The Witness - Friday, 1 January 1916


GRAHAM--SHANKS -- November 22, at Jerritzpass Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. W. P. Young, B.A., James Graham, Ballyshiel, Clare, Tandragee, to Aggie, eldest daughter of James Shanks, Woodland House, Poyntzpass.


CURRY -- November 20, 1916, at the residence of his son-in-law, Robert Gregg, Ballycraigagh, John Curry, aged 87 years, late of Ballynamaddy. His remains were interred in the Burying-ground, Clough, Co. Antrim.

JAMISON -- November 29, 1916, at 20, Frederick Street, Newtownards, Eliza Jane, relict of the late James Jamison (formerly of Clintaugh). The remains of my beloved mother will be removed for interment in the family burying-ground, Movilla, to-day (Friday), 1st December, at 2-30 o'clock. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation. ALICE JAMISON.

KANE -- November 27, 1916, at her residence, Broglasgow, Myroe, Martha, youngest daughter of the late George Kane. Funeral private.

MONTGOMERY -- November 26, 1916, at his residence, Ballyboley, Ballynure, Hugh Johnston Montgomery, in his 67th year. Funeral strictly private.

AGNEW -- November 25, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Alexander, youngest son of the late Alexander Agnew, Holywood.

ANGUS -- November 26, at his residence, Warren Road, Donaghadee, James Angus, aged 54 years.

BEVERLAND -- November 22, at her residence, Alexandra Park, Holywood, Elizabeth, widow A of the late Robert Beverland.

BLACK -- November 27, at Nursing Home, Southport, Joseph Baron, youngest son of the late Samuel Black, J.P., Dunmaule House, Randalstown.

BRADFORD -- November 25, at her residence, Bayview Park, Kilkeel, Marianne, daughter of the late Thomas Bradford, Carnbeg, Dundalk.

BRADFORD -- November 28, at his residence, Sunbeam Villas, Cherryvalley Park, Knock, Samuel Bradford (late Principal Clifton Park (No. 1 N.S.).

CAUGHEY -- November 25, at his residence, Craigaruskey, Killinchy, Samuel Caughey.

FLEMING -- November 28, at her residence, Cairneyhill, Templepatrick, Margaret, relict of the late Andrew Fleming.

GILLILAND -- November 28, at 23, Rathdrum Street, Belfast, Mary Jane, widow of the late Richard Gilliland, Troopersfield, Comber, aged 95 years.

GRAVES -- November 24, at Salisbury Terrace, Portrush, Mary Elizabeth Graves, daughter of the late Lieutenant Alexander Graves, R.N.

HOY -- November 25, at his residence, Ballyclover, Samuel Hoy, in his 89th year.

JOHNSTON -- November 29, at her residence, Holborn Avenue, Bangor, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Alexander Johnston.

MILLIKEN -- November, 25, at his residence, Lodge Road, David Milliken.

MONTGOMERY -- November 26, at her residence, Lower Seagoe, Portadown, Emily, relict of the late William Montgomery.

M'CLELLAND -- November 27 (suddenly), at his residence, 7 Myrtle Terrace, Balmoral, A. H. M'Clelland, formerly of Derrycarne, Portadown.

M'CLURE -- November 27, at Gortgarn Randalstown, Jane, widow of Wm. M'Clure.

M'CONNELL -- November 24, at the residence of his father-in-law, John Mitchell, Mervue House, Millisle, Robert L. M'Connell, formerly of Court Square, Newtownards.

M'DOWELL -- November 23, at her residence, Clonkeen, Randalstown, Elizabeth, the dearly-beloved wife of John M'Dowell.

M'GIMPSEY -- November 29, at Hillman Terrace, Bangor, Margaret M'Gimpsey, formerly of Bangor Road, Newtownards.

M'NALLY -- November 24, at her residence, 3, St. Mark's Place, The Mall, Armagh, Annie, second daughter of the late Andrew M'Nally.

NAPIER -- November 26 (suddenly), at Lister Nursing Home, Botanic Avenue, Belfast, John, the dearly-beloved husband of Maggie Napier, The Hill, Islandmagee.

RAWSON -- November 27, 1916, at his residence, 72, University Street, Belfast, Robert RawSon.

ROBB -- November 25, at his late residence, Carmavey, John Robb.

ROSS -- November 25, at 37, Douglas Road, Goodmayes, Essex, Ann, widow of Samuel Ross, Pubble, Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone, in her 82nd year.

WALLACE -- November 27 (suddenly), at his residence, Tandragee, Dr. James H. Wallace.

WILLIAMSON -- November 23, at The Fort, Aughnacloy, Florence Adelaide, dearly-beloved wife of Captain D. R. Williamson, A.V.C.

YOUNG -- November 22, at Craigmore, Balfour Avenue, Whitehead (suddenly), Catherine P. Young.

In Memoriam

In loving and affectionate remembrance of William John Sampson, who entered into rest at his late residence, Sunnyside, Drogheda, on 26th November, 1912. It is only "Till He come." Inserted by his Loving Sister and Daughter.



The new war flour was quoted on Liverpool market at 57s for the sack of 280 lbs.

The fishing vessels Hercules and African have foundered after collision off the Portuguese coast. Nineteen men were drowned.

The Lord Lieutenant, attended by Captain Ian Maxwell, A.D.C., visited Sir Horace Plunkett at his residence, Kilteragh, Foxrock, on Saturday.

Damage to the extent of several hundred pounds was caused on Sabbath by fire at Duddingston House, the Duke of Abercorn's Midlothian residence.

The Board of Trade have made an order prohibiting the use of wheat in the manufacture of beer and similar liquors. The order came into force on Monday.

Mr. A. E. Kemp, Minister without portfolio in Sir Robert Borden's Government, has been sworn in as Minister of Militia, in succession to General Sir Sam Hughes.

A supplement to the "London Gazette" contains the names of seven officers and men connected with English regiments who have been awarded the Victoria Cross.

At Bradfield College, on Saturday, General Sir William Robertson said we might look forward to the future with complete confidence if we did the right thing in time.

M. Trepoff, Russian Minister of Ways and Communications, has been appointed Premier in place of M. Stuermer, who becomes Grand Chamberlain of the Imperial Court.

It is stated that all women employed on the railways are to receive a war bonus, those over eighteen years of age to receive 3s weekly and those under eighteen 1s 6d weekly.

The Girl Guides movement is rapidly spreading throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. It numbers already 50,000 girls between eleven and eighteen, and 2,450 Brownies between eight and eleven.

The Dowager Grand Duchess of Luxemburg died at Koenigstein Castle (Taurus). She was born on Christmas Day, 1833, and was thus in her eighty-third year. She was a German Princess of the House of Anhalt.

Mr. Robert Blair, of Plevna, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, retired merchant, who died 7th September last, bequeathed 50 and 10 per annum, payable for ten years, to First Ballymacarrett Presbyterian Church.

The Minister of Munitions has appointed a committee, under the chairmanship of Mr. C. W. Fielding, to advise him upon the steps which can be taken to secure the most economical use of the metals required in the manufacture of munitions of war.

Mr. John Francis Barnett, composer of "The Ancient Mariner," "The Building of the Ship," and other well-known and popular works, has died in London, aged seventy-nine. He was a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, Professor Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music, and examiner for the Associated Board.

The Secretary of State for the Colonies announces that the Council of Government of Mauritius has voted one million rupees (66,666 13s 4d) to the Imperial Government for the purposes of the war. Other contributions made by the colony to various funds connected with the war amount to a total of 1,273,670 rupees (84,911).

An old Crimean veteran, Mr. Richard Hankins, has died at Wallington in his eighty-sixth year. He volunteered from his office in the Civil Service when war broke out, and served for some time as Aide-de-Camp to Lord Raglan. He was for fifty-seven years in the Civil Service, being chief clerk in the King's Remembrancer's Office, Royal Courts of Justice, for several years before his retirement in 1904.

Councillor Eleanor Rathbone, Liverpool, speaking at the annual meeting of the Glasgow Society for Women's Suffrage, said the public must realise that the question of women's suffrage had now become one of immediate political urgency. After the war grave injustice might be inflicted upon voteless women by the introduction of legislation restricting their right to make their living in the most profitable way.

In view of Defence of the Realm Regulation 9F, the Chief Secretary, after communicating with the directors and managers of the Irish railways has come to the conclusion that railway excursion traffic and like traffic not necessary for the service of the business interests of the community ought to be generally discontinued during the period of the war. This decision has been communicated to the railway companies.

The excess profits tax promises to be one of the most productive sources of revenue in the Budget. For the present financial year the Chancellor of the Exchequer estimated the revenue from that source at 86,000,000, and up to a week ago he had collected 56,000,000. Should the return be maintained on the present scale during the remaining nineteen weeks of the year the amount accruing to the Treasury win be 132,000,000.

The annual church parade in connection with the Belfast Battalion of the Boys' Brigade took place on Sabbath afternoon, when the lads, under their respective officers, assembled i in the Ulster Hall and also in the Assembly Hall to the number of 1,557 -- 747 in the former building and 810 in the latter -- which made up in all forty-three companies. At the Ulster Hall the service was conducted by the Lord Bishop of Down, and at the Assembly Hall the special preacher was the Rev. W. B. M'Murray, Whiteabbey Presbyterian Church.

A dinner party was given at the House of Commons by Mr. Redmond to Lord Shaughnessy in celebration of the latter taking his seat in the House of Lords. The other guests were Lord Macdonnell, Lord Pirrie, Mr. Fisher (Agent-General for Australia), Mr. Dillon, Mr. T. P. O'Connor, Mr. Joseph Devlin, Archbishop Clune, of Perth, Western Australia (who is acting as Chaplain-General to the Catholic Australian soldiery at the front), and Colonel O'Laughlin, from South Australia. There, were no speeches.

An Order in Council under the Defence of the Realm Act prohibits any exercise, movement, evolution, or drill of a military nature being taken part in by any persons other than naval and military forces or police in areas to which the Secretary of State or Army Council may declare the Order shall apply, subject to exemptions provided for; and no one may be concerned in or assist the promotion or organisation of same. The powers of the Secretary of State under the regulations may be exercised as regards Ireland by the Chief Secretary.

Limavady was en fete on Saturday in honour of the presence of her distinguished son the Right Hon. William Ferguson Massey, P.C., Prime Minister of New Zealand, who was accorded a most cordial welcome. The Premier was made the recipient of a beautifully illuminated address of welcome, and was entertained at luncheon by Mr. R. Douglas, J.P., chairman of the Urban Council. On Monday Mr. Massey was the guest of the Mayor of Londonderry (Alderman R. N. Anderson, J.P.), and was presented with the freedom of the Maiden City.

Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim has died at his residence at Streatham. Sir Hiram, who had suffered from bronchial pneumonia, was seventy-six years of age. He was born at Wayne, Maine, U.S.A., being the oldest son of Isaac Weston Maxim. Sir Hiram was knighted in 1901. At one time he was connected with the well-known firm of Messrs. Vickers & Maxim. He was the inventor of the automatic system of firearms, and had conducted extensive experiments with a view to ascertaining how much power was necessary to perform artificial flight.

The committee of the Belfast Co-operative Society have adopted a resolution protesting against the non-inclusion of Ireland in the scheme for controlling food supplies, asking that the wholesale cost of all commodities, particularly new milk, during six months preceding the war, be made the basis for determining current retail prices; that the Sugar Commission provide for more equitable distribution among merchants; that the Coal Act be amended to govern prices for consumers, as well as for factors at the pit head; and that fixed charges in transit be arranged.

At a meeting of the Unionist War Committee -- Sir Edward Carson presiding -- a discussion took place upon the Government's proposals for dealing with food problems, and a series of resolutions was passed, which pressed the view that the Board of Trade proposals fell short of what was essential if the safety of the realm was to be secured, and declared that the first change should be in the direction of the increased production of the necessaries of life throughout the Empire.

For the first time for upwards of a quarter of a century there are not sufficient women candidates to fill the vacant places in connection with the Church of Ireland Training College. The report of the college states that this is a serious matter not only for the college but for the Church. The outlook for education in connection with the Church of Ireland will be dark if steps cannot be taken throughout the country to prepare those who desire to enter the college with sufficient care to enable them to satisfy the requirements of the National Board.

Lancashire cotton weavers are to get an additional 5 per cent, war bonus from January next.

The King has approved of the appointment of the Earl of Ronaldshay, M.P., to be Governor of Bengal.

Lord Buxton has sanctioned the release of nineteen South African rebels, including General Kemp.

His Majesty the King has forwarded a donation of 100 to the Y.M.C.A. for its special Christmas Fund.

By the will of the late Miss Clarke, The Steeples, Antrim, the parish of Antrim receives a legacy of 5,000.

"Todger" Jones, V.C., who captured 102 Germans single-handed, says the King when presenting the decoration said, "Jones, how the dickens did you do it?"

The two prisoners of war, Carl Schwarz and Paul Hubner, who escaped from an internment camp at Woburn, Bedfordshire, have been recaptured.

The Board of Trade have issued an appeal to the travelling public and to traders to limit their demands upon the railway companies as much as possible.

At a special meeting of the Letterkenny Presbytery, Rev. W. J. Logan, M.A., was granted leave of absence for three months, to take up duty as hon. military chaplain.

The King has awarded the silver medal for saving life at sea to Mr. F. Verschueren, pilot of the Belgian tug Louisa, fer rescuing the crew of H.M.S. Coquette in the North Sea.

The proceedings of Zurich have established the guilt of the German Consul at Zurich and Lugano in the plot to blow up Turin arsenal and Italian railways and bridges.

Messrs. Evan Thomas, Radcliffe, & Co., Cardiff, have acquired three steamers of 8,000 tons carrying capacity each from the builders at Sunderland and Stockton-on-Tees for 500,000.

A motor lorry crossing a bridge at Bransford, near Worcester, on Monday afternoon, fell into the River Teme. The driver and a boy were drowned, and the motor lies in fourteen feet of water.

The Treasury have appointed a Commission, with Mr. Stanley Leathes, First Civil Service Commissioner, as chairman, to report upon the present scheme of examination for class 1 of the home Civil Service.

The incorporated society of the principal wholesale and retail bakers of London has decided to recommend its members not to make or exhibit for sale any sugar iced or sugar decorated cake for Christmas or the New Year.

An exhibition of printing designs, mostly for commercial purposes, was opened in the Belfast Municipal Technical Institute by Alderman S. T. Mercieir, J.P., chairman of the Library and Technical Instruction Committee.

The Budget Committee of the Paris Chamber of Deputies considered the proposed increase's in taxation and agreed to increases in postal, telegraph, and telephone rates. The increases are estimated to bring in two and a half million pounds annually.

At a meeting held, at Madrid to protest against the high prices of food violently worded speeches were delivered by Republican and Socialist orators. The members of the Workers' General Union propose to have recourse to the weapon of the general strike.

The Post Office announces that correspondence (except parcels) for the civil population in German East Africa can now be accepted for transmission. The rate of postage to be prepaid on letters is one penny per ounce. Parcel post, except to the troops is still suspended.

Dr. George H. P. Hewson, a former choir boy at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, and late assistant there, has been appointed as organist and choirmaster at Armagh Cathedral in succession to the late organist, Dr. T. Osborne Marks. Dr. Hewson is an eminent organ recitalist.

Sir George Adam Smith, as Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Free Church of Scotland, communicated to Principal Mackichan, of Bombay, his unanimous nomination as Moderator of next General Assembly. A cablegram has been received from Principal Mackichan accepting the nomination.

The Belfast Volunteer Defence Corps, of which Mr. John Bristow was commandant, has been formally disbanded, owing to the decision of the War Office authorities that, under the present circumstances, they could not see their way to granting recognition to the Volunteer Training Corps in Ireland.

It has been stated that an after has been made by American financiers to provide the necessary capital for the laying down and equipping of a line of railway linking up the Wolfhill Collieries, County Kildare, with the main railway line at Athy and the Grand Canal at the same place. The estimated cost of the undertaking would be close on 60,000.

The Government has decided to take over the control of the coal mines of the country under the Defence of the Realm Regulations as circumstances may require. The regulation will come into force at once in the South Wales coalfield, where a wages dispute is at present in progress. An Inter-Departmental Committee will at once proceed to deal with the wages question.

The Belfast Corporation has passed a recommendation to grant an extra war bonus of 3s a week to all municipal employees receiving 2 a week or under. The Generai Purposes Committee was directed to consider the case of clerks getting 150 a year or under, and to bring in a recommendation as to granting them a bonus.

The Local Government Board for Ireland have addressed a circular letter to the County Councils, County Borough Councils, Urban District Councils, and Rural District Councils requesting to be furnished, for information of the Chief Secretary, with an expression of the views of the Councils in regard to the working of the Summer Time Act, 1916, in their districts.

Lively scenes were witnessed at a meeting held at the Royal Society of Arts in London at which Viscount Haldane presided. When Lord Haldane rose to speak he was at once attacked by several women in the audience, who charged him with being pro-German and a "disgrace to his country". Several women and one or two men supporters had to be ejected from the hall before the meeting could proceed.

In the House of Commons the Registration of Business Names Bill was further considered. A new clause was agreed to providing that the registrar should refuse to register or remove from the register the names of firms which by the use of British or some other word were calculated to deceive the public as to the nationality of the persons owning or controlling the business.

Principal Sir Donald MacAlister, in his presidential address to the General Medical Council in London, dealt with the organisation of the medical profession to meet the depletion caused by the call of the Army for doctors, and said that if voluntary effort failed to meet all requirements, there might be some form of legislative compulsion for districts which were backward in response to the calls of patriotism.

A lecture dealing with "Early Ideas about the Atmosphere" was given on Tuesday night in the lecture hall adjoining Belmont Presbyterian Church by Professor W. B. Morton, of Queen's University. Mr. S. Johnston presided, and there was a large attendance. At the close a hearty vote of thanks was accorded the lecturer, on the motion of Rev. Dr. MacDermott, seconded by Mr. W. Macpherson, and supported by Mr. J. E. Maxwell, B.A.

Rev. Edwin Pyper, B.A., of Annalong, has been set free by his congregation and the Newry Presbytery to undertake work for a time under the Y.M.C.A. with his Majesty's troops in France. An interesting social meeting was held in Mr. Pyper's honour at Annalong on the 24th ult. The Revs. Dr. M'Mordie, Alfred Eadie, B.A., and Herbert Martin have volunteered to undertake Mr. Pyper's work at Annalong during his absence.

Dr. James H. Wallace passed away on Monday at his residence, The Square, Tandragee, at the advanced age of eighty years. Dr. Wallace entered the medical profession nearly sixty years ago, and for the last forty years he had resided in Tandragee. A devoted member of the Church of Ireland, the deceased gentleman was a member of the select vestry in Tandragee. He is survived by his widow and a family of eight sons and daughters.



An Extraordinary Find.

"Details of the discovery of a will in a strange hiding place have just been made known at Penrith," says "The Times." "On August 10 there died at the Patterdale Hotel, Ullswater, an old gentleman named Dr. Peter Quin Keegan. He had lived in the dale for a food many years, but little was known about him except that his father had been a member of the firm of Keegan, Graham, & Co., wine merchants, Belfast. Dr. Keegan was an LL.D. of Dublin University, and was keenly interested in geology, botany, and arboriculture, on which he wrote numerous papers for the technical journals. Some time before his death he met Mr. R. Ellwood, traveller for a Penrith drapery firm, aud a friendship sprang up, based on their botanical studies. Dr. Keegan gave him a book on the subject, but Mr. Ellwood had no occasion to refer to it until a few days ago. He then found that two pages were fastened together, and outside one of them was an instruction in Dr. Keegan's writing, that the pages were not to be opened until after his death. Accordingly Mr. Ellwood opened the pages, and found between them the old gentleman's will. The document left, legacies to two Patterdale ladies and to his two sisters, and the residue to Mr. Ellwood. It has been pronounced by solicitors to be quite in order, except that nothing can be found as to the identity of the two witnesses. But as the will was made last June while Dr. Keegan was temporarily staying in Penrith, he is assumed to have met them accidentally in the town. Rumour places the Doctor's possessions at 30,000, but at present application has only been made for probate on his English estate, amounting to 2,100. He owned considerable property in Armagh and Belfast."



The death occurred on Sabbath at his residence, Ballyboley, Ballynure, County Antrim, of Mr. Hugh J. Montgomery, who was for many years the respected principal of Maxwellswalls National School. The deceased was well known in the Ballymena and Ballyclare districts, and until his retirement some time ago was a member of Glenwherry Presbyterian Church, being subsequently connected with the Ballynure congregation. He is survived by his widow, three sons, and one daughter. The eldest son, Mr. I. A. Montgomery, is in the service of the Ulster Bank at Dromore, County Tyrone; the second son, Mr. E. Merwin Montgomery, is a military cadet at Kilworth, County Cork; and the youngest son, Dr. Calvin V. Montgomery, a graduate of Queen's University, holds a commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps. The deceased's daughter is the wife of Mr. Thomas Gilmour, principal of Whitewell School, near Belfast.



At a meeting of the College Committee of the United Free Church it was reported that since the beginning of July the following students had been killed in action:-- New College, Edinburgh -- Mr. James Buchanan Strang, M.A. Glasgow College -- Mr. Robert Reid, M.A., Second-Lieutenant, K.O.S.B.; Mr. John Kemp Scott, M.A., Second-Lieutenant, R.S.F.; Mr. David Garven, M.A., private, London Scottish; Mr. Donald Crawford, M.A., Second-Lieutenant, R.S.F.; and Mr. T. H. Boyle, M.A., Second-Lieutenant, R.S.F. Aberdeen College -- Mr. Andrew Fraser, M.A. It was further reported that Mr. James C. Hamilton, a student of Glasgow College, had received the Military Medal for gallantry.


Captain N. B. Kilpatrick, The King's (Liverpool Regiment), officially reported invalided to hospital in Imbros, is the eldest son of Mr. D. Kilpatrick, 26, University Square, Belfast. A member of the Belfast University Contingent of the Officers' Training Corps, he obtained his commission in December, 1913, and joined his battalion at Aldershot on 1st January, 1914. He was confirmed in his rank on 11th August of the same year, and on 14th September was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, receiving his captaincy on 3rd May, 1916. While serving with the 4th Battalion at Seaforth he met a machine gun officer who is a descendant of the Nicholson family, of which Brigadier-General John Nicholson, of Indian Mutiny fame, was a distinguished member. Captain Kilpatrick went to the front in February, 1915, as a machine gun officer, and fought at La Bassee and Neuve Chapelle, being invalided home in May, 1915, owing to shell shock. He was subsequently posted to a garrison battalion in Egypt. He was one of the original members of Lisnagarvey Hockey Club.


Mrs. Corkey, wife of the Rev. David S. Corkey, B.A., minister of Dundrod, and chaplain to the forces, passed away somewhat unexpectedly on Friday. There will be wide-spread sympathy with Mr. Corkey in the heavy bereavement he has sustained.


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The Witness - Friday, 8 December 1916


GREIG -- November 5, at Kirin, Manchuria, to P Dr. and Mrs. James A. Greig -- a son.


SINCLAIR--SCOTT -- December 1, at Clough Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Robert Scott, M.A. (father of the bride), assisted by the Rev. R. Scott Craig, B.A. (cousin of the bride), West Church, Ballymena, Herbert Reid, Sinclair, M.B., Lieutenant R.A.M.C., son of James Sinclair, M.B., Lieutenant R.A.M.C., son of James Sinclair, Bushmills, to Janie Robina Scott, B.A., eldest daughter of the Rev. Robert and Mrs. Scott, Clough Manse, Co. Down.


BOYD -- December 4, at her residence, Union Place, Dungannon, Ellen, wife of the late (John Boyd, Clerk of Union. Funeral to Dungannon Town Cemetery this (Friday) afternoon, at two o'clock.

M'CRORY -- November 22, at Crossgare, Dromara, Martha Ann, dearly-beloved wife of Campbell M'Crory. Interred in Second Dromara Graveyard.

ALEXANDER -- November 30, at his residence, Glenbank, Lisburn, John P. Alexander.

BEATTY -- November 28, at his residence, Athelstane, Monkstown, Co. Dublin, Surgeon-General Thomas Berkley Beatty, in his 89th year.

BURCH -- December 2, at her father's residence, Elizabeth (Lizzie), eldest daughter of James Kane, Ballycopeland, and dearly-beloved wife of John Burch, Barrow-in-Furness, England.

CORKEY -- November 24, Thomasina Agnes Corkey, wife of the Rev. D. S. Corkey, C.F., Dundrod, and daughter of the late Dr. Andrew M'Connell.

GRUBB -- December 2, at Claremont, Osborne Park, the residence of his brother, Richard Cambridge Grubb, Killeaton House, Dunmurry, aged 75 years.

HANNA -- December 1, at her residence, Ballyfotherly, Donaghadee, Jane, relict of the late Thomas Hanna, aged 89 years.

HOUSTON -- December 2, at 53, Gray's Hill, Bangor, William Houston.

HUNTER -- December 3, at her residence, 15, Bachelor's Walk, Lisburn, in her 87th year, Anna, relict of the late Johnston Hunter, formerly of Dromore and Tullyglush.

LAMONT -- December 2 (suddenly), at Ballygoskin House, William Lamont.

MATTHEWS -- December 3, at his residence, 40, Pacific Avenue, David H. Matthews, late of Richmond Nursery.

MATTHEWS -- December 1, at his residence, Clifton Villa, Bangor, Thomas Matthews, J.P.

M'DONNELL -- November 30, in London, Matilda, eldest daughter of the late John M'Donnell, Castlewellan, Co. Down.

SHERRARD -- December 3, at Ballyearl, Ellen Sherrard, aged 80 year.



We regret to announce the death of Mr. J. B. Macrory, at his residence, 36, Elaine Street, Stranmillis Road. Mr. Macrory, who was seventy-one years of age, was in his usual health till a few days ago, when he caught a chill, from the effects of which he died. Mr. Macrory was a National school teacher till about ten years ago, when he retired. After having charge of various schools in the country, he was appointed to Castlereagh National School, where he remained for twenty years, till his retirement. Since that time he had been local representative of Messrs. Brown & Nolan, in connection with their school book and general trade. He was an excellent and successful teacher, and in the highest grade, and he took an active part in the Teachers' Association while connected with the body. He was a Presbyterian, and took a leading part in connection with the C.P.A. He was a member of Fitzroy Church, and took an interest in all its affairs. He was held in the greatest esteem by his fellow-teachers and by all who knew him for his high character and intelligence, and his quiet and gentlemanly qualities. He was married to a sister of the late Mr. Wm. Gilliland, first of the "Belfast News-Letter," and afterwards assistant editor of the "Daily Telegraph," who, with a son and daughter survive him.


The Rev. H. J. Lilburn having been invited to take up work with our troops in France, in connection with the Y.M.C.A., has received leave of absence from Dromore Presbytery for three months. Several members of Presbytery have undertaken to assist in supplying his pulpit during his absence. The Rev. Thomas Dunn is to act as Moderator of session, pro. tem., and to attend to any pastoral calls.



We regret to announce the death of Mr. John Hetherington, cashier of the Broadway Damask Co., which occurred at his residence, Lorelei, Bangor, yesterday. Deceased was in his early days in the city connected with May Street Presbyterian Church, and then he joined Broadway congregation, in the organisation of which he took an active interest, carrying out the duties of secretary in a most efficient manner. Later he became connected with Malone Presbyterian Church, where he was elected an elder, and when he removed to Bangor he worshipped with the First Bangor congregation.



The following, under the initials of "S. P.," appears in the current issue of the "Ormond Magazine," the official organ of Ormond Quay Presbyterian Church, Dublin:-- "The congregation of Ormond Quay have to mourn the death of one of their oldest and one of the most respected and well-beloved members. After a lingering illness, borne with exemplary patience and submission to the will of God, Mrs. J. F. Frazer, the widow of one of our faithful elders, passed on Thursday, October 5th, in the house of her son-in-law. Rev. W. G. Smyth, Presbyterian minister in Belfast, at the advanced age of eighty-six years. Her life had been spent in the (service of her Divine Lord and Master; she was a singularly bright and active Christian, lady, of the sweetest spirit and the calmest faith, and her death was but the peaceful falling oh sleep of one who had reached the end of her earthly journey and the tranquil evening of her long day of service. For many a year she was conspicuous in the membership of Ormond Quay Church in every good work. Gentle, womanly, and kind, she spread an atmosphere of peace and piety everywhere, and the people loved her. It was my good fortune to spend a week or two in her hospitable home on the North Circular Road when I first came to Ormond Quay, and she inspired me at that time with a respect and an admiration which only increased with the following years. She was an ideal hostess, refined, cheerful, womanly, and always ready with a bright encouraging word. She had passed through domestic sorrows of bereavement, but these only seemed to mellow her spirit and widen her outlook on life. She felt quite sure that her loved ones were safe in the Father's house. Fourteen years ago she lost her husband, who suddenly passed away in his sleep, and since then hers has been a patient waiting time, spent not in lonely grief, but in cheerful expectation for her own turn to go, and in the exercise of a domestic affection, brightened by the devotion of a daughter's love, as pure and beautiful as grace alone could make it, a few years ago it was her lot to leave Dublin and Ormond Quay Church, but her heart was rooted there, where she had spent so many Sabbaths and had enjoyed so many Communion seasons.



The public of Belfast will learn with deep regret of the death of Mr. David H. Matthews, a former member of the City Corporation, which took place on Sabbath at his residence, in Pacific Avenue. Deceased was a son of the late Mr. John Matthews, Parkmount. In 1880 he took over the proprietorship of the Richmond Nursery, Antrim Road, which his brother, the late Mr. R. B. Matthews, had founded in 1864, and for five years, carried the business on, displaying enterprise and ability, until the state of his health compelled his retirement. He took a deep interest in municipal affairs, and sat in the City Council as a member for Clifton Ward from November, 1897, till he retired in 1906. A member of the Presbyterian Church, the deceased was for many years an elder in Newington Church, but in later life worshipped in Duncairn Church. He leaves two sons and five daughters, with whom deep sympathy will be felt in the bereavement they have sustained.



We Regret to announce the death of Mr. Thomas Matthews, J.P., who for many years had taken an active interest in all matters appertaining to his native town of Bangor. Deceased, who was fifty-five years of age, and was a coal importer and rent agent, was the first chairman of the Urban District Council after the evolution of that body from the old Board of Town Commissioners. He was the first town magistrate under the Local Government Act, and after the expiration of his term of office was created a justice of the peace for the county. In politics he was a staunch Unionist. He was a member of First Bangor Presbyterian Church, in all matters pertaining to which he took a lively interest and for many years occupied a seat on the Church Committee. In educational matters Mr. Matthews also manifested considerable zeal, particularly in regard to the Bangor Endowed School, where he had received his early training, and recently he presented a clock for the front of the building, a finishing touch which had been lacking since the new school was erected in 1906. Deceased married the only daughter of the late Mr. Hugh Furey, who for many year's conducted a large and flourishing grocery and drapery store in Main Street, Bangor. Deceased leaves his wife and their three daughters to mourn his loss, and sincere sympathy in their bereavement extended to them by all classes in Bangor.



A well-known figure in the linen trade of Belfast has parsed a way in the person of Mr. John H. Ross, whose death took place at his residence, Highbury, Cadogan Park. Mr. Ross, who was in his 52nd year, was the second son of Mr. David Ross, chairman of the Durham Street Weaving Company, Ltd., and had been identified with the staple industry during his entire business career. His early days were spent in the County Down Flax Spinning and Weaving Company, Ltd., and on the formation of the firm of Ross Brothers, Ltd., he became managing director of that concern, which, under his guidance, speedily enjoyed a very extensive business. Deceased was a member of Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, the Ulster Reform Club, the Royal Ulster Yacht Club, and the Masonic Order. He was a Unionist in politics, but took little or no part in public life. The death of his wife, who was a daughter of the late Mr. Thomas M'Mullan, twelve years ago, was a severe blow to him. Mr. Ross bequeaths to his two children, a son and a daughter, a stainless record.

At the close of the morning service in Fisherwick Church on Sabbath the Rev. C. Davey said -- I cannot conclude this morning without referring very briefly to the loss we have sustained in the death of Mr. John H. Ross, who was a much-valued member of our congregation and a member of our Congregational Committee. For the greater part of his life Mr. Ross was in connection with Fisherwick, and he was one of her most generous and most devoted sons. It is only the barest, truth to say that he took a warm practical interest, not only in our congregational affairs, but in all the great missionary and other schemes of the Church. He had a warm heart and a generous hand to help every good cause. He was a devoted and constant worshipper with us when health permitted. He loved his Saviour fervently; and he was one of the kindest and truest of men, and best of friends. He has now been released from bodily pain and weakness, and has gained the crown of life, the reward of the faithful. He has gone from us in the midst of his days; but these unfinished lives on earth -- these broken columns -- will be finished in the Master's presence under kindlier skies, in the company of the angels and the spirits of the just made perfect. He was loved by all who knew him, and will be greatly missed. I may say, I am sure, on behalf of all the congregation, that our sympathies go out to his children, and to the whole family connection who have been so closely identified with this congregation throughout a large part of its history; and our prayers ascend to God on their behalf that the Divine consolations may abound toward them.


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The Witness - Friday, 15 December 1916


WILKIN -- December 3, at Tanaghlane House, B Caledon, to Mr. and Mrs. John Wilkin a son.


KENNEDY -- December 8, at the Manse of Cambusnethan, Wishaw, the Rev. Gilbert Alexander Kennedy, M.A. Interred in Cambusnethan Cemetery, on Tuesday, 12th inst.

MACRORY -- December 9, at her residence, 36, Elaine Street, Stranmillis Road, Jane, widow of the late James Boyd Macrory. Interred in Castlereagh Burying-ground on Monday, 11th December.

CRAIG -- December 6, at Cloughmills, Jane, widow of the late Nicholas Craig, and daughter of the late Rev. William Craig, Dromara, County Down.

CURRIE -- December 8, at Red Hall, Bangor, Eliza, widow of the late John Currie, of 48, High Street, Belfast, and Glenavna, Whiteabbey.

DOUGLAS -- December 8, at his residence, Glenmanus, Ballymena, Thomas Douglas.

FLANAGAN -- December 7, at the residence of her son-in-law. Rev. J. L. M'Candless, The Manse, Boardmills, Co. Down, Elizabeth, relict of the late Matthew Flanagan, Cleator, Cumberland.

HENDERSON -- December 7 (suddenly), at Bangor, Lizzie, daughter of the late James B and Mrs. Henderson, Fair View, Randalstown.

KIRK -- December 10, 1916, at her daughter's residence, Marino, Whitehead, Jane Kirk, Cregagh Terrace, Woodstock Road, Belfast, widow of the late William Kirk, Crevillyvalley, Ballymena.

LINDSAY -- December 10 (suddenly), at her residence, The Parade, Donaghadee, Ellen, relict of the late Peter Lindsay, in her 88th year.

LYONS -- December 3, 1916, at his residence, Drumcoe House, Mountcharles, Co. Donegal, John Lyons, ex-National Teacher, in his 84th year. Deeply regretted. "He giveth His beloved sleep."

MALTMAN -- December 7 (after a long illness, borne with Christian fortitude), Agnes, the dearly-beloved wife of Henry Maltman, Bangor Demesne, Bangor.

M'BRIDE -- December 12, at his residence, The Croft, Holywood, John M'Bride, late of the "Northern Whig."

M'COULL -- December 10, at Bellevue Cottage, The Promenade, Whitehead, Hugh C. M'Coull, of W. & G. Baird, Ltd.

M'KAY -- December 11, at her residence, Gillistown House, Grange, Toomebridge, Sara, relict of the late John M'Kay.

SHILLINGTON -- December 8, at his residence, Eskragh, Dungannon, William Shillington, aged 82 years.

THOM -- December 9, at her husband's residence, Springvale House, Cookstown, Catherine, dearly-beloved wife of Francis Thom.

WILSON -- December 2 (suddenly, from heart failure), at 639, Furby Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, George Sillery Wilson, formerly of Newry; Clonavon, Ballymena; and Belfast.

In Memoriam

SHANNON -- In loving and affectionate remembrance of John Shannon, Thingscourt, Co. Cavan, who fell asleep on Thursday, 17th December, 1914, and was interred in New Cemetery, Ervey. "Death divides, but memory clings."



A telegram from Bremen states that the merchant submarine Deutschland has arrived after a quick voyage.

The Norwegian steamer Nora struck a mine in the North Sea on Saturday and sank. Four of the crew are missing.

The King has signed a proclamation prohibiting the importation of cocaine and opium except under license.

The Rev. W. Cecil Stocks, reactor of Foston, Leicestershire, fell down the lift well in a Nottingham hotel, and was killed.

The Cardiff City Council have decided against the retention after the 31st inst. of any employee who is a conscientious objector to military service.

It is understood that early in the New Year the Food Controller will introduce a scheme for standardising the price of bread throughout the country.

Sir Richard Vaughan Williams, late Lord Justice of the Court of Appeal, was found dead in bed at his residence, High Ashes Farm, near Dorking.

On Saturday afternoon the Grimsby trawlers Sutton and Battle Abbey collided in the Humber, and the latter sank. Three of her crew were drowned.

Speaking in London, Mr. A. Henderson, M.P., having defended his attitude during the political crisis, warned his audience against the danger of a premature peace.

The King, in compliance with a request made by the bankers, has signed a proclamation ordering 23rd December and 1st January next to be observed as bank holidays.

Mr. T. P. O'Connor, M.P., has accepted the chairmanship of the Trade Board of Film Censors. The position has nothing to do with the proposed official censorship of films.

An Army Council Order provides that all persons engaged in the purchase or sale of wool shall enter into such guarantees therewith as may be required by the Director of Army Contracts.

The wedding took place at Ballymena of Lieut. R. Brabazon Jones, R.F.A., of Rockferry, Cheshire, and Miss M. Porter, second daughter of Mrs. R. R. Porter, Ulster Bank, Ballymena.

Mr. Massey, the New Zealand Premier, in a speech at Leeds, welcomed the Ministerial changes as a sign of the determination of the British people that the war should be prosecuted more vigorously.

The "Neues Tagblatt Stuttgart" announces an explosion at a munition factory at Feuerbach, near Stuttgart. The factory and several houses were demolished. Fifteen deaths and several injured have been recorded.

The Foreign Office intimates that after Jan. 1 British subjects embarking for the U.S. or Canada must be provided with passports issued or endorsed by the Passport Office, London, within thirty days of the date of sailing.

Rev. G. W. D. Rea, B.A., of First Coleraine Presbyterian Church, who has just returned from France, addressed a large congregation on Sabbath morning, and gave a most interesting account of his work amongst the troops.

Last week 719 new War Savings Associations were affiliated to the National War Savings Committee, and twenty-three new local committees were formed. This makes a total for England and Wales of 15,512 associations and 829 committees.

Lieutenants Brooke and Lotinga, of the Royal Flying Corps, have been killed, owing to some accident to their aeroplane. The officers were but a short time in the air when something went wrong with the machine, which dived to the earth.

A Crossgar family had a narrow escape during a thunderstorm on Saturday night, a hole being made clean through the wall of their house, and one pig being killed outside and two injured. The lamps were blown out, and the house filled with dust.

Eighty-one summonses have been issued by Captain Wynne, Local Government Board Auditor, against the Joint Committee of Monaghan and Cavan Asylum to recover about 500 surcharged for expenditure on foodstuffs, &c., over and above the contract prices.

The number of animals shipped from the port of Belfast during the week ending the 9th December, 1916, was -- 3,200 cattle, 126 sneep, 359 swine, 1 goat, 60 horses; total, 3,746. For corresponding week last year -- 2,171 cattle, 138 sheep, 125 swine, 14 horses; total, 2,434.

The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland has issued an address in which it calls on the young men of Ireland to fill up the gaps in the Irish regiments, and to support any measure which the Government may think necessary for organising the man-power of Ireland.

Prince Oyama, Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese Manchurian Army in the Russo-Japanese War, died on Sunday in his seventy-second year. He served as Attache with the French Army in 1870, and subsequently started the reorganisation of the Japanese forces.

The Lord Primate of All Ireland has appointed Mr. J. Alfred Hardcastle to be astronomer to Armagh Observatory, in succession to Dr. Dreyer, who has resigned to take up work at Oxford. Mr. Hardcastle is a grandson of the late Sir John Herchel, the famous astronomer.

The Lord Mayors of London, Liverpool, and Belfast have opened a fund for the poorer victims of the ss. Connemara disaster, and the L. and N. W. R. Co. have voted l,000gns. to it. The money will be administered by the National Disaster Fund, which had the administration of the Titanic and Empress of Ireland funds.

Glasgow United Free Church Presbytery have approved of the proposal to provide church recreation huts for soldiers, and agreed to endeavour to raise at least 1,000 for a hut. The Sabbath Observance Committee protested against the arrangement to hold a review of Volunteers on Glasgow Green on Sunday.

At the monthly meeting of the Belfast Division of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Help Society, Miss M'Gonigal reported that since the club in Gresham Street for wounded and discharged soldiers re-opened on the 26th October over 1,000 teas had been given, and sixteen men had been replaced in employment. It was unanimously agreed that 5s he given to each of the veterans for Christmas from the general fund.

The death has taken place at his residence, Mountkearney, near Newry, of Mr. Samuel Gordon, J.P. The deceased gentleman, who was over seventy years of age, was a staunch Unionist, and in that capacity he rendered useful service to the cause of South Down. He was a devoted member of the Church of Ireland, and since 1876 up to the time of his regretted demise he was parochial nominator, honorary secretary, and parochial treasurer in connection with the Donaghmore Parish Church. For several years prior to the passing of the Local Government Act of 1898 the deceased gentleman was a member of the Newry Board of Guardians.



The death of the Rev. Gilbert Kennedy, M.A., minister of Cambusnethan Parish, Wishaw, near Glasgow, constitutes a break in a continuous line of Presbyterian clergymen connected with the County Tyrone during the past 250 years. The deceased man, who was the son of the late Rev. Robert Kennedy, minister of Ballyhobridge, Clones, had been ordained to the pastoral charge of the congregation of Carland, near Dungannon where his ancestor, the Rev. Thomas Kennedy, had ministered in the year 1662. From thence he had received a call to Aghadowey, County Derry, and had afterwards accepted an invitation to become parish minister of Cambusnethan. He is survived by his wife (who is a sister of Mr. Thomas Bryars, Cromwell Belfast, and Mr. John Bryars, Scotch Street, Dungannon), and a son and two daughters. His eldest son, Second-Lieutenant Gilbert Kennedy, 6th Cameronians, was killed in action on 16th June, 1915, and the surviving son, after passing through Sandhurst, is now on active service abroad. His eldest daughter is also on active duty as a volunteer nurse in France. He was a brother of Dr. J. A. Kennedy, Portstewart, County Derry. The deceased clergyman was a lineal descendant of Colonel Gilberts Kennedy, of Ardmillan, Ayrshire, whose brother John, sixth Earl of Cassillis, was one of the Scottish noblemen appointed to act as lay-assessors at the famous Westminster Assembly in 1643.



At the meeting for prayer held in the Minor Hall of the Y.M.C.A., the Chairman (Rev. Dr. Montgomery) made reference to the death of this estimable lady. He said the late Mrs. M'Causland had been long known in their city as a mother who was a true mother in Israel. She had been regular in her attendance at that devotional service when it was possible for her to be there, and she took a deep and constant interest in the proceedings. In the home call of Mrs. M'Causland one of the worthiest ladies that Belfast had ever known had been called to her rest and her reward. She was the friend and generous helper of the various Christian, and philanthropic institutions at work in their city, and there are many who will miss her sympathy and help in days to come. She lived and laboured for the coming of God's kingdom both at home and abroad, and they felt that the city and land were much the poorer for her departure from their midst.


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The Witness - Friday, 22 December 1916


MOODY -- December 17, at Rockmount, Antrim Road, to Rev. A. F. and Mrs. Moody -- a son.

M'CLEAN -- December 17, 1916, at Crossroads Manse, Londonderry, the wife of Rev. John M'Clean, of a daughter.


BECK -- December 19, at his residence, 4, Cliftonville, Belfast, John Beck. Funeral private. No flowers.

EASTON -- December 10, at his residence, 20, Donegall Quay, Belfast, Samuel Easton, beloved husband of Ellen Easton. Interred in Carnmoney Churchyard, on 12th inst. "Thy will be done."

WRIGHT -- December 13, at his residence, Tallyrane, Banbridge, Joseph, the beloved husband of Elizabeth Wright. Interred in family burying-ground, Donacloney, on Friday, 15th December, 1916.

ARMSTRONG -- December 20, at his residence, Knockcairn, Dundrod, Shaw Armstrong.

BELL -- December 18, at his residence, 38, Poole Road, Branksome, Bournemouth, Thomas Gillespie Bell, M.D., second son of the late Matthew Bell, Armagh.

BLACK -- December 18, at Dunmaul House, Randalstown, John Black.

BROWN -- December 19, at her father's residence, The Mount, Killinchy, Maggie Elizabeth Garrett, elder daughter of William and Agnes Brown.

CURRY -- December 19, at her late residence, Ardoyne, Crumlin Road, Lucy, relict of the late John Curry.

FULTON -- December 19, at his father's residence, Tamnaderry, David, youngest and dearly-beloved son of William Fulton.

GRAHAM -- December 18, at his residence, Claggan, Cookstown, Robert Graham, J.P., the beloved husband of Barbara M. Graham.

HAMILTON -- December 18 (suddenly), at his residence, Ballyronan, Co. Derry, W. J. Hamilton, R.D.C.

HUNTER -- December 16, at his residence, Park Lodge, Bangor, Sinclair Hunter, jun.

KELLY -- December 18, at Purdysburn Hospital, Ida, beloved wife of Hugh Kelly, Ardblair, Bawnmore Road, Belfast, and only daughter of Thomas Buchanan, Elmwood, Lissue, Lisburn.

M'KEE -- December 19, at 26, Gray's Hill, Bangor, Mary A., widow of the late Wm. M'Kee, Bangor Demesne.

PRICE -- December 20 (suddenly), at his residence, Rock Cottage, Bushmills, Charles, eldest son of the late Andrew Price.

REID -- December 19, at the residence of her brother-in-law, Alexander Stevenson, Main Street, Ballyclare, Isabella, beloved daughter of Walter Reid.

RICHARDSON -- December 13, at Springfield, Lisburn, Eliza Jane, widow of the late Joseph Richardson, in her 89th year.

SCOTLAND -- December 17, at 13, Bridge Street, Bangor, Fanny, the beloved wife of Thomas Scotland.

SLOAN -- December 18, at Canneyreagh, Robert Sloan.

SMILEY -- December 19, at Bridge House, Lower Woodburn, Carrickfergus, Samuel, eldest son of the late James Smiley, The Mount, Carrickfergus.

STANLEY -- December 18, at his residence, Derryhale, Portadown, Charles H., the beloved husband of M. Stanley.

WARDEN -- October 29, at Toronto General Hospital (following an operation), Hugh R. Warden, L.P.S.I., youngest and last surviving son of the late Joseph D. Warden, Newtownards.

WILLOUGHBY -- December 20, at her nephew's residence, Annacloy, Hillsboro', Ann Jane Willoughby.



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The funeral of Mr. Hans Dunlop took place on Tuesday from his residence, "Ingleside," Old Cavehill Road, Belfast, when the remains were interred in the City Cemetery. The deceased gentleman, who was in his forty-third year, was one of the leading retail tea merchants in the city, and carried on a very extensive business. He was a successful trader, and had several shops throughout Belfast. Although the funeral was of a private nature, there was a large and representative gathering. The chief mourners were -- Messrs. James and Thomas Dunlop (brothers), Mr. R. J. Shaw (brother-in-law), and Messrs. James Hinds and John M'Ivor. In the house and at the graveside impressive services were conducted by the Rev. John Pollock, St. Enoch's. The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Messrs. Melville & Co., Ltd., and were carried out satisfactorily.



There has just passed away, ripe in years, rich in character, respect, and honour, a gentleman who was one of the magnates of the linen spinning interests of the city before the majority of the present generation had opened their wondering eyes upon the world -- Mr. John Beck, one of the founders, and for almost a generation principal director of the Edenderry Spinning Company, Crumlin Road. The writer's memory of Mr. Beck goes back forty years, and at that time ne was one of tHe leading men in the linen industry, and regarded as one of its ablest and most successful representatives. Yet prior to that time he had not only acquired a thorough knowledge of his business in the firm of Dunbar M'Master & Co., but had been for fifteen years manager of the Brookfield Spinning Mill. He not only had a prominent part in designing the works but in their management, having been from the first manager, and afterwards managing director. The concern grew and prospered, and Mr. Beck with it, and when he retired from active management about twenty years ago he left a well-equipped and well-going concern behind him, and which, under the management of his nephew, Mr. R. W. M'Dowell, is still flourishing. But since then he continued while health permitted to act as director, and give the Board assistance and advice. Mr. Beck, who was blessed with a sound mind in a sound body, was a native of the Banbridge district of County Down, and brought to his business great knowledge and industry, great ability and shrewdness, wide experience and sound judgment, and the highest character for honour and integrity, and the results of all these are seen in the life he led, the industry he built up, the wealth he secured, and he honoured reputation he enjoyed. He was a man of strong individuality as well as strong wealth of character; and a man of consideration as well as concentration in the conduct of his business. He was not only kind and considerate, but warm-hearted and generous, and carried into private life all the characteristics, he had displayed in business. He never took an active part in public life, but he possessed a public and patriotic spirit, local and imperial, and played an honoured part in support of all causes and interests that made for the welfare of the community, or the good of the nation at large. He was a staunch Unionist, and followed with the greatest interest, sympathy, and encouragement all the, movements that made for the furtherance of the cause. He had to the very last a keen appreciation of the situation as affecting Ulster and Ireland, and the kingdom at large, and never hesitated to avow his opinion in clear, intelligent, and forceful language. Mr. Beck was a Presbyterian to the core, and was as interested in the Presbyterian Church's progress as he was jealous of its, honour. He contributed generously to all its funds, and while his physical condition permitted was a most careful attendant on all its ministrations, first at Rosemary Street and afterwards at Duncairn. To Duncairn congregation, in, conjunction with his daughter, he not only, presented the magnificent organ and splendid pulpit, which are now such fine features of the church, but provided a considerable portion of the cost of the alteration of the building necessary in connection with the organ chamber. Not only to the congregation with which he was connected, but to the Church at large he extended benefactions, and among these not the least generous were those to the Loughbrickland Presbyterian Church, of which his family had been members for generations. But he did not confine his givings to one congregation or one Church. He liberally assisted all Christian, philanthropic, and charitable objects. In all relations of life, public and private, Mr. Beck was a model. He was modest and retiring, kindly, courteous, hospitable, at once a man and a gentleman, a staunch friend and an agreeable companion. For many years Mr. Beck was confined to the house by reason of weakness in his limbs, but his body otherwise and his mind remained strong to the last. The writer, who enjoyed his friendship for many years, spent an evening with him in his own house only a few days before the illness that terminated in his death had seized him. He did not betray in his fresh and healthy look, or in his mental clearness and alertness much trace of the eighty-seven years that were his. He was as interested in local and public questions and in Presbyterian affairs as ever, and his views were as clear and sound as ever they were. We have had many men who appeared more in the public eye than Mr. Beck, but none who surpassed him in those solid qualities that go to make character or country. His name will be held in respect and his memory in honour by all who had an opportunity of knowing him and bis work and worth. Mr. Beck was married to an English lady, who died a year after his marriage, leaving one daughter, who survives him, and who sympathetically co-operated with him in all his support of Christian and philanthropic work and in his Presbyterian enthusiasms. To her and to his other relatives we tender most sincere expressions of condolence and sympathy on the bereavement they have sustained.


The remains of the deceased were removed yesterday forenoon from 4, Cliftonville, and interred in Balmoral Cemetery, the funeral being private. The chief mourners included Miss Beck (daughter), Mr. R. W. M'Dowell (nephew), and Mr. Martin Wallace M'Dowell (grand-nephew), while there was a large representation of the elders and members of Duncairn Church. The service in the house was conducted by the Rev. James Pyper and the Rev. John S. Crockett, Raffrey; while at the graveside the Rev. James Pyper and the Rev. T. S. Reid, Loughbrickland, officiated. The funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mr. Arthur Stringer, and were satisfactorily carried out.


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The Witness - Friday, 29 December 1916


DUNN -- December 23, at Maze Manse, Hillsborough, to Rev. T. and Mrs. Dunn -- a son.


TUGHAN--GILL -- December 27, at Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church, by Rev. W. J. Currie, Bangor, Nathaniel Tughan, Solicitor, Belfast, to Henrietta, younger daughter of the late W. H. Gill, C.P.S., Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan.

SHIELDS--ROWNEY -- December 20, in First Markethill Presbyterian Church, by Rev. H. H. Moore, M.A., Thomas William, younger son of the late Thomas Shields, Ballindarragh, Markethill, to May, eldest daughter of Wm. Rowney, Glenview, Markethill.


BAILLIE -- December 22, 1916, at his residence, Anaghanoon House, Waringstown, Thomas Baillie, in his 95th year. Interred in the family burying-ground, Donacloney, on the 25th December.

MONRO -- December 20, 1916, at her father's residence, Netherlands, Finaghy Park, Belfast, Gladys Ethel (Gladys). Interred in the City Cemetery, Belfast. "Gone to be with Christ, which is fax better." JAMES and MARTHA MONRO.

SHANNON -- December 24, 1916, at her residence, 14, Indiana Avenue, Belfast, Susan Davison Shannon, the dear aunt of Martha and Minnie Dixon. Funeral private. No flowers, by request.

M'KEE -- December 22, at his residence, Parkville, Cyprus Park, Bloomfield, Samuel M'Kee. Funeral private.

APPELBE -- December 24, at her sister's residence, 10, Queen's Parade, Bangor, Anna, eldest daughter of the late Rev. William P. Appelbe, B.D., LL.D., T.C.D., Wesleyan Minister.

BEATTY -- December 23, at 6, Novara Terrace, Bray, Thomas Beatty, last surviving son of the late David Beatty, Esq., J.P., of Bow Street, Lisburn, aged 71.

CAMACK -- December 3, at his residence, 720, S. 57th Street, Philadelphia, James Gamble, eldest son of the late Dr. P. G. Camack, Derrykeighan, Dervock, and grandson of the late Dr. James Camack, Dervock.

CAUGHLEY -- December 22, at the residence of her son-in-law, 5, Sedan Avenue, Omagh, Martha, relict of the late John Caughley, William Street, Newtownards.

CROTHERS -- December 20, at the residence of Mrs. Hazlett, 35, Edenvale Road, Ranelagh, Dublin, Miss Eliza Crothers, aged 77 years, daughter of the late John Crothers, Ballymurphy, Annahilt, Co. Down.

DALZELL -- December 27, at Kensington Road, Knock, Jane, the beloved wife of A. P. Dalzell.

DEANE -- December 26, at his residence, Sixtowns Lodge, Draperstown, Michael C. Deane, dearly-beloved husband of Margaret Deane.

DELARGY -- December 25, at his residence, Great Crosby, Liverpool, Captain Archd. Delargy, formerly of Cushendall (late Commodore Captain of the Gulf Transport Company, Liverpool).

DYSART -- December 21, at West Hampstead, wife of the late Thomas Dysart, of Moville, Derry, aged 93.

GREENE -- December 27, Parkgate, Templepatrick, David O. Greene, dearly-beloved son of John Greene.

HAMILL -- December 21, (the result of an accident) John, second son of the late Samuel Hamill, Ballyrobert.

HAMILTON -- December 22, at his residence, Stranocum, James Hamilton.

HEWITT -- December 27, at a Private Nursing Home, Belfast, Hannah, daughter of the late James Hewitt, Derryboye.

KEMPSTON -- December 20 (suddenly), at 81, Railway View Street, Bangor, Jane, dearly-beloved wife of Hugh Kempston.

M'CULLA -- December 17, at Belgrano Buenos Ayres, Sara, second daughter of the late William M'Culla, Newry.

M'MASTER -- December 21, at her residence, Carragullin Hill, Killinchy, Martha, relict of the late Hugh M'Master.

O'NEILL -- December 26, at his residence, Carleton Street, Portadown, W. J. O'Neill, C.E.

PALMER -- December 27, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, William J. Palmer, Head Porter, Midland Railway, Ballymena.

PEEBLES -- December 21, William Edward Peebles, Barrister-at-Law, of 9, North Frederick Street, Dublin.

PROCTOR -- December 21, at his residence, Newry Street, Banbridge, Thomas Proctor.

SINCLAIR -- December 22, at his residence, St. Clair, Andersonstown, Belfast, Thomas Sinclair.

SKELLY -- December 25, at the residence of her son-in-law, Cogry, Doagh, Fanny, widow of the late William Skelly, Tonaghmore, Saintfield.

SMITH -- December 21, at his father's residence, Main Street, Ballyclare, William Smith.

TAYLOR -- December 21, at her residence, Conlig, Annacloy, Margaret, relict of the late Thomas Taylor.

TAYLOR -- December 22, Mary Ann, wife of the late Postmaster, Scarva.

In Memoriam

MAYBEN -- In loving memory of my dear mother, who passed peacefully away on New Year's Day, 1914, and was interred in City Cemetery. A. H.



We regret to announce the death of Mr. Saml. M'Kee, Parkville, Cyprus Park, Bloomfield. The deceased gentleman was well-known in business circles in the city, having been for many years managing director of Messrs. Murphy & Orr, linen and damask merchants, of Donegall Street and Donegall Place, and his strict integrity and kindly disposition won for him the respect and esteem of all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. He was a convinced Unionist, and was an active member of Belmont Presbyterian Church, of which the Rev. Dr. MacDermott is minister. His wife pre-deceased him many years ago, and he is survived by two sons and three daughters. Deep sympathy will be felt for his sorrowing family in their sad bereavement.

The funeral of the deceased took place on Tuesday, the remains being interred at Kilmood, County Down. The chief mourners wore Lieutenant W. D. M'Kee, 18th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, who is serving with the 14th Battalion of the same regiment, and returned home from France on Saturday morning. Messrs. Melville & Co., Ltd., had charge of the funeral arrangements.


Mr. Robert M'Kean, J.P., Rockwood, Benburb, County Tyrone, has died at the advanced age of eighty-one years. He had been associated with the linen trade for a considerable number of years, and with his brother, Mr. Henry M'Kean, J.P., had carried on a successful linen weaving factory at Benburb. He had been a very efficient member of Dungannon Board of Guardians. In politics he had been a Liberal Unionist.



Two persons were killed and six injured a collision between two tramcars at Nottingham.

The death has occurred in Dublin of Dr. James Little, aged eighty, an eminent member of the medical profession in Ireland.

Mr. T. M. Healy, in an interview declared, that what is wanted in Ireland as a native board of directors to run the country.

Lieut.-Colonel Sir Matthew Nathan, an ex-Under Secretary for Ireland, has been appointed Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions.

Sapper John Rogers, Royal Engineers, of Killeshandra, has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery in France. He was 36 hours under shell fire repairing cable wires, and finished his work before stopping.

Sir Robert Woods, a graduate of Dublin University, and an eminent member of the medical profession in Dublin, has decided to contest Dublin University Parliamentary vacancy against Mr. A. W. Samuels, K.C.

Dr. E. Coey Bigger, a former resident of Belfast, and councillor and one of the medical inspectors of the Local Government Board has been appointed a commissioner of the Board in place of Sir Thos. J. Stafford, Bart, retired.

Dr. Addison, the Minister of Munitions states that out of a total staff of over 7,500 at the Ministry of Munitions, only seventy-three men, military eligibles of 30 or under, are being retained on account of their technical qualifications.

Writing to the Dundee District Lodge of Good Templars Mr. Winston Churchill says he has associated himself with the resolution of the Liberal War Committee to the effect that the use of foodstuffs in the production of alcoholic drinks should not continue.

A delegate meeting of the Operative Cotton Spinners' Amalgamation, representing 50,000 operatives, held at Manchester, has unanimously decided to present an application to the 'Employers' Federation for a 20 per cent advance in wages on the termination of present agreement on 1st January.

Mr. Neville Chamberlain, Director-General of National Service, took up his duties on Wednesday. In an interview he has stated that if sufficient men do not volunteer for essential industries it may be expected that further steps will have to be taken to the necessary labour.

An interesting item in the National Revenue returns for the past week, is the large increase that has taken place in the receipts from Excise. The yield from this source 2,319,000, which compares with 592,000 for the corresponding week last year. Excess profits contributed 2,751,000.

Mr. James Young, ships' chandler, Princes Dock, and a former member of the Belfast City Council, died on Sabbath at his residence, Dunedin, Antrim Road, Belfast. Deceased, who was well known in the city was prominently identified with the Orange and Masonic Orders.

Rev. R. Kelso, who was recently appointed a chaplain to the forces, has been transferred to the Ulster Division and attached to the 13th Royal Irish Rifles. He holds the temporary rank of captain. Before receiving his commission Captain Kelso was Presbyterian minister of Second Boardmills.

The death has taken place of Mr. David Elliott, M.P.S.I., at his residence, [?] Fitzwilliam Street, Belfast. Deceased, who carried on business as a chemist at Shaftesbury Square, was a member of the Board of Guardians, and for the past seven years was chairman of the Infirmary Committee.

Lieutenant-Colonel the Right Honourable Viscount Massereene and Ferrard, D.S.O., his Majesty's Lieutenant for County Antrim has, with the approval of the Lord Lieutenant, appointed Mr. Ronald John [M'Ne--?] M.P., of Cushendun, County Antrim, Deputy-Lieutenant for County Antrim.

The Council of the Royal Dublin Society have decided not to hold a general Spring Show next year, but they will hold an aution sale and show of bulls on the grounds of the Irish Rugby Football Union, Lansdowne Road, on April 10 and 11, and a sum not exceeding 400 will be offered as prizes.

At the Glasgow Munitions Tribunal, four girls who refused to wear male attire at their work sued for a week's wages in lieu of notice at the time of being dismissed. A representative of the firm said they must wear trousers or leave the employment. The Sheriff said that due notice was given, and refused compensation.

Mr. Denis Holland, National teacher, has been appointed a Commissioner of National Education, in the room of the late Mr. Philip Ward, J.P., Belfast. Born near Castletown?bere over 55 years ago, Mr. Holland spent nearly all the years of his teaching profession as principal of the new Borough Endowed Schools, Swords.

At a social on Christmas afternoon in the Assembly Rooms, Moneymore, Second-Lieut. Stewart L. M'Iver, Royal Field Artillery, son of Mr. William M'Iver, Moneymore, was presented with an address and a gold watch by his friends in Moneymore and neighbourhood in recognition of his winning the Military Cross for bravery in the field some time ago.

The death took place on Christmas Eve of Sir William Erskine Ward, who, born in 1838, was the son of the Hon. J. P. Ward and nephew of the third Viscount Bangor. From 1889 to 1891 he was Judicial Commissioner of Lower Burmah, and for the next five years served as Chief Commissioner of Assam. Upon his retirement in 1896 he was made K.C.S.I.

Commander Kinnier, who in the of the early days of the war won world-wide fame by navigating the Pacific liner Ortega through an uncharted strait over 100 miles, has died suddenly in Liverpool, He received the D.S.O. from the Admiralty, a gold chronometer from the French Government, and many other rewards, which included a silk Union Jack subscribed for by children.

A money grant and the promise of early promotion have been made by the directors of the Great Northern Railway Company to Porter James Wallace for his courage and promptitude in rescuing a young man named Joseph Hobson, caretaker, of Dungannon Sanatorium, who had fallen between two carriages while the afternoon mail train was leaving Dungannon station on the 27th ult.

Licences to export potatoes will not be granted as a matter of course, states Mr. T. W. Russell. Every applicant for a licence must tell whether he exported potatoes last year, and whether the potatoes were grown in a non-exporting district, and that the potatoes could be spared from it. The Department would work the new Order so that the stocks in the country should not be depleted.

Mr. James J. O'Kelly, M.P, has died in London, aged 71. With oily a short interval he represented N. Roscommon since 1885. His life was crammed with exciting adventures in many parts of the world, and his youth and early manhood were spent in the midst of stirring war episodes. Both as soldier and war correspondent he achieved celebrity, and later in the days of the Parnell agitation he again figured as a fighter, and underwent imprisonment in Kilmainham Jail with Mr. Parnell during the regime of Mr. Forster as Irish Chief Secretary.

The intimation of the death of of Captain Archibald Delargy, which took place on Xmas Day, at his residence, Great Crosby, Liverpool, will be learned of with sincere regret in North Antrim. The deceased had followed the seafaring profession all his life, and was for a considerable period commodore captain of the Gulf Transport Company, Liverpool. He owned the well-known Delargy's Hotel, Cushendall, for a number of years, and after having sold his interest in it resided for some time at Prospect Houses, Cushendall. He did a great deal to popularise Cushendall and the Glens of Antrim as a holiday and tourist resort.




The following honours have been conferred by the King, on the recommendation of Mr. Asquith, on the occasion of his resignation.


Lord Sandhurst -- Lord Chamberlain to the King, formerly Governor of Bombay. His wife is a daughter of Matthew Arnold.

Lord Cowdray had a world reputation as Sir Weetman Pearson -- head of S. Pearson & Son, and was elevated to the peerage in 1910.

Mr. Lewis Harcourt, M.P. -- Son of the late Sir William Harcourt. Has held Government office, for past eleven years as First Commissioner of Works and Colonial Secretary. He is fifty-three years of age.


Mr. J. A. Pease, M.P. -- For many years a prominent Liberal M.P. Has been Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, President Education Board,, and Postmaster-General.

Sir Edward Partington -- Well-known in English Midlands. His son, Oswald, was for some time Junior Lord of the Treasury.

Sir John A. Dewar -- Liberal M.P. for Inverness-shire, and chairman of the firm of Dewar & Sons.

Sir Thomas Roe -- A stalwart Liberal -- M.P. for Derby for twenty-eight years. Now eighty-four years of age.

Privy Councillors.

Mr. J. W. Gulland -- Chief Liberal Whip, M.P. for Dumfries Burghs.

Mr. Thomas Wiles, M.P. -- Liberal M.P. for S. Islington for ten years.

Mr. Leif Jones -- M.P. for Rushcliffe (Notts). A well-known temperance advocate.


Mr. J. H. Campbell, K.C., M.P., Dublin University, and now Lord Chief Justice for Ireland.

Mr. J. S. Ainsworth -- M.P. for Argyll.

Mr. J. Hill -- Liberal M.P., for Bradford Central.

Sir Jesse Boot -- Head of the firm of Boots, Cash Chemists.


Mr. Arthur Carkeek (Cornwall); Mr. Hugh Fraser, LL.D. (an authority on the law of Libel); Mr. Wm. Grundry (Middlesex); Very Rev. J. Herkless, D.D. (St. Andrew's University); Mr. Edward Smith, London; Mr. Evan Spicer, ex-Chairman London County Council, and brother of Sir A. Spicer, M.P

Order of the Bath.

G.C.B. -- Sir Samuel Evans -- President Probate, Divorce, and Admiralty Division, High Court.

K.C.B. -- Mr. M. Bonham Carter-Long -- Secretary to Mr. Asquith, whose son-in-law he is.

C.B. -- Hon. Theophilus Russell -- Son of the first Lord Ampthill.

K.C.M.G. -- Hon. Eric Drummond -- Who has been private secretary to Viscount Grey.


Five lives were lost in an ice accident near Wigan, on Sunday night. A large number of persons were sliding at a disused pit between Hindley and Platt Bridge, when the ice gave way and many were thrown into the water.


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