News in Brief
Mr C. M. Gray was yesterday re-elected mayor of Chrisfcchurcta. We understand that two of the eldest members of the Committee of the Ashburton Club resigned last night, as a protest against the appointment of the manager. The Ghertsey Sports Committee request that all accounts owing to and by them be rendered to the secretary at once. Messrs E. A. Lock, W. Morgan, aud Alex. Orr, being the only persons nominated, have been declared duly elected mem* bers of t'ae Mount Hutt Road Board. Messrs Guinness and LeCren's Horse Fair will be held at Orari on Monday next, when a large entry of draughts and hackney horses will be offered. As the result of Mr Massey's visit to G< re Mr H. J. Middleton, a prominent member of the Farmers' Union, will oppose Me MeNab for Mataura. A giant sunflower was on view at Gore recently. This horticultural monster, which wa3 grown by i\lr Gavin Dickson, of Otama, is 9ft 3in in height, and the bloom 19in in diameter. ' Two women, arrested on the Palmerston North Racecourse for betting with a bookmaker, were taken before the stewards and warned off the course. An unusual sight was seen in Hamilton (says the " Times ") when a well-dressed young woman on horseback was driving a mob of cattle through the main street, and wielding a stockwhip in the moat approved manner. Two girls who robbed a clothe.i line on their way home from a dance were convicted and discharged at Auckland a fow days ngo, after having been in the police cells for a night. Three young girls were also before the court on a charge of theft. " I have seen Merino sheep driven over a prasipice to save the expense of cutting their throats. I sold the carcases for 5d each for boiling down." So said a witness in the Compensation Court at Blenheim recently, apropos |a reference by the Chief Justice tothsslump in the wool and mutton markets some years ago. The death took place at Melbourne recently of Mr Edward Davis, an old colonist, aged 85. He was an ardent believer in cremation, aud in his will, which disposed of property valued between .£60,000 and .£BO,OOO, he directed his remains to be cremated at Springvala necropolis, and, in accordance with Oriental custom, the ashes scattered to the foui winds of Heaven. The cremation was carriod out in a hastily improvised crematorium. The whole ceremony was most impressive, and free from anything repellant. A number of the Naseby business people and others received an unexpected windfall last week in the shape of a cheque from a gentleman whom misfortune compelled to go bankrupt ovur 20ye*rs ago. Mr Joseph Lory, the gentleman in question, has Eince been more fortunate in his occupation (farming), and decided to pay his old creditors what was due them, and accordingly on Wednesday surprised them with cheques for amounts representing 5s in the <£ on their old accounts. The total amount paid out, understands the " Chronicle," will run to over In order to considerably reduce stock, R. D, Johnston is now having a sale of second-hand bicycles at prices which should clear every machine within a very short time. 3 0
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6555, 27 April 1905
News in Brief Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6555, 27 April 1905
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