Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 1905. LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Infections Diseases—The Town Clerk reports no further oasea of scarlatina in the Borough since the last meeting of the Council. '1 here are a number of children suffering frona croup, but so far the epidemic is not of a serious nature. Catholic Literary Society.—At the ordinary weekly meeting of the Catholic Literary Society last evening, ifc was announced that the programme for the next meeting would be competitive essay 3on any subject the writers care to choose. These will be read at the meeting and members will be asked to criticise them, which should provide an enjoyable evening's entertainment. Land for Settlement.—ln conversation with the Hon. Mr Seddon a few days ajjo, Mr F. R. Flatman, M.H.R., again brought »nder his notice the question of re-opening negotiations for the purchase of Ruddenklau's estate at Rangitata for clo3e settlement. Mr Flatman also mentioned the Allandale estate as one that should be purchased. Mr Seddon promised to giva the matter consideration. Ruapuna School Committee. — The annual meeting of householders at Ruapuna, on Tuesday, April 25, was fairly well attended. Mr Howden was voted to the chair. The retiring Committee reported the credit balance to be £15 6s 6d, and the school to be in a satisfactory condition. It was resolved to support a superannuation scheme for teachers, A hearty vote of thanks was given to the outgoing Committee. Messrs Howden, Bennett, Hampton, Smale, Tretheway, Mcßohan, and McLauchlan were elected a Committee. The Committee elected Mr Howden as Chairman. Mr Bennett and Mr McLauohlan were appointed to sign cheques with the Chairman.
Weather Fowecast. — Captain Edwin wires:—Moderate to strong winds from between south and east and northeast; giaß3 fall; probably frost to-night. Father Hats—After May 12, Father Hays will make his own arrangements for lectures in various parts of the colony. Horses fos Japan.—The stumor TCverton Grange, at. present- in New Zealand water?, wiil take a shipment of Australian horse 3 for Japan. TiiARANGr Home—The Charitable Aid Boavd have decided to have gas laid on to the Tuarangi Old Men's Home, The work of eKcava'ing the nench, 2 feet 6 inches deep from the Gas Works to the Home—a diatanca of Hmiles —will bo commenced in the course of a few days. Accident. —While driving a srmewhat spirited horsa near Weatorfield a few days ago, Miss M, Allen met with an c.coidetit which may have ended fatally. The animal took fright; at a passing sheep train and bolted and upset the trap. The guard of ihotnin observing the accident signalled the driver to stop. Miss Allen waa found in a seini-oons3ion3ttnte, but after the trap wa3 righted she was able to proceed on her journey. Orchestral Society..—The Ashburton j j Orchestral .'•ooiety held an "At Home" at the School of Music la3t evening, when a musical prograrnmo was gone through. The following contributed:—The Orchestra (4 items), Messrs Snodgrass, McClurg, and Stock, Misses Buchanan, Gates, and P. Ban. At the conclusion of the programme supper was partaken o? by those present, after which several extri items were given by members. Master Butchers' Association. — A meeting of the Master Butchers of Ashburton was he'd recently for the purpose of drafting recommendations to be submitted to the Borough Council respecting the agreement with the Fairfield Freezing Works regarding the slaughtering of ptock at the public abattoir. The recommendations made will be brought before the Council at its next meeting. Extensive Tree Planting.—Daring the coming planting season (says the "'Timaru Post") the Mackenzie County Council propoaes to plane 27,000 trees on the reserve above the Tekapo Hotel, and 24,000 on the island in the Tekapo Lake, a total of 51,000 trees. Messrs Millichamp Bros., will do the planting, and will guarantee against natural deaths for one year at the rate of .£6 per 1000. The Aahburton County intend to plant a somewhat larger area this season chiefly in English forest trees. Mortality Among Sheep.—Judging by the Inrge number of skins that at the last pkin aale|bore evidence of having been taken off carcases of sheep that have died from disease, there is excessive mortality among sheep in this oounty just at present. Sevral farmers have informed us that the mortality that has already ocouvr^d may be accounted for by the fact that during the past few weeks a large number of turnips have been fed off, and the weather not being favourable, death has resulted from inflammation brought on through overfeeding when probably the turnip tops or rape has been in a damp condition. It was asserted also that graziers had until recently been fortunate with their flocks, which is all the more gratifying considering the high price of sheep. Wathbitok Methodist Church.—The trustees of the Waturton Methodist Church held a meeting last night. There was a full attendance of members, and the Eev. T. J. Wallis presided. It waa decided to build a Vestry to the church, and Messrs Moses, Weston, Watson, and Rev. T. J. Wallis were appointed a Committee to carry out the decision of the trustees. It was also decided to apply to the Loan Fund for .£25 towards the undertaking. The Treasurer reported that the finances showed a credit balance of jBl4 13s. It wa3 further decided to introduce the new hymn and tune book as soon as convenient, and Mr Watson was authorised to get a oopy for the pulpit and organ, and a few for visitors. County Brass Band—A meeting of the Committee of the Ashburton County Brass Band was held on Monday evening. A letter was received from Mr D. Thomas, accepting the position of Vice-President of the Band. Mr Duncan Leitch wrote tendering his resignation. The matter was placed in thehand3 of the Bandmaster (Mr H. A. Humphreys).. It was resolved in accordance with |a suggestion made at the annual meeting, that the rute as to payment of subscriptions by active members be suspended for 12 months. Messrs Humphreys, Gates and Ireland were appointed a Printing Committee. It was decided to hold the Band's first popular concert this year on May 24th, if the Oddfellows' Hall be available for that date. Tinwald Anglican Bazaar. — The annual bazaar and sale of work in connection with the Tinwald parochial district, will be held in the Tinwald Oddfellows' Hall to-morrow. The lady members of the chnroh have been working assiduously for some considerable time past in preparing articles for sale, and in generally organising, with a view to bringing about a successful issue of the function. In former years this sale of work has been a success, and an attempt is being made this year to eclipse previous undertakings. Amusements will be provided for young and old alike, while refreshments, etc., will be provided. Gifts of produce and such like, will be thankfully received by the Vestry, and may be left at the stores of Messrs T. Robinson and Gudsell. As the charge for admission is only 6d, a largo attendance is anticipated. Up-to-Datb Parsons. —When the question of selling the Ashburton " glebe " vna being discussed at the meeting of St. Stephen's parishioners last evening, one speaker deolared that the vestry should consider the question of building an up-to-date vicarage near the church, which drew from another parishioner the statement that too much attention was being paid j now-a-days to up-to-date premises and up-to-Jato parsons. What was required of parsons also applied with equal force to buildings—that they should beßt serve the J purpose expected of th:!ui. In his opinion the parsons of to-day were a particularly favoured section of the community. They were in the majority of cases in receipt of good stipend?, they had good homes, while their duties were not of an exceptionally arduous character, BoxrNG Association.—A Committee meeting of the Boxing Association wa=t held in the Secretary's office last evening. Present —Messrs J. V. de Beer (Chairman), H. D. Acland, W. Hodgkins, G. H. Buchanan, and E. Shearman. Several letters were read and received, and it was decided to extend the time of closing entries for the competitions on May 11th and i2th till May 9th. Dr Bett was appointed medical officer for the tournaments, while the various duties pertaining to the same were allotted to the Committee. The Secretary was instructed to write to the Inspector of Police for a permit to hold the competitions in accordance with the provisions of the Police Offences Act. It was reported that entries for the various competitions are coming in freely both from local and outside sources.