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The Witness - Friday, 1 October, 1875

Births

BROWN -- Sept. 23, at The Manse, Hollymount, Mrs. Brown, of a daughter.

CALLWELL -- Sept. 22, At Saintfield, the wife of R.J. Callwell, of a son

DALE -- Sept. 26, at 59, Fitzroy Avenue, Belfast, the wife of A. Blair Dale, of a son.

ECCLES -- Sept. 24, at Spencer Road, Waterside, Londonderry, the wife of Alexander Eccles, baker, of a daughter.

FARIS -- Sept. 25, at Old Bank House, Armagh, the wife of Rev. Charles Faris, of a daughter.

HIGGINSON -- Sept. 25, at Lisburn, the wife of Theophilus Higginson, Captain Indian Staff Corps, of a daughter.

KNOX -- Sept. 4, at Houston, Texas, U.S.A., the wife of J. Armoy Knox, of a daughter.

MORELAND -- Sept. 29, at 3, Newington Terrace, Belfast, the wife of William Moreland, of a daughter.

MITCHELL -- Sept. 26, at Iveagh Villa, Sydenham, Belfast, the wife of William C. Mitchell, of a son.

MILLIKEN -- Sept. 18, at Belfast, the wife of S.C. Milliken, of a son.

MARTIN -- At 45, Apsley Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Alex. Martin, of a son.

RITCHIE -- Sept. 23, at Bridge Street, Comber, the wife of John W. Ritchie, of a daughter.

THOMPSON -- Sept. 24, at 22, Westmoreland Street, Belfast, the wife of David Thompson, of a son.

Marriages

ARMSTRONG--ORR -- Sept. 23, at Colebrooke Church, by the Rev. John Orr, brother to the bride, assisted by Rev. Wm. Linn, Mr. Francis Gardiner Armstrong, Fivemiletown, to Miss Isabella Orr, Irvy.

BARNETT--BOYD -- Sept. 28, at Emmanuel Church, Clifton, Bristol, by the Rev. A Medland, assisted by the Rev. T.G. Luckock, B.A., vicar of the parish, John Milford Barnett, M.D., Surgeon H.M.'s Indian Army, of Croft House, Holywood, Co. Down, to Selina Isabella, only daughter of Major-General Brooke Boyd, H.M's Indian Army, Clifton, near Bristol. No cards.

HEASLEY--JORDAN -- Sept. 24, at Hillsborough Church, by the Ven. Archdeacon of Down, Mr. William Heasley, Belfast, to Susan, eldest daughter of Mr. Samuel Jordan, Clogher, Hillsborough.

HURST--GAMBLE -- Sept. 28, at the Magdalene Church, Donegall Pass, Belfast, by the Rev. E. J. Hartrick, M.A., William John Hurst, Esq., J.P., Drumaness, Co. Down, son of James Hurst, Esq., Osborne House, Higher Broughton, Manchester, to Emily, daughter of the late Benjamin Adair Gamble, Esq., Belfast.

LINTON--MARTIN -- Sept. 16, at Hilltown Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. James Steen, Robt. Linton, Esq., Liverpool, to Martha, youngest daughter of David Martin, Banfield House, Rathfriland.

M'COLLUM--TOAL -- Sept. 24, at the Presbyterian Church, Hill Street, Lurgan, by the Rev. Charles William Kennedy, John M'Collum, Esq., Drumgast, to Miss Mary Toal, Corcreany, Lurgan.

MOORHEAD--MADILL -- Sept. 22, at the first Presbyterian Church, Drum, by the Rev. Thos. Madill, Garvagh, brother of the bride, assisted by the Rev. James Steen, John Moorhead, Esq., Rafeenan, Monaghan, to Bessie, eldest daughter of Mr. David Madill, near Newbliss.

PETERS--SHEARER -- Sept. 23, at Buckna Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Mr. Hughey, B.D., assisted by the Rev. Robert Montford, M.A., cousin of the bride, Thomas Peters, Esq., of New York, America, to Miss Maggie Jane, daughter of Captain James Shearer, of the Strand House, Dunard, the son of the late Colonel Billy Shearer, of Green Hill, Co. Antrim.

VAN BRABANT--HENDERSON -- Sept. 23, at Belmont Church, by the Rev. John Moran and the Rev. Henry Henderson, Monsieur Edward Van Brabant, jun., Courtrai, to Annie, second daughter of Jas. Alex. Henderson, Esq., J.P., Norwood Tower.

Deaths

BOOTH -- Sept. 22, at the residence of his father, Elagh, near Stewartstown, George Henry, third and well-beloved son of Mr. George Booth, aged 21 years.

BAILY -- Sept. 20, at Bargaly, Newtownstewart, Lieut.-Colonel Charles Baily, late Bengal Staff Corps, aged 52 years.

BECKETT -- Sept. 13, at his residence, Lower Ballinderry, Matthew Beckett, in the 60th year of his age.

BEATTY -- Sept. 24, at his father's residence, 10, Albert Street, Derry, Archibald, infant son of Mr. James Beatty.

CLELAND -- Sept. 23, at 31, Brougham Street, Belfast, Robert Allen, son of Captain Hugh Cleland, Deputy Harbour-Master, aged 3 years and 6 months.

CLELAND -- Sept. 28, at 31, Brougham Street, Belfast, James Stuart Hendry, infant son of Capt. Hugh Cleland, deputy harbour-master, aged 1 year and 1 month.

GORDON -- Sept. 24, at Annahilt, Lisburn, Co. Down, the Rev. John F. Gordon, Rector of Annahilt.

HOGG -- Sept. 26, at 40, Clarendon Street, Londonderry, David Cleghorn, youngest son of Mr. David C. Hogg, aged 14 months.

MACDONALD -- Sept. 23, at No. 4, Rosemount Terrace, Londonderry, Jessie Anderson, infant daughter of Wm. Macdonald.

MAGEE -- Sept. 13, at her residence, Marine Parade, Brighton, at an advanced age, Elizabeth, widow of the late James Magee, Esq., formerly of New York, late of Belvidere Place, Dublin.

QUIGLEY -- Sept. 26, at 104, William Street, Londonderry, Margaret, youngest daughter of Mr. John Quigley, aged 5 years.

REID -- Sept. 26, at 20, Villier's Place, Broadway, Belfast, Minnie, wife of Wm. R. Reid.

SINCLAIR -- Sept. 24, at Church Street, Ballymena, Henry Abraham, son of George Sinclair, aged 2 years and 4 months.

SINCLAIR -- July 29, at Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand, Margaret Jane, wife of Joseph Sinclair, aged 45 years.

SMYTH -- Sept. 22, at her son's residence, 20, Denmark Street, Belfast, Margaret Smyth, aged 54 years.

WHITESIDE -- Sept. 27, at the residence of her father, No. [??] Curtis Street, Belfast, Mary Jane, only daughter of Wm. Whiteside, aged 14 years.

Clippings

FIGHT BETWEEN NATIONALISTS

IT is reported from Limerick that after the meeting addressed by Mr. Butt broke up on Thursday night a desperate affray took place between two opposing bands of Nationalists, one supporting Daly, the mover of the resolution to which Mr. Butt objected, and the other siding with Mr. Gallagher, who had denounced Daly as falsely pretending to represent the Nationalists. Sticks and stones were used freely; many persons sustained severe contusions, and it is said that one had his ribs broken. Daly escaped with difficulty to his house, escorted by a body of his partisans.

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COLLISION AT SEA AND LOSS OF FOURTEEN LIVES.

THE steamer Adler, from Bremen, arrived at Hull on Sunday, with her bow completely smashed in, having been in collision outside the Spurn lightship with the Swedish steamer Prinz Oscar, bound from Grimsby for Stockholm. The Prinz Oscar sank in less than five minutes. Of the twenty-one persons on board, including the captain's wife and child, who were both lost, fourteen persons perished. The Adler was only saved by her collision bulkhead.

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A SCHOONER BOUND FOR BELFAST RUN INTO.

THE schooner Intrepid, of Wexford, Captain Roche, laden with coals from Portcawl to Belfast, was run into off Lundy Island, in the Bristol Channel, by the schooner Hollyhow, of Barrow, from Newport. The Intrepid had a narrow escape of foundering. She received considerable damage to her hull, as well as the top of her bulwarks and her mainsail. The Hollyhow was, it is stated, hailed to stand by and render assistance, but did not do so although she was but slightly damaged. Probably an inquiry will be held into this. The Intrepid has reached Bideford.

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SERIOUS COLLISION IN THE BRISTOL CHANNEL.

EARLY on Saturday the steamer Jane Bacon, Rowlands master, of and for Liverpool, with coals from Newport, was run into by the brigantine Elisha, Thayer Jeffers master,light to Newport, about six miles below Usk light. The steamer lost thirty feet of topgallantmast. The bulwarks and bridge were smashed to pieces, and the charthouse was completely wrecked. The captain and pilot on the bridge had a narrow escape. The brigantine was much damaged, but refused assistance. The steamer put into Cardiff for repairs.

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SHIPWRECK AND LOSS OF SIX LIVES.

ON Sunday the Carnarvonshire vessel Mary Reynolds struck on Carnarvon Bar. Her crew of six men were washed away and drowned. There was a south-west gale blowing, with heavy sea.

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THE LATE MR. VANCE, M.P.

AT the inquest on the body of Mr. John Vance, M.P. for Armagh, Mr. Cochrane stated that he was found in the company of the deceased two hours before his death. They were at the club together, and had a game of whist. When they left the deceased was in advance of them. At the Spa gate he made a spring forward, in the same way as afterwards when he fell and died, but he did not complain of anything. They walked, and, arriving at the steps leading to the esplanade, the deceased started a second time, yet did not complain of illness. Coming to the esplanade he gave a third spring, as described, and fell. He seemed to throw the air out of his mouth, and his tongue became black. Witness had noticed a quivering of the lip several times during the afternoon, but did not mention it. Dr. Cross said he had examined the body, and in his opinion death had resulted from disease of the heart. A verdict was returned accordingly.

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A Philadelphia telegram says the Inman steamer City of Berlin arrived at Sandy Hook on Saturday, after a passage of seven days and eighteen hours, from Queenstown, making the shortest Transatlantic voyage.

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THE DURHAM STREET MURDER

FRIDAY.

THE adjourned hearing of the charge of murder against John Daly was resumed to-day shortly before three o'clock. The magistrates present were -- The Mayor (T.G. Lindsay, Esq.), J.C. O'Donnell, Esq., R.M., E. Orme, Esq., R.M.; W.T.B. Lyons, D.L.

Mr M'Lean appeared for the Crown.

Constable J. Bailie was examined at length in corroboration of the evidence of some of the previous witnesses as regards the arrest of the prisoner, the blood on his clothes, blood on the straw and on different parts of his house, &c. When he produced the prisoner's shirt with marks of blood on it, he said it was damp, as if an attempt had been made to wash it off.

Prisoner -- I beg your pardon. Ask that man if he swears it was damp with water or sweat?

Mr. O'DONNELL -- You can ask that again yourself.

Mr. M'Lean -- I will ask it now. (To witness) -- Was there any damp on the shirt under the arms, or on the chest, where persons would likely be perspiring? Witness -- There was no sweat there.

The prisoner was further remanded.

SATURDAY

The investigation into the circumstances connected with the murder of Margaret Whitelay, on the 15th inst., was resumed at two o'clock to-day in the Custody Court, before J.C. O'Donnell, Esq., R.M. (in the chair); Sir James Hamilton, Knt.; Robert L. Hamilton, Esq., J.P.; Dr. Browne, R.N., J.P.; and Edward Orme, Esq., R.M.

Mr. J.M'Lean, sen. (Sessional Crown Solicitor), prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.

On the prisoner being put forward,

Wm. Henry Clegg was called, and, having been sworn, deposed that he lived in 68, Divis Street, at the rere of which was his father's workshop, with a gateway leading into Durham Street. The house No. 4, Durham Street, was above that gateway. On Tuesday morning, the 14th September, witness saw the prisoner's wife and child in Mr. Clegg's shop in Divis Street. In consequence of what he then heard, he went round to the yard, and put a ladder up to the back-room window of the house No. 4, Durham Street, by which he gained access for the purpose of opening the front door. When passing through the front room he did not observe blood on the floor, walls, or any of the furniture. It was then about half-past eight. After allowing Mrs. Daly and her daughter in, he went away.

The prisoner said he did not wish to ask the witness any questions.

Margaret Daly, a little girl aged 6 years, and daughter to the prisoner, was re-examined by Mr. M'Lean, and went over in greater detail her original evidence. Her mother, aunt, and herself went to their own house in Durham Street, on Tuesday, the 14th instant, where witness was sent out for, and brought in a glass and a-half of whiskey which was divided between her mother and aunt. Her aunt complained of her head being sore before that time, and then lay down and fell asleep. Witness remained in the house until her father came and knocked at the door at about half-past four o'clock. Her mother asked her aunt to rise, but she refused, and her father went away not having got in. He father stood at the corner, and her mother went out and stood at another corner watching him. Witness went and brought her father into the room. Witness told her aunt Margaret to rise, but she refused. Her father then lifted a stool, and hit her aunt on the feet. The leg came off the stool. He told her to "rise up out of that, or, if she would not, he would strike her." Witness ran down stairs for her mother, whom she found at the corner. Her father had on a moleskin pair of trousers, and a blue flannel shirt, with a checked one under it. At the time the witness went out there was no blood in the room, or about the room, nor did she see any blood about her father's vest or shirt. Her father was in the habit of sleeping without a shirt. She saw a little cut on her father's face, and there was a little blood on it. Her aunt had a black velvet, a blue velvet, and a black skirt on in bed. Her mother had given her aunt a little green jacket which lay on the bed. The quilt [produced] was her father's, and had been on the bed under her aunt. Witness identified the pieces of wood [produced] as being the stool which was in the house, and with which her father struck her aunt before they went out. It was not broken then, nor was there any blood on it. [A petticoat, bolster cover, child's shirt, grey shawl, and an apron, were produced and identified by witness as being her father's.] There was no blood on them when she went out. She did not see a piece of cord attached to some straw. A bag was also there, and lay on the bed. When leaving the house there was no blood on the walls or the stairs. She met Anne Whitelay and her cousin Annie, who, with her mother, went to Mary Quinn's. From thence they went to Carabine's, where they stopped all night, and which they left at seven o'clock next morning for Durham Street, but on the way were arrested by two "peelers."

Mr. O'DONNELL (to prisoner) -- Do you wish to ask this witness any question?

The Prisoner -- No, sir. I would not like to ask a witless child any questions at all. On last Wednesday week I heard the words being put into her mouth by that constable there (pointing towards the table).

Mr. O'DONNELL -- I examined the witnesses myself, and you heard nothing or saw nothing that was unfair to you. I would not allow anything to be done or suggested to a witness.

The Prisoner -- I can tell your worship how that blood came into the house, if your worship would like to hear it.

Mr. O'DONNELL -- You had better reserve anything you have to say until another period.

The examination of Margaret Daly was resumed, and she swore that the poker [produced] was her father's. It was in the house at the time she left, and there was no blood on it then.

On the witness completing her evidence, she was removed crying bitterly.

Mr. O'DONNELL (to Mr. M'Lean) -- What do you propose to do?

Mr. M'Lean -- I have to ask your worship to return the prisoner for trial.

Mr. O'DONNELL informed the prisoner that the case for the Crown had closed, and that the representative of the Crown had asked for him to be returned for trial on the charge of wilfully murdering Margaret Whitelay on the 14 th instant. He asked him if he anything to say.

Prisoner -- I have not, your honour,

Mr. O'DONNELL reminded him that he was not bound to say anything, except he chose, and anything he would say would be taken down and used in evidence against him.

The prisoner then made the following statement, which was taken down in writing by Mr. O'DONNELL:-"On the 14th I got a fall at the Ulster Railway. It took me an hour when I came home to get the blood stopped from my head. I was scarce able to go to my work the next morning with the weakness. That's all I've got to say, sir." In a subdued voice the prisoner added -- "Mr. M'Lean, if there's as much justice in the Kingdom Come, I don't know what to say -- swearing a child six years of age!"

The informations having been completed, the witnesses were bound over, and the prisoner was ordered to stand trial at the next Spring Assizes.

The prisoner wore a look of indifference on being removed from court, and looked at those in the gallery rather defiantly.

On Saturday, after the prisoner's statement that the blood in the house all came from the wounds in his head, Dr. M'Crea was sent for to make an examination of the wounds. He attended in a short time, and made an examination, after which the prisoner was brought into court.

Dr. M'Crea was examined by Mr. M'LEAN as follows:-- have you examined the prisoner's head? -- Yes.

Did you examine where he said he received the wound on the 14 th September? -- Yes.

What was the nature of the wound? A short and somewhat irregular contused wound.

Did you also see the wound on his hand? I did.

Would the blood that would come from the wound on the head or hand or both represent the blood you saw in No. 4, Durham Street on the 15th September and on the clothes? It would not.

Can you form an opinion of the quantity of blood you saw in the house and on the clothes? I should say it must have come from an extensive wound on a human body, or some other large animal.

Mr. O'DONNELL (to prisoner) -- Have you any questions to ask Dr. M'Crea.

Prisoner -- I need not ask any questions now. If the wounds had been examined at first it might have been some use, but now it is healed up, both on the head and hand.

The prisoner was then removed.

Thus ends the preliminary investigation of one of the most brutal murders on record, and one which, happily for the credit of our race and nation, seldom occurs in our midst.

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THE LATE BATHING ACCIDENT AT BANGOR.

SATURDAY.

IN the Custody Court of the Police Office to-day, the Mayor said he received a bronze medal from the Humane Society, to present to Mr. Stokes, in recognition of the courage he displayed in his efforts to save the life of Mr. Fitzsimmons, who was drowned during the season at Bangor. Mr. Stokes had seen Mr. Fitzsimmons sinking in the water, and he stripped and jumped in, at the risk of his own life, but he was unfortunately unsuccessful. Notwithstanding that, he deserved to be thanked and eulogised for his endeavours, which were recognised by the Royal Humane Society, who now gave him that medal. It gave him (the Mayor) great pleasure to present the medal as a reward for his gallantry in trying to save the life of a fellow-creature. (The Mayor then presented the medal to Mr. Stokes.)

Mr. STOKES returned his sincere thanks for the way in which the Humane Society had recognised his efforts, and also to the Mayor for the kind way he had spoken of him.

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For some months past typhoid fever has prevailed to a considerable extent in Crieff.

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EXTENSIVE EMBEZZLEMENT IN BELFAST.

AT the Belfast Police Court last week, David Keown, a respectably-dressed man, was put forward on remand in custody of Detective-Constable Ryan, charged with having embezzled £500 and upwards belonging to the Protestant Orphan Society, of which he was secretary. The prisoner pleaded guilty to the charge.

Mr. James M'Lean, S.C.S., appeared on behalf of the prosecution, and Mr. John H. Owen for the prisoner.

Mr. Robert L. Hamilton, J.P., deposed that he was a subscriber to, and one of the committee of management of, the Protestant Orphan Society, of which the prisoner was assistant secretary, and it was part of the prisoner's duty to receive the money of the society. The subscription paid by Mr. Valentine for 1870 was not accounted for in the funds of the society, neither was that of Mr. Godfrey Lyle. The prisoner admitted to him that he had used the money of the society. The total amount of money subscribed by Mr. Valentine, Mr. Lyle, and himself, appropriated by the prisoner, amounted to £575.

TO Mr. OWEN -- The prisoner came to them as an orphan, and they gave him a progressive salary, which was periodically increased to the sum he was in receipt of when last with them. He only knew him to have been elected on the committee of their society

To Mr. O'DONNELL -- He was reared and educated in a branch of the society in Dublin, and was taken down here because he was a native of Belfast.

Mr. O'DONNELL said he would not deal summarily with the case. It was an important one in many ways, and the public interests should be taken into consideration when a society such as the present had been defrauded by one of its own members. He would send the case for trial to the Recorder's Court. The prisoner was sent for trial to the Recorder's Court, and the witnesses bound over in the usual way.

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THE MAYNOOTH SYNOD

IT is worth recording that, during the sittings of the Synod, the proceedings of each meeting were noted in shorthand by the special notaries, Rev. Dr. Tynan (Private Secretary to Cardinal Cullen), and Rev. Mr. Higgins, who had had Previous experience, having been similarly employed at the sittings of the Vatican Council in 1870. The transcript was then lithographed, in a room in the College specially set apart for the purpose, and under the superintendence of the Rev. William Walsh, D.D., one of the Professors of Divinity at Maynooth College, and Assistant Secretary to the Synod. Every member of the Synod received each morning at breakfast a lithographed copy of the proceedings of the day before. Such an arrangement is, we believe, unprecedented in similar ecclesiastical assemblies, and carries an obvious recommendation on its face.

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THE REPRESENTATION OF ARMAGH

Mr. GEORGE D. BERESFORD, son of the Primate, and Dr. William Barker Kaye, Q.C., have issued addresses to the electors. The former simply states that his political principles coincide with those of the late Mr. Vance, and he avows himself a warm supporter of her Majesty's present Government. Dr. Kaye urges his claims on the constituency on the ground that he was born in the county, and has been personally known to them during his whole life. He thinks it needless to trouble them with any lengthened declaration of his political principles, but, like all the members of his family, he is Conservative. He has always been in favour of Ulster Tenant-right, and of Tenant-right at the expiration of leases, and he is prepared to support any measure calculated to settle this important question upon a satisfactory basis. If elected, he promises to give an independent support to the present Government.

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THE GUARDIANS AND THE TEACHERS QUESTION.

NEWTOWNARDS.

J.S. CRAWFORD, Esq., D.L., chairman, presided over the Board on Saturday. The following gentlemen were present as a deputation from the managers of National schools and others interested in the progress of education, to urge the Board to become a contributory union: -- Revs. E.A. Lyle, Kirkcubbin (Episcopalian); H. Moore, Newtownards (Unitarian); W.T. Martin, Stream Church, Newtownards; T.S. Woods, Ballygowan; R. Jeffrey, Greyabby; M. Macaulay, First Newtownards (Presbyterians); Messrs. G. Walker, Newtownards; J. Lowry, Ballygowan House; and John Taylor, Newtownards. The Rev. Joseph Bradshaw, Esq., J.P., and Mr.Robert Jamison appeared on behalf of those who were opposed to the union becoming contributory. Mr. John Mulholland, M.P., moved, and Mr. John Miller, J.P., seconded, a resolution that the union become contributory. The motion has carried by a majority of 27 against 6, one member out of 34 present not voting.

DOWNPATRICK.

Robert Heron, Esq., D.L., J.P., presided on Saturday, and a deputation of National teachers, consisting of Messrs. Fitzpatrick, Downpatrick; M'Glave, Castlewellan; Gilmore, Killyleagh; and Nesbitt, Bonecastle, attended and addressed the Board. The chairman moved, and Mr. Pilson seconded, that the union become contributory. Major Nugent proposed, and the Hon. Somerset Ward seconded, an amendment expressing disapproval of the Act, and agreeing to become contributory for a year. The amendment was withdrawn, and Mr. Browne proposed, and Mr. Blackwood seconded, that they should not become contributory, which was lost by a large majority, only seven voting for it.

LONDONDERRY.

John Barre Beresford, Esq., J.P., presided. Mr. Patterson, of the Derry branch of the Teachers' Association, addressed the board. Mr. T. Lecky moved that the union become contributory. Mr. Corscaden seconded the motion. Mr. Joseph Alexander moved, and Mr. Newton seconded, an amendment that they do so under protest. 1st. Because it is contrary to the principle and constitution of Irish Poor-law Boards to pay taxes for purposes over which we have no control; and secondly, because it will destroy the spirit of independence in the parents and guardians of children, as teachers will induce children to come almost for gratuitous teaching to enable them to obtain results fees. Major Scott moved a negative amendment, which was seconded by Mr. Babington. Mr. Alexander's motion was declared lost, only 9 voting for it. Major Scott's motion was also lost by a majority of 27, and the original motion was declared carried.

COLERAINE.

Sir H.H. Bruce, Bart., occupied the chair. Messrs. Edward Quinn, J. M'Clelland, and P. Connolly were then introduced, and they, as a deputation from the Coleraine Teachers' Association, severally addressed the Board. Dr. Traill proposed that the union become contributory. Mr. William Black seconded the motion. Mr. Patrick O'Kane moved, and Mr. R. M'Curdy seconded, a negative amendment. 25 voted for the motion, and 6 for the amendment.

OMAGH.

Colonel Francis Ellis, J.P., presided. Mr. M'Caughey was present as a representative from the teachers, and addressed the Board. Mr. A.C. Buchanan moved that the Board become a contributory union. Mr. Wm. Mullin seconded the motion. An amendment was proposed that the union do not become contributory. Twenty-five voted for the motion, eight for the amendment, and three guardians declined to vote.

The Ballinrobe, Ballymahon, Callan, Carlow, and Donaghmore Unions have decided to become contributory and Galway, Mullingar, New Ross, and Thomastown Unions have declined to do so.

BALLYMONEY.

The Ballymoney Guardians, with R.H. Dolling, Esq., J.P., presiding, met on Monday. Mr. James Townsend (a teacher in the union) read a memorial in support of the adoption of the Act. Mr. William Craig (Head Master Ballymoney Model School) also addressed the meeting at considerable length, after which the deputation withdrew. Mr. Thomas M'Elderry moved that the Union become contributory. Mr. Filgate, J.P., seconded the motion. An amendment to reject the Government scheme was moved by Mr. Johnston, and seconded by Mr. Gilmore. For the amendment eight voted, and nineteen against. The Union, therefore, becomes contributory.

BANBRIDGE

John Temple Reilly, Esq., D.L., presided. Mr. W. Conkey, Banbridge; Mr. M'Convey, Banbridge; and Mr. Rooney, Corbet, were received as a deputation from the Banbridge District Teachers' Association, and addressed the Board. On the motion of Mr. W.T. Mercier, seconded by Mr. Hall, the union unanimously decided to become contributory.

NEWTOWNLIMAVADY.

Connolly T. M'Causland, Esq., presided. Sir Frederick Wm. Heygate moved that the union become contributory. Mr. Samuel Mercer seconded the motion. Mr. George Cather moved, and Mr. Douglas seconded, a negative amendment, which was adopted, fourteen voting for, and thirteen against.

The following Unions have become contributory under the new Teachers Act: -- Ballyshannon, Celbridge, Cork, Edenderry, Kilmallock, Navan, Nenagh, Cavan, and Ardee. Carrick-on-Shannon, Listowel, Rathkeale, Ennis, and Gorey have declined to do so.

The following Guardians have also decided on the question:-- Contributory -- Letterkenny, majority, eleven; Dungarvan. Non-Contributory -- Clonakilty, unanimous; Shillelagh, majority, two.

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THE LATE GALE.

GREAT FLOODS & LOSS OF PROPERTY

REPORTS from various parts of Ulster bear testimony to the generally destructive and usually severe nature of the late gales. In the low-lying districts of County Tyrone, the fields presented the appearance of a lake, with the tops of the hay-ricks just above water, and many of the roads were converted into rivers. In Newry the mouths of sewers in many places became filled with straw and sand so that the water flowed over the street, rising to the height of two or three feet in some localities, flooding the lower portions of houses, and causing the inmates to take refuge in the upper storeys. The houses in Edward Street and Queen Street were completely flooded, and in Talbot Street and Sandys Street the rush of water down the hill was so violent that it tore up the roads in a manner almost inconceivable, and drove large stones down before it with astonishing rapidity. In Bridge Street the flood was also very heavy, and in one house a number of hens were drowned, while a blind man had rather a narrow escape, not knowing whither to turn until his friends discovered him and went to his rescue. In Kilmorey Street the water rose very high, but probably no part of the town suffered so much as Corn Market, where all the houses were flooded to a surprising extent, the furniture floating about in the lower rooms. In Dempster's extensive mills the water rose to the height of four or five feet, damaging a large quantity of yarn and jute in the stores. The Clanrye or County river presented a striking appearance on Monday morning. It was swollen to twice its usual width and depth, the current was exceedingly rapid, and as it dashed down to the sea it carried with it large quantities of hay and corn that had been floated off the banks into the stream. In the neighbourhood of Rathfriland two bridges over the Bann have been swept away, and several horses were drowned. The inundations would seem to have been more destructive in Warrenpoint, Rostrevor, and the tract of country lying between the latter village and Kilkeel. The bridge crossing the Ghan river at the foot of Rostrevor Hlll has been swept away, so that the mail car from Kilkeel to Newry could not pass on Sunday, and the driver had to ford the river with the letterbags and send them on by a car. At Kilbroney two bridges were also uprooted, and walls innumerable thrown down, the roads being rendered quite impassable at many points. In the neighbourhood of Newtownards quantities of corn were washed away.

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GREAT FLOODS IN THE RIVER BANN AND HEAVY LOSS OF PROPERTY.

DURING the rain, which fell in Rathfriland unceasingly from about eight o'clock on Saturday evening until Monday morning, the waters of the Bann were gradually, but steadily, rising, and on Sunday night overflowed, inundating the whole country through which it flows in the neighbourhood, committing frightful ravages on all that came within its reach -- in many cases carrying off bridges, breakwaters (or weirs), crop, live stock, &c. Mr. John Martin, Eightmilebridge, Hilltown, a large farmer, has suffered badly, his whole stackyard having been swept away in the flood. A fine mare carrying a foal was carried off and drowned, as well as two fine pigs. Three of his milch cows were carried off, but were afterwards recovered. There is not a vestige of his fine stackyard left. Mr. Patrick Delany also suffered a severe loss in having his whole stackyard swept away in the greedy waters, and has suffered badly by the flood. Mrs. Lyons, Mr. Samuel Davidson, and a great many more have sustained heavy losses in having large quantities of grain carried off, and in a great many cases cattle have been swept away. Some have since been recovered, but several are still missing. M'Comb's Bridge, on the Castlewellan Road, is said to be much injured through the unexpected overflow. It is to be feared that still worse accounts may yet be received from other lowlying districts through which the Bann flows, as it is the most disastrous flood that has taken place for many years.

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THE FLOODS IN CORK.

THE damage caused by the floods has been enormous. A portion of the quay wall has been swept away. Over 100 sheep, which were grazing near the city, were drowned, and dead cows and other animals were washed away. The part of the city called the Marsh suffered much, the water being three and four feet high on the ground floors. The steamer Pelican drifted from her fastenings at Primrose Quay, and was taken down the river, striking against dredges, and afterwards going ashore. The steamer Bittean, of the same line, broke the ropes holding her bows, and swinging, came in contact with the steamer Tema, but did no serious damage. A postman named Faby, travelling between Kanturk and Mallow, was this morning found drowned. A man was washed over the bridge at Fermoy, and drowned. The flood also swept away some horses out of a stable in the town. The loss of sheep and cattle on the Blackwater is enormous. In Cork the water is subsiding, but there is still a seething torrent rushing down both channels.

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THE BOARDS OF GUARDIANS AND THE NATIONAL TEACHERS' ACT.

LARNE.

MAJOR DARCUS, J.P., presided. The teachers' deputation consisted of Messrs. Wm. Larmour, J.Devlin, James Earls, W.J. Crooks, and Jas. C. Davison; and the managers', of Rev.Classon Porter, Rev. J. Whiteford, Rev. R.H. Shaw, Rev. J.B. Meek, Rev. S.E. Stewart, and Rev. John Jellie. Mr. Cunningham moved, and Mr. M'Donald seconded, the motion that the union become contributory, which was passed unanimously.

MONAGHAN.

James Hamilton, Esq., J.P., presided. A deputation, consisting of Messrs. Cunningham, Douglas, Martin, and Keenan, waited on the Board on behalf of the teachers, and delivered addresses. The chairman moved, and Mr. Richardson, D.L., seconded, that the union become contributory for one year at least. Captain Thompson proposed, and Mr. Robinson seconded, a negative amendment. Ten voted for the motion, and thirteen against. It was, therefore, lost.

The Castleblayney and Kilkeel Unions have become contributory.

LURGAN

LURGAN, THURSDAY. -- At the meeting of the above Guardians to-day, the question of whether or not the union would become contributory under the National Teachers' Act came up for consideration. There was a large attendance. John Hancock, Esq., J.P., Chairman of the Board, presided, and explained at some length the scope and working of the Act. The amount Lurgan would have to contribute would be £800.

Messrs. Cairns, Tanner, Geddess, Gillespie, and P. Smyth attended as a deputation from the teachers, and Mr. Cairns addressed the Board in support of their claim.

Major WARING moved that the Union be contributory, and the motion was seconded by Mr. ADAMSON, and supported by Messrs. DOUIE and ATKINSON.

Mr. STEWART BLACKER spoke at length in opposition to the proposal, and condemned the action of the Government in the matter.

On a division, twenty-three voted in favour of the motion, and seven against. The motion was accordingly carried, and Lurgan is added to the contributory unions.

DUBLIN.
Dublin, Wednesday.

TO-DAY, the Guardians of the North Dublin Union resolved, by fourteen to eight, to make it a contributory union in the sum of £992 for one year towards the payment of result fees to National teachers within the union within the meaning of the Act 38 and 39 Vic., cap. 39.

 

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The Witness - Friday, 8 October, 1875

Births pg 4

BRYCE -- Oct. 4, a 5, Park Place, Belfast, the wife of Alexander C. Bryce, of a daughter.

BROWNLIE -- October 1, at Carnenney, near Ballymena, the wife of Joseph Brownlie, of a daughter.

COOKE -- Sept. 30, at Vernon Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. John Cooke, of a son.

CUPPLES -- Sept. 28, at 120, Shankhill Road, Belfast, the wife of Robert Cupples, of a daughter.

CARTWRIGHT- Oct. 1, at Killyleagh, Co. Down, the wife of George Cartwright, Shane's Castle Schools, of a daughter.

CLOUGHLEY -- Oct. 5, at 57, Hopewell Street, Belfast, the wife of William Cloughley, of a daughter.

DE COURCY -- Oct. 4, at the Wesleyan Manse, Ballyclare, the wife of the Rev. E. De Courcy, of a son.

DICKSON -- Oct. 3, at 66, Lagan Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Alexander Dickson, of a son.

GRESHAM -- Oct. 4, at 12, High Street, Holywood, the wife of Mr. Henry Gresham, of a daughter.

HUNTER -- Sept. 29, at Bank House, Rashee, the wife of Mr. Charles Hunter, of a daughter.

SANDS -- Oct. 6, at 3, Lord Street, Mountpottinger, Belfast, the wife of John Sands, of a son.

YOUNG -- Sept. 30, at the Rectory, Ballybay, diocese of Clogher, the wife of the Rev. Aug. Blayney R. Young, B.A., of a son.

Marriages

BULLICK--LUTTON -- Oct. 1, at the Wesleyan Church, Portadown, by the Rev. J.W. Jones, I. Bullick, to Minnie, fifth daughter of the late A. Lutton, Esq., Moyraverty, Lurgan.

FLEMMING--M'FARLAND -- Sept. 30, at the Church, Portstewart, by the Rev. Thos. Gunning, A.M., Rector, Thomas, eldest son of Mr. Thos. Flemming, Portstewart, to Sarah, third daughter of Mr. Wm. M'Farland, Fincairn, Feeney, parish of Banagher.

FRAME--SCOTT -- Oct. 4, at York Street Non-subscribing Church, by the Rev. David Thompson, Mountpottinger, assisted by the Rev. R.J. Orr, M.A., Robert, eldest son of Mr. Hugh Frame, Ballycreely, to Martha, daughter of the late Mr. Wm. Scott, Ballygowan.

GIBSON--GILLESPIE -- Oct. 1, at Hill Street Church, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, by the Rev. Charles Wm. Kennedy, pastor loci, David Gibson, Esq., to Jane, daughter of Samuel Gillespie, Esq., Moyraverty Cottage, Lurgan.

GARRETT--TWEED -- Oct. 5, at Cairncastle Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Hugh Hamilton, Galgorm, Ballymena, uncle of the bride, assisted by the Rev. Samuel Edgar Stewart, B.A., Cairncastle, Robt. Garrett, Belfast, to Kate, eldest daughter of the late John Tweed, Hillhead, Cairncastle.

M'DOWELL--PATTERSON -- Sept. 26, at Drumbo Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Jas. M'Neill, Mr. Robert M'Dowell, Ballyskeagh, to Margaret, third daughter of Mr. Samuel Patterson, Ballymagarrick.

M'KAY--GUNNING -- Sept. 30, at Ballycopeland Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. W. Witherow, Donaghadee, George M'Kay, jun., Portinaghy, Glasslough, to Jane, daughter of John Gunning, Ballyhay, Donaghadee.

RAINEY--SMITH -- Oct. 6, at Hydepark Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. John Greenlees, assisted by the Rev. W. Macloy, Hugh, second son of Hugh Rainey, Ennismore, Ballymena, to Isabel, eldest daughter of David Smith, Lisanore, Belfast.

SMITH--RAINEY -- Oct. 6, at Hydepark Presbyterian Church, by Rev. W. Macloy, assisted by the Rev. John Greenlees, John, eldest son of David Smith, Lisanore, Belfast, to Rosina, fifth daughter of Hugh Rainey, Ennismore, Ballymena.

SIMPSON--CAIRNS -- Oct. 1, at Great Victoria Street Baptist Church, Belfast, by the Rev. G.W. Cross, Mr. Matthew Simpson, Baptist Missionary, Belfast, to Rebecca, daughter of the late Mr. John Cairns, Crossgar.

Deaths

AGNEW -- Oct. 5, at his father's residence, Spencer Road, Waterside, Walter, youngest son of Wm. Agnew, aged 3 years.

GUTHRIE -- Oct. 3, at 18, Foyle Road, Londonderry, Edward Guthrie, Esq., ex-Sub-Inspector Constabulary, aged 75 years.

DONALDSON -- Oct. 3, at The Manse, Pettigo, Laura Henrietta, third daughter of the Rev. John Donaldson, aged 17 years.

DEYERMON -- Oct. 5, at Thomas Street, Mary wife of John Deyermon, late of Ballygowan, Co. Down.

HANNAN -- Oct. 5, at No. 34, Fountain Place, Derry, James William Hannan, aged 84 years.

JONES -- Oct. 1, at his residence, Bishop Street, Derry, James Jones.

MORRIS -- Sept. 9, at Chester, Elizabeth Dorcas, wife of Edward Morris, Esq., and daughter of the late Ven. Walter Bishop Mant, Archdeacon of Down.

M'CLURE -- Sept. 30, at 38, Upton Street, Belfast, Mary Ann, infant daughter of the late John M'Clure.

M'LEAN -- Sept. 20, at 15, Earl Street, Belfast, Thomas, second son of Charles M'Lean, aged 21 years.

MORGAN -- Sept. 12, at Millview, Florida, U.S., Emily, wife of Robert Morgan, and eldest daughter of the late John M'Creery, York Street, Belfast, aged 33 years.

MURPHY -- Oct. 3, at 13, Henry Place, Clifton Street, Margaret, second surviving daughter of Thomas Murphy, aged 22 years.

M'KEE -- Oct. 5, at his residence, 198, Agnes Street, Belfast, Thomas M'Kee, aged 64 years.

M'CULLAGH -- Oct. 2, at the residence of his mother, 50, Fitzroy Avenue, Belfast, Thomas M'Cullagh, late of Manchester, youngest son of the late William M'Cullagh, formerly of Cromac Lodge, Belfast.

M'MURTRY -- Oct. 4, at 25, Wesley Place, Belfast, Matilda, infant daughter of Mr. Thomas M'Murtry, jun., aged 1 year and 9 months.

M'NEIL -- Sept. 3, drowned at sea, from the Countess of Dufferin, Alexander, second son of the late Captain M'Neil, Carnlough, Co. Antrim.

MOORHEAD -- Sept. 27, at his residence, Carrickmannon, Co. Down, James Moorehead, aged 67 years.

NEWELL -- Sept. 2_, at Wilkensburg, U.S., the Rev. John Newell, D.D., formerly of Newtownards, aged 51 years.

ORR -- Sept. 26, of gastric fever, at 2, Temple Street, Sligo, Mary Sarah Orr, eldest daughter of George Orr, aged 8 years and 8 months.

PALMER -- Sept. 26, at the Workhouse, Magherafelt, Mr. James Palmer, aged 33 years.

REID -- Oct.3, at 11, Queen Street, Belfast, Annie, wife of John Reid.

SMYTH -- Oct. 2, at his residence, Larne, Adam Smyth, in the 75th Year of his age.

SANDS -- Oct. 6, at 3, Lord Street, Mountpottinger, Belfast, the infant son of John Sands.

THOMPSON -- At the residence of her father, Corbally House, Killead, Deborah, wife of Wm. Thompson.

THOMPSON -- Oct. 5, at Wardlow's Villas, Lower Sydenham, William, son of Mr. D.W. Thompson, aged 9 years.

WOODWARD -- Sept. 3, after a long illness, at the Westminster Palace Hotel, London, the Very Rev. Thomas Woodward, Dean of Down, aged 61 years.

WILSON -- Oct. 2, of congestion of the brain, at 110, Donegall Pass, Belfast, Harold, son of William M. Wilson, aged 5 years and 6 months.

WRIGHT -- Oct. 2, at Ballintagart, Loughbrickland, Joseph M. Wright, son of Mr. John Wright, Lurgancabane, Rathfriland.

Clippings

MEMORIAL TO THE LATE SIR JOHN GRAY, M.P.

A SUBSCRIPTION has been set on foot to erect a suitable memorial to the memory of the late Sir John Gray.

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MR. BRIGHT.

THERE is talk of a grand banquet at Rochdale to Mr. Bright to celebrate his return to political life.

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DEATH OF THE DEAN OF DOWN.

THE Very Rev. Dr. Woodward, Dean of Down, died last week in London. It is understood that the Rev. J. Townley Price, Rector of Downpatrick, will be the new dean.

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MR. TILTON COMING TO LONDON.

A LONDON correspondent telegraphs that Mr. Tilton, of Beecher-Tilton scandal notoriety, is coming to London to give lectures similar to those he has been delivering in America since the conclusion of the trial.

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VESSEL BURNT -- LOSS OF TWENTY LIVES.

THE following Lloyd's telegram is published:- Copenhagen, October 4. L.J. Bage, from Lubeck and Copenhagen with passengers and cargo, was burnt in Kjoge Bay on Sunday. Twenty lives were lost.

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QUEEN'S COLLEGE, CORK.

IT is understood that the three Chairs vacant in the College have been filled up, Mr. Bolger, graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, getting the Chair of Greek; Dr. Charles, Demonstrator of Anatomy, Queen's College, Galway, that of Physiology and Anatomy; and Dr. Mathias O'Keefe, Cork, that of Materia Medica.

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THE PRINCE OF WALES' INTENDED VISIT TO INDIA.

The Times is authorised to state that some of the programmes lately published regarding the Prince of Wales' Indian tour are inaccurate in their details. Beyond Calcutta nothing is settled, except going up country, probably as far as Jammoo, visiting the camp of exercise and some capitals of Northern and Central India.

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EMBEZZLEMENT OF £500 FROM THE PROTESTANT ORPHAN SOCIETY.

AT the Belfast Recorder's Court, last week, David Keown was put forward to receive sentence for having embezzled sums of money amounting in the aggregate to about £500, belonging to the members and subscribers of the Protestant Orphan Society.

His WORSHIP, addressing the prisoner, said that his case was the last one he had to decide this session. He had been in the employment of a charitable society which depended upon voluntary contributions -- a society not able to carry on the benevolent objects of the institution from want of funds, and he had appropriated the funds to his own use. He was well aware at the time that those orphans there wanted support. He was sure his own conscience reproached him with bitter sorrow. He must deal with this case not only that he by his punishment may be improved, but that others in like circumstances and like positions of trust may be deterred from doing the same. The sentence of the Court was that he was to be imprisoned for sixteen months.

The prisoner was then removed.

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THE BOARDS OF GUARDIANS AND THE NATIONAL TEACHERS.

ANTRIM.

GEORGE CLARKE, Esq., D.L., J.P., presided. A deputation of school managers, composed of Rev. Thomas West, Rev. Hugh M'Curdy Hamilton, Rev. H.A. M'Creely, Rev. Mr. Cleland, Dr. Hume, Messrs. Archibald M'Wrale, Andrew Larmour, and John Neill, and a deputation of teachers, composed of Messrs. James Paisley, James Doran, M.R. Foley, H. Savage, D. Stevenson, J.Graham, J. Bower, and -- Gibson, waited upon the Board. On the motion of Mr. Gwynn, the Board unanimously decided to become contributory.

On Tuesday, the Clogher Board of Guardians decided unanimously to become contributory. Clones, on Friday, adopted a similar course, and Gortin Union has also decided to become contributory; but Limerick, Bantry, and Naas have refused.

THE Castlecomer and Manorhamilton Unions have decided to become contributory under the new School Teachers' Act.

The Limerick Board of Guardians have decided to become non-contributory. The Board consisted of sixty members, of whom 17 voted for making the Union contributory, and 43 against. By this decision the teachers in the Union lose an annual sum of £2,000.

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MORAL RIOTS IN DUBLIN.

A CORRESPONDENT writes: -- An extraordinary warfare is going on at present in Dublin between the owners of property in certain parts of the city and the residents in houses of ill-repute. The owners of adjacent houses have apparently organised an attack upon those who annoy them, and bottles of tar have been flung at the inmates and persons entering. The police magistrate is on Saturday to hear a serious charge of riot against several respectable persons who have engaged in this unlawful method of furthering morality. The matter causes much local excitement.

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PRESIDENT GRANT.

PRESIDENT GRANT has not only a nice appreciation of humour, but on occasion is apt at repartee. During his recent vacation at Long Branch he was called to Washington on public business, and while there was handed for signature several commissions of postmasters. There were also presented to him a number of petitions, among them one from citizens of Vineland, New Jersey, for the removal of Mr. Landis from the postmastership. Mr. L. is the gentleman who, in an informal and impromptu manner, "promoted" a small globe of lead into the brain of Mr. Carruth, the editor of the Vineland paper. The President asked -- "Is there any irregularity in Mr. Landis's accounts?". "Not any," replied the pleasant-voiced Postmaster-general. "Is the office well conducted?" "No complaint on that score." "Intemperate habits?" "Nothing of the kind charged." "What is the objection?"

"The petitioners say he is rather obnoxious, and that a change would be satisfactory." "Well," replied the President, with the slightest possible twinkle at the P.M.G., "he doesn't appear to have done anything but shoot an editor, and I don't see how I can remove him on that."

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SUDDEN DEATH OF MR. J.T. BROWN, OF THE KNOCK.

THIS gentlemen met with a very sudden end on Saturday. He was walking along Donegall Square, going towards the office of his son, who is secretary to the Belfast Fire Insurance Company. He had reached the step of the house, when he was seen to stagger, and fall on his side. Some parties passing by at the time immediately went to his assistance, and, thinking he had fainted, obtained water, but he did not come to. Dr. M'Mechan, who was driving past, was called, and he examined Mr. Brown, but found that all human aid was unavailing, as life was quite extinct. His body was then brought into the office, where it at present lies. The Coroner has been communicated with. Deceased was over 80 years of age, and generally regarded as a healthy man. The cause of death is supposed to be heart disease.

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DEATH OF MR. JOHN LINDSAY.

IT becomes a melancholy duty on our part to have to record the death of Mr. John Lindsay, a gentleman who is well-known in Belfast, and who was at one time one of its best friends in promoting its commercial prosperity, and the happiness of its inhabitants. Deceased gentleman died on Thursday evening at his residence, Brandrum Park, Monaghan. He had reached the patriarchal age of 84, and although, by reason of his advanced years, his demise was not unexpected by the general public, it was felt as sudden by his more immediate friends. With the various charitable institutions he was intimately connected, and, both by his means and labour, sought and succeeded in advancing their interests. He was also a leading member of the Water Board, and of the old Police Committee, and was the chief mover in the merging of that old institution into the now Town Council. His public life commenced about 1830, and from that to 1865 he was prominent in every local movement of a public character. -- Ulster Echo.

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TOMB-STONES.

WE must be especially careful, both in the form that we give to our tombstones, and in the inscriptions which we place upon them, that we do not violate the canons of propriety and good taste. All who have studied the subject must feel that broken "columns," cinerary "urns" (unless cremation come again), Roman "altars," or Egyptian "obelisks," are quite out of place in a Protestant burial-ground. So, too, for reasons which only they who have patiently studied the Romish controversy can fully appreciate, are all crosses and crucifixes, whether of high or low degree. A further maxim would be the avoidance of all lavish expenditure upon any sepulchral monument whatsoever -- except, perhaps, in the case of some great national hero or benefactor. Where surviving friends are wealthy, and wish by a liberal outlay to testify their affection for the departed, let them endow a charity, found a scholarship, set up a drinking fountain, or build a school or a church; but let them be frugal in their use of, "monumental alabaster." If these rules be accepted -- and we are convinced they are perfectly sound -- the choice of a gravestone will be brought within comparatively narrow limits.- Rock

 

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The Witness - Friday, 15 October, 1875

Sept 15 pg 4

Births

ARNOTT -- Oct. 9, at Woodlands, Cork, Lady Arnott, of a daughter.

BOYD -- Oct. 10, at 3, Amelia Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Robert Boyd, of a daughter.

BAXTE R -- Oct. 7, at 26, M'Auley Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. James Baxter, of a son.

COURTNEY -- Oct. 9, at 7, Woodstock Road, Belfast, the wife of Jas. Courtney, of a son.

CLEMENTS -- Oct. 10, at the Endowed School, Anahilt, the wife of Andrew Clements, of a daughter.

FRASER -- Oct. 7, at 82, Nelson Street, Belfast, the wife of James Fraser, of a daughter.

FERGUSON -- Oct. 6, at 4, Deesa Place, Ballynafeigh, Belfast, the wife of Henry Ferguson, of a son.

FRY -- Oct. 10, at York Street, Belfast, the wife of John Fry, of a daughter.

FINLAY -- Oct. 12, at 4, Abercorn Road, Derry, the wife of Mr. Thomas Finlay, compositor, of a son.

GREENHILL -- Oct. 10, at 6, Rugby Terrace, Belfast, the wife of Mr. William Greenhill, of a daughter.

KELLY -- Oct. 8, at Heath Hall, Co. Armagh, the wife of P. J. Kelly, Esq., of a son.

KIRKWOOD -- Oct. 9, at Fountainville Avenue, Belfast, the wife of Clyde Kirkwood, of a son.

M'KEAG -- Oct. 9, at 12, Walnut Street, Donegall Pass, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Hugh M'Keag, of a daughter.

M'CULLY -- Oct. 11, at Mount Eden, Shankhill Road, Belfast, the wife of Joseph M'Cully, of a daughter.

M'KEE -- Oct. 12, at 16, Cromwell Terrace, The Plains, Belfast, the wife of John M'Kee, of a son.

OBRE -- Oct. 3, at Clantilen, Loughgall, the wife of E. Stanley Obre, of a daughter.

Marriages

GREER--LOUDEN -- Sept. 19, at Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Wm. Park, M.A., Wm. Greer, Belfast, to Mary, fourth daughter of the late Clarke Louden, Esq., Dinnismullen, Co. Armagh.

HART--PRESTON -- Oct. 13, at St. James's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. John Bristow, M.A., Incumbent, and the Rev. Lord O'Neill, William Hume Hart, M.D., son of A. S. Hart, F.S.T.C.D., Dublin, to Margaret Adelaide Preston, second daughter of John Preston, Esq., J.P., Dunmore, Belfast.

LETHBRIDGE--HUDSON -- Oct. 13, by special licence, at St. James's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Thomas Fielding Martin, A.M., Rector of Tyrella, and uncle to the bride, assisted by the Rev. John Bristow, A.M., Rector of the parish, Robt. Frederick Lethbridge, Esq., Belmont House, Co. Westmeath, to Mary Kathleen, only daughter of Wm. Bereton Hudson, Esq., Painestown, Co. Louth.

MARTIN--HERD -- Oct. 12, at Drumbeg Church, by the Rev. Samuel Anderson, Incumbent of Upper Falls, Belfast, John, eldest son of Mr. John Martin, Woodside House, Anahilt, to Maggie, daughter of the late John Herd, Erinvale, Finaghy.

MYERS--HAMILTON -- Oct. 8, at the First Presbyterian Church, Larne, by the Rev. Wm. M'Cullough, Mr. James Myers, Glasgow, to Miss Maggie Hamilton, Larne.

NELSON--PEACOCK -- Oct. 6, at Chalmers' English Presbyterian Church, Manchester, by the Rev. J. Kerr Craig, W. J. Nelson, Esq., formerly of Springfield, Belfast, to Margaret, youngest daughter of the late Francis Peacock, Esq., Manchester.

O'DONOHUE--NOLAN -- Oct. 7, at St. Columb's Cathedral, Londonderry, Robert O'Donohue, Esq., T.C.D., to Lizzie, daughter of Robert Howard Nolan, C.E., Greencastle and Derry.

RODGERS--BIGGER -- Oct. 7, at Great James Street Presbyterian Church, Derry, by the Rev. Wm. Park, Belfast, Rev. J. Maxwell Rodgers, M.A., to Meta, eldest daughter of William F. Bigger, Esq., J.P., Riverview, ex-High Sheriff of the City and County of Londonderry.

STEIN--DODD -- Sept. 28, at New York, Mr. Arthur Stein, Berlin, Prussia, to Miss Agnes Dodd, formerly of Belfast.

WILSON--HAY -- Oct. 13, by special licence, at Annsfield, Killyleagh, by the Rev. A.. J. Wilson, Minterburn, brother of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. Andrew Breakey and the Rev. Alexander M'Creery, Killyleagh, Edwin Wilson, Saintfield, to Lizzie, youngest daughter of the late Hugh Hay, Esq., Annsfield, Killyleagh.

Deaths

ASTON -- Oct. 8, at his residence, Prospect Hill, Cookstown, William D. Aston.

ATKINSON -- Oct. 8, at St.Helen's, Bangor, Wm. Atkinson, Kilmore, Co. Armagh.

ADAMS -- Oct. 7, at Waterford, Agnes Eleanor, relict of the late Thos. Adams, Belfast.

AYRE -- Oct. 6, at her father's residence, Short Strand, Belfast, Rebecca Ayre, aged 3 years.

BARKER -- Oct. 5, at Ardrass House, Celbridge, Henrietta Jane, third daughter of Henry Barker, Esq.

BRODRICK -- Oct. 10, at the Belfast Royal Hospital, Thos. Brodrick, aged 25 years.

BEATTIE -- Oct. 11, at her residence, 46, Denmark Street, Belfast, Matilda, relict of the late James Beattie, formerly of Islandbawn, near Antrim, aged 72 years.

COGIE -- Oct. 8, at 27, Walton Street, Belfast, Sarah, youngest daughter of Mr. James Cogie.

CAUGHEY -- Oct. 10, at Mount Vernon, Belfast, Wm. John, eldest son of Wm. Caughey, Elgin, U.S.A., formerly of Belfast.

ECCLES -- Oct. 12, at 9, Adelaide Place, Belfast, Roseanne, relict of the late Hugh Eccles.

EARDLEY-WILMOT -- Oct 4, at Nice, Eliza Harriet, youngest surviving daughter of the late Sir John Eardley Eardley-Wilmont, Bart.

FERGUSON -- Oct. 8, at her residence, No. 2, Mountpottinger, Belfast, Mary Agnes, relict of the late Nathaniel Ferguson, Bridge Street, Belfast.

FISHER -- Oct. 6, at 33, Clarendon Street, Londonderry, Jane, relict of the late Wm. Fisher, Esq., Letterkenny.

GORDON -- Oct. 11, at his residence, 23, Town Hall Street, Enniskillen, Robert Gordon, merchant, aged 59 years.

GOUGH -- Oct. 12, at his late residence, Emily Place, Great George's Street, Belfast, Captain Thomas Gough, aged 53 years.

GREENLAW -- Oct. 10, at his residence, 12, Ghent Street, Belfast, John Greenlaw. aged 60 years.

JOHNSON -- Oct, 6, at his son's residence, Laburnum Terrace, Antrim Road, Belfast, Thos. Johnson, aged 90 years.

LYTLE -- Oct. 8, at William Street, Cookstown, David Archibald, infant child of Wm. Lytle, aged 2 months and four days.

MOORE -- Oct. 10, at 32, St. Lawrence Terrace, The Plains, Belfast, George Wensley, infant son of Andrew Moore, aged 5 months.

M'Dowell -- Oct. 9, at 18, Sussex Place, Belfast, Hugh M'Dowell, youngest son of the late John M'Dowell, Lisnabreeny.

SCOTT -- Oct. 11, at 28, North Queen Street, Belfast, Sarah lsabella, youngest daughter of Mrs. Holmes Scott, aged 2 years and 3 months.

SHULDHAM -- Oct. 8, at Flowerfield, Portstewart, Co. Londonderry, Helen, widow of the late Molyneux William Shuldham, Esq., D.L., Ballymahon, Co. Longford, aged 83 years.

SIMMS -- Oct. 13, at Horsepark, Carrickfergus, Catherine, wife of the late Henry Simms, aged 78 years.

TRAIL -- Oct. 9, at his residence, Ballylough House, Co. Antrim, Wm. Trail, Esq., in the 85th year of his age.

WILSON -- Oct. 7, after a protracted illness, at the Parsonage, Laghy, the Rev. William Wilson, Incumbent of Laghy for nine years, aged 47 years.

 

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The Witness - Friday, 22 October, 1875

Births

CAIRNS -- Oct 18, at 52 Eliza Street, Belfast, the wife of Mr. James Cairns, a daughter.

FINLAY -- Oct. 12, at 4, Abercorn Road, Derry, the wife of Mr. Thomas Finlay, compositor, of a son.

JOHNSTON -- Oct. 16, at Crannyvale, Fintona, the wife of Hugh E. Johnston, Esq., of a son.

M'HENRY -- Oct. 20 at Derriaghy, near Belfast, the wife of Mr. Thomas M'Henry, of a son.

Marriages

COATE--MOFFITT -- Oct. 15, in the Presbyterian Church, Aughnacloy, by the Rev. W.M'Ilwaine, A.M., Mr. James Coate, Killaneerey, to Maria, eldest daughter of Mr. Wm. Moffitt, Liskenduff, Augnacloy.

CRAPP--ARMSTRONG -- Oct. 12, in Trinity Church, Huddersfield, by the Rev. J.P. Calbert, Charles Frederick Crapp, Esq., architect, formerly of Bristol, to Mary Anne, fourth daughter of the Rev. John Armstrong, Castlederg, Co. Tyrone, Ireland.

ROBB--FISHER -- Oct 21, in the Independent Church, Fleetwood, by the Rev. H. Beech, John, eldest son of Mr. John Robb, Dunmurry, to Jessie, eldest daughter of Mr. James Fisher, Fleetwood.

WOODS--M'BRIARS -- Oct. 20, at the Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, by the Rev. Wm. M'Ilwrath, Wm. John Woods, to Catharine M'Briars, both of Newtownards.

Deaths

INGRAM -- Oct. 16, at his residence, Ann Street, Enniskillen, Wm. John, eldest son of Mr. Wm. Ingram, aged 19 years.

KENNEDY -- Sept. 24, at St. Louis, Minnesota, U.S.A., Russell Kennedy, formerly of Lisburn, Co. Antrim, in the 66th year of his age.

M'ADAM -- Oct. 14, at 120, Woodstock Road, Eliza Jane, wife of Mr. John M'Adam, Town Missionary.

MANNING -- Oct. 19, at 22, Elliot's Row, Springfield Road, Belfast, Margaret, wife of Mr. Geo. Manning.

WHITE -- Oct. 19, at his residence, Rathkenny, Ballymena, Timothy White.

YOUNG -- Oct. 18, at Rose Lodge, Malone, Ella, eldest daughter of Samuel Young.

Clippings

MURDER IN SLIGO.

EDWARD GILLEN, a farmer, was brutally murdered near the village of Grange, County Sligo, on Wednesday night. He was discovered in an outhouse in a dying state, and was unable to tell who were his assailants. Two arrests have been made.

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ANOTHER HEAVY FAILURE.

Messrs. J. & W. Dudgeon, engineers and shipbuilders, have suspended payment. Liabilities are said to be £100,000. The firm's difficulties, the Times says, are not of recent date, the loss of the Brazilian ironclad Independenzia, which was wrecked in launching, never having been recovered.

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THE HEALTH OF PROFESSOR WHEATSTONE.

Professor Wheatstone is in Paris dangerously ill. He is suffering from congestion of the lungs. Drs. Barth and Gwenear de Mussy are in attendance upon him, and they caused a communication to be made to the Academy of Sciences intimating the professor's critical condition.

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CHOLERA IN JERUSALEM.

THE Jewish World learns that an outbreak of cholera is expected in Jerusalem. Great efforts are being made in all parts of the Holy City to impede the progress of the disease by sanitary measures; and Dr. Schwarz, of the Rothschild Hospital, is circulating a pamphlet in which he dwells with great force upon the advisability of the inhabitants keeping their houses and persons clean.

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THE VANGUARD DISASTER.

MR. MONK, M.P. for Gloucester, has addressed a letter to his constituents, expressing his opinion that the Admiralty minute respecting the loss of the Vanguard is a gross miscarriage of justice. The Vice-Admiral of the Squadron and the officers of the Iron Duke should have been placed on their trial, and, above all, no British officer should have been condemned unheard. The minute, Mr. Monk fears, emanates from a desire to shield the superior at the expense of the inferior officer.

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ARMAGH ELECTION.

ARMAGH, MONDAY. -- The polling commenced this morning punctually at eight o'clock. It is very hard to tell who will be the winning candidate, but the popular opinion is in favour of Dr. Kaye. Several slight disturbances originating between a number of inebriates, took place in the vicinity of College Street, where the tally-rooms and polling-booths of both candidates are situated. The police, however, interfered, and promptly escorted the delinquents to the police station. Disturbances are anticipated by the police, and in fact a number of the principal shopkeepers have put up their shutters. -- In the Courthouse a number of temporary polling booths have been put up. A large crowd has taken possession of the outward approaches to the polling booths, and as the voter passes he is unmercifully chaffed by its members, and epithets more forcible than elegant hurled at him. A large number of constabulary have been drafted into the city from Portadown and other districts. Amongst the solicitors and agents at the various booths were Mr. Henry J. Harris, Mr. Steel, Mr. J .E. Peel, Mr. Bond, Mr. J. Bell, Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. A. M. M'Creight, and Mr. E. Clarke.

DECLARATION OF THE POLL.
Armagh, Seven o'clock.

THE poll has just been declared, with the following result:-

Beresford, 278
Kaye, 247


Majority, 31

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QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY -- ANNUAL CONVOCATION.

THE annual Convocation of the Queen's University in Ireland was held last week in Dublin Castle -- Sir D. Corrigan, Bart., M.D., Vice -- President, presiding. Mr. J. Wilson, Clerk of Convocation, read the annual report, which stated that the attention of the committee has been called to the fact that it is considered by many persons desirable that students, while passing through the colleges, should have the opportunity of residing in buildings connected with our college. The committee also direct attention to the salaries of the staff of the University and its colleges, being of opinion that the remuneration given is inadequate. Mr. F.H. O'Donnell opposed the adoption of the report on the ground that the matters mentioned were mere continuations of former reports, and that an important subject, Sectarianism in the Queen's University, was omitted. He asked for explanations of their silence as to the existence of an endowed and established sectarian college in the Queen's University. The Queen's College, Belfast, he contended, was exclusively a sectarian institution, and amply endowed, contrary to the handsome declarations which they had so often heard. The Queen's College, Belfast, was Protestant in its professoriate. As he was informed, its entire teaching staff was Protestant, particularly of the Low Church and Presbyterian schools. [The Rev. Dr. Henry here interrupted with a "No."] Mr. O'Donnell continued to say that if not absolutely sectarian, it was at least prepondering to such an extent as to nullify any mere verbal correction. The ordinary proportion of students of the Catholic religion in the Queen's College, Belfast, is 15 or 16 per annum to 350 or 400 Protestants. He read a resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church permitting their students to attend the college, and added -- In fact, sir, the Queen's College, Belfast, is the training college of Presbyterianism. It was the Trinity College of Presbyterians. He moved -- "That the annual Convocation, so jealous and demonstrative against Catholic education in observing a persistent reticence over the endowed sectarianism of the Queen's College, Belfast, is deserving of censure." There being no seconder, the amendment fell to the ground. Mr. D. Ross was elected a member of the Senate. Professor Redfern, of Belfast, read the 14th section of the College Act, requiring students to dwell with their parents or guardians, and he concluded by moving a proposition in favour of halls of residence being supplied. Dr. Seeds seconded the motion, which was passed Mr. David Ross moved -- "That this Convocation is of opinion that the salaries of the president, professors, and officers of the Queen's University and the Queen's Colleges are inadequate, and that such provision should be made for their superannuation as has been already made in the universities of Scotland." The Rev. Wm. Murphy, of Londonderry, seconded the resolution, which was opposed by Mr. O'Donnell and supported by other members. After an excited and prolonged debate the resolution was adopted. Mr. O'Donnell then proposed -- "That the attendance in the arts or solitary educational department of the Queen's Colleges, of a total four or five dozen Catholics, mostly recipients of pecuniary emoluments, out of a population of four and a-half millions, and after nearly thirty years of subsidised monopoly, does not, in the opinion of Convocation, justify the continued denial to the Irish people of those rights of full education demanded by the principles of religious liberty, and indispensable to the development of the intellectual resources of the Irish nation." The resolution was not seconded and fell to the ground. The proceedings terminated with a vote of thanks to the President.

The degrees, honours, and certificates were conferred upon those students who passed the 1874-5 examination, in Dublin on Friday, by the Senate.

The following were the successful candidates from the Queen's College, Belfast:--

THE DEGREE of LL.D. -- P Q Keegan, J A Rentoul, R H Todd.

FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR IN MEDICINE. -- J Moorehead, M A; D A Charles, T W Kyle, R Bickerstaffe, S Fergus, T J Fisher, J Hamilton, W T Johnston, H C Kirkpatrick, J M'Clelland, J P Park, J J Adams, R Erskine, R Esler, H Hamilton, B A; R Moore, M A; and D Robertson.

THE DEGREE OF MASTER IN ARTS. -- J W Byers, J Clarke, H F Dickey, J Larmor, L A S Porter, P O'Kinealy, J Dickson, R Waddell, D Wilson, S Thompson, and S Walker.

THE DEGREE OF MASTER IN SURGERY. -- R Bickerstaffe, D A Charles, R Erskine, M D; J Hamilton, H C Kirkpatrick, J B Lyons, M D; J P Park, T Clarke, M D; S E Martin, M A, M D; H C Wilson, M D; R Esler, H Hamilton B A; R Moore, M A.

THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR IN ARTS. -- A J C Allen, W J Anderson, W Beatty, T Brookes, H A Clarke, W J Johnston, R Kirkpatrick, J H Murphy, C Tate, J Hall, W Moran, R Allison, S Black, W Black, F Chambers, and R Dickie.

THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR IN ENGINEERING. -- R Coey, R A Ferguson, C A Chesney, J Dickson, and E Cochrane.

THE DIPLOMA IN MIDWIFERY. -- R Bickerstaffe, D A Charles, R Erskine, M D; J Hamilton, W T Johnston, T W Kyle, W J B Lyons, M D; W I Faulkiner, M D; S E Martin, M A, M D; R Esler, H Hamilton, B A; and R Moore, M A.

FIRST UNIVERSITY EXAMINATION IN ARTS. -- J Eccles, J M'Keown, C H Oliver, S W S Rogers, J Bingham, T M Hamill, D M'Keown, T J Andrews, W W Craig, J Knowles, J Orr, E Best, D S Dunn, W Elliot, J Milliken, D T Monteath, R J Morell, H M Reade, R M' A Reid, N Ross, and W White.

SECOND UNIVERSITY EXAMINATION IN MEDICINE. -- J Stuart, S Alexander, C Allen, C W Allison, B A; H Brannigan, J Clarke, J Collier, T Denham, G H D Gimlette, R J Hamil, B A; J W Megarry, J A M'Munn, G R Percy, R M'Conaghey, J M'Ilroy, J J G Murray, and A Allen.

FIRST UNIVERSITY EXAMINATION IN ART'S -- R Allison, J Biggar, R Blair, R Craig, S G Crawford, J M'Cosh, J F Williams, W Tait, T Boyd.

FIRST UNIVERSITY EXAMINATION IN MEDICINE. -- J Young, M Cromie, J S Dunlop, J H Gibson, I C M'Learn, J G M'Neece, J Watson, H Anderson, W P Blair, A Dunlop, J English, W Fleck, J C Haslett, W Kidd, O Lynch, T Mathews, G F Wales, T J Withers, C Allison, B A; J Bracken, J Clarke, P O Considine, W Drummond, S J Erwin, R D Heard, W R Henderson, C Kevin, E Little, E Archer, S Bateman, W H Bracken, P M Carleton, F H Collins, J J K Fairclough, C Fenwick, T Greer, M A; H Hunter, S W MacIlwaine, H O'Neill, W Smyth, W J Sprott, S Little, J Lytle, R Loughery, J M'Kee, W J M'Kenzie, J Steel, E A White, C Workman, R Worrall.

FIRST UNIVERSITY EXAMINATION IN ENGINEERING. -- A M'D Sproull, T Seaver.

The Peel Exhibitions were awarded to S W S Rogers, A A Woods, C H Oliver, J Eccles, and A M Sproull, of Belfast.

After the ceremonial, Sir M.H. Beach addressed the Assembly, and said he ventured last year to ask for the University not favour, but fair play. If needed, he believed the Government would make an additional grant, and the question of superannuating aged professors was in a fair way of being settled. Sir Michael welcomed the proposal to establish halls of residence, and concluded as follows:- The Queen's University is accustomed to abuse (Laughter and hisses.) But when, at one and the same time, and by members of one and the same party, it is called "godless and sectarian," I think the public will perhaps be of opinion that where two such contradictory epithets are used, neither of them are likely to be believed. (Cheers and hisses.) And, ladies and gentlemen, I will venture to say that, as the Queen's University has withstood many assaults of this kind in the past, it may well be hopeful for the future. Your best safeguard, I believe, lies in the honest aLd patient performance of the task that is assigned to you, in the determination to neglect no opportunity of promoting the efficiency and the thoroughness of education which you give, in the resolution that by your own exertions, by the aid of your wealthy neighbours, as well as by Government support, you will do your best to stimulate and utilize that desire, that fervent love of learning which has always been characteristic of Irishmen. (Applause.) I venture to say that a continuance in this course will secure to you that which is the only true strength of such an institute as this -- the sympathy and support of the great bulk of free, enlightened, and independent opinion in the United Kingdom. (Loud applause.)

The proceedings then terminated.

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SUMMARY OF STANLEY'S GEOGRAPHICAL DISCOVERIES.

THERE are long topographical details in Stanley's letters, of interest chiefly to men of science, concerning which we take the following from a leader in Monday morning's Telegraph, as the most intelligible summary yet presented of Mr. Stanley's work viewed from a geographical point: -- Speke discovered the Victoria Niyanza, but he was unable to say whether it was one lake or two or more lakes. The little Lady Alice danced joyously over those pale-blue waves, after her long and unnatural journey through the thick forest; and we have at last settled the question for ever, and science knows now for the first time that Speke's discovery was indeed one of the grandest ever made in Africa. [continued]

 

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The Witness - Friday, 29 October, 1875

Births

BRICE -- Oct 20, at Groomsport, Bangor, the wife of Mr. Jas. Brice, of a daughter.

BARCLAY -- At 121, Agnes Street, Belfast, the wife of Wm. Barclay, of a son.

BELL -- Oct. 22, at 29, Chichester Street, Belfast, the wife of Hugh Bell, of a daughter.

COULTER -- Oct. 24, at 11, Fleetwood Street, Belfast, the wife of Henry Coulter, of a daughter.

DOONAN -- Oct. 21, at Richmond Street, Longford, the wife of Rev. W.C. Doonan, of a daughter.

HARPER -- Oct. 25, at Thorne Villas, Antrim Road, Belfast, the wife of Wm. Harper, Esq., Solicitor, of a daughter.

LAWTHER -- Oct. 27, at Burnside, Dunadry, the wife of the late John Lawther, of a son.

LYLE -- Oct. 13, at Stonewold, Newtownstewart, the wife of the Rev. L.A. Lyle, of a son.

MARTIN -- Oct. 20, at Clarence Place, Belfast, the wife of Dr. Martin, of a son.

MILLER -- Oct. 19, at 18, Pump Street, Derry, the wife of Wm. Miller, Esq., M.B., T.C.D., of a daughter.

RICHARDSON -- Oct. 25, at Glenone, Lisburn, the wife of J. Theodore Richardson, of a daughter.

SCOTT -- Oct. 22, at 8, Elgin Terrace, Belfast, the wife of the Rev. Charles Scott, of a daughter.

TURNER -- Oct. 25, at Salem Marse, Belfast, the wife of the Rev. R. C. Turner, of a daughter.

WELDON -- Oct. 22, at 39, University Street, Belfast, the wife of Edward Weldon, of a son.

WALKER -- Oct 25, at 101, Old Lodge Road, Belfast, the wife of John Walker, of a daughter.

Marriages

BAIRD--WILSON -- Oct. 21, at the Presbyterian Church, Parkgate, by the Rev. S. S. Alison, Mr. Jas. Baird, Ballywee, to Miss Mary Jane Wilson, Drumadaragh.

CALDWELL--ELLIOTT -- Oct. 22, at St. Enoch's Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Hugh Hanna, Jas. Alex. Caldwell, to Elizabeth Elliott, both of Belfast.

ERSKINE--WOOD -- Oct. 21, in St. George's Church, Dublin, by the Rev. John Stokoe, clerical secretary of the Church Missionary Society, assisted by the Rev. W.T. Butler, A.B., cousin of the bride, John Erskine, Esq., Provincial Bank, Armagh, to Margaret Helena, daughter of the late B. S. Wood, Esq., J.P., Cork.

EAGLESON--SLOAN -- Oct. 25, at St. Anne's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Dr. Hannay, Mr. Samuel Eagleson, youngest son of the late Mr. William Eagleson, Ballymena, to Sarah Jane, eldest daughter of Mr. Wm. Sloan, Ballymena.

GRAHAM--RUSSELL -- Oct. 18, at St. Peter's Church, Liverpool, Mr. Stewart Graham, to Miss E.J. Russell, both of Banbridge.

GARDE--LEE -- Oct. 27, at St. Thomas's Church, Belfast, by the father of the bridegroom, Dr. Thomas W. Garde, Ardmoulin Place, Belfast, son of the Rev. T.W. Garde, Prebendary of Cloyne, to Jane Henrietta, youngest daughter of Henry Lee, Fitzroy Crescent, Belfast.

HARRISON--GLASCO -- Oct 22, at St. Enoch's Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. Hugh Hanna, Richard J. Harrison, Downpatrick, to Sarah Jane, younger daughter of Mr. Thomas Glasco, Belfast.

HASLEM--NORTH -- Oct. 14, at East Markham, Notts, by the Rev. G.W. Brameld, M.A., Vicar, and the Rev. E. Hawley, M.A., Vicar of Worksop, Joel Haslem, Worksop, to Annie, only child of James North, Markam Moor House.

MOORE--COULTER -- Oct. 21, at Tyrella Church, by the Rev. J.F. Martin, Rector, John Moore, Market Street, Downpatrick, to Mary, only daughter of the late Jas. Coulter, Finnebrogue, Downpatrick.

M'CULLAGH--ROSS -- Oct. 20, at New York, by the Rev. Archibald M'Cullagh, brother to the bridegroom, Johnston, son of the late Archibald M'Cullagh, near Armagh, to Jane, eldest daughter of James Ross, Sharvogues, Ballymena.

TRIMBLE--REID -- Oct. 23, at Townsend Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, by the Rev. William Johnston, Thomas H. Trimble, late of Valparaiso, to Margaret, elder surviving daughter of the late William Reid, Belfast.

WHAN--BROWN -- Sept. 23, at the Central Presbyterian Church, San Francisco, by the Rev. Dr. Cunningham, William W. Whan, son of Samuel Whan, Claggan, Dungannon, to Rebecca C. Brown, of San Francisco.

WARD--CLARKE -- Oct. 19, at the Parish Church, Felmingham, by the Rev. H.T. Griffith, M.A., Francis Michael, youngest son of the late Hon. and Rev. Henry Ward, Rector of Killinchy, Co. Down, to Ann Jane, daughter of the late James Clarke, Esq., Felmingham, Norfolk.

Deaths

APSLEY -- Oct. 16, at Carrickfergus, Richard Apsley, late steward of the ship Nelson.

BELL -- Oct. 22, at 29, Chichester Street, Belfast, the infant daughter of Hugh Bell.

BOYD -- Oct. 25, at his residence, Glenone, Portglenone, Mr. John Boyd, aged 79 years.

BLACK -- Oct. 22, at 69, Percy Street, Belfast, Lucy, wife of Samuel Black, aged 29 years.

BRADY -- Oct. 26, at 118, Dublin Road, Belfast, James Brady, sen., aged 76 years.

CHERRY -- Oct. 25, at 3, Apsley Street, Belfast, Alexander Cherry, sen.

CANNING -- Oct. 26, at Belgrave Villa, Knock, Jane Moorecroft, wife of Henry R. Canning, and daughter of the Rev. John Mark, formerly of the Chichester Street Academy.

DELACHEROIS -- Oct. 24, at Ballywilliam, Donaghadee, the infant daughter of Samuel Delacherois, Esq.

FREW -- Oct. 23, at the Royal Hospital, Belfast, Samuel, son of the late Wm. Frew, Kilbegs, Antrim, aged 17 years.

GIBSON -- Oct. 25, at Ballygawley, Inch, Aaron, son of Aaron Gibson, aged 25 years.

HENRY -- Oct. 25, of brain fever, at 19, Frances Street, Newtownards, William, son of Mr. Henry, Newtownards Chronicle, aged 11 years.

JEFFERS -- Oct. 22, at Rose Hall, Drogheda, Jane, wife of James Jeffers, Esq., and only surviving daughter of the late Francis Forde, Esq., Carnally, Co. Armagh.

LYLE -- Oct. 22, at Stonewold, Newtownstewart, Emily Mary, wife of the Rev. Leslie A. Lyle, aged 25 years.

LYTLE -- At 17, Jasmine Place, Limestone Road, Belfast, Lizzie, daughter of John Lytle.

MILLER -- Oct. 20, at 37, Little May Street, Belfast, William, only son of James Miller, aged 5 months.

MACARTNEY -- Oct. 25, at 100, Napoleon Terrace, Donegall Pass, Belfast, John Macartney, aged 44 years.

M'BRIDE -- Oct. 21, at 62, Middlepath Street, Ballymacarrett, Belfast, Mary Ann, second daughter of Mr. Samuel M'Bride, aged 6 years.

M'CLELLAND -- Oct. 2, drowned in Dublin Bay, Henry Caldwell, youngest son of the late Rev. Robert M'Clelland, Rector of Donegore, Co. Antrim, aged 15 years.

M'CULLOUGH -- Oct. 25, at Greencastle, near Belfast, Jane, relict of the late Robert M'Cullough, Broughshane, aged 77 years.

M'INTYRE -- Oct. 25, at 49, Leadbetter Street, Belfast, Wm. M'Intyre, aged 48 years.

M'DOWELL -- July 30, at Melbourne, Samuel, youngest son of the late John M'Dowell, Maghera, Co. Derry.

RODGERS -- Oct. 18, at Listooder, Co. Down, Mary, wife of Geo. Rodgers, aged 66 years.

SIMPSON -- Oct. 24, at 5, Beatrice Street, Seacombe, Liverpool, Ellen, wife of Andrew Simpson, aged 23 years.

WILKIN -- Oct. 21, at her residence, Tannalane House, Caledon, Jane, relict of the late John Wilkin, Esq.

Clippings

THE RIOTS IN CALLAN.

THE Telegraph of Wednesday says:-- There is no escape from the dilemma that the boasted power of the Roman Catholic clergy in Ireland over the peasantry has either broken down most signally at Callan, if it was exerted in vain to prevent a riot which united in itself the character of a grave civil and religious offence, or that it has been in fact employed for the purpose of fomenting the disturbances as a pious act in defence of the Church. One result it will certainly have -- if the punishment of the offenders be not exemplary, it will teach every Roman Catholic clergyman who dares to hold an opinion of his own contrary to that which Cardinal Cullen chooses him to have, that he may confidently look forward not merely to professional disgrace, but to temporal ruin and physical injury. It is not to be credited for a moment that with the passionate devotion to their Church which is common amongst them, and the power and information which the exercise of the confessional secures for the priesthood, the Callan riots would have begun or continued if the wreckers had not strong, however informal, reason to suppose that persons relatively high in station would look without extreme severity on a little indiscreet zeal against a clerical mutineer.

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THE BALAKLAVA BANQUET.

WRITING of the celebration of the Light Brigade charge, the Standard of Tuesday last says:- The Balaklava dinner at the Alexandra Palace on Monday was an innovation. Officers of all ranks are in the habit of meeting together year after year, to celebrate some brilliant action in which they took part, but the rank and file have not hitherto followed their example. No better occasion could have been selected for inaugurating a new practice than the day which was at once the anniversary of Agincourt and Balaklava. On both occasions the leaders exhibited the most brilliant courage, but owing to the circumstances, they had little opportunity of displaying the higher and more special qualities of the officers. Both were [-- unreadable --] soldiers [-- unreadable --] in which all ranks were confounded in the melee, and the ablest commander was reduced to little more than a mere sabreur. [continued]

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THE NEW FOREST SHAKERS.

THE state of the New Forest Shakers is most pitiable. They compare their position to that of a ship at sea. Sleep is impossible. Day and night are taken up in clearing the tents of water. It is doubtful if their tents will stand against the gale now blowing.

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ROBBING THE BANK OF ENGLAND

AT the Central Criminal Court, Thos. Hughes, a young man, was convicted on Monday of stealing £65 from the Bank of England, where for seventeen years he had been engaged as clerk. He got six months' hard labour.

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THE ARCTIC EXPEDITION.

The Daily News publishes private letters from members of the Arctic expedition on board the Alert. The writers express much gratification at the success attending the expedition, and the expectation of all on board was that they would reach 85 without any serious check.

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ANOTHER MURDER IN IRELAND.

THE body of a young man named Joseph Connell was found last week, with several wounds on the head, in the Royal Canal, County Westmeath. Deceased was last seen alive on Wednesday, when a quarrel ensued between him and some youths who were in company with him.

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THE NEXT POPE.

A Berlin telegram says that in all well-informed circles in that city it is understood that all questions touching the Conclave which must be held for the election of a new Pope were settled during the interview of the Sovereigns at Milan. In regard to the recognition of the future Pope the three Imperial Powers are in agreement, and the Italian Government will adhere to the same line of policy.

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CHINESE "DEFENCES."

A LONDON correspondent says: -- A well-known tea merchant professes to have positive knowledge that China has imported 6,000 tons of war material from English manufacturers during the last two years, including eight 25-ton guns which are now mounted in the Taku Forts. France and Germany are understood to have also contributed to the power of China for offence and defence.

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CRIME IN IRELAND.

Mr. HANCOCK'S criminal statistics have just been issued, and they show a marked decrease in the amount of crime in Ireland as compared with previous years, the number of offences of all kinds reported by the constabulary and police for this year being 5,582, as compared with 5,820 for the same period of last year. The great proportion of the offences are contributed by the metropolis and the large towns.

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THE BURIAL QUESTION AT LETTERKENNY.

At the Letterkenny Quarter Sessions on Monday -- J. Gibson, Q.C., presiding -- Rev. Oliver Leitch, Presbyterian minister, sued Edmund Maturin, secretary of the Church Representative Body for the recovery of 1s, paid under protest, for the right of interment of a corpse in the graveyard attached to the Episcopal Church. Counsel for defendant argued that the Church Representative Body was constituted a Corporation, and was empowered to make the bye-laws authorising a charge for interment; but, failing to produce the order vesting the graveyard in the Church Representative Body, his Worship granted a decree. Notice of appeal was given.

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GOOD TEMPLARS AND THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.

CARDINAL MANNING has had an interview with the chiefs of the English Good Templar Order with the view to the removal of the Papal ban against Roman Catholics becoming or continuing members of a secret society. The Cardinal expressed his willingness to recognise the existence of the Order, and to wish it God-speed as a powerful organisation for the extermination of drunkenness; yet the difficulties in the way of removal of the disabilities were insuperable. Many Catholics have remained members of the Order, notwithstanding the Papal interdiction, and have expressed their determination to do so.

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ROBBING A LADY AERONAUT.

MDME. GOUDESOME-BUSSEUIL made an ascent with a Montgolfier balloon at Saint Etienne, on Sunday, descending about eight minutes afterwards on a hill at some distance, the car coming gently to the ground. A rough crowd, which had been watching the balloon, ran to the spot and quickly seized on the anchor, robbing the lady of her shawl, belt, and other objects, none of which she saw again.

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A HULL PAUPER HEIR TO £30,000.

A SHORT time ago advertisements were inserted in the Hull papers requiring information as to Henry Chapman, who emigrated to Australia in 1835. A pauper answering the description, and who returned from Australia five years ago, has been found in the Hull Workhouse. It is stated that beyond doubt he is the rightful heir to a fortune of £30,000 left to him by a Scotch nobleman.

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A NOVEL FUNERAL.

THE people of Limerick have witnessed rather a novel sight at the funeral of the wife of Quartermaster Styles, who recently obtained a commission in the gallant 46th. She was greatly beloved by all connected with the regiment, and they determined to do all honour to her memory. All the regiment, officers, and men, with Colonel Catty at their head, joined the procession. But the most remarkable sight was the presence of Mrs. Catty, followed by all the married women bringing up the rere. They were all dressed in black. On arriving at the cemetery they formed a circle around it, the men being outside, and there was scarcely one of the women that was not affected to tears. The novelty of the scene attracted an immense crowd of civilians, who accompanied the funeral procession to the grave.

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AN ADVICE TO INTENDING EMIGRANTS.

INTENDING emigrants as well as discontented Englishmen who have not the nerve to sever the ties of home may read with profit a speech which the late Governor of Tasmania, Sir Charles du Kane, has been delivering at an agricultural meeting in Essex. Sir Charles tells both these classes that if they emigrate they will have to work quite as hard, if not harder than they have ever done here, that there is shadow to be met with in the Colonies as well as sunshine, and that the same qualities which are required to get a man on in the Colonies would in nine cases out of ten get him on equally well at home. He admits that if a man is thoroughly unhappy and discontent with his lot in his mother country the best thing he can do is to leave it; but when a man is happy and contented at home he recommends him to stay here.

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GUIBORD'S COFFIN.

MONTREAL, OCT. 5. -- It is reported that the burial of Guibord will take place in about twelve days, as soon as Mr. Reid, marble-cutter, St. Catherine Street, shall have finished a work that has been entrusted to him. Two blocks of stone, about six feet long and four feet broad, have been hollowed out in the middle to receive the coffin of deceased. These stones will be placed one above the other, and riveted together with six bars of malleable iron, in a way that would require the labour of ten horses to transport them. The work will be finished on Saturday next, and the burial will take place a few days after, with the assistance of the Provincial Police. -- Toronto Globe

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WRECKS ON THE SCOTCH COAST -- LOSS OF TWENTY LIVES.

DUNDEE, FRIDAY NIGHT. -- Another addition to the sad list of wrecks on the Kincardineshire coast is reported this evening. Late last night a ship came ashore, and broke to pieces in a few minutes on the rocks. From wreckage thrown on the beach, not far from Dunnottar Castle, it appears the ship wrecked was the John and Isabella, brig of Sunderland, 204 tons. She had left Galle laden with deals on the 15th September, for Sunderland, and had apparently a crew of seven, including the captain, James Street, and an apprentice. The whole of the names of the crew are not written in the ship's manifest. One body was washed ashore this afternoon; it was quite naked, and one of the arms was stamped with the letters "J.S.R.," and an anchor. The ship has broken into fragments, and the beach is strewn with the cargo. It is supposed a woman had been on board, as articles of woman's apparel have been picked up, and a lady's photograph. This makes three wrecks, with a loss of twenty lives, on this coast since yesterday.

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EXCITING SCENE AT A WRECK.

ON Friday afternoon, a Prussian schooner was thrown on the rocks at the entrance to Peterhead harbour. Although a tremendous sea was running, the pilot boat gallantly went out and brought ashore three of the crew. Again returning to the wreck, she was capsized, and her occupants, twelve in number, were thrown into the sea, but managed to scramble on to the wreck. There were now fifteen persons on the wreck. To save them a small boat set out, and was returning with some of the wrecked men when she was dashed on the rocks, and three sailors who had risked their lives to save the others were drowned within a stone's throw of the shore. Still another boat put off, and succeeded, amid the cheers of the spectators, in landing the crew and the survivors of the men who manned the first boat.

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MR. CHAS. E. LEWIS, M.P., IN DERRY.

MR. CHARLES E. LEWIS addressed his constituents in the City Hall, Derry, last week, and had an enthusiastic reception. He referred at some length to the relations of the Irish Society to the citizens of Londonderry. He spoke of the Society as being wasteful and extravagant in the administration of their trust, and quoted figures to show that they had not only expended large sums in deputations, but had actually paid the members of those deputations. He would not commit himself to any precise course of action until he had consulted the members for the county, and the borough of Coleraine, to whom, in common with himself, a memorial from the citizens had been addressed on the subject; but if the memorialists were determined to rid themselves of the incubus, he was prepared to go with them to the fullest extent. A vote of confidence in Mr. Lewis was unanimously passed.

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BANQUET TO M.R. DALWAY, ESQ., D.L., M.P.

LAST week a banquet was given by the Municipal Commissioners of Carrickfergus to its representative, M.R. Dalway, Esq., M.P. The leading members of the Corporation, of all shades of politics, were present to do honour to the guest of the evening. The object of the entertainment was to recognise Mr. Dalway's valuable and disinterested services in bringing to a satisfactory termination the lawsuit which had continued for twenty years in reference to the ownership of the Great Commons, and for his successful efforts in procuring the consent of the Board of Trade for a Government loan of £12,000 for the enlargement and improvement of the harbour. Alexander Johns, Esq., J.P., occupied the chair; to his right was the guest of the evening, and to his left James Andrews, Esq. The cloth having been removed, a number of toasts, including the health of Mr. Dalway, M.P., the guest of the evening, was given.

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PROHIBITION OF AN INSCRIPTION ON A TOMBSTONE.

THE Rev. J. Whitley, of Marsden, Huddersfield, having refused to allow Mr. David Hoyle, of New York, to have cut on the gravestone of his father, in Marsden Churchyard, the inscription, "Requiescat in pace," an appeal was made to the Bishop of Ripon. The following reply from his lordship has been received by Mr. Hoyle:- "I am truly sorry to find myself unable to comply with your request. I cannot sanction the inscription on a tombstone 'Requiescat in pace.' I need not remind you that it is, in fact, a prayer for the dead. All true Protestants believe that the state of the departed is fixed the moment after death. The souls of the faithful are in joy and felicity, and do not need our prayers; nor can lost souls be benefited by them. The inscription which you refer to is constantly used by Roman Catholics, and is quite in harmony with Roman Catholic doctrine. It may be found in some Protestant churchyards, but this is rarely the case; and the fact that it is sometimes met with is no defence for adopting an expression which is both misleading and erroneous."

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SWALLOWING THE RING.

A SOMEWHAT awkward incident occurred at a London church a week or two ago. The bridegroom, a very nervous young man, put the wedding-ring for a moment into his mouth while he frantically tried to pull off his gloves. In the flurry and excitement as the moment for pledging his troth came more and more awfully near, he opened his mouth for a gasp or a sigh, and, hey presto! the ring slipped down his throat as if by magic. For one brief moment his face assumed a hue so appallingly suggestive of apoplexy that his bride fainted. After a desperate struggle the ring went down instead of coming up, and the ceremony came to an abrupt stop. In defiance of this solemn warning, the reckless couple insisted upon rushing on their fate, and after bride and bridegroom had recovered, and another ring had been lent by some malignant misanthrope, of whom there are always one or two officiously active on occasions of this sort, the knot was tied. I have heard of men swallowing their scruples before now, but to swallow one's troth is a novelty. I dare say the luckless gentleman found the marriage ring rather a hard substance to digest; I have known men arrive at the same conclusion without such a practical test. -- Man About Town.

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DESTRUCTIVE FIRE IN BELFAST.

ABOUT a quarter to seven o'clock on Monday morning a destructive fire occurred in a little street called Weir Street, off the Shankhill Road. The first indication of its existence was the issuing of smoke from the windows of house No. 10 in that street, but even this was hardly observable owing to the dusk in the morning, and the fire was allowed to assume a more aggravated form before it was detected. Then it was found that the flooring of the upper room was burning, and on the windows and door being opened the flames rushed out, and were fed by the wooden panels and framework of the windows until they quite encircled the walls. The roof promptly collapsed with a crash, but not before the inmates had time to remove most of their furniture. A painful rumour was at this period whispered through the large crowd whom curiosity had collected, that a child was burned, which was of course untrue, but it was sufficiently sensational to cause uneasy feelings. The safety of the adjoining houses, and, in fact, of the whole street, was now threatened, as the flames spread to the next house, No. 12. So rapidly was the upper portion of this house consumed that the furniture could not be removed, and was destroyed. Mr. Reilly, to whom intimation was conveyed, then arrived with the brigade and two engines. Two jets of water were immediately brought to play on the burning mass, and the flames gradually became duller. No. 10 being completely demolished, it was thought inexpedient to waste any labour on it, and the brigade's efforts were directed to the second house, No. 12, the roof of which was off, to prevent any further spreading of the conflagration. Having succeeded, they returned to the station, after two hours' labour. The causes which led to the fire are not at present known, and several unreliable ones are ascribed, one being the carelessness of a lodger putting out a candle. The surrounding buildings on all sides were preserved from any danger through the timely exertions of Mr. Reilly and the Fire Brigade. The neighbourhood is very thickly populated, and had not prompt measure been taken the result might have been most calamitous.

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AMERICA DISCOVERED BY IRISHMEN.

How early the Irish found America we do not know; but the fact they were here, even earlier than the Norsemen, cannot be disputed. For what we know about Irish settlement in this country we are indebted to two Icelandic Sagas, namely, to the Eyrbyggja Saga and the Saga of Thorfinn Karlsefne. In the former (chapter lxviii.) we read that the Norse navigator, Gudleif Gudlaugson, undertook in the year 1028 a voyage to Dublin, and on his leaving Ireland again, he intended to sail to Iceland, but he met with north-east winds, and was driven far to the west and south-west in the sea, where no land was to be seen. It was already late in the summer, and Gudleif with his party made many prayers that they might escape from the sea. "And it came to pass," says the Saga, " that they saw land, but they knew not what land it was. Then they resolved to sail to the land, for they were weary with contending longer with the waves of the sea. They found there a good harbour, and when they had been a short time on shore, there came some people to them. They knew none of the people; but it rather appeared to them that they spoke Irish.

The portion of America where these Irish were met with by the Norse mariners -- supposed to be situated south of the Chesapeake Bay, and to include North and South Carolina, Georgia, and East Florida -- is in the Icelandic Saga of Thorfinn Karlsefne, chapter xiii., called Irland edh Mykla, that is, Great Ireland. It is claimed that the name Great Ireland arose from the fact that the country had been colonised by the Irish long before the above-named Gudlief Gudlaugson's visit, and that they, coming from their own green isle to a vast continent possessing many of the fertile qualities of their own native soil, the appellation was natural and appropriate. This much is, at all events, perfectly historical and certain, that sixty-five years before the discovery of Iceland by the Norsemen, in the ninth century, Irish emigrants had visited and inhabited that island; that about the year 725 Irish monks sought seclusion upon the Faroes; that in the tenth century voyages between Iceland and Ireland were of common occurrence, and that in the eleventh century a country far west from Ireland and south from Vinland (that part of America colonized by the Norsemen) was known to the Norsemen under the name of White Man's Land, or Great Ireland. -- Prof. Anderson

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ATTEMPTED MURDER ON THE ANTRIM ROAD.

A MOST daring attempt to commit a brutal murder was made at one o'clock on Tuesday on the Antrim Road. Although the would-be murderer did not succeed in completing his designs for taking away the life of his victim, he inflicted wounds which are believed will terminate fatally, and the result might have been more lamentable had it not been for the heroic bravery of the wounded man. The particulars, as far as can be gleaned at present, are as follows; -- After one o'clock a gamekeeper, named James Houston, in the employ of the Marquis of Donegall, was making his usual range through the deer park of the estate, when he observed a low-set, stout man, apparently about thirty-five years of age, and carrying a gun. He hailed to him to stop, but he refused, and a chase followed. Finding that Houston was too swift for him, and that he was being fast overtaken, he turned and fired, and the bullet took effect in Houston's leg. Houston then closed on his victim and a struggle ensued, in the course of which the assailant got the point of the gun against Houston's side, and pulled the trigger, but before it went off Houston knocked it aside. They both got into holds, and the gamekeeper dragged him to the foot of the deerpark where there is a lodge belonging to a Mr. Magill. The dragging occupied half-an-hour, and when Houston reached the lodge he was quite exhausted. On the way he shouted for help, but no one appeared to have heard him. Having safely secured the assailant in the lodge he lay down to rest, and in a few moments his intended assassinator rushed through the scullery and jumped through the window. The only occupants of the lodge were an old and enfeebled man and an elderly woman, and the latter had gone out for assistance, so that pursuit after the fugitive was impossible. He was seen to go in the direction in which his gun lay, and has not been since seen. Houston was soon removed to the Belfast Royal Hospital, where his leg was examined, and a large, deep gun-wound was discovered. Drs. J. Walter Browne, Coates, and Anderson attended him. The wound was probed to a depth of several inches, but no traces of the bullet could be discovered. He now lies in a most dangerous condition, and his recovery is extremely doubtful. The police are, of course, on the look-out for the would-be murderer, but have not up to the present time made any arrest. Houston states that he bit his assailant severely on the ball of the thumb, and this may lead to his identification.

IMPORTANT DISCOVERY.
Belfast, Wednesday.

THE latest inquiries at the Belfast Royal Hospital show that the injured man, Houston, is still in a dangerous condition, although hopes for his recovery are a little stronger. Amputation has not been deemed necessary as yet, but it may be, should symptoms of mortification develop. Some important discoveries have been made on the grounds of the deerpark, where the outrage was committed. Among these are the double-barrelled gun, which was got in the same position as it was left in the struggle; a coat and other articles of clothing, a terrier dog, and a brace of hares. These will, no doubt, be strong links in the chain of evidence, and may lead to the discovery of their owner.

LATEST PARTICULARS.
Belfast, Thursday.

DEATH OF HOUSTON.

THE brutal outrage committed on Jas. Houston, on Tuesday evening, in the deerpark of Lord Donegall's estate on the Antrim Road, has now developed into a more grave aspect, in consequence of the death of the wounded man, Jas. Houston, which took place this morning. Although the wound was a very severe one and the man's condition very precarious when first admitted, he evinced very hopeful signs of recovery, and this makes the announcement of his demise the more unexpected. Last night he seemed to be a good deal better, and through the night showed no symptoms of declining. At seven o'clock there was no change in his condition, and it was not until after this hour that he appeared to fail gradually until he died at ten o'clock. The immediate cause of death will not be made known until the inquest is held, but, in the meantime, it is expected that a post-mortem examination of the remains will be made. He was attended by all the house surgeons, and it is needless to add that everything which medical skill could suggest to sustain life was done, but without avail. The deceased man's friends were sent for, and they arrived about twelve.

The police have been engaged in an active search for the supposed perpetrator of the outrage, and up to the present time have been partially successful, inasmuch as they have discovered what they believe to be the residence of the delinquent in the neighbourhood of Denmark Street. The means by which they acquired this important knowledge is most ingenious. They attached a string to the dog which accompanied the man who shot Houston, and allowing it to go of its own accord it led them to the place mentioned.

THE INQUEST.

Shortly after seven o'clock, Professor Dill, M.D., Borough Coroner, opened an inquest on the remains of James Houston, before a respectable jury. Mr. John Rea, instructed by Lord Donegall's agent, appeared for the next of kin, and said that he would ask the jury to return a verdict of wilful murder, to enable the widow of deceased to obtain redress for her husband's death. As he was conversant with the whole case, and with the mode of procedure, he offered to conduct the examination of the witnesses. The coroner assented and Mr. Rea called and examined Alexander Stephens, who swore that he knew deceased, and identified his body. On Tuesday he was in the Deer Park, where there is a stock of valuable game, and saw deceased there. Since he saw him, and he made a statement to the effect that he heard firing, and went to the place, where he saw a poacher, who refused to proceed with him, and then aimed at his head and fired, but missed him. He then sprang on him, and a struggle ensued, in which the poacher tried to bring the muzzle of the gun to bear on his breast. The poacher succeeded in firing a second shot, and the contents lodged in his thigh. He wrested the gun from him, and, after knocking him down twice, dragged him to Mr. Magill's lodge, where he offered to give his name. The poacher then escaped. The deceased added that "he was quite sure that Mr. Cosgrove and Mrs. Allen, of Magill's porter lodge and farmyard, knew the poacher." Deceased charged witness to tell that if anything happened to him. Frank Cowan swore that, seeing the scuffle between the poacher and Houston, he asked the latter what ailed him. He said he was shot by the man he had hold of. They repaired to the lodge, where the poacher asked, and was refused leave, to go for his gun. While witness and deceased were guarding the front door, deceased shouted out -- "There, he's gone." Witness ran out through the front door and looked up the avenue, but there was no trace of him. He had escaped through the back door. By a juror -- I would know the poacher again. Mr. Rea thought it would be better not to examine the persons in the porter-lodge now, whether they were privy to the escape or not. The Coroner said that if these parties were conspirators in the matter they should be in the hands of the police. Mr. Rea's argument would apply if the party was in custody, but he thought as the inquiry stood they should either exhaust all their evidence or adjourn it. Mr. Rea said he only asked not to be pushed now to examine witnesses without knowing whether they were adverse to the interests of justice or not, or whether or not they should be criminals. The Coroner consented to hear Dr. Coates, and then adjourn the inquiry. Dr. Stanley B. Coates, senior resident house surgeon, swore that the deceased had a wound on the anterior surface of the left thigh. One wound was an inch and a quarter transversely. He probed it with his fore finger and found there was a cavity in the wound. He could discover no foreign body in it. That wound was the immediate cause of death. A post-mortem examination was necessary to ascertain the cause of death. The Coroner ordered a post-mortem examination to be made, and adjourned the inquiry until Monday evening.

 

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