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The amount of revenue collected at the Custom-house on goods cleared to-day for consumption was L 1,869 8s lid. An Auckland telegram states that in the sworn statement of Messrs Fraser and Sons, of the Pbcenix Foundry (bankrupts), Ll.fiOO is set down for wages due to the workmen. The Colonial Sugar Refining Company, at Auckland, have reduced the prices of sugar as follows:—Nos. 1 and 2, L 3 p?r ton; No. 3, L2 10s; cubes, LI. STATISTICAL. The amount of Customs revenue collected at the four principal centres laßt month was:— Dunedin. L 35.554; Wellington, L 27.130; Auckland, L 22.181; Lyttelton, L 20.938. The beer duty last month was L 3.803, against L 3.377 for June, andL2,967 forthe corresponding month of 1888. Dunedin contributed L 844, Christcburch L7OO, Auckland L 772, and Wellington L 457. [Brokers' reports and announcements may be inserted in this column on specially arranged terms.] RABBITgKIN MAR KBT. Messrs Arthur M'Donald and Co. report as follows for the week ending Sifit July : * Supplies continue to reach ub with the utmost freedom, and we have still applications for.; a

large quantity at prices fully equal to those lately current. We observe that, generally speaking, skins are not nearly so well furred this season as they were last, and we estimate the difference in quality to be about l£d per lb. The cause is attributable to the very mild weather so far experienced in most of the best fur-producing districts. Many rabbiters have no doubt noticed that some of the skins lately taken show many black marks on the pelt side. Wherever these marks ocjur the fur on them (the marks) is of very poor quality, being for the most part coarse fur mixed with hair. Skins to be of prime quality must be free or nearly so of these black marks on the pdt side. It is a'so a well known fact to us that rabbits fed on the best land, especially grass, produce the purest skins. Nature seems to provide the animal with a good coat in lieu of good feeding ; so, generally speaking, tho beat skins come from the most barren and coldest paits of the country. We guarantee last week's rates until lurcher notice, free of all charges, to the seller.

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COMMERCIAL., Issue 7974, 1 August 1889

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COMMERCIAL. Issue 7974, 1 August 1889

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