The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., MARCH 9. General News.
A grand concert and dance is to bo held in the New River ferry school on Wednesday, 20th inst. The proceeds are in aid of the funds, and residents should mate a point of being present. A first-class concert programme is being arranged. StafU-Cap.taiii Dixon, of Auckland, has 'been appointed officer-in-charge of the local Army corps, and enters on his duties shortly. He is highly spoken of as an officer, and will no doubt give a good account of himself in this district. Mr T. W. Walker, town clerk, invites fenders fur supplies for the coming' year. Tenders close on Thursday,' 14th inst. Specifications maybe seen at the (own hall, A commercial traveller who has been on the road for the last thirty years, and who knows Canterbury and Southland well, declares that our Western District never looked better than it does this season "It is not surpassed by the Canterbury Plains at their best,” is the way ho puts it. From Branxholme to Drummond the country is a picture, eloquent of one of the finest harvests ever garnered. The Methodist Conference, sitting at Christchurch, decided against a separation from the Australian Conference.
The annual meeting of the Southland District, 1.0.0. F., M.U., takes place at Gore on Wednesday next. The-order paper contains a very full list of business.
Crown lands in the Eyre district, Oteramika Hundred, and the Toetoes district will be open for lease-in-per-petuity on and after March 20th. Full particulars and plans may -now obtained from Mr Jno. Hay, Commissioner of Crown Lands.
On Wednesday next the Irish Athletic Sports will be held in the Park, and should be largely attended. The management have been busy arranging for a record gathering. The programme is a very complete one, and the Society have endeavoured to cater for all clasees of sport. The railway department have arranged a special train service, and no doubt country residents will avail themselves of this favourable opportunity for a day in town.
A popular wedding was celebrated' at St. John's church on Wednesday last, when Mr Jas. Holmes, a valued member of the local police force, was united to Miss Ada Thomas, only daughter of Mrs C. Thomas, of the railway private hotel. The ceremony was performed by the Ven. Archdeacon Stocker, and the happy couple left on their honeymoon trip to Nelson, where Mr Holmes’ parents reside. - The bride was attired in a handsome brown costume (tailormade), with hat to match her travelling dress, and looked remarkably trim. The young couple carry with them the good wishes of a large circle of friends.
In the case of Patrick Finn and John Keating, charged with assaulting and robbing John Dcvanncy, at Wrev's Bush, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty.
Constable Dwan, of Xightcaps, has been transferred to Tapanui.
Judgment has been reserved, in the action brought by Moffett and Co., of Invercargill against Walsh, a claim for £399 39s 2d, for alleged breach of agreement in failing to complete the purchase of the Carriers’ Arms (Riverton). Defendant, who had failed to obtain a license for the same counterclaimed for £SO deposit paid on the purchase. Defendant, when unable to obtain a license, withdrew from the transaction.
On Wednesday morning a car comes to town loaded with young children going to the cooking and other classes. A ■■correspondent suggests that these children should be accompanied by a teacher otherwise a serious accident may result. The boys especially seem to be allowed to enter and leave- the car at will, throw hats otf, and indulge in all manner of tricks. Parents sending their children rest satisfied that they are safe in the care of teachers, and in their interest a little more control should be exercised in carrying these juveniles.
It should only reelin're a hint in the right quarter to have the footway at the north-east corner 01 the post office widened so as to permit persons passing when going to anti from the post office. This has long been a nuisance, and possibly our new postmaster will confer a favour on citizens and have the matter attended to. If it be left in its present state a serious accident may result. Only last week a lady walking round the corner was met by a youth on a cycle*, and although neither was hurt, to sa.v the least they came into very close quarters. A matter of a few pounds would put this right, and it would be money well spent.
Messrs McLeod and Young, farmers, New River ferry, have disposed of their farm to Mr F. Fosbinder at a satisfactory price. Mr McLeod intends going to Carterton to enter into business on his own account. Mr Young is a well-known Mataura district, farmer, and has only been on the present farm for some twelve months.
Miss Ethel Benjamin, Dunedin's only feminine lawyer, took an active part in working up the evidence in connection with the no-license pell in Invercargill in December. TA'OS. ■Her clients lost, and now she is suing one or more of them for £-147 ISs lOd, balance of fees alleged to be due. The claim was made against Mr Horace Bastings, whose counsel asked Mr Justice Williams on Wednesday to join several other persons as codefendants-, The order to do so was granted, but the case will net ccme np at the present sittings. It is understood that the fair plaint.iff has abandoned the legal profession and engaged in business.
A parcels mail for the United Kingdom closes at Invercargill at throe p.m. on Monday. Home and Australian mails close here at 12.55 p.m. on Thursday.
The new gas manager, Mr Rabbidge, arrived in Invercargill on Friday afternoon, and was mot at the station by Mr T. W. Walker, the town clerk. Mr Rabbidge enters on his duties immediately.
The decorated table competition at the Horticultural Show, judged by by the vote of patrons, was won .by Mrs Philp, of Riverton, while Mrs Cochrane secured sccondaprize. Mrs Watson secured third honours.
Messrs Walker and Son, the contractors for the Nurses’ Home at the Southland Hospital are making.good progress, and are already well on with the second storey. It has been long wanted, and the nurses will appreciate their new quarters.
A farmer from the Woodlands district went north at the time of the drought, and bought a lino of 90 cattle, and disposed of some for boiling down and others to various buyers. After paying railag’C and expenses he has a clear return of •£■! 10s per head, which it will be admitted is a very fair return on the transaction.
A Southlandcr at the Exhibition: — '‘Christchurch has greatly improved during the last three years, and .'.some parts were hardly recognisable. After the art gallery and- the orchestra, I wouldn’t go to Woodend to see the Exhibition, but Christchurch itself is without doubt a ‘Wonderland.’ ”
We have .to thank the local manager of the Union Steamship Co. for a very handsome booklet entitled. —
"Tours to the South Sea Islands — Tonga, Samoa, and Fiji.’’ The company set forth in concise and clear terms why these trips are beneficial. Full lists of fares and accommodation are given. Illustrated articles of the, various places of interest are set forth in good readable style, giving one a very good idea of the vastness of the three wonderful nations. A number of copies are on hand at the Company’s office, and those contemplating a trip, whether in pursuit of health or recreation, should certainly obtain a copy.
The Primitive Methodists are an aggressive people. They have just completed their enlargement scheme in connection with the Don street church. Some 22ft. have, .been added to the length of the building, and the choir platform is an excellent arrangement—a pattern that others would do well to follow. There is now seating accommodation in the church for 320 people. The choir platform alone will seat 40. Elaborate arrangements are being made for the re-opening function. The big tea and public meeting, which takes place on Wednesday next promises to be a great success. A very excellent programme is prepared, consisting of solos: by Miss Kixon and others, also anthems, recitations, addresses, etc.
At the last meeting of the H. and C.A. Board lenders were opened for the erection of the fever hospital at Kew, and the lowest, that of Mr W. Quick© (£1450), was accepted. The work will be put in hand almost at once, and the hospital will soon be an accomplished fact.
Mr Cl. M. Dawson, of. (his town, received word from Christchurch this week that his oldest son, Thomas George, aged 20 years, had succumbed, the cause of death being a chest complaint, the result of a cold. Tie was a bright young fellow, and his parents have the sympathy of numerous 1 friends in their sad bereavement.
The Arbitration Court imposed fines of £5 each on the slau gh tennen, who struck at, Christchurch. A conference between the men and the reprorsontatives of the companies came to nothing, the slaughtermen slating that they would be satisfied with nothing less than 25s per hundred. The Mataura works resumed yesterday, and it is understood that operations will be resumed at Wallacetown in a day or two —in both cases at the old rate.
In October last Mr C. S. Nicol disappeared from his homo at Tisbury, and although search was made, no trace of him could he found. On Monday last the remains were found in a well in the bush about a mile from Mill Road. W. Smith, who discovered the body, sta ed that the well was two miles from any habitation, and had no covering over it. At times the opening was hidden by thistles. At the inquest the jury found that there was no evidence to show how deceased got into the well.
At the rifle meeting at Trent ham, A. Ballinger won the championship belt. It is no novelty in his case, he having carried off the trophy in 1893 and 1897.
There is an old saying that all men are liars, but it is quite refreshing to find a cheerful liar. Such a gentleman will make his appearance at the theatre on Wednesday and Thursday next, the night of the sports and following evening. Arrangements have been made with the I.A. Dramatic Club to play this laughable piece, and town and country residents will have a fine chance of a rattling good evening's amusement. As usual, on sports night the trains are delayed, and this gives country people an excellent opportunity of attending the theatre. It is tin necessary for us to enlarge on the merits of the T.A.'s. Most theatre-goers have had the pleasure of witnessing their productions, and it only remains to say that this one will equal any yet produced.
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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., MARCH 9. General News., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 9 March 1907
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