The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., SEPT. Bth. General News.
The Union Steamship Company are advertising their next holiday trip to the West Coast Sounds by the s.s. Waikare, leaving- Dunedin on 13th January, 1908. The trip will occupy 13 days, during which time the most attractive of the Sounds will he visited. The programme will be practically the same as last year. The fares will also be the same as last setrson. Leaflets giving full particulars are now in the hands of the printers, and will be ready for distribution shortly. The amount of Customs duty collected 1 in Invercargill during the noonth of August proved a record, being £9OO over the figures for any former year.
Mr A. .1. Service, County clerk, invites tenders for a number of works fin this issue.
The half-vearly meeting of the Southland District Oddfellows takes place at Winton on Wednesday next. At the fortnightly meeting of the Shamrock, Rose, and Thistle Lodge on Tuesday evening the following were appointed : —P.P.G.M. Bro. R. Miller. T. W. Walker, P.G. Bros. Ball, (lawn, and G.M. Bro. Irvine. A social evening was hefd after the meeting, and a concert was given. The local Army officers, staff-cap-tain Dixon and his worthy wife, have made rapid advances in Army work since coming to Southland. They have a very large district to work, and it has been found necessary to procure an assistant. Lieut. ■Kemp, of Melbourne, is now stationed here, and is rendering valuable assist a nee. He is an expert cornet player, and will be a valuable addition to tlie band. Prior to his coming here he was in charge of the Cadets’ band in Melbourne. Services are conducted as usual on Sundays and on week nights—in lact, they are ever ivady to put in a. good word in furtherance of Christ’s kingdom whenever opportunity oilers. The Royal Commission set up to investigate the Nightcaps Colliery disaster in June last opened its sittings at Riverton on Monday. The taking of evidence will occupy a considerable time. It is worthy of note that it is 25 years this month since Mr M. Mair was appointed permanent District secretary in connection with the Southland District Independent Order of Oddfellows. We congratulate Mr Mair. and hope that he may long Its spared to carry on his good work. Mr T. W. Walker, town clerk, invites applications to Jill the positions on the Waterworks stall. These include lirst engineer, at £-200 a year and a free house ; 2nd engineer and turncock at lbs a -day : enginedrivers and firemen i2) at Os a 'day—Tenders are also , invited for several other .works, which should give a good deal of employment. Sawmiil owners should note that the right to cut timber off 80 acres of rand will be offered at auction at the I,ant! office. Invercargill, on Tuesday. Ist October, 1907. The upset is £s<i, and the time allowed to -cut. is twelve months. A young man named Henry Reid, aged 22, who arrived from Tasmania in January, and lias since been engaged in the Nightcaps colliery shot a. young woman named Lydia Gibbon on Tuesday night, then fired at himself and jumped down a well from which he was afterwards rescued- The man and woman, both unconscious. were taken to the Riverton Hospital next morning. Miss Gibbon, who is also 22 years of age, had apparently been shot at twice, one bullet entering the thigh and the other below the left eye. Reid shot hints.-if iu the mouth, the bullet lodging at the base of the brain. It is understood that Reid had been courting Miss Gibbon, that there had been a coolness, and that, he had threatened her if she gave him up. Latest advice is that the bullet has been extracted from Miss Gibbon’s thigh, and thVvt ’Reid is improving, although scant hope is entertained of the recovery of the sufferers. Reid fired at the girl while talking to her in the kitchen, after the other inmates had retired. In this issue Mr 11. M. Doig announces that he has commenced business a,s merchant tailor at Riverton. Mr Doig is well-known in the trade, both here and in Dunedin, as- an expert hand, and patrons can rely on being well-treated. Tie intends to visit Invercargill at intervals, and no doubt his many friends will be pleased to give him a turn. Besides being a competent tradesman, Mr Doig is also an enthusiastic cricketer, and played for Northomi for several seasons. No doubt the Riverton cricketers will be glad to have such an expert player in their midst. In connectio’n with the quarterly meeting c f the two Primitive Methodist churches in Invercargill, they yrere unanimous in extending hearty invitations to the two present ministers—the Rev. R. Raine and the Rev. T. A. Pybus—to remain in their present charges. Both gentlemen have intimated their willingness to remain another term. Mr S. E. McCarthy, S.M., opens the Park Drain inquiry at the Courthouse on Monday next. It is understood further adjournment will be necessary, unless the Nightcaps Commission manage to get through their business before then.
Major Bickerton, from Christchurch will conduct overflow meeting's in the Salvation Army Barracks on Wednesday and Friday evenings next.. The Major comes with a very good reputation as a worker for Christ, and interesting and instructive meetings are anticipated. The Rev. ET. Blamires, who is meeting with great success in connection with his work as organising secretary of the Methodist Bible Class Movement, will conduct three services in St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Leet street, to-morrow. The Rev. Mr Mitchell preaches at Invercargill South at 11 a.m., and the Rev. A. Mcßean at Woodlands at 7 p.m. Mr Chas- Watt, of Auckland, lectures in Victoria Hall on Friday, Sept. 27th. His subject is •“ Home Rule : W T hat would it do for Ireland and the Empire.” His Worship the Mayor (Mr W. B. Scandrett) will in'esido.
Six years ago on Friday since America's beloved President McKinley was shot by Czolgosz.