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The Wellington " Press " cannot follow the Treasurer m his attempt to explain •way the deficiency m exports of wool. If September is a teit month, it was none •tne leas a test month m the preceding fiaanolal year. There is a deorease of 6,400,000:bi. In 1888 0 aa compared wllh 1887-8, and whatever corrections have to be made, they can hardly materially reduoe so large a figure. The fad is that 'the difference Is In aooordanoe with tbe known diffiouUies with whloh the sheep farmers hava bad to contend, sod with the decreaie m the number of sheep. The export of rabbit skins m 1886 7 was 8,546,264 In 1887 Blt was 12,125,871, and 10 1889 it waa 12,593,177, or over 460,000 above that of last year. It has b»en computed that fiva rabbiu e«t and •poll the fsed of one sheep, and we do not thick that is a very unreasonable estimate. But If this Is a just estimate than those 12,593,000 .abbita took »nd destroyed the feed of 2,500,000 sheep. Again (hat Is the number only of those rabbit skloa whiob are aotually exported. It la oertaln that for every mob skia It Is right to oompute that there is another rabbit itlll alive or of which, If killed, tha akin haa never reaobed tbe bale. That would mean the loss of feed of, another 8,500,000 or m all 5,C00,000. Millions h*ve been spent on improvements of the land and pa«t>ral properties, yec when it la all spent, tbe value of the lands upon which it is spent is reduced by competent valuers by £3,840,030. Tho number of ; sheep m tho colony is aotually falling oil, the quantity of wool exported is less by e>,ooU,oooit>s, and the export which has •uormoucly increased ia the export of rabbit skins. Kyeo the most oareless of town representatives may be persuaded to regard with some gravity figures of this kind.

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THE DECREASE IN WOOL EXPORTS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2171, 12 July 1889

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THE DECREASE IN WOOL EXPORTS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2171, 12 July 1889