The Witness - Friday, 6 March, 1914


MOFFETT -- Feb. 22, 1914, at Leaburst, Douglas Road, Cork, to Mr. and Mrs. John Moffett -- a son.

MOORE -- Feb. 27, 1914, at Glasleck Manse, Shercock, to the Rev. F. and Mrs. Moore -- a son.


WILSON--CHAMBERS -- Feb. 28, at Seacombe Presbyterian Church, Cheshire, by Rev. C. C. Lundie, B.A., Rev. Samuel Wilson, B.A., Carryduff, to Fanny Chambers, widow of Dr. Robert Chambers. At home at the Manse, Tuesday and Wednesday, 5th and 6th May.


CUMING -- Feb. 26, 1914, at his residence, Fort Hill House, Ballymagarrick, William Cuming, for many years ruling elder of Drumbo Presbyterian Church. The remains of my beloved husband were interred on Saturday, 28th Feb, in the family burying-ground, Ballylesson. MATILDA CUMING.

MOORE -- Feb. 23, 1914, at his residence, Harryville, Ballymena, William Moore, Builder and Contractor, in his 78th year. His remains were interred, in the family burying-ground, at Ahoghill, on the 25th February. American papers please copy. Inserted by his Son and Daughters.

ARCHIBALD -- March 4, at Ballyvaisey, Carnmoney, Sarah Archibald, late of Whitehead.

BLACK -- March 1, at 5, Lansdowne Crescent, Portrush, John Greer Black, Major R.A.M.C., aged 55 years.

CARSON -- Feb. 27, at Coolsythe, William T. (Willie), son of Thomas Carson.

CARSON-- Feb. 28, at Emerald Hill, Whiteabbey, John, husband of Jennie Carson.

CAUGHLEY -- Feb. 27, at his father's residence, Coolsythe, Randalstown, William T. (Willie), son of Thomas Carson.

COOKE -- Feb. 26, at 46, William Street, Newtownards, John Caughley.

COOKE -- Feb. 26, at 98, Melrose Street, Lisburn Road, Mary Cooke.

DAVIDSON -- March 1, at Drumnaduff, Upper Ballinderry, Co. Antrim, Mary Jane, wife of the late John Davidson.

DAVISON -- March 4, at Lakeview Cottage, Stewartstown, Jane Davison.

FINLAY -- Feb. 28, at Killough, Mary, relict of the late Hugh Finlay, in her 71st year.

FINLAY -- March 3, at Croydon Villa, Rosetta Avenue, Jane, widow of the late William Finlay, in her 86th year.

FOSTER -- March 1, at Cottown, Mary Jane, widow of the late William Foster, aged 76 years.

HARPER -- Feb. 14, at the General Hospital, Winnipeg, Mary Jane, wife of Samuel Harper (formerly resident at Whitehouse, Belfast).

HAZELTON -- March 2, at Old Forge, Dunmurry, William Douglas Hazelton.

KING -- March 2, at 43, Cromwell Road, Robert Ernest (Bertie), youngest son of John King.

MISKIMMIN -- Feb. 27, at Altmore Street, Glenarm, Agnes, relict of the late Rev. John Miskimmin, of Greyabbey.

M'CREADY -- March 4, at 53, Victoria Road, Bangor, Agnes, widow of the late William M'Cready.

M'ILREE -- March 1, at 47, Brunswick Road, Bangor, Agnes M'Ilree, third daughter o James M'Ilree.

QUIGLEY -- Feb. 27, at the Infirmary, Antrim, Matthew Quigley.

REYNOLDS -- March 1, at his late residence, 25, Malone Avenue, Belfast, Alexander Walker, the beloved husband of Jessie B. Reynolds.

DOWNEY -- Feb. 27, at her residence, Glenview, Markethill, Rebecca, beloved wife of William Downey. Deeply regretted.

SCOTT -- March 4, at Sunnybank, Seacliffe Road, Bangor, Mary M., widow of the late David Scott, Holyrood, Malone Road, Belfast.

SWAIL -- March 2, at Killough, George Moore, husband of Helen Swail.

WILSON -- Feb. 26, at Newtownards Infirmary, Annie, wife of John Wilson, late of Crawfordsburn.

WILSON -- March 3, at 20, Bow Street, Lisburn, Elizabeth (Lily), fourth daughter of William Wilson.

In Memoriam

WALLACE -- In loving memory of Jane Annie, wife of Campbell Wallace, who died 2nd March, 1910.




At Monday's meeting of the Belfast Corporation the Lard Mayor (Councillor R. J. M'Mordie, M.P.) presented the Royal Humane Society's medal and certificate to Corporal Archibald Lappin, of the 39th Company of the Boys' Brigade, for gallantry. His Lordship stated that on Friday evening, 21st November, as the ss. Heroic was leaving Donegall Quay for Liverpool a passenger named Robert M'Cormick overbalanced and fell from the vessel's deck into the water. A friend of M;Cormick's sprang from the quay to help him, but himself got into difficulties, and was unable to effect anything. At this juncture Lappin, who was on the quay seeing - a friend off to Canada -- where too many young men were going -- dived, fully clothed, to the rescue, and supported both men until picked up by a boat. That was a feat that comparatively few of mature age could accomplish, and when they got a lad of fifteen years performing such gallant conduct they looked upon it as something phenomenal. (Applause.)

His Lordship then pinned the medal on to the lad's breast, and presented him with the certificate.

Mr. S. J. Platt, commanding the company with which Lappin is connected, thanked the Lord Mayor for his kindness, and Mr. James Brabazon on behalf of the Royal Humane Society, also returned thanks.



It is with regret that we report the death of Mr. William Cuming, senior elder of Drumbo Presbyterian Church, which took place at his residence, Fort Hill House, Ballymagarrick, on the 26th ult. Mr. Cuming was one of the most useful men that the community in which he lived and the church to which he belonged have ever had; his life of eighty-five years being, as it was, brave, noble, and strenuous, and lived to His glory of God and for the good of his fellowmen. He was the friend of all, and he had no enemies. To his sorrowing wife and family of three sons our sympathy is extended in this their time of loss and hour of bereavement.

The following minute has just been adopted by the church of which Mr. Cuming was a life-long and time-honoured member -- "We, the session and committee of Drumbo Presbyterian Church, desire to place on record our keen sense of the great loss sustained by our church in the passing of our beloved brother William Cuming, the senior member of both courts of this church, and who so faithfully served the congregation as an elder for the prolonged term of over fifty years. 'He was a good man, full of faith, and of the Holy Ghost.' One of the kindliest and most sympathetic of men, he was a frequent and most welcome visitor in the chamber of the sick and afflicted. His intense interest in every good cause found expression in various ways. In the Sabbath school his abundant labours were ever characterised by unbounded enthusiasm, and of the young people who came under his influence in this way there are hundreds who today 'arise and call him blessed.' Besides this, he exercised his gift as a preacher by conducting Gospel services with great acceptance throughout the district. Indeed, he made his strong Christian personality felt in every department of the church's life and work, insomuch that he was regarded by many as the father of the congregation of Drumbo; and not alone within the bounds of his own congregation but throughout the Church at large could his interest and support be relied upon. While, therefore, fully sensible of our loss, we at the same time place on record our gratitude to Almighty God for the example of a life so noble and consecrated, and for the inspiration we have drawn from our fellowship and co-operation with a man who so fully exemplified the spirit of that Master whose he was and whom he served."

The funeral took place on Saturday last, the 28th ult. to the family burying-ground in Ballylesson Cemetery. The services in the home and at the graveside were conducted by the Rev. Joseph Cordner, B.D. (Drumbo) and the Rev. S. J. Clarke, B.A., Ballycairn Church.



Much regret will be felt over a wide area at the death of Mr. Alexander Walker Reynolds, which occurred on Sunday morning at his residence, 25, Malone Avenue, Belfast, after a protracted illness. Mr. A. W. Reynolds was a son of the late Mr. James Reynolds, founder of the firm of Messrs. James Reynolds & Company, Limited, Linfield Foundry, and at an early age entered his father's business. In conjunction with his brothers, James and Robert, he has by integrity, industry, and sagacity been a large factor in the steady growth and development of the firm's extensive trade as manufacturers of flax and rope spinning machinery, &c. He was an earnest and generous member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, an elder in the Chancellor Memorial congregation, and deeply and actively interested in Sabbath-school temperance, and mission work at home and abroad. Much sympathy will be felt with his bereaved relatives in the loss of a tender and loving husband, father, and brother.

The remains of the late Mr. Reynolds were removed from his residence on Tuesday, and interred in the City Cemetery. The high esteem in which the deceased was held was testified to by the large and representative attendance. The chief mourners were -- Messrs. James Reynolds (son), W. F. Reynolds, Jamas Reynolds, and Robert Reynolds (brothers), and Charles Stewart (brother-in-law). The service in the house was conducted by the Rev. Prof. Kennedy, and at the graveside the Rev. Professor Lynd officiated. The coffin was covered with exquisite floral tributes. The funeral arrangements were entrusted to Messrs. Melville & Co., Ltd., Townsend Street, and were excellently carried out.




When Mrs. Rutherford and Miss Tweed, residents of No. 1, York Villa, [White-?-] returned from church on Sunday evening they were amazed to find that the house had been ransacked in a thorough and systematic manner, and quite a large haul of [jewelry] and money taken.

The death took place at Magherafelt Workhouse on Monday evening of an inmate named [-?-] Heybourn, who may have rightly been regarded as the last of the Irish giants, having attained the extraordinary height of [ten] feet. He was a familiar figure in the market towns of South Derry until quite recently.

A farmer named Larry Connolly, Connor, [-?-] Ballybay and Castleblayney, was accidentally shot dead on Saturday morning. It would appear that deceased was taking out his gun to shoot at magpies, and struck the gun out at a hen that was laying on a bag of [-?-] when the gun went off, lodging the shot [-?-] man's stomach.

[-?-es] H. Stephens, Dromore Street, [-?-dge], and Samuel Barr, arrested on [-?-], the former with procuring and setting fire to his dwelling-house at Ballycross, with intent to defraud an insurance company and the latter with setting fire to the [-?-] were remanded till Tuesday next, [-?-] being allowed -- Stephens in 100 and [-?-] sureties of 39 each, and Barr in 10 and two sureties of 5 each.

An inquest was held at Baronscourt into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man named Robert Adams, of that town-(?) whose dead body was found in the [-?-] Mourne at Mulvin. Deceased took part in a parade of the Ulster Volunteers at [Newtownstewart] on the 18th ult., and was [-?-] again seen alive after that evening. At [-?-] inquest the jury returned a verdict that deceased man met his death by drowning.

A marriage has been arranged and will take [-?-] at Castletownshend, County Cork, in [-?-] between John William Everard (Adam)thwaite, only son of the late Captain [-?-m] Lupton Adamthwaite, of The Firs, (?)ester, and of Mrs. Adamthwaite, of [-?-], The Goffs, Eastbourne, and Alice [-?-], youngest daughter of James A. [-?-], late Lieutenant Royal Inniskilling [-?-], and Major 4th Battalion Royal [-?-] Rifles, formerly of Ben Eadan, County [-?-].


Northumberland miners were on Saturday refused a five per cent, wages increase.

The Scottish shipbuilding returns for February show that during the month there were launched 27 vessels, aggregating 55,689 tons. Of these 21, of 49,082 tons, were built on the Clyde.

The rivetters and holders employed in the Tyne, Wear, and Blyth shipyards gave notice to cease work on Saturday on the question of the revision of the rivetters' price list. Seven thousand rivetters are affected.

Mr. Wm. Shaw, of New Barnet, died in his sleep on Sunday morning. Deceased was one of the first head teachers appointed under the old London School Board, and jointly with his wife, who survives him, they had established a record of one hundred years of school teaching.

The first submarine built in Scotland was launched by Scott's Shipbuilding and Engineer Co. at Greenock on Saturday. The vessel, which will be known as 51, is of the Lauxenti type. Communication with the surface can be established, if necessary, by an ingenious telephone arrangement.

Mr. Willows in his airship left Hendon aerodrome with a passenger at 4-40 on Friday afternoon and made a flight over London for an hour. Passing over the West End thoroughfares he followed the Strand and Fleet Street to St. Paul's. Crossing the river he turned, and after passing the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace returned at 5-55.

The death occurred on Friday at Topsham of Col. Evan Llewellyn, of Langford Court, Somerset, at the age of sixty-seven. Deceased, who had had a long illness, was Unionist member of Parliament for North Somerset from 1885 to 1892, and again from 1895 to 1906. He was a director of the Great Western Railway. Deceased, with his four sons, served in the Boer War.

The dead body of Mr. William Gould, of Lymm, Cheshire, was found on the Midland Railway near Kettering on Friday. Mr. Gould and a companion joined the 2-40 a.m. Manchester express at St. Pancreas and were the only occupants of the compartment. His companion waking up about 4 a.m. missed Mr. Gould, and found the corridor door open. The train was stopped and a search made, and the body was found on the line.

At Reading John Eldred and George Eldred were charged with breaking into the house of Mr. Arthur Shorwell, M.P. for Huddersfield. This house, a pretty riverside one at Pangbourne, was broken into recently, valuable property stolen, and choice wines sampled. Both men refused their addresses. Mr. Sherwell identified the stolen property, including gold and silver watches, and prisoners were remanded for a week.

At Otley on Saturday Harold Moxon (17), cobbler's apprentice, of Otley, was remanded until Tuesday, charged with endangering the lives of passengers by placing an obstruction on the North-Eastern Railway line. Robert Taylor, a platelayer, said he saw prisoner climb the railway fence and place five pieces of iron in joints between the metals. Obstructions had been placed on the line earlier in the day, and witness was sent specially to keep watch. It was stated that prisoner had suffered from neurasthenia and nervous trouble, and did not remember the occurrence.


Danzig, Monday. -- Four old women and a boy were burned to death in a fire at a poorhouse at Heubude last night.

Buenos Ayres, Sunday. -- Mr. Newbery, an aviator, fell while flying to-day, and was killed; his passenger was seriously injured.

Magdeburg, Saturday. -- A fast train today ran over five platelayers near Magdeburg, killing four and mortally injuring the fifth.

Chartres, Monday. -- The aviator Garaix on a biplane today beat the world's height record with three passengers, attaining 10,900 feet.

St. Petersburg, Friday. -- The aviator Sikorsky flew yesterday for two hours and six minutes with eight passengers. This constitutes a record.


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The Witness - Friday, 13 March, 1914


HOUSTON--M'ALONAN -- March 4, at Killymurris Presbyterian Church, by Rev. M. A. Thompson, B.A., William James, elder son of Wm. Houston, The Muir, Killagan, to Annie S., younger daughter of the late James M'Alonan, Killycowan, Glarryford.

THOMPSON--POLLOCK -- Feb. 25, at London, Ontario, Canada, by Rev. W. J. Knox, assisted by Rev. John Pollock, St. Enoch's, Belfast, Rev. F. W. Thompson, Hunter, North Dakota, U.S.A., son of Mr. J. Sinclair Thompson, Emilyville, Oldpark Road, Belfast, to Jane Elizabeth (Jeanie), eldest daughter of the late James Pollock, Carmeen House, Monaghan.


WOGAN -- March 2, 1914, at his residence, Drutamon, Cootehill, County Cavan, David Vogan, aged 80 years. Interred at Kilmouut Presbyterian Church, Wednesday, March 4.

ALEXANDER -- March 10, at 322, Shankill Road, Ezekiel D. W. Alexander (late of Ballymather).

BAMFORD -- March 4, at the residence of her sisters, 50, Tennent Street, Agnes Bamford, for thirty-six years faithful servant and friend of the M'Cleery family.

BELL -- March 10, at 3, Oakville Terrace, Cliftonville Circus, Mary, widow of the late Robert Bell, Larne.

BOYD -- March 7, at Ballyferris, Ballywalter, Jane Boyd.

BOYD -- March 7, at 1, Brookland Terrace, Lower Windsor Avenue, Elizabeth, relict of the late William Boyd.

BURNS -- March 5, at 48, Old Lodge Road, James Burns, formerly of Templepatrick.

CAMPBELL -- March 9, at Drumfad, William Campbell.

CARROLL -- March 5, at Dundalk House, Dundalk, Vincent S. Carroll, aged 65 years.

COLQUHOUN -- March 8, at 24, Clifton Crescent, Belfast, Alfred Richard, only son of Alfred Colquhoun.

COUSER -- March 10, at Steeven's Hospital, Dublin, Joseph, youngest son of the late William Couser, 23, Cooke Street, Belfast.

GILLESPIE -- March 7, at Cumber, Clones, Robert Gillespie, aged 84 years.

GREENFIELD -- At Glenfruin, Whitehead, James, Fair, eldest son of John Greenfield.

HEANON -- March 8, at North of Ireland Cricket Ground, Shaftesbury Avenue, Belfast, Sarah, the wife of Samuel Heanon.

HOGG -- March 8, at Silverton, Earlswood Road, Belfast, Sarah Hamilton Hogg.

KELLY -- March 6, at 134, University Street, Sarah, wife of Alexander B. Kelly.

LAMONT -- March 5, at 17, Cedar Avenue, Tom, husband of Alice Lamont.

LONG -- March 9, at Kilrea, Elizabeth Crawford, wife of R. A. Long.

LYLE -- March 9, at Mount Allison, Mallusk, James, second son of the late William Lyle.

MALCOLMSON -- March 6, at Marine Parade, Holywood, Harriet, widow of the late Richard Malcomson, M.D., Banbridge.

M'ILVEEN -- March 11, at 19, Linenhall Street, Belfast, Mary, relict of the late Arthur M'Ilveen.

M'MORDIE -- March 10, at 1, Bloomdale Street, Elizabeth, wife of William M'Mordie.

M'VICKER -- March 7, at Private Nursing Home, William M'Vicker, Builder, Woodvale Street.

OWENS -- March 10, at London, Francis Owens, of 206, Duncairn Gardens, Belfast.

SCOTT -- March 5, at Killmakee, Dunmurry, Thomas, husband of Annie Scott.

SINTON -- March 4, at Bank House, Markethill, William Harold Francis, eldest son of William Sinton.

STEWART -- March 4, at Tulnavern, Stockman's Lane, James Stewart, Sandy Row Foundry, husband of Mary Jane Stewart.

SIMPSON -- March 6, at Homeleigh, Clones, William Thompson, formerly of Rabbit Island, Clones.

WADDELL -- March 6, at 1, Bayswater Terrace, Sandycove, County Dublin, Sarah, widow of the late Alexander Waddell, L.K.Q.C.P.I., Trevor Hill, Newry.

WARING -- March 6, at Salisbury House, Great Malvern, Henrietta, daughter of the late Thomas Waring, of Waringfield, Moira, Co. Down.

In Memoriam

WEIR -- In fond and loving memory of our dear parents Alexander and Elizabeth Weir. Mother died February 7, 1905; also father, who fell asleep, March 8, 1913. Both were interred in Drumlee Burying-ground.
     Thank God for the dear one safe to-day,
     Safe at home on the happy shore,
     Where the smile of the father beams for aye,
     And the shadow of pain shall fall no more.
Inserted by their daughter, Mrs. J. C. GIBSON, Chestnut Hill, Mass., U.S.A.



Pulpit Reference.

Rev. Professor Kennedy, LL.D., conducted the services in the Chancellor Memorial Reformed Presbyterian Church, Belfast, on Sabbath last. In the morning his text was -- Rev. xiv. 13, "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which, die in the Lord from henceforth: Yet, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them." In the coarse of his sermon Dr. Kennedy said -- As you all know, Alexander Walker Reynolds, an elder of this congregation, is no longer with us. He has been asked by the Master to come up higher. Mr. Reynolds was brought up in a godly home. His father was for many years a devoted and honoured elder in this congregation. His mother, whom it was my privilege to know intimately, was a fine type of Christian woman. And so he had given him a careful religious training, and an example in piety placed before him calculated to be of the greatest advantage to him. It is un necessary for me to say how abundantly the thoughts, prayers, training, and example of his parents were rewarded. I might speak at length of the splendid services he rendered to this congregation. There is no need for my doing us; his work is before you. He took a deep interest in the Young People's Association, the Juvenile Missionary Association, and, indeed, in all the different organisations connected with the congregation. When the scheme for the rebuilding of our church and lecture hall and the mission hall in Brownlow Street was inaugurated he put himself into it with the utmost enthusiasm. He gave liberally on behalf of it, and he was one of the conveners of the committee appointed to take charge of it. It was very largely owing to his wisdom, tact, and unflagging zeal that it issued so successfully. He entertained a very high conception of the office and work of the eldership. So long as his health permitted he attended regularly the meetings of session. In his work of visitation he was sympathetic, kind, and helpful. But his work was not confined to the congregation. Many could testify, for example, to the abundant labours he underwent in connection with the Lancasterian Sabbath-school, first as teacher and afterwards as superintendent. His heart was in missionary enterprise. He hungered and thirsted that those who knew not Christ might be brought to know Him and have eternal life through Him. We thank God to-day for the grace manifested in his whole-hearted consecration of himself to Christ and His work. Through his death the congregation has sustained a serious loss. We mourn; but not for him. The thought of his life ought to be a source of inspiration to us. We would commend the sorrowing widow to the loving sympathy and care of the God of all consolation and strength, and trust that the children may be kept unto eternal life.



While Mr. Joseph Loughren, his wife, sister-in-law, his little girl Sophie, and Mr. J. H. Crawford, evangelist, who had just preached for the Rev. John Logan, LL.D., Sandholes, were returning from church last Sabbath morning, a splendid thoroughbred five-year-old mare that Mr. Loughren was driving ran off. Galloping down Tullylagan Hill, she was unable to take the turn at the bridge, the trap struck the wall. Mr. Loughren was thrown out and dragged several yards, the ladies scrambling out in safety behind. Mr. Crawford, with, the little girl at his side, succeeded in keeping the mare, who was going at a fearful pace, on the road for about a mile till he and the little girl were also, thrown out at the fork of the road leading to the village of Donaghy. The mare continued her wild career till finally she fell about a mile further on, and was caught. Mr. Loughren sustained injuries to his head, leg, and hands; his daughter received a nasty wound on the forehead, and Mr. Crawford escaping with very slight flesh wounds on head and knee. All the wounded were brought to Donaghy Manse where Dr. Logan skilfully administered "first aid," cleaning all the wounds and bandaging them. Mr. Loughren and Sophie were afterwards placed under the care of Dr. Groves, Cookstown. The mare and trap were only slightly injured. Mr. Crawford, though badly shaken and quite nervous, recovered sufficiently to enable him to take the service in the church in the evening. Dr. Logan deserves much praise for his timely aid, his most helpful treatment, and for promptly securing Dr. Groves to attend the more seriously injured.




Mr. Bernard Hannigan, J.P., of Bishop Street, Londonderry, who died on the 21st January last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom, valued at 10,720 11s 10d.

The clock which was erected in Rostrevor [-?-] years ago by public subscription to the memory of Edward VII. has just been temporary removed from the church tower for the purpose of adding the quarter chimes, as was intended when funds permitted.

A sad discovery was made in the townland of (?)enaghy, near Cullybackey, when the dead body of James M'Intyre, a retired school-teacher, was found close to the roadside by [-?-] Kyle. Deceased had left home for the local post office, where he had got a money order cashed.

At a meeting of the master blacksmiths of Garvagh, it was unanimously resolved that on and after the 14th inst. their establishments would be closed punctually at 6 p.m., and also to have a half-holiday every Saturday on which day all work would be suspended at three o'clock.

A farm of land in the townland of Crankey, county Armagh, the property of Mr. Joseph [-?-], containing ten acres, Irish measure, and subject to an annuity of 9 9s 10d, payable to the Irish Land Commission, when sold by auction last week, was purchased by Mr. Thomas Irwin, of Tullyhappy, for the handsome sum of 505.

Alexander M'Neight, secretary to the (Bambr)idge Gas Company, has received a letter from the Home Secretary intimating that his (Majest)y has been graciously pleased to ap(prove) the award of an Albert Medal of the second class to Hugh Adamson, of Ban(bridge), in recognition of his act of gallantry [-?-] occasion of the explosion and fire at (Ba)nbridge Gas Works on the 3rd December last.

The Portstewart fishermen -- Robt. M'Ker(?) and his two sons, Robert and Thomas (?)gan, the latter aged about fifteen years [-?-] a perilous experience while returning (from) trawling on 5th inst. Their motor [-?-] ceased to work, and the craft was [-?-] into what is known as the Chirk Hole (?)re, but a number of other fishermen (?)d a boat, and succeeded in towing the craft into harbour. The fishermen [-?-] be complimented on their prompt and [-?-] efforts.

At about 12 o'clock on Sunday the atten(tion of) Constable Beirne, a member of the [-?-] Constabulary Force, was attracted by [-?-] of groaning coming from a barn on (?) ast Road. On making investigation (he disc)vered a Bangor man named Thomas [-?-] in an unconscious condition, and [-?-] suffering from the effects of ex(posure) to the cold. Constable Beirne im(mediate)ly sent for Dr. Mitchell, and pend(ing his) arrival had the man removed to his [-?-] residence in Crosby Street. Drs. [-?-] and Mitchell were both in attendance, (but th)eir best efforts were unavailing, and [-?-] passed away in the afternoon.

Mr. James Mullan, grocer, of Castlerock, (London)derry, who died on the 4th December (last lef)t personal estate valued at 8,826 2s. [-?-] (Test)ator left the Cafe House, at Castle(rock to) his wife, Mrs. Sarah Mullan; the [-?-] House and Shop House, Castlerock, to )his dau)ghter Lizzie; Alexandra House and [-?-] Villa to his daughter Lena; [-?-] to his daughter Amy; his resi(dence) and his interest in his business to [-?-] for life, with remainder to his [-?-] Mary; 100 to the parish priest of [-?-] Coleraine, for masses; 250 each [-?-] James, Joseph, Thomas, Henry, [-?-] Alfred, Charles, and Richard, payable [-?-] or the death of his wife.


A salmon weighing 49½lbs. has been caught in the Dernish Stake Weir at Foynes, on the Shannon.

During the past year the companies controlled by the Underground Electric Railways in London earned 6,386,500 and carried the huge total of 1,100,000,000 passengers by tube and bus.

The King's bounty has been applied for on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Frances, of Bolton Road, Radcliffe, Lancashire. Mrs. Frances last week gave birth to triplets, following on twins sixteen months ago.

A Bill to amend the Shops Act (1912) was issued on Saturday, stipulating that a shop or other place in Wales and Monmouthshire used by "a barber or hairdresser for the carrying on of his trade shall not be open on Sunday for any of the purposes connected therewith."

From the beginning of 1911 till the end of 1913 no fewer than 199,536 emigrants sailed from Glasgow. Of this number Canada received a larger proportion than any other part of the world. But there are signs that this great exodus from Scotland is over, temporarily at least, and that emigration from the Clyde during the present year will be far below the average of the three preceding years.

Towards the 250,000 which General Sir R. Baden-Powell, the Chief Scout, has set out to raise as an endowment for the Boy Scout movement 40,000 has already been received, among the latest gifts being 1,000 each from Sir Ernest Cassel, Sir J. Colman, and Lord Newlands, and 500 each from Messrs. N. M. Rothschild & Sons, Lord Iveagh, Bishop Wilkinson, Mrs. Tate, Sir Gilbert Wills, and Captain J. G. Miller. The Archbishop of York, Cardinal Bourne, and Dr. Hertz (the Chief Rabbi) are supporting the appeal.


Rangoon, Tuesday. -- A wireless telegram from the steamer Gloucestershire announces that the Rev. Canon William Donne, of Wakefield, has died on board from heart failure.





At Tyrone Assizes yesterday John Kelly, Slievedoo, Killeter, was charged with the murder of Roger M'Menamin, Meenakeerin, on 19th December.

The Attorney-General, addressing the jury, said the case was one of extreme gravity. If it did not result in the jury finding the prisoner guilty of the murder of M'Menamin, no person could form any other opinion from the facts that the case was as near murder as anything could be. That John Kelly took away the life of M'Menamin on the 19th December by stabbing him in the heart with a knife was quite certain, and the only question he apprehended that would be for the jury would be whether, under the circumstances of this case, such provocation had been given as would, under the direction of his Lordship, justify the jury in reducing the crime from that of murder to one of manslaughter. The question that the prisoner had acted in self-defence was utterly out of the case, and he said this was a charge of murder.

At the close of the Crown case, Mr. Henry, for the prisoner, said after hearing that the prisoner had been attacked and badly beaten on the road, the jury would be justified in finding him guilty of manslaughter, to which he pleaded guilty.

His Lordship agreed that the charge should should be reduced after the Attorney-General said he had no objection to it. The jury found accordingly, and sentence of five years' penal servitude was passed, his Lordship saying a merciful view was taken.


Margaret Kane, Strabane, who was found guilty yesterday of cruelly neglecting her child on various dates last year, was put forward for sentence.

His Lordship thought in the interest of her children the best thing was to separate them, from prisoner for a long period. The sentence would be twelve months, with labour suitable to her sex. If she showed signs of reformation the sentence would be reduced.




The criminal calendar for the Belfast Assizes, which the Right Hon. Lord Chief Justice Cherry will open on Wednesday next in the County Courthouse, is as follows --

Hugh Anderson, breaking and entering; 1st and 10th February, 1914.

Alexander Beck, breaking and entering, 15th February, 1914.

John Bell, incest; 1912-1913.

John Carney, seditious libel; 10th August, 1913, and 31st August, 1913.

John Close, larceny; 26th January, 1914.

Annie Dardis and Clare Dardis, false entries; 1913.

Ernest E. Donnan, shooting at; 27th September, 1913.

Alexander Erskine and John Albert Kingston, indecency; 10th January, 1914.

Richard W. Fairfax, larceny; 12th November, 1913.

Arthur J. Gracey, larceny; 14th July, 1913; 20th August, 1913; 30th August, 1913.

Abraham J. Greer, assault girl; 1913.

Joseph Guggan and Agnes Guggan, robbery; 24th February, 1914.

Andrew Harmes, malicious damage; 6th February, 1914.

Catherine Hughes, larceny; 5th March, 1914.

David Logan, incest; 12th July, 1913.

William Macauley, rape; 14th February, 1914.

James M'Coy, burglary; 3rd February, 1914.

Stephen R. M'Kenna, attempt rape; 31st January, 1914.

Arthur M'Keown, assault girl; 1913.

Thomas Smith, assault; 1913.

James Teague, Isabella Teague, and Wm. Johnston, fraudulent conversion and receiving; 2nd February, 1914.

James Toomey and Patrick Dempsey, conspiracy; 6th July, 1913.




The following is a list of the criminal cases to be heard at the County Antrim Assizes, which will be opened in the County Courthouse, Belfast, on Monday next at noon by the Hon. Mr. Justice Boyd:--

Henry M'Curdy, attempt suicide, 29th November, 1913, at Carrickfergus.

Patrick McDonald, robbery, 6th February, 1914; firing hay, 6th Feb., 1914; robbery, 8th Feb., 1914, at Lisburn.

William Steele, false declaration, 27th Jan., 1914, at Ballymoney.



The funeral of the late Mr. Wm. M'Vicker, the well-known contractor, of Woodvale Street, took place on Tuesday, and was of a thoroughly representative character. The remains were removed from his late residence, Wheatfield Gardens, at two o'clock, and were interred in the City Cemetery. The attendance included representatives of the building and allied trades, and deputations from the Masonic Order, of which the deceased was a leading member. The arrangements were entrusted to Messrs. Melville & Co., Ltd., Townsend Street, and were admirably carried out.



The Registrar-General's return of the number of natives of Ireland who emigrated during the month of February was 754, as compared with 886 in the same month last year -- a decrease of 152. During the first two months of the present year the total number of emigrants who left Irish ports was 1,231, against 1,493 in the same period last year -- a total decrease of 262. Of the number -- 1,231 -- 541 left Leinster, 199 Munster, 532 Ulster, and 159 Connaught.



A very enjoyable social function took place in the Cafe Royal, Y.M.C.A., Belfast, where a number of friends met to honour a gentleman, well-known in educational and religious circles, Mr. Robert Johnston, ex-principal Cavehill National School, Belfast, who has recently retired from active service and is now in receipt of his well earned pension. Mr. Johnston has spent almost forty-seven years in the service of the National Board, the greater portion of which was in schools situated in his native county, Armagh. He came to Belfast in the year 1901, where his gifts of head and heart were speedily recognised, and very soon he joined the Central Presbyterian Association, of which he is an honoured member of committee and an earnest worker in several departments of Christian usefulness. His many friends in the scholastic profession felt that some slight token of their esteem and appreciation should be shown to him, and this took the form of a social gathering to honour such a worthy colleague. The proceedings of the evening were characterised by unanimity, cordiality and spontaneous expression of opinions of such eulogistic nature that bore admirable testimony to the exceedingly high place occupied by Mr. Johnston in the estimation of those who have been brought into intimate relationship with him. During the evening the chairman handed Mr. Johnston a small memento which in days to come will remind him of the evening's proceedings and of the many friends who highly value his friendship, and who met to pay him a well-deserved compliment and to wish him many years of happiness and usefulness is his retirement.





Two officers of the military wing of the Royal Flying Corps were killed while flying on Salisbury Plain on Wednesday. They were Captain Allen and Lieutenant Burroughs, attached to the Third Squadron of Flying Corps.

Captain O. R. W. Allen was a flight commander, whose seniority with the Royal Flying Corps dated from July, 1912. He belonged to a Welsh Regiment. Lieutenant J. E. G. Burroughs belonged to the Wiltshire Regiment, and has been attached to the Royal Flying Corps since April last. He was a flying officer.

Later information shows that the accident occurred over Figneldean Down, Salisbury Plain. Captain Allen left the flying sheds at half-past nine taking Lieutenant Burroughes with him as a passenger. They had been in the air about five minutes when the rudder of the machine snapped, and the aeroplane came to the ground from a height of 300 feet. The fore part of the machine was completely smashed, and the fusilage was also broken, in two, the engine being embedded in the ground.

Captain Allen was thrown from the pilot's seat, and struck the ground about five yards from the machine. Lieutenant Burroughes was picked up from among the wreckage. Both men were dead. Their bodies were removed to Bulford Camp Mortuary for inquest.

Both officers held pilot's certificates, and Captain Alien had been with the 3rd Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps since its formation.


Three Army airmen have been killed on Salisbury Plain during the week. On Tuesday Captain Downer met has death at Netheravon, Salisbury Plain, and on Wednesday two other officers were killed at the same place on another B. E. biplane. They were Captain C. R. W. Allen, of the Welsh Regiment, who was piloting the machine, and Lieutenant J. E. C Burroughs, of the Wiltshire Regiment, his passenger. The accident happened at a height of about 200 feet, and was apparently caused by the rudder breaking and causing the aeroplane to dip suddenly to earth. On striking the ground the machine collapsed, and Lieutenant Burroughs was discovered dead among the debris. Captain Allen had been thrown out alongside the wreckage.


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The Witness - Friday, 20 March, 1914


BOND--GLENN -- March 12, 1914, at Ballywillan Presbyterian Church, Portrush, by the Rev. G. W. D. Rea, B.A., First Coleraine, Thomas, son of the late Thomas Bond, Fawney, Donemana, to Maggie, third daughter of William Glenn, Drumslade, Coleraine.

KNOX--KENNEDY -- March 11, 1914, at Ballylinney Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. W. M. Kennedy, B.A (cousin of the bride), William Knox, son of Mr. John Knox, Clement's Hill, Ballyclare, to Jane Patton, fifth daughter of Mr. Thomas Kennedy, Straidlands, Ballynure.

LYNN--CLENDINNING -- March 12, at Fortwilliam Park Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. James Maconaghie, assisted by the Rev. Robert Lynn (cousin of the bridegroom), the Rev. A. Patton (cousin of the bride), the Rev. James Thompson, and the Rev. Dr. Wilson, the Rev. Joseph Lynn, B.A., B.D., Chaplain to his Majesty's Forces, Aldershot, to Alicia Martha (Kitty), Clendinning, B.Sc, elder daughter of Andrew A. Clendinning, Glendarra, Belfast.

M'ALONAN--HOUSTON -- March 11, at Killymurris Presbyterian Church, by Rev. M. A. Thompson, B.A., James, only son of the late James M'Alonan, Killycowan, Glarryford, to Annie Huey, younger daughter of William Houston, The Muir, Killagan.

ROBB--STEVENSON -- March 10, by the Rev. J. B. Thomson, John, eldest son of John Robb, Charleville, Castlereagh, to May Corden, only daughter of Samuel Stevenson, Clonvara, Jordanstown. Special licence.


HUTCHESON -- March 8, 1914, at his residence, Cullintragh House, Poyntzpass, Thomas Acheson Hutcheson, aged 73 years. Interred in Cremore, on 10th March. Deeply regretted.

ARMSTRONG -- Feb. 22, 1914, at The Parsonage, Frome, Ontario, Canada, Sadie W., eldest daughter of the Rev. D. A. and Kathleen Armstrong, late of Belfast City Mission, and 103a, Cavehill Road.

CALVERT -- March 18, at Carragullel, Killinchy, Elizabeth Calvert.

CARSON -- March 11, at 177, Templemore Avenue, Annie, eldest daughter of the late S. J. Carson.

CHISM -- March 14, J. B. Chism, The Mall, Ballyshannon, aged 74.

COTTER -- March 13, at 3, Ardmonlin Avenue, Jane, youngest daughter of the late Robert Cotter, Lavinia Street.

DAVIDSON -- March 17, at Cavankilgreen, Aughnacloy, Ann Jane, relict of the late William Davidson.

DOUGAN -- March 14, at Ashfield, Dromore, Ann Jane, relict of the late John Dougan.

DUDGEON -- March 16, at a Private Hospital, Belfast, Arthur Dudgeon, late Chief Cashier Northern Bank, seventh son of the late John Dudgon, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

FARQUHAR -- March 15, at Ierne, Jordanstown, Isabella, daughter of the late John F. Farquhar.

FINLAY -- March 17, at Hotel Metropole, Cork, William Finlay, of Linen Hill, Gilford, and Linen Thread Company.

FUREY -- March 17, at The Hill, Killyleagh, Martha M'Creery, widow of the late Matthew Furey.

GALLAHER -- March 13, at 19, Beechwood Street, Connswater, Samuel James, husband of Annie Gallaher.

GOURLEY -- March 14, at Station House, Jordanstown, James Moore Gourley, aged 71 years, agent Midland Railway Company (N.C.C.)

GRACEY -- March 12, at Dundrum House, Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the late Thomas Gravey, Ballyhossett.

HAZLEY -- March 11, at Cloughfin, Islandmagee, Agnes Jones.

KIDD -- March 18, at Trummery, Moira, Mary Ann, widow of the late Abraham Kidd.

LOWRY -- March 16, at Oakley, Strandtown, William Lowry, in his 83rd year.

MINNIS -- March 16, at 11, Collingwood Avenue, Belfast, Jane, wife of David Minnis.

MITCHEL -- March 14, at 73, Hamilton Road, Bangor, Co. Down, Rev. David Mitchel, M.A., Senior Minister of Warrenpoint, in his 90th year.

MITCHELL -- March 18, at 33, Rossmore Avenue, Ballynafeigh, Lavinia (Vena), wife of Arthur Mitchell.

M'BRIDE -- March 16, at the County Antrim Infirmary, Lisburn, Eliza, wife of James M'Bride.

M'GIFFERT -- March 15, at Broomquarter, Portaferry, Samuel, second son of the late Samuel M'Giffert, Loughdoo.

M'LETCHIE -- March 16, at Southport, Mary, wife of William M'Letchie, The Tower, Bangor, Co. Down.

NIVEN -- March 14, at Brighton, Richard Niven, formerly of Chrome Hill, Lambeg, and Marlborough Park, Belfast, aged 75 years.

SMYTH -- March 12, at Garvaghy, Ernest, second son of Robert Smyth.

SMYTH -- March 13, at Cloughfern, Whiteabbey, William, son of Hugh Smyth, Ballyhenry, Carnmoney, aged 27 years.

STEWART -- March 13, at Roddens Road, Larne, Jane Stewart.

STORMONT -- March 14, at 40, Ligoniel Road, Nurse Elizabeth Stormont.

WALKER -- March 16, at Portadown, Nan, relict of the late Thomas Walker.

YOUNG -- March 15, at Waterford Terrace, Coleraine, John Young, late of Cuppidale House, Ballymoney.

In Memoriam

MEHARG -- In loving remembrance of Mrs. Meharg, relict of the late James Meharg, who passed away on 20th March, 1913. She hath now the joys of these words she so oft repeated. "As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Thy likeness."

M'CAPPIN -- In loving memory of our dear mother, who departed this life 19th March, 1903, and was interred in Ballyhalbert Burying-Ground. A. M. ROBB. S. L. M'CAPPIN.



The death occurred with alarming suddenness in Cork on Tuesday night of Mr. Wm. Finlay, Gilford, and the news will be learned with sincere sorrow by a wide circle of friends. The late Mr. Finlay was born at Linen Hill, Gilford, from where he emigrated at an early age to America, in which country he obtained a knowledge of the thread trade while in the employment of Mr. Alexander Dougan, of New York. On his return to his native country he was engaged as a traveller by Dunbar, M'Master, & Co., Limited, Gilford, in 1879. When the concern was merged in the Linen Thread Company, Limited, in 1901, the services of Mr. Finlay were retained in a similar capacity. Mr. Finlay was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and worshipped with the Tullylish congregation. His remains will be removed from the Southern city for interment in Tullylish Churchyard this morning. He is survived by one son, Mr. Fred Finlay, who holds a responsible position in the Ulster Bank, Ltd. Mrs. Finlay predeceased her husband some few years ago.


The Lord Chancellor has appointed Mr. B. C. Hobson, Chrome Hill, Lambeg, to the Commission of the Peace for County Down, and he will sit at Hillsborough Petty Sessions. Mr. Hobson, who is a Quaker, is a director in the firm of Messrs. Sinton & Co., proprietors of a weaving factory at Ravarnette, near Lisburn.




We regret to announce the death of Mr. Wm. Lowry, which took place on Monday at his residence, Oakley, Strandtown. and the sad news will be received with sincere sorrow by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. The deceased gentleman, who was in his eighty-third year, was well-known to the older generation of citizens, and he was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him by reason of his sterling character and his many excellent qualities of head and heart. He had been in failing health for some years, and during the past three or four months had been confined to his room. On Sunday his condition became more serious, indications of heart callapse manifesting themselves in the evening, and notwithstanding the care and attention of his medical adviser, Dr. A. P. B. Moore, the illness had a fatal termination, the deceased passing peacefully away early on Monday morning. The late Mr. Lowry was a native of Raffrey, County Down, being a son of Mr. John Lowry, of that place, but the greater part of his life had been spent in Belfast, and he was long prominently identified with the commercial interests of the community. Half a century ago, in conjunction with his cousin, Mr. William Edgar, he established the firm of Messrs. Edgar & Lowry, furriers and costumiers, of Arthur Square, whose business was afterwards transferred to Donegall Place, the style of the firm in process of time being changed to Messrs, Lowry & Co., under which name it is still carried on in the spacious and well-equipped premises acquired some years go. Mr. Lowry was a business man of marked ability, and the success which attended the concern from its initiation was largely due to his energy and foresight. A zealous end systematic worker himself, he set an excellent example to all those who were associated with him, and at the same time by his thoughtfulness and consideration for others he gained their goodwill and affection. It is no exaggeration to say that he was a most popular employer, and as a pleasing instance of the feelings entertained towards him it may be mentioned that, although he had severed his connection with the firm some years since, he was recently made the recipient of a beautiful Sheraton writing desk from the employees of the company in token of their appreciation of his past kindnesses. In public affairs Mr. Lowry never took an active part, although he was naturally deeply interested in all that affected the welfare and prosperity of Belfast. On more than one occasion he was urged to allow himself to be nominated for a seat in the Corporation, but he always declined these overtures, as he had no inclination for work of that character. He was, however, from his youth an earnest church worker, and as a loyal Presbyterian he rendered invaluable service to that denomination in this city. He was one of the originators of the Belmont congregation, of which Rev. Dr. MacDermott, an intimate personal friend of his, is the esteemed minister, and it was largely through his instigation that the reverend gentleman became pastor in succession to Rev. Mr. Moran, the first minister. Ever since the congregation was formed -- about 1860 -- he had been one of the most generous supporters of its various activities. So long as the state of his health permitted he regularly attended the services, and in addition to discharging the responsible duties of an elder he was secretary of the church for many years and Sunday-school superintendant for over thirty years. It would be difficult to estimate the importance of the work he had done in these different capacities, and his name will long be held in affectionate remembrance in connection with Belmont Church. In his younger days he was a great advocate of Y.M.C.A. work and a strong, supporter of the mutual improvement societies which were the forerunners of the more modern guilds and literary societies, and which certainly were instrumental in effecting a great deal of good in giving the rising generation a taste for knowledge and culture. Mainly as a result of his efforts the Beersbridge school was erected, and it is interesting to recall that Rev. C. H. Spurgeon paid his only visit to Belfast on behalf of this institution. Mr. Lowry went to London to see the great preacher, and, telling him that he was anxious to organise a Young Men's Christian Association in his district of Belfast, prevailed upon Mr. Spurgeon to come over and deliver a lecture in aid of the funds for the building of the school which was to be the centre of the work. The lecture proved so successful that more money was raised than was actually required, and the school was duly erected. With philanthropic and charitable work generally Mr. Lowry showed practical sympathy, and his liberality was as generous as it was unostentatious. In politics he was a staunch Unionist, and the fight against the Irish policy of the present Government had his cordial support.

Mr. Lowry married a daughter of Mr. John Lowry, of Woodlawn, and this lady survives him, together with one son and one daughter, with whom much sympathy will be felt in their bereavement.



By the death of the Rev. David Mitchel, M.A., senior minister of Warrenpoint Church, the Irish Presbyterian ministry loses one of its oldest and most respected members. Mr. Mitchel's name stood second on the roll of the Assembly, counting by date of ordination, the first name being that of the venerable Rev. Thomas Macafee, of Ardglass, who was ordained so far back as 1846. For some months Mr. Mitchel had been failing in health, and in spite of all the care bestowed on him he passed away on Friday night at his residence in Bangor. Deceased was a native of Buncrana, where he was born in November, 1825. He received his education for the ministry in Glasgow, and was a graduate of the University in that city. In 1848 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Derry, and on September 25th, 1850, was ordained as minister of Buncrana. On March 13th, 1877, he removed to Kilkenny, but only remained there a little over two years, as on 21st August, 1879, he resigned the charge of the congregation in order to take up duty in Tullamore. His sojourn in Tullamore was even shorter than that in Kilkenny, as he received a call to Warrenpoint, where he was installed on 7th July, 1880. For twenty years he discharged the active duties of the pastorate in that congregation. But towards the end of the period the infirmities of old age began to tell upon him, so that, in 1897, after forty-seven years of active service, he requested and obtained the leave of the Assembly to retire. It was on 6th February, 1900, that he availed himself of the permission, and on 7th July following the present minister, Rev. Alex. Stevenson, B.A., was ordained as his assistant and successor. Mr. Mitchel was a man of retiring disposition, and took very little active part in the work of Church courts. Yet his work was early recognised by his brethren of the North, by whom he was called to Act as Moderator of the Synod of Derry and Omagh in 1867, and no son of the Church followed the proceedings of her various courts with more interest than he, or was more regular in his attendance. A scholarly man and a good preacher, he was diligent in all the work of the ministry in the four congregations in which he laboured. It is in his last charge that the most tangible memorial of his ministry is to be found, for he undertook and accomplished the erection of a new church in Warrenpoint, which was opened in 1833 by the late Rev. Dr. W. Fleming Stevenson. Mr. Mitchel was predeceased by his wife, who was eldest daughter of the late Mr. Alexander Cuthbert, of Coleraine, and sister of the late Mr. Joseph Cuthbert. Two sons survive, one of them being the Rev. S. Cuthbert Mitchel, of Enniskillen, and also his daughter, Miss Mitchel, by whom he was lovingly tended in his long and wearisome illness. Much sympathy will be felt for the family and circle of friends in their bereavement.

Preaching in Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church, Bangor, on Sabbath morning, at the close of his sermon on Rev, xiv. 13 -- "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord" -- the Rev. W. A. Hill referred in touching terms to Mr. Mitchel's death. High and noble as were his gifts of mind, the gifts and graces of his heart were greater. He was a man of great faith. He believed in the reality of the spiritual world, which he felt ever near and ever real. His fellowship was with God and with His Son Jesus Christ, and during all his long life he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. He was a man of great hopefulness. It was this quality that kept him youthful ever in his old age. He was a man of great love and charitableness. He was really filled with the love of Christ, and he believed that "love never faileth." Consequently he was always the Christian gentleman. There was about him an old-time courtesy that made him charming company. We shall not soon forget his shining example among us. He never missed attendance at the House of God twice each Sabbath till his growing weakness made it quite impossible and his presence was always, an inspiration to the preacher, so appreciative was he of any effort to win souls to the Saviour or to so teach men they might be presented perfect in Christ.


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The Witness - Friday, 27 March, 1914


M'CAUGHEY -- March 20, at The Schermerhorn, 21, East Eighty-second Street, New York City, to Mr. and Mrs. Harry G. M'Caughey, a son.


WALLACE--MAHON -- March 5, 1914, at York Street Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church, by Rev. H. J. Rossington, M.A., B.D., Alexander Wallace, Ballymenoch, Holywood, to Annie M., second daughter of the late Mr. Francis Mahon, Raloo, Co. Antrim.


HAMILTON -- March 24, 1914, at his residence, Sunnyside, Whitehouse, James Charles Hamilton, eldest son of James H. Hamilton, aged 25 years. Funeral strictly private. No flowers please.

ALISTER -- March 21, at Deneight, Lisburn, Eleanor Jane, only daughter of the late James M'Alister.

ANDERSON -- March 22, at Broughshane, Agnes M'Neill relict of the late William Anderson, and daughter of the late Robert M'Neill.

BALMER -- March 19, at 167, Ormeau Road, Belfast, Cecil Alexander, youngest son of John Balmer.

BARBOUR -- March 26, at his residence, Marlborough Park, John Barbour.

BEBE -- March 19, at Mullavilly, Tandragee, Martha Bebe.

BRYERS -- March 18, at Mullineal, Dyan, Caledon, Robert, eldest son of the late James Bryers.

BYERS -- March 19, 1914, at his residence, Kilbride, Doagh, Thomas Byers.

CLARK -- Feb. 1, 1914, at his residence, Mirina, Charters Towers, Queensland, William Clark, eldest son of the late John Clark, of Ballyno and Island Lodge, Muckamore, in his 69th year.

CORRIGAN -- March 18, at 90, Abbey View, Bangor, Mary Corrigan.

ELLIOTT -- March 19, at 14, Springfield Parade, Jane, wife of Matthew Elliott.

GILMORE -- March 24, at Drumnacalvey, Portadown, John Gilmore, in his 76th year.

HANNA -- March 23, at Main Street, Rathfriland, May, second child of Alexander Hanna, aged 2 years.

HOUSTON -- March 20, at his residence, Letfern, Omagh, James Houston, aged 80 years.

JOHNSTON -- March 19, at 76, High Street, Lurgan, Andrew Johnston.

LILLEY -- March 21, at The Academy, Ballymena, Mary Lilley, younger daughter of the late Andrew Lilley, Broughshane.

MACARTNEY -- March 20, at Cabra, Lisburn, Robert Macartney.

M'ADOREY -- March 21, at 29, Pacific Avenue, Belfast, Matilda Boyle, widow of the late John M'Adorey, Ballymena.

M'CAW -- March 21, at 64, Malone Avenue, Elizabeth Hilton, wife of Robert M'Caw.

M'CONNELL -- March 21, at Brookvale, Ballyrainey, Robert Wallace M'Connell.

M'KIBBIN -- March 23, at Ballymullen, Kirkcubbin, Thomas M'Kibbin, Ballylimp.

M'LOUGHLIN -- At Aubyn, Cookham, Berks, Wm. M'Loughlin, late of Dundalk and Bangor.

M'MASTER -- March 19, at Ballymagreechan, Newtownards, Eleanor M'Master.

NICHOLSON -- March 22, at 101, Peter's Hill, John Nicholson.

SMITH -- March 21, 1914, at his late residence, Tamlaght O'Crilley. Co. Derry, Dr. Washington Smith, aged 74 years, the beloved husband of Matilda Smith.

SMYTH -- March 23, at 35, Balfour Avenue, William Johnston Smyth, eldest son of the (late) Nathaniel Smyth.

WARD -- March 18, at Springfield Terrace, Portstewart, Frederick Walter Ward, HorticulturaI Instructor for County Londonderry.



It is with sincere regret that we record the death of Mr John Barbour, which took place at his residence, Marlborough Park, Belfast, early yesterday morning. Mr. Barbour, who was in his eighty-eighth year, was for many years intimately connected with the flax spinning industry, his mills at W(hite)house giving employment to hundreds of workers. Some years ago he retired from active business, and the mill was taken over by Messrs. Johnston. Mr. Barbour [--?--] attached member of Elmwood Presbyterian Church, and took an active interest in Presbyterian generally. He was one of the old school, courteous, upright, and [--?--] and was highly respected by a large circle of friends. Much sympathy will be felt for his bereaved relatives.



Deep regret was expressed in Coleraine on Sabbath last when the announcement was made that Mr. David M'Candless had suddenly expired during the forenoon at his residence in Circular Road. The late Mr. M'Candless was one of Coleraine's most highly-esteemed residents. For many years he was a capable and courteous official on the local postal staff, and upon his well-earned retirement he established a stationery business in Stone Row. From a small beginning his concern prospered, and a short time ago a transfer was made to more central premises in Bridge Street. Mr. M'Candless was a zealous member of the First Coleraine Presbyterian Church, and for a long time had been a valued member of committee; and it is a pathetic circumstance that he was preparing for his regular attendance at the service there when the fatal seizure overtook him. There is general sympathy with the surviving members of the family. His youngest son has been for many years associated with him in the business, and the eldest now living is engaged in the printing trade in Newry. It is not long since the late Mr. M'Candless followed the remains of his wife to the grave, and although he bore up wonderfully under this bereavement in his latter days he never quite got over it.



A special jury at Belfast Assizes on Wednesday gave a verdict for the plaintiffs Messrs. Adam Hunter and William Hunter, trading as gunsmiths in Belfast as Hunter & Sons, with damages assessed at 92 odd. The defendant, in what was a test case, was Mr. R. H Coleman, Collector of Customs in Belfast. Plaintiff's claim was for the return of eight packages of arms, which, they allege, were wrongfully seized, and 250 damages for trover and conversion. In the alternative they claimed that they had suffered damage by reason of the defendant converting to his own use and wrongfully depriving the plaintiffs of the use of the goods.

In his defence the Customs Collector, after traversing the alleged cause of action, pleaded that in December last a proclamation in Council was issued by the King prohibiting the importation of arms into Ireland, and that the plaintiffs acted in contravention of such proclamation. Hence the forfeiture of the goods.

Plaintiffs urged that such prohibition could not be applied to one part of the United Kingdom alone, to the exclusion of the rest of the country. Defendant pleaded that prohibition might be confined to such parts of the country only as called for their action.

Defendant's counsel applied for stay of execution, and this was granted.


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