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News and Notes.

Threshing of ryegrass, etc., in the Western District is now almost completed, and the crop in many cases is exceeding expectations. It is also thought that the oat and wheat yield will bear favourable comparison with that of last season, notwithstanding the late drought.

A steamer called the Bell Bird has taken up the running between the Bluff and Stewmrt Island, and will matfe tw'o or three trips a week. Detective Cameron succeeds Detective Mcllvoney at Invercargill, and Constable Cummings takes the place of Sergt. Wohlmann, as district police clerk.

A women's suffrage bill has been read a first time in the House of. Commons.

General Kuropatkin's history of the Russo-Japanese war was published in December, but was promptly suppressed by the Government. It contains amazing revelations in regard to disorganisation, unpreparedness, and incapacity. The owner of a laundry was fined £5 and £8 costs on several charges of overworking her employes. Girls had been known to faint at the work tables.

The Willsher Bay Maoris have been securing large hauls of eels in the Molyneux River of late. One day last week 130 were obtained from two pots. The natives preserve the eels by drying them in the sun. Arnst, who recently abandoned the wheel for the sculls, won the allcomers scullers’ handicap at Sydney in IP mins. 6 secs., Kemp (30 secs) 2,Day (31 secs) 3. The New Zealander, who had a handicap of 31 seese, led throughout, and won by two lengths. Heavy rainfalls, with thunderstorms, have taken place in the Korin Island, followed in some cases by floods'. On Tuesday night rain began to fall in Invercargill and continued till Wednesday afternoon. The downpour did a lot of good.

A thousand Italians are to be imported to work on the sugar plantations.

Mr Massey, leader of the Opposition, regards some of the recent appointments to the Legislative Council as a positive affront to the electors.

Dr. Cochayne, who has been hotanising in. Stewart island, 'declares that it Is the most important wateringplace in the colony, and has a great future. The scenery on. Paterson’s Inlet equals Dusfcy Sound, and the reflections of the shrubberies in the water equal the famous ones on Lake Mahinapua. The X.M. and A. Co. have sold on account of Mr G. A. McDougall 455 acres, being- part of his well-known Victoria Park property situated at Waikiwi, to Mr H. Warden, late of Morton Mains.

The owner and editor of a native paper at Lahore, India, has been convicted on a charge of publishingseditious matter. After the sentence crowds of Hindoos hooted the Europeans.

Victoria, following the example of New Zealand, proposes to increase the old-age pension to 10s a week.

At the Exhibition band contest (test and own selection) Wanganui was placed first, with Kaikorai, Newcastle, and Auckland Garrison second, third akfcl fourth. The Invercargill Municipal Band occupied the 21st place, and the Invercargill Garrison 24th place. In the quickstep competition Wanganui was again successful, the Invercargill Municipal band taking ninth place. The Invercargill Garrison did not compete owing to the illness of some of the men.

Stolen fruit is sweet ami—dear. Tlirce young men, who had stolen 2s worth of fruit from a Clifton orchard were fined, two £3 each and one £2, besides having- to pay for the fruit and costs of court.

The Rakiura (late Rose Casey) will rot be refloated till the high tides, due on Monday. She lies on an even keel on a sandy beach a few miles from the Nuggets. Before she struck there was a dense fog, and the foghorn was blown. It was heard by a native, who, thinking to assist the steamer, placed a bright light in his window. This was mistaken for the Nuggets light, and the vessels’ course was- altered, with the result stated.

The Invercargill Shipping Co.’s Rimu has grounded on a sandbank at Paterson’s Inlet, Stewart Island, but will probably be refloated in a few days.

The French barque MargueriteMirabaud, bound from La Rochelle to Tahiti, ran ashore at Akatore, twelve miles from Milton, on Saturday night, after being enveloped in a fog for nine days. 6The captain and crow landed safelj together with the ship’s dog, the only animal left on board being a pig. The captain thought the vessel had struck on the Australian coast.

John Ballantj-ne, Dipton, and Robert Ballantync, Clifton, have been sentenced to a month's imprisonment with hard labour for failing to contribute 8s 8d a month towards the support of their father, the arrears being £5 12s and £6 Is 4d. If the money is paid the warrant will not be issued. Mr Ballantyne, senr., who lives at Woodend, is nearly ninety, years old.

Mr lan Malcolm, a former privatesecretary to the- Chief Secretary of Ireland, after making a special visit to Ireland, declares that the recent description of Mr Bryce (ex-Chief Secretary of Ireland) of the tranquil and peaceful condition of Ireland is false. He gives painful instances ofwidespread passive -and active boycotting.

Three hundred and forty cases of benzine exploded on the Papuan at Cooktown, and the vessel was speedily burned to the water’s edge. Twonatives were blown to pieces, and two others injured.

The new High School for Girls at Invercargill was opened on Tuesday. The event was marked by a social gathering in the evening, presided over by that ardent educationalist, Mr W, Macalistor, chairman of the Board of Governors, who mentioned that the building and site had cost about £BOOO. It was designed by Mr C. H. Roberts, and erected by Mr Malcolm Robertson, both of whom were warmly complimented on theirwork.

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News and Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 23 February 1907

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News and Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 23 February 1907

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