The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., MAR. 23rd. General News.
Mr T. W. Walker, town clerk for the Borough of Invercargill, invites tenders from occupiers of land in the vicinity of Invercargill to receive on their property, for the term of three years, the nightsoil of the borough. Specifications and particulars can be obtained at the Council offices. A presentation and social are to be tendered to Mr Hugh Mclntosh in Currie’s Hall, Waikawa, on Friday, 12th April, prior to his departure from the district.
Home and Australian mails close ,at Invercargill at 2.45 p.m. on Monday and 12.55 p.m. on Thursday.
The yearly outing oi the Southland Pioneer Settlers’ Association was fixed for Wednesday next, but owing to the Easter holidays it has been postponed to the 24th of April.
The members of the Kennington harvest home ball committee are giving a grand ball en Friday, April sth, by which time it is thought the whole of the harvest will be safely garnered, and that the residents will take this chance of spending an enjoyable evening together.
The Athletic Football Club hold the first of a series of socials in Ashley's Hall on Thursday, April 4th. For a number of years these socials have been enjoyed by a large number of young people, and an effort is being made this year to make them still more attractive.
Wright, Stephenson and Co., Ltd., report having sold on account of Mr John Stuart, Ringway, Otautau, his freehold farm, containing about 145 acres 2 roods, being section 21, block 14, Jacob’s River Hundred, situated on the Ringway Ridges between Otautau and the Limestone Plains. Mr Frederick Evans, of Drummond, is the purchaser.
Mr John Stead announces his candidature for mayoral honours in this issue. Mr Stead is not a novice, as he has had a municipal training of over 17 years. Some seven years ago Mr Stead was mayor of the town, and discharged his duties with marked ability. He has a thorough grip of all matters appertaining to the welfare of the town, and . ratepaters can rely on receiving his support in all matters of public interest. Mr Stead has taken this step at the request of a large number of ratepayers.
A very successful concert and dance .was held in the Xow River school house on Wednesday last. The proceeds were devoted towards the school funds, and a substantial sum received. A splendid programme was submitted, including two Scotch readings by Mr Young, the chairman, who, at the opening, explained the object of the concert. Mr Manhire had the graphophone there, and some enjoyable selections were given. One and all were highly delighted, and hope it won't be, long before a similar gathering will be arranged.
It is scarcely necessary to remind those in search of desirable properties that the National Mortgage and Agency Co.’s big land sale takes place in their rooms in the Crescent at 1.30 p.m. to-day. A large number of intending buyers have inspected the properties, and are satisfied that they are all that is claimed for them, and in many cases better. No doubt a good sale will result.
Mr Jas. McGregor, who is leaving on a trip for the Old Country, was entertained by the Caledonian Society in Allen’s Hall on Thursday evening. Mr Timpany presided, and echoed the sentiments of the company in eulogising the good '.qualities of their guest, especially in connection with the Society and the Pipe Band. In closing, he asked Mr McGregor’s acceptance of a handsome travelling bag. Mr McGregor made a characteristically happy reply.
We learn that the proprietors l of the proposed Invercargill tramways have decided to use electricity as
the motive power, and that particulars 1 will be advertised in a. few days. After that, about a month or six weeks will elapse before the work is commenced. It is l very satisfactory to know that things have assumed definite Shape at last. Before very many months it may be safely said the town will be in possession of up-to-date electric cat's, which, as traffic warrantsi, will be extended, to tap the outlying districts.
We understand that the Government have prepared plans for considerable additions to the local post office. The work of the postal department has increased to such large proportions that the step has been deemed advisable. The addition is to ’be made to the Esk street frontage, and will bring the building in a line with the street. The money orders will be issued from the new portion now contemplated. It is also intended to install a new telephone system, which will require an additional suite of rooms. The Government is to be complimented for the manner in which they attend to the wants of the town and district, and the residents recognise that in Mr Hanan (M.H.R.) they have a gentleman fully aware of the requirements of the town.
Wesney Bros.’ great Leviathan sale is now in full swing, and a number of extra assistants have been employed to cope with the demand, and avoid, as much as possible, delays in serving. The whole stodk is now in the hands of the public, and some truly wonderful bargains are being offered. To book lovers a comprehensive list has been prepared, and those in search of presents and useful goods for the house would be wise to pay a visit to this establishment. No doubt to-day a large number of country residents will avail themselves of this splendid opportunity of securing first-class goods ot low prices.
Harvest thanksgiving services will be held in the Leet st. Wesleyan church to-morrow. The Rev. A. Mitchell will preach in the morning and the ‘' Te Deum” will be sung. The Rev. A. Mcßean will preach in the evening, when the anthem, “Ye shall dwell in the land” will be rendered. All are invited.
We have to thank Bro. R. Folley, secretary of Court Star of the South, A.0.F., for a copy of the almanac of the Order of Foresters, It is beautifully printed in colours, the centrepiece being a scene suggestive of Robin Hood and his merry men. It also bears the likeness of Bro. Kelly, High Chief Ranger of the Older, which now numbers 919,713 members. With the almanac came the annual balance-sheet of Court Star of the South —a very satisfactory document.
George Francis Sandilands, his wife, and their child, aged 20 months wore driving from Kaitangata to Balclutha on Wednesday night, when the buggy capsised at a narrow part of the road and the occupants were thrown into the river, down a steep bank, and drowned. The horse and buggy were recovered, and in the latter wore found two bottles of whisky in a brown paper parcel. It is reported that Sandilands was the worse of drink. He w a s a carpenter and belonged to Dunedin.
A new preparation, which should commend itself to busy wives, has been placed on the market locally. It is called the New York Coal Saver and Heat Producer. Besides making the coal last longer it is claimed that it gives a much better heat, which, as every cook knows, is one of the essential points about economical cooking and baking. A supply has reached here, and is being placed before the public as rapidly as possible, and no doubt it will meet with a very largo sale. It is being retailed for the modest sum of Is per tin.
Mr Cullen's traction engine came to grief on the North Bead on Wednesday afternoon. The engine and mill were on the way from Jiyal Bush to Horiot. and the wheel sank in the soft ground where the Northern! drain had recently been put in. After a lapse of about three hours steam was got up in the Implement Co.’s powerful engine, which, after a few tugs, managed to bring its cumbersome companion on to the hard track again, where she proved quite equal to look after herself. A large gathering assembled to witness the operation. It was a long wmit for the employes, and had it not been for the kindness of Mr and Mrs Wren in supplying them with tea, it would have been a hungry one. The County engine, perhaps the largest and most powerful in Southland, also came to grief last week outside Wallacetown. It was engaged drawing gravel,-and went through a bridge, but with whiling hands and the aid of screw ,acks the matter was soon put right.
After a faithful service of close on thirty years on the N.Z. Railways l , Mr Thomas Staunton, surfaceman, has laid down his- pick and shovel, and retired from active service, under the superannuation system. He has been a true and faithful servant of the Government, and a favourite alike with men and masters. Hearing of his intention his comrades decided that the time was opportune to show r in some small way the appreciation in which they regarded him. To use a common expression, "the hat went round,” a nd the response was liberal. His friends have met, and last evening presented him with a real Irish meerschaum silvermounted pipe, and a handsome goldmounted albert. Attached to the latter is 1 a .Kruger half-sovereign, the gift of a returned trooper who is ongaged in the service. The presentation was made by Mr Towns-on, in happy terms, referring to Mr Staunton’s many good ' qualities. Mr Staunton suitably responded, and thanked them for theft’ kindness, and one and all wished he may long be spared to enjoy his pipe.
An old man named William Carter, a resident erf Riverton, aged 70, dropped'dead on .the Invercargill railway station on Thursday evening. The probable cause of death was heart disease. An inquest will be held at the hospital to-day.
At the meeting of the Shamrock, Rope, and Thistle Lodge, 1.0.0. P., M.U., on Tuesday evening P.G. Bro. C. E. Borne was elected Permanent Secretary', and P.G. Bro. Gawn Treasurer.
The Foresters’ annual conference commenced on Friday, March 22, at Queenstown, the local Courts being represented by delegates Bros. Win. Sampson and R. Folley from Court Star of the South ; Bro. A. McNish from Court Southern Star ; and Sis. Moody from Court Pride of Awania. The business paper shows some very important, questions to debate, chiefly with the auditors and the Friendi ly Societies’ Actuary. The formation of a widows and orphans fund. The Court at Queenstown is now in a flourishing position, and no doubt the Court will be benefited by the district meeting being held there.
The Rev. Mr Raine should be wellpleased with the attendance at the re-opening of the Don st. Primitive Methodist Church on Sunday last. The building was packed to the doors. The alterations and extensions have been well planned and carried out, and give the building quite a cheery appearance. The rev. gentleman preached appropriate sermons, and handled his subjects in a masterly style. Miss Leete, contributed .an acceptable solo in the morning, and in the evening Mr E.S. Perry's fine voice was heard to advantage. On Sunday evening Miss Xixon will render a solo, and no doubt there will be a large attendance. It is the intention of the popular pastor and people to make their services as bright and attractive as possible, in the hope of winning additional souls for Christ.