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whole or part of the supplies required. Tenders (in -sealed
envelopes) are to be delivered to the Crown Agents not lat^r
than noon on the Slst October, 1907, endorsed " Tender for'Bails
and Fishplates — Federated Malay States Railways.*' The Grown
Agents do not bind themselves to accept the lowest or any tender.



EGYPT.

The Administration of the'Egyption State Railways invite tenders
-J ., for the construction of a double-track bridge at

Co trnetto Kocheicha, in accordance with the specification

" and plans that may be obtained at the oflSce of

their Inspecting Engineer in London, Lieut.-Col. J. H. Western,.
R.E., C.M.G., Queen Anne's Chambers, Broadway, Westminster,
S.W., on payment of 11, Intending tenderers must lodge in the
Central Treasury of the Administration at Gaiio a provisional
deposit of £E 500. Tenders, accompanied by a stamped paper of
30 millidmes (also to be obtained from Lieut.-CoL Western) and the
receipt for the provisional deposit, and enclosed in two envelopes,
the inner bearing the inscription ** Tender for the Construction
of a Double-track Bridge at Kocheicha," must be delivered by
registered post to the General Manager, Egyptian State Railways,,
Cairo, by noon on the 16th December.

A copy of the specification and a set of the plans may be
inspected by British contractors at the Commercial Intelligence
Branch of the Board of Trade, 78, Basinghall Street, London, E.C.

The Egyptian War Department invite tenders for the supply of
p, • chevrons and badges. Full particulars may

cnevrons an ^^ obtained from Lieut.-Col. Western, as above,

who will receive tenders up to the ^th December.



Badges.



RUSSIA.

H.M. Consul at Riga (Mr. A. Woodhouse) reports that this year's
p - potato crop in the province of Livonia, particu-

rotatoes j^^jy j^ ^YiQ district of Wolmar, is so abundant

7 ^y^!^ , that after providing for home consumption a

United KiPffdom. , f • r j. ^' nr

s large surplus remains for exportation. Mr.

Woodhouse has received a communication from the President of

the Kangershof Agricultural Society asking whether there is any

possibility of introducing the potatoes to the English markets, and

stating that the Society is prepared to open correspondence with

good English bouses interested in the trade.



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156 THE BOABD OF TBADE JOUBNAL. [Oct. 24,1907.

Openings for British Trade.

NORWAY.

H.M. Legation at Christiania have forwarded a translation of a
fi YMid'flAil notice that has appeared in the Norwegian

fitnam W press, announcing that tenders are invited for

Survi with ^^ purpose of increasing the mail service
En^liflh P rta. between Bergen and England by establishing a
■^^ fourth weekly service. The new route is intended

to be a combined mail and export route between Trondhjem,
Ghristiansund, Aalesund, possibly Mold6en and Flor6, Bergen,
Haugesund, Stavanger, Grimsby, London, Newcastle, Stavanger,
and back with the same ports of call to Trondhjem. In order that
the route may also satisfy the requirements of fish exporters, it has
been provisionally decided that the ships should leave Trondhjem
on Friday morning, the time of departure from Aalesund thus
being Saturday evening. Tenders must contain, besides a mention
of the amount of subsidy required, details regarding the size and
arrangement of the ships that are offered. Tenders will be binding
until the end of March, 1908. It is intended that the service
should be started at the beginning of the year 1909, and be main-
tained the whole year round under the usual conditions for
subsidised steamship lines.

Further details may be obtained on applying in writing to the
Postmaster-General, at Christiania, to whom sealed tenders, marked
^* Dampskibsfart Norge-England," should be sent before the end of
October, 1907.

The British Vice-Consul at Bergen (Mr. E. F. Gray) reports, on the
K tor Cars d a^^bority of the Trondhjem local press, that it
_- has been decided to establish a motor car service

^* ■ between Stenkjaer at the end of the Trondhjem

Fjord and R<^dhammer on the way to Namsos. It is reported that
if this proves a success other services may be taken into considera-
tion in the district, including services for goods transport. Mr.
Gray suggests, therefore, that British motor car and waggon
manufacturers desiring to offer their goods in connexion with any
new services which may be established, should keep in touch with
the British Vice-Consulate at Namsos with a view to making offers,
as soon as opportunity occurs, in the proper quarter.

NETHERLANDS.

The Acting British Consul at Rotterdam (Mr. J. W. Van Dyk)

p f • pi reports that the Municipality of that city will

SI '^^^Vfll ^**' receive tenders up to the dth November for the

— , . ,' supply and delivery of cast-iron pipes, sluice

St t S h ^^^^^^ ^°^ hydrants, and up to th^ 18th

ree yp ens. November for the supply and delivery of

1,500 street syphons.



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OcU 24, 1907.] THE BOAED OF TRADE JOVIAL. 157



Openings for British Trade,



Copies of the specifications, together with drawings, may be
seen by British makers at the Commercial InteUigence Branch of
the Board of Trade, 73, Basinghall Street, London, E.C.

GERMANY.

H.M. CoDsul-General at Berlin (Dn P. Schwabach) has forwarded

particulars and a form of tender and contract

Iron XateriaL relating to the supply to the Prussian State

Bailway Directorates at Berlin, Magdeburg,

Halle-on-Saale, Stettin, Dantzig, Bromberg, and Koenigsberg

(Prussia), of the following materials : —

5,089,700 kilos, of bar-iron in 25 lots; 129,400 kilos, of hoop or
band iron in 3 lots; 259,000 kilos, of boiler plates in 5 lots;
2,398,800 kilos, of iron sheets in 18 lots ; 94,000 kilos, of cracking
ring iron in three lots ; 248 bent iron sheets (for the lids of
covered ^i^oods trucks) in 2 lots ; 654,000 kilos, of angle-iron in 1 1
lots ; 474,000 kilos, of figured bar-iron in 7 lots ; and 23,100 kilos,
of locomotive smoke arch tabular walls of ingot iron in 3 lots.

Sealed tenders, inscribed *' Angebot auf Stabeisen pp.," must be
delivered to "Das Rechnungsbureau, 1-4 Schoeneberger Dfer,
Beriin, W., 35," not later than 10.30 a.m. on the 13th November,
1907. Tenders are to hold good until 13th December, 1907.

Forms of tender and contract may be obtained at the " Zentral-
bureau, Zimmer 420," 1-4 Schoeneberger Ufer, Berlin, W. 35, on
payment of 1*. 6^. each (by Post Office order or Postal Order,
bat not in stamps). Copies may be inspected by British manu-
facturers at the Commercial Intelligence Branch of the Board of
Trade, 73, Basinghall Street, London, E.C.

H.M. Consul at Stettin (Mr. R. Bernal) reports that a firm in

Shi Ini'W *^**' *^^^ ^^® prepared to act as agents for the

- ? '1^ ^^^^ ^^ British shipbuilding materials, such as

plates, angles, &c., on commission or otherwise.

Applications from British firms should be sent to H.M. Consul at

Stettin.

BELGIUM.

The ** Moniteur des Int^rets Mateiiels " of 2Gth October announces

.p^., that tenders are invited by the Soci6t^ Nationale

Co itmeiJ ^^^ Chemins de fer vicinaux, for the construc-

^^' tion of the section between Genck and Bilsen

on the railway from Genck to Li^ge, with a branch from Houtain-

Saint Sim6on to Liege. The estimated cost is 191,143 francs

(about 7,646?.). A deposit of 19,000 francs (about 760Z.) is

required to qualify any tender. Tenders will be received at the

offices of the Soci^te, Rue de la Science 14, Brussels, up to the

26th November, where also plans and estimates may be seen, and

conditions of contract obtained.



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158 THE BOARD OF TRADE TOURNAL. [Odr. 24-, l«Of.

Openings for British Trade.

FRANCE.

The French "Journal Officiel" of loth October contains a notice

inviting tenders for the supply of 1,670 kilogs.

Animal Hair. of twisted animal hair. Further particulars may

be obtained from the ** Bureau du Commissariat-

G6n6ral et du Service de la Flotte " at Loiient, and from Paris at

the Admiralty (" Bureau des Approvisionnetnents de la Flotte,

Ac.'') Tenders should be sent to the '"Oommissariat-G^ndral de la

Marine," Lorient, before the 1 2th November.

FRANCE-ALGERIA.

With reference to the notice on p. 547 of the *' Board of Trade

g . . Journal" of 19th September last, respecting

^ - _^ - the intended sale at Constantino on 15t£

ceoar wooa. jannary, 1908, of 100,000 cubic metres of

•cedar wood, the British Vice-Consul at B6n© (Mr. H. Scratchley,

M.V.O.) has forwarded a copy of the Oahier des Charges governing

the sale, which may be seen on application at the Commercial

Intelligence Branch of the Board of Trade, 73, Basinghall Street,

B.C.



SPAIN. *

The Acting British Consul at Bilbao (Mr. J. Innes) has forwarded
H b W k ^ translation from "El Sella*' from which it
^'p?^. Ill * appears that the project for new harbour works
at Kivaaeseiia. ^^ Rivadesella was approved at the Council of
Ministers on the 25th September. Mr. Innes adds that no further
information is available yet, but according to local rumours the
work is to be done by " administracion " and not under contract.

The ** Gaceta de Madrid " of 15th October contains a notice to the
effect that tenders are invited for the con-
Bridge Work, struction of two iron bridges over the rivers
Guadalteba and Tur6n, on the carriage road
between Penarrubia and Alora, in the province of Malaga, at the
estimated cost of 96,577 pesetas (about 3,425i.). A deposit of
4,900 pesetas (about 174Z.) is required to qualify any tender.
Local representation is necessary. Tenders should be sent in to
the Direcci6n General de Obras Publicas, Madrid, not later than
18th November.

ITie " Gaceta " of 18th October contains a copy of a decree

authorising the " Ayuntamiento " of Orio, in

Dock Works. the province of Guipuzooa, to prolong the dock

existing in the neighbourhood of the "Matadero"

for the benefit of the fishing industry of Orio.

The '*Qacetas" containing further particulars maybe seen at
the Commercial Intelligence Branch of the Board of Trade, 78
Basinghall Street, London, E.C.



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Oct. ?4» 1907.1 THE BOABB OF TRADE JOURNAL* 159

Openings far British Trade,

ITALY.

The British Vice-Consul at Spezia (Mr. E. M. de Garston) reports

HomofAiieoiifl *^** * public competition will be held simul-
• T. taneously at the Royal Arsenals (Contract

Offices) of Spezia and Venice at 11 a.m. on the
Sth November when sealed tenders will be received for a contract
for the supply to the Italian Navy at Spezia of homogeneous iron
in special boiler plates for the estimated value of 15,261 lire (about
610/.). A deposit of 1,525 lire (about 61Z.) will be required to
qualify any tender.

A copy of the special conditions of contract may be seen at the
Commercial Intelligence Branch of the Board of Trade 73,,
Basinghall Street, London, E.C.

Each tender should be made out on Government stamped paper
of 1 lira. Local representation is necessary.

The expenses of registration, printing and stamp duty are
payable by the successful tenderer.

The Italian *' Gazzetta Ufficiale " of 14th October announces that

-. .- ,. tenders are invited for building and accessory

C at cti work in connexion with the construction of

workmen's dwellings in Via Quinzano,. Brescia,

at the estimated cost of 60,000 lire (about 2,400i.). A deposit of

5,000 lire (about 200Z.) is required to qualify any tender. Tenders

should be sent in to the " Municipio," Brescia, on stamped paper

of the value of 1*20 lire, not later than 5th November.

The *' Gazzetta" of 17th October announces that tenders are

« ^^ , invited for the construction of a new break-

n m¥^ ts ^' water south of the harbour of Catania, at the

gonstrnction. estimated cost of 876,000 lire (about 35,040i.).

A deposit of 60,000 lire (about 2,400Z.) is required to qualify any

tender. Tenders must be sent in on stamped paper of the value of

1 lira to the ** Ministerio dei Lavori Pubblici, Rome," not later

than 4th November.

With reference to the notice on p. 596 of the " Board of Trade
Journal" of 26th September, respecting a call
Conduit Works. for tenders for the conveyance of drinking water
from the Occhio and Pino springs for distribu-
tion in Collesano, the *' Gazzetta " of 18th October announces that,
as no offers were received, tenders are again invited. The
estimated cost is 40,198 lire (about 1,608Z.). Tenders must be
sent in to the " Municipio," Collesano, not later than 3rd
November.

The '^ Gazzettas," containing further details relative to the
£:>regoing notices, may be seen at the Commercial Intelligence
Branch of the Board of Trade, 73, Basinghall Street, London, E.C.



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160 THE BOABD OF TRABB J0T7BKAL. [Oct. f 4. 1907.



Openings for British Trade.



AUSTRIA-HUNGARY.

The " Lieferungswesen " of 1 7th October contains a notice inviting

tenders for the supply of chain material for

Chain Material cranes for the workshops at Pilsen. Tenders

will be received up till 29th October at the

**K.K. Staatsbahndirektion " at Pilsen, where further prr.iculars

may be obtained.



ROUMANIA,

The "Curierul Financiar" of 30th September (13th October) states

that the ** Minist^re des Domaines" intends

Pure-bred Stock, shortly to send abroad a special commission to

purchase pure-bred stock to the amount of

500,000 frs. The prices to be paid are : for bullocks, 600 frs. ;

for colts, from 600 to 700 frs. ; for cows, from 700 to 900 fre. ;

for he-goats, 100 frs. ; and for she-goats, from 80 to 100 frs.



MONTENEGRO.

H.M. Charg6 d' Affaires at Cettinge reports that tenders are invited

IT t Car ^y ^^® Montenegrin Administration des Postes

_ et des T^legraphes for the transport by motor

' ^ car of mails and passengers on certain specified

routes in the Principality and from Cettinge to

Cattaro. Tenders will be received up to the 28th November,

and applications for detailed information should be addressed to

the Direction G6n6rale des Postes at Cettinge.



MEXICO.

The " Diario Oficial " of 5th October contains notices of the
rt a V\ f ' following applications for appropriating the
^ p " water of certain rivers for motive power : —

riant. j p^ ^j^^ " Ayuntamiento*' of Sabinas for

appropriating the waters of the Rio Sabinas, in the State of

Coahuila.

2. By Senor Victor Manuel Castillo for the river Chimalapa, in
the State of Chiapas.

3. By Seiior Manuel Maci/ls for the river Abra de Caballeros, in
the State of San Luis Potosi.

4. By Senor Jos6 de Jesus Garcia for the Rio de la Laja, in the
State of Guanajuato.

The "Diario" of 7th October contains a notice of a contract made
by the Government with Mr. Frederick M. Sackett for appropriating
the water of the river Tula or Moctezuma, in the State of Hidalgo*



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Oct. 24, 1907.] THE BOA«D OF TRADE JOURNAL. 1 6 1

Openings for British Trade.

BRAZIL.

H.M. Consul-General at Rio de Janeiro (Mr. A. Chapman) has
1^., p ^ , forwarded an extract from the Brazilian " Diario

Wnni w t Officiar' of the 2nd October, announcing that

wow wasxa. ^^ Central Railway of Brazil have issued a call
for tenders, which will be received till noon on the 20th November
in the office of the Superintendent of the line, at Rio de Janeiro,
for the supply of the following materials during the first half of
the year 1908:— 165,000 litres of machine (ejigine) oil, 165,000
litres of cylinder oil, 220,000 litres of carriage oil, 65,000 kilos, of
white cotton waste, and 23,000 kilos, of wool waste. Local repre-
sentation is necessary, and a deposit of ],000 milreis (about
62/. 10s.) is required to qualify any tender.

The conditions of tender, together with a translation of some of
the most important points*, may be inspected by British fi-:ms at
the Commercial Intelligence Branch of the Board of Trade,
73, Basinghall Street, London, E.G.



ARGENTINE REPUBLIC.

The "Boletin OScial" of 21st September contains a copy of a

p . decree authorising Messrs. Eduardo Dossin & Co.

Co tmct* *^ construct and exploit, during a period of

forty yearF, a commercial port for ocean-going

and coasting steamers near the mouth of the ** Laguna de San

Pedro," on the river Parand, opposite the island of Arnaldo.

The "Boletin" of 25th September contains a copy of a decree
— y^ authorising the Executive Department to expend

ImTOtt e t • S,950,000 dollars gold (about 1,790,000Z.) in
^ °^* works for enlarging and improving the accom-

modation for merchant shipping in the " Darsena Norte," Buenos
Ayres.



EXHIBITION.

UNITED KINGDOM.

The Board of Trade have been notified that an International Shoe
J . 4' 1 ^^^ Leather Fair is to be held at the Royal
laiOTiationai Agricultural Hall, Islington, London, N.,
-^., _ . during the week from 4th to 9th November.

neauier jrair. rpj^^ ^^g^^g ^f ^j^^ exhibition are at 40, Finsbury

Square, London, E.G.



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l62 THE BOABD OF TRADE JOURNAL. L^*- 24, WOT.



CENSUS OP PRODUCTION.

The second meeting of the Advisory Committee for the Iron aiift
Steel Trades wus held on the 17th October at the offices of the
Board of Trade. Those present were : — Mr. A. Wilson Fox, C.B.
(in the Chair) ; Sir Hugh Bell, Bart.; Sir W. Thomas Lewis, Bart;
Sir Robert Giffen, K.C.B.; Mr. E. Parkes, M.P. ; Mr. Bennett H.
Brough; Mr. H. J. Skelton; Mr. J. R. Winpenny; Mr. William
Wylie ; Professor S. J. Chapman ; Mr. H. W. Macrosty, and Mr.
G. C. L. Mannder (Acting Secretary).

A meeting of the Advisory Committee for the Woollen and
Wonted Indostries was held on the i!lst October at the offices of
the Board of Trade. There were present:— Mr. A. Wilson Pox^
C.B. (in the Chair) ; Mr. William H. Mitchell, J.P. ; Mr. T.
Craig-Brown; Mr. P. Anderson; Mr. M. Crothenr; Mr. J. B.
Pawcett, J.P. ; Mr. James Hill ; Mr. Frederick Hooper ; Mr. A. H.
Illingworth ; Mr. J. Peate ; Mr. J. R. Raper ; Mr. W. A.
Whitehead ; Professor S. J. Chapman ; Mr. H. W. Macrosty ; and
Mr. G. C. L. Maunder (Acting Secretary).



TRADE CONDITIONS IN BRAZIL.

The following particulars relating to current trade conditions in
Brazil are based on a report which has been received from H.M.
Consul-General at Rio de Janeiro (Mr. A. Chapman) : —

During the last few years, government and municipal works,
company undertakings, foreign loans and investments have caused
an influx of capital into Brazil, and increased the demand for foreign
goods. The returns of imports were swollen by the free importation
for Government use, or under concessions obtained, of material and
goods which under ordinary circumstances would have been
restricted by the protective duties. At the same time the higher
exchange and more especially the greater stability of exchange was
advantageous to importers, and the Custom House reforms in
1906 and greater strictness in the collection of duties increased the
Customs receipts. These are some of the causes that have increased
the import trade, but since the 30th June last these high figuree
are falling off.

When the imported article can withstand the heavy percentage
in Customs dues and still compete with native manufactures, the
merchant takes advantage of high rates of exchange to increase hia
stock-in-trade, and at present* stocks are full.

Foreign loans are being absorbed, yet work in municipal
improvements and government buildings is partially suspended for
lack of funds. Taxation has caused an increase in living expenses

* Report dated 23rd September.



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Trade Conditions in Brazil.



in spite of the higher exchange, and tliis not on]y restfiots fcon-
snmption, bnt increases the cost of pixK^aQtion. Failures in ssxmll
<x)ncem8 have increased, and many retail i§tores and sbop^ are
heavily . hypothecated. Commerce^ except in coffee, is ^t^gnant,
and the more substantial firms are restricting their business*

Receipts of specie have so far been heavy. Foreign banks have
paid into the Caixa de Gonversao (the Conversion office) large
amounts of gold coin imported for the purpose, for which they have
received convertible notes guaranteed at 15 pence. These notes are
mostly held in deposit by the banks, but there is a large amount
of these notes issued other than that held by the banks, which is
not in general circulation, nor is it apparent where these notes are.
It would seem that these guaranteed notes are being held as a
speculation against a fall in exchange, when the Conversion Depart-
ment would be called on to exchange them for the gold held in
deposit.

Ffibrts are being made by the govemiug powers to develop
agriculture, promote immigration, and increase production ; but
these efforts are not likely to meet with much success until tjie
<X)st of living and the cost of production is reduced by lightening
direct and indirect taxation, enabling the railways to reduce
freights, allowing competition in the coasting trade, and reformipg
the mining laws.

Advertisements and exaggerated statements of the prosperity of
the countiy have induced such people as clerks, mechanics, and
others to come to Brazil seeking employment, only to find that there
are no openings and that living expenses are so excessive that they
are soon reduced to penury. No one should come to Brazil for
employment except under contract.

It has lately become the custom for some British firms to
apply to the Consul for the names of dealers and consumers
of goods with a view to trading direct; and this practice is
often followed by a request to the Consul to recover bad debts.
Unless merchants and manufacturers have, their own agents or
representatives on the spot, they should employ a commission
ageiit to safeguard themselves against non-payment, bogus com-
panies, and fraudulent bankruptcies. Commissions no doubt are a
heavy charge on business, but outsiders cannot obtain a footings in
a foreign market without paying for it.



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THE BO.UID OF TRADE JOURNAL.



[Oct. 24 1907.



MINERAL PRODUCTION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM

IN 1906.

The following table, showing the quantity and value of the
minerals produced in the United Kingdom in 1906, as compared
with 1905, is taken from the General Report and Statistics on
Mines and Quarries, 1906, l^art III., recently issued by the
Home OflSce: —



t


1906. !'

i'

VBlueatthej!


1906.


Description of Mineral, i




Value at the


1


Quantity.


Mines and ;


Quantity.


Mines and






Quarries. ,


1


Quarries.





lOIll*.


^


i'uns.


£


Alum shale


7,181


1,609


9,454


1,978


Arsenical pyrites


641


165*


640


962


Arsenic


1,528


7,493


1,599


28,818


Barytes


29.063


29,618


35,746


35,883


Bauxite


7,300


1,825


6,654


8,728


Bog ore


8,205


801


6,426


1366


Chalk


4,585,584


196,480


4,749,810


208,284


Chert and flint


70,677


14,438


68,209


14,808


Clay and shale


15,134.754


1,763,008


16,291,352


1,768.023


Coal


286,128,986


82,038,553


251,067.628


91.629,266


Copper ore


6,908


21,796


7,478


26»466


Copper precipitate


250


10,900


280


18,800


Fluor Spar


39,446


19,557


41,849


20,023


Gold ore


15,981


17,787


17,884


5348


Gravel and sand


2,241,620


1 170,205


2.866,985


177,996


Gypsum


256,508


82,842t


225,027


74^63


Igneous rocks


5,956,900


1.288,844


6,165,750


1,288,611


Iron ore


14,590,703:


8,482,184


15,500,406§


4,085,428


Iron pyrites


12,186


1 4,789


11,140


4,958


Lead ore


27,649


244,752 ,


80,796


341,405


Limestone (other than










chalk)


12,601,780


1,410,526


12,768,688


1,868.375


Manganese ore


14,474


! 11.684


22,768


28,988


Mica


11,640


3,868 ;


11,384


4,630


Ochre, umber, &c


16,287


15,462


14,810


14,641


Oil shale


2,496,785


693,384


2,546,588


657,928


Petroleum


46


69


10


15


Salt


1.889,910


566437 1


1,965,161


695,984


Sandstone


5,640,684


1,634,857


6,261,160


1,504,889


SilTerore


14


306


cwt. 12


48


Slate


514,524


1,466,916


492,668


1,888381


Sulphate of strontia


14,294


18,936


14,112


18,768


Tin ore (dressed)


7,201


574,183


7,153


718,184


Uranium ore


103


II


11


II


Wolfram ore


172


11,357


271


19,77S


Zinc ore


88,909


, 189,806



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