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News and Notes.

At the last meeting of the Wallace County Council, Armstead and Hunter, solicitors, wrote claiming £5 on behalf of Dr. Baird, Otantau, for damage to his motor car, through the dangerous condition of a road caused by the council's workmen. If the claim was not met, they had instructions to push the matter.. The chairman said this claim came out of some accident to Dr. Baird's car on a county road ; his opinion was, the claim being small, it was the wiser course for the council to pay rather than go to law ; however, he left the matter to the council. Other members objected to paying, and the letter was simply received.

At the Invercargill police court on Saturday last Margaret McAuliffe of the Shamrock Private Hotel, applied for a maintenance order against her husband, Michael McAuliffe. The applicant stated that when she married McAuliffe in 1902 she had property worth about £3,000, but had been losing money for some years, and could not dispose of the hotel leasehold. McAuliffe deposed that he was paying off £6OO that he had given for teams for flax contracting, and would do something for his wife later. An order was made for payment of £3 5s per month.

An infant named Grace Horsham, one of a pair of twins which were sleeping with their father and mother in one bed at Kennington, near Invercargill, was accidentally suffocated on the 251 h ult. At the inquest an open verdict was returned with a rider calling attention to the dangerous practice of infants sleeping with their parents’.

A young man named George Lindsay Dulke, aged 16 years, and only son of Mr (I. SDuke, music teacher, AVaianiwa, was drowned while fishing in the New River on Saturday last. Mr T. J. Price, who has managed the -United Friendly Societies’ Dispensary, Invercargill, for many years, has purchased the business now carried on by Air BlomJield, chemist, Riverton, and goes there shortly.

Mr R.. H. Turton, solicitor, formerly of Queenstown, and more recently of Invercargill, has been appointed Stipendiary Magistrate at Oamaru, suceeding Air KeddelL Miss Gresham, who is retiring from the management, of the Rahiri Kindergarten School, was presented with a number of farewell gifts last week. Her successors are Miss Gilchrist and Miss Wilson. John L. Smith, bookmaker, was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment at Invercargill on Monday for stealing a bottle of brandy and a bottle of wine from Finnegan’s hotel at Winton. The Salvation Army’s self-deaial week’ yielded L 10,830 throughout the Dominion, compared with £10,388 last year. The North Island contributed £5,729 and the South Island £5,094. Invercargill contributed £ll3 more than last year. Messrs Wright, Stephenson and Co. are about to build a big store on the only piece of the 1889 Exhibition site now unoccupied in Crawford street, Dunedin. In an Otago country township the other day two weddings took place, in which both brides were widows, and each married the other’s son. Glamorgan County Council has received numerous claims for damages for accidents upon the Mumbles’ road, nearo,Swansea, which has been treated with tar to prevent the dust nuisance. Several horses had slipped on the tarred road, and as a result people had been pitched out of their vehicles. The county council repudiates liability.

In the space of three weeks Mr and Mrs William Oliver Galley, of Blackburn, lost their family of lour daughters. One, aged two, died after an operation, another aged three succumbed to influenza, and the other two, aged four and five, who were ill, also died.

The Makerua Swamp (Manawatu district) which twenty years ago was worth practically nothing, is to-day valued at <£2o an acre solely on account of its flax. Sixteen years ago it was estimated to be worth 6s per acre. There are 14,000 acres, so that its valwe is £280,000. Between Paekakariki and Turakina it is computed that there are, in addition to the above, 15,000 acres of flax-bear-ing land, valued at £300,000, so that on this coast the flax land !s worth considerably over half a million sterling.

Mr J. Pennock, of - Dunedin, has established a turning and brush-back factory in Owaka. For building schools in Ireland the Education Commissioners, in their report say that £40,000 per annum is promised for this year and the two years following, while they ask 25,000 a year additional from the development grant. The teaching of Irish is encouraged in many ways. In conversation with a reporter on the Lyttelton Times staff Mr McNab summarised some of the points in the Land Bill, which he thought would be most beneficial to the country. Under the Bill, the Minister says, “preference will be given to landless men, and power is given to set apart areas for married people with children and for those who have proved unsuccessful at ballots.’’ There are indications in this utterance, the Balclutha Free Press imagines,, that its framer has both the heart of an enlightened philanthropist and the head of a statesman. Boiled down, it means that Mr McNab is going to help the poor man to help himself—far and away the best way of helping- him.

For once churchman and labourite arc in agreement. At the Diocesan Synod, Christchurch, last week, the members discussed the question of Sunday funerals, and the following motion was carried : “ That this Synod welcomes the protest of the Canterbury Trades and Labour Council against the custom of Sunday funerals, and urges the laity of the diocese in all possible ways to support the clergy in their endeavour to reduce such funerals to occasions of absolute necessity.” During the debate. Canon Pascoc said that ho particularly objected to military funerals on Sundays.

The slump in the flax market must inevitably lead to the shutting down of scores of mills all over the Dominion. Locally (reports the Wyndham Farmer) Messrs Cair and Johnston, whose mill is on the banks of the Wyndham River, and Messrs Hunter Bros., of South Wyndham, will, in all probability cease operations within a few days. We hear of several other mills between Bald nth a and Invercargill which are contemplating similar action. It is simply impossible for mills receiving flax from a distance to keep going, with fibre at its present low value. Those mills which own their own flax, or have secured blade at fairly cheap rates,, will continue operations in Hie meantime, at least.

A Milton gardener has made a. discovery. Along with many other people, ho had formed the opinion that sparrows wore anatomically at least built on the same principle as other small leathered fry, but herein lies the , discovery aforementioned. A supply of poisoned grain was laid in his garden, and within two days he found forty dead linnets, but only one sparrow. About 30 gentlemen, representing the X.Z. Citizens’ Bible in State Schools League lately interviewed Sir .1. (L Ward upon the providing of Bible lessons in the State schools of the Dominion. Sir Joseph, in the course of his reply, said the Government could not see its way to introduce legislation of that nature. Personally he had always been in favour of religious instruction for all denominations of children. That was essential to their future lives, and in the interests of the country ; but they would recognise that it was only the people themselves that could settle a matter of this sort where there were so many diverse opinions. So long as the people confirmed the present system of allowing nothing in the shape of religious instruction in the schools, then the Government must give effect to the mandate of the people. That was what the Government was doing at the present moment.

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News and Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 28, 2 November 1907

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News and Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 28, 2 November 1907

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