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Cur Coal Measures.

It is a curious fluctuation in the coal trad 9 of the colony that just at present there is such a demand for coal at the principal ports that the U.S.S. Company aro hard put to find bottoms to carry the Bupply required ; yet it is said that such is the case. It is not so long ago that every gas company and every coal-yard in the colony was overstocked, and the trouble in consequence was to know where to place a cargo of coa!. It would appear that this plethora has gradually relieved itself, and the late glutted market is again raveuous for sup{>lics of good coal. We are very glad to earn that it is so, whatever the main contributing cause may be, because the miners of the West Coast have for many months past had a great deal more idle time on their hands than they knew what to do with or cared about. But no doubt the recent slackness which marked the trade in New Zealand coal has been the main factor in lowering stocks. At any rate several gas companies now find themselves much shorter of coal than they have been for a very long time, and are eager to fill up their depots once more. Another satisfactory feature of our coal trade, though in certain quarters the statement may be received with some degree of incredulity, is that Greymouth coal is positively inquired for, and in some instances demanded, in preference to any other coal. Two reasons are alleged for this—(l) the coal loaded by the hydraulic cranes reaches its destination in almost the same stats as it is loaded at the mine, being real " round coal," with the least possible admixture of slack ; (2) that as the output of the Brunner rnino lately has been restricted to what it waß

formerly, and what was exported being mainly reserved for gas-making and other purposes, for which it is preferred to any other coal in the market, the general consumers have been wholly supplied with Wallsend and Coalpit Heath coal, both of which mines turn out a class of coal much appreciated by housewives, because they arc clean burning and clean to handle. A gentleman from Wellington the other day, who is well acquainted with all the descriptions of coal in the colony, said ho saw coal from Greymouth being put into the big steamers in Wellington that quite tcok the shine out of the Newcastle coal for lumpiuefiij, and the Newcastle mines aro noted for the hardness of coal.—'Grey River Argus.'

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Cur Coal Measures., Issue 7946, 29 June 1889, Supplement

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Cur Coal Measures. Issue 7946, 29 June 1889, Supplement

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