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Wheat Freight. —We understand that the wheat freight from Lyttelton to London has been fixed by the New Zealand Shipping Company at 50s. per ton. Gas v. Kerosene. —Some time ago the Napier Town Council rebelled against the charges made for lighting the streets by the gas company, and resolved to go back to kerosene. They have changed their and have agreed to pay L 9 lamp for a year. The Licensed Victuallers held a meeting to discuss the advisability of resorting to kerosene, but in view of the announcement by the Gas ■ Company that a substantial reduction in the price of gas will shortly be made, they adjourned the meeting without any decided action. The report of the Gas Com -pany just issued show's that the profits for the half-year have been at the rate of 20 per cent, A dividend of LI per share, equal to 18 per cent, per annum, has been declared/ but the money will be devoted to making the shares fully paid up.

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 1 Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 55, 31 January 1880

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