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Personat..—Mr Thomas Harrison, of Hack (.home, intends leaving on a trip to the Old Country m about a month's time. Bivsb Report—The Telegraph Depart- ! merit advises na follows : —The Bakaia, Rangifcat'i, and Waitaki rivers are m good order for fishing. Magisterial.—His Worship the Mayor, and Mr J. MoLaohlar, M.H.8., .f'?P., presided at the Magistrates' Court ths moruiug. As all the casea set down for hearing had been either withdrawn or settled out of Court, there was m busing to be transacted, and the Court adjourned. Ashbubton Rugby UNioN~At a meeting; of the Canterbury Kugby Union on Thursday, it was decided tlut the Ashburton Union should be informed that its application for affiliation on the same terras as the North Canterbury Union would be recommended at the next general meeting. Price op Flour.—The New Zealand Flour Millers' Co-operative Association, Limited, quotes the following wholesale prices:—Flour, per ton, £8 10s sacks; £9 1001 b bags ; £9 5s 501 b bags, £9 10s 251 b bags; bran, per ton, £3 15s, pollard per ton, £5 10s. The price of bread m Dunedm has been reduced from sixpence halfpenny to sixpence per four pound loaf, tha Flour Millers' Association having reduced the price of flour by ten shillings. Fire Insurance Rates.—The owners of large warehouses and factories m Ohrietchurch have received notice from the insurance companies of an advance m rates equal to 40 per cent. In cue largo establishment the rate of ten shillings per cent has been increased to 14s. On these buildings the State Fire Insurance Com- ' p&ny cannot operate, Presentation.—A. pleasant little gatberj ing took place on Tuesday evening at the premises of Messrs Chapman and Terris, when Mr J. Chapman, on behalf of the employees, presented Mr Frank Nicholls, on the occasion of his approaching marriage, with a handsome swinging hall lamp> Mr Nicholls also received from the head of the firm a pair of beautifully framed pictures. Mr Nicholls feelingly replied. Speeches suitable to the occas'on | were made by Messrs Green, Dee, Knox, [ and Cullen. Express Delated. —The first express train from the South yesterday afternoon was delayed nearly an hour owing to the engine of the second express fmai the North having broken down at Otno. The Premier was aboard the express from the South, and enjoyed an hour's patrol of the railway 6tation platform at Timaru. Three cheers were ironically given for the Premier when the train left Ashburton, as it was thought he had occasioned the delay. The second express from tha South also arrived at Ashburton half an hour late. HoaiE Nursing Book. — A valuable on home nursing and the treatment of the sick has just been issued by the proprietors of Dr Morse's Indian Eoot Pills. The book covers a very wide range, containing a mass of information dealing with unosc of the complaints to be found m a complete medical work. An important feature is that devoted to children's complaints, also accidents and poisoning. The idea has been to avoid all technical terras, and the book should be especially valuable to those who are unable to procure medical advice. A copy of this book will be sent fr^e on receipt of a penny stamp, by the W. H Comstock Co., Limited, 58 Pitt StreetSydney. The Williamson Bio-Tableau.—The immense success which has attended the exhibition m London of the Russo- Japanese war pictures taken by the bio-tableau representatives at the front, justifies the anticipation of a successful season at the Oddfellows' Hall on Tuesday eveniugnext, under the direction of Mr J. C. Williamson. The bio-tableau views which Mr Williamson will present to the public of Ashburton are said to be far removed from the pictures with which we have been made acquainted. There is said to be an utter absence of thac dazzling flicker which baa been such a serious defect m previous moving pioture entertainments. Here all is clear and unwavering, and tho spectators see everything m exact reproduction. The scenes, it is stated, are reilistic to the highest degree of the grira realities of war. In addition to the war series a number cf pictures of a peaceful nature will be shown, and it is said one that calls tor special mention is the great Toronto fire. The great "Star" picture, however, on the programme is the wonderful pantomine picture " Submarina " or " The Old Man of the Sea." Not merely is a complete pantomine displayed, but one replete with wonderful stage effeots and illusions. The plan is now on view at Jones's. Popular prices wilt be charged. " What You Can Get For A Penny."— Certainly no one expects a groat deal, but it is just as well to see that you invest even a penny to the best advantage. For instance, if you want a little light reading matter you can't do better than buy tomorrow's Guardian, with which is given a four-page supplement, consisting solely of interesting reading matter, comprising fiction, topical articles, and up-to-date information on matters of present interest. The short stories this week include " Flaherty, Master of Love," an amusing story of an Irish restaurant keeper, " A Girl of the Engineers," and " An Amateur m the Baby Business." There are articles entitled " The World's Most Advanced Government," by Lord Ranfurly; "Do Mountains float m a Molten Ocean ?" an interesting scientific explanation; " Female Impostors," " A Eun on an American Bank," ; " English, Where Art thou ?" ; and many others. The usual weekly features of tho publication are brightly written, up-to-dute, and interesting. Van Biene m " Tha Broken Melody." —The box plnn for Wednesday evening's production opened at H. M. Joness' this morning, and brisk booking has resulted. Ashburton theatregoers will not be slow to recogni.-te the value attaching to witnessing such a famous artiste as Auguste Van Hione, m a drama of the calibre of " The Broken Melody." Mr George Mu3grove has introduced many fine combinations to New Zealand, bur. it is universally concede 1 that Van Biene and his company excel them all. His tour through New Zealand has so far been a triumphal one and the management have been often forced to murmur at the limited seating accommodation provided. The dramateem9 with exciting Bcenos and situations, evoking vociferous enthusiasm from the audiences. Particularly is tlm said to have been tho case at the close of the first act, when Paul Borinski (Van Biene) discovers that his wife has deserted him at the very moment of his triumph. His efforts m this scene have been described as being " vividly reminiscent of Henry Irving." " Hear Van Biene play ' Home Sweet Home,' m the grandest play of all—' The Broken Melody' and the memory will last a lifetime," wrote Clement Scott, m the London Daily Telegraph.

Weather Foremast, — Captain Edwin wires:—Strong winds to a gale from between north and west and south-west after 12 hours from now; glass fall again soon ; rain probable. North Island Sheep •—During the quarter ended March 3lst there wero 23,000 sheep landed at Timaru from the North and Chatham Inlands. Cabinet Reconstruction — Discussing the pusubilitius of C*binv3t; Reconstruction the " Lyttelfcon Times " says that tha new Ministers will be Messrs McNab, Millar, and Fowlds. When the Premier takes up the High Commissionship m London, Sir Joseph Ward will bo the next Premier. Thk Education Department.—The Premier states that owing to Mr Hogben'a having to be co frequently visiting various parts of the colony, it had been decided that Mr Hogben should '.be relieved of the duties of: Seoretary of Education, and simply confine himself to the duties of Inspector-General. Sir E. Gibbes, who had been aoting secretary for many years, would take up the duties of secretary. Education Reserves.—The Canterbury Commissioners of Education reserves, of which Mr H. H. Pitman is steward, control 44,000 acres of agricultural land, and a pastoral run of 23,215 acres. The agricultural land is split up into 240 sections, held by 200 tenants, and the annual rental is £18,521. The cost of administration last year was ,£619.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6556, 28 April 1905

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6556, 28 April 1905

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