LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The Defence Department announces that for next year there will be only four New Zealand cadetships to compete for at the Royal Military College of Australia; . , '
In recognition of the ' Wanganui Waterside Union's loyalty to the Arbitration Act during the recent strike, thereby keeping the port opci, the Wanganui: merchants subscribed about £180,' which is .to be distributed among the men in a few days.
At Hokitika yesterday Mr J. G. L. Hewitt, S.M., delivered judgment m the case of James Bevan v. R. Mackley, claim. £100 damages for injuries received through" being run over by defendant's motor-car some months ago. Plaintiff was awarded. £59, with costs.
The New, Zealand Pharmacy 1 Board, in session at Auckland, decided yesterday to divide the professional examination into tw.o sections. The effec twill be to compel candidates to submit to two examinations instead of one, as at present, in the subjects prescribed by the Act.
The following sales of fat sheep and lambs were made at Addington on behalf of County farmers on Wednesday: —Wethers: For ""executors A. D. Mcllraith' (Rakaia), 84 at 20s 2d to 22s 2d; J. C. Lochhead-, (Rakaia), 47 at 19s 6d to 21s'2d; E. F. J. Grigg (Winslow), 139 at 17s Id to 17s 6d. Ewes: For C. Stewart (Chertsey), 64 at 20s 2d' to 23s 6d. Lambs —For executors A. D. Mcllraith (Rakaia), 51 at 19s.
An Oaniaru Press Association telegram reports: —A movement is on foot here to secure the erection of a traffic bridge across,the Waitaki about midway between ilie present railway bridge and Kurow. The project is i receiving' strong support from business men and farmers, the latter recognising the great convenience it would be to farmers on the north side of the river. The cost of a bridge is estimated at £10,000. .;..■'■■.
A Feilding message states that the most successful land sale ever held there took place yesterday, when 400 acres of the Kawakawa Estate, belonging to the trustees in the Riddiford Estate, were offered in sections of from 10 to 50 acres. The highest price realised was £85 per acre for a 10-acre block. The whole piece averaged £65 an acrel Several sections went for over £80. Though the prices are high, the general opinion is that the investments are quite safe.i
It is stated that some of the grain threshed in the Ashburton County this season has been disappointing as regards the yield, being much less than that procured from tue same areas last year. Mr Donald Grant, of Timaru, who was a passenger for the south by this afternoon's express, told a "Guardian" reporter that he was of opinion that the grain yield in South Canterbury would not be so good this season as it was last year. The sheaves were not so heavy as in 1913, and therefore did not contain as much grain.'
The elephants forming part of Wirth's Menagerie, which arrived in Ashburton yesterday morning,, caused consternation among the equine .'inhabitants of the town. The elephants were used to pull loads of material arid other animals, belonging to the menagerie to the'-showy ground, and every horse that was met showed fright and commenced to prance aibout •■ in an alarming fashion. One or two runaways have been reported, but no mention has been made of damage caused. The elephants went about their ;iwgrk in an unconcerned manner and seemed very quiet indeed. They made good use of the water channels for drinking purposes and-one commenced to blow the water all over the footway, btft was stopped by the man in charge.
, A Press Association message,j from Rotorua states that the Prime Minister (Right Hon. W. F. Massey), with the Hon. W. H. Herries and the Hon. Dr. Pomare, arrived in Rotorua yesterday and visited the races. In reply to a Chamber of Commerce deputation, which asked when certain information promised previously would be given, regarding the granting of the freehold, for the town, Mr Massey said that there was no legal difficulty in the way, but the serious difficulty was to arrive at an equitable basis. Regarding sublessees, the Government had no concern with them. He intended' appointing' a commission of two gentlemen, probably departmental officers, to go into full details regarding the tenure here and in Te Aroha. The Ministerial party; will go on to Opotiki to-day.
Ford Coy.'s New Prices. —On and after Ist March the cash price of Ford Oars delivered in Ashburton will be as follows. Touring Car £195. Runabout £180. The February Shipment is nearly all booked at £193 for' Touring Oars. Mr Carson stales that all Cars booked out of this shipment at £193 will be delivered at that pi'ice. There are still two Touring Cars available,and buyers are advised to see the new Models and secure one of these without delay. 1 45
v A petition is being largely signed throughout the Dominion asking the Government to reduce the freight on petroleum spirits.
■■The Temuka police are proceeding against 78 Senior Cadets and Territorials on charges of having failed to render personal service under the Delence Act. The cases have been set down'for hearing next Thursday.
".Ye men of little faith, go and start your building, and when you have spent the money return and come to m 6; .was the 1 text of a Seddonian telegram resurrected at the Wairau Hospital Commission. It was. sent by Mr Seddon, as Prime Minister, in reply to an .inquiry from the Hospital Board as to whether the Government could be depended on to follow up in due course the initial grant he had promised a deputation for the erection of a new hospital.
As evidence of his lack of knowledge on the subject of the growth of the moustache, the Chief Justice (Sir Robert Stout) remarked in the Supreme Court at Wellington,that he had the unique experience of never having had a razor on his face in his life. According to the foreman of the jury the rate at which the moustache grew all depended on the men." Personally he could go without a shave for a week, and would still be clean-shaven. In fact, he would show no more gro\vth in a,week than many other men wbuld show- in 12.hours.
Acting on-the-advice that art anticipated drop in the lamb market would become an: accomplished fact, a dealer operating; in Winton and districts in that vicinity (the' "Southland Times" states) recently eased his purchases to the extent of 1800 head. He still holds a fairly heavy list, but the disposal of the main proportion has reassured him, and'if a- fall/to the extent originally predicted clods'' eventuate he will-be ouite conteht'to meet any eventualities alhough he had not at the outset looked for other than a profit.
" The honesty of the English people is appalling," says Mr Irvin S. Cobb, the American humorist, who has just got back home after his first trip' to Europe. "If a man buys a secondclass ticket, he travels second class, although there is nothing to stop him agoing into a first-class apartment. If the ticket collector is not in sight when you get to your destination, you hunt him up and make him take your ticket. That is,' if you are an Englishman. They handle your luggage in great shape over there, too. They throw it out on the platforrii, and you go and pick out what you want, and tell your driver to cart it off. Wouldn't that system make a great hit over here ?"
What is described as the worst scandal in Canada's history is tiireatCTied when the Parliamentary Investigating Committee submits its report on the construction management' of the National Transcontinental 'Railway, the great line which, when completed, 1, will traverse the Dominion from east to west. According to forecasts published in the newspapers,; the committee has unearthed la system "of " graft " worthy of most highly-coloured .stories' of American corruption,. Reckless waste and bribery and corruption are alleged to have swallowed up nearly £9,000,000 of public money. .
A surprising discovery was made late on a recent Monday night, in Touch North signal-cabin, near Dunfermline, Scotland. Responses' not being obtained' from telegraph,-instruments at various parts of the Edinburgh and Perth system, a visit was paid to the cabin, where Andrew Gibson, the signalman, was found in an unconscious condition. The r man had had a fatal seizure, and despite the best remedial measures which were adopted, he died in the, Dunfermline and West Fife Hospital, early on Tuesday morning. While inconvenience was caused to the main traffic between Edinburgh and Perth, this was reduced as far as possible, and few, if any, were aware of the cause of the delay which had occurred.
An explosion due to a most extraordinary cause recently occurred at Crediton, - Devon,, and it is amazing how the Rev. Henry John Hodgson escaped with his life. For ten years or more he has had in his sitting-room a Boer artillery shell in use as a door weight. Of the. fact that it.was a live shell he had not the faintest idea. He had also in his possession a sword bayonet of French manufacture, and he decided to bend the bayonet and attach it as a hook to the shell. Accordingly, he put the point of the bayonet into /he fire until the metal had become white hot, and then, taking out the ■percussion cat) of the shell, he inserted the end of the hot bayonet in the hole. Instantly there was a terrific explosion. The clergyman was terribly injured as a result.
The Minister of Public Works states (says the " New Zealand Times ") that it is intended to make an early start u.ppn the construction of &yoi new branch lines of railway—one in each Island. The South Island line is an extension ofo .the i present railway at Culverden to Waiau, township, a disi tahce of about I4 Vmiles. It will traI verse a closely-settled area,' and will not be expensivei.to,construct. -Traffic can also be drawn from a productive area beyond the proposed terminus on the south bank of the Waiau. The amount available for the current year is £5000. In the North Island it is intended to start work on the connecting link, about 2.0 .miles in length, between the isolated section of railway running from Whangaifj to Opua and the Main Trunk extension line, which is being pushed on through the North Auckland district beyond Otamatea, Ihe route has been settled except for the actual point of .function, which is now being determined, by surveys. It will be somewhere in the neighbourhood of Pukekohe Hill, north of Paparoa. Ihe settled route starts from •Whang-arei, skirts: the harbour,; goes through Mangapai.and close to Maungakaramea, and passes through the ■lauraroa Valley. This is not the shortest-, route to the main line from Whangarei, but it provides a better service for the intermediate country, and the most suitable route for eventually linking up Waipu by a branch.
I Intending purchasers of Motor Cars who have been waiting, to see the new 1914 "Buicks," before- placing their orders, are notified that these beautiful Cars have now arrived. The 1913 Models were considered to be perfect in every detail, but the 1914 Models are superb, as the following equipment will show. Bosch Magneto, Zenith Carburettor, Khaki Hood, floating axles, extra wide and roomy seats, with deep upholstry, demountable wheels, etc., also painted grey, with nickel trimmings.— R. D. Johnston, Sols District Agent, Ashburton. 1 58
A Press Association message states that a poll of ratepayers iii the Patea. Harbour District carried, by 357 votes to 198, a proposal to borrow £6000 for harbour improvements.
Petitions 'are in circulation in the Dunsandel, Er.ookside, Leeston, and Southbridge districts to the General Manager of Railways, requiring either that the first express from Christchurch should stop at Dunsandel, or that the morning slow train should' be run before the express as a feeder to Rakaia.
In an official \report to the 'New Zealand Rugby Union on the recent Caliiornian tour, Mr. Mason, manager of the team, states that up to tlie last match of the tour there was a deficit of 2500 dollafs (£500), but the final match drew a big, gate, the proceeds being estimated at 6200 dollars. He was led to understand that the tour had resulted in a profit of 1500 dollars. The visit of the team to America had been most successful from all points of view.
We have, received a copy of the first number of the "Public- Service Journal," being the official organ of the Public Service Association of New Zealand (Incorporated). The publication adds another Ho the list of Dominion iournalistic enterprises. It promises to be well conducted and forceful in its comments. The issue under notice,' on "modest lines" (to use. its own term) covers a wide field of public" service interest's; yetit is hoped that future issues will be enlarged; and cover a.still oTp.ater range of matter. The new venture should receive the heartiest support of the members of the Public Service. . :
Strong praise of the home he was in and of Ins"employer was contained in a letter -received 'by the Labour' Depart-! meat, at Wellington (the " Dominionf? states) from one of the Sedgwick b.oysy who is employed as a groom at Takapau. The boy states ; that his work is light, allowing, him plenty of spare time and yet he .was getting £1 per week and his keep. As he is not yet 21 years of age, and has.only had three years' experience in country work, his case seems to prove that the farmers are not anxious to retain boys brought out by the Government at less than the ruling rates of pay for such work.
% In prosecuting a youth who had broken a, street lamp, the Wanganui Borough solicitor, Mr W. J. Treadwell, stated that while the Borough Council did not want to prosecute people, it was compelled-to do so on account of the growing inconveniences and loss occasioned by the continued annoyance of breaking street lamps (says-the " Herald ")• Some localities. ' were much worse than others and the boys in these J districts seemed to take a great delight j in breaking the lamps, more especially if they had been recently repaired and cleaned. The loss to the Borough ■ Council through "the wanton mischief | was much more than it was generally! believed to be. ■ I
A party of about 20 bushmen had a nariw escape\,from bieing trapped by bush',, fires at Waipaoa station, PovertyBay, last week. ' Four gangs were at work felling 2000 acres of bush when a fire that was burning in the neighbourhood got put of bounds and entered the block in which they were working. The felled timber burned fierpely, and the flames then attacked the-burning bush. The men hurriedly gathered un their gear and.fled. Two of the parties found that their retreat was all but cut off, and had to scale a particularly' steep face, pnly ; to find another fire burning, briskly at the top. The men carried out of danger three dopa. whose feet had been scorched, but three other animals wer<e lost.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8792, 12 February 1914
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