LOCAL AND GENERAL.
. All the Canterbury rivers were reported' clear to-day.
Captain W. Hardman, V.C, has been awarded the Colonial Auxiliary Forces long-servioe medal, for over 20 years' service.
A case, of scarlet ,fever at Baling was notified to the Hospital Board on Friday, and a case of influenza in the Borough on Saturday. One case ot scarlet fever in the •Lauriston district, was reported to the Hospital Board to-day.
A Masterton mounted soldier who returned recently from Egypt .states that his hor.se was shot prior to his departure (says an exchange). On its stomach being opened, ifc was found to contain no less than six-bucketsful of sand. /
A "Soldiers' Guide" will .shortly be issued by the, Minister of Defence, containing all. infoi-iiiation respecting .the rights and privileges of discharged soldiesr.' Just now the'.book'is completed, except for.,information res-pect-ing the gratuities'scheme. ' ;
A back-country runholder informed a " Guardian" reporter to-day that, although badly hit last winter through losses in sheep, he and his- colleagues had been able to get some of. their oviii back again through the drop "in prices. He was of the'opinion'-that later on a y brisk demand would set in for breeding ewes. ■■■•■•;.•'■ ■'■ •'■••■■- ■ ••"'•••- ; : ■■'■
Lord Aberdeen ■'has sold-the greater part of the Haddo House estates in Aberdeenshire. Ther transfer of land, amounting to 50,000 acres, takes place in November. ■■ Lord Aberdeen is to retain Haddo House and 13,000 acres. The purchaser is to give an opportunity to tenants to become owners of their (holdings, which number 660, the gross rental being £28,000. The name of the Wver was withheld eft the request of Lord Aberdeen, who wished the tenants to be informed first.
A business man who moves about the County freely states that at the present time there is more feed for- stock in the Chertsev district than coiild probably be found in any other district in the County. Seeing that' the land is light at Chertsey, the plentiful supply of feed might he difficult to understand. The secret, however, was that throughout the dry weather the majority of farmers had not overstocked their holdings, and could now face the winter with some degree of security.
- According to a statement ,by the Hon. D. H. Guthrie, up to the present £2,500,000 has been expended in placing 1133 soldiers on 673,000 acres, winch amount includes over £1,000,000 as advances towards the purchase of private and Native landvs, general improvements, and stock, and erection of dwellings, etc. A totalf of- 202.000 acres .is 1 available for selection., while properties comprising 44,500 acres are under negotiation with a view to acquissition. .Dwellings purchased by soldiers under the Act numbered 414. »
General surprise was occasioned in London by the news cabled from New York that. Mr Charles Frohman, the well-known theatrical manager and producer, had only left £90. The gross estate before the deduction of liabilities was £183,786. Mr.Frohman, who was drowned when the Lusitania went down, was well-known in theatrical circles both in England and America, and it was generally- thought that he had made a large fortune o-ut of his many theatrical investments, which included •the lease of the Duke of York's ahdv the Globe Theatres, London. '
A largely attended.meeting of Dunedin railwayman resolved to accord the A.S.R. executive, councillors a hearty vote of thanks for the lucid and straight-forward explanations of the proposals submitted by the Minister. The Dunedin men consider these proposals a distinct advance and express confidence in the Executive Council, and recommend delegates to the forthcoming conference to assist the Executive^, to secure further concessions if possible. Similar meetings at Palmerston -an& Balclutha expressed approval of the Executive Council's action.—Press Association.
In the Perth Court (W.A.) a few days ago Lieutenant Leslie Tweedie, who is under orders to proceed to Victoria as aide-de-camp to the State Commandant, sued Mrs Dajsy Hope for £70 10s, military allotment collected by defendant during plaintiff's absence on military service. Defendant, it was claimed, collected the money as plaintiff's fiancee, and then married another man. During the hearing defendant seized some, letters produced by plaintiff's counsel, tore them up, ahd thrust the fragments into her blouse, declaring, "My letters aren't going to be read in this court." The court imposed a fine for contempt, and-, adjourned the case, defendant having raised tho plea of infancy. *
I Something in the nature of a deadlock took place in the proceedings at the- Farmers' Union meeting on Saturday, when the time arrived for .the.election of a president for tho ei>suing ver.r. Mr A. J. Grigg was nominated, but declined to accept office. The selection then fell upon Mr W; Oakley, and members pressed upon him the .advisability of accepting the presidency for another year. Mr Oakley firmly declined, and unhesitatingly stated that he was not at all satisfied with the backing the branch received from the farmers of the County. Members then proceeded to assure Mr Oakley that all was sti,fy well, and the Union was doing cood work; and Mr W. T. Lill went so far as to offer to go out with Mr Oakley into the highways and by-ways in the County and beat up members and form new branches. Mr Oakley was unconvinced, and the meeting' then elected n committee and agreed to let the matter of president stand over till next meeting. Mr Oakley had convincing proof to substantiate the grounds of his objection, for simultaneously with the meeting a land sale was m progress in the Arcade attended by hundreds of farmers, while the annual meeting of the Farmers' Union was attended by the same faithful few
The Government, Meteorologist's forecast for to-day was as follows:—The indications are for westerly moderate to strong winds, backing by west to south. The weather is likely to be cloudy and unsettled, with rain following. The barometer has a falling tendency, but risine soon. The weather will probably become colder.
Messrs J. H. Boaler, J. Brown, W; G. Gallagher, W. E. Jones, and W. Nosworthy were only nominated for seats on the\Anama Road Board,, and beting the required number of candidate, were declared duly elected.
Privates Moore arid Prouse, wlio returned by the Bhama, reached Ashburton by the express this afternoon, and were welcomed by the Mayor (Mr R. Galbraith). Private. Bonnington, of Ashburton. was motored through from Cliristchurch yesterday afternoon.
A chemical and metallurgical corporation, with a capital of £1,200,000, has been registered to acquire Mr F. E. Elmoro's new process for a plant dealing with lead and.zinc ores believed to be particularly adapted to Broken Hill ores. The purchase price is £1,000,000 in shares and £55,000 in cash.
Two young Chinese were charged at the Police Court at Auckland on Saturday with having entered New Zealand without having paid the poll tax or passed the education test. They wero ■remanded till Friday, without bail, the Chief Detective statihe that very important, queries were being made with 'respect to the entry'into th« Dominion of these men; . V ,;
Mr A; Bpyd,-liuapuna, called at the "■ Guardian !' office with a,:- sample Dakota Red potato grown in his garden, which turned the scale at 21b Bosßr The size of the tuber, is all. the more remarkable 'seeing that, th* crop had. been cut/ back Sye times with' froat«, eavly* in the season. .The crop''throughout.is.i>exceptionally.heavy.: ■■/•:■ . -;
While on the journey to Ashburton on Saturday a truck on the Mount Seiners.- train, became derailed at. Westerfield'. A relief engine was despatched to the scene of the accident, and 't-ho fore part of the train was brought on to Ashburton, but the. remaining portipn. containing the carriages ;ind several trucks, did not reach its destination until shortly after mid-day, about three hours behind schedule time.
At Saturday's.: sittings of the W.C.T.TL Convention at Napier the report, of the work done for minesweepers was* eiven. The unions subscribed £1453 5s 64 and goods'to'the value of £362. and these were sent to the British and Foreign Sailors' Society, many letters'of thanks being received from minesweepers and members ofl torpedoed crews. On Satin-day afternoon the delegates 'were motored out; to Hastings to a garden party. The weather was ideal, and an enjoyable time was spent.
A spell of comparatively mild weather is at present being experienced in Ashburton. Yesterday the conditions were decidedly; congenial, the • weather being bright and warm. There was an absence of frost, but a strong westerly wind prevailed throughout the late part of the night and the early hours of: the moraine The, maximum temperature, yesterday, according to the instruments at the Domain weather station, was. decrees in. the shade. : On Saturday night the instruments recorded, sjx; degrees of frost: '"" ' " . ' '
A Press Association telegrnin ' from Grevmouth states 'that -the. bazaar .in aid of the Dean Carew Memorial Fund Was brought to a close on Saturday evenings realising the magnificent sum of £40(K) pounds. Great enthusiasm was Rhown when the results were announced. The memorial erected will be an up-to-date brick boys' school. Many parishioners were deeply moved at ■■the splendid response of ail clas&'s to perpetuate the memory of the late beloved parish priest.
"An extraordinarj' thing occurred while we were preparing for the great Somme offensive. We were returning from a cable-laying stunt. None of my boys had a match,with which to light their fags, so one chap (a Londoner) said he 'would go over the .first dead Jerry he. met. He was as good as his Word, and felt in the left-hand trousers pocket of a supposed dead man. You can imagine the shock he got when the Boche said in English, ' Try the other pocket, -matey.' "—Sergeant F. Leago,. M.M.. late ,42nd Siege 'Batt.V R.OKA.
An inouest was held • to-day. at Dunedin on Annie Toriner, single, aged 27 years, who died at the. Dunedin Hospital in the preliminary stage of' an operation for the removal of an abscess from her left lung. After hearing the medical evidence the Coroner said that for the benefit* of all partite where death occurred under ansosthenia, it- was advisable . that there should ■be a post mortem. The inquest would be adjourned till Friday to enable this to be done. The Coroner added .that no reflection was intended by him.—Press Association.
Reference was made some time ago to the very mild response made in Wel-lington-to'the appeal to bring-in the rats at so.much per head. This is: different" from the experience at Hongkong during the bubonic epidemic., when a price was put upon, rats by "the local authorities. For; months the flowed in, until one night the Governor sent for six live rats for purposes of observation. Days passed, and nothing happened. Then jthe, truth came out. Dead < rats by thousands had been shipped in junks' from Canton, Wouchou, and other parts of China. '
A steady stream of people, made their way recently to' inspect a. mystery ship at London, and this reminded Captain Auten, V.C., of. a story of the vessel's last visit to London. '.The crowds," he said "were pretty big towards the finish. The police" were struggling desperately with a big crowd when a man told, on 6of them that he was Sir Eric Geddes. He bore some semblance to the then First Lord, and when I came on. the scone I said, by way of introduction, 'Are you Sir Eric Geddes?' 'Yes,' was the reply. The visitor was invited on board, when he said: 'My friend David Lloyd George, sent me down to see- the ship.' I asked him to the cabin,' and invited him to sign the visitor's book, while I communicated with the Admiralty; because First Lords do not talk like that. The book was sighed 'Sir Eric Geddes, 0.8.E.,' but I had instructions to have the man taken to the police station for impersonation. He was then found to be a lunatic with a likeness to Sir Eric, ani still persists that he is the real Sir Eric."
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9596, 28 April 1919
LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9596, 28 April 1919
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