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The channelling in Burnett Street having become old and rotten, the Borough 1 Council employees are now engaged pulling- up the old and putting down a new channel.

The following additional successes of Ashburton candidates at the recent Teachers' Examination are announced: Full Q Certificate- Edith M. Hayes; full D. Certificate, Vera Cowan and Ivy Hilda Smith.

Ashburton is not fi'eo from "made in Germany" articles. One of the latest is a pictorial album. As might be expected, a Jaw ' 'printers; 1 errors occur, and a vieiy of the R.C. Presbytery is styled in the index of the album as " the R.C. Presbyterian."

The use of anti-typh ( ojd vaccine has been adopted in Gisborne this year as a measure against the possibility of incurring the disease. Already quite a'-number of townspeople /have submitted themselves to vaccinatipnj • including the nursing staff of the public, hospital. „ i? ;

Sergeant Emerson, with Constables Kiddy and Maggin,raided a house, at Fan-field on Friday night .last, ; where it was "suspected a sly gi'Og trade, was being carried on. They also searched another house at Fairfield on Sunday night for. the same purpose. No seizure of liquor was made, in either case.

A Dargaville Press Association message'states that two Maoris named John Apahene and. John Matthews, who were fined at the S.M. Court :on February 1,9 for non-attendance at military training, were , arrested on Saturday and taken _to Auckland to serve 10 days' military detention.

Reginald Frew, who was the victim of a motor-car accident on the Ashburton Traffic Bridge recently, is now out of danger, and well on the way to recovery. Mr C. Branigan, Inspector for the Agricultural Department, who some time ago had a leg broken by a kick from a horse, is up and about, and will ■. shortly be able to leave/ the Hospital.

Information has been received (says a Wellington' Press Association message) that the N,ew,. Zealand Shipping Company's steamer Opawa arrived in London on January 22 with her volunteer firomen, all well. The men worked splondidly during the voyage, and will bo given a free passage back to Ngw Zealand when disposed to return.

What tho Natives describe as a "white tohunga," a woman, has been attracting many Coast Maoris to Auckland for treatment of ailments of any kind. "Pilgrims" who havo returned to their pas havo besn warm in their praise of tho "cures" effected, and the indications aro that many other Natives will proceed north for the treatment of real or imaginary ail-; ments. ' ' : Preparations/for the Salvation Army Territorial Congress, to be held in Wei-; lington from March 27 to April 2, are now complete, and everything points' to most successful gatherings (says the. " Post"). It is expected that over 1 300 officers arid soldiers will be present, and that as a result of the deliberations a great forward movement will be begun. In tlie way of maternity hospitals and'institutions the Army has already some of the most up-to-date buildings in New Zealand, and the opening of the William Booth Training College 1 and the maternity hospital in Kensington Street will materially add to the architectural assets of Wellingr ton. ,

The Hon. James Allen, Minister of Defence, stated to-day (says a Wellington Press Association message) (that there was every prospect of H.M.S. Philomel being.handed over to the New Zealand Government in a few months' time. The Imperial authorities have to find a commander, who will be naval adviser to the Government, and also a crew, who will have to sign for probably three years. The Minister also said he had had a number of applications from young men . willing to enter on a course of training for the British Navy, for which the Philomel is to be utilised. There is accommodation for about 60 men, and Mr Allen does not anticipate any difficulty in getting that number. #

The question of altering one of the characteristic laws of the Methodist Church, which provides, that ministers shall riot remain in one church for more than five years, was earnestly discussed at the Methodist Conference on Friday (says the " Otago Daily Times."). The most oirtspoken opponents of the present itinerary system were the Revs. C. H. Laws and P. W. Fairclough. The former made a strong point of the fact that a minister appointed to a church would boi called upon, in the ..course of his ministerial duties, to 'undertake the religious training and'^o mould/the charScters^of the, .young, but, byoiremoval, he' :losftouch with, them,, at .the,most criticaltime in then- religious life. Mr Fair-, clough was eVen "more emphatic in . his condemnation of the itinerary "system when rigidly applied, and attributed to it the absence of leading ministers in i the Methodist Church, like, I),!,-,, .Wadfell, who influenced not only the 1 locality he resided; in, but the whole community. The Methodists, he said,; never had produced such a man. : The' .addresses evidently carried great' weight, for the motion in . favour of reform was carried by 83-votes to 32. Lhis. however, does not provide finality, for the motion must bo considered by the synods, then bo voted on at tlio next conference, and must, if adopted, secure a 55 p er con t. majority.

Road Conditions in Russia.—As everyone knows who has travelled through Russia, the roads- in that country are often knee deep in soft Blush, which make motoring almost"impossible. At the recent military manoeuvres, the majority of,, heavy cars which were competing were unable to complete the route 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 i& arriving in Ashburton about the 28th 0 i jtln« montu- These are nearly all sold. Catalogues free from C. H.Carson, Tancred Street. 145 -

-AH the rivers were reported to be clear to-day.

A London cable message states that Bishop Frodsham, Bishop of North Queensland, has accepted the canonry of Gloucester.

Inspector Owon held an examination at the Ashburton Borough School on Friday last, for candidates desirous of obtaining, profiiciency certificates. Three candidates presented themselves—one from Ashburton Borough School, jne from the Ashburton High School, and the third from Tinwald.-Two obtained proficiency certificates, and the other a competency.- ■ '

The huge dividend of 750 per cent, was' declared for. the year, ended 31st December by the Premier Diamond Company," exceeding the dividend for the previous year by no less than 150 per cent. The year established a record iii the history of the company, and the prospects of the undertaking continue favourable. The company was formed\in 1902, and the Transvaal Government holds a, 60 per-cent.-interest-in its profits. Apart from the financial aspect...the. company came into great Brominence when the famous Cullinan diamond—an enormous stone of 302- j' carats— was discovered and presented by the-^r-ansvaa] .Government to, the. late King.' . ..-. ' . ".;

Says ' the Auckland "Star " : —The method adopted by the Land Department for waging war against the 'invasion of brer iabbit in national, scenic reserves >is ritq. employ parties of men for the broadcast of poison. Some mountaineers, ' when passing through a., Reserve not many hundred miles soufh of Auckland a few days ago, encountered a. party ,of _ rabbit 1 poisoners,- who vouchsafed certain ', jnformatiou:£elating to their work. They, said ■ that whereas the. bunny had fairly swarmed over,the.reserve in 1 question four or five years ago, it was now rare to see more than one or two at odd times. One of the visitors suggested that the poisoners would be working themselves put of employment. " Yes," replied a member of the camp. "The other day we dug up _ a burrow with three young rabbits in it, and we would have killed them,. but Jimmy there said, ' Don't do fon the poor little beggars, leave a few to be poisoned next year." The rabbit poisoners are evidently far-sighted.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8813, 9 March 1914

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8813, 9 March 1914

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