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The Magazine of the Central Presbyterian Association - 1915

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CPA Magazine January 1915

IT COULDN'T BE DONE?

Somebody said that it couldn't be done
But he, with a chuckle, replied--
That maybe it couldn't but he would be one
That wouldn't say so, till he tried,
So he started right in, with a bit of a grin,
Without any worry or quidit,
He started to sing, as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.
There are thousands who tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophecy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one
The troubles that wait to assail you;
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it,
And start in to sing as you tackle the thing
That cannot be done and, you'll do it.

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As we are not publishing our Roll of Honour in this month's issue of the magazine, we would like to state that Mr. Frank Curley holds the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Royal Anglesey Engineers.

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To our Ex-Billiard Marker, Charlie Pavis, now in the trenches with the R.I.F., the members of the Billiard Rooms forwarded a parcel of comforts.

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During the month a letter was received from Mr. Robt. Johnston, who states that it is "a long, long way to Tipperary," but not too long for the C.P.A. Magazine to penetrate, as he receives his copy monthly in this country, where he is stationed at present.

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We congratulate Mr. P. Patterson and Miss Elsie L. Taylor on the excellent Physical Drill and Gymnastic Display given for the benefit of the Prince of Wales' and Belgian Relief Funds, in the Assembly Hall, on the 16th ult., when Lieut.-Col. James Craig, M.P. occupied the chair.

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It is with unfeigned regret, we chronicle the death, after a lingering illness, of the brother of Mr. J. A. Kirkpatrick, who is a well-known East End Presbyterian. We tender our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

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Once again we are in receipt of the Annual Subscription to the Association and Magazine Fund, from Mr. W. G. Thompson, of Philadelphia, U.S.A. Mr. Thompson is now many years resident in that great City of the States, and he remits his subscription and a donation to the Magazine Fund with unfailing regularity. He says the "CPA Magazine" is always welcome and is read with interest. We ask him to accept our best thanks for his practical encouragement.

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The Christmas Mails brought in many pleasant reminders in the form of greeting cards from C.P.A. men in "far-distant lands." We would mention one or two; Mr. Albert F. Warren's greetings to all C.P.A, folk, came from Sydney, N.S.W.; Mr. Bob Simpson sends his best wishes from the union Bank of Canada, Moose Jaw, Sask., to all the Swimming fraternity in and around the Association. Mr. Tom Girvin writes us from Calgary, Alberta, where he holds a comfortable billet with the C.P.R.

We wish these "exiles" much prosperity and blessing in the New Year.

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We are indebted to the kindness of Mr. Geo. P. Shaw, Artist, for the sketch of our new title block on front page. Mr. Shaw has designed many striking and beautiful sketches for the title page of our Magazine, and this latest specimen of his art will be much admired.

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Our Association has suffered many losses during the year that has just ebbed, and as we go to press we learn of the deaths of two foundation members, Mr, J. F. Scott, and Mr. Thos. Craig, Mr. Scott for many years carried on our Elocution classes with outstanding success, and many of those who learned the art of elocution under his guidance will be deeply grieved to hear of his sad demise. Mr. Craig had a warm place in his heart for the C.P.A., and always upheld its interest in a staunch manner. He was highly respected by all who knew him, and his loss from our midst will be greatly felt.

To the relatives of the deceased gentlemen we extend our deepest sympathy.

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Those who were connected with the Association in its May Street days and who remember the devoted services in the spiritual side of our work of the late Dr. W. S. Speer, whose death was deeply mourned in the year 1898, will learn with sorrow of the death of Mrs. Speer, who passed away during the past month.

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The hand of death has been laid very heavily on the ranks of our members recently. We deplore the demise of Mr. Albert E. M'Alonan who was called away, after a lingering illness.

We extend our profound sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

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JOIN THE RANKS!

RECRUITING POEM.

When you hear your country calling
     For recruits from day to day,
Join the ranks that "Rule Britannia"
     May become no idle lay;
In the Army or the Navy
     You may win a glorious name,
And like Wellington or Nelson
     Win for you immortal fame.

When you hear your country calling
     For recruits on sea or land,
Join the ranks, a place awaits you;
     'Neath the flag, then, take your stand;
Britain's might is in your keeping,
     It is yours to keep unfurled
The flag for which your fathers fought
     And conquered half the world.

Join the ranks! your country calls you,
     Ye who read these lines to-day
Owe a duty to the Empire,
     That will brook of no delay;
Britain's enemies are many,
     Dangers lurk around her coast,
Join the ranks! that "Rule Britannia"
     May become no idle boast.

               GEO. FAWCETT.

 

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CPA Magazine February 1915

Serving their. King and Country.

C.P.A. MEN WHO DlD "FALL IN."

Staff:

Martin Brown, Col. Sergeant and Musketry Instructor, 8th Battalion R.I.R.
Charles Pavis, Lance-Corpl., R.I. Fusiliers.
Walter Hammerton, Drum-Sergt., 14th Battalion R.I.R.

Members and Associates:

Bell, Thomas.
Brand, Andrew, Old Schoolboys' and Men's University Force.
Brown, John. ' do'.
Brown, John (Sergt.), 8th Battalion R.I.R.
Bullick, W. B, 6th Battalion Black Watch.
Campbell, John (Col. Sergt.), R.I.R.
Clokey, Edmund (Lieut.), 14th Battalion R.I.R. (Y.C.V.)
Connolly, C., 14th Battalion R.I.R.
Copeland, J. S., North Irish Horse.
Coulter, J. W. C., 6th Battalion Black Watch.
Creelman, W. J., 14th Battalion R.I.R. (Y.C.V.)
Curley, Frank (2nd Lieut.), Royal Anglesey Engineers.
Dickson, H. L. (2nd Lieut.), 16th Battalion R.I.R.
Dixon, John.
Dixon, B. R.
Downing, W. M. (Commissioned.)
Dunwoody, J. E, (Corpl.), 6th Battalion Black Watch.
Gibson, Joseph.
Greer, W. A., 14th Battalion R.I.R. (Y.C.V.)
Gihon, W. (Sergt.), 14th Battalion R.I.R. (Y.C.V.)
Glass, Wm. (Sergt.), 6th Battalion Black Watch.
Hamilton, S. G.
Harper, J. W. (Capt.), 14th Battalion R.I R. (Y.C.V.)
Hayes, W. (Sergt.), 8th Battalion R.I.R.
Hudson ---, (Corpl.), Royal Engineers.
Hunter, R. H., 14th Battalion R.I.R. (Y.C.V.)
Irwin, Fred, R.I.R.
Jones, T. S.
Johnston, J., 14th Battalion R.I.R.
Jordan, Johnston (2nd Lieut.), Royal Irish Rifles.
Kennedy E. R. (Lieut.), 8th Battalion R.I.R.
Kenning, J. C. (Sergt.), 14th Battalion R.I.R. (Y.C.V.)
Mackey, J. J., 14th Battalion R.I.R. (Y.C.V.)
Maitland. W. S., Public Schoolboys' and Universities Brigade.
Malone, W. A.
Marshall, S. H. (Lieut.), 6th Battalion Black Watch.
Martin, W. R. (Commissioned.)
Morrow, Herbert, 14th Battalion R.I.R. (Y.C.V.)
M'Dowell, A., 6th Battalion Black Watch.
M'Fadzean, W. F., 14th Battalion R.I.R. (Y.C.V.)
M'Kinney, Thos., Public Schoolboys' and Universities Brigade.
M'Master, Chas. (Lieut.), 14th Battalion R.I.R.
M'Naught, A., 6th Battalion Black Watch.
M'Naught, James. do.
M'Neely, A., 14th Battalion R.I.R. (Y.C.V.)
Owens, Alfred, 14th Battalion R.I.R. (Y.C.V.)
Paisley, Gordon, 6th Battalion Black Watch.
Patton, J. H. A, (Lieut.), 5th Battalion R.I.R.
Perry, W. R., 9th Battalion King's Regiment.
Rankin, M., 14th Battalion R.I.R.
Rankin, H., 14th Battalion R.I R.
Ross, Campbell, 14th Battalion R.I.R. (Y.C.V.)
Sloane, Thos. G., 14th Battalion R.I.R. (Y.C.V.)
Stevenson, W., 14th Battalion R.I.R. (Y.C.V.)
Stevenson, A. M., 14th Battalion R.I.R. (Y.C.V.)
Stevenson, D., Royal Engineers (Despatch Rider) at the front.
Tecey, Marshall, R.I.R.
Thomson, R. B. (2nd Lieut.), 11th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
Torrens, J. C., 14th Battalion R.I.R.
Tweed, Wm. (Despatch Rider) at the front.
Tweed, David.
Verner, H. W. (Sergt.), 14th Battalion R.I.R.
Wilson, Jas. A.

In addition to the foregoing names, two of our members who emigrated to the Canadian Dominion have joined the contingent from that great colony. Their names and regiments are:-

Crozier, Thos. E., Fort Garry Horse.
Hoey, T. S. H., Princess Patricia's Light Infantry.

The above list may not be complete. We will be pleased to receive the names and particulars as to the branch of the Service of any additional Members or Associates who are serving their King and Country.

Further updated lists appeared in subsequent issues but I will not reproduce them only the final list under Other Extracts.

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General Notes.

Where will you look, sonny, where will you look
     When your children yet to be
Clamour to learn of the part you took
     In the war that kept men free?
Will you say it was naught to you if France
     Stood up to her foe or bunked?
But, where will you look when they give the glance
     That tells you they know you funked?

How will you fare, sonny, how will you fare
     In a far off winter night
When you sit by the fire in an old man's chair,
     And your neighbours, talk of the fight?
Will you slink away, as it were from a blow,
     Your old head shamed and bent?
Or say -- I was not with the first to go,
     But I went, thank God, I went?

               -- Harold Begbie.

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We publish again, in this issue, our Roll of Distinction, to which many names have been added during the past month. Our Janitor, Walter Hammerton, an ex-Fusilier, has joined the Y.C.V. Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles, and has been given non-commissioned rank.

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Mr. J. I. Eadie, the popular President of the C.P.A. Football Club, deplores the loss of his beloved father, who passed away at his residence, Rose Cottage, Lisbellaw, during the month.

The Football Club members and the Association members generally extend to Mr. Eadie and his brother, Mr. Norman Eadie, their sincere sympathy in the irreparable loss which they have sustained.

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We deeply regret to record the death, on Thursday, 21st ult., of Mr. H. J. M'Bride, J.P., of "The Ravens," Hydepark, a highly revered Vice-President of this Association, and one who at all times evinced a deep and practical interest in its affairs.

The deceased gentleman was a staunch member of the Presbyterian Church, and was one of those who were instrumental in having a new congregation organised at Broadway. He was a warm personal friend of the Rev. J. W. Gibson, the minister of that congregation, and encouraged him greatly in his work there. With all the relatives there will be the sincerest sympathy in the loss they have sustained through this bereavement.

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Our sincere sympathy is tendered to Mr. John M'Robert, J.P., of Rademon, Crossgar, who has suffered bereavement through the death of his daughter, Elizabeth, who passed away on January 24.

 

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CPA Magazine March 1915

Obituary

MR. W. H. CHITTICK.

It was with feelings of profound sorrow that the numerous C.P.A. friends of Mr. W. H. Chittick heard of his death in the Trenches at the latter end of January. He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. James Lindsay & Co., Donegall Place, and prior to his departure to take up a good position with an eminent London firm: no one was more popular amongst our younger members than Willie Chittick. He was ardently interested in our Association and took a prominent part in C.P.A. Football Club, where his skill as a player was recognised and appreciated. Responding to the call of his King and Country, he, shortly after the outbreak of war, volunteered for service with the Honourable Artillery Company, and was almost immediately sent to the Front, where he was engaged in the Trenches for many weeks. His genial spirit, gentlemanly bearing, and transparent character won for him a deep place in the hearts of all who knew him, and from a letter written by Lieutenant Shiff it would appear that those same traits endeared him to all the members of his Platoon. To his father Mr. George Chittick, and his brother George, who until his transfer to the Northern Banking Company's branch at Coleraine, was a familiar figure in our Newsroom, we offer our deep sympathy.

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General News

The C.P.A. Miniature Rifle Club has added its quota to the fighting forces. The following have all done good service in the club, and are now giving the benefit of their expert training to their King and country:-- Messrs. W. B. Mateer (Yorkshire Buffs), Tom Murdock (Canadian Contingent), Bob Wilkinson (6th Batt. Black Watch), J. Ernest Dunwoody (6th Batt. Black Watch), Geo. Thomson, B.A. (Commissioned rank. The very highly esteemed President of the M.R. Club, Lieut.-Col. W. E. C. M'Cammond is in command of a battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles.

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On the nomination of his Brigadier, Mr. A. Brand, son of Mr. J. A. Brand, Helenslea, Gilnahirk Road, Knock, has been selected as a cadet for Sandhurst Royal Military College. The cadetship carries a commission. Congratulations to Mr. Brand on his deserved promotion.

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Mr. T.E. M'Kinney, a member, is now 2nd Lieutenant in 8th Battn-lion Royal Irish Rifles, at present at Ballykinlar.

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Member J. L. Gailey is now serving with the 110th Field Ambulance at Newry. Two apprentice members, Messrs. R. Mason and Thos. H. Hall, formerly in Messrs. Arnott's, have also enlisted, and are at present undergoing training.

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Another young member, Mr. James Mann, has joined the colours and is attached to Company 150, Royal Engineers, Antrim.

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We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Mr. Robert Cobain, of 3, Evelyn Gardens, who mourns the loss of his only son, Private James Cobain, of the 14th Battalion R.I.R. (Young Citizen Volunteers).

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Our many members will sincerely sympathise with our former General Secretary, Mr. J. H. Ireland, and his family circle in the bereavement they have sustained through the sudden death of his beloved brother, Fred, a promising junior member of the Association.

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A well-known and popular member of the Association and an esteemed member of the Assembly Hall Choir, Mr. W. J. M'Gowan, has passed beyond the bourne of time. The sad event took place on the 30th January, at his late residence, University St. A wreath was sent from Mr. Moffett and the members of Assembly Hall Choir.

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It, is with pleasure we observe the appointment of Dr. K A. Williams, to the chair of German and Teutonic Philology in the Queen's University, Belfast. Dr. Williams is brother of Messrs. R. V. and R. D. Williams, esteemed members of our Association.

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A promising journalistic member of the Association, in the person of Mr. W. A. Macarthur, has taken his departure to Aberdeen, to occupy an important position on the staff of the Free Press. Mr. Macarthur was on the reporting staff of the Northern Whig for 'some years. He has, the best wishes of our entire membership for his continued prosperity.

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Our profound sympathy goes out to Mr. David Moore, of Eglantine Avenue, on the sudden death of his only son, Mr. J. L. Moore, B.A., Ph.D.

 

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CPA Magazine April 1915

General Notes.

Master William Walker Gailey, son of the Rev. John Gailey, Ballysillan Manse, Belfast, at Londonderry Feis recently won the following prizes:-- Gold medal for boys' vocal solo, second prize for solo sight-singing; and along with Miss P. Boyd in the children's duet, which won first place. The adjudicator in the boys' solo competition said that Master Gailey had a good voice and mature tone; his expression and style were quite exceptional.

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To Mr. Frank Holland, of Eglantine Ave., we are indebted for four volumes of the Times "History of the Boer War," and several small works on Photography. All these volumes have been added to the Library.

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Two more of our members have offered their services to their King and Country, and have been given commissioned rank. Their names and regiments are: Lieut. T. H. Witherow, B.A., Royal Irish Rifles; Lieut. W. H. Kingsberry, Loyal North Lancashire Regt.

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"If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap than his neighbour, though he may build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door."

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We respectfully tender our sympathy to Mr. S. Standfield, who mourns the loss of his mother, who passed away at her residence, Inver, Ravenhill Park, on the 18th ult.

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Two members of long-standing passed over to their reward during the past month. Mr. W. A. Todd, a well-known and highly-respected gentleman, died on the 13th ult, at his residence, Dundela Villas, and his death is mourned by a wide circle of relatives and friends.

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The demise took place of Mr. Thos. Young, on the 18th March, at 37, Newington Avenue. To the sorrowing relatives of these two respected members we offer our heartfelt sympathy.

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TO WOMEN IN WAR TIME.

Stitch your heartache into flannels,
Knit them off in caps,
Do not set life's daily channels brimming with your tears;
There is sorrow for some woman
Every time a Maxim snaps,
But there is no time for telling of your fears.

Smile, and cheer the men-folk going,
Keep them well and warm,
They must face a Northern winter, bear the sting of sleet.
If you keep their hearts all glowing,
They can face the winter's storm,
Do their put to keep the Empire from defeat.

In our living wall of Empire,
Built of flesh and blood,
Mark the spirit dominating pure and strong as flame,
See the oak and wattle twining.
Fern and maple-bud,
Shall we, by our tears and weakness, put them all to shame?

Only strive at being helpful,
Aim at being kind,
Doing deeds of active service as the heavy hours drag,
Cheer the wives and little children
That our men have left behind,
For the honour of Australia, and the glory of the Flag.

Work, and pray to God for patience,
Strength and fortitude,
Victory to Right and Freedom, mercy on us all.
That this trial, as we bear it,
Make for nationhood;
That His Spirit still uphold us lest we fall.

               (Brisbane). "UNITY."

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REASONS FOR NOT GOING TO CHURCH.

A man left his lodgings last July because "his old landlady refused to give him breakfast in bed on Sabbath, as she called Sunday, and insisted on his getting up not later than 10 o'clock." She always went to Church herself, she said, and she had to tidy the house before going out, and she would keep no man as a lodger unless he went too. (Her warrant for this was Psalm 101.) There is no denying, he says, that she was the best landlady he ever saw or heard of. She darned his socks even better than his own mother did, and was so careful of his money that he would have been a millionaire in a few months if he had stayed on with her. But everybody knows that one or the greatest pleasures of Sunday was this, that you got lying in bed as long as you liked, and you didn't need to wash your face. And a man likes some liberty, and so he left.

He is now acting as cook for a squad of Kitchener's Army, and one Sabbath morning he had to rise at 5-15 to get breakfast ready by 8 o'clock. Church Parade at 9! and he has got to shave before that.

From the Morning Watch.

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CPA Magazine May 1915

Sonnet.

WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT!
To the German Emperor.

A storm that scatters pestilence, thy horde
Hath swept across the fruitful Belgian plain;
Lo! the fields plashed with blood, the piles of slain,
The homes despoiled, babes slaughtered by the sword,
Lo! grey-haired age that starves at famine's board,
Populous towns consumed by fiery rain,
And, rased to earth, in many a sacred fane,
Old pieties that ne'er can be restored,

On Hell's black altar pride's worst sacrifice!
Ah, to what end hast thou this ruin hurled
Upon the innocent who barred thy goal?
From thee at last God shall exact His price,
What shall it profit then, to gain the world,
Oh miserable man! -- and lose thy soul!

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How to Help our Association.

The way, par excellence, is to increase its membership.

The best method to adopt for this purpose is to make the existence and benefits of the Association known as widely as possible. One excellent medium for bringing the C.P.A., under the notice of our people throughout the Belfast Presbytery is the Annual Report of the congregations.

As a sample of how we call be advertised through this channel we quote below from the Annual Report of Rosemary Street Church, a copy of which has been kindly sent to us. Our esteemed President is the Secretary of this historic congregation, hence the attention given to furthering our interests in this helpful manner.

If our influential well-wishers in other congregations would take this hint, it would undoubtedly be of great service to us in various directions.

"Central Presbyterian Association.

This Society, which is intended for the young men of all our Presbyterian Churches in the city, has a history of 31 years, and has made great progress since it entered on its splendid premises in Howard Street. The membership is now about 1,500, and goes on steadily increasing. The advantages of membership are very great. It has a spacious Reading Room, a magnificent Gymnasium, and a large number of classes of all kinds. It has also Football, Ramblers', Cycling, Camera, Chess, and other Clubs. We would heartily advise all our young men to join it. The subscription is only 5s., or for apprentices 2s. 6d. a year."

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General Notes.

We are in receipt of a letter, from Mr. Roland Cluff, a former apprentice member, now resident in Bisbee, Arizona, who reports himself well satisfied with his new surroundings, and is progressing in business. He wishes to be remembered to his many old acquaintances.

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A popular member of the Governing Body, and an active member in many sections of the Association, Mr. Thomas Owens, has successfully undergone all operation for appendicitis, and is speedily recovering his normal good health. His host of friends will be pleased to hear of his satisfactory recovery.

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Several popular appointments to the City Magisterial Bench have been made recently, and none more so than the elevation of four highly-esteemed C.P.A. men -- Messrs. David Irwin, J.P., David Elliott, B.A., J.P., John Harbison, J.P., and W. C. Boyd, J.P. The three last-named enjoy a high reputation in the Scholastic profession, while Mr. Irwin is known to all in local, commercial, religious, philanthropic and temperance circles.

We heartily congratulate these gentlemen on their well-deserved recognition.

 

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CPA Magazine June 1915

General Notes.

There is included in the causalities sustained around Ypres a gallant member of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Private Stewart Hoey, who was, wounded in this severe fighting and who is now in an English hospital, and progressing favourably. Private Hoey is known to a large section of our younger members, and he left this country to fill a position in a Canadian Bank. We wish our brave comrade a speedy recovery.

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As in civilian life, Sergeant J. Ernest Dunwoody, of the 6th Batt. Black Watch, is breaking all records for rifle shooting. At a recent army test at Stobbs, he secured premier position in competition with 3,000 men. Sergt. Dunwoody's prowess is not confined solely to good marksmanship, as he is a "soccie" footballer of no mean ability, and he has been acting as Instructor in both Physical Culture and Signalling.

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Mr. W. C. Boyd, who was recently elevated to the magistracy, was made the recipient of a costly dining-room suite from the teachers and pupils of his school (Ravenscroft) and a number of other friends, as a token of their appreciation of his work, and on his recent appointment to the judicial bench. The proceedings also marked the celebration of the majority of the school, and in this connection it is worthy of note that no fewer than 5,016 pupils have passed through the hands of Mr. Boyd during the twenty-one years of his principalship, many at present holding important positions in the commercial world, while a large number are serving with the colours, a record upon which Mr. Boyd has every reason to feel proud.

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In Memoriam

The reaper, Death, has been busy, and during the past month the homes of several of our members have been shadowed by bereavement.

We mourn the loss of Mr. Robert Culbert, one of our oldest members, who has entered into his rest and reward at a ripe old age, leaving behind him a record of a faithful life-work and many happy memories. To his widow and daughter, and his two sons -- Rev. T. E. Culbert, B.A., and Mr. J. A. Culbert, Solicitor, both of whom are members of our Association -- we tender sincere sympathy.

Deep sympathy is felt with Mr. James Wood, a member of our Governing Body, in the loss of his only daughter after a very brief illness, and our prayer is that the bereaved parents may have that consolation which can only come from Him who was "The Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief."

In common with the entire community we tender our respectful sympathy to Mr. R. T. Martin, one of our respected Vice-Presidents, in the bereavement he and Mrs. Martin have sustained in the loss of their boy, Lieutenant Jack Martin, who was killed in action near Ypres on 9th May. The young Lieutenant, who had not attained his nineteenth birthday when he gave up his life for King and Country, was a most promising and popular youth. He was the type of brave young Britisher of whom the Empire is so justly proud. The sorrow of the parents under I such sad circumstances is almost too sacred, for expressions of sympathy. The Divine Comforter can only heal the wounded hearts.

There passed away at his residence, 83, Wellesley Ave., Belfast, on the 27th ult., at the age of 70, Mr. John Andrew M'Mordie, a respected member of this Association. The late Mr. M'Mordie was an elder of Fisherwick, in which he had laboured for many years, and was a brother of the recently retired minister of Mourne Church, Kilkeel, Rev. Dr. M'Mordie. To Mrs. M'Mordie and daughters we tender our deepest sympathy.

We have also to express our sympathy with Mr. W. J. M'Spadden in his bereavement by the death of his father, and with Mr. F. H. Magill, whose sister passed away recently.

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Obituary

MR. ROBERT CULBERT.

We have this month to record the death of a very old supporter of our Association in the person of Mr. Robert Culbert, of 11, Botanic Avenue. He was so long connected with us that we think he must have been one of our first members. For many years he had a seat on our Governing Body, and was a regular attender at its meetings. He also took a warm interest in the ordinary meetings and work of the Association itself, and for some years was a working member of our Camera Club.

We knew him first as a member of Fisherwick Place Church, and a teacher in one of its Sabbath Schools; but on its removal to the new church on Malone Road, he joined May Street congregation, and was elected to the eldership.

In business he was engaged for a very long period with the well-known firm of Messrs. Lindsay Thompson & Co., Ltd., and only failing health caused him to sever his connection with it.

He lived to a ripe old age, respected by all who knew him, particularly by a circle of old acquaintances who got fewer as the years rolled by. He leaves a widow, one daughter, and two sons to mourn his loss.

Of his sons one is the Rev. T. E. Culbert, of Bovevagh, Co. Derry, and the other is Mr. James A. Culbert a successful Belfast Solicitor, and an active member of the Governing Body of our Association. To the mourners we tender our sincere sympathy.

G. L. O.

 

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CPA Magazine July 1915

General Notes.

It is with deep feelings of regret we record the death, on the 12th ult., of James, the promising son of Mr. Geo. Semple, of Rugby, Avenue, Belfast. This is the second bereavement in this household in a short period, and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to Mr. Semple and family in this recent sorrow that has overshadowed the home circle.

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We were pleased to receive a call from Mr. Stuart M'Dowell (son, of Mr. R. W. M'Dowell), who is in this country for a fortnight's holiday from New York. Mr. M'Dowell is enjoying good health, and is quite happy in his new surroundings in the great Republic.

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Frequenters of the C.P.A. Billiard Rooms will be interested to learn that our former marker, Charlie Pavis, who has been with the British Expeditionary Force in France since last August, and who got a slight touch of "gas" in the trenches recently, is now out of hospital, and will proceed to the firing line in a short time. Through the kindness of a few friends about the C.P.A., Charlie has been supplied, at intervals, with cigarettes, etc., which he gratefully acknowledges.

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The Rev. T. R. Ballantine, B.A., of Boksburg, Transvaal, South Africa, and former minister of M'Quiston Memorial Church, Belfast, is known and respected throughout the entire Union, and we read with interest a report in the "Johannesburg Star," of a Memorial Service for the late Col. Sir George Farrar, Bart., D.S.O., held in Boksburg Lake Park, at which Mr. Ballentine delivered the address, which was an eloquent and glowing, tribute to the deceased patriot.

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Those of our members who enjoyed the acquaintance and friendship of the late James Anderson, M.A., Barrister-at-Law, Professor of Jurisprudence and Roman Law in the University College, Galway, were deeply grieved at his early and sudden demise last month. The eldest son of the late Mr. Thomas Anderson, Rockmount Villa, Londonderry, after a period as monitor in First Derry School, he was appointed clerk in the City Savings Bank. He continued to study, and took his B.A. degree through Queen's College, Belfast. He then decided on the law as a career, and after studying at Trinity passed his final with first-class honours, and was called to the Bar.

At Queen's he was awarded the gold medal for oratory. Later he took his M.A., degree. He then went to Canada and was rapidly gaining a high name for himself, when he came back to Ireland to accept the professorship in Galway. He was latterly attached to the Connaught circuit, and held in high esteem by all his legal brethren. Professor Anderson, who was unmarried, was only, thirty-five years of age. He was a devoted, member of the Presbyterian Church, and during his residence in our city was a member of our Association, and took a keen and active part in the work of our Literary and Debating department.

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SWIMMING NOTES.

In addition to the many members who have joined His Majesty's Forces since the beginning of the war, the following during the past month have received commissions in the Army:--

2nd Lieut. Wm. S. Murphy, 10th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment.
2nd Lieut. John Cromie, 10th Battalion Norfolk Regiment.
2nd Lieut. J. H. Scott, 10th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment.

These were amongst our best swimmers, and we extend to them our heartiest congratulations and best wishes for a safe return.

S. E. DOAK, Hon., Sec.

 

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CPA Magazine August 1915

General Notes.

We desire to extend our deepest sympathy to Mr. W. T. Carrey (of Carrickfergus) and family in the bereavement they have sustained in the death of Mr. Carrey's youngest son, Douglas, who passed away on the 10th ult.

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The Rev. W. A. Watson, M.A., of York St. Church, has received the B.D. degree of London University by examination.

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At the recent meeting of the Senate of the University of Dublin, the degree of A.M. was conferred on the Rev. Thomas A. Smyth, A.B., of Great Victoria Street, Belfast, and Messrs. A, D. C. McIlroy, B.A., and J. E. B. McIlroy, B.A., licentiates of the Belfast Presbytery, and the degree of A.B. on the Rev. A. Pattison Black, of Calstleton, Belfast, and the Rev. John Edmund Mitchell, of Ballynure.

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We congratulate Mr. Fred. G. Bell on having passed his Matriculation examination with a good margin of marks in each subject. His success is well merited, as his studying was done after his business hours, and is a proof of his intellectual and concentrative powers, which augurs well for his future studies for the ministry.

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We are in receipt of the following names of members who have joined the Colours since our Roll of Distinction appeared last month:

Lieut. J. M. McCloy, R.A.M.C.
Cadet H. G. Morrow, 17th Batt. R.I.R.
Sec.-Lieut. H. Corry Osborne, 14th Batt. West Yorks.
Sapper Jim Mann, Royal Engineers.
Trooper W. H. Martin, D. Squadron N.I.H.
Trooper Alex. McLellan, D. Squadron N.I.H.

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A wedding was solemnised on June 28 in Fortwilliam Church, between Mr. Stuart Wallace McDowell (of New York), son of Mr. R. W. McDowell, of Alexandraville, an esteemed member of the C.P.A. Governing Body, and Miss Edith Isabel Beck, daughter of Mr. W. H. Beck, of Ligoniel House. We offer Mr. and Mrs. McDowell our heartiest wishes for their future happiness and prosperity.

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We are pleased to learn that Mr. R. T. Brand, son of Mr. J. A. Brand, of "Helenslea," Knock, has been successful in his final examination at the English Institute of Chartered Accountants, London, and we bespeak for our young friend a most prosperous career in his profession. Another son of Mr. Brand's, Andrew, who has been at Sandhurst Military College for some time past, has now obtained his commission in the 3rd Reserve Batt. Royal Berkshire Regt., and is stationed at Portsmouth.

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The Rev. T. A. Smyth and his family circle are called upon to suffer a heavy loss through the death of Mr. Smyth's youngest son, Samuel Lindsay, who passed away at Purdysburn Fever Hospital on the 26th ult. We respectfully tender our deepest sympathy to the bereaved parents and friends in their hour of sorrow.

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Obituary.

MR. R. D. SIMPSON.

It is with the deepest feelings of regret we chronicle the sudden death from drowning, at Moose Jaw, Sask., Canada, where he was engaged in the Union Bank, of Mr. Bob Simpson, for many years a popular figure in and around the C.P.A.

That he should have met his death through drowning is an instance of the irony of fate, as a cleverer exponent of the art of swimming and life-saving would have been hard to find. Mr. Simpson was the inaugurator of the flourishing C.P.A. Swimming and Life Saving Society, and its present high position in the swimming world is largely due to his efforts on its behalf. He was the first member of the C.P.A. Club to qualify for the Proficiency Certificate and Medallion of the Royal Life Saving Society.

As a steward at the Cinema entertainments our deceased friend rendered valuable help to the C.P.A.; and on the football field for the Association's team he gave a good account of himself. He was a sport through and through, and was known and respected throughout our entire membership as one who went straight and scorned to do anything that was not above-board. To his father, Mr. Hugh McFarlane Simpson, J.P., Greenmount, Cabragh, Dungannon, and his brothers and sisters, we respectfully tender our heartfelt sympathy in their sudden and great trial.

Remember what he was, with thankful heart,
The bright, the brave, the tender, and the true
Remember where he is -- from sin apart,
Present with God -- yet not estranged from you.

 

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CPA Magazine September 1915

General Notes.

We are indebted to. Mr. E. M'A. Osborne, Beechwood, Knock, for a further gift of books for the library.

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The Rev. Wm. MacWhirter, B.A., a licentiate of the Belfast Presbytery, and for many years a member of this Association, left this country on the 25th ult. to take charge of a parish of the Church of Scotland in British Guiana. May blessing attend his efforts in that far outpost.

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Our roll of those members who are "doing their bit" with the Colours on land and sea is again published in this issue. It is considerably augmented, and contains 105 names. If there are any names omitted, or if particulars given are inaccurate, we would be obliged to readers for the necessary information which will make the list complete and correct.

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The death took place on the 16th ult., at Ballyholme, Bangor, of Mr. John Rea, a well-known and much esteemed Belfast merchant, and a subscriber to this Association. The late gentleman was a prominent member of Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church, with the work of which he was closely identified. We extend our respectful sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

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The Right Rev. Dr. Hamill, Moderator of the General Assembly, paid a visit to the camps at Seaford, Sussex, during the past month, and conducted services for the benefit of the Presbyterian troops of the Ulster Division. During his visit he was the guest of Major-General Powell, Officer commanding the Division.

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We regret to record the death, on the 21st August, of Mr. Hugh Aikin, who was for upwards of forty years agent for the Sabbath School Society for Ireland. The deceased gentleman, who was in his 83rd year, was known throughout the entire Church, and was greatly esteemed for his high Christian character, and during his long term of office the Sabbath School cause was worthily represented by him. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the sorrowing relatives.

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The Rev. John E. Hamilton, B.A., of Helen's Bay Presbyterian Church, has received a temporary chaplaincy in the Army, and has left for the front. Mr. Hamilton was ordained in Helen's Bay in 1909.

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A pretty wedding was, solemnised at 38, Windsor Park, by special licence, on August 23, the contracting parties being Mr. T. C. H. Dickson, 2nd Lieut. 4th Batt. Royal Dublin Fusiliers, younger son of Mr. James Dickson, Milltown House, Dungannon, and Miss Mary Sinclair, only daughter of the highly-esteemed President of the C.P.A., Mr. John Sinclair. The officiating clergymen were Rev. A. H. Dill, M.A., and Rev. Robert Workman, M.A., uncles of the bride. It is the sincere wish of our entire membership that the young couple may have many years of happiness and contentment.

 

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CPA Magazine October 1915

General Notes.

The Rifleman, the official organ of the Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs, publishes in its September issue a further list of Rifle Club members with the Colours, and the C.P.A. club's list makes a fine show. In proportion to its membership our Rifle Club would almost rank first for having the highest number of members in khaki, and the skill in marksmanship acquired by them is now to be devoted to their King and Country.

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It is with feelings of sincere regret we chronicle the death, from enteric fever, at the Military Hospital, Wynberg, Capetown, of Mr. Thos. C. Dodds, who was for a number of years a well-known and popular member of this Association, and a brother of Mr. R. S. Dodds, who is with the firm of C. M'Cullagh & Co., Castle Buildings. Our late member, who gave his life for his country, served in the Rand Rifles under General Botha through the recent South African campaign. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the relatives and friends.

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A popular member, and for the past three seasons goalkeeper of the C.P.A. Football Team, Mr. Jack Speers, entered the wedded state on the 25th August, his bride being Miss Lily Alexander, who is a well-known member of the Assembly Hall Choir. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Jas. Pyper, B.A., at Duncairn Church, when there was a large gathering of friends of the bride and bridegroom. Subsequently there was a reception at the home of the bride, Jubilee Avenue, and the honeymoon was spent at Bray and Portrush. Our heartiest congratulations to the happy couple.

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Wedding bells have been merrily pealing for C.P.A. members during the past month. On the 3rd ult., at the Midland Hotel, Belfast, Mr. W. S. Smith was married to Miss Margaret M'I. Hopper, younger daughter of Mr. Geo. Hopper, an esteemed member of the Governing Body. The officiating clergyman was the Rev. Samuel Cochrane, B.A. May their path be strewn with roses!

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On September 1st a pretty wedding was solemnised at Kilmore Presbyterian Church, the contracting parties being Rev. Wm. Mitchell, B.A., of Drumachose Church, Limavady, and Miss Lydia M. J. McRobert, eldest daughter of Mr. John McRobert, J.P., of Rademon, Crossgar. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Jas. Knowles, B.A., assisted by Rev. Thomas Alexander, B.A. The happy pair have our best wishes for their future happiness and prosperity.

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At Albert St. Church, on the 15th ult., the Rev. R. J. Porter, B.A., united in the bonds of matrimony Mr. A. A. Larmour, who is a well-known figure at our Sabbath afternoon services, and at the Saturday night entertainments, where he has given us much assistance, and Miss P. Moore, sister of Mr. R. Moore, who was for many years a member of the C.P.A., and now resident in America. Our heartiest wishes are extended to Mr. and Mrs. Larmour for their future happiness and blessing.

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The following are additional names for our Roll of Distinction:--

J. B. Glass, 2nd Lieut., Northumberland Fusiliers.
J. E. Acheson, 2nd Lieut., East Lancashire Regiment.
J. C. Hudson, 2nd Lieut., A.S.C. (Promoted from the ranks).
J. C. Torrens (regiment not known).
W. Blair (regiment not known).
James Curley (regiment not known).
R. D. Williams, 2nd. Lieut., R.I.R. (Holywood).
W. English, Cadet, 17th Batt. R.I.R.
C. K. Edwards, 2nd Lieut., 4th R.I.R. (Special Reserve.)
N. F. Irwin, Sergt., 16th R.I.R. (Pioneers).

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Mr. James Jackson, who had the good-will and esteem of all, passed away at his residence, 112, Antrim Road, on the 19th ult., and his remains were interred in Carnmoney Burying Ground on the 22nd ult. The late Mr. Jackson, who was prominently identified with the work of Clifton Street Presbyterian Church, was up till a couple of years ago in the employment of Messrs. Arnott & Co., Ltd., in whose service he had been for over 50 years.

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The Rev. S. J. M. Compton, B.D., formerly Presbyterian minister of Ballymoney, has vacated his ministerial charge in Kingston, Ontario, and joined the Canadian contingent as a private.

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Mr. Robert Johnston, an old and valued member of the Association, who has been residing in Tipperary for the past twelve months, spent a fortnight in the city in September. His interest in C.P.A. affairs has not in the least been lessened, and during his stay he, paid frequent visits to the Newsroom, and assisted at the Saturday Evening Entertainments.

 

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CPA Magazine November 1915

General Notes.

A member who heard the appeal at the Annual Meeting for an effort to increase our roll secured over a dozen recruits during the next three days. Could you not try to equal or eclipse this record.

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Mr. James M'Cleery, teacher of our Elocution Classes, had a very successful public competition in connection with his North Belfast classes, in St. Enoch's Hall, on a recent evening.

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The Sabbath afternoon services in the Assembly Hall opened for the winter on the first Sabbath in October. The attendance on that occasion and on each subsequent Sabbath since has been most satisfactory. The preacher at the opening service was the Rev. Samuel Lindsay, B.A., Crescent Church, and the other speakers during the month were Revs. James Pyper, B.A., W. J. Currie, B.A. (Bangor), and Rev. James M'Connell. Mr. M'Connell gave a rousing address on the War and the Drink Problem.

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The Assembly Hall has been for several Monday evenings past the scene of very solemn services of intercession in connection with the war. A number of the leading ministers in the city took part in the services, and brief addresses were given. Over 2,000 people were present on 18th ult. when the Moderator of the General Assembly presided, and Rev. J. G. Paton, B.D., of Coleraine, who has just returned from the front, gave a graphic account of work in the Y.M.C.A. Huts in France, in which he was engaged for three months.

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Lieut. Francis Curley was killed in action on the 25th or 26th inst. The deceased who was for several years a member of the C.P.A. and was well known in Rugby football circles, as a member of the Queen's University and Malone Clubs, was a son of the late Mr. Alexander Curley, and nephew of Mr. Francis Curley, J.P., Belfast, his home address being "Mentmore," Lisburn Road. At Queen's, where he graduated B.Sc., he was highly popular, and had been actively identified with the Varsity Officers' Training Corps for three years. He obtained his commission immediately after the outbreak of war, and received his lieutenancy in October. He has been out in France since January, and was home on short leave a few weeks ago. His elder brother, Mr. J. Curley, holds a commission in the 12th Batt. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

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We extend our congratulations to Mr. Saml. M'Guffin on his unanimous co-option as a member of the Water Board.

 

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CPA Magazine December 1915

General Notes.

The following lines, recently published, refer to those who are "instant in prayer" as occupying the "inner line" --

"Behind the roaring cannon, behind the flashing steel,
The defenders of the inner line steady and constant kneel;
Some bent, or grey, some crippled, some three score years and ten.
Just praying, always praying, for the front line fighting men.

"You can hear old voices quaver, you can see the slow tear's fall,
Yet the inner line keeps steady, Britain and honour call.
They pray, and who can measure such prayer's resistless might,
They trust the Lord of Battle, He will defend the right."

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Before the next issue of the Magazine another Christmas will have come and gone, and a New Year have been ushered in. Despite. the sad fact of a world at war, we venture to wish all our readers a Happy Christmas -- happy in the best sense of the term, and to express the wish, in which we are sure they all join, that the year 1916 may witness the cessation of hostilities, the proclamation of peace with honour, and the safe return of our brave boys from the arena of conflict, to take up the ordinary duties of life in a world made purer by the awful experiences through ·which we have passed.

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We are pleased to learn that the younger son of our former esteemed Honorary Secretary (Mr. Henry Craig, now of Dublin) has been successful in the recent examination for cadetships in the Indian Army. Young Mr. Craig proceeds at an early date to the Military College at Quetta.

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Mr. Craig's elder son (Mr. H. E. Craig), who is one of the C.P.A. men at the front, was through the big battle at Loos, and came out safe and sound.

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We are in receipt almost daily of cards and letters from our men in training, or in the trenches. We are always delighted to hear from them, and are very pleased when those on furlough give us a call when in the city.

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If any members of the C.P.A. would care to join the Queen's University Veterans' Corps, Mr. Joseph Boyce, 18, Wolseley Street, would gladly receive their names. Men over military age, or men, who being of military age, are ineligible for the army, should have a chat with Mr. Boyce (who is Sergeant-Instructor of Musketry) on the matter.

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One of our former members, Rev. W. MacWhirter, B.A., was ordained on September 15th to the pastorate of St. Catherine's Presbyterian Church,Georgetown, British Guiana. We are deeply obliged to Mr. Macwhirter for a copy of The Scottish Church Record, giving interesting accounts of his ordination and induction.

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By the way, we wonder how our readers would appreciate the publication of personal paragraphs such as the following, which we cull from The Scottish Church Record, the organ of the Presbytery of British Guiana:-- "We have to record that Robert Jones has shown his partiality for the 'fair sex' by taking to himself a wife for the third time, and was united in Holy Matrimony to Jane Elizabeth Cummings, who, we understand, is also making the venture for the third time, and it is to be hoped that their good example will be an encouragement to others in the district to follow in their footsteps."

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Death has been busy among our members and in their family circles during the past few weeks. We mourn the loss from our ranks of membership of Mr. Marcus Gibson, of Bonnington, Lansdowne Road, and Mr. James Black, solicitor, son of the late Sir Samuel Black, and brother of our esteemed Honorary Treasurer, Mr. Charles W. Black. We would also extend our respectful sympathy to Mr. Geo. M. M'Neill on the death of his mother; Messrs. John Craig and B. L. Craig on the death of their brother; Mr. Sydney Handforth on the death of his mother; and Rev. Professor Heron, D.D., on the death of his wife.

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The marriage of one of our Roll of Honour members will doubtless be of interest to our readers. Mr. J. Edgar Acheson, 2nd Lieut. in the 10th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment, son of the late Mr. J. Acheson, Portadown, was united in solemn wedlock on 16th ult., in Egremont Presbyterian Church, to Miss Nora F. Brodie, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Brodie, of Liscard, Cheshire. Our hearty wish is that the gallant bridegroom may have a successful military career, be preserved safely throughout the war, and that when peace with honour crowns our struggle he and his bride may have many, many years of united happiness.

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To our ever-increasing Roll of Honour we have to add the name of the first of out Vice-Presidents to volunteer -- Professor Thomas Sinclair, M.D., F.R.C.S.E., who has been appointed Consulting Surgeon in the Army Medical Service, with the rank of Colonel. Col. Sinclair has been ordered in the first instance to Egypt, where we are sure the wide experience and great skill which deservedly placed him in the first rank of his profession at home will be of immense service to the forces.

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Dr. J. S. Morrow, of Eia House, Antrim Road, one of our esteemed members has also volunteered for service, and has been gazetted to a Captaincy in the R.A.M.C.

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In our New Year number we hope to publish our Roll of Honour revised up to date of publication. In order to achieve this, we would be obliged for particulars from the friends of members and associates who have joined the Colours, and whose names, or correct ranks, have not hitherto appeared in the Magazine.

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It has been decided to send a small token of remembrance' at Christmas to all our members and associates under arms. A gratifying response has been made to the appeal for voluntary subscriptions to have this laudable idea carried out. Up to the time of writing we have not got all the addresses of our boys in the ranks. Would all our readers who know the addresses of any C.P.A. members who have joined his Majesty's forces kindly forward the information to the General Secretary without delay, so that no one will be omitted when the parcels are being despatched.

 

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