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News in Brief

Mr D. Egerton Thomas, dentist, will | visit Mayfield to-morrow. I A tea meeting and concert in connection with the Lngnihor Presbyterian Church will be held to-morrow evening. All new schools in Switzerland have a portion of the ground floor appropriated for baths. During the absence of Mr Bass on his annual holidays Mr Boswell will act as station master. Mr H. 0. Amos, successor to Mr E. Gibbard, draper, announces that he will open on Saturday next, May 20th. Messrs Oates, Lowry and Co's workshops aro now completed, and are in charge of Mr M. A. Korff, late of Moa Cycle Works. On Saturday, June 3rd, Mr D. Thomas will offer on account of Mr J. Canning, his property on tha N.E. Belt, containing _ acres, which has been subdivided into seven lots. On account of Mr Jas. Williams, Mr Thomas will also offer two properties situated in Princess Street. A number of apricot trees in the district are said to be beginning to show signs of budding. The remark, says a correspondent, applies also to currant and other fruit trees. A resident in the north-west portion of the town ha 3 a second crop of strawberries, which, although well developed, are slow in ripening. An important reason, states the' Medical Record," why radium will never come into general favour as a rival of the Finsen method and that of the X-ray is that its effects are altogether too superficial. It is also so rare that application to extended areas requires too much time. In Japan persons under twenty are prohibited from Bmoking. If parents or guardians allow them to smoke they are fined one yen (about two shillings), and the dealer who knowingly sells the tobacco is fined ten yen. The remarkable, if not unique, spectacle of a statue standing in the midst of a river is to be seen at Wylye, in Wiltshire. Near the bridge, in the centre of the village, the figure of a conductor of a coach blowing his horn rises from the water in the middle of the stream, On Ascension Island, in the Atlantic, money is quite useless. The Island is the property of the British Admiralty, and is governed by a captain. There is no private property in land, so there are no rents, rates, or taxe?. The flocks and herds are public property, and the meat is issued in rations. So are the vegetables 'grown on the farms. The British steamer Calchag, which was captured in Japanese waters by Russian cruisers, and taken to Vladivostock and subsequently liberated on bail, has arrived at Glasgow. Members of the crew state that for 14 days after capture and while the Calchas was under control of a Russian prize crew, they were forced to wear life belts, as the Russian officers purposed blowing up the vessel on the appearance of Japanese gunboats. The Calchas had no contraband on board, and would have been freed by the prize court had Russian Officers not produced two letters said to have been found on board directed to the Japanese Government, The crew complain of harsh treatment at the hands of the Russian officers, and of reckless navigation.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6572, 17 May 1905

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News in Brief Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6572, 17 May 1905