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Football. —Owing to the unfavourable nature of the weather, the various football matches to have been played this afternoon, were postponed, with the exception of the senior match, Hakatere v. Old Boys. Kaikouba. District.—A resident of Kaikoura, formerly of Ashburton, writes that winter has set m m earnest m that district with very sharp frosts owing to the surrounding ranges putting on their winter coat earlier than m former years. There is still abundance of feed everywhere; m fact Kaikoura never looked better, the hill countiy m particular, than it does at present, on account of the wet summer. fctock ia also looking very well. The far-

mers are very anxious to see cattle rise m price, as they would like to sell, but to get ' quit' of them just now, they would lose considerably on the price paid for thorn some time ago. Sheep have not suffered nearly such a drop there as around Ashburton. Debating Society—The Ashbortoa Debating Society held a debate lastevening on the subject " That the time has arrived for Constitutional Government m Russia." There was a large attendance, and Mr S. S. Choat was voted to the chair. Mr F. H. Choat opened the debate m the affirmative, i and wav followed by Mr P. L. Orr as leader lin the negative, the most prominent of their supporters being respectively Messrs C. Alcorn and T. Stephens. The speeches m several cases, were delivered with almost an. exuberance of enthusiasm The voting was even and the casting vote from the chair was given m support of the affirmative. Prior to the debate the following were elected members: —Messrs R. H Davis, W. AnderBon, W. Berryman, and L. Woodyatt. The subject for the next debate is " That the land of New Zealand bears its fair proportion of taxation." It wag further decided to arrange, if possible, an inter-club debate for the 2Lab prox, and the secretary was instructed to send a challenge, naming alternative 4 subjects, to the Flemington Club. Abdington Stock Market—.The following tales were made at the Addington Stock Market yesterday on account of local farmers:—Fat lambs—'For Messrs Blackling and Dowling.Rakaia; 64 at 20a 6d to 21s 6d; Mr R. Campbell, Dromore, 45 at 17s lid; Mr G F. Wright, Annat, 70 at 19s to 20s 9d. Crossbred wethers—for Mr J. Batty, Cairnbrae, 57 at 23s 9d to 24a 9d; Mr J. Lily, Lyndhurst, 118 at 23s 5d to 283 9d ; Messrs Henderson Bros, Methven, 17 at 22s 6d to 23s ; Mr E. Con way, Charing Cross, 63 at 18s 6d to 22s lid; Mr H. Turner, Lauriston, 57 at 17b lid to 203; Messrs Henderson Bros, Methven, 39 at 18s 2d to 19s 9d; Mr P. Drummond, Lauriston 50 at 17a 7d to 19s; Mr C. Pluck, Methven, 61 at 18a ; Mr G. A. M Buckley, Lagmhor, 120 at 17s 8d to 18s; Messrs C Dent and Son, Charing Cross, 30 at 17s lid, 30 (merinos) at 13s 9d; Mr D Humm, Annat, 60 at 17s 6d to 17s lOd; Mr S W Cullen, Annat, 35 at 16s lid to 17s 7d; Mr R Campbell, Dromore, 29 at 17s 6dj Mr H J Harrison, Doric, 23 at 17s ; Mr W Boag, Kakaia, 55 ab 17a Bd.

A Pkooeessive Borough.™ Yesterday Gore started with much rejoicing and some ceremony the borough draiuage, water, and electric installations, which hava now been completed. The drainage coat .£6177, water works J89051, and electric light and power ;£34<00. The water is pumped from a well to the reservoir 150 feet above; the town electricity is brought from tho Southland Frozen Moat Company's works at Mataura, a distance of eight miles, being cheaply generated by turbine power derived from the falls there. The Wklsk Revivalist.—At one of his j revival meetings m Wales, Evan Roberts declared that he could not go on because he knew that someone was present who had for three years been resisting the promptings of God. There was an astonishing pause, m the midst of which a young woman, who had taken a prominent part m the service, rose from her seat, and burst into violent weeping. Then, while the congregation held their breath, she confessed that she had for three years been resistingithe promptings of God. It appears that the revivalist frequently discovers possible converts by such means, and the nudience ascribe his success to miraculous influence. Imperfectly Addressed Letters— The Secretary of the Post and Telegraph Department has issued a circular drawing attention to the large number of imperfectly addressed letters, etc., which the Post. Office is called upon to deal with, and ' to the consequent delay which occurs m delivering such correspondence. Letters addressed simply to the name of the town, and m cases where the addressee is not a well-known resident, to the street, without the house number, frequently cause special! inquiry and search, and are thus necessarily delayed. Lasb year 1300 letters and book packets were wrongly directed by senders to Wellington alono, inquiry proving them to be intended for other places. State Fire Insurance.—Speaking at Lawrence m respect to State fire inßuraiice, tho Premier said that when the scheme was introduced some of the commercial men m the large centres were friends of the companies, but they were not friends of the companies to-day. Why? The companies had decided they would not take a risk where the Government had a risk. As a result of this boycott, the premiums of warehouses had been raised by over ton per cent. He would not be surprised to find that these merchants and large warehousemen were now strongly m favour of State fire insurance, and of extending the principle much further than the Government had gone.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6585, 1 June 1905

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