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Cabin News will be found on the fourth page of this issue. Pebsonac —To morrow Mr and Mrs Mulliaau, of Barford, accompanied by Miss Mulligan, leave for Auckhnd. They intend to tour the North Island, including the Sotorua district. Tinwald Bt-Laws—The Borough Inspector, accompanied by a member of the local Police force, visited Tinwald just after sundown last evening, and secured the names of six persons who were transgressing against tha Tinwald Town District by-Laws by riding bicycles on the footpath. The offenders will be Hummoned m due coursa. Notable Contributions to Temperance Work.—The late Mr Richard Cadbury'e executors recently handed over a legacy of ,£IO,OOO to the Temperance Hospital; the Weileyan Methodist Conference Temperance Committee have been granted £10,000 from the Twentieth Century Fund for the extension of their Temperance work, and last week a legaoy of .£50,000 was made known to the Church of Kagland Temper- , aDce Society. A Fortune from GiNGER-BEER—Lady Evelyn Mason, who celebrated her birthday the other day, comes of ancient lineage, being a daughter of the Earl of Crawford, head of the house of Lindsay and premier oarl of Scotland, whilst' Lord Balcarries, who represents the Chorley division m the House of Commons, is her brother. Lady Mason is married to Mr Mason, whose father made a fortune m the manufacture of ginger-beer, and the son carries on the business, which continues to be a very lucrative one. Lady Evelyn and her husband live m a charming old-world house m Oxfordshire and are great favourites m the county. Freedom of Contract—The High Court of the United States has just given the momentous decision that a law passed by the Legislature of the New York State 1 miting the hours m bakeries to ten a day and sixty a week is unconstitutional, and therefore, null and void. The Supreme Court held m effect that any legislative enactment abridging the hours of labour m any industry is a violation of the freedom cf contract, and therefore unconstitutional. In the Unitod States there is no appeal from the Supreme Court, and its decisions cannot be superseded or circumvented by Act of Congress. What has once bean declared unconstitutional remains unconstitutional, unless the Supreme Court reverses. its judgment or an amendment f o the constitution can be framed and carried. It is thirty five years since auch an amoudmeut wa3 made, and American journalists concur that it will be a hundred and thirty five before there is another one. It may, therefore, be taken as a fixed condition of American industry that the hour 3 of labour can no longer be limited by legislation. If he who grows two blades of grass Where only one had place, Deserves the thanks of every class And benefits the race. Then worthier still of honoured name, While coughs and colds endure, Emblazoned on the scroll of fame Is Woods' Great Peppermint Cuke. Rubber Hot Water Bottles, Horse Clippers, Horse Covers, Guns and Ammunition, Kerosene Heating Stovos, Hanging and Table Lamps, all at lowest prices, at John Obr & Op's annual sale. 5 0

Weather Forkoabt. — Captain Edwin wires as follows:—Moderate to strong easterly winds; glass little movement ;'expect frost; to-night. Political— Mr Meredith, of "Waihao Downs and ex-M.H.B, for Ashley, now intends to contest the Wait&ki seat at next election againat Sir William Steward. Business Chang b.—Mc R. .T. CJuy has sold hi 3 saddlery busiuess to Mr Frank Potter. Mr Guy'goes to Timaru, where be has received an appointment m the Canterbury Farmers' Association. Presentation.—At Wakanui recently Mrs Giles, senr., on the occasion of her leaving the dietiict to reside m Ashburton, was presented by the residents with an American rocking chair, a footstool, and a cruet. The raising of subsrriptions was m the hands of Mesdauies Dalton, Cromie, and Meredith Wilson. Mrs Giles acknowledged the presentation m suitable terms. Refreshmonts were then handed round, and nn enjoyable function terminated. Death of Annan's Oldest Inhabitant. —The death occurred during April »t Annan of Mrs Hill, grand-aunt of the Hon. Richard Seddon, Proniier of New Zwalaud. Mrs Hill was m her ninety-second year, and was tha oldest female inhabitant of the town. Mrs Hill was a native of Middlobie, but had spent over seventy year m Annan. She had been ailing for the previous two months, but up till then had been able to attend to her own needs. —" Scotsman." Ashburton Guards.—The usual inspection of the Ashburton Guards was held last evening under Captain Schwartz, Lieutenants Percy and Tucker. SergeantMajor Jones was also m attendance and instructed the non-coms, preparatory to their approaching examination. After parade a Committee meeting was held, and it was decided to procure the new regulation uniform immediately. The sub-Com-mittee for the ball reported that all arrangements were well m hand, and that everything pointed to a very successful gathering. Scottish Pipe Band.—Recently a large number of gentlemen m this county were appealed to for funds for the purpose of providing pipes and uniforms for the Ashburton County Scottish Society's Pipe Band. A large number have responded liberally, as shown by the list published by the treasurer m our advertising columns, acknowledging subscriptions paid to him to date, and we understand many more promises have been received. The object 1b one that can be recommended, and we trust those interested will attain the object m view, viz, a Pipe Pand fully equipped and free from debt. We also understand a supply of pipes have been ordered by last Frisco Mail. Teetotal Cricketers. —On the morrow of Sir Frederick Traves'a emphatic pro nouncement against intoxicating drink it is interesting to note that m the course of an interview with a representative of one of the London Australian weeklies, Mr M. A. Noble, the vice captain, mentioned that seven members of the present team were teetotalers. If they succeed m regaining the " ashes" their victory will also be a triumph for the Temperance party. At least one previous team hardly did justice to its cricketing prowess inconsequence of its too convivial habits. Cricketers who sit up with the festive bowl until two or three m the morning are obviously selfhandicapped when they enter the field at mid day. Women and the Land.—" I cannot see why women cannot go on the land as well as men," was the bold declaration of an elderly lady at a meeting of the Women's Liberal League at Paddington (New South Wales) the other day. " I have been 20 years on the land, and I am none the worse for it" —and her appearance betrayed her not. " I have felled many trees, and if I had as many pounds as trees I have chopped down I should be rich. I should be delighted if every woman were to follow m my wake." Mr John Smkdley, J.P.-—lt will be remembered that Mr Sinedley has made two tours through India, where he visited over 70 cities addressing Temperance meetingl? under the auspices of the AngloIndian Temperance Association. A year ago he went to reside at Nottingham, and tho other Monday had a pleasant farewell meeting m that town before leaving for Temperance toura m Western Australia and New Zealand. Mr Smedley then said that six weeks hence he was to be accorded a public reception m the city of Perth, and afterwards visit Melbourne, and many other cities, under the auspices of the Women's Christian Temperance Union of Australia. Thence he should proceed to New Zealand, to assist the " No-license " party at tho Local Option polls. Three years ago he helped the New Zealand Al liance, when they won seven constituencies, and it was to redeem a promise made then to the Rev. L. M. laitt that he was going again. He hoped to bo homo m January next. Technical Classes.—-A meeting of the Committee of the Ashburton Technical Classes was held yesterday afternoon. Present—Rev. G. B. Inglia (m the chair), Messrs D.^Thomas, J McLeod, J. McGregor, W. H. Collins, R. Collins, and J. S. Tennant (hon. sec.) A letter was read from the Wellington Association asking for information re P umbers' classes. The secretary reported that he had replied stating that there were no Plumbers'classes m Ashburton. Mr J.S. Tennant's resignation as secretary was received with regret. Mr D. Thomas moved, and Mr W. H. Collies seconded, that a hearty vote of thanks be accorded to Mr Tennant, for the able ani zealous manner m which he had aoted as secretary for the Association. Both gentlemen referred to the energy and enthusiasm Mr Tennant had devoted to his duties, and stated that the success of the classes was m a large measure due to his seal. Mr J. McGregor consented to act as hon. secretary till the classes are established m the present High Sohool buildings. It was seated that the woodwork iclasses were very satisfactorily attended, but that the | attendance at the dress cutting classes had ! fallen off somewhat.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6606, 27 June 1905

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6606, 27 June 1905

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