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Weathbb Fohkoast. • - Captain Edwin wires:—Moderate to strong winds from between east aud north and northwest; glass fall; vain probable. Business Ohanob.—Mr E. Gibbsrd informa us thut ho liaa anld his general drapory business to Mr H. 0. Amos, 0* Bangiora, and formerly of Assbunon. The Land Commission. —The Muio which the Land Commisaiou had to submit its report m has beea extended for a month, CotrKTT Hospital.—The matron of the Ashmuton Hospital desires to acknowledge with thanks the following donations: -Mrs Campbell, old linen, De Trevor, magazine."-, Eiffelton and Windermore harvest: festival, (per Mr W. Hail) fruit and vegetables A.O.F.—The usual monthly me ting of the local Foresters' "Lodge was hold last evening. There was a fair attendance of members. One new member was admitted, and two parsons ware proposed for membership. .Delegates from the district meeting handed i 1 their repose, and after the trauBao'ion of routine buainess the meeting closed m the usual way. Threshing Operations.—The unsettled condition of the weather of late' has rendered threshing operations m the upper districts of the County very tedious work. Owing to tbe lateness of the season, together with the slight decline m the grain market, a number of farmers are seriously considering the advisability of holding their grain for spring threshing. In the Hackthorne, Maronan, Lismore, and Lagrnhor districts the greater portion of j the grain crops are still m the stack. Hakatkre Club.—The committee of the Hakatere Young Men's Club have recently installed a bagatelle table m their rooms, Saunders' Building. A number of illustrated papers and magazines have also been procured for the use of the members. With a view to making the rooms more comfortable and cheery during the Winter evenings, the committee might well consider the advisability of purchasing heating stoves, which would no doubt be warmly appreciated by the members. Grain Carting.—Owing to traction engines being extensively brought into use this season as a means of hauling grain to the stores, it is reckoned that not one half of the drays and teams have been brought into use compared with former years. Speaking to a Seafield farmer one of our representatives was informed that he had made arrangements to have his grain carted away by steam at a much cheaper rate than if he brought his own teams into use. The reason given was that while the team system was tedious, it also delayed ploughing operations. U.A.O.D.— The fortnightly meeting of the Star of Ashburton Lodge of Druids was held last evening, Bro. Bryant, A.D., presiding over a fair attendance o: members. One candidate was proposed for membership. Bards reported on sick members, and pay due was passed. Following the suggestions made by the D.G. President m his address at the recent G.L. meeting, district I visitors were appointed. After transacting I routine business, the Lodge adjourned for games, and was closed at the usual hour. Morris Tube Shooting Club.—A meeting of the employees of the Ashburton branch of the New Zealand Farmers' Cooperative Association was held on Friday evening last for the purpose of considering a proposal to form a Morris Tube Shooting Club. It was decided to form a club, and the following officers were elected:—Captain—Mr T. F. Gibson; vice-Captain—Mr W, G. Roberts; Secretary and TreasurerMr H. L. Barker. It was decided to construct the range m the Horse Bazaar m connection with the Association's premises, and the matter of purchasing the necessary requirements was left m the hands of the officers. Operatic Society—A general meeting of the Ashburton Operatic Society was held last night. A rough statement of accounts m connection with the recent concert showed a credit balance of .£l3. It was decided to hold another concert, the programme to consist of operatic selections. An opera will also be taken m hand immediately with a view to production fit an early date. Mr W. Anderson resigned the I office of secretary, and Miss Bain was appointed m his place. Several new members were elected. Practice for fche forthcoming productions of the .-Society will commence m a few days. The No-License Movement.—-There s a general consensus of opinion m Invercargill (says the " Southern Standard") that the forthcoming local option poll will see the triumph of the No-license party. The recent visit of Father Hays added a considerable number of " conversions," and the frequent disturbances of late, traced to over-indulgence m liquor, and the undoubted spread of the liquor habit among the younger seotion of the community, are calculated to add intensity to the demand of the responsible section for the suppression of the liquor traffic. The Value of Sheep.—At the beginning of the season (says the North Otago " Times ") there was a rush for sheep to put on the Canterbury stubbles, and Southland was practically depleted of store sheep. On the top of thiß came large drafts from the North Island to Lyttelton, and instead of there being a shortage of sheep m Canterbury there are now more than can be dealt with. Southland having oversold, the tide has apparently turned, and sheep that were at one time brought from the south are now being retnrned to fill the gaps created by over-selling. Sheep are now better value m Southland than m Canterbury or North Otago. Elections Simplified— ( The " Timaru Herald " sayo: The chairman of one school district m South Canterbury has hit on a brilliant idea for obviatiag the trouble caused when the householders do not attend m sufficient; numbers to elect a committee. His modus operaadi is to secure enough nominations beforehand and he can do the rest himself. The following communication from him to the Board explains itself:— "At the meeting of householders to-night, there was only myself present and after voting myself to the chair, I declared the following nominated gentlemen duly elected &h a committee for the ensuing year (here follow the names). Don't laugh. Your sincerely,—, chairman." His action seems legal enough as there is no provision about a quorum at a householders' meeting, and tie Board will probably not laugh, as it will save them the expense of another attempt to f?et a meeting. An Old Offender.—After an labsence of about four years m North Island pastures, John Burke O'Brien appeared at the Christchurch Police Court yesterday, and his advent wa3 hailed wi h smiles, even by the police. The famous orator admitted a charge of drunkenness, and then turned a tap of eloquence to* wash away the sti»ma. " My clothe 3 are no guarantee as to my respectability, " he said with quiet emphasis, glancing at the raiment which was once new, and with this preface he launched a fluent appeal. But the seed of his words foil on stony ground. The hearts of the Bench proved adamant, and a fine cf 10s was inflicted, with an alternative of forty eit*ht hours' imprisonment. "Would you give me the money to pay it?"murmured Mr O'Brien, m his beard, " I have nothing left bnt my reputation" When he had left the Court, stories about his wit were circulated m the room. A constable related how once O'Brien was find 103, a sum which was far beyond his resources. As he prepared to leave the dock he faced half towards the Bench, put a hand to a side of bia mouth, and whispered, " Would you be after taking an 1.0. U. for it ?" I thought you were bald, George, until you took your hat off just now. So I was, Minnie, but I bought some some of Krause's Hair Restorer, with the successful result you see. "Must get some," saya Minnie to herself. From all Storekeepers, Hairdresses and Chemists. 5 26

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6559, 2 May 1905

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6559, 2 May 1905

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