The Southern Cross. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., SEPT. 28. General News.
* At the meeting' of the Shamrock, Hose ami Thistle Lodge of Oddfellows, M.U., on Tuesday, the members will consider the question of sell-, ing the hall which has done duty so long to the United Friendly Societies, and of building a United Friendly Societies’ Hall. There was plenty of music in Invercargill on Dominion Day, but to many of the visitors from the country the sweetest sounds of the day were the dinner-gongs. Hotelkeepers were kept busy attending to the throngs who had travelled far, and whose appetites had been sharpened by the cold and wintry weather, and in some cases larders were left as clean as Mother Hubbard’s cupboard of nursery fame.
There was plenty of dust and h tvind in Dunedin on Dominion Day, but towards four o dock in the alte noon it came out bcaut.lulU fine and passengers by the late express state that rain was not encountered until the 'train was between Bal dull.a and Clinton, when a sudden climatic change was noticeable.
Owing to a misunderstanding for which tin* authorities blame the band and the band the authorities, the Municipal Band did not take part in the Dominion Day demonstrations in Invercargill on Thursday.
Mails for America and the United Kingdom close at Invercargill at / .80 a.m. and .12.55 p.m. to-day : and lor Australia and Croat Britain at 1.45 p.m. on Monday and 12..).) p.m. on Tuesda v.
Miss Ada 1.. A. Murcult, the distinguished British woman who has visited the Russian convict settlement. Saghalien, and the world over, and of whom the Northern press has been very loud in their praise, commences a series of lectures in Invercargill on Sunday. Six interesting subjects have been chosen, and considering the ability of the lady, large audiences are anticipatedShe handles her subjects in a master Iv fashion, and she is pronounced the best and most interesting speaker that has visited our shores.
A resident called to complain that the ticket offices at Invercargill are not o])ca for the issue of tickets till a short time before the departure of trains. Ho maintains that this style might be all right at country stations, but in a centre like .Invercargill he suggests that the. office should, be open for the purchase of tickets at all hours of the day, and so avoid a crush at the ticket-window. Perhaps if he sends his idea on to the local traffic manager it will receive consideration.
Mr J. A. Doig- who, during the past season, has Idled the duties ol captain of the Star Football Club, was the recipient of a purse of Sovereigns last evening in recognition of his services in connection with the Club, and the 1.C.C.. of which he is a playing' member. Mr Jtoig is an ardent lover of football and cricket. In the early part of the football season he was incapacitated as a player, but did good work in other directions. The presentation was made by Mr Glasgow, and his remarks were endorsed by Messrs Pell, Anderson, Fraser. Gilbertson, and Watson, and the numerous company agreed that “Our Jack” is a real good fellow.
Tile old form has passed away. The colony which old identities helped to carve out of the dense bush into fertile plains and smiling homesteads _has been raised in status to a Dominion, and it is hoped our lucky star will ever shine brig-liter and better in the future. Visitors to town were struck with one 'thing in particular, and that was the demolition of an old identity structure which did good service for many years. We refer to Dunlop's blacksmilhy, in Dee street, which has been so favourably known to the farmers in the district. The struct tire <was razed on Thursday forenoon, and will give 111 ace to a new Presbyterian Sunday school for St. Paul's The Messrs Dunlop have secured a new site on the corner of Leet and Peven streets, and old friends and new customers will hear the familial - ring of the anvil, and can have their best friend —the horse —well shod or medically attended.
The Southland Frozen Meat Co. is a progressive one, and has been a boon and a blessing to the farmers of Southland, and they a re not slow in recognising it, a.nd are always pleased to hear of the success and advancement of that worthy institution. The works at Wal taeptown Crossing have filled a useful purpose for a number of years, but the management find that they have served their purpose, and have been on the lookout for a suitable area lor some time. They have hit upon an ideal spot for a works, and purchased an area of over 500 acres on the banks of the Makarcwa river, adjoining the railway station, which will suit the Corny)any 'better and serve in the more economical working of their proposed extensive additions. The land has ;l fine river frontage, being sections 8, 4. 5, S, 10, and part of 2 and 12, Block 11, Xew Fiver Hundred. The property has been purchased from Messrs Colin Gray, JMilne, and the trustees of the late L, Fraser, and A. Gray. Well done. Southland ! The farmers should stand by this energetic Company, who are looking so .well after their interests, and send in their “Prime Southlands.’’
Dead, many of them, but not foio’otten. Both Sir -LG. IVai d and Mi Massey, Leader of the Opposition, m their Dominion Day messages to the people, referred to the good work done by the pioneer colonists developing New Zealand. Many of the speakers at the different centres of population also referred to the “brave old pinneers.
A young man named George Lees, aged 2(3 years, had a narrow escape from sudden death on Monday morning last, .it appears he was loading timber at Gorge Road Siding, when a gust of wind lifted timbers and man off the truck, and Lees was buried beneath it. It took some time to get the timbers off and remove the sufferer to the train, lie was conveyed to Invercargill Hospital, and beyond a crushing he is none the worse. Some of the timber was shorter than the other, and it was the means of saving his life, for it he had fallen in the centre it. would have resulted fatally.
The new Northern! bowling green has been sown in grass, the paths are being prepared, and a number of ornamental trees and flowers planted. The site is an idea! one. but some think tae drainage is defective. The appearances on Thursday lend colour to the statement. The water was very much in evidence on the newly-made lawn, and those who know are dubious as to the result of the sowing. However, time will toll.
Mr and Mrs W. J. N, West, of Invercargill, their golden wedding on Monday, 10th inst. Mrs West arrived at Port Chalmers with her parents (Mr and Mrs Niven} in the .Phillip Haing in 18-1-8. and Mr West came to the Bluff from Sydney in 18on. Two years later they were married by the late liov. Mr Poitiers at Kuapu'ke. there being no clergyman in Invercargill at that time. The wedding party journeyed to the island in a whaleboat. For some years Mr West conducted an accommodation house below Woodend, and afterwards at the. Mokomoko — 1 “West's” was a familiar name to “new chums” in the old days when railways were unknown.
When people were flocking into the grandstand at the -Queen's Park on Thursday to witness the present alien of the colours to the volunteers someone remarked that the structure was very old. and mig'hi not stand tbc strain. This led to the rapid descent of a number of the sight-seers, who doubtless reflected that Mother Farth seldom goes back on her children, except whim an earthquake happens to come along.
An alarming experience befell Mr and'Mrs. las. Smith, of Waimahaka, during the thunderstorm on the night of the 20th inst. A flash of lightning crashed through their window just over their bed and went out through another window. Beyond the shock, the inmates escaped unhurt. The undergrowth about a large tree not far If was l charred.
MT .1. Stead, who has had a. long nd creditable connection with municipal affairs, and who lost his seat at the Council table through his defeat at tlie last mayoral election, has been returned, unopposed, to All the vacancy caused by the resignation of Cr. James Walker.
A Christchurch, bootmaking Arm has imported 21 young women from London. They - arrived at Dunedin by the Whakatane on Wednesday, and were so pleased at having - completed their voyage that they 'donned men’s suits and went through a cake-walk on the upper deck.
It is probable that in six months time class 1 of the militia in the Few Zealand Dominion will be called out for systematic training. There are three classes :—(1) unmarried men between 17 and 80 : (2) married men between 17 and 30 and unmarried men between 80 and 40 ; (8) married men between 80 and 40. and unmarrie d men between 40 and 45. Six months must elapse before active training can be entered upon. After that date it will be necessary- for any unmarried man below the age of 80 to take unto himself a wife. But then what girl would marry a man who wished to shirk bis. duty" to his conn try ?
Mr John Mnegregor has resigned the secretaryship of the Caledonian Society of Southland, after doing good service in that position. ITis successor is Mr A. A. Taupe, whose experience and energy should spell success.
Special Army services are beingheld in the Army had, Tay street. All are invited to attend and hear the glad tidings.
The recent thunderstorm which passed over Southland was particularly noticeable at the Bluff. In the freezing works the lightning placed over the marble switchboard to such an extent that it was deemed advisable to close down for a time. An examination of the marble afterwards revealed a fairly long crack which must have been caused by the lightning- ; otherwise no damage resulted.
The fine iron barque Stophano Eazetto is still at the Bluff, and visitors to the port generally go along and have a look at her. By all appearances she is in much need of docking, and her gear aloft shows signs of stress of weather. It is understood that this is the largest sailing vessel owned in the colony, and no doubt when overhauled and put ship-shape will bring splendid returns for the owner. Mr W. S. 11a■terston, of this town. Her ngme has been changed to ‘‘British Yeoman.'’ and arrangements are well in hand for getting her ready for sea again.
The recent lovely spring weather has given place to thunderstorms of hail, sleet, and rain, with high wind. On Thursday night it was particularly boisterous, while thunder and lightning served to keep nervous people awake. It is unfoidunate, as the fruit trees are just beginning to put on bloom, ami garden plants were, in many instances, well advanced, only to 1)6 cut down with the hail, which, if not as large as cricket balls wore quite large enough to do considerable da mag e.
In 1905 Australia spent £220,000 on patent medicines and New Zealand £56,223. The question of what the public gel for their money is therefore an interesting - one. A great deal of information —much of it of a -startling - character —is to be found in a report compiled by Air O. C. Heal, in justification of a bill he is submitting - to the Commonwealth parliament in connection with the sale of patent medicines. A copy of the report, which makes a goodly volume, has been left by Air Bligb, whose good work in the interests of social life is well-known, at the shop of Alcssrs Gordon Brown and Co., and may bo inspected there for the next few days. It is all intensely interesting. but the section treating of secret cures is full of “eye-openers” as to the need of safeguarding the public.
Hike the Americans, the 'directors of the Southland Frozen Meat Co. like to he up to date, both as regards business, plant, and appliances. Their freezing - works at the Bluff are evidence of their progression. A large staff is buss' clearing away the old wooden portion of the building - , which is to make room for a modern threestorey brick structure. With this forward' step it is also necessary to have the latest appliances, and a contract has been let to Mr V. Metz’ ger, engineer, for the ironwork reel Hired- Then the dry-air refrigerator which was installed at a cost of £2OOO in the early days of the company, and which, owing to expense of working, was only used in case of emergency, is being dismantled. ft is a splendid mass of machinery as good as the day it was pul in- Readers will be rathtr surprised to learn that it has been sold for scrapiron for about £IOO. The lucky tenderer is Mr Metzger, and he should 'do very well out of his venture. There is a good deal of the fittings which will be useful in his line of business, and the balance will go bark to the furnace. The space gained will be utilised in adding to the Co.'s already wellequipped works.
A grand social and plain and dress ball will be held in Robinson’s Hall, Kapuka. on October 4th, A drag will leave Messrs Hoads and Hill's stables at 5.80 p.m., arriving at Tvapuka about 7 p.m.. For seats apply Mr A. Toshach. Waikiwi,
Otatai'a bids fair to have a bright futiure as a pleasure resort. The Garrison Hand will hold their annual outing there on the King’s Birthday. The tramway over the bridge* from Invercargill to Ota.ta.ro. will he used to convey the excursionists.
A meeting of ratepayers has ajoproved of the Invercargill Borough Council raising a loan of £17,000, of which £IO,OOO will bo devoted to improving the gasworks.
The Rev. Mr Mitchell conducts services at St. Paul's Methodist church. Poet street to-morrow morning and evening.