LOCAL AND GENERAL.
At the Supreme Court at Wellington to-day (says a Pi-ess Association message), Edward Croft, a young man, was found gr.ilty on a charge of theft, and was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment and declared an habitual criminal.
I An unusual accident occurred in Christchurch this morning. Fred. Woodward, aged, 15 years, was cycling, when his trousers caught in the chain, and he was thrown and his legfracI'tu'red.
A. Christchurch Press Association telegram reports . that to-day.'; a, boy found::some:.gelignite 'floating on the river. A further message States that a plug of gelignite was found : under the bridge over the Avon at Colombo Street. ..
A large number ■of lambs 4- has " peen lost throughout .the County dii'ring i the past few.,days,. :T,he heavy jain, w^--the :changeable weather, was .largely responsible;, but it is reported that scouring lias caused some deaths among the lambs. '
1 News reached town late to-day (says a Greymouth Press Association message) that, as the result of a riina,way'' truck doing damage. to the extent of £.1011 at the Otira end of the' .railway tunnel, two men were dismissed, and that in consequence-of--this the. men at the Otira end have struck work.
The County Council's Engineer reported at to-day's meeting that at present the new ramp' of the Ashburton Traffic Bridge is unsafe for traction engines, which were using the old structure., It is understood that when the old structure is closed traction engines will be ab!" to cross the bed of the river.
At the .meeting of the County Council to-day the question /of motor bridges was discussed. Some of the councillors were of opinion that the motor bridges would be better in the middle of the road, and stated that the Road -Boards generally were of that-opinion. It was pointed out that the disposition and length of the motor;, bridges were matters for the' Boards, but that the longer bridges would cost much more to keep.'in proper repair.
The ■ problem of th^ unemployed on; the Auckland: waterfront is assuming serious proportions; During the last week (says a Press Association message) there has been an average amount of , shipping in port, and it has been found that there is constant labour offering for only from 600 to 700 of the 1546 members of the union. In addition to the .present membership,, 200. applications, are to be considered by the committee on February 18.' In consequence i( the , officials of the new union do not encourage applicants.
The County Council is evidently determined to have the water-races under its control kept-"clean, and offenders in this direction are. being summarily brought to book. To-day an old resident who had been summoned for failing to keep. clean s a water-race passing through his property made a long explanation to ; the Council as to the why and wherefore for the race not haying been cleaned. He apparently did not like being_ summoned, and stated, among other things, that it was the first time he had ever been summoned. He.said that there had been a verbal agreement given him when he purchased the land that he would' not be expected to keep the race clean. After discussion, the Chairman (Mr C. J. Harper), Mr Cairns, and Mr tt Friedlander were appointed a committee to consider the question.
The monthly meeting of the Canter-' bury Land Board was held yesterday. Applications for transfer were granted las follow:—L.P. 553, section 34, block 11., Highbank Settlement, 'James A. Painter to, Henry C. Cleeve, 75 acres 2 roods 4 perches; F.H. 61,, sections 35874, 36456, block V., Hinds Subdivision, William Small to James Joseph Dwyer, 61 acres 3 roods 20 perches; E.R 39. run 1108, Hinds Subdivision, Public trustee to Martha E. Grainger, 133 acres .1,r00d;,P,;R.,,256-, run No. tr^i, A^o^;a C; KilM' Bedihbhd B. IS^ 11--_°?\ G0° ac*«;"".P.B'. 298, run No. [203, Ashburton County, Florence Mi, A. Kihan to Redmond B. Neill, 1500 acres. Subject to Minister's approval.
A reserved judgment of importance as. affecting questions involved 'by the grazing of stock was delivered by Mr W. G.'Riddell, S.M., in Wellington on Wednesday (says the "Post.") W: H. Lemper (for whom Mr Peacock peared) sued Arthur "-Philip . Wiri^'' (represented by Mr T. Young), for £27- in respect of the loss '■* of a horse which met its death through falling into a dram. The defendant owned' a property on which he agreed,-"tb allow the plaintiff to graze his horse.""; Subsequent to the arrangement being entered into, the City: Corporation started . making excavations' for laying a, drain through' the defendant's property *. T£ e defendant' did not notify the pamtiff that this work had been commenced^ and while matters were still in this position the plaintiff on. a cer- ! tain night put his horse into tlie paddock. The" horse got into the drain, and subsequently died as the result of the mishap. The Magistrate hold that tlie plaintiff was entitled to recover from the defendant because, having, agreed to the plaintiff" grazing' his i horse, he had neglected to notify .him . that the excavation work had ..been started Judgment was accordingly given for the- full amount, with £5 Is costs. Security for appeal. was ■ fixed in the sum of £8 Bs.
The question of advertising in a Pictorial guide was quickly dealt with by the Ashburton County Council today. Members of the Council seemed unanimous that it was not worth while advertising j a suoh a guid6) and the proposal was immediately turned down.
• c,most curious use to which paper is to be put is that suggested by, the patenting of a blotting-paper towel. It lsy a new stylo of bath towel, consisting oi a full suit of heavy blotting-paper. A person, u pon stepping out of his morning tub, has only to array himself'in one of these suits, and in a second he will be dry
During a discussion regarding the support asked of the Ashburton County Council by local bodies for v the upkeep of water-races, Cr. W. T.^Lill said: It s simply motor-car men gone mad— they ye simply gone mad. If they get a jolt crossing a bridge they can't sleep at night. It would do them good if they had to drive across the paddocks in an old-fashioned <Jray." (Laughter.)
•-At. the meeting of the Ashburton County Council to-day the following reply from the /Prime Minister to a message from, the chairman of the Council congratulating him upon his appointment as a Privy Councillor, read.: —" Many thanks for your kind congratulations,'which I highly appreciate.. . I regard, the honour as One: equally for New. Zealand.as for myself personally. ; . Kind regards;—W. F. Massey." ■.'".•'' "
During last • month 21 traction! engine -owners paid their annual license fees to the-,Ashburton County Council",-', ahd.22""veliicle owners.applied for re-f, liewal of their licenses," the^^ applications ( j ■beingv granted. "\<: Seveniiiotor-car arid cycle trade jlicenses';.were issued during the month, and three hawkers' licenses. ', Vehicle licenses were granted to Messrs R. D. Johnston, G. H. Carsoii, R. M. Paterson, George Dore (2), W. Sti*ingfellow, T. B, Gibb, W. J. S. McDowell, A. Painter, C. Smithel, J. Price, J. C. N. Grigg, H. W. Papps, E. Bull (3), E. Le«a'them, and T. W. Hix (2), and Mrs E. Mclvor.
Mr John Evershed, ofYKodaikanal Solar Observatory, India, who lias been in Nelson for the last month to advise in connection with the erection of the Cawthron Observatory, left last evening, en route for India, having completed his task (says a Press Asscciation telegram)..,.. In a report to Mr Cawthron, Mr Evershed speaks highly of the suitability of Nelson, from geographical and climatic points of view for the purpose of solar physics research. In some respects, he says, it is.-superior in natural advantages to Kodaikanal. He tested- 10 possible sites, of which six were found quite satisfactory, .as far as astronomical conditions were concerned. The final decision regarding the site will be made later. Mi; Evershed also reported, oh the equipment of the observatory. ;
At the meeting of the. Ashburton Council to-day the Chairman stated that before the late rainfell -the; Ashburton River was very ,- low. He and the Engineer had .passed through a very anxious time. The freezing works had opened, and. the management - complained 'of a shortage of water. The freezing works required twice as much water now as it did previously. The Engineer said he did not think; £100 per year for 800 gallons per day was sufficient. Mr Harper said that an intake had been opened, but immediately afterwards the rain v had" come.:'; Five times, he stated, had they gone, to the trouble of opening this intake, and five times the rain had: come ihrmediately afterwards. Mr Friedlander said that they should treat the freezing works in a broader light, as the industry was of such general benefit. \
During the past five years the Invercargill Reformatory has shown a steady growth (says a Press Association message), and since it-was raised, in April, 1912, to an A grade prison, this expansion has become' more marked. In January, for the first time in its,history, the institution contained 100 prisoners, who hail from various parts-iof the Dominion, some-, coming from Auckland. The staff has increased from three to 20 in five -years, and the daily average of prisoners from 16 to 96. Of the 20 officers, in which are included schoolmaster and drill iristruc"tor;. 13 married. The steady expansion of .the Reformatory will continue for some time, as a new wing making provision for an additional 78 males and six. # female prisoners is in course of erection, and is being pushed forward with all speed. Three additional married warders' cottages have been authorised. .■:'■•'"
.. A well-known figure in Ashburton—■ not a human being but a dog—was yesterday the victim of a motor-car accident, and shortly afterwards breathed'his last. Some two years ago a friendless,, stray canine, evidently having lost its owner, made a home for itself opposite the Somerset Hotel on the railway • reserve. There he was half-starved and in an emaciated condition, and bore the appearance of having travelled far. His coat was dirty and unkempt, and;he. wore a most untidy and dejected-appearance; his very demeanour told one that he was friendless, and on: that account a-very miserable dog. His condition excited pity, and the.people living)'thereabouts were kind to: him and, fed him, with the result that he became a permanent occupant of the reserve. He soon / grew strong and fat, and his coat became glossy, once 'more.'-'"'r>l„Hne daytime % it was his especial pleasure to frolic oh the green or chase the birds that played pabout in the oak, trees above him, but j,, when. ; night fell and the last; lamp in "the shops was, extinguished he used to i.sally forth.; He formed the habit of seeing to their homes various people whom he met late at night, and on that account many will miss him and regret the loss of his company and protection. He would walk slowly behind tlie belated pedestrian and pop a cold nose into his hand, asking,, in dog fashion, for portnission to .become an escort. Ho was an especial friend of the guardians of the law during their j lonely night vigils, and' could always be seen at their heels when the last street lamp had been extinguished. He made many friends, and not a few will regret his- demise and hope that he has found a. home in the happy hunting grounds where, maybe, all good dogs go. - ' :
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8787, 6 February 1914
LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8787, 6 February 1914
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