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Ashburton Guardian Office, Monday evening. Messrs. Quill and Co. held their first sale in their salerooms, Saunders’ Buildings, on Saturday last. There was a large attendance of buyers and the general public, who partook of an excellent lunch, prepared for them by the firm, previous to the sale commencing. Mr. Thomas Quill was auctioneer, and made a most successful debut in his new position. The lunch over, he spoke as follows from the rostrum, erected in the north-east corner of the saleroom ;—“Ladies and gentlemen,—At the opening of a new business it is the invariable custom to make some remarks, either by speech or advertisement, as to the character of the business, the mode of conducting it, and the objects to be gained. As the new firm of Quill and Co., auctioneers, stock, land, and general commission agents, have in part presented themselves to your notice through. the advertising medium, it may not be necessary for me to detain you by a lengthened speech, especially as, from the number I see around, I feel that you will prefer me to study your interests by at once proceeding with the sale, yet 1 may be allowed to remark that we intend to fully enter into the various branches of the business with a determination to ensure your approval and thus ensure our success. Nothing will be wanting on our part to gain these results, and we sincerely trust you will favor us with your confidence and support that we may fairly be put on our trial. Sales will be regularly held in the rooms and adjoining yards, and the stock sales in the town yards and at Tiuwald attended. We shall also be prepared to conduct sales throughout any part of the district, and immediately after each sale the account sales will be prepared and proceeds ready for vendors, as per their instructions. And now, ladies and gentlemen, we leave ourselves in your hands, prepared to do our very best for all concerned; be generous to our faults and liberal in your support, and for the rest we have no fear.” The sale then proceeded, the auctioneers’ report of which is given below. Messrs. Quill and Co. report on Saturday’s sale :—There was a large attendance at the yards aud rooms with a keen competition, and the prices realised were considered satisfactory. Hacks, Ly ; store cows, low condition, L 5 ; pigs, 475. 6d. ; suckers, 9s. 3d. Farm implements at medium rates. Bran, per bag, 2s. 6d.; wheat, inferior, 75.; potatoes, 365. per ton, dull ; oranges, ios. per case ; biscuits, 3s. 6d, per tin. Saddles and bridles, new, at good prices. Furniture and sundries were cleared at full rates.

[by telegraph.] Wellington, Sept. 27. The New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency report:—London Sept 25 : Wool— Sales closed firmly this day, fully at the level of last sales. About 280,000 bales have been disposed of, and 160,000 have been held over for future disposal. It is expected that next sales will open at about the present quotations. Superior combing, washed, and combing washed have advanced id. since the close of last sales. Superior greasy has advanced ]/z& to id. For scoured the market is firmer. Clothing washed is unchanged, cross-breds are firmer, and for lambs the market is unchanged. The 1 principal advance has been in superior greasy, and superior combing washed. Trade in the manufacturing districts is slightly belter.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 158, 28 September 1880

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 158, 28 September 1880