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Northern Whig - Monday, 2 April 1883

Births

BROWNE -- March 30, at Northland Row, Dungannon, the wife of T.J. Browne, M.B., of a son.

BEVAN -- March 28, at The Bank House, Sudbury, Suffolk, the wife of Gascoygne Bevan, of a daughter.

FULLER -- March 29, at Bexley Heath, Kent, the wife of George Fuller, jun., of a daughter.

FARRAN -- March 29, at 29, Coates Gardens, Edinburgh, the wife of Charles F.T. Farran, of Melbourne, of a son.

YATES -- March 25, at Ellesmere Park, Eccles, the wife of J.M. Yates, Esq., Barrister-at-Law, of a son.

Marriages

BRIGHT--TYLOR -- March 28, in the Parish Church, Carshalton, by the Rev. Canon Farrar, William Leatham Bright, son of the Right Hon. John Bright, M.P., to Isabella M'Ivor, daughter of Alfred Tylor, F.G.S., of Shepley House, Carshalton.

DUNCAN--HARRISON -- March 28, in the Presbyterian Church, Marlborough Place, London, by the Rev. Stewart Wright, of Blantyre, assisted by the Rev. J. Munro Gibson, D.D., David John Russell, youngest son of the late Alexander Duncan, Esq., M.D., of Dundee, to Margaret Leonora Maxwell, eldest daughter of the late James Harrison, Esq., M.D., of the Bengal Medical Service.

DE RONSE--DILLON -- March 29, in St. Augustine's Church, Queen's Gate, London, by the Rev. B. Arthure, uncle of the bride, assisted by the Rev. R. R. Chope, Vicar, Le Chevalier J. Griez De Ronse, of Vienna, to Ellen Constance Dillon, second daughter of the late Hewitt Massey Dillon, County Kilkenny, Ireland.

GRENSIDE--ARENDRUP -- March 28, in St. Mary's Church, Wimbledon, by the Rev. Canon Haygarth, Vicar, assisted by the Rev. J.D. Grenside, Rector of Donnington, Lincolnshire, Charles Evelyn Grenside, of Oakfield, Wimbledon, and of Selbourne Chambers, Chancery Lane, London, to Anna Harriet, eldest daughter of the late Colonel S.A. Arendrup, of Copenhagen.

Deaths

CARLILE -- At Cavan Cottage, Rathfriland, Mary, relict of the late Rev. Thomas Carlile. Funeral at three o'clock on this day (Monday).

GELSTON -- March 31, at 6, Marine Parade, Holywood, Eliza, relict of the late Robert Gelston, of Whitechurch, Ballywalter, aged ninety one years. Funeral private.

GILL -- April 1, at his residence, Drumcill, Lisburn, William John Gill, aged seventy five years. His remains will be removed for interment in the family burying-ground, Magheragall, on to-morrow (Tuesday) afternoon, at two o'clock.

GIFFEN -- At Ballyduff, Carnmoney, Samuel Giffen, aged forty-three years. His remains will be removed from his late residence, for interment in Carnmoney Burying-ground, on to-morrow (Tuesday) morning, at ten o'clock. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation.

MORGAN -- April 1, at 15, Brookfield Place, James Haithwaite, eldest and beloved son of Charles J.G. Morgan, aged six years. "Safe in the arms of Jesus." His remains will be removed for interment in the Borough Cemetery, on to-morrow (Tuesday) morning, at ten o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

M'CALDIN -- March 30, at Poyntzpass, County Armagh, James M'Caldin, of Belfast, aged seventy-two years. Funeral will leave Great Northern Terminus, for Borough Cemetery, on arrival of 10.50 Train, this (Monday) morning, 2nd April. Friends will please accept this intimation.

M'GEOWN -- April 1, at The Globe, Market Square, Lisburn, William Ernest Garfield, only son of William and Aggie M'Geown, aged one year and ten days. His remains will be removed for interment in the New Cemetery, this (Monday) afternoon, at four o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

BARRINGTON -- March 23, at 20 Cavendish Square, London, Jane Elizabeth, Dowager Viscountess Barrington, aged seventy-eight.

KNOX -- March 31, at 24, University Square, Mary Anne, widow of the late Rev. Edmond F. Knox.

PIKE -- March 29, at Besborough, near Cork, Ebenezer Pike, Esq.

Clippings

AMUSEMENTS.

NEW THEATRE ROYAL.
BELFAST
Last two weeks of the Great Annual Comic
PANTOMIME.

NOTICE. -- Notwithstanding the very great success of the present Pantomime, it must be withdrawn after two weeks, to make room for important engagements entered upon by Mr. Warden.

MONDAY, April 2, and every evening during the week at 7.30, Saturday at 7.0.

Last Grand Day Performance of the Pantomime on FRIDAY NEXT, April 6, at 1.30, open at 1.0.

Wednesday Evening, April 4, BENEFIT of the BROS. TABRA.

Friday Evening, April 6, BENEFIT of Mr. THOS, NERNEY (Dame Gaffer). THIS (Monday) EVENING, April 2, and every Evening until further Notice, at 7.30, Saturdays at 7.0, an entirely New Grand Easter Comic Pantomime, entitled --

PUSS IN BOOTS.

To conclude with the grand Harlequinade, or the Bros. Tabra's Budget of Comicalitics for 1883.

On MONDAY NEXT, April 9, BENEFIT of Mr. EDGAR HAINES, Musical Director.

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BELFAST POLICE COURTS -- SATURDAY

FIRST COURT.
[Before Mr. HAMILTON, R.M., AND Mr. MACGEAGH.]

THE FIRING AT A BELFAST SOLICITOR.

An elderly man, named William Gallagher, residing at 5, Isabella Street (whose arrest was reported in the Whig on Saturday), was charged with firing at Mr. Peter Macaulay, solicitor, in his offices, Donegall Street, with intent to kill and murder him.

Sub-Inspector Townsend prosecuted, and the prisoner, who was described as a "mill overlooker," was undefended.

Mr. Peter Macaulay, sworn, deposed -- I am a solicitor, and my offices are at 109 Donegall Street. On Thursday morning last I was in my offices. At about half-past nine o'clock a.m. -- no one being there but myself and the charwoman, who was downstairs -- I heard the noise of some one entering the room that I was in. I was writing letters at the time. I looked up and saw the prisoner Gallagher. He had an old sack over his arm. I told him that I had not time to speak to him, as I had to go up to the assizes. He replied, "You must." I continued writing at my letters, but said to the prisoner, "I must go up to the court immediately." He replied, "I'll wait till I get it." I said, "You may." He then sat down on the chair opposite to me, with the table between us. He then said, "I'll shoot you." I looked over and saw what appeared to be the muzzle of a pistol in his hand. I then jumped and said, "Oh, you don't mean that." I observed him fixing or aiming the pistol. When I got up he got up.

Mr. HAMILTON -- When you say aiming the pistol, do you mean that he was pointing it at you?

Mr. Macaulay -- Pointing it at me. I went round and caught him by both shoulders. We were then face to face. He struggled to get away. When we struggled he got away from me as I got near the office door that leads into another office. In getting away from me I slipped, and he went backwards towards another private office that I have. He said again "I'll shoot you."

Mr. HAMILTON -- Did he continue to hold the pistol in his hand?

Mr. Macaulay -- He did. He extended his arm, and the point of it was towards me. He then fired. At the time that he fired I was in a stooping posture. He was about five feet from me, as I was recovering from the slip I had made. The report was very loud. The ball did not strike me. I ran out and went into the house next door. On returning the prisoner had left. I saw a piece of paper -- burned paper -- sticking in the door, and just under it a small hole. I did not report the case until Friday evening. I know the prisoner. I have seen him several times within the past two months. About that time he came into my office. He asked me about £1 that he said he had given me about the year 1878. He said that he wanted some of it. I told him that I had no recollection of it, but that I would have the books examined if he gave his name. The books have been examined, and there is no trace of this transaction, nor have I any recollection of the matter. The prisoner has called repeatedly since, and asked about the money.

Sub-Inspector TOWNSEND -- Have you any questions to ask?

Prisoner -- Yes. Did I ask you for money?

Mr. Macaulay -- I did not hear you. I spoke first.

Prisoner -- How many times have you been keeping me going to the place, and telling me to "call back again -- call back again?"

Mr. Macaulay -- I can't say.

Prisoner -- Have you not a will of my mother's and 25s of my money?

Mr. Macaulay -- Not to my knowledge.

Prisoner -- But I'll swear you have.

Catherine M'Peake, 42, Donegall Street, said that on last Thursday morning she was cleaning the brass plates at the door of Mr. Macaulay's office, when the prisoner came up and asked if Mr. Macaulay was in. She said he was, and prisoner went upstairs. Shortly afterwards Mr. Macaulay came running down. The prisoner came afterwards with the sack over his arm. He asked if Mr. Macaulay had gone, and where he had gone to. She said he was gone next door. When cleaning the office on Friday morning she found the bullet [produced]. She saw the prisoner one day on the previous week looking up at Mr. Macaulay's office.

Head-Constable M'Menamon deposed that he arrested the prisoner on Friday evening, in 5, Isabella Street. Witness explained to prisoner that he was charged with having fired a shot at Mr. Macaulay with intent to kill and murder him, and also cautioned him. He admitted that he had fired the shot. Witness asked him if he had the weapon in the house. He replied that it was concealed in a water-barrel behind a public house in Church Street. Witness took him there, and in the spot which prisoner pointed out, the pistol [produced] was found. It was a single-barrelled muzzle-loader, without any stock. He examined the office of Mr. Macaulay, and in the door, about three and a half feet from the ground, he saw a bullet mark, and beneath it the wadding [produced].

Sub-Inspector TOWNSEND -- Did the prisoner give any reason why he fired at Mr. Macaulay?

Witness -- He said that the reason was because Mr. Macaulay owed him £1 and would not pay him. He said that on the way to the public-house.

Mr. HAMILTON -- Did you make any remark about the absence of the stock of the barrel?

Witness -- I did not.

Mr. HAMILTON said that it was not a pistol that had been knocked about. The stock must have been taken off.

Sub-Inspector TOWNSEND- There is a gentleman here who informs me that it never had a stock.

The prisoner then made the following statement: -- I did not intend shooting Mr. Macaulay. It was only to frighten him. I got angered by going so often to him. He always told me to come back again, and this aggravated me.

Mr. Macaulay said that he was very sorry for the poor man.

Mr. HAMILTON said for his part he did not think the prisoner did it intentionally. He would allow the prisoner out on bail -- himself in £100 and the two sureties in £50 each, provided that the prisoner did not go near Mr. Macaulay's offices. The prisoner's statement about the money seemed to be without foundation.

The prisoner was returned for trial to the assizes.

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LARCENIES. -- James M'Loughlin was charged with having stolen a quantity of pig-iron, the property of the Harbour Commissioners. Mr. Coulter prosecuted. The BENCH sent the prisoner to gaol for one month.- Catherine Maguire was charged with having stolen 3s 6d, the property of Rose Foster, Curley Street. Mr. Coulter prosecuted. The prisoner was sent to gaol for fourteen days.

INSUBORDINATION IN THE WORKHOUSE. -- Jane Call was charged with insubordination in the Union Workhouse. Mr. Harper prosecuted. Ellen Malachan deposed that she was a laundress, and employed in the workhouse. She told the prisoner to go and bring some bundles of clothes from upstairs, but she cursed witness and would not do so. Mr. Maniece (master of the workhouse) said that he also ordered the prisoner to go for the clothes, but she would not do so, and used very bad language. The BENCH sentenced the prisoner, who had twenty-five previous convictions recorder against her, to one month's imprisonment.

WIFE-BEATING. -- Thomas Gardener was charged with having assaulted his wife. The offence having been proved, the prisoner who had several previous convictions recorded in his favour, was sentenced to three months' imprisonment.

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On Saturday, near Kilrush (County Clare), several large hayricks, the property of the Rev. Mr. Cahir, of Mulloghill, together with a turf rick, were maliciously burned. The gates at his residence were also damaged. It is stated that the cause of the outrage was the part he took in the poor-law elections.

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MEETING OF INLAND REVENUE OFFICERS.

[COMMUNICATED.]

A NUMEROUSLY attended meeting of Inland Revenue officers was held on Saturday last in the Prince of Wales's Hotel, Belfast, under somewhat peculiar circumstances. A spirit of dissatisfaction has existed among them for several years, arising from the general inadequacy of their salaries and the inequality of their treatment when compared with other Government officials doing similar work. This discontent was intensified when, two years ago, a duty was imposed on beer in lieu of one on malt, a charge which, to the majority of their class, brought increased and disagreeable work with unseasonable hours of labour, but no additional remuneration. Under these circumstances the Excise officials, to the number of 3,660, petitioned the Treasury and their own board for increased salaries and the removal of some minor grievances; but, beyond a small concession in the matter of annual holidays, the Lords of the Treasury would sanction no increase, and the board concurred in this decision. Believing in the justice of their claims, the officers resolved to lay their case before the House of Commons, and with this object, made arrangements for interviewing members of Parliament throughout the kingdom for the purpose of explaining their grievance, and asking assistance in obtaining a Parliamentary commission of inquiry. Before these arrangements were completed the Inland Revenue Board issued a general order strictly forbidding the interviews, on the ground that they would be contrary to the existing regulations -- regulations made prior to the enfranchisement of civil servants, and which the officers contend refer only to private applications to members of Parliament for individual promotion, &c., and not to a general public movement for redress of grievances. A deputation from the Executive Committee of officers then waited on the board, and explained fully the nature of their complaints; but the Commissioners, after apparently sympathising with their subordinates, wrote to the Treasury combatting the statements of the officers, and refusing to recommend any amelioration, and the Lords of the Treasury replied, highly approving of the board's action. Such a mode of dealing with their petition only embittered the feelings of the officers, who are holding meetings to protest, especially against the interference with their electoral rights as citizens to confer with their Parliamentary representatives. At the meeting on Saturday it was pointed out that the contest was an unequal one, as the prohibitory order tied the hands of the weaker party by preventing them from explaining their case to their representatives. It was resolved to yield a loyal and faithful service to the board, and to avoid any act or statement that could be construed into insubordination or a breach of discipline, but that a determined stand should be made against any interference with their electoral right. The action of the board in prohibiting the interviews was looked on as an infringement of these rights, and it was considered strange that such an extraordinary exercise of official power should be put forth to stop a simple request for a commission to inquire into the truth of the officers' statements -- a request to submit alleged grievances to a number of hard-headed business members of Parliament and to abide by their decision. The humiliation of being practically disfranchised was more keenly felt when it was shown that the officials of other Government departments had lately appealed to Parliament without any hindrance from their respective boards. The degradation was forcible contrasted with the public compliment paid to excise officers by Mr. Gladstone, who in the last two Budget speeches praised their zeal and efficiency. With a view of strengthening the hands of the Executive Committee in carrying on the agitation the following resolutions were unanimously passed: -- 1st. "We respectfully but firmly protest against the board's order of the 3rd January last, which, by forbidding us to interview our representatives or ask their assistance in obtaining a Parliamentary inquiry into our grievances, deprives us of our constitutional rights and practically disfranchises us." 2nd. "Although the intrinsic merits of our claims have not been affected by the official correspondence contained in the board's circular of the 23rd ultimo, yet as the statements advanced therein may, if unrefuted, injure our cause, we believe a reply should be drawn up and circulated." 3rd. "We desire to express our continued confidence in the Executive Committee, and we shall support them in every legitimate effort to improve our official position."

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COURT AND FASHION

WINDSOR CASTLE, SUNDAY.

The Queen and Princess Beatrice drove out yesterday afternoon, attended by the Hon. Horatia Stopford.

The Royal family and the members of the Royal household attended Divine service in the private chapel this morning. The Rev. W. Boyd Carpenter, M.A., Canon of St. George's, and Honorary Chaplain to the Queen, officiated, and preached the sermon.

Major-General Du Plat and Captain Bigge have succeeded General H. Lynedoch Gardiner and Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. W. Carrington as equerries-in-waiting to her Majesty.

Captain Edwards, C.B., has left the Castle.

The Archbishop of Canterbury arrived at Sandringham on Saturday afternoon, and preached yesterday before the Prince of Wales.

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MAIL NEWS.

[REUTER'S TELEGRAMS.]

LARNE, SATURDAY. -- The State Line steamer State of Georgia sailed hence for New York thirty minutes after midnight, all well.

QUEENSTOWN, SATURDAY. -- The White Star Royal mail steamer Adriatic, from New York, arrived at 10.7 p.m. She brings 110 passengers. Landed all mails and some passengers, and proceeded for Liverpool immediately, all well.

COLOMBO, SATURDAY. -- The Peninsular and Oriental steamer Ravenna arrived here this morning from London.

PLYMOUTH, SUNDAY. -- The Hamburg-American Company's steamer Hammonia, from New York, with the United States mail of the 22nd ult., arrived here at 9.15 a.m. today. Mails forwarded by the 12.40 p.m. train. The Hammonia has proceeded for Cherbourg and Hamburg.

SCILLY, SUNDAY. -- The Hamburg-American Company's steamer Bavaria, from the West Indies, passed here at 2.15 p.m. to-day, for Havre and Hamburg.

SOUTHAMPTON, SUNDAY. -- The Royal Mail Company's steamer Neva, with Brazilian mails, has arrived here.

QUEENSTOWN, SUNDAY. -- The Cunard steamer Catalonia, from New York, arrived here at 5.15 p.m. to-day. Having landed mails, she proceeded for Liverpool immediately.

GIBRALTAR, SUNDAY. -- The Peninsular and Oriental steamer Verona, from Calcutta, left here at eleven a.m. to day, and may be expected at Plymouth about six a.m. on the 5th inst.

COLOMBO, FRIDAY. -- The Peninsular and Oriental steamer Rosetta, from London, arrived here this afternoon.

NEW YORK, SATURDAY. -- The Wilson Line steamer Marengo arrived here at six a.m. to-day.

SUEZ, SATURDAY. -- The Peninsular and Oriental steamer Kashgar, with India mails, left at 8.30 a.m., and the Assam, with China and Australian mails, at 9.30 a.m. yesterday for Bombay and Calcutta respectively. The Carthage left at eight a.m. yesterday for Colombo and Australia direct.

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The Board of Trade have awarded a binocular glass to Captain Asmart Evrard, of the French schooner Pauline, of Gravelines, in recognition of his kindness and humanity to the sole survivor of the wreck of the schooner Peace, of Goole, whom he found in a miserable condition in the boat in which the crew abandoned the vessel, the rest having perished from privation.

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Mr. T.P. O'Connor, M. P., addressing a meeting of Irishmen at Manchester on Saturday in aid of a Galway orphanage, condemned the policy of the Government relative to the existing distress in Ireland. He protested against emigration being forced upon a starving population, and advocated the provision of relief works. Since 1847 Ireland had been denuded of eight millions of her people, and surely that was enough.

 

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Northern Whig - Tuesday 3 April, 1883

Births

BATTEN -- March 30, at 19, Cadogan Place, London, the wife of H. Cary Batten, Esq., of the Inner Temple, Barrister-at-Law, of a son.

BUCKLEY -- March 26, at Liverpool, the wife of E. Gladstone Buckley, of a daughter.

EWART -- March 30, at Glenbank House, Ballysillan, the wife of Lavens M. Ewart, of a daughter.

RYAN -- March 26, at Emly, Tipperary, the wife of Charles E. Ryan, M.D., of a daughter.

SPOONER -- March 21, at Boughton Vicarage, near Faversham, Kent, the wife of the Rev. H. Maxwell Spooner, of a son.

TRENCH -- March 24, at Milton, Pembroke, the wife of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Chenevix Trench, Royal Artillery, of a son.

Marriages

COBBOLD--MACLAREN -- March 28, in All Souls', Langham Place, London, by the Rev. R.H. Cobbold, M.A., Rector of Ross, Herefordshire, father of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. R.R. Cobbold, M.A., Vicar of St. Leonard's, Leicester, brother of the bridegroom, Charles Herbert Cobbold, F.G.S., M.E., Elsecar, Yorkshire, to Edith Jean, eldest daughter of A.C. MacLaren, 60, Harley Street, London, W.

SANDHAM--BARTTELOT -- March 29, in Stopham Church, Sussex, by the Rev. J.M. Sandham, Vicar of Waltham, Sussex, uncle of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. G.J. Johnston, Rector of Stopham, Charles Munro Sandham, only surviving son of General G. Sandham, of Rowdell, Sussex, to Evelyn Fanny, second daughter of Sir Walter B. Barttelot, Bart., C.B., M.P., of Stopham.

TOUGH--POTTER -- March 22, in St. Michael's-in-the-Hamlet, Liverpool, by the Rev. Canon Eyre, M.A., Douglas Walton Tough, Solicitor, of 26, Charles Street, St. James's Square, London, son of the late Rev. Thos. Tough, M.A., of Grove House, Highgate Road, London, to Lizzie, eldest daughter of the late Thomas Wellborn Potter, of Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire.

TRENCH--ROBERTS -- March 29, in St. Stephen's Church, East Twickenham, by the Rev. T. Cobb, M.A., Vicar of Stockbury, Kent, uncle of the bride, assisted by the Rev. W. Johnston, M.A., Vicar of the Parish, F.A. Le Poer Trench, son of the late Rev. F. Le Poer Trench, M.A., Rector of Moore and Drum, County Galway, to Mary Gertrude, only daughter of the late C.W. Roberts, M.R.C.S., of Radstock, Somerset.

Deaths

GIBSON -- April 1, at The Square, Comber, Agnes, the beloved wife of Thomas Gibson. Her remains will be removed for interment in the Remonstrant Meeting house Burying-ground, Comber, on this day (Tuesday), at four o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

MAWHINNEY -- April 2, at Ballyhenry, Janet, the relict of the late Robert Mawhinney. Her remains will be removed for interment in Carnmoney Burying-ground, at nine o'clock, on to-morrow (Wednesday) morning, 4th instant. Friends will please accept this intimation.

McKELVEY -- April 1, at Glastry Cottage, Mrs. Jane McKelvey, aged seventy-eight years. Funeral private.

REID -- April 2, at the Eglington Hotel, Portrush, Sarah, eldest daughter of James Massey, and relict of the late David H. Reid. Her remains will be removed for interment in Ballywillan Graveyard, on to-morrow (Wednesday), the 4th instant, at eleven o'clock. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation.

WILSON -- At The Manse, Ballydown, Elizabeth, eldest child of the Rev. James Wilson, aged six years and three months. Funeral at three o'clock on this day (Tuesday), April 3rd.

BURNS -- November 8, killed by a fall on board the ship President, John Lalor Burns, third son of Thomas Burns, Hughes's Buildings, Belfast, aged nineteen years.

CORBALLIS -- March 31, at her residence, Rosemount, Roebuck, County Dublin, Jane Eleanor Corballis widow of John Richard Corballis, Esq., Q.C., and daughter of the late Edward Martyn, Esq., of Tillyra Castle, County Galway, aged eighty-four years.

MISKIMMIN -- April 1, at Raffrey, Killinchy, John Miskimmin, aged sixty-nine years.

WITHEROW -- March 31, at his father's residence, Mason Lodge, Londonderry, Alexander, youngest son of James Witherow, aged nineteen years.

Clippings

AMUSEMENTS.

NEW THEATRE ROYAL,
BELFAST.
Last Eleven Nights of the Great Annual Comic
PANTOMIME.
NOTICE. -- Notwithstanding the very great success of the present Pantomime, it must be withdrawn after two weeks, to make room for important engagements entered upon by Mr. Warden.
TUESDAY, April 3, and every evening during the week at 7.30, Saturday at 7.0. Last Grand Day Performance of the Pantomime on FRIDAY NEXT, April 6, at 1.30, open at 1.0.
TO-MORROW (Wednesday) Evening, April 4, BENEFIT of the BROS. TABRA. Friday Evening, April 6, BENEFIT of Mr. THOS. NERNEY (Dame Gaffer).
THIS (Tuesday) EVENING, April 3, and every Evening until further Notice, at 7.30, Saturday at 7.0, and entirely New Grand Easter Comic Pantomime, entitled -- -- -- -- -- PUSS IN BOOTS. To conclude with the grand Harlequinade, or the Bros. Tabra's Budget of Comicalities for 1883.
On MONDAY NEXT, April 9, BENEFIT of Mr. EDGAR HAINES, Musical Director.

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GENERAL BOOTH IN THE ULSTER HALL.

GENERAL BOOTH, addressing a large meeting of the Salvation Army in the Ulster Hall last night, said there were no two opinions about the importance of their organisation, as the eyes of the Christian world, for the last two years, had been rivetted upon it, and so it had a claim for the careful and the prayerful consideration of all who were concerned in the salvation of mankind. Some people thought he sat down and planned the Army, and said he would make generals and majors and captains, and have flags and music and bands and processions and receptions, and all their recent peculiar developments. Nothing of the kind. He simply saw a great stream of immortal souls, for whom nobody seemed to care, and over whom no religious organisation seemed to have any control, and he said was it not possible to reach them; surely something could be done. He resolved to try; he tried, and the Salvation Army was the result. (Cheers.) Some objectors had said they believed the Salvationists had right good motives, but they did not approve of all that was done by them. Neither did he. (A Voice -- Hallelujah.) when the army was formed five and a half years ago its stations numbered 26, now there were over 470. (A Voice -- Bless God.) Their colours were flying in twelve nations of the earth. Six years ago they had 36 officers, now they had over 1,300. No such progress had ever been reported in the history of any Christian organisation. Three years ago they started the War Cry, which commenced with a sale of 20,000, and which had now increased to 450,000 copies weekly, Then they had the Little Soldier's War Cry, the French War Cry, circulating over France and wherever French is spoken. There was also a War Cry for the United States and Canada. A similar paper had been set on foot in Australia, and a Swedish one would start in a few days. The Indian War Cry, in three separate languages, had a circulation of 8,000 per week, and was sold at the low price of one farthing -- the cheapest newspaper in the world. While they had only about 4,000 soldiers five years ago, they had now not less than 100,000. The novelty of the movement was not passing away. Buildings were greatly required in Belfast. If any gentlemen who had wealth and would build them three places to hold 3,000 persons each, good interest would be paid them for their money out of the offerings of the people, and he (General Booth) would undertake that those three buildings would be crowded to excess the first Sunday after they were opened. During the last three months the givings of the poor people had increased from the rate of £88,000 to £120,000 per annum. They could not spread salvation without expense. If they got the Belfast gas directors saved, they might be supplied with free gas -- (laughter) -- if they got railway shareholders and directors saved, they might be carried for nothing -- (laughter) -- but at present they had to pay for gas and also their railway fares. Having referred to the progress of the Army in foreign countries, the speaker went on to review objections advanced against the movement. Some characterised their proceedings as "vulgar." He supposed so they were, judged from certain standpoints. They were at West End dinners -- (hear, hear) -- and they were not West End saints. They could not expect to make taproom sinners into drawing-room saints all at once (Hallelujah, praise the Lord.) Referring to the music objection, he said some did not believe in the drum. Well, he thought the drum in Belfast was the most popular instrument of all. (Laughter.) He acceded to a request made to him by the Mayor and superintendent of police to refrain from music in the streets. He wanted to thank publicly the police officers for the great kindness and attention shown to the Army ever since the Salvation colours had been floating in the town. God bless the police. (Cheers.) From beginning to end the police were a sort of brothers-in-law of theirs. (Laughter.) The police looked after people's bodies and the Salvationists after people's souls. A matter that had been before the Church and the world lately was the case of Miss Charlesworth. a clergyman's daughter, who had been with his daughter in Switzerland. When the expulsion came she was driven out, her name got into the Times newspaper, and her father was so shocked that he wrote to the Times, saying that his daughter had been put in uniform against his will, that she was in Switzerland against his will, and that she had been taken away from his home, of which she was the sunlight, and that the Army interfered with the relations in which a daughter should stand to her father. The reply to that was another letter, which Mr. Charlesworth himself wrote for the French newspapers, in which he said he had been mistaken in every charge he had brought against the Army. The fact of the matter was that her own mother brought the child to the Salvation Army, and introduced her to him (the "General") on the platform in Exeter Hall, saying, "My daughter has got the ambition in her heart to be an officer in the Salvation Army." Her own father brought her to the meetings in uniform; her own father took her to Paris, and listened to her, and when there was a frightful row, and when the red Republicans were cursing and swearing at Christ, this father fetched her from the platform and put her on a form to talk to them, because she could talk so sweetly in French. She, a noble young heroine, was to have left that morning to go back to the Continent again, and, if her own father had not taken her away, he had consented to her departure. (Bless the Lord.) With reference to the "loan business" that had been talked about, they simply wanted, instead of borrowing a thousand pounds from one person, to borrow it from anybody who would lend it to them. There would be the buildings for security, and, instead of paying seven or eight per cent. to building societies, they would get money in that fashion for four or five per cent. Having expressed his sympathy with the Blue Ribbon movement, and referred to various other matters, the "General" concluded, amidst loud cheering. A collection was afterwards taken up.

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INQUEST AT THE WORKHOUSE.

YESTERDAY, at half-past four o'clock, Dr. Dill, borough coroner, and a jury, held an inquest in the Union Workhouse, Lisburn Road, on the body of Anne Gill, aged 65 years, who died in that institution, on Saturday last, from the effects of injuries sustained whilst in a state of intoxication. Mary Martin, 14, Grattan Street, deposed that she knew the deceased, who was a widow, and had lived with her as nurse for the last two years and a half. On last Easter Monday she got some drink, and on Tuesday evening she fell down the stairs of the house. Witness was present at the time, and was also under the influence of drink. When deceased was lifted she was bleeding from the back of the head. A woman named Mrs. Fulton washed the blood from the wound, but Mrs. Gill lay on the floor for a short time longer. She recovered slightly after a little, and got some more drink. She remained in the house until Friday, when she was sent on a car to the hospital in the workhouse. She was under the influence of liquor when she fell, and she got more afterwards. The stairs were bad, and a person not under the influence of drink would have had difficulty in ascending them. Deceased snored after she fell, but witness thought this was the effect of the intoxicating liquor. She recovered in an hour or two, and a neighbour advised her to be sent to the hospital. Dr. Samuel M. Malcomson, resident physician in the workhouse, deposed that Ann Gill was admitted to that institution on Friday evening last, the 30th March, on "a line," which was marked "debility." When examined witness found her suffering from contusions on the upper part of the chest. He saw marks of blood clots coming from the left ear. She was delirious, and went into a state of coma on the next day, Saturday. She died on the evening of that day, the 31st, from an effusion of blood on the base of the brain. He believed she had a fracture of the skull. A fall down stairs would be sufficient to cause this injury. He believed she died from the effects of it. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that "the said Ann Gill, on the 31st day of March, 1883 in the infirmary of the workhouse in the borough of Belfast, came to her death from the effects of injuries, received by falling down stairs whilst under the influence of drink." The inquiry then terminated.

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DEATH FROM EXCESSIVE DRINKING. -- Yesterday evening Dr. Dill, borough coroner, held an inquest at the Royal Hospital on the body of Thomas Montague, ironturner, aged 31 years, lately residing at 16, Linwood Street, off Oldpark Road. Dr. Barron, resident house surgeon of the Royal Hospital, having been examined, Sarah Jane Montague, wife of deceased, gave evidence. It appeared that on Saturday afternoon the deceased went to the house No. 33, North Queen Street, occupied by Richard Seay and his wife and a woman named Johanna O'Neill, where he had some drink, and afterwards lay down on a bed, where he was left by the people residing in the house, who had to go out on business. On their return, in the course of two hours, an attempt was made to rouse the deceased, who, however, was then dead. The jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death from the effects of an overdose of alcoholic liquor.

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ELOCUTIONARY COMPETITION. -- Last night the annual competition for gold and silver medals, awarded in connection with Mr. Wm. Pyper's elocution class, was held in the common hall of the Belfast Mercantile Academy -- Dr. Wilberforce Arnold, J.P., in the chair. In the contest for two silver medals Mr. R. Irwine carried off the first prize. Two separate votes were taken between Messrs. G.O. Campbell and J. Murray for the second place, but, as they were on both occasions judged equal, the chairman intimated his intention of awarding a third medal. In the competition for two gold medals, one of which was presented by Mr. Samuel Lawther, J.P., Mr. H.P. Cargo took the first and Mr. J. L. Watt the second place. A pleasing programme of music was gone through during the evening. Messrs. Galloway, Pyper, and Curran taking part.

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CHIEF SURVEYOR OF CUSTOMS AT BELFAST. -- We published yesterday a telegram from London stating that Mr. Scrivenor, late Director-General of Customs in Egypt, had been appointed Chief Surveyor of Customs at this part. Yesterday the official announcement of Mr. Scrivenor's appointment arrived at the Customs Department of this town. Mr. Scrivenor, who for some time past has been a surveyor in London, had been out on special duty for a lengthened period in Egypt, and he comes to Belfast on promotion to take the place of the late Mr. George Ord, whose death about ten days ago caused so much regret in Belfast.

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WESLEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY. -- Last night in Donegall Square Methodist Church the first of a series of meetings in connection with Wesleyan Foreign Missions was held -- the Mayor, Mr. David Taylor, J.P., in the chair. There was a large attendance. The chairman, who was warmly received, said that from his earliest years he had taken a deep interest in missions, and his earliest recollections of missionary enterprise were in connection with the Wesleyan Church. He trusted that the Lord of Grace would continue to bless and prosper it in the future as He had done in the past. The Rev. William Gorman then addressed the meeting, and, while deprecating any intention that might be felt -- in view of the increasing obligations, pecuniary and otherwise, entailed on those engaged in carrying on missionary operations in distant lands -- to abstain from extending those operations to a wider sphere, such as was demanded by the missionaries, said that the present was no time for retrenchment, when they were every year witnessing fresh triumphs in the missionary field, whether in Europe or in regions more remote. They were confronted at the present time with new developments of the false philosophy which pretended to possess the key for the solution of the difficulties, political and social, which surround them in the world. The securarist philosopher was vainly attempting to improve mankind by setting forward a policy of force -- the policy of dynamite, some of the fruits of which they had recently seen a specimen of -- but the great problems of the time were capable of only one solution, and it was for the missionary to combat that antagonistic policy by showing that in the salvation offered by God to the world was there alone the effectual remedy required for the rectification and redemption of the evils which at present afflicted society. The Rev. W.S. Tomlinson, from China, and the Rev. Joseph Olphert, from India, also addressed the meeting. The proceedings were brought to a termination by a cordial vote of thanks to the Mayor for his kindness in taking the chair.

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COMMUNICATION WITH GLASGOW VIA LARNE AND STRANRAER. -- We learn from the Glasgow Evening Citizen that there is a probability that in a vary short time the Stranraer railway communication, which has for a considerable time been stopped, will be reopened.

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BELFAST TOWN MISSION. -- The committee met in the Mission Office yesterday. There were present -- Revs. J. H. Moore (in the chair), H.M. Williamson, G. Shaw, Dr. Knox, H. Montgomery, Mr. F. Brown, and Mr. J. Jardine. After the transaction of the ordinary business, the committee took up the subject of the appointment of an additional missionary. Mr. James Thompson, of Cullybacky, was unanimously chosen. The district he is to occupy is that of the Falls Road and Conway Street.

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SABBATH SCHOOL SOCIETY. -- A special meeting of the General Committee was held yesterday in the society's offices, May Street. There were present -- Rev. Dr. Knox (in the chair), Rev. Dr. Meneely, Rev. William M'Ilwrath, Rev. William Park, Rev. J.H. Moore, Rev. George Shaw, Messrs. William Bell, John Megaw, A. Kent, and A. Hutchinson. After consideration of the subject, it was unanimously resolved -- "That the convention intended to be held in June next should be postponed." It was also resolved -- "That the friends of the society throughout the country be recommended to hold local conventions in the different centres, and that this committee will be prepared, as far as practicable, to assist in the holding of such meetings."

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ENTERTAINMENT AT BANGOR. -- On Friday evening last a descriptive reading on the subject of the Egyptian war was given in the Good Templar Hall, Bangor, to a large and appreciative audience. Mr. R. Gracey, of the Belfast Academy, illustrated the reading with over fifty choice lime-light views. The views of the bombardment of the forts, the ships in action, the grand square of Alexandria, the departure of the Life Guards, the battle of Tel-el-Kebir, the surrender of Arabi, and the review of the British troops at Cairo, were shown with remarkable distinctness. Mr. Rainey, of Bangor, gave the descriptive reading with much ability, and Mr. James Williams, of Belfast, and several friends added much to the pleasure of the evening by singing appropriate songs, &c. The proceeds of the exhibition will be devoted to the working of the Methodist Church, Bangor.

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FREE BREAKFASTS. -- The usual free breakfast was given in the Old Lodge Road Schoolhouse on Sunday morning last, when a large number of poor people attended. Mr. Cuthbert gave an address.

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STABBING CASE AT NEWRY. -- At the Newry Petty Sessions yesterday an Italian sailor named Juiseppe Barbadora was brought up in custody charged with having stabbed another Italian sailor named Jean Battista Grancilla on Saturday last. The depositions of the injured man -- who lies in the hospital in a hopeless condition -- were read over, from which it appeared that on the day in question a dispute arose between the prisoner and himself, and, after some angry words and blows had been exchanged between them, the prisoner, he alleges, drew a knife and stabbed him twice under the right shoulder. It was deposed by two witnesses that a knife was handed to the captain after the quarrel. The prisoner was remanded for eight days.

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YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION -- ANNUAL MEETING. -- To-night the annual social meeting of this association will be held at seven o'clock in the Ulster Hall. The Mayor of Belfast (Mr. David Taylor, J.P.) will preside. A number of other speakers will address the meeting, and a special choir will render choice selections of music. As this is the first annual meeting since the association entered its new premises there will, no doubt, be a large attendance of members and friends.

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BELFAST POLICE COURTS -- YESTERDAY.

FIRST COURT.
[Before Mr. HAMILTON, R.M., MR. JOHNSTON, MR. HAMILL, and Dr. ARNOLD]

THE STRIKE OF BAKERS IN BELFAST.

JAMES NEILL was charged by Sub-Constable Joseph Millar with having assaulted William M'Greevy in Fountain Street on Sunday. Messrs. Harper and Coulter prosecuted, and Mr. Sheals defended.

Mr. HARPER said that the complainant, Wm. M'Greevy, had been attending to his work, and on going home he was deliberately assaulted. He need hardly say that under any circumstances a deliberate assault on an unoffending man was not to be permitted. He asked the Court to deal with it simply as a case of common assault, although their Worships might impress upon a number of parties that much stronger powers than anything now asked to be enforced might be used to show that all persons must be permitted to work for their bread in whatever place they like, and that in doing so they would receive the protection of the law.

Mr. HAMILTON referred to a master baker having come a few days ago to ask the protection of the Court, and if this case arose out of the threatened strike it should be dealt with under the Crimes Act.

Mr. HARPER thought that the powers of the law would meet it as a case of common assault. He did not desire to see the Crimes Act extended to Belfast except under very special circumstances.

Mr. HAMILTON said that it would be dealt with under the ordinary law.

Sub-Constable Millar deposed that on Sunday morning about ten o'clock he saw the prisoner and M'Greevy in "holds," and saw the prisoner draw out and strike M'Greevy on the breast. Witness then arrested the prisoner.

To Mr. COULTER -- M'Greevy came to the Police Office and said he lived at Carrick Hill, and was coming from his work when he was assaulted.

William M'Greevy deposed he was in the employment of Messrs. Wilson & Strain. On Sunday morning about ten o'clock while coming from his work, and when in Kent Street on the Royal Avenue side, the prisoner, without the least provocation, struck witness a blow on the mouth, and said, "You are just the man I want. Can you fight me?" He then attempted to strike witness again, but did not succeed in doing so. They then got in "holds," and the constable arrested the prisoner.

Mr. HARPER said that it was absolutely indispensable to work on every Sunday morning for the purpose of what is called "setting the sponge."

Mr. JOHNSTON -- How many men does it take to "set the sponge?"

Witness -- It takes all the bakers.

To Mr. SHEALS -- I was twice arrested for being drunk, and was a week in gaol. I never assaulted any person. I never had any quarrel with the prisoner before. I saw him on Sunday morning before going to my work in North Street. I bade him "Good-morning," but the prisoner did not answer me. Do you know if the prisoner is connected with the strike in Belfast? -- Of my own knowledge I know that he is out on strike at present. How do you know that? -- The foreman told me.

To Mr. HARPER -- I am a jobber, and was working in Mr. Jardine's bakery on Thursday. The prisoner was working there also. Except that I joined another shop I know of no reason why I was assaulted.

Mr. SHEALS then addressed the Court for the prisoner. He said that not a very aggravated assault had been committed, and if his client were able to go into the witness-box he would give a very different version of the case. He trusted their Worships would take the real facts into account.

Mr. William M'Cracken Wilson, examined by Mr. COULTER, said that he was a partner of the firm. The complainant M'Greevy was in their employment. There had been a strike by the bakers, but their places were filled up by Scotchmen.

Mr. HAMILTON said -- We have decided in dealing with this case that it is one of common assault, and we are unanimously of opinion that this case would have been better dealt with under the provisions of the Crimes Act, there being ample evidence brought out for such a course being pursued. Under the circumstances they would adjourn the case until that day week, and he would take bail for the prisoner's appearance -- himself in £50, and two sureties in £25 each. He hoped it would have effect in preventing a recurrence of similar proceedings having to be taken. He had no hesitation in saying that the assault was attributable to the strike, and if there was anything of the kind came up again they would bring offence under the section of the Crimes Act which had been referred to, and which would deal more severely with the case.

Henry Gibb, a baker, was charged under the Conspiracy Act with intimidating Richard Nicholl, a foreman baker in the employment of Messrs. Wilson & Strain, that morning, shortly after the decision in the last case.

Messrs. Harper and Coulter prosecuted. The prisoner was undefended.

David Strain, examined by Mr. HARPER, deposed that he was a partner in the above mentioned firm. Yesterday morning, shortly after twelve o'clock, the prisoner came into their establishment and commenced talking to some of the bakers. Witness told him to go away, as he had no right to be there. He did not go, but said it was a pity about the unfortunate strike. Witness then put him out, and as he was doing so the prisoner, pointing at the foreman, used what seemed to be threatening language. Witness detained the prisoner, sent for the police, and gave him in custody. The prisoner had been a baker in their employment, and witness knew him for about eighteen months. He was out on strike.

Richard Nicholl, foreman baker, deposed, in answer to Mr. COULTER, that he saw the prisoner in the shop, but did not hear what he said. He had never seen him before to his knowledge. On Sunday morning eight men came to witness's house and rapped at the door. On opening the door one of the men asked if he was employing any bakers, but before he (witness) replied he shut the door in their faces. He had to be protected at night by policemen when going home. He had got such frequent annoyance that he intended to send his wife and family over to Glasgow.

This closed the case for the prosecution.

Samuel Stafford, for the defence, said that he had known the prisoner for the past four months.

To Mr. HARPER -- I am a baker, and out on strike for some time. Did not arrange that prisoner was to use any threatening language. The reason the prisoner went there was for the purpose of speaking to some of the bakers. Two other persons joined us when near the bakery. They were also bakers, and on strike. We did not meet by arrangement to intimidate the other bakers who were working.

Mr. HAMILTON said the last witness had narrowly escaped being in the dock himself. He would sentence the prisoner to three months' imprisonment, with hard labour. The bakers working in the places of the men now on strike would receive every protection from the constabulary, and he hoped the case now disposed of would be a warning to others.

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WIFE-BEATING. -- John Rico was charged with having violently beaten his wife. Mr. Coulter prosecuted. The evidence given was to the effect that the prisoner habitually beat his wife. On Saturday he struck her several times with the poker [produced]. He was sentenced to six months' imprisonment, in default of finding bail.

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ROBBERY. -- Margaret Brown was charged with the robbery of a pair of boots, the property of Isaac Johnston. Johnston was also charged with drunkenness, and, having been fined in 5s and costs for drunkenness, he was examined as a witness against Brown for the robbery. He said that he was overpowered by the prisoner and some fellows, the boots taken off him, and he shouted, believing his life to be in danger. The COURT sentenced the prisoner to three months' imprisonment, with hard labour.

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ASSAULTS IN SHEBEENS. -- Margaret and Bridget Boyle, Curtis Street, were charged, in custody, with having violently assaulted Margaret M'Cormick and Ellen Boyd. M'Cormick, whose head was bandaged, deposed that she was in Boyle's house getting porter; a dispute arose about the payment of it. Witness was kicked downstairs, cut on the head, and violently beaten by both prisoners. She had to be carried to the Royal Hospital by a man named Greer. Ellen Boyd, who also had a bandaged head, said that she was stabbed in the head, kicked, and otherwise beaten by the prisoners. The prisoners were each sentenced to six months' imprisonment.

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CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY.

YESTERDAY, at twelve o'clock, the annual public meeting in connection with the Down and Connor and Dromore diocesan branch of the above society was held in the Clarence Place Hall. There were a large number of ladies in attendance. On the motion of the Rev. Charles Seaver, the chair was taken by the Rev. Dr. Hannay, vicar of Belfast. After the singing of a missionary hymn, Rev. C.J. Moore engaged in prayer.

The CHAIRMAN said it was quite unnecessary for him, at such a meeting as that, to go into the history of the Church Missionary Society, or the principles upon which that society had always consistently acted. These were perfectly well known to them, and had commended themselves to them. They were assembled there that day to receive information about the work that was being carried on, and had been carried on during the past year. Their honorary secretary, Mr. Seaver, would read a report with respect to the work done by their diocesan auxiliary and the deputation, Mr. Newton, who was himself a missionary, and laboured in Ceylon, would be able to give them information from a practical knowledge of the work carried on by the Church Missionary Society there and elsewhere. The report that would be presented was a favourable one, and it was a matter for great thankfulness that, amid the many disturbing influences that prevail in Ireland at present, the various religious societies were carrying on quietly their good work; and that, notwithstanding so much to depress and dishearten the Church of God, there was reason to thank Him, and take courage. (Applause.)

Rev. CHAS. SEAVER announced that letters of apology had been received from Lord O'Neill, the Lord Bishop, the Archdeacon of Connor, the Archdeacon of Dromore, Rev. T.J. Welland, Rev. John Bristow, Rev. J.B. Crozier, and others. A number of clergymen, he said, were detained from being present in consequence of attending as a deputation on the Town Council in reference to the Sunday closing question. He then read the annual report, of which the following is an extract: -- "Eighty years ago there could not have been more than about 50,000 heathen converts under the care of Protestants in Ceylon; to-day the number may be reckoned as considerably over 2,000,000. Eighty years ago the number of Protestant mission schools did not exceed 70; to-day they may be over 15,000, with over 100,000 scholars. Eighty years ago the Scriptures existed in 50 translations, and were circulated in not more than 5,000,000 of copies; now we have 226 translations. In 1843 all the English and American missionaries in China assembled in Hong Kong; they numbered twelve, with six converts on the island; to-day we have 256 male missionaries from Europe and America, with 100 principal stations and over 800 out stations, while the number of Chinese communicants has been increased two thousand-fold. But above all mere statistics is the deep and broad moral influence of the Gospel, which is to be seen even now in the elevation of whole heathen races. Social life, with its thousand-year -old horrors and barbarities in the immense lands of heathendom, is being changed into the civilised forms of human existence. 'You make the Malagasy Christians,' said the French Governor of the Isle of Bourbon to the first Protestant missionaries from Madagascar. 'Impossible! They are mere brutes, and have no more sense than irrational cattle.' In that island there are 356 native ordained pastors, 165 evangelists, 3,468 native lay assistants and Bible readers, while it has yielded the noblest specimens of Christian martyrs to be found in any age or in any place. We have living proof of the actual accomplishment in converted South Sea cannibals, Esquimaux, and American Indians, Bush Negroes, Terra de Fuegans -- even in Papuans, in Australia and New Guinea. Still this picture has a reverse side. We have entered Africa, but witness the multitudes in the centre of that continent untouched and even unknown. We have entered China, but see hundreds of millions of pagans in the kingdom of the Middh. Christianity will go on conquering and to conquer until this mighty host without number from every kingdom, and people, and tongue is brought into the Church of the living God. In our diocese we are glad to report a continued advance on the collections of former years. Last year we reported an income of £904; this year we report £937, which, when outstanding subscriptions and collections are received, will amount to about £950. To this we add work, forwarded on account of the Zenana Missionary Society in connection with the Church Missionary Society, valued at £50, and collections in money amounting to £17, which makes the total for 1882 £1,017. Very far indeed is this from being commensurate with the vastness of the work or the greatness of our obligation to Him whose we are. Still, it is increasing, and the increase arises neither from legacies nor from spasmodic efforts, but the steady work of willing friends."

Rev. M'CONKEY M'CREADY, in moving the adoption of the report, urged the desirability of young men and women devoting themselves to missionary work.

Rev. H. NEWTON (Colombo, Ceylon) seconded the adoption of he report. He considered missionary work the raison d'etre of the Church. What were they in the Church for unless it were to hold up he lamp of God's truth and extend Christ's kingdom in the hearts of men, women, and children all over he world? He knew that in the district in which they had laboured, and from reports that came from other parts of the world, he believed it was a fact there also, that there was a strong desire on the part of the native heathen to learn English. If all the persons present voyaged with him 7,000 miles to where he laboured, he would undertake to have all their time filled in missionary work with natives of Ceylon who understood the English language. (Applause.) Hence a great responsibility rested on the English nation.

Rev. Dr. WRIGHT supported the motion, which passed unanimously.

A hymn having been sung,

The CHAIRMAN pronounced the benediction,

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The proceedings terminated.

A meeting was held in the same place at eight o'clock in the evening, when number of missionary addresses were again delivered.

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CURIOSITIES OF THE UNITED STATES RAILWAY CENSUS. -- According to the United States railway returns for 1880, there were 1,165 companies, having, in round numbers, 87,000 miles of railway in operation -- about equivalent to a track extending four times round the world. The cost of this gigantic system was nearly 5,660,000,000 dols., of which about two-fifths has been paid for, and the companies are in debt for the balance. The killed and maimed on the railways in 1880 numbered 8,215 persons. The goods traffic in 1880 amounted to 291,000,000 tons, for which the railway charged 1.29 dols. per ton per mile, and made a profit of 53c. per ton per mile. The number of passengers carried was 270,000,000, each paying an average of 2.33c per mile, and the companies making a profit of 0.62c. per mile. If the passengers are counted by weight, allowing fourteen passengers to the ton, then the receipts of the companies for them was 32.62 dols. per ton per mile, and their profit 8.62 dols. per ton per mile -- a large profit compared with that for dead freight. The haulage on those railways now employs over 17,000 locomotives, and the aggregate cost of running them is about 90,000,000 dols., or not far from 5,000 dols. a year for each machine. The item of fuel alone (most of which is wasted) is 33,000,000 dols. The rolling stock consists of over 12,000 passenger cars and about 400,000 freight cars.

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EPPS'S COCOA. -- GRATEFUL AND COMFORTING. -- "By a thorough knowledge of the natural laws which govern the operations of digestion and nutrition, and by a careful application of the fine properties of well-selected Cocoa, Mr. Epps has provided our breakfast tables with a delicately-flavoured beverage which may save us many heavy doctors' bills. It is by the judicious use of such articles of diet that a constitution may be gradually built up until strong enough to resist every tendency to disease, Hundreds of subtle maladies are floating around us ready to attack whenever there is a weak point. We may escape many a fatal shaft by keeping ourselves well fortified with pure blood and a properly nourished frame." -- "Civil Service Gazette." -- Made simply with boiling water or milk, sold only in Packets labelled -- "James Epps & Co., Homoeopathic Chemists, London." -- Also makers of Epps's Chocolate Essence. -- ADVT.

 

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