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To the Editor. Sir, —Mj remarks on the system adopted by the Secretary of the Agricultural Society in reference to the Ploughing Match Pinner, seem to have aroused the ire of a correspondent in the ATail, ' of to-day’s issue. Will you kindly allow me space in your columns to state that the reason I called attention to the matter was not from any feeling of “ jealousy,” as alleged, but from a wish for fair play and no monoply, such as seems to be the aim of a certain section of our citizens. A few years ago, Oram’s sample rooms were the only conveniences Ashburton possessed for holding public dinners and meetings in, but owing to the confidence my fellow publicans and myself have in the Ashburton district, we can now boast of several halls, with all the accessories for balls or dinners, in place of the antiquated sheds used a year or two ago. “ The Pantry Boy,” no doubt, is occasionally generous to the Old Men’s Home, but I always notice that ho takes very good care to make his generosity a good advertisement for himself, as everything he gives, from a stick of tobacco to an old newspaper, is carefully catalogued in all the newspapers in the district. In conclusion, I trust the Ploughing Match Dinner will not harrow up any further seeds of dissension. —I am, &c., T. Quill. July 19th 1881. [lt is only due to Mr Shearman to state that the notifications respecting his generosity to the Old Men’s Home have not come to our paper from him, or from any one connected in the slightest degree with his hotel—Ed. 6?.]

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THE PLOUGHING MATCH DINNER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 399, 19 July 1881

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THE PLOUGHING MATCH DINNER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 399, 19 July 1881