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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

The Ashburton Guardian will not fee published on Easter Monday. River Report—The Telegraph Department advises as follows:—The Rakaia and Rangitata rivers are not fisliable. Weathhb Foukoast. — Captain Edwin wires :—Moderate to strong winds from between south-west and south and southeast} glaBS rise; rain probable; river low. Ploughing Operations.—A number of farmers in the Wakanui and surrounding districts have already commenced to plough their land for cereal crops. Elgin Post Office—Mrs iH. Smith has been appointed post mistress at Elgin in lien of Mrs Clements. Personal.—Mr W. Colee, M,A., for years a teacher at Hampstead School, and who haa been.second master of the Rangiora Borough School for the past six months, has been appointed headmaster of the Eltham School, Taranaki. Ashburton Under No-license—At the No-license Convention in Christchurch yesterday Mr Harding stated that the tone of Ashburton had never been 60 clean and sound, and the No-licotne sentiment had never been so strong as at the present time. Several Ashbuvton representatives spoke strongly of the excellent results of Nolicense in that electorate. Property Sale. —On Wednesday at their rooms, Geraldine, Messrs Guinness and LeCten offered the goodwill of lease in perpetuity of Mr Jos. Ward's farm, Arundel. The property was passed at auction, but was afterwards sold to Messrs Gaby Bros., of Gape 3* Valley. Football. —Word has reached Wellington that it is practically certain that a team of English footballers will visit New Zealand in 1907. Several noted players will be able to mate the trip, and it is expected that the team will be stronger both in backs and in forwards than last year's team. Grain Threshing.—The heavy rain experienced during the past few days has retarded threshing operations. At Waterton Wheatstone, and throughout the whole of the districts adjoining tho Sea Beach, the threshing has been practically completed. Chjbrtsey Fports.— Given fine weathe r on Easter Monday the annual sports and races to be held in the Chertsey Domain, under the auspices of the Chertsey Sports and Racing Club, should prove an unqualified siKcee-i. The Committee have left no stone unturned to insure the success cf the meeting, which should prove one of the beat and largest of its kind held in the district. Peel Forest.—A. Peel Forest Correspon- I dent writes : Recently the district has been very quiet. The weather is becoming cold, and apparently the winter is setting in rapidly. The dry weather haa enabled farmers to make considerable progress with ther threshing. Feed is plentiful, and all classes of stock are looking well. Little work is being done in the bush. No-License Outlook—Mr T. E. Taylor, M.H.R. addressed the No-license Convention in Christchurch yesterday on the " Oatlook in Canterbury." He d9alt in detail with the figures of the last local option poll, and claimed that an examination of the figures for reduction proved the moderate party to ba practically non-existent. He urged that special effoits should be mado to increase the number of No-license districts in Canterbury, and emphasised the advisableness of spreading the latest scientific teaching with regard to the physiological effects of alcohol. The Milling Trust—The attention of breadwinners and bakers is directed to an advertisement in this issue from the Northern Milling Company, Auckland, stating that the Flour Trust is offering to deliver into Auckland bakehouses the best Canterbury brands of flour at £8 5s per ton, which, after deducting freight and charges, ia only equal to £7 2s 6d per ton at the mill door, while the price of flour in Canterbury is £9 per ton. Presentation.—When it became known that Constable Tull had been transferred from Ashburton to Dunedin his friends here decided to take steps to make him a presentation as a mark of esteem and respect. A special permit was granted by the Department of Justice and on Thursday evening last about forty gentlemen paid a surprise visit to Constable Tull's residence, and Mr W. Bain, on behalf of the subscribers, presented the guest of the evening with a bulky purse of sovereigns. Several speeches eulogistic of Constable Tull were made, and general regret was expressed that he had received notice to remove to Dunedin. A number of songs were 6ung during the evening, and several toasts were proposed and duly honoured, the gathering terminating by the singing of Auld Lang Syne. W.C.T.U.—Tho local branch of the Women's Christian Temperance Union held their usual monthly meeting in the Templar Hall on Wednesday last, when the attendance was fair. After several business items had been dealt with, it was decided that the next meeting on the 10th May should take the form of a social meeting, and it is expected Mrs Dr. Watson, of America, will be present and give an ad* dress. I A.M.R.—The annual general meeting of j the Ashburton Mounted Rifles was held on Thursday evening, there being a fair attendance of members present. The report and balance sheet presented showed the company to be in a healthy condition. After tho formal business of adopting the report and balance sheet had been transacted, the meeting resolved itself into a social function. A lengthy programme of song, recitation, and speech was submitted, aud the gathering was of a most enjoyable character. Condition of tee North Island. — A visitor to the North Island writes that he is surprised to find that celebrated grass country suffering from the effects of a drought. Along the coastal district of Taranaki, and also in Auckland, there has beon very little raia sin'-e the New Year up to the present date, wheu there has been a copious rainfall, which, however, has come too late to produce much winter f«ed. Turnips are less than half a crop, and dairy cattle are in very poor oondition, and the falling off in the milk supply haa been very marked. The butter also turned out by the Dairy Factories shows by its pale colour the effect of the dry weather, 'and looks like lard, instead of the rich yellow batter of Taranaki. Sheep, however, look wall, whore lightly stocked, but mauy paddocks are eaten to the cl«y, and it would ba better if half the stock on some of the farms wero exported to Canterbury. Stone's Canterbury Directory—The 1905 number of that indispeasible publication, Stone's Directory of Canterbury, Nelson, Marlboroßgh, and. Westland, is now to hand, and is us usual full of up-to-data information, Few business men can afford to be without this volume. The information is well arranged, and it is easy to find any particular class of information that may be wanted with regard to Cauterbury and its inhabitants. The type is clear and distinct, and the printing excellent, the general appearance of the work being v>ry attractive. TheN,Z. Annual, at the end of the .book supplied an abstract of useful knowledge about the Colony, its laws, statistics, etc. Altogether the directory is a credit to the publishers. Ladies' Tailoring.—We are now making a speciality of this department. Ladies who appreciate a good fit, good work and up-to-date neat and durable costumes, jackets, etc., at very moderate prices, are respectively invited to inspect our new Autumn and Winter goods. " The Ladies' Tailor" magazine and fashion plates from London j every month.—Craighead & Berryjxan. Discount Tickets given with all cash purchases of Groceries at John Qxv & Co.'s

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6552, 22 April 1905

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6552, 22 April 1905

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