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HIGH WATER IN SWANSEA HARBOURI…

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AGRICULTURAL NOTES.

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ISWANSEA'S OLDESTI POSTMAN.

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BIG STEEL PLA/TE CONTRACT.

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SURPRISING TINPLATE PRICES.

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SURPRISING TINPLATE PRICES. The heading of this note aptly expresses the present condition of the tinplate market. Nothing less than astonishing are the prices b which tinplates have lately run up. When we say astonishing we intend a comparison with the slump in which tinplates have long lain, and in intimating that contrasted with the prices of only three months ago, selling rates to-day are better from 4s. to 4s. 4d. per box, it will be conceded that the phrase we have used is fully justified. Who would have thought at the commencement of the year, when Bessemer coke plates were down at 10s. 41,1. to 10s. 6d. deliv- ered Liverpool from South Wales, that in July the price would have run up to 15s. 6d. to 16s. f.o.b. Liverpool; yet sufih is the position, current rates compared with last January showing an increase of 5s. to 5s. 6d. per box. Under these circumstances, the market just now is very buoyant, and makers are animated by larger hopes t'lan for several years. The principal cause of the advance has naturally to be sought for in the very different position occupied by the raw material to-day compared with six months or even three months past. Tin (Straits) has run up to £ 133 three months, and Bessemer steel tinplate bars to P,6 and X6 2s. 6d., while the men are also being paid more money at the mills. It would be incorrect, therefore1, to assume that the Welsh makers are pocketing all the larger money represented by the difference between to-day's selling rates and those of three or four month's ago. Still a sufficient margin is left them to ensure that they are making good profits, and they are to be warmly nongratulatjd upon the I brighter situation in which they find themselves. If better days have dawned for this ancient industry, even the enemies of Wales will be found to rejoice. Buyers are, of course, not over desirous to pay the advances if they can by any means escape. Particularly is this so among the merchants operating for the American and other export markets, who are pursuing their usual bearing tactics but makers are holding well together, and if they continue firm, there is no reason why they should not obtain, if not the full rates, then very nearly the full rates they are asking. One of the best features of the market, and one which lis peculiarly encouraging, is a revival in the American demand. For the month of June, compared with June of last year, the shipments to America actually show an increase, and the demand is not only for all fizes, but for exceptional sizes of ordinary tin plates, which have long been strangers to the American market as the product of Welsh mills. The revived demand now appearing from the States argues a shortage of American supplies, and the position is becoming accentuated the longer the American tinplate mills continue closed down as the result of the wages dispute in that country. For every idle week the production of American tinplates is checked by nearly 182,COO boxes, but a conference of masters and men is about to be held in the hope of arranging a new wages scale. Meantime, the Welsh makers are wise in making hay while the sun shines, and we look for a further stiffen- ing of ptices.-The Mining Journal.

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WEDDING PRESENTS.I

FRIENDS—OLD AND NEW.

A WELSH MILLIONAIRE COAL-OWNER.

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RHONDDA AND SWANSEA BAY RAILWAY.

MUMBLES DISTRICTCIOUNCIL.

COMMERCIAL FAILURES.

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