The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL : SATURDAY, DEC. 8. General News.
■ Home ami Australian mails close at Invercargill at 2.45 p.m. on Monday. A complete list of train arrangements in connection with the Southland A. and P. Show is published in this issue of the “Cross.” The railway department are offering special facilities to country residents to visit the town. Entries for the Clifton sports on Boxing Day close on Saturday next. The secretary, Air Gillies, informs us that there is every indication that the competitors wifi be numerous. The extra events will include a challenge sawing match between two pairs of sawyers from the Western District. The wrestling events will afford ample excitement for patrons, especially, the tussles between Tom Johnston, of the Bluff, and W. Fordo, of Rakahouka. The ground, thanks to Air E. Pollard, is in fine order. Country visitors to Invercargill on Tuesday and Wednesday next will have a splendid chance of seeing the new theatre in active operation.' Trains have been delayed till after the performance of Mr (David Hill’s startling drama, “Forced to the War,” which is to be produced by the I.A. Dramatic Company, under the direction of their popular manager (Mr A. R. Wills). The piece abounds in incident, and a splendid evening’s entertainment is promised those able to attend. The Club has gone to considerable expense in staging this play in a manner worthy of the occasion, and it is admitted that the I.A.'s have the talent to Cater for the public. Last show night numbers were unable to gain admission, and our advice is to book seats beforehand. . No doubt the new theatre will be crowded on both productions.
The late Mr Seddon’s estate js, valued at £14,297. The ladies of Waimatuku held a very successful sale of work on 28th, in connection with the Presbjterian Church. Mr Bishop, the Christchurch magistrate, has no faith in hair restorers In an action to recover £.3, part of an amount paid for a lotion to cure baldness, he found for plaintiff remarking that the only cure for baldness was a ■'■visit is reported that the proprietor of one of the beer depots will contest in the Supreme Court the validity of the new regulations requiring the depots to be removed to a site five miles from a no-license area. We have to thank Mr Goo. Froggatt, local agent for the Royal Assurance Co., for table and wall calendars, and a blotter. Use and ornament are, as usual, well compiled in the articles, which serve to remind us that 1906 will soon be a thing of the past. The Southland Returned Troopers’ Association hold their annual reunion in Raeside’s restaurant on Tuesday evening. It is expected that there will be a good gathering of Southland members of the N. Z. Contingents. The Athletic Union has refused a permit to the Gore Caledonian Society for sports on Boxing Day. The Society allege that they joined the Union on the undcrstandinig that a permit would be granted for Boxing Day. The Manukau election resulted in the return of Mr F. W. Lang (Oppositionist) by a majority of 1235. Owing to the advance in wool a number of manufacturers in New Zealand have agreed to raise the price of woollen goods from five to ten per cent. Sixteen drapers have petitioned the Invercargill borough council to change the hour of closing on Saturdays from nine to ton p.m. The petition was ordered to be on the table for a fortnight, the Mayor remarking that to go back to ten o’clock would be most discreditable to the town. There is talk of the erection of a technical school at Gore. A sum of £BOO is in hand for the work. Sir J. G. Ward has informed the Mayor that the rails for the new tramways have been cabled for, and are now* being shipped, if not on their way. Another of Invercargill’s old identities has passed away in the person of Mr Daniel Kingsland, at the advanced age of 82 years. Owing to departmental business Sir J. G. Ward will be unable to visit Southland for some time. Mr John Spence, formerly Chief Commissioner of Lands for Southland, died at Ross (Westland) on .Saturday last. In accordance with new regulations issued by the Government, the beer depots just outside the northern boundary of Invercargill will have to be removed to sites five miles from the town as soon as the supplies now in stock are exhausted. Such depots will not be allowed to supply beer before eight a.m. or later than five p.m. The Invercargill Council met in the new town hall on Thursday evening. The occasion was marked by the presentation to His Worship the Mayor of a' large photo of himself. The presentation was made by Cr. J. Stead, who said that it was the wish of the members that the photo be placed with those of the first Mayor of Invercargill and the first Superintendent of Southland. After business had been transacted His Worship entertained the Crs. and town cltrk at supper. It proved a very pleasant little function. The Christchurch Exhibition seems fated to be the scene of rows. The latest occurred last week, when one of the Permanent Artillery on duty,' and whose instructions are to keep people off the grass, ordered Colonel Bauchop to keep on the path. ‘ Do you know who I am ?” thundeied the Colonel. "No, and don’t care," was the reply of the man, who, with his comrades, is for the time under the control of Sub-Inspector Dwyer of the Police Force. The Colonel afterwards had the man arrested, and ordered Captain Wall to hold a court martial. He did so, decided there was no case, and dismissed the man. i
General Booth has been offered, a million acres of land in Rhodesia for colonising purposes. One of the car horses stumbled and fell on its head and broke its neck on the road opposite the Wesleyan parsonage on Tuesday afternoon. After an experience of the working of the system of'rating on unimproved value, the ratepayers of North In-, vercargill have voted in favour of its continuance by 123 votes to 85. When Sir J. G. Ward recently visited Wyndham he was asked to provide a new courthouse, the building used for that purpose having done duty for 30 years, after being converted from a schoolhouse. ' Sir Joseph thought the structure could be repaired, and tenders were called for the work, but on Monday night the building was destroyed by fire. The Wyndham band, which used the place as a practice room lost a number of instruments. Additions were made to Wirth’s menagerie on the trip from Australia to the Bluff, the lioness giving birth to two cubs. Mother and little ones did well until the train journey from the Bluff to Invercargill, when the lioness cut their career short by eating them. The Southland business at the forthcoming sittings of the Arbitration Court is as follows :—lndustrial dispute Painters. Compensation claims—Richmond v. Stuart, Clarke v. Murray, Kirkland v. Moffett Bros. Bennett v. Brown Bros, and Brownlie v. Denniston. There are seven applications for enforcement of the carpenters’ award and two to enforce the sawmillers’ award. After fifty years of faithful service for the Lyttelton Times Co., for a (good part of the time as manager, Mr J. C. Wilkin is leaving.for a trip to the Old Country. When Mr H. Hirst, who has'been elected chairman of the Wallace County Council, passed over the site of Otautau forty-eight years ago, the only resident was Mr Matthew Scott. When the South African footballers were beaten by Scotland, admirers of the Welshmen, who vanquished the "All Blacks,” said —“Wait till they meet Wales.” The meeting has come off, but alas ! for the Knights of the leek, the South Africans won the matlch by 11- points to , nil in the presence of 50,000 people. A resident of Invercargill had an agreeable surprise this week. It appears that a relative in the North Island communicated with some friends of his. and ascertained that there was a mortgage of close on £2OO on his relative's property, and promptly forwarded a cheque, cleared the place, and presented the deeds to his uncle as a Xmas box. Well done ! This is a truly kind action, and many a man with a big banking account would find pleasure if he acted on the words of the good old 800k —"Co thou and do likewise." The education board in San Francisco still refuse to allow Japanese children to attend the State schorls, and a number of J apanese have left the city, declaring that they are being boycotted. The incident has caused no excitement in Japan, confidence being felt that President Roosevelt will see justice done. In New Zealand there is no trouble of that kind, and one of the Invercarg: Jl suburban schools is attended by a half-caste Chinese, and a smart young "nipper” he is, too. Only two criminal cases came before Mr Justice Denniston at Invercargill. In the case in which a school certificate had been altered to secure a youth a situation on the railway Jessie Keith Rose Colper, aged 80, was ordered to come up for sentence when called upon, and Percy Charles Douglas was admitted to probation. William Henry Liddicoat, for theft at Riversdale, was sent to gaol for six months. He was very talkative in court, and on being sentenced told His Honour that he (the judge) was on his last logs. We have to thank Mr Browett, the local Inspector of Factories for an interesting pamphlet on the "Department of Labour ;i its organisation and work.” The book has been compiled for circulation at the Christchurch Exhibition, and is nicely illustrated, among the numerous photos being one of our late Premier, the Rt. Hon. R. J. Seddon, the Hon. Sir J. G. Ward, the Hon. W. P. Reeves New Zealand’s High Commisrioner). The letterpress gives a very good insight into the working of the Labour Department of the colony.
Visitors to the Show should not fail to see the magnificent display of Seasonable Goods now being shown by the N.Z. BOOK SOCIETY ATHENAEUM CORNER; DEE ST. You will bt delighted with the really artistic display of XMAS: CARDS AND CALENDARS. Honestly, these are a work of art, whether you. want' avsingle card, those marvellous gelatine and hand-painted Xmas Cards, or a box, or a packet. Then for BOOKS, the young and old are well catered for. The old favourites— Boys’ and Girls’ Own Annuals 8s each. Chums Bs, Quiver 7s 6d, Prize Is 6d, Chatterbox 3s, Sunday at Home 7s 6d, etc., are all to the fore. So are the Prize Books for our Day and Sunday Schools. Large pis>count allowed off these. Bibles, Sankey’s, Church Praise, and other Church Hymns ih Presentation Bindings. Our stock of Purses, Wristlet Bags, Writing Cases, Ladies’ Companions, Gent’s Purses, Pocket-books with other novelties are as per usual thoroughly up-to-date, while prices are within reach of all. We strongly advise our readers to look in and see for themselves the display at the ATHENAEUM CORNER, DEE ST., INVERC ARGILL. Pine weather seems to attend Sir J. G. Ward wherever he goes. When he opened the Otautau post office on Friday week the sun shone out sio brilliantly that some of the school children who graced the scene fainted, and had to be removed. Messrs Wirth Bros.’ circus and menagerie—the largest that has ever visited New Zealand —occupied the Western reserve for a two night season, and numbers wore unable to gain admission. Those who saw the performances were delighted, and declared there has never been one to equal it. The proprietors are to be complimented on the success of this gigantic concern, and at the close of the performance Mr Wirth announced that they would return in 12 or 18 months', with all the latest talent procurable. He thanked the citizens for their generous patronage. We wish the brothers Wirth every success on their N.Z. tour. Mr Hornibi’ook, of Christchurch, one of the most successful exponents of Sandow’s system of physical development, delivered a lecture in Victoria Hall on Tuesday evening. There was a good attendance, and great interest was excited in the subject by the happy way in which the speaker handled the theme. There was nothing stale or stereotyped about his treatment of it—his pithy, pointed, and straightforward talk on the art of right living and of making the most of ourselves: called forth repeated applause. The limelight views were also much enjoyed, and drove home the lessons so ably inculcated by the lecturer. During the evening corsets, electric belts, and patent medicines were unsparingly denounced. A meeting was held in Invercargill on Monday night under the presidency of the Rev. Dean Burke, to make arrangements for an addressi by Mr Delvin, one of the delegates who is touring the colonies in the interests of Home Rule for Ireland. The chairman, in an eloquent speech, argued that Home Rule would remove the disabilities under which Ireland now suffers. Mr M. Gilfedder also spoke forcibly. Sympathetic resolutions were passed, and a committee formed. Mr Delvin speaks here on Monday night. A splendid programme has been arranged. The two local bands will play selections, and His Worship the Mayor (Mr W. B. Scandrett) will preside. Some of the best local talent will assist, and the price of admission (Is to all parts) should ensure a large gathering. Mr Delvin is an enthusiastic advocate of Home Rule, and the address he will deliver should be heard by all who can possibly make it convenient to attend.