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News in Brief

Mr J. Henry, Charles Street, Ashburton, is a buyer of hares m any quantity. At th*) Wanganni Police Court this morning two young men, recent arrivals from Sydney, were sentenced to three months'imprisonment for uaing obscene language. Blr D. Thomas will offer at the Arcade on Saturday, June 24th, on account of Dr Trevor, who is leaving jthe district, various properties, particulars of which are advertised. The N.Z. Farmers' Co-operative Association (Ashburton Branch) have a new price list of groceries m this issue. On Tuesday a New York railway " tube " was flooded. Many passengers had to wade from the stations, which were 4ft under water. Silk may be manufactured m no fewer than 4000 different shades. St. Petersburg is considered to be the unhealthiest capital m Europe. There are now 22,000 womem employed m the railway service of Russia. More deaths from snake bites. occur indoors m India than m the fields or jungle. Chinese workmen are paid about a halfpenny an hour for a day of 12 hours' work. A silver twopenny piece of the reign of Queen Elizabeth has been found m a brickyard at Coggeshall. Newton Abbot Guardians made a profit of .£l9l on the workhouse inmates' agricultural operations last year. The stars on the United States coinage are six-pointed, while those on the United States flag are five-pointed. 'ihe Mexicans are the greatest smokers m the world, even women and children being habitual consumers of tobacco. Amongst the best needle-workers m the world are the men of Japan, their chief rivals being the ladies of .Russia. The Russian State sceptre is of solid gold, is three feet long and contains, among its ornaments, 260 rubies and fifteen emeralda. Swedish doctors never send billa to their patients, the amount of their remuneration being left entirely to the latter'e generosity.

Oysters feed only at about the time of high tide, and the habit of opening periodically continues even when they are out 6f«r. Scientists, estimate that there is enough energy m 50 acres of sunshine to run the machinery of the world, could it be concentrated. An arciclfl publiahed m a newspaper of Hungary recently led to thirtaenjduels, m all of which membors of the editorial force took part. Births exceeded deaths by 54,609 m Scotland last year, the rates being 28,647 and 16,847 per 1000 of the population respectively. A peculiar fact is that 1905' began on Sunday and will end on Sunday^ and therefore has 53 Sundays. This will not occur again m 110 years. I, In Queen Elizabeth's reign, aVblaoksmith of London, named Mark Scaliot, made a lock of iron, steel, and brass of eleven pieces and v pipe key, all of which only weighed one grain. At the Arcade on Saturday, 24th inst, Mr D. Thomas (m conjunction with Mr F. Ferriman) will offer on account o£ Mr J Kountree, his property of 15 acres, with house, on Career's Terrace, Tinwald. It is understood that an action for criminal libel will be taken against the writer of a letter which was produced at the recent meeting of the Ch.ristcb.urch Licensing Committee. Messrs Friedlander Bros, will offer at the West Street Rooms on Saturday, June 24th, on account of Mr W. S. Helena his property situated at Tinwald, and m conjunction with Mr T. Bullock the firm will offer at the same time and place on account of Mrs S. J. Lowe, her farm at Lowcliffe containing 202 acres.

At Auckland, Herman Langsdorf, who pleaded guilty to having defrauded two tradesmen at Feilding, one at Hunterville, and another at Auckland, by means of valueless cheques was sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment. A Gisborne message states that a mysterious affair m connection with the Matawhero school ib being enquired into. Evidently some kerosene was spilt on the floor and ignited, whether maliciously or not cannot be said, If arson was intended, the attempt was a very clumsy one. A return received from the Native Minister shows that the area of Native land dealt with from January Ist 1895, to October 19th 1900, (that is prior to the Maori Land Administration Act), totalled 254,498 acre?, while from October 20th 1900, to April 30th 1905, the total was 166,448; a grand total of 420,946 for the 10 years, not including the large area dealt with by the East Coast Native Trust Lspds Board, and other lapge blocks since April, of which the returns are not available. We are still soiling far below any firm m Ashburton. Sugar, sfilb bag, lls 8d; Currants, 3£d lb ; Sultanas, 4d lbj Electric Candles, 6d lb ; Colonial Wax Candles, 6d lb; Flour, 2001 b 10s, 1001 b9a 6d, 50ib ss, 251 b2s 9d; Sand Soap, 4 cakes for Is; Sago, IJdlb, 121 b for la4dj Rice, Ud lb, 561 b bag 7s lOd; Corn Flour, 4pkts for Is; Kerosene, 7s 6d per case, 3s 9d per tin. Discount tickets given with, all cash purchases.—John Orb & Co. . 6 0

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News in Brief, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6596, 15 June 1905

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News in Brief Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6596, 15 June 1905

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