The Witness - Friday, 6 August, 1875


ATKINSON -- July 31, at 84, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin, the wife of John Atkinson, B.L., of a son.

BRETLAND -- Aug. 2, at Brookvale Avenue, Belfast, the wife of J.C. Bretland, of a son.

CLELAND -- Aug. 5, at 3 Walnut Street, Belfast, the wife of John M. Cleland, of a son.

CRAWFORD -- July 28, at All Saints' Parsonage, Newtowncunningham, the wife of the Rev. Jas. A. Crawford, of a son -- stillborn.

GABBEY -- July 31, at Granville House, The Plains, Belfast, the wife of William Gabbey, of a son.

LLOYD -- July 26, at Garry Castle, the wife of Captain Digby Lloyd, of a daughter.

LOCKHART -- July 29, at The Milltown, Kilroot, the wife of Mr. James Lockhart, of a daughter.

LANGLEY -- July 30, at 20, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin, the wife of George Langley, Esq, J.P., Coalbrook, of a daughter

MENARY -- July 30, at the Ulster Bank, Garvagh, the wife of Samuel Menary, Esq., of a son.

MACKENZIE -- July 26, at Mountgerald, Ross-shire, the wife of Captain Jas. D. Mackenzie, Findon, of a daughter.

M'CUTCHEON -- Aug. 1, at the Irish Woollen Hall, Aughnacloy, the wife of Mr. Wm. M'Cutcheon, T.C., of a son.

SHEA -- Aug. 1, at the Tourmakeady Rectory, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, the wife of the Rev. E. Leathley Shea, of a daughter.

SMALL -- July 30, at the Helenville, Bailieborough, the wife of James Small, Esq., J.P. of a daughter.


BAILEY--ARMSTRONG -- Aug. 4, at Drummully, by Rev. Robert Armstrong, M.A., Clogher, to Eleanor Ormston, sixth Daughter of Robert Armstrong, Esq., Clinrechan House, Clones.

BARTON--M'CLINTOCK -- July 29, at Killea Church, by the Rev. J. G. Ball, uncle of the bride, Baptist Johnston Barton, Esq., J.P., Greenfort, Captain P.W.O. Donegal Militia, late 33rd D.W. Regiment, to Isabel, youngest daughter of the late Robert M'Clintock, Esq., J.P., D.L., Dunmore, Co. Donegal.

DEMPSEY--HARBINSON -- Aug. 2, at Cookstown Roman Catholic Chapel, by the Rev. William Dempsey, C.C., St Peter's Belfast, Mr. Patrick Dempsey, York Street, Belfast, to Fanny, Daughter of John Harbinson, Esq., Cookstown.

FRAME--JORDON -- July 21, at Argyle Place Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. L. Hutchinson, William, son of William Frame, Comber, to Maggie, Daughter of the late Wm. Jordon, Crawfordsburn.

HAZLETT--KNOX -- At the First Presbyterian Church, Garvagh, by the Rev. James Gilmour, Boveedy, uncle to the bride, Mr. Saml. Hazlett, Moneydig, Garvagh, to Miss Nancy Knox, Killyvalley, Garvagh.

NESBITT--ROBINSON -- Aug. 2, At the First Presbyterian Church, Saintfield, by the Rev. Mr. Hamilton, Mr. William Nesbitt, to Martha, eldest daughter of Mr. James Robinson, both of Belfast.

PIKE--UPRICHARD -- July 22, at Friends' Meeting House, Moyallon, Jonathan, eldest son of Richd. Pike, Esq., Beechgrove, Dungannon, to Susan, Daughter of Wm. Uprichard, Esq., Bann Vale, Gilford, Co. Down.

STEPHEN--MURPHY -- July 31, at Frederick Street Wesleyan Church, Belfast, by the Rev. George Alley, Mr. Joseph R. Stephens, to Miss Annie E. Murphy, both of Belfast

WHITE--HODGES -- July 29, at St. John's Church, Malone, Belfast, James White, Muckamore Lodge, Antrim to Ella, eldest daughter of John F. Hodges, M.D., Professor, Queen's College, Belfast.

WILSON--MACRORY -- Aug. 4, at Castlereagh, by the Rev. Williams Rogers, LL.D., Mr. Thomas Wilson, to Susanna Foster, eldest daughter of David Macrory, Esq., Ballymaconaghy.


ABBOTT -- July 2, Louisa, wife of the Rev. D. C. Abbott, A.B., Incumbent of Fivemiletown.

ADAMSON -- July 29, at 12, Rainey Street, Belfast, Rose Ann, daughter of John Adamson, aged 5 years.

AICKEN -- July 29, at 30, Regent Street, Belfast, Mr. Peter Aicken.

ARMSTRONG -- Aug. 1, at his late residence, Balmoral Terrace, Hill Street, Lurgan, the Venerable John Armstrong, Wesleyan minister, in the 87th year of his age, and sixty-first of his ministry.

BECK -- July 30, at Everton House, Ballysillan, near Belfast, Mary, wife of James A. Beck.

CREAGH -- Aug. 1, at 16, St. Stephen's Road, Westbourne Park, London, Lieutenant-General James Creagh, Colonel 34th Regiment, formerly of the 86th (Royal County Down) Regiment.

CLARKE -- Aug. 2, at the residence of his father, Andrew Clarke, Esq., Clones, Dr Saml. Clarke, late Medical Officer of the Drum Dispensary, aged 27 years.

FEARNLEY -- Aug. 3, at Warrenpoint, Margaretta, the beloved daughter of Benjamin L. Fearnley, Esq., aged 18 years.

HENRY -- July 29, at the residence of his mother, 57, Meadow Street, Belfast, John Holmes, youngest son of the late Samuel Henry, aged 11 months.

HALIDAY -- May 27, at Auckland, New Zealand, Lascelles Rogers Haliday, late of Strawberry Hill, Lisburn, youngest son of the late Johnson Haliday, Esq., Belfast, aged 24 years.

LOUGHERY -- Aug. 1, at Shipquay Street, Londonderry, William Loughery, J.P., aged 33 years.

LAWTHER -- July 30, at his residence, Burnside, Dunadry, John Lawther.

M'CARTER -- July 31, at his residence, Ship-quay Street, Londonderry, Thomas M'Carter, senior, aged 74 years.

PORTER -- July 28, at Great Malvern, Worcestershire, the Rev. James Nixon Porter, of Heatley, near Warrington, and formerly of Carrickfergus, aged 59 years.

QUINN -- Aug. 2, at the residence of Mr. Bernard Magee, Glenavna, Whiteabbey, Bernard, son of Mr. Francis Quinn, Belfast, aged 1 year and 6 months.

RUTLIGE -- Aug. 2, at 79, Inkerman Terrace, Belfast, Anne, relict of the late William Rutlige, Esq., C.E., Strabane, Co. Tyrone, in her 85th Year.

STARS -- July 25, Matilda, wife of Jonathan Stars, Tubbermore, aged 31 years.

TYRRELL -- Aug. 1, at 5, Alexandra Terrace, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Anne, wife of Rev. G. W. Tyrrell.

WORDSWORTH -- July 25, at Burton Street, Eaton Square, London, the Rev. John Wordsworth, A.M., Vicar of Brigham and Rector of Plumband, Cumberland, aged 72 years.

WADSWORTH -- Aug. 1, at her residence, Rathgar Road, Co. Dublin, Kate, wife of the Rev. Edward Mayne Wadsworth, late permanent Curate of the Parish of Ballymacarrett, Belfast.


9, Fisherwick Place

Mr. WALTER NEWPORT CAN NOW RECEIVE PUPILS for the ENSUING TERM, in the following Branches:--
SINGING--In the English, Italian, German and French Schools.
JUNIOR PUPILS instructed by thoroughly efficient Assistants, under the direction of the Principle (Theory forming an important part of the instruction.)

SINGING.-- A SELECT PRIVATE CLASS for LADIES on TUESDAYS, at THREE o'clock. The Lessons will include a course of Theoretical and other exercises for the production and development of the Voice, with Solo and Part-singing. Mr. WALTER NEWPORT will attend at 9, FISHERWICK PLACE, on Friday, from TWELVE till FOUR, to give information and receive pupils.

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A GIRL, named Ann Holme, picked up on Monday, in the sea at Cocken, near Barrow, a securely-corked bottle, containing a scrap of newspaper, on which was indistinctly written -- "Gon doun off the coast of Ireland, the steamer Combat, with all hands; Captain Yates." There is no mention of date on which the ship sank, but the writing seems to have been hurriedly done. The paper is much worn and soiled. The girl waded some distance in the water in order to obtain the bottle, which was floating up with the tide.

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MR. PETER O'LEARY, who, as the delegate of the Irish Agricultural Labourers, recently made a tour of several months through Canada, the Red River territory, and the United States, with a view to obtaining reliable information for the guidance of intending emigrants, is about to publish a pamphlet relating his own experiences on this journey, and setting forth the information he obtained in a form which will make it of great value to all who are in any way interested in their subject.

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INTENSE excitement prevailed throughout Kirkcaldy on Saturday evening, on account of an announcement that William Jarvis Harker, the unsuccessful Independent candidate at the late election, has been declared bankrupt. Harker pretended to be a millionaire, boasting that he would spend 20,000 to get into Parliament, and believing him to be a man of means the local printers kept their machinery running day and night in his behalf. The tradesmen suffer heavy loss. Harker's supporters are indignant.


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The Witness - Friday, 13 August, 1875


BEATTY -- August 7, at Dungannon, the wife of John Beatty, of a son.

CRABTREE -- August 25, at Woodville Terrace Belfast, the wife of R.W. Crabtree, of a son.

HANNA -- August 2, at Corkey, the wife of Mr. Henry Hanna, of a daughter.

MATEER -- August 11, at 25, Joy Street Belfast, the wife of the Rev. Samuel Mateer, of Mourne, of a daughter, stillborn.

M'GUINNESS -- August 7, at Bishop Street, Londonderry, the wife of Mr. Samuel M'Guinness, of a son.

MARSHALL -- August 9, at Magheragall Rectory, near Lisburn, the residence of her father, the wife of the Rev. William M. Marshall, M.A., Incumbent of St. Anne's and Painstown, Carlow, of a daughter.

MONTGOMERY -- August 6, at Quinville Terrace, Holywood, the wife of Edward Montgomery, of a son.

SPILLER -- August 8, at 5, Crumlin Terrace, Belfast, the wife of Dan. Fred. Spiller, of a daughter.

THOMPSON -- August 4, at Joymount Bank, Carrickfergus, the wife of William J. Thompson, junior, of a son.


BENNETT--HALLIDAY -- August 10, at Ballycastle Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. George M'Farland, Edward Bennett, Belfast, to Annie M. Halliday, Ballycastle.

CLIFFORD--CUNNINGHAM -- August 9, at the Presbyterian Church, Ballymote, County Sligo, by the Rev. John Dewart, Mr. John Clifford, R.I.C., to Miss. Mary Cunningham, only daughter of John Cunningham, Esq., Bricklieve.

DUNN--KENDRICK--July 22, at St. Barnabas Church, London, by the Rev. Dr. Hesley, James Dunn, Dungiven, County Derry, to Annie, eldest daughter of the late William Kendrick, Old Brompton, London.

FILSON--WARNOCK -- August 5, by special licence, at Ballywhite House, Portaferry, Alexander Filson M.D., to Mary, daughter of John Warnock, Esq.

LOGAN--CUNNINGHAM -- August 5, at Mosside Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Robert M'Conachie, Mr. William Logan, Belfast, to Lizzie, daughter of the late Mr. William Cunningham, Eldervan.

M'DERMOTT--ANDERSON -- August 5, at First Glendermott Presbyterian Church, by the Reverend Thomas Thompson, Mr. Joseph M'Dermott, Tirkievney, to Miss. Susannah Anderson, daughter of Mr. Adam Anderson, of Curryfree.

M'QUILLAN--WOOD -- August 10, by special licence, at the residence of the bride's father, Lorne Terrace, Mountpottinger, Belfast, by the Rev. John Moore, John Hamilton M'Quillan, Larne, to Mary Maude, eldest daughter of Thomas Wood, Esq., formerly of Newry.

PATTERSON--STEVENSON -- August 7, at St. Malachy's Roman Catholic Chapel, by the Rev. Mr. O'Carrell, Mr. Samuel Patterson to Miss Lizzie Stevenson, both of Belfast.

TAAFFE--STEWART -- August 3, in Riverside Presbyterian Church, Newry, by Rev. C.J. Legate, assisted by Rev. J.C. Ferris, Mr. Henry Taaffe, Druggist, Londonderry, to Alice Jane, eldest daughter of Donald Stewart, Esq.


CROSKERY -- August 10, of Scarlatina, at Rossdownie, Waterside, Derry, Thomas, the eldest son of the Rev. Thomas Croskery, aged 12 years.

CRAUFORD -- August 10, at 37 Rigby Road, Belfast, Mr. Robert Crauford.

DOBBIN -- August 9, at Linda Cottage, Dunmurry, Alexander Charles, eighth on of the late Clotworthy Dobbin.

GRANT -- August 2, at Cheltenham, at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Spackman, Mrs. Grant, formerly of Spring Hill, County Derry.

HAMILTON -- August 5, at Drumillar, near Dromore, Mary, relict of the late Mr. John Hamilton, aged 84 years.

LANGLEY -- July 30, the Rev. John Langley, forty five years rector of St. Mary's and St. Leonard's-cum-Scotwell, Wallingford, aged 85 years.

MULHOLLAND -- August 7, at his late residence, Seymour Street, Lisburn, Henry John, eldest son of the late Henry Mulholland, Belfast, formerly of Lisburn.

M'MAHON -- August 7, at Albert Road, Carrickfergus, Mrs. M'Mahon, aged 91 years.

M'ILWAINE -- August 7, at Monkstown, Carnmoney, John M'Ilwaine, aged 66 years.

M'CLELLAN -- August 7, at Ardmore, the residence of Ross T. Smyth, Esq., Alexander Ross, son of Thomas and Matilda M'Clellan, aged 8 years.

M'KNIGHT -- July 28, at Kilkeel, after a few days illness, Elizabeth, the beloved daughter of Mr. George M'Knight, aged 7 years.

PATTERSON -- August 9, at Lismore College, the wife of the Rev. T. Patterson.

PORTER -- August 4, at Elagh House, Isabella, youngest daughter of the late James Porter.

POOLE -- Suddenly, at Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S.A., Sarah, wife of William John Poole, formerly of Belfast, aged 36 years.

VINT -- August 6, at Bangor, James, youngest son of the late John Vint Esq., Eglinton Place, Crumlin Road, Belfast.

WALLACE -- August 1, at Warrenpoint, Mr. James Wallace, Bradox, County Monaghan, aged 48 years.

WARING -- August 8, at his residence, Castlerobin, Richard Waring, aged 84 years.

WARWICK -- August 5, at his residence, Seymour Street, Ballymoney, John Warwick, Esq., aged ?8 years.

WILSON -- August 10, at 4, Wesley Place Belfast, Robert A. Wilson, Editor, Belfast Morning News.


Antrim Road, Belfast.


Mrs. and the Misses BROWN endeavour to combine the comforts and training of a Christian home with a sound and liberal education. They make each individual amongst their Pupils, an object of peculiar care, and seek, by stimulating all to equal diligence, to secure their uniform advancement.

Prospectuses to be had on application.

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This list has just been published, and among the names of the successful competitors are the following:- Robert B. Hull, Belfast; John Whiteside, Belfast; Patrick M'Cullagh, Belfast; John Rafferty, Belfast; William A. Stewart, Londonderry; John Phelan, Belfast; Joseph G. Johnston, Belfast; George Clarke Carter, Belfast; George M'Ghee, Londonderry; Hugh Doherty, Londonderry; William Hugh Ferguson, Belfast; Bernard M'Veigh, Belfast; William Hyde, Belfast; Francis Mullins, Londonderry.

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A disturbance of a rather serious character [-- text unreadable --] having occurred on board the Triumph, one of the Channel Squadron ships, at Devonport. Certain privileges which the men enjoyed under their previous Commodore, have been curtailed, and a seaman's leave was stopped for ten days, because he wore elastic side boots, on the ground that he was not in uniform. He has had his grog stopped and stands two hours by himself. Threats have been uttered and chalked up against the commander, who was recently struck heavily on the leg by a kettle.

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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS were passed at the ANNUAL MEETING of the friends of the GIBRALTAR TRAINING SHIP, held on FRIDAY, 6th August, 1875:

I. -- Moved by the CHAIRMAN (Lord Lurgan); seconded by WILLIAM JOHNSTON, Esq., M.P. --
"That the report now read, with the treasurer's statement, be received, and that it be printed, and circulated among the Subscribers."

II. -- Moved by Dr. PORTER, Moderator of the General Assembly; seconded by Sir THOS. MCCLURE, Bart., V.L. --
"That this meeting is of opinion that the Gibraltar Training Ship, as at present conducted under the Industrial Schools Act, is rendering valuable services to this country, and that it deserves the hearty support, not only of Belfast and the immediately adjoining counties, but of the whole of Ireland."

III. -- Moved by the Lord Bishop of DOWN and CONNOR; seconded by J.T. BRISTOW, Esq. --
"That the sincere thanks of the Subscribers to this institution are due, and hereby given, to Rev. J.W. Dickson and Rev. Robert Crawford for their voluntary services as chaplains to the boys on board the Gibraltar, and for the great interest they have taken in their spiritual welfare."

IV. -- Moved by Sir CHARLES LANYON, J.P.; seconded by JAMES SHARMAN CRAWFORD, Esq., M.P. --
"That the thanks of this meeting be given to Captain Kerby and Mrs. Kerby, and the officers of the ship, to the Executive Committee, and to all the friends who have, by their personal exertions and their gifts, rendered valuable aid to this institution during the past year."

V. -- Moved by E.J. HARLAND Esq., J.P., Chairman Belfast Harbour Commissioners; seconded by JAMES ALEXANDER, Esq., J.P. --
"That the following gentlemen be appointed as the Executive Committee for present year:- Henry H. M'Neile, Esq., J.P., Parkmount; W.T.B. Lyons, Esq., D.L., J.P., Brookhill; John Young, Esq., D.L., J.P., Galgorm Castle; Sir James Hamilton, J.P., Belfast; Captain R.C. Thomson, J.P., Castleton; John Shelly, Esq., Collector of Customs, Belfast; Patrick Ewing, Esq., Glendhu, Belfast; Joseph J. Murphy, Esq., Oldforge; A. Dent, Esq., Secretary of Marine Board."
LURGAN, Chairman.
J.T. BRISTOW, Secretary.

It was then moved by JOHN YOUNG Esq., D.L., J.P. --
"That Lord Lurgan leave the chair, and that Wm. Johnston, M.P. for Belfast, take it, and that the thanks of this meeting be given to Lord Lurgan for his dignified and proper conduct in the chair and to Lady Lurgan for her kindness in being present and distributing the prizes."
W. JOHNSTON, Chairman.
J.T. BRISTOW, Secretary.

Belfast, August 6, 1875.

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The ship Samuel Plimsoll and the barque Eureka collided, about twenty miles west of the Lizard, on Friday night, during a dense fog. The barque sank after the collision, and a Falmouth pilot and two men were drowned. The rest of the crew were saved by the Plimsoll's boats.

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SWIMMING RACES AT PORTRUSH. -- Yesterday, a couple of most interesting and well contested swimming races came off under the auspices of the now well-known Blue Pool Club, here. For the first or junior race, over a course of 150 yards, there were four entries, which, after a brisk competition, ended as follows:-- Arthur Richardson, 1; H. Raphael, 2; H. Wilson, 3; Pitt Greer, 4. The course for the send or senior race, in which almost all the most noted swimmers of the club entered, was a distance of 600 yards. There were nine competitors, who came in in the following order:- Hugh Stevenson, 1 (time, 5 min. 15 sec.) ; W. Richardson, 2 (time 5 min. 20 sec.) ; R. Raphael, 3 ; D. Stevenson, Isaac Stevenson, Rev. Isaac Warren, R.K. Knox, LL.D, L. Creery, A. Dobbs. In the first race Dr. Moore acted as judge, and Wm. Richardson, Esq., as starter; in the second the judges were Dr. H.M. Johnston and R. Gunning Esq., and Dr. Moore as starter. A very large number of the visitors who are present staying at Portrush witnessed the races from the shore.

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FIRE. -- A fire broke out yesterday evening about eight o'clock on the premises occupied by Messrs. R. & S. Livingstone and Company, hat manufacturers, Rosemary Street, Belfast. On the arrival of the brigade, flames were found to be issuing through the roof and windows in the upper storey, but a good supply of water having been laid on, they were soon extinguished, and in a short time the brigade returned to the station. The damage done is trifling, and the place, we believe, is insured.

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THREE drivers of artillery were struck by lightning at Woolwich on Saturday while sheltering themselves under a tree. One of them was killed, and the others are severely injured.


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The Witness - Friday, 20 August, 1875


ASHE -- Aug. 10, at 3, Bayview Terrace, Derry, the wife of Mr. Isaac Ashe, M.D., of a son.

BRADSHAW -- August 13, at 29, College Square North, Belfast, the wife of Isaac Bradshaw, of a daughter.

CROOKS -- Aug. 17, at Model Farm Cottage, Larne, the wife of W. J. Crooks, of a daughter.

CONNELL -- August 12, at Bellevue, Holywood, the wife of James Connell, of a son.

CONREN -- August 12, the wife of Wm. Conren, Esq., Rathdowney, of twins.

CARSWELL -- Aug. 14, at No. 2, McClure Terrace, Belfast, Mrs. Allan Carswell, of a son.

FALKINER -- August 13, at Mountjoy Square, Dublin, the wife of F. R. Falkiner, Esq., Q.C., of a daughter.

GILMOUR -- August 10, at the Manse, Mountjoy, Omagh, the wife of the Rev. John Gilmour, of a son.

JOHNSTON -- Aug. 16, at 28, Frederick Terrace, Belfast, the wife of Edward Johnston, of a daughter.

KIRKPATRICK -- Aug. 17, at the Bank House, Ballycastle, Mrs. H. C. Kirkpatrick, of a son.

LYNAS -- Aug. 16, at the residence of her father, 33, Point Street, Larne, the wife of Thomas Lynas, of a son.

M'CLURE -- August 15, at 1, Ullswater Terrace, Belfast, the wife of Samuel M'Clure, Esq., of a daughter.

M'CLELLAND -- Aug. 16, at The Park, Dunmurry, Co. Antrim, the wife of Robert M'Clelland, jun., Esq., of a son.

M'KENZIE -- Aug. 15, at Castle Street, Lisburn, the wife of Mr. Alexander M'Kenzie, of a daughter.

REID -- Aug. 17, at 16, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Joseph Reid, of a daughter.

SHAW -- Aug. 13, at The Hill, Carryduff, Mrs. David Shaw, of a son.

YOUNG -- Aug. 18, at Chlorine House, Malone Road, Belfast, the wife of Thomas Young, Ashgrove, Lisburn, of a son.


ARMSTRONG--LILBURN -- August 13, at the Donacloney Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. James Moorehead, D.D., James, eldest son of Mr. John Armstrong, Drumnaferry, to Anna Jane, second daughter of Mr. William Lilburn, Garrotross, Moira, Co. Down.

BROWN--HILL -- August 10, at First Islandmagee Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. John Stuart, Mr. James Brown, Baloo, Islandmagee, to Annie, daughter of Mr. Thomas Hill, Ballytober.

BURGESS--MOORE -- Aug. 18, in the Presbyterian Church, Killucan, by the Rev. John Rainey, Mr. Richard N. Burgess, of London, to Margaret, second daughter of the late Mr. David Moore, of Killucan.

DEENS--HALL -- August 10, at First Armagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. W. J. Brown, Mr. Robert Deens, Damoily, to Miss Jane Hall, Conneen.

EMERY--COULTER -- Aug. 13, at Pettigo Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. I. Donaldson, Mr. Alex. Emery, Elswick Terrace, to Sarah Ann, daughter of Mr. Robert Coulter, Glengarrow, Co. Fermanagh.

JOHNSTON--BOYD -- Aug. 13, at St. Luke's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Wm. Cotter, Incumbent, Hugh Johnston, Ashmore Street, Belfast, to Catherine, second daughter of Mr. James Boyd, Ardmore, Co. Derry, late of Antwerp, Belgium.

LEES--DAVISON -- August 11, at Anaghmore Church, by the Rev. S. Hutchinson, Incumbent, Thomas H. Lees, Esq., Boothtown Mills, Halifax, to Lydia, second daughter of James Davison, Esq., Ardress, Loughgall, County Armagh.

M'CONNELL--M'CORMICK -- August 14, at Clifton Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. John Mecredy, William M'Connell, Belfast, to Margaret, eldest daughter of James M'Cormick, Ballymacreely, Killinchy, Co. Down.

REFORD--SURGINOR -- Aug. 14, at the Presbyterian Church, High Street, Antrim, by the Rev. John H. Orr, Lewis Reford, to Annie Surginor, both of Antrim.

WALSHE--GIBSON -- Aug. 18, at the First Presbyterian Church, Donaghadee, by the Rev. George Hughes, William Wilson Walshe, Parkgate, to Sarah, eldest surviving daughter of Martin Gibson, Esq., Newtownards.

VANDERKISTE--BROWN -- Aug. 13, at St. Enoch's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. H. Hanna, Robert W. C. Vanderkiste, Esq., to Eliza H. Brown.


BURNS -- August 12, at 29, Welsh Street, Belfast, Hugh Burns, aged 66 years.

BEATTY -- May 18, at Ballarat, Australia, Eliza Jane, wife of Andrew Beatty, formerly of Kilwarlin, Hillsborough, Co. Down.

CROZIER -- Aug. 15, at 20 Denmark Street, Belfast, Isabella Crozier, aged 22 years.

DUNBAR -- Aug. 12, at Woburn, Donaghadee, Co. Down, George Dunbar, Esq., aged 75 years.

FERRIS -- August 11, at his residence, Spring Grove, Londonderry, John Ferris, aged 70 years.

KIRK - Aug. 16, at Thornfield, Carrickfergus, Ellen, eldest daughter of the late Peter Kirk, Esq., D.L., for many years M.P. for Carrickfergus.

MINNIS -- Aug. 1?, at the residence of her father, R. Thompson, Killinchy, Elizabeth J. Minnis.

MITCHELL -- Aug. 14, at the Manse, Coneywarren, Omagh, Margaret Orr, wife of the Rev. Josias Mitchell.

MOULDS -- At 8, Botanic Avenue, Belfast, William Moulds.

MONTGOMERY -- Aug. 14, at 63, Clanbrassil Terrace, Mountpottinger, Belfast, Georgina Edmonds, infant daughter of Samuel Montgomery.

M'MEEKIN -- Aug. 15, at the residence of his son-in-law, Samuel Blair, Dobbsland, Samuel M'Meekin, aged 86 years.

M'CLURE -- August 8, at the Infirmary, Belfast, Charles M'Clure, aged 66 years.

M'CLURE -- Aug. 17, at 38, Upton Street, Belfast, William John M'Clure, aged 30 years.

M'KAY -- Aug. 17, at his father's residence, 8, Warkworth Street, Belfast, James, second son of John M'Kay, aged 20 years.

QUINN -- August 13, at 33, Hopewell Street, Belfast, Rose A. Quinn, relict of Wm. Quinn, late of Glenavy.

ROGERS -- Aug. 15, at Dundalk, Margaret Gardner, the beloved wife of Wm. Robert Rogers, jun., Esq.

STEED -- August 11, at 19, Eliza Street, Belfast, Thomas, fourth son of William Steed.

SIMPSON -- August 11, at 17, Mill Street, Whitehaven, Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. Mathew A. Simpson, formerly of Belfast, aged 4 years.

SMITH -- Aug. 14, at Riverland, Omagh, the Rev. George Sidney Smith, D.D., ex-F.T.C.D., Rector of Drumragh, Omagh, Canon of St. Columb's Cathedral, Derry, and Professor of Biblical Greek in Trinity College, Dublin, aged 69 years.



Ten human beings in a room barely 13 feet long by 7 broad; seven sleeping in one bed, and a younger member of the family in a hencoop; misery not a degree removed from starvation abounding within, and a dunghill of putrefied matter, from which arises a horrible stench, without. Such is the painful story told by one of the sub-sanitary officers of the union of a family living on the roadside near Moyreisk. The house, a mud edifice, was in a tottering condition, and supported by props; the roof was only one in name, incapable of resisting the weather, so decayed and riddled with holes; the walls, unfurnished and unwashed, momentarily threatened destruction to the poor creatures who sought their protection. The household property consisted of a bed, a hen coop, and a few other wretched articles not worth naming. The mother and children were wretchedly clad, one child being quite naked. The cabin was tenanted only at night; the common highway was their home during the day. The only visible means of support for the starving mass was the outdoor relief allowed them by the guardians, which could not answer the letter, and barely fulfilled the spirit of its purpose. -- Clare Journal.

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The Prince and Princess of Wales visited Sheffield on Monday and met with an enthusiastic reception. The occasion was the opening of a new park in the town. The Royal party were the guests of the mayor. 15,000 children sang a hymn on the occasion. In the evening there was a grand ball and lavish illuminations.


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The Witness - Friday, 27 August, 1875


BARCROFT -- Aug. 23, at Lower Darkley, Co. Armagh, the wife of Thomas M. Barcroft, of a son.

BELL -- Aug. 24, at Botanic Cottage, Belfast, the wife of G.A.S. Bell, Esq., Belmount, Co. Tyrone, of a daughter.

BROWN -- Aug. 23, at 7, Tudor Place, Belfast, the wife of John Brown, of a daughter.

FIDDES -- Aug. 22, at 13, Rugby Road, Belfast, Mrs. M.J. Fiddes, of a son.

HOPKINS -- Aug. 11, at Fair Green, Dundalk, the wife of Mr. James Hopkins, of a daughter.

LOWE -- Aug. 18, at Desert Rectory, Garvagh, the wife of the Rev. Wm. Lowe, of a daughter.

MILLIGAN -- Aug. 18, at Fort William Park, Belfast, the wife of Seaton F. Milligan, of a daughter.

ROBSON -- Aug. 20, at Clarindee Park, Kingstown, the wife of James Smylie Robson, Esq., of a son -- stillborn.


ANDERSON--M'CRORY -- Aug.21, at Ballymacarrett Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. John Meneely, James, son of Mr. Jas. Anderson, Comber, to Mary Jane, daughter of Mr. James M'Crory, Mountpottinger.

CRORY--M'CAMMON -- Aug.18, at the First Presbyterian Church, Armagh, by the Rev. James Fleck, David James, youngest son of the late Rev. Samuel Crory, Presbyterian Minister, Drumlough, Dromore, County Down, to Sarah, youngest daughter of Mr. William M'Cammon, Ballynahone, Armagh.

LAWRENCE--JOHNSTON -- Aug.14, at the Methodist Church, Ormeau Road, by Rev. Robert G. Jones, Geo. Lawrence, to Mary Jane Johnston, both of Belfast.

LAMONT--M'BRIDE -- Aug. 19, at the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey, by the Rev. Mr. Moody, Mr. Alexander Lamont, to Miss. Nancy M'Bride, both of Tullygrawley.

M'CAY--M'CAW -- Aug. 23, at Hill Street Presbyterian Church, Lurgan, by the Rev. C.W. Kennedy, George M'Cay, Esq., Moira, to Lizzie, daughter of Anthony M'Caw, Esq., Moira.

M'COMBE--M'CLUNE -- Aug. 20, at Castlereagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Dr. Rogers, Mr. Joseph M'Combe, printer, Belfast, to Rachel, youngest daughter of Mr. Samuel M'Clune, Woodstock Road, Belfast.

NELSON--M'GRATH -- Aug. 21, at St. James's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Mr. Harding, Maurice, eldest son of Mr. Alexander Nelson, Rams Island, to Mary, second daughter of the late Mr. Edward M'Grath, Dromore, Co. Down.

WEIR--WOOD -- Aug.18, in the Presbyterian Church, Cullybackey, by the Rev. W.J. Brown, Redrock, Armagh, brother in law to the bride, John, eldest so of James Weir, Esq., Ahoghill, to Jeannie, youngest daughter of the late James Wood, Esq., Hillhead, Cullybackey.


ARMSTRONG -- Aug. 22, at Seaview Terrace, Holywood, John Earnshaw, son of the Rev. A. Armstrong.

BEATTY -- Aug. 21, at Annahilt, Wm. Brotherston, eldest son of the Rev. Wm. Beatty, Gogo, India, aged 7 years.

CARSON -- Aug. 20, at 42, Elm Street, Belfast, Emily and Minnie, daughters of Mr. Jas. Carson, aged respectively 10 and 6 years.

CLELAND -- Aug. 24, at 3 Walnut Street, Belfast, the infant son of John M. Cleland.

DOUGLAS -- Aug. 22, at Ladybridge, Moira, Charlotte, relict of the late Jon Douglas, aged 63 years.

GRAY -- Aug. 24, at his residence, Dunadry, Mr. John Gray, aged 74 years.

HEWITT -- Aug. 18, at 55, North Thomas Street, Belfast, Ellen Jane, youngest daughter of Mr. John Hewitt, aged 6 months.

KINAHAN -- Aug. 19, the Rev. John Kinahan, A.M., Incumbent of Feakle, Co. Clare, aged 89 years.

KERNAGHAN -- Aug. 25, at 8, Weaver Street, Belfast, Joseph, the beloved son of Mr. John Kernaghan, aged 15 years.

LAWSON -- Aug. 20, at his residence, Corry Square, Newry, Mr. Wm. H. Lawson, Principal of Newry School.

M'CONKEY -- Aug. 20, at Cloverhill, Crumlin, Agnes, wife of Mr. Daniel M'Conkey, aged 30 years.

M'CAUGHIN -- Aug. 24, at his residence, Ballymaconley, Enos M'Caughin, aged 87 years.

MORROW -- Aug. 16, while bathing in Carnlough Bay, Mr. Patrick Morrow, formerly of Belfast, aged 68 years.

SHERIDAN -- Aug. 17, of croup, at the residence of her parents, Drumcaw, Seaforde, Co. Down, Sarah Sheridan, aged 8 years.



The barque Argosy, of Shoreham, which sailed from South Shields, last December, coal laden, for the Mauritius, commanded by Captain Thomas Parker, of South Shields, not having been seen or heard since a few days after sailing, is now given up as lost with all hands, the belief being she foundered in heavy gales experienced shortly after sailing. The captain's wife was aboard with him. She was the daughter of Mr. Stewart, Customs Inspector, North Shields. The captain and wife were young people, he being 28 and she 26.

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In re Matthew Holland

DUBLIN, MONDAY. -- The bankrupt was a farmer in the County Armagh, and the case came before the Court to set aside an order in bankruptcy made in October last, on the ground that no act of bankruptcy had been committed. The petitioning creditor was the Rev. Mr. Glenny, of Newry, who held the bankrupt's promisory note for 180, which note was dishonoured when it came to maturity, prior to which, bankrupt emigrated to America, having prviously surrendered his farm to defeat, as was alleged his creditors. Subsequently bankrupt was left a legacy of 400, when he paid his creditors twenty shillings in the pound. Judge Mller directed that the bankruptcy should be annulled, each party to bear his own costs.

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The return of the Registrar-General for the week ending August 12 has just been issued, and it shows that the health of Belfast has been comparatively good. During that week, the total number of births registered were 120, and deaths 75. Of the latter, 26 died in one year; one resulted from small-pox, 2 from scarlatina, and 1 from violence, making an average death rate of 21 per 1,000 inhabitants; while in Dublin the rate was 18, in Cork 33, Limerick 28, Derry 24 and Waterford 25. Diarrhoea appears to have caused 11 deaths in Belfast, which is unusually large. Cork is tabulated as having the highest mortality rate. There the births were 47 and deaths 58, but six of the latter were from violence, and no less than twenty-one inquests were held during the week. The weekly returns are, however, so irregular, that it requires a larger average than a week to furnish any standard of the real death rate of the community.

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The Paris correspondent of the Times telegraphs:-- The Consul-General of Equador has received a despatch from Panama, stating that General Gabriel Garcia Moreno, President of the Republic of Equador, has been assassinated. General Moreno has just been re-elected president for five years, and was to have come into office on the 15th of the present month. No details are known, but it is supposed that the executive power will be taken by General Salazar, formerly resident minister of Equador in France and England, and now Minister of War in the Republic. General Moreno was strongly supported by the Jesuits, who have great influence in Equador. This may possibly give a clue to the reason of his assassination. At the same time, it should be remarked that the despatch giving the news is from Panama, and not Guayaquil, the chief port of Equador.

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CARRICKFERGUS, TUESDAY. -- Yesterday the Channel Squadron left Lough Swilly for Belfast Lough. The progress round the coast from Portrush was very slow, the first signs of their approach to our Lough being shortly after five o'clock this morning, when the huge hulks and the peculiar rig -- the sails being set -- gave the spectators who were astir at so early an hour to understand that a few of England's ironclads were approaching on their visit to us. They arrived at ebb tide, and so did not come up to the Fleet anchorage at Carrick roads, but came to below Bangor, much to the disappointment of the inhabitants here. Indeed the distance at which the squadron is anchored from this town, detracts considerably from their visit. They are just visible and little more. It was expected that they would have come up to the proper anchorage with the flood-tide, but, on inquiry from some of the officers who came ashore, I am informed it is not their intention to come any farther up the Lough. The Squadron is under the command of Vice-Admiral Sir J. Walter Tarleton K.C.B., and consists of the Warrior (flagship), Iron Duke, Vanguard, Achilles, Hector and Penelope. The Defence was left at Lough Swilly, that being one of her stations, Galway being the other. The following tenders are in attendance:-- Gunboat Cromer, steam-tender Amelia and cutter Victoria.

The vessels of the Squadron will be open to visitors during their stay in the Lough, and the arrangements for conveying visitors to and from are complete. At a quarter to twelve o'clock the first batch of visitors to the Fleet left in the Shamrock. A brass band was on board, and a good display of bunting was made. The quay was crowded with spectators as the Shamrock steamed off, and the two others, the Erin and Palmerston followed shortly afterwards. These steamers will ply regularly between the quay and the vessels during the day. Up to the present time it is estimated that nearly 1,500 have gone down, and, as the weather is beautifully fine, there is every prospect that the sail will be most enjoyable.

Tuesday night a man named Hugh Brady, of Governor Street, Belfast, was taken before Robert Alexander, Esq., J.P., Carrickfergus, and charged with being drunk and disorderly on board the Iron Duke, and using abusive and filthy language to the commander and other officers.Having refused to leave the vessel, he was taken hold of by several marines and thrown bodily out of her into one of the steamers. Fined in 10s or a week in jail.

CARRICKFERGUS, WEDNESDAY.-- The waters of the Lough were considerably troubled today, owing to a pretty stiff breeze. The war vessels have all their topgallantmasts housed, and very few of the men are to be seen ashore here this forenoon. From the tempestuous state of the day, and the great distance of the Squadron from Belfast and Carrick, it is feared that the visitors will be very few. The vessels lie some six miles from this town, a most unusual distance, and the long sea voyage will certainly prevent many who would wish to visit them from doing so.


CARRICKFERGUS, WEDNESDAY.-- Yesterday evening at nine o'clock, Dr. Taggart, coroner for the borough of Carrickfergus, and a respectable jury, were conveyed on board the Vanguard, to hold an inquest on the body of Ignatius Nolan. Commander Tandy, Surgeon Keenan, and two of the seamen were examined. It appeared from the evidence that deceased was nineteen years of age, a native of Dublin, three months on board as a blue jacket, and that he met his death yesterday forenoon by falling a distance of 140 feet to the deck, having overreached himself while furling the sails. Death resulted from fracture of the base of the skull and dislocation of the neck. He will be interred today at two o'clock in the New Cemetery of this town. While falling, he came into contact with a coastguard, who received several serious injuries, but he will recover.

Belfast, Thursday.

This morning the steamers left as usual with a large proportion of the day's visitors. The weather was rather prejudicial to the pleasure-seekers, but, after a smart shower, they were favoured with bright sunshine. Yesterday the Warrior and the Achilles were besieged with visitors from Belfast. The Shamrock plied to the former vessel, and the Erin and the Palmerton to the latter. On boarding the men-of-war the strangers were shown all that was interesting to the uninitiated to see, the make and movements of the armaments were explained, and great pains were taken by both officers and blue-jackets to add to the pleasure of their guests. Later in the day the hospitality of the tars was availed of, and after tea, biscuits, cheese etc., were provided, dancing and singing were indulged in. Towards five o'clock, all were prepared to return to Belfast, but the steamboat accommodation was entirely insufficient to bring them back. After eight p.m. only one vessel plied to and fro at intervals of several hours, and when she came alongside the crushing and pushing was dangerously uncomfortable. Several females fainted, but swooning was not confined, as it usually is, to the fairer sex, but the strong nature of man succumbed to exhaustion and weakness. After dark many were desponding of getting home at all that night, and might have suffered from cold and want of refreshment had it not been for the generosity of the officers and men, who provided them with all the enjoyments of life which their nautical mess provided. When the Palmerston hove in sight at twelve o'clock to bring home the last batch, many of the visitors were comfortably in bed, others were parading the decks, and the remainder were enjoying supper. The Palmerston then started at 12.55, and reached Belfast at 1.55am. Great indignation was felt, and even expressed on the passage at the arrangements made for the trips, and much uneasiness was felt by their friends on shore at their long absence.

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PORTSMOUTH, TUESDAY MORNING.-- The Grinder Gort tug, with the divers' boats in tow, left the harbour this morning for the scene of the wreck. The hull having yesterday been cleared, the attempt is to be made this morning to raise the ill-fated Mistletoe. The sea is smooth, and with low tide there appears to be every probability of the operation being successful. Should the Mistletoe be brought to the surface, she will be brought into harbour with all despatch.

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WHITEHOUSE, THURSDAY.- This morning, at eleven o'clock, James Green and Andrew Smith were brought up in custody at a special Petty Sessions, before Sir Edward Coey, J.P.; Sir Chas. Lanyon, J.P.; Jas. Thompson, Esq., J.P.; and R.C. Thompson, Esq., J.P., charged with unlawfully shooting, on the night of the 19th inst., at William Kelly and Samuel McIlwrath, with intent, then, there, and thereby, feloniously, willfully and of their malice aforethought, the said William Kelly and Samuel McIlwrath to kill and murder, against the order of the statute. Mr. James McLean prosecuted and Mr. Harper defended the prisoners. From the informations of the wounded persons, it appears that they, in company with Thomas Higgins and Robert Thompson, were passing the garden of Green on the night of the 19th inst., at nine o'clock, on their way to Whitewell. Hearing some slight noise in the garden, they stopped and looked through the hedge, when, immediately afterwards, they heard the discharge of a gun, part of the contents of which lodged in the head and persons of Kelly and McIlwrath. The injured man Kelly was not in court, a certificate having been produced from the senior surgeon of the Belfast Royal Hospital certifying that he could not pronounce his life out of danger.

After the examination of Constable Terrence Donaghey, which contained nothing material,

Mr. McLean applied for a remand till this day week, when further evidence would be tendered.

He prisoner Smith was allowed out on bail, himself in 100, and two sureties in 50 each, but the bench unanimously decided against admitting Green to bail.


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