The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., FEB. 2nd. General News.
Home and Australian mails close at Invercargill at 2.45 p.m. on Monday, and at 1.5 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Invercargill Borough Council has appointed Mr Rabbidge, of Waihi, to the office of gas manager. The gentleman is a nephew of Mr S. Rabbidge, of this town.
Detective Mcllveney has been promoted to the position of Chief Detective, and will be attached to the Commissioner’s staff at Wellington. Mr Mcllveney is a model officer and in private life a most estimable gentleman, and his friends throughout Southland will be deliglitep to hear of his well-deserved step forward in his profession.
The long' spell of dry weather in the Oamaru District is- giving- a,good deal of trouble to owners of stock, and in some cases they have hdd to part with their animals. In one instance four milch cows worth £7 to £8 under ordinary conditions, realise ed at auction 12s 8d each.
At the local Army barracks on Sunday next Ensign Home and Lieut. Lamontl conduct farewell services. The Ensign has been in charge here for some twelve months, and Army work has prospered under his management, and he leaves the corps in a much better position that when he stalled. During their short stay in this town the officers have made a host of friends, who will regret their transfer, but in the Army every officer is supposed to obey the call promptly, and ere long the hardened bachelors of the S.A. will be on the travel to fresh quarters. We learn that, (he Ensign takes charge of the Linwood station at Christchurch, and that two lassies will take charge of this station.
Mr A. J. Service, County Clerk and .Treasurer, invites tenders for a number of works in this issue. Contractors and others will do well to make themselves acquainted with the conditions. Tenders close on 9th Feb.
On Monday forenoon a girl narrowly escaped drowning at the Invercargill jetty. She fell from the wharf, and w 7 as being speedily carried down stream, and had already been under twice, when a young man named Angus McLean jumped in, and succeeded in keeping hem head above water till a boat was procured. His action is worthy of praise, and we trust he will be rewarded with the Royal Huanant Society’s medal.
Mr John Hay, Commissioner of Crown lands, submits a number of pastoral runs for lease by public auction on Thursday, 2&th February. Sheep farmers and others in search of good pastoral land should pay attention to this sale.
“Home, Sweet Home.’; Liners left Montreal on December 13 th carrying a thousand Englishmen, Irishmen, and Scotchmen who were going to the Old Country to spend Christmas. As the bulk of these men only recently became settlers, the ability to undertake the Home trip is taken as a further proof of the prosperity of the Dominion.
Just before the Sonoma left Sydney 57 of the men struck on the ground that the clause of their agreement as to preference to Unionists had been broken. They have been sent to gaol for disobedience of orders. The Seamen's Union will man the vessel.-
Over £2-2,000 has been collected in N..Z;. and Australia for the Irish Home Rule funds.
The annual meeting' of the Avenal regatta committee was held in the town hall on Monday evening. and was largely attended. The balatice sheet was read and considered very satisfactory, A strong committee was elected, and it was decided to hold the regatta ,at an early date.
Services in connection with the Sunday school anniversary will be conducted in the Leet street church to-morrow all date The Rev. A. Mitchell will preach morning- and evening-, and the Rev. A. Me Bean will conduct a. floral service in the afternoon at 3. Special hymns- have been imported for this anniversary, and these will be sung fnr the first time in public on Sunday. Mr .1. J. Wesney has been training the children for several weeks, and there is every prospect of the anniversary being a great success. Local theatre-goers will be pleased to learn that the Ldison Popular Picture Company have again decided to visit. Invercargill on Wednesday, February 6th. This time they appear in aid of that deserving ius-oitu-tion, the Municipal Rand. The -grand benefit funds will be devoted towards the band’s expenses at the Christchurch Exhibition, and the public .will have the pleasure of seeing the best picture show note touring the colony, at the same time knowing that their money is beind devoted to a worthy object. The bandsmen are practising night and day,,<-an-d for the honour of the town it is hoped -the public will fill the theatre to overflowing. Those who had the pleasure of hearing Little Bessie Sutton sing will be glad to renew their acquaintance with her, and Messrs Andrews and Bailey are to be commended for their generous act. It now remains for the public to accord liberal patronage. Tickets are now on sale, and the -date is fixed for Wednesday, February 6th, at 8 p.m., as stated in advertisement appearing on another page.
Messrs Bailey and Mi I burn, advert tising specialists, Dunedin, have issued a “Handbook to Newspapers and Newspaper Advertising in New 'Zealand.” A list is given in tabular form of all the newspapers in the colony, under provincial heading's, with information as to population of each district in which the papers are published, together with details regarding the journals themselves. A newspaper map adds materially tto the value of the publication, which also contains several •well-written articles on such topics as “The Necessity of Advertising” and “Who should Advertise ?” Messrs Bailey and Milburn also give a number of specimen advertisements prepared by them, which have appeared in N.Zi. papers. In every respect fht booklet is- a capital production, and should commend itself to advertisers, and this should mean business men throughout the colony.
Mr C. J. 'Brodrick, architect, invites tenders for the erection of a residence at North end.
1 Dr. Pomare, Native health officer, t declares that it is only a question jof time till the Maori race is assimilated with the Pakeha. In 30 years thece will not be a single full-blooded Maori in the colony.
Commissioner McKie, the head of the Salvation Army conducts special meetings in the Army barracks on Monday evening.
What is considered by sheepmen as a record in drafting took place at Ormaglade station the other day (says the Tuapeka Times), when 9980 sheep were put through the drafting pens in 1 hour 40 mins.. Six hands were engaged on the work.
A complimentary banquet was tendered Mr M. Gilfedcler last evening by the Irish Athletic Society, he having recently been appointed a Judge of the Native Court.. Mr Gilfedder leaves for Wellington to-day.
Mr .Joshua Hamlyn, w r orks contractor, East Invercargill, was in Tokomairiro district last week, and purchased the Burnwell Coal Company’s railway permanent way, at Lovell’s Flat. Mr Hamlyn has in hand the bridging of the Invercargill Estuary, from the city to Otatara- The bridging will be over a mile long, and there will be over a mile of embankment.
Mr Alex. Fraser, of Wallacetown, was in Wyndham on Thursday (reports the Farmer) adjusting the past season’s business of his fine thorough bred stallion Zecchino. Mr Fraser informs us that the horses card was filled early, and he has- every reason to believe that in due course 1 mutually satisfactory results wifi be recorded on behalf of horse owners and himself.
Sir John Madden, Chief Justice of Victoria, states that during- his late visit to England he found -an impression existed that Australia desired to break away from the Empire. One would have thought that the manner in which Australia despatched contingents to South Africa should have dissipated any idea of that kind.
Log fanciers in search of tip-top Irish terrier pups should read the ad-vereis-ement insert'd by Mr W. Henderson. They are stock from Mold a, the well-known -imported dog, who won Ist prize in Dunedin and Invercargill. shows last year ; also brothers to Wahine, winner of four firsts and three specials, and Irish terrier special for best terrier, either sex, in the show, out of 50 entries- It was the first time the dog had been shown and -purchasers can rely on gettingvaluable animals.