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COMMERCIAL REPOST.

FOR WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 6th, 1879.

(From our Christchurch Correspondent.)

As our Annual shows are now about to commence, we anticipate business generally will be very quiet until the usual festivities are past, and the work of. the harvest stimulates all hands to fresh exertions. The few minor shows which have already taken place, are reported as having fallen off in the number of entries, if the representatives of the fourth estate, have taken a correct view of the situation, the quality of the stock and the variety and excellence of the other exhibits, are not up to last year a standard. Local manufacturers, to a very great extent, have felt the effect of bad debts and a stringent money market, and we cordially sympathise with them. It must be patent to all that large employers of labour cannot afford to take in hand and carry out ideas and experimentsthey would have done, had times been better. New machinery, either made here or imported, involves a great risk to the persons who first introduce it to notice, and means in many cases considerable loss until its utility and practical advantages are appreciated by the general public. Therefore, in times like the present, we must bo content to make the beat of what is available, and trust to some of our more speculative merchant? who are now, are, or intend, paying a visit to the Sydney Exhibition to bring back with them some of the various novelties now subject to the admiration of the Australian Farmers. I notice Leeston has this year a new feature in connection with their show, viz, several exhibits of wheat. I think the idea a very good one, only that the fact of the judges had not the use of either scales or measures provided them, were asked to (rive an opinion upon tho comparative merits of the samples shown. Besides which, although *it was made part, of the conditions that the number of bushels produced per acre should be given at the time of entry. Apparently no steps were taken by the officers to verify particulars. I simply mention! this because I consider it may be easily remedied next year, and may apply td-other exhibits of grain and produce with beneficial results.

. With regard to poultry, my remarks on thiabubject are fully borne out by both the-judges and reporters, 1 can only repeat that to attempt anything like a respectable show of birds at this time of the Jrear is a perfect farce, and calculated to ower the science of poultry breeding in the estimation of the community At the time I have no hesitation in stating that-certainly not in New Zealand, and I believe,in no part of Australia is it possible to bring together 'under one roof such a variety of birds, and of such quality as can beseeh at the shows held under the auspieies of the Christchurch Poultry Association. During the past few months, I know of several fanciers who have importedbirds at a-very heavy cost, from both Sydney and Melbourne, with the idea of thus improving their yards, and great disgust have received birds .that Would have been a disgrace to call by any other name, except ‘ ‘ mongrel. ” This was exemplified only this morning, I of chafse Wont into Lyttelton to welcome the two lions, arriving by the s.s Wakatipu, and I may say one was in a cage and the dther was not. Also that the tamest li4n paraded the principal streets of Christchurch, this evening, in an opanfCarriage drawn by a pair of greys, .jgpeampany with the leading cit ; zens belonging to a leading religious body with a ■spjeiidid braSs band and waving banners up thq yw* li° n >

will, we presume, parade the streets tomorrow in an enclosed carriage, with a following perhaps not so select, although quite as enthusiastic. However, after this digression, to come back to the poultry, or, as Pat would say, to our “ mutton. ” A gentleman, whom I will name Mr M., had also to welcome the arrival of some illustrious strangers in the shape of a pair of Spanish fowls, which he fondly hoped would eclipse all others, and which he had imported per Wakatipu at considerable cost. To have seen poor M. dancing round that pen was a sight only seen sometimes at an establishment on the Lincoln road. It was very evident this poultry fancier did not look on the sunny side of the transaction, and he no doubt felt that the natives who had sent the lion must have presumed the natives on this side are gentle as lambs. As a fair judge of the real value of ‘ ‘ fancy poultry,” if the importer pays in shillings the sum he is charged in pounds for this precious pair of mottled-faced beauties, he will have a dear lot. Well, we must live and learn, and touching this importing mania, it is understood that a recommendation is being forwarded to the Committee appointed to inquire as to the advisability of enencouraging native industries to increase the duty on almost every article that can be produced in New Zealand, and nearly all raw materials which cannot be grown here shall be admitted duty free. The result of their deliberations has been in some few instances anticipated, notably tea and sugar. I quite expect some radical changes will be made in the present tariff, whether for the benefit of the many or the few time alone will tell. In matters financial, we believe the past fourth passed off fairly well, and that engagements, with some slight assistance, were in most cases met promptly. There is very little alteration in the values of cereals. Oats are still very difficult to move in trade parcels. The high prices lately ruling for potatoes has induced the most sanguineholders to quit, and they are therefore being offered more freely. The new potatoes from Onehunga are of fair quality and size, and are moving slowly at about £*2 to £2B per ton to the trade. A brisk trade is doing in imported green fruits, over one thousand cases were landed to-day ex Wakatipu. Wheat, firm ; oats, very dull; rye grass, no demand ; potatoes bring £6 10s for sound old derwents; onions, none in market; cheese and butter, as last quoted ; hides and tallow have advanced in price with good demand for shipment ; wool ?acks 2s 9d; and com sacks, 7s 3d to s 6d for trade lots.

QUOTATIONS. s. d. s. d. Wheat, prime, per bush 4 Bto 4 10 Fowl’s Wheat and inferior 3 6„ 4 o Oats, feed „ 22„ 3 3 ~ milling ~ 2 4 2 6 Barley, feed m 3 6»> 3 9 „ malting „ S o„ 5 6 Maize ~ 4 2 >. 4 Peas, seed ~4 3 >« 4 9 Beans, ~ 4 3» 4 9 Flour, best brands, £is per ton. Sharps, £5. Bran, £4 ios. , Potatoes, £6 10s. per ton.

Messrs J. T. Ford & Co. report on the live stock market for tho week ending Thursday, the 6th instant, as follows : There was a very short supply of sheep sent forward yesterday at the Addington Market, and as the trade had to provide for a fortnight’s stock, the keenest competition prevailed throughout the whole of the sale, and prices went up beyond the previous week’s from 2s to 2s 6d per head, and lots of the butchers will have to seek outside to carry them through to the 19th.

The yards were crowded with beef and store cattle, and, with very few exceptions, line after line was placed at fair prices, and with much briskness. The quality of some of the beef was very questionable, and it seems a pity but more discretion could be exercised in yarding, as it would facilitate business considerably, and prevent comparative stores to compete in the same class with fat. 3240 sheep, 676 cattle, and 128 pigs were entered on the books of the different salesmen. Mutton sold in fleece at 2|d. per lb, and shorn at from 2d to 2£d per lb. Beef at from 25s to 27s 6d per 1001 b, fat lambs at from 7s 6d to 10s each, porkers from 25s to 45s each; young fifteen months old cattle brought from 54s to £3 Ba; calves from seven months old upwards, from 25s to 35s ; good steers for grazing purposes are in capital demand, and quitted readily at from £6 10s to £6 10s each. Our entries for the day were on account of the Hon. John Hall, Messrs Hay don, Sutton, Watson, Maddison, F. Tooth, Hartnell, Smith, Grieves,, Wm. Morland, A. D. Allan, Mann, Philpott, Linney, McClelland, Marshall Stavely, Webb, Pannett, Johnson, Osborne, S. Garforth, Hansen, and others, comprising 1210 sheep and 84 head cattle. Mr Tooth’s crossbreds brought 12s 9d each all round, Mr Hartnell’s crossbreds from 11s to 12s each all round ; the Hon. John Hall’s short merino wethers from 8s fid to 9s each; Mr Maddison’s crossbreds went up to 15s each, and his fat lambs to 10s each all round.

In store cattle we quitted a lino of heifers on account of MrT. Sutton at £5 12s 6d each ; also on account of Mr Osborne at £4 6s each. A line of young stock on account of Mr A. D. Allan at from £2 17s to £3 15s each ; also on account of Mr Pannett at from £5 to £6 15s each.

At our wool and skin sale on Thursday we had the usual weekly attendance, and best butchers crossbreds went up to 4s 8d and 4s 9d each ; best merino skins up to 4s 6d each ; medium of both classes from 3s 6d to 3s lOd each : rough fat from l|d to 2£d per lb ; wool in bags and odd lots sold at from 5Jd per lb. We did not offer our hides, as they are wanted for shipment, and can be quoted at 3d per lb. {by telbgkaph.] Dunedin, Nov. 7. Wheat, 4s 9d to 5s ; fowls’ wheat, 3s 9d to 4s. Milling wheat is firm at present prices, Oats, feed, Is lOd to 2s ; milling, 2s Id to 2s 2d. Barley, 5s to 5s 6d. Potatoes, £5 15s to £6 ss, according to quality ; kidney seed potatoes, £6 ; round white potatoes, £5 to £6 10s. Hay, £4. Chaff, £4 to £4 ss. Straw, £2 6s. Pollard, £5 10s Flour, large flacks, £ll IQs to £l2. Oatmeal, £l2los. ’ Pearl barley, £26. Onions, 20s. Cheese, Bd. Bacon, rolled, B£d. Prime fat beef, 28s to 30s per 1001L*. Mutton» l|d to 2sd lor lb.

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COMMERCIAL REPOST., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 19, 8 November 1879

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COMMERCIAL REPOST. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 19, 8 November 1879

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