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Lisburn Standard - Friday, 1 November, 1918

Deaths

ANDERSON -- October 29, 1918, at her residence, 80 Hill Street, Lisburn, Anne Jane, widow of the late Johnston Anderson, Canary, County Armagh. The remains were much-loved mother were interred in Lisburn Cemetery on Thursday evening. "With Christ, which is far better." JOHN and ANNIE ANDERSON.

CLARKE -- October 31, at her father's residence, Largymore House, Lisburn, Mary Helen Clarke, aged 14 years. Funeral to the family burying-ground, Blaris, to-morrow (Saturday), 2nd inst., at 1 o'clock. ROBT. H. CLARKE.

WARING -- October 31st, 1918 (suddenly, of pneumonia), at his residence, 15 Smithfield, Lisburn, James Waring. Funeral to Derriaghy Churchyard to-morrow (Saturday) at 2-30 p.m.

LABOUR MECHANICS L.O.L. 557.
The Members of above are requested to attend the funeral of the father of respected member, Bro. Quartermaster-Sergeant Thomas Waring, on to-morrow (Saturday), 2-30 p.m. EDWARD MATEER, W.M.; WILLIAM J. IRVINE, Secy.

Roll of Honour

CLAY -- Killed in action on Sept. 29th, 1918, 11237 Co. Q.M. Sergt. Thomas Clay, Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, eldest son of Mrs. Clay and the late Thomas Clay, Post Office, Lambeg. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing Mother, Sisters, and Brothers.

M'GREEVY -- Killed in action, October 8, 1918, Private Stanley M'Greevey, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, dearly-loved son of Patrick and Katherine M'Greevey. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing Father, Mother, Sister, and Brothers. 25 Llewellyn Avenue, Lisburn.

M'ILROY -- Killed in action (after four years' service), Private Alfred Henry M'Ilroy, Royal Irish Fusiliers, second son of James M'Ilroy, 45 Avenue Road, Lurgan, and grandson of the late James M'Ilroy, Thorn Cottage, Lambeg, aged 23 years. Inserted by a sorrowing Father, Mother, Sisters, and Brothers (one on active service).

WATERHOUSE -- Killed in action on Sept. 2nd, 1918, Pte. A. Victor Waterhouse, Canadian R.A.M.C., youngest son of the late Abraham Waterhouse, Lisburn.

Clippings

SOME EXTRACTS FROM THE

RECORDS OF OLD LISBURN

AND THE MANOR OF KILLULTAGH.

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Edited by JAMES CARSON.

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RAILWAY STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, LISBURN.

Extract from Address delivered at the Jubilee Meeting of the Congregation, November 16th, 1910.

Practically almost all those who, fifty long years ago this very month, banded themselves together to form a new church, have passed away to their eternal rest. If we could bridge the years -- those fifty years so full of life and action and change -- and transplant ourselves in vision back to those days of the birth of this church, what should we find? We would see a small but ardent band of men and women, still glowing with fires of the great Revival of 1859, going out from a large and crowded congregation, seeking a place where they might assemble themselves together to worship their God.

Their first place of meeting was in the hall in Castle Street -- granted by the kindness and consideration of Jonathan Richardson, of Killeaton, all honour to his memory. Here for almost three years our forefathers worshipped -- and while in these humble surroundings, and struggling under difficulties and opposition, they give a call in 1861 to the Rev D. J. Clark, the first minister, who for seventeen years faithfully served his church and people, and died in the year 1878.

A permanent building in which to worship was now a first requisite. Pastor and people resolutely set about procuring a suitable site. Here, almost insurmountable difficulties confronted them. Deputations waited on, and influence was brought to bear on the then authority who practically controlled the land of Lisburn. Even Drs. Cook and Morgan intervened on behalf the people. All, however, was of no effect; the fiat had gone forth -- "From Dunmurry to BAllinderry not one foot of ground shall be granted for such a purpose." But Presbyterians are a dour race, and not easily beaten. Thwarted in one direction, the congregation at once turned its attention in another. The present site, fortunately, was in the market, being one of the few sites in the town uncontrolled by the territorial autocrat, and this small and comparatively poor body of men actually purchased at a cost of £350, or £6 5s per foot. On March 29th, 1863, the foundation stone of the new church was laid by John Lyttle, Mayor of Belfast, and the church was completed sufficiently the same year to enable worship to be celebrated theirin. The cost of the building amounted to some £2,000.

During these early years Wm. Barbour, of Hilden, was a tower of strength to the young church. His assistance was practical and personal. As an illustration, when the people were making a special effort to lighten the burden of debt hanging over them, he made the generous offer of that for every pound raised for this purpose he would contribute another; this resulted in a cheque from Mr. Barber for £456.

The first session was appointed in 1868, when the following accepted office:-- Henry Colvin, Frederic Duncan, John Ellison, David Graham, Robert Henry. In 1871 a further appointment was made of John Neill, Alexander Davidson, John Sloan. John Ellison was appointed clerk of session in 1868, and faithfully served another office for a quarter of a century. His successors in office were John Butler, H. G. Larmor, and W. J. Fraser. In 1883 there were further additions to the session -- Thomas Dickson and James Kerr; in 1888 John Butler and J. H. Vint; in 1894 James R. Boyd, S. M. Greer, David Kilpatrick, John M'Clung, H. G. Larmor; in 1904 John Dunlop, John L. Rentoul, M.D.; W. J. Fraser, D. M'Cluggage, John M'Kittrick.

When Mr. Clarke died in 1876 he left as his monument and the temporal fruits of his ministry the new church, the schools at rere of same, the manse in Railway Street, and the house adjoining. Notwithstanding the strenuous and successful efforts made by Mr. Clarke to lighten the burden of debt on the congregation, there was handed over to his successor liability of some £1,260.

The first committee was appointed November 13th, 1860, and consisted of -- W. J. Harvey, John Anderson, Francis Smith, David Graham, Andrew Todd, Henry Colvin, James Meneilly, Hugh Brownlee, Wm. Beggs, Wm. Innis, John M'Clung, James Chambers, Robert Edmondson. Francis Smith, secretary; W. J. Harvey, treasurer; David Graham, chairman of committee.

On the 17th March, 1865, John Sloan, junior, was appointed secretary, and George Pelan treasurer. For reasons which do not appear, they only remained in office a few months, when Stewart Sloan was appointed secretary and William Paterson treasurer. In 1870 Alexander Davidson appears as secretary and John Neill treasurer. Mr. Davidson, of his demise, generously left £100 towards church repairs. John D. Hamilton's name appears jointly as secretary with Alexander Davidson from 1873 to 1888, followed by James R. Boyd in 1889, James E. Sloan in 1899, J. L. Rentoul, M.D., 1903, George Duncan, 1906.

In 1875 John M'Clure was appointed treasurer, succeeded by Hugh Shaw, who held the office for twenty years, and the present treasurer, H. G. Larmor, who has acted since 1900.

The Rev J. L. Bigger's pastorate extended over six years -- from October, 1879, till July, 1885. He was a man greatly beloved, and his transference to a professorship in Magee College, Derry, was felt, at the time, as a serious loss to the congregation. At the date of his installation in Railway Street -- 1879 -- he fell heir to congregational debt of £1,260.

when he resigned the charge in 1885 the debt was reduced to £290. During Mr. Bigger's ministry the wall round the church property was built and some other minor improvements made, amounting to £400, so that some £1,400 was raised for reduction of debt and church extension in his time.

The present pastor, the Rev. R. W. Hamilton, M.A., was installed October 8, 1885, coming from Burt congregation, Co. Donegal. The congregation has been in existence for 50 years, and Mr. Hamilton has been in charge for exactly half of that period.

(To be Continued.)

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GLORIOUS WAR NEWS.

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TURKEY DOWN AND OUT.

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AUSTRIA ASKS FOR ARMISTICE.

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The war news continues to be glorious, and the end may be nearer than most people believe. Turkey is down and out. The Home Secretary announced yesterday in the House of Commons that an armistice between the Allies and Turkey was signed on Wednesday night, and came into force at noon yesterday. The terms include free passage for the Allied fleets through the Bosphorus to the Black Sea, the occupation of the forts on the Dardanelles and Bosphorus, and the immediate repatriation of all Allied prisoners of war.

The "Daily Express" says:-- The British fleet has passed up the Dardanelles! The capitulation of Turkey has been certain for days, but the presence of warships flying the white ensign off the Golden Horn is the dramatic demonstration that Germany has indeed lost the war. The great Eastern Empire that she has plotted and fought to create now passes away into the might-have-been.

The "Daily Mail" says:-- Single-handedly Great Britain has conducted this "sideshow" -- while fighting on seven other fronts -- through defeat, through loss to final victory, with that iron tenacity which has ever marked our people.

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AUSTRIA IN A BAD WAY.

The Anglo-Italian drive in Italy continues with brilliant success. The Allied troops, still sweeping forward along the whole front, have liberated many important towns and villages, including Asiago, Vittorio, and Oderzo. Up to the present over 50,000 prisoners have been taken, and already more than 300 guns have been captured.

The Austrian Commander-in-Chief has sent a deputation under the white flag into the Italian lines, asking General Diaz to grant an immediate armistice. The King has sent a telegram to the King of Italy congratulating him upon the triumph which has been achieved.

On the British Western front yesterday the Second Army attacked south-west on Audenarde, capturing all its objectives and 1,000 prisoners. Our airmen established a record in air-fighting, crashing 64 German machines.

The chief fighting on the French front was at the St. Fargeux Plateau, where the enemy was counter-attacking strongly but unsuccessfully.

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KILLED IN ACTION.

Captain H. G. Morrow, M.C., R.I.R.

Co. Q.M.S. Thomas Clay, R.I.F. Captain Hugh G. Morrow, M.C., Royal Irish Rifles, killed in action on 20th ult., was the only son of Mr. Andrew Morrow, Balmoral, Belfast, and formerly of Lisburn, secretary of the County Down Committee of Agriculture. This officer served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Ross Bros., Ltd., Linenhall Street, Belfast, and obtained his commission in July, 1916. For his gallantry at the battle of Cambrai in November, 1917, he was awarded the M.C. He was a popular member of Lisnagarvey Hockey Club. His colonel was killed on the same day. His major, writing to Mr. Morrow, says:--

He fell at the head of his men, gallantly leading them against a machine gun which was holding up the advance. He was well ahead of his men when he was shot. He will be much missed in the Battalion, in which he was very popular with all ranks. The minerals company had the very highest opinion of him both from the point of view of his bravery and skill as a leader, and also from the personal point of view, he died a soldier's death at the head of his men, and fell fighting in the greatest cause man has ever fought for.

Co. Q.M.S. Thomas Clay, R.I.F.

Company Quartermaster-Sergeant Thomas Clay, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (T.M.B.), elder son of Mrs. Clay, Post Office, Lambeg, was killed in action on 29th Sept. Deceased was formerly a member of the Tyrone U.V.F.

Capt C. W. Milne, writing to Mrs. Clay from the battlefield, states that death was instantaneous, and her boy had to suffer no pain. He adds:--

Your song has been a very good soldier, and a great favourite with everybody, and all his chums wish me to convey to you an expression of their sincere sympathy. It will be some comfort to you at this time to know he made the supreme sacrifice in the service of his country. I deeply regret his death, and I hope you will derive some comfort from these few lines.

A brother of the soldier, Private Jack Clay, made the spring sacrifice 1916.

Private Stanley M'Greevey, R.I.F.

Private Stanley M'Greevey, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, killed in action on the 8th ult., was the son of Mr. Patrick M'Greevey, Llewellyn Avenue, Lisburn, who has for a lifetime been employed at Hilden. Private M'Greevey was a tailor to trade, and worked in Belfast. He enlisted in January, 1917, and saw service in Egypt and Mesopotamia. Who was home on leave a few weeks ago, and had only shortly returned to France before he was killed.

Q.M. Sergeant Edward Kelly Q.M. Sergeant Edward Kelly.

As we go to press we learn that Q.M. Sgt Edward Kelly, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, son of Mr. William Kelly, Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn, has been killed in action. Q.M.S. Kelly was a clerk in Mr. D. B. Simpson's office when the war broke out. He listed on the 11th R.I.R., but was claimed off. He re-enlisted, however, and soon gained promotion. For a time he held the distinction of being the youngest sergeant in the army. He was only seventeen years of age when he went to France in 1916, his parents then offering no objection.

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WOUNDED.

Driver William Moncrieff, R.E.

Official notification has been received the Driver William Moncrieff, Signal Company, Royal Engineers, has been wounded (gunshot wounds right knee and left side), and is in hospital near Leeds. He has three years' service to his credit, and prior to enlistment was on the staff of County Down Asylum, Downpatrick, and was a member of the U.V.F. and Orange Institution. His son of Mr. William Moncrieff, Seymour Hill, Dunmurry.

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SERGEANT-MAJOR S. WARING'S D.C.M.

The date for which Company Sergeant-Major Samuel Waring, Machine Gun Corps, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal has been gazetted this week as follows:--

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. His unfailing cheerfulness and courage under all circumstances have gone a long way in maintaining a high standard of efficiency in his company. During the heavy engagement he was unflagging in is energies, and the fact that sufficient ammunition was forthcoming was due to his efforts.

Sergeant-Major Waring is a son of Mr. R. Waring (former mechanic, Island Spinning Co.), of Colin view, Mercer Street. C.M.S. Waring went to the front with the South Antrim Volunteers, R.I.R., In October, 1915, but was subsequently transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. He was wounded on the 16th April last. He is one of the old boys of Christ Church Company, Church Lads' Brigade, was a section leader in the U.V.F., and is a member of L.O.L. No. 152, Lisburn. Two of his brothers also volunteered for service, one in the navy and the other in the army.

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NORTH IRISH HORSE COLONEL WINS THE V.C.

"Stick it, Men; Show Them Fight"

Wednesday night's "London Gazette" announced that his Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the Victoria Cross to the late Lieut-Colonel Richard Annesley West, D.S.O., M.C., North Irish Horse, attached Tank Corps --

For most conspicuous bravery, leadership, and self-sacrifice.

During an attack, the infantry having lost their bearings in the dense fog, this officer at once collected and reorganised any men he could find, and led them to their objective in face of heavy machine-gun fire. Throughout the whole action he displayed the most utter disregard of danger, and the capture of the objective was in a great part due to his initiative and gallantry.

On a subsequent occasion it was intended that a battalion of light tanks under the command of this officer should exploit the initial infantry and heavy tank attack. He therefore went forward in order to keep in touch with the progress of the battle, and arrived at front line when the enemy were in process of delivering a local counter-attack. The infantry battalion had suffered heavy officer casualties, and its flanks were exposed. Realising that there was a danger of the battalion giving way, he had once rode out in front of them and are extremely heavy machine gun and rifle fire and rallied the men. In spite of the fact that the enemy were close upon him he took charge of the situation and detailed non-commissioned officers to replace officer casualties. He then rode up and down in front of them in face of certain death, encouraging the men and calling to them: "Stick it, men; show them fight; and for God's sake put up a good fight." He fell riddled by machine-gun bullets.

The magnificent bravery of this very gallant officer at the critical moment inspired the infantry to redoubled efforts, and the hostile attack was defeated.

This gallant officer was the youngest son of Mr. Augustus George West, of White Park, County Fermanagh, who died in 1911, and a grandson of the late Rev. W. J. West, M.A., of Ederney, County Fermanagh, and Balix and Legcloghlin, County Tyrone. Born on 26th September, 1878, he obtained his first commission in Kitchener's Fighting Scouts. He became a lieutenant in the North Irish Horse on 4th September, 1914, and served with that regiment in France and Flanders, being twice mentioned in despatches, first by Viscount French, and on the second occasion by Sir Douglas Haig. He was seconded for service with the Tank Corps last year, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in the New Year Honours of 1918. Colonel West was killed in action on 2nd September last, under the thrilling circumstances described in the "London Gazette." He married on 16th July, 1909, Maude Ethel, second daughter of Mr. Henry William Cushing. Colonel West's eldest brother, Mr. Erskine Eyre West, Barrister-at-Law (formerly a captain in the Londonderry Royal Garrison Artillery), is Deputy Registrar of the Irish Land Commission. His second brother, Mr. Augustus W. West is an Assistant Land Commissioner.

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GERMANS MEAN REVENGE.

The following story is told of a Belgian town which was persistently bombed by Allied airmen. The inhabitants, to the intense rage of the German garrison, were in the habit of turning out into the streets and enthusiastically cheering these demonstrations. One day a group of planes appeared at which no gun was fired from the earth. They dropped bombs exclusively on the Belgian quarters. The next day the town was placarded with notices: "The Belgian population is perfectly aware of the nationally of the airmen dropped bombs yesterday on --------." The incensed Germans were never never able to find out who printed and published this document.

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"LEAD ON, MACDUFF."

Scottish Territorial Captures Colonel and Sixty Men.

In course of the chase of the Germans a Scottish Territorial scout was detailed to escort a small batch of prisoners to the rere, and he got on the way unexpected addition to his charge. He came on a "pill-box," besides which two German officers were standing. Instead of turning the tables by making him the prisoner and releasing their countrymen, they invited him into the miniature fort and gave him a good breakfast, explaining that they were the colonel and adjutant of a battalion. Thus they took him outside, turned out sixty men from buildings round about, and told him to "lead on." And the valiant "Tommy" astonished brigade headquarters with the size of his "bag."

This incident, which is thoroughly authenticated, is a striking illustration of the spirit of hopelessness that is beginning to permeate the German army. One combatant, writing of his experience in the chase, says he found the enemy very "fed up" but the machine-gunners put up quite a sporting fight.

An order issued by Hindenburg to officers of the German army, a copy of which has fallen into British hands, discloses a serious state of affairs. The General writes: "Only prompt and energetic action by all the chiefs can save us from the grave danger of ever-increasing indiscipline."

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DEATH OF MR. JAMES WARING.

The sudden death yesterday forenoon of Mr. James Waring, Smithfield, Lisburn, caused a painful shock in the town and neighbourhood. Mr. Waring attended to his business on Tuesday in his usual health and cheerfulness. On the following morning he had an attack of influenza and this quickly developed into pneumonia. Dr. Murphy was in attendance, and everything humanly possible was done, but without avail, and Mr. Waring passed away about 10 o'clock yesterday forenoon.

Deceased was widely known in the North of Ireland, and was highly respected by all with whom he came into contact both in business and private life. He was passionately fond of a good horse, and there were few better judges of an animals qualities. He had warm corner in his big heart for little children, and many a youngster will miss his fatherly smile and general hand. The death of his sons, Jack and Willie, the former at home after a tedious illness and latter killed in action at the front, took more out of him than was seen on the surface, and a good deal to do with the undermining of his hitherto robust constitution. His only surviving son, Quartermaster-Sergeant Thomas Waring, is serving at the front with the Ulster Division. Sincere sympathy is felt with the widow and family in their trying bereavement.

The funeral takes place to Derriaghy to-morrow (Saturday) at 2-30 o'clock.

 

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Lisburn Standard - Friday, 8 November, 1918

Deaths

BROWNE -- November 4, at the residence of his aunt, Antrim House, Antrim Street, Lisburn, Percy, younger and much-loved son of Robert C. and MArgaret Browne, Anagola, Antrim Road, Lisburn; and was interred in Lisburn Cemetery on Wednesday, 6th Nov., at 2-30p.m.

Roll of Honour

CHERRY -- Killed in action on 14th Oct., 1918, Private Joseph Cherry, 7th Batt. Royal Irish Regiment, aged 19 years. -- R.I.P. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing Mother and Sisters. No. 1 Antrim Place, Lisburn. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on his soul.

Thanks

John and Alice Burrows wish to return thanks to the many kind friends for their token of respect and sympathy in the loss of their dear little girl, Jennie, almost 11 years. Hoping this will be accepted by all. 50 Sloan Street, Lisburn.

The Family of the late Edward Donaghy, Senior, desire to thank the many kind friends who sympathised with them in their recent sad bereavement; also to those who sent floral tributes, and especially the Employers of the firm for beautiful wreath. Trusting this will be accepted by all. Beechmount, Lisburn.

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SOME EXTRACTS FROM THE

RECORDS OF OLD LISBURN

AND THE MANOR OF KILLULTAGH.

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Edited by JAMES CARSON.

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RAILWAY STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, LISBURN.

Extract from Address delivered at the Jubilee Meeting of the Congregation, November 16th, 1910.

(Continued.)

In the year 1889 unfermented wine was first used at the celebration of the Communion. In 1894 the name of the church was officially changed from 2nd Lisburn to Railway Street. Instrumental music was introduced into the service of the church, and an organ installed in the year 1908.

The Lecture Hall was built in 1887. Side galleries erected in 1897. In 1900 James E. Sloan generously presented to the congregation a free site for the new manse on the Fore Hill lands. The building of the manse was preceded with and completed at a cost of about £1,400. In 1909 Mr. Sloan made a further grant of land at the rere of the manse for a garden. and, thanks to his and Miss Brownlee's generosity, the congregation now possess a manse and grounds second to none within these bounds of the Church. Numerous valuable bequests have at various times been made to the congregation.

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The Brownlee Memorial National School, Wallace Avenue, opened August, 1913, was erected at the cost of some £3,500. Towards this amount the Board of Works made a grant, the Brownlee Trustees paying the balance. The school is under the control of the Church Committee.

The E.M.B. Memorial Hall, Hilden, was erected in 1911 by J. Milne Barbour, D.L., J.P., in memory of his wife, and placed under the care of the congregation.

The organ installed in 1908 proving inadequate, James Crossin, J.P., in 1914 presented the congregation with a new instrument costing some £700.

1908.

Session -- Rev. R. W. Hamilton, M.A.; John Butler, W. J. Fraser, David Kilpatrick, H. G. Larmor, David M'Cluggage, J. M'Clung, J. M'Kittrick, J. L. Rentoul, M.B.

Committee -- H. Adams, J. Archer, J. Alexander, B.A.; J. Crossin, J.P.; S. Cowan, G. Duncan, H. Fraser, R. Garrett, J. Graham, W. J. Hanna, W. J. Heron, F. Duncan, David Erwin, J. Hunter, C.E.; C. Magill, M.D.; H. Maybin, B.A.; A. J. Morrow, A. M'Clelland, H. Ritchie, W. Ritchie, James E. Sloan, J. Stalker, H. S. Whitfield.

1918.

Session -- Rev. R. W. Hamilton, M.A.; Edward Finlay, W. J. Fraser, J.P.; James T. Lamont, B.A.; LL.B.; John M'Kittrick, John H. M'Elderry; J. L. Rentoul, M.B., J.P.; James Shortt, Geo. Watters, Hugh G. Larmor, J.P., clerk of Session.

Committee -- James Archer, A. E. Boyd, James Carson, James Crossin, J.P.; Geo. Dunlop, Frederick W. Duncan, George Duncan, David Erwin, Hugh Fraser, James Hunter, C.E.; W. J. Larmor, A. M'Clelland, R. D. Morrison, C.I.; Wm. Ritchie, J.P.; D. B. Simpson, John Stalker, H. S. Whitfield.

Treasurer -- George Duncan.

Secretary -- D. Barbour Simpson.

Memorial Tablets in the Church.

William Barbour, J.P., Hilden.
"One of the first members and the most munificent contributor to the funds of the church."
Died 1875, aged 78 years.

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Rev. David J. Clarke.
First minister and for seventeen years pastor of the congregation.
Died 1878, aged 43 years.

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Rev. James Lyle Bigger, M.A., B.D.
Second pastor, for six years.
Died at 1890, aged 36 years.

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Frederick Duncan.
Elder for 37 years.
Dave 1905, aged 63 years.

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Miss Isabella Brownlee.
"The last of a much-respected family."
Died 8th January, 1909.

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James Edgar Sloan,
Plantation House.
Died September 20, 1910.

(Next week: local banks.)

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DEATH OF MASTER PERCY BROWNE

We regret to have to record the death of Master Percy Browne, younger son of Mr. Robert C. Browne, secretary of Messrs. Robert Stewart & Sons, Lisburn, which occurred on Monday last from pneumonia following influenza. He was a pupil of the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, the flag of which was flown at half-mast. The masters and pupils sent a beautiful wreath, while the headmaster sent a most sympathetic letter. Wreaths were also sent by father, mother, brother, and sisters; his cousin, Mr. Robert Brown, of Pond Park; Mr. Scott, and Mr. Lightbody, Belfast. The boy, who was a general favourite, was a corporal in the Cathedral Company, Church Lads' Brigade, and the Brigade attended the funeral in processional order. The Rev. R. H. S. Cooper conducted the service in the house and at the grave. Much sympathy has been extended to the family in their bereavement.

The funeral arrangements were satisfactorily carried out by Messrs. Jellie & Fullerton, Lisburn.

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WHITE FLAG AT LAST.

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GERMANS BEG FOR ARMISTICE.

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JUDGE'S BOX IN SIGHT.

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German armistice delegates, carrying a white flag, were allowed to pass through the French lines yesterday evening. It is understood that they will be given 78 hours for deliberation after learning the Allies' terms; but whether the next few minutes, few hours, or few days end the war, the Germans are down and out, and they know it. The Allies are now in a position to enforce an unconditional surrender, and those are the only terms the Huns will understand.

The big German retreat in the West continues. In the North the British have passed Baval, are in the western outskirts of Avesnes, have beaten off a counter-attack, and have taken the usual several hundred prisoners.

The French made similar progress, the chief event being the securing of a footing south of the Mense on the heights which dominate Sedan.

The Americans have taken all that part of Sedan south of the river, and cut the main German railway in that part of the country.

Further events are being awaited with intense interest.

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KILLED IN ACTION.

Private A. Victor Waterhouse Private A. Victor Waterhouse, Canadians.

Private A. Victor Waterhouse, Canadian R.A.M.C, killed in action on 2nd September was the youngest son of the late Abraham Waterhouse, Saw Mills, Lisburn, He served his apprenticeship with Mr. Tate, chemist, Belfast, studying to become a medical missionary. He was deeply interested in religious work, and took an active part in the Methodist Church and the Welcome Mission in Lisburn. He emigrated to Canada about five years ago, where he became engaged in mission work in connection with the Methodist Church, being placed in charge of the mission station at South Salt, Spring Island, Victoria, B.C. He volunteered for service in the Canadian R.A.M.C., and joined up with Western University, 196 Battalion R.A.M.C. Private Waterhouse was selected for a commission, and it had been arranged that he should return to England on 1st October to go through the necessary courses. A few days after his death it transpired that he had won the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery and coolness for carrying out his duty as stretcher-bearer. Deceased's two brothers, Fred and Henry, are serving in the army -- the former in Africa and the latter in the U.K. in France.

Captain F. H. Buck, writing, says:-- "'Pat, as we called him, was a universal favourite. His sterling Christian character and true manliness endeared him to us all. He fell doing his best to help others, binding up their wounds and saving many a life by his promptness and skill. Truly, of Victor Waterhouse it may be said, like his Master" 'Greater love hath no man than this, that he giveth his life for his friends.' We were attacking a village after breaking through the famous Drocourt-Queant line, when Victor was struck by a shell fragment, and he was killed instantaneously and had absolutely no suffering.

Sergeant K. Russell, in a sympathetic letter, writes:-- "A few days after Private Waterhouse's death advice was received that he had been awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery and coolness in carrying out his duty as stretcher-bearer, when on a number of occasions he dressed the wounded under exceptionally shell-fire, and continued to do so throughout the entire operation -- August 8th-10th."

Private J. L. MacDougall, in a letter, states that Private Waterhouse was hit by a shell nose-cap on the chest, and that he was spared the agony of suffering. "His grave," he added, "will be decorated with a white wooden cross with 'Rest in Peace' in addition to the usual inscription. . . He will rest with many more of our gallant comrades in the battered village of Dury, which up to recent activities was in German hands, but now liberated by the true sons of liberty."

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Rifleman Wm. Bruce, R.I.R.

Rifleman Wm. Brace, R.I.R., who has died from wounds received in action, was a son of Mr. John Bruce, Kilmakee, Dunmurry. Deceased enlisted four years ago from the South Antrim Regiment, U.V.F. He was employed in the stockroom at The York Street Flax Spinning Company, Ltd., Belfast. He was a member of L.O.L. 136, Mosside.

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C.S.M. James Boyd, Canadians.

The death is reported, from pneumonia, of Company Sergeant-Major James Boyd, Canadian Engineers. Deceased was the youngest son of Mr. Wm. Boyd, Main Street, Crumlin, and brother of Farrier-Sergeant Wm. Boyd, Canadian Artillery, killed in action on 7th May, 1917.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Private Joseph Cherry, Royal Irish Regiment.Private J. Cherry

Private Joseph Cherry, Royal Irish Regiment, killed in action on the 14th October, was the only son of Mrs. Cherry, i Antrim Place, Lisburn. Prior to the war he worked for Mr. George Wilson, Smithfield. He volunteered in September, 1915. He was slightly wounded two months ago, and had only returned to the firing line when he was killed. Second-Lieut. Leslie W. Johnston, writing to Mrs. Cherry, says:-- ". . . Your son was shot through the head by a sniper's bullet, and death was absolutely instantaneous. We had just won a position during which your son behaved with great gallantry, keeping up a very heavy fire with his machine gun which was of the greatest assistance to his comrades."

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ANOTHER MILITARY CROSS FOR LISBURN.

Second-Lieut. S. Logan, R.I.F.

Under authority delegated by his Majesty the King, the Field-Marshal Commanding-in-Chief has awarded the Military Cross to Second-Lieut. S. Logan, Royal Irish Fusiliers, son of Mrs. Logan, Llewellyn Avenue, Lisburn., "for gallantry and devotion to duty in action." Mrs. Logan received the official notification of the award this morning, together with the following letter from the War Office:--

The Military Secretary presents his compliments to Mrs. Logan, and begs to inform her that the following report has just been received:-- "Second-Lieut. S. Logan, Irish Fusiliers, was wounded on the 16th October, but remained at duty, and again wounded 25th October, remaining at duty."

Before volunteering Second-Lieut. Logan was foreman in the "Lisburn Standard" Office. He joined up early in the North Irish Horse. He soon gained non-commissioned rank, and after serving at the front for a period was selected for a commission, which he qualified for and was granted in June last.

His two brothers are serving, Corporal Jack Logan in the American Army, and Rifleman Charles Logan in the Royal Irish Rifles.

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THANKS TO HILDEN-LAMBEG WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION.

Private James Donaldson, Leinster Regiment, writing from Palestine on 3rd September, requests us to thank through the medium of "the good old 'Standard'" the women of Hilden-Lambeg Association for their gifts; also the women workers of Hilden Mills for tobacco and cigarettes, which were received in good condition. He adds:-- "The kindness of the home folk lets one see that the boys who have got the Turk on the move are not forgotten. The prospect never looked brighter, and this year might see the end of the war. My advice to those at home is: Keep up your hearts, as the boys out here are doing. The end is in sight."

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LISBURN URBAN COUNCIL.

The monthly meeting was held on Monday last in the Town Hall, Castle Street -- Mr. William Davis, J.P. (chairman), presiding. There were also present -- Messrs. W. J. M'Murray, J.P.; Robert Griffith, J.P.; Thomas Sinclair, J.P.; George St.George, M.D.; James A. Hanna, James Pelan, and Charles Scott. Officials -- Messrs. T. M. Wilson, Clerk; Wellington Young, solicitor; D. C. Campbell, medical officer of Health; N. M'Lean, surveyor; and A. S. Brook, manager of Gasworks.

Marriage of Assistant Clerk.

Following the reading of the minutes,

The Chairman said he had a very pleasing duty to perform, and that was, on behalf of the members of the Council, to present a case of Treasury notes to their assistant clerk, Mr. Thomas M'Donald, on the occasion of his recent marriage. They all appreciated Mr. M'Donald very highly, and joined in the hope that he and the lady of his choice would be long spared in the enjoyment of good health and prosperity. (Applause.)

Mr. M'Donald thanked the Council very much for their valuable present, which was altogether unexpected by him. He was also very grateful for their kind expression regarding the future of his wife and himself.

Sympathy and Congratulations.

Dr. St.George, at the sitting of the Board, said, as had been his habit since the beginning of the war, he wished to mention the names of their gallant men who had recently fallen while doing their duty, and others who had won distinction. First on the list was Captain Hugh G. Morrow, R.I.R., who had made the supreme sacrifice when bravely leading his men in attack against the enemy. He was the only son of their former respected townsman, Mr. A. J. Morrow, and was closely connected with the neighbourhood by ties of birth and relationship. They deplored the loss of this fine young officer, who had won the distinction of the M.C. and brought honour to himself and the town. Then there was Private Patrick M'Greevy, Inniskilling Fusiliers, who was killed in action, and whose father, Mr. Patrick M'Greevy, was well known and respected; also Private Victor Waterhouse, Canadian R.A.M.C., killed in action; Sergeant E. Kelly, R.I.R. killed; Private Gregg, died of pneumonia on his way home; and Private M'Connell, London Regiment, wounded. To the relatives of all those mentioned, and any unintentionally overlooked, they extend their heartfelt sympathy. The Council would further join him in congratulating Company Sergeant-Major Samuel Waring on his winning the D.C.M., in whom he took a special interest, as he was a member of the ambulance corps of the Church Lads' Brigade.

Mr. Scott remarked that Sergeant Kelly was the youngest sergeant in the British army, and the first trousers he ever wore were of khaki.

Mr. Sinclair said since the last meeting of the Council another old landmark had been removed. He referred to the late Mr. Edward Donaghy, who was one of the most venerated and respected inhabitants of the town, where he was known for over half a century. As a man of Christian character and broadmindedness he had set an example anyone might profitably follow, They greatly mourned his death, and also that of another merchant whom they all respected -- Mr. James Waring. Everyone considered it a privilege to be acquainted with him. The deaths of those worthy citizens had left vacancies which would be hard to fill.

The Chairman said he was sure they all endorsed what had been said by Dr. St. George and Mr. Sinclair. Young men of the calibre referred to by the doctor reflected honour on old Lisnagarvey. As for the late Mr. Donaghy, his good qualities could not be overstated; and regarding the late Mr. Waring, wherever they met him they always found him the same cheerful, smiling, good-natured James Waring.

The expressions were endorsed by the Council, and the Clerk directed to communicate same to the relatives.

Report continued with other business.

 

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Lisburn Standard - Friday, 15 November, 1918

Deaths

BULLICK -- November 10, at Wallace Avenue, Lisburn, James Parker Bullick, aged 52 years, second son of the late Moses Bullick.

MEGAN -- Nov. 11, 1918 (suddenly), at the residence of his parents, Railway Street, Lisburn, John (Johnnie), third and dearly-loved son of William and Jeannie Megran. Interred in Lisburn Cemetery on 13th Nov., 1918.

Roll on Honour

GILLESPIE -- Nov. 9th, killed in action, Lance-Corporal Robert Cecil Victor (Bobby), 7th Batt. East Yorkshire Regiment, third son of W. J. and M. Gillespie, 18 Seymour Street and Bow Street, Lisburn.

Thanks

Mr. and Mrs. Megran and Family desire to express their sincere thanks to all those who sympathised with them in their recent sad bereavement; also those who sent floral tributes, and especially the members of the Lisburn Reading Room for beautiful wreaths. Railway Street, Lisburn.

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SOME EXTRACTS FROM THE

RECORDS OF OLD LISBURN

AND THE MANOR OF KILLULTAGH.

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Edited by JAMES CARSON.

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THE NORTHERN BANK

was established in Lisburn in the year 1830. The first premises were situated in Bow Street, it is said in the house afterwards occupied by the Ulster Bank; later they removed to Castle Street; and about the year 1870 the present building at the corner of Railway Street was erected and occupied. The name of the first manager is not now available. H. J. Manley was appointed in 1842, and remained in office till his death in 1875. R. H. Bland only reigned for three years, when he retired in 1878 in order to take up the position of sub-agent on Sir Richard Wallace's (the Hertford) estate. John Preston followed in 1878, and continued to act till his death in 1910, when he was succeeded by William Young, the present manager.

The firms of Robert Stewart &. Sons, Ltd., yarn and thread manufacturers, and George Duncan & Sons, Ltd., drapers, Market Square, were established in 1835, the same year in which the Northern Bank came to Lisburn.

The site on which the bank now stands was for many years occupied by the Hertford Arms Hotel, and on the opposite corner of Railway Street stood Dr. Musgrave's house.

Railway Street was originally known as Jackson's Lane, and it was only after the railway had reached Lisburn in 1839 that it became known by its present name. In those far-off days the only approach to Prospect Hill from the town was through Jackson's Lane, and for long after the of advent of the railway at the end of he street was a level crossing.

King William III., in 1690, on his march to the Boyne, when passing through Lisburn, dined with Duke Schomberg and Captain Johnston in the house of George Gregson, a Quaker, that stood on the present site of the Northern Bank.

THE ULSTER BANK

opened in Lisburn -- Market Square -- in the year 1865; John E. Morton, manager. Removed to Bow Street premises in 1871. George G. Tew appointed manager in 1876. He emigrated to America in 1887, when his successor, J. H. Vint, was appointed. Mr. Vint was transferred to Donegall Place branch, in Belfast, in 1889, and was succeeded by David Strain. Mr. Strain was transferred to Carlisle Circus branch, Belfast, in 1894, and afterwards to Donegall Place. James Carson was appointed manager in 1894, and on his removal to Omagh branch in 1900 was succeeded by Thomas Malcomson, the present manager. Mr. Malcomson, a native of Lurgan, has spent the whole of his business life in the Lisburn branch of the bank, rising through the various grades to his present position. The new bank premises in Bow Street erected in 1913 at a cost of some £5,000.

THE RAILWAY.

The section of the Ulster Railway between Belfast and Lisburn was opened for conveyance of passengers on August 12th, 1839. The first train started from Belfast at 7 o'clock in the morning. Early as the hour was, the extent of public interest was that a very large crowd of people assembled to witness the first starting. At various parts, also, along the line, multitudes were collected, and at Lisburn the train was greeted with enthusiastic cheers by a numerous concourse of people. The section connecting Lisburn with Portadown opened a few years afterwards.

NEW DRAINAGE WORKS.

In 1906 the new drainage works and filter beds at New Holland were completed. Prior to this date the drainage of the town passed through the bywash into the canal. This stream passes through the Wallace Park, Railway Station, creases Bachelors' Walk, passes through the Ulster Bank garden, crosses Bow Street quite close to the bank, and then via the Gasworks to the canal. Up to a comparatively modern date the stream was open for almost its whole course. One hundred years ago it was open in Bow Street or Bow Lane, being crossed by a small bridge known as the Sluice Bridge. Harry Munro's mother lived for many years after his execution in 1798, and supported herself by keeping a little shop situated near the Sluice Bridge in Bow Street. In 1796 the Marquis of Hertford built a very good shambles on a small stream -- the bywash -- in Smithfield, where a great number of black cattle were exposed for sale every Tuesday.

MODERN LISBURN

may be said to date from the advent of Sir Richard Wallace, as owner of the Hertford estate, in 1872. Under his regime the town prospered, new buildings were erected, and a general improvement in conditions supervened, that has continued to the present day. The whole estate benefited similarly under his generous and liberal sway. The benefits of the Land Purchase Acts were early availed of on the estate, and later the head-rents and town parks were sold to occupiers on terms most advantageous to them. Bachelors' Walk prior to 1872 was only a narrow lane or path connecting Railway Street and Antrim Street, bordered on both sides by trees, the fields between the path and railway being frequently occupied by travelling shows and forms of entertainment. The tent of the evangelist was also often to he seen there.

Wallace Avenue, Clonevin Avenue, and Graham Gardens were opened for traffic about the year 1900.

Wallace Avenue, which connects Railway Street and the Belfast Road, runs through what were the private grounds of Sir Richard Wallace's castle, built in 1880. The castle in 1914 was converted into a Technical School.

C[l]onevin Avenue connects the Magheraleave and Antrim Roads, and was constructed by Mr. Hugh Kirkwood.

Graham Gardens - or as it is also called, Wardsborough Road -- runs from the new Post Office, Railway Street (built in 1894), to Bow Street and Bachelors' Walk. They take their name from the Graham family, owners of the property. Wardsboro' was the name of a cul-de-sac containing a number of small houses opening into Railway Street, close to the Post Office, and was in existence long before the opening of the Gardens and when Railway Street was known as Jackson's Lane. At the Bow Street end of the Gardens there was also a cul-de-sac known as Tan Yard Lane, so called from the ancient tanyard adjoining, belonging to the Beatty family.

Longstone Street, or the Longstone, derives its name from a long stone which stands at the entrance to the Sandy Lane at the upper end of the street.

Bow Street, or, as it was known, Bow Lane, is so called from the semi-circular formation of the street.

The Linen Hall, erected by the first Marquis of Hertford, was located at the junction of Linenhall Street and Smithfield, opposite the lower end of Market Street, and now converted into a butter and egg market.

The Fever Hospital is now the Manor House, opposite Christ Church, on the Dublin Road, occupied by a branch of the Stannus family.

The Cholera Hospital was on a plot of ground on the Antrim Road opposite where the Intermediate School now stands.

GAMESTERS' MOUNT.

Lisburn was originally known as Linsley Garvin or Lisnagarvey -- Gamesters' Mount. It was twice destroyed by fire -- 1641-1707 -- and gradually came to be known as Lisburn. The tradition as to now it received the name of Lisnagarvey runs thus:-- A little to the north-east the town there is a mount, moated about, and another to the south-west. These were formerly surrounded with a great wood, and thither resorted all the Irish outlaws to play at cards and dice. One of the most considerable amongst them, having lost all, even his clothes, went in a passion in the middle of the night to the house of a nobleman in that country, who before had set a considerable sum on his head, and in this mood surrendered himself a prisoner, which the other considering of, pardoned him, and afterwards this town was built, when the knot of these rogues was broken, which was done chiefly by the help of this one man.

ROBERT REDMAN BELSHAW.

Article 70 contains a sketch of his life. His ancestors for several generations resided at Kilcorig, Magheragall. On his decease in 1913 his collection of Irish Books and Pamphlets passed under his will into possession of the Linen Hall Library, Belfast. Between the leaves of an old book was discovered a copy of a memorial, dated 1863, presented by him to the British Government complaining of the treatment he received, when in America, from the officials of the Southern States. Proceeding, he says:--

I shall respectfully request your Lordships' attention to a brief summary of the outrages to which I, in common with several other British subjects, have been exposed in the States of Alabama and Tennessee.

The summary was far from brief, as what is left of it runs to five closely-written pages of large foolscap, interspersed with poetic quotations and other irrelevant matter.

He explained that he sailed from Glasgow for New York in the year 1852, and lived seven years in Brooklyn,

Where, amid inducements to the contrary, I remained true in my allegiance to my country's flag.
     The flag that braved a thousand years
     The battle and the breeze.

In 1859, on the decease of an only surviving brother, he removed to Montgomery, Alabama, to administer the estate. Mr. Belshaw appears to have settled in Montgomery, as we find him there later in the jewellery and watchmaking business. On the opening of the war several men employed by him received threatening letters and had to leave his employment. He tells how he saw in the public square, in front of his business premises, an alderman of the city burning works of doubtful morality, including several volumes of Spurgeon's sermons. Crowds attacked and entered his premises. All this evidently on account of his British leaning, and also from the fact that it was known he sympathised with the aims of the North. His troubles, however, grew more acute when the conscription law came into force.

In August, 1862, on the advice of Lord Lyons, he and other British subjects took out certificates of British nationality. Soon after he was called up to join the army, but declined to go. When a guard came to his house to arrest him he took refuge at the top of the house, and his sister with a loaded revolver defied the soldiers to follow. The soldiers did not follow, but retired gracefully in face of superior force.

After this he appears to have never been out of trouble with the conscription officers, till finally he was arrested, notwithstanding his certificate of nationality, and, after being detained three days, released. Soon after he was again arrested and dispatched to Camp Watt, where he was detained for a considerable time under very disagreeable conditions. He states that when at Camp Watt he saw conscripts, British subjects, put in chains with iron collars.

The narrative ends abruptly here.

(Next week: Christ Church.)

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LISBURN PETTY SESSION.

These sessions were held yesterday, before Messrs. Alan Bell, R.M. (presiding); W. J. M'Murray, J.P.; and Hugh G. Larmor, J.P. Mr. T. J. English, C.P.S., was in attendance.

Spirit Licence Transfer.

On the application of Mr. Joseph Lockhart, an ad interim transfer of a spirit licence for premises situate in Smithfield was granted from Mr. James Waring (deceased) to his widow, Mrs. Waring. The police offered no objection.

Drunk in Charge of a Horse and Cart.

Constable Kelly summoned James Frazer, Edentrillick, for drunkenness while in charge of a horse and cart. The constable said defendant was drunk in Lisburn Street about three o'clock on market day. Defendant, who did not appear, was fined 10s and costs.

Alleged Threats and Abuse.

Thomas Hughes, a big, stout, broad-shouldered fellow, summoned a light-looking youth named David Turley for using threats to him on the 28th October.

Hughes said that Turley gave him a lot of annoyance round the doors. He challenged him out to fight, and said he would give him a good beating.

Mr. Bell, R.M. -- What is the cause of all this?

Hughes. -- I was fined here this day month for going out and hitting him. Now he is coming challenging me again.

Mr. Bell, R.M. -- Have you any witnesses?

Defendant -- No, not here; the whole place knew about it.

Turley, replying to the Resident Magistrate, said he had witnesses, but not in court.

Mr. Bell, R.M. (to Turley) -- This witness says you got him fined some time ago, and that you are trying to provoke him again.

Turley -- Yes, sir; his wife and mother-in-law spit and shout at me every time I pass. They are insulting me all the time.

Mr. Bell -- That doesn't say you should challenge this man to fight.

Turley -- I don't challenge him to fight. Challenge a man like that to fight the like of me! (Laughter.)

Mr. Bell -- Now, look here, Turley, you have no business to say anything that will either insult or annoy this man, no matter what happened before between you. That is all past and gone. You must be careful in future not to give him any case of offence. I may tell you that if you are brought up here again and the charge proved against you the magistrates will put you under a rule of bail. We wil adjourn this case for a month to see how you behave.

Lighting Order Prosecution.

The police prosecuted Thomas Carson (Thom's), Bow Street, for, as alleged, failing to observe the recent lighting restriction.

Mr. Maginess, who appeared to defend, said the summons was brought under the Defence of the realm Act. There was a distinction as regards lighting between a sweet shop and a refreshment shop. In the former the time for closing was 5-30 p.m., while a refreshment shop could keep open to 8 p.m. Mr. Carson carried on both, and was under the impression he could keep open his premises for temperance refreshments until 9 o'clock. Anyhow, the Order was now changed, and this fixed 7 o'clock for everything. He made those observations in order to save the time of the Court.

Head-Constable Gould, replying to the Bench, said that a new Order appeared in the Press, but it was not official yet.

Mr. Bell, R.M. -- Can you say when it takes effect from?

Head-Constable Gould -- 11th November.

Mr. Maginess said because of the two different businesses carried on by Mr. Carson he was prepared to argue that he was entitled to keep the premises open till 9-30.

Mr. Bell -- It appears to be a retail shop within the meaning of the Order.

Mr. Maginess -- I think this is a case where, under all the circumstances, the summons might be withdrawn. There was no attempt whatever to evade the law or get behind any Order.

Mr. Bell (to the Head-Constable) -- You say the shop was open at ten minutes past eight, and according to the Order it should have been closed at 5-30?

Head-Constable Gould -- Yes.

Mr. Bell -- Were there any temperance drinks for sale?

Head-Constable Gould -- Yes; there were a number of empty lemonade bottles at the back of the shop, and two cases of full bottles.

Mr. Bell -- What hour does the new Order fix for closing?

Head-Constable Gould -- Seven o'clock.

Mr. Bell (to Maginess) -- Will your client try in g=future in comply with the new Order?

Mr. Maginess -- He will close the shop at 7 o'clock in future.

Mr. Bell -- Very well; we may as well give you the benefit of the doubt in this case. Dismissed without prejudice.

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OBITUARY.

MISS POUNDEN.

Something akin I consternation was caused in Lisburn on Sunday evening when it became known that Miss Pounden had passed away in the County Antrim Infirmary, following an operation. The news spread rapidly, and one heard remarks of regret and sympathy on all sides. Miss Pounden, it is scarcely necessary to mention in the columns of the "Lisburn Standard," was a niece of the late Rev. Canon W. D. Pounden, with whom she resided for a long number of years up to his death on 29th September, 1917. Her uncle's death, although at an advanced age, caused her great sorrow, and left a gap in her life which, busy as site was with self-imposed philanthropic duties, she realised never could be filled. For some weeks past she had been away at Loughguile nursing her sister, Mrs. R. G. Bell, who was seriously ill. She became ill herself. An operation was found imperative, and this she elected to have performed in the County Antrim Infirmary by Dr. St.George, preferring to be among friends she loved so well. The operation was successfully performed, but it was of a very serious nature, and, to the great regret of all who knew her, she passed peacefully away on Sunday afternoon.

Miss Pounden had a charming personality, and was a gracious hostess. Her Christian charity and sympathy were unbounded, and by her demise the poor in Lisburn of all creeds and classes lose a real true friend. She visited the County Antrim Infirmary with great regularity, her Sunday evening calls being especially appreciated. The Thompson Memorial Home had no better friend. She was an assiduous member of committee, and took a keen interest in the work, and the patients not only loved but worshipped her. She conducted women's meetings in connection with the Cathedral up to Canon Pounden's death, and it will be long before her helpful addresses at these meetings are forgotten. The Women's Temperance Union and Women's Unionist Association had in her a stalwart supporter, and they too, like many other kindred bodies, will be the poorer for her loss.

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MR. JAMES PARKER BULLICK.

The death took place at his residence, Wallace Avenue, Lisburn, on Sunday, following a long illness, of Mr. James Parker Bullick, second son of the late Moses Bullick, and a member of the firm of Moses Bullick & Son, painters and contractors. Belfast and Lisburn. Deceased was held in the highest regard by all who knew him. He was a fine sportsman in his younger days, and was a staunch Unionist. He was a member of the Lord Arthur Hill Masonic Lodge, Blaris, No. 147. A sterling Churchman, like his father before him he worshipped in Christ Church. He took a keen interest in the war, and if he died with any regret it was that he did not live to see peace declared, though he had the satisfaction of knowing before the end came that victory was assured. His eldest son, Quartermaster Edwin Bullick. R.I.R., is serving at the front, and it is sad to think that he got the news of his father's death on the day that peace was declared. Prior to volunteering Q.M.S. Bullick was an official in the Northern Bank, Belfast. Sincere sympathy is felt for the widow and children in their bereavement.

The funeral took place on Wednesday at noon to the New Cemetery, the cortege being a large and representative one. The chief mourners were -- Maurice and James Bullick (sons), E. Bullick (brother), Edward P. Bullick (nephew), and James G. Bullick, Rathfriland. Wreaths were sent by Mr. and Mrs. Moses Bullick. Ellen and Annie, "All from Daisy Hill" (Newry), Mr. Harry Anderson, and Mr. John Jefferson. Prior to the funeral Rev. R. H. S. Cooper conducted a short service at the house. Mr. Cooper also officiated at the graveside.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Jellie & Fullerton.

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MR. JOHN MEGRAN.

No more popular young man than Mr. John Megran has died in Lisburn for a long time. Little more than a week ago ho was going about in his usual easy, cheery manner. He was not strong, though, and a sudden attack of influenza developed into pneumonia, with the result that his case soon became hopeless. When he was told the stern truth he faced the end with confidence and faith, and died on the last stroke of the curfew on Monday evening.

Deceased, who was the third son of Mr. Wm. Megran, Railway Street, was assistant petty sessions clerk. He was best known as a sportsman, and while there were few games at which he did not excel, he was in the forefront as a billiard player and on the bowling green. His great regret was that his health prevented him joining his brothers Jim and Tom in the greater game of war. Now theirs will be the sorrow that they did not get home in time for that reunion to which all three were eagerly looking forward. Deceased was a member of the Lisburn News-Room, the members of which feel his death most keenly, and, in common with the rest of the townspeople, sympathise deeply and sincerely with the stricken parents and other members of the family.

The funeral took place to Lisburn Cemetery on Wednesday at 2-30 o'clock. The cortege was a tremendously large one, and testified in a most striking manner to the popularity of deceased and his family. The chief mourners were R. K. Megran (brother), S. F. Megran (nephew), J. Ferguson, J. M'Williams, and A. Mawhinney (uncles). Unfortunately, deceased's father was laid aside with influenza, and had to remain in bed under doctor's orders. Wreaths were sent by the following: "In ever loving memory," from father, mother, sister, and brothers; "Madge;" "With deepest sympathy," from the members of Lisburn News-Room (two); "With deepest sympathy," from Mr. and Mrs. S. Coulter; "With sincere sympathy," from Mrs. Crone; "With deepest sympathy," from Mr. and Mrs. J. M'Niece and family; "With heartfelt sorrow," from Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Leonard; "From a dear friend." Rev. Canon Carmody conducted the service in the home, and also officiated at the graveside.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Wm. Ramsey.

Reference at Petty Sessions Court.

Before the commencement of the business at Lisburn Petty Sessions yesterday, Mr. Alan Bell, R.M. (chairman), made a very nice and appropriate reference to Mr. Megran's death. He said that before they commenced the business of the Court he wished, on behalf of his brother magistrates and on his own personal behalf, to express with what very great regret they had heard the news of the untimely death of young John Megran, whom they all had known so well in that court. That was one of those sad events which really brought home to them what the influenza epidemic was. John Megran was a young man of great promise and respectability; he was very careful with his work, very painstaking in all he did, and he (Mr. Bell) knew that he was of very great assistance to Mr. English, their clerk, and he thought Mr. English would find it extremely difficult to replace him. It was with the greatest possible regret that he had heard of young Mr. Megran's death, and he wished again to express on behalf of his brother magistrates and on his own behalf the deep regret they all felt at Mr. Megran's death, and their sincere sympathy for the members of the sorrowing family.

Mr. Wellington Young, on behalf of the legal profession, said he entirely agreed with the pertinent remarks of the Chairman of the Court. Young Mr. Megran was present with them at the last court in his usual health, and he understood from what he heard the previous day that Mr. Megran was in the News Room a few days ago. He was a very useful member of the court. He was most courteous and obliging, and had a great future before him, and it was very sad to think that a young man like that should be cut off in the prime of life.

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FUNERAL OF MISS MARION FISHER.

The funeral of this widely-respected and talented young lady took place in Lambeg last Friday, when a very large and sympathetic concourse of mourners followed her remains to the grave. Marks of universal grief were everywhere evident as the mournful cortege slowly wended its way to Lambeg Church, kindly lent for the occasion by Rev. Chancellor Banks. A brief service was held in the house by Rev. J. J. C. Breakey, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, of which church Miss Fisher had been a lifelong member. Gifted with the talent of song, she had devoted herself with unsparing self-sacrifice to choir and Sabbath schools and every other good work. An impressive service was held in the church by Revs. J. J. C. Breakey, Chancellor Banks, J. H. Lilburn, and S. Simms. The warmest sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents, Mr. R. S. and Mrs. Fisher, and friends.

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THE WAR.

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KILLED IN ACTION.

Lance-Corporal Robert Gillespie.

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Just yesterday afternoon, three days after peace was declared, Mr. W. J. Gillespie, Bow Street, Lisburn, received the news that his, third son, Lance-Corporal Robert Gillespie, who was serving at the front with the East Yorks, was killed on Sunday. Lance-Corporal Gillespie was in business in Sheffield before joining up. Captain A. C. Williamson, C.F., writing to Mr. Gillespie, says:-- "It appears your son. along with four others, was in a dugout when a shell burst near, killing them all by concussion... I can assure you of my deepest sympathy with you in your great sorrow, and I sincerely pray that you may realise the Heavenly Father's comfort and sustaining grace in this sad hour." Deceased's brother, C.Q.M.S. John E. S. Gillespie, was discharged from the army a short time ago medically unfit for further service. He had served for four years. His eldest brother, Private Charles Gillespie, Royal Marines, H.M.S. Duke of Edinburgh, took part in the battle of Jutland.

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Rifleman E. Bruce, M.M.

Rifleman Ernest Bruce, M.M., Royal Irish Rifles (late Y C.V.'s), killed in action on 20th ult., had over four years' service, and had been previously wounded. Prior to enlistment he was a member of Derriaghy L.O.L. 135, and was employed as an apprentice draughtsman with Messrs. Harland & Wolff, Ltd. He was the only son of Mr. Thomas Bruce, Woodview, Dunmurry.

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RING OUT, YE BELLS OF PEACE.

     Ye golden bells of peace,
     Ring out and never cease,
Ring out the joyful anthem loud and clear;
     May the whole wide earth
     Break forth in holy mirth,
And dry from every eye the mourning tear.

     It comes from o'er the sea,
     A soft sweet melody,
'Tis borne along the breezes near and far;
     Back to our hearts and home,
     The brave, they come, they come,
Back from the far-flung dull red field of war.

     And from that alien land
     That waiting captive band,
Their loyal hearts are beating true and brave;
     Ring out, ye bells of peace.
     Ring out their swift release.
They who for freedom's cause their freedom gave.

     The song of victory
     Re-echoes glad and free.
We hear it like a mighty rolling wave;
     All praise to Thee, our God,
     Who, near and far abroad.
Hath bared Thine own right arm in power to save.

     From land and sea they come,
     The sleepers, too, they come.
O Jesus, to our waiting hearts give peace,
     Till the last trumpet sound,
     When all the blood-bought found
Shall rise and swell the Victor's song of peace.

J. BOWEN.

Thompson Memorial Home, Lisburn.

 

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Lisburn Standard - Friday, 22 November, 1918

Death

CAMPBELL -- November 18, at their father's residence, Rosevill, Drumbeg, Lisburn, Herbert, youngest son, and Alfred, eldest son; also Anna (Cissie), only daughter of William and Margaret Campbell. -- Interred in the family burying-ground, Drumbo, on Wednesday, 20th inst.

Roll of Honour

M'CULLOUGH -- October 19, 1918, killed in action, Rifleman Andrew M'Cullough, King's Royal Rifles, elder son of Andrew and Mrs. M'Cullough, Plantation, Lisburn.
   He died as few men get the chance to die,
      Fighting to save a world's morality;
   He died the noblest death a man may die,
      Fighting for God and right and liberty.
         And such a death is immortality.
Deeply regretted by his Father and Mother, Sisters and Brother.

Thanks

Mrs. James P. Bullick and Family desire to express with deepest gratitude their thanks for the sympathy extended to them in their bereavement, and especially to those who sent letters of condolence and floral tributes. Wallace Avenue, Nov. 5th, 1918.

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SOME EXTRACTS FROM THE

RECORDS OF OLD LISBURN

AND THE MANOR OF KILLULTAGH.

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Edited by JAMES CARSON.

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CX.

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CHRIST CHURCH.

The Parish of Lisburn, alias Blaris, covers a wide area, and contains a large Church of Ireland population, and prior to the year 1843 the Cathedral was the only place of worship for those of that persuasion.

In the year 1843 it was felt that an additional church was required to provide for the spiritual wants of the people, and accordingly a site was obtained on the Dublin Road and a church was erected as a parochial chapel of ease or district church to the Cathedral, and designated by the name of "Christ's Church, Lisburn."

The first incumbent of Christ Church was the Rev. John Nash Griffin, who was appointed in the year 1842, and continued in the position about three years, when he was succeeded by the Rev. J. Hudson in 1845, but that clergyman remained only a very short time, as the Rev. Hartley Hodson (a former curate of the neighbouring parish of Derriaghy) became incumbent in the year 1846, and continued in charge of the parish for seventeen years -- 1846-1863 -- when the Rev. W. D. Pounden was appointed, and ministered for the long period of twenty-one years -- 1863-1884.

During the incumbency of the Rev. Hartley Hudson a wave of religious fervour spread over the country, especially in Ulster, known as the Revival of 1859, and as an outcome the congregation determined to enlarge the church so as to accommodate the growing number of parishioners, with the result that the two transepts and gallery were erected.

In 1874 the Nicholson aisle was added. A brass tablet commemorating the building was placed in the south side of the aisle, and reads as follows:-- "October31st, 1874. For the glory of God and remembrance of Mrs. Clare Nicholson, long a constant worshipper in this church, and a munificent supporter of its charities this memorial aisle is raised by friends who knew and felt her work. She fell asleep February 17th, 1874. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."

Mrs. Nicholson was the mother of Brigadier-General John Nicholson, the victor of Delhi.

The Rev. Geo. Chamberlain was appointed incumbent in 1884, Rev. A. J. Moore 1886, Rev. J. J. Peacock 19896, Rev. R. Ussher Greer, 1902, Rev. R. H. S. Cooper 1912.

Memorial Tablets in the Church.

In memory of James Bolton, Commander R.N., "one of the earliest and most energetic promoters of the interests of this church." Died 1867, aged 72 years.

In memory of Eliza Matilda, wife of James B. Whitla, of Lisburn, Captain 88th Regiment Connaught Rangers, who died in Manitoba, 1899.

Robert Crawford, J.P., Lissue, Captain 86th Regiment of Foot, died 1848.

St. Clair Kelburne Mulholland, Eglantine, died 1872.

Memorial Windows.

Major T. R. Johnson Smyth, 1st Durham L.I. Killed in action at Vaal Krantz, Natal, 1900.

Ensign Robert Smith, 38th Regiment, accidentally drowned in the Punjaub, India, 1868, aged 20 years.

Brevet-Major Stuart Smith, R.A., killed in battle, Isandhula, Zululand, 1879, aged 34 years.

Erected by their mother, Henrietta, wife of Rev. Stuart Smith, Co. Cavan, and daughter of William Graham, Lisburn.

The Nicholson Memorial School, adjoining Christ Church, was built in 1864 by Mrs. Nicholson in memory of her children. Her illustrious son, Brigadier-General John Nicholson, of Indian fame, who fell at Delhi, September 23rd, 1857, aged 34 years, and three of his brothers, all died in India.

On the front of the building is a memorial tablet bearing date 1864:-- "Erected for a Sunday School by Mrs. Nicholson, in memory of her children, James, Alexander, William, John, Lily, Charles."

Inside the school is a tablet:-- "The Nicholson Memorial School House, erected by Mrs. Nicholson in memory of her six children."

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THE ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE,

or, as it was more generally known, the U.V.F., was actively engaged during 1913 and 1914 in drilling and preparing to resist, if necessary by force, the imposition of Home rule on the Imperial Province. The Lisburn contingent -- 1st Battalion South Antrim Regiment -- was commanded by Adam P. Jenkins -- later Major Jenkins, wounded at Thiepval, and for several months a prisoner in Germany -- and numbered about 800 men. Their drill hall was a large shed in Graham Gardens, now occupied by Messrs. Donaghy as a boot and shoe factory, and afterwards in Sprucefield Mill.

On the night of Friday, April 24, 1914, the "Mountjoy" made Larne harbour and discharged her cargo of rifles and ammunition. Hundreds of motor cars and motor lorries were in readiness, and these distributed the munitions all over Ulster before breakfast-time the next morning.

On Friday evening about 7-30 the mill horns in Lisburn hooted their loudest; at the signal the Volunteers hastily donned their equipment and made for the rendezvous on the Belfast Road, closely followed by the constabulary. E. A. Sinton took command, Major Jenkins having gone earlier in the evening to Larne. The force formed up on the Belfast Road [--?--] "Woodlands," and detachments sent out to Derriaghy, Lambeg, Hilden, and other places in the vicinity, where the men were occupied practically the whole night, with the exception of the officers knowing nothing whatever of the important work in progress on the other side of the town.

About 11 o'clock James Carson, in charge of a small body of specially-picked men, proceeded quietly in the direction of Pond Park, on the Stoneyford Road, having previously despatched men to arranged positions on the Moira Road, at Troopersfield, and at Stoneyford, to await the arrival of the cars from Larne and assist in disposing of the munitions.

The long, anxious night wore through. About five o'clock -- even then there was little sign of the dawn -- far up at a break in the Stoneyford hills the weary watchers at Pond Park saw the reflection of light in the sky, a few moments after the headlights of motor cars came into view, and soon some half-dozen cars, heavily laden, drew alongside. With a sigh of relief the waiting men cried, "Thank God all has gone well," and from the cars, through the crisp morning air, came the cheery reply: "Yes, all has gone well; look out for the Lisburn motors, they are close behind," and away into the ghostly morning light sped the cars on their way to their destination at Dunmurry. Soon afterwards, through the stillness and quiet of the morning, far up the mountain side was heard the thunder of the first heavy Lisburn motor approaching, laden with equipment for almost half a battalion. For a moment only it delayed, while Major Jenkins, who was in charge, delivered a despatch which was at once forwarded by motor cycle to Mr. Sinton on the Belfast Road, instructing him to call in all his outposts and dismiss the battalion. It was only on Saturday evening, when the papers appeared, that the men understood what their night's vigil meant, and that they had been used as a decoy on the Belfast Road.

It was almost an hour after Major Jenkins passed when the second motor arrived in charge of J. C. Gowan.

George Duncan was in charge of a motor conveying munitions to Ballinderry. His experience was rather interesting. They lost their way, and on a lonely byroad reached a hill that the motor, with its heavy load, could not climb. Mr. Duncan and the driver unloaded in the dark at the foot of the hill half the rifles, ran the remainder of the load up to the top, unloaded it there, returned to the foot of the hill for the half they had jettisoned, and after loading up again proceeded cheerfully on their journey.

Mr. C. C. Craig, M.P., afterwards Captain Craig, wounded at Thiepval and for almost two years a prisoner in Germany, tells how when waiting at Ballinderry Corner for the arrival of Mr. Duncan and others he grew anxious as the night wore on. Then just as the first grey of dawn was tinging the sky he saw, far away on the long, straight stretch of road down which the "gun-runners" must come, the headlights of a car, then another, and another, and another, then scores and scores of them, till the long road was covered with moving lights and the air filled with the singing and cheering of men as the cars sped on with their freights for Monaghan, Armagh, Tyrone, and Fermanagh.

The Lisburn rifles were received and hidden away towards the end of April, 1918/ [--?--] June they were taken out of their hiding-places and stored publicly in an armoury, fitted up in a disused church in Antrim Street. This church was situate on the left-hand side of the street, advancing from the railway bridge, a short distance from the end of Bachelors' Walk in the Bow Street direction, with its rere abutting on M'Keown Street. An armed guard was always maintained on the premises. From this time forward the battalion when out marching or drilling drew the guns from the armoury, returning them again at the close of operations. As the days passed matters political became more acute and threatening, and it was believed a final crisis had arrived, when out of the blue, early in August, the thunderclouds of war broke over Europe. The call of Empire did not sound in vain in the ears of the men of Ulster. They were prepared to fight for their homes and rights at home. When the call came they were also prepared to forget past slights, past wrongs, past injustice, and to remember only that the Empire was in danger, and that the flag they loved called to them to come. Within three months after the opening of hostilities the Ulster Volunteer Force had practically ceased to exist. The vast majority of the young and fit had answered the call to arms. Many U.V.F. officers over military age joined up in order to set an example to the men. Only the old and unfit and a small residue of others were left.

The armoury was dismantled and the arms again secreted. In 1918 they were -- well, it is rather soon after the event to say where they are now; that may be left to some future historian to disclose.

(Next week: The Black Ribbon.)

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LISBURN FAMILY'S CALAMITY.

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THREE DIE INSIDE TWENTY-FOUR HOURS.

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IMPRESSIVE FUNERAL SCENES.

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Deep and profound sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. William Campbell, Rosevill, Drumbeg, who have lost two sons and a daughter, all three falling victims to the influenza epidemic within a space of twenty-four hours. Alfred, aged 27, and Herbert, 19, passed away on Monday, and their sister Anna, aged 24, the following day.

All three were laid to rest in the same grave at Drumbo on Wednesday, amid extraordinary manifestations of grief and sorrow on the part of a vast assemblage of people from far and near. Prior to the removal of the coffins an impressive service was conducted in the house by the Revs. S. J. Clarke (Ballycairn), D. S. K. Coulter (Gilnahirk), and J. Cordner (Drumbo). Rev. Chancellor Banks was also present. When the three hearses started on their two-mile journey to the graveyard the scene was a never-to-be forgotten one, the undertakers themselves confessing that they had never in their experience seen anything like it. The procession itself covered more than a mile of the road, the sides of which were lined with people, old and young, whose unrestrained weeping bore outward evidence to their feelings of sorrow; while in the rear of the cortege was a string of all manner of vehicles numbering over sixty.

The chief mourners were -- Messrs. Wm Campbell (father); James Campbell (brother); Robert and Thomas Campbell, Fred Bleakley (Purdysburn), James Brown (Belfast), Samuel Brown (Legacurry); James Campbell (Trench House), cousin.

Wreaths were sent by the father, mother, and brother (3); Solomon's Band Masonic Lodge, No. 565; Mr. and Mrs. John Campbell and family; Nannie, Maggie, and James (Windsor Park); Isabella and Willie Flack, Annie and Lindsay R. Johnston, Minnie and Frank Walker, the Staff and Employees Charles Hurst Ltd., Belfast. Major Hall-Thompson, who has been on active service from the outset of the war, attended to express sympathy with the stricken parents. On arrival at the burial-ground the graveside was conducted by the same clergy.

Messrs. Jellie & Fullerton, undertakers, had charge of the arrangements, which were carried out under the personal supervision of the principals of the firm.

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KILLED IN ACTION.

Rifleman Andrew M'Cullough.

Mr. Andrew M'Cullough, Plantation, Lisburn, received the sad news on Monday morning that his elder son, Rifleman Andrew M'Cullough, 2nd King's Royal Rifles, was killed in action on the 19th ult. Prior to the war deceased worked in the Island Mill. He volunteered immediately after war was declared, and served with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles throughout its severe engagements in France. He was wounded in 1916, and subsequently spent six months at a home base. He was home a short time ago on leave, and on returning to France, four weeks before he was killed, was transferred from the Royal Irish Rifles to the King's Royal Rifles. He was a member of the South Antrim Battalion U.V.F.

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LISBURN OFFICER DIES OF WOUNDS.

Lieut. Colonel T. G. Buchanan, M.B., Royal Army Medical Corps, died in Egypt on 19th ult, of wounds received in action. He was the eldest son of Mr. Thomas Buchanan, Lissue, Lisburn, and was educated at Queen's College, Belfast, graduating in the Royal University in 1908. He mobilised with the North Midland Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance on the opening of the war, his captaincy dating from 19th August, 1914. He was promoted to the rank of major on 24th September, 1915, and later was appointed temporary lieutenant-colonel. This gallant officer, who had seen a good deal of active service, is survived by his wife (a niece of Lady Paget) and a daughter.

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HONOUR FOR LIEUT.-COLONEL C. L. GRAHAM.

It is officially announced that his Highness the Sultan of Egypt has conferred the Order of the Nile, 3rd class, upon Lieut.-Colonel Charles L. Graham, Hussars, younger son of the late Mr. O. B. Graham, D.L., of Larchfield, Lisburn, and brother of Mr. O. B. Graham, J.P., High Sheriff of the County of Down.

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ENGLAND -- NOVEMBER, 1918.

Oh, England! Land of Freedom,
     Fount of sweet Liberty.
Thy children dear, from far and near,
     Fond greetings give to thee.

Gone are the proud despoilers,
     All gone to their just doom,
And Peace, aloft, on angel wings,
     To thy dear shores has come.

Oh, England, Mother England,
     Take thou to thy warm breast
All thine heroic warrior sons,
     And give them well-earned rest.

They in thine hour of agony
     A-rallying to thee came,
The boys from every land and clime,
     So proud to bear thy name.

On high, afar, thy banners,
     Through every fight, they bore,
And o'er the seas thy sailor lads
     Thy Flag from shore to shore.

Now soon thy tired children
     From war-scarred fields will come,
Then England, glorious England,
     Welcome thy heroes home!

Lisburn. T.M.

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DEATH OF MR. GEORGE BELL, BELFAST.

Mr. George Bell, chairman of the directors of Messrs. J. C. Mayrs & Co., Ltd., Royal Avenue, Belfast, died at his residence, 17 Rugby Road, on Monday. He was born at Kilwarlin, and joined the original firm of Messrs. Mayrs & Johnson forty years ago. On the formation of Bell & Mayrs he became managing director, and when, after the death of Mr. Mayrs, the present company was formed, Mr. Bell became chairman of the directorate. He is survived by his widow and a son and a daughter, the son being connected with Messrs. Mayrs. The deceased was a member of the Moravian Church, Lisburn Road.

 

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Lisburn Standard - Friday, 29 November, 1918

Marriage

GORE--GILL -- Nov. 21st, at Christ Church, Lisburn, by Rev. R. H. S. Cooper, M.A., Rector, Sapper Robert Gore, Canadian Engineers, youngest son of W. J. Gore, Mountain View, Stoneyford, Lisburn, to Lou H., youngest daughter of the late J. Gill, Belfast.

Deaths

SAVAGE -- Nov. 26th, at Newcastle Road, Castlewellan, James Edward, M.P.S.I., eldest surviving son of the late James Savage, Smithfield, and Mrs. Savage, Innisfail, Antrim Road. -- R.I.P. His remains were interred in the family burying-ground, Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lisburn, on Wednesday, 27th Nov.

SHAW -- At Gorton, Manchester, on 19th inst., Hugh Boyd, second surviving son of Hugh Shaw, Giffnock, near Glasgow (formerly of Lisburn).

THOMPSON -- Nov. 25, 1918, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Robert, second son of Elizabeth and the late John Young Thompson, 28 Bachelors' Walk, Lisburn, and was interred in Lisburn Cemetery on Wednesday, 27th, at 2-30 o'clock. Deeply regretted by his Mother, Sister, and Brothers.

Clippings

SOME EXTRACTS FROM THE

RECORDS OF OLD LISBURN

AND THE MANOR OF KILLULTAGH.

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Edited by JAMES CARSON.

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THE BLACK RIBBON.

From "Pearson's Magazine," May, 1907.

Of the strange old legends told of the early days of many of our historic houses, most have come down to us with such obvious additions and exaggerations as to make them, though always interesting, quite incredible. But of the Beresford ghost short, hereafter narrated, this is not so. Alter a lapse of over two centuries, it remains one of the few true ghost stories incapable of any material explanation; special value attaches to the present version of the story, as it has been compiled from the family records, and authenticated by the present representative of the family, the Marquis of Waterford.

The Irish Beresfords are a family of great antiquity. Among their family portraits is one of a certain Lady Beresford, clad in the picturesque dress of the latter part of the seventeenth century, and wearing round her right wrist a broad band of black ribbon.

Thereby hangs the following story:--

In the month of October, 1693, Sir Tristram and Lady Beresford, of Curraghmore, were the guests of Lady Macgill, at

Gill Hall, Dromore, County Down,

the present seat of Lord Clanwilliam.

One morning Sir Tristram awoke early and went out for a long walk before breakfast, leaving Lady Beresford still asleep in bed.

On his return the family sat down to breakfast. Lady Beresford was still absent, and as the meal progressed Sir Tristram became anxious, and a servant was sent in search of her. Presently she entered the dining-room, showing plainly by her looks and manner that something serious had happened.

Sir Tristram inquired the cause of her agitation, and then, noticing that she was broad piece of ribbon bound tightly round her right wrist, he asked anxiously whether she had met with an accident.

Lady Beresford begged him in an undertone not to make any remarks about the ribbon, adding in a vehement whisper, "You will never see me without it again."

"Very well," said Sir Tristram, "since it is a secret then I will make no more inquiries about it."

Lady Beresford then asked whether any letters had arrived for her, and Sir Tristram asked her if she had any particular reason for so doing.

"Yes," she replied, "it is because I am expecting to hear of the death of Lord Tyrone, which took place on Tuesday last."

As Lord Tyrone, who was a family friend, was then supposed to be in his usual health, Sir Tristram at once concluded that his lady had had a bad dream, which had evidently preyed upon her mind. At that moment, however, a letter with a black seal was handed to Sir Tristram, and the moment Lady Beresford saw it she exclaimed, "it is to say he is dead!"

The letter, which was from Lord Tyrone's steward, was indeed found to contain the sad news of his lordship's death. Lady Beresford, although greatly grieved, declared she felt almost relieved for now she knew the worst. She then informed her husband that the child that was soon to be born to her would be a boy, a fact of which she said she felt quite as certain as she had done respecting the news about Lord Tyrone.

In the following July a son was born, and about six years afterwards Sir Tristram Beresford died. Lady Beresford then withdrew herself from society, and taking her two children with her, retired to one of the family seats in County Derry, where she proceeded to lead a simple country life of secluded calm.

Among her neighbours were some connections of the family, a Mr and Mrs. Jackson, who had a house at Coleraine. Mrs. Jackson had been formerly a Miss Gorges, daughter of Dr. Robert Gorges, and her brother, Richard Gorges, often stayed with her. While on one of these visits to her sister he promptly fell in love with the still young and comely Lady Beresford, and in 1704 they were married.

The marriage turned out an exceedingly unhappy one. Two sons and a daughter were born to the ill-assorted couple, but soon after the birth of the second son they parted. Through all these years Lady still wore the band of black ribbon round her wrist, and no eye ever beheld her without it.

When Sir Marcus Beresford, her eldest son, was a lad of about twenty, his mother invited him, and also her daughter, Lady Riverstone, to be present at some celebration in honour of her birthday. Dr. King, the Archbishop of Dublin, and an old clergyman who had christened Lady Beresford, were also present. The latter was specially honoured by his hostess, and in the course of conversation she said to him: "You know I am forty-eight today."

"Nay," he replied, "I can assure your ladyship that you are only forty-seven."

"Then," said Lady Beresford, "you have signed my death-warrant. Send my son and daughter to me immediately, for I have much to do before I prepare for death."

When alone with her two children, Lady Beresford told them that she had something of great importance to communicate to them, and forthwith proceeded to disclose the mystery of the black ribbon by relating the following weird story.

She and Lord Tyrone, she said, had been educated together as children, and the greatest sympathy and love ever existed between them. They were both brought up as Deists, but had strong leanings towards Christianity, and being greatly doubtful and perplexed, they made a solemn promise that whichever died first should, if permitted, appear to the other to declare which religion was more acceptable to God.

One night, she went on, as she was sleeping in her bed at Gill Hall, near Dromore, County Down, she suddenly awoke and saw Lord Tyrone standing by her bedside. Terribly frightened, she was about to scream and awaken her husband, but at last she found courage to address him.

"Tell me why are you here at this hour of the night?"

"Have you forgotten our compact, pledged to one another years ago?" he replied "I am allowed thus to appear to tell you that the Christian religion is the one by which you will be saved."

The ghost then informed her that she would be blessed with a long-wished-for son, that she would survive her husband and marry a second time, and that she would die at the age of forty-seven. "I myself," he added, "died on Tuesday at four o'clock."

Lady Beresford then begged the apparition to give her some sign so that in the morning she might know the whole episode had not been a dream.

"Reach out your hand," said the spirit.

Lady Beresford did so, whereupon he laid his hand, which was cold, like marble, heavily upon her wrist. Immediately the nerves withered and the sinews shrank, leaving a broad red scar.

Next morning Lady Beresford bound her wrist with black ribbon, and as time went on all the prophecies were fulfilled in a most remarkable manner, except, apparently, that of her death, for she was congratulating herself that she had passed her fatal forty-seventh birthday, when the old clergyman disillusioned her by informing her that she was really only forty-seven at present.

Lady Beresford added that she wished her son and daughter to untie the piece of black ribbon after she was dead. They left her quite calm and about to sleep, but an hour later her bell rang hastily, and all was over.

Before she was put in her coffin, however, Sir Marcus Beresford and Lady Riverstone knelt solemnly by her bedside and removed the black ribbon as they had promised. They found the wrist marked and scarred exactly as their mother had described.

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The Rev. Classon Porter, in his article "Witches, Warlocks, and Ghosts," reprinted from the "Northern Whig," 1885, gives a lengthy and detailed account of the Lord Tyrone ghost story. He states that when Lady Beresford asked the spirit to prove to her by some physical act that the vision apparently before her was real and not a phantom of her brain, the figure drew aside the curtains of the bed, and also wrote a few words in her pocketbook, which was lying on the table. Even this did not satisfy Lady Beresford, when the spirit asked her to hold out her arm, with the result as detailed above.

The article also contained an account of the Islandmagee Witches; Dr. Colville, Galgorm, Ballymena, and the Evil One; and the Haddock Ghost Story, investigated and certified by Bishop Jeremy Taylor.

The Rev. Classon Porter was minister of the Unitarian Church at Larne. Born 1814, died 1885. He wrote at considerable length on Presbyterian Church history and biography. His articles, "Jeremy Taylor at Portmore, before he became Bishop," and "Bishop Taylor at Portmore and the Neighbourhood" are interesting and valuable.

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A FAMOUS LISBURN MURDER, 1813.

(From the "Northern Whig.")

In Lisburn in 1813 there lived a baker named Adam Sloan, and among his employees was one Barney M'Cann (paid, it may be remarked incidentally, 6s 6d a week), a slight slip of an active lad, who had previously worked in Dromore and who was a native of Newtownhamilton. He was, as they, say, a bit of a playboy -- we do not get much money but we do see life -- and the Maze Races coming on, he duly went to the Maze.

But not alone.

He had found a fellow-townsman, Owen M'Adam, a cattle and horse dealer, who had got a sheaf of notes, a pony that would carry him from Belfast to Dundalk in less than a day, a very peculiar watch, and a great deal more drink than was good for him.

They had no doubt a pleasant day and a pleasant return to Lisburn, and M'Adam then thought that he would go about his business.

In the evening he mounted his famous pony, and, accompanied by M'Cann, passed on towards Hillsborough. They were seen together in many public-houses. In one M'Adam pulled out his sheaf of notes, in another his watch, whose dial was extraordinary in that it had the figures of four soldiers on it. At the Warren gate, Blaris, they stopped at yet another spirit shop to get half a pint of whisky, and when the proprietor objected that M'Adam had had enough, M'Cann replied that it would only sober him. The last that was seen of them was that instead of taking the coach road to Hillsborough they went up the banks of the Lagan.

Nothing more was heard of the traveller for a day or two, when some lightermen found a body near the edge of the water. It seemed at first the victim of an accident, but when the medical evidence showed that the man had been strangled or choked before the boy was thrown into the water; when there was no watch, no money, and no pony; it was seen to be the victim not of accident but of murder, and people began to ask where was M'Cann.

Where was M'Cann? He had come quietly back to Lisburn, and, telling his master that he had got a better job in Dromore, took his clothing and all he owned and as quietly moved on.

Meanwhile the inquest was held, a verdict of wilful murder returned against M'Cann, a warrant issued for his arrest, and the police -- such police as they had in those days -- put in pursuit. For a time they could find his traces. Here a man sold a watch whose dial had four soldiers on it. There a man left a pony to be called for later. M'Cann was known to have a hairy cap -- a leather cap half-covered with rabbit skin -- and they arrested every man with such a cap, but none of them covered the head of M'Cann. So the days passed, the weeks and months, and M'Can had utterly disappeared.

It is an object lesson on the difference that modern means of communication have made. Dr. Crippen might well have envied his predecessor.

Ten years afterwards he was discovered. Not near Lisburn but in Galway, not a baker but a butcher, not a stripling youth but a man of seventeen stone, no longer with 6s 6d a week but with 28 acres of land and £1,500 in the bank, with a wife and five children, and, it appears, the respect and even affection of the people of Galway.

Who discovered him does not appear in the evidence.

The story runs that it was a tinker or pedlar, one of those peripatetics who scour the country and know everybody and everybody's business better than they do themselves. As he was passing down William Street, Galway, the butcher began to chaff him about the purchase of a joint, one word leading on to another till "How do you come to be trading in twigs?" said the butcher; "it's in hemp you ought to be dealing." Then something jogged the pedlar's memory. "If every man got his due," said he, "more nor me would be dealing in hemp, Mr. M'Cann." There is a very suspicious ring about that story. It is rather too neat.

Anyhow, James Hughes was denounced as Barney M'Cann, and Mr. James Burke, the Mayor of Galway, arrested him.

The story goes that he asked M'Cann into his parlour, where he had a file of soldiers, but that is nonsense. He in reality went to the meat market, told M'Cann that he had a very nasty charge against him, and invited him to explain it.

Then Mr. John Reilly, J.P., brother of Mr. William E. Reilly, agent for the Marquis of Downshire, also came into the hearing. Hughes insisted that he was Hughes, and denied that he was M'Cann. He consequently denied that he was a native of Newtownhamilton. He came from Dungannon, he said; but he did not know the name of Northland or Knox, of any magistrate, the parish priest or clergyman, or even of the innkeeper; and he further remarked that even if he had been drinking with M'Adam nobody could prove that he murdered him.

Tried at Downpatrick, the evidence against him was overwhelming.

Unlike the Tichborne claimant, M'Cann could not find anyone who knew him as Hughes before 1813, and even those he produced as witnesses could only swear he was M'Cann.

The verdict was never in doubt, and the judge speedily pronounced the savage verdict of those days:-- "You shall be removed from where you stand to the place from whence you came, the common gaol, there heavily ironed and placed in solitary confinement until the day of your execution. You shall then have your irons struck off and be taken to the place where criminals are usually executed, and there be hanged by the neck until you are dead, and may the Eternal and Omnipotent God have mercy on your soul. And after you are dead your body to he taken to the County Infirmary, there to be dissected and anatomised. The sentence to be carried into execution on Thursday."

This, be it noted, was Wednesday. Prisoner called for a "long day" -- a term forgotten now, a longer respite between sentence and execution -- but it was refused.

The next day dawned, and at twenty minutes to two in the afternoon M'Cann appeared on the scaffold in front of the gaol before a multitude of people. He acknowledged his guilt, he prayed for ten minutes, pulled the cap over his face, and stood calmly to he pinioned. Suddenly the trap was shot, and M'Cann fell; not to his instant death. Under his great weight the rope snapped and he fell twenty feet to the ground. He lit on his feet, but pinioned as he was, collapsed on his back and the soldiers, we read, "with rapid humanity" carried him within the gaol gates. In a few minutes he sat upright upon his own coffin and asked for a drink of water.

There are two stories of what happened then, the penny plain and the twopence coloured. According to the first he cried "My life's my own," for there was a common and rooted idea that such an accident was equivalent to an execution. In the second version, "I have been sentenced to be hanged," he said, "and I have been hanged. We hare satisfied the law's requirements and I suppose I may go."

"Oh, no," replied the sheriff. "It is true that you have been hanged, but it is also true that my orders are to hang you by the neck till you are dead."

Real or apocryphal as that may be, it is a fact that M'Cann remained sitting on his own coffin for an hour and a half. Then he walked steadily again to the scaffold, appearing more afraid of another fall than of his death. This time there was no accident, and soon, with an escort of the 77th Dragoons, his corpse was on its way to be dissected and anatomised.

He was executed at Downpatrick on July 29th, 1823.

(Next week: Some Old Maps.)

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DEATH OF MR. JAMES YOUNG.

FATHER OF REV. E. W. YOUNG, LISBURN.

"Prominent Sligo Farmer's Death. The Late Mr. James Young, Ballincar. Largest Funeral Ever Seen in the District." Under this caption last week's "Sligo Independent" made the following reference to the death (and funeral) of Mr. James Young, Ballincar, Sligo, father of Rev. E. W. Young, M.A., minister of Seymour Street Methodist Church, Lisburn:--

"The death of Mr. James Young, Ballincar, Sligo, has caused widespread regret throughout the community. Deceased had been in failing health for the past three years, and when the end came on the 28th of October he was fully resigned, knowing full well that he was going to his Father's home above. He was a true Christian, and an example to his neighbours in uprightness and integrity. His high character gained for him the confidence and respect of those with whom he came in contact. In the home he was a devoted father, and every member of his family has been a credit to him. The late Mr. Young was considered one of the best and most successful farmers around Sligo, and many of the business men of the town, with whom he was on intimate terms of friendship, considered it a treat to spend their half-holiday inspecting and commending his splendid crops. Being a leading farmer, he gained the admiration of everyone for his expert knowledge and practical experience of farming in all its branches. We join with his many friends in tendering our sympathy to deceased's family.

"His remains have been laid in the quiet little churchyard at Drumcliffe, and the funeral was one of the largest seen in the district. The cortege was representative of all creeds and classes, thus testifying to the high esteem and and respect in which deceased and the members of his family are held in the community.

"The chief mourners were -- Rev. Ernest W. Young, M.A., Lisburn; A. M. Young, chemist, Sligo; Percy Young, and Richard Young (sons); Graham Malley (grandson), including a number of other relatives.

"Rev. W. J. Finlay Maguire, assisted by Rev. Edgar Battye (of the Methodist Church, Sligo), conducted a very touching service both in the house and also at the graveside."

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OBITUARY.

MR. VICTOR SINTON.

A wide circle of friends will regret to learn of the death of Mr. Victor W. Sinton, which occurred on the 21st inst. at the residence of his mother, 2 Ulster Villas, Lisburn Road, Belfast. He had been in failing health since June last, and became a victim of the influenza epidemic. The deceased, who was only 37 years of age, having having been born in 1881, served his apprenticeship with Messrs. James Mackie & Sons, Springfield Foundry. Afterwards he entered the employment of Messrs. Harland & Wolff. A young man of marked ability, he studied at tho Queen's University, and took a diploma in engineering. He subsequently returned to Messrs. Mackie's, and so rapid was his progress that he became a director before the age of 30. Up till recently he acted as engineer-in-chief of the Ulster area under the Ministry of Munitions. Of a genial and cheerful disposition, Mr. Sinton made friends wherever he went, and he was held in the highest esteem. He leaves a widow and two children, with whom sincere sympathy will be felt. A brother of the deceased is Captain J. A. Sinton, M.B., V.C. Indian Medical Service, whose grandmother resides at Castle Street, Lisburn.

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MISS AMY WANYNE.

Many Lisburn people will learn with regret of the death of Miss Amy Wanyne, sister of Mrs. Stannus, Magheraleave, Lisburn, which took place at Roehampton on Tuesday. His funeral takes place tomorrow at Aberdare, South Wales. The deceased lady, who was a gifted musician, often sang at concerts in Lisburn. She subscribed liberally to many local charitable funds, including the Lisburn Free School and Lisburn Widows' Fund, in which she displayed an especial interest.

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MR. JAMES E. SAVAGE.

The death, after a short illness, at his residence at Castlewellan, on Tuesday, of Mr. James E. Savage, M.P.S.I., eldest surviving son of the late Mr. James Savage, Smithfield, and Mr. Savage, Antrim Road, Lisburn, will be heard of with much regret. The greatest sympathy was expressed at his early and unexpected demise, and the large concourse which followed his remains from Castlewellan to the G.N.R. station for conveyance to Lisburn testified to the great esteem which deceased gained since he established business there. The funeral took place immediately on arrival of the 3 p.m. train at Lisburn on Wednesday, where a large and representative cortege awaited, ami accompanied the remains for interment in the family burying-ground, Holy Trinity Cemetery. The Rev. G. M'Killop, C.C., officiated at the graveside. The chief mourners were -- Michael J. Savage (brother); Rev. J. Savage, P.P., Dromara; Joseph Devenney, James Devenney, W. H. Connolly, H. Gillen, M. O'Shea, W. O'Shea, D. Drayne, James Walsh, W. Gilmore, and F. Gilmore (cousins); Thomas Gavin. J.P., Lisnaskea; John Fitzpatrick, and L. O'Shea, Belfast (relatives). The following clergy were present: Verv Rev. M. M'Cashin, P.P., V.F.; Rev. G. M'Killop, C.C.; Rev. J. Gillen, C.C.; Rev. M. M'Laughlin, C.C., Lisburn; Rev. J. Smith, C.C., and Rev. P. M'Avoy, C.C., Lurgan.

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MR. ROBERT THOMPSON.

The death took place in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, on Monday, of Mr. Robert Thompson, second son of Mrs. Thompson and the late Mr. John Thompson, Bachelor' Walk, Lisburn. Deceased, who had been suffering from a lingering malady for several years, acting on medical advice, underwent an operation in the Royal Victoria Hospital on Tuesday week. The operation was successfully performed and Mr. Thompson did well up till Sunday last, when he had a relapse, and passed away the following morning.

Deceased served his apprenticeship to the printing trade in the "Lisburn Standard" Office, but not having robust health, he decided to go in for a mor outdoor occupation, and took up his father's insurance book on the latter's death some eighteen years ago. He was of a particularly quiet and retiring disposition. His chief hobby was pigeon flying, and he kept and trained several fine birds. He was a member of Railway Street Presbyterian Church and the Masonic Order, and the members of his mother lodge (St.George Masonic Lodge No. 267) sent a beautiful wreath and attended the funeral, which took place to Lisburn Cemetery on Wednesday. Deep sympathy is felt for Mrs. Thompson and family in their bereavement.

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LISBURN OFFICER WINS BAR TO MILITARY CROSS.

Second-Lieut. Simon Logan.

Just three weeks ago we recorded the fact that, under authority delegated by his Majesty the King, the Field-Marshal Commanding-in-Chief had awarded the Military Cross to Second-Lieut. S. Logan, Royal Irish Fusiliers, son of Mrs. Logan, Llewellyn Avenue, Lisburn, "for gallantry and devotion to duty in action." To-day we have pleasure in announcing that Second-Lieut. Logan has won a bar to that distinction for bravery on the 25th October in connection with the fording of a river under enemy fire, and entering a town not unknown to Ulster merchants. Second-Lieut. Logan was slightly wounded in the enterprise, but was able to carry on. He had been wounded on 16th October, but remained at duty also on that occasion.

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LIEUT.-COLONEL T. J. BUCHANAN NOT DEAD.

Following the intimation that Lieutenant-Colonel T. J. Buchanan, R.A.M.C., had died of wounds in Egypt, further inquiries were made by the relatives, who had not been officially notified, and it was found that he was still alive. Letters have been received stating that he was inst recovering from an attack of influenza. n two occasions he was mentioned in despatches from Palestine. His father resides at Lissue, Lisburn, also his wife and child.

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LISBURN PETTY SESSIONS.

This court was held yesterday before Messrs. Robert Griffith, J.P. (presiding); Alan Bell, R.M.; and W. J. M'Murray, J.P.

Alleged Indecent Behaviour.

Maggie Irvine summoned Mary M'Laughlin for alleged indecent behaviour and threats on the 19th inst. There was a cross-case for a similar offence.

After hearing the evidence from both parties, the magistrates advised them to go home and have a little sense. The cases would be dismissed, and the police would keep an eye on both parties.

Larceny of a Pair of Boots.

Elizabeth Burns, of no fixed residence, was prosecuted by District-Inspector Gregory for the larceny of a pair of shoes, the property of Lily Murphy.

Lily Murphy said she was housekeeper to Mr. J. G. Ferguson, Bow Street, Lisburn. On the 8th November she left a pair of shoes in Mr. Ferguson's kitchen when she went upstairs about 10-15 a.m. When she came down fifteen minutes later the shoes were gone. The shoes produced were her property.

Defendant (to witness) -- Did you not see me before?

Witness -- No.

Defendant -- I don't know the woman's house at all, sir.

Thomas Culbert, assistant in Mrs. Moore's pawn office, proved that defendant (identified) pawned the shoes with him at 11 o'clock on the 8th November. He advanced 10s on the shoes.

Constable Newman said that when he arrested defendant in a lodging-house she said that the shoes were her own.

Defendant -- I bought them from Mary Anne Wilson, who was going to Banbridge and had not her train fare. I bought the shoes for 8s, and pawned them for 10s.

Eventually, on being put on her plea, she pleaded guilty, and asked their Worships to deal leniently with her.

Defendant, who had ten previous convictions recorded against her, was sentenced to six months' imprisonment, the Chairman of the Court expressing the hope that she would not come back to Lisburn again.

Larceny of a Bicycle.

John Patterson, a farm labourer, was charged with the larceny of a bicycle, the property of Joseph Rea, Antrim Road, Lisburn.

Mr. Maginess appeared for the defence.

Sam Ross, cycle merchant, said that defendant brought a bicycle to him on 25th November, and offered it for sale. Defendant wanted £3 for the machine. As witness knew the bicycle he informed the police.

Joseph Rea identified the bicycle as his property. It was stolen out of an outhouse in his yard.

Sergeant Rourke gave evidence of arrest. Defendant admitted that he had taken the bicycle right enough. He appeared to have been drinking heavily.

Mr. Maginess said that defendant had been working in the neighbourhood of Lisburn, and never had been in court before. On this occasion he had taken a lot of drink and did not know what he was doing. Probably if he were put under the First Offenders Act it would meet the case.

District-Inspector Gregory said it was only right to say that the police had made inquiries, and defendant had never been in trouble before.

Owing to his previous good character, the magistrates put defendant under a rule of bail.

Old-Age Pension Act Prosecution.

William Kearney, Cliftonville, Belfast, officer of H.M. Customs and Excise, prosecuted Mrs. Harriet Mulholland, Belsize Road, Lisburn, for that she did, on the 10th May, 1918, for the purpose of continuing an old-age pension for herself, knowingly make a false representation, to wit, that all her means were properly stated to the pensions officer before she was allowed a pension, "which false representation was in this particular that you did not state to the pensions officer before you were allowed a pension that you were allowed a pension that you were receiving from your son £3 1s 8d a month."

Mr. Anderson (Messrs. Moorhead & Wood, solicitors, Belfast) appeared for the authorities, and Mr. W. G. Maginess for the defendant.

Mr. Kearney, in the course of his evidence, stated that he received a claim for an old age pension from Mrs. Mulholland on the 24th August, 1915. He investigated the claim in due course. To his question "What amount have you coming in weekly?" Mrs. Mulholland's reply was "Nothing." To the question "Other means of subsistence, if any?" Mrs. Mulholland's reply was "I worked as long as I was able." A pension 5s a week was granted her on the 1st October, 1915. In February, 1917, she put in a claim to have her pension raised to 7s 6d weekly She then declared that her total income was under £21 per annum. In the month of July he received a letter from Mrs. Mulholland (enclosing a letter from the Canadian paymaster) stating that she was applying for a separation allowance from her son, who was serving with the Canadians, and that that would not be granted her until the old-age pension was stopped. He gave Mrs. Mulholland the necessary papers, and also wrote the Army Paymaster stating that the pension was stopped. It afterwards transpired from correspondence with the army authorities that Mrs. Mulholland had been in receipt, at the time of her application for the increase of her pension, of £3 1s 8d from her son in the Canadians. Altogether she had wrongly drawn from the old-age pension authorities between £40 and £50.

By Mr. Maginess -- He knew Mrs. Mulholland could not write. She put her mark to the several documents. She was perfectly honest in her disclosures when she got the letter from the Army Paymaster, and but for the subsequent correspondence with the Paymaster they would not have had her up in court.

Mr. Maginess, for the defence, said Mrs. Mulholland was an old and respected resident of Lisburn. There was no attempt on her part to defraud. She was only nominally in receipt of the money from her son, and sent him back every penny of it to France.

Private Thomas Mulholland, Canadians, said he was a son of defendant. He was nine years in Canada before the war. During all that time there was very little correspondence between his mother and him. He never sent her any money. He joined up in Canada, and after he came overseas he allotted a certain sum to his mother. That money all came back. After he got wounded, fearing lest something should happen to him, he advised his mother to apply for a separation allowance. After that application was put in the matter now before the court arose. His mother was in receipt of no benefit from him.

Mr. Armstrong -- What use had you for money at the front?

Witness -- Have you ever been there?

Mr. Anderson -- No.

Witness -- Well, you should, and you'd soon find out.

Mr. Maginess asked the Court to hold that the old woman did not commit a criminal offence.

Mr. Anderson said he did not wish to press the case unduly, but more than a technical offence had been committed. If it had not been for the fact of the formalities regarding the drawing of the separation allowance Mrs. Mulholland would still be receiving the old-age pension.

The magistrates convicted, but held the opinion that the defendant did not use the whole of the allotment money for her own purpose. Inasmuch as she was a poor woman, she would be only fined £1 and £1 costs.

Mr. Maginess asked their Worships to make an order that the case would not interfere with defendant reapplying for the pension if she found it necessary to do so.

Mr. Anderson -- You can do that. We don't want to do anything that would hurt her later on.

The magistrates acceded to this request,

Infringement of Closing Order.

District-Inspector Gregory summoned Thomas Harvey, hairdresser, for an infringement of the Shops Closing Order. Hairdressers, the District-Inspector said, could keep open until 9-30 p.m.

Sergeant Edgar said that on Saturday night, 9th November, defendants's shop was open at 10-20. When he entered he found Mr. Harvey and his assistant attending two customers. Harvey said no one had told him to close or he would have done so. He usually closed at 11 o'clock on Saturday night.

The District-Inspector said that the prosecution was really brought to let the hairdressers know they would have to close.

Mr. Bell, R.M. -- Has this man closed his premises at the proper time ever since?

Sergeant Edgar -- He has, your Worship.

District-Inspector Gregory -- I only ask for a nominal penalty.

The Chairman -- As this is the first case, defendant will only be fined in 2s 6d and costs.

James Gribben and Bernard Johnston, hairdressers, were each summoned for a like offence. Sergeant Duffy, who proved the cases, said that both Gribben and Johnston said they did not know the Order applied to hairdressers. A fine of 2s 6d and costs in each case was imposed.

The Chairman, later on, stated that if any cases of a similar nature came forward heavy fines would be imposed.

Alleged Annoyance.

Elizabeth Truesdale, Old Warren, summoned William John Vaughan for, as alleged, causing her annoyance on 6th inst.

Mr. W. G. Maginess, solicitor, appeared for the complainant, and Mr. Joseph Lockhart, solicitor, for the defence.

Complainant stated that Vaughan came to her place at 4 o'clock in the morning and pulled some thatch off the roof, for which she claimed compensation.

Cross-examined by Mr. Lockhart, she admitted bringing charges previously against the defendant, adding that she was not suffering from hallucinations on this occasion. She kept the light burning in her house every night.

To the R.M. -- She had no witnesses.

The Chairman advised Miss Truesdale to put out the lamp and have no fear of the defendant, who had no wish to do her any harm. The case would be dismissed, as the was no corroborative evidence.

Alleged Assaults.

Thomas Stewart, Moss-side summoned Mrs. Elizabeth Dowd for assaulting him on 20th November. There was a cross-case of a similar nature.

Mr. Maginess appeared for Stewart and Mr. Lockhart for Mrs. Dowd.

Stewart's complaint was that on the 20th November, when he was just recovering from an attack of influenza, he was standing at his own doorstep when Mrs. Dowd, as she was passing with a bucket of filth, struck him with the bucket on the leg.

Mrs. Dowd's case was that she was going to empty some ashes, and Stewart stepped over in her way, with the result that the bucket "grazed" his leg.

As both parties only wanted peace magistrates characterised the trouble as trivial, and dismissed both case the litigants to try and live in peace as good neighbours.

Irish Pigs (Control) Order.

John Green, Broonmhedge, Moira, prosecuted by District-Inspector Gregory for that on 20th November, at Edenmore, Maralin, he bought five pigs from Swift Bateman, said place not being a lawfully established market or fair, contrary to the Irish Pigs (Control) Order, 1918.

Mr. W. G. Maginess appeared for the defence.

Constable Newman deposed that about one o'clock p.m. he saw the defendant in town with a motor wagon, on which were five dead pigs. In reply to his question as to where he was going, defendant said he was taking them to Belfast market.

To Mr. Maginess -- He gave the name of the man he got them from.

Swift Bateman deposed that on the 11th November defendant came to his place and purchased five pigs at full market price. He said he had not time to kill them, and witness undertook to do that for him. Defendant returned on 20th November and got the pigs, which had been killed.

To Mr. Maginess -- He bought them when they were alive.

To Mr. Bell, R.M. -- Defendant paid for them on 20th November when they were dead.

Mr. Maginess said that his client was licensed by the Government, and he bought the pigs in the ordinary way. He purchased them at live weight, and everything connected with the transaction was done above board.

The magistrates convicted, fining defendant £5 and any extra costs. The Chairman announced that if any cases of the kind came before the Court again heavy penalties would be inflicted.

Drunk.

On the evidence of Sergeant Duffy, John Smith was fined 2s 6d and costs for being drunk on 23rd November.

 

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