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Arbor Day.—To-day is the statutory holiday, proclaimed by the Government for the celebration of Arbor Day. Locally no observance is being made. At the last meeting of the Borough School Committee, the members recognised that the date officially set down was too early to successfully carry out the special purpose of the day—tree-planting, and it was decided to fall into unison with the other schools in the North Canterbury Education District, and observe the fixture on Thursday, August 17th.

The Longbeaoh Eood Board want tenders for grubbing gorse.

The Timaru Borough Council has resolved to obtain plans and tenders for further improvements to Caroline Bay, in the shape of a tea-room and bathing sheds for men and women. The total cost is to be within £650. The proposal to ereot a tea-ioom was opposed on the ground that it will not pay.

According to investigations made by the British Medical Association, the average age attained by different categories of drinkers is as follows :—Total abstainers, 51 years 22 days ; drunkards, 53 years 3 days; habitually temperate, 63 years 13 days.

The "Mines Record " states that in 1904, New Zealand supplied 109,047 tons oil coal to direct steamers for the United Kingdom. Of thi3 total 74,853 tons, or about throe-fourths, waa shipped at Wellington.

The Irish bye election for Down (West), the vacancy for which wa3 caused by the resignation of Captain Hill, resulted in the return of Mr Liddell (Unionist) who polled 4086 votes against Mr Beattie (Independent Unionist) who polled 3015. Captain Hill was also a Unionist, so that the state of parties in the House of Commons is not affected.

Mr H. W. Saxton hopes (says the Taranaki " Herald ") to have a good exhibition of Angoa goats at the next Taranaki Agricultural and Pastoral Show. He originally imported six, and these have recently been added to. As a destroyer of weeds noxious and otherwise, the Angoa is as good as a workman, if not better.

The Christohurch Meat Company have declared a dividend of four per cent for the half year ending April 30th. Dividend warrants are now payable at the Bank of New Zealand.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6619, 12 July 1905

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6619, 12 July 1905

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