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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., MAY 4th. General News.

A parcels and newspaper mail will be despatched from Invercargill at 12.25 pan. on Monday. Mails for Australia and the United Kingdom close here at 1.45 p.m. on Tuesday, and for Australia (except Tasmania)' at 12.55 pan. on Thursday.

Services at St. Paul’s Methodist Church will be conducted by the Rev. A. Mitchell, morning and evening on Sunday. The subject is the first of a series of Timely Topics, which should prove interesting and instructive. Besides, this, the Rev. Mr Mitchell will answer a budget of questions. At the evening service Miss Prapwell and Mr Hensley will render the lovely duet—‘’The Sea of Glass.”. All aie cordially invited, and a ver^f s large attendance is expected.

A railway ball is to be held at Waimahaka on Friday, May 17th. The Woodlands milk suppliers hold their annual ball in the public hall pn 24th May. It is -expected there 'will be a large attendance, and ample provision is being made to that end. The Court Star of the South met on Thursday, 2nd May, about fifty members being present, six candidates being initiated and six more proposed. After the business was finished, the members enjoyed a musical programme, when the following contributed : —Bro. Feck, pianoforte solo ; Bro 7 Le Petit, two flute solos ; rong-s by Bros. H. Pasco, Lawson, J. McNatty, Baker, T. McNatty, C. Patton ; recitations, Bros Denton and -Macintosh. Bro. Lock accompanied the singers. A hearty vote of thanks was passed to the performers, when all expressed themselves as having passed a very pleasant evening. The tender of the Nightcaps Coal Co. for the supply of coal to the Southland Railways for the year ending 3lst March, 1908, has been accepted. The company has now tendered for this contract for 25 years. A dozen motor cars paraded in Invercargill on Wednesday, their aggregate value being about £7OOO. A number of them afterwards ran out to Riverton and back with a party of pleasure seekers.

Messrs W. Martin and Co. are now comfortably settled in their new sample rooms in Don street, and orders for carrying receive prompt attention. The building has been specially built to suit their requirements by the energetic proprietors of the Exchange sale rooms' —Messrs McKay Bros. A line range of sample rooms are at the disposal of travellers, and their comfort has been specially studied.

The Northern! Bowling Club is losing no time in connection with the preparation of their new bowling ground in the machinery annexe at the Show Grounds. On Friday they hauled the pavilion from the old ground. It is hoped the green will be in good order for next season.

The Invercargill City Guards hold their annual social in Ashley’s: Hall on May ,21st. Arrangements are being made to suit all present in the way of enjoyment. As usual a strong ladies’ committee is at work,, and there will be nothing left undone to mar the success of the social, and it is advisable that those intending to be present should secure their tickets at once so that the ladies’ invitations can be sent out in plenty* of time. The services in the Elies Road South Primitive Methodist Church on Sunday, will be conducted by the Rev. A. Pybus. The evening subject will be “Balaam, a prophet or a fool —which ?” Messrs Edgint.on Bros., North Road, have issued a new and comprehensive price-list of roses 1 , fruit trees, etc., which should be in the hands of every- planter, no matter how small their gardens -may be. Over two pages have been devoted to thost beautiful garden decorations—the roses. They have added a number of new and rare varieties, and lists will be furnished on application. Their stocks of apple, pear, plum and cherry trees are large, clean, and well selected. In shelter trees they can supply- all kinds ; while in other lines they can supply all trees, such as an up-to-date nursery should be able to do. A visit to the nursery" will be appreciated, or if that is not convenient, Messrs Edginton can be relied on to make careful selections.

‘ Harvest festival services will be conducted by the Rev. R. Raine in the Don street Z.M. Church to-mor-row (Sunday). The church has been specially decorated and made very attractive. There is to be special singing at both services, and Mr E. S. Perry, the well-known vocalist, will assist. On Monday. evening a "harvest home’’ and sale of produce will take place, and the pastor issues a hearty invitation to all to attend these services. A capital programme has been provided. There is no charge for admission, but a collection will be taken up. The ladies of Christ Church, Clifton, have been preparing for a sale of work for some time past, and as a result of their labour a large collection of useful articles have been prepared. The sale takes place in the Clifton schoolhou&e on Wednesday 'afternoon next, and will continue in the evening, when a first-class musical programme will be submitted. Residents in the district are asked to roll up and assist the ladies in their noble work.

Dances and balls are becoming general all over the district as the long evenings approach. Patrons look forward to the enjoyable affairs, and are always glad to be present. The Kennington bachelors- are holding their annual ball ix> the hall there on the 31st inst., and intend to make it a gathering worthy of the district.

A unique harvest festival is to be opened by His Worship the Mayor (Mr W. B. Scandrett) in the Army Barracks on Wednesday afternoon next. Special particulars are given in the “Cross-” Several leading officers will be present. The decorations are of an elaborate description, and an original and interesting programme has been prepared, including special marches in harvest costumes. Stafl’-Capt. Dixon proves himself a five officer, and enters heart and soul into Army work.

A meeting of employers of labour was held in Mr Allen’s rooms on Friday morning in reference to Saturday closing, and it was decided to telegraph to Mr Miller, Minister in charge of the Department, and ask him to reconsider his decision and allow the matter to stand over until Parliament meets, which is only a matter of a few weeks. A suggestion to cable to Sir Joseph Wacd in reference to the trouble was not entertained. As far as we can see, when Parliament meets, one of its first businesses will be to make a compulsory half holiday for the whole colony ; and as regards Southland, if they fix on Saturday it will be a serious matter for the retailers —at any rate until the farmers are accustomed to another market day.

Tho necessary details in connection with the new tram service have assumed definite shape, and advertisements' setting forth the routes, etc., are now being published. A full list of the particulars will be advertised in next week’s “Cross.” The proposed plans can be inspected at any* of the town halls, and ratepayers should make themselves acquainted with the particulars. Messrs Ward, and Henderson deserve praise for the manner in which they have canned this matter to a satisfactory- issue, and we trust they will meet with the success they richly deserve. It will bo a veritable boon to residents to have an up-to-date service, and will be well worth waiting a little while for.

Footballers' are specially invited to attend the Salvation Army- services on Sunday evening, and hoar Stall’Capt. Dixon talk about the famous All Blacks team.

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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., MAY 4th. General News., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 5, 4 May 1907

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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., MAY 4th. General News. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 5, 4 May 1907

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