LOCAL AND GENERAL.
A case of scarlet fever in \h& l&iSelton district was notified to the Hospital Board to-day. There_ are. at present five scarlet fever cases in. tUwe laospital. '
The Paloona, which ha« a large Englisli mail on. l>oard, has heen. delayed on her voyage to New 'Zealand. She -will "reach. .Wellington on Saturday, and the Ashburton section, of her mail 1 ■sho-uld be delivered 'on Monday. ' •
As illustrating the good spirit pre■vailrng amongst bowleTs generally, the ifollowinir incident is related:—lt" was essential that the final games of the Rakaia Club's ■.singles competition be finished on Good Friday. In order to enable one player, to be present another offered to assist in the morning to cut down and split .some"trees for firewood. The offer -was'thankfully accepted, and the service duly rendered. The player turned nn to timo in the 'afternoon and ■won the competition.
The special train conveying about 500 southern soldiers, who returned by the Cbrinthie, passed through Ashburton this morning. A number of local residents gathered on the platform to welcome about 20 Ashburton. men. Red Cross ladies, were also in attendance, and distributed fruit and cigarettes to the men on the train. Ine Mayor and members of the War Relief Committee arranged for motor cars to convey; local soldiers to their homes.
The replacing of teeth which have been knocked out is now being-prac-tised in England. A boy of 13, had two top middle teeth knocked out by a .stick. Dr. H. M. Savery, of Bud-, leigh, Levon, took away the teeth, which hung loose, and washed them. They were then replaced, a few stitches put*in the gum, .and Mihe jaw bandaged for two days. Washing and .cleaning of the mouth followed. In. a ,week solid food was given, and the patient can now enjoy an apple. A similar operation vraa performed by Dr. Savery on 'a footballer with equal success;.
Recently a motor-car containing three men drove up to the Salvation Army 'Female Home in Brunswick, Victoria. One of the men, asking for the officer in charge, explained that he wanted to see the plumber. Ho was taken away for that purpose, and the other men went" to the laundry and asked for an inmate of thd home. When she came out the men provided her with a cloak, and said she was to' come with them. The girl complied, and has not since been heard of. She was about 20 years of age, and was not in the home on the order of any court. !
"On some * remote mountain in the Far East an Englishman, a Frenchman, arid a German once found themselves in dire want of food," says Walter Sichol in the " Fortnightly." "At all risks a sheep must be found before nightfall. What happened ? The Frenchman spoke much of his mother,""wept, and sighed. The German sat down with ascrap of paper, on which with a pencil he evolved from his inner consciousness* a laboured map of where a sheep should be found. But meanwhile the Englishman ha<T silently vanished to return by evening with«the sheep required?'
The Rome "Review" states that 200)000 Italian reservists are now ready to 'return to America, whence they came to take their share in the, war, and it is estimated that When all have been'released from..the army the number of intending emigrants to the United States will be nearly 300,000.The "Review" urges that the Government should take steps io induce these workers to remain in I£aly by offering them special" facilities on'the land and, in industrial life, instead of allowing fliem to take their labour to America.
A New York editor, dealing with the question of washing dishes, says: — After a long day at the office it is delightful to steep one's hands in hot dishwater (which acts as an excellent febrifuge for the brain and a tonic for weai-iness of the body) and pass through the purifying and homely gestures of ablution and wiping. These simple tasks of the hancj always induce a pleasant and domestic train of thought. We know one poet, and not such a bad poet either, who always says he can .write his best lyrics just af^er a bout with the evening dishes. And no manicurist ever gives so pink and charming a clow to the hands as a half-hour session with the dishpan. If any husband should ever protest against being asked to wash the dishes, let the wife refer him to 11. Kings, xxi., 13.
Commentine on y the paragraph which recently appeared in the Christchureh papers regarding a shortage of slaughtermen, which was said to be seriously affecting the meat industry in Canterbury, a local slaughterman remarked to a " Guardian " reporter that the arrangements under which the men worked was responsible, to a good extent, for the present state of affairs. Ii; the South Island the number of sheep, etc., that could be killed by any one man was limited, whereas in the^ North Island there fras no limit. Consequently experts were not disposed to leave the North Island and come to Canterbury, so long as they could get work there. This was the only department in the works, our informant stated, where piecework was limited, with the result that Experts in several instances had taken up other employment.
A demonstration that at one time seemed to have ugly possibilities occurred on the Riccarton Racecourse after the Autumn Nursery Handicap yesterday. ■ There were six 'starters, whose names were posted separately on the totalisator, and the public assumed that, following; the ovdinary practice, there would be two dividends. Notice was posted on the "machine blackboards that Sundance and Kilgour, though ostensibly belonging to different owners, were coupled, Sundance being raced on lease from the owner of Kilgour. This eliminated the second dividend, but for some reason the authorities recorded the investments on the two horses separately. Many of the investors were ignorant of the coupling, and when only one dividend was paid out. the backers of Some. Kid, the second horse, made a demonstration in front of the totalisator, and subsequently in front of the stewards' stand. Many of them invaded the course just as the next race was about to start, and the police had to take steps to clear the course. Some of the crowd showed, a disposition to be very noisy and argumentative, but the police handled the business tactfully, and the demonstrators gradually reverted to silence.
The Amazon River at its mouth has a width of more than 150 miles.
The fo!3owinK is the fiver, report: — 1-ta-kaia, 'dirty; Ashburtom clear; Ransitata, Cashable; Opihi, clear', "Waitaki, clear.
The Ashburton Courthouse and ' banfes were closed to-day in honour ; of ,St. George's Day. F"lags were ilown from the Post Office, business premises, &tkl many private residences in the town. . • . ■' These are said to have been the prices of food in Berlin just before the armistice was declared: —Coffee or* tea,'3os to 50s per lb; butter, 25s per lb; a small chicken, 255; goose, £5; ham, £25; eggs. Is ■3d each.
The historic Nottingham Goose Fair, which has not been held during the. war. is to be revived. The fair, which formerly lasted , three weeks, but now lasts only three days, is said to be the Eldest in the country. Its suspension has involved a loss of £7000 to the borough rate.
The latest report from the Financial Assistance Board submitted to the Minister of Defence (Hon. Sir James Allen) states that for the month ending April 14 3406 warrants had been issued, covering an expenditure of £9164, including rent £3739, interest £2046.. life insurance £2154.
Mr W. C. Raymond was today returned for the Timaru Mayoralty, unopposed, Mr J. Maling not seeking re-election. For the 12 sweats on the Borough Council there are 19 nominations; five for the Harbour Board (three seats). five for three seats on the Hospital Board, and four for. the two seats on the High School Board. —Press Association.
■ Wo know what the.-English"*.Tommies 'made of pronouncing Ypres. [An Italian in London, it has been said, took, his revenge, lie stopped 18 policemen in succession.l and asked his way to' a street .he-, called , " Keh-ap-see-^ah,"
accenting the second syllable, and .it was not until he chanced to meet, ,an, Italianised Englishman that. he.,,-. got directed to Cheapside. ' , i ,i ■ "rj!
" I hope if I have to go my' bodyVwili be buried at the bottom' of the .sipa/V was the desire expressed in.the "will, of Lieutenant 'Harold Vernon." Lyon,, II .N., formerly of H.M.S. Mmdstone, wlio u;a» drowned; at"-sea. Another portion of the will read: "In the event of my departing this life, whether I am run over by a motor-car or killed by n dog, it is my wish that no mourning is worn and that nobody alters their existence on my behalf. If I go, I go, and there is an end of it."
One has to travel from the Northern Wairoa district to learn some fresh, points in the carrying on of the dairy--" ing industry (says the- "Bell"). The factory manager of one place in the north has said that he has this season eatliered three scrubbing brushes out of the cream sent to the factory. On one or two occasions he has luid to return r.ream to the senders because he ha« found rats in it.
That a woman may claim for damage caused to her dress by the splashes of a motor-car was demonstrated in the County Court, ''Wells. Somerset. The plaintiff was Ethel Pike, of CattleCarry, and she asserted that Sidney Hutton, of Highbridßc Farm, Alhampton. had driven his car negligently, splashhiK her jacket- and skirt, which she had worn only ;i. :t-\v times. Her 'dress, she said, cost £2 A-"is when new, and was not now fit for "best" wear. She was awarded £1 Is damngea.
Local residents who spent the l£abu\r holidays 'in Otago and Souihlond statethat there are no sign.-, of a drought in that part of the 'islanrl. On all side's the country presents a green and fresh appearance,* and there is a plentiful supply of grass feed. It was not uncommon, one visitor remarked, to m jo cows grazing in paddocks in which tli^ grass was up to the animals 1 knees. As a result of the abundant supply of green feed,- all classes of stock are in the pink of condition.
: The Minister of Lands has convened a conference of Commissioners of Crown Lands, to meet at Wellington on April 28. to discuss the,' general administration of the land laws of the country by land boards. One of the objects of the conference is to secure uniformity in the plan of administration. Amongst the matters to be discussed will-be the settlement of discharged soldiers on the land and the of the amendment or improvement of the law. The Minister has asked the boards to send in suggestions and remits dealing with questions affecting their districts.
A Maori boy, named George Waerea, was charged at Napier ,with haying wilfully set fire, to Te Ante College. Detective Butler said : the accused had confessed to him that he set alight to the school, as his cousin had left the school, and his teacher had thrashed him unmercifully. There was absolutely no truth in the boy's statement concerning: the thrashings. -The accused;; who reserved his 'defence, pleaded not guilty, and was committed to ilso next sittings-of the Supreme Court in Napier for trial. Bail was allowed in v.vo sureties of £100 each, and accused himself 'for. £100.
In parts of the. Dominion where the importance and growth of a centre warrants it, the Public Trustee has aSopted the policy of abolishing the non-departmental representative of. the Public Trust Office, . who has been replaced by a departmental officer -who devotes all his time to Public Trust business. It is now announced that the aeeucies at Timaru and' Ashburton ' ar? to be similarly increased in' status, and a district manager will be stationed at Timaru. and an officer-in-charge at Ashburton. The appointments have not vet been made, but the posts will be filled in a month or so, as the new state of affairs is to take effect from August 1,
Foot local sportsmen paid a visit to Snowden during Easter on a wild pia. hunting expedition, and for the four days' shooting secured only three kilK Although the outing was' not as successful as might hnve been desired so far as the "bag" was concerned, tho party, who proceeded to the snow-lino., repor£ that there was ample evidence of pigs being about that locality in large numbers, there being numcrmit matches o£ freshly-rooted ground. The bush, arid thick scrub,.however,,provides the porkers with r-ood shelter, and il is only with the aid of good dogs they nan be forced to leave their secluded haunts.
I ye "an antique, brass-bound cabinet Built in my bedroom wall, Wherein I keep—locked up, you bet— . My treasures great and small—' My tobacco-jars and best cigars,. And gilt-edged literature; Likewise my cash and Trades Hall
sash, And Woods' Cheat Peppermint Cure
"The Vote." which appeared an the Press iust before the recentlicencing poll, was written by the Rev. .]. R. Hervey, of Berhamp'ore., /Wellington.
Mrs Alice Wheeldon, who was given 10 years' penal servitude in March, 19L7, for conspiracy to poison Mr Lloycl George, but who was released ,in thefollowing December owing to ill-health r died at Derby (England) from influenza. at the end of February.
Mr J. D. Lynch was-"re-electcdy;.un-opposed, for the second' time as' Mayor of Greymouth. Thirteen nominations were received foa; the nine vacancies oil the Borough Council, -and eight nominations for the Charitable 'Aid Board's four vacancies.—Press Association...
A Press s Association message from'. Dunedin states:. There i,s a" shortage of local coal, consequent on-the trouble'at Green .Island mines. 'This has been/ accentuated, by the ■stoppage' of Kaitangata coal as a result of"yesterday's; flood. The rain has stopped in the south, and the waters are- receding .
Mrs Carnegie announces the engagement of her only daughter, Mar- • garet, to Ensign Ros-well Miller, U.S.N., son of the late Ros-wcll' Miller,' former eft airman, of directors of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St Paul Railroad (says an English paper).. Miis Carnegie will be one of the world's richest young women upon the death of her father, reported wortb £20,000,000.
" I have got a hous-c to live in .it last, if you c:ui call it a house/ 3 cheerfully remarked a local resident to -,\ " (Guardian " . reporter to-day. The resident referred to had • sold his own property several weeks ago, and had been engaged, like a number of others in an unsuccessful search for a house to left.- until a few days ago. According ito his de^ripuon of tiie present buildin sz, it is nothing more than habitable. .Ai an offset, to being devoid of modern convenieni.es, it provides plenty in the wav'.of ventilation through apertures in the iiniim boards, so that the occupant is soured the labour of opening windows to admit iresli air. Tt has, however, :mr> disadvantage, inasmuch that it is-" hastily ,sai'e to wander about'from room lo ivivu. at ui^iit without a light in case of slipping through some' of the damaged floor boardn.
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9592, 23 April 1919
LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9592, 23 April 1919
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