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The amount of revenue collected at the Oustom-houso on goods cleared to-day for consumption was Customs, L 2.620 15s Id; primage, Ll4l 4a Id; total, L2.76119s 2d.


The export of gold from the goldfields of Western Australia during the quarter ended June 30 was s,'iOOoz 6 dwt, Of this quantity 4 4120z 2dwt were forwarded from Fremantle, and the remainder from Wyndham ami Port Darwin.


Mr Donald Stronach (on behalf of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, Limited) reports for the week ended September 18 as follows: —

Fat Cattle.—2B:s head were yarded at Burnside for this day’s sales, about one-half of which were good to primo, the balauco heifers (light), and threo-parta fat bullo"ks. Owing to the moderate number taken up last week the trade were pretty well tun out, and, in consequence, a slightly better demand was experienced to day, with prices a little firmer for equal quality. Best bullocks brought L 8 to I 9 15s, on* or two pens extra heavy-weights|,to LIT ; medium. L 5 17s Cd to L 7 10s ; light and inferior, L 3 12a Gd to L 5 7s Cd ; cows, from L2 15s to L 6 17s Gd. We sold on account of Mr William Sbsnd (Keith Hall) 15 bullocks from L 7 2s Gd to L 4 17s 6d, and 2 heifer) at Lsloa. Fat Sheep.—There was another very full entry to-day, 5,189 being penned, comprising some lots of excellent quality, both crossbreds and merinoes. The demand for prims quality suitable for export was fairly good, and late prices were fully sustained, while for ordinary quality wethers and aged ewes prices were again lower, the moat to hand of this description being taken up by graziers and sent back to the country again. With the exception of one or two mobs, which were turned out for another market, the whole were disposed of. Best cross-bred wethers brought 14s to 16s, one pen extra heavy a shade more ; ordinary to good, 10s 3d to 13s 9d ; beat crossbred ewes, 12s to 13s 9d ; ordina'y to good, 8s 3d to lls Cd ; merino wethers, best, 9s Cd to 14s, light 5a Cd to 8s 9d. We sold on account of Messrs Wilson and Scott, also for other vendors, cross-bred wethers at quotations. I'iga.—3ls were penned, representing all sorts, though there was a largo proportion well-fed porkers and baooners. The demand was only moderately active, prices showing in favor of buyers. Suckers brought Gs 6d to lls ; stores, 17s Gd to 275; porkers, 28a to SGs ; baconers. 40s to 565; extra heavy to 655. We sold seven at 24a to 52 J . Store Cattle.—There arc very few of these changing hands at present, so that the market may be considered somewhat flat, but immediately feed begins to show up buyers will no doubt bo forthcoming. Store Sheep.—The market for these is now almost at a standstill, no transactions of any consequence transpiring; and it is not anticipated that very much business in this line will be effected till after shearing. Wool.—The latest icports from London respecting the opening of the fourth series of wool sales there are to the effect that in consequenco of the strike it had been decided to postpone operations until the 24th and that all arrivals till then would be available. It must be highly gratifying to all concerned now to find that the strike is ended, which will, no doubt, allay the very anxious feeling regarding the serious effect which a continuation of this strike would cause, not only in the unsettling of the wool market but on trade generally. Should, however, no further complications arise, the prevailing idea seems to be that the closing rates of last sales at least can almost with certainty be looked for during the progress of the series to commence next week, Locally there is a very good demand for washed and scoured wool, all offered being easily placed at full rates. During the past week we sold privately eighty bales slipo and scoured wool at satisfactory figures. Sheepskins.—The supplies at Tuesday’s auctions at the central rooms, High street, wore : fully up to the average. The attendance was good, and under the influence of 1 unusually fine drying weather, and' the prospects of a steady wool market at Home, competition was brisk, and good prices were secured for all Hues br. ught forward. Our catalogue comprised a variety of classes, but mostly town end country butchers’ green skins, which had an excellent demand. Country dry skins also had marked attention; late rates were well sustained. Country dry cross-breds, inferior to medium, brought Is 2d to 3s fid ; do do, merino, Is 3d to 3s lid ; medium to full-woolled cross-breds, 3s lid to 8j ; do do merino, 3s lOd to 5s lid ; dry pelts, 2s to Is; butchers’ green cross-breds -best 6s 4cl, 6s 2d, 5a lid, 5s Bd, 5s 6d, 5s 4d, good to medium and inferior 5s 3d, 5s Id, 6s, 4s fid, 4s 6d, 4a 4d, 4s 31; green merifaoes, ss. lid, 5s 9cl, 5s Gd, 5s 4d, 5s 2d, ss, 4s 9d, 4s 7d, 4s sd, 4a 3d. Rabbitskins. The market continues firm. The demand at auction ia exceedingly satisfactory, resulting in keen competition for all sorts, though (as usual) best sorts have tbo moat attention. Supplies are still short of requirements, more especially with respect to prime winter greys, which aro at all times most in request. Barlv spring skies aro now showing up, aud should bo kept separate from good winters, as when mixed up together piices aro

rarely obtained which would bo equal to those reached when properly classed, besides being less satisfactory to both sellers and buyers. Although the demand continues good, we have no alteration to note in values, which wo again give as followsßest winter greys, 15d to 16d ; extra prime lots, picked, ICI.I to 17kl; ordinary, Is to 14.\d ; Hummers, 5d to fid ; suckers and half-grown, 2d to 4d ; black aud fawn, 7d to lOd per lb. Hides.—There is no change in the position of the market. The demand continues moderately active, and all consignments coming forward are disposed of at equal to late quotations, which are hardly likely to improve while the supply at all the known markets continues so heavy. Wo quote prime extia heavy, 2;jd to 3d ; heavy. 2VI to 21:1; medium. 2,} dto 2.b1; light. 2d to 2}, I; inferior, IVd to l;, : d p u r lb. Tallow.—A i toady demand continues to be expeiienced for local consumption, but there is no material alteration to note in valuta. The market is not heavily stocked, but ns tho supply is about sufficient for the demand, until there is some strongir inducement to ship, prices will not be likely to go li ghor. Meantime we quote prime rendered mutton. 19h to 20s; medium to good, ICs to 18s ; inferior and mixed, 12s fid to 15s ; rough fat—best mutton caul, 13s fid to 14b; inferior to medium and good, 9s to 13s per cwt.

Grain, —Wheat: Advices from Home continue to be of a very unsatisfactory tenor, more disappointing than ever. Press and private cablegrams report the English market lifeless. Under these circumstances it is scarcely to be expected that tho colonial markets can maintain even present low values. Locally there is a weaker tone and tho tendency towards lower prices. There is no demand for shipment, and the quantity required to satisfy local requirements is very limited. Late quotations are unaltered (but tho business done very light), which wo give as follows: —Good to prime milling velvet and Tuscan, 3s fid to Ss 8d ; medium to good, nominal, 3s 31 to 3s st; inferior to good whole fowls’ wheat, 2s 8d to 3s 2d (ex store). —Oats: There has been a little more inquiry for these during tho week, and a few sales have been effected, which could only have been done by meeting shippers who have been limited to prices which precluded them from operatirg to any extent up to tho present in this market. Advices from the Australian markets are not by any means encouraging, so that in the absence of an immediate prospective improvement speculators aro shy and decline to pui chase even at a reduction on late quotations, unless they have orders for immediate delivery. Millers are not buying,_ so that the difference between tho value of milling and good feed, if any, is slight indeed. We quote best milling 2s 6d to 2s GJd ; best bright short feed, 2s 5d to 2s Cd; medium to good, 2s 4d to 2s 5d (ex store, sacks extra). Small retail parcels bring a shade more. Long Tartarians have a slight demand for seed, but Danish are hardly asked for.—Barley has no demand of any consequence (quotations nominal); prime malting. 3s Bd to 3s 7d ; medium, 3s to 3s 3d ; feed and milling, 2s to 2s 9d (ex store, tacks extra). Grass Seed.—Ryegrass seed is not moving off in parcels of any extent just yet, although a moderate business is being put through in retail lots. We quote local-grown machine-dressed 4s 3d to 4s 9d ; undressed, 3s to 3s 9d; Poverty Bay, 5s 6d to 7s (sacks extra). —Cocksfoot has a moderate demand, but on’y in small lots. Quotations are: For machine-dressed, 4d to 4(jd; inferior to medium and good, 2-Jd to 3Jd per lb. Potatoes.—Deliveries continue on a moderate scale, and in consequence the market remains steady, late quotations being fully sustained. Wo quote best Northern 90s to 935; medium, 80s to 85a ; Southern, best, 75s to 80s (sacks extra); kidneys, no demand. Chaff.—Tho market is fully supplied with medium quality, which is difficult to place at a satisfactory price ; while prime well cut heavy chaff commands fair attention. Dealers, however, decline to go in for extensive quantities at present prices. We quote best oaten L 3 15s to L 4 ; ordinary, L3to L 3 10s; inferior, 35s to 55s per ton (sacks extra). Dairy Produce.—There is no improvement to report in the market, which still continues dull for both cheese and butter. Quotations nominal.

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COMMERCIAL., Issue 8015, 18 September 1889

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