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The amount of revenue collected at the Oustem-house on mods cleared to-day for consumption was L 1,438 2s 7d.

It is proposed in Now Plymouth to start tho manufacture of condensed miik. A company with a capital of LI 0,000 is talked of.


The following are tho Roefton battery returns for tho past wnek: Keep-it-Dark, 369jz amalgam from 190 tons ; Globe, 470>'u retorted goll from 745 tons j Inkcrman, 128oz amalgam from 42 tons ; Sir Francis Drake, 120oz amalgam (geneial cleaning up), A telegram received to-day states that dredgirg at the Shotover Big Beach claim has been continuous for three day?, and during that time 41oz of gold (retorted) have been obtained. The * Tuapelta Times ' understands that the Blue Spur and Gabriel Gully Consolidated Gold Company have completed arrangements for the purchase outright of the Perseverance Company's claim, Blue Spur, and that arrangements are also pending between trio Consolidated Company and the Waipori Water Race Company for the purchase of tho latter's property, but nothing definite has yet been arrived at. A Blue Spur correspondent writes : " Rumor has it that there is a movement on foot just now to establish a new mining venture on the Munro'B sido of the Blue Spur by amalgamating a few of the claims there with ths parties holding the tailings in Munro's I have not as yet heard whether it is to be floated or simply to bo worked by the present owners, I have it from good authority that the North of Ireland party look upon it as a certainty that their claim will not be purchased by the Consolidated Company, and that thej aro in consequence prepared to amalgamate, as I have said, on a valuation bit is. However, phould snch an arrangement fall through, it is intended to spend some 1600 or L7ooin erecting a lift similar to tint used by the Consolidated Company, so ob to allow 50ft of what is known as the ' grey seam' that mns all through the claims to be worked. FiJm what Ikoow of that seam, the party have something payable before thorn for years to come, particularly if the main repf, which is about 200 ft deep, could be reached,"

AH the dredges on the river between Miller Flat and Roxburgh are now in full swing. Without an exception all tho dredges are on good ground, and yielding very satisfactory returns. The Molyneux is fact reaching its winter level.—'Tuapeka Times '

The Mont d'Or Company at Ross still maintains its high yields, and still returns large dividends to its shareholders. It has paid 28 per cont, on tho paid-up capital during the six months, and the mining manager, in his report to the directors, said that tho same high rate of yield might be expected for a long time. This olaim seems determined to make up for tho bad record of some mining companies on the coast, and to demonstrate to tho outside world that gold mining companies can be made t j pay far more than most if not any other industries. The great factor in tho success of this company is water, and to increase their possibilities in this direction they are endeavoring to get assistance from the Government to enable them to bring in the Mikonui Water Race, and with it sixty Government heads of water, on the hills running from Donnelly's Creek to the Mikonui. —' Lyttelton Timeß's r correspondence. ARRIVAL OF THE RUAPEHU. AN BVKNTPDL VOYAGE. The Ruapehu, from London, arrived at Wellington yesterday. She left Plymouth on April 6. On the Bth tho wind increased to a heavy gale with a tremendous sea, which flooded the decks and did considerable damage to tho settees and other deck fittings. Tho ongines wero eased and the ship put head to pea. At midnight tho weather moderated. Dr Morell Mackenzie, with his two daughters and son, were passengors by tho Ruapehu as far as Toncriffe, whoro they landed and remained, intendirg to spend a short holiday there. The passenger list inoludcd, as far as Cape Town, tho Searell Opera Company. Passengers for Port Chalmers: Second saloon—Mr and Mrs W. J. Allu-ed, Miss R. M. Allured, Miss F. Allured, MrH. Methven. Third claßs-Mr F. Anstey, Mr J. Cogan, Mrs M'Kerzie, Mis A. Moore, Mr O Moore, Master A. Moore, Master F. Moore. Miss J. Mooro, Miss T. JKorrison, Mr H. T. Robbards. Miss M. Smith, Mr T. Smith, Mr P. Spiller, Mr J. G. Weeks. The Ruapehu's voyage appears to have been more than ordinarily eventful. Shortly after leaving the London docks for Plymouth a passenger showed signs of mental aberration, and was placed in confinement. During this he broke a thick plate of glass in the porthole with his fist and proceeded to throw overboard everything portable. A subsequent examination proved him incane, and ho was put ashore. Just before the vessel's arriving at Teneriffe she lost the blade of her propeller, owing, it is thought, to striking driftwood. At tho Cape the Ruapehu went in tho diy dock, when ft spare blade was put on. She was detained four days at the Cape, and, after leaving, a singular accident occurred. When off Table Bay eveiybody on board heard a report like as if the boiler had flxploded. An examination showed that tho chief pipe connecting the boilers with the freezing machinery had burst, severely scalding soveral firemen. One of those (Johnston) had a very narrow escape of his lifo. While tho repairs were being effected tho vessel was in a critical position, being on a leo shore with a heavy sea running, and she was at the mercy of the waves. Repairs woro, however, quickly completed ; and steam being got up the passage was resumed. Even from Hobart the steamer met with exceptionally heavy weather, the decks being swept continuously.

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COMMERCIAL., Issue 7917, 27 May 1889

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COMMERCIAL. Issue 7917, 27 May 1889

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