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Weather Foukoabt. — Captain Edwin wires :~Strong winds to gale from between north-east and north and west; glass 1 fall, rain probable. County Council.—The County Couuoil will meet for its ordinary monthly meeting on Friday next at the usual hour. Meteorological.— The weather continues cold, the frost on Sunday morning being 9-J- degrees, the keenest experienced this season. This morning 4 degrees of frosfc were registered. A Novel IpEA..—The committee of the Hakatere Club, as will be seen by advertisement m thi3 issue, have arranged for & guessing competition to advertise their concert, to be held on Thursday next. The person entering the Oddfellows' Hall, who guesses the nearest to the total number of people m the Hall will receive a prize of half a guinea. In order that everyone will receive fair play, they have decided to debar any of their own members from competing.

Weekly Stork Market. —The usual J weekly stock market will bo held at the j Tinwald yards to-morrow. Borough Estimates. — The estimated receipts and expenditure of the Bjrough are advertised m this issue. Returned Tkoopbks' Association.— Permission has been granted by the officer commanding tha Canterbury Volunteer district to aUow Roturued Troopers and Vo]untef3is to wear their uniforms and dueorations at the Returned Troopers' re[Jnion to be held m Aahbucfcon shottly. Scoured Wool.—At the Ashburton wool and skin sales to-day two bales of scoured wool crutchings from Fairfield freezing works realised iO^d per Ib. In its ordinary condition the product would have broaghfc from s£d to 6d per Ib. Scouring evideaily pays handsomely for the work entailed. Ashburton District C.E. Union.—A Council meeting of the C.E. Union was held m the Wiilowby church on Tuesday evening. Thfire wag a fair atteudanco of delegates, and the Rev. T. J. Wallis occupied the chair. A letter was received from Mr G. Wright resigning his position as Vice-Preaidont, owing to his removal from [ the district. The Secretary was requested to send a letter to Mr and Mrs G. Wright, thanking them for past services. A letter whs received from the Canterbury C.E. Union, re the late rally, hold on Grood Friday at Kaiapoi. By invitation from the Willowby-Methven Society, the following proposition was carried unanimously— "That the Annual Convention be held m conjunction with the Wiilowby'Society's aunual social, on August 27th." Details were left m the hands of the Lookout Committee. After transacting some minor business the meeting closed. Empire Day at Dkomore. —Empire Day was duly observed atDromore. The school flag was displayed on the new pole erected the previous day, and the school children assembled m full force accompanied by as many of their parents and f needs as could attend at the somewhat early hour. The children were addressed by their teacher on their duties and responsibilities as citizens of the British Empire, special reference being made to its vast extend, and the freedom and privileges enjoyed under its flag. Then followed the ceremony of-s£ittting the flag and the singing of the National Anthem; after which hearty cheer 3 were given on the invitation of Mr J. Blackburn, a member of the Committee, la the evening an impromptu social was held m the schoolroom, and m spite of only a few, hours' notioe being given, there was a splendid gathering of young and old. Ample refreshments were provided by the ladies. With parlour games, music, song, and dance, the hours sped swiftly by, and the last few moments of Empire Day, 1905, passed out to the strains of " Grod Save the King" sung by the whole assemblage. Music, songa, and recitations were provided by Mrs Syme, Miss Palmer, and Messrs W. Syme, J. Elliott, P. Hanrahan, F. Hanrahan, and W. 0. Smith. Temuka Libel Action.—Tho Temuka libel action, Maslin v.Twomey, was settled m Timaru on Saturday. It will be remembered that m this case Mr W., S. Maslin, Mayor of Geraldine, claimed an apology from the Hon. J. M. Twomey, M.L.C., by reason of an article which appeared m the latter's paper, the " Temuka Leader." The article, it was alleged, cast unwarrantable aspersions on the character of Mr Maslin. The apology not being forthcoming, Mr Maslin, through his solicitors, Messrs Perry, Perry and Kinneruey, of Timaru, issued a writ for libel, claiming £1000 damages, and the case was to have come on for hearing at the nest sitting of the Supreme Court m Timaru. Both sides had their counsel engaged, Mr Twomey having Mr W. Ot. Aspinali, of Temuka, and Mr Hanlon, of Dunedin, while Mr Maslin retained Messrs Perry, Perry and Kinnerney, of Timaru, and Mr Solomon, of Dunedin. The parties to the action met m liraaru on Saturday, when Mr Twomey agreed to give the apology demanded, and to pay all expenses incurred m connection with the case. The costs, it is siid, will total something over i>loo. The apology is to be published m the Timavu, Temuka, and Aahburton papers. An Up-to-Date Ctcle Mechanic.— Cyclists will be pleased to learn shat there is now a thorough cycle mechanic m Ashburton. Tv. D. Johnston, of Burnett street, has now engaged Mr W. B. Johnstone, late of the Anglo N.Z. Cycle Co., Christohurch, who has had 15 years' experience of building and repairing bicycles.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XX, Issue 6582, 29 May 1905

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XX, Issue 6582, 29 May 1905

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