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Trade and Fruit Prospects in California.

By the San Francisco mail was received, by an old acquaintance of Mr K. J. Creighton, a letter m which reference is made to. the trade, between New Zealand and America «sid the opening which exists fos our fruitgrowers m the San I ran^isco. market m the coming season. The letter & dated 25th July, a portion of wWch we give below :—I regree that at this writing the subsidy question is still unsettled. The Postmaster General sent my letter on the subject to the House Postal Committee, which afterwards recommended the passage of th« Senate Bills as substitute for the House Bill. It awaits action of the House, and lam sanguine that, it will pass. However, there is nothing absolutely certain at this lato period of the session, with the members rushing away daily to escape the sweltering heat. The Postmaster-General informs me that if the subsidy Bills Ao not pass, he will contribute all the postages for next year, computed at $60,000. This, of course, would not compeoscta

for the withdrawal of New South Wales, but I still have faith m the passage of the Tonnage Bill befsre Congress adjourns. The fight over the sugar schedule delays the passage of the Tariff Bill, but you may rest satisfied that the duty will be removed from New Zealand flax, and that the American demand will be renewed if a superier article is sent to market. Uf course, if the direct steamers to San JJrancisco are taken off, the result will be very injurious to flax exporters, owing to the interruption and delay m mail communication. lam pleased to find that the outlook for your fruit is so good. This is the best season California fruit-growers have had owing to the almost total failure of the Eastern crop. We are only getting what, fruit cannot be shipped East and next; winter there will be an absolute scarcity with correspondingly high prices. . V you winter and spring. ■ • Tf seems to be waking up again. . . it you return Conservative men to the next Assembly you may recuperate speedily; tav^u must manage to tie the people to the land. Too many are leaving, according to statistics, and old colonists are always preferable to fresh ones.

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Trade and Fruit Prospects in California., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2502, 27 August 1890

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Trade and Fruit Prospects in California. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2502, 27 August 1890

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