iHfS BELFAST Jtf JtQ W8 LETTISH, FKIDAT, OCTOBER 23, 189t5s TALK AND TOPICS. 1.1 me w not lie at tne aoor 01 we iseuasc j j guardians themselves if they do not mam- " (Jk reputation which they have acquired gutter of the art of humour. No repor.er 0: -."v!- the temerity to pass over their procecd-she sententious remark: "the usual roti-JF" fas transacted."' Because, on every ''a "jon. the business is of a quite unttsnal cha-and consequently never routine ; the oni T"" ,f similarity about the Board meeting", being 1 ;8 awne is the humorous element absent. m twere may be a variance of degree. Take t.favA'v: I strolled round, quite casually, to H ,barn Road Hal! of Burlesque, and my expec-ai utinnement were not disappointed; nay, .; wildest moments. I never anticipated the en-of such apparently exhaustless stores of ''' ai times, but none the less delightful Csiirdians waste, like precious periume on t iisert air. because the public, unfortunately, do " .p.mJate their privileges, and they had onl prest-ntative present. Even the presence of .'.iu'.rfiian seemed to strike alarm into the ,"J 0f one of the members, and he said to a jour-''j. who sat near him: "See what 'Talk and rr,.,s ' has done !" r:;n when one is a frequent visitor to the Bo?-rd .s-injs. he requires a considerable amount of time .; ;0 psv the closest attention, before he gets on '.::yht "hang" of the business. The meeting is ....-:,ed to begin at twelve o'clock, but business .--?: uivly gets under way until three-quarters of an -' .jar later, in tne meantime, tne most conn- ,i! conversations are carried on oevween tne ,-.:::er. presumahly on the minutes ; ano. the ... :-:rrs tear their hair and fret and fume, awl asst -M-liw.l, : n.,-.-r iti?v.-ai d : "Whatever T r....v i-li"iinf mvw?" Obviously tiie Guar- as. in their wisdom, are of opinion thai this pre- iurt stone of their business has no interest for . V. it a ..miti ia t.Iip miriness oroiier of Bate and whisky may seem an unpalatable com-.-.;a-l. but one maybe pardoned for getting tired of -.,1 tt'',,,i .7-t-,,.l nn tj-ir. f ivri n.in Hv ;niil tir ( illil'- ais TOse. a marvellous power, as of an aleisc-'si. of making the most unsavory subject agree- n . ?-,,ri.-ii:. anA rm It mnsf.ir.utp.'i the niece de ... Ta,,l- -..-a lor Kv -.t-catchea', ""'ho wrote, in the most plaintive of ,'.,)- '"ii.ivinL-T tir.-.T-il vnii .are rons'd.rablv j .. a ...,,;. ,wt Tt a T 4n be nl-ased to wait upon vou. and will under- . M,- tl.L.,,, nut ril-iinnl f!iA :;;:test inconvenience to the inmates for 10." Mr. JfKibWn Too much to pay for rat?. ii-'htr Jienber tJet a terrier. s:l E-.-ononn-t i'3 oaite sufficient. , , t ic ::.:;-:o.'.'.-nili :!j?iiKer: Tint.'? ivtft'lis ivt:k lit a pound a work. i'lea v.ie raw ea-a , ai.u i-uc n in.-j.., Mr. Os-vald, who seamed to have doubts upon ..aid gri the haif back from the Local Government ira." (I 'jr.dersuind "the haif" to mean haif ,-r of the whiskv.) "If it is not a medicine. v is it 'iwai to the doctors?" The Clerk said i . , it j :.l -.iV, e.. . u nij:Ki Li'.tff i. X lyiciiii. ljuxii .ir-i,-:,.; tJiwar.l wliich thev allow "the half." ,;" t:i.' members wanted to know whv the .;.-;v .v.i. ;'aa io uae tioetoi;. ;eiiu oijot-aui 'iv:cu .11? ijj t 111; tii-... nv.v : ,..,.! in.,.vkna i t;,.. :m the workhouse he meant, no doubt. It was aieh he did with the. ingenuous remark : " You tae country. he mere mention of the word teetotaler acted an infection. A young gentleman who was ijiit into the B-oardroom immediately after-is to explain why some drain-pipe had been :-.-n. dva'.ared that "it was teetutally choked up." t a member urged upon the Board that they i'A have a notice to visitors, printed in large . po-:ed outside the workhouse gates, to read allows: " Xo liquors to be admitted into the nises. and that any caught will be prosecuted." s ia.:e.,t temperance propaganda is decidedly :lr,al. Under what Act of Parliament would the i.eatiun be brought'.' and what would the nature the punishment inflicted on the unfortunate With the advent of November will come the in- 4 ration of the new tramway bye-laws and of the x&s wine!.- ttie sstu&st iramways company n-.ide as a sort of counter-blast to the lequire- :. of the Corporation. The latter changes can r:eiy be said to constitute an improvement as 'as the public is concerned, but they are doubfc- eir.g carried cut by the company in a spirit of io:m. INove. 1. would suggest a relorm tna-t wouiu ve a distinct benefit to all those "who in wei. "say. or cold weather will be obliged to take the : of she cars when the seating accommodation is ieu u!) inside. It is that wat-erproot coverings ivjjj oe placed uuon tue outside seats, waicji aiu not only keep them dry, but contribute tviiaily to -the comfort of the passengers for use convenience, ostensibly, the cars we run. is is net too much to ask : and in carrying out improvement the Belfast Tramways Company ;iiid only be following in the line of other tram- companies in the principal cities and towns in a United Kingdom. They can scarcely object on i ground of expense, seeing that the system ;s a a splendid paying concern. The sentiment contained ir. these lines of the s Poet Laureate strikes me as not inappropriate iie present time, when inconceivable fear and tJtsSiension of consequences are advanced by igiish statesmen as an excuse for inaction in the s of the terrible atrocities in the Far East : is lor.? a remain, "we must spesk free, Tro' k.il tiit ,-ao:m of Europe on us bleat. N'o !.:: CvrniaD Stu.te are we, w3a- the o:;" voice in Europe: tVe mast speak; t'lit it tb-aiht our greatness were st-raek dead. Then ir.iht be left some record of the things we said. a rca be f?&rfn!. the?i must we be bold. Oar ltrit:,i!i cancat salve a tyrant o'er. Better tj-.e waste Atlantic roiled Ok he,- n:i,t us and ours i'or evermore, "lit: 1 Have we fought for Freedom from our prime, At last to dodje aid palter with a public crime? Mr. I. Zangwill discusses in interesting fashion tiie "Pal! Mall Masazine" the principles of lite- !': criticism. In doing so he offers a suggestion t is sufficient to turn the hair of the lover of feature grey in a single night. As sno-wing the "itiiea and sound jud-rment of the popular taste are fond of pointing to the great treasures of Mature that have survived the past, and -which ;and experience have proved to be of undoubted ; but how many masterpieces may we nave "Are not neglected authors always rising in tame market?" Mr. Zangwill asks, and over-pireciated authors always falling? Moreover, appraisal of the past is always the work of the , for oulv the few read the -books of the past at These few receive and revise the tradition of past and hand it down to their successors, en-d and supplemented by a tradition of the best is of their own day. They are the torch-bearers iterawre, the minority of aristocrats which no ::racv of numbers can ever outvote.whose cano- ldocs, indeed, the many accept though they not to be. found worshipping at the surmes. 'myself, I am disposed to accept what our aa-" :s have handed down to us and be thankjud. V.nir bv the present day, there cannot have 'been u-a pUhora of Skakespeares, of Miltons,Dantes, ,:Kh,;rs that only those who caught the iopu.ai of the time were received, while the genius ol --.st - stars of equal, or it might be greater, mag- W - was a!'owed to sink into oblivion, without either wejt. honoured, or sung. Kembsls. CORRESPONDENCE. PRISON GATE MISSION FOR MEN. TO TITE KDITOR OF THE BELFAST NEWS-LETTER. Sir Will you kindly give me space in your paper to appeal for cast-off clothing for the Prison Gate Mission foi Men? Our stock is quite exhausted, and any clothes, however worn, are most useful. The members of the Helping Hand Branch of the mission are earnestly requested to send in their parcels at once, addressed to me. Mr. David Mitchell, 6, Castle Street, has kindly offered to take charge of any parcels, and a receipt w,ill be sent in the course of a few days. Yours faithfully, (Miss) A. T. Bristow. Windsor Avenue. 22nd October. WAITING MORTUARIES FOR THE PREVENTION OF BURYING ALIVE. TO THK KDITOR OF THE BELFAST XEWS-LF1TF.R. Sir The cases of sudden death in Lisbum, reported in the "Belfast News-Letter" of October 16. h. suggest a few remarks. Few subjects are more important than that of living burial and its prevention, which should enlist the sympathy of every philanthropist and humanitarian. Up" to the present time it has received little or no attention in Great Britain, owing to the general apathy and the neglect or incredulity of the medical profession, many of whom deny the possibility oi live sepulture. A volume, however, lias just been published by Swan Sonnenschein, London, entitled " Premature Burial and How It May be Prevented." which goes to the root of the matter, and. after considering the subject in all its aspects, describes the means that, should be adopted for the prevention of the burial of persons alive. The authors say " Of all the various methods that have beep suggested or introduced for the prevention of premature interment none have been attended with such satisfactory results as the erection of mortuaries (Leiehenhauser) in Germany. These structures, elsewhere described, ought to be provided, as far as practicable, in every parish, a-nd certainly iii every sanitary district, in the United Kingdom, and by the Boards of Health in the United States, and adapted to the requirements of the population. They should lie built of chaste and elegant designs, well ventilated, an antiseptic atmosphere, supplied with living plants and flowers, with plenty of light, baths, couches, and skilled attendants, where both the dead and the apparent dead can lie deposited pending burial, cremation, or resuscitation. Separate compartments are necessary for cases where death has been due to accidents, and for those who have succumbed to infectious diseases. Every modern appliance should be introduced for the restoration of cases exhibiting signs of returning consciousness, and of those when, after sufficient time had elapsed, no sign of putrefaction was observable. The temperature of the room should lie kept at 84 degrees, as suggested by Sir Benjamin Ward Richardson, and no interment, cremation, post-mortem, or embalmment should lie permitted until a- dual medical examination by experienced physicians showed unequivocal signs of putrefaction." Numerous authorities, both ancient and modem, are cited to show the difficulty and. in certain cases, the impossibility of distinguishing catalepsy, trance, and other prototyjies of death from actual decease, with the fatal consequences of this ignorance. The tragedies which liavt occurred, and do occur, through trusting to medical death certificates, particularly hi countries like England and the United States, where death verification is not required, will be startling to the uninitiated. The erection of waiting mortuaries, on the plan of those existing in Germany , will commend itself to the good sense of alt who will patiently consider the facts, arguments, and authorities presented in the remarkable volume referred to. Yours faithfuily. Jas. R. W;ij,iamsox. 42, SUbbingtoD Street. London. N.W.. 21st October. THE UNITED KINGDOM ALLIANCE. TO THE KDITOR OF THK BELFAST NEWS-LKTTFIS. Sfft- I have read with much interest your admirable article on the above subject, and have noted the wise and moderate tone of your remarks. The Alliance deserve credit for their zeal and anxiety to stem the tide of drunkenness, which is surely a disgrace to a. Christian country, and in-'licts'such dire misery throughout the land. But the question is not whether there is any want of zeal iu waging war with this great evil, but whether theVisest and most effective economy is being sought for and applied. It seems tome that temperance is not well taught. It is a wide subject, and, though drunkenness is certainly an important part of it, it is, after all, only a part. It enters into the thoughts, words, and actions of men. Why should the temperance party not teach it thoroughly ? So great is the subject that it actually forms a large and important part of religion itself. It is this partial teaching of temperance which I believe has done harm; and the temperate man, in the most thorough sense of the word, is he who is a Christian at heart. Yours, Evangelical. SANITARY ENGINEERS. TO TFTK EDITOR OF THE BELFAST XEWS-LETTBR. Sm Could you or any of your correspondents inform me what constitutes a man a "sanitary engineer ?" Is there any recognised body that issues diplomas for such, or is the description the same as " registered plumber ?" Yours truly, Belfast, October 22. Vkl. AN APPEAL FOR HELP. TO THE EDITOR OF THK BELFAST NEWS-LEfTER. Sis Would you kindly afford me space ic your widely circulated paper io make an appeal o the public on behalf of the fishermen of Portstewart, who have suffered so sadly by the gale of Saturday might and Sunday morning last? Three comparatively new boats, belonging to some of ithe steadiest of our men, were smashed to pieces and sunk in the liarbou- before their eyefc, the fierceness of the gale being such that no effort could be made to save them. A fourth boat, also almost new. was saved at great risk and labour, being, however, very badly damaged. The loss to the poor men amounts to 100 or over in actual money, not including the loss arising from enforced idleness. It would appear that the harbour, upon which die Government spent a sum of money about nine years ago, is, in fact, totally unfitted to afford safe shelter for the class of boats now used in the fishing trade here. It is quite too small a.s well as too shallow, whilst during even moderate gales the sea sweeps over the north and east walls. The boats tire liable to be thus filled and sunk. The names of the men who have sustained the greatest iossare James and Dan M'Gowan, James Bacon, and Sam Cox. and also Wm. Logan. I hope a public meeting or committee of the townspeople may be got together to take the matter tip. In the meantime any sum, however small, towards helping these men wiM be thankfully received by Mrs. Cromie, The Castle, Portstewart. or by me. Edvd. R. Monxriem'. The Rectory, Portstewart. THE EVILS OF FREE TRADE. TO THE EDITOR OF THE BELFAST JSEWS-T.ErtHK. Sir In the palmy days of free trade fab- traders were nothing but 'lunatics in the eyes of Air. Bright, and England bowed down to the ''fetish, believing it to be the source of our prosperity. But it was a great mistake, the truth being) that there, never has been a fiscal policy adopted by any nation so ruinous to producers nd so destructive to production of aJl kinds ; and as production is, and ever must be, the true source of all national wealth, free imports havo been, beyond all doubt or question, the cause of enormous loss to the country. Although Mr. Bright and I differed in most things, I entirely agree with him in one. that if vou wish to impress any truth upon the pubitc mind, it can oniy ue uuue l constant repetition, and that must be my excuse for troubling you. Once more I insist, and defy contradiction, that the United Kingdom imaer protection was supreme in manufactures, trane, and navigation, and far, far ahead of all nations of the world, as was proved by the great eKhibi-tion of 1850-and this, too, in spite of the distress and poverty caused by ruinous wars. If that is not a sufficient proof, take another historic fact. The cotton lords thev were lords then (what are thev now in the dirt and very unhappy) subscribed, five or six years before the exhibttion, something like 250,000 to support Cobdec and Bright. Could you have a greater proof that they had grown rieh.'immensely rich, under protseu We see there verv clearly what protection had done under every disadvantage. But what is our position now after long years of profound peace, and whilst our two greatest rivals, Germany and France, have both suffered from ruinous wars, and are taxed almost bevond endurance to support enormous armies? Thus, with everything in our favour, what is- our position now? England-Free Trade England is the only country in the world that is supreme in one great fact, that it is the onlr country in the world that esc say with tiuth that its exports to foreign countries nave nor-increased a single shilling during the last five-and-twenty or thirty years! This great fact must give supreme delight to the faithful followors of the "fetish?" And further, although we have sacrificed our reat industry, agriculture, which is, and should be. the mains taj.- of all nationx. to tha axtenti of hundreds of millions, and although we import more food and more manufactures than any other country, to the destruction of our home industries, yet in spite of these, enormous sacrifices, which should have created a foreign trade if anything could or would, if there be. any truth in the free trade dogma that imports beget exports, in spite of all these serious sacrifices our export trade has not increased a single shilling during the last quarter of a century! It looks almost incredible, but it is a positive fact. But Mr. Spencer, a true disciple of the Farrer school, tries a little dexterous manipulation of the figures, by taking five lean vears from 1875 to 1879 the average is 134,852.000, but taking the five previous fat ones from 1870 to 1874 the average is 174.2aO.OUv or only forty millions difference! But suppose l bike the average of 1870 to 1874, the fat years, and compare them with the last five years, that is from 1891 to 1895, the average of those years being only 151 millions, and the fat years 174 millions, I could then say that twenty-five years ago we were exporting to foreign countries twenty-three millions more than we are to-day. Wliat a shout of derision there would be in the fair trade camp, and yet that is just the false way in which Mr. Spencer has cooked, his figures. Such figures provo nothing, except that he wishes to hide the truth. But let us consider more recent times, let us consider the last fifteen years, as shown by the statistical abstract, just published for 1895. It will be found that by taking the average of the first quinquennial period and comparing it with the average of the last, there has been an increase of about half a million. But our critic complains that I have said nothing about the colonies that is, our colonial export trade. He is mistaken, as I have said more than will please Lord Farrer. I have shown, in spite of his dictum to the contrary, that wliiist our foreign export have not increased during thirty years, there lias teen an increase of twenty-three millions to the colonies. If Mr. Spencer is tricky with his figures, he is equally so with history, but space will not a-llor.-me to put him right. There is no difficulty whatever in dealing with free traders life Mr. Spencer, who come out into the 02n ; their little tricks can be readily exposed, and swept away like cobwebs. But there is another class of opponents, who. having the ear and the confidence of the public, betray"it,, unwilling that the public should know the truth. Yours faithfully, Masham. BELFAST CATHEDRAL. TO THE EDITOE. OF THE I1ELFAST NEWS-LETTER. Silt One advantage of a cathedral is the daily morning and evening prayers. True few attend. However, I suppose that is their own loss. The following cutting may be of interest : The Daily Seuvick. "Why don't you have prayer meetings in tiie Church?" asked a- worthy Nonconformist to a Churchman the other da. We do have prayer meetings, meekly -eplied the Churchman. We" have fourteen prayer meetings every week. The goo:! Nonconformist stood aghast. Yes," continued the Churchman, every morning I hear the old church bell ring, and every evening the same, and I .say to myself, "That is the Church's daily prayer meeting." Day by day the intercessions go up, the same beautiful prayers used for hundreds of yours Day by day the Te Deum of praise Ls said. Day by day the song of the incarnation, the Ma-gniKcat, is uttered. In the daii;, prayer meeting of the Church all are remembered those who tire troubled in "mind, body, or estate.'' Tiie people change, they disappear; opinions change ; the world itself seems to change. Mien rise up and make a great bluster; they decry, they agitate, and make a great deal of noise; but the Church goes quiet;,, nn her way, 'tiie old bell rings, the Te Deums and Magnificats are sung, the daily dntt-reessions continue to be offered, and .so will' it be to tiie end of time, for is she not," the Church of the iiv.'tig God. the pillar and ground of the trui-h':" ' Miiford Haven Parish Messenger." Pardon me for takinc un your space. Sincerely yours, H. THK TREATMENT OF HORSES. TO THE EDITOR OF THE BELFAST NEWS-l.Eri'ER. Sin May I draw attention, through the medium of your paper, to; a system which prevails near Belfast of overloading poor horses. This practice has been very frequently remarked on the road from Belfast to Bangor." On the evening of the 21st instant a very bad case occurred on the rising ground at Ballymenoch, where a poor, worn-out animal was unable to proceed with his heavy load of bricks. I trust, in the interests of humanity, that some means will be taken to prevent the overloading of horses unfit for their work. Yours,, Humanity. Belfast, October 22nd. COLONIAL INTESTATES. TO TOE EDITOR OF tHE BELFAST NEWS-LETTER. Sir Inquiries are constantly being made in the "Agony" columns of the Press atid elsewhere as to the whereabouts of relatives who have emigrated to our colonies and have not since been beard of. It. may, therefore, interest your readers to know that there have recently been issued several official notifications to the effect that there are various sums due to the unknown kindred of deceased colonists. Permit me to give a few extracts from these notices. Cape Colony A list of "all estates and property belonging to "persons unknown, or not residing within the colony of the Cape of Good Hope, and not haying any known legal representatives therein; and the names and designations, so far as known, of the persons supposed to be interested therein," contains the following items: Heirs of William Anderson, 110 ; heirs of John Andrew, or Andrews, 167; estate of Robert Ayres, 157; heirs of Henry Buckton, 456; Charles Baekman, 145 ; heirs of Andrew Belford, abas James, 125; heirs of James Brown, 110; heirs of Robert Blyth, 182; Thomas Joseph Carey, 439; heirs of David Dougall, 116; estate of Thos. Donoghue. 118; children. of Saml.andWm. Eligood, 251 ; George Elliott, 088 ; heirs of John Funnell, 147; heirs of William Freemantle, 1P9 ; heirs of George Gibbins. 153 ; heirs of Mary Ann Grout, 383 ; heirs of Charles Goodwin, 121; heirs of Tim Griffin, 116; John Grant, 105 ; John Gray, 118 ; heirs of William HUlias, 468; Alfred S. Harrison, 146; estate of W. P. Husband, 360; heirs of John Jolly, 148; heirs of John Campbell Jamieson, 677; heirs of Williain Knowles, 216; Charles Kirby, 263; heirs of ernest A. Lehman. 1,091; heirs of William J., Lott, 141 ; Catherine L. Lyon, 154; Ohristoffe! Lombard, 1,042; heirs of Elizabeth G. Mackav, 263 ; George G. H. Mannings, 227 ; heirs of William J. Murray, 117 ; John B. Macnamara, 138; estate of J. A. Meyer, 316; heirs of Margaret O'Flynn, 212, relatives of John S. Parlby, 991 ; heirs of Kitty Palmer, 127 ; estates of Jolm F. and Robert JS. Proudfoot, 2,086; heirs of John Reed, or Rcid, 371; heirs of John Rer.ny. 3,526; William S. Scott (Australia), 667; children of George Stewart, 322; heirs of Edward Turner, 205; .heirs of William Travers, 200 ; heirs of William J. Toms, 288; John Turnbuli, 173; nextwif-kin of Sarah and Thomas Welis. 502; relatione of Robert Waters, 221 ; heirs of James Watt, 108 ; and heu-3 of Philip Williams, 298. British Guiana From a list of unclaimed balances, deposited in the Colonial Chest, the following names may be noted: Isabella Brown, died 1881; Anderson Barton, died 1882: Thomas Gomes, a legatee ; Mary A. L. and Catherine C. Simon, heirs oi D. Simon; Albert Fortune, died 1887, Thomas Lingall, died 1884; Thomas Y firaitthwaite. died. 1889; Henry Raymond, died 1890: John Richards, died 1890; Henrietta Parris, died 1875 ; Isaac Small, drowned 1891 ; Israel Murdoch, drowned 189-0; Matthew Fuliington. died 1893 , Margaret A. Bess, died 1892 ; Fredk. Green, died 1893 ; E. Bradford, died 1892. Falkland Islands The heirs of tie following, among other, intestates are unknown : P-ic-hard Turner, died 1875; William Clayton, died 1875; John Quinn, died 1873 ; James Millet, native of Basingstoke, murdered 1874; George Harrington, or Errington, died 1889; Thomas Whitterick, drowned 1891 ; Louis OlsJon, died 1891 ; and. Lau-ritz Bernard, died 1893. Other lists of colonial intestates might be quoted from, but I fear that I have already ties nncoetA V.T, Vfl.hlflhlp .STfifte. If an "estates" department were established at the Colonial Office, where copies of letters of administration and wills of emigrants dying in out colonies could be inspected, a long-felt want would be supplied. I am, sir, your obedient servant, Sidney H. Preston. 27, Chancery Lane, London, E.G. 20th October. The Naturalists' Field Club. The geologies1 coz-tinn heir) their monthly meetinsr on 21st inst. , when rock specimens and fossils from the Isle of Man and England were exhibited, and discussed by the members: also, some interesting boulder clay from near Glenavy, with pebbles of eurite and Cushendun conglomerate, ws brought in for examination. Duneans Parish, Toomebridge. Favoureu. by beautiful weather, the annual harvest thanksgiving service was held in Duneane Church oo the evening of the 16th, inst. The church was tastefully decorated by the parishioners, and was filled bv i yerv large "and attentive congregation. The Rev. C. "W. Frizell preached fronii St. John vi., 48. The service was taken part in by Rev. K. Pa'tman, rector of AUoghdl ; "Rev, G. 'tt. Da.unt, rector of The Granae: and Key. M. Fahy. rector oi Dnneante PETTY SESSIONS. Balltmoney. Yesterday a special court of petty sessions was held in the office of Mr. Robert Dowler, C.P.S., Ballymoney before Messrs. Jolm M'Elderry, J.P., and John Boyd, J.P., when Jas. O'Neill and Mary O'Neill, of no fixed residence, were charged by Acting-Sergeant Millar with drunkenness and disorderly conduct. The sergeant stated that the defendants were most disorderly, and had been convictcdsome months ago of cruelty to their child, which had been taken from them and placed in the union workhouse. Their Worships fined each of the defendants in 1 ls, and in default of payment, one calendar month's imprisonment. Bally.vahi.s'ch. The monthly court was held on 21st inst.. the following magistrates presiding: Mr. J. M'Robert (chairman); Dr. Dickson ; Messrs J. P. Shaw, J. Murray, and J. M'Cullough. Mr. J. B. M'Connell, clerk, was in attendance. Jas. Duffieid, Ballykine, and Dobbin Patterson, Bally-nahinch, were prosecuted by Constable Flanagan for assaulting each other in his presence on the 15th inst. Mr. J. Shaw, solicitor, defended. The Court ordered defendants to enter into their own recognisances in 5 to keep the peace for twelve months, or. in default, one month's imprisonment. William Forrestle, jun., and Wm. Molloy were charged by Constable Sweeney with drunken dis-orderliness on the 20th ult. "The offence having been proved, Forrestle was fined in 1 and costs, with the alternative of. fourteen days' hard labour, and Molloy 10s and costs, or a week's imprisonment. A 'second charge was preferred by same complainant against Forrestle of having indulged in filthy and obscene language when females were passing' on the 21st ult.. and he was mulcted in 1 and costs, or fourteen days' imprisonment. Wm. Forrestle, sen., father of previous defendant, for drunken disorderliness on 18th inst., was amerced in. 10s and costs, or a week's imprisonment. Samuel Young, Glassdrummond, for a similar offence on the 19th ult., when he had to be carried by the police for about a mile to the barrack, he resisting all the way, was fined in 1 and costs, or the usual alternative. Margaret Jackson, Ballynahinch, was prosecuted by Sergeant Smith for having sold a quantity of adulterated buttermilk to him on 21st ult.. which, on analysis by Sir Charles Cameron, was found to be adulterated with 35 per cent, of added water, being in excess of what was allowed for churning purposes. A fine of 5s and costs was imposed. A number of charges of drunkenness at the suit of the constabulary were afterwards disposed of, some pretty smart fines being imposed, after which the Court adjourned. Ligon-iel. This fortnightly court of petty sessions was held on 21st inst., before Messrs. John Rogers (chairman). James M'Corry, Felix O'Hagan. and Hugh Mack. District-Inspector Magee charged John Hebron with the larceny of 3 7s 6d, the property of Catherine Ham ill. Ballymoney. Mr. J. S. Finnigan defended. Catherine Hamill said, she had been ir. service in Belfast, and left the city for Ballymoney on the 1st inst. She had the money iu her "box, which was locked, and which she gave to her father to take home. She took some articles from the box on tiie 6th inst., and left it unlocked. On the 13th inst. she saw the accused t the box, and shortly after that she missed the money. Sergeant Higgs proved the arrest at Englishtown on the 16th inst.. Said after further evidence had been 'heard the prisoner was returned for trial to the Belfast quarter sessions on the 27th inst., bail being accepted for ills apjiearance himself in 10, and two sureties of 5 each. Michael Graham was summoned for having neglected his children, whose ages ranged from three to fourteen yea-re. Catherine Graham, his wife, said her husband was addicted to drink, and he only worked four months out of twelve. She had been compelled to pawn most of the effects 'in order to support the family. Constable Mulvey said he was called to the house on the 14th inst. He found the house in a state of disorder. The defendant alleged that his mother-in-law was the cause of the trouble. Inspector Smith. N.S.P.C.C., said he had found the children in a pitiable condition upon one occasion. He had cautioned defendant several times. Three months' imprisonment, with hard labour, was ordered. Mr. Brett, county surveyor, summoned William John White for having failed to fulfil a contract he had entered into for putting stones upon the road. It was aileged that the stones had not been broken small enough, some of them being twice the normal size. The defendant was ordered to rectify the matter witiiin a month, and to pay 20s costs. Mr. King (Messrs. R. & H. Orr) appeared for Mr. Brett. John MTUiaire was summoned for having used threatening language towards Daniel Espie, Hill-head, on tiie 16th inst. Tho defendant was ordered to find bail for his future good behaviour. Andrew Shields and Alexander M'Millan were charged by Sergeant Hadden with obtaining liquor at Ligoniel on 'Sunday last by representing themselves as bona-fide travellers. Evidence having been given, they were each fined 20s and costs. Lisburk. This fortnightly court was held yesterday, before Messrs. T. D. Gibson, R.M. (in the chair); John Rogers, J.P.; Hugh Mack, J.P.; Wm. Savage, J.P.; and M'B. Mackenzie, M.D., J.P. Charles M'Ateer -was put forward on the charge of neglecting his wife and two children and leavingthem chargeable on the rates of the Lisburn Union. Mr. Joseph Allen, one of the honorary solicitors to the N.S.P.C.C., prosecuted, and Mr. Hugh Mulholland defended. Defendant was sentenced to three months' imprisonment, with hard labour. Susan Smith, of 13, M'Cloy's Court, Lisburn, was charged with neglecting and exposing her child, nine months old. Mr. Joseph Allen prosecuted. The woman was sentenced to three months' imprisonment, with hard labour, the chairman stating that he could see no extenuating circumstances in her case. Patrick and Elizabeth Gannon, of Magberaleave, near Lisburn, were charged with continuous neglect of their three children, all of tender years. Mr. Joseph Allen again prosecuted. Evidence baring been given, the accused were sentenced to three months' imprisonment each, with hard labour. John Henry Brett, county surveyor, summoned John Toland, of Tournagrough, for inattention in the performance of a contract to keep 610 perches of a road leading from Belfast to Glenavy, by Hannahs-town, between Rushyhill Schoolhouse and Upper Belfast mearing, in the barony of Upper Massereene, in repair. Mr. King, Ballymena, representative of Messrs. R. & H. Orr, solicitors to the Grand Jury, prosecuted; and Mr. Charley, Lisburn, defended, After a lengthened hearing, the Court ordered that Toland should put 190 tons of metal on the road within six weeks, and that he should pay 1 costs. At the suit of the local police a number of persons were fined in varying sums for drunkenness. In the town court, before Messrs. Wm, Savage, J.P., and Hugh Mack, J.P., a number of persons were charged with druken-ness and indecent behaviour. Mr. Joseph Allen prosecuted for Mr. W. Y'oung, In a few cases tines of 10s were imposed, but ic other the fines were smaller. District-Inspector MacGee was present during the proceedings in both courts. Newry. These weekly sessions were held on the 21st inst. in the Trevor Hill Courthouse, Ne-wry, before Messrs. Henry 'Turner, R.M. (presiding) : James F. Erskine, 'J.P. ; David Martin, J.P. ; J. P. M'Nallv. J.P. ; Walter Scott, J.P. ; Arthur M'Cann, j"P. ; M. J. M'Cartan, M.D., J.P. ; John J. M'Arevey, J.P. ; and Felix O'Hagan, J.P. A young man. named John M'Bride, Bell's Row, was charged with haying been drunk and disorderly, and also with having assaulted Constable Pike while in the execution of his duty on the 17th inst. The magistrates sentenced the defendant to one month's imprisonment, with hard labour. Constable Somers prosecuted David Jt'Elroy, Mill-vale, for having cruelly ill-treated a horse by working -him while in an unfit state 'on the 16tk inst. The constable deposed that about four o'clock on the evening in question he saw the horse, which was attached to a cart, at Margaret Square. The animal had a sore about the size of a five-shilling piece on the left shoulder. The sore was a fresh one, and no effort had been made to keep the collar from coming into contact with it. The horse belonged to Mr. James Dale, of Bessbrook, with whom the defendant worked. A fine of 5a and costs was imposed in the case. Arthur Magennis, Anvakane, Camlough, summoned Joseph Murphy, Abbey Yard, Ne-wry, for having assaulted him in the hay and straw market on the 6th inst. Defendant had a cross - summons against the complainant for assault on the same occasion, and to show cause why he should not be bound to keep the peace. Mi. Johnson appeared for Magennis, and Mr. Hanratty represented Murphy. The matter was alleged to have arisen over the sale of three loads of hay belonging to the plaintiff to a man named Michael Smith. After evidence, the chairman said that the magistrates would convict Murphy foi what tliey believed was a technical assault on Magennis, fining him 6d and costs. The cross-summons was dismissed. Newtownaeds. These sessions were held yesterday, before the following magistrates : Messrs. George Dickson (in the chair), R. B. Caughey, A. Menown, N. J. Ledgerwood, and Jas. M'Cullough. James Galway, a small boy, was summoned by John M'Court, an officer of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, for cruelly ill- treating a donkey in" Newtownards on 13tb inst. by kicking it on the mouth. Fined Is and 3s costs. Wm. John Irvine was brought up in custody and charged with the larceny of a sum of money amounting to 19 9s, the property of his son, Robert Irvine, East Street, Newtownards, on 5th October. District-Inspector Mulliner prosecuted, and Mr. John S. Finnigan, solicitor, Belfast, appeared for the defence. The Court adjourned the case for six months, accused to come up 'or judgment when called upon. Sergeant Cooke was complimented by the magistrates for his action iu the case. R. M'Dowell, a tailor, was summoned at the instauca a the Newtawna-ixk Bmual oi Guardians for deserting his child, and leaving it chargeable on the rate3. Mr. M'Kee appeared for the Guardians. Two months in jail, with hard labour, was imposed. Jas. M'Neilly, school attendance officer, summoned the parents of four boys for the non-attendance of their children at school. The usual orders were made. Emily M'llroy summoned Minnie Shaw for assault in William Street. There was also a cross-case for assault. Mr. M'Kee appeared for M'llroy. Shaw was fined 3s 6d and costs, and the cross-case dismissed. Mr. M'Kee applied for a protection order for Mrs. Alice Dooley, who had purchased the interest of Mr. P. Gilmore in his licensed premises in Frances Street. The order was granted. Pobtrijsh. This court was held yesterday, before Sir F. E. Macnaghten, Bart,, H.M.L. (chairman); the Right Honourable Lord. Macnaghten, J P.; Mr. Creaghe, R.M.; Mr. John Maconibie, J.P.; and Brigade-Surgeon Dr. Murray, J.P. Mr. James Arnold, of Main Street, Portrush, charged Mr. John Fleming, jun., of Main Street, Fortrush, with an assault. Mr. O'Neill, solicitor, appeared for Arnold, and Fleming conducted his own case. Defendant admitted the offence, alleging that he received provocation from complainant, which complainant denied. Their Worships fined defendant 5s and costs. John Henry, of Main Street, Portrush, appeared before their Worships, and stated that John Nelson, a former lodger of his, had on the previous evening, against his will, entered his house, walked up the stairs, refused to leave, and being requested by him (Henry) and his wife to quit their premises, defendant still remained in their house, and assaulted both Henry and his wife. Their Worships allowed information to be taken, and a warrant of arrest to issue, which was handed to Sergeant Anderson for execution. Soon after defendant was brought into court in custody, and charged at suit of John Henry with unlawfully assaulting complainant and complainant's wife and refusing to quit their house, and having put complainant in bodily fear and alarm. Mr. O'Neill, solicitor,- appeared for complainant. The chairman having read over complainant's information, their Worships' finally sentenced defendant to fourteen days' imprisonment in default of finding bail. THE ARMY. BY OUR PRIVATE WIRE. FROM OUR MILITARY CORRESPONDENT. Loxdox, Thursday. Captain Hancox, of the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in India, assumes duty with the depot companies of the regiment at Omagh in place of Captain Blennerhassett, who has taken over the adjutancy of a militia bat-t-aiion in the Channel Islands. Lieutenant Kenny, of the same battalion,. also joins at the depot, taking tiie place of Lieutenant Armstrong, who will rejoin the service companies of the regiment. 'The 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers, at Belfast, has prepared a draft of 130 non-commissioned officers and men. which will be- sent to India to reinforce the 1st battalion at Mhow. The- draft will go out in the transport Victoria-,, which will leave Qaiceust-own on the 25th of next month. The draft will be under Captain Bickie. who is rejoining the 1st battalmn from leave of absence. Tiie same time the 2nd Battalion Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry at Newry will send out to India- a draft of 146 non-commissioned officers and men to join the 1st battalior. of the regiment- at Chokrata, Bengal cemmard. The draft-will be under Captain. New-bun'', wdio is returning to India on the expiration of his period of service with the depot companies. Lieutenant Arnold, -of the 2nd Battalion Dorset Regiment at Ennbkillen, obtains promotion to hi company command in place of Captain Audry. of the 1st "battalion, who died a fc-w days ago xriii'e doing duty with the depot companies of the regiment at Dorchester Mir. .Arnold has been nearly eight years in the army. BELFAST CORPORATION COMMITTEES. The public health committee of the Corporation mot in the Town Hal! yesterday under r-he chairmanship of Alderman Graham. M.D. The medical superintendent officer of health and '.-he executive sanitary officer submitted their reports, which were of a satisfactory character. The police committee met with Alderman Johnston, J.P., in the chair. The committee had under consideration the plans of the proposed improvements at the police cells, and the assistant city surveyor attended and explained at lengtn the various details in connection therewith, and was ordered to submit at next meeting an approximate estimate of the cost of the improvements, with a view to application being made to the Local Government Board for their sanction to a- loan for the purpose. The gas committee, over whose deliberations Alderman Sir Daniel Dixon, D.L.. presided, considered the advisability of reducing the price of gas. and decided to recommend the Corporation to reduce the price from 2s 9d to 2s 6d per 1,000 cubic feet. The electric committee transacted routine business under the chairmanship of Councillor Andrews, J.P. The library committee met under the presidency of Alderma.n" Henderson, J.P. Messrs. Gustavus Heyn & Sons wrote to the effect that one of their captains had brought home two full-sized baboons which; had 'been stuffed and prepared for a museum, and as he wus desirous of presenting them to one of the museums in Belfast the firm thought the library committee should have the Erst refusal of them. The committee unanimously accepted the gift, and expressed their gratitude to the gallant captain. We understand an offer was made to the committee of one of the well-known Bianconi rack lever watches, which, as most of our readers are, doubtless, aware, were used by the celebrated ear-owner named for the convenience of his passengers, and it was decided to purchase the watch, which will be on exhibition ui the Art Galleries. The librarian (Mr. Elliott) announced that a former curator of the libra-ry, Mr. J. F. Johnson, was anxious to present some of his pictures to the Art Gallery, and that the chairman and the deputy-chairman had inspected them, and had approved of the acceptance of a certain portion of them. The committee unanimously accepted the gift, and desired that their acknowledgments should be tendered to Mr. Johnson, REMITTED LIBEL ACTION. The remitted action of James Kelly against Wm. Swan, proprietor of the Mona.ghan " Northern Standard," to recover damages for libel published in his paper on the 11th July, 1896, was heard yesterday at Monaghan, before Judge Orr. Mr. H. Murphy, Clones, appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. R. H. Parke, Monaghan, for the defendant. Mr. Murphy, in opening the case for the plaintiff, said that the. libel complained of appeared in the " Northern Standard" on the 11th of July, 1896. The plaintiff was an artillery pensioner, who had been injured at a review by being thrown from his gun and the gun-carriage passing over him. Through that accident he had lost his arm, and in consequence had been discharged from the service on a small pension. Owing to applications made from time to time the pension had been increased to 2s per day, and he (Mr. Murphy) thought it would be proved that the plaintiff -was a man of good character. The plaintiff was a man of hot temper, and was a very strong Nationalist politician, and he liad given; a. good deal of umbrage to politicians who thought otherwise. In July last plaintiff waa summoned by the Great Northern Railway for trespass on their premises, for which he was fined ls and Is 6d costs. On the same day he was fined in a like sum for abusive language. In the report of this unimportant case, which appeared in the columns of the " Northern Standard," and which had been published under the heading of " The Gunner Subdued," it was stated that he was con-v-icfed on two charges of trespass, and on one for abusive -and obscene language. It was the use of the word " obscene" to which his client objected. Mr. Murphy went on to say that as a result of the correspondence which took place between Mr. Swan and himself Mr. Swan had apologised in his paper, but had refused to pay damages. Some witnesses having been examined, A. Moore, the reporter, stated that he got the report from a policeman. The policeman gave him all the report with the exception of -the word obscene. Witness added that 'word by mistake i He thought that that was what appeared in the summons. His Honour You did not see the summons? Witness No. His Honour Then, how could you tell what appeared in it? To Mr. Murphy In the report of the 7th March the names of two of the defendantB were omitted. Mr. Murphy How' is it you did not put the names in the report? Witness The other two asked me to keep their names out. Plaintiff did not. His Honour Then as a matter of fair play I think you should have kept Kelly's out. Hift Honour said that 'Mr. Swan was free from malice in the matter, but as he was responsible for the amtion of his subordinate, he (his Honour) would give, damages not heavy damages but damages that would carry costs. He would give a decree for 3. NOT GENERALLY KNOWN- It is not geaefmllj known that a Tenpenny Tin of Fby's Pcim COi-fCEtr-'iiiATEB OOCOA 13 sufficient to make thirty breakfast cups of most delicious beveraee. is ASf'IP.iA. WKEEZING. AND CHRONIC BRONCHITIS. ' CTCAltES BE .TOT " Joy's Cigwei-tes afford inrtan-tanpous i-alief and ultimately effect a permanent cure. Prescribed ftud appreciated by physicians ami sufferers a.l.: over the world. Easy to use, of certain effect and harmless m action, they are recommended for use by young- n.nd old. All Chemists and Stores. Box of 35, 2s 5d, or post free from Wiioo X Ca Si. AlMtiniiir Street. London. W, 26?i THE GHUEGH OF IKELANJ). EOLYWOOD PARISH CHURCH, A harvest thanksgiving service was held last evening in the Church of S.S. Philip and James, Holywood. For the occasion the sacred edifice had been nicely decorated with a profusion of corn, fruit, and flowers in a manner which reflected the highest credit upon those who assisted in the adornment. The chancel in particular had been beautifully set off, while much artistic tasto had been spent upon the pulpit and font. Towards the decorations the members of the congregation and other friends contributed liberally. The assemblage last night was a very large one, nearly every seat in the building being occupied. Among the clergymen present were Rev s. Canon Crozier, D.D., vicar; R. S. D. Campbell D.D.; Robert White, M. Beattie, J. K. Archer, B.D.; Mervyn Archdall, E. R. L. Kane, G. A. Stephenson, and G. W. Peacocke. The prayers were said by Rev. Cation Croider and Rev. G. W. Peacocke, and the lessons read by Rev. Bobert White and Rev. J. E. Archer. The musical portion of the service was very Well rendered by the choir. Rev. Dr. Campbell, rector of Athlone, who was the preacher, selected as his text, Hebrews, xiii., 15 " By Him, therefore, let us otter the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of out-lips, giving thanks to His name." He said These were the words of a- Hebrew writing to Hebrews, of one whose mind was familiar wit-a Jewish modes of thought writing to those to whom the temple and the temple services were tiie greatest central facts with which their ideas of God and of worship were associated. Further, t'hey were the words of a Christian, of one who, in spite of prejudice and in the face of bitter opposition, had embraced the Christian religion, and who held it with unshaken grasp, writing to confirm and strengthen those who were as yet but children in the faith. The writer of the epistle knew well the difficulties that beset those w'ho embraced the Christian faith. Apart from opposition or persecution, he knew how bald it was to break away from old religious associations, the fascination which Jerusalem, with its splendid temple, its gorgeous ritual, its marvellous history, had over the imagination and affections of the whole Jewish race. And, therefore, he understood the difficulties of those who were suddenly called upon to break with that ancient and glorious past, to leave that elaborate ritualism for the baldness and simplicity of Christian worship. Hence they found throughout the epistle the writer earnestly endeavoured to impress upon those for whom he wrote that in abandoning Judaism for Christianity they had not been receding, but advancing ; that they had not been losing, but gaining; that, on the contrary. Judaism, was but- the Shadow, while Christianity was the substance Judaism the child-hood, Christianity the manhood, of their religious life; Judaism temporary and accidental in the world's religious progress. Christianity permanent and essential. Thus he showed that, while Christianity preserved all that was valuable in Judaism, it stretched far beyond its narrow limits in -power and comprehension. Had Judaism its temple, its priests, its sacrifices? So, too. had Christianity, with this distinction, that its temple was one ii-at-made with hands, eternal in t-he heavens. Its priesthood was an unchangeable one; its atonement was made once for all. its sacrifices perpetual, and its dominion and authority from the river even to the ends of the earth. The phraseology in the text Wits thoroughly Jewish, and to find a key to it they must go to" the ancient- Jewiyh worship- Osi examining the system of sacrifices appointed m the J'tiwiii wtnafliJiey found tfbey fell info three great divisions, embodying throe fundamental conceptions. There was, first and principal, ti sacrifice of the sin offer-inir. next the sacriace of the burnt offering; and. lastly, t-ho t of the -thank offering. In i'-helirst. they had &e idea of atonement, in the second cousvcratlon, and in fiie third praise alone-roent. consecration, thanksgiving. Those, three conceptions ran throughout the whole ot the Jewish worship, and those same three ideas v-'ere prwerved. and perpetuates.! in the -Christian religion -and in Christian worship. 'The .preacher enlarged upon i-lris .portion of his subject, and pointed out that the sacrifice enjoined in the text cori-e.-pondev! io i.he ancient thank offering under tin: law. in 'onc!u-sion. Dr. Campbell said if they had i-ec-t-ived g-.fr.:--nuniberless and invaluable from God it- yas c'le-j-ly-Iheir duty to acknowledge -thankfully those, git!-;, and to make their lives to be as the- f rui tfuJ jfrf-rdm Ti-ihieh the Lord had blessed, producing fruits a-t ouce beautiful to Cod and chastening to the. heart of man. And they were to praise Him ..(lit-iiiually, not alone when the harvest was full -ire! safely gathered, though that be a- most fitting time for special praise; not alone when commercial prosperity was theirs, but in those dark days which often came when hope sickened within tlieui and ruin stared them in the face. He knew of nothing tlwt-could so shed radiance and peace over Ahe:r lives 5s the spirit of Christian thankfulness. He who offered praise not only glorified God, but also became a Iblessing to himself. The offertory, which was in aid of the Protestant Orphan Society, was afterwards taken up. and the service was closed by the benediction, pronounced by Rev. Canon Crozier. The services will be continued on Sunday, when Rev. Dr. Campbell will preach both morning and evening. Bowk an-d Cons or and Dromore Junior Clerical Society. The opening meeting of the session of the Junior Clerical Society was held on the 20th inst. in St. George's Cafe, Belfast, There were present Revs. C. E. Quin, president (in the chair), S. E. Cooney. William Peoples. J. L. Sloane, E. F. V. Ross, J. E. Archer, B.D.; S. S. Holmes, J. Johnstone Walker, Clement Bassett, H. E. Whyte, Mervyn Archdall, W. T. Browne, Wm. Biglev, T. J. Forsyth, C. K. Pooler, Charlej Coulter, A." G. Stuart, G. W. Peacocke, G. N. 0. Beere, T. G. Wilkinson, E. R. L. Kane, S. J. Hackett, John Mervyn, and Thomas M'Creight, honorary secretary. The meeting having been opened with prayer, the minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. The president then read his inaugural address on the subject of " Preaching," which was treated by him in an interesting manner. The paper was spoken to by the Revs. S. E. Coonev, William Peoples, S. J. Hackett, J. E. Archer, "T. M'Creight, and Wm. Bigley. The Rev. C. E. Quin then replied. The Rev. "S. J. Hackett having been appointed to the incumbency of Askeaton, in the diocese of Limerick, the members of the society took the opportunity of presenting to him a gift of hooks as a token of their regard for himself and of their appreciation of his deep interest in the society. Regret was expressed at his departure from the diocese. Mr. Hackett thanked the. members for their gift, and for the kindness which he had always received from them. The meeting was brought to a close by the pronouncing of the benediction. Those present afterwards dined together at the kind invitation of the president (the Rev. C. E. Quin). St. Paul's Cih'RCH. The usual harvest thanksgiving services were held in St. Paul's Church on Sunday last. The sermons were preached by the Revs. Canon Bristow and Charles Scott on behalf of the Protestant Orphan Society, and at the children's service in the afternoon by the Rev. Thos. G. Wilkinson, when the offertory was given to the Sunday-school Society. The church was tastefully decorated. The following friends kindly sent gifts of fruits and flowers Mrs. Herbert Ewart, Mrs. Kinahan, Mrs. Murray, Miss Grattah, Messrs. Samuel Lawther, Thomas Brown, W. J. Woodside, W. Gaffildn, F. J. Bigger, John T. Scott, Miss M'Callum, Mrs. Norritt, Mrs. Purvis, Miss Roberts, Mr. T. Davidson, Mrs. Scott, and Rev. T. G. Wilkinson. Galloon Parish Chukch. Special harvest thanksgiving services were held in Galloon Parish Church, Newtownbutler, on Sundav and Tuesday, 18th and 20th inst. A large congregation filled the sacred edifice on each occasion. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers, fruit, vegetables, and cereals, all very fine specimens of the present bountiiul harvest, and most of them being the generous contributions of the farming portion of the parishioners. Hothouse plants and autumnal foliage were also used by the decorators, whose work was much admired. The fruit and flowers are to go, as usual, to'the Elliott Homo, Dublin, for the benefit of its little orphan inmates. The Bishop of Cloghcr (the Right Rev. Dr. Stack) preached at the morning service on Sunday ; the evening preacher of the same day being Rev. Mr. O'Connor, B.A., curate of Lisnaskea. On Tuesday evening the preacher was Rev. W. C. Ledger, rector of Lisnaskes, who delivered a very thoughtful discourse. A collection was taken up at each of the services on behalf of the organist fund. Hilltown (Clonduff) . The harvest thanksgiving services were held in the Parish Church, Hilltown, on the 16th inst., and also on the 18th inst. The attendances at all the services were large. The church was .tastefully and appjopriatriy beautified fey some members of the congregation with fruit, flowers, and cereals, the gifts of some parishioners and other kind friends to the Lord of tho harvest. The choir, augmented by .some of the Rathfriland choir, and by the Revs. W. J. Coburn, rector of Drumgooland, and C. H. L. Buchanan, Mi. A., rector of Rathfriland, rendered all the -hymns and aatihems heartily and reverently, the solos being sung by Mrs. G. G, Wilson .nd the Rev. W- J. Coburn with much expression and feeling. .Mrs. Bingham presiding at the organ. The special lessons were read on the 16th inst. by the Revs. W. .1. Coburn and C. H. I, Buchanan, MA., and the service was conducted by the Rev. J. Bingham, M.A., rector of the parish. The Rev. R. Kernan, B.D.. rector of Hillsborough, at the opening service, preached an able and practical sermon, and the Rev. W. C. Barker, M.A., rural dean, rector of Rostrevor, on Sunday preached two thoughtful and impressive sermons. In addition to the chucchwu-dns. Messrs. M. Loufihlin, &nd D, Ker- naghan the following kindly acted as collectors : Mi. W. Featherstonhaugh," Mr. J. E. C. Lawler, D.I. ; Mr. J. Fegan, and Mr. S. Young. The thunkofferings to God were for the repairs of the churchyard wall. Skagob Harvest Service. The annual service of thanksgiving for the blessings of harvest was held in Seagoe Church on Tuesday evening, 20th inst. The church was crowded by a congregation much above what the edifice was built to accommodate conveniently. Besides the officiating clergymen, there were present Rev. Canon Wade and Mrs. Wade, Magherally Rectory; Rev. Thos. B. Harpur. Mrs. Harpur, and the Misses Harpur, Ardmore Rectory; Miss Wade and the Misses Dawson, Seagoe' Rectory; Mrs. Austin, Drumcree Rectory; Mrs. H. G. Austin. Belfast; Miss Fforde, Miss Tipping and Miss Roberts. Raughlan ; Miss Fitzgerald, Portadown Rectory ; Mrs. Carleton and Miss Carleton, Portadown ; Miss M. Bredin, Portadown ; Miss Atkinson, Edendeny ; Mr. T. D. Atkinson. Mr. Jas. L. Riggs and Mrs. Riggs. Mr. Thomas Cottingham. D.I. The service was said by the Dean of Dromore. rector; Rev. Dr. Quirk, curate; and Rev. James B. Leslie, curate of Portadown. The first lesson Deuteronomy viii., 10 to end) was read by Rev. F. W. Austin, rector of Drumcree; and the second lesson S. Luke xii., 16-31) by the Dean of Armagh. The proper psalms chanted were 45 and 145. The anthem was " Sing- to the Lord of Harvest,'' by Rev. Dr. Monsell ; and the hymns were 38. 619. and 422 in the Church Hymnal". The musical portion of the service was rendered with precision and tasteful feeling by the choir, under the direction of Mr. Thomas Henry Wilson, organist. A very earnest and eloquent sermon was preuchc-d by the Rev. H. G. Austin, rector of St. Barnabas' Church. Belfast, from the text. "Philip saith unto Him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufiiceth us" (S. John xiv.. 8). The thank-offering amounted to above 8. It was collected by Dr. Hidden; Messrs. J. Bnckby Atkinson. Wm. John Locke, J.P. ; W. H. Wright. Joseph Collen, and John Lutton, assisted by Messrs. George Calvert, Jolm Lavery, Capel W. Reid. Thos. Gilpin. James Collins, and George Robinson. The offertory, including the subscription of the Baroness von Stieglitz. who regretted her inability tn attend, was presented in aid of the general church expenses. The whole service was bright, earnest, and devotional. Dkumglass Parish (Dh.vganson-). His Grace the Lord Primate of All Ireland has appointed Rev. Lewis Richards, D.D., to be canon. This public recognition of Rev. Dr. Richards's services is much appreciated by his parishioners. St. Mary's Chcrch, Newry. The select vestry of this church, at their meeting on the 20th inst. the rector (Rev. Samuel Smartt, M.A.) presiding resolved to carry out the improvements which have been found necessary to make in the sacred edifice, and which have been delayed for some time owing to want of funds. A letter was read from Mrs. Brvari, Dublin, in which she stated to the vestry that she had made them a present of 43 for the purpose of clearing off the old debt on the church. A vote of thanks was passed to Mrs. Bryan for her very generous gift. It was also resolved to insert stained glass of the old chancel window in the four windows next the new chancel. Drawings and designs were submitted for a new stained glass window for the new chancel, and a selection M as made. The design selected will be the parable of the good Samaritan, and the cost of the window will-be 410 10s. It was also resolved to have the galleries lit in the same way as the lower part of the church namely, with incandescent lights. It was stated that one member of the church would contribute very largely to the chst of providing the new window for the chancel. Ready Hativkst Tuasksbivixo Service. Rev. M. B. Hogg, M.A., writes : Dear Sir Perhaps you will allow me to say that a kindly local cui-respondeut made, without in the least intending it, uome slight errors in bis report of our harveat festival. The preacher v. as not Kev. W. F. Carstin, who was unavoidably hiii.k-.reii from fuliillhia; hi engagements, but Rev, jas. E. Archer. i.j curate""of S. Luke, whose soi-mmi v;:s highly appreciated by the large- con-Sicsiition present. The Ready correspondent a!o wasT in error as to the clergyman who read prayer. Rev. J. Macartney, rector of Ballymuyn. kindly assisted me net the rector of Aughavilly. I oii-jht to mention that our hearty tiia-nks are due to'tvlcssis. S. 0. Hunter. Alex.: Wallace. -LP.; Wm. Moffat. J.P. ; -bis. Dunlop. and Mr A. lloiien, C.P.S., who acted as collectors on the occasion."' THE PKE8BYTERIAN CHOUGH. MALOKE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. The annual meeting of the Malo-ae congregation was held on the 21st inst. in the lecture hall, and was very largely attended, representatives being present from t-he great majority of the families connected with the church. After tea, which was gracefully dispensed by a- number of the young ladies of the congregation from seven till eight o'clock, the chair was taken by the Rev- A. J. Wilson, who, after devotional exercises, gave an address, reviewing the work of the year. He said he was thankful to God. after thirteen years of ministerial service in Malone, to be able to say that, as far as man could judge, their affairs had never been in a more prosperous condition. The attendance at all the. services was of the most encouraging kind, while the "weekly meetings at the Reid Memorial Hal'., at Edenderry Factory, and at Andevsonstowis had been vigorously carried on during the year. There was a substantial increase in all' the funds oi the church, that m the ordinary Sabbath collections, the missionary collections, and the sustentation fund being of a very gratifying character. For all missionary objects in the Sabbath schools a-nd church a sum of about 180 had been raised in the year. The new schools had been opened in September, 1895, and had already proved "their necessit y by the faethat the attendance had gone up to over 200. Under the admirable staff of teachers a good work was being done. and. although a balance remained against the buildings, it was satisfactory to know-that thev were well worth the money expended on them, and that a very high authority regarded them as second to none in the city or neighbourhood. The difficulty under which the congregation laboured at the present time was lack of sufficient accommodation a difficulty, however, which at an early date the committee proposed to remedy. He concluded by thanking the many-workers in the congregation for their efficient assistance so freely rendered during the year. The congregational report was then read by Mr. R H. Kertland. who for a long period has acted as congregational secretary. The report gave details of thevarious matters" which had been mentioned by the chairman. The concluding paragraph was as follows : " In the last report reference was made to the fact that the building of the schools had delayed the beginning of a, work which had been unanimously sanctioned at a regularly convened meeting of the congregation viz.. the enlargement of the church. The session and committee feel that this most responsible undertaking cannot wisely any longer be postponed, and, trusting to the liberality of the congregation in which they have never been disappointed and. above ail. seeking to be guided by Divine wisdom, they would say in"the words of Jiehemiah of old. " The God of Heaven, He will prosper us: therefore, we, His servants, will arise and build." The statement of accounts, which showed that a sum of over 1.100 had been raised during the year, was submitted by Mr. John Mackenzie, C.E., congregational treasurer. The adoption of the report and statement of accounts was moved by Mr. Joseph Reid. who, in an interesting speech, pointed out the improvement in the position of the congregation as evidenced by the figures which had been read, and earnestly' urged on every member of the church to support the session and committee, in the action which they had unanimously agreed to take in the immediate" enlargement of their house of worship. The motion was seconded by Mr. W. H, Elwood. and unanimously adopted. The committee for the ensuing year was appointed, on the motion of Mr. Kertland, seconded bv Mr. James Collins. At the request of the chairman, Mr. Mackenzie explained the manner in which he thought the proposed extension of the church should be carried out, and expressed his confidence in the generosity of the people to effect all that was required. In a very happv soeech Mr. George Kidd. J.P., referred to the Honourable history of the congregation, and to the labours of the late ever -to-be-revered pastor, the Rev. Joseph Mackenzie, and gave a- number of interesting reminiscences. He heartily supported the movement for the enlargement of the church, and pleaded that it should be done in such a way as would give their old, time-honoured Presbyte'rianism a visibility in the district worthy of" its noble traditions. In touching terms he referred to the shadow which had so long rested on the manse owing to Mr. Wilson's illness, and rcd'itste-' the chairman to convey to him, in the seclusion of his sick room, the assurance of the heartfelt sympathy of every member of the congregation. Mr. George D. Leathern followed in a"similar strain, and gave an eloquent address, also urging the importance of taking immediate action in order to provide accommodation for the Presbyterian families settling in the district, Mr. George M'Master. Mr. John M'Allis-ter, and Mr. Maze also spoke, all strongly recommending that the committee should be loyally supported. After an interval, a pianoforte solo was rendered by Miss Wilson, and songs sung by Miss M'Kee, Miss Lilla Anderson, and Miss Pax-ton, and a recitation given by Mr. Frank Maze, Mr. Young supplied a violin obligato to Miss Pax-ton's song. The chairman thanked the tea-makers for their services, and the yonni friends who had cooiaihutfld the musical nraca-iumne. Crbscestt Young People's Guild. The inaugu-; ral meeting of the present session was held in the ' library hail, Crescent Church, on the 20th inst. ; Rev. John M'llveen, B. A., presided, and a large.: and appreciative audience assembled to hear Mr. W. M. K. OTvane, LL.B., read his paper on " Woman : Her Work and Place in the Church." The essayist traced the development of woman from the place of servitude and slavery which she formerly occupied to that which she now fills as man's equal and companion, contrasting the treatment received by women in heathen countries with the respect shown to the gentler sex by Christian and civilised peoples. Mr. OTiane also dwelt ou the progress and place to which woman has attained in the various mission fields, and the great work which lady missionaries and medical missionaries perform in India, China, and Africa. The essayist, however, was strongly in opposition to those who advocate the claims of women to the ministry of the Church. The essay, which was listened to with marked interest and attention throughout, was complimeulaiily criticised by Messrs. J. Moore. J. C. Guiney, T. L. Hughes, J. Campbell, W. J. Ervine, J. Law, J. D. M'Dowell, M.A.; W. M. Lewis, F. Morgan, Joseph Rea, and the chairman; after which Mr. O'Kane brietly replied to a few points which had been raised, and a pleasant and profitable meeting terminated in the usual manner. Ahcvle Place Presbyterian Church. Special services were conducted in the above church on the 11th inst. by the Rev. William Wil son. Greenock. The attendance at both services was large and appreciative. Mr. Wilson lulty m a.in tained his reputation as an able and distinguished preacher. The collections were taken up by Dr. M'Kee, Dr. Ledlie, Messrs. G. Long, F. Ciirley, T.C ; W. M'Comb, S. IvI'G-laderv. J. Btessington, A. Mitchell. S. M'Dowell. R. Magee. P.L.G. ; J. Forsythe. T.C. ; J. Wilson. .). A. Bingham, A. Loughlin. Those who wore unable to be present, and forwarded contributions, were Messrs. G. Watt. T. Brown, T.C. ; W. Heron.. Mr. Rea's Bible class. 1 each; Dr. Fulton, Dr. M'llroy. W. M'Cullagh. Jardin & Co.. S. M'Dowell. T. Alexander, J. H. Gauit. W. C. R. Dick. J. Aelwson. R. Boyd. R. Adair. 10- each ; Dr. M-Cullagh, 5s. The session and committee express their gratitude to Mr. Wilson for his able and eloquent services, to the gentlemen who collected, and to the friends who so kindly sent forward their contributions. 26602 Presbyterian- Orphan' Society. The governors of this society met. on 21st inst. in the office, 12, May Street, Belfast. Present Rev. Wm. Park, M.A., in the chair; Rev. T). A. Taylor, M.A., honorary secrctarv; Rev. W. J. Jackson, M.A. : Dr. Miiford Barnettj Dr. D. G. Barkley, Mr. Joseph Cuthbort, J.P. ; and. Mr. Thomas Workman, J.P.; also, to assist Rev. J. C. Ferris, Rev. Hans Woods, M.A. ; Rev. Win. M'Kean, Rev. James Knowles, B.A.; Rev. John Milliken, B.A.; Rev. J. H. Morton, B.A.; Rev. Joseph Korthey, Rev. J. W. Gibson. M.A. ; and Mr. Win. Chisholm. The meeting having been constituted, the 'governors proceeded to scrutinise the votes for the various families applying for the aid of the society, and the following seventy families were declared duly elected, having received" the largest number of votes : Class I. Orphans, both parents dead Cruiks, 1, Belfast, May Street ; Elliott, 2, Dromara First ; Scilly, 2, Tobermore; Beggs, 4, Larne First; Morrow, 2, Cargycrcevy. Class II. Applicants whose parents were qualified subscribers Hall, I.Belfast, Crescent; Todd, 6, Ballyeaston First : Donnelly, 3, Belfast, Argyle Place ; Kixon, 4, Belfast, Agnes Street. Class III. Fatherless Kennedy, 2, Belfast, Croat George's Street : Bailev. 2, Belfast, Wostbourne ; H'Carroll, 2, Belfast, "Wiliowh'cld ; Milliken, 3, Bovevagh ; Brown, 1, Clontibret First ; Ritchie. 1, Ringseml ; Hiuna, 3, Belfast, Macrory MemonVl ; Galloway, 4, Bnckna : Harper, 4, Belfast, St. Enoch's ; Gervan, 4, Ahcghil! Second ; Robb, 2, Belfast, Macrory Memorial ; Dakdeisli, 3, Deny City Mission ; Scott, 3, Armagh Third ; Cashin, 3, Belfast, Groat Victoria Street; Taylor, 2. Glender-mott- Second ; Watson, 4, Chuiymore ; Moliati, 3, Kiiigsmills ; Gniley. 1, Badoney and Corrick ; Quigley. 2, Deny, Waterside; Stevenson, 3, Hyde-park: Orr, 2, Portadown First: Allen, 4, Di-omara Fiwt; Magiil. 2, Belfast, City Mission: Dalj-lisb', 4: Magovan, 3; Keils, 2, Belfast, Neuington ; Cunningham, 5, Belfast, Macrory Memorial : Jones, 2, Lurgan- Second; Moore, 2. Colcraine First; Creclman, 5; Bell, 2, Belfast, Albert Street; Douglas, 2, Bailynare; Patfison, 3, Belfast, Argyle Place; Cupples, 5, Connor; Barlow, 1, Drumgooland; Morel-md, 2. Dromore First; M'Connell, 3, Kilmore; Moore, 2, Connor; Brooks, 3, BrougU-shanc Second; Mulholland, 3, Belfast, Sinclair Seamen's: Niblock, 2, Ballycarry; Livingstone, 3, Belfast, Crumlin Road: M'Lernon, 3, Islandmageo First; M'Gimpsey, 5. INcwtowiiards; Lcith, 4, Portglenone Third; Armstrong, 3, Aughentasn; Carson, 3; M'Keen, 3, Belfast, Ballyjiiacari-ctt; Kerse, 2, Keils, County Meath; Campbell, 4,Kilrea First; Ferguson, 3, Larne First; Wilson, 3, Belfast, City Mission; Jackson, 4, Turlough and Castlebar; Hanna, 3, Belfast, Agnes Street: Alexander, 3, Antrim First; Christie, 6, Belfast, Monntpottinger; Eagleson, 4, Keils, County Antrim. Class IV. Exceptional cases Flack, 3 (father insane). Belfast, St. Enoch's; Heatitwood, 2 (deserted by father, mother dead), Anahilt; M'Mordie, 3 (deserted by father), Belfast, City Mission; Savage, 2 (father supposed to be dead), Larne First. A family named Craig, 6, nominated by Miss Hamill, was accepted by the governors, and placed on the roll. This election adds 208 children to the roll of the society. The governors will meet to-morrow to allocate grants, and transact such other business as may arise. Ahoghill Presbytery. A special meeting of the Ahoghill Presbytery was held in Third Portglenone on the 20th inst. Present Revs. R. Erwin (Moderator), F. Buick, R. Mitchell (clerk), A. li. Beattie, S. R. Henry, and W. J. Jamison, and Mr. Stewart M'Kee, ruling elder. Mr. C. M. Young, minister-elect of Killymurris, was present, and presented his credentials from the Presbytery of Tcmplepatrick. His ordination was fixed for Tuesday, 24th November, Rev. W. J. Jamison to preach on the occasion, Rev. S. R. Henry to explain Presbyterian polity, the Moderator (Rev. R. Erwin) to put the prescribed questions, and to ordain; and the Rev. F. Buick to give the charge to. the minister and people. St. Enoch's Youko People's Guild. The inaugural lecture for the winter session was given on the 20th inst. in the large schoolroom adjoining t-he church, which was filled almost to overflowing with a thoroughly appreciative .atidience. The Rev. C. M. Young. B.A., was the lecturer, his subject; being "Teunyson; His Life and Work." In the unavoidable absence of the president, Rev. Charles Davey, B.A., Mr. Samuel M 'Murray, B.A., was called upon to preside. The chairman briefly introduced Mr. Young, who proceeded with his lecture, dealing with the great poet's life from the following standpoints: His home life, his university life, his Bohemian life, his married life, in all of which he graphically portruyed tiie. development of the poet's genius, illustrating ths various points from his writings, and laying special emphasis on the 'Sound morality and high spiritual character of Tennyson's works as contrasted with some others. The iecture was listened to with marked attention, and at the close- a hearty vot of thanks was accorded to Mr. Young, on the motion of the honorary -secretary (Mr. Jolm Tyrrell), seconded by Mr. Wright, after which one ot the most successful meetings ever held in connection with the guild concluded. Lecture. On the 20lh inst. the opening meeting in connection with Castieton Presbyterian Church Guild was held. On the motion of Mr. Ed. Owens, seconded by Mr. A. Smith, the chair was taken by Mr. James Johnston, Seaview. who delivered an appropriate address, and called on Mr. R. W. Murray. J.P.. Fortwilliam, to deliver his lecture. " Eighteen Months in the Confederate Army." Mr." Murray then proceeded with his lecture, and for an horn- ard a lialf held the attention of the, audience as he told of his connection with the Confederate army, and in graphic and thrilling language, recounted the events which had taken place under his eyes, the various scenes of danger he had passed through, and the many privations to which he had been subject. On the motion of Mr. D. Fleck, seconded by Mr. H. Hauley. and supported by Mr. A. M'Monagle, a very hearty and enthusiastic vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. Murray for Jiis very able, interesting, and instructive lecture. Mr. T. Kennedy then proposed, and Mr. Ma-cDonald seconded, a vote of thanks to Mr. Johnston for his dignified conduct in the chair. Rev. James Knowles, in bringing the meeting to a close, took the opportunity of thanking both Mr. Murray and Mr. J ohnston for their many acts of kindness to the young congregation of Castieton, and exhibited the plans for the new church, the contract for which has just been placed. Ahoghill Pre9BYtery. This Presbytery held a special meeting on the 20th inst. in 'the' Third Presbyterian Church, Portglenone. There were present Revs. R. Erwin (Moderator). R. Mitchell (clerk), F. Buick, A. H. Beattie, W.' J. Jamison, S. R. Henry, with Mr. S. M'Kee (rulmg eider) and Mr. C. M. Young, minister-elect of Killymurris. The Moderator having constituted the Court with prayer stated the purpose for which he had convened the special meeting. Mr. Young presented his credentials from the Tcmplepatrick Presbytery, and, on the motion of Rev. F. Buick, seconded by Rev. W. J. Jamison, was warmly received by the Presbytery. The subjects for second trials having been appointed and aiTangements made for hearing the same, the Presbytery fixed the date of Mr. Young's ordination for 24th November, and appointed Rev. Mr. Jamison to preach, Rev. Mr. Henry to explain Presbyterian Church government. Rev. R. Erwin to put the- questions and ordain, and Rev. F. Buick to give the charge to the newly-ordained minister and people. The members having cgrecd to meet for the. stated meeting in November, tho meeting was closed in the usual way, ami the Ccmi sdinuraeA CLIFIQNPAEK CENTRAL MATIONAJt SCHOOL. ANNUAL DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES. In connection with the above school the annual distribution of prizes took place in the large hall of the Young Men's Christian Association, Welling, ton Place, last night. Sir Wm. M'Cammond, J.P., presided, and there was a very large attendance of the pupils and their friends, and those interested in the education of the young. The Chairman, who was warmly received, said it gave him the greatest possible pleasure to be present that evening to take the chair. When he had. been invited by Mr. Erskine to come there that evening he felt it not only a pleasure but a duty. He was informed that in that school in Cliftonpark there were as many as from four to live bundled scholars, and it was one of the foremost schools in any part of the city. (Hear, hear.) During the past year a young girl of some twelve years of age had carried off the prize for best writing in the United Kingdom. The staff in the school was headed by Mr. Erskine. who had nine assistants and ten monitors, and the best writing had for years been turned out of that school, according to Mr. Vere Foster's report. The little girl referred to. Maud Ramage. was a pupi! in the above school, and she was this year the best writer of all the competitors in the British Empire. (Applause.) Having read from a letter written by the little girl acknowledging receipt of the prizes, the. chairman went on to say that they all knew that writing was most important to young people. It always gave him special pleasure to meet with the young people, and he thought that Mr. Erskine and his assistants should be proud to see that, very large and most- respectable gathering, not only "of the children, but aiso'of their parents, sisters." and brothers. (Hear, hear.) That was an indication of the deep interest they "-ere taking in the education of the young, and he though! thev would agree with him that one t the greatest blessings in connection with tin- young people ol the present day was an act of Parliament which was passed, and had now become law. compelling parents who wei-e careless about the education of their children to send them to school, and so to fit them when they grew up to take part in the battle of life. He "mu.-t congratulate Mr. Erskine, because he had reached the top of the ladder, and that was saying a good deal. Mr. Erskine had always taken a deep interest in the education .. i children, and he had done a great deal for tiie rising generation. (Applause.) He wished, also, to compliment the assistants on the ioyal manner in which they had supported the superintendent, and for the efficient service they had rendered to the cause of education. They had a gentleman there that evening whose name was a household word, not only in Belfast, but also in the whole country he'referred to Mr. Vere Foster. (Applause.) They also knew! the deep interest that gentleman had taken for years in the education of the youug. He had not only given his time, but also his means, and he (Sir William) could inform them that when a person acted in) that way it- was an indication that that person was sincere in his work. The children were all pleased to see that gentleman on the platform, and he (tiie speaker) would have the pleasure of asking him to distribute the prizes to the successful pupils. (Applause.) He would say-to those who were unsuccessful not toj be discouraged, but to try. try again. iSome young people were slow to learn, but whatever they got they kept, and they often turned out the most useful men and women in the world. Let those who were not successful this year determine that they M ould have a prize next year. As he had a large programme before him he would not further detain" them, as he was suie the young people were anxious to hear the music. (Applause.) The following items were then contributed in a maimer which evoked a considerable amount of enthusiasm amo-igst the audience: Pianoforte solo. Mrs. Heaton ; song. "Tiie Irish Emigrant'' (Barker). Miss Milliken ; recitation. ''The Road to Heaven" (Sims). Mr. Ri O. Stanley ; song. "My Sweetheart when a Boy." Mr. C. A. Aiken ; .-a'1,'-"Whi-sper. and I shall hs;a-" (Piccoiomini!. Miss E. Heaton. and a humorous song. Mr. M'Eii-oy. Tiie Chairman then called upon Mi. Erskine, principal of the school, to read the annua) report, which showed that the district-inspector's official report for 1396 stated that the school continued in" a -state of general efficiency. The answering in general was well up to the requirements of the programme, and showed sound and careful ins fraction, and tiie order and discipline were wei! main-is ined. There was one point he would like to emphasise, and that was. that although the pupils had been so successful in obtaining prizes in the competitions held by Mr. Vere Foster undue prominence was not given to writing at school. While fhey recognised the extreme importance of the children in a large commercial city like Belfast acquiring a- first rate style of writing, they knew that if writing were not backed up by other branches of knowledge tiie pupils would not be ro successful in after life as too school officials aimed at making them. They had seen from the official reports how successful they had been in their efforts, and a very gratifying conclusion might be drawn from Mr. Foster's and Mr. Baiton's opinions of the school. It was a long, time since Mr. Foster reported that the school stood first in Belfast for writing, and they had not lost any of their laurels in that direction as yet. Mr. Dal ton had reported that the children's answering gave evidence of sound and careful teaching. The report concluded: "Now, the conclusion which may be deduced, and which I have no hesitation in stating, is that Cliftonpark Central School is second to none in Belfast as an educational institution which aims at giving the pupils a thorough, sound, and careful training in all the branches of knowledge included within the National school programme. It may iipt be out of place here to say that the teachers and myself are very grateful for the many signs of encouragement we have received from time to time from parents and guardians of the pupils and from grown-up pupils who have left the school and entered on their life work. It gives us great .pleasure to find that our work is appreciated. I shall not detain you longer except to draw your attention to the prizes which are a&out to be presented. The medals which are given by the teachers are awarded to the boy and girl who score highest marks in all subjects except writing." Mr. Erskine, continuing, said he wished on behalf of himself and teachers to tender sincere thanks to their most respected and highly esteemed chairman, Sir Wm. M'Cammond. (Applause.) He need not take up their time saying how busy Sir William was in his duties connected with the welfare of the citizens of Belfast, but, notwithstanding all that, when called upon he Jiad kindly consented to come. Then, again, Mr. Vers Foster-applause) was with them. He had favoured them with his presence for many years, and he hoped he would be with them for many years to come. He thanked Mr. Foster and also the performers who had come at great inconvenience to give their services that evening. (Applause.) Mr. Vere Foster, who was enthusiasticilly received, said he agreed with the chairman in regard to the pleasure he felt in attending that meeting. Cliftonpark School was an excellent school. They had the inspector's report and his own experience as regarded writing. The teachers were excellent and the pupils diligent, with the result that they were carrying off a great many prizes. There had been about a thousand competitors this year from all parts. He had instituted that scheme of competition twenty-six years ago, and it had embraced pupils from nearly all the colonies, as well as Eng-. land. Ireland, and Scotland. It had often happened that first prizes had been won in Belfast. There had been more won in Belfast than anywhere else. (Hear, hear.) As regarded ths writing, he. brought out a little book thirty-two years ago. The principle was different from that of other books, as the words were written on without lifting the pen. and now within the last two years that system had -been carried on in England and Scotland as well as Ireland. For writing the two best schools this year were the Cliftonpark and that of the Grampian tramiug-ship Mr. Foster then distributed the prizes to the successful pupils. The following is the prize list : Drawing. 6fch Class 1st. prize, Miss Maud Ramage; 2nd prize.Master Thos. Frizelle. 5th Class (2nd stage) 1st prize, Miss Gretta Ferris; 2nd prize. Miss Sarah Brown. 5th Class (1st stage an- piize, ivuss iarau ireeman; 2nd prize, Miss Agnes Husband. Algebra. 1st prize, Miss Minnie Ferris ; 2nd prize, Master Albert MTlveea. Geometry and Mensuration". -3rd Year-Master Nelson Leech. 2nd Year 1st prize, Master I Dos. MCandless; 2nd prize, Master Wm. B. Jamison. 1st Year 1st prize, Master Thos. Fri-ze-he ; 2nd prize, Master Thos. MTlveen. Physical Geography. 2nd Year Master Isaac Wdson 1st Yea-r-lst prize, Mss Emily Jackson; 2nd -prize, Master Thos. M'Ca-ndless. HVGIKSK. Miss Gretta Ferris, Miss Jennie Dripps Miss Isabel Patterson, equal. At the conclusion of the distribution of raizes the concluding part of the musical programme was & astes being those already mentioned. . , F' -',ea Parker furnished the accompaniments in ms usual artistic style, and the proceedings ter-mmated wrfcu the National Anthem. Accident on- the Great Northern' Railway. esterday morning, while the nine o'clock train was leaving Coalisiand Station, a passenger named Mrs. Morrison, of Coalisiand, attempted to enter one ol the carnages while the train was in motion, and .ailing to do so, was knocked down, and had it not been for soma of the officials, who had the train brought to a standstill, a serious accident would have hanneneri. V-nh fn i,o i i. t.t 'Morrison escaned unhurt. '
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