The Witness - Friday, 6 November, 1914


MAGOWAN -- M'CORMACK -- Oct. 28, at Drumbo Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Joseph Cordner, B.D., William Magowan, eldest son of Mr. James Magowan, Woodbine, Drumbo, to Annie M., younger daughter of Mr. William M'Cormack, Hillhall House, Lisburn.

REID--REA -- Oct. 27, at Calcutta, William Carleton (Carl), younger son of Rev. W. Reid, Moneymore, to Helen Frances, second daughter of W. R. Rea, Belfast.

SHAW--M'KEE -- Oct. 28, 1914, at Dundela Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Thomas Byers, B.A., Henry, younger son of Mrs. and the late Henry Shaw, Villa Speranza, Knockbreda Road, Belfast, to Helen, third daughter of the late T. Spiers M'Kee, Cavendish House, Sydenham, Belfast.


GEOGHEGAN -- Oct. 31, 1914, at the residence of her niece, 33, Colvil Street, Strandtown, Mary Geoghegan (for many years the faithful friend in the family of the late Rev. Samuel Simms, Loughbrickland). Her remains were interred on Tuesday, November 3rd, in Loughbrickland Graveyard. Deeply regretted. PETER and MINNIE JOHNSTON.

AULD -- Nov. 4, at Riverbrook, Whitehead, Samuel Auld, in the 92nd year of his age.

BAILEY -- Nov. 3, at Hill Crest, Warrenpoint, Rev. Robert Taylor Bailey, M.A., Minister of Carlow Presbyterian Church.

BEST -- Oct. 27, David Henry Platt Best, aged 25 years, eldest son of Inspector and Mrs. Best, Port Talbot, Wales. "These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes and I made them white in the blood of the Lamb."

BLAIR -- Oct. 30, at 38, Clifton Crescent, Belfast, Hugh S. Blair, son of the late Hugh Blair, Belfast.

BRIGGS -- Oct. 30, at 137, York Road, Mina, wife of the late William Briggs (Midland Railway).

CALDWELL -- Nov. 4, at Dumbarton, Rev. John Caldwell, B.D., minister of the Free Church of Scotland, aged 45 years.

CHRISTIE -- Oct. 30, at 3, York Crescent, North Parade, Jane Christie.

CLARKE -- Oct. 30, at 13, Wellington Park, Matilda Kennedy, widow of the late John T Clarke.

CLARKE -- Oct. 31, at 132, University Street, Mrs. Susanna Clarke.

CORKEY -- Oct. 28, at Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.A., Rev. Alexander Corkey, D.D., Professor in Omaha Presbyterian College, third son of late Rev. Dr. Corkey, Glendermott, aged 43 years.

DILLON -- Nov. 2, at Lurganville. Moira (Quarry), Mary, wife of William John Dillon.

EDWARDS -- Nov. 1, at 13, Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, Florence Mowbray, aged 7 years, youngest daughter of Robert Edwards.

ENGLISH -- At 3, Drumalis Terrace, Larne, Annie, widow of the late Captain Allan English.

HAWTHORNE -- Oct. 19, Margaret Hawthorne, late of Durham Street, in her 94th year.

HENRY -- Nov. 3, at Wellington Street, Ballymena, Richard Henry, Jun.

IRELAND -- Nov. 2, at Oakley, Holywood, Sarah, daughter of the late James Ireland.

KERNOHAN -- Oct. 30, at "Spring Hill," Cullybackey, Jean, elder daughter of William James Kernohan, aged 16 years.

LEWIS -- Nov. 2, at 2, Slieve Donard, Ballygomartin Road, William, father of Annie Lindsay.

LYONS -- Nov. 1, at her residence, 26, The Mount, Belfast, Martha Hill, beloved wife of John W. Lyons.

MAXWELL -- Oct. 29, at 77, Connsbrook Avenue, Harriette Frances, eldest daughter of Thomas Maxwell.

MOORE -- Oct. 31, John Moore, Clandeboye, aged 80 years.

MURDOCK -- Nov. 3, at Rectory Lodge, Ballymoney, Sarah Margretta, fourth daughter of Alex. Murdock.

M'CREA -- Nov. 1, George M'Crea, 21, Rosetta Avenue, Belfast.

M'CUTCHENSON -- Oct. 31, at Rostrevor, Jane Tobias, widow of the late Rev. Oliver M'Cutcheon, LL.D., and eldest daughter of the late Rev. James Tobias, in her 80th year.

PARKE -- Nov. 1, at Victoria Terrace, Omagh, Mary Ellen, wife of Robert A. Parke, Journalist.

ROSS -- Nov. 2, at Ballyhemlin, Ballyhalbert, Mary, wife of Samuel Ross, aged 63 years.

SIMPSON -- Oct. 30, at John Street Manse, Dungannon, Rev. R. T. Simpson, M.A.



We regret to announce the death of the Rev. Robert Taylor Simpson, M.A., of John Street Manse, Dungannon, which occurred at his residence on Friday evening at the age of eighty-three years. The deceased gentleman was a native of Newtownards and received his preliminary education in the Model School in that town, under the late Mr. Mann Harbinson, afterwards talking his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Queen's University, Belfast. He subsequently worked in conjunction with the celebrated Rev. Hugh Hanna, D.D., minister of St. Enoch's Church, Belfast, where he had very valuable experience of Presbyterian Church life in the city, and rendered excellent service. In the year 1870 Rev. Mr. Simpson was ordained to the church of Corvalley congregation, which is under the charge of the Bailieborough Presbytery, and he ministered there with great acceptance and distinction for eight years, when, he accepted a call to his late church, John Street Second Presbyterian, Dungannon, preaching his first sermon there on the third Sabbath in September, 1878. During his thirty-six years ministry in Dungannon he was most attentive to the wants of the congregation, and being possessed of fine business instincts his advice was eagerly sought by members of the congregation, and was always readily given. He was greatly interested in politics, and when the late Mr. Gladstone launched forth his Home Rule proposals Mr. Simpson at once threw himself into the fray, opposing with the utmost energy and tenacity the Liberal leader's policy. He addressed meetings and canvassed throughout the length and breadth of the United Kingdom against the measure, and was very largely instrumental in the formation of the Ulster Loyalist Anti-Repeal Union, afterwards known as the Ulster Loyalist Union, which rendered such valuable service at the period. At the outset of its career he was appointed honorary secretary and he carried out the duties of that office with untiring zeal and great success for many years, until the fusion of the organisation in the Ulster Unionist Council three years ago. He was pre-deceased several years by his wife, but is survived by two sons -- Dr. W. S. Simpson, M.D., Southampton, and Mr. John C. Simpson, Dungannon -- and one daughter, Miss Barbara E. Simpson, B.A., Dungannon, with whom the utmost sympathy of the whole community is expressed in their bereavement.

On Monday afternoon the remains were laid to rest in the Town Cemetery, amidst general expressions of regret. The coffin, which was covered with beautiful wreaths, was borne into the church by the members of the committee, the chief mourners being Dr. W. A. Simpson, M.B., B.Ch,, Southampton; Mr. John C. Simpson. Dungannon; and Miss Barbara E. Simpson, B.A., Dungannon, children of the deceased. The church was crowded to its utmost capacity, and the funeral service was conducted by Rev. Robert M'Clean, Castlecaulfield, who paid an eloquent tribute to the memory of the deceased. A portion of Scripture was read by Rev. Thomas Bole, B.A., Upper Clonaneese, and prayer was offered by Rev. John Davidson, LL.D., Glennan, ex-Moderator of the General Assembly. As the cortege passed through the streets on its way to the cemetery all business was suspended and the shops and private dwelling-houses were closed. The service at the graveside was conducted by Rev. Samuel Lindsay, Dungannon, and Rev. S. D. M'Kee, M.A., Minterburn. Amongst the general public present, in addition to a large number of clergymen of all denominations, were the Earl of Ranfurly, G.C.M.G., and the Jewish Rabbi, Belfast.

At Monday's meeting of Dungannon Urban Council the Earl of Ranfurly, who presided, referred to the many excellent qualities of the late Rev. Mr. Simpson, and proposed a resolution testifying to his worth and expressing deep regret at his death be adopted. The resolution was seconded by Mr. John Beatty, and passed in silence.



We regret to announce the death of one of the most esteemed ministers of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Rev. Robert Taylor Bailey, M.A., of Carlow, which occurred on Tuesday night, at the residence of his brother-in-law Mr. R. T. Scott, Hillcrest, Warrenpoint. He had been in poor in health for a considerable time past, and went to Warrenpoint in the hopes that the change would do him good, but notwithstanding the most careful attendance, he gradually became worse and passed away as stated.

The Rev. Mr. Bailey was younger son of the late Mr. Alexander Bailey, clerk of the union, Clones, and an elder in the Clones congregation. He was brought up under the ministry of the late Rev. John Gass. Prior to his entrance into Queen's College Belfast, he was educated at M'Clinton's Academy, Donegall Street. In the late Queen's College he obtained honours in English history, and political economy at the degree examination in 1879, and in the following year received the M.A. degree, also with honour's. For his theological course he went to the Assembly's College, Belfast, where his name is found among the holders of scholarships and class prizes. He also occupied for some years the responsible position of secretary of the Students'-Chambers.

On May 2nd, 1882, he was licensed by the Presbytery of Cavan, and on the 3rd of April following he was ordained in Strangford. After a brief ministry there he was installed in Carlow on 20th December, 1887. A vacancy having arisen in the pastorate of St. Andrew's Church Nassau, Bahamas Isles, a congregation under the jurisdiction of the Presbytery of Belfast, Mr. Bailey was selected for the position, and was designated and installed by the Presbytery on 1st September, 1891. Although the climate was trying Mr. Bailey had such a good constitution that he was able to continue his ministry there for over fourteen years. At length he was compelled to seek a change and on his return home he was installed by the Presbytery of Dublin in the congregation of Birr, on 15th May, 1906. On the death of Rev. Joseph Dempster, of Carlow, Mr. Bailey returned to his former charge, where he was for the second time installed on May 19 of the present year.

Mr. Bailey did not take a very prominent part in any of the public works of the Church, but he was a minister of exceptional zeal, and was greatly beloved in the various places where his life-work was carried out, and he has left behind him a record of faithful industry in the various charges in which he served the Church of his fathers. In particular he was most solicitous in caring for the scattered families within his district, for whom he maintained a series of most successful mission stations, at which his presence was much welcomed. In disposition he was reserved and retiring, but those who enjoyed his friendship knew him to he a man of sterling worth, ever ready to respond to any call made upon his services.

Deceased was twice married. His first wife was Miss Alice Magill, daughter of Rev. Dr. George Magill, of Belfast, by whom he had son and daughter. The latter is in Canada, and the former is at present at Salisbury Plain with the Canadian contingent of Volunteers for the war. By his second wife, Miss Beatrice Bell, daughter of Mr. James Bell, of Carlow, he has left two daughters and a son, who, with their mother, mourn his loss. His only brother is the Rev. W. H. Bailey, M.A., Clogher; one of his sisters is wife of Mr. R. T. Scott, a director in Messrs. Richardson, Sons, & Owden; another is wife of the Rev. Dr. Lowe, clerk of the General Assembly; a third is wife of Mr. R. J. Flood, Cootehill, and one is unmarried in Canada, and to all the circle of mourners there will go forth the sincere sympathy of their many friends.




Preaching in College Square Church on the text, "For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith; and much people was added unto the Lord," the Rev. Dr. Megaw made tho following reference to the lamented death of Mr. James Sterling, session clerk of the congregation -- We meet to-day under a sense of great loss through the death of a good man, a man full of the Holy Ghost and of faith, and a man through whom, I feel convinced, many were added to the Lord. Just six months ago we were plunged into deep sorrow when our beloved clerk of session, Mr. Dornan, was taken from us. Mr. Steading was appointed to succeed him in the office of clerk, and he too, has been removed from our midst. I suppose it is almost a unique experience for a congregation that two of its session clerks should pass away in so short a space of time. The elimination of two such gracious personalities from the life of our church is a very serious matter for us, "Lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided" (2nd Saml. i. 23). Mr. Sterling bulked so largely in the life and activities of our congregation that his absence creates a great and painful blank. For many years we have looked to him as one of our chief advisers in who committee of the church. His knowledge of men and affairs, his shrewd common sense, and his acquaintance with legal matters rendered his service very valuable when difficulties arose. In the session he was always deeply concerned about the spiritual welfare of the people, and he was always ready to lend a helping hand in every good work. In the Sabbath-school and Boys' Brigade Bible-class he has sown seed which has brought forth, and I believe will bring forth, much fruit. For not only was he a capable, earnest teacher in a class, he was also noted for the addresses he gave, from time to time, in the school, all of which were calculated to produce much good. And the scholars he taught he remembered in after years, often sending them tokens of his affection, and rejoicing greatly in their progress and usefulness. Mr. Sterling also took a great interest in the work of the guild, and he was peculiarly at home on our literary nights, joining with zest in the criticism of papers and in the debates. He was a well-informed and accomplished speaker, and full of enthusiasm and fire. But perhaps the work he loved best was the care of the orphans. He laboured with untiring zeal to obtain collectors and to encourage them in their work; he kept the funds always at a high level, he visited the orphans in their homes, and did all a man could do to make their lives happy and successful. The praise of Mr. Sterling is on the lips of all our widows and orphan children, and they will sorely miss the wise, kind, generous friend who was constantly at their service. Just last night I found one widow in tears as she told me of his last visit to her six months ago. And this is true religion. But, indeed, there was no worthy object in our church which failed to secure Mr. Sterling's sympathy and prayers and help. In season and out of season he was a man to be relied upon for good counsel and practical assistance, though like all good people, he did not let his right hand know what his left hand did. And the secret of his honourable, straightforward, strenuous, devoted, and useful life may be told in the words written here of Barnabas -- "He was a good man, full of the Holy Ghost and of faith." And as the ministry of Barnabas was fruitful, so was that of our lamented friend. The day alone will declare how many here in College Square, especially among the young, have been led to Christ through his instrumentality. And "he, being I dead, yet speaketh." And let us remember all this goodness was attained and accomplished by a man who was essentially of a shy and retiring nature, but who, nevertheless, has left his mark indelibly on his generation. We mourn his loss, but we feel that he has been promoted to higher service. To him to live was Christ, and to die was gain. Death to him, in the last words he uttered, was to him "going home." He has taught us how to live, how to serve, how to bear long and weary suffering, and how to die. For he was a good man, full of the Holy Ghost and of faith. We offer our profound sympathy and heartfelt condolence to his family in this dark hour, and we unite in prayer that the God of all consolation may dwell in the shadowed home, may bless and guide and sustain and soothe his wife and children, and may, in God's good time, grant them all a happy reunion with him in the land where sorrow and sighing flee away, and where there is fulness of joy and pleasure for ever more.




There glides at times into my field of vision the picture presented by the inner life of the Glendermott Manse. To the outward eye it is pleasantly situated on the crest of the hill, embosomed among trees, flanked by a fragrant fruit-garden, canopied by a boundless sky, brightened by the sheen of the river, and rescued from solitude and aloofness by that river's ceaseless song -- now loud as a war-note and now low as the murmur of the zephyr among the summer leaves. But one need not speak of solitude or aloofness in respect of the training camp of eleven children -- eight sons and three daughter's -- the scene of their childish plays, their make believes, their mimic warfare, their oratorical and musical contests as real to the actors as the struggles of maturer years -- especially as the presiding genii of that camp were father and a mother, each of whom, in way, was as much a child as any of their children, and each of whom possessed highly-educated mind and a nature in sympathetic touch with all that was noblest in the world of thought and endeavour.

But the picture which, above all, persists in coming to me is that of the family assembled round the ample table for the evening meal, reviewing the day's doings, discussing the month's magazines, and hearing read by one of their number in turn a chapter from some standard volume dealing with the scientific aspects of the temperance problem. That over, all kneel at the domestic altar -- as they knelt in the morning hour, when the father pleads on behalf of the young lives surrounding him, not for wealth or fame, but that they may be useful in their day and generation. The paternal love, tender as it was, proved shy of indicating by petition the particular, field in which it longed to see them useful; but the mother had, on the advent of each successive son, dedicated him to the ministry, and each of her daughters to service as near akin to the ministry as God might see fit to indicate. In due time the eight boys fared forth on a pathway which led to the pulpit, not always by a direct course sometimes, indeed, by a circuitous route, and by painful steps and slow. Some set their faces towards the goal in childhood, and in the case of some the years of manhood had arrived before the call to the service to which their mother had consecrated them was recognised as clear and proved to be irresistible. But as soon as the call was heard, not one of them was disobedient to the heavenly vision, nor was lacking in faith as to the ways and means of providing facilities for a lengthened academical and theological course of preparation.

Alexander Corkey was the fourth child and the third son of the Glendermott Manse. Twenty-six years ago he entered Magee College, where he won most of the honours which came his way, one of which was a valuable scholarship extending over all the sessions of the curriculum of Arts; but, strange to say, he did not wait to finish his course or to draw the full instalments of the prize he had won. In company with his elder brother he crossed the Atlantic, joined a relative in the State of Michigan, and spent half a decade in American mercantile life, which was unable to satisfy the aspirations of his heart, or to afford scope for the exercise of his indomitable energies -- all the more that through the influence of his brother James he had at length opened his heart to the truth as it is in Jesus.

He began to work at once by addressing, at meal hours, companies of men working for the firm he served, and he was given to see that the Lord was working with him. Than he confided to his friends the reason why he had abandoned his college course -- he had no heart for the work to which it pointed. Then he wrote home -- "If I had eternity for time and the host of the redeemed for my audience, I have now only one theme -- Jesus Christ and Him crucified." So his father's prayers and his mother's dedication took effect. He saw the door of the pulpit opening for him, and no barrier was sufficiently formidable to turn him from the way that led thereto.

    No trumpet sounded in his ear.
        He saw not Sinai's smoke or flame;
    But never yet to Hebrew seer
        A clearer call of duty came.

Although by this time he had a wife, who was all through their united life a most true and faithful yoke-fellow, and one child -- their only child -- he resigned his position as a man of business, furnished a modest flat in Chicago, entered M'Comack's Theological Seminary of that city, gave himself to study during the long winter sessions, and engaged in home missionary effort during the vacations. The encouragement which the student received from his preceptors indicated the high estimate they formed of his aptitude and powers, and the graduating fellowship with which he gained his diploma, which entitled him to a post-graduate year in Europe, and which he elected to use in a year's residence at the University of Edinburgh, was to him a crown of rejoicing, because it came to confirm his interpretation of the leading of Providence and as a seal of adequate equipment for his life-work.

Acclimatised to the atmosphere of Trans-Atlantic life and thought, conscious of the perils and wants of the Republic, especially of that section with which he was most familiar, and mentally and spiritually endowed as he was, he threw himself with headlong energy into the labours of successive pastorates in the States of the Middle West. He proclaimed an Evangel for every man and for every-day life, for the political boss and the ecclesiastical manager and magnate, as well as for the self-confessed sinner and the meekest and lowliest follower of the Meek and Lowly; and we are not surprised that on one occasion he resigned his living, with an annual income of two thousand dollars, and suffered a year's nervous breakdown rather than lower the standard of Christian morality or the law of Christian life. "Nevertheless, afterwards" he was thankful for the bitter experience and for the light which it shed upon Satan's devices.

His greatest pastoral achievements lay in Wayne, in the State of Nebraska. Wayne is the county town and the seat of the State College. His congregation, which was the largest in the Presbytery, consisted of persons of education and refinement and wealth. The ordinary duties of such a charge might have been considered exhausting enough for any minister; but he made more work for himself by exploring the wide country district adjoining, and by establishing Sabbath-schools wherever it was possible to do so. The schools thus established he visited in regular rotation, pressing into his service his automobile, which, he declared, was his assistant pastor, which was constantly on the road, and which enabled him to evangelise the entire rural area that circled round his centre, and that thus became accessible and responsive to his appeals. He had no time to rest or to slacken his pace. He lived at highest pressure, as if he ever kept saying, "The King's business requireth haste." To him life was but an opportunity to serve. One day as his brother William and he stood at the grave of Adam Murray, the hero of the Siege of Derry, he said with great solemnity -- "I should so like to be called home just when I had done my work." He was ready to enter every open door which, promised to give an additional opportunity. He was much sought after as a public lecturer; and the new platform thus built for him he used on behalf of the cause of temperance reform, of righteousness, and of clean civic government. The honorarium accorded him was, as a rule, fifty dollars a lecture; but he never declined an invitation to speak to the people when it was in his power to accept it, even when he was aware that in instances not a few the only fee would be the chairman's palaver at the close of his oration, which probably left him exhausted and sleepless for the ensuing night. During the recent summer months he was special lecturer for the Lincoln Chautauqua Bureau; and his auditors on each occasion were counted by the thousand.

In 1908 Alexander Corkey and his brother James visited the Old Country. They were good enough to place their services for September at the disposal of the General Assembly's Committee on Temperance. Forty meetings were arranged at almost as many important centres, and every appointment was kept. The speakers brought with them experience, up-to-date information, the results of life-long study and observation, a rare enthusiasm, a passion for righteousness, and unquestioned, if not unsurpassed, platform power. The most gratifying reports were received from the centres visited, most of them referring in almost identical terms to "the grandest addresses ever heard here." The last of the series of meetings was held in the Assembly Hall, Belfast, where there was an attendance, despite a most inclement evening, of considerably more than, fifteen hundred. The then Moderator, Dr. M'Ilveen, now, alas! gone from us, presided, and, as his custom was, struck a happy keynote with no uncertain sound. The two brothers delivered thrilling orations, in which almost every phase of the cause was touched by master hands, and every side of our complex nature was addressed with convincing argument and pathetic appeal. It was felt by the writer that he had never heard a more impressive speaker than Alexander Corkey, who standing with uplifted head, and expanded chest, and shining face, and a thunder-roll in his voice, and bringing with him the breath of a new life and the life of a new land, he poured forth such an overwhelming river of speech as one seldom hears in a lifetime. One felt ashamed of one's nation so long bound and so impotent to free herself, as America was doing year by year, from the galling servitude which the oppressor had so effectively imposed. The father of "the boys" opened with prayer the greeting, at which were present five brothers of the speakers, and in response to a most cordial vote of thanks to them and to him, characteristically remarked that people said he ought to be "proud." He saw nothing to be "proud" of, he added, but much for which to be "profoundly thankful."

After a public reception at Glendermott, the memory of which is now a sacred possession to all who were present, the brothers returned to their adopted country, delighted with what they had seen and heard in their native land as to the position and prospects of the cause they loved; and whithersoever they travelled their first word was about Ireland and her temperance reform.

Alexander re-entered upon his pastoral duties in Nebraska, to which were added those consequent upon his appointment as Lecturer in Sociology at the Presbyterian College of Omaha. He possessed such undoubted gifts for this work that the Faculty and Trustees of the College recently requested him to allow himself to be placed on the regular staff of its Professors. This will seem to many the last round in the ladder of his strenuous life, and exactly the place for which his qualifications have been multiplying year by year. One is ready to congratulate, almost to envy, the college numbering such a spirit among its teachers set for the capture of the intellect of the State and of the Church on behalf of all that is high and holy in social and national life. But just as he is ready to enter upon the field for which as a worker he is so admirably equipped, a door opens beckoning to another sphere for which his Leader has been preparing him, and which is ready for the unique service which he can render therin.

At the Communion service held on the last day of May, before he left for a brief rest, he distributed copies of the following leaflet --


   "To grow a little wiser day by day;
    To school my mind and body to obey.
    To keep my inner life both keen and strong;
    To free my heart from guile, my hand from wrong;
    To shut the door on hate, and scorn, and pride;
    That Christ may evermore in me abide.
    To meet with cheerfulness what comes to me;
    To turn life's discords into harmony.
    To share some weary workers heavy load;
    To point some straying comrade to the road.
    To know that what I have is not my own;
    To feel that I am never quite alone.
    This would I pray
    From day to day.
    For then I know
    My life will flow
    In peace, until
    It be God's will
    I go. Amen."

During all the period of his public life; indeed, from the days spent in the training camp on the banks of the Faughan, he had been using his voice. He at length discovered to his surprise that "one talent lodged with him useless," though his mind was bent on service to the last inch of his stature and the last ounce of his resources. The unsuspected force lay in his pen. He began to contribute to high-class journals stories in serial form dealing with the pressing moral problems of the sections of the country which he knew best. The portraitures were so true, so dramatic, so life-like, and the voice of the prophet was so authoritative, that he was at once recognised as an author of great power and still greater promise. Four volumes resulted from these contributions, two of which -- "Allen Rutledge" and "The Testing Fire" -- we have read, and we consider them among the most thrilling romances we know. The author, of course, did not think of writing a "romance," but only a narrative in which to inculcate a duty and enforce a truth, to make vice and all wrong-doing hide their heads in shame, to help mankind in its struggle upwards, and to advance the Kingdom.

He was never quite satisfied with his work. His modesty and self-depreciation grew with the passing years. He forgot the things which were behind, and reached forth unto the things which were before. His "next" book was always to be his "best." The Presbyterian Board of Temperance made request some time ago that he write his next book wholly in that interest. He girded himself with eagerness for the task, a most welcome one, and sent a note to the writer saying that the volume was to be his "best," mentioning two names which he intended to inscribe on the dedication page. The writer expressed his most sincere wishes for the effort. It is not yet known how far the enterprise prospered, and how near or how far it was from completion, when, on that 28th of October, the pen dropped from the hand of the owner on the completion of his forty-third year and when, he entered into service in the power of an endless life. At any rate, God has crowned his labours, and his works do follow him.

The Corkey circle is not broken, it is only extended so as to include another Continent.

Though, as has been said, one note in the Corkey octave is wanting on earth, it is vocal somewhere, and in the place where it will be heard to greatest advantage.

The picture of the Glendermott Manse, without and within, will never fade from the memory of those who once formed a part of that picture, so long as the soul of man is capable of tracing its pathway back to the fountain whence it drew its earliest inspiration. The glorified Master, when calling him who was to be his greatest apostle, chose to take His title from the place where He had been brought up.

The best is yet to be,

The last of life, for which the first was made.

JOHN MACMILLAN. Belfast, 4th November, 1914.



A potato weighing 3lb. 12oz. has been dug up on the farm of Mr. George Gardiner, Tullygally, near Lurgan.

On Sunday evening an In Memoriam service was conducted in Glaslough Church to the memory of the late Captain Norman Leslie (Rifle Brigade), son of Colonel John Leslie, D.L., Glaslough, who was killed in action on October 19th.

A marriage has been arranged and will shortly take place very quietly, owing to the war, between Viscount Charlemont, of Drumcairne, Stewartstown, County Tyrone, and Evelyn, daughter ot Mr. E. C. P. Hull, of Earlswood Mount, Redhill, Surrey.

Newry Urban Council have appointed Mr. P. J. O'Hare, solicitor, Town Solicitor for Newry in room of the late Mr. Edwin Harris, deceased. The other candidate for the position was Mr. John H. Collins, but he only got four votes to Mr. O'Hare's nine.

The highest price yet obtained this season for flax in the district was paid in Dungannon Market last week to Mr. Terence Conlon, The Glebe, Bush, who sold twenty-seven stone at 15s per stone. The flax had been scutched in the mill of Mr. John L. Mullan, Twyford, Dungannon.

At a public meeting in Monaghan, it was announced that the Urban Council had decided to give four large houses for the Belgian refugees, and a committee of twenty-four, to consist of six ladies and six gentlemen of each denomination, was appointed to look after their welfare.

The departure from Ballymoney last week of Captain C. F. F. Davies, formerly District-Inspector, Royal Irish Constabulary, but who was recently gazetted to the 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was preceded on Wednesday night by a farewell meeting held in the library of the Town Hall.

The many friends of Colonel R. J. Ross, of Newcastle, County Down, will be pleased to learn that he has been decorated by President Poincare with the Cross of the Legion of Honour for his conspicuous bravery and gallantry. Colonel Ross, who is attached to the Middlesex Regiment, has also been mentioned in despatches.

At a meeting of the County Derry Relief Committee on Friday -- Colonel Clark, D.L., presiding -- it was decided to form themselves into a committee to deal with the reception of Belgian refugees, the chairman intimating that this work was entirely separate from that for which the committee was formed by the County Council.

A committee has been formed in the Crebilly district, near Ballymena, for the purpose of providing accommodation for Belgian refugees, and a number of local farmers have signified their willingness to receive families. The necessary permission has been given by the authorities, and it is stated that upwards of thirty refugees will be sent on to Crebilly shortly.

As doubts seemed to exist as to whether Captain Cecil H. Fox, commander of the famous light cruiser Undaunted is an Ulsterman, the Rev. F. H. Wilkinson, M.A., of Lurgan, having had a schoolboy acquaintance with a lad bearing the name of Cecil Fox in Castleblayney, has made inquiries which place it beyond question that Captain Fox is a son of the Imperial province.

The annual meeting of the Coleraine Branch of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was held in the Cafe Hall on Friday, when Mr. T. M. Greer, Ballymoney, presided over a large and influential attendance. The annual report, which was read by the honorary secretary (Mr. F. W. Crawford showed that during the year Inspector [H-?-n] inquired into 223 complaints.

At a special meeting of the Lurgan Town Council, held in committee cm the 28th ult., an application from the War Office for the use of the park for drilling the battalion of Royal Irish Rifles, who are shortly to be quartered in Brownlow House Orange Hall, was considered, and it is stated that the request was acceded to on condition that the military authorities recompense the town to the extent of 20 a month.

Miss Young, Portglenone House, Portglenone, County Antrim, has received the following letter -- "The Lady-in-Waiting presents her compliments to Miss Young, and is commanded by the Queen to thank her and the ladies of the Portglenone working party for their very kind gift of ninety pairs of socks and mufflers for the troops at the front. The gifts will be most welcome, and will be distributed as soon as possible to the soldiers."

At Lurgan Petty Sessions on Tuesday the Chairman (Mr. H. G. MacGeagh. D.L.) referred to the appointment of Mr. John Gray R.M., to succeed Sir Andrew Newton Brody in Belfast. He was sure the Bench and the legal gentleman who bad practised before him all appreciated Mr. Gray's universal courtesy said capability as a magistrate, and they were therefore ail pleased with his new appointment.

Dr. Heron, J.P., Coroner for South Down, held an inquest in Warrenpoint on Friday on the remains of Patrick M'Comisky, the victim of the burning fatality which occurred in the town on Wednesday morning, when the stables of Messrs. Garville Brothers, Post Office Street, were burned out. Dr. Glenny stated that the body was charred as far as the knees. Death was due to burns and shock. The jury returned a verdict at accidental death.

On Tuesday a five-year-old child named O'Hara, residing at Salisbury Square, Harryville, Ballymena, fell into the Braid River, at the Harryville Bridge. Owing to the recent rains the river was swollen, and the child was carried by the current as far as the Midland Railway bridge. There a young man named Caulfield, who is employed in the adjoining foundry of Mr. David Christie, plunged into the river and gallantly effected a rescue.

At the monthly meeting of Lurgan Town Council on Monday, Mr. David Pedlow said he saw by the Press that the Government intended distributing German guns in those centres which had given most men to Britain's new army, and as he thought Lurgan was one of those towns who were well entitled to such a trophy he would move that application for one or more be made to the War Office. Mr. MacGeagh seconded the proposition, which was passed, and the Clerk was directed to make application to the War Office forthwith.

A large number of Portadown men who have come over in the Canadian contingent, which has arrived in England to fight for their country's honour, are at present on a brief visit to their homes before proceeding to the front. Amongst them are Sergeant-Major Jas. Robinson, of Vancouver, who has seen service in various parts of the Empire; Messrs. David M. Bright (formerly manager of the Portadown Foundry), Joseph M'Nally, S. Gracey, Thos. Flannigan, George Campbell, Alfred Richardson, David Gibson, J. Hobson, and E. Shannon, some of whom are well known, in sporting circles in the North of Ireland.



Killed In Action.

Official intimation has been received at Sligo to the effect that Second-Lieutenant F. E. Robinson, of the South Staffordshire Regiment, youngest son of the late St. George C. W. Robinson, and of Mrs. Robinson, Woodville, Sligo, and nephew of Sir Edward Carson, was killed in action on the 27th ult. He was educated at Malvern College, and, receiving his commission shortly before the declaration of war, he landed in France with the first British Expeditionary Force, and took part in nearly all the important engagements up to the time of his death. His brother, Captain Guy Robinson, of the Northampton Regiment, has already been mentioned in despatches. Second-Lieutenant F. E. Robinson was only 19½ years of age.



The Press Association regrets to announce that news has reached Buckingham Palace and Lansdowne House that Lord Charles Nairn, son of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne, and Equerry to his Majesty, was killed in action on Friday.

The Press Bureau confirms the above, with regret. Deceased, who was forty years of was Lord Lansdowne's second son. He served in the South African War, and he was for three years Aide-de-Camp to Lord Roberts.



Two sons of the Dowager Marchioness of Duffern and Ava -- Lord Basil Blackwood and Lord Frederick Blackwood, D.S.O. -- have been wounded at the front.

Lord Basil Blackwood, who is the third son, of Lady Dufferin, was born at Clandeboye on 4th November, 1870, and was educated at Harrow and Balliol College, Oxford. He was called to the English Bar -- Inner Temple -- in 1896, and was appointed Deputy Judge-Advocate in South Africa in 1900. Since 1910 he has been assistant secretary to the Land Development Commission. Recently he obtained a commission in the Regular Forces.

Lord Frederick Blackwood, who has also been wounded, is the fourth son of Lady Dufferin. He entered the army in August, 1897, joining the 9th (the Queen's Royal) Lancers. He obtained his step in October, 1899, and was promoted to the rank of captain in 1904. Lord Frederick served in the South African War in 1899-1901 with the 9th Lancers. Lord Frederick subsequently entered the Reserve of Officers, and acted for a time as military secretary to his brother-in-law, the Right Honourable Ronald Munro-Ferguson, Bart., Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, rejoining the regular army on the outbreak of war.



Major Thomas C. Sinclair, son of the late Right Honourable Thomas Sinclair, D.L., and of Mrs. Sinclair, Hopefield House, Belfast, who was recently promoted from the rank of captain, has been severely wounded, being injured in the leg by shrapnel. He has been transferred to a hospital in London, where he has undergone a successful operation. Major Sinclair was serving with the 26th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, and was mentioned in despatches by Field-Marshal Sir John French, General Officer Commanding the British Army in the field.



Major and Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel Cosmo G. Stewart, D.S.O., G.M.G., Royal Artillery, wounded in action in France, is one of our most distinguished junior officers. He is the son of the late Sir John Stewart, Bart., Carrickmore Hall, County Tyrone, and brother of the present baronet, Colonel Sir Hugh H. Stewart, and one of five brothers who hold or have held commissions in the Army. He joined the Royal Artillery in 1888, was promoted captain in 1898, and major in 1904. As a subaltern he was in command of a section of the mountain battery which went to the relief of Chitral Fort, 1895, the work necessitating the hauling of the guns over mountain passes covered with snow. The services he rendered earned him the D.S.O. as well as the medal with clasp. With the Egyptian Army he served up the Nile in the Expedition of 1898, and he was present at the battle of Omdurman, where he was again mentioned in despatches for his splendid work, and for his services against the Khalifa in the operations of 1898 (medal with three clasps, 4th class Mejidie, British medal). In the South African war he served in the staff in various affairs in the Transvaal and Orange River Colony, for which he received the Queen's medal with four clasps. The news of the wounding of this distinguished officer of a distinguished family has been learned with much regret in County Tyrone.



Accommodation in City Hospitals.

One of the first batches of British soldiers wounded in the battles in France and Belgium arrived in Belfast yesterday by a special hospital train, and will be accommodated in the Royal Victoria, Mater Infirmorum, and Military Hospitals.

The men, who numbered 119, were a portion of 700 who arrived at the North Wall, Dublin, to-day from the base hospital at Boulogne by the ss. Oxfordshire. They were immediately transported to a hospital train which was in waiting, and the journey to the city commenced.

They arrived at No. 3 platform of the Great Northern Railway Terminus, Great Victoria Street, at 5-25.

Here all the necessary arrangements had been made, and under the supervision of Drs. Fielding, Moneypenny, Tate, and Davidson, the brave fellows, who, despite their wounds, seemed to be quite cheery, and were borne on stretchers to eight ambulances and conveyed from the railway to the Royal Victoria, Mater, and Military Hospitals, sixty going to the first-mentioned institution, where three spare wards had been made ready, thirty to the second, and twenty-nine to the latter.

Other contingents of wounded, who were conveyed from the capital by the same train, were later taken to Omagh and Downpatrick, while the remainder of the 700 will be attended to in Dublin, Cork, and the Curragh.

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The War Office has accepted the offer of the Headquarters Council of the Ulster Volunteer Force of a fully-equipped hospital of 100 beds.

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Bangor Boy Scouts assembled in the Dufferin Memorial Hall on Wednesday night to pay a tribute to the memory of their late Scoutmaster, Lieutenant Ninian T. T. Rea, R.I.R.. who was killed at the front on the 23rd ult.

Scoutmaster R. Patterson, Belfast, conveyed the sympathy of the Central Council, London, with the members of the Bangor troop in the irreparable loss they had sustained.

A resolution was passed recording their sorrow at the death of Lieutenant T. T. Rea, Scoutmaster of the First Bangor Troop of Boy Scouts, whose unselfish and self-sacrificing work amongst the boys of Bangor would ever be remembered with a deep sense of gratitude.



The following letter has been received by Mr. Wm. Black, principal of Sullivan National Schools, Holywood -- "Buckingham Palace, 26th October, 1914. -- I am desired by the Prince of Wales to express his Royal Highness's sincere thanks for the donation of 3 2s 4d which you have so generously given to the National Relief Fund. -- F M. Ponsonby."

The above sum was subscribed by the pupils and teachers of the Sullivan National Schools (boys, girls, and infants).



Tribute from M'Crea Magee College.

At the opening meeting of the M'Crea Magee College Londonderry, on Wednesday, Professor J. R. Leebody, D.Sc. (President of Faculty), said it was only fitting that he should express the sincere sorrow they all felt on learning of the death of the late Provost of Trinity. At the meeting of the Faculty that morning the following resolution had been unanimously adopted -- "The Faculty of the M'Crea Magee desire to place on record their sense of the great loss which the cause of Irish University education has sustained by the death of Dr. Traill, Provost of Trinity College, Dublin. Dr. Traill's out look on educational matters was remarkably broad and liberal, and every effort to widen the sphere of University activities had his hearty support. The admission of women to the University privileges, now so generously accorded to them by the University of Dublin, was largely due to his able advocacy. When, owing to the dissolution of the Royal University of Ireland, the M'Crea Magee College was deprived of University connection, and, in consequence, a memorial from the college was addressed to the Governing Body of the University of Dublin, praying that facilities for graduation might be granted to its students, the favourable response to this memorial owed much to Dr. Traill's powerful support. The benefits then conferred upon the college had secured for it many advantages, and Dr. Traill's share in obtaining those advantages will be for all friends of the college a treasured memory."



Amongst others who have returned home from the front is Sergeant-Major Robert J. Blakely, of the permanent staff of the North Irish Horse. Sergeant-Major Blakely has been sergeant-major of the Belfast squadron since the formation of the regiment, and accompanied it to France last August, where he rendered good service in the fighting line and on the personal escort of Field-Marshal Sir John French.


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The Witness - Friday, 13 November, 1914


MARTIN -- Oct. 5, at the Mission Houes, Parantii, Bombay Presidency, India, to the Rev. and Mrs. Hamilton Martin -- a son.


GIBSON--SMITH -- Nov. 10, at Belfast, before the Registrar, William Kennedy Gibson, son of Andrew Gibson, Fairfield, Lansdowne Road, Belfast, to Mary Drucilla, daughter of Frederick Smith, Greenview, Belfast.

HAWE--FAIRBAIRN -- Oct. 29, 1914, at Drum Presbyterian Church, by Rev. W. M. Henry, M.A., Cootehill, Joseph, second son of Robert Hawe, Loughbawn, Ballybay, to Isabella, eldest daughter of Robert Fairbairn, Cabra, Cootehill.


STEWART -- Nov. 11, 1914, at her residence, 34, Lady's Road, Annie, widow of the late James Fleming Stewart, Antrim, aged 85 years. Funeral private. No flowers, please. SAMUEL and WILLIAM STEWART. May Street.

ALEXANDER -- Nov. 7, at 24, Moore's Place, Hugh Alexander.

BOUCHER -- Nov. 4, at 62, Woodstock Road, Belfast, Francis, eldest son of the late Joseph Boucher.

GRACEY -- Nov. 5, at Drumgor, Lurgan, Mary Ann, wife of William John Gracey.

GRACEY -- Nov. 7, at 3, Victoria Villas, Downpatrick, Thomas Gracey, Principal Assistant to the Clerk of the Crown and Peace for County Down.

HUGHES -- At a Private Hospital, Ellie, wife of Sergeant Jack Hughes, R.E., and daughter of the late James Anderson.

IRVINE -- Nov. 7, at Primroseville, Bloomfield, William John Irvine.

JAMISON -- Nov. 10, at Ballysallagh, Alice Jamison, aged 21 years.

MAGOWAN -- Nov. 8, at his residence, Clinta, Anahilt, William Stewart Magowan.

MARTIN -- Nov. 9, at Rathcool Street, Henry, son of the late William Henry Martin, Ballinderry.

MITCHELL -- Nov. 7, at Ballyfotherly, Donaghadee, John Mitchell, aged 86 years.

M'CORMICK -- Nov. 5, at Tullycavey, Ballywalter, County Down, William, husband of James M'Cormick, aged 78 years.

M'CURDY -- Nov. 9, 1914, at his brother's residence, Stranocum, James M'Curdy, late of Belfast.

M'ILWAINE -- Nov. 9, at Lylehill, Templepatrick, James, husband of Martha M'Ilwaine.

M'KAY -- Nov. 9, at King's Gate Street, Coleraine, Elizabeth Wilson, widow of the late David M'Kay, aged 78 years.

NUGENT -- Nov. 4, at Ballyedmond, Rostrevor, Major Arthur Nugent, J.P., late Royal Fusiliers, third son of the late General Nugent, 58th Regiment.

KNOX -- Nov. 7, Alice Maud, wife of John H. Pigot, K.C., of 21, Pembroke Road, Dublin, and daughter of R. Kyle Knox, LL.D., of this city.

SIMPSON -- Nov. 6, at Crosscannon, Agnes, wife of James Simpson.

STEWART -- Nov. 4, at Ballywhelan, Stewartstown, Robert James Stewart.

WALLACE -- Nov. 8, at Ravenscroft Avenue, Hugh Wallace.

WALLACE -- Nov. 6, at The Diamond, Kilrea, Maria, fourth daughter of the late Doctor John Wallace.

WARD -- Nov. 5, at Los Angeles, California, James Thomas Ward, of Cherry Hill, Belfast.

Killed in Action

PHILLIPS -- Nov. 4, at No. 4 Clearing Hospital, France (from wounds received in action) Captain T. M'C. Phillips, R.A.M.C., second son of the late Rev. J. G. Phillips, Missionary of the Irish Presbyterian Church in Syria, and Mrs. Phillips, 48, Mount Charles, Belfast.

In Memoriam

ADAMS -- In loving memory of Robert Adams, of Craigmore, Bessbrook, County Armagh, who passed away on 7th November, 1909, in his 69th year. Rev. vii. 13-17.



Ex-Inspector-General R.I.C.

We regret to announce the death of Sir Andrew Reed, K.C.B., C.V.O., which occurred on Saturday at Dublin.

The deceased, who was a native of Galway, was 77 years of age, and was one of the best-known of Irish public officials. He entered the service of the Royal Irish Constabulary as a cadet in 1859, and was successively District-Inspector, County Inspector, Assistant Inspector-General, and Inspector-General. Appointed to the latter important position in 1885, he occupied the post with distinction until 1900, when he retired from active service. There was no part of the country in which he was not known, and by his subordinates he was held in the highest esteem. He rendered valuable service when acting as Divisional Commissioner in connection with the suppression of the 1886 riots in Belfast, and for his labours on that occasion he received the thanks of the Government in the House of Commons. He was a member of the Irish Bar, was the author of such educative works as "Liquor Laws of Ireland," "Irish Constable's Guide," and "Policeman's Manual," and was an LL.D. of the Queen's University, Ireland.



Last week the intimation of Mr. Caldwell's death was given in the column set apart for this purpose. Being a native of Ireland, it will be interesting to know something of the deceased. He was born near Castlederg, County Tyrone, Ireland, and received his early education in the Castlederg Intermediate School, whence he proceeded to Queen's College, Galway. There he was very successful gaining, among other prizes a literary scholarship in his first year. In his third year he also took third place in law scholarship, having at one time an inclination towards legal life. He graduated at the Royal University of Ireland, and then studied theology at Magee College, Londonderry, and at the Free Church College, Edinburgh. In his last year at Magee College he gained the Dill scholarship, and in his theological course he invariably took first place in Hebrew and Biblical criticism. He was also president of the Theological Society.

He was licensed to preach by the Donegal Presbytery, and then studied for his B.D. degree, ultimately passing both departments of the examination at one time. On 29th January, 1899, ho was appointed assistant in the First Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, and a year and a half later he was appointed to the South Street Presbyterian Church there. In a short time he doubled in numbers a congregation that hitherto had been disorganised and listless.

From Newtownards he came to Scotland. He was first called to the Free High congregation in Edinburgh in February, 1906. His ministry there was short. Alvie, on the banks of the Spey, was his next sphere. He came to Dumbarton in December, 1909, and here also he proved his worth. No minister could have been more attentive in the visitation of his congregation, or painstaking in preparation for his pulpit. Indeed, Mr. Caldwell gave his whole time and attention his people, earning their highest regard. In the Church, generally, his services did not go without note, and he was under nomination for one of the professor's Chairs at the time of his death. In Church Courts he was looked to for counsel and guidance whenever serious subjects were under consideration. Whatever was entrusted to him in any sphere of work was done with thoroughness and satisfaction. His duties as a pastor were heavy in an industrial centre like Dumbarton, yet with punctuality and perseverance in all his undertakings he left no one over-looked or unattended to. His last work was to complete the Roll of Honour, containing forty names of those of his congregation who had joined the colours in the present war.

The funeral was largely attended, the chief mourners being his son, a brother, a brother-in-law, and cousins from Ireland, the session, the Deacons' Court, and members of the congregations. The ministers of the Free Presbytery of Glasgow, with some from Edinburgh, were present; also all the ministers of other denominations in Dumbarton.

He leaves a widow and young son,, foe whom deep sympathy is expressed in their sad loss.



Two of the Homes of Rest at Bangor have been placed at the disposal of the military authorities for the reception of wounded soldiers.

Mr. William M'Grath, of Seapatrick, Banbridge, has received official notification of the death of his son, Private John M'Grath, C Company 87th Royal Irish Fusiliers, which occurred at Hazelbrouck, France, or the 5th ult.

At the monthly meeting of the Portadown Technical Committee on Friday night the principal (Mr. J. G. Edwards) reported that, despite the war, he had never had, since he came to Portadown, such a satisfactory school.

At the annual meeting of the Lurgan Branch of the Grange and Protestant Friendly Society, hold on the evening of the 3rd inst., it was stated that out of 900 male members of the branch over 300 were serving with the colours.

Lurgan Guardians have informed the military authorities that thirty beds would be available in Lurgan Hospital for sick and wounded soldiers, and in case of emergency probably more, and that the cost for each soldier would be 10s a week.

An inquest was held at Broughderg on Saturday touching the death of a local cattle dealer named Robert Quinn, who had been found on the road the previous evening in an exhausted condition. A verdict of death from heart failure was returned.

Last week, at County Monaghan Protestant Orphan Society annual meeting the report stated that there were fifty-four orphans on the list last year. The total income from all sources amounted to 394 3s 6d, and the expenditure to 377 1s 2d.

Cookstown National Teachers Association met on Saturday. Much satisfaction was expressed that the new pension scheme was at last in force. The action of the Central Committee in abandoning the holding of a Congress next Easter was unanimously approved of.

On Friday evening the members of Bangor Baptist Church met in the Good Templar for the purpose of extending a cordial welcome to their new pastor, Rev. W. Campbell, M.A. There was a large attendance, and the proceedings were characterised by great enthusiasm.

An inquest was held at Omagh on Saturday into the circumstances connected with the death of a man named Matthew M'Veigh, who was run over by his horse and cart. The jury returned a verdict that death was due to dislocation of the neck or to suffocation caused by a cart wheel.

Guardians have received a return, showing the total amount of the cost of the recent sworn inquiry into the charge preferred against Dr. Reid, medical officer of Lurgan No. 2 dispensary district. Their solicitor's account comes to 22 0s 6d, and the claims allowed for witnesses, 8 8s.

The death took place rather suddenly on Saturday at Port Salon, County Donegal, of Colonel Baptist J. Barton, one of the aides-de-camp to the King. Colonel Barton, who was sixty-six years of age, was High Sheriff of County Donegal in 1877. He has one son at the front and three in Kitchener's army.

A further detachment of recruits from the Dungannon section of the Ulster Volunteer Force left Dungannon an Monday to join the Inniskilling Dragoons. Altogether 225 members of the Dungannon Battalion U.V.F. have volunteered for active service as compared with only nineteen Nationalists from the same district.

In Dromore on the 4th inst. several farmers' horses standing in the Square took fright and bolted in various directions. One dashed into the plate-glass window of the Medical Hall at the corner of Church Street, and a Mrs. Ferris was knocked down by it and again by its companion in flight. A child named Beattie was also injured.

At Portadown Petty Sessions on Monday, Mr. J. C. Fulton, J.P. (chairman), said the magistrates regretted to know that Mr. John Walker, C.P.S., was in very poor health at present, and they had unanimously decided to grant him two months' leave of absence. They had also agreed to appoint his son, Mr. J. Walker, jun., as temporary substitute.

The death took place on Saturday of Mr. Thomas Gracey, Downpatrick, a well-known, and highly-popular official, with an honourable record of upwards of forty years' public service to hie credit, Previous to the passing of the County Officers and Courts Act, 1877, he occupied the important position of Deputy Clerk of the Peace for the County Down.

Two non-commissioned officers and eighteen privates belonging to English, Scottish, and Welsh regiments are at present under treatment in the County Infirmary, Downpatrick, for shell and bullet wounds. Dr. Tate, the surgeon, of the infirmary, has, with the co-operation of the staff, made excellent provision for their treatment and comfort, and they are progressing favourably.

At Down Technical Committee monthly meeting, the secretary stated he had been asked to bring forward the question of establishing French classes at Clandeboye and Ballykinlar camps to afford our soldiers an opportunity of learning the language of our Allies. There would be no financial difficulty, for sufficient grants would be earned. It was decided to communicate with Colonel Craig, M.P., A.A. and Q.M.G., Ulster Division.

The death occurred at her residence, Victoria Terrace, Omagh, on the afternoon of the 1st inst. of Mrs. Parke, wife of Mr. R. A. Parke, journalist. The deceased lady was greatly beloved in the North-West generally, where she was widely known. Prior to her marriage some three years ago she had been engaged nursing throughout the North, and many people will remember her for her kindly ministrations to the sick and afflicted, her maiden name being Miss M. E. Wray.

There was a rousing briskness and keen competition strongly in evidence at the fortnightly flax market held in Limavady on Monday. The quantity of flax on sale numbered about eighty loads, and scaled close on forty tons. 120s per cwt. was paid for some loads; while a considerable quantity sold freely from 110s to 115s per cwt. Other lots brought from 90s to 100s per cwt., and small quantities classed as inferior 80s to 87s 6d per cwt.

The annual competitions in root crops, pro-tooted by the Coleraine Agricultural and Industrial Association, were decided on Saturday. Results -- Best four acres turnips -- 1st, John W. Lynn, Ballyarton; 2nd, John Morrow, J.P., Islandheaghy; 3rd, Wm. Hamill, Ballyversal; 4th, Hugh Corry, Cloyfin. Best two acres turnips -- 1st, S. S. Young, Bellemont; 2nd, John Rankin, Mossbank; 3rd, Robert Maxwell, Rushtown; 4th, John Lyons, Ballindrean. Mangolds -- 1st, John Morrow, J.P.; 2nd, S. S. Young; 3rd. Wm. Hamill; 4th, Hugh Curry. Carrots -- 1st, S. S. Young; 2nd, John Morrow.

Mr. John M'Meekan, J.P. (chairman), prodded on the 5th inst, at the monthly meeting of the Bangor Hospital Executive Committee. The following were appointed as Visiting Committee -- Miss Connor, Miss Lowry, Messrs. J. M. Meharg and R. Logan. The Hon. Treasurer (Mr. C. H. Bowen) reported that on the revenue account there was a credit balance of 165 16s 6d. Accounts amounting to 51 19s 1d were passed for payment. The secretary (Mr. H. Gaw) reported that during the month he had received an inquiry from the A.D.M.S. Office, Victoria Barracks, Belfast, as to the number of wounded soldiers for whom accommodation could be found for in the Bangor Hospital. After consultation with the chairman and the matron, he had promised that twenty beds would be placed at the disposal of the military authorities at any time on twelve hours' notice. The committee now ratified this arrangement, and authorised the installation of the extra beds that would be necessary.

Rev. H. de B. Cooke, B.A., curate of Portadown Parish Church, has been given a commission in the army, and has gone to Stirlingshire, Scotland.

At a meeting of the Board of Governors of the Milford Social Union it was unanimously agreed to subscribe 40 to the Belgian Refugees' Relief Fund and 10 4s to the Prince of Wales' Fund.

At Coagh (County Tyrone) Petty Sessions on Tuesday the Court granted an order confiscating two nets, illegally used on the River Ballinderry, which had been seized by the river bailiffs recently.

News has just been received in Gilford that Private John Hill (notified as missing since 27th August) and Corporal Joseph Graham (wounded at Caudry) are both prisoners of war, but in good health.

A band of willing lady workers have furnished five of the houses in Wellington Street, Lurgan, granted by the Town Council for the accommodation of Belgian refugees, and same are now ready for occupation.

Amongst those who lost their lives through the sinking of Submarine D5 on the 3rd inst. was Mr. Frederick Bradley, acting leading stoker, whose father, Mr. Wm. Bradley, an R.I.C. pensioner, resides at Corr, Dunavally, Charlemont.

Mr. Robert Marshall, sanitary sub-officer, reports, in connection with his annual cleansing of the reservoir of the Limavady water supply, that he had lengthened the overflow pipe, thus adding to the volume of water 17,000 gallons, or about seventy-six tons.

Mr. H. J. Chippendall, governor of Armagh Prison, has left the city to take over the governorship (temporarily) of the convict prison at Maryborough, Queen's County. Last year Mr. Chippendall was chosen for the temporary governorship of Mountjoy Prison, Dublin.

The Portadown Orangemen attended a special service in Thomas Street Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon, when an able and appropriate sermon was preached by the Rev. J. Linaham. The offertory was in aid of the Lord Enniskillen Memorial Orange Orphan Fund.

At Ballymena on Friday the Urban Council brought a prosecution against Patrick Taggart, Warden Street, milk-server, for failing to give notice to the complainants of the occurrence of scarlet fever in his house and upon the premises in which he kept milk. After hearing evidence their Worships imposed a fine of 10s and ordinary costs.

Over one hundred boats were engaged during the past week in dredging the world-famed Carlingford Lough oysters. Mr. Patrick Magee, with a motor boat, out-distanced all competitors, landing 3,000 after a three hours' drag. The percentage of prime oysters is greater than it has been for a number of years.

Under the auspices of Limavady Reformed Presbyterian Church Sabbath-school an interesting lecture was given in the Orange Hall, Limavady, on Monday evening by Rev. Professor John Lynd, D.D., of Belfast. The subject of the lecture was "Abraham Lincoln, Emancipator," and it was dealt with by Dr. Lynd in an able and attractive manner.

Owing to the Antrim Workhouse being taken over by the military authorities an arrangement has, with the sanction of the Local Government Board, been come to whereby the patients are to be transferred to Ballymena and further cases from this Union sent to either Ballymena or Belfast. Forty-seven patients were transferred to Ballymena on Tuesday.

A committee of gentleman, in Newry has been appointed to take the necessary steps to provide a motor ambulance waggon for the use of the wounded at the front. Mr. Thomas P. Willis has been appointed hon. treasurer to the Provisional Committee, and Messrs. Thomas P. Ledlie and J. Edgar Connor, J.P., hon. secretaries. It is expected the ambulance will cost 350.

At the quarterly meeting of Tandragee Rural Council the County Surveyor (R. H. Dorman) estimated the Council's expenditure for the ensuing year at 1,500. The Council should raise their estimate and qualify for a grant from the Road Board towards the improvement of the main roads in the district. The Council adopted the report, and fixed their expenditure at 1,500.

Two sons of Rev. J. B. Templeton, or Omagh, have joined the Canadian Contingent and are now at training at Salisbury Plain. Mr. David H. Cote, M.A., of 25, Trinity College, Dublin, son of Rev. R. Cole, of Whitehead, has got a lieutenancy in the Army Service Corps. It is stated that over 570 Ulster Methodists have already joined the First Division of the Ulster Volunteers.

A public meeting convened by the Downpatrick Town Commissioners to show practical sympathy with the Belgian refugees, was held in the Assembly Hall on the 5th inst. It was resolved that the Commissioners should be constituted as a committee, that they should consult Mr. J. A. M. Heyn, Belgian Consol, Belfast, and that they should submit the result of their deliberations to another public meeting on the 19th inst.

The following communication has been received by Mrs. Malcolm, president of the Lurgan Branch of Queen Mary's Needlework Guild, from Lady Lawley, hon. secretary Q.M.N.G. -- "Friary Court, St. James's Palace, S.W. -- I am commanded by her Majesty to convey to you the expression of her high appreciation of your generosity, and to thank you for the splendid gift of clothing which you have been so good as to send to the Q.M.N.G. -- Yours faithfully, Annin Lawley."

At a meeting of the Tandragee Rural Council on Friday a letter was received from the Local Government Board with regard to a report furnished to the Council by Messrs. Kaye, Perry, & Ross, civil engineers, Dublin, as to the best means of providing a water supply for Laurelvale. The scheme embraces the utilising Of the present supply from wells, and the sinking of a central well, &c., at an estimated cost of 51,300. A committee was appointed to carry out the necessary works and also to appoint an engineer.

At Portadown Petty Sessions on Monday the Chairman (Mr. J. C. Fulton, J.P.) referred to the fact that Mr. J. Gray, R.M., had been removed from that district, and said that during the few years that he was with them Mr. Gray had endeared himself to them all. He was a good lawyer, a man of sound judgment and clear perception, and in his position as resident magistrate he was always most kindly, civil, and courteous. The magistrates regretted his removal from amongst them and wished him good health and happiness in his new sphere.

Last week, in reply to an inquiry made by the Town Clerk of Bangor -- Mr. James Milliken -- as to whether or not the Belgian refugees, for whom arrangements have been made locally, would be coming to Bangor, the following telegram was received from the private secretary, Local Government Board, Dublin -- "Owing to panic amongst refugees in London, due to fear of crossing Channel, none are at present being sent to Ireland. The Board trust, however, that their fears will be allayed, and that we shall soon he receiving sufficient numbers to accept all the offers of hospitality which have been made." The Bangor Committee have arranged to accommodate at least thirty-five refugees, and for this purpose the Mothers' Homes of Rest has been taken over.





We regret to state that news was received in Ballymena on Monday that Captain the Hon. Arthur O'Neill, M.P. for Mid-Antrim, was killed in action on the 4th inst. Captain O'Neill, who was the son and heir of Lord O'Neill, Shane's Castle, County Antrim, rejoined his regiment, the 2nd Life Guards, only three weeks ago. The deceased officer was born on the 19th Sept., 1876, and after receiving his education at Eton, entered the Army in 1897, and received his captaincy in 1902. He served in South Africa 1899-1900 (medal and three clasps). He married in 1902 Lady Annabel Crewe-Milnes, eldest daughter of the first Earl of Crewe. He was elected member for Mid-Antrim at the General Election in January, 1910.

An efficient and popular member of Parliament, Captain O'Neill always evinced the keenest interest in the welfare of his constituents, and took a prominent part in the anti-Home Rule campaign, proving himself a loyal colleague of Sir Edward Carson, the leader of the Irish Unionist Parliamentary party. He was a member of the Ulster Unionist Council, and took a prominent part in the formation of the Ulster Volunteer Force, his expedience as a military officer being of great assistance to the training of the 1st Battalion North Antrim Regiment, while it may be recalled that he was actively, engaged in the famous gun-running exploit of April last, when a large cargo of rifles and ammunition was discharged at Larne, Bangor, and Donaghadee, and distributed throughout the province, the coup effected being one of the most sensational events in the history of Ulster. He was in great demand at special functions and loyal gatherings in Mid-Antrim, where his talents as a lucid platform speaker and his able advocacy of the Unionist cause were highly appreciated. He was chairman of the Board of Management of the Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Queen Street, and took an active interest in the work of that institution, while he invariably presided at the annual meetings. He was a generous subscriber to many local charities, no deserving appeal ever being made to him in vain, and he contributed to all worthy objects without distinction of class or creed. As president of numerous sporting organisations in Ballymena and district, he did everything in his power, to further their welfare. To say that Captain O'Neill was respected and admired by the people of Mid-Antrim is only to record an acknowledged fact, as his gentlemanly bearing and courteous disposition made him a general favourite and gained for him the esteem of friends and of political opponents.


At a special meeting of Ballymena Presbytery -- Rev. W. Ramsay (Moderator) presiding -- the following resolution was adopted, on the motion of Rev. David Cummins, seconded by Rev. Andrew Patton, and supported by the Moderator, and Revs. E. F. Simpson and R. M. M'C. Gilmour -- "The Presbytery of Ballymena have heard with profound sorrow of the death of the Honourable Arthur O'Neill, M.P. for Mid-Antrim and captain in his Majesty's regiment of Life Guards. Though early death has come to him in the noble discharge of patriotic duty when fighting for his country -- and no mere glorious death would have been desired for himself -- the Presbytery realise fully the very serious loss there is in his removal to the Army, to the Parliament of Great Britain and Ireland, and chiefly to Lady Annabel O'Neill and her children, and to his bereaved and sorrowing parents Lord and Lady O'Neill. By his kindly disposition, his gentle and courteous manner, his readiness to serve others, and his efficiency in service, and by the example of his stainless life, Captain O'Neill commended himself to the constituency he served so faithfully within, and without the House of Commons. As members of his constituency the Presbytery of Ballymena mourn the loss in him of an honourable and high-minded representative, whose zeal for the welfare of his constituents was as earnest and sustained as has been his courage in fighting for his country's interests, and meeting death on the battlefield. The Presbytery respectfully tender to Lady Annabel O'Neill and to Lord and Lady O'Neill their cordial sympathy in their hour of bereavement and sorrow, and reverently commend them to the sustaining and comforting grace of the God of all consolations."


News has been received in Belfast that Captain John B. Corry, D.S.O., Royal Engineers, has been killed in action. The deceased officer was a son of the late Mr. John Corry, formerly of Belfast, and afterwards of Park Hill Road, Croydon, and a nephew of the late Sir James P. Corry, M.P., and Mr. R. W. Corry, J.P., of tins city. He had several other relatives in Belfast, amongst them being Mr. Stanley P. Corry, of the Ulster Motor Works, and of Richmond Park. The Corry family has had a long and honourable association with the city of Belfast, particularly in connection with the great shipping business of Messrs. J. P. Corry & Co. (Star line), the management of which was which was transferred to London some years since, and which is now largely incorporated with the Commonwealth and Dominion Line, Ltd. The deceased officer was born in 1875, was educated at St. Paul's School, and had a most distinguished career in the Military College. He entered the Royal Engineers at the ago of nineteen years, and became captain in 1904. He served on the North-West Frontier of India in 1897-98, receiving a medal with three clasps, and in Mekran in 1901, being present at the capture of Nodiz Fort. For his gallant services he was mentioned in despatches and received the D.S.O. He had only arrived at the front from India three weeks before his death.


The War Office has sent official news to his friends in Belfast of the death of Captain T. M'C. Phillips, R.A.M.C., in No. 4 Clearing Hospital, from wounds received in action. Captain Phillips received his early education in Trent College, Nottingham, and later in Campbell College, Belfast, where he played in the famous School Cup team of 1897-8. He graduated in Queen's College, Belfast, and shortly after received his commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps, taking first place in the examination. Captain Phillips was home on leave from India, and on the outbreak of war was posted to Victoria Barracks, Belfast. Although only sent to the front on 3rd October he had seen some very heavy fighting since he went out, being continuously in the firing line. Captain Phillips was the son of the late Rev. J. G. Phillips, Damascus, and nephew of Mr. John M'Cann, manufacturer, Adelaide Street, Belfast.


Lord Dunleath, Ballywalter Castle, Co. Down, has been officially notified that his eldest son, Captain the Hon. A. B. S. Mulholland, of the Irish Guards, had been killed in action, and that his second son, Captain and Adjutant Hon. C. H. G. Mulholland, of the 11th Lancers, had been wounded. The Hon. Andrew Edward Somerset Mulholland was born in 1882, and, like his three brothers, educated at Cambridge University, where the two younger ones have been known as prominent athletes and cricketers. The deceased officer was a most promising soldier and most popular is the regiment Little more than a year age -- in June, 1913 -- he was married to Lady Joan Bing, youngest daughter of the Earl and Countess of Strafford.

His brother, who is reported wounded, has served with the 11th Lancers during the war.


At the opening meeting of the new session of Trinity College Theological Society on Monday, Rev. Newport. J. D. White, D.D., who presided, said the highest distinction of their society -- the silver medal for oratory -- was to have been conferred that evening on Mr. Vivian T. T. Rea (of Belfast), its secretary for last session, but who, while serving with the Royal Irish Rifles, died in action a little more than a week ago. While at the proper time a vote of condolence would be sent to his relatives, it was only right that he (the chairman) should make some allusion to the loss the society had sustained by his death. To those of them who had been associated with Mr. Rea his memory would always be a stimulus to noble action. Among many promising young men in the society there were few, possibly none, with a more distinctively attractive personality. He (the chairman) felt at hie death the loss of a personal friend, and the society would feel the loss of his energy and zeal. Those who listened to his oratory for the last two years would regret the loss to the Church of a man of exceptional promise, and their sorrow was heightened in a very real sense with the knowledge that he had laid down his life for his friends.



Prior to his departure for Dromore, Co. Down, Mr. W. G. M'Alister, assistant master in Monaghan Model School, was presented by the teachers with a massive Marble Dining-room Clock, and by the boys with a beautiful Tea Set and a Brass Drawing-room Lamp. Besides these he was also made the recipient of useful and costly parting gifts from the First Monaghan Choir and Guild, the Good Templars, &c. All join in wishing Mr. M'Alister every success in his wider sphere of work as principal of Dromore (3) National School.



The usual free breakfasts were held at 9-30 on Sunday morning for out-of-works and poor children. Messrs. Lynn and Tewkesbury were in charge. Rev. Wm. Maguire addressed the men, and conducted the service at Whiteabbey. Rev. T. W. Findlow preached a profitable sermon at 11-30 from John iv. 24. The afternoon meeting at the Customhouse Steps was conducted by Rev. T. W. Findlow and Mr. John Bryans. A special feature of the day was a sermon delivered by ex-Sergeant-Major Tewkesbury to a very large and appreciative congregation on his war experiences. The preacher held the rapt attention of a large audience for about three-quarters of an hour while he portrayed in thrilling language some scenes of battle which he had personally passed through. Mr. Tewkesbury, who himself has offered for active service, earnestly appealed to the young men before him, and requested them to respond heartily to their country's call at this great crisis. He said he had no doubt whatever but the British people were engaged in a righteous war. They were fighting for principle, for honour, for liberty not only for themselves, but for other nations. Rev. J. W. P. Elliott occupied the pulpit in Jennymount at both services. The congregations were good.

The Saturday night happy evening for the people was largely attended, and was of a most popular character. 6,000ft. of film was exhibited and manipulated by Mr. C. Savage. A special attraction were the items rendered by the Balmoral boy's band, which, is always welcomed by the York Street people. It was announced that special war films would be provided during the winter to commence next Saturday night.



Splendid Response from Belfast.

We understand that in answer to a circular issued to the members of the Royal Irish Constabulary by the Inspector-General of that force asking for 200 volunteers for service with the Irish Guards there has already been a splendid response from Belfast, between 300 and 400 men having offered their services.

Since the outbreak of war many of the members of the R.I.C., other than Reservists, have applied to the Inspector-General for permission to join his Majesty's forces for active service, and he got into communication with the Government and has received permission to get the names of 200 men, and accordingly sent out his circular.

The men from Belfast responded splendidly, and by last night from two barracks alone thirty-five men had volunteered, twenty from one, and fifteen from another.

Although the exact numbers from the other districts are not yet known, our representative was informed that somewhere between 300 and 400 men had come forward, and that it was likely that the 200 would be selected from these.



Strength of the Division.

It was officially announced that the Ulster Division of Lord Kitchener's Army now consists of 13,223 officers and men. Recruiting is still going on at the headquarters, Wellington Place, and dusting the week the new division received quite a number of "new hands." Captain P. W. Harris, formerly of the 4th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, has been appointed a temporary captain in the Ulster Division, which has been formed into three brigades, the strength of which is as follows --

1st Brigade -- 8th service battalion R.I. Rifles (East Belfast Volunteers), 1,160; 15th battalion (North Belfast Volunteers), 1,122; 9th battalion (West Belfast Volunteers), 1,114; 10th battalion (South Belfast Volunteers), 1,181.

2nd Brigade -- 11th battalion (South Antrim Volunteers), 733; 12th battalion (Central Antrim Volunteers), 1,010; 13th battalion (Down Volunteers), 1,325; 9th battalion (Princess Victoria's R.I. Fusiliers) (County Armagh Volunteers), 959.

3rd Brigade -- 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Tyrone Volunteers), 916; 10th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers), 922; 11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Donegal and Fermanagh Volunteers), 703; 14th Royal Irish Rifles (Young Citizen Volunteers), 1,134.

Recruiting for the new County Down battalion, which is being stationed at Brownlow House, Lurgan, is proceeding, and a gratifying response is being made to the appeal for more men. Various battalions throughout Ulster are now engaged in route marches for the purpose of stimulating recruiting, and at the different towns and villages they visit the men have been cordially received.



News has bean received at Newcastle that Earl Annesley may have perished in an aeroplane accident when crossing from England to France on Friday. His lordship obtained a commission in the Royal Flying Corps at the beginning of the war, and has rendered valuable services in the recent fighting in Belgium. He obtained a few days' leave to visit his home at Castlewellan, and returned on Wednesday evening for Sheerness. He left on Friday, and not having arrived it is feared the machine may have been lost or fallen on the German lines.

The Admiralty have since notified Countess Annesley that no trace of the Earl can be found.



DESIRES TO INFORM THE FRIENDS AND PATIENTS of his father, the late Mr. Michael M'Stay, that his Dental Practice is being carried on as usual at the same address, 111, ANTRIM ROAD, BELFAST.



Mr. Oscar H. Macready, only son of Rev. H. H. Macready, minister of the Second Presbyterian Church, Islandmagee, has been gazetted to a second lieutenancy in the 16th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, which is now in course of formation. In the meantime he serves with the 3rd Battalion, which is at present stationed in the Wellington Barracks, Dublin. He has been associated for some years past with the firm of Messrs. Workman & Clark, Ltd., Belfast, and was a member of the Officers' Training Coupe at Queen's University, Belfast.


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The Witness - Friday, 20 November, 1914


CARSON--BANKHEAD -- Oct. 21, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Ahoghill, by Rev. W. Megaw, B.A., William James, third son of Samuel Carson, Terrygowan, Randalstown, to Nora Roberta, youngest daughter of Thomas Bankhead, R.D.C., Ballymontena House, Ahoghill.

GRAHAM--HOGG -- Nov. 2, at Cregagh Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Toland, Josiah Graham, youngest son of the late James Graham, Belfast, to Elizabeth Hogg (Lillie), third daughter of the late John Hogg, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan.

HAGAN--KAIN -- Nov. 17 (by special licence), at the residence of the bride's mother, by the Rev. David Steen, B.A., William Samuel Hagan, Castleton, Islandmagee, Engineer, Union Castle Line, to Wilhelmina, younger daughter of the late William Kain, Ballystrudder House, Islandmagee.

NEWELL--MORRISON -- Nov. 18, at Eglinton Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by Rev. J. H. Morton, assisted by Rev. R. J. A. Morrison, Creggan (brother of the bride), Rev. R. J. Newell, Newtownhamilton, Co. Armagh, to Claire, younger daughter of G. T. Morrison, Main Street, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.


ADAIR -- Nov. 12, at Shandon, Broughshane Road, Ballymena, Henderson Adair.

BAIRD -- Nov. 10, at Glenarm, Co. Antrim, Charlotte, widow of the late James Baird, aged 86 years.

ELLIOTT -- Nov. 13, at Crumlin, William John Elliott, late of Brysonstown.

FLEMING -- Nov. 16, at 14, Templemore Avenue, Hannah Louisa (Louie), second daughter of the late Sergeant John Fleming, R.I.C.

GILMORE -- Nov. 13, at Ardarva, Finaghy Park, Belfast, Elizabeth, relict of John Gilmore.

HEGAN -- Nov. 17, at 2, Mount Royal, Bangor, Co. Down, Thomas Marshall Hegan.

HERON -- Nov. 11, at the Asylum, Downpatrick, Mary, daughter of Thomas Heron, Cultra.

HODGINS -- Nov. 14, at 19, Westbourne Terrace, Lisburn, Eliza, wife of Abraham Hodgins.

HOUSTON -- Nov. 14, at 103, Limestone Road, Belfast, Rebecca J. Greer, widow of the late John Houston.

JOHNSTON -- Nov. 12, at Dalriada, Whiteabbey, Agnes, wife of S. A. Johnston, J.P.

KANE -- Nov. 16, at 6, Roseleigh Street, James, husband of Maria Kane, and eldest son of the late William John Kane, Hydepark.

LEECH -- Nov. 15, at 2, Shuttle Row, Newtownards, Ellen Jane, relict of the late Andrew Leech (Rope and Twine Manufacturer), aged 87 years.

MacWILLIAM -- Nov. 16, at Ballynure, Mary Eliza, wife of W. A. MacWilliam, M.B.

MELVILLE -- Nov. 17, at Canmeyreagh, Donaghadee, Sarah Campbell Melville, aged 28 years, of William Melville.

MONTGOMERY -- Nov. 14, at Ballyutogue, Margaret Ann (Annie) Montgomery.

MURPHY -- Nov. 12, at Rosmead, Cavehill Road, Margaret, wife of Henry Murphy.

M'CULLOUGH -- Nov. 7, 1914, at his residence, Bridge Street, Comber, Robert M'Cullough, beloved husband of Agnes M'Cullough.

M'KAY -- Nov. 13, George, second son of John M'Kay, Tullyhue, Tandragee.

M'MEEKIN -- Nov. 16, at 72, Mountcollyer Street, Thomas Mitchell M'Meekin, husband of Mary Meekin.

M'WILLIAMS -- Nov. 17, at Brownlow Street, Comber, Andrew M'Williams, Saddler (late of Belfast).

ORR -- November 11, at Kearney, Portaferry, James, husband of Charlotte Orr.

SMITH -- Nov. 18, at 103, South Parade, Belfast, Elizabeth, relict of the late Alexander Smith, Designer.

WELLWOOD -- Nov. 18, at Garvoch, Knock, Wm. Wellwood. in his 91st year.

WILLIAMSON -- Nov. 15, at Hightown, Whitewell, Mary Elizabeth (Lily), only daughter of John Williamson, aged 11 years.

WOODS -- Nov. 18, at Woodland, Upper Falls, William, second son of the late Michael Woods.

WOTHERSPOON -- Nov. 15, at Church Street, Portaferry, Hugh, fourth son of the late Captain J. Wotherspoon.



26,000 DAMAGE.

One of the fiercest and most destructive fires that ever took place in Lurgan occurred on Monday afternoon, following on a terrific explosion of gunpowder which was stored on the premises of Messrs. David Malcomson & Son, Market Street. Just before five o'clock residents in the Market Street neighbourhood were alarmed by hearing a tremendous crash of glass, as two plate-glass windows in the establishment of Messrs. Malcomson & Sons, with their contents, were blown several yards out on to the street. Several of the shop hands inside the premises had remarkably narrow escapes, while others were hurled by the force of the explosion considerable distances, and received injuries and burns more or less extensive. Mr. Wm. Moffatt was removed to hospital, while the bookkeeper crawled to the street in an exhausted condition.

Fire seized on the premises following the explosion and the flames spreading with lightning rapidity, their progress soon reached Messrs. Cullenan's premises, and were extending to the public-house of Mr. John Fleming, J.P., next door. So fierce then became the conflagration that it was easily recognised that it would be utterly impossible to save any of the buildings involved, and Mrs. Loughlin, who trades as Messrs. Cullenan & Co., and her family were obliged to make their escape without saving a single effect other than the clothing in which they were clad. Fearing that the whiskey and other barrels in the spirit store in Mr. Fleming's might cause an explosion, these were removed to a place of safety.

The Fire Brigade had an awful task before them, but they were willingly helped in their efforts by residents, while the men of the 16th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, under Lieut.-Colonel Leade and Captain Allen, to the number of about 120, were early on the scene, and rendered invaluable assistance.

The fire was got under control shortly before 8 o'clock, by which time Messrs. Malcomson & Son's and Messrs. Cullenan & Co.'s premises were completely demolished, but the brigade were successful in averting the destruction of Mr. Fleming's front premises, though the rere was badly damaged. A contingent of the Belfast Fire Brigade, who, under command of Second-Superintendent Stafford, had been engaged in extinguishing a fire in the Hillsborough district, arrived on the scene about half-past seven o'clock, and several members of the brigade gave valuable assistance.

It is estimated that the damage caused by the fire will amount to between 26,000 and 30,000, a great portion of which, but not all, is covered by insurance.



Horses on the Battlefield.

The quarterly meeting of this society was held, in the Boardroom, 14a, High Street, on Monday, when there was a good attendance, including Messrs. E. W. Pim, J.P.; Henry H. Corley, S. A. Robinson, Frank Johnston, James Nesbitt, W. R. Gill, and the hon. secretary, Mr. Robert Boag. Mr. Corley having taken the chair, the reports from each of the inspectors showed that for the ten months ending the 1st inst. the number of cases for alleged cruelty to various animals investigated reached 676, resulting in 268 prosecutions to conviction taking place, and cautions being administered in the remaining cases with good results. A considerable discussion took place as to what means could be taken to assist the Royal Society in any efforts they are making to mitigate the sufferings of horses on the battlefield of the present terrible Continental war, and it was resolve that the secretary should communicate with the London society as to what they are doing in the matter, with a view to assisting them. A communication from Mrs. Shewell, treasurer of the All-Ireland Donkey Protection Society, was read, showing commendable work done, and it was resolved to continue the subscription of last year by way of encouraging the work. Mr. Boag introduced to the meeting the matter of the annual essay writing competition among school children throughout Ulster for the purpose of interesting school children in the cause of humanity to animals. It was unanimously resolved that 200 prizes should be again offered, including two gold medals, for the best essays on "What I can do to prevent cruelty to animals." Full particulars of the competition will be duly advertised in the daily papers.



The second of the entertainments now being provided under the auspices of the Presbyterian Association, Dublin, to our soldiers was given on Thursday night, 12th inst., in the hall of the Church House, 16, Upper Sackville Street. The Rev. R. K. Hanna, B.A., and the Young People's Guild of Adelaide Road Church were the hosts on this occasion, the young ladies of the Guild presiding at the tea tables, and the young men acting as stewards. There was a large company of soldiers present. Tea and cigarettes were provided, and a variety programme was furnished by the following artistes -- Pipe-Major Andrews, Mr. Gray, Miss Small, the Ringsend Sea Scouts, Miss Blackadder, Mr. Symons, Miss Griffin; Messrs. Dench, Banton, Caldwell, Whiteside, and Clifton. Messrs. Love and Mark presided at the piano. The soldiers entered heartily into the proceedings, and enjoyed the whole programme, which concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.



Appointment of Dr. Mahaffy.

The King has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rev. John Pentland Mahaffy, D.D., to be Provost of Trinity College, Dublin.

The Rev. John Pentland Mahaffy, C.V.O., was born in 1839. He is the youngest son of the Rev. Nathaniel B. Mahaffy and Elizabeth Pentland. He was educated on the Continent and at Trinity College, where he was elected to a Fellowship in 1864. He was for a considerable period Professor of Ancient History. Dr. Mahaffy was co-opted a Senior Fellow some years ago. He acted as Senior Lecturer and afterwards as Registrar, until his recent appointment to the Vice-Provostship. He holds the degrees of D.D. and Mus.D. of his own University, the D.C.L. of Oxford, and honorary degrees of many other Universities. He is a member of many learned societies and in President of the Royal Irish Academy, one of the Governors of the National Gallery of Ireland, and a Commissioner of Intermediate Education. His writings include translations of German philosophy, many works on Greek social life, history and literature, and "An Epoch in Irish History," being the history of the early days of Trinity College, Dublin. In his youth Dr. Mahaffy played cricket for the Gentlemen of Ireland and shot in the Irish Eight at Wimbledon. The recreations of his later years have been game shooting and salmon fishing.





The steel barque Inverurie, of Aberdeen, which left Belfast docks during last week for Sidney, New South Wales, with a cargo of rock salt, was driven ashore on the Co. Down Coast on Sunday forenoon at Ballyferis Point, between Donaghadee and Ballywalter, and is in danger of breaking up.

From the vessel left Belfast on the 11th inst. the weather had been adverse, and the captain had been forced to remain in the Lough. As the wind had moderated somewhat on Friday she proceeded, but had only got the length of Ballyferis Bay when the elements became so bad that she was forced to seek shelter in the bay, and during a gale blowing landwards she was forced on to a jutting reef of rocks known locally as Barkley's Rock. The dangerous position of the ship was observed at Donaghadee, and the lifeboat was launched with commendable promptitude, and with both motor power and sail was soon at the scene of the wreck. Nineteen of the crew, including several Belfast men, and also the captain's sister were taken off and conveyed to Donaghadee, where Lloyd's local agent, Mr. Robert M'Conkey, took them in charge. The lifeboat then returned to the Inverurie to stand by in order to render Captain Underwood, the commander, and the other officers who had remained on board any assistance they could, but as the wind and sea increased the list of the stranded barque became more pronounced, and the officers, perceiving that it was useless to remain on board longer, entered the waiting lifeboat and proceeded to Donaghadee.

The ship, which had a registered tonnage of 1,417 tons, and is owned by the well-known Inver Line of Aberdeen, is in imminent danger of becoming a total wreck owing to the heavy seas which are still breaking against her. She was built in 1889 by Messrs. Hall & Co., Aberdeen, and had been several journeys from Australia to Belfast with cargoes of wheat.




A nice question h a arisen about the M.P.s. at the front. As they have taken offices of profit under the Crown their seats are forfeit. But Mr. Asquith is going to square that up. Many of us thought that when they took their salaries they had also taken offices of profit, but a way has been found out of that. As four to five Unionists are at the front for one Radical, it is really generous on the part of Mr. Asquith to square that. For once he is not playing the partisan.

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The American officials appointed to examine and report on the treatment of German prisoners in England have given in their report, which, has been published. It gives am account of the food, fare, and treatment. It appears in another column. I am sure there are hundreds of thousands of British subjects at home who would wish that they had half as good fare, half as good treatment, and half as good a time. In fact, for a German prisoner to be in England is change from brown, or black, bread and sauerkraut to a civilised diet.

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The War Office have arranged to provide a Roman Catholic chaplain for every, regiment as well as for hospitals. The shortage of chaplains was one of the excuses for non-volunteering of Nationalists. There should be no excuse now. They have got their Irish Brigade and their chaplains. What do they want more? Recruiting is active among them in Dublin. Four were accepted yesterday at the Irish Brigade depot in Dublin.

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Scratch a Russian and you will find a Tartar we were told, and certainly so far as Tartarism represents vigour and valour in war the Germans have had him. Scratch a German and you will find a barbarian. This was some time a paradox, but now time gives it proof. Scratch a Gaelic Leaguer and you will find a Fenian or something as hostile to Great Britain. There is a Gaelic Society in connection with Trinity College. It announced a meeting to celebrate the centenary of Thomas Davis, who, to say the least of it, was not a British patriot. Among the speakers announced for the occasion was an Irish barrister who had made himself conspicuous as an anti-recruiting agitator in this country. The Vice-Provost of the University, Professor Mahaffy, intimated that he would not allow the meeting in the college if this man spoke unless he repudiated his anti-recruiting, which would include anti-British sentiments. The secretary of the society refused to withdraw the name of the speaker, and the Vice-Provost has prohibited the meeting.

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The secretary, of course, is angry, and complains of the lack of liberty in the University. By liberty these men mean the destruction of all British authority in Ireland. Let us suppose that at this crisis anybody in connection with any University in Germany wanting to countenance a man who would go up and down the country denouncing recruiting. What would happen to them? The members of the body would likely find themselves in prison, if not shot, and the man would have been shot.

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I have received serial copies of a handbill that is being extensively circulated through the country, especially in Donegal. It contains a protest against Irishmen enlisting in the "demoralised, decadent, crime-stained, blood-sodden British army." It is a demand for complete independence and a declaration that the Irish people will by every means in their power prevent -- by force if necessary -- one single Irishman from selling himself body and soul to the only enemy Ireland has in the world, England." . . . "Don't believe the foul lies that the subsidised so-called Irish Press is circulating about the Germans." . . . "England wants men, but, by God, she will not get Irishmen."

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One would suppose that the National University would represent the higher type of Irish Nationalist, especially its Medical School. Yet what do we find? Surgeon M'Ardle, one of the leading lights of the University of Dublin Medical Society, at a meeting in connection with the University, lauded the Germans to such an extent that the Recorder of Dublin. Mr. T. L. O'Shaughnessy, K.C., well-known on this circuit, left the building, and the students of the University hissed the name of Lord Kitchener to such an extent that several self-respecting Catholics left the building.

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This is the University that Mr. Birrell created on professedly non-sectarian lines, and to give the world an example of the blessings of non-sectarian University education on broadening lines. This is the University that was to show from its working what the higher education of Roman Catholics in a Roman Catholic atmosphere would do to secure loyalty and contentment in Ireland. What is it now proving itself to be? Why, simply a hotbed of sedition, as the Unionists told Mr. Birrell it would.

The hatred of England in these students seem as unextinguishable as Mr. Redmond once declared it was. It is more inextinguishable than the hate of the Kaiser and the Germans. It is only what might have been expected. It is only one more proof of the folly of Mr. Birrell and the Government in thinking they could modify or mollify Irish Nationalist Roman Catholic opinion. It is a proof that when you scotch a Nationalist, however educated, you find an enemy of England. And so will it be to the end.

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Mr. Redmond has been telling the British that the granting of Home Rule has made a change. What change has it made? It has been a change for the worse and not for the better. It has made them feel that they can now flout with impunity where formerly they flouted with apprehension. They now feel that they have got the power to defy England, and are determined to use that lower to the utmost. We are told by Nationalists that it is German money that has done this. Well, Nationalists know their own corruptibility better than I can profess to know it. But whether German gold or British hate, the result is the same -- hatred, unquenchable hatred, to the British Army and everything British. That is the result that the Government have achieved by sacrificing the only loyal section of Ireland in the interests of the disloyalist. They have only succeeded in making disloyalty raise its horrid head more defiantly and truculently than before.

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I observe that the "Freeman's Journal" has broken out in a new place. It wants to have a Unionist Lord Mayor for Dublin. If the Nationalist Volunteers will not give them an excuse for saying that Home Rule has made Ireland loyal, the "Freeman" thinks the Capital will secure a cheap reputation for it for the country by appointing a Unionist Lord Mayor; any sort of Lord Mayor would be better than the Capital has had for many years. I have read these articles with great amusement. It is a sort of despairing cry of the Redmondites to secure something to give an excuse for the English Radicals to believe that a change has come over Ireland. You cannot make a rotten building sound by putting an ornamental figure on its top. You could not make the Dublin Corporation loyal by putting a loyal Lord Mayor as a figurehead. It would be like German vessels raiding the seas with the British colours at their masts.

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Now, if I had read this in the "Independent" or in the Sinn Fein organs I would have attached some importance to it. But the "Freeman" no more than Mr. Redmond represents the true voice of Irish Nationalism or the Nationalist Volunteers. It is as if a number of simple boys on the fringe of the Nationalist procession hoisted Union Jacks to give the "Daily Chronicle," the "Daily News," and the "Manchester Guardian" an opportunity of saying that it was a loyal procession because Union Jacks were displayed by some Jeering youths on the fringe. It is the non-recruiting policy of the Sinn Feiners that is really the popular Nationalist policy of the day, and not the "let-me-at-the-Germans," with a whisper to those around, "hold me back" policy of Mr. Redmond and the "Freeman."

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It is no doubt an interesting and suggestive development. But it is part of the game of humbug and hypocrisy, and that has been carried out from the first, and is being carried out in the present. If Mr. Redmond's voice was a potent one, and if he were really in earnest, which the Nationalists and I know he is not, there would be a hundred Nationalist Volunteers for every ten, a thousand for every hundred.

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The Germans are spending money like water in their missionary movement to capture opinion in the United States. A whole army in single spies are moving about in trains and trams, hotels and restaurants, wherever people do congregate, to preach the gospel of German innocence and immaculateness, and of British iniquity and treachery. It is a bold and, so far, a futile endeavour. But German, gold, German lies, and German audacity seem to have no limits.

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The authorities of Trinity College are determined to stand no more nonsense. They have suppressed the Gaelic Society altogether. In common with most Gaelic Societies, this society simply means old Fenianism writ large. Scratch a Gaelic Leaguer and you will find a Fenian, no matter what he may call himself. Interest in the Gaelic language and literature is a mere subterfuge. It is like German soldiers going about wearing uniforms of the Allies that they have stolen from the dead. Sinn Feiners are honourable opponents compared with them. They wear anti-British uniforms and meet us openly.

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Times have changed, and, thank heaven, the Editorial conditions with them. Mr. Edge, K.C., in some "Recollections of Old Times" that he gave as a lecture in Dublin last night, told a story about the late Dr. Mansell, Editor of the "Dublin Evening Mail," whom I well remember and much admired. When he was first engaged as a leader writer the Editor asked him if he could fight. The Dr. was the last man one would have expected to be a man of war, but he wanted the position and said he could fight. "Well," said the Editor, "you are engaged on the clear understanding that if a challenge is sent to the Editor on account of one of your articles you are to accept it. I have no idea of being a cockshot for what you write."

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This, be it remembered, was in the days of duelling. Duelling soon after ceased, and, as Mr. Edge stated, the only gauntlet Dr. Mansell had to run was libel actions. Unfortunately they have to run that gauntlet still. But then it is the proprietors of the papers that have to do the financial suffering, however much they may have to suffer in spirit.

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"The participation of Turkey against England is the worst blow that country has yet received," says a writer in a Berlin newspaper. If this writer had not said it we should not have known it. It reminds me of the story of the client who said he did not know he had been so much abused until he heard his counsel's statement. The British feeling is that the Turkey will lose both feathers and body before the British lion loses many hairs out of its mane. When some captious critic asked Stephenson, when he was starting his first train, what would happen it a cow came in its path, "It would be bad for the coo." said Stephenson. It will be bad for the Turkey to come into conflict with the British lion.

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The London correspondent of the Dublin "Independent" tells his readers, on the authority of Mr. T. P. O'Connor and a prominent Liberal member, "that Lord Roberts had ceased to view Home Rule with disfavour in consequence of Ireland's attitude towards the war." Whatever else he was, Lord Roberts was not a simple Saxon, and understood the Irish. What has been the attitude of Ireland towards the war? How many recruits has it given to the army as the result of Home Rule?

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I have been told that the latest official statistics give the total number of Roman Catholics in the British Army as 34,266. This, remember, includes the number of Roman Catholics nominally in the army. The question is, how many have joined since? Mr. O'Connor tried to suggest that all these were the outcome of the new recruiting movement. The real test is how many have joined since Home Rule. It is admitted over twenty thousand Unionists and Protestants have joined. The Nationalists and Roman Catholics claim to be four to one of Protestants. Have they joined in equal proportions? If so, Lord Kitchener would have from fifty to eighty thousand more recruits than he has.

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This is an old and stale Nationalist trick. One would be inclined to think that all those Nationalists were at one with the Germans in their capacity to magnify themselves and malign their opponents. And I am not quite certain but that many of them have in addition, a sneaking sympathy with the Germans, not, perhaps, that they love Germany, but that they hate Britain. -- "The Man in the Street," in "The Ulster Echo."



Dr. Mahaffy, Vice-Provost T.C.D., has forbidden the opening meeting of the Gaelic Society inside Trinity College announced for Tuesday to celebrate the Davis Centenary. From correspondence supplied by Mr. C. Power, secretary of the society, it appears that Dr. Mahaffy took exception to Mr. Pearse, who was announced as one of the speakers at the celebration, on the ground that he was a "declared supporter of the anti-recruiting agitation. The committee, in reply, stated that Mr. Pearse's name had been on the speakers' list for a considerable time previously, and presumed that Dr. Mahaffy would not interfere with their discretion in the choice of speakers. The Vice-Provost said the information on which he acted had only reached him two days previously, and he refused permission to a speaker with Mr. Pearse's views on recruiting to address a meeting in the college. The committee then said they had sufficient confidence in the discretion of the speakers not to make any references irrelevant to the life and work of Thomas Davis, and in a subsequent letter said that it was a Davis Centenary meeting, and that the matter of the present European war could not be introduced in any way.

The matter was discussed at a meeting of the Board on Saturday, when the action of the Vice-Provost was approved of, and this Board passed a unanimous vote ordering the suppression of the Gaelic Society, hitherto recognised as one of the students' societies within Trinity College. The Vice-Provost hopes that the Board may not be compelled to take further steps to enforce college discipline.



By a majority of one the Derry No. 2 District Council co-opted Mr. W. E. Stevenson, Churchtown, a member of the Council, in room of the late Mr. Thomas Gallagher, Tyroddy.

There was keen competition in the purchase of flax in Armagh market on Tuesday, Continental buyers being represented. The record price far this season was reached -- viz., 16s 6d per stone.

Mr. William Coote, J.P., suggested a Clogher Guardians on Saturday the amalgamation of the Workhouse with some other Union, and it was received to appoint a committee to consider the matter.

The late Earl Castlestewart, D.L., of Stuart Hall, Stewartstown, County Tyrone, who died on the 15th of June last, aged seventy-six left unsettled personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 15,229.

At a special meeting of the Tyrone Agricultural Committee, held on the 14th inst., the secretary suggested dropping the classes at Galbally and Ardboe, as these classes were not pulling up satisfactorily. The committee adopted the suggestion.

The death took place in Derry on Monday evening of Mr. Patrick Maxwell, one of the best known and ablest solicitors in the North-West. Seized with sudden illness a week ago, Mr. Maxwell underwent two operations, but from the first there was little hope of his recovery.

The death has occurred at Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh, of John Clarke, a small farmer, who had reached the remarkable age of 108. The deceased was evicted from his holding eighty-four years ago, and spent the greater part of his life in England. He was in receipt of the old-age pension.

The Donaghmore Battalion of the Irish National Volunteers have, by a large majority, refused to accept the leadership of Mr. John Redmond. At a meeting recently held to ascertain whether they would accept Mr. Redmond as leader a resolution in favour of neutrality was carried by 48 votes to 7.

Cookstown Relief Committee met on Friday evening to complete arrangements for providing hospitality for Belgian refugees. Mr. Thomas Gibson, chairman of the Urban Council, said they would be responsible for five families -- not more than twenty-five persons. It was decided to make the full canvass at once.

At the half-yearly meeting of the County Monaghan National Teachers' Association, held in Clones on Saturday, Mr. T. C. Storey, Lossett N.S., Carrickmacross, was unanimously elected chairman; Miss Cassidy, Inniskeen, was elected vice-chairman; and Miss Connelly, Castleblayney, secretary and treasurer.

On Monday evening Mr. John Malone, coroner, held an inquest in Coagh touching the death of a little girl, aged eight years, named Mary Mullan, daughter of Michael Mullan, labourer, who had died as a result of being knocked down by a motor car. A verdict of death from fracture of the skull was returned.

The annual meeting was held on Saturday of the Newry Branch of the Orange and Protestant Friendly Society. Mr. George Dobson, from the head office, Belfast, submitted the annual report, which showed that the amount received from members was 773 7s 3d, and the benefits paid out -- sickness 292 1s 1d, maternity 75.

On Monday evening Dr. M'Ivor, coroner, held an inquest at the house of Hugh Convery, Fallalea, touching the death of his brother, Michael Convery, whose dead body was found on Sunday morning in a field a few perches from his own house. Dr. Magowan, Maghera, said he believed death was the result of heart failure. Verdict accordingly.

A most successful concert was held in the Protestant Hall, Antrim, on the evening of the 13th inst. The hall and platform were tastefully decorated with flags and hunting. There was an overflowing attendance, and the proceeds, which amounted to over [-?-] net, are to be devoted to providing comforts for the soldiers and sailors serving at the front.

Dungannon Nursing Society in affiliation with the Queen Victoria Jubilee Institute) has entered upon the twenty-first year of its useful and benevolent career. During the past year 116 cases were nursed and 2,531 visits paid by the district nurse, while the expenditure for the year was 115 11s 5d, leaving a balance to credit of one penny -- small, but on the right side.

The lord Mayor, Aldermen, and citizens of Belfast were complainants in a summons at Maghera Petty Sessions on Saturday against a farmer named Smylie Robson, of Ballymahone, for exposing a number of sheep for sale on 7th September without being accompanied by a declaration that they had been dipped. The Court imposed a nominal penalty of 6d, and 15s costs.

The advisability of deferring the proposed electric lighting scheme in consequence of the war was considered by the Portrush Urban Council on Monday evening, when Mr. Pepper moved that the resolution on the books on the subject of proceeding immediately with the electric lighting scheme be rescinded, and that the work be deferred in the meantime; and this was unanimously agreed to.

About 9-30 o'clock on Sunday morning great excitement was caused in Ballyclare by prolonged blowing of the steam horn at the bleach works of Kirkpatrick Brothers, Limited. It was found that the gashouse was on fire and the flames had taken a good hold on the inside of the building. As a result of the outbreak the house is practically in ruins, but it is not expected there will be any interruption to the work.

A most successful patriotic concert was held in the Victoria Hall, Larne, on Tuesday night, under distinguished patronage in aid of the Larne Belgian Refugee Fund. The following artistes contributed -- Mrs. Porter, the Misses Porter, instrumentalists; Miss Molly Austin, Miss Killen, Miss Shirley, Mr. James Newel, Mr. J. Burton, Rev. D. Shirley, Mr. Steeksman, and Mr. J. D. Wardrop. The accompaniments were ably conducted by Miss May Shepperd.



The following remarks extracted from a German soldier's diary are published, not because there is reason to believe they are justified as regards the conduct of the German officers, but because they are of interest as a human document --

2nd November. -- Before noon sent out in a regular storm of bullets by order of the major. These gentlemen (the officers) send their men forward in the most ridiculous way. They themselves remain far behind, safely under cover. Our leadership is really scandalous. Enormous losses on our side, partly from the fire of our own people, for our leaders neither know where the enemy lies nor where our own troops are so that we are often fired on by our own men. It is a marvel to me that we have got on so far as we have done. Our captain fell, also all our section leaders, and a large number of our men.

Moreover, no purpose was served by this advance, for we remained the rest of the day under cover, and could go neither forward nor back, nor even shoot. A trench we had taken was not occupied by us, and the English naturally took it back at night. That was the sole result. Then when the enemy had again entrenched themselves, another attack was made, costing us many lives and fifty prisoners. It is simply ridiculous this leadership. If only I had known it before. My opinion of the German officers has changed.

An adjutant shouted to us from a trench far to the rear to cut down a hedge which was in front of us. Bullets were whistling round from in front and from behind. The gentleman himself, of course, remained behind. The 4th Company has now no leaders but a couple of non-commissioned officers. When will my turn come? I hope to goodness I shall get home again.

Still in the trenches -- shells and shrapnel burst without ceasing. In the evening a cup of rice and one-third of an apple per man; let us hope peace will soon come. Such a war is really too awful. The English shoot like mad. If no reinforcements come up, especially heavy artillery, we shall have a poor look-out and must retire.

The first day I went quietly into the fight with an indifference which astonished me. To-day for the first time in advancing when my comrades right and left fell I felt rather nervous, but lost that feeling again. Soon one becomes horribly indifferent.

I picked up a piece of bread by chance, thank God: at least something to eat. There were about 70,000 English, who must be attacked from all four sides and destroyed. They defend themselves, however, obstinately.





A supplement to the "London Gazette," on Monday, announced that his Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the grant of the Victoria Cross to the undermentioned officers, non-commissioned officers, and men for their conspicuous bravery while serving with the Expeditionary Force --

Captain Francis Octavus Grenfell, 9th Lancers, for gallantry in action against unbroken infantry at Andregnies, Belgium, on August 24, and for gallant conduct in assisting to save the guns of 119th Battery Royal Field Artillery near Douboi the same day.

Captain Douglas Reynolds, 57th Battery Royal Field Artillery. -- At Le Cateau, on 26th August, he took up two teams and limbered up two guns under heavy artillery and infantry fire, and, though the enemy was within one hundred yards, he got one gun away safely. At Pisscloup, on 9th September, he reconnoitred at close range, discovered a battery which was holding up the advance, and silenced it. He was severely wounded on 15th September.

Captain Theodors Wright, Royal Engineers, for gallantry at Mons on 23rd August in attempting to connect up the lead to demolish a bridge under heavy fire. Although wounded in the head, he made a second attempt. At Vailley, on 14th September, he assisted the passage of the 5th Cavalry Brigade over the pontoon bridge, and was mortally wounded while assisting wounded men into shelter.

Lieut. Maurice James Dease, 4th Batt. Royal Fusiliers. -- Though two or three times badly wounded, he continued to control the fire of his machine guns at Mons on 23rd August until all his men were shot. He died of his wounds.

Captain Harry Sherwood Ranken, Royal Army Medical Corps. -- For tending the wounded in trenches under rifle and shrapnel fire at Hautvesnes on the 19th September, and on the 20th September continuing to attend to the wounded after his thigh and leg had been shattered. He has since died of his wounds.

Battery Sergeant-Major (now Second Lieutenant) George Thomas Dorrell, L Battery Royal Horse Artillery. -- For continuing to serve a gun until ail ammunition was expended, after all officers were killed or wounded, in spite of a concentrated fire from guns and machine guns at a range of 600 yards, at Nery, on September 1st.

Sergeant, now Second lieutenant David Nelson, L Battery Royal Horse Artillery, for helping to bring the guns into action under heavy fire at Nery on September 1st, and while severely wounded remaining with them until all ammunition was exhausted, although he had been ordered to retire to cover.

Corporal Charles Ernest Garforth, 15th Hussars, at Harmignies on 23rd August, volunteered to cut a wire under fire, which enabled his squadron to escape. At Dammartin he carried a man out of action on 3rd September, when under Maxim fire. He extricated a sergeant whose horse had been shot, and by opening fire for three minutes enabled the sergeant to get away safely.

Lance-Corporal Chas. Alfred Jarvis, 57th Field Company Royal Engineers, for great gallantry at Jenappes on August 23rd in working for an hour and a half, under heavy fire, in full view of the enemy, and in successfully firing charges for the demolition of a bridge.


14,000 U.V.F. ENLISTED.


Lieutenant-Colonel James Craig, M.P., speaking on Tuesday night at Banbridge at the first of a series of nine recruiting meetings, had a great reception. He commenced by paying a touching tribute to the late Lord Roberts, which is reported in another column. Proceeding, he said he did not ask any man to come forward and join the colours against his conscience, and he had not come to complain in any way about the response already made by Banbridge, or, indeed, any of the towns in County Down. But he was there to ask if it was not possible far them to do even better. Already 177 men had enlisted for service in the County Down Second Battalion, and they were quartered at Brownlow House, Lurgan, under the command of Major Leader. Considering the number of Ulster Volunteers who had previously responded to the call of duty he thought that was a splendid beginning. (Applause.) They started their recruiting campaign on the 4th September, and they now had 14,000 recruits in the Ulster Division. Day by day they were progressing towards that state of perfection which he hoped would make the Ulster Division the pick of all the divisions in Lord Kitchener's Army. (Applause.) As far as foreign service was concerned it would probably not only be arduous, but it would be exceedingly risky.

But, asked Colonel Craig, what Ulsterman had ever flinched from risk or from hardship? (Applause.) No reproach rested upon those who for good reasons were unable to join the colours, but there were many throughout Ulster who could come forward, and he could assure such men that if they did so they would never regret it. They in Ulster had been on the rack of suspense for three long years, but the training they had undergone now stood them in good stead, and gave them an advantage over all other parts of the United Kingdom. Every possible comfort would be given to those who joined the County Down Second Battalion. They would be fitted out within half an hour of joining, separation allowances would be promptly paid, and he could assure them that at Brownlow House everything was being done by Major Leader and those under him in the way of providing for the well-being of the new battalion. It was a great responsibility to him to know that at his invitation so many men from that county would be going to the front, but from the very first he, like his leader, Sir Edward Carson, had said that he would never ask any man to do anything that he would not do himself. Therefore, although perhaps younger men might be better qualified for the work than he, still he was going with the men and would stick with them to the end. The speaker, concluding, referred to his indebtedness to Mr. Fenton for so kindly arranging that meeting, and said he could only hope that the response from Banbridge would be worthy of the traditions of the town.

Other speeches were made by Mr. S. G. Fenton, J.P.; Captain W. J. Allen, J.P.; and Major John Leader. At the close of the meeting two officers remained in attendance for the purpose of receiving new recruits, quite a number of men coming forward at the close of the meeting and joining the new battalion.

Ulster Division News.

The Commanding Officer of the Ulster Division has directed that memorial services for the late Lord Roberts shall be held in all the camps of the Ulster Division on Sunday next.

The War Office has given sanction to the appointments of Rev. Canon R. S. King (Limavady), Church of Ireland; Rev. Charles Manning (Comber), Church of Ireland; and Rev. J. Jackson Wright (Ballyshannon), Presbyterian, to proceed with the division when it is ordered on active service. The following appointments as officiating clergymen to the troops of the division have been officially approved --

Church of Ireland. -- 107th Infantry Brigade, Rev. O. Woodward, Newcastle; 108th Infantry Brigade, Rev. W. L. T. Whatham, Newtownards; 109th Infantry Brigade; Rev. Chancellor E. F. Naylor, Bundoran.

Presbyterian -- 107th Infantry Brigade, Rev. James Keers, Newcastle; 108th Infantry Brigade, Rev. W. J. M'Farland, Ballygilbert.

Wesleyan. -- 107th Infantry Brigade, Rev. Thomas Ford, Newcastle; 109th Infantry Brigade, Rev. John Cullen, Ballyshannon.

Captain S. W. Knox, 16th Battalion R.I.R.; Lieutenant J. M'Kee, 14th Battalion R.I.R.; Second-Lieutenant J. N. Henderson, 8th Battalion R.I.R.; and Second-Lieutenant J. H. Verner, 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, have been detailed to attend a course of instruction commencing at Chelsea on 30th inst. Each battalion in the division, including the Army troops battalion at Lurgan, but excluding the 9th Battalion R.I.F., will send a non-commissioned officer to this class. Lieutenants T. W. G. Hogg and S. P. Rea have been posted to the R.A.M.C. details ait Newry for duty.





Mrs. Clarke, of Donacloney, near Lurgan, who has five sons connected with the Ulster Division, to-day received the following letter from Sir Edward Carson:--

5, Eaton Place, London, S.W.,
November 17, 1914.

Dear Mrs. Clarke, -- I have been told that five of your sons have joined the new battalion in the Ulster Division of Lord Kitchener's Army. It is such a splendid record for one family and such an example to others that I hope you will allow me to write you a short letter to say how much I appreciate the patriotism and the valour of your sons, and especially your own message which you send with them, "that you wished you had five more to give to the King." I know what a sacrifice this must be for you and your family, as your sons were in good positions, and of great assistance to you; but it is voluntary action such as this that is going to demonstrate to our enemies that we are determined to see this wicked war of aggression through to a finish, and to put an end for ever to the perpetual threatening of the peace of Europe, which has emanated from the cruel and grasping ideals of the Prussian potentates, I feel certain your sons will not only add distinction to the army, but will also bring credit and lustre to the province of Ulster, which is so devotedly attached to and proud of being a member of the United Kingdom and the Empire.

I can only say, may God bless them and bring them back safe to you when they have assisted in bringing to a satisfactory conclusion this detestable war.

I remain,

Yours sincerely,

Edward Carson.





Casualty lists were issued on Wednesday giving the names of 112 officers and 1,015 men. The officers' lists -- one undated and others reported under dates November 11th, 12th, and 13th -- give the following particulars --

Killed . . . 27
Wounded . . . 55
Wounded and missing . . . 6
Missing . . . 10
Died of wounds . . . 2
Previously reported wounded or missing now officially reported prisoners . . . 10
Previously reported wounded and missing, now reported died of wounds . . . 1
Previously reported wounded, now reported killed . . . 1

The lists of the rank and file dated October 8th, 10th, 12th, 13th, and 14th, and including admissions to home hospitals between October 3 and 18, give the following totals --

Killed . . . 234
Wounded . . . 422
Missing . . . 301
Wounded and missing . . . 4
Previously reported wounded, now wounded and missing . . . 13
Missing, now rejoined . . . 6
Died . . . 33

Four of the officers killed belonged to the Grenadier Guards, these including Lieut. Lord Congleton, fifth Baron, who was twenty-four years of age, and succeeded to the title in 1906. He was unmarried, and the heir to the barony is his brother, the Hon. John Parnell, who is a lieutenant in the Royal Navy.

Another Grenadier officer who has fallen is Major Lord Bernard Gordon-Lennox, youngest sou of the Duke of Richmond and Gordon. The late major, who was thirty-six, served in the early part of the South African War. He married a daughter of the first Baron Loch.

Two generals whose deaths have already been reported -- Brigadier-General C. Fitzclarence, V.C., and Brigadier-General N. R. M'Mahon. D.S.O. -- are now included in the official list of killed.

Seven officers of the South Staffordshire are numbered among the wounded, as also are Lieutenant-Colonel C. E. Stewart, Black Watch; Brigadier-General F. C. Shaw, who served in the Egyptian and South African wars, and had commanded an infantry brigade since last year, and Captain the Hon. R. C. Craven, Royal Scots Fusiliers, brother of the Earl of Craven.

Three of the officers missing belong to the Wiltshire Regiment, and the five officers previously reported mussing and now unofficially reported prisoners of war belong to the Sherwood Foresters.

Lieutenant-Colonel Earle, D.S.O., Grenadier Guards, who had been reported wounded and missing, is now reported to be a prisoner of war.

Second-Lieutenant the Hon. Piers Stuart St. Aubyn, King's Royal Rifle Corps, a brother of Lord St. Levan, is wounded and missing with two other officers of his regiment.

Among the rank and file the killed include --
South Wales Borderers . . . . 61
South Lancashire Regiment . . . . 36
Black Watch. . . . . 20
Royal Sussex Regiments . . . . 20
The wounded include --
Sussex Regiment . . . . 30
Royal Field Artillery . . . . 25
Cameron Highlanders . . . . 15
Black Watch . . . . 13
Among the missing are --
Cameron Highlander . . . . 121
Loyal North Lancashire Regt. . . . . 25
Black Watch . . . . 16



Departure from Belfast of 700 Recruits.

The first detachment of the Belfast Nationalists to join the Irish Brigade left the city yesterday for camp at Fermoy, Co. Cork, and their departure was the occasion of scenes of much enthusiasm along the route from the Victoria Barracks to the Great Northern Railway Station. The previous evening a demonstration took place in St. Mary's Hall, at which the new recruits to Lord Kitchener's Army -- there were about 700 all told -- were entertained under the auspices of the Irish Women's Council, and at this meeting, on the suggestion of Mr. Jos. Devlin, M.P., who said the Belfast Nationalists had set an example to all Ireland -- it was resolved to send a telegram to the Prime Minister and Mr. John Redmond assuring them "that the British democracy having conceded Ireland's claim to be incorporated as a free, self-governing community in the British Empire, may count on the Home Rulers of this city to the last man in defence of our common rights and liberties now threatened by Germany."

The recruits were allowed to spend the night at home, and this morning they were in attendance at the Victoria Barracks at seven o'clock, when they were each provided with a tweed overcoat as the first part of their equipment for training. The men, who are all a hardy type, were also given other necessities, and a little after ten o'clock, after being paraded in the barrack square, they marched, accompanied by crowds of thousands, to the Great Northern Railway. There were two flute and two Irish pipe bands in the procession, and there were also four Hibernian lodge flags and a Belgian flag carried; and in addition to the music the crowds joined in singing Irish patriotic choruses. The procession attracted a good deal of attention during its progress through the city, and the enthusiasm displayed should act as an incentive to other local Nationalists to join the colours. The troop train was timed to leave at eleven o'clock, but it was considerably later before the last volunteer was able to force his way through the dense crowd into the station and to the awaiting train, which left Belfast for Fermoy amid ringing cheers and the singing of "A Nation Once Again."

Mr. John Dillon, M.P., in declaring a Volunteer drill hall open in Dublin on Wednesday evening, referred to the division in the ranks of the Volunteers, and said that the Irishman who introduced discord at the present crisis incurred a heavy responsibility. It was not true to say that the Nationalist who went into the Army betrayed Ireland, and it would not do in this emergency to stand neutral. The men who joined the Army and took their stand beside the gallant Irish regiments who had nobly maintained the traditions of our race were, he said, doing a patriotic act, and standing for the rights of Ireland in the future.





Exciting scenes were witnessed at Geashill, King's County, on Sunday afternoon, when over a thousand men assembled to drive the cattle off the grazing ranches on Lord Digby's estate. The men assembled in the village, and, headed by two bands, marched four deep to the lands of Ballydownan, from which they proceeded to clear off the cattle and sheep belonging to Mr. Cavanagh, who holds the farm from Lord Digby. Only a few police accompanied the drivers, but just as the cattle were about being driven out on the road, County Inspector Crane, Tullamore, and about twenty men, armed with carbines and revolvers, appeared on the scene.

The County Inspector rushed into the field and shouted on the drivers to desist. They, however, continued to drive the cattle towards tho gate, which was barred by armed constables. The County Inspector, finding remonstrance useless, ordered the police to disperse the crowd with batons, and there was a fierce onslaught. The crowd retaliated, and a free fight took place, in which several policemen and a large number of cattle-drivers were badly injured.

The constables were then ordered to draw their revolvers, and the County Inspector threatened to fire on the crowd unless they dispersed. Some shots, it is alleged, were fired, and the people cleared away. On the road outside the gate about a score of people and two bands were collected, when the County Inspector came up and advised every law-abiding man to get back to his home.

"You are setting yourselves against the forces of the Crown, you are siding with the German Empire, and it won't be very long, if you continue this sort of thing, until there will be penal servitude and people being shot as well," said the County Inspector, who added to the leader of the Tullamore Pipers Band "I shall prosecute every mother's son of you; I shall be justified in firing on you if you don't go home."

A few seconds subsequently a shot rang out, and instantly a number of police pounced on and seized a young man named Bracken, from Tullamore, whom the County Inspector accused of having fined the shot. When searched a loaded revolver was got in his possession, but none of the cartridges had been discharged. Bracken was brought to Geashill police barracks under heavy escort, and afterwards conveyed to Tullamore.

The drive was the outcome of an agitation to have untenanted land on the Digby estate sold to the Estate Commissioners and divided up among the landless people of the district. Last week the Estate Commissioners declined to receive a deputation to urge the people's demand to have the lands acquired for distribution.


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The Witness -- Friday, 27 November, 1914


BELL -- Nov. 9, 1914, at the residence of her son-in-law, Jack Pritchard, 94, Buena Vista Avenue, Yonkers, N.Y., U.S.A., Martha Henderson, wife of Ross Bell, and elder daughter of the late George M'Kerlie, Esq., Whit Horn, Wigtonshire, Scotland. Interred in Oaklands Cemetery, Yonkers.
Glenfield Place, Belfast, November 23, 1914.

ORR -- Nov. 19, at Dungiven, Mary Thompson, eldest daughter of the late George Orr, Ballyhenry, Myroe. Interred in Dungiven New Church Burying-ground.

AICKEN -- Nov. 22, at Ballycrochan, Jane, relict of the late Thomas Aicken.

AIKEN -- Nov. 21, at Fernbank, Portglenone, John Aiken.

ARNOTT -- Nov. 25, at Scarva Street, Banbridge, John Arnott.

ATKINSON -- Nov. 24, at New Street, Donaghadee, Alick Grogan, twin son of William Atkinson.

BELL -- Nov. 23, at Glenconway, Glenavy, Elizabeth (Lily), third daughter of Meredith Bell.

CLARKE -- Nov. 19, at 59, Fort Terrace, Low Road, Lisburn, Elizabeth Clarke.

COMBE -- Nov. 19, William H. Combe, 42, Belmont Avenue.

COMBE -- Nov. 24, at Windsor Avenue, Largan, Evelyn Maud Combe.

FAULKNER -- Nov. 20, at Clinen, Barnett's Road, Knock, Emily Faulkner.

HAY -- Nov. 24, at Lodge Hill, Clough, Down, William James Hay.

EAVES -- Nov. 23, at Lisbane Post Office, Margaret Hayes, 41 years Postmistress.

HERON -- Nov. 21, at Flush Hall, Newtownards, John, eldest son of Samuel Heron.

HOPKINS -- Nov. 24, at 63, Rushfield Avenue, Margaret, relict of the late David Hopkins, formerly of Lisburn.

HOUSTON -- Nov. 14, at her residence, 103, Limestone Road, Belfast, Rebecca J. Greer, widow of the late John Houston.

IRVINE -- Nov. 20, at Royal Victoria Hospital, Robert, husband of Margaret Irvine, Sintonville Avenue, Belfast.

JOHNSTON -- Nov. 24, at Bellaghy, Elizabeth M'Mullin, wife of James Johnston.

MOORE -- Nov. 17, at Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, William Tedlie Moore, V.S., Chemist and Druggist.

M'CARTNEY -- Nov. 25, at Ballyutoag, William John White M'Cartney.

M'CAUSLAND -- Nov. 25, at a Private Nursing Home, Kate, wife of William M'Causland.

M'CONNELL -- Nov. 21, at The Battery, Glenwherry, John M'Cullough M'Connell.

M'CORMICK -- Nov. 20, at Lough View, Newtownbreda, James M'Cormick, J.P.

M'CULLOUGH -- Nov. 22, at 11, Ballyholme Road, Bangor, Captain James, husband of Ellen M'Cullough.

M'FERRAN -- Nov. 21, at Castle Chester, Whitehead, Margaret, widow of the late Captain Robert M'Ferran.

M'ILROY -- Nov. 20, at his residence, 170, York Street, Belfast, John M'Ilroy, M.D., J.P.

PEDAN -- Nov. 22, at Main Street, Ballymoney, Hugh Pedan.

RICHARDSON -- Nov. 21, 1914, at the residence of her son-in-law, J. H. Vickers, St. Bees, Iona Road, Dublin, Agnes, widow of the late Hugh T. Richardson, Belfast.

SAWYER -- On Sunday midnight, in a Private Hospital, Sarah, wife of F. H. Sawyer, Mus.Bac.

STEVENSON -- Nov. 20, 1914, at his residence, Main Street, Strabane, Oliver Stevenson.

STEWART -- Nov. 21, at Fountain Street, Antrim, William Stewart, V.S.

WARD -- Nov. 5, at Los Angeles, California, James Thomas Ward, of Cherry Hill, Belfast.

WARDEN -- Nov. 19, at Summerhill, Ballygrainey, Grace Elizabeth, wife of Robert Warden.

In Memoriam.

ORR -- Agnes Henry, the affectionate and beloved wife of Rev. Samuel Lyle Orr, Milton Free Church, Glasgow, who departed this life at midnight, between the 29th and 30th November, 1913, aged 54 years. Interred in the Churchyard at Ballyalbany, Monaghan, Ireland. "Until the day break."




A supplement to the "London Gazette" issued on Wednesday announces the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the grant of the Victoria Cross to the undermentioned officers, non-commissioned officers, and men for conspicuous bravery whilst serving with the Expeditionary Force --

Private Sidney Frank Godley, 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) -- For coolness and gallantry in fighting his machine gun under hot fire for two hours after he had been wounded at Mons, 23rd August.

Drivers Job Henry, Charles Drain, and Frederick Luke, 37th Battery Royal Field Artillery -- At Le Cateau, August 26, as volunteers, helping to save guns under fire from hostile infantry, who were one hundred yards away.

Major Charles Allix Lavington Yate (since deceased), 2nd Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry -- Commanded one of the two companies that remained to the end in the trenches at Le Cateau on 26th August, and when all other officers were killed or wounded, and ammunition exhausted, led his nineteen survivors against the enemy in a charge in which he was severely wounded. He was picked up by the enemy, and has subsequently died as a prisoner of war.

Lance-Corporal Frederick William Holmes, 2nd Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry -- At Le Gateau, on August 26, carried a wounded man out of the trenches under heavy fire, and later assisted to drive a gun out of action by taking the place of a driver who had been wounded.

Captain Edward Kinder Bradbury (deceased), L Battery Royal Horse Artillery -- For gallantry and ability in organising the defence of L Battery against heavy odds at Nery on 1st September.

Captain William Henry Johnston, Royal Engineers -- At Missy, on 14th September, under a heavy fire all day until 7 p.m., worked with his own hand two rafts, bringing back wounded and returning with ammunition, thus enabling the advanced brigade to maintain its position across the river.

Bombardier (now Sergeant) Ernest George Harlock, 113th Battery Royal Field Artillery -- For conspicuous gallantry on 15th September, near Vendresse, when his battery was in action under heavy shell fire, in that, although twice wounded, he persisted on each occasion in resuming to lay his gun after his wound had been dressed.



The Y.M.C.A. recently secured the services of Mr. Tennyson Smith, the well-known temperance evangelist to conduct a series of meetings among the troops in camp in London and district and the readiness with which, the men respond to the appeal to sign the pledge at the close of the address is a revelation, and affords another indication of the receptiveness of the people to good influences at the present time. Last week Mr. Tennyson Smith addressed meetings in the White City and at Aldershot. His forceful addresses so full of graphic illustrations and judiciously blended with humour, proved most attractive to the men. The speaker was almost at once in touch with, them, and rivetted their attention from start to finish. Mr. Tennyson Smith is considered a past-master at inducing people to sign the pledge, and has frequently secured hundreds at a single meeting, but he has broken his record in the camp meetings so far as the proportion of his audience signing the pledge is concerned, for in some instances last week over three-fourths of his hearers signed the pledge. Perhaps the most striking feature of the meetings was the earnestness of the men, and the eagerness with which they crowded round to put their names to the pledge. Another interesting feature was the fact that many of the men having signed themselves asked for additional pledge cards so as to secure the signatures of their comrades. Mrs. Tennyson Smith played and sang, and was very active in taking the names of the men to the pledge. Mr. Tennyson Smith is continuing the work in London and district this week.



We regret to announce the death of Dr. John M'Ilroy, J.P., which occurred on Friday at his residence, 170, York Street. The deceased had been in failing health for some time past, but was able to attend to his professional duties up to a few weeks ago. He was an extremely popular doctor, and was of a very genial disposition, and the news of his demise will be received with feelings of profound sorrow by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. In addition to a large private practice he was medical officer of the various trade organisations connected with the Midland Railway, and of other industrial societies. The late Dr. M'Ilroy, who was about sixty-five years of age, was one of the Councillors for Dock Ward in the City Corporation, and in that capacity rendered valuable service to the ratepayers. He was a magistrate of the city, and was a leading member of the Masonic Order. In politics he was a staunch Unionist, and in religion he was a Presbyterian, being associated with York Street Church. The sympathy of the general public will be extended to his bereaved widow and family in their affliction.

The funeral took place on Monday, the member's of the Corporation, including the Lord Mayor (Councillor Crawford M'Cullagh, J.P.) and his private secretary (Mr. F. W. Moneypenny, M.V.O.), and the officials, including the Town Clerk (Mr. R. Meyer), being present in large numbers. Mr. James Hogg and Mr. Robert Neill represented the session of York Street Presbyterian Church, of which deceased was a member, and there were a great many members of the medical profession and of the general public present. The place of interment was at Kilrea, Co. Derry, where deceased was a native of, and, prior to the departure of the funeral from the house for the 9-45 train on the Midland Railway, a service was conducted by Rev. Dr. John Macmillan and Rev. W. A. Watson. The chief mourners were Mr. Hugh M'Ilroy and Mr. James M'Ilroy (sons). Mr. S. J. M'Fadden (brother-in-law), Mr. Robert M'Ilroy and Mr. Robert Morrow (cousins).

The funeral arrangements were carried out in a most satisfactory manner by Messrs. Thomas Johnson & Sons, Dublin Road.



Charitable Bequests.

The Rev. James Wilson, of Rathfriland, Co. Down, Presbyterian minister, who died on the 12th September last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 5,371 2s 6d, of which 93 15s is in England, and probate of his will, dated 14th March, 1912, has been granted to his nephews, Mr. James Oswald Wilson, of Donegall Square South, Belfast, chartered accountant; Mr. John Stokes Wilson, of Talbot Street, Dublin, bank manager; and Mr. Robert John Wilson, of Dyan Hill, Caledon. After a number of personal bequests the testator left 50 for the poor of Rathfriland. The residue of has estate the testator left in equal shares to the Home, Foreign, Jewish, and Sustentation Funds of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.



Last week a motor accident occurred at Magherabuoy, in the Dungiven district, which resulted in a local farmer named John Toner sustaining serious injury.

Private David M'Menemy, third son of Mr. Samuel M'Menemy, Tullyhog, was killed in action on the battlefield on 21st October. He was only twenty-one years of age.

At a meeting of Dungannon Agricultural Association Messrs. W. J. Orr, J.P., and William Smith were unanimously appointed to act as judges in the turnip crop competition.

The members of the Ulster Volunteer Force, at present in camp, who now form the Ulster Division of Lord Kitchener's new army, joined on Sunday in paying a tribute of respect to the memory of Lord Roberts.

Mr. Wm. Blair, High Street, Newry, who has three sons in the fighting line in France, has received intelligence from the War Office that his son Joseph, who is a private in the Royal Irish Fusiliers, has been wounded, but is recovering in hospital.

Viscountess Massereene and Ferrard, who is now in London, is staying in Eaton Place at the house of her father, Mr. J. S. Ainsworth, M.P. She has been very busy lately organising a motor ambulance service, which she is taking with her to France shortly.

Office houses belonging to Mr. Bernard O'Kane, J.P., Aghadowey, containing a quantity of flax and hay, were burned on Friday night. The flax, which was the property of Mr. Fisher Robertson, was also destroyed, but portion of the hay was saved.

Sergeant David Nelson, R.H.A., one of the heroes who received the most-coveted military decoration in the world, the V.C., is a County Monaghan man, and the son of the late Mr. George Nelson, of Darraghland, Strandovan, where the other members of his family still reside.

Under the auspices of A, B, and C Companies (Ballymena) of the First Battalion North Antrim Regiment U.V.F., a memorial service to the late Captain the Honourable O'Neill, M.P., was held in St. Patrick's Church, Ballymena, on Sunday. There was a crowded congregation.

Six hundred and fifty men of the 11th (U.V.F.) Inniskillings (Fermanagh and Donegal), under Lieutenant-Colonel Hessey, arrived in Enniskillen on Friday afternoon from Finner Camp owing to the severity of the weather. They occupy portion of the Royal and also the Castle Barracks.

At the November half-yearly meeting of the County Tyrone Grand Orange Lodge on today in Omagh, after reference to the blow sustained by Orangeism, generally through the death of Mr. Hunt W. Chambre, senior, D.G.M.I., Mr. Anketell Moutray, D.L., was unanimously elected new County Grand Master.

Regret is occasioned all over Tyrone at the death of Mr. Oliver Stevenson, Strabane, a prominent member of First Strabane Presbyterian Church, which occurred on Friday morning. Although deceased was about 78 years of age, he was a man of great physical ability, and was attending to his business up until a few weeks ago.

There is at present residing in the townland of Castleenigan, near Newry, an old farmer and his wife who are over 90 years of age, both of them hale and hearty. The old man, whose name is Patrick M'Avoy, is 93 years of age, and recently he dug a field of potatoes, and his wife, who is 91 years, gathered them.

The annual enrolment of the 2nd Coleraine Company Boys' Brigade took place in Terrace Row Lecture Hall on Monday evening. There was a splendid muster of the boys, under Captain J. M'Candless, and the enrolment cards were distributed by Mrs. Wilson, wife of Rev. W. A. Wilson, M.A., chaplain to the company.

On Friday evening Mr. J. F. Small, coroner for South Armagh, held an inquest at Newry into the circumstances surrounding the death of an old woman, aged about 70 years, nameid Kate M'Endarragh, which took place in Newry Workhouse Infirmary from burns. A verdict from burns accidentally received was returned.

At an inquest on the remains of Samuel Boyle, Belfast, found drowned at Dundrum on Sunday morning last, the evidence showed that, with another workman, likewise engaged at carting to Ballykinlar Camp, he crossed over to Dundrum in the evening. On his return journey he must have missed his way and fallen into the water.

The engagement is announced of Neville Reay Daniell, 1st Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, only son of Major R. Holford Daniell, late 3rd Hussars and Indian Cavalry, and of Mrs. Daniell, Broadleigh, Wellington, Somerset, to Betty, only daughter of Captain Roger Hall, J.P., of Narrowwater Castle, County Down, late Royal Fusiliers.

The Countess of Dartrey, Dartrey, County Monaghan, has issued an appeal for 400 to provide a motor ambulance to be sent to the front and placed at the services of the wounded soldiers of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, whose regiment is is affiliated to the Counties of Cavan, Monaghan, and Armagh. She has up to the present received about 178.

A child named Hutchinson, aged one and a half years, had a narrow escape from death by burning at his parents' residence in Society Street, Coleraine. During the mother's absence on an errand a neighbour heard Mrs. Hutchinson's three children screaming, and on entering she succeeded in rescuing the infant, who, however, was rather badly burned.

Drumglass Boys' National School, Dungannon, has the honour of being represented by thirty six of its "old boys" on active service. These, are scattered over the Inniskilling Dragoons, the North Irish Horse, Royal Garrison Artillery, Army Service Corps, Army Medical Corps, Inniskilling Fusiliers, Royal Irish Rifles, and Royal Irish Fusiliers, while one boy is serving on H.M.S. Jupiter.

A series of four-nights' cinematographic entertainments, held in the Alexander Memorial Hall, Limavady, terminated on Friday, after attracting record audiences on each evening. The entertainments were organised for the purpose of providing comforts for the men of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (at the front), and the 10th Battalion of the same regiment (at Finner).

Mr. Wm. Douglas, of Derrybeg, Limavady, one of the largest farmer's and stock-raisers in Co. Derry, met with a sad death on Saturday evening. He had been in Carndonagh fair buying horses, and at Drumfries Station he left the train while hunting was going on to see how the horses were doing, and was knocked down, both legs being almost severed by a train. He died in a few minutes.

The death took place on Saturday evening, at his mother's residence in College Street, Armagh, of Mr. William Mercer. The deceased, who was about thirty years of age, and only been ill for about ten days, and his demise came as a great shock to his fiends. He was a prominent member of the local company of the Ulster Volunteer Force, and for several years was captain of the Armagh Company of the Church Lads' Brigade.

Mr. John M'Combe, Basin House, Newry, has been appointed a trustee of the Quinn Charity, Newry, in room of the late Dr. S. Mills, J.P., Donaghmore.

A seal measuring about 5ft. 7in. in length was shot in the Bann at Coleraine on Monday morning by Captain Boyd, of the ss. Woodburn, which was lying at the harbour.

At a special meeting of Ballyclare Urban Council, Mr. James M'Kinistry (farmer), Henryfield, Ballyclare, was co-opted a member, in the room of Mr. Daniel Dickey, J.P., deceased.

A postcard has just been received by the relatives in Gilford of Private Thomas H. Davison, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, stating that he has been wounded through the knee, and is at present in hospital.

At the fortnightly Court at Limavady on Tuesday Mr. Samuel Lowry, C.P.S., intimated that owing to the state of his health he felt obliged to resign the position which he had occupied for the past forty years.

On Friday night a most successful entertainment was held in the large dining hall of the Tyrone and Fermanagh Asylum for the benefit of the patients and staff. The programme was organised by Mr. Henry Colhoun, storekeeper.

The Lord Lieutenant has arranged that the appointment of a Petty Sessions Clerk for the Warrenpoint Petty Sessions district shall take place on Tuesday, the 1st of Dec., and for the Newry Petty Sessions district on Wednesday, the 2nd of Dec.

On Monday afternoon a slight outbreak of fire occurred in a large store at the rear of the premises of Mr. Wm. Johnston, iron monger and hardware merchant, High Street, Lurgan. The damage done was very slight, and is covered by insurance.

The news has reached Cookstown of the death of Private James S. Lavery, of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who was killed in action on the 30th ult. The deceased, who was only twenty-four years of age, leaves a young widow and orphan boy.

On Friday evening first a concert was given in the Spa ballroom, the proceeds of which are to be devoted to providing comforts for the men of the 13th Battalion R.I.R. before leaving for the front. In the unavoidable absence of Lady Clanwilliam the chair was taken by Rev. J. M'Adam.

At Omagh Board of Guardians on Saturday Mr. Cathcart, Clerk, stated that the auditor had surcharged Mr. John Owens, relieving-officer, in the sum of 5 8s, being amount of outdoor relief illegally paid. The Board requested the relieving-officer to appeal against the surcharge, and promised to support him.

The annual meeting of the Armagh District Committed of the N.S.P.C.C. was held on Saturday afternoon, under the chairmanship of Rev. Canon Tichbome, M.A. The annual report showed that during the last twelve months good work had been accomplished, and it was adopted. The Executive Committee was re-elected.

Under the presidency of Mrs. Wakefield Richardson, Moyallon House, Gilford, president of the Ladies' Branch Gilford C.M.P. Union, a lecture, entitled "A Trip to Lucerne" was given in the Catch-My-Pall Hall, Gilford, on Monday, 23rd inst. by Mr. William Manwell, treasurer of the men's branch. The lecture was illustrated with limelight views.

The friends of Private Robert M'Intyre, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, received intimation on Monday that he had died in the dressing station of the Gordon Highlanders on 14th inst. The deceased, who was a painter by trade and a partner in the firm of Messrs. M'Intyre Bros., Edward Street, Lurgan, leaves a widow and one child to mourn his loss.

The Second Coleraine Company of the Boys' Brigade attended the united evening service in New Row Church on, Sunday. There was a splendid muster of the boys, who were in charge of Captain J. M'Candless and other officers. Rev. W. A. Wilson, M.A., preached a thoughtful discourse on "Lessons from the Life and Work of Lord Roberts." Miss Lynn presided at the organ.

On Monday evening as a lad named Edward L. Crawford, employed in a grocery establishment in Newtownards, was cycling home from Ballysallagh he collided with an old man named George Campbell, aged seventy-three, who was knocked down and sustained a severe laceration to the back of his head, which caused death. At the inquest on Tuesday the jury decided that no blame was to be attached to anyone.

On Tuesday Mr. W. H. Atkinson held an inquest in Lurgan touching the death of Eveline Maud Combe, twelve-year-old niece of Mr. J. C. Combe, Ashburn Villas, who had died about three o'clock same morning from shock following burns. Mr. Frederick Mitchell deposed that he lodged with Mr. Combe, and on Sunday morning, hearing shrieks from the kitchen, he rushed down the stairs, to find the deceased standing with her clothing in flames. A verdict of accidental death was returned.



Serving in Army and Navy.

At a meeting of the Library and Technical Instruction Committee of the City Council, the Principal of the Municipal Technical Institute (Mr. F. C. Forth) submitted an interesting report relative to the numbers of the Institute staff and students who had enrolled in the Army and Navy. Mr. Forth stated that he had prepared a list containing the names of the teachers and other members of the Institute staff who had joined the army and navy for the present war, and that he had added to this list the names of all students of the present and previous sessions that he had been able to obtain. The list now contained over 523 names, but there was reason to believe that it was not nearly complete, as additional names were coming in every day. With reference to the grades in the service held by members of the staff and by students, the list showed that at the present date there were one captain, seven lieutenants, fifty-six second-lieutenants, sixty-seven non-commissioned officers, the remainder of the total number serving in the ranks. As might be expected, the majority of the students were enrolled in battalions which had been raised locally. The Royal Irish Rifles, therefore, figured largely, and over 100 students were in the 14th (Young Citizens) Battalion. Other units in which the Institute was well represented were the North Irish Horse, the Royal Irish Fusiliers, and the Royal Engineers, whilst smaller numbers of students were found in the Inniskilling Dragoons. Inniskilling Horse, 5th Lancers, the Royal Munster Fusiliers, the Connaught Rangers, the Public Schools' Battalion, the West Lancashire Fusiliers, the Black Watch, the 9th Royal Scots, the Worcester Regiment, the Royal West Surreys, the King's Own Fusiliers, the 5th Lancashire Fusiliers, and the 3rd (Queen's) Liverpool. All the departments of the Institute in which male students were enrolled had contributed their quota to the total.

Whilst the men students of the Institute are responding so admirably in the present crisis, the women students are applying themselves in the most creditable manner to subjects of study which will qualify them for their own sphere of service. Nearly 700 women students are at present undergoing training in Red Cross work, this training including, "First Aid to the Injured," home nursing, advanced nursing, physiology, and hygiene. At the official examination in "First Aid," recently conducted by the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction, the first batch of about eighty students was examined, and over 90 per cent of the candidates reached the high standard required for the certificate.





Casualty lists were issued on Tuesday giving the names of 51 officers and 715 men. An analysis of the lists shows:-- Officers killed, 15; died of wounds, 27; missing, 5; prisoners of war, 2. Rank and file -- Killed, 51; died of wounds, 21; died, 2; wounded, 552; missing, 36; prisoners of war, 10; rejoined, 43.

The officers' list, which is dated November 21st, reports as wounded Lieutenant-Colonel G. H. Sanders, R.F.A., and Captain the Hon. H. Baring, 10th Hussars, a brother of Lord Revelstoke, and a near relative of the Earl of Shaftesbury.

The rank and file lists, dated October 9th, 20th, and 21st, and including 481 wounded admitted to home hospitals between October 20th and 25th, contained the names of eighteen of the Northants Regiment among the killed. Of the missing, thirteen belong to the Grenadier Guards, which regiment also has ten men reported as prisoners of war. Twenty-seven men of the Royal Field Artillery previously reported missing have rejoined.

Casualty lists issued on Wednesday contained the names of 32 officers and 650 men. The fresh casualties among officers are -- Killed, 5; wounded, 15; missing, 1. The list of killed was reported under date November 22nd, and among those reported wounded in an undated list are Lieutenant-Colonel H. S. Ainslie, Northumberland Fusiliers, and Captain Lord Francis Montague Douglas Scott, Grenadier Guards, youngest brother of the present Duke of Buccleuch. The lists of rank and file dated October 9, 21, and 22, together with a list of 294 wounded admitted to home hospitals between October 22 and 26, give the following summary:-- Killed, 61; died of wounds, 28; died, 4; wounded, 33; missing, 105; prisoners, 3; rejoined, 15. Of 42 killed reported on October 9, 22 belonged to the Northumberland Fusiliers, and of 97 missing 52 were Royal Fusiliers.


We regret to announce that Lieutenant Cecil Reginald Crymble, D.Sc., youngest son of the late Mr. George G. Crymble, Gordon House, Annadale, was killed in action on last Friday whilst serving at the front with the Royal Irish Fusiliers, and the news will be received with general sorrow by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. The deceased officer was one of the most popular students at the Queen's University, and had won the highest opinion of the staff and the affectionate regard of his fellow-students. He had every promise of a brilliant career. Receiving his earlier education at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, where he manifested those admirable qualifies which afterwards distinguished him at Queen's University. He graduated in 1906, and was senior scholar in chemistry in 1906-7, winning the Andrews Scholarship in 1907, and taking the degree of Bachelor of Science in the following year. He afterwards passed the D.Sc. examination, and held the Research Scholarship in 1910. He was the students' representative on the Senate, 1910, and for some time acted as demonstrator in chemistry. With a penchant for military life he was actively identified with the Queen's University contingent of the Officers' Training Corps, and was one of the first members of that body to join the special reserve, being posted to the 3rd Battalion (Princess Victoria's) Royal Irish Fusiliers. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant on 22nd August, 1912, and on the outbreak of war was transferred to the 1st Battalion, proceeding to the front about the beginning of September. Deceased, who was about twenty-eight years of age, was a brother of Mr. Norman G. Crymble, Shanghai, and Dr. Percival T. Crymble, F.R.C.S., 7, Upper Crescent, Belfast.


An intimation has been received at Dartrey, County Monaghan, to the effect that Captain Richard Long Dawson, Coldstream Guards, nephew of the Earl of Dartrey, D.L., has been killed in action. Born in 1879, Captain Dawson was the eldest son of the Honourable Richard Maitland Westenra Dawson, brother of Lord Dartrey, his mother being a daughter of the late Lieutenant-Colonel S. Long, of Brimley Hill, Kent. His father, who was formerly a captain in the 92nd Regiment (Gordon Highlanders), is an ex-High Sheriff and Deputy-Lieutenant of Devon, where he has a residence at Ashburton, and is also a Justice of the Peace for the County of Waterford. The deceased was through the South African War, and on his retirement from the service deceased become actively identified with the Ulster Volunteer Force, and accompanied the Monaghan Regiment in February last to the camp at Knockballymore, near Clones, which was kindly placed at the disposal of the organisation by the Earl of Erne, K.P. On the outbreak of the present war he rejoined the colours, and was through some of the heavy fighting on the Continent in which the Guards' Brigade has taken such a prominent part.

Lieutenant J. C. B. Crozier, Royal Munster Fusiliers, reported missing, and now stated to have fallen in action early in September, was a member of a well-known Ulster family. He was educated at Loretto School, Musselburgh, where he was a prominent rugby forward and hockey player. He was afterwards a medical student at Edinburgh University, and was tried several times for their first fifteen, but failed to gain his Blue against an opposition which included no fewer than four international forwards in J. M. Mackenzie and A. R. Ross (Scotland) and S. B. B. Campbell and G. M'Con-nell (Ireland). His age was twenty-four.


Mrs Lyons, 17, Little Victoria Street, Belfast, has been informed by the War Office that her husband. Gunner Archibald Lyons, 56th Battery Royal Field Artillery, has been killed in action. Deceased, who was a reservist, was in the service of Surgeon Fullerton when called up. He leaves two children.

Corporal George Ayer, 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, killed in action, resided at 22, Lisburn Avenue, Belfast. He was a reservist, and prior to mobilisation was a chauffeur.

Rifleman Robert M'Intyre, 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, who died from wounds on the 14th inst., was a member of the firm of Messrs. M'Intyre Bros., painters, Edward Street, Lurgan. He was twenty-five years of age, and leaves a widow and child.

Among those who went down with H.M.S. Good Hope off the Chilian Coast was David Boyd, A.B., youngest son of Mr. David Boyd, late of Dromore, now of 40, Jerusalem Street, Belfast.

Mr. Edward Lynan, R.A.M.C., Clarendon Avenue, Bloomfield, who has, as already reported, succumbed to wounds received in action, was a member of Roe Memorial Total Abstinence L.O.L. 938, Ballymacarrett.

Mr. William J. Lavery, clerk of markets, Cookstown, has been notified that his eldest son, Private James Sterling Lavery, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, aged twenty-four years, was killed in action on 30th October.

Private James O'Neill, Wilsons Lane, Dungannon, a reservist, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action on 31st October at Ypres. He was the first man from Dungannon district to lose his life in the present war.

Private Alexander Brown, 2nd Battalion South Lancashire Regiment, who had died at Netley Hospital of wounds received at Le Cateau, belonged to Newry, and has relatives in Copeland Street, Belfast.

Private Frank Todd, of the West Belfast Regiment of the U.V.F., has been killed in action at Armentieres. Deceased, who was a reservist of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, lived with his aunt at 5, March Street. His brother was in the trench with him when he was mortally wounded by a shell.

Mr. James Averell, Brooke Street, Dungannon, has received intimation from the War Office that his son, Robert Averell, a private in the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, had been killed in action on 12th inst. at Ypres.

The wife of John M'Court, of Park Street, Monaghan, has been, notified that her husband has been killed in action. He was a private in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Private Robert Andeson, of 15, Chatsworth Street, Mountpottinger, was killed in action on the 31st October.


The Admiralty on Wednesday night issued a statement showing all the casualties in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, including the Royal Naval Division, since the beginning of the war. The totals are as follow --

    Officers. Men.
Killed . . . 220 4,107
Wounded. . . 37 436
Missing. . . --- 968
Prisoners. . . 5 ---
Interned. . . 46 1,524
    308 7,035



The remains of the late Mr. Jas. Thomas Ward, of Cherry Hill, Malone Road, who died on 5th inst. at Los Angeles, California, arrived in Belfast on Wednesday, and were interred in the family burying-ground at Drumbeg. The funeral was private, but was attended by a large number of the deceased's acquaintances. The late Mr. Ward was one of the local representatives of the Norwich Union Insurance Society, was a prominent Churchman, and was one of the leading members of St. Thomas' Parish. The chief mourners were -- Mr. J. F. Ward, Rev. S. R. Ward, Mr. G. Ward (sons), Very Rev. the Dean of Connor (son-in-law), Mr. R. Northridge (grandson), and Mr. Wm. Coates (brother-in-law). The service at the graveside was conducted by the Dean of Connor (Rev. Dr. Dowse). The wreaths included beautiful ones sent from St. Thomas' Church, the staff of the Norwich Union local office, the departments of other companies with which the deceased was connected, and others.

The funeral arrangements were entrusted to Messrs. Thomas Johnson & Sons, Dublin Road, and were admirably carried out.


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