The Witness - Friday, 2 January 1925


ANNOUNCEMENTS under this heading are charged for as follows:-- Thirty-five words or under, 3/-; and 6d for every additional seven words. All announcements must be prepaid and authenticated.


BEATTY -- December 29, 1924, at her residence, 65, Haypark Avenue, Mary, dearly-beloved wife of John Beatty, ex-Sergeant R.I.C. (mounted).

BLACKBURN -- December 30, at his residence, Abbotsford, Whitehead, William, the beloved husband of Elizabeth Blackburn.

CASSELS -- December 27, 1924, at her residence, Drumnakelly, Lough Road, Lurgan, Sarah, dearly-beloved wife of James Cassells.

DONALDSON -- December 27, 1924 (suddenly), at his residence, Ballynure, Hugh, beloved husband of Jean Donaldson.

DORNAN -- December 25, 1924, at 6 Clonmohr Terrace, Ballymena, Edith Margaret, fourth daughter of William Dornan. Interred in New Cemetery.

ELLIOTT -- December 28, at his residence, Old Road, Cullybackey, John Elliott, formerly of Dunminning, aged 87.

GORDON -- December 26, at Coolsythe House, Randalstown, Robert Gordon, beloved brother of William Gordon.

IRWIN -- December 26, at his residence, Shanreagh, Limavady, Robert James Irwin, in his 73rd year.

LEWIS -- December 28, at his son's residence, 5, Erin Crescent, Portadown, John Lewis (formerly of Ballydown, Banbridge), in his 83rd year.

LILBURN -- December 24, at her residence, Mountainview, St. Mary's Road, Dundalk, in her 74th year, Mary Ellen, beloved wife of Joseph Lilburn.

M'KAY -- December 28, 1924, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Alick M'Kay, the dearly-beloved husband of Edith M'Kay.

M'KELVEY -- December 28, 1924, at Woodside, Carrowdore, Isabella, dearly-loved wife of R. J. M'Kelvey.

M'SPARRAN -- December 24, at his residence, Lockgate Farm, Balne, Yorkshire, James M'Sparran, elder son of John M'Sparran, and grandson of the late Archibald M'Sparran, Flanders, Dungiven, Co. Derry.

OWENS -- December 24, 1924, at her residence, 37, Hopefield Avenue, Mary, only surviving daughter of late Thomas Owens, and sister of G. E. Owens. Interred in Carnmoney Churchyard on Saturday, 27th December.

STOCKMAN -- December 30, 1924, at his residence, 5, Ballyholme Esplanade, Bangor, Samuel, beloved husband of Henrietta Stockman, in his 88th year.

In Memoriam

BRYSON -- In loving memory of James Bryson, who departed this life on 30th December, 1918, and was interred in Kilbride Graveyard.
Ever remembered by his Wife and Family, Bruslee, Ballyclare.

SLEETH -- In loving memory of Annie Elizabeth, who died 10th December, 1919, and was interred in the family burying-ground, Ballenon.
Ever remembered by her Father. L. W. SLEETH. Tyrone's Ditches, Poyntzpass.



Motor Car Disaster. -- As the result of a motor car plunging over a bridge at Craven Arms, Salop, and falling into the river 30ft. below, four of the occupants were drowned. One was a blind man.

Proposed "Dry" Twelfth. -- A notice of motion has been handed in at the meeting of the Fermanagh County Council suggesting that the authorities should make the Twelfth July a "dry" day.

American Potatoes Banned. -- The English Ministry of Agriculture has made an order preventing the landing in England or Wales of any potatoes grown in America owing to an outbreak of Colorado beetle.

Disastrous Fire in America. -- Fire destroyed the entire business quarter of Corinth, Mississippi, including the Post Office, Opera House, and a bank. The damage is estimated at 1,500,000 dollars.

New Post for Sir Alfred Cope. -- Sir Alfred Cope, formerly Assistant Under-Secretary and Clerk of the Privy Council in Ireland, is to be secretary of the Amalgamated Anthracite Collieries, Ltd., the big combine of which Sir Alfred Mond, M.P. is chairman.

Carol singing In a Public-House. -- The vicar and choir of Bellingham, London, visited the hall of the Fellowship Inn, Bellingham, a licensed house conducted on the lines of a cafe, on Christmas Eve and sang a number of carols to an appreciative audience.

Septuagenarian Drowned. -- Leaving his home at Drumblade, Aberdeenshire, at three o'clock in the morning, to visit his dying wife at Huntley, several miles away, William Smith Mackintosh, a man of 70, was beset by the storm and lost his way. The waiting wife died and Mackintosh was found drowned in a farm dam.

Ulster Trade Boards. -- Mr. T. J. Kinnear, B.L., O.B.E., Ministry of Labour, Belfast, has been appointed secretary of the under-noted Trade Boards, which have been reconstituted for Northern Ireland:-- General Waste Materials Reclamation, and Linen and Cotton Handkerchief and Household Goods and Linen Piece Goods.

New Donegal Rector. -- Rev. A. E. Thompson, B.D., has been appointed to the incumbency of Drumholm, vacant by the transfer of the Rev. James Kelly to St. Augustine's, Derry. Rev. Mr. Thompson was ordained in 1908 for the curacy of Aughaval, where he remained till 1911, when he became curate of Whitehouse. He has been incumbent of Clondevaddock, Port Salon, Donegal, since 1913.

Abbey's Loud Speakers. -- Experiments in voice amplification are being carried out at Westminster Abbey. Microphones have been placed over the pulpit and the reading desk, and two square loud speakers have been fixed on top of the chair screen in such a way as to throw the voice of the preacher into the Long Nave. It has not yet been decided whether the installation is to be permanent.

An Imperial Conference. -- It is officially announced that his Majesty's Government are in communication with the Governments of the Dominions and India with a view to ascertaining whether it will be possible to arrange a special meeting of the Imperial Conference in the early days of March, 1925, to discuss the questions arising out of the protocol for the pacific settlement of international disputes.

Cost of Extra Police. -- The Minister of Home Affairs has fixed the amount to be charged for each sergeant or constable in excess of the full quota stationed in any county or county borough of Northern Ireland at 18s a day, or £331 a year. One-half of the cost of any additional force must be paid by the county or county borough concerned. The Minister directs that at the present time the additional force in Belfast shall not exceed 275 men.

Famous Traveller Dead. -- The death is announced in Florence of A. Henry Savage Landor, M.R.I., F.R.G.S., painter, sculptor, and explorer, aged 68. He was a native of Florence, and had travelled all through the East, through Africa, and South America. He was the first white man to reach both sources of the great Brahmaputra river, and explore Tibet. He crossed South America through the unexplored region of Brazil and over the Andes, and crossed Africa in its widest part in 1906. His experiences are recorded in many volumes of most interesting travel stories.

Church Seized. -- Two hundred destitute men, described by their leader as members of "The Old Bucks and Lame Dogs' Club," took possession of the Camp Memorial Church, New York, at the close of a service, and, pleading for shelter from the cold, were allowed to remain overnight. Their leader, who threatened to throw them out, if they drank, smoked, or otherwise abused the privilege, stated that other churches which were closed six days a week would be made real places of shelter.

Headmasters' Conference. -- Speaking at the Headmasters' Conference, at Cambridge, Dr. W. H. D. Rouse (Perse) contended that from the very beginning they could make small boys really like Latin by the direct method of teaching which for more than a generation had been successful. Anyone who had examined the "Smalls" at Oxford and the "Little Go" at Cambridge knew, Mr. W. H. Fyfe (Christ's Hospital) said, the large amount of sheer gibbering nonsense encountered. To start with accuracy and end with idiocy seemed to be the object of the traditional system.

Lady Student Wins LL.B. -- Amongst recent successful students at Trinity College, Dublin, is Miss Ella Thomas, B.A., who won the degree of LL.B. Miss Thomas is the daughter of Commander Geo. Thomas, R.N.R., who contested the Parliamentary Division of South Portsmouth as an Independent Conservative in the by-election of December, 1922, and well-known in connection with the founding of the Lancashire Sea Training School for Poor Boys. She is a niece of Mr. J. Leigh Thomas, J.P., of Downshire Park, Bangor, Co. Down, who is well-known in business circles in Belfast. Miss Thomas is studying for the Bar.

Postal Workers' Claims. -- The decision of the British Government not to appeal further in the postal workers' test cases means that war bonuses totalling over £2,000,000 be paid to thousands of employes. It was contended on behalf of the men, that having joined up voluntarily they entitled to receive as salary the bonus which was granted to colleagues who performed home duties. This argument was backed up by the Postal Workers' Union, and the first case was taken to the House of Lords, where judgment was given in favour of the men. As a result of the decision, in many instances workers will receive sums of over £100.

Surgeon and the Modem Woman. -- Sir W. Arbuthnot Lane, Bart., the famous consulting surgeon of Guy's Hospital, London, states in a magazine article that "modern woman is a poor, badly nourished thing. Her brains are over-stimulated by what is called education, by unsuitable foods, and by drugs." In an interview, he described "the silhouette figure" as "a grave danger not only to the women themselves, but to the future of the race. In trying to look like boys the women of the present day are out, it seems, to destroy the character of their sex." He condemned rubber corsets. In regard to food, he alluded to white bread as "the great curse."

Noted Irish Swimmer. -- The death is announced, as the result of wounds received in France in 1919, of Major George S. Dockrell, O.B.E., at the Officers' Hospital, Richmond, Surrey. Major Dockrell was the son of Sir Maurice and Lady Dockrell, of Camolin, Monkstown, County Dublin. He was a noted swimmer, and the winner of many championships. He set up three Irish records which still stand, notably the 100 yards in 58 3-5secs. He was picked for the British Olympic team in 1912. but his most notable success was at Parts in 1909 when he defeated Meyboom, the Belgian, holder of the English championship of that day, in the 100 metres European championship.

Never Absent -- Never Late. -- Mabel Davies, a Roxbury (Worcestershire) girl, has been presented with a silver watch on completion of ten years' perfect attendance at school.

Prize Money. -- A one time submarine chaser, grounded at Newcastle during the recent gale, was claimed as salvage by a local boatman, who remained in possession until he received his prize money.

Child Swallows Balloon. -- While playing with a balloon, Bernard Bradkofsky, aged 8, son of a fish hawker of Liverpool, swallowed the toy and died within half an hour. The doctor later found the balloon wedged in the windpipe.

Killed by Christmas Gift. -- Holding half-a-crown, which she had been given as a Christmas present, to her mouth, Letitia Carrie Comb, of Brighton, had a fit of coughing and swallowed the coin. She died in the infirmary.

The Opium Conference. -- In a brief summary of the labours and results of the various sub-committees of the Opium Conference it is stated that certain progress has been made towards the solution of the complicated problcm.

Mexican Bandits' Crimes. -- Fifty bandits derailed a passenger train at El Cobre, and, after killing a woman passenger and six soldier guards, sacked the express car. The guards made a gallant but futile resistance. Several passengers were wounded during the fight.

Modernising British Roads. -- The Ministry of Transport is launching a huge scheme to modernise the principal roads in Britain -- a scheme which will provide useful employment for many men during the coming eighteen months. Ancient landmarks will as far as possible be preserved.

Day Getting Longer. -- According to Prof. E. W. Brown, of the Department of Mathematics and Astronomy at Yale University, the day will be a tenth of a second longer 10,000 years hence than it is now. He declares the discovery a big triumph of mathematical astronomy.

Southern Irish Loyalists. -- A large number of Southern Irish Loyalists are petitioning the King in connection with their unpaid claims for compensation for personal and property losses in the Free State. The Irish Compensation Claims Association has issued an appeal for funds in aid of the petitioners.

871 Bricks Laid in an Hour. -- Although handicapped by driving rain, a Scarborough bricklayer named John Wood laid 871 bricks in one hour. He had undertaken to beat a Doncaster bricklayer's record of 807 bricks in an hour. Wood's feat was accomplished at the Scarborough Spa, where an extensive scheme is being carried out.

Mental Tests for Printers. -- The scientific examination of the mental fitness as apprentices in the printing industry has been made a compulsory test for admission to the Toronto Typographical Union, and in future no youth will be accepted for membership until he has passed a set of psychiatric tests.

Letter Arrived Too Late. -- Michael Caverns, miner, Catrine, Ayrshire, disappointed at not receiving his usual Christmas letter from relatives in America, jumped into the River Ayr and was drowned before rescuer's could reach him. Half an hour later the postman called at the man's house with the missing letter.

A Double Royal Wedding. -- According to a "Sunday Chronicle" contributor, there is a probability of a double Royal wedding in the present year. Prince Henry and Prince George, the youngest sons of King George, being the prospective bridegrooms. Both the ladies mentioned, daughters of the British peerage, are in their 21st year.

£300,000 Will in 8 Words. -- A will filed at Pittsburgh, U.S.A., contained eight words, the shortest ever recorded there, and disposed of an estate valued at £300,000. The will, that of the late Mr. John Andrew Beck, a financier, and a director of a score of banks and oil and gas companies, read: "All my belongings I leave to my family."

Letter in a Needle's Eye. -- A forty-four word letter reposing in the eye of a needle has been received at the Smithsonian Institution. The microscopic missive, which was sent to the institution for display before the annual meeting of the Board of Regents, is so small it has to be magnified 88 times before it can be read. It measures exactly 1-11,259th of a square inch.

A Modest Millionaire. -- The will of Mr. John Reddiough, of John Reddiough (Ltd.), wool merchants, combers, and topmakers, Bradford, has been proved, the net personalty being declared at £1,506,155. The duty paid on obtaining grant of probate is £587,030. The deceased gentleman, who began business in a small way, lived in very modest style, and preferred to walk rather than use a motor car.

Forty-Two Puppies in Eighteen Months. -- In Glasgow a valuable Airedale terrier has delivered a litter of fifteen sturdy puppies. Nine months ago she produced a batch of eleven; eighteen months ago a startling litter of sixteen vigorous youngsters. Breeders generally consider themselves fortunate to get six puppies in a year. The Glasgow puppies totalled 42 in 18 months.

Dances Denounced. -- In parts of Co. Longford dances have been cancelled by request of the clergy. All-night dances have been rigorously denounced.

World-Tour on a Bicycle. -- Mr. E. J. Devar, scoutmaster of the Twelfth Bombay Scout troops, who is making a world-tour on his bicycle, has arrived at Berne. Before leaving Switzerland he proposes to traverse with his cycle all the most important Alpipe passes.

Increase in Cattle in Britain. -- The British live stock returns for 1924 show, for the third year in succession, an increase in the number of cattle. The number returned for England and Wales is 5,894,000, an increase of 71,000 on the figure for 1923. There are more cattle in England now than in any pre-war year, except 1911.

Poultice That Was Too Hot. -- At an inquest on Thomas Boscow, licencee of the Ring o' Bells Inn, Warrington, it was stated that he was suffering from influenza and that a poultice was applied, and that death was accelerated by scalding caused by the poultice. He weighed 20 stone and was 71 years of age. Death from misadventure was the verdict.

Aviation Record Claimed. -- According to a message from Etampea, the French airman, Doret, flying over the Ville Sauvage, La Marmogne circuit, covered 1,000 kilometres in 4 hrs. 30 min. 32 3-5 sec., an average of 221 kilometres 700 per hour. It is claimed that this is a world's record, the previous record of the Americans, Harris and Lockwood -- 205 milometres per hour -- being cited.

War Bonus as Salary. -- From the beginning of this year the Midland Bank, Limited, will abolish war bonuses and add the amount of them permanently to the wages of the staff. Between 6,000 and 7,000 men and women are affected by the decision, and, assuming the average bonus to be £35 a year, the wages bill of the bank will be augmented by between £210,000 and £245,000, apart from automatic increases.

Death of Ex-Missionary. -- The Baptist Missionary Society announces the death on Christmas Eve of Rev. John Henry Weeks, a retired missionary, who rendered distinguished pioneer service on the Congo in the early days of the mission. Mr. Weeks did important work in the translation and preparation of literature for the native Church. He retired from active service in 1912 owing to ill-health.

Goat Runs Amok. -- James Flynn was attacked and seriously injured by a male goat which he attempted to drive at the farm of Mr. Porter, Dollintogher, Geashill. Flynn was armed with a pitchfork, but this did not save him. He was unconscious for some time, and medical aid was procured. A fellow-worker, named Bolton, who went to Flynn's assistance was caught by the goat and thrown some distance. Finally the animal had to be shot.

Masonic Gift to Lord Jelllcoe. -- Lord Jellicoe has received from the Freemasons of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand a complete set of Past Grand Master's regalia and a Masonic jewel studded with diamonds as a recognition of his services as Grand Master of that jurisdiction. During the year he held that office the membership was increased by 1,237, this being the net figure. The financial account also showed a substantial enlargement in the balance.

Ex-Councillor's Death. -- The death occurred in the Royal Victoria Hospital of Mr. Alick M'Kay, Dufferin Avenue, Bangor, who until recently was a member of the Bangor Urban Council. For many years he was coachman to the first Marquis of Dufferin and Ava, and shortly before the war he came into prominence in connection with the anti-Home Rule campaign. He was a staunch Unionist, and as a platform speaker he was noted for his fervour and enthusiasm.

Mr. Lloyd George on Liberalism. -- Speaking at a Liberal social meeting at Criccieth, Mr. Lloyd George said Liberalism would be the strongest force the Government would have to contend with before it reached the end of its term of office. If there was a party that could give greater effect to their ideals than the Liberal Party he would support it, but because he believed the Liberal party was the best and only party that could do that he was still as great a Liberal as ever.

Reputed Famous Paintings. -- The discovery of a seascape believed to be by Turner is reported from Soho. The canvas measures about 4ft. by 3ft., and depicts a fishing boat on the crest of a wave in heavy sea. It has been for some years in the possession of the proprietor of a hotel and restaurant. It was left with him by an art agent, with another picture said to be by the Italian painter, Guido Reni, as security for an unpaid bill. The debtor did not return and died in Paris.

Meat Supplies. -- Under the Australian Meat Council's scheme which has been approved by the Imperial Government, the Dominions will be allowed to supply the meat required to be imported into the United Kingdom, and meat of foreign origin will be admitted only to the extent of the shortage of the Dominions' supplies. This, the council claim, will deal a staggering blow at monopolists, free the consumer from exploitation, and materially reduce the cost of living.

Belfast Shipyards' Output. -- The total tonnage of ships launched at the Belfast yards during 1924 was 105,747, as compared with 127,438 the previous year, Messrs. Harland & Wolff's output at Belfast was three vessels of 59,913 tons, and Messrs. Workman & Clark launched nine vessels of 45,834 tons. There has been a slight improvement in the position at Harland & Wolff's in the last quarter, but judged by pre-war standards the amount of work on hands is not very great.

Ex-Civic Official's Death. -- The death of Mr. William Blackburn occurred at his residence, "Abbotsford," Whitehead. Mr. Blackburn entered the service of the Belfast Corporation on the 17th October, 1866, retiring on the 30th September, 1921, after 55 years' service, during the latter part of which he occupied the position of assistant city accountant. Mr. Blackburn was highly popular with the staff, and was a man of sterling character and retiring disposition. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and was a staunch Loyalist in politics.

Shipbuilding on the Clyde. -- Returns from the Clyde shipbuilding yards and engineering establishments for last year gave evidence that the dark times through which the industry has been passing during the past four years are likely to be succeeded by a period which in comparison will be distinctly prosperous. This, however, need only be looked for if the wages claims at present under consideration are amicably adjusted. There were 419 vessels with a gross tonnage of 553,804 tons launched. No fewer than five firms intimated that they did not turn out any vessels. The output is the highest since 1920.

Methodist Minister's Death. -- A venerable minister of the Methodist Church has passed away in the person of the Rev. Jas. Orr, of Eglantine Avenue, Belfast. Born in the year 1843, the fourth son of the late Mr. Robert Orr, of Lisreagh House, Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh, the deceased was the last survivor of three brothers who rendered faithful service to the Methodist Church. In 1906 he retired from the active work of the ministry, and had since resided in Belfast, where he was connected with the University Road Church. He is survived by his wife, three sons, and two daughters. His eldest son is Rev. W. R. M. Orr. M.A., LL.D., rector of Gilford, Co. Down. The funeral was largely attended. A brief service was conducted at the house by the Rev. W. H. Smyth, M.A., minister of University Road Church, assisted by the Revs. Pierce Martin, Thomas Davis, and F. E. Harte, M.A. At the City Cemetery the burial service was conducted by Rev. W. H. Smyth, the lesson being read by the Rev. L. P. Storey, B.A., rector of Christ Church, and prayer was offered by Rev. Edward Hazleton. The funeral arrangements were in charge of Messrs. Thomas Johnson & Sons.


Death of Dr. James Taylor

The death took place of Dr. James Taylor, of 101. Ormeau Road, Belfast, after a lingering illness. The son of a former librarian of Queen's College, Belfast, Dr. Taylor for many yearn w a respected and revered practitioner in the Ormeau Road district. Devoted to all departments of his own profusion, he took a keen interest in everything affecting the work of the Red Cross and St. John Ambulance Association. By the members of the Belfast Fire Brigade the doctor was held in the highest respect and esteem. I

The funeral took p!ace to the City Cemetery, and was of a private chracter. Deep sorrow was manifested by all in the district who had known the deceased. The funeral arrangements were in charge of Messrs. Melville & Co. Ltd.



Sad Sequel to Pleasure Trip.

Rev. D. G. M. Leith, of the Wesleyan Mission, was drowned in the sea off Enmore, a suburb of Madras. During a pleasure trip four of the party, including Mr. Leith, went to bathe in the lagoons. Mr. Leith stayed in shallow water, and had not the least suspicion of danger. Suddenly he was overtaken by a strong current and carried away towards a whirlpool. He could not swim, and disappeared. Search was immediately made, and his dead body was found in shallow waters.

Mr. Leith, who was born in Scotland, was 46 years of age. He went out to India 22 years ago, and his whole life in Madras was spent in educational activities and social service. He leaves a widow and two children.



His Great Services to Presbyterianism

On Christmas morning the remains of the late Mr. David Martin, J.P., were laid to rest in the family burying ground in connection with the Third Presbyterian Church, Rathfriland, where his wife was interred over five years previously. The funeral, which was private, was attended by the immediate relatives and intimate personal friends. The chief mourners were:-- Mr. D. Herbert Martin, Liverpool; and Mr. Norman Martin, London (sons); Dr. S. Edgar Martin, Newry (brother); Mr. J. M. M'Clenaghan, J.P., Rathfriland; and Mr John Martin, Ballybrick (nephews), and Mr. Lyle M'Clenaghan. The friends included representatives of the firm of Messrs. Martin, Nesbitt & Irwin Ltd., and all available members of the Session of the First Newry (Sandy's Street) Presbyterian Church. The Very Rev. Dr. Strahan, minister of the Sandy's Street Presbyterian Church. conducted the burial service.

The service in Sandys Street Presbyterian Church last Sabbath morning was in many respects a memorial service to the late Mr David Martin, J.P., who was for seventy years a member of the congregation, and very intimately identified with its history.

The Very Rev. Dr. W. G. Strahan preached from the text, "For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep." (Acts xiii. 36). In the course of his sermon Dr. Strahan said -- From David Martin came to Newry a lad or seventeen, a sense of subordination to and utilisation by God was characteristic of him. He joined this congregation without delay, and from the first he bore himself as one who acknowledged God as Sovereign over his will. This act of joining a congregation with promptitude he always regarded as of very great importance. When he became a head of a large business and young men came to serve his firm, both to their parents and to themselves, he made it known that he would look upon it both as a sign of weakness and a peril if a young man did not at once enrol himself in some church of his own denomination in the town. It was not a mere matter of uniformity of treatment still less was it business-like punctiliousness carried into the religious sphere that made him do this. His soul was in it. His whole life backed it up. God was his accepted Lord. Life was worth living only in the measure in which it was rendered unto Him. In the congregation, as teacher in the Sabbath school, as its superintendent through so many years, as elder in charge of a district, as clerk of the Kirk Session, and in the town as magistrate and temperance reformer and member of committee of charitable institution, and in the church as member of many important committees of the General Assembly and a trustee of the Commutation Fund and treasurer for many years of the Committee on Evangelisation, he gave unremitting and diligent service. He served especially the young and the poor, and those who had fallen and needed a helping hand to enable them to rise again. An Italian peasant once met the great saint, Francis of Assisi, "Art thou Brother Francis" he asked "Yes," was the answer. "Then," said the peasant, "try to be as good as all think thee to be, for many have great faith in thee." It was not the highest motive to appeal to but as an indication of judgment it put forward a very real test. Many had great faith in Mr. Martin, in his judgment, in his promptness, in his assiduity, in his willingness to give assistance. Long will they quote the things he said. Long will they tell of the deeds he did

At the close of the sermon the hymn "Days and Moments Quickly Flying" was touchingly sung by the choir and congregation.



Unveiled by Very Rev. Dr. Simms, M.P.

"Erected by public subscription in grateful memory of the men of the district who fell and served in the Great War, 1914-1919." These words are inscribed on the simple but beautiful war memorial unveiled at Groomsport by Very Rev. Dr. Simms, M.P., ex-Moderator of the General Assembly. The memorial is of granite in obelisk form, and stands upon a granite base off the Main Street. The site, kindly given free by Miss Maxwell and Colonel the Right Hon. R. D. Perceval-Maxwell, D.L., is a square piece of ground, enclosed by an iron railing. There are eighty names on the roll of honour inscribed on the four sides of the obelisk, and those of the fallen are:-- William Drennan, 13th R.I.R.; Robert Jordan, 4th Australians; James Orr, Cheshire Regiment; Henry Watterson, R.M.L.I.

The ceremony was presided over by Mr. W. S. Kinghan. The introductory prayer was offered by Rev. W. Nelson, a suitable portion of Scripture was read by Rev. B. Harris, and the roll of those who had made the supreme sacrifice was read by Colonel Maxwell. The memorial was then unveiled by Rev. Dr. Simms, who said by that day's service they had consecrated a fresh holy-spot in their village life, for they had met together, friends and neighbours with the relatives and friends of their heroic dead, to thank God for the faith and courage of their personally beloved who had laid down their lives in the Great War. Gladly had those men responded to the call of battle in the cause of freedom and justice, and their memory was and ever should be a holy thing which drew them nearer to God, leading them there to pray together that His blessing might rest with them for ever, and to thank Him Who had crowned their efforts with success, and did not let their men die in vain.



Thousands af Claims for Pensions.

£72,000,000 A YEAR SPENT.

It is revealed in the annual report of the British Minister of Pensions that, although six years have elapsed since the close of hostilities, claims in respect of death or disablement in the war still continue to be made at the rate of 1,200 a week.

It is stated that by the admissions to the pension list during the year the aggregate number of first awards exclusive of about 330,000 allowances and gratuities in respect of minor disablement, was increased to 2,010,000 at March 31st, 1924, of which 1,264,600 were in respect of soldiers and seamen disabled, 59,300 were in respect of officers disabled, 2,350 were first awards to nurses, the remainder in respect of death being made to widows or dependents.

The total number of beneficiaries, including the wives of disabled men and the children of disabled men and women, who have participated in war compensation has been no less than 4,525,000. The largest number under benefit at any one time was 3,500,000.

During the year under review, which was up to the end of March last, artificial eyes were fitted to 3,370 pensioners. The demand for metal legs to replace those made of wood increased considerably. In all 9,255 artificial legs were issued and 1,201 artificial arms. The total number of pensioners to whom artificial limbs have been issued by the Ministry is 38,657 -- a striking commentary on the devastation of the war.

The number of disabled men requiring in-patient treatment showed a noticeable decline during the year. The Committee made 1,864 new grants towards the cost of education of children of deceased and disabled officers and men. There were 18,157 motherless children under special supervision at the end of the year. About thirty-six per cent. of total awards made to the widows had ceased on account of re-marriage.

The expenditure, which declined during the year, amounted to over £72,000,000.


The Late Mr. R. Calwell.

Simple and impressive was the funeral of Mr. Robert Calwell. It was attended by many friends, associated in business and private life, as well as in religious and philanthropic circles, and also by numerous associates of his bereaved family. The burial took place at Carnmoney, the remains being conveyed there, followed by a large attendance of mourners, from the residence of mourners, from the residence of the youngest son of the deceased, Dr. David Calwell, 141, Crumlin Road. The chief mourners were Mr. James Calwell, Mr. Hugh Calwell, Dr. William Calwell, Dr. David Calwell, Dr. Gault Calwell, and Dr. R. Bryson Callwell (sons); Mr. H. G. Calwell, B.A.; Mr. David Calwll, Mr. R. C. Gillespie, and other grandsons. Mr. Calwell had been for a long period a ruling elder of the Ekenhead Presbyterian Church, and there was a good representation of the session and congregation. The service at the home was conducted by Rev. H. Jamison, B.A., minister of Ekenhead, and at the graveside by Rev. Thomas Bartley, B.A., and Rev. A. L. Agnew, B.A.

The undertaking arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Melvill & Co. Ltd.



Ulstermen in the List.

The New Year Honours List announces the bestowal of two new Peerages (Sir John Bradbury, whose signature appeared on the first Treasury notes; and Sir Henry Duke, President of the Probate, Divorce, and Admiralty Division, and a former Chief Secretary for Ireland), an Earldom for Lord Jellicoe, two Baronetcies (one of the recipients being the Right Hon. T. F. Moloney, the last Lord Chief Justice of Ireland), and 21 Knighthoods, Mr. James O'Connor, late Lord Justice of Appeal in Ireland is one of the new knights. The Order of Merit is conferred upon Sir George Frazer and Sir Ernest Rutherford. Miss Ellen Terry is made a Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire.

Distinguished Ulstermen are honoured as recipients of a Privy Councillorship (England), a K.C.B., and two Knighthoods. The first-named distinction goes to the Marquis of Londonderry, the Ulster Minister of Education; and Knighthoods are conferred upon Dr. John Campbell, senior surgeon to the Samaritan Hospital and member in the Ulster Parliament for Queen's University, and Mr. William Nicholson Brown, of Larne. Major-General Sir Archibald Montgomery, K.C.M.G, C.B., a son of the late Right Hon. Hugh de F. Montgomery, D.L., receives the K.C.B.

Among a large number of recipients of the King's Police Medal are three members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary -- District Inspector Patrick Cahill, Derry; Head-Constable Thomas Nicholas, and Sergeant J. F. Maguire, Smithfield Barracks, Belfast.

The New Ulster Knights.


Sir John Campbell, F.R.C.S.Eng., M.P., is an eminent surgeon, practising in Belfast. A son of the late Rev. Robert Campbell, of Templepatrick, he was educated at the Royal Academical Institution and Queen's College, Belfast, and graduated at the old Royal University B.A> in 1883 and M.A. the following year. In 1887 he took his M.D., M.Ch., and M.A.O. at the same University, and in 1909 received the honorary degree of LL.D. from Queen's University. He has specialised in diseases of women, and enjoys a very high reputation in the profession throughout the United Kingdom, as is indicated by his election many years ago as a fellow of the Royal College od Surgeons of England, while he has gained the highest honours in Ireland. His services have been placed at the disposal of the city special hospitals, and he is senior surgeon to the Samaritans Hospital for Women in Belfast. During the war Sir John served as chief surgeon to a British Red Cross Hospital. When the Northern Parliament was formed in 1921, he was elected as one of the members for Queen's University, in the welfare of which he has always manifested the liveliest interest. He has been chairman of the University Voters' Association ever since its inception. He has residences at 2, Upper Crescent, Belfast, and "Culloden," Craigavad.


Sir William Nicholson Brown, of "Lisnamoyle," Larne, is a son of the late Mr. James Brown, of Donaghmore, Co. Tyrone, and was educated at Dungannon Royal School and Owen's College, Manchester, while he also studied scientific subjects in Edinburgh. About thirty-five years ago he and his brother, the late Mr. Charles Brown, founded the Larne Weaving Factory, a concern which now employs over 300 hands. The firm has done much to enhance the industrial prosperity of Larne, and the proprietors enjoy a high reputation for the liberal and considerate treatment of their employees. Sir William, who has visited most parts of the world, is a man of cultured mind, broad views, and kindly disposition. In the social life of the community he has, in a quiet and unassuming manner which is characteristic of him, done an enormous amount of good. He was a pioneer in technical education in Ulster, and the people of Larne are to a great extent indebted to him for their free library, the endowment fund having been secured largely by his exertions. In his public and private gifts he has followed the splendid example of his father, who was noted for his benevolence. During the war Sir William had his motor-car converted into an ambulance, which he drove with the French Army for a period of four years. He was present at the battle of Verdun. After the war he returned to France and went over the battle zone with one of the French delegations in connection with reconstruction work. In addition to conducting his own business at Larne, Sir William is a director of the Grosvener Finishing Co., Belfast, and the Larne Harbour Co.; and he is one of the original trustees of the Smiley Cottage Hospital. On his mother's side he is connected with the family of which General John Nicholson was such a distinguished ornament. He is a member of the congregation of Gardenmore Presbyterian Church, Larne. A daughter of the late Sir William Crawford was married to Mr. Robert Brown, of Donaghmore, brother of the present knight. Another brother is Mr. J. Brown, of Messrs. Hutchins. Lid., Portadown.


Major-General Sir Archibald Armar Montgomery, K.C.M.G., is a son of the late Right Hon. de F. Montgomery, Blessingbourne, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone, who was a member of the Northern Senate at the time of his recent death. Major-General Montgomery was born in December, 1871, and was married in 1896. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, being mentioned in despatches, and in the world war, 1914-1918, being thrice mentioned in despatches. He was deputy-chief of the General Staff, India, from 1920 till 1922, and commanded the 53rd Welsh Division, T.F., 1922-1923. In the latter year he was appointed to the command of Aldershot.


The Late Mr. John Aiken.

The high esteem in which the late Mr. John Aiken, of 62, Duncairn Gardens, was held by his many friends in private and business circles was reflected by the large attendance of mourners at his funeral, which took place to Dundonald Cemetery. The late Mr. Aiken, who was a buyer in the firm of Messrs. Hugh Mack & Co. Ltd. shirt manufacturers, was severely burned in a motor-car collision on the Antrim Road on Christmas Eve, and passed away on Monday last. Prior to the removal of his remaina a brief service was conducted at the house by Mr. William Gilmore, while Mr. Samuel Meneely officiated at the graveside. The chief mourners were:-- Messrs. William Aiken (father); William Aiken (brother); John Aiken (uncle); F. G. Glasgow (brother-in-law); John M'Dowell, Joseph French (cousins).

The firm of Melville & Co., Ltd., had charge of the funeral arrangements.



Ministerial Appreciation.

In the removal of Mr. Robert Byers, by the hand of death, the congregation of Glennan has suffered to a very great extent. Throughout a long and strenuous life he took a very deep interest in the work of the Sabbath school. The funeral look place on Wednesday, the 24th ult., to the family burying-ground at Glennan. The remains were deposited for a short time inside the church, where a brief service was conducted by Rev. John Ritchie, B.A., who, in his address, said -- "My friends, we meet to-day In the sanctuary of Jehovah to pay a last tribute of respect to the memory of our senior elder, Mr. Robert Byers. He was beloved and esteemed by the entire membership of this church. During the early years of his life, he came under the power of that wonderful revival of 1859. Then, his relationship to his Master was determined, and he entered into the work of the Sabbath school first as a teacher, then as superintendent, holding this office until the day of his death. He executed all his duties in an admirable fashion, seldom being absent, and never being late, though he had to travel a considerably long distance. The congregation, to mark their appreciation of his 50 years' service, made him a presentation, accompanied by an illuminated address. In 192, and later his sixty years service in the Sabbath school was recognised by the Society, when he was made the recipient of a beautiful Bible. His interest in the work of the school was maintained for over a period of 64 years. The words of the writer are applicable, "We shall not look upon his like again," one whose heart had been so touched by the Spirit of God that he loved the souls of little children, and his highest service lay in moulding their young lives, and guiding their feet into the narrow way "that leadeth unto life." He was the rich possessor or a character, strong and resolute, which held with fixed determination to what he believed to be right, and scorned that which was mean and dishonourable. Nothing would deter him from doing or saying what he considered was right, a man with the courage of his convictions in the very highest sense. Life held for him a purpose. He had an ideal to reach in all his service, and strove to attain it. He considered his duty to God the very foremost thing in life. The effects of such a life-work cannot perish. Many to-day of his boys and girls at home and abroad will think "of his Christian earnestness as he spoke to them from the truth of God, and revealed unto them the Scriptures and the words will rise -- "Though dead yet speaketh." He was a firm believer in the doctrines of our Presbyterian system, and sought in every way to point out their great superiority, and every teacher under him must also have a strong grasp of these truths. He was deeply interested in the praise of the sanctuary, possessing a good voice, and knowing how to use it. Nothing was so pleasing as to hear the children sing the psalms and hymns so dear unto him.


As an elder, an office which he occupied for thirty-five years, he was exemplary). Being a man of much prayer in private, he had wonderful power in public, and one felt as he lifted up his voice in supplication, that he was speaking to God, quite near, and very real. If he ever heard of sickness in a family he went there, and would read a portion of Scripture, and kneel in prayer around that family altar and commend the household to God. Many a sufferer has told me how his visits helped them, and how kind he was to come so far in such wintry weather, and to speak to them of the love of God. This work he did not from the purely sympathetic spirit; but out of the conviction that he must fulfil the duties of that sacred office to which His Master had called him. He was a great believer in the maxim, "Religion begins at home." So it is evident, if we look at his household, and see the prosperity and success that have crowned the lives of his two sons in church and business enterprise. God in His all wise providence has called His faithful servant home. We are the poorer, we have lost a great force in our church life; for he used the gifts that God had bestowed. He has gone to his reward, now possessing a closer companionship with his Lard. "For they that turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars for ever and ever." To his sons, Rev. R. J. Byers and Mr. W. H. Byers, and daughter, Miss Lizzie Byers, we extend the sympathy of our hearts at this time. Their sorrow is ours too, and their hope also ours.
   O spread Thy covering wings around
      Till all our wanderings cease.
   And at our Father's loved abode
      Our souls arrive in peace.

The musical port of the service waa rendered in a touching manner by the choir. Miss May Walker presiding at the organ. The Dead March having been played the remains were interred.


Funeral of Mr. W. A. M'Cullough.

The funeral of Mr. W. A. M'Cullough, manager of the Globe Laundry, Belfast, who died from injuries received as the result of being thrown out of a trap, took place from his residence, 25, Courtney Terrace, Lisburn Road, to the City Cemetery. The chief mourners were -- Hector M'Cullough (Bangor), Stanley B. M'Cullough (sons); Harry M'Cullough, E. M'Cullough (brothers); John Rollo, C. M'Quoid (sons-in-law); W. H. E. Brown, Lurgan (brother-in-law); Cecil Brown, Harold Brown (nephews); H. M'Cullough and W. A. M'Cullough (cousins). The service at the house war conducted by Rev. S. Lindsay, B.A., Crescent Presbyterian Church, assisted by Rev. J. W. Gibson, M.A., Broadway, and Rev. W. B. Sproule, B.A., Lurgan, who also officiated at the grave.

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


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The Witness - Friday, 9 January 1925


CLEMENTS--DUNN -- At King's College Chapel, Aberdeen, on the 2nd January, by the Rev. G. H. Grassick, M.A., Loechel-Cushnie Parish, assisted by the Rev. R. K. Hanna, M.A., Dublin, and the Rev. A. F. Anderson, B.D, Tron U.F. Church, Glasgow, the Rev. Gordon T. C. Clements, B.A., Dublin, to Margaret J. H. Dunn, M.A., eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Dunn, Evinteer, Alford, Aberdeenshire.

MARTIN--SHERRAND -- January 3, 1925, at Earle Road Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Charles Rankin, Captain Harold Martin, youngest son of the late Captain and Mrs. John Martin, Aigburth, Liverpool, to Margaret (Meta), only surviving child of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley M. Sherrard, "Beechmount,"" Allerton Road, Liverpool, and granddaughter of the late Captain Downes, Belfast and Liverpool.

RICHARDSON--HAMILTON -- At 6, East Castle Road, Edinburgh, on 6th January, by the Rev. W. M. Cargin, M.A., John Henry Richardson, B.A., B.Sc., League of Nations, Geneva, only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Richardson, Runcorn, to Emily Moore Hamilton, M.B.E., youngest daughter of the late Rev. J. S. Hamilton, Dublin, and of Mrs. Hamilton, 6, East Castle Road, Edinburgh.


ASTON -- December 29, 1924, in her husband's home, which she had always made happy, Fanny Ann Aston, née Robinson, the beloved wife of Rev. J. C. Aston, Hamburg, Germany.

BAILIE -- January 4, 1925, at Seabank, Larne, Jane Molyneaux, daughter of the late Samuel Molyneaux, of Ballyharvey, Muckamore, and widow of Hugh Bailie, of Kilwaughter, in her 85th year.

CALWELL -- December 21, 1924, at his youngest son's residence, 141, Crumlin Road, Belfast, Robert, the dearly-beloved husband of Isabella Calwell.

DERMOTT -- January 2, 1925, at his residence, Hawthorne Cottage, Ballyworkan, Portadown, Isaac, dearly-loved husband of Mary Jane Dermott, late of Banbridge.

DICKSON -- January 3, 1925, at his residence, Quarry Farm, Castle Espie, William, eldest son of the late Andrew Dickson.

GIBSON -- December 21, at Lisball House, Bailieboro, after a brief illness, Sarah, widow of Thomas Gibson, and last surviving daughter of Rev. John King, Bellasis, Virginia, Co. Cavan.

JAMESON -- January 1, 1925, at his residence, 16, Oakland Avenue, Belfast, Andrew, the dearly-beloved husband of Jane Jameson.

LEMON -- December 18, 1924, at his late residence, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.A., William A. Lemon, aged 80 years, formerly of Belfast.

LIVINGSTON -- December 27, at "Angleside," 46, Blythwood Road, Crouch Hill, London, Beatrice Elizabeth, third daughter of Hamilton and Victoria Livingston. Interred at Great Northern Cemetery, New Southgate, 31st December, 1924.

MAGOWAN -- January 4, 1925, at his father's residence, 27, Union Street, Lurgan, John, eldest and dearly beloved son of Samuel and Annie Magowan.

M'ELDERRY -- January 4, at her husband's residence, Victoria Street, Ballymoney, Matilda Knox, wife of John M'Elderry, J.P., aged 80 years.

M'MAW -- January 4, 1925, at his residence, Dundressan, Islandmagee, Robert M'Maw.

THOMPSON -- January 5, 1925, at her mother's residence, 392, Ravenhill Road, Lizzie, widow of the late Arthur William Thompson and only daughter of Margaret and the late James Forsythe.

YOUNG -- January 2, 1925, at his residence, 48, Frances Street, Newtownards, David Young, in his 78th year.



Record Term of Office. -- -- Mr. L. G. Lamothe holds the Canadian record for municipal Mayors, having been elected for the nineteenth term as Mayor, and having served 36 years on the Municipal Council.

Clergyman Killed. -- The Newcastle (New South Wales) express crashed into a motor car near Tuggerah, instantly killing the driver, a clergyman named Hulford. The engine and six carriages were derailed as result of the impact, but fortumately did not capsize.

Centenarian's Death. -- The death is announced of Mrs. Thompson, of Milltown, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast. She was the widow of the late Mr. Henry Thompson, of Moneygore, Rathfriland, and if she had lived until the 12th inst. she would have attained her 105th birthday.

Republican Paper Banned. -- Sir Dawson Bates, Minister for Home Affairs in the Northern Government, has issued an order prohibiting the circulation of the Republican weekly newspaper "Sinn Fein" in Northern Ireland from 1st January, 1925, to 31st December, 1925.

Octopus Ashore. -- An octopus, the largest seen on that part of the coast, was found by some fishermen half buried in the sand on Withernsea beach, Yorkshire. It was six feet long from tip to tail, with a round fleshy body of dark red colour, two long feelers, and eight tentacles full of suckers.

Wild Boar Killed in Sickroom. -- At the village of Grand Malleray, near Bourges, a wild boar, pursued by hunters, dashed into private house and made its way into a bedroom, where an invalid was lying. It held its pursuers at bay for some time, and was only killed with great difficulty.

Less Crime in Belfast. -- The Recorder of Belfast, opening the Criminal Court, said that there were only twenty-six Bills to go before the grand jury. A year ago there were sixty-nine Bills. That showed an improvement in the condition of the city, which, they all hoped, might continue to progress.

Motor Bandits in Dublin. -- Another robbery by armed ruffians took place in broad daylight in Dublin. The victim was Mr. J. Morrow, manager and cashier of Messrs. Martin, builders, Dublin, who was carrying £200 from the bank pay workers' wages. The desperadoes escaped in a motor car.

Soviet Letter to England. -- M. Rakovsky, writing on behalf of the Soviet Government, states in a letter to Mr. Austen Chamberlain that owing to England's refusal to hold an inquiry into the Zinovieff letter affair the Soviet Government will hold no further communication with England on the matter.

Free State Finances. -- Figures relating to the Irish Free State Exchequer for the nine months ended December 31 show the total revenue as £19,643,393 and the expenditure £19,294,183. Compared with 1923 the figures show a decrease in expenditure of about £8,000,000 and a decrease in revenue of £3,000,000.

Hospital Factory. -- A catgut factory at the London Hospital has been so successful that the profit from it is now sufficient to treat 1,000 out-patients or maintain three beds through which 26 in-patients pass in a year. The London Hospital has also helped its finances by making its own insulin for diabetes treatment.

A Martyr to Science. -- Prof. Bergonie, who has died at Bordeaux, suffered for months from the ravages of the Rontgen Rays, with which he experimented with brilliant success in his campaign against cancer. In spite of successive amputations, he only abandoned his laboratory when he had become hopeless cripple.

Mr. Churchill on Canada. -- Mr. Winston Churchill, speaking at Westerham, said great deeds of military prowess played their part in the building up of the ties which joined Canada to the British Empire. There had been periods of strain and misunderstanding, but these had been overcome by freedom developing along the lines of wisdom.

Ghastly Tragedy. -- A shocking murder is reported from Innishmore Island, County Fermanagh, the victim being a ninety-year-old farmer named John O'Connell. Early in the morning his house was seen on fire, and neighbours entering found the old man's body slightly burned. His face was punctured with wounds. An arrest has been made.

Cotton Trade Outlook. -- Mr. Frederick W. Tattersall, of Manchester, well-known cotton authority, states the position the industry is healthier than for two or three years back. During the last three months spinners and manufacturers in Lancashire have booked orders on a free scale, and the contract lists are distinctly more encouraging. Plentiful supplies of American cotton are assured for twelve months.

Two Dogs' Faithfulness. -- The faithfulness of two dogs to their master was exemplified at inquests on J. Difford, found dead at the bottom of a quarry near Crumlin. Newport, and J. Andrews (50), Sevenoaks, Kent. In the first case (accidental death) the dog guarded the body for three days without food, and had to be forced away with a long forked stick. In the second case (due to heart failure) a fox terrier was seated on the man's chest, and was with difficulty removed.

Nutrition and Disease. -- Far-reaching influences upon medical work coming from the new knowledge of nutrition given from the laboratories of physiology and bio-chemistry will, in the opinion of the Medical Research Council, make the last decade memorable in history. New hopes, of which some are already realised, are given by studies in progress of widespread diminution of disease and of a great future improvement in the health, stature, and beauty of people in this country.

Vaccine to Prevent Tuberculosis. -- A vaccine discovered by Dr. Nathan Raw, former M.P. for the Wavertree Division of Liverpool, and formerly visiting physician to Heswell Consumption Sanatorium, is claimed to be an effective preventive of Tuberculosis in cattle. Prof. Hobday, hon. V.S. to King George, believes that it will stamp out the disease in cattle, and Mr. A. Payne, F.R.C.V.S., also testifies to its efficacy. The treatment is simple, and is is applied to calves within a week old.

Down Asylum Estimate. -- Down District Asylum Committee has adopted an estimate of £37,930 for the year ending March 31, 1926. The amount does not include interest on, and repayment of, loans. The demand on the County Council was fixed at £33,520 for all charges, an increase of £2,400 on that of the current year. The increase is due to a smaller credit balance at the commencement the year, and to the higher costs of provisions, principally flour, potatoes, cattle feeding, coal, and clothing.

Medal for Rescuing Horse. -- The Silver Medal of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals was presented to Albert Hall at Bristol by the Lord Mayor. On a dark night in October a horse was missed from its stable, and its driver called friends from their beds to search for it. Eventually it was discovered that the animal had fallen from the roadway, six or seven feet down, on to a mud bank of the Avon. The tide was out, and Hall rescued the horse by leading it some distance along the river bank, danger at great to himself.

Death of a Town Clerk. -- The sudden death Mr. Alfred Fielding Wright, solicitor, town clerk of Dromore, Co. Down, has evoked wides-spread sorrow and sympathy. The deceased gentleman, who leaves a widow and one son to mourn his loss, was a native of Ballycarry, Larne. He came to Dromore 25 years ago as managing clerk for Mr. W. J. Baxter, B.A., solicitor, a position he retained up to his demise. He was secretary of the Dromore branch of the West Down Unionist Association until failing health compelled him to resign, and was a member of the Orange and Masonic Orders.

Welsh Bard's Death. -- John Edwards, a well-known Welsh bard, and his wife, died at Caerphilly within six hours of each other. The former was 80 years of age, and the latter 79.

£500,000 Housing Scheme. -- Belfast Corporation has decided to apply to the Northern Ministry of Home Affairs for sanction to borrow £500,000 for a further housing scheme.

Breeding Bolshevism. -- Lieutenant W. M. Marks, an Australian M.P. says that the Soviets are training young Englishmen and despatching them to the colonies, where they enter trade unions and foment trouble.

False Leg Run Over. -- An elderly man had his artificial leg amputated when he fell in front of a Bakerloo train at Paddington (London) Underground Station. He escaped with an injury to his head and is expected to recover. His sound leg was not hurt.

Bishop's Escape. -- Monsignor Moury, the French Bishop in charge of the missions on the Ivory Coast, is seriously ill from the effects of being bitten on the leg by a poisonous snake at Dabore. His life was only saved by the immediate injection of a serum.

A Fatal Yawn. -- Sarah Berry (49), wife of a minor of Monkbreton, near Barnsley, dislocated her jaw by yawning and whilst under an anaesthetic collapsed and died in the doctor's surgery. At the inquest the verdict was death from fatty degeneration of the liver accelerated by an anaesthetic.

Not Too Old at Seventy. -- The combined ages of the bride and bridegroom at a Ramsgate wedding were 138 years. The bridegroom, Mr. R. A. N. Foreman, was 70, and the bride, Mrs. Dona, daughter of a naval officer, 68. She was "given away" by a woman friend, whose age was over 60.

Worse Than the Disease. -- Going to bed wearing wet woollen stockings wrung out of ice-cold water, drinking seven cups of coffee, and eating a pound of monkey-nuts before retiring, were among the suggestions received by a Chicago man in reply to his offer of £100 for an effective cure for insomnia.

All-Day Tram Tickets. -- The traffic manager of the London County Council Tramways announces that 1s all-day tickets will be issued on L.C.C. tramways every Saturday and Sunday. They entitle a passenger to travel by all services on 164 miles of route, and to change cars as often desired.

Shetland Ponies for Tibet. -- A pair of Shetland ponies from the stud of Mrs. Hobart, Master of the Isle of Wight Harriers, are being sent by her to India for presentation by the Indian Government to the Dalai Lama of Tibet. These, is believed, will be the first Shetland ponies to be sent to Tibet.

Brigand Refuses to Leave Prison. -- Silvio Visconti, a dangerous brigand, who was sentenced to perpetual imprisonment 54 years ago, and who is now 94, refused to leave the prison at Portici after the King of Italy had granted him a pardon, stating that he was now 94 years of age and had not one in the world to whom he could go.

Labour and Socialism. -- The Independent Labour Party have issued a statement that they will open a campaign to win the country constituencies for Labour and Socialism. Thirty-five county divisions have been chosen for special attention in North and East Anglia, Yorkshire, London, and the South, the Midlands and Wales.

Unemployment Problem in Austria. -- The Austrian Minister for Social Welfare, Dr. Resch, proposed to offer to grant employers 1s 6d a day for each unemployed person to whom they give work. Unemployed who refuse to accept such offers will be deprived of the dole. There are at present 130,000 in Austria, including 60,000 unemployed in Vienna alone.

Miner's Discovery. -- What is believed to be a genuine Raphael, a picture of Cupid and Psyche, has been bought by a miner named John Millington, of Rotherham, near Sheffield, at a local second-hand shop. He gave only a small sum for it, and did not know at the time that it was more than a commonplace painting. The picture is to be examined by the National Gallery authorities.

Gloves Cause Huge Fire. -- The action of girl whose fur-backed gloves had accidentally been set alight caused £6,000 fire at West Auckland. She hastily threw the gloves down, and they fell in some petrol on the floor of a garage. In few minutes the garage was ablaze. The building, a three-storey one, comprising the garage, a dwelling-house, and a dance hall, was destroyed.

Long Line of Lawyers. -- At Downpatrick Petty Sessions the magistrate welcomed a new solicitor in the person of Mr. H. B. Wallace, son of Colonel Wallace, C.B. He makes the sixth of the Wallace family, in direct succession from father to son, who have heen solicitors. His great-great-grandfather, great-grandfather, and grandfather at different times held the office of Senechal of Downpatrick.

£40,000 for Commercial Education. -- Mr. A. F. Ackroyd, president of the Bradford Chamber of Commerce, announced an anonymous gift to the chamber of £400,000, the income of which will be used for the purpose of assisting the study of foreign languages and commercial education of young men by residence and study abroad, and in order to promote closer relations between Great Britain and Foreign countries.

Curative Effect of Wireless. -- Edinburgh doctors have reported upon the remarkable curative-effect of wireless upon children. An extensive installation was recently fitted in sick children's hospital, and patients eagerly leave their beds each day and dance and sing to the music which comes through loud speakers. The benefit the little patients have already derived from wireless is inscribed by authorities as astonishing.

Schoolboy Bookmakers. -- Discussing the effect of the gambling problem on public schools, Rev. P. T. R. Kirk (Industrial Christian Fellowship) declared at the Headmasters' Conference that young people of both sexes and all classes were coming in one way or another under the influence of gambling. In one instance out of a class of forty-two boys of the average age of 11¼ years, nineteen admitted backing horses, chiefly on the days of big races. A case was mentioned of a boy who acted as bookmaker with the other boys, and often collected as much as 10s.

The Largest Motor Ship. -- The Aorangi, the largest motor vessel afloat, built to the order of the Union Steamship Co., of New Zealand, by the Fairfield Shipbuilding Co., Glasgow, has left Southampton for Sydney and New Zealand. Thereafter she will take her place in the Canadian-Australian service of the Union Co. The new vessel has a displacement tonnage of 23,000, which puts her at the head of merchant ships trading through the Southern Pacific. She is 600 feet long, and 72 feet broad, and on four decks will accommodate 440 first class, 300 second class, and 200 third class passengers.

Clerical Appointment. -- The Board of Nominations have appointed Rev. Webb Butler Jones, B.A., to be rector of St. Mary's Church, Belfast, in succession to the late Canon Brown. The new rector, who is a son-in-law of the Venerable Dr. Hemphill, Archdeacon of Down, and a brother of Mr. Hume Jones, B.L., LL.B., R.M.. at Coleraine, was ordained as curate of Enniskillen in 1903. Subsequently he held curacies at Roscrea and at Birr. He was appointed rector of Ballingarry, County Tipperary, in 1913, and in 1920 became rector of Cloughjordan, in the same county. In the following year he came back to the North, having taken on the curacy of Drumbeg, in the diocese of Down. Mr. Jones is a son of the late Venerable Archdeacon Jones, of Killaloe, who was also canon of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, and was formerly incumbent of Roscrea.

British Privilege. -- The Australian High Commissioner in London, Sir Joseph Cook, states that the new Australian rule requiring every immigrant to possess £40 does not apply to British subjects.

Tickets by the Million. -- No less than 155,000,000 tickets were collected through-out the 7,000 miles of the L.N.E.R. last year. These tickets placed end to end would reach a distance of 531 miles.

Ballymena Court Clerk. -- Mr. Samuel Henry Mehaffey, Acting Petty Sessions Clerk of Ballymena, and son of the late Clerk, has been appointed Clerk. There were four applicants for the position.

Found in a Codfish. -- While cutting open a codfish, a shopkeeper's assistant, of Kingston, discovered in its mouth a plain gold ring, apparently a wedding ring. The fish was purchased in Billingsgate market.

Increased Unemployment. -- There was an increase of 1,985 in the number of unemployed registered in Northern Ireland last week. The total number of unemployed on December 29 was 43,485, of whom 32,875 were men.

An Adventurous Wedding. -- A wedding party at Tintern (Mon.) were upset, owing to the driver of their motor car not noticing rope tied across the road. The car was considerably damaged, but the wedding couple escaped injury.

South Australia in London. -- Although no definite announcement has so far been made it is known that Mr. J. Jelly, Member of the Legislative Council, has accepted the post of Agent-General for South Australia in London.

A Good Word for Publicans. -- The Vicar of All Saints', Islington (Rev. Wilfred Francis), explaining why he is forming a Guild of Publicans, says that he has found that publicans, "besides being jolly good fellows, possess unblemished characters.

World's Longest Platform. -- One result of linking up the Victoria and Exchange stations on the L.M.S. Railway at Manchester -- a scheme which is to be carried out immediately -- will be the creation of the world's longest platform, the total length being 2,175 feet.

Nation on Wheels. -- For every 6.42 persons of the 114,000,000 population of the United States there is one motor car or truck. The total number of motor vehicles now in use in the United States is 17,700,000 odd, gain of 16.28 per cent. over the total of 15,223,000 recorded in 1923. The amount of money invested in these vehicles is estimated at £2,200,000.

Taking Care of the Pence. -- In the offices of the Gas Light and Coke Company, London up to 17,000,000 pennies are stored at one time, owing to the vast numbers of copper coins taken in the slot metres. Some 600,000,000 pennies a year are taken, and at any given moment up to a quarter of a million pounds in coppers lie in the metres of the British metropolis.

Post Office Telephone Profits -- Contrary to general impression that the national telephone service does not pay the Treasury return of national revenue and expenditure accounts for the year ended 31st March, 1923, shows a net profit of £939,000, and it is anticipated that the profits for the year ended 31st March, 1924, will be more than £1,000.000.

Married by Woman. -- On behalf of a Sheffield girl a claim to be the first woman to solemnise a marriage has been entered. Miss Laura Beard was appointed deputy superintendent registrar of Ecclesall, Bierlow, Sheffield, in August, 1923, and off several occasions since, in the absence of her father, the Superintendent-Registrar, she has solemnised marriages.

Flight Across Africa. -- Preparations are being made, under the auspices of the Ministry, for another flight across Africa, from north to south. The object of the flight is to find suitable bases for a regular air service and to test the abilities of a new seaplane. It is understood that the trip will start probably from Harwich, where the flying boat is undergoing severe trials.

Hospital's Narrow Win. -- The Royal Northern Hospital, London, has won £20,000. Sir Howell J. Williams offered to give this sum to the hospital if it raised a like amount by the end of 1924. After a strenuous campaign the task was completed at a late hour on the last day of the old year. Among the gifts in the closing days were a penny from a tiny a girl visitor, and 2½d in stamps.

Belfast Revenue in 1924. -- The revenue figures for Belfast for the year ending December 31, 1924, are as follow -- Customs, £4,465,515 9s 1d; Excise and local taxation, £2,034,940 5s 1d; other rates, £71,584. For the year ending December 31, 1923, the figures were Customs, £4,407,283 1s 1d; Excise, £2,212,578 3s 6d. The total amount collected during 1924 shows therefore an increase of £152,179 8s 10d over the figure for the preceding year.

A Gentle Hint. -- Each guest at dinner in Queen's College, Oxford, was handed needle and thread, with the admonition:-- "Take this and be thifty." The custom dates from the time when Prince Hal, a student at Queen's, being reproved by his father for extravagance, went home with needles and thread hanging to his gown, and told the King that he had even tried to mend his own rents.

Two Heroic Miners. King George has awarded the Edward Silver Medal to V. Elwick and G. Wilson, miners, Durham. In October they extricated two men from under a heavy fall of roof. One of the rescued men was not released until three of his fingers were cut off with a joiner's chisel. Ten minutes later 150 tons of roofing fell. The bodies of A. Davies and P. Goodbear, victims of the Killon disaster, have been recovered.

New D.L. for Belfast. -- Sir Thomas Dixon, Bart., his Majesty's Lieutenant for the County of the City of Belfast, has, vith the approval of his Grace the Governor Northern Ireland, been pleased to appoint Mr. Frederick. William Ewart, of Derryvolgie, Lisburn, County Antrim, Deputy-Lieutenant for the County of the City of Belfast. Mr. Ewart is a brother of the late Sir William Quartus Ewart, Bart., D.L., and an uncle of the present baronet, Sir Robert Ewart.

Duchess of Atholl's Visit. -- The Duchess of Atholl, M.P., will visit Belfast next week, and on Tuesday will address two meetings under the auspices of the Ulster Women's Unionist Council. The Duchess, who will arrive on Monday, will be the guest of the Council at private luncheon in the Y.M.C.A. Minor Hall, and will be the leading speaker at a women's demonstration in the Ulster Hall in the evening. The Duchess of Atholl, who is keenly interested in educational matters, will be the guest of Lady Craig at Stormont during her visit to Belfast.

Ulster National Teachers. -- At the annual meeting of the Belfast branch of the Ulster National Teachers' Union the following were elected office-bearers for the ensuing year:-- Miss Allen (Mabel Street P.E.S.), chairman; Mr. W. Cowan. B.A. (Belmont P.E.S.), vice-chairman; Mr. W. Scott (M'Clure Street P.E.S.), treasurer; Messrs. J. Ross (Hillman P.E.S.), and J. J. M'Quay (Donegall Road P.E.S.), secretaries. The following were elected to take the places on the committee of retiring members:-- Mr. Hamilton (Christ Church P.E.S.), Miss Hagin (York Street P.E.S.). and Mr. Martyn (Finiston P.E.S.). Miss Allen, Mr. Scott, and Miss M'Cullough were re-elected to represent the branch on the executive committee; and Miss Allen was nominated for election as vice-president of the Union.



Memorial Organ Dedicated.

The Moderator of the General Assembly, Right Rev. R. W. Hamilton, M.A., dedicated in the Carrowdore (Co. Down) Presbyterian Church, on Sabbath morning, a beautiful memorial organ erected to the memory of the members of the congregation who served and those who fell in the Great War. The instrument, which is of the one manual type, is splendidly suited to the requirements of the little country church, and inscribed on the front are the names of seven of the congregation who were killed and twenty-six who served.

In the evening the Moderator unveiled the little tablet in front of the organ containing an inscription of dedication, while the choir sang the anthem. "What are these?" (Stiner), Mr. J. V Raffles was the special organist on Sabbath, and on Monday evening Mr. Raffles gave an organ recital of pieces by Mendelssohn, Elgar, Handel, Purcell, and other great composers, which fully displayed the abilities of the instrument. Solos were sung by Miss O. Rutherford, Belfast, and Mr. W. L. Doggart, and at the end Rev. W. Chestnutt, minister of the church, thanked all who had assisted.


Death of Mr. Walter Archibald, J.P.

We regret to announce the death of Mr. Walter A. Archibald, J.P,. for many years a prominent figure in Belfast business circles, which occurred rather suddenly at his residence, Glen Alva, Cliftonville Road. Deceased, who was a native of Sterling, came to Belfast over 48 years ago as the first Irish representative of the well-known chemical manufacturing firm of Messrs. Brunner, Mond, & Co., and in later years founded the Springfield Dyeing and Finishing Company. An ardent golfer, he was one of the pioneers who firmly established the game in Ulster. and at one period hold office as captain of the Helen's Bay Club. He wad a devoted member of Fortwilliam Presbyterian Church, and was identified with the Masonic Order. Highly esteemed by all who knew him, his death is deeply regretted by a wide circle of friends whose sympathies go out to the widow, three sons, and two daughters in their bereavement.

The interment took place yesterday in the City Cemetery. Prior to removal of the remains from Glen Alva, a short service was conducted in the presence of immediate relatives by Rev. Dr. Maconaghie, Fortwilliam Park Presbyterian Church, and Rev. David Steen, B.A., First Presbyterian Church, Islandmagee.

The chief mourners were:-- Messrs. Walter Archibald, Edward G. Archibald, and Charles Archibald (sons), Mr. M. Holmes (brother-in-law), and Mr. J. C. Taylor (son-in-law). Among the general mourners both at the house and at the graveside, where Rev A. Lyle Harrison, B.A. (Fortwilliam Park Presbyterian Church), officiated, were former business associates of the late Mr. Archibald, members of the Masonic Order, representatives of the congregation with which deceased had for so long been associated, and golfing acquaintances. The funeral arrangements were carried through by Messrs. Melville & Co, Ltd.


Ulster Estates.

Mr. John Patton, of 27, Wellington Park. Belfast, a former director of the Ulster Bank, Belfast, who died on September 22 last, aged 72 years, left personal estate in Northern Ireland and Great Britain valued at £11,418.

Mr. William Wright, of 26, Ormision Crescent, Belfast, formerly in business as a chemist and druggist at Lockerbie, N.B., and lately a travelling secretary of the Young Men's Christian Association, who died on September 10 last, left personal estate in Northern Ireland and Great Britain valued at £3,927.

Mr. Andrew James Blair, of Bullynure. Co. Antrim, who died on June 2 last, left personal estate in Northern Ireland and England valued at £3,170.

Mr. William Robert Yarr, of Dromart House, Lower Ballinderry, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, farmer, who died on September last, left personal estate in Northern Ireland and Great Britain valued at £3,056.


Trawler Earns £500 in a Day.

The trawler True Reward, which left Plymouth Harbour in the morning, was back by five o'clock in the afternoon with a catch which was sold for £500. The first set of nets, which were full of fish, were lost in the rough sea, but fresh nets were shot, and 100,000 herrings were hauled in. Fish has reached famine prices in many places owing to stormy weather preventing steam and sailing trawlers from working.


Death of Dr. Mitchell Hunter.

Many will learn with regret of the death of Dr. Mitchell Hunter, of 56, Bryansburn Road, Bangor, County Down. Born near Magherafelt, where he was a well-known and popular figure, the late Dr. Hunter practised at Magherafelt for many years. Eventually he went to Sunderland, where he was attached to the Durham Light Infantry prior to 1914. He returned to Magherafelt, where he continued in practice until his retirement some time ago, after which he took up residence in Bangor. Dr Hunter is survived by his widow, three sons, and two daughters. His son-in-law is Rev. James Graham, minister of Corvalley (Carrickmacross) Presbyterian Church.



A Well-known Belfast Printer.

The announcement of the death of Mr. Robert Nicholl, of "Granville," Chichester Road, Belfast, be on his 56th birthday, will received with deep regret by a wide circle of friends, Mr. Nicholl was educated in St Enoch's School, and served his apprenticeship to the stationery, bookbinding and lithographic business, subsequently occupying responsible positions with large firms. In 1894 he commenced business on his own behalf as a printer and manufacturing stationer in Iveagh Chambers, removing later on to Granville Buildings and then to Pottinger's Entry. He is a member of the Belfast Printing Trades Employers' Association, and of the federation of Master Printers and Allied Trades of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. A staunch Loyalist, he served with the Belfast Volunteer Defence Corps during the war, and was attached to the "B" Special Police during the troublous times tn the city, acting as a station-commandant. He was a prominent member of the Masonic and Orange Orders. Deceased was a Presbyterian in religion, and worshipped at Bloomfield Presbyterian Church and contributed largely to its funds. He leaves a widow and nine children to mourn his loss.

The funeral took place yesterday to Dundonald Cemetery. There was very large attendance of representatives of the various organisations, including the special police force, with which the deceased was connected, and on all sides sincere regret was expressed at the removal of one who had been held in such high esteem. Rev. C. M. Young was the officiating minister. The funeral arrangements were admirably carried out by Messrs. Melville & Co, Ltd.


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