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Weather Fouboaot. —■ Captain Edwin wires as ifollows:—-Moderate to strong easterly wind 3 after 16 hours frctm now; glass fall.

Back From Japan.—Captain Watson, who returned to Tunedinon Saturday after delivering the Union Company's steamer Kotokino to her new owners in the East, states that Japan is feeling the strain of the war, and his impression is that the people would ba glad to see it ended. Business is going on as usual, however, and there is a determination to continue the war until Russia is beaten. Jupun intends to obtain supreme control in Korea, and has passed laws in that country th»t will greatly benefit herself. If Japan gets a. heavy indemnity from Russia, she will make a bis bid to secure the Eastern trade, and will probably succeed in doing so.

Evangelistic Mksion. — The 'mission service held last night in the Primitive Church was well attended, and wag marked by considerable enthusiasm. Tho sermon made a profound impression as tbo preacher spoke upon tho subject, " Does death end All?" The singing of Miss Fultham was greatly appreciated. To-night 'Mr Cocker will speak on " A Night with a Publican."

Catholic Litrrart Society .—-There was a vary lur&e attendance of members of this Society at tho weekly mooting hold last evening. Mr D. McDonnell, the president, occupied tho chair. The Council report, which included the acceptance of an interClub debate with the Aehburton Debating Society, and authorised the purchase of a piano for the Society, was read, and aftec discussion, unanimously adopted. One new member was enrolled. Ie was decided that several members of the Society should submit essays for tho competition arranged by the Wellington Executive of Kindrod .Societies. After other routine business ha 1 bosn disposed of, the programme (;v social evening) was taneu. Evory person present either sang or gavo a recitation or a musical selection. A fruit supper followeu th« programme, aad the meeting then adjourned.

Lauhiston Mutual Improvement Society. — A mooting of tha Lauriston Mutual Improvement Committee was held on Monday, when all the members were present. Mr A. Murray was elected President of the Society, and occupied the chair. A good deal of discussion took place on the various rules and by-laws of the Society, and some slight alterations were agreed to. It was decided to open the Society by a social on Friday, July 21st, and to hold the meetings every fortnight on Monday svenings, to start on Monday, July 31st, with a journal, and then a debate on Monday evening, August 14tli, and an impromptu meeting on Monday evening, August 28th. It was resolved to make a charge of 2s 6d per session for gentlemen and Is for ladies. The meeting then adjourned,

Dunedin Poultry Show.— In connection with the Dunedin Farmers' Club's annual

Show, which, commences to-morrow, arrangements were made for a special van to b3 attached to to-day's first southern express for the conveyance of poultry exhibits. On the train's arrival at Ashburton this morning, the van wa3 found to be fairly full of boxes containing northern fanciers' birds, and a considerable augmentation from local exhibitors caused nearly all the available space in the van to be occupied. Among Ashburton fanoiers who forwarded exhibits were Messrs H. G. Berryman, H. 0. Craighead, R. D. Johnston, T. Breeze, T. O'Carroll, J. Chalmers, and Alfred Lee.

Footpath Cyclists.—At the Magistrates' Oourb this morning, before his Worship the Mayor (Mr H. Davis) and Mr K. Alcorn, J.P., a quartette of cyclists—Robert Shearer, Thomas Carlyle, .Robert Henry D&vis, and Thomas Wilson —were brought up on charges of oycling on the footpath in Archibald Street, Tinwald. A general plea of guilty was entered and each defendant was fined 5s and costs. In inflicting the flues the Chairman of jjthe Bench said that he regarded cycling on the footpath as a very serious offence, which must be strictly dealt with and for his part he felt like waking an example of every one of the accused. However, as most of them had never previously been similarly charged, he hoped that they would benefit by their present experience, and take the small fine inflicted as sufficient warning.

Lajjeiston Libraky—A meeting of the Lauristou Library Committee was held on Monday, when all the membyra were present. After a good deal of discussion it was [decided to open the library tor subscribers to change their books every Wednesday, evening from 8 p.m. to 8,30 p.m. I*; was decided to grant the librarian free books during his term of office. The treasurer reported a credit balance of £Q 4s 6d. It was resolved to cull out all damaged books and replace them with new ones. After 3ome dißcusßion and. minor adorations to some of the rulos the meeting adjourned.

The Sheep Industry.-—The President of the Farmers' Union, in his address to the Conference yesterday, said he agreed with Mr Anderson, of the Christchurch Meat Company, that there is no reason why we should not reach twenty million sheep without much difficulty. Given, he says, remunerative prices such us at present, a great deal more winter feed can be grown, and this would soon bring up the numbers again, but it will not pay the fattening farmer to breed his own ewes unless he is so happily situated as to have a breeding farm and a fattening one. Present prises are, of course, abnormal, and as we increase our number, the level of the prices must fall, but it is to be noted that the supply of wool is Hot likely to overtake demand to the same extent as in the past.

Honey.— The Government Apiculturist (Mr Isaac Hopkins) states that the New Zealand demand for honey is a long way frona being satisfied. He considers that something like 600 tons a year is the quantity which the local market could take without a serious reduction of price to the producers. Since his appointment a few monthsago, Mr Hopkins has visited 140 apiaries, containing over 4500 colonies of bees. The Agricultural Department is about to issue an illustrated bee-keeping bulletin.

"Adding Insult to INJUBT."~-The Inspector of Nuisances, while giving evidence at the Magistrate's Court this morning against a number of cyclists accused of footpath riding in Tinwald, said that he had become tired of merely warning cyc'ists of their misdemeanour, generally being told bylthem to " go to the hot place." In answer to the Bench, Mr Totty said that none of the present defendants hud been so discourteous to him. In consequence of such an attitude on the part of some cyclists, he had had recourse to other measures and hence the prosecutions.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6619, 12 July 1905

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6619, 12 July 1905

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