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AN UNSUCCESSFUL MISSION.

OUR COTTON SUPPLY.

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AN ENCOUNTER WITH A TIGER.

HOW A SECRET WAS OBTAINED.

PARLIAMENT SKETCHED.

AN EXTRAORDINARY CASE.

HINTS TO WORKING MEN.

THE LAW OF GIFTS!

CHARQUI.

STOCK EXCHANGE SLANG.

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THE MARKETS. MARK-LANE, MONDAY. Fresh up to our market to-day the arrivals of English wheatâboth from Essex and Kentâwere small. The con- dition of the produce exhibited some improvement, as com. pared with Monday last; but there were, nevertheless, several samples on the stands of different quality. For all good and fine dry samples there was a steady demand, and they were quickly disposed of At the prices of Monday last. Damp qualities were somewhat difficult of sale, yet they supported previous quotations. About an average supply of foreign wheat was on the stands. The trade for good and prime old qualities was decidedly firm, at fully late rates. In- ferior descriptions met a slow sale, yet prices ruled stationary. Floating cargoes of grain were in moderate re- quest, and pricei were steadily supported. The supply of Eoglish buley on sale was but moderate but there was a fair show of foreign qualities on the stands. Good and fine mating qualities moved off steadily, at fall currencies; otherwise the barley trade was quiet, on former terms. Tha demand for malt was by no means active, yet prices ru ed stationary. With oats the mark it was moderately supplied. In most descriptions a fair business was transacted, at fu'l currencies. For good and sound qualities the trade was decidedly firm, and the tendency of prices in favour of the grower. Beans were in short supply, and the trade for them was firm, at quite previous rates. Peas met a slow sale, but at full quotations. The supply on offer was small. Very little barrel flour was on offer, and the trade for all good and fine sweet qualities ruled firm.. English and foreign sacks were in steady request, at fult prices. METROPOLITAN CATTLE MARKET, MOXDAT, For the time of year the supply of foreign stock on tale Here to-day was good, chiefly ill middling condition. The trade may tie considered steady, at full prices. The arrivals of beasts from our own gr. zmg districts were moderately extensive. Tbe quility ot most breeds, however, was only middling. l'he supply from Scotland was in excellent con- dition. On the whole, the beef trade was in a sluggish state, at in some instances a decline in the quotations compared with Monday last of 2d. per Sib. The top figure f)r Sco's and crosses was 5s. id, per 81b. Notwithstanding the severi y of the weather about a moiety of the sheepâthe show of which was smWllâwaa out of the wool. The quality of most breeds was good, and the demand ruled steady, at last week's currency. Prime Downs sold at 6s 2d., bat a few half-breds, svith very fine wool, realised 6s. 4d and even 6s. Gd. per Sib. Clipped Downs produced 5s. per 8ib. A few lambs were dis- posed of at from 7s. to 7s. 4d. per 81b. Calves were in moderate supply, and in steady request, at full pricesâviz irom 4s. 4d. to 53 01. per 8th, We have W report a good trade for pigl, on rather higher PO J < KS The supplies of home grown potatoes on sale at these mar- kets are moderate. On the whole the trade is steady in. deed, good and fine simples sdhomewhat readily, on rather higher terms. With foreign produce the markets are very moderately tupplied, Lsst week's import from 11 quarters was 90 tons. Yorkshire Regents, 80s. to 100s.; Flukes, nos. to 140s.; Kent and Essex Regents, 80s. to 100s.; Scotch Regents, 70s. to 80s.: Rocks, GOs. to 70s.; Dunbar Regents tOs-to 105s.; Foreign, 55s to 65s. per ton. HOPS. The supply of English hops is small, and the trade is firm for all qualities, with a steady demand for good and fine samples, at fully late rates. There is a moderate supply of foreign produce on otterâfor good and fine qualities of which the trade is steady, at fuli currencies. The imports intj London last week were 118 bales from Antwe-p, 2ti from Ostend, 0(5 from Bremen, 21 from Hamburg 31 from Rotter- dam, 44 from Boulogne, and 150 from Isew ork. Mid, and East Kents, to 200i. Weaii of Kents, 105s. to 155s. Sussex, 100s to 140j. Yearlings, 1008. to 140s.; 'Bavarian, ltOs. to 190s.; American, 100s. to 140s. per owt. WOOL. We have to report continued depression in the trade for English wool, and both as regards long and Down qualities the tendency of prices "s strongly in favour of buyers For colonial wool, however, in the private contract market, there is a moderate demand, and very iittle change has taken place in prices from Monday last. The import into London con- sisted of 1 800 bales from Cape Town, 445 from Port Philiip, 53 from Swan River, 200 from Mossel Bay, 200 from Madras, and 572 bales from Taganrog.