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Weekly Stook Markht.—Tha usual weekly stock market will be hold at the Ashburton yards to-morrow.

Personal—Mr A. B^swick, overseer of works for the Borough of Timaru, was ia Ashburton to-day.

WavrafMt Fouiou-isT. ■•■ Uapt'un Edwin! us follows:—.Strong winds toa^alo from berwoea n,>rch-aant and north and Went after 20 hours from now ; ijla?s fall ; indications for raio and w:inmr sveather.

'Frisco Mail.—Tho 'Frisco mail reached AshbJtton by special train yesterday afternoon shortly before 4 o'clock. Tho special did the trip from Christohurch in aa hour and a quarter.

Montgomery's Ptotu«es and Concert Company.— Since this company's laafc appearance here, Mr Montgomery has sicure-I from London, a complete stojk o: moving pbtureß, and tho pictures to bo shown on Thursday evening are claimed to be equal to anything that has been shown iv Ashburton before.

PfIKSENT,\TIONS.~ At the fiOnolllS'OU of choir practice at St. Stephen's Church on Friday evening the Rev. E Whitehou3f, on behalf of the Sunday School, presented Miss Annie Guy, who has for some time past been a teacher in the School, with a teachers' Bible; while Miss Mary Fooks, who is severing her connection with the Sunday School, was th 6 recipient of a similar present.

Seiwice of Song.—Yesterday afternoon a Service of Song, entitled "The Good Shepherd," was conducted at St. Stephen's Church by the choir. There was a fair atbondnnce. Solo parts were taken by Miss Annie Guy, who sang " The Good Shepherd," and Mrs H. A. Gates, who sang, "He Shall Food His Flock." Miss B. OUridge presided at the organ. Th* singers were trained for this production by Mr H. A. Gates, who is to be,congratulated upon the success attained by the performance.

A "Warm". Session—There is every probability of the predictions for a " warm " session being verified, judging by the temper of the House la3t week. An all night sitting in the first week of the session is a record, and the members who spoke gave a pretty clear indication that the discussion was no mere flash in the pan, and that many more troublous nights are aheadj There is a determination abroad to let nothing go by uncriticisod, and the slightest 10-phole for attacks on the Government will be availed of.

Temuka. Band Contest. —At a special Committee meeting of the Ashburton Temperance Brass Band, held on Saturday evening, it was definitely decided to enter for the Brass Band Contest at Temuka on October 11th and 12th. Mr George Floskeus, who ha 3 done yeoman service in Brass Band work in this town for the last 29 years, ha 3 consented to conduct the band, and the services of Mr D. Leitoh have been engaged as so'o cornetist. Several other players havo als'> expressed a desire to as-:ist the band, and there is every probability of a strong combination being formed. A Committee has been olectad to make the necessary arrangements, and after the services the Band have rendered to charitable work, the members are confident of the hearty support and cooperation of the public.

Arundbl Gun Club,—a very successful day's shooting was held at Rangitata Bridge on Thursday last. The weather was all that could be desired for shooting. There was a fair number present. The following are the results :—First matchLive birds; 12 entries? 13 birds; first prize .£ls; second prize £3 ; third £2.— T. Chambers (12) Ist, E, Taylor (11) 2nd, J. Konery (10) 3rd ; King, Petrie, Joues, Doy!e, and Rees 9 each. Inanimate bird naatch ; 12 entries ; 10 birds ; first prize £3 and sweeptttakes; second prize. Grendill (8), and Taylor (8) tied, and agreed to divide; Doyle (7), Clements (7), and tlenary (7) divided third monoy. Sweepstake match; 10 birds; first miss out ; 3 entries —J. Lore illy, H. Clements, S. Reas (with 7 each) divided.

W.C.T.U.—There was agc«d attendance of ladies in the Templar Hall on Saturday afternoon to hear an address from Mr 3 Harrison Lee. The President, Mrs McLeod, briefly introduced Mr 3 Lee, who spoke on the "Influence of Womanhood." She related how a book written by the late Ellice Hopkins and read by the speaker some 25 years ago had influenced her life ever since. She also described her meeting with that invalid authoress, during her late visit to the Old Lind. Mrs Les then briefly but tellingly dwelt upon seme very interesting anecdotes in the live 3of Agnes Weston and Sarah Robinson and other notable woman workers, who have accoinr plished much, by their unselfish work for othei's. Those present were deeply interested by some pathetic and realistio stories of the speaker's work in Wales last year on the very ground of tho present Welah revival, and also in some of the larger English cities, where the effects of ths drink traffio are seen in the number of viotims of the social evil. Mrs Lee also advised the women of the Union as to the work to be done during the coming campaign and especially as to the education of children on the evil effects of alcohol on the human body. Altogether her address was one to be long remembered by the ladies present, and should inspire the Union to fresh efforts in the cause of temperance and humanity. A hearty vote of thanks proposed by Mra Barrett and seconded by Mrs Kingston brought the meeting to a close.

FuNBRAti -The funeral of the late Mr T. M. Jones took place yesterday at the Ash burton Cemetery. The deoeased gentleman, who was a prominent member of the Ashburton Masonic Lodge, was accorded a Masonic funeral. The cortege, which was a very lengthy one, Btarted from tho Masonic Hall, Havelook street. There was a large attendance of Masons and others from all parts of the county. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev W. L. Salter (Baptist), who preached a short funeral sermon at the graveside. After the funeral ritos of the Baptist denomination had been completed, Bro. W. Sparrow, P.M., read the impressive Masonic buriul service. A number of wreaths and other floral device* were placed upon the eoffiD, showing the esteem in which tho deceased gantlem in was held. Amongst thode who attended the funeral wore Messrs R. Friedlander, D. Thomas, J. W. Timmins, T. E. Upton, W. H. Rule, H. Craighead, G. W. Leadly, W. Doak, W. J. Silcock, R. Campbell, K. Clayton, G. Meddin3, R. Lewis, 0. Campbell, C. Beeoh, R. Ironsides, W. Watson, J. McLeod, Hillier, A. J. Houston, E. J. Paul, R. Y. Ferguson, T. Morrisey, J. V. de Beer. J. Cawsey, W. Cioper, W. Pickles, W. H. Collins, S. Brown, M. Bruce, and A. Lloyd, Dr Clark and representatives of the Mail and Guardian, for which paper 3 the deceased had acted as stock reporter for some years past. The pall bearers were P.M.'s Bros. H. A. Vesty, G. Moddins, E. J. Paul, T. Kilworth, and J. Cawsey.

Mr TAYr.oa and the Premier—ln the debate ou the Imprest Supply Bill in the House on Friday Mr Tuylor said the Premier had suffered so much lust of power that there was more danger to the Liberal Party iv 191)5 than there was in 1893. With all his fine qualities the Premier was gradually lowering the moral tone of tliG House and the colony until it would take years and years to undo what he had done. Every public department wa.i in a state of confusion. This was election year and hi 3 (Mr Taylor's) gloves were off. He believed that it would bring into power a set of men who would not pay at reform, hut would administer the colony's affairs, uofc iv their own interest?, but with a sen'e of responsibility strong upon them. He felt ib his duty iv the next Svo months to endeavour to shiffr the Premier from a position he had honoured in many reaped s but which he had woefully d sgraced and degraded in others. — The Hon. Mr McGowan defeude'l the Justice Department, and said he was satisfied that Mr Taylor could point to no case of maladministration iv any department over which he had conttol. He charged Mr Taylor with having refused to assist the police in a case in which a certain rev. gentleman h«d committed a crime.— Mr Taylor denied that he had been in a position to assist the police in connection with the alleged offence which the Minister had referred to.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6611, 3 July 1905

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6611, 3 July 1905

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