LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Interesting suggestions by " The Tramp " in,regard to a Winter Carnival for Ashburfon County farniersi and an agricultural hall appear in an article on page 2 of -this issue.
A Bill has been introduced by the Hon. Walter Mitchell in the Quebec Legislature to prohibit the admission of children under 15 years of age to moving picture shows in the province, whether accompanied sby their parents, or not.' '' ..,-..[■..' \.■ ■:■'■ ". ■■■■ ; '-■:
The British' Government Committee on Trusts and Combines reports that there is no proof of offences against the public good, but there is a likelihood that British trade combines may. become a public danger, and legal cower should be taken to investigate their workinc.
1 Sir Douglas Haig looks much older *wer since ~the armistice, and it is as if his youth and vitality remained with him for the period of the war (remarks a London paper of March 17).,- His hair is very grey. Only now does he show, signs of the strain of responsibility that was his through the terrible.years. •
The general • manager of the NewZealand Shipping Company, (states a Christchurcli Press Association message) stated to-day that the. shipping situation was easier. Freezing companies' stores were still congested, but were exnected to be soon ' relieved —in Canterburjl, at least.
The Government Meteorologist's forecast for to-day was as follows:j-^-The indications are for northerly winds, moderate to strong prevailing. There is a prospect of fair weather, but will be cloudy to overcast at times/ The night will probably be very cold. Barometer falling. •'
Earl Durham, giving .ev.ideitbe before the ;C4ai| Commission, <;said he owned 12.411 'acres whichiiiwere'leased to colliery companies. ; Six thousand acres* were bought within the, last I-century, 4000 between 1720 and 1820, and the remainder was ancient land owned by' the. Lambton family. Royalties, ■■rents;'., and privileges yielded £58,911 in. 1913. and £40.000 in 191&.,. ,-,: . r <»i<J
All the madness* and frivolity in connection with the armistice had, occurred iii New Zealand, stated the Bishop of Nelson at the, Anglican General Synod at Napier. At the front, however, the news was received by the ..troops in silence; their hearts were too full to speak.
Potato-digging is now fairly general throughout the County, and according to reports the yields are, in most instances, very satisfactory. There was an absence of the blight this season. The potato grub made its appearance in a nuniber of crops last year in the district.- but so far no damage has been reported in crops recently dug.
While ion his; way to work this morniner at about 2 o'clock a Civil Servant encountered near the Sydenham Post Office a young woman who was' evidently walking in her. sleep. He invoked the aid of a constable, and, approaching the railway crossing, it was deemed advisable to arouse the somnambulist. She swooned, but quickly recovered, and was conveyed to her home in Avonside.
The money-lending activities of the Government and the need of cheap money will be discussed at the Wellington Provincial Farmers' Conference in Wellington at the end-ofth ve v month. The following remit will be considered: "That the attention of the Minister for Finance be called to the present unsatisfactory matters in connection with State and private money-lending institutions. That where security is good the State should provide money at reasonable rates for farmers' needs, and should restore the table system of mortgages and provide in every mortgage covenant for payment of sums before due date without forfeiture of interest."
The Ashburton Hospital Board, following on its decision at the meeting yesterday in regard to the delay in payment of accounts contracted during the influenza epidemic, forwarded the following "urgent collect" telegram to the Minister of Public Health:-— "Re unpaid accounts influenza epidemic : All accounts have been certified to and are in the -hands of your Department. Mouths have already passed since the liabilities were incurred. Poor working people are lying out of their wages, and not a single account has been paid. This board considers it most unfair to have to be put in the position of being constantly applied to for payment of long-overdue debts. Kindly give this matter your immediate attention." : ■■■■>■' '
"I am" satisfied that if we "do not look out we will have industrial chaos in this country," said Mr George George, when speaking ph repatriation matters before the Industrial Association at Auckland last week. "The germ of Bolshevism is here. I have been informed by a Russian soldier ; that Bolshevism is making considerable headway among British soldiers, -particularly the Canadians, and it is present to some extent among New Zealand troops. If that spirit is here nothing will foster it more than discontent among the returned men. That spirit is growing, and it is up to the Government to remedy the faults that are existing." Mr P. Spencer said, they must get t'lfe soldiers working, otherwise they would adopt Bolshevism and want to run the country without working.
Some very strong remarks regarding the lockirig-up of large areas of land suitable for settlement by returned soldiers were made at the annual meeting of the Marton Branch of the Farmers Union by the chairman (Mj Alexander Stuart). He said: "I regret ttf say that I consider the Farmers' Union has been rather neglectful regarding the land laws of this country, as the leading men of the union must know that huge areas of good land are being held by individuals and a large proportion of it being put to' no practical use. This class of farmer is just causing as much discontent as the soap-box: orator. These men are not only.evading their fair share of taxation; but to allow this to continue is a serious loss to the country, and why shoujd any man be allowed thousands of acres to play with while the man who has fought on the various battlefields Is only given, say, 60 acres of second-class land to make a home for his wife and family? I do not grudge a man land if he is employing labour and putting it to a good productive use, but the large holdings referred to should certainly not be allowed to exist any longer."
There are at present 29 patients in thejAshburton Hospital. ..
The instruments at _ the . Domain weather Btation last night recorded five degrees of frost. . » . -• , ' ■
A Press Association telegram, from Dunedin states that the body of Mervyn Foster Greene, aged 21, who had been missine for about 10 days, was "Found on Ocean Beach to-day. \.
Dr. St«fansson, as.a result of Arctic exploration, addressed the Canadian Parliament, outlining a scheme for convertine Arctic Canada into a wool, milk, and meat-producing area. ' ADromore farmer informed a "Guardian " reporter to-day that the grass grub is very destructive in the district between Dromore and the Rakaia River this year. In some instances the grub is operating in whole fields of grass.
The Mayor. (Mr R. G-albraith) lias been advised: of the death of his brother at Invercareillj and will leave for the south by the express to-morrow a.fteiy noon.] As-a consequence, the Mayoral installation ceremony will take place at mid-day, and not, to-morrow evening, as originally planned:. -
The local grocers are considerably; amused at the Board of Trade's fecent; achievement in fixing- the price of- rice . at 4d per lb on stocks in hand, which ! are very low at present. At the present time rice cannot be landed wKole- i
sale at Lyttelton under 4fd per lb,.plus ! rail freight to Ashburton. ;■■■■-■!■
It is understood that two district "bee-keepers will appear before the Stipendiary Magistrate^ on,?. Friday ■ in connection with alleged breaches of the Apiaries Act. One defendant is said to have failed to keep bees in a propSrljconstructed frame hive, and; the ■ other; will be charged for failing to,'register • his hives
The lectures by the Matron (Miss Mande'fV to V.A.D. workers, at the hospital, are „. being largely attended, and a great''deal of enthusiasm and willingness* t6 learn is be^ag shown by those who a,tt«nd the classes. /.The dverase attendance has been between 60 and"'7s at each tec^ure. ,< • ;
•>Tbe first Trade Union Congress in the .Cape province sitting at Capetown carried a' .resolution bjr 61 votes tot'l that;, the colour bar in trade unions was wrong iii principle and unjust in practice. No differentiation should "be tolerated on account of nationality, colour, creed or sex.:
The beautiful young matron, at a ball in a northern town in England, was dancing for the third time with a smart-officer, and ehe said to him:-, "Do you know, captain,'that I can't get it out of my head that we have met ber fore." . "I don't doubt it in the least, madam," answered the officer^ courteously; "I was your milkman three years ago.'.' v
Many, women and girls in ■ England are now using for personal purposes the skill acquired when knitting comforts for, soldierß. ' The knitters seem to have diminished neither in numbers nor enthusiasm. They are to been in railway carriages, in hotels, and in the home, at work upon, sports suits, jex*seys, scarves, gloves, and hats. ; A knitted jersey and a skirt cost when made at home about £2 11s 6d, while if bought they will run up to £8 8s or ■MO 10s.
A returned soldier, named D. Sullivan, was admitted to tRe hospital yesterday suffering from a badly-1 acerbated hand, through having fallen off a loaded dray at Rakaia. It will probably be necessary to amputate one of his fingers. A few dayß ago _a lad named Patterson was admitted to 1 the institution, having sustained a fracturo of the humus through being thrown from a horse at Mesopotamia Station. He is making good progress. ,
A Mount Somers resident informed a " Guardian " reporter to-day that the facilities for getting lignite coal from the mine were inadequate to deal with the amount of coal that was available for consumption. He states that more trucks are. urgently required in order to work .the locomotive to the full capacity, and if these were available a good deal more lignite could be sent to Ashburton to relievo the shortage. He considered the County Council should pive this matter attention^ and also the Question of repairs to the tramline.
Sir Dyce Duckworth; the famous doc- | tor, is among those who condemn jazz dancing. Speaking at the Aeolian Hall, .London, recently, he said that in high society there were many signs. ofvearer lessness, silliness, and - ugly conduct. When they heard of those "wild dances that went on among people who ought to know betters—dances to music good enough only for West African savages —when they saw that in London draw- 4 ing-rooms, it showed great degradation and demoralisation. He hoped such exhibitions of bad taste and low character would be stopped.
Mr and Mrs Frizzelle arranged n farewell concert party at the hospital i last evening, which was greatly api predated by the patients;: and, staff. I Vocal and instrumental items were con- ' tributed by Mr and Mrs frizzelle. ! Misses R. Anderson, G. Galbraith, a nd iCox. Mr and Mrs McDonald, and j Nurses Muirhead and Patterson. The I Pipe Band also played selections. The Matron (Miss M. Mander) thanked the party for the excellent entertainment, and expressed regret that Mr and Mrs Frizzelle; who had been regular visitors to the institution with concert pajties, would be leaying Ashburton at an early rdate. • •!
The Minister of Mines arrived at •Grevmouth this morning, and received various deputations. The Blackball Medical Association drew; the Minister's attention to the town's lack of sanitation. There were 60 patients in the hospital, and. if something were not done the people would : abandon the town. The Minister promised to get a renort from ;fche Health,Departmcnt on the conditions. He stated that somethins: would be done, even if the State and the employers had to foot the bill. The. miners must have, decent living conditions. He praised the work done by the miners during . the epidemic. — Press Association.
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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9608, 13 May 1919
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