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THE TOBACCO TRADE.
TO THE EDITOR OP THE AKOOH.
Sir,-Your leader of this morning is ou the whole a fair statement of the present bordor diiiiculty and its surroundings, but one or two of Die remarks may create an impression which is scarcely correct. The case has, as you show, been complicated by the opening of a tobacco factory in Sydney, tho proprietors of which,' Messrs. Cameron and Co,, havo openly avowed their intontion to send thoir goods across the bordor, and so avoid payment of the import duty. Victoria would, of course, loto tho duty (2s. ) on every pound so imported, and Now South Wales would gaiu Is, per lb., the duty levied tboro on the raw mnto lint. In the event of Victoria continuing to lovy the duty as at present, Now South Wales would lose Is. on ovory lb., the difference between the duty on manufactured paid to Victoiia and tho duty on tho raw matorial in New South Wales.
Under the old bordor convention, tobacco manufactured iu oithor colony entered the other free of duty, and it may bo a matter of .surprise that advantage was not takon of this. Before our firm started a factory hero, wo considered the mattor vory fully. That it would poy üb bettor to manufacture in Sydnoy, and transport the material to Molbourno was otident, but wo found on inquiry that thero wbb a strone impression, both in Victoria and New South Wales, that the treaty would not be renewed, and no saw that when tho Victorian Government found themsulvea lotiiig rovonuo by tho introduction of Sydney tobacco, they would very soon stop it. Wo accordingly opened a factory boro, and Messrs, Cameron must, wo opiuo, do tha same, and for tbo samo reason.
Both as citizons of Victoria and as manu- facturers, wo should object to Messrs. Came- ron's tobacco coming in free-as citizens, because we bear our sharo of taxution j and as manufacturers, bocauso we are pretty con- fident that when Messrs. Cameron and Co. 'a tobacco is produced and sold undor tho same eruditions as our own, it will bo found that their reputation is altogether adventitious. At any rato, the colony should enjoy what advantages aro dorivablo from tho addi- tional bands which would be required in a new factory.
As for tho factorios in Victoria boing small, and not turning out tho class of tobacco which, tho factory in New South Walos is established for the special purpose of producing, wo can only say that you havo been misinformed. If nothing else wore proof for Messrs. Camoron. and Co., the falling off in their trado during tho last year is convincing evidonco both of the quantity and quality of our tobacco. They would never have opened in Sydney if they had not found their trado slipping out of their fingers.
With Mr. Francis's proposition foran oxciso rate, we shall, with your permission, deal in. a Boparato lottor, in which we shall review tho wholo question of the tobacco trado, and the
Moy wo ask, in conclusion, that in your commercial reports you will lond a friendly hand to the tobacco factories. Tho manu- facturers in Melbourne have been turning out an article of which they havo no reason to bo ashamed ; but they have boon and aro bting constantly decried by tho »ross and others. Week after week Cameron s tobacco is referred to in commercial articles, till tha
public havo boon lod to beliovo that thora is but ono tobacco, and Camoron is its maker ;. atid to such an extent is this carried that our tobacco is boing sold all ovor tho country as Cameron's, and ho gets the credit duo to us. Perhaps it is our own fault ; if wo had rolioci less on conscious morit, and dono a llttlo of the Cameronian blowing, you would have«
taken more notico of us.<
ROBERT DIXSON and Co. 107 and 109 William-stroot, Molboumo,
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