The Witness - Friday, 5 January 1917


AIKEN--ELLIOTT -- December 21, at Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Arthur Rose, M.A., D.D., Sergeant John Aiken. R.I.R., only son of T. and M. Aiken, Garmoyle Terrace, Belfast, to Margaret Abigail (Meta.), only daughter of Wm. C. and S. Elliott, Corranewey, Newbliss.


WILSON -- December 29, 1916, at his residence, Bleary, Co. Down, William Wilson, aged 95 years. Interred in Newmills Burying-ground on the 30th December.

ATKINSON -- December 28, at his residence, Annahmoy, Blackwatertown, Co. Armagh, William, son of the late Henry Atkinson, Esq.

BIRKMYRE -- December 7, at Winnipeg, James, eldest son of James Birkmyre, late "Drum House," Glengormley.

COLVILLE -- December 27, at 43, Marquis Street, Newtownards, Samuel Colville.

DOUGALL -- January 1, Letitia, second daughter of the late Hudson Dougall and Mrs. Dougall, Railway Street-, Antrim.

FORBES -- December 30, at 18, Edward Street, Portadown, Helen Clare, only daughter of George R. and M. M. Forbes, aged 16½ years.

GARDNER -- December 28, at his nephew's residence, Lower Maze, Lisburn, Arthur Gardner.

GRAHAM -- December 27, at her father's residence, Carmavey, Sarah Graham, aged 12 years.

KAIN -- January 1, Mary Jane, daughter of the late John Kain, Lisburn.

KENNEDY -- December 30, at his residence, 77, Sloan Street, Lisburn, Andrew Kennedy.

LAPPIN -- December 31, at her son-in-law's residence, 4, Unity Street, Carrickfergus, Margaret, the beloved wife of the late Andrew Lappin.

LIVINGSTON -- January 1, at her residence, High Street, Lurgan, Margaret, wife of Hamilton Livingston.

LOVE -- December, 28, Annie, the beloved wife of Company-Sergeant-Major Joseph Love, Shore Street, Killyleigh.

MACARTNEY -- January 1, William, fourth son of Mr. William Macartney, Killuney, Armagh.

MALCOLM -- December 30, at her residence, Oughley, Saintfield, Rachel Malcolm.

MONTEITH -- December 20, at Trooper's Lane, Carrickfergus, Robert Monteith.

MONTGOMERY -- December 28, at her parents' residence, 2, Havelock Place, Camlough, Eileen Rosetta (Neenie), the dearly-beloved daughter of James and Jessie Montgomery, aged 17 years.

M'CULLY -- December 29, at Broomfield Manse, Castleblayney, Rev. James M'Cully, B.A., aged 85 years.

M'DOWELL -- January 2, at his residence, Carrickmaddyroe House, Boardmills, William M'Dowell.

M'LEAN -- December 31, at his residence, Draperstown, Co. Derry (after a brief illness), John M'Lean, late C.P.S.

M'PHERSON -- December 28, at Killeary, Killead, Joseph M'Pherson, aged 87 years.

NESBITT -- December 28, at her residence, Cargycroy, Sarah, widow of the late John Nesbitt.

ORR -- October 4, at Ashburton, New Zealand, Willie, second son of the late Rev. James Orr, Newmills, Gilford, Co. Down.

REID -- December 31, at his residence, Scotch Street, Dungannon, Samuel J. Reid.

RENNIE -- December 31, at his residence, Connaught Club, London, William J., third son late Robert Rennie, Ballymacarn, Ballynahinch.

RENTOUL -- January 2, 1917, at The Manse, Dromore, County Down, Rev. James Rentoul, of Banbridge Road Presbyterian Church.

SMITH -- December 30, at the residence of her son, Killylea, Armagh, Maria, widow of the late Isaac Smith, Esq., The Clump, Moneymore, Co. Derry.

THOMSON -- December 30, at Scarvagh House, Scarva, Henry Thomson, D.L.

TODD -- December 30, at the residence of her niece, Mrs. Hill, Seaforde, Glengormley, Eliza, relict of the late James Todd, Camtall.

WHITE -- December 30 (suddenly, of pneumonia), at his residence, 21, Sefton Avenue, Heaton, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Wilfred Edwin, aged 36 years, third son of the late James White, Muckamore, Co. Antrim, and Mrs. White, Rotherfield, Sussex.

WILSON -- December 29, at her residence, Blackstown, Ballynashee, Agnes, relict of the late Robert Wilson.

In Memoriam

SHERRARD -- In affectionate remembrance of our dear little daughter, Nellie, who passed peacefully away on January 1, 1916. Sadly Missed. S. M. and L. J. SHERRARD. 41, Hallville Road, Liverpool.



The Right Honourable T. C. Casgrain, Postmaster-General of Canada, has died at Ottawa, aged sixty-four.

Mr. Christopher Johnston, Unionist, has been returned unopposed for St. Andrews and Edinburgh Universities.

The Irish railwaymen's war bonus of 7s has been extended to include stationmasters and clerks.

The steamer Alondra, of Liverpool, has been wrecked in the vicinity of Baltimore, County Cork, with the loss or thirteen lives.

Mr. Gordon Hewart, Solicitor-General, was received by the King, when his Majesty conferred upon him the honour of knighthood.

Rev. Dr. Lowe conducted special services in Lower Abbey Street United Free Church, Dublin, on Sabbath last. Special collections were taken, in aid of the congregational funds.

The total revenue of the United Kingdom from 1st April to 31st December shows a net increase of 125,883,337 compared with the corresponding period of the previous year.

Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, in a message to Mr. Ben Tillet says that "if the men and women workers at home and the troops in the trenches, pull together the triumph of our cause is certain."

The Lord Lieutenant has appointed Mr. Robert Glover Cook Flower to be an Assistant Inspector-General of the Royal Irish Constabulary, in the room of Mr. William Moorhouse Davies, promoted.

Mr. Harry Lauder, the celebrated Scottish comedian, has received intelligence that his son, Captain John Lauder, of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was killed in action on December 28th.

An express from Edinburgh to Glasgow dashed into a light engine at Ratho. The first coach was telescoped and eleven persons in it were killed, while forty-three persons were injured. Among the injured is a man from Co. Mayo.

Mr. William Mitchell-Thomson, M.P. for North Down, has been appointed Director of the Restriction of Enemy Supplies Department, in place of Commander Feverton Harris, M.P., now Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Blockade.

The congregation of Castlerock, vacant through the translation of the Rev. J. B. Woodburn, M.A., to First Holywood congregation, has addressed a unanimous call to the Rev. W. J. Farley, B.A., minister of Second Kilrea congregation.

Belfast City Council have elected Councillor W. J. L. Wheeler to a vacant Aldermanship of Windsor Ward, and Mr. W. J. Stokes to the vacant Councillorship, and co-opted Mr. H. Murphy to a Councillorship of Shankill Ward, in room of the late Councillor J. Longmore.

The Secretary of the Admiralty has issued a statement condemning German savagery as exemplified in the sinking of the British steamer Westminster. After the vessel had been torpedoed, four men being killed, the survivors were shelled while escaping in open boats, and seven more lives were lost.

It is now ascertained that the British Mission in Roumania destroyed oil property to the value of 30,000,000. The wells are useless to the Germans or anyone else, and the amount of oil captured was less than was purchased from Roumania in any previous three months of the war.

The death has occurred of Mr. T. Fenwick Harrison, a wealthy Liverpool shipowner, who purchased by auction for 6,000 Lord Kitchener's historic recruiting letter, and exhibited it throughout the country for the Red Cross Funds, and who gave 50,000 to the Kitchener Memorial.

Rev. J. L. Scott, B.A., has been inducted minister of Goodmayers congregation, in the Presbytery of London North. Mr. Scott, who is a son of the late Rev. J. L. Scott, of Upper Clonanees, and was a licentiate of the Dungannon Presbytery, was formerly minister at Germiston, South Africa.

In view of the urgent necessity of an increase in the production of home-grown foodstuffs, Miss Orr Owens, of Holestone House, Ballyclare, County Antrim, has let her deer park, containing about fifty acres, for agricultural purposes. Most of the splendid head of deer have been disposed of.

The death has taken place of Mr. James Byrne, Wallstown Castle, for over a quarter of a century Coroner of the North Cork district. Deceased was well known throughout the country as a breeder of shorthorn stock, and for over fifty years occupied a leading position in the agricultural affairs of Co. Cork.

Mr. R. Dawson Rates has received 200 by cablegram for the Ulster Volunteer Force Military Hospital, Belfast, from the Ulster Society of Philadelphia, of which Sir Edward Carson is a member. The donation is sent "In memory of John M'Ilhenny, an Ulsterman, and in admiration of the splendid spirit of Ulster."

Private Joseph M'Conaghie, Highland Light Infantry, who was wounded in the chest, arm, and foot at the battle of Loos and taken prisoner by the Germans, has been repatriated and has arrived home. His foot was operated on in Germany, and has since been amputated. He is a son of Mr. Daniel M'Conaghie, of Church Street, Ballymoney.

Rev. B. Vaughan, S.J., received on New Year's Day an autograph letter from the Pope on the occasion of his golden jubilee, granting him the special privilege of the use of a portable altar, enabling him to say mass where he happens to be without the necessity of going to a church. The Father General has also granted him special personal favours.

According to a return relating to Post Office Savings Banks for the year ended December 31, 1915, the balance of deposits in the bank amounted to the sum of 249,331,508. Of this sum 54,328,429 was received in cash from depositors from January 1 to December 31, 1915. The balance due at the close of the year 1915 to all depositors, inclusive of interest, was 186,327,584.

In pursuance of the Irish Police Bill which recently became law, the members of the R.I.C. and the Dublin Metropolitan Police have now duly received arrears based upon the new scale of pay as from the end of the last financial year -- viz. March last, and will continue to be paid at the new rate for the future. This works out at the rate of 13s per month per man of the rank and file.

Regarded as the oldest person in Ireland, there has died at her residence, Castlerea, Roscommon, Mrs. Mary Morris, aged 108 years. She had been scarcely ill during her long career, and was able to be about up to some weeks before her death. She had a distinct recollection of all the land campaigns in the West of Ireland for the past eighty years. She leaves a large number of descendants, many holding prominent positions in the United States.

A remarkable expansion, as regards deposits, note issues, investments and cash on hands, is exhibited in the summarised balance-sheet of the Belfast Banking Co., Northern Banking Co., and the Ulster Bank to August 31, 1916. The capital reserves, and the corresponding assets, are 35,455,044. The deposit and credit accounts are 26,522,774, which is an increase of 2,605,129. The investments similarly are up by 2,288,087, and the cash on hands by 2,947,222.

Major (temporary Lieutenant-Colonel) Mortimer J. Cromie, R.A.M.C., has been awarded the Order of the White Eagle by his Majesty the King of Serbia for distinguished service in that country. Major Cromie belongs to a well-known County Down family, being a grandson of the late Dr. Robert Cromie, of Clough, and a son of Mr. Henry Cromie, of the War Office. He is a nephew of Mr. Gilbert Cromie, manager of the Ulster Bank, Carlisle Circus, Belfast, and of Dr. Thomas Cromie, of Clough.



The Lord Lieutenant has been pleased to appoint the undermentioned gentlemen to the office of High Sheriff of the following counties:--

Antrim -- John J. Kirkpatrick, Kincraig, Belfast.

Armagh -- Francis H. Maclean, Camagh, Marlborough Park, Belfast.

Cavan -- Joseph Arthur Benison, Slieve Russell, Ballyconnell.

Donegal -- James Clarke, Port Hall, Clonleigh.

Down -- Frank Workman, The Moat, Strandtown.

Fermanagh -- Rowland John Beatty, Lissenderry, Aughnacloy, County Tyrone.

Londonderry County -- Thomas Fitzpatrick Cook, D.L., Caw House, Londonderry.

Longford -- Ed. Anthony Minchin, Doory Hall, Ballymahon.

Louth -- Thomas Callan Macardle, D.L., St. Margaret's, Dundalk.

Monaghan -- James Campbell Hall, Rowntree House, Monaghan.

Tyrone -- Major Charles Moorhead Hamilton, Lakemount, Dromore.



Deep regret is felt in Comber and district at the death, which took place on Saturday, of Mr. James F. Shean, a well-known county magistrate and a life-long resident of the town of which he was a native. The late Mr. Shean, who was a septuagenarian, was one of the most prominent residents of Comber. He was a gentleman of a quiet and unassuming character, who enjoyed in the highest degree the respect of the community amongst whom he lived, and whose interests it was his pleasure to promote. He was a staunch Unionist, and was a member of the Masonic Order. As a Presbyterian, he was a member of Rev. Henry M'Connell's Church (Second Comber), and was a committeeman of the congregation. He took an active part in raising the funds for the erection of the Town Hall (Andrews Memorial), of which he was one of the trustees. The late gentleman, who was unmarried, was a brother of the late Mr. J. Wm. Shean, of Messrs. Shean & Dickson, solicitors, and was the last surviving member of a much-respected family.



We regret to announce the death of the Rev. James M'Cully, Presbyterian minister of Broomfield, Castleblayney, which occurred on the 29th ult. The deceased, who had reached the advanced age of eighty-five, was born in the neighbourhood or Broughshane, County Antrim, and after the usual course at a primary school he entered the Queen's College, Belfast, with a view to the Christian ministry. He was a singularly able student, holding each year of his undergraduate course a Science Scholarship, and when he graduated in 1855 he gained the Senior Scholarship in Natural Philosophy in the Queen's University. He studied theology in the Assembly's College, where he was successful in securing additional honours On the completion of his theological studies he received license from the Presbytery of Belfast, and for some time after that he was engaged in teaching. In 1862 he received a call from Broomfield congregation, in the Ballybay Presbytery, and on the 24th August of that year he was ordained to the pastoral oversight of that congregation. For almost half a century the deceased discharged the duties associated with his sacred office with great zeal and efficiency. He was most assiduous in his visitation of the sick and dying, whilst his pulpit ministrations evinced the most careful study and diligent preparation. Owing to failing health he sought and obtained leave from the General Assembly to retire from the active duties of the ministry, and on 11th October, 1910, the Rev. James Hamilton was installed as his assistant and successor. Mr. M'Cully was very highly esteemed by his brethren in the Presbytery to which he belonged, and of which he was Clerk for over thirty years. He was Moderator of the Synod of Armagh and Monaghan in 1884. The deceased is survived by three sons and one daughter, two of the former being in the Army and the third in the Ulster Bank, Monaghan. For the sorrowing family there will be widespread sympathy in the hour of their bereavement.


The funeral took place on Monday, amid every manifestation of regret, to the burial-ground at Broomfield Church. At the house a short service was conducted by the Rev. John Davidson, M.A., D.D., ex-Moderator of the General Assembly; and the Rev. Henry Clarke, B.A., Rockcorry. In the church the Rev. James Hamilton and the Rev. Hugh Jamison, B.A., Second Ballybay, officiated. Mr. Hamilton, referring to the late Mr. M'Cully, said they all knew the uprightness, the straightforwardness, the honesty of the life he lived. He always endeavoured, so far as in him lay, to live out the doctrines he preached. He wore the flower of a blameless life. A more blameless, a more humble, and a more honest man, he thought, never walked upon this earth. He did his work faithfully. He was a generous contributor to the funds of that church, he gave liberally and he gave whole-heartedly, and his object throughout his life was to encourage others to follow his example in that respect. The last portion of the service at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. Hugh Jamison and the Rev. H. A. MacKenzie, B.A., First Ballybay. The chief mourners were Mr. James M'Cully, Monaghan (son), and Mr. Robert Spence, Castleblayney (son-in-law).



The funeral took place on Wednesday at the family burying-ground attached to the Presbyterian Church, of the late Mr. John M'Lean, of Draperstown. A native of Ballymena, the deceased was for a time a head-constable of the Royal Irish Constabulary, and was stationed at Magherafelt. Twenty-eight years ago he was appointed to the office of Clerk of Petty Sessions at Draperstown, a position he filled with conspicuous success up to the time of his death. He was for many years treasurer of Draperstown Presbyterian Church, and was a teacher in the Sabbath-schooL A man of sterling character, upright, and kind-hearted, he was held in the highest esteem by all classes in the district in which he lived. His wife pre-deceased him by some four years, and he is survived by two sons and three daughters. The funeral was very largely attended, the principal mourners being Mr. James M'Lean and Mr. Wallace M'Lean, Ballymena, brothers; Mr. James M'Lean and Mr. John M'Lean, Ballymena, nephews; Mr. Samuel Wallace, sen., and Mr. Samuel Wallace, jun., Ballymena. An impressive service was conducted in the deceased's late residence by the Rev. C. C. M. Dickey, B.A., who also officiated at the graveside.



It is with feelings of sincere regret that we announce the death of the Rev. James Rentoul, minister of Banbridge Road Presbyterian Church, Dromore, the sad event taking place at the manse on Tuesday. The deceased, who was seventy-six years of age, had for some time been in very poor health, and quite recently was obliged to resign active duties, and at a special meeting of the Dromore Presbytery held on the 12th December last his resignation was regretfully accepted, and a committee was appointed to take charge of the congregation of Banbridge Road Church, Dromore, in which he laboured for thirty-seven years. He was a member of one of the most distinguished families in Ulster, and belonged to a long ministerial a race. His great-grandfather, grandfather, and his father were all ministers of the Church, so that the deceased may be described as a true son of the manse. His brother, the late Rev. John Lawrence Rentoul, was for many years pastor of Lisburn Church, and at his decease was in charge of a congregation in Scotland. Rev. James Rentoul was born in Ballymoney, where his father was for many years a highly-esteemed minister. He early decided to devote his life to the Christian ministry, and, with this object in view, he pursued his studies in Queen's College, Belfast, and afterwards in the Assembly's College. He was licensed by the Presbytery of Route on 10th May, 1864, and a short time afterwards received a unanimous call from the congregation of Clough, County Antrim, and was ordained there on 10th March, 1865. Here he laboured successfully for thirteen years, giving himself with great diligence to the discharge of his duties, both in the pulpit and in his pastoral visitation. In 1878 he received a call to Dromore, and was installed there on 31st May of that year. He celebrated his ministerial jubilee last year, and on that occasion was made the recipient of a presentation and address from the members of his congregation, in which the Presbytery of Dromore also joined. At the Assembly in June last he sought and obtained leave to retire from the active duties of the ministry. The deceased was a very popular platform lecturer, and his services were called for in many quarters of the Church, his lectures always attracting large audiences. He did a fine work for the Irish Temperance League for a number of years. The deceased was twice married, his first wife, a Miss Robinson, of Ballymoney, having died in Clough. His second wife, a Miss Turner, of Belfast, survives him. One of his sons is the Rev. Steele H. Rentoul, now minister of Calton United Free Church, Greenock, while another son is Captain John Lawrence Rentoul, M.B., J.P., of Lisburn, who is now serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Captain Rentoul was acting as specialist in bacteriology on the hospital ship Britannic when she was torpedoed and sunk off the Greek coast recently. The death of the Rev. Mr. Rentoul will affect a great many homes in the North of Ireland with which he was directly or indirectly connected, and with Mrs. Rentoul and the members of the family there will be widespread sympathy in their bereavement. The funeral took place yesterday, and was very largely attended. The remains were interred in the burying-ground attached to Clough Presbyterian Church.


The Rev. James Rentoul, of Dromore, was a clever member of a clever family, an interesting and popular personality. He was a man of brain and of grit, of independence of judgment and character, of great individuality and some idiosyncracies, with a rich vein of humour which made him as popular on the platform as in the home. While he was an excellent preacher, his qualities as a popular and humorous lecturer rendered him for years a favourite on the platform. His quaint philosophising, his humorous quips and turns, his power of expression, exposition, and illustration, combined with his flow of spirits and his easy and genial manner, maintained for him for years exceptional popularity as a lecturer. But he was more, he was a good preacher and pastor, and was a popular favourite not only in his own district, but wherever he was known. My earliest recollection of him was over half a century ago, when I was present at the visitation of his congregation in Clough. I well remember his somewhat unconventional dress and address, but at the same time there was something about him that suggested individuality and ability of an exceptional character. The youth was father to the man. I met him and heard him often in after life, and always found in him the qualities of geniality and humour, mingled with sarcasm, that gave salt to his conversation. He has died full of years and respect. To his widow and family, and to his other relatives, I extend sincere expressions of sympathy and condolence.







Recently Messrs. Alexander Dickson & Sons, Ltd., the well-known seedsmen, nurserymen, and florists, have opened the new and extensive premises known as "Hawlmark" Buildings, to which they moved from Royal Avenue, where the central business of the firm was located for many years. The new premises have been built near the corner of Royal Avenue and Garfield Street, and in future the Company's address will be "Hawlmark" Buildings, Belfast. Messrs. Dickson purchased the site some twelve months ago, and the building erected upon it in which their business in all its departments is now in full swing is one of great architectural beauty and handsome proportions. The architect was Mr. Thomas Houston, of Kingscourt, Wellington Place. Mr. S. C. Hunter, of Scottish Provident Buildings, acted as quantity surveyor, while the general contract was given to Mr. F. B. M'Kee, Shore Road, who carried out the work in a most satisfactory manner, notwithstanding the difficulties entailed by the existing conditions. The building is well designed to set off in an attractive maimer the business to be carried on within its walls by the Messrs. Dickson. On either side of the spacious doorway are extensive windows, which just at present are resplendent with those beautiful floral decorations in the arrangement of which the firm has no compeers, while the flowers and plants of which they are composed are recognised in all the great centres of the United Kingdom for their intrinsic quality, grace, and attractiveness. The well-proportioned front, which is earned out in cream tinted cement in Georgian style, is relieved with finely wrought mouldings and carved enrichments. The elegant shop front and entablature, some 52 feet in length, are composed of solid polished mahogany supported by a plinth ana pilasters of terra cotta. In the porch there is a mosaic pavement of coloured marbles, and the ceiling is composed of rich fibrous plaster work. Above the entrance are the different signs in huge gold letters arranged on the front of the building, with the Royal Arms, emblematic of Messrs. Dickson's Royal appointment.

On entering the commodious shop one finds the seed, bulb, and garden sundries' departments arranged on the left, and the floral department on the right, the two sections being divided by a spacious centre floor space, which permits of an uninterrupted passage to the staircase. At the rear of the shop are the general offices and strong-room on the left hand side, and the despatch offices and cold storage for cut flowers on the right. Access to the upper floors of the building, four in number, giving a combined area of over 13,000 square feet, is obtained by an electric hoist. The first floor its arranged for the execution of seed and bulb orders.

Messrs. Dickson are noted growers of all varieties of vegetable seeds, and have been instrumental in introducing to commerce many varieties of great economic value, especially garden peas of great excellence. They are also noted raisers of sweet peas, and have received many awards for these at the leading exhibitions in Great Britain, and are, further, possessors of one of the finest collections of May flowering and Darwin tulips in the kingdom, which at the present time is a very valuable asset in eliminating the necessity for Dutch-produced bulbs. All these special strains of seeds are here carefully stored and despatched from this department. The private offices of the Managing Directors are also constructed convenient to this floor.

The third flat is for the storing of the large stocks of seeds necessary for carrying on the business, while the fourth floor is occupied by the agricultural department.

Some idea of the magnitude of the trade done in this section of the business may be ascertained when it is stated that farm seeds for the sowing of upwards of 100,000 acres are annually distributed to all parts of the United Kingdom. These include the celebrated root seeds of "Abundance " swede, "Erin" swede, also "Abundance" mangel seed, and large quantities of grass and clover seed occupy the remaining store space.

The fifth floor is given to the sundries department, where garden tools, lawn mowers, horticultural manures, &c., in fact all gardening requisites are kept. A room for testing the growth of all seeds sent out from the house has also been constructed on the top floor.

Splendidly equipped in every respect, the building has been constructed with a spacious staircase of the emergency description now required by the municipal authorities. There is easy access to this "fireproof" staircase from every floor in the building.

The extensive business which the firm now control was initiated in the year 1836 by the founder, Alexander Dickson, of Newtownards, and since that date four generations of the Dickson family have become identified with the concern. In the lifetime of the late Mr. George Dickson, V.M.H., the business of the firm became extensively departmentalised, but, while their name is a household word in all the branches for which they cater, it is the growing of roses that the Messrs. Dickson have most distinguished themselves. Their unique position is the outcome of an experience in the front rank, extending over a period represented by the past thirty years. Only last week the analysis of the National Rose Society credited them with the great majority of the best roses for exhibition purposes. In short, the gardens of the world have been beautified with upwards of 200 distinct varieties of roses sent out from Newtownards.

Besides having all the leading noblemen of the British peerage amongst their patrons, Messrs. Dickson have had the privilege and honour of holding Royal appointments to their late Majesties Queen Victoria and King Edward VII. At the present time they have the distinction of being Royal warrant holders to his Majesty King George V., who with Queen Mary, it is interesting to note, visited the nurseries at Newtownards in 1897.

In order to protect their clients' and their own interests they found it advisable to register under the Trades Marks Act a trade name "Hawlmark," which has become synonymous with quality in everything connected with the Horticultural trade.

The establishments of the Company comprise the extensive home nurseries and farms at Newtownards, County Down; Blackrock, County Dublin; and at Ledbury, Herefordshire; while Messrs. Dickson more recently have acquired an extensive seed farm at Marks Tey, in Essex, which, together with their up-to-date Metropolitan Seed Warehouse, 61, Dawson Street, Dublin, and their now new headquarters at Belfast, provide the firm with all facilities for carrying on their great business.




Douglas Haig Promoted


The "London Gazette" publishes a long list of Naval and Military honours and promotions for services rendered in connection with the war. Some 5,000 officers and men have received honours, and over 9,000 names have been specially mentioned for gallant services and devotion to duty. Chief amongst the Military honours is the promotion of Gen. Sir Douglas Haig to be Field-Marshal. Lieut.-General Sir H. S. Rawlinson becomes General Major-General Sir L. E. Kiggell is promoted to Lieutenant-General, as are also Major-General Home, Major-General Sir H. de la P. Gough, Major-General G. F. Milne, and Major-General the Earl of Cavan. Major-General Smuts becomes honorary Lieutenant-General, and amongst those promoted Major-General is Colonel (temporary Major-General) W. B. Hickie.

The Victoria Cross has been conferred on Captain William A. Bloomfield, South African Mounted Brigade, and Temporary Lieutenant E. P. Bennett, Worcester Regiment.

The following is a list of the principal Ulster recipients:--

Order of the Bath

Major-General O. S. W. Nugent, D.S.O., Co. Cavan, Commanding the Ulster Division.

Major-General H. B. H. Wright, C.M.G., a son of the late Rev. C. H. H. Wright, D.D., a former incumbent of St. Mary's Church, Belfast.

Major-General T. E. Clarke, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, a son-in-law of the Right Hon. Sir John Jordan, British Minister at Pekin, and Honorary Burgess of the city of Belfast.

Colonel Thomas Sinclair, M.D., F.R.C.S., Army Medical Service, Professor of Surgery in the Queen's University, Belfast.

Order of St. Michael and St. George

Brigadier-General A. St. Q. Ricardo, D.S.O., of Sion Mills, County Tyrone, late commanding a battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers; a son-in-law of Mr. Emerson Tennent Herdman, D.L., Sion Mills. He was an enthusiastic officer of the U.V.F. before the war.

Colonel William Henry Savage, Indian Army, of Seaview House, Cushendall, Count Antrim. This officer recently vacated the command of the County Down Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

Lieut.-Colonel H. A. Pakenham, Royal Irish Rifles, of Langford Lodge, Crumlin, County Antrim; a member of the Ulster Unionist Council.

Lieut.-Colonel H. S. Withers, M.B., Royal Army Medical Corps, a son of the late Mr. Robert Withers, Comber, County Down, and a brother of Mr. Langtree H. Withers, The Square, Comber, secretary of Messrs. Riddels, Ltd., Donegall Place, Belfast.

Distinguished Service Order

Brigadier-General F. B. Crozier, late commanding a battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Before the war he commanded the Special Service Force, West Belfast Regiment, U.V.F.

Lieut.-Colonel S. W. W. Blacker, Royal Irish Fusiliers, of Carrickblacker, Portadown.

Lieut.-Colonel F. O. Bowen, Royal Irish Regiment, in command of a battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles.

Lieut.-Colonel F. L. R. Gordon, Royal Irish Rifles. Prior to the war commanded the Special Service Force, North Belfast Regiment, U.V.F.

Lieut.-Colonel R. C. A. M'Calmont, Irish Guards, M.P. for East Antrim.

Lieut.-Colonel F. S. N. Macrory, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, son of the late Mr. Samuel M. Macrory, J.P., Ardmore Lodge, Limavady.

Lieutenant-Colonel R. W. Clements, M.B., R.A.M.C., a son of the Rev. William Clements, minister of Benburb Presbyterian Church, Co. Tyrone.

Major Robert Sinclair Knox, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, formerly a prominent member of the North Derry Regiment, U.V.F. In civil life Major Knox was manager of the Coleraine office of Mr. Hugh T. Barrie, D.L., M.P.

Major P. J. Woods, Royal Irish Rifles, son of the late Mr. Hugh Woods, of Belfast, and brother of Mr. R. J. Woods, Princetown Lodge, Bangor, and Belfast. He is a son-in-law of Mr. Stewart Blacker Quin, the Unionist candidate for West Belfast.

Major J. M. H. Conway, F.R.C.S.I., R.A.M.C., a son of the late Rev. T. R. Conway, Drummully Rectory, Clones, a prominent Unionist.

Major W. Brooke Purdon, M.C., M.B., Royal Army Medical Corps, a son of Dr. Richard Purdon, Belfast. He won the Military Cross last year.

Major Laton Frewen, King's Royal Rifle Corps, a son of Lieutenant-Colonel Stephen Frewen, formerly commanding the 16th Lancers, and now serving on the staff, and a brother of Lady Carson.

Captain John Blakiston-Houston, Hussars, a son of Mr. John Blakiston-Houston, D.L., Orangefield.

Capt. Alexander Gallaher, Dragoon Guards, a son of Mr. James Gallaher, Malone Park House, and Waring Street, Belfast, and a nephew of Mr. Thomas Gallaher, J.P., of the firm of Gallaher. Ltd.

Military Cross


Captain Rev. J. Jackson Wright, Army Chaplain Department, minister of Ballyshannon Presbyterian Church, Co. Donegal.

Captain Rev. J. H. M'Kew, Army Chaplain's Department, Episcopal curate at Clones.

Captain Sydney J. Lyle, Royal Irish Rifles, of Derganagh, Ballycastle.

Captain James Sproule Myles, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Milltown House, Ballyshannon.

Captain Joseph Dallas Nicholl, Royal Irish Rifles, son of Mr. Wm. Nicholl, Craignageragh, Cregagh Road, Belfast, and a brother of Mr. John Nicholl, assistant secretary of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society.

Captain Richard J. Cowser, Army Service Corps, is a son of Mr. John Cowser, City Hall superintendent, Belfast.

Captain E. V. Burke Murphy, Royal Irish Rifles, eldest son of Mr. J. H. Burke Murphy, J.P., Cultra Lodge, Cultra, County Down.

Captain R. R. Maxwell Perceval, Royal Field Artillery, elder son of Major-General E. M. Perceval, C.B., D.S.O., a distinguished County Down officer.

Captain H. F. Sheppard, Royal Irish Rifles, son of Mr. Hudson Sheppard, Clanmore, Bangor.

Captain Wm. M'Elrea Snodgrass, R.A.M.C., son of Mrs. Snodgrass, Firgrove, Strabane.

Lieutenant Wm. Hewitt Stitt, Royal Irish Fusiliers, younger son of Mr. Wm. R. Stitt, 31, Wellington Park, Belfast.

Lieutenant Wilfred R. Malone, Royal Irish Rifles, son of Mr. Alfred Malone, 2, Cliftonville Avenue, Belfast.

Lieutenant Morgan E. J. Moore, Royal Irish Rifles, only son of Dr. E. E. Moore, Resident Medical Superintendent of the County Donegal Lunatic Asylum, Letterkenny.

Lieutenant Robert Watts, Army Service Corps, son of the late Rev. Robert. J. Watts, Kilmacrenan, County Donegal, and a grandson of the late Rev. Robert Watts, D.D., LL.D., Professor of Theology in the Assembly's College, Belfast.

Second-Lieutenant Hugh Young, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, son or Rev. W. J. Young, Milford, Co. Donegal.


A very large number of Ulster officers have been mentioned in despatches, and included in the list is the name of Major-General Rev. John M. Simms. C.M.G., D.D., principal chaplain (Presbyterian) to the Forces, First-class Honorary Chaplain to the King, son of the late Mr. John Simms, Scrabo Isles, Co. Down.

It is intimated that, additional to the rewards now announced, the following immediate military rewards have been conferred on regimental officers, non-commissioned officers, and men during the period of 1st June, 1916, to 1st December, 1916:--

D.S.O. 526
Military Cross 3,605
Distinguished Conduct Medal 2,101
Military Medal 19,791
Meritorious Service Medal 681


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The Witness - Friday, 12 January 1917


MARTIN -- January 3, at The Manse, Keady, to Rev. S. H. and Mrs. Martin -- a daughter.

WILSON -- January 6, at 31, Ulsterville Avenue, Belfast, to Marion, wife of Captain Charles Wilson, 6th King's Shropshire Light Infantry -- a daughter.


JACKSON--M'ALISTER -- January 3, 1917, at Richhill Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. John Deans, B.A., David, second son of Joseph Jackson, Killyrudden, Armagh, to Ruth, eldest daughter of William M'Alister, Richhill, Armagh.

MORRISON--KNOX -- January 5, at the Ballymote Presbyterian Church, by the father of the bride, assisted by the Rev. Wm. Armour, Sligo, and the Rev. J. H. Boyd, Boyle, Naval Instructor H. N. Morrison, M.Sc., B.A. (Cantab.), H.M.S. Tiger, to Kathleen, daughter of the Rev. H. M. Knox, The Manse, Ballymote, and grand-daughter of the late Rev. Dr. Witherow, Magee College, Londonderry.

STANTON--SIMPSON -- January 4, Fitzroy Avenue Church, by the Rev. H. Montgomery, D.D., Robert Stanton, Solicitor (R.Qm.-Sgt. Glasgow Highlanders), elder son of the late T. W. Stanton, Helensburgh, to Winifred, youngest daughter of John Simpson, M.D., 76, Pakenham Place, Belfast.

STEWART--CARSON -- December 26, at Holy Trinity Church, Portrush, by Rev. J. H. Mervyn, M.A., Andrew, fifth son of the late Thomas Stewart and Mrs. Stewart, Eglinton Street, Portrush, to Jeannie, eldest daughter of Robert Carson, Giant's Causeway, and Mark Street, Portrush.


DICKEY -- January 4, 1917, at his residence Carnowen House, Raphoe, John J. P. Dickey, retired Land Commissioner. Interred in Carnone Presbyterian Church Burying-ground.

MOFFETT -- January 6, at 60, Thirlestane Road, Edinburgh, the Rev. Joseph Moffett, D.D., formerly minister at Gortlee, Letterkenny, in his 72nd year. Interment in Liberton Cemetery, Edinburgh.

ROBINSON -- January 7 (suddenly), at her residence, "Kildonan," Donegall Park Avenue, Belfast, Sarah A. Robinson, widow of the late Hugh J. Robinson, M.R.I.A. Funeral private.

ALLEN -- January 9, at her residence, Ballyboley, Ballynure, Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Allen.

CRAIG -- January 5, at her residence, New Street, Randalstown, Margaret Jane, wife of Henry Craig.

DAVIDSON -- January 8, at her residence, Sandy Lodge, Ballymena, Nancy (Nannie), youngest daughter of the late Hugh Davidson, Ballymena.

EATON -- January 8, at her late residence, Gray's Hill, Bangor, Mary, widow of the late Richard Eaton.

EDGAR -- January 5, Ella, second daughter of John Edgar, Greenmount, Dunmurry.

FRAME -- January 3, at her residence, 8, Market Square, Lisburn, Annie, widow of the late William John Frame, Lisdoonan, and sister of the late John Magill.

GOUGH -- January 7, at her residence, Margaretta Terrace, Portadown, Ellen, the beloved wife of William Gough, Auctioneer.

HAMILL -- January 7, at Clowes House, Higher Broughton, Manchester, of pneumonia, Dr. J. Wilson, the beloved husband of F. Isabel Hamill. At rest.

HENRY -- January 7, at his mother's residence, Ballymacmary, Crumlin, Harry Henry.

HIGGINSON -- January 4, at his residence, Old Road, Upper Ballinderry, George Higginson.

IRWIN -- January 3, at Victoria, British Columbia, Eileen Mary (Daisy Owens), beloved wife of Sergeant W. R. Irwin, C.E.F., Seaford, Sussex, and elder daughter of Nurse Owens, formerly of Belfast.

IRWIN -- January 2, at Liscard, Cheshire, Amelia Irwin, daughter of the late Thomas Irwin, Cootehill.

JOHNSTON -- January 10, at his residence, 22, Millbrook Road, Lisburn, Wm. Johnston.

LAMB -- December 27, at her residence, Bloomhill, Loughgall, Co. Armagh, Sarah J., relict of the late John Lamb.

MAGINNIS -- January 5, at her residence, Fortwilliam, Breagh, Portadown, Mary A. L., the beloved wife of Thomas Edward Maginnis.

MEGAW -- January 6, at a Private Nursing Home, Dublin, Annie, last surviving daughter of the late William Megaw, of Eary House, Stewartstown.

MITCHELL -- January 3, at her residence, Scotch Quarter, Carrickfergus, Jane Mitchell, formerly of Cookstown.

MOTHERWELL -- January 3, at a Private Nursing Home, Belfast, David C. Motherwell, Northern Bank House, Ramelton.

M'CAUGHEY -- January 8 (suddenly), at her residence, Broughshane, Margaretta, widow of the late Hugh M'Caughey, Ballymena.

M'CAUSLAND -- January 6, at Magherafelt, Kathleen, dearly-beloved daughter of William J. and Mrs. M'Causland.

M'CLEAN -- January 6, at his residence, George's Street, Dungannon, Robert M'Clean.

M'CLURE -- November 27, at Pittsburg, U.S. America, Charles, second, son of the late Charles M'Clure, Ganaway, Ballywalter, and Mrs. Moore, Rockville, Ballyblack, Newtownards.

M'ERVEL -- January 1, at Ideal, Manitoba, Joseph Dickey, eldest and dearly-loved son of Mr. and Mrs. M'Ervel, Spamount, Castlederg, Co. Tyrone.

STITT -- January 10 (suddenly), at her residence, Dub Tea Gardens, Upper Malone, Belfast, Ellen Stitt.

THOMPSON -- January 7 (suddenly), at his residence, 14, Newry Street, Banbridge, George William Thompson, Flesher.

WILKINSON -- January 8, at his residence, Kerr's Vale, Randalstown, Hugh Wilkinson.



It is said that all Irish prisoners at Limberg have been sent to Grissen.

Captain F. C. Selous, the famous explorer and big game hunter, has been killed in action whilst serving in South-East Africa.

The Paris "Matin" anticipates the limitation of the consumption of sugar in France to a monthly ration of 750 grammes (1.65lbs.).

Over 11,000 deported Belgians are interned in a concentration camp at Gruben (Germany). They are badly fed, but with few exceptions they refuse to work.

"Mr. John Redmond has been in Dublin during the past week," says the "Daily Telegraph" correspondent, "and has had interviews with Mr. Duke."

Mrs. Mary M'Quaid, probably the oldest person in Ireland, has died in Omeath at the age of 110. She spoke Irish and English fluently, and was much called on by Gaelic students.

The Ven. L. A. Pooler, D.D., Archdeacon of Down, has been elected a memoer of the Representative Body of the Church of Ireland, in succession to the Rev. C. W. Frizell, who recently resigned.

It is officially announced that, Mr. James O'Connor, K.C., Solicitor-General, has been appointed Attorney-General for Ireland, in succession to Sir James H. Campbell, the new Lord Chief Justice.

The marriage has taken place at the British Embassy, Paris, of Colonel D. H. M'Neile, Indian Cavalry, son of the late Colonel J. M'Neile, R.E., and Miss E. R. M'Neill, daughter of Mr. R. M'Neill, M.P.

Twenty-two English men, women, and children, all looking broken in health, arrived in Flushing from Germany. All relate sad stories of starvation during their internment. Feeling in Berlin is strong for peace.

Whilst walking to catch a train in Grimsby district, Sergeant T. H. Fagan, Manchester Regiment, aged forty-four, fell unconscious, and expired almost immediately. He was recently awarded the D.C.M.

It is officially announced that the Duchess of Connaught's Own Irish-Canadian Rangers will tour Ireland in about a fortnight's time. Visits will be paid to Dublin, Belfast, Armagh, Cork, and Limerick.

During last week 354 new war savings associations were affiliated to the National Committee, making a total for England and Wales of 17,265. New local committees numbered twelve, making a total of 885.

At Wellington, Salop, a farmer named Joseph Evans was fined 100 for having made a false declaration in connection with the agricultural census. He had three sons of military age, but declared they were 46, 44, and 42 respectively.

The number of animals shipped from the port of Belfast during the week ending the 6th January, 1917, was -- 2,214 cattle, 89 sheep, 126 swine, 39 horses -- total, 2,468. For corresponding week last year -- 1,753 cattle, 55 sheep, 80 swine, 23 horses, 1 ass -- total, 1,917.

Flight-Lieutenant Jacob, who, on a Nieuport aeroplane, brought down near Braila a German battleplane, has been personally decorated by the King of Roumania with the highest Roumanian Order, that of Michael the Brave, and is the first foreigner to receive the Order.

Mr. R. Corbett, who has completed his fiftieth year as actuary of the Savings Bank in Glasgow, fell dead in Glasgow as the Lord Provost was proposing, at the annual meeting of the bank, that a presentation be made to him.

Intimation has been received by the Irish Railway Executive Committees that the Government desires to restrict all unnecessary and purely pleasure travel by railway. Accordingly exceptional passenger fares, established for the purpose of developing excursion and other pleasure traffic, will be suspended.

A well-known figure in North Tyrone Unionist circles of a few years back passed away on the 5th inst. in the person of Mr. Matthew Neilson, of Ardstraw, Newtownstewart. Deceased was a brother of the Rev. R. Neilson, the aged end respected minister of Donegal Presbyterian Church.

At Portadown Petty Sessions the Bench and Sessional Bar congratulated District-Inspector Hanna, B.L., on his promotion to be County-Inspector of Fermanagh. Mr. Hanna is a native of Belfast, and before going to Portadown was in charge of the Newtownards district.

Mr. Gerard, U.S. Ambassador, at a banquet given in his honour by the American Association of Trade and Commerce in Berlin, said the relations between his country and Germany were never better, adding that "as long as such excellent statesmen and leaders of the Imperial Army and Navy remained at their posts, we are assured that the relations will remain as they are."

All stocks of Courtrai flax or yarns are to be taken over by the War Office, and an Order has been made requiring persons holding any stock of such flax to make a return of it to the War Office within four days. Dealings in yarns suitable for aeroplane linens are prohibited, and flax which might be used for aeroplane cloth must not be used for any other purpose without permission of the Director of Aircraft Equipment.

At the monthly meeting of the Belfast Asylum Committee it was reported that the daily average number of inmates had fallen from 1,258 in 1915 to 1,227 last year. The net expenditure for next year was estimated at 36,000. It was decided to reduce the estimate by 1,000, and to approach other bodies with a view to securing an increase of the Capitation Grant.

A committee meeting of the Belfast Branch of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Help Society was held in the City Hall. The honorary treasurer's statement showed:-- General Fund -- Grants, including 5s each to veterans at Christinas, 11 11s 3d; received, nil; balance in hands, 77 6s 10d. Special War Funds -- Grants, 34 0s 9d; salaries and postage, 5 30s. Total, 34 10s 9d. Balance in hands, 33 16s 8d; ditto in bank, 490. Total, 523 16s 8d.

The death has occurred at his residence in London, after a short illness, of Vice-Admiral Sir John Scott Warrender, Bart., K.C.B., K.C.V.O., of Lochend, East Lothian, brother-in-law of Lord Shaftesbury. Only a few weeks ago, owing to ill-health, he resigned the position of Commander-in-Chief at Plymouth. It may be recalled that Sir George Warrender was in command of the British squadron which visited Kiel a week or two before the outbreak of the war.

The correspondence other than parcels addressed to the Egyptian Expeditionary Force which reached the Army Letter Office, London, for despatch from December 18 to 25, both dates inclusive, has been lost at sea through enemy action. Compensation is not granted by the Post Office for losses due to the acts of the King's enemies, but remittances in certain forms can be replaced, as to which information can be obtained on application to the office of posting.

Viscount Bryce, in his address as president of the Classical Association, which met at Leeds, contended that classics and science were both necessary to complete a thorough system of education. There was one nation which thought harder perhaps than we did, but its thought lacked imagination and sympathy, saw falsely, and erred fatally. A vivid realisation of the past was the best help to a comprehension of the present. Resolutions were passed affirming importance of the classics in national education.

The report of the Enemy Influence Subcommittee of the Unionist War Committee, contains important recommendations with regard to the conditions on which certificates of naturalisation should be granted and the privileges and obligations of naturalised persons. The Committee emphasise the fact that naturalisation is essentially an Imperial problem, and that a satisfactory solution is impossible except by concerted action between the Governments of the United Kingdom, the Dominions, and India.

Mr. W. A. Appleton, secretary of the General Federation of Trades Unions, interviewed by an American journalist, stated that the British workmen, who constitute 85 per cent. of the British fighting forces, entered the war to defend Belgium, and the complete restoration of that country was, above all else, the principal thing for which he was still fighting. He emphasised the responsibility of German workpeople for the crimes of the Government, and appealed to American workers not to attempt to intervene at the present juncture.




The announcement of the death of Mr. J. J. P. Dickey will be received with much regret throughout the Church. Mr. Dickey was a son of the late Rev. J. P. Dickey and grandson of the late Rev. Wm. Dickey -- both of whom were ministers of the congregation of Carnone. Mr. Dickey was an extensive farmer and Land Commissioner. He was an elder in Carnone Presbyterian Church, where he spared no pains nor money so that the work of Christ might prosper and the various organisations kept in a healthy condition. To his widow and son, Master J. P. Dickey; to his sister, Miss Minnie Dickey; and brothers -- Rev. Wm. Dickey, D.D., Orkney; Rev. C. C. M. Dickey, B.A., Draperstown; and Dr. Archibald Dickey, Colne -- we tender our deep and sincere sympathy. The funeral took place from his late residence last Saturday to Carnone Presbyterian Church burying-ground. The funeral service at the house and grave was conducted by the Rev. W. J. Latimer and the Rev. J. M. A. Beattie, Convoy.

On Sabbath a memorial service was held in the church by the Rev. W. J. Latimer (pastor loci), who selected for his subject Hebrews ix. 27 and Matthew xxiv. 44. In the course of his remarks he referred to the passing of Mr. Dickey from the earthly scene. "In such a life," he said, "and in such a death we have an example of how the Christian can live and how he should die. The name of Dickey has been associated with this congregation for many years -- the Rev. Wm. Dickey being ordained in the year 1795, and the Rev. J. P. Dickey being installed as successor to his father in the year 1835, and continuing as minister here till his death in 1888. So you see that it is now over 121 years since the Dickey family came into the district. To that family is due the building up of this congregation. The name of the Rev. J. P. Dickey is still a household word throughout the neighbourhood. Our dear friend, who has just departed, having spent his entire life in our midst, was so devoted to his Church that he worked with his whole strength to keep the house of his fathers prosperous and flourishing. I remember well my coming to Carnone. Mr. Dickey was the first member of the congregation whom I knew. He was a true friend to me then. The day of one's ordination is an anxious day. But Mr. Dickey had everything so arranged that my anxiety soon vanished. He smoothed my path, and gave me all the encouragement and help that in him lay. And I can say without the slightest hesitation that from the day of my ordination till the day of his death our friendship was never broken, but strengthened from year to year. In all my work here I had his sympathy, his help, and his financial aid. When we proposed building a new school, he put his whole soul into the work. First and foremost, he gave us a beautiful site free of cost; and afterwards a very large subscription. In a word I may say that without Mr. Dickey's help and support we never could have accomplished the work. And now, when all is complete, our generous benefactor has been called hence. Knowing that his time in this world was not to be long, he selected a little patch of ground, where, he now lies, to be his last resting place. His selection, I think, was ideal -- in the graveyard attached to the church in which he was such a devoted member, and in a spot adjacent to the new school buildings, which are a lasting memorial to his name. To-day there is not a member of this church but mourns the loss we have sustained. Very seldom was he absent from his pew. I might say never, except his business called him from home, or sickness compelled him. He bore up under his long and severe illness with great patience and resignation. It was my privilege to visit him often; and many a conversation I had with him with regard to the work of Christ in this place and with regard to the ways and means of advancing His cause. During the past week his illness became more severe, and I was with him a considerable portion of the time, and remained by his side as he passed from the earthly scene. When I read and prayed with him he was most attentive and greatly interested in the Word of truth, which was for so long to him the bread of life. Believing and trusting in Christ, the Shepherd of His sheep, and resting under the shadow of His covering wings, he gave up his life to that Shepherd to fold and guard throughout eternity. We stand to-day bewildered that so strong and so useful a life has been taken. The voice that has been heard by us so often will encourage us no more. Seldom do we find so many good qualities combined in one personality. He has been as faithful a member as ever sat in these pews. Although he is now dead, yet he speaketh. Revive to-day, I beseech you, the hallowed recollections of his life. Embalm to your memory the earnestness and faithfulness of a life devoted to your interests and spent for your profit. And now that he is gone, death has thrown the mantle over all his failings. But one thing I am assured of -- his errors were always on the side of mercy and kindness and in the interests of brotherly love. Will you reverently pause under the shadows of the passing cloud to shed an affectionate tear, and take an affectionate farewell. We have lost. Heaven has gained. We have parted. He has gone before. But we hope to meet him where death-divided friends shall part no more. To-day he drinks at the fountain; we at the stream. In one peaceful home there is a broken family circle, a darkened chamber, and hearts overwhelmed with grief. May that God who canst alone heal the broken heart pity and comfort those who are in sorrow. To her who was his partner in life we offer our deepest sympathy; to his son, sister, and brothers our tender wishes. To all our deepest hope that the God of peace may dwell with them in their sad bereavement -- exhorting them in the name of Jesus to bear patiently the cross of grief."

"Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side,
     Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
 Leave to thy God to order and provide,
     In every change He faithful will remain;
 Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly friend,
     Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end."



At the close of the service on Sabbath morning last, the Rev. A. Torrens, referring to the death of Mr. D. C. Motherwell, manager of the Northern Bank, Ramelton, said that his sudden and unexpected death was lamented by a large circle of friends and acquaintances who esteemed him highly for his many qualities of heart and head. Deceased came to Ramelton when but a youth, and, with the exception of a few years in Ballybay, as manager of that branch, he spent the remainder of his life in our midst. He was regarded as a kind, courteous gentleman, who endeared himself to all with whom he came into contact. He was much interested in the welfare of the community, and identified himself with all charitable objects in connection with the poorer classes. As a bank official he was faithful in the discharge of his duties, and had the confidence of all with whom he transacted business. I do not think I ever knew anyone more methodical and conscientious, his work being done in the right time, and in the best possible way. I have had to consult him frequently and found that his counsel was always wise, his judgment singularly clear, and his heart kind and true. But I wish to speak of him now as we all knew him in connection with this congregation where he worshipped so regularly, which he supported so generously, and for whose welfare he laboured and prayed. It is hard for us to realise that the place he occupied in our church only a few Sabbaths ago shall know him no more. The seat that is vacant to-day was seldom vacant, as he set an example to all by his regular attendance on the means of grace. He was no idler in the church. He found work to do and did it with all his heart, for the sake of his Lord and Master. As the secretary of committee his help was invaluable, and in him the Sabbath-school has lost a warm and generous friend. The Sustentation Fund and the missions of the church claimed his sympathy and support, as he had a sincere regard for the spread of the Gospel at home and abroad. Nor was his interest confined to this congregation. It extended to the whole Church, with whose activities he kept himself acquainted, and in whose prosperity ho rejoiced. His death is a serious loss to our congregation, but though he has been called away, we comfort ourselves with the thought that his work and character abide. He served his day and generation well, and he calls upon us to-day to do likewise. To those who have most cause to mourn his loss our hearts go out in truest sympathy.


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The Witness - Friday, 19 February 1917


BLAIR -- January 11, 1917, at Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A., to Mr. and Mrs. Marcus H. Blair (nee Young) -- a son. (By cable.)

M'KEE -- January 10, at 24, South Parade, Belfast, to the Rev. and Mrs. S. D. M'Kee, Minterburn -- a daughter.


GASTON--PICKET -- January 3, at Drumakeely, by special license, by Rev. Joseph Gaston, of Drumkeen Manse, Newbliss, brother of the bridegroom, William, third son of the late John Gaston, of Cornark, to Margaret, only daughter of the late James Dickey, Drumack House, Rasharkin.


PATTERSON -- January 12, at her residence, 5, Constance Street, Mountpottinger, Belfast, Margaret Ann, relict of the late William Patterson. The remains of our dearly-beloved mother were interred in the family burying-ground, Loughaghery. WILLIAM PATTERSON.

ROBINSON -- January 10, 1917, at the residence of her brother-in-law (Robert M'Farland), Duke Street, Waterside, Londonderry, Sarah Anne Robinson, aged 88 years, sister of the late John Robinson, Liscloon, Dunamanagh. Interred in the family burying-ground of Donagheady, on the 13th inst.

ADAMS -- January 12, at her residence, Kilmacrew, Banbridge, Margaret, relict of the late Robert Adams.

ARMOUR -- January 12, at Ballymoney Infirmary, Jas. Armour, Kilmoyangey, Kilraughts.

BARNES -- January 16, at his residence, Lake View, Aghalee, William Henry Barnes, aged 83 years.

BEGGS -- January 13, at 2, Osborne Terrace, Warrenpoint, Sara, widow of the late Captain J. W. Beggs, Liverpool.

BOYD -- January 10, at her residence, Carmavey, Agnes Boyd.

BROWN -- January 13, at her residence, Rathlee, Green Road, Knock, Elizabeth, widow of the late James Brown, D.I.N.S.

BURGESS -- January 17, at her husband's residence, Dungillick, Emyvale, Margaret, beloved wife of James Burgess, J.P.

CAUGHEY -- January 6, at Balligan, George Caughey.

CRAIL -- January 17, at his residence, Waterask, William Crail.

CURRY -- January 14, at Market Place, Carrickfergus, Ellen Thompson, relict of the late Robert Curry.

DISNEY -- January 15, at her residence, Shiels Institute, Armagh, Miss Caroline Eliza Frances Disney.

DONNELLY -- January 13, at her residence, King's Gate Street, Coleraine, Mrs. Lucretia Donnelly, relict of the late Daniel Donnelly, Armoy.

DUNCAN -- January 14 (suddenly), at her residence, The Highlands, Holywood, Ann Eliza, the dearly-beloved sister of Robert and Leah Duncan.

EWING -- January 12, at his residence, The Gasworks, Magherafelt, Wm. Ewing, aged 52 years.

FLEMING -- December 25, at St. George's Hospital, Bombay, Margaret (Meia) Fleming, of the Irish Presbyterian Zenana Mission in India, aged years.

GREEN -- January 13, at her residence, 19, Hamilton Road, Bangor, Margaret Green, late principal teacher, First Bangor Female National School.

KENNEDY -- January 15, at her residence, Masonic House, Whiteabbey, Mary, the dearly-beloved wife of Andrew Kennedy.

KERNOHAN -- January 15, at his residence, Lisnafillan, Galgorm, Ballymena, William Kernohan.

KERR -- January 13, at Dundressan, Islandmagee, Hugh Kerr.

KILLEN -- -January 15, at Antrim District Hospital, Paul R. Killen, fifth son of Thomas John and June Killen.

LYTLE -- January 12, at Ardaragh, Roxborough Park, Harrow, James Hart Lytle, formerly of Knock, Belfast, aged 68 years.

MITCHELL -- January 14, alt his residence, 8, Ava Street, Lisburn, James Mitchell.

M'CALDIN -- January 14, at her residence, Glenbrook, Clones, Jane, widow of the late Hugh M'Caldin.

M'CONNELL -- At her residence, High Street, Ballynahinch, Isabella B. M'Connell, the devoted wife of Hamilton M'Connell.

M'KELVEY -- January 17, at her father's residence, Glassdrummond, Ballynahinch, Essie, dearly-beloved daughter of Wm. M'Kelvey.

ORR -- January 14, at his residence, Greencastle Street, Kilkeel, Andrew Orr, aged 70 years.

SAUNDERSON -- December 22, 1916, entered into rest, at her home in Hall, New York, U.S.A., Margaret Saunderson, wife of James Saunderson, formerly of Cootehill, Co. Cavan.

TEMPLETON -- January 14, at the Methodist Manse, Castlederg, Annie Kathleen, wife of Rev. J. Bradley Templeton.

WALLACE -- January 12, at Newcastle-on-Tyne (suddenly), John Orr Wallace, Dunmurry.

WALLS -- January 8, at Lurgan, infant son (Jeffrey) of Mr. and Mrs. Fred B. Walls, Corcreaney, Lurgan.

WALLS -- January 11, at Lurgan, Martha, wife of Fred B. Walls, Corcreaney, Lurgan, and grand-daughter of I. Jeffrey, Earlswood Road, Strandtown.

WATSON -- January 16, Adam Watson, Lagangreen House, Dromore, Co. Down, aged 71 years.


MRS. W. M'DOWELL and Family desire to tender their sincere thanks to the many kind friends who sympathised with them in their recent sad bereavement; also the members of Second Boardmills Congregation for their beautiful wreath. Maddyroe House, Boardmills.



The annual rate of mortality in the ninety-six great towns last week averaged 16.8. The rate in Belfast was twenty.

From Monday last no fares lower than the ordinary will be permitted on Irish railways, with the exception of market, season, and workmen's tickets.

The Duke of Abercorn has decided to convert a considerable portion of the flower gardens at Baronscourt, Newtown Stewart, Co. Tyrone, into vegetable plots.

The death has occurred of the Rev. J. C. Jones, M.A., of Spalding, the oldest Baptist minister, and probably the eldest Poor-law Guardian, in his ninety-fourth year.

The death has occurred in Dorset of the Hon. Mrs. Eason, eldest daughter of Maude Lady Clanmorris, Bangor, and wife of Colonel Dr. Herbert Eason, who is on service in Egypt.

The "Daily Express" understands that the cargo of a British vessel recently sunk by a German submarine included a consignment of pearls worth about 250,000 on the way from India to London.

Mr. Lynden Macassey, K.C., Edinburgh (a Belfastman), is appointed to assist Sir E. Carson to organise shipyard labour. He was defeated as Unionist in South Down by Mr. MacVeagh in 1910.

Rev. R. C. Gillie, of Marylebone Presbyterian Church, London, W., has accepted a unanimous invitation to become an honorary secretary of the World's Evangelical Alliance (British Organisation).

"The Imperial Government has," says the Sydney correspondent of the "Daily Mail," "purchased the exportable surplus of Australian frozen rabbits for 1917, which is estimated at over 10,000,000 pairs."

A Reuter's Brisbane telegram announces the death of Monsignor Robert Dunne, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane. Dr. Dunne was born at Clonmel in 1831, and was educated at Lismore, and the Irish College, Rome.

The Duke of Connaught opened a war economy exhibition at Dulwich. His Royal Highness said much could be done in the way of proper economy in the domain of our economic life. Thereby the war would be shortened and lives saved.

At the Birmingham Munitions' Tribunal Michael Buskin, a lad of fourteen, whose weekly wages of late have been respectively 2 14s, 2 9s, and 3, as a capstan machinist, was fined 5s for absenting himself from his employment for half a day.

Speaking in Croydon, Mr. Arthur Henderson said if as a united people we consecrated our all to the accomplishment of our noble purpose he confidently believed victory would be ours, and that this year might witness the inauguration of a new era of peace.

Mr. John Johnston Kirkpatrick, J.P., Kencraig, Belfast; Mr. Frank Workman, The Moat, Belfast; and Mr. T. F. Cooke, D.L., Caw House, Londonderry, have been sworn in as High Sheriffs for County Antrim, County Down, and County Derry respectively.

The White Star and Dominion Lines announce that West bound and East bound minimum ocean passage fares have been advanced by -- First class, 2; cabin and second class, 1; third class, 10s. The American Line have advanced the first class by 3, second class 1, third class 15s.

Captain J. D. Dunlop, for many years in the service of the City of Cork Steampacket Co., Belfast Steamship Co., and later with the Heysham line of the Midland Railway as commander of the ss. Londonderry, has retired. It is a noteworthy fact that during HIs long career at sea a life was, never lost from his vessel.

Mrs. James N. Richardson, president of the Bessbrook Ladies' Needlework Guild, has forwarded to Lady French twenty mufflers, twenty-one pairs mittens, seventy-four pairs socks, forty-two handkerchiefs, twenty-six roller bandages, fifty-seven treasure bags, six pillows, nine stretcher coverings, four woollen helmets, and sixty face cloths.

Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, who was presented with the honorary freedom of the Fishmongers' Company, in a speech in reply dealt with the work of the Navy both in home waters and at distant stations. The submarine menace, he said, was greater now than it had been at any time; but it must and would be dealt with. Of that he was confident.

During a visit of inspection to the Union Jack Club, London, the Duke of Connaught met Mr. Heath Harrison, a retired Liverpool shipowner, who casually, in the course of talk, asked his Royal Highness to accept a cheque for 44,000 in aid of the extension fund. It is estimated that Mr. Harrison has given about 140,000 to various war funds since the war began.

The death occurred at his residence, Bellvue, Cregagh Road, on the 13th inst. of Mr. James Beal Beattie, Registrar to the City Coroner (Dr. James Graham). The deceased discharged the duties of his office with marked efficiency and fidelity, and won the respect and esteem of all with whom he came in contact. He was a member of M'Quiston Memorial Church.

Mr. Neville Chamberlain, Director-General of National Service, will preside at the first provincial meeting of the newly formed National Alliance of Employers and Employed to be held at Birmingham on Saturday night. It is understood that Mr. Chamberlain will speak on labour questions after the war and on matters of immediate vital interest to employers and employed.

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce have adopted the scheme prepared by the directors for an extension of the work and influence of the Chamber. The proposals include the establishment of an intelligence department and an extension of the system of trade sections. It is proposed to raise at least 30,000 in connection with the enterprise, and 15,000 has already been promised in donations.

The total emigrants from Ireland during Dec., 1916, was 216 (66 males and 150 females), or a net decrease of 24 compared with Dec., 1915. The net total decrease in emigration for the year was 3,357 persons, all the provinces showing reductions -- viz., Leinster, 1,380; Munster, 494; Ulster, 1,057; and Connaught, 416. During 1916 there was a decrease of 2,456 steerage passenger emigrants to the United States.

Further orders regarding the control of foodstuffs have been issued by Lord Devonport, under which the sale or manufacture of expensive sweets and iced cakes is prohibited. The first order issued deals with the manufacture of bread and increases the percentage of flour to be extracted from wheat, either by further milling of wheat or by the addition at the miller's option of flour derived from barley, maize, rice, or oats.

Private Quigg, V.C., R. I. Rifles, had an enthusiastic reception at his native place, Bushmills, on his return after being decorated, and was presented with a congratulatory address and gifts of Exchequer Bonds -- 150 from the people of the towns in the vicinity and 50 from Lady Macnaghten, mother of Sir H. Macnaghten, missing, in his search for whom Quigg rescued seven wounded comrades. Sir E. Carson was among those who sent messages of congratulation.

At a local transport camp, somewhere in France (part of which is occupied by the 8th Auxiliary Horse Transport Company, 225th Company (Ulster) A.S.C.), a view Y.M.C.A. hut, which has been named the Ulster hut, was opened on New Year's Day. The new hut, which is a spacious building, has seating accommodation for about 1,000 people, and also a billiard room. The opening ceremony was performed by Major Charles Blakiston-Houston, a well-known Ulster officer, and the men were6 entertained to tea by the lady workers connected with the association.

The death has occurred at his residence, Bromfield, Windsor Park, Belfast, of Mr. Herman Boas, a highly-respected citizen. Deceased, who was in his ninetieth year, was for many years the president of the Jewish congregation in Belfast. He was also one of the original members of the Ulster Reform Club, and maintained a very keen interest in that institution right up to the time of his death. In politics he was an ardent Unionist. His eldest son is Mr. Frederick S. Boas, M.A., LL.D.,. formerly professor of history and English literature in Queen's College, Belfast, and now an inspector in connection with the education department of the London County Council; and the other sons are Mr. Ernest A. Boas, a director of the Loopbridge Weaving Company, Belfast, ard Mr. Charles Boas, who is engaged in the yarn business in this city.

The King has appointed Sir Wm. Whitla, M.D., Belfast, to be one of his Majesty's hon. physicians in Ireland, vice Dr. James Little, deceased.

The British "Flag Day" collection in October for the Red Cross and Order of St. of Jerusalem realised 1,098,000 (50,000 more than last year).

At an influential meeting held in Glasgow, it has been decided to raise 50,000 to provide lectureships, travelling scholarships, and literature in the Russian Language.

An Order in Council just published specifies the rates of the increased separation allowances to be made to the wives and children of seamen, marines, and reservists.

It is understood that the Government are inquiring into the possibility of suspending the credit system in retail drapers' shops as a means of enforcing economy.

Jacques Raiman, a French soldier who was wounded at the Marne battle twenty-nine months ago, and who has been asleep ever since, has shown signs of awakening.

The War Office notifies that it has been found necessary to call up one half of the men engaged in agriculture to whom the tribunals have refused certificates of exemption.

Capable of cutting 3,000 slices of bread an hour and buttering them, an electric machine of British manufacture has just been supplied to a number of shipbuilding works on the Clyde.

A train conveying British troops was in collision outside Massy Palaiseau, ten miles from Paris. Ten dead bodies have been recovered, so far, from the wreckage, and fifteen injured.

Colonel Herbert Hughes, C.B., C.M.G., an ex-Lord Mayor of Sheffield, died suddenly in London on Tuesday, aged sixty-four. He was in consultation with counsel on a law case at the time.

Speaking at Brockenhurst, at the opening of a hut for New Zealand soldiers, Mr. Massey, the New Zealand Premier, said the war must be continued until Germany had been dealt a knock-out blow.

Colonel Johnstone Wallace, a former Lord Mayor of Newcastle-on-Tyne, has been appointed Deputy-Director of the Trade Section of National Service. Colonel Wallace is a native of Maghera, County Derry.

A Board of Trade report, on the labour market and food prices says retail prices on the 1st inst. were 87 per cent, above pre-war rates. Prices in Berlin in November were 111 per cent, and in Vienna 177 per cent. above those of July, 1914.

Mr. John E. Redmond, chf firman of the Irish party, has just received a cable message from America conveying the news of the death of his elder daughter, Esther Mary, who was married a few years ago to Dr. William T. Power, of New York.

With a view to economy in paper and printing, certain English railway companies have decided to discontinue for the war period sending copies of statements of accounts to shareholders and debenture holders; but copies will be sent on application.

Several Urban Councils and Boards of Guardians in Ulster are taking measures to promote the cultivation of garden plots in their several areas. This should become general. It is an easy, practical, and profitable way to increase our food supply.

Simultaneously with the publication of the Kaiser's declaration of his love of God and humanity as a reason for his desire for peace, his troops, we hear, have employed a new and more terrible form of gas frightfulness through shells. Oh, for a forty Kaiser power, To chant thy praise, hypocrisy.

The death of William de Morgan, the novelist, is announced. He did brilliant work as an artist in connection with pottery, and at the age of sixty-six he began writing novels, some of them prolix and overloaded with detail, but able withal. It is not given to every man to win fame in two departments of artistic work.

The Derry Grand Jury at the Sessions passed a resolution protesting against the summoning of Grand Jurors for these Sessions. They are not of much necessity for the administration of the law either at Sessions or Assizes, but it is a very old custom, and will die hard. We have got on very well without the old Grand Jury system.

His Majesty the King has written a special letter of thanks and congratulation to "The Times" and its readers, who have raised six millions sterling for the War Committee of the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St. John. This was a really magnificent work, and well merited the approbation and gratitude which his Majesty has graciously conveyed.

It seems that the two-course luncheon and three-course dinners, the outcome of Mr. Runciman's brain, are to be abandoned, as they led to greater rather than lesser consumption of meat. This order chiefly affected London and large English centres. It did not trouble us much in Ireland, where everything or almost everything affecting the Empire ia on a go-as-you-please and do-as-you-please scale.

General Sir Bryan Mahon, in his appreciative reference at the Corinthian Club dinner in Dublin, to the Irish soldiers who had gone to the front, and in his polite and perhaps politic statement that the Irish had recruited to the last man, is acclaimed by Irish Nationalists as putting at rest all ground of complaint about Nationalist recruiting. It may put everything to rest but the facts. Politeness often ignores facts.

It is understood that Mr. O'Brien Moran, a Limerick solicitor, who is under detention in Arbour Hill Barracks, Dublin, because he refused to state the source of his information or explain his possession of a confidential document purporting to be the secret instructions given to the police, and which he used as evidence in a case at Petty Sessions at Limerick, will be tried by court-martial on a charge of having published in open court a secret and confidential document.

The death has taken place at the Parochial House, Donaghmore, Co. Tyrone, of the Rev. Canon John Joseph M'Cartan, parish priest. Born near Ready, Co. Armagh, in the year 1842, he was educated at Maynooth College, where he was a class-fellow of Cardinal Logue. He was ordained in the year 1864, since when he had officiated in the County Tyrone. Canon M'Cartan took a keen interest in agriculture, and was an advocate of improved methods of farming in Ireland. He was a strong supporter of the Nationalist movement.



There died at her residence, Ballynahinch, on Saturday, Mrs. Hamilton M'Connell, wife of Mr. Hamilton M'Connell, merchant, of that town. Mr. M'Connell is an elder in Second Presbyterian Church, Ballynahinch, and is much respected in the town. His wife was of a gentle, retiring disposition, much beloved by all who knew her. Her family were her chief care and delight, and she had little time for outside affairs. Rev. Thomas M'Connell, B.A., Second Comber, is the eldest son. Captain the Rev. W. P. M'Connell, B.A., C.F., senior chaplain at Military Convalescent Hospital, Epsom, is the second son. The eldest daughter is Nursing Sister Rae M'Connell, No. 3 Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne. Of the other children Trooper H. M'Connell, North Irish Horse, has just returned home after eighteen months' service at the front, having been recommended for a commission. Considering the fact that Captain M'Connell spent last winter with the Salonica forces, returning home invalided, and that the above three were in Canada at the outbreak of the war, it was especially gratifying to this devoted mother to have them all home with her at the last, including the other members of the family, Nurse Jenny, Miss Sarah (engaged in Harland & Wolff's), Isabel, and Bob. Much sympathy is felt with the sorrowing relatives.



We regret to chronicle the death of the Rev. Robert Warnock, M.A., minister of Glenhoy Presbyterian Church, Augher, Co. Tyrone, which took place on Saturday, in the seventieth year of has age and the forty-third of his ministry. Deceased was brought up in connection with the congregation of Clarkesbridge, near Newtownhamilton, a district from which many ministers of the Church have come. He studied at Queen's College and Assembly's College, Belfast, and attended the original Secession Hall, Edinburgh, in three sessions, 1869, 1670, and 1871. He was licensed by the Presbytery of Newry on 4th June, 1873, and was ordained in Glenhoy by the Presbytery of Clogher on 1st September, 1874. Rev. Mr. Warnock was an earnest and faithful minister of the Gospel, and discharged all the duties of his office with great acceptance. He was very popular in the district in which he laboured, and his death will be greatly regretted not only by the members of his congregation but by a wide circle of friends. One of his eons is a minister of the Church of Scotland -- Rev. Thos. A. Warnock, B.A., of Dykes, in the Presbytery of Forres.



On Sunday last, in Adelaide Road Church, Dublin, Rev. R. K. Hanna made reference to the death of Mr. Andrew Walker, an elder in the congregation. Mr. Walker was a Scotchman, and had been born at Kelso. He crossed to this country as a lad, and had spent more than fifty years in the service of the Provincial Bank. Mr. Hanna said that he could not speak as others could of his long service to the bank, but he knew that when the retired from the responsible position he filled that full and frank testimony was borne to the value of the long and faithful service he had rendered. As a Churchman Mr. Walker was one of the oldest, if not the very oldest, members of Adelaide Road congregation. After coming to Dublin he worshipped for a time in the old Mary's Abbey Church, but afterwards connected himself with Adelaide Road. For more than twenty years he acted as joint secretary of the church, along with the late Mr. William Todd. He was ordained to the eldership more than twenty-five years ago, and in the discharge of his duties, as long as his health permitted, he was very diligent. Mr. Walker was in many respects a shy and reticent man, but since his death there have been many testimonies to his unostentatious kindness, and to his sincere goodness of heart, and the words of spiritual comfort that he spoke and could speak in times of sickness and trouble are fondly remembered to-day. Mr. Walker has two sons serving in the army -- one in the Royal Irish Rifles, and one with the Australians. To them and to all the members of his family Mr. Hanna conveyed not only the sympathy of the congregation, but the sympathy of very many outside the congregation who knew and respected their father. The funeral was at Mount Jerome on Thursday last, and was largely attended.



On the 12th inst. at Newcastle-on-Tyne, after a severe illness, the death took place of Mr. John Orr Wallace, formerly of Dunmurry. The late Mr. Wallace, who was about seventy years of age, was an accountant by profession. His early business career was spent in Belfast, but for many years he had been in England, eight or nine years with the Tynemouth Waterworks Commissioners, afterwards in Bradford, and of late years with the firm of Eyton & Eyton, Newcastle-on-Tyne. He leaves a widow and son, the latter being chief assistant in the engineer's department of the Midland Railway (N.C.C.), York Road, Belfast. The remains were conveyed to Belfast via Stranraer and Larne, arriving on Monday morning. They were taken by motor hearse to Lisburn, where the interment took place in the presence of numerous relatives and friends. The chief mourners were Messrs. Kelly Wallace (son), William Wallace, Dorrington, Newtownbreda (brother); Wm. Orr Wallace (nephew), and James Orr (cousin). The officiating clergymen were the Revs. Dr. Wilson, Robert Davey (Dunmurry), and J. C. C. Breakey (Lisburn). The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Melville & Co., Ltd.



Sir, -- In a recent issue there appeared an obituary notice of the late Mr. T. Clokey. On reading it over I regret to find that inadvertently no notice was taken of the fact that Mr. Clokey was ably assisted in all his good work by his sons, John Getty, Walter, Thomas and Edmund Henry. As one who was intimately associated with them in the good work, I wish to bear testimony to the valuable help they willingly gave. Mr. Clokey's eldest son, became a doctor, and predeceased his father. The youngest son, Lieutenant E. H. Clokey, is now serving his King and country" somewhere in France." I am, &c., G. W. BLAIR.



The following particulars are specially prepared for "The Witness" by Messrs. Rayner & Co., registered patent agents, of 5, Chancery Lane, London, who will give all assistance and advice quite free to any of our readers on all matters relating to patents and inventions, trade marks, or designs:-- 12,941. Motor-Vehicles. -- J. B. Ferguson, Chichester Street, Belfast. In a motor-vehicle in which the end of the frame projects beyond the point of attachment of the spring the end is supported by a compression strut and pillar. An additional strut may be used to support the pillar. The centre of the frame may be provided with pillars which are connected to the frame by ties and connected together by another tie. Full copies of the published specifications can be obtained from Messrs. Rayner & Co., at the price of 1s.

13,368. -- Fuel Tanks. -- J. B. Ferguson, Chichester Street, Belfast. -- The draw-off pipe can be supported by releasing the finger at the bottom of the fuel tank. The fuel is heated by the exhaust from the pipe, an adjustable deflector being provided.


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The Witness - Friday, 26 February 1917


DOHERTY -- January 36, at Killeens, Deerpark Road, Belfast, to Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Doherty -- a daughter.


HARRISON--M'GEOWN -- January 10, at Dundela Presbyterian Church, by Rev. John Ross, assisted by Rev. D. K. Mitchell and Rev. T. Rodgers, the Rev. William John Harrison, Ballyeaston, youngest son of the late R. J. Harrison and Mrs. Harrison, to Minnie, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James M'Geown, University, Avenue, Belfast.

REID--JONES -- January 13, at, Swindon Parish Church, by the Vicar (Rev. C. A. Mayall), Lieutenant James Reid, R.A.M.C., elder son of Alexander P. Reid, Parkmore, Sydenham, Belfast, to Beatrice Evelyn, only daughter of the late Edgar R. Jones and Mrs. Jones, 45, Goddard Avenue, Swindon.


ATKINSON -- January 21, at her son's residence, 7, Mandeville Street, Portadown, Mary Jane, widow of the late Joseph Atkinson, Annamoy, Blackwatertown.

BELL -- January 20, at Seaview Hotel, Ballyhalbert, Annie, relict of the late John Bell.

BELL -- January 8 (very peacefully, after a short illness), at Brookhurst, Ewhurst, Surrey (the residence of his son-in-law, Captain Wyndham Thomas), James Wright Bell, late of Fairview, Cliftonville, Northampton, and many years ago a resident at the Knock, Co. Down, in his 84th year.

BELL -- January 23. at his residence, Tullyrusk, Glenavy, William A., dearly-beloved husband of Mary Bell.

BLACK -- January 20, at his residence, Quarry View, Markethill, John Black.

CHEYNE -- January 20, at Newcastle, County Down, Dora, widow of the late Alexander Cheyne, aged 91.

CRAIG -- January 22, at his residence, Dunclug, Ballymena, William Craig.

CRAIG -- January 19, at his residence, 48, Haypark Avenue, Belfast, W. J. (Jos.) late Stationmaster, Dundrum, Co, Down.

CRAWFORD -- January 18, at her residence, Laidside, Cairncastle, Annie Arthurs, widow of the late Robert Crawford.

DUNNE -- January 20, at her residence, 30, Causeway Street, Portrush, Mary Jane, widow of the late John Dunne, Dartries, Castlerock, in her 94th year.

ELLIOTT -- January 23 (suddenly), at his residence, Bryndhu, Holywood, George Hall Elliott, Chief Librarian, Belfast.

FERGUSON -- January 19, at his residence, Cooper Hill, Dundonald, Hugh Ferguson.

FULLERTON -- January 21, at her husband's residence, Ballycranmore, Jane, wife of George Fullerton.

M'KNIGHT -- January 20, at his late residence, Cochranstown, Dundrod, Wm. John M'Knight.

PATTERSON -- January 18, at Bryansford, Jane (Jeanie), the beloved second daughter of the late Samuel Patterson, grocer, and dearly-beloved and loving sister of Elizabeth Patterson, Bryansford.

ROSE -- January 13, W. M. Rose, Esq., of Wolston Grange, Warwickshire, husband of third daughter of the late D. S. Ker, of Montalto and Portavoe, Co. Down.

SKILLEN -- January 22, at his residence, Strangford, James Skillen.

STEEN -- January 20, at Adelaide Avenue, Coleraine, Robert Steen, J.P., second son of the late Conolly Steen, Balleney, Coleraine, and late of Drum, Co. Monaghan, aged 80 years.

YOUNG -- January 21, ar Rathvarna, Belfast, the Right Honourable Robert Young, P.C., eldest son of the late James Young, Abbeyville, Co. Antrim, in his 35th year.

In Memoriam

MONTGOMERY -- In loving memory of the Rev. Robert Montgomery, the founder of Great Victoria Street Presbyterian Church, Manse, and Schools, and for thirty-seven years the faithful minister of the congregation, who died on January 24th, 1897. M. MONTGOMERY.

REID -- In fond and loving memory of our dearly-beloved mother, Elizabeth Reid, who departed this life on the 23rd January, 1916, and was interred in Seaforde.
   A slow disease decayed her frame,
      Which patiently she bore;
   Nor was her ransomed soul afraid
      Its upward course to soar.
   She was the pride of all our hearts.
      No tongue can ever tell
   The love and joy we lost that morn
      She breathed her last farewell.
Inserted by her Loving Family. Castlenavin, Ballynahinch.



The Hungarian Food Controller has fixed the price of butter at 8s 9d per lb.

Pork reached 111s per cwt. at Cavan, 110s at Ballymena, and 109s 6d at Armagh.

In forty-two Irish towns feeding stuffs prices in 1916 ranged from 5s to 6s per cwt. in corn and corn offals and to 5s and 9s 4d per cwt. in oilseed and their products.

The death has occurred at Toronto of Mr. Hugh. H. Johnston, a Donaghadee man, who was with the 10th Royals (Canadians) when the Fenians invaded that country in 1866.

The Duke of Devonshire formally opened the Canadian-Parliament on Saturday. In the Speech from the Throne he observed that nearly 400,000 men had enlisted in Canada.

Dr. Harrison, East Middlesex Coroner, and head of the new pig club at Braintree, is erecting a model sty in his front garden, so that the public can see the fattening of his pig.

A conference held in Glasgow under the auspices of the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society, passed a resolution in favour of the nationalisation of railways by State purchase.

A farmer named Samuel Sproule, of Clegerragh, near Castlederg, was seized with sudden illness while attending the morning service at Augharron Chapel on Sunday, and expired almost immediately.

Mr. Winston Churchill is now painting ladies instead of words. He is said be at present engaged on a portrait of Lady Massereene, "who sits in a remarkable frock of yellow gold and magenta brocade."

There has arrived at Plymouth a party of fourteen missionaries, who since the early days of the war have been interned by the enemy in German East Africa. They obtained their liberty through the recent successes of the Belgian forces.

Price of pork continues to rise abnormally. On Saturday in Coleraine it rose 2s, to 106s per cwt., a price also reached in Cookstown. A Ballybay 106s 6d was paid, and sows sold by permit fetched 22 each. In Dungiven 108s a cwt was paid.

The War Cabinet has instructed the Secrecy for War to call up for military service all lads of eighteen, for home service until they reach nineteen. Exceptions are made in the case of those in the skilled engineering trades or war work in the shipyards.

Miss Sarah Ann Alexander has just celebrated her 100th birthday at Reigate. She has been hon. secretary of the British and foreign Bible Society's local committee since it was founded sixty years ago. Her elder sisters died aged 103 and ninety-three.

The English Bar has rejected the claim of women to practise at the Bar. It is suggested that one of the fears of the profession is that in all cases the women would insist on having the last word, and that that would be fatal to the men so far as juries are concerned.

According to a Reuter's telegram through Vienna, the mail train on the 19th inst., from Trieste to Vienna, was cut in two by the falling of a piece of rock in Styria, and forty were killed. The death roll was further increased by a rescue train turning into the debris.

At a luncheon given by the Belfast Rotary Club to the Pierrot Troupe of the Ulster Division on their return from the front to assist the U.V.F. Patriotic Fund, Sir. R. M. Liddell, Originator of the fund, said that 75,000 had been realised; and that he hoped to reach a total of 100,000.

A scutch mill in the townland of Kilstrule, Ardstraw, Co. Tyrone, has been totally destroyed by fire. It was the property of a Mr. Ramsay, a farmer in the district. There was a large quantity of flax in the mill, the property of adjoining farmers, and all was lost. The mill employed a good many hands.

In connection with an appeal to the Prime Minister by Mr. S. J. Barrett, acting hon. secretary of the Gaelic League, asking him to have the authorisations for Flag Day collections accepted in Irish only, the latter has been informed by the Lord Lieutenant that they must continue to be printed in English.

The women of Maryport have settled the price of potatoes for themselves and by themselves, The other day they refused to pay the farmers more than a shilling a stone for them, and ultimately terrorised or temporised them into accepting that price. The previous week the price was two shillings per stone. Great is woman, and she will prevail.

The King has been graciously pleased to approve of the most distinguished Order of the Grand Cross of St. Michael and St. George being conferred on Lieutenant-General (temporary General) Sir Archibald J. Murray, Colonel, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, in recognition of his distinguished services in the field.

At Larne Parish Church on Sabbath, the Lord Bishop of Down (Right Rev. Dr. D'Arcy) dedicated for use a very handsome solid silver Communion service which has been presented to the parish by Mrs. Cunningham in memory of her husband, the late Rev. Canon Cunningham, of Ballyrashane, County Antrim, and his sister, the late Miss Bessie Cunningham, who were natives of Larne.

A correspondent of the "Daily Mail" gives an account of a visit to a Government-controlled public-house at Enfield, where he saw 350 dinners of British beef and other foods, with a glass of beer to each, served in eleven minutes, and at marvellously low prices. In addition to dinners, he says, 400 breakfasts and 300 suppers are supplied. More than 40 per cent, of the receipts represent food.

The Duke of Atholl died at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, on Saturday, aged seventy-six. He lived almost continuously on his Perth estate, and was regarded by his tenants more as a personal friend than as a landlord. He took a practical interest in every movement connected with the prosecution of the war. He is succeeded by his son, the Marquis of Tullibardine, Unionist member for Western Division of Perth, where a Parliamentary vacancy will be created.

A sensation was caused at Doncaster on Saturday by the military commandeering oats at 47s 6d a quarter, many farmers having bought at 4s to 5s above that price. At Peterboro' wheat was unchanged at 80s a quarter, and oats at 47s 3d, the Government fixing prices, and commandeering from markets at 5s below last week. Potatoes were 10 10s a ton, the Government commandeering at from 7 to 8.

The estimates of the Dublin Corporation for the financial year 1917-18 will show a big increase over the current year. Between 60,000 and 70,000 additional taxation will have to be met. On the present valuation this would involve an increased rate of 1s 6d in the pound. The increase in the estimates is mainly due to -- Loss of rates by the destruction of the O'Connell Street area; extra demands made by the two Dublin Unions, and the Richmond Asylum; increased police rate.

The "Morning Post" is protesting against the sale of public honours, as it has long protested against the sale of the honour of Ulster to make a Radical and National triumph. No doubt there has been a scandalous sale of public honours, and the corrupt and corrupting money was used not for the benefit of the State, but for the swelling of party funds. Both sides indulged in this, but the Radicals of late most of all. It has been the sale of honours and the lavish contributions of Germans that have made the party funds so large.

Milk van drivers in Derry were on Saturday mobbed by women and young people in Bogside and Fountain Street district on account of their continuance of the charge of 5d per quart. In some instances the drivers were seized and held, while women took milk from the cans; in others taps were turned on and milk allowed to flow along the street, and some of those who got milk from the cans threw it on the drivers. Police had to draw their batons to quell the trouble. Some of the drivers yielded to the demand for 4d per quart, customers refusing absolutely to give the higher price.



The district of Ballyleighery, Limavady, has lost one of its most respected residents in the person of Mr. William Forsythe. Deceased, who was a well-known farmer, was deeply respected by the general public, and particularly by his farmer colleagues. He was a member of Balteagh Presbyterian Church, and generously contributed to the various schemes of church work. During his illness he was tenderly nursed by his niece, Miss White, Drummond. His death is very much regretted in the district, and public testimony was given to this by the large and representative attendance that followed the remains to the family burying-ground adjoining Balteagh Presbyterian Church on Saturday. The remains were enclosed in a polished solid oaken casket, heavily silver-mounted, with name, &c., engraved on the breast-plate. The chief mourners were Messrs. William White, Samuel Ross, and George Allen (nephews), Thomas Donaghy and Robert Ross (brothers-in-law), Robert Forsythe (cousin), and Wm. Christie. The service was conducted by the Rev. Joseph M'Kee, B.A., of Balteagh Presbyterian Church, and the Rev. Samuel Kennedy, B.A., of the Reformed Presbyterian Church. Limavady.



Mr. Robert Steen, J.P., Coleraine, died very peacefully on Saturday morning, at the ripe age of eighty. Mr. Robert Steen bought a large farm thirty-seven years ago in Drum, County Monaghan, where a brother was then the Presbyterian minister, the late Rev. James Steen. Here he gained the high respect of the whole community by his prosperous industry, wisdom, peaceable spirit, and sterling character, and was appointed a magistrate for that county. Having retired nine years ago, Mr. Steen lived in Coleraine, where the same high qualities won the same high respect and the honour of the county magistracy in Derry also -- an unusual honour. He was a loyal Presbyterian and a trusty Christian worker, ever willing for quiet service, though unwilling for the prominence and position offered him in the Church. Owing to infirmity he declined the eldership in First Coleraine congregation, of which he was a valued member. He was unmarried, and found a faithful helpmeet and life companion in his sister, Miss Mary Steen. She, with two other sisters -- Mrs. M'Millan and Mrs. Glenn -- and one brother, remain to mourn him.

The funeral took place on Monday morning to Coleraine cemetery. The chief mourners were Messrs. J. Steen M'Millan, Belfast; T. Steen Glenn, Drumslade (nephews); Robert Steen, Balleney (cousin); Rev. C. C. M. Dickey, Draperstown; and J. N. Hezlett, Coleraine. Revs. G. W. D. Rea and W. J. MacFarland conducted a short service in the house and also at the graveside.



We regret to announce the death of Dr. James Armstrong Kilpatrick, medical superintendent of Northamptonshire Sanatorium, Creaton, which occurred on 18th inst. The deceased, who was fifty years of age and unmarried, was a son of the late Mr. Hugh A. Kilpatrick, Ballylane, Co. Armagh, and a nephew of the late Dr. Armstrong, a noted practitioner in Armagh city. He was a brother of Mr. T. W. Kilpatrick, Sub-Sheriff of Co. Armagh, and Mrs. Steel, Bank House, Castlewellan, and one of his cousins was Mr. David Kilpatrick, 26, University Square, Belfast. The late Dr. Kilpatrick was in early life connected with Tullyallen Presbyterian Church, but spent the greater portion of his professional career in Northamptonshire. He was a skilful and popular doctor, and his death has been deeply regretted by his large circle of acquaintances. His remains were interred in Hollwell Cemetery, Northamptonshire.


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