The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL : SATURDAY, DEC. 15 General News.
Following the custom of formei* years the young people of Invercargill hold a ball on New Year’s night. Last year the hall was crowded, and Mr T. Clarke, the secretary, has the arrangements well in hand, and this 1907 ball promises to eclipse all previous efforts. Anniversary services in connection with the Clifton Primitive Methodist Church will be held on Sunday (Dec. 16th). The afternoon service, at 3 o’clock, will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Dunlop. There will also be an evening service at 7 o’clock, conducted by Mr Henry. The Bluff Band intend holding a monster picnic on Ward Parade on Boxing Day. Arrangements are well in hand, and an enjoyable outing is promised. There is no charge for admission, and all are welcome. The band has done good service at the port, and doubtless there will be a largo attendance. A collection in aid of the lustre; is of fund will be taken up. The benefit concert for the Hasle-more-Paton fund promises' to be a huge success. A rare musical treat is assured. Amongst the performers are Messrs Thompson, Lillicrap, Webb, Cooks on, Trist Searell, Le Petit, Taylor, W. Ferguson, Rev. Mitchell, and Mr T. J. Kings!and. By special request “The Idlers” will render some of their humorous items. The tickets have been selling splendidly, and a bumper house is anticH pated. Ensign Home, officer in charge of the local Salvation Army has secured the new Municipal Theatre for a limelight entertainment. The Ensign has been fortunate in securing the services of Brigadier Knight, of Christchurch, to conduct the service. Mr C. S. Ross will wotk the limelight, and a number of pictures, and songs of a religious character will be shown, and no doubt there will be a very large gathering on Sunday, 23rd Dec. The energetic office-bearers of the Clifton, Woodend, and Bluff Athletic Society are sparing no pains to. ensure a big attendance on Boxing Day. The tender of Mr Shave to supply logs for the chopping and sawing events has been accepted, and it has been decided that the chopping event (underhand) be square cut, as the majority of chopping men are used to that style. While Mr John McGrqgor was going towards one of the gates at the show on Wednesday the stallion Avon Prince, belonging to Mr Matear, of Wendon, was being led out by an attendant, and as the man passed the horse, it lashed out and struck him a fearful blow on the head. He was taken to the hospital unconscious 1 . Mr McGregor, who is an elderly man and unmarried, has lately lived at Glenham, but for a number of years resided at Makarewa. The occurrence emphasises the need for regulating the traffic to and from the show. As far back as 1904, Mr Rennie, Corporation Inspector, urged that separate gate accommodation should be provided for stock and vehicles. When we went to press' it was ascertained that the injury was not so serious as at first anticipated, and that the sufferer will be able to leave the institution in a few days. The North Invercargill school committee, at its meeting held on Monday, 10th inst., decided to close the school for the Xmas holidays, dating as from Friday, 21st inst. The inspector, in his annual examination report expressed himself as generally well pleased with the -efficiency, tone, and good conduct of the school, and the excellent result attained by the pupils, and the Committee, in deal- 1 ing with same, expressed itself as highly gratified, and considered that the best thanks of the community Was due to Mr H. McChesney, who had charge of the school during Mr Inglis’ absence in Dunedin, the secretary being instructed to write to Mr McChesney accordingly. A concert in aid ol the prize fund will be held on Tuesday, 18th inst., in the Town Hall, when a good programme, consisting of items by the school children and songs, recitations, etc., by friends will be submitted.
The Caledonian Society oi Southland, which has done so much to enable thousands of people to enjoy themselves on New Yeai s aj, .as issued a most attractive programme The sum of £250 will be given 11 prizes, which is more than has been given here before, and is probably a record for one day’s sports. Entries close on 27th inst. dhe gathexing has excited widespread interest in athletic circles, and athletes of note are expected from all parts of the colony, and some Australian visitors are also likely to compete. The spirited policy of the directors deserves success. A sacred concert in aid of the Sunday school, funds of the Presbyterian Church, Otcramika, is to be held on .Wednesday evening, .December 19th. A good programme has been arranged. Otatara, now well-known as Raymond’s Land, is in possession of a gentleman who claims to be the first immigrant’s son born in N.Z. His parents were passengers to Port Chalmers by the Phillip Laing, and he was born three days after the vessel arrived in the colony. If any others can claim the honour we shall be pleased to hear from them. By the death on the 7th inst. of Mrs Anna Macdonald, wife of Mr Macdonald, Riverton lost a very old and highly-respected resident. She came to Southland from Victoria 37 years ago, and soon became ab active worker in the local Presbyterian chdrch. For some years she acted as Superintendent of the Sunday School, a work for which her educational attainments and musical ability made her well qualified. She also acted as organist of the church for a time. She had devoted herself for many years to the teacafing of music,a work in which she was eminently successful. Mrs Macdonald is survived by her husband, her son, Mr Malcolm Macdonald, and two daughters, Mrs J. Cassels, of Christchurch, and Mrs Philp, of Riverton. A sports gathering is to be held at the Wallacetown Junction on the 28th Dec. The recently-formed athletic club at Makarewa are the promoters, and a splendid programme has been arranged, for which good prizes are offered. The secretary is Mr JaS. McCloskie, and further particulars can be obtained and entries made with Mr Geo. Woods, at his Uycle Depot, Dee street, Invercargill. Mr R. Allen has been advised that Miss Atkinson of Invercargill has been awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals for her collection of 12 assorted conserves, preserves, and bottled fruits, and collection of nine assorted pickles, sauces and chutneys. The lady is to be congratulated on her success in an important branch of domestic work. Her victory is a good advertisement for the town, and justifies the energy displayed by Mr Allen in seeking to have Southland well-represented at the Exhibition. It seems only a short time ago since Britons and' Boers were contending for supremacy in the Transvaal, and yet Tuesday night found members of the Southland Contingents holding their fourth annual reunion in Raeside’s -well-appointed dining room; Lieut.-Col. Hawkins presided over a very pleasant gathering. Song®, speeches., and recitations followed a nicely-laid and appetising supper. 'As the result of Mr Devlin’s- visit to Invercargill £IOO was received for the Home Rule fund ; at Gore the same amount was obtained, including £25 from Queenstown ; and at Dunedin on Wednesday £3OO was subscribed. The programmes* issued by the N.Z. Exhibition Commissioners for the championship athletic sports are now to hand. The gatherings are to take place in the Exhibition grounds on 24th and 26th January, and will be under the jurisdiction and rules of the N.Z. Athletic Union. Foremost amongst the important items is the Sheffield Handicap, for which the first prize is £4O, second £lO, third £5, and: fourth £2. The entry money for this event is small, being only 10s, and no acceptances are required. First prize for 75 yards handicap is £lO, and for most points in wrestling the late R. J. Seddon’s medal is given. His Excellency the Governor donates a trophy in gold for the young ladies’ Highland Fling ; Sir ‘J. G. Ward a trophy for most points in bagpipe events ; the President, N.Z. Athletic Union (Mr G. W. Woods) gold medal for Highland dancing ; and the Hon. Geo. Fowlds, Minister of Education, gives* an artistic pennant or flag to the Schools Relay Race.
Mails for the United Kingdom and America close at Invercargill at 12.45 p.m. on Monday, and for Aush tralia and Britain at r 2.45 p.m. on Tuesday. The Irish Athletic Society held their annual meeting on Thursday night, and after transacting some business adjourned to Tuesday next. Great changes will be made in the programme for the sports on 13th March. It is held that chopping and sawing events have had their day, and these will be dropped, the £25 thus .saved going to increase their Sheffield Handicap and other races. Other alterations will also be made in the direction of still further popularising the games. At the meeting of the Starr-Bow-kett Society on Wednesday night the sum of £SOO ballotted for in No. 1 Group, fell to No. 118, held by one member. In Group No. 2 a free loan of £SOO was taken by No. 147, held by two members. The sale of £SOO in Group No. 1 realised £59. A very old house at Waikiwi, formerly occupied by Mr J. A. Richter, was burned down on Tuesday night. It had been recently bought by Mr Campbell of Asher’s Siding, who intended to take possession in a day or two. Mr Arnold Stewmrt, who recently entered the railway service at Invercargill, and was afterwards transferred to Gore, was injured on Wednesday by one of the express engines. His left knee, leg, and side were severely bruised. He was removed to the Invercargill hospital and is now very much better. .He will be able to'leave the institution shortly. Mr A. Bain has been elected chairman of the Hospital axxd Chari table Aid Board for the ninth year in succession. The Hon. Mr McNab, Minister of Lands*, at Balclutha :—"We hope to be able to put such an area of land in the market that may satisfy the existing demand. The compulsory clause of the existing Act is not sufficient to do that. In Auckland they said ; 'We want all or nothing.’ I said : ‘You are not Scotchmen. A Scotchmen never puts himself in the position of getting nothing.’ ” (Loud laughter.). Mr Jas. Forrester, a member of the "Southern Cross’’ staff, won the third prize in the All Nations* Art Union, held in Oamaru recently. The prize is a pair of handsome painted mirrors valued at £7 10s. The death has taken place at Wai-t-riiwa of Mr Daniel Blue at t*h|e comparatively early age of thirty-eight years. Mr Blue early evinced a great liking for music, his favourite instrument being the violin. He attained great proficiency as a player, and was well-known and highly esteemed in local musical circles* as* the capable leader of a fine orchestra, until laid aside from active life through an affection of the lungs*. He struggled bravely against the inroads of ill-health, but gradually weakened till the end came, and he passed to the choir invisible. His parents and friends command the sympathy of many friends in their sorrow. The steamer Rimu, belonging to Invercargill, was at Tautuku on Saturday, and loaded 63 bales of dressed flax from Messrs Hurring’s mill, while on her previous trip she took 60 bales. Messrs* A. W. Hogg (of Dunedin) and Mackie (sawmiller, of Stewart Island) who are connected with the company, lately formed to acquire the Tautuku sawmilling plant from Mr Clark, have been on the ground, but the Balclutha Free Press states that before entering on their scheme of development the company intend to have a flat-bottomed steamer specially built for timber-carry-ing purposes. Old identities learned with regret of the death on Monday last of Mr David Thomson, of Leet street. Coming from Scotland to Victoria in his youth, he took part in the stirring experiences of goldfields life for a time, and coming to New Zealand renewed his quest for gold in the Lakes district and elsewhere. He settled at Tnvercargill some years ago, and was engaged in business* for a time. Of active habits, he was* always out and about until a few weeks ago, when he became seriously ill, and passed away as Although he took no part in public life he kept himself well acquainted with passing events, especially in politics, and had many a good story to tell of the early days*. Mr Thomson who was in his 69th year, is survived by Mrs Thomson and three daughters.