The Witness - Tuesday, 2 June, 1914


BARR -- May 30, Leonard, third son of Thomas Barr, of 37, Elgin Street, Ballynafeigh, Belfast.

CHAMBERS -- May 29, at Cherryvalley, Comber, Hugh Chambers.

CRESWELL -- May 28, at Portstewart, Joseph Creswell, late of Whitcastle, Co. Donegal.

FORSYTH -- May 30, at Ardenlee Avenue, Belfast, the Rev. John H. Forsyth, Senior Minister of Vinecash Presbyterian Church.

GILLESPIE -- April 24, Rev. W. J. Gillespie, Coleraine, Australia, formerly minister of Donegore, aged 87 years.

GORDON -- May 29, at Mourne View, Ballynahinch, Sarah Jane, widow of the late William Gordon, Forthill, Magheratimpany.

KELLY -- May 28, at Tartaraghan, Portadown, Sarah, relict of the late John Kelly, Drumkeerin, Co. Leitrim.

MORELL -- May 28, at Kiama, Lansdowne Road, Mary, wife of James Morell, in her 83rd year.

MULLIGAN -- May 27, at Lisnasliggan, Dinah, eldest daughter of the late David Mulligan.

M'COLLUM -- Mar 31, at Royal Victoria Hospital, Dominick M'Collum.

M'CULLOUGH -- At Cherry Hill, Ballymacombs, Lavinia M'Cullough, aged 19 years.

NEILL -- May29, at Avenue Road, Lurgan, Meta, second daughter of Thomas A. Neill, aged 5½ years.

PAXTON -- May 30, at 10, Stranmillis Gardens, Belfast, Agnes Paxton.

ROBSON -- At 84, Thorndyke Street, Margaret, wife of David Robson.

SCOTT -- May 28, at Railway Street, Comber, John Scott.

TEASEY -- May 30, at 48, Cliftonpark Avenue, Belfast, infant daughter of Rev. R. J. J. Teasey.

THOMPSON -- May 28, at Templecormac, Upper Ballinderry, Catherine, widow of the late Saunders Thompson.



Exiting Rescues off South Uist.

News reached Inverness on Friday of an exciting incident which occurred on Friday last in the South Ford, between Benbecub(?) and South Uist. Donald John Macdonald and his wife left Ardmore in a small boat in the early morning for the purpose of gathering seaweed. The weather was calm when they set out, but when returning a gale sprang up from the north, and the boat, which was heavily-laden, could make little progress. Gradually she began to fill and ultimately capsized, both occupants being thrown into the water. Macdonald succeeded in getting a rope under his wife arms and dragged her back to the upturned boat, and after great difficulty got her on to the keel. As the storm increased Mrs. Macdonald was repeatedly swept off the boat, but her husband always succeeded in bringing her back again.

The mishap was observed from the shore by Mr. Neil Beaton, of Rugashnish, who at once gave the alarm. The only available boat capable of facing the gale was lying a quarter of a mile from the sea, and had to be dragged through mud which reached to the knees. Oars had to be used, as no sail could have withstood the gale, and over a mile had to be covered before the rescuers reached Macdonald and his wife. Ultimately they were brought ashore safely, after having been in their perilous position for over two hours.



News has just reached Ennis of a sensational occurrence at a place called Carnanes, in the Corofin district. While a police patrol were in the vicinity of a farm they heard a couple of shots in the direction of Carnanes, and they immediately hurried to that place. Here they found the thatched roof of the residence of Miss Margaret Flanigan bursting in flames. The occupants of the house at the time were Miss Flanigan, her nephew, Mr. Michael Davoren, and two servants, and they had only just been aroused by the crackling of the burning roof. Miss Flanigan had to be helped from the house. Efforts to extinguish the flames were unavailing, and the house was practically gutted. The damage is estimated at about 300. The burning is believed to have been malicious.



Cairo, May 30. -- The remains of Napoleon's soldiers lately discovered at Alexandria by British soldiers were buried here to-day with military honours. The remains, placed on a British gun-carriage, were accompanied by British and other bands, detachments of all the British troops, British officers, French Agency and Consular officials, and representatives of the French community, and schools, scouts, British and Egyptian officials. It was a most imposing procession. The remains were buried in the Latin cemetery with all honours after a century of oblivion.


The employees of the progressive book-binding establishment of Mr. W. J. Keith, Rosemary Street, held their annual excursion on Saturday last, the place selected being Bangor, proceeding by 3-10 p.m. train, where, on arrival, a sumptuous repast was partaken of. The Misses M'Neill, Brown, Noble, and Gabbie officiated at the tables. After tea a lengthy programme was gone through -- Mr. Keith, who was accompanied by Mrs. Keith and a few friends, occupying the chair. The following artistes contributed to the programme -- the Misses Molyneaux, M'Comiskey, Gray, Brown, Makenson, and Messrs. Brown, Moore, and Lowry. After the programme Mr. Donaldson proposed, and Mr. Boreland seconded, that the best thanks of the party was due to Mr. Keith for his generosity in defraying all expenses of the outing, and to the committee for their elaborate arrangements and to all who contributed to the programme. Games were indulged in, the party returning to town by the 9-30 p.m. train, all being well pleased with the outing. The success of the evening was largely due to the untiring energy of Miss M'Neill, in whose hands the arrangements lay.


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The Witness - Friday, 5 June, 1914


HARBINSON -- May 30, to Mr. and Mrs. James W. Harbinson, Glanrye Cottage, Newry -- a son.


ROBB--GILMOUR -- June 3, 1914, at First Omagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Andrew Macafee, B.A., Andrew Robb, Solicitor, Omagh, to Margaret Stuart, younger daughter of Robert Gilmour, Castletown House, Mountjoy, Omagh.


BOYD -- June 3, at Union Place, Dungannon, Maggie, youngest daughter of the late John Boyd. Funeral to Town Cemetery this (Friday) morning, at eleven o'clock.

AINSWORTH -- June 1, at Ballymather, Agnes Ainsworth.

BRADSHAW -- June 1, at Levaghery, Portadown, Leonard, third son of the late James Bradshaw.

FORSYTH -- May 30, at his residence, Ardenlee Avenue, Belfast, the Rev. John H. Forsyth, Senior Minister of Vinecash Presbyterian Church. J. J. E. FORSYTH.

JAMISON -- June 2, at Ballykeigle, Mary Jane, wife of Hamilton Jamison.

MARTIN -- June 1, at 1, Fitzroy Villas, Dudley Street, Catherine Ellen, widow of Charles Stitt Martin, Ballynafeigh.

MURRAY -- June 1, at Horseshoe House, Ballysillan, James Murray.

ROBB -- June 1, at Ballynickle, Comber, Agnes Robb.

SCOTT -- May 30, Minnie, wife of G. A. Scott, Garrison House, Co. Fermanagh, aged 39 years.

SHANKS -- At Holmcroft, Killough, Mary Preston, widow of the late Harry Shanks.

WARING -- May 31, at Portrush, Sophia, younger daughter of the late Joseph Waring, Summerville, Enniscorthy.

WARWICK -- June 1, at 141, Hillman Street, John, husband of Sarah Warwick.

WILSON -- June 2, at 3, Dargle Street, Cliftonpark Avenue, William John, husband of Martha Wilson, late House Steward and Tyler Masonic Hall, Arthur Square.

In Memoriam

PARKE -- In fond and loving memory of my dear husband, William Parke, who passed away May 31, 1913, and was interred in Drumlee Burying-ground. Inserted by his loving Wife and Family.

TAIT -- In loving memory of my dear brother, Rev. Dr. Tait, who suddenly passed away at The Manse, Kilrush, on the 7th June, 1913, and was interred in the Cemetery adjoining the Church. Deeply regretted. "Until the day break." Inserted by his loving Brother, JOSEPH C. TAIT. Windsor Hill, Newry.



Result of the May Elections

The result of the voting for the election of twelve pupils is announced as follows:--

Evelyn J. Cowan (3,658 votes), daughter of the late Br. Wm H. Cowan, postmaster; Lodge 270, Enniscorthy.

Constance Smith (3,152), daughter of the late Br. Richard H. Smith, building contractor; Lodge 91, Carlow.

Dorothy M. Pelisser (3,078), daughter of the late Br. Edward A. Pelisser, commercial traveller; Lodge 131, Mullingar.

Edna V. Jack (3,054), daughter of the late Br. Henry Jack, shipbroker; Lodge 500, Dublin.

Adelaide M. Bracken (3,012), daughter of the late Br. Wm. Bracken, railway station-master; Lodge 352, Castleblayney.

Eileen F. P. Define (2,992), daughter of the late Br. William Devine, Petty Sessions clerk; Lodge 91, Carlow.

Louisa M'Nee (2,627), daughter of the late Br. George M'Nee, engineer; Lodge 407, Ramelton.

Ellen N. Fearon (2,608), daughter of the late Br. John Fearon, solicitor's clerk; Lodge 23, Portadown.

Florence J. Talbot (2,310), daughter of the late Br. Thos. E. Talbot, constable R.I.C.; Lodge 796, Bailieborough.

Catherine Hill (2,208), daughter of the late Br. Alexander Hill, sergeant R.I.C.; Lodge 101, Athlone.

Mildred F. Hobson (2,049), daughter of the late Br. Henry A. Hobson, bookfinisher; Lodge 103, Belfast.

Mabel E. M'Creight (1,901), daughter of the late Br. John M'Creight, constable R.I.C; Lodge 85, Carrickmacross.

The candidate Adelaide Bracken, who was fifth on the list of successful candidates, was declared disqualified; and to fill the vacancy so created Eileen C. Cross, daughter of the late Br. Frederick Cross, quartermaster-sergeant, Lodge 730, Dublin, was selected, she having obtained thirteenth place, with 1,844.

There were sixteen unsuccessful candidates.


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The Witness - Tuesday, 9 June, 1914


CAUGHEY -- May 29, on board ss Empress of Ireland, Albert Edward, second son of W. J. Caughey, also his wife Helen, both of Ottawa.

FERRIS -- June 4, at Beechgrove, Aghagallon, Lurgan, Thomas William Ferris.

FRENCH -- June 5, at Staffordstown, William French.

GARSTIN -- June 4, at Lagos, Nigeria, Edward James Hamilton Garstin, M.D., T.C.D., eldest son of Rev. Canon Garstin, Letterkenny.

LOGAN -- June 4, at Annaville, Aghalee, James Logan, aged 75 years.

MARTIN -- June 3, at Ballydown, Banbridge, Samuel Martin, husband of Jane Martin.

MOORE -- June 6, at Auburn Villa, Ballynafeigh, Charlotte, widow of the late Samuel Moore, in her 88th year.

M'KEE -- June 5, at Main Street, Bangor, Henry M'Kee, husband of Sarah M'Kee.

NEWELL -- June 5, at Market Square, Dungannon, Sarah Jane, eldest daughter of the late Charles Newell, Stewartstown.

NEWTON -- June 6, at 14, Pacific Avenue, William Legg Newton, Sea Captain (in service of Belfast Corporation), only son of the late Captain George F. Newton, of Carrickfergus.

ROBB -- June 4, at Longwood, Whitehouse, Florence Ethel, wife of Major J. J. Robb, I.M.S.

SMYTH -- Jane 5, at Ardameer, Portrush, Rev. Robert Smyth, B.A., Senior Minister of Donoughmore Presbyterian Church, aged 77 years.

SPROULE -- May 29, at Aughee, Dromore, Tyrone, Oliver Sproule, aged 74 years.

WATSON -- June 5, at Maze, Margaret, wife of John Watson, in her 74th year.

WILKINSON -- June 6, at Bertha Lodge, Malone Road, Robert, husband of M. J. Wilkinson.



A Young Student Shot Dead.

As the result of an election demonstration at Cooldorrihy, a young student, of 19, named Patrick Lordan, was fatally shot, and a young man named Sylvester Cotter is in custody in connection with the affair. At an inquest the jury returned a verdict of death from shock and hemorrhage caused by a gunshot wound, but they refrained from saying by whom it was fired.

It was deposed that a rival crowd came into collision, and party shouts were indulged in. Cotter, who was with the U.I.L. crowd, had, it is alleged, a double-barrelled gun, and two shots were fired. After the second shot Lordan shouted, "I'm shot; send for the priest." He bled to death in a quarter of an hour.

A special Court was held in Macroom on Saturday night, when Cotter was brought up on the capital charge. Acting-Sergeant Hickey, of Teerelton, deposed to the arrest and said that the prisoner stated they had a bonfire and torches, and the rival crowd were shouting in opposition to them. He held up his gun and asked the crowd to let them pass. They were opposed by two crowds, and to frighten them he fired a shot in the air. Michael Lannin and others tried to wrest the gun from him, and a shot went off. There were, he added nearly 100 against nine, and the man holding the gun fell. The accused gave himself up.

A remand was granted, bail being refused. The deceased and the man in custody both belong to respectable families of the farming class.



A total of 1,340 passengers left the Clyde on Saturday on the Transatlantic liners. The Allan Line's Steamer Hesperian, for Quebec and Montreal, carried 20 saloon, 200 second cabin, and 500 third class passengers. The California, which took the Anchor Line sailing to New York, had a complement of 25 saloon, 180 second class, and 150 third class passengers; while the Cassandra, of the Donaldson Line, carried 105 second class and 160 third class passengers.




About eleven o'clock on Saturday night the Allan linear Corinthian collided with and sank the Genera! Steam Navigation Company's steamer, Oriole, off Charlton. The Oriole had been up to London to discharge her passengers, and was on the return journey to Charlton when she was run down. No lives were lost, the passengers (three only remaining on board) and crew being taken off by the Corinthian and other boats.

The collision between the Corinthian and the Oriole occurred about two miles above the spot where the Princess Alice was run down by the collier Bywell Castle in September, 1878, with a loss of six hundred lives. The cause of the collision is at present a mystery.

A licensed waterman named Sergeant, of Charlton, who witnessed the disaster and immediately proceeded to the spot to render what assistance he could, states that signals were exchanged between the Corinthian and the Oriole, the latter indicating by means of her whistle that she was going to port. The two vessels met with a tremendous crash, and the Oriole was holed on the port side, near the fore rigging, the gash being such that she sank in less than ten minutes.

The Oriole is almost entirely submerged at high tide, but it is hoped that it may be possible to raise her by Thursday next, her presence in the fairway being a serious hindrance to navigation.



The Right Hon. Earl Castlestuart died at his residence, Stuart Hall, Stewartstown, Tyrone, on Friday at 7-10. This distinguished nobleman during his illness, which lasted for several months, was attended by Dr. Harris, medical officer, Stewartstown, and on Thursday by Sir William Whitla, M.D., Belfast, who did everything in their power for their distinguished patient. He was also attended for several months past by a special attendant from the County Hospital of Omagh, Nurse M'Vettie. He had attained the ripe old age of seventy-seven.

Castlestuart is the male representative of the Royal Stuarts of Scotland. He was a devoted member of the Church of Ireland, was Diocesan nominator, and a regular attendant at Ardboe Church. He had a church at the castle, where services were conducted by the Rev. C. L. Garnett, brother-in-law of the Earl. In politics he was a Conservative, although he took no practical part in the present-day struggle. His last public act was to vote at Ballyclog for Coagh County Councillor.

He leaves two daughters, Lady Muriel Close, wife of Major Close, Drumbanagher, Armagh. Her ladyship holds in her own right Drum Manor. The second daughter is married to Colonel Clough Taylor.


Major F. Dixon, brother of Sir Thomas Dixon, Bart., who has resigned his commission in the 5th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (South Downs) commanded a company inn the celebrated corps for the past fourteen years, and was with it in South Africa, including the operations in the Orange River Colony 1901-02 (Queen's Medal five clasps).



Sir Hiram Maxim's Preventive.

The collision disaster in the St. Lawrence has raised interest again in Sir Hiram Maxim's invention explained at the time of the Titanic affair. It is fully described in a little booklet published by Cassell's, "A New System for Preventing Collisions at Sea." It is well known that bats can avoid in the dark even suspended silk threads, and can find their way in full flight amid the intricacies of caves absolutely dark. Sir Hiram says they manage this by a special sense. A bat is provided with a "receiving apparatus" on the face, which registers, practically instantly, the echoes of the vibration's set up by the rapid movements of its wings, and gives it accurate knowledge of the place, distance, and size of obstructions. Sounds that are above, and below human hearing, such as those set up by the movements of a bat's wings, still can travel a great distance and can be received again as echoes with suitable apparatus. Sir Hiram has designed an apparatus which can send out sounds below human hearing, and which can register the return waves of such sounds from objects as far distant as ten miles. With such gear, which is quite simple, the Empress could have known, without seeing the Storstad, where she was, how she was heading, and her approximate size.



The announcement of the death of Mr. James Logan, of Annaville, Aghalee, which took place on Thursday evening after a lingering illness, will be received with much regret by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. The deceased, who was seventy-five years of age, was one of the most prosperous farmers in the Aghalee district, in which he held several extensive farms, and as an agriculturist and cattle-raiser he had a big reputation. He was also one of the original directors of the firm of Messrs. Deans Logan, & Co., Belfast, a post which advancing years obliged him some time ago to relinquish, and in which he was succeeded, by his eldest son, Mr. S. G. Logan, J.P. Mr. Logan was a very staunch Presbyterian, and in his demise the Moira Presbyterian Church loses a strong and generous adherent. He took no active interest in politics. Mr. Logan leaves a large family to mourn his loss.



Mr. Henry M'Kee, Main Street, Bangor, died at his residence on Friday. He had reached the advanced age of eighty years, and had been ailing since October last, since which time, with the exception of a single day before his death, he had been confined to the house. Surrounded with the constant devotion of his wife and family, and the best medical advice, the deceased gentleman endured his protracted illness with Christian fortitude. By his demise this town of Bangor is deprived of one of its oldest and most esteemed residents. The late Mr. M'Kee was an elder of First Bangor Presbyterian Church, and although he did not identify himself very actively with public affairs, he nevertheless was keenly interested in the welfare and progress of the town in which he lived. To his sorrowing widow, his son and daughter (Mrs. David Orr) our sincere sympathy is extended.



News has reached Scotland by the present mail from India of the circumstances under which Dr. Peter Baillie and Professor Diack lost their lives at Mahableshwar on May 16. Some of the young missionaries of the Language School, Mahableshwar, had gone for a picnic beside a pool about a couple of miles from the station. After breakfast the party separated, and Professor Diack and Mr. Baillie went in for a bathe. An hour afterwards one of their companions, returning, found their clothes by the side of the pool and noticed Dr. Baillie's body floating in the water. Assistance was quickly obtained and the bodies recovered. Apparently Dr. Baillie had taken a heart seizure or cramp on entering the water, and Professor Diack had gone to his assistance.


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The Witness - Friday, 12 June, 1914


M'CLEAN--MOORHEAD -- June 3, at Ballyalbany Presbyterian Church, Monaghan, by the Rev. Thomas Madill, LL.D. (uncle of the bride), assisted by the Rev. Mr. Cargin, John M'Clean, Thornhill House, Monaghan, to Jeannie, only daughter of the late John Moorhead, Rafeenan, Monaghan.


GIBSON -- June 10, at 51, Camden Street, Belfast, Mary Jane, the dearly-loved wife of A. D. Gibson. Interment in City Cemetery this (Friday) morning, at ten o'clock.

MORROW -- At a Private Nursing Home, Belfast, Andrew Morrow, J.P., Windsor Hill, Rathfriland, aged 47 years. Funeral from Elmwood Church, to-morrow (Saturday) morning, at ten o'clock, to Dundonald Cemetery. No flowers.

STEEN -- June 8, at Ilford (suddenly), the Rev. George Steen, M.A., in his 86th year (late minister of Second Keady). Funeral at Second Keady Presbyterian Church, to-morrow (Saturday), June 13, at 11-22 a.m., from Keady Station. Friends, kindly accept this (the only) intimation.

CORBITT -- June 9, at Lisnacreevy House, Essie Swan, wife of Robert S. Corbitt.

DITTY -- June 9, at Mountstewart Cottage, William Ditty.

MacDONALD -- June 9, at Fever Hospital, Newtownards, Samuel Raymond Macdonald, aged 8 years.

MERCER -- June 6, at The Limes, Lurgan, Percy, only son of James Mercer, aged 19 years.

MULLIGAN -- June 8, at 74, Cromwell Road, John Francis, son of Francis Mulligan.

M'KINSTRY -- June 10, at Mossley House, Mossley, Cornelius M'Kinstry.

NEWMAN -- June 7, at Downpatrick, John F. Newman.

PINKERTON -- At Clonard, Bangor, N. Wales, Thomas A. Pinkerton, Esq., son of the late William Pinkerton, Esq., F.S.A., of Belfast.

WATSON -- Dec. 18, 1913, at Preesall, James Watson, aged 57 years.

WILSON -- June 8, at 5, Hampstead, Cavehill Road, Sarah-Jane, widow of the late Robert J. Wilson.

SHIELDs -- June 5, at his residence, Ballindarragh, Markethill, Thomas Shields, aged 79 years.



Much regret will be felt over a wide circle at the death of Mr. Andrew Morrow, J.P., which has just taken place. Mr. Morrow was for many years associated in business with Mr. David Mitchell, Castle Street, and after the concern was converted into a limited liability company he became one of the directors. Some years ago he retired from business, and took up country pursuits. He was a member of Elmwood congregation, and when in the city he took an active part in the work of the Central Presbyterian Association. He was keenly interested in the movement for National service, acting as a local representative. He had also made a special study of the old Volunteer movement in the North of Ireland, had a fine collection of Volunteer badges, &c., and was a contributor to the "Ulster Journal of Archaeology." Upright, genial, manly, and outspoken, he was held in high estimation, and much sympathy will be felt with his bereaved widow. The funeral will leave Elmwood Church at ten o'clock on Saturday morning for the Dundonald Cemetery.



We regret to record the death of the Rev. George Steen, M.A., senior minister of Second Keady Presbyterian Church, in the Presbytery of Armagh, which took place on Monday at Ilford, where he had been residing for some time with his son Dr. James Ross Steen. The deceased had reached the advanced age of 86 years and had been retired from the active duties of the ministry for the past sixteen years. Mr. Steen was born in Londonderry in 1829, and was brought up in connection with Great James Street Congregation in that city. He early decided to enter the Christian ministry, and with that object in view he became a student in Foyle College, where he prosecuted his studies, and later he attended Glasgow University, where he graduated M.A. Having completed his undergraduate and theological courses, he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow as a probationer. In 1854 he received a call from Second Keady, which he accepted, and was ordained by the Presbytery of Armagh. To that congregation ministered with much acceptance for over half a century, enjoying the respect and esteem of all the members, as well as of his ministerial brethren in the Presbytery. During his pastorate in that place he was successful in building a new church and also a manse, both of which stand as a permanent memorial to his work in Second Keady. He took no prominent part in the business of the Supreme Court, although previous to his retirement he was deeply interested in the Assembly's proceedings. In 1897 he sought and obtained permission from the General Assembly to retire from the active duties of the ministry and for a number of years, as already intimated, he had been living in London. Although to the younger generation of ministers he was practically unknown, his death will be heard of with regret by the senior members of the Assembly, more especially by those who enjoyed his personal acquaintance. The funeral will take place to-morrow, when the remains will be interred at the family burying-ground, Keady.




Mrs. Anna Graham, wife of a farmer Mr. Charles Graham, of Park Corner, Clogher, near Dromore, gave birth to triplets, all girls, on the 5th inst. The mother and children are all doing well.

A fire broke out on the 8th inst, in the [?]ing in Scarva Hill, Banbridge, occupied by Mrs. Edgar. The ceiling of the room ad[joining] the kitchen was considerably damaged, [and a] bedroom, to which the flames had [had] access.

A pretty wedding was solemnised in [Dungannon] Parish Church on Wednesday [between] the Rev. S. James S. St. Claire [-?-], B.A, rector of Stewartstown, and [-?-] curate-assistant of St. Ann's Church, [Dungannon], and Miss Dora Madeline Stevenson, youngest daughter of the late Mr. [?] Stevenson, J.P., Dungannon.

A consequence of the withdrawal of one of [his] sureties Robert Neely was rearrested [in] Londonderry on the charge of having on [the] night of the 3rd inst. maliciously set [fire to] a house in Sackville Street, the [property] of Mr. D. C. Hogg, H.M.L., M.P. [He was] afterwards brought up at a special [-?-] and remanded, bail being refused.

The Recorder of Derry on Tuesday gave [judgement] in the application of Edward [-?-], farmer, Flanders, in the Dungiven area for compensation for the alleged [felonious] burning of fences and heather on [his holding]. His Honour said there was no [-?-] that the burning could not have been [-?-] by accident. It probably arose [with] parties visiting at the turf bank on an adjoining holding, where where the fire started, [-?-] a fire. He refused the application.


A postman delivering letters at Bourne, Farnham (Surrey), on Monday found Mr. [-?-] Lathey, a builder, dead in a chair [-?-] his bungalow, with a bullet wound [to his] head and a revolver by his side.

[Stoker] O'Connor, a victim of the coal gas explosion on board the battleship Bellerophon, [-?-] on Saturday evening, and was buried [in Cromarty] on Monday afternoon with naval [honours]. Stoker Pryce is still in a critical condition. It is stated by the injured men [-?-] explosion was due to a spark from an electric lead and not to a naked light. Another two injured men are progressing favourably.

The annual rate of mortality in the ninety-seven great towns last week averaged 13.2 per thousand. The rate in Belfast was 16.

A notice that Richard Hazleton, ex-M.P., of Ivy Bank, George's Avenue, Blackrock, County Dublin, was on the 5th June adjudged bankrupt has been gazetted.

The "Dublin Gazette" announces that the Lord Lieutenant has appointed Mr. Justice Molony to be a member of the Intermediate Education Board for Ireland.

"A Presbyterian, sir," said Alexander Reid, a Scottish boy, when asked his occupation by the Willesden magistrate when he was charged with travelling on the London and North-Western Railway without paying his fare.

We understand that the papers and effects of the late Mr. Fred Graham, a young Belfast man who died recently in Ottawa, were being conveyed by a lady and gentleman to his relatives, in Belfast on board the Empress of Ireland. Information has just been received that both the lady and gentleman lost their lives in the disaster.

A young married man, named John Kermode, of Roose Beck, near Barrow-in-Furness, was proceeding on his motor cycle to a Barrow shipyard, where he was employed, when, on turning a nasty corner at Leece, he ran into a taxi-cab conveying a wedding party to Dendron Church. Kermode was killed on the spot. The taxi was considerably damaged, but the occupants escaped with a severe shaking, and were obliged to proceed to the scene of the wedding ceremony, some considerable distance off, on foot.


Lisbon, Tuesday. -- The Lisbon Municipality has decided to give the name of London to one of the principal streets here as an expression of gratitude for the reprieve of Oliveira Coclbo, sentenced to death for murdering bis wife aboard a British ship.

Madrid, Wednesday. -- The civil marriage of Mr. Kermit Roosevelt and Mrs. Willard, daughter of the American Ambassador to Spain, took place here to-day. A religious ceremony will be held at the Protestant chapel to-morrow.

Paris, Wednesday. -- Despite generally unfavourable weather the aviator Renaux, on a Farman biplane, succeeded yesterday in beating many of the world's speed records for flight with a passenger, covering in all five hundred kilometres in 4hrs. 43mins. 16secs.



The council of the Royal Society of Arts, with the approval of the president, H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught, have awarded the Albert Medal for the current year to Chevalier Guglielmo Marconi, D.Sc., LL.D., "for his services in the development and practical application of wireless telegraphy." The medal was instituted in 1862 as a memorial of the Prince Consort, and is awarded annually for distinguished merit in promoting arts, manufactures, or commerce. The first recipient was Sir Roland Hill, who received it in 1864, and the last, his Majesty King George V., to whom it was presented last year.



20,714 was the value of the personal estate left by the late Mr. Wm. Crawford, 18, Cliftonville Road, Belfast. He bequeathed his household effects, &c, to his wife absolutely, and all his other property during her life upon trust for her benefit and that of his children, and, subject thereto, for division amongst his children equally.

7,955 was the gross value of the unsettled property left by the late Captain the Hon. Maurice P. Macnaghten, fifth son of the late Jim Macnaghten, Bushmills. He left all has property to his wire.

The Rev. David Mitchel, M.A., of Hamilton Road, Bangor, County Down, Presbyterian minister, being senior minister at Warrenpoint, who died on 14th March last, aged 89 years, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 4,927 14s 11d, of which 4,158 5s 2d is in England. Probate of his will, dated 13th June, 1912, has been granted to his son, the Rev. Samuel Cuthbert Mitchel, of the manse, Enniskillen, Presbyterian minister, the other executor having renounced probate. The bequests are family ones/



We regret to announce the death, which occurred on Tuesday, of Mr. William Ditty, Mountstewart. The late Mr. Ditty had been attacked by an illness of a serious nature last November, but his robust constitution pulled him through, and it was hoped that he had shaken off the disease. He resumed duty again, and was apparently restored to health. About a month ago, however, the old disease manifested itself again, and notwithstanding the unremitting attention of Dr. J. M. Warnock he passed away as stated. The Marchioness of Londonderry, with characteristic sympathy, frequently visited the patient, and was with him a few hours before he died. The late Mr. Ditty was employed in the Newtownards estate office of the Marquis of Londonderry for over thirty-five years, and when Mr. D. Meiklejohn was appointed agent some twelve years ago Mr. Ditty was promoted to the position of sub-agent. In addition to supervising the home farm at Mountstewart, Mr. Ditty owned over 100 acres of land at Ballyhaft. A staunch Unionist, Mr. Ditty was associated with the defunct Down Constitutional Association, and was latterly hon. treasurer of the Newtownards Unionist Club, in addition to being a member of the other local Unionist bodies. He was also a useful member of the Newtownards Horticultural and Horse-Jumping Society and of the North Down Agricultural Society. He leaves behind him a widow and six of a family.



We are pleased to announce that Captain R. H. Davis, R.N.R., a well-known Belfast-man, has received an important Government appointment. Captain Davis, who has been in the service of the Lord Line (Messrs. Thos. Dixon & Sons, managing owners) for over twenty years, during which time he has commanded several of their large steamers, notably the commodore vessel Lord Downshire for the past three years, has, after a keen competitive examination in London, secured the responsible position of Board of Trade (Nautical) Surveyor. He has been assigned to the Tyne district, and will take up his new duties at an early date. We cordially congratulate Captain Davis on has well-deserved promotion, and wish him every success in his new sphere.




At the conference of the Women's Liberal Federation, in London, a resolution was adopted, on the motion of Mrs F. D. Acland, urging that in the interests of Liberalism the franchise should be granted to woman on a democratic basis without delay.

Thereupon Lady Carlisle, president of the federation, moved a resolution condemning militancy, and calling upon the Government to devise some means whereby militant disorder might be suppressed, as it retarded the progress of Constitutional reform. She said a terrible scourge of violence came right across their Constitutional methods, and it was necessary the Government should do something more effective than had been done for the last six years to stop it. The Government shrank from doing certain things to put down militancy, but if men had been concerned they would never have hesitated. It was a false and spurious sentimentality, and the Government should act at once.

The resolution was carried by an overwhelming majority.



At Corofin, Ennis, three young brothers named Daly were remanded for a week in connection with the burning of a house at Lisduffs, near Corofin. The house had been the residence of a step-brother of the prisoners, but being in bad health he disposed of it and the farm about a month ago. Possession was to have been given to the purchaser, Mr. M'Gann on Monday. The previous afternoon the police patrol passed the house, and it was then all right. Returning in about an hour the house was found to be in flames. It is alleged that the defendants were seen about the neighbourhood, and they were arrested during the evening. Daly, the late owner it is alleged, had not been on good terms with the other members of the family.


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The Witness - Friday, 19 June, 1914


JAMISON--MACOUN -- June 10, 1914, at St. Peter's Church, Antrim Road, by the Rev. H. R. Brett, M.A., Rector, assisted by Canon Frizell, M.A. (Chaplain to the Bishop of Down), and Rev. T. M. Johnstone, B.A. (Newington Presbyterian Church), and Rev. W. B. M'Murray, M.A. (Whiteabbey Presbyterian Church), Hugh, son of James Jamison, Thornleigh, Old Cavehill Road, Belfast, to Eveleen Mary, younger daughter of Joseph Macoun, Oakleigh, Antrim Road, Belfast.


M'KITTRICK -- June 16, 1914, at 9, Mark Street, Portrush, Robert, younger son of the late John M'Kittrick, of Dunmurry. Funeral private.

SINCLAIR -- June 9, at his residence, Cavanreagh, Sixtowns, Draperstown, James Sinclair, J.P. Interred in the family burying-ground attached to the Presbyterian Church, Draperstown, on Thursday afternoon.

ABERCROMBIE -- June 12, at 34, Newington Street, Martha, relict of late John Abercrombie.

ALLEN -- June 13, at Unicarval, Comber, Jane, widow of George Allen, J.P., aged 90 years.

BAILLIE -- June 14, at The Cottage, Mill Hill, Waringstown, Samuel, husband of Mary E. Baillie.

BLAIR -- June 15, at his residence, Seaforth Parade, New Brighton (suddenly), James, the dearly-beloved husband of Mary Blair, and eldest son of Mary and the late Robert Blair, Carnmoney.

CAMPBELL -- June 12, at 58, Regent Street, Maggie, second daughter of John Campbell.

CLUGSTON -- June 13, at 5, Haywood Avenue, Mary, wife of John Clugston.

COWDY -- June 12, Charles Victor (Carol) Cowdy, younger son of F. Charles Cowdy, Edenderry Lodge, Banbridge, aged 7 years.

DEMPSEY -- June 11, at Glandore, Glenburn Park, Anna M., wife of John Dempsey.

DONALDSON -- June 15, at 22, Cyprus Avenue, John Donaldson (late of Cloughey).

DOWNEY -- June 17, at Mayfield, St. Jude's Avenue, Thomas, husband of Elizabeth Downey.

GARDINER -- June 14, at Oakmount, Drumbeg, Dunmurry, Mary Louisa, eldest daughter of the late Alexander Gardiner.

HEANON -- June 12, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, James Heanon.

IRWIN -- June 13, at 1, Mount Royal, Newcastle, Co. Down, Thomas Irwin, 52, Ulsterville Avenue, Belfast, and of Messrs. Ross & Irwin, aged 72 years.

JOHNSTON -- June 13, at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, John Samuel, husband of Mary Ann Johnston, Forkhill, Co. Armagh.

KIRKPATRICK -- June 15, at Cloughfern, Whiteabbey, James Kirkpatrick.

KILPATRICK -- June 17, at 11, Shane's Street, Randalstown, Jane, wife of Andrew Kilpatrick.

MAGEE -- June 10, at 15, Fitzroy Avenue, Bella Magee.

MARTIN -- June 13, Thomas J. Martin, 64, Lonsdale Street, Belfast, aged 42 years.

MORROW -- June 11, at a Private Nursing Home, Belfast, Andrew Morrow, J.P., Windsor Hill, Rathfriland, aged 47.

M'CLELLAND -- June 11, at Scotch Quarter, Carrickfergus, Mary, widow of the late Robert M'Clelland, in her 84th year.

M'KITTRICK -- June 16, at 9, Mark Street, Portrush, Robert, younger son of the late John M'Kittrick, of Dunmurry.

SHARKEY -- June 16, at Macosquin, Coleraine, Alfred John, eldest son of John D. Sharkey.

WATSON -- June 12, at Perry Street, Dungannon, William Watson, M.R.C.V.S.

WILLIAMSON -- June 8, at Skeagh, Bailieborough, John Williamson, aged 71 years. "With Christ, which is far better."

In Memoriam

TAIT -- In sad and loving memory of our dear little Olive, who passed away -- not a cloud across the shining pathway -- on 15th June, 1903, and interred in family burying-place at Drumlough Presbyterian Church. "Though dead, yet speaketh." Inserted by her loving Father and Family. JOSEPH C. TAIT. Windsor Hill, Newry.





In the House of Commons on Friday.

Mr. Burns, moving the second reading of the Merchant Shipping (Convention) Bill, stated that it would add to the safety of ships and lead, he hoped, to the material reduction of preventable casualties and avoidable loss of life. In the last twenty years no fewer than 3,700 vessels owned in the United Kingdom, and having an aggregate tonnage of three millions, had bean lost at sea, while 18,474 passengers and seamen had perished. He was glad to say this loss of life and tonnage was declining, and one of the chief effects of the Bill would be to accelerate that decline.

The measure embodied practically the recommendations made by the representatives of fourteen of the great maritime nations of the world, who recently met in London to consider how the construction and safety of ships could be improved. It was proposed for the first time to establish an international standard of safety for foreign-going passenger ships. All, whether cargo or passenger, carrying fifty persons were required to be equipped with wireless telegraphy, and it was also stipulated that provision should be made for an international service of ice patrols, so that disasters like that of the Titanic might be avoided. The removal and destruction of derelicts was provided for, and there were rules and conditions for the avoidance of ice, and also for the sub-division of ships. An important provision related to the construction, use, and closing of watertight doors, and sufficient boats or rafts were required to be carried by every sea-going ship to accommodate all on board.

Mr. Gershon Stewart and Sir A. Williamson spoke in warm support of the Bill.

Mr. Sandys thought the provisions to ensure more safety should apply to all vessels in the mercantile marine, and not merely to foreign-going passenger ships, which only constituted 20 per cent, of British shipping.

Mr. Walter Rea urged that shipowners should be protected against the undue expense in carrying out the requirements of the Bill concerning wireless telegraphy.

Mr. Dundas White considered the circumstances of the Empress of Ireland disaster pointed to the desirability of strengthening the Bill in some respects. He suggested the Board of Trade should offer a reward to stimulate the invention of a process whereby the upper decks of a vessel could be detached and serve as life rafts.

Mr. Barnes heartily welcomed the measure on behalf of the Labour party.

Mr. J. M. Robertson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade, pointed out that the Bill did not represent all that the Board intended to do for saving life at sea.

The second reading was then agreed to.



Unveiled by Duke of Devonshire.

The Duke of Devonshire visited Derby on Friday, and unveiled a memorial of Florence Nightingale erected in the Infirmary grounds and overlooking the London Road. The statue, which is by Countess Fedora Gleichen, is in white marble, and depicts Florence Nightingale, in a characteristic attitude. It has been erected by means of voluntary subscriptions. Miss Nightingale's home in her early days was at Leahurst, near Matlock, and the Duke of Devonshire, in unveiling the statue, said it faithfully depicted the great characteristic of Florence Nightingale -- namely, her interest and sympathy with every form of sickness and suffering. Her work, he added, was not confined to her own generation, but would be of increasing advantage to all who came after.



The New York correspondent of the London "Daily, Express," telegraphing on the 10th inst., says -- The British cruiser Hermione has eighty-seven cases of malaria among the crew, and six deaths have occurred, says the Vera Cruz correspondent of the "New York Herald." The vessel sailed from Tampico on Monday direct for England. The American scout Chester, the crew of which has also suffered heavily while lying in the Panuco River, also left, homeward bound. The ships were carefully screened against mosquitoes, but the pests gained entrance when the gun ports were removed when stripped for action.



Antrim Probate Suit.

On Friday, before Mr. Justice Molony, at Nisi Prius without a jury, the probate suit of Branken v. Ruddell was heard. It was an action brought by Rose Branken, sole executor and residuary legatee, to establish the will, dated September 24th, 1913, of William John Phillips, farmer, of Tullynewbank, Glenavy, Co. Antrim. By the will, the testator left 25 each to two second cousins, James and Thomas Ruddell, of Belfast, and he bequeathed the rest of his property to Rose Branken, who was a distant relative, and had been a servant in his employment for about twenty years.

Mr. Chambers, K.C., M.P., with whom were Mr. Powell, K.C., and Mr. John Miley (instructed by Messrs. O'Rorke, M'Donald, & Tweed) appeared for the plaintiff, and said that under an earlier will the deceased had given legacies to several people, one of whom was the defendant in the present action, supported by the others. They had come to an arrangement in the matter, whereby, in order to save expense and trouble, they had agreed to pay the defendant the sum of 200, and the defendant had undertaken to secure the release of all the legatees named in the earlier will.

Mr. M'Donald, solicitor, having given evidence of the will of September 24th, 1913, Mr. Justice Molony admitted it to probate. It was agreed that both parties should get their costs out of the estate, and that the sum of 200 should be divided amongst the legatees under a former will, 50 being first deducted in respect of the legacies of 25 each to the defendant and his brother.

Mr. Henry, K.C., Mr. D. M. Wilson, K.C.; and Mr. Megaw (instructed by Mr. John Wilson) appeared for the defendant.



We regret to announce the death, of Mr. James Sinclair, J.P., at his residence, Cavanreagh, Sixtowns, Draperstown. He was for forty years ruling elder in Draperstown Presbyterian Church, and though some few years ago he was laid aside through bodily infirmity he never lost interest in the congregation, and was through all the years a pillar of the church. He was a strong advocate of temperance, and on the Bench, his decisions were always tempered with mercy. He was much esteemed by all classes and creeds, as shown by the large attendance at the funeral and by the many expressions of regret heard. His remains were removed for interment to the family burying ground in Draperstown on 11th inst. Rev. C. C. M. Dickey conducted services at the deceased's late residence, and also at the graveside. The chief mourners were -- John Sinclair, Bertie Sinclair, Hillis Sinclair, Fleming Sinclair (sons), Samuel Sinclair, James Sinclair, Robert M'Geagh (nephews), Robert Kelso, Robert May, Robert M'Geagh (brothers-in-law), James M'Farland, A. H. Henderson, H. Dickson Black, Samuel Sinclair (relatives).


At the recent examination held in Belfast under the auspices of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, Miss Winifred H. Todd, Milford, Armagh, has been awarded a pass in Grade III. for pianoforte playing. Miss Todd is a pupil of Miss Elliott, Armagh.




On Saturday evening a farmer named John Corry, aged sixty-two years, who resided in Ballydougherty, County Armagh, died in the Newry Hospital from the effects of injuries he had received by being thrown out of his cart on Thursday evening when returning home from Newry market.

The long-continuing spell of dry weather is having a very injurious effect on the crops in Mid-Armagh, and if rain does not soon come it will tell a very bad tale for the farmer. The potato crop, which was very badly hit by the frosts about three weeks ago, is making a very slow recovery, and it is feared that the yield will be far from good.

Constable Michael Conaty, of Loughbrickland Station, has been awarded a grant of ?5 and an honorary framed certificate by the Trustees of the Carnegie Hero Trust Fund, for courageous conduct displayed, at great personal risk, in stopping a runaway horse, with cart attached, in the village of Loughbrickland, on the 25th August last.

At Ballymena Town Court references were made to the recent scenes in the town when a number of lady canvassers were mistaken as suffragists, and were mobbed on the streets, and when two lady visitors from Australia [-?-] received similar unwelcome attention. Mr. Barclay, J.P., expressed keen disapproval of the conduct of the crowd on the occasion.

Universal regret was expressed in Dungannon at the announcement of the death of Mr. William Watson, M.R.C.V.S., which took place his residence, Perry Street, Dungannon, on Friday after a lingering illness, Mr. Watson was a native of the Whitecross District, County Armagh. The deceased gentleman leaves a widow and two young children.

At its monthly meeting in London on the 11th inst., the committee of the Royal Humane Society, presided over by Admiral [-?-] G. D. Morant, the following award was made -- Testimonial on vellum to David G. [Christie], merchant, Coleraine, for his courageous action in plunging into 14ft. of water in the Bann, and saving a man named [Connolly], on 12th May.

At Derry Petty Sessions on Monday the adjourned cases in which charges of [-?-] stone-throwing, revolver-firing, and maliciously damaging property were presented against four young men, David Strawbridge, Thomas Bailey, Thomas Duffy, and [-?-] M'Feely, came up for hearing. After defence, the Chairman announced that the magistrates refused informations in all the cases.

At the monthly meeting of Ballymena Municipal School Committee, Mr. R. Barclay, (presiding), referred to the recent death of Mr. Samuel Bonnar, and it was resolved by the committee put on record their sense of the deep loss which the school had suffered gentleman's demise. It was decided to ask Mr. T. P. Gill, Secretary of the Department, to visit Ballymena in connection with the formal opening of the school in September.

On Saturday evening, while a man named Courtney, residing in Queen Street, Harryville, Ballymena, was sitting on the range [-?-] of what is known as the Harryville [-?-] which spans the River Braid, he was, [he] alleged, thrown or knocked into the water by another man. He fell a distance of about [?] feet into the river, and as the water was very shallow at the time he came in contact with the bed and sustained a nasty [-?-] on the head.


The cost of maintaining the poor of England and Wales during the six months ending September was 7,354,542.

The annual rate of mortality in the ninety-seven great towns last week averaged 13.5 per 1,000. The rate in Belfast was 17.

Mr. T. P. O'Connor has severed his connection with "T.P.'s Weekly," and is arranging to start a new paper in October.

The Merchant Service Guild announce a slight increase in the pay of the first and third officers in Cunard liners. Junior officers will henceforth rank as third officers.

"The Times" announces the death of Dr. Barclay Head, who was from 1864 to 1906 in the Numismatic Department of the British Museum, and was the principal authority on Greek numismatics in England. He was born at Ipswich in 1844.

The death occurred on Saturday, at Fareham, of Admiral Sir John Durnford, a former Sea Lord, who saw active service in Burma. He was born in 1849, and entered the Navy in 1862. He attained Flag rank in 1902, and was Commander-in-Chief of the Cape of Good Hope Squadron from 1904 to 1907.

The Northampton magistrates on Friday decided that contributions from children to parents constituted means within the Old-Age Pensions Act, and they fined James Bumpus 10s for stating that he received 9s, whereas he received 10s weekly. The solicitor for the defence contended that grants from children were voluntary, and should not be taken into account. It was stated this was the first legal decision given on the point.

For the third time in three successive years the Unionist Housing Bill has been killed by the Government. Mr. Herbert Samuel, President of the local Government Board, on Friday refused to finance it. It asks for 1,000,000 from the Treasury to be spent in assisting slum clearances in towns and in subsidising housing schemes in rural districts. The Government, Mr. Walter Long pointed out, said, "We will do nothing ourselves, and we will take care you will do nothing."

Mrs. Elizabeth Hoffnung, of The Hartlands, Cranford, Middlesex, who died on May 5 last, widow of Mr. S. Hoffnung, formerly of Sydney. N.S.W., left estate valued at 13,580 2s 5d gross, with net personalty sworn at 12,400 7s 1d. Mrs. Hoffnung, who was 73 years of age at her decease, requested that she might be buried in a muslin gown which should be found wrapped in paper in her safe, and that a packet of letters there and the portrait of her husband should be buried with her.

Miss Robertson, of Hertford, in her presidential address at the Head-Mistresses' Conference at Bristol, said the Scots in 300 years had developed a respect for the educated and a grasp of its meaning, which was still rare in England. The English had not yet a clear conception of the problem. It was stated that the conference had by a misunderstanding allowed the statements of the Civil Service Commissioners regarding women's inferiority to pass unchallenged on Friday. On Saturday, however, the conference rectified the mistake by passing a suitable resolution.

The National Peace Congress at Liverpool on Friday discussed the effect of armament expenditure on commerce. Mr. F. Mertons calculated 1,170,000,000 per annum to represent the appalling waste of economic resources in Europe alone. A resolution, condemning the anti-social character of armament firms, was passed. A motion protesting against the arming of Volunteers in Ireland led to a lively discussion, objection being taken to Mr. Redmond and Sir Edward Parson being placed in the same category. A resolution was passed, calling on the community to refrain from resorting to armed force, either to obtain reforms they desired or to resist legislation.


Quebec, Friday. -- The Government steamer Montmagny, which had not been heard of since she coaled at Cape Race several days ago, has arrived at North Sydney, Cape Breton Island, and reports all well.

Ponta Delgada, Saturday. -- The White Star liner Canopic, from Boston for Naples, arriving this morning reports that an Italian third-class passenger went mad suddenly, and wounded twenty-five passengers with a knife, five being seriously injured. The incident occurred before the ship's arrival here.

New York, Saturday. -- A wireless from the liner New York reports that while in a dense fog two miles east of Nantucket she was struck a glancing blow by the steamer Pretoria. The New York was stopping at the time, and the shock was only slight. There was no panic, and no one injured.

The Cairo correspondent of the London "Daily Express" says -- Cairo has just passed through a period of the most excessive heat on record for generations. The thermometer registered 113 degrees. Hundreds of birds died from the heat, and the Kasr-el-Nil Bridge expanded so much that it jammed, and could not be opened until the weather cooled down.

Winnipeg, June 11. -- A Royal North-Western Mounted Police patrol leaves Regina about June 20 to search the Far Northland for the bodies of the explorers Radford and Street, who went north three years ago. It was reported that they were murdered by Eskimos. This is the most perilous task ever undertaking by the famous "Red Coats." The country is the bleakest in Canada. They will commence investigations in Chesterfield inlet, and patrol thousands of miles inland, also maintaining order at Hudson's Bay posts en route.



The death occurred yesterday, after a brief illness, in Portrush, of Mr. W. F. Anderson, principal partner in The Arcade, Coleraine, and a former chairman of the Coleraine Urban Council. The deceased gentleman was eminent in social, musical, and sporting circles, and was captain of the Bann Rowing Club for several years. He was well-known in drapery manufacturing centres in Ireland and Britain. His sterling qualities attracted friends everywhere. He returned a month ago from a health tour on the Continent apparently improved, and his death was unexpected. Keen sympathy is felt for his widow and three children.



We regret to announce the death of Miss Gilmour, Sligo, which took place suddenly at Portstewart last Friday. She had been in poor health for some months past, and had gone to Portstewart for a holiday, arriving only last Thursday, and as already stated, passed away on the following day. Miss Gilmour was a very faithful member of Sligo Presbyterian Church, a devoted church worker, and a very generous contributor to all its funds. She took a very deep interest in the work of the Zenana Missionary Association, and for many years organised with conspicuous ability a number of very successful sales of work under its auspices. At the close of the morning service last Sunday, Rev. William Armour, in the course of a tribute to the deceased lady, said that he was only voicing the feelings of their entire membership when he said that they had heard with deep regret the sad news of her sudden death. They all knew how devoted she was to their cause in Sligo, giving generously both of her time and her means, and entering with whole-hearted enthusiasm into all their church work. Her beautiful Christian character, and her devoted Christian service would always remain with them as a sacred and inspiring memory. He assured her relatives of the deep sympathy of the congregation with them in their bereavement. The hymn "For ever with the Lord" was sung, at the conclusion of which the congregation remained standing while the Dead March was played.





I have just received the painful intelligence that Mr. Alan Carswell, of the firm of Messrs. Robert Carswell & Son, Ltd., has passed away. He had not been in good health for some months, but it is only within the last few weeks he was compelled to take to his home and bed. Always of an active, energetic, and buoyant nature, and interested in his great business, he struggled and fought against a threatened illness to the last. He had been obliged to take many Continental trips in the hope of shaking off the disease with which he was threatened. I have often met him in the intervals, and have been astonished at the buoyancy and spirit he displayed under the circumstances. It was only yesterday that I heard from a mutual friend of his irritation at the restrictions his medical advisers were imposing on him. I have no doubt they were acting for the best and realised his weakness more than he did. The spirit and heartiness were strong, even in the midst of weakness. It was the same friend who told me yesterday of his grumbling at not being allowed to see his friends that told me to-day that he had passed away.

It was in these grumblings and in the buoyancy they represented that I recognised the Alan Carswell I have known from his youth. His father, Mr. Robert Carswell, was one of my earliest and kindest friends in Belfast, and the friendship with the son began then and continued to the end. I remember his father in the bookbinding business in Donegall Place. He then developed into a letter-press and lithographic printer in Royal Avenue. Afterwards the firm migrated the present buildings in Queen Street. The full responsibility of the new undertaking rested on the shoulders of Mr. Alan Carswell. How worthily, successfully, and honourably he bore that responsibility is evidenced by the splendid premises and the splendid business represented to-day. All connected with the printing trade respected and admired him, and none envied him. They felt that he had honestly earned the position he had attained. He was in all respects honest and honourable, and none more ready to recognise that than his competitors. As a business man he was enterprising and far-seeing, energetic and practical, upright, and honourable, and the fine premises and business he has left behind is the best tribute that could be paid to his memory from the point of view of a successful and enterprising captain of industry.

But while I admired and appreciated him as a master printer and an enterprising and successful one at that, I may say that it was as a private and personal friend that Alan Carswell appealed most to me. He was the heart and soul of kindliness, geniality, and good nature, and he was blessed with a wife who vied with him in the display of all these characteristics. While keen and able in business and never forgetting business, he was always friendly and social, and if there was a cause or a friend that needed assistance Alan Carswell could always be depended on to do even more than his full share. As I cannot write of my deceased friend in any formal terms I think I am justified in saying that while in many ways in business Mr. Carswell came in contact in friendly rivalry both with Mr. R H. H. Baird and myself, yet I do not think there were better or warmer personal friends in the world. And what is true of us is true of all connected with the trade. Alan Carswell was not only a business man, bat he was an individuality, and I have never heard a harsh word uttered, and I do not believe there was ever a hard thought entertained regarding him by anybody I ever met in business or out of it. Mr. Carswell was a magistrate of Belfast, and was prominently connected with the Masonic body, and was interested in many local institutions and movements. But I cannot think of enumerating these at present. I am obsessed by the fact that my good friend has gone, and that I and many others are poorer for his loss. To his widow first of all I tender my most sincere expression of condolence and sympathy. I met her first on her return from the honeymoon, and she has been a friend ever since. She was a helpmate indeed to her husband and a friend to all his friends. She is a daughter of the late Mr. Joseph Bow, who was a shipbuilder in Paisley. I extend the same condolence and sympathy to his three sons, who are all connected with the business. The widow has lost the kindest of husbands and the sons the best of fathers, and the printing trade of Belfast has lost a member who was honoured and respected both in his commercial and in his personal character Mr. Carswell, I may add, was a staunch member of the Presbyterian Church, and a liberal contributor to its funds.


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The Witness - Friday, 26 June, 1914

Silver Wedding

WILSON--WALLACE -- June 25, 1889, at Castlereagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. John B. Thomson, Robert Wylie Wilson, to Mary, Second youngest daughter of the late John Wallace, Braniel, Castlereagh. Present Address -- 2, Caledonia Terrace, Cambuslang, Glasgow.


PATTERSON -- May 29, at his residence, 986, Trumbull Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A., John Patterson, aged 75, beloved husband of Sarah Adair Patterson, and father of Agnes Jane and John Thompson Patterson. Funeral to Woodmere Cemetery.

ANDERSON -- June 22, 1914, at her father's residence, Hydepark, Edith, third daughter of Edward and Anna Witherspoon. Interred in Kilbride, 23rd June.

ANDERSON -- June 18, at Linn Gorm, Bath Terrace, Portrush, W. F. Anderson (of The Arcade, Coleraine), aged 53 years.

BROWNE -- June 17, at 94, Ravenscroft Avenue, Belfast, Emily A. Browne.

CAREY -- May 9, at Brisbane, Queensland, Gertrude, wife of James Carey, and daughter of John Heaney, Belfast.

CARRUTHERS -- June 21, at 9, Claremont Street, Rose Ann Prentice, eldest daughter of the late James Carruthers, Glencregah.

CARSWELL -- June 18, at Elsinore, Jordanstown, Alan Carswell, J.P.

DORMAN -- June 20, at 75, Mercer Street, Lisburn, Robert Dorman.

DOWNEY -- June 17, at Mayfield, St. Jude's Avenue, Thomas, husband of Elizabeth Downey.

FRASER -- June 18, at Deerpark, Derryola, Mary, relict of the late James Fraser.

GREIG -- June 5, at Kirin, Manchuria, Charles son of Dr. James A. Greig, aged 2 years add 10 months.

HERDMAN -- June 21, at Aughnamillan, Nutt's Corner, Thomas Herdman, aged 65 years.

HULL -- June 18, at 3, Park Parade, Lisburn, Maurice Wilfrid Hull, younger son of the late Alfred Hull, aged 6 years and 4 months.

MARTIN -- June 24, at Ballydown, Banbridge, Samuel, only son of David Martin.

MONTGOMERY -- June 22, at Kenvara, Cultra, Lancelot T. Montgomery.

MURPHY -- June 22, at Tully, Killead, Samuel Murphy.

M'MECHAN -- June 23, at Ballybranagh, Downpatrick, Samuel, eldest son of the late James M'Mechan.

M'WILLIAM -- June 20, at Ballyrickardmore, Raloo, Thomas M'William, aged 81 years.

NORRELL -- June 21, at Kilbride, James Norrell.

REID -- June 21, at 1, Meadowbank Street, Lower Windsor Avenue, Janie, widow of the late Rev. John Reid, Newtownsaville.

RINGLAND -- June 22, at Toye, Killyleagh, Mary Ann, widow of the late James Ringland, Derryboye.

RUSSELL -- June 23, at Craigaruskey, Killinchy, Eleanor Russell.

SAMS -- June 22, at Kilwaughter Castle, Larne, Edward Sams.

SCOTT -- June 18, at Royal Infirmary, Liverpool, Gordon, youngest son of Rev. James Scott, Banbridge.

TEMPLETON -- June 20, at Camphill Cottage, Whiteabbey, James, son of the late James Templeton.



In the death of Mr. Robert M'Kittrick, of Lisburn, the Presbyterian Church has lost a most worthy son, but one who himself would have been the last to think so, for he was one of the gentlest and humblest of men, who, while deeply interested in the Church, and taking his full share of her work, yet bore his effective witness so unobtrusively that only those intimately associated with him knew what a real strength he was to the cause of the Saviour, whom he loved and served. Before he came to Lisburn he had been an elder in Dunmurry, and for many years the efficient treasurer of the congregation, and his musical tastes and talents made him a most helpful member of the choir. For the past number of years he had been a member of Railway Street Church, Lisburn, a member of the committee, a teacher in the Sabbath-school, secretary of the Orphan Society, and recently co-opted as a member of the session. During these years he took a very real interest in everything pertaining to the well-being of the congregation, and was most generous in his contributions to the various funds and objects connected therewith; and, indeed, to every good cause presented to him. He had been afflicted with delicate health for many years, involving at times considerable suffering and debility, yet he never murmured or complained, but bravely and cheerfully gave himself to his business and other duties. For the past few months his health had been worse than usual, though he seemed latterly somewhat better, and went to Portrush very hopeful that its bracing air would again -- as often before -- renew his strength. However, he was only at Portrush a few days when an alarming attack came on, and quite unexpectedly his gentle, guileless spirit was liberated from the encumbrance of his frail and feeble body, and his sorrowing friends have the assurance and comfort that he has gone where pain and weakness are unknown, washed and made white in the blood of his Redeemer. He was buried on the 18th inst. in the family grave at Gilnahirk. Although the funeral was private a number of friends from Belfast and elsewhere gathered in the house at Portrush, when a service was conducted by the Revs. Thos. Dunn and R. W. Hamilton, and a still larger number gathered round the grave, where the Rev. D. S. Ker Coulter read portions of Scripture, and Mr. Hamilton led in prayer.



His many old-time friends and relatives about Castlewellan and Ballynahinch will be saddened by the news of the death at Detroit, U.S.A., of Mr. John Patterson on May 29th last, from heart failure, at the ripe age of seventy-five. His early years were spent on his fathers farm at Magheraknock, near Ballynahinch, where he was born. After return from a short trip to America in 1870 he carried on a drapery business in Castlewellan, in addition to the false In 1886 he was married to Miss Sarah Adair, of Drumlee, County Down. His genial, optimistic personality and warm sympathies made close friends of hosts of people in widely different walks of life who came into even the most casual contact with him. His widow is identified with the Sunday-school work of the Trumbull Avenue Presbyterian Church, Detroit; his daughter, Agnes J., well-known in the younger social circles there; and his son, John Thompson Patterson, a U. of M. and Stamford University man, formerly with a California Chamber of Commerce, and now engaged in motor advertising. The Rev. Raymond M'D. Huston officiated at the funeral on June 1st, and Mr. L. R. Mont-Gomerie sang favourite hymns of the deceased.



We regret to announce the death of Mrs. Hobson, which took place at her residence, Drumduff, Benburb, on Wednesday, 17th inst. Deceased had been suffering from an affection of the heart for several years past, which she bore with much patience, fortitude, and calm, Christian resignation. The end, though not quite unexpected, came, as is usual in such cases, with startling suddenness, and she died as it was her wish to die, painlessly, with scarcely any warning. Throughout the whole neighbourhood the news of her passing away was received with a profound feeling of sorrow and personal loss, and now that she is gone it is not easy to think how her place will be filled, and how much she will be missed in the home, and in the neighbourhood generally. There was something about her which inspired immediate confidence and respect. You recognised at once that she belonged to that fine old school which held that the chief essentials in woman, are modesty, kindness, consideration, and to crown all, personal piety. More than forty years ago she was left a widow with seven young children, one of whom, predeceased her, the remaining six still survive -- two in the old home, and four in New York, U.S.A. At the death of her husband, and for many years afterwards, the situation was an extremely trying one for the young widow, but by faith she was enabled to cast herself whole-heartedly on the infinite resources of an Omnipotent God in the confident expectation that the God of the widow and the fatherless would remember His word and promises to His servant. Never were children more carefully trained in the way they should go, and the promise has been realised in the case of each one of them -- and even when he is old he shall not depart, from it. Amid profound manifestations of sorrow the remains of Mrs. Hobson were laid to rest in Benburb Cemetery on Friday afternoon. At the close of his sermon in Benburb Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Rev William Clements, preaching from Hebrews xiii. 7 (Revised Version) -- "Remember them that had the rule over you which spake unto you the Word of God; and, considering the issue of their life, imitate their faith," paid a warm and affectionate tribute to the memory of the deceased, who took a deep and generous interest in the congregation, and in all matters relating to its welfare, affectionately urging his hearers to imitate her faith and to follow her example of Christian living in so far as she followed Christ.


A firkin of ancient butter was found on 17th inst., in a bog at Magheraveely, Clones, the property of Mrs. Wiggins. Both the butter and the wood encasing it were in good preservation, the former looking like white cheese. It is supposed to have lain then for several centuries.



The death of Mr. Alexander Millar, at his residence, Clapham Common, London, which took place on Tuesday, was a great shock to his friends in Ireland. Deceased was the youngest of a large family of the late Rev. Thomas Millar, minister of the Second Presbyterian Church, Cookstown. He married Miss Fleming, one of the daughters of the late Rev. Alex. Fleming, minister of the First Presbyterian Church, Cookstown, and was, therefore, connected with a wide circle, being a brother of the late Mrs. M'Cormick, The Cottage, Cookstown, and of Mrs. T. G. Houston, Coleraine, while two of Mrs. Millar's sisters, Mrs. W. Browne, Molesworth Road, and Mrs. Fleming, are still resident in Cookstown, and another sister, Mrs. Drury, is in Dublin. Young Mr. Millar was little more than a lad when his father died after half a century's pastorate in Cookstown. He was put to business, and by his diligence and trustworthiness he soon rose till he ultimately became the principal of the business of Templeton & Co., London, a large carpet manufacturing concern, and to him is largely due the check which the American carpet manufacturers received. He has two sons, one of whom succeeds him in the business, and two married daughters. Mr. Millar, like nearly all Ulster Protestants who are successful abroad, was an extremely strong Unionist in politics, and spared neither time nor money in endeavouring to educate those with whom he came in contact as to the truth about Ireland.



On Tuesday night, an attempt was made by the militant Suffragettes to burn the picturesquely situated Episcopal church at Ballylesson, but apparently the wreckers had been disturbed before they had completed their arrangements, and, happily, the damage is not of an extensive nature.

The first intimation that an attempt had been made came to light on Wednesday, when the sexton of the church went to the building and discovered that several windows had been broken in the side of the vestry. At the front door a large quantity of inflammable material, including liquid of the nature of petrol, fire-lighters, grease, and cotton wool, was found, but this had not been ignited, the perpetrators apparently being disturbed, and having to leave in a hurry.

On entering the vestry it was discovered that a quantity of ignited material had been thrown in through the broken windows, but the flames had died out before catching any part of the building.

In the grounds surrounding the church Suffragist literature containing the usual farcical messages was found, and was taken possession of by the local police, who were early on the scene.

The authorities are actively engaged in making inquiries, and it is to be hoped that these will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of this outrage.



On Wednesday Customs officers continued their search for smuggled rifles in the bales of flax which were unshipped at York Dock on Monday for Messrs. Herdmans, Sion Mills, County Tyrone; and while in the forenoon their efforts were futile the officers were more successful in the afternoon, when half-a-dozen were discovered hidden among the flax. Only about half the cargo is examined, and up to the present sixty-six rifles have been found and deposited in the Customs House.



Mr. James Henry Edens, an Ulsterman, who had for some years past been in the employment of the Johannesburg firm of Thrupp & Co., while motor cycling near Germiston met with a fall and sustained terrible injuries as the result of which he died in hospital without regaining consciousness. Mr. Edens, who was 58 years of age, leaves a widow and two children. He formerly resided in Belfast, where he was connected with Townsend Street Presbyterian Church. On the breaking out of the South African war he joined the Imperial Yeomanry, and went out with them to the front in 1900. When peace was declared he remained in the country, and soon after accepted an important post in connection with the firm just mentioned.


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