The Witness - Friday, 5 February, 1875


BISHOP--February 3, at 52, Hopeton Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. James Bishop, compositor, of a son.

DURAND--January 29, at Earley Vicarage, the wife of the Rev. Havilland Durand, M.A., of a son.

KINAHAN--January 29, at 2. Abercorn Terrace, North Circular Road, Dublin, the wife of Thomas William Kinahan, Esq., of a daughter.

OLPHERTS--Feb. 1, at Lurgan, the wife of Dr. J. Wybrants Olpherts, of a daughter.

REID--January 31, at the Eglinton Hotel, Portrush, the wife of Mr. D. H. Reid, Belfast, of a son.


CROFT--MARTIN -- January 30, at Linenhall Street Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Dr. Knox, Mr. James Croft, to Ann, fifth daughter of the late Wm. Robert Martin, Springfield Belfast.

KERR--M'CULLY -- January 27, at Donegall Street Independent Church, Belfast, by the Rev. John White, Mr. William Alexander Kerr, Belfast, to Eliza, daughter of Mr. William M'Cully, Millisle, Donaghadee.

LIVINGSTON--SHIMMONS -- January 27, at Sandy Street Presbyterian Church, Newry, by the Rev. J. C. Ferris. Joseph Livingston, to Mary Jane, eldest daughter of Mr. William Shimmons, Newry.

MILLAR--HUNTER -- At the First Presbyterian Church, Portglenone, by the Rev. Wm. Macloy, assisted by the Rev. James Stewart, Samuel Millar, Ballymena, to Lizzie, third daughter of James Hunter, Esq., Kilrea.


CLOUGHEY--Feb. 3, at 57, Hopewell Street, Belfast, very suddenly, of chest affection, Annie, infant daughter of W. Cloughey, aged 9 months.

DYER--Feb. 3, of heart disease, at the Belfast General Hospital, Hugh, eldest son of the late Robert Dyer, aged 34 years.

FRASER-Feb. 3, at 13, Templemore Avenue, Belfast, Annie Elizabeth, wife of James Fraser, C.E.

KIRKWOOD--January 30, at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Wm. James McClenaghan, Lambeg, Mary, Wife of the late Mr. Edward Kirkwood, Finaghy, aged 85 years.

MOORE---Feb. 2, at Moorfield, Cullybackey, Anne, eldest daughter of the late, Wm. Moore, Esq.

MURPHY--January 30, at Conway Square, Newtownards, Samuel, infant son of Mr. Joseph Murphy aged 6 months.

NIMMINS--Feb. 1, at 16, High Street, Belfast, ,John, eldest son of Mr. John Nimmins, aged 9 years and 5 months. .

PHILLIPS--Feb. 2, at 36, Dock Street, Belfast, Nathaniel Caters, youngest son of John H Phillips, aged 6 months.

UPRICHARD--Feb. 2, at 31, Church Place, Lurgan, Maggie, third daughter of the late James Uprichard, Esq., aged 16 years .

STOCKMAN--January 30, at 152, York Street, Belfast, Fanny Elizabeth, daughter of the late Mr. Hugh Stockman, aged 4 years.



ON the arrival of the Bristol steamship Juverna at Waterford on Friday, the commander, Captain Danes, reported that when bearing the previous day on the Conneybeg Lightship, he observed a derelict vessel. He found her to be the bark Anena, of Sligo, and she was dismasted and a complete wreck. Four of the crew of the brigantine Ether, of Swansea, arrived at Waterford on Friday, by Milford steamer, and reported that their vessel has foundered in the Channel. The master, James M 'Keddy, the mate, and a sailor were drowned. The rest of the crew escaped.

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THE Russian brig Urho, Captain Wendt, has arrived at Dartmouth, and reported that when about fifteen miles east of Dartmouth, she came into collision with a brigantine, and down to the water's edge. Fearing that his vessel would go down, Captain Wendt hoisted his colours half mast, but the other vessel made no response, and kept on her course. Captain Wendt, however, says that he succeeded in making out through a glass that she was the Princess of Wales, of Portmadoc. Canvas was lowered over the bow to close the aperture, and the Urho bore up for Dartmouth. The Board of Trade will probably make strict investigation into the truth of Captain Wendt's statement, the conduct alleged being most reprehensible.

On Friday, the fishing smack Charles, of Brixham, was run into thirty miles off land, by the brigantine Bologun, of Liverpool. The trawler's mast, boom, mainsail, and foresail were carried away, and other damage done, and the crew got on board the brigantine, which lost yard and jibboom, and received other damage. The brigantine was towed to Brixham. The Bologun is moored inside the breakwater, and as she has a large quantity of gunpowder on board the harbour officials are rather afraid.


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The Witness - Friday, 12 February, 1875


BLAKE--Feb. 9, at Sans Souci, the wife of Captain M. Blake, Tower Hill, Co. Mayo of a daughter.

CROOME--Feb. 10, at 31, Malone Terrace, Belfast, the wife of George Croome, Civil Service, of a daughter.

GILMORE--Feb. 11, at 12, Linfield Road, the wife of Mr. George Gilmore, of a son.

HARRISON--Feb. 8, at 50, Rosewood Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Thomas Harrison, of a daughter.

M'NEILL--Feb. 9, at The Manse, Drumbo, the wife of the Rev. James M'Neill, of a son.

NICHOLAS--Feb 7, at Mount Charles, University Road, Belfast, the wIfe of the Rev. W. NIcholas, of a daughter.

ROGERS--Feb. 9, at Mountpottinger House, Belfast, the wife of John Rogers, Esq., of a daughter.

WHITE--Feb 7, at 2, Hampton Terrace, Lisburn Road, Belfast, the wife of the Rev. B. N. White, A.M., of a son.


ARCHER--TENER -- February 2, at Castlecaulfield, by the Rev. Mr. Whittey, Edward Archer, Caledon, to Emily, youngest daughter of Mr. James Tener, Castlecaulfield.

BEATTIE--JACKSON -- February 6, Robert Beattie, to miss Ruth Jackson, eldest daughter of Joseph Jackson, both of Mountpottinger.

CLEMENTS--M'KEOWN -- Feb. 9, at Albert Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. James Young, Mr. John Clements, to Mrs. Sarah M'Keown both of Belfast.

FINLAY--HAMILTON -- Feb. 10, at the Old Presbyterian Meeting-house Ballycarry, by the Rev. M. Getty, Mr. Donald Finlay, Glasgow, to Miss Abbey Hamilton, Forthill, Ballycarry.

THOMPSON--EVANS -- Feb. 9, at LInen Hall Street Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Dr. Knox, Mr. Robert Thompson, to Margaret Letitia, eldest daughter of Mr. William Evans, Belfast.

THOMPSON--BARR -- Feb. 9, at the Spa Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Wm. Wilson, John Thompson, Ballymaglave, to Ann, eldest daughter of William Barr, Drumgavelin.


BUCKLEY--Feb. 5, at Earl Street, Belfast, Hugh, youngest son of Captain Hugh Buckley.

CAMPBELL--Feb. 8, at The Rectory, Lurgan, Margaretta Julia, eldest daughter of the Rev. Theophilus Campbell, Rector of Shankhill.

FERGUSON--Feb. 8, at Cookstown, Sarah, wife of A. T. Ferguson.

GALLAGHER--Feb. 6, at her father's residence, Whitehouse, Mary, third daughter of Mr. David Gallagher.

GARDNER--Feb. 9, at her residence, Dunedin, Antrim Road, Belfast, Eliza, widow of the late James Gardner, Belfast.

HENRY--February 5, at 57, Meadow Street, Belfast, Samuel, second son of the late Mr. Samuel Henry, aged 29 years.

HUGHES--Feb. 7, at Greenisland, Sarah, daughter of the late Samuel Hughes, aged 57 years.

HURLEY--Feb. 6, at 6, Cromac Park Terrace, Belfast, Charlotte Anna, daughter of Frederick T. Hurley, aged 4 years.

M'FEE--Feb. 6, at his residence, 65, Eglinton Street, Belfast, John M'Fee, aged 49 years.

REID--Feb. 4, at Carradarragh, Samuel E., youngest son of Mr. James Reid, aged 2o years.

SCOTT--Feb. 8, at Malone Cottage, Belfast, Sarah Jane, infant daughter of Mr. John Scott, aged 10 months.

TAGGART--At his residence, High Street, Antrim, Mr. Henry Taggart, aged 51 years.



THE promiscuous kissing of children is a pestilent practice. We use the word advisedly, and it is mild for the occasion. Murderous would be the proper word, did the kissers know the mischief they do. Yes, madam, murderous; and we are speaking to you. Do you remember calling on your dear friend Mrs. Brown the other day, with a strip of flannel round your neck? And when little Flora came dancing into the room, didn't you pounce upon her demonstratively, call her a precious little pet, and kiss her? Then you serenely proceeded to describe the dreadful sore throat that kept you from prayer-meeting the night before. You had no designs on the dear child's life, we know; nevertheless, you killed her--killed her as surely as if you had fed her with strychnine or arsenic! Your caresses were fatal. Two or three days after, the little pet began to complain of a sore throat, too. The symptoms grew rapidly alarming; and when the doctor came, the single word "diphtheria" sufficed to explain them all. To-day, a lIttle mound in Greenwood is the sole memento of your visit. Taking into consideration the well-established fact that diphtheria is usually if not always communicated by the direct transplanting of the malignant vegetation which causes the disease, the fact that there can be no more certain means of bringing the contagion to its favourite soil than the act of kissing, and the further fact that the custom of kissing children on all occasions is all but universal, it is not surprising that, when the disease is once imported into a community it is very likely to become epidemic. It would be absurd to charge the spread of diphtheria entirely to the practice of child-kissing. There are other modes of propagation, though it is hard to conceive of any more directly suited to the spread of the infection or mere general in its operation. It stands to diphtheria in about the same relation that promiscuous hand-shaking formerly did to the itch. It were better to avoid the practice. The children will not suffer if they go unkissed; and their friends ought for their sake to forego the luxury for a season. A single kiss has been known to infect a family; and the most careful may be in condition to communicate the disease without knowing it. Beware, then, of playing Judas, and let the babies alone.--Scientific American.

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in connection with the PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, held in the ASSEMBLY'S HALL, MISSION BUILDINGS, May Street, on TUESDAY Evening, Feb. 9, 1875.

Rev. WILLIAM MAGILL, Moderator of the General Assembly in the chair.

The Report having been read by the Rev. GEORGE SHAW, and Statement of Accounts by Mr. ROBERT MAHGILL,

The following resolutions were unanimously adopted :-

I, Moved by Rev. Wm. Park, seconded by Mr. DAVID MARTIN, Newry-
"That the Report now read be adopted, printed, and circulated, together with such Appendix as the Committee may deem necessary."

II. Moved by Rev. JAS. B. MEEK; seconded by Rev. J. B. WHIGHAM-
"That we express our thankfulness to God for the success with which He has been pleased to bless the labours of this Society; that we recognise with devout gratitude the evidence of the signal power of the Holy Spirit manifested of late in many parts of our land, and that deeply impressed with a sense of our responsibility in these times of gracious visitation we would urge all who are working in our Sabbath-schools to personal dealing with their scholars, and to more earnest, self-denying, and prayerful effort to gather the children in, and to seek to bring them to Jesus now."

III. Moved by Mr. WM. SHAW; seconded by Mr. ALEX. TURNBULL-
"That the following be the Office- bearers for the ensuing year :-

The Moderator of the General Assembly.

The Conveners of the Mission Schemes-
Rev. W. F. Stevenson.
Rev, Dr. Wilson.
Rev. Dr. Kirkpatrick.
Rev. Professor Rogers.
a Rev. J. S. MacIntosh.
a Rev. J. Macnaughtan.
a Rev. L. E. Berkley.
Thomas Sinclair, J.P.
Rev. Robert Black.

Sir Thomas M'Clure, Bart.
Sir Edward Coey, J.P., D.L.
a Hugh Henry Boyd.
Rev. J. Kinghan.
William Todd.
Hugh Moore.
Charles Finlay, J.P.
Rev. Henry M'Caw.

a Rey. Dr. Knox.
Rev. John Meneely.
Rev. T. Y. Killen.
a Rev. Henry Osborne.
a Rev. John Moran.
a Rev. J. H. Moore.
Rev. Joseph Barklie.
Rev. W. Todd Martin.
Rev. J. K. Leslie.
Rev. Robert Parke.
Rev. A. C. Murphy.
Rev. Robt. M'C. Edgar.
Rev. Francis Pettigrew.
Rev. Wm. M'Ilwaine.
Rev. D. J. Clarke.
Rev. Wm. M'Ilwrath.
Rev. James Warwick.
a Rev. H. M. Williamson.
a Rev. William Park.
Rev. H. Hanna.
Rev. Jackson Smyth
Rev. J. M. Rodgers.
Counsellor Gibson.
a Robert Magill.
a Archibald Kent.
John Arnold.
a William M'Neill.
Francis Brown.
William Bell.
a John Jardin.
J. P. Corry, M.P.
a William Edgar.
Samuel M'Bride.
H. M'Cleery.
a James Montgomery.
Aaron Baxter, Derry.
T. A. Dixon, M.P., Dungannon.
J. Brown, Donoughmore.
T. C. Dickie. Omagh.
Jas. Trimble, Strabane
S. Steele, Bushmills.
J. Cuthbert, Coleraine.
John Huey, Coleraine.
D. Martin, Newry.
A. D. Lemon.
Joseph Lytle.
a William Shaw.
J. Sharman Crawford, M.P.
David Smyth.
David Carmichael.
Thomas M'Mullan.
a Wm. S. Workman.
J. Nesbitt, Newry.
D. M'llwaine, Ballynahinch.
W. Martin, Ramelton.
W. Glass, Portglenone.
Wm. M'Carter, jun., Derry.
Thomas Small, Keady.
T. Jamison, Dromore.
J. M'Geagh, Cookstown.
J. Beatty, Ballymena.
D. Drummond, Dublin.
J. Keown, Monaghan.
Wm. Dripps, Kilrea.
S. Byers, Markethill.
J. M. M'Clenaghan, J.P., Rathfriland.
W. Smyth, Banbridge.
R. J. Bell, Ballywooley
J. Rea, Boardmills.
John Cook, Garvagh.
J. Ellison, Lisburn.
R. Alexander, Carrickfergus.
Alexander Hutchinson, Doagh.
William M'Clintock, Raphoe.

Executive Committee (a)





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THE hearing of the case of "Shiel v. Sheridan" for breach of promise was concluded in the Court of Exchequer, Dublin, on Saturday, before the Lord Chief Baron and a common jury. The plaintiff was Miss Eliza Shiel, of Synnott Place, a young lady about twenty-three years of age; and the defendant, Mr. Thos. Sheridan, ironmonger and bell founder, Church Street. Damages were laid at £2,000. It appeared that the defendant, who is upwards of forty years of age, was an old friend of the plaintiff's family-that he proposed for her last May and was accepted; that he broke off the engagement in July. He subsequently wrote to her some letters, which the Serjeant characterised as humbugging letters, calculated to irritate the plaintiff into releasing him from his engagement, but she had, in point of fact, never so released him. The defence was that the defendant had been, and was still, willing to marry the plaintiff, but that a reasonable time had not elapsed. The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff-damages, £200.

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"One who has tried it" communicates the following seasonable item about curing sore throats to the New York Herald:--"Let each one of your half million readers buy at any drug store one ounce of camphorated oil and five cents' worth of chlorate of potash. Whenever any soreness appears in the throat put the potash in half a tumbler of water, and with it gargle the throat thoroughly, then rub the neck thoroughly with the camphorated oil at night before going to bed, and also pin around the throat a small strip of woollen flannel. This is a simple, cheap, and sure remedy."--Rural New Yorker.

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THE list of appeals from the decisions of Hans H. Hamilton, Esq., Q.C., Chairman of County Armagh, to the ensuing Assizes have been published. There are fifty appeals in ordinary civil cases, including three ejectment cases. Of the latter, one at the suit of Sir Edmund C. W. M'Naghten against James Fearn and others, for the possession of lands in Ballyworkan, will be watched with a good deal of interest, as there is a somewhat important point of law involved. Five other cases of a similar character have been held over for judgment to the next Lurgan Sessions, awaiting the judge's ruling in this case. There are seven land appeals from the Ballybot October Sessions.

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THE large sailing ship Chillingham, belonging to Messrs. J. J. and H. Scott, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, which sailed from Philadelphia on the 16th of November for England, has not since been heard of and there is reason to believe that she is lost, with all hands. A vessel's nameboard has been picked up at sea, which is supposed to have been hers. She was commanded by Mr. Thomas Beer, of Rectory Square, Stepney, London, and she had a crew of 15 hands all told. Her officers and apprentices were Englishmen, and her crew foreigners.

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THURSDAY, the Cardiff borough magistrates made a formal order against Paola Agius, captain of the Maltese vessel Sovrano, to pay the wages of the crew. The amounts claimed ranged from over £12 to £38, and in the aggregate to over £200. There was no dispute as to the debt on the part of the captain. The fact's of the case are these:--The vessel was on a voyage from Cardiff to the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, when a furious storm arose, and she was necessitated to put back into port; having on board a cargo of several hundred tons of coal. A sum of £1,500 was necessary to repair her, and the owners and the representatives of the Australian Lloyds refused to have her repaired. The captain consequently discharged the crew, who brought the present action against him for wages. As he will not pay them, the ship will be sold under a distress warrant and the captain must seek his own wages in the Admiralty Court.

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ON Saturday night, soon after nine o'clock, Benjamin Parker, a ship and anchor smith, fifty-five years-of age, who for nearly thirty years has been employed by the firm of Messrs. McDougall & Johnston, 15, Queen Street, and who resides at 14 Court, Dryden Street, sent his wife to borrow a shilling from a neighbour. She did so, and on coming out of the neighbour's house she refused to give it him. He thereupon, it is said by eye-witnesses, struck her on the jaw, and she fell upon the pavement. She was evidently hurt, and was taken to her own house, and upon the arrival of Dr. Hughes, who was sent for, he pronounced her to be dead. There is no doubt that the fall occasioned a fracture of the skull, and it was rumoured that while her husband was sober she was in drink all the time. The man surrendered himself to the police on Sunday evening, and says that he did not strike his wife, but only pushed her. He was taken into custody.

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SHORTLY after four o'clock on Friday evening, Wm. Orr, Esq, coroner, and the jury already sworn to inquire into the cause of death of Hugh Kelly, Seskanore, continued the inquiry into the circumstances connected with his mysterious disappearance on the night of the 9th January, and where his body was found drowned in the River Strule on the 27th of the same month. The same solicitors were present as on the former days of the inquiry.

Francis Macsorley was examined regarding the statement which he was said to have made to the effect that when passing over Lissan Bridge on the night of the occurrence he observed two men throwing the deceased over into the water; he denied, though closely cross-examined by Mr. Riordan, ever having made the statement or having seen anything of the kind; an alibi was proved for Tom Skeffington, who was suspected of being one of a party who beat the deceased at the bridge. Mr. Riordan asked to have Givan and McCowan produced for re-examination; but the request was not acceded to by the Coroner, as he considered them culpable. A somewhat warm interchange of words took place on this decision between Mr. Riordan, who insisted on having them produced, and the Coroner, but the latter would not alter his decision. The Coroner them read the evidence minutely to the jury, when they retired, and after deliberating for some time, returned a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony, to the effect that the deceased met his death by drowning, but whether by accident or not they could not say.

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THE quarterly meeting of the Board of Management of this institution was held at eleven o'clock on Saturday, in the Library of the Hospital--W. T. B. Lyons, Esq., J.P., D.L., in the chair. The other members present were E. H. Thompson, Gustavus Heyn, John Hamill, John Pim, John Girdwood, W. C. Cunningham, H. H. Bottomley, Wm. Bell, Hugh Hyndman, C. Wolfe Shaw, Vere Foster, Robert Boag, E. O'R. Dickey, Peter Macauley, Wm. Clibborn, and A. J. Macrory (Hon. Secretary), Esqrs.; and Rev. James Young, Dr. John Moore, Dr. James Moore, Dr. Ross, Dr. Fagan, and Dr. Samuel Browne, R.N., J.P .

The minutes of previous meeting having been read and confirmed, the Honorary Secretary (A. J. Macrory, Esq.) read the quarterly report, which stated that since last Board meeting the trustees have been handed over the Throne lands and Children's Hospital, with a sum of £5,000 for its maintenance and management, and also of a sum £4,140 towards the purchase of the head rents from John Martin, Esq. Donations amounting to £1,530 had been received since last Board meeting, including £1,000 from Miss Anna B. Charters, in memory of her father. The Hon. Secretary having waited on Sir M. H. Beach, who informed him that the Queen's letter directing the Royal Charter had been received, and which they hoped would be here in a few days. During the quarter 512 patients were treated in the intern, and 1,488 in the external departments, and 225 operations performed. In moving its adoption, Mr. Macrory said it was an interesting report both to the people and the Hospital. The quarter just ended was one of great importance. During that period several large bequests were added to their funds, and they had got lands where a convalescent hospital could be erected, and where children could be sent to recruit their health, and by their removal leave room for others. He did not know of any institution of greater utility, benevolence, and charity, and he hoped that the inhabitants of Belfast would sustain it by subscribing more liberally to its support. The list of donations contained several Items of £50 each, and many others were promised.

Chevalier HEYN seconded the adoption of the report, which he regarded as most satisfactory; and adverting to the paragraph which referred to the Throne lands, said that the arrangements were most complete, and when in possession of the lands it would be a pity if they could not get sufficient support to sustain it.

VERE FOSTER, W. C. CUNNINGHAM and J. BELL,. Esqs., having commented on the report, It was passed unanimously.

The Rev. Mr. YOUNGá having been called to the second chair, a cordial vote of thanks was passed to Mr. Lyons for presiding, who suitably replied, and the proceedings terminated.


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The Witness - Friday, 19 February, 1875


ADAMS--Feb. 10, at Drumack Fort, Rasharkin, the wife of Hr. W M. Adams, of a son.

BAMFORD--Feb. 11, at Kilrea, the wife of Mr. W. Bamford, of a daughter.


BEATTIE--PATTERSON -- Feb. 16, at Railway Street Presbyterian Church, Lisburn, by the Rev. R. S. Erwin, Nelson Beattie, B.K., Edinagonnell, to Grace Patterson, Cargycreevy.

DICK--DONNELL -- Feb. 16, in the First Presbyterian Church, Newtownstewart, by the Rev. John M'Conaghy, Newry, assisted by the Rev. W. A. Russell, Strabane, and Rev. James Dick, Reformed Presbyterian Church, Wishaw, the Rev. Robert Dick, Douglass, to Anne, second daughter of Rev. R. C. Donnell, Newtownstewart.

HALL--CAMPBELL -- Feb. 17, at the Second Dungannon Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. A. J. Wilson, Minterburn, James,youngest son of the late Lieutenant Thomas Hall, Hallstown, Magheragall, to Charlotte Watson, eldest surviving daughter of William Campbell Guinness, Caledon, and niece of the late Rev. Dr. James Campbell, Serampore, India.

MURDOCK--REA -- Feb. 16, at Magherahamlet Church, by Rev. Samuel S. Frackleton, William Murdoch, Derryboy, Killyleagh, to Annie C., eldest daughter of Samuel Rea, Drumsnad, Ballynahinch.

NICHOLAS--BROWN -- Feb. 18, at Cairncastle Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. John M'Murray, Mr. Samuel T. Nicholson, of Larne, to Miss M. J. Brown, Longford.

SIMPSON--M'CLELLAND -- Feb. 18, in the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey, by the Rev. Mr. Moody, Mr. Robert Simpson, Drumfin, to Miss Agnes M'Clelland.

THOMPSON--BURNS -- Feb. 8, at the Ballycarry Presbyterian Church, by the Rev . John M'Murray, assisted by the Rev. John Stewart, Mr. James Thompson, to Mrs. M. Burns, both of Glynn.


BARNETT--Feb. 16, at Croft House, Holywood Mary E. C. Barnett, the beloved wife of Surgeon J. Milford Barnett, M.D., H. M. Indian Army, and daughter of the late John Johnston, Esq., Ashley Lodge, Co. Down. Her remains will be removed for interment in the New Burying-ground, Antrim Road, on this (Friday) morning, at eight o'clock, passing over Queen's Bridge about 9-15. Friends will please accept this intimation.

CATHER--Feb. 9, at his residence, The Hermitage, Newtownlimavady, Wm. Cather, Esq., aged 71 years.

M'NINCH--Feb. 14, at 45, Hopeton Street, Belfast, Mary, the wife of J. Watt M'Ninch.

MAITLAND--Feb. 12, at his residence, Ballycreen, Ballynahinch, John Maitland, aged 82 years.

OMMIT--Feb. 12, at 67, Woodstock Road, Ballymacarrett, James, only son of Mr. James Ommit, aged 1 year and 10 months.



AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE Society, held in Belfast, on Tuesday, the 16th February, 1875--CHARLES FINLAY, Esq., J.P., in the chair--the following Resolutions were passed:-

Moved by the Rev. S. LYLE, Connor; seconded by Rev. J. H. MOORE:-
I.--"That the Report now read be adopted, printed, and circulated, with such appendix as the Committee may consider necessary."

Moved by Rev. W. JOHNSTON; seconded by HUGH MOORE, Esq, Esq.;-
II.--"That, being eminently suited to the wants of Ireland, and already largely blessed of God, the work of Colportage has peculiar claims on the sympathy and support of the ChrIstian people of all denominations, and all the more so as the demand for that work has at the present moment outgrown the means of meeting it."

Moved by Rev. D. HUNTER; seconded by Robert MAGILL, Esq.:-
III.--"That a special effort be put forth towards the formation of new auxiliaries, and that Christian friends are earnestly requested to aid in that endeavour."

Moved by Rev. J. D. CLARKE; seconded by J. BIRKMYRE, Esq.:-
IV.--"That, the following be the office-bearers for 1875:-


Sir Thomas M'Clure, Bart.

Chas. Finlay,.Esq., J.P.
J. P. Corry, Esq., M.P.
T. Dickson, Esq., M.P.
D. Taylor, Esq., J.P.
*Rev. J. Macnaughtan.
*Rev. W. Johnston.
*Rev. L. E. Berkeley.

*Rev. James Heron, The Knock, Belfast..

*Rev. D. J. Clarke, Lisburn.

Samuel Mulligan, Esq.

Those marked thus [*] form the Acting Committee.

*Rev. H. Osborne
*Rev. Dr. Knox
*Rev. J. S. MacIntosh
*Rev. T. Y. Killen
*Rev. G. Bellis
*Rev. William Park
*Rev. James Young
Rev. Samuel Mateer
Rev. George Wilson
Rev. A. Crawford
Rev. Thomas West
*Rev. John Elliott
Rev. R. J. Arnold
Rev. William Clarke
*Rev. Dr. Watts
*Rev. S. D. Burnside
Rev. J. A. Chancellor
*Rev. J. Meneely
Rev. John Dodd
Rev. J. McIlveen
Rev. James Foster
Rev. Jackson Smith
*Rev. H. M. Williamson
*Rev. John Greenlees
*Rev. David Hunter
*Rev. J. H. Moore
*Rev. R. Workman
Rev. W. T. Martin
*Rev. A. Gray, LL.D.
Rev. Henry M'Caw
*John Arnold, Esq.
W. L. Finlay, Esq.
J. Workman, Esq.
J. M'Causland, Esq.
H. M'Cleery, Esq.
E. D. Atkinson, Esq.
T. H. Adams, Esq.
*W. Shaw, Esq.
W. Workman, Esq.
J. Stevenson, Esq.
*T. Sinclair, Esq., J.P.
*W. S. Workman, Esq.
J. M. Calder, Esq.
W. M'Neill, Esq.
*Dr. W. Arnold
James Brown, Esq.
*J. Birkmyre, Esq.
James Aitken, Esq.
W. Young, Esq., J.P.
*A. Turnbull, Esq.
*Surg. J. M. Barnett, M.D.
A. D. Lemon, Esq.
C. Thompson, Esq.
R. W. Corry, Esq.
*S. M'Bride, Esq.
James Glass, Esq.
* Hugh Moore, Esq.
E. Dale, Esq.
R. M'Mullan, Esq.
W. Weir, jun., Esq.

With Secretaries and Treasurer

Mr. Alex. Wylie, Mission Buildings, May Street, Belfast.

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AT half-past 4 o'clock on Friday morning a fire was reported to have broken out in the premises of the Belfast Rope Work Company (Limited), at Conn's Water. The Fire Brigade, under the superintendence of Mr. Reilly, immediately turned out, and were on the scene of the conflagration in about ten minutes after the alarm was given. In the meantime the glare of the flames was exceedingly brilliant, and could easily be seen from the Station-yard. On the arrival of the brigade it was found that the roofs of the machine-house, boiler-house, and stores, where the yarn was in stacks, were burned. The flames were travelling rapidly; and grave fears were entertained that the whole shed would be destroyed. The first engine that arrived was about to be drawn to the rere, where a good supply of water could be obtained, but unfortunately was unable to succeed in its attempts as the flames shot with great fury across the narrow pathway. When the engines were ultimately placed in a proper position, it was with the utmost difficulty and trouble that the horses could be got out of the traces owing to the glare of the fire. Two of them were severely burned, one about the head, and the other about the side of his body. One of the brigade who was holding the first horse by the head, face, and neck. The engine also suffered, as one side of it was literally roasted off. About 2,000 feet of hose was laid down, and three jets of water were directed on the fire. About one-half of the shedding is saved, but the yarns, ropes, and machinery are rendered useless. We understand that the premises are insured in several offices to the amount of £8,000 or £10,000, which, we believe, will cover the loss.

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held in the ASSEMBLY'S HALL, MAY STREET, Belfast, on THURSDAY EVENING, Feb. 11, 1875.

On the motion of Dr. W. ARNOLD, the chair was taken by Sir EDWARD COEY, D.L., President.

The Rev. WM. JOHNSTON Hon. Secretary, read the Annual Report and Statement of Accounts.

Moved by the MODERATOR of the GENERAL ASSEMBLY; seconded by DAVID TAYLOR, Esq., J.P.--
"That the Report now read be adopted and printed with the Statement of Accounts."

Moved by the Rev. Professor WALLACE; seconded by Mr. JOHN SCOTT--
"That this meeting expresses its gratitude to AlmIghty God for the success that He has vouchsafed to the Society, and commends its claims afresh to the sympathy and support of His people."

Moved by the Rev. GEORGE SHAW; seconded by Wm. L. FINLAY, Esq.--
"That the thanks of the meeting be given to the President, Honorary Secretary, Directors, Executive Committee, the Ladies' Committee, Local Secretaries, Collectors, and the many friends of all denominations who have so generously contributed to the Funds of the Society."

Moved by the Rev. J. W. WHIGHAM; seconded by HUGH MOORE, Esq.--

"That the following constitute the Office-bearers for 1875:--


Sir Edward Coey, D.L., J.P.

Barbour, John
Barnett, Surgeon J.M., M.D., H.M. Indian Army
Brown, John
Carmichael, Wm.
Carson, Wm.
Campbell, Henry
Drury, Thomas, J.P.
Duffin, Charles, J.P.
Ekin, Samuel
Finlay, Charles, J.P.
Finlay, Mrs. Charles
Finlay, Wm. Laird.
Ferguson, Thos., J.P.
Findlater, Adam
Gardner, Archibald
Gamble, James
Greer, James
Hamilton, Sir James
Hansen, John
Herdman, Alexander F., J.P.
Johnson, Lady
Johnston, Rev. Wm.
Johnston, Mrs. Wm.
Johnston, Dr. H. M.
Kennedy, James, J.P.
Kirk, Wm. M., J.P.
Knox, Rev. Dr.
Macnaughtan, Rev. J.
Martin, Thomas,
Mateir, Henry
M'CIeery, Hamilton
M'Ferran, John
M'Quiston, Robert
Sinclair, John
Stevenson, Hugh.
Todd, Wm. J.
Workman, Thomas
Young, Wm., J.P.

Sir Thomas McClure, Bart. V.L.
Brown, James
Corry, Mrs.
Corry, J.P., M.P.
Drummond, D., J.P.
Finlayson, Mrs.
Hamilton, Megaw, & Thomson
Howe, Miss
Lemon, Arch. D.
Lytle, J.H. & D.B.
Moore, Hugh
Moreland, Wm.
Porter, Robert
Ross, David, J.P.
Savage, Sir John, J.P.
Taylor, David, J.P.
Tillie, William, J.P.
Workman, Mrs. Robert

Adams, John, J.P.
Arnold, Rev. R.J., B.A.
Arnold, Dr. W.
Barkley, Rev. Joseph
Barklie, Alex. J.P.
Berkeley, Rev. L. E.
Bellis, Rev. George
Biggar, Wm. F., J.P.
Bristow, Jas. T., J.P.
Carson, Rev. Dr.
Crawford, J. S., M.P.
Dickson, T. A., M.P.
Frazer, Dr. William
Gibson, James, Q.C.
Leslie. Rev. J. Knox
Lunham, Thomas
M'Adoo, John
MacIntosh, P., J.P.
Meneely, Rev. John
Patterson, James
Park, Rev. William.
Rodgers, Rev. J. M.
Rogers, Rev. Professor
Shaw, Rev. George
Sinclair, Thomas, J.P.
Stevenson, Rev. W. F.
Taylor, Daniel, M.P.
Williamson, Rev. H. M
Wilson, Rev. Dr.

J. T. Bristow, J.P., Northern Bank.

Rev. William Johnston.

Arnold, Mrs. Wilberforce
Finlay, Mrs. Charles
Greenlees, Mrs.
Knox. Mrs.
Lemon, Mrs.
Meneely, Mrs.
Montgomery, Mrs.
Park, Mrs.
Porter, Mrs. R.
Sinclair, Mrs. John S
teen, Mrs. Robert
Williamson. Mrs.
Corry, Miss
Crawford, Miss
Hanna, Miss
Harkness, Miss
Herdman, Miss
Howe, Miss
M'Clure, Miss
Macnaughtan, Miss
Murray, Miss
Porter, Miss
Wallace, Mrs.
Workman, Miss

Mrs. MacINTOSH, Sec.

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This being the day of nomination, Mr. John Mitchell was proposed as member for the county, and no one opposing him, he was declared by the sheriff to be returned.

It is said that the Government will take immediate action over the result.


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The Witness - Friday, 26 February, 1875


BETHUNE--Feb. 23, at 21, Virginia Street, Belfast, the wife of John Bethune, of a son.

CAMPBELL--Feb. 24, at Mount Prospect, Lisburn Road, Belfast, the wife of N. A. Campbell, of a son.

DOWNING--Feb. 11, at 6, Schomberg Terrace, the wife of Mr. Shepherd Downing, of a daughter.

GORDON--Feb. 17, at the Manse, Sion Mills, the wife of the Rev. D. Gordon, of a son.

MILLS--Feb, 25, at 67, Newtownards Road, the wife of Mr. James Mills, of a son.

TAYLOR--Feb. 24, at 10, Mountpottinger Cottages, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Robert Taylor, of a daughter.

RUSSELL--Feb. 22, at Clanbrassil Terrace, Castlereagh Road, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Alfred Russell, of a daughter.

RODGER--Feb. 14, at 42, Mill Street, Ayr, the wife of John M. Rodger, Esq., of a daughter.


BEST--NAISMITH -- Feb. 22, at Sandy Row Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. H. Woods, M.A., Robert Ritchie Best, to Elizabeth Naismith, both of Belfast.

ELKIN--DUNCAN -- Feb. 13, in Glenelly Presbyterian Church, by the Rey. John Love, Mr. John Elkin, to Sarah Jane, daughter of Mr. Alex. Duncan, jun. Both reside at Eden, near Plumbridge.

HENDERSON--Wilson -- Feb. 25, at Connor Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Samuel Lyle, Thomas Walter, son of William Henderson, Springfield, Toome, to Lizzie, only daughter of John Wilson, Tonnybrake, Kells, Ballymena.

MOORE--MOORE -- Feb. 22, by special licence, at the residence of the bride, by the Rev. Jackson Graham, Armoy, assisted by the Rev. William James Thompson, Armoy, Archibald Moore, Esq., to Mary, daughter of the late Thomas Moore, Esq., Claverhill, Stranocum.

ROBINSON--JUNK -- Feb. 18, in the Presbyterian Church, Sixmilecross, by the father of the bride, assisted by the Rev. Samuel Paul, Gillygooley, Alfred E. Robinson, only surviving son of Dr. Robinson of Beragh, to Anna Elizabeth, the Ree. Thomas W. Junk, Sixmilecross.

SHANKS--BAILEY -- October 21, at Tile Manse, Christ Church, by the Rev. C. Fraser, Robert James. eldest son of Mr. James Shanks, Larne, County Antrim, to Ada Emmeline, third daughter of Mr. J. H. Bailey, Kowai Pass; New Zealand.

SHERRIE--TUTHILL -- Feb. 24, in the Presbyterian Church, Cavan, by the Rev. James Carson, pastor loci, assisted by the Rev. W. J. Stronge, Killashandra, William, second son of the late W. Sherrie, Esq., Belfast, to Lucinda Isabella, daughter of Robert Tuthill, Esq., M.D., late of Neagh.


ADAMS--Feb. 21, at City Road, London, Thomas Adams, Grove Place, Londonderry, aged 27 years.

ANDERSON--Feb. 19, at his residence, Market Square, Lisburn, Mr. James Anderson.

BOYD--Feb. 15, at the residence of his son, James Boyd, of Preston, William Boyd, late of Crosskeys, Armagh, aged 72 years.

BELL--Feb. 11, at Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A., Mary Ann Walker, eldest daughter of John L. Bell, formerly of Belfast.

CLARKE--Feb. 21, at 23, Frederick Street, Newtownards, Mr. Samuel Clarke, aged 33 years.

DONNAN---Feb. 18, at her residence, Market Square, Crossgar, Mary, third daughter of John Donnan, in her 16th year.

GELSTON--Feb. 22, at her mother's residence, Strandtown, Belfast, Essey, eldest daughter of the late James Gelston.

MOORE--Feb. 19, at the residence of her brother, Cecil Moore, Esq., Omagh, Bessie, youngest daughter of the late Hugh Moore, Esq., Cottage Hi!l.

M'CLEAN--Feb. 18, at his father's residence, Killylea, after a lingering illness, Hugh Robert, the beloved son of George M'Clean, aged 19 years.

M'BRIDE--Feb. 24, at Beechfield, Lisburn, Anne, relict of the late Thomas M'Bride, Magheraleave,

WALKER--Feb. 23, at his son's residence, 33, Wesley Place, Belfast, William Walker, aged, 69 years.

WIGHTMAN--Feb. 17, at the residence of his father, The Academy, Saintfield, William Wightman, aged 18 years, late clerk in the Telegraph Department, General Post Office, Belfast.



WE (Irish Times) have received an address to the electors of Tipperary, signed by a Mr. John Jones. He wishes us to state his opinions, tell who he is, and describe what he wants, free of charge. Whether this arises from a spirit of economy, or from forgetfulness of the first duty of candidates, we do not say; but he is wise in not venturing at present into Tipperary.

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The Morning Advertiser contains an account of the rescue on Tuesday from the new convent at Windsor of a young lady who, it is said, is highly connected with the leading families of Berks, and is entitled to a large sum of money. A scuffle took place, during which the vestibule of the convent was entered. Legal proceedings are threatened against the young lady's friends, and a detective who forcibly entered the institution is likely to be proceeded against.

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A NEW YORK telegram states that the Life Brigade steamer, from Liverpool to New Orleans, was totally wrecked on Gingerbread Ground:

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INFORMATION respecting the total destruction by fire of this steamer and the loss of 416 lives has been received. It appears that the first alarm of fire was heard at midnight on the 17th Dec., while the vessel was on a voyage from Yokohama to Hong-Kong. The officers and crew at once went to their stations, the ventilators were turned from the wind, the helm ported and the ship brought to the wind, and twenty streams of water were directed upon the seat of the fire, in some cases holes being cut to allow of the entrance of the hose. But the fire, which raged chiefly amidships, gained ground so fast that communication between the two ends of the vessel soon became impossible. The boats and rafts were lowered, some sooner some later, and Captain Warsaw, who did not leave the ship until a quarter to one a.m. on the 18th, stood by in his boat to windward, and engaged a Chinese fishing smack, rescuing 117 persons from other boats and from the water. The total capacity of the boats and rafts for saving life was for 700 persons. The sea was very rough, and some overburdened themselves with money and other things. Some entrusted themselves to pieces of the wreck instead of to life-preservers. As regards the origin of the fire, it is said to be due to the explosion or ignition of chemicals in one of the holds. Of the 557 persons on board at the time of the catastrophe, only 141 were known to have been saved when the mail left Yokohama.. 416 being missing. The missing included D. Tyndal, United States consul at Canton; Dr. Gates, ship's surgeon; Mr. Bennett, first assistant engineer; Quartermasters Harris and Sutton; Martin Gusack, cook; and 391 Chinese steerage passengers.

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[Before Judge MILLER.]


THE bankrupt carried on an extensive trade in Belfast. The case before the court on an appeal from the ruling of the Chief Clerk, who refused a proof on behalf of Lowry, Valentine, & Kirk, claiming to be creditors of bankrupt for £327. His lordship held that the ruling of Chief Clerk was right, and dismissed the appeal.


The bankrupt was a hotel keeper in Belfast and offered 5s in the pound, which was refused. Alexander Morrow, builder, in Belfast, was examined as to a bond which had been executed to him by the bankrupt, the nature of which, she stated, she did not understand. The case was adjourned to take legal advice as to the bond. .

[Before Judge MILLER.]


THE bankrupt was a stockbroker in Belfast, and had been the defendant in the celebrated case of Cracroft v. Smith. This was the first public sitting. The bankrupt was examined, and deposed that his books could not be found, having been given to his brother antecedent to his arrest in 1874, so that he had no materials with which to furnish his schedules except what he could supply from memory. The final examination was adjourned till the first open day in Term.


The bankrupt was a bill discounter and house agent in Holywood, near Belfast. His transactions amounted to over a hundred thousand a year, and his schedule showed a deficiency of nineteen thousand, his assets being substantially nil. The bankrupt was ordered to furnish a special balance sheet when the case was adjourned.

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PARTICULARS of a, most distressing shipwreck and loss of life have just come to hand. The ill-fated steamer Mongol left Hong Kong for Yokohama, and when in the vicinity of the Nine Pins she struck the rocks, and quickly made water, notwithstanding that the pumps were vigorously worked. The vessel having got clear of the rock, orders were given to make for the shore, but as she was fast sinking the boats were resorted to; two were lowered, and a number of the crew made of in them -- in fact, they were filled before they reached the water. Those remaining on board tried to get another boat drawn, but the water was gaining so much forward, and the vessel [rest missing]

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AN Irishman, who is alleged to have committed a highway robbery in County Armagh some time ago, absconded, and was traced to Govan by the Irish constabulary. Two Irish officers, accompanied by constables belonging to the local force, made a search for the runaway on Friday, which proved successful. Having reason to believe that he was in a lodging-house in Logie Street, they entered it, but the people in charge denied that any one was concealed in the house. the officers could not see their man; but, while they were standing in doubt as to their future proceedings, a dog, which often follows some of the policemen on their beats, and which accompanied the officials on this occasion, ran underneath the bed. A cry was immediately heard, and the Irishman who was wanted crawled out. He was taken to the Police Office, where he said his name was John Thomson, and denied all knowledge of the robbery. Proof was given that his name is James Clifford and that he is a labourer. He was handed over to the Irish authorities.

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IT is rumoured that the Home Rulers intend returning the Rev. Isaac Nelson for the County of Tipperary, instead of Mr. John Mitchel, who has been disqualified.

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IT is stated that Mr. John Martin has resigned his official relations with the Home Rule Association, as inconsistent with his support of Mr. Mitchel.

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WEDNESDAY a most extensive and destructive fire broke out in the sawing mills of Messrs. T. & C. Martin, North Wall. The flames, which covered two large sheds stocked with timber, about 400 feet in length and 100 in breadth, were observed from ten miles distance. The Lord Mayor and several members of the Corporation were present, and gave valuable aid in directing a number of men and the brigade to cut off the fire from attacking the joinery and other stores which were situated near to the mills. The conflagration was discovered at eight o'clock, and before eleven it had destroyed upwards of £40,000 worth of machinery, and had consumed £20,000 worth of timber. It is not known how the fire originated, and the property is stated to be insured for about £100,000. Notwithstanding a heavy shower of snow which fell during the evening several thousands of people congregated at the mills, and during the time conducted themselves in a praiseworthy manner, rendering all the assistance that lay in their power. At twelve o'clock the fire was still burning though much subdued.


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