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So early ns 5 o'clock jestorday afternoon country carts began to take up positions ngamst tho kerbstone in Bourke street laden with Christmas fare. Trom tins time sup plies steadily arrived, until about 11 o'clock there was an unbroken Uno of carts from Rut-sell street to Spring streot, tho sites in- side the market being reserved for occupants who had previously engaged them, and would arrive m tho course of tho night When the market is full thero will probably be, in- side and, 1 200 or 1 300 carts full of Christmas provisions and other things appro .priato to the season Last night business had already conmonced Geeso and turkeys ducks and chickens, were moung off fast, .v, hilo fruit and vegetables wero abo m brisk demand One feature of the Melbourne Christmas h\e market is tho abundance of Howers, cut and in pots, that are offered for Bale, along with vast quantities of tree ferns, fern lea\eB, and branches of various kinds of greon treeB and Bb-ubs which aro eagerly bought np to be used for decorative purposes Last night a great many people wero to bo seen carrjmg homo trophies of this kind 1 ho owners havo takoc. caro to got tho pick of the market The fresh greon branches in the carts, nterspeisod frith strawberries and cherries, presented a pretty Bight as seen by the gas light- of tho streets. Tho owners of tho carts that contained .goods seemed to have the worst of it Ezoept that they would probably trancad a good deal of profit

able business beforo all was done, thoro was nothing e!so to make tho ocoasion agreeable to them Having le.ft thoir homos, perhaps, early ia the day, thoy had to camp out on the pavement for tho night, and at n late hour families, wera Boen -trying na best they could to make themselves oomfort iblo under shawls and rugs, while tho opoia visitors wero returning to their homos and tho footpatbs otherwise crowded Tlio active

business of tho Christmas Evo market will have .commenced long beforo this paper is in the lionels of its reader.