Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. WEDNKSDAY, MAY 31, 1905. LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Weather Foubuabt. •-* Captain Edwin j wines:—Strong winds to gale from between north and east and south-east; glaes fall; rain, heavy; rivers m flood after 20 hours from now. Mayfield School. —Mr Charles Withell» now of Darfield, has been selected as headmaster of the Mayfield School, m place of Mr Arthur Cooper. Stonk Crusher.—-It is understood that the Wakanui Eoad Board have intentions of purchasing a machine to crush and screen road metal. The question will be discussed at the next meeting of the Board. Shooting—ln the matches on Thursday at Patiti rifle range Sergeant B. Stuart (A.M:K,) scored 38 points. r Agiuctltubal Conference—The Colonial Agricultural Conference meets on July 18th at Wellington. Farmers' Union.-—lt has been arranged that the annual Colonial Conference of the N.Z. Farmers' Union will be held at Wellington on July 11th, Fallacies and Failures op No-Licensb —On Tuesday next Mr H. M. Stewart, a member of the Dunedin Fabian Society, will deliver a lecture m the Oddfellows' Hall on " The fallacies and failures of NoLicense." Mr Stewart abates that he i 3 an opponent of Prohibition, and will answer questions at the close of the lecture. Admission to the lecture ia free. A Considerate Judge. — When the " extra," containing the war news and cricket, was delivered m the Auckland Supreme Court on Tuesday, Judge Edwards .stopped proceedings, and at his request Air Martin, solicitor, read the contents to the Court and jury. Dromore Distrtct—The farmers m the Dromore district have made good headway with grain sowing operations. A somewhat larger area of land is being put under cultivation than wab the case last year, and already a good proportion of the Winter wheat has been sown under the most favourable conditions. The goise fences m and around Dromore are looking much healthier than they have done for years and present appearances indicate that the gorse is recovering from the disease that has caused such havoc to fences throughout tb,e counoy during the past few years.
Pekii Forest.—-A Peel Forest correspondent writes :-—The weather here for the last two months has been perfeot. Threshing has now been completed, the men having made good wages. Frosts having kept off till quite late, feed is abundant, and stock are m good condition. Our district school has been closed fur some weeks for want of a teacher, but work has now been resumed. Bußh matters are very quiet. Shearing Conference—The conference regarding the drawing of a- new shearing agreement m Canterbury has been arranged for this week. The shearers' Union will send as its representatives Mesara T. A, Claughton, Dan Clark, J. Baldwin, W. X Bell, H. Logan, and W. Lundon, and the pastoralists interests will be m the hands of Messrs T. Teschemaker, D. Macfarland, Duncan Rutherford, C. N. Orbell, C. B. Calcutt.aud B. Tripp. The delegates meet at 10 o'clock on Friday at the rooms of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association, Christchurch. Catholic Literary Society—The usual weekly meeting of the Ashburfcon Catholic Literary Society was held m the schoolroom last evening. There was a fair attendance, and Mr D. McDonnell, the President, occupied the chair. Final arrangements were made for the triangular | ladies' competition, which will take place next Tuesday evening. The programme j for the evening was a discussion on the i news contained m the Ashburton Guardian for that day. A reader was appointed, and members, who were supplied with papers,: requested the reading of certain items, which were discussed. A very interesting | and instructive evening was spent till 11 p.m. The Ashburton Traffic Bridge,—As was expected, a number of objections have been offered to the closing of the Ashbur- 1 ton Traffic Bridge for repairs. A member of the No-license Council wrote to the Chairman of the Council asking that the closing of the bridge be postponed till after June sth, on which date the Rev. L. M. Isitt will deliver an address m Ashburton. Arrangements having been made for the work of re-decking, it was found impossible to comply with the request. Mr Cooper, manager of the Fairfield Freezing Works, waited on the chairman a few days ago, and asked if arrangements could be made to allow sheep to pass over the bridge by the pedestrian portion. The request has been granted on the same conditions that obtained last yoar, and farmers desiring to drive sheep to the Fairfield Works or across the bridge for any purpose, will not be prevented from doing so. j