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ALFORD FOREST.

William, the 14 year old son of Mr James MoMullan, met with a severe aooident on Monday last while In charge of a wagon load of firewood drawn by five horaes. The roads being heavy the wheels became stuck, and while urging on the horsea to get ont, a sadden move pitohed him off the load under the fore wheel, happily on the upper side of the road, and the wheel passed over his leg breaking one of the small bones. He is now m the Ashburton Hospital and progressing favorably. Another instance of the want of a resident medical man.

A petition m favor of moving the Springburn post office from the aohool premises to tbe store near the orossroads has been oiroalatlng lately , Against this is the fact that many influential residents at the present centre strongly object, on the grounds that the post office should be as near the eta 1 ion (now rapidly approach ing completion) as possible, it being only a few chains away, until the position of things warrants the employment of a regular stationmaster and postmaster, or as at present m Methven, combining all the offices m one individual, with Sir H. Atkinson's eye to economy* However distant this may be. it certainly appears desirable to have the post offioe near the teimiaos of tbe line.

Captain Thompson of the Salvation Army 1b here for a few days, Wednesday night was the Wesleyan meeting m charge of Rev J. Alison, who had courteously promised to give up his service to the Army. Hearing of this, m the abßODoa of the Chairman of' the Sohool Committee, one zealous Oommitteeman (not a reorult) fattened np the gate with a ohain "to keep any neighbors' oattle from trespassing " be revoked. Now, the Treasurer having oharge of the key of the aohool waited patiently to give it into the bands " of Mr Alison for " Wesleyan servfoe only,'*' and prooeeded to ruthlessly shatter the chain fastening of the gate, not to let the prlaoner free, but to admit the faithful brethren. " Behold how good and pleasant it Is to dwell together m unity." The service prooeeded as usual withont the slightest interference. Thursday and Friday evenings' services were to be eonduoted by O»pt Thompson m aid of the funds of the Army, a tea being provided for Friday evening. The Army steed unfortanately died at Sprlngburn, not being quite ap to bis active duties'; May the next be a re»l blood and fire one i

The snow, " the beautiful enow," after lying for three weeks, haa vanished, except under the Immediate shade of the hiila, From this elevation we oonld see that we had been treated to more than oar fair eh are, for neighbors three miles a* ay have been olear of It for the laat fortnight. So work h&B been at a stand Bttll here, aud the raah of orders for short lengths of firewood ooold not be met, though gallant attempts were made with freez ng fingers and watery garments to overtake orders. Now a lot of work Is being dove ; orders are coming m every day, and doubtless will continue. Thus an impetus is given to felling and splitting ready for the circular ateam-aaw, and all are benefited.

Mr L. MoLeieh has a splendid orop of green-top turnips on his see loti, a number of them average from 9bs to lOlbs eaoh. This would at the N rate of j over tons to the ucre.

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ALFORD FOREST. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2166, 6 July 1889

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