The Witness - Friday, 5 May, 1916


MACONACHIE--AITCHESON -- April 26, 1916, at First Presbyterian Church, Armagh, by Rev. Dr. Macaulay, William Maconachie, Maymount Villas, Portadown, to Cherrie S. I. Aitcheson, daughter of W. J. Aitcheson, Chief E.R.A., Royal Navy, and of Mrs. Aitcheson, Park Road, Portadown.

RAMSAY--IRWIN -- April 26, at the Carlton, Belfast (by special licence), by the Rev. J. Lyle Donaghy, assisted by the Rev. E. B. Cullen, Rev. W. Ramsay, of Carnalbana, to Florence Jane, second daughter of the late Andrew Irwin, Stilloga, Dungannon, and Mrs. Irwin, 6, Chichester Road, Belfast.


CLARKE -- April 28, at his residence, Linenhall Street, Ballymena, Robert Alexander Clarke, youngest son of the late Alexander Clarke.

COWAN -- May 1, at Ballykeel, Rathfriland, William George Cowan.

DICKSON -- April 30, 1916, at his residence, The Hill, Dundonald, the Rev. William Dickson, B.A., late Minister of the West Parish Church, Galashiels, N.B.

GARRETT -- April 27, at his residence, Larne Harbour, Andrew Garrett.

GIBB -- April 26, at his residence, The Lodge, Castle Upton, Templepatrick, Alexander Gibb, aged 95 years.

GRIBBON -- April 28, at Holm Lea, Coleraine, Henry Albert Gribbon, J.P.

HAMILTON -- May 1, at Forthill, Ballycarry, Agnes, daughter of the late James Hamilton.

HERON -- April 30, at Bridge Street, Portadown, Dr. Samuel Heron.

JACKSON -- April 26, at her residence, 139, Antrim Road (Duncairn Street Post Office), Minnie, second daughter of the late Arthur Jackson, Rostrevor.

KENNEDY -- May 2, at 10, Thomas Street, Armagh, Miss Anne Kennedy.

LILLEY -- May 2, at Ballygowan, Hillsborough, County Down, Isaac Mercer, fourth son of William Lilley.

MACKEY -- April 28, at Tromery Cottage, Crumlin, Abraham Mackey, husband of Mary Anne Mackey.

MANSON -- April 27, at Cottown, David Manson.

MARK -- May 1, at 4, Chichester Terrace, Antrim Road, Annie Maria, widow of the late Dr. Mark, J.P., York Street, and daughter of the late Archibald M'Fall, Ballyloran, Larne.

MAXWELL -- April 28, 1916 (suddenly), at her residence, 13, Manor Crescent, Cliftonville, Sarah Jane Henry, daughter of the late Joseph Maxwell, Hill Head, Katesbridge, County Down, and great niece of Rev. Shuldham Podley Henry, D.D., first President Queen's College, Belfast.

MOORE -- May 2, at 52, Bachelor's Walk, Lisburn, Florence Jane, eldest daughter of the late Samuel Moore, Ballygela, Ardkeen.

MURRAY -- April 30, at Brighton, Elizabeth, widow of Robert Wallace Murray, late of Enniskeen, Newcastle, County Down.

MINN -- April 26, at his residence, Forthill, Drumbo, Lisburn, Joseph Thompson M'Minn.

M'CONNELL -- April 26, at 167, Crimea Street, Eliza Jane, relict of the late Andrew M'Connell, Ballywee, in her 92nd year.

M'CREADY -- April 28, at 20, Bingham Street, Bangor, Margaret, infant daughter of Samuel M'Cready.

M'KNIGHT -- April 29, in a Nursing Home, Belfast, the Rev. Henry M'Knight, M.A., T.C.D., rector, of Kilkeel, County Down.

PARKINSON -- April 27, at 27 Town Hall Street, Enniskillen, Emily, third daughter of the late Hill Parkinson.

PATTON -- April 29, at Killaughy, Donaghadee, James Patton, shipwright, son of the late John Patton.

SCOTT -- April 27, at his residence, 7, Court Square, Newtownards, Robert John Scott.

SHONE -- April 30, at 41, Bryansburn Road, Bangor, County Down, Rev. Joseph Shone, in his 85th year.

SYMINGTON -- April 28, at Upper Clifton, Bangor, Martha, wife of Joseph Symington.

TEER -- April 30, at The Downs, Newcastle, County Down, Daniel Teer, aged 86 years.

WADDELL -- April 30, at Ballygowan House, Banbridge, Mary, daughter of the late James Waddell.

WALKER -- April 28, at his residence, The Gasworks, Hillsborough, William Walker, in his 84th year.

YOUNG -- May 1, at Dervock Road, Ballymoney, Robert Young.

In Memoriam

M'MURRY -- In loving and affectionate remembrance of our dear mother, Abigail M'Murry, who died at her residence, Drumgreeny, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan, on 5th May, 1909. In hope of eternal life. Inserted by her Family.




Far away from his native land, the land he laboured for and loved, on the banks of the Richmond River, Casino, New South Wales, Australia, there passed away on the 10th of February a very remarkable man, and one whose death should receive more than passing notice in more than one district in Ireland. Casino only knew him, or rather did not get acquainted with his worth and ability, owing to his only residing here, near his family, for the last ten years of his life, in the midst of retirement and great bodily infirmity. Mr. William Heathwood was born at Gilford, near Banbridge, on the 13th of April, 1831, and so was nearly eighty-five years of age at his death. He was a man richly endowed with intellect, tact, and business ability. He was in brains and ability easily head and shoulders above his fellow-men. He had special training in agriculture and in the cultivation and preparation of flax in connection with the manufacture of linen. Only recently, owing to infirmity and advanced years, being then over eighty years of age, he declined a voluntary offer of the management of a flax company in the neighbouring State of Victoria. When he was a comparatively young man, he was offered, and accepted, an appointment by the Government of that time, when trying to improve conditions in Connaught, as an instructor in the cultivation of flax and the preparation and sale of the fibre to the spinning mills. For a considerable time he resided at Boyle, and married Miss Sarah Sloan, of near Rathfriland (sister of Mr. W. J. Sloan, merchant, of Boyle), by whom he had five sons and two daughters, all of whom came with him to Australia in 1877, are married, and reside there still, all but Mrs. Hendry (Sarah), who is dead some time.

His wife still survives him, having been his constant companion for almost fifty years, and his skilful nurse in his illness. She is several years younger than her husband, and active and busy when I called to-day among her flowers, sub-tropical fruits, paw-paws, guavas, bananas, and oranges, beneath the shade of which grow strawberries, the finest I have ever tasted in Australia, and other home fruits and vegetables. Their home is only two minutes distant from the Manse, and we have one of the finest soils and situations ever I have lived in. Between our residences and the river there is only a narrow open strip of park land, with seats and ornamental trees, while the park stretches for a quarter of a mile beyond the river. We are often soothed to sleep by the song of the stream, as it murmurs over rocks and a slight fall near-by, reminding me of the old land rivers more than any other I have seen in New South Wales. While Mr. Heathwood was for years afflicted with infirmity, yet he was alert, and specially active in mind, taking a very deep interest in the progress of the great European war. When I made my New Year's visit I found him engaged reading a large two-volume History of Ireland, written certainly not from his standpoint, and just a week or so before he was busy with his large Liddell & Scott Greek Lexicon and Testament on a problem in textual criticism, and his Greek Grammar Lexicon and Greek New Testament lie before me as I write, with many notes in pencil on its pages. He had also a fair command of German.

While broad-minded and learning to the last, his tendency was conservative, and had he got the the training and education of the late Professor Petticrew he might have been an aspirant to the chair the doctor so ably filled. His head always reminded me of my late revered friend. Mr. Heathwood was cousin to the Rev. Alex. M'Clinchie, senior minister of Culcairn, New South Wales, whose headquarters in retirement are at Casino, N.S.W. He and the Rev. J. B. Fulton, pastor loci, conducted the funeral service.

Two sons, Robert and John, reside here, and are connected with one of the largest businesses in Casino, N.S.W., and these, together with William, of Bundaberg, Queensland, and Joseph, of Sydney, also his brother Robert, from Brisbane, were present at the funeral. The son Richard, of Melbourne, was prevented by duty and distance from being there, but had been to see his parents, and remained with them for a fortnight at the New Year. On Sabbath, last, the 27th of February, the Rev. J. B. Fulton conducted an in memoriam service in St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, preaching from the text, Job v. 26. There was a large, congregation present, which, at the close, remained standing while the Dead March in "Saul" was being played. Mr. Heathwood was well aware of the exceeding high prices now being paid for flax fibre in Ireland; but he has passed beyond these earthly scenes and earthly efforts to ameliorate the lot of his fellow-men, not, however, before doing more than his share in that noble work in Ireland, and also for a short time in England and Scotland, and for the last thirty-eight years of his life in Australia respected by all who knew him.



We regret to announce the death of Rev. Henry M'Knight, M.A., T.C.D., rector of Kilkeel, Co. Down, and brother of Mr. R. W. M'Knight, pharmaceutical chemist, Carlisle Circus, Belfast, which occurred at a private nursing home in Belfast. The deceased was the eldest son of the late Mr. Robert Warren M'Knight, Arva, Co. Cavan, and was fifty-nine years of age. He had a brilliant career, and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was ordained about thirty years ago by the Bishop of Salisbury in Salisbury Cathedral for the curacy of Corscombe, Dorsetshire, and some time later was appointed curate of Weymouth. Afterwards he was appointed rector of Stoneyford, Co. Antrim, in the Diocese of Down and Connor and Dromore, and five years later to the rectorship of Kilkeel, Co. Down, where he ministered for sixteen years. He was for some time secretary of the Church of Ireland Young Men's Society in Belfast.

Much sympathy is extended to the sorrowing relatives of the deceased in their bereavement.




The War Office announces the following casualties amongst officers are reported from Dublin:--


Calvert, Second-Lieut. J. H., Royal Irish Rifles.
Daffen, Lieut. H. C., Sherwood Foresters.
Dietrichsen, Capt. F. C., Sherwood Foresters.
Hawken, Lieut. W. V., Sherwood Foresters.
Perrig, Lieut. P. C., Sherwood Foresters.
Pinfield, Second-Lieut. G. V., 8th Hussars.
Ramsay, Lieut, A. L., Royal Irish Regiment.


Addis, Sec.-Lieut, T. H. L., Royal Dublin Fusiliers; Bayliss, Capt. P. S., South Staffordshire Regiment; Broad, Sec.-Lieut. J. E., Sherwood Foresters; Browne, Sec.-Lieut. M. B., Sherwood Foresters; Charlton, Capt. R. A., Sherwood Foresters; Cursham, Capt. F. G., Sherwood Foresters; Curtis, Sec.-Lieut. W. H., Sherwood Foresters; Dunn, Sec.-Lieut. J. A., Royal Dublin Fusiliers; Fane, Lieut.-Colonel C., D.S.O., Sherwood Foresters; Fisher, Sec.-Lieut. W. F., Sherwood Foresters; Gerrard, Sec.-Lieut. E., Royal Field Artillery; Hanson, Major H., Sherwood Foresters; Hartshorn, Sec.-Lieut. J. E., Sherwood Foresters; Hawe, Sec.-Lieut. J. A., Royal Dublin Fusiliers; Hackling, Capt. F. G., Sherwood Foresters; Helliwell, Sec.-Lieut. G. D., South Staffordshire Regiment; Lamb, Sec.-Lieut. F. M., Sherwood Foresters; Leslie Melville, Capt. and Adjutant A. B., Sherwood Foresters; M'Cullagh, Capt. W. H., Royal Army Medical Corps; Pragnell, Capt, F., Sherwood Foresters; Quibell, Capt. A. H., Sherwood Foresters; Major C. A. J. Black, R.A.M.C.; Major W. T. Rigg, Royal Irish Rifles; Major W. S. B. Leathem, Royal Irish Rifles; Second-Lieut. J. A. Battersby, Royal Irish Rifles; Lieut. H. H. Thompson, Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry.


Atkins, Lieut, and Quartermaster E. H., Royal Army Medical Corps.

It is stated that the list of dead in the hospitals of the capital totals 188, of whom seventy-two were soldiers, one was a policeman, and 111 were rebels or civilians. Over 400 cases were treated at the Jervis Street Hospital alone, and no fewer than eighty of these are believed to be looters, their injuries having been caused by broken glass. This list, of course, gives no indication of the loss of life, which, it is to be feared, is very heavy.


Belfast Officer's Plucky Conduct.

We learn (says the "Irish Times") that the rebels' attempt to seize Portobello Barracks and the Rathmines telephone system on Easter Monday was only averted by the courage, and promptitude of a young Irish officer. Second-Lieutenant C. R. W. M'Cammond, of the 19th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, son of Colonel M'Cammond, commanding the 3rd Battalion of the same regiment, at Portobello, had ridden into Dublin on Monday morning, and on his return to Portobello Barracks he was stopped at the bridge by a body of armed rebels, who presented their rifles at him. Mr. M'Cammond's horse took fright, and rushed back towards the city. Regaining control of it, the young officer charged the crowd on the bridge, slashing at them with his stick, and broke through the attacking rebels. Shots were fired after him, and he was slightly wounded, but he rode to the barracks at full speed. The alarm was quickly given, and the rebels' plans were defeated.


Sir Horace Plunkett's Escape.

In the course of a despatch to "The Times" dealing with the collapse of the rebellion, Mr. John E. Healy, Editor of the "Irish Times," tells the story of the narrow escape of Sir Horace Plunkett. At the beginning of last week (he says) an informal Food Commission was appointed, of which the principal members are Sir Henry Robinson, of the Local Government Board, and Sir Horace Plunkett. The Commissioners met every day at Dublin Castle. In the course of their work they took serious risks. Your readers will be sorry to learn that on Saturday Sir Horace Plunkett's life was in danger, and will rejoice to hear that he had a marvellous escape. His party, in two motor cars, came under fire. The screen of Sir Horace's car was shattered, and his nephew, Mr. Thomas Ponsonby, was rather seriously wounded, but is now doing well. I had a brief conversation with Sir Horace Plunkett on Sunday morning. He tells me that there is now plenty of food in Dublin, and that only the question of distribution remains to be solved.


Funeral of Derry Officer

The remains of Second-Lieut. Charles L. Crockett, 12th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who died on the 29th ult. at King George V. Hospital, Dublin, from wounds received in the Dublin rebellion, arrived by motor on Wednesday afternoon at the residence of his father, Mr. A. Crockett, Mountfield, Templemore Park, Londonderry, and were interred in the City Cemetery.



The news will be received with sorrow amongst a wide circle of friends of the death of Dr. Samuel Heron, Portadown, a brother of the Rev. Professor Heron, Assembly's College, Belfast. Dr. Heron was an old and well-known resident in Portadown, where he was recognised as a very skilful medical man, and he had been attending to his professional duties up to quite recently, his death comes as a surprise to many of the townspeople. He was a member of the Armagh Road Presbyterian Church, and in politics a Liberal. He was keenly interested in sport, and took a prominent part in the encouragement of rowing and athletics among the young men of the town. Dr. Heron's wife predeceased him a few years ago. He leaves a family of two daughters and three sons. One of his sons, Mr. James Heron, is cashier in the Coleraine branch of the Bank of Ireland.


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The Witness - Friday, 12 May 1916


HOGG -- May 8, 1916, at 17, Eglantine Avenue, Belfast, to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hogg -- a son.

PYPER -- May 5, at Lodore, Innisfayle Road, Donegall Park, Belfast, to Kathleen and H. Spring-Rice Pyper -- a son.


WOODS--THOMPSON -- April 21, at Helen's Bay Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. J. B. Woodburn, M.A., John Woods, Churchfield, Holywood, to Martha, younger daughter of the late Thomas Thompson, The Kewrin, Garvagh.

ALLISON--ROBERTS -- May 3, at Christ Church, Westminster, by Rev. T. D. C. Gregory, B.A., and Rev. Dr. Aglionby, who kindly assisted, William Walter Allison, M.B., elder son of Rev. Robert Allison, B.A., Kilbride, Belfast, to Evelyn Bertha, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Roberts, 27, St. Thomas' Mansions, Westminster.

Golden Wedding

WILSON--LOW -- On May 4, 1866, at Broughty, Ferry, by the Rev. James Wilson, Robert, youngest son of the late Thomas Wilson, Manufacturer, Newburgh, to Mary Ann, eldest daughter of Robert Low, Coal and Lime Merchant, Kirriemuir.


ENTRICAN -- March 21, 1916, at his residence, New Windsor Road, Avondale, Auckland, N.Z., Robert Entrican, the beloved husband of Jane Entrican, late of Craigmonaghan, Castlederg, Ireland, in his 84th year. Interment at Wai-Karaka.

GILFILLAN -- May 5, at Mountjoy Grange, Elizabeth Anderson, wife of Rev. Ewing Gilfillan, Ailsa View Manse, Larne. Interred in Glendermott. Deeply regretted.

PORTER -- May 3, 1916, at her residence, Curran Road, Castledawson, Sarah, widow of the late William R. Porter. Interred in Magherafelt Presbyterian Churchyard. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."

BAILLIE -- May 4, at his residence, Brookfield, Antrim Road, Lisburn, Robert Baillie.

BEATTY -- May 9, at Donaghmore, Saintfield, David Beatty.

BRADY -- May 8, at Solar, Cairncastle, Emily, wife of Stephen Brady.

BRETHERICK -- April 29, at 3, Albion Terrace, Burnley, Lancashire, after a short illness, Thomas A. Bretherick, the dearly-beloved husband of Annie Bretherick, and son, of the late Thos. Bretherick, formerly manager of Lagan Foundry.

BURNS -- May 10, at Ballylone, Hugh Burns, aged 78 years.

CATERS -- May 9, at Irish Quarter West, Carrickfergus, Ezekiel Caters.

CLARKE -- April 28, at his residence, Linenhall Street, Ballymena, Robert Alexander Clarke, youngest son of the late Alexander Clarke.

CRAMSIE -- May 2, at Watsel Hospital, Birmingham, William J. Cramsie, of 15, Leoville Street.

CUDDY -- May 3, at Ballymaclose, Ballinderry, Wm. Cuddy.

DICKSON -- May 10, at Legananny, Loughbrickland, George Dickson.

GARDNER -- May 9, at his residence, Fountainville, Antrim, John Gardner.

GILMOUR -- May 6, at Ballyeaston House, Ballyclare, Rachel, relict of the late Alexander Gilmour.

KELLY -- May 9, at 2, May Street, Clooney, Londonderry, Clara C. Kelly, widow of the late David Stronge Kelly, of Castledawson.

LYNAS -- May 8, at Ballyholme, Jane, wife of William Lynas, aged 85.

MEGARRY -- May 6, at Donard, Lisburn, Jane, widow of the late Henry Megarry, Lurgan.

MURPHY -- May 10, at 6, Beresford Row, Armagh, Mary Josephine, second daughter of the late Isaac James Murphy.

M'CRACKEN -- May 8, at First Ballyeaston Manse, Rev. W. J. M'Cracken, in the 82nd year of his age and the 51st of his ministry.

M'GILTON -- May 10, at Ballyhenlin, Mary Jane, relict of the late James M'Gilton.

M'ILROY -- May 9, 1916, at her father's residence, 238, Duncairn Gardens, Mary Ellen (Cissie), dearly-beloved and only daughter of William and Margaret M'Ilroy.

PYPER -- May 4, at Crossgar, Elizabeth, widow of the late William Pyper.

WALKER -- May 5, at 10, Eblana Street, William John, dearly-beloved husband of Margaret Walker.

WEIR -- May 3, at Military Hospital, Netley, Henry Keith Crichton Weir, aged 23 years, Second-Lieutenant 10th South Staffords, eldest son of Henry Crichton Weir, LL.B., Iniscora, Downpatrick.

Killed in Action

WALKER -- May 5, killed in action in France, in the service of his King and Country, Lieutenant Jerome L. Walker, Royal Irish Rifles, only surviving son of F. M. Walker, Courtrai, Belgium, and Helen Lennie, late of Cork. F. M. WALKER. Helen's Bay, Co. Down.



We record with deep regret the death of Mr. Samuel Donnell, one of the principals of the well-known firm of S. & W. J. Donnell, house and land agents, stock brokers, and auctioneers, Castle Street, Derry, which occurred on Saturday morning at his residence, 5, Crawford Square. Widely esteemed and admired alike for his sterling personal qualities and his sound business ability, the city suffers through the death of Mr. Donnell an inestimable loss. Among all sections there is the deepest regret at the removal of one who stood so high in their esteem and regard, and to the widow and young daughter who are left to mourn his loss the most heartfelt sympathy will go out. In the affairs of Strand Road Presbyterian Church, of which he was an honoured office-bearer, having held the position of treasurer for over twenty years, he took the keenest practical interest, and at the morning service on Sabbath a sincere and eloquent tribute to his worth and work in this sphere was paid by the Rev. J. Carson Greer, M.A., with whom his valued services brought him into close and constant relationship.

The funeral took place on Tuesday to the City Cemetery. It was in accordance with the quiet, unobtrusive spirit of the deceased, and, indeed, it was his expressed wish, that the funeral was of a private character. So wide and influential, however, were his friendships and so considerate were the relatives of the earnest requests of numerous gentlemen prominent in the public life of the city to be allowed to pay this last tribute of respect to an honoured friend, that while the cortege would certainly have been larger, it could hardly have been more representative. The members of session and committee of Strand Presbyterian Church were present, and the personal friends included Mr. T. A. Bond, his partner in business. The Rev. J. Carson Greer, M.A., minister of Strand Church, of which deceased was a leading member, conducted a short service in the house prior to the removal of the remains, and also officiated at graveside with the Rev. J. H. Gregg, Ballyarnett, and the Rev. Robert Lynn, Fahan and Inch. The chief mourners were Mr. W. J. Donnell and Mr. Jas. Donnell (brothers), and Mr. R. Gray (brother-in-law).




At a meeting of the Presbytery of Newry Rev. W. P. Young, B.A. (Moderator), presiding -- the following minute relative to the death of the Rev. S. L. Harrison, of Jonesborough and Castlebellingham, was adopted -- The Presbytery of Newry desires to place on record its deep sense of the loss it has sustained through the death of the Rev. S. L. Harrison. Mr. Harrison was for almost thirty-three years associated with the Presbytery. He was one of its most prominent members, and ever took a leading part in its deliberations. His singularly happy and genial temperament, his ready wit, and his great kindliness of heart made him greatly beloved by his brethren. He was a man of broad outlook and wide sympathies. Throughout a long and otherwise busy life he steadily maintained his studious habits. He had the pen of a ready writer, and for many years contributed to the Press numerous able articles on religious and other topics. As a preacher he possessed deep spiritual insight and the gift of presenting the Evangel of Christ with much freshness and attractiveness. The charge of Jonesborough and Castlebellingham entailed long and wearisome journeys, but he devoted himself, up to the last, with an untiring energy of spirit to the pastoral oversight of his widely-scattered flock. In many a home outside those of his own people he was known and welcomed as a trusted friend and adviser. He was unfailing in his attendance at the meetings of the Presbytery, Synod, and Assembly, and manifested a deep interest in the varied agencies and work of the Church. The Presbytery desires to express to his widow and son, the Rev. A. L. Harrison, of Fortwilliam, Belfast, its warm appreciation of his work, and its sincere sympathy with them in their bereavement.

A commission was appointed in charge of the vacant congregation of Jonesborough and Castlebellingham, consisting of Rev. James Moody (convener), Revs. W. G. Strahan, Phineas M'Kee, James Mulligan, R. J. Tweed, and Foster M'Clelland, with Messrs. R. A. Mullan, A. M'Clelland, and S. Lockington, ruling elders.

Rev. James Moody was nominated for the chaplaincy of Dundalk Prison.



It is with feelings of sincere regret that we announce the death of the Rev. W. J. M'Cracken, minister of First Ballyeaston Presbyterian Church, which occurred on Monday at the manse after an illness of some weeks' duration. Deceased, who was in his eighty-second year, had obtained leave to retire from active duty five years ago, but did not avail himself of the permission until the beginning of the present month. Mr. M'Cracken was a County Down man, and was brought up in connection with the congregation of Glascar. He received his earliest classical training from the Rev. David M'Kee, of Second Anaghlone, and afterwards proceeded to Bryce's Academy, now known as the Belfast Royal Academy, and in due course to the Queen's College. He was licensed by the Presbytery of Belfast on 6th December, 1864, and on 5th December in the following year was ordained by the Ballybay Presbytery, in the congregation of Loughmourne. From this he removed to First Ballyeaston on 17th April, 1878, in succession to the Rev. William Young, who had gone to Higher Broughton, Manchester. Mr. M'Cracken acted for the past twenty years as Presbytery agent for missions, and in 1895 occupied the Moderator's chair at the Synod of Belfast. In February last he celebrated his ministerial jubilee, and the congregation marked the occasion by presenting him with a cheque and an address as tokens of their esteem. Deceased was a man of much intellectual power, a diligent student, and occupied a high place as a preacher. He took a prominent part about five years ago in leading the district of Ballyclare in its opposition to a proposed desecration of the Sabbath Day and his masterly advocacy of the day of rest will long be remembered. During his ministry in Ballyeaston the church property was extensively renovated. Mr. M'Cracken married a Miss Andrews from his native district, who died some years ago. Of their family of two sons and four daughters, two daughters are dead. His elder son, Mr. W. J. M'Cracken, B.A., is head master of the preparatory school in the Municipal Technical Institute, Belfast, and one of his daughters is wife of Mr. George Morrow, the eminent artist. Mr. M'Cracken was a close college companion and life-long friend of the brothers M'Mordie, and was on specially intimate terms with the late Mr. R. J. M'Mordie, throughout whose term of office as Lord Mayor he acted as chaplain.

The funeral of the deceased took place on Wednesday, when his remains were interred close to the sacred edifice with which he had been so long connected. The services on the occasion were conducted by the Revs. J. T. Doherty, Moderator of the Presbytery; Wm. Brann, LL.B.; D. Cummins, M.A.; J. Lyle Donaghy, A. Cuthbert, M.A.; William M'Mordie, D.D.; R. Allison, B.A.; and the Rev. David Steen, B.A., who delivered an eloquent and suitable address. The chief mourners were Mr. W. J. M'Cracken, B.A. (son); Mr. I. Semple, M.A., N.S. inspector (son-in-law); and Mr. James M'Cracken (brother) The attendance of the general public was large, and representative of not only the surrounding country, but of the neighbouring towns as well. It has been arranged that memorial services will be conducted in the church on next Sabbath by the Revs. John L. Donaghy, Larne, and David Cummins, Glenwhery, morning and evening respectively.



With deep regret we record the death on 28th ult. of the above well-known resident, who for over forty years carried on business as a clothier and outfitter at Mill Street. Mr. Clarke, whose family originally came to Ballymena from Portglenone district, served his apprenticeship to the late Mr. George Tomb, and shortly after commenced on his own account at the premises in Mill Street, where, by his ability, industry, and courtesy he built up a successful business, which he continued down to a year or so ago, when he retired owing to failing health. For many years he was on the Board of Town Commissioners, where his good sense, judgment, and knowledge of affairs were greatly valued by the ratepayers. He was a much-respected member of Wellington Street Presbyterian Church, in whose affairs he always took a keen interest, and was for many years on the committee, and for a number of years acted with great benefit to the congregation as congregational secretary and treasurer, in which capacities he initiated and parried through several useful reforms, including a scheme with regard to the incidence and raising of the contribution to the Sustentation Fund. While not participating actively in politics he was a strong Unionist, and a generous subscriber to the funds of agencies for the upholding of Unionist principles. To local charitable objects he was likewise a constant giver. The late Mr. Clarke was a man of a gentle and contemplative disposition, and possessed of innate good sense and a mind well informed and improved by a taste for reading. He leaves a brother, Mr. Win. Clarke, who was long associated with deceased in the clothier department of the business, and also two sisters, to all of whom we tender sympathy in their bereavement. The deceased was interred in the burial ground attached to the old Portglenone Presbyterian Church, the funeral being private. Rev. R. M. M'C. Gilmour conducted the service in the house, and Rev. T. C. Jasper and Rev. Frederick Smyth officiated at the graveside.



The death occurred on 21st March of Mr. Robert Entrican at his residence, New Windsor Road, Avondale, New Zealand. His health had been failing since an illness of about a year ago, and his death was not unexpected. Mr. Entrican was in his eighty-fourth year, having been born at Stoney Falls, County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1853. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1890 with Mrs. Entrican and the two youngest members of the family, joining the other members of the family who had already settled in the colony. In his native country Mr. Entrican was engaged in farming. He was married on February 7, 1856, and with Mrs. Entrican recently celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of their wedding. Shortly after his arrival in Auckland Mr. Entrican became a prominent member of St. James's Presbyterian Church, and was for a number of years an elder of the church. Some years ago he moved to Avondale and was until recently a member of the Avondale session. For many years he was a lay preacher, and throughout his life was a strong temperance advocate. Mr. Entrican leaves his widow and four sons and five daughters -- 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 Grey Lynn; Mrs. J. R. Ramsay, of Mount Eden; Mrs. W. H. Paul, of Hamilton; Mrs. R. J. Sims, of Mount Albert; and Miss Entrican.



Rev. J. Carson Greer, preaching at morning service in Strand Presbyterian Church on Sabbath, made sympathetic reference to the death of Lieutenant Charles Crockett, who, he said, had been shot by the rebels in Dublin, where he had gone, to play a soldier's part on behalf of King and country. Having spoken of his great admiration for the fine qualities of the young officer, the preacher said -- On his twentieth birthday his life-work was done, and he heard the Master's "Well done." He was one of the first to respond to the Empire's appeal to all her loyal sons, and in the true spirit of Christian chivalry he never for a moment wavered. Mr. Greer also expressed the sympathy of himself and the congregation for the sorrowing parents, brothers, ard sisters.


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The Witness - Friday, 19 May 1916


KIRKPATRICK -- May 15, at Lisowen, Jordanstown, to Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Kirkpatrick -- a daughter.

WILSON -- May 14, at Balloo House, Groomsport, County Down, to Mr. and Mrs. Guy B. Wilson -- a son.


SCOTT -- May 14, 1916, at his residence, 72, Cliftonpark Avenue, Robert Scott. Interred in Carnmoney Burying-ground, on Wednesday, 17th inst.

BARNETT -- May 16, Margaret, daughter of Henry Barnett, Kilgreel, Templepatrick, aged 2 years and 7 months.

BETTY -- May 12, at Homeside, Bognor, Marianne Dunkin Betty, daughter of the late John Betty, M.D.

BLACKWOOD PRICE -- May 13, at 15, Norfolk Crescent, London, W., Anne Maria, aged 93, wife of the late Colonel R. Blackwood Price, R.A., and younger daughter of the late Colonel Thomas Francis Wade, C.B., Grenadier Guards.

BOAL -- May 16, at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Robert James, son of Robert James Boal, Ballynaleddy.

COLLIER -- May 10, at 4, St. John's Park, Rosetta, Jane E., widow of the late James Sinclair Collier (of Sinclair's, Royal Avenue).

DALE -- May 14, Jennie E., the wife of Hugh Dale, Newry Street, Banbridge, and daughter of Robert Shaw, Drumnaquoile, Castlewellan.

DEWAR -- May 12, at Kilcoobin Cottage, Bushmills, Robert Dewar, aged 79 years.

DILLON -- May 11, at Cornagrally, Loughgilly, Co. Armagh, and late of Charletta, Knutsford Drive, Cliftonville, Annie, daughter of John and Isabella Dillon.

ESDALE -- May 16, at Balnamore, Ballymoney, Margaret Esdale.

FERGUSON -- May 17, at Market Square, Ballyclare, Thomas Ferguson, late of Ballywee, Templepatrick.

GRAY -- May 16, at The Dairy, Ballyskeagh, Newtownards, Mary Gray.

HENDERSON -- May 16, at Forkhill, Bangor, Joseph Carr, youngest son of David Henderson.

HERD -- May 12, at Rosemount Terrace, Dunmurry, St. John Herd, in his 86th year.

KERR -- May 17, at Fairview, Ballycrochan, Bangor, Sarah Jane (McClelland), relict of the late William Henry Kerr (formerly of Magherascouse, Ballygowan).

MAGILL -- May 15, at Corbally, Galgorm, Robert Magill.

MANDERSON -- May 16, at Raven Hill, Crumlin, Alfred Henry Manderson.

MAXWELL -- May 14, at Balham Park Road, London, Annie, wife of the late Benjamin Maxwell, of Ballyhorly House, County Down.

MERCER -- May 13, at Park View, Hillsborough, William John, husband of Ellen Ann Mercer.

MOFFAT -- May 12, at Glenloughlan, Scarva, John Moffat.

MORTON -- May 13, at 99, University Street, in his 82nd year, William Morton, late secretary Flax Supply Association.

M'CLUNG -- May 11, at 5, Wallace Avenue, Lisburn, John M'Clung (late of Glenmore).

M'KENNEY -- May 9, at Deal (result of an accident while on military service), Wm. James M'Kenney, son of the late W. J. M'Kenney, Coleraine.

PORTER -- May 16, at Lisnataylor, Isabella, relict of the late John Porter.

RIDGES -- May 15, at Dromalane, Newry, Helen Ridges, widow of Robert A. Ridges, aged 71.

SCOTT -- May 15, at Falmouth, Conway Scott, C.E.

SMALL -- May 15, 1916, at Holly House, Hillhall, Lisburn, Thomas, husband of Jane Florence Small.

SOMERSET -- May 16, at Farnham Park, Bangor, Eliza Jane, relict of the late James Somerset.

WOLFF -- May 15, at Rosapenna, Lyford Road, Wandsworth Common, John F. Wolff.

Killed in Action

CURRAN -- May 7, 1916, killed in action, Private Herbert (Bertie) Curran, Royal Fusiliers, aged 21 years, third son of Miles and Edith Curran, 29, College Gardens, Belfast.



We have from time to time illustrations of what Ulstermen who "go west" realise for the land of their adoption and for themselves. History, past and present, teems with instances of the first and brief financial chronicles of the time tell of the second. From New York papers to hand we learn that Mr. Thomas Potts, of the firm of J. B. Locke & Potts, of that city, who has recently died, left an estate the net value of which, is 1,247,446 dollars, which at the current rate of exchange represents 262,000 British currency. Mr. Potts, who is an old Belfast man, was originally connected with the linen trade industry in Belfast, and in early life emigrated to the United States, where he seems to have carried on a successful business and crowned a career of industry by a rich and legitimate reward. The firm of Locke & Potts, of which he was a member carried on an extensive business, and among others were agents for Messrs. R. M'Bride & Co., of Belfast. Some still connected with the linen trade remember and many were acquainted with him in business, all recognising his high character and business enterprise and success. Under his will Mr. Potts left the major portion of his estate, about one million dollars, to his son, Chas. Edwin Potts, and the remainder is divided between four grandsons and one grand-daughter and other relatives.



By the death of Mr. John Ritchie, of Mulkeeragh, senior elder of Ballykelly, the congregation has sustained a deep loss. Mr. Ritchie passed away on May 8th in his 94th year, but till his 90th year he was unfailing in his attendance at the house of God. For forty-three years he was a member of session, and for fifteen of these he was clerk of session, and as an elder showed the deepest interest in the welfare of the congregation. He was one of that diminishing number who maintain the holy habit of family worship, and till three weeks before his death he was himself the priest at the family altar, night by night. During his long membership he has upheld the hands of five ministers of Ballykelly, and the present minister made a most sympathetic pulpit reference to his death last Sabbath. The session has placed on record an appreciation of his life and character, and his memory will abide as that of one of the most simple, true, gentle, kind, and yet fearless Christian men the district has known, an inspiration to succeeding generations.



We regret to announce the death of Mr. John Lytle, Dumbarton, Derryvolgie Avenue, the eldest son of the late Mr. Joseph H. Lytle and grandson of the late Mr. John Lytle, who was formerly Chief Magistrate for the city. He was a director of Messrs. John Lytle & Sons, Ltd., and of the North of Ireland Chemical Company. The deceased was a comparatively young man, and until recently was in the best of health, but he contracted a severe chill, which developed into pneumonia, and despite the skilful treatment and utmost care of Dr. J. D. Williamson, J.P., and Dr. Calwell, whose unremitting attention he received, he passed away on Monday evening, Mr. Lytle, who was unmarried, was a member of the Ulster Reform Club and a staunch Unionist. He was of a kindly and genial disposition, and was popular with all who knew him. He had a host of friends in golfing circles, he being a very keen follower of the royal and ancient game, and a member of the Royal Portrush, Royal Belfast, Malone, and Greenisland Golf Clubs. Like his father and grandfather before him, the deceased gentleman was connected all his life with Fisherwick Church, and as a member of the committee took a keen interest in the well-being of the congregation.



We regret to learn of the death of Mr. Wm. Morton, who was well-known in connection with the North of Ireland linen industry as secretary for many years of the Flax Supply Association, the Flax Spinners' Association, the Power-loom Manufacturers' Association, and the Linen Merchants' Association. He had a vast knowledge of everything relating to flax cultivation, including the various processes in connection with the industry, and he also had a very extensive acquaintance with the Continental side of the trade in all its features. He remained actively associated with the trade locally in the capacity indicated until a few years ago, when he retired. Mr. Morton, who was in her 82nd year, lived at 99, University Street, and was personally a man of genial disposition, always courteous and obliging to those who sought his assistance in matters of business or in any other capacity where he found himself in the position to render his services. He was a staunch Presbyterian, and an elder of Townsend Street, and in all matters concerned with the progress and welfare of the congregation he evinced a keen and active interest.

The funeral of the deceased took place on Tuesday. A brief but impressive service was conducted in the deceased's late residence by the Rev. Wm. Corkey, M.A., who also officiated at the graveside, and the remains were removed for interment in the Shankill Burying ground. The cortege was large and representative, there being in attendance in addition to immediate relatives and personal friends of the deceased many gentlemen intimately associated with the various organisations with which he was so long and honourably connected. The chief mourners were -- Messrs. H. E. Morton, William F. Morton, and Louis Morton (sons), John Morton, Wheeler Morton, and William Morton (nephews), Charles Morton (grandson), and J. Renshaw and A. Fisher (son-in-law). The many beautiful floral tributes which were sent bore testimony to the high esteem in which the late Mr. Morton was held.

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



In his annual report to the Omagh Asylum Committee Dr. Patrick, states the admissions to the asylum during the year numbered 196 (102 men and 94 women), or four less than last year.

The Mayor of Derry has received from Trenton, New Jersey, a cheque for 10 4s for comforts for the wounded in Derry hospitals. The letter refers sympathetically to the efforts of the Allies, which, the writer says, are being eagerly followed by the friends of civilisation in America.

A shed containing seven head of cattle, the property of Mrs. Drum, Mullen, Swanlinbar, has been burned, resulting in five head of cattle being burned to death. Two other animals which were in the shed broke out of the place, but were badly burned about the body before they got away.

At the mid-monthly meeting of the Lurgan Town Council the rate-books for the ensuing year were signed authorising the rate-collector to collect a poor rate of 2s 6d and a consolidated town rate of 4s 6d -- 7s in all. The Clerk said the total amount to be collected was 9,999 19s.

The half-yearly hiring fair was held in Cookstown on Saturday. Farm servants were scarce, and wages were very high, as much as 14 being paid for a ploughman or superior workman. Girls to milk and do housework got up to 7 10s. Other classes in proportion.

The Local Government Board have sanctioned the resolution of the Ballymena Board of Guardians granting a further six months' leave to Dr. Alex. Duncan, J.P., medical officer of the Glenwherry dispensary district, who is attached to the army battalion at present stationed at Holywood.

At the Ballymena Guardians' meeting on Saturday a letter was read from Mr. J. L. Adair tendering his resignation of the position of electrician and steam boiler attendant, and requesting the Guardians to be good enough to grant him a testimonial. It was decided to accept the resignation.

A sum of 280 has been realised by a jumble sale at Newbliss in aid of soldiers' comforts, and it is expected' to reach 300 when all accounts are sent in. Miss M. Murray-Kerr was responsible for organising the sale, and was assisted by a strong working committee.

Mr. P. C. Cowan and Mr. Adrian Robinson, B.L., L.G.B. Inspectors, resumed the inquiry into the charges made by the Strabane No. 1 Rural District Council against the Tyrone County Council, in reference to road administration in the Strabane district at Omagh on Tuesday.

In connection with the housing scheme under which the Lurgan Council erected fifty-four artisans' dwellings in Wellington Street the Town Clerk reported that the amount of the grant given by the Treasury this year was only 94, whereas the Council had calculated on getting 130.

Monaghan Board of Guardians on Monday appointed Mr. Chas. M'Mullan, Belfast, as analyst, at the remuneration of 6s per sample. The Rural Council appointed Mr. J. J. Connolly, of the county surveyor's office, as their engineer, at a salary of 40 and a percentage on work under the labourers' scheme.

At Castlederg Rural Council on the 12th inst. Messrs. Wilson & Simms, solicitors, Strabane, forwarded notice of claim by Mrs. Letitia Kyle Sproule, Altamullan, for 50 for the alleged malicious burning of grazing, fences, and game covert at Altamullan on the 6th inst. The claim was referred to the Council's solicitors.

The sad news has been received by Mrs. M'Grattan, Croc-na-Mac, Portrush, that the schooner James W. Usher, belonging to Barrow-in-Furness, has been lost at sea with all hands (including her husband), save one. Mrs. M'Grattan is a native of Portrush, and her husband had resided in the town for the past thirty years or more.

At a public meeting held in Lisburn Assembly Rooms on the 12th instant, addressed by Mr. Towers Pain, it was decided to form a men's voluntary aid detachment. Mr. W. E. Sands was appointed commandant; Dr. St. George, M.O.; Mr. Thomas Johnston, pharmacist; and Mr. Hugh M'Kenzie, quartermaster.

While Mr. John Barnes, Tannaskinney, situated between Cookstown and Rock, was in Cookstown Market on Saturday he received a message to the effect that his outbuildings had been burned. Hastening home he found that the fire had been extinguished by a large number of neighbours, who had with difficulty rescued his horses and some cattle.

An interesting ceremony took place on Friday evening in the Dufferin Memorial Hall, Bangor, when a handsome presentation was made to the Right Rev. J. Irvine Peacocke, Lord Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, subscribed for by the members of the congregation of Bangor Parish Church and other friends on the occasion of his departure from the parish.

At a meeting of the Coleraine Urban Council on Monday it was decided to notify consumers of gas that owing to the decline in the output of coal and the increase in the demand for war purposes, the Government desired to see the consumption reduced by 10 per cent. It was also resolved, in view of the high price of coal, to increase the price of gas by 16d per 1,000 cubic feet.

A men's branch of the Ballymoney War Hospitals Supply Depot has been commenced for the purpose of making splints, crutches, foot-rests, and other surgical appliances, to be sent to the Central Depot, Cavendish Square, London. At the first working meeting held in the Technical School some fifteen members of the branch attended, and the draft rules were submitted and passed.

A resolution in favour of the unification of British and Irish time was unanimously adopted by the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce on Monday, the Mayor stating that the change would he a great convenience to the business community which found the present system irritating. The resolution was directed to be wired to the Secretary for the Board of Trade.

A war bonus of 1s 6d per week has been unanimously granted to the street workmen employed by Dungannon Urban Council. At the same meeting the Markets Committee reported that the recent alterations in the train service on the Great Northern Railway line would prove detrimental to the local markets, and that they were in communication with the Great Northern Railway on the subject.

The annual public meeting in connection with the Portadown District Nursing Society was held in the Town Hall. Rev. Canon Moeran, M.A., who presided, spoke in very appreciative terms regarding the work of the society among the sick poor of the town and district. Miss Carleton (Rostrevor) read the report of the committee, which recorded another successful year's work.

The death is announced of Mr. John Gardiner, Fountainville, Antrim. The deceased was for thirty-eight years Master of Antrim Workhouse, and retired from that position some seventeen years ago. For some years he was a member of Antrim Town Commissioners, and he was chairman of the Antrim Gas Light Company. He was a member of First Antrim Presbyterian Church, and was an uncompromising Unionist in politics.

During April last there arrived at Londonderry port twenty-nine regular cross-Channel steamers with a tonnage of 9,906, the foreign trade (tonnage 800), thirty-four coal-laden (tonnage 4,796), and other vessels (tonnage 2,638), making a total of eighty-two vessels with a tonnage of 18,140, as compared with 109 vessels with a tonnage of 28,588 during April of last year made up as follows -- Forty-two cross-Channel steamers (17,597 tons), the foreign trade (1,502), forty-one coal-laden (6,279), and other vessels twenty-five (3,210).

Dungannon Board of Guardians have adopted a resolution stating that they feel aggrieved at the action of the local pension officers in taking steps to deprive old-age pensioners of their pensions while inmates of the Union Infirmary, whereby several old-age pensioners had been deprived of their pensions. The Guardians respectfully request the Local Government Board to point out what sections of tire Old-age Pensions Act authorise the withdrawal of old-age pensions when the recipients are inmates of a union infirmary.

The Local Government Board forwarded the result of the sworn inquiry held some time ago by Dr. M'Cormack into charges preferred against each other by Dr. H. B. Fleming, medical officer to the Workhouse, and Nurse Watson, night nurse in the infirmary, to the Omagh Guardians on Saturday last, and stated that they had come to the conclusion that Nurse Watson should no longer be allowed to act as night nurse in Omagh Workhouse infirmary, and they have accordingly given instructions, for the preparation of an order under seal removing her from office, which will be issued unless her resignation...



Six Horses Killed

A serious outbreak of fire occurred on Wednesday, in Church St., Antrim, involving the destruction of extensive stabling accommodation, the property of the Bloomfield Bakery Company, and occasioning damage to an adjoining house occupied by Mr. Nathaniel Gray, agent for the company, and the Methodist school. Six horses which were in the stables at the time were burned to death, and three bread vans were destroyed. The fire was discovered in the stables at about midnight, and it had then made some little headway, but despite the lateness of the hour a large crowd quickly assembled and numbers of willing helpers volunteered their assistance. The chief difficulty in combating the flames was the absence of adequate firefighting apparatus, and as the fire spread, very rapidly, the danger to the adjoining buildings became acute. The Town Commissioners were quickly on the scene, and by their direction a number of fire-extinguishers, their property, were brought into operation, but these only served as checks on the flames, and where not sufficient to stay their progress for any length of time. The only available water supply was that to be obtained from pumps. Human chains were soon formed, however, with buckets passing from hand to hand, and by this means, eventually, the fire was kept within bounds. Great assistance was given in this work by Colonel Maude and the officers and men of the North Irish Horse, and also by the members of the Royal Irish Constabulary, who were under the direction of District-Inspector Hatley. At one stage it appeared that the flames would involve a large section of the town, and shortly before two o'clock this morning, an appeal for assistance was telephoned to the Belfast Fire Brigade. A motor pump was quickly despatched from the headquarters in Chichester Street, the party being under the charge of Assistant Superintendent Stafford, and the machine covered the intervening seventeen miles in a remarkably short space of time. In the meantime, however, thanks to the energy shown by the military and civilian helpers, whose work was aided by the calmness of the atmosphere, the fire had been partially got under control. The firemen had taken the precaution of carrying ample lengths of hose, and they soon had jets of water playing on the flames, which were extinguished without great difficulty.


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The Witness - Friday, 26 May 1916


ADAMS -- May 17, at Sutton Manor, New Rochelle, New York, Charles, third son of of James Adams, Wilmont Terrace, Belfast.

ATKINSON -- May 21, at Warrenpoint, Joseph Henry Atkinson, formerly of Calcutta, aged 75 years.

CARSON -- May 18, at Newcastle, County Down, Sara, beloved wife of James Carson, Parkmount, Lisburn.

CLAYTON -- May 22, Annie Louise, wife of the Rev. W. J. Clayton, The Manse, Downpatrick, and mother of the late Lieutenant W. E. H. Clayton.

CROWE -- May 21, at Bridge Street, Ballymena, William B. Crowe.

GALLAGHER -- May 20, at 35, Edward Street, Lurgan, Margaretta Gallagher.

GASTER -- May 10, at 36, Lincoln Road, South Norwood, Irene, second daughter of the late Rev. T. J. Gaster.

GORDON -- May 21, at Maryvale, near Newry, George Gordon.

GUNNING -- May 20, at Willoughby Place, Enniskillen, Sinclair, son of the late John Gunning.

GURNELL -- May 22, at Ashville, Boardmills, Lisburn, Laurence, husband of Essie J. Gurnell.

HARPER -- May 19, at Rockgrove, Ballyhamage, Mary, the dearly-beloved wife of Joseph Harper.

HENNING -- May 19, at his brother's residence, Cloughenny, Joseph Lyle, fourth son of the late John Henning, aged 59 years.

HOY -- May 18, at Belgravia, Bangor, Mary, eldest daughter of the late Samuel Hoy, Belfast.

JAMES -- May 17, at 28, Savile Terrace, Edinburgh, Elizabeth Patterson, widow of Rev. George F. James, and eldest daughter of the late Thomas Patterson, Rashee, Co. Antrim.

MANEELY -- May 23, at Rose Hill, Caneece, Lissan, Cookstown, James Maneely.

MATEER -- May 20, at Bessmount, Dundonald, Elizabeth Mathews, youngest daughter of the late Rev. Samuel Mateer, Mourne, County Down.

MATHERS -- May 24, at Newforge, Maralin, Lurgan, Henry Mathers.

MICHAEL -- May 22, at Ardnagrena, Strandtown, Belfast, the Rev. James R. Michael, of Kilmacrenan.

MONTGOMERY -- May 15, 1916, at his residence, Island Conly, Killinchy, Hans Montgomery.

M'CONAGHY -- May 23, at Causeway Street, Portrush, Hugh M'Conaghy, in his 80th year.

M'MACKIN -- May 16, at Clogher, Ballybay, after a lingering illness, Margaret Jane, youngest daughter of the late James M'Mackin.

M'MULLAN -- May 24, at Elsinore Lodge, Carnalea, James M'Mullan.

M'NEILL -- May 21, at 169, Manor Street, James M'Neill, late of Templepatrick.

NIXON -- May 20, at 16, Brookhill Avenue, Belfast, the Rev. James Nixon, aged 73 years.

NOBLE -- May 24, at Palmerston, Dublin, Catherine, widow of the late Sinnamon Noble, formerly of Lisnafedy, Co. Armagh.

ORR -- May 20, at 92, Ogilvie Street, Annie, youngest daughter of Fanny Orr, late Drumhirk, Newtownards.

POOTS -- May 24, at Ballynaras, Dromore, County Down, Eleanor, widow of the late Adam Poots.

REID -- May 18, at Garryduff Manse, Ballymoney, Rev. Samuel Reid, B.A.

RICHARDSON -- May 18, at 17, Springfield Road, Bangor, William Richardson, late of Lakeview, Dungannon.

RICHARDSON -- May 24, at 17, Prospect Road, Bangor, Burleigh Edgar, youngest son of Mrs. Richardson and the late Wm. Richardson.

SIMPSON -- May 18, at Lisbarnett, Comber, Mary (May), second daughter of the late Robert and Elizabeth Simpson.

WILSON -- May 18, at 5, Castle Street, Newtownards, William Henry Wilson.



We deeply regret to announce the death of the Rev. James R. Michael, minister of Kilmacrennan Presbyterian Church, Co. Donegal, the sad event occurring on the 22nd inst. at the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. C. W. Black, Ardnagrena, Strandtown, Belfast. The deceased had not enjoyed very robust health for a number of years, though he was able to discharge his ministerial duties without interruption till within a comparatively short time, to the great delight of his warmly attached congregation. About a couple of weeks ago he came to Belfast to consult Dr. Colville with regard to his illness, when it was discovered that it was of such a nature as to render recovery practically hopeless. Needless to say he received every attention that medical skill and careful nursing could give, but all proved unavailing, and he passed away on the date mentioned in the presence of his immediate relatives. The deceased was born in the neighbourhood of Ballymoney, a district which has furnished the Irish Presbyterian Church with not a few of her most successful ministers. He received his early education in that town, and having decided to devote his life to the work of the ministry, he entered M'Crea Magee College, where he pursued his studies for a number of years, afterwards taking part of his theological course in the Assembly's College, Belfast. In both colleges he was regarded by his professors as a very painstaking student, and he enjoyed their confidence to the fullest extent. On the 9th May, 1893, he was licensed by the Presbytery of Route as a probationer for the Christian ministry, and on the 7th August, 1894, he was ordained to the pastoral oversight of the congregation of Kilmacrennan, in the Letterkenny Presbytery, in succession to the Rev. W. J. Bewglass, whose predecessor in that congregation was the Rev. R. J. Watts, son of the Rev. Professor Watts, whose all too brief ministry in Kilmacrennan is still remembered by the older members and spoken of as a very precious heritage. The Rev. Mr. Michael entered upon his work with much enthusiasm, and very soon made full proof of his ministry. The congregation was a comparatively small one, but it was most faithfully shepherded, every attention being given by the deceased to the discharge of his duties both with regard to his pulpit preparation and also his pastoral visitation. He took a very warm interest in the young, and for a number of years he was the convener in charge of religious education in the day schools of his Presbytery. With his co-Presbyters he was a great favourite, all of whom mourn to-day the loss of a most loyal brother. In the work of the Supreme Court of the Church Mr. Michael took no active part, but he was a regular attender at the annual meetings, and followed the proceedings with more than ordinary interest. His wife, who was Miss Blackwood, of Milford, and a sister of Mrs. C. W. Black, ably supported him in all his work, and was greatly beloved by all the congregation. She, with three daughters and one son, survive the deceased, with whom, as with all the other relatives, there will be the profoundest sympathy in their bereavement. His funeral, which was private, took place yesterday from Mr. Black's residence.



The death is announced of Mrs. Stewart, widow of the late Mr. Samuel Stewart, J.P., Waterhill, Clogher, Tyrone. The deceased, whose life had extended beyond the allotted span, had been ailing for some weeks prior to the sad event, which occurred on Sabbath, 14th inst., at the family residence. Mrs. Stewart's amiable disposition and beautiful Christian character endeared her to a wide circle of friends, who now mourn her loss, and tender their sympathy to the surviving members of her family. She was an intensely devoted member of Clogher Presbyterian Church, in whose prosperity she took the deepest personal interest. The interment took place on Tuesday, 16th inst., at Clogher Cathedral Cemetery, the chief mourners including Messrs. F. F. Stewart and Thomas Stewart (sons) and Master Shiels (grandson). Rev. W. H. Bailey, M.A., officiated in the house and at the cemetery.



Officers' Tributes.

Rev. James M'Connell, B.A., Ulidia, Holywood Road, Belfast, minister of the Megain Memorial Presbyterian Church, has received a sympathetic letter from Major-General F. S. Maude, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., regarding the death in action of his son, Second-Lieutenant R. W. M'Connell, of the King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). The late Second-Lieut. M'Connell was educated at Campbell College and Queen's University, and obtained his commission through the Belfast University Contingent of the Officers' Training Corps. The letter from Major-General Maude, a distinguished officer with many Ulster connections, was written on the 14th April, before the fall of Kut-el-Amara, and is as follows:--

"Though personally unknown to you, I feel that I must write a line, as General Officer Commanding, to offer you my respectful and wannest sympathy on the death of your gallant son in action. The fighting in our centre, which is to relieve our comrades who are beleaguered in Kut-el-Amara, has been strenuous and severe, and it has not been from want of valour and determination on the part of the relieving force, but rather owing to the exceptional conditions by which we are surrounded, that we have not, so far, been able to attain our object.

"The King's Own fought splendidly on the day on which your son was killed, and distinguished themselves, as they have done through other campaigns, by their steadiness and heroism. I know what a heavy blow this great loss must mean to you all; but I trust that at least you may derive some small measure of comfort from the thought that he fell nobly at the call of duty and King and country, a brilliant example of self-sacrifice and devotion to many of his countrymen.

"That every solace in your overwhelming grief may be yours is the earnest wish of yours faithfully, "F. S. MAUDE, Major-General."


Lieutenant Alan Davies, a brother officer of the deceased, writes as under to Mr. M'Connell -- "It is with great sorrow that I have to give you the sad news that your son, Bob, was killed in action on the 9th. He had been a regular hero throughout all the fighting out here, and was greatly admired and loved by both officers and the men. He had been slightly wounded just over the heart by a splinter from a Turkish bomb during the attack on the night of the 5th, but refused to give in and leave us. His dash and courage seemed to inspire the men, and his death has been a great loss to the battalion. In the attack on the morning of the 9th he was reported as wounded and missing by some of his men, and in the evening after dusk his body was found. He had been shot through the mouth and chest, and death must have been almost instantaneous. He was buried by a party of our own regiment. I do not know how to console you at such a time. I myself have lost the truest and best friend I had. He died an absolute hero. The padre will also write you. I cannot tell you where the fight occurred, as I understand no communication of that sort is allowed. We are still in the thick of it, and if I am spared to return home to England I should, as Bob's chum, like to pay you a visit, when I could teU you things I cannot put in a letter. All I can offer you is my sincerest sympathy at the loss of the truest little fellow that ever trod the earth."



The scutch mill owned by Mr. Robert Knox, Roan, Eglish, Dungannon, was destroyed by fire on the 18th inst.

It was announced on Monday at a meeting of the Monaghan County Council that the Carrickmacross show will be held this year.

A meeting of the farmers of Burren and principal inhabitants of Warrenpoint was held at Burren for the purpose of organising a class for the manufacture of homespuns. After discussion it was decided to start a class, and a committee of management was elected.

Strabane anglers were fairly fortunate during the recent heavy floods in the rivers, and particularly in the Mourne, and some good bags of trout were obtained. One large brown trout when scaled weighed 3¼lbs., and was one of the finest specimens hooked for some years past.

The Lurgan Board of Guardians at their meeting on 18th inst. adopted a resolution of the Athlone Board of Guardians requesting the Local Government Board to substitute yearly for half-yearly audits on the grounds that half-yearly audits were a waste of time and public money.

At a meeting of the Bessbrook committee in charge of the local fund of the Newry Hospital the treasurer reported that the employees of the Bessbrook Spinning Company, Ltd., had voluntarily subscribed the sum of 40 odd for six months towards the upkeep of the hospital. This report was accepted as very satisfactory.

Dr. James Campbell Hall, D.L., presided over the annual meeting of the County Monaghan Agricultural and Home Industries Association held on Monday. The balance sheet of the county show held under the auspices of the association showed a credit balance of 4 4s 3d. The sum of 468 13s had been paid in prizes.

Messrs. Hunter Moore & Boyle,, solicitors, Newry, have served notice on the Newry No. 2 District Council claiming 150 compensation on behalf of the trustees of the Earl of Kilmorey estate for the alleged malicious burning of a quantity of heather and bushes, which formed a cover for game in land of Upper Fathom, County Armagh.

The troops of the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who have been quartered in the Derry Guildhall since Easter Monday, have now been withdrawn, and have gone back to Ebrington Barracks. The armed sentries still guard the electric station, gas yard, shipyard, and other important establishments.

At the bi-monthly meeting of Ballymoney Board of Guardians a communication was read from the Local Government Board enclosing extracts from the report of Mr. Fitzpatrick, the Local Government Board's inspector, consequent on his recent inspection of the Workhouse. The report stated that taking the institution as a whole cleanliness was fairly observed.

At the weekly meeting of the Lurgan Guardians four tenders were received for supplying the Workhouse with farmers' butter at 1s 4d per lb.; two tenders for creamery butter at 1s 2d and 1s 7d per lb., and five tenders for margarine at 7d, 9d, 10d, 11d, and 1s per lb. After discussion a motion to accept a tender for farmers' butter at 1s 4d per lb. was unanimously passed, two members not voting.

The death occurred on Sunday, at his residence, Maryvale, near Newry, of Mr. George Gordon, brother of Mr. Samuel Gordon, J.P., Mountkearney. Early in life he and his brother spent a number of years in Australia. In politics he was a staunch Unionist. Prior to the passing of the Local Government Act of 1898, he was for more than a decade an elected member of the Newry Board of Guardians.

Mr. E. Beatty, chairman, presided at a special meeting of Newcastle Council to consider as to the purchase of the electric power house which is being substituted by an enlarged structure to be erected in the vicinity of the railway station. Messrs. Curran and Shannon, directors of the company, having previously conferred with a committee, the price was fixed at 275; but a motion to acquire the premises was negatived.

Strabane roads inquiry was concluded on 18th inst. before Messrs. P. C. Cowan and A. Robinson, B.L., Local Government Board inspectors. At the commencement of the proceedings Mr. Elliott intimated that he did not intend to press the charge with reference to the County Council not seeing that their officers did their work, because all the officers wore employed on different terms and because the assistant who had most of Strabane had better terms than the others.

The inhabitants of Rathfriland have resolved to form a Fire Brigade for the town, and at a meeting, over which Mr. J. M. M'Clenehan, J.P., presided, a committee was appointed to take the initiative steps necessary. It was also resolved to write to the agents of the fire insurance companies doing business with the town, asking them what financial help they would give towards the expenses of purchasing the necessary fire appliances.

The first annual distribution of certificates in connection with the Municipal Technical School, Lisburn, took place at the institution on Friday, and was attended with conspicuous success. Remarkable progress has been made by the school in the course of the eighteen months which has elapsed since its inauguration, and in the excellence of the buildings and equipment, the variety of subjects, the extent of the students' roll, and the enthusiasm shown by teachers and pupils alike, the responsible authorities have every ground for satisfaction.

Mr. Hugh de F. Montgomery, D.L., president of the Fivemiletown and Brookeborough Co-Operative Dairy Society since its inauguration eighteen years ago, has resigned the position which he held with much benefit to the society. At the annual general meeting of shareholders the auditor's report showed that the milk purchase during 1915 had increased, and the net profit was 391 7s. The average price paid for milk per gallon was 5.71d and 4.62d in 1914, average price received for butter 15.57d and 12.62d in 1914. The report was adopted.

The Local Government Board forwarded the following extracts from the Medical Officer's returns from the Omagh Dispensary District to the Omagh Rural Council on Saturday -- "The sanitary condition of the district is unsatisfactory. The farmyards and dwelling-houses are deficient in sewerage, and cesspools and manure heaps are allowed to remain too close to the dwelling-houses in the district. As regards the dairies, cowsheds, and milk shops milk is stored in dwellings, and the byres are unsanitary, as they are not cleaned daily.

On the invitation of Miss Enid M'Neill, captain of the 1st Company of the Ballymoney B.P. Girl Guides, the four patrols of the Guides had a most enjoyable outing on Saturday afternoon, when they paid a visit to the beautiful demesne at Gardenvale, and were entertained by their captain. On reaching Stranocum Station the Guides, who looked very neat in their uniforms, formed up under Patrol Leaders Miss Cresswell, Miss Reena Stirling, Miss M'Allen, and Miss Peg Pollock, and marched to Gardenvale, where sports and other games were participated in.

At the annual meeting of Lurgan Women's Unionist Association, the following officers were re-elected -- President, Mrs. Allen; hon, secretaries, Miss Armstrong and Miss Martha Duke; hon. treasurer, Miss M'Leavy. The following were re-elected delegates to the central body -- Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Bell, Mrs. Gilpin, Mrs. Robert M. Liddell, Miss Crawford, Miss F. M. Watson, Miss Malcolm, Miss Armstrong, Miss M. Ross, Miss M'Leavy, Mrs. S. C. Robinson, Mrs. Fleming, and Mrs. Megarry. Mrs. Allen, Miss F. Watson, and Miss Armstrong were appointed to the Belfast Executive Council.

The fourth series of first-aid classes in connection with the Lurgan branch of St. John Ambulance Association were completed recently, and an examination was held by the county comptroller -- Dr. Deane, of Loughgall. The class was organised and instructed by the local commandant, Mr. A. W. Mann, the qualifying lectures being given by Dr. Pedlow. Eleven passed, and were granted certificates. Owing to the approaching technical school examination, a number of others were prevented from completing their attendances, and accordingly were unable to submit themselves for examination.

A special meeting of the Banbridge Urban Council was held for the purpose of confirming the rates for the ensuing year. Mr. R. J. Hood (chairman) presided. The following rates were struck -- To meet precept of Portadown and Banbridge Joint Water Board, 1s 10d in the 1; technical instruction rate, 1d in the 1; free library rate, 1d in the 1; rate under Towns Improvement (Ireland) Act, 1s in the 1; rate leviable under section 60 of Towns Improvement (Ireland) Act as required by section 46 of the Local Government (Ireland) Act, 1898, 2d in the 1. Total general rate, 3s 2d in the 1; previous rate, 2s 6d in the 1. Total rates for the year 5s 3d in the 1.



Mr. Fred William Finlay, J.P., of Wolfhill House, Belfast, director of the Wolfhill Spinning Co., Ltd., and prominently identified with the linen industry, who died on 27th November last, aged fifty-four years, left personal estate in the United Kingdom valued at 42,974 14s, of which 977 10s is in England. Probate of his will, dated 2nd December, 1912, with codicils of the 24th September, 1915, and the 8th October, 1915, have been granted to his widow, Mrs. Caroline Mary Finlay, of Wolfhill House; his brother, Mr. Clarence Finlay, of Bedford Street; and Mr. John Malone, of Entroya, Somerton Road, Belfast. The testator left 100 for the Ligoniel Workingmen's Club.



We deeply regret to report the death of another minister of the Irish Presbyterian Church, the Rev. S. H. Reid, of Garryduff congregation, in the Presbytery of Route, the sad event taking place on Thursday week at the Manse. This makes twenty-three deaths in the ranks of the ministry since the last General Assembly, and the many friends of Mr Reid will learn of his death with surprise, as comparatively few had heard of his illness, which has terminated an exceedingly useful and profitable ministry. The deceased was brought up in connection with the Glendermott Presbytery, and pursued his studies at Magee College, Derry, where he enjoyed the confidence in a large measure of all his professors. On the completion of his college course he was licensed by his Presbytery on May 7th, 1895, as a probationer for the Christian ministry. In December, 1896, he received a call from the congregation of Cushendall, in the Ballymena Presbytery, as successor to the Rev. Mr. Gillis, and was ordained there on the 23rd of that month. He laboured in Cushendall for sixteen years, to the great satisfaction of his congregation, being most assiduous in the discharge of all his duties both as a pastor and a preacher. He effected many improvements in the church buildings, and when he resigned his charge the congregation, though small, was in the highest state of efficiency. He was Clerk of his Presbytery, and in that capacity he was brought into close relationship with all his co-Presbyters, who entertained for him a most sincere respect. On the 23rd October, 1912, he was installed in Garryduff, in the Route Presbytery, in succession to the Rev. R. Millar, who emigrated to Canada. His ministry in Garryduff has been very brief, but the impress of his work will remain for many years. Whatever duties the deceased undertook he discharged with a thoroughness which commended him to all with whom he came in contact, and the Church is distinctly poorer by the loss at an early age of one in every way so well qualified for his high office. He married a daughter of his predecessor in Cushendall, with whom and their children there will be the profoundest sympathy in their bereavement.

The universal respect and esteem in which the late Rev. Mr. Reid was held was feelingly manifested on Saturday, when at one o'clock the remains were removed from the manse and interred in the Garryduff Presbyterian Churchyard. There was a large gathering of mourners representative of the religious, business, professional, and farming circles, in all of which he was well known and highly esteemed. At the home an impressive service was conducted by the Rev. William Corkey, M.A., minister of Townsend Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, and at the church, which was filled with a devout and reverent congregation, by the Rev. H. B. Henderson, Croaghmore, Moderator of the Presbytery; Rev. Andrew Patton, Cloughwater; Rev. E. F. Simpson, Ballymena; Rev. J. B. Armour, Trinity Church; and Rev. A. H. Dill, First Ballymoney, the latter preaching with singular impressiveness on "Death," concluding with an eloquent tribute to the worthy life of Rev. Mr. Reid. At the conclusion of the service in Garryduff Church, the remains were removed to the churchyard. Rev. Henry. W. Boyd, Ahoghill, and Rev. John Jackson, Ballycastle, officiating at the graveside. The chief mourners were Messrs. Cecil Reid and Ian Reid (sons), Mr. James Reid (brother), Mr. Charles Gillis, Cushendun (brother-in-law), Rev. Dr. Irwin, Killead, and Rev. S. J. Lyons, Millisle (cousins), and Mr. John T. Doherty, Magheramourne (relative).




The case against James Robert White, son of the late Sir George White, charged under be Defence of the Realm Act with spreading reports and making statements likely to cause disaffection, was resumed at Aberdare on Wednesday. Lady White and the defendant's wife were present.

Mr. Ivor Parry, prosecuting, said the prisoner had had a distinguished career in the Army, and gamed the D.S.O. in the Boer war. He had since adopted extreme Socialistic views, and had served in the Irish Citizen and National Volunteers. The prisoner quarrelled with Sir Roger Casement as to the best means of obtaining Home Rule. He also quarrelled with James Larkin, and in 1914 did ambulance work in France.

He returned, and selected an Admiralty steam coalfield as the scene to renew his Socialistic activities. He visited Cardiff, Rhondda Valley, and Aberdare, and the allegation against him was that he came with the avowed object of inducing the Welsh miners to strike. He told a Mr. Tyssul Davies that he had come to South Wales to explain the Sinn Fein movement, and organise a strike to oblige the Government not to execute James Connolly. In reply to Mr. Davies' observation that he ought to be fighting for his country prisoner said that he would rather be put against the wall and riddled with bullets, and added that he wanted Germany to win the war. He said that when his late father was Governor of Gibraltar he was present at an interview with the Kaiser, who said he could not understand the English, and had been unable to obtain England's friendship. When arrested prisoner tore up a document, which when patched together were found to include the following, "To rob you of your right over your own poor body is the work of tyrants, to rob your sovereign power over your own will is the work of devils. Awake, brothers! before your liberty is dead. Arm yourselves against your real enemies. Say to the tyrants and their agents, 'The first man that lays hand on me against my will dies.' " Copies of strong resolutions intended to be submitted at meetings of workmen were also found, and there was a manuscript of a speech in which he gave his life-long history, expressing hatred for the Army, and urged hearers not to enlist. Concluding, Mr Parry said that although prisoner was a man of honourable birth, and had served his country with distinction, the existing circumstances instead of palliating only aggravated the offence.

Mr. Hunter, for the prisoner, said he denied that he wanted Germany to win the war. Whilst Casement went to Germany White did not, although given the same opportunity. The prisoner had always shown great sympathy for the downtrodden, and he came to Wales because the Welsh, being Celts, he thought he could arouse their sympathy more quickly than in colder England.

The Stipendiary decided to convict on both charges, and sentenced the accused to three months in the second division on each charge, the sentences to run concurrently.



The death of Mrs. James Carson, Parkmount, Lisburn, which took place on Thursday, caused sorrow and regret over the community. She was so bright, so vivacious, so modest and unassuming, so practical and tactful, so full of sympathy and human kindness, and so short a time ago so full of life and vitality that we cannot yet realise that she has passed away from our midst for ever. How much the poorer Lisburn is by the loss we cannot estimate.

Mrs. Carson had been in failing health for almost a year. The end, however, came rather unexpectedly, and she passed peacefully away on Thursday evening, May 18th.

The funeral was private, only the immediate relatives of the deceased being present, and the Rev. R. W. Hamilton, M.A., who conducted the service at the grave. The interment took place on Saturday direct from Newcastle, to her husband's family burying-ground in First Ballybay Presbyterian Churchyard.

Mrs. Carson was the fourth daughter of the late Mr. James Coburn, Banbridge; the only surviving member of her father's family being Mr. J. G. Coburn, Banbridge, and Mrs. Nesbitt, wife of Dr. Nesbitt, Sutton-in-Ashfield, England.

The deceased had a distinguished scholastic career, obtaining many distinctions; was an Intermediate exhibitioner, and took first place in all Ireland in a branch of mathematics. She was a graduate of the Royal University, Ireland, and was amongst the first eight lady students to have a degree conferred upon them by that University. A strong believer in the rights and privileges of women, she never had any sympathy with the extreme and aggressive movement. The cause of temperance was very dear to her heart, and had her lifelong support. Till laid aside by failing health she was actively engaged in work for our soldiers at the front. A member of Railway Street Presbyterian Church, in which she always took the deepest interest, her helpful and kindly presence will be sadly missed by her fellow-workers. Her Sabbath evening visits to the Union Workhouse and the love she showed for the little children there will be long remembered. She took a great interest in Zenana work, and for several years acted with her usual ability and thoroughness as Presbyterial secretary for Zenana Missions to the Presbytery of Dromore. Her sympathies were wide and tolerant, and her friends were not confined to any particular church or creed; good work was a sure passport to her heart. The deep sympathy of all goes out to the bereaved husband and daughter and to the son fighting his country's battles in a foreign land.


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