The Memorial Hall was packed on both occasions and a good sum of money was raised. This would seem to be the best effort to date for this most worthy cause. "F" Company always do things in the grand way. The hall was tastefully decorated by Mr. David Robinson, High Street.


We regret to announce the death of Mrs. W. J. McKibben, Carnesure, Comber, who on Thursday, 28th December last, passed away with tragic suddenness. Mrs. McKibben was in her usual health up to a few minutes of her demise. A well known figure, especially in "Pride of Comber" Women's Grange Lodge, of which she was a member since the inauguration. Deceased's funeral took place on Saturday last and was of the largest in the town for some time. Deep sympathy will be extended to her sorrowing husband and family in the time of their bereavement.


The "Get-together Night" in the Guild took the form of a New Year Party which was largely attended. The Church Hall was tastefully decorated for the occasion. The programme included tea, musical items, games and competitions. The following contributed:-- Quartette -- Misses M. Ritchie and G. Crichton and Messrs. T. Calvert and J. Coey. Recitations -- Miss M. Lindsay; songs -- Miss L. Ferguson, Miss S. Wilson and Master Alec. Watt; accordeon selections -- Mr. J. Heaney; piano accompaniments, Miss Mary Hunter. The competition winners were -- Question time (1) Master Crawford Lindsay; (2) Miss L. Ferguson. Musical chairs -- Miss Jean Crichton and Mr. S. Spiers. An interesting programme of games was played and thoroughly enjoyed. And now comes "The Young Idea." "The same time and place."





A very happy evening was spent in the Courthouse on Wednesday, 27th December when Mr. and Mrs. J. Wright organised a party for young people. The Courthouse was decorated for the occasion and games and songs were much enjoyed. A few friends assisted Mrs. Wright in providing a splendid supper and a collection was taken up amounting to 3 12s. which was devoted to the Red Cross Fund.

On Thursday, 28th December, the Sunday School party in connection with the Parish Church was held in the Concert Hall. The Rev. P. R. Cosgrave organised a very enjoyable afternoon for the children with games, etc., and parents and friends provided a very nice tea. Prizes for attendance were very kindly distributed by Mr. Mayes who takes ia great interest in the work.

Another very enjoyable evening was spent on Tuesday, 2nd inst., when the Girls' Auxiliary in connection with the Presbyterian Church arranged a party for the Sunday School children to which parents and friends were also invited. The children partook of an excellent tea and a programme consisting of games, songs, sketches, etc., was much enjoyed. Those who contributed to it were Mrs. Weir, Miss Taylor, Misses N. Davidson, J. McKay, M. Moffett, M. Nevin and Mr. Martin. A huge Christmas tree kindly given by Miss Martin was a great attraction and each child was presented with a gift from it. During the evening prizes for efficiency and attendance were distributed by Rev. T. Patterson who extended a vote of thanks to those who in any way helped to make the evening such a happy one for all.


The amount of 25 7s. 6d. has been collected during the month of December for the Red Cross Rural Pennies Fund as follows:-- Carol singing by Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, 5 Os. 2d.; party organised by Mrs. J. Wright, 3 12s.; party organised by Mrs. S. Brown, 2 4s.; from W.V.S., 5s. 2d.; collection from boxes, 14 6s. 2d. Total, 25 7s. 6d. Mrs. Worsley (organiser for the local Red Cross Fund) would like to take this opportunity of thanking all those who have helped to make the returns such a splendid amount. She is deeply grateful to the Girl Guides and Boy Scouts for their contribution and to Mrs. J. Wright and Mrs. S. Brown for their special effort in helping the Funds.


The Welcome Home Committee are very grateful to the Boy Scouts for an amount of 12s., proceeds of the football match held on Boxing Day; also to Miss Marjorie Harkness for the sum of 2 from the sale of buttonholes. This is the second contribution Miss Harkness has made to the Fund and the Committee extend to her their warmest thanks for her help.


We are glad to see Sgt. Adams and Cpl. Frank McKay home for a short holiday and we hope their stay will be a pleasant one.



Notable Belfast Presbyterian Minister.

I like the informal so when one of our leading townsmen met me to-day and said, "I've been 2 years looking for you," It straight away got us down to business. His quest for me concerned a paragraph which appeared in these columns 2 years ago, and really his wife who was interested in the comment on Rev. Dr. Edgar, famous Belfast Temperance advocate a century ago, she his great granddaughter. I like genealogy and linking up with scions of notable people is always intriguing. Dr. Edgar was Father Matthews' opposite in Ulster and thundered against the use of alcoholic drink. He printed thousands of leaflets, pamphlets for his advocacy, used the Press and public platforms; within a few years he was credited with bringing a great change over the people. Whether there is as much drinking relatively or proportionately to-day as a century ago I cannot say, but certainly historians write of the then sodden state of the Irish people.

Sixpenny Tip!

Some Bangor joker or jokers sent above (anonymous) over the holidays and I like chronicling the generous! It may gratify donor to know I handed "tanner" to Mrs. McMurray, Moira Drive, the indefatigable collector for Red Cross war certificates and other good causes.

A Serious Comment.

I knew an aged Southern gentleman dead some 18 years, member of the Episcopalian church, who said a year before he died: "The world will get richer but there will be more trouble and unrest in it every year as time goes on." His son wrote over the holidays and asked if I remembered the saying. He also included these quotations indicative of his ever versatile mind:

"A man is nearer to God in a garden than anywhere else on earth."

"I told the thrush and we laughed together, Laughed till the woods were all a-ring; And he said to me as he plumed each feather. Well; People must croak if they cannot sing."

Ferrets and Stoats

Singular two different ladies brought stories on above this week. I have already referred to the Antrim lady who has a "pet" ferret but recently it didn't prove a biddable pet! still holding their old fault, "lying in" and not coming from the burrow on request! It cost her 2 hours in the dark and then she had to leave it overnight. However, a good neighbour captured it in the morning so there is no ferret mourning in her household! The stoat yarn is as follows: A stoat chased this lady on a quiet country road and gave her a terrific fright. A country man explained, it may have had a nest and young in area. All I can say is they always seemed anxious to avoid me!

Down Leaders Censured.

Col. Atherton, stationed in Newtownards in 1798, wrote a letter to General Nugent, his commander, complaining of the inactivity of magistrates and country gentlemen for the British cause. He writes:-- "To-morrow we go to Portaferry, or rather to its neighbourhood. Ought we not to furnish the gentlemen of the country, who never assisted the well-disposed people, yeomanry, etc? For my own part a gentleman of any kind, but more particularly a magistrate, who deserts his post at such a period, ought to be -- I will not say what." He then gives a list of "defaulters":-- Mr. Ecclin of Ecclinville, Rev. Hutchinson, Donaghadee; Mr. Arbuckle, of Donaghadee, an official man; Mr. Ker, Portavo; Mr. Ward, Bangor, now, and only now, to be found! List of inactive magistrates, or rather friends of the United Irishmen: Sir John Blackwood, John Crawford, of Crawfordsburn; John Kennedy, Cultra, etc. But among others, Rev. Hugh Montgomery, of Rosemount, who is no friend to Government, or its measures, and whom I strongly suspect.

Which Will Ulster Choose?

Rail and shipping companies promise faster trains and ships after the war, Ulster included in this acceleration of the services. But supposing a couple of hours was knocked off London-Belfast what chance has it of competing with the air route, will not latter lake the traffic cream? It would be roughly 2 or 3 hours against 10 or 12. We may safely assume a still greater measure of safety will be reached by aerial travel, and fares tending to level up.

It Surprises.

Considering we have had six Christmases of war and have been told paper is short, yet the Government never moved to stop the quite non-essential manufacture of Christmas cards. I cannot recollect ever sending one and after all they are usually consigned to W.P.B. on perusal. We have been short in writing paper and envelopes and how much better it would have been to devote this Christmas card material to the aforesaid essentials.

How to Feed a Dog.

A lady said to me last week: "Your dog always looks so well, what do you feed him on?" Well the truth is I'm keeping dogs for 40/50 years and what they eat never concerned me, no stated food or feeding hours. What a dog always wants is a bowl of fresh water at a given spot. Usually they are keener to feed at night, this I suppose from their original night hunting nature. They always favour a bowl or saucer of tea or cocoa sweetened, with say three-quarters of it milk; it all depends on size of dog. They get whims, my fellow always expects a ration of an apple if its going and of course you couldn't keep him in sweets, cake or biscuits or nuts! They like skins of fried fish, a potato mashed and mixed with "marge," gravy or milk. Most dogs will eat anything and will not eat what they don't like: true some are more fastidious than others, and everyone should be able to detect if their dog is hungry. Finally, dripping greased toast or fried bread is a filler.

Gough's Head Gone.

It wasn't a very gallant thing knocking off the head and destroying the sword on the statue of Viscount Gough in Phoenix Park on a Christmas morning but it's consistent with Republican outlook. Gough, Limerick born, saw service in the Peninsular War and lesser wars. I'm wondering how his grandson, Sir Hugh Gough, will feel, he who has been so anxious of late to include N.I. into the Eire constitution. It will be recalled latter was serving in the 16th Lancers at the Curragh before the great war and refused to march on Ulster. Later proceeded to France where his command was much criticised; within the last 10 years much of it has been lifted.

British General Praises Down Men : Bishop Keeps his Powder Dry.

I have before me a copy of the "London Times" of 1798 which contains a dispatch to the Lord Lieutenant from Major-General Trench from the West of Ireland, he opposing the French landing. "The officers and men under my command," writes the general, "behaved with great spirit and activity. I derived much advantage from 50 men of the Downshire Regiment of militia, trained by Major Matthews (no doubt a forbear of well known Down family), as sharp shooter and who under his command, with a party of the Roxburgh Light Dragoons, formed my advance guard. Further on he writes: "The Bishop (Episcopal), his family and servants, were armed in a like manner by him, and served out with ammunition, in order to protect them from the threatened violence of the Rebels. At the Palace, the headquarters of the Commandant, I found 270 barrels of powder."

Promise Breakers.

I think we are deteriorating even in the matter of moat trivial promises. If of course a promise is made conditionally and conditions arise which make its fulfilment impossible that's understandable and excusable. My grievance is against those who apparently have no sense of the sanctity of a promise, give an unqualified undertaking and fail to fulfil. Even the world has invented an accommodating phrase to excuse them, they have not lied, not deceived, oh no, just let you down! My father was very strict in this matter and if one of us children blurted out: "Oh I'm going so and so to-morrow, he would butt in reprovingly and say: "You intend going so and so to-morrow " Even in these difficult years what a lot of contumely tradesmen would avoid by refraining from the specific in promise. Through life I've met men whose promise had no value, the old dictum is true, "rarely promise, always perform."

South Down had Foreign Export.

Only once passed around the South-East corner of Co. Down, Warrenpoint, observing no natural harbour and it always surprised me how Newry possessed shipping, as the sea seemed to roll in direct like at Douglas, Isle of Man. I understand the canal or river from Newry to Warrenpoint was man made and of course vessels must have entered this forthwith as they hardly could have found safe anchorage outside. Anyhow I write subject to correction, as you don't get much of an impression motoring through.

Newry Ship Lost.

In the summer of 1793 the good Co. Down ship Steadfast (Capt. Patrick Sheals) left Newry for Portugal laden with linens and butter, making a good run to the Peninsular coast as it was later revealed. Then Newry anxiously waited month after month for the return of the Steadfast but waiting it was, she never returned. When off the Portuguese coast an armed French lugger captured the Steadfast, landed the crew on the nearest shore and took the prize to France. Years later the Co. Down crew straggled back to their home town and told the tale. The linens alone were stated to be work 11,000 indicative of this basic Ulster trade.


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