LOCAL AND GENERAL.
All the Canterbury rivers were reported clear to-day except the Rakaia, which is hshable. .._.
A commemorative service will be held at St. Aidan's Church, Mount Somers, at 7.30 p.m. to-morrow (Anzac Day).
Shortly after 1 p.m. to-day heavy clouds besan to gather in the southwest quarter', and an hour later rain in Ashburton was preceded by a heavy hail shower.
Asked whether the report of the Religious Objectors' Advisory Board had yet been considered, Sir James ■ Allen stated that the report had been considered on several occasions, and was held over for a full meeting of Cabinet.
Signor -Meichal Orlando, Prime Minister of Italy, visited Australia in 1902. While in Melbourne he met his present wife, who was then a waitress at a coffee palace. Her personal charm so attracted him that he became engaged*, and soon after they were married.
The Government Meteorologist's forecast for to-day was as follows:—The indications are for southerly, moderate to strong, winds. The weather will probably become very cold. There will probably ' be a hard frost to-night. Barometer rising.
Since the recent rains the grass lands have brightened up considerably in the country lying within a radius of a few miles of the hills. Generally speaking, however, feed is scarce, and the outlook for wintering stock is not over-bright. Several dairy fawners have already commenced to deal out dry feed and chaff to their herds.
The grass grub is reported to be causing a good deal of destruction in various parts of the County at present. In some of the fields now being ploughed, the mould-boards are noticed to become sticky when passing through patches where the grubs are very numerous.
Cambridge University has received an offer of £20,000 5 per cent, war stock from Mr Emile Mond, of Hyde Park square, London, for the endowment of a Professorship of Aeronautical Engineering as a memorial to his son, Lieutenant Francis Mond,who was killed in action whilst' flying on the western front. ,
The memorial obelisk erected on the slopes of Mount Egmont, a little above the Nortli Egmont Hostelry, to com 1 memorate the heroic act of Arthur Hamilton Ambury, of New. Plymouth, was ; unveiled on Good . Friday, in the •presence of about 100 people. Ambur'y lost his life on June 3, 1918, in .attempting to save William E. Gourlay, of Christchurch, who had slipped on the ice.'
Sweeping-reforms were advocated by Mrs Woods, wife of the Bishop of Peterborough, at the Diocesan Evangelistic Council on "Is the Church Worth Keeping?" They, must scrap all useless material —military, civil, educational —said Mrs Woods. Let there be no more sermons which sounded as if they were written 50 years ago. Might they not ask that some of the old notes be burned ?
"Most people are well aware that the Magistrates' Courts were not founded with the intention of performing the function of 'bad-debt collecting institutions,' " remarked a delegate to the Coachbuilders' Employers' Convention held in Wellington, "but we do look for at least a reasonable amount of protection and justice from that source. If, as the Magistrates repeatedly tell us., the remedy lies in our own hands, and that we should not give credit, it is for us now to seek a solution of this serious problem., tff we aro compelled to.adopt a cash system in order to protect ourselves from being victimised by the comparatively few who practice the 'lambing down' principle, then are we not imposing hardship on worthy clients who we know Avould find it very difficult to purchase costly commodities in cash?"
The March number of the "Journal of Science and Technology" contains a report of the discovery of a figurine at Mauku, Auckland. Mr , Elsdon "Bestdeals with the subject, around which a romance could be written. The little figure is made of steatite. lb,was picked up in unploughed land, uninhabited until 20 years Ago 5 but Maoris occupied the land in pre-European days. Here, embedded in the' clay, the little figure was found*. It looks like a portrait of an ancient Chinese personage of,distinction. Steatite and soapstone are identical. How did it get where it was found, and how long had it lain in the clay ? It is placed by Mi- Best with the mysterious Tamil bell found on the West Coast. The dress of the figure is that of a pre-Mandhu Chines-*, which, in some respects, survives in tho Korean national costume of today. Possibly some great junk out of the China Seas wandered down into these waters, and was never able to return, finally going to pieces on the coast in a westerly blow. The wrecked vessel would fall into the hands of the Maoris had they survived the seas and of the wreckage that came ashore they would divide among them. The figure is not like the soapstone images now made by Chinese, mostly for the tourist and sailor trade.
Car Repair Service.—Motorists kmm how. to appreciate prompt service. Especially is this service valued if. the work is satisfactory and the price is right. G. H. Carson's Garage is known throughout New Zealand as one of the most up-to-the-miijuto service stations, and charges are always moderate. Motorists who require their Cars repaired, whether the job is a small one or a complete overhaul, will find that Carson's Service is prompt and satisfactory. A large stock of Spare Parts for Ford and Other Cars always maintained. 4
A meat famine threatens New South Wales owing to the drought. Record winter prices are expected.
At Melbourne, W. J. Cusley. established a world's record, motor-cycling 101 miles in 90min 6sec.
At the Magistrate's Court this morning, before Mr R. Clark, J.P., a female statutory first offender for drunkenness was fined ss, the amount of her bail.
In the Du-blin Police Court recently a 'solicitor stated that an employer of labour told him that 45 of his workmen gave up their work in order to get out-of-work benefit.
Last night Mr Hampton addressed the Invercargill branch of the A.S.R.S. on the Minister's offer, and a vote of confidence in the executive was carried unanimously. '',■'•'-*'.""
The Pacific Cable Board.notifies that the traffic congestion Has been overcome in both directions, and the Pacific route is now working without materia] delay.
At the Addington stock market yes-. terday the following sales were made on behalf of owners in tlie Ashburton County:—R. Limbrick (Mitcham), 1 steer at £8 15s; W. Jamieson (Dromore), 31 fat ewes at 22s 7d to 25s 3d; Ashburton client, 290 lambs at 24s lOd to -28s 9d.
A suggestion was made at the meeting: of the Taranaki War Relief Association that a "baby bonus" might be instituted by the association to assist soldier fathers whose earnings were not very large (reports an exchange). Something may possibly be done in adopting the suggestion 'at the next meeting.'
Most people are under the impression that the censorship was abolished shortly after the armistice was signed. They will, therefore, be surprised to learn (says the " New Zealand Times") that the censors are still at work in Wellington and scrutinise all cable messages, inward and outward.
At the session of the Grand Lodge of tho International Order of Good Templars, now sitting in Christchurch, it was resolved to heartily congratulate the Pride of Wakanui Lodge, Ashburton, on its splendid record, the Grand Secretary giving it as his opinion that this lodge was the most consistent in the world.
The Rome "Epoca" states that the Republic of San Marino has, from n financial point of view, closed its doors. The trouble has connection-, with -the famous 12,000,000 lire lottery which was issued in order to restore the finances of the little republic.^ For several years the prizes were paid, but now the republic pays np longer, as it is. short of cash.
The .-"ocean wave" in East .Street is being treated to a course of distillate tar, obtained from Sockburn. Portions of this popular thoroughfare already treated with this mixture appear to have solidified quickly, and there is still hope when the whole of the section lias been similarly treated,"that the "waves" may permanently disappear.
The Home. Secretary stated in th* House of Commons last month that itwould be difficult to devise practical measures to check the evil of - women drinking methylated . spirits. "What is the-difference between..'. methylated spirits and the whisky sold for public consumption?" enquired Colonel Claude Lowther, raising general laughter. "I haven't tried methylated spirits, and so I don't know," .answered Mr Shortt.
The lonic berthed at Auckland this morning a clean ship, and the troops were landed, consisting of forty-nine officers, 18 sisters and 644 other ranks; 168 soldiers' wives with 61 children also disembarked. The voyage was uneventful. The- health of the troops was good, except three cot cases. The troops include all. the Tunnellers. The soldiers' wives created a favourable impression. The troopship Bhamo will arrive at 10.30 to-night. If granted pratique she will berth at 9 a.m. to-to-morrow, —Press Association.
A representative of a Christchurch firm of implement manufacturers states that business in the County this year in selling new implements has been fairly brisk, but is still a good deal 'below that of iire-war times. The high price of implements causes most farmersi to hang on as long as possible to the old stock until it becomes absolutely necessary to buy. He did not think there was any possibility of the. price being reduced for some considerable time, and it was daubtful if it would ever reach the level of the pre-war period.
Tho Board of Agriculture is sitting at Wellington, and was addressed by the Minister of Agriculture on several matters on tho agenda paper, says a Press Association ■telegram. .These matters include measures to be taken regarding cattle tick, shipping, farming instruction, marking and branding schemes, and the disposition of the property,bequeathed by iiosiah Howard for agricultural education. The Minister said the cattle tick question had b'-eii investigated by the veterinary section of the Agricultural Department, ann the Department had decided, it would be necessary to have some'drastic regulations to control movements from areas where the tick was found. r .
A triple drowning 11 tragedy occurred yesterday in the Aha-ura River. William Crysell, engine-driver, aged 50, and John Brosnan, aged 30. and Thomas Reynolds, aged 45, both dredgehands, were.in a boat, engaged in the work of moving- the >Ahaura dredge down stream in a fresh for dismantling, when the boat, by some means, capsized. The men all disappeared,. and wore not again seen. The boat was drifting away when the dredge-master first noted the accident. The bodies have not yet been recovered. Crysell leaves a widow and a grown-up family at Ahaura. Brosnan leaves a widow and two children at Waiknia, Otago. Reynolds ivas a single roan. I
Order of Proceedings of Anzac 'Day, tomorrow,.. April 25.—Returned Soldiers, Territorials, etc., will march in procession from Orillshed, at 140 p.m., to the Domain, where a momou.il patriotic meeting will be held and addresses given at 2.30 p.m.; Collection will bo taken up in aid of Returned Soldiers' Association. Red Cross and Lady Liverpool Societies and all oth_civil organisations are cordially invited to join in the procession, and will parade outside the Drill'shed gate, Burnett Street,', at 1.30 p.m. 4 5
Aknma.. of which General Pau says. —"T was delighted with its beauty and scenery, the visit made one of the b,nnpw-*t dnys of my tonr." J
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9593, 24 April 1919
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