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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., APRIL 6th. General News.

W. : The opening- chapters of a new serial story entitled "The Shadow of Mr Lament, ’’ will be published in the "Southern Cross" next week. The plot turns upon the likeness of one man to another —a circumstance leading to all kinds of strange and l exciting complications. Home and Australian mails close at Invercargill at 2.45 p.m. G n Monday, and at 12.55 p.m. on Thursday.;

Owners of vehicles plying for hire in Invercargill should read the notice inserted in this issue by Mr T. iW. Walker, town clerk, in reference to license fees yet unpaid.

'At Southland Ram Fair on Wednesday the highest price obtained, viz., 15ig., was for a splendid type of Border Leicester two-shear ram, Bold by the National Mortgage and Agency Co. on account of Mr R. Grieve, Waianiwa, after spirited bidding. The buyer was Mrs Peter Thomson, of Winton.

The attention of farmers and others is drawn to the fact that the National Mortgage and Agency Co.’s clearing sale in the estate of the late W. K. Hazlett, South Hillend, originally fixed for Wednesday, has now been changed to Tuesday, 9th April. The change has been made in the day in order that it may not clash with other sales being held on the Wednesday. The attention of probable buyers is specially drawn to an advertisement appearing in another column. The farm has been sold, and the stock and implements are for absolute sale, and offer a splendid chance of increasing and improving stocks. The late Mr Hazlett was noted for keeping good stock, and the best and latest implements procurable. The sale starts at 12 sharp, and the Company’s auctioneer (Mr Brown) will have a busy time in getting through the large list. Numerous inquiries are being made in regard to the various entries, and a rattling good sale is exp?cted.

China has given Germany an order for two millions of rifles. “John” has evidently little faith in the deliberations of the Hague Convention, at which Germany and other powers will discuss the question of disarmament.

A large number pf weddings took place in Invercargill on Wednesday last, and the cabmen, caterers, and others had quite a busy time. A few r of them were from the country, and came to town for the convenience Of halle, etc. The second express had a mumper of happy couples on board on their way North to spend their honeymoons, and someone humorously dubbed the express —“The honeymoon train.”

One of the saddest holiday accidents recorded for Easter occurred at 'Auckland on Monday. At 10.30 a.m. Mr Pilkington, aged 43, his two sons (17 and 15 years), W. McArey (18), and Eionel Skinner (19) wont cruising in a small boat. About noon a puff of wind came and capsized the craft. McArey, a good swimmer, struck out for the shore 250 yards distant, and was never seen again. He was- heard to shout, and there is no doubt that he was attacked by -shaitJs, which infest the waters there. The others stuck to the boat, which rolled right over at intervals. In the afternoon Skinner said it was useless to hang on any longer, and next time the boat rolled over he disappeared. The older of the Pilkingtons dropped off exhausted, his body being caught under the deck of the "boat. Pilkington held his younger son up till live p.m., when the lad died. Pilkington got the mast unstepped and the boat floated half a yard out of water on one side, and he managed to keep his seat in her. He kept the bodies of his sons in the boat till Tuesday night, when he 'threw them overboard. He drifted to sea, and at daybreak on Wednesday, when ten miles, from Tiritiri, his signals were seen by the timber scow Era, and rescued, after being in the water for 47 hours.

At the Leet street Wesleyan church on Sunday evening the Rev. A. Mitchell will answer the monthly "budget of that have been forwarded to him. These include many of the leading questions of the day. A hearty welcome is extended to all.

The p.s. "Antrim” has been engaged ferrying sheep between Queenstown and the Head of the Lake. In .all about eight thousand are to be carried for Messrs Scott, A. McKenzie, and TI. Fraser. Most of this number were purchased at the Blackstone Hill sale.

There was an exciting finish to the performance of the "Belle of Mayfair” at Daly’s Theatre in Xew York on Feb. 34. Miss Surratt, the principal Gibson girl in the piece, was so enraged because Miss Horton, a new show girl, wore a dress similar to her own, that she attacked the girl, ripped the dress oA her, and tore it into ribbons. The curtain was quickly lowered, but the fight continued, to the accompaniment of shrieks from the remainder of the company. The stage manager was only able to ,restore peace with much difficulty.

The following quaint birth announcement is from a Southport paper : “Mr and Mrs — : — have pleasure in referring their friends to Isaiah, chapter 9, first part of verse 6.’’ The text is : “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son isi given, and his name shall be called Wonderful.”

The high tides caused by the recent gales played havoc with the new wall now being erected round the A. and P. Society’s new show grounds, and the land was completely under water. It is a pity the work had not been further on, as it will mean more expense to the contractor. It is expected the whole of the grounds will be securely walled in the course of a few weeks.

The management of the Economic, Bee st., have a special announcement in this issue in reference to their unique suits, of which they have a large stock on hand. It is claimed that they are equal to the best tail-or-made, at prices about half the cost.

The proprietor of the “Punjabi,” a native newspaper, has been seen sentenced at Lahore' to two years’ imprisonment and a fine of £65, and the editor to six months’ imprisonment and a fine of £l3 for exciting hatred against the Government and the European community. The prosecution was instituted owing to the “Punjabi” publishing a statement that a European officer had shot a Mahommedan policeman because the latter had refused to carry to the camp a' carcase of a wild pig speared by the former, and that the Government hushed the matter up. The Government Prosecutor showed conclusively that the allegations of the “Punjabi” were ■wholly fictitious, and that the policcman mot his death by being thrown and dragged by a restive horse. These sentences have created considerable sensation in native circles.

On Good Friday the members of St. Paul’s choir rendered the •beautiful music of Stainer’s Crucifixion to a large and appreciative audience. Messrs Cookson and Taylor carried out the solo work in their usual effective manner. Groat credit is due to the efforts of the conductor and choir for such a successful performance. The proceeds were in aid of the choir fund. On Easter Sunday the choir rendered the “Story of the Cross” and “God so loved the world. Miss Frapwell, a soprano vocalist from Dunedin, gave a splendid rendering of “Nearer my God to Thee.” Service was conducted by the pastor, Hev. A. Mitchell, and was altogether one to be remembered.

Since Staff-Captain Dixon took charge of the local Salvation Army corps there has been a marked revival in Army circles. On Good Friday evening- there was a large attendance at the barracks to witness the “Building of the Cross’’ by ten little girls, and the climax was reached on Monday night when eleven persons came out and gave their hearts to God. The outdoor meetings were very largely attended, which is accounted for by the fact that the staff captain believes in good music, plenty of singing, and a general progressiveness r The Dixon family are all musical, and take a big hand in the meetings. The Captain is a man who has travelled a good deal, and is a keen judge of human nature, and can relate his experiences or exhort his hearers to strive for a better state of living in a remarkably lucid manner. The public are always most welcome at the services, and visitors having an hour or two to spare should make a point of attending these services.

There is a by-law framed by the Invercargill Borough council to the effect that it is against the law to stand your bicycle against a building on the footpath. The police have warned a number, but as yet no Prosecutions have followed. Those who wish to keep the by-laws are often at a loss to know where to stand their bicycles if it is blowing. [Take Esk street, for instance ; If you want to go into Messrs Smith and Lang’s, Raesidc’s, or any of the other shops along there, it is almost an impossibility to rest your cycle on the kerb, which is only about three inches abave the gutter. It should be a matter for the council to supply proper cycle rests along the footpaths, or cater in some way before putting such a by-law into force. It is a wonder .some of our enterprising business firms have not taken the matter up and suggested improvements for the convenience of their patrons —a large number of whom are cyclists.

‘■‘Orthodoxy or the New Theology —which?” will be the Rev. A. Pybus’ subjeict in the Elies Road South Primitive Methodist Church on Sunday evening. The morning subject will be “The essentials of effectual prayer.”

The Gladstone Corporation has issued a schedule of works in connection with street improvements, etc., in the borough. The schedule includes - asphalting, road forming, and wall building. It is proposed to borrow £IOOO for the works, and the ratepayers will shortly meet to sanction or reject the proposal. Some are of the opinion that the loan is nob sufficient. Others again, are dead against borrowing. It will no doubt be settled to the satisfaction of all parties 1 .

The management of the Southland Sand Brick Company have received word from Christchurch that they have received a gold medal for their exhibit. This is very satisfactory to all concerned, and South!anders generally will be pleased to learn that the bricks have, in so short a time, been brought to such a state of perfection. They have stood the test, and anyone interested can test them for themselves on almost any of the buildings now being erected in and around Invercargill.

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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., APRIL 6th. General News., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 52, 6 April 1907

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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., APRIL 6th. General News. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 52, 6 April 1907

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