The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., FEB. 16th. General News.
On Sunday evening the Southern Light Coo'd Templar Lodge will attend the Elies Ro a d South Primitive Methodist church, when the Rev. A. Pybus will deliver a temperance sermon entitled •''The Arch-Fiend of tho Nations.” During the month of .1 anuary 1441 cattle, 6934 sheep, 2259 lambs, 368 pigs, and 342 calves were slaughtered at the Dunedin City Abattoir,, of which 76 cattle, 7 sheep, 2 calves, and 1 pig were condemned as unfit for human consumption. Local growers of fruit, and there arc not a few in Southland, will be glad to learn that the Horticultural Society here are offering an extra special prize of £2 2s for first and £1 Is for second for the best display of apples at the autumn show, which takes place on the 7th and Bth of next month.
Home and American mails via Van •couver close at 12.55 p.m. to-day ; and for the United Kingdom, America, and Australia at 2.45 p.m. on Monday. Supplementary mails for America and Britain close at 12.35 p.m. on Tuesday-
The annual cricket match between -Otago and Southland takes place on the Eastern Reserve on Wednesday and Thursday next, and a close contest is expected. The team selected is a strong one, and Mr N. .1. Keane is captain, and it is thought he will manage to score a win for Southland. The following are the players selected :—J. Uoig, G. Fraser, F. .Glasgow, D. Hamilton, J. Huntley, ’.T. O’Halloran, C. Kane, N. J. Keane (captain), F. Keenan, A. Poole, C. B. Tapley ; emergency, Hamann.
The next examination in musical knowledge (theory) will be held in Invercargill on June Bth, 1907, and intending entrants should note that to-day is the last day on which entries can be received. Mr Charles Gray, local secretary, from whom forms 1 and particulars can be obtained, publishes a list of examination fees, etc., in this issue.
We have to thank Mr .1. J. Kingston, local manager of the South British Insurance Company, for a very useful weekly memo calendar for 1907 ; while Messrs John MacGregor and Co., proprietors of the well-known American Carriage Factory .are issuing an artirtic wall calendar, which should find favour .with their clients.
The Avenal Borough Council has written, to the Tramway Company inreference to the state of the rails on the North Road, considering them dangerous to traffic. They are also getting uneasy in reference to the proposed new tram service, and are anxious to know when a start is to be made with the work. We understand the promoters are doing their best to hurry on the scheme. The public cannot grasp the amount of detail work to be done before entering on such an extensive undertaking, but they can rest assured that no time is being lost.
For many years Mr .1. H. Geddes has conducted a prosperous tailoringbusiness in Tnvercarg-iH, and his establishment at the present time stands high in public favour all over Southland. Mr Geddes has always prided himself on the class of material used in the production of clothing, and 'his watchword was ‘•'the best of everything.” This being the case we cannot wonder at his success in business. Of late years his trade increased so rapidly that he took his sons into partnership, and in this issue Mr Geddes notifies the public that he has passed the entire business over to them. The public can rest assured that the sous have been in a good school, and can be confidently depended on to carry on the trade now taken over from their father. We wish these youngtownsmen every success. To Mr Geddes no one will grudge him a .well-earned rest, after having been a respected and useful citizen of some thirty years’ standing.
The Invercargill Borough Council has decided to spend ±IIOOO in piping the Park drain; and notified the various parties cited .to that effect, 'At the A venal Council meeting on Monday night strong comment was made on making the ratepayers pay for a drain outside the borough which is of no use to them, also bearing in mind that the necessity for piping has only risen since Northend became populated. The town clerk was instructed to write to the corporation and ask for particulars of the proposed outlay, and point out ■that the drain was not used by Avenal. The letter was discussed at Thursday’s meeting of the Council, and referred to the Public Works Committee. We understand that the Avenal Council are considering the advisability of having the magistrate's order reviewed.
From the Clutha Free Press we learn that Capt. O. Dallas, Staff Officer for instruction for the South Island, speaks highly of an ex-Balclu-tha minister in connection with the recent camp of mounted rifles at Mandeville. Thus : —“Sunday was more or less' a show day, the uisual church parade being held, at which Chaplain - Captain Mitchell fof St. Paul’s Methodist Chutch, Invercargill) officiated. This gentleman, who succeeded in one short week in endearing himself to the whole regiment, is the happy possessor of a
a remarkably fine voice, and the vocal portion of the service was given w lth a swing and verve which must have delighted the many visitors to the camp.”-
Mr T. W. Walker, town clerk, inserts a notice in this issue of special interest to those who' have not yet paid their rates. To save an additional 10 per cent it is necessary that this matter should receive pr Q mpt attention.
Mr Rabbidg-e, Invercargill's new gas manager, takes up his duties on 6th March.
A good all round small goods man and shopman advertises f o r a situation in this issue. The applicant is a thoroughly reliable man, and can take full charge of shop, or increase the business of any butcher who has room for a man who is well up in the manufacture of small goods. In fact, we are quite safe in saying there arc none better in the colony.
Singing "‘Glory, Hallelujah,” 800women marched to the House of Commons to present a resolution in favour of giving women the right to vote. They were stopped by the police, but resisted violently. Fiftysix were arrested. Mr G. R. Joyce, who has held the position of manager of the news and jobbing departments of the Southland Times office for over 25 years, has been appointed manager of the Timaru Post. Mr Joyce, in addition to being a thoroughly efficient tradesman, took a lively interest in public affairs of the town, and will be greatly missed by a number of local societies. Heavy floods have been experienced in the Auckland District. It is feared that a dairy factory boy named George Knight has been drowned. The energy of the inspector in detecting waste of water and leaks in the Dunedin water supply has been instrumental in saving 585,500 gallons' per day. A number of prosecutions arc pending for the unlawful use of the water. Snatches of conversation heard in a railway carriage sometimes reveal the pathetic episodes in life. “So Mr Francis Corbin has died in the Dunedin Hospital,” remarked one passenger to another between Oraki and Longwood stations the other •day. “Yes, and I see the funeral is to be at Riverton, and that will be a great grief to Mrs Gorkin, for she broke her log- some time back, and won’t be able to come down to take a last look at the remains.” The subject of the conversation was Mr P. Cor kin, a very old and respected resident of Oraki, where he had lived many years, and had carried out a number of works, including the building of one of the large dams at Round Hill. He loaves a widow and seven children. He visited Dunedin a month ago to consult a specialist. The body of Mips Victoria Howell, formerly of Riverton, who died at Castlepoint (Wellington) on 23rd January, has been exhumed at the request of her brother. It appears that Miss Howell was conducting a nursing home in conjunction with Miss Hall, daughter of Mr W. H. Hall, of Invercargill, at one time a nurse in the Southland Hospital. Miss Howell was supposed to be ill with influenza, but her medical '’adviser afterwards stated that she was suffering from a growth in the stomach. She was attended during her illness by Miss Hall. On being examined, the body, it is understood, revealed no trace of cancerous growth, and portions of it have been forwarded to the Government Analyst. After the burial deceased’s brother ascertained that she had left a will in favour of Miss Hall, bequeathing to her personal estate (the total value does not exceed £400), and as there was an absence of any motive lor disregarding other members of the family in the will counsel for the next of kin applied for the exhumation of the body for the purposes of analysis.
The work of erecting a free public library is now being pushed on in IDunedin, and they will soon have one of the best free libraries' in the colony.
The tendering system does not always pan out well for the tenderers. At a meeting of the creditors of W. Clark and R. P. Allen, contractors, Dunedin, they stated that in October, 190 ip they began contracting with a capital of £52. On three jobs they lost money, and on two they made a little. Their position was duo to under-estimating. The total liabilities were £367 15s Bd, and assets nil- Among the creditors were Timpany Brothers, Invercargill, for £47 Is lOd. A motion by Mr Timpany that bankrupts’ appli ca ti° n fro discharge be opposed on the ground that they had misrepresented their financial position was lost on value.