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Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 1905. LOCAL AND GENERAL.

The Ashburton Guardian will not be published on Monday, June sth. Eeports of the Christchuroh, Timaru, and Ashburton grain market will be found on the first patje, and a report of a meeting of the South Kakaia Road Board on the fourth patre. [ No-License Council.—The Ashburton No-license Council will have a big day on i Monday next. A business raeetin^jwill be held at 3 o'clock in the Baring' Square schoolroom and a tea meating in the Odd. fellows' Hall at 5.30 p.m. Friends all over the electorate are contributing to this tei, and a very large gathering is expected. At 8 o'clock the Rev. L. M. Isitt, after five j years'absence in England, will givejoneof his eloquent lectures. Water Eating Question. —Judging by the celerity with which Mr C. J, Harper's motion shelving any further action in'regard to proposed alteration in the rating for water was despatched yflsterday at the County Council's meeting, the matter will not ba revived —at least, nob for some considerable time. Young People's Mission; — The Be^. Cba^.. Porter, who is announced to conduct a meeting in the Oddfellows' Hall tomorrow afternoon, ha3 the reputation of being a capital spaakar, with exceptional abilities for the position to which he has been appointed by the Methodist Cmference. A young man himself, his sympathies are with young man, and his breezy, straight forward talks are said to be muoh appreciatad by his audiences. High School Board.—At the usual monthly meeting of the Ashburton High Sohool Board yesterday tho tender of Messrs Gourdie & Son, Ashburton (£2090 14s) for the erection of the new High School Buildinga, was accepted. Me J, a. Tennant, M A., tendered his resignation as headmaster of the School, having b9en appointed Inspector to the Wellington Board of Education. It w».s decided to place on record the High School Board's appreciation of Mr Tennant's past services. Volunteering. — Com manders of district volunteer corps have received the following circular from the officer commanding the district, inquiring as to the number of men in their corps who would re-engage under the new conditions: — Training to be for twelve whole days (not including Sundays) for which each man ; should receive a personal payment at the | rate of for officers, £7 10s for non j corns, and £5 for other ranks. In addition to the above, corps would receive an annual allowance of 30s per man for clothing and contingencies, and also allowances while in camp of Is per man per day, and Is 6d per horse per day for rations and forage. Tho camps to be held at such periods a3 are most convenient to individual corps.

Hockey.—-The following will represent the Ashburton Ladies' Hockey Club in the match with the Kaiwara (Chriatchurch) Hockey Club, to be played on the Domain ground on Monday next:—Goal—Mis3 A. Hewson; backs—Misses A Thomas and Graham ; halves—Misses McDonald, H. Stock, B Mawson; forwards—Misses Crooks, Harman, Stewart, (2) and Berryman, emergencies— (banks), Missea Tucker and McElrea; forwards—Misses Walsh, Hefford and Porter. Size of Cornsacks.—ln reference to the size of cornsacks Mr D. ftuddo, M.H.R. has communicated with Sir Joseph Ward, asking that a defiiaife assurance be given at once on the regulation intended to be enforced next season restricting the weight of grain iu cornsacks to 2001b. He pointed out that importers were now sending orders to Calcutta for sacks. Mr Buddo also advised bir J. G. Ward that he thought the suspension of the regulation a great mistake, as everyone was satisfied except the large granary owners, who used machinery for lifting sacks. Sir Joseph Ward replied: —•" In answer to your wire regarding cornsacks, the whole matter will require to be re-investigated, as it is quite evident from the communications reaching me that the very people whom it was intended to benefit are in disagreement from end to end of the colony. The matter will require to stand over in the meantime." The Christchurch Seduction Case. — The Chrietchuich "Press" has made investigations into the seduction case recently mentioned by Mr T. E. Taylor, M.H.R., and finds that some of Mr Taylor's statements are not supported by facts. The man who seduced the girl, left the colony on April 19fch, so that when Mr Taylor stated, on May i7th, that the man was still in a Christohurch factory in control of a number of young girls he was hardly speaking " by the book." Efforts were made to inform Mr Taylor that the man had left the colony, but the delinquent's father was unab'e to find Mr Taylor, He, however, left word with some one who promised to inform Mr Taylor. It is also stated that the man was not " insolent" regarding his crime, but expressed " much conrtition," making himself responsible for all expenses, amounting to .£7O in connection with the unfortunate girl's confinement. His partnership with his brother had been dissolved. It appears that the girl was fifteen years of age when she entered the factory in March, 1904, and not "just over fourteen," as stated by Mr Taylor. An Ui'-to-Datb Cycle Mechanic— Cyclists will be pleased to learn shat there is now a thorough cycle mechanic in Ashburton. E. D. Johnston, of Burnett street, hag now engaged Mr W, B. Johnstons, late '■if tlv Anglo N.Z. Cycle Co., Christchurch, who has had 15 years' experience of build* { ing and repairing bicycles.

Accident—A man named Daniel McGarry, employed, it is understood, on.the railway at Rangitata, met with an accident yesterday. He was working a winch, and his left hand becoming caught between two wheels was badly lacerated. He was brought to the hospital, where the injurad limb was at tended to. It is not yet known whether his injuries will provß serious. Surprise Party at Dauiuston.— \ very enjoyable surprise party was held in Mr Andrew Latham's large shbii at Lauriston on May 26th. A large number of the young folk of the district were present, and songs and dancing were pirticipa^ed in i ill midnight, when refreshments, provided by the young ladies of the district were handed round and freely partaken of. The singmg of " Auld Lang Syne" and' oheerß for Mr and Mrs Letham and family brought a pleasant evening to a close. Cruelty to Animals—A yonng mm named Mayuard was fined 10s and 15s 6d costs at the Magistrate's Court, Timaru, yesterday, on a charge of cruelty to an animal. The facts were that a neighbour's pig- sbrayed oq to defendant's section, and as the defendant admitted, on the spur of the moment, seeing tho pig near him he picked up a spade and threw it at the animal, infiiotiug an ugly wound. Valetta Railway Siding—-Farmers and others in the May fie Id and surrounding district?, who usa the Valetta Railing Siding extensively for trucking sheep, complain that the facilities afforded are far from being satisfactory. Tbe siding requires to be extended some 60 odd yards, while the stock yards adjoining could by the expenditure of a few pounds be put in a state to expedite and simplify the work of tracking sheep.

' Ovehstocking.—A number of farmers in various parts of the county are already complaining of being overstocked wilh shotjp. It is estimated that there is a large increase in sheep in the county as compared with last year. Several prominent graziers consider that the over supply of sheep in the district will become a serious matter in the course of a month or two, more especially in the event of a severe winter. Educating the Calf.—A Seafield fart mer possesses a young calf, which apparently possesses a voracious appetite for periodicals. The farmer is a subscriber to the Ashburton Mail, the Ohristohurch " Press," and the Otago " Witness," but for some time past has not received any copies of these journals. On making investigations he found that the calf, when the papers were tossed out by the mail carrier, promptly ate them up, and it is further suspected that a certain pet lamb on the farm did aid and abet the calf in his unlawful appropriation of current information. It is stated that these misguided creatures used to await the arrival of the papers at the gate, solemnly licking their chops in anticipation or a toothsome meal. Boer War Mementos.-—The memory of the Boer war is being revived by the distribution of the King's medals awarded to all who saw eighteen months' or more unbroken service in South Africa. The medal is of silver, is about the size of half-a----crown, but half as thick again, and to it are attached a couple of silver olasp3 with the years 1901 and 1902 impressed thereon, and a length of orange, white and groen ribbon, on one side of the medal is an impression of the King's head, and on the reverse is a neatly figured allegory of Britannia extending the laurel wreath to the " Sons of the Empire." The medals are being distributed unostentatiously, for the reason that those entitled to them are scattered all over the colony, and all present addresses are not known to officials of the Defence Department.

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Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 1905. LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6587, 3 June 1905

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Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 1905. LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6587, 3 June 1905

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