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Reports of the Ashburton, Christchurch, and Tiuwru grain markets will be found on the fourth page of this issue. The Bjjesgians.—• Mr Henry Hayward, representing West's Pictures and the Brescians, is in Ashburton making arrangements for the appearance \o? his company at the Oddfellows' Hall on May 24th, 25th, and 26th. Methven Court.—At the Magistrate's Court, Methveti, oa Thursday, May llth, before Messrs Thomas and Morgan, J's.b\, in the adjourned case of Tomlinson v. Quinn, the plaintiff was non-suited. In the case of Rouse v. Hunter judgment was k'iven for the plaintiff. On a charge of drunkenness, two men were convicted and I discharged, and prohibition orders wera issued against Wo other men. A New Tourism Resob 1?.--The member for Waitaki (Sir William Steward) in his ppeech at Fairlie on Wednesday night, draw an attractive picture of what he would have Lake Tolcapo to be. He would "establish a motor bus service between Fairlie and Tokapo, so that tourists could get through from Dunedin or Christchurch in 1 24- hours, and thus be able to spend fiva days out of a week's holiday at the lake. Tho island in tho lake ho would have planted with thousands of ornamental treoa, and grounds laid off to suit the devotees of different recreations. In addition a suitable teahouse should be erected. And ! wit'i well stocked streams for fishing, and j the pleasures to ba derived from boating, | ami excursions to different parts of the ' country thereabout, Sir William ig confident that hundreds of visitors could be j attracted there every year. Even in the \ winter he believes a certain number would j go, if only to take part in the enjoyable pastime of skating on the frozen water, and to get a breath of the pure and invigorating mountain air, as a change from city life. I

J The Ashburton EiiECtoratr. — The " Lyttelfcon Times" states that Mr E. I Gat9R has again been asked to stand for the Ashbucton constituency, and he probably will in the Liberal interest. Easter Holidays Essay Competition.— Intending competitors for the prizes offered by Mr John, McLachlan, M.H.'ci,, for the best essay on "How I spont my Bister Holidays, 1905," ara reminded that essays mast reach this offico not later than to-night, otherwise they will not b3 included in the competition. Doric. —The social in connection with the local Gun Club, which is to be held on Friday, May 19th, should prove one of the most successful of tbe many yet held at w Ardamine." The committee, which is-a teprosentative one of all the local sportsraeu, are determined to leave nothing undone to secure the comfort and enjoyment of their guests. Baling Station.—As the request for the appointment of a stationmaster at Eating made through Mr J. McLachlan, M.H.E., has been declined by the Railway Department, it has been decided to call a public meeting of the settlers in the Ealing, Carew, and Ruapuna districts to urge the Government to reconsider their decision. As an illustration of the traffic handled at Kaling station it may be mentioned that between last Tuesday and to-day trains consisting of 25 double decked trucks left there loaded •with sheep for the south. Suggested Eailway Alterations.—Mr J. MoLachlan, M.H.R., has received the following letter from Sir Joseph Ward, Minister for Railways, in reply to representations recently made to the Depart' ment: —With reference to your letter of 27th February forwarding Mr Thos. Harrison's suggestions that the south going mail train should stop at Tinwald, and that the branch train from Springburn should leave at a 1 iter hour, I have the honour to inform you that in the interests of the travelling public generally and of long distance travellers in particular, the express trains must run at high speeds and keep punctually to time. With this end in view it is absolutely necessary that the number of stopping places be restricted a3 much a3 possible, and, considering that Tinwald is only two miles from Ashburton, and that the volume of passenger traffio from the Branch is very small indeed, I regret that after giving the matter every consideration I cannot see my way to stop the express trains there. The matter of starting the branch train later from Springburn has also received my consideration, but in view o? the fact that the connection I with stations south of Timaru would be broken, ifc does not appear advisable to make any alteration at present.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6569, 13 May 1905

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6569, 13 May 1905

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