Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1905. LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Weathkb FoBuyAST. ~ Captain Edwin wires as follows:—Strong winds to a gale from between north and east and southeast; glass fall; rain, probably heavy: rivers flooded.
An Object Lesson.—The N.Z. Allianca Ins deoided to distribute a pamphlet dealing with the working of no-license at Ashburton.
Tbmuka Band Contkst.- Entries for the Temukii band contest have been received from the Lyttelton Marins, Ashburton County, Ashburton Temperance. Temuka, Ttmaru Marine, Waimate, and Mornington bands.
Arbor Day. — The North Canterbury Education Board have deoided to suggest to the Government to alter the date on which Arbor Day should be observed to about the middle of August.
The Prior of Coal.—-Coal, according to a statement made by the Minister of Mines, can be delivered frea on board ship, at Grey mouth from the State coal mine at Fort Elizabeth, at 8s 3sd per ton, and at Westport from the Seddonville mine at 10s 6d.
Sheep Returns.—lt is expected that the interim sheep returns for the colony will be laid on the table of the House early next week. The returns this year it is reporced will show an increase in all parts of the country, and that the number of sheep in Canterbury is higher than it has been for the past ten years.
Legislative Council Speaker—Characteristic congratulation to the Hon C. CBowen, from Mr McLachlan, at a lobby meeting:—"Accept my hearty congratulations on having attained the position of Speaker, and I forgive you for fining me when you wore a magistrate for having a miserable dog without a collar."
Dromobe.—The newly organised Literary Club at Dromore is pursuing a prosperous career and infusing fresh vitality into the community, one evidence being the special meeting called for to-morrow night to consider the establishment of telephonic communication with Ashburton. Indications point to a splendid attendance of the farmers, who have so muoh to gain by the proposed connection.
The Land Commission.—Tn the Houee yesterday, Mr Flatman gave notice to ask the Minister of Lands if he will ascertain whether it is true, that at Eakaia. the members of the Land Commission waited for hour 3 until the Crown Linda ranger, or some other official, brought in evidence in favour of the leasehold tenure, and it, when in the southern districts, the Commission went round in a most leisurely manner.
Parliambntart—ln the House yesterday Mr McNab'a Absolute Majority Bill passed its second reading on the voices. It proposes a preferential system of voting, by which the elector places all the candidates in the order of his preference, putting the number one against the first, the number two against the second, and three against the third, and so on. The Noxious Weeds Act Amendment Bill passed its second reading, and was referred to the Agricultural Committee. It throws upon local authorities the duty of clearing noxious weeds from roads under their control, in addition to lands.
Dbomore Litsraky^ Club.—The Dromore Literary and Social Club held its usual weekly meeting on Wednesday evening, twenty five members being present. A debate was held on the proposition:—That the Old Age Pension should be increased to ten shillings a week, Messrs W. C. Smith and M. Eissane leading in the affirmative, and Messrs W. J. Elliott and R. Campbell in the negative, As member after member ventilated his opinions, it became evident that the pensioners possessed the popular sympathy, and the affirmatives won an easy victory. It was decided that the social Bide of the club should be in prominence next meeting, and that the evening be devoted to games, etc.
Muthtbn Yards ComtAnt Ltd.—The adjourned annual meeting of shareholders of this company was held on Thursday, 29th ult, after the stock sale. There was a very fair attendance, and Mr J. Batty occupied the chair. The balance sheet, whioh was taken as read, showed the company to. be in a satisfactory position. It was decided to pay a dividend of 71 per cent, and to commence to rebuild the yards, also to have a fireplace put in the office. Messrs J. Baker and Denis McKendry were reelected directors. The report showed that 87,828 sheep, 206 rams, 326 oattle, 290 pigs, and 78 horses were offered for sale during the year, being an increase of more than 16,000 sheep over the previous year.
No-License Figures.—Figures showing the decrease of convictions in one year of no-luense were given with respect to Ashburton, Chalmers, Mataura, and Bruce at a meeting of the N.Z. Alliance in Wei lin^ton yesterday. The following figures were quoted relating to Ashburton: — Occupants of police cells in September, October and November (in the days of license) : 1901, 30 ; 1902, 32; in the days of no license: 1903,11; 1904, 1; Post Office Savings Bank, net increase j 1903, £9876 ; 1904, £ 17,437} net gain to no-license, £7551.
Thk Last Chance I—On Saturday next, July Bth, Mr Eowles, well known as a representative of Strange and Co.'s Great Tailoring Business at Christchurch, will be again in Ashburton, and may be seen at Strange's Agency, Burnett Street (G. L. Sandrey'e), batween the hours of 2 and 8.30 p.m. On tnis occasion Mr Eowles will fit on all orders booked during his previous visit, and will be prepared to book fresh orders at the same exceptional prices ai before,thus giving Ashburtou refidents a last chance of participating in the genuine bargains offering in suits to measure. Stylish suits of the famous Portree tweeds, usually oosting 77s 6d and 85s each, may ba had to order for 63?, on applicaton to Mr Kowles, on Saturday next 7 62
Our Supplement—That pleasing concomitant of the Saturday issues of the Guardian, the Supplement, will to-morrow be replete with those features which have been responsible for raising it fo high in popular appreciation and causing its purchase to be a primary adjunct to Saturday's marketing. Novolsin a nutshell are accompanied by crisp and educational sketches, while fun and fany items are set off by articles on practical subjects Among the short stories "Mallender's Microbe," "The Absent-Minded Corerie," "Kiddie's Costume," and "The New Parlormaid," will be found particularly interesting, and entertainment is awaiting in the perusal of articles on "The Biggest Quadruped," "England and America," "On the Art of Taking Reafc," "The Story of Galileo," and " Bas'i'iof Monte Christo." Tbe usual topical columns are bright with up-to-date mformation, and altogether the issue is an excellent one.
Darracq and De Dion Motor Cars.— We are informed that Messts A. Darracq et Cie and De Dion Bouton, Limited, have appointed the G. H. Carson Cyole fend Blotor Works as agents for the dxstnot extending between the Eakaia and R»ngi tata Rivers; and also that they will guarantee their oars for 12 months from date of delivery, but that all cars, engines, or gear boxes must bear the factory number If these nnmbera have been erased no claims will be allowed. The penalty impos.ed on authorised agpnts for erasing numbers and supplying cars to buyers ontside their own districts is that all supplies will be stopped. Mr Carson will be pleased to give my information on the subject to intending buyers. 7 00
Personal.—Mr John Small left to-day foe Melbourne, to which town he intends to take a nnmber of horses of his own breeding.
Sprtngbitkn.—We understand that the Telegraph Department has agreed on certain conditiocs to erect a telephone to connect Springburn with Ashburton, and that the work will be commenced very soon.
The Best Horse Fair at the Mehhvon yar Js will be held on Thursday, July 20tb.
Mr D. Tbenas will conduct a final sale of "Atalanta" B 1 cycles on Saturday k9Xt.