LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The Milk Vendors' Association at Auckland has raised the price of milk by £d per quart, to meet the competition of butter and cheese production.— Press Association.
The Minister of Defence has received advice that the New Zealand Division is now out of Germany. The last draft of New Zealanders was despatched from Cologne to Rouen on March 26.
The number of motor cars on the ground at the Methven A. and. (P. Show yesterday spoke volumes for the prosperity of the Mount Hutt district. A rough count gave a total of 220 cars present.
"A man must respect himself before he can expect his family to respect him, and no family is likely to look up to a perambulating whisky bottle,'' remarked Mr F. V. Fraaer, S.M., during the hearing of an application for a separation order ;at the Wellington Police Court recently.
Within the last few .weeks a considerable amount' of ploughing has been done in the districts between Methven and Rakaia, preparatory to sowing green feed. On the higher land the paddocks have a parched appearance; and heavy rain would be very welcome.
Some 14 spinners and, piecers employed at the Roslyn Woollen. Mills left work in a body on Monday. It is alleged that they felt that they had a grievance because an old employee had been superseded by a man brought in from outside. To express their dissatisfaction they went on strike, and they were still out yesterday. The union covering, these workers is registered under the Arbitration Act.
A keen demand exists at the present time in England and France for New Zealand, tinned jam. A Dunediii firm (says the " Otago Daily Times") recently secured an order for 3000 cases of .assorted Janis^ for England and France, and the first shipment was sent away in the Verdun. A further parcel will be placed on the Burma. The order, represents 180,0001b of jam, and the demand is'quite unsatisfied in the meantime. , "
A New Plymouth boy, writing from Cologne, states that the German tradesmen are very anxious to please the New Zealanders. garrisoned there. A German (who had had three years' service at the war) repaired his watch, but refused to accept any payment. Like other Germans in business, this tradesman expressed satisfaction with the presence of the New Zealanders. They were mortally afraid that the French or Belgians would be seril there instead.
Last Sunday (reports the Nelson "Colonist") some fishermen left a very large stingray on the beach near the Maori pa^ below high-water mark. As soon as the tide made' sufficiently to bring the stingray awash, a x ten-foot shack dashed in to snatch a meal. So shallow'was the water that fully half the body of the shark was out of water. In fact, for a few seconds he was actually stranded, but the next roller floated him off. The shark tore the sfcringray to ribbons and devoured it. He had a big tussle with the head, and one of the onlookers stoned him- off, but he did not go away more than 50 yards. ands then dashed back, and finished his 'hundredweight meal;
In the course of his remarks at the annual meeting of the Society for the Protection of Women and Children, the Rev. F Rule said he considered himself as much a policeman as a clergyman, owing to his strong connection with Police Court work. He thought there should be a law on the Statute Book whereby women and children would be tried in a private Court- from which' reporters should be excluded. The country was in the van of big social reforms, and he thought one of the first necessities-was the passing of a law making it unnecessary for women and children to appear side by side with men, perhaps hardened criminals, in the court of justice.
This season's fruit crop in Auckland has been decidedly better than last year's, according to a representative of a local firm of jam lnakers. The brown rot. so prevalent among all stone fruit last year, has not been nearly so bad among plums this season, although peaches have been affected to a considerable extent. The firm in question recently lost a ton of the latter fruit, between Saturday and Monday fro\n this disease. Now that the war is over. manufacturers will be able to divert their whole output to local needs, which have remained to some extent unsupplied, owing to the needs of the troops. Since the signing of tho armistice, about 60 tons o"f jam has been sent by one firm to the New Zealand camps in England, nnd the last consignment of 10 tdhs will go forward this week.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the Waikato > Farmers' Company, Mr J. Barugh said that manures were still selling: at high rates, but as soon as shipping was normal prices would decrease. New Zealand woiild be well, supplied with oats this year, as estimates showed there would be a surplus over requirements. After referring to the various branches of the company's work, Mr Barugh said he felt it his duty to sound a warning to farmers against rushing into the purchase of farms at high prices, without adequate capital, trusting, in many instances, to obtain advances for the purchase of stock far in excess of what their capital warranted. In his opinion money was likely to be tighter, and, therefore, farmers might have to contend with, restricted rather than increased accommodation, especially where farms had been purchased at high values. They could not be blind to the fact that during the past few years, owing to the speculative demand for land, prices had lumped considerably, and it was doubtful whether these high prices could be justified. >
All ihe Canterbury rivers are reported to be clear to-day.
The Chairman-.reported at the County Council meeting to-day that the sum of £1000 has now been received for registering motor cars and motor cycles in the County.
A successful sale of work was held by the members of the Ashburton Crociuct Club at the green yesterday afternoon in aid. of the Returned Soldiers' Club, the funds of which as a eonseofuence ■will benefit to the extent of about £30:
On charges of being the occupiers of common gaming houses, four Chinamen at Wellington were yesterday each fined £4Q, or three months' gaol. They elected to go to gaol. The cases were ■ a sequel to the recent raid in Hairiing Street. The persons found on the premises were fined last week.— Press Association.
Another instance of drawing too hasty a conclusion was demonstrated yesterday afternoon, when by a curious coincidence the arrival of Mr Sidney Williamson and his colleagues from Christchureh at the door of their Ash-bin-ton hotel synchronised with th«» appearance at the door of an organgrinder, prompting the declaration from an onlooker that the .musical visitors had brought their own accompanist.
In view of the shortness of insulated tonnage.^caused by what is considered the unfair distribution by the Imperial authorities of the steamers designated for Australasian loading, the directors of the New Zealand Shipping Company have ..sent urgent. cables .to London pointing out the immense loss threatened to all sheepfarmers in the Dominion, especially in Canterbury, where, by reason of continued drought, there is no means of,, keeping in condition fat stock for which there is no space in the freezing work 3.
In conversation this morning with a " Guardian " reporter, Senior-Sergeant Rvah commented on, the red, tape methods of the military authorities... A military offender arrested here had to be sent under, escort to Area Headquarters (Timaru), and often was sent north apain 1* (under escort), by. the .next, train. When understaffed, as at present, this Caused considerable inconvenience to the police. Although- Sergeant; Ryan had made representations to the\militarv authorities in the matter, nothing had been done to improve the present system, . . .
At the Christchurch Magistrate's Court to-day, Alfred Rowley and Edwin J. Pegg, managers of the Strand and Grand Picture Theatres respectively, were charged with keeping the theatres open during the hours prohibited by the Public Health Amending Act, 1918. Defendants pleaded guilty. Counsel drew attention to the fact that the Auckland theatres had been open continuously since and the Wellington theatres since the : beginning of the year, .while the defendants only started in March to show continuously. Both were convicted and discharged.—Press Association.
The prizes in' connection with the Ashburtoh Croa vet Club's competitions were presented to the successful competitors yesterday afternoon by the Mayor, Mr R. Galbraith, in 4iie absence of the president, Mr T. Bullock. The president's trophies in the handicap singles were secured by Mrs McChirg (first) and Mrs Borthwick ! (second); The third prize; donated by' the Mayoress, was annexed by Mrs Crisp. Mrs Bortnwick's prize for the fourth ■ placed competitor was secured by Miss Hbsken. The handicap doubles was won by Mesdames McClurg and Boot, with Mrs Borthwick and Miss R; Anderson second.
Returned soldiers at the Ashburton Glee and Madrigal Society's concert Jast evening were stirred at the spirited rendition of the "Hundred Pipers." This sons was adopted as the regimental march of the Ist Canterbury Infantry Regiment on its formation in the Territorials some years ago, and later the Canterbury battalions of the Expeditionary Force chose the same tune as their regimental march. Since then the -Canterbury Regiment has heard the march in many places, on the sands of Egypt, marching into battle in France, at historic ceremonials before Royalty and High Army Command, and at mounting guard iv a hundred different places.
George Henry Anderson, of Allen ton, who was convicted last Monday at the Ashburtcin Court oh charges of being drunk and disorderly, using obscene 'language., assaulting the police, and 'damaging police uniform, was arrested at Ashburton this morning on a charge of being a deserter from His Majesty's Forces. On^Mondny, in response to a query from" the Bench, Anderson stated that he was a returned soldier, and the sitting Magistrate (Mr W. W. White) commented on the unpleasantness of dealing hardly in such, a case, and added that the Bench would deal leniently in imposing a fine. It is now stat.ed that Anderson was not a returned soldier, having been .given leave from camp on Anril 17 last until further orders. Not having answered such orders, he has been arrested as-a. deserter.
At the Ashburton Magistrate's Court this morning, before Mr V. G. Day, S.M.. W. J. Brown, building contractor. Ashburton, appeared on a charge of signing a receipt liable to stamp duty and which had not been duly stamped. The case arose out. of an action in' the Court a fortnight ago, when the defendant proceeded against W. Lloyd on a claim in connection with alterations and additions to a house at Mayfieid.' The document was a receipt for payment of £125, which had been duly stamped, but at a later date an acknowledgment of the payment of a further sum of £40 was made on the same document, and tho additional .stamp duty had not been added. Senior-Sergeant Ryan .prosecuted. Defendant pleaded guilty, adding that the error was made unwittingly. Ho did not make a. wilful attempt to evade the stamp duty, although he had no excuse to offer. A fine of 10s, with costs, was imposed.
The express for ihe South to-day had attached a Red Cross- van, con taining several wounded soldiers wh< were being transferred from hospital in Christchurch to Timarii.
The picking and patching of the "ocean wave in East Street haa had the desired effect for the time being, of reducing the ruffled surface, and cyclists can now ride along this popular thoroughfare without imagining that they are competitors in a buck-jumping' contest.
The water in the Domain ponds is again - very low. This morning some very muddy urchins were observed intent on the engaging past-time of catching the finny, brethren which had collected in one small pool. The fish had the worst of it, and several were forced to accompany the muchbespattered youngsters to a new home. It is a question whether the peaceoffering in kind would be sufficient to appease the wrath of the mother when she surveyed the state the enterprise of her offspring 'had brought to previously clean, clothes and faces.
At the inquest to-day at 'Christchurch, into the death of Edward Francis McGirr, aged 6£ years, who *died as the result of injuries sustained through beinT; run over by a motor cai*, a verdict was-returned that the boy met his death as the result of an accident, there being no evidence of negligent driving. The Coroner added a rider that the practice of children i running in the' rear of travelling vehicles was highly dangerous, and that the attention of. members of the Education Boards and School Committees be directed to the practice.—Press Association.
The County Council, ab the meeting to-day, unanimously .carried the following resolution: ''iShat this Council places on the minutes its heartfelt thanks to the vainous Red- Cross and Lady Liverpool branches in*the. County for their untiring arid effective work during the war, and feels , proud to record that the call of the, wounded and sick was met with 'such a magnificent response."—Cr. W. ,T. Lill said as the • Borough Council had entertained the local , workers.' the 1 County 'Council should now arrange' a gathering in which the whole of the Red Ci'oss and Lady Liverpool workers m the County could participate.—The" chairman said he thought the residents in' various parts of the County where branches had worked should entertain the ladies. In the Wakanui district arrangements were being made for that purpose. He considered it would be a difficult matter to get all the County/ workers together, and the local entertainment system would be much more . effective. The ladio3 had done splen- " did -\vnvk, and were worthy of every recognition for their labours during
A v/elcome-iiom© social to Sergeant Lay and Private M.cMinn will be held , in the Winchmore Hall on Wednesday next, April 9. 4 liaj
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9578, 4 April 1919
LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9578, 4 April 1919
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