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Harvesters still continue to flock in in bunches to the Ashburton County. Another half ; dozen or so arrived by this afternoon'.s second express from the north. Many County farmers whose work is suffering through lack of labour met the " trains, and this afternoon one of them engaged harvesters immediately/on arrival of the train.

A conference of representatives of unions has been called by the United Labour party for Wednesday, the 18th inst. (says the "New Zealand Times"), with a view to consolidating and strengthening their forces' for political action. A further conference will be held on the 25th inst. to consider industrial matters, and the best means of strengthening the Trades Council.

. At yesterday's meeting of the Dunedin Presbytery", the Rev. A. Whyte, on behalf of the Committee on Sabbath Observance, reported" with regard to the question of Sunday employment of policemen that. the.lnspector of Police had stated that the present leave, which allowed policemen one Sunday in four off'duty, was the maximum which the strength of the force would permit. The Presbytery decided to communicate with the.Minister of Jv-tice, requesting thatjfuller,facilities be giv-en to policemen for enjoying the freedom, of the Sabbath, day-

Diamonds are not by any means the most expensive among precious stones. Pearls are the dearest of all, and next to them are pigeon-blood rubies. Rubies are not very fashionable, but the best are so rare that their price remains excessively high. After rubies come emeralds, then diamonds and sapphires. The true dark blue sapphire is one of the most fashionable stones. The fashion now is for jewellers to give prominence to one, large' single stone, and in the single-stone ring.and brooch the .greatest ingenuity and taste are being exercised in the settings.

Quite a large number of Ashburton County farmers combine sheep-breed-ingj dairying, and grain-growing, and they find that the combination pays. The highest cheque paid to any supplier by the Ashburton Dairy Factory Company, Ltd., for the month of December amounted to £75, and several others were paid cheques well over £60 for the same period; Almost all of these farmers combined dairying with wheatgrowing and sheep-breeding. Considering that dairying is practically in its infancy in ths County, the money made by those following it is very satisfactory. For last December the local factory paid suppliers £4700, as against £3500 for the corresponding month of 1912,, an" increase of £1200.

Mr L. Knowles, of Ashburton, who j last week-end made the trip to Lake I Coleridge by means of motor-cycle and side-car, states that the road is a good one for that style of vehicle. It is quite easy to reach the headworks, and Mr Knowles made good time. He started out, with one passenger in the side-car, at 8.30 a.m., and arrived at the Lake at 11.30, an even three hours' run. By his speedometer the distance covered was 50£ miles, this including right up to the^intake. The surface of the road in some parts was bad, but. generally speaking, the road was a good one, and not rough on a machine. Mr Knowles reported that the officials were only too pleased to show visitors over the works

The prayer for increased efficiency iv the hen coop offered by the housewife has been answered. A scientific device has been discovered which will double 'the output of eggs in ' the United States. The inventor claims his device | will make hens lay two eggs ■, daily. Superintendent Leonard, of Mansfield Reformatory, and J. Darling, head,- of the institution's poultry ■/■department-;., have been making experiments, and say the plan works. The plan is to divide the day of 24 hours in half and/make the hens' day 12 hours long, with six hours of light and six hours of "darkness. The hen coon is a huge steel box, well ventilated and illuminated by electricity.

A Christchurch Press Association telegram states that Gee Poy, the victim of -the''Chinese, stabbing affray on bunday*, now says he inflicted the wound hi mse if.

A^ Wellington Press Association message states that the Supreme Court is engaged to-day in hearing charges of sedition against ' William Thomas Young, president of the Federation of Labour and secretary of the t Wellington Seamen's Union, and Harry Holland, editor of the " Maoriland Worker."

Rome's venerable Appian Way, with its countless associations of a magnificent past, will now be disfigured by the desecrating rails of" a modern tramway. In the interior of the city streets are being torn up and ancient squares sacrificed to projected enlargements. This road; the oldest and most famous of Roman roads, was begun in 312 8.C., and is from 14 to 18' feet wide, paved with large stone blocks.

The Christclmrch Presbytery' is celebrating to-day, the 50th anniversary of its- establishment. Suitable resolutions were carried at a meeting of the Presbytery this morning, and there was a large gathering of ministers and elders at lunch. A meeting will be held this evening. Regretful reference was nlade at the meeting of the Presbytery to the .approaching departure ■ of the Rev. T. Tait, who has accepted a call to the Chalmers .Church, Adelaide.

- The Southland- bi'anch ,of the New Zealand Catholic Federation held its ■first annual ...gathering at Riverton today, this heing. the.first of the kind held in ; the Dominion (says a Press Association message). A special train from Invercargill conveyed 2800 people, one from Gore 1500, and specials from other country towns carried a large number. A procession was formed on arrival, headed by a band, and marched to the recreation ground,. where Holy Mass * was .celebrated and speeches were delivered. Sports are being' held this afternoon. '

Several stray, ill-conditioned mongrel dogs are frequenting various portions of the town. They seem to be the especial object for small boys to worry and ill-treat, and this morning, it is reported, one of the animals turned on its persecutor and gave him a nasty nip. The youngster ran off crying, and probably it will be some time before he again attempts to amuse himself at the expense of a dumb animal. One or two of the dogs appear to be in a very low and dirty condition, and suffering from some form of disease or another. . ' -

The world's principal recreation seems to be hi danger. Women will'i'ead with concern that a French scientist, Dr.. Jules Cheron, is reported to have invented a cure for love. Love^—consuming, passionate love—-lie declares to be a "passionate intoxication," a condition of mental poisoning, comparable to poisoning due to alcohol, tobacco, morphine, or cocaine. The treatment for the love symptoms consists in isolation and special tonics < for; the nervous systems Even if modeYnites' are disposed to welcome this discovery, they have reason to feel glad that their forbears knew nothing about it.

A new style of home savings bank is now being issued by the Post Office Savings Bank authorities, and replaces the style of bank on issue when the system was first inaugurated. The old style was an almost 'square bank, and the new bank is more compact, and smaller, and,has its ends rounded. On one side there is a representation in relief, of the arms'of New Zealand, and ;on' the other, the words (also in relief), "New Zealand Post Office Savings Bank." The old bank is of black metal, but the latest issued banks of the same character are of white metal, which irives them a more attractive appearance. These later issued banks differ from the earlier issued ones in that the slot through which coins are , inserted has a moveable cover to the aperture, which is pushed back by means of a small knob, when coins are to be deposited.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8791, 11 February 1914

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8791, 11 February 1914

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