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COMMERCIAL.

The amount of revenue collected at the Costom-houte on goods cleared tn-d»y for. consumption wan Customs, ;L9lO 6j 0d; primage, L 24 3g lOd ; total, L 934 9s 10J. STOCK AND STATION REPORT. Mr Donald Stronaoh (on behalf of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, Limited) reports for the week ended Ootober 23 as follows ! FatCAttle.—274 head were yarded at the Burrd'des aleyards today for the week's requirem ?nts, fully two-thirds of whioh ragged fiom very poir to ord nary quility; the balance comprised some nice beef, with a few heavy-weights. Competition for prime quality was spirited, but the number cf inferior cattle forward had the effflot of reducin r values considerably all round, and were lower by LI per head. Best bullocks brought L 9 to L1212s Cd; medium to good, L 7 15a to L 8 17a Cd; light and inferior, L 3 10j to LG 10a; cows in proportion. Fat Sheep—There were aaly 1,834 penned today, about 100 of which were merino, all the rest cross-bred a, representing all qualities. A Blight demand existed for export, and with the ttade being pretty bare of- supplies competition was fairly active prices all round showing an advanco on last week'd. Ordinary quality in parti'ular showed a di.-tiuct advance. Beet c-oss-brel wethers brought 15s 6d to 163 9d, one small pen 17s; ordioa>y to good, 13a to 15s 3d; best crossbred ewes, 13a to 14s; ordinary, lis to 12* 9d; merino wethers, 10s to. 14->. We sold crosi-bred wethers from 13a to 13s 9d, and cross-bred ewes to Us

Lambs —25(5 were penned, medium to good quality. The latter had a very good demand, fetching from 10s 3d to 13s 6d, the former 6d to 9s 3d.

Pigs.- 219 were penned, comprising the usual as ortment. Every lot pennet had a very fair demand, stores especially being in good request. Suckers brought 6s 6d to 14s; stores, 19s to 25s 6d ; porkers, 29s to 35s ; baconers, 42* to 50 1. We sold one pen at quotation". Store Cattle.—These are offering now in large numbers and some fales b iog effected, but in the meantime holders for the most part are not over anxious to quit, except at prices beyond buyers' reach ; and while the v'ews of both sellers and buyers continue so divergent, the business done in these will be very much less extensive.

Store Sheep.—The market in meantime is almost at a standstill. With the exception of small lots now and then changing hands there is no business of any consequence pairing, pend' ing shearing time, when it is fully expected that prices will rule higher than last year for all gocd classep. Wool.—The fourth Be ies of colonial wool sales closed in London on the 15th innt. very Btrong. With the exception of faulty descriptions in grease, all others display as advance of to Id per lb on the closing rates of (he previous sei ie.'. The sales compri cd about 230,000 balep, of which 3 000 were held over for future disposal, and 110,000 bates have been taken for export. Stocks in consumers' hands are said to be low, and the general state of trade good throughout the manufacturing districts. Reports from the chief industrial centres, both in this ountry and on the Continent, are of a eatisfactoiy character, so that the prospect* for the next aeTies opening s-.t the end of November are veiy hopeful. Locally tho small business done just now is confined principally to fellmorgi'rs' parcels, all of which sell readily at puces wrll suatainiog late market ra*es. Dming the week we placed about e'ghty bales at prices satisfactory to the owne:S. It is rather early for shearing yet; but we consider the prospects for the coming season are exceedingly favorable, an'l as it is fully expected that a much larger number of buyers will attend the local sales this season, gn.wers may Bafely anticipatn keen competition for all wools they may offer in Dunedin.

Sleepskits —At our weekly sale on Tuesday the attendance was very gond, all the representatives of tho trade bring present. We hid a large assortment of both dry and green skinF. and under the iijhjence of favorable weather and cheery wool advices from Home, competition was very active, especially forfino-woolled *kinp, for which late rates were fully maintained. Other desc iptions were also in good request. B"d lings all through wfrre well sustained, and piices were more even than for some time past, ruling op a par with these of the previous week The numtcr of lamb?k ; ns now offering is on tho increase. Several lots were catalogued by us this week, and were in good demand. Butchers' grepn cross-breds, best, brought 7s 3d, 7s 2d. 7s Id, 7s, 6j 101, G< Bd, Cs 6d. 6s 4d, fis 3d, Cs 2d; good to medium an t inferior. o', 5s lid, 5s 9d, 03 7d. 5s sd, 5i 3d 5s 4* lid; green merinoes, 6s Id, 6s, 5s fld, 5s Bd, 5 < 4d, 5s 2d; lambskinp, Is Id, If, lOd. fld : country diy cross breds, low to medium, Is 4d to 4a : do do merino, 1b 5d to 4i 2d ; medium to full-woolUd cross-Breds, 41 Id to Vs lOd ; do do merino, 4<i 4d to 6s 8d ; dry pelts, 2s to Is 3d. Rabbitskios.—The market is without any quotable charge i-ince our last report, and prices rfftlifcd at our auction sale this week were ou a par with those current Intelv. The demand continues goo l , but it is evident that the season is now coming to a close. The number coming to hand is weekly decreasing", and now only very email parcels come forward, most of .which are of inf.rior qualitv. latest advices from London report best skins in demand, but inferior sorts have declined Id per lb] s'nee last last retort.

Hide?.—The market is unchanged, price l ? remaining steady at about equal to those lately current. There is some inclination on the pirt of shippers to operate only in heavy sorts, but b few being available no business of any consequence result". "We quote extra heavy, in faultless condition, 2Jd to 3d; heavy, 2jd to 2{jl; medium, 2id to ?P; light, 2d to 2&d; infeii >r, ljd to if J per lb. Tallow. —The market continues barely supplied, and for all do'cript.ions a rradyaale is found. We quote prime rendered mutton, 19s to 203; medium to good, 16s to 18s; inferior and m'xed, 12s 6d to l"s ; rough fat—best, 13s to 13s 6d J inferior to medium and good, 9a to 12s 6d per cwt. Grain.— Wheat: The demand for milling continues cxtrpmely Millers are operating with increased caution, and no demand whatever for speculative purposes. Transactions are therefore limited, and while the markets at Home continue eo unsathfact- ry we can hardly look for any Improvement. Meantime this market is tending downwards week after week. We quote best Tuscan, 3s fid to 33 6d; best milling (red straw and velvet), 3s 2d to 3s 3d; medium to good (nominal), 3s to 8s 2d : inferior to b'st fowls' wheat, 2s 8d to 2s 9d (ex store)— Oats: The market continues steady, with a fairly active demand. Considerable quantities have been disposed of during the past week, so that stocks are now reduced to much smaller diraen>ionp, confined principally to lots held on growers' account for a more satisfactory market. Buyeiß at present, howver, decline to advance on last week's rates to any appreciable extent; but it is quite possible, if holders enntinuo firm, • to brine some improvement abut. We quote stout, bright milliner, Is lOd to 1b lid ; short feed, best Is B£d to Is 9£d. medium Is 7d to le 8d (ex store, sacks extra) Small lots for seed were sold at auction this week up to 2s 2d.—Barley : The only demand experienced is for limited pircels of particularly good quality for malting. Common or ordinary quality has no attention except at ridiculously low prices. We quote prime malting, 3' Mto 3* 7d; medium, 2s 9,1 f o 3s; feed and milling, 2s 3d to 2* 8d (ex store, packs extra). Grass Seed.—The demand for ryegrass seed has been disappointing all through tVe season, and now considerable quantities are still on band, without any apparent outlet. We quotp local-grown machine-dressed. 3s fid to 4s : undressed. 2s to 2a 91 (s*cks extra) —Cocksfoot: There is nothing of any cons'quence pagans ,- n this; quotations are unaltered - viz , from 2Ad to per lb, according to size of parcel" ard quality. Potatoes.—These a v e in moderately good reqneßt, and the market gradually rising; but buyers are only operating from hand to mouth, and at present prices would decline to purchase heavily. We quote best r-'orthern, L 5 10a to Lo 15a : best Southern, L 5 to 1510s. Chaff.—The market is fairly well supplied with inferior and second-rate quality, which tends to keep prices lower, and though there is less prime quality offering lately, there is no alteration in price. We quote prime, L3ss to 13 7s fid ; ordinary, L2 to L2 153; inferior, 20j to 303 per ton. Dairy Produce.—There is no change in the position of the maikct. Considerable quantities of factory cheese have been shipped to London lately, which has helped to reduce stooks somewhat ; but to have any effect on the market further clearances of both cheese and butter would require to be made. Quotations nominal. MINING SHARE QUOTATIONS. The following were net prices quoted at the oiosiog of the Beefton Mining and Stock Exchange last night : Burma.-'Electric Light t« Bd, Goldon Treasure Bd, Gillant 2s Bd, Happy Va'loy 4d, Inglewood ?«, Lvell Greek 6d. National 6d, Drake 2s 8d South Wealth 2< 2Jd, Venus lOd. Sellers.—All Na'ions 2s Bd, Big Bivor 8s Bd, Chicago 4d, Empress 4d, Eureka 2s, Golden Lead Is d.Gallant 8s Id, Globe 22s 6d, Homewards 7s, Happy Valley 6d. Darks 225, Pioneer 4d, Merrljigs 6d, New Britannia Bd, Pandora Is Id, Reforms 6d, Venus 1b 3d. Mining matters very dull.

MINING NOTES. Mr Clarke, C.E., is on a vi it to the Lake district, and will begin boring and other operations in the Kawarau for the purpose of testing the depth of wash and bottom.

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COMMERCIAL., Evening Star, Issue 8045, 23 October 1889

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