INVER CARGILLITE ENTERS THE IMPERIAL GOVERNMENT SERVICE. The fame of Southland flax is known the world over, and the millowners have been so successful in placing it on the Home markets in such a fine condition that people intending to work flax areas, as a iule, like to get a Southlander to manage their mill. Some time ago an agent for the Imperial Government approached Mr A. W. Hall, of this town with a view of accepting a position with the Government to establish flaxmills oh St. Helena, and Mr Hall loaves Invercargill next week to take up the position. As to Mr Halits qualifications, everyone must admit that he is the right man. for ho has worked among flaxmills since childhood, and latterly has been as-* Sociated with Messrs Edwards and Royds. New River. St. Helena is a lonely island in the Atlantic, 1,200 miles from the West Coast of Africa, and measures 10 miles by eight. The climate is pretty constant an'd healthy, and there is a large area of valuable flax on the island. No doubt Mr Hall will soon turn it into a marketable commodity and give employment to a large number of hands. The Island is chiefly celebrated as the place of Napoleon Bonaparte's imprisonment, from 1815 to his death in 1821. During the Boer war a number of Boer prisoners were held there : part of it is strongly fortified, and is held as a secondclass coaling station. We wish Mr Hall every success in his new venture. and arc sure that wherever there is flax Mr Hall will be quite at home. ’AYDS HIRES TP THE FRONT. CANTERBURY BUYERS . For a number of years past the well-known Ayrshire herd, the property of Mr W. Rankin. Waikiwi. has commanded considerable attention in Australasia, both i?i and out of the show ring - . Some time ago Dr. Levinge, who has started a model farm in Canterbury, purchased several of Mr Rankin's stock, a nd was so pleased with them that this week he secured a young heifer and bull from Mr Rankin, and these were trained north on Tuesday last. Considering the class of cattle the price paid is very reasonable. They arc stock from Mr Rankin's imported bull. Bumhouse's "Prince John." and were both prize-takers at the Southland Show ; and as Dr Levin-go intends to show them in Christchurch we will no doubt hear more of them. Quite a number of Canterbury breeders arc going in for the Ayrshire breed, and it is satisfactory to note that Mi ll Rankin's stock is finding such favour with northern breeders. This is as it should be. for the name of Rankin and pnre-bred Ayrshires has been associated for many years past. THE NEW ROAD ROLLER. The Corporation traction engine road-roller gave a public exhibition in Esk street last week, and proved capable of doing all that was claimed for it. Some said the roller was too light, and others that it was too heavy, but the general verdict is that it is just the thing to put our streets in repair. There is sufficient work to keep it going - continually for some time, and in order to lessen the risk of accidents, it would be bettor to use it at nights, the same as is done* in larger towns. As regards urgent work, take Tay street as an instance —a great deal of it requires picking up, as do most of the streets. The crown of this particular street requires to come down about fifteen inches, and this appears to be the machine to do the work cheaply and well. Then again. when a start is made with the new tram-line there will he ample work for the roller. On the whole, judging by the recent performance, the Mayor (Mr W. B. Scandrett) and his Council have made a. wise and business-like purchase. Every summer complaint is made of the amount of loose metal on the streets, and if this traction roller is used in a systematic manner this difficulty should speedily be got over. The traction roller was purchased from Messrs Richard Garrett and Sous, Lees-ton, and was . secured through our enterprising townsman,
Mr Jas. Macalister, Dee street, who is sole agent for these machines. It is not a toy machine nor yet an experimental one, but of a class the firm has been manufacturing for a generation past, and is now taking the place of the heavier rollers which were at one time used, but are now considered not so good for the purpose as those of lighter build. Mr W. H. Jones, one of fifteen applicants, has been appointed to the position of driver.
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The Reporter., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 9, 15 June 1907
The Reporter. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 9, 15 June 1907
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