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LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9612, 17 May 1919
LOCAL AND GENERAL.
"What Every Woman Reads," is tfee subject of an article by "Akay," on page 2 of this iss.ua.
The instruments' at the.-Domain weather station last night recorded five decrees of frost.
.King's Birthday is to be celebrated, on Tuesday, June' 3, the actual date, and not on Monday as suggested. -
The supply of milk to the dairy factories in the County is fast diminishing',, the season being hastened'to a close by the scarcity of feed. At the Ashburton Dairy Factory the, drop this season was 33 per cent, from March to April, whereas last season for the same period it was 22 per cent.
A witness in the Supreme Court at Palmerston North caused a bright smile to paas round by. a naive answer to a leading question. Witness said he had fallen down in the street, and was 'asked by counsel who picked him up. "The man who collects the rubbish in the streets," was the simple reply.
The Maori could not obtain lien full complement of firemen at Wellington yesterday, and consequently s.ho could not Rail for Lyttelton. The: Monbwai was despatched as a ferry, steamer, and it is probable that she.will again take up the 'ferry runniii" this evening.
Owing to the stump in the market for store sheep, business in the County,, as far as the : stock agents are con-, corned, is practically down to zero. ■, The chief activities" of the agents ar-e j confined to--supplying, feed such as turnips, etc., to dealers and others, who\are■'obliged to hold stock, or'otherwise sacrifice at considerable los.s.
'A'remit .to ..be discussed at the Wellintrtoil Provincial r.Conference of the Farmers'-^Tnion is as follows:—''That the.New, Zealand ...Farmers' Union a? represented by ...tins,, provincial conference- cordially, .approves ...of. the Lahon;Party's - .suggestion 0f.... a ;round • 'tnHlnoiifererice.to' consideF-Jn-hpur onrliiir>n<and. is. prepared to : &e«d delegates to .such a conference." " A striken;* exhibit, was produced at a "meeting in Wellington recently of men and women who 'Tiad served »b special sanitary itaepbetors during the influenza epidemic. It was a tea-towel with a. notable record.' The person who brought it to light said that it had come from a .-city . restaurant, and in that restaurant it had wiped "clean" 150 plates, .150 cups and saucers, 150 knives, 150 forks, 150 large spoons, and 150 dessert The appearance of the rag' bore out' the accusations'; against; it. ....
' : Captain Hall Thompson states thru the battle-cruiser New Zealand will arrive" in Dominion waters next month. The first, port of call is .unknown, but is considered likely to be .Wellington. The vessel will, proceed to Australia later to meet Lord Jellicoe, who wiil make an official visit to the-Dominion about August. 18. The New Zealand will not be accompanied by other unity of the Grand Fleet, but it is understood that'; a number' of stnaller class warships will visit these waters at a later date.
A returned' soldier. Private Arthur Robert Gardner, committed suicide by hanging himself with a sheet from a 'fire escape at the Occidental, Palmerston North, last night. ' Deceased w.-ij-. seen n.t' 6 o'clock/when he appeared in his usual state of health. He wor~ tipstairs, and at 8.30 was found dead. He had thrown himself over the side of the hoteL His neck was: broken. Ga rdnei; was 20 years. of age. Ho returned on February 28 after a year's active service in the Auckland Infantry. and a month later was discharged mi account of wounds. He had complained lately of terrible pains in the head.
Commenting upon the article by "The Tramp" in regard to enlarging 'the Winter Show and housing it in a proper building, a leading dairyman in this district informed a " Guardian" reporter to-day that the suggestions in the article should be given serious consideration by farmers in this County. He could foresee a. great future for the local Winter Show.\ The dairy section alone., seeing that the industry was becoming very popular in 'the' County, could on its own make a comprehensive and interesting display. He was prepared to state that if suitable accommodation were provided for the butter and cheese exhibits the dairymen would, find substantial prizes to draw out local and outside competition.
Relics of early New Zealand are fairly frequently found on the sites of old Maori villages and camping grounds in Miramar, the beaches of which were used as the "jumping-off" places when the Natives were leaving on visits— friendly or otherwise—to the South Island. Whilst a section was being levelled at Kakara Bay last month tavo Maori axes, of black shale-like stone, were discovered a couple of feet under the surface. Both axes., have, even now, sharp edges, and the. smoothness of the ' sides is proof 6f the amazing patience and industry of the old-time Maori. A rather remark-able bull was mentioned in the Supreme Court oii Monday in connection with a cattle-steal-, ing case (says the' "Tarahaki Herald")A witness for the prosecution referred to a "Blue" bull which was missing from his farm. Counsel for the plaintiff considered that the colour of the bull was an important point in the case; it might be serious if there was "any possibility of mistaken identity. He suggested to the witness that perhaps the bull was not blue, and in answer to questions the witness admitted that the bull had a good deal of white on it, also some red and some black; Further pressed he admitted a little cream also, but had serious doubts about there being any roan. "Can you tell us the breed of that bull?" an intelligent juryman asked. The witness answered "No." It may be mentioned that the witness came from Switzerland only
The south-bound express was an hour and a-half late leaving Christ-, church to-day, being delayed awaiting iho through connection for ferry ;pas(•engors and mails. " . ;
The Otago Health Officer visited Gtekaike School for backward children, where a number of diphtheria cases have been reported. He foi*ujj_ no fresh developments, and the situation is well in hand.—Press Association.
A Press Association, message:,from Christchurch received "this afternoon stated that, William S. Brunton, aged 47, who,was injured in the tramway accident., died at. the' hospital' this morning.
Recently, .the Mount Somers train was ' considerably, delayed through a derailed truck. The Railway Department gathered together a most efficient staff of 12 men to replace the truck on the rails. ;no less than half the number consisting of inspectors, supervisors, etc.
The Dominion Meteorologist's forecast to-day is as follows:—The indications are for variable^ and moderate breezes, but northerly ' moderate to strong prevailing and freshening. Weather clouding over, with rain later. The barometer ha,s a fal'iing tendency. At their' auction mart, to-day, the N.Z. Farmers' Co-op. Association offered by auction, on account of the * trustee in the- estate of the late Elizabeth DigbV, a section containing one -rood, and, on which is erected a dwell- ' mg of five rooms. The property was passed in at £730. ' Two little girls, aged 7 and 8 years, daughters of Mr C, Williariia; Methven, were brought to the hospital this afternoon, having been ilie victims of a trap accident. As far as can. be ascer- \ tamed, the horde-bolted in a riglifrofway at * Highbank farm; and^the little • girls were thrown- 'out. Both wen•severely injured about .the head. y There was again a large attendance at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church 'last evening/ when tho- speciall campaign which is being conducted by Mr Bissett was continued. The speaker's subject was "Taken out. sent forth, brought home." The mission will bebrought to a conclusion to-morrow with special services^ which will bo held at 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. A few weeks ago the "Guardian" editoriflllr commented upon the absence ' of a sitting-room for • non-smokers at ' the Tuarangi Old Men's Home, and told of the need for brightening up and painting: the walls of the wards; dining- | room. etc. A sum has now been placed on ,the board's estimates for these improvements. It is .over 12 years since painting work was-.done in ■ the interior of the Home. .There arc now 98 inmates in the institution, the full complement being 109. ToKlay being Band Day, a collection . was made -through the Ashburton main streets in aid of the instrument fund' - of the ,Bth (S.C.) Regimental; Baind. This .afternoon the uarid played a musi-',. . cal .programme at the corner of East •*• and Burnett Streets. Lady friends '' and bandsmen in caricature costumes assisted with the collection. The campaign will be continued this evening, when another musical programme will b» rendered. - , . | The Minister of Lands gave some • 1 information yesterday regarding the progress of the branch of repatriation with which .' he has especially to deal, the settlement of soldiers on" the land. The total number of soldiers settled in : the different districts was 1269, a iid the total area of land held by these settlers I was 553.520 acres. The number of ap- ' plications under consideration at the* ; end of March was 153, and the area involved 63.830. The area available for further selection was 147,306 acres, and the area of properties under negotiation, with a view to acquisition, was 143.669 acres. The number of bouses for which applications had been gfranted on March 31 was 520. and the number under consideration 339.
The following information regarding .the Christchurch tramway accident was supplied -last night by the" general r manager of the Tramway Board : —The evidence submitted at the departmental inquiry into the tramway accident at Heathcoto went to show that while the loading was heavy on the car in question it was nothing beyond what has been carried on the same cfass of cairn the past. The conductor, a man with 12 years' service, was on the trailer that capsized, from the cutting to the * '. Heathcote Bridge, and observed nothing unusual. The cause of its leaving the .rails after the car and first trailer had passed over the points is still inexplicable, in view of the fact that the tram was running on what is known as "the straight." The result of careful examination has shown the points at Heathcote loop to be in first-class condition. The cars and their equipment have also been proved to have been "0.X." Mrs C. Reid (Tinwald) and Mr ,T. Northwick (Jlanipsfcend) are reported to be progressing favourably.
! In urgi'ig that all railway men shouM 'bo allowed at'least one day's holidv (in addition to Sundays) each year. for the purpose- of holding a niciiic, the " New Zealand Locomotive Engineers' Journal" states "If the railways ! ceased to run for one day in the year. I we feel sure that no hardship would bo | inflicted upon anybody. Almost every 1 concern worthy of a name shuts down for one day in the year, urpn winch omnloycop are free to enjoy~a - holiday with their fellow-workers and their wives and children. We feel sure that if a vote of the people of New Zealand were taken they would be unanimously" in favour of their employees being given a day in the year upon which to ■hold a _ picnic beside the Sabbath day now being used for snmc. and it would also show conclusively that, although the- railways aro State-owned, they are not State-controlled, and that' the ( percentage of profit at the end of the , Tear is of more concern to the con- , trollora than it would bo if the railways . were privately owned." ,
LOCAL AND GENERAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9612, 17 May 1919
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