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siderable difference of opinion is whether the celebrations here should, be held on the same days as in Christchurch, or whether another day or days should be chosen, so as to. allow residents here to •participate in both. The most popular idea at present seems to be- that the thanksgiving should be held here on the Sunday, that the other local celebrations should be confined to one day, namely, the Monday, and so leave anyone who so wishes tree to go elsewhere for the Tuesday's rejoicings. _It will certainly be a pity if any considerable number of people decide to forsake the local functions entirely, now that the local authority has decided that the district should itself have a separate programme. The holding of the Ashburton High School sports here on Wednesday last has had the effect of reviving interest in athletic sports, especially among the children, and the result will almost surely be the holding of similar sports for our own school in future years. The form shown by the boys was excellent, and there are one or two among them

1 who will be beard of later in the athletic world. Their good conduct and ; discipline was the subject of general comment, and the clock-like management of the events by Mr J. Stewart, the first assistant master, was a feature of the afternoon. Methven' is indebted to the boys for a most enjoyable day, and we believe that the boys, too, enjoyed the outing. I The unsatisfactory state of the stock ' market is seriously affecting the district. At this time of the year farmers rely on getting off their fat stock. The condition of the market and the lack of freezing- space now compel fanners 1 to hold on, and, with feed becoming scarce, this can only be done with great difficulty. We had one or two showers last week, just enough to clean the pastures a little, but not enough to do 1 any permanent good. On Saturday evening the barometer registered 30.37, which is a very high reading, and now rain seems further off than ever. An effort is bein^ made by a few old players to revive cricket in the district, so that with the return of the . boys from active service the. national game may next season take its proper place on the Domain grounds. Next > Saturday a team of old players will journey to Rakaia to try conclusions with a similar team in that town.

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 2, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9573, 31 March 1919

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 2 Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9573, 31 March 1919