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« The annual meeting of the Canterbury Corn Exchange was held at Cbrietchurob on Saturday. The Chairman's report stated that there had been an increase of members! but a slight falling off m the amount of subscriptions, tie urged members to make every exertion to secure the BUOoesß of the Danedin exhibition. He also said that the system of railway weighing Is •till very unsatisfactory as between buyers and sellen, bo much depending on how and when the trucks are tared, and the state of the weathes when wolgbiog prodaca. Often as much aa 3s wt to Bowt m aaoh truok will be the difference of the tare weight and that supplied by the railway department. Ocmp aims are alto numerous as to the carelessness of railway people In patting clean sacks of oorn Into dirty coal trucks without being properly swept and cleaned* Shipmasters take advantage of this, and la saah oases decline to give 11 clean " receipts for produce. It was to be regretted that more reliance could not be placed upon our annul grain statistics whloh are yearly collected at considerable expense by the Government. It had been suggested that these yearly returns might easily be verified, or otherwise, by a weekly statement from toe threshing machines (which would of o mrse have to be llcansed) of acreage and quantity of bushels threshed. Fall returnu would of necessity be late, but It would aid In forming a reliable opinion as to whether the Government statistic* were oorreot or not. The matter was worthy of the consideration of Government whose Interest It should be to place the moat trustworthy information of all kinds before the colony, Mr James Gam mack was re-elected chairman.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2030, 7 January 1889

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CORN EXCHANGE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2030, 7 January 1889