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United Press Association—By Electric Telegraph—Copyright. Received May 22, 9.3 a.m. The Opium Traffic. Sydney, May 22 Chinese merchants engaged in the opium trade, present at a meeting, gave a guaran- ! tee to abide by the request of the Government to prohibit the traffic, though it will mean a very big loss to some. Statistics were produced showing that from 15,478 pounds of opium imported into New South . Wales in 1898, the amount rose to nearly 29,000 in 1901, and fell again to 18,000 in 1903, irrespective of the allegedly large quantity smuggled. A speaker at the meeting said that if j opium had never been forced on China by England, the Chinaman would not have had a yellow face, and there would have been no need of a " White Australia " policy, j The 2T.Z. Temperance Movement. The Rev. Leonard Isitt, who is a passenger by the Wimmera, predicts further] temperance successes at the next New Zealand elections. The Plagrue. , Another case of plague is reported from j Newcastle. ! Murder and Suicide. Brisbane, May 22 At Rockhampton, a man named Cox shot his wife and himself dead. Cox had been eccentric for some time, and had threatened to end both their lives.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6576, 22 May 1905

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AUSTRALIAN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6576, 22 May 1905