Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit FRIDAY, MAY 5, 1905. LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Weather Fouboabt. — Captain Edwin wirea:-—Moderate to strong winds from between south and easb and north-east; glass rise slowly,• probably frost to-night. Newlands School.—The following Committee was elected for the Newlands School, on April 25th:—Messrs Frank Bennison, A. A. Jamieson, E. Lunt, Thos. Kenneen, and Jas. Olucas (chairman). The Panama Canal. — Interviewed m Melbourne recently, Sir Joseph Ward was asked, "Do you attach much importance to the opening of the Panama Canal ?" " Most assuredly. It will be to us one of the biggest things of the century. We will be able to connect with the Old World man almost straight line, to siy nothing of touching more easily the Eastern States of North America. Be assured that we shall take every advantage of ifc." Hindu Missions m Fiji.—-The Rev. J. W. Burton and his companion Daniel Nirzam-ud-din, missionaries from Fiji, are now m this district, and on Sunday evening, the service at Baring Square Church will be conducted by Mr Burton and his native colleague. ' On Monday night there will be a public meeting m the same building, and as the story which Mr Burton has to tell is quite a new phase of missionary experience, all those interested m Fiji andits modern developments, will be pleased to hear what Mr Burton has learned [from a three years' term of service m the Fiji group among the Hindu population especially. Fire.-At ab >uf. two o'clock this morning an alarm of fire was given at the Burnett street station, and the Brigade smartly turned out. It was found that a portion of the premises occupied by Mr J. H. Jewitt, fishmonger, m Havelock Street, was ablaze, but the flames had not obtained a strong hold, and were easily extinguished. It appears that the fire started m the bedroom of Mr Jewitt, who has been ill for many months past. His housekeeper smelt the burning, and went to his room to see what the matter was. She found the bedclothes on fire and the room full of Bmoke. She got Mr Jewitt out of the room, and induced some passers-by to give an alarm of fire. The content? of Mr Jewitt'a bedroom were much damaged by fire and water, but m the rest of the premises little damage has been done. Sons of Temperance.—A special meeting of the Helpmate Division, Sons and Daughters of Temperance, was held m tho Templar Hall last night. There was a fair attendance, and the proceedings were of an informal character, presided over by Bro. W. H. Seed, Grand Worthy Patriarch. Mr Seed gave some excellent suggestions f^r the good of the Order and for extending it 3 influence and augmenting its membership, the brethren present endorsing his sentiments ; and at the olose of the meeting Mr Seed was accorded a hearty vote of thanks for bis visit and sensible advice. Ono new member was proposed during the evening. Week-End Reading—On Saturday nigh*' the majority of workers seek to lay aside their business cares and worrie3 m preparation fora day of rest on Sunday. The b»st way to banish your own troubles is to interest yourself m other people's griefs and joys as exemplified m good fiotion. The supplement issued with the Guardian every Saturday evening contains a variety of good reading matter, including fiction. To-morrow's supplement will contain short Btories entitled "The Mystery of the Steel Diso," " Oupidon and the Crown," " Into Society via Billy," and a number of topical articles are also included. The Governor and the Salvation Army.—An announcement was made by General Booth on Monday night, says the Wellington " Post," that he had receivsd from his Excellency the Governor a letter m which his Lordship expressed his sympathy with the Salvation Army's work, his appreciation of the services he attended on Sunday afternoon at the Opera House, and his intention to subscribe during the time ho holds gubernatorial office m New Zealand a sum of £25 per annum towards the Army's social work. '• God blesa his Excellency !" cried General Booth, on concluding his announcement. " Amen !" responded the soldiers, " I say may God bless him," resumed the General; " zn»y God bless Lord Plunket and her Ladyship, his wife, and all the other Plunkets, as many as there are!" f< Amen !" again volleyed the soldiers. The Colchester Murder—lt will be remembered that a year or two ago a m<n •was arrested m New Zealand and sent Home m connection with a Colchester murder. The case is recalled, says a London paper of recent date, by the discovery of a bunch of rusty keys belonging to Mr Alfred Welch. In 1893 Mr Welch, a Colchester tailor, wns robbed and strangled m his house, which was afterwards set on five. Suspicion rested on a former employee. Ho was, however, discharged and compensated by the Home Secretary. No more was heard of the case until a bunch of keys was picked up on tha railway laet month. Attached to the keys were two labels bearing the following significant inscriptions t — "Keys of shop, Short Wyse Street.—A. Welch. He was belayed, strangled and burnt to death." December 8,1893,
Dog Collars.-*-Up to date the County Council have sold 801 dog collars at 2s 6d per collar, and 17 at 10s per collar. Petty Thieving.—lfc was xeporfced at the County Council to-day that the wire m the fences surrounding county plantations was frequently stolon and the faaoe3 thereby rendered unproof for cabbie purposes. Ashburton Dojiain. - Wheu the question of voting iJIOO towards tha Di.iintenanoo of the Ashburton Domain was beiog considered by the County Council to-day, Cr FriedUudor ?aidthat- over 8,000 excursionists had visited the Domain this year. Personal. —We regret to leara that Mr M. Stitt is somewhat seriously indisposed. —Owing to a sudden death m Hthe family on the West Coast, Mr W. J. Dick'e, who was recently elected to tho County Council for the Mount Hutt Riding, was unable to take his seat; at the meeting today.— Mrs Kutteiick, senr., of Wakanui, is still m a serious co&dition. The " At Homb " t.) Db Watson.— &n "at home "m honour of Dr Watson, the visiting evangelist, was held yesterday afternoon at " Trenfield," the residence of Roy W. L. Salter, Moore Street. There was a good attendance including members of every denomination. The Mayor and Mrs Davis extended a welcome to Dr Watson j and expressed the hope that hi? mission would be a successful ono. Those present were introduced ,toDr Watson and had a few minutes'conversation with him. Afternoon tea was then indulged m. Favoured by the fine afternoon j;,the function was a successful one. Me Massey's Hopes. — Interviewed on his arrival at Wellington, Mr Massey said that his meeting at Christohurch waß a revelation of Opposition feeling m Canterbury. He was quite certain that if suitable Opposition candidates oame out for Christchurch and the suburban seats they would stand a really good chance of being returned. He had reason to be perfectly satisfied with his visit to the South Island, and the result had exceeded his expectations. Wakanui Crkek—At the County Council meeting to day the Chairman said that complaints had been made with regard to the absence of Water m the WakanuiiCreek. Every time be came to the Council Chambers he was met with similar complaints, a fact which led to the conclusion that something wrong was going on at the intake. The head ranger has been deputed to make enquiries. Lady Druids' Social. — The annual social m connection with the Ashburton Lady Druids' Lodge was held m the Oddfellows' Hall last evening, there being a large attendance. Tha Committee had made excellent arrangements, and everything was carried out m a prompt and thorough manner. Music was supplied by Terris' Band, Mr J. Hannigan officiating as M.O. Refreshments were provided by Mr Gilmour, and those who did not indulge m dancing devoted themselves to games of cards on tbe stage. Altogether the function was an unqualified success. County Water Charges.— The following return was placed on the County Council table to-day respecting the position of the water charges account and general rates, 1904-5: —General rate—Paid, £479012s 7d; outstanding, £188 Is lOd. Water charges —Forks district—Paid, .£76 33 lOd; oatstanding, £9 12s Bd. Rangitata districtPaid, .£692 113 2d; outstanding £74 13s 4d. Rakaia district—Paid, -£1216 2s lid; outstanding, .£179 4s 7d. Total outstanding, .£451 12i sd. Methven and Tinwald Anglican Churches.—At last Tuesday's) meeting of the Diocesan Standing Committee letters from the vicar and the church-warden*, Methven, on the subject of the proposed loan for the erection of a vicarage, were read. It was resolved that the vicar and churchwardens be informed that the Standing Committee has no objection to the carrying out of the original plans for & vicarage, provided the expenditure, m addition to a grant of £250 and a loan of J6250, be covered by direct contribution. It wa3 agreed to make ■ a grant of i>2o to tho cure of Tinwald, m lieu of a vicarage, the house occupied by the vicar not being diocesan property, and no grant towards its purchase having been made by the diocese. " Review op Reviews," — The April " Review of Reviews " is just to hand. For a comprehensive and informing view of Australasian and world matters of interest it would be difficult to find anything better. An exceedingly interesting article on " Cactus Culture " strikes the eye m turning over the pages. The story is told of the wonderful man who has turned the cactus into a useful, thornless food, which might transform our barren areas. A readable illustrated article on " Sawmilling m Tasmania" is given by Mr Henry Stead, who is now on his way to England. Tho Character Sketch is of Lord Dufferin, and is most readable. Two very interesting articles on Russian matters are given, " The Doom of the Autocracy " and " Who is Father Gapon ?" the priest who has lately played so large a part m the Russian revolution. Interesting interviews with General Booth, Hon. J. G. Ward, and Hon. H. Daglish are given. The Book of the Month is reviewed by Lady Stout, wife of tbe Chief Justice of New Zealand. The Magazine is replete with illustrations, not the least interesting of which are London " Punch" pictures and a number of Russian reformers.