The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., SEPT. 14. General News.
As announced in this issue, Mr Chas. Watt, president of the Protestant Defence Association of N.Z/., will lecture in Victoria Hall on 117th Sept. His subject is ‘‘Home Rule ;■ What it would do for Ireland and the Empire." His Worship the Mayor (Mr W. B. Soandrett) will preside. Mr Watt has lectured in various centres in the colony, and is a man who has studied his subject from all points, and an interesting discourse may be expected.
Home and Australian mails close at Invercargill at 1.43 p.m. on Monday, and at 12.55 p.m. on Wednesday.
Messrs Hansen and Sons, of Stewart Island, have secured a steamer called the Nile to run between the Island and the Bluff Harbour. Three trips per week will be made. There is accommodation for 50 passengers.
'At the Manchester Unitj- social at Winton on Wednesday evening P.P. G,M. Bro. Stead, in proposing the IWinton Eodg'e, indulged in a little bit of pawky humour. With an air of studied gravity he tried to fathom she motives of some of the delegates from no-license districts going out by the goods train at three p.m. instead of waiting for the ordinary train at 4.25 p.m. He finally arrived at the conclusion that their haste was duo to a desire to see the "lions” of Winton. And he was probably correct, for be it known unto all men, the social was carried out on strictly teetotal lines.
The position of the Manchester "Tufty Order in. Southland was briefly yet comprehensively reviewed by the Provincial Grtmd Master, Bro. A. M. Dawson, at the half-yearly meeting on Wednesday. "Excelsior” was the keynote of the. speech, which urged members to do their utmost to advance the Order. The visiting brethren noted with pleasure many evidences of the progress a nd prosperity of Winton and the surrounding districts.
A bwntli of the Manchester Unity Oddfellows is to be opened at Balfour. It is under stood that 30 candidates will be ready for initiation. It is worthy of note that the Unity is now represented in Southland at Invercargill (four lodges), Bluff, 'Winton, Uumsden. Nightcaps, Orepuki, Mat aura, Gore, and Kiversdale. •
An election for the office of councillor is announced by the town clerk to 1111 the vacancy caused by the resignation of Or. James Walker, owing to business reasons. At the last meeting of tit' Council complimentary reference was made to the value of the services Cr. Walker has rendered fluring' his term of office.
Mr O. K. Hugo delivers his third lecture on physiognomy in the Y.M. C.A. Hall next Tuesday evening upon "Kyes and Kyebrows.” Mr Hugo's lectures are both interesting and amusing, and the, platform examinations create, much merriment.
It was one of those artless little comedies that once in a way enliven a railway journey. A modest little company was en route to Winton. At one side of the carriage was a singer oi incidental songs, opposite sat his wife, and a precious little girl of. say, three years. "And w*hat should you do when daddy sings a song?" he queried. Quickly responsive, the wee mite, clapped her hands and shouted "Encore ! Encore !’’ with a vigour that set the gravest faces smiling.
The question ox appointing a new waterworks staff came before the Invercargill Borough Council on Thtirsday evening. There were eleven applications for the position of engineer, and after discussion it was decided to re-appoint Mr Harper. A. F. Jameson (North Invercargill) was chosen out of eight applicants for the office of second engineer and turncock, and A. (decides (East Invercargill) and J. ]i. Wood (Elies Road South) were appointed cnginedrivors out of thirty candidates.
"There goes one of the best men shat ever lived," reraarved a bent and feeble old man as he stood on the roadside at A venal, hat reverentially raised from his head, as the funeral of the late Mr John Hay, Hand Commissioner, passed on its way to the Waikiwi cemetery. "And I'll soon follow him," he added. The words were sadly true, for a few days ago Mr O’Brien, who had passed the allotted three score and ten, had a paralytic stroke, and died on Wednesday. He was a very old resident of Southland. hawing arrived here nearly lifty years ago. He had come to know the late Mr Hay through a variety of land transactions. and spoke of the man as he found him. Mr O'Brien commanded a happy and picturesjque style of speech and his reminiscences of the early days were worth listening to. Deceased was a colonist of the right ■stamp, and only recently gave up' farming, and bought a home' at Avenal. He died in harness, and was busy digging his garden when stricken down on Monday. He never regained consciousness, passing peacefully away as stated above. The funeral takes place to-morrow.
A tender has been accepted for the erection of a Methodist church at Winton. It is understood that four gentlemen have guaranteed the cost of the edifice.
Complimentary reference was made at the Oddfellows’ social at Wanton to the completion by Mr M'. Mair of 25 years of service as Corresponding Secretary, and more will probably be hoard of the matter later. Mr Mair’s good qualities as an official and an Oddfellow were enthusiastically recognised by several speakers. Another veteran in the ranks of the Order is P.P.Gr.M. Bro. T. Findlay, who has acted as District Treasurer for 32 years.
Mr 11. H. W. Bligh, the well-known White Cross lecturer, has consented to deliver his lecture entitled " The Dangers of Impurity” in- the. Drill Hall, Bluff, to-morrow (jSunday), Sept. 15th, at 8 p.m. When Mr Bligh spoke in Wellington, he addressed over 3000 men on two in the Town Hall, which the municipal autdorities lent free of change. His Excellency the Governor presided ■at one meeting. Mr Bligh, who is a splendid speaker, has been excellently received wherever he has lectured, and we trust that the people of the Bluff will roll up to hear him tomorrow night. The meeting commences at 8 p.m. after the churches are out.
A special notice in reference to Salvation Army service appears in this issue.
The Rev. A. Mcßean preaches in St Paul's church to-morrow morning, while the Rev. A. Mitchell takes the evening service.
Nurse Jolly inserts a professional notice in this issue. The young lady holds very high diplomas in her profession, and may be consulted at the Clarendon Hotel, Kelvin street.
The work of repairing and mounting; the Troopers’ Memorial is going on rapidly, and there is every reason to be satisfied with the steps taken by those in charge on Tuesd a y afternoon. The main part of the statue was hoisted into position, and the work was done in a businesslike manner, under the direction of Mr Bain. The drinking fountain will be placed in position shortly, and the ceremony of unveiling will probably take place in October. Corpl. Griffiths Has prepared a souvenir suitable for the occasion, and these handy reference books are now- on sale.
The Tapanui Courier suggests that the (Government should be asked to provide motor lorries to convey fruit from Coql Creek and Roxburgh to Edievale railway station. With fast motor car service and powerful lorries the traffic could be easily managed.
At the last meeting of the Averal Council Cr. Russell tendered his resignation. He has held office since the amalgamation of the main borough with Wellesley and proved himself a valued worker. He has' taken a keen interest in the affairs of the borough, and regret was expressed that he had been compelled to resign. Mr Russell is a man who believes in doing thoroughly everything
he takes in hand, and finds his business increasing to such an extent that, in order to do justice to his profession, the step is imperative. A vote of thanks was accorded him, and several present spoke of Mr Russelbs good qualities, both as a citizen and a councillor. Mr Russell has also resigned the secretaryship of the Acclimatisation Society, and Mr J. B. Bews has been asked to accept the position. Mr Russell has held the position for a number of years, and has discharged his duties in a conscientious a nd impartial manner.
The inspector of nuisances at Ore* puki is evidently a live man. At last court sitting he had a record haul, consisting of forty cows and one horse. The owners -were fined in sums varying from 2s 6d to over £2. The' total amount in fines ran into between £lB and V2O. The funds in particular distinct will lie, according to that showing, in a good healthy state. The State elections in N.S.W. give the Liberals 52, Labour 30, and Independents 8. It is not likely that no-license has been carried in any electorate, but the reduction vote will be operative in a good many districts, the advocates of no-license claiming that they have made a better beginning than was the case in New Zealand. Influenza is prevalent throughout the town and district. At Lome Farm 30 of the inmates were laid up with the epidemic.