Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, MAY 18, 1905. LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Cable News will be found on the firrt and fourth pages. Weather Foiieoast. -~ Captain Edwin wires:—-Moderate to strong easterly winds; glass fall; probably frost to-night. San Fkancisco Mail.—The Ashburton portion of the 'Frisco mail arrived by special train shortly after Bis o'clock last night. New Telephone Service.—The erection of the Ashburton—Hinds—Lowcliffo telephone line is now completed, and will be open for use within the next day or so. Building Society Allotment.—A bal- | lot for an allotment of ,£3OO was held by the ! No. 2 Industrial Building Society last evening, the successful share number being 128. The Grass Grub—The grass grub is already working in old pastures throughout the county, and its appearance is also noticeable to no small extent in early ■own oats. .No-Lioense Campaign.—The Ashburton No-license Council will commence the present year's campaign with a monster tea and public meeting in the Oddfellows' Hall on Monday, June 5. The Rev L. M. Isitt, who is now on his way from England to the colony, will deliver a lecture in the evening. Debating Club.—There was a fair attendance at the usual weekly meeting of the Ashburton Debating Club last evening. The programme for the evening was " Impromptu Speeches." All the members spoke upon various subjects. Three new members were elected, and the meeting then adjourned. The Port of Timaru.—The Shaw Savill steamer Matatua, now en route from London to Port Chalmers, where she i3 due on June 25th, is said to be bringing 3000 tons of cargo for Timaru. This is stated to be the largest direct shipment for this port which has ever left England in one vessel. Personal.—Mr S. Crooks, an old Ashburtonian, was the recipient of several presents from the firm of Messrs Frank Grady and Co, jewellers, of Wellington, on the occasion of his marriage. The presents included a silver afternoon tea service from the employees. Mr and Mrs Crooks are at present in Dunedin, and will visit Ashburton in a few days en route for Wellington. Farmers' Union.—At the meeting of the North Canterbury Executive of the Farmers' Union in Christchurch yesterday matters connected with the Euapuna branch were discussed in committee. On resuming, it was reported that the following motion had been passed:—"That a letter be sent to Mr Taylor, the chairman of the branch, requesting him to call a meeting of the branch, the executive to arrange for some suitable person to visit the district to advise the meeting. The Potato Market,—The "Lyttelton Times " says it is evident that merchants entertain an opinion that potatoes will shortly advance in price. For the past few days some of them have been scouring the country, and are buying or making tempting offers for any potatoes suitable for table use, regardless of variety. Septic Tank Case—The Stratford Borough Council has settled privately a claim made by Mrs Montgomerie for damages for the alleged depreciation of her property owing to the erection of septic tanks on land adjoining. The claim originally was for ,£3400, but the sura agreed upon in settlement was £900. Motor Services.—A motor service company is in course of flotation in Invercargill, the object of which is to provide a motor bus and car service for Invercargill and suburbs and the main centres in Southland. It is also intended to run motor buses for private hire such as picnic parties, etc. The neoessary number of shares havingjbeen taken up, it has been decided to float a Motor 'Bus Company in Timaru. The Weather. —The heavy rain that has fallen during the past few days will have a good effect on the country generally. The grass land has been thoroughly saturated to the depth of fully 8 inches, and thi3 will enable farmers to make good headway with breaking-lip operations. Deep ploughing is being pushed ahead rapidly throughout the various districts, and grain sowing will be much earlier than was the oase last year —that is, of course, weather permitting. Cycling.—The council of the League of Wheelmen upheld the appeal of the Christchurch Cycling and Motor Club against the decision of the North Cantarbury Centre of the League which instructed the Club to award the first prize in the Eoyai Enfield Cap race run on Good Friday, to George Sutherland instead of M. Eandrup. The conditions of the race were altered by the stewards just before the race started and the Leag ue held that the stewards were justified in their action. The Peninsula Land Boom. — The Akaroa correspondent of the " Press" telegraph?:—The boom in Peninsula land collapsed to-day, when it became known that the gentleman who purchased Mr J. Lelievre's property at German Bay on Friday, at the exceptional price of .£BO per acre, on behalf of his supposed brother at Waimate, had left the district, and private information had been received from Waimate, that he was unknown ithere. During his stay here, he purchased a horse, etc, at ,£27, which he afterwards disposed of at Duva,uchelles for JB2Q on bis way to Little Eiver.- It is also rumoured there are several lamenting his sudden departure, as he lived in style, and paid all his accounts by cheque. Previous to leaving Akaroa, he intimated that he was going for a bit of a ride, but loft by the evening train on Tuesday from Little Eiver. Empire Day.—The various schools in the district have received a circular from the Education Department which states that the Government of New Zealand, being desirous of fostering an Imperial spirit among the children attending the schools, suggests that Empire Day (May 24th) be observed as a holiday, the children to assemble in the morning at the school to salute the flag. After this ceremony is completed, it i3 suggested that an address be delivered to the children, dealing with their duties of citizens of the Empire, after which pupils will be dismissed for the day. It is understood that the suggestion will be carried out at the Borough and Hampstead Schools. The Midland Eailway.—Speaking at the Farmers' Union meeting in Christchurch yesterday, Mr G. W. Leadley said that with regard to the Midland railway, a mistake was, perhaps, made in the first instance, in deciding on its construction, but money having been sunk on the line, the only thing was to complete it and give it a chance to make some return. This could not bo done until the connecting link was forged. As sensible business men they should urge the completion of the line. It would certainly never pay so long as it was left in the mountains. He was of opinion that they might get an agreeable surprise as the outcome of the completion of the line. School Cosimittkes' Association.—Mr C. A. C. Hardy, M.H.E. sent the following J reply to the School Committees' Association in reference to a resolution that it haß adopted urging the desirableness of an amendment of the law dealing with the election of Education Boards:—"l will be glad of definite information in the direction which your Association desires, and in the meantime, have pleasure in placiDg before your fellow members my views. (I) As a member of the Board of Education I feel honoured in having the confidence of so many fellow workers, evinced by the large polls I have had. (2) I am satisfied that the said workers being members of committees, are doing the work which best fits them to make selection. (3) Their range is ri<rht over the educational district, and not narrowed down to any ward or electorate, this conduces to fair play, as the members of the Board are responsible to the whole. However, you and I being much interested in the general welfare, it is better that we should exchange ideas in order to arrive at a correct judgment, and above all to prevent the centralising tendency of the Department, which will destroy local enthusiasm." Motor Bicycles at Seasonable Prices —Persons requiring Motor Bicycles will find it to their advantage to call on E. D. Johnston, who is agent for Humber and Minerva Motors. He is quoting these Motors at very reasonable prices. 5 0 Rubber Hot Water Bottles, Horse Clippers, Horse Covers, Guns and Ammunition, I Kerosene Heating Stoves, Hanging and i Table Lamps, all at lowest prices, at John Obr & Co's annual sale. 5 ° For Bronchial Coughs take I Woods' Great Peppermint Cure, Is 6d«