Belfast Evening Telegraph - Saturday, 6 December, 1913
No. 13,833. Vol.XLIV -- Fourth Edition -- [EIGHT PAGES] ONE HALFPENNY
ALLEN -- December 5, at his son's residence, "Alton," Ormiston Park, Knock, Belfast, Robert C. Allen (late of 19 Castlereagh Place). The remains of my dear father will be removed, for interment in the family burying-ground, Moneyrea, on to-morrow (Sunday), 7th inst., at 2 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation. JOHN ALLEN.
BURLAND -- December 5, at her residence, 46 Vistula Street, Mary, the beloved wife of James Burland. Her remains will be removed, for interment in Carnmoney Burying-ground, on Monday afternoon, at two o'clock. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation. Deeply regretted. JAMES BURLAND.
BURNEY -- December 5, 1913, at his residence, 28 Woodvale Street, Belfast, Thomas, the dearly-beloved husband of Margaret Jane Burney. His remains will be removed from the above address, on to-morrow (Sunday) afternoon, at 1.30 o'clock, for interment in Carnmoney Burying-ground, Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation.
"Peace, perfect peace."
Inserted by his sorrowing Wife and Family.
Scotch, Toronto, and Australian papers please copy.
CALVIN -- December 5, at 9 Westcott Street, Belfast, Margaret Calvin, relict of late John Calvin, of Coleraine. Funeral to-morrow (Sunday), leaving Belfast at 11 a.m., by motor, arriving at Coleraine Parish Church about 2.30 p.m. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation. SARAH HUSTON.
CHAMBERS -- December 6, at his residence, 12 Canterbury Street, Thomas Andrew Chambers, the dearly-beloved son of Thomas and A. E. Chambers. His remains will be removed, for interment in the family burying-ground, Loughaghey, on to-morrow (Sunday), at 10.30 a.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.
"To be with Christ, which is far better."-
Phil. i., 23.
COLLIER -- December 4, at the residence of her son-in-law, Rev. T. Sunderland, Harrogate, in the 78th year of her age, Elizabeth, widow of the late Rev. Robert Collier, Methodist minister.
DEAN -- December 5, at her residence, 81 University Avenue, Eliza, widow of the late Charles Dean. Funeral private.
FISHER -- December 5, 1913, at her residence, 42 Limestone Road, Mary Fisher, widow of the late Samuel Fisher. The remains of my beloved mother will be removed from above address, on to-morrow (Sunday), at 10.30 a.m., passing through Doagh at 12.30 p.m., for interment in Kilbride Burying-ground. Friends will please accept this intimation.
Gone, but not forgotten.
Inserted by her sorrowing Son and Daughters.
American and Australian papers please copy.
FISHER -- December 5, 1913, at her residence, 42 Limestone Road, Mary Fisher. The remains of my beloved mother will be removed from above address, on to-morrow (Sunday), at 10.30 a.m., passing through Doagh at 12.30 p.m., for interment in Kilbride Burying-ground. Friends will please accept this intimation.
Inserted by her loving Daughter and Son-in-law. ANDREW AND MINNIE BLAIR. 4 Seaview Street.
HUMPHRIES -- December 5, 1913, at his residence, 36 Tamar Street, John, the dearly-beloved husband of Martha Humphries. His remains will be removed from the above address, for interment in the City Cemetery, on to-morrow (Sunday) afternoon, at two o'clock. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation. Deeply regretted. MARTHA HUMPHRIES.
EAST BELFAST L.O.L. 578
HUMPHRIES -- The Members of above Lodge and other Brethren are requested to attend the funeral of our late brother, John Humphries.
ROBERT SIMPSON, W.M. THOMAS H. EDWARDS, Secretary.
NATIONAL AMALGAMATED UNION OF LABOUR -- 212 Branch.
HUMPHRIES -- Members of above Branch are requested to attend the funeral of our late respected Brother, John Humphries.
T. FERGUSON, President. A.LOCKETT, Secretary. J. GORDON, Treasurer.
JOHNSTON -- December 5, 1913, at his mother's residence, Monkstown, Whiteabbey, Andrew, the youngest and dearly-beloved son of Margaret and the late James Johnston. His remains will be removed from above address, for interment in Carnmoney Cemetery, on to-morrow (Sunday), at 2 p.m. MARGARET JOHNSTON.
JORDAN -- December 5, at his parents' residence, 42 Glenfarne Street, Belfast, Gerald Robinson Jordon. The remains of our dearly-beloved son will be removed, for interment in Carnmoney Graveyard, on to-morrow (Sunday), at 2 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.
"Safe in the arms of Jesus."
ROBERT AND ANNIE JORDON.
LOCKINGTON -- December 5, at the Abbey Sanatorium, David, the youngest son of the late David Lockington. His remains will be removed from his brother's residence, 21 Leadbetter Street, for interment in the City Cemetery, on to-morrow (Sunday), 7th inst., at 2 p.m. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation. JOHN WILLIAM LOCKINGTON.
LYNAS -- December 5, 1913, at his residence, 23 Vistula Street, Ernest, the beloved son of Alexander and Jane Lynas. His remains will be removed from the above address, on to-morrow (Sunday) 7th inst., at 1 p.m., for interment in Carnmoney. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation.
"Gone to be with Christ, which is far better."
A. AND J. LYNAS.
MANSON -- December 5, 1913, at his residence, 13 Carnalea Street, William John Manson, the dearly-beloved husband of Margaret Manson. His remains will be removed from above address on to-morrow (Sunday), at 1 p.m., for interment in North Road Cemetery, Carrickfergus. Friends will please accept this intimation.
'Tis hard to break the tender cord,
When love has bound the heart:
'Tis harder still to say the words,
Must we for ever part.
NATIONAL AMALGAMATED UNION OF LABOUR -- No. 78 Branch.
MANSON -- December 5, at 16 Carnalea Street, Belfast, William Manson. Members of the above and other Branches are requested to attend the funeral of our late respected Member, on to-morrow (Sunday), at 1 p.m.
HENRY WHITE, President. SAMUEL KILPATRICK, Secretary. GEORGE GREIG, Official Delegate.
MEEKE -- December 5, at his residence, 26 Ambleside Street, James Steele Meeke, the dearly-beloved husband of Christiana Meeke, and eldest son of the late James Meeke, manager Ulster Bank, Omagh. His remains will be removed, for interment on to-morrow (Sunday) afternoon, at three o'clock, in Dundonald Cemetery. Friends will please accept this intimation. CHRISTIANA MEEKE.
MEHARRY -- December 5, at his father's residence, 30 Carlton Street, Hugh, the dearly-beloved son of William and Jane Meharry. His remains will be removed from the above address, on to-morrow (Sunday) morning, at ten o'clock, for interment in the family burying-ground, Tullnakill. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation. Deeply regretted.
Inserted by his sorrowing Father, Mother, Brothers, and Sister. WILLIAM AND JANE MEHARRY.
WALLACE -- December 6, 1913, at his parents' residence, 5 Hart Street, Hugh Gault, aged 1 year, youngest and dearly-beloved son of Robert and Agnes Wallace. Interment notice later. Deeply regretted.
WRIGHT -- December 4, 1913, at the Royal Victoria Hospital (the result of an accident on Queen's Island), Louis Henry (Louie), the fourth and dearly-beloved son of Katherine Wright. His remains will be removed from his mother's residence, 3 Cluan Place, for interment in City Cemetery, on to-morrow (Sunday), at 2 p.m. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation. KATHERINE WRIGHT.
Mr. and Mrs. GORMAN and Family desire to thank the many kind friends who sympathised with them in their most sad bereavement: also, to those who sent floral tributes, especially to the Teachers of Ligoniel Methodist Sunday-school for their splendid wreath. 281 Ligoniel Road.
Mr. FRANCIS MILLAR desires to thank the many kind friends who sympathised with them in their recent sad bereavement; also, those who sent floral tributes. Hoping this will be accepted by all. FRANCIS MILLAR. 241 Newtownards Road.
Mrs. ROBB desires to return thanks to the many kind friends who sympathised with her in her sad bereavement; also, those who sent wreaths and floral tributes, especially to the Members of Argyle Temperance and Ulster Amateur Flute Bands for their kindness and beautiful wreaths. Hoping this will be accepted by all.
23 Northumberland Street.
ASHE -- In fond and loving memory of my dear mother, Elizabeth Ashe, who departed this life on 6th December, 1912, and was interred in Muckamore Burying-ground.
One year has passed since she left me in sorrow.
And sad was the shock I received on that day;
But some day I'll meet her and enjoy her for ever.
In the home of our Saviour who called her away.
Inserted by her sorrowing Daughter. MARY HAMILL.
ASHE -- In fond and loving memory of our dear mother, Elizabeth Ashe, who departed this life on 6th December, 1912, and was interred in Muckamore Burying-ground.
Dear is the spot where our mother is laid,
Sweet is the memory that never shall fade;
Fond is the hope that again we shall meet,
All kneeling together at Jesus's feet.
Inserted by her sorrowing Daughters. ELIZABETH AND CATHERINE ASHE.
CHRISTIE -- In loving memory of our dear grandmother, Mary Ann Christie, who departed this life on the 6th December, 1912, and was interred in Holywood Old Churchyard.
Dear is the spot where our grandmother is laid,
Sweet is the memory that never will fade;
Fond is the hope that again we shall meet.
Kneeling together at Jesus's feet.
Inserted by her loving Granddaughters and Grandson. 31 Chadolly Street and 21 Parker Street.
FITZSIMMONS -- In loving memory of my dear sister, Mary, who departed this life on the 6th December, 1912, and was interred in Carnmoney Burying-ground.
"Say not good-night, but in some brighter clime bid me good morning"
MRS. M'KEE, 104 Cliftonpark Avenue.
M'KEEN -- In fond and loving memory of our dear mother, Margaret M'Keen, who departed this life on the 6th December, 1912, and was interred in the City Cemetery.
"Tis hard to break the tender cord,
When love has bound the heart;
"Tis harder still to say the words:
Must we for ever part.
Inserted by her Son and Daughters and Son-in-law. 34 Brookmount Street.
NELSON -- In loving memory of our dear son, Thomas Hawthorn Nelson, who fell asleep in Jesus, on the 6th December, 1912, and was interred in Shankill Burying-ground.
We shall know his voice in the Lamb sweet song.
His step in the courts of gold,
The same sweet smile on his loving face
As he wore in the days of old.
Ever remembered by his Father, Mother, Sisters, and Brothers. JOHN AND ANN J. NELSON. 127 Lawnbrook Avenue.
SATURDAY NIGHT, at 7-45
(Doors open at 7).
MR. JOHN CLARKE,
And Humerous Songs by
MR. HERBERT NUGENT,
The well-known Humorist.
N.B. -- We regret Miss Maguire, Dublin, is unable to appear owing to serious indisposition.
Five Reels of Selected Cinematograph.
Prices, 3d and 6d.
ARMAGH MAN DIES AT 105.
The death has taken place at Cortynan, Co. Armagh, of Jack Rogers, in his 105th year. Born at Cortynan, in the year 1808, he entered the service of the second Earl of Caledon, and remained in the employment of the family until about five years ago, when he was pensioned off. He had been engaged as herd at Keadew farm for over fifty years, and his duties brought him into constant touch with the public, by whom he was very highly respected. He gained the confidence of all the members of the Caledon family in marked degree, the present Earl being the forth under whom he had served. About three weeks ago he removed from the Caledon district, where he had been resident since his retirement, to his native place, and was out walking about the fields when he caught a chill, which caused his death.
POST OFFICE UNREST.
THE APPROACHING CRISIS.
GOVERNMENT MUST BE RESPONSIBLE.
The conference of the Amalgamated Postal Telegraph Clerks' Associations and United Kingdom Postal Clerks' Association was opened at Leicester to-day, about 200 delegates attending for the purpose of considering the Postmaster-General's reply to the application for an all-round increase of wages of 15 per cent., and other matters.
The Chairman (Mr. J. M'Carthy, of London) complained in his opening address that the Government had not met them with a blunt refusal of their demands, and he added that the Government must accept the full responsibility for the approaching crisis. Indications were everywhere apparent that unless the Government took immediate steps in some measure to meet the clerks' demands there was very grave danger of the rank and file brushing aside the leaders and trying to solve the problem themselves. They were very near the partings of the ways, and he sincerely hoped the Government would not persist in forcing their hands.
The resolutions were then discussed in camera.
ARMING OF ULSTER.
SOME REMARKABLE DETAILS.
IN PROGRESS FOR FIVE YEARS.
Mr. R. Montague Smith, writing in to-day's "Daily Mail," says:-- "The arming of Ulster has been going on quietly for the last five years. At first the rifles purchased were part of a large number originally made for the Italian Army, but never actually put into service owing to the decision to adopt an improved type. These Italian rifles, of which about 25,000 were purchased for Ulster, are not so precise as the modern weapon, being long in the barrel with an unusually large bore and a high trajectory. Nevertheless they are very deadly weapons, being fatal at a distance of 1,500 yards. Each rifle has a clip holding five cartridges.
"These rifles were bought in Hamburg and shipped from there to Dundee, Leith, Newcastle and West Hartlepool. At one or other of those ports they were transhipped on to a boat bound for Belfast, often consigned as hardware, electrical equipment, or even pianos.
"These operations were carried out with great secrecy. The consignees' names were generally fictitious. They called at the docks to claim their property, which was immediately hurried away. On one occasion when it was believed that the Customs authorities were going to query a particular consignment it was not claimed and was shipped back to Newcastle. In less than a fortnight it reached Belfast again, this time via Keith.
"The rifles once imported were stored secretly at various places in Ulster. One large armoury, for example, was established at the house of one of the richest business men of Belfast who lives a few miles only outside the city. His store amounted to several thousand rifles.
"In all between 20,000 and 25,000 of these Italian rifles were gradually accumulated at such storehouses. About six months ago they began to be distributed in considerable numbers to the men who are, if necessary, to use them.
"The distribution, like the importation, was directed by a secret committee, and was carried out with the greatest secrecy. Company officers in charge of detachments of the Ulster Volunteer Force received instructions to attend at such and such a house at a certain hour with a motor-car or private carriage. Two or three harmless-looking bundles would be handed to them, placed in the car, and driven away. These contained rifles, which were subsequently quietly handed over to the men. This procedure has been going on for months past all over Ulster, in places as far apart as Londonderry and Kilkeel, but the major part of the weapons still seems to be in store, and very little ammunition has yet been distributed.
"These Italian rifles made their first public appearance at Armagh in the beginning of October, when Sir Edward Carson inspected a bodyguard of Ulster Volunteers who were armed with them.
"Latterly the purchase of rifles for Ulster has been carried out much more frankly. Quite modern and up-to-date weapons have been purchased in large numbers in the open market at Birmingham and Dublin, together with quantities of ammunition. The exact number of rifles imported into Ulster for the physical force resistance movement is to date just over 40,000.
"It should also be borne in mind that really enormous numbers of revolvers have been bought by both Unionists and Nationalists in Ulster.
"Up till quite recently nearly all the revolvers sold were bought by Unionists, but lately there are evidences that the Nationalists are arming themselves, buying revolvers on the instalment system."
Knowing as we do the facts of the situation, we are in a position to state that a great deal of the foregoing is romance.
MONEY SAVING IN THE HOME.
People sometimes spend money quite unnecessarily in keeping the home spick and span. The same cheerful brightening-up effects can be obtained without laying out large sums by the use of Jap-a-Lac Transparent Colour varnishes.
Jap-a-Lac is specially prepared for home use; it needs no mixing or preparation. Every housewife can use Jap-a-Lac with complete success, and by its aid can beautify the home from cellar to garret. Jap-a-Lac stains and varnishes in one operation. On window frames, doors, stairs, basket chairs, picture frames, floors, wainscoting, &c., it gives splendid results. You can get Jap-a-Lac High Grade Transparent Colour Varnishes at all good Oilmen and Ironmongers at 6d a Tin. Obtainable from:-- W. Dobbin &Co., 45 & 47 North Street, Belfast; Martin's Drug Stores, 181 Antrim Road, Belfast; T.N. Mofitt, 209 & 211 Crumlin Road, Belfast; Martin, 163 Old Lodge Road, Belfast; John Gray & Co., 49 Antrim Road, Belfast; James Gillespie, Chemist & Druggist, 34 Woodvale Road, Belfast; Messrs. Harmur, Ltd., Cash Chemists, 29-31 Ann Street, Belfast; Wm. Haslett, Druggist and Grocer, Ballynafeigh; Messrs. Davidson & Murray, Chemists, Mountpottinger, Belfast; George Graham, The Red House, Ballymena; W. Montgomery, Church Street, Ballymena; Green, Enniscorthy; J.E. Hackett, General Merchant, Glougher, Co. Tyrone; J. & J. Canavan, 2 High Street, Portadown; A.C. Scott, Ulster House, Portrush; Wholesale in Belfast from T. M'Mullen & Co., Victoria Street; and J. & J. Haslett, North Street.
GLASGOW BAZAAR INCIDENT.
"Have you still money invested in the Public-house Trust at Paisley?" asked a young man of Sir Thomas Glen-Coats while the latter was opening a Baptist Church bazaar in Glasgow on Friday, and the sudden interruption caused considerable excitement.
Mr. Godfrey Collins, who presided, said that he knew the spirit of the meeting, and understood the purpose of the question. He would ask the interrupter to remain behind and see Sir Thomas.
This the young man consented to do.
BELFAST CHARITY ORGANISATION SOCIETY.
THE THIRD LECTURE of the Series on Social Subjects will be delivered by Professor F. HALL, M.A., B. Com. (in the unavoidable absence of Professor Meridith), in the LINENHALL LIBRARY, on MONDAY, 8th December, at 3-45 o'clock. Subject -- "SOME WAGE PROBLEMS."
FIFTY PERISH IN FLOOD.
NEW YORK, Saturday. -- Reports from the Braxos River flood zone state that fifty persons have lost their lives owing to the rising water. Many more are in imminent peril.
For fifty miles the river is from three to five miles wide. Losses are estimated at between four and five million dollars.
FORTY SEAMEN DROWNED.
PARIS, Saturday. -- A telegram from Copenhagen published here states that the Swedish steamer Malmberget sank during the recent storm.
All the crew, numbering forty persons, were drowned.
XMAS BRIGHTNESS FOR POOR.
YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO HELP.
Subscriptions to the Belfast Coal Relief Fund now amount to £670 1s, and further financial support is earnestly desired. An announcement to this effect was made by Mr. F.W. Moneypenny, M.V.O., on Friday, at a meeting of the Executive Committee held in the City Hall, under the presidency of Mr. W. H. M'Laughlin, D. L.
The object in view is to introduce an element of warmth and Yuletide brightness into the homes of the poor and needy, and the present wintry weather should do much to arouse the sympathies of those who can spare a contribution to so deserving an object.
The Lord Mayor (Mr. R.J. M'Mordie, M.P.) is the honorary treasurer of the fund, which, it is hoped, will reach the amount aimed at viz. £1,000.
Mr. J.D. Smith (engineer, and manager of the gas works) kindly attended the meeting of the committee,, and presented his report on the tenders which had been referred to him, together with his analysis of the samples of coal. The tender of the Wigan Coal and Iron Company, Ltd., was, after consideration, accepted; the first delivery to be completed in good time for Xmas.
The Chairman on behalf of the committee cordially thanked Mr. Smith for his valued assistance.
Lord Leitrim, who has undergone an operation for appendicitis, in London, is progressing satisfactorily.
The postage on the Christmas Number of the "Telegraph," which will be issued on Monday, will cost 1 1/2d., either foreign or home.
A new 16,000-ton Dominion liner, to be built by Messrs. Harland & Wolff, is to be named Regina. A vessel of somewhat similar dimensions, for the American Line, also to be built by the Queen's Island firm, will be named Pittsburg.
DEATH OF MR. ALEC HURLEY.
Mr. Alec Hurley, the well-known coster comedian and sketch producer, died at Hampstead this morning. He frequently included Belfast in his tours, and was always well received.
WINDFALL FOR CHANCELLOR.
Probate has been confirmed in London of the will of the late Mr. William Weir, of Kildonan and Adamton, Ayrshire and Glasgow, iron and coal master. The total value of the personal estate amounts to £2,258,269, and in addition there is real estate of the estimated value of £175,000. The total death duties on the property will amount to about £475,000.
MR. BUTTERWORTH'S PUPILS.
A concert by Mr. F. Butterworth's students of singing was given in the Central Hall, Rosemary Street, Belfast, on Friday evening. The Rev. F. Wooley in the chair. Among those who sang were --Miss J. Stevenson, Miss Jones, Miss J. Craig, Miss M. Craig, Miss M'Gowan, Miss L. Rosensweig, Miss M. Mitchell, Miss H. Woodside, Miss G. Lester (soprani), Miss Irwin, Miss S. Hopkins, Miss J. Hopkins, Miss L. Ruddell, and Miss L. Molloy (contralti). Piano solos were contributed by Miss M. Mitchell and Miss S. Hopkins; the Misses Irwin, Lester, and Molloy played a piano trio; and an organ item was played by Miss L. Ruddell. The ladies' choir sang "The Greeting" and "The Ash Grove." Considerable interest was shown by those present in the promising talent of the students.
Under the auspices of the Recreation Committee of Whitehead Presbyterian Church an interesting lecture, entitled "An Evening With Scott," was delivered on Friday evening, in Whitehead National School, by Dr. W. Clark Robinson, M.A. The chair was occupied by Mr. John Fleming, B.A., who alluded in sympathetic terms to the loss the Rev. D.B. and Mrs. Knox had sustained by the death of a relative. At intervals Scottish songs were contributed by Mrs. Jessie Hill, and Mr. M'Kenzie, the accompaniments being supplied by Miss Turtle.
At a special court, held at the police barrack, a man of the tramp class was brought before Dr. William Martin, J.P., and sentenced to fourteen days' imprisonment.
BROTHERS-IN-LAW AT VARIANCE.
For assaulting his brother-in-law, yesterday, William Warlow was ordered to find two sureties in 50s each to keep the peace or be imprisoned for one month in default, at the Police Court, Belfast, to-day. Sir Andrew Newton-Brady, R.M., was the presiding magistrate, and Mr. D. F. Spiller prosecuted.
The evidence tendered at the Court showed that the prisoner had been living with William Wallace, his brother-in-law, for some time, and a quarrel arose last night over Wallace's sister.
Both men adjourned to the street to settle the difficulty, and after some argument the prisoner struck Wallace on the head with an iron ring with such force that he received so severe an injury that he had to be attended to at the hospital.
Rev. Canon Peacocke, B.D., rector of Bangor, occupied the chair at the opening ceremony in connection with the Bangor C.M.S. sale of work, and there was a large attendance. Miss Kingan, Glenganagh, performed the opening ceremony in an appropriate speech. During the evening a missionary procession was presented by forty young people in costumes representing different nationalities, under the superintendence of the Misses O'Neill.
Mr. James M'Murray (chairman) presided at the monthly meeting of Bangor Technical Institute Committee, held in Friday evening in the school. Reference was made to the effort made by the Urban Technical Authorities of the county to obtain a grant from the County Technical Instruction Committee to cover the cost of giving instruction to students from the rural districts. Mr. John Pyper, M. A., principal of Bangor School, reported that a deputation had waited on the County Committee and put forward their claim. The County Committee undertook that the matter would have their best consideration.
IRISH TEMPERANCE LEAGUE.
The Executive of this organisation held their usual weekly meeting in the Boardroom, Lombard Street, on Friday. The number of text-books in use at date exceeded by 1,000 the total issue of last year, and applications for the pamphlet were being received daily. The number of schools studying the subject was stated to be in excess of last year's figure. The reports received from the agents of their work for the previous week were of a cheering character. The school lecturers, Messrs. Herring and Atkinson, had addressed large audiences of young people in the schools, and had taken part in evening meetings held in connection with C.M.P. and Band of Hope organisations. Mr. C. L. Ward visited the districts of Clyhore, Ballyshannon, Pettigo, Irvinestown, and Killybegs. An encouraging report was also received from Mrs. Julian, the secretary of the league in Cork.
A NIGHT OF RIOT.
FIERCE SCENES IN DERRY.
THE DEATH OF ARMSTRONG.
Six men from Derry -- Thomas Armour, Robert Brown, Robert Greer, Robert Mitchell, James Moore, and David Young -- were put forward charged with riot, unlawful assembly and assault, on the 14th August. The prisoners pleaded not guilty, and were defended by Mr. Brown (instructed by Messrs. Miller & Co.)
Before the jury of twelve had been completed the Crown had liberally used its right to discard, no fewer than thirty-five men being called on to stand by. The defence exhausted its half-dozen challenges.
A FATAL SHOT.
Mr. Wylie opened the case. He said the riot occurred in Fountain Street. It commenced at 8.30 on the evening of the 14th August, and reached its height at 9.30. It was so serious that the police were forced to charge up the street. This charge was essential, because the houses were being wrecked. It was in this particular riot that the unfortunate man Armstrong was shot through the head and killed while looking out of his window.
District-Inspector Moore, describing the riot, said stones, bottles, delph, and pieces of iron were thrown, by a crowd numbering between 50 and 100 from Fountain Street to the Carlisle Road. There was also a continuous fusilade of revolver shots -- hundreds of shots were fired -- and there was the usual shouting and singing of party expressions and songs. The song "Dolly's Brae" was sung. Witness heard a great many bullets from Fountain Street strike the houses, and seven people complained to him of being struck by different missiles. Three of the complainants were made by women, while three men came to him and asked him to clear Fountain Street of the crowd, even by shooting the people.
At 9.30 o'clock, witness proceeded, when the riot was at its height, witness had 33 men under his command. There was a slight lull in the rioting, and he took his men through Ferryquay gate, and drew them up at the corner of Fountain Street. Almost as soon as they were stationed the rioters made a rush down towards them, and witness immediately gave the order to charge with batons. The police charged as far as Hawkins Street, dispersed the mob, and drew up position here for a minute or so, where a bonfire was lit. Two bullets tore through the embers of the fire as witness was passing it. The police were fired at with revolvers at this point, the bullets striking the houses above them, and at the same time the police were assailed by a smaller mob of about fifteen. This mob having been dispersed in a baton charge, the police ambushed in Horace Street, where they remained for about twenty minutes, and as there was no resumption of the rioting he brought his men back to the Ferryquay Gate.
To his Lordship -- The riot was quelled immediately afterwards.
Cross-examined by Mr. Brown, witness said Fountain Street was a Protestant locality. He saw no volunteer citizens acting in the interests of the peace. He hardly knew of the Citizen's Committee, and he did not see the Dean of Derry. The suggestion was untrue that nothing happened in Fountain Street until after 10 o'clock that night. He started with fifty police. Ten were armed with carbines. At Hawkins Street, five more armed men joined him. This was after the charge. Judging by the voices the crowd was largely composed of men.
Counsel -- I suggest that the imported police got out of hand on the 13th August.
Witness (hotly) -- My men were thoroughly under control. They displayed great forbearance and observed proper discipline.
Did the men not under your control get out of hand? -- I know nothing at all about the men not under my control.
Did one policeman under your control club a city magistrate with his rifle and fell him to the street? -- No.
Did the men under your control or any policeman charge up Fountain Street on the night of the 13th, and as they went break every window in the street? -- I only speak for the men under my control. They never charged except by my order. I was with them, and they never broke windows.
Did your men go into the houses and drive out the inhabitants? -- None of my men went into any house or drove out its inhabitants. He only charged, he continued, three times on the night of 13th August .
Do you swear you did not draw your sword and call for volunteers? -- My sword was in barracks.
Did you call for volunteers? -- There was no necessity.
Counsel -- I suggest your men got out of hand on the night of the 14th? -- They did not.
And that they drove the inhabitants out of their homes? -- Nothing of the sort.
I suppose you might say your charge up Fountain Street was very successful? -- Yes.
You were able to sweep the street before you? -- Yes; they were very good runners.
Did you expect them to do anything but run? -- I had hoped to make a number of arrests.
Is this a sneer at Derry? -- Nothing of the sort.
SHOTS FIRED AT POLICE.
Did you break in the doors of Fountain Street in that charge? -- No; we got through in three minutes. My orders were to get through as quickly as possible owing to the shots being fired. Only in a couple of places did his men retaliate. Two shots were fired out of lower windows in the street, and the police retaliated by striking at the windows with their batons.
Why were the men in the houses not arrested? -- We were trying to get through the street as fast as we could. My men obeyed orders.
Why didn't you go into the houses and make arrests? -- We would probably have been shot.
Then it was fear prevented you? -- No; discretion.
His Lordship -- Prudence.
Mr. Brown -- If I called it panic you would not agree with me?
Witness -- I would not.
Continuing, witness emphatically denied that there were any carbine shots fired. Not, at any rate, as far as his men were concerned.
EVIDENCE OF IDENTIFICATION.
Sergeant Taylor gave evidence of identification. He saw Armour and Brown throw stones. Greer was very prominent in the crowd, and was singing and making use of party expressions. Mitchell was singing "Dolly's Brae."
Mr. Brown -- Is that a party song?
Witness -- It is, and a very offensive song.
His Lordship confessed ignorance of the song.
Mr. Dougherty -- Mr. Brown sings it very well. (Laughter.)
His Lordship -- That will only be in an after-dinner atmosphere.
Witness continuing, said he did not see Greet or Moore throw stones. Moore and Young were also singing and using party expressions, but he did not see them throw stones.
Mr. Dougherty -- I suppose there was a
STONE AN BOTTLE OBBLIGATO?
His Lordship -- What is that? (Laughter.)
Mr. Dougherty -- A musical accompaniment.
His Lordship -- You ought to use words people can understand. (Laughter.)
Witness proceeding, said that at 4 a.m. on the 15th he examined the street, which was then quiet. He found eight empty revolver cartridge cases. The street was strewn with broken bottles, stones, bricks, and small iron bolts and nuts.
To Mr. Brown -- Witness had been in Derry for thirteen years. District-Inspector Moore came from Easkey, County Sligo, but was not a Sligo man.
His Lordship -- Where does he come from?
District-Inspector Moore -- I am a County Antrim man, my lord.
Proceeding, witness said his life would not have been safe in Fountain Street that night.
Armour was not sober.
To his Lordship -- The attack was mainly against the police.
Mr. Brown -- Would you not say that the imported police got badly out of hand?
His Lordship -- I am not going to inquire into the conduct of the police.
Mr. Brown -- I am afraid no one is.
His Lordship -- I don't know whether they are or not.
Continuing to reply to cross-examination, witness said the animosity of the crowd was mainly directed against the imported police, not against the local men.
This closed the Crown case.
DEFENDANTS WITHDRAW PLEAS.
Mr. Brown intimated that in the case of Mitchell, Moore, and Young, he would withdraw their plea of not guilty. They had taken part in the singing, but not in the stone-throwing.
William J. Armour, called on behalf of the prisoner Armour, stated accused, who was his brother, arrived home drunk at 7.30 on the evening of the 14th August. He was in a stupid condition, and went to bed, where he still was at a quarter to eleven, when witness himself went to bed.
At this stage Mr. Brown announced that he would plead guilty in all the cases. His Lordship would understand the state of the city of Derry on that occasion. They knew what happened on the 12th and 13th August, and on the night of the 14th. A young man leaning out of the window of his own house was killed by the shot from a carbine.
Mr. Wylie -- I protest most emphatically against that. At the inquest the jury brought an open verdict in.
His Lordship said he could not take Mr. Brown's statement.
Mr. Brown -- Well, a young man was shot, and I may say that the popular verdict laid his death at the door of the police. The imported police were blamed for a great many things, assaulting people, smashing windows, entering houses and beating the occupants. And the people of Derry were in a nervous, excited condition, bordering on panic. In the district of Fountain Street a bonfire was lighted, stones were thrown, and the prisoners pleaded guilty to that. District-Inspector Moore had taken an exaggerated view of what had happened, and had not had the same level eye of the sergeant in judging things. Everything had been quiet since then, and he asked his Lordship to adopt the same procedure as he had adopted in other cases, and bind them over to keep the peace for the next two years.
Mr. Wylie said he wished to state that Armstrong had been shot after District-Inspector Moore led the charge up the street.
His Lordship -- I think so.
Rev. W. E. Fleming, curate of Derry Cathedral, and Sergeant Taylor were examined on behalf of prisoners.
His Lordship, in passing sentence, said he took the human view of the situation, that decent people, owing, unfortunately, to momentary passion, had done acts which none of them would have done in cold blood. He thought the police had acted with wise discretion, and it was only when nothing else would serve that District-Inspector Moore took drastic action. He believed District-Inspector Moore had acted admirable.
His Lordship then sentenced Armour, Brown, and Greer to two months' imprisonment with hard labour, ordering them at the expiration of sentence to give personal security each in £20, and one other surety in £10, to be of good behaviour and keep the peace for two years. Failing this bail, they would have to go to jail for a further period of four calendar months. Mitchell was ordered to find bail in £10 and undertake to come up for judgment when called on. Moore and Young received sentences of one month, and were ordered to find bail in the same amounts as their companions, or in default go to jail for a further term of five calendar months.
If the prisoners had not pleaded guilty, his Lordship said, he would have inflicted much severer punishment had they been convicted.
As none of the prisoners have been in custody, their sentences date from to-day.
"SAID HE HAD NO NAME."
NEWTOWNBREDA PETTY SESSIONS CASES.
Mr. W. G. Duff, R.M., presided at Newtownbreda Petty Sessions to-day. A Ballynahinch man named William Hall was summoned for drunkenness at Knockbracken on the 21st ult. Constable Collins said that when asked the defendant for his name, the man replied that he had no name, and it was only with difficulty that he was made to "revel his identity." Defendant told the magistrates he was sorry. He must have had too much drink taken on the day in question. A fine of 1s and 4s 6d costs was imposed.
Fines of 5s and costs were imposed on David Straughan and Wm. John Greer, who were also charged with drunkenness. An adjourned summons was brought by Sergeant Dinsmore against Messrs. John Robson, Ltd., for having failed to furnish the police with the required declaration that their sheep had been dipped for the summer period. Mr. J. M'Kee representing the defendants said the sheep had been dipped in the presence of an inspector, and the police had been informed of that. He held that under the circumstances there was no obligation on the part of the defendants to send in the declaration. The case was dismissed, the chairman remarking that the sergeant had been justified in bringing the summons.
CARLISLE MEMORIAL CHORAL SOCIETY.
A new choral society has been formed in connection with Carlisle Memorial Church, Belfast, under the conductorship of Mr. J. M'Lean. This chorus numbers about 30 voices. Judging from their singing on Friday evening when they gave an inaugural concert, Mr. M'Lean has got together nice voices which will give him ample scope to do artistic music. The first trait that struck us was the refinement of tone, good intonation, very fair enunciation; and excellent time and attack were also noted. But the most important of these is the first-mentioned -- refined and beautiful tone. In the long-run beauty of sound is the decisive factor in musical performances, and Mr. M'Lean and his singers have got hold of this important secret. We shall watch the career of the society with considerable interest.
The part-songs done on Friday evening were somewhat familiar, even hackneyed; but we hope to see greater enterprise in the future. We assure the conductor and his choir that they need not hesitate to launch out on some style of choral music a bit more novel and ambitious than Pinsuti's "A parting kiss," "When shadows are falling" (Dix), "Early one morning," and "The boatman's good night" (Sheira). The pace of the last was taken somewhat quick. An encore followed a really charming performance of "Early one morning," and a verse was repeated. In music of a romantic and expressive character great results may be expected from this choir.
The soloists were Miss Lily Jackson, Mr. James Briggs, and Mr. A.J. Laird; Mr. W. Conroy played violin solos, and Miss Florence Smith recited. The encores were numerous, and everyone was in excellent form. Some of the more striking items included "A Supplication" by R. Coverley, a song-writer who has much of Quilter's quality.
The sustained, smooth phrasing in a beautiful mezza voci by Mr. Briggs in this song was memorable. Mr. Laird, in Sidney Homer's setting of R.L. Stevenson's "Requiem" was also admirable. Miss Jackson was happy in her choice of Del Riego's "The Reason" -- a lighter and more attractive composition than usual with this composer. Mr. Conroy played Schumann's "Traumerei" (Dreaming) as an encore, and very touching and intimate it was. Mrs. M'Lean was the accompanist; she has a delightful touch, and, of course, beautiful tone, and accompanies very sympathetically.
HOLYWOOD URBAN COUNCIL.
The monthly meeting of the Holywood Urban Council was held on Friday night in the Town Hall, Holywood -- Mr. E. H. Charley presiding. The question of the cleansing of the cricket field drain was again brought up, and a letter from the Council's solicitor on the matter read. This stated that the Council's best plan in dealing with the matter would be to include in the estimates for the incoming year the sum of £100, or such other sum as might be necessary for the scheme, and should enter into a provisional arrangement for the work subject to the approval of the Local government Board, and the whole facts of the case and a copy of Judge Orr's decision should be submitted to them for approval. If they approved the Local Government Board auditor would not be justified in surcharging the amount expended in carrying out the arrangements, and if he did the Local Government Board would undoubtedly, in the exercise of its equitable jurisdiction, waive it. In the matter of Holywood's connection with the Abbey Sanatorium scheme, it was moved by Councillor Calwell, seconded by Councillor Shannon, that a committee consisting of the chairman of the Council and Councillors Parkhill and M'Cowatt should deal with the case in conjunction with the Council's solicitor.
A Rome telegram announces the death of Cardinal Oreglia.
A grain store collapsed in Glasgow this morning. Five flats were ruined and three men sustained injuries.
NEIGHBOURS AT LAW.
JUDGMENT IN BELFAST CASE.
J. & J. MURTAGH V. BOWMAN.
In the Chancery Division, Dublin, this afternoon, Mr. Justice Barton gave judgment in the case of Murtagh v. Bowman, which has been at hearing for six days.
The plaintiffs, John Murtagh and James Murtagh, trading as J. & J. Murtagh, wine and spirit merchants, at, amongst other premises in Belfast, the junction of Old Lodge Road and Circular Road and corner of Agnes Street, sought an injunction to restrain the defendant, Hugh Bowman, a butcher, and his servants from depositing rubbish or refuse on, and from entering or trespassing, upon the plaintiff's adjoining premises, or from using his premises as to cause a nuisance to the plaintiffs, who also sought a mandatory injunction to compel the defendant to reinstate their premises, with which they alleged he had interfered by breaking down portion of a wall and making a doorway from his premises into the plaintiff's.
The parties held under the same landlord, the defendant's holding being known as 4 Agnes Street. The defendant denied that he caused any nuisance to the plaintiffs, and he lodged £1 in court as a sum sufficient to satisfy the plaintiff's cause of action. He denied that the wall which was broken down was the property of the plaintiffs, and also that they suffered any injury.
The Court granted an injunction restraining the defendant from trespassing upon the plaintiffs' premises for the purpose of removing nuisance or refuse, and from knocking down plaintiffs' wall. A mandatory injunction was also granted compelling the defendant to reinstate the premises. The action should be dismissed as regards any injury alleged to have been suffered by reason of a nuisance, his Lordship holding that the £1 lodged in court was sufficient to meet this claim. The plaintiffs succeeded in the main, but their costs should be minus the costs of the portion of the action decided in favour of the defendants.
DERRY RIOTS TRIAL
AT ULSTER ASSIZES.
THE JUDGE'S LENIENCY.
This morning Mr. Justice Gibson continued the hearing of cases arising out of the Derry riots, which had been sent up to Ulster Winter Assizes.
Samuel Mitchell, who was acquitted yesterday along with a number of members of the Rosemount Band, was put forward to answer another indictment -- viz., going about the streets of Derry armed on the 12th August, the day of the Apprentice Boys' demonstration. Mr. W. E. Wylie and Mr. G. Dougherty (instructed by Dr. Todd, C.S.) prosecuted in this and other cases, and the defence was conducted by Mr. T. W. Brown (instructed by Mr. W. S. M'Dermott).
By the direction of his Lordship, a verdict of not guilty was returned, and the accused was discharged.
Robert Greer and William Sheppard were indicted for riot and unlawful assembly on the 13th August. Mr. T. W. Brown (instructed by Messrs. Millen & Co.) appeared for the defence.
Sheppard did not appear, and Mr. Brown said he understood there was a warrant out for his arrest.
Greer pleaded guilty. The prisoner was given a good character, and his Lordship bound him over on his own recognisances in £20, and a £10 surety to keep the peace for two years.
William Peoples and James Baird pleaded guilty to riot in Derry on the 16th August. Mr. Brown, who defended, called police evidence to show that his clients had hitherto borne a good character.
Mr. Wylie said undoubtedly there had not been anything serious done by the prisoners, but the military had to be called out on the occasion.
Mr. Brown -- The military were only out for three minutes.
His Lordship acted as in the last case, binding the prisoners over, and warning them of the consequences which would ensue should they fail to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.
An indictment of riot on the 12th August was brought against John Wilson and James Alexander. When the names were called both prisoners pleaded guilty, and were allowed out on finding recognisances in £20 each with one surety of £10 to keep the peace for two years.
SOMETHING FOR NOTHING.
It is part and parcel of our human nature to desire something for nothing. Unfortunately, it is but seldom we can get it. A vast amount of interest has, therefore, been aroused by the announcement that beautifully engraved electro-plated teaspoons, dessert-spoons, forks, and first-class quality dessert knives are being given away free of all charge by Messrs. White, Tomkins and Courage, Ltd., of Belfast, to purchasers of the world-famous White's Wafer Oats, which makes the finest and most palatable porridge known to the food specialists. These charming gifts are entirely free of advertising matter, and are sent, carriage paid, to any address in Ireland, however remote. All that you need to do is to buy to-day a packet of White's Wafer Oats, inside which will be found full particulars of the bonus scheme in which you are entitled to participate.
SENTENCED FOR SHOOTING POLICEMAN.
Samuel J. Allen, farmer, Castlederg, who was found guilty on Thursday of shooting a policeman in Londonderry on the 12th August, was put forward for sentence.
His Lordship mentioned the jury's strong recommendation for mercy, and said the action of the prisoner was due to terror, and to the unfortunate fact that he had a deadly weapon in his possession. He must impose some sentence on the prisoner, who had already been two months in custody, but would only impose upon him a further two months' imprisonment with hard labour.
NEW RECTOR OF HILLSBOROUGH.
Rev. F. Matchett, B. D., who was appointed rector of Hillsborough by the Board of Patronage, was to-day instituted by the Lord Bishop of Down and Conner and Dromore.
The new rector is a graduate of Dublin University, and he received his theological training in T.C.D. Divinity School, obtaining a first-class Divinity Testimonium, first prize in Pastoral Theology, and a prize in Hebrew, proceeding to the degree of B. D. in 1902. He was ordained in York Minster in 1895 by the late Archbishop MacLagan for the curacy of St. Philip, Hull. In 1897 he came to St. Thomas's, Belfast, on the invitation of the present Dean of Connor. His work in the city is still remembered, especially in connection with the organisation of the new parish of St. Nicholas. In 1899 he was appointed rector of Annahilt (diocese of Dromore), where he has laboured zealously for the past 14 years. During his incumbency the old glebe graveyard was mapped and reclaimed, and a handsome parochial hall was built, and many improvements were carried out in the Parish Church. He is more than above the average as a preacher.
He is married to Dorcas, youngest daughter of the late Surgeon W.G. Kennedy, M.D., T.C.D., and her work in the parish is well known. His parishioners, while regretting his removal from them, at the same time congratulate him in his well-deserved promotion to the neighbouring parish of Hillsborough, where he is already well known.
BANGOR HARMONIC SOCIETY.
The Bangor Harmonic Society under the conductorship of Mr. Robert Jones, gave its first concert of the tenth season in the Dufferin Memorial Hall on Friday evening. The first part of the programme consisted of the presentation by the choir, numbering nearly 100 voices, and assisted by Miss R. M'Murray (soprano), Mr. R. M. Kent (tenor), and Mr. J. F. Newell (bass), of Handel's serenata "Acis and Galatea." In the second part of the concert Miss M. Harper gave some charming violin solos. Mr. Kent, Mr. Newell and Miss M'Murray also rendered songs very successfully. The accompaniments were tastefully played by Miss May Shepperd, I.R.A.M. (pianoforte), and Mr. Alan F. Parker (organ).
"THE CURSE OF DRINK."
BROTHER CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER.
ARMAGH MAN IN THE DOCK.
At the Ulster Winter Assizes to-day, before the Right Hon. Mr. Justice Gibson, a man of the name of John Kelly, of Milford, near Portadown, in the county of Armagh, was charged with the manslaughter of his brother, Edward Kelly, on the 27th September.
Prisoner pleaded not guilty.
Mr. R. F. Harrison, K.C., and Mr. George Hill Smith (instructed by Mr. John Kilkelly, C.S.) prosecuted, and Mr. T. J. Campbell (instructed by Mr. O'Hagan, Portadown) defended.
The first witness called was John Craney, Curran Street, Portadown, who stated that on the night of September 27th he was passing Kelly's house when he heard a shout of fire, an din consequence entered the house, and went upstairs where he saw the man Edward Kelly coming out of a bedroom. He had a nightshirt on him, and it was in flames except for a small portion of the right shoulder. He assisted to extinguish the flames, and sent for a doctor.
To Mr. Campbell -- The lamp was lying at the foot, and touching the bed. Deceased looked like a man waking out of a drunken sleep. He made no complaint against John.
Prisoner was a quiet fellow.
Dr. James L. Rowlette stated he was called to Kelly's house on the night in question. He found Edward Kelly lying stripped of clothing between sheets, and badly burned, and Kelly died on Sunday, the next day, at 4 o'clock. Deceased looked an older man than accused.
Dr. J. S. Darling, Lurgan Infirmary, stated that deceased died from the burns he had received.
Sergeant John M'Neill swore that he went to Kelly's house. Accused was present, and witness cautioned him. He made a statement, that the lamp fell out of his hand, and fell on his brother's bed. He did not see his brother in bed until he heard him shout. His brother and he were drunk. Witness saw deceased in the infirmary. Deceased knew he was going to die, and made a declaration, stating that he had been in bed. His brother John came into the room. They had some cross words, and prisoner threw a lighted lamp at him. The lamp exploded, and set fire to the bed. It was this that had caused his injuries. Deceased died forty minutes later.
To Mr. Campbell -- The dying man was very weak at the time, but his mind was quite clear.
Mr. Campbell called no evidence, but proceeded to address the jury. This case, he said, was a melancholy illustration of the curse of drink. The cause of the fatality was due, he argued, to prisoner, in a drunken condition, letting the lamp fall.
A RADICAL MYSTERY.
There is an air of mystery about the following editorial note which appears in the last issue of the "British Weekly" -- the Nonconformist Home Rule organ edited by Sir W. Robertson Nicol. Under the caption "Political Rumours," the paragraph in question reads:--
Never in our experience have so many political rumours been floated as during this last week. The queerest stories are going about of strange golfing matches ending most unexpectedly, of meeting between the beginning and the end of the alphabet, of hospitalities which have brought together deadly rivals, of compliments taking the place of venomous attacks, and other wonders and potents. All we can say is that some men are more trustful than others, and some men are more astute than others, and that no one who wishes to destroy the present Home Rule Bill is a friend of Home Rule.
Apropos the golfing reference, it is interesting to quote the following from Friday's London "Express":- "Mr. Lloyd George has had his golf handicap revised, and he is now assessed at 12 at Walton Heath. For a match he would have to give the Prime Minister nine strokes, but would receive three from Mr. Balfour, whose handicap is nine. The worst Ministerial golfer is probably Mr. Churchill, who still remains with the "duffers" on the twenty-four mark."
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The trades union delegates and the employers' Executive are meeting again this morning to endeavour to arrange a basis for discussion of a settlement of the Dublin dispute. The conference began half an hour earlier than yesterday. In spite of the inclement weather a large number of people gathered round Commercial Buildings, in Dame Street, and watched with much interest the arrival of the masters and men's representatives.
DEATH OF MR. R. RUSSELL.
Mr. Robert Russell, secretary of the Licensed Grocers and Vintners' Association, of Dublin, died this morning, after a few days' illness. Mr. Russell, before being elected to this office, some twelve months ago, was chief reporter of the "Irish Daily Independent," and was well known throughout Ireland as a prominent journalist. He was a native of Cork, and commenced his newspaper career on the "Cork Constitution," afterwards joining the reporting staff of the "Daily Express." (Dublin).
TROOP TRAIN DYNAMITED.
NEW YORK, Saturday. -- The "New York Herald" publishes a despatch from Mexico City stating that General Cordero, of the Transportation Corps, who has arrived in the capital, has given a description of the dynamiting of a train at Santa Helena by the Rebels.
He says 103 soldiers, 20 women, and camp followers were killed by the explosion.
Captain de la Penal was captured and had his ears cut off and his tongue and eyes torn out. All the wounded men were shot.
One of the dynamiters, however, was captured. He was forced to sit on a stick of dynamite, which was then exploded, his body being blown to fragments.
GAVE WIFE 15s IN SIX MONTHS.
Thomas Morrow was sentence to three calendar months' imprisonment to-day, at Belfast Police Court, for having neglected his wife and three children.
The evidence given was to the effect that the accused was an idle, worthless, drunken person, who, although a good workman, was continually out of employment owing to his drinking propensities. Since last June he had given his wife 15s, and on that amount the children had to be supported. Had it not been for the charity of the wife's mother they would have been left destitute.
Mr. D.F. Spiller (for Mr. A.J. Lewis) prosecuted on behalf of the N.S.P.C.C.
CHERRYVILLE STREET MISSION.
An interesting meeting in connection with the Band of Hope under the auspices of the mission, was held in the schoolroom on Friday night, when a very large and appreciative audience gathered to hear, for the first time, the entire programme submitted by lady artistes. The chair was occupied by Mrs. W.H. Byers. Miss Stevenson, of the I.W.T.U., gave an excellent address, and the musical programme was then entered upon, the opening item being a chorus by the ladies' choir, after which the following artistes took part: Misses Goyer, Mina Goodwin, Seddon, Atkinson, Molloy, Goodwin, and Craig. An amusing sketch, entitled, "Wanted: a Housemaid," was given by the Misses Villiers, M'Grath, and Seddon. The proceedings concluded with votes of thanks, and the singing of the Doxology.
BELFAST CITY MISSION.
A meeting of district superintendents and missionaries was held on Friday evening in Mr. James G. Crawford's, Glenard, Marlborough Park. Rev. Dr. Taylor in the chair.
After tea, which was dispensed by Mrs. Crawford and Miss Huston, the meeting was opened by prayer. The district reports embraced the various operations of the mission during the month. House to house visitation had been carried on with tokens of Divine blessing. Gospel meetings, Bible classes, and Sabbath schools had been attended with results equally cheering.
Some distressing cases of poverty, due to long standing sickness, had been relieved and cheer brought into darkened homes.
An interesting conference on the work generally was brought to a close with thanksgiving and prayer.
A FATAL MISTAKE.
LABOUR M.P.'S STRONG STATEMENT.
Mr. J. H. Thomas, M. P., made the following statement to the Press at Unity House, London, the headquarters of the National Union of Railwaymen, this morning:--
"The full details of the settlement were not conveyed to the Press last night. In the first place, although every member of the deputation made a special effort to get James and Reynolds reinstated, the company firmly and definitely refused, regardless of all consequences, to agree. The company insisted upon every man who had struck in support of James being penalised, but eventually it was agreed that every man should return to work without penalisation of any kind other than that the Committee agreed to recommend to the men a suggestion of Mr. Churchward's that each one should subscribe from 1s to 2s 6d to the Swindon Victoria Hospital.
"Shortly this is the settlement unanimously agreed to and signed by every member of the deputation. I have just received a telegram that all the men at Llanelly have responded to the wire I sent out last night and resumed work. I have reason to believe that all other centres will do the same. I can only say that the deputation did their very best under very difficult circumstances."
Proceeding, Mr. Thomas asked the Press representatives to take special note of the following:- "But in spite of the difficulty that I had when I went to Wales and the rough time, I realised and never hesitated to tell the men that they had made a fatal mistake in refusing to accept the advice of their union. I go further, and say deliberately, with a full sense of responsibility, that ninety per cent. of the men who came out under a false impression, and were deliberately deceived. We can admire a spirit of comradeship; we can appreciate loyalty; but loyalty is expected to the men's organisation, as well as to the leaders that they themselves elect.
"I have warned the men repeatedly against sympathetic strikes. This is the best, and, unfortunately, the most cruel illustration. It justifies all that I have said, and I hope that steps will be taken by all men who value trades union principles and a genuine effort to improve their position, to assert their power and influence, and stop this anarchy, that can only end in disaster to themselves and ruination to the trade union movement."
The general manager of the Great Western Railway this morning stated that the terms of the settlement issued this morning are substantially correct. He added that no statement would be issued from Paddington.
MEN RESUMING WORK.
At a meeting of the Swansea and Landore locomotive men held at Landore to-day, it was decided to accept the Conference terms and resume work forthwith.
The strike may now be regarded as quite at an end, and the men are already booking on.
The goods traffic was recommenced at Landore this afternoon.
A Swansea correspondent says -- Not a single railway striker has yet returned to work at Swansea, but at other centres men are gradually resuming.
According to a Neath Telegram the Neath and Llanelly men have returned to work. A man who had refused to strike was proceeding with an engine to the Neath sheds shortly after midnight, when the locomotive passed over a railway chair, which, it is alleged, had been placed on the line. Fortunately the engine negotiated the obstruction safely.
SALES OF WORK IN BELFAST.
The Tercentary Bazaar promoted by the congregation of Agnes Street Presbyterian Church, and inaugurated by Lady Whitla on Thursday, entered upon its final stage this afternoon, the Moderator of the General Assembly (Rev. Dr. Macaulay) having kindly consented to perform the re-opening ceremony. A feature of the bazaar is the children's pageant, illustrating 300 years of Presbyterianism in Ireland.
The annual two-days' sale of work in connection with St. Barnabas' Schools, Duncairn Gardens, is being continued to-day, Rev. Dr. Walker having promised to perform the re-opening ceremony. The proceeds are to augment the building fund, and the attractions are many and varied.
St. James's Parish annual sale of work, which was opened on Friday, is being continued in the schoolroom to-day. The under-taking is of a very interesting character, and the attractions include enjoyable half-hour concerts, etc. The proceeds are in aid of the Church Missionary Society and church expenses.
St. Silas's Football and Athletic Club are to be congratulated upon the success which attended the first day of their sale of work and cake fair in St. Mary's Schools, Crumlin Road. There was a good attendance at the re-opening to-day, Miss N. Gaffikin (Queen's Elms) having consented to perform the ceremony. The attractions are many and varied.
The final stage of the Donegall Street Congregational Church sale of work, inaugurated on Friday by Lady Jaffe, was entered upon this afternoon, in the presence of a large gathering, Mr. James Johnston, J.P., having promised to perform the re-opening. The object of the sale is to assist church funds.
The Ormeau Park School's annual sale of work, which began on Friday, is being continued to-day. There are many attractions, and it is hoped that a substantial sum will be realised, the object being to reduce the debt on the schools.
The promising sale of work opened on Friday under the auspices of the Townsend Street Presbyterian Church congregation, in aid of the Zenana Mission, was re-opened this afternoon, Mrs. M'Meekin (Cogry House) having promised to perform the ceremony, and Rev. Dr. Thompson to preside. There was a good attendance, and a substantial amount is likely to be realised.
ST. SILAS'S FOOTBALL AND ATHLETIC CLUB.
Under the auspices of St. Silas's Football and Athletic Club, a sale of work and cake fair was held in St. Mary's Schools, Crumlin Road, in Friday evening. The object is to raise funds to liquidate an existing debt, and place the club in a good financial position.
There was a fine rally of the members and friends at the opening ceremony over which Mr. Robert Irvine (chairman of the County Antrim Football Association) presided, and amongst those present were Mrs. C.C. Cotton, Mr. C.C. Cotton, the Rev. T. Toply, the Rev. H. Gordon, Mr. J.A. Barlowe, Mr. J. Ferguson, Mr. R. Lyttle, and Mr. J.C. Caldwell, secretary. The Chairman, who was warmly received, said that he and his colleagues were pleased to be present that afternoon, and show their sympathy and interest in the venture the club had launched. (Hear, hear.) He did not desire to elaborate on the Church's duty in regard to sport, but he believed that the time was coming when the Church must take a more definite interest, especially in large industrial centres in the outdoor game of the young. (Applause.) He was pleased to learn that the club had an excellent record for the two years it had been in existence. In the first year the cricket team won the Junior League Cup and medals, and last season the football eleven were successful in winning the Belfast Combination (third division) Cup and medals. This season they had reached the first round of the Junior Cup, the second round of the Junior Shield, and were playing well in the second division of the Belfast Combination and the Beattie Cup. (Applause.) In conclusion, the Chairman congratulated the club upon securing the services of Mrs. Cotton to perform the opening ceremony. (Applause.)
Mrs. Cotton, who was warmly received, expressed the pleasure it gave her to be present that day and assist the members of the club in their efforts to clear off the ground debt and to place the club in a sound financial position. She had great pleasure in declaring the sale of work open. (Applause.)
At this stage Miss Eileen Ferguson, the pretty little daughter of Mr. John Ferguson (secretary, Irish Football Association), on behalf of the club, presented Mrs. Cotton with a beautiful bouquet of choice flowers, amidst applause.
On the motion of Mr. R. Lyttle, seconded by Rev. Mr. Gordon, votes of thanks were passed to Mrs. Cotton and to the chairman for their attendance, and the proceedings terminated.
The following is a list of the stallholders:-- Mrs. Bustard, Mrs. R. Lyttle, Mrs. J. Ferguson, Mrs. Barlow, Mrs. M'Vaughton, Miss Barlow, Miss Ellis, Miss A. Donaldson, Miss L. Donaldson, Miss G. M'Vaughton, and Miss M. Houston.
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Belfast Evening Telegraph - Monday, 8th December 1913
FORSTER--STEVENSON -- November 12, 1913, at the Manse, Tacoma, U.S.A., by Rev. F. W. Wightman, B. A. (formerly of Portadown), Walter H. Forster, of Belturbet, Co. Cavan, to Lily, third daughter of James Stevenson, Parkmount, Portadown.
HENDERSON--WIDDICOMBE -- December 3, 1913, at the Presbyterian Church, Adelaide Road, Dublin, by the Rev. J. M. Hamilton, D.D., John, eldest son of William Henderson, Rhodoville, Dublin, to Sarah Isabel, only child of Richard Widdicombe, Upper Rathmines, Dublin.
BRADY -- December 7, at 6 Lincoln Avenue, Belfast, Patrick J. Brady. -- R.I.P. Funeral private.
BRYSON -- December 8, at his residence, Ballybracken, John Alexander Bryson, aged 75 years. The remains of my dear husband will be removed, for interment in Kilbride Burying--ground, on Wednesday, at 1 p.m. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation.
CRAWFORD -- At Liverpool, John Paton Crawford (late Workman, Clark, & Co.), aged 54 years. Interment in Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool, on to-morrow (Tuesday).
DELARGY -- December 7, at her residence, 55 Lincoln Street, Ellen, the dearly-beloved wife of James Delargy. Her remains will be removed from the above address, for interment in Milltown Cemetery, on Wednesday, at 2 p.m.
"On whose soul, sweet Jesus, have mercy."
KING -- December 6, 1913, at her residence, 6 Titania Street, Cregagh, Martha, the beloved aunt of Charles and Annie Philip. Her remains will be removed from the above address, on to-morrow (Tuesday), at 2 p.m., for interment in Dundonald Cemetery. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation.
CHARLES AND ANNIE PHILIP.
MEACKLIM -- At his sister's residence, 17 Amelia Street, Belfast, William, our dearly-beloved brother, who departed this life on the 6th December, 1913. Funeral will take place on to-morrow (Tuesday), at 2 p.m., in the family burying-ground, City Cemetery. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation.
"Gone to be with Christ, which is far better."
Deeply regretted by his sorrowing Sisters and Brother.
American and Australian papers please copy.
BELFAST PURPLE STAR L.O.L. 1189.(Pg15)
MEACKLIM -- The Officers and Members of the above Lodge are requested to attend the funeral of our late respected Brother, Wm. Meacklim.
THOMAS A. BOYD, W. M.; W. J. BAKER, Secretary.
CARLISLE MEMORIAL R.B.P. 219.
MEACKLIM -- Members of the above Preceptory and other Sir Knights are requested to attend the funeral of our respected Brother, Sir Knight William Meacklim, on to-morrow (Tuesday), at 2 p.m.
LOUIS CARLISLE, W.M.; WILLIAM M'ILWAINE, Registrar.
DISTILLERY FOOTBALL AND ATHLETIC CLUB.
MEACKLIM -- Members of the above Club are requested to attend the funeral of our late Member, Mr. William Meacklim.
P. SYDIE, Hon. Secretary.
MORROW -- December 8, at his parents' residence, 1a Azamore Street, Francis (wee Frankie), the dearly--beloved son of Robert and Jennie Morrow. His remains will be removed from the above address, on to-morrow (Tuesday), at 3 p.m., for interment in Shankill Burying--ground. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation.
"Safe in the arms of Jesus."
ROBERT AND JENNIE MORROW.
M'CLUNE -- December 7, 1913, at the Fever Hospital, Lisburn Road, John (wee Johnny), the eldest and dearly--beloved son of Samuel and the late Lucinda M'Clune. His remains will be removed from the above institution, for interment in Knock Burying--ground, on to-morrow (Tuesday) afternoon, at 2.30 o'clock. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation.
SAMUEL M'CLUNE, 52 Bellvue Street.
M'DOWELL -- December 7 (suddenly), at his residence, 22 Hastings Street, George Richard, the only infant son of George and Lottie M'Dowell. His remains will be removed, on to-morrow (Tuesday), at 11 a.m., for interment in Boardmills Cemetery.
Our darling has gone to rest,
To him brief life was given.
The flower that was too fair for earth
Is not to fair for heaven.
GEORGE AND LOTTIE M'DOWELL
M'GIMPSEY -- December 6, 1913, at his mother's residence, 16 Westcott Street, off Bloomfield Avenue, William, the dearly--beloved son of the late James and Adeline M'Gimpsey. His remains will be removed, for interment in Shankill Burying--ground, on to-morrow (Tuesday) afternoon, at 2.30 o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation. Deeply regretted.
Inserted by his sorrowing Mother and Sister.
M'ILWAINE -- December 7, James M'Ilwaine. His remains will be removed from his late residence, 43 Broom Street, on to-morrow (Tuesday) morning, at 11 o'clock, for interment in Loughinney Burying--ground. Friends will please accept this intimation.
TILLY -- December 7, at 14 Daisyfield Street, Phyllis Irene, youngest and dearly--beloved daughter of Thomas and Martha Tilly. Funeral from the above address, for interment in Shankill Churchyard, on to-morrow (Tuesday), 9th December, at 2 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.
WADDELL -- December 7, 1913, at the residence of his grandfather, 3 Rugby Parade, Belfast, Willie, the beloved and only son of Robert and Edith Waddell. Funeral on to-morrow (Tuesday), at 12 noon, for interment in the family burying--ground, Drumbo. Friends will please accept this intimation.
ROBERT AND EDITH WADDELL.
Australian and Canadian papers please copy.
The Family of the late Mr. S. H. NEILL desire to return their grateful thanks to the many kind friends who sympathised with them in their recent sad bereavement; also, the Directors and the Staff of Messrs. the Old Bushmills Distillery Co., Ltd., for beautiful floral tributes.
Lodgehill Cottage, The Park, Dunmurry.
BAILIE -- In fond and loving memory of my beloved wife, Esther, who departed this life on the 8th December, 1909, and was interred in Movilla, Newtownards.
"Though lost to sight, to memory ever dear."
Ever remembered by her loving Husband and Family.
1 Erskine Street.
BILLINGHURST -- In affectionate remembrance of my dear wife, E. A. Billinghurst, who departed this life on the 7th December, 1910, and was interred in the family burying--ground, Blaris.
"God takes our loved ones from our homes, but never from our hearts."
Inserted by her loving Husband and Son; Also, her Daughters.
COSGROVE -- In fond and loving memory of my dear wife, Agnes, who departed this life on the 6th December, 1912, and was interred in Dundonald Cemetery.
Inserted by her loving Husband, Son, and daughter-in-law.
JAMES COSGROVE, 90 Earl Street.
DOUGAN -- In sad and loving memory of my dear wife, Bridget Dougan, who, after a lingering illness, departed this life on the 7th December, 1912, and was interred in Dundonald Cemetery.
No one knew the parting,
Or what the farewell cost;
But God and His bright angels,
Have gained what we have lost.
Inserted by her sorrowing Husband, Sons, Daughters, and Daughter-in-law.
134 Upper Canning Street.
FERGUSON -- In loving memory of our beloved mother, Elizabeth Ferguson, who departed this life on the 8th December, 1911, and was interred in the City Cemetery.
Our loved ones are gathering up yonder,
Our friends are fast passing away;
And soon we shall join the bright number
And dwell with our loved ones some day.
A shadow less upon our home,
We miss her well known face;
Wher'er we turn and wher'er we look
We see her vacant place.
We miss her kind and cheerful voice,
We see her empty chair;
But there above, in that home of love,
We hope to meet her there.
Inserted by her loving Son and Daughters.
JAMES AND ELIZABETH FERGUSON, AND MARY J. DONAGHEY, AND SARAH A. CLENAGHAN, 2 Columbia Street.
HEATH -- In loving memory of my dear wife, Sarah Ann, who departed this life on the 7th December, 1912, and was interred in Carnmoney Cemetery.
She is gone, but not forgotten,
Never shall her memory fade,
Sweetest thoughts shall ever linger
Around the grave where she is laid.
Ever remembered by her loving Husband, Sons, Daughters, and Daughter-in-law.
GEORGE HEATH, 19 Sunwich Street.
MARTIN -- In fond and loving memory of my dear wife, Jane Martin, who departed this life on the 8th December, 1912, and was interred in Dundonald Cemetery.
Ever remembered by her loving Husband, Son, and Daughters.
38 Ligoniel Road.
STEELE -- In loving memory of my dear son, John, who was drowned off the ss Glen Head, on a voyage from Stornoway to Riga, Russia, on the 8th December, 1912.
We did not know the pain he bore,
We did not see him die;
We only know he went away,
And never said good--bye.
"On his soul, sweet Jesus, have mercy."
Inserted by his sorrowing Mother, Brother, and Sister.
MARY, PATRICK, AND MAGGIE STEELE, 33 New Lodge Road.
RESULT OF DRAWING COMPETITION
The Winners, Their Drawings and Photographs
Herewith is announced the result of the Father Christmas Drawing Competition. We give reproductions of the successful drawings and photographs of the winners. Each bears a number, which corresponds with the number opposite their name.
The Editor tenders his best thanks to all the children who forwarded attempts, and also to the judges, Mr. J. R. Hall and Mr. Harry Morrow.
The border of Santa Claus heads around the page is taken from some of the attempts sent in.
The winners in the different grades were as follows:--
Grade I. (up to 8 years of age) -- First, MARTIN ARNOTT (7), Lake View, Bessbrook - Convent School (No. 1), Second, PEGGIE M'CONAGHY (8), Causeway N.S., Bushmills (No. 2). Third, CATHIE M'CUNN (7), 285 Connsbrook Avenue, Belfast - Sydenham N.S. (No. 3).
Grade II (9 and 10 years of age). -- First, BARBARA ARNOTT (10), Lake View, Bessbrook - Convent School (No. 4). Second, SAMUEL NICHOLSON (9), 6 Windsor Street, Belfast - St. Andrew's N.S. (No. 5). Third, JAMES ERWIN (9 1/2), 11 Syringa Street, Belfast - Duncairn Gardens N.S. (No. 6).
Grade III. (11 and 12 years of age). - First, CHARLIE PRENTER (12), 123 Fitzroy Avenue - Rosetta N.S. (No. 7). Second, ZETTA CAREY (12), Ardlui, Cyprus Park, Belfast - Miss M'Kisack's School, Mount Pleasant (No.8). Third, CLEMENT FARMER (11), 1 Sunbury Avenue, Bloomfield - St. Donard's N.S. (No. 9).
Grade IV (13 and 14 years of age). -- First, ETHELWYN M. BAKER (14), Trevena, Kensington Road, Knock - home tuition (No. 10). Second, EDITH M'DADE (14), 6 Newington Street, Belfast - Star of the Sea School (No. 11). Third, MAY WRIGHT (14), 48 Antrim Street, Lisburn (No. 12).
Grade V, (15 and 16 years). -- First, ROBERT S. DONALD (15), Merchiston, Bloomfield - St. Donard's N.S. (No. 13). Second, MABEL LILLEY (15), 108 M'Clure Street - M'Clure Street N.S. (No.14). Third, LILLIE QUIGLEY, 186 Lisburn Road, Belfast - Malone N.S. (No. 15).
The following have been awarded consolation prizes:-- Fred M'Bride (12), 75 Joy Street - M'Clure Street N.S.; Jeannie Moore (12), 1 Hartington Street - St. Mary Magdalene N.S.; Sandy Magowan (12), 1 Kirk Street - Mayo Street N.S.; Lily Craig (12), 73 Denmark Street - Model School; Kathleen Shanks (12), Saintfield Road - Rosetta, N.S.; Emilie Hands (12), 54 Fairview Street - Model School; Bertie Turner (12), 205 Tennant Street - Central N.S.; Ivan Hamilton (12), 1 Annalore Villas, Ballygomartin Road - Mayo Street N.S.; William Blair (12), 36 Thames Street - St. Simon's N.S.; Robert Campbell (11), 22 Fox Street - Westbourne N.S.; Gretta Reid (12), 130 University Avenue - Rea Memorial N.S.; Harry Rainey (12), 14 Beechfield Street - Westbourne N.S.; Kathleen Wallace (12), 22 Duncairn Gardens - Hillman N.S.; Violet Waring (11), 23 Regent Street - St. Enoch's N.S.; Harold Browne (12), 14 Deramore Avenue - St. Jude's N.S.; Adeline Morton (12), 65 Ulsterville Avenue - Victoria College; Tom Simpson (13), 56 Castlereagh Street - Albertbridge N.S.; Annie Martin (13), "Orananna," Maryville Park - Miss Foster's Collegiate School, Balmoral; Bertie Winnington (14), 111 South Parade - St. Jude's N.S.; Olive Bell (13), 18 Artana Street - M'Quiston N.S.; Jim Johnston (13), 14 Tate's Avenue - Grosvenor Road N.S.; Albert Russell (14), 115 Madrid Street - Albertbridge N.S.; Sam M'Quilkin (13), 35 Haypark Avenue - St. Jude's N.S.; Muriel Smyth (13), 297 Albertbridge Road - Mountpottinger Girls' N.S.; Jennie Bridgett (14), 96 Great Victoria Street; Charles Garland (14), 55 Rugby Avenue, Boys' School, Lisburn Road; Lily Walshe (14), "Kylemore," Ravenhill Park - Rosetta N.S.; John A. Rooney (14), 23 Leoville Street - Hardinge Street T. P. School; Florence Wilson (14), "Chatswood," Lansdowne Road - Clifton College; Frederick S. Arnot Mills (13), 87 Rugby Avenue - Rosetta N.S.; Ralph R. Keeling (12), Alfreton Villas, Belmont Church Road - Belmont N.S.; Frank M. Gibb (14), 145 Templemore Avenue, Mountpottinger Boys' N.S.; Jim M'Connell (12), 1 Boden Street - Rosetta N.S.; William C. Black (15), 3 Henderson Avenue - Skegoniel N.S.; Albert Robinson (15), 45 Denmark Street; John H. Rodgers (15), Deaf and Dumb Institution, Lisburn Road; Gilbert Donnelly (15), Glastonbury Avenue, Antrim Road; Anna M'Caffrey (15), 172 Ainsworth Avenue - St. John's N.S.; Samuel Magowan (15), 17 Beechwood Street - Madrid St. N.S.; Stanley Gracey (16), 31 Farnham Street; Kathleen D. Pirret (15) 43 Ardenlee Avenue - Central Commercial Academy; Robert Anderson (15), 16 Leitrim Street - Mountpottinger Boys' N.S.; Daisy Harkness (15), 22 Riverview Street - Princess Gardens Sch.; Andrew Ferguson (16), 8 Oldpark Place; Ruby Mahood (15), 28 Perth Street; Henry J. Harte (15), 27 Roseleigh Street; Nelson Keith (15), 242 Beersbridge Road - Mountpottinger Boys' N.S.; John S. Black (15), 16 Euston Street; Ernest Curragh (16), 6 Kinallen Street - Ballynafeigh N.S.; Marjorie Melville (15), 82 The Mount; Frederick J. Hogg (15), 29 Delhi Terrace, Ballysillan; Cicely Harkness (8), 22 Riverview Street - Stranmillis N.S.; Maggie Robinson (8), 60 Upper Queen Street - Queen Victoria N.S.; Agnes Cherry (8), 106 My Lady's Road - Cherryville Street N.S.; Wilfred Macnamara (7), 51 Damascus Street - All Saints' N.S.; Norman Burns (8), 391 Woodstock Road; Madge M'Keown (7), 49 Battenberg Street - Mayo Street N.S.; Rosalie Lorimer (6), 7 Donnybrook Street - St. Nicholas N.S.; Robt. M'Galbraith (8), 4 Burmah Street - Ormeau Park N.S.; Dorothy Kane (8), 8 Dunluce Ave. - St. Nicholas N.S.; H. Simpson (8), 56 Castlereagh St. Mountpottinger Boys' N.S.; Lil. O'Reilly (7), 37 Avonbeg Street - Crumlin Road Convent School; Gerald Kirk (7), 10 Agincourt Street - Rea Memorial N.S.; P.H. Marrinan (7), 64 Mountcollyer Street, Joseph Kenna (7), 71 Palestine Street - Rea Memorial N.S.; Mabel Dickson (8), 6 Stroud Street - Porter's N.S.; Con M'Lean (5), 49 Groomsport Street -Clifton Park N.S.; James H. Roy (8), 7 Listowel Street - Cregagh N.S.; Nora M'Kelvey (9), 69 Belmont Church Road - Belmont N.S.; Phyllis G. Farmer (10), 1 Sunbury Avenue - St. Donard's N.S.; Joseph Toner (10), 270 Grosvenor Road - Drew Memorial N.S.; Terence M'Quinston (9), 90 Cromwell Road - Ormeau Road N.S.; Bertie Mulligan (10), 117 University Avenue - All Saints' N.S.; Minnie Boyd (9), 110 Moltke Street - Donegall Road N.S.; Maggie Kerr (10), 90 Redcar Street - Beersbridge N.S.; Samuel Richmond (10), 194 My Lady's Road - Willowfield N.S.; Maggie Curran (10), 5 Crystal Street - Ravenscroft N.S.; Ethel M'Kinstry (9), 13 Tate's Avenue - Malone N.S.; Eric Anderson (10), "Nosredna" Somerton Road - Skegoniel N.S.; Eleanor Laslett (9), Aston Gardens, Belmont - Belmont N.S.; W. R. B. Murphy (9), 224 Woodstock Rd. - Mountpottinger N.S.; Cissie M'Quilkin (9), 35 Haypark Avenue - St. Jude's N.S.; Alice Shaw (9), 56 Fernwood Street - Ormeau Park N.S.; Eileen Whyte (10), 132 Oldpark Avenue - St. Enoch's N.S.; Stanley Mercer (10), 31 Elaine Street - Malone N.S.; (all the aforementioned are Belfast addresses).
Walter E. Lewis (8), Thornleigh, Ballymoney - Model School; Evelyn Mulholland (10), Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn - Brownlee Memorial N.S.; John Gamble (8), 27 Mill Street, Larne - Larne and Inver N.S.; Wm. S. Sloane (6), Ravenbank, Ballygowan, Co. Down - Tullygirvan N.S.; Nellie Starrett (16), 25 Duke Street, Waterside, Londonderry; George F. Mawhinney (11), Killyberry, Bellaghy, Co. Derry - Bellaghy N.S.; John T. M'Grath (15), 18 Barrack Street, Newry - Model School; John M'Dermott (12), Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone - Fivemiletown N.S.; Annie Evans (13), Taylor's Row, Coleraine - Irish Society's Girls' School; Margaretta M'Lean Macmillan (12), The Square, Donegal - Miss Nelson's School; William J. Smyth (14), 14 Church Street, Lambeg - Lambeg N.S.; Mabel Sullivan (14), 36 Portmore Street, Portadown -Edenderry N.S.; Herbert M'Connell (11), 39 Southwell Road, Bangor - Ward N.S.; Eileen Bramwell (14), 1 Hamilton Villa, Ballyholme, Bangor- Glenhola School; Elizabeth W. Osborough (11), Irish Gate, Carrickfergus - Model School; Winnie Boyle (13), 5 Tennyson Avenue, Bangor - St. Comgall's N.S.; Joe Francey (14), 45 Ballymagee Street, Bangor - Ward Schools; Hugh M'Glinchey (13), 41 Bridge Street, Strabane - Murlog N.S.; John K. Sloane (12), Ravenbank, Ballygowan - Tullygirvan N.S.; Maudie M'Conaghy (10), Bushmills, County Antrim - Causeway N.S.; Hugh C. Reid (11), Kilcorig, Magheragall, Lisburn - Magheragall N.S.
The prizes will be posted shortly.
MR. LAYTON'S RECITAL.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, ROSEMARY STREET.
After the evening service in First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast, on Sunday, Mr. Wilfred Layton gave an organ recital. In some notes on Mr. Layton's career, we find that credit was given to him for winning the £150 choral prize at the Paris International competitions in 1911, when the actual prize-winner was Mrs. Mary Layton, his mother, a well-known musical figure in London and the South of England. All else apart, gallantry requires that we restore the prize to the lady, Mr. Layton not objecting.
We were favourably impressed by the new organist's work during the service on Sunday evening. Perhaps we were unusually lucky, but all the tunes were fine. The fine tune known as "Luther" in the old "Ancient and Modern," the children's hymn tune, "St. Agnes," and the grand old minor tune, "St. Bride," as well as Goss's anthem, "The Wilderness," the latter almost as fine as the famous Wesley anthem, with the same title, were among the service music. In accompanying the congregational tunes Mr. Layton eschews all humbug with fancy stops, the tinsel and frippery of the organ, and supplies a sensible, firm, whole-hearted lead for choir and congregation. It is the congregation's own fault if it does not sing heartily to such a lead. It is in the best traditions of English church music, the organ playing in the hymns which should not be show-pieces for the choir, but big, and solid, and energetically moving, fetching the congregation along in spite of itself. In the anthem Mr. Layton adapted his work to quite other dynamic means. Here two bass soloists, a tenor, the quartette and choir were each tactfully supplied with just the requisite amount of organ tone. The singing of the Goss anthem was the best thing we have ever heard done by this choir. There was a spirit of devotion over all, and no appearance of a show-performance - an intolerable thing in a church. If we searched for the one epithet that would suit Mr. Layton's idea of the musical services we should say "manly." It appears to us that he could never come down to cheap sentiment or bathos. Everything he does throughout the service is in keeping, and all is highly competent. In fact words like "competent" or "adequate," are far too lukewarm for such positively excellent attainments.
At the recital the three "Tannhauser" excerpts were taken continuously - "Pilgrim's Chorus" (organ), "Elizabeth's Prayer" (Mrs. Moore soprano), and Wulfram's "Star of Eve" song (Mr. J.A. Laird, bass) led logically one to the other as they actually do in the third act. Next came the Prelude to "Parsifal," then the introduction to Act III, "The Meistersingers," and finally the "Homage March," from the same work - all Wagner, but chosen for the occasion on the principle of being music with moral and spiritual significance. The most satisfying of all was the " Tannhauser" excerpt, because it suited the genius of the organ best. It is impossible to get the "Parsifal" effects at the opening of the Prelude on an organ. Of course, at the entry of the "Grail" motive this no longer applies; effectiveness begins. The various grades of richness were from this point splendidly realised - really the registering of the mystical glories of this music was wonderful. It was quite as striking as the way in which parts emerged on the field of sound in the "Pilgrims' Chorus," notably the so-called "Repentance" motive, growing every moment in impressiveness and insistence towards the climax of a change of mood. The Intro. to Act III (Meistersingers") was effective, and the touch of engaging richness towards the end in the harmonised version of Sachs's motive was beautifully realised. The "Homage" music though continuous is not so effective apart from stage bustle and pageantry. But it was finely played. Mr. Layton's art at the organ is certainly very arresting and masterly. He is a great acquisition to church music in Belfast; he brings with him fine traditions and already he has made his mark on the choir in Rosemary Street. There was a large congregation on Sunday evening, and everyone remained for the recital.
PATRIOTIC NAVAL VOLUNTEERS.
Prince Louis of Battenberg, First Sea Lord of the Admiralty, addressing the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in London on Saturday night, said it was an inspiring sight to see a body of hard-worked professional men giving up the little leisure they had to fit themselves for the service of the King. It was a practical form of patriotism of the highest kind. The whole question of Naval Volunteers was a difficult one, and quite recently at the Admiralty they had decided that instead of, as now, on mobilisation in time of war being drafted with other reserves to make up the balance of the ships kept in reserve, in future on mobilisation they would send to every commissioned ship in the fleet a detachment of the Naval Volunteers. The Admiralty hoped to find a still larger percentage of the total who were able to train at sea, although a great advance had been made in that respect in the last few years.
VICTORY FOR THE MODERATES
A BIG PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN.
The moderate men in the postal movement gained a substantial victory on Saturday at the special conference at Leicester of the Amalgamated Societies of Indoor Postal Workers - the Postal Telegraph Clerks' Association and the United Kingdom Postal Clerks' Association. There had been an anticipation in some quarters that the dissatisfaction felt by many at the failure of the National Joint Committee of Postal and Telegraphic Associations to take drastic steps for the enforcement of the demand for an immediate wage increase of 15 per cent. would result in a split between that body and the amalgamated societies, but that has been avoided. Moderate councils prevailed on Saturday, and all the affiliated societies are said to be pledged to a common policy, and will unite in pressing the Postmaster-General for further financial concessions, which, up to the present, he has refused.
There were some 200 delegates, representing a membership of 22,000 at the conference.
Mr. M'Carthy, the chairman of the Executive of the Postal Telegraph Clerks, presided and after his opening address the debates were conducted in camera, the decisions arrived at being communicated to the Press at the close of the proceedings.
The Chairman entered at some length into the history of the present postal agitation, declaring that although the Postmaster-General had offered them modifications of certain recommendations of the Holt Committee, and had dignified them by the name of concessions; yet the particular grades of the service represented in that hall had had practically nothing conceded to them. The Government had in fact met their demands with a blunt refusal, but the last word had not yet been spoken. They were being forced steadily and apparently desperately by the Postmaster-General, step by step, from constitutional measures. The service was, however, in deadly earnest, and unless the Government took immediate steps to meet in some measure the demands made by the National Joint Committee, there was a grave danger of the rank and file brushing aside their leaders and applying their own solution to the difficulty. The ballot on the creation of an Emergency Fund showed a large majority in favour of the formation of such a fund. They were very near the parting of the ways, and he hoped sincerely that the Government would not persist in forcing their hands.
The first resolution, which was carried by a large majority, was as follows: - "That the decision to reject the Holt report be reaffirmed, and that the policy of the National Joint Committee be approved, viz., that the societies claim a 15 per cent general increase of wages, and that there shall be no alteration in working conditions except as agreed upon between the departments and the associations."
A HEATED DEBATE.
A heated debate took place on a proposal from Manchester to instruct the Joint Executive Committee either with or without the conjunction of the other postal organisation, to carry out a national organising campaign with a view to the enrolment of every postal worker in his or her respective Union, to hasten the establishment of one postal Union, and further to enter into a compact with the National Union of Railwaymen, the Miners' Federation, and the Transport Workers' Federation, the carrying out of this policy to be the immediate duty of the Joint Executive.
The motion was defeated by the narrow margin of three votes.
It was resolved by an overwhelming majority -"That the best way to force the Government to grant our just demands is by active opposition to their nominees at Parliamentary elections, and we recommend that the National Joint Committee be asked to select four postal candidates to contest those constituencies which appear to offer the best opportunities for such a protest."
This resolution was put forward as a lesson learned from the Reading election, and two of the seats hinted at were Mr. Holt's (Hexham) and the Postmaster-General's.
All the members of the societies are to be asked to write to their members of Parliament urging them to support the claims of postal servants to an increased wage.
The Congress publicly affirmed the unqualified rejection of the Holt Committee's recommendation, and repudiated the Postmaster-General's subsequent declarations on the report. It denounced the report as a set-back
The Inspector-General, Colonel Sir N. F. F. Chamberlain, K.C.E., K.C.V.O., has made the following promotions and changes in the service: -
Sergeant Joseph C. Trouson, of Rathfarnham, and late clerk to the county inspector at Howth, Co. Dublin, is promoted to the rank of head-constable, and appointed to the Buncrana district headquarters, Co. Donegal, in room of Head-Constable John Kiernan, retired.
Station-Sergeant John W. Nixon, of Springfield Road Station, Belfast, promoted Head-Constable and appointed to the Reserve at Depot, in room of Head-Constable James M'Corry, transferred to Dunfanaghy, County Donegal.
Sergeant William Torrance, Antrim, promoted head-constable, and transferred to Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow; Sergeant W. A. Ballantine, Donegal, promoted head-constable, and appointed to Limerick; Sergeant Terence Reilly, Tyrone, promoted head-constable, and appointed to Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry, in room of Head-Constable Anthony Daly, transferred to Kildare.
Acting-Sergeants James Sweeney, Cavan; Joseph Edwards, and Michael Duffy, Belfast; Charles Cafferty, Donegal; Wm. G. Pyne, Fermanagh; E. J. Mullin, Londonderry; Daniel M'Govern, Monaghan; James King, Sligo, are promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Constables Henry Fyfe and Neal Gallagher, Belfast city, Patrick Maguire, Donegal, are promoted to the rank of acting-sergeant, and Constable Thomas Naughton, of Clonboo, Galway, W. R., is promoted from the 1912 "P" list to the rank of acting-sergeant and transferred to the Co. Cavan.
Transfers - Constable James Falkiner, from Antrim to Tyrone, vice Constable M.C.T. Boyce to Antrim.
A favourable record has been granted to Constable Peter Sheridan, Down, third class, for efficient police duty.
Mounted-Constable R. J. Logan, Belfast city, has returned to his station.
PROTECTION FOR FOREIGNERS
WASHINGTON, Monday. - According to cables from Mexico City, President Huerta has issued orders that in the event of fighting taking place in the districts under Federal Authority, foreigners must not be molested or disturbed in any way.
GLASGOW BOAT'S MASCOT
A PERILOUS CHANNEL JOURNEY.
Just as the outward-bound mail and passenger steamship Magpie was leaving her berth at the Broomielaw, Glasgow, on Saturday evening for Belfast, a large black cat was seen to race along the breastwork of the wharf and jump towards the vessel.
It was a big effort, for the boat was at the time some ten or twelve feet off, and as pussy had been unable to clear the bulwarks, and had apparently struck the ship's side and fallen into the harbour, the incident was meantime forgotten by those of the Magpie's passengers and crew who had witnessed the singular proceeding.
Their amazement, therefore, can be guessed when, on arrival at Donegall Quay, Belfast, the animal was found crouching on the belting on the outside of the steamer, on which it had evidently made the perilous passage between the Scottish and Irish ports.
It was quickly brought on board, and, needless to say, the Magpie's seamen, recognising in the occurrence an omen of the best of good luck, made up for any annoyance or discomfort to which pussy had been subjected by lavishing upon it an amount of attentive kindness to which probably it had hitherto been unaccustomed, for it has now been installed as the Magpie's pet.
LIGHTS OF LONDON
(BY OUR LADY CORRESPONDENT.)
Sr. Andrew's Day, falling this year on a Sunday, the annual Scottish festival service in commemoration of it was held in St. Columba's, the chief Presbyterian church in London, when a large congregation assembled to do honour to the memory of the patron saint of Scotland. Some of the "London Scottish" came, of course, in their picturesque uniforms, while some thirty Scottish associations were represented, and Scotchmen from the Royal Hospital at Chelsea came along in the quaint, old-world attire which is the costume of the old soldiers who inhabit the famous hospital founded by Nell Gwynne.
Several well-known Scotch society people likewise came to the festival service, amongst them Lady Frances Balfour (a sister-in-law of the Right. Hon. Arthur Balfour), Lord and Lady Haddo (who were married in St. Columba's), Lord and Lady Kinnaird, etc.
St. Columba's is situated in one of the most fashionable quarters of London, being, as it is, in the very heart of Belgravia, and is looked on, so to speak, as a kind of "cathedral" of the Presbyterian Church in the Metropolis.
The Empress Eugenie, though her crown is a thing of the past, has nevertheless always been treated as a Sovereign, first by Queen Victoria, then by King Edward, and now by King George, as well as by the Kaiser Wilhelm, when he was near enough to call on her. The English Monarchs always make a point of "receiving" the Empress at the "Sovereigns' entrance," at Windsor, when she visits them there, and of in every possible way paying her the same deference as if she were still Empress of the French. Indeed, the Kings and Queens of England, Edward and Alexandra, George and Mary, set a fine example in this respect to all and sundry, especially to those who look upon worldly prosperity as the one and only key that ought to be allowed to open the doors of social life, and who are apt to close those doors to all who do not possess the necessary number of loaves and fishes, or worse still, those who have lost them.
The members of the Royal family, however, are not fair-weather friends either to their fellow Royalties or to those of less high station whom they have honoured with their friendship. They are indeed too kind-hearted and sincere, as well as too well-bred, to make their friendships a mere matter of money, or of taking up or dropping a man (or a woman) according to the kind of clothes he (or she) is able to wear; and people who have become men quite poor have been visited and entertained by the late and the present King just as much as when they were in the height of their good fortune, a state of things which has about it a touch of the Austrian patriarchal system, which, by an unwritten law, decrees that no member of the family, however poor and shabby he may be, is to be overlooked; on the contrary, he must be "received," even at Court, provided he has the necessary qualifications of birth. All this may appear old-fashioned and even mediaeval in this age of rush and scurry, when it seems as though most people are trying to circumvent their brothers in business, or in the almost insane scramble to climb the social ladder, but it is very refreshing and very much to be appreciated to know that there are still some good folk in the world who realise that, in the words of one of the greatest men of the nineteenth century, "a true gentleman is one who would never willingly hurt the feelings of another." And such "true gentlemen" (and gentlewomen) are to be found in all walks of life, not necessarily always in the upper strata of society, though one naturally expects to find them there.
The Japanese Society in London opened its winter session with an uncommonly interesting lecture by Sir Claude MacDonald, G.C.M.S. who was British Minister in Pekin at the time of the Boxer rising, which terrible event he described in his lecture not only in words, but by excellent photographs thrown on the screen. The situation for all foreigners in Pekin was an appalling one, and it will be remembered how the German Minister, poor Baron Kettler, lost his life by the murderous hands of the rebel Chinese, whose treachery, aided and abetted by the terrible Dowager Empress, went very near to causing a complete massacre of members of all the Legations and many will remember, too, that when the then Emperor of China sent a mission of repentance to Berlin to make atonement for the German Minister's cruel death, the Kaiser, while acknowledging their spiritual efforts at expiation, drily remarked that unfortunately libations to Chinese duties did not restore a valuable life, nor offer any consolation to the mourners left behind.
Sir Claude MacDonald is a very agreeable lecturer, racy, and conversational in his way of telling things, and his personality added much to the interest of his words.
Another interesting function lately held was the annual reception given by the Japan Society, and deferred from the spring to the autumn on account of the year's mourning for the late Emperor of Japan. It took place, as usual, in the Whitehall Rooms of the Metropole, which were prettily decorated with the Union Jack, and the gay red and white flag of Japan; colours which the Japanese Ambassadress, who, with the Ambassador, received the guests, carried out in her toilette of pure white satin, and a big shower bouquet of red flowers. It was a beautiful dress, beautifully made, without any of the ugly accentricities of the hour, the softly-draped skirt finished in a long square train, and on the front of the low bodice a splendid diamond ornament representing the "Rising Sun," while the necklet and pendant and the tiara on her pretty dark hair were all composed of magnificent diamonds.
The Metropole band played during the evening, and a very good Japanese juggler gave a display of sleight of hand, while in another room Frenchy recitations were to be heard.
The chief wedding of this week was that of Lord Shaftesbury's cousin, the Hon. Miss Chichester, and Mr. Victor Seymour Corkran. Both of whom are attached to the personal services of Princess Henry of Battenberg.
Owing to mourning, there was no reception, but quite a number of friends came to St. Margaret's, Westminster, chief amongst them being Princess Henry, dressed in heliotrope velvet. Lord and Lady Shaftesbury were also present, as well as Lady Mildred Allsopp and Lady Evelyn Baring, Lady Lansdowne, Princess Alexis Dolgorousky, Lord Fitzwarrine Chichester, Lady C. Leslie, etc. Some of the presents received were very handsome, the King and Queen of Spain's (to the bridegroom) being a ruby and diamond scarf pin, while Princess Henry and her sons gave jewellery and silver plate, and Lord and Lady Shaftesbury and the former's sisters presented a jewelled pendant.
There were no bridesmaids; but Sir George and Lady Maud Warrender's son, with another small boy, acted as pages, and the bride was given away by her half-brother, Lord Templemore, she and her husband started during the afternoon for Sir George Warrender's country place, which has been lent for the honeymoon.
Talking of marriages, the Rev. H. D. Murphy, D. D., Rector of S. George's Church, Belfast, recently officiated at one in Holy Trinity Church, Paddington, when Mr. Douglas Gage Muller, of Manor Mansions, Belsize Park Gardens, W., was married to Miss Lillian de Geis Guyon, of Westbourne Terrace, Hyde Park.
The club known as the "1900 Club" is having its usual visitors, and quite a number of overseas friends have been invited by the committee. Meantime, Mr. Austen Chamberlain was there on the 6th inst., and Mr. Walter Long, Mr. Bonar Law, and Sir Edward Carson have promised to turn up there during the month on dates well this side of Christmas.
The most recent diplomatic appointment is an interesting one to Irish people, as Mr. F. ?. Stronge, now his Britannie Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Pleni??tentiary at Santiago, is, of course, one of the Stronges of Tynan Abbey, a family that has always taken a foremost place in county and social and political life.
Mr. Stronge has spent many years in the diplomatic service, and will probably one day reach the height of it as an ambassador.
The accounts of Miss Elizabeth Asquith continue quite satisfactory, and like one of her half-brothers who was recently operated on for appendicitis, she is likely to be all right again in the shortest possible time. She is very young - only a schoolgirl in fact - though last year the irresponsible gossips were arranging a marriage for her, one of the gentlemen mentioned as a possible husband being a middle-aged widower with a large family of children. The silly report fizzled out, of course, as the little (supposed) bride was studying closely in the schoolroom, and had not even been presented to the King, though possibly during the next year or so she may make her curtsey at Court.
It is quite remarkable what a number of people of all ages fall victims to appendicitis, though fortunately when the customary operation is well over they take a renewed and improved lease of health.
Another young invalid of the autumn was one of Mr. Vesey Knox's boys, who was laid up for several weeks, but is now happily perfectly well again.
PREMIER AT OLDHAM.
ON THE HOME RULE ISSUE.
FREE TRADE DEFENCE - INCOME TAX ADJUSTMENT.
Mr. Asquith, on Saturday, addressed a great meeting in the Empire Theatre, Oldham, under the auspices of the local Liberal Registration Association.
There was an attendance of about 4,000, and Mr. W. Barton, M. P., presided.
Mr. Asquith, who did not touch upon the Home Rule question at all, devoted the first portion of his address to the subject of Tariff Reform. The conviction that the last Unionist Government would surrender the keys of the citadel of Free Trade was the main determining cause of their defeat eight years ago. It was necessary once more to ask the apostles and missionaries of Tariff Reform the old questions which they were unable to answer them, and which they are no better able to answer to-day. Let me mention just two or three of them. Why do foreign-manufactured goods come into this country, and find a market here? Is it not because for the time being, at any rate, they can either not be made here at all or can be made better and cheaper than here in the place from which they come? Will your duty on them, or will it not, raise the price to the consumer? If it will not, why don't you tax foreign food also? And why do you talk about compensation for the British farmer?
WANTED A DEFINITION.
Further, what do you mean by manufactured goods? As you say, you have abjured a tax on raw material as strongly, for the present, at any rate, as you abjure one on food. Will you exempt from your tariff every imported article upon which British capital and labour are to be expended? How much will you get from your tariff if you do?
And this, I think, is the most important question of all. What compensation are you going to offer to British trade as a whole for the enormous stimulus to our own industry, enterprise, and invention, which, as our experience in a hundred cases proves, has been supplied by the free competition of outsiders in our own market?
During our eight years of office the national expenditure has enormously increased, partly, I regret to say, on armaments, but in a still greater proportion on the beneficent purposes of social reform.
We have met our new necessities by what I believe from the first to be thoroughly sound finance. (Hear, hear.) What further have we done? In the first place, we have paid our debt at an unexampled rate, and to an unprecedented amount. Next, we have avoided borrowing as far as possible, except for reproductive purposes, such as telephones, and we have reduced taxation that fall on industry and the necessities of life. Whilst I was at the Exchequer I had the privilege of getting rid of the Coal Tax and largely reducing the taxes on tea and sugar. (Cheers.)
Further, we have placed the main sources of direct taxation - I mean the income-tax and the death duties - upon more equitable foundations. We have discriminated for the first time what is unearned increment; we have introduced super-taxes, and extended the principle of graduation, and lastly, we have provided for new expenditure partly from these readjustments and partly by taxation of luxuries and superfluities of the rich and more well-to-do classes. I say to you that I see nothing in this review of what we have done to call for apology or even for defence.
But if we and other nations are to go along at the same pace and along the same road of expenditure during the next ten years as during the last, I see cause for grave and growing disquietude.
There are only two ways of balancing an increasingly adverse account, both ways, as you know, as old as business itself. One is to reduce your outgoings, and the other is to increase your incomings.
Touching on the readjustment of the income tax, Mr. Asquith said - It is recognised as a permanent part of our fiscal arrangement, and I am growingly of opinion that the time has come for a complete re-examination in all directions, both downwards and upwards, of the whole system of exemption of payment, and of gradation which has grown up in the most haphazard fashion, which might be replaced in a way which might make the tax both wider and more equitable in its incidence, and more productive in its yield.
DEVLIN AND PEACE.
WOULD LIKE OVERTURES FROM SIR EDWARD CARSON.
Unlike Mr. Asquith, who did not mention Home Rule in his speech at Oldham, Mr. Devlin, at Rathdrum, County Wicklow, on Sunday, made it his one theme.
There is (said Mr. Devlin) nothing now left between Ireland and Home Rule but the threat of civil war from the ascendancy party in Ireland. They had the same threats before, but they never materialised. Then, as now, they were all made in the name of loyalty, but this is the first time in history that the responsible men of the British Tory party have aided and abetted and pledged support to armed resistance on the part of a fraction of the people to an Act of the Crown and Parliament. Now consider for a moment what that means. If a minority of the Protestants of Ulster can successfully assert the right to resist an Act which has the sanction of five-sixths of the people of Ireland, and of an overwhelming majority of the British people, and of all the several governing colonies of the Empire behind it, how is that right to be confined to the Ulster minority, and what is to be the future of Constitutional government in these islands? Do the Tory leaders think that once they light the torch of civil war in Ulster the conflagration can be confined to Ireland?
IF BLOOD IS SHED
they cannot escape responsibility for it. If the Constitution goes down, more than one interest will be buried in its ruins. (Cheers.) Mr. Devlin further stated that he did not believe that Sir Edward Carson was anxious to be the leader in civil war or a rebellion in Ulster. There were indications in his recent speeches that he was becoming more and more impressed with the gravity of the situation in which he found himself, and he believed that Sir Edward would only be too glad if a way could be found to a peaceful solution. Why, then, did he not come forward with his proposals, if he had any? It was not the Unionist party, but the Government who were the victors in the Home Rule fight, and it was not, therefore, the Government, but the Unionists who had come forward with their proposals as to a settlement. He assured him that Irish Nationalists were willing to go any length, short of sacrificing the principle of an Irish Parliament with a responsible Executive for the control of all purely Irish affairs, to conciliate our Unionist fellow-countrymen in Ulster. (Cheers.) If that principle were granted they would be willing to go a great deal further than half-way to meet Sir Edward Carson, and to sign a lasting treaty of peace and goodwill, but it was the duty of Sir Edward Carson to make known what it was that thew wanted. To talk of separation being possible under the Home Rule Bill was ridiculous and absurd. Ireland
DID NOT WANT SEPARATION
from Great Britain, and when they got Home Rule the majority of Irish people might be found much too loyal to suit the taste of those who were now denouncing them as disloyalists and separatists. Does Sir Edward Carson, asked Mr. Devlin, for a moment imagine that if the Government and the Home Rule Bill were beaten and a Tory Government installed in office that the Home Rule question would be dead and done with? I need not elaborate this question by pointing out the weapons which he and the Tory party have put into the hands of the majority of the Irish people and their representatives for resisting coercion. Sir Edward must be fully conscious of that. Would the solution be then any easier than it is now? On the contrary, it would be more difficult than ever. Sir Edward Carson and his followers in Ulster have now the opportunity of performing a deed which will bring peace to Ireland and to the Empire and make their memory illustrious in the history of their own race and nation by abandoning an impossible position and coming to a honourable and lasting agreement with the majority of their country-men. (Cheers.)
ANOTHER AIR FATALITY.
LIBAU (Russia), Saturday. - Lieutenant Wachsmuth fell with his seaplane into the sea to-day, and was drowned.
CITY "SNOWED UNDER."
NEW YORK, Saturday. - Advices received here report that the city of Denver, in Colorado, is under ten feet of snow, as the result of a terrific storm which has raged for several days.
Forty persons are missing, and owing to communications by road and rail being interrupted there is already a famine in food and coal.
BELFAST WEEK-END FIRES.
The Belfast Fire Brigade had a busy time on Saturday evening, having to cope with three fires between six and ten o'clock. A slight outbreak in a vacant house in M'Kibbin's Court, off North Street, first engaged their attention. The fire, which originated through the burning of some brown paper, was soon extinguished, and involved very little damage.
The second conflagration was in the motor garage of Mr. S. T. Robinson, Victoria Square, which caused extra alarm by reason of the inflammable character of the stock-in-trade. When the brigade arrived they found a motor car ablaze, and the employes actively engaged in trying to extinguish the flames with the resources at their disposal. Two motor pumps and two first-aid motors were brought into requisition, with effectual results, and the damage by water and fire was comparatively slight.
The third fire was at 10-30 in a garage, coach-house and stable at Fernhill, Ballygomartin, which belongs to Mr. Samuel Cunningham. In the basement of the two-storey building was a motor-car and other valuable effects, and when the brigade arrived they found those enveloped in flames, which threatened to consume the entire structure. The firemen were hampered from want of a good water supply, as the town supply does not go so high, and to feed the machine they had to carry draughts from pumps in the proximity of the outbreak. Their work was arduous and protracted, but eventually the fire was conquered, though not before much damage was done by fire and water. While scaling a ladder Fireman John Mitchell missed his footing and fractured one of his legs.
PARIS, Saturday. - A bargeman, his wife, and two daughters have been accidentally suffocated on a barge moored at Henri Quatro Quay by the fumes of the stove.
A grain store collapsed in Glasgow this morning. Five flats were ruined and three men sustained injuries.
Mr. J. M. Small, secretary of Messrs. Jaffe Bros., Ltd., has been admitted as an associate of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries.
The postage on this day's issue of the "Telegraph" is 1 1/2d, either foreign or home.
Mr. Thomas Sawers, who is at present on a visit to Jamaica, is reported to be making excellent recovery after his recent serious accident at Craigavad Station.
Belonging to the Liverpool Grain Elevator Company, the lighter Fancy, while being towed from Belfast to the Clyde by the Liverpool steam tug Herculaneum, foundered in a heavy sea ten miles south of Corsewall (Wigtown) Lighthouse on Saturday afternoon, the crew being saved.
STEAMER ON FIRE.
RESCUE WORK IN A GALE.
ANOTHER WIRELESS CALL.
NEW YORK, Monday. - A telegram from Norfolk (Virginia), states that the coasting steamer Rio Grande took fire at sea while there were 197 passengers on board.
A gale was blowing at the time, and a remarkably smart piece of work was accomplished by the coaster Suwanee, which took on board without mishap all of the Rio Grande's passengers.
With the aid of the Suwanee's crew, the fire on board the Rio Grande was put out, and that vessel is now proceeding to port.
The Rio Grande is a vessel of 2,556 tons.
The Suwanee, according to Lloyd's register, is an oil tanker owned in London, but there is another vessel named the Suwanee belonging to an American trading company, which may be the steamer concerned.
THE RAILWAY STRIKE.
TERMS OF THE SETTLEMENT.
MEN EXPRESS THEIR REGRET.
A Cardiff correspondent, telegraphing on Saturday afternoon, said:-- The terms of settlement of the railway dispute in South Wales were well guarded, and are expected to cause something of a sensation when made known. The men's decision to resume work was arrived at on the bare statement of a settlement. The following are the terms:--
(1) Engineman James cannot be re-employed.
(2) Engineman Reynolds cannot be re-employed.
(3) The men's accredited representatives stated they were authorised by the men now on strike to express their regret that the men had taken such action, and gave an assurance that the men will not take similar action in future. They also agreed to recommend the men to subscribe from 1s to 2s 6d to the Swindon Victoria Hospital.
(4) No guaranteed week's payment to be made to the men during the period of the strike.
(5) The men to resume duty immediately.
Mr. Churchward refused from the outset to take into consideration the reinstatement of James and Reynolds. The men, however, absolutely refused to consider his proposal that all strikers should lose ten marks on the seniority list, stating that this would mean a national strike.
FRENCHMAN MIGHT HAD A WALK-OVER.
WELLS IN MOTOR ACCIDENT.
ESCAPES WITHOUT INJURY.
Bombardier Wells was in a motor-car collision at Selsey on Sunday evening.
He was proceeding from the Gymnasium to his bungalow when his car collided with another.
The front axle of the car in which Wells was riding was broken, and the body of the car was damaged.
Both Wells and the driver of the car escaped injury, and the former is none the worse for the mishap.
FOUR YEARS FOR THIEF.
On Saturday afternoon the Ulster Winter Assizes
Michael Archer, a cripple, was indicted on the charge of breaking and entering, and pleaded not guilty. Mr. R. F. Harrison, K. C., and Mr. George Hill Sraith (instructed by Mr. Kilkelly) prosecuted. Prisoner was not professionally represented.
The allegation was that Archer had broken into a jeweller's shop in Lurgan - that of Mrs. Margaret Charles - on the 21st October, and stolen a quantity of jewellery, value about £5.
Accused was found guilty, and sentenced to eight calendar months with hard labour from 28th October, date of arrest.
NINE MONTHS' SENTENCE.
Henry Kelly pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding Edward Quinn on the 18th October at Milford, Co. Armagh.
Sentence of nine months was passed, dating from arrest on 21st October.
BOYS SENT TO BORSTAL
Two boys, William Mitchell and William Parks, pleaded guilty to a theft of £1 4s 6d from James Marks at Belfast.
Both lads were sent for three years to the Borstal Institute.
FOUR YEARS' PENAL SERVITUDE.
R. M'Kee and J. O'Hare were indicted on the charge of stealing from a public-house in Northland Street, owned by William Cowan & Co., £11 13s 3d and a postal order. M'Kee pleaded guilty, and O'Hare pleaded not guilty. Mr. R. F. Harrison, K. C., and Mr. G. H. Smith (instructed by Mr. J. H. Moorehead, C. S.)prosecuted. O'Hare was not officially represented.
The money and postal order were found in M'Kee's possession.
M'Kee, who had a bad record, was sentenced to four years' penal servitude.
O'Hare was acquitted.
TWO MONTH'S HARD LABOUR.
John Duncan pleaded guilty to entering a shop belonging to Frank Duffin, Belfast, and stealing over £3. Prisoner said he was drunk at the time.
His Lordship passed sentence of two calendar months.
William James Scott, of Belfast, pleaded guilty to smashing windows, involving over £11 in damage.
Accused, said his Lordship, had a lamentable record. He would sentence him to six calendar months.
MONAGHAN MAN SENTENCED.
Francis O'Brien, from County Monaghan, who had pleaded guilty to stealing a cow, was sentenced to eight calendar months with hard labour, from 21st October, time of his arrest.
DOWN WOMAN SENTENCED.
Mrs. Mary J. Geddis, Gilford, who had pleaded guilty to concealment of birth, received sentence of six calendar months from 4th November.
A SERIES OF BURGLARIES.
Charles Shanks, 29 years of age, pleaded guilty to no fewer than nine burglaries, committed between May and November. Prisoner stated he was a joiner by trade, and a native of Belfast.
Sergeant M'Coach said that Shanks belonged to very respectable people. He had a wife and child, but did not live with them. He was a corporal in the Royal (Reserve) Artillery.
His Lordship said it was a pity to see a man like prisoner in such a position. He imposed a sentence of nine calendar months.
A BAD "LAY-OFF."
James Cooke, Belfast, pleaded guilty to breaking into the house of Mary M'Larnon, and stealing a coat and vest.
Prisoner, addressing his lordship, said he knew he had a bad record. Some people when they got a new suit got a new record. He had to keep his old record. He was what was called a bad "lay-off."
Nine months sentence was passed.
Prisoner - Thank you, my lord. I hope you'll have a good appetite for the 25th.
AMERICAN LINEN MARKET.
NEW YORK, December 6. - Linens have had a firm market throughout the week, and business has been comparatively active, particularly in crashes. The manner in which goods are called indicates a healthy situation and general confidence in present prices. Preparations for the holiday season and the white sales following continue, and some buyers found it difficult to obtain the needed assortments.
MILITANT LEADER FREED.
Mrs. Pankhurst was released from Exeter County Prison at 9.55 last night, and was taken to the Great Western Hotel, where she will remain the night.
HAVRE, Monday. - Mr. Wall, an Englishman, is reported to have disappeared here. It is stated that after dining at a cafÈ he proceeded by tram car to the docks to board a steamer for Southampton. His coat was found floating in the Florida dock, and it is feared that he fell into the water.
LABOUR LECTURES IN BELFAST.
On Sunday Mr. James Coutts, docker organiser, Govan, lectured under the auspices of the Independent Labour Party (Joint Committee) in the North Branch Hall, Langley Street, Belfast, and also in the former Co-operative Hall, North Street. His first address, which was delivered in the afternoon, was on the subject, "Direct and Political Action," and in the evening he spoke on "A Revolution in the Making." Each meeting was well attended. The weekly meeting of the Independent Labour Party of Ireland was held on Sunday evening at 5 o'clock in Rosemary Street Hall, Belfast, where Mr. William M'Mullan gave a lecture on "Controversial Socialism," after which Mr. A. Stewart, A.S.C., in opening a keen discussion, dwelt upon the importance of industrial organisation.
DEATH WAS KEPT A SECRET.
CHARGE OF CONCEALING WILL.
Feted on one occasion by the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, and citizens of York, Frank M'Laren Stephenson (??) formerly managing clerk to a firm of solicitors, was, on Saturday, arraigned in Blackburn Borough Police Court to answer several serious charges.
It is alleged that he fraudulently concealed the will of Mrs. Elizabeth Alice Whittaker, widow of a prominent Blackburn tradesman, and also that he misappropriated as trustee £490 belonging to the lady's estate, as well as obtained £149 under a policy of insurance with intent to defraud.
Edgar Whittaker, a commercial traveller, said that in September, 1907, his mother married Henry Drummond Hastings, of York. Shortly after the marriage they went to live at the Black Swan Hotel, York, where his mother was licensee.
Some time later Hastings went abroad. Certain inquiries were made about him, and his mother then placed her affairs in the hands of a solicitor, for whom prisoner acted as managing clerk.
Subsequently prisoner, acting on instructions, communicated with Hastings, and shortly afterwards Hastings was found drowned in the River Ouse. His mother left the Black Swan and went into apartments, and he last saw her alive about February, 1900.
Later Stephenson told him he had been granted power of attorney, and that it was his intention to visit Egypt, where he was undertaking certain legal work in connection with the formation of a company. In November, 1909, he (witness) made certain inquiries from the tenants of property in Preston New Road, Blackburn, as the result of which he wrote to Stephenson to the effect that the family were at a loss to understand why their mother did not write.
Meeting Stephenson in Blackburn, he asked - "Where is my mother? You have been a barrier between my mother and myself long enough, and, unless you tell me where my mother is, I shall knock that barrier down." He then struck prisoner, who threatened to summon witness for it. "That is just what I want you to do," he replied, adding "I may as well be candid and tell you you are a liar, an adventurer, and are converting money to your own use, and that my mother is dead."
Prisoner replied - "Your mother is quite well and happy, and is enjoying herself. Would you be satisfied if I got a letter to this effect in ten to fourteen days?" Witness replied that he would, and he asked accused if he really meant what he said.
The reply was, "Honour bright, old man, you shall have a letter from your mother, and one from me." He spoke with such sincerity that he (witness) thought that he might have judged him too hastily. However, he got no satisfaction, and the promised letter was not forthcoming.
Prisoner - Do you remember your mother getting Mr. Hastings out of the country?
Witness - I think he was frightened out of the country by one of my brothers.
Was his passage paid? - I could not say.
When Mr. Hastings returned from Canada, do you remember suggesting to your mother that she should make her will? - No.
Were you and your family aware of the friendly and business relations existing between your mother and me? - No.
Prisoner asked if witness considered his mother a strong-minded woman, and his reply was, "I don't know."
Where you not aware of your mother's definite instructions to me not to communicate her address to her family? - No.
Prisoner then called for the production of certain letters from Mrs. Whittaker to himself, to show that this lady did not desire her whereabouts to be communicated to anyone without her consent.
Prisoner made a long statement in defence. The gross amounts received by him after deductions for mortgage, interest, ground rents, insurance, etc., only totalled £366 It was only fair to himself to state that not a single penny had been charged for out-of-pocket or travelling expenses or for services rendered, although these expenses were specially authorised out of the power of attorney. He emphatically denied that there had been any concealment of the will, though he admitted that some delay had arisen between Mrs. Whittaker's death and the disclosure of her death. The non-disclosure was not a punishable offence, however. He contended that the will was fully disclosed to the three sons of deceased by himself. The whole circumstances of the case were peculiar and unusual, but he emphasised that his actions throughout had been perfectly open and above board. The journey to Egypt was entirely a business one, otherwise he would never have gone to that country at the hottest and worst possible time of the year. All along he had followed out the instructions of Mrs. Whittaker, and he asked how he could disclose her death without breaking his word to her, and going against her instructions. He did not wish to minimise any wrong that had been done. He had been actuated throughout by an honest endeavour to put things right as far as possible, and he would give any assistance he could to the solicitor of the family or to the prosecution.
The case was adjourned until to-day for the depositions to be read over preparatory to the prisoner's committal to the assizes. The Bench intimated that they were prepared to allow bail.
BELFAST ORGAN RECITALS.
On Saturday Mr. C. J. Brennan, at the Ulster Hall played Reubke's Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, Guilmant's "Prayer and Cradle Song," and "Grand Cholur" in E flat; a selection from Tschaikowsky's fifth symphony, and selections from "Cavalleria Rusticana" (Mascagni), and "Oberon" (Weber). The Tschaikowsky will improve on further acquaintance on the part of the audience. It is an excellent policy to introduce great and extended symphonic works by titbits. By the instalment system an audience can thus come into possession of the whole work.
The Ulster Male Choir under Mr. S. Holmes, sang in their accomplished style, a number of part-songs including "Land o'the Leal," "Banks and Braes," "The Little Church" (Becker), "Hush'd in Death" (Hiles), and "Awake, Little Kitty" (Macy). The Scottish items were the most enjoyable by the choir, but all were greatly appreciated.
A member of the choir, Mr. George Orr, sang songs. These included Brahms's "Minnelied," and H. Oliver's "Oft of the North I Sing." He has a pleasant tenor which is used with considerable taste. Next Saturday the Professional Orchestra, under Mr. Brennan, will play in the afternoon (3.30), and in the evening (8 o'clock) the R.I.C. Band, under Mr. George C. Ferguson, will supply the programme.
CAVAN MURDER TRIAL.
TERRIBLE FARM TRAGEDY
INVESTIGATED AT ASSIZES.
At the Ulster Winter Assizes in Belfast to-day, before the Right Hon. Mr. Justice Gibson and a jury, Thomas Flynn, a middle-aged man, was placed on trial for his life charged with the wilful murder of John Prior, of Arva, at Derrycassan, about four miles from Ballyconnell, on 8th November last.
The accused, who looked ten years older than his real age of 43 years, owned a small holding at Derrycassan, and adjoining it was the farm on which the deceased's sister lived.
It was alleged that there had been some ill-feeling between the deceased and the accused as to the land. According to the statement of the prisoner, who surrendered himself to the police, Prior came to his house on the date in question, made complaint concerning cattle trespassing on his lands, and threatened him, brandishing his stick about. He (prisoner) obtained his gun, which went off (according to his statement) without his taking aim, the contents lodging in Prior's body.
Mr. R. F. Harrison, K.C.; Mr. W. E. Wylie, and Mr. G. Dougherty (instructed by Mr. Louis Smith, C.S.) prosecuted for the Crown, and the prisoner was defended by Mr. I. Wood (instructed by Mr. Thomas Gilsenan).
A model of the prisoner's house in which the tragedy was enacted - a small thatched cottage - was on view during the hearing of he case for the assistance of judge, jury, and counsel, while a map of the district, with the holdings of the Priors and Flynn specially indicated, was also exhibited.
THE CRIME DESCRIBED.
Mr. Harrison opened the case. The jury, he said, were called to investigate the most solemn and serious class of case any jury could be called on to investigate - a charge of wilful murder. This crime happened in the county of Cavan on a Sunday, 9th November, four weeks ago, at three o'clock in the afternoon. The deceased man was last seen alive at 2.30. At three o'clock he met his death. No one saw the shot fired, and the first that was known about it was when prisoner himself, at five o'clock in the evening, walked into the police barracks at Ballyconnell, six miles away, and made the following statement. It was his own account of the crime, given within two hours of its having happened: - "John Prior, of Arva, came to my house at three o'clock to-day, and told me to go and take my cattle off his land. He told me he would kick me. He went out and came back again. When he came in the second time I asked him for his authority. He said, 'I will soon show you my authority,' and brandished a stick - ('It could scarcely have been a lighter stick,' observed counsel, handing apparently a cane stick up for the inspection of the jury) - and said 'I will take your life,' I stepped into the bedroom, and took my gun, and presented it at him. He advanced a pace nearer to me, and I fired at random. I took no aim, but he staggered back a few paces outside the door. I then came to the barrack."
They started, continued counsel, with the extremely simple proposition that John Prior, of Arva, was a living man a few minutes before three o'clock, and that prisoner shot him dead at three o'clock. The law was that where human life was lost
THE ACT WAS MURDER.
and it was for the prisoner to show, if he could, circumstances which would reduce it from murder to manslaughter. No words, no gesture could be regarded as sufficient provocation. He would relate the earlier circumstances which led up to the crime. The prisoner Flynn's next neighbour was an elderly woman named Catherine Prior, sister of the dead man. These two neighbours lived a curious life. Flynn had all his meals in Catherine Prior's house. She washed for him, and they worked their farms in common. Prisoner looked after her farm, and she in turn cooked for him and looked after his laundry. That had been going on for a considerable time. This farm of Catherine Prior's had belonged to another member of the family, who died without making a will, John Prior, the murdered man, hal some claim to it. With Catherine Prior there lived her nephew, Francis Finlay and his wife,. John Prior was making some claim to the farm, and if he had come to live there, as he would show the jury he contemplated doing, it seemed pretty obvious that first of all the Finlays would have to go, and secondly that the neighbouring which went on between Flynn and Catherine Prior - the grazing of the two places in common and the prisoner getting his meals in Prior's house - must cease. He could not tell the jury very much of the circumstances previous to the month of August last, but from statements made by the accused in the barracks to a constable it appeared
THERE WAS SOME ILL-FEELING
between deceased and Flynn arising out of an old transaction in that Flynn had made a will for the deceased's father under which the deceased did not benefit. He told the constable that some five years ago that fact was still rankling in John Prior's mind, and that he was chiding him for it. In August John Prior, who lived some twelve miles off, had been over at the farm of his sister and Flynn, and he must have had some words with the latter, because Catherine Prior would tell them that after he had gone she said to Flynn, who was tieing some beasts on the farm, that it was a great pity that they had this trouble. He used words in reply to the effect that it was not the cattle that were the trouble, but it was her brother who was causing him trouble. In October Catherine had advertised her farm for sale on 3rd October. Deceased apparently did not want it sold. He attended the sale, and and there were angry words between him and Flynn and Finlay. Trouble must have been anticipated, because a police constable attended the auction.
As a result of John Prior's visit the sale did not take place. A week afterwards, Flynn had his farm up for sale, but apparently nothing came of that either. It would seem to him there had been some arrangement between Catherine Prior and Flynn for both to sell and clear out. Coming to the day of the crime, counsel said the weapon that was used was a single-barrelled breach-loading gun. Flynn was never known to have a gun before. It looked a new gun, and he had no use for it whatever. They could not trace where he had obtained it. There were found in the house five new cartridges. Having described the movements of the Finlays and Flynn on the Sunday forenoon, Mr. Harrison said it was evident that John Prior was expected over. Some of them had been to Mass, and after dinner Flynn went to his own house, and Catherine Prior went away somewhere. What happened when John Prior arrived at Flynn's house they only knew from the prisoner's statement. The police found Prior's body lying at the door of the house, the left side of the neck having been blown away by the effect of the gun shot wound, while the poor man had two great wounds inflicted with a sharp and powerful instrument on the other side of the neck, which the doctor would tell them was inflicted after death. The blood was flowing from the gun-shot wound, but not from the others, so that it was clear they must have been caused after death. Counsel then submitted that Flynn's statement that the man was shot inside the house was false. He must have been shot where he fell, immediately outside the door. There would have been a trail of blood if the man had been shot inside, and carried out to where the police got him lying dead with his feet towards the door. He (counsel) suggested that these circumstances must lead to one, and
ONLY ONE CONSLUSION,
that the crime was the crime of murder. They must be led also to the conclusion that the prisoner was a man of ungovernable rage and temper, who was not content with having taken life but was determined to wreak his vengeance on the unhappy corpse.
The County Surveyor of Cavana (Mr. Sullivan) having proved the maps used in following the case.
Constable Matthew Goldrick stated that he visited the house of Flynn on the 26th November. Witness gave measurements and a description of the building and its surroundings.
His Lordship complimented the constable on the model of the cottage, which had been made by that officer,
"QUITE COOL AND COLLECTED."
Sergeant John Kerr stated that he was in charge of Ballyconnell Barracks on Sunday, 9th November. At five o'clock - it was dark at the time - witness came into the barracks and found Flynn there. Flynn made a statement, which witness took down, prisoner looking over his shoulder as witness wrote it down. Flynn was quite cool and collected. It would hae taken Flynn about two hours to walk from his house to the barrack. The statement (already referred to by counsel) was made by Flynn without any question being put to him. Witness sent a constable for the doctor, and took Constables M'Cabe and Brophy with him to prisoner's house, which they reached about a quarter to seven. They cycledthere. It was a dark and stormy night, though previously the weather had been fair. At Flynn's house they found a body lying outside the door. The feet were a distance of one foot from the door. The dead man was on his back, his hands extended above his head. He was fullydressed, wearing black clothes, leggings and boots, and on his head was a hard hat. His collar was open, two buttons having been burst, and the neck tie seemed to have been torn. Deceased had a fearful wound on the left side of the cheek - a gun shot wound. The mouth was wide open and filled with blood. The body lay in a sort of channel. Deceased was a fine well-built, muscular man, about 5ft. 9 in. in height. There was a large pool of blood at his head. On the right side of the neck was a lump, but witness could not say its cause. Half an inch back from it was a long wound about three inches in length and half an inch wide. Further back was another wound about an inch long. Witness saw no blood or any marking on the right side of the neck. A stick lay across the mna's feet. This was the stick already referred to by Connolly.
WOODEN RIFLES CAPTURED.
VIGILANT PORTRUSH CONSTABLE.
Constabulary vigilance had a ludicrous illustration at Portrush railway station on Saturday afternoon, some bales containing 50 wooden rifles consigned to the captain of the local company of the Boys' Brigade being officially opened and inspected in solemn form by a police sergeant in presence of a large number of amused spectators on the platform.
It is stated the authorities had directed close inquiries regarding the anticipated arrival of a consignment of rifles for the local Volunteers, the members of which were questioned closely during the past few days.
The result of the inspection was that the dummies were duly passed for delivery to the consignee.
THE LATE REV. CANON STEWART.
In connection with the death of the Rev. Canon Stewart, a largely attended memorial service was held in the large hall of the City Y.M.C.A., Belfast, on Sunday afternoon, Sir Robert Anderson, Bart., J.P., presiding. Devotional services having been conducted by Rev. J. W. Gibson, M.A., the Chairman, in paying tribute to the memory of the deceased clergyman, said that Canon Stewart was one of the best friends that association had ever had, and that he had contributed no less than £1,000 towards the cost of erecting that building. In everything that concerned the welfare of the Y.M.C.A., including the progress of its gymnasium, he had always taken the keenest interest, and they one and all deeply mourned his death. In conclusion, he urged them to so rule their lives day by day that they might be ready when the Master called.
At this stage the congregation all stood while Mr. James Dann, F.R.C.O., rendered the "Dead March" in "Saul," on the Sir George William's grand organ.
Mr. W. H. M'Laughlin, D.L., in endorsing the remarks of the chairman, dwelt upon the great interest which the late Canon Stewart had taken in the Y. M. C. A., the Cripples' Institute, and other worthy institutions, and said they could ill afford to lose such a one from their midst, but they thanked God that the One whom he had fullowed was still with them.
Rev. Dr. Elliott, in the course of his remarks, said it had been his privilege to be one of the friends of the late Canon Stewart, and what he knew of him and what he heard of him all combined to emphasise the fact that by his lamented death a great gap had been left in the community - a gap which it would indeed be very hard, if not impossible to fill.
Mr. D. A. Black, J.P., announced that he had received a letter from Rev. Dr. Montgomery, expressing regret at his inability to attend the service, and paying tribute to the many excellent qualities of the late Canon Stewart.
Sacred solos having been rendered by Miss Paxton and Mr. Ernest Naftzgar, and the Cripples' Institute Quartette having sung a hymn.
The proceedings terminated with the pronouncing of the Benediction by the Rev. H. Kyle Atkinson, a cousin of the late Canon Stewart.
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Belfast Evening Telegraph - Tuesday, 9 December 1913
DAVIS--PATTERSON -- November 27, 1913 at the Presbyterian Manse, Toronto, Canada, by Rev. J. C. Maxwell, Joseph Steel, third son of the late James Davis, to Elizabeth Crichton, second daughter of Samuel Patterson, both of Belfast.
ATKINSON -- December 8, at his residence, 30 Ashmore Street and 171 Wilton Street, after a lingering illness, borne with Christian patience, Charles, eldest son of Charles Atkinson, 26 Newport Street. Funeral will leave his residence, for interment in Carnmoney, on Thursday, at 2 p.m.
Deeply regretted by his loving Wife,
BEATTIE -- December 8, 1913, at her residence, 15 Raleigh Street, Minnie, the dearly-beloved wife of David Beattie. Her remains will be removed from the above address, on to-morrow (Wednesday) afternoon, at 2.30 o'clock, for interment in the City Cemetery. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation.
Deeply regretted by her sorrowing Husband and Family.
ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH DEFENDERS TOTAL ABSTINENCE L.O.L. 1890.
BEATTIE -- The Members of above Lodge and other Brethren are requested to attend the funeral of the wife of our respected Brother, David Beattie.
JOHN M'CLEERY, W.M.; JOHN MARTIN, Secretary.
COMMERCIAL TEMPERANCE R.B.P. 448.
BEATTIE -- The Sir Knights and Brethren of the above Preceptory are requested to attend the funeral of the wife of our respected Lecturer, Sir Knight David Beattie, P.M.
EDWARD J. WILLIAMS, W.M.; THOMAS JOHNSTON, P.M., Registrar.
BRANNIGAN -- December 8, 1913, at her residence, 137 Springfield Road, Mary Anne, relict of the late Francis Brannigan. -- R.I.P. Her remains will be removed, on to-morrow (Wednesday), December 10, at 1.30 p.m., for interment in Hannahstown Cemetery.
BRYSON -- December 8, at his residence, Ballybracken, John Alexander Bryson, aged 75 years. The remains of my dear husband will be removed, for interment in Kilbride Burying-ground, on to-morrow (Wednesday), at 1 p.m. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation.
CHRIMES -- December 8, at his residence, 63a Disraeli Street, Joseph, the beloved husband of Katherine Chrimes. His remains will be removed from the above address, on to-night (Tuesday), at 7.30 o'clock, for Liverpool steamer, for interment in Warrington, England. Friends will please accept this intimation.
Abide with me, fast falls the eventide,
The darkness deepens, Lord, with me abide.
Inserted by his sorrowing Wife and Family.
COLLINS -- December 8, 1913, at his residence, Bridge Street, Portadown, Charles J. Collins. The remains of my beloved husband will be removed, for interment in Seagoe Burying-ground, on to-morrow (Wednesday) afternoon, at 2.30 o'clock.
WELLINGTON MASONIC LODGE 82.
COLLINS -- Members of above Lodge and other Brethren are requested to attend the funeral of our late Brother, Charles J. Collins.
SAMUEL GREER, W.M.; W. J. GREEN, Secretary.
CORRY -- December 9, at her father's residence, 91 Snugville Street, Rachel, the dearly-beloved daughter of Thomas and Maggie Corry. Her remains will be removed from the above address, for interment in Carnmoney, on Thursday, at 2 p.m.
I come, I come, at Thy command,
I give my spirit to Thy hand,
Stretch forth Thine everlasting arms
And shield me in the last alarms,
Inserted by her Father and Mother, THOMAS AND MAGGIE CORRY.
DALEY -- December 8, at his parents' residence, 6 Agra Street, James, the dearly-beloved son of James and Mary Daley. His remains will be removed from the above address, on to-morrow (Wednesday), at 2 p.m., for interment in Milltown Cemetery. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation. -- R.I.P.
Deeply regretted, JAMES AND MARY DALEY.
DELARGY -- December 7, at her residence, 55 Lincoln Street, Ellen, the dearly-beloved wife of James Delargy. Her remains will be removed from the above address, for interment in Milltown Cemetery, on to-morrow (Wednesday), at 2 p.m.
"On whose soul, sweet Jesus, have mercy."
DICKSON -- December 8, at her brother-in-law's residence, Tramway Depot, Knock, Margaret Ann (Maggie) Dickson. Her remains will be removed from her residence, Lagandale, Kinallen, Co. Down, for interment in the family burying-ground, Dromore, on to-morrow (Wednesday), 10th December, at 1 p.m. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation.
DYER -- December 8, 1913, at her residence, 23 Russell Street, Mary Ann, relict of the late John Dyer. -- R.I.P. The remains of our dearly-beloved sister will be removed from the above address, on to-morrow (Wednesday), 10th December, at 1 p.m., for interment in Milltown Cemetery.
"On whose soul, sweet Jesus, have mercy."
ELIZABETH AND MARGARET MAGUIRE.
JAMISON -- December 8, 1913, at his residence, Lisbarnett, John Jamison. The remains of my beloved husband will be removed, for interment in the family burying-ground, Tullynakill, on to-morrow (Wednesday), 10th inst., at 1 p.m.
MADDEN -- December 8, 1913, at the residence of his sister, 17 Nora Street, John Madden. His remains will be removed from the above address, on to-morrow (Wednesday), at 1.30 p.m., for interment in Dundonald Cemetery. Friends will please accept this intimation.
MEARNS -- December 8, at Banbridge Gas Works, George A. Mearns (manager). The remains of my beloved husband will be removed from his late residence, on to-morrow (Wednesday) morning, at eleven o'clock, for interment in the family burying-ground, Downpatrick, arriving (via Newcastle) at Downpatrick Station about 3 p.m.
MONROE -- December 8, at her father's residence, 59 Boyce Square, Emily, the dearly-beloved daughter of James and Mary Jane Monroe. Funeral on to-morrow (Wednesday) afternoon, at two o'clock, for interment in Dundonald Cemetery.
"Safe in the arms of Jesus."
Deeply regretted by her sorrowing Father, Mother, Brothers, and Sisters.
MORRISON -- December 8, 1913, at her residence, 37 Candahar Street, Belfast, Elizabeth, widow of the late William Morrison, Glasgow. Funeral from the above address on to-morrow (Wednesday) afternoon, at two o'clock, for interment in the City Cemetery, Belfast. Friends will please accept this intimation.
JOHN T. M'COUBREY.
M'ADAM -- December 8, at Purdysburn Hospital, Helen (Ella), youngest and dearly-beloved daughter of George and Maggie M'Adam, Oldpark. Funeral on to-morrow (Wednesday), at 12 noon, from Purdysburn, for interment in Carnmoney Burying-ground. Coaches to leave Houston Bros. And Williamson's, Crumlin Road, at 11 a.m.
M'AVOY -- December 8, at her residence, 31 Edenderry Village, Shaw's Bridge, Hannah, the dearly-beloved wife of James M'Avoy. Her remains will be removed from the above address, on to-morrow (Wednesday) afternoon, at two o'clock, for interment in Ballylesson Graveyard. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation.
M'CAIG -- December 8, 1913, at his residence, Ballyvoy, Doagh, John M'Caig. The remains of my dear husband will be removed, for interment in the family burying-ground, Donegore, on to-morrow (Wednesday), at 11 a.m.
SMYTH -- December 9, at his father's residence, 2 Railway Street, Dunmurry, John Alexander, fourth son of Samuel and Sarah Smyth. The remains of our beloved son will be removed from the above address, for interment in the family burying-ground, Derriaghy, on Thursday afternoon, at 2.30 o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.
His weary days and hours of pain
And troubled sleepless nights are past;
And now the weary worn out frame,
Has entered into rest at last.
SAMUEL AND SARAH SMYTH.
STEWART -- December 8, at his residence, 36 Greenmount Street, late of 15 Duncairn Gardens, James Stewart. The remains of my dearly-beloved husband will be removed, for interment in Carnmoney, on to-morrow (Wednesday), at 2 p.m. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation. Deeply Regretted.
MASONIC LODGE No. 239
STEWART -- Members of the above Lodge and other Brethren are requested to attend the funeral of our late Brother, James Stewart.
D. ALLEN, W. M.; D. GRAY, P.M., Secretary.
ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER 54.
STEWART -- The Companions of above Chapter and other Companions are requested to attend the funeral of our late Companion, James Stewart.
JOHN GAMBLE, K.C.; WILLIAM CLEGG, P.K., Registrar.
LOYAL ORDER OF ANCIENT SHEPHERDS. -- Belfast District. -- Ulster Shepherd Lodge No. 1955.
STEWART -- Members of above Lodge and other Brethren are respectfully requested to attend the funeral of our late Brother, James Stewart.
ALEXANDER AICKEN, W.M.; JAMES C. SMITH, Secretary.
AMALGAMATED SOCIETY OF CARPENTERS AND JOINERS. -- Belfast 7th Branch.
STEWART -- The Members of above Branch are requested to attend the funeral of our late respected Brother, James Stewart.
WILLIAM DOWEY, Branch President. JAMES FRENCH, Branch Secretary.
STOKES -- December 8, 1913, at the Infirmary, Lisburn Road, Joseph Stokes, Indian Mutiny veteran. His remains will be removed from the above institution, on to-morrow (Wednesday) morning, at eleven o'clock, for interment in Dundonald Cemetery. Military funeral.
THOMPSON -- November 17, at Shanghai, China, Robert A. Thompson, Chinese Customs, fifth and dearly-loved son of the late William Thompson and Elizabeth Thompson, 71 University Avenue. Was interred in Buddling Well Cemetery, Shanghai, China.
"Never shall his memory fade."
Inserted by his sorrowing Mother, ELIZABETH THOMPSON.
WALSH -- At her residence, 10 Violet Street, Catherine, the beloved wife of the late William Walsh, of Collon, Co. Louth.
WRIGHT -- December 9, at her parents' residence, 27 Greenhill, Lambeg, Annie, the dearly-beloved infant daughter of William J. and Annie Wright. Her remains will be removed from the above address, for interment in the family burying-ground, Lambeg, on to-morrow (Wednesday), at 3 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.
WILLIAM AND ANNIE WRIGHT.
Mrs. MANN desires to acknowledge with heartfelt thanks the many messages of sympathy she received in her sad bereavement.
Mrs. MEEKE and Family desire to thank the many kind friends who sympathised with them in their sorrowing and sad bereavement, especially the employes of Messrs. Marsh & Co., for their kindness.
26 Ambleside Street, Belfast.
Mrs. MACHENRY and Family desire to return sincere thanks to all the kind friends who sympathised with them in their recent sad bereavement; also, those who sent floral tributes, especially to the Members of Derriaghy L.O.L., 135, for their beautiful wreath and kind letter of condolence.
Sandymount Cottage, Derriaghy.
JAMES and PATRICK M'GROGAN and Relatives desire to thank the many kind friends who expressed their sympathy with them in their recent sad bereavement, and for floral tributes sent, especially to the girls of Messrs. Gallaher's, Ltd. Hoping this will be accepted by all.
53 Mill Street.
GRAHAM -- In loving remembrance of my dear sister, Lizzie Graham, who passed away suddenly, on the 9th December, 1912, and was interred in Lisburn Cemetery.
I little thought when last we met
The time was almost o'er,
When I on you should look my last
And we should speak no more.
Of days of yore I dare not think,
Past joys bring present pain,
To mourn for you, my sister dear,
I know is but in vain.
And how I miss your friendship sweet,
My sad heart knows too well,
Until we in the homeland meet,
My Lizzie, dear, farewell.
Inserted by her loving sister.
ELLEN HAIRE, 40 Llewllyn Avenue, Lisburn.
M'MEEKIN -- In loving memory of our dearly-beloved son, Nelson, who died on the 9th December, 1906, and was interred in Carnmoney Cemetery. "Not forgotten."
He has never been forgotten,
Never doth his memory fade.
Fondest hopes shall ever linger
Around the grave where he is laid.
Though in the grave he calmly sleeps,
His spirit shines above,
Safe and secure our Saviour keeps
The one we dearly loved.
G. AND M. M'MEEKIN, 27 Cliftonpark Avenue.
WOODS -- In memory of our beloved son, Joseph Andrew, who departed this life on the 9th December, 1909, and was interred in the City Cemetery.
For ever with the Lord,
Amen, so let it be:
Life from the dead is in that word,
JOSEPH A. AND MARY J. WOODS, 128 Templemore Avenue.
MRS. NANCY DOHERTY,
Of Megdinmore, Three Trees, Quigley's Point, County Donegal, who is still in good health and active, despite the fact that she has gone well past the allotted span. She is 107 years of age, and is still able to do light housework about the home where she and her daughter, who is over 70, reside. Her memory is wonderfully fresh, which makes a conversation with her brimful of interest. Nancy had a sister who lived to reach the age of 115 years.
DUNGANNON VOLUNTEERS' DRILL HALL.
The new drill hall for the use of the Dungannon Battalion Tyrone Regiment of the Ulster Volunteer Force is now nearing completion. It is to be opened on 10th inst. by Lieutenant-General Sir George Richardson, K.C.B.
COMPULSORY LAND PURCHASE
CLANRICARDE ESTATE APPEAL.
At Dublin on Monday, judgment was given by the Court of Appeal in the case of Lord Clanricarde v. the Congested Districts Board. The defendants appealed from a judgment of the Master of the Rolls, who had decided in favour of the Marquis. The latter claimed that the final offer of the Congested Districts Board for his lands, and the requisition, sent by them to the Estates Commissioners were ultra vires, also that the Estates Commissioners could not act on the requisition lawfully or acquire the said estate compulsorily.
An extensive property in the West of Ireland was affected by the decision.
The Court allowed the appeal, and dismissed the action, with costs.
THREAT TO STOP HUNTING.
NATIONALISTS AND LORD CROFTON.
In Roscommon Nationalist circles great indignation has been aroused in consequence of the terms of the address presented by Lord Crofton, master of the Roscommon Harriers, recently to Mr. Bonar Law in Dublin, in which address it was stated that the "policy of Nationalism, the career of the U.I.L., the character of the A.O.H., the records of boycotting and intimidation, was sufficient to justify their opposition to the Home Rule Bill." On Monday at many branch meetings of the A.O.H. and U.I.L. in the county, Lord Crofton's action was discussed, and strongly condemned. In some cases it was resolved not to permit hunting by the Roscommon Harriers, and in others it was stated that the continuance of the hunt could only be permitted by the making of a public apology by the master.
THE BULGARIAN ELECTIONS.
SOFIA, Monday Night. - The elections throughout the country have resulted in a Government majority, but according to the latest results the Government candidates have not been returned for more than sixty per cent. of the 204 seats. It is expected that the next strongest party will be the Aguarians, who have gained successes in the villages, while the Socialists, owing to good organisation in the towns, have gained seats. The Russophil party has been defeated. No disturbances are reported.
BELFAST FIREMAN'S ADVENTURE.
James Sherman, ex-naval man, and a Belfast fireman, had an exciting experience last night near Derry. He was a passenger on the steamer Jucar, sailing from Londonderry to Belfast, and when opposite Brook Hill accidentally fell overboard. His cries for help were not heard, and the vessel proceeded on her way. Sherman is a powerful swimmer, however, and managed to reach the shore, where he obtained food and lodging, and was afterwards conveyed to the Londonderry Infirmary.
whose death has just taken place at Cortynan, near Tynan. Deceased, who was 105 years of age, spent all his life in the employment of the Caledon family, and served under four Earls. He was herd at Kadow farm, near Caledon, for over fifty years, and only gave up active duties about four or five years ago, when the farm was taken over by the Land Commissioners. About a month ago he walked from his home into Caledon and back, a total distance of six miles, and he remained active until the end.
DEATH OF LORD RADSTOCK.
PARIS, Tuesday. - The death is announced, from heart failure, of Lord Radstock, at the age of eighty. Deceased was staying at the Hotel Jena.
TONS OF STOUT HELD UP.
The consignment of 40 tons of Guinness's stout, which arrived in Sligo last week for shipment to Glasgow per the Laird Line company's steamers, and which was held up by the local officials of the Transport Union, acting under the orders of Liberty Hall, Dublin, was removed from the quay, and railed to Dublin on Monday. Although it was rumoured at the time that the Transport Union would allow the stout to be shipped on Saturday's boat, if an undertaking was given by the Laird Line that they would not accept any further consignment, it could not be ascertained if such a proposal was made.
What is that rare and wondrous charm about thee,
Which makes men speak in accents chaste and grand,
And humbly bow the reverent knee before thee,
In this, or in some other distant land?
Thy pain, with such sweet fortitude thou bearest,
Is like unto the passion of the tide,
Which, when the greatest height is reached,
It turns again, and so seems satisfied.
And like the sea, whose great mysterious secret
Is far beyond the power of mortal reach;
For all we seem to understand, or know, is
The beauty of the stone upon the beach.
And when the little bud has just been opened,
The tiny feet have shyly touched Life's brink,
We stand amazed, enraptured with its beauty,
That of the sacrifice we never think!
CAVAN FARM TRAGEDY.
SENTENCE ON THOMAS FLYNN.
SEVEN YEARS' PENAL SERVITUDE.
Thomas Flynn, who was convicted on the previous afternoon of the manslaughter of John Prior, an ex-London policeman, of Arva, by shooting him at Derrycasson, near Ballyconnell, County Cavan, on Sunday, 9th November last, was placed in the dock in the Belfast County Courthouse this morning to receive sentence from the Right Hon. Mr. Justice Gibson, the presiding judge at the Ulster Winter Assizes.
Asked had he anything to say why sentence should not be passed on him, prisoner requested permission to put a statement in writing.
His Lordship granted the request, and Flynn was put back, and later a statement was handed to the judge.
His Lordship said the accused had been indicted for wilful murder, but the jury had found him guilty of manslaughter only, acting on the view that he received serious provocation from a man who was physically his superior. Last night he had intended to inflict on him a much more severe sentence, but having regard to his state of health and the excellent character that had been given to him as a peaceable, inoffensive man, he was unwilling to inflict a sentence which would mean that he would die in prison. His sentence was that he be kept in penal servitude for seven years.
The prisoner was then removed.
FLYNN'S STATEMENT TO JUDGE.
The following is the text of the written statement sent to the judge by the accused:--
At the time this unfortunate occurrence took place, I was beside myself with fear. I scarce knew what I was doing from the threatening attitude and appearance of the deceased man. I believed my life was in danger. I am sorry for what I have done, but I was driven to do it. I throw myself upon the mercy of the court.
THE BIGGEST OF ITS KIND.
ANOTHER NEW YORK GRAFT SCANDAL.
NEW YORK, Tuesday. - Startling allegations of bribery are being made in connection with the Highway bond issue last year. It is believed that one of the biggest scandals of the kind which has ever occurred will be revealed, and millions of dollars are stated to be involved. An investigation into the charges is now being conducted by State-Attorney Whitman.
CIGARETTE SMOKING IN MINE.
Referring to a case of cigarette smoking in a mine, a magistrate at Tredegar lately said it was probable that this was responsible for the loss of 450 lives in the Senghenydd disaster. This observation was made the subject of a strong protest by the South Wales Miners' Federation Council at a meeting on Monday, and they demanded its withdrawal.
On leaving Southampton on Thursday next the transport Plassy will take out drafts from Ireland for battalions in India, including:- 49 non-commissioned officers and men for the 2nd Norfolk Regiment at Belgium, and 45 non-commissioned officers and men for the 2nd Cheshire Regiment at Jubbulpore, under Captain D. M. Porteous, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
Leave with pay, other than sick leave, will not be granted to Special Reserve officers in future when undergoing probationary training of six months or less.
On arrival in Ireland on 28th inst. Major S.A. Archer, Royal Army Medical Corps, will be posted to the Belfast District for duty.
On 5th January next a course of instruction in motorcar driving will commence at the Ordnance College, Woolwich. Applications from candidates in Ireland should reach Command Headquarters by 12th inst.
CURIOUS RAILWAY MISHAP.
An extraordinary mishap occurred this morning on the London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway, between Battersea Park and Clapham Junction. The top flap of the door in a horse box on a train to Brighton became unfastened, and on meeting the local electric train to Victoria the swinging flap smashed about fifteen windows of the electric train, the flying glass inflicting serious injuries upon eight or nine persons. The latter, when Victoria was reached, were attended to by ambulance men.
ARMAGH RIOT CASE AT ASSIZES
SEVEN MEN INDICTED.
SUNDAY MORNING SCENE.
ALLEGED ATTACK ON A BRAKE.
JUDGE'S EMPHATIC CHARGE.
"GUILTY OF UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY."
At the Ulster Winter Assizes to-day, before Mr. Justice Gibson and a jury, seven men from the Tullyroan district, named Thomas Reid, John Blevins, William Gilpin, Robert J. Irwin, George Rowe, William Simpson, and George Thompson, were indicted with - (1), riot at Tullyroan, and (2), with unlawful assembly on July 6th last.
Messrs. R. F. Harrison, K.C., and George Hill Smith (instructed by Mr. J. Kilkelly, Crown Solicitor) prosecuted, and Mr. T.W. Brown (instructed by Messrs. J. E. Peel & Son) defended the accused.
Mr. Harrison explained at the outset that the occurrence for which these people were being tried took place upon a Sunday in the month of July in the County Armagh, about four miles north from the town of Moy. The accused and a number of other people were there misbehaving themselves throwing stones in the immediate neighbourhood, and their object was to stop any person of the opposite religious persuasion going along the high road in a particular direction. On this Sunday morning a brake containing sixteen women and three men started out from Moy, its destination being Maghery, where a bazaar, promoted by the Parish Priest of Loughgall, was being held for the purpose of building a new church, or renovating the existing edifice. To reach Maghery entailed passing through a very Protestant country. For fear that anything might happen the people in the brake were advised by the police to go by way of Tullyroan bridge, and they went the way they were directed. They had no arms, no band - nothing to attract attention to them - and they were driving along as any of the rest of them might drive. At Tullyroan bridge a crowd, led by the prisoner Reid, blocked the way, and followed up the obstructions by throwing missiles at the brake. They stoned the women and girls, they closed in round them and ultimately, in spite of the police, whom they disregarded, they turned the brake, the driver of which had to proceed through the byeways of the country in order to reach the district for which they had set out. What justification could there be for such conduct! Fortunately no one was seriously injured, though a few of the girls were hit with stones. It was a cowardly, cruel piece of intolerant tyranny, and the prisoners were in the dock to answer for it.
Constable Edward M'Coul, the first witness, said he was stationed at Moy. On Sunday, the 6th July, he was on duty at Clonmain with other police. A brake, containing about 16 women and girls and 3 men, came from the direction of Moy. When the brake passed Clonmain, witness, who was cycling, got in front. There was a crowd of about sixty persons at Tullyroan bridge. They were cheering and shouting. Thomas Reid ordered the crowd to fall in, and his command was responded to. He said they would not let the brake pass. They lined across the public road from hedge to hedge and when the brake came up as far as the crowd Reid rushed out, caught the horses, and turned them on the road.
Counsel - What did the remainder of the crowd do? - They were cheering.
Were any stones thrown? - I saw one stone thrown in the direction of the brake. George Thompson threw off his coat and said
TO GIVE THEM THE LEAD.
Did you see the stone thrown at that time? - Yes.
Was it flung in the direction of the brake?- Yes. Robert J. Irwin, who is among the prisoners, is charged with throwing a stone. I saw Gilpin and Rowe and Blevins. They were using gestures and shouting to put the occupants of the brake back.
About how many police were there? -About six.
Had the brake in consequence of this go back and turn another way? - Yes.
After the brake had left did you search about the place?-I did
What did you find? - I found a bar of iron in the hedge.
Did you see a wooden bill-hook there also?- Yes, it was stuck in the hedge also.
The Judge - That is more like a slasher.
Counsel - Did you subsequently go with the brake by a circuitous way to Maghery? - I did not go all the way.
Cross-examined by Mr. Brown - I found these weapons - the bar and the bill hook - in the hedge.
You saw no one use them? - No.
And who dumped them there you do not know? - I do not.
We have enough of that now. Was it possible to have gone from Moy to Maghery by three or four different routes? - Yes.
And am I correct in saying that last year there was an explosion and outbreak when people were going through this district? - Yes.
Was this brake originally going through a district called Canary? -I heard it was.
When you came down to Tullyroan bridge, there was an Orange arch up? - Yes.
Witness, proceeding, said he would not agree that Thomas Reid was singing " Fall in and Follow Me" instead of shouting "fall in." (Laughter.) The reason the brake was not driven through Clonmain, he believed, was because they knew that was "the enemies' country."
Constable O'Brien, Moy, said he was on special duty at Tullyroan Bridge on the Sunday in question. He heard Reid calling on the crowd to "fall in." They fell in two deep and blocked the road when the brake was approaching. Reid caught the horses by the head and
STRUCK THEM WITH HIS FIST
Witness said it was a shame for him as there were only girls in the brake, and to let them pass. He replied they had let them pass before and he knew what they had done. Witness heard Thompson shout "give them the lead," and saw Irwin throw a stone at the brake. Gilpin was in front urging the others on. Rowe and Blevins were there, but he did not see them doing anything. The brake eventually went back. In his opinion it could not have gone on owing to the threatening attitude of the crowd. A service was going on in the adjoining church.
To Mr. Brown - Irwin denied to him having thrown any stones.
Sergeant John W. Girvin, describing the incident at Tullyroan bridge, said he heard Reid shout "fall in boys." Reid tried to turn the horses attached to the brake which he hit several times. Thompson, on the middle of the road, threw off his coat and advancing to the paling near the schoolhouse, exclaimed "Come on boys, we will give them the lead." Irwin lifted a stone and fired, and with a second stone he struck Miss Igoe, Moy. Rowe and Gilpin were inciting the crowd to put back the brake, and were jumping and rushing about.
In cross-examination by Mr. Brown, the witness said the driver wanted to turn as he was frightened by the violence of the crowd.
Apart from the one stone thrown, was there any attack made on the brake? - Not after it turned.
And no attack was made on the police? - No.
There were no revolvers fired? - There were not.
And what was the meaning of the remark, "Give them the lead?" - I inferred that if the people in the brake would not retire
THEY WOULD BE SHOT.
The witness went on to say that there was a preconcerted signal on the part of the attacking crowd.
After the brake turned there was no breach of the peace? - None.
And no opposition whatever? - No.
Was it you who diverted the brake from going through Canary? - yes.
William Grimley, who said he occupied a seat behind the driver in the brake, said he heard the prisoner Thompson say, "Turn your horses, for you won't get this way." Reid held the horses and Simpson threw a stone. After being held up for five minutes the brake ultimately turned back and proceeded in another direction.
A youth, named Patrick Mullan, who also gave evidence, said he was in the brake and saw a stone from the crowd strike one of the young ladies going to the bazaar in the breast.
Miss Isa Igoe, a teacher living in Moy, said she was in the brake, and was going to the bazaar on the Sunday in question, which was being organised to build a new church at Loughgall. She was struck with a stone on the shoulder-blade, and she had to see a doctor. While the brake was being turned she saw a man stooping down and lifting stones.
By Mr. Brown - You went on to the bazaar? - Yes.
And you had a good time? - I had not.
Miss Sarah Tomney, another occupant of the brake, deposed that she was hit on the breast and knee with stones. She saw the prisoner Thompson take off his coat, throw it down and shout.
Sergeant Hilliard proved the arrest of the accused, none of whom made any statement.
This closed the Crown case.
WITNESS FOR DEFENCE.
Several witnesses were called for the defence.
John Chambers, Tullyroan, said when the driver was about to turn the brake Reid went forward to take the horses' head and lead them round. He heard Sergeant Irwin state that Lowry was not the man who threw the stone.
To Mr. Harrison - Witness went to the Methodist Church, but was not at the service that day.
His Lordship - I suppose, perhaps, they were hearing a sermon in the open air.
William J. Mullan swore that Irwin threw no stone. Reid only assisted to turn the horses.
James H. White corroborated Mullan, but admitted to Mr. Harrison that stones were thrown at the brake.
Thomas M'Call also stated that Irwin threw no stone. One was thrown from behind him, and he turned round and checked the boy.
Joseph Donnelly said the driver signed to Reid to turn the horses. He did not strike the animals.
Mr. Harrison - what did you go there for? - I heard there was a strong
Nationalist crowd coming that way.
And you came down to stop them? - No.
Why didn't the brake go past? Tell the truth - I don't know.
You are not ashamed of being one of the crowd that stopped it? - I did not stop it.
"Could it have gone through? - No.
Patrick Murray said that Gilpin did absolutely nothing in the crowd.
Thomas Atkinson supported the evidence of the other witnesses in regard to Reid.
To Mr. Harrison - There was no doubt the crowd stopped the brake.
Samuel Beattie swore that Rowe interfered in no way with the brake. Thompson did not incite any one, but was excited about paint on his coat.
Jackson Telford also stated that Thompson was annoyed about the paint on his coat. He did not shout to stop or attack the brake.
Mr. Harrison - What brought you there? - It was reported that there was to be a strong Nationalist force there. I went to see what was going on.
Robert G. Scott gave similar evidence regarding Thompson and Reid.
Ernest Rowe swore that Blevins took no part in any demonstration.
Alex. Rainey, sexton of Charlemont Church, four miles from Tullyroan, stated that Simpson was at the forenoon service in Charlemont Church on the Sunday in question. It was a special Orange service.
Francis Murphy said he saw Simpson outside Charlemont Church at 11-40 a.m.
John Winter also took his oath that Simpson was at the Orange service.
Mr. Harrison then intimated that he would withdraw the case against Simpson, who was discharged from the dock.
Mr. Brown asked the jury to hold there was no attack on the brake by the crowd, which he said assembled in accordance with custom at the arch which had been erected the night before. The only overt act, the throwing of a stone by a boy, was immediately checked by the good sense of the crowd. That crowd had no ill-will against the occupants of the brake was shown by the fact that they did not follow it when it turned. If they had desired the persons waiting could have thrown the brake over. The Crown had tried to magnify the case into a great party riot, but he asked them to say the men took no part in a riot or in any cruel, cowardly act of tyranny.
THE JUDGE'S CHARGE.
His Lordship told the jury there was clear evidence of both the offences of riot and unlawful assembly. The jurors were to be tested in that case, and it was a painful thing for a judge dealing with a matter like that in which it was difficult to see how any conclusion but one was possible. He asked the jury what they would think if Catholics in the South of Ireland had subjected Protestants to similar conduct.
It was the Sabbath, and none of the prisoners appeared to have regarded their duty to religion, and they forgot the sweet teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, whom they professed to love. It was a shocking thing that party feeling should so mislead those poor, frail human beings, and make them forget their duty to God on the one side and to their neighbour on the other. What would their Teacher, who gave them the parable of the Good Samaritan and the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount, have said to the conduct of those poor creatures on that occasion? The people who were in the brake were going to perform a religious and charitable duty - they were entitled to worship God and do good to their fellow-creatures in their own way, without let or hindrance.
The brake was signalled by a whistle, according to Sergeant Girvin, an officer of the highest character, whose testimony was not challenged by Mr. Brown. At once the front party fell back and joined the party at the bridge. What were they there for that day? Mr. Brown said there was no attempt to stop the brake. That statement was absolutely contradicted by the testimony of the witnesses, and was manifestly untrue. Of course the party were met there to stop the brake, and several of them had admitted it.
THE JURY COULD NOT ACQUIT
the prisoners at the Bar without indicting Girvan and the police for perjury. He sometimes got warm when he heard evidence which he knew was manifestly false, and a case was put forward which was an insult to honest intelligence, that was intelligence that was prepared to act without bias and scandalous partiality. Having reviewed the police evidence in detail, his Lordship said it was not much of a case in one sense. It was comparatively simple, the gravity of the case was the way in which it was presented. If the prisoners had come forward in a contrite spirit and said they regretted the incident and it would never occur again it would be different. Their attitude was one of defiance, and statements were put forward that they were not met that day with the intention of stopping the brake, although several witnesses for the defence had admitted that was their intention.
Proceeding, his Lordship said the stoning of the women filled him with indignation. If the jury by any false sympathy connived at such conduct they would be greatly to blame. What part of Ireland was it that such conduct should be allowed and defended with an argument that there was no riot and no breach of the peace and no unlawful assembly? If the jury believed that no single man in the dock committed any act that day, but were in the crowd assisting and encouraging and supporting those who threw stones and resisted the progress of the brake, they ought to be convicted. Did the jury not know with their hearts that the evidence of the police was true, and was not the whole of the defence a hardy attempt to prevent the course of justice by prejudice. He did not think the jury would yield to such an unworthy motive. It was an audacity which should not be allowed by any jury. He never unduly pressed a jury. The responsibility for the peace and safety of men and women and children was with the jury, and not with the judge. They must act on their own view, but that view must be founded on their reason and their conscience on the evidence given before them, and on the tremendous sanction of the oath they had sworn in the presence of the Almighty.
FOUND GUILTY OF UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY.
After an hour's consideration the jury returned to court. On the charge of riot they disagreed in the cases of Reid, Irwin, and Thompson, and found the other three not guilty. On the charge of unlawful assembly they returned a verdict of guilty against all the accused.
Prisoners were put back.
DEATH OF LORD ERSKINE.
Lord Erskine died yesterday at his Northamptonshire seat, Spratton Hall. Deceased, who was born in 1841, had been in failing health for the past ten years. His death came rather unexpectedly, for, although a chill necessitated his taking to his bed on Friday and Saturday, he got up for a short time on Sunday, but he became worse during the night, and passed away yesterday morning, influenza supervening.
ARMAGH RIOT CHARGES.
(Continued from Page 6.)
STRANGE MIDNIGHT SCENES.
In the next case three men, named William M'Kean, James Buckley, and Thomas Henry Buckley, were indicted for riot, unlawful assembly, and assault on the 3rd August at Tartaraghan, Co. Armagh.
When the case was called
Mr. T. W. Brown (instructed by Mr. Henry Harris), who defended, asked permission from his Lordship for a few minutes' consultation to see what course would be taken.
His Lordship replied that it was a reasonable request.
The case was subsequently proceeded with.
Mrs. Isabella Thornberry, the first witness, said, in reply to Mr. Harrison, that she kept house for her father, who lived in a two-room house on the side of the road between Loughgall and Birches. On the morning of the 3rd of August, about 12.40, she heard people on the road. They were cursing the Pope and singing "Dolly's Brae." She recognised the voices of M'Kean and James Buckley. She heard a third voice on the road say "Let the Pope alone and let the Papishes have it." Stones were thrown at the window and five panes were broken in the kitchen and the blinds were carried into the apartment. M'Kean having thrown a stone danced on the street and said they were afraid to come out. A tumbler was fired into the house, which smashed on the floor. Some of the stones fell a couple of yards from a baby sleeping in the kitchen. The defendants subsequently went away in the direction of Cranagill.
In cross-examination, the witness denied that she heard the opposite party sing songs.
Seven stones were thrown into the kitchen, one against the door, and others later on. She recognised the prisoners by their voices, and she saw them with the aid of matches. Witness had a difficulty with her husband, who was now in America.
Was an action taken against a man called Price by your husband? - Yes.
And had Price to pay a certain amount of money? - I do not know.
After those proceedings did your husband leave you? - Yes; he is in America now.
Was it M'Kean, one of the prisoners, who gave the information against you? - M'Kean never was in court.
Mary Jane Willis said she was in the kitchen of Mrs. Thornberry at 12-40 a.m. on August 3rd, when she heard singing outside and the Pope being cursed. She took it to be William M'Kean who cursed the Pope. The kitchen window ands and door were smashed by stones. She swore it was M'Kean's voice she heard. She also heard James Buckley.
John Willis said he recognised the voices of William M'Kean and James Buckley outside. They sang "Dolly's Brae," and M'Kean cursed the Pope.
To Mr. Brown - There were three men, and he swore he recognised the voices of two.
Sergeant Coyle swore to hearing "a mixture" of singing and shouting in the neighbourhood of Willis's house. He saw three men, and when they observed the police they ran and hid. He identified James Buckley and William M'Kean as being there.
The jury found prisoners not guilty, and they were discharged.
PORTGLENONE SHOOTING CASE
12 MONTHS FOR CRAWFORD.
At the Ulster Winter Assizes in Belfast this forenoon John Crawford, who had pleaded guilty on the previous afternoon to the manslaughter of Rose Ann Nichol, a woman of the tramp class, whom he shot at his cottage door on the night of the 15th July was put forward for sentence.
Mr. Justice Gibson said at one time he thought of inflicting a sentence of penal servitude upon the accused. However, as he was a man of advanced years, and said to be eccentric, and as the circumstance of his deafness had had to some extent contributed to his offence he would impose a comparatively lenient sentence - twelve calendar months' imprisonment. He would say nothing about hard labour.
PORTADOWN PETTY SESSIONS.
Held yesterday. The Great Northern Railway prosecuted John Hamill for having, on 22nd October and 8th November, travelled on their line without a ticket, and with intent to defraud. After hearing the evidence, their Worships fined defendant 20s and 7s 6d costs in each case. In the Town Court Sergeant Kenney charged a woman named Elizabeth Hurst with being drunk and disorderly in John Street. Their Worships sentenced defendant to one month's imprisonment with hard labour. Constable Lawrence preferred a similar charge against Hugh Grimley. There were some previous convictions against the defendant, who was ordered to be imprisoned for one month with hard labour.
Mrs. Pankhurst left London this morning for Paris on a visit to her daughter Christabel.
In the Divorce Court, London, Countess De la Warr was granted a decree of restitution of conjugal rights against her husband, Earl De la Warr.
LARNE URBAN BOUNDARIES.
Antrim County Council had before them at their meeting to-day a resolution, from Larne Urban Council asking that steps be taken for a revocation of the decision not to recommend an extension of Larne urban boundaries.
Mr. J. S. F. M'Cance, J. P., said that the inquiry which the County Council Committee appointed had been conducted very carefully had lasted five and a half hours, and he could not understand the Larne Council's view that the case had not been fully considered. It was out of consideration for the town of Larne that the committee had refrained from giving the reasons for their finding, but if the County Council wished to re-open the question the committee would be glad to give them all the facts.
The Council decided to inform the Larne Urban District Council that they did not see any reason to alter their decision.
Attention is drawn to the excursion to Lurgan arranged by the Glentoran Club for Saturday first on the occasion of the League match v. Glenavon. The train is due to leave the Great Northern Railway terminus at 1-20 p.m. prompt, and as the number of tickets available is strictly limited, intending purchasers will require to make early application at either of the addresses mentioned in advertisement appearing elsewhere in this issue.
GRAND DUKE'S LIBEL ACTION.
In the King's Bench, London, the case of the Grand Duke Boris of Russia v. the Frank A. Muatsey Company, Horace Marshall & Co., and F. Cunlifie Owen, a libel action, was mentioned to the Lord Chief Justice.
Counsel for the plaintiff complained of reflections made on the Grand Duke's conduct as a soldier in the Russo-Japanese war, but said the parties had discussed the matter, and the case had been settled.
Councillor M'Cullagh, J. P. presided, and there were also present Alderman Moore, J.P.; Councillors Alexander, Curley, J.P; Dunlop, Gilliland, Irvine, Macartney, J.P.; Dr. M'Ilroy, J.P.; M'Entee, Phillips, Shaw, J.P.; Twaddell, and Dr. Williamson, J.P.
A complaint regarding the condition of Trafalgar Street was reported to the works department for attention.
Reference was made to the unsatisfactory state of Glenburn Park, and a sub-committee was appointed to inspect the street and advise what action should be taken with a view to having it completed and taken over by the Council. An application was made to have tar macadam substituted for pebble pavement in street adjoining Hillman Street school, and the matter was referred to the surveyor to report on the cost.
A deputation of owners of property attended regarding the drainage of Fortwilliam Parade and the matter was referred to the surveyor.
CHILDREN ACT COMMITTEE.
Councillor Curley, J.P., presided at the meeting of the Children Act Committee. The business was routine.
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