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The Ashburton Guardian |will not be published on Good Friday or Easter Monday. River Report—The Telegraph Depart" ment advises as follows:—The Rakaia and Rangitata rivers are not fishable, the Waitaki is m good order for fishing. Weather Fqukcast. — Captain Edwin wires:—Strong winds to a gale from between north-west and west and south; glass rise, but falling after 12 hours from now; rain, probably heavy. Trap Accident.—As two young ladies were driving along Mitcham Road m a trap yesterday afternoon the horse shied, and both were thrown out. One of the ladies, Miss Graham, sprained her ankle, while the other escaped with very slight injuries. The shafts of the trap were broken. Presentations.—A social gathering was held m Mr T. Harold's boarding house at Fairton on Monday evening, when the employees m the killing department of the Fairfield Freezing Works and others assembled for the purpose of making a presentation to Mr W. Douglas on the occasion of his marriage. The chair was occupied by Mr Trail, who presented the guest of the evening on behalf of the subscribers with a purse of sovereigns and an overmantel. Several toasts were proposed and duly honoured, while.the following contributed songs during the evening :—Messrs Trail, A. Jamieson, Booth, K. Rooke; gramaphone selections by Mr Lunt'n instrument. —The employees of the fallinongery at the Fairßeld Freezing Works assembled m Mrs Fusseli's boarding houso on Monday evening, and the foreman (&lv L. Smith), on behalf of the workers, presented Mr A Jarman, who is shortly to be married, with a marble clock, suitably inscribed, as a token of the respect m which he is held by them. During the evening the following contributed songs, adding much to the enjoyment of the gathering :—Messrs R. B'ker, P. Brenain, Coperage, J. Harper, and P. Cooper. Several toasts appropriate to the occasion wore proposed and rospmdod to, and the function was brought to a close by tho singing of Auld Lang Syne. 17akatere Club Social. —A most enjoyable social evening m the form of a progressive euohre party was held m tho Hakatere room's lusb evening under the auspices of th^ Football Club. Tlie teams wero chosen by the Captains of the Son'ors aud Juniors, Mr P, Qullen (seniors) and Mr W. Page (juniors). The tournament resulted m a decided win for the junior tea-n. After the tournament a toc:al was held, tho chair being occupied by Mr P. Cullen. L'ght refreshments were dispersed and alter tha disposal of the loyal toast tho following toasts were proposed :—"Th-> King," " The Winners," " Ourselve-," "Kindred Clubs," "The Chairman.' Speeches were delivered by Messrs P.iee, McElrea, jr, D. Moriarfcy, Captain and Vice Captain, Walsh, D. Brown, Rooke, B. Stock Geo. Thomas, and others j songs—Messrs Rooke, E. Stock, C. Trovey, W. Hodgson, s Hood, W. Page; recitation — Mr D. ■ Moriarty. It was suggested that tha j Hakatere Club should hold a concert during the winter months, and the Secretary Mr , 11. McElrea intimated that an endeavour was being made to establish a billiard or bagatelle table m connection with the Club, The idea was generally approved of. The accompaniments to the songs were played by Mr E. Stock, and m propound the toast of "The Press" the chairman proposed that tha representative present, Mr E. J. Protheroe, be elected a life member of the Hakatere Club, which was carried by acclamation. The prooncdings terminated with the singing of " Auld Lang Syne. Mr Laurenson on No-License.—Speak-ing at Lyttelton on Tuesday night, Mr Laurenson said he waa going to take an active part m carrying nolicense m Lyttelton, and he believed that ib would be carried. Lyttelton would be a better place without licenses. Thoaa who helped to'retain licenses were doing a cruel thing to the publicans themselves, He did not know any town m New Zealand where the efforts of No-license would be felt more immediately than m Lyttelton. In Ashburton m 1902, he pointed out m passing, there were 253 convictions for drunkenness and assault. In 1904, the firEt complete year of No-License, there were only 143, and m that year there were 500 mor§ apcqunts opened m the Post Office Savings' Bank than had been opened m any previous year, and the deposits had increased by .£44,000. If he had consulted his own interests he would have done as before, left the matter to the people, but the term of the partnership to which he had belonged had expired, aud he had decided to refrain no longer from taking an active part m the campaign,

General Booth.—Ensiga McKay in-1 forms us that he has received a wire from j Dunedin, stating that General Booth will deliver a short address from the train during its stop at; Ashburton on Saturday afternoon. Tlte traia will reach Ashburton at 3.15 p.m. "Elijah' Dowib.—A Wellington telegram says arrangements were made for fifty Dowi» converts to proooed froai that city by the Sierra on Friday, hut several have deferred taking their passage for three weeks. The bookings were arranged by the Rev. MoCullough, the apostle m Wellington. The converts belong to various parts of the colony. They have sold their property here, and make a fresh start where a number of New Zeaianders are already located. Saturday's Supplement — Saturday's supplement to the Guardian contains a number of capitally written stories, the chief being " The Swatika" by R. W. Chambers, " Dolly's Secret" by Agnes E. Melville, and " The Matchmaker " by L. G. Giltner. Topical articles of current interest include ' Into the Unknown Land," an account of travels m theimysterioue country of Tibet, "The life of a Mormon Girl," " Admiral Hozjestvenski," and others. Several humorous contributions also appear j m this week's supplement, solthat on the whole the sheet is an excellent collection of week-end reading matter. Wedding.—A quiet but pretty wedding , was celebrated at the parsonage, Willowby, by the Eev. Wallis, last Wednesday morning, the contracting parties being Miss Sarah B. Williams, youngest daughter of the late Mr E. Williams, Waterton, and Mr William M. Smith, youngest son of Mr M. Smith, of Ashbarton. The bride, who was given away by her brother-in-law, Mr W. Hopwood, was attired m a blue costume, trimmed with white satin and ribbon, and white hat to match. She also wore a gold brooch, the gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaids were Miss Edith March, cousin of the bride, and Miss Chrissie Hopwood, niece of the bride. The bridesmaids wore blue dresses, trimmed with braid and white silk, and hats to match. They also wore brooches, the gifts of the bridegroom. Mr B. Thomas, of Lyttelton, acted aa best man. After the wedding breakfast Mr and Mrs Smith left for the Bays. They were the recipients of many useful presents. A Postal G-bievance.—For many years past the Postal Deprrtment have on wet days provided a horse for the suburban letter carriers, it being practically impossible to ride a bicycle when the roads are m a wet and muddy condition. Some little time ago our attention was drawn to the fact that the Department had abolished this privilege, aad during recent wet days the carriers did not complete their round (which bad to be accomplished on foot) till 8 p.m. Whilst an injustice is being done to the carriers, it seems a pity that a larga number of residents should be obliged to wait till late m the evening for the delivery of letters, and the inconvenience is accentuated by the fact that counter delivery will not be given of letters addressed to places within the carrier's delivery area. It is to be hoped that the Department will remove the inconvenience caused by the adoption of a rule whereby the paltry sum of a few shillings a month is saved, at the expense of the convenience of both the public and the Department's servants. Baptist Social,—A social m connection with the 22nd anniversary of the Baptist Churoh was held last evening, there being ft fair number present. The Key. W. L. Salter occupied the chair. The meeting opened with devotional exercises, after which the chairman gave a short address. This was followed by the reading of the annual report. The report showed that some 16 members had left the district during the twelve months, these along with their children and adherents weakening the church by about 40. In spite, however, of the falling membership, the report showed the financial position t> be rather better than last year. The Young People's Society and the Sunday School were both reported as being m a most satisfactory condition. During the evening recitations were given by some of the Sunday School children, solo 3 and quartettes by members of the choir, and selections by the choir. Mr Chandler delivered an address on " Sowing and Reaping." After the Benediction had been pronounced refreshments were handed ronnd, and the meeting was brought to a close.

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LOCAL AMD GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6551, 20 April 1905

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LOCAL AMD GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6551, 20 April 1905