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Doctors' fees form the subject article by "AkayM: in this issue, page " ■■■■: ■ ■:

One case of'diphtheria.' in the Mou-n!t' Hutt district was reported to the HoS.pital <Board to-day.v -No ■. further -cases of .influenza, have been:.notified. -;..■<.••, j

~.; Mr Ritchie;; chairman: :of-tthV Land Purchasevßoard, was in the,- Ashburton County yesterday inspegtiiig some, farms .that; had, been.r;,offered- , to .the .Government for soldiprs'. settlement. ......;..,,

■,:,.:'•.■ v> \M ii.v. ■•■••"• : . ; ■- "-iv:.- ;i..:.:- : : The; Government Meteorologist's,-fore-cast for to-rday was as .follows: —'the indications are for northerly winds, moderate to strong prevailing and freshening., There j s a prospect ,of fair to cloudy, weather,, with increasing haze and cloudiness*. Expect ,a change, in the beginning, of the week. The night .will probably be very cold, with frosts inland.' Barornetef falling , ".'.after about 24 hours., .... ; ;

At the Ashburton Magistrate's Cburi; this before Mr F. W. Watt, •T.P... Adam Kerr'Allans "a middle-aged man, residing vi Alford Forest, Road) appeared oh. the following charge: — " That on■•"January 4, 1919, at-AllentonV he did unlawfully attempt to carnally know a eirl under the age of 16 yearsi" Senidr : Serge'aht Ryan asked for a remand till Friday next, and this "was granted. 7 .' Defendant, who is a married man' with a yoiing family, was allowed bail. • £100 in his own recognisance, and £100 surety, which was forthcoming.

At yesterday's meeting of the Canterbury Education Board, the Buildings Committee -reported that the Hampstead School Committee had supplied particulars regarding the children who would attend a side school if established Q.t Nethefby; . The- sepior inspector did not approve .of the site chosen by the residents,' as- it was only about a mile from the Hampsbead School.. He recommended that; if a new school were necessary,, it ; should be placed further , north, . near the junction of Bridge Street with. Smithfield and Seafield roads, in • ..the: , vicinity of the Show Grounds.. : It was decided that '■ the School Committee should be asked to forward particulars of suitable sites in the, locality mentioned by the senior inspector. , .... -

The local branch of the N. Z. Farmers' Co-op. Association has established a record in land sales in' this County during the present year, having turned over £400,000 of property. "Mr Sandrey, the firm's land salesman, hopes before the end of June to have reached the half-million pounds mark in land transactions. When asked yesterday by 'a "Guardian" reporter the reason for the phenomenal sales, Mr Sandrey replied that he had predicted a boom in land to take place at the termination of the war, and his-prediction had come true Many people with capital had been holding off and this money was now being put in circulation. who sold out were compelled by the sudden drop in prices of stock to buy in again soon as possible in-order to save selling their stock-at big sacrifices.

The Buildings Committee'of the Canterbury Education Board, reported, ait yesterday' s meeting, that a deputation irom, Maronan residents had 'waited upon the committee regarding the establishment of a school at Maronan. lney stated that the present system of conveyance to Lismore School'Vas not satistactory. It wa s: decided to hold, over further consideration until a r reply was received from ■the Department regarding the conveyance of children by motor, and in the meantime the inspector to report on the application for a school the first time he is in the district. A letter hadibeen received : from the Department regarding the rebuilding of part of the school; also a communication from the chairman of the School Committee commenting on the statements made in the Department's letter. It was decided that a copy of the committee's letter should Be sent to the Department, which is to be informed that the board still adheres to its previous application for the rebuilding of part of the school.

The Ashburton Shakespeai-e Club offers a medium whereby Shakespeare's works can be studied intelligently without the brain fag frequently occurring among those who attempt individual assimilation. The Club is not composed, of "high-brows," nor specialists in elocution, but holds'social meetings of men with a common bond of interest. A play (Hamlet, this season) is selected for attention, and at the weekly meetings held on Monday evenings, a scene is first read, after which the various characters are cast, and those selected give their interpretations of the parts allotted. Discussion and exchange of experiences, Shakesperian and otherwise, combine to pass two hours very agreeably. There should be many men in Ashburtpn who would be glad to avail themselves of the advantages, offered, and the Club cordially invites their attendance at Mr L. J. Watt's room, Burnett Street, on Monday evening next at 7.30, when the first meeting of this season will be held. The annual subscription is only ss. .■-■'■

Motor Car. Bargains.—The following cars are now 'available at G. H. Oarson's Garage, Tancred Street, next H.M. Theatre: 1912 Ford Touring Car £110, do. £120, do. £135, do, 1916 model £150; Ford Runabout 1948 model £175; Saxon Runabout, with Self-Starter and Electric Lights, as good as new, £200: Saxon Runabout £175. . • , ~ ..-,5

A local farmer informed a "Guardian" reporter to-day that he could not hold out .much prospect of the price of storestocks improving until after the, winter. He was of the opinion that the prices in wethers would be the first to harden in the spring.

On account of trouble lately with rats, which had- been causing some _, damaee to the mailbags, the Mararoay after the mails and luggage had been discharged at Lyttelton recently, underwent a thorough fumigation in every department for eight hours with cyanide, which; has proved jnqre effective than sulphur. ;:...• ■ :.

At a local clearing sale of household furniture and effects held recently, there was an'interesting illustration of the low premium put on/art by the ordinary individual. Fine etchings, paintings j and prints were sold at auction at prices often equal to the cost of the frame alone.

The Minister in charge of the Police Department (the Hon. T. M. Wilford) stated on Tuesday that the increases of pay of officers of the police force above, the rank:. of sergeant would be fixed this month,: and 1 would date from April Ist. The recommendations were in order, but they had not yet been passed by Cabinet. .'...,*-■:•. '.-■■■■ ;.

At a meeting of the liyiidhurst Patriotic .Committee on, Tuesday night, it was unanimously resolved vto present each of. the district soldiers with a: gold medal suitably inscribed. Subscription lists are now in circulation and the appeal for funds to purchase the- medals is meeting with a; generous ■ response. Forty-seven ; names are included in the district's roll of honour, and intended to present the medals ajt a special function which will, take the Lyndhurst Hall when all .;the "boys" have returned, probably some time in June.

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LOCAL AND GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9606, 10 May 1919

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LOCAL AND GENERAL Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9606, 10 May 1919

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