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Weekly Stock Market. —The usual weekly stock market will be held at the Ashburton yards to-morrow. Frosts at Lauriston.—The weather has again taken up after the cold wintry burst in the early part of the week j but the amount of snow now lying on the ranges brings sharp frosts. Political, —Mr W. S. Maslin, mayor of Geraldine, is trying to ascertain what chance he has of being returned for the Ashburton seat should he be a candidate at the next election. Mr Maßlin was member tor Rangitata in the 1893-96 parliament, and is an anti-Seddonite, and a Prohibitionist. Presentation,—A presentation of a silver tea and coffee service was made in Christchurch on Saturday morning to Mr W. J. Cunningham, who has bean storeman for nineteen years to Messrs P. & D. Duncan, and iB now taking up the position of manager of the Ashburton branch. Sale of Ruapuna Fasms.—Mr Hugh Reeves (Editor of Cbristchurch "Star,"and brother of the Agent-General) has purchased Messrs J. Jones' and H. Barton's farms of about 1,000 acres at Ruapuna. He has got a real good block for raising fat lambs of best quality. To the Ladies.—We are exhibiting in our tailoring window. Tancred Street, a lady's artistic jacket. We invite the public to inspect it, as they will see the class of work we are capable of doing in cur tailoring department.—Amdeew Orr & Co., Ltd., 5 264 John Knox Quadricentenary. — The quadricentenary of the birth of the great Scottish Reformer, John Knox, was not marked in the Ashburton Presbyterian Church yesterday by special sermons, although such was the case practically all over the colony. It is understood that the Rev. G. B. Inglis will touch on the subject during the week. Doeie Gun Club.—A social was held at Doric in Mr Harrison's granary on Friday evening in connection with the recently formed Gun Club. The evening was spent chiefly in dancing, the proceedings being of a most enjoyable character. Refreshments were liberally provided, and the function was one of the most successful held for some time in the district. The music was in the hands of Terris' Band, and dancing was kept up with much spirit. Songe, etc., were also included in the programme. Prior to the close of tho gathering, Mr Carruthers, in a few wellchosen remarks, congratulated the Gun Clnb on the success of their undertaking. A vote of thanks was accorded to those who had contributed to the success of the function.

Weather Forecast. -~ Captain Edwin I wires : —Moderate to strong easterly winds?; | glass rise; expeat frost to-ni^ht. Personal.--Mr D. Thomas and party I left for Dunedin this morning in his motor civ on a holiday trip, which will last about tec days. Asiiburton ■ Traffics Bridge.— The britfHntiiio Cairn Jirrirrd at fivttolton yesiorday with HO.OOO feet of timber for replacing another section oi' the Ashburt"n traffic bridgo. Land Sale.—Mr D. Thoman raports having sold on account of Mr W. Auderson, Flemington, his fnrm situated at Mayfield, containing 943 ticres, to Mr Jamt;s Jamieson of WatertoD, at a satisfactory figure. Springjburn Post Office —The appointment cf Klizabeth Diack as postmistress at Springrbuni is. . notified in the current "Gazette?' Hampstead Town District.—Following tho excellent idea adopted some time ago by the Wakanni Road Board, the Hampstead Town Board commissioners paid a visit of inspection to the. district to-day, and ascertained what was urgently needed by way of works and road repairing. AcdDENT.—"V rhen Master P. Ryan, of Lauriston, was returning from the post on Thursday evening, the horse which he was '< riding slipped and fell with him. He was J thrown clear, but was stunned, and it was I some time before he came round. Beyond a few bruises and a slight cut over the right ear, there was no serious injury sustained. The horse fell with such force as to smash tho saddle to pieces. Reunion of Returned Troopers— Members of the New Zealand Contingents are reminded that tho Reunion Ball organized by the returned troopers of South Canterbury will ba held in the Drill Hull, Alexander Square, Timaru, on Thursday evening, May 25th. Tho O.C. Canterbury District has granted permission for all Veteran?, Returned Troopers, and Volunteer?, to appear in uniform, wearing any decorations to which they are entitled. A Ferocious Animal.—Mr John Olsen, of Hainpslead, had a most unpleasant experience one day last week. While he was attending to the yarding up of his cows, a bull/usually a quiet animal, charged Mr Olsen, and got him down. Fortunately Mr Olsen managed to escape. The bull attempted to follow him, and endeavoured to get at Mr Olsen, who had taken refuge in a dray. An axe being handy, Mr Olsen delivered the infuriated bull a blow on the skull, which caused death almost instantaneously. Rough on the Printsrs.—Giving an outline of his Christian experience at Dr Watson's meeting last evening, a gentleman said that as a young convert he had to overcome much temptation and undergo great trial at the hands of his work matf s. He worked in a large printing office at the time, and those who knew anything about that business would agree with him. This drew from Dr Watson the statement that the brother in question had to contend against more devils than the printer's devil. Social at Chietsbt.—The annual social gathering in connection with the Chertsey Methodist Church took place in the schoolroom on Thursday evening. This year it took the form of a tea and concert, as well as a welcome to the recently appointed minister, Rev. G. T. Stockwell. About 150 persons partook of tea, the tables being presided over by Mesdames Atkinson, Dunstan, Johnsoa, Kuox, and White, who were assisted by Misses Atkinson, Dunstan (2), Fulton, Johnson (2), Ironside, Wright, and White. After tho tea, the school was well filled with friends from Doric, Rakaia, Methven, and Chertsey. The chair was ocoupied by Rev. A. Peters, who read an apology from Rev. P. J. Riddle. After singing of the Old Hundred and prayer, the chairman introduced the Rev Gt. T. Stockwell, and vacated the chair in his favour. The rev. gentleman thanked those present for their hearty welcome, and "expressed his desire to work in harmony with other churches. In a brief and eloquent address, he dwelt on things essential to a successful ministry. The programme consisted of songs by Misse3 Hardy, Jones, Palmer, and Passmore, and Messrs Carson, Mars, and Rev. A..Peters; recitations by Miss H. Johnson, and Messrs Elliott and Mars; duet by Miss Palmer and Mr Smith. Quartettes and instrumental items ,were contributed by members of Baring Square orchestra and choir. Mr Jas. Croy moved a hearty vote of thanks to all who assisted with the tea and programme. West's PrcTURES and the Brescians, ,who achieved such , remarkable success at Dunodin, where over 31,000 persons visited their entertainment, will appear at the .^Oddfellows' Hall for three evenings, and one matinee commencing Wednesday, May 24th. It may be a somewhat interesting fact to many Scotsmen to know that they gave their last performance in Scotland in the New Central Hall, at Tollcross, Edinburgh, on February 4th, to an audience of nearly 3000 people. The performance they present will consist of a series of the best and latest cinematographic productions obtainable in Britain before they started, and although we have had several animated picture shows from time to time in this country, we are told to expect from West's pictures something totally distinct aud far ahead of anything we have hitherto seen. The piotures are to be accompanied by suitable music, both vocal and instrumental, thereby, in many instances, telling the story to the ear as well as to the eye. The British press has 'been unanimous in describing West's pictures as the finest examples of cinematograph ever presented in the Home Country. With respect to the Bresoiane' Orchestra and Singers, who form the other portion of the entertainment, they also are highly spoken of as a party of young and enthusiastic artists, each and every member being a vocalist and an instrumentalist combined, and forming together a strong musical team. All lovers of beautiful music may confidently look forward to something of great excellence from this talented musical party. The Oddfellows' Hall will have a special installation of electric light for this important visit. Bee Culture.—Mr Isaac Hopkins, the new-appointed apiarist to the Agricultural Department, has returned to Wellington (says the " New Zealand Times ") from his first tour of portion of the North Island. Mr Hopkins found that bee culture is carried on on a fairly large scale, but there is considerable backwardness in method, which he hopes to be able to orercome in the course of a few seasons, Mr Hopkins finds that since the department has taken bee culture in hand there is an increasing desire on the part of bee-keepers to learn all they can about tho business. As a first step, a bulletin has been prepared, which will be No. 5 of the department's publications. It will deal with the subject under five heads, as follow : -The use of comb foundations; (2) ripening extraoted honey; (3) foul brood; (4) the bee moth j (5) bee culture in relation to agriculture. The bulletin is expected to be ready for publication in a week or so. It will take probably three seasons to bring the bee industry to anything like its proper dimensions. Then there will be a great increase in the output. The amount of honey required for the New Zealand market is something like 600 tons a year ; but there is an unlimited outside demand. There are canning factories in Wellington that are putting up a great quantity in 21b tins, and this is absorbing a very large proportion of the locally-raised honey. "We raise the finest honey in the world," says Mr Hopkins, "and it brings the highest price on the European market. Some honey has been exported, but the local demand has increased greatly since the price of butter has gone up, and it will be possible for some time to come to absorb all the output locally." We are still selling far below any firm in Ashburton. Sugar, 661b bag, 12g 6d; Currants, 3-Jd lb ; Sultanas, 4d lb; Electric Candles, 6d lb ; Coloured Wax Candles, 6d lb ; Oatmeal, 2s 6d bag; Flour, 2001b, 18s ; 100 lb, 9s 6d ; 501b, 5s j 251b, 2s 9d ; Sand Soap, 4 cakes for Is ; Sago and Tapioca, l£d per lb, 121b for Is §d j Rice 8a 6d per bag Cornflour, 4 packets for Is; Kerosene 7s 6d per case, 3s 9d per tin. Discount Tickets given with all Cash Purchases. —John Orb & Co. 5 0 "Scatteryour minions!" said Disease one day To the demon Cold and his friend Decay; " Winter is here to give you a hand,, Out 1 friend, out! and ravage the land." " I can't," said the Demon, " I'm quite out of work, A mortal named Wooda pulls me up with a jerk; His Gfreat Peppermint Cure is death to my host. " Good-bye," said tho Demon, and gave up the Ghost.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6576, 22 May 1905

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6576, 22 May 1905

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