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Charles Hodler and Alfred «KTant, Featherston escapees, were arrested at Hastings, and proceeded, guarded* to Wellington. An aerial company -with a capital of £20.000 has been registered at, Sydney For the purpose of aerial transport between the Commonwealth , and., New Zealand. ' Active steps are being taken throughout N&W Zealand to form a Bank Officers' Association with a view to securine: increases in salary.- The matter is aaid to have reached a very .definite staee. Included in the Anzac Day procession yesterday was a motor car placed at the disposal of limbless .and invalid returned soldiers by the. kindness*' of Mr Len Newman. The • soMiers. very much appreciated this, practical measure to enable them to take, part in theproceedings. .: . > A County school-teacher this week set for a composition exercise the subject, "A Good Woman.'.' On.,afterwards enquiring of the 60 children-,: he found tihat though Queen -Victoria,:, Florence Nightingale, and R«d,:,.Cro&3; nurses figured largely,- yet not: a" single child had- written, "about Jhis ■ or her own mother! ; -:.'Ativ the annual : luneeting., of the Returned Soldiers' Association* at Auck-land-much feeling was expressed owing jto the decision of a-number of .^business J men to-continue business .on Auzac Day. ; A resolution.' waa - ■ carried asking tb c Government to declare the day a close holiday,'also that lists ot: offending firms should be published. :,; • v ; Strango, things find tli^ir way into farmers' milk cans occasionally^ but , who would, exjiect to.^ee a\. «ftkjk.of blasting gelignite in a v milk-p&jly-'' the "Dairyman" says. This recently happened at theSßaetihi .Dairy Company's , -works. As, gelignite-, '/goes...plSV with concussion, it is a case : of •■ what, might .have beeni:■.- „":--':. .: ■-:;:j:-'r . People, who occupy,aUot ofr.Qpni in train or tram .or.bus have not.thitherto . regarded their bulk as. a .personal disadvantage. When it .comes/ to .travelling by air they must revise their ■views." The estimated/tariff for passengers by airship across the Atlantic is 3d per oz. for eac^i 7.000 miles.'That 'works out at £2 16s a- stone,:and the superiority of the light-weight-is glaringly apparent. - .:. •,. A report received by the -Minister of Defence states that on April,:-12 the members of N.Z.E.F. remaining in France numbered 423, and in th& United Kingdom ,2208., Married men with wives and families! in the United Kingdom numbered 1129, and nurses and Red Cross workers to- ba .evacuated numbered. . 227. The _ total number evacuated from the United Kingdom to New Zealand since the armistice was, signed was 24,333. ■ • ■: r ;' Canadian papers are commenting on . the activity of the Japanese throughout the Maritinie Province, of Siberia. Agents of Japanese- synditates are reported to; be .negotiating^for .•the purchase of a large .number . of. .mines, , flour mills, brickworks, sawmills, and other industrial undertakings,; while commercially : they are making; every effort, to,exteiid their" influence., The Japanese firms, which, for the;, most p_art, have only, recentlly been .established at Vladivostok, are . enlarging tlheir operations and endeavouring to obtain as large a share as possible of the trade of the territory.. The scouts of these firms are reported to be scouring the country for,scrap iron, hides, wool, bristles, beans and others Siberian a.nd I^anchurian products, required in Japan. \ ■."-..- »

An unusual case was lieard at the Police Court at Taumaramii last week, when the police prosecuted. . Thomas Gain, bush manager, Mahirakau/ for 'having abused and insulied the head teacher of the "Waituhi public school in the presence of the pupils. The charge was laid under Section 157 of the Education Act, 1914. The.' defendant pleaded guilty, and said ... that', as the teacher had expelled his son from the school the previous day, he went to get an explanation, and Jost his temper. The magistrate fined. defendant £2 and costs £2 4s 6d, and expressed the opinion that the .penalty as Bef out in the Education Aot was v nbt ade quate. . .

The five-men event, which was postponed from the Canterbury Provincial Fire Brigades' demonstration on Easter Monday on Account of the inclement weather, was run off yesterday in the Lvttelton Recreation Grounds. .The results of the event are as follqw,: — Lvttelton. 54 4-ssec, d; Suiffner, 64 3-ssec, 2; Addington Railway, 68sec, 3. Following are the number of. points gained by each team in the demonstration : —Addington Railway 20, Sumner 14. Lyttelton 13, Christchurch Railway 9. Ashburton 3, New Brighton 3j Geraldine 2. The shield presented by the citizens of Sumner to the Canterbury Fire Brigades' Association was won by the Addingtou Railway team. ;.

The Hon. W D. S. Mac Donald, President of the Board of Trade, informed a reporter in Wellington that now the conference held some days ago had satisfactorily dealt with the ""^rice of hides, it remained with .the Board of Trade to fix the prices first of-leather, and then of the standardised shortly to be put on-the market. He said that the Board of Trade was> going into these matters now, and as soon as they were settled he hoped that the boot manufacturers would be able to go on with the production" of standardised boots. The prices, he anticipated, would not be so ■ much lower than the present retail prices as perhapß people might expect, but the quality .'of the boots would be guaranteed, and would be much superior to that oft^oots now being offered at similar prices. There would be no opportunity for|pronteering in these boots, for every pair would be stamped with a Government stamp on the sole, and stamped also with the retail price, so that every purchaser would know at once the price he ought to pay for them.

Car Repair Service. —Motorists kmm how to appreciate prompt service. Especially ia 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-minute service stations, and charges'"are always moderate. Motorists who require tlvevr Cars repaired, tvhether the job is a small one or a complete overhaul, will find that Carson's Service is prompt and satisfactory. A large stock I of- "Spare Parts for Ford and Otfher Carsi alwaysy mainttti»ed. *

Ail tbe Canterbury rivers are reported •to be clear to-day. The instruments at the Domain weather station last night recorded six ideerees of frost. The indications 'are for freshening, westerly anil moderate to strong prevailing.' The weather will probably ,ju-ove squally and- changeable. Barometer falling.' ■ A secret ballot is being taken to-day >!>Y the Lyttelton waterside workers on -the ouestion of accepting the employers' offer of 2d per hour increase.—, Press Association. The. collapse of a crane to-day at the Wellington Gas Company's worka, Jliramar. resulted in the death of J. 'frarreU and J. Churchill, and injuries 'to J. Mann. Details are not yet available. —Press Association^ • „ !

At the Fnirlic Show on Easter Monday, Miss D. Keith, M'ith her horse 1 'Joker," won the 11.7 hunter class and the President's ten guinea oup for the test jumper on the ground, beating a vfield of 41 hunters. The W.C.T.U.- Convention at Napier continued its session on. Thursday. The morning was devoted to discussing ttlans of work for the coming year. She haJance-sheet showed' njv income of £1183; 16s 6d. and an-'expenditure of ;£798 8s 8d. —-Press Association.. With the approach of the cold weather the milk supply has dropped considerably in';the • Sta veley. ■ district, "and the factory will close./dowiv.for' the ■season aboufa the end: of next-month. The outpufof-cheese-'for vthoryear will . aggregate -abo ut 170' tons; 1 ■ •'• ■"- , - Mr W;. Oakley stated at thet-annoal inciting of the"Farmers' Union this afternoon that he was perfectly satisfied the^Ashburton branch had not the; (sympathy of the farmers -of this dts- r' ii'ict, otherwise:'the membership would tac'SOO instead of 80.; ■ • ■■" -,

? The Domain st«iff has recently been -engaged straightejiing and ' trimming the 'batik •■ of -the pond adjacent to the •ribbon border. Cleaning operations were also carried out, and the improyements/as far as the rising water allowed the staff to work, - have enhanced csreatly the appearance of that portion «*>£ iha Domain.

■■•■i\t a meeting of the directors of the "Sfcavoley Dairy Co. on Thursday evening a resolution was unanimously passed expressing the opinion that aa the dairy industry had substantially jncroa-sed' in this County it should have direct representation on the Lyttelton Harbour Board. A sitailar resolution was 'carried by the directors of the. Ashburton Dairy Company to-day. .

"In conversation-• with'a "Guardian" •■reporter this-afternoon','Mr C. Brani-' gan; Stock Inspector, spoke of the jpvttgresss of the rabbit poisoning campaign. He .stated' -that a' considerable -number of farmers had failed to respond to his request to take simultaneous action, 'and..he would be reluctantly compelled to issue a number of summonses at once, ars the '"'Rabbit .Act"' had been altered last ■ session, and was more drastic than formerly.,

A now award lias been filed by the Arbitration Court, in connection with •the 1 South Canterbury Thnber Yards, Sawmills, and CoalyaroV employees 'dispute. The award ,'deals; at yopnsi'derabie length .with hours, overtime, holidays, and wages of all Workers, and embodies the recommendations of the Conciliation Council, and will operate from March 1, 1919," to March 1, 1921.—Press Association.

"Our schools should train npt only for. the business of life but for the leisure of life," said Mr C. T. Aschmann, at the Teachers' Institute this morning, on replying to a question as to whether education should not confine itself solely to teaching that which would be directly useful in ordinary business. "Teaching should include training for the enjoyment of out-of-work hours, otherwise the whole point antl spice of life was missed." '

" The word ' ossification ' occurs in. the Thind Standard spelling books of our public schools," said Mr C. T. Aschman at the Teachers' Institute this -morning, " and, . what is more, the children all learn it by heart and-never swell it incorrectly:; The authorities are ■attracted probably by its length and its difficulty to so young children; But when in all their lives after do they have occasion to use ko impossible a -term ?" (Laughter).

A fire broke out hist night in a twostorcved' brick building in Lower Taranaki Street, Wellington, used by T. A. Wells as a paint store. The 'building was completely gutted, and the stock of paints, wallpapers, etc.; which 'was Valued at £1,0.000, totally destroyed. The insurances dn the stock are: — Guardian £3000. Phoenix £2000, South •British £1800.', The building, which was held on; lease from the estate of the late William Fox, was insured for ifiStiO. ' ■•■"■. ■ ■'■ •" /.; ■'

The Eastern Telegraph;. Company announces that London rklviseJi that itis not necessary to divert Homewards messages via Pacific, as the delay ori the route is 24 hours'only, Homewards. They have already asked the Pacific Cable Company to assist ' with traffic from North America, to the Far East durinc the'interruption of commercial Pacific cables -between San Francisco and the Philippines,, to equalise the delay from the United Kingdom outwards to Australia by both routes.

There was heavy passenger traffic on both the expresses for the south to-day. The first carried, the southern portion of the, draft of soldiers who returned by the lonic, including five district soldiers, who were met at the station-by the Mayor (Mr R. Galbraith). The men and their relatives were taken to their liomes in cars kindly lent by local residents. Three district soldiers who broke the journey in Christchurch came on to Ashburton by the second express. These were also welcomed by the Mayor, and cars were provided to convey them to their homes.

The annual meeting of the Auckland Hefcurned Soldiers' Association carried a resohition protesting against the, closing of hotels when troopships arrived, seeing that this protection was intended only for unlit men, all of whom had now arrived. Mr Donald, the "treasurer, stated that the.City Council had given a site for a. Soldiers' Club at ia nominal rental. . A commencement would be made on the new building by the erection of from 60 to 80 bedrooms /within a few weeks. A proposal to -donate £1000 ■ was referred to the com- . ja'dtee. —Press Association. 4"f The.United States owns fully one-half ' '^^f the world's stock of diamonds.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9595, 26 April 1919

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9595, 26 April 1919

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