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The amount of revenue collected at the Custom-house on goods cleared to-day for consumption was L 977 6s lOd; primag", LIS 7s 8d ; total, L 992 14a fid. Representations having been [made as to the difficulties which are met with in dealing with bitters, cordials, and liqueurs under the provieignsof paiagraph 4 of tho terra "spirits and strong waters" in the Customs and Excise Duties Act, 1888, the Commissioner of Customs has directed that those provisions are not to apply to such compounds, and that they are to bs charged with duty only on the actual quantity foutd on measurement. Only recently (says the ' Oamaru Mail' Messrs Foss and Glondining purchased tbo Suig Point Company's coal mines at the nominal figure of LGOO, A new seam, about 20ft thick, and extending ovt r a large area, has been discovered, and Messrs Ross and Gleudining have been offered L 20.000 for tho property, Now, the facts are that the purchasers were Mr R. Glcndining and Mr James Haz'ett, and that the seam of coal stiuck is 10ft 9in thick over an area of 1,400 acres. Certain good offers have been made to buy out Messrs Glendiniog and Hazlett, but we understand that they consider the property to be too good to patt with.

THE LABOR MARKET. Mr Skene reports:—Wages: Couples, L 65 to L 75; country blacksmiths, 25a and 30s; station cooks, 20s and 255; gardeners, 25s and 30s; grooms, 15a and 20s; milkers, 10s, 12s, and 153; shepherds, L 55 and L 69; ploughmen, 20s and 178 fid; laborers, 15s; bushrnen, by the load; storo hands, 15s to 255; female cooks, 20s, 255, and 30s. MINING NOTES. The dredge on the Big Beach Company's claim, Shotover, continues to work very satisfactorily. For the fortnight ended Saturday lai-t the return was 116./, 9dwt of retarted gold, making tho amount of gold obtained up to date 3510z. This, too, was taken from a part of tho holding that the company expected to be the poorest, they ha\ing been told that they would get nothing there, k.s it had been worked before.—'Lake County Press.' Referring to tho trial crushing of stone taken from the Goldon Quarry claim, situate at Deep Doll, made at Duncdin, the 'Mount Ida Chronicle'says:—"The result must be taken as very satisfactory—viz , 13dwt per ton at the Huntington mill and 12dwt at tho battery. This enormous reef averages 30ft wide, and has been traced and trenched for over a mile. The stone in view will employ a hundred-head stamper battery for 100 years." Tho report of the Broken Hill Proprietary Company for the half-year ended 3lßt May last shows that diring the half-year L 240.000 hau been distributed in dividends; and 67,741 tons of ore were raised, yielding 2,C77,68(i0ii of silver, and 11,418 tens of lead, or an aveiage of 17 per cant, lead and 3,9380z < f silrer psr ton of oro treated. The cost of obtaining this ort and raising to the aufico was LI Is 3J per gross ton, and cost of smelting LI 13s lOd psr ton.

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COMMERCIAL., Issue 7983, 12 August 1889

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COMMERCIAL. Issue 7983, 12 August 1889

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