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Messrs. J. T. Ford and Co. report on live stock market for the week ending ThursdSy Debember'4, as follows : —At the Addington market, oh Wednesday, 6,855 sheep, 942 cattle, and 80 pigs were sent forward-for* the week’s supply. Sheep were in capital demand, and great briskness in the bidding was evinced throughout thhiale, and every .line quitted. The cattle sales were very languid, and stores were difficult to quit at reasonable rates, ami at owners’ reserves, consequently a large wit unsold.. Beef also suffered-,a Recline, but, perhaps this was partly owing to the indifferent quality sent to band. In fact, a good many of what were offered as fat were only green stores, and the classing was strongly condemned. This is a matter unde’* the control of the pirqctprs, and. more attention to it WThia #tefiaUy facilitate business, and give greater 1 satisfaction to all narties. Pigs of all description are selling freely* 4«h an- -insUfficientsupply. Our * entries were ou account of the Son. John Hall, Messrs Higgins; Tbrelkeld, Anson, J. Maddison, Kennaway, Saunders, Linnev Hayden. Codling, Ensor, Studholme, GougfiiWobfies' William Miles, Rountree; Griev^S/ 1 *»te ! *Levbla Estate, and others, isheep, 55 cattle, and 19 pigs. 600 crossbreds, on account of the Levels and Coldstream estates, brought from 9s. 9d. to 10s. 3d. each ; 500 crossbreds, on account op Messrs. Gough and Miles, brought frttrii Bs. 9{L ito 9s. each. Mr. Holmes’; > croeB 7 breds sold at from -.Bs.’. 6d.]!to 95.. eaclu The Hon. ifievifao wethers sold at 7s. and his crossbreds at Bs. 3d. The above prictA'STe* equal to 7 2d. -per lb., and lines von aebqimtiof- other. clients brought about -the yalue ppr lb. We a line OLCTossbred ewes with a fair percentage ,s of ! lambS dt 1 foot; •on account of Mr. R. L. s ffiggffi#at-ll?. 6d. each. Store crossbreds are■ bringing from >s, 9d. to 7s. each, according. tp. aize and quality, and fat lambs are bringing from 6s. 6d: to Bs. 6d. each. Beef may be quoted at from 225. 6d to 245. per lOOfts. , but the quality must be very good to command the top figures. Gribd .fresh steers, for grazing purpetts, from two to three years old, are ■ay ten months old, are worth from 35s to 40s. each, and intermediate cattle in proportion. We conducted a clearing sale on account of Mr. C. Tancred, at the Waihi hear Geraldine, of merinoaud erossbred sheep, ‘draught horses, farm implements, &c. ,and succeededinobtaining very fair all round prices. l At our wool and akin sale yesterday we 1 had* a large supply of skins, and the usual attendance of buyers. Merino’skins sold at 4s. 3d to 4s. 4d. each, and crossbreds up to 4b. 6deach. Rough fat from 14A per lb. Hides over for ’weelc m r anticipation of better prices., Last Saturday we yarded at our Repository a Erge. number of useful draught horses and hacks, and effected sales for several clients at fair values.

Messrs. Adana; Campbell and Co., report on the live' stock market for the week ending Dec. . 4, ‘ as f OUO ws :—The number of stock yarded at Addington on Wednesclay corapriapd about 8,000 sheep and 427'iocttle.. Fat; sheep sold from Bs. to 11s. eiohy according tq,.quality ; lambs up to 7a. «ioh. Reef was not in great demandJ’Ahd sold at'from 20. to 22*. 6d. per-UXOT^ 1 ‘ Store sheep' are a little more en(«J»®^dp ai: We sold a line of 1,600 store cattle thero « At Addington • on Wednesday we sold a line of oyer 100 inized ages and sexea ■- at -the. flowing prices :—Yearlings, from3os. to 50s. each; dry cows from £2 12s. 6d. to £7 12s. 6d.; mUch cows up to £9 17a. 6d, A line of 3-year aM steers J£& a head. The others *old from £3 58. to £5 ss. .each. -We placed a line of 1,400 store ■sheep during the week ? ai from Bs. 9d(6s.?ea*h. ,

her 17th. The mail Via Brindisi will be due in London. on February 9th and the mail via Southampton on February 16th, 1880. ; Notion—On and after Ist December, the Dost Office, Duvachelle, at the head of the Akaroa Harbor, will be open for the transaction of money-order and savings bank business. SYDNEY J. DICK, Chief Postmaster. Mails leave the Ashburton Post Office, as follows: — For Christchurch and North at 10.20 4 p.m., and 7.30 p.m., daily. 1 For Chertsey at 10.20 a. m daily. For Rakaia at 10.20a.n0 and 4 p.m daily. For Dunedin, Tinwald Winslow, Hinds, Coldstream, Rangitata, Orari, Winchester, and Geraldine, at 10.20 a.m, daily. For Temuka, Timaru, and South at 10.20 a.m and 3 p.m daily. For Greeristreet, Ashburton Forks, Mount Somers, and Ashburton Gorge on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10.30 a.ra For Ashton, Waterton, and Longbeach, at .1$ p.m. daily. For Wakanui and Seafield, on Mondays and Thursdays, 7.30 p.m. Sydney J. Dick, Chief Postmaster. UNCLAIMED LETTERS. The following letteis from places beyond the colony were received at the Ashburton Post Office during the month of October, and temamed unclaimed on the Ist December, 1879 ; Bennett, Frank Bunton, W. Clucas, E. Hill. Walter (2) lockey, John Hampton M‘ Carthy, Jeremiah Murray, William Shappherd, Elizabeth Slush, John Somssen, T. Valpy, John N, Williams, John Young, L. P. On the first da’ J each month a list is exnibited at each Pc A Office in the Colony of the addresses of all letters received from places beyond the Colony that have remaind unclaimed for one month at such Post Office; and such of these letters as remain unclaimed at the end of a further jjeriod of two months arc then forwarded to the Dead Letter Office, to be returned unopened to the countries where they originated. Unclaimed letters originating in the Colony are not advertised, but at the end of two months are forwarded to the Dead Letter : Office, Wellington, there to be opened and re- ' turned to the writers, I NOTICE. 1 A travelling Post Office having been estab- . ashed on the Southern line of railway, letters . bearing a late fee of 2d. may be posted at any , station in the mail carriage attached to the i express train, and they will be included in the mails made up in transit for offices on the main line and branches. NEW POSTAL REGULATION. Letters posted within the colony having the ames and addresses of the senders printed on the address side of the envelopes, accompanied by a request that the letters be returned if not claimed within a stated period, will be returned unopened. Provided, however, such letters shall have remained in the post office to which they may be addressed, at least ten days.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 31, 6 December 1879

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 31, 6 December 1879