LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Mr J. W. H. Scotland, Tne young New Zealand aviator, was to have made an exhibition flight from the Caledonian Grounds in Timaru this afternoon, but the slightly choppy wind that arose after noon and the ensuing rain made him decide against going up. The Timaru correspondent of the ' Guardian" telegraphed at 3.30 this afternoon to the effect that, if the weather conditions were favourable, Mr Scotland would essay a flight from Timaru to Christchurch early to-morrow morning. His present intention is to leave the South Canterbury port at 6 a.m., in which case (all being well) he might be expected to reach Ashburton about 7 o'clock. Afc anyrate ho anticipates that, flying as the crow flies, he can cover the distance within the hour. If the weather is fine, many Ashburtonians will be on the Jook-oiit in the morning, and if the intrepid airman alights 1 from his Caudron biplane here, he may be assured of a. greeting commensurate with the novelty and importance of the occasion.
The three companies of Ashburton Senior Cadets arc making every effort to be in good training before General lan Hamilton, at'Timaru. As an incentive- to improve their' shooting, prizes for competition are now being sought.
Owing to recent labour'troubles, it is impossible to gnu go with certainty the arrival of shipments of coal from overseas, and so the present high prices will continue',-for 'some time yet. Neither can local agents state definitely when they will be able. to reduce the price. '
Yesterday morning Detective It X % <* Chnstchurch, arrested Charles Wallace Adam on a charge oi vflHnw'ti^onLT 1 a^ 10 years, with intent to commit rape, at Prebblealleged to have been committed yesterday morning. Adam wu charged jith the offence at the Chnstchurch Police Court yesterday afternoon and was remanded untd Monday Bail was allowed the accused m £150 and one surety of £150 or two of £/o each.
Mr S. Girdwood, well-known in Woodvillu, lost his motor-car the other day (says the "Examiner ") in precisely the- same manm>i- that Mr F, Christiansen lost his. Mr Girdwood was motoring .from Pongaroa to Pahiatua, and before reaching Makuri he took some benzine from the carburetter. A ! little of the oil was spilt on the ground, and the usual busybody happened along to have a chat. This individual dropped a lighted match on the oil on the ground, which set lire to the benzine in the car,' and immediately the car was., barn ing finrcoiy, and was totally destroyed. Them was no time to get out some li^a^n and a couple of crutches belonging to an invalid, which were in the back of the car. Mr Girdwood and the others present managed to get away about 20 yards before the benzine tank exploded.
A young woman who was charged at the Thames Police Court recently with drunkenness, denied the allegation, and Mr Leycester asked the young policeman in charge of the case, what makes yon think she was drunk f The policeman, blushing, " Sho tried to kiss me." The woman: " I did? Well, I hadn't had any dinner!"
The sales made at the "Addington live stock market on Wednesday on behalf of Ashburton County farmers were as follows:—Fat Sheep—Wethers: For J. G. Irwin(Rakaia), ,65 at 22s 9d, to 24s 6d. Ewes- J. Malcolm (Rakaia), 102 at 15s 9d to 17s" lOd; R. Holland (Methven), 64 at 16s Id to 17s 1 3d; Strachan Bros. (Rakaia), 10 at 16s Bd. Fat lambs—j.ames Malcolm (Rakaia), 50 at 18s 7dJ;o 18s 10d; Strachan Bros. (Rakaia), 130' at 15s to 17s 4d.
An Oamaru Press Association message states that for the purpose of solidK-: ; .r the forces of Liberalism, in vio-.v of the forthcoming general elections, a meeting of members of the party was held last nigh!;. Considerable enthusiasm was shown, and it was decided to ask' i\vec of four of tho party's best platform men to address a public meeting to bo held shortly. Nothing has been done yet regarding tho selections of a candidate.
There appears to bo some dissatisfaction amongst the employees at the Ad-. dington Workshops with regard to the working of the new regulations governing extended leave. The- Government recently -passed, legislation -giving "all those employees with 10 years' service and over, 13 days' holidays, which is six days more than they had hitherto enjoyed. Ab • first sight it would appear that this new regulation-■would be received with -the utmost satisfaction, but a•" Lyttelton Times" representative discovered that exceptions were being made.
The Mayor (Mr H. Davis) has received word from Captain Eastwood, Aide-de-Camp to His Excellency the Governor, stating that Lord Liverpool will be accompanied by the Countess on the occasion of his visit to Ashburton and Longbeach on March 11. Tlie vice-regal party will arrive in AshL^rton by motor car at about 3.30 p.m., and will be met at the Jubilee Gates of the Domain and conducted to the place •where the official function is i;o be held, the spot likely to be chosen being near the rose garden. A committee is at present arranging for the entertainment of the visitors.
About a dozen of the party of 51 farm lads who arrived at Auckland from England by the steamer Suffolk, on Monday last', pased through Ashburton by the first express this morning on their way to Invercargill, in charge of Sergeant Thomson, of the 4th Hussars. Two of the lads alighted at Ashburton, and were taken' to Mr John Grigg's Longbeach estate, where they have been delegated. -All-; the youths have had a certain amount of farming experience, and they are a strong, healthy-looking -lot. They should develop into good settlers if pppearances count for anything.
A well-known unionist, who is president of his branch,, visited his best girl and popped the question (says the Christchurch ''Star"). But his mind was still running on union business, and ho astonished Arabella considerably by saying: "If you are in favour of the proposition you will please signify by saying ' Aye.' " He was just about to declare the motion carried unanimously when the" old- man opened the door and' thundered "No!"- It-,was a ticklish position, Lilt our friend got out of it by giving his casting-vote in favour of the motion and declaring it carried. The, old man talked of getting the motion rescinded, hut, seeing that he was in a hopeless minority, like a good democrat he decided to bow to the rule of the majority.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, the High Commissioner states in reference to the prospects of a demand for New Zealand deer-skins:—" There is a considerable trade in deer-skins, both in Europe and America, for the production of leather useful in several connections. So far as the London market is concerned, the principal descriptions offered come from India and the prices for these •'vary, according to the weight and quality of the skins, from 9d to Is 2d per lb. New Zealand skins should meet a ready sale here if carefully flayed and free from taint, and not seriously damaged by shot. The skins should be taken off, if possible, while the animal is warm. They should be then well stretched and poisoned by moans of an arsenic or some similar wash, and properly dried before shipment."
A representative of a Boston (United States America) paper-manufacturing firm' has been on a visit to the Dominion, inquiring into the question of obtaining supplies of the-waste products of flax or hemp mills for paper-making purposes. He declares that, stripperslips, provided they pan be supplied at a reasonable price," would make excellent material for paper-making. As there are vast quantities of this rosiaual product now lying rotting at many mills, writes Mr'W. H. Ferris, Government Hemp Grador, it is to be regretted advantage cannot be taken of tins method of utilisation presented. The American fu-m in question is already a large user of our tow in its paper-making business. 1 <*
.*■*!&'-JKon. Or Poniardi has signified his intention (says a Press Association message) of being prqsent at the &, S& le " £ W aikato, and states that if the res ictions r t preventing natives travelling are ho doubt that the occasion will be markl 3 7^^S S^kfto K'siiSSS intent^ion of Vi'^ represented, and he had been apposnt^ d t P he .epresentative of the Go^rnment at the celebrati at which G lan Ham iit O n atld Major-General A. J. Godley would also bo present. He expected,. that 3000 mounted troops would attend 'thecelebrations to take.place on, April 17
Two or three, carriages of the first express this moi-fting were reserved ror the employees ot the Christchurch Meat Company, who held their annual Picnic at Oamaru to-day.
Mr G. W. Russell, M.P., will address a meeting in Christchurch tonight, and is expected to deal with Liberal policy matters in some detail. — lross Association.
A Christchurch Press Association message states that Walter Shaw, solicitor, of Timaru, at present serving a term of imprisonment for misappropriation qf trust funds, was struck off the roll to-day, on the application of the Law Society.
The Grand Lodge Session of the united Ancient Order of Druids opened at Timaru to-day. Bro. J. Gobbe, P.p.P., and Bro. j". Harris, P.D.P., will represent the Ashburton Lodge, and they, left ■ for the south by this morning's express.
The police have received a complaint that an unknown man is persistently, annoying the inmates of a local board-ing-house by trying to force an entrance. It i s alleged that he has been discovered at various hours of tho night t>.v different members of ,the household while endeavouring to get. inside, and that once he was found in the building but was disturbed and fled
An JnvcroarguT Press Association telegram states that at'the Supreme Court to-day, Edward 'Harland, a married man aged 34, who 'pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and theft, was admitted, to probation for 18 moulds. Duncan-- McDougall, who pleaded not guilty\in'■connection with the. same offences, was sentenced to six months' imprisonment. ;i
Another scandalous affair was perpetrated by larrikins at the Belvedere Methodist Church on a recent Sunday evening'(says the " Carterton News"). When people had assembled for divine service, ■ and while the service was going on,- some larrikins fastened the .door of the church with wire from the outside, • which prevented those within from getting out. After much exertion it was found necessary to damage the door to provide exit.
This afternoon, in Dr. H. Hunter's orchard, Mr E. H. Hatfield, of .Melbourne, chief of the Vacuum Oil Company's oil-spraying department,' gave an address on orchard pests and how to combat them, and also gave a practical demonstration in pruning. The address, which 'was on the lines of those previously given in Ashburton, was attentively listened to by the moderate number of interested persons present. Tie spoke of the largo number of different pests and insects which attacked the trees, and recommended the use of • ;V,'ain mixtures for effectively dealing with thorn. Mr Hatfield showed in a; practical manner how apple trees should be pruned, these requiring special treatment, and he emphasised the desirability of making all trees fruit low down and the ' necessity of keeping the trees open so that the sun and air could get to every part, while unprofitable wood and harbourage for pests was got rid of. He also gave a demonstration in mixing oils.
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8810, 5 March 1914
LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8810, 5 March 1914
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