LOCAL AND GENERAL.
The mails despatched from New Zealand to the United Kingdom on March 22 arrived in London on April 29. ;,
At the Police Court at Auckland yesterday William Morsley, on a charge of bookmaking at Ellerslie races, was fined £130. Sidney Day, for making bets at the same meeting, wan fined £20. —Press Association. :
Trie Milton Post Office was broken into on Wednesday night'and £500 in bank-notes was abstracted from tlje safe. The numbers ,of six £50 and several £10 notes are on record.—Press Association. .-.'.'
Amended recnlatior/s under the Diechareed Soldiers Settlement Act provide that in the case of bush lands the Minister may authorise an advance not exceeding £100U in ordinary cases or £1250 where special circumstances warrant.
Asked to-day, at Dunedin, whether he had anything definite regarding the return of the political leaders, Sir James Allen-said that there was nothing definite except what might be inferred from the fact that Parliament would be summoned a, month later than usual, namely, in July.—Press Association.
The body of Frank Ernest Goodman, who disappeared on April 9, was found yesterday on the New Brighton beach, much decomposed. Deceased met with an accident nine years ago, which injured his brain. The Coroner returned a verdict of suicide whilst of unsound state of mind.—Press Association.
It is reported that Messrs J. Glover and W. Kraig, manager arid editor respectively of the " Maoriland Worker," have received summonses to appear in the Magistrate's Court on May 9.t0 answer charges of inciting a ■ seditious strike (says the "New Zealand Times"). The charges, it is. understood, are based oh a letter which appeared in the open columns of the paper recently.
The total postal and telegraphic revenue for the ouarter ended March 31. 1919. was £473,123, compared with £506.353 in the first quarter of 1918., The Sayings Bank deposits during the ouarter ended March 31, 1919, amounted to £5,865,478, and the withdrawals. £4.829,4.73. the excess of deposits over withdrawals being £1,036,005. The figures for ■■ the first quarter of last year were respectively £4,424,730, £3.349;322i and £1,084,408.
Before the "breaking-up" ceremony at the Technical School .to-day, .the Director (Mr A., L. Moore) and Miss Loy, Home Science -mistress, entertained the members of the County Council and contributing bodies to a light lunch, which had been prepared by the cookery classes. The good things prepared were much appreciated and highly complimentary remarks were passed by several on the quality and daintiness of the fare.
Stimulated interest in the subject of town-planning is shown' by the number of exhibits for the New Zealand TownPlanning Conference and Exhibition to bo held in Wellington this month. Mr S. Hurst Seager states that exhibits are arriving freely and it is hoped all Dominion exhibitors will forward any contributions without delay, so that they may be in readiness for the opening day. The latest date for receiving competitive designs and exhibits will be May 14. The date of the opening ceremony is May 20.
At yesterday's session of the W.C.T.U. Conference at Napier resolutions were carried impressing upon the Government the claims of children of unmarried parents and the necessity for the appointment of women police. The following officers were elected : —
President, Mrs W. B. Don, Dunedin; corresponding secretary, Miss Henderson, Christchurch; recording secretary, Mrs W. A. Evans, Wellington; treasurer. Mrs Bendely, Auckland; —Press Association.
Arthur Lee Beor Ash ton, a prisoner on the way to the Invercargill Borstal institution, made a sensational escape from the express. Ashton was sentenced for theft at Dunedin to two years' reformative treatment. He took advantage of the reduced speed of the train at Edendale Cutting and made a dash through the carriage to the platform and from there leaped to the around; Constable Wadge leapt from the train in pursuit. Ashton gained the dense bush adjacent to the line and escaped towards, the Hokonui Ranges.
The Anglican General Synod, at Napier yesterday, set. up a committee to consider the conditions of the Melanesian Mission. A select committee was appointed to consider the advisability of establishing a central institution for the training of teachers for church schools. A select committee was appointed to consider the question of establishing a provincial church at Napier. A motion was carried requesting the bishops to permit the use of the new table of lessons in their various dioceses. A committee has been set up to consider questions relating to the primacy. A conference of laity, to consider the inadequacy of clerical stipends, will meet on Friday morning. The mover said he believed in a living wage and that he thought the high cost of living would continue. The clergy were heavy sufferers. A committee was set up. to consider the creation of new dioceses. A petition; to this effect from Taraiiaki was read.—Press Association.
. Seven Oakland Cars.—The demand for the Oakland' Sensible Six -proves the worlc of this fine car. Seven Oaklands have been sold and delivered in Ashburton Comity during the last few weeks. There are over 100,000 Oaklands in use in, various parts of the world. Oakland owners are satisfied owners. For supreme comfort, ease of control, power and flexibility, combined with economy in running costs, the Oakland is without an equal. Catalogues furnished with pleasure.-—G. H. Oarson, Sole District Agent, Tancred Street, Asliburtori. 4
The Government Meteorologist's forecast for to-day was as follows: —The indications are for freshening westerly, strong to gale, winds, backing by west to south. The weather appears likely to be cloudy and unsettled, 'with rain following. Barometer unsteady, with a. falling tendency. .
""What about the gorso?" asked Cr. LUI at the County Council meeting today, when the upset rentall of a reserve was being discussed,. "That 'will remain there like a mortgage," jocularly remarked the chairman.
Thieves' entered the house of th« manager of the Princess Theatrej, Dunedin, last night, and took the theatre kev.s from his clothes, got into the thcuitre. opened the safe, and extracted £•18.—Press Association.
A -heavy dew was experienced .in Ashburton last night, the instruments at the Domain weather station recording one point.., A frost set in during the early hours of the" morning, the instruments registering one degree.
The matter of the weekly half-holi-day for the Rakaia shops. came before trie South Rakaia Road, Board on Thursday on • receipt of a letter from Mr V. C. McPhail, forwarding a resolution of & meeting asking the Board to call a public meeting to consider the question. Members stated that as no alteration could'be.made at present it would be well to postpone the matter till the question came up in the usual way in January.
Mr J. Cairns, chairman.of the County Council, after reviewing .some tenders for water-race' alterations at the meeting to-day, wiiich were considered to be excessive, stated that the council was hopeful that price of contracts would soon become more reasonable when matters settled down to normal. The council had put off a great deal of work fi-om time to time, hoping that'the labour market would improve, but he. was of the opinion that the !oca!; bodies would have to be prepare<l to pay a good- deal more for contractwork in tho future
Mr Tripp, of the: Wellington War Relief Association, has received from Mr A. V. Hewitt, executor of the will of the late Lieutenant Foster Brooke Crouch, the sum of £100, being • payment on account of a legacy left to the Wellington War Relief Association by the late Lieutenant Crouch. The balance of the legacy, approximately £1000. will also be paid to the association as soon as certain securities in England have been realised. .The late Lieutenant Crouch was attached to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, and was killed in action in France on March 23. 1918. He-was. prior to enlisting in England, in the employ of the New Zealand Government Railway Department.—Press Association.
The uncertainty that has existed with reeaid to the time oi' the arrival by train of district soldiers at Ashburton was recently referred to the Defence Office by the local branch of the Gantciburv Automobile AsMjciation. At last night's meetiug a reply was received from the officer in charge, Lieutenant Bl,»thwavt stating that usually on arrival of diafts'Tt Lyttelton there was ■ difficulfy in getting information Llirourh to centres like Ashlvirton. Another rau>e for the delay, po far &> Ashburton was concerned, was that the information was Fo'-w.irded to Timnru nnd then back to Asfiburton, with the result that the advice was often rereived at the local office simnltaneouslv with, and in some cases subsequently to, the arrival of the draft at Ashburton.
. The succes?. of the Domain Carnival concert last evening must have been gratifying to- the promoters and encouraging to those who have -promised to undertake;' greater things next soring on behalf of the fund. The programme was much appreciated, it? variety being a pleasing feature. One humorist added to his laurels, his local references for the mosifr part being apt, yet one bad slip was made when a private individual's professional capacity was ridiculed. Doubtless there was no malicious intefrt, but those who^seek to entertain the public should be careful to avoid anything to hurt- private feelings. Good taste also suggests that ladies in the audience should be scared attentions from the stage.
At the County Council meeting today, the chairman reported that for the past two months the Wakanui residents were in a bad way through lack of water for tbeir stock owing to the water-race supply having failed. The time had come when a. considerable sum of money would have to be spent in order to ensmts a permanent supply. The engineer now had a scheme in hand, and the council would receive a report at a later meeting. It would be'necessary to.-undertake'the work at an early date, so as to ensure a supply for next summer. The scheme would involve an expenditure of over £2000. The new race would liave to go through private property, and no douot the council would have to face some opposition.
An interesting lecture explaining the colourine of autumnal tints of foliage was given at the Canterbury Horticultural Society's, chrysanthemum showlast night by Mr R. Nairn. Mr' Nairn said that the colourisation was caused by a substance called anthocyanin, which acted as a, screen to certain substances, such as sugars and aluminoids, which are liable to destruction, while travelling from the leaves to the stems and branches. While receding,^ thew substances would be destroyed if they did not have the protection of anthocvanin. as they are unable to stand the effects of the light rays. This explained why the leaves nearest the stems showed the tints first. The Colouring was greatest in a sunny autumn which had suffered from a cold snap or early frosts, giving notice to. v. quit to the active properties of the leaves.
Tlio County Council had before it at the meeting to-day the upset rentals fixed hv a special committee for council reserves that would soon be thrown on the market.—Cr. Drummond suggested that on pome of the larger reserves the council should build cottages, and thus induce outsiders to tender for them. Tn the past some of the reserves had been gifts to adjoining owners through hick of outside competition.—The chairman stated that some of the reserves lind been leased 14 yea re ago, and the adjoining owners'would find that the present unset rentals were no gifts, but :i reasonable value for the land to be leased.—The Plantation Committee was authorised to hold a special meeting and bring up a report regarding buildinn- houses and assisting with improvements on certain reserves.
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9599, 2 May 1919
LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9599, 2 May 1919
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