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The amount of revonno collected at tl o Custom-house on goods cleared for consumption was LC7B IGa od; primage, LIS ss; —total, L 692 1' 3d. Mr J F. Harper has been appointed manager of the Bank of New Zealand’s branch at Invercargill, and Mr W. B. Duller resumes management of the Dunedin branch. The quanlHy of breadai'affo delivered at Sydroy last week amounted to 495 tons of flour from Adelaide, 454 tons of flour and 890 tons of wheat from New Zealand, and 141 tons of flour from Victoria. The Commissioner for Customs has decided that Mon is tubes, adjustable liners, barrel coolers, barrel reflectors, cleaning apparatus for rifles, elevator and wind gauges, light dtfiners, Martini and Snider cartridge belts and covers, rifle slings, scoiing books, sight protectors, (hooting orthoptic?, targets of canvas, paper, or pasteboard, verniers, ventometers, atd Wimbledon shooting bugs and cases can pass Customs entries free. Aid it may interest members of the. craft tr know' that the Commissioner of Customs has decided that their certificates aro free of duty.

[Brokers' reports ami unnnuncemenls map he inset ted in this column on specially arranged terms.} RABBITSKIN MARKET.

Messrs Arthur M'Donald and Co. report as follows for the week ending Wednesday, 14th inst. :

Referring to ours of last week, nob dy has called upon us for the LI.OOO present therein offered. Wo have, however, been greatly amused at Mr F. 8. Canning’s report of yesterday, which appears in the 1 Matiura linsign,’ upon reading which ono could not help inwardly expressing the old proverb “ Fools rush in where augeh f>ar to treat.” Although our friend livi s at Gore he evidently does not know everything that takes place in his village, and judging from his kind remarks, it will be news for him that wo have been (with the exception of a few i mall lots) the actual purchasers of all rahbitskins sold in and around Gore (including the few he himself sold) since the commencement« f the pre.-ont season. Mr Canning’s remarks—“ I have clients as buyers at auction who do net use any agent here, but ship to the Loudon market direct ” —are absolutely incorrect, for, as already stated, we have been the actual buyers (and most of our skins go direct to the inannfactmor) through Messrs W. 15. Andersen and Co. and Messrs Brewer and Trembath (we have bought all skins these two fimis have purchased); and, with the exception of a few bales all the skins tifebased by Mr W. Hume, and these three buyers represent the buying power in Gore. While wishing Mr Canning every success in his venture, wo would ask him to make sure of his facts before committing himself to pen and ink in the future. Wo havi not had tire pleasure cf any direct bn mess with the gentleman referred to, but for his information may mention that we have exported this season more rabbitskins (see Customs returns) than all the other buyers and exporters (including hanks and loan companies) in New Zca’and put together; also during the same period muo than sufficient sheep to stock ore <f the largest sheep runs in Otago; besides over 1,000 bales wool, sheepskins, horsehair, basils, hemp, etc , and a quantity of preserved meat aid cases manufactured fur and tallow. That being so —and anyone can satisfy themselves by referring to the Cuatoms rctuns—Mr Canning’s attack upon us is unfounded, but we forgive him for hia ignorance of the facts and simplicity. It is our pleasing duty to record the fact that we have at last succeeded in inducing the auctioneers to remove the premium of 2) per cent, to the buyer, and we will now be in a position to pay the same prices at auction as for private transactions. The auctioneers propose increasing tbo commission to the seller.

During our experience as rabbitskiu exporters we have met with plenty of opposition, and as one buyer after another has retired disabled from the ranks others have taken their places, and so on; but we have so farstood against all this fire. And why ? Because we possess ways and means for the disposal of the skins which probably no other buyer in the colonies can command; and our connection with manufacturers all over the world is yearly increasing, and we expect our own factory to be a big success as time rolls on. As our readers will have observed, we are proud of ourselves, and are not ashamed to let everyone know of it. There are still several “ reforms ” to bring about, and we will not shirk the self-imposed duty of endeavoring to carry out all wo have premised. Owing to the interruption in the cable communication we are without any fresh intelligence from London, the Continent, or America since our last, but wo have still large orders in hand, and guarantee 16d per lb for good lots of winter greys, including bucks and docs; ither sorts in proportion —net cash.

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COMMERCIAL., Issue 7986, 15 August 1889

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COMMERCIAL. Issue 7986, 15 August 1889

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