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Entertainment,— In the Oddfellows' Ball to-night the popular McDerinott Company will present its latest programme, embracing the latest new pictures. Professor Soott's performances are said to bo the best of their kind yet introduced, while as a ventriloquist, assisted by life-size figures, he is in the front rank of entertainers. Bridge at Mayfibld—Nearly all the material has now been laid down for the proposed new traffic bridge over the Hinds River at Mayfield, The timber provided is of very durable quality, comprising V.D.L. decking from Tasmania, the hard woods from New South Wales, and Kauri and Rimu from the North Island. The residents of Mayfield look forward with pleasure to its completion, which will prove of great value to the district. The first pile was set in position on tbe 12th inst.

Peolific—Twenty-pix children is a fair family record. Mr J. Voder, a Pennsylvania man, the other day celebrated his forty-.ei<rhth birthday and at the same time beoame the father of his twenty-sixth child. Voder was first married when fourteen years of age, and had fourteen children by his first wife. On her demise he married a second time, and has had twelve children by the second wife, Of the twenty-six, nineteen are living, some of them boing married, and Voder has ten grandohildren.

The Origin of "O.K."—More than a century ftgo the best tobacco and the best rum came from Anx Cayes (pronounced 0.X.), and the best of anything was designated Anx Cayes, or O.K. This meaning of £hp nhraee is still retained. In the Jackson' eaiupaign every lie that could be invented was invented'to blacken the General's character, and an endorsement that he had made, "This is 0.X." (meaning the best) was taken by Seba. Smith, and declared by him to be but au abbreviation of the General's customary endorsement of papers as "oil kerrect." The Democrats took up this statement and f.istened the mystjc letters upon their banners. The meaning " a}l correct" stuck to the letters, and since then they have L>e>nused »n fcha two meanings of "the sest" and " all right/

Weather Fouboast. — Captain Edwin wires as follows:—Moder&jfca to strong' westerly winds ; glass rise; probably a cold night. Euchre Match. — Last night in the Oddfellows' Lodgo room the Oddfellows played a euchre match with the Drujds. There were sixteen players on each side Tho game ended in a draw, each side winning 33 games. Alter the play, which lasted two hours, the visitors were entertained fit suppoi 1 by thu Oddfollowa, and the usual toasts were honoured. During the evening a number of songs and reoitations wore rendered.

A Youthful Bubglar,—Robert Walter Leslie Kennington, a young Jad, aged about ten, was Gorged this morning with breaking and entering at Willowby on May 30 and stealing a gold watch. This l.i<i was brought up a few weeks a^o on this charge. The police said that the boy admitted bis guilt. The Magistrate s;ud that he understood that the boy, now in the care of his grandparent, would be stint to his father in New Plymouth. After delivering a homily to the repentant looking youngster the Magistrate discharged him.

Evangelistic Mission. — There was a good attendance at the Primitive Methodist Church last night, when the Eav. J. Cocker g*ve an interesting and helpful address on " Portraits " as portrayed in the Bible laying special emphasis on Paul, the man of deep convictions and moral courage, Festus the Cynic, and Agrippa, the man of indecision. Miss Feltham sang two solos, with the usual taste and sweetness. The mission will be continued to-night when the misRioner's subject will be " The Btart and the finish."

SATOBPAY'ti Supplement.—As ifc is the duty of the provision dealer to cater for thephysical needs of his customers, so it is the desire of the newspaper propriecor to provide intellectual nourishment for hia subscribers, and in thi3 respect the Guardian, by ttje issue of its Saturday supplement, is well to the fore. To-morrow's number will be found especially interesting and entertaining, embracing story and sketch, scientific article, and humorous tit-bit. In the way of fiction, " That Girl from Cathcact," " The Mercenary Brown," " The String of Pearls," "Uncle Pettifer," and " An Old Bachelor of Arts " are high grade novels in condensed form. Of the miscellaneous articles, " The Mountains of the Moon," " Inseot Life through a Telescope," " Vaccinating for Cancer," " The Mystery of our Double Selves," " Japan's Menace to European Colonies," and " Leaders of the Business World " are of distinct educational value, and with the numerous other special features of the publication help to make up a really excellent seleotion of varied literature.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6621, 14 July 1905

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6621, 14 July 1905

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