Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, JULY 15, 1905. LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Cable News and reports of the Ashburton, Christchuroh, and Timara grain markets will be found on the fourth page.
Weather Forecast. — Captain Edwin wires as follows:—Moderate to strong northerly winds; glass fall.
Ckiustchurch Band Contest—A contest for second-class bands will be held in Christchurch oni November 9fch and 10th. The contest will be open to bands that have not won a prizq in a first-class contest since 1902. Entries close on August 16th. Mr W. S. King, of Christchurch, has been appointed judge.
Accident — Yesterday afternoon when trucking horses Mr George McCormick was kicked on the head by one of the animala, and was temporarily stunned. He recovered shortly afterward?, and was able to proceed north by the first express.
Pipe Band.—The social held last week in aid of the funds of the Pipe Band was very successful from a financial point of view, and the net result is that <£13 16s has been handed to the treasurer. The total amount now in hand is .£IOO 7s, acknowledged in our advertising columns.
Hare Drive.—Yesterday a party of seven guns shot over the property of Mr E. Taylor, of Euapuna, known aa the Klondyke fiat, and in four hours they secured 120 hares. Messrs Taylor and Fraser were tha most successful of the party, bagging 27 hares each.
Using the Wires—Mr Taylor has given notice to move that there be laid before the House a return showing the number of telegrams forwarded and received by each member of the House during each of the years ending 31st March, between 1896 and 1905, both years inclusive—(l) on Government business; and (2) on the memo, system ; (3) as replies to memos.
Acquiring Estates—Five estates, aggregating over 41,000 acres, are at present under negotiation for purchase by the Governmant in the Hawke's Bay district, for close settlement purposes, 17 s 000 acres being in the vicinity of the estates recently opened for settlement. Inquiries are also being made aa to the suitableness of other estates in that district.
Tuarangi—The manager of Tnarangi Home wishes to acknowledge the following contributions with, thanks :•—Mr Willere, papers; Mrs Trevor, magazines and mittens; Dc Truby King, (Seaoliff) fish; Mrs Primmer, magazines ; Mrs Porter, magazines; A Friend, books and clothing ; Miss Butreriok, sandwiches etc; Mr G. Hardwick (Kyle), fiish ; Miss Graham scarfs; Miss Brown, collars; Mr Mathias, London "Times"; Mrs Rowbotham (Timarn), clothing; Ashburton Magazine Club, magazines.
Evangelistic Mission.—The Rev. James Cocker gave one of hiß best addresses last night; to a good congregation in the Primitive Methodist Church. The preacher's subject was the deceitfuiness of sin, and by apt and pointed illustration the sermon was made profoundly impressive. The mission will be continued on Sunday morning and evening. Miss Felthnm will sing at each service. Mr Cocker will speak more particularly to young men on Sunday n;ght.
Ashburton Mobbis Tube Club—Last nightithe Ashburton Morris Tube Club held an adjourned meeting at Mr Fooks' office. There were over a dozen members present, and three working Committoes were appointed to make definite arrangements respectively as to obtaining premises, purchasing the nrceesary anus, aud arranging for lighting, all to report to the next full meeting. It was decided, in view of the many applications, that no member of any other Morris Tube Club bo admitted to membership. Those already nominated will be ballotted for at next mooting.
McDebmott's Bioscope Company—-The Oddfellows' Hall was crowded last evening, the attraction being a performance by the McDermott Micro-Bioscope Company. The entertainment consisted of an excellent series of pictures dealing with the war in the Far Bast as well as a number of films of a humorous character. The conjuring and ventriloquial acts of Professor Scott met with warm appreciation by reason of their exceeding cleverness. In thinking the audience for ita patronage, Mr Scott stated that the company would on its return to Ashburton have obtained a series of novelties.
" The Milk op Human Kindness."—Such kindly consideration as wf»3 exhibited at the Magistrates' Court yesterday is not general among counsel engaged in fighting for the monetary claims of their clients. The case concerned the working of a threshing machine, and the defendant lodged a counter-claim on the grounds that owing to the plaintiff, who acted an feeder and steerer, leaving without notice a delay of five days had occurred. In opening his case defendant's counsel said that he intended to olaim only for three days| losa of time occasioned by plaintiff leaving the machme at a busy time, " What!" exclniined the opposing counsel, " wby not o'aim for the wh^le five days?" '-Oh!" was the rejoinder, "we want to let you down lightly." Plaintiff's lawyer neither disputed nor acknowledged the sincerity of his confrere's consideration.
Aggregation op Land.—The Land Commission's report sajs thut there ie very little aggregation at present taking place, the tendency being for owners to subdivide and dispose of their land in smaller areas but in some oases owners of small and medium sizsd estates are acquiring additional lands. The carrying of these operations to an undesirable length should be prevented by legislation. Land should be divided into at least three classes acoording to quality and situation. A limit of 640 acres in the case of our best first olaes land is much too high in some cases and also at least three distinct classes are necessary for purely grazing country. It has repeatedly been shown that areas as at present settled have in many instances proved to ba unsuitable. Power should be given to aggregate two or more sections where in the opinion of the Land Board it ia proved to be desirable, whether the lauds are contiguous or not.