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.COMMERCm. Ashburton Grain Market. The Ashburton Agency of the New | Zealand Farmers' Cooperative Association I of Canterbury, Ltd., quotes as follows on Mny 12th, 1905:— WheatPearl ... ... 2s 6d to 2s 7d Tuscan ... ' ... 2s 7d to 2s 8d Hunter's- ... ... 2ssdto2s6d New Oats— Itoseberys ... Is od to Is 5-Jd Gartons ... Is 6d to 1b 6£d .Duus i s 7d Danish is 4d to Is 4sd Old Oatsheaf Chaff—s3s 6d The above are prices current paid to farmers on trucks at Ashburton. Market report for month ending Friday, 12lli April, 1905 .— Wheat—Pike' hare further fallen during, the wee?, until at last a level has boeii retched «t whkh merchants are able to purchase for ehipruput. This has had the tiled of moving oil' several lines, which tlio owners wore anxious to sell not caring; to add (uither expense in storage charges.' 1 here has beon no extra demand from the raillo'S, who are still holding off, but as ihrofibing have drawn in, any supplies from row will have to be taken fi'om tho stores, or from those farmers who have their grain in granary. Prices are fairly Brra as follows:—Tuscan 2s 7d, Pearl 2s 6£d, Runters 2s od to 2s 6d, mixed f.a.q. lines 2s 6d on trucks here. Oats—There has been further enquiry for good shipping lines of feed oats, but ord«rp. The bulk of the oats left in stack will \ c badly discoloured, aud the stores contain buc very small quantities. Today's quotations are practkally unaltered : —Canadians aud Duns Is 7d to Is 7-Jd, Gartons Is 63d, short feed Is s£d, Danish Is 4d to Is 4£d.

Christchurch Grain and Produce Market. (From Our Own Correspondent.) There has not been much wheat offering during the past few days, but some lines have been secured for shipment. One line of 3000 bushels of Hunters and Tuscan somewhat sprouted, but dry, was purchased ot 2s 6£d, and similar lots at 2s 6d at country stations. . Sales of oats continue to be made, mostly for shipment to the North Island. About 1200 bushels of Gartons were purchased at Is 6d for this purpose, and a line of 1000 bushels of the same variety was taken by a local miller at Is 7d at country station. Potatoes are dull of sale, the principal demand being for the West Coast, and a few are going to the North Island.

Timaru Grain Market. (From our own Correspondent.) Wheat —During the week business in wheat has been very slack, and only a few lines have changed hands. Prices have eased to 2s 9d for Tuscan, 2s 7d to 2s 8d for Velvet, 2s 7d for Ked Chaff. Seconds are at 2s. all f.0.b., sacks extra. Oats are nlso dull of sale, and values are Is Gd for Gartens, Js 4d for Danish, Is 7d for Duns, e.t country stations, sacks extra. There ar6 a few enquiries for potatoes, and values are £5 f.o.b. for Derwents, guaranteed free of blight.

London Markets, Messrs Dalgety and Co, Christchurcb, have received the following cable:— London, May 11 Frozen beef prices are steady. Any change in prices of frozen lamb is in favour of buyers. Piicea of frozen mutton tire firm for light weights?, but; are lower by one-eight of a penny to one-farthing per pound if heavier than sixty pounds. The wool sates continue active, competition is brisk, and the, buying i* general from all quarters. American buyers are operating freely. Prices of good greisy merino wools are on the average ten per cent higher than closing rates of last series. Other descriptions of merino are five percent higher, fine and medium crossbred wools are fifteen to twenty per cent higher, and coarse crossbred wools are ten per cent higher.

Patents. t ■ * Letters Patent confers upon the patentee a monopoly in an invention for 14 years, and provided that the invention is new, that is, that it has nover before been known in New Zealand, the patent will stand against any opposition, whether in the Patent Office or afterwards in tho Supreme Court. But it should be borne in mind that' a patent, to successfully combttt opposition, must be new, and its specification must be drawn skilfully and be without blemish. If that document is ambiguous or claims more than it ought to claim, the patent will not be worth anything, and may lead the patentee into great expense. But if it describes a novel invention in the proper manner it will stand the tost anywhere. Therefore, if you have a valuable invention consult the best firm in Canterbury, whose business it is to obtain patents. That firm is Henry Hughes, 183 Hereford Street, Chrietohurch. Mr Newton, of Henry Hughes' office, files more complete applications than all other firms combined, and can always be consulted at the firm's offices, where all business is prepared in direct contact with the inventor.

To Threshing Machine Owners —All sizes of perforated Zinc for Riddles now oa hand also Leather and Gruttapercha Belting Engine Packing Babbitts Metal, Cylindar, and Machine Oils, Cling Surface Belt Dressing, Hay Forks and Rakes, Riddles of all kinds for Grass Seed at John Orr & Co., East St. 1 0 For Bronchial Coughs take Woods' Great Peppermint Cure. Is 6ds

OtNuxMzfymzs M»u| Chocolate, Cailier's Genuine Swiss Milk Chocoldte. 'ts delicious flavour is unique j&:u>. Notices * Mails for North and South close daily as follows t — For Christchurch and Intermediate Stations :— 6.30 a.m.—Fairton, Chercsey, Rakaia, and Christchurch. 10.45 a.m.—Christchurch. 2.50 p.m (Express)—Chertsoy, Rakaia, Chnstchureh and Wellington. 3.10 p.m.—Dromore, Dunsandel, and Burnham. 8.20 p.m. (Express)—Christchurch. For Southern Offices:— 6a.m.—Tinwald, Winslow, Hinds, Baling, Ran#ifcata, 'Pemuka, and Timaru. 9 20a,m. (Express)—Dunedin and Intermediate Offices. 1.15 p.m. (Express) —Temuka, Timaru, Oamaru, Palmersfon, Dunedin. 3.30 p.m. — Tinwald, Winslow, Hinds, Timaru. R. D. Dansey, Postmaster. Train Services. Passenger trains depart from Ashburton daily as under:— FOR THE NORTH--7.35 a.m. 11.15 a.m. 3.23 p.m. (Mail) 3.40 p.m. 8.50 p.m. (Express) FOR THE SOUTH— 6.50 a.m. 9.53 a.m (Mail) 11.10 a.m. 1.45 p.m. (Express) 4.5 p.m. The Springburn train will leave Ashburton at 4.25 p.m., and the train for Methven wil 1 depart from Rakaia at 7 p.m. CEEF > BAKING POWDER guaranteed satisfactory AEBEY Boot Polish Shines Brightest.

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Page 4 Advertisements Column 2, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6569, 13 May 1905

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