The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., JAN. 26th General News.
Fourteen appointments have been made to the legislative Council. No Southlanders have been called.
The Southlahd County Council require the services of a junior clerk at a salary of £4O a year. This should be a good opening for a youth desirous of receiving a clerical training. County residents should note that their rates should be paid on or before Ist February, otherwise they will be sued for. Mails for Great Britain and America close at Invercargill at 12.35 p.in. on Monday and Tuesday next ; for Australia at 2.45 p.m. on Tuesday ; for Australia and Britain at 1.5 p.m. on Thursday ; and for South Africa at 12.55 p.m. the same day. Two hundred Japanese labourers from Honolulu have been refused permission to land at ’Frisco. Cooktown (Queensland) has been devastated by a cyclone. A child was killed in its mother’s arms, and Pilot Ketch has been missing since the storm. Houses were torn up and blown into the harbour. George Newton, a young married man, was killed at Timaru while shooting hares. He was a recent ar-_ rival from Southland. A gun carried by his brother William went oil accidentally. At the Athletic Union’s Championship Meeting in Christchurch the Southland Pipe Band won the quickstep and came second in the selection. W. Fordo (Rakahouka-) won the wrestling (Cumbeiland style) and Frank Fordo putting the ball (Scotch style) and throwing the 16 pound hammer. A special meeting of the A venal Council was held on Thursday evening to consider a letter received from Mr Hostings, of Dunedin, whom the Council consulted in reference to the Borough rights on the Western portion of Fox and Lowe streets. It was resolved to instruct Messrs Watson and Haggitt to issue a caveat against the disposal of the property, under dispute. Most people start the New Year with a complete set of good resolutions. If to those they add a copy of Stone’s Otag'o and Southland Directory, their course in life, and especially the business or professional section of it, will run smooth. The work, now in its twenty-fourth year, of publication, contains just the things one wants to know commercially, municipally, and in imany other ways—in fact, it would he hard to say how many purposes “Stone’s” is made to serve. Within itswellarranged pages are to be found maps and some nine or ten directories dealing with His Majesty’s lieges in streets, in trades, in official capacities ; railway and coaching information ; postal and telegraph regulations ; together with an annual replete with information regarding the colony as a whole. The volume bears evidence of the careful preparation which has made its reputation in the past, and can be recommended to all who wish to have a trustworthy (guide at their elbow.
We understand that Mr W. H. Renner, at present Chief Postmaster at Gisborne, has been appointed to the position of Chief Postmaster at Invercargill.
Uuring the floods in the Waikato District a settler who could not swim was swept away from a roadline, and clung to a wire fence. A Mrs McParlane swam out to him with a rope, and rescued him, battling pluckily with a strong current.
We reported last week that Mr E. G. Harper, the diver engaged in the recovery of the Elingamite’s treasure, had brought up .gold valued at £.1500. On Tuesday he made three further descents, and sent up £BOO worth of gold, but on reaching the surface died of heart failure.
Many residents will remember when Captain (now Brigadier) and Mrs Graham had charge of the Salvation Army in Invercargill, and will be pleased to note that they intend to conduct services in town from January 28th to 1 January 80th. It must be close on twenty years since they .were stationed here, and their experiences of Army life should be vei'y interesting. No doubt large numbers will avail themselves of the opportunity of attending.
An issue ox N.Z. post cards bearing an imitation of a postage stamp hg»s been circulated throughout the colony. It is against the postal regulations to allow these to circulate without being properly stamped. liepresentations have been made to the postal department, and they have generously allowed the cards to be circulated within the colony until the present, issue is exhausted. It should be noted that those cards aro of no use beyond the colony unless properly stamped, and those who use them should remember this.
During the passage of the steamer Tndraghiri from Britain to Auckland some whisky was broached from the cargo, and a fireman named McAndrew advised the captain. He was afterwards set upon by Saville and Dul'fee, firemen. In the fight McAndrew was knocked down and Saville stamped on his face and over the heart, inflicting very serious injuries. Saville and Dulfee were sentenced to a month’s hard labour. They thanked His Worship, and obtained leave to shake hands with the complainant.
Mr M. Mair, veteran Oddfellow, and Corresponding Secretary of the Southland District, 1.0.0. F., M.U., called the other day with the latest edition of that beautiful work of a r 't, the Manchester Unity almanac. The 1907 number is, if anything, superior to its predecessors, and when one has done admiring the artistic blending of colours, ample food tor reflection will be found in the facts and figures relating to the progress of the great Order, of which it is so creditable a representative.
The Friendly Societies’ picnic to Colac Bay on Wednesday attracted a large number of visitors, who, nothing daunted by the unfavourable weather experienced during part of the day, enjoyed themselves as only townspeople can at the seaside. A number of items in the sports programme were carried out, and the music of the Y.M.C.A. band gave great pleasure.
The Borough Council of Gladstone has decided to take a vote, of the ratepayers, with a view to borrowing £IOOO for street imorovemeiits. Some ratepayers are under the impression that the sum is too small, but they will be surprised to see how f a r £IOOO will go in improving the appearance of this progressive borough. Of late years, Gladstone has made wonderful progress, and is extending in all directions, and the land to the east of the borough known as Coldstream is being sought after tor building purposes.
The Rev. A. Pybus, who has attended the Primitive Methodist Conference at Xew Plymouth, as representative from the British Conference, will resume his duties at the Elies Road (South) Church on Sunday. Mr Pybus will take for his evening subject ‘‘The calling of Christ.”
At Timaru wool sales recently 24 bales of halfbred wool sold at 14 Jd per lb, or an average of about £2O As per bale.
A number of the ’Avenal Councillore intend paying a visit to the Borough endowment in Seaward Bush on Wednesday, to ascertain how the property fared in the recent fire. If it h a s been burnt throug'h it is intended to sow down in grass at once in order to keep down the weeds.
In addition to the properties destroyed by the recent fires Mr Abraham Me Kenzio’s house at Kapuka succumbed to the flames, and only carried a small insurance.
On Saturday, 2nd February, the Southland Farmers’ Co-operative Association submit two valuable farm properties for sale in the Longwood district. The one contains 138 acres (30 acres being in grass), and the other is a tidy holding of 325 acres (50 acres in gras®), with comfortable home and all necessary outbuildings. These properties should meet with ready sale. The sale takes place at the Association's hoadquarters, in Loot street, at 2 o’clock.
Caipets bought by the yard are worn out by the foot, and those desirous of renewing them will do well to make a note that Messrs Price and Bulleid’s summer sale starts on Thursday, 31st January. The whole of the stock has been gone over, and the public will have their entire stock to pick from. A list of bargain prices is circulated with this issue.