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General News., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 13, 13 July 1907
At the police court on Friday a Chinaman was fined £lO and costs for permitting the smoking of opium in his house in Kelvin street. On Wednesday last the cabmen of this town devoted their day’s takings to assist the widow and orphans of the late Mr Carnahan, and as a result handed over the sum of £l7 17s 7d. Well done, cabbies ! Mr J. A. Hanan, M.H.R., for this town, is urging the Government to establish experimental State farms in SouthlandThe annual social in connection with the Caledonian Society takes place in Victoria Hall on July 26th Thei'e are several competitions, besides a capital programme of 14 or 15 items. For further particulars see advt. in this issue. The Waianiwa bachelors give a ball in their hall on Tuesday next. A farewell presentation and smoke concert will be tendered to Mr R. Young, at Mabel Bush, on Thursday evening, Ist August.
Mr Miller, who has been Superintendent of the Fire Brigade, has resigned the position, and the Corporation now 7 invites applications for a su peri nt endent.
A country resident complains in no uncertain way about the lack of sec-ond-class smoking accommodation on the Western 'District trains, and thinks its time the department paid more attention to this matter. Of course his complaint should be made to the District Traffic Manager, who will no doubt see the wisdom of supplying the necessary cars for this numerous section of Jhe community. .General Booth has had a grand reception in Japan, and a full account of it' is given in the latest War Cry. In the course of his opening speech the General remarked : “It gives me pleasure to visit your distinguished country. It gives me pleasure lo see and visit my own people, and to hear of the good work they have been doing for the welfare ,nd happiness of the Empire. It gives me pleasure to visit the people of Japan,- but it will give me the greatest pleasure if my visit promotes in any shape of form the welfare of this great nation.”
The ladies of Otatara and Xew River Ferry give a grand return ballin Mr Marshall's barn on Wednesday, 24th July. A ’bus will run from town.
The Druids’ Lodge in New 7 Zealand is making rapid progress, and notably so in Invercargill. Quite a number have lately joined the local lodge. This is a step in the right direction, and every young man should consider ix his duty to belong to one or other of the friendly societies. In time of sickness or accident it is a grand standby, and the young man who so nearly lost his life in the Port Chalmers line said he was thankful to say he was a Druid. On the death of a member £7O is voted, and in the case of a wife the ordinary funeral benefits are g'ivcn. Some further particulars are given on another page.
The Wallacetown bachelors hold their ammal ball on Friday, 26th Julv.
At the last meeting- of the A venal Council a proposal was submitted which would be the means of reclaiming valuable land close into town. If the project is carried out there will be a Considerable area of good building land available in the borough. The idea is so continue the wall from the A. and P. Association's ar*a, and pxit on flood gates. The cost of same would run into about £SOO. T G meet interest and sinking fund on this amount it is proposed to separate the sections into a rating area- It would undoubtedly enhance the value of the property very .cornudurably.
Montgomery's popular entertainers occupied the Municipal Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday, and the audiences were delighted with the entertainment provided. The combination is a good one, and included a number of new picture slides, and the audience was not slow in showing their appreciation. The comic element was well represented, and the audiences were kept in good humour from start, to finish. The scenes of the late fire in Wellington were realistic, and gave a splendid idea of the immensity of the disaster. The company are now touring the country districts, and show in Gore on Monday and Tuesday next, and are well worth a visit.
Mr W. B. Scandrett has a handy farm for sale close to towu■ It can be secured for £-60 cash down, and tlie balance can remain.
Special services are being conducted at the Salvation Army to-morrow
A Protestant demonstration under the auspices of the local Orange Lodge will be held in Victoria Hall at three p.m. to-morrow.
Mails for Preservation Inlet and the West Coast Sounds close at Invercargill at 4.40 p.m. to-day : for Australia, South Africa. and the Pnited Kingdom at 1.45 p.m. on Monday, and Australia and the United Kingdom at 12.55 p.m. on Thursday.
Schmitz, mayor of San Francisco, has been sentenced to live years’ imprisonment for levying blackmail and accepting bribes.
The Financial Statement is to be delivered on Tuesday evening.
Southland sawmills paid in wages last year the substantial sum of £89,879, the number of persons employed being 881.
The H. and C.A. received an offer on Thursday of £ISOO for the Home in Bowmont street, hut declined it, with the explanation that £2OOO had previously been offered and refusedThe inmates were removed to Horne Farm some time ago-
The Hev. .V. Mitchell's Buff Orpingtons scored well at the Wyndham poultry show on Thursday, his wins being —first prizes for cock and hen, first and second for cockerel. second and third for pullets, and two specials.
The annual social demonstration in connection with the Salvation Army will he held in the Army .B a rr a .cks. His Worship the Mayor (Mr W. B. S can cl ret t) will preside, and several ladies and gentlemen will speak and sing. The gathering takes place on Wednesday next.
There is: great activity in the building - trade in Kaitangata just now. AH the carpenters are very busy, and have work before them for some considerable time. There a re seven buildings in various stages of construction there at present, and this state of afliairs is a good omen for the future prosperity of the town.
The annual police report submitted to Parliament includes inspector Mitchell's statement regarding nolicense in Invercargill. He points out that the police are helpless to control sales at the beer depots, the vendors being subject to no restriction, and he also roi'ers to the "locker'’ system, which he considers -in an undoubted evasion of the law. Pnder the circumstances he considers that no-license is prevented from having a -air trial. Nevertheless, the closing of the open bar has effected an improvement, and many once miserable homes now enjoy happiness.
At the inquiry into the wreck of the Kia-ora, Pavenagh, one of the passengers, stated that he was allowed to swim alongside a boat which contained two dogs., although some of the occupants suggested that that the animals should be thrown out to make room for the man. The passenger in cpieslion was among those who asserted that drinking prevailed, and when Mr T>e Wolio, one of the officers implicated, was leaving the witness-box, ho remarked "There is one thing I would like to say, and that is about the dogs. I feel proud that I saved them, for I think their lives more honourable and more truthful a nd might be more useful in the future than some of the lives I did save.”
General News., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 13, 13 July 1907
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