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Magistrate's Court.—There was no business before the Magistrate's Court this morning, and consequently the Court did not sit. Opening of Parliament.—A " Gazette " couvened Parliament tor the despatch of business at 2.30. p.m. on. Tuesday, June 27th. Political. —We learn on good authority that M> W. S. Maslm, of Geraldine, has definitely decided to contest the Ashburton seat at the General Election. Weather Fo«u<!Ast. — Captain Edwin wiros:—Moderate to strong winds from between north east and north and west after 16 hours from now; glass fall; indications of milder weather. Personal—Mr and Mrs T.Taylor and dauahter, of Flemington, left Ashburton by the 11.15 o'clock train this tnorninsr, on a trip to the Old Country.—Mr M. Stitt, who has been somewhat seriously indisposed of late, is now able to get about again.—Mr W. W. Smith, Secretary to,the Scenery Preservation Commission, is at present m Ash burton. Educational —The position of third inspector to the Wellington Education Board has been given to Mr J. S. Tennant, headmaster of the Ashburton High School. There were 30 applicants. Crown Law Officers.—lt has been decided that the Crown Law Officers shall now be separated from the Justice Department, and placed under control of the Attorney-General, as was the case some years ago. ■ Runaway Girls.—"Upon the arrival of the Warrimoo at the Bluff on Tuesday the police boarded her m search of two girls, whose father had cabled from Hobart to secure their being intercepted. The girls, aged 17 and 14, were found on beard the Warrimoo, and will be sent back |to Hobart by the next steamer.

Consumptive Sanatorium.— Another scheme for dealing with consumption haa been laid before the North Canterbury Hospital Board. The Ohristchurch doctors propose to raise money enough by appeals to the public, to Duild a sanatorium, fully equipped, and hand it over to the Board to maintain. In view of this proposal, it is intended to hold a conference of delegates, fiom the different Hospital Boards m Canterbury, at as early a date as possible ia Ashburton. Our Weekly BuDaaT.—On Saturday wo publish with the Guardian the usual 4page supplement, containing a large amount of interesting 1 reading matter. The fiction department this week contains : " Eliph Hewlett., Book Agent," " The Richest Woman m the World," " A Catastrophe m a Scotch Village," " Cinderella," and " A Daughter of Old Virginia." The usuul complement of interesting topical articles is supplemented by the weekly features of the publication, brought well up-to-date, Kakata Court Dat.—For some years the last Friday m the month ha? been the ordinary Court day at Rakaia, but for some reason or other our worthy Stipendiary (writes our Rakaia correspondent), has considered it advisable to alter the day to Thursday. This will be all very well if he will attend the Court regularly, but if not it will cause inconvenience, as it is not a suitable day for the justicas. No doubt when attention is called to this matter the old date will be adhered to. OddeeiiLOWs' Hall Extension. — The laying of the foundation stone of the new extension of the Oddfellows' Hall was performed yesterday afternoon by Provincial Grand Master Bro. James Nicholas m the presence of a number of the brethren of the local Order, Bro. C. Campbell, N.G., having previously explained the circumstances that necessitated the additions being made to the building, A number of toasts wore proposed during the afternoon. The additions are expected to be completed m about a month. Speeches were made by Bros. H. Craighead, Edwin Crum, T. Barber, and others. Canterbury Land Board.—At a meeting of the Board at Tiraaru yesterday several applications for transfers were granted: Public Trustee m estate of S, 'Thompson to A. Thompson, 3£ acres, South Rakaia; Mrs E. Thompson roMr3 C. Parris, 40 acres, Highbank; sub-lea?e Public Trustee m estate of R. Gallagher to J. Gallagher, 50 acres, Mayfield : T. Harrison to W. Harrison, part of Hinds riverbed, Mayfield. Mrs Wells, Rangitata South, asked that two more blocks of a township be thrown open for application, as she wanted a couple of sections. The application will be considered.

I Tailoring,—Our renowned cutter, Mr Quig (along with Mr J, Pollock, our representative) will be m Ashburton on Saturday, May 27th, with a full range of: Tailoring Tweeds, and will be pleased to ! meet customers at the Somerset Hotel from I 11 am. until 8 p.m. ■ Those who require a smart up-to-date made to measure suit j should avail themselves of this opportunity. Fit, style, and finish guaranteed.— Bback, Bbattib & Co., Tailors and Outfitters, 201, 203, 205, High Street, Christchurch. 5 279 Farmers' Union.—Mr G. W. Leadley addressed a meeting of farmers and others m the Darfield school on May 17th. Mr Leadloy said that the Farmers' Union was not a Union of country against town, neither was it the purpose of the Union to try to lower farm labourers' wages. On the contrary, it had helped the farm labourer whenever it had had the opportunity. The Union stood for the freehold tenure of land, but did not pin its faith to any one form of tenure. He contended that capital invested m land was taxed unfairly, compared with capital invested otherwise. It was also unfairly treated m the matter of exemptions. After his address, Mr Leadley answered several questions, and waß acoorded a very hearty vote of shanks. Roofing Tiles—ln reference to a paragraph which recently appeared m the " Otago Times," stating that the cost of Marseilles tiles used for the roof of the Gore railway station was 7d each, Messrs Briacoe and Company, as sole agents fur theso tile-, write to say that the figure mentioned is more than twice tho market value. They further state that tiles are not an expensive luxury, being about equal ] to tho value of ordinary roofing iron, painted, and less than the cost of slates. Rakaia Court.—At the Rakaia Court yesterday, before Mesßrs L. Oxley andT. A. Blackley, J.P.'s.. P. Brown claimed from Thomas F. Bowling £8, for rent of a Bection at North Rakaia for • six months. Mr Purnell appeared for plaintiff, and Mr Wilding for defendant. A counter claim of £10, for damages for the loss of the use of the land, was put m but not pressed. Plaintiff said the land had been rented for twelve months before to Mr Dowling for £23, and when this term was up, he intended selling the place, but not doing so ab once, let it verbally to Dowling for six months only at a rental of 8s per acre. Defendant stated that he had taken it for twelve months for an accommodation paddock, and when the feed was long enough to cut, plaintiff had contended that he had only let it to Dowling for six months. Mr Watson, solicitor, on being advised that the section was let to one Breading, intimated that Mr Dowling would claim damages. The matter was allowed to reft for some three years. A letter was put m of Brown's consenting to let it to Dowling for 8s per acre, the same as before. Judgment was given for defendant, with costs of Court and solicitor's fee, 2ls.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6580, 26 May 1905

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6580, 26 May 1905

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