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The weather to-day could scarcely have been improved upon for the holiday held in honor of the Queen's 71st birthday. In consequence many picnics were' organised, and vehicles of all sorts carried ] freights of pleasure-seekers to tho beach and elsewhere. The temperature over night fell very low, and in tho morning a hard hoar frost whitened the ground. At 10.10 a special excursion train from Christchurch to Timaru, calling at Ashburton, arrived. There were in all 150 passengers from Christchurch for Timaru, and 94 joined at our station for the same town. The Volunteers held their usual ' parado to fire a feu-de-joie in honor of tho Queen, and 39 men of all ranks paraded along with about 20 cadets. Captain Dolman was the only officer on parade, and it says much for his loyalty and enthusiasm in the volunteer cause that he rose from a sick bed to take his place in command of his company. The gallant Captain is suffering from a rather bad attack of la gripfe.

Auckland, May 26. Queen's weather to-day for holiday. Tho only events of importance are the Volunteer parades and Takapuna races this afternoon. An immense number of picnics and excursions have been organised. The Artillery fire a Royai Salute at ten o'clock.

Weixington, May 26,

:There is lovely weather for the holiday. A dose holiday will be observed in the town, but nothing of importance in the amusement line takes place.

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THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2434, 26 May 1890

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THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2434, 26 May 1890

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