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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., APRIL 20. General News.

A parcel and newspaper mail for Australia and the United Kingdom closes at Invercargill at 12.55 p.m. on Monday, and for general correspondence at 6-15 a.m. on Tuesday. Members of the Pioneer Settlers’Association hold their annual outing at the Bluff on Wednesday. With the recent accession to their ranks duo to the energy of Mr J. A. Mitch-* ell and othtrs., there should be a large and happy gathering.

Mr T. W, Walker, town clerk for the Borough of Invercargill, invites tenders in tvis issue for the erection of a rubble and concrete wall at the west end of Tweed street.

In the review of "The Book Lover" published last week, the price of the magazine (a monthly) was given at 3s &d per quarter, instead of 3s 6d per year.

The Athletic Cricket Club .social, which takes place in Ashley’s Hall on Thursday evening, April 25th, promises to be a great success, judging by the number of tickets that have been sold. The members are sparing no effort to make the event an enjoyable one. The Committee wish to remind patrons that the euchre starts at 7.45 p.m. sharp, and dancing at 9.30 p.m. Trophies won during the season will also be presented.

There are thirteen candidates for the twelve seats at the Invercargill Council table. All the old members are seeking re-election, except Crs. Allen, G. Froggatt,-and J. Stead—the last named being a candidate for the. mayoralty. Among the veterans ,we notice Messrs G. F. Stone and ID. Roche. Mr Stone has clone good service as a member, while Mr Roche has been so long connected with municipal affairs as to have won the titfe of "Father of the Council’: —a position whicn he fills admirably, although at times, in the heat of debate he displays quite a j-outhful froliosomcness of spirit, the explanation being that although up in j-ears he is young in heart. Whatever changes may take place at the Council table, all will hope to see "Roche’s corner” filled by its former occupant.

A case of considerable interest to landowners will be heard before Mr McCarthy, S.M., and two assessors, at the local courthouse on Monday next, in connection with an outfall drain at West Plains. The commission, together with interested parties, visit the locality prior to the hearing. It is an action laid under the Drainage Act, to compel several landowners to contribute toward)© the cost of opening and straightening- a creek running through their properties.

The Conference of Colonial Premiers has been opened in London. The representatives of the colonies have been banquetted, have had the freedom of the City of London and other honours conferred upon them, and generally have had what is colloquially termed "a good time. ’ Landseer used to declare that he atways liked to have a little bit of red in his pictures—something that stood out in bold relief from everything else. In the case of the Conference the "bit ox red" is furnished by the prefism.ee of the Hon. Louis Botha, premier of the newly-created colony of the Transvaal, and not so long ago one of the bravest leaders the ranks of the Boer commandos. By his side sat Lord Roberts, the vanquisher of the Transvalcr, and stirring indeed must hat r e been the thoughts that passed through the minds of the erstwhile foemen as tkev sat side by side. It is pleasant to learn that as the Premiers passed through London’s streets the heartiest cheers were reserved for tlm gallant Botha, who has pledged himself to strive to bring about the union of Briton and Boer in the way of mutual interest and affection.

The Exhibition has not run its course without a sensation in the shape of the sudden departure for South America of Mr Mclntyre, the Superintendent, of Awards. It is reported that he borrowed money from a number of exhibitors, and that''the medals he allocated were about equal to one for every two exhibits’ It is how reported that the Government have seriotis charges to prefer against him in connection with the Exhibition, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The enquiry as to the foundering of the little steamer Te Aroha on the Auc-kland coast disclosed a queer state of things. The vessel was bought over ten years ago for £3o0; used for a season in Auckland marhour ; laid up for some years ; then re-sold for £l5O, and finally sent oil to the Waikato after certain repairs were effected. The nature of these may be judged from the fact that it was a case of “all hands to the pumps’’ soon after she started, and before long she sank to rest in the deep blue sea, the crew being fortunately able to reach land in safety. People are now asking how such a ramshackle craft was allowed to leave port, and several labour organisations are demanding* explanations. High time, too.

The younger generation are beginning to take an interest in municipal matters. This is to be commended, and deserving of every encouragement For instance, in the North Ward of the Borough of South Invercargill there are three young aspirants for municipal honours, in the persons of Messrs Crisp, Dick, and McMillan. "As the old ones crow the young ones learn."

Mr Cushen inserts a notice in reference to his nomination for the position of Mayor of South Invercargill. He is a worker, and ratepayers can rest assured that the plans laid by the late Mayor (Mr Holloway) will be carried out, and the rewuirements of the Borough attended to.

Mr I. L. Petrie announces that he is a candidate for the office of councillor. He has considerable interest in the town, and has been a resident for a number of years. He should prove an active member.

Mr Baird advises the electors of East Invercargill that he is standing for the mayoral chair of that borough. He has been a councillor Gfor some 10 years, and trusts that the electors will rally up and record their votes in his favour, as they can rest assured that he will do his part in carrying out the wishes of the people.

Last evening the N.Z. Exhibition orchestra treated a very large audience to a high class entertainment in the municipal theatre, and the public were not slow to show their appreciation. It is proving one of the greatest events in the musical history of Invercargill. The concert will be repeated for the last time this evening, and no doubt there will be a very large attendance. This is as it should be, for it may safely be said it will be a long time before such a talented organisation may again be formed in New Zealand.

The Executive of the Southland Rugby Union lately decided to reclassify the local clubs, the result being the reduction of the Britannia and Athletic seniors to juniors- This action raised a chorus of protests from the clubs affected, and after the Executive had received deputations on the subject it poured oil on the troubled waters by assuring all concerned that no change would be made, thanks to the renewed interest displayed in the game.

Hughes and Hearne, the divers who rescued Verischotti from a mine in Western Australia, have been presented with mementos of the occasion—■ Hughes receiving a gold watch and 100 sovereigns and Hearne a watch and fifty sovereigns- The admirers of Hughes' were so enthusiastic that he had to be rescued from them by the police, and the brave fellow no doubt felt that - receiving a presentation was more trying than diving through the' darkness of the flooded mine.

The first sod of the Gore-Waikaka line was laid on Wednesday, and before the proceedings closed a train from the North brought two waggon loads of barrows and drain pipes for tde works. It is evident that the work is to be pushed ahead.

The district electors’ list for the borough of Invercargill contains the names of close on 3000 qualified voters. The East Invercargill roll totals up to 315 names ; while the Avenal list carries 157 qualified voters.

The work of erecting the poles • for the new telephone circuit commenced on Friday morning, and a number are now in position. They are very much higher than those in use at present, and are cut from ironbark heart timber, and should stand for a considerable number of years. The public are pleased to see that a start has been made with a work that has been urgently required for some time —that of a better telephone service.

There were two bewildered people in Invercargill this week—a lady and a gentleman. The lady has a reputation for delightful bridge parties, and in sending out invitations she rang up the telephone exchange, giving the name of a well-known resident who is still in a state of single blessedness. His name happened to bt .similar in sound to that of another resident, and this is what happened :—She : Is that you ? He ; Yes. She ; Will you join us to-night at a bridge party ? He : I will be moist happy to come, but you haven’t congratulated me. I’m a happy father. My wife presented me with a son and heir this morning. She : Your wife what ? A rapid exchange of explanations followed, and the invitation duly reached its destination.

Mr R. Trist Searell, the talented organist, of St. Paul’s Methodist Church, gives an organ recital on Tuesday, April 30th. We are sure, with such a capable musician, a rare treat will be provided. Besides the recital, leading musicians are taking part in the proceedings, and the public should note the date and make a point of being present. The proceeds are to be devoted to the funds of the I,eet street tennis club, which has proved a useful institution in providing healthful recreation for the young.

The service at the Leet street church on Sunday evening will be of special character, being the anniversary of the Y.P.S.C.E. Mr Huxtable —who was the baritone soloist of the Canadian Concert Co., that toured JST.Zi. some years ago—will .sing "The Holy City.” All are invited.

The "genial Johnny,” as Mr J. 'A. Mitchell is termed is a candidate for mayoral honours for the prosperous borough of East Invercargill. He has served a very good apprenticeship, both as mayor and ccouncillor, and is satisfied that if the electors will do him the honour he will look after their interests in the best style.

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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., APRIL 20. General News., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 3, 20 April 1907

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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., APRIL 20. General News. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 3, 20 April 1907

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