The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., JAN. sth. General News.
Home and Australian mails close ax Invercargill at 3.40 p.m. on 3loiiday.
The new year opened sadly for Mr and Mrs P. Ford, of Chatton, their fourth daughter, Mary Ann, passing away on Tuesday. It is only a few weeks since her brother, Mr Daniel Ford, died at Waimate.
The,.. Prime Minister, Sir J. G. Ward, visited the Southland Caledonian Society's games on Tuesday and the Bluff regatta on Wednesday.’ He leaves the colooy on 26th January for the conference of colonial premiers in England.
Fifteen servant girls have arrived in Wellington under arrangements made by a syndicate of Nap tor ladies.
Mr Tipping, Chief Postmaster at Invercargill, who has retired, after forty years’ service, was presented with a handsome gold chronometer on Saturday last, Mr J. L. Bush making the presentation on behalf of the postal and telegraph officials. Mr Tipping feelingly acknowledged the gift.
- The Southland Frozen Meat and Produce Export Co. having completed additions to their fellmong'ery at Mataura- They are piepared to receive wool for scouring at current x'ates. The plant installed isi of the very best, and clients can rely on having the work well and quickly done. The famous Besses o’ the Barn band gave their first concert at the exhibition on Thursday next. The total cost of the trip is estimated at £IO,OOO. The band will have travelled 50,000 miles by the time they reach home again. These arc great days in the cotton trade. The half-yearly reports of about a dozen spinning companies in the Oldham and Rochdale 'districts, recently published, disclose large profits. The dividends to be paid vary from 5 to 25 per cent., and the average is about 11 per cent. Manufacturers are also doing well, and are garnering a rich harvest. Mr C. B. Fry asks why, when land is dear, should air go cheap. Builders who go more than four storeys should pay for air as well as ground. Itwould limit sky-scraping, and block a little less of the sunlight. H. S. Izard, who recently filed his schedule, has been charged at Master! on with the fraudulent conversion of £16,000 of trust funds. Jt is alleged against him that he is exercising undue influence over his ward. Miss Grace Mahupuku. Canada is still pushing her immigration policy, and twenty-five farmers go to Britain to lecture on the advantages of the Dominion, and it] is expected that 250,000 people will settle there this year. Competition is the soul of sport as well as of trade. The latest athletic society is one formed to foster Highland games, with headquarters in Christchurch. The Southland Highland Society has decided to form a centre in this district. Mrs Wilson, wife of Mr J. F. Wilson (formerly a partner in the firm of John Ward and Co., Invercargill), died at her residence in Christchurch on Sunday last. Mrs Wilson was a native of Invercargill, and a member of a highly respected family—that of Mr W. H. Mitchell, of Kenning! on, one of our earliest business men. Mr P. J. Shanks, of Mataura, who was hurt 'through falling over an embankment on the Dunedin and Roslyn Tramway Co.’s line, is claiming £SOO damages. A holiday party consisting of Messrs McKenzie, Roberts, and R. IkProcter, spent an enjoyable five daysj fishing excursion at the Waiau during the Xmas holidays' A record haul was made, consisting of 40 fine spotted beauties, aggregating 180 odd pounds—the largest hooked turning the scale at 13 lbs. This, wo learn, is the heaviest trout yet taken out of the Waiau this season. The trio are proud of their achievement. The McKenzie referred to is Mr McKenzie of the f a mous Hondai Lanka Tea. The knowing ones attribute their success to the Hondai Lank a minnow, and a liberal supply of Cock o’ the North tea, giving the anglers a clear bead, besides invigorating and refreshing tbem. The record for school attendance of George Miller, a pupil of the South School, will be hard to beat. Ho was presented with a silver medal for having gained nine first-class attendance certificates, never having been absent from school —morning or afternoon —when the school was open during that time. But George goes one better—as he claims to have a year’s attendance, while in the infant class, not counted, as certificates are not given then. It appears that the Miller family can easily put up a record for school attendance. The family consists of seven members, and they hold among them some 40 first - class . attendance certificates. Pour of them have never been absent during their school ’ term. Kate comes next to George with seven first-class certificates, and as there are still two attending school a few more certificates are expected to come in. This is the Miller family of swimmers, which may account for their regular good health, which has no doubtyenabled them to put up such fine attendances. We wish George may be as successful in whatever business he adopts, when his regular and punctual habits will bo a -great factor towards his success in after life.
The Invercargill Corporation invite applications for the position of gns manager. The salary is good, and free house and coal is provided. No doubt there will be numerous applicants.
.We understand that a charge has been laid against a resident in a northern suburb for using obscene language and threatening behaviour. Since stationed on the North Road Constable Scandrett has had a busy time, but is fully equal to the emergency, and makes good use of his bicycle in- doing his rounds. The case will be heard towards the end of the month.
There teas a larg-e attendance at the theatre on Thursday and Friday to witness the popular Edison pictures. A feature of the entertainments was the singing and dancing of Little Bessie Sutton, and she had to respond to several encores-. This afternoon a matinee will be given, and to-night a new programme is promised. This is one of the most up-to-date ' moving picture shows that has visited our town.
At the Leet st. church on Sunday evening, the Rev. A. Mitchell will conduct the monthly musical service and will answer questions. This practice of attempting to meet the difficulties of the people is highly appreciated, as evidenced by the large number of young men who assemble on "Question Sunday.”
A l a d named George Price fell from one of the Bluff trains coming up from the regatta on Wednesday, and sustained severe injuries’. He was promptly conveyed to the Invercargill hospital, and it was found necessary to amputate one leg above the knee." He is now progressing fairly .wefll, but it will be some time before he is about again.
The Dunlop Rubber Company, of Australia, Ltd., have sent ns a copy of their artistic calendar for 1907. It is a hue picture of San Francisco in flames, reproduced from photographs taken at the time. The picture is of unique interest, and is well worth framing as a permanent memento of a great event.
Visitors to the Bluff on Ileknesday could not help noticing the number of piles of bricks and standing chimneys—the result of houses having been destroyed by lire. Four or five different places along the line have succumbed to the flames within the last few months.
Mr Owen Taylor, ox Dipton, was killed through a dray falling on him on Wednesday Fast. The horse bolted, and in attempting to recover the reins he fell in front of the wheels.
The sports held at Makarov.'a on Friday last were marred to some extent by unfavourable weather, but the management made the best of things, and visitors and competitors ■alike spent a pleasant afternoon.
We are still receiving reminders that we h a ve entered upon another year. One of these comes from Mr J. Hensley, manager of the South land Timber Company, in the shape of a neat foot rule. On the reverse side the company reminds their friends that they are in a tip-top position to cater for their wants. — Then the old-established Alliance Assurance Company, for whom Messrs W 7 m. Todd and Co. are local agents, sends a neatly arranged calendar.— The X.Z. Shipping Co. are also to the fore with an attractive calendar, printed in royal blue, showing one of their powerful steamers ploughing through the briny.
A cricket team from Invercargill journeyed to Kaitangata on Kew New Year's Day to play their annual match with South Otago. They were met by the South Otago reps. and driven to Kaitangata. They spent a most enjoyable holiday. It evident rain is badly needed in this district, and the ground appears parched, and the turnip crop is very backward in consequence. 6The mines were closed down for the holidays, and the town is very quiet. The match resulted in an easy win foi Southland by 125 runs. Glasgow (Southland) was in fine form, his scores being 42 and 82. It is very evident he was alter a century m the second innings, coming within 18 oi the coveted number. The others to reach double figures were Hamann 3 0 and 23, Poole 23, MeNeece 25, Tapely 10, iDoig" 1 •>• Por South Otago, Sharp 29 and 10, and Edwards 12 and 27, batted well. The visitors were treated in first-class style, and returned to town thoroughly satisfied with the trip.
A good many people were late in shopping on New Year’s Eve, and one of the number, who lives at Avenal, had an alarming experience. She was going along the North Road between eleven a nd tw r elve p.m., and just after turning into Avcnal Road a man sprang at her, threw her violently against a fence, and when she fell half-stunned caught her by the throat. His intended victim struggled hard, a nd the man flourished a knife in her face, but finding' that this failed to quiet her he whistled and was joined by a companion. It is hard to say what the end would have been, but just then the late car was hoard coming from town, and the two rascals made off in the direction of the Avenue. The lady managed to reach a neighbour s house, and was assisted, home. Her screams were heard by a number of residents, but were attributed, not unnaturally, to larrikins coming along the North Road. We understand the police have the matter in hand, and it is hoped will be able to sheet home the charge. Such conduct is deserving of a long term of imprisonment.
Messrs A. Weir and Co-, bootmakers, are giving a very handsome calendar to patrons, and the demand for them has been large.
Mr J. F. Archibald, who, with a partner founded the Sydney Bulletin in 1879, and edited it till he broke down from sheer overwork, is now an inmate of a mental institution in Sydney.
Mr H. S. Izard, solicitor, of Wairarapa, who has failed for £30,000, was one of the most popular and respected gentlemen in the district. He was one of the keenest “sports 1 ’ ’ in the colony, and lately returned, af ter seeing the race for the Melbourne Cup. According to an exchange, his friends state that if the New Zealand mare Solution had won that race Mr Izard would not have been .in his present position, btit this is poor consolation for the creditors, amongst whom are widows and working men who have lost the savings 'of a lifetime.
A "Guide to Beautiful Dunedin, its Environs and the Cold Lakes of Otago” has been sent to this office by the publishers, the Evening Star Co., Dunedin. It is the work of Mr W. H. Fahey, who has carried out his task in a way that will ensure him the gratitude of those for whose benefit the volume has been compiled, namely, the tourists. The letterpress is at once concise and comprehensive, and no feature of interest appears to have been overlooked. The value of the letterpress is enhanced by the presence of about 150 fine photographs, and the combination is most attractive.
Athletes will be pleased to learn that programmes for the Irish Athletic Society’s 21st annual gathering are now available. The programme is an attractive one, and consists of 21 events, including a £6O Sheffield, while cycling, wrestling and numerous other events go to prove a wellarranged programme. Sawing and chopping have been omitted this year, in the belief that it is better to leave these events for the Axemen’s Carnival. Special train arrange‘mehts will be in force,, and in the evening the popular I.A, Dramatic Co. will stage a play worthy of the occasion. Letters addressed to Box 238 will find the secretary, and ensure prompt attention. It should be borne in mind that entries for the Sheffield and flyimg handicap must be made by February 23rd. It is not intended to allow bookmakers to ply their calling on the ground, and we commend the Society on the steps taken to discourage betting.
Discussing the new electoral boundaries, a reporter of the Otago Daily Times asked Mr G. B. Nicholls, agent of the Temperance party in Otago and Southland —Can you tell me how many licenses have been included in no-license areas, and will thus be lost unless restoration is carried in those places ? “ Seven altogether in Otago, and some, I understand, also at Ashburton. The extension of the Oamaru district southwards will include all the country to about a mile or two this side of Palmerston in the “dry” area. Unless a three-fifths vote demands restoration six licenses will lapse, viz., -the" remaining hotel at Dunback (one was closed by reduction lately), two hotels at Palmerston, one at Shag Point, one on the way from Palmerston to Dunback, and one at Plampdon. The other license concerned is at Woodlands.
Frank Porde, the Southlanh 'athlete scored well at the games in Dunedin on Wednesday.
“When I came to Southland some years ago,’’ said a farmer the other day, “my wool brought per lb. At the last sales I got lid per lb.” No wonder he looked happy.
The Southland Sawmill Workers Union now numbers 674 members, and starts the year with a credit balance of <£ls3 17s 6d. In recognition of the energy displayed by the secretary (Mr T. O’Byrne) his salary was increased to £3 per week and expenses.
An elderly man named John Hornsby, alias Love, alias Guinness, a swagger, while running towards the station platform at Woodlands, was caught by the afternoon train from Edendale, an so severely injured that he died soon after.
Believing that the Exhibition would affect the attendance at their sports the Caledonian Society of Otago siiightly reduced the prizemoney offered. The receipts on the
first day were £2lB, or £4O less than last year. The Caledonian Society of Southland spiritedly put on a better programme than -ever before, and the receipts totalled £269, or- a decrease of £46, but the takings for the inner ring were £l2 more than 1906, so that the receipts at the outer gates showed a falling off of £34,
Two unfortunate incidents occurred in connection with the Kennel Club’s dog show, which opened at the Exhibition on Thursday. The whole litter of twelve pointer pups, with one exception (the smallest), belonging to Mr Jas. Newton (Dunedin), and the bulldog Dame, owned by Mr H. F. Statham, were suffocated in transit.
r A' property holder in Wellesley met with a peculiar surprise appears he had a nice patch of potatoes, and went to dig a few, and found that two rows had been gone over, the potatoes removed, and the shaws stuck back in the ground. When he dug - the nrst stock he thought the non-appearance of potatoes was clue to wire-worms or to blight, but when he got along a little further he discovered it was a human wire worm of . a very bad form that had been at work. He has a particularly keen eye on the remaining potatoes, and a warm reception may await the visitor should he again attempt to supply his dinner table with Wellesley potatoes.
Among the many attractions at New Year was a dance held in Ashley’s Hall on New Year's Night. The hall was nicely decorated with flags, and the. floor being specially prepared for the occasion, was in excellent condition, adding greatly to the night’s enjoyment. As Ashley's Hall is well-known to dancers there was a. good attendance —about 60 couples tripping the floor to the excellent music of Mr K. C!ilChrist and Miss Peters, who were in their best form. The committee, tinder the supervision of Mr A. Duthie (secretary) worked energetically, and left no titling undone. They are to be congratulated on their success. Supper was served at 11 p.m., when all, did justice to the many good thing's provided, after which Mr Williams contributed a song, which was much enjoyed. Dancing was then kept going till shortly after two o’clock, when the gathering dispersed, all in the best So ended one of the most' successful dances yet held in the hall, all feeling that they had made, a good start for the new year.