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Weather Foubuabt. — Captain Edwin wires'.—Moderate to strong winds from between south and east and northeast; glass rise; expect frost to-night. Property Sale—Mr F, Ferriman reports having Bold on account of Mr 0. E. Owles hia property at Allenton, consisting of 4 acres and dwelling, to Mr T. W. Tayler. A Prosperous Band.—The reoeipts of the Wellington Garrison Band for the past year were about .£6OO, the bulk or the money being the/ proceeds of public performances. The band numbers le3S than 30 members. Business CiiANGK.~Mr E. Gibbard an r nounces that he has sold his drapery and clothing business, in Tancred Street, to Mr H. 0. Amos, Mr Amo3. is well known to the public of Ashbnrton, and notifies that he will be pleased to see all his old friends, and assures them that ho will do his best to give them satisfaction, "We wish Mr Amos every success in his new venture. A Babbit Story—That courtesy does not always bring its own reward is shown by the following authentic story, which comes from a district not far from Timaru, A farmer, to assist in keeping down rabbits on his land, had been in the habit of kindly supplying sportsmen with ammunition wherewith to annihilate the pest. Recently a small party of sportsmen secured a fme bag of rabbits on the farmer's property, aud, proud of their skill, duly published their success in the newspapers. The paragraph happened to catch the eye ! of the rabbit inspector, and the result was that the farmer had an information laid ' against him for failing to keep down rabbits on his property. Now sportsmen have to look for fresh fields, as tho farmer has notified that all trespassers in search of game will be prosecuted.> at Rangitata. — A large gathering met at the Arundel School on Friday evening last to bid farewell and God-speed to Mr and Miss Whavton, on the ove of thair departure for the Old Country. The proceedings started with dancing. During the evening, Mr Flatnaan, M.H.R., who occupied the chair, presented Mr Wharton with a gladstone bag and a handsome travelling rug, and in doing ao epoke very highly of Mr Wharton as a farmer and a public man, and wished him and Mi-s Wharton a very -pleasant trip and a safe return to New Zealand. Messrs A. Metcalf, G. B. Creemer, J. Skinner, Q. Patrick, E. Burke, aad I. Stonyer also spoke, and wished them a enjoyable trip. Mr Whnrfrou briefly thanked thorn for their kind wishes and their handsome prassnfs. He was pleased to find that he had so many friendß in the district. He considered he had only done his duty to his neighbors and the ratepayers, lie hoped soon to return to hia duties. Cheers were given for Mr Wharton and family. A vote of thanks was also given to the Chairman for presiding. Dancing was kept until an early hour. Mr W. Lewis carried out the duties of M.C. Messrs Johnstone, Charles, and others provided the music. » Since beine placed on the New Zealand market the Royal Standard Pills have been <n i^rea' demand. The Pills may now b*l ■ titfi nail irotn a,l ohuuiists and grocers in Ashburton 3 0

Presentation.—At the last meeting of the Thistle Masonic Lodge, Ashburton, Bro. E. J. Righton, S.W., was presented with a handsome illuminated address in recognition of his services to the Ashburton Masonic Lodges, Returned Troopers' Social. — A Committee meeting of the Ashburton Returned Troopers' Association was hold lastevening. Mr W. Hastie occwpied the chair, and there was a good attendance of member?. A letter was received from Colonel Dauchop, thanking the Committee for tbe invitation, and hoping to be present at the annual reunion social. Mr Maddea's tender for catering and Mr Terris' tender for the music were accepted. CdAisr for DAMAGEB~At the Chriatchurch Supreme Court yesterday, before Mr Justice Cooper, Robert Bingley Holdsworth, of Heathcote Valley, claimed from the New Zealand Alford Estate Company, Ltd,, ,£751 4s, damages for alleged breach of agreement to erect sheep yards and repair fences upon the Alt'ord Estate of 9360 acres, purchased by the plaintiff from the defendant company. Mr Stringer, with him Mr Alpers, appeared for the plaintiff and Mr Purnell, with him Mr Russell, for the defendant company. The case occupied the Court all yesterday and was resumed this morning. Tailoring.—Oar renowned cutter, Mr Quig (along with Mr J. Pollock, our representative) will be in Ashburton on Saturday, May 27th, with a full range of Tailoring Tweeds, and will be pleased to meet customers at the Somerset Hotel from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Those who require a smart up-to-date made to measure suit should avail themselves of this opportunity. Pit, style, and finish guaranteed.— Black, Beattib & Co., Tailors and Outfitters, 201, 203, 205, Hi>;h Street, Christohurch. 5 279 Dance at Wakanot.—On Friday night the residents of Wakanui and Riverside held a dance in Mr D. Leddy's grainshed, which had been nicely decorated for the occasion by the ladies under Miss M. Cochrane. Theie were about 40 couples present, and a most enjoyable time was spent. Music was supplied by Messrs W. Anderson and J. Cochrane, while Mr D. Skillihg acted as M.C. During the evening songs were contributed by Messrs J. Stewart, J. Cass, and D. Thompson, and a sailor's hornpipe by Mr T. Coohrane. Dancing was kept up until an early hour of the morning. At the close the M.C. moved a vote of thanks to Mr and Mrs Leddy and family and to all who had assisted. Proceedings terminated with the singing of " Auld Lang Syne." Valbdictobt.~Al; the conclusion of Dr Watson's meeting at the Baptist Tabernacle on Sunday night, members of the usual congregation with a sprinkling of friends from other denominations, met together for the purpose of expressing their appreciation of the evangelist's mission in Ashburton. The Rev. W. L. Salter read an address expressing the congregation's gratitude to Dr Watson for his masterly exposition of Divine Truth, more especially in regard to his teaching of soriptural holiness, and the Lord's second coming. Mr Salter related the circumstances which led him to take unusual interest in Dr Wa - son's work in America, and the high value he (Mr Salter) . put on several books of which the esteemed evangelist was the author. Mr Salter then handed a purse of sovereigns to Dr Watßon as a further token of the regard which thpse who had attended the meetings felt for their honoured visitor. In responding, Dr Watson stated that eleven years ago it had been impressed upon him he should visit New Zealand, but it was only after Mr ,Salter and a gentleman in Auckland had written to him simultaneously that the way began to open up for his desires to be realised. His presence in Ashburton was entirely due to Mr Salter. Before the gathering dispersed, Mrs Watson likewise made a few appropriate remarks. TrNWALD Band of HoPE.—On Friday evening the Tinwald Band of Hope was started for the coming winter session, there being a fair attendance. A short programme consisting of solos, recitations, etc., was gone through. The younger members of the audience behaved themselves well, bat a few individuals outside the hall kept disturbing the meeting to the best of their ability. It was decided at a subsequent" Committee meeting that, if such conduct is persisted in, an example will be made of the first offender. The Committee hope that in the future these youths will either come to the meetings and behave or else stop away. The following took part ia Friday evening's entertainment:—Solos, Mrs Tippett, Misses A. Meharry, E. Tippett, H. Giles; duets, Miases E. and L. Schneider; recitations, Misses A. Hanson, A. Hickman, Mrs McLeod, and Master D. Hickman; cornet solo, Mr D. Sutherland. Mrs Tippett, Mrs Cobb, and Miss Meharry played the accompaniments. The Rev. H. Hall also delivered a temperance address. At the subsequent Committee meeting the following officers were elected:— President, Rev. Mr Wallis; Vice-President, Mr Geo. Osborne; Secretary and Treasurer, Mr Thomas G. Barr.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6577, 23 May 1905

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6577, 23 May 1905

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