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The amount of revenue colleoted at the Gustom-honse ™n goor!* oVnred to-day for consumption was L1,44710a Bd. I*-, is estimata i that L 150,000 worth of unsold grain is held in Oamaru and surrounding district. A largo quantity has been Btored in town, and there is yet a considerable quantity in the hands of farmers.—' N.O, Times,' RAILWAY RETURNS. During the last financial year the gross revenue from tho railways was L 997.615. Of this the passenger and parcel traffic (including horses in vans) yielded L 357.548; goods traffic, L 610,458; miscellaneous and rents and commission?, L 29,578. Counting two journeys for a return ticket, and averaging the season tiokets at twenty journeys each, nearly 6-£ million journeys by rail were made during the year. Trains travelled along the lines 2,796,000 mile?, so that their average earnings were about 7a 2d per mile. The intereat returned on their cost by the several sections was as follows:

FIRST TEA STEIMER. Messrs Neill and Co , Limited (agonts for the China Navigation Company, Limited), are advised that the Whampoa loft Foochow on the 20th inst. for Auckland, Wellington, Lyttolton, and Dunedin. She brings 550 tons for this port. THE LABOR MARKET. Mr Skene reports:—Wages : Couples, L 65 to L 75; shepherds, L 55 and L6O ; ploughmen, LI and 17s 6d ; laborers, 15s ; cooks, 20s and 25a; hotel do, 40s to 50s; milkers, 10s to 15s ; grooms, 153 and 20a; gardeners, 20s and 255; store hands, 20s to 30s. MINING NOTE. The Shotover Big Beach Gold Mining Company received the following telegram this morning from Mr Sew Hoy, at Queenstown: "Amalgam 39jz, two days'dredging; retorted gold. 88oz Bdwt 12gr, for twelve days' dredging." THE LONDON MARKETS. The New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company have received the following telegram from their London office, dated 19th inst.: —"Tallow: There is a good demand. Good mutton tallow js worth. 27s 6d perowt; good b'efcf, 85s 9d per cwt."

Post Office Notice. Malls closo at tho Chief Post Office, Dunedin, subject to ary ncoessary alterations as under:— Local mails betwien Dunedin and Oamaru, also those for the Kaseby line, Will close at 7.15 a.m., and be forwarded by the 7.45 a.m. For Northern Ports, overland dally, at 10.30 a.m., at Chief Post Office. La to letter*, guard a "an. North express train, at 11 a.m. Tho Post Office, Duncdin North, will be cleared at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 23. For Lyttelton and Christchurch. Per Talwpuna, at 2,20 p.m. Lato letters, Chief Post Office, at 2.30 p.m. WKDNK3DAY, JOLY 24. For Northern Ports. Per at 1.2 C p.m. Lato letters, C.P.0., at 1.30 p.m. Thursday, July 25. For Southland, Australian Colonic?, via Hobarh, India, China, Japan, Con'inent of Europe, United Kingdom, etc.—PerManapousi, at 1,50 p.m. Money orders (for Australian Colonies only), registered letters, and newspapers at 12.;;0 p.m. late letters, guard's van, Port Chalmers train, at 2,30 p.m. DIRECT MAIL SERVICE. Wednesday, July 24 The contract Bteamer Doric will leave Wellington for Plymouth via Kio de Janeiro on Thursday, July 25. Mails close hero as under : For United Kingdom and Foreign Countries via tho United Kingdom, etc., at 10 am. on Wednesday, 24th, Registered correspondence at 5 p.m, on Tuesday, 23rd. Money oidera at 4 p.m. on Tu rday, 23rd. Book meketfi and uev-spapers at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, 24th. The above mail will at the Branch Post Office, Dunedin North, for money orders at 4 p.m., registered letters at 5 p.m. on the 23rd; lettera at 9.30 a.m. and newspapers at 530 a.m. on the 24th, At the South Dunedin Office, for money orders at 4 p m. and registered letters at 5 p m. on the 23rd, and for letters and newspapers at 5 a.m. on the 24th, At the Port Chalmers Office, at 8 a.m. on the 24th, money ciders at 4 p.m., and registered letterj at 5 p.m. on tho 23rd. Lato letters, bearing an additional single rate of postage (Gd) as a lato fee can be posted in the guard's van attached to tho North train leaving Dunedin railway station at 11 a. m. on tho 24 th. (Signed) Edw, D. Buttb, Chief Postmaster, Chief Post Office, Dunedin, July 22.

Miles. £ p. d. Kawakawa 8 1 1 8 Whangarei 7 0 19 10 Auckland ... 294 1 16 11 Napier ... 97 4 14 7 Wellington 85 2 2 6 Wanganui 215 0 17 9 Huinnui-BIuff... ... 1,04* 2 18 9 Greymouth « 6 12 6 Wcstport V.) 5 11 8 Nelson 23 0 13 8 Picton 18 0 2 6

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COMMERCIAL., Issue 7965, 22 July 1889

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COMMERCIAL. Issue 7965, 22 July 1889

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