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Personal —Mr Barnes, Government Audit Inspector, is engaged at present in Ash burton in auditing the accounts of the various local bodies. Pn^sEijT? Sale—Rlr F. Ferriman reports the eale of £0 geres and house, on the Seafield Road, to Mr H. Gjlm^r, of Greymouth, who is retiring from farming, Reduced Freights.—The rates of freight on wool by the direct steamers of the New Zealand Shipping Company, .Shaw, Savill, and Albion Company, and the Tyarr line are reduced to the following rates:—Woo*': Greasy, |d per Ib; slipe 7-16 d; washed,-Jd; all witjj 5 per cent, primage. The rate of freight on tallow is also reduced to 35s per ton, with 10 per cent, primage; and opt pelts 32s Gd per ton, with 10percept, primage. The Consumption Scourge—.—As an example, says the " Otago Daily Times," of the necessity for precaution iv respect to consumption, Dr. Og&ton instances a case of a young healthy girl, ofa healthy family, who went into service in Chrißtchiirch, and foolishly slept for some time in the sams room as her mistress, who wa? consumptive. After being less than a year in her position, the girl returned to her borne in Southlaud, and died there last month of consumption.

Weather Fouboabt. —• Captain Edwin r wires as follows :—Strong winds to a gale from between south-east and soafch and south-west; glass fall but rise after 12 hours from now j raia or snow and weather colder. Traffic Bridge.—On account of the unprbpitious weather, rerlecking operations on the As-hburton traffic bridge hava been temporarily suspended, and tho bridge was opened yesterday afternoon till such Lime as the weather becomes firm. The river, in its swollen state, is practically unsafe to ford, and it ia probable that the bridge will not be again closed till the flood has subsided. Arson.— At the Chrisf-church Magistrate's Court yesterday, R. A. Bradbury, formerly Mayor of Sunnier, was charged that he did, on or about lObh January, 1904, procure one, James Amos, of Christchurch, to unlawfully pot fire fco a certain building, the property of Richard Amos G s^en, situated off Manchester street, the said buildiug being then in the occupation o? one Thomas W. Belcher, as a waterproof clothing factory. A. remand was granted until to morro-v, bail being allowed, the accused in £400, and two suieties of £200 each. Dromore Literary Club—The Droraore Literary and Social Club hold ics opening meeting on Wednesday evening, about 30 members and visitors being present. The president, Mr L. Hanrahao, delivered the opening address, and Mr W. C. Smith, vice-president, gave a lecturette illustrated by coloured diagrams on " Some familiar Constellations." Mrs Syme, Misa Palmer, and Miss Collinson contributed musical itemß, and Miss Smith and Mr T Hanrahan recitations. Mrs Smith wrote resigning the position of vice-pre-sident, and nominating Mr J, Elliott, who v, as unanimously elected. A quarter of an ! hour with the editor's box gave an opportunity to some of the younger members and concluded a, successful meeting, Saturday's Supplement,— To-morrow wo issue with the Guardian an exceptionally fine supplement, replete with bright interesting fiction and up-to-date articles of all descriptions. The purchase of Saturday's Guardian and its supplement will hardly involve the los 3 of anybody's Sunday dinner, tut should that dread alternative arise, we should unhesitatingly advise the purchase of thin supplement in preference to the dinner. The bill of fare we present to our readers on this occasion is a lengthy and satisfactory one, calculated to prove acceptable to the most discriminating literary palate. The fiction department includes " A Return to Nature," by M. L. Luther ; " Patchwork and Rosemary's Answer," and " Lord Chizelrigg's Missing Fortune," by Robert Barr. The topical aritcles include " British and American Workman—A comparison," " The Life of a Dwarf," " How to Become Strong," " Strange things seen in Japan," " Russian literature and the War," " Secret Society Revelations," and a host of others. There is the usual instalment of the weekly features of the supplement, which will ba found interesting and well up-to-date.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6597, 16 June 1905

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6597, 16 June 1905

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