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No further cases of influenza in the Ashburton district were notified to-day. One case of scarlet fever was notmed from Lauriston.

A hard frost was experienced in Ashburton last night, the instruments at the Domain weather station recording seven degrees. .- * /

A Christchurch Press Association messaee stated that a man namea Th«mas Wilson was found dead this morning; hanging to a beam at his? residence. Wilson was a returned soldier, and suffered from nervous trouble.

A special article by "Gracchus," dealing with the subject of "Unemployment," appears oh page 2 of this issue. The subject is.madniy dealt with from the demobilisation point of view.

An indication of : increasing activity. in politics is the decision of the acting leader of the Liberal Party, the Hon. W. .a>. S. Mac Donald, to will a meeting of Liberal members at Wellington a fortnight hence, .to discuss policy and party organisation.

It is officially announced that in the case of intended wives of New Zealand soldiers the Immigration Department will a-ccept nomination for assisted passages and will give £13 towards either a second or third class passage: . . • '

The soldiers who returned to New ■Zealand by the steamer Remuera make the usual complaint concerning the food supplied, on the voyage. The men on the Bhamo had the same complaint, and it seems to be a pretty general grievance, states the "Auckland Star," for all the troops say the food was not as it should have been. One of the men complains that, some of the women, wives of sergeants, who had been given second-class' pa-s-sages, were consigned to hammocks in the hold.

William Kraig, editor of the "Maoriland Worker," and John Glover, publisher, were charged at the Wellington. Magistrate's Court to-day with exciting a seditious strike. The charge arose out-of a letter published in the "Worker," urging every worker in the meat trade to refuse to take part in producing and distributing meat until New Zealand's wants were supplied at reasonable rates, or as an- alternative, to go slow. Pleas of guilty\ were entered. The charge was described by the Crown as serious. Kraig was fined £50, and Glover £10.—Press Association.

That portion of the Hawke'a Bay district lying between Dannevirke and Napier is stated to be suffering.•from a severe drought. Little or no rain lias fallen in the district this year, and a large area is said to be practically destitute of herbage. The freezing chamers aro already congested, and with no prospect of killing, sheep have been sold at as low a figure as 4s a head. Some stations that have commenced to boil down tjieir stock are seeming a return of 8s a head for the skin and the tallow. Mr J. V. Brown, M.P. for Napier, has suggested that the Government should buy the stock that farmers are unable to feed, thus relieving pressure on the dried-up country, and, at the same time, making available at a reasonable price stock for soldiers' farms.

There was a bio- crowd at the railway station at 10 o'clock this morning to welcome returning district soldiers on the special troop train. The Ashburton. County Pipe Band and Salvation Army Band played selections on the platform. A party of Red Cross lady .' workers,, under Mesdames "VV. T. Lill and W. J. Brown, distributed apples and packets of sweets to the soldiers, and supplied them with free tickets for sandwiches and tea at the railway refreshment rooms. The Ashburton branch of the Automobile Association was in strong force; there being about 30 cars available for the conveyance of Ashburton soldiers and relatives to their homes. The Mayor (Mr R. Galbraith) and Mr F. Ferriman informally welcomed district men, of whom about a dozen arrived. A further instalment of Ashburton soldiers of the "Kia Or a" draft arrived by the south-bound express today and were met by the Mayor (Mr R. Galbraith). Cars of the Automobile Association and the Salvation Army band were also in attendance.

What the Australian quarantine barrace means to some of our boys getting home lias been fully experienced ■ by Lieut. G. E. L. Alderton, R.N.V.R!, of Auckland, who is now stranded in Melbourne (states the Auckland " Star"). He left Malta for Alexandria in a, destroyer, as no troopship was passing that way, got another lift in a destroyer down to Aden, and there picked up an Admiralty tramp going to Albany. By way of incident, the ship struck a cyclone, and the bunkers swere on fire for three days. When he arrived at Albany the ship was quarantined. They sailed > for Melbourne, but the shin was wirelessed to put into Port Spencer. There he had to leave the shio and take a motor-car to Adelaide. Again he was quarantined, and, after seven days' detention, left for Melbourne. There he booked passage for Wellington, but the ship abandoned the trip, and he is again quarantined.

It's quite true, as philosophers say, That ."Where.-there's a will there's a

way." • , ■;"■■■:, 'Tis the secret of business success/ And it comes to our aid in distress, When illness or danger/assails. Or when we've hard tirn^s to endure, Wrai will in our troiibla^avails. Like Woods' GreatJPeppexrhint Cure.

. lioyd's is now publishing a daily Index of,/the movements of aircraft, as it does 'bf "shipping.

Sbmo^i: ;tho copper mines in Mexico are 'tmlM'red with rosewood, while Tn'ahpgaiiy is so plentiful that it is used ■for 'fuel 'for the engines.

This afternoon, the Ashburton police arrested a middle-aged man, who will •'Wppear at the Magistrate's Court tomorrow morning, on a charge of alleged assault on a young girl/ The pffence is said to have been committed in January last.

Some remarks were made by Magistrate E. R. Burton, at Taumarunui, in reference to the sly-grog question. On Saturday week, he said, he was in Te Awamutu. and was simply astonished at the amount of drink going away. It was a revelation to him. Two railway trucks were piled up with parcels. He would like to fine anyone who supplied a person against whom ;there was a prohibition order the fullest penalty.

Representations were recently made by the Mount Hutt Road Board to the Minister of Railways (the Hon. W. H. Herries) with regard to the unsatisfactory running of the train on, plw Methven branch line: . The chief complaint iwas in connection with the train's late arrival at Methven. A reply has been received from the Minister stating that the matter had received his attention, and he hoped that in the future the train would run according to schedule time. '■..■••■

Prosecutions under the Sale of Food and Drugs Act were referred to by the pi'esidenb of the Pharmaceutical Conference (Mr F. Castle). "We have had two cases," said Mr Castle, "and 1 am sorry to say that they were bad' cases, of such a nature that they did not do members of the society any's good. But it must not be forgotten that a great many samples were taken at different times, and the fact that there were only two prosecutions throughout New Zealand indicates that the standard of practice in our pinks is very high. I feel satisfied/that the great majority of chemists in New Zealand are playing' the game, andsupplying the right thing according to the British Pharmacopeia. 1'

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9605, 9 May 1919

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9605, 9 May 1919

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