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Mews in Brief

Mr G, Rleddius, ironmonger, has a fine display of guns and ammunition for the shooting season. By the Ruapehu the New Zealand and Australian Land Company, Dunedin, shipped 2000 Lincoln ewes for Moute Video. Everything required for a Cycle or Motor can be obtained at Christchurch prices at R. D. Johnston's Cycle and Motor Depot, Burnett street, Ashburton. 6 0 Mr D. Thomas will offer by auction on Saturday July Bth, Borough Reserve 771, West Street, containing one acre.) Messrs Manchester Bros, General Merchants are holding a sale of crockery, ironmongery and grocery goods. The price list appears in our advertising columns. A supplement to the New Zealand " Gaz ette " contains the new parcel post regulations, which take the place of those previously in force. There are about thirty pages of them, and they take effect at once. The Fitzgeralda were not very successful o?er their recent importation of elephants. Out of the nine forwarded to Australia, only four are now alive. The Wirths are now bringing seven of their animals from India, where they were purchased by Mr Briokhill, the firm's special agent. During celebrations on Empire day at Beechworth, a child named FredaTownsend aged four, daughter of the head master of the State school, fell into a boiler of hot water for making tea. She was terribly scalded and died. A man living at Pitsfield, Massachusetts, recently lost his wife, and while he -was weeping bitterly over her grave bis sight suddenly became affected. He is now able to see clearly in the dark, but in the daylight he is quite blind. He sleeps during the day and rises at dusk. Mr R. Speight, lecturer on geology, at Canterbury College, was visiting Waikari last week, and took the opportunity of investigating the supposed "saurian." He finds no evidence of any animal remains, the object supposed to be such is simply some calcareous material cemented together and forming an elongated concretionary mass. He has brought specimens back, and they show no sign of organic structure whatever. Among the passengers by the Sierra which arrived at Auckland on Mondiy night, was Dr Ernest Rutherford, wellknown in the scientific world in consequence of important discoveries resulting from his researches into the properties of radium. He is a New Zealanderby birth, and is now paying a short visit to the colony after an absence of five years. He will spend about two mouths in the colony, returning to Montreal about September next. He will probably deliver a lecture at Christchurch Some interesting relics in the shape of Maori weapons to the number of half a dozen, have recently been obtained by Mr Oldfield, of Temuka, during the ploughing of a paddock, near the coast at Seadown. The spot at which the greenstone meres and adzes were obtained is in a gully to tho south of the Opihi mouth. It is highly probable (says the Timaru Herald) that these implements of savage warfare tho result of years of patient labour, mark the position of a camp of Maoris dudng the time when the natives from the north Island attacked those ftt Arowhena, and a fierce battle was fought in the bush which then extended upwards from the river mouth. In this battle the southern Maoris were defeated, and having sent their women and children up the Rangitata gorge, they retreated before the invaders, but were overtaken at Peel Forest. The spot, marked by an immense tree, is shown at the present day, where the southern chief and his braves were annihilated after a gallant stand. The.Monnti Somers Coal Company (New Seanif remind householders that their coal is one of the best and most economical on the market. Large consumers for steam purposes will also find thejeoal very suitable to their needs. 6

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6590, 8 June 1905

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Mews in Brief Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6590, 8 June 1905