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News in Brief

It is computed that a single inch of rain, as recorded by tho raiu gauge, moans over 101 tons of water to the acre. The Anama Road Board announce that 10 per CBnt. will be added to all rates ijnpaid on Juno Ist, 1905. At the MeMiven Yards on Thursday next Messrs Frio ilauder Dros., Ltd, will offer 500 wethera, also cattle, etc. It transpires that the Moros chief, Pala, was killed in the recent fighting in the Philippines. Farm work at Mayfield is very forward this year. Threshing ia about finished, and a lot of lard is going under tho plough to get new grass for the over increasing output of fat lambs. A. butter factory in the Xew Plymouth district, which about August 1903, paid out £600 by way of bonus, and last year, expects to hare £700 to divide this year. The War Offioe enquiry info the question of bootmakers' wages at Northampton promises an early settlement of the strike. The steamer Peterborough collided with the ketch Jessie off Sydney Heads. The ketch was sunk, and a boy named Bullen died. The Sydney Fresh Pood and Ice Co. is arrauging to export to London a quarter of a million rabbits weekly until October. Mr Eobert Clephane, formerly of Wakanui, has disposed of his farms at Omihi, aud has purchased a large estate in Southland. His properties at Omihi realised £21 and £9 15s per acre. The district round Lauriaton is looking well, the turnip crops are feeding well, and all the flocks of sheep are in excellent condition. Judging by the train loads that are constantly gomg forward to Islington and Addington each week, there will not be an over stock of sheep in the district by the time the turnip crops are done. On Saturday a representative meeting of Chinese merchants and citiiens in Sydney resolved to petition the Government on the necessity for legislation to prohibit the importation of opium into the Commonwealth, and to make it a punishable offence to smoke or aid or abet in the smoking of the drug. The Pacifique has arrived at Noumea. The captain reports that the vessel grounded on a reef in Ringdove Bay, Epi Island, in the New Hebrides, on the 11th. She was towed off on the 15th, apparently undamaged. She sailed for Sydney yesterday, and will be docked on arrival there. Stafford street, Tiuoaru, was particularly busy on Saturday afternoon, when Mr West, proprietor of "West's Piotures," ran through the town with a cinematograph aboard a motor car. A picture was taken travelling each way along the busy side of the street, and if as good a film results as has been taken in other oities, Timatu should have the benefit of a very good advertisement.

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News in Brief, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6576, 22 May 1905

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News in Brief Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6576, 22 May 1905

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