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The Weather—At the Domain observatory yesterday morning 5g degrees of frost were registered, while this morning the instruments recorded 3 degrees. The most severe frost experienced this season was on the night of April 22nd, when 7 degrees wer recorded. Top Dressing —- The curator of the Domain is making good progress iv top dressing several portions of the ground. A quantity of suitable soil is being procured from the Domain paddocks. When completed the work will add much to the beauty and appearance of the grounds. Alleged Sheep Stealing.-~lii regard to allegations of sheep stealing m a oertain part of Canterbury, one farmer was reported to have had twenty five sheep stolen, another fifty, and a third seventy five. It now appears that the first farmer had tweuty five sheep less delivered m a purchase than he expected. The second farmer has found hia sh9ep m a neighbour's field, and the third, after counting his sheep carefully, finds them a full tally. Waikato Land Saltcs. —Mr Thomas Stone's Woodland estate near Hamilton, of 17000 acres, stock and plant has been sold, Mr C. B. Buxton, of Palmerston North, taking 10,000 acres and the balance, with the homestead, being taken by two Wanganui investors. The price paid was a considerable advance on that given by Mr Stone two years ago, and constitutes the largest sale whioh has taken place m the Waitato for some years. Several other large properties are expocted to change hands shortly. Newlands Post Office—As none of the residents of Newlanda are prepared to accept the responsibilities of local postmaster, a position that has been rendered vacant by the removal of Mrs Margetts, who has filled the position for some years past, it has been decided to close the office. It may be said that the remuneration paid by the Government is not commensurate with the work demanded. At Newlands several of the residents are somewhat indignant that the office should be closed, one remarking to a representative of this paper that "things are getting to a pretty pitch. First our church is sold, then the Government removed the school, and the last outrage is the closing of the Post Office."

State Control.—ln criticising the system of State control at the meeting of the Tioiaru Presbytery yesterday the Rev A. S. Morrison remarked that it was a pesuliar thing that the Governments that had instituted State control always seemed to think it necessary to attach coffee houses and similar institutions to their ho!els. This eeemed to him like tying a tin can to a mad dog's tail. The rattling of the cau was evidently to amuse people while the dog was biting them. The Freezing Industry.—The "Marlborough Express" learns that supplie'siof fat stock are falling off very much at th 6 Ticton Freezing Works, and that m consequence it is intended to close the works at a very early dute. "Itcan hardly be supposed" (remarks that paper) ("that the farmers are studying their interests m neglecting their opportunities for establishing the freezing industry on a permanent basis, and we should not be at all surprised to find that if the Freezing Company do not get any more support' they will be compelled to close up the works until such time as they can get larger quantities of fatbtock." An Up-to-Date Cycle Mechanic.— Cyclists will be pleased to learn that there is now a thorough cycle mechanic m Ashburton. R. D. Johnston, of Burnett Street, has now engaged Mr W. B. Johnstone, late of the Anglo N.Z. Cycle Co., Christohurcb, who has had 15 years' experience of building rind repairing bicycles.

Weather Fouboast. — Captain Edwin | wirea:—-Moderate to strong wind? from between south and east and north-east, glass rise; probably very cold night. Very Stylish Tailoring at Popular * Prices.—On Saturday next, 27fch inst., Mr Bowles, well known aa a representative of Stranga's great tailoring business at Christ\.'buroh, will be once more m Ashburton, and may be consumed at Strange' 6 Agency, Burnett Street (G. b. Sandrey's), between 2 and 830 p.m. Ou this occasion Mr Rowles will exhibit the lataifc ideas m Autumn and "Winter Suitings. These nre most attraofcive. 5 293

Catholic Literary SociETY.—There wa3 a good attendance at the usual weekly meeting of this society last evening. The syllabu3 for the ensuing month, which contains a set of entirely new programmer, was read, and after discussion adopted. The programme for the evening was a debate entitled "Should local bodies be compelled to legislate for cycle traffic?" The leaders were junior members, Messrs L. Madden and G. Naismith, both of whom i made good speeches. During the disousHion much information was elicited dealing with cycle traffic, and it was Btated that m Greater Christchuroh 30,000 bicycles are m use, The " ayes " carried the debate by a large majority. The programme for next Tuesday will be a discussion on the news contained m the Ashburton Guardian for that day. A reader will be appointed, and each member will be asked to explain and discuss paragraphs. Lectures to Farmers.—The Secretary of the local branch of the Farmers' Union has received from Mr W. Lowrie, Director of the College of Agriculture at Lincoln, a circular advertising a series of lectures on agricultural subjects to be given at Lincoln College as follows : —Agriculture (farm cropa), Mr W. Lowrie, Director of the College; Agricultural Chemistry (soils, manures, and plant nutrition), Mr George Gray, F.OS.; Veterinary Science (diseases of the horse), Mr W. J. Colebatch, B Sc. (Agric.), M.B.U.V.S, ; Agricultural Botany (grasses, study of seeds and seeds of weeds), MrF. W. Hilgendorf, M.A., B.Sc. The course will extend from June 27th to July 28th next. As the names of at least 20 intending students must be received to ensure the course being given, names must be sent m to the director before July 17th next. The terms aie £2 2s for one course, or £Q 6s for all four courses.

Public Libbaet.—The biennial meeting of subscribers to the public library was held m the upstairs reading room last night, the chair being occupied by Mr Armer Orr. Mr G. W. Andrews was also present. There was only a small attendance. The librarian (Mr H. H. Fooks) read the minutes of the last biennial meeting, and theße were confirmed. It was reported that .£36 18s 4d was spent on the purchase of books last year, exclusive of £25 worth of new books due to arrive shortly, while £&l 5s 5d wa3 spent on papers and magazines for the reading room. Messrs Tennant, Turner, Johnston, and Dr Bett were recommended for appointment to the Library Committee as subscribers' representatives. Mr Turner suggested that additional historical works should be procured for the library, and nlso brought up the question of increasing the space available for library accommodation, but these matters were left to the committee to deal with. The hope was expressed that at future meetings of the Library Committee the members representing the Borough Counoil would attend more regularly than they had done during the last two years,

Claim fob Damages. — The case m which Eobert Bingley Holdsworth, of Heathcote Valley, claimed from the New Zealand Alford Estate Company, Ltd., i 3751 4s, damages for^ alleged broach of agreement to erect sheep yards and repair fences upon the Alford Estate of 9360 acres, purchased by the plaintiff from the defendant company, was concluded at Christchurch yesterday. Judge Cooper, m giving judgment, said that the agreement for the tale of the property had been drawn up by one not a professional man. The parties did not seem to consider it worth while, on the sale of a property for over .£50,00), to pay a few guineas to a professional man m order that a proper agieement might be drawn up. It appeared to him that what the vendors undertook to do under the agreement wa* not to make all the fences good, but to faithfully carry on the work intended to be done, and which might become necessary during the interval, including the repair of fences. The work intended to be done was not to repair all the fences throughout the station, but to do some specific piece of work. He felt satisfied that the seven mile length of fencing had not been repaired according to agreement, and it was only m respect of that item that the plaintiff could Bucceed. It was possible that the plaintiff would have got more for the property if that work had been done, but what he would have got m addition would have been the reasonable cost of constructing that fence, which would be about .£SO. He would give judgment for the plaintiff for ,£SO, with costs on the lower scale. He did not think that the case was one m which second counsel's fee should be allowed.—Mr Stringer, with him Mr Alpers, appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr Furnell, with him Mr Russell, for the defendant company.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6578, 24 May 1905

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6578, 24 May 1905

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