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Some business people, who could have taken a day off yesterday to see the crickot match 'between Australia and Canterbury, but who were not able to spare the time to-day 1, were disappointed on learning that the railway excursion 'tares did: not commence until to-day. ' Contractors are at present engaged painting- the grandstand aiid other buildings,*" and the fencing round the Ashburtqn Racecourse, and the conJ. i struction oi' portion of the tea kiosk 1 is well .forward. All the work should be completed some considerable time 1 before' the autumn meeting. ' 1 ■ ■'„, i | A cricket match was to have been played in the Domain this afternoon between the Temperance Club andean Asiiburtou team. The latter could not "ne got together, however, and a scratch game was indulged in by the players present. ■ , ■ The Hamilton Borough Council has decided to erect live- municipal dwellings a I a cost oJ ;CJOO each. The rental is to be £6 to £10 per year, and preference of occupancy is to be given to borough employees, who, by paying 15s weekly, will be able to acquire the property in 20 years. Hamilton is the first town in the Dominion to try the experiment. . Mr G. .Hughes, caretaker of the railway station at Valetta, who is severing his connection with the Railway Department, after some 19 years' service, to take up a position in Ashburton, was on Thursday last presented with a case of pipes by his fellowemployees. Mr J. A. Bowden made the presentation,'and also handed -,to Mrs Hughes, on i>ehalf of the station employees, a handsome travelling bag- . •,..,, A Press Association message 1 from Timaru states that the police havo in hand an attempt made on' Thursday night to steal &~ motor launch. Some persons took the dinghy of the dredge and rowed to the Harbour Board's launch, broke open the cabin and took out cases (probably supposing them to be benzine, but they contained lubricating oil) 1 and took them to a fishing launch, which had been provisioned partly by breaking into a cool store and stealing hams. They could not start the engine, but bent a sail and started. The wind dropped and they returned the launch to its moorings and tied' \ip the dinghy, 'where it got knocked about and damaged, v A deputation from the old Waterside Workers' Union waited on the Hon. W. F. Massey and made a complaint of preference being given to men helonging to what is practically i the same organisation, thus leading to friction and a generally unsatisfactory state of affairs. The meeting was not open to the Press, but it- is understood that Mr Massey said lie would set up a Commission to enquire fully into the working of the waterfront and the condition there generally.—Wellington Press Association message. v

The annual report of tSe Auckland Kindergarten Association says the Government has evinced a good deal of interest in kindergarten work in the Dominion and' it has been arranged to form a Kindergarten. Union of the Associations existing in the large centres, with the object of co-ordinating the systems of teaching and the training or the students. In order to carry out tbis object the Government has under consideration a proposal made by the Association to hold examinations of the students and to grant national diplomas to all students qualified to receive them. A thorough and practical demonstration of how farm lads may make country life interesting and nappy is recorded by a party of Ashburton picnickers who recently betook themselves for a day in the country. Landed safely at their destination, 1 the party 1 deposited their provisions, consisting of the necessary tins, hampers, etc. (of course well filled with the choicest in eatables), in what they then thought was a safe position. One and all then wended their several ways, leaving the provisions to take care of themselves. When some considerable distance from the', camp, , one of the members of the party. f (happily for the rest) thought ,it wise to take observations, particularly on the spot chosen for the camp. Great was 1 his surprise when he espied forms in snake-like fashion moving from tin to tin and from hamper to hamper, arid, 1 quickly summoning assistance, thfe ■retreat' to tho camp was made in record! time. Their coming was observed by the two heroes desirous of showing town folk that country life for lads is not so' dull as is ofttimes stated, and with well-filled pockets, mouths, and hands they raced across .country at a creditable puce—not even waiting to debate the question oi the merits or demerits of the provisions the picnickers had provided for themselves.

Rnad Conditions in' Russia. —As everyone knows who travelled through Russia, the roads in thai country nrr of lon knee deep in, soft slush, vliioh inuke motoring almost impossible. At tho ro.cont military manoeuvres, the majority of heavy cars which wore eompeihu; wore unable to complete the route set out. The Ford touring car and delivery van which were enloixd. both gave' such an excellent nc-oimt, nf themselves that the Gnvoniiiu'iii 'icc'dc'd to order a large nimwVr at Forch for military transport. An.-.lhor shipment of Famous Fords is arrtv.'ur m Ashburton about the 28th of UiN month. These are nearly all sulil. Catalogues free from G. H." Carina, Tarn-red Street. 145

A Press Association telegram from 1 Wellington slates than an agreement has been arrived at in connection with , the tally clerks' dispute and the parties now await the sitting of the Con* dilation Council, to make the agree-* . ment into sin award. Alexander Thompson was charged ati the Christchurch Magistrate's Court! to-day (says a Press Association mes-< sage) with the murder' of Hannah! Thompson, and was remanded till Wed-* ncsday 1, tlu> charge being reduced t(» manslaughter. At a meeting of the Ashburton branch of the Farmers' Union this afternoon, Mr \V. T. Lill touched briefly upon a question that is exercising the minds of many farmers at present. He said that the farmer-s----ought to organise and get into touch with the consumers, and ascertain if. they could not adjust prices with them. The consumers were always" complaining that the price of necessaries was too high. Some • complained of the middleman, but they, he^ thought, could not manage without a middleman. Mr Hampton: "I could not." A Voice: "The farmer himself is only, a middleman." Mr Lill, continuing, said that there was nothing to prevent the. Labour Unions from buying 10,0(«< | sheep and putting them in the cold • stores, if they had the capital. ' He (Mi- Lill) in favour of .the. working; man getting'as' cheap a living ,as - possible. Of course there, were "corners" 1' in a good many things. Mr Hampton:! "Yes; Joseph had one in Egypt." (Laughter.) After the chairman and Mr Framp'ton,. had. covered somewhat similar ground, the discussion dropped, it being understood that it. would ■ ;bp brought forward at a later 'daw./

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8806, 28 February 1914

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8806, 28 February 1914