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LOCAL AND GENERAL.

There will be no publication of the ''Guardian" on .blaster Monday. 4 4.

■ Tho instruments at tho Domain weather station last night recorded three degrees of frost.

['The Pakeha, with 1500 New ZeaIji'anders on board, sailed from Tilbury i on April 13 i

, A return received by the Minister of JDel'enee, shows that .on. April 5 New I Zealand troops in the United Kingdom i numbered 20,-161, and in France 593.

j' The: Aucnland City Council confirmed i the proposal - for the purchase of the ; -Auckland tramwaysl, and authorised a jloan of £1,250,000 for that purpose.

i There is a fairly severe form of dysentery prevalent in tho Rakaia dis- i tract, and. visitors speak of it as also j being epidemic in other districts. The trouble produces extreme weakness, but is confined to adults. ' ,l 1 The Cbri.nthic, with a large draft of' .returning men on board, mostly for Cantei-bury, is expected to reach Lyt-. telton. her first port of call, late on ] I Monday aftornoon. As there are a few | Jcases of mumps on board, the ship will • probably be quarantined for 24 hours. Colonel Laffan, writing on behalf of j the British Olympic .Council, appeals to j ; sportsmen and. athletes in the Dominions \ 'to co-operate to the utmost in making j the Olympic Games,; at. Antwerp, next Tear a success, as a compliment to i .heroic Belgium. .He points out the ; shortness of • the. time,, in- which -to ■prepare.. ! General Birdwood tells a new story: . "A huso American negro stopped one : in the right arm as he went over the ; sandbags. Five yards, and his left arm | was scratched. Ten yards further; and he went down with one in the leg. He sat up and appealed to anunanswering heaven: ' Say, do youse think I'm ■ the', i only guy in dis war ?'"

Mr Cooper, manager of His Majesty's Theatre, was advised afternoon that, through unavoidable circumstances, the special him depicting the surrender of the German Fleet cannot arrive at Ashburton meanwhile. Tonight's programme will not therefore include this special feature/, which will be screened on Monday and Tuesday, May 5 and 6.

A court-martial was.held at the King Edward; : Barracks, Chrlstchurch, on Thursday, when a military reservist, named Charles James Rudd, was charged wrßv failing to parade oii'; November 19. 191", when ordered to.do so. The accused was arrested at Auckland, on March 29 of this year.'-.-Rudd pleaded guilty, and in a statement- indicated that he considered it a crime to take any part in destroying human life. Ho,.,was 'convicted and sentenced to nine months' imprisonment.

A discussion on the manners .of colonials compared with the "cockneys" when viewing a. procession occurred at the*last meeting' of the Cliristehurch Processions Committee in connection ..with.the peace celebrations. One representative asked why the colonial would not remain .on the footpatli; like' the Londoners did. when a procession '\va° passing, and allow all a fair chance of viewing the display. The reason wa<= advanced by another delegate that it was because every colonial wanted to get in front of the other fellow. :

Good Friday was spent very quietly in Ashburton. .The weather,,af*)r : -.:the cold snap of the 'past few days, was pleasantly warm, but this was somewhat mitigated by the^-boisterous nor'wester which prevailed till the evening. However, the hills were somewhat relieved of their heavy white mantle, so t_at "it is an, ill. wind that blows no one any good." The- special services were well attended at St. Stephen's Church and the Baptist Tabernacle. A number.of people visited the Domain in the afternoon, and games of tennis and croquet were indulged in. Apart from this, the only thing that deprived, the day of a sober Sabbath feeling was the heavy expresses which passed north and south packed with travellers.

An enjoyable drawing-room afternoon in connection with the W.C.T'.U. was held at the residence of Mrs J. Osborne. Winter's Road, on Thursday afternoon. Mrs Lill, in'introducing the Dominion president, said that Mrs Don was no stranger to Ashburton, and was present to speak in tho absence of Mrs S. H. D. Ferryman. Mrs Lill referred to the results of the recent poll, and the hopeful outlook which confronted, all workers interested in the uplift of humanity. ; Mrs Don gave an interesting outline, of the" prohibition movement in America. One new member was enrolled. Musical items were pleasingly rendered by Miss M.,' Smith. Votes of thanks were accorded the speaker, performers, and Mrs Osborne for her kind hospitality.

Referring to the question whether there will be a session of Parliament before the general election takes place, the Hon. A. M. Myers' states that, irrespective of general political questions, it is absolutely necessary to pass taxing legislation, as no land tax can be collected. until. a Tax Bill'ha,s- been passed. The land tax is usually made payable early in November, and a Tax Bill should be passed not later than the latter part of October, to onable the Order-iri-Counc-il to be prepared and issued before the date of payment. There is also every probability bf legislation being 'passed on the lilies of the Expiring Laws Continuance Act, 1918, which extends the operations of certain enactments to August 31, 1919. The Minister added that this aspect should remove any doubts that must exist regarding the holding of a session.

Tne Canterbury Presbvtei-ian Sunday School Union held a conference at Kangiora yesterday, over 90 delegates being present, representative of Sunday schools irom Wniknri in the north to ivJethvcn in the south. Mr T. W. Hill, chairman of the association, presided over tne conference. The proceedings were owned by the Rev. W. 11. Howes, fitter which an address was given by the Rev. R. Uyeburn. Miss Laishlov. oi Ivaiapoi, gave a very interesting address on the work of the " Busy Bee," a recently-formed organisation "for the promotion of missionary work amongst young people. Tn the afternoon a demonstration of the teaching of primary classes was given by Sister Miriam, assisted by lour young teachers, and finally a breezy and interesting address was given by Mr H. Lock, of Methven, Ins subiect being the problem of the country school, with suggestions for tho! better organisation of those schools.

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The following reports show the stale of the rivers :— Rakaia, Ashburton ,andf v Opihi clear, Rangitata and "Waitaki fishable.

There was a good attendance at the animal meeting oi householders' at Huntingdon, when the following School Committee was elected :-f-Messrs L. Maginncss (chairman), C. Bishop (secletaiv), W. Thomson, R. Small, and G. Vessy.

The streets in Ashburton to-day presented a ouiet and inanimate appearance, nvaeticallv all the business places with the exception of the butchery establishments, tea-rooms, nnd confectionery and fruit shops! being closed.

A little girl, Maisie Higgs, aged 10' voars, was thrown from a pony while . out riding yesterday at Miironan, and' sustained a fractured thigh. She rceeived medical attention, and was sub-, seouentlv removed" to. the County Hospital. I Josephine Greene, aged 3-I'years, wasfound dead hanging in an outhouse of her residence at Onehunga. She had -been suffering from insomnia, after influenza, for .some.months, and was very despondent. At" the inquest a verdict of suicide during temporary insanity , was returned. —Press Association. I The South Island men who arrived |in Wellington yesterday by the KaiI koura will arrive at Lyttelton by toI morrow morning's ferry steamer. For j tho convenience - of' soldiers of the j Knikoura dralt living south of Christ - 1 church, a special: troop, train will leave j 'Christ-church to-morrow (Sunday) at 11. ia;m., and may-.-.be .expected to arrive at j Ashburton: ab.Qut-.-i . p.m. •;

William 'Leslie.,..of R.iversdale, ', a#ett 60 years f . a,; representative of Stho ■ New Zealand "Loan..and^Mercantile ? Agency Co., died . last night ..frumrunjuries. received in a motor accident when.on.tha, way to Lawrence. William Lynch- and John Jones, .who .were..with, him,./-.re-ceived minor injuries.. The car over-. turnedrtrrPress .'.Association. . ;

At.',Palmerstpn:':' North- the annual' ;Camp and ".-conference 'of .the. ..Young Men's Presbyterian"Bible Class Union was .opened yesterday; T The. registrations totalled. 280, and are expected.to exceed 300. The annual report showed the membership had made substantial progress. Projects for the coming year, were warmly approved. The camp lasts, about five days.-^-Press Association. .

Mr JTamplon, president of the A.S.R.S.. addressed a•largo gatheringof railwavmen of the W resfcport branch in the Friendly Societies' Hall on Thursday evening, and lucidly .explained' the new classification and schedule wages. The meeting gave the president n'niost cordial'hearing, and at the conclusion of his address unanimously e'xprc«ed confidence in-Mr "Hampton and the present executive.—Press Associa-

,The expected shortage of .coal for the forthcoming winter liasi been ..engaging, the. attention of local residents, tvho • have been preparing for emergencies- by getting in a- good! stock. of firewood. Apparently Good Friday was spent profitably in this respect" by a -large : number..'who filled in the day in the? ; j:i\rei'-bod chopping wood,; as;throughout r the'"afternoon" a number of horse-drawn" and other vehicles were to be seen coming from that direction fully loaded • with fuel. . . ■

"Thoughtliihiess,' for the two horses which" he rode at the front is shown' in tlie will of Captain R. P. Bullivant>, M.C, of, the County of London Y'eo*manry, which: was proved recently. He left estate Valued at £122,890. He directs the;executors ■■ to endeavour.to purchase from -the Government- his two chargers, Mike and Joe, arid, if sue? cossful. '..to 11 an cl them over •to his friend; and -brother-officer. Arthur Macdougall, or to make such other arrangements so that 'they have a comfortable, home. -

Farmers along; the east; crfast of the North Island are evidently meeting;' with the same experience.. as those in Ashburton Comity. A visiter from, the Gisbor.ne district remarked ,to a dian"', reporter to-day that the outlookwas anything but promising. As a result of the drought the land' w&<? parched, and the grass •in places was completely withered- up. Consequently there was an acute .shortage, of feed, and unless the,.-freezers got going again immediately the position, so far at least as sheen-farmers.. wei;e concerned, would' be serious. Fat stock was going back in condition, and already prices showed a considerable decline, the last sale* in one of tho chief centres showing a drop of. about 25 per cent.

During the, absence of ""Mr Massey. and Sir Joseph Ward there'-iS^increased" work for the Ministers of tile-Crown who have temporarily divided up amongst .them the portfolios of the two leaders. The Hon...Mr .MacDoriald mentioned New.; Plymouth^ that at Di-esent he is' holding iabout 15 portpolios. He said that"-lit,-times it was very difficult-to ; adjust all matters. For instance, as Minister of Agriculture- ho had to get the best possible price, --'for the producers, while, on the other hand, as-president of!the Board of.Trade, he. had the task of keeping the cost of living down

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 19 April 1919

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