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Wednesday, 28 September 1904

Mr LONSDALE (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - If their orders are exhausted now, it is very extraordinary. A second letter is from Mr. T. Shelmerdine, of the Yarra Hat Works, Abbotsford, to a customer, on the 15th July, 1904, as follows : -

With reference to your request for samples, we understand from our representative that you require a special list for your own use. We regret that at present we are so busy that we cannot manage to make a fresh set, but will give your request our best attention as soon as we have a spare set or time to make them.

It will be seen in both of these cases that' the Tariff has not injured the industry. As to the nail industry, I endeavoured to get information from the Department of Trade and Customs, but I found, from men who are in the trade, that no nails are imported into Victoria at the present time.

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