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The .instrument? at • "the". .Domain weather station last night recorded two dearees of frost.

Dr. William Cresor ha? been appointed examiner for New Zealand for the Trinity Coljgge of Music. He is booked to leave Vancouver for the Dominion early in August.

The latest information is that tho troopshio Arawa. ivifh Major-General Sir A. H. Russell on board, will arrive ot Lvttelton at 8 o'clock to-night. It is not thought likely that any quarantine restrictions will, be imposed, so that the General and the men should land to-morrow morning.

The* fortnightly meeting of the Pride of Wakanui Lodge ■ .was held in ,the ■.Wakaniii Schoolroom on Tuesday evenine. Bro. W. Butteriek, L.D., presided' over a good attendance. The officers for tfho coniina; quarter were installed by the L.D. s< Question box " boiiiff the ■ -order of the _ proLTamme, some instructive and interesting; questions were discussed. At the next meeting the " Mayor of Wak.inui " is to be elected, the en «dldates beine: Bros. A. Brown, A. Wilson, and H. Butteriek.

The casualty ledgers from tha---Wes-tern front ard now being received' by Base Records, and checked against the records here, preparatory to the issue of a final casualty book, and a general alphabetical index of all casualties suff^recl by members of the Expeditionary Force. ' :

The wild boar mascot of the gall-ant •Fourth British Army, whose badge;, is a boar's head, has been presented to the Zoo by General! Sir Henry 1 Rawlinson. Captured in France when quite young, it became as tame as a dog, and has developed from a "suckling" into a large fully-grown animal.

Ihiring a discussion in the House of Commons recently, . General 1 ' Seely, Under-Secretary for Air; said hundreds of general officers were removed from their posts during the war. He himself, at one enquiry, in France, saw 'thT4© general officers, five highly placed s'taffV^Mjer^a^six other- officers deprived, of their Vommands without reason given. \^ ..>;- ■".

Harassed parents who are trying to find homes ni.JEace of landlords "No children" edicts will have reason to envy New York if a measure now before the Board of Aldermen becomes law. Under its provisions landlords are prohibited from barring children from all buildings used, for dwellings, under a penalty of £50 or five days' imprisonment, or both.

We .are t« hear of ii wonderful new invention very; soon (says a writer in the London "Evening News"). What it is called I do not know, but I have been told what it can do. Just as Xrays can enable us to see through flesh and ,blood ; this new invention, I am' toffd, will give its the power to see through walls! I understand that it has already been successfully experimented with. ..Further details of this invention will be awaited with great interest, as obviously if it can do what is- claimed for it, the possibilities "arising from the use of it are st&rtiling, if not. positively 'alarming. ; '

A number of people are-'under the impression that, a land agentis' a person who is-^*rf' to make as much legitir mate- profit:-as he-can whenever he transacts a-deal. Ashburton can' boast of at least «one-licensed agent who is not gifted•'. in that direction, at least where returned -soldiera are concerned. Recently he has transacted several deals in house property on behalf of returned men, and has. not accepted any commission. When" the matter was mentioned to Win by a "Guardian" - reporter, the agent replied: "Money is not my God, and it is "only fitting that I should give a portion of my time in helping the men who fought in. order that there could be properties for sale."

At a meeting of the Westland County Council la-st evening strong comment was passed on the inimical effect of the timber .. regulations ,as 'affectiftg .. the sawmilling industry throughout Westlarid. It was plainly stated that the industry stood in grave danger if -the timber lands were handed over, as proposed, to the Forestry Department. A resolution was approved to invite the Minister of Lands to visit the district as early as bbssible to .confer with the council regarding the-restrictive nature of the regulations /.as,, affecting milling and settlement.!".' He was also desired to review the' position of the scenic re^ serves, which are blocking settlement -rPress Assojciation.

Commenting on the depredations of the'grass gr'jib to a "Guardian," reporter" to-day, an Ashburton farmer stated that the grub was at work in patches all over the County. He did not think the damage to grass was more severe than it had been A intervals in past years. When a paddock became badly infected about this time of the year, farmers^ usually avoided breaking it up until' August, when it wasi then fairly safe to put in crop. To sow a grub-infected field at this season of the year was only catering for a failure, as the grubs would strip the young crop completely. He had studied the operations of the grub closely, and observed that when once it had thoroughly worked out a grass paddock it did not again make its apoearance in the- same field for a number of years. • ...

An excellent; performance was put up by a mother,,tissisted by two daughters and a little son about 13 years or.age, in x the Puerua district recently (says. the " Otago Daily Times"). The husband was absent assisting a neighbour to finish his stacking, leaving the balance of his own crop to be stacked on his return. Realising that delay was dangerous, especially when the unsettled state of the weather was -taken into consideration, his wife decided to eliminate the risk by completing the balance of the harvesting work .on the farm. One daughter took charge of a dray, the little boy " manned" a sledge, another daughter did the forking, and the mother the stacking, with the result that two excellently-built stacks had been completed by the evening.

The extraordinary demand for steerage passages to'; England which is reported from Melbourne, is noticeable also in New Zealand, says a northern paper. All steerage accommodation in steamers leaving New Zealand for England between now and August has been fully taken up, and that on vessels leaving later is rapidly filling. The situation is rendered worse by the tact that all the Shaw, Savill, and Albion steamers will' have been dispatched from New Zealand by next month, and after tfhat the company will not have a passenger steamer on the berih ■in New Zealand..--Jfeforp'~Sepi?e,m-ber. Thjs foave^-Mfly the^New Zealand Shipping Company's vessels available for travellers during that period. Some indignation has been expressed at first and second-class fares being reduced, but not the steerage. The explanation given is that in May, 1918, the British. Government imposed a war tax on passengers travelling to England, of £40 on', 'first and secondclass fares, and of £20 on steerage' fares. When a readjustment of fares took place last month tflio tax on first and second-cliass passengers was reduced by £20, while that on those travelling steerage was left as before. This means that all passenger rates from New Zealand to England are carrying a £20 war. tax, irrespective of class, "■'-:'. ' ■

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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9609, 14 May 1919

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LOCAL AND GENERAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9609, 14 May 1919

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