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This afteroon at his mart, Mr D. Friedlander offered by auction Mr J. H: B. Oliver's farm of 1017 acres, situated about three and a-half milea from the Ealing railway station. The property was passed in.

The Northumberland, wit-li returning draft 243, arrived a-t Wellington, yesterday afternoon. She was-declared a clean ship, , and. was due to berth this; morning. Up to the time the "Guar- ; dian" , went to press, no advice had' been received that a troop train wouM, be passing through Ash burton to-mor-row. ' • • ■ • ':

A Press Association "message from Christehureh states : The inquest on Alexander Matheson, who was fatally injured by a fall from his horse, was held this morning. The evidence showed that deceased, who" was riding a young and restive horse," lost the reins, and in an endeavour ib regain them fell and broke his neck. The coroner returned a verdict accordingly. Deceased was.,a returned soldier, having only arrived that day by thb Kia Ora. His people live in SceftltUid,,.

A deputation from the Tteturned. Soldiers' Association, the Lady. Liverpool Fund, arid other bodies, waited upon the Hon. G. W. Russell this morning, to. press the claim that the sum of three thousand pounds, voted by the Lady Liverpool Fund Committee, to the Soldiers' Club Building -Fund, should be validated by the Minister. Introducing the deputation the , Mayor (Dr. Thacker) said that; Minister, was asked to find a way out.-qf; ihe red tape, that prevented paying ; over .the grant* The deputation asked immediate' sanction be given to; the; transfer, and if necessary, statutory" be given later for the transfer. . . A number of other prominent citizens spoke in favour of the. transfer .being authorised. Replying, the Minister said the strongest , point raised,: was that the Club would provide accommodation for medically unlit men who wanted something in the nature of a home, but the legal position had to , be 'observed. The matter was one for Parliament to settle. He would consult the Government as to whether amending legislation should be brought down to provide that such funds might be used not only for establishing a club, but also for maintaining them.—Press Association.

A soldier writing home from England remarks about the large number of New Zealand soldiers who were marrying English girls. In the ship in which he was to return, 128 sergeants and their wives were travelling also. He mentions- an amusing debate which - took place at an entertainment, the subject of which was: "Should New Zealand soldiers marry ' English girls ?" t Four sergeants represented the " Diggers," and four W.A.A.C.'a represented the English girls. The hall was crowded, and the fun fast and furious, but in the end it was a draw, as, the voting was equal either way.

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NEWS AND NOTES, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9606, 10 May 1919

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NEWS AND NOTES Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9606, 10 May 1919

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