The Witness - Friday, 5 March, 1915


BLAIR -- March 2, 1915, at Wilburn, Castlefinn, Co. Donegal, Annie, widow of the late Rev Hugh Blair, A.M., formerly of Colac, Australia, and daughter of the late Rev. Robert Quinn, Fermoy. Funeral private.

M'CREERY -- Feb. 27, at her residence, Manemacullen, Elisabeth, fourth daughter of the late Joseph M'Creery. Interred in family burying-ground, Tyrone' Ditches, on March 1st, 1915. Deeply regretted.

AGNEW -- March 2, at Templepatrick, Thomas Coleman Agnew, aged 79 years.

BENNETT -- March 2, at 45, Ophir Gardens, Belfast, Andrew, fourth son of the late James Bennett.

CHESNEY -- Feb. 25, at Corra-Linn, Greenisland, James M'Clure Chesney, formerly of Kilcurry House, Ahoghill, aged 92 years.

CHRISTIAN -- March 1, at 1, Titania Villas, Ormeau Road, Belfast, John Christian.

DAVISON -- Feb. 14. at Philadelphia, John, second son of the late James Davison, Christie's Hill, Crumlin. Co. Antrim.

DUFFIELD -- March 3, at 73, Deramore Avenue, Ormeau Road, Belfast, Albert William Duffield.

FLINN -- Feb. 26, at 48, Ulsterville Avenue, Dorothea, widow of the late C. G. Flinn, Comber.

FORBES -- Feb. 25, at the Military Hospital, Donegall Road, Private Hugh Forbes, R.A.M.C., son of Elizabeth M'Seveney, 4, Bellevue Terrace, Larne Harbour.

FRASER -- March 3, at 15, North Street, Carrickfergus, Penelope, widow of the late John Fraser, Company-Sergeant-Major R.A.

GILMER -- Feb. 26, at Glenside, Crawfordsburn, Robert Gilmer, aged 74 years.

GRAHAM -- Feb. 27, at Ballymullan, Clandeboye (formerly of Ballymenoch, Holywood), Robert, husband of Isabella Graham.

GRAHAM -- Feb. 27, at 3, Brooklyn Street, Groomsport Road, Bangor, Annie, daughter of William Graham, Solicitor.

JOHNSTON -- Feb. 28, at Beragh, Co. Tyrone, Jane Ann, widow of the late Andrew Johnston, aged 82 years.

KISSOCK -- March 2, at Market Square, Ballyclare, Elisabeth Mary Kissock.

LEGGE -- March, 1, at 43, Railwayview Street, Bangor, Ann Jane, widow of the late Robert Legge.

LEINSTER -- March 1, at Sunnyside House, Londonderry, Margaret, the dearly-beloved wife of John Leinster, senior.

LOCKHART -- Feb. 24, at Upper Baloo, Bangor, John Lockhart.

MITCHELL -- Feb. 27, at Breckish, Toomebridge, Samuel Mitchell.

MOORHEAD -- March 1 (suddenly), at Mayview, Knock, Isabel Dill, relict of the late Robert Moorhead.

MORROW -- March 2, at Crossan, Lisburn, Martha, relict of the late William Morrow.

MUSGRAVE -- March 1, at Nursing Home, Fitzroy Avenue, Belfast, Wilhelmina, elder daughter of the late David Musgrave, Craigavad, Co. Down.

M'ALONIE -- Feb. 26, at Union Street, Coleraine, John M'Alonie, formerly of Ballindreen, aged 83 years.

M'CORMICK -- Feb. 28, at 5, Wellington Park Avenue, Mary J., eldest daughter of the late William M'Cormick.

M'ILROY -- Feb. 23, at 26, Prospect Street, Elizabeth M'Ilroy.

M'MANUS -- Feb. 26, at Randalstown, Edmund M'Manus.

M'MINN -- Feb. 27, at 44, Ponsonby Avenue, Belfast, Susanna, relict of the late John M'Minn.

NELSON -- Feb. 25, in Military Hospital, Belfast, Private John M'Clelland Nelson, Cyclist Company, Ulster Division, youngest son of William Nelson, Knockgorm.

RICHARDSON -- March 3, at 60, Wellington Park, Belfast, Henry Richardson, J.P.

SPROULL -- Feb. 25, at Scotch Quarter, Carrickfergus, Jane, widow of W. H. Sproull, in her 88th year.

SEMPLE -- Feb. 26, at Crossmary, Carrickfergus, Jane Semple.

SLOAN -- Feb. 28, at Plantation House, Lisburn, Jessie Wingate, youngest daughter of the late John Sloan.

WADDELL -- March 1, 1915, at his residence, 9, Taunton Avenue, Lansdowne Road, Belfast, Rev. John Waddell, B.A., Senior Minister of Newington Presbyterian Church.

In Memoriam

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




On Monday night considerable sensation was caused in Newry when the news leaked out that the exhumation had taken place of the body of William Quinn, the young man who was killed in Newtownards on the 13th February last, and in connection with which his step father, James Heron, of Newtownards, is under arrest.

It appears that by order of the Home Secretary Sergeant Duffy arrived in Newry during the day, and, accompanied by Head-Constable Mara and several constables, proceeded to St. Patrick's Church Graveyard and exhumed the body. Dr. H. W. Smartt was present, but no other persons were allowed to be in the graveyard at the time.

The stomach was removed, and Sergeant Duffy took charge of it for the purpose of having it analysed. It will be remembered that at the inquest last week the doctors who made the post-mortem examination stated that they had removed the stomach, but when the jury returned a verdict that death was due to fracture of the skull and haemorrhage of the brain the stomach was buried with the body in Newry Churchyard.



Mr. Frank Thomas Bullen, author and lecturer, died at Madeira on Friday last. The announcement will be read with genuine regret by the many people, young and old, who have enjoyed his clever stories of the sea. Born at Paddington on the 5th of April, 1857, he was a son of F. R. Bullen, of Crewkerne, Dorset. In his childhood he attended Dame School and Westbourne School, Paddington; but at the age of nine his education came to an end. From 1866 to 1869 he was, among other things, errand boy and nomad. He then went to sea, and served in various capacities up to and including that of chief mate in all parts of the world. After the lapse of fourteen years he became a landsman again; and from 1883 to 1899 he was a junior clerk in the Meteorological Office. When Mr. Bullen took to the pen he made good use of it, and advanced from clerking to writing books. These had all the vividness of personal experience and gained a wide vogue. The best known of them is "The Cruise of the [--?--]," and others are "Idylls of the Sea," "Sea Wrack," "A Son of the Sea," "The Call of the Deep," "Confessions of a Tradesman," "The Seed of the Righteous," and "A Compleat Sea Cock." Mr. Bullen was also a popular lecturer, and visited Dublin some years ago.



It is with much regret that we announce the death of the Rev. G. P. M'Cay, pastor of Fintona Presbyterian Church. The deceased gentleman, who had been in a rather precarious state of health for some time past, but, acting lately on the advice of his medical attendant (Dr. Chambers, J.P.), sought application, at a recent meeting of Omagh Presbytery for permission to retire from the active duties of the ministry. The application, it is needless to say, was received with the greatest regret by the members of the Presbytery, with whom Mr. M'Cay was deservedly popular. They realised the justness of it, and decided to recommend it for favourable consideration. The members of the congregation also learned of the minister's decision with the greatest sorrow, for, during his long ministry, he had proved himself a worthy pastor and a true friend to his people, whose confidence and esteem both he and Mrs. M'Cay enjoyed to the fullest extent. He loved his people, and never thought of leaving them, and they in return recognised in him "A good man." His sudden demise has come quite as a shock to them, and his numerous friends of all denominations in the district join with them in their sorrow and expressions of sympathy to his wife, who is a daughter of the late Rev. Robert Chambers, in this the hour of her great sorrow. Rev. Mr. M'Cay was a native of County Derry, and was educated at Magee College.

The funeral took place on 26th ult. to the quiet little churchyard adjoining the church. Almost all the deceased's brethren of Omagh Presbytery were in attendance, while the leading office-bearers of Fintona Presbyterian Church acted as pall-bearers. The funeral service at the house was conducted by Rev. Jackson M'Fadden and Rev. W. J. M'Askie, and in the church by Rev. S. D. Stuart (Moderator of Presbytery), Rev. A. Macafee, and Rev. J. Dysart. Miss Duncan presided at the organ, and as the remains were being conveyed from the church played the Dead March in "Saul." At the graveside the service was taken by the Rev. J. A. Clarke and Rev. George Browne. The chief mourners were Messrs. John M'Cay, Drum, Dungiven (brother); Dr. Chambers (brother-in-law). Rev. D. Marshall, Second-lieutenant Chambers, 9th Inniskilling Fusiliers; Lawrence Chambers, Hector Chambers, George Pigott M'Cay, and Thomas M'Cay (nephews).

A special meeting of Omagh Presbytery was held in Fintona Presbyterian Church on 27th ult. after the funeral of Rev. G. P. M'Cay. Rev. S. D. Stuart (Moderator) presided, and constituted the Court. Rev. Jackson M'Fadden, Badoney, who was Rev. Mr. M'Cay's oldest friend in the Presbytery, kindly consented to preach a commemorative sermon in the church on a convenient Sabbath, and to declare the congregation vacant. The following commission was appointed in charge of the congregation during the vacancy -- Rev. W. J. M'Askie (convener), Rev. George Browne, Rev. J. Dysart, Rev. J. G. Hamilton, and Rev. J. M. Patterson. The Moderator was requested to forward a letter of condolence on behalf of the Presbytery to Mrs. M'Cay and the other relatives of the late Rev. G. P. M'Cay.



A letter was recently read in public at Leeds from a member of the R.A.M.C. It is a touching illustration of the possibilities open to that service quite beyond their invaluable professional work. The sense of brotherhood between the dart-skinned Indian and his English friend is very beautiful. Missionary work in India has other, and perhaps even greater, results to seek than the fostering of such a sense of human brotherhood; but the binding of such links between the races is an aim which Christians have deeply at heart. Was it ever more effectively achieved? The letter ran -- "One poor fellow who belonged to the Gurkhas was in terrible pain, and I stayed with him all night when I ought to have been in bed. I kept giving him hot-water bottles. I knew he would not last long, and I think he knew. He called me to the side of the stretcher, and asked me to pray for him, as he had been educated at a Christian college in India. I prayed as I had never prayed before in all my life, and when I had finished he said -- 'I am going, sir, where we don't want this knife, as they don't fight where God is.' He then gave me his knife as a keepsake, and when he had done this he held my hand and went to sleep. But it was that sleep from which when you wake you are in the kingdom of Heaven. I sat down and cried myself to sleep. When I woke I still had his poor hand in my own, so I laid it across his breast and covered him up, and prayed he would by then have joined God's army. I would not part with that knife for a thousand pounds to any one, not even to a king." -- "Life and Work."



The remains of the late Mr. David Mitchell, the founder of Messrs. David Mitchell, Ltd., Castle Street, jewellers and hardware merchants, whose death at the age of seventy-eight years has occasioned widespread regret, were removed on Friday evening fast from Ardlussa, Antrim Road, and interred in the City Cemetery. The funeral was announced to be of a private character, but there was a large attendance of leading citizens, who included representatives from May Street Presbyterian Church, of which the deceased was treasurer and a member of session. The service at the house was conducted by the Rev. W. A. Watson, and at the graveside by the Rev. Dr. Patterson and Rev. W. B. M'Murray. The chief mourners were -- Messrs. David Alexander Robert Mitchell, George Mitchell, William Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell, David Mitchell, Robert Kelly (nephews); Mr. W. R. M'Murray, J.P, brother-in-law); Mr. Joseph Reid, and Mr. Francis Curley, J.P. (relatives).

The funeral arrangements were entrusted to Messrs. Melville & Co., Ltd., Townsend Street, and were carried out in an eminently satisfactory manner.



It was with sincere sorrow that the news was learned of the death of Mr. John Lockhart, who passed away peacefully at his residence, Knockduff House, Jerrettspass, on Saturday afternoon in the presence of members of his family. He was a gentleman well known and highly respected by all classes and creeds, and in the discharge of his profession as an auctioneer he commanded the esteem of all with whom he transacted business. He was a member of Newry No. 2 Rural Council, and held the position to the end, though for over two years enfeebled health prevented him attending many meetings. He inherited the strong character and splendid gifts of the Lockhart family, and he cultivated the fine mental powers with which he was endowed, so that it was a great treat to his many friends to draw from his store of well-digested knowledge in friendly and social intercourse. He was a life-long member of the Presbyterian church at Jerrettspass, and for many years was an active and interested member of committee. He leaves a widow, five sons, and one daughter to mourn his loss, and much sympathy is felt by all the community for them in the heavy loss sustained by his removal. On Tuesday the remains were interred in the burying-ground attached to Drumbanagher Presbyterian Church, the services at the house and graveside being conducted by Rev. James Mulligan, B.A.



The decease of Mr. T. A. Gault, The Bush, Dungannon, who recently met with a fatal accident whilst engaged at his threshing engine, has occasioned universal regret in the entire district. Mr. Gault was an extensive and enterprising farmer, and was held in the highest esteem, in the locality. He was an enthusiastic teetotaller, and Master of a teetotal Orange Lodge; a prominent official of the Killyman District L.O.L., and a zealous member of the Masonic Order; besides taking a deep interest in the work of the Presbyterian Church. The funeral cortege was one of the largest ever witnessed in the vicinity, the Orange and Masonic Orders uniting to pay a last tribute of respect to a beloved and lamented brother, who had been taken away "in the midtime of his days" The service in the late residence of the deceased was conducted by Rev. John Watson and Rev. Dr. Gault, relative of deceased; and the service at the place of interment in Dungannon Cemetery was held by Rev. R. B. White, M.A., incumbent of Killyman Parish Church, and Grand Chaplain of County Tyrone Grand Orange Lodge.



Amongst the officers mentioned in General French's despatch last week for distinguished service in the field was Colonel Jas. Meek, M.D., of the Headquarters Staff. Colonel Meek is a Belfast man, and prior to entering the Army he had a most distinguished career; at the Queen's University. He gained a scholarship to the Royal Academical Institution, which he attended as a fellow-student of Mr. R. M. Jones, M.A., the present headmaster. He graduated to Queen's University in 1879, and was one of the most brilliant medical students of his time. In 1883 he took his degree of M.D., M.Ch. and then passed by competition into the Army Medical Service.

Colonel Meek has had a long and distinguished career in the medical branch of the Army, having seen service in several campaigns, including Thibet, Afghanistan, West Indies, China, and South Africa. In the South African War Colonel Meek was in charge of the American hospital ship Maine. Prior to the outbreak of the present war he was in charge of one of the largest military hospitals in the South of England. In the present war Colonel Meek holds the position of Assistant Director of Medical Services, a most important post when, it is remembered that over fifty doctors are under his jurisdiction. He also holds an appointment on the Headquarters Staff.

Colonel Meek was home in Belfast on leave a short time ago. His brother, the Rev. Samuel Meek, M.A., is a Presbyterian minister at Raphoe, County Donegal.


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The Witness - Friday, 12 March, 1915


FYFE--CUMMINS -- Feb. 24, 1915, at Enniskillen Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. A. J. Jenkins, Alexander Edwin Fyfe, Rossary Terrace, Enniskillen, youngest son of Mr. John Fyfe, Maguiresbridge, to Mary Madalene (May), eldest daughter of Mr. William Cummins, Ringclare, Donaghmore, Newry.

HOLMES--MONTGOMERY -- March 9, at Seskinore Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. William J. M'Askie, B.A., William Holmes, Ballybogan, Lifford, Co. Donegal, to Margaret, daughter of Robert Montgomery, Tullykenny, Fivemiletown.

M'KELVEY--M'DOWELL -- Feb. 24, at Presbyterian Church, Railway Street, Lisburn, by the Rev. R. Kelso, Second Boardmills, Thomas John, only son of Mr. Thomas M'Kelvey, Ballynahinch, to Mary Rea, daughter of Mrs. John M'Dowell, The Hill, Boardmills.


BROWN -- March 4, 1915, at his residence, 29, Clifton Road, Bangor, W. J. Brown, Herbalist. Interred in Comber New Cemetery. M. BROWN.

TEAZ -- March 4, 1915, at The Manse, Edge Lane, Liverpool, Janet Carswell, the beloved and devoted wife of the Rev. E. Teaz. Interred at Knockbracken, Belfast.

ARTHUR -- March 6, at Kerwin, Garvagh, Robert, husband of M. J. Arthur.

BARBOUR -- March 4, at Ballyhill, Robert Barbour.

BLAIR -- March 10, at Glynn, Jane Blair, aged 93 years.

CAMPBELL -- March 9, at Mount Royal, Portrush, Margaret Campbell, at an advanced age.

CLARKE -- March 4, at the Hospital, Lisburn Road, Matilda, eldest daughter of the late Mr. George Clarke, Magherafelt.

CLENDINNING -- March 8, at 35, Tudor Place, Lizzie, wife of Henry Clendinning.

COURTNEY -- March 4, at 32, Lincoln Avenue, Alexander Courtney, ex-Head Constable R.I.C., aged 75 years.

DAVIDSON -- March 5, at The Wood, Bleary, Lurgan, Jane Campbell Davidson.

DORAN -- March 8, 1915, at her residence, Montpelier House, Malone Road, Belfast, Jane Morris, the dearly-beloved wife of William Thomas Doran.

ESDALE -- March 5, at 26, Grampian Avenue, Ralph, husband of Elizabeth Esdale.

GAULT -- March 9, at Ballyeaston, Joseph Gault, aged 94 years.

GAUSSEN -- March 8, at Hilton Lodge, Monkstown, Annie Catherine Gaussen, widow of the late Campbell Gaussen, J.P., Shanmullagh House, Castledawson.

GEORGE -- March 6, at Ballyhill, Agnes, third daughter of Thomas George.

GIFFORD -- March 10, at The Quoile, Downpatrick, Richard, eldest son of Henry Gifford.

HEANEY -- March 9, at Ballylig, James Heaney, R.D.C.

HILLIS -- March 10, at Kllcurry, Ballymena, John Hillis.

HINGSTON -- March 7, at Norton, Knock, Belfast, John Hingston, late of Messrs. Harland & Wolff, Ltd.

HUDDLESTON -- March 8, at Ballydugan, Downpatrick, Mrs. Martha Huddleston, sister of the late William Martin, J.P.

HUNTER -- March 7, at Bruslee, Ballyclare, James Hunter.

HUNTER -- March 8, at Lake View, British, Dorothea, wife of James S. Hunter, J.P. i

JOHNSTONE -- March 7, at Kiltonga, Newtownards, Mary Jamieson, widow of William Sibbald Johnstone, J.P.

KIDD -- March 8, at Rockspring, Magheraknock, Ballynahinch, William, elder son of the late John Garrett Kidd.

LITTLE -- March 8, at Railway Cottage, Galgorm Road, Ballymena, Mary Anne, relict of the late Robert Little, Enginedriver, N.C. (M.C.C.).

MILNE -- March 7, at Provincial Bank House, Drogheda, Alex. Milne, in his 73rd year.

MISKELLY -- March 8, at Commons Hall Farm, Newtownards, Jane (Jennie) Miskelly.

M'CLUGHAN -- March 7, at Hillsborough, James M'Clughan, Merchant.

M'CULLY -- March 4, at Leafield, Ballycarry, William, husband of Jemima Bodys M'Cully.

M'HINCH -- March 4, at 14, Ashley Avenue, Belfast, Bessie, eldest daughter of the late Rev. William M'Hinch, Dundalk.

M'KEE -- March 7, 1915, at her residence, Mona Lodge, Monaghan, Jane, beloved wife of Henry M'Kee, and last surviving daughter of the late Forster Dunwoody, Killibane, Monaghan, aged 82 years.

M'LEAVY -- March 8, at Killultagh Cottage, Upper Ballinderry, Mary Ann, wife of John M'Leavy.

RAMSEY -- March 4, at 53, Castle Street, Lisburn, Sarah E. M. (Sadie), eldest daughter of Fred W. H. Ramsey.

RITCHIE -- March 4, at 94, Woodvale Avenue, Robert Ritchie, husband of Wilhelmina Ritchie.

ROBINSON -- March 5, at Armagh, John, third son of the late John Robinson, of Killylin, Armagh.

STEELE -- March 8, at Westland House, Albert Place, Ballymena, John Steele.

THOMPSON -- March 8, at the Gardener's House, Thornhill, Malone Road, Mary, only daughter of James Thompson.

WALKER -- March 8, at 17, Duncairn Gardens, William Francis Walker, ex-Royal Navy, in his 90th year.

WHANN -- March 9, at Springdale Farm, Ballylifford, Coagh, Benjamin Whann, in his 75th year.



The news of the death of Mr. Ross Hastings, J.P., at his residence, Queen Street, Derry, will occasion sincere regret in that town and the surrounding district, and much sympathy will be felt with the sorrowing widow in her bereavement. Born at Dunwiley, Stranorlar, deceased was over eighty years old. In early life he came as a boy to the city to serve his apprenticeship with a large wholesale establishment on the Strand owned by Mr. W. J. Foster. About the year 1859 he started business on his own account in Foyle Street, where he carried on a most extensive wholesale tea trade. During this time he accumulated a considerable fortune, which enabled him to retire about ten years ago, and he had since been living privately. He married a Miss Chambers, sister of the late Mr. Solomon Chambers, J.P., Brockage. As a citizen he took an active part in the business life of the city being a member of the Corporation and Harbour Board, as well as Governor of Gwyn's Endowment, and of Foyle College. He was a staunch Unionist, and was for a number of years vice-president of the Londonderry Unionist Association. He was a magistrate for County Donegal, and took an active interest in the business of the Petty Sessions Court at Stranorlar. A member of Strand Road Presbyterian Church, he was a liberal subscriber to its funds, as well as to the funds of many other deserving objects in the city.



A tablet erected to the memory of the late Rev. Edward Ekin, M.A., in Coagh Presbyterian Church was unveiled by the Rev. R. C. Elliott. B.A., Duneane, on last Sabbath morning, when there was a very large turnout of the members of the congregation. The tablet bore the following inscription:-- "In memory of the late Rev. Edward Ekin, M.A., for thirteen years minister of Coagh Presbyterian Church. This tablet and the memorial organ bear testimony to the esteem and affection is which he was held by the people to whom he ministered in this congregation. Installed 11th August, 1892; died 28th March, 1906. 'He rests from his labours and his works do follow him.'"



Miss Margaret Trimble, of 18, Talbot Street, Newry, who died on the 1st December last, left among other bequests 50 to the Chinese branch of the Foreign Mission Fund of the Presbyterian Church.




Mr. Justice Molony, opening the County Antrim Assizes at Belfast yesterday, said the Grand Jury, of which Mr. Wm. Chaine, D.L., was foreman, had every reason to congratulate themselves on the very light calendar which was presented for their consideration. He had been furnished by the county inspector with the returns of crime for the county. The county had a large population, and it had such a population that one would expect to find considerable crime in it, but so far from one finding anything of that kind there was a steady and progressive diminution of all serious crime. That time last year there were seventeen cases specially reported to the police between the Winter Assizes and the Spring Assizes, and for the corresponding period which they were now dealing with, the number was ten -- a very remarkable reduction in that period. They always had to look in this country into the deeper cause of crime, and they would find here, as they found everywhere else, that the greater proportion of crime in this country was due to excessive drinking; and if they could diminish the drinking of the people they would improve them in every possible way. They had


of that in their own county. In 1901 there were 2,640 convictions for drunkenness; in 1902 these were reduced to 2,529; in 1913 they were reduced to 2,463; and in 1914 there was a still more remarkable decrease, because they only amounted to 2,143. Going bock for a period of five years, there had been a steady diminution in the convictions for drunkenness, amounting to 30 per cent., and going back for a period of eight years there had been a reduction amounting to 50 per cent. That was a matter upon which they had every reason to congratulate themselves. The people were becoming more sober day by day, and with that sobriety they found a corresponding diminution in crime. He was very happy on the occasion of his first judicial visit to the county to receive such a good character of the inhabitants from the county inspector, and he only hoped that that state of progress, peace, prosperity, and order which prevailed in the county would continue, and that they would ever be remarkable for their adherence to the law and obedience to its precepts.


Down Assises were opened on Monday at Downpatrick, Mr. Justice Boyd presiding in the Crown Court, and Mr. Justice Moloney in the Record Court.

The Commission having been read by Mr. George L. Maclaine, Clerk of the Crown and Peace, Judge Boyd, addressing the Grand Jury, of whom General Montgomery was foreman, congratulated them upon the state of the county. The number of cases specially reported by the police was twenty-one, compared with forty-two cases twelve months ago. He was sorry to say that most of the offences were the direct cause of taking intoxicating liquor.


Addressing the Grand Jury at the opening of Tyrone Assizes, at Omagh, on Tuesday, the Lord Chief Justices said it gave him great pleasure to be able to congratulate them most heartily on the very satisfactory condition of the county.

The returns of the police showed there had been only five cases of crime since the last Assizes, and of these four were of petty larceny. For a county the sine of Tyrone, the largest in Ireland, he thought it was unprecedented that there should he only five cases in such a large county. He hoped it would long continue peaceable and happy.



Three Reserve Battalions.

Speaking at the opening of the Strandtown Unionist Club's now premises on Tuesday evening Lieut.-Col. Jas. Craig, M.P., said it was hoped in a very short time, and he would like the fact made known as widely as possible, to have firmly established over and above the Ulster Division, which was now completed, or practically so, three reserve battalions -- one eventually at Ballykinlar; one, within a few days they hoped, in the Palace Barracks at Holywood; while the other would be to serve the Fermanagh and Tyrone end of the province. They would have permanently stationed in the Holywood Barracks a battalion of their own people -- the Ulster Volunteers, who had joined the Ulster Division and who for medical reasons had been pronounced fit for home service only, together with recruits who would be required to fill up the gaps that would be occasioned when the Ulster Division went to the front. So far as Ulster was concerned, he thought that if an analysis could be taken the province would be found to head the list of actual returns for the Army in proportion to the population and the area they were able to draw upon. Therefore, Ulster had more than done her duty, and it would be far from his intention to offer one word of adverse criticism on what had already been accomplished, because it was simply magnificent. But on the other hand, for years past the standard of loyalty to the Empire which Ulster had set herself was so high that it now became more than ever necessary for them to respond to the call of their King and country. More could be done, and more would be done. (Applause.)


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The Witness - Friday, 19 March, 1915


RANKIN -- March 12, at Amhurst, Colombo Road, Ilford, London, to Mr. and Mrs. B. Rankin -- a son.


WATSON--YOUNG -- March 10, at the First Presbyterian Church, Ballynahatty, by the Rev. George Browne, B.A., Alexander Watson, The Harp, Trillick, to Sarah E. Young, youngest daughter of the late Mr. John Young, Blacksessagh, Omagh. No cards.


ANDERSON -- March 11, Sara Jane, wife of John Anderson, Breaghey, Tynan, County Armagh, after a short illness, borne with great patience. Interred in the family burying-ground, Lislooney, March 13.

CLELAND -- March 13, at the residence of her son, Hazeldene, Kingsmere Avenue, Belfast, Mrs. Jane Cleland. Interred in Dundonald Cemetery.

KENNEDY -- March 16, 1915, at her residence, 1, Alma Terrace, Rugby Road, Belfast, Isabella, relict of the late Rev. Robert Kennedy, Ballyhobridge, Clones. Funeral private.

NELSON -- March 13, at his residence, Banford, Gilford, James Nelson. Interred in Tullylish Churchyard, on Monday, 15th inst. (Canadian and Australian papers please copy). JAMES NELSON.

ADAMS -- March 10, James Adams (Compositor), 40, Hardcastle Street.

BARRETT -- March 14, at Brompton Hospital, London, Norman, third son of J. H. Barrett, Seaview, Bangor.

BEATTIE -- March 17, at Ballyfrenis, Millisle, Rebecca, wife of Hugh Beattie.

BEST -- March 13, at Ardeen, Richhill, Jacob Barrett Best, J.P., fourth son of the late James Best, of Armagh, aged 64 years.

BOSTON -- March 15, at 8, Florida Street, Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Boston.

CARSON -- March 15, at Shankbridge, James Graham Carson.

CHAMBERS -- March 17, at 15, Sunbury Avenue, Bloomfield, Joseph, eldest son of James Chambers.

CLENAGHAN -- March 17, at 21, Grosvenor Road, John Clenaghan.

COSGRAVE -- March 17, at 71, Agincourt Avenue, Jane, relict of Hugh Cosgrave.

COULTER -- March 11, at The Hotel, Doagh, Robert Coulter.

CRAWFORD -- March 15, at High Street, Antrim, Annie, youngest daughter of John Crawford, Rosebrook, Randalstown.

DAWSON -- March 10, at Mossvale, Anahilt, Joseph, youngest son of the late James Dawson, aged 17 years.

DAWSON -- March 12, at 117, Duncairn Gardens, Sarah Jane, wife of James Dawson, ex-R.I.C., formerly of Ballymena.

DUNWOODY -- March 13, at The Glen, Monaghan, Thomas Dunwoody, aged 92 years.

EAKINS -- March 15, at Punxutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., of heart failure, Annie Cathcart, beloved wife of Rev. John Eakins, Presbyterian Church, and daughter of late Rev. James Boyle, of Bushmills.

ERVINE -- March 13, at Tramways Depot, Knock, Samuel, husband of Eleanor Ervine.

FARIS -- March 14, at Myrtle Villas, Chichester Avenue, Mary E., wife of James A. Faris.

GRAINGER -- March 16, at Oakfield, Jordanstown, William Arthur Grainger.

HILL -- March 17, at Upper Ballinderry, William, husband of Mary J. Hill.

HOPKIRK -- March 11, at 6, Kansas Avenue, Marianne Hopkirk.

JACKSON -- At Knockdene Park, James Jackson, of Garden Lodge, Holywood.

JOHNSTON -- March 11, at 43, High Street, Lurgan, James Johnston, J.P., aged 73 years.

JOHNSTON -- March 13, at 34, Glenallen Street, Jane, relict of the late John Johnston, Relieving-Officer for Ballymacarrett.

KELLY -- March 12, at 60, Victoria Road, Bangor, James Kelly.

KENNEDY -- March 16, at 1, Alma Terrace, Rugby Road, Belfast, Isabella, relict of the late Rev. Robert Kennedy, Ballyhobridge, Clones.

LOUGH -- March 17, at Clothworkers' Arms Hotel, Coleraine, James Lough.

LYSTER -- March 12, at 49, Manor Street, Sarah, wife of Robert N. Lyster.

MONTGOMERY -- March 15, at 6, India Street, Belfast, Margaret, relict of the late James Montgomery.

MULHOLLAND -- March 16, at Ballybrakes, Matilda youngest daughter of William Mulholland.

POLLARD -- March 13, at 6, Glandore Park, Matthew Pollard.

POTTER -- March 12, 1915, at her parents' residence, 15, Summer Street, Cliftonpark Avenue, Elizabeth (Lila), dearly-beloved twin daughter of Thomas and Agnes Potter.

REA -- March 16, at his residence, Killycargan, Portglenone, George Rea, aged 59 years.

SHARPE -- March 13, at Moyarget, Ballycastle, John Moore Sharpe, J.P., aged 73 years.

SHAW -- March 12, at Ballyhackett, Cairncastle, Henry Shaw, aged 85 years.

SMILEY -- March 13, at Whitespots, Newtownards, Catherine, wife of Alexander Smiley, aged 82 years.

SINCLAIR -- March 16, 1915, at The Mall, Sligo, of rheumatic fever, Donald Stewart, youngest son of John and Annie Sinclair, Sligo, aged 14 years.

TODD -- March 13, at Dundela Villas, Strandtown, William A. Todd.

WILLIE -- March 16, at 75, Victoria Avenue, Newtownards, William H. Willis, Principal of Greenwell Street National School.

In Memoriam

MEHARG -- In loving remembrance of Mrs. Meharg, who passed away on 20th March, 1913. Although in weakness, she was patient and cheerful and bright; and to die in Christ is gain. M. GIBSON.

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



We regret to announce the death, which occurred on Tuesday evening, of Mr. W. H. Willis, Victoria Avenue, Newtownards, who was for the past twenty-seven years principal of Greenwell Street National School, and during his term received nothing but the most favourable reports from the inspectors. He was a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, and was Worshipful Master of Friendship Lodge No. 447, and in Arch Masonry was High Priest in the same number. Ho was an elder of Greenwell Street Church, and the superintendent of the Sabbath-school in connection therewith. He will be much missed in Newtownards, where he was highly esteemed.



The late Dr. Anthony Traill, LL.D., M.D., F.R.C.S.L, of Ballylough House, Bushmills, County Antrim, Provost of Trinity College, Dublin, Commissioner of Educational Endowment (Ireland), 1885-92, and of National Education, 1901, D.L. and J.P. for County Antrim (Sheriff 1882), who died on the 15th October last, aged 75 years, left unsettled personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 6,779 0s 11d, and probate of his will, dated 10th August, 1911, has been granted to his son, Major William Stewart Traill, R.E., and Mr. Alfred Edward Brett, of 9, Chichester Street, Belfast. The testator left 1,000 to each of his sons Edmund, Henry, and Alexander, and he stated that he had already made provision for his three daughters. The residue of his estate be left to his son Major William Stewart Traill, R.E.



Sir, -- Now that many of our Irish Presbyterian congregations have their "Rolls of Honour" hung up in their churches, containing the names of those who are serving their country either at home or abroad, and are justly proud of their numbers, might I venture to suggest that a list of the "Sons of the Manse" might be formed, and placed in some conspicuous position in the Church House, registering the names of those who as officers or privates are engaged in active service either in the Army or Navy? The writer of this letter knows of at least eight sons of Irish Presbyterian ministers who are gallantly helping to uphold their country's honour both on land and sea. The Irish Presbyterian ministry has never been backward in its loyalty to King and Empire, and it would be gratifying to the entire Church to have visible testimony to their devotion in giving of their best and bravest for the vindication of righteousness and truth. There are "Daughters ot the Manse" also who are just as loyal and patriotic as the "Sons," and are actively engaged in Red Cross work. I should be glad if it were possible to see their names added to those of our brave lads who are on the "fighting strength" of the nation. -- Yours truly,




Sir, -- As appeal for movable kitchens for conveying hot food to the Belgian trenches appeared lately in your columns. This appeal suggested to my pupils a method of supplying in some small degree a little comfort for the men to whose unparalleled valour we owe our lives and present safety, and they immediately got up the 50 necessary for the purchase of a movable kitchen,



Master Adrian Segerdal, who is a pupil at the Campbell College, some time ago sent a belt and pair of cuffs to a relative who is an officer at the front asking him to hand them over to some member of the force who might appreciate them. This has been done, and the following is the reply just received -- "Headquarters, 2nd Division, British Expeditionary Force. -- Dear Little Friend, -- I haven't the pleasure of knowing you, but I think it awfully decent of you to sand me such a beautiful belt and nice pair of cuffs. Please accept my very best thanks for same. I know I shall find them most useful whilst this cold weather lasts. I am glad to hear you are a cadet in the Officers' Training Corps, and also that your college was the first to set an example for other schools to raise cadet corps. You ask me to let you know of any little experience I have been through -- well, as you aro such a little 'brick' I will send you something in a couple of days' time. Thanking you for all your good wishes. -- Yours sincerely, P. G. Elsey, R.A.M. Corps."



The funeral of Mrs. Birrell took place on Monday at the Crematorium at Golder's Green. Among the mourners was Mr. BirreJl, and those present at the service in the Crematorium Chapel included Mr. T. P. O'Connor, M.P.; Mr. J. T. Davies (representing the Chancellor of the Exchequer), and Sir Wm. Byles, M.P. Floral tributes were received from Mr. and Mrs. Asquith, the Lord Chief Justice, and Lady Reading, and the North Bristol Women's Liberal Association.



Mr. David Dickey, J.P., of Ballyclare, who died on the 27th October last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 7,573 5s 2d., of which 567 10s is in England. Among the bequests were 100 to the Foreign Mission Fund of Ballyeaston congregation, and 100 to the Sustentation Fund of the said congregation.



The death took place on Monday, at the age eighty-three years, of the Rev. Gawin Douglas, one of the most distinguished members of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ireland. He had not been in good health for some time past. A native of Mullaghmore, County Armagh, the deceased was educated at the Belfast Academy, and subsequently proceeded to Queen's College, where he obtained a literary scholarship, and in his third year he gained the highest place on the list. He was licensed by the Southern Presbytery of the Reformed Presbyterian Church on 6th May, 1862, and was ordained at Creevagh, Ballybay, on 3rd May of the following year, being instilled in Loughbrickland in May, 1884. He retired from the ministry at the last Presbytery meeting. On several occasions the late Mr. Douglas filled the office of Moderator of the Southern Presbytery and of the Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ireland. He celebrated his ministerial jubilee in May, 1913, when he received a handsome gift from his congregation. One of the letters of congratulation read on the occasion was from the Rev. Dr. Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of the Queen's University, who, it is interesting to note, was a classical student under Mr. Douglas. A gentleman of the old school, kindly and courteous, of great simplicity of character, a cultured preacher, upright and brotherly, he was held in high esteem throughout the Covenanting Church. He was the father of the Synod, and his removal is deeply regretted.



The death took place on Saturday of Mr. John M. Sharpe, J.P., at his residence, Moyarget, Ballycastle. The deceased, who was seventy-two years of age, had been a magistrate for County Antrim for a long number of years. He was an elder of the Presbyterian Church, and took a deep interest in the welfare of tho Ramoan congregation. He was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him throughout the district.



The death took place on the 8th inst., at his residence, Rockspring, Magheraknock, of Mr. William Kidd, R.D.C., and caused a painful surprise in the neighbourhood, where he was most popular. He was a devoted member of Boardmills Secession Church, of which he was a committeeman and secretary, and also taught in the Sabbath-school, and in the latter sphere he will be greatly missed. Deceased was of sound temperance principles, and was also a member of the Masonic Order, being a Past-Master of Cargycreevy True Blues Masonic Lodge No. 606. His funeral, which took place on Thursday, 11th March, was largely attended, and testified to the deep respect in which he was held. The service was conducted in the house by his own minister (Rev. J. Moody), assisted by Rev. S. R. M'Neilly, Bailiesmills, and Rev. S. English, Ballynahinch. At the grave there was another short service, which was conducted by Rev. J. Moody and Rev. J. L. M'Candless. The Masonic brethren also showed their respect for their departed brother by attending the funeral in procession and performing the burial rites of their Order at the graveside. The Rev. Mr M'Cracken, of Anahilt Parish Church, acted as chaplain on the occasion. Wreaths were placed on the grave by the session and committee of Boardmills (Secession) Church, Cargycreevy Masonic Lodge, and the members of his family.

The funeral arrangements were in the capable hands of Mr. S. Fullerton, manager of the Lisburn branch of Messrs. Melville & Co.



The funeral took place on Monday in First Ahoghill Burying-ground of Mr. Alex. Weir, proprietor of the Straid Corn and Flour Mills, Ballymena. The deceased, who had reached the advanced age of eighty-five years, was also a most prosperous farmer, and took an active interest in everything that pertained to the welfare of the farmers of the district. For a long number of years he represented the division on the Ballymena Board of Guardians, and rendered valuable service to the ratepayers. He was a devoted member of First Ahoghill Presbyterian Church, and as manager of the Straid National School he evinced a deep and practical interest in its welfare. His loss to the locality is much deplored.



We regret to record the death of the wife of Rev. John Eakins, of Punscutawney Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania, United States, which took place suddenly on March 15. Mrs. Eakins was the only daughter of the late Rev. James Boyle, of Bushmills, and sister of Rev. W. W. Boyle, minister of the parish of Fort William, Inverness-shire. She has been in America since 1898 cooperating energetically with her husband in his church work, and was greatly beloved by the people, who found in her a genuine and sympathetic friend. She leaves a family of two daughters.



A fishing boat containing three men capsized at the entrance to Sunderland Harbour yesterday morning. Two of the occupants, J. Meynell and J. Davidson, were drowned, but the third, a man named T. Cowe, was rescued. The boat overturned owing to the rough water caused by a submerged wreck. Both Meynell and Davidson were married.




At the County Antrim Assises on Friday in the Crown Court of the County Courthouse, Crumlin Road, before the Right Hon. Mr. Justice Molony, Wilson MacKeown, solicitor, Ballymena, was found guilty on an indictment charging him with fraudulent conversion of 300 belonging to James Henry, Mill Street, Ballymena.

His Lordship imposed a sentence of eight months' imprisonment.

The Belfast Assizes were opened on Saturday, before Mr. Justice Boyd, who, addressing the Grand Jury, congratulated them on the peaceful state of the city.

The High Sheriff of Belfast (Councillor John C. White) on Saturday entertained the Judges of Assize, the members of the Grand Jury, a number of prominent citizens, the principal Court officials, members of the Bar, and of the solicitor profession, military and police officers of the guards of honour, and representatives of the Press to luncheon in honour of the opening of the Spring Assizes. The function took place in the Grand Jury Dining Room.

The High Sheriff, in reply to the toast of his health, said it must have been very gratifying to the Grand Jury to hear from, the Crown Judge that the city was in such a satisfactory condition -- that it was a comparatively crimeless city. (Applause.) He desired to refer for a moment to the question of recruiting. They had got about 30,000 recruits; from six counties in Ulster, whose population was about one and a quarter millions. That worked out at about 240 per 10,000, which would be the best in the United Kingdom (Applause.) Belfast alone had sent about 19,000 recruits, exclusive of officers who had obtained commissions and men who had joined the Royal Navy and Marines. That gave Belfast a percentage of 465 in 10,000. (Applause.)

On Monday at the Assizes in a case in which a man named George Morrison pleaded guilty to a number of indictments for larceny and breaking and entering; another man, named Isaac Franks, was indicted for receiving a gold watch, gold chain, and gold brooch, the property of Violet Bradley, well knowing same to be stolen.

Franks, who had a jeweller's shop at 47, Mill Street, was found guilty, and both prisoners were sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment.

At the sitting of the Court on Tuesday the case of Isaac Franks and George Morrison was called. The farmer, a working jeweller, had been tried and found guilty of unlawfully receiving stolen property, while Morrison, a youth wearing mechanics' clothes, had pleaded guilty to a series of charges of breaking and entering, and larceny, the offences being committed in November and December last.

His Lordship said he considered the receivers of stolen property infinitely worse than the stealers, because if it was not for the facility of obtaining the money they could get from the receivers he did not think thieves would be so much in evidence. He believed that Franks had been at the bottom of very many of the stealing cases in a Belfast. He could not pass a less sentence a on either of them than twelve months' imprisonment, with hard labour.





The annual show and sale under the auspices of Royal Ulster Agricultural Society took place on Wednesday at the splendidly-equipped grounds at Balmoral, the proceedings being favoured with fine weather. The fact that the society's premises are in occupation of the military authorities to a certain extent handicapped the present show; but it is gratifying to record that the entries, which were very representative, showed an increase of twenty-two over those received this time last year, while three extra classes were provided. There were altogether 415 animals on view, and the majority of these will be eventually disposed of by auction sale. As the ordinary February show of the Royal Dublin Society had to be abandoned Wednesday's display attracted more attention than usual, and the result was that there was a large attendance of buyers from all parts of the country. The show was approved of by the Department of Agriculture for the selection of bulls for premiums, and the splendid quality of the exhibits was demonstrated by the fact that the majority of the animals entered secured these certificates. The entries were made up as follows: -- Shorthorn bulls, 360; shorthorn heifers, 26; dairy bulls, 19: Aberdeen-Angus bulls and heifers, 19. The arrangements for the accommodation of the stock were excellent in every respect, and were ably superintended by Mr. Kenneth MacRae, the efficient secretary of the society, and his assistant, Mr. John Nicholl. The catering was entrusted to the Ulster Menu Co., and under the supervision of Mr. Hugh M'Millan was carried out in an eminently satisfactory manner. The following were the officials: -- Judges -- Shorthorns and Dairy Bulls -- Mr. William Anderson, Saphock, Old Meldrum, N.B.; Mr. John Gill, Thorn Farm, Stainton, Penrith; Aberdeen-Angus Bulls -- Mr. James Cameron, "The Glasgow Herald," Glasgow. Auctioneers -- Messrs. Macdonald, Fraser, & Co., Ltd., Perth. Stewards -- Messrs Alexander Cameron (chief), T. A. Archbold, Nicholson Best, Wm. Chisholm, James Coey, Alexander Dickson, J. Hill Dickson, John M. Galway, A. J. Morrow, John M'Robert, J. B. M'Roberts, Alexander Robb.



Class 1. -- Shorthorn Bulls, calved before 1st May, 1913 -- 1, R. J. L. Ogilby, Pellipar, Dungiven, County Derry -- Pellipar Echo; 2, Nelson Ruddell, Laurelmount, Lurgan -- Laurelmount Chief; 3, Alexander Browne, Coracalvey House, Cootehill -- Groggan Lord Mayor.

Class 2. -- Shorthorn Bulls, calved on or after 1st May, 1913, and before 1st September. 1913 -- 1, Walter R. Crawford, The Priory, Tullyhogue -- Tullyhogue Volunteer; 2, R. N. Wilson, Brookland House, Moy, Co. Tyrone -- Volunteer; 3, Joseph Elliott, Whitetown, Newmiills, Dungannon -- Royal Rubicon.

Class 3. -- Shorthorn Bulls, calved on or after 1st September, 1913, and before 1st January, 1914 -- 1, James Megaw, Tulnagee, Moneymore, County Derry -- Roan Victor; 2, John Wallace, Anticur, Dunloy -- Oliver; 3, Thomas Hayes, Bernagh House Dungannon -- Ulster Chief.

Class 4. -- Shorthorn Bulls, calved on or after 1st January, 1914, and before 1st March, 1914 -- 1, William Thomas Greeves, Grange Farm, Moy, County Tyrone -- Prince Royal; 2, John Patterson, Grange, Moy, County Tyrone -- Royal Surprise; 3, H. W. Kinley, Bloomhill, Dungannon -- Bloomhill Master John.

Class 5. -- Shorthorn Bulls, calved on or after 1st March, 1914, and before 1st April, 1914 -- 1, Robert D. Best. The Cairn, Aghalee, Lurgan -- Aghalee Summer Sun; 2, Joseph Carson, Hillside Farm, Coagh, Moneymore -- Mascot; 3, Mathew S. Hunter, Turnaface, ! Moneymore -- Roan Victor.

Class 6. -- Shorthorn Bulls, calved on or after 1st April, 1914 -- 1, James Myles, Corr and Dunavalley, Moy, County Armagh -- Cloth and Colour; 2, John Forsythe, Drumhirk, Dungannon -- Drumhirk Conquerer; 3, John Wallace, Anticur, Dunloy -- Sir William.


Class 7. -- Shorthorn Heifers, calved after 1st December, 1912, and before 1st December, 1913 -- There was only one entry, Orphan's Motion (owned by Alexander G. Paul, Tullygrawley, Glarryford, County Antrim) being awarded a second prize.

Class 8. -- Shorthorn Heifers, calved on or after 1st December. 1913, and before 1st March, 1914 -- 1, W. Robinson, Kinnego House Killyman, Moy -- Kinnego Camilla 2nd; 3, John Ferguson, Ballymoil, Coagh -- Emily; 3. Dr. G. M Thompson, Bellaghy, County Derry -- Missie's Pet.

Class 9. -- Shorthorn Heifers calved on or after 1st March, 1914 -- 1, R. J. Greer, Tullaghmore, Newmills, Dungannon -- Lady Nell; 2, Thomas Ferguson, Silverhill, Coagh, County Tyrone -- Silverhill Type V.; 3, Hugh William Stewart, Heath Hill House, Glenanne, County Armagh -- Heath Hill Rosebud.


Class 10. -- Shorthorn Dairy Bulls, calved between 1st September, 1913, and 1st May, 1914 -- 1, Samuel M'Bride, Mayfield, Broughshane, County Antrim -- Mayfield Hero; 2. Thos. J. Crawford, Limepark Tullyhogue -- Limepark Dairyman; 3, Arthur McKinley, Ballynagor, Dervock -- Red Chief.


Class 11. -- Dairy Bull of the Shorthorn type, not eligible for entry in Coates' Herd Book, calved between 1st September, 1913, and 1st May, 1914 -- 1, Danie1 Patterson. Drumadraw, Coleraine -- Daisy's Heir; 2, County Antrim Committee of Agriculture, Agricultural School, Muckamore -- Greenmount Victor; 3, Samuel Linton, Killycowan, Glarryford, County Antrim -- Pat.


Class 12. -- Aberdeen-Angus Bulla, calved on or after 1st December, 1913, and before 1st March, 1914 -- 1, Frederick J. Robb, Lisnabreeny House, Castlereagh -- Bohemian of Lisnabreeny; 2, Sr John F. Dillon, Lismullen, Navan, County Meath -- Bill of Lismullen; 3, Sir J. Dillon -- Vincent of Lismullen.

Class 13. -- Aberdeen-Angus Bulls, calved on or after 1st March, 1914 -- 1, F. J. Robb -- Cilician; 2, F. J. Robb -- Flavian; 3, Michael Dooley, Drumiller, Jerretspass, Newry -- Fault Free.


For the best group of three Bulls in Classes 4, 5, and 6, bred and owned by exhibitor, the prize went to Mr. Edward Coey, Droagh, Larne, for Coronet of Droagh, Buttress, and Merry Count.

For the best Bull in Classes 4, 5, and 6, bred in and exhibited by a resident in Ulster -- 1, James Miles, Corr and Duna valley, Moy, County Armagh -- Cloth and Colour; 2, Robert D. Best, The Cairn, Aghalee, Lurgan -- Aghalee Summer Sun.


In the afternoon Messrs. Macdonald Fraser, & Co., Ltd., Perth, put up for sale by auction twenty-seven shorthorn heifers, fifteen Aberdeen Angus bulls, and four Aberdeen Angus heifers. There was a good attendance of buyers, and sales at times were rather brisk. The highest amount paid during the day was forty-four guineas, Major W. G. Forde's Aberdeen Angus bull Excel of Seaforde being knocked down to Mr. Gorman, of Garrison, County Fermanagh, for that sum. The following is a list of the cattle which brought twenty guineas and upwards --

Shorthorn cow -- Mrs. Henderson's (Dungannon) Heather Bloom 5th, 20gs., Mr. W. R. Henderson.

Shorthorn heifer calved after 1st December, 1912, and before 1st December, 1913 -- Mr. A. C. Paul's (Glarryford) Orphan's Motion, 20gs., Colonel Leslie, D.L., Glasslough.

Shorthorn heifer calved on or after 1st December, 1913, and before 1st March, 1914 -- Mr. W. Robinson's (Moy) Kinnego Luxury 2nd, 27gs., Mr. John Nish, Augher; Mr Robert Martin's (Moy) Roan Luxury, 20gs., Mr. Crawford, Leeds; Dr. C. M. Thompson's (Bellaghy) Missie's Pet 25gs., Mr. Robert Best, Aghalee; Mr. W. Robinson's Kinnego Camilla 2nd, 36gs., Mr. Hazleten, Dungannon.

Shorthorn heifer, calved on or after 1st March, 1914 -- Mr. Hugh W. Stewart's (Glenanne) Heathill Rosebud, 26gs., Mr. Thompson, Derry; Mr. S. C. Ward's (Dromore) Lady Edgar 23rd, 21gs., Mr. Hanna, Magherafelt; Mr. R. J. [C-----] (Newmills) Lady Nell, 28gs., Mr. F. W. O. Best, Aghalee; Mr. Thomas Ferguson's (Coagh) Silver-hill Type 6th, 24gs., Mr. W. R. Crawford.

Aberdeen Angus bull entered for sale only Mr. Michael Dooley's (Jerrettspass) Wilmont Rover, 38gs., Mr. John M'Dowell, Castlebellingham.

Aberdeen Angus bull calved on or after 1st December, 1913, and before 1st March, 1914 -- Mr. F. J. Robb's (Lisnabreeny House) Bohemian of Lisnabreeny, 43gs., Mr. Thos. Keys, Strabane; Sir John F. Dillon's (Navan) Erncot, 24gs, the Earl of Belmore; Sir John F. Dillon's Vincent of Lismullen, 23gs., Mr. Thomas M'Kinstry; Sir John F. Dillon's Bill of Lismullen, 43gs., Mr. John Mooney, Granahan.

Aberdeen Angus bull calved on or after 1st March, 1914 -- Mr. Thomas Carson's (Rathfriland) Field Officer of Streamvale, 25gs., Mr. Connor; Mr. Thomas Carson's Agasus, 20gs., Mr. Morrison, Meath Park; Mr. F. J. Robb's Cilician, 38gs., Mr. M. Maguire, Killyshandra; Major W. G. Forde's (Seaforde) Excel of Seaforde, 44gs., Mr. Gorman, Garrison, County Fermanagh; Mr. F. J. Robb's Flavian, 36gs, Mr. Robert Bell, Ballyrooney.

Aberdeen Angus heifers -- Mr. F. J. Robb's Byrsa, 21gs., Major W. G. Forde, D.L.


The Principal Purchaser.

The sale was continued yesterday at Balmoral, and was conducted by Messrs. Macdonald, Fraser, & Co., Ltd., Perth. There was a good attendance of buyers, and the bidding at times was brisk. The highest price realised was 100 guineas, but the biggest bid was 102 guineas, which was not accepted. Appended we give a list of the principal purchasers and the prices:--


In the class for shorthorn bulls calved before 1st May, 1914, 39gns. were offered for the first prize-winner, Pellipar Echo, owned by Mr. Ogilby. but was refused. For Laurel Mount Chief, exhibited by Mr. Ruddell, Lurgan, which secured second honours, 35gns. were bid and refused. The third prise winner in this section, Groggin Lord Mayor, the property of Mr. Brown, Cootehill, was not disposed of either, the top price offered being 31gns. The highest price in the class was 60gns., given by Mr. Machattie, Ayrshire, for Red Rufus, a highly-commended animal, shown by Mr. Nicholson Best, Aghalee. Messrs. Graham Bros., Belfast, acquired Inverton Harry from Messrs. Hugh and John M'Millan, Castlecaulfield, for 31gns, while for a guinea less Mischief's Pearl changed hands from Mr. H. Catherwood, Toomebridge, to Mr. Charles Quee, Belfast. Brian Boru, which secured for Mr. John Carmichael Ferrall, Aughercastle, County Tyrone, a commended ticket, was purchased by Mr. J. Cummins, Belfast, for 29gns., while another commended animal, Master Jack, was transferred from Mr. John Johnston, Omagh, to Mr. Thomas Orr, Crossgar, for 27gns., a similar price being refused for Shy Archer, the property of Mr. James Coulson, Clones, which, had been highly commended.

In the class for shorthorn bulls calved on or after 1st May and before 1st September, 1913, the best figure realised was 40gns, which was given by Mr. Machattie to Mr. Walter R. Crawford, Tullyhogue, for his first prize-winner, Tullyhouge Volunteer. Thirty-six guineas were paid by Mr. P. Doyle, Adamstown, County Wexford, and by Mr. G. Dobson, Portadown, respectively, for Ballymoil Ensign, a highly-commended animal owned by Mr. James Megaw, Moneymore, and Gallant Rufus (commended), exhibited by Mr. George Wallace, Banbridge. Another prize-winner, Royal Rubicon, shown by Mr. Joseph Elliott, Dungannon, fetched 35gns., the purchaser being Mr. J. W. Frazer, Cavan. Thirty-three guineas were paid by Mr. J. M. Cummins, Belfast, to the representatives of George Dickson, Newtownards, for Milecross Chief, the reserved animal in this class. For 32gns. Mr. Wm. Law's (Gilford) Gesture went to Mr. Cresswell, Belfast; and at one guinea less Silver Stamp, a highly-commended bull, changed ownership from Mr. David Wilson, Richhill, to Mr. Cummins, Belfast The second prize-winner, Volunteer, exhibited by Mr. R. Wilson, Moy, brought 28gns., the purchaser being Mr. E. Cater, Portadown; but 36gns. were refused for the fourth prize-winner, Inverton Farrier, the property of Mr. A. Cameron, Cookstown. Mr. Kane was declared the purchaser of Dairyman, from Mr. J. Fawcett, Blacklion, the sum paid being 28gns.

The biggest transaction in the class for shorthorn bulls, calved on or after 1st September, 1913, and before 1st January, 1914, was the purchase of Pellipar Federate, owned by Mr. R. Ogilby, Dungiven, by Mr. Machattie, at 58gns. Roan Victor (which secured first prize for Mr. James Megaw, Moneymore) was sold to Mr. Joseph M'Askie, Castlederg, for 50gns. A similar figure was offered and refused for Oliver, the second prize winner, owned by Mr. John Wallace, Dunloy. Mr. Machattie paid 44gns. for the fourth prize winner, Seamore Victor, shown by Mr. W. Brown, Moneymore. Mr. Peter Roe, Roscrea, became the proprietor of Charlie, which secured the reserve ticket for Mr. D. Bothwell, Monaghan, the price being 39gns. The holder of the yellow rosette, Ulster Chief, passed from Mr. Thomas Hayes, Dungannon, to Mr. G. N. Wilson, Rathdrum, for 36gns. The sum of 31gns. was paid for Harvest Duke (a highly commended animal, owned by Mr. John Holden, Clougher) and Banfield Carman (exhibited by Mr. Robert Bell, Ballyroney), the purchasers being Messrs. F. Wiley, Poyntzpass, and Graham Bros., Belfast, respectively. Mr. Walter Crawford's Gold Crown (highly commended) went to Mr. S. Young, Coleraine, for 30gns., and a like sum was given by Mr. O'Kane, Clones, for Largey Flashlight, a commended animal, entered by Mr. John Miller, Dungannon. Mrs. M. J. Boyd (Stewartstown) parted with Hope of [Ro--] to Mr. H. M'Bride, Belfast, for 29gns., while for 28gns. Mr. O'Kane became the possessor of Diamond Prince, owned by Mr. William Small, Markethall. The same figure was accepted by Mr. Robert Kerr, Portaferry, for Ards Ranger, and by Mr. Robert M'Veigh for Killyliss International, the respective purchasers being the Department of Agriculture and Mr. Machattie. In three instances 27gns. were paid for animals in this section, Mr. W. Galbraith, St. Johnston, securing Rockspring Bolivar from Mr. William Eakin, Moneymore; General Montgomery, Greyabbey, securing Pride of Tullyand from Mr. W. J. Lyness, Moira; and Mr. Hughes securing from the same owner Tullyard King.

There was keen competition in the section devoted to shorthorn bulls, calved on or after 1st January, 1914, and before 1st March, 1914. The top price was secured by Mr. Wn. Thomas Greaves, Moy, for his first prize winner, Prince Royal, the sum of 53gns. being paid him by Mr. R. Martin. Mr. John Patterson, Moy, got 50gns. for his second prize winner, Royal Surprise, the purchaser being Mr. M'Connell. Mr. James Herron became the owner of Monarch Wand, a highly-commended animal, shown by Mr. David Warden, Cunningburn, for 45gns., and for his commended animal, Cookstown Favourite, Mr. William Ferguson, Cookstown, secured a similar price from Mr. Hoyle. Mr. Machattie had knocked down to him at 44gns. Bloomhill Master John, a third prize winner, exhibited by Mr. H. W. Kinley, Dungannon. Forty-one guineas were paid by Mr. P. Connolly, Herrygooney, to Mr. Thomas Ferguson, Coagh, for Silverhill Rupert. The Department of Agriculture were declared, the purchasers of Garbitz Ballyriff, a commended bull, shown by Mr. James Brown, Moneymore, the price being 36gns. Thirty-eight guineas was the purchase money paid by Mr. James Moore Coulson's Ballyhoe Major realised 35gns. from Mr. Richard Hodgins, Nenagh, and a like figure was paid by Captain Patrick, Glarryford, To Mr. John M'Cord, Coalisland, for Gortnaging Hero. Ballyroney Citadel was disposed of to Mr. Thomas Creaney, Deerpark, by Mr. James Herron, Ballyroney, for 34gns. Mr. Robert Kerr's (Ards) Sir Edward was transferred to Mr. J. Murray, Kilpatrick, Inch, County Wexford, for 33gns. The sum of 32gns. was paid for Harry, one of the stock of Mr. W. J. Eccles, Cookstown, and Autocrat 2nd, owned by Mr. John Robinson, Coalisland, the respective buyers being Mr. S. Boyd and Mr. Johnston, Ballynahinch. The Department of Agriculture bought Bonar from Mr. James Cowan, Moneymore, and Cookstown Raider from Mr. W. Ferguson, Cookstown, at 31gns. and 30gns respectively.

The fourth prize-winner in this section, Forest King, bred by Mr. Walter Crawford, realised 47½gns., and was sold to Mr. M'Cracken; while 46gns. was the price paid by Mr. H. Calden, Newbliss, to Mr. John Keene, Moneymore, for his commended animal, Muff [------------]. The Department of Agriculture paid a like sum to Mr. John Forsythe, Moneymore, for his highly commended Duneane Stamp; and at a guinea less Mr. John Johnston, Moy, parted with Actress Stamp, reserved, to Mr. Thompson, of Derry. The bids of Mr. G. Crothers, Ballycorley, and Mr. Annat, at 41gns. were accepted for Red Chief (Mr. Arthur M'Kinley, Dervock) and Jim, Mr. W. J. Eccles, Cookstown, respectively. Mr. W. G. Hoey's (Caledon) highly commended Dyan Sergeant fetched 40gns., as did also Mr. John Murray's (Ballygowan) Irish Style, the respective purchasers being Mr. James Stevenson and Mr. W. Aicken, Drumcullen.

In the class for shorthorn bulls, calved on or after 1st March, 1914, and before 1st April, 1914, the highest price of the day was offered -- via., 102gns. -- for Windmill Etheling, owned by Mr. R. W. Bell, Coagh, but it was not accepted. The best figure realised in this section was 80gns., paid by Mr. Cherry, Limavady, to Mr. R. W. Coagh, for his commended Red Baron. Another commended animal, Mullantean Orphan Star, owned by Mrs. C. M. Kennedy, Stewartstown, Co Tyrone, went at 51gns, to Mr. H. Carey, Cloyfin. The Department of Agriculture purchased the second prize winner, Mascot, owned by Mr, Joseph Carson, Coagh, the price being 47gns. The sum of 45gns was paid by Mr. Law to Mr. R. Wilson, Moy, for Rufus (reserved), and the first prize winner, Aghalee Summer Sun, was transferred by Mr. Robert Best to Mr. N. Tipping, Newtownstewart, at 44gns. The third prize winner, Roan Victor, exhibited by Mr. Matthew S. Hunter, Moneymore, was disposed of to the Department of Agriculture for 40gns. Mr. R. Martin, Ballyeasboro', was declared the purchaser at 39gns. of Mr. Alexander Paul's Brilliant, and at 38gns. Laxey Wheel, owned by Mr. James Berkeley, Tullyhogue, and Julius, the property of Mr. James Cowan, went to Mr. James O'Connell, Achonry, and Mr. Simpson, Portmanow, respectively.

In the class far shorthorn bulls calved on or after 1st April, 1914, the highest price of the day was reached, this being 100gns., paid by Mr. Harrison, Stewartstown, for the champion bull of the section -- Cloth and Colour, exhibited by Mr. James Miles, Moy, County Armagh. Fifty guineas was secured by Mr. Wm. Smyth, Broughshane, for his commended bull Prince of Broadhooks, which was acquired by Mr. W. M'Clure, Athlone. Mr. J. H. Cowan's O'Brien was sold to Mr. J. B. Henderson. Ballydawley, for 42½gns., while four animals realised 41gns. each, these being Red Victor (Mr. W. M'Cullagh), Moonbeam (Mr. Robert Kane, Portrush), Finvoy Chief (Mr. Hugh Gray, Finvoy), and Larry O'Malley (Mr. J. Williamson, Castlecaulfield), the respective purchasers being Mr. J. Hawthorn, Fedney; Mr. Byng, Lisburn; Mr. Joseph Thomson, Hillsborough; and Mr. R. Morrison, Manorwaterhouse.


In the section for shorthorn dairy bulls, calved between 1st September, 1913, and 1st May, 1914, entered or eligible for entry in "Coates's Herd Book," the first prizewinner, Mayfield Hero, owned by Mr. Saml. M'Bride, Broughshane, was purchased by Mr. James M'Ginn, Drogheda, for 42gns.

The best price obtained in the class for dairy bulls of the shorthorn type not eligible for entry in "Coates's Herd Book," calved between 1st September, 1913, and 1st May, 1914, was 40gns., given by Mr. J. Larry, Lisnafinch, for Greenmount Victor, which secured second prize for its owner, the County Antrim Committee of Agriculture. The first prize winner, Daisy's Heir, owned by Mr. Daniel Patterson, Coleraine, was knocked down to Mr. J. Jamison, Kirkistown, at 39gns. The third prizewinner. Pat, owned by Mr. Samuel Linton, Glarryford, was disposed of at 28gns. to Messrs. M'Crum, Watson, A Mercer, Armagh.



The Rev. R. C. Birney, LL.B,, curate of St. Michael's, Belfast, has been appointed curate of Carrickfergus.

Ballymena Guardians have received a sealed order from the Local Government Board appointing the Rev. W. H. Sloane, Harryville, Presbyterian chaplain to the Workhouse.

Under the auspices of the County Antrim Committee of Agriculture horse-breeding scheme the animal show of males was held in Ballymena. The entries -- 259 in number -- established a record.

For sometime past Messrs. Coary, Gervin, & O'Neill have been engaged in sinking operations for coal at Brackeville, adjacent to Coalisland. This week they struck a five-foot seam of coal about fifteen yards from the surface. The coal is of good quality.

During a funeral at Gilford on Saturday the horse attached to a trap bolted. Of the occupants of the trap the driver was thrown out, but two children managed to get out practically uninjured. The horse galloped on to Waringstown.

Miss Elizabeth Penelope M'Donnell, of Monavert, Cushendall, County Antrim, who died on the 21st November last, aged 77 years, daughter of Dr. John M'Donnell, M.D., left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 17,654 14s 8d. The bequests were of a purely personal character.

Lieutenant Robert Burton Benison, 2nd Battalion Connaught Rangers, of Slieve Russell, Ballyconnell, County Cavan, who was killed in action at the battle of the Aisne on the 20th September last, aged 23 years, left unsettled personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 14,507 1s 1d.

Last week the remains of Joseph Gault of Ballyeaston, Ballyclare, who was in the ninety-fifth year of his age, were interred in the burial-ground of Second Ballyeaston Presbyterian Church. He had spent all his life in the village. His great hobby was keeping pigeons, and at his call the birds flocked round him.

His old pupils will regret to hear of the death of Mr. T. Stuart Jackson, Ballycastle who for thirty-one years was principal teacher of Macosquin National School. After resigning he established an Intermediate school at Macosquin, and then the High School at Ballycastle, his pupils filling high positions all over the world.

Mr. Jacob Barrett Best, J.P., died at his residence, Ardeen, on Saturday afternoon. He had only been ailing for a few days, and was up till a week ago attending to his business, being principal of the firm of James Best & Sons, who carry on a loan company at Armagh and Richhill. He was also an extensive farmer and stockowner.

Mr. Robert, M'Guckin, solicitor, Magherafelt, who died on the 19th September last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 21,869 9s 5d. Probate of his will, dated 19th February, 1910, with a codicil of the 21st January, 1914, has been granted to his widow, Mrs. Sarah M'Guckin, of the above address. The bequests are personal.

The proposal of the newly-formed Roman Catholic band in Limavady to hold an inaugural parade on Sunday aroused a considerable amount of feeling. A counter-demonstration was organised, and police were drafted into the town. Happily wiser counsels prevailed, and the parade was abandoned, and there was no disturbance.

Mr. W. R. Todd, Moyard, Moy, has been appointed to the magistracy far Armagh. Mr. Todd is one of the largest farmers in the county, and conducts an extensive auctioneering and valuation business is Counties Armagh and Tyrone. He is an ardent supporter of land reform, and in politics a Liberal. He is a Presbyterian.

On the 10th inst. the body of a well-known farmer, Mr. William Gourley, residing at Ballymacreely, near Killyleagh, Co. Down, was found in a stream about half a mile from his residence. The deceased was the eldest son of the late Mr. James Gourley, J.P., Derryloy Cottage, Crossgar, and had been missing from home for about three weeks.

Downpatrick Rural Council on Saturday on the strength of a representation by Mr. Francis Murphy, Killough, that he suffered great personal inconvenience in his potato export business by reason of the half-holiday every Saturday in Killough Post Office, made a representation to the Postmaster-General that the half-holiday should be abolished.

There were seventy-five applicants for the vacant headmastership of Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, consequent upon the resignation of Mr. A. c. M'Donnell, M.A, who has been appointed a class master at Eton. The Board have appointed Mr. Reginald G. Burgess, B.A. (Oxon.), who is a house master at Merchiston Castle, Edinburgh.

The death is announced of Dr. Francis Arthur Knox Stuart, B.A (Camb.), L.S.-. (Lond.), senior assistant medical officer of Graylingwell, Chichester. The deceased was a son of the late Major Burleigh Stuart, of Dergmony, Omagh, and of Mrs. Stuart, Ranelly, Crowborough. He was thirty-nine years of age. His death occurred as the result of a motor accident.

In Ballyrashane Co-operative Society during the past season 1,177,000 gallons of milk were dealt with, and the total value of produce sold amounted to 38,000. These figures constitute a record in the progress of the society, which has been in existence for eighteen years. A contribution of 50 to the Prince of Wales' Relief Fund has been unanimously confirmed.

At the weekly meeting of the North-End Unionist Club, Ballymena, the secretary, Mr. D. J. Sloane, gave an interesting sketch of the life and writings of the late poet, David Herbison, of Dunclug, and drew attention to the present neglected condition of the poet's cenotaph in the New Cemetery. He urged that steps be taken to keep it in a good state of preservation.

The report read at Wednesday's annual meeting of Omagh Co-operative Agricultural and Dairy Society stated that the sales of the year were 35,252 odd, purchases 33,142, the gross profit plus interest 2,228, and the net profit 384. To this had to be added 1,591 balance from last account, and, deducting various charges, the undivided profit amounted to 1,907. A dividend of 5 per cent, was declared on all paid-up share capital.



The death took place on Wednesday, at his residence, 40, Elgin Road, Dublin, of Mt. Stanislaus John Lynch, Senior Land Commissioner. Mr. Lynch, who had reached the ripe age of 83 yearn, had only been ill for two days, and the end came rather unexpectedly. On Monday he attended the christening of his great-grand-daughter, and on that day he was in his office as usual. Deceased was one of the Commissioners appointed to administer the Land Purchase Act associated with the name of the late Lord Ashbourne. From 1856 to 1885 he was attached to the Incumbent Estates Court and was later appointed Registrar of the Landed Estates Court. He was a very able administrator, and was extremely popular with the solicitors' profession, and, indeed, with all who came in contact with him. He was father of Sir John Lynch, an ex-President of the Incorporated Law Society.


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The Witness - Friday, 26 March, 1915


M'CRACKEN -- March 19, 1915, at the residence of her brother-in-law, 171, Cromac Street, Belfast, Agnes, third daughter of the late Samuel and Agnes M'Cracken, and beloved sister of Elizabeth Strean Clarke. Interred on the 22nd inst. in the City Cemetery, Belfast. FRANCIS C. and ELIZABETH S. CLARKE.

PEACOCK -- March 23, 1915, at her residence, 16, Lansdowne Crescent, Portrush, Charlotte Whiteside M'Cay Peacock, beloved sister of Sara M. W. Peacock, Portrush, and John Peacock, Ballymoney. "Asleep in Jeans." "He that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."

ROSS -- March 24, 1915, at her residence, 31, High Street, Lurgan, Anne J. Ross, in her 91st year. Funeral private.

ALEXANDER -- March 20, at Warrenpoint, Margaret (Sissie), second daughter of Andrew Alexander, Fourmileturn, Doagh.

ARMSTRONG -- March 19, at Erin View, Cliftonpark Avenue, William Armstrong, senior.

BAILLIE -- March 17, 1915, at the Manse, Westport, County Mayo (the residence of her brother-in-law), Margaret (Maud) Baillie, youngest daughter of the A. Baillie, Dennistown House, Tuam, County Galway, aged 42 years.

BELL -- March 21, at Glenconway, Glenavy, Meredith, husband of Catherine Bell.

CLARKE -- March 22, at The Lodge, Sydenham Avenue, Belfast, Rev. Gabriel Marquis Clarke, in his 79th year.

CLARKE -- March 23, at 11, Charleville Street, John G. Clarke, Compositor (late "Belfast News-Letter").

CLENAGHAN -- March 23, at Knockmore, Lisburn, Bridget, relict of the late John Clenaghan.

COCHRANE -- March 23, at Oldtown House, Inch, Downpatrick, Elizabeth, relict of the late Robert Cochrane.

COLBURN -- March 19, at Ballymote, Glenavy, Mary Jane, relict of Francis Colburn.

CONDY -- March 24, 1915, Alexander, eldest end beloved son of Alexander Condy, Li-ferty, a Castlecaulfield, County Tyrone, aged 32 years"

DICKEY -- March 21, at Moyrusk, Moira, Jane Anna, wife of Nathaniel Dickey.

FERGUSON -- March 20, at Ballyskeagh, James Ferguson, late of Beech-Ha.

FERRIS -- March 19, J. A. Ferris, 12, Royal Avenue, Belfast, and Rathsarn, Bangor.

FLETCHER -- March 22, at 140, Woodstock Road, Martha, widow of the late Robert Fletcher.

FORBES -- March 18, at Kenlis Street, Banbridge, Jane, relict of the late Robert Forbes.

GIBSON -- March 24, Elizabeth Boyd, widow of Hamilton Gibson, Drumalig.

GIFFORD -- March 24, at County Infirmary, Downpatrick, Henry Gifford, in his 85th year.

GILLIS -- March 24, at 6, Bentinck Street, Adam Gillis (formerly Ship Carpenter).

GIRVIN -- March 21, at Plevna, Upper Newtownards Road, Bloomfield, Margaret Anne Girvin, Aged 72.

JACKSON -- March 16, 1915, at her residence, Bellahill, Ballycarry, Agnes, widow of the late John Jackson, aged 86 years. (Australian papers please copy.)

JOHNSON (nee May) -- March 18, at 40, Hopefield Avenue, Elizabeth Johnson.

KINGON -- March 22, at 7, Stormount Street, Belfast, John Kingon.

KIRKWOOD -- March 23, at Military Hospital, Donegall Road, Thomas John (Jack), son of Thomas Kirkwood, 43, Dunluce Avenue, Belfast.

LOCKHART -- March 20, at Glenco, Dunmurry, Annie Bruce, daughter of the late Wm. Lockhart, Belfast.

LONG -- March 22, at Belfast, Elizabeth (Lizzie), second daughter, of the late William Long, Ballymacarron, Killyleagh, Co. Down.

MAGOWAN -- March 18, at Ballybowley, Eliza, wife of William Magowan, Ballycarry.

MAYES -- March 19, at Chestnut Hill, Trummery, Moira, Anna, daughter of the late James Mayes.

MOORE -- March 21, at 86, Sandy Row, Margaret Moore.

MORROW -- March 18, at 1, Moat Road, Ballymena, John, husband of Elizabeth Jane Morrow.

MORROW -- March 20, at Ringneill, Comber, Edwin, youngest son of George Morrow, in his seventh year.

M'BRIDE -- March 21, at 4, Ardgreenan Drive, Belfast, Nathaniel, youngest son of Nathaniel M'Bride.

M'FETRIDGE -- March 22, at Tillyree, Archibald M'Fetridge.

M'KENNEY -- March 22, at Eastbourne, Coleraine, William James. M'Kenney.

M'MEANS -- March 22 (suddenly), George M'Means, Glenville, Boyle, late of Ballinglen, Ballycastle, Mayo, aged 82 years.

NICHOL -- March 18, at 97 and 99, Cromac St., Patrick Nichol, Provision Merchant.

REA -- March 17, at Tobergill, James Rea, aged 88 years.

RODGERS -- March 14, at his residence, Magheraknock, Boardmills, James Rodgers, senior, aged 90 years.

SCANLON -- March 24, at 53, Wellesley Avenue, the Rev. T. Richard Scanlon.

STANDFIELD -- March 18, at Inver, Ravenhill Park, Belfast, Margaret, widow of Henry Standfield.

TAGGART -- March 21, at 88, Hamilton Road, Bangor, David Taggart, late Manager British Legal and United Provident Assurance Co., 79, Donegall Street, Belfast.

WALKER -- March 21, at 6, St. Jude's Avenue, Ballynafeigh, William Henry Walker.

WIDDESS -- March 19, at Killyran, Roath Park, Cardiff, David Henry, late Steward Ulster S.S. Company.

WRIGHT -- March 20, at 1a, Cliftonpark Avenue, Belfast, William J. Wright, husband of Elizabeth Wright.

YOUNG -- March 18, at 37, Newington Avenue, Thomas Young.

YOUNG -- March 12, 1915, at Pharis, Mary Jane, beloved wife of William Young.



Other causes have contributed even more than the war to the extraordinary diminution in emigration which characterised the year 1914, says the annual report issued on Thursday of the Emigrants' Information Office. The report shows that British subjects previously resident in the United Kingdom who left in 1914 to reside in the self-governing Dominions numbered 126,549, compared with 272,804 in 1913. "The decline which has taken place is probably due to a considerable extent to a natural reaction after a period of unusual activity. It is likely that the 'boom' in emigration which characterised the four years 1910 to 1913 has substantially reduced the numbers available in those classes in the United Kingdom from which, emigrants am chiefly draw."



Working at the Front.

Mr. W. H. Alexander, hon. treasurer of the Ulster Motor Ambulance Committee, has received the following letter from Mr. Arthur Du Cros, M.P. -- "I have pleasure in informing you that the 2nd Motor Ambulance Convoy, to which the ambulance you, through the sub-committee, so kindly presented, was attached, has safely arrived at its destination at the front, where it has been attached to the Second Army, and is now actively engaged in carrying out the work for which it was organised. It will be of interest to you to know that this convoy was mobilised at Grove Park, the Army Service Corps depot in London early in December, but owing to an outbreak of scarlet fever amongst the men they were placed in quarantine for some time. This interfered with the official inspection which had already been arranged by the War Office, and consequently prevented an invitation being sent to you to be present as was intended. The convoy received orders to proceed to the front on the 5th February. On the 22nd February it arrived at General French's Headquarters, and after inspection proceeded to its destination to take up its duties. Mr. Arthur Du Cros, M.P., accompanied the convoy to France, and remained with it until it had begun work. They commenced to bring in their first cases of wounded on the 23rd February, and at the time of writing have carried some hundreds of cases from the field hospitals, railways, and clearing hospitals. The first convoy has been working without a break since its arrival at the front, and has carried to date nearly 15,000 cases. I am sure it will afford you much gratification to know that this column, the formation of which you so generously assisted, has been carried to a successful conclusion, and is now engaged upon its humane and valuable mission."



In order to raise money to buy comforts for men on board Admiral Jellicoe's flagship Master Arthur J. Westcott, of Kew Gardens, painted flags on postcards, which he sold ai 1d each. He received the following letter of thanks for the articles he purchased and dispatched --

H.M.S. Iron Duke,
My Dear Arthur John Westcott, --
Admiral Sir John Jellicoe has received your nice letter and the comforts for the sailors, which you have bought with money earned by painting flags on postcards. They have been given to sailors on board the Iron Duke, who have asked me to thank you very much indeed for your kindness. It is very nice for us in the Grand Fleet to know that dear little people like you at home are thinking of us and praying for us and working for us, and we are very grateful to you.
I remain, yours affectionately,
Secretary to Commander-in-Chief.



Lieutenant J. H. Buchanan, killed in action on Monday, 15th in action on Monday, 15th inst., was a student for the Presbyterian Church, and had spent three years at the Queen's University, where his genial disposition and frankness and sincerity won the hearts of all who knew him. The residents in the Students' Chambers, Assembly's College, where Mr. Buchanan had stayed for over three years, lose one of their most cherished friends. He had intended taking classes in the Assembly's College this present session, but as a reservist in the Royal Irish Fusiliers he remained in the Army after the outbreak of the war. No news other than the official telegram to his father at Ballyward, County Down, has been received. Great sympathy will be expressed with his parents on the loss of their only son, one of the most admirable young men that the war has taken, and one who had always a keen sense of duty for his King and country.



At the annual examination in connection with Fitzroy Avenue Presbyterian Church Sabbath-school (infants' division) four children named Robinson, residing at 49, Palestine Street, were each awarded first prizes, their marks and ages being as follows -- Margaret, aged 7½ years, secured 100 per cent.; Jack, aged 6 years, secured 100 per cent.; Jim, aged 5, secured 100 per cent.; Dolly, aged 4 years, secured 96 per cent. This record is considered unique, and reflects great credit on teachers and scholars alike.




In the course of the service in Belmont Presbyterian Church on Sabbath morning the Rev. Dr. MacDermott referred to the sorrow that had come upon them by the sudden illness and death of Mr. Wm. A. Todd, a tried friend, for whom they had all the highest respect and regard. He had been a member of the Congregational Committee for nearly thirty years, a teacher in the Sabbath-school for almost the same period, and was invariably in his place in the church as the Lord's Day came. A modest, unassuming man, he held the Christian faith with strong conviction and singleness of mind, and whether in the church or in the week's business he showed a sterling and blameless character. Ordinarily a man of robust health, he had an attack of influenza a few weeks ago, which ended in complications that led to his unexpected decease. We mourn his loss sincerely in this church, and our deepest sympathies are with the bereaved widow and family, and the large circle of friends who held Mr. Todd in great affection and esteem. "It sounds the same message," continued the preacher, "to all, and especially to men of his time. I was looking over a list of our committee at the time when Mr. Todd joined, and out of a large number of men who served their generation loyally and well only one or two still survive. And the message from our valued friends, all gone, is that which our Lord addressed to His disciples long ago, 'Be ye, therefore, ready also, for the Son of Man cometh at an hour when ye think not.' Let us remember that while the Master gave us the warning He gave it in friendliness and love; to those who trust Him it can only mean a blessed resurrection."



A wide circle of friends will learn with regret of the death, which occurred on Wednesday afternoon, after a brief illness, of the Rev. T. Richard Scanlan, 53, Wellesley Avenue, Belfast. He was ordained at Holywood Church in the year 1870 by the Right Rev. Dr. Knox, then Lord Bishop of Down and Connor and Dromore, and who afterwards became Lord Primate of All Ireland. He became rector of Loughguile, County Antrim, ten years later, and in 1892 was appointed rector of Magherally and Annaclone, County Down, where he remained until 1900, when he was superannuated. For some years past the deceased had resided in Belfast, and sincere sympathy will be extended to his widow in her sad bereavement.



One of the most interesting and striking ideas in connection with the war is the production of a beautiful series of pictorial stamps -- each one an artistic portrait in colours, in miniature style -- representing one of the heroes, leaders, or celebrities of the present great world struggle. These portrait stamps are being issued on behalf of the Lord Roberts Memorial Fund for workshops for disabled soldiers and sailors. There are to be 144 different stamps altogether, at the modest price of a penny each. The first sheet of twelve -- gummed and perforated -- includes such celebrities as King George V., the King of the Belgians, General Smith-Dorrien, Sir John Jellicoe, Sir John French, Admiral Sir Frederick Sturdee, and others, and is now ready for sale at all the large stores, booksellers, and newsagents, from the offices of the Incorporated Soldiers and Sailors Help Society, 122, Brompton Road, London, S.W., or from the society's publishers, Messrs. Fawcett & Co., 125, Strand, W.C. Such a series will certainly provide a magnificent pictorial record when completed of those who have played so great a part in this titanic struggle of right and might. Specially-prepared albums are on sale for those who wish to arrange the full collection in the most artistic and tasteful manner. These albums are to be priced at 1s 6d, 2s 6d, and 5s.



On Monday evening a commission of the Newry Presbytery in charge of this church met for the purpose of taking the minds of the congregation in regard to the selection of a successor to the Rev. John Watson, B.A., now of Second Dungannon. The members of the commission present were -- The Rev. W. G. Strahan, B.A.; Rev. James Meeke, B.A.; and Mr. Samuel Lockington, J.P. It was agreed to give a unanimous call to the Rev. Foster M'Clelland, B.A. of Kilmount, Cootehill, in the Cavan Presbytery.



At the close of the morning service in Newington Presbyterian Church on Sabbath, Rev. T. M. Johnstone, B.A., whose subject was "The crown that awaits the faithful," referred to the sudden death of the late Mr. Thomas Young. He said they mourned that day for this loss of a friend such as all might praise and none could blame. They regarded him as Presbyterian Churchman of the noblest type. He never obtruded his views, yet never hesitated to give them when asked. It was in the work of the Christian Church that they in Newington knew Mr. Young best. He entered into all their activities with an intelligent interest, and followed them out with ungrudging support. Fifteen years ago he had been ordained there as an elder, and he never ceased to exalt his office. He carried himself in the meetings of their Church courts with the humility of a child, yet took part in all their work with the courage born of inward strength. For many years Mr. Young had also served as their congregational treasurer, and in the discharge of this duty those of them who were brought into immediate relation with him could testify to the splendid services he had rendered the cause of Christ. He was not only generous with his time, but with his means. And if it could be said of any man it could be said of Mr. Young that his right hand never knew the givings of his left. To the men of a younger generation the memory of Thomas Young would be a fragrant thing. Like a true pillar of the Church, his character was a combination of beauty and strength. His humility was particularly winsome in this self-assertive age. He shrank from nothing but publicity, and sought for nothing but service. In the work of life entrusted to him he had carried out the instructions of that morning's text, "Be thou faithful unto death," and they had no doubt that as a consequence he had now been given "the crown of life."



Reference in Whitehouse Presbyterian Church.

At the usual morning service in Whitehouse Presbyterian Church on Sunday last the Rev. Robert Barron, D.D., made sympathetic reference to the death of Miss M'Kinstry, who died on the 8th inst. as the result of burns accidentally received the previous day. He said -- We have all been shocked and grieved by the sudden removal from our midst of a member of our church, esteemed and beloved by all who knew her, Miss M'Kinstry, whose long and useful life has been brought to a sudden and painful close by what we call an accident, but what was in reality God's will for her. She was a much-respected resident in Greencastle, where her whole life was spent. She had seen great changes -- the village growing into the city, and many generations of the people growing up and passing away. Her own life was peaceful and uneventful, and spent in useful and helpful work in the community and the church. Her father, Wm. M'Kinstry, was an elder first in Whiteabbey, and then in Whitehouse. Her mother was a woman of deep religious experience, a sweet and gentle Christian. The various members of the family filled useful and important places in life.

For many years Miss M'Kinstry was a teacher in the Sabbath-school. She played the harmonium, led the singing, and taught a large class of girls. She was a splendid teacher, knew her Bible well, and prepared carefully. She took a great interest in the girls, and was able to give them good advice, and help and guide them in their life. She was an experienced Christian, and what she taught she had felt. She was also very wise and prudent, and fitted to be a wise counsellor to young people, who often consulted her and looked up to her. Many who are now mothers of families were members of her class, besides others who have gone away from us. She also took a great interest in tract distribution, and superintended the work for many years. She was also a great lover of missions, and gave liberally to them. The interests of the church and of its members lay near her heart, and she never wearied in talking about God's work and the various ways of carrying it on. Even when in recent years her health prevented her from taking an active part in the work she was as much interested in it as ever. A few days before her death I had a long talk with her, in which she showed her deep interest in everything that would help the work of God in the neighbourhood. She was a good woman, an earnest Christian gifted with many gifts, and talents for service. She was much esteemed and loved among her large circle of relations and friends; her life was peaceful and quiet. She dwelt among her own people. Of late years she suffered much from ill-health, and was seldom well, but she was cared for and nursed with great love and devotion by her niece, who had lived with her from her earliest years. The end came suddenly and painfully. On Sabbath, the 7th, inst., whilst we were all at church she met with the accident which caused her death. She lingered until Monday, mostly conscious, and able to speak, and bearing with great courage and patience her pain and suffering; then she passed peacefully away, going up, as it were, like Elijah into heaven in a chariot of fire. The pang was sharp, the pain great, but there was strength given to bear it, and the Lord Himself was near. She has gone away from, us -- from her friends and home and church -- to be with Him whom her soul loved, to be with Jesus, which is far better. Sweet is the close of the day to the tired labourer, sweet is sleep to the pain worn one on a sick bed, sweet the harbour to the storm-tossed sailor, and sweet is death to Christ's own, to his loved ones. It is to be "absent from the body" to be "present with the Lord," to bid farewell to pain and sorrow, anxiety and weakness, for ever to be clothed with immortality, to be with Jesus. She is now at rest amongst those who came out of great tribulation, blessed and happy, her race run, her warfare o'er. She has seen the Lord, and heard his "Well done, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." For her the Saviour's prize is fulfilled. His will is done. She is with Him. where He is. She shares His glory to-day. It is well with her, and so we say thankfully and joyfully, through our tears, "The will of Jesus be done."

For all the saints who from their labours rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesus, be for ever blessed.



At the venerable age of ninety years Mr. James Rodgers, senior, Magheraknock, passed away a few days ago. He was a most successful farmer, and esteemed by all who knew him, and a warm supporter of the Presbyterian Church, being a generous subscriber to all its funds. The funeral took place on 16th March, the place of interment being the burying-ground of First Boardmills Presbyterian Church, of which the deceased was a loyal member, and a large number of friends assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to the memory of the deceased. The solemn services at his residence and the grave were shared by Revs. John L. M'Candless and J. Moody, B.A. (Secession Church, Boardmills), and the sympathy of the whole community is extended to his widow and sons.



On Saturday afternoon a destructive fire, resulting in the complete demolition of a large dwelling-house, hay-ricks, and other property, occurred on the farm of Mr. James M'Alister, at Kilmacanty, near Richhill.

Ballymena Guardians on Saturday received a sealed order from the Local Government Board sanctioning the expenditure by the Guardians of a sum not exceeding 3,500 in connection with the new hospital.

Omagh Rural Council on Saturday received a letter from Mr. W. E. Orr, solicitor, objecting to the Council taking possession of twenty-five perches of land on the farm of Mr. James Turner, Beltrim, Gortin. The matter was referred to the engineer.

Armagh Urban Council has purchased sufficient land to enable the engineer to raise Lowry's Lake -- the source of the town supply -- two feet. With this -- i.e., the addition of 24,000,000 gallons -- Mr. Mills, C.E., thinks there should be no shortage in future.

Late on Sunday evening a large stack of hay, containing six tons, the property of Mr. John Doris, J.P., Woodlawn, Dungannon, was found to be on fire on his meadows in Tullycullion, and despite all efforts it was destroyed. The hay was valued at 15.

With regard to the application of Downpatrick Rural Council to be vested with power's for the electric lighting of Portaferry, the Local Government Board intimate their approval. The area of charge is to be the townlands of Ballymurphy, Ballyphilip, and Tullyboard.

At the termination of the business of the Newry Port and Harbour Trust on Friday, Mr. George R. Armstrong, J.P., intimated his intention of retiring from the position which he has held since February, 1874. A special meeting of the Trust is to be held to consider the matter.

Two young Coleraine ladies -- Miss Lily Henry and Miss Connie Lowry -- have volunteered for service as military nurses. Miss Henry is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. Henry, Rathanna, Coleraine. Miss Lowry is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Lowry, Waverley Terrace, Coleraine.

At a meeting of the Newry Harbour Trust Mr. George R. Armstrong, J.P., tendered his resignation after forty-one years' service. The members of the committee made strong appeals to Mr. Armstrong to remain on in his position, but he declined to do so. He is over seventy years of age.

On Sunday at the morning service in St. Patrick's Church, Ballymena, a handsome bronze tablet mounted on an ebonised surface was dedicated by the Rev. C. L. Frizell to the memory of the late Rev. H. G. Austin, M.A., who for some twelve years was rector of the parish in succession to the late revered Dean Murray.

The Lisnaskea Rural Council have received two claims for the alleged malicious burning of hay at Brookeborough -- 9 from Mr. Wm. Hall and 32 from Mr. J. O'Donnell, chairman of the Council. The Council, it is said, admit the fires are malicious, and have decided to contest the cases on the question of amount.

His Honour Judge Linehan, K.C., County Court Judge, commenced the business of Dungannon Easter Quarter Sessions on Monday. At the opening of the Court Colonel Irvine, C.B., Sub-Sheriff, said that as there was no criminal business to come before the Court it was his pleasing duty to present his Honour with white gloves.

The Local Government Board inform Ballymoney Guardians that they had given instruction for the issue of an order under seal constituting, as from the 1st prox., the district electoral divisions of Beardivilie, Bushmills, Portrush rural, and Portrush urban as altered to Portrush and Bushmills dispensary district.

On Monday afternoon Mr. Ww. James M'Kenney, who was well known in the grain and flour trade over the North of Ireland, died at his residence, Eastbourne, Coleraine, after two month's illness. Nearly sixty years ago he came from Scotland and settled in Bushmills, establishing and developing an extensive business in the grain trade.

The Local Government Board have ordered a local inquiry concerning a petition received from residents in Portstewart to have the town constituted an urban sanitary area. At Saturday's meeting of Coleraine Rural Council the Clerk said if that order was granted the valuation of the rural district would be reduced in consequence of about 1,000 a year.

The Local Government Board have refused to sanction a proposal of the Armagh Guardians to place a blind man in the Home for the Blind, Belfast, paying 13 per annum for his maintenance, although, as Mr. Hardy remarked, he was a man able to do something for himself in such an institution. It was resolved to grant him an allowance of 13 per year.



We regret to record the death of tie Rev, Gabriel M. Clarke, which occurred, after at brief illness, at his residence, Standtown. Deceased entered the Methodist ministry in 1864, and in 1909, after spending forty-five years in active work, he retired and became a supernumerary, but he purchased almost constantly, and supplied Lynn Memorial Church, Oldpark Road, for a year, while the the pastor was absent in America. Mr. Clarke was an intelligent man, an able pastor, a faithful pastor, and a sincere friend. Much sympathy is felt for his wife and family in their bereavement.



Wireless to the Rescue.

New York, Wednesday. -- After an exciting search for over twenty-four hours a dozen vessels which responded to the "S.O.S." call of the steamship Denver, of the Mallory Line, found the latter vessel in a sinking condition yesterday afternoon about 400 miles off the Newfoundland coast, practically in mid-Atlantic.

The steamer Manhattan, from New York to Liverpool, was the first vessel to come into touch with the Denver, though fully a dozen ships, including the St. Louis, of the America Line, had been searching for her ever since she sent out her call of distress on Monday afternoon. The Denver from some as yet unknown cause was rapidly filling with water, and if the rescue had been delayed much longer she would probably have gone down with all hands. The Manhattan and the St. Louis raced to her rescue, and as soon as help was sighted the Denver lowered her boats, and embarking all on board made for the Manhattan, which reached her first. The latter ship took all the Denver's people on and proceeded.

To-day this brief story was communicated to New York by wireless from the St. Louis, and it is stated that the Denver must have sunk very shortly after the rescue.

The Denver was one of the ships which has added in a small degree to the international complications between this country and Great Britain. When she sank she was on her return voyage from Bremen, where she had carried a cargo of cotton. On her voyage to Bremen she was seized by a British cruiser and taken into the Orkneys, although she carried a certificate from the British Consul at Norfolk, Virginia, that she had no contraband on board. She was afterwards released by the British Government, and was allowed to go to Bremen. -- Special Telegram.

[The Denver was a steamer of 4,549 tons gross. She was built in 1901 at Wilmington, Delaware, and was owned by the Mallory Steamship Company, New York.]


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