[From Manx Quarterly, #16,1916]

Memorial Notices.


Among the obituary notices in " The Times" (London) of. March 1st is one concerning the death of Capt. John Hope, R.N., of St. Mary's Isle, Kirkcudbright. Capt. Hope was the eldest son of the late Hon. Charles and Lady Hope, of Government House, Castletown, and he spent his boyhood in the Isle of Man. So attached was he to the Island that he sent his only son, Charles Dunbar Hope (now a captain in the Royal Artillery), to King William's College for his education. During his stay at the College, Capt. C. B. Hope was a boarder in the late Mr H. S. Christopher's house. The late Capt. John Hope, after passing through the Britannia, served on H.M.S. Euryars with H.R.H.. the late Duke of Edinburgh, second son of Queen Victoria. Service on the China station caused his health to break down, and he retired early from the service, succeeding his mother in the large properties which she inherited from her brother, the Earl of Selkirk. The late Capt. Hope leaves one married and one unmarried daughter, and one son. The son, Capt. Charles D. Hope, served with distinction during the South African war, but retired upon marriage. Immediately the war now in progress broke out he rejoined the army, and is at present engaged in transport duty France. He also has one son. Many of the old inhabitants of Castletown district will doubtless recollect Lady Isabella Hope and her family with with affection. Lady Isabella's father, the Earl of Selkirk. founded the Red River Settlement in Canada, and spent vast sums of money upon it. At his death his widow, Lady Selkirk, returned from Canada to St. Mary's Isle, where she lives most quietly while her son, the last Earl of Selkirk, was being educated at Eton. The notorious Scottish-American privateersman, Paul Jones, landed in St. Mary's Isle and attempted to kidnap the infant Earl of Selkirk of his day, but failed, and only succeeded in carrying off the silver then on the breakfast table. Fears afterwards this stolen silver was discovered in the place where it had been hidden. It was intact in the sack in which Paul and his men had placed it for purposes of transport, and the tea leaves were still in the teapot. The whole of the Hope family have the deserved reputation of possessing stern sense of duty. and they are also noted for modesty, never making any display of their many good deeds.



Died March 13th, 1915,

Mrs John Costain, a lady very prominent in Liverpool-Manx circles, and who was also well known to residents in the Isle of Man, died at her residence, 38 Lord -Nelson-street, Liverpool, on March 13th. after a. short illness, the cause of death being acute pneumonia. Much sympathy will be felt with her husband, Mr John Costain, who has attained almost world-wide celebrity and esteem in his capacity of hon. secretary of the Liverpool Manx Society, and who has for quarter of a century past taken an active and successful interest in Manx social matters. About a fortnight prior to her death, Mrs Costain visited a friend who was ill, and as a consequence of the bitter cold, accompanied by rain and sleet, which prevailed while she was out, she contracted a chill, pneumonia supervening. Her end was a peaceful one, although she suffered most severely. She will be greatly missed by many friends, especially her musical and Manx friends. amongst whom she had worked for many years. Her efforts in the cause of Manx charity were of great assistance to many unfortunately placed Manx people, and at all the earlier functions of the Manx Society her services were ever readily disposed, especially in connection with the entertainmemts promoted by the society. Mrs Costain was a daughter of the late Mr James Mark Wood. but was known principally by the name of Severn, that being the name of her stepfather, who was a well-known Liverpool car and hotel proprietor. She was of the most cheerful disposition, clever as a conversationalist. and was a brilliant musician. Many years ago she was very much sought after as an accompanist, and took part in scores of concerts having for their object the cause of charity, and her sympathies were keenly evinced by her work both in Church and Nonconformist circles. Mrs Costain was well known in Douglas, and the news of her death will come as a. surprise and shack to her many friends in the Island generally.


At Anfield Cemetery, an Wednesday afternoon of last week, the remains of the late Mrs Costain, wife of Mr John Costain, hon. secretary of the Liverpool Manx Society, and a well-known personage in musical and Masonic circles. were laid to rest. The ceremony was fully choral. The Rev S. Gasking, M.L.S., M.A., LL.D., officiated. Mr George Holden, organist of St. Luke's, Walton, presided at the organ. and was assisted by many members of his choir. The " Dead March" in " Saul " was most impressively placed, and for a finale the well-known " Marche des Troubadours." which was a particular favourite of the deceased lady. The hymns, "Abide with me" and " Lead. kindly Light," were sung in a feeling manner.

Among those present were Mr John Costain (husband), Robert Costain (nephew), Maggie Costain (niece), Lena Bentley and Jenny Taylor and Alice Knight (nieces). Mr Theo. Lowey, J.P.. the Rev S. Gasking, M.A., Superintendent Stowell (president o£ the Liverpool Manx Society). Mr Thos. Kissack and Mrs Kissack (treasurer of the Liverpool Manx Society), Mr W. E. Killip and Mrs Killip, Messrs D. J. Kinnish, John Kay, B.A., Ernest Cannell, Donald Cawie, Wilbraham Green. John H. Kneen. Joseph Lowey, John Armstrong, J. J. Kermode. M.I.C.E., Seib Thomas, John J. Deacon, Henry Mylchreest, Walter Kelly. John E. Teare, T. Qualtrough, Wm. Wall, James Maddrell, A. W. Bevan, Wm. Kersey, W.M. Cycling Lodge (2335); D. Hunter, P.P.G.A. Sec. (2335); Thos. Whinyates (United Alkali Company, Ltd.), Geo. Swallow, P.M. (2335) ; Jas. SimpsonP.M. (2,335) ; Miss M. Shimmin, Mesdames Swallow, Hunter, Casson, Dammann, Deiner, M'Knight, and Lena M'Knight; Mrs and Miss Radcliffe, Mr and Mrs R. C. Kissack, Mrs Walter Blezard, Mrs T. Stephen Kelly, Miss Cowie (Waterloo), Miss Louise Green, and others.

Some beautiful floral tributes were forwarded by Mr John Costain, Mr Robert Costain and family, Lizzie and Maud Christian, Mr Theo. Lowey, J.P., and family; Mr F. A. J. Poulson, J.P., and family; Mr and Mrs T. Qualtrough, Mrs Andrews and family, Mr and Mrs John H. Kneen, Mr John Christian and family, Mr and Mrs Donald Cowie, Mr and Mrs Wm. Moore, Mr Wilbraham Green and family. Mr George Holden, Mr and Mrs J. S. Atkinson, Mr and Mrs T. Stephen Kelly; Staff, Accountants' Department, United Alkali Company. Ltd.; Cycling and Athletic Lodge (2,335) ; Mr a,and Mrs Dammann and family, Mrs Deiner, Mr and Mrs Thomas Kissack, Mrs Parker and Sonny, Liverpool Manx Society, Mrs Kinghorn and family. Lena and George Bentley, and Mrs Florence Hartmann.

The following is the text of the funeral address delivered by the Rev S. Gashing, LL.D.: —

The memory of the just is blessed.
The death-bed of the just is yet undrawn
By mortal hand; it merits a divine;
Angels should paint it; angels ever there
There, on a post of honour and of joy.

We sincerely feel the full weight of the sentiment expressed in these lines of the poet Young, as we endeavour to say a few words concerning the character and death of our departed friend and connection, Mrs Costain. We are met together this afternoon to pay the last tribute of respect and love to an affectionate and a faithful and generous friend. Her bereaved husband and her many acquaintances in the Manx Society, the musical world and the Masonic circle, properly estimated her worth, and acutely now they feel her loss. Some will miss a, meek and kindly and hospitable kindred spirit, some an energetic and zealous co-worker in the harmonic sphere, and some a bright and gracious sister at the Crafts social entertainments, whilst the husband at every turn will look in vain for his loving, cheerful supporter and his constant sweet companion. On the 31st of this month, Mr and Mrs Costain would have been married thirty years, so we may weft imagine the wrench it must be, since they lived in such sweet fellowship so long. He , may fancy, with the poet Longfellow, that —

when the hours of day are number'd.
And the voices of the night
Wake the better soul that slumber'd
To a holy calm delight;

Ere the evening lamps are llghted,.
And like phantoms grim and tall,
Shadows from the fitful firelight
Dance upon the parlour wall
Then the form of the departed
Enters at the open door ;
My beloved. my true-hearted,
Comes to visit me once more
With a slow and noiseless footstep
Comes that Messenger Divine.
Takes the vacant chair beside me
Lays her gentle hand in mine
And she sits and gazes at me
With those deep and tender eyes.
Like the stars so still and saintlike.
Looking downward from the skies.

Dear Mrs Costain, her lovely spirit, her simple obliging ways, and her many useful gifts so well exercised, made her beloved by all who came in contact with her. Distress in any form called forth her svmpathies , and frequently has she performed acts of kindness. Only the intimate few know of the labours of love in which she was constantly engaged, and also the cost at which she accomplished them. The illness that brought her to her grave was induced by going about her usual duties regardless of the uncertain and trying weather we have had lately.

The disease was severe but short. The sword was too sharp for the sheath, for her unwearied activity had at length weakened her frame. and so she passed away patiently and peacefully to her rest. A loving word, a sigh. and then to fall asleep in Christ —

Oh what a happy death!
Our sister the haven hath gained.
Out flying the tempest and wind ;
Her rest she has sooner obtained.
And left her companion behind.
Still toss'd on the sea of distress,
Hard toiling to make the blest shore
Where all is assurance and peace,
And sorrow and death are no more.



Died March 8th, 1915,

A lady who in her day has rendered very useful service to the Isle of Man passed away on March 4th. Miss Mary Edgar Robinson, the lady in question, died at her residence, Aynham Cottage, Selborne-road, Douglas, on Monday, after a prolonged illness. Her father, the late Mr Edgar Robinson, was for some years in business as commission agent in Douglas, and on his death his only daughter continued to sojourn in the town. Miss Edgar Robinson was a constant and courageous champion of dumb animals, and it was mainly at her instance that the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in the Isle of Man. With great energy and tact she discharged the duties of hon. secretary to the society from its inception until incapacitated by illness, and particularly was she successful in her efforts to induce financial support of the movement. In other directions, too, she did most excellent social work, and generally she earned the respect and esteem of the community. She was a member of Finch Hill Church. The funeral took place on Thursday morning, interment being at Braddan Cemetery. Among those present were noticed Mr Robinson (brother), Worcester; Messrs D. Putt and T. Wetherill, hon. secretary and inspector respectively of the society; E. T. Kissack, Jas. Kissack, R. F. Douglas, D. Evans, C. J. Blackburn, T. W. Kelly, G. W. Morrison, Walter Kay, E. Corrin, and others. The Rev John Davidson officiated.


Died April 6th. 1915.

Mr John Caesar Sansbury, of the firm of Sansbury and Cretney, painters and decorators, Douglas. died in his seventy-second year on Tuesday, April 6th, at the residence of his nephew, Mr WA. Sansbury, 25 Hawarden-avenue, Douglas. For many years the late Mr J. C. Sansbury had suffered from a. rheumatic affliction, and for long prior to his death he was confined to his bed. He was from youth to middle age a trusted employee of the well-known firm of Nicholson Bros., Douglas. but about twenty-five years ago he commenced business on his own account, being subsequently joined by Mr John Cretney, who, since Mr Sansbury became an invalid, has controlled the firm's business. Mr Sansbury was formerly a very active and energetic member of the Volunteer force. While a youth he joined the Douglas Artillery Volunteers, attaining to the rank of sergeant. For some time he was in the band of the corps, and to the last he took a considerable interest in music. On the disbandment of the Artillery Corps in the early 'seventies, he transferred to the Isle of Man Rifle Volunteers, and was at once given a sergeantcy. He retained his membership of the corps for many years and only retired when illness incapacitaited him from further military service. Soon after resigning be was made one of the first recipients in the Isle of Man of the Volunteer long service modal. In his day he was a most excellent rifle shot. and he frequently distinguished himself in shooting competitions on Manx ranges, while on mare than one occasion he represented the Island at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting. which was then held at Wimbledon. Mr Sansbury was a bachelor. The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon. interment being at Kirk Braddan Cemetery.


Died April 15th, 1915.

It is with deep regret we announce the death of Mr J. Frederick Clucas, senior partner in the firm of Clucas and Fargher, proprietors of the " Mona's Herald " newspaper, Douglas. Mr Clucas had been in indifferent health for a considerable trine. In the spring of 1914 he left the Island fur a change of air, and benefited much from the experience, but in November least he was laid tip with an anaemic affection serious of character. A slight operation was performed on him by Drs Pantin and Hamilton, who continued their attendance on him practically to the end. Mr Clucas so fare recovered that he felt able to return to business for a short time; but a relapse came towards the, middle of March, and he was compelled to keep to his house. His condition became serious. and he gradually fad led. Death overtook him on April 15th, his passing being peaceful of character. Throughout the whole of his illness he was devotedly nursed by his wife and daughters. The late Mr J. F. Clucas, who was 63 years old, was one, of the sons of the late Mr James Clucas, tailor, of Douglas. His father died while he was still a schoolboy, and his mother, a most capable lady, thereupon started business as a poulterer and fruiterer, in Duke-street, Douglas, her shop forming a portion of the extensive premises now occupied by Clucas and Co., who succeeded to the business. Mr J. F. Clucas was educated at Thomas-street Wesleyan School, Douglas, and about the year 1864 he was apprenticed to the late Mr John Christian Fargher, printer, Douglas, the then proprietor of the " Mona's Herald." Mr Clucas, on completing his apprenticeship, became first a journeyman printer and subsequently overseer in Mr Fargher's employ. Nearly 35 years ago, Mr Fargher retired from business, and was succeeded by Mr Clucas and the late Mr T. E. Mollard, the firm being styled Clucas and Mollard. Mr Mollard left the firm, and was replaced by the late Mr Thomas Unsworth, the business being carried on under the style of Clucas and Unsworth. On Mr Unsworth's death. about 25 years ago, Mr Robert. G. Fargher, a nephew of the late. Mr J. C. Fargher, joined Mr Clucas in the business, the firm becoming known as Clucas and Fargher. The partnership was only broken by the death of Mr Clucas. A man of kindly disposition and much breadth of view, Mr Clucas was highly respected and esteemed throughout the Isle of Man. He was an excellent magi of business, and was almost to the end a hard worker. His journalistic career was marked by much independence of spirit, and his progressive views were reflected in the columns of the journal which he and Mr Fargher jointly controlled. He was a staunch Primitive Methodist, and he in the course of his life filled practically all the Church offices open to a layman in the Douglas circuit. At the time of his death he was one of the trustees of the Bucks-road Primitive Methodist Church. He was a member of the Loyal Mona Lodge of Oddfellows.

Though keenly interested in public. life, the only public body with which he was actively associated was the Douglas Board of Guardians. He was elected to the board several years ago, and retained membership up to his death. Mr Clucas married Miss Seaman, daughter of the late Mr Samuel Seaman, of Sheffield.

Mrs Clucas survives her husband, and associated with her in bereavement are two sons and two daughters. The elder son. Mr William Clucas, is an engineer, and is in America; while the younger, Mr Frank S. Clucas, is employed in the " Mona's Herald " printing department. Of the two daughters, the, elder, Mrs J. Rodley, resides in London; while the younger. Miss Nellie. is at home.


The, funeral of the late Mr James Frederick Clucas, senior, partner in the firm of Clucas and Fargher, proprietors of the " Mona's Herald." took place on Sunday. April 18th. and was very largely attended. The cortege proceeded from the deceased's late residence. Hawarden-avenue, by way of Woodlands and the Quarter Bridge to Braddan Cemetery, where the interment took place.

The service in the mortuary chapel was conducted by the, Revs T. Markwell, T. A. Fairweather, and David Oakley, and at the graveside by the Revs 'f. Mostyn Pirinark and D. Oakley, all of the Primitive Methodist Church The Provincial Grand Master of the Isle of Man District of Oddfellows (Mr Robt. H. Cubbin) read the Oddfellows' oration over the grave of their departed brother immediately after the Church service was read.

The mourners were : — Messrs Frank S. Clucas (son), W. H. Quayle, R. L. Quayle, H. A. Clucas, G. Clucas, and E. Clucas (nephews), J. Clucas (cousin), E. Quaggin (brother-in-law), R. G. Fargher (partner), and R. H. Fargher.

The funeral was attended by a large number of well-known local gentlemen and representatives of the various public boards.


On Sunday evening, the, Rev David Oakley preached a memorial service in Bucks-road P.M. Church, and spoke on the word's " And you shall be missed, for thy seat will be empty." In opening, he said that he did not intend to deal so much with the dead as with the living. He wanted to speak about the life that should be led in such a manner that in living we should be missed. He wanted them to realise that some clay their seat would be empty. It was the desire of everyone to be missed when they departed, and every soul in that church desired that they should be remembered. It was the dearest wish of the emigrant bound for a far country, and it was the last wish of the dying that someone should miss them and remember them. Some had sought to be remembered by great schemes of ambition, but they had failed to achieve their object; and also there were some who would not be missed. There were some homes where the dead were never mentioned. If men lived selfish and un-Christian lives. the wave of oblivion would sweep over them. " The memory of the wicked shall rot." said the Bible. There were men who took so little part in the work of the Church that they were not missed from it. There were men whose lives were so selfish in the home and so unhelpful in the Church and in daily life that when their seat was empty their presence would not be missed; while others, when they died, were like the falling of some giant of the forest. The men who were t])missed were not respected because of their special gifts or wealth or position, but because of the good that was in them, and because of the service they rendered to the world. He urged them to live such a life that it could be said of them. " Thou shall be missed, for thy seat will be empty." Continuing, the preacher said: I am quite sure that while I was talking concerning these things, your thoughts would turn to our dear friend and ascended brother, Mr Clucas. His first connection with the Primitive Methodist Church was in the year 1870, some 45 years ago. It would be in the memory of some present that about that time evangelistic services were held in the Wellington-street Chapel by two evangelists — a Mr Henderson and a Mr Gillis. I am told that scores of young men came to God through those services,, and amongst the rest was our brother, and through these 45 years our friend and brother. Mr Clucas, has held connection with our Church, and has filled many offices in it. His family at that time attended the Thomas-street Wesleyan Church, as it was known at that time, now the, Victoria-street Church; but he joined our Church and also our Sunday-school. He became a teacher, first of one of the lower classes and afterwards of the young men's class, and in succeeding years he filled the office of superintendent. In the year 1874, he became a trustee of the Church. which office he held in the ensuing years. He took a deep interest and greatly helped in the transference of our church frown Wellington-street to the present building. At one time he was society steward of this church, and for many years he was representative of the trustees to the quarterly meeting, and a few years ago he had the honour to be delegate to the District Meeting. I can hardly trust myself to speak of his life and character; but as I wish to speak candidly about him, I may say that Mr Clucas wanted knowing — and those who knew him the longest saw him the best. His failings were all an the surface. A certain brusqueness of speech, and at times a little abruptness of manner, perhaps, but to those who knew him he was a man possessed of the kindest of hearts. He was a man who brought to thus church a love, and loyalty that I hope the young men of the church will think about. The fact that men of all ranks and all churches, at in early hour this morning, assembled to the funeral service, was a practical and tangible testimony of the truth I have put before you this night; that in his business and in the church, and in the little world that Mr Clucas filled, he will be missed. His place will be empty. I cannot trust myself to speak at further length of his life and character. He, was bound by the strongest ties to many of you here evening; and one of the most beautiful things I have ever witnessed was the long and unbroken friendship he held with Joseph Shimmin, Mr William Quirk and Mr W. George Qualtrough. These men have been friends from boyhood, and then have grown up side by side in the service of God, and they have given to the church years of service, love, and loyalty.

In conclusion, Mr Oakley said he thought the life he had spoken of should be an intensely practical lesson to the young then of that church to follow the example set them. There would be one less to carry on the work; they should try to fill the place rendered vacant.


Died April 14th, 1915.

The, death of Mr Shippam at the great age of 82, at his residence, Quarter Bridge-road, gives many of us pause to think. He was such a. very strong personality, and he never lost his sense of the world's trend; and the pliant humour of a facile mind, blended to the sterner moods of the Yorkshire words he loved so well, made, him a charming companion. The Fight of every soul burns upwards, but most of us are candles in the wind. And we must allow for atmospheric disturbances. Mr Shippam never varied — he was not one man to-day and another to-morrow He was as steadfast and as true to his family. to his friends. to those with whom he had business relations, as the iron stones of his native moors; yet the pyrites of his outlook were pleasantly overgrown with the dainty lichens of a complete understanding of fallible human nature's frequent follies. He has gone to his reward ; and if we grieve, it is selfish. A long and honourable life spent in well-doing has made its final exit from the stage of life. Ripe and rich in years. respected, loved — what more can any one want? Any of us, looking back at the past and presenting such a clean sheet to the final adjudicator as Mr S. Shippam, will not have lived in vain.

Successful in commerce, happily married, proud (and rightly so) of his children — it was a good, clean life, worthily lived. Taking him for all in all, as we must take every thing and everybody in this world of ours,

He was a Man

His " dossier " emphasises this. Sam Shippam. born March 15th, 1833, married October 11th: 1837, set up in business in Sheffield as a manufacturing confectioner. Immediately after his marriage he adventured to the Isle of Man for reasons of health, and set up in business in Strand street, Douglas. A long, happy, married life, fifty-seven and a half years. Many readers will remember that. Mr and Mrs Shippam celebrated their golden wedding seven years ago last October, when they were surrounded by all their sons and daughters, and were the recipients of many tangible expressions of the affection and esteem of a large circle of friends.

The funeral took place yesterday at St. George's Church, and was largely attended.

The world is a less glad place because Mr Shippam has found the Eternal Calm which lies at the foot of the rainbow.

R.. I. P.,

You worthy citizen, considerate husband, and proud father!



Died April 25th, 1915.

A fine type of the Manx master mariner weighed anchor on Sunday, April 25th, and sailed on his last long voyage; — the voyage from which he will never return. Thus do we metaphorically announce the death of Capt. Thomas Keig, commodore-commander in the service of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, who after a brief but sharp illness passed away at about 9-30 p.m. on Sunday. A man of uncommon will power, Capt. Keig persisted in being at the post of duty well nigh to the end, although his friends had for some considerable time noted that he looked far from well. His courageous and optimistic disposition inclined him to make light of symptoms which would have given the majority of people cause for grave anxiety, but nature declined to be ignored, and eventually the breezy and energetic commodore was forced to lay up, as he put it, for overhaul and repair. This was less than a month ago, and to the end he preserved his abundant cheerfulness and hoped for a renewal of those splendid activities which had been a pronounced feature of his long career as a seafarer. He received constant and skilful medical attendance, and was devotedly nursed, but the kidney affection which had compelled him to keep the house increased in intensity and dangerous complications set in. Notwithstanding the serious nature of his complaint, his indomitable character enabled him to get out into the open air about a week before he died, but thereafter he grew worse, and it became apparent that there was not the slightest chance of recovery. Capt. Keig, who was 72 years old, was perhaps the best known Manxman the world over, hundreds of thousands of people who had been conveyed to and from the Isle of Man under his charge being proud to claim his acquaintance. He was born in the neighbourhood of Ballasalla, and came of good Manx stock on both sides. His adventurous nature impelled him to become a sailor, and his parents after much importunity on his part consented to him leaving school at a much earlier age than they approved, and took steps to bind him apprentice on a brig which sixty years, ago sailed from Whitehaven in the home and European trade. The routine life on board the brig was, however, repellent to his leanings towards a more exciting form of seafaring life, and accordingly at the age of thirteen he forfeited his indentures by the simple expedient of taking French leave — he deserted the brig and looked out for another opening more calculated to lead to adventure. He succeeded in securing employment with the Canadian sealers, and in this hard school he quickly gained a thorough knowledge of practical seamanship; and learned that self-reliance which in after years served him so well. Next he had a spell on land, and afterwards shipped as A.B. for blue water sailing. On several occasions be rounded Cape Horn in sailing ships engaged in, trading between English ports and ports on the Pacific coast of South America. He also sailed to the Far East and generally traversed most of the seas of the Globe. In June, 1865, he engaged before the mast on the, then new steamer Douglas, the largest vessel in the fleet of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, carrying 609 passengers, the ship being built to replace the first boat of that name which had been sold to run the blockade during the American Civil War. He quickly gained the position of second mate. and mate, and in 1880 received command of the second Mona's Isle — a paddle boat, afterwards converted into the screw steamer Ellan Vannin. He rose rapidly, until he commanded the Prince of Wales. Here he had a wait, but when the Empress Queen was launched he followed Commodore McQueen on the Queen Victoria, and on the latter's retirement Capt. Keig hoisted the commodore's pennant on the Empress Queen in the year 1899. On the Ben-my-Chree being completed a few years ago, he was appointed to her and was in Command of "the greyhound of the British seas " until that stately and speedy and splendidly-found craft was requisitioned by the Admiralty for war purposes. Not only was Capt. Keig one of the finest seamen who ever trod a deck, but he was a thorough master of nautical construction. He kept himself well in touch with all developments of shipbuilding, and being a born draughtsman, he was able to intelligently express the many splendid ideas with regard to marine architecture that were hatched in his fertile brain. His advice was taken with regard to the designing and structure of all the latest vessels of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's fleet, and it is not too much to say that the great success which has attended upon these craft — particularly the Snaefell and the Viking — is in very great measure due to the adoption of his shrewd suggestions. As a man, he was fearless, jovial, kindly and of unimpeachable integrity. He was a past master in the management of other men, and was respected and esteemed both by his subordinates and superiors, while by his friends he was held in warm affection and regard. Capt. Keig was a member of St. Trinian's Lodge (Douglas) of Freemasons, and while he never took office in the lodge he was very popular with his brethren. Twice married, Capt. Keig leaves a, widow, three sons and several daughters. As commodore of the Steam Packet Company's fleet, he will be succeeded by Capt. Alexander Reid, of the Empress Queen. Between the late commodore and his successor there had for many years existed a close and sincere friendship. Before Capt. Keig was laid up, Capt. Reid entered the Royal Infirmary, Liverpool, as a patient, with the object of undergoing a slight operation which was successfully performed and from which he has happily recovered completely. Capt. Keig, while his old comrade was in the Infirmary, was constantly concerned as to his welfare, and it was a great, relief to him to find out that the operation had been attended with success. The flags on the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's vessels and buildings were as from Monday morning to Wednesday hoisted at half-mast out of respect to the man who had so faithfully and ably served the Company for a period of half a century.


The funeral of the late captain took place on Wednesday, and was well attended, there being a large number of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's employees present, thus paying a last tribute to one who was most popular among them. A short service was held over the body of the deceased gentleman outside his residence, Brunswick-road, the Rev Canon R. D. Kermode, M.A., officiating, the hymn "Lead, Kindly Li ht " being solemnly rendered by the bystanders. The remains were then conveyed to Braddan Churchyard, where Canon Kermode conducted services in the mortuary and at the graveside. Mr J. Skinner real the Foresters' committal service.

The chief mourners were : — Mrs Keig (widow), Mr William Keig (son, Miss Adelaide Keig (daughter), Mrs Caine (daughter). Mrs and Mr Burns (daughter and son-in-law), Mr John Keig brother), Mr John W. Houghton (brother-in-law, Mr W. Brown (brother-in-law), Mr Wilfred Keig grandson). Miss Quayle (cousin), Miss Parkinson cousin). Mrs Good (cousin), and Mrs Watterson (cousin).

Floral tributes were sent by the following: —

Widow — Sheaf of flowers.
The Children — Anchor. "Ellie" — Sheaf of flowers.
Mr Roberts and boatmen, Liverpool — Anchor.
Messrs Thos. Orford and Sons, Liverpool — Anchor.
Manager and Directors of the I.O.M. Steam Packet Co. — Wreath.
Office and staff of Messrs Thos. Orford and Sons, Liverpool — Wreath.
Mr and Mrs Scarffe, "Liverpool Courier" — Wreath.
Captains of other boats — Permanent wreath.
Mr and Mrs Bawden, Summer Hill — Sheaf of lilies.
Officers and members of St Trinian's Lodge of Freemasons (2050) — Wreath.
Mr Mason and Liverpool coating staff — Wreath.
Mr and Mrs Murphy. Cronkbourne — Cross.
Mr and Mrs W. R. Bell — Wreath.
Mr and Mrs and Miss Keig. Ballasalla — Wreath
Mr R. Cubbin, Strathafan — Wreath.
Stewards of the s .s. Douglas Wreath.
Messrs W. H. Walker and Co. — Anchor.
Mr and Mr; T. Craine-Albion Terrace — Wreath.
Mr and Mrs J. W. Houghton, Walton — Wreath.
Mr and Mrs Brown and family, Wavertree — Wreath.
Mr and Mr: and Miss Lewin, Westhill — Wreath.


Died May 24th 1915.

Mr John Quirk died on May 24th at his residence, Ballaquine, Baldwin, at the age of 58. Mr Quirk had been in failing health for some months, and a recent acute development took him off rather quickly. He was the only son of the late Mr Jno. Quirk, of Ballaclucas, Mount Rule. — Mr Quirk was educated at Braddan School, under the late Mr Southwell, and at the late Mr Thomas Cowin's private school at Crosby. The Methodist Chapel at Mount Rule was built on a part of Ballaclucas, and for many years the home of the Quirks was the home of the preachers who occupied the pulpit of this chapel, the family being the mainstay of the cause for over half a century. Mr Quirk became a local preacher in 1879 when the late Rev T. B. Butcher was superintendent of the Douglas circuit. Be was a life-long total abstainer, and always sought to further the cause of temperance. In public matters he was a Parish Commissioner of Braddan, and filled the chair for some years. He married Miss Clague, of Ballaquine, who survives, as do also a son and daughter. Mr Quirk's farming has been highly successful, and altogether his removal is a distinct lose to the community.


The funeral of the late Mr J. Quirk took place on Thursday afternoon, amid man v tokens of respect for the deceased's, memory. Most of the villagers attended to express their last tribute, and large numbers of farmers from Braddan and adjoining parishes were noticed in the assembly. The officiating ministers were the Revs Henry Williams and Copeland Smith, and quite a number of brother local preachers were present from Douglas.

After a short service, conducted at Ballaquine, the cortege moved to the Baldwin West Chapel, where the first part of the funeral service was held.

The Rev H. Williams, in the course of the service, took the opportunity of paying his testimony to the sterling worth of the deceased. He said his acquaintance with Mr Quirk had not been a long one, extending only over the eight months since coming into the circuit, but he knew enough to be firmly convinced that his devotion to Christ and the Church was as absolute as could have been desired. Their brother had been deeply interested in the work of the church at Baldwin West and had also displayed a large interest in wider spheres of Christian service. His enthusiasm for Home and Foreign Mission work was well-known, while his practical generosity in these causes had been highly appreciated. His testimony in his last illness had been bright and buoyant, and to-day, although they mourned his loss, they were firmly convinced that the man --the soul-was with his Redeemer Jesus Christ. He had entered upon a more abundant life. The speaker requested the prayers of those present on behalf of the widow and family.

The interment was at St. Luke's Churchyard, the committal service at the graveside being conducted by the Revs H. Williams and C. C. Smith.


Died April 26th 1915,

Mr Thomas Gelling, baker, of Fairfield, Liverpool, died at his residence, Onslow-road, Liverpool, on April 26th. Mr Gelling w as the youngest son of the late Mr James Gelling, of Ballacottier, Cooil, and served his apprenticeship as a, baker with the late Mr Bridson, at that time one of the leading bakers of this town. He afterwards proceeded to Liverpool and commenced Business for himself at Fairfield, where he as most successful. A few years ago he erected new premises on the most improved and up-to-date style, with every facility for confectionery and baking, the business being taken over by his son, Mr Arthur Gelling, on his retiring. Mr Gelling leaves a widow, two sons, and four daughters to mourn his loss. Mr Gelling was well-known in Douglas, where he usually spent his summer holidays, and was dearly loved for his most kind and genial disposition by a host of friends in Liverpool and on the Island.


Died, June 1st, 1915

It is with the deepest sorrow and regret that the Manx community of Johannesburg, Transvaal, have to record the sad loss of one of its best-loved members. On Tuesday, June 1st, 1915, at the Kensington Sanatorium, there passed away Frances Emma, the dearly-loved wife of Mr Thomas Curphey Cowin, of the City and Suburban Gold Mine, and late of Laxey Glen, Isle of Man.

Mrs Cowin had not been in robust health for quite three years, although able to get about and pay occasional visits to her very many friends; and on the last occasion (Good Friday, April 2nd, 1915) the Transvaal Manx Association held a picnic to Florida Lake, Mrs Cowin accompanied it, and thoroughly enjoyed the day's outing. And now we have had the sad experience of laying her body in its last resting place on earth, deeply mourned and sadly missed k, everyone who came within the radius of her most charming personality.

The late Mrs Cowin was essentially a Manxwoman ; she had all the charms of those dear women who never forget that they are Manx. Her hand was ever ready to welcome the stranger in a foreign land, and her home was ever an open door where the Manx men and women of the Rand could always find a solace for their many cares, and where the harp-strings of music passed the fleeting hours away, and all was joy and loving kindness.

There we would tell the old Manx tales ; there we would hear other old stories of Mannanagh ; and there we could hear the sweet music of our national songs. And, above all, there we could hear the old native speech to which our ears have long been familiar-in fact, if one had forgotten one was of Manx nationality, one was proud to be Manx after visiting Mrs Cowin. It was the " ghennal " overflowing kindness of her disposition which won for her such a full measure of love and respect, and which leaves such an aching void now that she has gone.

The funeral cortege was a striking evidence of the great respect in which she was held. Over thirty carriages filled with sorrowing relatives and friends followed the remains to Brixton Cemetery, and a motor car was filled with flora tributes, over thirty most beautiful wreaths being contained therein. The coffin, a beautiful oak casket, with massive-silver mountings, furnished by the undertaker, Mr Hobkirk, was a broken-hearted husband's last tribute to his well-love wife. Six Manxmen were the pall-bearers-Messrs W. Bridson, L. Partington, R Kennaugh, D. Kelly, A. Kennaugh, and A. O. Cain.

The service at the graveside was conducted by the Rev Mr Cox, Wesleyan minister, and the beautiful words he spoke regarding the late Mrs Cowin were most touching, and brought tears to many eyes. A verse of that great hymn, "Jesu. Lover of my soul," was sung by the assemblage most feelingly, and after the final prayer we left the sacred spot feeling that a portion of our aching hearts was buried with her. To the sorrowing relatives we extend our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy in their sad bereavement. and pray God to sustain them in their hour of bitterness and sorrow.


Died June 1st, 1915; Johannesburg, Transvaal.

The Viking sons of Mona mourn,
And Mona's daughters weep,
Whilst thou, on Angel's wings upborne
Across the Eternal deep
Of Death's cold, rolling flood, hast fled,
To seek the Morning Star.

We exiles from our native land,
Mourn with thy loved ones here
Shall miss thy kindly, loving hand,
Thy gracious presence near.

And seek in vain, thy winning smile
Which tell of JOYS for thee
Thy many virtues, who can tell ?
A faithful wife, and true ;
A loving mother. loving well
The gifts God gave, those few
Who now around thy lone grave stand,
Sobbing, with breaking hearts.

A patriot too, to that fair land
Of Mannin Veen was given
Thy kindest thoughts. thy gracious hand
And kindly heart have striven
To welcome thy compatriots
Upon a foreign strand.

And many Manxmen bias the day,
When they first clasped thy hand,
Whilst treading on life's rough highway.
Far from their native land,
For they have learned to live like men,
Honest, and straight, and true.

And here, in Afric's mighty breast,
Thy wearied form we lay,
To take its last, long, earthly rest
Until that glorious day

When round the great white throne of God
We meet, to part no more.
Good bye ! thou loving soul, good bye !
We cannot bid thee, stay.

God, in His heaven, sits up on high-
It is His will, His way.
His loving arms are open wide,
Rest on His breast; Good-bye !




Died June 18th, 1915

On Friday, 18th June, there passed away at his residence, Nunnery View Terrace, Peel-road, Mr Joseph Hampton, for many years one of the best-known Manx shipsmiths. He reached a ripe old age; and retained his faculties to the last. Unfortunately, a. fall four months ago, with a resultant broken ankle, proved too big a shock, and he gradually grew weaker. Mr Hampton was one of the few whose native language was the Manx, and in his young days, when Douglas ships sailed South and West, he was famous as a master craftsman, and proudly boasted that the last shipowners of the port — Messrs Torrance and Co. — used to say that none of his work had ever gone under stress of weather at sea. The late Mr Hampton served his apprenticeship with the firm of Lewin, on Douglas Bridge. The firm has passed through two generations since then, and for some time before starting in business on his own account, he was a member of that firm. He was treasurer of the local Court of the Ancient Order of Foresters for over twenty years, and was No. 2 on the roll. He leaves a widow, four daughters, and one son — Mr R. Q. Hampton, oil merchant, associated in business with Mr Moses Hampton, a brother of the deceased.

The interment took place on Monday afternoon at Kirk Braddan Cemetery. The Rev C. Copeland Smith officiated in the chapel and at the graveside. The remains were borne from the mortuary chapel and placed in the grave by members of the independent Order of Foresters, and Bro. John Skinner read the Foresters' funeral service.

Mr Hampton was the last surviving scholar of the school at Road Island, near the Cooil. Our readers may remember the ruined building which was pulled down about ten years ago at the Cooil. His last remaining fellow-scholar, Mr Edward Gelling, Ballacottier (father of Mrs John Corkill), predeceased him in November, 1913.


Died July 13th, 1916.

The news that Mr John Cubbon, the famous Douglas saddler, had died suddenly at his residence, Home Lea, Douglas, on Sunday, July 18th, cause as a great shock to Manx people, the deceased gentleman being one of the most widely known and highly respected of residents in the Isle of Man. Mr Cubbou was at business in his shop, Market Hill, on Saturday, as usual, and appeared to be in excellent health, while his spirits were, as ever, very cheerful. At about 9 o'clock p.m. he left the shop, and ere proceeding home wards he went for a walk on the pier in company with a friend. He then went to Home Lea, and shortly before retiring for the night he complained of feeling chilly and out of sorts. At about 2 o'clock on Saturday morning, he was seized with a. severe pain in the back, just below the shoulder blades, and his condition grew so alarming that Dr Hamilton was sent for hurriedly. The doctor was almost immediately in attendance, but arrived just in time to see Mr Cubbon pass away. The cause of death was heart failure.

The late Mr Cubbon, who was in the sixty-fourth year of his age, was born in Douglas, and served his apprentice as saddler with his father, the late Mr Joseph Cubbon, to whose business he ultimately succeeded. Mr Joseph Cubbon died some few years ago at the great age of 92. The saddlery establishment carried on by the two generations of Cubbon's was one of the oldest established businesses in the Isle of Man. For very many pears it was conducted in a shop at the corner of Douglas Old Market Place and James street, but when that portion of the scheme of Town Improvement extending from Ridgeway street to the Market Place was under construction, the late Mr Joseph Cubbon and Mr John Cubbon, who were in partnership as Cubbon and Son, acquired a site at the corner of Market Hill and New Lord street. and thereupon erected commodious premises, to which the business that had for so many years been carried on in the Market Place was transferred. Cubbon's harness and saddlery were world-famous. In conformity with business tradition, only the best material and the highest class workmanship entered into the products of the firm, which in consequence gained a great reputation. In the days when motor-cars were not, orders from all parts of the world were frequently executed at the old shop in the Market Place, and in connection with saddlers and harness the name Cubbon was as effective an imprimatur as was that of Cleator-another famous Douglas craftsman-with regard to house furniture. Mr John Cubbon was a very gold mine so far as Douglas history and tradition were concerned, for though his own personal recollections did not go further back than sixty years, he had the great advantage of being brought up in constant association with his father, whose retentive memory of Douglas events went back to the early years of the last century. and who was one of the best-informed of Douglas men with respect to happenings in the Island generally, and in Douglas particularly, of his generation. The shop in the Market Place was for long years the matutinal meeting place of many old Douglas men, including the late High Bailiff Harris, and the frequenters viol with each other in " swopping" experiences and stories concerning events which took place in their boyhood and early manhood-anything that occurred after the 'fifties they regarded as too modern to merit notice. Thus it was that Mr John Cubbon's mind became richly stored with lore of old Douglas, and it was ever a pleasure to him to retail incidents of which he had either personal knowledge or which had reached him the while he worked at the saddler's bench and listened to patriarchal narrations. And as Mr Cubbon was a most excellent raconteur. the yarns lost nothing in his telling of them. Both in business and private life Mr John Cubbon was very highly esteemed. His interest in public affairs. though passive, was exceedingly keen, and he took a very intelligent view of matters affecting the well-being of the Island. Unfortunately the calls of his business prevented him bearing a very active part in public life; otherwise he could have attained to high municipal and national position. Socially, his was an extremely charming personality, as he possessed the faculty of making himself agreeable to all classes, while his manner was ever pleasant and he was tactful in high degree. Though conservative of tendency, he was a broad-minded man, and while opposed to what he regarded as ill-considered and injudicious changes, he was ever prominent in supporting movements which commended themselves to him as being in the interests of true progress. In his youth and early manhood he was a Wesleyan Methodist, but many years ago he associated himself with the Church of England, and was for many years a member of St. George's Church congregation. Mr Cubbon married Miss Esther Cubbon, daughter of the late Capt. Thomas Cubbon, of Rose Hill, Braddan. Capt. Cubbon, by the way, had one of the most exciting experiences which ever befel a master mariner, in connection with the loss of the ship Seriea, while under his command. The vessel was wrecked, and for a long time Capt. Cubbon and his crew underwent terrible hardships in an open boat and on a desert island ere they were rescued. Mrs John Cubbon survives her husband, and much sympathy is felt with her and her family in their bereavement. There are six surviving children of the marriage- four sons and two daughters. The sons are: Herbert, in China; Sydney, in Edmonton, Canada ; Joseph, in Parr's Bank, St. Helen's; and Harold, at home. The elder daughter is married in Cairo, and the younger lives at home. Mr Cubbon has one brother surviving, Mr Joseph W. Cubbon. of Ellerslie, Marown, who was his senior.


The funeral of the late Mr John Cubbon took place on Wednesday morning, and was very largely attended. The coffin was covered with beantiful wreaths and other floral emblems sent by sympathising friends. Interment was at Onchan Churchyard, the burial service being conducted by the Rev W. A. Rushworth, Vicar of Braddan. The principal mourners were:-Mr Joseph Cubbon (son), Mr Harold Cubbon (son), Mr Joseph Cubbon (brother), Mr Harry Cubbon (nephew), and Dr Hamilton.


Died June 25th, 1915.

It will be learned with deep regret that a highly respected member of the Manx community, in the person of Mr John William Shimmin, of Ballacreetch, Onchan, passed away on June 25th. Mr Shimmin, who was 68 years old, had been in an unsatisfactory condition of health for some time. He was the second son of the late Mr Robert Shimmin, of Ballacreetch, and after leaving school he served his apprenticeship as a joiner. The call of the land was, however, irresistible to him, and while still a young man he returned to Ballacreetch and engaged in agriculture. On the death of his father he took over the farm and worked it with great success. He was one of the shrewdest farmers in the Island, and was among the first to recognise the remunerative possibilities of the dairy business. Some years ago he was appointed a Government valuer, a position for which his splendid knowledge of land and agriculture eminently qualified him. In private life Mr Shimmin was a most genial gentleman, and was of very kindly disposition. He leaves a widow (one of the daughters of the late Capt. Robert Gelling, harbourmaster, Douglas) and three sons.


Died September. 26th. 1915,

The death is announced of Capt. Wm. T, Collister, of St. Elmo, Nelmes-road, Hornchurch, Essex. Capt. Collister first became a sailor on the Manx boats, and afterwards on the Langland boats, Liverpool. By industry and perseverance he rose to be a captain in this line; afterwards joining the Carron Line, in London, and before the outbreak of war commanded their finest boat, the Carron. This boat was taken over by the Government for war purposes, and although his employers wished to retain his services, he preferred to offer them to the Government in war work, and was appointed a Government pilot, a position for which he was well qualified by his experience and skill. He was engaged on these hazardous duties from the beginning of the war, and died while on duty on the 26th September. From the meagre particulars to hand, it appears that the pilot boat was sunk by a mine. The captain was a well-known figure among the mercantile men of London and shipmasters from other parts. He was of the true Manx type, a genuine gentleman, whose home life was of the most lovable sort. He loved his Island home, and was always ready with a helping hand to any Manxman in distress. He entertained the London Manx Society at his house some little time ago, and no one who was there will forget his playing of the old Manx airs on his violin, and his enjoyment to hear the old tunes of his childhood sang in his home. He leaves a. widow and six children, most of whom are grown up, and for whom much sympathy is felt.


The news of the sad and unexpected death of Captain Collister was received by his sorrowing wife and family on Monday, the 27th September. Only to those similarly circumstanced can such a message bear its full import. Death is almost always a sad event. But there are degrees of sadness and trouble following in the wake of death. When the " fell monster" robs us of some loved one who, perhaps, has reached the allotted span of life, and who has more or less accomplished a life's work, we do not sorrow " even as others which have no hope." Those who leave us in youth or in the flower of life naturally leave a greater blank, and their loss is felt in greater degree. How sad, as in this case, is the position of wife and children, suddenly and without warning bereaved of a dearly loved and honoured father, never to be seen again. How much more poignant the grief when the victim is snatched away than if time had been afforded for farewell leave-takings. Captain Collister left home in the usual way on Friday, the 24th September, to take up his duty. He had had time only for one day to run home and see his loved ones, and on Sunday, the 26th, all was over with him. True, his occupation was a very dangerous one, and although he was well aware of the danger, he knew also it was necessary in the service of his country. His latter-day work as a pilot for ships in the English Channel and the dreaded North Sea, strewn with floating mines and cruising submarines, is not one to be taken up lightly. He knew that in these very dangerous waters not only the lives of all on board the ships under his care depended upon his skill and coolness, but that possibly the lives and comfort of thousands of others depended on the foodstuffs carried by these ships from our distant colonies. It is a noble service, and deserves great rewards. The position of a Government pilot in the perilous times we are passing through, is one of perpetual danger. These noble fellows are in the midst of the peril. Most of their work is necessarily done in the dark hours of the night, and weather conditions are not permitted to interfere. Their occupation demands a close and intimate knowledge of the East Coast from Cornwall to the Orkneys and Shetland — surely the most dangerous waters in the world at the present time. Ordinary conditions do not prevail today. Lighthouses and light ships are not as usual. Coast town lights are obscured or extinguished, and the lights of ships also. It is verily right to speak of " ships that pass in the night," for to the darkness of night is added the efforts of man to render deeper the blackness. To add to this gloom and anxiety, the sea, as I have said, is studded with explosive minefields — some English, some German, some fixed, some moving about with the action of tides. Captain Callister's duty was to find a safe way through these combined risks and dangers, and to be ready at any moment, day or night, to undertake any order given to him. Truly it is not ordinary seamanship, and yet he did not flinch. His many years' service on this very coast peculiarly fitted him for the duty, for it may be said he knew every inch of the way, every run in the tide, and every slant of the wind.

As I have stated, he spent Friday, the 24th September, at home. On Sunday, the 26th, the pilot cutter stationed off the coast (I must not say where) waiting for inward bound ships, had eleven pilots on board besides the crew. The cutter was not far from land when, about 4 o'clock in the afternoon, she struck a submerged drifting mine, and in a few minutes all was over. Of the eleven pilots, eight were lost, including Collister; only one of the cutter's crew was saved. Thus ended a brave and hardy crowd. As the cutter was blown almost to atoms, it is questionable if any of the bodies of the poor fellows will be recovered until " the sea, gives up its dead." Honour the brave, the brave that are no more.

But I sat down to write about Captain Collister personally, and the kind of man I found him to be, and I think his career will be found an interesting and inspiring one. Born in 1862, at Ballagilbert, in the parish of Malew, his early days were spent at a. period when education was not considered so necessary for voting people as in our own time. There were no Board Schools or compulsary or free education, and yet we shall see this young man grow up, in spite of these deficiencies, to be a credit to the sterling qualities which distinguished parents of sixty years ago. His few and short years of school attendance, varied by such assistance as the boy could render in farm work, were followed by seafaring; the occupation in which has after life was spent. But the beginning was hard, for a boy's life on a herring and mackerel fishing lugger was, and still is, a position not to be envied. But after all, like many thousands of other Manx boys, the sea. called and he listened willingly. So he grew into a fisherman from Peel and followed the occupation for a considerable period. Like others of his class, his horizon widened out, and he longed for a wider scene. In time he became a sailor on the boats of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, and remained several months in the service. Then another call came, and he joined Messrs Langland's and Sons service to and round Scotland in 1886, and in his twenty-fourth year. Now his foot was fairly on the ladder, and this was his first and best chance of climbing, and full advantage was taken of the opportunity. Beginning again as an ordinary seaman, he passed through the various ranks, and eventually rose to the position of captain. It may easily be thought this was not gained without merit and education. Though he received little of the latter in his younger days, he was ever of a studious and diligent nature, and in his spare time set himself to the acquisition of the knowledge requisite to fit him for higher duties, until he became proficient — not only a passable scholar, but even in the higher branches of his profession and in general ability. As a pastime he made violins, and played on them with much more than amateur skill. He was a. fairly well read man, could speak in public in an easy and gentlemanly manner, react or recite his own compositions as well as those of other authors. These accomplishments undoubtedly helped him on his way. Though a man of deeply religious convictions, he never obtruded his opinions on others, and was entirely free from cant and hypocrisy. Charitable and broad in his views, he was always ready to extend a helping hand to less fortunate people, and many have cause to remember his name with gratitude.

After twenty-three years' service with Messrs Langland's came promotion in the shape of an important appointment with the Carron Company, the great Scottish firm of shipowners. ironfounders, etc., with a proud name of more than a century standing. Captain Collister's first command was the s.s. Avon, but this he held only a short time, for soon ho was transferred to the new and powerful ship, The Carron, of which he was first commander, and in this position he remained until the outbreak of the war, when the ship was taken over by the Government as an Auxiliary Cruiser. Collister applied for the position of commander, but owing to his not being in the Royal Naval Reserve, the application was not acceded to. Nevertheless he was required for other and not less onerous duties. During his long service with Langland's, he had found it necessary, in the course of his service to acquire no less than eleven pilot licences, and in the Carron service three more. These qualifications eminently fitted him for the work he was now called upon to do the service of his country as a pilot in the Trinity House Corporation, and at this work he remained during the short remainder of his life. During this time, he got through his most intricate and dangerous occupation without a single mishap, until the final day, when an unseen and unthought of blow came and finished him and his unfortunate companions.

This note must not be closed without a reference to his connection with the London Manx Society, of which he was an enthusiastic and popular member. Together with his wife, a. Manx lady of a most homely and generous disposition, he was a frequent attendant at the Society's meetings, and it may be safely added that nothing gave the Captain and his helpmate greater pleasure than to foregather with the exiles from Ellan Vannin. In the meetings he was always in happy mood, while at his own beautiful home at Emerson Park, Hornchurch, Essex, Captain and Mrs Collister dispensed welcome and hospitality without stint. This house he had recently purchased, and intended settling down in the place when his working days were over, so that he might have his family round him.

Thus ended this genial, happy man, who, in the course of his brief fifty-three years, contrived to make very many others happy, to make many friendships, and to leave behind him many sorrowing hearts. not alone in his own family circle, but in the wider acquaintanceship of the world

And is he dead, think'st thou, whose glorious mind.
Lift; shine on high?
To live in hearts we leave behind '
Is not to die.

Thus sang the poet Campbell, and nothing can be truer than that friendship is a sacred and hallowed thing.

I will close with a few lines from a letter written by the chief pilot of the service in which Captain Collister was engaged. He says: — " Mr Collister was a noble and true man and greatly respected by all who knew him It is a heavy blow to me, and I feel his loss as though he was a brother. . . It is brought home to one more keenly because of knowing the man, and has cast a gloom over this station." JOHN FROWDE.


Died August 25th, 1915.

Mr Ephraim Wood, brother to Mr G. H. Wood, J.P., ex-manager of the Isle of Man Railway Company, died at his residence, Pablo Hall, near Conway, North Wales, on August 24th. For a long period the late Mr E. Wood was traffic superintendent of the Chester and Holyhead division of the London and North-Western Railway, but he retired from that position several years ago. In 1895 he was placed on the Commission of the Peace for Carnarvonshire, and he was also a deputy lieutenant of the county and an ex-High Sheriff. A Churchman, and a Liberal in politics, he sat as an alderman on the Carnarvonshire County Council for a number of years. As a Freemason he held high rank, and he assisted the late Sir Watkin Wynn in the formation of quite a number of the North Wales Lodges while Sir Watkin held the office of Provincial Grand Master of Shropshire and North Wales Province. Mr Ephraim Wood married a daughter of the late Mr Richard Hemming, of Caerhun. Mrs Wood survives him with a daughter, who recently married Mr Bertram Reece, barrister-at-law, son of the Vicar of Llanrhos, Llandudno. Mr Ephraim Wood was well-known on the Island, which he regularly visited. He was 84 years old. Mr and Mrs G. H. Wood attended the funeral,


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