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We h'av.-e, to acknowledge from 'the Government' Statistician the receipt of a copy of the New Zealand Official Year Book for 1918, which is compiled on the lines of recent annual issues.

During the present year, when improvements- to the Domain are being discussed, one of the councillors intends to advocate the removal of the hedge along West Street and substituting wire-netting or : some other form of fence so that the beauty of the Domain will not be hidden from those who pass along the street, nor from passengers on the trains passing through Ashburton.

In the deaneries of Halifax, HuddersneW, Wakefield, Dewsbury, Batley,'and Silkstone, a number'-of the clergy are taking steps to form an association on the lines of a trade union, by which they hope to .secure that all the clergy should have a wage adequate for all reasonable requirements of life, work, and responsibility. It is contended by the promoters that the clergy are fihe worst paid of any professional men;, and very often their inadequate stipends mean that they have to turn out and' do'other work in order to make ends meet. In nuiny cases sextons axe in receipt of better wages than the vicar of a parish. It is pointed put further that in some of the London districts appeals have been made for clean ,cast-off clothing for the use of the poorer class of the clergy, and this is held to extremely undesirable thing.

. A writer from New Zealand in the .^'Saturday Review" gives a very jaundiced view of oversea affaire. . "IJdo not tjiink you realise^ in England how strong are. the disintegrating influences, in Australia,, and, in a smaller decree. N here, fengland is largely to blame for this. ' You %aye. flattered and., praised I Australia to* nausea;. the consequences i are ''disastrous. ."Witness tKe_ "great j ! G&llipoli lie, the' gr6at 'Aiizac. lie.,! You. have driven Australia^; ' and 'otiiselve-s too, to believe that we are great nations', and that were'it hot for us, you [would have been ■ overwhelmed by Germany. '•■Facts are. nasty-'thmgs^fA'uß-I tralia would rather see' the U.S.A. m i the ' Pacifto ' than England. England must at'all costs be kept out and have 'no- naval base in '' those >glorious islands.* 1 - The ''Saturday Review'V adds: "If these are facts, we agros that they are nasty,"

American citizens not intend id settle down calmly to prohibition (says the London. "Dispatch," of February 16). . A number of the managers of smart; restaurants in NewvYork are contemplating; the establishment. of "deep sea restaurants." They wish to charter great barges—lavishly fitted: up and liehted—to. be anchored just outside of New Ifork Harbour. Plenty of small boats will be available to carry ■ customers out to these "deep sea restaurants." where wine and spirits may be served without infringement of the 4aw. Wholesale wine, and spirits dealers are . selling great quantities 'of wine, "whisky,''■ 3n'd 'Hquejjrs ;to private citizens, who, in' order store these purchases, are hay- ■ j me ttteir large cellars enlarged^ *j^Vw well-known and wealthy. New Yo^dr* visited his physician "and underwent a strict examination. _ He then asked how many years of life he might expect to enjoy. - Learning he could count, on 20 to 25 years. barriiVg unexpected -'developments, ■he ' began buy wines and spirits to equip a cellar, which would provide him for tha^ length of time. " ,

Out of office hours Lord Crewe is a prodigious bookworm. The walls of his rooms in London are lined with books, and the total number of volumes in his possession, both in his London and country libraries, is said to be nearly 40;000. Like Mr Birrell, he enjoys the ease of his library after the stiff ceremonials to which he is frequently subjected. But perhaps "subjected Vis an ,il!-chovsen word. Lord Crewe is,a perj feet liost. and never acts as : though the ceremonials bored him. His sister, the Duchess of Leinster, on the other hand, can eet heartily bored at social functions. . When Lord Crewe was Viceroy of Ireland she acted as hostess to him at the Castle,' and she did not relish all the stiff etiquette which this involved. Whenever her brother entered the'room she Was obliged to stand, and to curtsey profoundly before addressing him. Subsequently", when they Jeft Ireland and were safely on the boat, she turned to him and exclaimed. "Now. then," Bobby ! .We're out of Ireland—-go and' fetch me a rug, and make yourself useful^please !" ;

Owing to a printer's error, Mr Stephenson's advertisement re Mr Johnston's saJe should not have ap'-' peared in last issue of the "Guardian." ■The--sale is to. be hekl 'at Chertsey to-morrow, as per .'advertisement ■•"■oil page 8. . .

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9609, 14 May 1919

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