News and Notes.
A house at Eltham, Taranaki, was damaged by lightning on Tuesday last.
There died suddenly at Christchurch last week Master John Groaned, a lad of 18. He had been suffer«Jfrig from a throat affection, and was attended by a specialist, who it seems is not a registered practitioner. An inquest has been ordered.
There is plenty of public spirit in iWyndham. The residents have sutaBcribed £290 towards the cost of a band contest, and are agitating for the establishient of a high school.
Tuesday last was the 25th anniversary of the ordination into the priesthood of the Very Rev. Father O’Neil, of Milton. He was presented with an address and a purse of sovereigns. To him belongs the distinction of being the first priest ordained in the South Island.
Lady Ward states that she does not wish to see women members of Parliament.- Their work, she declares, lies at home. But they may retort that it is not every woman that has a Premier for a husband.
Major Taylor, the negco cj'clist, noted, among other things, for his refusal to race on Sundays, was refused admission to the Hotel Sydney (Paris), because the American boarders objected. Paris ! through whose streets once rang the cry ‘‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity !’’
It is the generaWopinion (remarks the Kelso correspondent of the Mataura Ensign) that farming lands all over Southland wall markedly increase in value in the very near future. Good grass, good oats, good turnips*. What can beat it? What, indeed ?
Invercargill and the Bluff being in the throes of municipal elections 1 on Wednesday, the date fixed for the annual outing of the Southland Pioneer Settlers’ Association, the gathering has been postponed till Wednesday, Ist May, when the old identities will no doubt turn out in force.
Wallace County Council, in pursuance of the movement for the establishment of a bank at Otautau, trill support the first hank opening i n that town. One speaker adduced as an argument in favour of the claim the fact that there were over 20,000 sheep in the yards at last sale.
Alter nearly five tears of litigation the estate of the late A. J. Dowie, the self-styled prophet, h a s been ordered to refund property worth from £II,OOO to £33,000, willed by the late Mr F. Sutton to Howie, under whose influence he fell during a visit to the States. The will was contested by lour relatives oi the deceased.
Mr E. M. Smith, the member for Few Plymouth, died on Friday, the 19th inst., from injuries received in a railway accident. He w T as not a front r a nk legislator, but in sessions and out of sessions he championed the_ interests of Taranaki, and especially her local industries' with a .whole-heartedness that won for him the sobriquet of “ironsand Smith.” That the people were not unmindful oi his labours was proved by she attendance at the funeral, it being estimated at nearly 10,000 mourners.
At the iunoral of an old man named Bums, who was accidentally killed in the station yard at Balclutha, a little g'irl came lorward and laid a beautiful wreath on the coffin. Attached to the wreath was a card bearing the legend, ” To Mr Burns, fi om his chi lei iriends.” Then came a boy with a similar wreath inscribed “In loving memory ; from Jack Miller.” ilt seems (adds the Free Press) the deceased was very fond of children, and seldom passed a group without stopping to talk to them. 3t was also his habit to carry a bag of lollies' for the delectation of his child friends.
According to the Fairfax correspondent of the Western Star the dairy factories should give a good • account of themselves at balancing time. In nearly every case the middle man is out of it, and the farmers will get the full benefit of their own industry. Through many families having grown np, and also owing - to a strong objection to milking, and milking labout being so incompetent and scarce m Southland, next season will no doubt see a great number of milking machines installed, and as a man and fa °/ ° an ttenfl to 30 cows, it puts e farmer in a very independent norSitlOn.
Everybody is talking about the good times farmers are having, and yet there are over 12000 in rates outstanding in Wallace County.
Mr J- Holloway has inade a most successful sale of the Northend Bowling Club’s' property. The two front sections have been disposed of to Miss Vernon, Northend, for £470, and the remaining section to Mr W. Ashley for £2OO.
Diver Hughes, who rescued Verschetti from a flooded mine at Perth has declined an offer of XIOO a week ta lecture on the ground of his great dislike to. a man making a show of himself.
Notwithstanding the large attendance at the last local sales at Balclutha, one man succeeded in outbidding most of the competitors, and securing the pick of the market. This was Mr P. Price, of Invercargill, a well-known dealer, who purchased no less than 2103 sheep. Of this large number 1000 were bought in one line. The whole were put on trucks en route for Wallacetown.
The purchase of Clydovale is likely to prove a distinctly profitable investment for the syndicate who have acquired it. In the selling the principle of “First come, first served’’ will apply ; and in the meantime the owners are making a handsome profit on the working of the estate, which is reported by the Free Press to be producing wool alone to the value of something like £BOOO a month.
When the minister of a church at Petone (Wellington) entered his pulpit last Sunday night, he found it occupied by a young lady, who announced that she had been commissioned by the Almighty to deliver a message. Her father prevailed upon her to leave.
Christchurch is having a run of sensational occurrences. A man named Hans Wilson, who shot at his wife, has been committed to the asylum, and a young man named Hellyer, who iwas suspected of having done away with an infant of which a single woman declared him to be the father, poisoned himself, after having been run to earth in a stable.
Great alarm was caused in Lyttelton by the report that an officer on the HALS. Powerful, who has recently arrived from Sydney, was suffering from plague. After a few days of suspense, during which the patient was isolated and the warship quarantined, the medical men intimated that the ailment was not the plague, and everybody once more breathed freely.
Preparations are already afoot for the licensing campaign in 1908. The Rev. W. Thomson has gone to America and Britain in search of information re licensing laws, and Mr Ficholls, the agent of the Alliance, is staying in F.Z. and collecting a fighting fund. In Timaru his canvass yielded £370. A new factor in the shape of a claim for the bare majority may have to be discussed. It is reported that the delegates from the various- branches of the Clutha Prohibition League who met at Clinton re'cently were almost unanimous in deciding to push the demand for the bare majority.
The first case heard locally under the Land Drainage Act, 1904, was heard by Mr S. E. McCarthy, S.M., and Assessors W. Forrester and T. M. Findlay, on Monday last. The applicant, W. Curran, West Plains, washes to construct a drain through the land below him to the Waikiwi Creek. The land owners concerned were agreeable wdth the exception of P. Duggan, whose land adjoins the creek, and who has no fall, but who w’as willing to withdraw’ his objection if the creek, the natural outfall for the district, were straightened and cleared of the obstructions which now’ interfere with the flow’ "of the water. Mr Evans, for Curran, held that the only question at issue was as to the amount of compensation to bo paid Duggan in the event of the drain embarrassing him, or, on the other hand, the amount ho •.should pay Curran if the drain proved of benefit to him.' Mr Russell, for Duggan, held that the proper course was to use the machinery available, and appoint a board to improve the creek. The bench held that the result w’ a s problematical, and that the risk fell «n Duggan, and they accordingly cladded to grant the application,. and that iin the event of the drain being cut he should receive £9O as compensation, and have two bridges built at points to be chosen by himself. The applicant was ordered to pay Duggan’s costs (£5), and the assessors’ fees (£2 2s each).
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News and Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 4, 27 April 1907
News and Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 4, 27 April 1907
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