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The rapidly advanoing strides whioh the j rade between the South Soa Islands and Victoria and New South Wales has made has necessitated the Union Steamship Dompany placing more tonnage at the disposal of their clients. It is not so very long ago (saya the " Auokland 3tar ") sinae one small steamer was suffioient for this Bervioe, and lately the b s. Pukaki relieved the b.b. Taupo ; now the b.b. Hauroto is to be placed m the same trade m conjunction with the Pukaki. It is gratifying to know (aaya a Home paper) that Australasia ib now officially inoluoed m our sources for the United Kingdom supply of buttar and oheeae. It ia, no doubt, a new trade but it is certain that it is also one capable of an almost development. New Zealand, at present, quite takes the lead, and during the paßt year, I obsexve that the value of the butter imported was £13,118, against only £8693 from the reßt of Australasia, making the respectable total of £22,000. Cheese is a larger item, and altogether a trade m the hands of our New Zealand friends, fleeing that during the past year the value of that imported here from the Britain of the South wan £24,193, while Australia sent only to the value of £505. Since Captain Cotton left Now Zealand (says the "Lyttelton Time 3") ho has developed his taste for literature, and has been very Buooessful, judging from aooounta received by the last two or three mails. His famous song "The Meynell hunt," is to appear, with illustrations, m the Christmas number of the " Graphic " ; and a song, entitled " Our golden banner," whioh he haß reoently written and composed, has taken very well indeed. On his way Home the captain formulated the plot of a sporting hovel, whioh he has since elaborated, and it will be published early m the year under the title of " Gone Away." Some reviews have been made of this work, and it is spoken of as a atory served up m a raoy style, and couched m language whioh is that of one who haß Been life. Tha oritioa speak m the highest terms of the work, and its publication is looked forward to with eagerness. Mr H. S. Valentine, M.H.R., who has ju«t returned from Victoria, informed the Mataura Ensign that the bottom bad already been completely knooked .out of the land boom. As an instance of the reoklesa speculation that had gone on he mentioned instances where speculators bad been paying aB muoh as 40 per cent for the accommodation of money. Land was now almost unsaleable, and he had been offered by one individual a piece of land at £300 a foot less than he (the would-be seller) had paid for it, if only Mr Valentine would take over all risks. He did not venture on that speo, however, but be made a few investments which turned out well enough to mere than pay his ozpensea. People were beginning to inquire after New Zealand properties, and he had an offer for 10,000 aorea m the Waimea Plainß. The price wai not good enough to accept, bat Mr Valentine had the satisfaction of thanking the maker for the only large offer he had received for land on the Plains for Borne yaars. Hollow ay's Pills.— Enfeebled Existence. — This medicine embraces every attribute required m a general and domestic remedy. It overturns tbe foundations of disease laid by defective food and impure air. In obstructions or congestions of the liver, lungs, bowels, or any other organs, these pills are specially serviceable and eminent'y successful. They should be kept m readiness m every family, being a medicine of incomparable utility for young persons, especially those of feeble constitutions* They never cause pain or irritate the most sensitive nerves or most tender bowels. Holloway's Pills are the best known purifiers of the blood, the most active promoters of absorption and secretion, whereby all poisonous and obnoxious partioles aie removed from both solids and fluids.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2007, 7 December 1888

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Untitled Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2007, 7 December 1888