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Sporting News will be found on the first page, and Cable News on the fourth page of this issue. Weather Foubhabt. ~- Captain Edwin wires:—Moderate to strong easterly winds; glass little movement ; expect frost to-night. Ealing Station.—As an indication of the increasing traffic at the Ealing railway station, it tray be mentioned that on Tuesday 26 trucks of sheep were dispatched for Islington, while yesterday, 15 trucks left for Smithfield. A Significant Keduction — The only item of revenue in this colony which did not come up to the estimates for the past year was the beer duty, which was estimated at £100,000, and fell .£3,790 short of that amount. Charges of Mans laughter.—Farther developments have taken place in connection with the recent death of ft young lady in a nursing home at Opawa, Christchurch. An information has been laid charging Mrs Wood and Nurse Atkinson with manslaughter. The hearing of the charges will commence to-morrow. Social—A social in connection with the Baring Square Tennis Club was held in the Baring Square Schoolroom last night, the Key. A. Peters presiding. After games and other amusements were indulged in, supper waa [partaken of. The eveniog proveJ a most enjoyable one. A programme of songs and recitations was submitted, the" following taking part *•—Songs, Messrs Mars and Carson; recitations, Misa Sparrow and Mr Mars; stump speech, Mr Lopdell, The Oval.—A close inspection of the Domain Oval reveals reveals the fact that the several football matches played on it this season have not improved its condition, portions of the grass having been trodden out of existence. Wheu the oval is in a sodden condition, matches in future should be played on the ordinary football grounds; otherwise the oval next Spring will not present a very attractive appearance. Shooting Homers.—For some considerable time past owner 3of homing pigeons have lost a number ot' ttoeir mo9t valuable birds, and although no one was actually caught in the act of shooting the birds, twoatleast of our local enthusiasts had suspicions that the pigeons were being destroyed by certain so-called sportsmen. Some few days ago one of this class of individual was caught in the act of shooting two valuable homers, and the owners intend to institute legal proceedings against the culprit, Electoral Claims.—The registrar of electors calls attention to section 35 of the Electoral Act, 1902, which states that every person making any claim (for enrolment) or application (for transfer) must Bign the same with his name in full. It would thus appear that the usual signature even where the name in full is written in the body of the claim will not suffice, but that the name in full must be written by the applicant. The printed forms of claim and transfer contain the word " signature " which is usually not the name in full. Agricultural Statistics.—The Department of Agriculture has just issued a bulletin dealing with the Agricultural and Pastoral Statistics o.f the Colony during the past ten yeira. The following comparison between the year ending March 31st, 1904, and that endintr March 31st, 1905, may be of interest: —Total value of frozen meat exp0rted—190L:.£2,823,653; 1905 .£2,639,316. Wool exports—l9o4 .£4,522,726; 1905 £5,380,193. Grain exports—l9o* £505,880 ; 1905 £202.030. The Government Policy.—Addressing his constituents at the Thames on Tuesday night, the Hon. J. McGowan, Minister of Mines, outlined the future policy of the Government, which would include a Teachers' Superannuation Scheme, Classification of the Civil Service, old age pensions increase to ten shillings weekly, purchase of land for workmen's homes, harnessing rivers, increase of teachers' salaries, Native lands, assistance to gold raining, forestry, and the fruit industry, home nursing for workers' wives and families, housing of workers, reduction of the cost of food and living, limitation of land areas to be held by individuals to 3000 acres of first class land, up to 20,000 acres of third class land, and amendments to the Land for Settlements Act. Votes of confidence in the Minister and the Government were passed. The Shops Act.—Speaking to a Timaru . "Post" reporter on Tue3dny the Premier, dealing with the early closing clause of the Shops Act, explained at some length the position of affairs in the four large centres. "The Act," he said, "should be repealed. It has proved defective. The Council' may | not agree to its entire repeal, and I think the final result will be something in the direction of classifying shop 3, and allotting to the different classes the hour 3 at which they are to ba closed. The time deoided upon may be 7 or 8 p.m. instead of six with fruiterers, hairdressers and chemists, at a later hour, Each class will have to close at a given time, however. Of course lam speaking of the larger centres. Then the days of indiscriminately keeping open shops to all hours are doomed. One and (til will, in their several classes, be put on a uniform j footing. This I cau say, howevor, whether Parliament does or does not extend the hour of closing, the fact will not affect shop I assistants. They will not be allowed to be kept at work later than 6 o'clock." An "Up-to-date ' Cycle Mechanic— Cyclists will be pleased to learn that there is now a thorough cycle mechanic in Ashburton. E. D. Johnston, of Burnett Street, has now engaged Mr W. B. Johnstone, late of the Anglo N.Z. Cyole Co., Chris^urch, who has had 15 years' experience of building and repairing bicycles. " Scatter your minions 1" said Disease one day To the demon Cold and his friend Decay; " Winter is here to give you a hand, Out! friend, out! and ravage the land." "I can't," said the Demon, " I'm quite pot of jyork, A mortal named Woods pulls me up with ft jerk; Hia Great Peppermint Cure is death to my host. •' 'i . ■od-bye," said the Daron, and jtp the Gaoet

Hunting.—All interested in hunting are I requested to meet at Q-lenie'a stables on Saturday, at 3 p.m. Big Potatoes.—Mr W. llawke, of Ealing, has grown some big potatoes of the variety known as "The Vil'aze Blacksmith." Twelve of the potatoes turn the scalo at 18!b3, and are entirely free from blight. Hockey.—The Christchurch Drapers' Hockey Club have decided to send a Senior and & Junior team to Ashburton on tho Prince of Wales' Birthday to play local teams. Property Sales~Mr A. Carson reports the sale of town sections 792 nrid 793, Cox street, with five-roomed dwelling, to Mr T. Macßae Clark ; and town section 1115, Cameron street, with six-roomed house, to Mr J. Wats >n, of Waterton, for a total of £1005 for both properties. The Labour Test. —At the Charitable Aid Board meeting held yesterday, the secretary stated, that since the previous meeting, he had endeavoured to put two men to the labour te3t of breaking stones. One had refused and another, after some trouble, had gone into the yard, but had apparently done nothing. Maori Meeting House.—The Maoris of Temuka are making extensive preparations for the opening of the new meeting house, whioh has been fixed for June 15. The new hall, which has been named Tt> Hapa o Nui Tireni, is 88ft long and 24ft wide, and is elaborately decorated. The festivities in connection with the opening will extend over three days, and advantage will be taken at the gathering to discuss a number of questions relating to the welfare of the Maori race. Mr George Kobinson, of Little Eiver, will act as president of the meeting. Tuaeangi—At yesterday's meeting of North Canterbury Charitable Aid Board the committee of the Tuarangi .Home reported that the gas mains were being laid as rapidly as possible to connect with the building, and radiators had been ordered. The potato crop had been dug, practically with the labour of those in the Home, though there were not more than five ablebodied inmates capable of doing a day's work, 'ihe Home was full, over seventy inmates being in residence. A plan of the site of the old Home had been prepared and was presented to the Board, showing the snb-division of the property into ten sections, of from one-quarter to three-quarters of an acre each, The report was adopted, and the committee was authorised to arrange for letting the sections on the Glasgow lease system. The Frozen Micat Tradb.-Never since the frozen meat trade was established in Canterbury (says the " Lyttelton Times ") has stock come forward in such quantity at this advanced period of the season as in the present year. For the present week the bookings at Islington amount to 30,000 sheep and lambs, and for several weeks past the number passed through that establishment have averaged 22,000 head. These numbers have seldom been exceeded in the height of a season. Debating Society.—At the meeting of the Ashburton Debating society held last evening, presided over by Mr C. Alcorn, an interesting and instructive debate having for its subject " That it is in the best interests of Ashburton that Lyttelton continue to be ifcs port." resulted after being most enthusiastically argued, in a majority vote in the affirmative, The most prominent speakers were, for the affirmative, Mr S. S. Choat and the Rev Whitehouse, and for the negative Mes3ra T. Stephens and F. H. Choat. Much information was thrown upon the subject and the balance of the argument in this debate was on the side of tho«3 who held that Lyttelton will continue to receive the bulk of Ashburton's trade, by the figures quoted, embodying railage, But from whioh berthage rates and Harbour Master's rates wore excluded as admittedly chargeable to ship-owners only, Timaru was shown to be, for all goods except coal, by a small margin a oheaper route. But the actual differences in the charges over the two routes were not such as to influence traders in Timaru's favour when expeditious shipment was necessary, and it was argued that Lyttelton offered the greater facilities for the quick receipt and despatch of cargo.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Issue 6579, 25 May 1905

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Issue 6579, 25 May 1905

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