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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., MAY 18th. General News.

At the last meeting of the Avenal Borough Council a letter of sympathy was ordered to be sent to the relatives of the late Mr Nichol. Mr Aichol took a keen interest in municipal matters, and was the first mayor of Camp bell town.

Mr Johns, manager for the last three years of Messrs Win. Lewis and Co.’s extensive drapery establishment at the corner of Dee and Esk streets, has been appointed manager of the Drapery Department of the Farmers’ Co-operative Association, Christchurch. During his stay in Invercargill Mr Johns has made quite a host of friends, and will be very much missed. The Association is fortunate in securing him as manager, as that gentleman has had both Home and colonial experience, and should prove the right man for advancing the business of the Association. Messrs Lewis and Co. have not yet chosen a successor to Mr Johns, but the position is, we understand, to be filled shortly. In the meantime the firm are holding a clearing sale of samples, and ladies will do well to notice that the sale starts to-day, and continues for one week. A very extensive list has been prepared of good, serviceable lines, and no doubt full advantage will be taken of the concessions offering.

The 33rd anniversary of Court St a r of the South takes takes place on .Wednesday next, and an enjoyable •time is promised. Some fuithei particulars appear under the heading ■“Friendly Societies,” in this issue.

Mr W. B. Scandretfs large advt. on page 1 of this issue gives a wide range of choice to buyers of .-house property or land. Included in the list is a number of town properties, and sections in the suburbs, which in a few years will be worth more than double the pritvs now asked for them.

The venerable postmaster of Tisbury looked into this office last week to show a sample of cauliflowers, grown by him in his garden. The sample was a rare beauty—weighing 3-1 pounds, and when cooked tasted even better than it looked. Although in his 92nd year Mr Middleton still retains the vigour of youth, and takes a pride in his garden, and is thankful that his Master has spared him to servo a useful life, and is ever ready to put in a word whenever a chance offers.

Messrs McKenzie and Wilson invite tenders ■ for extensive additions to Messrs Smith and Eaing's premises, in Esk street.

The Rev. A. Mitchell, the genial pastor of St. Raul's Methodist Church, has been confined to his bed this week through a , severe attack of influenza. We are pleased to report that he is making' a good recovery. The services' to-morrow, both morning and evening, will be conducted by the Rev. A. Mcßean.

The Southland Moat Co. are making extensive alterations to their Bee street shop. They are making more room, and when the improvements have been completed they will have a shop second to none in the colony. The company believes in the best of everything, hence their success in business.

A meeting- of Invercargill Retailers is to be held in .Vilen's- Hall on Monday evening in connection with the half-holiday question. The meeting has been convened by our leadingcitizens. It is called for the purpose of forming an association to organise united opposition to the proposed Sa tur da v half-holiday.

The Winton Record reports that Mr Chas. Williamson, butcher, of that town. committed. suicide late on Tuesday night, being found in his shop early on Wednesday morning Rung in a pool of blood from a wound in his throat. Mr Williamson, who was 4S years of age, had been suffering from an ulcerated stomach for some years. The deceased was highly respected, and had been a member of the borough council for a number of years.

New-laid eggs avt; a scarce coin-mo-dity in Invercargill at the present time, and are quoted at 2s per dozen, and very hard to get at that price. The hens appear to have gone out on strike. One esteemed old Scotch’ lady in the south part of the town who keeps a number of fowls says she decapitated one of her flock in order to intimidate the remainder and at the same time throw out a warning to the others of what may happen to them if they still persist in their foolish tactics. This happened a

week ago, but so far no better results have been obtained.

That energetic body, the Salvation finny, has just completed a remarkably successful harvest, festival in the Army Barracks, and as regards taking's, it is said they will stand second on the list for the South Island, which is an honourable position to hold. After expenses, half the balance goes to the corps, and half is in aid ox sick officers’ funds. A great deal of the credit is due to the energy displayed by Staff-Captain Dixoni and his worthy wife. Considerable interest is now being taken in the meetings, and large audiences assemble nightly. One of their latest converts is a university man, who will relate his experiences to-morrow (Sunday). Numerous improvements have been effected in the Barracks, including the erection of a. patent gas-lamp at the entrance, which is the first of its kind erected locally. The officers’ quarters have been furnished, and made more comfortable, so the public will see that their money is being put to good -.use. The officer in charge wishes to thank all who have so loyally assisted in pushthe old chariot along, and trusts all will roll up to the services.

Result of Taranaki election ;H. Okey (Opposition) 1991 ; A. Dockrill (Government), 1627 ; W. G. Malone (liberal) 1010.

The inquiry into the _ recent railway collision near Rakaia has closed. One of the onginedrivers stated that he had no time to look at one of the circulars handed to him in reference to his train —he had to take risks and let things go. He ‘also stated that if the brakes had not worked well when he saw the other train approaching, not a soul would have remained alive.

Hehir, alias Smithers, who attempted to murder a woman named Nellie Jackson in Christchurch, has been sentenced to hard labour for the rest of his life. At Perth (W.A), F. Tyler (an ex-policeman) was sent to gaol for ten years for shooting at—Police Commissioner Haro, against whom he had cherished a grudge for years.

Home and Australian mails close at Invercargill at 1.45 p.m. on Monday, and for Australia (except Tasmania) at 12.45 p.m. on Thursday.

A Saturday Half-Holiday Association has been formed- in Invercargill, with Mr I. W. Raymond as President and Mr A. A. Paape as secretary.

Replying - to the toast of his health at the banquet tendered to him by the Education and High Schools Board, the Minister for Education, the Hon. Geo. Fowdds, acknowledged the assistance he had received from Mr J. A. Hanan as chairman of the Education Committee of the House, and congratulated Invercargill on having such a progressive member. (Applause).

That man of pi any ups and downs, the late Capt. William Jackson Barrysaid some years ago —“ I have always looked upon myself as the reverse of Chas. Dickens's famous character Mi-caw her. I have never waited for something to turn up, but .gone on, turning up something, yet Micaw'ber and I, by different routes, arrived at the same goal—poverty.”

"More merchandise and loss liquor” is the alliterative heading given by an exchange to the report that during nine months of no-license Invercargill's Customs returns show 7 a decrease of £2319 in drink duties and an increase of £6OOO in those of general goods.

Mr Thomas McKenzie, M.H.R., when speaking on the Hand Bill in Invercargill, referred in complimentary terms to Mr J. A. Hanan, M.H.R. He said that it w 7 aS' an especial pleasure to him to be in the district represented by Mr Hanan, Invercargill’s worthy member, as they w r ere intimate friends in Parliament, though they differed on some political questions. He could assure them Mr Hanan w 7 as a gentleman they should be proud of. When Mr Hanan spoke in Parliament he was listened to, and he had no doubt if he continued to improve in health, as he had done lately, there was no position in this country he might not aspire to. (Applause).

Stock - owners in New Zealand would ho well to note that the New South Wales .Royal Agricultural Society’s grand horse parade show and sales for 1907 have been fixed for August 7th, Bth, 9th, and 10th. The two men (Hollman and Lawson) who were the principal witnesses in an alleged case of sly-grog selling, and who disappeared before the hearing, have been found at Seaward Downs. They declared that they left here because sonic young men hooted them and challenged them to fight. They will now vein ain in charge of the police till the case is heard. The sweated industries exhibition in the Invercargill council chambers attracted a large number of the public. No charge is made for admission, and judging by the opinions expressed in the visitors’ book the wretched prices paid for the goods i n view has excited general indignation. The Exhibition is one of the most pathetic that could be imagined, and should do much to strengthen public opinion in the direction of enforcing the principle of a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. The Arrow River Mining Co., who are mostly residents of Invercargill, have been advised that good returns are now being obtained after nearly ten years of unproductive labour. Still bigg-er yields are expected.

Housewives' with "full cradles, ’ to use President Roosevelt’s words, have been made uneasy this week by an advance of £1 per ton in flour, with the prospect of still further advances. Further arrests of sedition mongers continue to be made in India, and this is having a good effect in maintaining order.

A case of diphtheria was reported in Invercargill on Friday, and the little sufferer was promptly removed to the Hospital for treatment.

Two young women have died in Auckland within a few days of each other from an illness-pointing to a contamination of the Blood, and it is suspected that these are cases of plague. The sufferers worked in the same building. Prompt steps have been taken by the Health Department to remove all the occupants of the building and thoroughly disinfect it.

Speaking after a lecture on Socialism in Wellington, Mr Trogear, Secretary of the Labour -Department, declared that the Arbitration Act must not be abandoned but improved, and he suggested that the Court should be given power to introduce the profit-sharing element.

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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., MAY 18th. General News., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 7, 18 May 1907

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