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LOCAL AM GENERAL

An application from the manager of His Majesty's Theatre for permission to hold an entertainment on Good Jb'riday was received by the Borough Council last evening. On the motion of Mr J. Watson, the application, was " received."

In accordance with a petition received, the Borough Council last evening decided to take a poll on April 27 to decide the half-holiday question. The Acting-Town Clerk reported that the petition had been signed by about 50 more than were actually required.

A New Plymouth telegram states that the grave of Charles Armitage Brown, a close friend of the poet Keats, lias been located and uncovered by Mr W. H. Skinner. Brown died at New Plymouth m 1842, and was buried on the slope of Marshland Hill, but the grave was covered when the top was cut off the hill to make a site for the barracks.

The hearing was resumed at Auckland yesterday of the action brought by the Board of Trade against Ernest E. . Leaning, on account of the price oliarged for a pair of boots. The boots m question were sold for £4 19s 6d. further evidence was called for the prosecution with a view to showing that the price . charged was excessive. The case for the prosecution was not concluded when the Court adjourned.

': The fact that no reference is made to Ashburton m the latest pamphlet descriptive of Canterbury issued by the Canterbury Progress League was mentioned at last evening's meeting of the Borough Council. This was considered a very serious omission, and it was decided that the attention of the organiser be drawn to the matter. It was considered that a picture of the Ashburton Domain would considerably enhance the publication.

An Auckland telegram says that an j exceptionally heavy ; thunderstorm oc- ! curred at Te Aroha West on Monday ! afternoon. Mr Maurice Kiely's six-; roomed' residence was struck by light- 1 ning, which caused a fire, destroying the building. The lightning also split a large telegraph post near by. Kiely '. and his family were on holidayf at the i Thames beach, and the house was unoccupied. i

Tenders were considered at last evening's meeting of the Borough Council for two sewerage contracts — construction of liquefying taiiks and contract No. 5, which comprised the main intersecting sewer from the terrace to the belt, and the balance of the reticulation m Ashburton proper on the east side of the railway. Three tenders were received for each, and the following, on the recommendation of the drainage engineer, Mr F. J. Williams, were accepted: — Tanks, Mr J. Thompson, £1145; No. o, Orum.Bros., £4157 16s. The engineer's estimates were respectively £1062 12s 2d and £3550 10s Id.

A warning that the world may have to solve problems similar to those that were produced by the Napoleonic wars has been given by Sir Joseph Carruthers,. M.L.C., writing m the Sydney /'Daily Telegraph." He says:—History is a great teacher, and any student of times gone • by could have known that great wars are causes which have been followed by effects so similar m each case as to suggest almost logical relation. If we had made some concerted and wise effort to ascertain what would have been the natural sequence to the war, and to have studied out details as well as broad facts, then we must have been better prepared for the inevitable prqblems of the times of peace. Instead of preparing, by study and by investigation, we have let things drift. A policy of drift is just as bad as anything that can be devised, even by reckless extremists; m fact, it generally ends m a policy of despair, ■ with any leadership for a change. Eyes are deliberately shut to the logic of facts. Instead of realising that "all" are involved by the same causes that make for disaster, necessitating a "pull together," a policy of insane sectional ' striving takes the place of the "team work," which alone can create a better state of affairs. I, for one, am convinced, not onl- from a study of the times and their events, but more so from a close study of past history, that the only way to win through bur difficulties now and to come is by well-organised and united effort to reconstruct the social, industrial, and political life of the world, by good work, m which every man shall play his Bart as one of "a big team" engaged m a common purpose. After peace resulting from Waterloo temporary prosperity existed for a brief period ; then followed years of severe adversity, which' threatened to overwhelm all that civilisation had gained for the world. For over 30 years "hard times" were the .lot of every European nation. Not until the gold discoveries of America' 'and Australia was there any substantial change.

The following is the river report : — Rakaia, Opihi, and Ashburton, clear; Waitaki, fishable.

The following weather forecast was issued to-day: — The indications are for westerly winds,, heavy gale, and backing by west to south. The •weather) will probably prove squally and changeable. Weather clouding over, rain later. The barometer has a falling tendency, but rising shortly, and the weather will probably become very cold.

Appreciative reference was made by the Mayor at last evening's meeting of the Borough Council to the successes scored at the recent band contest by the Bth (South Canterbury) Mounted Rifles Band. He considered that their successes had been a very good advertisement for the town. The Mayor's action m sending a telegram of congratulation was endorsed.

The general committee of the Borough Councfl recommended to last evening's meeting of the Borough Council that the applications of the A. and P. Association and the Ashburton County Council that the showgrounds and saleyards respectively be excluded from the Borough be not entertained. The recommendation was adopted.

At a largely attended meeting at the Ashburton Catholic School on Friday night, the following resolution was carried unanimously: "That the New Zealand Government be asked to call upon the British Government to withdraw the army of occupation from Ireland, andj m the terms of the Allies' s professed war aims., to allow the Irish people self-determination as to their method of government."

"That the Ashburton Electric Supply Company be granted permission^ to increase their charges for lighting purposes only by ~2d per unit, such increase to date from May 1 next, the price to be subject to revision m twelve months and all returns to be supplied quarterly." The above was the report of the general committee of the Ashburton Borough Council upon the question of lighting charges. The report was adopted, with the_ amendment that the charge be reviewed halfyearly.

A request for^ the co-operation of the Ashburton Borough Council m an effort to bring about a repeal of the regulations controlling the sale of cement, bricks, and timber was received last evening from the Gisborne Borough Council. The letter expressed j the opinion that these regulations had outlived their usefulness. The Mayor | pointed out that this matter had already been attended to, and no fur- : ther action was taken.

The stage was set, the crowd waited expectant, the Salvation Army Band, assisted by some of the junior bands, played the overture; but when the curtain went up with the arrival of the second express the actors, m the form of the Bth (South Canterbury) Mounted Rifles Band, were missing. The large crowd which had assembled "to see the conquering heroes come" took the disappointment good-humour-edly, and the band played everyone off the station and 7 back to work. "His Majesty the Stoker" was the cause -of the non-appearance of the Regimental Band, the failure to s,afl on the part of the Wahine allowing the substitution of ; the Manuka and Arahura on the ferry service only at a late hour. The band is expected to arrive by the 6/50 train to-night, when the welcome, as previously arranged, will be carried out.<

The harvest celebrations m connection with the Baring Square Methodist Church were continued last night, when a concert given by the choir, assisted by friends, under the baton of Mr H. A. Humphreys, was successfully carried out. Thfe Rev. A. Peters presided, and there was a fair congregation present. The programme presented was a very fine one, and the various items were well received, and encores were frequent and generously responded to. The choir rendered the part-songs, "Softly Falls the Shades of Evening," "How Sweet the Calm," "The Oars are 'Plashing," and Jackson's "Te Deutn," and solos were contributed by Mrs H. J. Constable, Miss V. Watson, Miss B. Ibbotson, Mrs Winfield, Mrs Ibbotson, Miss C. Watson, and Mr F. Porter. A collection was taken up during the evening. Votes of thanks to the ladies who tad decorated the church, and to Mr Humphreys and his choir for the excellent programme provided, were carried on the motion of Messrs J. Watson and C. F. Horrill. Mr Humphreys responded. v A sale of produce was afterwards * held with satisfactory results.

On account of the late arrival .of the Arahura, which is bringing the members of the Bth (South Canterbury) Mounted Rifles Band from Wellington, the concert by the band advertised m yesterday's " Guardian " to take place to-night has a been postponed until tomorrow evening. 3 546

Easter — and with it the merry tinkle of wedding bells. \ Of course you will have a photographer — be sure it's Bunz. It has been our pleasure to immortalise the inception of many happy unions — our perfected processes have made "The Wedding Group" a joy to own long life through. Yours can be made of the same hi»h excellence, can reflect and ■ recall similar happy scenes.

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LOCAL AM GENERAL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XLI, Issue 9473, 22 March 1921

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