Lyttelton Times, Rōrahi XVII, Putanga 992, 14 Haratua 1862, Page 4
Mr. W. D. Barnard reports the sale by public auction, at his sale yards adjoining the White Hart, on Saturday last, of ten mares and geldings, ex Dart from Wellington, the prices realised varying from £26 to £40, averaging £33 15s; also seven other horses were disposed of at prices varying from £12 to £36. averaging £26 10s. Two pairs working bullocks iust landed, in bad condition, £30 per pair; four heifers, each £8; three heifers, £6 10s; three two-year old steers, each £7; also an assortment or saddles and bridles, which realised fair prices.
OTAGO. The course of our market during the past week has not been such as to call for any particular comment; indeed, an excessive dullness has pervaded all branches of trade, and the little demand noticed last week has been checked. This we consider, is in a great measure to be accounted for by the reports, at present quite vague, of new discoveries of gold deposits and a consequent unwillingness ot storekeepers to increase their stocks, not knowing how soon their customers may leave for a different locality. If. as it is reported, a payable quartz reef has been discovered, we may anticipate that we shall get a more settled population, and that trade with the miners will assume a safer and more permanent character '
In values of merchandise there is no alteration to report; with almost all kinds our market is well supplied, so the advanced values in Melbourne have been quite inoperative to cause any advance in quotations here. The Lady Egidia has arrived from the Clyde, but bringing a very small cargo for this place. The White Swan arrived 7th inst., bringing us Melbourne dates to 2nd inst. This steamer is to be employed upon the coast carrying the inter-colonial mails. In Melbourne but little was doing for this market, and emigration to this had well nigh ceased. A few small vessels were on the berth, but fillingup slowly,—except to positive orders there being no inducement to ship to Otago. The exportation of sheep.had almost ceased for the season. There has been a little more doing in flour, stocks of which are running low; and a good deal of inferior quality that has been in the market for some time is getting worked up. Pale brandies of good quality both in case and quarter-casks are scarce. The money market is somewhat easier, as engagements entered into during the last three months have been but light. Dunedin Customs, May 10, 1862. The quantity of gold entered to-day amounted to 209 ozs. 8 dwts., upon which the duty levied was £26 3s. 6d. The imports realised £187 7s. Id.— Daily Times, May 12.