Ashburton Grardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, JULY 4, 1905. LOCAL AND GENERAL.
An article headed " A Visitor's Impress'ons " (an interview with Mr G. Bishop, formerly of Wheatstone) will be found on the fourth page of this issue.
Weather . Foubuast. ~- Captain Edwin wires as follows :—Strong wind? to a gale from between north-east and north and west; glass further fall; rain probable.
Dromore.—A meeting of all interested in the establishment of telephonic communication between Dromore and Ashbur burton will be held in the Schoolroom, Dromore, on Saturday evening, afc 8 .o'clock.
Pigeon Flying—Mr H. E. Salfcer has purchased from Mr C. S. Harr, of the Stanhope loft, Napiar, three working Homer pigeons, while Mr Mont. Baker has secured one bird from the same loft. We expect these birds will give a good account of themselves in the flying matches organised by the local Homing Club.
Personal. —The London correspondent of the " Press," writing under date May 24th, say* :—Mr and Mrs W. Herbarfc Alington (Ashburton), who have come Hume on a visit of purely a family nature, are at present enjoying all the rural beautie3 of the spring at Candlesby Rectory, Burgh, in Lincolnshire; the greater part of their time in the Mother Conntry will be spent in visiting relatives.—Dr. and Mra Trevor leave Ashburton to-morrcw morning for Christchurch, en route for Auckland. It is their intention to visit Knglaad Inter on, and finally return and settle down again in Ashburton.
Winchmore Weather Report. — The total rainfall for June at Winchmore was 5 inches 76 points. Rain fell on 9 days, the highest fall being on the Ist, when 95 points fell, and the lowest on the 28th, when 2 points fell. The other days on which rain fell were the 2nd (85 points), 9th (60 points*, 16th (62 points), 17th (16 points), 19th (91 points), 24th (75 points), and 25th (90 point 3.)
Municipal Association Conference.—• At the meeting of the Municipal Association Conference in Wellington yesterday resolutions were passed favouring the passing of legislation allowing mnnicipaJities to compulsory acquire gas works at valuation, that no by-law be invalid six months nfter coming into force on the ground of informality ia making the by-law, that when a person ceases to be a member of a Council any office he may hold at the time as Council's representative shall become vacant fourteen days after the elect;on of his successor, that Empire Day shall be a statutory holiday, that combined action be taken by the municipalities to prevent any attempt of Harbour Boards to restrict existing rights of municipalities to train surface water into the sea.
A Mean Trtck —There are ttioks in every trade, and some are full of art and some are not". One of the most clumsy was worked off (says the " New Zealand Times") at the expense (for the time being) of one of tha largest wool-buyers in Wellington a few days ago. At the beginning of the wool season fody bales of wool were purchased by the firm and storaJ. A preliminary sample examination showed nothing amiss, but when sorting commenced it was found that "weight had been given to the wool (purchased at so much a pound) by a generous addition of sand. Fully a ton of seashore was distributed throughout the forty bales. The firm's staff is now busily engaged in finding the wool.
Dr North at the Tabernacle.--Yes-terday afternoon Dr Charles North, of the Indian Medical Mission, held a meeting in the schoolroom of the Baptist Tabernacle. The room bad been arranged as a drawing room, and had been nicely decorated by the ladies of the Church. A good number asS3mbled. The Keys. GB. Inglis and A. Peters gave short addre3S63, expressing their gratification at the work being done by Dr North as a Medical Missionary. Dr North then gave a very interesting addrese, which wa3 very heartily appreciated by all present. During an interval afternoon tea was handed round. In the evening the Tabernacle was well filled, when Dr North delivered a lecture on Medical Missionary Work in India, illustrated by lime light views, the lantern b<?ing manipulated by Mr C. Beech. A collection on behalf of the Mis-ion was taken up, amounting to £9 8? 2d, including a£s note. It may be mentioned that the Governor General of Bengal has presented a large section of land valued at £300 to the Mission on condition that a large dispensary is erected for the treatment of outpatients. During his present tour Dr North hopes fco raiso the amount required, and has already obtained £150.
Montgomery's Pictures and Conceet Company.—We remind our readers that this company will mike their appearance at the Oddfellows' Hall, Ashburton this (Tuesday) evening at 8 o'clock, and judgby the business done by the company in othwr parta, their vist should be a most successful one The company have just concluded a very saocesaful season at the Princess Theatre, Dunedin, and press reports speak only in the highest praise of the performances given. Amongst the pictures to be shown this evening are several very long subjects, which deal with everyday life in different phases. A series of pictures of the play " The Sign of the Cross," " Man the Life Boit," " Chasing a Pick-pocket through London," "The Poachers," " Off for the Holidays," and in addition a strong concert company-will add to the entertainment, which should draw a packed house at the Oddfellows' Hall to-ni^ht.
Life Mutua libation ?cueuk.— The Life Equitable Assurance Society have forwarded a rather unique booklet, which at the present stage in the scheme for mutualisation of the Sjciety will prove interesting to policy holders and intending insurers. It contains the Society's report and balance sheet for the year 1904, and also a detailod statement of each security in which the vast funds of the Equitable are invested. In oases where stocks and bonds form the investments, the rate of interest, br.ok, par, and market values for each security are shown separately. The list of mortgages gives the town and street in which the mortgaged property is located, the amount lent, and the valuation of each. Upwards of 1500 separate securities are thu3 described, The publication of this statement is a reply to the recent criticism concerning the investment of the funds. The Spectator (New York) of 4th May publishes a statement by Mr HO. Frick, Chairman of the Committee formed for the purpose of investigating the investments of the Society, in which it is stated that " the interest of every policy holder is absolutely safe," the assets of the ffooiety are in its possession, and they tire absolutely eouud, and the integrity of every one o! the Society's contracts is unimpaired, WHAT CAUSES RHEUMATISM. The real cause of Rheumatism is to be found in the blood, which has become polluted through excess of uric acid, and in order to cure the disease the blood must be purified, and restored to a healthy condition. Liniments and plasters may give temporary relief, but can never remove the cause of the disease. Th 6 real remedy is RHEUMO. It has cured thousands of sufferers from Rheumatism, Rheumatic Gout.^ciatica, and kindred diseases. It will cure you, Jusfc give it a fair trial. There is nothing to equal RHEUMO as an antidote to Rheumatism. All chemists and storekeepers sell it at 2s 6d and 4s 6d a bottle, Wholesale Agents, KEMPTHORNE i PBOSSER, & CO 2.
Salr op Farms—Mr George Roberteon, of Winchmore, has sold 172 acres of his farm to Mr A. J. Thome, of Wincbmore, at £8 103, and 300 aores to Mr D. McKay, of Wiuchmore, at .£3 103. The homestead block, containing 116 acres, will bo submitted by auction ia October, Trout out ov Season.—At the Christchurch Court this inurning Mr Bishop, S.M. fined Walter Ddnnis, <i fishmonger, 40s and costß for having trout in his poscsuon oub of cc ison. Samuel Dennis, a brother, and partner in the firm, was convicted and discharged. The firm tVoza fish at the Be fast Freezing Worhs, and it was stated by counsel for the Acclimatisation Society, that much fish was traced to Christchurch and then was lost eight of, but it was a fact within the public knowledge that the leading hotels had trout on their menus. An Assault Case.—An a6tmilt oast, occurred at Tinwald last evening, in con j nection with which some sensationa rumours are afloat. The plain facts of the case, as related to our reporter by an eyewitnesp, are as follows:—Last tsi^ht two young men quarre led over a young woman outside Kobinson's store at Tinwald. Another young ni^n took a hand ia the discussion, and one of the original disputants threatened to " give him a hiding." The last comer thereupon struck him, and he fill back against the wall of the store. The assaulted man appeared to be badly hurt, and Dr Hoyd was sent for, but no definite information is available as to the extent of his injuries.