The Witness - Friday, 3 December, 1915


DODD--CAMPBELL -- Nov. 19 (by special licence), at the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev. W. J. Gregg, B.A., Second Dromara, assisted by the Rev. W. G. Glasgow, B.A., First Dromara, Albert E., second son of Robert Dodd, J.P., Woodford, Dromara, to Florence, eldest daughter of John Campbell, J.P., Dromara.

GREER--GARDE -- Sept. 14, 1915, at Christ Church, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, by the Rev. Canon Davies, Vicar of the Parish, James Wallace Greer, of the Union Bank of Australia, Forbes, N.S.W., eldest son of the late Rev. John Greer, B.A., of Kilmount, Cootehill, Co. Cavan, to Alice Frances, only daughter of Dr. Godfrey E. Garde, of Maryborough, Vic., and grand-daughter of the late Dr. Henry Garde, of Timoleague, Co. Cork.


THOMSON -- Nov. 29, 1915, at 2, Whittinghame Villas, Knock Road, Maria J., widow of the late Rev. John G. Thomson, Crossgar, Co. Down. Funeral private.

BINTLEY -- Nov. 28, at Roseville, Greenisland, John Thornton Bintley, C.E.

BUCHANAN -- Nov. 25, at Ravarnett, Lisburn, John Buchanan, late of Drumscill, Magheragall.

COLE -- Nov. 20, at Maracaibo, Venezuela, South America, John Martin Coates Cole, M.D., M.R.C.S., eldest son of the late John Cole, Clontivern, Clones, County Monaghan.

COPELAND -- Nov. 26, at 22, Ireton Street, Botanic Avenue, James Copeland.

DAVIDSON -- Nov. 27, at Jacksonville, Florida, Andrew Davidson, son of the late Andrew Davidson, Park View, Antrim.

DAVIS -- Nov. 29, at Hollymount, Enniscorthy, Albert Samuel Davis, aged 60 years.

DICKSON -- Nov. 28, at Regent Street, Newtownards, Susan, relict of the late Samuel Dickson, Belfast.

FINLAY -- Nov. 27, at Wolfhill House, Frederick W., son of the late William Laird Finlay.

FOLAND -- Nov. 25, Margaret, wife of James Foland, Newcastle, Co. Down.

GEORGE -- Nov. 25, at Loughview Terrace, Whiteabbey, Samuel George (late of Hydepark).

HAMILTON -- Nov. 29, at Ballycarry, Agnes (Adna), third daughter of the late James Hamilton.

HAYES -- Nov. 25, at Hill House, Holywood, Jane Verner, daughter of William Hayes.

HENRY -- Dec. 1, at the Free Church Manse, Burghead, Scotland, Mrs. Henry.

KITCHEN -- Nov. 25, at 42, Ravenhill Road, Margaret Kitchen.

LITTLE -- Nov. 24, at Glencairn, Ward Avenue, Bangor, Co. Down, Joseph Little, aged 72 years.

MENEELY -- Nov. 30, at 21, Eblana Street, James Meneely, late of New York, U.S.A., and formerly of Belfast.

MERCER -- Dec. 1, 1915, at hew brother's residence, Tartaraghan, Portadown, Jennie (Eliza Jane), sister of William Mercer.

MILLS -- Nov. 27, at the Hospital, Lisburn Road, Isabella Mills.

M'KINSTRY -- Nov. 30, at her residence, 37, Merchant's Quay, Newry, Marion, wife of James M'Kinstry.

ORR -- Nov. 25, at a Private Nursing Home, Belfast, William M. Orr, Auctioneer, Moy.

ROBINSON -- Nov. 29, at Culcrum, Annie Mary, youngest daughter of D. J. M. Robinson, aged 2 years.

SCHOALES -- Nov. 29, at Crown and Shamrock, Carnmoney, Richard Schoales, husband of Katherine Schoales.

SCLATER -- Nov. 30, after a shout illness, Gertrude, wife of Edward Sclater, Kilwarlin House, Hillsborough, Co. Down.

SCOTT -- Nov. 28, 1915, at "St. Margarets," Cranmore Gardens, Belfast, Margaret Learmouth, dearly-beloved wife of Henry Scott.

SHILLINGTON -- Nov. 26, at Altavilla, Portadown, Sarah Averell, wife of Thomas Shillington, in her 80th year.

SIMPSON -- Nov. 27, at Loughview Terrace, Holywood, Jane M'Kelvey, daughter of William Simpson.

SMYTH -- Nov. 25, at Auburn Villa, Kensington Road, Knock, Elizabeth, daughter of the late John Smyth, Home Villas, Knock.

STUART -- Dec. 1, 1915, at her father's residence, Durneveagh, Ballymena, Margaret, youngest daughter of Robert H. Stuart.

TOPPING -- Nov. 27, at Drumlin, Donacloney, Samuel Topping, aged 64 years.

TWEED -- Nov. 28, at 6, Queen Street, Ballymoney, James Tweed, aged 68 years.

WARDEN -- Nov. 26, at Main Street, Bangor, David, husband of Mary Warden.

WARING -- Nov. 30, at her residence, Alexandra Gardens, Fortwilliam Park, Sarah, widow of Robert Waring.

WHERRY -- Nov. 29, at Post Office, Balmoral, Agnes Wherry, Postmistress.

WOOLSEY -- Nov. 28, 1915, at 26, Ava Street, Belfast, Maria, the dearly-beloved wife of ex-Sergt. J. C. W. Woolsey, R.I.C.
     "Safe in the arms of Jesus."
Inserted by her loving Husband and Family. JOHN C. W. WOOLSEY.



The death occurred last Friday morning of Mr. George Cunningham, Terraroy, Culdaff, for many years the representative elder of Carndonagh Presbyterian Church, which will greatly feel his loss. Quiet and unassuming in his manner, he commanded the respect and esteem of all creeds and classes throughout a long and honourable life. He attended church at Carndonagh on Sunday, the 21st ult., apparently in his usual health. In the evening he caught a chill. Pneumonia supervened, and he passed away at an early hour on Friday morning in the presence of his wife and six children.


At the examination recently held in Trinity College, Dublin, Miss May F. M'Ilroy, of Tullynamullen, obtained a first-class senior exhibition, tenable for two years, value 40. She also was awarded a first-class honour prize in modern languages.



The news of the death of Mr. James Tweed, of Queen Street, Ballymoney, which took place on Sabbath morning, came as a great shock to the people of the town. The deceased had been in his usual health up to Tuesday of last week, when he was seized with an attack of pneumonia, which medical skill was unable to check. Mr. Tweed, who had spent twenty years of his life in Philadelphia, was highly respected in Ballymoney district, and as a member of the local Board of Guardians he will be greatly missed by the poor, who found in him a warm friend. He took a deep interest in Church work, and was a member of committee of the First Ballymoney Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his widow and son, and with them and the other relatives much sympathy will be felt.



The monthly fair on Friday last in Warrenpoint was the sixth in succession without rain.

By seven votes to two Lurgan Guardians have decided to substitute margarine for butter in the Workhouse dietary.

It was reported to the Cookstown Board af Guardians on Saturday that the average cost of an inmate of the Workhouse had been reduced from 6s 4d to 6s, owing to the altered dietary scale.

At a meeting of Larne Technical Committee on Friday evening the Secretary submitted a roll of honour of pupils of the Technical School who had joined his Majesty's forces since the outbreak of war, numbering 116.

Mr. John Pinkerton, second son of Mr. R. D. Pinkerton, J.P., Ballaghmore, Ballymoney, has been granted a position in the armoured motor squadron of the Russian army.

Mr. Samuel Davison, of Armagh, retired draper, who died on the 17th June last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 5,805 18s 1d, of which 3,754 is in England.

The National Education Board have approved of the scheme for establishing a dental clinic at Clogher, and have sanctioned the appointment of Mr. J. J. Lyons, L.D.S., R.C.S.I., Omagh, as dentist.

On Friday afternoon a recruiting rally was held at Donemana. It was the fair day, and there was a good attendance. After the meeting a fine response was made by those present, a good many young men enrolling.

Derry Board of Guardians were specially summoned on Saturday to appoint a Clerk of the Union in succession to the late Mr. W. L. Perry. The only applicant was the late clerk's brother, Mr. A. W. Perry, and he was unanimously appointed.

At the quarterly meeting of Portadown Co-Operative Society, in the course of their report the Committee of Management stated that the share capital of the society now stands at 2,973, being an increase of 656, as compared with the corresponding quarter of last year.

Ballymoney extended a warm welcome to Driver Samuel Kirgan, 7th Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, on his home-coming on Saturday evening last for a short leave after almost sixteen months' active service.

On Saturday the rear portion of the large wholesale premises of Messrs. Elliott & Sons, who carry on the business of groom and wine and spirit merchants in Castle Street, Strabane, took fire. The brigade set to work with energy, and soon had the fire extinguished.

Miss Cunningham, charge nurse of the Newry Union Fever Hospital, having received an appointment in Alexandra's Imperial Nursing Service, asked the Newry Board of Guardians on Saturday to grant her leave of absence. The Board unanimously acceded to the request.

A settlement has been effected of the dispute between the Derry master carriers and the men. The latter demanded an increase of wages of 5s a week, and after negotiations the master carriers made an offer of 2s, which has been accepted.

At the examination recently held in Trinity College, Dublin, Miss May F. M'Ilroy, of Tullynamullen, obtained a first-class senior exhibition, tenable for two years, value 40. She was also awarded a first-class honour prize in modern languages.

The children of the Derry Cathedral Sunday-school who gained prizes at the recent Diocesan examination have, of their own accord, decided to forego the prizes this year in order that the money may go in aid of the funds for the benefit of the city's soldier sons at the front and wounded.

On Sunday the constabulary in Strabane received intimation that while a young man named Samuel Woods, of the farming class, residing near Donemana, was fowling on Saturday evening by some reason the gun went off. The charge lodged in the boy's body, and he expired almost immediately.

Up to the present, apart from the many local contributions sent direct to the Prince of Wales' Fund, the Servian Relief Fund, the Star and Garter Fund, &c., and contributions in kind of the local needlework guild and private residents, Lurgan has contributed 3,230 10s to the several war funds.

On Monday a workman in the employment of Mr. James Fleming, Canal Street, Newry, had a narrow escape from serious injury. In the carpenter's shop a naphtha flare lamp exploded and set fire to the workshop, while the man escaped. The staff got the fire out before the arrival of the Fire Brigade.

Clogher Rural Council on Saturday decided not to appeal against the County Council's declaration of "no main roads." Mr. J. A. Leebody, County Surveyor, wrote making a number of suggestions as to the exercise of economy in the upkeep of roads and jobs, which were also favourably received by the Council.

At a meeting of the County Derry Committee of Agriculture, held in the Courthouse, Coleraine, applications for subsidies to ploughing matches to be held this winter were received from the Boveva and Roe Valley Farming Society, the Coagh and South Derry Farming Society, the Coleraine Farming Society, and the Magherafelt Farming Society.

At annual meeting of Coleraine Ploughing Society held on Saturday -- Mr. H. O'H. O'Neill, J.P., Co.C. (president), in the chair -- The following office-bearers for the ensuing year were re-elected -- President, Mr. H. O'H. O'Neill; Vice-president, Mr. Saml. Black (Ballyvelton); hon. treasurer, Mr. J. Boyd Young (Maddybenny); hon. secretary, Mr. Joseph A. Craig (Woodview). The committee was also re-elected.

At Omagh Rural Council meeting on Saturday (Mr. George Murnaghan, J.P., presiding) the Clerk stated that in regard to the appointment of Mrs. Catherine Owen as sub-sanitary officer, he had received a list of queries asking if the Council was satisfied as to Mrs. Owen's abilities to discharge her duties. Chairman -- On behalf of the Council I will take the responsibility of saying that we are satisfied. (Hear, hear.)

The master somewhat astonished Fermoy Guardians when he reported that when an old woman named Ellen Sullivan was admitted to hospital there was found in her clothes a sum of 138 0s 6d in notes and silver, together with two bank-books and an old-age pension book. She died the next day. The Guardians ordered that the money be lodged in bank, after deducting expenses.



The remains of Jane M'Kelvey, beloved daughter of William and Sarah Simpson, Lough View Terrace, Holywood, were laid to rest in Holywood Cemetery on Monday, after a lingering illness, borne with great patience and Christian cheerfulness. The service in the home was conducted by Rev. S. W. Chambers, B.A., and Rev. S. Logan, Belfast, and at the cemetery by Rev. S. W. Chambers, B.A., and Rev. R. J. Wilson, M.A., Belfast. The chief mourners were Messrs. Wm. Simpson (father), John Simpson (brother), John Simpson, Drumfin, Ballymena; Wm. B. M'Kelvey, Springmount, Clough; and Wm. Smyth, Curragh, Ballymena (uncles); Robert Simpson, Bridge Street, Ballymena; John M'Kelvey, Dungall; Joseph Gardener, Kirkinrola; and Fred Agnew, Belfast (cousin).



It is with regret we announce the death of Dr. Joseph Scott Gill, only son of the late Rev. Robert Gill, of Lower Clonaneese Presbyterian Church. Dr. Gill was educated at Dungannon, and took his medical and surgical degrees after a brilliant course at Edinburgh. Immediately on being qualified, Clonavady Dispensary became vacant, and he was unanimously elected as medical officer of that district, where his skill as physician, and surgeon was much appreciated, and where he was beloved for his great personal charm. He was surgeon of the Allan Line R.M.S. Scandinavian, and on Wednesday, November 3, collapsed on his way to breakfast, and though a doctor was immediately on the scene he died in a few minutes from heart failure. The funeral took place on the 5th Nov. from the Montreal Sailors' Institute. The service of the Presbyterian Church was conducted by the Rev. James S. Potter, minister of M'Vicar Memorial Church, who also accompanied the remains to Mount Royal Cemetery and read the committal. Floral tributes in the shape of wreaths and anchors were placed upon the casket with the sympathy of Captain Reith and deck officers, with sincere sympathy from engineer staff, a token of respect from the purser department, and the sympathy and deep respect of the stewards' department. The funeral was attended by Captain Reith, Captain Clift and the officers and crew of the Scandinavian and others.



The residents of Ballybay and neighbourhood heard with genuine regret of the death of Miss Elizabeth Moffett, of Crievagh House. Miss MofFett was one of the oldest members of Derryvalley Presbyterian Church, in the building of which her father had helped as a young man. She always took the warmest interest in the welfare of that church, and attended the services regularly in all weathers. She was interred in the family burying-ground at Derryvalley. In the address which he delivered at the service in the house. Rev. H. A. MacKenzie, B.A., referred to the most striking traits in her character in a sympathetic manner. The following near relatives were present:-- Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Moore, Lantaur; Miss Carrie Moffett, Crievagh House; Dr. Elizabeth Moffett and Mr. Frank Moffett; Birmingham; and Mr. Arthur Moffett, Galway.




Deep regret will be occasioned amongst a wide circle of friends by the announcement of the death of Mr. David Warden, the well-known Bangor newsagent, stationer, and bookseller, which sad event took place somewhat suddenly at his residence, Main Street, on Friday morning, 26th ult. Born in 1841 at Cottown, near Bangor, where his family had been settled for generations, the late Mr. Warden began business as a newsagent and stationer as far back as 1887 (the Jubilee year). At that time he opened a shop at 79, Main Street, Bangor, and his energy and enterprise quickly gained for him a large circle of customers. To such an extent did his trade develop that in order to cope with it he rebuilt the premises in Main Street about fourteen years ago, and out of them he made one of the largest and most attractive business establishments in the famous County Down seaside resort. The deceased held the agency for Bangor and district of the principal Irish and English papers. Of an unassuming and retiring disposition, Mr. Warden enjoyed the respect and esteem of his fellow-townsmen, who, in common with the many visitors to Bangor with whom he was associated from year to year, admired him for his integrity of character and his cordial geniality. Deceased was an elder in First Bangor Presbyterian Church, which he had attended for a lifetime, and although not prominently identified with politics, held strongly Unionist views. The late Mr. Warden is survived by his widow, two sons, and two daughters, with whom and with his brother, Mr. John Warden, of Cottown, Bangor, general sympathy is expressed in their irreparable bereavement.


The funeral of the deceased took place on Monday forenoon, when the remains were interred in the family burying-ground in the Odd Abbey Churchyard, Bangor. The cortege was both large and representative, and as the mournful procession wended its way to the churchyard, evidences of deep regret were visible on all sides. Prior to the interment the coffin, covered with many beautiful wreaths, was borne into the First Bangor Presbyterian Church, where a solemn and impressive service was conducted by the Rev. W. J. Currie, B.A., minister of the congregation. The pulpit was appropriately draped in black, and the organist of the church, Mr. W. H. Bishop, F.R.C.O., rendered several beautiful hymns, including "Now the labourer's task is o'er" and "Days and moments quickly flying." In the course of an impressive address, Rev. W. J. Currie paid an eloquent tribute to the memory of the deceased, who, he said, as an elder of that church was ever devoted to its interests and ever rejoiced in its prosperity. As a member of the session he was deeply beloved, his saintly demeanour, his sage advice, has sincerity, and his tenderness leaving a deep impression upon them all -- an impression that would remain until they met again in the Court of Heaven. As a friend he was as true as steel, and as minister of that congregation he (Mr. Currie) had found in Mr. Warden a source of great encouragement and inspiration. The congregation would miss him greatly, but his own family would miss him most of all, and to them in their hour of grief they extended their fullest sympathy, and recommended them to the ministry of Him who was an ever-present help in time of trouble.

The coffin was then reverently removed from the church, a funeral march being played on the organ. Rev. W. J. Currie officiated at the graveside, and the chief mourners were Messrs. James Warden and John Warden (sons), Mr. John Warden (brother), and Mr James Warden (nephew). A pathetic and touching incident, in connection with the funeral was the lining of the grave with ivy leaves by the newsboys who had been in the late Mr. Warden's employment.




The recruiting campaign which has been prosecuted throughout County Down in connection with the scheme organised by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, as director of the Northern recruiting area, was continued on Saturday, when two open-air meetings -- one in the afternoon and the other at night -- were held at Bangor.

Rev. W. J. Currie spoke of the tremendous magnitude of the issues involved in the present terrible conflict. Their beloved nation was swaying in the live-and-death struggle, and the issue meant for them either the crown of freedom or the chain of slavery. All honour to the men who were already in the ranks. They had succeeded in more than maintaining the highest traditions of the British Army, but they were crying to their comrades who were still at home, "Come over and help us to avenge our brothers?" Therefore it was the duty of every eligible man to enlist now. Surely the men of Down would not permit it to be said that they were less chivalrous than their sires. If they prized the happiness of their homes they should join the colours without delay. The interests of their dear ones could best be served not by the men remaining at home, but by their enlisting.

Colonel Sharman-Crawford, M.P., who met with a cordial reception, said1 that would be the last appeal made under the voluntary system on the part of the County Down Committee. In the event of conscription being introduced some people thought that Ireland would be left out, but only three nights previously Mr. Asquith had said that every area in the United Kingdom was going to be brought in. Proceeding, the Colonel outlined a scheme whereby, if he got sixty-five men, he would form a special Bangor platoon, thus enabling recruits from that town to live, work, and sleep together.

Other speeches were delivered by Rev. W. Campbell, M.A.; Mr. John M'Kee, Captain Briggs, Sergeant Goodchild, and Corporal Fitzpatrick.

The proceedings concluded with the National Anthem.

Meetings were also held during the week in various parts of Ulster.


The film showing the review by his Majesty the King of the Ulster Division on the eve of its departure for the front was exhibited on Tuesday night at the first performance in Market Street Picture House, Lisburn, which was crowded to the fullest extent. Prior to the presentation Mr. Keen, representing the War Office, delivered an address in which he emphasised the fact that notwithstanding the already fine voluntary response 10,000 more men were wanted at once as a first instalment of the 100,000 asked for, and he was glad to be in a position to announce that that number was now practically obtained. But more and still more were needed to keep up the full strength of the Irish regiments. Everybody desired, if possible, to see voluntary enlistment, but if that failed than they would be compelled to adopt the French system of conscription. He was, however, quite certain that Ulster would see to it that the Ulster Division was maintained. (Cheers.) The film was then "screened," and as each battalion passed in review there was round after round of hearty applause. Later the film was exhibited in the Picture Palace in Railway Street.



The "Dublin Gazette" of Tuesday published the following names of gentlemen returned by the Judges of Assize as eligible to serve the office of High Sheriff during the ensuing year:--

Antrim County -- General Sir Wm. Thompson Adair, K.C.B., D.L., Loughanmore, Dunadry; John Johnston Kirkpatrick, Esq., Kincraig, Belfast; Henry Dupre Malkin Barton, Esq., The Bush, Antrim.

Armagh County -- William Byers, Esq., Mowhan House, Markethill; William James Allen, Esq., Linwinny House, Lurgan; David Graham Shillington, Esq., Ardeevan, Portadown.

Cavan County -- Colonel Edward Alexander Henry Roe, Ballyconnell House, Ballyconnell; Joseph Arthur Benison, Esq.; Slieve Russell, Ballyconnell; Theophilus Edward Lucas-Clements, Esq., Rathkenny, Cootehill.

Donegal County -- Cecil Robert Vesey Steney, Esq., Oakfield Park, Raphoe; Colonel Baptist John Barton, D.S.O., Greenfort, Port Salon; Colonel Thomas Frederick MacNeese, Londonderry.

Down County -- Robert Morris Liddell, Esq., Banoge House, Donacloney; Frank Workman, Esq., The Moat, Strandtown; Ogilvie Blair Graham, Esq., Larchfield, Lisburn.

Fermanagh County -- Stuart Joseph Verschoyle, Esq., Tullyclea House, Ballinamallard; Rowland John Betty, Esq., Lissenderry, Aughnacloy, County Tyrone; James E. J. Fawcett, Esq., Toam, Blacklion, County Cavan.

Londonderry County -- R. Lee Hogg, Esq., Spring Grove, Londonderry; Hugh Thom Barrie, Esq., M.P., Manor House, Coleraine; Colonel Hugh Thomas Lyle, D.S.O., D.L., Knocktarna, Coleraine.

Monaghan County -- J. G. Irving Vance, Esq., Carrickreagh, Helen's Bay, County Down; Jas. Campbell Hall, Esq., Rowntree House, Monaghan; William Martin, Esq., Kildea, Monaghan.

Tyrone County -- The Hon. Cecil Corry, Castlecoole, Enniskillen; Major Samuel Harold Lyle Galbraith, Omagh; Major William Arbuthnot Lenox-Conyngham, D.L., Springhill, Moneymore, County Londonderry.


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The Witness - Friday, 10 December, 1915


RIPLEY -- Dec., 1915, at Kalimpong, Bengal, to Mr. and Mrs. Thornton Ripley -- a daughter.


PATRICK--SCOTT -- Dec. 1, at Downshire Road Presbyterian Church, Newry, by Rev. J. L. Rentoul, Rostrevor, Daniel Thompson, youngest son of the late John Patrick, Mostragee, Stranocum, Co. Antrim, to Selina Barbour, second daughter of John Scott, Lurgaboy, Markethill, Co. Armagh.


ALEXANDER -- Dec. 2, at his residence, 35, Camden Street, Belfast, John Alexander.

AUSTIN -- Dec. 3, at Clifton Street, John J. Austin, M.D.

BLACKADDER -- Dec. 5, at Creavery, Robert Blackadder.

BLACK -- Dec. 4, at 13, Kenbaan Street, Belfast, Robert Black (late of Wellington Street, Ballymena), aged 84 years.

BOYD -- Dec. 1, at 65, Bridge Street, Lisburn, Mary, relict of the late William T. Boyd.

BRYANS -- Dec. 6, at 6, Erin View, Greencastle, Jeannie, wife of George Bryans.

COULTER -- Dec. 2, at Beech Hill, Magheraconluce, Hillsborough, Joseph Coulter.

CROOKS -- Dec. 2, at Model Farm Cottage, Larne, William Torrens Murray, second son of W. J. Crooks.

FLEMING -- Dec. 3, at 20, Clifton Crescent, Belfast, Annie Wilson, wife of James H. Fleming.

GALLEN -- Dec. 3, at Mill House, Balbriggan, Charles Gallen, aged 68 years.

GRACE -- Dec. 5, at Alberta, Cardigan Drive, Cliftonville, Albert Alexander Gracey.

HORNER -- Dec. 7, at Kinloch, Alexandra Gardens, Antrim Road, Hannah, daughter of the late George Horner, of The Lodge, Cliftonville, Belfast.

JAMISON -- Dec. 2, 1915, at his residence, 20, Frederick Street, Newtownards, James Jamison (formerly of Clintaugh, Ballynahinch), beloved husband of Eliza Jane Jamison.

JOHNSTON -- Dec. 6, 1915, at her residence, Endlestone, Fintona, Maria, widow of Hugh Johnston, late of Crannyvale, Fintona.

KENNEDY -- Dec. 7, at Ballyhay, Agnes, wife of Francis Kennedy.

MACKIE -- Dec. 2, at 9, Fountainville Avenue, Arthur, last surviving son of the late Wm. Mackie, Windsor.

MANN -- Dec. 7, at Linenhall Street, Ballymena, John Mann.

MILLIKEN -- Dec. 7, at 62, Chief Street, Florina Thompson, wife of J. Milliken.

MOORE -- Dec. 1, John Moore, of River Bank, Napier, New Zealand, and of Moore Fort, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.

MORRISON -- Dec. 2, at 27, Holyrood Quadrant, Glasgow, in his 51st year, Captain Peter Morrison, ss. Granuaile.

M'CAW -- Dec. 2, at Moyola, Windermere Gardens, Chichester Park, Belinda, wife of J. B. M'Caw, late of Courtrai, Belgium.

M'CAIG -- Dec. 4, at Ballyvoy, Doagh, Grace, relict of the late John M'Caig.

M'CLINTOCK -- Dec. 2, at Newcastle, County Down, John M'Clintock.

ORR -- Dec. 5, at Dunedin, Lisburn, Rebecca Jane, daughter of William Orr.

PATTON -- Dec. 5, at Ballywilliam, Donaghadee, William Patton.

RAFFERTY -- Dec. 7, at Trevelyan Terrace, Duncairn Gardens, Mary, sister of Malcolm J. Rafferty.

REED -- Dec. 6, at Aughless, Cookstown, Sarah, wife of Samuel Reid.

TAYLOR -- Dec. 3, at Silleth, Cumberland, John Walton Taylor, of Whiteknights, Newcastle-on-Tyne, aged 61 years.

YOUNG -- Dec. 5, at Galgorm, County Antrim, the Right Hon. John Young, P.C., LL.D., D.L., in his 89th year.

In Memoriam

SAMPSON -- In fond and loving memory of William John Sampson, who entered into rest on the 26th November, 1912, at his late residence, Sunnyside, Drogheda. Inserted by his loving Sister and Daughter. "Thy will be done."




During the past week all the branches of this busy mission were carried through successfully. The mid-week afternoon meeting for women brought together quite a record number, about 140 being present. Miss S. M'Lean gave an address, which was eagerly listened to, her sister. Miss M. M'Lean, sharing in the musical part of the service. Warm thanks were returned to the ladies, and an invitation extended for a return visit. The Boys' Brigade is making rapid progress under the efficient care of Captain Hume and his officers. The evangelistic branch of the work has been energetically earned on by Mr. S. Hanna and a hand of workers. The Girls' Missionary Auxiliary held its fortnightly meeting, and all the members were busy knitting and sewing for the soldiers of the Ulster Division now in France. On Sabbath the usual busy programme was carried through, the Rev. R. J. Patterson, LL.B., officiating both morning and evening. In the forenoon his sermon was based on Chron. xii. 22, and from this he delivered a very earnest discourse, and in the evening from the text Jude xx., "But, ye beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith," he preached an excellent and helpful sermon upon Christian growth. This being the first Sabbath of the month, the roll of honour was read by the Rev. Dr. Montgomery at the evening service, after which the entire congregation upstanding commended them all to the care and protection of God. He mentioned that the roll now contained 322 names. Not only were the soldiers and sailors belonging to the congregation remembered, but those of the Empire, the Allied nations, the wounded, all prisoners of war, as well as the enemy countries. Prayer was offered that it might please the Almighty to bring them to a better mind. It may be added that parcels have just been despatched to prisoners of war in Germany connected with the congregation. The later meeting was well attended.


We observe that Mr. J. L. Millar, son of Rev. Ross Millar, Hillmount, Letterkenny, has recently been gazetted second-lieutenant in the 5th Battalion R.I.R., stationed at Holywood. He was educated at Campbell College, Belfast, and was a member of the Officers' Training Corps in connection with the school. He matriculated at the Queen's University, Belfast, in June, with a view in the study of medicine.



Rev. W. J. Hueston, a member of the Presbytery of St. Louis, died in Idaho, on October 13th, in the thirty-seventh year of his age. He was born in Castledawson, Co. Derry, Ireland, March 28, 1879. He was ordained by St. Louis Presbytery in 1910, and was installed as pastor of the Clifton Heights Church. Mr. Hueston's brother, the Rev. Thomas Hueston, is minister of the Presbyterian Church at Danville, Illinois. Both brothers are graduates of M'Cormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, and are weil known for their preaching ability.



A Boon to Our Boys at the Front.

The British Expeditionary Fores desire to express their gratitude to many Belfast friends who have so generously and patriotically presented gramophones and records. These delightful instruments have been supplied by our well-known citizen, Mr. T. Edens Osborne, of 11, Wellington Place, who has been frequently complimented on his judgment in selecting suitable Columbia Gramophones for the B.E.F., and on the care he has given to packing, forwarding, &c. No more acceptable present could be made to our gallant soldiers, now suffering the hardships of a severe winter campaign -- Correspondent.



The recreation room of the Presbyterian Soldiers' Home was crowded with a most enthusiastic audience on Wednesday evening, 24th November. The following admirable programme was gone through -- Piano solo, Private Greenhagh, D.L.O.; solo, "My Little Grey Home in the West," Private Honey, R.A.M.C.; recitation, "Cuddle Doon." Private McKendrick, D.L.O.; solo, "The Trumpeter," Private Robinson, D.L.O.,; Duet, "Watchman, What of the Night?" Privates Warren and Booth, D.L.O.; solo, "My Old Shako," Corporal Ashford, 2nd K.E.H.; recitation, "The Story of a Pack of Cards," Private Anderson, D.L.O.; solo, "An Evening Song," Private Riley, R.A.M.C.; comic song, "What a Funny Little Place," Private Hilliers, 17th Lancers; recitation, "Little Liz," Sergeant Smith, 5th R.D.F.; solo, "England," Private Warren, D.L.O.; solo, "Mother Machree." Private Booth, D.L.O.; song, "It's Just Like Being at Hame," Private Pendlebury, A.O.C.; recitation, "The Dandy Fifth," Corporal Everett, 4th Hussars; solo, "Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes," Corporal Ashford, 2nd K.E.H.; comic song, Private Hilliers, 17th Lancers; recitation, "The Lifeboat," Sergeant Smith, 5th R.D.F. National Anthem.



For each of the years 1912-1914 Larne's birth-rate has been the highest of the twenty-six principal urban districts in Ireland. In the former year it was 31.2 per 1,000.

The medical officer of Lisnaskea Dispensary District, Dr. Knox, reported to the Lisnaskea Board of Guardians on Saturday that an outbreak of smallpox had occurred.

At the meeting of Portadown Town Council on Monday the Markets Committee were instructed to consider whether it would be advisable to hold the general market on Wednesday or Friday of Christmas week.

Armagh Urban Council have appointed a committee consisting of Messrs. Thomas M'Laughlin, J. J. Breadin[?], Michael Donnelly, and William Calvert to investigate local coal prices.

Dr. Agnew, medical superintendent of health, reported to Lurgan Town Council on Monday that during November only seventeen births were registered, an average of 16.6, as compared with 24.8 for the five previous years.

A Red Cross auction, after the manner of the Star and Garter sale, was held in Downpatrick on Saturday, the area contributing beeng that comprised in the Downpatrick Petty Sessions district. Buying was brisk, and the effort was a splendid success.

The marriage took place in St. George's, Hanover Square, London, on Monday, of Captain J. G. Porter, D.S.O., 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers, eldest son of Mr. John Porter Porter, D.L., of Belle Isle, Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh, and Miss Duff-Assheton-Smith.

At the monthly meeting of Limavady Urban Council Councillor Robert Douglas, J.P., was cordially congratulated by his colleagues on his appointment to the magistracy for the county, a position his late father had honourably held for a long time.

The third annual meeting of the Knox Nursing Fund was held at Ardstraw, near Newtownstewart. The annual report, submitted by the nurse (Miss Bruce), showed that 296 cases had been treated and 2,908 visits paid during the year ended 25th November.

On Monday at Newry Urban Council meeting it was unanimously resolved that the hours for the inspection at the Public Abattoir of all meat intended for sale in the urban district should be from 8am till 12 o'clock noon, and from 5 o'clock p.m. to 6 o'clock p.m.

Mr. Eric Wallace Harris, only son of Mr. Wallace Harris, solicitor, Dublin, and nephew of Dr. and Mrs. Porter Harris, Stewartstown, and Dr. Harris, Frome, England, has obtained a commission in the Royal Garrison Artillery, and is posted to Queenstown for training.

During threshing operations on Monday at the farm of Mr. James Black, Tully, near Glenarm, Mrs. Black's arm was drawn into the machine and crushed very badly. Dr. Magowan, Glenarm, was summoned and dressed the limb, after which Mrs. Black was removed to hospital.

A largely-attended meeting of the members of the Dungannon Branch of the Mothers' Union was held in the Parochial Hall on the 1st inst., when Rev. Canon T. J. M'Endoo, M.A., occupied the chair. A very interesting address on food hygiene was given by Rev. Canon R. W. Boyd, M.A.

At the meeting of Omagh Urban Council on Monday the medical officer stated that the water supply of the district was inadequate in the higher localities, and there was the presence of peaty and vegetable matter, due to the deficient filtration and cleansing of pipes. No action was taken.

Thirty-seven grocery firms in Newry have resolved to abandon the system of giving Christmas boxes to customers, and each has agreed to pay the sum of 5 to Newry General Hospital in the event of any failure on his part or the part of his assistants to comply with the undertaking.

A new school vested in the Commissioners of National Education, and costing 609, has been erected in connection with Buckna Presbyterian Church (Rev. A. Sloan, B.A., manager). The Moderator of the Ballymena Presbytery (Rev. W. H. Hutchison, B.A.) declared the school open on Friday last.

The Derry Mayoress's gift sale and fancy fair in aid of the Red Cross Society and Order of St. John and the Inniskillings Comfort Funds was held on the 2nd inst. in the Guildhall, and proved an important social function, as well as one which resulted in materially augmenting the funds for which it was promoted.

At the Ballymena Urban Council meeting Mr. Patrick Murphy, Bridge Street, was granted a licence to run a picture house on his premises on the understanding that no displays be given on Sunday, and the same also applied to the Trustees of the Harryville Orange Hall, who also applied for a cinematograph licence.

Mr. John M'Clintock, for many years stationmaster at Newcastle, was found dead in bed on Friday. The deceased was a native of Hillsborough, and had an interesting career. He served twenty-one years in the Royal Artillery, and held several medals for campaigns in different parts of the world.

At a special meeting of Dungannon Urban Council, held on Monday with reference to the Tyrone County Councils declaration against "main roads" in the country, the Clerk said the Urban Council could appeal to the Local Government Board against the County Council's decision. It was ultimately decided to take no action.

At a meeting of County Tyrone Tuberculosis Committee held in Dungannon on 2nd inst., on the question of the reappointment of Mr. J. J. Lyons, Omagh, as dentist under the tuberculosis scheme it was decided to discontinue the present arrangement and to arrange with local qualified dentists to act in the different towns.

A pathetic scene was witnessed in Strabane on the arrival of Private Francis Gallagher, who was attached to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, and has lost his eyesight as the result of shrapnel wounds received at the Dardanelles. Although now blind, he enjoys good health, and states that he is only sorry he cannot now do any more for his country.

At Portrush Urban Council meeting on Monday, Mr. Morrow proposed that an application be made to the War Office for a captured German gun for exhibition in Portrush. In support of the application he referred to the splendid response which the town had made to the colours. Mr. M'Farland seconded the motion, which was agreed to.

Colonel W. Browne, J.P,, attended the meeting of Dungannon Urban Council on Monday, and complained that owing to the insufficient street lighting his wife had tripped over the kerb in Northland Row, opposite the Parochial Hall, and had sustained injuries and shock. The matter was referred to the Lighting Committee for inquiry.

Writing to Coleraine Urban Council, the Carnegie Hero Trust regret they cannot make any reward to Mr. William M'Alister, bathing attendant at the South Pier, for rescuing two ladies from drowning last summer. The Clerk explained that this was because Mr. M'Alister was a paid official, and it was considered part of his duty to rescue persons from drowning.

Three separate fires were discovered on Sunday morning in the district of Dungearney, five miles from Midleton, and most serious one being in a shed, used as a fowlhouse, the property of Michael Carey, farmer, Ballinacole. The shed and its contents, a large number of splendid turkeys fully ready for the Christmas markets, as well as ordinary poultry, were destroyed, the rescue party being unable to save them.



The Lord Mayor of Belfast (Sir Crawford M'Cullagh) unveiled in the Belfast City Hall on Wednesday a portrait in oils of the late Lord Mayor (Councillor R. J. M'Mordie, M.P.), which was personally presented by Mrs. M'Mordie, and painted by Henrietta Ray (Mrs. Ernest Normand).

His Lordship, in thanking Mrs. M'Mordie, paid a glowing tribute to the late Lord Mayor, to whom, he said, a statue was to be erected. Alderman Sir Robert Anderson, Bart.; Alderman King-Kerr, Councillor Workman, and Alderman Doran and other members of the Council warmly joined in the tribute, and Councillor M'Entee, as the oldest member of the Nationalist party in the Corporation, also thanked Mrs. M'Mordie, and said in has conduct as Lord Mayor the late Mr. M'Mordie was never anything but straight and fair.

The Town Clerk (Mr. Robert Meyer) referred to the great kindness which Mr. M'Mordie had always shown to the officials.




We much regret to announce the death of Dr. J. J. Austin, which took place on Friday at his residence, Clifton Street. The deceased, who was one of the best known and most highly-respected medical practitioners in the city, had been attending to his professional duties on Monday, and taking a cold, pneumonia developed. A physician of the highest eminence, he enjoyed an extensive practice, and the news of his rather sudden demise will be received with feelings of profound sorrow by his large circle of acquaintances. The late Dr. Austin was a gentleman of a very retiring, disposition, and he took little part in public affairs. In politics he was a sound Unionist, and in religion he was a Presbyterian. His wife predeceased him some years ago, and he leaves three daughters and one son to mourn his loss. The utmost sympathy will be extended to them in their sad bereavement.

Rev. Dr. Park, preaching in Rosemary Street Church on Sabbath morning, said -- The death of: Dr. Austin, which took place after a short-illness on Friday morning, is a very serious loss to us as a congregation, and indeed to our whole community. As you all know, he was a very popular medical man, greatly trusted for his skill, and much beloved by his countless patients for his kindliness and sympathy. Quiet in his manner, and retiring in his disposition, he did not talk much about himself or his feelings, but he was a wise and thoughtful man with strong convictions and a deep sense of duty; and he was a very true and faithful friend. A Presbyterian by conviction, he was loyal to his Church at all times. He had been a member of this congregation for about seven years, and on joining us he identified himself at once with our congregational life and work, and took a generous interest in it all. Though one of the busiest of men, he was in his place regularly here Sabbath by Sabbath as often as his duties permitted and it was evident he enjoyed the services of the House of God. He may be said to have died in harness, as he would have desired to do; he was visiting his patients on Monday last; he became unwell on Monday night, and on Friday morning he passed away. He will be greatly missed in this city. Our heartfelt sympathy goes forth to his bereaved son and daughters, and we pray God to draw near to them and comfort them in their heavy sorrow.

The remains of the deceased were removed on Monday forenoon from his residence, Clifton Street, and interred in the City Cemetery. Although the funeral was announced to be private, there was a large attendance of the deceased's personal friends. Rev. Dr. Wm. Park and Rev. Samuel Thompson were the officiating clergymen. The funeral arrangements were entrusted to Messrs. Melville & Co., Ltd., Townsend, Street, and were satisfactorily carried out.


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The Witness - Friday, 17 December, 1915


RENTOUL -- December 7th, 1915, at Ardlui, Adelaide Park, Belfast, to Rev. and Mrs. J. L. Rentoul, Rostrevor -- a son.


CORKEY--READER -- Dec. 8, at St. Paul's, Onslow Square, London, by Rev. Prebendary Webb-Peploe, M.A., assisted by the Rev. Harries Janes, M.A., Rev. John L. Corkey, B.D., Dunloy, Co. Antrim, son of the late Rev. Joseph Corkey, M.A., LL.D., Glendermott, to Ethel Georgia, daughter of Edmund George Reader, late British Vice-Consul, Genoa, Italy, and of Mrs. Reader, 7, Callow Street, S.W., and grand-daughter of the late Rev. John Lillie, D.D., Hobart, Tasmania. At home, The Manse, Dunloy, January 25th and 26th.

EWART--GREEVES -- Dec. 14, at St. Mark's Church, Dundela, Belfast, by the Rev. Canon Clarendon, B.D. (uncle of the bridegroom), and the Rev. A. W. Barton, B.D., rector of the parish, Charles Gordon, younger son of Sir William Quartus Ewart, Bart., of Glenmachan, Belfast, to Mary Elizabeth, only daughter of Joseph M. Greaves, of Bernagh, Strandtown.


ALLEN -- Dec. 12, at 40, Hartigan Street, Robert, husband of Ann Jane Allen.

BELL -- Dec. 10, at Glenfaba, College Avenue, Bangor, Agnes Jane, wife of Francis Bell.

BOUCHER -- Dec. 14, at 1, Wallace Gardens, Lisburn, Ann Boucher.

BURKE -- Dec. 12, at Macantrim, Hamiltonsbawn, James Burke.

BURNS -- Dec. 14, at Knocknadona, Lisburn, Gladys K., eldest daughter of the late John Burns.

CAMPBELL -- Dec. 10, at 9, Cliftonpark Avenue, Belfast, John Campbell, aged 89 years.

CAVAN -- Dec. 11, at Shore Road, Newtownards, Margaret, relict of the late Robert Cavan, flaxbuyer, Newtownards.

CLARKE -- Dec. 13, at 37, Balfour Avenue, James, husband of Sarah Clarke (formerly Ballymaleddy, Comber).

COULTER -- Dec. 11, at Grangee, Millisle, Thomas Coulter, aged 85 years.

DESCHAMPS -- Dec. 13, at Post Office, Caledon, aged 74, widow of Monsieur S. Deschamps, B.A, Kilkooney, Armagh.

DINSMORE -- Dec. 14, at Molesworth Street, Cookstown, Ann Jane Dinsmore, relict of the late Joseph Dinsmore, in her 90th year.

FINLAY -- Dec. 11, at Ballycastle, Co. Down, John Finlay, aged 77 years.

GILPIN -- Dec. 10, at 67, Castlereagh Street, Ruth, daughter of the late Captain Wm. Gilpin.

GRAHAM -- Dec. 12, at her late residence, 1, Claremont Street, Londonderry, Margaret, beloved wife of Alexander Graham, and youngest daughter of the late William Moore, Ballymoney (Midland Railway), aged 40 years.

HARKNESS -- December 11, at The Manse, Castledawson, Margaret, the dear wife of Matthew Harkness, Burnbrae, Killycowan, Glarryford, aged 56 years.

HUTCHINSON -- December 8, 1915, at her parents' residence, 39, Seymour Street, Lisburn, Jane Eleanor, fourth daughter of Joseph and M. Hutchinson.

MAIRS -- Dec. 15, at 64, Rutland Street, Belfast, Margaretta, daughter of the late David Mairs.

MATCHETT -- December 8, 1915, at 1, Willowbank Gardens, Belfast, Thomas, son of the late Archibald Matchett, Tartaraghan.

MINFORD -- December 10, 1915, at Parkgate, Templepatrick, Elizabeth, widow of the late Hugh J. Minford, aged 67 years.

MITCHELL -- Dec. 12, at Chlorine House, University Road, Belfast, Robertina Jane Mitchell, widow of the late William C. Mitchell, formerly of Marmont, Strandtown.

M'DONALD -- Dec. 12, at Camden Villa, Balmoral, Isabel, wife of Alexander M'Donald.

MacMURRAY -- Dec. 11, at 5, West Elmwood, Belfast, Robert MacMurray, J.P., late of Glynn Park, Carrickfergus.

ORR -- Dec. 15, at Ballylesson, Margaret, daughter of the late James Orr, of Ballylesson, M.D.

QUAIL -- Dec. 14, at Montana Villa, Knockbreda Road, Sara, wife of James Quail, Solicitor and Under-Sheriff of Belfast.

SAYERS -- Dec. 15, at Gilford, Henry James Sayers, father of Jane Sayers.

SLOANE -- Dec. 12, at Drumard, Cookstown, Hessie, wife of R. J. Sloane, Kilkeel, Co. Down.

STEWART -- Dec. 14 (suddenly), at 62, Brougham Street, Robert, husband of Elizabeth Stewart.

WATSON -- Dec. 12, at Dromore Street, Ballynahinch, Ellen, wife of Robert Watson.

WATSON -- Dec. 12, at 9, Cedar Avenue, Robert Watson.

WAUGH -- December 8, at his residence, 196, Ravenhill Avenue, James, the beloved husband of Georgina Waugh.

WILSON -- Dec. 13, at Abbey View, Crossgar, Margaret Wilson.

In Memoriam

SHANNON -- In loving and affectionate remembrance of John Shannon, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan, who fell asleep on Thursday, 17th December, 1914, and was interred in New Cemetery, Ervey.
Dust to its narraw home beneath,
    Soul to ite place on high;
Those that have seen thy look in death
    No more need fear to die.





All accounts of the Allied retreat in Macedonia testify to the bravery of the Irish regiments engaged. The following report was issued by the War Office on Sunday --

After sustaining violent attacks delivered by the enemy in overwhelming numbers the 10th Division succeeded, with the help of reinforcements, in retiring to a strong position from Lake Doiran westward towards the valley of the Vardar.

In conjunction with our Allies the Division is reported to have fought well against very heavy odds, and it was largely due to the gallantry of the troops, and especially of the Munster Fusiliers, the Dublin Fusiliers, and the Connaught Rangers, that the withdrawal was successfully accomplished.

Owing to the mountainous nature of the country it was necessary to place eight field guns for purposes of defence in positions from which it was impossible to withdraw them when the retirement took place.

Our casualties amounted to some 1,500 men.



The Press Association's special correspondent, describing the retirement of the Allies in Serbia, say -- The enemy's first onslaught was not pressed with vigour, and was easily repulsed, but with constantly increasing strength, and with weather conditions in their favour, the Germans soon began to make things hot for our first line. They brought numerous mountain guns to positions which were impracticable for our less mobile piece, and opened a murderous fire at close range. Exposed to this hot gruelling, and threatened partly on our flank owing to the French retirement, our position soon became untenable, and the men ot the Irish division were withdrawn to the second line, which had been prepared a long time in advance.

In the course of these engagements the fighting often became vary close, owing to the mists; but the gallant Connaughts, Munsters, and Dublins proved themselves better men than the Bulgars, even with the latter's own favourite weapon -- the bayonet. Probably the cold made them appreciate almost as a luxury this form of exercise, but certain it is that time and again the enemy was driven off in a series of hand-to-hand encounters in which he suffered heavy loss. But the enemy's superiority of numbers, and especially their mountain guns, could not fail to predominate in the long run, we being entirely unprovided with these useful and indispensable weapons, and we retired to the second line, the French having meanwhile abandoned the bridgehead of Gradec and Hill 516. The importance of our stand in these positions is difficult to exaggerate, because had the Bulgarians succeeded in pushing through they would have cut off the retreat of the main body of the French as well as the British, and this would possibly have lead to a grave reverse. The splendid tenacity of the Irish Division, however, defeated the enemy's hopes, and gave the French command, as well as our own, ample time to proceed with the withdrawal in a methodical and orderly manner.

Since Tuesday the pressure of the Bulgarian offensive has relaxed, and our new positions are of great strength.



The Press Association's special correspondent with the British forces in Macedonia telegraphs under yesterday's (Sunday's) date as follows --

I have conversed with several of the wounded who took part in the recent fighting on our front. Their narratives confirm what I have already telegraphed in regard to the remarkable pluck and powers of endurance displayed by our men, and although the engagements resulted in our retirement, the enemy was made to appreciate the qualities of the foe to whom he is now opposed, and will probably feel no encouragement to press our flames too closely. As it was, all the conditions were in his favour. Not only were we outnumbered by about ten to one, but the enemy was abundantly provided with field, mountain, and machine-guns. Moreover, as already explained, the mist concealed his movements, and enabled him to get quite close to our position unseen.

Our most advanced position was known as Rocky Bay. The Bulgarian attack began at three o'clock on Monday morning with a tremendous hail of lead poured upon our trenches, which also suffered from whirling fragments of stone, Bulgarian high-explosive shells splintering the rocks and sending fragments in all directions, thus greatly intensifying the effect of their fire. Their infantry then advanced to the attack in massed formation, and were punished severely by our fire. But the scarcity of our guns did not permit us to take a proper toll of his exposed ranks. Our men emptied their magazines, firing rapidly into the advancing crush, and then tried to stem the tide with the bayonet; but they were overborne by sheer weight of numbers, and the position was lost. Nevertheless, the casualties suffered by the Bulgarians made them very cautious about approaching our second line, and, having the range to an inch, they plastered our trenches with shrapnel and high-explosive shells.


It was soon recognised that the position was untenable owing to the weight of the fire the enemy were able to bring to bear, and our troops fell back to their third line of defence. Two companies of the Inniskillings, however, held on to the ridge known as Kevis Crest, and kept the Bulgarians practically the whole morning, although they were backed only by rifle fire. Hardly a man escaped, but their stand impressed and delayed the Bulgars, thus giving us much-needed time to complete our defensive dispositions on our third line, where the Bulgarians were finally held up. When these operations are regarded in their proper light -- that is to say, as rear-guard actions -- the splendid work put in by our men can be appreciated, and the fact that the Bulgarians remained in possession of our first and second lines loses its significance.

Although we are continuing our steady withdrawal towards the Greek frontier, the Bulgarians, at any rate for the four days following the action above described, have not attempted any strong offensive, which is sufficient proof of the heavy punishment they received. No Germans were observed on our front, but many of the Bulgarians apparently knew a little English, and frequently in the course of close fighting shouts were heard of "Don't shoot; we are English," or "Cease firing." The similarity of Bulgarian and British uniforms might easily increase the confusion to which such ruses might tend to give rise. The Bulgarian cape in particular are almost indistinguishable from the British. It would therefore seem advisable to provide our men with some distinguishing mark in order to avert the possibility of mistakes.



By the death, which took place on Saturday last, of Mr. Hugh Scott, Poor-law Guardian and Rural Councillor for the Ballymena Union, a well-known and popular resident is lost to the Portglenone district. He had spent the whole of his life in native town, and was proud of it. He was a member of the First Portglenone Presbyterian Church, and a generous subscriber to all its funds. His remains were removed on Monday for interment in the family burying-ground, and the large concourse of people who followed his remains to the graveside bore testimony to the respect and esteem in which he was held, and the sympathy which is felt with his family in their bereavement. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. C. Jasper.



Recently the death of Miss Mary Ann Black took place at her late residence, 56, Rosemount Gardens, Belfast, at an advanced age. She resided for a great number of years with her niece. She travelled in the Continent and through Egypt with Lady Sarah Spencer, and was with her on the occasion of Lord Spencer being Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. She received from Lady Sarah a handsome pension. She was the eldest daughter of the late Mr. Charles Black, of Castledawson, who during his lifetime occupied the unique position of landsteward over the estate of the late Colonel Dawson, of Moyola Park, now held by the Chichester family, one of whose sons is at present serving in the Army. Rev. Samuel Thompson, Clifton Street Presbyterian Church, officiated at the house and graveside, of which church deceased was a member. Her remains were interred in Balmoral Cemetery, the chief mourners being Mrs. Henry Clarks (sister), Miss A. M'Neilly (niece), Mr. Wm. Charles Johnson and Mr. Robert James Clarke (nephews).



The death occurred on the 8th inst., of the Rev. William Young, Presbyterian minister of Bramhall, Cheshire. Mr. Young, who was in his seventy-sixth year, was born at Londonderry, and was the eldest son of Mr. Thomas Young, of that city. His education, begun at Foyle College, Londonderry, was afterwards continued at Queen's College, Belfast, and New College, Edinburgh. After eleven years of ministerial work in the North of Ireland, Mr. Young, in 1877, was appointed the first minister of the Presbyterian Church in Singleton Road, Kersal, and remained in charge for twenty-four years. On his retirement, in 1901, he was made "minister emeritus" and continued a member of the Manchester Presbytery. Mr. Young took a keen interest in the Presbytery's work; he was at one time a Moderator, and quite recently, when the minister holding that office went away on active service with the soldiers at the front, he was invited once more to take the place of Moderator. For many years Mr. Young was honorary secretary and treasurer of the Home for Gentlewomen, Higher Broughton, and in this and many other ways he heartily aided public movements. Mr. Young was a contributor to numerous magazines and to the "Encyclopaedia Britannica." He leaves a widow, two sons, and two daughters. His sons are Mr. T. M. Young, Deputy Public Trustee, Manchester, and Mr. Filson Young, the well-known writer.



We announce with regret the death of Mr. Samuel Hanna, Mobuoy, one of the best known and most esteemed residents in Londonderry district. Mr. Hanna, who was a brother of Mr. W. J. Hanna, J.P., of Whitehouse, Carrigans, had reached the ripe age of eighty-two years. He was a kindly-hearted gentleman, and he will be greatly missed not only by the large circle of friends who admired him for his integrity and uprightness, but also by the farming community generally, who looked upon him as one of the most successful agriculturists of the North-West. His connection with the Mobuoy farm goes back beyond half a century. His death removes an earnest and benevolent member of First Glendermott Presbyterian Church.



A special meeting of the Executive Committee of the Mid-Antrim Constitutional Association was held in the Protest Hall, Ballymena, on Friday afternoon -- Rev. Andrew Patton, Cloughwater, presiding -- at which the adoption of the following resolution was proposed by Mr. Samuel Hood, J.P. -- "That we desire to place on record our sense of the great loss sustained to the association, the Unionist cause, and the country at large, through the death of the Right Honourable John Young, P.C., D.L., LL.D., who has been our chairman since its inception, and for almost half a century a capable exponent of the policy for which the association now stands; and that we tender to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. R. Young and the other members of the family our sincere sympathy with them in their bereavement." The resolution was seconded by Mr. John Graham Wallace, County Councillor; supported by Mr. Thomas Burns, J.P., and passed in silence, the members standing.

At a meeting of Galgorm L.O.L. No. 239, Br. Thomas Lynn, W.M., said they all deeply regretted to hear the sad news of the death of the Right Honourable John Young. His commanding figure and personality, which they all admired and respected, would be much missed in their neighbourhood, and his many charitable acts of kindness would live long in their memories. They all deplored his loss. He moved that the secretary (Mr. D. M'Clean) send a letter of condolence to the members of the family. The motion was passed in silence, the members standing.


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The Witness - Friday, 24 December, 1915


DAWSON--SALE -- Dec. 15, at Enniscorthy Church, Mullingar, by the Rev. A. E. Crotty, assisted by the Rev. F. Bonning, Robert, son of the late James Dawson and Mrs. Dawson, Cornacarron, Cootehill, to Kathleen E., younger daughter of the late Wm. Sale, Rathmoyie, Edenderry, and of Mrs. Sale, Catherinestown, Mullingar.

WILSON--BURNETT -- Dec. 22, at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Blackrock, Dublin, by the father of the bride, assisted by the Rev. James Snowdon, B.D., Dr. W. O. Wilson, Mayfair, Johannesburg, youngest son of John Wilson, J.P., Northern Bank House, Ballymena, to Dora, third daughter of the Rev. Lawson Burnett, senior minister of Donaghmore, Newry.


BULLER -- Dec. 22, at his residence, Brickland, Loughbrickland, John A. Buller, aged 70. Funeral this day (Friday), at 2 p.m., to family burying-ground, Loughbrickland.

FRAZER -- Dec. 13, 1915, at 13, Blessington Street, Caroline Mary Fraser, daughter of the late William Frazer, Arran Quay, Dublin, aged 83. Interred in Mount Jerome on 15th inst. "Her works do follow her."

LEES -- At the residence of her father, 17, Glenalpin Street (suddenly), Lizzie, the only daughter of James Getty, and wife of the late Sub. Lieutenant Less, R.N.R. Funeral private.

ARNOLD -- Dec. 18, Eliza Wilson, wife of Rev. R. J. Arnold, M.A., Dunmurry, County Antrim.

BEGGS -- Dec. 15, at 4, Carson Street, Larne, May, relict of the late John Beggs.

BELL -- Dec. 21, at 41, Lonsdale Street, Belfast, Clements Bell, aged 67.

BOYLE -- Dec. 20, at 55, Atlantic Avenue, Isabella, widow of George Boyle.

BRYAN -- Dec. 17, at Roebank School, Limavady, George Bryan, aged 72.

BUCHANAN -- Dec. 20, at Island View, Lisburn, Thomas G., husband of Margaret Buchanan.

CAITHNESS -- Dec. 21, at Ivyholme, Whiteabbey, Margaret Caithness, in her 84th year.

CLUFF -- Dec. 15, at Campsie, Cookstown, Frances Anne, widow of the late Richard Cluff, J.P., Kildress House.

CLUGSTON -- Dec. 21, at 47, Fitzroy Avenue, Belfast, M. J. H. (Maggie), wife of John Clugston, in her 53rd year.

COATES -- Dec. 16, at Quoile, Downpatrick, Mary E., widow of the late Edward Coates.

DAY -- Dec. 20, at Lurgan Union Hospital, Walter Dunn Day, of the Lurgan Golf Club, aged 75 years.

DESPARD -- Dec. 16, at Marsville, Evelyn Gardens, Belfast, Jane Anne, widow of the late Edward F. Despard.

DICKSON -- Dec. 8, at the residence of her brother, Fairview House, Edentelone, Co. Tyrone, Mary Ann, eldest daughter of the late James Dickson.

DONALDSON -- Dec. 16, at Solheim, Dundalk, Elizabeth Annie, widow of J. Randal Donaldson, Solicitor, Dundalk.

ESLER -- Dec. 20, Patrick Alexander, son of William Esler, Balloo, Islandmagee.

GIFFIN -- Dec. 20, at Greenisland, Annie, widow of the late David Giffin, Carrickfergus.

GREEN -- Dec. 21. at Ballycairn, Aghalee, Sara Jane, wife of Richard Green.

KILLIPS -- Dec. 19, at 9, Dufferin Avenue, Bangor, Ursula, widow of the late Hugh Killips, Ballydavey, Craigavad.

LEE -- Dec. 20, at Coole, Coalisland, Alex. N. Lee.

LONG -- At 13, Cambrai Street, John Long, husband of Mary Long.

M'CAY -- Dec. 16, at Ulster Bank House, Cavan, Henrietta, wife of Robert A. M'Cay.

M'CLEARY -- Dec. 17, at 36, Rutland Street, John M'Cleary (late R.I.C.).

M'CULLOUGH -- Dec. 17, at Fairy Hill, Cranmore, Belfast, Elizabeth, wife of John M'Cullough.

M'NEICE -- Dec. 19, at 49, Balfour Avenue, Belfast, Annie, relict of the late Daniel M'Neice, formerly of Lurgan.

MILLIKEN -- Dec. 21, at 4, Greenmount Terrace, Ballyclare, Marianne Cameron, widow of the late James Milliken, in her 92nd year.

NEILL -- Dec. 17, Eleanor, wife of William J. Neill, 3, Yarrow Terrace, Crumlin Road, Belfast.

PATRIE -- Dec. 19, at 11, Deramore Avenue, Belfast, Mary Ann, widow of the late Wm. Patrie.

PATTERSON -- Dec. 16, at The Manse, Greyabbey, Margaret, third daughter of late William Patterson, Cairncairn, Broughshane, Ballymena.

PURDON -- Dec. 19, at her residence, Fountain Street, Antrim, Eliza Jane Pardon.

REA -- Dec. 19, at 4, Queen's Elms, Thomas James Taylor Rea, L.D.S., son of the late Hans Taylor Rea, Lisnataylor House, Crumlin.

RODEN -- Dec. 18, at Tullymore Park, Newcastle, County Down, Ireland, Robert Julian Orde, seventh Earl of Roden, age 70.

SHEARMAN -- Dec. 19, at Shankill Rectory, Belfast, Rev. J. N. Shearman, Rector of St. Matthew's, Belfast, aged 69.

SKILLING -- Dec. 19, 1915, at 9, Sutherland Street, Partick, Glasgow, Mary Ann Ritchie, beloved wife of Alexander Skilling.

SMITH -- Dec. 21, at 14, Kinnaird Street, Mary, wife of John Smith.

TEDFORD -- Dec. 17, at 1, Belmont Road, Eleanor, widow of the late Wm. Tedford, Strandtown.

WEIR -- Dec. 17, at his residence, Woodburn, Galgorm Parks, Ballymena, Jervis Weir.



Ballymena Magistrates' Tribute

At Ballymena Petty Sessions on Friday, Mr. James Roche, R.M. (who presided), referred in touching terms to the death of the Right Honourable John Young, who for a great number of years had occupied the position of chairman in that court. He proposed the adoption of the following resolution:--

"That we, the magistrates in petty sessions assembled at Ballymena this 17th day of December, 1915, desire to express to Mr. W. R. Young and the other members of the family of the Right Honourable John Young our deep and sincere sympathy with them in their melancholy bereavement, and our sense of regret and personal loss in the death of the Right Honourable John Young, D.L. Mr. Young was an outstanding figure in the public and social life of this district of County Antrim for upwards of half a century, and all his actions were animated by the loftiest of motives, and characterised by that depth and breadth of view which he possessed in an especial degree. During the greater part of that time he was chairman of this court, and he invariably brought to bear in the discharge of the duties of the office a sympathetic interest in the litigants and a keen sense of justice and law, and his decisions were always respected. His loss in the public business not only of this town and district, but of the wider sphere in which his influence was exercised and appreciated, will be deeply felt.

Mr. Samuel Hood, J.P., seconded the resolution, which was supported by Mr. Chas. M'Connell, J.P.; Mr. George B. Hanna, solicitor; Mr. Wm. Mehaffy (Clerk), and District-Inspector M'Ginley, all the speakers paying graceful tributes to the memory of the deceased.

The motion was passed in silence, everyone standing, and it was decided that a copy of the resolution he forwarded to Mr. Wm. R. Young.


Girls' Collegiate School,








MIDDLE GRADE. -- V. M'Quaker -- 3 Prize Modern Language Course, Honours French (10th Place in Grade), German (7th Place in French and German combined), Algebra, Geometry, Third-Year Drawing. Honour Course -- History and Geography.
M. Blair -- 2 Prize Modern Language Course, Honours French, German, Algebra, Geometry, Third-Year Drawing. Honour Course -- History and Geography.
M. Browne passed in all subjects entered for.

JUNIOR GRADE. -- K. Gibson -- Honours French, German, History, and Geography. Honour Course -- Geometry, Second-Year Drawing and Science.
J. Henry -- Honours Arithmetic and Algebra. Honour Course -- History and Geography, Drawing and Science.
R. Taylor -- Honour Course -- History and Geography, Drawing and Science.
M. Duff -- Honour Course -- History and Geography, Drawing and Science.
H. Blair -- Honours History and Geography.

These pupils passed in all subjects entered for.


Senior Division -- Prizes, V. M'Quaker, M. Blair.
Junior Division -- Prize, Queenie Orr.



Diploma of Licentiate of Royal Academy of Music -- A. Loughrey.


Intermediate -- O. Gibson, V. M'Quaker.
Theory -- V. M'Quaker (95 out of 99 marks).


Higher -- M. Hamilton.
Lower -- J. Duff, K. Gibson, M. Corry, E. Corry.
Elementary -- K. Browne (Honours), V. Farrell.
Primary -- D. Hamilton.


Senior Pass -- C. Moore.


Senior Pianoforte Solo -- A. Loughrey, 4th Place (4 marks below 1st Place).
Junior Pianoforte Solo -- V. M'Quaker, 4th Place.


1 Prize presented by the Lady Mayoress (Lady M'Cullagh) for highest place at public examinations -- V. M'Quaker.
Prizes presented by Principals for good marks at public examinations -- M. Blair, M. Browne, K. Gibson, J. Henry, B. Taylor, M. Duff, H. Blair.
Music Prize presented by Miss Montgomery, Mus.Bac. -- Queenie Orr; 2nd Prize, M. Davison.
Silver Medal for Music presented by Miss Bennett, L.R.A.M. -- M. Hamilton; 2nd Prize, K. Browne.
Prizes for Mathematics presented by Miss Beggs, B.A. -- J. Henry, L. Montgomery.
Modern Languages, presented by Mademoiselle Beyer -- M. Blair, M. Browne, H. Blair, V. Farrell, T. Bulla, E. M'Mullan, C. Bulla.
Silver Medal for Sight-Singing, presented by F. J. Moffett, Esq. -- L. Montgomery; 2nd Prize, B. Taylor.
Scripture -- N. Ward, J. Henry, H. Blair, B. Taylor, K. Browne, M. Adams, V. Farrell, M. M'Kinney.
English -- V. M'Quaker, N. Ward, M. Adams, M. Hamilton, B. MacLaughlin, T. Strain, Q. Orr, M. McKinney, V. Farrell.
French -- V. M'Quaker, M. Blair, K. Gibson, N. Ward, H. Blair, M. Duff, J. Henry, M. Hamilton, K. Browne, M. Adams, L. Montgomery, B. MacLaughlin, M. McKinney.
German -- V. M'Quaker, M. Blair, K. Gibson, H. Blair, M. Hamilton, L. Montgomery.
Mathematics -- V. M'Quaker, M. Blair, N. Ward, J. Finlay, H. Blair, M. Legate, K. Gibson, B. Taylor, M. Corry, M. Duff, M. Hamilton, E. Ritchie, A. Adair, M. Adams, Q. Orr, B. MacLaughlin.
Science -- B. Taylor, H. Blair, J. Henry, M. Hampton, L. Montgomery.
Drawing -- V. M'Quaker, B. Taylor, M. Corry. H. Blair, J. Henry, E. M'Mullan, E. Montgomery.
Recitation: -- M. Bulla.
Music -- D. Hamilton, P. M'Eldowney.


Class III. -- 1st, Richard M'Cullough; 2nd, Crennel Bulla; 3rd, Ethel Jeffers; O. Hefferon, improvement.
Class II. -- 1st, Helen Lyons; 2nd, Denis Strain; Nym MacLaughlin, Scripture; Pat M'Eldowney, Spelling; Betty Keith, Arithmetic.
Class I. -- 1st, Madge Hall; 2nd, Sam Dalzell; Maggie Moffett, Tables and Arithmetic; Muriel Foster, Reading and Spelling; Darwin Bullla, Reading and Poetry; Ted Bodenham, Writing; Freda Pearson, Writing and Reading.


Class I. -- Brian Armstrong, Douglas Farrell, Jack Hay, Brownie Hay, Walter Kinning, Annie Roberts, Leonard Uprichard, Betty Palmer, Gweenie Gibson, Constance M'Donnell.

Lower Division -- Doreen Hefferon, Gracie M'Kinney, Harry Roberts, Jack Miller, Paul Fry, Hamilton Boomer.





MATRICULATION PRIZE -- Isabel Hagan, I. Lindsay.

SCRIPTURE -- N. Moffitt, B. Nixon, A. Reynolds, M. Lindsay, N. Beatty, F. Byford, A. Porter, M. Richardson, F. Boyle, B. M'Vicker, M. Martin.

ENGLISH -- H. Ferguson, N. Moffitt, A. Reynolds, B. Dixon, H. Martin, M. Stewart, N. Duffleld, H. Blair, M. Richardson, N. Beatty, F. Byford, B. M'Ilwaine, M. M'Ilwaine, D. Nixon, M. Byford, A. Martin, T. Shane, E. Clements, E. Miller, P. Minford.

LATIN -- H. Blair, M. Moffitt, M. Stewart.

FRENCH -- H. Ferguson, E. Levinson, H. Blair, A. Reynolds, B. Nixon, A. Porter, N. Beatty, B. M'Ilwaine.

GERMAN -- E. Levinson, R. Thompson, M. Lindsay.

MATHEMATICS -- N. Moffitt (Special Prize presented by Miss Hagan, B.A.), B. Nixon (Special Prize presented by Miss Hagan, B.A.), L. Graham, R. Thompson, A. Hunter, M. Richardson.

SCIENCE -- N. Beatty, N. Moffitt.

DRAWING -- H. Ferguson, A. Reynolds, B. Nixon, N. Beattie, M. Lindsay.

MUSIC -- I. Irwin. M. Stewart, M. Cromie.

PAINTING -- N. M'Lean.

NEEDLEWORK -- J. Gibson, D. Hunter, A. Hunter.


KINDERGARTEN PRIZES -- D. Spence. H. Porter, L. Miskimmon, E. Graham, D. Byford, M. Wilis, D. Stewart, D. Beatty, R. Kane, G. Atkinson, S. Spence, D. Roberts, I. Erwin, R. Young, V. Dunlop, I. M'Cleary, G. M'Bride, S. Wills, H. Wills,




Those whose names are marked with an Asterisk are Ineligible for that award through having obtained an equal or higher award in another group.


Latin (Senior Grade) -- A. M C. Stevenson.
History and Historical Geography -- (Senior Grade) -- G. Thompson.




*First Class Exhibition (30) -- A. M'C. Stevenson.


1st -- First Class Exhibition (30) -- A. M'C. Stevenson.


First Class Exhibition (30) -- R. M. Hamilton.



Second Class Exhibition (15) -- R. W. Steele.

Prize, value 2 -- J. C. C. Boyle.


Prize, value 3 -- V. J. F. Wilson.
*Prize, value 2 -- R. W. Steele.
*Prize, value 2 -- P. G. Boyd.


Prize, value 3 -- P. G. Boyd.
*Prize, value 2 -- V. J. F. Wilson.
*Prize, value 1 -- W. M'C. Edmiston.


Prize, value 1 -- W. M C. Edmiston.
Prize, value 1 -- H. J. A. M'Neill.



Prize, value 1 -- R. D. M'Lean.


Prize, value 2 -- A. F. E. Stewart.


First Class Exhibition (15) -- J. H. Anderson.
Prize, value 3 -- M. F. Leslie.
Prize, value 3 -- J. S. Hawthorne.
Prize, value 1 -- C. W. R. M'Caldin.


*Prize, value 2 -- J. H. Anderson.
*Prize, value 2 -- J. 8. Hawthorne.




Prize, value 4 -- A. M'C. Stevenson.


Prize, value 4 -- A. M'C. Stevenson.



First Honours (1st Place) Mental and Moral Philosophy (Senior Freshmen) -- D. B. Woodburn.
Entrance Exam. -- B. Chapman.


Classical Scholarship -- A. D. M'Lean.
Marshall Porter Prize -- D. B. Woodburn.
First Honours in Classics (Junior Freshmen) -- J. F. Ward.
Entrance Exam, -- W. Smith.


Second Senior Moderatorship in Classics (Gold Medal) -- J. A. Kyle.
Fifth Senior Moderatorship in Classics (Gold Medal) -- J. A. Glen.
Second Senior Moderatorship in Philosophy (Gold Medal) -- J. A. Kyle.
Second Senior Moderatorship in History (Gold Medal) -- J. A. Glen.
Brooke Prize and Moderatorship Prize of 50 -- J. A. Kyle.
Moderatorship Prize of 20 -- J. A. Glen.
First Classical Sizarship -- A. M'C. Stevenson.
First Class Junior Exhibition (40) -- A. M'C. Stevenson.
First Claes Senior Exhibition (3rd Place, 40) -- D. B. Woodburn.
First Rank Prize (3rd Place) in Classics (Senior Freshmen) -- D. B. Woodburn.
First Rank Prize (4th Place) in Classics (Junior Freshmen) -- A. D. M'Lean.
First Rank Prize (3rd Place) in Mental and Moral Philosophy (Senior Freshmen) -- D. B. Woodburn.
Second Rank Prize in Classics (Junior Freshmen) -- J. F. Ward.
Intermediate Medical, Part 1. (3rd Place) -- J. B. M'Granahan.
Junior Moderatorshtp -- B. Strawbridge.


Entrance Scholarship, value 40 (2nd Place) -- J. H. Barr.
Medical Scholarship (40), 1st Place, 2nd Year -- G. D. L. Smith.
Porter Scholarship and 3rd Year Classical Scholarship -- W. S. Ferguson.


W. E. D. Crawford, H. C. Lowry, W. F. Donaghy, H. J. A. M'Neill.


J. A. Johnston, D, G, Roubton.



J. A. Williams, D. C. Osborne, R. O. Eaton.



M'Crea Science Scholarship -- J. Ross Patterson.

Drummond Bursary -- F. W. Chambers.


Biggar Scholarship -- George Thompson.

Adams Bursary -- W. White.

Fullerton Scholarship (divided) -- F. J. Chambers.

M'Crea Science Scholarship -- J. M'Caughey,


Value 45, for Three Years. -- F. J. Chambers.



S. G. Gilmore.



J. J. P. Connelly, M. Matthews, H. W. Johnston.



R. W. Steele, P. G. Boyd.


J. S. Hawthorne, J. H. Anderson, M. F. Leslie, W. D. Forgrave, J. R. Semple, C. W. R. M'Caldin.


L. G. P. Freer, W. M'C. Thompson, C. H. Eason, C. Chambers, E. L. Elkin.


W. Michael, J. A. Dowds, A. A. Smith, J. W. Glenn, F. Barbour.


Division III. -- M. F. C. Mar
Division I. -- W. S. Baxter


A. M'C. Stevenson and R. M. Hamilton (equal).



French -- J. S. Greer.


Classics -- Steevenson, A. M'C.; White, T. W.
Mathematics -- Hamilton, R. M.
English -- Stevenson, A. M'C.; Thompson, G.
French -- Hamilton, R. M.; White, T. W.

FORM IV. (a).

Classics -- Steele, R. W.; Boyle, J. C. C.
Mathematics -- Boyd, P. G.; Wilson, V. J. F.
English -- Thompson, R. G. F.; Boyd, P. G.
French -- Steele, R. W.; Wilson, V. J. F.
German -- Wilson, V. J. F.
Science -- Wilson, V. J. F.

FORM IV. (b).

French and German -- Press, W. H.

FORM III. (a).

Greek -- M'Lean, R. D.; Smith, R. M.
Latin -- Martin, M. F. C.; Anderson, J. H.
Mathematics -- Martin, M. F. C.; Anderson, J. H.
English -- Martin, M. F. C.; Anderson, J. H.
French -- Hawthorne, J. S.; M'Caldin, C. R. W.
German -- Stewart, A. F. E.
Science -- Hawthorne, J. S.; Anderson, J. H.

FORM III. (b).

Latin -- Lynn, F. C. M.
Mathematics -- Jobuston, S. W.; Glenn, J.
English -- Johnston, S. W.
French -- Boyle, A. B.
Science -- Johnston, S. W.


Latin -- Thompson, W.; Freer, L. G. P.; Press, F. E. V.
Greek -- Thompson, W.: Freer, L. G. P.
Mathematics -- Freer, L, G. P.; Chambers, C.
English -- M'Cleland, A. W.; Freer, L. G. P.; Frizell, G. M.
French -- Baxter, W. S.; Freer, L. G. P.
Science -- Chambers, C.


Latin -- Smith, A.; Rankin, G. D.
English -- Arbuckle, H. B.; Smyth, A. A.
Mathematics -- Arbuckle, H. B.; Smyth, A. A.
French -- Arbuckle, H. B.; Adams, G. H.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --




1st MacMaster, J. C.; Hamilton, H. S.
2nd Caldwell, H. C.


1st Glendinnlng, H. V.
2nd Glendinning, A. C.
3rd Otewes, W. A. D.
3rd Hunter, A.


1st Paul, W. H.
2nd Vance, H. M.
3rd M'Vicker, J. F. G.
3rd Craig, D. D.


Boas, A.


Anderson, A. W.


Glendinning, J. E.; Bryce, F. S.; McVeigh, B. H. A.; Henry, E. G. S.; Anderson, R. N. G.

The Christmas Holidays will begin on Wednesday, 22nd December. SCHOOL WILL REOPEN on TUESDAY, 11th January, 1916, at Ten o'clock a.m.

R. F. DILL, M.A., Headmaster.



Principal -- W. A. FULLERTON, B.A.


(All Won Direct from the School.)


29 Distinctions Won (22 held).
1 Medal
6 Exhibitions (5 held).
2 Special Competition Prizes.
20 General Prizes (14 held).
34 Honour Passes.
111 Pupils passed the Examination generally.

Percentage Pass == 87 per cent.

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Megaw Scholarship of 40.

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Grocers' Company SbhoWship of 25.
Jamison Bursary of 10.

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Four Senior Certificates (One Honour), One Junior Certicate.
Banks -- Two.
Customs and Excise -- One.
Woman Clerkships -- One.
Temporary Clerkships -- Two.
Pupil Teacherships -- Eight.
King's Scholarships -- Six.


Medals Presented by Captain the Hon. H. O'Neill, M.P. -- Boys, H. Barclay; Girls, Janie. K Carson.
Honour Football Cap, Presented by Lieut. W. O. Wilson, M.B. -- T. S. Haslett.
Money Prizes for First Places in Preparatory Grade Class -- Boys, R. Alcorn; Girls, Rita Armstrong.


Greek -- J. Nimmons.
Latin -- Jane Lecky Davison, Nelly Simpson, T. M'Cullough, Jeannie McGowan, E. V. Barclay.
French -- Mabel Armstrong, Janie E. Carson, Eva Stevenson, Mary M. Wallace, Maisie Adair, Mary P. Calderwood, Kathleen Carson, Maggie King, Jane Lament Davison, Nelly Simpson, T. M'Cullough, B. Anderson, J. Haslett, S. W. Kennedy, W. J. Scott, J. M'Gowan, J. Henry, Sadie M'Dowall.
German -- Mabel Armstrong, Rosa Jack, Augusta Russell, Kathleen Carson, May Erwin, Rachel Irwin, Jeannie M. Wylie, Maggie Cummings, Jane Lamont Davison, Tillie Marshall, Sara Fleck, Mary E. Matthews, Lily Walker.
English -- Rosetta Logan, Mary M'Cosh, Wilma Thompson, Maggie Bomber, Lily Dunlop, Annie Fleck, Myra Walker, B. Smyth, H. Carson, K. Knowles, R. Linton, C. Murphy, J. M. Sloan, R. Sanderson.
Mathematics -- Violet Barbour, E. A. M'Clatchie, Mary P. Calderwood, Kathleen Carson, Marie Esler, Rachel Irwin. Maggie King, Eva Mathews, Winifred Scott, J. Minds, J. C. Jack, R. A. Kernohan, J. Meban, J. J. Stewart, Jeanie Chesney, Mary M'Miilen, W. Graham, W. Hinds, A. Hunter, B. Kernohan, D. M'Clelland, H. Stewart, T. Law, W. Boyd, J. M'Kinney, T. A. M'Lelland, Winnie Vint, R. M'Connell.
Science or Science and Drawing -- H. Barclay, J. W. Kernohan, J. M'Quitty, Edith Davison, Winifred Scott, R. M. Thompson, J. C. Armstrong, B. Kernohan, D. M'Clelland, J. E. M'Ilroy, G. Bothwell, J. Houston, D. K. Smyth.
Commercial Course -- Janie Spence.
Civil Service Subjects -- Josephine Thompson, Nina Kyle, Mary S. King.
King's Scholarship Class -- Jane P. Gilmore, M. Calderwood.
General Proficiency -- Nellie Allen, Mary Richmond, Susie Murphy, W. D. Hamilton, T. S. Haslett, A. M'Loughlin, D. M'Millan, S. J. Stewart, A. Wall, Elizabeth Boal, Mary Crothers, Minnie Heatly, May Spence, Margie Thompson, Tillie Tweed, D. M'Neill, E. Orr,
J. Young, Lizzie Johnston, Winifred Aicken, Winifred Anderson, Agnes Cameron, Victoria Cameron, Mabel Carson, Lizzie Cruikshanks, Jane C. Gilmer, Victoria Gilmore, Jane Hood, Sara Marshall, Jane P. Thompson, J. H. Carson, A. Crawford, W. B. Erwin, J. Gaston,
O. W. Gilmour, Wilson Graham, W. M'Connell, H. M'Laughlin, F. G. Marshall, J. Stuart, J. G. Tweed, A. Watt, P. Carson, H. Purce.



An adjourned meeting of the Glendermott Presbytery was held yesterday in the Y.M.C.A., Derry. There were present -- Revs. Thomas Thompson (Moderator), D. Hay, W. Park, J. Rutherford, J. Johnston, with Messrs. D. J. Thompson, S. Eaton, J.P., S. W. M'Keown, Jas. Irwin, ruling elders. Rev. A. Scott reported the death of William M'Carter, elder in Upper Cumber congregation. Rev. John Johnston was nominated manager of Aghill National School during the vacancy in Gortnessy. Rev. John Johnston reported that the poll list of the congregation of Gortnessy was confirmed, and that the following candidates were to be heard by the congregation -- Rev. Thomas J. Coulter, Rev. A. Gailey, Mr. Gibson, Mr. Hall, Mr. Johnston, Rev. D. M'Connell, Mr. Tynan.



The above school occupies the unique position of having forty former pupils serving their King and country in the present war. To each of these the teachers and pupils have forwarded a Christmas parcel, and, judging by the letters arriving daily, it is evident the recipients fully appreciated the thoughtfulness of their Doagh friends. A considerable number of the parcels reached the young men in the trenches, and the cheery letters in reply speak volumes for the high spirits and resolute will displayed by them. It is the earnest wish of all that they may return in safety to their friends after taking part in the operations leading up to a final and glorious victory. It may also be stated that the children of this school have voluntarily relinquished their claim to the usual yearly prizes, and the sum is being spent in procuring wool for socks for the "locals" now serving at the front. The little girls have entered on their loving task with great rest, and are delighted to be able to "do their bit" even at home.



Much regret was occasioned in Ballymena and district on Friday by the sudden death of Mr. Jervis Weir, a well-known farmer, who resided at Woodburn, about midway between Ballymena and Cullybackey. The deceased, who had been suffering for some time from heart trouble, transacted business in Ballymena on the previous day, and appeared then to be in excellent spirits, but on Friday morning he was discovered dead in bed. Mr. Weir spent part of his life in Australia, where he acted as manager for a large sheep farmer. On returning home he carried on a successful business in Linenhall Street, and after giving this up he purchased Woodburn, a charmingly-situated residence on the Cullybackey Road. He was a most successful farmer, and was highly respected by all who knew him. He was a devoted member of Wellington Street Presbyterian Church, and a staunch Unionist in politics. He is survived by three sons and one daughter. Two of the sons are engineers, one being at present in Australia and the other at Gibraltar. The youngest son is at home managing the farm, while the daughter is married to Captain Robert Millar, of the Glasgow streamer Queen Elizabeth.

The funeral took place on Sabbath, and the large and representative cortege testified in the highest degree to the great esteem in which the deceased was held. An impressive service was conducted at Woodburn by the Rev. R. M. M'C. Gilmour, and at the churchyard of First Ahoghill, where the remains were interred, the Rev. H. W. Boyd officiated.


December, 1915 Results

143, Royal Avenue, BELFAST.


49th Place -- Miss E. F. Barns, 11, Orchard Terrace, Omagh.
On First Trial and at Minimum Age.


Mr. Albert Hearn, 8, Rathgar Street, Belfast.
Succeeds on First Trial direct from our Evening Classes.

NORTHERN BANK (November) --

Mr. Charles M'Clean, Railway Place, Coleraine.

FARROWS' BANK (December) --

Mr. Harold Tyrrell, Park View, Victoria Road, Sydenham.


Ulster Bank, 2 Successes.
Northern Bank, 2 Successes.

BUSINESS APPOINTMENTS (10/-to 20/- per week) --

Miss Boyd, Miss Harkness, Miss Haslett, Miss Alexander, Miss Richardson, Miss M'Crae

The above successes afford a striking testimony to the excellence of the tuition given, and the splendid organisation of the classes at

Proprietors, Skerry's College, Ireland, Ltd.



We regret to announce the death of Mr. Clements Bell, which took place somewhat suddenly at his residence, 41, Lonsdale Street, on Tuesday morning. A son of the late Mr. William Sayers Bell, Killead, County Antrim the deceased entered the offices Messrs. Henderson & Sons, shipping agents, and at the conclusion of his apprenticeship emigrated to Australia, where he engaged in sheep farming on an extensive scale. On returning to Belfast in 1879, Mr. Bell married Miss E. B. Sherlock, daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Sherlock, Ballydonaghy, Crumlin, and started business as a flesher in the Old Lodge Road. He also took an interest in the cattle trade, being a well-known buyer and seller in Ireland and across the water. A prominent member of Agnes Street Presbyterian Church, the deceased served on the committee for about twenty years, and had the respect and confidence of the entire congregation. In politics he was a staunch Unionist. He leaves a widow and a family of three children, two sons and a daughter, with whom much sympathy will be felt in their bereavement.



On the evening of Thursday last week a most distressing shooting tragedy took place in Glenalpin Street, Belfast, when Sub-Lieut. Lees, R.N.R., shot his wife at the residence of her father, Mr. Getty, and then committed suicide. The couple had only been married six months, and on the day of the tragedy Lieut. Lees had come home to Belfast on an unexpected one-day visit.

At the inquest, held on Saturday last, Sergeant Fox produced a photograph of the dead officer and his wife, which was found in the former's pocket. On the back of the postcard was written -- "Loved too much and cannot live apart. -- Betty and Bob."

Mr. Getty said he would like to add that his son-in-law's parents had been like a father and mother to his daughter.

The jury found that Elizabeth Lees died from a revolver wound wilfully inflicted by her husband, who died from a revolver wound to the head, self-inflicted, whilst temporarily insane.

The remains of the late Sub-Lieutenant Lees were removed at noon from the Morgue by motor hearse to Coleraine, where the interment took place on Saturday afternoon, and at three o'clock the late Mrs. Lees was buried in Balmoral Cemetery, Rev. T. A. Smyth, Great Victoria Street Presbyterian Church, conducting the burial service.


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The Witness - Friday, 31 December, 1915


ANDREWS -- Dec. 19, 1915, at her residence, Mulloughdrin, Dromara, Sabrina, beloved wife of John Andrews. Her remains were interred in Loughaghry on 21st December.

KINGHAN -- Dec. 27, 1915, at the Sol Farm, Ballykeel, Lougherne, Ballynahinch, James, the dearly-beloved husband of Dorcas B. Kinghan. Interred in the family burying-ground, Cargycreevy, on Thursday, 30th Dec. DORCAS B. KINGHAN.

STEWART -- Dec. 23, at Culmore, Kilrea, Nannie, widow of John Stewart, Portnaskea, Stewartstown. Interred in Brigh.

TENNENT -- Dec. 18, 1915, at his residence, Ballyloughan, Moneymore, County Derry, Matthew Tennent, aged 81 years. Interred in family burying-ground, New Churchyard, Moneymore.

AICKIN -- Dec. 29, at 35, Brookhill Avenue, Robert, husband of Margaret J. Aickin.

ALLEN -- Dec. 25, at 228, Beaconsfield Terrace, Grosvenor Road, Belfast, Elizabeth, widow of the late William Allen.

ARNOLD -- Dec. 22, at The Manse, Dunmurry, the Rev. R. J. Arnold, M.A., in his 83rd year.

BOYD -- Dec. 23, at Seaview Terrace, Holywood, David Boyd, formerly of Straid, County Antrim.

BULLICK -- Dec. 22, at Purdysburn Hospital, Cecilia P. (Daisy), daughter of the late Ralph Bullick, Rosebank, Sydenham.

CAITHNESS -- Dec. 21, at Ivyholme, Whiteabbey, Margaret Caithness, in her 84th year.

CAMPBELL -- Dec. 27, at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Elizabeth, youngest, daughter of the late Moses Campbell, Drumarrin, Gilford.

CHAMBERS -- Dec. 26, at Windsor Terrace, Ballymena, John, husband of Margaret Chambers.

CLUGSTON -- Dec. 2?, at 47, Fitzroy Avenue, Belfast, in her 63rd year, M. J. H. (Maggie), wife of John Clugston.

COOPER -- Dec. 22, at 82, Fitzroy Avenue, Belfast, Victoria, daughter of John Cooper.

COPES -- Dec. 28, at The Hill, Ballyroney, Banbridge, William Copes.

CRAIG -- Dec. 26, at Millbrook House, Kilcurry, County Antrim, James Craig.

CRAWFORD -- Dec. 26, at 7, Cross Street, Larne, Dora, relict of the late Robert Crawford, Tuglen?, aged 90 years.

DOGGART -- Dec. 26, at 72, Greenwell Street, Newtownards, John Doggart.

DREAN -- Dec. 27, at Graylawn, Kensignton Road, Knock, Belfast, Norman Charles, son of Charles W. S. Drean, aged fourteen years.

DUNLOP -- Dec. 28, at Ingleside, Old Cavehill Road, Tom?, son of Hans Dunlop.

GASS -- Dec. 21, at her residence, St. Ives, Malone Park, Belfast, Mrs. Margaret Gass, formerly of Newtownhamilton, County Armagh, aged 79 years.

GRAY -- Dec. 26, at Milltown, Shaw's Bridge, John Gray.

HENRY -- Dec. 24, at Islandreagh, Thomas Henry.

HILL -- Dec. 22, at Willowgrove, Upper Newtownards Road, Ellen Hill, in her 66th year.

HOLTON -- Dec. 25, at Claremont, Newcastle, County Down, William Holton, late manager Northern Bank, Castlewellan, in his 89th year.

HUNT -- De. 29, at Osborne Terrace, Portadown, Adam Hunt, late of Messrs. A. & D. Thornton, Ltd.

LANE -- Dec. 22, at Rush Hall, Limavady, Benjamin Hugh Lane, aged 68 years.

MACAULAY -- Dec. 25, in Dublin, Hannah, widow of the late -------- Macaulay, Prospect House, Tandragee.

MAXWELL -- Dec. 23, at Limestone Lodge, ---------, Margaret, relict of the late Thomas Maxwell.

MILLAR -- Dec. 27, at Ballyrobin, Isabella Millar.

MISKELLY -- Dec. 24, at Dromantine, Cyprus Park, Bloomfield, John Miskelly, in his 82nd year.

M'CLURG -- Dec. 27, at The Mall, Downpatrick, Lizzie, wife of Thomas F. M'Clurg.

M'COMB -- Dec. 24, at his father's residence, Whitestown, Ballyscultey, Wm. John, second surviving son of Wm. John M'Comb.

M'GIRR -- Dec. 25, at 10, Jerusalem Street, Belfast, Ruby, wife of Robert M'Girr.

M'ILROY -- Dec. 28, at Derryhullough, Randalstown, the wife of the late Alexander M'Ilroy.

M'KEE -- Dec. 27, 1915, at Oughley Hill, Saintfield, James M'Kee, aged 90 years.

M'MILLAN -- Dec. 29, at Shanoguestown, Samuel, youngest son of the late John M'Millan, Shanoguestown, Muckamore.

SMYTH -- Dec. 26, at Ballynadolly, Lisburn, Henry L. Smyth.

STEWART -- Dec. 28, at Killinchy Woods, Crossgar, Mary Street.

THOMPSON -- Dec. 21, at Ardenville, Knock, Francis, husband of Elizabeth Thompson.

TODD -- Dec. 28, at Beechmount, Plantation, Lisburn, Edna Jane Clarke (Jane), eldest daughter of Samuel Todd.

TOPPING -- Dec. 26, at Drumlin, Donacloney, Ruth Topping.

TURNER -- Dec. 27, at Irish Quarter West, Carrickfergus, William Turner.

In Memoriam

MAYBEN -- In loving memory of my dear mother, who passed peacefully away on New Year's Day, 1914.






1 Annual New Year Services in connection with Belfast Presbytery conducted in May Street Church, Rev. Dr. Purves, Moderator of the Presbytery, presiding.
3 New organ opened in Fountainville Church, Rev. Dr. Hamill and Rev. D. A. Taylor being the special preachers.
Intercessory services were held in all the city churches, and at the Assembly Hall service there were upwards of 5,000 present.
6 Ulsterville Presbyterian Church Schools opened by Lady Carson.
7 Miss Florence Crawford, B.A., was appointed a missionary to China by the Committee of the Women's Association for Foreign Missions.
8 Rev. J. H. Bredin, of Ryans, in the Newry Presbytery, resigned, and was subsequently appointed to missionary service in New Zealand.
10 Annual sermon in connection with the C.P.A., Belfast, was preached by the Rev. J. J. Macaulay, B.A., of Rathgar.
14 Death of Rev. Wm. Ritchie, Croaghmore Presbyterian Church.
16 Death of the Rev. Dr. J. M. Hamilton, Dublin.
17 Missionary Day services in the Belfast churches.
18 Animal meeting of Dublin Presbyterian Association.
21 Death of Mr. H. J. M'Bride, J.P., Hydepark.
22 At the annual meeting of Christ Church, Rathgar, it was reported that the Sustentation Fund collection was the largest since 1902.
Rathfriland Presbyterian Sabbath-school Union annual conference.
24 Rev. Dr. George Thompson, In Scarva Street Presbyterian Church, Banbridge, unveiled a memorial to the late Mr. Wm. Smyth, J.P.
25 The Assembly's missionaries to Damascus -- Rev. W. J. M'Farland, Miss Dill, and Miss Ball -- returned to Ireland.
Compliment to Mr. A. T. M'Clelland, the new C.P.A. secretary, by the members of his Bible-class in Cookstown.
27 Mr. Robert Caldwell, B.A,, a licentiate of the Ahoghill Presbytery, called to Castledawson.
29 A new church was opened at Arklow.
30 In Belmont Presbyterian Church a farewell meeting was held for the following missionaries, who left for China -- Miss M'Mordie, Miss Florence Crawford, and the Rev. John Omelvena, B.A.
31 The Right Rev. Dr. Bingham, Moderator of the General Assembly, conducted special services in Adelaide Road Church, Dublin, in aid of congregational funds.
1 Rev. S. B. Clarke, M.A., of Cairncastle, gave notice of his intention, owing to ill-health, to apply for leave to retire from active duty.
7 In Connection with the death of the Rev. Professor Dickey, D.D., of M'Crea Magee College, Londonderry, the Rev. Dr. Lowe conducted a memorial service in Strand Church, Londonderry.
11 A farewell address, signed by twenty-one of the Presbyterian chaplains, was presented to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (Lord Aberdeen). Eight of the chaplains -- six of whom resided in Belfast and two in Dublin -- did not sign the address.
14 Anniversary services were conducted in First Ramelton Church by the Moderator of the General Assembly.
17 Presentation to Rev. Dr. Prenter, Ormond Quay Church, Dublin.
18 Fourth annual festival in connection with Tyrone Presbyterial Choir Union.
19 Address and presentation to Mrs. Morrison from the members of Leckpatrick Presbyterian Church.
21 Dedication of memorial window in Whitehouse Church to the memory of Mrs. Barron, wife of Rev. Robert Barron.
23 Annual conference in connection with Banbridge Presbyterial Sabbath-school Union.
Death of the Rev. Geo. P. M'Cay, of Fintona. He was forty-one years in the ministry, and all the time in one congregation.
24 Death of Mr. David Mitchell, treasurer of May Street congregation.
Installation of Rev. John Watson, Second Dungannon Presbyterian Church.
Presentation to the Rev. J. W. and Mrs. Gibson, Broadway Presbyterian Church.
Silver jubilee of the Newington branch of the [-----?-----?------?------] Association.
25 Annual meeting of Belfast City Mission. Annual conference of Tyrone Presbyterial Sabbath-school Union.
26 At the annual meeting of Londonderry Presbyterian Working-Men's Institute it was reported that the membership stood at 388.
27 Call to Rev. Dr. Patterson, May Street, from Cooke's Church, Toronto.
28 Special services were conducted in Downpatrick Church by the Right Rev. Dr. Bingham.
1 Death of the Rev. John Waddell, B.A, senior minister of Newington Presbyterian Church.
2 Ordination of Rev. Robert Caldwell at Castledawson Presbyterian Church.
4 A wary succesful sale of work in aid of the Zenana Mission was held at Clough.
Address and presentation to the Rev. J. A. Cargin, Second Monaghan Presbyterian Church.
5 Mr. Ross Hastings, J.P., a prominent member of the Strand Church, Londonderry, and a generous contributor to all the funds of the Church generally, died.
7 A mural tablet erected to the memory of the late Rev. Edward Ekin, B.A., was unveiled in Coagh Church by the Rev. R. C. Elliott, B.A.
8 Mr. James M'Adam was appointed the General Assembly's Police Court missionary, in room of the late Mr. Collins.
9 Rev. G. F. Waddell, B.A., was ordained in Donaghmore, Newry, as assistant and successor to the Rev. Lawson Burnett, B.A.
11 Ordination of Rev. John Herbert Orr, B.A., in Hillsborough Presbyterian Church.
14 By appointment of the General Assembly, annual collections were taken up for the Jewish Mission.
15 Death of the Rev. Gawin Douglas, Loughbrickland.
16 Rev. Jas. Hunter Black, B.A., was ordained at Carlow.
Call from Crescent Presbyterian Church, Belfast, to the Rev. Samuel Lindsay, Dungannon, who was installed on the 29th following.
18 Annual meeting of the Kinghan Mission in Belfast. The High Sheriff and the Moderator of the General Assembly took part in the proceedings.
23 Belfast Rechabites presented a memorial to the Government, asking for restrictions of the facilities given to soldiers to obtain drink.
26 Death of Mr. James M'Ilwaine, who had been ruling elder in Saintfield Church for thirty weeks.
29 Annual meetings of London Missionary Society were commenced in Belfast.
30 Mr. Thomas Crowe, on completing twenty-five years as organist and choirmaster in Fisherwick Place Church, Belfast, received from the congregation a practical expression of their appreciation.
Annual meeting in Belfast of the Qua Iboe Mission and of the Shankill Road Mission, splendid reports on the year's work being given at each.
1 Addresses and presentations were given to Mr. and Miss Whiteside on the occasion of their retirement from being in charge of Drumlough National School.
6 Ordination of Mr. Hugh M'Ilroy, Ryans Presbyterian Church.
8 Closing meeting of the Session of Assembly's College, Belfast.
12 Belfast temperance demonstration in the Ulster Hall in favour of prohibition.
14 At the annual meeting of Newington congregation, Belfast, it was reported that the total amount raised by the congregation for all purposes during the past year was 1,445.
Closing meeting of the Session of M'Crea Magee College.
16 At the forty-second annual, meeting of the Society for the Orphans of Ministers and Missionaries of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland it was reported there were this year thirty-one families to be aided.
16 Visit to Belfast of the Rev. A. Taylor, M.A., secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society.
19 The Right Rev. Dr. Bingham, Moderator of the General Assembly, sent in the name of the Church a telegram of sympathy to the Very Rev. S. M. Dill, of Alloway, in connection with the death of his son, Captain R. F. Dill, D.S.O., who was killed in action.
22 Installation of the Rev. Foster M'Clelland, M.A., in Carlingford, in succession to the Rev. John Watson, now of Second Dungannon.
Presentation to the Rev. H. J. Orr, B.A., Hillsborough Presbyterian Church.
25 Rev. Prof. Hamill conducted special services in Ballygoney Presbyterian Church.
Fortieth anniversary of the ordination of the Rev. Robert Barron, D.D., at Whitehouse Presbyterian Church.
26 United service for the troops of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland was held in Rutland Square Church, Dublin.
30 Ordination of Rev. Hugh Jamison in Second Ballybay Church in succession to the lute Rev. Jas. Morell.
Presentation to the Re.v David Dowling, B.A., in Portadown Presbyterian Church.
1 Death of Dr. A. M'Kinney Minford, R.A.M.C., at his mother's residence, Parkgate, County Antrim.
5 At the annual meeting in collection with the Cripples' Institute it was reported that 850 had been collected on "Cripples' Day" in Belfast.
6 Annual meetings in Belfast in connection with the Jungle Tribes' Mission.
7 In connection with the Jubilee of the M'Crea Magee College, Londonderry, which was opened in 1865, an interesting booklet was brought out by the College Graduates' Association, giving a short history of the college by the president, Professor Leebody, D.Sc. The second part, which has been written by the Rev. Prof. Woodburn, M.A., gives a list of all the students who have attended the collage from its foundation.
10 At the annual meeting of the Presbyterian Orphan Society, it was reported that there were 3,261 children on the roll.
11 Ordination of Rev. Herbert Martin, B.A., in Mourne as assistant and successor to the Rev. Dr. M'Mordie.
14 Lance-Corporal Alex. Bailey, of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, son of the late Rev. R. T. Bailey, M.A., of Carlow, and grandson of the Rev. Dr. George Magill, Belfast, was killed in action at the front.
16 Lieutenant J. S. Martin, son of Mr. R. T. Martin, Belfast, killed in action in France.
18 Mr. William Patterson Hall, A.B., was licensed to preach the Gospel as a probationer for the ministry by the Dublin Presbytery.
19 Choir festival in connection with Ballymena Presbytery was held in First Ballymena Presbyterian Church.
The Lord Mayor of Belfast (Sir Crawford M'Cullagh) was knighted by the Lord Lieutenant.
20 Mr. Thomas M'Kinney, B.A., was licensed to preach the Gospel as a probationer for the ministry by the Raphoe Presbytery.
Twelfth annual Sabbath-school conference under the auspices of Comber Presbytery was held at Killinchy.
Welcome to Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Erskine at Magheramason Presbyterian Church.
23 The Right Rev. Dr. Bingham, Moderator of the General Assembly, conducted services in Kells Church, Co. Meath, and on the day following conducted two services at the camp for interned aliens at Oldcastle.
24 At the annual meeting of the Presbyterian Health Insurance Society, held at the Church House, Belfast, the report showed there was a net increase of 2,417 members during the year.
27 Opening of new organ in Omagh Presbyterian Church.
30 Empire Day service in Belmont Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Dr. MacDermott.
1 At the annual meeting of the Old-Age Fund of the Church it was reported that there were 348 beneficiaries on the list, and that the permanent list now amounted to 12,797.
2 At annual meeting of Irish Colportage Association in Belfast the retirement was announced of the Rev. T. Lyle.
3 Death of the Rev. R. White, B.A., Kilkeel. He had been retired from the ministry since June, 1910.
7 The annual meetings of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland were opened in the Church House. The out-going Moderator, Right Rev. Jas. Bingham, D.D., preached the sermon, and Right Rev. Professor Hamill, D.D., was appointed in his place for the ensuing year.
8 At the second day's proceedings of the General Assembly deputies were received from the Presbyterian Church in Wales and the Presbyterian Church in England. A memorial window was unveiled to the memory of the late Right Hon. Thomas Sinclair.
9 At the third day's proceedings of the General Assembly a report was received on the Colonial Mission, and stirring addresses were delivered by Rev. Geo. Tulloch, Queensland, and Captain the Rev. J. E. Rentoul, Tasmania.
10 At the fourth day's proceedings of the Assembly Rev. James Strahan, M.A., D.D., was appointed Professor of Hebrew and Biblical Criticism in M'Crea Magee College, and Rev. R. Parke, B.A, LL.B., was appointed superintendent of the Irish Mission.
11 At the fifth day's proceedings of the Assembly very satisfactory reports were received on the Church work among the young.
12 At the sixth and conceding day's proceedings, the Moderator delivered his closing address, in which he paid a tribute to the spirit of the British Army of to-day, remarking that he thought he might say that the British Army to-day -- certainly that part of it with which they were more intimately concerned in Ulster -- was, as no British Army had been since the days of Oliver Cromwell, a praying and a Bible-reading army.
15 Death of the Rev. George Frederick Waddell, B.A., minister of Donoughmore, at Balaclava, Cork.
17 Reception to the Rev. W. J. and Mrs. Currie in First Bangor Presbyterian Church.
18 An enjoyable social meeting was held in Dundonald Presbyterian Church, with the twofold object of giving the congregation an opportunity to welcome their minister, Rev. Dr. Bingham, back to his active duties after occupying the chair of the Moderator of the General Assembly for a year; and at the same time to bid farewell to the assistant, Rev. Harry M'Master, and make him the recipient of handsome presentations.
19 Death of the Rev. D. G. Smyth, senior minister of Ballygawley Congregation, Co. Fermanagh, at his residence, 36, Wellington Park, Belfast.
Death of the Rev. J. B. Thomson, B.A., of Castlereagh Presbyterian Church.
20 Death of the Rev. H. C. Graham, M.A., ex-Professor of Metaphysics and Ethics, in M'Crea Magee College, Londonderry.
Rev. Professor S. Law Wilson, M.A., D.D., conducted the services in Drumachose Presbyterian Church, and unveiled a memorial tablet to the memory of the late Rev. N. M. Brown, D.D., LL.D.
21 A four-day Convention, conducted on the lines of the now well-known annual Keswick Convention, was held in a capacious tent specially erected foor the purpose in Portstewart.
23 The Dungannon Presbytery met First Dungannon Presbyterian Church, and ordained Mr. Stanley W. Thompson, B.A., a licentiate of the Belfast Presbytery, to the charge of the congregation in succesion to the Rev. Samuel Lindsay, B.A.
24 Death of Rev. S. C. Mitchel, who had been for thirty-three years pastor of the Presbyterian congregation in Enniskillen.
25 Address and presentation to the Rev. S. Currie, B.A, at Clones Presbyterian Church.
29 Lady Wimborne distributed the prizes to the successful Presbyterian King's scholars in Marlborough Street Training College, Dublin, on Tuesday, 29th ult. The Right Rev. Dr. Hamill, Moderator of the General Assembly, presided, and delivered an address. The report was submitted by the Rev. Dr. Osborne, lecturer.
30 The Newry Presbyterian Choral Union held their first festival in Downshire Road Church Hall, Newry. The Rev. W. J. M'Connell, Moderator of Presbytery, presided, and an address was given by the Rev. Dr. Jas. Thompson, of Londonderry. Thirteen choirs were represented.
1 Death of the Rev. Samuel Boyce Clarke, M.A., of Cairncastle, in the sixtieth year of his age and the twenty-fifth year of his ministry.
Rev. Harry M'Master, a licentiate of the Belfast Presbytery, was ordained in Fintona in succession to the late Rev. G. P. M'Cay.
At a meeting of the Senate of the University of Dublin, the degree of M.A. was conferred on the Rev. Thomas A. Smyth, B.A., of Great Victoria Street, Belfast, and Messrs. A. E. D. M'Ilroy, B.A., and J. E. B. M'Ilroy, B.A., licentiates of the Belfast Presbytery, and the degree of B.A. an the Rev. A. Pattison Black, of Castleton, Belfast, and the Rev. John Edmund Mitchell, of Ballynure.
4 The Right Rev. Dr. Hamill, Moderator of the General Assembly, conducted the opening services in Gardenmore New Church, Larne. Special collections were taken up in aid of the Building Fund.
By appointment of the General Assembly the day was observed throughout the Church as a day of intercession for the Empire, and especially for the brave young men who have joined the colours from its congregations.
In M'Kelvey's Grove Presbyterian Church, reopening services were conducted by Rev. Alexander Gallagher, M.A., Fountainville, Belfast.
5 Death of the Rev. Archibald Beattie, of Irvinestown, in the eighty-fifth year of his age, add the fortieth year of his ministry.
7 It was announced that for correct repetition of the Shorter Catechism 242 prizes have been gained during the past year by pupils of fifty-three schools in seventeen Presbyteries of the Church. During the past ten years 2,634 each prizes have been gained.
Rev. Robert J. Steele Dickey, M.A., formerly assistant in North Berwick Parish Church, a son of the Rev. W. J. Steele Dickey, M.A., D.D., of Harray, Orkney, and a nephew of the late Rev. Professor Dickey, of M'Crea Magee College, Londonderry, was inducted minister of Beath Parish Church, Fifeshire on Wednesday, 7th inst.
11 The Rev. James Reid, M.A., of Eastbourne, conducted the second opening services in Gardenmore Church, Larne, and dedicated two stained-glass windows which have been placed in the church, one of them erected by Captain Sir John R. Smiley, Bart., in memory of his father, the late Sir H. H. Smiley, Bart., and the other erected by Mr. C. L. Mackean, J.P., in memory of his grandfather and grandmother, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bowden.
12 The annual meetings of the Portadown, Lurgan, and District Christian Endeavour Union, were held at Drumlyn, Moyallon, on the invitation of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. S. Richardson, who generously threw open their grounds, and provided a tent in which the meetings were held. Rev. A. Gibson, B.A., B.D., president, presided.
19 Rev. W. A. Watson, M.A., of York Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, received the B.D. degree of the London University.
21 It was announced that Mr. Leslie I. M'Candless, third son of Rev. J. L. M'Candless, Boardmills, had obtained a commission in the 14th Notts and Derby Regiment (Sherwood Foresters).
25 A special service was held in Rutland Square Presbyterian Church, Dublin, in connection with the five hundredth anniversary of the martyrdom of John Huss, of Bohemia. The Rev. J. L. Morrow, M.A., conducted the service.
26 Mr. Tennyson Smith, the well-known missionary, concluded a mission at Seaford camp, among the Ulster Division. On the opening night 219 men came forward voluntarily and signed the pledge; on the second night, 198; third night, 154; fourth, 122, and 502 men from Belfast alone signed during the mission.
3 At a meeting of Templepatrick Presbyterian in Templepatrick Church, Rev. John M'Ilrath, B.A., a licentiate of the Ballymena Presbytery, was ordained to the ministry of the Gospel, in succession to the Rev. Luke M'Quitty, B.A., lately transferred to Castle-Douglas.
4 In connection with the anniversary of the close of the first year of the war, a special intercessory service was held in the Assembly Hall, Fisherwick Place, and was very largely attended by the citizens. The Right Rev. the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (Rev. Dr. M. Hamill, M.A., D.D.) presided.
Death of Mr. Janies Fleming, Portglenone who had been an elder in the First Portglenone Presbyterian Church for half a century.
10 At a meeting of the Sustentation Fund Committee, the members availed themselves of the opportunity of presenting to Mr. William M. Clow, J.P., one of the [--?--] conveners, a token of their esteem and affection on the occasion of his marriage.
Death of Mr. T. A. Clarke, Glenmaquin, Donegal, who had held office as an elder in Second Ray Presbyterian Church for almost forty years.
15 By order of the General Assembly, a collection was taken in those congregations which are not yet fully qualified for the benefits of the Aged and Infirm Ministers' Fund.
16 In connection with the Trenta Church, Mr. Wright, the principal of the Trenta School, was made the recipient of a handsome marble dining-room clock and a solid silver tea service.
21 Death of Mr. Hugh Aikin, who for many years held the important position of travelling agent of the Sabbath-School Society for Ireland in connection with the Presbyterian Church.
24 Death of Mr. J. M. Cleaver, B.A., Belfast, a former missionary in the Egypt General Mission, of which he was one of the founders. He went out to Egypt in 1897 to fulfil the arduous duties of a pioneer missionary. After four years service in the mission field, however, his health broke down, and he was ordered home.
In the lecture hall of Kilmore Presbyterian Church Miss M'Robert, Rademon, was made the recipient of a piano, as a gift from the congregation, on the occasion of her approaching marriage to the Rev. William Mitchell, B.A., minister of Drumachose.
1 Death of Mr. Robert M'Crum, D.L., Milford, Armagh, one of the most prominent laymen of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. He was one of the original trustees of the Commutation Fund of the Church and a member since 1892 of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. He took a very great interest in Church matters, and was a strong supporter of the Sustentation Fund.
In the egg-collecting scheme for wounded soldiers organised by the congregation of Ballyroney [?000] eggs were collected.
3 Ordination of the Rev. M. Rea at Mullingar and [--?yvore] Presbyterian Church.
5 At the service in Dungiven Presbyterian Church Rev. Sam Gourley expressed the thanks of himself and Mrs. Gourley for the presentation he had received a few days previously.
Ballyclare Presbyterian Church reopened after extensive alterations.
7 Ordination of Rev. H. C. Stuart, Donaghmore Presbyterian Church Ordination of the Rev. A. R. Hadden, High Kirk, Ballymena.
Presentation to Mr. W. M. Clow, J.P., First Presbyterian Church, Portadown.
8 Address and presentation to Rev. Wm. Dickie from the congregation of Second Saintfield Church.
10 Farewell social and presentation in Newtowncunningham to the Rev. John Knowles, B.A., on his appointment as an army chaplain to the Ulster Division.
15 Death of Mr. John H. Gault, J.P., member of the committee and trustee of the property of Agnes Street Presbyterian Church.
19 A memorial brass to the memory of the Rev. J. M. Hamilton, M.A., D.D., was dedicated in the Donore Presbyterian Church, South Circular Road, Dublin, at a special service conducted by the Moderator of the General Assembly, Right Rev. Professor T. M. Hamill, D.D.
20 Death of Rev. Thomas Lyle, M.A, who for the first twenty years of his ministerial life was the devoted pastor of the congregation of Muckamore, in the Templepatrick Presbytery, and during the last twenty-one years was the laborious and successful superintendent of the General Assembly's Irish Mission.
22 Annual Sabbath-school Conference in connection with Ahoghill Presbytery was held in Killymurris Presbyterian Church.
26 Ulster Day Anniversary Service in the Ulster Hall. Rev. Dr. Montgomery delivered the address.
Anniversary services were conducted in Claremont Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Professor Strahan, D.D.
27 The commission of Presbytery in charge of the vacancy in Castlereagh Church met, and a unanimous call was made out in favour of the Rev. Dr. Little, of Dumbarton, Scotland, the present minister, who was installed on the 4th November.
5 Death of Mr. George L. Maclaine, Clerk of the Crown and Peace for County Down.
The Dublin Presbytery met in Greystones Church and ordained Rev. Alfred William Neill, HA, to the pastoral oversight of the congregation in succession to the Rev. R. Parke, LL.B., now superintendent of the Irish Mission.
6 The foundation stone and other memorial stones in connection with the new Presbyterian Church of Cloughwater, some six or seven miles from Ballymena, were laid by Mr. John Petticrew, Dr. Samuel Wallace, and Dr. John G. M'Caughey.
7 The members of Drumachose Presbyterian Church met in a social capacity in the Alexander Memorial Hall, Limavady, for the purpose of making a presentation to their esteemed pastor, Rev. Wm. Mitchell, B.A., and his bride on their return from their honeymoon.
10 Shankill Road Mission thanksgiving services at which the Rev. G. Thompson, D.D., preached in the forenoon, and the Rev. H. Montgomery, D.D., contacted the evening service.
Rev. A. W. Neill, M.A, inaugurated his ministry in Greystones Presbyterian Church.
13 Rev. R. J. Patterson, LL.B., the founder of the Catch-My-Pal movement, returned to Belfast after a lengthened visit to the United States and Canada, where he conducted a most successful temperance campaign.
14 Central Presbyterian Association annual meeting.
The Sabbath-school teachers and a few other workers in connection with Oldpark Church met in the lecture hall to do honour to Mr. John O. M'Cleery, who had superintended the Sabbath-school for a period of twenty-four years.
17 Services in celebration of the thirty-seventh anniversary of the rebuilding of Townsend Street Presbyterian Church were held, the preachers being Rev. James Pyper, B.A. (Duncairn), and Rev. Wm. Park, M.A., D.D.
Cootehill Presbyterian Church re-opened after extensive repairs.
19 Ordination of Rev. W. J. Reid, B.A., Cairncastle Presbyterian Church.
20 A memorial erected in the churchyard attached to the Castlereagh Presbyterian Church to the late Rev. J. B. Thomson, B.A., was unveiled by Miss Thompson, a niece of the deceased clergyman.
Death of the Rev. Professor Wm. Todd Martin, in his seventy-eighth year.
21 A farewell missionary meeting was held in Cooke Centenary Church to bid farewell to the following missionaries -- Rev. J. F. Steele, M.A., D.D., and Mrs. Steele, M.B.; Rev. J. Sinclair Stevenson, M.A., B.D., and Mrs. Stevenson, M.A., D.Sc.; Rev. James Rogers, B.A.; Miss Colquhoun, B.A.; Miss Henry, B.A.; and Miss Irwin Stevenson, who left the country for the Indian Mission field.
24 There was a special service in Ahorey Presbyterian Church to unveil a tablet in memory of the late Rev. James Forsythe.
27 In Rutland Square Presbyterian Church, Dublin, presentations were made to the Rev. Dr. J. D. Osborne and Mrs. Osborne.
Presentations to Mr. and Mrs. J. W. A. Hamilton in M'Quiston Memorial Presbyterian Church.
28 At a social meeting in connection with Mourne Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Herbert Martin was presented with a beautiful set of pulpit robes and a very fine roll-top desk.
1 Mr. Aston Robinson, a licentiate of the Dungannon Presbytery, youngest son of the late Rev. W. C. Robinson, M.A., of Ballykelly, Co. Derry, accepted a call to Killmount congregation, Cootehill.
2 Rev. David Miller, B.A., tendered his resignation as minister of First Armagh congregation.
3 M'Crea Magee College Jubilee Celebration and presentation to President Leebody.
4 Death, at the advanced age of ninety-three years, of Rev. Hans M'Coubry Douglas, senior minister of Woodburn Presbyterian Church, Carrickfergus.
5 At Corfad House, County Monaghan, presentations were made to Rev. J. Patterson from the Presbytery of Monaghan, and also from the congregation of Scotstown, on the occasion of his removal to the united charge of Loughmorne and Crieve.
9 Sabbath-school Society annual meeting.
10 An interesting ceremony took place in the lecture hall of York Street Presbyterian Church, when the members of that prosperous congregation presented the popular pastor, Rev. W. A. Watson, M.A., B.D., and his amiable wife with handsome tokens of their high appreciation and esteem.
12 This was an epoch-making day in the long history of First Dromore congregation, when their new church was solemnly dedicated for Divine worship by the Rev. John MacDermott, M.A., D.D., Belmont.
Death of the Rev. N. J. Baxter, Gortnessy.
16 Vivit of Rev. Dr. Smellie, ex-president of the International Bible-Reading Association, to Belfast.
Hibernian Bible Society annual meeting in Belfast.
17 Sir Crawford M'Cullagh accepted the Lord Mayoralty of Belfast for the third year.
In Kells Church, Ballymena, a compliment was paid to the Rev. H. C. Wilson in recognition of the great success of his work for the past five years.
21 Donemana Presbyterian Church reopened.
23 An interesting ceremony took place in Glastry Presbyterian Church, when the members of the congregation presented valuable gifts to the Rev. Wm. and Mrs. Morrow on the occasion marriage.
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28 Sixty-third anniversary services in Albert Street Presbyterian Church.
Re-opening of First Dromore Presbyterian Church. Rev. Thomas Doey conducted the services.
Centenary of Ballyblack Presbyterian Church.
2 An interesting function in connection with Fintona Presbyterian Church was held in the Town Hall, when the Rev. Harry M'Master was presented with beautiful pulpit robes, the gift of the ladies of the congregation.
5 Death of the Right Hon. John Young, D.L. He took a deep interest in the welfare of the Sustentation Fund. Since its inauguration in 1869 lay conferences were held from time to time to stir up the enthusiasm of the people and impress upon them the importance of supporting it, at which he either presided or took some part. He was a chairman at the sixth and last great conference, held in the Assembly Hall in September, 1905, when the audience numbered over 2,000, including nearly 1,200 delegates from congregations.
9 The Carrickfergus Presbytery entertained the Rev. W. J. McCracken in the Central Hotel, Belfast, and extended to him their hearty congratulations on the attainment of his ministerial jubilee.
10 Sinclair Memorial Hall opened in connection with Duncairn Presbyterian Church.
12 Mr. William Kennedy, M.A., F.T.C.D., has been appointed a member of the Intermediate Education Board for Ireland in succession to the Rev. Wm. Todd Martin, D.D., deceased. Mr. Kennedy is a prominent member of Adelaide Road congregation, Dublin.
15 The annual Sabbath-school conference in connection with the Newry Presbytery was held in Sandys Street lecture hall, Newry. Mr. David Martin, J.P., presided. The report was presented by the Rev. Phineas M'Kee, B.A., and addresses were given by Mr. W. J. Mitchell (Mourne), Miss Elsie Stoops (Downshire Road, Newry), Mr. S. Byers, J.P. (Mowhan), and the Rev. A. H. Dill, M.A. Medals, prizes, and certificates were distributed to the successful pupils.
16 A conference of Sabbath-school workers in the Coleraine Presbytery was held in the Cafe Hall, Coleraine. Mr. A. G. Crawford, J.P., presided, and addresses were delivered by Mr. John Glasgow, J.P. (Cookstown), Sir W. J. Baxter, D.L.; Rev. A. J. Jenkins, Rev. Alexander Cuthbert, M.A., and Rev. Dr. MacDermott.
17 The Governors of the Presbyterian Orphan Society met at the Church House, Belfast. Bequests amounting to 8OO were reported, as was also the admission of a number of girls the Johnston Memorial School.
22 Death of the Rev. R. J. Arnold. M.A., Dunmurry.
25 Rev. W. B. M'Murray, M.A., Whiteabbey, took over the Editorship of the "Missionary Herald."


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