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Tlie instruments at the Domain weather station last night recorded four degrees of frost.

At a council meeting of the Scottish ! Society of New Zealand, the following ; officers were elected: —Chief, Mr A. W. : MacGillivray (third year in succession); Chieftains. Messrs A. E. Thomson, R. IM. Spiers, and A. Fraser; honorary ! treasurer. Mr G. A. D. Sutherland; Mr J. L. Aitken; British, correspondent, Chief . MacGillivray. / ;;/., . . "''.;_! ' '_.. . ..,.;.'■'., :. ■■• Although' the Northumberland's large draft of ove,r ; 1300 returned soldiers was ; disembarked at Wellington early'"on Saturday 'morning; the' Wellington hotel bars were left open all day. This ; was done on the recommendation of General Richardson, with a provision' that should it be deemed advisable by . the authorities the hotels ere to close. on' half ,an hour's notice. It /was^ not riecessary to. carry this latter provision out. "■■■..'"' : ;'; :- ■

The Peace Treaty, including substitu- | tio'ns. ran into 13,098 words: Excellent f despatch was given by the" Telegraph | in the Dominion, but there j was.a hitch in the arrangements out- j side, as transmission was stopped alto- ] Bother for hours at a time, and. the i delivery was stretched over some 36 hours. In addition the sections did not arrive in the proper sequence, and gaps were left which' seriously interfered with : its prompt' handling in the Telegraph' Office. —Press Association. j

■ Wo Have to acknowledge receipt of a copy of Bartholomew's (Edinburgh,) Reduced Survey Map of New Zealand. This map affords a clear view of the orography as well as the topography of the Dominion!'. All the latest, railway extension's as well as .the principal road?' have been included. Colour tints show the contours of altitude from sea-level. A useful' chart of the adjacent seas shows the relation of New Zealand to Australia and the. Pacific Islands.

'■At-the A. and P.^Association meeting on Saturday the president (Mr J. Cow) sitated: that for the sake of impressing the importance of the peace celebrations on the children the association should give ■ a donation towards the Borough celebrations: After a brief discussion it-was decided to'donate £10, with a stipulation that the money, be spent in assisting to provide refreshments _ for returned soldiers. It was also decided to carry out certain illuminations at the A -and P. offices.

A New Zealand-wide movement to thank the people of Panama for what •they have done in the way of entertaining returning Dominion troops was advocated by Mrs JR. Gibbons, a candidate for the-City Council. Mrs Gibbons said that. Wellington, as" the Empire City of the Dominion, should start the movement. It was not sufficient for tile council to pass a resolution of thanks—-what was wanted was the organising of a/ fund by which the peopile of New Zealand could give tangible proof of their appreciation. A similar movement, she added, might well, be started in regard to Gapetown.

A .dispatch ha,s been received from the Colonial Office ( intimating that there is to bo established'a. Memorial Division of .the Most Excellent ■ Order of . the British Empire. In [making this announcement, the • (Minister of Internal Affairs^ (the H0n,,G,,. W. Russell), said fchat'the Order 'would be open to all branches of the war service which,; but for the creation of those departments, would "have been performed by the War Office. Persons already appointed to the Order who are qualified for the military division will be transferred to it. from the lists which have, been published. The insignia of the civil and the 'military divisions will be the same, but the military ribbon will be. distin-" guished by a vertical red stripe in the middle of the existing ribbon.

Mr H. L. Barker, who judged the grain exhibits at the recent A. and P. Show, suggested in a letter to the committee on Saturday, that in future the exhibits should be accompanied by a declaration that they were grown during the, particular season in which they were exhibited. —The president stated that if 'there were exhibitors dishonest enough to ring in seeds grown in previous years, he did not think' that a declaration would have any effect on such people.—Mr A. Drummond pointed out that there was a sure means of getting over the .difficulty, and that was to stipulate in the schedule that all. exhibits of seeds must be donated to the association., Tins would prevent the- same exhibits/ being shown year after year. '

-•A petition, which, is being .=largely signed by members of the Ashburton A. and P. Association, is to be presented to Mr J. Cow asking him to accept the presidency of the association for another year. The petition is as follows: — " The highly capable manner in which you have, carried out' the numerous duties connected with the position, the excellent result of your efforts to place our finance on a better footing, and the'enthusiasm which you have infused into the committee'by your example Ims rebounded to the distinct advantage of the association. We are convinced that, the experience you have gained during the past year will enable you to enjoy the fulfilment of those objects, which you have had in view, but have been unable to complete owing to the shortness of the _ period in which, the affairs of the association have been under your control."

A somewhat sensational motor accident occurred in Havelock Street West on Saturday night about 11 o'clock. Two young men, Messrs S. Walker and T. Slade, were proceeding homeward in a car. and when crossing Winter Street the, driver, in an endeavour to avert, a collision with a boy cyclist, swerved into the channel, the car subsequently crashing, into a telegraph pole. The noise of the impact was heard.for some considerable distance, and the force with, which the car struck may be.judged.--by the fact that the post'was put. out, of its perpendicular, at the same time pulling other posts out of position, and several telephone wires were broken. The car suffered extensive damage, including a bent front axle, dented radia> tor. broken front.wheel and windscreen, in addition to damage- to, the chassis, which-was badly twisted. ..The driver of the car. Mr S. Walker, was dazed as a, result of the impact, but otherwise the occupants escaped injury." To-day a- gang of men was. engaged effecting, repairs to the telegraph wires and straightening the uprights.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9607, 12 May 1919

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