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Tbe first of this season's wool sales to be bold in tbe Dominion took plac9 in the Alexandra Hall on Thursday, when there were 7574 bales catalogued There was a large attendance of buyers.

Prior to tbe commencement of the sale, Mr F, H. Pyne, chairman of the Ohristcburch Wool Brokers' Association read the following notification, which is tbe same as that adopted by tbe Australian Wool Brokers; "The auctioneers will only accept bids of a buyer on the express condition that such buyer is not acting on behalf of a principal in Germany or Austria. The auctioneers reserve to themselves tbe right of cancelling any purchase made in violation of this condition." Mr Pyne said he was sure that they would recognise that no one was anxious to stop competition, but growers and buyers, as well as all con cerned in the success of the Allied forces, would see the necessity of pre venting a single bale of wool going to Germany or Austria. (Applause). He was absolutely certain that every buyer would act up to tbe rule he bad read. He was sorry that American buyers would not be able to operate at this sale, owing to the restrictions regarding the export of wool but be hoped that at the next Bale they would be able to make purchases, and he believed that they too would be desirous of putting a stop to wool going to Germany or Austria. Tbe catalogues contained a number of large clips that are not usually offeaed at the first sale, but the weather having been favourable for shearing and the prospects of the early sale re suiting in good prices, more growers took tha opportunity of disposing of their clips. Tbe large clips from ttfe North Canterbury district were geDerally in excellent condition. Tbo bulk of the wool from tbe plains was, bowever, not in the condition that buyers like to see it It was heavy in grease, as was to be expected through the long spell of hot weather, ttad con

Loss Among Mares.—Many (anacre in the Western District are heavy beora this season through the death of valuable mares on foaling (says the "Otautau Standard.") The cause of death is septic poisoning, and no reason can be advanoed for the mortality being bo general and spread ovnr to large an area . In many instances noted show ant mala have been the viot'tna.

tamed more dust; than usual on ac couoc of ibe dryness and bareness "i 'be paddock-i and prevalence of wind A unique feature of the sale was the offering of a numbar of lots of Au=i fralian merino wool, but ,it did meet whh favour among buyers and only three lotg were sold afc 8d and BJd.

Although the sale could not be said to be a brisk one, there was no ques tion ag to the keen demand for wool as wag evidenced by the high prices that were realised for all cl asses but merino wool. There wa3 very solid bidding by several Bradford buyers, who took the bulk of the wool and besides these and two local buyer 3it was seldom that other names wore called Only a small amount; of wool was secured by the local woollen mills, although both Dunedin ntnd Welling ton mills ware reprusantod A.II classes , of cro-?bred wool from fine to coarse eann in for a. share o£ tho rleraani. haiffii'f.i and three niarter'nred filing particulaly well, and even scouring wool?, stich as lock? and crutching?, were not neglected. As a comparison of the prices show, the range of values whs higher than at the best sales last season, The following ia the range of prices compared with the best sales during the 1918 14 season : —

November Last 12 Season. Merino— d. d, d. A. Super .. — 12 to 13 J Medium and Inferior .. 8 to 11 9 fo 113 Halfbred— Super .. 12$ to 14J 12 to 14 Medium .. II to 12.J 11 to llfjInferior .. 9to 10? B.J to 10| Gorriedale— Super .. 12|to 14| 12 to 13.? Medium and Inferior .. 10| to 12£ 9i to llf Three quarter.bred— vSupor .. 12 to 133 11 *° 12 Medium .. 10J to 11J 9J to 10? Inferior .. 8& to 10| 8j to 9J Crossbred— Super .. Hi to 13 10$ to 114; Medium .. 10 to 114; 9 to 10 Inferior .. 8? to 9? 74; to 8J Longwool— .. 9Jtol2J 9to 10| Down Wool— 10f to 13 9J to 11? Pieces— Merino .. — 8;} to 11? First Half bred 10J to 11J 10 to 11J Second „ 8| co 10 6 to 9$ Crossbred .. 5J to 10 5? to o| Locks and Crutchinge 4£ to 9 4,} to SJ Tbe following were tho highest priced clip?: — Halfbred—FC over 3 stars 14jd. Hawks- 1 wood 14$ d, Tirnpindeun lljd, Bramdenn Treve-a over Amberley 14£ d, Laner cose I4£d, Pahau Pastures 14 ; Jd, Otahuna 14|d Glenavis 14|d, Kirwee Shed over PC 14|d, G 14£ d, D 7 14d, W over B 14d, W»iau Hills 14d. RMM 14d, Cashmere 14d, Wai. hora 141, W over C reversed 14d, Tormore 14ti. Harewood over S»Y 14d Corriedals— Mount Grey over White Rock Hid, Rakahuri 14d, Hui Hui and Mount Hilton 14d, Dalmeny 14d, Threequarterbred—The Gums 13? d PENINSULA SALES. I The fol'owing are some of the Peninsula sales: — Halfbreds-Hon. R. H. Rhodes 144/1, F. G Birdling Eld, Parkinson and Quaife 13d,

Messrs Gebbie Bros, Teddington—l4 bales super halfbred 3 bales super halfhogget 13d, 11 bales halfbred ewe 13d Mrs M. Coop, Ataahua-4 bales halfbred wether 14d. W. Menzies, Monziea Bay 131 R. Litter, Barry's Eay—Crofsbr* d 10d to lid. loitokoroa (Alex. Maophail, LeJ Bon'j Bay—4 bales threequarterbred ewe 12d, 4 bales ctossbred ewe lljd Decanier (C. P.. Kay, Decanter Bay 4 bale? crossbred wether U?d.

prizes be nted. Moved by Mr T. Penlington, enl seconded by Mr \V. Glynan. tbafc tha hon. sec write to Mr H. Howell. et pressing the club, regret at bis not being able to s-il with them Ibis year. Carried. It was resolved that the boo. ppc. write to all donors of trophies, thanking them for their kind assistance Moved by Mr W. Giynan, and seconded by Mr V. Mogee, that it ho a recommendation to the incoming committee thai; races start at 1.30 p.m.

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FIRST CHRISTCHURCH WOOL SALE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3453, 17 November 1914

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FIRST CHRISTCHURCH WOOL SALE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3453, 17 November 1914

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