The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., AUG. 10th. General News.
The services at the Leet st. church on Sunday will be conducted by the Rev. A. Mitchell morning and evening. At the evening service Mr Mitchell will answer questions.
Tenders are invited by the Invercargill Corporation for the x )Ur 'Chase of 131 hundred pound debentures. The debentures will bear interest at 41 per cent, and the loan has a currency of 28 years.
Mr W. B. Scandretfs special property list on page four of this issue, has been altered this week, consequent on a number of recent sa es. A number of new properties have been added, and intending purchasers should read it through carefully.
The local centre Trinity College exams, take place in December next. Entries must he made by Saturday next, August 15th.
The recent spell of dry weather Mas had a bad effect on suburban water supplies.- In some cases where windmills have been erected, it is just as bad, for it is a while now since we had a rlccent •'blow.” The owner of one of these mills not a hundred miles from town had an “expert” for a day examining it, with a view ho finding out what was wrong, and ho discovered shortly before knock-off tim® that it was want of wind.. The owner said it was funny he had not thought of that before ! It is twelve years on, Monday since Minnie Dean, the Winton murderess, was hanged in Invercargill gaol. The Highland Society’s annual social and hall takes place in the Zealanriia hall on the 28rd Augtist. Mrs J, F. Forde announces in this issue that she has taken over the Urincess Hotel, and can • offer all the comforts of a home to the travelling public. An excellent table is also kept. The bachelors of Ryal Bush hold their annual ha’l on Wednesday, 121 st August.. Special services for the people are being held in the Army barracks, Tay stre.-t. All are heartily welcome. Wanganui is going- in for electric tramways at a cost of ti 11,776. A grand gymnastic display, such as has never before, been seen in Invercargill will he given in the Municipal Theatre on Thursday evening next. Patrons can ivly on a tip-top .exhibition, and will no doubt attend in large numbers. Clifton, the headquarters of the Bluff, Wood end. arid Clifton Athletic Society, possesses recreation grounds which are a credit to the members. They have been the set 1 no of some very successful gatherings, and will be of others yet to come. Meantime, there is a balance due on the property which the Society wishes to wipe off, and to this end thby are holding a bazaar in the Clifton Hall on Wednesday next. The bazaar will be followed by a concert, and the concert by a ball, and the combination should prove very attractive, suiting all tastes, and bringing in enough money to clear the grounds of debt.
The charge proie'rred against Mary Front ice and Sarah Jackson of stealing' certain articles from the dwelling of Herbert Charles Jackson, of Riverton, was heard on ’Wednesday, and .dismissed. The parties were mother-in-law and wife respectively of the informant. Mr McCarthy, S.AR, said the arrest of the defendants was an outrage, and that the criminal process of the Act had been abused.
•‘What sha.ll we do with our girls?” '■Marry them to our boys?” Well, no-—at any rate, not all of them. Mr Wilford, AI.H.R,, has provided a new avenue of usefulness for the fair sex. He has persuaded the House of Representatives to pass a resolution, by 37 votes to 26. enabling women to be elected to the Fpper House. Sir J. G. Ward, Mr Carroll, and Mr Fowlds voted in favour of the reform, and so did Mr Hanan, Invercargill’s progressive representative. it will be interesting to see how the “Ronds” will deal with the danse.
With a view of ascertaining - what are the most popular types of food for cyclists when engaged in longdistance road-racing. the Dunlop Rubber Co. recently circularised the 1200 odd riders, who started in the last Warrnambool-iVlelbourne race, with interesting results. On the votes being received, hot bread and i 1 k sweetened and oranges tied for first, place. Next in favour were raisins and chocolate, closely pressed by “Povril,” then in order came bananas, egg flip, milk, and water (hot), celery, and beef sausages. In awarding first place to bread and milk the riders have displayed good judg777ent, for nothing appears to pull a weary rider round quicker than this easily digested and palatable food. This year it is the Dunlop Co.’s in. tention, in connection with the forthcoming Warrnambool-Melbourne race, to substitute Protein biscuits for bread, a change that will greatly assist the riders on their long journey, for Protein as a food is far in advance of such articles of • diet as chicken, beef, eggs, etc.
Homo and Australian mdils close at Invercargill at 1.45 p.m. on Monday, and at 12.55 p.m. on Wednesday.
Mr Wilmot, formerly of the Lakes District, succeeds the late Mr Hay as Chief Commissioner of Lands for Southland.
A Royal Commission is to be set up to inquire into the ■ recent disaster at the Nightcaps colliery, in which three miners perished.
At the instance of Mr Hanan, M.H.R.. for Invercargill, the Minister of Public. Works has noted the need of >a vote of £2OO for straightening Kinswell’s Creek from Elies Road to the Estuary.
The NT. S.W. representative for the Dunlop Road Race from Warrnambool to Melbourne, will be selected this year in connection with the N.S.W. League’s Road Race from Goulburn to Sydney (181 miles), the winner of the fastest time prize having his expenses paid to Melbourne, for the Warrnambool event, in connection with the Goulburn-Sydney race the Dunlop Rubber Co- has donated £35 towards the prize list of the X.S.W. event, which will probably be held on Saturday, 7th, or 14th September.
At a special meeting of the Southland Land Board on Wednesday, Air A Kinross, presiding, a resolution expressive of the loss sustained by the death of Mr John Hay, late Chief Commissioner, and of sympathy with his wife and family, was passed on -the motion of the chairman, seconded by Mr .1. Mclntyre. Messrs D. King and ’McLean also spoke to the motion, all the speakers testifying to the deceased gentleman’s fine qualities as a public official and as a private citizen.
Major Taylor, the crack American racing cyclist, suffered defeat —and that easily and decisively—at his first reappearance on the track, after an absence of over two tears from the racing arena. Taylor was beaten by the French crack sprinter, Gabriel Foulain, in a match held recently on the Parc das Princes 'track'. Pan's. The match, from which an ‘exciting struggle was anticipated, proved very disappointing. The lirst heat resulted in a balancing match, at which Poulain proved the clever acrobat. The time for the first la]) constituted a record for slowness, the circuit taking six minutes. Taylor, finding that he had met his superior at the balancing game, sprinted 500 yards from the tape, but Poulain easily overhauled him. and won easily. The second event Taylor won, but Poulain had no chance, the chain of his machine snapping. The deciding sprint resulted in a 200 yards sprint, the last hundred being - covered in the fast time of 5 4-sth secs, the French champion winning by a length. After the .match both riders were lined by the French Cyclists’ Union for irregular riding.