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A North of England firm manufacturing all kinds of eranet and
lifting machinery desire to hear from Canadian importers.

Enquiry has been received from a correspondent at Nottingham
for the names of high-class exporters in Canada of canned goodi
and provisions.

A Lancashire firm importing large supplies of mica desire to get
into touch .with producers and exporters in Canada.

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Dec. S«, 1907.] THBB&ABD^IPnunBWVBirU^^ 595.

Openings for BrMsh Trade* '

CANADA— «m«<jM«^

A London firm mannfactnring dyed jute or Irarlap toft wall
decoration desire to be placed in touch wiUi Canadian importers of
the same.

A Dublin firm interested in Irish moss, which is used in con-
nexion with the weaving, brewing and leather trades, as well as by
raanafacturing chemists, are deeirons ot hearing from likely buyers
in Canada.

Enquiry has been made for names of Canadian manufacturers of
paper for use in the newspaper trade, eondensed milk and other
<x)mmodities, by a London firm acting on behalf of buyers in South


An Ontario firm of mercbant millers are desirous of opening up
an export trade with London and Liverpool, and would like to get
into touch with reliable houses prepared to buy or handle on

Note. — For further information regarding any of the above,
application should be made to the High Commissioner for Canada,
17, Victoria Street, S.W.

llie following commercial enquiries have been received at the
Canadian Government Cily Trade Braneh, 73, Basinghall Street, E.C.,
whence further information regarding them may be obtained : —

HOMi ENauntiss.

A Midlands company manufacturing boot and shoe machinery
and tools of the latest type would like to get into communication
with some influential Canadian firm which could represent their
interests in the Dominion.

' A London firm desire the addresses of Canadian producers of
flroit palp in a position to do export trade.


. A milling firm in Ontario woidd like to get into touch with
some reliable firm in London or Liverpool which coidd buy or
handle their production <^ floor.

A manufacturers' agent in.^ Montreal seeks a few additional
agencies in velveteens, velvets, dress goods, woollens and linings.

Note. — For further information remiding any of the above,

S plication should be made to the Canadian Government City
ade Branch, 78, Basinghall Street, S.C.

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596" THE BOASD OF TltADE JOUBKAL. [Dec. 26, 1907«

Openings' for British Trade. ,


The;Repreaentative of the Commonwealth in London (Captain K.
VifliiAl Vibrating Muirhead Collins, C.M.G.) notifies that he has
Indicators received tender forms, specifications, &c., in

connexion with the supply and delivery of 250
visual vibrating indicators, for which tenders will be received at
the office of the Deputy Postmaster-Greneral, Melbourne, up to
3 p.m. on the 21st January.

Copies of the specification, tender form, &c., may be obtained at
the Commonwealth Offices in London, 72, Victoria Street, S.W.,
where also preliminary deposits on tenders may be paid. Copies
of the specification and conditions may be inspected at the Com-
mercial Intelligence Branch of the Board of Trade, 73, Basinghall
Street, E.C. It should be noted, however, that the limited time
allotted for receipt of tenders only permits of firms tendering who
have arrangements with their agents that can be availed of by


H.M. Embassy at St. Petersburg, in reporting on the Russian Budget

|. ,. for 1908, states that the estimate for ext»u-

C<^itoruSioii ordinary expenditure includes 6,200,000Z. for

railway construction, providing for the Tiumen-

Omsk Railway, double-tracking the Siberian Railway and building

the eastern portion of the Sretensk-Pokrovshy branch of the

Amour Railway. Among lines already commenced on which

construction is to be continued are the southern portion of the

Orenburg^Tashkent Railway (see " Board of Trade Journal " of

21st November, p. 372), the Penn-Ekaterinburg Railway and the

western portion of the Sretensk-Pokrovsky line.

The " Journal de St. P^tersbourg '* states that the Municipality of

_. St. Petersburg have passed a resolution granting

xramway ^ ^j^ Tramways Committee a sum of 2,067,000

Rolling Stock. ^^j^i^g f^^ the purchase of 57 new cars (motor),

168 ordinary cars (attachable), and 50 new cars (attachable) for the

municipal tramways.


The Acting British Consul at Copenhagen (Mr. C. H. Funch) has

i> •! w 1.W.14. forwarded copies of the conditions and specifi-

KaiJs, FisnDoiti, ^lions relating to a call for tenders for the

»uti, «c. supply to the Danish State Railways of 990

tons of iron rails, fishbolts, nuts, &c. Tenders should be delivered

at the office of the State Railways, Gl. Kongevej 1 E, 3 Sal,

Copenhagen B., before 3 p.m. on the 8th January, 1908.

The conditions and specifications, together with drawings, may
bo examined by British makers at the Commercial Intelligence
Branch of the Board of Trade, 73, Basinghall Street, London, E.C.

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Dec. 26, 1907.] THE BOAED OB TltADE JOUBNAL. - 597

Openings for British Trade.


The " Bulletin Commercial " of 14th December contains a notice to

the effect that tenders are invited by the Belgian

Bridgework. State Railways for the construction of second

steel superstructures and the consolidation of

the existing ones on the bridges over the Sambre near Lobbes

(Station), at the estimated cost of 151,540 francs (about 6,0611.).

A deposit of 10,000 francs (about 400i.) is required to qualify any

tender. Further particulars may be obtained at the office of

M. Dutrieux, rue d'Enghien 53, Mons, at the cost of 60 centimes.

Tenders must be sent in to the offices of the State Railways,

Brussels,, before the 2nd January. »

Tlie same *' Bulletin " also states that tenders are invited by the

Belgian State Railways for the supply, in. 13

Bailway Plant. lots, of railway plant. Particulars may be

obtained from M. de Rudder, rue de Louvain 11,

Brussels. Tenders must be sent in to the offices of t^e State

Railways, Brussels, before 6th January.


H.M. Commercial Attache at Madrid (Mr. S. P. Cockerell) reports
. -^.| that a Royal Decree was published in the

nf^Z^lI " Gaceta de Madrid " of 13th November, author-

umswucnoiu j^j^ ^^^ Minister of Fomento to submit to the
Cortes a Bill by which the Government offers a guarantee not
exceeding 5 per cent, on the capital expended in the building of
certain railways, mainly on the coast. The projected railways are
as follows : — (1) A broad gauge line from Pontevedra to Rivadavia
vici Huente CeJdelas, this being a prolongation of the existing
Carril-Pontevedra line ; (2) A metre gauge line to complete those
lines of the same gauge on the North and North-East coasts, to
run from Ferrol and Carril to Irun, with a branch from Figaredo to
Leon ; (3) A metre gauge line to complete those of that gauge on
the South and South-East coast, running from San Fernando to
Cartagena, and passing by the Campo de Gibraltar, Malaga and
Almeria along the coast.

The concessions granted are to be for 99 years and a guarantee
not exceeding 5 per cent, is offered for a number of years, the
amount of the guarantee and the period for which it is granted
being arrived at by competition among intending concessionaires. •

The " Gaceta de Madrid ** of 14th December contains a copy of ^a

j^ Decree authorising the Government to grant 'a

Conitmction concession for the oonstruction of a narrow

gAuge railway from Izarza to Cabras, and for

the working of th? same during tiie period of 99 years. .' >

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Openings fer Briii$h VrmekJ

The same ^^Gaceta" obntains aoopyof a Bscpee ^ratliorismg^
the Ministerio de Fomento to invite 'tenders for the constraction
of a normal gauge railway from Lerida to the entrance of tiie
inte^ational tnnnel (Franco-Spanish railway). •'

The same '* Gaoeta " contains a copy of a further Decree anthorising .
- . ... the Ministerio de Fomento to expend the sum of

CoStenS^ 86,536 pe8etas(about 1,2821.) for the construction

. ^^' and installatioji of a tower and lantern for iiie

lighthouse of Punta Ins(ia in the province of Corunna.

The "Gaceta" of 15th December contains a copy of a Decree

^ . , authorising the '' Direoci6n General de Obias

n Jl^jHi Publu»s," Madrid, to expend a sum of 75,826

COMtmction. pesetas (about 2,661Z.) on bridge construction in

connexion with the works, for the improvement of the railway

from Val 4e Zaf&n to San Carlos de la B&pita.

The "Gacetas** may be seen at the Commercial Intelligence
Branch of the Board of Trade, 73, Basinghall Street, £.C.


The '' BoUettino delle Finanze" (Rome) of 12th December states
BiJIwwr RoUimff ^** *^® Italian Ministry for Public Works
'^y^*"*^ has authorised the Administration of the State
^'^^^^ railways to order, in addition to rolling stock

authorised in August last (see " Board of Trade Journal " of
5th September last, p. 449), certain railway plant, viz. : — 320 loco-
motives, 270 coaches, 250 lugga^ coacheis, and 10,951 trucks, at
the estimated cost of 140 million Lire.

'Hie '' BoUettino " of 15tii December announces that the firm of
kvdxaolic Power Tommaaini Daniele di Vivaro has applied for a
Pljmt. concession for the appropriation of waters power

from a water&U at Vivaro.


H.M. Oonsui at Bucharest (Mr. 0. Wardrop) reports ihalt the

T 4^ Ai 41. " Direction G^eral de la B6gie des Mon<q>oli68

T ♦ ^\!!r^ de rEtat" calls for tenders for the supply of

Jute saou, «c. 230,000 metres of jute cloth for packing raw

tobacco, and 17,000 jute sacks for packing tuanufiu^ured tobaeoo,

in: two lots, to be delivered at the tobacco &otories at Bucharest

and Jassy'i and also for 600,000 sacks for packing salt, in two lots

of SOOiOOOy to be delivered ait tiie Saltworks of Slanic and Targu

Ocna. ,-t .

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Openings for BrUiih Trade.


. The adjudication ig fixed to.jtakejplace at 10 a.m. on the 4th
, February (2 2Dd January, old styl^). Tenders in registered envelopes
. must be marked *' Ofire pour Tadjudioation des sacs ^t de la toile
du 22 Janvier^ v^,, 1908." They will hold good until the expira-
tion of 15 days from the date appointed for the adjudication. A
deposit of 8 per ceat« is required to qualify uny tender, and in the
' case of the accepted tender this deposit will be augmented to
10 per cent. The Ministry reserves to itself the right to increase
or diminish by 20 per cent, the quantities to be furnished either
at the eonclnsion of the contract or durinc^ its execution.

Copies of the general and special conditions of tender (in French)
may be examined by British manufacturers at the Commercial
Intelligence Branch of the Board of Trade, 73, Basinghall Street,
B.C. ,

H.M. Consul also reports the following particulars of certain

V i>4 Mi^ ' privileges granted under the Itoumanian Indus^

-pnZ^TmJjv trial Law (see "Board of Trade Journal'' of

^^^. ™ 17th January last, p. 145) :-^

wagons, «c. ^ -p^^ ^^ recopstruction of Y. P. Mourellis's

flour mill at Constantza — importation duty-free of necessary

machinery. . '.

2. Gogu Iliescu's proposed steam flour mills at Candesti, Buzau
. — importation duty-free of necessary machinery.

3. Metalurgia romana a societatii anonime, fosta Jacques Catz,
of Bucharest — importation duty-free. of 2,500 tons bar iron, 2,000
tons iron sheets, and necessary metal-working machinery.

4. Scarlat Parascheva's petrol factory at Ploesti — importation
duty-free of 2,000 kilogs. calcined soda, 3,000 kilogs. zinc
white, &c. *

5. Fratii Marenco's tanniary at Pitesti— importation duty-free of
tanning materials, including 20 trucks tannin extract, 10 trucks
valonea, Ac.

6. Vasile Marian's tannery at Craiova — importation duty-free of
tanning materials, including 100,000 kilogs. tannin extract.

7. A. Weiomann's agricultural machine shops at CrAiova — im-
portation duty-fi'ee of machinery.

8. Panait Jirghiropol's confectionery works,. 85 Str. Pepa Nan,
Bucharest — importation duty-free of machinery.

9. The " ^teaua Romana " Company's petroleum factory at
Bucharest — iipportation duty-f^-eo of machinery and materials^
including 86 tons caustic soda, 10 tons zinc white, ~

10. The "Vega" Company's petroleum refinery (? Ploesti) —
importation dutjr-free of 150 railway iank wagons.

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[Dec. 26, 190^7.

Openings far British Trade.


According to the New York " Tribune," naval necessities in the
OrdB Ac f r ^^^*®^ States are such that the domestic manu-

aMJiC6| ., facturers are unable to supply ordnance,
«avy- projectiles, powder and torpedoes within a

reasonable time. Rear- Admiral N. E. Mason, Chief of the Bureau
of Ordnance, in his annual report to the Secretary of the Navy,
strongly urges legislation that will authorise the Department,
when " it is to the manifest interest of the United States, to make
purchases in limited quantities abroad, which material shall be
admitted free of duty."

The torpedo situation, he says, is such that 100 of these weapons
should immediately be bought abroad, while American manufac-
turers are completing their present contracts and the Grovemment
factory is being put in running order. There is also urgent
necessity for going abroad to obtain armour-piercing projectiles
and range-finders, which American manufacturers are unable to

Bear-Admiral IMason finds it necessary to replace all the present
8-inch and 12-inch guns by others of a later and stronger design,
to admit of the use of smokeless instead of brown powder. An
appropriation is asked for withdrawing these old guns and
strengthening them with hoops at the muzssle, which is a weak
point in them.

Only two firms are attempting to furnish the Navy with projec-
tiles of large calibre, and the deliveries are for behind, and the
position £Qir from satisfactory. For that reason authority is asked
to buy such projectiles abroad.


The '' Diaries Oficiales '* of 29th November and 2nd December

:HTdraiiHc Power ^^*^'^ ^t following notices of applications

Pla t made to the Government by vanous persons

motive power :-^

for appropriating water from certain rivers for

" Diario."

2nd Dec.


8r. Manuel Galcro

Sres. Kannel G6inez Pezuela,
Melit6n Hurtado, Domingo
Le6n and Antonio Comet...

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Pec. 26, 1^7.] TH£ BOABI) OF TBADE, JOUENAL. 601



The Board of Trade are informed that an Automobile Show and

1.41 Motor Gymkhana is to be held at Bombay by

^l^^ ^^ the Motor Union of Western India fix)m the

Ei^Ditton at 24th to 29th February, 1908. Particulars may

BomDaj. 1^ g^^ ^^ ^jj^ Trade Information Bureau of fchie

Automobile Co-operative Association, Limited, 1, Albemarle

Street, London, W. A copy of the prospectus may be seen at

the Commercial Intelligence Branch of the Board of Trade,

73, Basinghall Street, E.C.


The Committee appointed by the Treasury to consider, the
working of the Fair Wages Resohition of the House of Commons
of 1891, as embodied in Government contracts (see " Board of
Trade Journal" of 22nd August last, p. 353), have held five
meetings under the chairmanship of Sir G. H. Murray, K.C.B.,
for the purposes of examining fifteen witnesses representing trade
unions. Evidence has been heard on behalf of the following
organisations : — The Parliamentary Committee of the Trades Union
Congress ; the London Society of Compositors ; the Labour Pro-
tection League ; the National Amalgamated Tin and Iron Plate,
Sheet and Metal Workers ; the United French Polishers' London
Society; the Scientific Instrument Makers* Trade Society; the
London Clothiers' Cutters Trade Union; the Vellum (Account
Book) Binders' Trade Society ; the General Union of Weavers and
Textile Workers; the Anvil and Vice Trades Association; the
National Hosiery Federation ; and the National Amalgamated
Furnishing Trades Association.

The Committee will resume their sittings for the purpose of
taking farther evidence from trade unions on 9th January.

All correspondence on the subject of the Committee should be
addressed to the Secretary, Mr. J. J. Wills, Board of Trade,.
7, Whitehall Gardens, S. W.


The following notes on the development of Port Soudan, and the
existing conditions there are taken from information famished by
the British Vice-Consul (Mr. B. W. Echlin):—

The competition which resulted among steamship lines to bring
goods to Port Soudan after the opening of the Nile — Red-Sea
railway from Atbara in January last year gave rise for- soma,
months to what might almost be called a boom ; this, in due ^
course, was followed by a reaction ; two out of four pf the British >
lines which began ceased to call altogether, ,and i^iotl^er now
aeldom puts in an appearanc?, . \. 1 ir a^ >^ '^ - .i Vb -. nl -

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Part SoudoM.

It tou8t< bQ borne in mind that three-auartera oiT the ff^oia
brought into Port Soudan were destined for up-oountiy : the
remaining quarter, with the exception of a small fraction: of gener^
raerchimdise . for iocal requiremwts, consisted chiefly of oooBtruc-
tioiial work, laacbinery, bridge and crane sections, cement, bricks,
girders, &c, consigned to the Government for the development of
the town and harbour.

From the very first not only the merchants at Port Soudan and
up-country, but also shipowners and shippers seemed to have over-'
looked the fact that the Port had not been opened, but only the
railway ; the former, not having been oonstruoted, could hardly be
considered to exist.

As time went on the conditions improved somewhat. The
stores were finished and goods were received there, though
this brought forth complaints because vessels had to discharge at
the temporary quays, and all cargo was sent by lighter to the new
sheds, nearly half-a-mile distant, which was, of course, an additional
expense. The alternative being to leave the goods exposed to sun
and rain, however, convinced those concerned that it was worth
while to incur the extra charges and have their property protected..
The railway line was carried on to the new stores, so that as much
Ibbour and handling of goods as possible was avoided.
' This is the actual state of afiairs at present, and until the quay
wall is completed, the ground behind filled in. to proper level,
and the electric cranes (which are erected and ready) run down to
the five berths expected to be completed next March, no foHher
improvement in dealing with cargo, or quicker despatch for
steamers can be expected. When this takes place, the port may
with perfect justice be considered open, and it will be well able to
cope with the trade of the country, both import a|id export. Ship-,
owners can count on their vessels being despatched as quickly as *
in any Eastern port, but until these indispensable features of a
harbotir are in working order it is hardly fair to make comparisons. '

For those more directly interested in shipping, Mr. Echlin gives
the following details obtained from the Ccmtroller of the Port: —
All the navigational lights are completed and in working order.
They will not be illuminated permanently until the qnaya are
finished and the harbour opened, but on application to the Con-
troller will always be lighted for any vessel arriving or leaving at
njffht time. Qualified pilots meet all vessels outside the harl^ur,
pilotagei dues being compulsory. Two beacons, 15 feet high, con-
siistinff of an iron standard surmounted by a disc cheqnerra black
and miite, have been erected on the reef immediately outside the
harbour on the port hand of the Fairway entenng. On the stir-
board hand an iron standard surmouptecT by a triangle paikited '
cfiodolirte h&ff beefn placed. 'Beskcons aj^ also ob Wihgate reef
bearing 4^ N. 70^ E. horn Port SoudiW. ' - - ' ' '' ^ ^ ' ^

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The following statement respecting the proposed deTelopment of
' Grermaa trade in Persia is based on a series of articles contributed
to the ^ Frankfurter Zeitung " ty Dr. Grothe, a German oommeroial
"experts who recently irisited Persia :—

After discusnng the geographical conditions and lines of jQom<'
munication of Sonth«west Persia^ the writer declares that, in *view
of the future influence in those regions which Germany will
acquire by means of the Bagdad railway, and also in view of the
growth df German shipping in the Persian Gulf, the di^r^ct in
' question is one of great importance to Gannan commercial
interests. Hitherto, he says, South-west Persia has be^n neglected
by Germans. There are but few German trading establishments
in the district, and the writer urges that a business should be
established at Kermanshah and Ispahan. Such an establishment
would find AU' opening for the importation of European goods into
Kermanshah, which has a central situation^ and is therefore a good
place for distribution. But it is not only in the import trade that
such a house should concern itself. The expoit of carpets, wool,
opium, and cotton from Ispahan would be a profitable undertaking.
> The jNTOvinoe of Ears is rich in corn, tobacco^ rice, and wine. The
German chemical industry would find a good opening there by
buying up land and cultivating the poppy and raising opium. It
would also be an advantage were- a German agent to be sent to
Persia to encourage^ the import into that country of indigo and
other dyes made in Gtermany. Such an agent should not be a
merchant, but should have a thorough knowledge of the Persian
carpet trade. He should make Ispahan his head-quarters, and
establish sub-agencies at Hamadan, Sultanabad, Shiraz, and
Kermanshah. A fui^her field for German enterprise would be the
establishment of a transport system for the carriage of ffoods along
the Khanekin-Kermanshah-Hamadan, Sultanabad-'Tehran, and
Bushire-Shiraz-Ispahan roads. Such a system would be most
beneficial, -since Persian trade suffers much from the irregularity of
the caravan service. If the German Orient Bank opens branches
in the southern towns, the activity of German industries will
receive a valuable impulse.

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604 THE BOAXD OF TRADE JOURNAL. [Dec. 26, 1907.


H.M. Embassy at Berlin have forwarded a translation of extracts

'from the 9th Annual Report of the '* Kolonialwirtschaftliche

Komitee" on cotton cultivation in the German Colonies which

gives the results of the work in the various colonies in 1906-7 : —

In Togo the harvest of 1905-6 produced 857 bales of 250 kg.
eac h : that of 1906-7 is estimated at 1,250 bales of the same weight.
The Committee guaranteed a price of 80 pfennig (3|d.) per pound
of cleaned cotton. Good progress has been made in ploughing
experinients. In Cameroon the Committee have prepan^ a
programme for encouraging native cultivation of cotton by provi-
ding seeds, ploughs, machines, &c., but little can be done till the
railway from Hikory to Manenguba is built. In German East
Afirica there is plenty of crown land suitable for cotton growing,
which is therefore carried on not only in small allotments and by
natives, but also in European style. Artificial irrigation is
urgently required but the land is so cheap that expenses for heavy
irrigation could well be borne. The harvest of 1906 amounted to
732 bales of 500 pounds each: that of 1907 only commenced in
September and cannot yet be estimated. The natives get from
30 to 40 pfennigs (3frf-5d.) per pound of raw cotton. Several
comp^es have leased lar^e tracts of land fit)m the Government
and have commenced planting.

The report also gives a table showing the sums subscribed by
members of the cotton industry to assist the Committee in its
'labours. The members of the Association of Cotton Manufacturers
have been advised by the Committee of the Association to subscribe
' 10 per cent, of their accident insurance premiums for this object
during three years, and a sum of 12,500i. (4,160t a year) has thus
been raised. This by no means covers the requirements of the
Committee, but it is stated in the Press that other industrial

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