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It will be remembered (says the "New Zealand Times") that when a fleet of Japanese war vessels was,:in Wellington its sailors were keen on any goods that typified the industries of the Dominion. A very large number of New Zealand travelling-rugs, : for the manufacture of which this Dominion is famed, were bought by officers and men of the fleet. Mr Charles Cleveley, formerly of Wellington, but now of Kobe, writing to a friend in Wellington, says:-—"Jap-anese sailors who visited. New „ Zealand each seem to have returned with a sample of a New Zealand rug. Almost immediately after the return of Admiral Kamimura's' fleet to Japanese waters there were an enormous number of advertisement's in the Japanese papers asking for New Zealand all-wool rugs. Advertisers offered at least' thrice the retail price for these rugs/ with the result that sailors cleared their stocks at a handsome profit. Buhl you will be more interested in the ultimate result. I have discovered that thpse rugs were bought by woollen manufacturers "in all parts of both islands. They have been most carefully analysed in every way known to the imitative science of our clever allies, the result being that many manufacturers in Japan are now turning out rugs that are, (at least, as far as appearance goes) an exact invitation of the best New goods. The needs of the average Japanese are exceedingly simple, but Vhe is particularly partial to a warm'night covering. The Tesult is that there-is already a large business in ithese rugs in Japan, and the merchants are trying hard to get a big trade goipg in Europe."

A young lady had a very narrow escape while alighting from a tramcar at Onehunga this morning. S4e -slipped and fell, the front wheel of the car passing over the bottom of her t dress, but fortunately missed her foot.'-

Just opened: A lovely lot of costumes, jackets, and coats, samples purchased by our Home buyer from, best makers. Bought cheap, selling cheap.—At McCullagb. and Goiter's.— (Ad.),

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Auckland Star Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 65, 17 March 1909

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