The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL: SATURDAY, DEC. 29 General News.
* — The Railway Department publish a full list of train'arrangements for the New Year fixtures. Every facility is offered to country visitors, and no doubt, given fine weather, the booking’s will be large. At any rate, if it is not it will not be the fault of the department, for they have spoci-i ally arranged the service to suit the growing population. A first-class programme has been arranged for a New Year dance on Ist January, in Ashley's Hall. Good music and select company should ensure a large patronage. Messrs Wright, Stephenson and Co.Ltd., as agents for the London and Lancashire Insurance Co., have issued a very handy calendar for 1907.On the reverse of eacd sheet a useful memoranda form has been printed. W r e have to thank the Westport’ Coal Company for a very useful calendar for 1907. Their output of coal for 1905 was over half-a-miilion tons, and it may be safely predicted that the 1906 output will more than double that, considering it is the finest coal south of the line. On Xmas Eve a number of carolling parties were out and about. W r e learn that the Salvation Army collected about £2B by this means. The money is t* be devottxi to the instrument fund. The Loval Shamrock, Rose and Thistle Lodge, M.U., 1.0.0. F, held their annual meeting in the hall, Tay street, on Thursday, 27th, a fair, attendance of brothers being present. One candidate was proposed for admittance to the Order. After transacting a large amount of business, the following officers were elected for the next six months,—G.M-. Bro. G. ’Anderson, N.G. Bro. W. Irvine, V.G. Bro. T. Clark, E.S. Bro.; W. Gam, W. P.G. Bro. J, 3. Goldie. For the vacancies of trustees P.G, Bros. Ball and Kingsland were elected. P.P.G.M.'s Bros. Smith and Carnahan were re-elected delegates on dispensary committee. We are in receipt of the preliminary programme for the Invercargill regatta, which takes place on the Estuary on January 16th, 1907. 'A 1 liberal prize-list has been arranged, including one of £ls for the senior fours. In all there are seventeen events, and a good afternoon’s racingshould result.
Home and Australian mails close at Invercargill at 2.45 p.m. on Monday, We have to thank Mr John J. Kingston, local manager of the South British Insurance Co., for their 1907 calendar. It is nicely got up, and should prove a useful adjunct to the office table. A very successful sale of sections at Osborne, lying north-east of East Invercargill, was held by Messrs W. Todd and Co. on December 22nd. Forty sections in all were sold at prices ranging from £l6 10s to £55, the total receipts being £1305 10a. The property belonged to Mr H. Tresecler, and was offered to the Government sometime ago for workmen's homos for £IOOO. Six railway employes are to be transferred from Dunedin to the Invercargill workshops. During the past eight years one of the features of the New Year’s night has been a most enjoyable dance, superintended by a committee consisting of Messrs Geo. Taylor, Geo. McGaw, A. Sutherland, and J. Fraser. Owing to the insufficiency of room in any of the previously available halls many had to be turned away at the doors, but on the forthcoming anniversary every comfort may be looked for, as the committee has engaged the splendid Victoria Hall, which, with its up-to-date appointments, is practically second to none in the colony. This will be the first dance held in the new hall, which the commendable foresight of City Fathers has been instrumental in providing, and a brilliant success may safely be predicted. Messrs A. Noble and Co. call epochal attention to their select stock of goods suitable for preservation, The Savieri Dramatic Company are at present playing in the new Town Hall, and are meeting with splendid audiences —and they deserve it. It is one of the best companies of the kind touring round. Mr P. Savieri is an actor born, and carries the good wishes of local play-tgoers. The applause was generous, and wellmerited. On Boxing Night the sensational drama, “For England,” was produced. The parts were all well taken, especially those allotted; to the ladies, who acqiiitted themselves admirably, and the drama was followed with close interest. On Thursday evening Mrs Henry Woods’ wellknown drama, “East Lynne,” was staged, and largely attended. Those who can should make a point of witnessing these plays, as they are well worth seeing. On Friday night the “New Magdalene” was produced, and to-night “The Arabian Nights” will be staged in a manner never before seen in this town. On Ist and 2nd January the Company appear again, and play “Jessie Brown/' or the Relief of Lucknow, and we predict crowded houses, and advise intending- patrons to endeavour to reserve seats for the occasion. Mr J. T. Gibson, Dee street, is showing a choice line of electro-plat-ed goods suitable for presentation. On Sunday evening last the local Salvation Army conducted a carol service in the theatre, and a very large gathering was present. Brigadier Knight, of Christchurch, Supplied the descriptive part, and Mr C. S. Ross, of Messrs Ross and Sons, worked tht lantern, and an enjoyable hour was spent. The band, under Conductor Walker, played a couple of selections, showing wonderful improvement. Miss Dryden sang a solo, which was much appreciated. Mr T. F. Macdonald, Arcade, has for sale three magnificent sections in Appleby. Easy terms can be arranged. Stanbury, the ex-champion oars- 1 man of the world, was defeated at Wanganui by W. Webb, of that town. The clothes of a warder who was representing Father Christmas at a gathering in a hospital in N.S.W., caught fire, and he died from his injuries.—At Otahuhu (Auckland) a girl of nine years was on her way to buy sweets on Boxing Day, when a match, carelessly thrown by a passerby, ignited her dress. The girl was severely burned, and died next day, Mr T. McDonald, dairyman. West Plains, has installed a milking machine. That part of the new regulations requiring beer depots to be five miles from no-license boundaries has been held to be invalid. The store and bakehouse at the corner of Jackson street and EastRoad, unoccupied since Mr McKechnie left for Avenal, was burned down on Wednesday. A six-roomed dwelling at Otatara, pccupied by Mrs GogS'iss, was also destroyed on the same day.
The Southland Timber Co., in Esk street, require the services of a sawyer to take charge of mill. This is a first-class position, and quite handy to town, Mr T. Hide, bookseller, Tay street, has commenced a New Year war, and is offering wonderful value in seasonable goods. On Xmas evening on the invitation of Mr Chas. Gray, a large number of friends assembled in Victoria Hall, and enjoyed a first-class programme arranged by Mr Gray, his assistants and pupils. Numerous items were given, in a way that proved the care and attention given to the art. Mr Gray’s heart is in his work, and Invercargill is indeed, fortunate in possessing such a capable teacher. For New Year gifts visitors will do well to call at the Philadelphia Novelty Co.’s shop in the Arcade. The stock is new and prices are as low as possible. Following their usual custom the choir of St. Paul’s Wesleyan Methodist Church gave a recital on Xmas night. His Worship the Mayor (Mr W. B. Scandrett) presided over a very largo attendance. The beautiful carol, “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” opened a programme that was deservedly appreciated by the audience. Miss Stead gave a good rendering of “The City of Light,” Miss Nixon delighted with “The Star of Bethleham,” and later took the place of an absent singer, Mrs Hensley did full justice to the solemn beauty of “He was Despised.” The Rev A. Mitchell acquitted himself well in “Tnus saith the Lord” and “Why do the Nations” The choruses were a feature of the evening, and reflected great credit on the choir, and the organ solos by Mr Trist Searell, including the majestic “Hallelujah Chorus,” completed a programme afforded unmixed pleasure. Mr Hanson, proprietor of the Phonograph Supply Store, in the Arcade, has now opened a new stock, and visitors in search of phonographs or records should pay a visit to his supply store. Messrs McConechy and Co., bootmakers, Arcade. have a splendid stock of footwear for'the holidays at very moderate prices. Lindsay and Co. have a choice supply of boiled ham in cours eof preparation for the holidays. MessrsJ. A. Mitchell and Co sell horses, waggons, etc. in the yards to-day. Messrs Lillicrap, McNaughton and Co. sell books, etc., at pxiblished prices, and have a large variety to select from.