The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., FEB., 23rd General News.
* A meeting of the Southland Pioneer Settlers’ Association will be held in J. A. Mitchell and Co.’s office this afternoon to receive the balancesheet, ami elect office-bearers for the ensuing year. Property owners in the borough, would do well to remember that it is time all rates are paid in order to escape an additional 10 per cent. A notice to that effect appears in another column. The National Mortgage and Agency Co- hold a very important clearingsale ,at the Wairio saleyards on Wednesday next at 12 o’clock. On behalf of Mr I). C. McKenzie and others they submit a list that should bring farmers and stock owners from all parts of the district. It is also important to farmers in the district to know that outside entries will Ire received, and anyone having large or small lines to dispose of will find the company’s auctioneer ready to knock them down from noon till evening, and the more there are the better pleased he will be. The next examination in musical knowledge (theory) will be held in Invercargill on dune Bth, 1907, and intending entrants should note that to-day (Feb. 23rd) is the last day on which entries can be received. Mr Charles Gray, local secretary, from whom forms and particulars can be obtained, publishes a list of examination foes', etc., in this issue. The Very Rev. Dean Burke, who is about to leave Invercargill on a twelvemonth’s holiday, was presented by the parishioners of St. Mary’s on Thursday with a purse of sovereigns. During his absence his duties will be undertaken by the Rev. Father Delaney, who is attached to the training college at Mosgiel.
Home aiid Australian mails close at Invercargill at 2.45 p.m. on Monday, and at 12.55 p.m. on Thursday.
A public meeting -will be held in (Victoria Hall on Monday night to decide where the Fallen Troopers Memorial will be erected. A full attendance is requested. The site originally fixed was at the corner of Tay and Dee streets, but some think it is not the most suitable place iin town, and hold that in time to come it may interfere with the traffic. The public will be allowed to discuss the matter fully, and the decision arrived at will be final. His Worship the Mayor (Mr W. B. Scandrett) trusts that those nterested will make a point of being present.
There has always been a scarcity of real good farms on the market, suitable for dairying, etc., and it is refreshing to note that there are three tip-top properties coming on the market on Saturday, 2nd March. These will be submitted to auction by the National Mortgage and Agency Co. at their rooms. Crescent, at two o'clock. They are sold on account of Mr Stevens, Wyld Bush, the trustees in the estate of the late Mr Stevens, Gummies Bush, and Mr Robert Addie, Fong Bush. No doubt these pr/operties will meet with ready sale, and intending buyers should make a point of going over the properties. They will all stand inspection.
How we encourage our teachers ! The headmaster of the Upper Junction school informed the Otago Board at its last meeting that he is now receiving less salary that he has been paid since 1885, namely £144 Os Id as against £163. Then he was not married. Ho thinks that he Is deserving of better treatment after 27 years service, and most people .will agree with him.
The' slaughtermen’s strike at Wellington has ended, the employers agreeing to pay 23s per 100 for killing sheep. The men asked 255. A number of slaughtermen in Canterbury also struck, but have since resumed works, subject to the award of the Arbitration Court being re-con-sidered. The Wellington and Canterbury men have been working under an award of the Court, and a representative of the meat companies affected states ' that the Arbitration Act proved utterly useless in the recent crisis. It was to render strikes impossible, but it has failed to do so. The general secretary of the Employers’ Federation considers that the settlement arrived at spells the utter breakdown of the Act.
We understand that Messrs- 1 Broad, Small and Co. intend re-erecting their mill at Seaward Bush siding as soon as the fires are out. The bush has been looked over, and there is yet a very good area of sawmill timber to be cut. The workmen commenced sowing down the A venal endowment in cocksfoot and clover on Thursday last.
A programme has been prepared for the Peace Congress at the Hague. It is understood that Russia and Germany, and possibly France, consider the disarmament question unripe for discussion. Many people think it is not only ripe, but rotten-ripe, Meantime America intends to build two Dreadnoughts.
The Japanese residents in Honolulu protest against the exclusion of coolies bj' the United States,
Mr Wilson,, of Dunedin, lately succeeded Mr J. L. Kelly as editor of
the New Zealand Times, the Government organ in Wellington. Mr Kelly (who is a poet as well as a journalist) will, it is reported, be sent Home on behalf of the Government to report on the possibilities of trade beween N.Z. and British West Coast Coast ports. But why send a newspaper man a.nd a poet ? Haven’t we a High Commissioner, a peripathetic commercial agent, and no end of highly-qualified experts ?
! A correspondent calls attention to the 'danger of running the trams on the present line, and suggests that the borough council will be held liable if a serious accident occurs. On Thursday the car left the line ,on several occasions, much to the annoyance of patrons. Our correspondent suggests a ’bus service until the tram line is made safe. On the other hand the promoters are doing their best to get a new system going, and in view of this patrons should exercise patience. The drivers should be cautiofned to slow down a little more, and when a car leaves the line give tnose inside a chance to leave the car, and not set off at top •speed till the car is on the lino -again.
The erection of the new gaol at Northend is being pushed on rapidly, and the woodwork of the cells can now be seen from the North Road.
The recent rain has been a blessing to the country, and iihe turnip crop has benefited considerably. It has also been of considerable importance to the Southland Frozen Meat Co., for we understand that for some time past tlhey have been runningwater trains to their works at Wallatetown. Their supply gave out, and arrangements were made with the Borough of Invercargill to keep them supplied till the drought broke up.