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On Saturday afternoon, a social gath--•■-! ering was held in St. Mark's Schoolroom, as a conclusion to the activities.of the Red Uross Society. Mrs Boag : _ occupied the chair, and a musical pro- ' gramme was rendered by M'esdames Gordon, Sharman, Penny, Webb, and.: S. Holmes, Miss A, Hardy, and MisS\■:. Holmes, of Timaru. A hearty vote ofV thaiilcs was accorded to the ladies who \ .pjorided#the aftea'nqon. tea and to the secretary and treasurer for the work.. they had done for the society. Mrs Blakiston paid a tribute to the work done by the president, Mrs' Boag,- in. holding the interest of members ,'in the - wurk/ a^id to, ,the,-collectors for their,monthly" rounds, of visits. , .

Owing to the rough .sinto of the ■ South Road through the Rakaia Town- ' ship; au increasing number of cars are keeping the - road to the-, left, after • crossing the bridge. ■Though not pro--perly formed, this is really the most direct road. In eight days a rabbifc-trapper re- - ceutly sent from the Bankside station - G-'i* rabbits, receiving, at 5s per dozen, £i-) 7> (3d in nr.vinent. It can hardly be doiiuud that oil some areas the triM:;!.'!'i :siv doing better than the-hui'l-o'.wvrs. In iho main room oi' the Eakaia S'"!"jol tho open fireplaces have been ■ di-'-'-arded in favoiir of stoves of the • American type, with an iron chimneypipe passing up through the room.' , T'i'-y an; prodns: very satisfactory,! reduce the committee's cos' bill considerably.; Just as Hie early train from Ashburton tame inLo the Rakaia station^ on Saturday morning, a gig containing two young I'ailics pulled up at-the eroWing. At the samo time the back-fci-nip of the harness broke. With'great presence of mind one of the ladies junmed' out and caught the' shafts al- - movs before the horse realised anything wf*.<s remiss.

i On Sunday the Rev. F. Rule, agent iof t u<) Christoluirch^ Presbyterian So- > rial Rerviee .Association, took the PresI ki^rifin services at Rs*kaia. Lauriston, i ar- 1 Ch? For the work in*onu-r't^-non with tjir. Orphanage, PYison Onto, etc., lia received supi>ort to tho extent; of -C 2-1. TJio RakaiV. Branch of tl>e • T.O-.0.F.M.U. has decided to celebrate the t-entonnrv of tho Order this month • hv a. coroert*. P.G. Bro. Talbot, M.P., P.D.G.M.. of Tomuka, has siCTified' his intention of boms? i)resent. A comi".i:T'.i.<:> of voun.o; people will organise a fl«-vf» to foUow tho concert. T]i>- scition of railway. RakaiaCiK'rtwv, anpears to have had more than ir<» fair share of_ thrills recently. Tho wrios hoqau with the evening train fmm Chrishiiurch beinp: pxillbd up within a few feet of a traction-en-frine and outfit at a railway crossing, then a man was cut to pieces by the express, following which a collision in the Rakaia railway yard resulted in. the destruction, of several basis of>wheat, and, lastly, cam© the ,Tr^akdown of tlhe express engine on Saturd&yl • •." , -. ■■■' ■.-...■ ■■• :■■:■■/■■

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COUNTY CENTRES, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919

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COUNTY CENTRES Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919