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The vital statistics for Ashburton registration district during April were: . Births 3G. deaths 10, marriages 8. The . figures for April, 1918, were:—Births _ ■35. deaths 2, marriages 10. ' Record entries have been received for the ninth annual competitions of the 'Christchurch Literary and Musical Com- ( petitions' Society, the total being over : 1500, as against 1390 last year. A well-known P.ahiatua medical man publishes his, views on the liquor problem. He says that the true solution is to wipe out spirits of all kinds, except for medicinal purposes, reduce all beer and home-made wines and vineyard wines to 4 per cent, alcohol. The Yen. Archdeacon McMurray, who has retired from the charge of St. Mary's Cathedral, Parnell, after nearly 27 vear9 as vicar, was presented with a sum of £1000 subscribed by past and ! present parishioners and other friends i (states the Auckland "Star"). | 1 i A fire at Mr F. Carbine's farm at ! Bucklands.' Auckland, yesterday de-| stroved three sheds containing 150 tons j of hay valued at £8001, a milking nlant ! valued at £250, and manure valued at j £70. It is believed that the fire was ! caused by spontaneous combustion. The I owner was a heavy loser above insur- \ since. —Press Association. ■ j An Auckland telegram states that j the commercial travellers' conference i concluded yesterday. It was decided j to fix September 13 as " Association j Day" throughout the Dominion. Mr! C. Russbrook, .of Wellington, was ap- i pointed president, and Mr A. W. F. ! Herrick treasurer. It was decided to \ hold a district conference in Wellington. ; At a special general meeting of the -j Hampstead Town Board, held last i evening, it was resolved that a. general j rate of one penny in the"£ on all rate- I able property in the Hampstead Town j District" be struck", also a uniform! sanitary rate of 10s per dwelling for | the year commencing April 1, 1919, and ! ending on March 31, 1919. ! At the annual meeting of the Btl>. i (South Canterbury) Regimental Band j last evening, the chairman, Lieutenant \ Blathwayt, referred to strong support | that was being given to the junior ban;! j which would shortly be established. ' Already it- had a membership of close j on 40 members, tho ages of the boys | ranging from 12 to 19 yeai;s. . The idea ) of forming a junior institution was to I supplement the Regimental .Band, and j he assured members it would be con- j ducted on proper lines and that it j would prove an acquisition to the ! present band and to the town. , ( The Ashburton Repatriation 'Committee met last evening, Mr K. Gal- j braith presiding. Two application's for j assistance _ were receivod, and favour- I ably considered. A resolution was j unanimously carried demanding from, j the Christchiireh Board immediate re- i pPies when recommendations are sent' from the local committee as to whe- I ther they will be given effect to. The ] resolution arose out of delay over re- j plying to a favourable reeommenda- j tion sent forward to Christclmrch some ' time ago i

Despite the fire, killing' and freezing operations were carried oh as usual at Islington yesterday, the only inconvenience being in the felling department.' The pullers were able to carry on. and arrangements have been made^ for the classed slipo from the skins to be nut in bales and sent to tho Refrigerating Company's other works in Canterbury for the drying process. The pelt department is not seriously handicapped,' and by the time the fresh pelts are ready to be taken out of the pits the curing plant will be sufficiently reorganised to allow of the operations in this department being carried on as usual.

A subject touched on at the meeting of the Wellington Industrial Association was the shortage of female labour in factories (says the "Post"). The president, Mr Mainland, stated that he was given to understand by factoryowners that most of the trouble arose from the fact that, acting on medical advice, some girls had to give up factory work,'or, failing that, had to take long spells off duty." Perhaps the'conditions, only just complying with the reauirements of the law as they did in some cases, were not of the best, but to make things satisfactory it might be necessary to rebuild some places. This would entail an expense which could not bo afforded by some. To render assistance to some manufacturers it _ might be necessary to start something similar to an industrial bank, to enable modern factories to be built. Undoubtedly labour difficulties could be overcome to a great extent were the conditions improved.

Lecturing in New York on March 23, General Sir F. Mam-ice told an anecdote about Marshal Foch , which explained tho French leader's strategy. He said that a certain English statesman was at French General Headquarters one day while the whole world was worrying about the expected German offeii^ sive. The statesman asked the Frenchman what plans he had for., stopping it. General Maurice explained that while Marshal Foch was noted for his reserve, especially where his military plans were concerned, yet the Commander-in-Chief had all the faculty of his nation for Gestures. His answer to the English statesman consisted in four strifdn<>gestures, and .General Maurice illustrated them himself. They were a punch straight from the shoulder with the left arm. another from the rio-ht yet another from.the left, and tho series! followed by a tremendous kick. "That was what Foch did," said General Maurice, "and his subsequent tactics ioljow that analogy better than anything I can explain. He meant by the punches, the blows, telling, but not vital, by which he wore the Germans down ; and the great kick was the push li 1 th m M' before: the force of whioli the Teutonic resistance was finally crushed. If you can remember this you can remember Foch's strategy— three blows and a great kick "

At Invercargill yesterday ; a proposal to raise a loan of £35,000 for electricity extensions was carried by a poll ot-rate-pavers. ' •■• '.

The Anglican General Synod opened at Napier yesterday. Members were accorded a civic reception by the Mayor. After -the roll call and prayers, the Primate' read his address, and the usual sessional committees were appointed.

The Government Meteorologists forecast for to-day was as follows: —The indications are for freshening northerly winds, moderate to strong. Expect dull weather, with, much mist and fog in Darts, with a change shortly. Barometer falling. % '

When questioned to-day by a " Guardian " reporter regarding the proposed prosecutions of persons who were known to have made false declarations when recording their vote at the recent licensing referendum, Mr" R. Frizzelle, Kofcurninpf Officer, replied that he had forwarded the information to/Wellington, and on its return he would institute proceedings.

It seems scarcely necessary to again remind the public that to-night is* tinl ni^ht of the Domain Carnival concert it: the Theatre Royal. The interest aroused this last few days has. been very great. Extensive rehearsals have been held- in the .Theatre all day to-day, and the public can be assured that items will be fired off at top, speed, thus sustaining: interest right to the end. Every item has been subject to great care in selection, and strenuous practice lias ensured that each will receive the best treatment possible.

A fire" was discovered early this: morning a£ Clarke's, .wool-scouring works, "Wpodhaugh; Ofcigo, a.three--•storey wooden building, vahied at about £500, and containing plant val■iied at £800, and one hundred bales of : ;i wool, pressed and ready, belonging to.j the Imperial Government. -The build--':| ing and plant vrer c gutted, and th.i wool, valued at £3000, partially burnt. Roiighly, £1500 worth w assayed. There were, no insurances on the building or plant.—Pres-s Association.

The Dutch island of Saba, in the "Windward Islands, is just the top of an extinct volcano, sticking up out of the sea. The inhabitants live inside tho crater; as there is nowhere else for them, to live, the outer steps being almost as steep as the,sides of a hou&e.

The finest war memorial in the world is the Arc de Triomphe, commemorating the Napoleonic wars. It stands ..on a base 147 ft by 75ft, and is 165 ft high, vet so artistically built is it that it looks fairlvlike. 'It is. inscribed with the names of' 384 generals and 96 victories.

; At the' annual meeting of the Bth I (South Canterbury) Regimental 3and j last nifecht special reference was made trf j the patriotism of several local era- j plovers who, it was stated, had willingly.) allowed their employees who wera ! members of the bond time off to take part in the farewelling and reception "of I district soldiers and in connection with other patriotic functions. On the; motion of the chairman,' Lieutenant Blathwayt, the business men concerned , were accorded a hearty "vote of thanks.

Seven Ashburton and district soldiers who returned to New Zealand by the Tainui reached their destination to-day, some by the first express and the remainder -by the second express from Christchurch this afternoon. The men were met at the station by the Mayor, Mr R. Galbraith, and Mr F. Ferriman, who extended to them a hearty welcome. Members of the Red Cross were also present, and supplied all the soldiers on the trains with fruit, cigarettes, and tobacco. The district men were taken to their homes in motorcars kindly provided gratis by the members of the Ashburton branch of the Canterbury Automobile Association.

At the Addington stock market yesterday- the following sales were made on behalf of owners in the Ashburton County: — Fat Cattle—For T. Bowling (Methven), 8 steers at £14 5s to £16, 18 steers at £15 12s 6d to £17 15s. Fat Sheep—Wethers: For T. Dowling (Methven). 66 at 30s 6d to 345; Pratt Bros (Baling), 33 at 325; A. Pawsey (Chertsey), 27 at 22s 9d to 29s lQd. Ewes: For J. Stu-bbs (Rakaia), 25 at 27s 6d to 31s sd; L. White (Rakaia), 4fi at 22s to 28s 3d; Pratt Bros. (Baling), 20 at 24s Id. Fat Lambs— For W. Rushton (Methven), 289 at 25s 3d to 30s Id; A. Pawsey (Chertsey), 66 at 27s to 29s 6cl: J. Stubbs (Rakaia), 26 at 22s 4d to 26s Id; T. Harrison (Rakaia), 141 at 21s Id to 245; E. A. Lock (Methven), 78 at 19s to 21s 7d; L. White (Rakaia), 115 at 20& 4d to 23s 7d.

Following an announcement of the Minister of Mines to put forward fresh policy proposals to revive the mining industry in Westland County, a conference, to be held at Hokitika on May 14 and 15, will consider suggestions, and place t!he best before the Minister, to foster and develop the ' goldniining industry in West-land. The Hon. W. T>. S. MaeDonald has accepted an invitation to attend the conference, and will be accompanied en his visit to the coast by Captain S-eddoii. M.P. Considerable local interest is taken in the coming conference, and delegates will be present from a!^ 1 parts of the district to discuss various proposals with the Minister. In addition to attending the Confei-ence, the Minister will be asked to visit the new goldfield near Lake Kanieri and Cedar Creek reefs. The Ministerial visit was looked forward to with great interest, as auguring'" for important mining developments in the immediate future.— Press Association.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9599, 1 May 1919

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9599, 1 May 1919

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