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Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, MAY 20, 1905. LOCAL AND GENERAL.

Reports of the Christchurch and Ashburton grain markets will be found on the first page, and Cabl9 News on the fourth page of this issue. Weathbr Fokbuast. — Captain Edwin wires :—Strong winds to a gale from between north and west and south-west after 12 hours from now; glass fall; rain probable. Empire Da.-?.—The Mayor, Mr Henry Davis, requests the residents of the Borough to display their flags on Empire Day. Sports Association.—The meeting o* the Sports Association, convened for last evening, lapsed for want of a quorum. Inglbsidk.—The second Ingleside of the Ashburton Scottish Society will be held in the Oddfellows' Hall on Wednesday, May 3lsfc. County Council Er.EOTiON.~Mr William Nosworthy, being the only, candidate nominated for the vacancy on the Ashburton County Council, has been duly elected member for the Mount Somers Siding. P.O. Clock.—After a lengthy period o* exceptional behaviour, the Post Ofißo® clock last; night again took to evil courses. It's latest affliction is a painful habit of chiming tbe hours and the quarters simultaneously, the hour bell acting as a basa accompaniment for the melody of. the chimes. This kind of thing, though pleasant as a musical novelty, is not exactly what the clock was built for, We trust that the trouble will be shortly remedied, Missing.—During the past few months a gentleman rejoicing in a name curiously descriptive of his character, haa been a prominent feature of Ashburton streets, his aristocratic bearing, magnificent apparel, and pleasing manners winning great admiration. He paid for most of what he bought—per cheque—and then promptly disappeared. The cheques are valueless, and now the detective force are searching for the "sharp" with great enargy. A local livery stable proprietor, and a saddler, are, we understand, the principal losers. Lectubk. —On Thursday evening, Mr R. Q. Coates, organising secretary of the Melanesian Mission, paid a visit to Mount Somers, with his magic lantern. The schoolroom was full, and the lecturer delivered a lecture on the Melanesian Mission, dealing minutely with Its aims, By means of some very good slides he described the natives of the various groups of Islands, Some good pictures illustrating the scenery, villages, and churches were also shown. His lecture throughout was ;listened to attentively, and his appeal for subscriptions on behalf of the mission, was well responded to. The Tale op a Trap.—Onoe upon a time there was held at Methven, a town which possesses two public houses, and situated some twenty miles from Ashburton, <a football match. Two young men hired a trap from a local liyery stable proprietor aad proceeded therein to Methven, their intention being to witness the football match. B«fore starting, these two young men sought out two other young men, who were also going to Methven. and compounded with them that they, the other young men aforesaid, should drive back in the trap, while the two youag men first mentioned herein returned fco Ashburton in a drag with sundry footballers. And of the two other yonng men, one is a police constable and the other is an accountant, and both are teetotallers. {When the time for departure from Methven arrived the policeman and the accountant sought out the keeper of the Methven stables, seized a trap and returned with much celerity. On anival at Ashburton they drove to the livery stables from which the original two young men bad hir.'id a trnpthnt morning, and handed over their vehicle. But the proprietor of the livery stables said he didn't want the trap. lp wasn't his trap, and it wasn't his horse, aad he wanted to know where his horse and trap were, #t all. And it then dawned on the policeman &riqi the accountant that they had made a mistake,' It was unfortunate that a mistake of this kind should have ocourred, especially at Moth-: v ven. And the policeman, aad the account- ■ ant blue ribbonites too? An Uj?rT<>-jPATE Cycle Mechanic — Cyclists w^U be pleased fco' learn there, is now a (thorough cycle mechanic in Ash- i burton. B. P. Johnston, of Bjjr'iiatfj Street,, baa now engaged Mr W. B, /ohnstone, late! of the Anglo N.Z. Cycle Co., Chrisfcohurch, who has had 15 years' experience of and repairing bicyeleß. Woods' Great Peppermint Cure, for Coughs and Colds never fails.; Is 6d

The Weather—As showing the severity of the weather, it may be mentioned that the last two mornings the water in the ponds at Winohmore has been frozen. Public Library.—The public library will be closed on Wednesday next, Empire day. Accident.—Mr George Pocook, of Westerfield, while returning home after woodfelling with an axe over his shoulder, fell, the fixe cutting his forearm just below the elbow. He was removed to Mrs Cullen's Nursing Home, Ashburton, and is now progressing favourably, the wound not being a very serious one. Reserving Railway Seats.—Sir Joseph Ward has authorised the adoption on the railways of the colony of a system whereunder passengers by through trains may reserve their seats. Discs will be attached to the seats and the guard of the train will have charge of the keys to mark the seats " vacant" or "engaged." Any passenger boarding a • train jusc prior to starting will have the privilege of calling the guard or other official to reserve any seat not marked engaged. Allenton Debating Class.—-The Allenton Debating Class held their usual weekly meeting last evening, the subject of debate being somewhat unusual. The sentence, " Maggie Laudor met a piper going fco Fife" was taken, and a spirited debate took place on the question as to whether Maggie or the piper was going to Fife. Ifc was ultimately decided that the piper was Fifeward bound. Next Friday the subjoot of debate will be " Will Socialism Work?" Affirmative leader, Mr J, Harris, negative, Miss Turner. The following week the subject for discussion will be " Should girls receive the same education as boys ?"

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Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, MAY 20, 1905. LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6575, 20 May 1905

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Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, MAY 20, 1905. LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6575, 20 May 1905