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Funds arc being collected to Provide an ambulance litter for the Kaitangata mine. Three rock drills have been obtained by the Mines Department, and can be hired by prospectors. The conditions include 12s 6d payment for ■ every loot, bored by the drill. During the first live months of this year more sheep have been dealt with at the Southland Frozen Meat ■Co’s works than for the whole of the previous year. For the six months of the current year the receipts of the Bluff Harbour Board are £921) in excess of those for the same period of 1906. It is understood that the Government intend to consider that part of 'the law which allows beer depots to be erected just outside no license districts. Mr Roope has gone to "Wellington to put the brewers’ views of the position before Ministers. The Invercargill Athenaeum Committee has been asked by the Education Board as to whether the museum could bo handed ■*- over to the Board, which will provide proper accommodation and a caretaker. If there bo no legal difficulties, the request will probably be granted. The museum was originally bought from its owner for £6OO. The charges against Edward Alarrah of keeping- and exposing liquors for sale in Invercargill were dismissed, but the magistrate , referring to the keeping of kegs of beer in the house for other persons warned the defendant that if he came before the court again he would not bo treated as a first offender. On Sunday last a young man named John Marsh, accompanied by his mother, two brothers, and two other men. 'drove to Port Molyneux, to look at a fishing boat he intended to buy. Coming back it was dark when they reached the South Molyneux punt, but the vehicle was got over all right. Marsh, however, either lost his footing, or overbalanced, and was drowned. "The Onlooker ” in the Balclutha Free Press approves of the protest made by the Southland Trades and I.abour Council against £IOO,OOO a year being paid for a 20-day mail service from Britain. "To nineteentwentieths of us," he remarks, "what does it matter if our letters are a month instead of three weeks on the voyage out ?” The Rev. Air Currie, Presbyterian minister, Balclutha, has been dealing with the great question of amusements. As to cards, he stated, while seemingly unobjectionable, ho had been compelled to keep them out of his own house. Their association with gambling had become too pronounced. Oh billiard playing almost the same criticism might be passed. Nearly every church and benevolent society in the Tlororata district, Canterbury, has been remembered in the will of the late Sir John Hall. The sum of £30,000 is to be used for charitable purposes in Canterbury ; £IO,OOO goes to erect an Anglican Church at Hororata ; and '£3 000 to establish a home for boys. Melbourne continues to be the

scene of daring robberies, the latest being the felling of a man in his own garden with an iron bar. His assailant secured jewellery worth £l6O. The murderer of Air Bauer, jewel merchant, is still at large, although the reward has been increased to, £IOOO. Air W. A. Floyd, of the Tourist Department, Wellington, was advised by the Department that he was infringing the rules of the Civil Service in convening a meeting —an antiAsiatic meeting, and was given the option of severing bis connection with the movement or resigning. He therefore r. .-igned. The estate of the late Air D. Kingsland. Jnvercaro-ill. is valued at £3.698. A public meeting is to be held at Riverton to discuss the half-holiday question—Saturday v. Wednesday. Day and AlcFachlan contested three races at Auckland, and Day, as at Dunedin recently, won two out of three. During June there were only two cases of Scarlet fever in Southland. One sufferer, a child of seven years, at Richmond Grove, died. There were twelve cases of diphtheria, two of which, at Riverton, ended fatally. There were six deaths from consumption. The site of the Bank of England ; n London is valued at £6,531,000. An expert, asked his opinion as to the. effect of the electric light on vegetation in the London Squares, staled that trees growing close to the street lamps were the first to put out their leaves. There has been a revival of the alien trouble in ’Frisco owing to the refusal of the authorities to issue permits to Japanese registry offices. A recent visitor to Japan states that the troops are not afraid of a conflict with United States. The Western Federation of Alines (United States) will pledge its members to Socialism, and take part in the nominations for the Presidency. Twenty-seven firms in the glass trade in Britain, employing over 1000 hands, have ceased business owing to foreign competitors having a protected market with the additional advantage of a free British market. Eight hundred time-expired Chinese have left the Rand for China. Twenty-two members of the House of Commons, belonging to the Trades Union Group have issues a manifesto protesting against the absurdities of some colonial premiers in reerence to trade preference.

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AT HOME AND ABROAD, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 12, 6 July 1907

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AT HOME AND ABROAD Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 12, 6 July 1907

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