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Iv -Wtcordance 'wtih. our usual custom, the ""Guardian" «tfill not bo published to-aeorrow (Good Friday), nor on. Easter Monday. .-• • 4 4 At the Adiii-ington yards yesterday £our Drime b-Hconerß, sold on behalf of Mrs B. Welsh. (Tai-Tapu),. realised £9 4r each. The Ne-w Zealand . ; Farmers' po-<o,p. Rfltablished a record . in,. the price of lambs for-this season, at. a., clearing sale is. the efitate of Mrs M-. Wilson, Walia-r uui, yofiicrdaj', by selling 146 ■at -37s each, .A Klount Spiners farmer yrhto -visited Asliiburton to-day states ttot the oiitlook for wintering stock in tihat district is not so bright as it. nn4ght |be, • and same of the farmers were likely to suffer loss owing to noi 'being able to opt their fat sheep-aw«ty v . The shortaire of feed had now. caused the latter ito so back, and now that the cold weather had set in, a reduction in flocks, was the only safe course open in order to winter the remainder of the stock on their farms.

Although it has been decided to post-, pone the Domain Carnival, it was agreed-at, last night's meeting of the executive to go ahead with the arrangements for • the concert. Mr H. A. Humphries, chairman of the Entertain-, '■ment Committee, reported that a good deal of work had already been put in, and they were quite prepared to go on with" the concert. Mr T. J. Hunter said no stone should be left unturned in an endeavour to make the function a success. The official film taken at the time of the surrender of the German fleet to the British will be screened at His Majesty's Theatre on Saturday night and Monday afternoon and evening. This film attracted large attendances during the screening at Wellington. The programme will also include views of the armistice celebrations-in London, .Glasgow. Paris, and Dublin. Seats can ; be reserved on application at the theatre. . ' A fine specimen of that somewhat irare animal, the Irish bull, was perpetuated at the public meeting at Woolston last night, at which Fire Board matters were discussed. Commenting on the fact that the ratepayers had decided on a fire brigade before providing a water • supply, Mr W. W. Tanner said that they had put the cart before the horse. :"And,".he continued, "the cart is no good, and the i horse isn't there;!". .:.„-.

Mr Ball. Minister for Public Works, N.S.W.. stated a few days ago that he had had under notice an application by an ■employee of his Department for a small increase in.his wage. In favourably reviewing The application the supervising engineer had intimated that the man concerned was; the father of 28 children, and nine of his sons had crone to the war. ' Mr Ball added that these facts had appealed to him, and he had no hesitation' in granting the increase recommended.

At a meeting of the jGfreymouth branch of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants, the following resolution was carried: —"That'this branch expresses its disapproval at the president's action in addressing'the'Addingiton branch on' the new schedule of wapes before the other, branches had been communicated with, and the result being published in the Press, and also [his remarks at the conclusion of the interview with the Minister of Railways that the executive would assist the Department despite the fact that objection would be raised to the adoption of the schedule.''

The serious position which has arisen the result of numerous sectional disDutes at the various coal mines, 'throughout the Dominion was considered at a meeting of the Coal Mine Owners' Association held in Wellington on Tuesday. The following motion was carried unanimously:—"That the New Zealand Coal Mine Owners' Association, having regard to the frequent stoppages of work which have taken place at the various mines,, in absolute defiance of the agreement entered into with the Miners' Federation Executive in September last, hereby determines that as these continual breaches of agreement are evidence of the federation's inability, or unwillingness, to enforce the agreement, the association now finally demands that the Federation Executive shall carry out its undertakings." The position in regard to local supplies of fast coal is far from satisfactory, arid the outlook for the winter is very unpromising. At the present time supplies dribble ■ into Ashburton at uncertain intervals, and are doled out to the public as fast as they arrive, in each instance a number of householders who are right out of stock having to go without. Supplies of lignite are a little more satisfactory, but the patience of those who have to attend to domestic duties in the homes has long since been exhausted owing to. the quality of some of the latter class of coal, which is only fit to be classed as rubbish. The uncertain supply also does not give the vendors a chance to regulate the distribution, and a good deal of unnecessary overlapping and extra cartage is the result, which all tends to keep up the price. The officials of the Ghristclrnrch Citizens' Defence Corps state that they have received two or three enquiries evorv week from soldiers who desire to bring their fiancees from England. They have communicated with the Chief Emigration Officer in Wellington with regard to the matter, and, although no reply has yet been received, they do not anticipate much difficulty .in cases whore the parties are actually engaged. Where the parties are not engaged, it is probable that an engagement, will have to be arranged, or the frirls will either have to pay their full fare or be assisted by the Emigration Department in London. The difficulty j in_ regard to shipping accommodation might cause a considerable delay in getting the girls out, but, apart from this, it is expected _th at they can be brought out on practically the same terms' as the soldiers' .wives.

The mails wiMi •lesfit Jfew Sfealand *;n February 25 *£)rivesd m (London o"ir€he 12th hist.

The Canterbury l^and P.' Association yesterday 'fleoided 'to 'urge the Government te 'tfrohibift the importation of [North \&Mul r _ Ciattle, in view-of the appea#ttnce 'of '(Queensland tick. 1 ■' ■ I I& 'Hungary the workmen in a factory I ;reiD<eilod >vitli rifles a mob of looters. When the fawner thanked them they Isu'ehfed ;nV'him. "If is oitr factory," ifchey explained; "why shouldn't we deiffiiid Ut?" He was 'offered, however, j ; a !iob;as foreman. j Speaking at a meeting of the Danne■virke ißeturned Soldiers' Association, Major Armstrong said that in proportion >to the population Dannevirke had tile strongest association in the Do- I minion. There was no town in which such eeneral interest was taken in the ■ association's •affairs. _ i Mr C. Branigan. Inspector of Stock, jis at present collecting the threshing-j mill returns from this district. He j states that a large quantity of the: wheat grown'in this County this season.j is infected with smut. The smut j Appears to have got worse in recent I Tears, since many farmers abandoned j tho us? of Milestone to pickle wheat ■ hefoi'e'sowinff and adopted other'patent j nreventative substitutes. *f' j -^•A report was received in Masterton I on'Mondav,that a human skeleton was j found in the bush near Mount Bruce J Road on Sunday. The gruesome find is 1 believed ■to solve the mystery of the disappearance of a Mr Corrigan, about/. 18 years aeo. Mr Corrigan was residing with his son on property at Mount Bruce, and was believed to have been lost during a snowstorm.. Directly lie was missed by his son, search- parttes were sent out. and although about IDQ persons , scoured the locality for two weeks no trace of the missing man nould. be found. 'The Christehurch Coal Trade Committee has agreed to place schools in the Canterbury district on its essential list in respect to supplies of coal, and' has promised to see that they have preference . over-' ordinary consumers. The Canterbury Education \Board, in order to inform the Coal Trade Committee of the total quantity of coal re- j auired for public schools, has asked each j. school committee in the district to state j the approximate quantity required, the j kind of coal preferred, and the iner-'j ohant or firm from whom the committee j has obtained coal. j

The One.Bis Union scheme has failed to hold the allegiance of a substantial section of the. unions which, in tho first place, were enamoured of it (says Sydney '"'Sun"). The. two days' conference of the One Big Union supporters ended last night (March 30). Officials of the movement are silent as to the outcome of the gathering, but it was stated at tho Trades Hall this morning that' the scheme had "tumbled down," and that there was no chance of it receiving the endorsement of sufficient unions to bring it into existence. For months past there has been much antagonism shown to the scheme, and during that period many unions have openly declared. they would have nothing to do with it.

,Tho Wellington Central Chamber of Commerce" passed tho following resolution:. —"That this chamber 'views with regret the decision of the Minister pf Finance ,to issue a further war loan on terms exempting the bondholders from income tax. The chamber is convinced that the necessary subscriptions are obtainable without recourse to this dan-gerous-expedient. Seeing that the last conference, representative of all Chambers of Commerce throughout New Zealand, strongly opposed free-of-tax loans, the chamber requests the executive of the Associated Chambers of Commerce to enter an emphatic protest against the Minister's action."

A tribute to Australian and New Zealand soldiers is.paid in a letter received in Sydney from the managing' director of the Verreries de Scailmont Glass Factories at Manage, Belgium.Tlie writer states: "I. had £he pleasure of seeing your Anzacs as they passed through here, and took the opportunity to dig up some of my hidden old Burgundy,. and with them drank to the Allies collectively and singly. They are grand men, and great soldiers. The Germans feared and respected them; they, thought there were 20 divisions of Anzaos at the front. My country owes a lot to the overseas Anzac ■soldiers. I shall always salute them." The Union Steam Ship Company have been officially advised that their turbine steamer Wahino, which'was taken over by the Admiralty shortly after the of the war, will shortly be returned to the company's control. The Waliine left New Zealand towards the end of 1914. under sealer! orders, commanded by Captain A. M. Edwin. The vessel has performed some splendid work under the Admiralty control since then. The TVahiue will be re-condi-tioned at the yards of her builders. Messrs Dennv Bros., of Dumbarton, and it is anticipated that the necessary work will be completed in time to enable the vessel to arrive bnek in New. Zealand to take up her former running in the "Wellinerfcon-Lyttolton ferry service at the beginning of next summer. The method of handling foodstuffs in Now Zealand, compared, with the- practice followed' in the United States, was commented upon by Mrs Emma Rhodes, of Seattle, in the course of an address to men at the- Auckland V.M.C.A. yesterday afternoon. Mrs Rhodes said that in Auckland she had seen milk being poured from one can into another while the street was being swept. In the United States vendors; were compelled to deliver milk in hermetically sealed bottles, which were filled under thoroughly solitary conditions. She mentioned also that in America great care was exercised in the delivery of bread, onch loaf being wrapped in dust-proof bags, made of specially prepared oiled paper. She , contrasted this to the method employ- j ed in New Zealand, where she had i seen the bread exposed to an objection- i able extent. ■ ' i '• , Len Newman, 152 East Street, nd-I vises his patrons to book their Seats j early for Christchureh races, Monday j next. His three cars will leave ,Ash- ; burton at 8 a.m., and depart from Christchureh at 6 p.m. Fares will be £1 per head return. 4 421 j

All Cantetb^ffV, rivers are reported to be fish&Me to-day.; A wireless from the Corinthic states that she will arrive at Lyttelton on Monday afternoon. The health of all on board is eood. —-Press Association. One case of scarlet fever in the Lauriston district was reported to the I Hosoital Board to-day. The patient, was admitted to the County Hospital. Lyndhurst school. committee election resulted as follows: Messrs A. Capon i (chairman), W. Buchan, C. DobTe, S. ! Osborne, W. Cook (secretary). At a largely-attended meeting of the Grey branch of the A.S.It.S., Mr Hampton, president, addressed the members on the new proposals submitted by the Department. At the ! conclusion a number of questions wero asked, and a vote of no-confidence in i the president and council was carried. — i Press Association. j. On April 4 George Henry Anderson, | Allenton. was arrested on a charge'or. i desertine from his Majesty's Forces, S and, taken to Wellington. A blunder i was apparently made, on the~^part of | someone, as when the case was tried 'the charge was dismissed. .Anderson j.states that be went, into camp ion | Ausust 2. 1916, and was discharged on ! April 23. 1917, on account of medica! j unfitness, being granted leave of abj sence without pay.'

The railway station was crowded when the second express come through and there was' the .usual exodus. ;of Easter , holiday-makers from Ashburton.. The train was very long, carrying in addition University representative teams from Auckland, Wellington, and Canterbury' proceeding to the annual tournament to be held this year at Dunedin. This is the first students! tournament since that at Auckland in 1915, since when the war has prevented the usual regatheririg. The Union Steam Ship Company advises that the Paloona, I'ouud from 'Frisco to Wellington, ] e ft Papeete on Acril 15. and is due at | Wellington on April 25 with a large English mail. The Moana. bound from Wellington to 'Frisco, arrived at Papeote- on April 15, sailing the same day. The Makura arrived at Vancouver on April 10 from Auckland, and was to sail on April 15 for the return voyage. The Talune left Suva at 1 p.m. on Wednesday • direct for Auckland with a full cargo of fruit for New Zealand. The vessel is carrying a clean bill of health. —Press Association.

The- annual conference of the United Commercial' Travellers' and Warehouso- . j men's Association of New Zealand is to 'open in Auckland on the 29th inst., :and will be attended by representatives of. commercial travellers' and warehousemen's associations in the four centres. The delegates from the Canterbury Council Travellers' and Warehousemen's Association are Messrs 'f! Wauchop (president), A. Christie, and W. Drake, and. they will leave .for Auckland on the 24th inst. It is noteworthy that the Auckland, Wellington. Canterbury, and Otago Commercial Travellers' and Warehousemen's Assoj eiations have raised during the war period over £600,000 for various war funds. 0 _ A well-known Christehurch journalist-, who has been on service with the N.ii.E.F. for'the' nast two 'or tjareo : years, writing to a local pressman from London under date of March 7, says: "I don't know whether it has vet i leaked out to New Zealand, but Lord I Northcliffe is dreaming of world coni Quest. His latest project, according to Fleet Street gossip, is an ' Empire I Daily Mail' on the lines of bis paper ■here and the Paris edition. "His scheme aims at the establishment and publication .of a ' Daily Mail' (with extensive ! cable services, features, etc.) in Toronto ior Montreal, Capetown, Sydney, and Wellington, and he is reported to bo prepared to spend £3,000,000, and j more, if necessary." The following sales of local interest were made at the Addington yards vestftrdav:—Fat Cattle—For Stone Bros. | (Methven). 3 steers at £5 7s 6d. Fat Sheen —Wethers: For T. Dowling (Springfield, Methven), 25 at 42s 6d to 45s 6d; J. O'Connell (Lyndhurst). 13 at 34s Id; James Seymour (Springfield), 123 at 28s to 35s 6d. Ewes: For Thomas Dowling (Methven). 27 at 30s 6d to 32s 9d; J. W. Withell (Enling), 61 at 28s'to 32s 6d; H. Tavlor (Lauriston), 77 at 27s 2d to 28s 6d:'J. McLean (Rakaia), 71 at 21s to 24s 8d: J. O'Connel! (Lyndlmrst), 50 i nt 24s to 25s 3d; H. J. Crothers (Lauriston). 36 at 22s 6d to 23s 7d. Lambs— For T. Dowling (Methven), 6 at 24s lOd to 325: J. O'Connell (Lyndlmrst). 4.8 at j 26s 9d to 28s 6d; H.Drummond (Lyud- ! hurst). 62 at 24s to 27s 6d. j That a City Council inspector's iot is not the happiest was demonstrated •■ in an amusing case which came- before Mr T. A. B. Bailey, S.M.. at the | Christchurch Magistrate's Court yester--1 day. Defendant was charged with j havinp- obstructed and assaulted two inj spectors during their tour of inspection j of properties to ascertain if proper pro- ! vision was made for fire escapes. In | the case in question the inspectors ! declared that the woman had snouted ito them. "Get off the place, you | wasters." They politely replied , that ; they would remove their presence after jthev had done their- duty. She then approached one of the inspectors from the rear, while he was looking at the ! house, and drenched him with a hose. ! This statement sent a circle of smiles! i round: the Court. Defendant's action j eventually cost her nearly £5 in fines, costs, and solicitor's expenses. | The "disruptive revolutionary eleJ merit" in the Labour- movement is I fiercely denounced by Mr tP'. H. Hickey I (vice-president of the Victorian Party) J in a pamphlet which he has just i's- , sued (states a Melbourne telegram to I the Sydney Morning Herald). "These I reactionaries," he says—"and reac- ; tionaries they are, for their pose as re- | volutionaries would deceive no one ex'j.cept persons of weak intellect—sneer | at union constitutions and rules, jeer int the organisations responsible for the conditions under which they labi our, brand as traitors all duly-elected I officials, and bask in the sunshine of j their own glory as uncompromising ! rebels and Simon-Pure revolutionaries. ! For the most part this group is composed of young men who have had little or no experience .and havj no settled calling or }:ilace of 'ibode." „ One hundred thousand Japanese are now living in the United States: all but 5000 of them in the Rocky Mountain and Pacific coast districts.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919

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