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WekkiiY SToflK Market. —The usual weekly ptock market will beheld at the Ashburton yards to-movrow. Weather Fouboast. — Captain Edwin wires:—-Moderate to strong winds from between south-west and wfst and northwest; glass risn, but fall after 12 hours from cow; rain probable. s Railway Refreshment Rooms —Mr J. Dineen, the present l«S3ee of tho Ashburton railway refreshment roras, has secured a renewal of the rooms for the ensiling 12 months. Property Sale. — Messrs Friedlauder Bros., Ltd., report having sold the rem<ininaf block of tbeViewfield Estate, Valetta, containing 640 acres, to Messrs H. H. Sharplin and Co. PERBONAi..--The Rev. A. Peters, who has been away for a fort-night's holiday at Rotorua, returned to Ashburton on Friday, and occupied the pulpit at Bfiriug Square Church yesteday morning.—Wo are pleased to report that Mr Rudolph Friedlander, who met with an accident on the Aahburton bridge on Thursday last, is progressing as favourably aa can be expected under the circumstances. It will be some time yet before he can attend to business, but he expects to be out of his room in a few days. Threshing Operations.—Several of the threshing machines have pulled in, and although the threshing is by no means completed in the districts above the line, I it is understood that farmers in those localities intend leaving the grain in the stack till the Spring time. Mb McLachdak's Prize Essay Competition. —Intending competitors are reminded that the competition for prizes amounting to .£3 for the best essay on " How 1 Spent My Easter Holidays." closes on May 13th next. Essays must not exceed 800 words in length, and inuit bo the bona fide work of pupils attending primary schools, und who reside within the A3hburtoa Electorate. Permanent Wat Maintenance.—Some few months ago Sir J. G. Ward offered a prize of £15 to the permanent way maintenance gang in the Canterbury section that kept their sab-section in the best order. On Saturday last, Ganger Montgomery, of Ealing, received advice that his gang had been awarded the prize; which wnß enolosed in the letter received. Considering the large, number of oompetitors entered for the prize, the Ealing gang is in a position to be congratulated on securing first honours. A Good Potato Yikld.—Our Methven correspondent reports a good yield of potatoes in Methven. Mr Sam Hogg purchased one potato, weighing 30z., for the sum of 28 6d, from a local storekeeper last year. He divided this potato into 3 sot 3, which all struck, and which he dug outlay 6th, the result from the seta bain.,' respeo-tively-lllb, 131b, 161b, or a toial of 401b weight from one potato. This averages a return of 2001b of potatoes from lib of seed. Abattoir Returns.—The analysis of returns of stock slaughtered for human consumption at the public abattoirs daring ; the month of April are aa follows :■—Out of 108 cattle slaughtered one was condemned as being affected with tuberculosis and four for other diseases ; 73 pigs were killed, four affected with tuberculosis, and two positively condemned ; sheep and lambs, 813 slaughtered, nine affected with disease, and four wholly condemned. Returned Troopers' Union.—A meeting of the Returned Troopers' Union was held on Saturday evening, Mr Wm. Hastie presiding over a fair attendance of members. Tho minutes of last meeting were read and confirmed. The secretary reported a credit balance of £7 14s. It was decided to hold the annual social this year on Thursday, June Bth. The following Committee were elected, with a right to add to their number:—Messrs Hastie, Knox, Bradford, Doherty, Korne, Hill, Clark, and Hughes. It was decided to hold Committee meetings in the secretary's office every Saturday night, at 8 o'clock. A vote of thanks was passed to Messrs Glenie & Co. for the use of their room. Tinwald School Committee.—A meeting of the Tinwald School Committee was held on Saturday evening. Present—Messrs J. Clothier (chairman), P. Bonnington, "G. Osborne, J. Clark, J. Fergie, H. Gunn, and W. Cobb. The master reported that the attendance had somewhat improved. Dr. Anderson reported that he had inspected the school, and the report made favourable mention of the instruction given to the pupils by the staff. The visiting Committee were authorised to effect certain repairs. An account for £1 13s 4d was passed for payment, and the Committee then adjourned. Missionary Service. — The Baring Square Church was tilled to overflowing last night, so much so that seats had to be placed in aisles for those that could not be accommodated otherwise. The service was conduoted by Rev. J. W. Burton, who has been labouring for the past three years among the Hindu population of Fiji. A short address was given by a native oatechist, who accompanies Mr Burton, but though a highly educated Hindu, speaking three languages, Nizam-ud-din has not mastered the English tongue, and his earnest remarks were interpreted by the missionary. Mr Burton preached a thoughtful sermon from the text—" I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ," etc., and in masterly fashion contrasted Christianity with other systems of religion. At the Sunday School in the afternoon Mr Burton and his oompanion addressed the soholars and teachers. To-night a public meeting will be held in Baring Square Church, when Mr Barton will speak oon- i cerning the problem which is being dealt j with by the Wesleyan Missionary Society in Fiji, where the Hindu coolies, with their debasing habits, are exercising a most deteriorating effect on the Fijians, whose rescue from cannibalism * o fervent Christianity is of such comparatively recent occurrence.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6564, 8 May 1905

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6564, 8 May 1905