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Declares Initial Cash Distribution (For Release 4 p.m. EDT June 17, 1997)

Toronto, June 17 , 1997: First Premium U.S. Income Trust has declared a quarterly cash distribution of C$ 0.83 per Unit payable June 30, 1997 to holders of record June 30, 1997.

This distribution consists of the regular second quarter distribution of $0.50 per Unit as well as $0.33 per Unit for the period February 3 to March 31, 1997.

Holders of First Premium U.S. Income Trust may elect to have their distributions re-invested into additional Units by enrolling in the Trust's Distribution Reinvestment Plan. Unitholders should contact their broker or the Plan Agent (Montreal Trust Company of Canada) to enroll in the plan.

First Premium U.S. Income Trust's investment objectives are to provide Unitholders with a stable stream of quarterly distributions of at least $0.50 per Unit. The Trust intends to achieve its investment objectives by investing in a diversified portfolio consisting primarily of common shares issued by corporations that rank in the top 50 of the Standard & Poor's 100 Index. In order to generate returns above the dividend income generated by the portfolio, the Trust will write covered call options in respect of all or part of the securities in the portfolio.

The Trust's investment portfolio is managed by it's investment manager, Mulvihill Capital Management. Trust Units are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange and The Montreal Exchange under the symbol FPU.un

Distribution Details:

Distribution per Unit: $ 0.83
Payable Date: June 30, 1997
Record Date: June 30, 1997
Ex-Dividend Date: June 26, 1997

For more information, please contact:
John Mulvihill, Chairman & CEO, Mulvihill Capital Management
Don Biggs, Vice President, Mulvihill Capital Management

First Premium U.S Income Trust
121 King Street West, Suite 2600
Toronto, Ontario M5H 3T9
(416) 681-3966   (800) 725-7172