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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., JULY 6th. General News.

The annual general meeting- of the Highland Society of Southland takes place in Allen’s HaU on Thursday evening, 11th July. A full attendance is requested. Constable Mafchieson a nd Mr J. Edgar, who recently left Queenstown to make further search for Mr North, the missing tourist, returned on the 28th inst., and report that no trace was found of the unfortunate man, whose date is now beyond doubt.

The Loyal Orange Institution celebrate the 12th July by a grand concert in Victoria Hall on Friday evening next. A splendid programme has been arranged, and Bro. W. I>. Little, Hr and Chaplain, will, occupy the chair. Black's orchestra will be in attendance , and items will be given by Mr G. Black, Miss Vera Richards, '‘The Idlers," Mr A. R. Thomson, Mrs H. Crowther. Mr J. Watt, Miss iP. Ross, and Messrs Cooks on and Brown, Miss Nixon, and Mr Lepetit ; while the accompaniments will be played by Miss Morrison, A.L.C.M. Then, on Sunday afternoon (14th), there will be a grand Protestant demonstration in the same hall at 3 p.,m. Bro. Little will conduct. Appropriate hymns will be sung, and .Y.M.C.A. B a nd will be in attendance. A collection will be taken up in aid of the band funds. There should be a large gathering on both occasions, and for the concert it would be difficult to arrange a beL ter programme, as most of the leading talent of the town will assist. The Invercargill Municipal Band hold their annual social in Victoria Hall on Friday. 19th July. In years gone by these socials proved most enjoyable, and efforts are being made to make this otic equal to, if not better, than former years. Air J. J. Mair is the secretary, and has the arrangements well in hand. On July 17th. a grand conversazione and dance is to be held in "Victoria Hall. in aid of St. Alary's choir. No effort is being spared to make this the social of the year. A first-class programme, consisting of solos, duels, quartettes, etc., has been arrange l :!. Resides this, a. set supper wiil be laid al H>.Bo. which will include soups, joints, jellies, etc., and those who can't dance or sing can at any rate en'oy a good supper. The ladies have an elaborate preparation in hand, and a splendid night’s enjoyment is assured. The I.A. Dramatic Club stage a play in the Theatre towards the end of the month, and have generously decided to devote the proceeds to the fund in aid of the widow and orphans of the late Air Carnahan. The drama has been in rehearsal for some time, and the public may expect something good from this talented company. Particulars of the Salvation Army services are given in another page. On Sunday old-time Salvation meetings ; and on Wednesday Airs Stal'fCaptain Dixon gives her life story ; on Thursday the band will give a musical programme at North Invercargill in aid of Mission Hall. At the recent poultry show several pens o i poultry exhibited by the Government wei;e not shown to advantage. The cause of this was in way attributed to the society, but to the exhibitors. It. appears that they arranged for pons for so many exhibits, in a very good position, ■but brought additional birds, and these had to be placed in make-shift pens. It is understood that fresh arrangements will be made in connection with the dog and pet sections tor next year. The Corporation Engineer (Air W. Sharp) has submitted a preliminary report to the Council as to the possibility of a gravitation water supply from the Oroti at a point near Dipton. The estimated cost is set down at £-112,263, This includes the cost of reticulation for the suburban boroughs. Alesrrs Smith and Laing-, Esk st., look after the bushmen of Southland this week h a ve opened out a splendid line of Jarrah King axes. These are true to the ring, and bushmen nxid those interested in good' axes are invited to call and inspect. The services at the Leet street Church on Sunday will be conducted by .Rev, A. Alitchell. The service at night will be a musical one. Aliss Erapwell will sing ‘‘The Two Cities” ■and Mr Taylor ‘‘Behold, I stand at the Door.” Judgment was given on Thursday in the case brought by W. Rennie, Corporation Inspector, against W. Haigh, for keeping a common lodging house without a license. The defence was that there was a common lodging house and a boardinghouse, such as that kept by the defendant, and the magistrate upheld the objection, and ruled that the by-law was 1 invalid. Information dismissed, with costs, £2 2s. At the meeting of tho Council on Thursday a letter 6from the solicitor on the subject was referred to the Finance Committee, and it was suggested that the licenses already collected from boardinghouse keepers should be refunded.

At the Gore Poultry Show on Friday, the Rev. A. Mitchell, of this town, had eight exhibits and won seven prizes, which is a remarkably good performance. He got second for cock, lirst for hen, first and’third for cockerel, and first, second and third for pullet. Well done, Alitchell !, A local business man who has gone in for a new set of weighing scales, advertises a set of brass scales and a butter machine for sale. They are in first-class order, and are beingused daily at his shop, A low price is asked, and early ■ application is necessary. A supplementary mail for America and the United Kingdom will close at Invercargill at 12.35 p.m. to-day (Saturday), aad for Australia and tho United Kingdom at 1.45 p.m. on Aloud ay. A man named Norman fell off the train from Orepuki to Invercargill on Thursday, and died from his injuries soon after. It is understood that he is a flaxmiller at Clifden, and that he leaves a widow and ton children. We understand that the Clifton Hall has been bought by a local resident, and will be opened again for amusements, after having boon closed' for six months. The new owner opened the .hall with a dance last evening. and the Clifton Euchre Club has engaged it for Wednesday next. 10th July, and intend holding another of their popular euchre matches. A resident of Dnkerau advertises for the owner of two carrier pigeons. It appears they found their way into a workshop some time ago, and the owner this week discovered tho LIES, ring on the cock bird's leg, and uses the "Southern Cross” as a means of discovering their owner. Further particulars may be obtained at this office.

A lai’g'o and well-attended meeting was held in Victoria Hall on Monday evening- to celebrate the tirst anniversary of no-licenso in Invercargill. Mr J. J. Wesney. President ,of the Reform Council, occupied the chair, and there was a large attendance. The chairman said there was a consensus of opinion that no-lic-ense had benefited the community, and from a municipal point of view the Corporation was now receiving more revenue from hotel properties than it did under license. Mr J. S. .Baxter pointed out that the predictions as to financial ruin had . been falsified. During the year 57 new buildings had been erected, and others added to at a total cost of £42,000. The municipal revenue had gone up, and the rates had not been increased, except to the extent to be expected from the higher value of properly. The Rev. Mr Ferguson dealt with the moral aspect <>f the quertion. and held that a great improvement had taken place under nolicense —the amount of drunkenness was incomparably less than the days of the open bars. The Rev. .V. Mitchell said that drunkenness had disappeared from the streets, and the improvement in social order was noticeable. The deposits in the post office 'savings bank showed a substantial increase, and the Southland Building Society had had a record year. T n every respect there was reason for congratulations, and when the beer depots were removed still better results would be achieved. The Rev. J. Dawson, of Wellington, Chairman of the X.Z. Alliance, congratulated Invercargill on the success 0 f the no-license movement. The half-yearly meeting- of Court Star of the South, Xo. 5843, A.O.F. war held in the Foresters’ Hall on • June 27th. There was a large .attendance of members, and keen interest was taken in the election, of officers for the ensuing term. Bro. 0. W. Patton was elected Chief Ranger for the third time in succession without opposition. Bro. Those McXatty S.C.R., Bro. Ward S.W., Bro. Jno. Brooks J.W., Bro. Wm. Lech S.H., Bro. Wm. Parker .LB., Bro. Wm. Sampson, treasurer, Bro. R. Folloy secretary, Bro. J. C. Howie, J. O. Hawkins and H. T. Denton auditors. Bror. Hawkins and Lewis installed each officer to their respective chairs, congratulating the Court on their choice of officers, and predicting a, more favourable term for the half year. Bro. Patton, addressing the members, referred to the improvement the 'juvenile court was making. At their last meeting they had proposed five new members, and their election of officers would take place at next meeting. They were also commencing a new round of competitions, and the committee were offering valuable prizes to the winners-. Tie invited the members of the adult court to visit the boys at their meetings.

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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., JULY 6th. General News., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 12, 6 July 1907

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