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News and Notes.

Away back in the eighties someone dubbed Invercargill " The City of Blazes" on account of its frequent fires. Citizens must have been reminded of the title when the firebell clanged out last Saturday night, and and three* times again on Sunday. The first fire destroyed an unoccupied cottage in Leet street, owned by Mr A. Galt. A few hours later a house in the same street belonging to Mr O. E. Johnston was demolished ; the next alarm was a cottage in Esk rtreet, owned by Mr Gourlay, which was damaged ; and on Sunday evening, just as church-goers were homeward bound, a blaze was seen in the premises at the corner of Kelvin and Ton streets, recently vacated by Messrs Stone Bros. The flames were quickly extinguished, but in two different parts of the building quantities of tow were found to be on fire, a circumstance which has led to police investigation. -4- -4- -4“ -4Parliament has had abundant material for debate in the Land Bill and tariff changes. The Minister of Lands is confident that the measure will be placed on the Statute Book, but whether in the form submitted remains to be seen. As to the tariff, there is the usual amount of gambling and suggestion—the subject is beset with difficulties, and it is impossible to please everybody. As the Hon- Mr Millar puts it : —"Where there were 700 or 800 different things to deal with, and where one man's raw material becomes another man's manufactured product, it was very difficult to know what to do. Every man wanted what he imported to come in free and to have the highest possible duty placed on goods that he manufactured himself. "We are going," he said, "to do away with all the shoddy stuff imported here, and on which large profits are made, and to bring a better class of goods into the country as well as to protect our local industries." ■4* 4 The cry of the unemployed, so far as railway workers are concerned, should not be heard in New Zealand for some .rears to come. 'About 100 men are at work on the Waikaka line ; 300 are engaged at the new tunnel at Caversham in ‘Connection with the duplication of the line between Dunedin and Clarksville ; and finally a contract has been let at <£599,794 for the Arthur's Pass tunnel on the line which is to link Canterbury with Westland the* Golden. The length of the tunnel will be five miles and a quarter, and it is estimated that every inch of that distance will necessitate an outlay of not less than fifty shillings. Five years is the outside veriod allowed to the contractors for completion. The plant alone will cost £150,000. and 2000 men will lie employed on the work. West Coasters have: been agitating for the work for about 40 years—they should now be satisfied for a good many years* to come, "sturdy beggars" though they be. •4 - The world has heard much of late as to the consideration with which women arc treated in American. One writer, referring to the Thaw trial, remarks :—"Every American has, in all truth and sincerity, a deepseated respect for and a strong desire to worship his womenfolk. He is chivalrous, and invariably polite to them. He treats every woman as if she was a lady born." Just so, but after this declaration it is odd to find the following in a letter from an American correspondent ; —" In addition to my reference to the effort. of 700 male teachers in our public schools banding together to prevent female teachers from getting men's pay when they perform men's work, I wish to say that I. regret that 700 as mean men could be found in our public service. Their action in this matter is .sufficient, evidence that they have mistaken their calling, for such persons should never be entrusted with the education of outvoting. The female teachers have my best wishes in this matter," •4- -4- 4- -s>'At the conference of the New Zealand Alliance in Wellington last week the demand for the bare majority was again agreed to, and also a demand for a colonial vote in addition to the local option vote. Strong resolutions wore passed dealing with the brewers' depots at and Invercargill, and the working oi the locker system in No-license districts. Bepoi'ts were received from representatives of the party in Grey Lynn, 'Ashburton, Mai aura, and Invercargill, showing the new conditions under No-license arc answering the expectations of the part and proving a great success,. Apropos of the strong

/resolutions, some people are- wont to 1 accuse colonial temperance reformers 1 with intemperate speech, but they ! scarcely go so far as the Rev. Mr Sheldon, author of "In His Seeps," who recently revisited Enah. i.d. Asked by an interviewer whether ho would go the length of excluding from church membership persons engaged in the liquor trade, Mr Sheldon is reported to have said, " Certainly. We regaz-d the manufacturer of liquor as a criminal who stands j nn the same level as a thief. No brewer would ever be admitted to j church membership in Kansas, and, ■ as a matter of fact we have no brewers in our State." j -4- -4- 4- -4j "Things are not always what they j room”— or persons either. A few months ago there arrived in Oamaru a smart young .ellow from ChristI church. He was sociable and likei able, and ho was speedily initiated j into the methods of Locker-keepers, i He was joined later by another equally smart young man, who was also taken into the confidence of some of the young men about town. In due course the news leaked out that the young men were policemen, and the final act in the little drama is thus told :—At the Oamaru Court the magistrate gave his reserved decision in the case Police v. White, charged with selling liquor. After reviewing the evidence, the magistrate said ; "I am of opinion that the locker system has been resorted to as a blind or shelter behind which I believe the law would, be broken with impunity, and I convict defendant of the charge on which he is az-raigned, and fine him £SO, with costs £6 195.” Defendant’s solicitor gave notice of appeal. ■4" 4- ■4 - -4Talking of policemen, the opinion entertaizied in some quarters that Irishmen like to be in the force is not borne out by facts so far as this colony is concerned —Out of 78 men enrolled in the police-force during last year 52 wez-o native born New Zeal tenders, eight Australians, seven Irish, six English, and five Scotch. In point of religion 22 were Church of England, 32 Roman Catholic, and 19 Presbyterians. In occupation 26 were labourers, live miners, five artillerymen, live butchers, anti four fanners. 4 4 4 4 Mr T. Grattan Esmonde (Nationalist) member for North Wexford has joined the Sinn Fein movement, declaring that Ireland must give up bargaining with bated breath in a foreign Legislature, and with foreign people for the restoration of stolen liberties. So runs a recent cable izzoswage. What the Sinn Fein movement means to some people was bluntly put by Mr P. Donncllam who recently addressed a meeting of the Gaelic League at Attymass, near Ballina. He said that all which had been done in Ireland for the past 60 years could be written in the word "Talk,” and they had nothing- for it except that it had reduced the population from 8.000,000 to 4,000,000. The Irish people of to-day were not in a position to face England on the battlefield, and he believed that the was the only policy which would eventually loose the shackles of foreign government from their wrists. (But while they were waiting for that not far distant date, they should use effectively the power they had in their hands at present, namely, to boycott everything English, from the LordLieutenant down to the meanest ) menial and the meanest spy in her i service—and English money Was tu-v----jer more available for paying spies than it was to-day. •4 -4What with anti-Japanese riots and i labour troubles, San Erancisco is in a bad way just now. Latest advices state that in an attack on the Japanese in the city four persons were killed and many injured. D is also slated that the tram-tar sheds wonburned. down. The trouble has lasted for some months. The Union employes struck some time ago, and the company tried to run the service with free men, or "blacklegs," as the Unionists call them. The company also called to their aid an organisation known as ‘‘strike-break-ers," a band of men, who, headed by one Farley, is always available, at a price to assist in ending or breaking strikes —hence the term. In May last the attempts to run the cars led to several lights in the streets, and on one occasion 800 shots were fired by the strike breakers from the i 1 ram-sheds. Several men were woun- ! dec! —some fatally. At the end of 1 May it was stated :—‘'Lawlessness and disorder in SaztFztmcisco have ’now reached such dimensions owing | to the rigour of trade-union boyI colts that the people are stopping | the rebuilding of the city in oz’der to 'fight union labour with its own weapons,. ‘According to a report made

to the Governor no fewer than 40,000 werkpeople are now out of work. Of these 10,000 belong to the building trade. Four thousand street-rail-way workers walk the streets daily in 'droves looking for work. It is merely a question, says a correspondent. which will starve first, employers or workmen. •<s>-■<s>--$- -4The death took place recently at South Invercargill of Mr James Tobin, who had reached the patriarchal age of one hundred years. Eight years old when the Battle of Waterloo was fought, what a story he could have told ! Mr Tobin was the uncle of James. Edward, and Dennis Tobin, the well-known Hedgehope farmers, and equally well-known in the athletic field.

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News and Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 15, 27 July 1907

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News and Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 15, 27 July 1907

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