The Witness - Friday, 3 March, 1916


HAMILL -- March 1, 1916, at 42, Eaton Square, Terenure, Dublin, Rev. George Wray Hamill, B.A., Senior Minister, First Limavady Presbyterian Church. Funeral at Limavady to-day (Friday), on arrival of train at 11-55 a.m.

JOHNSTON -- Feb. 28, at her residence, Killyhoman, Aughnacloy, Co. Monaghan, Eliza, widow of the late William Johnston, interned in the family burying-ground, Minterburn.

KENNEDY -- Feb. 26, 1916, at has residence, Craigatimpin, Ballymoney, David Kennedy (late of Belfast). Interred in Cullybackey Reformed Presbyterian Churchyard, 29th Feb. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife and family.

M'ILREE -- Feb. 26, at 18, Nelson Street, Tralee, Joseph M'Ilree, Colporteur, aged 86 years. Interred in the New Cemetery, Tralee.

WYLIE -- March 1, at his residence, Newry Street, Rathfriland, Andrew Wylie. Funeral to-day (Friday), March 3, at 3 p.m.

ANDERSON -- Feb. 26, at Brague, Banbridge, Gilbert Anderson.

ASKIN -- Feb. 24, at Greyabbey, William Asian, husband of Annie Askin.

BAIRD -- Feb. 28, at Hillcrest, Rashee Road, Ballyclare, John Kirk Baird.

BARCLAY -- Feb. 25, at Broclamont House, Ballymena, Robert Barclay, J.P.

BOYD -- Feb. 23, at Carntall, Carnmoney, Hugh Owens, third son of the late Nathaniel Boyd.

DARLING -- Feb. 24, at Lurgan, Guy Singleton, eldest surviving son of J. Singleton Darling, M.D.

GAMBLE -- Feb. 29, at The Manse, Lisburn, William Alexander, second son of the Rev. J. W. Gamble.

HYNES -- Feb. 25, Rev. Martin Hynes, 10, Hamilton Road, Bangor, aged 72 years.

MONTGOMERY -- Feb. 27, at Park Hall, Antrim, Samuel Montgomery.

MORROW -- Feb. 28, at Dufferin Place, Killyleigh, Charles Morrow.

MORROW -- Feb. 28, at Ballyhanwood, Thos. Morrow, aged 101 years.

M'BRIDE -- Feb. 28, at Kilbride, William, youngest son of the late James M'Bride, Ballyclare.

M'CORMICK -- Feb. 24, at Scarva Street, Banbridge, James M'Cormick.

M'MULLIN -- Feb. 27, at 15, Spencer Street, Holywood, Ann Jane M'Mullin (late of Rockport, Craigavad).

POOTS -- Feb. 28, at Tullymacarath, Ashfield, Dromore, Robert Poots.

PRENTICE -- Feb. 24, 1916, at the residence of her daughter, 11, Castlereagh Place, Elizabeth, widow of the late John Prentice, Drumhirk, Comber, in the ninety-second year of her age. ELIZABETH EVANS.

REDPATH -- Feb. 27, at Tamnavelton, Tandragee, Minnie Victoria, daughter of William Redpath.

RITCHIE -- Feb. 26, at 53, Carlton Place, Aberdeen, Elizabeth, Buyers, widow of Rev. Ebenezer Ritchie, original Secession Church, Aberdeen.

ROBINSON -- Feb. 28, at Railway Street, Ballynahinch, Sarah, widow of the late Samuel Robinson, Merchant.

RUDDOCK -- Feb. 28, at Diveney, Portadown, Elizabeth Dora (Lizzie), youngest daughter of Robert Ruddock.

SAVAGE -- Feb. 28, at 123, Greenwell Street, Newtownards, Robert Savage.

SCOTT -- Feb. 28, at Ballyobican, Ballywalter, James Scott, aged 72 years, husband of Jane Scott.

STEWART -- Feb. 28, at 1, Dunedin Terrace, Coleraine, Elizabeth, daughter of the late William Stewart, of Kewrin, and of the late Mrs. Stewart, of Killyvally, Garvagh.

WILLIAMSON -- Feb. 26, at Greyabbey, Robert Williamson (for almost 30 years in the service of Major-General Montgomery).

WILSON -- Feb. 28, at Carnagola House, Portadown, John Joseph Wilson, in his 86th year.

WHITSITT -- Feb. 23, at Glasslough, Mary Jane, widow of the late Andrew Whitsitt.

In Memoriam

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

Killed in Action

EDGAR -- Feb. 24 (killed in action, in France), Lieutenant J. H. Edgar, M.A., LL.B., Barrister-at-Law, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 9th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, only son of the late R. S. Edgar, Dromore, County Down, and of Mrs. Edgar, 15, Cliftonville Avenue, Belfast, and grandson of the late Rev. David Edgar, Ballynahinch.



Awful Execution of the "75's."

An officer who has returned from Verdun describes the following episode in the "Petit Journal" --

It was at daybreak, he says, before Hill 288, at Vacherauville, between two small hills in a sort of valley, we perceived, about fifteen hundred feet away, a brown line from which human shapes stood out. The mass was still confused, but no mistake was possible. It was certainly the enemy who was doubtless preparing for a fresh assault. Our 75's opened fire at point blank range, and we saw numbers of bodies spring into the air. Large gaps were made in the brown mass by each shot, but the attaching column did not appear to move. Some more shots were fired but the Boches neither advanced nor retired.

When the day dawned the mystery was explained. The brown mass which our artillery had been shelling was a mass of German corpses surprised by our fire the evening before, and a whole column had been annihilated in the ravine between the two hills, and the bodies were so closely pressed together that the majority of them were standing upright.


Johnsons No2 Hearse

In addition to their magnificent new 35-40 Dennis Motor Hearse, Messrs Thos. Johnson & Sons, Bedford Street, Belfast, have the convenient and serviceable auxiliary "Chambers" mortuary car, as shown in the accompanying reproduction. This 12-16 coach is a model of neatness and efficiency, and could not more admirably serve the purposes for which it was designed. The Government commandeered the chassis of the Dennis car on the outbreak of the war, delaying delivery for a lengthened period. Not content to wait indefinitely the well-known firm of undertakers had the "Chambers" car constructed, and it has given the maximum of satisfaction during the months it has been in use. In design, construction, and finish the motor coach leaves nothing to be desired. There is comfortable seating accommodation for four passengers, the casket being concealed from view in a separate compartment. In lighting (electric), ventilation, and for general comfort there is no improvement that could be suggested, while the chassis is of the standard ambulance type. With a mortuary coach of this class distance presents no difficulties, and whether the journey be to Dundonald or Donegal it is accomplished with equal efficiency and satisfaction.




The P. and O. liner Maloja, outward bound, was sunk off Dover on Saturday night.

The numbers who embarked on board the Maloja and of those known to have been saved are as follows:--

Total saved301
Total missing155


Crack Ship of the Line.

The Maloja was one of the crack vessels of the P. and O. fleet, and the last for that concern built by Messrs. Harland & Wolff, Ltd., at the Queen's Island, where she was launched on 17th December, 1910, running her trials on 9th September, 1911. She was practically a sister ship of the Medina, built at the same time by Caird's, of Greenock, and selected for the Royal visit to the Durbar. A twin-screw passenger and mail steamer, the Maloja was at the time of her launch the largest ship built for the P. and O. She was constructed for the Australian trade, in which she quickly made a name for herself. Five hundred and sixty-nine feet long by 60ft. 9in. beam, and 34ft. 5in. in depth, the Maloja had a gross tonnage of about 13,000 tons. She had two steed pole masts and two funnels, ten watertight bulkheads carried up to the spar deck, seven steel decks, and a double bottom extending right fore and aft, the depth and strength being increased under the engine-room, giving great rigidity to the structure. Her engines were of the quadruple expansion balanced type, 12,570 i.h.p. There was accommodation for over 450 first-class and 220 second-class passengers, and the various public rooms the staterooms were furnished and decorated in a most up-to-date and luxurious style. A larger liner for the same owners has been on order from the Queen's Island since 1914, but owing to the war her construction had been held up.


Torpedo or Mine?

At the opening of the inquest on Tuesday, Brigadier-General William Keltie M'Leod, said he was a passenger on board the Maloja with his wife, Florence Mary, who was among the dead. She was 38 years of age.

Proceeding, witness said -- Between ten and half-past on Sunday morning we were walking on the promenade deck when we heard an explosion which we thought came from a gun. It was right aft. A large amount of debris was thrown into the air. We rushed off, got our life-belts, and got into a boat on the port side. They tried to lower the boat but could not, as the ship had begun to list. A boat which was lowered just previously was upset. We were told to get out of our boat and go to the starboard side. The ship was then listing badly, and was all awash. We could not get into boats. I then pushed my wife into the sea and jumped overboard. The waves knocked us about before we got into the sea. I swam after my wife, and held her up for half an hour or more. We were then picked up by a trawler. The cold water affected my wife, and the crew did all they could to restore her, but she died. The sea was very rough, and I found it very difficult to swim. We were landed at Dover. There were other people, including several women, in the boat.


Mr. Charles H. Forbes, chief officer of the Maloja, said, that when off Dover at 10-30 on the day of the disaster he was on the bridge with the captain, when he heard a loud report aft. The Empress of Fort William was in front off the Maloja. The explosion was like a gun going off, and was probably heard more at Dover than on the ships. It was caused probably by a mine or torpedo.

Asked for his opinion by the Coroner, witness said -- I should say it was a torpedo, but I have nothing to go on.

The Coroner -- What led you to favour the torpedo? Because two other ships were blown up close behind.

The Coroner -- That might have occurred if someone had been laying a few mines.

Witness -- Yes; but the other ship was always dead astern of us. Witness said there was no confusion on-board. Everybody was calm. He heard the captain shout, "I cannot stop the engines." That was on account of the engine-room being flooded. The engines were going full speed astern, and that prevented some of the boats getting away. The vessel was going away from the shore. Witness went down to the engine-room again, and found it half full of water. It was impossible to stop the engines. The whole of the native crew behaved very well, indeed.

The Coroner said an adjournment would have to be made for a number of bodies to be identified.



We regret to announce the death of the Rev. George Wray Hamill, B.A., senior minister of First Limavady Presbyterian Church, which occurred on Wednesday at his residence, 42, Eaton Square, Dublin. The deceased, who was 83 years of age, was the youngest son of the late Mr. James Hamill, farmer and land surveyor, and was born at the Islands of Carnmoon, near Bushmills. He was brought up in connection with the Toberkeigh congregation, the minister of which at that time was the Rev. John Simpson. Having decided to enter the Christian ministry he was educated at the Belfast Academy, after which he proceeded in 1851 to Queen's College, where his name appears in the list of classical scholars of his year. Having in 1856 graduated in the Queen's University in Ireland he commenced his theological studies in the Assembly's College, Belfast, obtaining a valuable scholarship in the last year of his course. In May, 1860, he was licensed by the Presbytery of Belfast, with which he had previously become connected; and on 31st December following he was ordained in First Limavady Church, in succession to the Rev. John Wilson, deceased, in 1903 Mr. Hamill obtained leave to retire from the active duties of the ministry, but did not avail himself of the permission until August 7, 1906. After an unusually short interval, the present minister, the Rev. W. Browne, B.A., was ordained as his assistant and successor on October 9, 1906. Almost immediately after his retirement Mr. Hamill went to reside in Dublin. His long period of active service, within a few months of forty-six years, was marked by fidelity in all departments of his calling. In doctrine and in worship he adhered to the principles of the conservative school, and in his intercourse with the members of his congregation he proved himself to be wise in counsel and tender in comfort. He did not take any prominent part in the public work of the Church, though he was a regular and interested attender of its various Courts. Deceased married a Miss Douglas, of Limavady, who died many years ago. Of their family two sons are in South Africa; one, Mr. George Hamill, is pro-manager of the Ulster Bank in Dublin; and one daughter is unmarried. There were also a son and a daughter, both deceased, the latter of whom was married to the Rev. W. Magill, B.A., Toberkeigh. Revs. James Maconachie, B.A., Heaton; D. H. Maconachie, B.D., Newtownards; and J. H. Maconachie, B.D., Newcastle-on-Tyne, are nephews of the deceased.

The funeral will take place at noon to-day at Limavady.



The funeral took place on Wednesday at the Parish Church, Comber, of the County Down centenarian, Mr. Thomas Morrow, of Ballyhanwood, Gilnahirk, near Belfast, who died on Monday at the age of 101 years. The funeral was attended by a large number farmers, and the services in the house and at the graveside were of a touching character. The officiating clergymen were Dr. Bingham, minister of Dundonald Presbyterian Church, of which the late Mr. Morrow was a member of committee, and the Rev. D. S. Ker Coulter, Gilnahirk. The funeral arrangements were carried out Messrs. Melville & Co., Ltd., Belfast and Lisburn.



On Friday the last earthly remains of Mr. Robert Cunningham, of Drumbarnett, were laid to rest in the family burying-ground at Errity, Manorcunningham. The deceased was a widely-known and highly-esteemed gentleman, as was evidenced by the unusually large concourse of mourners and acquaintances of the deceased who assembled on that occasion to pay their last tribute of respect. The funeral services in the house and in Second Ray Presbyterian Church, and at the graveside were conducted by the Rev. S. J. Parker, B.A., who paid a high tribute to the deceased, assisted by Revs. E. J. M'Kee, LL.D., and W. J. Logan, M.A.

At the close of his sermon on Sabbath last in Second Ray Church Rev. Mr. Parker, referring to the loss the congregation had sustained, said -- In the passing away of Mr. Robt. Cunningham Second Ray has lost one of its most beloved members of session, its trusted treasurer, its capable and devoted Sabbath-school superintendent and teacher, and everyone of us has lost a friend. He was a man who never pushed himself forward, and was content to take a back seat, but, like his Divine Master, "he could not be hid." The very strength of his personality, and his goodness of heart so impressed themselves on every one who knew him, that we were irresistibly drawn to him for guidance in difficulties, and counsel in perplexity. And then he was so free from the petty jealousies and prejudices that mar the beauty of smaller men! There was nothing petty or narrow or small about Mr. Cunningham. He was big every way, big in brain, and bigger still in heart. He was righteously impatient with people who were such slaves to the letter that they missed the spirit of a thing, recognising the truth of Scripture that "the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life." He was more concerned about right living than about orthodox opinions, and was more anxious that he and others should catch the Spirit of Christ, and exemplify it in their conduct, than that they should waste their energy in discussing trifles. He seemed somehow to get to this very heart and centre of Christianity, while others are too often satisfied to play with the fringes. Yet with all his capacity for profound thought he had the childlike faith which our lord commends. He kept alive the sense of mystery, and the spirit of awe and reverence. He could not understand why life should be dull or uninteresting to any men when there was se much to be learnt and life was so full of mysteries unsolved. And although he was brimful of wit and humour -- no man could make or appreciate a jest better -- still he could not understand how anyone could make light of the great eternal realities. All levity was absolutely out of place when people came to worship God in the house of prayer. I do not think I ever knew anyone in whom those fruits of the Spirit were more happily blended, "love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance." The unconscious influence of such a pure, strong, upright, blameless, Christ-like life, lived in our very midst, can never he computed, but I am sure that his memory will remain with us as long as life shall last as a great and noble inspiration. To his mourning relatives we would tender our sincere sympathy, and bear them on our hearts in prayer to the Father of all mercies, and the God of will comfort. May these changes of life which leave us poorer and lonelier tend to bring us closer to the Saviour's wounded side, and may we hear His pleading voice saying unto us, "Be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man shall come."



Belfast City Mission.

Deep regret hoe been caused in religious circles by the death of Mr. John M'Adam, which took place at his residence, 23, Ravenscroft Avenue, Belfast, on the 24th ult. Mr. M'Adam was for the long period of over forty-two years an agent of the Belfast City Mission, and at his funeral on the 26th ult., which, was largely attended by the agents of the Mission, the member's of Megain Memorial Church, and the general public, eloquent testimony was borne to his worth and work. After a brief religious service in the house conducted by the Rev. James M'Connell the remains were conveyed to Megain Memorial Church, with which the deceased was connected for the last twenty-two years, where a public service was held in which Revs. James M'Connell, William Witherow, and Dr. Henry Montgomery took part.

Dr. Montgomery, in the course of a brief address, referred to the earnestness, fidelity, and ability with which Mr. M'Adam discharged all his duties as city missionary for over forty two years, and to the high esteem in which he was held by the late Right Hon. Thomas Sinclair, and all the superintendents of the Mission. The musical part of the service was rendered beautifully by Mr. Peattie, organist, and the choir of the congregation. The service at the graveside in the City Cemetery was conducted by Rev. James M'Connell and Dr. James Wilson. On the following Sabbath evening Rev. Jas. M'Connell preached on "The Saint's Everlasting Rest" in Megain Memorial Church, with special reference to the death of Mr. M'Adam. He said that Mr. M'Adam had been labouring in connection with their congregation aa missionary for over twenty-two years, and that he was one of the most Godly men he ever knew, and one of the mightiest instruments for good their district ever saw. Mr. M'Adam was, indeed, a saint, and he felt confident that he was now enjoying the saint's everlasting rest.



At the close of the morning service in Clough Presbyterian Church on Sabbath, 27th February, Rev. R. Hall, B.A., B.D., preaching on Proverbs x. 7, "The memory of the just is blessed," referred to the death of Mr. James M'Clure. He said -- We mourn to-day the loss of one whose presence we all miss, but whose memory is blessed. Mr. M'Clure has been called to his rest and reward, and we bow to the will of God, whose ways are higher than our way. He was a Presbyterian Churchman of the ablest type. As a member of session he enjoyed the entire confidence of the congregation and to the trust committed to him he was faithful even unto death. He adorned the eldership by his sterling Christian character and by is untiring labours in the Master's cause. In every department of the Church's activities he was always ready to help, shouldering his share of the work with a cheerfulness that brought joy to the hearts of those who were co-workers with him. We never looked to him in vain for advice or help. We miss him in the session and committee, where his devout and earnest spirit was always manifest. He was transparently honest and sincere, wise in counsel, sympathetic in manner, and gentle as a child. He stood near to the Master, and his daily walk was a walk with God. In the Frocess Sabbath-school, where he worked so faithfully as teacher and superintendent, his loss will be keenly felt. To it his time and labour were ungrudgingly given. He came to it prepared, like a strong man, equipped to run a race. And even when his health was failing he tried to continue, for his heart was in the work. To the younger generation the memory of such lives as his should be a stimulus, inspiring them to give their best for the Master; and to all of us His memory remains as a sacred trust, which will be blessed to us if we cherish it and learn the lesson that it teaches us, and which will serve to swell and deepen the current of our spiritual life in the days to come. His end was peaceful. As he grew weaker he often repeated the promise, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee," thus reminding us of the words of the Psalmist, "Mark the perfect man and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace."



At the close of a sermon preached in the Chancellor Memorial Reformed Presbyterian Church, and based on the words, "The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day," the Rev. Dr. Kennedy said -- To-day we are called to mourn the decease of Mr. John Alexander, who for many years was a prominent member of this congregation. Of him it might be said, in the truest sense, that he was a "just" man, and that his path was as "the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." In all his relations he was characterised by strict integrity. But that righteousness that is of transcendent worth was his. He had received it in the exercise of a living faith, and consecrated himself in all he was and possessed to God. He was not his own. Hie life, as we might expect, in the home, in the shop, in the church, and wherever he went was light, and that light grew brighter as the years passed. Now he enjoys the sunshine of "the perfect day." When a lad of about nine years of age he lost his father by death. But his mother, a godly Covenanter, brought to bear on his mind and heart the teaching of Divine revelation. After leaving school he entered on a business career in Dungannon. Here helpful religious influence was exerted on him. At the time he came to Belfast and started business for himself he joined this congregation, and during all the years he was connected with it he was a power for good. He loved peace and followed the things that made for peace. His work as a deacon was done unostentatiously and with fidelity and thoroughness. He was for nineteen years treasurer, and in this capacity he rendered the congregation a signal service. Time and again the members expressed the desire that he should undertake among them the duties of the eldership, but he felt he could best promote the congregation's interests by keeping to the work of the office he held. While Mr. Alexander attended diligently to the things of this life, he always put first things first. The matter of supreme importance with him was salvation. His great desire was to be found in Christ. He was not without doubts at times as to his spiritual standing, but before the end came the light of God broke in on his soul, and he felt assured that Christ was his and that he was Christ's. His special designation of Christ was "the Master," and to that Master, who has come and called for him, he rendered a loving and faithful service. He loved the house of God, and so, as long as strength permitted him, he was in his place here twice every Sabbath. It was my privilege to visit him during his long and exceedingly trying illness, and I never heal'd him giving utterance to a word of murmuring or complaining. He was wont rather, to speak of God's wondrous goodness to him. He believed with all his heart in prayer, and just before he passed into the immediate presence of that God whose face he longed to see, he committed his wife and children, one by one, into His loving care. He then took farewell of those gathered round him, and fell asleep.

"Mark thou the perfect, and behold the man of uprightness; Because that surely of this man. the latter end is peace."

We sorrow on account of the departure of our father and friend, but as we think of the glory of the day that is his, we lift up our hearts in praise to God because of the abounding grace He has manifested towards him.




A supplement to the "London Gazette" issued on Friday night contained the names of a number of officers, non-commissioned officers, and men who have been awarded various honours by the President of the French Republic for their distinguished service during the campaign. The list includes the names of the following officers having family or regimental associations with Ulster:--

Major-General (temporary lieutenant-general) Sir Henry Hughes Wilson, K.C.B., D.S.O., who has been appointed a Grand Officier of the Legion of Honour, was recently appointed colonel of the Royal Irish Rifles. His wife is the youngest daughter of the late Mr. George Cecil Gore Wray, J.P., Ardnamona, Donegal.

Colonel (temporary Brigadier-General) the Hon. James Whiteside M'Cay, C.B., Australian Imperial Force, awarded the Croix de Commander of the Legion of Honour, is a son of the late Rev. Boyd M'Cay, D.D., who many years ago was a well-known Ulster Presbyterian minister. He was born in Ballynure, County Antrim, and has filled many important ministerial posts in the Commonwealth Parliament. He commanded the 2nd Australian Infantry Brigade at the Dardanelles, and was wounded in August last, being subsequently awarded the C.B. in recognition of his distinguished services.

Major and Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel Harry Hugh Sidney Knox, Northamptonshire Regiment, who, as previously notified, has bean awarded the Croix d'Officier of the Legion of Honour, is the fourth son of the late Mr. V. Knox and Mrs. Knox, Shimnah, Newcastle, County Down. He was mentioned in Viscount French's last despatch.

Major (temporary Lieutenant-Colonel) Horace Somerville Sewell, D.S.O., 4th Dragoon Guards, is also amongst the recipients of the Croix de Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. He is a brother-in-law of Mr. R. H. S. Noble, M.A., secretary of the Orange and Protestant Friendly Society, Belfast. He has been mentioned in despatches by Field-Marshal Viscount French, and was awarded the D.S.O. on the occasion of the King's birthday in June, 1915.

Major John Weir West, M.B., Royal Army Medical Corps, awarded the Croix de Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, is a son of the Rev. Dr. West, of Antrim, Moderator-designate of the General Assembly.

Captain Francis Casement, M.B., Royal Army Medical Corps, another recipient of the Croix de Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, is a son of Mr. Roger Casement, J.P., Maherin Temple, Ballycastle.

Captain Samuel Barbour Duffin, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, whose award of the Croix de Chevalier of the Legion of Honour has been previously announced, is a son of the late Mr. Charles Duffin and Mrs. Duffin, Danesfort, Malone Park, Belfast.

Captain Cecil Edward Walker, Royal Artillery, awarded the Croix de Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, is a son of the late Sir Samuel Walker, Bart., a former M.P. for Derry, afterwards Lord Chancellor of Ireland, half-brother of the present baronet, Sir Alexander Walker, who was at one time an officer of the Lord Line.

Captain (temporary Major) William John Law, Lancashire Fusiliers (T.F.), who has been awarded the "Croix de Guerre," was a son of a the late Mr. Thomas Law, of Portadown, and a brother of Mrs. D. G. Loughrey, Cathedral School House, Dromore. He was killed in action at the Dardanelles while in temporary command of the 7th Lancashire Fusiliers.

Lance-Corporal Frederick William Deane, 1st/6th (Perthshire) Battalion Royal Highlanders (T.F.), who has been awarded the "Croix de Guerre," is now a temporary second-lieutenant in the Royal Irish Rifles. He is a son of Mr. F. J. Deane, Knockdene Park, Belfast, and was mentioned in Viscount French's last despatch.

Belgian Decorations.

The King has been graciously pleased to grant unrestricted permission to the under-mentioned officers to wear the decorations specified, which have been conferred by his Majesty the King of the Belgians for distinguished service during the campaign:--

Major-General (temporary Lieutenant-General) Sir Cecil Frederick Nevil Macready, K.C.B., K.C.M.G., "Grand Officier de l'Ordre de la Couronne." Lieut.-General Macready was appointed to command the Belfast district, and to be Resident Magistrate for the Counties of Antrim and Down during the Home Rule crisis in 1914. He was this week gazetted adjutant-general of the forces.

Major-General Edward Maxwell Perceval, C.B., D.S.O., Commandeur de l'Ordre de Leopold. He is the third son of the late General J. M. Perceval, C.B., Dillon House, Downpatrick.


Some of the Officers.

Captain and Adjutant R. Fridlington, 13th (Service) Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (1st Co. Down Volunteers), who has been wounded while serving on the Western front, obtained his commission on the formation of the Ulster Division, and was promoted to the rank of captain on 1st December, 1914.

Captain William Kingsley Tillie, 8th Battalion the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), wounded, is a son of Mr. W. J. Tillie, of Londonderry, and grandson of the late Mr. William Tillie, H.M.L., Duncreggan House. Captain Tillie enlisted as a private soon after the outbreak of war, and in Jan., 1915, received a commission in the Royal West Kent Regiment. He was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantly and ability near Hulluch on 26th September, 1915, and was mentioned in Viscount French's last despatch for gallant and distinguished service in the field.

Lieutenant A. C. Hollywood. 9th Battalion Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers), slightly wounded in the left arm, is a son of Mr. James Hollywood, J.P., Red Gorton, Helen's Bay, and 130, Albertbridge Road, Belfast, a well-known member of the Belfast City Before was in the estate agency business with his father, and on joining the Ulster Division he was posted to the 12th (Reserve) Battalion R. I. Fusiliers, and when the 10th (Reserve) Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers was formed at Lurgan, he was transferred to that unit, and finally, last December, to the 9th Battalion at the front. He was promoted lieutenant in December, after seven months' service in the lower rank.

Second-Lieutenant W. A. Malone, 14th Battalion Cheshire Regiment, who has been wounded while serving on the Western front, is the youngest son of Mr. John Malone, Entroya, Fortwilliam Park, a director of the Wolfhill Spinning Co., Ltd., chairman of the Executive Committee of the Irish Temperance League, and a well-known member of the Citizens' Association. Second-Lieutenant Malone received his commission in the 14th (Reserve) Battalion at Birkenhead on 18th December, 1914, and on going to the front was posted to the 13th (Service) Battalion.

Second-Lieutenant R. B. Dunlop, Royal Engineers, who has been wounded, is a son of Mrs. Dunlop, Annemount, Keady, County Armagh. This is the second occasion on which he has been in the casualty lists, for he was wounded on 19th October, 1915, when serving with the 70th Field Company.



Much regret will be felt amongst a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in Ballymena and district at the announcement of the death of Mr. Robert Barclay, of the firm of Messrs. Barclay & Crawford, London House, Church Street, Ballymena. He was a member of the Rural Council, a member of the session of First Ballymena Presbyterian Church, a governor of Ballymena Academy, and up to recently its secretary; chairman of the Municipal Technical School from its inauguration, chairman of the local branch of the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, chairman of the local branch of the Women's National Health Association, and treasurer of the Ballymena Sabbath-school Union, in all of which he took a most appreciative interest; whilst as a Unionist he at all times devoted his efforts to the furtherance of the cause of the Mid-Antrim Constitutional Association, of which he was a life-long member. As a mark of respect and esteem in which Mr. Barclay was held the business of the Town Court and Petty Sessions was on Friday adjourned, the chairman at the Town Court (Mr. Samuel Hood, J.P.) and Mr. James Roche, R.M., paying a tribute of appreciation to his worth and many sterling qualities, and this was ably supported by Messrs. James Clarke and John Adrain, solicitors, whilst at the Petty Sessions Mr. Roche, R.M., moved, Mr. Hood seconded, and Mr. James Clarke, solicitor, and District-Inspector M'Ginley supported a vote of sympathy with Mrs. Barclay and the bereaved family.



The remains of Mr. Frederick Ramsey, the well-known funeral undertaker, were removed from the Fever Hospital, Dublin Road, Lisburn, on Sabbath afternoon, for interment in the adjacent Borough Cemetery. Mr. Ramsey, who was only thirty-one years of age, was held in the highest regard, his unassuming manner and kindly disposition winning him many friends. He was married, and leaves a young widow and family of six children. The cortege was one of the largest seen in the town for a long time, bearing testimony to his universal popularity. The chief mourners were -- Messrs. John Ramsey, Robert Ramsey, and Henry Ramsey, brothers. An impressive service was conducted at the graveside by the Rev. Noble Huston, Ballynahinch, representing the Rev. R. W. Hamilton, of Railway Street Presbyterian Church.



We regret to announce the death of Mr. W. J. Scott, a well-known local business man, which occurred on Tuesday at his residence, Ardlui, Kincora Avenue, Strandtown, after a few weeks' illness. The deceased, who was about fifty years of age, was a native of Ballynahinch. He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Malcolmson Bros., and about twenty-six years ago became a member of the firm of Messrs. Beck & Scott, produce brokers and commission agents, 60, Waring Street. He was a keen and successful business man, and was held in the highest esteem by all with whom he came in contact. A member of the Masonic Order, he took a lively interest in the affairs of that body, and he was also a member of the Ulster Reform Club, the home flag of which is flying to-day at half-mast in respect to his memory. He was a former official of the Belmont Bowling Club, and was connected with Strandtown Unionist Club. In religion he was a Presbyterian, and was connected with Belmont Church. To his sorrowing widow and three children (one daughter and two sons, the eldest of the later being a lieutenant in the Royal Irish Fusiliers) sincere sympathy will be extended on their sad bereavement.



Mr. Samuel Young, Belfast, the Nationalist member of Parliament for East Cavan, celebrated his ninety-fourth birthday today. A son of the late Mr. Samuel Young, of Dunanelly, Portaferry, the veteran M.P. was born on the 26th February, 1822, and was educated at the old Presbyterian College, Belfast. He is the senior partner in the firm of Messrs. Young, King, & Co., Ltd., distillers, and has represented East Cavan in Parliament since 1892.

The Right Hon. Thomas Andrews, D.L., of Ardara, Comber, chairman of the Belfast and County Down Railway Co., also celebrated the anniversary of his birth to-day. Mr. Andrews was born on the 26th February, 1843, so that to-day he enters on his seventy-fourth year. He has led a very strenuous life, and has made hosts of friends, who will join in the hope that he may long be spared to assist in promoting the interests of his native county and the land of hts birth. He has given his time ungrudgingly to the public service.



The large shed in the showgrounds of the Newry Agricultural Society was on 24th ult. disposed of to Mr. Wm. M'Calden, of Banbridge, for 240.

The estimated rates for the County Fermanagh for the financial year ending 31st March, 1917, show a total demand of 54,030, an increase of 1,013.

Fishing so far as the luggers are concerned at Kilkeel is practically over for the winter It is stated that it has been the best winter season's fishing in the history of the district.

At Banbridge Urban Council meeting it was pointed out that under the new arrangement there would be no delivery of letters from 11 a.m. on Saturday until Monday morning.

The first quarterly contribution to the Newry General Hospital from the employees of the Bessbrook Spinning Company has just been handed to the treasurer of the hospital, the amount reaching 20 8s 8d.

On Sunday morning, the dead body of Miss Tillie Gray, aged 35, daughter of Mr. Thomas Gray, building contractor, was discovered beside a limekiln close to her father's house at Clontivern, Clones.

The monthly horse fair was held in Ballymena on 25th ult., and prices ruled as under -- Riding and driving horses, from 25 to 40; agriculturals, 40 to 55; hacks, 17 10s to 32 10s; ponies, 10 to 17 10s; cobs, 14 to 24 10s.

Derry County Council met specially on Saturday to appoint a solicitor in room of the late Mr. B. H. Lane, and W. A. Lane (nephew of the former solicitor), who is at present serving as a lieutenant in the Army Service Corps, was appointed.

The "Dublin Gazette" on the 25th ult. contained an Order by the Lord Lieutenant confirming the closing Order made under the Shops Act by the Donaghadee Urban District Council in regard to drapers' and milliners' establishments.

On Monday evening a man named Andrew M'Devitt fell into the river at Glenties, County Donegal, and was drowned. The deceased, who was forty-eight years of age, and unmarried, was observed in the vicinity of the river, and later his body was recovered from the water. An inquest will be held.

Miss Eliza Stewart, of Woodbine Villa, Rodden's Road, Larne, who died on 22nd December last, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 3,696 6s 7d. The testatrix left 100 to the Orphan Society of the Church of Ireland. The other bequests are personal.

An alarming fire occurred on 25th ult. on the premises of Mr. Owen Loughran, City Councillor, in Navan Street, Armagh. Mr. Loughran gave the alarm, and a number of willing hands set to work and succeeded in extinguishing the fire, but not before considerable damage was done.

At the weekly meeting of Lurgan Guardians, held under the presidency of Mr. W. G. Hewitt (chairman), the Board considered an application from Mr. Alfred Stevenson, relieving-officer, for an increase of 30 to his present salary of 65 per annum. An increase of 20 was granted.

On 24th ult. Alderman Guy P. Morrish, D.L., speaking at a luncheon given by the Mayor of Derry, said that the shipyard and three engineering firms were busily employed on Admiralty repair work, that 25,000 hand grenades had been made, and a large number of shells manufactured.

On 24th ult. at Magherafelt flax market upwards of thirty tons of scutched fibre were offered for sale. Prices were hardly as firm, but good flax easily brought 25s 3d per stone, while a few loads were sold as high as 26s per stone. The average, however, lay between 21s and 23s 6d per stone.

At the annual meeting of the Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway Company a dividend at the rate of 5 per cent., less income tax, was declared on the preference stock of the company, and a dividend at the rate of 7 per cent., less income tax, wsa declared on the ordinary stock.

In connection with the Whitehead branch of the Children's League of Pity, an enjoyable operetta, entitled "Cinderella," together with a miscellaneous programme, was given in the Parochial Hall on Saturday evening, Rev. James. Richardson, M.A., rector of Templecorran and Islandmagee, presided.

Twenty-five tons of fibre was offered for sale at the Ballymena Flax Market on Saturday, which was held in fine weather. There was a large attendance of buyers, and the supply was rapidly bought up. The fibre was of the usual quality, and changed bonds at prices ranging from 16s to 25s per stone.

On Saturday Dr. S. Wallace conducted an inquest in the Town Hall, Newtownards, relative to the death of Alexander Baird, aged fifty-five years, which occurred on Friday in the lodging-house of Jane Murphy, Ann Street, Newtownards, owing to a lighted lamp overturning on him. The jury found a verdict of accidental death.

At the fortnightly meeting of the Ballycastle Board of Guardians held on Tuesday, the Clerk (Mr. Hugh M'Gill) drew the attention of the Board to the average cost of maintenance, which was 6s 10d. This, he said, was the highest in Ireland. The Chairman (Mr. J. P. O'Kane, J.P.) suggested that the matter should be adjourned until the next meeting, and this course was agreed to.

The Great Western Railway Company announce that, commencing on 28th ult., the steamer services between Fishguard and Rosslare and between Fishguard and Waterford will be resumed, and the express trains from and to London and the connecting expresses to and from Irish towns will run according to the current time-table issued by the company.

At a meeting of the County Derry Committee of Agriculture, held in Coleraine on Saturday, an application was received from the Garvagh Cattle, Horse, and Poultry Show Society for a subsidy to growing crop competitions to be held in 1916. It was unanimously agreed to grant a subsidy of 5 on condition that the society contributed a similar amount, in prize money.

The newly-established weekly market at Warrenpoint coincided on 25th ult. with the monthly fair. It was the second market held under the new arrangements, and, even with the fair, it did not attract the number of sellers that the first market of a week ago did. However, the buyers were more ready than the sellers, and a brisk demand cleared up everything.

An interesting function took place in the E. M. Barbour Memorial Hall, Hilden, on Saturday afternoon, when 450 of the women workers of Messrs. William Barbour & Sons who have been engaged in supplying comforts for the soldiers, together with the children of Hilden School, were the guests at an entertainment provided through the generosity of Mrs. Harold Barbour and Mrs. Thomas Andrews, jun.

Particulars have just come to hand of the death in Nelson, British Columbia, on 28th January last of Mr. William J. Keatley, a gentleman long and honourably connected with Lurgan as a master in the Model School. Mr. Keatley went to Lurgan in 1870, on his appointment as junior assistant in the school with which his life's work was associated. After his retirement he removed to Canada with his family.

The Guardians of the Newry Union had under consideration a proposal to abolish the Workhouse school, there being only two children in it. The Clerk said the upkeep of the school cost the Guardians 100 a year. If they abolished the school they would, of course, have to superannuate the teacher, who had been fifteen years in the employment of the Guardians. Eventually Mr. Henry gave notice to move that the school be abolished, the schoolmistress to get whatever remuneration she was entitled to.

On Friday one of a series of meetings, having for its object the establishment of a Farmers' Co-operative Society to erect and equip a flax-scutching mill, with a corn-grinding mill attached, was held in Grangemore Schoolhouse, under the presidency of Mr. John Loughran, Augharore. Mr. R. H. Lamb, Portadown, and Mr. R. R. London, Armagh, addressed the meeting, after which several farmers registered their names as 10 and 5 shareholders.

The annual general meeting of Clones Co-operative Agricultural and Dairy Society, Ltd., was held on Saturday -- Mr. Edward Bamford presiding. The report and balance-sheet disclosed a record turnover. No less than 1,271,166 gallons of milk were dealt with, yielding 531,533lbs. of butter. The average price, paid for milk was 6.15d per gallon, and the average price received for butter 15.92d per lb. -- both being far ahead of all previous records.

Under the auspices of the Department of Agricultural and the County Tyrone Agricultural Committee, a show of farmers roar was held in Dungannon on 24th ult. in a field kindly lent by Mr. Alexander Patterson. Forty-four nominations had been granted, and there were eighty-six entries -- forty-five belonging to farmers whose poor-law valuations were under 30, and forty-one belonging to farmers whose valuations exceeded 30, but did not exceed 125.

The quarterly meeting of the members of Portadown Co-Operative Society was held under the presidency of Mr. John Palmer. The report showed that the net sales for the quarter amounted to 3,828 12s 8d, showing an increase of 611 10s, as compared with the corresponding quarter of a year ago. It was decided to pay a dividend of 1s 4d in the on members purchases, and a bonus to employees of 7 12s. The report was adopted.

The second concert of the twelfth season of Bangor Harmonic Society was held in, the Dufferin Hall on the 24th ult., the proceeds being in aid of that altogether admirable and deserving organisation, the Ulster Women's Gift Fund for Prisoners of War. There was a large and representative attendance, and the programme was greatly enjoyed. The special subject selected for the performance on the occasion was "The Erl King's Daughter" (Gade).

At a public meeting of the residents of Bangor, convened by Mr. John M'Meekan, J.P., chairman of the Urban Council, held on on 25th ult., to accord the thanks of the town to Mr. W. K. Crosby, Boston, U.S.A., for his munificent gift of a sum of 5,200 to Bangor institutions, Rev. R. J. Morrell moved a resolution to the effect that the residents of Bangor desired to place on record their profound appreciation and gratitude to Mr. W. K. Crosby. This was seconded and passed.

At the annual meeting on Monday of Londonderry Chamber of Commerce the following members were elected on the council -- Messrs. J. H. Welch, Wm. Phillips, Wm. Hamilton, A. E. Fletcher, Samuel Hamilton, W. G. S. Ballantine, H. S. Thompson, R. C. Mitchell, Robert Nimmon, J. R. Montgomery, Horace Bryer, and John Colhoun. Mr. J. H. Welch was unanimously elected president, and Lieutenants Frank Gilliland, R.N., and the Mayor were elected vice-presidents.

At a meeting of Strabane Urban Council on the 25th ult, the surveyor reported, that in his estimate he required 950 for maintenance of roads and streets. Be also estimated the sum of 125 for repairs to the Grain Market. The Council were of opinion that economy should be used this year, and the amount of expenditure estimated by the surveyor was limited to the sum of 850 for the maintenance of roads and streets. The repairs to the Corn Market were left over until next year.

The annual ploughing, competitions, held under the auspices of the Brantry Ploughing Association took place on 23rd ult. in a field at Crievelough, near Aughnacloy, kindly, placed at the disposal of the association by Mr. Thomas Daly. Details -- Swine Plough -- Senior Class -- 1st prize, John. Gillespie, Mullineal; 2nd, Henry M'Nally, Mullintor; 3rd, Patrick M'Gronan, Mullintor. Swing Plough -- Junior Class -- 1st prize, Joseph Loughran, Crievelough; 2nd, Patrick J. Magee, Crievelough; 3rd, Donald Magee, Crievelough. Special prizes presented by Mr. J. Anderson, V.S., Ards -- Best back, John Gillespie, Mullinal; best finish, John Gillespie; best team of horses, Joseph Loughran, Crievelough.



The annual ploughing match in connection with the Magherafelt Farming Society was held on Monday. The judges were Messrs. J. A. Lynn, Coleraine; J. M. M'Eldowney, J.P., Swateragh; and R. J. Madden, Portglenone. The judge in the digging competition was Mr. T. P. Henry, Innisrush. The following awards were made -- Swings (open) -- 1, Fred. Burnett, Druminard; 2. John Johnston, Killyfaddy; 3, William Corbett, Motalee. Swings (confined) -- 1, T. J. Bowman, Aghagaskin; 2, W. J. M'Geehan, Ballymapherson; 3, Andrew Brown, Aghagaskin. Chill ploughs (open) -- 1, Samuel Gibson, Coagh; 2, Robert Eakin, Ballymoghan; 3, John M'Intyre, Tamlaght. Chill ploughs (confined) -- 1, Wm. M'Quade, Desertmartin; 2, Kells Brown, Ballyrogully; 3, William Caulfield, Coolshinney. Digging competition -- 1, George Connor; 2, Hugh M'Cartney; 3, John Devlin; 4, Michael Donnelly; 5, Chas. Collins.


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The Witness - Friday, 10 March 1916


CHAMBERS -- March 5, 1916, at Palmietfontein House, Dannhauser, Natal, South Africa, to Dr. and Mrs. Chambers -- a daughter. (By cable.)

HOBSON -- March 5, 1916, at Drumduff, Benburb, the wife of John Hobson -- a daughter.


DAVIES--ARMSTRONG -- March 8, 1916, at Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church, Bangor, by the Rev. W. A. Hill, B.A., Cyril Gordon Davies, B.Sc., Lieutenant in the 14th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, son of David Davies, Esq., Sunnybank, Llwynhendy, South Wales, to Ruth Olivia, fifth (and twin) daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Armstrong, Ballysallagh House, Clandeboye, Co. Down.


ANDERSON -- March 5, at 8, Chestnut Avenue, Derby, Joseph Anderson, M.B., husband of Jessie Anderson, and youngest son of Mr. Joseph Anderson, Thorndale, Bangor, Co. Down.

BELL -- March 1, at Randox, Crumlin, Elizabeth, wife of William Bell.

BOYES -- Feb. 29, at Gardner Villa, Whitehead, Joseph Boyes, husband of S. M. Boyes, late of Edinburgh.

BUCHANAN -- March 5, at Kilbride, Agnes, relict of the late Francis Buchanan.

CAMPBELL -- March 3, 1916, at his residence, 1, Malone Avenue, Belfast, Joseph Campbell.

CRAWFORD -- March 5, at Mosside, Drumbo, Margaret, widow of the late Alexander Crawford.

DAVIDSON -- March 6, at Ballywoollen House, Crossgar, Arthur Johnston Davidson, son of the late William Davidson.

FORSTER -- March 2, at Croghan, Lisnaskea, Annie, wife of Robert Forster.

FULTON -- March 3, at 65, Princetown Road, Bangor, Margaret, wife of the late Adam Fulton, in her 92nd year.

GIBSON -- March 7, at Newforge House, Dinah, widow the late George Gibson.

GILL -- March 5, at 16, Donaghadee Road, Bangor, John Gill, formerly of Banbridge.

GRAY -- March 1, at Bryandrum, Markethill, William George Gray.

HAMILL -- March 1, at 42, Eaton Square, Dublin, Rev. George Wray Hamall, B.A., Senior Minister First Limavady Presbyterian Church, aged 83 years.

HENRY -- March 7, at Millmore House, Aughnamullen, Ballybay, Margaret, wife of Thos. Henry, J.P., aged 65 years.

HERDMAN -- March 5, at a Nursing Home in Dublin, after an operation, Fanny Alice, wife of Emerson Tennent Herdman, Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone, aged 71.

HUTCHISON -- March 7, at 18, Bridge Street, Banbridge, Frances Stevens (Fanny), younger daughter of the late James Hutchison.

JACKSON -- March 1, Sara, daughter of the late Sidney Jackson, of Longfield, and Cremorne, County Monaghan.

JOHNSTON -- March 5, at the Infirmary, Lurgan, Mary Ann, relict of the late William Johnston.

LEGGE -- Feb. 28, at 28, Dunluce Street, Larne, Marion Elizabeth (Lilly), daughter of John Legge.

LOWRY -- March 1, at Millbank, Ballymaconnell, James Knox, eldest son of Thomas Lowry.

MONTGOMERY -- Feb. 29, at Claremont, Western Australia, Dr. Sidney Hamilton Rowan Montgomery, Inspector-General of Lunatic Asylums in Western Australia, third son of the late Rev. Robert Montgomery, of Great Victoria Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, and of Mrs. Montgomery, 18, Stanwick Road, Kensington, W., London. (By cable.)

MORRISON -- March 5, at Killyman, Moy, Annie Jane, widow of the late Samuel Morrison.

M'KINLEY -- March 7, at Roxburgh Terrace, Rostrevor, Cecilia Gibb, daughter of the late Thomas M'Kinley, of Armagh and Rostrevor.

M'MILLAN -- March 4, at 1, Balfour Street, Newtownards, Robert M'Millan.

M'MILLAN -- March 5, at Toomebridge, Co. Antrim, Isabella, wife of John M'Millan.

NEWELL -- March 1, at Ballyworphy, Annahilt, Hillsborough, Samuel Newell.

ORR -- March 5, at Belfast Road, Lisburn, William Orr.

O'NEILL -- March 5, at 9, Wellington Park, Belfast, Mary, widow of Edward E. O'Neill.

SELBY -- March 6, at High Street, Carrickfergus, Mary Ann, widow of George Alfred Selby, Broadgreen, Croydon, Surrey, in her 84th year.

SMITH -- At Hollybrook, Randalstown, Mary Smith.

STOREY -- March 5, at 10, Blackwood Street, John, husband of Agnes Storey, and eldest son of Huston Storey.

STUART -- March 5, at Ballyhivistock, Charles M'Daniel Stuart, aged 69.

TWEEDIE -- March 5, in Hospital, Lurgan, M. E., wife of William Tweedie, Wesley Cottage, Baltylum, Portadown, aged 33 years.

WHIMSTER -- March 1, at the Gas Works, Armagh, Margaret Smith, wife of James Whimster, J.P., and daughter of the late James P. Pirrie, ex-Lord Dean of Guild of the city of Perth, Scotland.

WYLIE -- March 1, at Newry Street, Rathfriland, Andrew Wylie.



The funeral of the late Rev. G. W. Hamill, B.A., took place on Friday, the remains being conveyed by rail from Dublin to Limavady for interment in the family burying-ground in the graveyard attached to First Limavady Presbyterian Church, of which he was pastor for forty-six years, until his withdrawal from active work some thirteen years ago, when he took up his residence in Dublin. In the church an impressive service was conducted by the Revs. William Mitchell, B.A.; H. M. Butler, Jas. Gallaugher, and William Browne, B.A., Rev. Mr. Butler delivering an eloquent panegyric. The remains were then borne to the graveside and reverently lowered into the mess-lined grave, Rev. James Maconachie concluding the service. The chief mourners included Mr. Geo. W. Hamill, Mr. Joseph H. Hamill (sons); Revs. James Maconachie (Newcastle-on-Tyne), D. H. Maconachie (Newtownards), Robt. H. Wilson (Ballymoney), and Mr. Robert Maconachie, Moycraig (nephews); Messrs. Fred Chambers, Frank Chambers, and Irwin Douglas (relatives).

Congregational Tribute.

A memorial service was held in the First Presbyterian Church, Limavady, on Sabbath. There was a large congregation present, and the pulpit and its surroundings were heavily draped with sable fabrics. Rev. Wm. Browne, B.A. (pastor), occupied the pulpit, and preached from Isaiah x. 18 -- "They shall be as when a standard-bearer fainteth." The preacher paid an eloquent tribute to the worth and works of the late Rev. Mr. Hamill. During the long period of over fifty-five years he had endeared himself to every member of the congregation by his unassuming demeanour, his humility, his affectionate and winsome personality, his unfailing sympathy, his faithful teaching, and his clear presentation of a full and free salvation. During all that half-century he had been a true standard-bearer to his people, leading, cheering, comforting, and consoling them. His loss was a source of keen regret and sorrow to his life-long friends.

At a meeting of the session and committee held subsequently -- Rev. Mr. Browne presiding -- a resolution of condolence with the bereaved family was passed, on the motion of Mr. J. C. Allison, seconded by Mr. R. A. Thorpe. It was gracefully and unanimously decided to present to the family of the deceased a large flagon and cup, portion of the original pewter Communion service used during the ministry of the late Mr. Hamill, as a memento of his pastorate in First Limavady. The articles are fine examples of antique pewter-ware, and it is believed they have been in use for almost 206 years.


The old English proverb that placed three removes in the same category as a conflagration calls for modern revision. Removals, nowadays, are carried out with such a high degree of technical skill and expeditiousness that any inconvenience attending the process is reduced to an almost incredibly low minimum. Not yet is the matter of transferring one's domestic or business effects from one centre to another quite so simple as the migrations of the Arabs folding their tents and silently stealing away, but it is none the less true that the adaptation of motor traction has had an accelerating, if not revolutionising, effect upon the removal

Keeping well abreast of the times, Messrs. Thomas Johnson & Sons, furniture removers, &c., 39 to 45, Bedford Street, Belfast, have, with characteristic enterprise, made an important and up-to-date acquisition to their vehicular stock in the shape of a strongly-built and serviceable 35-40 Dennis motor furniture van. The van was an order in prewar times, but the original chassis was taken over by the authorities and utilised for Government purposes. Delivery was effected some weeks ago, and the van has given the utmost satisfaction in the rapid and safe transit of all classes of household chattel and goods.

The new storage capacity, being such as to make evident its utility in the line of domestic or other transport. There is an absence of undue vibration, so that the most treasured and even the most fragile of the lares penates when carefully stored away "in the interior," are as safe from damage as by the fireside. For long distance journeys the car is even more invaluable, the saving of time effected on the road being only one of the numerous advantages associated with its use. The fine reputation for reliability and general satisfaction that is associated with the name of the Bedford Street has firm stood the test of many years, and its present magnificent equipment is a tangible indication pointing to a future in which reputation will be ever increasing and strengthening.



At the morning service in Second Killyleagh Presbyterian Church on Sabbath last, the Rev. T. M'Caughan, B.A., preaching from the text, "Therefore be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh" (Mat. xxiv. 44), made the following reference to the late Mr. Morrow -- It is fitting that I should refer to-day to the great loss we, as a congregation, have sustained by the death of Mr. Chas. Morrow. For many years he was a member of our Congregational committee, and in everything pertaining to the welfare of this church he took a lively interest. In this house of prayer there was no more regular attender and no more devout worshipper than he. I pass over his acts of generosity by saying no good cause ever applied to him in vain. We shall miss his presence and his services, especially at Communion seasons, and as these solemn times come round his memory will be fresh and green. In thought we shall see him as with deep solemnity he passed from pew to pew the sacred emblems of our Saviour's death. To his grief-stricken widow, family, and relatives we extend our sincerest sympathy, and we pray that the Divine support and consolation may be richly granted unto them in this their time of deep sorrow.



The Presbyterian community in Rathfriland, and especially the Second Presbyterian Church, has sustained a particularly heavy loss in the death of Mr. Andrew Wylie. His death took place on Wednesday morning, 1st March, at his residence, Newry Street, and the large concourse of people of all denominations at his funeral on Friday bore striking testimony to the worth of the deceased, and to the place he held in the affections of the community. He is survived by his widow and two brothers, to whom the sincere sympathy of the whole townspeople is respectfully tendered.

Owing to the illness of the Rev. T. J. Harrison, the minister of Second Rathfriland, the service on Sabbath was conducted by the Rev. W. S. Heron, Clonduff. The subject of his sermon was, "The death of death," the text being from 2nd Timothy i. 10 -- "Out Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death." At the close of the sermon, Mr. Heron said -- I wish to express in some measure the sorrow I feel at being present here to-day, sorrow because of the somewhat serious illness of my friend and your pastor, the Rev. Mr. Harrison, and sorrow because the duty falls upon me of saying something on the loss you as a congregation have sustained in the removal by death of one of your most respected and most honoured members. The subject of our meditation to-day is one that is very familiar to the thoughts of all, and to you especially when you think of the terrible havoc death has wrought among you during the past few years; men, good and tried, men whose very hearts were bound up in the prosperity of this your Zion, have fallen in the battle, and the places they filled so honourably in Church and home shall know them again no more for ever.

"One generation passeth away and another cometh;" such is the universal law of nature.

"Though the days of our years be three score years and ten, or even four score years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow, for it is soon cut off and we fly away," because "man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets." On Wednesday morning last -- 1st inst. -- Andrew Wylie, a member of your church, and a brother beloved, entered into his rest, and after a short, sharp struggle obtained the victor's crown. I simply voice the feeling of every one present when I say that you have met with an irreparable loss. As a consistent member of your Church, he ever rejoiced in her welfare and prosperity, the very stones of this, your Zion, were dear to has heart. Nor is it too much to say that in his own quiet way he was deeply interested in the welfare of every congregation within the bounds of our Presbytery.

No minister ever appealed to him far help and appealed in vain. He gave heartily and liberally to all, his only stipulation being "Do not publish." He hated anything in the way of publicity. As a business man he was ever noted for his sterling honesty, integrity, and singleness of purpose, and at all times he carried his Christianity into every business transaction in life. His word was his bond. As a friend -- and I can speak from, experience -- he was constant in his affection, warm-hearted, generous, and true to the core. His quiet, simple, gentle, unassuming life, his sterling integrity, his affectionate disposition, his manly nature, and above all, the high tone of his Christianity, has left a deep impression not only upon the congregation but upon the whole community, and his life and example live on here, and bear fruit long years after all who hear me to-day have passed away. At a very early age he was received by the then minister into full church membership, and from that time up to the last Communion he was present at every Sacramental season, except when, prevented by sickness, and as these sacred seasons passed his faith in his risen Lord became more radiant and more childlike. Now Andrew Wylie has gone to be "forever with the Lord." We who remain mourn his loss. We shall not soon see his like again. But in our mourning we rejoice because we know he is now reaping the reward of a blameless life, because "He has now reached the City of the Saintly, The Paradise of God."

In his case we can truly say, "Our Saviour, Jesus Christ, hath abolished death." Let us all ask God to give us grace so to live that in the "hereafter" we may join him and the other stalwarts who have gone before and mingle our voices with theirs in praising the Lamb that was slain. We tender to-day to his widow in her loneliness our heartfelt sympathy, and we pray that the God of all grace may stand by her in her sorrow, giving her "beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness."



At the morning service in Second Killyleagh Presbyterian Church on Sabbath last, the Rev. T. M'Caughan, B.A., preaching from the text, "Therefore be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh" (Mat. xxiv. 44), made the following reference to the late Mr. Morrow -- It is fitting that I should refer to-day to the great loss we, as a congregation, have sustained by the death of Mr. Chas. Morrow. For many years he was a member of our Congregational Committee, and in everything pertaining to the welfare of this church he took a lively interest. In this house of prayer there was no more regular attendee and no more devout worshipper than he. I pass over his acts of generosity by saying no good cause ever appealed to him in vain. We shall miss his presence and his services, especially at Communion seasons, and as these solemn times come round his memory will be fresh and green. In thought we shall see him as with deep solemnity he passed from pew to pew the sacred emblems of our Saviour's death. To his grief-stricken widow, family, and relatives we extend our sincerest sympathy, and we pray that the Divine support and consolation may be richly granted unto them in this their time of deep sorrow.



Pulpit Reference by Rev. Dr. Bingham

At the morning service in Dundonald Presbyterian Church on Sabbath last, Rev. Dr. Bingham, preaching from Zechariah i. 5 -- "Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?" -- made the following reference to the recent death of the late Mr. Morrow -- The text for this morning was suggested to me by the death of the oldest member of the congregation. During the years of my ministry here I have attended the funeral of quite a number of member's over ninety. No other member, so far as I know or have learned, ever reached the great age of almost a hundred and two. Not only was our departed friend a very old man himself, i.e. belonged to a very old stock of people. He delighted till the end to dwell on the incidents in his personal and family history, and to tell for how many generations his family had been in possession of the homestead. His father was an elder of the congregation, and he himself was for many years a member of committee, and took an active and helpful interest in congregational affairs. He was the head of a most kindly and hospitable home, and no man in the neighbourhood took a deeper interest in the welfare of his neighbours or was readier to help them in every way in his power. And now at length, the long day has drawn to a close. He sleeps with his fathers, and is buried with his fathers. At the end of more than seventy years his fathers grave was opened to receive his body, and has spirit has returned to God, who gave it.



At the fortnightly meeting of Ballymena Council, held on Saturday, a letter was read from Mr. Getty, engineer, to the effect that the Cullybackey sewerage scheme might cost over 1,085.

The valuation of the Urban District of Warrenpoint for the year 1916 is 10,386 10s, which is an increase of 105 10s on the previous year. The Belfast Banking Company's new premises in the town have been valued at 120.

Mr. R. K. Lockhart has resigned his position as school attendance officer of the Newry No. 2 (Co. Armagh) Rural District, which he held for nearly seven years. It is proposed to appoint a successor between the age of twenty-five and forty.

The county surveyor, at the meeting of the Derry No. 1 Rural District Council on Saturday, reported that Messrs. Roberts & Son, Derry, had notified him of their intention to inaugurate a new motor passenger service between Derry and Claudy.

One of Ireland's oldest Orangemen in the person of Mr Adam Houston, Coleraine, has passed away after a few weeks' illness. He held various offices in the Orange Order, with which he had been in active association for almost sixty years He was a member of LOL No. 355.

The "Dublin Gazette" on Friday night contained a notice by the Local Government Board for Ireland that no petition having been received against the order constituting Portstewart an Urban Sanitary District, the order in question has now taken effect.

Mr. William. J. Jamieson, a native of Derryhallagh, Duneane, County Antrim, died vary suddenly recently at Boksburg, near Johannesburg, from heart failure. The deceased was born in 1873, and had lived at Boksburg, a populous Rand mining centre, for the past twenty years.

Mr. John Carmichael-Ferrall, D.L. (president), presided at the annual meeting of Augher Creamery Society. The report showed the total purchases of milk, butter, agricultural requirements, &c., to be 23,890 12s 4d, and the total sales 26,068 12s 10d, and the net profit was 363 8s 4d.

The substantial sum of 28 was realised at a jumble sale held in First Dungannon Presbyterian Church Lecture Hall on Saturday afternoon, for the purpose of providing comforts for the local soldiers at the front. The sale was organised by the Church Knitting Guild.

At a meeting of the Cookstown Technical Instruction Committee it was unanimously agreed to re-elect Mr. Hugh Adair, J.P , as chairman. Mr. Wm. Rice as vice-chairman, and. Mr. H. L. Glasgow as hon. secretary for the year. The principal (Mr. Bradley) reported that the attendance this session was most satisfactory.

During the winter a home nursing class in connection with the St. John Ambulance Association has been held at Castle Upton. Mrs. John Campbell kindly gave the course of instruction, and also provided the room in which the class was held, while Miss Newell, the Vicarage, Templepatrick, acted as hon. secretary to the class.

Under the auspices of the Augher Co-Operative Dairy Society a Red Cross sale of farm produce was organised by Mr. W. H. Bailey, at Ballygawley, on Friday. The auctioneers were Messrs. W. S. Gervan and James Higgins, J.P. The effort realised 80, while a similar sale at Augher realised 75.

A highly enjoyable concert in aid of the local fund for the support of Belgian refugees was brought off in the Town Hall, Coleraine, on the 2nd inst. The music was contributed by a ladies' choir, organised by Miss Lottie Warren; also by Mademoiselle Daems and Monsieur do Meulemeester, Miss Kathleen Wray, Belfast, Dr. Hay, and Wm.

It was reported at the meeting of the Newry Port and Harbour Trust on Friday that during the eleven months ended 29th February there has been a decrease in the amount of registered tonnage arriving at the port of Newry of 9,480 tons owing to the war. This in money represented a loss in revenue to the Harbour Trust of 573 17s 5d.

At a meeting of the Technical Instruction Committee in connection with Down County Council it was mentioned that the arrangement arrived at by Dr. Garrett, with the assistance of the sub-committee, in reference to the principalships of the technical schools at Donaghadee, Downpatrick, Newcastle, Kilkeel, and Warrenpoint, &c., would effect a considerable saving in travelling expenses.

The death occurred with tragic suddenness on Sunday of Mrs. John M'Millan, of Toomebridge, who expired while walking home from Duneane Presbyterian Church after the morning service. The deceased leaves a husband and four sons, one of whom is the Rev. Wm. M'Millan, Templepatrick, while another is serving with the colours. The melancholy event caused a painful sensation in the district, where the deceased was well-known and highly-esteemed.

Preaching in First Limavady Presbyterian Church on 5th inst., the Rev. Wm. Browne, B.A., made a touching reference to the death of the late pastor, who for over fifty-five years had ministered to the congregation. The preacher briefly sketched the deceased minister's career, and paid a glowing tribute to his life and work in the district. At the close of the service the session and committee passed a resolution of sympathy with the bereaved family.

The news of the death of Mrs. Fanny Alice Herdman, wife of Mr. E. T. Herdman, D.L. of Sion House, Sion Mills, who is the senior director of Herdman's, Limited, and a director of the Strabane and Letterkenny Railway, was received with great regret in Strabane. The deceased lady, who passed away on Sunday evening in a Dublin nursing home, was most popular, and took a lively interest in all charitable objects.




By the special request of the late Mr. Wm. Gamble (younger son of the Rev. J. W. Gamble, pastor of Sloan Street Presbyterian Church), the services in Sloan Street on Sabbath last were conducted by the Rev. Joseph Cordner, B.D., of Drumbo, who made a touching reference to the memory of the deceased.

Preaching on the text, "He hath sent Me to heal the broken-hearted" (Luke iv. 18), Mr. Cordner, in the course of his address, said -- One of the first things to impress one about Mr. William Gamble was his guilelessness. He thought no evil. I say he thought no evil -- much less spoke it. He always put the kindliest and most charitable construction on everything; and, oh! how it helps one, heals one like a medicine to know that there are still a few guileless souls in the world who think no evil about one -- and William Gamble was one such soul. A second and most outstanding characteristic of our dear young friend was his gentleness. He was as gentle as a girl; he was a gentleman; and a gentleman, according to Henry Drummond, is just a gentle-man -- a man who does things gently with love. That was the way exactly that our friend dad things always, for in all the years that it has bean my pleasure to know him I have never once either heard him or overheard him saying an unkind or uncharitable word about any person. He never allowed his blood to "boil" -- at any rate, he certainly never allowed it to boil over. And during all his months of martyrdom, when no one but the God in Whose hand his life was knew how acutely he was suffering, there was always to be seen upon his face a look of complacency, calm resignation. Just the Sabbath before his passing he said to a friend -- "Mr. ---------, God makes no mistakes, and He has made none with me." And a third and most important characteristic in our friend, a thing that drew us all to him, was his goodness, for truly he was above all else a good man. "Scarcely for a righteous man will one die, yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die." It is clear that a "good man" is much more than a "righteous man." A good man is one who would part with one of his coats to keep another warm, one who would go the second mile, one who would sit up a night with one who needed him. Such was the man who is so present to our minds to-day. He thought always -- I might say only -- about others, and never did anything from other than an unselfish motive. The only anxiety he seemed to have when dying was about his mother, his sisters, and Sloan Street Church, to whose work he was so devoted. It has been truly said, "We shall never know his like again." Certainly we have witnessed "the passing of one of the bravest souls that ever looked from mortal eyes." I shall always thank God that I have had the privilege and pleasure of his friendship. "Wherefore do I get for myself a friend?" asks Seneca, then answers with all the extravagance of Stoic self-renumeration -- "That I may have one for whom I can die, one whom I can follow into exile, one whom I can shield from death at the cost of my own life." Such, dear friends, was the quality of the friendship of the late Wm. A. Gamble. To-day I speak of him as "that friend of mine who lives in God." A faithful member of the Church militant, he is to-day a glorified member of the Church triumphant.

"Now the labourer's task is o'er,
    Now the battle day is past,
 And upon the farther shore
    Rests the voyager at last."

You might like to know what were among his last words on this side the mystery. To one friend he said -- "I am ready to go, if it is God's will, for I took Christ as my Saviour years ago; if spared, I should like to be more helpful to others."


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The Witness - Friday, 17 March 1916


IMESON--KERR -- March 9 (by special licence), at York Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. H. Stephenson, B.A., Percy Alwyne Imeson, Royal Engineers, to Marianne Kerr, daughter of Moses Kerr, of The Oaks, Ballylough.


BOYD -- March 7, at her residence, Lisnataylor, Muckamore, Mary Annie (Minnie), dearly-beloved wife of W. R. M. Boyd. Interred in the family burying-ground, Donegore.

MacEWEN -- March 11, 1916 (suddenly), Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the late Moses Thomas MacEwen, Carnew, and niece to the Very Rev. James MacEwen, D.D., Dean of Ardfert. Interred on Monday, 13th inst., in the family burying-ground, First Dromara.

STEVENSON -- March 16, 1916, at her residence, Lisnataylor, Killead, Margaret Stevenson, widow of the late John Stevenson. Her remains will be removed from her residence for interment in Carmavey Burying-ground to-morrow (Saturday), 18th inst., at two o'clock. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation. JAMES STEVENSON.

AITCHISON -- March 11, at Elmswood, Loanhead, in her 83rd year, Mary M'Cracken, widow of the late Christopher Aitchison.

SANDERSON -- March 12, at Aughnacloy, Armagh, James, husband of Elizabeth Anderson, in his 85th year.

BARKLIE -- March 7, at Wrotham, Kent (suddenly), Helen Montgomery, daughter of the late Thomas Barklie, of Inver, Larne.

BELL -- March 11, Captain John Bell, Ballyhalbert.

BOTHWELL -- At her residence, Tullylush, Monaghan, Annie Bothwell, aged 87 years.

BOYD -- March 14, at 31, Bridge Street, Ballymena, Maggie, youngest daughter of the late James Boyd.

CHAMBERS -- March 14, at Tallynaskeagh, Downpatrick, Ellen, widow of the late John Chambers, aged 78 years.

CHAPMAN -- March 12, at The Rectory, Donegal, Rev. Ernest Chapman, M.A., son of late William Milton Chapman, L.D.S., Armagh, aged 44.

FUREY -- March 11, at Catherine Street, Killyleagh, Mary Ann, widow of the late William. Furey.

GARDNER -- March 8, at Ballyhamra, Hillsborough, Robert, fourth son of Robert H. Gardner.

GIBSON -- March 11, at 27, Upper Frank Street, David H. Gibson.

GOWAN -- March 8, Alice, daughter of the late James Gowan, Ballyeasboro', Kirkcubbin.

GRAY -- March 11, at Ballypitmave, Glenavy, John Gray, late of Ballinacoy.

HALLIDAY -- March 8, at The Towers, Bryansford, Alexander Halliday.

HAMILTON -- March 10, at Ashfield, Ballygrainy, Co. Down, David Weir Hamilton, elder and dearly loved son of the President of the Queen's University, Belfast.

HART -- March 9, at Bangor, Co. Down, Allan Clark Hart, son of the late Samuel Hart, Belfast.

HORNER -- March 10, at Cockhill, Ballinderry, Margaret, relict of the late James Horner.

JOHNSON-SMYTH -- March 14, at 84, Marlborough Road, Dublin, Maud, widow of Thos. Johnson-Smyth, Goremount, Glenavy, Co. Antrim, J.P., and daughter of the late John Taylor Hamerton, Queen's Proctor for Ireland.

JOHNSTONE -- March 11, at Longfield, Greenisland, Jane Eleanor, wife of James Johnstone.

KEATING -- March 13, at 137, Rosebery Road, Samuel Wellington, beloved son of Wm. Robert and Edith Keating.

KILPATRICK -- March 11, at Ballyards, Armagh, John Kilpatrick, in his 87th year.

LOWRY -- March 9, at Dundrum Castle, Co. Dublin, Thomas Kennedy Lowry, in his sixty-fifth year.

MERCER -- March 8, at Rowantree View, Tartaraghan, Portadown, Rachel, youngest daughter of the late James Mercer.

MONTAGUE BROWN -- March 8 (suddenly), at St. John's Point, Killough, Major-General Montague Browne, J.P., D.L.

MONTGOMERY -- March 13, at "The Dell," Ballymagee, Bangor, Jane Moore (Jeanie), the dearly-beloved wife of Henry Montgomery, and younger daughter of the late John Hanna, South Street, Newtownards.

M'CANCE -- March 9, at New Street, Donaghadee, Catherine, widow of the late David M'Cance, aged 80 years.

M'ELDERRY -- March 10, at 1, Charles Street, Ballymoney, Elizabeth M'Elderry, in her seventy-ninth year.

M'KEE -- March 10, at Markethill, County Armagh, Jane M'Kee, in her 91st year.

M'PHERSON -- March 4, in London, Mary, widow the late William M'Pherson, Nerrin Nerrin, Victoria, Australia, and eldest daughter of the late Rev. H. B. Wilson, D.D., Cookstown.

NICKELL -- March 10, at the residence of his son, 23, Grove Street East, off Beersbridge Road, James Nickell, compositor (formerly of Londonderry).

REDDICK -- March 7 (the result of an accident), Walter, husband of Mary Ann Reddick.

SERVICE -- March 11, 1916, at her cousin's residence, Grillagh, Maghera, County Derry, Mary Anne, only daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Service.

WALKER -- March 8, at 1, Market Street, Armagh, Margaret, wife of Thomas J. Walker.

In Memoriam

DOUGLAS -- In loving remembrance of Rev. Gawin Douglas, Loughbrickland, Minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church for almost 52 years, who died 15th March, 1915, aged 83 years. Inserted by his loving daughter, A. J. I. BEGGS.



We regret to announce the death of Mr. David Weir Hamilton, elder son of the Vice-Chancellor of the Queen's University, which occurred on Friday at his residence, Ashfield, Ballygrainy, County Down. The cause of death was an attack of typhoid fever, which developed some three weeks ago. The deceased gentleman was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Harland & Wolff, Ltd., but ultimately decided to devote himself to country pursuits. For some years past he resided at Ballygrainy, and his genial, kindly manner made him a warm favourite with the inhabitants of the district, while the skilful way in which he developed the resources of the land which he had acquired evoked general admiration amongst agriculturists. An ardent member of the Royal Belfast Golf Club, he was a frequent prize-winner in the monthly competitions. For a long time also he was connected with the Royal Ulster Yacht Club, and the North Down Harriers, with which he frequently rode.



The wedding was solemnised at the York Presbyterian Church, on March 9th, of Sapper Percy Alwyne Imeson, of the Royal Engineers, to Marianne Kerr, daughter of Mr. Moses Kerr, of The Oaks, Ballylough. The bridegroom was home from France on sick leave after eighteen months' active service. The bridesmaid was Miss Mary Stead of York, and the officiating clergyman was the Rev. H. Stephenson, B.A., chaplain to the forces. The happy couple were recipients of many presents from their numerous friends and relatives.



Deep regret was universally expressed when the news was circulated on Tuesday in Newtownards that Mr. J. M'Clement, J.P., had died early that morning at his seaside residence, Donaghadee. The deceased had only been ill for a few days, but a cold he caught resulted in pleurisy, and he unexpectedly passed away as stated. Deceased was an Ards man, who came to Newtownards in his early days, and following the drug business he soon established a most successful business, built up by ability and energy. He was a member of the Methodist Church, and a strong pillar, having acted for some years as circuit steward. About twelve years ago he was made a magistrate, much to the gratification of the Methodist body. For some years he was a member of the Town Commissioners, and latterly was on the School Attendance Committee, in which he took much interest. Deceased was twice married, and a son by his first wife is now a clergyman in Canada. Deceased was over seventy years of age at the time of his demise, and during his long life was an ardent temperance reformer.




The "London Gazette" announces that the Distinguished Conduct Medal has been awarded for conspicuous acts of gallantry on the field of battle to the following, who belong to Ulster or are connected with Northern regiments --


3835 Company Sergeant-Major S. Fowles, 1st Battalion, son-in-law of Company Sergeant-Major Henry, of Downpatrick, who is serving in the 19th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

5420 Company Sergeant-Major J. Driscoll, 1st Battalion, a native of Dublin, who is well-known at the regimental depot in Belfast.


7461 Sergeant (Acting Company Sergeant-Major) J. Daly, 2nd Battalion, a son of Mr. Thomas Daly, Annaghilla, Augher, County Tyrone.

10664 Corporal (Acting Sergeant) J. Hollinger, 2nd Battalion, a Coleraine man.

8586 Sergeant T. M'Farland, Depot, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (formerly 2nd Battalion), of Tattynure, Omagh, has been awarded a clasp to his Distinguished Conduct Medal.

11782 Company Sergeant-Major C. Lynch, 5th Battalion.

12515 Private A. Mason, 5th Battalion.

17792 Lance-Corporal J. Meikle, 6th Battalion.

9377 Private T. Martin, 1st Battalion.

11832 Private J. Lamont, 6th Battalion.

17986 Lance-Sergeant M. St. C. P. Wynne, 6th Battalion.


8248 Company Sergeant-Major J. S. Cathcart, 1st Battalion.

7351 Sergeant A. Brannigan, 1st Battalion.

3130 Private J. P. Ledwidge, 1st Battalion.

8809 Private J. Kirkham, 1st Battalion.

5631 Corporal M. Mervyn, 2nd Battalion, of 63, Servia Street, Belfast, formerly a carter in the employment of Messrs. Wordie & Co., Ltd.

9517 Private J. J. Fox, 2nd Battalion.

8183 Private W. Burns, 2nd Battalion.

12169 Sergeant J. Donohoe, 6th Battalion.

15641 Private C. Kipps, 6th Battalion.


13323 Gunner J. Rafferty, 112th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, a brother of Mrs. Bothwell, 72, Old Lodge Road, and a Queen's Island worker.

73873 Bombardier E. Quinn, 83rd Battery, Royal Field Artillery, a native of Ballyrashane, Coleraine, and a great-grandson of David Simpson, Drumadraw, Coleraine, who fought in the Peninsular Campaign and at Waterloo.

7181 Sergeant D. M'Quiston, 54th Field Company, Royal Engineers, a native of Kells, County Antrim, with relatives residing at 259, Crumlin Road, Belfast.

23193 Sergeant W. Philip, 5th Signal Company Royal Engineers (whose wife resides at 53, Excise Street, Belfast).

23169 Sapper W. Agnew, 4th Signal Company Royal Engineers, son of Mr. John Agnew, 33, Little Grosvenor Street, Belfast.


2030 Lance-Sergeant A. Rogers, 4th (Ross Highland) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, T.F., was recently a patient in the Ulster Volunteer Hospital, Belfast.

55 Acting Company Sergeant-Major W. J. Holmes, 2nd Battalion Irish Guards, formerly a member of the South Antrim Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force, and a son of Mr. Thomas Holmes, Low Road, Lisburn.

5163 Sergeant J. M'Glennon, 6th Battalion Border Regiment, a Downpatrick man.

1377 Private (Acting Lance-Corporal) J. Jenkins, 1st/6th (Perthshire) Battalion, Royal Highlanders, T.F., son of Mr. Samuel Jenkins, Greencastle.

9289 Private J. M'Fadden, 3rd Battalion Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders (formerly 10th Battalion). A native of Aghadowey District, County Derry.

S/19232 Staff Sergeant C. W. H. Lumbard, Army Service Corps, formerly stationed at Victoria Barracks, Belfast, and a son-in-law of the late Garrison Sergeant-Major Howell, D.C.M., Belfast.

S/30241 Lance-Corporal A. Rodgers, Army Service Corps, son of Mrs. Rodgers, Royal Assurance Company's Buildings, Royal Avenue, Belfast.

45 Staff Sergeant T. J. Moffatt, Royal Army Medical Corps, a native of Gilford, County Down, and a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. John Hanna, Hillhead, Castledawson.

16269 Sergeant J. Robinson, 7th Canadian Infantry Battalion, a native of Portadown.

15066 Private J. A. Dunwoody, Lord Strathcona's Horse, Canadian Cavalry Division, a native of Belfast.

12/1020 Corporal F. W. Watson, Auckland Battalion, nephew of Mr. Wm. Watson, Roslyn, Knock, Belfast



A supplement to the "London Gazette," issued on Tuesday, contains, the names of a number of naval officers who have been commended for service in action in despatches received from the Vice-Admiral commanding the Eastern Mediterranean Squadron, covering operations between the time of the landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula in April, 1915, and the evacuation in December, 1915-January, 1916, and a list of the honours awarded in recognition of services rendered by officers of the Eastern Mediterranean Squadron during the same period. The names include those of several distinguished officers having family associations with Ulster, brief references to whom are given below.

Captain the Hon. Algernon Douglas Edward Harry Boyle, C.B., M.V.O., R.N., who is one of the officers commended for service during the evacuation of the Gallipoli Peninsula, is a brother of Rear-Admiral the Hon. R. F. Boyle, M.V.O., now stationed at Larne, who is a brother-in-law of Lady Smiley, wife of Captain Sir John R. Smiley, Bart., of the 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers). Captain Boyle is the sixth son of the 5th Earl of Shannon.

Captain John William Leopold M'Clintock, R.N., who has been appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order, was in command of H.M.S. Lord Nelson, and inflicted severe damage on the enemy in the operations of last May. He is a descendant the first Viscount Ferrard and Viscountess Massereene.

Captain Claude Seymour, R.N., who is awarded the D.S.O., is also one of the officers of the destroyer flotilla specially recommended for the good services they have performed. This gallant officer is a member of the Hertford family which was closely identified with Lisburn and the County of Antrim through many generations.

Commander Charles Romney Samson, D.S.O., R.N, (wing-commander, R.N.A.S.), who is amongst the officers commended for service in action, is a nephew of Sir John Lonsdale, Bart., M.P. for Mid Armagh.

Lieutenant-Commander James Lenox Conyngham Clark, R.N., who is amongst the recipients of the D.S.O., is the eldest son of Lieutenant J. J. Clark, D.L., of Largantogher, Maghera.

Colonel (temporary Major-General) Walter Campbell, C.B., was in last night's "Gazette" promoted to the rank of major-general in recognition of his distinguished services during the withdrawal of the force from Gallipoli, with effect from the 1st January, 1916, inclusive. Major-General Campbell is a well-known County Antrim officer, being a son of the late Mr. John Campbell, of Rathfern, Whiteabbey, and brother of Mr. R. Garrett Campbell and Mr. Campbell, of Fortwilliam Park, Belfast.



Former Chairman of Royal Victoria Hospital.

The announcement of the death of Mr. James Davidson, Colonsa, Windsor Park, which occurred on Tuesday at his residence, in his eighty-first year, will be received with regret by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in the city and district. He became ill a fortnight ago, and, notwithstanding unremitting care and attention, sank by degrees and passed away peacefully. The family of the late Mr. Davidson were for many years associated, with the city. Born in 1835 at Drumaness, County Down, the deceased, who was the second son of Mr. John Davidson, when quite a young man decided to try his fortunes in India, and he became one of the pioneer tea planters in the Assam district. A man gifted with rare business instincts, together with a capacity for hard work, he made rapid headway in the enterprise on which he had embarked, and soon established a very extensive trading connection. In 1881 he came back to his native land, but continued his interest in the tea-planting industry, and acted as a director of two companies engaged in that business. He had also offices in Waring Street, Belfast, in connection with the Hazelwood Tea Estates. From this time on he took a deep and practical interest in several philanthropic societies and institutions, but especially in the affairs of the Royal Victoria Hospital, and in his desire to promote the usefulness of that great and beneficent institution he gave ungrudgingly both of his time and money. The work done by the hospital was a matter of the utmost pride to him, and he was unwearying in his efforts on behalf of the King Edward Memorial extension, which was formally declared open last May by his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant. It was largely because of his profound sympathy with human suffering that Mr. Davidson was so powerfully attracted by the Royal Victoria Hospital. For some years he was chairman of the Board of Management, and when the Frederick, Street hospital was in existence he filled the office of honorary treasurer. During his long connection with the hospital he made it his business to visit the wards regularly, in order that he might keep in touch with the staff and patients, and he was thoroughly familiar with, every department of the building. Mr. Davidson contributed to the funds with characteristic liberality, and he was also the donor of two beautiful clocks, one for the facade of the structure and the other for the entrance hall. In religion Mr. Davidson was a Unitarian, and took a prominent part in the work of that Church. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, of which the Rev. H. J. Rossington is the minister, and was treasurer of the congregation. Deceased did not actively associate himself with political life, but he was a staunch Unionist. He is survived by one son and two daughters. The former is a member of the solicitors' profession, practising in Dublin.



Last Sabbath, at the close of a sermon on John xiv. 2, the Rev. F. Stuart Gardiner, M.A., referred to the death of this devoted member of the church as follows:--

As most of you have divined, I have been led into this meditation by the death on Thursday last of Mrs. Boyd, one of the oldest and most attached members of the congregation. She was the founder, more than thirty years ago, of our Women's Missionary Association. But her husband and she, in the days of health and strength, were associated with ail the work of the congregation, and to the end she took the deepest interest in its welfare. But she has been an invalid for some years, and many of you did not know her. I should like, therefore, to tell you something of what I saw in her. In her character there was a mingled dignity and gentleness. She had strong convictions, but they were ever quietly expressed. She had a vigorous personality, but her influence was a quiet influence. It is difficult to define the secret of it, or why one was so much impressed by her. I believe the secret to have been this: You were in contact with one whose being was continually refreshed from the eternal springs, with one whose life was hid with Christ in God. She was one of the few people with whom it was easy to talk about religion and spiritual things. She did so naturally and without a trace of cant. She spoke out of the abundance of her heart. It was the chief thing to her, her chief thought and interest, the ruling power of her life. And so she loved to talk of it. But there was no spiritual pride. On the contrary, a great humility. In all sweet sincerity she once consulted me as to whether it might not be wrong of her to be so sure of her union to Christ, so sure of His love, so sure of going to be with Him. Might it not be presumption? I was much moved by this, but told her that this was her privilege, and that Christ was honoured by her great faith. Yet, at the same time, I admired her great humility. And so her favourite text was, "I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." The beauty of Christian holiness which shone in her was a living argument for the truth of the Gospel. In my doubting moods, I have gone to see her, and come away saying, "Thank God! Christianity is a real thing, a real power. The beauty of that life could be produced by none but the living Christ. A spiritual beauty such as this is the most lovely thing in this sad, dark world to-day. Its existence is the hope of the world. You can understand why I said to her more than once, "I come to see you, not to give good, but to get it." No wonder her children rise up and call her blessed. No wonder her seven sons worshipped the ground she trod on. No wonder her daughter repaid the love of such a mother, during her last long illness, with, a devotion which could not be excelled. No wonder that all who knew her loved and reverenced her. I saw her the day before she died, when she was very low and could not speak. But when I had prayed, she opened her eyes, and smiled on me as I said good-bye. And I shall cherish that smile while I live. Such a one is a great blessing to a congregation, and her departure is a grievous loss. May God raise up among us men and women stamped with the beauty of holiness as she was. It is attainable, for she attained it. This is what the Church needs, and the world needs, in these dark days: living witnesses to the living Christ! It is more easy to believe in a Father's House above because she has lived. And now that she is gone, we feel that it is the only fitting place for such as she. May God, by His grace, make us heirs of that inheritance of which she has gone to take possession.


Local and Provincial

At a meeting of the Castlederg Rural Council Dr. Mowbray reported eight cases of scarlatina in the Killeter No. 2 Dispensary District.

The death took place on Monday of Miss Darcus, daughter of Alderman Darcus, formerly Mayor of Londonderry, and a members of a very old Londonderry family.

The Guardians of Newry Union unanimously resolved after a long discussion to substitute margarine for butter in the Workhouse.

Mr. S. Rea Meek, B.A., B.L., who for seven years taught the commercial class in Portora, has been appointed head-master of Navan College.

At a meeting of Newry No. 2 Rural Council, Messrs. J. O'Callaghan, J.P., and S. Monaghan were re-elected representatives of the Council on the Newry Port Sanitary Authority.

At the quarterly meeting of Armagh Diocesan Council -- the Lord Primate in the chair -- Rev. Canon Lockett Ford was unanimously elected as honorary secretary, ad int., in place of Rev. Chancellor Ledoux, resigned.

In the Ballymena Flax Market Mrs. Robert Kilpatrick, Gortahar, Rasharkin, received 25s per stone for 15 cwt. of fibre, being the yield of fifteen pecks sown on 2½ acres, and realised 158 2s, this being the best yield financially ever known in the locality.

Mr. J. P. M'Ivor, Quigley's Point, Derry; Dr. James M'Cormick, Buncrana; and Mr. W. J. O'Donnell, Rushfield, Buncrana, have been appointed magistrates for the County Donegal.

On Monday afternoon, while Mr. James M'Clelland, horseshoer and smith, was working at the shoeing of a horse at his forge in O'Hagan Street, Newry; he fell forward unconscious, and died in a few minutes.

The monthly meeting of the Castlereagh Rural Council was held this afternoon at the Union Workhouse, Lisburn Road, Belfast. Sir R. Kennedy, K.C.M.G., presided, and business was not of public interest.

Mr. Thomas H. Scanlon, B.A., T.C.D., has been appointed to the vacant curacy of Seagoe, Portadown, and will be ordained by the Lord Bishop of the Diocese in St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, on the 25th inst.

Fathom Wood, which is situate along the slope of the hills between Newry and Omeath, is at present being cut down by a Glasgow firm, and the timber is being sent to the seat of war for trench making.

At the weekly meeting of the Ballymena Board of Guardians, Mr. Spiller reported that Lord O'Neill, of Shane's Castle, had been good enough to grant them a further supply of shrubs for planting in the Waveney Hospital ground's.

A sealed bottle, containing the message -- "Thrown overboard the ss. Korea, U.S. battleship, by E. R. Johnston, second officer, on the 4th January, 1916, latitude 49.25 N., longitude 28.15 W." -- has been washed ashore near Gortahork, County Donegal.

At the first meeting of the Newry No. 1 (County Down) Rural District School Attendance Committee for the ensuing triennial terms, the Very Rev. Dr. Kearns, of Hilltown was re-appointed chairman, and Mr. Patrick Connolly was elected vice-chairman.

We regret to record the death of the Rev. Ernest Chapman, M.A., rector of Donegal parish, which occurred on Sunday at The Rectory. The deceased, who was forty-four years of age, was a son of the late Mr. Wm. Milton Chapman, L.D.S., of Armagh.

The fund inaugurated by Alderman R. N. Anderson (Mayor of Londonderry) in aid of the British Red Cross and St. John Ambulance Association has been closed, and a net sum of 4,084 18s 8d constitutes the Maiden City's contribution to this laudable object.

On Thursday a farmer named James Mulgrew was found dead in a drain in the townland of Curglassen, near Stewartstown. The body was removed to his late residence, Drumgormal, and the Coroner communicated with. The deceased was married and leaves a wife and family to mourn his loss.

The death has taken place at his residence, near Ashgrove, Newry, of Mr. William M'Bride, who had been sexton of the First Newry (Sandys Street) Presbyterian Church for between forty and fifty years -- a position which was occupied by his father before him for several decades.

At the monthly meeting of the Monaghan and Cavan Asylum Board it was announced that Captain G. Wynne, the Local Government Board auditor, had surcharged the members of the Board to the extent of 433 12s 10d for payments made to contractors for meat, oatmeal, fish, and wool in excess of the contract prices.

At a meeting of the Armagh Guardians on Tuesday, a letter was read from Dr. R. T. Herron, R.A.M.C., Limerick, stating that the military authorities desired to continue his services, and applying to the Guardians for an extension for a further period of twelve months for his leave. The application was granted.

A public meeting was held in the Temperance Hall, Portadown, for the purpose of urging on the Government the necessity of taking action to restrict the manufacture and sale of intoxicating drink for the period of the war. The speakers included Mr. W. H. Wright (chairman). Mrs. Moffett Clow, and Mr. W. J. Moffett.

A young man named John T. Rooney, who resides with his parents -- both retired school teachers -- at Magherurney, Smithborough, County Monaghan, was cleaning an old revolver in a room of the house on Friday last, apparently under the impression that the weapon was unloaded, when it discharged and his mother was shot on the side of the face.

On Sabbath the services in Downshire Road Presbyterian Church, Newry (which was opened in March, 1844), were anniversary services. The preacher at both services was the Rev. R. K. Hanna, B.A., Adelaide Road, Dublin, who in the evening related his experiences amongst soldiers in France in connection with Y.M.C.A. work. The offertories were in aid of the church funds.

Two sudden death occurred in the Aughnacloy districts on Saturday. A widow named Mrs. M. J. Beatty, who lived alone, was found dead in bed on Saturday morning. The deceased woman was in her usual health a few days before. A young man named Finnegan, belonging to Cronghill, took suddenly ill in his sister's house on Friday night, and only lived a few hours.

Rev. Precentor Young, M.A., presided over the bi-monthly meeting of the County Monaghan Committee of Agriculture and Technical Instruction held at Ballybay on Tuesday. The Monaghan Show Committee produced their balance sheet showing a credit balance of 4 4s 3d, and the Clones Show Committee had a debit balance of 39 9s 4d.

At the monthly meeting of Tyrone Agricultural Committee, the following subsidies were granted to shows -- Agricultural -- Langfield, 17; Strabane, 39; Omagh, 52; Cookstown, 40; Trillick, 5. Industrial -- Fivemiletown, 5; Cookstown, 5; and Omagh, 15. An application from a newly-formed committee at Caledon was read. It was unanimously decided to refuse a grant.

A driving accident occurred near Ballymoney on Monday to a young man named James Mairs, son of the Rev. James S. Mairs, Gorsebank, Knockahollett, as a result of which he sustained a number of bruises in various parts of the body, while his ankle had also received injury. Mr. John Gault, V.S., afterwards conveyed the injured man home in his motor car.

On Monday, at a Meeting of the Finance Committee of the Tyrone County Council, the managers of the Balmoral and Hampton House Industrial Schools applied for weekly allowances of 11d and 10d respectively for each boy committed to these institutions from County Tyrone. The increase was stated to be necessary owing to the advance on food, and the applications were granted.

At a meeting of Omagh Rural Council on Saturday, the Local Government Board forwarded a letter they had received from Robert Cochrane, Crosh, Newtownstewart, complaining of delay in the erection of a cottage for him. The Local Government Board were referred to a letter which they had sent to the Council intimating that no more money could be granted for the building of cottages daring the war.

At a meeting of Armagh Asylum Board on Monday, the Acting Resident Medical Superintendent (Dr. Dora Allman) was allowed a sum at the rate of 175 per annum during the six months she is discharging the duties of Dr. Lawless. Messrs. Patrick Tourney and Peter Rushe, two attendants who have joined the Medical Corps, were granted an additional six months' leave, and to get half-pay in the meantime.

The Derry Guardians on Saturday received a letter from the Local Government Board asking whether the medical officer could suggest the source of infection in the cases of the three patients in the Workhouse infirmary who had developed symptoms of scarlatina, and had been removed to the fever hospital. Dr. Browne, medical officer, said he was unable to give any definite opinion as to how these cases occurred.

The Clerk of the Newry Guardians on Saturday stated that there were between 2,000 and 3,000 unvaccinated children in the union, and Dr. Flood, M.O., has been notified by the Local Government Board that smallpox had broken out in Cardiff -- to which vessels from Newry traded -- Manchester, and Salford. Mr. Monaghan gave notice to enforce the vaccination laws, by prosecutions if necessary.

At the annual meeting of Coleraine Agricultural and Industrial Association held on Saturday, the honorary secretary (Mr. R. H. Gilmore, M.R.C.V.S.) submitted the financial report, and in moving its adoption the Chairman said their position as regards money matters had considerably improved within the last few years. He was very glad to find that the subscriptions had not fallen off, and that the association was being well supported.

At a meeting of Clones Urban Council during the consideration of the increased County Council demand, which necessitates a poor rate higher by 10d in the 1 than that of the last year, Mr. Peter Carron drew attention to a number of anomalies in the valuation of business houses in the town, and instanced the cases of some houses which were valued at 200 per cent, more than other houses of equal or more value in the same street.

At the Greyabbey monthly Court of Petty Sessions the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction for Ireland summoned John Cully, of Portavogie, County Down, merchant, for having moved a large quantity of potatoes on a vessel out of the port of Portavogie without having obtained a certificate as required by the Black Scab in Potatoes (Special Area Ireland) Order, 1935. Defendant was fined 1 in each case and 10s costs in each case -- 3 in all.

At Ballylesson Church on Sunday a memorial tablet which had been erected in the edifice by parishioners and friends in Lisburn and in Newark, New Jersey, in loving memory of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Dawson Mitchell, wife of the esteemed rector of the parish, Rev. G. P. Mitchell, and of her son, Walter Dawson Mitchell, and his infant son Walter, both of whom perished in the sinking of the Lusitania, was unveiled by the Lord Bishop.

The annual show of mares under the horse-breeding scheme of the Department of Agriculture was held by the County Antrim Committee of Agriculture in the market yard, Antrim, on Saturday. There were two classes -- A, for farmers under 75 valuation, and B, for farmers over 75 valuation. In class B ten nominations were offered, and there were eighteen entries. The number of mares was less then last year, and the quality, though fair was not up to last year's standard.

On Tuesday Mr. Thomas Donnelly left his pony and trap at the door of Messrs. Elliott & Sons, Coagh, while he did some business, and in his absence the animal bolted in the direction of Cookstown. It was pursued by Messrs. William Duff and Samuel Kielt on bicycles, but they failed to overtake it until near Ballygoney Manse, where they found that the runaway had been pluckily stopped by a girl -- Maggie White -- a maid in the service of Rev. George Wilson, Ballygoney.



The King and Queen visited sick and wounded officers who have returned from the front at the Queen Alexandra Hospital for Officers, Highgate, London, on Monday afternoon. At the hospital his Majesty invested Lieutenant-Colonel Charles W. H. Crichton, 10th (Prince of Wales's Own Royal) Hussars, with the insignia of a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order. Lieutenant-Colonel Crichton has served with distinction in the present war, and has been twice wounded -- in November, 1914, and in May, 1915. Near Ypres on 13th May last he showed conspicuous gallantry and ability in collecting and rallying men who were retiring under heavy shell fire through the 10th Hussars' position. In the British counter-attack he continued to direct operations, giving great encouragement to his men whilst he lay in the open under heavy shell fire with this leg shattered. For his devotion to duty on this occasion he was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order. He is still confined to bed, and was deeply touched by the Royal solicitation. Lieutenant-Colonel Crichton is the eldest son of Lieutenant-Colonel the Honourable Sir Henry Crichton, K.C.B. (a brother of the fourth Earl of Erne, K.P.), by his marriage with Letitia Grace, daughter of Major A. W. Cole-Hamilton, nephew of the first Earl of Enniskillen.




The Hon. Mr. Justice Boyd entered the Crown Court of the County Courthouse, Crumlin Road, yesterday forenoon, and opened the Commission of Assize for the City of Belfast. His lordship was accompanied on the bench by the High Sheriff (Councillor Robert Dunlop) and the Under-Sheriff (Mr. James Quail).

Messrs. Martin J. Burke, Clerk of the Crown at d Peace, and Robert M'Quitty, Deputy Clerk, were in attendance.

Addressing the Grand Jury, his Lordship said he had great pleasure in visiting their industrial and well conducted city once more, and he had, as on a former occasion, to congratulate them on the state of their city. The number of crimes to be sent before them as represented in the cases are not many; but there was one class of case, which was a new crime produced by new circumstances, which he thought he ought to refer to -- that was the crimes by people obtaining separation allowances, and obtaining them at a time when they knew, perhaps, that they were not entitled to them. In one case the man enlisted in a Rifle regiment, and he deserted not very long afterwards, returning to his home where his wife was living, and she constantly drew during the whole time he was home separation allowance. Well, that was an absolute fraud upon the public, and if fraud like that was permitted there would be no knowing to what an extent taxation would have to go up to meet it. Now this man, not content with this, enlisted in the Royal Navy, without communicating the fact that he had deserted from the Rifles, and having got into the Royal Navy his wife got another separation allowance, and she, willing to take as much as she could get, whether honestly or dishonestly it would be for the jury to decide, she got two separation allowances for the same man. Well, he could understand it if she was married to two separate men, but getting two separation allowances for the same man in two different services was carrying the joke a little too far. (Laughter.) There were two or three cases of the same character, not perhaps as bad as that, but still dealing with people who obtained money which they had no right to, and if it got out to the public that they could do that there would be no knowing where it would stop, and therefore there must be some check to people obtaining money to which they were not entitled.


A young man named James J. Sloan, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering the house of Amelia Shields, Cliftonpark Avenue, on 7th January, and stealing a number of household articles; to burglary at the house of Jas. Nixon, Glenbrook, Cliftonville Road, and stealing a quantity of silver articles, on 8th January; to burglary at the house of Rev. John Milliken, Woodvale Manse, on 14th January, and stealing 10 5s 9d; and to having assaulted Constable Pogue on 26th January.

Mr. James Reid (instructed by Mr. John Graham), who appeared for the accused, stated that his client was twenty years of age, and had served in the Royal Navy.

His Lordship said that the prisoner had behaved so well in the Navy that his Majesty thought it would be better to part with his services, and he was dismissed. That was the prisoner's first fall, and when he came home he entered on his burglarious career. He (his Lordship) would direct him to be imprisoned for two years, with hard labour.


In the Record Court of the County Court-house yesterday morning, Mr. J. W. Munn, Registrar, announced that, owing to indisposition, Mr. Justice Pim would be unable to attend to-day. He also intimated that the County Antrim common jury list will be called over to-morrow morning, and that the county special jurors will require to be in attendance on Tuesday morning.


On Monday an inquest was held in Enniskillen by Mr. Rogers on the remains of Mrs. Annie Maguire, aged seventy-five, who was found alongside the railway line at the Drumclay level crossing, close to the town. Deceased, who was slightly deaf, was going for water when she was struck down by the 6-35 p.m. train from Enniskillen to Derry on Saturday last. A verdict of accidental death was returned.


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The Witness - Friday, 24 March 1916


PRENTER -- Feb. 4, at the Manse, Orcadia, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Rev. Samuel and Mrs. Prenter -- a daughter (Helen Kinnear).

RUSSELL -- March 16, at 12, Colinslee Terrace, Paisley, to Rev. W. and Mrs. Russell -- a daughter.

TORRIE -- March 16, at 13, Claremont Street, the wife of Rev. E. G. Torrie, Kingsmills, of a son.


M'MURRAY--WILSON -- March 14, at Whiteabbey Presbyterian Church, by Rev. John Pollock, St. Enoch's, Rev. William Boden M'Murray, M.A., to Gladys Evelyn, youngest daughter of the late John Wilson and Mrs. Wilson, "Faunoran," Greenisland. At home -- The Manse, Whiteabbey, 3rd and 4th May.

Diamond Wedding

ENTRICAN--JACK -- On February 7, 1856, at the First Presbyterian Church, Ardstraw, by the Rev. Matthew Clarke, M.A., Robert, youngest son of James Entrican, Stonyfalls, to Jean, youngest daughter of the late Andrew Jack, Magheracolton, Tyrone County, Ireland.


MOTHERWELL -- March 21, at 1, De Burgh Terrace, Londonderry, Frances Maria, daughter of the late Caldwell A. Motherwell, Monglass, Londonderry. Funeral private.

ALLEN -- March 17, at Moneymore, Sarah, relict of the late David Allen, in her 90th year.

ANDERSON -- March 18, at 42, Albert Street, Bangor, George, husband of Mary J. Anderson, aged 74, late of Canneyreagh.

CHAPMAN -- At her mother's residence, Edenderry House, Omagh, Kathleen (Kitty), second daughter of the late M. J. Chapman, Aughnacloy, and Mrs. Chapman, formerly of Bloomfield, Belfast.

DUNCAN -- March 20, at the Highlands, Holywood, David Alexander Duncan.

GALBRAITH -- Feb. 18, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Canada, William Galbraith (formerly of R. H. & S. Rogers, Ltd., Coleraine), aged 78 years.

GAVIN -- March 12, in France, accidentally killed by a fall from his horse, Neil Murphy Gavin, F.R.C.S, (Ed.), Temp. Lieutenant R.A.M.C., Medical Missionary of the Irish Presbyterian Church at Anand, India, youngest son of the late Hugh Gavin, Stirling, and husband of Muriel Gavin, Cooldara, Gerrard's Cross, aged 42 years.

GILMER -- March 17, at Rashee, John, eldest son of the late William Hugh Gilmer.

JACKSON -- March 18, at Barnhill, Larne, James Holmes Jackson.

LOVE -- March 13, Isabella, wife of James Love, Glenkeen, Limavady.

MACAULEY -- March 21, at Dungonnell, British, Ellen, wife of Thomas Macauley.

MARSHALL -- March 16, at his residence, 50, Duncairn Gardens, William Hugh Marshall (late Bank Buildings).

MONTGOMERY -- March 17, at Ballykeigle, Comber, Madge S. Montgomery.

MULHOLLAND -- March 15, at Balnamore Cottage, Ballymoney, Andrew Mulholland.

M'ADAM -- March 20, at his residence, 23, Ravenscroft Avenue, Belfast, John Armstrong, younger son of the late John M'Adam (Belfast City Mission).

M'AULEY -- March 20, at Lisnalinchy, Agnes E. J., third surviving daughter of Robert M'Auley.

M'CUTCHEON -- March 19, at Ballymagee, Bangor, David, husband of Selina M'Cutcheon.

M'DOWELL -- March 16, at Brookfield, Doagh, Sarah, relict of the late Robert M'Dowell.

M'MEEKIN -- March 16, at Castleton House, Ahoghill, Robert M'Meekin.

NETTERFIELD -- March 19, at Sunnyside, Omagh, Margaret Robb, wife of Gerald S. Netterfield.

O'NEILL -- March 17, at Halftown, Templepatrick, Sarah Mary, relict of the late Robert James O'Neill.

RAMSEY -- March 20, at 6, Castle Street, Lisburn, Martha J., widow of William Ramsey (Funeral Undertaker).

SHAW -- March 18, at Laurel Cottage, Creevy, Lisburn, Sarah, wife of Thomas Shaw.

SIMPSON -- March 15, at his residence, Seskinore, Omagh, James Simpson.

SMITH -- March 18, at Killylea, Co. Armagh, Elizabeth Davidson, wife of George R. Smith, Killylea.

STEVENSON -- March 16, at her residence, Lisnataylor, Killead, Margaret Stevenson, widow of the late John Stevenson.

WATT -- March 17, John M'F. Watt, late of Station Farm, Dunadry.

In Memoriam

MEHARG -- In loving memory of Mrs. Meharg, who passed away 20th March, 1913; also Mr. Meharg, who passed away 13th February, 1890.
    Though absent from sight,
    To memory ever dear.



Lord Selborne, speaking in London on Wednesday on the question of land settlement for discharged soldiers and sailors, expressed his preference for a scheme of ownership rather than of tenancy. Industrialising agriculture by the formation of limited liability companies would, he said, involve appalling social calamity, though a certain number of such undertakings might prove valuable as an example to other farmers of the application of brains and capital to the grave problem that would arise after the war.


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Entricon, of Now Windsor Road, Avondale, have just celebrated their diamond wedding -- the sixtieth anniversary. They were married at Ardstraw, County Tyrone, Ireland, on February 7, 1856. Mr. and Mrs. Entrican arrived in New Zealand about twenty-eight years ago, having been preceded by some of their sons, and have lived in Auckland ever since. Their nine surviving children were present at the celebration -- viz., Mr. A. J. Entrican, Deputy-Mayor of Auckland, and Mr. J. C. Entrican, both of the firm of Entrican & Co., Ltd., of Customs Street; Mr. R. J. Entrican, of Commerce Street; the Rev. S. W. Entrican, M.A.; Mrs. R. A. Houston, of Gray Lynn; Mrs. J. R. Ramsay, of Mount Eden; Mrs. W. H. Paul, of Hamilton; Mrs. R. J. Sims, of Mount Albert, and Miss Entrican. Of younger generations there are about twenty grand-children and great-grandchildren. -- From the "New Zealand Herald."


SUCCESS OF A BELFAST STUDENT. -- While we are chronicling from time to time successes of our Belfast youth in the war it is well to remember that they still continue to gain honours in the ranks of peace. The latest instance of this is the case of Mr. J. Ernest Davey, son of the Rev. Chas. Davey, of Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, who has just been appointed to a Fellowship in Cambridge. Mr. Davey in his earlier days had given proof of exceptional ability, and he has now justified it in the crowning honour which he has received. Mr. Davey received his early education at the Campbell College, where he held a first-class scholarship for six years, and earned the Dufferin Medal in classics in 1909. In the Intermediate examination he won three first-class exhibitions in classical literature, second place in the junior grade, and first place in middle and senior grades, with four medals and other prizes. In the Royal University he took a first-class classical scholarship in 1906, and an exhibition in first arts in 1909. In Cambridge (King's College) he gained an open minor scholarship in Classics, 1909-11; an open foundation scholarship in classics, 1911-12; and a similar scholarship in theology, 1912-1916. He also won in 1912 the Richards Prize of 30 in classics and divinity, and other prizes in 1912, and, in addition, first-class honours in classical Tripos, Part I., 1912, and first-class in theological Tripos, Part U., 1913. In Cambridge University, in which he studied two years, 1913-1915, he took first place and medal in divinity. Church history, and Biblical criticism, with special essay prize. This is certainly a marvellous and highly creditable record for an academic course. Mr. Davey is taking the final Divinity year in the Assembly's College, Belfast.



Celebration of St. Patrick's Day.

The officers and men of the 30th Reserve Park, A.S.C., Ulster Division, who for some time past have been doing practically all the horse transport work at one of the training centres on Salisbury Plain, celebrated St. Patrick's Day by an athletic tournament and concert; and as it was the first holiday they had had for several months one and all enjoyed themselves as only Irishmen can. In the morning inter-section football matches were played, and the afternoon was devoted to the other sports, the events including tug-of-war, relay races, boot race, potato race, waggon pole race, &c., &c. Major C. Blakiston-Houston, the officer commanding the Park; Captain Wigmore, R.A.M.C.; Lieutenant Simpson, R.A.M.C.; and Lieutenant Evans, A.V.C., were the judges; while Staff-Sergeant-Major Hanrahan and Company-Sergeant-Major James acted as starters. In the evening a concert was held, and an excellent programme was given by the men of the company.



Widespread sorrow has been caused by the death on Tuesday, 14th March, after only a few minutes' illness, of Mrs. James Beggs, of Botanic Road, Dublin. For many years Mrs. Beggs has been one of the most devoted, loyal, and conscientious lady workers in the membership of Rutland Square Presbyterian Church, of which Dr. Denham Osborne is minister. The interment took place in Dublin on the 16th inst. A very large number of mourners attended the funeral. At the grave Dr. Osborne referred with deep feeling to the quiet, steadfast fidelity of the friend and beloved fellow-worker from whom they had been so pathetically parted, and all whose powers of service were made by her a willing offering to her Saviour and His work. Since the war, Mrs. Beggs, along with her husband, have devoted themselves to the work which the Rutland Square Guild have carried on since Halloweve, 1914, on behalf of the soldiers in the Dublin Barracks. Every Saturday evening the men, to the number of three to four hundred, have been entertained in the Church Hall. The organisers of these entertainments have been Mr. and Mrs. Beggs. In this work they have won the admiration and affection of their fellow-workers and of the men who came in such numbers to the hall. Mrs. Beggs' whole heart was in this work, and, possibly, her devotion to it was part cause of her sad and unexpected decease.

That the soldiers deeply appreciated her services and her attractive character was shown by the presence at the funeral of Private E. J. Simmons, Corporal A. G. Wilks, Lance-Corporal C. Osborne, and Private W. Kirkby, from the Marlborough Cavalry Barracks, bearing a wreath for the grave. At the gathering of the soldiers on last Saturday, over 300 men were present, and a resolution of sympathy with Mr. Beggs was passed, all standing and silent, on the a motion of Private Rollins, R.I.R., seconded by Private Watts, R.A.M.C. Another wreath was subscribed for by the men present.

At this meeting Dr. Osborne, speaking on the sad event, appealed to the men for lives surrendered, as their friend's was, and as prepared for the sudden call. At last Sabbath's service a touching reference was made to the loss sustained by the congregation, and the memorial anthem, "The Lord God will wipe away tears," was sung.



Second-Lieut. Norman M'Gregor Lowe, D.C.M., London Scottish, of 4, Oxford Road, Chiswick, London, who was killed in France on January 10, younger son of Mr. Charles Lowe, formerly Berlin correspondent of "The Times," left property of the value of 149 8s 4d. The will, dated September 21, made on a half-sheet of notepaper on active service, reads -- "In the event of my death, which I hope will be an honourable one on the field of battle. I appoint my brother, Charles Edward Berkeley Lowe, to be executor. He is to have the undisputed control of my affairs, and at his complete discretion.

Bury me by the bracken bush,    Beneath the blooming briar, And let never living mortal ken    That a kindly Scot lies there.       Long Live the King."



The committee of the Royal Humane Society -- Admiral Sir G. D. Morant, K.C.B., presiding -- have made the following awards for gallant action in saving life --

Bronze medal to Thomas S. Gilbert, Engineer to the Belfast Harbour Commissioners, for his gallant rescue of a man who was accidentally thrown into the Lagan on January 24.

Testimonial to Edward W. Hill, Leinster Road, Ruthmines, Dublin, schoolboy and Boy Scout, for his pluck in saving a younger boy from the Grand Canal on January 25. On being got out the boy, who was unconscious, was restored by Hill, who promptly used the Schafer method, which is taught to every Scout.

Testimonial to Patrick Leonard, Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh, for his pluck in saving a child from the river there on February 9.

Testimonial and 1 to Wm. Egan, Tullamore, for his pluck in saving a man from the Grand Canal there on January 17.



Several farmers in Newtownstewart district have been sowing oats during the week.

A Red Cross sale and house-to-house collection organised by Mrs. J. A. Clark, and embracing Castledawson and the surrounding district, was held in the New Schools on Friday and Saturday, and was very largely attended.

On Monday the Derry Corporation received a report from their Finance Committee intimating the rejection of a number of claims from contractors for losses arising out of the war.

For the half-year ending January 31, 1916, the directors of the Dundalk and Newry Steam Packet Co., Ltd., recommend to their shareholders the payment of a 3s dividend, less income tax.

At a meeting of Londonderry Board of Guardians on Saturday it was reported that there were fifteen patients in the institution suffering from scarlet fever, and that one had died during the week.

The death occurred on Saturday afternoon with painful suddenness at his home at Drumakearney, near Limavady, of Mr. James Irwin, a well-known and extensive farmer.

At the quarterly business meeting of Dungannon Methodist Church an invitation to Rev. J. Bryans, Dundrum, County Down, to succeed Rev. Henry Frackelton (who is transferring to Strabane after the forthcoming June Conference) was confirmed.

The Newry strike of seamen and shoremen has come to an end by the complete capitulation of the men. They have gone back on the owners' terms -- the best wages ever paid in Newry in the history of the port.

Mr. P. C. Cowan, the Local Government Board's chief engineering inspector, will hold an inquiry at the Courthouse, Downpatrick, on the 25th inst. into Down County Council's scheme for the drastic reorganisation of the staff of assistant surveyors.

The death of Mr. George Castles took place at his residence, Bridge Street, Dromore, County Down, on Saturday. He settled in Dromore about twenty years ago, having set up business in the boot and leather trade and drapery trade.

The Rev. John Balfour Bradshaw, B.A., who has been curate of St. Mary Magdalene Church (Belfast) for the past two years, has been appointed curate of Lisburn Cathedral by the Rev. Canon Pounden. Mr. Bradshaw will take up the duty in his appointment early in April.

Under the aegis of the Women's Patriotic Council for Efficiency and Economy During the War a public meeting was held in the Town Hall, Portrush, on Thursday evening. Miss Hamilton, president of the Urban Council, occupied the chair.

Colonel Slacke, J.P., presided at a meeting of the Newcastle Branch of the National Lifeboat Institution held at Newcastle, at which it was reported that the new lifeboat provided by the Cleland bequest was in the course of construction, and would be ready for service before next winter.

The Coleraine Urban Council met on Monday to consider the estimates and to agree to the rates for the year ending 31st March, 1917. Mr. W. W. Hill (chairman) presided. The Clerk (Mr. William Henry) submitted the estimates, showing that, the total rate was 5s 5d, being 1d less than last year.

At a meeting of the committee of Portadown Agricultural Society, held in the Town Hall, Mr. Wm. M. Clow, J.P., was re-elected chairman, for the ensuing year. The prize lists and sports programme were revised, judges for the different sections nominated, and collectors appointed.

A further consignment of work has been sent to the military depot, Omagh, from Newtownstewart Branch of the Inniskillings Central Comforts Fund. This makes up to date a total of 452 pairs of socks, 62 mufflers, 38 pairs of mitts, and 24 shirts, the fruits of two months' work.

The third of the series of concerts organised by Mr. E. N. Hay, Mus.Doc. (Oxon.), in aid of war objects was brought off in the Town Hall, Coleraine, on Thursday evening. Miss H. Lyle (Laurel Hill) and Mrs. F. J. Montgomery (Millburn), assisted by a committee of ladies, had charge of the arrangements.

The strike of cutters belonging to the shirt and collar factory of Messrs. M'Intyre, Hogg, Marsh, & Company, Londonderry, which has now been going on for almost a fortnight, is still proceeding, and there is apparently no prospect of an early settlement.

A jumble sale, organised by the Tandragee District Nursing Society, the proceeds of which are to be devoted to the fund for the sick poor in the society's district, was held in the Temperance Hall, Tandragee, on Saturday. As a result of the sale a sum of almost 30 was raised.

A jumble sale, organised by a number of local ladies was held on Monday in the Alexander Memorial Hall, Limavady, in aid of the Ulster Woman's Hospital for French Soldiers. A large and miscellaneous collection of articles was offered for sale and found ready purchasers, the hall being thronged all the afternoon.

The death has taken place at her residence, Sunnyside, Omagh, of Mrs. Netterfield, wife of Mr. Gerald S. Netterfield, pro-manager of the Ulster Bank, Omagh. The deceased lady, who was a native of Newtownards district, took an active part in social and philanthropic life of the district, and her death leaves a blank in the community.

At Omagh District Council on Saturday Mr. A. E. Donnelly, solicitor, on behalf of Mr. James M'Crory, Glenhordia, served a notice of his intention to apply at next Quarter Sessions to recover 52 12s compensation for the alleged malicious burning of a byre, fowlhouse, two cows, and twenty-four head of fowl.

In the house of an old-age pensioner and small farmer named J. Martin, who resided in the townland of Moneygore, near Rathfriland, and who died a few days ago, a box was discovered, which on being opened was found to contain 540 -- 400 in gold, 100 in notes, and the balance in silver and coppers.

At the annual meeting of the Dunboe Co-operative Poultry Society, held at Castlerock, with Dr. James Steel (president) in the chair, Mr. Ben Henry, secretary, read his report, which stated that the turnover was 16,517 14s 10d, as against 11,745 5s 1d for the previous year, showing an increase of 4,772 9s 8d. The gross profits amounted to 1,593 8s 6d, as against 1,355 6s 6d last year.

A concert, &c., was held on Thursday evening in the Alexander Memorial Hall, Limavady, in aid of the local Decision Lodge of Good Templars. Br. Robert Douglas, J.P., occupied the chair, and stated that Decision Lodge was instituted forty-five years' ago, and while all the original charter members had passed away there were many who had kept up their connection with the lodge for a very long period and were staunch Templars still. The membership was increasing.

A meeting of prominent citizens of Londonderry was held in the Derry Guildhall on Tuesday -- the Mayor (Alderman R. A. Anderson) presiding -- to consider what steps should be taken to carry into effect the citizens' resolution pledging themselves to practise economy in the interests of the country, and in particular to abstain from and discountenance the use of intoxicating drinks as beverages for the duration of the war. After discussion, it was decided to hold a temperance Sunday in all the churches, to be followed by a canvass by parochial committees, with a view to getting church members to sign the pledge.



Mr. J. C. Percy has been appointed honorary recruiting officer for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines in Ireland, under the immediate orders of the Admiralty Recruiting Department, London. Mr. Percy, in conjunction with Lieutenant Grout, R.N.V.R., purposes taking a tour round the coastal towns of Ireland with the object of telling the story of the Navy's deeds and needs. Although the tour is primarily of an educational character the promoters are not without hope that many young Irishmen will be attached to the naval service as a result of the campaign, which opens in the West of Ireland next week. Those who can assist in the organisation of meetings in the various towns might kindly communicate with Mr. J. C. Percy, 34, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin.



Among the Derrymen who in themselves and their families did good service to their country, the name of William A. Thompson deserves special mention. He himself served for eight years in the Army as a gunner, and has sent five sons to the front and for service at the front. His eldest son William is a driver in the Royal Field Artillery, and took part in the battle of Mons. The other sons are Joseph F., who is a private in the Inniskilling Fusiliers, and took part in the campaign in the Dardanelles, where he was wounded, but is now recovered and is ready to return to the front; Robert is a corporal in the sappers of the Royal Engineers, and is at the front; James is a rifleman in the 10th battalion, and has been at the front, and is now in hospital from frostbite; David, the youngest, is a private in the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and is under orders for the front. This is certainly a record of which Mr. Thompson has every reason to be proud. And he is. He is well known in the joinery trade both in Derry and Belfast.




On Monday evening a meeting under the auspices of the B.V.D.C., was held in the Elmwood Hall on behalf of recruiting for the corps. The chair was taken by Very Rev. Dean Dowse. The meeting, which, like the others, was organised by Platoon-Commander Lowry, resulted in a number of recruits being obtained, and the presence of the fine band of the corps, under the leadership of Mr. Sanahan, lent interest to the proceedings.

The Chairman said the Volunteer Defence Corps had not been as widely and as largely supported as it deserved, and he felt that its objects required only to be better known to receive the encouragement which was its due. It would be hard to exaggerate the importance of the work of the corps, and the splendid work which it was unselfishingly performing in aiding the military authorities in the defence of the city, as well as training those who were unable to join the Army to be ready for any local emergency.

The Commandant, Mr. John Bristow, explained the objects of the corps, and referred to the important character or the work which it had undertaken in the city. Some 500 of their members were doing patrol work at the docks, and all the members were seeking to make themselves as efficient as possible in all sections of the corps. They did not want any man who should be in the regular army, but those men who for other reasons could not so join the regular forces would be welcomed in the corps, and he assured them there was plenty of work to do which they could undertake if their numbers were larger. They must also remember that those who joined the corps were releasing soldiers for active service who were now engaged on other duties. The military authorities were helping them in every way possible, and he would like to inform them that they had in connection with the corps an efficient machine-gun section, signalling and ambulance sections, and all the units were carefully and efficiently trained for any eventuality. He hoped the men who had not yet done anything to help in the present crisis would come forward and join the corps, as it was their privilege to do so. (Applause.)

Major Jeffries, O.C., Belfast Docks, said the patrol work undertaken at the docks was most efficiently done, and was much appreciated by the authorities. In the event of air raids their services would be equally valuable, and all men who were prevented from any just cause from joining the regular forces should deem it their duty to join that corps, as they would be doing work which would in time of trouble otherwise fall on the military or constabulary.

Rev. James Grubb said the corps put forward strong claims to the men of Belfast who could not join the Army, and he hoped they would respond to the appeal to join, and so increase the security of those whom they were privileged to protect.

Mr. W. J. Scarlett said those who were members of the corps took a delight in the work, and were proud to bo able to do what they could for the protection of the city. It was a patriotic duty to be so prepared, and it was a privilege which every man should avail himself of.

Mr. George D. Coates, machine-gun officer, also spoke, and referred to the Royal Proclamation authorising the formation of the Royal Defence Corps in England, and said there was no corps more worthy of being so described as the Volunteers, and he hoped the recognition would be extended to Ireland.

Mr. John Carey, ambulance officer having spoken, a number of recruits joined the corps, and on the motion of Mr. Brock, a hearty vote of thanks was passed to the Dean for presiding, and to the committee of Elmwood Presbyterian Church for kindly giving the use of the hall for the meeting.




Many Persons Injured.

A terrible fire occurred on Wednesday night at the marine stores of Messrs. O. & T. Gallagher, Ltd., Nelson Street, Belfast, as a result of which it is feared seven lives have been lost, while twelve others were injured. All the victims were women, but as the whole building has fallen in it is impossible to say what has been the toll of the awful affair.

"The whole terrible tragedy occurred within a few minutes," said one of those who had seen the fire from a moment or two after the outbreak until eventually the building almost burned itself out. "I was going along Great George's Street," he proceeded, "when I saw a crowd surging towards Nelson Street, and following I arrived at Gallagher's store when the panic-stricken employees were running out to the street. The friends of the workers, all of whom lived in the locality, were quickly on the scene, making inquiries as to the whereabouts of their relatives, and while at first it seemed that all the workers were clear of the doomed building -- for everyone realised it was doomed -- excitement became keen when piercing shrieks of 'Help, Help; save, me, save me!' were heard, and the horrified spectators saw six women appear at a third-storey window and four at a fourth-storey window. The smoke was becoming more dense, and at various points vicious tongues of flame could be seen forcing their way upwards. The women's position was exceedingly critical, and was rapidly becoming worse. There was an immediate rush to adjoining houses, and blankers and bedticks were hurriedly produced and held out so that the women might jump into them. At the same time a lorry laden with tow came forward, and the driver placed his vehicle in the most favourable position so that the women might spring on to the soft material, thus minimising the risk of serious injury. 'Jump, jump!' shouted the crowd. The women hesitated, but at last one essayed the perilous task, and others quickly followed her example.

"Five of the terrified women landed on the load of tow, but the sixth failed to spring sufficiently far out from the window sill and fell with a sickening thud on the footpath. Apparently they were all seriously injured, and several of them were picked up unconscious. Everything possible to alleviate their suffering was done by the people who went to their assistance, and they were made as comfortable as circumstances would permit. Steps were immediately taken to have them conveyed to hospital, lorries, upon which mattresses had been placed, being requisitioned for the purpose in some cases. In the meantime the women on the top storey had disappeared -- probably they tried to reach the window below by the interior -- and Sergeant Stafford, R.I.C., assisted by two civilians, made a gallant attempt to effect their rescue.

"A ladder was procured with all speed from Messrs. Love's premises near by, and placed against the wall, but though it only reached to the third storey a sergeant and his assistant ascended it, and, breaking the glass of the windows, looked anxiously into the smoke-laden atmosphere. No trace of the women could be found, and as his position was rapidly becoming untenable, he was compelled to retreat. Suddenly the entire building was enveloped in flames, and no a further attempts at rescue could be made. The Fire Brigade lost no time in answering the call, but when they arrived matters were hopeless."



Major Gregg Wilson, commanding the Belfast University Contingent Officers' Training Corps, writes:-- A short time ago you called attention to the new regulations with regard to the O.T.C., and the result has been a considerable increase in our correspondence. May I ask you to give publicity to the following notes, so as to save ineligible candidates the trouble of applying to us:--

1. The O.T.C. is reopened for the purpose of training suitable young men for entry to cadet battalions, with a view to their ultimately securing commissions. The preliminary training will be given at Queen's University in special classes, which will last for two months or more. Successful candidates will probably spend four months in a cadet; battalion, and if well reported on will then be commissioned.

2. There is no pay for members of the O.T.C., but pay and liberal allowances are given to those accepted for cadet battalions.

3. We cannot recommend any members of the O.T.C. under eighteen and a half years of age for membership of a cadet battalion, and therefore, we do not accept for our special classes any candidate who is under 18¼ years.

4. Our upper age limit is not so definitely fixed, but we are advised not to take candidates who are above twenty-five years of age.

5. Accepted candidates would certainly require to attest before being taken into a cadet battalion, and those whom we take into our special classes should be prepared to attest at any time if called on to do so.

6. A special class is to be started at Queen's University to-day, and there are still vacancies for candidates. Probably another, class will begin about a month hence.


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The Witness - Friday, 31 March 1916


DAVISON--FERGUSON -- March 8, at Muckamore Presbyterian Church, by Rev. D. Stewart, assisted by Rev. A. M'Kinney, Samuel H., younger son of the late James Davison, Rathmore, to Ellen C., fourth daughter of the late Adam B. Ferguson, Larkhill, Muckamore.


GRAHAM -- March 29, at The Manse, Comber, Rev. T. S. Graham, M.A., LL.D. Funeral strictly private. No flowers.

MacLAUGHLIN -- March 29, 1916, at Newtowncunningham, Lizzie, dearly-beloved wife of David MacLaughlin. Funeral private.

BOLTON -- March 27, at the County Antrim Infirmary, John English Bolton, late of Ballinderry.

BROWN -- March 26, at Lisnoe, Matilda, widow of the late William Brown.

CHRISTY -- March 24, at her residence, Ballycraigagh, Kilraughts, Jane, relict of the late William Christy, aged 75 years.

COWAN -- March 26, Lizzie P. Cowan and Eva M. Cowan, wife and daughter of John Cowan, Glendale, Dunmurry, accidentally killed at Balmoral Station.

ELLIOTT -- March 28, at Lisduff House, Benburg, Joseph Elliott.

FRIZZELL -- March 26, at Church Street, Ballymoney, William John Frizzell.

GARDNER -- March 24, at 1,719, Minturn Street, Alameda, California, U.S.A., Robert Riddall, aged 63 years, third son of the late James Gardner, Hartford Place, Armagh.

GARRETT -- March 28, at Waterside House, Carryduff, David Garret (late of Newtownards Road).

HERRON -- March 27, at Church Street, Dromore, John Herron (late of Balloo, Bangor, County Down).

HILL -- March 25, at The Poplars, Barnett's Road, Knock, County Down, Annie, widow of John Hill, Lurgan.

HILL -- March 25, Rosina Holmes, widow of the late Thomas Boyle Hill, Gloonan Lodge, Ahoghill, County Antrim.

LANCASHIRE -- March 27, at Ballymena, Emilie Frances, wife of Huston Lancashire.

LONG -- March 23, at 32, Lower Whitehouse, Sarah, wife of James Long, and second daughter of the late David Prince.

MAGOWAN -- March 23, at Ballykeel, Islandmagee, James Magowan.

MORELL -- March 25 -- at Blackbridge, Hillsborough, Agnes May, widow of the late Rev. Jas. Morell, B.A., Ballybay.

M'CRACKEN -- March 25, at Tullyhenan, Banbridge, Agnes, widow of the late John M'Cracken. N.S.T.

M'NINCH -- March 26, at Ballyboley, Larne, Anna Bella, elder daughter of William M'Ninch.

PEDLOW -- March 27, at 41, Hanover Street, Portadown, Mary Sophia (Minnie), wife of Joseph Pedlow.

REID -- March 26, at Ballydonaghy, Crumlin, Edward James, eldest surviving son of James H. Reid.

ROBB -- March 23, at Charleville, Bushey Park, Newtownards, James K. A. Robb.

SHAW -- March 24, at Scotch Quarter, Carrickfergus, Captain David R. Shaw.

SIMPSON -- March 27, 1916, at 2, William Street, Sligo, Nancy Simpson, aged 83 years, for 60 years the faithful nurse and friend of the Sinclair family.

WILSON -- March 25, at 50, Bachelor's Walk, Lisburn, Thomas John, husband of Sarah Wilson.

In Memoriam

TURNER -- In loving memory of Rev. Thomas Turner, who fell asleep in Jesus, 16th March, 1913, and was interred in the family burying-ground, Dessart, Garvagh. "Until the day break."
Sleep on, beloved, sleep, and take thy rest,
Lay down thy head upon thy Saviour's breast,
We loved thee well; but Jesus loved thee best,
     Good-night, Good-night.
Until we meet again before His Throne,
Clothed in the spotless robe He gives His own,
Until we know even as we are known,
     Good-night, Good-night.
Ever remembered by his loving daughter and grandson, MICHAEL.

BOYLE -- In fond and loving memory of Robert Boyle who passed away on the 27th March, 1915, and was interred in the family burying-ground, Ahoghill. Ever remembered by his loving Wife and Family. 5? Bedeque Street.


The Late Sergeant G. Penman.

On Sabbath evening a special interest attached to the service in connection with Shankill Road Mission owing to the announcement that a memorial service would be held in connection with the death of this gallant young soldier. Sergeant Carl Penman had been associated with the above mission from his early boyhood. The platform was adorned with palms and flowers, and there was an overflowing and sympathetic congregation. The Rev. Dr. Montgomery delivered an address based upon the words of St. Paul regarding David, "He served his own generation by the will of God." Toward the close he said there was one thought present in the minds of nearly all those present that evening. A beautiful young life had been given up for King and country and for the great principles which lay behind the present dreadful war -- principles for which good and brave men had contended throughout the world's history. Young Carl Penman endeared himself to all who know him by his kindly, genial manner, his winsome disposition, his manly qualities, and his true Christian character. He set a noble example to the youths and young men of that congregation and in that district. Wherever Carl Penman was known, he was esteemed and loved. His intellectual qualities would doubtless have carried him far had he been spared. Into that region they could, not enter. When the call of the King came in those dark days in 1914 Carl Penman was among the first to respond. He had previously belonged to the Y.C.V.'s, and rapidly mastered the technicalities of a soldier's career, and became so expert that he was appointed a teacher of musketry at Dollymount, in Dublin, and rapidly rose to the rank of sergeant. It was impossible in a brief statement to mention all the qualities that adorned the character of this gallant young soldier. They mourned his loss, but they were grateful as they recalled that he lived long enough to be willing to die for others. He had set a noble and inspiring example of unselfish devotion to duty, and, like multitudes of other brave young men, he gave up, everything that the land of his birth might enjoy the liberty and the peace which are its greatest privileges. The Rev. W. R. Sloan, B.A., who came in toward the close of the service, added a few words expressing his high appreciation of the young soldier. The choir sang very impressively "Crossing the Bar," and at the close of the proceedings the Dead March in "Saul" was played, the congregation reverently standing. Captain Hume and Lieutenants Sands and Gilmour were on the platform with the 36th Company of the Boys' Brigade, to which the deceased sergeant belonged.



Sir I. Hamilton's Despatch.

A supplementary despatch has been received from General Sir Ian Hamilton, making certain corrections in his January despatch in the light of fresh information on hitherto obscure episodes in the Dardanelles, and giving justice, not previously possible, to individuals and units.

Brigadier-General Hill's 31st Brigade, he tells us, consisted of the 5th and 6th R. Inniskilling Fusiliers, and 5th and 6th R. Irish Fusiliers, and the 6th and 7th R. Dublin Fusiliers. The 6th Inniskillings joined General Mahon, and were, therefore, not present during the fight at Chocolate Hill. The 5th R. Irish and the 7th R. Dublin Fusiliers get special mention for the energy and boldness which characterised their attack.

Distinguished Service.

In the attack on Hill 70, on Aug. 9 the 6th R. I. and 6th R. Dublin Fusiliers (both attached to the 32nd Brigade for this day's operations) rendered distinguished service.

After a tribute to the 9th Batt. Sherwood Foresters and the 6th. Border Regiment, he says that Brigadier-General R. P. Maxwell commanding 33rd Brigade, evinced coolness as well as energy throughout the heavy fighting of August, and stuck to his duty afterwards until through sickness, he was literally unable to stand. Brigadier-General H. Haggard, commanding 32nd Brigade, was severely wounded on Aug. 7, but not before he had had time to give sure proof of leadership and daring.

Amongst the mentions of officers of Staff of the 29th Brigade and 6th R,. Irish Rifles and 10th Hampshire Regiment which have only lately come to hand are the following. The original documents seem to have gone entirely astray owing to successive casualties amongst the senior officers to whom they were addressed --

29th Brigade. -- Staff -- Captain A. H. M'Cleverty, 2nd Rajput Lt. Inf., Brig.-Maj. 10th (S.) Batt. Hants -- Maj. (Temp. Lt.-Col) W. D. Bewsher. Temp. Capt. F. M. Hicks 6th (S.) Batt. R. I. Rifles -- Lt.-Col. E. C. Bradford. Capts. (Temp. Majors) W. Eastwood (killed) and A. L. Wilford. 5th Lt. Inf. Ind. Army (attd.); R.S.M. P. Mulholland.

11th Div. -- Staff -- Capt. J. F. S. D. Coleridge, 8th Gurkha Rifles.

32nd Brigade. -- Staff -- Capt. B. W. Shuttleworth, 45th Rattray's Sikhs. 6th (S) Batt., York and Lancs. Regt. -- Temp. Capts. W. H. Toobey and W. P. Baldock (L., Res. Off.) (killed).

33rd Brigade. -- Staff -- Temp. Captain A. Hoade, 6th (S.) Batt. Lincs -- Maj. A. E Norton. West Ind. Regt. (attd.). 9th (S.) Batt. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regt.) -- Temp. Maj. A. S. Murray (Capt., Res. Off.); Capt. F. F. Loyd.


Lieutenant-Colonel E. C. Bradford, who is now mentioned in despatches, has over twenty-five years' service. He joined the Royal Irish Rifles in October, 1890, and served with the 2nd Battalion in the South African war. On the opening of the present war he was appointed commanding officer of the newly-raised 6th (Service) Battalion, and accompanied that unit to the Dardanelles, where he was wounded in August.


Major William Eastwood, who is also mentioned in despatches, was killed at the Dardanelles in the early part of August last. He was the third son of the late Major F. E. Eastwood, of Castletown, Dundalk, who formerly served in the 27th Foot (now the 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers).



We regret to learn of the death of Mr. Thomas Graham, Kilkeel, and the news of the sad occurrence will be sincerely regretted throughout Mourne. Mr. Graham was one of the best known and most respected inhabitants in the district. In Dec., 1903, he retired from the Clerkship of the Kilkeel Union after a service of some fifty-six years. He was on that occasion granted the highest possible pension, and shortly afterwards his friends of all creeds and classes made him the recipient of an illuminated address and purse of sovereigns. His knowledge of local residents and historical facts, extending almost over a century, was marvellous, and anyone who heard him converse on these became at once impressed with his rare personality, his clear analytical mind, his charitable views, and, above all, his lovable nature, He was a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church.



Two ewes, the property of Mr. J. R. Jamison, of Shantona, Fivemiletown, have given birth to seven lambs.

Mr. Charles Boyle, merchant, Castlefin, was sworn in as a magistrate for County Donegal at Raphoe Petty Sessions on Saturday before Mr. C. H. Robinson, R.M.

The "Dublin Gazette" states that Daniel Magee, of Garrison, County Fermanagh, grocer, was on the 24th inst., adjudged bankrupt.

A sudden death took place at Broughshane, near Ballymena, on Saturday morning, when Robert Steen, formerly a carpenter on the Crebilly estate, was found dead in his bed.

Mrs. Thomas Plunkett, of Derryadd, near Lisnaskea, discovered an unusually large hen egg in the coop. On breaking it for cooking she discovered another perfect egg in that centre of it.

Mr. B. J. O'Flaherty, solicitor, and Mr. Kinahan, B.L., on behalf of the legal profession, at Enniscorthy Quarter sessions, expressed sympathy with Judge Brereton Barry on the death of his mother.

The Newry Branch of the Women's Temperance Society have made arrangements for the opening of a buffet at the Newry (Edward Street) Railway Station for the benefit of travelling soldiers and sailors.

Following on the recent curtailment of the number of letter deliveries in Omagh comes the announcement that on and after Monday the Omagh Post Office and all the sub-offices in the district will only be open to the public from 9a.m. to 7p.m.

At a special meeting of the Ballymoney Urban Council the Clerk (Mr. John Knox) submitted his estimate of rate for the financial year commencing 1st April next, which showed a reduction of 4d in the on last year's rate. The estimate was approved.

At a meeting of Tyrone County Council, on the motion of Mr. Murnaghan, seconded by Mr. Montgomery, the Council decided to vote an additional grant of 384 to the Tyrone County Hospital to meet a deficiency in its funds for the past year.

Mr. Sidney Rowan-Hamilton, a son of Colonel George Rowan-Hamilton, and nephew of Colonel Gawn Rowan-Hamilton, D.L., of Killyleagh Castle, has been appointed a puisne judge for the island of Dominica, in the Leeward group. He served for some years in the 3rd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

The death has occurred of Mr. Edward Kirk at his residence, Castletown, Strabane, after a brief illness. Deceased was one of the most extensive farmers in the North-West, and represented the Glenmorran division as a Distinct Councillor, serving on the Strabane No. 1 Council.

On the evening of the 24th inst. the V.A.D. nurses of Strabane gave an entertainment in the Abereorn Schools to the wounded soldiers, as well as to a large party of those interested in hospital work. An orchestra, under Mr. G. M. Elliott, F.A.I., was in attendance, and rendered selections during tea.

At the monthly meeting of the committee of Newcastle Technical School, Mr. Hastings, J.P., was elected chairman for the ensuing year. It was decided to make representation to the Belfast and County Down Railway Company with a view to getting the rent of the school reduced.

Early on Sunday morning the trawler Grateful was driven ashore at Torr Point, about 100 yards from the Signal Station. The Torr Head coastguards succeeded by means of the life line in getting the crew, numbering nine, safely an shore, where everything possible was done for their comfort. Only one man sustained a light injury.

The death took place in Carrickfergus on Friday of Captain David Shaw, whose figure was a familiar and respected one in that town. He had been associated with his brother, Captain R. Shaw, in the coal trade for a period, but for some time past was in rather poor health, and had not been able to devote himself much to business.

At the annual meeting of the Londonderry Gas Light Company on Friday, Mr. H. J. Cooke moved, the adoption of the annual report and statement of accounts for the year ending 31st December last, declaring a dividend of 7½ per cent, on the old and 5¼ per cent, on the new shares, free of income tax.

Death from internal haemorrhage, caused by injuries accidentally received, was the verdict at an inquest held on Saturday in the County Infirmary, Downpatrick, on the body of Mr. James M'Conn, farmer, who resided at Ballee, near Downpatrick. It appears from the evidence that he had been thrown from a horse and dreadfully crushed.

The annual report of County Down Infirmary states that the total number of patients treated at the infirmary during the year ended 31st December, 1915, was 2,052. Of this number 701 were treated in the hospital and 1,351 were treated in the extern department. There were 2,673 re-attendances for dressings, &c., by these extern patients.

A woman named Eliza Jane Loughrey, of Tirmurrity, Lislap, Omagh, lost 36, the amount realised by the sale of a quantity of flax in Omagh market last Saturday. She had placed the money, which was all in notes, inside a glove, which she afterwards put into her pocket, and it was only on Sunday, when she went to her pocket for the money, that she discovered it was gone.

On Friday the funeral took place to Kilcrow cemetery, Rockcorry, County Monaghan, of the late Rev. Samuel Atkinson, a native of that district, who died at Keady at an advanced age. The deceased was a clergyman of the Church of England, and ministered at Newcastle-on-Tyne for many years. He unfortunately lost his sight nearly twenty years ago, and retired from clerical duty.

At a meeting of the County Antrim Insurance Committee on tho 21st inst., the principal business was the report of the tuberculosis medical officer, which showed a large increase in the number of applications for sanatorium benefit. In consequence of this increase it was decided, in order to keep the expenditure within the income of the committee, that in future domiciliary treatment should only be given in cases of tuberculosis of the lungs.

At the annual general meeting of Lurgan Agricultural Association, Mr. C. W. Neill (hon. secretary) having read his report, which was considered satisfactory, the following appointments were made:-- Mr. Watson was re-elected president, and the vacancies due to the demise of Lieutenant S. B. Combe, Mr. John Gilchrist, J.P.; and Mr. James Johnston, J.P., were filled by the appointment of Mr. Abram Combe, J.P.; Mr. Wm. Gilchrist, and Mr. John Johnston respectively.

At a meeting of the Armagh Rural Council the formation of a Farmers' Co-operative Society was discussed. Mr. Lamb, a member of the council, said that an agreement had already been drawn up between Mr. A. T. Farrell, solicitor, Portadown, and Mr. Hardy, the chairman of the Council, as trustees of the society. It was proposed to start with 1,000 capital, as they would want to buy machinery and equip their mill. Several members present intimated their willingness to take shares in the society.

A largely-attended meeting of town tenants was held at Middletown, County Armagh, on Sunday. Mr. Michael Gaffeny, local hon. secretary of the Town Tenants' League, presided, and the gathering was non-political and non-sectarian. A resolution was passed calling upon the Government to carry out the spirit of the Land Act in the case of the Sterne estate, which has been pending for a great many years, and asking Mr. Briscoe, general secretary of the Town Tenants' League, to place the facts before the Estates Commissioners and Sir John Lonsdale.



It is with feelings of sincere regret that we record the death of the Rev. T. S. Graham, M.A., LL.D., the well-known and highly-respected pastor of First Comber Presbyterian Church, which occurred on Wednesday at the Manse, Comber, County Down, after a protracted illness, borne with the utmost patience. The deceased, who was a native of Carnaughlis, County Antrim, received his early education at the Royal Academical Institution, and afterwards proceeded to the Queen's College, where he had a most successful career. He graduated in the old Queen's University in 1865, and afterwards secured his M.A. and LL.D. degrees with distinction. His theological studies were pursued in the Assembly's College, Belfast, and on their completion he was licensed by the Templepatrick Presbytery in 1868. In 1869 he received, a call from the congregation of Lisbellaw, which he accepted, and was ordained to the pastoral oversight of the congregation by the Presbytery of Clogher. He remained there for eighteen years, and by the faithful discharge of his duties he greatly endeared himself to his people. In 1888 he received a call to First Comber, where for the past twenty-eight years he has exercised one of the most fruitful and most successful ministries in the General Assembly. During his Comber ministry many improvements were effected in the church property; a considerable debt was cleared off, and only last year a fine pipe organ was installed. Dr. Graham took no very active part in any organisation outside his own congregation, but anything that had for its object the welfare of the people of Comber found in him a warm supporter. As an indication of the high esteem entertained for him by his congregation it may be stated that on more than one occasion he was the recipient of a valuable presentation. In common with the majority of Irish Presbyterian ministers he was strongly opposed to Home Rule, and when Mr. Gladstone introduced his Bill he did most useful deputation work against the Bill. He was a great favourite with his co-presbyters, and, indeed, he enjoyed the personal friendship of a very large section of the ministers of the General Assembly. The deceased married Miss Allister, of Lisburn, by whom he had seven sons and five daughters, all of whom are living except one son. Five of his sons and one daughter are in the medical profession. Dr. S. J. Graham and Dr. F. J. Graham being assistant superintendents in the Grosvenor Road Asylum, and Dr. W. S. Graham an assistant superintendent in Cotton Asylum, near Taunton. Three sons are in the Army -- Dr. N. B. Graham (captain), at Salonica; Dr. L. J. D. Graham (lieutenant), in France; and Lieut. D. S. Graham, who is at present in Limerick in preparation for the front. Another son is Mr. T. Saunders Graham, accountant. The late Dr. Robert Graham, another son of the deceased, was formerly an assistant superintendent in the Grosvenor Road Asylum. Dr. Wm. Graham, the present superintendent of Purdysburn Asylum, and Dr. S. Graham, superintendent of the County Antrim Asylum, and Mr. R. Graham, Bloomfield, are brothers of the deceased minister, and Mr. W. J. Adeley, of Belfast, stock and share broker, is a brother-in-law. With his widow and relatives there will be the profoundest sympathy in the loss they have sustained.

The funeral will be private.


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