The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., AUG. 17th. General News.
Cyclists will please note that the annual meeting of the Cycling Club will be held on Tuesday evening next. Mr Paape will submit the annual report and balance-sheet, which disclose a very satisfactory condition. Shareholders in the Southland Farmers’ Co-operative Association,' .wishing to be elected to the Board of Director’s can send in their nominations up to 22nd August. Particulars are given in our advertising columns.
Mr A. J. Service, County Clerk and Treasurer, calls for tenders for a number of works. Contractors can obtain further particulars in the various districts in which the works are situated, or at the County offices, Clyde street.
The members of the Invercargill Orphans’ Club gave an enjoyable in vitation concert in Victoria Hall on Tuesday evening. There was a large attendance, and it was voted the best concert yet given by the club, and the appreciative audience were loud in their praise.
The new road roller is making good progress re-forming and rolling a, number of the streets, and by the time summer is at hand the majority of them should be nice and level. A correspondent suggests that when working in the principal streets the roller should be worked at night instead of in the day-time, when vehicular traffic is about.
The question of allowing the sale of sea trout, which in some parts inhabit the coastal waters in large numbers, is one that requires consideration, sots the Secretary of
■Marine in his annual report. These .fish are plentiful along the east coast of the South Island, from Pegasus Bay to Tewaewae Bay, south of the Bluff, and there is no question that they are taken hy Usher men when netting for indigenous dish, and that they are illegally sold. With restrictions as to locality, season, and size, their sale might be authorised .without leading to river-fish being illegally sold.
The sons of two Methodist ministers. at one time stationed in Invercargill, have devoted themselves to the medical profession. hr, Fairclough has been appointed home surgeon in the Royal Opthalmic Hospital, Charing Cross, 'London, and Mr Xorrnan IT. Prior has passed his tiutd examination for degrees in medicine and surgery at the Edinburgh •University.
The Park Drain commission, enquiry opens in the Courthouse on Monday next. The new commission was appointed on the application of the Avenal Borough Council. who are strongly of opinion that they should not be compelled t<> pay one-tenth cost of sewer construction in XorthCnd. A number of witnesses will be called, ami the case; is likely to last some time. Besides A venal's claim, the County Council, North and East Invercargill are asking to have their proportions reduced.
On Tuesday evening last IT is Worship the Mayor (Mr W. B. Scandrett 1 ) and several members oi' the Council paid a surprise visit to the. Fire ’Brigade station, with a view to testing their ability to turn out smartly. In Imin. 19sees, alter the alarm was given the men were out with their plant and ready tor action. This is indeed a smart piece of work, and they were complimented. The visitors were thoroughly satisfied that the Brigade is in every way capable at coping with any outbreak ot fire that mav occur.
The inspect or ot Telegraphs was in town this week with a view to arranging accommodation tor the new telephone system. ft is understood several interior structural alterations will be all that is necessary in the meantime.
The morning services at the Leet street. Methodist church will be conducted by the Rev, A. Mitchell, while the Rev. A. Me Bean will officiate in the evening. The Woodlands service will be taken bv the Rev. Mr Mitchell.
Special services are to be conducted at the Salvation Army Hall from today till Tuesday next. Lieut.-Col. Knight, the boss platform speaker, will lead on. assisted by a host of field officers. A grand time is antiLpated, and no doubt the public will attend in large numbers. Foolish is the man or woman who does not set aside next Friday* evening for a night off. Yes : but why ? Well, that is the night of the Highland Society's 12th Annual Gathering and ball. It is to be held in the Zealandia Hall, and Mr George Taylor informs us that it promises to be the best yet held by the Society. Miss Rita Glover, winner of the champion Highland dance at the Christchurch Exhibition, has been engaged. Mr I), McKenzie, of Dunedin, and Miss Glover will .dance reels. All the leading talent in Otago and Southland will assist, and a brilliant gathering is anticipated. Country friends are invited to come forward and bring all their friends, and make this 12th gathering a real old Highland meeting.
The local Foresters’ Lodge are increasing rapidly in regards to membership, and for the convenience of those at a distance and otners whose occupations prevent them from attending the ordinary meetings, the officers have arranged for a special meeting this evening (Saturday) to enable all those who hold nomination papers to be initiated, as will be seen by the advertisement in this issue calling the meeting.
The bazaar held at Clifton oh Wednesday afternoon and evening to raise funds to clear off the liability on the recreation grounds, proved a great success, the host of attractions provided by the energetic promoters drawing a large attendance. Mr Cushen, Mayor of South Invercargill, kindly performed the opening ceremony. Thereafter business and pleasure combined—business for the stall holders and pleasure for the patrons —made the time pass quickly.
Every day we hear of farms being bought and sold again at big advances. Some business men in Southland have made thousands of pounds in farm, land speculation, while others have secured good farms for their own use, and are making good livings. In this issue Messrs Rout and Stewart, land agents, corner of Uee and Don streets, offer several farms at prices varying ’from £I A an acre down as low as £4. Those in search of reliable homes should call and 'inspect. Their list contains a number of choice properties which will not long remain without buyers.
Now that coursing has become so popular, owners are on the look-out io improve their breeds and get a 1 jotter class of dogs. In this issue it is announced that the burebrod dog “Harvest,” by Megaphone'—Jubilee, has boon placed at Stud. His pedigree speaks for itself. Dog owners should road the advertisement in this issue. The Invercargill milk suppliers held their first annual social in Ashley's Hall on 7th hist., and the attendance was very large —close on 120 couples being present, and a most enjoyable evening was spent. A good deal of the credit is due to the manner in which the preliminary business whs conducted, and strong committees of both ladies and gentlemen worked well. The secretaries, Messrs A. C. Lindsay and H. .7. Bailie, were the right men for the position. Mr 11. Edwards’ orchestra supplied the music, while Messrs Baillie and Simpson acted as M.’sC. The Fresh Food and Ice Company did the catering in grand style. Dancing was kept up with vigour till an early hour.
There was a large gathering at the Municipal Theatre on Thursday evening to witness the gymnastic display given by pupils of the Southland Giris' and Boys’ High Schools, under the direction of Mr I. Gallowtvy. They went through the various items in splendid style, showing care and attention in preparation. The; Idlers’ quartette contributed several musical items in a finished style, and were recalled. The business manager. Mr J. S. McGrath, is to be complimented on the way in which he canned ont the arrangements.
Home and 'Australian mails close at Invercargill at 1.45 p.m. on Monday and at 12.55 p.m. on Wednesday. Victoria’s new tariff raises the duty on undressed timber to Is 6d per 100 superficial Wet. It is expected that butter manufacturers using Tew Zealand white pine for boxes will be affected to the extent of £IO,OOO a year. A healer and cancer curer named Stanton has been sentenced at Christchurch to four years’ imprisonment for manslaughter in connection with the death of a young mian whom he treated for diphtheria.
The Japanese Tea Rooms in the old Colonial Bank Buildings at the corner of Dec and Tay streets. are now carried on by the Misses Cheyne. The new owners have made the establishment as bright and cheery as possible, and, in keeping with the name,'have introduced floral and other decorations suggestive of the quaint charm peculiar to the land of the Chrysanthemum. The rooms are most conveniently situated. There is, of course, a short staircase to climb, but then as a recent visitor remarked, it is worth going, twice as far for the sake of the beautiful view to the eastward and southward of the rooms. The management are sparing no pains to please old patrons and secure new ones, and their many friends will wish them well in their venture.
The Salvation Army has Tjeen instrumental in settling 50,-000 persons in Canada. During the last year influenza has been responsible for the committial of twelve of its victims to asylums in New Zealand. There has been further rioting. After patiently enduring a bombardment of stones and other missiles, the soldiers were ordered to fire on i the rioters, who threatened to overwhelm them. Two volleys were tired, the men aiming low. A man and a woman were killed, and many injured. The city is now calmer. The priests have assumed police duty, and made themselves, with the magistrates, responsible for the maintenance of peace.