The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., AUG. 31st. General News.
'At the morning - services In St. Paul's Methodist Church so-morrow, Mr A. McLean, City Missionary, will give an account of his work during the past year. The preacher at hoth services will bo the Rev. A. Mitchell.
William Webb, the world’s champion sculler, has returned to his trade again, that of a blacksmith, at the Wanganui Spiral Pipe Factory. He evidently does not believe in “living on the game” as a professional.
When the coroner and jury were waiting in the schoolhouse, Waikiwi, on Wednesday afternoon for the purpose of holding an inquest on the late Mr Pritchard, they had rather an exciting experience. It appears that one of the jurors had a fit, and it took several of those present all their time attending him while the affliction lasted. Needless to say, he was relieved from further duty, and another man summoned to take his place.
The following minute was carried at the last meeting of the Political Labour League in Dunedin :—“Bearing in mind recent press reports of certain coursing matches held in the South Island, the league desires to place on record that it reprobates keeping animals in captivity for the purpose of being hunted or killed and is convinced that any sport associated with cruelty and gambling has a demoralising effect on the youth of the colony.;’’
We have to thank Messrs I. W. Raymond and Co., chief agents for the largest hre insurance company in the world—the Royal—for a very handsome little booklet entitled ‘‘Record of Sports.” This is the fourth edition of the publication, and those who may have occasion to refer to it will be glad to know that the information furnished, except in rare occasions, has been derived from official sources, and may be regarded as absolutely accurate. The records are given up to 1906, and anyone can attempt to beat previous records if they but feel inclined. At any rate, the Royal Insurance Co. is to be complimented on having supplied a long-felt want in athlete circles—a complete list of records in all branches of sport.
Mr Wra. Todd and Co. submitted Mr I W. Raymond’s valuable Dee street property ior sale on Friday. There was a very good attendance, but most oi the people were there out of curiosity rather than a desire to purchase. Mr Todd, in his characteristically sanguine style, set forth the advantages of securing such a valuable property. The present income from the property is something like £4OO, but Southland is advancing, and no doubt in a few years this amount could bs more. than doubled at a very little further outlay. Ridding started at £5,000, and reached £(5.7 75, but the owner’s reserve was £7OOO. The property was passed in. but there is every reason to believe- that, it will change hands in the course of a few days. K-ncouraging reports are to hand from Preservation Inlet goldfields. The Waikouaili County Council is exercised over the speed at which motors travel, and is providing ior the erection of danger discs and other means of regulating' the traffic. Mails for the United Kingdom and (America close at Invercargill at 12.55 p.m. to-day. and for Australia, and Britain at 1.4 5 p.m. on Tuesday and 1.55 p.m. mi A ednesday. Alien tile (.'as and Water Committee of the Invercargill Council met on Monday night the Mayor (Mr W. D. Scandi'etli submitted the following motion : —“That the Committee recommend the Council to reappoint Air Harper to the charge of the Waterworks ~n the conditions as now agreed upon, and -applications bo incited for the other officers required.” The chairman (Mr Roche) ruled this out of order until the motion giving notice to the staff had been rescinded, and after arguing the point tiU six o'clock on Tuesday morning both sides retired in good ortl -r. lichees of the battle floated into the Council Chambers at the meeting of the full Council on Thursday evening. but eventually the clause in the (las and Water Committee's report ; “That the duties aml conditions of engagement of the Waterworks staff, as submitted. be approved” was carried, with the following addition by Cr. Stone :—"That applications for the Various positions be invited to Sept. 12th.
In opening the Supremo Court sittings at Invercargill on Tuesday, Tlis Honour Mr Justice 'Williams congratulated the. Grand Jury on the lightness 01' the calendar. Samuel Gill, aged 22, • pleaded guilty to a charge of perjury, and was sentenced to threemonths' hard labour. —Frank Courts and Martin Campbell pleaded mot guilty to charges of attempting to intimidate a witness in connection with a sly-grog selling case in which they were defendants. The jury returned a, verdict of not guilty, and the accused were discharged. hi the case in which Frank Coutts appealed against a decision in the S.M. Court under which he was fined £SO for sly-grog selling, the .Judge allowed the appeal, and quashed the conviction. and pointed out that the complexion of the case dad altered very much since it was heard by the Magistrate. Invercargill municipal 'debentures are evidently regarded as gilt-edged securities. Kighteen tenders, totalling £29,000. were received for 131 £IOO debentures, forming part of the £.150,000 consolidated loan. The loan has a currency of 28 tears, and the rate, of interest is 41 per cent. Five tenders were accepted. An old ami highly respected settler of Waikiwi district. Mr John Pritchard, shot himself on Tuesday morning. He had been suffering intensely at intervals from cardiac asthma, and left, a note to the effect that there was no hope, ami that he must seek an end to the troubles. The 1 deceased was 78 years of age. Parliament is now dealing with the Government’s amended tariff proposals. Special Salvation Army meetings arc beirtg conducted in the Barracks, Tay street, on Sunday. All are heartily welcome. A motion has been tabled in the Queensland Parliament in favour of seceding from the Commonwealth. The Rivers dal e-Wai kaw a extension is now being pushed ahead, and residents. are glad to see that she Government is in earnest. The Nightcaps Commission begins the taking of evidence at Riverton on Monday. The British War Office has had to go to America for horseshoes 1 , buying 100,000 ytairs.