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The Southern Cross PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., OCT. sth. General News.

Labour Day will be observed on Wednesday, 9th Oct. An extensive sale of high-class cycles takes place this morning in Mr Wm. Todd’s auction rooms. These cycles were at the Christchurch exhibision, and are bting sofd without reserve. Now is the time to secure bargains. Mr Hanson, the proprietor of the Phonograph Supply Store, .in the Arcade, gave an enjoyable phonograph concert from the Rotunda on Wednesday evening. A large crowd turned out and enjoyed the choice programme. The phonograph has come to stay, and as a result of the concert Mr Hanson should do good business in these wonderful little talking machines. He has a splendid supply of records to choose from. He invites inspection at any time. | Sir J. G. Ward entered political life on 26th September, 1887, when he was elected for Awarua. The 20th anniversary of the event therefore fell on Dominion Dayy i

A very important land sale takes place in" Messrs Win. Todd and Co.’s Rialto, Bon st., on Saturday, Oct. 19th. Land in suitable building areas is commanding high prices, and this particular block is admirably suited for suburban homes. There are 26 sections in all, and they are situate at the top of Yarrow street. The land is better known as the Union Football Grounds, and in the capable hands of Messrs Todd and Co., ■should realise good prices. Very easy terms are given, and young men wishing to make a purchase that gives promise of a rapid rise should call on Mr Todd and get further particulars.

“ The Father” of the Shamrock, Rose, and Thistle Lodge, M. U., Bro. T. Findlay, P.P.G.M., was the recipient of a handsome emblem at the meeting on Tuesday evening to mark the completion of thirty-five years service in various capacities in the lodge. P.G. Bro. Ball, who made the presentation, enhanced the value of the gift by the way in which he referred to the good work done jby Bro. Findlay, who is still in harness, and going strong. Good luck to the genial veteran !

■The first number of “The Do mi nion.”' Wellington's new morning daily, was published on the 26th ult.— Dominion Day. It consisted of 16 pages, and made an exceedingly creditably first number. The normal Issue will consist of eight pages'. The ■journal will occupy an independent platform in politics.

Home and Australian mails close at Invercargill at 1.45 p.m. on Monday and 12.55 p.m., on Wednesday.

Miss Murcutt concluded a series' of six lectures last evening. The lady’s audiences were delighted with her,expositions of social and economic problems and brilliant sketches, of countries she had visited. An interesting interview with this talented visitor is given in another column.

The Rechabites Dodge attends Divine service to - morrow evening at St. Paul's Methodist Church, Ltet Street. The Rev. A. Mitchell will preach and answer the usual budget of monthly questions. Mrs Johnston will sing the beautiful solo, "The City of Tight."

A late letter box is being placed in position at the entrance to the Invercargill railway station. This will be a great convenience to the public, and will save going to the guards’ van. The box, is to be cleared five minutes before the departure of each train, and will be much appreciated by those who cannot get their letters posted half-an-hour be fore train time.

The employes of the Vulcan Foundry held their annual social in Ashley’s Hall on 27th Sept. Progressive euchre and dancing- was indulged in, and about 70 couples took part. The •euchre l winners were :—Ladies : Ist, Miss Henderson ; 2nd, Mrs Wilson ; gents ; Ist. Mr A. Peterson ; 2nd, Mr Daniels. Mr Jas. Johnston presented the prizes, and spoke of the good feeling that existed in the foundry, which alone enabled them to carry out their contracts so successfully. Mr Harvey’s orchestra supplied the music, and Messrs M. McCallum and 'A. McKillop made tirst-dass M’s-C.

A word of praise is duo to the members of the Fire Brigade for the prompt manner in which they turned out to the fire on Tuesday morning-, when the washhouse at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Manse caughtThey acquitted themselves well, and understand their business thoroughly. The police were promptly in, evidence. and in a very short time after the outbreak Sergt. Matheson and four men were on the spot, but fortunately th-ir services were not required.

The champion money-seller of this town is Mr J. Wosney. chairman of the local Btarr-Bowkett Building Society. He gave away £IOOO and Sold £BOO in less than half-an-honr on Tuesday night last. Perhaps he wanted to let director A. F. Hawke, who took his seat for the first time after his return from Britain, see how he can get rid of money in Invercargill. In Group No. 1 the free loan fell to No. 40, held by two members. In the same group £3OO war sold at £lO a hundred. In Group No. 2 the draw resulted in No. 282 securing the £SOO. The sale in this group resulted as follows- ; £IOO at £39, £3OO at £37, and £IOO at £3O. Wc learn that there is a likelihood of a No. 3 group being started soon.

Tenders are invited for a number of County works in this issue.

The Union S.S. Co. invite tenders for supplies. Full particulars at their offices.

The Clifton,- Woodend, and Bluff Athletic Society and the- Winton Caledonian Society have come to an arrangement regarding their sports on Boxing Day. In future they will hold them on that day alternately. Under the new adjustment the next sports at Clifton will be hold on Xmas Day and those at Winton on Boxing Day.

Our weather prophet looked in yesterday, and predicted a change in the weather for the next week. If it does not change then we will have another month of this. With a twinkle in his eye he munaged to get out of the editorial sanctum before a boot could be brought into play. .

A splendid preparation for kindlingfires of either wood or coal is- now being placed on the market. It is a capital thing for quick lighting, and is sold at a very low rate. It. is largely used in Victoria and elsewhere, and should prove a boon to the busy housewife. Supplies can be obtained at the local stores, and a very large demand is anticipated one© the public begin to use it.

Mr J. W. Mair, chemist, son of Mr Hugh Mair, contractor, of this town, har purchased the business of Mr E. B. Jones, who has established a splendid connection during his longbusiness career, and now intends devoting his energies to the manufacture of the now famous honey pectoral, which has gained such popularity throughout Mew Zealand. In his successor, Mr Mair, the public can rely on prescriptions being promptly and accurately dispensed. No effort will be wanting on his part to serve the public in the best possible manner.

People are very ready to growl at the jolting of our tram cars, but they should have lived in 3 B‘<7, when Mr Brunton, a member of the County Council, said, in reference to the roughness of the North Road, that he would willingly pay for a cab if the Councillors' would make use of it to go to the Wat ho pa i. That, he held, would be convincing proof as to the slate of the roads. The councillors shook their heads and declined.

Building operations in Noruhend arc being pushed on apace, and most of the freehold land has now been built on. The latest building commenced is a line villa residence on the terrace for Mr D. A. Wosney, of Messrs Broad, Small and Co.'s. Two new houses are being erected in A venal on the land known as Cleave's Gardens —one for Mr H. Dunlop and the other for Mr E. Lee. The Wellesley portion of Avenal is to have two handsome two-storey brick residences erected shortly. The one is for Mr K. Cameron, local health officer,, and the other is being built for Air J- F. Lillicrap. solicitor. When those two houses are added it will make a total of four double-storey houses erected since amalgamation with Avenal. The other two are the property of Messrs C. J. Bro'drick and Stephen Hunter.

Messrs S. Simmons, of Arrow-town, and D. McPherson, of Dunedin, journeyed to the Head of Lake on Tuesday last, en route for Martin’s Bay, where’ we (Wakatipu Mail) understand, they intend to take up some bush land for sawmilHng. For some twelve months Mr Simmonds and others have been agitating- to get a rock at the mouth of Hollyford River removed, so that steamers can go right up the river to Lake McKellar, and thus afford an easy means of transport for timber, etc. The Government has now pat £3OO on the Estimates for the work, which makes the prospect for sawmilling there very cheerful. There are thousands of acres of bush land in the region of Martin’s Bay, or enough- to keep 20 or 30 sawmills going- for a considerable length of time.

Last Friday night a young man named Donald Findlay, an employe of Messrs Wm. Lewis and Co., drapers, of this town, met with a serious accident in Dunedin. He left Invercargill for a holiday in the Northern city, intending to be married while away, and about 1.1.15 he attempted to board one of the electric cars at Glenroy on the wrong side, and collided with one of the poles. The result was that he received a severe blow. He was removed to the Dunedin Hospital. His escape from sudden death is miraculous, and wo a-re g’lad to state that Mr Findlay will soon be about again. He has not been long in the colony, and is a native of Aberdeen.

Several reports came to hand too late for publication this week.

Over 7000 competitors took part in the last Welsh National Eisteddfod at Swansea.

Mr L. W. J. Morion, of the mmiiciual clerical staff, has resumed duty after a health-recruiting- spell at Queenstown. While there, however, he was not idle, for he acted as “guide, philosopher and • friend” to the local footballers, who esteemed his services so highly that they presented him with an umbrella..

The residents of Lake Wakatipu a\e again seeking to obtain an improved steamer service. It is five years since a new steamer was promised. Meanwhile the Mountaineer has just had a complete overhaul in readiness for the coming l tourist season.

‘■‘Sooner or later, unless the award is varied as far as the country. is concerned, we shall have to stop business or break the award,” said Mr J, W. Kelly, of Gore, in giving evidence for the defence in a case in which Carl Bowmast; tailor, Gore, was fined £5 for having more apprentices than he was entitled to. This expression ' of opinion is significant, coming as it does from an ex-mem-ber of Parliament, and a gentleman who did more than any other in the district to organise the sawmillers and other local workers in ‘ the early days of unionism.

A party crossing the T3arl river on route to Martin's Bay had an exciting - experience on the 27th ult. It consisted of Messrs I). McPherson (of A. and D. McPherson, Dunedin, S. Simmoiids (Arrowtown), and ■!. H. Campbell (Martin’s Bay). The river was in flood, but the first branch was crossed safely. In passing

through the second, however, Campbell’s horse was tossed about in the swirling- waters, and after a stru in which Campbell was kicked several times, the horse dragged isself and rider to the bank from which they hud started. Mr McPherson re-cross-ed the river with his own and Mr Simmonds's horses in o r der to help Campbell, and the trip was again essayed, but. Campbell came to grief again, and was once more brought to land with the aid of a settler, Mr C. H. Koch, to whose house he was taken. The Wakatipu Mail understands that Messrs McPherson ami Sinnnonds left for the Bay again, with Mr Paulin as guide.

A forward movement is going on among the friendly societies' of Invercargill. For years- they have successfully conducted a dispensary for the use of all the lodges, courts, and tents in town, and now the erection of a hall, commodious enough to _acconunodate the various Orders is mooted. The subject is being dealt with by the different societies. It was under consideration at the Shamrock, .. Bose, and Thistle Hodge on Tuesday night, when the meeting favoured the sale of the Oddfellows' Hall in Hay street, to the United Friendly Societies, who will erect a large building at the rear, and utilise the front for business purposes. If the idea is carried out Invercargill will hold the unique position among colonial towns of possessing , a hall available to all the different societies.

Talking about exporting oysters, a gentleman in the fishing industry at the Bluff relates his experience with 25 sacks he sent to Melbourne during the past season. He has just received a cheque from the Melbourne firm for the munificent sum of £-3 Is 9d as- a net result of the venture. He is a sad but wiser man, and the only thing that worries him is that lie used such good sacks to pack them in. It appears that they were delayed in getting- on the market, and that, together with the warm weather, accounts for the small return.

The proprietors of the Southland Times have secured the site next the Police Station, Esk street, and are inviting- tenders for the erection of tensive premises. It is understood that the office they now occupy has been sold to Mr W. Smith, printer, Esk street, the price paid being a-bout £TuOO. It is also reported that Messrs Beg'g and Co-’ the wellknown music warehousemen, will sub-let paid of the building- on the ground floor.

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The Southern Cross PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., OCT. 5th. General News., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 24, 5 October 1907

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