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The Domain Board last evening granted permission to Winchmore residents to. hold a Sunday School picnic on Easter the Domain.

When discussing the salaries at the Council meeting last evening, Cr. Ferriman stated that -at_ -the present time labourers in many instances received "better wages than skilled persons.—Cr. Watt said such a state of affairs should not exist.

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday last a conference was held in Wellington between representatives of the Freezing; Works and Allied Trades Federation and the Freezing Coxrinanies of the Dominion. It is reported that a satisfactory settlement was reached on all points.

The office of the <( Guardian" will be closed to the public from 5.30 p*m. tomorrow, and the members of the staff on duty will be unable to answer any telephone enquiries, .as the telephone will be utilised, to facilitate recording the results' promptly on the screen. Arrangements liave been made, by the " Guardian " "to announce the result of the polls of. Ashburton and Selwyn and all 'the 'other 'electorates of th© Dominion an the evening by means of ■lantern slides. The results- are expected to come in from 7 p.m. until 12 p.m., and a display will be made until m'idni'2:'ht. ' • .

AVa'imate intends erecting a full-sized marble statue to the memory of the late Dr. Margaret Cruicksliank^ who died during the influenza epidemic through her exertions on behalf of other sufferers from the disease.

'The Minister of Defence Iras been advised that the 1914 and 1915 classes of the, Now Zealand Expeditionary Force are nearly cleared from England, and the 1916 men are being evacuated now. The Minister states that no definite information can be given at present regarding the departure of the latter class, shipping accommodation beinc tincertain.

The proof of the " come hack" of sailing vessels (says a Fress Association message from Wellington) is shown by the fact that there are at the present time no fewer than 11 ocean-going sailers in Wellington Harbour, comprising; two full-rigged ships, three barques, four four-masted schooners,, one fourmasted barquentine, and one threemasted barquentine. Of these vessels, three are British, seven American, and one Swedish.

The Curator reported to the .Domain Board meeting last evening that the water in tJhe lakes was now very low, and the time was opportune if it was intended to clean them.—Cr. Ferriman said he had never known the water to be 6o low in the lakes for the last 35 years. The opportunity was unique to do the cleaning. The whole of the Council staff should be put on •at once or men employed to have a clean up.— The matter was left in the hands of Cr. Hillier to arrange for the cleaning.

A sad tragedy was discovered in Aitken Street yesterday afternoon, Mrs Mary Louisa Hawke, aged 34 years, being found dead on the footpath 'out-side--h'er residence by Mrs Thomas Kerr. It is understood that deceased had .complained of severe headaches on Monday, but had not been attended by a doctor. She was the mother of three children. The body was removed to the morgue for the purposes of a postmortem examination. The inquest will be held to-morrow morning.

Official advice has been received-that four more liners have left "file United Kingdom with drafts en route to New Zealand. These are the Kia Ora, due on May 8, complement 979; Northumberland, due May 9, complement 1330; Paparoa, due May 12, complement 680; and Carpentaria, due May 13, complement 575. /The Devon left. Suez on April 6 for New, Zealand, and it is understood that she also Jias troops on board. Exclusive of the Devon's contingent, this brings the total New Zealand troops on the water', en route to the Dominion, to 10,862.

A circular letter was read at the Borough Council meeting last evening from the Minister of Public Health suggesting that a general clean-up should take place in every town in the Dominion. —Cr. Ferriman said that it would be a capital idea. —Cr. Hillier asked whether the Mayor would proclaim a- holiday for that particular day, so that the work could be "doiie in a more effective manner. —The Mayor replied that lie would not attempt to proclaim a holiday again without a reouisition. (Laughter.)—lt was then decided to fix the second Thursday in May for the clean-up, and put on extra drays to toke away the rubbish.

A Press Association message from Wellington states that the Railway Department advises that as the soldiers are not returning to the Dominion as rapidly as was anticipated when the restrictions on travel were imposed in resDect to soldiers' tickets for the Easter holidays, the Department is waiving the restrictions. Soldiers' tickets will be available for travel during Easter, but in view of the heavy traffic to be dealt with at that time the Department hopes that soldiers will as far as possible assist in avoiding inconvenience to the public by travelling on mixed trains wherever it is practicable, in preference to using the heavy expresses.

The large clock in the Borough Council Chambers, which has faithfully ticked out the time through many a dry debate, "and whose dial has' been appealingly consulted on many an occasion by tired reporters, evidently got tired of the whole business last evening. Shortly after the Council's meeting had commenced the clock undertook to set an. example in speeding-up, and the hands .started to scamper round at a rate calculated to give the fastest speaker in the Council a long start. The clock's unusual behaviour was first observed by Cr. Ferriman, and after a few more scampers, the hands were adjusted., and they settled down once more to the usual gait, while the councillors dealt with several washing-up topics.

The topic of the hour is the liquor poll 1 to-morrow. An interesting announcement . in connection therewith appears on. page 7 of this issue. 4

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9582, 9 April 1919

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9582, 9 April 1919

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