The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., AUG. 24th. General News.
* Home and Australian mails close at Invercargill at 1.45 p.m. on Monday. The sum of £497 13s was received for dog licenses in the County of Southland last year. The collection of the tax amounted to £224 18s Id. According to statistics prepared by the Police Department, 974 children had to be cared for in 1906 by the State of Victoria, a little State of Ke tween one and two millions of people. The nurses registered totalled 583. Of the 974 infants, 107 died, or 10’9 per cent. The Neglected Children's Department spends annually a sum of £60,000. The children in Care of the Department number 3,388.
The annual statement of accounts in connection with the Borough. of South Invercargill appears in this issue. The borough is making wonderful progress, and building operations jire being pushed on in all parts. The borough has a big future before it. The genial Mr Ball still guides the ship, and finances indicate fairly smooth waters.
The Rev. A. Mitchell preaches at Invercargill South on Sunday morning, and at the Leet street church in' the evening.. The Rev. Mr A. McBean preaches at Root street in the morning and at Woodlands in the evening. The Salvation Army had a real good time during the past week, and a great amount of good resulted. Services are conducted all day Sunday, and a hearty welcome is extended to all.
The eleventh annual meeting of the Btarrßowkett Building Society will be held in Mr Allen’s Hall on Wednesday evening next. The balancesheet has been circulated, and shows a very sound finance. It. is to be hoped the shareholders will attend in large numbers, as there is a good deal of important business to be discussed.
Music cases at Is, fountain pens at 3 s 6d. combs from 6d, brooches from fid. post card albums from 6d. Such are some of the lines to be obtained at Mr T. Hide’s, in Tay st. Every line reduced to specially low prices. A correspondent calls attention to the fact that the Invercargill Corporation officials are laying the concrete foundation for a urinal in the main street, opposite the Hospital. Surely the Council did not sanction the placing of it in such a. place, within a few feet of the footpath, when by simply crossing the path it could lie erected in the belt of trees in the reserve. This matter calls for immediate attention. Probably the Gala street residents and those in the vicinity will move in the matMessrs "Rout and Stewart have to report the sale of Mr Win. Midway's farm, situated within one mile of Wright's Bush railway station, comprising 89 acres 1 rood 24 poles, to Mrs Mathieson. of Benin omo, at a sat i sfact orv prices.
The Transvaal is presenting- King led ward with a diamond valued at one million sterling, and discharging 1.200 civil servants, railway men, and police, on the score of retrenchment , Sittings of the Supremo Court will he opened at Invercargill on Tuesday next. On the criminal side Frank Courts and Martin Campbell will be charged with having attempted to dissuade a witness from giving- evidence in a licensing" case, and Samuel Gill with having committed perjury. Idle civil cases include claims against the Xightcans Coal Co. for Xdooo in connection with the boss oi ■ lire in the late disaster at the mine.
The Premier is emphatic as to votes for railways. He declares that until the Xorth Island Trunk line is completed a large vote to any line will not be. given. A child, aged a y -ar and nine months, daughter oi dir and Mrs Albert Smith, was drowned in a water hole at Maori iliil, near Otautau, on Tuesday. The Appeal Court has reversed the decision oi Mr Justice Williams, and ruled that the Arbitration Court has power to em’oree payment oi its links by imprisonment.
A movement is on foot to promote the withdrawal of Western Australia from the Commonwealth.. At a meeting of the Freemantle Municipal Council. Cr. Henley went so far as to say that tnere was only one way out of it, and that was by fighting.
The Invercargill borough Council has dealt in committee with the waterworks staff, and has adopted a series of resolutions on the subject. .Working conditions are to be submitted ~to the next meeting of the Council'. Messrs McKay Bros, have a large entry for Their sales in the Exchange sale rooms to-day. Mr Edgar Carden Watson, one of lhe : sons of the late Mrs Watson, a former owner of the Pier Hotel, Wellington, and at one time of Invercargill and Win ton, died at the Cambridge Sanatorium. Mrs Watson, it may be added, was killed in a. cab accident at Wellington some years ago.
Messrs Wesney Bros., of the Leviathan, are going in for extensive interior alterations and improvements, and with that object in view have decided to hold a big alteration sale for' a short period. The reductions made are comprehensive, and include new and serviceable lines. One of their extensive front windows shows articles to be sold at the other Hid articles. A visit of inspection will be appreciated.
The Glasgow Butchery Co., with shops in Bee street and Don street, has been supplying a large, number of residents in town and country with good, wholesome meat and small goods for some time past. The secret of their success is that they buy none but the best of stock, and have a small goods man who understands his work. All meat is ticketed plain figures, and the public can compare prices. All orders from the country receive prompt attention, and are sent out under the direct supervision of Mr W. Wills, jr., who understands his business. Order carts ply in the various parts' of the town, and patronage is appreciated.
All over .England the municipal councils' are now taking steps to stem the tide of infant mortality, and establishing municipal depots for the distribution of milk.
During the last year the Southland County Council expended £1024 10s 4-d on the 'destruction of small birds.
In connection with the sentence of four months imprisonment passed on an unregistered practitioner named Stanton, at Christchurch, owing to hir treatment of a diphtheria patient who died of the disease, a. Dr Bakewell, of Auckland, declares that Stanton cured him of cancer hy means of hypnotic suggestion. On the other hand cases could no doubt be quoted in which patients have died in spite of hypnotic suggestion. It was erroneously stated last week that Stanton's sentence was four vears, instead of four months.
Sir William Steward's Elective Upper House Bill, which embodied the principle that women were eligible for membership, met with a short shrift when it reached the Legislative Council, being rejected on, the motion for its first reading.
They don't like the leasehold tenure in Xew South Wales. Speaking at a Conference of settlers in Sydney, the Premier, Mr Carruthors, said the Oovernment were going to the country on the freehold question, and were making that one of the planks of their platform. and they wanted those who were with them to support thorn. He was reminded, in speaking of that question, of a saying of the late A. G-. Taylor. It was : —"There are two things a man wants —a freehold in the bit oi land he calls his home, and the woman ho loves.'’ They did not want any leasehold principle in regard to the latter.
At the last meeting of the Winton Caledonian Society Mi- M. O’Brien was elected ns the Society’s delegate to attend the meeting of the Southland Athletic Association, at which one of t'de chief items for consideration will he to induce either Clifton or Winton to forego holding its annual sports on Boxing Bay, as one fixture was detrimental to the success of the other, and one of the societies could fix on another date for its sports meeting. The rules oi the Association further provide that two affiliated societies within thirty miles of each other cannot hold gatherings on the same day. Several of those present at ’the meeting pointed out that Winton had the prior claim to Boxing Bay, as the Society lias been in existence for about thirty years, and had held its gatherings regularly ever since. Mr O'Brien stated that the sports meeting would have to bo sanctioned by the Executive of the Association, and he, as the local society’s delegate, would use his best endeavours to ensure the local gathering being held pit Boxing Bay in the future. —Wintoln Record.
Sawmills are springing up in the vicinity of Ohakune, on the Main Trunk Line. It is expected That there will be something like 2d sawmills in the locality in the course of twelve months ot so. There is no doubt, says the Ohakune correspondent of the Taihape Post, that they are going to operate upon the best milling district in New Zealami..
The small birds nuisance was discussed at the last meeting of the Waikato County Council, and it was decided to pay 3d a dozen for birds’ eg.gs.