LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The Napier sunshine record for January shows 34#; hours, being 84,5 per cent of the possible total.
Though plenty 'of flat .fash are available in Ashburton, there is this season a scarcity of the big fish upon which the local public so largely relies. In Christchurch they are also scarce, and it is stated that even in Timaru, where so many fishing • boats are engaged, fish are being obtained from Dunedin.
A Press Association telegram from New Plymouth states that the annual meeting of the Master Printers' Association was held yesterday, Mr W. G. Somerville-presiding. Much important business' was brought forward,'^including a number of remits .from'"different unions. Officers were elected as follows : —President, Mr W. G. Somerville (Dunedin); vice-president, Mr WSmith (Inyerpargilj); council, Messi's J. Cooke (Dunedin), L. T. Watkins (Wellington), T. Jones (Wellington), "j. Gamble (Christchurch) and J. Wright (Auckland); organising secretary,'• Mr T. H. Reid. ■'•■■'■■*
A Christchurch telegram received as the paper was going to press states that, an inquest was opened to-day regarding the death of Hannah Thomson (details of which appear in page 2). Deceased's son,. Alexander Thomson, appeared in custody. Helen Thomson (daughter) said that deceased had Ivie'n separated from her husband, who ivas at present confined in the -Inebriates' Home. Deceased lived with the man Baxter. Her children were also inmates of the house. Dr. Crooke said that. the cause of death was bleeding from- a ruptured, varicose vein. . The inquest was adjourned till Tuesday • afternoon.
The newspaper proprietors and printers, who have been in conference at New' Plymouth, were entertained during this week in.various outings by the local newspaper proprietors arid printers, states ,a Press Association telegram. They have been motored to the Egmont mountain house and entertained at a garden party and have _ _ been the guests of the bowling, tennis and golf clubs. The weather throughout has been ideal. Appreciative mention was made at the, conclusion of. the various meetings of the hospitality and kindness shown the visitors by the New Plymouth people, and votes of thanks were accorded, them.. The '.northern delegates to the Press Association and Printers' Conferences left by steamer, last night, and the southern contingent departed by the mail train to-day.
There are not sufficient houses in Ashburton to go round at the present time and daily people may be met in the town anxiously inquiring for. tenements in which to make their homes. As an illustration:, Jof the scarcity of dwellings, for a house that was this week\ vacated by a local resident who left the town, there were no less than 13 applicants. Further, a local citizen told a ""Guardian " reporter that she has been searching for a home for a friend desirous of coming to Ashbnrton for the past two weeks, and the best, offer she had had was of a fourroomed dwelling for which £1 per week rental was asked.'. This structure, however, was better than the ordinary, and well situated. Agents' offices have been besieged for some time past ;by would-be tenants, and some married couples have no alternative but to put up at accommodation houses. If the demand for houses is any criterion of the prosperity of a town, 'Ashburton should be in a flourishing condition.
From the following it would appear that the Ashburton Traffic Bridge is not the only spot in the Dominion that contributes to the revenue of the local controlling body through the weaknesses of wheelmen unable to resist the temptation to whiz through the air at any and all times at a speed greater than that allowed by the. by-laws: — "If it were not for the risk of accidents, the desire on the part of motorists to have a Hying spin through the Hutt would prove a splendid revenue producer for the borough and might be looked upon as a good thing (says the local paper). At the January Court the borough benefited to : ;the extent of £11 from fines imposed. As there are still 72 cases yet to be heard, it is not at all improbable that the next Court' day will enrich the borough to the extent of something between £50 and £60."
, When the authorities decided to open the Port of Lyttelton advertisements were inserted making application for men prepared to work on the waterfront. So as to give some inducement to those making application a sum of £2 10s per week was guaranteed for three "months and a preference of employment clause was also embodied in the agreement. On Wednesday the guaranteed wage per week expired 'and. now .those who desire to continue work-!* ing on the waterfront will recei\ re only the sum actually earned. Whilst the guarantee induced a large number of men to come forward, the majority have had little or no difficulty in earning the fixed amount. In fact during the past few weeks the conditions on the waterfront have been such that many of the new hands have earned from £3 to £7 weekly. The latter amount, however, is more or less due to,the fact that the original members of'the' Arbitration, Union have had preference of employment, a rather sore point with the members: of the 613 organisation (says the " Star").
Road Conditions in Russia.—As everyone knows who has travelled through Russia, the roads in that country are often knee deep in soft slush, which make motoring almost impossible. At the recent military manoeuvres, . the majority of heavy cars whifch were competing were'unable to complete the imite set out. The Ford touring car and delivery van which were entered, both gave such an excellent account of. themselves that the Government decided to order a large number of Fords for military transport. Another shipment of Famous Fords'is arriving in .Ashburton about the ' 28th of this month. These are nearly all sold. Catalogues free from G. H. Carson, Tancred Street. 145
It is reported that some areas of oats at Longbeach have returned a yield of 90 bushels to the acre.
Despite the extra length of straw, some of the threshing mills' are making good tallies this season, and yesterday a mill at Longbeach put through 2000 bushels of oats. , ■
A Press Association telegram from Invercargill states that Mr J. H. Scotland biplaned around that town at i o'clock last night, and continued at a fair altitude on his air voyage to Gore, arriving, there at 7.50 o'clock.
Many harvesters from this County are hurrying south. Though there is still a fair amount of harvesting to do in parts of this County, the majority of the workers: prefer to take'the risk of going" south in quest of longer jobs. Some very good cheques have been paid local harvesters this season.
Mi- U. S. Abraham, stock auctioneer, of Palmers ton, North, states that a great many people in the Manawatu district are going in for the raising of fat cattle, •'and ■he considers" there will bs a good deal more fat stock this .year in the winter months in that district. This is due to the good prices people are now receiving for fat stock.
A Press Association • telegram from New Plymouth states that yesterday Mr P. G. Morgan] 1 -'Director of the Geological Survey, visited the rotary bore oft the Taranaki New Zealand Oil Wells Company, Ltd., and after various tests with thousand pump and basing made in the presence of the chairman of the Advisory Board and 'officials of the company and Press representatives, said the bore appeared to be free from water.
The annual conference of Dominion Fire Brigades is to commence at Akaroa 1 on Jdonday fortnight, when, the Ashburton Volunteer Fire Brigade will be represented by , Captain. Barber. Having completed 25 years' Service (all with the Ashburton Brigade), 1 Captain Barber will receive the United Fire Brigade's' gold star. On the Sunday before the opening of the conference the various delegates will attend a church parade.
The Hon. F. M. B. Fisher promised a deputation regarding the representation on the Lyttelton Harbour Board, that he would recommend the Cabinet to appoint a commissioner to inquire into the whole matter "and- report, and he added that the Government would act on the report. 'He stated that the conditions governing the election of representatives of payers of harbour dues Will be altered. ' i
A rara avis in the shape of, a pure white sparrow was shot by Mr A. Ball, of South Inyercargill, the other day. The bird (says the "Daily News") was pure white, not a feather of another colour being visible anywhere. '■■•■Mr I Ball's aim was very true,-.and, saye for a small mark on the head, the little L-bird was undamaged. It has been sent to ih.e- taxidermist, and Avill be. placed among the: exhibits in , the local museum/ ; •'-. ; ' ' ;■ ■", ■'-,■•.■■ ■: ,-.
"1 think I am safe in saying," remarked Mr George George, of Auckland, at the Medical Congress, "that the scholars of New Zealand have greater natural ability than any others it has ever been my privilege to. meet. They are Undoubtedly' better than those in Engl and, the reason. for this, I believe, being , that here they are riot compelled 'to undergo such a strenuous struggle- for existence as they do in the Old .Country.'? : ; ' . '
It is announced from the defence headquarters that the wearing; of a white collar and black tie with the service dress when npt on parade is to be abolished. A. khaki collar and tie will be worn at all times with the service dress (khaki) in future. On. no occount are.tie-pins,'-etc., to be worn in the tie. ; ..'...'-.'
At a largely attended meeting of representative citizens, held the other evening at Invercargill, it was decided to form a Southland Progressive Association, the object being to further, the interests of the province. A Provisional Committee was Set up to draft a consitution and report to a future meeting.- It was mentioned'that the step was necessary if only to counteract the influence of the Dunedin Expansion League, which it was said, especially in regard to tourist traffic, was endeavouring to mislead the people in other parts of New Zealand and Aus-' tralia. '. ', ;
At Dunedin yesterday, in J3anco, Mr Justice Sim gave judgment in the matI ter of John Gillits Patterson, BalI clutha, a bankrupt. Patterson had a j Government contract for carriage of mails, and John Ernest Thompson, carrying on business at Balclutha as an import company, * was one of Patterson's sureties, to whom £40 was owing for stores. On July 7 Patterson borrowed £40, on the security of his horses land buggies, and paid the money to ! Thompson. The Court held that the j-payment was in an act of bankruptcy,and the transaction, therefore, was not hprotected. An order was'';'macle for the r payment of £40: to tire 1. 1'I'Official Asi sigriee, with seven guineas costs. '
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8800, 21 February 1914
LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8800, 21 February 1914
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