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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., AUG. 3rd. General News.

* On 21st August several sections will be submitted for auction at the Land Office. They include a section in Waikaka, one at New River, and one in the town of Lumsden. Sale plans are now available. Messrs Mackenzie and Wilson invite tenders for the erection of a brick and concrete Sunday School for St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church. It will be erected where the black, smith’s shop now stands, and will add to the appearance of the street. Tenders close on 9th August. New shares may now be taken up in the Southland Building Society, and are free from arrears. A large number avail themselves of this easy way of securing homes for themselves . The Bluff Methodist Church is holding a “Ship Fair” in the Drill Hall on the 7th and Bth inst, when various attractions will be offered to the public. As this is the “first” church at the Bluff, and the proceeds arc in aid of much-needed repairs to the building it ought to be wellsupported. The entertainment will occupy only two evenings, and should prove interesting.

The bachelors of Waimatulai hold their annual ball on Friday, 16th 'August while the Spar Bush bachelors shine forth on the Friday following (26rd August). The Southland Champion Ploughing match will be held on Mr Thos. Fraser’s farm, near Wallacetown, on Wednesday next. There is generally a very good attendance at these interesting contests, and no doubt if we get weather like we have bad of late, there will be a large gathering. A drag will leave town in the afternoon for the match. ’Wednesday and Thursday next wilt be rod-letter days in connection with coursing in Southland. As showing the interest evinced in this popular sport it may be mentioned that the entries exceeded by far the most sanguine expectations, over 90 paiis having nominated, and in consequence a fr-sh supply of hares has been secured. These have now been placed in the enclosure, and next Wednesday and Thursday should see verv large gatherings on Plnmpton. The. new bridge across the Fstnary to Otatara is now being used for bringing firewood across. An engine is used for hauling, and a largo quantity of dry manuka is stadked on the other side waiting tmnspoi t. Prainage work is being pushed on, while several settlers are hat'd at it clouring - their areas and burning olf with a view to cropping. Kail way men art; bust’ putting in a siding from the abattoir to the new sand-brick works. This will be oi considerable assistance to the company, and tiny will be able to handle the bricks and material with more expedition. On Wednesday last a gang of railway men shifted the (Jrasmere station about four chains further up the line from the Hay Hoad- This is a good move, and will be appreciated by those crossing the line. As the station originally was, it meant that when a train drew tip it blocked the road for traffic, whereas now traflic will not be interfered with. "Referring to ihe recent convention in Wellington the Vanguard declares that the story told by Mr Baxter ol what re. i-l ionise had done in Invercargill, and by Mr Harding oi what it had done' for Ashburton would prove more effective in winning converts to no-license than the most eloquent orator that. could be imported from any country under the- sun. A correspondent of the Otago Daily Times pointed out that in supporting! the Tawrence railway extension, the fruit-growers of Roxburgh, with unpardonable blindness gate the weight of their influence to a movement, the only result of which is to penalise themselves by limiting them to one market, whereas the route via Waipahi would have given them two markets —Dunedin and Invercargill. In the article on the timber industry, published in tills isstie, incidental reference is made to the fine stretch of birch trees in Afore and Sons’ sawmill area in the Longwood, This timber has hitherto been regarded as of little commercial value, but according to the O taut an Standard a substantial rise in value lias taken place, and It is understood that a number of merchants' will take the complete output of the mills. Sir J. (!’. Ward told an antigambling deputation that further legislation would be introduced dealing with the question, but as to the abolition of the totalisator it was not possible to get such a proposal through Parliament. Personally, he saw no harm in race-meetings, if properly conducted. He recognised that there was a large section of the community who looked upon race meetings as part and parcel of a system which they supported and believed in. The Premier is probably correct —more’s the pity. On Wednesday evening next the I.A. Dramatic Ciuta present the new and sensational drama “ The Jail Bird.” The members have been rehearsing for some time, and a firstclass production is anticipated. The play abounds in incident, and the leading parts are in capable hands, under the management of Mr A. R. AVills, who himself takes the lead, It is to be hoped the public will roll up in large numbers, for it is a work of charity, and one. that should commend itself to the public as a very deserving case. The proceeds are to be devoted to the fund now being raised for the widow and orphans of our late respected townsman, Mr W. Carnahan, who lost his life recently in the Otantan fire.

Several blocks of land will be open for sale or selection in the Waikawa district on Wednesday, 28th Aug. The anniversary services of the Leet street Methodist Church will be held to-morrow, when the Rev. A. Mcßean will preach at 11 a.m., and the Rev. A. Mitchell at 6.30 p.m. On Wednesday next the annual tea will be held at 6 o’clock, to be followed by a grand concert in the church, for which a splendid programme has been arranged, including the celebrated organ solo ‘‘The Storm,” and other attractive features. The Invercargill milk suppliers have joined forces, and hold a grand social in Ashley's hall on Wednesday evening next. An ideal programme to suit young and old has been arranged, and an enjoyable time is promised. Mr Edwards’ orchestra has been engaged. Messrs Russell and Sons, solicitors, have received word from the Colonial Secretary that Mr S. E. McCarthy has been appointed to act on a. fresh commission of enquiry in reference to the Park drain. The date of hearing evidence will be fixed shortly. A Bluff lady, when on a visit to Invercarg'ill this week, picked up a purse containing money. The owner can apply direct or obtain particulars a.t this office. An enjoyable euchre match was played in, the Foresters' Hall on Thursday evening between the Pioneer Podge and a team representing the. Star football club. The Star ' came out; premier, the scores being 68 to 63. After the game light refreshments were handed round, and an enjoyable hour was spent. Songs were given by Messrs' C. Williams, T. Lawrence. S. A. Ciller, R. Donaldson, X. Whisker, and recitations by Messrs .7. Hell. Smith and Donaldson. Mr X. Whisker presided at the piano in first-class style. Mr .John 1 lay. Chief Surveyor and Commissioner of Crown Lands for Southland, died at his residence in Gala street, on Thursday evening. He was laid aside some months ago by measles, and venturing out too soon brought on an attack of pleurisy, complicated with jaundice. There was. however, every reason to believe that recovery was only a. matter of lime, but on Holiday last cancer of the liver was 'diagnosed, and the end came as slated. Mr Hay. who was in his 59th year, and had. every appearance of reaching, a good old age, hart done most of his professional work in Southland, and was one of the pioneer surveyors in carrying out exploration work in the Fiord country. A man of genial disposition he made friends wherever he went, while his devotion to studywon the regard and respect of all who lihd dealings with him as a public officer. He leaves a. widow and family to mourn his loss. As soon as the sad news became known the flag on the Government buildings was lowered to half-mast. A large number of policemen and dockers are on strike in Belfast, and 5000 troops have been sent to the city. Geo Munro (not Murray as stated in another column) who was caught setting lire to stt-ncks in the Riversdale district, has been sent to Seacliff, being mentally afflicted. Mr Wm. Corbett, land agent, Ksk st., has numerous properties, both town and country for sale. In sections for speculation purposes he can supply a number at low prices. A Dunedin flourmill owner, who was recently fined £SOO by the Millers’ Association for a breach of the rules, has failed, with liabilities of about £13,000. Mr J. T. M. Hornsby, who is not only a member of Parliament, but editor of the Railway Review, was presented at Christchurch with an address and a purse of sovereigns by a gathering of railway employes. He stated that Government would be asked to rectify grievances from which the men suffered, and if that was not done he was prepared to advise them to take steps to bo broufght under the operation of the Arbitration and Conciliation Acts. Sir Thos. Grattan Esmonde, the Nationalist member for the North [Division of Wexford, has resigned his seat, and joined the Sinn Fein Society, He states that the Nationalists have ended their co-operation with the English Liberals, and “ repeal of the Union.” must henceforth be their' battle-cry.

Home and Australian mails close at Invercargill at 1.45 p.m. on Monday, and at 12.55 p.m. on Wednesday. A comet with seven tails, one of which is seven million miles long, is approaching the earth. On July 28 it was 100 million miles distant. It was seen by Dunedin observers on Wednesday morning. It was intimated at the beginning of the year that the London Daily Mail was obtaining an editor from America to show I-Inglish journalists how to do things, lie was to receive £-500<l a year. Since then the paper and others under the same ownership, have been engaged in a campaign against the alleged soap trust, but became involved in several libel actions, several of which have been settled at figures totalling about £IOO,OOU. It would be interesting to know what hand the new editor had in the game. Heywood, secretary of the Miners' Federation, lias been acquitted of complicity in the murder of (Governor Steunenberg, of Idaho. The principal witness for the prosecution was a. man named Orchard, who described a number of outrages which he alleged the Federation paid him to execute. Moyer and Petti hone, two other officials of the Federation, arc also to be tried. A lad named Charles Mayhew, 11years of age. who lived at A venal, died on Sunday from blood-poison-ing-. About three weeks ago he was attempting to break a piece of wood by stamping on it. when a nail which he had not notice;!, pierced his boot, inflicting a slight wound. The nail was not rusty, and no serious results were anticipated. Blood-poison-ing. however, set in. and the- victim suffered great pain, 'and became totally blind before he passed away. On the 251 h ult., while men were excavating the sit" for the Presbyterian College at .North Fast \ alley. Dunedin, a fall of earth occurred in which Win. Brown was killed and Stephen Whelan injured. At the inquest a verdict of accidental death was returned, no blame attaching - to anyone. Whelan is recovering. One of t’ne contractors slated that owing to the rain coming on ii was decided to only work until half-past nine that morning, and the accident happened five minutes before the time the men were to have ceased work. It is supposed that water got in at the hack of the face and loosened the earlh. At Queensl ow n some lime ago India .lane (Green rented a house to one Margaret Philips, and went to . Dunedin. She took possession in March last and then discovered that certain articles that she had hidden under the roof before she left were gone. She thereupon sued her late tenant, who denied all knowledge* oi tile articles, which were valued at £5 ss. Plaintiff was non-suited, with £2 Is (id costs. The Dunedin correspondent- of the Wakatipti Mail, referring to the agitation against the coloured persons being admitted to the colony. a movement supported by at least one member of the (Government, asks — '‘What about Mr Carroll, the Native Minister ?" But the correspondent should remember that Mr Carroll's ancestors wore the original owners of New Zeal an'd.

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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., AUG. 3rd. General News., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 16, 3 August 1907

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The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., AUG. 3rd. General News. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 16, 3 August 1907

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