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The Jewish Feast of Passover commenced last evening, and will continue for eight days. The rain, which commenced at 11 p.m. last evening, amounted to 20 points, as measured at the Domain weather record station. This afternoon the wea-j ther gave indications of clearing. ®\ i Summary No. 2, of the New Zealand ; casualties up to March . 31 gives: — j Officers, dead 773. wounded 1720; other ! ranks, died. 15,840, wounded 39,596, j making a grand total of 57,929. I As a sequel to a raid on a "twon^'' school at Devonport, -says a Press i Association telegram, 26 men appeared : in Court yesterday at Auckland. Decij siom was reserved by the Magistrate on the question of whether the place where the game was played was a public place within the meaning of the . Act. ■ Two Dalmatians were before the Magistrate's Court at Auckland yesterday (says a Press Association telegram) charged- with failing to report for service at Kerepehi under the War Regulations. One was fined £20, and the other was sentenced to three, months' imprisonment. . At the householders' meeting at the j Borough School Inst evening one voter had either, not recovered from the effects of the recent licensing referendum, or was thoroughly satisfied with the activities of the old committee, and accordingly endorsed his paper: " 1 vote for continuance." - Tlie Canterbury Trades and Labour Council on Saturday night deolined to accede to a request that it should help to sell tickets for the Trentham art help to educate soldiers' children, and passed the following motion : '•That it. is the bounden duty of the State to see that all children of tlie' State are given an'equal opportunity to receive higher education." •■' r Those who were at tho railway station this morning were surprised at the number of large; cases included in tho freights of the slow train for ; Timaru.. Enquiry showed that these, cases contained no less than 101 Ford j motor-cars—an extraordinary testimony to the popularity of this" make of car and to the prosperity of this pro- ■ vince. . 4 " j

The decision of the district court-mai-tial which tried Sidney Beck at Wellington on a charge of having deserted from the Forces has been promulgated (says a Press Association message). . The Court found. Beck guilty, and sentenced him to six months' imprisonment. The sentence was reduced by the..convening officer to 84 days' detention ; Beck pleaded conscientious objections to military service. At Kaitangata yesterday, Frederick Carson,' deputy manager of the -Kaitangata Coal Mine, was charged with failing to report forthwith an accident, in which James Archibald Weir lost his life on January 31, and also with altering the conditions of the dip before the Mine Inspector had an opportunity .of viewing *it. Carson was fined £'10 on each, information, with costs.—Press Association. The headmaster, Mr. G. Schneider, at the householders' • meeting last evening; urged upon the parents, the necessity of a swimming bath for the school. He stated that during the past season it had only been possible to give two practical lessons in swimming in the Domain baths. The teachers gave lessons to the children in school in regard to lifesaving, but it was impossible to learn to swim without water.

Tit* "Ladies' Home Journal" claims a victory throughout America in its cam- : paign against public drinking cups. The echoes of the campaign -swept away similar insanitary drinking vessels in many cities and towns in New Zealand, and instead of using a cup, thirst was quenched direct from a flow of clear water. With pandemics in the air, so to speak, many A.«hburtoniaus think it is time that the metal cup attached to the drinking fountain in East Street was removed. The To Anau, now making a second .trip with sheep from tho Chatham Lslands to Lyttelton, will 1 make one more trip, after which she will come to Port Clialmers for survey. When completed the ship will take the Tarawera's running on the east coast trade. The ferry services will be carried on during Easter by the Maori and Mararoa, with the addition of the Mapourika, which will assist the Mararoa, leaving Wellington on Thursday night.—Press Association. ■ Tinder the will of tlie late Mrs Isabella Siteman (widow of the late William Jacob Siteman, of Wimbledon, Hawke's Bay), who died at Dannevirke on March 18, the residue of her estate, approximately £2500, is left in. trust for the purpose of providing assistance to young men and young women, or boys and girls desirous of atteridang and prosecuting their studies in any of; tho universities of New the form of bursaries, scholarships, oiv othorwise. as the trustees shall decide, to be known as the " Isabella Siteman Scholarships." At the meeting of Hampstead householders last evening Mr W. Thompson said he thought it was only right that a. public reception should be given to the district soldiers when all of them returned. The matter was one for the Town Board to deal with, but he suggested that the School Committee work in with the board, as the majority of the district soldiers were ox-pupils of the Hampstead School. It was subsequently decided that it be a recommendation to the incoming members to assist the board in any steps it may take in the way of extending a public welcome to the soldiers. As a member of the board, Mr W. Thompson said he would introduce the matter at a future meeting of that body.

The following is the river report for j to-day:—Rakaia-, dear; Ashburtou, clear; Rangitats,, clear; Opihi/ _shable; Waitaki, fLshable.

Sir James Allen states that it is hoped to pay about June 1 the payments in lieu of separation allowances approved by the House of Representatives last session. Fire has completely destroyed the ! Roman Catholic Cathedral at Cliicou- i I tiiui, Quebec. The loss includes an ; I original painting by Rubens, valued at j ; £20.000. | ! A memorial to Simon de Montfort, j | whose forces were defeated in the j battle of Evesham, 1265, when he fell, j !is to be unveiled at. Evesham (Wor- j | cestershire). ; i The French Government has been : I invited to arrange with the Allied Gov- ; | ernments for the creation of an inter- j j national medal and ribbon in commemo- ; ! ration of the war. j j Six deer-stalking licenses have been. i ; issued by the Acclimatisation Society lin this district. It is reported that | deer are plentiful in the hilly country j running between Mt. Somers and ! Methven, and that the herds have been : well culled so that some good heads j will probably, be secured during the !season. , Prior to elections in the Dominion, i the Government issues to all the elecI torates the necessary supply of material. I which includes lead-pencils. The latter | are issued to the respective booths, but i it is surprising how few of them ever ' I find their way back to the returning officers.' There is, however, one ,excep-r ition. and that is the familiar black '.pencil used to vigorously strike out either the top or' bottom line, which--1 at the election in 1914 bore the imprint ; " John Faber, Germany." The Gov-; ; eminent has in hand -a large stock of j these pencils, from which diplomatic : returning officers -obliterated the trade i i mark, so that few of the most ardent I voters knew .that on Thursday last they ; were attempting to make, the Dominion ''dry" or "wet" per medium of a| 'German pencil. .

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9587, 15 April 1919

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9587, 15 April 1919