The Southern Cross PUBLISHED WEEKLY. INVERCARGILL, SAT., NOV. 2nd. General News.
In another column particulars ar« given in connection with cheap excursion fares to the Christchurch show and races. Mr Mair has now got the business (lately acquired from Mr E. 13. Jones chemist) into good going order.. He has spared no expense in procuring new stocks, altering the interior, and fitting in a new glass front, and patrons can rely on being well served. Messrs A. and 13. Macpherson, timber merchants, Dunedin, are open to buy birch in any quantity. Owners of birch will find it to their advantage to communicate with this firm at once, as good prices arc given.; Further particulars are given in an other column.;
An interesting article on the progress made by Southland s latest industry, the Rosedale Woollen Mills, North Invercargill, is given in this issue.
Shares in the Southland Building and Investments Society can now be obtained, and are free from arrears.
Home and Australian mails close at Invercargill at 2.45 p.m. on Monday, and at 12.55 p.m. oh Wednesday. A parcels and newspaper mail closes here at 12.55 p.m. on Tuesday.
A meeting of the Clifton, Woodend, and Bluff Athletic Society was held on Wednesday last, and largely attended. The President, Mr IX Meflin, occupied the chafr, and reported that everything points to a successful gathering. Several new features are to bo added, including physical drill and bayonet exercises. The grounds are also receiving prompt attention, and everything is being done for the comfort of pgtrons and competitors.
The" finishing touches are now being given to Mr Hein’s new shop, and it is going- to be an elaborate and up-to-j’ate establishment. When the windows are dressed, Mr Rein will be able to display a choice variety of goods, which, owing to lack of space, have had to remain in the background. The designing and plans were prepared by Mr 0. J. Brodrick, architect, of this town.
To-night at 7.30 Mr J. Holloway holds an important land sale at his auction rooms in Esk street. They consist of thirteen splendid building sites in the Borough o North Invercargill, and three allotments in the Borough of East Invercargill. Intending purchasers, whether for speculation or building purposes, should have a look at these sections, for probably there will be a very considerable rise in the price of land directly the tram promoters commence operations.
Idle Orange Hodges will attend Divine service in the Elies Road South Primitive Methodist Church on Sunday evening. The Rev. A. Pybus will take for his subject : “Peter, the first Bishop of Rome.” The orchestra will render a sacred selection.
We have to thank Mr Folley, secretary of Court Star of the South for a copy of the official handbook of the United Otago District of Foresters for 1907-1908. The little work is of special interest to the Order, and contains lists of meetings and lodge programmes, together with some excellent photos of officials. There is also a photo group of delegates and their friends at the district meeting held in Queenstown this year. Sister Cockroft, of Court Pride of Awarua, also occupies a jdace of honour.
Potatoes have risen rapidly in value of late, and there is a possi hility of prices going up to £lO per ton, but it is hardly safe to hold in anticipation of this. The market is now steady at about £8 10s, but there is a large stock in the country, and with these and the new ones coining- to hand, it is safe to predict a drop before very long. Buyers at above prices are itot operating- freely, anticipating- a fafl.
Mr Peter Georgeson, of Campbelltown, has purchased Mr Millar Anderson’s up-to-date bakery business at ■North Invercargill. Mr Georgeson has conducted a successful business at Bluff for a number of years, and recently disposed of il: to Mr T. Parry. Before ho went to the Bluff he was baking in Invercargill, and his bread was not to be beaten. Tie is a man who believes in giving the best article possible, and the "Bluff residents soon discovered the merits of Mr Georgeson’s productions, and besides a large delivery at the port, he supplied the steamers, which connection Mr Parry still maintains. Mr Georgeson has now commenced business, and his friends will find it to their advantage to give him a turn. Tie is a man of considerable experience in the art of bread-making and small goods, both in the colony and at Home, and patrons can rely on being seined in a thorough manner. Vans will ply in town and suburbs as usual.
Resenting the ruling of the Wellington Harbour Hoard that his advice could not be given during discussions except on the unanhnous vote of the members, Mr Ferguson resigned his position as engineer, and with it a salary of £1750 a year. ITc has since been appointed consulting engineer at £SOO a year, and also engineer to the Wellington gasworks at £1,500 a year, so that he is better off by £5 per week than ho was before.
Invercargill was visited by a heavy nor-wester in ,the early part of Friday morning, and the town was mad© particularly uncomfortable from the clouds of dust which penetrated homes, shops, and offices'. The only appliance used for allaying the nuisance is a primitive water-icart, and it may be added that a more up-to-date one is now being constructed in Christchurch for use in Invercargill. The abatement of this nuisance is a matter the Council should seriously consider at an early date. Within the last few days the Corporation foreman (Mr Miller) had thoughtfully removed the loose grit from the North Road in Northend, which probably was of great benefit. Some system for watering the road from the Waihopai bridge is necessary, and will have to be arranged. Many glances were cast skywards in the hope that Nature would come to the rescue, and give a sample of her ability as a streetsprinkler, but rain did not sot in till between 11 and 12, which speedily put matters right.
II is expected that Parliament will sit till the end of November. The Land Bills have practically been disposed of.
Mr F. Joyce, a member of the literary staff of the Southland Daily News, met with a painful accident on Wednesday evening last. It appears he was riding down Leet street on his bicycle, and was thrown off. The fall resulted in a broken leg. He was' promptly attended to, and conveyed home in a cab, where he is reported to be doing fairly well.
A fatal accident occurred on the Waiau Road, near Orepuki, on Thursday morning - , Alice Colby, eighteen years of age being- the victim. She was driving in a milk-cart with Mrs Forde, when the horse shied at Fcrrier’s traction engine. The cart capsized, and the girl was pinned to the ground. Mrs Forde escaped. When picked up the girl was unconscious, and she died shortly afterwards.
The members of St. Paul’s Methodist Choir give a grand concert in their church in Feet street, on Thursday next. A splendid programme has been arranged, and the proceeds will he devoted' to defraying the cost of sending the choir to compete at the Dunedin Competitions, They have been practising early and late, and should uphold Southland’s honour. Those intending to bo present should make a point of being present early in order to secure seats. Judging- by the way the tickets are selling, a bumper house is a foregone conclusion.
The Arbitration Court has delivered judgment in the case of the executors of the will of the late Robert Gray v. William Menlone. Deceased met his death while manager of Centre Hill Station, and the relatives claim £4OO compensation. The Court awarded the full amount with £l2 12s, solicitors’ costs, witnesses’ expenses, and disbursements. Mr Eustace Russell managed the case for the claimants.
We have received from Mr A. E. Morgan, one of Invercargill's billposters, a neatly got-np posit card. It contains views of the interior, and a capital outside view, of the new Town Hall, and also views of Several display stands which are the work of Mr Morgan. He is a progressive man, and these post cards do him credit, and should go a long way towards bringing- the new theatre under the notice of theatrical managers. We don’t know whether the Invercargill Corporation is assisting Mr Morgan or not, but he is certainly doing his shave in making the theatre a success. The work is neatly finished by Messrs Phillips Bros., the Esk st. photographers. We. understand Mr Morgan is erecting a number of additional hoardings in town in view of the holiday season. Well done, Morgan !