The Witness - Friday, 3 September, 1915


DOIG--IRELAND -- Sept. 1, at Fisherwick Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Charles Davey, B.A., William, eldest surviving son of William Doig, Kin-Gower, Myrtlefield Park, to Elizabeth Brockie Ireland, B.A., elder daughter of James Ireland, St. Ronans, Malone Road.


HAMILTON -- Aug. 31, at his residence, Rock Cottage, Sandholes, David Hamilton, in his 76th year. Interred in Sandholes Burying-ground, on Thursday afternoon.

IRWIN -- Aug. 30, 1915, at his residence, Ballyarton, Londonderry, Joseph Irwin, J.P. Funeral private.

BARR -- Aug. 39, at Bessbrook, Mary Ann Barr.

BOYD -- Aug. 29, at Larkhill, Portstewart, Felix Boyd (for many years with Messrs. Boreichs & Maximovitch, Petrograd and Libau.)

CAMERON -- Aug. 28, at Collagh, Sarah, daughter of the late James Cameron, Linen Manufacturer, Ballymoney.

CASHEL -- Aug. 25, at Cooleen, Randalstown, Susan, daughter of the late John Cashel.

COOKE -- Aug. 31, at 3, Farnham Terrace, Ormeau Road, John Cooke.

COOPER -- Aug. 25, at the Manse, Newry, Anne J. Cooper, widow of the late Rev. James Cooper, Belfast, and sister of the late Hugh Glass, Solicitor, Banbridge.

CURELL -- Aug. 11, at Kelowna, B.C., May, eldest daughter of the late John Curell, of Bangor, Co. Down.

ERSKINE -- Aug. 31, at Fan-Vista, Victoria Avenue, Whitehead, William Erskine.

GIBSON -- Aug. 29, William Gibson, third son of the late George Gibson.

GILLESPIE -- Aug. 29, at Dunadry, Ada, wife of Matthew Gillespie.

GILLILAND -- Aug. 27, at 40, St. Ives Gardens, Margaret, wife of James H. Gilliland.

GREEN -- Aug. 30, at Lisnamintry, Portadown, James Green, senior, aged 90 years.

HUDSON -- Aug. 25. at Mafeking, British Bechnanaland, Edith Lyth, wife of Rev. Frederick Hudson, and daughter of Rev. Pierce Martin.

JOHNSTON -- Sept. 1, at Sinclair's Buildings, Ballyhackamore, Andrew Johnston.

KENNEDY -- Aug. 27, at Killynether Cottage, Newtownards, Margaret Kennedy.

MARKLAND -- Aug. 31, at Londonderry Hotel, Portrush, Mary Jane Markland, relict of late William Markland.

MILLIKEN -- Aug. 26, at Royal Victoria Hospital, Annie, wife of A. W. Milliken, Coleraine.

M'CAFFERTY -- At 86, Mountcollyer Avenue, James M'Cafferty, husband of E. J. M'Cafferty.

M'CRUM -- Sept. 1, at Milford, Armagh, Robert Germany M'Crum, in his 86th year.

M'GOWN -- Aug. 30, at Lennox Lea, Cranmore Avenue, Susanna, widow of the late Robert M'Gown, Kilmore, Lurgan.

M'KENZIE -- Sept. 1, at 4, Castle Street, Lisburn, Jane, relict of the late Alexander M'Kenzie.

M'MULLAN -- Aug. 28, at Shamrock Lodge, Larne, Annie, wife of Samuel M'Mullan.

M'NEIGHT -- Aug. 30, at Lurgan Road, Banbridge, Robert M'Neight, aged 87 years.

O'NEILL -- Aug. 2, at the Mission House, Fakumen, Manchuria, Dermot, youngest son of the Rev. F. W. S. O'Neill, M.A.

ROBB -- Aug. 30, at Collone, Armagh, James Robb, aged 79 years.

SHEPHERD -- Aug. 29, at Allenton, Cregagh, Belfast, Jane Shepherd, widow of the late Robert Shepherd, Drumfergus House, Markethill.

WARWICK -- Aug. 31, at Boveedy House, Kilrea, Samuel Warwick.

WILLIS -- Aug. 26, at Dundrod, Adair Willis.

YOUNG -- Aug. 31, at Clarmount, Cookstown, Rev. John Matthew Young, A.M., late Rector of Kildress Parish.



King Albert has (stays the "Daily Telegraph" Havre correspondent) just appointed Mrs. Hilda Wynne and Miss Macnaghten Chevaliers of the Order of Leopold II. Mrs. Wynne placed a motor ambulance at the disposal of the Army, and devoted herself to succouring the wounded on the field of battle, heedless of danger. Miss Macnaghten has received the decoration for the devotion she has shown towards the Belgian wounded.

It is believed that the Miss Macnaghten referred to above is the Hon. Florence Macnaghten, a member of the well-known County Antrim family.




Captain Robert Otway Mansergh, 6th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, wounded at the Dardanelles, is the second son of Mr. St. George Dyson Mansergh, who married in 1882 Alice Emma, widow of William Yates Peel, Scots Guards, grandson of Sir Robert Peel, is a nephew of Colonel A. W. H. Mansergh, J.P., of Warrenpoint. He was born on 16th January, 1885, and obtained his first command in May, 1906, being promoted to the rank of lieutenant in February, 1908. He served with the 3rd Battalion for a period, and was gazetted to his present rank in the 6th Battalion in November last.

Captain H. S. C. Richardson, 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade, is a son of the late Colonel John M. A. C. Richardson, D.L., of Rossfad, County Fermanagh,and is a distant relative of the Very Rev, Dr. Ovenden, Dean of St. Patrick's. Captain Richardson, who was born in 1883 had ten years' service, and prior to the war he was A.D.C. to Sir W. G. Ellison-Macartney, Governor of Tasmania, who formerly represented South Antrim in Parliament.

Major A. H. Cuthell, of the Prince of Wales Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), killed in action at the Dardanelles, was a son of Lieutenant-Colonel Cuthell, late of the 13th Hussars, and entered the Army in 1899. He served in the South African War, and took part in the operations in Natal. He was present at the relief of Ladysmith, including the action of Colenso, and subsequently took part in the operations and action at Spion Kop, Vaal Kranz, Tugela Heights, Pieters Hill, and in the Transvaal. For his services he was awarded the Queen's Medal with three clasps and the King's Medal with two clasps. He was married to Miss Rhona Adair, youngest daughter of Mr. Hugh Adair, J.P., Cookstown, who held the ladies' golfing championship in 1900 and 1903, and has two children. Major Cuthell was a well-known and popular figure in athletic circles in Belfast and in Yorkshire, especially as a golfer and cricketer. While stationed in Belfast he was a well-known member of the North of Ireland Cricket Club.

Lieut. G. C. Ballentine, 5th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, wounded at the Dardanelles, is the elder son of Mr. J. G. Ballentine, chief clerk to the magistrates of the City of Belfast. He was educated at Portora Royal School and Trinity College, Dublin, where he was a student in the medical school. At the outbreak of the war he joined the 5th Inniskilling Fusiliers from the University Officers' Training Corps, and was promoted to his present rank in November. He is well known in Rugby football and rowing circles.

Lieutenant Terence Trevor Hamilton Verschoyle, 5th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, wounded in action at the Dardanelles, is a son of Mr. Stuart Joseph Verschoyle, and a relative of Rev. H. S. Verschoyle, M.A., of Manor House, Dunkineely, county Donegal, and Rubane, Kirkcubbin, County Down.

Lieutenant J. T. Adair, 10th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, attached to the 1st Border Regiment at the Dardanelles, who was recently wounded a second time, succumbed to his injuries on the 22nd ult. A son of the late Mr. Henry T. Adair, of Belfast, Lieutenant Adair was before the outbreak of war a teacher in the Municipal Technical Institute.

Lieut. C. Gordon Tillie, 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, killed, was the only son of the late Mr. Charles R. Tillie, and a nephew of the late Mr. Marshall Tillie, formerly Mayor of the city, and grandson of the late Mr. William Tillie, H.M.L. for Derry. Lieut. Tillie was educated at Foyle College and Charterhouse, and passed into the army from Sandhurst, obtaining a commission in the Inniskillings.

Second-Lieutenant Langlois Massy Lefroy, 6th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment, wounded, is the second son of Lieut.-Colonel A. H. Lefroy, of Carrig-glas Manor, County Longford, late of the 45th Regiment, and grandson of the late Mr. Thomas Paul Lefroy, Q.C,, a former County Court Judge of Down, and Chancellor of the Diocesan Court of Down and Connor and Dromore.

Second-Lieutenant W. Porter, 6th Inniskillings, wounded in Gallipoli, is a son of Mr. Wm. Porter, Balmoral Avenue, Belfast, and a brother-in-law of Mr. R. W. Bingham, Dungannon Royal School. He took a keen interest in the U.V.F. movement, and joined the Inniskillings as a private at the outbreak of the war, being rapidly promoted.

Second-Lieutenant Johnston Murphy, Royal Irish Rifles, wounded in the Dardanelles, was a Coleraine Academical Institution boy before going to Trinity, where he distinguished himself. He played wing three-quarter for the Wanderers Football Club.

Second-Lieutenant Percy Thomas Jordan, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusilier's, killed in action at the Dardanelles, was the only son of the late Rev. Dr. Jordan, rector of Magherafelt, and was twenty-two years of age.



The death occurred on Monday at his residence, Ballyarton, of Mr. Joseph Irwin, J.P., a gentleman who had long been prominently associated with public affairs in the County Derry Mr. Irwin, who was over eighty years of age, was exceedingly well known and popular in the community in which he resided, and was a member of a highly esteemed and respected family. He was an extensive farmer and miller, and owned a very prosperous business, which for some years past has been conducted by his nephew. Mr. A. J. Irwin B.A. In politics he was a Unionist, and did everything in his power to farther the cause. The late Mr. Irwin took a deep interest in the welfare of Lower Cumber Presbyterian Church, of which he was a devoted member and to whose funds he was a generous and liberal contributor. In his capacity as magistrate for the county he won the confidence of the public in a most marked degree, his magisterial duties being discharged with a soundness of judgment and impartiality which gained for him the respect of all classes and creeds. Mr Irwin leaves a widow to mourn his loss, and to whom widespread sympathy will be extended in her bereavement.



Deeds of Gallantry

The King has approved of the giant of the Victoria Cross to the following for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty -- Captain G. R. O'Sullivan, 1st Batt. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers; Major G. G. Massy Wheeler, late 7th Hariana Lancers, India (dead); Second Lieut. G. A. Boyd-Rochfort, 1st Batt. Scots Guards; Sergeant J. Somers (No. 10612), 1st Batt. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers; Second Lieut. H. James, 4th Batt. Worcestershire Regiment.

No fewer them, nine V.C.'s have now been awarded to Irish soldiers, and these do not include three V.C.'s which have been awarded to soldiers of Irish parentage in England.

The official accounts of the gallantry of the two Inniskilling V.C.'s are as follows --

Captain G. B. O'Sullivan -- During the operations S.W. of Krithia, on the Gallipoli Peninsula, on the night of July 1-2, when it was essential that a portion of the trench which had been lost should be regained, he, although not belonging to the troops at this point, volunteered to lead a party of bomb-throwers. He advanced under heavy fire. In order to throw bombs with greater effect he got up on a parapet where he was completely exposed to the fire of the enemy. He was finally wounded, but not until his inspiriting example led on his party to make further efforts, which resulted in the recapture of the trench. On the night of the 18-19th June, 1915, Captain O'Sullivan saved a critical situation in the same locality by his great personal gallantry.

Sergeant J. Somers -- On the night of July 1-2, 1915, in the southern zone of Gallipoli Peninsula, when, owing to hostile bombing, some of our troops had retired from a cap, Sergeant Somers remained alone on the spot until a party brought up bombs. He then climbed over into the Turkish trench and bombed the Turks, with great effect. Later he advanced into the open, under heavy fire, and held back the enemy by throwing bombs into their flank until a barricade had been established. During this period he frequently ran to and from our trenches to obtain fresh supplies of bombs. By his gallantry and coolness Sergeant Somers was largely instrumental in effecting the recapture of portion af our trench which had been lost.

Sergeant Somers, who is only twenty-one fears of age, is a native of Belturbet, and is now at his home in Cloughjordan. A great reception was given to him some days ago, at which Lord Dunalley presided.



Accounts of the decoration of Lance-Corporal W. Angus, the Carluke hero, with the V.C. at Buckingham Palace failed to make mention of a very interesting circumstance illustrative of the King's tact and sympathy. Lance-Corporal Angus was summoned alone to the Palace, but he is still very much of an invalid, and was accompanied to the neighbourhood of the audience chamber by his father. When the King had affixed the V.C. and briefly congratulated Lance-Corporal Angus, the Equerry, who had learned of the presence of the father, informed has Majesty that Mr. Angus was waiting outside. Mr. Angus, sen., was thereupon promptly summoned to the King's presence. His Majesty received him most graciously, shook hands with him, and said -- "You must be proud indeed to have so gallant a son, and I heartily congratulate both of you. It is almost a miracle that he is spared to you after so dangerous a venture. He has won his decoration nobly, and I sincerely hope he may fully recover and live long to enjoy it. May you, too, be long spared to feel pride in him and his achievement."



The funeral took place to Ballymena New Cemetery on Friday of Mr John Hanna, draper and outfitter, who for a number of years was a respected member of the Urban Council, and was largely attended by the townspeople, by whom deceased was highly esteemed. The chief mourners were Masters David and Robert Hanna (sons), Messers. Robert Hanna (father), W. Hanna, George B. Hanna, and James Hanna, Ballymoney, and Trooper Samuel Hanna, North Irish Horse (brothers). The members of the Masonic Order and the Orange Institution, with which deceased was permanently identified, were largely represented. Revs. W. H. Sloane, Harryville, and W. J. Currie, Bangor, conducted the funeral services.



The last principal of the now defunct Blue-coat Boys' School at The Mall, Downpatrick, Mr. Robert Stewart, who resided alone at Ballyhossett, died last week at an advanced age.

At Kilkeel Petty Sessions the magistrates adopted a resolution of sympathy with the Countess of Kilmorey, the present Earl of Kilmorey, and all the other members of the family in the irreparable loss they had sustained by the death of the Earl of Kilmorey, K.P.

Second-Lieutenant J. F. Hunter, 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who, as previously reported, was wounded at the Dardanelles on 9th August, arrived at his home in Dungannon on Tuesday afternoon, having been discharged from an Oxford hospital. He has a bullet wound in the leg.

The magistrates of the Portaferry and Greyabbey Petty Sessions district met at Portaferry under the presidency of Mr. W. G. Duff, R.M., to appoint a Petty Sessions Clerk in place of Mr. S. F. L. Neely, resigned. There were two applicants -- Mr. H. S. Neely and Mr. D. Gaw. The former was appointed by a big majority.

As a result of a fire which occurred in Castleblayney last week, a stone rented by Messrs. Murray & M'Mahon, egg merchants, was almost totally destroyed, and a large quantity of eggs which had been purchased on the previous day were destroyed. Strenuous efforts were made by a band of volunteer helpers to save the premises, but the fire had secured a very strong hold, and all efforts were unavailing.

For reasons of economy the County Down Joint Committee of Technical Instruction, in accordance with the wishes of the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction, have notified the committees of the six Technical Schools in the county that such subjects as art and French must be eliminated from the year's curriculum as non-essential. No material curtailment has been made in regard to the agricultural programme.

In the course of his report on his annual inspection of Lurgan Workhouse, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Local Government Board inspector, states that he understands from Colonel Daly that it was very unlikely that wounded soldiers would be sent to Lurgan Workhouse Infirmary, and he suggests that the two dozen iron beds obtained in contemplation of the soldiers coming should be utilised otherwise. The suggestion was referred to the House Committee.

A visitor at Portrush, in spite of warnings not to bathe outside the harbour, ventured some distance out. The sea being rough, and a strong current running, he was carried out about two hundred yards, and was soon in difficulty. Mr. W. M'Alister, bathing attendant, recognising the man's danger, went out in a small boat, and although endangering his own life, brought the swimmer ashore. Last year Mr. M'Alister was the means of saving five lives.

At Castlederg Board of Guardians' meeting the Clerk intimated that the leave of six months granted to Dr. G. V. F. Leary, who had volunteered for service, had expired. His father, Dr. Thomas Leary, had written, however, offering to discharge the duties gratis until notified not to do so by the Board. A motion was passed unanimously granting Dr. G. V. F. Leary leave until such time as he returns from active service, and accepting the proposal of Dr. Thomas Leery to discharge the duties.

At the meeting of Ballymena Guardians a letter was read from the Local Government Board informing them that directions had been given for the issue of an order authorising the expenditure of 800 for the purpose of equipping the Waveney Hospital, the loan to be issued in one sum, and repayment to be spread over a period of ten years. The Clerk stated that he had got to get the approval of the Treasury to the granting of the loan, but that the bank were quite satisfied to grant it at the rate of four per cent.

The amount realised for the shot landed by the Caledonia at Ardglass on the 20th inst., almost 600, is a record for the United Kingdom for a single night's fishing. Enormous prices are being paid for herrings for curing -- up to 80s per cran, or something like a penny each. Drifters are still being commandeered by the Government. Returns for the week -- Friday, 20th August, 201 crans; average price, 68s per cran; thirty boats; Saturday, 21st, 433 crans, 60s, eighteen boats; Tuesday, 24th, six crans, 67s, twenty-three boats; Wednesday, 26th, twenty crans, 66s, thirty-eight boats; Thursday, 26th, 140 crans, 75s, thirty-four boats; Friday, 27th, 130 crans, 75s, thirty seven boats.

A meeting of County Tyrone Agricultural Committee was held on Saturday for the allocation of the available funds for the coming year. According to the financial estimate submitted the total amount available was 5,194, it being pointed out that the Department's grant had been reduced by 400. After a lengthened discussion on the various schemes in operation, the following allocations were made -- Instruction in agriculture, 650; winter agricultural classes, 165; horticulture and bee-keeping, 260; instruction in poultry-keeping, including egg stations, 428; butter-making, 110; cotage and farm prizes, 240; live stock, 1,358; subsidies to shows, ploughing matches, &c., 240; scholarships to North-West Agricultural School, 180; administrative expenses, 425.

Harvesting operations are in full swing in South Down, and there is every indication that the yield of all crops will be fully up to the average. Both wheat and corn are turning out well, the grain being large, numerous, and of fine quality. The early potato crop is one of the beet seen for years, and the late sorts are still growing. Up to the present there is no sign of the blight. The yield of flax is all that could be desired, the fibre being of good quality. In the district of Mourne and Rathfriland the yield has been exceptionally good. The hay crop suffered from the heavy rain of July, but the present dry warm weather will enable farmers to save the second crop. Hay seed is selling at present from 9s 6d to 12s 6d per cwt., and prices are expected to go up higher.

At the annual meeting of the North Antrim Orchard and Garden Association -- Mr. S. B. Knox presiding -- the secretary, Mr. R. A. M'Elderry, presented a statement giving particulars of the sale of bush fruit -- black currants and gooseberries -- for the past season. In 1914, 1,270 baskets, weighing 60cwts. 2qrs. 6lbs., were marketed, and the net value was 89 4s 2d. In 1915, 1,269 baskets, weighing 74cwts. 3qrs. 22lbs., were sold at a net value of 161 18s 1d. The average price for 1914 was 26 per ton, and for 1915 43 5s per ton. Arrangements were made for the 1915 orchard competition., Mr. Wm. Stuart agreeing to pay the travelling expenses. The marketing of apples was considered, and the secretary volunteered to have all sent to him placed on the market, picked and graded, on the same terms as other fruit.

An adjourned meeting of flax-growers in Cookstown district was held on Saturday, to consider what steps should be taken in view of the increase of 3d per stone for scutching flax announced by the millowners. Mr. H. S. Knipe presided. Mr. George Lewis proposed that a sliding scale be paid. Last year was the first that flax had paid the farmer, and he objected to the whole burden being laid on the farmers. It had been stated that the rate of 1s a stone was in existence for fifty years, but he remembered when it was 9d after January. Mr. Cotton, the only millowner at the meeting, said that 10d was charged after January. Mr. Bell said when the millowners had not come he would not give them a halfpenny more. He would stop sowing rather than pay an increase. Mr. Henry seconded the amendment, which was carried, with only one dissentient.

A meeting was held in the Assembly Rooms, Moneymore, on Friday evening, when addresses were given by Mr. Harold Barbour, M.A., chairman of the Ulster Committee of the I.A.O.S., and Mr. Adams, organiser, on the advantages of co-operation for the purposes of production and sale. Mr. Henry Byrne. J.P., presided, and there was a good attendance. The meeting was under the auspices of the recently-established Fruit Growers and Agricultural Society, and the primary object was to increase the capital with a view to the purchase of labour-saving machinery, which would be hired out to the members. The marketing of eggs, potatoes, and other produce, and the sale of seeds, manures, and feeding-stuffs were also discussed, as well as the proposal to set up a general store for the sale of provisions. Arrangements were made for canvassing the whole district for new members.

After a period of nearly thirty-nine years' service, Mr. S. Rea, Clerk to the Down District Lunatic Asylum, has given notice of his decision to retire.

A ewe, the property of Mr. Moses Whiteside, Loughans, Gilford, has just given birth to a lamb. The animal also lambed in February last. This rather constitutes a record.

An unfortunate incident happened in the cow fair at Saintfield last week, Mr. Daniel Hanna, of Dunbeg, losing 142 in notes out of his pocket, and no trace of the money could be discovered.

Mr. William Livingston, linen manufacturer, Annesborough, Lurgan, has received official intimation that he has been awarded the gold medal at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, for his exhibit of hand-woven damask table linen, cambrics, and handkerchiefs.

At the meeting of the Louth County Council in Dundalk last week a letter was read from the Local Government Board declining their sanction to the obtaining of a loan of 10,000 for the building of new county offices. The Council had arranged for the loan from their bankers at 3 per cent, under an old agreement.

Major Matthew Charles Edward Fortescue, of Stephenstown, Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland, and of The Cottage, Wymoodham, Oakham, Rutland, formerly of the 6th Royal Irish Rifles, one of the largest landowners in County Louth, who died on 24th August, aged 54, left unsettled personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 209,890.

A melancholy cycling fatality occurred on last week at Deerpark, Glenarm, of a man named Alexander Montgomery, of Carnlough. Deceased was visiting friends, and when descending a steep hill the brake of his machine refused to act and he was thrown with considerable violence to the road. He was conveyed to a neighbouring house, where be succumbed in a few minutes.

Mr. John Adrain attended at the Cottage Hospital, Cushendall, and, with a jury, held an inquest touching the death of Benjamin Divies, A.B., who died the previous day from injuries received in an accident whilst engaged in salvage work in Cushendun Bay, The jury, after hearing the evidence, returned a verdict of accidental death, no blame being attributable to any person.

The Antrim County Council prosecuted William Chambers, contractor, Prolisk, and his sureties -- Robert C. Price, Ballinlea, and James Magill, Ballycastle -- at Bushmills yesterday for failure to complete a road contract. Mr. J. B. Hamilton (Messrs. Greer & Hamilton, Ballymoney, solicitors to the Council), prosecuted. After evidence by Mr. T. J. O'Neill, C.E., engineer, the magistrates ordered defendants to have the contract completed, within three weeks and to pay 1 costs.

A serious accident occurred on the Ballyrashane Road, near Coleraine, on the evening of the 31st ult., a blacksmith named Christopher Eaton, of Ardverness, Macosquin, being so badly injured that he had to be immediately taken to the Cottage Hospital, where he lies in a critical condition. Eaton, with some other young men, was returning on a bicycle from the Lammas Fair at Ballycastle, and in trying to pass between two vehicles was caught and thrown to the ground, sustaining severe internal injuries.



A sad boating disaster occurred in the Lower Thames, near Purfleet, on Monday morning. A sailing boat, manned by boys of the training ship Cornwall, came into collision with a Thames tug boat, and the occupants of the smaller craft were thrown into the water. Sixteen boys and the officer in charge of them were drowned.



Bequests to Presbyterian Charities.

Mr. Alexander Parker, J.P., of Parkmount, Galgorm Road, Ballymena, County Antrim, formerly manager of the Lisnafillan Bleaching and Finishing Company, with which he had been connected for forty years, and who died on the 19th June last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 16,451 10s 11d. Probate of his will, dated 11th November, 1914, has been granted to Mr. John Owens, of Ballymena, solicitor, and Mr. Hugh M'Mullen, of Camlea, farmer. The testator loft 100 to the Presbyterian Orphan Society, 50 to the Irish Missions in connection with the Presbyterian Church. 50 to the Irish Colportage Society, 50 to the Old-Age Fund of the Presbyterian Church, and 50 to the Presbyterian Foreign Missionary Society.

Mr. David Williamson, of Strathclyde, 5, Farnham Road, Bangor, County Down, who died on the 12th June last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 0,055 3s 9d, of which 399 is in England. Probate of his will, dated 29th March last, has been granted to has brother, Mr. John Williamson, of Ballymagee, Bangor; his nephew, Mr. William Thomas Ditty, of Ballyalicock, Newtownards, farmer, and Mr. Robert Milliken, of Tullynagardery, Newtownards, farmer, and Mr. Samuel C. Kelly, of Newtownards, merchant. The testator left 100 to the Presbyterian Orphan Society.



Rev. John M. Young, B A., late rector of Kildress, died on Tuesday at his residence, Clohog, Cookstown. Deceased, who was a member of an old County Sligo family, was educated at Trinity College, where he had a distinguished career, being honour man in classics and ethics and primate Hebrew prizeman. Entering the Church he was appointed curate of Clogher Parish in 1868, and in 1870 was appointed in sole charge of Devenish, County Fermanagh. Three years later he went to Upper Donaghmore, and in 1876 he was appointed incumbent of Ballyclog, Stewartstown, being elected rector of Kildress in 1888, which living he held up to this year, when he resigned owing to ill-health. Deceased, who was highly esteemed throughout the county, was one of the founders of Cookstown Horticultural Society, in the progress of which he took a deep interest. He devoted much time to historical research, and the results of his examination of records of his parish were recently published. Deceased was also a skilful amateur photographer and experimented a good deal in colour work. He had considerable inventive genius, patenting a hill-climbing device for cycles, and an easy reference file, which attained striking success. Mrs. Young, who was the daughter of the Rev. Loftus Reade, J.P., Lovally, died early this year.


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The Witness - Friday, 10 September, 1915


ANDREWS--ORR -- Sept. 8, at First Bangor Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. W. J. Currie, B.A., George A. Andrews, A.C.A., eldest son of James Andrews, Esq., Rathgola, Glenburn Park, Belfast, to Maude, younger daughter of Samuel Orr, Esq., The Lillies, Farnham Park, Bangor. (At Home -- 2nd and 3rd December, Hillsea, Taunton Avenue, Belfast).

IRWIN--THOMPSON -- Aug. 28, at Rutland Square Presbyterian Church, by Rev. J. Denham Osborne, M.A., D.D., assisted by Rev. James Forbes, Southampton (brother of the bride), Sir John Irwin, J.P., Newbrook House, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin, to Elizabeth, widow of the late A. S. Thompson, Esq., M.D., Leicester, and eldest daughter of the late Thomas Forbes, Fairy View, Castlederg, and of Leicester House, Donaghadee.

MITCHELL--M'ROBERT -- Sept. 1, at Elmore Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. James Knowles, B.A., assisted by the Rev. Thomas Alexander, B.A., and Rev. James Hunter, M.A., the Rev. William Mitchell, B.A., Drumachose Presbyterian Church, Limavady, youngest son of the late A. B. Mitchell and Mrs. Mitchell, Strathview, Knock, Belfast, to Lydia Mary Jane (Lily), eldest daughter of John M'Robert, J.P., and Mrs. M'Robert, Rademon, Crossgar, Co. Down. (At Home -- Fairy Fort, Limavady, 27th and 28th October, 1915.)


BRADSHAW -- Sept. 7, at Larkfield Road, Sydenham, Thomas Bradshaw, formerly of Ballymena.

CARLETON -- Sept. 3, at Private Nursing Home, Belfast, Goodwin H. Carleton, M.P.S.I., of Larne.

COEY -- Sept. 5, at The Glen, Limestone Road, Sarah, widow of James Coey, in her 90th year.

COBURN -- Sept. 8, at Springvale, Holland Park, Knock, Mary Ann, wife of Robert Coburn.

COOKE -- Sept. 7, at 6, Jersey Street, James, eldest son of Catherine Cooke.

COOPER -- Sept. 2, at Merchant's Quay, Newry, Robert Cooper, formerly of Derrylecka.

DEACON -- Sept. 8, at Mossville, Antrim Road, Belfast, Ellen Maria, widow of the late Rev. I. H. Deacon.

DOUGLAS -- Sept. 7, at Kinego, Lurgan, Hillary Douglas.

DUNBAR -- Sept. 4, at the Institution, Grosvenor Road, Belfast, Robert Dunbar.

GILMORE -- September 7, at Carmean, Robert Gilmore.

GRAHAM -- Aug. 29, at Tullymore, John Graham.

HAIRE -- Sept. 3, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Archibald Haire, late of The Close, Ballylisk, Tandragee.

LOWRY -- Sept. 2, at Dundsart, Crumlin, Susanna Lowry, late of Tullyrusk.

MACONACHIE -- Sept. 2, at Ravenscroft Hospital, Seaford, Private Samuel Maconachie, 252 Co. A.S.C., aged 20, youngest son of the late John Maconachie.

MILLIGAN -- Sept. 4, 1915, at Lisnamaul, 356, Ormeau Road, Belfast, Peter Milligan, beloved husband of Margaret Milligan.

M'BRIDE -- Sept. 6, at Sealstown, Catherine, relict of the late James A. M'Bride.

M'CORQUODALE -- Sept. 3 (suddenly), at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Captain Alexander M'Corquodale, master of the Belfast and County Down Railway Company's steamer

M'KIBBEN -- Sept. 5, at Hillhall Road, Lisburn, William John, husband of Elizabeth M'Kibben.

M'MULLAN -- Sept. 2, at 21, Adelaide, Avenue, Frank, husband of Annie M'Mullan.

M'MULLAN -- Sept. 3, at Ballyduff, Carnmoney, Eliza M'Mullan, aged 81 years.

M'ROBERTS -- Sept. 4, at 7, Belmont Road, Irvina M'Roberts.

NELSON -- Sept. 4, at 87, Dunluce Avenue, Alice Nelson.

ROWAN THOMSON -- Sept. 4, at 81, Milton Road, Kirkcaldy, Scotland, James Rowan Thomson, Chartered Accountant.

SEEDS -- Sept. 5, at Moorlands, Cliftonville Circus, William James Seeds, husband of Martha Seeds.

SHAW -- Sept. 6, at Garvagh, Rebecca, widow of the late Samuel Shaw.

SMITH -- Sept. 2, at Private Nursing Home, Lawrence Hill, Londonderry, John B. Smith.

TINSLEY -- Sept. 6, at 4, The Crescent, Mossley, Mary A., wife of R. Tinsley.

WILLIAMSON -- Sept. 3, at Kilgreen, Agnes, wife of James Williamson.

WILLIAMSON -- Sept. 6, at Ballynabernice, Margaret, wife of Matthew Williamson.

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COOPER -- 2nd Sept., 1915, at his residence, Merchants' Quay, Newry (late of Derrylocka), Robert Cooper, in his 51st year. Deeply regretted.

In Memoriam

LYONS -- In ever loving memory of the Rev. A. S. Lyons, Newry, who entered into rest on September 7th, 1908. "Be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh." -- Matt. xxiv 4. Inserted by his sorrowing Wife and Family. Windsor Bank, Newry, September, 1915.




Preaching on Sabbath lost in Cumber Presbyterian Church, Rev. John Johnston made the following reference to the late Mr. Joseph Irwin, J.P., Ballyarton:-- The late Joseph Irwin was a striking personality in every sense of the term. Physically tall, strong, and stately, he had reached the ripe age of 86 years, and until a few months before his death he looked wonderfully fresh and vigorous. Nurtured and trained in the old school, he was generally looked upon as conservative in his religious opinions, but those who knew him realised that he was a man of wide sympathies, and that his conservatism arose from a keen jealousy for the honour and glory of the Divine Being. Anything that had not the clear and distinct authority of the Word of God could never commend itself to him, no matter how popular it might be. He was a man of sterling principle. Honest and upright in all his dealings with men, he commanded the respect and esteem of all who knew him. For many years he discharged the duties of the magistracy with such judgment and impartiality as gained the respect of all creeds and classes. Frequently he was consulted by those in difficulty, and his advice was always of a most helpful nature. The Church which he loved so well, and of which he was an honoured elder for thirty-six years, has lost one who was ever solicitous for her welfare. He took a deep interest in all her secular and religious institutions, and specially in Magee College, of which he was a trustee for some years. The congregation which it was his delight to serve will sorely miss his generous and liberal support. He was never absent from his pew on the Sabbath while health permitted, and no minister could have had a more intelligent, interested, and sympathetic hearer. I feel that I have lost a genuine friend and helper, one whose personality I shall ever cherish as an inspiring memory. "He being dead yet speaketh." Our sympathies go out to Mrs. Irwin and other relatives in their loneliness and sorrow, and our prayer is that the God of all comfort and consolation may comfort and sustain them in their sore trial.

At a meeting of the session on Sabbath the following resolution was adopted:-- "The session of Cumber Presbyterian Church desires to put on record their sense of the loss they have sustained by the death of Joseph Irwin, J.P., Ballyarton, who for thirty-six years was an elder in the congregation. He was a tower of strength to the Church, and was ever ready to help in any good work. Whilst his tendency was to keep strictly to and hold fast by the old paths, he was sympathetic to anything that would further the interests of true religion. We shall miss his genial and dignified presence on earth, but take comfort from the thought that we shall meet in that better land, where sin and pain and sorrow are unknown."


Mr. Isaac Copeland, Excise officer, Dundalk Collection, holder of the London Chamber of Commerce Economics certificate (with distinction), has been awarded, as a result of the Royal Society of Arts, 1915, final examinations, the advanced education diploma of that body.



The announcement of the death of Mr. Peter Milligan, rope manufacturer, Queen's Square, Belfast which occurred on Saturday afternoon at his residence, Lisnamaul, Ormeau Road, will be received with regret by a wide circle of friends who admired him for his upright character and benevolent disposition. Mr. Milligan started business on his own account in 1850, and speedily acquired a large and enduring connections, in which he was afterwards assisted by his sons. A devoted member of the Church of Ireland, deceased in politics was a Liberal Unionist. In the Masonic Order he held high honours and was, during his lifetime, ardently devoted to music. He was identified with the Philharmonic and other kindred societies, while for many years he discharged, in conjunction with Mr. J. G. Johnston, the duties of auditor on behalf of the harbour ratepayers of the Accounts of the Harbour Trust, to which office he was annually elected up to the time of his death. Mr Milligan, who had been in failing health for a number of months, is survived by his wife (who war a Miss M'Leish, of Belfast), and three sons, and two daughters. His sons are Mr. Archibald Milligan, who is engaged in the rope business in New York, and Mr. John and Mr. William Milligan, of Belfast. His daughters are Mrs. George Brown and Miss Milligan.

The remains of the deceased were removed on Tuesday morning from his late residence for interment in Knockbreda Church burying ground. The funeral was largely attended by the many friends of the deceased gentlemen, who were desirous of paying the last tribute of respect to the memory of one who had endeared himself to all who knew him by the kindliness and warmth of his heart and his genial and generous nature.

The funeral arrangements were admirably carried through by Messrs. Melville & Co., Ltd.



On Saturday the remains of the late Mr. Smith ware removed from his residence, Altrest, to the family burying-ground, Grange, for interment. The funeral cortege was large and representative. The Rev. John Rutherford, B.A., and the Rev. David Hay, M.A., conducted the services in the home and at the graveside.

In First Donagheady, of which Mr. Smith was a member, after the sermon on Sunday Rev. John Rutherford made a feeling reference to the decease of Mr. Smith, who was, he said, exemplary in his attendance at public worship. He gave freely at all times of his energy and business capacity and means to the support of God's cause. And as a colleague in the management of their affairs he was a tower of strength to them. In home life he was a loving son and tender brother. What he was in this world had had most eloquent testimony in the universal sorrow of all who knew him. He had never seen so many tears in the eyes of strong men as during the past three days when the news passed round of the death of their friend. For he was the friend of all. Large of heart, kindly in disposition, possessed in outstanding measure of the charity that thinketh no evil, forward to give a helping hand when he could, transparently honest in ail his dealings and honourable in all his relationships, he was a brother beloved by poor and rich. To his sorrowing mother and sister they respectfully tendered as a congregation their heartfelt sympathy, and commended them to the love and care of the God of all comfort and consolation.



At the close of his sermon on Sunday morning in Carlisle Road Presbyterian Church, the Rev. John Huey, M.A., B.D. (who had been absent for some time on vacation), said he could not bring the service to a close without referring to the great loss the congregation had recently sustained owing to the sudden and unexpected death of William Semple, an old and prominent and valued member. A number of years ago he had a long and dangerous illness, which was borne with great patience and Christian fortitude, and from which he seemed to have completely recovered. After the recent attack, too, he made a wonderful rally, and they hoped that he had still a considerable length of days before him. but God in His inscrutable and all-wise Providence had determined otherwise, and the change came with startling suddenness, and gave a great shock to all who knew him and had seen him so lately, apparently in almost his usual health. On a casual acquaintance his manner seemed distant and reserved, and cold, but those who knew him better realised that under this apparent aloofness there was a warmth of heart and a strength of affection and a genuineness of friendship of which the outside world had no conception. In his business life he was thoroughly reliable, straightforward, and upright. None in the city stood on a higher platform than he, but instead of welcoming prominence he rather shrank from it. The same was true of him in his church relations, but his fellow-worshippers, knowing his worth and business capacity, elected him year by year successively a member of their committee, and for a good number of years he faithfully and successfully discharged the duties of the secretaryship. As in other respects, he said little about himself, but all the same he was most devoted to his church, and heartily supported everything calculated to advance its interests. There was in him nothing of fickleness, nothing mean, nothing selfish, and though his own views on occasions might not be adopted, he supported the conclusions which commended themselves to his brethren as kindly and as cordially as if they had been proposed by himself. By his death they had sustained a great loss. They would greatly miss his presence, and would cherish his memory. The home life he looked upon as too sacred to touch upon, but if their loss was great, what must the loss be to her who was the faithful and devoted partner of his life? They commended her to the loving care and gracious providence of Him Who is God over all. the Father of mercies, and the God of all grace.



Omagh Urban Council have decided to raise the wages of the gas stokers by 2s per week during the war.

At the Newry Urban Council on 6th inst., Dr. Flood reported the occurrence of three cases of typhoid fever in the town. The Clerk said that the three cases arose in the same house.

Rev. James Branagh, B.A., curate of Ballymore Parish Church, Tandragee, died very suddenly at his lodgings on Sunday. The deceased, who had just returned from holidays, retired as usual on Saturday night, but had a sudden seizure, and expired almost instantly.

At Tuesday's Lurgan Petty Sessions Sergt. Megorry was appointed inspector under the Petrolium Acts, 1871 and 1881, for Lurgan police sub-district. Sergeant M'Keown for Edward Street sub-district, Sergeant Somers for Queen Street sub-district, and Sergeant Beattie for Derryadd sub-district.

Captain the Earl of Kilmorey, 1st Life Guards, and his brother, Captain the Hon. Francis Needham, Grenadier Guards, have arrived at Mourne Park Kilkeel. On Saturday, the Countess of Kilmorey, who was accompanied by the Honourable Francis Needham, paid a visit to Newry.

At the weekly meeting of the Derry Guardians only one tender was received for the supply of butter. The price was 1s 6d per lb., and the Board considering this too dear, referred it to the committee in charge of the stores, and directed that in the meantime a supply of margarine should be purchased.

An old-age pensioner named Jane M'Gurk, of Drumgart, Moy, aged 82 years, who lived alone, was found dead in her house last week. Deceased had not been seen for some days, and the neighbours becoming alarmed informed the police, who forced open the door and found the old lady lying dead at the fireside.

A rather serious fire occurred at the residence of Brigadier-General Hotham, The Cottage, Bryansford, on Sunday morning, and resulted in the partial destruction of the garage and motor car. The alarm was given by the inmates, and the employees succeeded in extinguishing the flames after considerable difficulty.

At Warrenpoint Petty Sessions Patrick Magee, boatowner, was fined 1 and costs for carrying twenty-five passengers on his pleasure launch, the ss. Waif, on Carlingford Lough on the 31st July. The boat, according to District-Inspector Ross, R.I.C., who prosecuted, was only certificated to carry twenty-one.

Dr. M'Ivor, Coroner for the division, held an inquiry in Maghera on Monday relative to the death of George Shiels, of Craigadick, which took place suddenly on the same morning. Dr. W. Gowan, who saw deceased just after he expired, said death was probably due to angina pectoris, and the jury returned a verdict accordingly.

At a meeting of Armagh Flaxgrowers' Committee on Tuesday the chair was occupied by Mr. Bernard O'Neill, J.P., Kilmore. It was unanimously agreed that the market should start on the second Tuesday in October, the 12th, and also that the market should be weekly. It was also agreed that a market should be started for the sale of rough tow.

News has been received at Glenarm Castle, Glenarm, of the death af Mr. Thomas Highfield at the Dardanelles. For the past fifteen years Mr. Highfield was in the service of the Earl of Antrim. Immediately on the outbreak of war Mr. Highfield offered his services, and was accepted. First to volunteer from Glenarm, he has been the first to fall on behalf of his King and country.

At Tuesday's meeting of Enniskillen Guardians Mr. W. J. Brown, J.P., protested against the present out-door relief system, and said that the Workhouse should be made the test of poverty. He instanced a case where a mother was in receipt of relief and her three sons were hired at 9s a week each. [----?----] that there was less relief in Enniskillen than in any other union.

A widow named Jane Bell, aged about 80 years, was found dead in her bed early on Saturday morning last at her residence in Ballynure Village. She had been ailing for some time. On Friday morning, when giving her old-age pension book to the girl who brought her the money from the Post Office, she told the girl it would be the last, that before the same hour the following morning she would be dead.

On Monday, while a motor car belonging to the Right Hon. the Master of the Rolls, proceeding from Ballycastle to Portrush, was at the Cross Roads at Drumawilliam, another motor car, belonging to Mrs. Ford Hutchinson, Stranocum, came into collision with it. The chauffeur of Mrs. Hutchinson's car received a cut above the eye. The occupants of the Master of the Rolls's car, a lady and gentleman, were uninjured.

At Derry No. 1 Rural Council meeting on Saturday a letter was read from the Local Government Board in relation to the loan of 5,780 sanctioned for the purpose of an improvement scheme under the Labourers Act, and impressing on the Council that it was absolutely essential in the present grave emergency that the issue of further instalments out of this loan must be curtailed as much as possible, and that, with this end in view, the erection of as many of the outstanding cottages as possible must be deferred until the termination of the war.

At the special meeting of Armagh Agricultural Committee, held in the Courthouse, Mr. Thomas A. M'Clure, J.P., who presided, said they would have to cut down their expenses by about 300, the amount by which the Department grant was reduced. Dr. Hinchcliffe said the deduction would apply, to every other county as well as Armagh. They were in the same position as they had been for the last five years, but the Department would like that the grant for instruction schemes should remain the same as at present. From the financial statement they appeared to be in a satisfactory position. A total sum of 2,080 for agricultural and live stock schemes was passed.

On Monday, at a meeting of Banbridge Urban Council with reference to the proposal of the Council to borrow a sum of 75 for the purpose of purchasing a plot of ground for use as a dumping-ground and abating an existing nuisance at the culvert in Kenlis Street, the Local Government Board wrote referring them to the Board's letter of the 4th May last, and stating that the Board could not see their way to sanction the proposal at present.

On Monday at Coleraine Urban Council meeting the Technical Instruction Committee reported that the Department had approved of their scheme of instruction and financial estimate for the session. Miss Tannahill having intimated that she would be unable to take charge of the French class this session, it was resolved to obtain the services of Mr. D. Bruce, of the Academical Institution. The committee arranged with Dr. R. Allison, Coleraine, for first-aid lectures during the session.

At Monday's meeting of the Portadown Town Council it was reported that on the night of 22nd ult. a number of street lamps were lighted about eleven o'clock and kept burning till four on the following morning by unauthorised persons. Mr. Anderson moved that the Council offer a reward for information which would lead to a conviction, and Mr. Bell seconded the motion, which was parsed. It was decided to ask the co-operation of the police in dealing with the rowdy conduct in the streets at night.

Rev. John Knowles. B.A., Newtowncunningham, County Donegal, and the Rev. Andrew Gibson, B.A., B.D., Lurgan, have received temporary commissions as military chaplains. They are to be attached to the Ulster Division.

A familiar and popular figure in the Derry goods department of the Great Northern Railway, Mr. William Magwood, has, after thirty-seven years' service with the company, resigned. He joined the service under Mr. Plews and Mr. Graham, and was foreman of the local goods department for a good number of years.

The Local Government Board auditor in the course of his recent report on the audit of Lurgan Guardians' accounts pointed out that the expenditure for the half-year ended 31st March showed an increased expenditure over the previous half-year of 392, which was due principally to the increased cost of provisions and necessaries.

Mr. William Watson, the well-known Ulster poet, is now on a visit to Annalong, County Down, and is accompanied by his wife and their little daughter. Mrs. Watson, it may be mentioned, is an Irish lady, and she naturally shares in the deep and practical interest which her husband takes in the progress and prosperity of this country.

Rev. R. L. Matchett, B.A., curate of Stranorlar, was on 1st inst. elected by the Board of Nomination to the Parish of Drumclamph, Castlederg, in succession to the Rev. A. Leitch, who has resigned. The new rector, who was ordained for the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe, has proved himself during has curacy in Stranorlar an earnest and gifted young minister.

The death took place on Sunday at 41, Madrid Street, Strangford, of Mr. John Murphy, a retired lieutenant of the Royal Navy, and on Monday the remains were removed from that address and interred in the family burying-ground at Deansford, to which the coffin was conveyed in a motor hearse. The deceased served about forty years in the Royal Navy.

On the night of the 1st inst. a soldier belonging to the 8th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, wandered into Lough Erne at Derrychara, Enniskillen. He evidently mistook weeds and rushes for the dry land and floundered into five feet of water. His cries for help soon brought assistance, and two boats put out and rescued the man from his perilous position.

On Saturday evening a young man named Johnston, a Dungannon postal clerk, was in a swing-boat in the Lower Markets, when he became giddy, with the result that his head struck an iron bar, and he was rendered unconscious. Surgeon Marmion, J.P., was promptly in attendance, and found the young man suffering from slight concussion of the brain. Remedies were applied, and he was afterwords removed to his lodgings.

At the monthly meeting of the lately-formed Board of Town Commissioners for Portstewart on Monday, Messrs Macaulay & O'Neill, Coleraine, solicitors to the Board, wrote enclosing a letter from the Local Government Board stating that the Board had granted the prayer of the petition of the inhabitants of the town asking for urban sanitary powers. Mr. Brown, remarked that it was very satisfactory. They had got the powers much sooner than they expected.

At Ballymena Guardians' meeting on Saturday Colonel Daly, of the Victoria Barracks, Belfast, wrote, stating that he had received a very favourable account of the Guardians' hospital, and with their consent would visit it at an early date. Owing, however, to the uncertain as to whether their accommodation would be required he suggested that they use their hospital in the meantime in every way for the civilian population, and not reserve it specially for the military.

At a meeting of the Derry District Council an Saturday Dr. Allison, medical officer for the Claudy district, submitted a report in regard to the water supply of the town, which stated that the water was contaminated with matters of the nature of sewage, and that it was unfit and unsafe for use for drinking purposes. The doctor asked the Council to warn the people of Claudy of the danger to the public health of using this water, and that a proper supply be provided.

The death took place at his residence, Merchants' Quay, Newry, on the 2nd inst. of Mr. Robert Cooper. Deceased, who was fifty-one years of age, was for many years an extensive corn miller and farmer at Derryleckagh, near Newry. The late Mr. Cooper was highly esteemed by all who knew him, and his death is much regretted. He was identified with tine Masonic Order, and in religion was a Presbyterian, being connected with Downshire Road Church. He leaves a widow, three sons, and three daughters.

At a meeting of the Clones Cemeteries Improvement Committee on Monday a long letter was read from Mr. J. S. Emerson, Vancouver, R.C., a native of Clones district, promising a subscription of ten guineas towards the improvement of the two ancient cemeteries in the town (Dr. Gass, formerly of Clones, having promised a similar sum), and a further donation on certain conditions. He made various practical suggestions on the subject, and expressed the opinion that no further interments should be permitted in those graveyards. A vote of thanks was passed to Mr. Emerson.





The Allan liner Hesperian was torpedoed without warning off the south coast of Ireland on Saturday night and sank on Monday when making port. Thirty-three of the passengers and crew are missing. The Hesperian, which sailed on Friday from Liverpool for Montreal, carried 314 passengers and a crew of about 250.


Major H. Barree, of the 14th Battalion Canadians, who was returning to Canada on the Hesperian with twelve officers and thirty-eight men, to recuperate after being wounded at the front, said:-- In company with some brother officers I was sitting on one of the upper decks after dinner about 8-20 p.m., and was smoking a cigar. Suddenly I heard a loud detonation, the liner at the same time trembling terribly. All at once an enormous column of water, about fifty feet in height, was shot up into the air, and before we could realise what had occurred it came down on the deck with a terrible thud, flooding the deck and drenching myself and brother officers who were with me at the time. With the downpour of water were mingled several pieces of iron. Our group went under cover from the deluge for an instant, and then we ascertained from an officer of the liner that she had been torpedoed by a German submarine. It was at this time almost dark, and, of course, we could neither have seen a submarine nor a torpedo. Captain Maine was on the bridge when the torpedo struck the ship, and his first order was to lower away the lifeboats, and see that all the women and children on board were first safely placed in them. I cannot speak too highly of the commander's skill and coolness on that occasion. He also gave instructions to have the "S.O.S." wireless message sent across the waters appealing for assistance, and, in addition, he had rockets fired to arrest the attention of any vessels in the vicinity. Morse signals were also used; in shoot, nothing was left undone to bring us succour. Our position at that time, I learned from the captain himself, was 130 miles west of Queenstown. We received three answers to our wireless message. In the lowering away of the lifeboats one of them, I noticed, got capsized , but this was [-----?-----] [-------?-------] the "falls" got jammed and someone cut the ropes to accelerate the lowering of the boat into the water.


The Canadians on board could not have done better. They were all invalided from the front; yet their first thought was to succour those requiring it. Corporal T. Abram, of Princess Pat's Regiment, performed a heroic feat. Although frost-bitten in one foot, and with a badly rheumatised body, his action was marvellous. His wife was putting their two-year-old baby to bed when the awful thud was heard. He knew something was up, and put the lifebelt on his wife and rushed her and his child on deck, saw a boat being laden, put them into it, watched its being lowered, when suddenly it capsized. He saw his wife and child rise to the surface, mounted the taffrail, dived in, rose near them, swam, and got hold of both. He saw a boat some distance away, swam towards it, and, although overladen already, room was made for little Frances Abram. Her father and mother had to stay in the water for half an hour longer before they were picked up. Only one leg was of use to the corporal all this time. His wife and he were brought to Queenstown. He was sent to the Military Hospital, but later was brought to the Queen's Hotel, where a few minutes before his arrival his wife had joined her baby, Frances, who had been brought to Queenstown by the first ship.


The explosion injured some of the passengers and crew. There were about twenty injured landed at Queenstown. Many others were injured trying to save themselves. About thirty-eight Canadians who had been returning from the front to recuperate were on the liner. One of them, a captain who had been deprived of his sight at the front, was returning on the Hesperian to Canada. The shock of the explosion is stated to have restored his sight, and he refused assistance, saying he was able to see once again.


Captain Maine declined to be interviewed. He is very fatigued, and is resting after the exceedingly anxious time he has had since the steamer was torpedoed. He never left the bridge of the liner from the moment she steamed away from the landing stage at Liverpool on Friday afternoon up to a.m. yesterday, when, much to his regret and disappointment, he was obliged to get over the side of the Hesperian ten minutes before she foundered. His anxiety for the safety of all on board, and for his fine ship, was such that he had no sleep of any kind from the night previous to the sailing of the liner up to last evening.



The funeral took place on Saturday of Mr. Robert Cooper, a well-known Newry farmer, miller, and grain merchant, whose remains were interred in the Meeting-House Green, Church Street, Newry. The chief mourners were -- Messrs. Ernest and Andrew Cooper (sons), W. J. Sturgeon, W. J. Hanna, Joseph M'Minn, Andrew M'Minn (brothers-in-law), Robert Sturgeon, Cooper Gordon, Robert Copeland, Thomas and Robert Malcolmson, and John Hanna (nephews), Stanley Orr and Robt. Orr, Kilkeel (cousins). The burial services were conducted by Rev. Phineas M'Kee, B.A., and Rev. D. D. Boyle, minister of the M'Quiston Memorial Presbyterian Church, Belfast.



A fire which caused damage to the extent of 30,000 occurred on Wednesday at the confectionery works of Messrs. Andrew Millar & Co., Clifton Street, Belfast. The outbreak was discovered in the vicinity of the boiler-house about one o'clock, and caused considerable excitement amongst the several hundred girl employees who were leaving the building for dinner. A number of girls fainted, and had to be carried into the street, where first-aid was rendered by members of the Royal Army Medical Corps until the arrival of a doctor and the ambulance detachment. The military was called out to assist the police in keeping back the crowd from a dangerous wall portion, which shortly afterwards collapsed. The fire raged for several hours, and all traffic in the adjoining thoroughfares was suspended. In his efforts to save the firm's books the cashier, Mr. James Currie, had a narrow escape. He was entering the office when the wall almost fell upon him, and the debris prevented his exit. He was subsequently rescued from an upper window and carried down a ladder. The building was completely gutted. The damage is covered by insurance.


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The Witness - Friday, 17 September, 1915


HANDFORTH--GRAHAM -- Sept. 8, 1915, at Clifton Street Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Samuel Thompson, M.A., Thomas, third son of Thomas Handforth, Ormeau Road, Belfast, to Ella, eldest daughter of John Graham, Mountpottinger, Belfast.

MILLEN--FULTON -- Sept. 8, at Dungiven Presbyterian Church, Co. Derry, by the Rev. S. Gourley and Rev. T. Davison, Joseph, youngest son of Mr. James Millen, R.D.C., Ballywildrick House, Macosquin, Coleraine, to Margaret Anne, fourth daughter of the late Mr. Joseph Fulton and Mrs. Fulton, Drum, Dungiven, Co. Derry.


CROTHERS -- Sept. 8, at 72, Queen's Road, Wimbledon, London, Rev. William Edmund Crothers, in his 79th year. Interred in City Cemetery, Belfast, September 11th.

BEGLEY -- Sept. 15, at 102, Seacliff Road, Bangor, Sarah, wife of George R. Begley.

BLAIN -- Sept. 10, at Drumalig, Saintfield, Samuel Blain, husband of Mary E. Blain.

BLYTHE -- Aug. 17, at Cason Road, Boksburgh North, S. Africa, Robert, second son of the late Adam Blythe, Kilwarlin, Hillsborough.

BYRNE -- Sept. 12, at Windermere Villa, Holywood Road, Elizabeth, relict of the late Valentine Byrne.

CRAIGS -- June 24. at Reefton Hospital, Hugh, relict of Mrs. Craig, and native of Glenarm, County Antrim, Ireland, aged 80 years.

CROWLEY -- Sept. 12, at 4, Victoria Gardens, Donaghadee, Joseph, husband of Eliza Isabella Crowley.

DOUGLAS -- Sept. 11, at 25, Donegall Pass, Annie Douglas.

DRENNAN -- Sept. 12, at 90, William Street, Lurgan, Daniel Drennan, husband of Margaret Drennan.

ELLIOTT -- Sept. 14, Martha, wife of David Elliott, Clady, Dunadry.

ESPEY -- Sept. 11, at Lowertown, Dungannon, James Espey.

FRASER -- Sept. 13, at 78, Joy Street, Sarah, widow of the late Thomas Fraser.

GAULT -- Sept. 15, at 7, Cliftonpark Avenue, John H. Gault, J.P.

HAIRE -- Sept. 9, at the residence of her uncle, Alexander Legate, Scarva Street, Banbridge, Martha Eveline (Eva), third surviving daughter of Thomas Haire, Eleven-Lane-Ends, Tandragee.

IRWIN -- Sept. 15, at Windsor Hill, Newry, Sarah, widow of the late Henry Irwin, Clonleek House, Glaslough.

KYLE -- Sept. 11, at Clifton Road, Bangor, Ellen Nevin, daughter of William George Kyle.

LYNN -- Sept. 12, at 250, Antrim Road, Belfast, William Henry Lynn, R.H.A., in his 87th year.

MAXWELL -- At 13, Manor Crescent, Cliftonville, Sarah Jane Henry, widow of the late Joseph Maxwell, Hillhead, Katesbridge, Co. Down, and niece of the late Rev. Pooley Shuldham Henry, D.D., first President Queen's College, Belfast.

MORRISON -- Sept. 14, at Custom House, Belfast, John, eldest son of the late James Morrison, Dundrum House, Tassagh, Co. Armagh.

M'CALL -- Sept. 9, at Dunida, Banbridge, Catherine Anne, eldest daughter of the late Hugh M'Call, Lisburn.

M'CAULEY -- Sep. 9, at 237, Springfield Road, Belfast, Isabella, relict of the late William M'Cauley.

M'CAY -- Sept. 1, 1915, at Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia, Rev. A. R. Boyd M'Cay, D.D., formerly Minister of Ballynure Presbyterian Church, County Antrim.

M'COLLAM -- Sept. 13, at Ann Street, Ballycastle, Alexander M'Collam.

M'MASTER -- Sept. 15, at Butterlump, Ballyhalbert, John, son of the late Hugh M'Master.

PAISLEY -- Sept. 13, at Little Ballymena, Charles Paisley.

RAWSON -- Sept. 12, at Portrush, Mary Jane, wife of Robert Rawson, 72, University Street, Belfast.

REILLY -- Sept. 10, at Rokeby Green, Armagh, J. M. Lynn Reilly, youngest son of the late John Reilly, Armagh.

RENISON -- Sept. 6, at his residence, Lisrodden, Portglenone, John Renison, eldest son of the late Robert Renison Lisrodden.

STEWART -- At Dunedin, Coleraine, James B. Stewart.

TAYLOR -- Sept. 9, at Magherabeg, Randalstown, Robert Taylor.

THOMPSON -- Sept. 12, at Carnbinn, Whitehouse, Evelyn Frances, daughter of the late James Thompson, J.P.

Killed in Action

MacFARLANE -- Aug. 20, 1915, died of wounds received at Dardanelles, Samuel J., aged 21, youngest son of James and Sarah MacFarlane, of Skerry-Bhan, Portrush.



Rev. Hugh Clarke Graham, M.A., of College Avenue, Londonderry, for many years Professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy in Magee College, formerly minister of Stranorlar Presbyterian Church, who died on the 20th June last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 18,505 18s 11d, and probate of his will has been granted to his widow. The bequests are of a personal nature.



Mrs. Munro, Blenheim Place, Aberdeen, has received intimation that her son, Second Lieutenant Ian Munro, North Division Cyclist Corps, has been killed in action in Flanders. He was a son of Mr. Duncan Munro, late schoolmaster, Dochgarroch, Inverness-shire, a graduate of Aberdeen University, and assistant for two years in the North United Free Church, Aberdeen. He enlisted shortly after the outbreak of the war, being then in the United Free Church offices, Edinburgh.



The Marquis of Londonderry took has seat in the House of Lords on Tuesday for the first time as successor to his late father. His lordship, after a long spell at the front, is now doing duty with his regiment, the Royal Horse Guards, in London. He is hopeful of being able at the close of this month to visit, in company with the Marchioness, his estate and his friends in the North of Ireland, but this is by no means a certainty, since he may be galled upon at very short notice to return to work with the Expeditionary Force.



The death occurred on the 27th August, after a long illness, at her residence, 74, Roseleigh Street, Belfast, of Emily, wife of Mr. W. C. Johnson. Her remains were interned in the family burying-ground, Tobermore, Co. Derry, in connection with the Presbyterian Church (of whom her deceased father was during his life a respected elder), on the following Sabbath morning. A large concourse of friends and acquaintances assembled to pay their last tribute of respect, the funeral cortege walking as far as Limestone Road, her remains being conveyed by motor hearse, supplied by Melville & Co., Ltd. On the coffin was placed a beautiful wreath, sent by the members of "No Surrender" Club of Apprentice Boys of Derry, her husband being president. The services at the graveside were conducted by the Rev. A. Thompson, Tobermore, and at the house by the Rev. Dr. Park, Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church, which, she was a member. A service was also conducted at the house by the minister of Cliftonville Moravian Church. The chief mourners were William Charles Johnson (husband), William Johnson (son), Bertie Johnson (son), Robert A. Porter (brother), and Samuel Fleming (nephew). Her remains were laid to rest before the toll of the bell for evening service until the Resurrection Morn, when the dead in Christ shall arise.



Sincere regret was felt in Coleraine at the news of the sudden death, of Mr. James B. Stewart, Dunedin Terrace, Coleraine, who was found dead in bed on Friday morning. He for some time had been under medical treatment for heart weakness, but was about town on Thursday, and on retiring for the night he was seemingly in the best of health and spirits. For over thirty years Mr. Stewart was engaged in the wholesale and retail leather trade in Coleraine on his own account, and retired a few years ago. He served his apprenticeship with, and was a member of the staff of, Messrs. A. Cuthbert & Son, Coleraine, now W. M. Cuthbert & Co., Limited, South Africa. In his young days Mr. Stewart was an oarsman of the Bann Rowing Club. In later years he was a very active member of the Coleraine Bowling Club. He was an elder in First Coleraine Presbyterian Church. Has eldest son, William, died in America about three years ago. He is survived by one son and two daughters, who are both married.



The people of Limavady and adjoining neighbourhood were shocked at the news of the sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. Marshall, Ballycrum, widow of the late Mr. Wilson Marshall, which sad event took place at an early hour on the 9th inst. This suddenness of the call cast a gloom over the entire district, where the family is held in the highest esteem. During the day large numbers called at the house of mourning to express their sincere sympathy with the bereaved family. Messages of condolence were also extended from friends at a distance, and on every hand the greatest sorrow was manifested for the daughters and sons of deceased, who were so quickly plunged into mourning. The gloom deepened when it was known that Mrs. Joseph Rankin, Mrs. Marshall's nearest and closest neighbour and friend, was so overcome by the news of her friend's death that she succumbed to the shock about noon on the same day.

Mrs. Marshall was highly respected for her personal worth in the district, where she spent her whole life. She was a staunch Presbyterian and a member of Drumachose congregation. In all her acts she showed a kindly disposition, ever ready and willing to assist her neighbours in any way within her power. She leaves three sons and three daughters, one of her sons, Rev. Wilson Marshall, being minister of Tassagh Presbyterian Church, County Armagh.

The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon to Drumachose Presbyterian Church Burying-ground. Town and country residents were largely represented in the long line of vehicles. Such a demonstration of sympathy testified to the respect in which the deceased was held, and marked the profound sorrow of a wide area of friends for the bereaved family. Rev. William Brown, B.A., of First Limavady Presbyterian Church, in the absence of Rev. William Mitchell; B.A. (deceased's minister), conducted a abort service at the house and also at the graveside. The chief mourners were -- Mr. John Marshall, Rev. Wilson Marshall (sons); Messrs. Joseph Brown (brother); John Brown (nephew), Robert Marshall (brother-in-law), and James Marshall (relative). The handsome moulded polished oak casket, furnished with heavy silver mounts, was supplied by Mr. R. Thorpe, funeral undertaker, Catherine Street, Limavady.




The news of the death of Mr. W. H. Lynn, R.H.A., one of the best known architects in Ireland, which occurred on Sabbath, after a brief illness, at his residence, Antrim Road, will be received with sincere regret by a wide circle of friends. Mr. Lynn, who was in his eighty-seventh year, was a son of the late Lieutenant Henry Lynn, R.N., Cairncastle, Larne, and spent the whole of his professional career in Belfast, but his reputation extended far beyond the boundaries of this city, and public and private buildings designed by him are to be seen in various parts of England and Scotland, as well as in some of the principal towns and cities of his native country.

The late Mr. W. H. Lynn was as a youth apprenticed to Sir Charles Lanyon, an architect and engineer of outstanding ability. The relations between Sir Charles and his pupil were always of the most cordial character, and some time during the "fifties" Mr. Lynn was taken into partnership. Messrs. Lanyon & Lynn, the name by which the firm was known after the partnership was established, were entrusted with the designing of the new Custom House, which was completed in 1857, while Mr. Lynn subsequently had the satisfaction of having his design accepted for the commanding monument on Scrabo Hill, which perpetuates the memory of the third Marquis of Londonderry, a noted soldier and statesman. Some time in the early sixties he was selected as architect for the new Town Halls at Chester and Barrow-in-Furness, and was awarded the premier prize for his plans for new Government offices and a Parliament House which it was then proposed to erect at Sydney, New South Wales, but for some reason the scheme was not proceeded with further. In 1875 he went out to Canada, on the invitation of the Marquis of Dufferin and Ava, and designed a block of buildings called the Chateau of St. Louis, which were intended for occupation as Government offices. In 1910 Mr. Lynn gave a signal proof of his marvellous powers of mind and hand by preparing a design for the extension of Queen's University, and though designs were sent in by the leading architects of the country, the assessor, Sir Aston Webb, R.A., was so much impressed by the excellence of Mr. Lynn's plans that he had very little hesitation in recommending their acceptance by the Senate. The extension has now practically been completed, and no one who sees it can fail to realise the strength and dignity with which it has been planned. The deceased, who was unmarried, had a very kindly disposition, which no less than has great ability, gained him the goodwill and respect of his colleagues, and indeed of all with whom he came in contact.

The remains of the deceased were interred on Wednesday in the City Cemetery. The funeral was largely attended by members of the architects' profession and other leading Belfast citizens, the representative character of the cortege testifying to the high esteem in which the deceased gentleman was held. The chief mourners were -- Messrs. Wm. Eccles (Larne), John Eccles (Sidmouth), Robt. Cooper (Portrush) and Captain S. Willis, 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (Y.C.V.), cousins of the deceased. The coffin was of oak, with heavy brass mountings. The cortege proceeded by way of Antrim Road, Crumlin Road, Agnes Street, and Falls Road, to the City Cemetery where, as at the house, a service was conducted by the Dean of Belfast (Very Rev. T. Grierson). The funeral arrangements were entrusted to Messrs. Melville & Co., Ltd., Townsend Street, and were admirably carried out.


The late Mr. Lynn was an honour to his profession, as he was to the province of his birth and the city of his labours. He died at a ripe old age after a life of great activity and usefulness, and having left his mark on the architecture not only of this city and county, but of various parts of the sister island and in the British dominions beyond the seas. A pupil of the late Sir Charles Lanyon, he early became his partner, and in conjunction with him and separately he designed many of our most important and architecturally most magnificent buildings. As Pope lisped in numbers, Mr. Lynn seems to have been nurtured in architecture, for he leaped to the front almost at a bound, and held a foremost place even to the last; age never seems to have withered or custom staled his. infinite powers of designing and planning. In proof of this I need only mention that in the early sixties, when he could have been little more than a boy, he drew the plans of the original Queen's College, and only four years ago, when he was over four score years of age, he gained the prize out of fifty-seven competitors for the completion of that college.

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Thereby hangs a tale. When the Queen's University was founded in Belfast the extension of the buildings became necessary, and architects were asked to send in plans for the purpose. To all these plans of the existing buildings were supplied, and suggestions for the new design prepared by Sir A. Webb, one of the most eminent architects of the kingdom, who was appointed assessor. While many of the competitors had intimated their intention of competing by inquiries and otherwise, no inquiry came from Mr. Lynn, and it was concluded that having regard to his age he probably did not intend to enter the list of competitors. In due course the plans were submitted, and among them one on which there was a paper cover, asking that the design should not be opened until the assessor himself did so.

Subsequently, to the surprise of the competitors and the public, who had not been prepared for the entrance of Mr. Lynn at his time of life into a competition of this kind, the announcement was made that the assessor had selected the plans of Mr. Lynn; a competitor over four score years carrying off the honours of the competition against younger men, and among some of the ablest members of the profession in the country. Two things about these plans should be mentioned. First, it was Mr. Lynn's plan that had the specific direction that no one should see it before the assessor; second, that while most of the other designs were based on the suggestions of the assessor, the successful plan was a complete variation from them; and I might add a third, that instead of the plans having been all freshly drawn, these plans were drawn on the paper in which the old plans of the existing building had been supplied.

It is to the credit of the assessor to say that he selected the design which was entirely different from that outlined by himself, and it is to the credit of the profession to say that none of them carped at the decision, but all acknowledged that Mr. Lynn had won on his merits. Thus the work begun by the youth was completed by the veteran, and that after an interval of over sixty years. And what is more wonderful still, Mr. Lynn lived to see the completion of his crowning work. -- "The Man in the Street," in "The Ulster Echo."



On September 8th a fire, which gutted a bacon factory, portion of the Technical Schools, and egg and butter stores occurred in Monaghan. The property belongs to Messrs. Edward Graham & Co.

The Stewartstown lighting scheme under the Tyrone County Council reached its final stage on the 7th inst., when the seventeen lamps of fifty candle-power each were lighted for the first time.

A sad drowning fatality occurred at Antrim on September 8th, when a six-year-old boy named William Hugh Shillidy, of Riverside, fell into the Lead, and before aid could reach him he was drowned.

Special services in memory of the late Rev. James Branagh, B.A., curate of Ballymore Parish, who died suddenly on 4th inst., were conducted in St. Mark's Parish Church, Tandragee, on Sunday. There were large congregations.

At a meeting of the Public Health Committee of the Londonderry Corporation, Mr. D. Fletcher reported that there had been two outbreaks of swine fever in the county borough. A large number of the swine had been slaughtered and all precautions taken.

The motor ambulance provided by public subscription by the residents of Lurgan and district for presentation to the 36th Ulster Division -- a handsome, well-equipped machine -- arrived in the town in charge of Mr. H. C. Malcolm and Mr. David Pedlow, and made repeated tours of the principal streets.

Mr. James M'Farlane, vice-chairman of the Portrush Urban Council, and proprietor of the Skerry-Bhan Hotel, has received notification from the War Office that his son, Private Samuel M'Farlane, who was with the 13th Battalion Australian Expeditionary Force, died of wounds on the 20th August.

At a meeting of the Lighting Committee of the Londonderry Corporation on Tuesday afternoon the question of the shortage of coal at the electric lighting station was referred to. The Chairman (Alderman Guy P. Moorish, D.L.) said they had a supply to go on with, but they were still purchasing more.

On Friday Mr. Woulfe-Flanagan, a brother of Mr. J. Woulfe-Flanagan, R.M., Newry, was accidentally thrown from his motor bicycle on the Dublin Road, outside the town of Newry, and sustained injuries to his knees and face. He was conveyed by motor oar into Newry, where he was attended by Dr. Martin.

Mr. D. Fletcher, executive sanitary officer, reported to the Public Health Committee of the Derry Corporation on Tuesday that the two fields at Foyle Hill, containing twelve acres of oats, were sold at 9 and 9 2s 6d per acre, realising about 108. The expense in connection with the fields was 65, leaving a profit of 43.

An outrage, which is alleged to have been maliciously caused, was reported on the 9th inst. to the Coleraine constabulary by Mr. R. J. Callaghan, of Cashel. It appears that Mr. Callaghan found a quantity of flax, value about 8, which was stacked on his lands at Camus, had been destroyed by fire during the night.

The Commissioners of National Education have been pleased to award to Mr. H. R. Gilmore, principal teacher of Fortview National School, Clones, the Carlisle and Blake premium for the year 1914, as recommended by the inspectors of the Armagh district, which comprises the counties of Armagh and Monaghan.

At the meeting of the Dungannon Guardians on Sept. 9th a letter was read from the County Tyrone Medical Association, intimating that the county doctors had resolved to dispense with the old scale of fees for consultation with Poor law medical officers, and that in future the fee would be agreed upon prior to the consultation.

On the 10th inst. Mr. John F. Small held an inquest at the Newry Workhouse on the body of John Maguire, High Street, Newry, a quay labourer, who was fatally horned on the steamer Gray Island, which, was being discharged in the Albert Basin on Monday night by a "duck" light used for artificial illumination, falling upon him, and setting him on fire. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

At the Cookstown Rural Council meeting the Stewartstown lighting Committee reported that they had decided to recommend that the lamp standard inside the grounds of the Methodist Church be allowed to remain as it was on the understanding that it be vested in the Council, and that the lamp be placed in it similar to those being erected in the town by the Council, the Methodist body giving up all claim.

The scarlet fever epidemic which has broken out in the Castlederg district continues unabated. There are at present fifteen patients in the Workhouse hospital, while a number of cases are being nursed in their own homes. Nine cases were notified to the Rural Council on Friday, six being from the Killeter dispensary district, one in Castlederg and Killeter No.2 dispensary district, and two in Drumquin.

The death took place at has residence, in William Street, Lurgan, on Sunday evening, of Mr. Daniel Drennan, a prominent and highly-respected member of the Orange Institution. Deceased had been in failing health for some considerable time, and although his death was not altogether unexpected the announcement of the sad event occasioned deep regret amongst has many friends. For over a quarter of a century Mr. Drennan was connected with the Lurgan Weaving Company, Ltd.

Under the auspices, of the Bangor Urban Council, an interesting lecture an the subject, "Flies and Disease" was given in the Guild Hall on the 9th inst. by Mr. Arthur Deane, curator of the Belfast Museum. There was a large attendance, and the lecture, which was illustrated by a number of fine lantern slides, was most instructive. At the close a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. Deane, on the motion of Mr. R. Began, seconded by Mr. Thomas Wilson.

Lord Rossmore, H.M.L., presided at the monthly meeting of the County Monaghan Committee of Agriculture and Technical Instruction on Monday. The consideration of agricultural schemes for the coming year were considered. The Department had reduced the grant of the sum of 350, and the committee succeeded in reducing the amount expended on the schemes by 263, and decided to take the balance required from the reserve fund. Eventually it was decided further to reduce the amounts allocated to other schemes and retain bee-keeping.

District-Inspector Heatley, in acknowledging Antrim District Council's letter relative to the speed of motor cars in Antrim and Randalstown, said that the police had received special instructions to enforce the Motor Car Act against reckless or negligent driving of motor cars. The Chairman explained that, having regard to the attitude of the Local Government Board, that was all that could be done at present. The clerk said if this step had not the desired effect the Local Government Board were prepared to hold an inquiry into the matter and arrange a speed limit.

On Sunday morning a sad fatality occurred on the County Down Railway line at Ballynahinch Junction, the victim being a railway guard named Robert Milligan, a widower, aged fifty years, who lived at Comber. Milligan, it appears, was engaged in shunting operations, and was standing on the footboard of a brake van of which he was in charge, when through some cause or other he was crushed against the wall of the platform. He was promptly released from his painful position. The stationmaster communicated with the authorities in Belfast, with the result that a special engine and van were requisitioned for the purpose of removing the injured man to the city in order that he might have the attention which his condition necessitated. The ambulance was in waiting on the arrival of the special train at Belfast terminus, and in this vehicle Milligan was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital. Unfortunately, however, before the institution could be reached life became extinct.

A very successful jumble sale and fancy bazaar was held on Saturday afternoon in the grounds of Sandymount, Richhill, the residence of Mr. C. B. Lamb, in aid of a Japanese Orphanage.

The death has taken place of Mr. Francis Meenan, a member of Clogher Guardians and Rural Council, and at a meeting of the Council a resolution of condolence was passed with his relatives.

Few teachers possess the record of Miss Ellen M'Hugh, schoolmistress of Castlederg Workhouse School. Miss M'Hugh has held her position under the Guardians for the past fifty-five years, and she is still doing excellent service.

At a meeting of Londonderry Harbour Board Mr. Wm. Phillips, J.P., moved that Mr. Robert K. Gilliland be co-opted a Commissioner, in room of the late Mr. Marshall Tillie, D.L. Mr. Buchanan seconded tbs motion, which was passed unanimously.

Mr. James A. Grant, secretary of the Galway Bay Steamship Company, and representative of the Allan Line, has, after thirty-four years' association with the port, been transferred to Derry to take up the managership of the Allan Line offices there.

Mr. R. G. Forsythe, a native of Bangor, has been appointed chief sanitary inspector in the Northern provinces in Nigeria, West Africa, and sails next month from Liverpool. For several years he has officiated as clerk of works on works carried out by Down County Council.

At the meeting of Newry No.2 Rural Council the Chairman (Mr. J. O'Callaghan, J.P.) and Mr. T. W. Hanna (vice-chairman) were deputed to represent the Council at the meeting to be held in the City Hall, Belfast, in connection with the question of the national food production.

At Saturday's meeting of Londonderry No.2 Rural Council a claim for 504 10s was received from James Moore, a farmer, residing at Corncamble for the malicious burning of a stable, barn loft, loose-box, threshing mill, oats, hay, cart harness, fans, &c., on the 24th June.

At Gortin Petty Sessions on the 10th inst. -- before Captain Gosselin, R.M., and other magistrates -- reference was made to the loss the district and county had sustained by the death of Colonel Arthur Richard Cole-Hamilton, D.L., who was killed in action with the Lancashire Fusiliers at the Dardanelles.

The three-year-old son of Mr. Clinghan, a Dromara farmer, is under treatment in the country infirmary, Downpatrick, his left foot being almost severed by a reaping machine. The boy had got amongst uncut corn during harvesting, and the driver did not observe him until too late.

Opening a sale, of work in connection with Glendermott Parish Church, Mrs. H. J. Cooke, Boom Hall, referred with pride to the great part the parish was taking in the war. Between seventy and eighty men, she said, had gone from the parish in response to their country's call.

On Saturday evening, as the train which left Clones for Dundalk at 5-40 p.m. was within a mile of the next station, Newbliss, a soldier under escort jumped from one of the carriages, and sustained a bad cut on the back of the head. He is stated to be an Englishman, named James Verdon, belonging to a cavalry regiment.

The funds at the disposal of Monaghan Belgian Guests' Fund have now become exhausted, and an appeal has been issued asking for further subscriptions. At present there are nine refugees to provide for, their position being a pitiable one, and it is hoped that Irish hospitality will not fail them in their time of trial and difficulty.

Mr. Matthew J. Gibson, youngest son of Mr. Matthew Gibson, Tullyweary House, Ardtrea, who was a medical student at Edinburgh University, volunteered for service and has obtained a temporary commission in the Navy as surgeon (probationer). He was a student of Cookstown Academy and went to Edinburgh to study medicine.

On Friday evening the successful American tournament organised by Mrs. Darragh, The Villa, and Mrs. F. C. Mann to provide funds for the purchase of comforts suitable for forwarding to the St. John Ambulance Association was brought to a close in the grounds, of Dungannon Lawn Tennis Chib. As a result of the movement a net sum of 25 was realised on behalf of the society.



Mr. James Sprott, assistant hon. secretary Medical Board, Old Town Hall, writes -- As the address to which newspapers should be sent for the Ulster Division changes from time to time, may I ask all those who are so good as to send local newspapers to address them, until further notice, to -- 107th Infantry Brigade, 36th Ulster Division, Headquarters Borden Camp, Hants.



It is officially announced that the President of the French Republic has conferred, with approval of his Majesty the King, the decoration of the Legion of Honour on the Earl of Cavan (Grand Officer) and Sir Charles Monro (Croix de Commandeur), both of whom are serving at the front.

The Earl of Cavan, C.B., M.V.O., who bolds the temporary rank of Major-General, has served with distinction in France and Flanders. In recognition of his gallantry and devotion to duty he has been frequently mentioned in despatches, and in February last was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath.

Major-General (temporary Lieut.-General) Sir Charles Carmichael Monro, K.C.B., is a son-in-law of the first Lord O'Hagan, K.P., a native of Belfast, who received his earlier education at the Royal Academical Institution, and after a brilliant career at the Bar was twice Lord Chancellor of Ireland.



We regret to announce the death of Mr. John H. Gault, J.P., which occurred on Wednesday from heart disease at his residence, 7, Cliftonpark Avenue. Deceased was over seventy years of age, and had been in failing health since July. A native of Templepatrick, Mr. Gault, after serving his time to the hardware business, set up as a house and estate agent on the Crumlin Road, and at once experienced a most encouraging measure of success, for he found himself engaged in collecting rents for several of the largest property owners. With the passing of time the business went on increasing to such an extent that for many years Mr. Gault was looked upon as one of the foremost house agents in the city. A keen business man, Mr. Gault, in the midst of his activities, found time for public services and for sixteen years he was a member of the Belfast Water Board, and was two years chairman, in which position he showed much ability and capacity for dealing with difficult problems. The deceased also conferred much benefit upon the humbler class of the immunity as a warden under the Poor-law Acts. About seven or eight years ago he was appointed a justice of the peace for the city, and he was a regular attended in the Custody Court on Saturday mornings. Throughout his life Mr. Gault was a staunch Unionist, while in religion he was a Presbyterian, and worshipped in Agnes Street Church, of which the Rev. W. J. Baird is the pastor. As a member of the committee and a trustee of the property he took an enthusiastic interest in the promotion of every movement for the welfare of the congregation, and here his presence will also he very much missed. Mr. Gault, who was twice married, is survived by three daughters. One of these -- the eldest -- is married to Capt. M'Cullough, of the mercantile marine. Another is the wife of Mr. Charles Majury, J.P., and to them and the other relatives sympathy will be extended in their sad bereavement by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.


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The Witness - Friday, 24 September, 1915


GREACEN--GREACEN -- Sept. 15, 1915, at Cootehill Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. William M. Henry, M.A.. Edward Greacen, Grigg, Clontibret, Co. Monaghan, to Eliza Anne (Lizzie), only daughter of William Greacen, Aughnamullen, Ballybay.

LUTTON--RADCLIFFE -- Sept. 13, at Ballyroney Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. W. Shepherd, M.A., John Hutton, of Magherana, Waringstown, to Jane Radcliffe, of Aughnavalley, Rathfriland.

O'NEILL--LEATHERDALE -- Sept. 15 (quietly, by special war licence), at St. Mary's Church, Wanstead, by the Rev. Canon J. R. Corbett, M.A., assisted by the Rev. Canon J. T. Christie, M.A., Robert Armstrong O'Neill, second lieutenant 14th R.I.R. (Y.C.V.), youngest son of the late James O'Neill, Esq., Belfast, to Amy Ethel (Lillie), only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Leatherdale, of Reydon Hall, Wanstead, and Leatherdale Street, E.


IRWIN -- Sept. 15, 1915, at Windsor Hill, Newry, Sarah, widow of the late Henry Irwin, Clonleek House, Glaslough. Interred in the family burying-ground, at Glennan, on Friday, 17th September.

ANDERSON -- Sept. 22, at 32, The Mount, Mountpottinger, Belfast, Francis Anderson, eldest surviving son of the late John Crossley Anderson.

BARKER -- Sept. 17, at Aixlaby, Innisfayle Road, Belfast, Catherine Maude, wife of the late Lindsey-Bucknall Barker, 50, Upper Leeson Street, Dublin.

BEVERIDGE -- Sept. 16, 1915, at Brighton (of pleuro-pneumonia), F. J. Beveridge (Jack), of the "Belfast Evening Telegraph," 40-43, Fleet Street, London, E.C., and some time resident at Whitehead, Co. Antrim.

BLAIR -- Sept. 21, at 33, Woodvale Road, Belfast, Mary, wife of James Blair.

BROWN -- Sept. 20, at The Hall, Donadoney, Co. Down, Kathleen Margaret Lee Hale, daughter of Turner Beatty, aged 2 years and 2 months.

CLARKE -- Sept. 16, at the residence of her son, Aughnagar, Sixmilecross, Annabella, widow of the late William Clarke. Deeply regretted.

CLUGSTON -- Sept. 19, at Bellahill, Carrickfergus, James Magowan Davey (Jim), youngest son of Hugh Clugston.

CROOKS -- Sept. 15, at 39, Albertbridge Road, Georgina Elizabeth, daughter of the late William Crooks, B.A., Moneymore.

DAWSON -- Sept. 17, at 94, Antrim Road, Alexander Dawson.

ENGLISH -- Sept. 18, at Lower Woodburn, Carrickfergus, Captain John English.

EVANS -- Sept. 17, at Sea Breeze, Ballywalter, Sarah Ann, widow of the late Joseph Evans, Ballinderry.

FERGUSON -- Sept. 17, at Drumbonaway, Stewartstown, Matilda, widow of the late William Ferguson, in her 88th year.

GAULT -- Sept. 15, at 7, Cliftonpark Avenue, John H. Gault. J.P.

GRAHAM -- Sept. 16, at 23, South Parade, Belfast, Samuel, youngest son of James E. Graham, aged 13 years.

GUNNING -- At Church Street, Portaferry, Esther, only surviving daughter of the late John Gunning, Tullymally.

HUNGER -- Sept. 22, at Post Office, Glenarm, Thomas Hunter.

JACKSON -- At 112, Antrim Road, Belfast, James Jackson.

JONES -- Sept. 20, at 120, Thomas Street, Portadown, William M'C. Jones.

KIRK -- Sept. 17, Elizabeth Orr, daughter of the late George Kirk, 68, Cromwell Road, Belfast.

LARMOUR -- Sept. 17, at Ballyhanry, Muckamore, Margaret, wife of Hugh Larmour.

LYLE -- Sept. 20, at Dalriada, Howth Road, Dublin, the Rev. Thomas Lyle, M.A.

MAY -- Sept. 19, at Ashby, Martinez Avenue, Bloomfield, Susan (Susie), younger daughter of the late John May.

MILLER -- Sept. 17, at the Nightingale Nursing Home, Belfast, Elizabeth Evelyn, daughter of Robert Miller, Greenhall, Castledawson.

MORGAN -- Sept. 18, at 23, Inverary Drive, Sydenham, Catharine, wife of Moses Morgan.

MUIR -- Sept. 13, at 4, Mylne Street, Myddelton Square, London, Henry Chisholm Muir ("Sandy"), linotype operator, formerly of the "Belfast News-Letter."

M'ADAM -- Sept. 21, at 7, Clonlee, Larne, Hannah Margaret, only child of John M'Adam.

M'AFEE -- Sept. 22, at Ballybrakes, Ballymoney, Maggie, third daughter of James M'Afee, J.P.

M'HINCH -- Sept. 19, at 14, Ashley Avenue, Belfast, Maria, daughter of the late Rev. William M'Hinch, Dundalk.

M'KINNEY -- Sept. 18, at Unagh, Jordanstown, Edith, wife of James M'Kinney, and the daughter of the late William Abernethy.

WELCH -- September 19, at 49, Lonsdale Street, Belfast, Sara Elizabeth Welch, elder daughter of the late David Welch, of Enniskillen and Newry, Photographer to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

WHITAKER -- Sept. 15, at Croydon Lodge, Sydney, W.N.S., Mary, only surviving daughter of the late Joseph Whitaker, of Holywood, Belfast.



Preaching on Sabbath evening last in Wellington Street Church, Ballymena, the Rev. R. M. M'C. Gilmour said the cruelties and horrors of war had been brought home to them as a congregation recently by the sad intelligence of the wounding and death of some of their fine young men. Never were they brought home more forcibly than when it became known that Dr. John Clarke had succumbed to the wounds inflicted on the battlefield. Dr. Clarke was a successful and trusted medical officer in South Wales, who joined the Welsh Regiment and volunteered for medical service and was sent out to the Dardanelles. They knew and respected him as a boy in the Sabbath-school, and as a young man in the congregation, who devoted his life to the practice of medicine. His parents and family, too, they knew and rejected as members of the church, and they joined with many others in mourning their loss, and in tendering to the parents and friends their profoundest sympathy in their great affliction.



At the fortnightly meeting of the Belfast Water Commissioners yesterday, the Chairman said -- Since they last met as a Board, the hand of death had been in their midst thinning their ranks, and their dear old friend, Mr. John H. Gault, J.P., had been called to his reward. The news of his death came with startling suddenness, and he found it impossible to express in words the deep sorrow they all felt. Mr. Gault became a member of the Board in April, 1896, as representative for St. Anne's Ward, and on the rearrangement of the city into fifteen wards in 1898 he was returned for Court Ward, and so great was his popularity there that on each occasion of an election since then he was returned unopposed. He need not remind them that Mr. Gault took a great interest in the affairs of the Trust. He served the Board first in the capacity of deputy chairman, and afterwards as chairman of the Finance Committee, in both offices devoting a good deal of labour to his responsible duties. Then the time came when, by the unanimous wish of the members, he was elected as deputy-chairman, and subsequently chairman of the Board, which offices he filled with advantage to the city and honour to himself. They would miss his genial and cheery presence and kindly word, and as they grieved their loss, so also they extended their sincere sympathy to his relatives, which, by direction of the Works Committee, had already been conveyed to them by the secretary. He took advantage of that, the first public opportunity, to move -- "That we place on record, in the proceedings of the Commissioners, our deep sorrow at the death of Mr. John H. Gault, J.P., who, for nineteen years, was a respected member of the Board, and our esteemed and honoured colleague."

Mr. E W. Pim, seconding the motion, said Mr. Gault had been a particular friend of his. Mr. Gault during his connection with the Commissioners had done a great deal of useful work and the popularity and the esteem in which he was held by the citizens was testified to by the large attendance at his funeral.

The resolution was passed in silence.




At the morning service in Carlisle Road Presbyterian Church on Sunday touching reference was made to two bereaved families connected with the congregation.

Having read as the lesson the 12th chapter of Romans, the Rev. John Huey, M.A., B.D., said -- Thus Scripture teaches us to rejoice with the joyful and weep with the weeping. Christianity, therefore, represses the selfishness of the natural human heart, which prompts to an indifference to all interests which do not benefit ourselves; and it enjoins upon us the exercise of kindly feeling and Christian sympathy with others in the joys and sorrows of life. And so at this time last month we rejoiced with Mr. and Mrs. M'Neill and their family on account of the high distinction which had been awarded to their second son in France because of his courage and fortitude in helping others in the midst of extreme personal danger. To-day we sorrow with them in the loss of their third son, who fell in action at the Dardanelles. Such is life -- joy and sorrow following each other in rapid succession. Harry O'Neill, whose early death we deeply deplore, was only a short time connected with the congregation. He was very regular in his attendance each Lord's Day, and when the Communicants' Class was formed he became a member and carefully prepared the work appointed for the class. At its close, on the profession of his faith in the Lord Jesus, he was received into the full membership of the Church and commemorated the dying love of his Lord. Almost immediately after he went to Australia, and when the war broke out he volunteered, and after being trained he was sent to the Dardanelles, and passed through the terrible experience of that dreadful battlefield. He fought for King and country and in defence of us, of the homeland, and, fighting, fell. We sorrow because of his early death, and deeply sympathise with the bereaved father and mother and sister and brothers, and we pray that heavenly grace may be given to them. We also to-day sympathise with another family -- that of Mr. and Mrs. Anderson -- owing to the death of Mrs. Baird, a sister of Mrs. Anderson. Some years ago the family removed to Dalkey on Mr. Baird's appointment to an important and responsible position in Dublin. They were both long connected with this church, and took a hearty and active interest in its well-being, and, though so far separated from us, that interest never failed. When they came to visit their friends in the city, if they remained over Sabbath they always found their way back to the old church and the old pew. Our hearty sympathy goes out to Mr. Baird and his daughters and to all the other sorrowing relatives, and may the blessing of the God of all grace descend upon them.



In Whitehouse Presbyterian Church on Sabbath the Rev. Robert Barron, D.D., referring to the death of Miss Thompson, of Carnbinn, Whitehouse, said -- Just a week ago a very prominent and esteemed member of this community was taken away by death. Miss Thompson was a vary earnest and successful social worker, and during her whole life took an active part in everything that was for the benefit of the people of the neighbourhood. She was one of those who, many years ago, organised and formed the Nursing Association for Whitehouse, Greencastle, and Whiteabbey, which has been a great source of comfort and help to those in sickness and distress. She acted as secretary of it from its formation until a short time ago, and by her business capacity, ability and perseverance she made it a great success. She also took an active part in superintending and caring for the children boarded out from the Workhouse, and looked carefully after their welfare. She was a worker and helper in every scheme for the improvement and elevation and welfare of the people. She will be greatly missed in Whitehouse, where her whole life has been spent and her many good works carried on. She has left an example to all of talents faithfully used, of a life well lived, and work faithfully performed. Though a member of a sister Protestant Church, to which she was much attached, yet we of the Presbyterian Church all loved and esteemed her, and we sorrow over her removal from amongst us, and we will cherish a happy memory of her beneficent and useful life."



At a meeting of the Donegal Committee at technical Instruction Miss M'Mullan, of Killybegs, was appointed dressmaking instructress.

At Newry Urban Council on Monday Jas. Smith was appointed rent-collector to the Urban Council at a commission of five per cent., in room of John Brady, resigned.

On Saturday afternoon a fire broke out it the farmyard of Mrs. Flynn, Knockmore, resulting in the destruction of about ten tons of hay stored in a large shed, nothing but the charred supports of the latter being left standing.

The Strabane No. 2 District Council, at a meeting last week on tho motion of the Chairman (Mr. Rankin), seconded by Mr. Lennen, unanimously decided that in future all the rates of labourers' cottages should be collected with the rents.

A Derry schoolgirl named Lucy Ladley, of 23, Meadowbank Avenue, has sent 6,000 boxes, each containing ten cigarettes, to the Captain of H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth for distribution among the members of the crew, the money for the gift having been collected amongst friends.

Rev. Charles Cullimore, M.A., rector of St. Eunan's Cathedral, Raphoe, has been appointed to the canonry in the Raphoe Diocese rendered vacant by the promotion of Rev. Canon W. F. Garstin to the archdeaconry of Raphoe, in succession to the late Ven. Archdeacon Molloy.

In connection with the Comforts League on behalf of the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles a successful cake fair was held in the Albert Hall, Carrickfergus, on Saturday afternoon. The opening ceremony was performed by Mrs. Kirk, Thornfield, Captain A. F. Dobbs, R.G.A., presiding.

Mr. William Neely, of Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, merchant, of the firm of Messrs. W. Neely & Sons, of Erne Mills, who died on 2nd June last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 11,894 13s 4d, of which 6,379 13s 5d is in England. There were no bequests of public interest.

At Clones Board of Guardians amongst the lowest tenders for half-yearly supplies of provisions were -- Beef and mutton, 11d per lb.; bread, 1 7/8 per lb.; Irish bacon. 1s 2d lb.; eggs, 2s 2d per dozen; oatmeal, 18s cwt.; Indian meal, 9s per cwt.; corn 5½d per lb.; potatoes, 6¾¾d per stone. There was no tender for butter.

A fourteen-year-old lad named John Smith, of a Newcastle fisherman, had an exciting experience on Saturday, when in a dense fog he lost his direction, and was carried to the channel in a small punt. He went out at 6 a.m., and it was not until one o'clock that he sighted a trawler, which made at once to his rescue and brought him home.

On September 16 a party of the 8th Battalion Argyll axed Sutherland Highlanders (Territorials) visited Lurgan for recruiting purposes, but were not very successful. It is generally recognised that Lurgan has contributed more than any town in the North to the British Army in proportion to population, practically all the eligible men having joined the colours.

Over six hundred children from Coleraine, Portstewart, Castlerock, and neighbouring schools were hospitably entertained on the 16th inst. by Mr. Hugh T. Barrie, M.P., and Mrs. Barrie in the Manor House grounds. They were the children, or little brothers and sisters of local men at present serving in his Majesty's forces. Tea was provided, sports and games being afterwards enjoyed.

At the annual meeting of electors for the Lough Erne Drainage Board, the following were elected for the ensuing twelve months -- Messrs. H. A. Burke, D.L.; J. Porter-Porter, D.L.; J. A. Irwin, J.P.; Andrew Veitch, Noble Graham, Robert Phair, Joseph Clegg, Wm. Fitzpatrick, John Burns, Robert Fleming, and Charles Naan. Mr. J. J. Lunham, Enniskillen, was elected auditor for the ensuing year.

Dr. Wallace held an inquiry on 16th inst. relative to the death of Hugh M'Callister, labourer, a native of Downpatrick, whose dead body was found suspended from a beam in the hay-loft of his employer, Mr. Wm. M'Cartney, Ballymote. Deceased, it appears, suffered greatly from toothache for the last few days. He did not come for his dinner on Wednesday, and in the evening his dead body was found. The jury returned a verdict of suicide during temporary insanity.

The death is announced of Mr. James M'Clorey, ex-National teacher, which sad event took place at his residency, Drummiller, County Down. The deceased gentleman was the principal of the Catholic National schools at Ballyvarley, Banbridge, for many years, up to his retirement on pension about two years ago.

The Moira Rural Council have acceded to the request of Mrs. Annie M'Keown, wife of James M'Keown, who has joined his Majesty's Army, to allow her to reside in Portadown so as to obtain employment for her children for six months, and at the same time retain possession of a labourer's cottage in Annaghanoon, Waringstown, for which she offered to pay the rent regularly and be responsible for its care.

On Monday an outbreak of fire was discovered in the Midland Railway Company's goods yard, situate in Harryville, Ballymena, the material involved being from twenty-five to thirty-five barrels of tar, which were lying in an open space in the company's premises. The Fire Brigade did good work, and after a half-hour's work the fire itself was extinguished, but not before the barrels and their contents were completely consumed. It is not known how the fire originated.

The large wheel of the windmill used for pumping operations on the sea embankment at Limavady Junction was blown down in the gale of last Sunday. This is the third occasion on which the wheel, which measures 32ft. in diameter, has been blown down since it was erected same years ago. The engineer in charge of the machinery had a narrow escape, having been engaged in oiling the bearings of the big wheel only five minutes prior to its downfall.

At the monthly meeting of the Moira Rural Council, a letter was read from Mr. James L. Douie, J.P., formerly chairman of the Council, calling attention to the fact that the water supply from the new well in the village, which, with pipes and fountains had cost over 600, had failed, and asking that something be done to provide the people with water. It was decided to ask the Council's engineer to furnish for next meeting a detailed report on the failure of the scheme.

At the Recorder's Court, Londonderry, Mr. Andrew Robb applied for arbitration under the Workmen's Compensation Act as between Mary Anne Traynor, widow of Allen Traynor, and the Cunard Steamship Company, Limited, in regard to a sum of 257 3s 6d which that company had awarded as compensation for the loss of her husband, who perished when the Lusitania was torpedoed. Mr. Robb said Alexander Traynor was a plater's helper at Birkenhead, and joined the Lusitania when leaving Liverpool on the 17th, April, joining the ship just as she was leaving port. The application was for a sum of 10, and this amount was granted.

The annual show in connection with the Clones Farming Society was held on Tuesday in delightful weather. The cattle exhibits were up to the average, there being a fine show of shorthorns, but there was a slight falling-off in horses. The principal prizewinners were:-- Horses -- David Griffith, Belturbet (who won out the Brooke Cup for best foal by a thoroughbred horse); James Clindinning, Clones; J. R. M'Kay, Clones; Robert Stephens, Clones; Christie Clarke, Roslea; Edward Gregg, Clontivern; George Gillespie, Cumber. Cattle -- Earl of Dartrey, Robert W. Skelton, Clones; John Skelton, Clones; Thomas M'Kernan, Clones; J. R. M'Kay, Clones; Cochrane Welsh, Carnowen; H. Graham, Monaghan. Sheep -- Samuel Coulson, Belmount; H. Maguire, Annaveagh; Cochrane Welsh, John Armstrong, Cloncarn. Farm Produce -- Saml. Carrothers, Enniskillen; Edward Gregg, Clontivern; Wm. Moorhead, Conkera; Lord Farnham, Samuel Coulsen, J. R. M'Kay, P. J. Kelly, Enagh; John Skelton; R. Bell, Newtownbutler; Thos. Smith, Drumhillock; R. Lunny, Belturbet.


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