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la reference to the wonderful powder for preserving meat of whloh we heard so naaoh a few months ago, tbe London correspondent of tbe Melbourne "Age" atya :— " I accidental y met tho other day the purchaser of the patent rights for the Argentine Republic, who, as the owner of Urge sheep runs there, hoped to render tho invention profitable to him* Ulf, primarily from a sb eep.br eeder^s p Ink of view. In the middle of April he b ! mself went out to Buenos A.yres with • trial shipment of mutton, lobsters and hides, all of which had boon treated (a the ordinary way by the prooaes prior to being embarked They wore plaoed m the even temperature, of the lower hold and appeared to ha In capital preservation till, m crossing the eqaator t about 3 d May, aomlstakable sign* of deoay set In m tbe case of the mutton, the lobsters Immersed In the treated llqaor also going bad. The hides remained In a good state of preservation, but they are not provisions. ' We see no reason for sapposing tbat m the frdeaiog prooess we have reaohed finality m the preservation of meat, but the mysterious powder ii evidently not going to replace it.
▲ BUOCBSS7OL DAIRY FACTORY, Tbe Gore Dairy Faotory Company (Limited), of which Mr H. S. Valentin*. M.H.R., ia Chairman, has just held Iti annual meeting. The results ef the year 1 * operations, have been moat satisfactory. After providing for all oharges ia conaeotion with the oondaot of the company'! business for the year there remains a balance of £645 9s 4*, which has been carried to the credit of profit and lon aooonnt. Thin result h«s been obtained after paying no Icsi than 35(3 per gallon for the greater poitlon of the milk supplied to the faotory. Tbe aotaal net profit for the year shows a sum eqaal to about 36 per cent upon the paid up capital of the company, bat the dlreotors hare thought It desirable to wipe out the debit balance of tbe pit fit and lon account, and^ reoomomnd to the shareholders that' the surplus (£156 15& 9d) should be oanled forward to mx>, year Instead of paying ft dividend «t the present time. During the year, 135.431 gallons of mi'lc were reoelrcd at tbe factory, for wfaioh the sum. of £1914 7* 9d has bean distributed aiqong the settlers In tho distrloN Recent adVloef state that the product uf this qompaay haj oommanded the highest prloei eyer obtabed m London for Dew Zealand oheeae. At the shareholders' meeting the report was adopted with entbmlastn.
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