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Traffic Bridge.—A number of workmen, under Mr P. Norman, were busily engaged on the Ashburton Traffic Bridge to-day m re-deckiDg operations. Although there is not a great volume of water m the river, fording is rendered more or less dangerous on account of the soft condition of the riverbed. It is understood that the best ford is some dittaXO* above the railway bridge. Draughts;— The following will represent the Ashburton Draughts Club m a match to be played at thoir rooms against Greendale to-morrow.-—J. McKay, (captain) T. Kerr, F. Ronella, W. and C. Harman, W. Fowke, W. Kyan,S. Doxey, T. Stephens, and A. Austin, emergencies—W Kerr, A. Joyce, and T. MoGee. Returned Troopers' Re-union.—>Ar-rangementa for tho Returned Troopers' Reunion Social, to be held to-morraw evening, are well m hand. The new building at the back of the hall is being fitted up for the supper room. Dancing will commence at | 8 p.m., and the Grand Maroh at 8.30, Skating—ln consequence of the heavy frosts experienced during the past few mornings and evenings the ice on the Domain waters is m capital order for skat, ing. This morning fully fifty enthusiasts took advantage of the ice to indulge m skating, which was kept up with much spirit tor several hours. With the exception of a few stretchea where the sun strikes on the waters, it is understood that the ice is m a comparatively safe condition, although the surface is somewhat uneven on account of the frozen snow. A Kefusee fkom Btjrnham.—A boarder at one of the local boarding houses had a rather strange experience last evening. On returning to hia room at night he found the rug which usually adorned his bed, missing, and after an unsuccessful hunt for it decided to accept the inevitable and go to bed without it. Just before getting into j bed, he noticed a corner of the missing rug showing on the floor under his bed. He tried to pull the rug out, but there was evidently a heavy weight on it. On making * further investigations he fonnd a boy ourled up m the rug. Explanations being demanded, it transpired that the lad had escaped from the Burnham Industrial School smuggled himself ©-aboard a train, and reaching Ashburton, had stowed himself away m the manner described. The lad was taken back to Burnham by Constable Brown this morning, The Mount Somers Coal Company (New Seam) remind householders that their coal is one of the best and most economical on the market. Large consumers for steam purposes will also find thejoo*! very suitable to their needs. 3

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 3, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6589, 7 June 1905

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 3 Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6589, 7 June 1905