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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., DEC. 22. General News.

Just as we went to press on Friday our Nightcaps correspondent wired that a fire had broken out in the mine, and three men were entombed. Their names are : W. Duncan, P. Walsh, and W. Carson. Duncan’s body has been recovered, and efforts are being made to reach the other two men. Work is retarded by the presence of black damp. All are married men. Dr. Baird has gone out fr 0 m Otautau. An inquest will be held to-day-The 17th anniversary of the Court Southern Cross, A.0,F., is to be celebrated in the Bluff Drill Hall on the 26th June. Entries for the forthcoming musical examinations must be made by July 2nd.

It is just ten year’s to-day since the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated^-

'Another ballot and sale of £2OOO in the Invercargill Starr-Bow’kett Society takes place on Tuesday next.

Home mails close a t Inveycargill at! 12.25 on Monday ; for Australia at 1.45 p.ra. on Tuesday; and for South Africa, Great Britain, and Australia at 12.55 p.rn. on Wednesday-

The Rev. A. Mitchell preaches morning and evening in St. Paul’s Leet Street Church to-morrow. The evening subject is "Thoughts on Genesis,” and should prove an interesting discourse, knowing the ability of the preacher.

On the recommendation of the gas and water committee the Invercargill Borough Council has decided to give tne waterworks engineer and men three months’ notice with a view to reorganising the staff. An amendment, referring the clause back to the committee for consideration was lost. One councillor alleged that the engineer, unknown to the Council, had written a letter to she inspector of Machinery, and others spoke ©f the failure of the water supple- at a fire in Leet street.

'A stirring address on the necessity of maintaining a strong - navy was delivered by Mr J. E. Watson, at the annual meeting of the Gore branch of •the Navy League on Tuesday. Instead of paying £40,000 a year to the upkeep of the Navy, New Z'ealand should pay £250,000 a year, Australia two millions, Canada two millions, and India and South Africa nne million each. We note that Sir J. G. Ward declared at Sydney that New - Zealand would be prepared to double or more than double her contribution if necessary, and would not follow the example of Australia in (.withdrawing from the naval subsidy.

We have to thank Mr Hay, Commissioner of Crown lands, Invercargill, for plans of lands to be offered for lease-in-perpetuity in the Longwood, Lindhorst, and Hokonui districts. The sale takes place on 10th July. Rural land will also be sold in Waian, Wyndham, Forest Hill, Oteramika, and New River Hundredis on 17th July. Plans can now be obtained at the Land Office. Further particulars are given by advertisement in this issue.

The many friends of Mr Thomas Chambers, Venetian blind manufac, turer, of this town, were extremely sorry to learn of the sudden death of his wife, which took place a t Christchurch on the 14th inst. It appears that Mrs Chambers had not enjoyed •good health of late, and together with her husband went on a trip to .Christchurch, where she passed away very suddenly', from an affection of the heart- The funeral took place privately on Tuesday last, and the service was conducted by Staff-Capt. Dixon. Deceased was of a kindly disposition, and a thorough Christian lady, who will be mourned by ■a large circle of friends.

Messrs Win. Todd and Co. held a sale of freehold land in the .Rialto on Saturday last, and there was a large attendance. The properties were being sold for unpaid rates, by the Registrar of the Supreme Court (Mr Colyer). Ten acres at Otautau were keenly competed for, and ran up to £64, Mr 1 W. Curran being the purchaser. Two sections in Grasmere were secured by Mr Nichol, jnr., for r £22. Mr B. R. Stephens was the successful bidder for two -J—acre sections in Gore, the ..price being £l2 for the two. A section at Hokonui was bought by Mr R. W. Hall for '£4. Mr Todd, senr., genial old soul, thanked the buyers, and said he would have to take Mr Colyer into partnership if the people were so keen after defaulting' sections.. The substantial rise in values at Otatar a was no doubt due to the tramway system now in progress. The section sold in that district contains maiden bush, anti is no doubt worth much more than the price paid.

That famous company from Invercargill known as the "Idlers” have consented to give one of their grand concerts at Brown’s on Tuesday evening, the 23th June, in aid of the hall funds. They will be assisted by ■Mr Briasco's band, from Winton, so that the residents of Browns and the tearrounding district may have the pleasure of hearing one of the best concerts ever held in that district.

Directly after singing one of his own songs at a concert at Salway Ash., a village near Bridgeport, Major John Paulet Gollop w a s taken ill and died Before the arrival of a doctor/' He was seventy-eight.

A sharp shock of earthquake was experienced in Southland, and as far north as Timaru at 8.30 on Tuesday evening. No 'damage was do he.

Dean Burke, of this town, writing to Mr W. B. Scandrett (Mayor) from Home, under the date of 10th May, .says that he is having a most enjoyable time. Rome is a wonderful city that would require twelve months to sea all that is to be seen. He sends some photos to show the beautiful buildings which adorn that ancient city. He adds it is an immense advantage to colonials to travel through "Cooks,” as their commissionaires, who attend the arrival of the steamers at the various ports, are full of valuable information.

Particulars of the Army services are given in another column. On Sund a y a memoriam service in connection with the death of Mrs Chambers will be held, and on Thursday evening a united prayer meeting under the auspices of the Ministers’ Association will be held.

The fouz - -year-old son of Mr D. Burn, of the well-known firm of watchmakers (Burn and Peters) of this town was seriously injured in Christchurch on Thursday afternoon. The child had been riding up and down the lift in the D.1.C., and w a a caught between the lift and the floor, sustaining- severe injuries. A Lw months ago Mrs Burn left for the north for the benefit of her health, and was accompanied by their only son, a bright little fellow. On news of the accident Mr Burn left for the north. Word was received Q n Friday that the child’s neck and arm had been badly damaged, but hopes are entertained for his recovery.

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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., DEC. 22. General News., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 10, 22 June 1907

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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., DEC. 22. General News. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 10, 22 June 1907

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