The Witness - Friday, 4 June, 1875
BAILEY--May 30, at her father's residence, the Rev. S. Nicholsons, Ballyclare, the wife of W. J. Bailey, British Workman, Lisburn, of a daughter.
BUTLER--May 31, at 5, Abingdon Terrace, Lisburn Road, Belfast, Mrs. T. H. Butler of a son.
CAMPBELL--June 2, at 24, Thorndyke Street, Mountpottinger, the wife of Christopher L. Campbell, of a daughter.
DUNN--May 30, at 1, Roden Street, Belfast, the wife of James Dunn, of a son.
GASTON--May 21, at Beech Cottage, Antrim, the wife of H. Gaston, of a son.
HAMILTON--May 26, at 43, Earl Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Robert M. Hamilton, of a son.
HIND--June 1, at 21, College Street South, Belfast, the wife of John Hind, jun., of a daughter.
HEENAN--May 29, at Drumcaw, the wife of Hugh Heenan, Esq., of a son.
KERR--May 26, at Suffolk, Dunmurry, the wife of Mr. William Kerr, of a son.
KINAHAN--May 28, at Bedeque House, Belfast, Mrs. Frederick Kinahan, of' a daughter.
MAGILL--May 30, at 33, Cavour Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Nelson Magill, of a son.
NIBLOCK--May 29, at Rockfield, Monaghan, the residence of her father, the wife of the Rev. J. Niblock, Comber, of a son--stillborn.
PATTON--May 26, at Cathedral Terrace, Armagh, the wife of Mr. Robert Patton, Ulster Bank, of a daughter.
RAINEY--May 28, at Whiteabbey, the wife of Robert Rainey, of a daughter.
SPARROW--May 26, at the Rectory, Moneymore, the wife of the Rev. William Sparrow, of a son.
SINCLAIR--May 29, at Church Street, Ballymena, Mrs. George Sinclair, of a son.
THOMPSON--May 29, at Newtownlimavady, the wife of Mr. James A. H. Thompson, of a daughter.
ALLEN--CAVAN -- May 27, at Mountpottinger Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. David Hunter, Joseph Allen, Waterside, Cookstown, to Miss Martha Cavan, New York.
CORRY--JACKSON -- May 26, at the Parish Church, Ballymacarrett, Belfast, by the Rev. Dr. Roe, Vicar, Mr. James Corry, to Miss Sarah Jamison, both of Ballymacarrett.
CAIRNS--CLUGSTON -- May 28, at Christ Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Thomas Ham, A.B., Mr. Edward Cairns, to Mary, second daughter of Mr. Hugh Clugston, engineer, Belfast.
CLELAND--CROSKERY -- May 5, at Chicago, by the Rev. Joseph Hartman, Mr. Samuel Cleland, to Miss Martha Croskery, both formerly of Belfast.
FARQUHAR--WOODSIDE -- May 29, at the Northern Presbyterian Church, Ballyclare, by the Rev. William M'Cullough, Samuel Farquhar, Northern Bank, Ballyclare, to Jane, eldest daughter of Dr . Woodside, Ballyclare, and granddaughter of Dr. Moore, Templepatrick.
HUGHES--CAVAN -- May 27, at Ballee Church, by the Rev. John Porter, Captain Hughes, to Abigail, eldest daughter of Mr. William Cavan, Ballybranagh.
JOHNSTON--M'FARLAND -- May 21, at 102, Burnside Street, Glasgow, by Mr. A. Dewar, William Johnston, Esq., Londonderry, to Sarah Jane, only daughter of Mr. Andrew M'Farland, Broad Path, Co. Donegal.
MEEK--CAMPBELL -- May 31, at the Second Presbyterian Church, Ballymena, by the Rev. David MacMeekin, Mr. Alexander Meek, to Sarah Campbell, Ballylesson.
ROBINSON--LAMONT -- May 31, at York Street Nonsubscribing Church, Belfast, by the Rev. David Thompson, Mountpottinger, Thomas Robinson, to Jane, eldest daughter of John Lamont, Granshaw, Comber, Co. Down.
RICHARDSON--SMYTH -- June 2, at the Second Presbyterian Church, Dungannon, by the Rev. G. W. Leggett, Presbyterian Minister, assisted by the Rev. J. D. Lamont, Wesleyan Minister, William, eldest son of Mr. James Richardson, Boland, Dungannon, to Eliza, eldest surviving daughter of Mr. Joseph Smyth, Coolcush, Dungannon.
ADDY--May 26, at Donaghadee, Robert Thompson, son of Edward J. L. Addy, aged 1 year and 1 month.
BALMER--May 30, at 47, Carlisle Street, Belfast, John William, youngest child of John Balmer, aged 11 months and 19 days.
BULLICK--May 27, at Aughagallin, Lurgan, Mr. John Bullick, aged 30 years.
COWAN--June 1, at 10, Earl Street, Belfast, Thomas Toye, infant son of Captain Thomas Cowan.
CUPPAGE--May 31, of apoplexy, at Silverwood, Lurgan, George G. Cuppage, late Lieutenant 10th Regiment, youngest son of the late Thomas Cuppage, Esq.
CRAIG--May 23, at his father's residence, Limepark House, Basil H. Craig, aged 26 years.
DARBISHIRE--At Antrimville, Belfast, William Bruce, second surviving child of Herbert and Maria Darbishire, aged 10 years.
DIXON--At 5, Albert Bridge Road, Ballymacarrett, Belfast, Thomas Dixon.
FISHER--May 28, at Cherryville, John Orr Fisher, aged 4 years.
FISHER--Mar 31, at Cherryville, Elizabeth Helena Fisher, aged 7 years.
GIBSON--May 28, at Market Street, Armagh, Matilda, third daughter of the late Alexander Gibson.
GUINEY--May 29, at Killyleagh, Co. Down, Kathleen, youngest daughter of Hugh S. Guiney, aged 7 years.
GIBSON--May 27, at the residence of her uncle, John Buchanan, Comber, Alicia I. Gibson, third daughter of James Gibson, Belfast.
HERON--June 1, of scarlatina, at Ardigon House Killyleagh, Robert F. G. Heron, only child of Robert Heron, Esq., D.L.
IRELAND--May 29, Jane, wife of Mr. Hugh Ireland, Dunmurry.
KILLIPS--May 30, at her late residence, Ballydavey, Margaret, relict of the late John Killips, aged 88 years.
LESLIE--May 31, at the Manse, Cookstown, Selina Maxwell, eldest daughter of the Rev. John Knox Leslie.
MITCHELL--May 30, at No. 9, Stanley Street, Belfast, Thomas Mitchell, late member of L.O.L. 398.
MACKEY--May 27, suddenly, at her residence, Abbey Street, Armagh, Miss Anne Mackey.
MAZE--May 27, at Killultagh, Upper Ballinderry, Simon Maze, aged 85 years.
M'CRACKEN--May 37, after a lingering illness, at his brother's resIdence, 8, Cooke Street, Ormeau Road, Belfast, Robert M'Cracken, aged 46 years.
O'FLAHERTY--May 30, at her residence, Castle Street, Lisburn, Eleanor, widow of the late Francis Hale O'Flaherty.
THE SUMMER ASSIZES.
The judges met on Saturday, and arranged that the circuits should be taken as follows :-- North-West--The Lord Chief Justice and Baron Fitzgerald. Connaught--The Chief Baron and Mr. Justice Fitzgerald. North-East--Mr. Justice Lawson and Mr. Justice Morris. Home--Baron Deasy and Mr. Justice Barry. Leinster--Baron Dowse and Munster--Mr. Justice O'Brien and Mr. Justice Keogh. As Chief Justice Monahan will not go on circuit, a Queen's counsel will be selected to go with Baron Dowse on the Leinster circuit.
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County Antrim--Robt. Alexander, of Naghnamorne, Belfast. County Waterford--M. Ffolliott Gyles, Ballyrafter, Lismore. County Cork--James O'Callaghan, Rock Cottage, Skull, Skibbereen; Wm. Henry Bird, Downdaniel, Innesshannon. County Cavan--James Small, Helenville, Bailieborough. King's County--Thomas Mulock, Kilnagarne, Ballina House, Athlone.
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TERRIBLE FIRE IN NEWTOWNARDS.
SEVEN PERSONS BURNED TO DEATH.
ON Sunday morning, Newtownards was the scene of a terrible occurrence. Two houses situated in Dobbin's Row, South Street, have been completely destroyed by fire, and a weaver named John M'Knight and six of his children burned to death. Of nine members M'Knight's family only two, Mrs. M'Knight and a young child, remain to shed any light on the sad occurance, which "at one fell swoop" deprived her of her husband and six children. The sentry on duty at the military camp, which is convenient to Dobbin's Row, was the first to notice anything of an unusual nature. At five minutes past two o'clock he heard the noise of windows being smashed up South Street, and, knowing that some of the 75th were out on pass, and thinking that they might be engaged in a row or be blamed for the damage, he reported the matter to the sergeant of the guard. On looking again up the street the sentinel observed dense volumes, of smoke and flame issuing from the first floor windows of a house within a few doors from the south end of the row. The sergeant of the guard then aroused the acting sergeant-major, Colour-Sergeant Hart, who alarmed the detachment, and knocked up the commanding officer, Lieutenant Denman Lambert Baynes, who proceeded with every available man, in all sorts of undress, to the burning premises. Not a. soldier was left in the camp but the sentry at the gate. About two o'clock also a man named Shannon came to the police barracks in High Street and reported that a fire had broken out in Dobbin's Row. In a short time Sub-Inspector T. J. N. Robertson, Head-Constable Daniel Flagherty, and the constabulary force were on the spot. Patrick Mackintosh, Esq., J.P., was also present. The crowd of civilians was much smaller than might have been expected. On the arrival of the police ladders were obtained from Mr. John Hanna's timber yard, and, the soldiers having formed a line from the canal to the burning houses, water was passed along, cans and buckets, having been obtained for this purpose from the inhabitants of the neighbouring houses. Not much good, however, was effected by these means and it was not until the arrival of the Town Commissioners' fire engine, which Sub-Constables Boyce and M'Hugh dragged down from Regent Street the progress of the flames were noticeably arrested. Successful efforts were made to cut the beams which connected the burning mass from the houses on each side. Armed with pioneers' axes, some of the men of the 75th mounted the roof, and, to the imminent danger of their lives, hewed away at the beams till the roof fell in. Lieutenant Baynes behaved in a most gallant manner, and his men, without exception, seemed eager to emulate the action of their generous and courageous leader. Mr. Robt. Davidson, T.C. (captain of the fire brigade); Mr. John Hanna, Mr. J. A. Brown, T.C.; Mr. J. F. Robinson (gas manager for the Consumers' Company), and others, exerted themselves in a praiseworthy manner, and the women were most active in carrying water to fill the tank of the engine; but, on the other hand, many of the inhabitants evinced an apathy and carelessness which was anything but creditable to them. Had the people, however, been aware that there were seven persons in the blazing house, they would doubtless have displayed more energy in extinguishIng the flames; but this fact was not known to them. Mrs. M'Knight, bearing a baby, herself and it much burnt, rushed out whenever the fire was discovered, but no information could be got from her as to who remained behind, so agitated was her mind. In fact, none of those engaged at the fire knew who was in the house, or if there was any person at all, and, as no cries were heard. it probable that M'Knight and his six children were suffocated before the fire reached them, though it is probable that the breaking of glass heard by the sentinel at the camp was an expiring and frantic attempt to get air, which, on being admitted, fanned the pent-up flame and hastened their destruction. When the fire was subdued about three o'clock, a. search was made for the bodies, and seven blackened and charred cinders, some of them not larger than a blackened loaf, were found among the debris. They were at once removed by the police to an outhouse connected with Mr. James Chambers' public-house, a few doors up the street. Mrs. M'Knight, when she ran out with the infant in her arms, was dressed in her everyday clothes, and from this it would appear that she had not gone to bed ; whether her husband was in bed is not yet known, but they were both seen in the street on Saturday night under the influence of drink, and he was observed standing at his own door, to all appearances drunk, at twelve o'clock. The eldest child, a boy, was fifteen years of age, and the youngest three months. A man named Thomas Houston, who occupied half of the same house, which was a large one, and fitted up for two weavers, with workshops, was able to save his own life and those of his family; but looms, clothes, and furniture are entirely destroyed.
AT the inquest held in the Market House today on the bodies of John M'Knight and his six children, burned to death yesterday morning, it appeared deceased and his wife were under the influence of drink and were last seen about half-past twelve o'clock. The fire was discovered shortly before two o'clock, when Robert Patton met his wife' and a man named Houston and family coming down stairs. Flames were then issuing from the roof, and no person could go into the room where deceased were. Subsequently Patton saw the deceased at the front window, attempting to break the sash, but he fell back into the room apparently suffocated. Mrs. M'Knight lies in a dangerous state in the workhouse hospital not expected to recover. Her infant is progressing favourably . The jury returned a verdict from suffocation and burning, but the origin of the fire is unknown. The jury considered great credit due to the police and military for their exertions in the matter.
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CHARGE OF WIFE MURDER IN BELFAST.
ABOUT SEVEN o'clock yesterday morning a woman named Ann Green, about twenty-five years of age, died in Torren's Market, off Hercules Street, under circumstances which led to the belief that death resulted from her husband's violence. The police hearing of the occurrence went to the house and found deceased lying on some straw in the backroom. From the inquiries then instituted it transpired that on Saturday the deceased and her husband had been imbibing too freely in drink. A woman named Jane Hefferson, who lives in the house No. 17, next door to Green, heard the deceased and her husband quarrelling on that evening. They had loud words, and she heard threatening expressions used, but Mrs. Hefferson did not like to interfere between them. Sometime afterwards Mrs. Hefferson informed Ann M'Gaw, aunt of Mrs. Green of what had occurred, and at about eleven o'clock she went into the house and found the deceased suffering from a. wound on the right temple. The police yesterday morning examined the wound, which was of small dimensions, being about the size of a fourpenny piece, but was much swollen and discoloured about the edge. When Mrs. M'Gaw saw the wound she inquired who inflicted it, and Mrs. Green replied that her husband had struck her on the head with his crutch. The husband was then present, and did not contradict his wife's allegation. Mrs. Greer then lay down on her straw, and during the night complained of the intense pain of the wound. Her aunt sent for the deceased's mother, who remained with her till she died. By direction of Head Constable Armstrong George Green was arrested by Constable M'Mahon, and lodged in the Police Office, charged with the crime of wilful murder. He received the usual caution, and made no statement, exculpatory or otherwise. Dr. Dill, borough coroner, was informed of the occurrence during the day. He directed a post-mortem examination, which lasted a considerable period, to be made. It was conduced by Dr. M'Kee, Castle Street, and Dr. Wadsworth, Carrick Hill.
On Monday, at ten o'clock, Dr. Dill, Borough Coroner, held an inquest in Mr. Murtagh's public-house on the body of a woman named Ellen Green, who came to her death yesterday morning under very suspicious circumstances.
Head-Constable Armstrong represented the Crown.
Several witnesses having been examined as to the cause of death,
Dr. Charles Watson, Peter's Hill, deposed to having been called upon yesterday morning to visit a woman in Torren's Market. On his arrival he saw the deceased, who was quite dead. He examined the body, but saw no marks of violence except on the right side of the forehead. On examining the body he found two large clots of blood collected near the heart, which was nearly double the size of an ordinary woman's heart. The ordinary size of a healthy woman's heart should be eight or nine ounces, and the deceased's weighed fourteen ounces. She was labouring from what is popularly called heart disease.
The CORONER, then gave the usual directions to the jury. They had no alternative on the evidence before them but to return a verdict. They had heard the evidence that the deceased woman received an injury. They had also heard the statement in evidence of the injured woman herself that the injury was inflicted by her husband, George Green, who was seen striking her with his crutch.
The jury, after a lengthened consultation, returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased came to her death by the bursting of an aneurism, and that death was accelerated by excitement consequent on the injuries she had received, and the drink she had taken.
The CORONER said that was an open verdict, and amounted to a verdict of manslaughter against some person or persons unknown.
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HORRIBLE STABBING CASE IN DOWNPATRICK.
A HORRIBLE case of stabbing took place in Downpatrick on Saturday night. it appears that a man named William Toner, formerly belonging to Downpatrick, but latterly resident in Glasgow, went to the house of a man named Luke Cunningham, a labourer, who lives in Saul Street. They had a contention, it appears, in Cunningham's house. When Toner was about leaving the house, Cunningham's wife escorted him to the door for the purpose of bidding him good-night, a practice quite customary in this neighbourhood. Cunningham, it appears, heard some observation made use of by Toner, which caused him to form a jealous opinion, and he at once rushed out of the house and stabbed Toner twice in the abdomen with a knife. Toner was conveyed to the County Infirmary, and there is but slight chance of his recovery. The loss of blood was something extraordinary. Cunningham was brought before the magistrates, and commItted to the County Jail. Toner is a widower with a small family; Cunningham's family is large.
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The Witness - Friday, 11 June, 1875
ALLEN--May 31, at 113, Old Lodge Road, Belfast, the wife of Hugh Allen, of a son.
BEAUMONT--June 3, at Hill Street, Ballymena, the wife of Alexander Beaumont, of a son.
BENNETT--June 3, at 8, Seaview Place, Belfast, the wife of Joseph Bennett, of a daughter.
BROADBENT--June 7, at The Cottage, Cogry, the wife of Samuel E. Broadbent, of a daughter.
CRAIG--June 2, at 14, Elm Street, Belfast, Mrs. James Craig, of a son.
CLEAVER--June 8, at Ashley Villa, Belfast, the wife of John Cleaver, of a son.
DUNN--May 28, at 20, Lonsdale Terrace, Belfast, the wife of J. Dunn, Esq., Captain 89th Princess Victoria's Regiment, of a son.
HILLOCK--May 14, at Thomas Street, Armagh, the wife of Henry Hillock, of a daughter.
M'KEE--June 8, at 12, Clarence Place, Belfast, the wife of Peter M'Kee, Esq., of a daughter.
NAPIER--June 8, at the Bank House, Saintfield, the wife of James Napier, of a daughter.
STERLING--June 4, at 45, Greenmount Road, Belfast, the wife of James Sterling, of a daughter.
SYME--June 3, at Ballynafeigh, Belfast, the wife of James Syme, of a son.
TEDFORD--June 7, at 7, Mountpottinger, Belfast, the wife of James Tedford, of a daughter.
BARBOUR--M'CULLOUGH -- June 4, at the Eglinton Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. W. C. M'Cullagh, William Barbour, Corrintra, Castleblayney, to Hannah, youngest daughter of the late David M'Cullough, Knockduff, Jerritspass.
BAXTER--STURGEON -- June 4, at the Reformed Presbyterian Church, High Street, Newry, by the Rev. A. M'Leod Lyons, William Baxter, Doverneagh, to Eliza, eldest daughter of the late Andrew Sturgeon, Mullaglass.
FLEMING--CHANCELLOR -- June 10, in the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, by the Rev. Josias A. Chancellor, brother of the bride, William A. Fleming, Aughinsillagh, Newtownlimavady, to Mary Chancellor, Solitude House, Dundonald.
HALL--ANDERSON -- June 7, at Christ Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Thomas Ham, Mr. Richard Hall, Armagh, to Miss Agnes Anderson, late of Ballymena.
HADDEN--MURPHY -- June 3, at the Presbyterian Church, Ballygawley, by the Rev. David G. Smith, Mr. Joseph Hadden, Cavan-Kilgreen, to Miss Isabella Murphy, Tullyvar, both in Co. Tyrone.
IRWIN--WHITE -- June 7, at Redrock Presbyterian Church, by Rev. Jackson Smith, Armagh, Wm. Henry Irwin, Lurgan, to Annie, third daughter of Samuel White, Armagh.
M'CLEERY--HODGENS -- June 8, at the Donegall Pass Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. James Dewar, Rev. John R. M'Cleery, Cootehill, to Henrietta Frances, eldest daughter of Henry St. John Hodgens, formerly of Cootehill.
PLENDERLEITH--MARTIN -- June 4, at the United Presbyterian Church, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin, by the Rev. James Stevenson, George, second son of Andrew Plenderleith, Esq., Leith, to Mary, only daughter of David Martin, Dublin.
SMITH--MITCHELL -- May 27, at the Presbyterian Church Ballygawley, by the Rev. David G. Smyth, Mr. Joseph Smith, Roughan, to Miss Ellen Mitchell, Carran, both In Co. Tyrone.
TAYLOR--GRIBBON -- June 3, at the Baptist Chapel, Coleraine, by the Rev. T. W. Medhurst, James, second son of the late James Taylor, Esq., Kinnaird Street, Belfast, to Mary Elizabeth, only daughter of Edward Gribbon, Esq., Holm-lea, Coleraine.
WILSON--M'FALL -- June 3, at the First Presbyterian Church, Larne, by the Rev. J. B. Meek, Mr. Robert Wilson, Belfast, youngest son of the late Mr. James Wilson, Drumahoe, Larne, to Martha, eldest daughter of Mr. Archibald M'Fall, Ballyloran House, Larne.
WILSON--M'CLEERY -- June 4, at the Second Presbyterian Church, Islandmagee, by the Rev. Robert Henry Shaw, Mr. Wm. Wilson, Islandmagee, to Miss Letitia M'Cleery, Ballytober, Islandmagee.
BOOTH--At the residence of his grandfather, Mr. Wilson Bell, Drumconvis, Coagh, William Robert, only son of Robert W. Booth, Mountpottinger, 8elfast, aged 3 years and 6 months.
BLAIR--June 6, at 166, Ragdal Mount, Cheetham, Manchester, Lucie, youngest daughter of James Blair, formerly of Belfast.
CUNNINGHAM--June 3, at the residence of his father, Botanic Road, Belfast, John Cunningham, aged 19 years.
GIVEEN--June 5, at 4, Clifton Place, Monkstown, Fielding Giveen, Esq., late County Inspector, R.l.Y.C., aged 78 years.
HOLMES--June 4, at his residence, 21, Shipboy Street, Belfast, Joseph Erskine Holmes, aged 11 years.
JOHNSTON--June 4, at 18, Dover Street, Belfast, Margaret, daughter of Mr. William Johnston, coachmaker.
KILMARTIN--June 6, at his residence, 21, King Street, Belfast, Mr. Thomas Kilmartin.
KILPATRICK--June 7, at 29, Edward Street, Belfast, Hugh, only surviving son of Wm. Kilpatrick, aged 21 years.
LOGAN--June 2, at the residence of her grandfather, 25, Newtownards Road, Belfast, Pattie M'Cleery, eldest daughter of Mr. Jonathan Logan, Knockagh, near Carrickfergus, aged 3 years and 6 months.
LIPSET--June 7, at 2, Tramway Street, Belfast, Jane Lipset, aged 82 years.
MENEELY--June 3, of spine disease, at the Royal Hospital, Belfast, Isabella Meneely.
M'GRATH--June 3, at her residence, 4, Mayne Street, Belfast, Elizabeth, wife of Patrick Wm. M'Grath.
MORROW--June 5, at her residence, 50, Regent Street, Belfast, Frances, relict of the late W. M. Morrow, H.M.'s Excise, Raphoe, Co. Donegal, aged 23 years.
MACEWEN--June 4, at Llondudno, the Rev. Alex. MACEWEN, M.A., D.D., Claremont Church, Glasgow, aged 54 years.
M'CRACKEN--June 8, at 10,, Montgomery Street, Belfast, John Owden, third son of Hamilton M'Cracken, aged 1 year and 9 months.
MITCHELL--June 8, at Drumgain, Co. Armagh, Mr. John Mitchell, aged 31 years.
PRYCE--June 8, at Christopher Street, Belfast, Henry, second son of Mr. Thomas Pryce, aged 12 years.
PORTER--June 7, at her father's residence, 24, Walnut Street, Belfast, Martha, third daughter of Mr. James Porter.
ROBERTSON--June 2, after a short attack of diptheria, at 3, Oxford Gardens, Notting Hill, London, Agnes Mary, wife of Charles Ogilvy Robertson, lately residing at Boyle, Athlone, and Londonderry, aged 39 years.
ATTEMPTED SUICIDE NEAR DONAGHADEE.
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THURSDAY a most brutal murder was perpetrated in the County Down. The scene of the tragic occurrence is convenient to Carrowdore Castle, the beautiful residence of S. D. Crommelin, Esq., J.P., D.L., and is on the leading road from Carrowdore to Millisle, being about equidistant from each. A more lovely spot for such a foul and wanton murder could not have been selected, as it is situate in one of the most thriving and populous portions of the County Down, studded with mansions and comfortable farm-houses, which give it the appearance of a . peaceful, thriving, and contented neighbourhood. "
The victim of the tragic occurrence is a widow, about thirty-five years of age, named Mary Askin, who resided with her mother, Mrs. Kelly, in a thatched cottage, on the road leading from Carrowdore to Millisle. She, as well as the rest of the family, had borne an excellent character, respectable in their humble sphere of life, and sewing and needlework was her chief means of earning a livelihood. John Simpson, at whose hands she has met with an untimely death, is a labourer, aged about forty years, and lives in close proximity to the house of the unfortunate deceased. The two houses are situate at an angle of the road, from which they are merely separated by a potato garden. For some time past Simpson has been addicted to drink. The entrance to the cottage of Mrs. Kelly stands about six or seven yards from the road, and the roof covers two rooms--the kitchen and parlour. On going into the former there is a deal-table on the right-hand side, and the door leading to the sleeping-room on the left. The house is most comfortably furnished, and bears evidence of care, thriftiness, and neatness. Ornaments, such as are to be found in the domiciles of poor persons of taste, everywhere prevail, and it is provided with the dresser, cupboards, and all the appurtenances of a comfortable home in the country. It appears that shortly before eleven o'clock Mrs. Kelly, the mother of the victim, left home to do some work in a neighbouring bog, from which the family have hitherto provided fuel for family use, and on her way she met Simpson going in the direction of the house, and some fifteen or twenty minutes walk from it. There was no eye-witness to the frightful tragedy, but from the appearances afterwards it would seem that he bad gone into the house, found Mrs. Askin seated at the window at the far end of the deal-table sewing, and with a hatchet; (which was afterwards found covered with blood) struck her several blows on the back of the neck, which cut the spine and almost severed the head from the body. After receiving these fearful cuts she fell forward, and before life was extinct the murderer used a knife and cut the thorax and jugular vein from ear to ear. The mother returned about twelve o'clock, and the sight that presented itself to her was a most horrifying one--her daughter lying almost headless in a pool of blood. Mrs. Kelly rushed out of the house and alarmed the neighbours by her shouts of murder and cries that "John Simpson has cut Eliza's throat." A woman who was washing at the time in a neighbouring house, named Anna Adams, rushed to the spot, but Eliza Askin was then dead. Dr. Stuart, of Donaghadee, fortunately happened to be passing on a visit to some patients during the uproar, and hearing what occurred he rendered every assistance. Proceeding to the door of Simpson, who was even then suspected of having committed the deed, he forced it in (as it was barred) and wrenched a knife from xxxxxxxxxxxxx severe injuries on the right side of the throat--so much so that his life is at present despaired of.
We believe the unfortunate man's motive for the murder was jealousy at being rejected by Mrs. Askin, although it is stated that he had procured the marriage, licence. Simpson has four children, principally grown up, and the deceased had one child--all of whom are left unprovided for.
Intelligence of the sad occurrence was conveyed to Donaghadee and Newtownards, and a number of the constabulary immediately repaired to the spot
Shortly after six o'clock S. D. Crommelin, Esq. J.P., D.L., Carrowdore Castle, attended by J. C. MacGowan, Esq., Clerk of Petty Sessions, was in attendance and took informations, in presence of the unfortunate man
At one o'clock, on Friday sen., William Davidson, Esq., Coroner for the northern division of County Down, held an inquiry at Mr. Robinson's house, in the Townland of Ballyfrenis, into the circumstances connected with the death of Eliza Askin.
The jury having been sworn, the first witness called was the mother of the murdered woman,
Mary Kelly, examined--The deceased Eliza Askin, is my daughter. She is also a widow, and resides in the house with me. I know John Simpson, who resided near me. There was only a little garden between the two houses. He is a widower, and came back and forward to our house. It appears he was paying his addresses to my daughter, the deceased, but it was unknown to me. I have seen him several times the worse of drink, but never saw him in a condition that would lead me to thInk he was of unsound mind. I last saw my daughter alive at ten minutes to eleven o'clock on Thursday. She was going through the house when I went out, preparing the dinner for me to take to the moss. I took the dinner with me to people who were working in the moss. I left her alone in the house. I had nearly a mile to go to the moss. On the road I met John Simpson and Robert Robinson. I met Simpson first, but had no talk with him. I was not on speaking terms with him for the last month, because I did not want my daughter to take him, and did not want him to come into my house. About three weeks ago he came into my house, and I ordered him out. He said not to put him out, and he would not trouble me again, and I said I did not want him in my house, as he had been too often there in my absence. He did not say why he would not trouble me again. He was in the habit of coming when he saw me going out. I cannot say whether my daughter encouraged him. My daughter and he had got "lines" for the licence in the beginning of May; but she told him to put it off. In less than an hour after I left I returned home, and found the door drawn to and not latched. I went in and cried on Eliza several times, as I did not see her. I got no reply, and I went up near the fire, where I saw her in the corner all crept together with her head down. She was lying on her face. I lifted her up on a stool, and laid her head on the window-sill. She was then dead and covered with blood. That was near the place where she always sat at her work. I ran then to the main road and screeched murder; but saw no one when I went out first. Mr. Adams and Mrs. Thompson came and went into the house with me. Did not see John Simpson nor anyone else in the house. My daughter was thirty-seven years of age, and it is her body that the jurors have viewed. When I met John Simpson he did not appear to have drink on him, but was walking very fast. He had nothing with him that I observed. He had on moleskin drawers, and a chip hat.
Doctor Stuart swore he found a large incised wound, about three inches long, on deceased's neck, which laid open the windpipe and external jugular vein. It could have, been inflicted by the pen-knife produced. He found a second wound two inches deep, and two long ones on the back part of the head, which severed the vertebrae and cut through the spinal column. This last wound could not have been self-inflicted. On being told it was Simpson who committed the murder he had his house guarded, and police sent for. Subsequently hearing that Simpson attempted suicide, he looked through his window and saw him lying in a pool of blood, and on breaking open the door he found a knife in his hand and a wound in his neck.
James O'Neill saw the accused running hurriedly to his own house from the direction where the murder was committed.
Two other witnesses named Robinson gave evidence that accused should not have left his work at the time the woman was murdered.
The Coroner summed up, and, after a hour's deliberation, the jury by a majority of twelve to seven, returned a verdict of wilful murder against the accused, John Simpson.
We append, the latest particulars connected with the late melancholy occurrence in the County Down. On Saturday morning when Simpson was visited by Dr. Stewart, the dispensary medical officer, it was found that he had so far recovered from his wounds as to bear removal. This.having been intimated to Samuel D. Crommelin, Esq., J.P., Sub-Inspector Robertson was communicated with, and by his instructions the Workhouse car, accompanied by Constable Higgin and Sub-Constable M'Hugh, armed with side-arms and rifles, were driven to the scene of the murder. On the prisoner being placed in the vehicle, the mother of the murdered woman ran forward out of the crowd as if about to use violence towards him, but instead of that took a long look at him as he lay on the pallet, and then walked away. The cortege proceeded at a slow pace, guarded by the police, and followed by a large crowd, and arrived at Newtownards about eight o'clock. It is possible that if any of the members of the crowd had been able to get at Simpson, they would have ill-treated him.
On reaching the Workhouse, the prisoner was placed in a large ward of the infirmary, attended by a guard of two policemen. On Saturday night he was restless and troublesome, and appeared to be watching the police as vigilantly as they were watching him. He made several appeals for whiskey, pretended to be weak and exhausted at times, but at others displayed by his actions that he was wonderfully strong, and altogether manifested the possession of considerable cunning. The wound on his neck is not a dangerous one, and last evening he appeared to have much improved.
The funeral of the murdered woman took place on Sunday morning at ten o'clock. Her remains were deposited in a graveyard near Donaghadee.
The deceased was considered a very handsome woman, and was about 37 years of age.
NEWTOWNARDS, TUESDAY, TWELVE O'CLOCK.--The man John Simpson, who is accused of having murdered Eliza Askin, at Ballyfrenis, near Carrowdore, on Thursday last, lies in the infirmary of the Union Workhouse here in an extremely critical state. Since his admission on Saturday night he has taken little or no food, although pressed to do so by the attendants, and is to all appearances steadily sinking. The wound in the neck is almost healed externally, but he complains of internal injuries, to which he attributes his inability to swallow solid food. He drinks as much water as he xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxin a very low tone, indicating physical weakness. During the night he was uneasy and restless, and unable to sleep. To-day he is much weaker than he was yesterday. and utterly unable to be removed. When he does enjoy an interval of comparative rest he lies in a dreamy state, to all appearance sleeping, but in reality lying awake with his eyes closed. Two policemen mount guard in the infirmary day and night.--Cor.
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SUICIDE AT OLDPARK.
LAST night the body of a man named Beattie, a farmer, who formerly lived in the neighbourhood of the Water Works, and who was ejected by his landlord some time since, and his premises knocked down, was found in the upper basin last evening about five o'clock. We understand that the police are making the necessary inquiries, so as to elucidate the mystery connected with this unfortunate circumstance.
IT appears that the unfortunate deceased had been for a long time in depressed spirits, and it would seem that he had fully made up his mind to bring his life to an untimely end. About noon, on Friday, he left his house in apparently good health, and there was nothing remarkable about his demeanour. Up to five o'clock there was no sign of his return, and a little uneasiness was felt at such an unusually long absence. Nothing more was heard or known of him until half-past five, when some parties in the neighbourhood of Oldpark observed some object floating in the chamber which connects the conduit with the upper basin of the Water Works. A closer examination was made, and they were horrified to find that it was the body of a man. It was then taken out,. and immediately recognised as being that of John Beatty, who formerly resided on a comfortable farm within a few hundred yards from the chamber. He was divested of his coat and hat, both of which were shortly afterwards found on the bank, where he had, in all probability, left them before committing the dreadful act. In the pocket of the coat a letter was found, written and signed by the deceased. In this he refers to his then intended suicide, gives some directions as to be mode and place in which he wished to be buried, and explains the exact spot where his body would be found. This letter was handed over to the police, and its full contents, of which the foregoing is a text, will probably be made known at the inquest. Deceased was evicted from a farm adjacent to the Water Works on the 25th Nov., 1873. He then opened a milk concern, and other branches of business in connection therewith, and was for a time rather prosperous, but this happy state of things did not last, and gradually the business decreased. This appears to have affected him very much, and he indicated frequent depression of spirits. These are the only reasons which are given for the desperate act, so far as yet known. The body has been removed to a public-house on the Old Lodge Road, under the charge of the Ligoniel police. Dr. Hume, Coroner, has been communicated with. Deceased was between 60 and 70 years, and leaves a wife, and a son and daughter.
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The Witness - Friday, 18 June, 1875
ELDER--June 5, at Fort House, Aughnacloy, the wile of Robert B. Elder, Esq., of a son.
FISHER--June 15, at 101, City View Terrace, Belfast, the wife of John Fisher, of a daughter.
M'FERRAN--June 9, at Red Hall, Ballycarry, the wife of R. M'Ferran, Esq., of a daughter.
OULTON--June 14, at St. Lawrence Terrace, Belfast, the wife of the Rev. C. Oulton, of a daughter.
PAUL--June 11, at Cookstown, the wife of Thomas Paul, Esq., of a daughter.
PENNEFATHER--June 8, at 24, St. John's, Wakefield, the wife of the Rev. S. E. Pennefather, of a son.
REYNOLDS--June 15, at Colin Grove, Dunmurry, the wife of Archibald Reynolds, of a daughter.
RIDDALL--June 15, at Balmoral, near Belfast, the wife of the Rev. W. Riddall, of a son.
SMITH--June 9, at 213, Bishop Street, Derry, the wife of' Mr. Peter Smith, of a son.
VAUGHAN--June 9, at The Lawn, Datchet, the wife of the Rev. Henry Vaughan, of a son.
WILSON--June 12, at Edenderry, Portadown, the wife of Valentine Wilson, of a daughter.
HURST--MACGEAGH -- May 17, at Elmwood Church, Belfast, by the Rev. William M'Caw, of Manchester, uncle of the bride, assisted by the Rev. J. H. Moore, Charles James, Son of James Hurst, Esq., Osborne House, Higher Broughton, Manchester, to Ellen Louisa (Nellie), daughter of Robert MacGeagh, Esq., Queen's Elms, Belfast.
MAGEIHAN--QUINN -- June 11, in St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, by the Rev. E. Watterson, Mr. James Mageihan, of Belfast, to Maggie, eldest daughter of Mr. Edward Quinn, Greenville, Castlereagh Road.
M'CUTCHEON--HASKIS -- May 29, at the Second Presbyterian Church, Dromore, by the Rev. Jas. M'Kee, George W. M'Cutcheon, to Mary Ann Haskis, both of Lurgan.
M'ILWAINE--FALLS -- June 10, at the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev. James Edwards, assisted by the Rev. J. C. Trotter, Rev. Andrew M'Ilwaine, to Jeanie, eldest daughter of Mr. John Falls, Pettigo.
ORR--CAMPBELL -- June 11, at the First Presbyterian Meeting-house, Magherafelt, by the Rev. A. Minnis, Saltersland, Mr. Robt. Brown 0rr, to Isabella, daughter of the late Mr. John Campbell, Magherafelt.
PAUL--MITCHELL -- June 17, in the Fourth Presbyterian Church, Derry, by the Rev. Robt. Ross, assisted by the Rev. Geo. MacFarland and the Rev. James Brown, the Rev. Samuel Paul, Gillygooley, to Margaret Orr, daughter of the Rev. Josias Mitchell, Omagh.
TODD--GUNNING -- At Great Victoria Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Thomas Hamilton, A.M., Henry Todd, to Maggie, second daughter of John Gunning, both of Belfast.
BINGHAM--June 15, at her residence, Ballooly, Co. Down, Jane, relict of the late Hugh Bingham, aged 61 years.
CASSIDY--June 7, Lucy Harriette, daughter of Samuel Cassidy, Esq. J.P., Bruckless House, Co. Donegal, aged 3 years.
EAGLESON--June 15, at the residence of Robert MacMurry, Esq., Glynn Park, Carrickfergus, Anna M. Eagleson, relict of the late Richard Eagleson, Esq.
FARRELL--June 10, at 3, Little Patrick Street, Belfast, James Farrell, aged 34 years.
HENYSHILL--June 9, at Carrickfergus, Miss Mary Henyshill.
HUTCHINSON--May 26, at Ontario, Canada, Annie, wife of George Hutchinson, formerly of Londonderry, aged 35 years.
KINNEY--June 11, at Ballycastle, Peter, eldest son of Mr. James Kinney, aged 21 years.
KNOWLES--June 12, at Umerban, Minnie, eldest daughter of' Henry Knowles, aged 8 years.
LYNCH--June 13, at Strand Road, Londonderry, Susan, wife of Mr. Edward Lynch.
LAWSON--June 12, at No. 1, Spencer Terrace, Kilmainham, Dublin, Elizabeth, widow of the late James Lawson, Esq., Charlemont, County Armagh, aged 90 years.
MITCHELL--June 8, at his residence, Drumgain, Mr. John Mitchell, aged 31 years.
MONRO--June 9, at 57, Summer Hill, Dublin, Emma, daughter of the late Rev. Hector Monro.
THE CENSUS OF IRELAND.
WE are at length presented, more than four years after the enumeration of 1871, with the corrected summary tables of statistics for the whole of Ireland. The figures and other particulars which we extract should be considered as applying to the 2nd of April, 1871. The total area of Ireland is 20,819,947 statute acres, 627,761 being covered by water. Of the land, 5,581,990 acres are under tillage, 10,071,317 acres are under pasture, 324,993 are under plantation, and the very large superficies of 4,213,886 acres are waste, bog, and mountain. House statistics are as follows: Inhabited, 961,380; uninhabited, 31,530; building, 2,170; against 995,156, 40,957 and 2,920 respectively in the year 1861. The total population amounts to 5,412,377, of whom 2,639,753 are males, and 2,772,624 are females. These figures show a decrease of the population in ten years of 386,590 persons, or 6.67 per cent. By the general valuation of 1871 the houses and land of the entire country were estimated at £13,257,673 11s 3d. According to specified occupation the population of all ages are classified as follows:-- Professional 1,522,860; domestic, 740,195; commercial, 105,619; agricultural, 1,062,008; industrial, 538,135; indefinite and non-productive, 308,576. On proceeding to the analysis of the first category we find 45,521 individuals, set down as "authors and literary persons," a figure which, without the foot-note explaining that "scholars" and "students" are included in the heading, might induce one to believe this country to be characterised by a very extraordinary literary activity. This reduction being made, we find that the bulk of the professional class are teachers; clergymen and other connected with religion coming next in order. Under the head of "vagrants" are the startlingly large number of 10,663 persons. There are 15,594 persons of rank and property not returned under any office or occupation, and 279,980 persons of no stated calling. There are in Ireland 592,683 farm holdings, occupied by 423,829 farmers. Of the former, 107,106 are under 5 acres, 89,543 are between 5 and 10 acres, 146,314 between 10 and 20, 80,651 between 20 and 30, 47,869 between 30 and 40, 30,412 between 40 and 50, 39,188 between 50 and 75, 49,941 between 75 and 500, 1,411 between 509 and 2,000 and 76 above 2,000 acres. By religious persuasion the population are distributed as follows:-- Roman Catholics, 4,150,867; Protestant Episcopalians, 667,998; Presbyterians, 497,648; Methodists, 43,441; all other denominations, 52,423. In the last named class are 9,373 Unitarians, 6,049 Reformed Presbyterians, 4,957 Baptists, 4,338 Independents, 3,814 members of the Society of Friends, 285 Jews, 33 Mormons, 16 "Deists," 6 "Theists," and 1 Atheist. Of the total population of Ireland, 2,349,229 persons can read and write, 821,735 can read only, and 2,241,413 (including children and infants) are wholly illiterate. In 1871, 33.4 of the population five years old and upward were illiterate, against 38.7 per cent. in 1861 ; a comparison which shows a very satisfactory advance in the education of the masses. In 1871, 714,331 persons spoke Irish and English, and 103,562 Irish only; against 914,261 and 163,275 respectively in 1861. At the date of the census 639,955 persons were receiving instruction in 10,082 educational establishments. In the decennial period ended on the 31st March, 1871, Ireland lost 768,850 inhabitants by emigration.
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IN CONNECTION WITH THE
FOREIGN MISSIONS OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN IRELAND,
FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIANITY AMONG THE WOMEN OF THE EAST.
AT THE FIRST ANNUAL MEETING held in the PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Great James's Street, Londonderry, on SATURDAY, the 12th June, the Rev. J. S. MACINTOSH, Belfast, having moved, and the Rev. J. A. SMITH, of Cork, seconded, that the chair be taken by the Rev. J. L. Porter, D.D., LL.D., Moderator of the General Assembly, and the Rev. H. M. WILLIAMSON, of Belfast, having offered prayer, the following Resolutions were unanimously adopted--
I. Moved by the Rev. A. C. MURPHY, M.A., Londonderry, and seconded by the Rev. W. MACMORDIE, M.A., Missionary from Gujarat--
"That the Report and Statement of Accounts be adopted and printed for general circulation."
II. Moved by the Rev. Professor WALLACE, Belfast, and seconded by the Rev. WILLIAM WRIGHT, M.A., Missionary from Syria--
"That the position of Women in the East demands the sympathy and help of the Church of Christ."
III. Moved by the Rev. WM. PARK, M.A., Belfast, and seconded by the Rev. GEORGE T. REA, M.A., Missionary from Gujarat--
"That we acknowledge with gratitude the cordial support which this Association has received during the year, the number of Branch Associations and Local Auxiliaries that have been already formed, and the wide interest that has been awakened among our Christian women."
IV. Moved by the Rev. W. B.KIRKPATRICK, D.D., Dublin, and seconded by the Rev. JOHN S. WOODSIDE, of the Lodiano Mission in India--
"That our best thanks are due to the various Secretaries, Treasurers, and Collectors, for the energy and self-denying zeal which they have thrown into this work."
V. Move by AARON BAXTER, Esq., Londonderry, and seconded by ALEXANDER MACVICKER, Esq., Londonderry--
"That the following be the Office-bearers and Members of Committees during the year 1875-6:--
[Those marked * constitute the Executive Committee.]
Mrs. Armstrong, Dromore West.
Miss Bell, Lurgan.
Mrs. Bellis, Belfast.
Mrs. Berkeley, Lurgan.
Mrs. BIggar; Londonderry.
Mrs. Black, Dundalk.
Miss Bristow, Belfast.
Mrs. Brown, Donoughmore.
Mrs. Brown, Hollymount, County Mayo.
Mrs. Campbell, Galway.
Mrs. John Cook, Londonderry.
Miss Corry, Belfast.
Mrs. Dickson, Dungannon.
Mrs. Drummond, Dublin.
Mrs. Drury, Dublin.
Mrs. Edgar, Dublin.
Mrs. Adam Findlater, Kingstown.
Mrs. Fleming, Coleraine.
Mrs. Glasgow, Belfast.
Mrs. Gordon, Strabane.
Mrs. Henderson,. Belfast.
Mrs. Huey, Coleraine.
Mrs. Johnston, Belfast.*
Mrs. Kerr, Cork.
Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Dublin.
Mrs. Knox, Belfast.
Mrs. Archibald Lemon, Sydenham.
Mrs. MacAlister, Monaghan.
Mrs. MacCarter, Londonderry.
Miss M'Clure, Belmont.
Miss MacGeorge, Newry.
Mrs. MacIntosh, Belfast.*
Mrs. MacKee, Belfast.
Mrs. MacOstrich, Cork.
Mrs. Magill, Cork.
Mrs. Moore, Ballymena.
Mrs. Hugh Moore, Belfast.
Mrs. Morell, Dungannon.
Mrs. Morgan, Belfast.
Mrs. A. C. Murphy, Londonderry.
Mrs. Murray, Limerick.
Miss Murray, Belfast.
Mrs. Osborne, Armagh.
Mrs. Patteson, Belfast.
Mrs. Richardson, Cork.
Mrs. Ross, Londonderry.
Mrs. George Shaw, Belfast.*
Mrs. William Shaw, Holywood.
Mrs. John Sinclair, Dunmurry.
Mrs. William Todd, Dublin.
Mrs. Watts, Belfast.
Mrs. Whigham, Ballinasloe.
Mrs. Williamson, Belfast.*
Mrs. Wilson, Limerick.
Mrs. Wilson, Banbridge.
Mrs. Yorkman, Belfast.
Mrs. W. Young, Ballymena.
Mrs. Park, Wellington Park, Belfast.*
Mrs. Fleming Stevenson, Orwell Bank, Rathgar, Dublin.*
Mrs. Wallace, 8, Fitzwilliam Street, Belfast.*
Mrs. Charles Finlay, University Square, Belfast.*
The Reverend the Moderator of the General Assembly.
J. M. Barnett, M.D.*
The Rev. George Bellis.*
J. P. Corry, M.P.*
Charles Finlay, J.P.*
The Rev. Professor Glasgow, D.D.
The Rev. William Johnston.*
The Rev. J. S. MacIntosh.*
The Rev. William Park.*
The Rev. George Shaw.*
Thomas Sinclair, J.P.*
The Rev. Professor Watts, D.D.
The Rev. H. M. Williamson.*
The Rev. W. Fleming Stevenson, Convener.*
The Rev. Professor Glasgow, D.D.
The Rev. Professor Watts, D.D.
The Rev. W. Fleming Stevenson, Convener.
VI. Moved by the Rev. JOHN DODD, Newry, and seconded by the Rev. J. H. MOORE, Belfast--
"That the Rev. the Moderator do now leave the chair, and that the Rev. Professor Wallace take the same; and that the cordial thanks of this meeting be tendered to the Moderator for presiding."
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IN AID OF
THE CASTLEROCK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AND MANSE FUND.
WILL BE HELD (D.V.) IN THE TOWN HALL, COLERAINE, early in AUGUST.
Lady Bruce, Downhill Castle.
The Hon. Mrs. Dawson, Moyola Park.
Lady Reed. London.
Lady Reid, Londonderry.
Mrs. Taylor, Millburn. Coleraine.
Mrs. Law, Dublin.
Mrs. Greer, Springvale.
Mrs. Lawrence, Bannfield, Coleraine.
Mrs. Knox, Rushbrook.
Mrs. Gamble, Ashburn, Gourock.
Mrs. Magill, Cork.
Mrs. Dunlap, Rothesay House, Coleraine.
Mrs. Tillie, Londonderry.
Miss M'Clure, Belmont.
Mrs. Cotton, Belfast.
Mrs. Hogg, Manchester.
The Committee have pleasure in stating that the whole cost of the New Church, and a portion of the purchase-money of the Manse, have already been met. To enclose the Church grounds, make some improvements, and pay off the remaining debt on the Manse, a considerable sum is still required.
Contributions of Money, Work, Flowers, or for the Refreshment Table, will be thankfully received by Mrs. MACGREGOR, 52, Eccles Street, Dublin; Mrs. HANSON, 37, Lonsdale Street, Belfast; Miss TILLIE, Derry; or by
Mrs.WARKE, Castlerock, )
Miss M. GREER, Springvale, ) Secretaries
Mrs. IRWIN, Castlerock, Treasurer.
The Committee think it right to state that there will be no Raffling at the Bazzar.
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The Witness - Friday, 25 June, 1875
BECK--June 19, at 5, Clarence Place, Belfast, the wife of Dr. Fred. E. Beck, of a daughter.
CRONHELM--June 17, at Ulsterville Avenue, Belfast, the wife of Henry C. Cronhelm, Solicitor, of a daughter.
FLECK--June 17, at Maghera, the wife of Mr. Jas. Fleck, of a son.
FOWLER--June 18, at The Rectory, Newtownhamilton, Co. Armagh, the wife of the Rev. Albert C. Fowler, of a son.
GILL--June 16, at Magheragall, Lisburn, the wife of Mr. Jonathan Henry Gill, of a daughter.
HUTTON--June 22, at 2, Mount Collier Terrace, Belfast, the wife of Henry Hutton, of a son.
IRELAND--June 18, at 46, Arthur Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. William Ireland, of a daughter.
KEOHLER--June 20, at 13, Kinnaird Terrace, Belfast, the wife of J. W. Keohler, of a son.
LEECH--June 20, at Blackrock, Co. Dublin, the wife of Charles Leech, jun., Esq., of a son.
LOUGHEAD--June 18, at 54, Willow Street, Belfast, the wife of Robert Alexander Loughead, of a daughter.
MULLIGAN--June 21, at Fort Charles, Banbridge, the wife of James C. MullIgan, of a son.
PERCEVAL-MAXWELL--June 21, at Finnebrogue, the wife of John William Perceval-Maxwell, of a daughter.
STRONGE--June 11, at the Manse, Killeshandra, the wife of the Rev. Wm. Stronge, of a daughter.
SHAW--June 21, at 117, Bradbury Place, Belfast, the wife of James H. Shaw, of a daughter.
TWEEDY--June 15, at Backnamullah, the wife of Mr. Andrew Tweedy, of a son.
GILKISON--DICKSON -- June 22, in Upper Clonaneese Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Joseph L. Scott, Mr. John Gilkison, Glasgow, to Matilda, fourth daughter of Mr. George Dickson, Mullaghneese, Aughnacloy.
IRWIN-THOMPSON -- June 17, at Banagher Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. R. L. Rodgers, John Irwin, Esq., Letterlougher, to Margaret, daughter of John Thompson, Esq., Fiscairn.
LAWRENCE-CLARKE -- June 15, at the Baptist Chapel, Coleraine, by the Rev. R. H. Carson, uncle of the bride, assisted by the Rev. T. W. Medhurst, James Lawrence, M.D., Darlington, England, to Margaret Ledlie Carson, second daughter of Dr. Clarke, Coleraine.
MOORE-M'KEE -- June 23, at 45, Balmoral Terrace, by special licence, by the Rev. H. M. Williamson, A.M., Wm. H. D. Moore, M.A., Solicitor, son of Dunlop Moore, Lurgan, to Isabella, only daughter of the late James M'Kee, Balmoral Terrace, Belfast.
M'CARTER-URQUHART -- June 17, at the residence of the bride's mother, Strabane, by the Rev. John M'Dermott, George M'Carter, jun., to Nellie, second daughter of the late J. C. O. Urquhart, Esq., Strabane.
MATHEWS-FOYE -- June 18, at Lurgan, Mr. Jas. Mathews, Corcreaney, Lurgan, to Sarah, third daughter of Mr. Thomas Foye, High Street, Lurgan.
NELSON-THOMPSON -- June 21, at the First Presbyterian Church, Larne, by the Rev. Classon Porter, Mr. John Nelson, Belfast, to Sarah Isabella, eldest daughter of the late Mr. John Thompson, Larne.
NESBITT-THOMPSON -- June 22, at St. Paul's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Charles Scott, A.M., Mr. D. A. S. Nesbitt, Egremont, Cheshire, to Miss Eliza Jane Thompson, Belfast.
O'NEILL-STEVENSON -- June 17, at the Covenanter Church, Ballyclare, by the Rev. Mr. Russell, Mr. David O'Neill, Newmill, to Miss Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Mr. Jas. Stevenson, Straw Park.
ALLEN--June 17, after at short illness, at Ballycraigey, Larne, Mrs. John Allen, aged 77 years.
BLACK--June 18, at Meeting-house Street, Coleraine, Ellen Jane, second daughter, of Mr. Edward Black, aged 21 years.
BUNTING--June 20, at 170, Agnes Street, Belfast, Margaret Ann Torbitt, infant daughter of Jas. Bunting, aged 6 months.
CLAWSON--June 21, at Knocknagony, Holywood, John Clawson, aged 83 years.
CLARKE--June 20, at Carlisle Road, Londonderry, James Clarke, aged 70 years.
CONELY--June 21, at 15, Pound Street, Larne, Thomas Strawhorne Conely, aged 2 years and 3 months.
CHASE--June 17, Eliza, w]fe of Thomas Chase, Langford Lodge, Crumlin.
COURTENAY--June 19, at 16, Gaffikin Street, Belfast, Samuel Stewart, son of John Courtenay, aged 7 years.
GARDNER--June 20, at his late residence, Ballycowan, Purdysburn, James Gardner, aged 86 years.
GREER--June 22, at Rosetta, Miss Margaret Greer, aged 60 years.
GIBSON--June 21, at 78, Lindsay Street, Belfast, Isaac Gibson, aged 30 years.
GREENFIELD--June 20, at her sister's residence, Lower Whitehouse, Eliza Greenfield, aged 50 years.
GORDON--June 21, at the Belfast Royal Hospital, Mr. John A. Gordon, 19, Elm Street, formerly of Doughery, Banbridge, aged 27 years.
HUNTER--June 22, at 16, Albert Crescent, Belfast, John Hunter, aged 49 years.
LYLE--At 66, Townsend Street, Belfast, John Lyle.
M'CORQUODALE--June 17, at 11, Montague Terrace, Richmond Hill, Dublin, Hugh M'Corquodale, Esq., aged 65 years.
M'CRACKEN--At his residence, 102, M'Tier Street, Belfast, William M'Cracken, aged 66 years.
M'BREARTY--June 20, at 146, Bogside, Londonderry, the wife of Captain John M'Brearty.
OFFICER--June 21, at Comber, of scarlatina, John Campbell, second son of Samuel Officer, aged 4 years and 2 months.
POLLOCK--June 20, at 22, Ladbroke Crescent, Notting Hill, London, Jane Erskine Pollock, Botanic View, Belfast, daughter of the late Jas. Pollock.
SHAW--June 20, at his father's residence, Ballyvallagh, neal Larne, William, eldest son of Mr. Wm. John Shaw.
SKIPTON--June 19, at Great James Street, Londonderry, Sarah Hester, wife of Pitt Skipton, Esq.
STUART--June 18, suddenly, at No. 19 Mount Charles, Belfast, Major Donald Stuart, late 46th Regiment.
STRONGE--June 13, at the Manse, Killeshandra, Mary Anne, infant child of Rev. Wm. J. Stronge.
TODD--June 20, at 20, Tyne Street, Belfast, James, eldest son of Andrew Todd, aged 8 years.
WILSON--June 21, at his father's residence, Ballymagreechan, Robert, second son of Edward Wilson, aged 21 years.
THE LATE MURDER NEAR FORKHILL.
The widow of Laurence M'Shane, the man who was brutally murdered on the night of the 3rd May last, at Longfield, has given notice that she will apply to the Grand Jury of the County Armagh, at next Assizes, under the provisions of the Peace Preservation (Ireland) Act, 1870, for the sum of £1,000, as compensation for the murder of her husband.
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THE CREWS OF THE ALERT AND DISCOVERY.
A CURIOUS discussion has been raised by the Lancet in connection with the Arctic Expedition as to the relative powers of dark and light complexioned men to endure cold. The latter, it is said, belong to the large-brained races of the North of Scotland, and have a larger share of vital energy and cold-resisting power than their dark and black-haired brothers of the South, This, suggests our contemporary, may be the reason why they have so large a preponderance in the crews of the Alert and Discovery, and the experience of the men in the Arctic regions of eternal ice will likely throw light on the ethnological point in question.
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THE IRISH VOTE ON THE PERMISSIVE BILL.
THE following is the Irish vote on the Permissive Bill :--For--Biggar, Close, Conyngham, James Corry, Dalway, Dease, Downing, Johnston, Leslie, Charles Lewis, Lord R. Montagu, Arthur Moore, O'Clery, O'Neill, O'Reilly, Parnell, Richard Smyth, Sullivan, Trevor, Wallace, Ward, Benjamin Whitworth, and William Whitworth. Against--Beresford, Booth, Bruen, Cole, Collins, Errington, French, Gibson, John Hamilton, Kavanagh, Kirk, Macartney, Stephen Moore, Mulholland, Murphy, O'Brien. O'Shaughnessy, Plunket, Richard Power, Sherlock, Swanston, Colonel Taylor, and Vance. The leader of both political parties voted against the Bill; but the promoters of Permissive legislation seem determined to carry on the agitation.
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CARDINAL MANNING ON THE PERMISSIVE BILL.
SIR W. C. TREVELYAN presided at the Exeter Hall meeting on Monday when resolutions in favour of the Permissive Bill were passed, and a petition to the House of Commons in support of the measure was adopted. Among the speakers were Cardinal Manning, Sir Wilfrid Lawson, Mr. A. M. Sullivan, M.P., and others. Cardina.l Manning maintained that in order to meet the confederation of the sellers of drink, the Alliance must extend its operations in every direction. Sooner or later the result they were labouring for--namely, giving the majority in a locality the power to stop the sale of drink--would be attained. At present the majority of drunkards tyrannised over the sober majority.
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HIGHWAY ROBBERY IN DUBLIN.
ON Saturday, at the Dublin Commission Court, Charles Strickley was indicted for having, on the night of the 14th May, robbed Mr. M'Ivors, pawnbroker, of a gold watch and chain, valued £15. Mr. M'Ivors was returning home about nine o'clock on the evening in question when the accused attacked him. He struck him violently upon the face, and knocked him upon the ground in a senseless state. While down, the accused made off with his watch and chain. He was subsequently arrested by a superintendent of police, with the watch in his possession. This occurred in Westmoreland Street, one of the principal streets in Dublin. The accused now pleaded guilty, and Mr. Baron Dowse, who tried the case, sentenced him to five years' penal servitude.
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ACCIDENT ON THE COUNTY DOWN RAILWAY.
ON Monday an accident, happily unattended with loss of life, took place to the 7.30 a.m. train from Belfast to Downpatrick and Newtownards. It appears that a number of workmen were re-laying a portion of the line convenient to the Belfast station, and the sleepers not having been solidly laid, one of the second-class carriages ran off the line. Two commercial travellers, named Good and Hall feeling the shock, jumped out of a second-class carriage in which they were travelling. Mr. Good was injured about the knees and shoulders, but he was not so badly hurt, as he was able to proceed to Newtownards. Mr. Hall was seriously injured about the head and back, and was taken to the nearest doctor. None of the other passengers, so far as we can hear, sustained any serious injury.
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ATTEMPTED WIFE MURDER.
ON Tuesday a determined attempt at wife murder took place at North Shields. A middle-aged couple, named M'Intyre, a shoemaker, lodged with John Maddigan, Back Bell Street, and during the past week M'Intyre has been drinking. On Tuesday morning he and his wife quarrelled, he being jealous of her. During the quarrel, and while she was engaged making the bed, he armed himself with a sharp shoemaker's knife, and having, with an oath, declared he would kill her, plunged the weapon into her abdomen, and then shoved his hand into the wound, from which blood was rushing, declaring he was determined to kill her. He next stabbed her severely on the right and left wrists, when the woman fainted. M'Intyre next attacked John Maddigan, and stabbed him severely in the back, after which he was secured by the neighbours and taken to the police station. His wife is not expected to live.
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THE ROBBERY OF £3,000 WORTH OF JEWELLERY.
Two well-dressed men, named Thomas Butler and Robert Hanley, stated to be two. English betting men, were indicted before Judge Barry, at the Commission Court, Dublin, for having stolen three hundred diamond and other rings, the property of Mr. Walter George, of King's Square, London. It appeared from the evidence that Mr. George was a passenger from Liverpool to Dublin on board the St. Patrick. When at sea the prisoners stole a case containing £3,000 worth of jewellery, consisting mostly of rings. When the prisoners were accused of stealing the case, one of them threw something overboard alleged to be the case that was stolen. The captain of the St. Patrick at once ordered them under arrest, and when they arrived at Dublin they were handed over to the police. Mr. Justice Barry sentenced them to five years' penal servitude each.
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WRECK OF A STEAMER AND LOSS OF TEN LIVES.
Two survivors of the steamer Southport have landed at Falmouth and made depositions. While voyaging from Preston to Sicily they encountered on the 6th inst. a dense fog. The engines were just kept going, and the best possible look-out kept, but at one o'clock in the morning they ran on a reef. The waves immediately broke over the vessel, sweeping everything from the deck. The captain instantly ordered out the boats, but they were carried away by a sea while being lowered, and the cook and engineer were washed overboard, but the engineer was washed back again. Two hours afterwards the steamer parted amidships, the stern sinking in deep water. The crew clung to the bow for an hour, when it slid off the reef, and the crew were left struggling in total darkness, ignorant even of the direction of the land. Three clung to the wreckage, and were washed about for hours--two were washed away, and the third caught a life-buoy, and swam ashore at eight o'clock, having been six hours in the water. He found another who had just previously reached the shore on a plank. The fishermen discovered them, and took them forty miles to Corunna. The steamer belonged to the Blackpool and Southport Steampacket Company.
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