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I Personal.—-The many friends of Mr T. [ M. Jones will regret to learn that he is at ' present in Nurse Patrick's private hospital in a very precarious state of heaitb, bload poisoning having set in through a wound in his hand. A Detected Shop Lifter—On Saturday I afternoon a woman called at the shop of Messrs Nicholas and Pickford, East Street, and finding no one in the front shop pu - loined a pair of boots. Constable Brown recovered the boots this morning, and the woman will make her appearance at the Magistrates' Court on Friday to answer to a charge of theft. An Alleged Theft. - A thoft of mocey under somewhat unusual circumstances was lopor.ted to the Police last week. Two men paid a visit to a keal boarding-house and were taken in to the kitchen, where they chatted for some time with the wife of the proprietor. This lady had in her hand nt the timo a purse containing over £30 in gold. Having occasion to leave the kitchen for a few moments she first went • into her bedroom, adjoining the kitchen, and placed the purse on a table. She then went to interview a caller at the front of the establishment, and she alleges that on returning a few minutes later she found that the purse was gone. She taxed the men in the kitchen with having stolen the money, which they strenuously denied. /The matter hns been placed in the hands of the Police, but up to the present no arrests have been made in connection with, the matter. Football.—The team to represent the Southern Cross Football Club in their match with Rakaia on Wednesday, June 21st, will be selected from the following:— F. Clark, S. Culverhouse, G. Culverhouse. W. Pritchard, J. McFederies, W. Fitzgerald, A. Anderson, W. McKenzie, S. Turnbull, A. McCalluin, D. Grant, S. Gudsell, G. MoKenzie, H. Hepburn, J. Wounacott, J. Fitzgerald, V. Brown, A.Fitzgerald, and M. Fitzgerald. Alleged Arson.—Before Mr H. W. Bishop, S.M., at the Christchurch Magistrate's Court on Saturday, James Amos and George Moir Crockett were charged on remand that on January 18th, 1904, they did wilfully set fire to the premises of the Australasian Waterproof Clothing Company. Riohard A. Bradbury, a formir Mayor of Sumner, on remand, was charged with having procured James Amos to unlawfully set fire to the premises referred to. Chief Detective Chrystal stated "that the police had to obtain evidence from the North Island and other places. He therefore asked for a remand. Accused were remanded till Saturday next, it leing understood that a date would then be fixed for the hearing of the cases. Accused were allowed the same bail aa previously. The Pkivt Council.—Sir Bobert Stout asks, is the Privy Council a legislative body ? He contends that by its decision in the Newtown licensing case the Privy Council has constituted itself a legislative body, seeing that the effect of its deoision in that oase was to defeat and set at nought the clear intention of the New Zealand Legislature, and to substitute a provision of its own making. Tattersall's Sweeps.—.The Commonwealth Government apparently intend to take further action with a view to suppressing Tattersall's sweeps. Mr Sydney Smith, the Postmaster General, was interviewed by a Melbourne " Age" reporter recently, but refused to give any information as to exactly what he intended to do, Mr Smith is now convinced that the law has been evaded, and has received legul advice which indicates that there are ways of preventing the transmission of communications partaking of the nature oi 1 letters to Tattersall's in Tasmania. Whether the Postmaster General contemplates bringing a test case before the High Court has not transpired. "Do you realise that if yon smash Tattersalls it means a los 3of about £40,000 or .£50,000 a year to Tasmania ?" Mr Smith was asked. "lam only here," answered the Postmaster General, " to sea that the law is obeyed. If the "conduct of the sweeps conflicts with our Federal postal laws, wo mu3t see that the laws are obeyed. If they are so conducted as not to come into conflict with our laws, it is not my business to interfere." The weather at Rakaia (writes our Rakaia correspondent) has been most wintry since Friday evening. On Sunday night the rain, and at times hail,were very severe and heavy. It is bitterly cold, and all outdoor work is stopped. The Elterwater Lake, in the Flaxbourne Estate, has been definitely gazetted as a sanctuary for birds, as well as about forty j chains of land along the lake. " You put a motor car behind my horse, aad I'll back him to do twenty miles an j hour," said a member of the Road Boards' Association at Christchurch on Saturday afternoon, when a discussion was in progress regarding the speed feo which motor cars should be limited.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6599, 19 June 1905

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Untitled Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6599, 19 June 1905