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Fire—Early on Friday morning a six rooomed house on Mr James Gibsons' farm at Dromore, and m the occupation of his sons, was totally destroyed by fire. No^one had been living m it for a few days, and the origin o£ the fire is a mystery. The bouse was insured m the London and Lancashire office for £100, Change of Policy.—We learn on excelent authority that a large number of shares m the "New Zealand Times" Company, Wellington, have recently passed into the hands of three prominent prohibitionists, and that the paper will henceforth be run m the No-License interest. Is the World Growing Better ! ~ General Booth que?tionnd by an interviewer as to whether he considered, after his sixty years of work among all classes, that the world was improving, replied —' Huperfically , yes. I think the world] is more civilised, '[ if civilisation is interpreted by meaning j that people are more polite. There is not the same amount of blasphemy | there was nor the open drunkenness nor blatant atheism. There is plenty of these things yet, as one will find if he will seek it, but on the whole the world is better. The consumption of intoxicants is increasing the world over m spite of all that is being done to fight the evil. Different countries have different intoxicants, but the love for strong drink is everywhere great. Just think of it, they now have m Scandinavia liquor so cheap and so potent that a mnn, his wife and family can all get drunk for about 2sd." Messrs H. J. Harrison and Thomas Morland have been elected members of the South Rakaia Boad Board. On Saturday, 6th May, thn New Zealand Farmers' Co-operative Association will sell by Public Auction Mr James Jamie3on's farm at Waterton, comprising 376 acres. | At his Arcade Horse Fair on Friday next, Mr D. Thomas will offer 14 horses, on account of Mr Stevenson, of Palmerston North. The usual weekly meeting of the Allen ton Debating Class was held m the Allenton School on Friday last. There was a large attendance of members. The programme for the evening was an Editor's Box. The annual meeting of ratepayers m the Mount Hutt Eoad District; will be held on May Ist.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6553, 25 April 1905

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Untitled Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6553, 25 April 1905