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News and Notes.

Mr A. Forsyth, formerly of Wyndham and now of Hawaii, has an uncanny neighbour in the shape of the volcano Mauna Loa. It was recently In eruption, and at one o’clock in the morning Mr Forsyth could see by its light to faintly read a newspaper, although fifty miles from the burning mass.

The house of Mr Robert Lewis at 'Alexandra was burned down at three a.rri. on Saturday. He got his wife and five children out safely, but his sister-in-law had a narrow escape, and had to be pulled through a window.

(A cyclone at Bairnsdale, Victoria, 'damaged a number of buildings, and solved the problem of aerial navigation for one resident, by carrying him through the air a distance of fifty yards.

Ilf the Hon. Mr McNab doesn’t hurry up with his Land Bill there won t be any large estates left to ifmbdivide. The latest to be bought is the Clydesdale Estate, Clutha, which has been bought for cutting up by a Canterbury syndicate at a. price understood to be in advance of that offered by the Government. The estate contains about 32,000 acres.

The Mayor of Invercargill (Mr W. B. Scandrett) is hopeful regarding the new theatre from an investment point of view. He states that the income so far (£-468 6s 4d) is considerably in excess of the estimate.

While the fair sex in Britain arc struggling to obtain the right to vote, 19 women in Finland have been elected to Parliament, so that there is at least one country in the world in advance of “God’s Own Country.’’

It is understood that the first sod of the Gore-Waikaka railway will be turned in about a fortnight, but the progressive Goreites don’t intend to rest on their oars. The Ensign sug. gests that the agitation for the continuation of the Hedgehope line to Gore should be renewed.

Thus the Otago Times in prophetic vein ;—lf we may judge from much that was said during the progress of the Trades and Eabour Conference and from the proceedings of the annual meeting of the Independent Political Labour League, we shall not have to wait long before the rule nisi for the dissolution of the alliance between the Ministerial and the Labour parties in the colony is issued.

Meetings at Tuapeka West, Balclutha, and Tapanui, in connection with the land campaign, carried resolutions in favour of the retention of the freehold. Mr Thos. Mackenzie M.H.R. for Waikouaiti, has acceded to the request of the Southland Farmers’ Union Executive to give addresses on the Land Bill. He will speak at Wyndham on the 23 rd, Otautau on the 24th, and Invercargill on the 25th.

Mr Robert Jenkins has relinguished business in Esk street, having bought the store at Brown’s, Forest Hill, carried on under the name of the old linn of Hinde and Co.

At the last meeting of the Gore A. and P. Association Mr T. Logan suggested that classes of boys should be taken to farms and there have the points of prize stock explained to, them. This was done at home, and it should be adopted in New Zealand. It was a matter which could be dismissed with advantage at the conference in Wellington. He did not approve of young men going round the stock with the judges at a show, as .was suggested last year, as there was no time. He moved to that effect. Mr J. Waddell seconded. Mr A. Scott did not think the idea would work. Something might be done to encourage young men to study the points in stock if facilities were afforded aff shows for them to judge the stoqk by the points, a prize to go to the one who came nearest to the points awarded by the judge. The suggestion was agreed to, and will J be forwarded to the conference.

Mr Cameron, District Health Officer, has brought a hornets’ nest about his ears over his offer to a number of local bodies to furnish model by-laws. The Otautau Town Board considered that the printing could be done as well and as cheaply in their own town as elsewhere, and the Minton Record waxed wmoth at Mr Cameron for presuming to advise local bodies on the point. It is not ■clear whether the proposed by-laws are to be printed by the Government or by a private firm.

It is reported that Dr. W. P. Todd, formerly of Lumsden, is about to begin practice at Orepuki

The members of St. Mark’s' Church held a social in the Oddfellows*' Hall, Riversdale, recently, to bid farewell to Miss Brown, one of the members —Miss Brown having accepted a position in the Mataura school. She was the recipient of a handsome presentation.

It is understood that the Hon. Mr R. McNab will address his constituents at Gore towards the end of the month of May if his public engagements permit.

Father O’Neill, of Winton, who is said to be a skilled electrician and mechanic has invested in a motor car and is enthusiastic in its praise as a time-saver in the work of his extensive parish. "Take last Sunday (Palm Sunday),” said he to an interviewer, ‘T covered seven miles between my two masses in the respectable time of twelve minutes. Racing, you say ? Not a bit. The rOad was clear and level, the surface was good, and the car well up to it. Without the car the people would been kept waiting nearly an hour at the other end, on account of the length of the previous mass and its attendant ceremonies, etc. But with the car I easily kept time.”

Miss Wilson, schoolmistress at Waimahaka (and formerly at Pine Bush), has received promotion to a post in Park school, Invercargill. The young ladv (reports the Wyndham Farmer) was very popular throughout the Toi Toi district, and her vocal accomplishments were always at the disposal of worthy objects.

Who wouldn’t be a rabbittr ? The Wyndham Farmer is responsible for the statement that a trapper made £1 17s 6d as the result of one night’s catch, while another averaged £1 a day for six days in (succession.

There’s money in honey. A Waikiwi beekeeper told a correspondent of the Wyndham Farmer that this season he took as high as 460 Ibsi of high-grade honey from one hive. At 4d per pound, which is certainly not overstating the value of the article, this particular hive must have returned £7 13s 4d'.

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News and Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 2, 13 April 1907

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News and Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 2, 13 April 1907

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