Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 1905. LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Reports of the Addington, Geraldine, and Burnside live stock markets and the Dunedin grain market will be found on the fourth page. Weather Fouboast, — Captain Edwin wires: —Moderate to strong westerly winds ; glass rise ; expect frost to-night. Ashburton Cldb.—At a meeting of the Committee of the Ashburton Club & M.S.A, held last night, Mr A. W. Whitaker was appointed manager, vice Mr E. J. Eighton, who was lately appointed secretary to the International Exhibition. To Sportsmen.—Sportsmen are reminded that a " Gazette " notice prohibits absolutely for one year tbe taking or killing of paradise duck, and that the penalty for bo doing is not less than 40s or more than .£SO. Personal.—Mr Bockhaert, of Mes3ra Skeats and Bockhaert, of Auckland, aeents for De Dion Bouton and Darr.\c<( Motor Cars, is at present in Ashburton on a short visit, and will be pleased to explain the working of these cars to intending purchasers. Mr Bockhaert can be found at Mr G. H.Carson's Cycle Depot any time during the next few days. Threshing at LAURisTON-Our correspondent writes tnat the weather during the past week at Lauriston has been very favourable, especially for threshing operations. The bulk of grain being threshed now is coming out in very good condition ; but at the present state of the market many farmers are changing their minds and thatching their stuck and letting it stand to the spring to save storing. The Value of Diversity op Opinion. —Father Hays, while speaking at the Oddfellows' Hall last evening, told the following aneodoce anent his contention that diversity of opinion is not entirely an evil:— Two Lancashire men were discussing the matter. One of them said that he considered that it would be a bad thing if everyone were of the same opinion as himself, for then everybody would want his Sally. " Well," said his friend, "If everyone were of the same opinion as me, nobody would want your Sally !" Presentations.—A pleasing ceremony was performed at the Orange Hall last evening, when foreman J. Dorm, of the Ashburton Volunteer Fire Brigade, was made the recipient of a gentleman's travelling toilet case, fully equipped, as a token of the respect and esteem in which he is held by the Fire Brigade members. The presentation was made by Captain Thos. Barber, who, in a few well ohosen remarks, referied to the invaluable services Foreman Doun had rendered the Brigade during the twelve years of his association with that body. Owing to pressure of business in his new home at Timaru, Mr Dorm was unable to be present that evening, but the speaker thought that the absent guest had an able substitute in his better half. rihe members of the Brigade, as a whole, regretted Foreman Dorm's removal from Ashburton, and trusted that the present tendered would serve to remind him of his Fire Brigade friends in Ashburton.—At the same time and place, the members of tho Brigade presented Fireman F. S. Nicholls wjith a silver cruet and egg cap set in appreciation of the ' services he has rendered the Brigade as Secretary, Captain Barber, in making the presentation, referred to the keen interest Fire-nan Nicholls had taken in matters connected with the Brigade, and wbeu it was ascertained that he intended to gftt married, hi 3 Fire Brigade colleagues immediately made up their minds to tend r the gift the speaker had much pleasure in hinding to a substitute present. Captain Barber concluded by expressing the wishes of the Brigade that Mr Nicholls' future would be marked with success, and happiness. Fireman A. Mulford suitably responded in the absence of the recipient. WILLIAMSON'S Bio-Tableau—Mr J, C. Williamson's celebrated B'O-Tableuu enter- i tainment of the Russo-Japanese War, and many other subjects will appear at tho Oddfellows' Hall on Tuesday night next. Speaking of sows otifcs principal scenes, .cno of our Sydney exchanges says ; —'( Tfye saying that' one h*lf of the world does not know how the other half lives' must lose its proverbial signification with the multplication of such pictures as are to be s en projected by the Williamson Bio-TabUau. Jt introduces us to all kinds and conditions of uiep. From the Lrndon Hiwknrs and their peculiarities, we pass on to the mar ih of the Gordon Highlanders and Kin«j Edward; 'Driven from Home' a drama in seven tableaux pictures, is shown illustrating the adage ' Marry in haste and repent at leisure.' The great Gordon-Bennett motor rac/0 shows what wonderful strides the latest mode of locomotion has made, and the perilous risks taken by those who run the automobiles at the flying speed now adopted. The chief interest naturally i centres in tho war pictures. Amnn'gst them is a genuine s-ficieg of views of tho bombardment of Poifc Arthur by fciie Japanese fl^ot. These and the pictures of an insideat ou the Manchurian frontier, in which a body ' of Russian scouts is shown in action, and the Russian troops crossing the Yalu river, and a close view of the Japanese wa-.ship Hatsuse, in action, all give a graphic idea of warfare. The series of pictures of tho Toronto fire, and dynamiting tho dangerous buildings is very fine indeed, There are a large number of other views, but those mentioned may bo ,takoa as fairly typical. All Australasia has ap'p^ce^fely pronounced Mr J. C. Williamson's Bio-T^bleaa to be the greatest moving picture show'"g.eeu, south of the Una. The plan is now oa view ) at Jones. Popular pricos will be charged, viz., 3s, 2s, Is.
Proprrtt Sa&e.~Mc F. Ferriman reports the sale of Lots 11, 12, and 22, D.P. 306, Charles Street, Allenton, on account of Mr K. J. Kelly, to Mr W. Gray. Prayer Madg Effkctive ny: Works.— In emphasising the importance of backing up prayer with works, Father Hays, speaking at the OddfeUow3' Hall last evening, related the following anecloto: —There were oneo in England a lit.fcle boy named Willie who had a lit.tls* sister num-.d Polly. Wiiiie set a trap in the garden to natch biids,a cour.so which his s-ister strongly disapproved of. Po!ly, therefore, prayed earnestly that Willies trap might catch no birds. Her mother a=kud her if sho expected her prayer to b« answered. '' Oh, yep," was the reply. " But why are you so certain ?" asked the mother. " Because T :?ent into the garden and kicked the trap to pieces !" said Polly. Van Biene in " Tha Broken Melody." —Ashburton playgoers will welcome the announcement of the visit of Auguste Van Biene and his powerful London Dramatic Company, who appear at the Oddfellows' Hall on Wednesday' evening next in the famouß drama " Tht> Broken Melody," credited with the unique record of 4,000 performances. Clement Scott, the brilliant but usually merciless London critic, wrote : •- " There are two things worth living for—to hear Adelina Patti sing and Van Biene play the 'cello." The " Melbourne Age " says that Van Biene is without doubt the greatest 'cellist in the world. During the production of " The Broken Melody " Van Biene will play hi 3 celebrated 'cello solos. The scenery and accessories will be identical with those used in Melbourne and Sydney productions, while the dresses are direct from the famous Worth. Supporting Van Biene is & powerful company. The box plan will be open at H. M. Jones' at 10 o'clock to-morrow (Friday) morning.