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News and Notes.

'A branch of the Manchester Unity Oddfellows is to be opened at Balfour on Wednesday.

Fifty-four societies took part in the celebration of eight-hour day in Sydney.

It is likely that an English shipbuilding firm will establish works at 'Altona Bay, N.S.W. A branch of the Hibernian Society of N.2j. has been established in Invercargill, starting with a membership of 103. Mr G. Harrington, senior member of the firm of Harrington Bros., sawmillers, Otautau, has retired, and taken possession of the farm formerly held by Mr Jas Harper.

A branch of the American Constitution Oddfellows has been established at Clifden, Waiau. The opening ceremony was conducted by Bro. T. Crawley, Grand Master. The lodge starts with 23 members.

Colonel Templar’s airship has made a very successful trip from Farnborough to Pondon. The whirl of the screw and the noise of the motor .were plainly audible to the sightseers below.

A severe winter is predicted an Germany, one reason being the great increase in the cost of food stuffs. All the same, Germany is spending many millions on building warships.

While the old French warship Meurthe was being towed from Noumea to Sydney, the chain snapped in heavy .weather and killed one of the crew. When abandoned the Muerthe was settling down..

J. P. Hogan, contractor, Wairio, has filed his schedule —liabilities £lO5 13s 3d ; assets, £49. At a meeting of creditors it was decided to adjourn ■ to obtain a full statement of bankrupt’s transactions during the past three years. Mrs P. Blakie and her daughters, who are leaving Ryol Bush to live at Invercargill, were entertained at a. social on the evening of the 4th inst,, when the guests were presented with handsome gifts in recognition of their services in connection with the church and Sunday school. On the 3rd inst. Mrs Jessie Brown, of Lumsden, passed away after a comparatively short illness. Travellers by rail will miss the kind and genial old lady, who used to preside over the refreshment rooms so cheerily. and who always saw to it that travellers got good value i’o 1 ’ their money.

It won’t be Ben Tillett’s fault if working men come to Australia. Ho has published a letter in Lhndon to the effect that it is unwise for anyone to think of making a home in •Australia, where ‘‘sweating, lack of .work, and starvation rule, - with shousands of people unable to obtain land.

When the steamer Turakina, from Auckland to London, was 1000 miles from the former port, fire was noticed in No. 1 hold. It was kept in check till Wellington was reached on Friday last, when tons of water were poured into the vessel in the effort to extinguish the flames. The (damage is estimated at £So,OOO. The cargo includes wool and flax, some of which was loaded at the Bluff.

Trafalgar Day falls on the 21st inst., and the proceeding’s at the annual meeting of the Southland branch of the Navy League, to bo held on that day, wall include a social gathering in honour of the anniversary.

An ex-contingenter named John Gouk, well known in the Gore District, was found dead near his hut at Merino Downs. Appearances indicated that he had shot himself, and it was stated at the inquest that hp had suffered from ill-health.

A young man named James Hilltrap, living with his parents at Otautau disappeared when, crossing the Aparima at Ringway on Sunday last. His riderless horse was afterwards seen, and lead to a searcn lacing made, hnt so - far no ti ace of the body has been found. The Trades and Labour Council in Dunedin recently protested against the importation of girls from London for bootmaking firms in Christchurch. ■Now the Employers’ Association declares that there is a scarcity of labour in the four centres in fourteen different classes of workers, including bootmakers, the shortage being estimated at 1420. The Invercargill branch has advised headquarters that there is a scarcity here of tailors, tailorcsses, dressmakers, engineers, and bootmakers’ operatives.

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News and Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 25, 12 October 1907

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News and Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 25, 12 October 1907

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