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Valedictory.—A valedictory social was hold m the Greenstreet schoolroom on Juno 2nd, to bid farewell to Mr Charles Walker, who is leaving the districts after many years' reademwtherein. During the evening Mr Walker was presented with a handsome travelling rug and a set of goM and greenstone sleeve links. The gathering dispersed after tho singing of •• Avid Lang Syne."

Weatheb Fouw«Ai»T. -■■■• Unptain Edwin I wires as follows:—Moderate to strong easterly winds; glass rise; very bard frost. Magibtbehlj.~At the Magistrate's Court to-day, before His Worship the M?iyor and Mr R. Alo.rn J.'rfP., Craii-rhead * Berryman (Me Acland) suod \.G. Woods for 4s. Judgment was given for the plaintiffs by default. Public UoA.I)-. Owing to the bad -.ven,ther experienced of Ja c, the roads throughout the C'.mnfcy fire pres-e it"' ia a very bad shite. As soon as the weather clears up, thu various local bodies would bo fer'-'ing the ratepayers well by putting on extra men to bung the voads to the condition they wero m prior to tha grain carting season. Evangelistic Services.—Ta spite of the sbppy weather there wore between twenty and thirty persons present at the Baring Square Church last sight, whnn the Rev. Chaa, Porter gave an earnest address ou the experiences of " The Prodigal Son," during ihetimo his back was turned from home. To-night's meeting will be the final one of the fierier, or' services conducted by Mr Porter m Ashburton, and the reverend gentleman wi'l again deal with other phases the subject mentioned above. The Weather —t'ho rain gauge at the Domain meteorological station registered 26 points of rain this morning and 15 points on Thursday morning. Owing to the rain the ice on the Domain waters has much diminished and skating, at least for the time being, is a tjring of tha past. The present weather is considerably hampering farm work, preventing farmers from getting m early wheat, and oats. Entebtainment atLiUKiaTON—Mr Charles Thomas recently gave onto of his very interesting eutertainment3 m the Lauriston schoo', but owing to the ground being covered with snow there was not a very large audience. As a Ventriloquist Mr Thomas would be hard to beat, and his talking dolls were quite an evening's Amusement m themselves. He also performed quite a large number of conjuring tricks [ very skilfully. i Morris Tube Shooting.—The Morris Tube Shooting Club formed by the employees of the Ashburton Branch of the Farmers' Co-operative Association, is making satisfactory headway. Two rifles and the necessary targets have been purchased, and the members are now engaging m active praotice. It is intended to hold matches later on m the season. Personal.—The Eev. E. A. Woodthorpe, vicar of St. John's and chaplain to the Bishop of Christchurch, has been appointed by the Primate as Warden of Selwyn College, and to a position on the clerical steff of St. Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin. F*>r some years Mr Woodthorpe was vicar 'of St. Stephen's parish, Ashburton, and while here he took a keen interest m educational affairs, serving as Chairman of the Hampstead School Committee and Presdent of the Technical Classes Association. " Funeral—The funeral of the late Mrs Emma Hancox, left the residence of Mr Thomas Han«ox, Allentoo, to-day, the interment taking place m the Ashburton Cemetery m the presence of a number of sympathisers of the family, and friends of the deceased. An impressive burial service was conducted by Archdeacon Scott, Christchurch. The pall bearers were Messrs Jos. Tucker, H. Allnutt, Jos. Harris junr, and senr. X number of wreaths were placed on the coffin as '^a last token of respect to the memory of the deceased. Weather at Lauriston.—Last Suuday (writes our Lauriston correspondent) a very cold wind from the South blew all the morning, and about 1 o'clock a heavy snowstorm came on, and lasted till about 4, when it cleared up, and on Sunday ni»hfc we had a very hard frost. The .scow snow falling on the frosty ground thawed very slowly, until yesterday, when a lifjht rain sot m, which has ckmred the snow off. The work on the land has b.-*en very much retarded by the heavy wonther of the pv-t fortnight, and farmers will want a week's fine weather before they will be able to commence sowing operations; again. Draughts Match.—A draughts match was played hi the Ashburton Club's rooms last evening, between teams representing the jGreendale and local players. Owing to the unfavourable weather the G-reendale Club was only represented by five players, and it was decided that to overcome the difficulty each of the visitors should play two local men. The visitors proved themselves too stronsrla combination for the local players, and they had an eaßy win by 15* points to 4|. Mes3rs J. Thompson, W. Watson, J. Burgess, T. Gough, and H. Brown represented the Greendale Club, while Messrs J. McKay, W. and C. Harman, A. Austin, W. Fowke, F. Bonella, W. Ryan, S. Doxey, T. Kerr, and T. Stephens represented the local Club, After the match the visitors were entertained at supper m Mrs C. Beech's refreshment room 3. Domain Shrfacb Watering.—His Worship the Mayor and Messrs C. Reid, .T. Davison, Armer Orr, G. VV. Andrews, and the Town Clerk, representing the Domain Board, visited the Domain, yesterday and made an inspection for the purpose of considering a scheme to provide water for the systematic watering of the surface of the various playing grounds. On the sugges- | tion of the curator, ib was decided to draw a water supply from the dam immediately below the Oval, the water to be raised to the surface of the grounds by means of a force pump to be driven by an undershot water wheel. When once to the surface, the water will be laid on to the various grounds by iron pipes. It is intended to proceed with the work at the earliest possible date, and the cost will probably not exceed £60. To ensure the playing grounds being efficiently tended to m the Summer and Autumn months, a water supply is necessary. Ghraldinb Taxpayers' League. — A. meeting of the committee of the Geraldine Taxpayers' Protection League was held m the Geraldine Hotel on Wednesday afternoon, Mr E. Skinner presiding. The following resolutions were passed :—(1) " That this meeting strongly disapproves of the present system of valuation." (2) "That the Government be asked to appoint one valuator, and the County Council have the power to appoint another. In case of dispute, an umpire to be chosen by the two valuators, his decision to be final." (3) "That the valuators be instructed by the Department to give a receipt of valuation fixed upon, the same to be given to the taxpayer on the ground." (1) "Thit a petition embodying the resolutions carried at this meeting be presented to Parliament through our member." Winter Weather —As we anticipated a cold snap, with wet and slushy roads, we have just opened up a consignment of Winter goods. Bluemel's celluloid mudguards with flaps on front guard; also steel enamelled guards, ladies' and gents' splashers for front; guards, capes, trouser cuffs, zinone oil for preventing rust, etc, saddle covers, Vacuum Oil Oo.'s patent oil tine, lubricating and burning oil, carbide, chains and chain lubricants, tyres, etc; and as to quality we say, "If you get ifc from Carson's it's right." 6 0

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6591, 9 June 1905

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6591, 9 June 1905

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