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The amount of revenue collected at the Custom-house on coods oleared to-day for consumption was L 915 2i sd.

Some heavy yields of barley are reported from South Canterbury. One paddock yielded 85 bushels per acre and another 70 bushels. A farmer, when engaging the threshing machine, estimated that he had 9,500 bushels to thresh, but finds that he has between 14,000 and 15,000 to pay for.—' Timaru Herald.'

RAILWAY RETURNS. Tbo railway returns for the four weeks ended 3lst March last show a gross revenue from the North Island sections of L 28.162, and from the Middle Ishnd sections of LG0.753, as against L 27,212 and L56.55G respectively last year. Twenty-one additional miles of road have been opened for traffio, and the returns are increased L 5.147. The expenditure on the North Island lines was L 18.325 as against LIS,BBI, and on the Midjle Island sections L 37.472 against L 34,907. Up to date the revenue of the North Island jedions has been 1.313,458 as against L 324.010 for the corresponding period of last year, and on tho South Island sections 1.684,159 against L 670.223. The following are detailed returm of the Hurunui-Bluff section for the same period : ISS9. 1888. Passengers— s. R. s. R. First-class .. 11,312 21,440 9.992 81,143 Second-class .. 42,014 08.952 38,247 52.876 Total .. .13,320 00,392 48,239 114,024 Season Tickets .. .. 618 .. 373 No. No. Parcels, etc 18,019 18,159 Goods— No No. Drays 37 20 Cattle 630 044 Calves 12 18 Sheep 38,414 41943 Pigd 2,403 3,171 Total 41,490 4SBOI Ton?. Tons. Chuff, etc 1.310 1,140 Wool .. .. .. .. 4,096 3,582 Firewood 1,435 1,375 Timber ~ .. .. 7,381 5,059 Grain 43.919 32.200 Merchandise 21,411 18,254 Minerals 23,496 20,844 Total 103,048 83,114 Revenue— £ £ Passengers 18,724 20,730 ParcolD and luggage .. .. 1,649 1,661 Goods . .. .. .. 34,'78 28,749 Miscellaneous .. .. .. 695 484 Rents and commission .. .. 446 411 Total £55,793 £52,043 MINING NOTES. It is currently reported that Mr \V. J. Fairell has succeeded in floating the new company in London to work the Piomier Mine at Macetown. —' Lake County Press.' The application of Mr W. T. Scrimgeour for tho right to construct the tunnel to divert the Kawarau River at Victoria Bridge was granted by Mr Warden Hickson yesterday. Mr H. B. Smith, agent for applicant, stated the estimated cost of the proposed tunnel to be L 40,000, its length forty five chains, and the time of construction two years; but that nine months would bo taken up in getting necessary machinery from England to be used in putting the tunnel through. Application will be mode in the meantime to have the right protected.— Ibid. It is stated that though the "rush" to Mahakipawa has ceased, there are a few hundred men on the ground who are at least making "tucker." The loafers and vagabonds have, however, cleared out, and those on tho field now are mostly thoroughly good hardworking men.

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COMMERCIAL., Issue 7911, 20 May 1889

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COMMERCIAL. Issue 7911, 20 May 1889

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