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Reading matter will be found! on the first and fourth pages of this issue. Weather Fokruast. — Captain Edwin wires:—Strong winds to a gale from between north and west and south-westj glass fall soon ; rain probable. Workmen's Homes. — Negotiations are practically complete for the purchase by the Government of the Hawtrey Estate, at Johnsonville, of 200 acres to provide workmen's homes. The land is about jeix miles from Wellington, New Style of House. — Mr Lock, of Methven, is at present engaged in erecting a dwelling house of a style somewhat new in this district. Concrete blocks manufactured near the site of the building are being used, and the variously coloured sands obtainable in the locality are being used in facing the blocks. The building will present a neat and picturesque appearance when completed. Some two years ago a few houses were built in the above described way in Christchurch, and it is understood the dwellings have given Batisf action. Southland Land.—As nn indication of the favour in which Southland land is being viewed, Mes3rs I. W. Raymond and Co. report bavins? sold a farm of 350 acres la3t week at £10 15s per acre, that was purchased a few months ago at .£4 10s. The purchaser is Mr John Stinson, one of the most practical farmers in Southland. He visited the North some time ago to have a look around, but returned to Southland and purchased within a mile or so of the farm he previously held. Returned Troopers.—The annual Reunion Ball, under the auspices of the South Canterbury Returned Troopers, will be held in the Tiniaru Drill Hall on Thursday, May 25th. The officer commanding the Canterbury Battalion has granted permission to all veterans, returned contingenters, and volunteers to appear in their uniforms and decorations. The function has hitherto been an unqualified success and those in Ashburton desjxing to attend can be supplied with tickets from Mr J. Mitchell at Mr J. Tucker's timber yards. The Final War.—Though generally '• on the wing," Rev Dr Watson has a home at Pittaburg, U.S.A., and when speaking at the Baptist Tabernacle on Sunday night, he gave a lurid description of the foundries and arsenals of the above city. The rev. gentleman had just previously quoted a verse from scripture to the effnct that in the last days, the slain should cover the earth from one end to the other, but Dr. Watson remarked that a war of such dimensions as would bring about such a condition of things had not yefc taken place. There was no doubt, however, that, perhaps u.ncousciously, the nations were preparing for the Armageddon. If .the building wherein armour plate and death dealing weapons of war are being manufactured in Pittsburg were placed side by side they would extend a distance of fifty miles. These places, which at night looked like a vast inferno, wera working at high pressure, unceasingly, day and night, Sunday included, and similar efforts were Iseing put forth by other nations. Motor Bicycles at Reasonable Prices —Persons requiring Motor Bicycles will find j.t to their advantage to call on R. D. Johnston, who is agent for Humber and Minerva Motors. He is quoting these Motors at very reasonable prices. 5 0 Wood's Great Peppermint Cure, for Coughs and Colds never fails. Is 6$ j

Personal.—Mr A. Barron, Under Secretary for Lands, and Mr T. Humphries, 1 Commissioner of Crown Lands, paid a visit i to the Kangitata district on Saturday. Canterbury Land Board—On and after June 1, the meetings of the Canterbury Land Board will be held at the Land Office, at Cbristohurch, at 10 a.m. on the first Thursday in each month, instead of fortnightly. All correspondence and matters to be placed before the Board must be lodged in the.Land Office not later than the Tuesday preceding the meeting, and the same notice must be given in regard to interviews with the Board. accountancy.—-In view of the proposed introduction of legislation with respect to accountancy, and. the registration of accountants, a conference of delegates from the existing Institutions of Accountants waß held from May 9th to May 13th at Christchurch. The Conference considered a number of questions affecting the interests of accountants as a whole, and it is understood that the delegates agreed that the time has arrived for procuring such Government recognition by Act of Parliament as has already passed the Legislature of the Transvaal colony. Small Birds' Nuisance.—A conference of local body delegates in South Canterbury was held at Timaru on Saturday for the purpose of dealing with the Small Birds' Nuisance. A long discussion took place on the offer of Mr W. King to catch 125,000 small birds at Is per dozen, the local authority to purchase from do one but him while his contract was in force from May 15th till October 15th, 1905. It was finally resolved "That this conference expresses its satisfaction with the trap invented by ilr W.King for the destruction of small birds, considering it a most efficient method of dealing with the pest, and recommends the local bodies to discontinue the purchase of eggs and heads of young birds in summer and to devote their funds to the destruction of the old birds in winter ; further that old birds 9 heads be bought all the year round." The Good Old Days.—As a Bible expositor, it is possible the colony has never had a visit from one equal to the Key. Dr Watson, who is continuing his meetings at the Baptist Tabernacle this week. Rightly or wrongly, h« interprets the Bible literally, and some of his statements are startling to the average reader and student of Scripture. On Sunday night, the rev. gentleman declared that, in antediluvian times, there was no rain, no thunder or lighting, and no earthquakes. Moisture for the sustenance and growth of grass, plants and trees was copiously provided at night by what is now known as dense " Scotch mists." The days were marked by unceasing sunshine, with never a cloudy sky. Men were not meateaters in those days for the very reason that there was no need for animal food, while the health and virility of the race was such that death did not come until the world's inhabitants were of a great age. Lions and other ferocious animals ate grass like cattle, and, in closing this particular part of his discourse, Dr Watson gave chapter and verse to prove his contention that in the millenial days, nature would revert to her old time fashion. Such being the prospect, " A good time coming " might appropriately be substituted for the sidehead which introduces this paragraph. Discreditable Behaviour.—The pleasure of many people at the Oddfellows' Hall last night was considerably marred by the bad conduct of a number of young people from some of whom better manner 3 might be expected. The Band of Hype Union is undoubtedly engaged in excelleut work, but unless the unruly spirits and the insolence of some are dealt with drastically, any temperance teaching, which may be imparted will be more than balanced by the growth of habits of disrespect and irreverence among the young people who, when away from parental control and the admirable discipline of the day school, seem to imagine they have license to kick over the trac«3 at their own sweet will. Straight Talk.—" I would rather that one person came to church from a good motive than a dozen to listen to good music," remarked the Key. G. P. Diivys, vicar of St. Peter's, Wellington, in hie annual address to his parishioners. Later on Mr Davya said : "It costs more to worship God in the morning than in the evening. It does not oost a man much to go out all day on Sunday, and put in an appearance at evensong, but it does cost him something to get up for the early communion, or to go to the eleven o'clock service. In these days there is a terrible amount of self pleasing in this matter. Many people worship God when it suits them, and never dream of putting themselves about. Self come 3 first and God last on Sunday. This largely accounts for the growing emptiness of churches, especially in the morning, all over the Empire." Bank and Council—The manager of the Bank of New Zealand in Christohurch has addressed a letter to the Ciby Council stating, in connection with the Council's intention to resume a portion of the land belonging to the bank for street widening purposes, that the arrangements the bank had to make for premises to carry on their business in the event of the ratepayers agreeing to a loan for acquisition of the land had resulted in a loss to the bank of £539 9sg6d, which loss the head office was of opinion should be considered by the Council. The matter was dealt with at a meeting on Monday night. The Mayor pointed out that the Council was not legally responsible in any way and moved that the letter be received and the Council regret that the bank should have had to incur such a large liability. The Mayor explained that the bank had had a guarantee to occupy certain premises for two years in which to conduct the bank's businss and the bank had to carry out that guarantee. The motion was agreed to. A Novkl T«KOBY.--Afc the service held at the Baptist Church on Sunday night, Key. Dr. Watson, in speaking of the days prior to the deluge, affirmed that from the time of Adam to Noah there was no " aotin " in the atmosphere, and hence no corruption or fermentation. Alcohol, therefore, was an unknown quantity, and when sceptics sneered at the Bible for its statement that Noah was a perfect man, anc yet recorded that he indulged in drink to the point of intoxication, such critics did not know what they were talking about. What actually Happened was that the juice of the grape before the flood had an entirely harmless effect, for no matter how long it was kept, there would never be fermentation, and the alcoholic properties were always absent. The atmospheric conditions entirely changed at and after the deluge, and, in complete ignorance of how the new order of things affected the grape juice, in all innocence the patriarch drank as U3ual, with the deplorable result stated in the book of Genesis. Probably, if the theory can be substantiated, our No-license friends will add this explanation to the pile of argumentative cartridges which they are ever accumulating. Civic Schemes.—Glasgow is acquiring a reputation for the daring unconventionally for it 6 civic schemes. The other week a proposal was made to banish inebriates to an island, and now oomes a suggestion to tax goods entering the city either from rural or urban centres. Local tradesmen are astonished at the audacity of the scheme. Should it be ratified by Parliament, it will, alter tha conditions of local trade, and will moreover, create a precedent for other municipalities. On behalf of the scheme it is said that only goods entering corporation markets will be taxed, the objeot being to enable the municipality to pay off the debt on its public buildings. The opponents, however, find that an astute phrase in the proposed provisional order makes the whole city a market. The incoming articles which it is proposed to tax are fruit, vegetables, cheese, flowers, and old clothes. Fruit merchants, if the scheme be carried, will have to pay from £d to 4>d upon every package entering the city, according to size, and upon old clothes a tax of 2d per dozen garments will be levied. Ladies' Tailoring. —We are now making a speciality of this department. Ladies who appreciate a good fit, good work and up-to-date neat and durable costumes, jackets, etc., at very moderate prices, are respectively invited to inspect our new Autumn and Winter goods. " The Ladies' Tailor" magazine and fashion plates from London every month. —Craighead & Berryman.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6571, 16 May 1905

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6571, 16 May 1905

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