LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Weekoy Stook Markbt.—The usual weekly stock market will be held at the j Tinwald yards to-morrow, Weather E'oitßCAtn 1. — t'nptaia Edwin vnr«s as follows:—Strong winds, to a gralo from between north and wosfc and southwest; glass fall; rain probab'e. Person at/.—Miss Esther M. Grates, formerly of the Titnaru Hospital nursing stati, h&3 been offered, and has accepted, the position of bead nurse of the W.<ima'e Ho-pltal. She takes up her new duties on Saturday next. Sale of a Farm:.—Mr Goo. Robertson, of Winchmore, has sold his top farm, situated on the Lauriston road, containing 437 acres, to Mr Win. O'Giariy, at £9 53 per acre. Drunkenness.—A man, who arrived m Aehburton from Christchurch on Saturday evening m a drunkeD stare, wa-3 arraigned before Mr R. Alcorn, J.P., at the Court this morning and was sentenced to a fine of 10s or 24 hours' imprisonment. Political—Mr R. Alcorn iufo>-ms us that he will not definitely announce whether or not he will contest the Ashbnrton seat until the end of the coming Parliamentary Session.—There i 3 a probability that Mr F. J. Rollflston, solicitor, of Titnaru, and son of the late Hon. W. Rolleston, will contest the Tirauiu seat ab the nest election, against the Hon. W. Hall-Jones. Roab Race,—Last year the prizes donated to the Dunlop Tiinaru-Christchurch road race were the most valuable ever offered for an athletic event of any description m the colony, but this year's prize list m point of value will eclipse any previous one by a large margin. An offer has been received to give a piano as first prize. Musical.—The Board of Trinity College of Music, London, announce the appointment of Mr Alfred Mistowski, Mus. B. Oxon., as the examiner for the College m New Zealand this year (1905) m practical sub-jects-—Pianoforte, organ, violin, singing, and violoncello. Tha entries for the practical examination m November next will close with the secretary of the local centre (Mr H. A. Gates) on Saturday next. Threshing—Most of the>threshing mills m the Temuka district have now finished their work for the season. The weather throughout has been particularly favourable, and the machine employees have made good wages, better than for many seasons. One mill m the Geraldine-Win-chester district'threshed 99,000 bushels iv seventeen weeks, and the men made £2 13a par week, after paying for food. Tinwald Presbyterian Sunday School —Anniversary services m connection with the Tinwald Presbyterian Sunday School were preached yesterday by the Rev J. Paterson, MA., and Mr Hutcheson. The services were well attended and tho sermons were appropriate to the occasion. A tea and concert m connection with the anniversary will be held on Thursday for the purpose of swelling the school funds. A New Illusiinant,—A new gas manufacturing plant has been placed on the market which claims a number of advantages over coal gas. The " Eos " Air Gas Apparatus is compact, wholly independent, and automatic m action. By its means one can manufacture his own gas, which can bo used for all purposes, and which is not only an illuminant, but a medium for cooking purposes. The principle of the apparatus is the automatic inhaling of air, heating it with water and oil by a secret process, and converting it into combustible gas. Hematite Iron Ore. — The Nelson " Colonist" learns on good authority that the lease of 930 acres (more or less) for the purpoae of mining for hematite iron ore, which lease was granted to the late Sir Alfred Cadman bat'ore his death, has now been taken up by his assigns, and that, under the conditions, a sum of J2IOOO has been deposited as security for the due compliance with the terms of the lease, and that a sum of .£lls, the amount of the first year's rent, has also bßen paid. The Tabernacle. —The Baptist church was crowded to the doors last evening, when ten candidates (six ladies and four gentlemen) were immersed. The pastor, the Rev. W. L. Salter, gave an address on Believers' Baptism. After the address the candidates were immersed, and aa they stepped out of the water, the choir sang the chorus,' Follow, Follow, I will follow Jesus.' A special communion service will be held on Sunday evening next for the purpose of receiving twelve applicants into church fellowship. The Trout HATCHERY,~The Secretary of the Marine Department, Wellington, has written to Mr A. H. Shury, Hon. Secretary to the Ashburton Acclimatisation Society, stating that owing to difficulties m the way of instituting an "eyeing station" at Rotorua, the Department cannot supply the Society with the 50,000 rainbow tcout ova this year. This means that the construction of a trout hatchery m the local Domain will have to be postponed till such time as'the Marine Department is m a position to supply the necessary ova. It is not often that a communicatioa from a Government Department contains a pun, but the concluding sentence of the letter to the Ashburton Society gravely states that " the application must therefore stand ova until next year." Dbomore Social Club. — A meeting was held m tbe Dromore schoolroom on Saturday evening for the purpose of forming a Literary and Social Club. Mr W. C. Smith, who was voted to the chair, spoke of the advantages of such a society and sketched the general scope of its work, remarking that, though as yet, Dromore had produced no aspirant for Parliamentary honours, it might m the future become as famous as Kumara. Messrs J. Elliott and L. Hanrahan also referred to the growing need of an organisation of this nature, and the meeting then elected the following officers :—President, Mr L. Hanrahan ; Vice-Presidentß, Mr and Mrs W. C. Smith ; Secretary and Treasurer, Miss MoMullen ; Committee, Mr 3 Elliott, Miss Smith, and Mr M. Kissane, It was decided to meet each Wednesday evening, and that the inaugural meeting take the form of a social evening, a full programme being arranged among the members joining that evening. Midland Railway.—lnterviewed by a "Now Zealand Timea " reporter regarding the statement that it was intended to complete the Midland railway m 13 months to a point beyond the Broken River, Mr HallJones stated that the department wanted to get through to the Cass aa soon as possible, so as to render that part of the line reproductive. The heaviest part of the work was at the beginning of the section, but that is now almost completed. " I am anxious to get the rails laid through the Cash," said Mr Hall-Jones, " so as to enable passenger traffic to get through to tbe Coast m one day from Christchurch. The railway will bring pasaengerg out on the road at Castle Hill, which will be the first meet-ing-place of the railway and the main road." The five mile tunnel which is to debouch at Otira, and so avoid Arthur's Pass has not yet been commenced. The Unemployed Difficulty,—Apropos of the unemployed difficulty, the Wellington Labour Department states that there are only fifty names registered there, and thirty of these refuse to go into the country. The Department had a letter from a man who wanted men for scrub cutting on the East Coast at als per hour, with a charge of 14s per week for " tucker." Several have refused to go. The AssistantSecretary for Labour says he can understand married jmen objecting to go to the country on aocount of the expense of two homes, but as regards the single men. it seems that the men are different from what they used to be. Mr Mackay further stated that men were wanted for felling 1000 acres of bush at Tokomaru, above Gisborne. The slackness felt now always occurred m the towns m winter, and many men seemed satisfied to exist on a oouple of days' work a week, and to remain m town till summer returned, m proferenco to goiag to the country.
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6593, 12 June 1905
LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6593, 12 June 1905
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