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News in Brief

Lady Plunket visited Rakaia yesterday for the purpose of opening a sale of work. Mrs Donald McLean, Mus. Baa, will resume teaching on Saturday, May 27th, at her rooms, Triangle, Wakanui Road. Mr H. Stephenson will offer a special entry cf Buff Orpingtons, also horse and cow covers, to-morrow. Messrs P. W. Hutton and Co., booksellers, Timaru, will send post free for 2s 2d the new game known as "Pit." Chinese merchants have resolved to boycott American goods until the AmericanChinese treaty is modified. Baron De Rosen, formerly Russian Minister at Japan, succeeds Count Caesini as Minister to the United States. Count Cassini has been transferred to Madrid. A New York cable states that Rousseau, the sender of the infernal machine by the steamer Umbria, has been pronounced not to be insane. It has been quifce definitely decided that the New Zealand banks will not m future observe race days as holidays. This change will come into operation immediately. With a view to coping with fires, a number of buckets filled with water have been placed on prepared stands m the Ashburton Courthouse.

Two travelling vocab'sts drew a large crowd last night at the Somerset corner, and succeeded m drawing a goodly number of stray coppers from the pockets o£ tha audience. A ratepayer m one of the baok streets of Milton, who has tried every conceivable means to keep stray cows out of his garden, got up rather early the other morning and milked two bovines that had fared sumptuously on his cabbage patch all night. He intends (says the " Bruce Herald ") to continue this profitable treatment for the future. A painful scene occurred m the Campbelltown courthouse, New South Wales, on April 26th. Thomas Kershler was charged with having wounded Maude New, with intent to murder. Miss New was led into the court crying, and as soon as she had got into the body of the courthouse Kershler recognised her and made a movement m her direction. No sooner had he done so than he fell to the floor m a fit. The hearing had to be adjourned. A member of the Canterbury Acclima- j tiaation Society informed a Christchurch reporter on Wednesday evening that the Society was unjustly blamed for having introduced the sparrow. He said that the captain of a sailing vessel brought out a large consignment of the outlawed birds as a speculation. The Society refused to buy them, and the captain, finding that it would be troublesome to take them baok again, liberated them.

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News in Brief, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6568, 12 May 1905

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News in Brief Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6568, 12 May 1905

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