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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., MAY 11th. General News.

A general meeting of shareholders in the Invercargill Starr-Bowkett building society will be held on Tuesday evening, when the sum of £2OOO will be disposed of by ballot and sale. Home and Australian mails dose at Invercargill at 1.45 p.m. on Tuesday, and for Australia at 12.55 p.m. on Thursday. Messrs J. A. Hanan, the member for Invercargill, tendered a social to his committee in Ashley’s Hall on Thursday night. Mr J. S. Goldie presided over a numerous company. The Hon. Mr Fowlds, Minister of Education, was among the visitors; and at the call of the chairman, presented Mrs Hanan with a handsome marble timepiece, and Mr Hanan with a luxurious easy chair. Mr Hanan thanked his committee (the donors:) for their kindness. Addresses were also given by the Hon. Mr Feldwick, and Messrs J. J. Wesney, C. $.• Longuet, Froggatt, and W. Todd.

The Hon. Mr Fowlds told a deputation at Gore that he was satisfied the Saturday half-holiday is not suitable for country towns.

Messrs Wright, Stephenson and Co. Ltd., report having sold by private treaty Mr Joshua Phillip's farm, situated on the Oteramika Road, near Invercargill, being Sections 46 and 70, Block 2, Invercargill Hundred, containing 122 acres, the purchaser being Mr Wm Baird, East Inver cargiil.

The annual communication of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Xew Zealand was opened in Invercargill on Wednesday, and was attended by members of the craft from all parts of the colony. His Excellency tho Governor, the retiring Grand Master, was re-elected for another term. The business - was concluded on Thursday evening.

The annual installation of Mayor and declaration of councillors for the borough of Avenal took place on Wednesday evening. Congratulatory reference was made to the past services of the retiring Mayor, Hon. H. Eeldwick, MIX, and a special vote of thanks was passed. The retiring councillors were also thanked for their services, particularly to Mr G. R. Joyce, who has now left the district. The first ordinary meeting of the council will be held on Monday next.

Messrs Topp and Co., proprietors of the Railway Hairdressing Saloon, -have made considerable alterations in the interior of the saloon, with a view to studying the comforts of patrons. They have also secured the services of Mr Forster, from Dunedin, as hairdresser. This gentleman comes from one of the leading shops in that city, and has already proved himself a capable master of the tonsorial art. The firm stocks all the leading brands of tobacco, etc., and makes a ■specialty of razor-setting.

A very successful sale of work was held at Clifton on 'Wednesday, May Sth, in aid of the Anglican Church, the profits exceeding expectations. Mrs Cooper (President), Miss Couling (secretary), and the other members of the Society had a busy time attending to the wants of patrons. Donations were received from the Mayor of South Invercargill (Mr Cushen), who was unable to attend "through illness, and Mr Cooper, senior. Following were the stall-holders —Clothing ; Mrs Cooper and Miss McKay ; Sweets ; Misses Couling and Rose ; Fancy ; Mrs Moorhouse ; Tea, Mrs Harris and Mrs Gavey ; Bran Tub ; Mr C. Moorhouse and Mr R. Rolf. A concert held in the evening was well patronised. Rev. "W. Swinburn occupied tae chair, and thanked all those who had helped to make the sale a success. Songs wore given by the "following ladies and gentlemen :—Mrs Harris, Miss Couling, Mr Moorhouse and Mr Couling ; piano ■solo by Miss Rose ; phonograph selections by Mr C. Harding. These items were highly appreciated. A dance followed the concert, music being supplied by Mr F. Couling and Miss Couling, Mr W. Peace was M.C. The committee desire to thank Messrs McKay and Rose for carting.

The Harvest festival opened in the ■Salvation Army Barracks, Invercargill, on Wednesday afternoon, attracted a good attendance of the public. The local officers, headed by their hustling chief, Capt. Dixon, has been hard at work, and the results of their labours were at once striking and artistic. The stage had been transformed into a harvest field, with rows of grain rising along the seats, while in front fruit and vegetables made a goodly display. Stalls for the sale of goods gifted to the festival, had a place at the sides of the building. The good friend of the Army, Mr W. Cruick.shanks, supplied a large quantity of twine, and this was arranged in form of trellis work with happy effect. The festival was, in short, a most attractive one. His Worship the Mayor (Mr W. B. Scandrett) who opened the gathering, in happy worded address, declared that he had never seen a better harvest festival. Captain Dixon and his good wife, together with other speakers, also took the platform, the firstnamed making graceful and grateful refer .-nee to the kindly synpathy that the worthy Mayor had always manifested in the Army and its work. The spiritual aspect of the occasion was also duly emphasised, the band joining in the singing of the hymns sung by the audience. Sales wore brisk, and would, no doubt be still brisker at night, after the procession of “ harvesters ” through the streets of,the town. The festival was continued on Thursday, with results that must have delighted all concerned in its management.

The annual meeting of shareholders in the Southland Building Society will be held in Allen’s Hall on Tuesday, 21st May,

The full list of particulars in nection with the proposed new tram service appear in this issue, and residents would do well to make themselves acquainted with the proposed service.

Mr G. W. Christmas, the wellknown artist, arrived in Invercargill en Friday last, with a collection ot over 40 choice paintings. These he intends placing before the public for inspection in the N.Z. Express Co s new show rooms next week. Mi Christmas is a born artist, and his work is known the world over, and tht public of Invercargill should feel highly honoured with a visit from one of the most popular and the most travelled of Australian artists. Last month his celebrated painting of Mount Cook was bought by the Dunedin Art Gallery.

The Invercargill Idlers’ Club visits Spar Bush on Wednesday, May 22nd, and give one of their popular entertainments in aid of the hall funds. No doubt their fame has already reached the district and they will be greeted with a bumper house.

Shares can now be taken up in the Southland Building and Investment Society, and are free from arrears. Many Southlanders have to thank this worthy institution for their success in life. This year the Society is giving a 6 per cent dividend, while they are only charging 5 £ per cent, on money lent. The institution is worked in an economical manner, and investors and borrowers are amply secured.

At the Ted street Wesleyan church to - morrow evening, the Rev. A. Mitchell will give the second of his series of “Timely Topics,” the subject being “Prayer.” In response to a request, Mr Mitchell will sing “Thou’rt passing hence, my brother.’ A cordial welcome is extended to visitors. Messrs J. A. Mitchell and Co. hold a special sale of horses in their yards to-day. The entry includes one thoroughbred colt by Kord Roslyn—Plevna, and the well-known racer, Becky Seaton. At last meeting of the Wyndham Town Board the clerk was instructed to purchase a piano from the Dresden Piano Co. Owners of bush having a plentiful supply of sleepers, suitable for railway purposes, will find a notice inserted in this issue by the Railway Department which should interest them. It has reference to the supply of sleepers in lots of 250 or more at any station south of Balclutha. A grand concert has been arranged for Wednesday, 29th May, in the Ryal Bush Hall. The proceeds are to be devoted to the hall funds, and a capital programme has been arranged, including leading talent from Invercargill and elsewhere, and a record attendance is anticipated. An interesting and rare event recently took place in the Leighton Presbyterian Church, at Dumblane, Stirling. It was the celebration of the jubilee of one of the elders, Mr Andrew Kinross, of Drumallan. In recognition of his fifty yosrs of office, Mr Kinross (who is a cousin of Mr Andrew Kinross, Invercargill), was presented with a purse of sovereigns and a beautiful address, while his daughter was also the recipient of a handsome brooch as a token of appreciation of her services in church work. The Rev. Dr. Blair, who presided, said that Mr Kinross- had some of the fingermarks of Time upon him, but none the less he was wonderfully hale. A meeting of Gladstone ratepayers was held in the town hall on Friday, May 3rd, in reference to a proposal to borrow £.IOOO for street improvements and various works in the borough. The Mayor (Mr Chas. Broad) placed a comprehensive statement of the Borough finances before the meeting, which showed the borough to be in a sound financial position, After discussion it was decided that the step was one in . the right direction, and the ratepayers will have to give their consent through the ballot next Wednesday. Gladstone is the coming suburb of Invercargill, and is being rapidly built on with very substantial houses.

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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., MAY 11th. General News., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 6, 11 May 1907

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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., MAY 11th. General News. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 6, 11 May 1907

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