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A meeting oi, the General Committee of the Ashburton A. and P. Association was held this afternoon. 1 here was a good attendance, and the president air A. Drummond, junior) occupied the chair

Correspondence and Reports. A letter was received from the Governor s private secretary stating that ft m Ccl T le incy would be absent in the North Island, he regretted that he would be unable to attend the Autumn Show.—Received, fA letter was received from the Department of Agriculture; Industries and Commerce stating that a comprehensive display would be made at the Autumn Show. The letter was received, and members expressed gratification at the news. A second letter was received from the Department in regard to a weed known as I oadFlax (linaria vulgaris). —Received. .. «, ;: ;,,• Mr C. Reid [was appointed the Association s representative on the Ashburton Technical" Classes Board of Managers, and a vote of thanks was passed to him. for his past services. The Finance Committee reported that it had-called- for tenders for 38 stalls, sheep yards, and cattle boxes, and had accepted that of Mr Thomas, junior, in the sum of £161. The work would be completed before the show.— The rouort was considered satisfactory,' and'adopted. i - " , The Ilecepti hi • Committee reported that rhe ca rering r contract had been let to Mr T. A.j &. Pearee. on terms similar to previously.—The report was adontcd. i The por-otary..stated that he h^cl arranged for a merry-go-round to be ."•rthe gromid. There hfd been some trouble in connection with the matter nf .arranpinq; it, and he had only been sole, to induce a proprietor to come ri-om Noiv 'Brighton by guaranteeire; that the Association wmild pive £2 2s towards the 'cost, and allow free space. —The Secretary's action was approved. , The Se<Totnry ronortod that Mr J, Bonifant had agreed to provide a sheep for the sheep n:iressi»ip competition. Deputation. / A deputation consisting of Mesdames W. T. Lill, ; Williams, and McEwen waited on the committee to ask for the use of a portion of the room under the grandstand as < a resting-place "for women and children. In the past a tent had been used on the ground, for which the W.C.T.U. had paid a 1 fee. This year, however, it was found that there was no money in hand. The deputation wished to emphasise the fact that it did not, represent any society, arid"' 1 there;'would be no advertisement in .* regard to any women's I union whatever.—When the deputation | withdrew, a short discussion ensued, and,, on the motion of Messrs Upton and Frampton, it was decided to grant the request. ' Invitation to Territorials. The chairman and the secretary introduced the matter of inviting a number of the best-behaved cadets from Temuka district to the Show. The secretary explained that the authorities in Temuka had had some trouble in connection with the cadets, over 100 of whom had appeared fore the Stipendiary Magistrate, 'which showed that the anti-militarists had a good hold in that qxiarter. It was thought that the committee could encourage the spirit/ of patriotism and help the lads. That was the sole desire. Some. 25 or 30 of the best-be-haved boys could be picked out and be made the guests of the committee on People's Day. The cost would not amount to more than 2s per. head!. The Ashburton Honorary Territorials could take them in hand at this end and give them a good day. The matter would probably be noticed in the newspapers, and there would thus be a free advertisement for Ashburton. It had been noticed that anything in the nature of a military display created a flutter and a sensation on the ground.

Mr H. E. Blunden said that the | Ashburton Cadets, if they were not also invited, might think they were being passed by. Mr Bruce said that the Temuka A. and P. Association nest year might invite a contingent of Ashburton cadets. He thought the suggestion was a good move. Mr C .W. Wood was of the opinion the committee should invite 25 Ash^ burton cadets to meet the Temuka boys. The Chairman said the expense was against that. Mr Upton suggested that next year the committee could take 25 from another district. He thought the idea quite a good thing. . . Mr Frampton spoke strongly m favour of the suggestion. .'. Qn The Chairman then moved that dU cadets be invited from Temuka. Mr Hunter Morris \ seconded-; the motion, which was. carried. :

The Ticketing of Prize-winners. Mr Bruce brought up the matter of prize-winners going into the ring with i prize tickets on to Compete for _ another prize. He was of the opinion that it should not be allowed. The Chairman thought, it was a matter that should be referred to the Horse Committee to deal with. Mo was against precipitate'action. _ Messrs Cow and Wright asked .why the-same rule should' not' : apply to every section—horses, cattle, and sheep. . - Mr Wright moved .that no tickets be allowed to be worn 1 in any class until the whole of the judging is finished. '' . ! . Mr Butfccrie.k seconded the motion, which was curried. General. It was agreed to procure a curtain to place across the Association room, so that users would not be disturbed when committee meetings were being held. • Ten new members'wore elected. Mr IJ. M: Hampton proposed two, Mr H. lE. #Blunden two, Mr A. . J.■■, Magsoh (life members), Mr Hunter Morris one, Mr L. R. Stoddart one, the secretary one, and Mr J. Stringfcllow one. This brings the list of new lnomers gathered in the nevv campaign up to 71. • The Chairman reported as to the result of t!;o, Conforonco of A. and P. Associations in Christchurch to elect a roprosyntative on the new Board of Agriculture Mr John Origg had been somewhat diffident as to his election as representative, and he had, as a matter of fact, already agreed to support Mr D. D. Macfarlano as representative. The latter was a, very capable man. It. had not appeared wise, therefore, to press Mi- G'ri<rtr to allow ■ himself to be nominated, "and when he had proposed Mr Macl'.irlnue he (the chairman) Ii;k! somndod it.' ' The full list of appointed judges'was read over by the .secretary. l" - * ,

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A & P. ASSOCIATION.., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8802, 24 February 1914

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A & P. ASSOCIATION.. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8802, 24 February 1914