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^ ^ p - ments at Buenos Ayres, H.M. Legation in
^ Argentina report that the call for tenders for

^' ' this work has not yet been made. The contract

;lude the construction of new warehouses and of railway
rolongation of the defences of the North Basin of the port
e installation of apparatus for loading and discharging
ndise.

legation further report that the Argentine Government are

inviting tenders up to 2 p.m. on the 2nd

notiyes. December for the supply of 30 locomotives for

the Argentine Central Northern Railway, a

ment line.

)py of the ''Boletin Oficial" of the 25th September,
ing a copy of the Decree authorising the call for tenders,
r with specification and plans Cin Spanish), have been
1, and may be examined at the Commercial Intelligence
of the Board of Trade, 73, Basinghall Street, London, E.C.

:>iild be noted that the time allowed hardly admits of firms tendering
ej have arrangements with their agents which can be availed of bj cable.



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208 THE BOARD OF TRADE JOTTBNAL. [Oct. 81, 1907.

Openings for British Trade.



The " Review of the River Plate " (Buenos Ayres) states that,

following on a favourable report by the Public

Railway Plant. Works Committee, the Senate have approved

the concession to Mr. Miguel Mahon, for the

construction and exploitation of a line from Puerto Militar to

Buenos Ayres, via Lobos, Rocha, and Pringles, and three branches,

one to La Plata port, one from Rocha to Rufino vtd Pirovano,

Pehuaj6, Timote, and Halsey, and the third from Pringles to

Catril6 via La Colina and Saliquel6. The line is to enter the City

of Buenos Ayres at the point most convenient and continue until

a junction is eflFected with the neutral lines of the port, plans for

which must be duly approved by the Government. Materials

destined for the construction of the line, which are not produced

by national industries, may be imported duty free.

The ** Review " also states that the concession to Mr. Luis Facci
Negratti for the construction and working of a line from Ensanada
(La Plata) to Chacabuco via San Vicente, Las Heras and Chivilcoy
has also been approved by the Senate.



PARAGUAY.

The " Diario Oficial " of Paraguay of 21st August contains a copy
of a decree authorising the laying of the
Telegraph Wire, following telegraph lines : —

1. Double wire from Concepci6n to Bella
Vista, vid Ric6n, Loreto, Icufi-por^, Paso Barreto, Mancuello
Otafio, San Rafael, La Muerte, and San Lorenzo.

2. Single wire from S. Jo86 to IhQ, vid Ajos, Nueva Australia,
25 do Noviembre, Caraya6, and San Joaquin.

3. Single wire from Santiago to Ayolas, with a station at San
Jos6ml.

4. Single wire from San Lorenzo to Pedro Judn Caballero, vtd
Esperanza and Estrella.

5. Single wire from Icud-porfi to Horqueta.

6. Single wire from Itacurubl de la Cordillera to Valenzuela.

7. Single wire from Villa de San Pedro to Antequera.

8. Single wire from Villa de San Pedro to Lima.

9. Single wire from Caazap^ to San Juan Nepomuceno.

10. Single wire from Yuty to Bob!, vid San Pedro del Parand.

11. Single wire from Villa del Rosario to Igatiml, vid Trinacria,
Itacurubi del Rosario, San Estanislao, and Curuguaty.

12. Double wire from Uumaita to Ayolas, vid Pedro Gonzalez,
Desmochado, Laureles, and Yabebyry.

13. Single wire from the Capital along the Central Railway.



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1907.] THE BOARD OF TRADE JOURNAL. 209

EXHIBITIONS.
NORWAY.

itish Vice-Consul at Bergen (Mr. E. F. Gray) has forwarded
.. . copies of the regulations and programme of the

, 7**^ Scandinavian Fisheries Exhibition to be held

•«"^ f ^* iVondhjem from the Ist July to the 81st
*^^r August, 1908. The latest date for giving

ti jem. notice of intending exhibits is Ist February,

Exhibits will be accepted only from persons residing in
yy Sweden or Denmark, but there is no objection to foreign
exhibiting through and in the name of a person residing in
the said countries.

es of the regulations and programme may be seen at the
jrcial Intelligence Branch of the Board of Trade, 73, Basing-
reet, London, E.G.

FRANCE.

Donsul-General' at Marseilles (Mr. M. C. Gumey, M.V.O.)

-. •' reports that it has been decided to hold an

^. , international electrical exhibition at Marseilles

... . next year, from the 19th April to the 31st

^^fliir * October. Ho does not consider that the

exhibition will have other than local importance,

is of opinion, however, that it will be properly conducted and

fully organised, and that it would be worth the while of

manufacturers desiring an opening for trade with the
ial region of the South of France, and especially manu-
re of electrical mining appliances, to consider the advisability
biting.

Consul-General has foi'warded a number of copies of a
let showing the constitution of the Organising Committee
e scope of the exhibition ; they are available (until the
is exhiausted) for the use of British manufacturers interested
ay apply at the Commercial Intelligence Branch of the
)f Trade, 73, Basinghall Street, London, E.C.



CENSUS OF PRODUCTION.

second meeting of the Advisory Committee for the Coal
Industry was held on the 25th October at the offices of the
>f Trade. There were present: Mr. A. Wilson Fox, C.B.(in
wr) ; Mr. T. Hatcliffe Ellis ; Mr. R. Guthrie ; Mr. Gascoigne
; Mr. A. H. Heath ; Mr. W. S. BaiTett ; Prof. S. J. Chap-
M[r. M. Delevingne, of the Home Ofiice ; Mr. W. N. Atkinson,
itending Inspector of Mines ; Mr. G. J. Stanley, C.M.G. ;
. W. Macrosty; and Mr. G. C. L. Maunder (Acting



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210 THE BOARD OF TRADK JOURNAL. [Oct. 81, 1907v

Census of Production.

A meeting of the Advisory Committee for the Boot and Blio»
Indiutrj was held on the 29th October at the offices of the Board of
Trade. There were present : — Mr. A. Wilson Fox, C.B. (in the-
chair) ; Mr. James Branch, M.P. ; Mr, George White, M.P. ; Mr.
J. A. Craig ; Mr. D. Henderson ; Mr. John Loake ; Mr. Sidney
Webb ; Mr. H. W. Macrosty ; and Mr. G. C. L. Maunder (Actings
Secretary). ___^___^__^.^.

REGULATIONS UNDER THE CANADIAN "INSPECTION
OF MEATS AND CANNED FOODS ACT, 1907/'

With reference to the notice on p. 22 of the ** Board of Trade^
Journal" of the 8rd October, respecting regulations under the-
Canadian "Inspection of Meats and Canned Foods Act, 1907,"'
the following synopsis of the regulations in question has been
received from the High Commissioner for Canada : —

'* The regulations under this Act, which' have recently been
issued by the Department of Agriculture, and published at Ottowa,.
provide that every animal about to be slaughtered, with a view to
the preparation of the carcases, or any portion thereof, for food
purposes intended for export, shall be examined by a veterinary
inspector before entering the factory. Factories desirous of
engaging in export trade must apply for inspection, and in cases
where the sanitary condition of the establishment applying is
satisfactory an officer to take charge of the inspection is appointed
by the Canadian Government An official number will be assigned
to each establishment for which inspection is provided, and shall
be used with the Crown and the words 'Canada Approved' to
mark products passed as fit for food. Inspectors are authorised
to refuse inspection if sanitary conditions are not observed.
Employees must be free from tuberculosis or other communicable
diseases. Any meat deemed by the inspector unfit for food shall
be condemned. The preparation and packing shall be supervised
by an inspector, who shall not allow any fixture, appliance or
receptacle to be used unless the same is clean and sanitary. No
food product shall contain any deleterious substances, and with the
object of preventing their use the inspector shall procure samples
of preservatives used, as also of the food products during or id^er
preparation, for purposes of analysis. Power has also been taken
to .prevent the clearance of any vessel carrying carcases, or any
portions or products thereof, unless the same have been duly
marked with the Crown and the words * Canada Approved.' '* The
foregoing gives but a bare outline of the regulations, the full text
of which may be consulted at the office of the High Commissioner
for Canada, 17, Victoria Street, London, S.W., or at the Commer*
cial Intelligence Branch of the Board of Trade, 73, Basinghall
Street, E.C.



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THE BOAKD OF TEADE JOXTBNAL.



21



MINERAL PRODUCTION OP WESTERN AUSTRALIA.

The following particulars respecting the mineral production of
Western Australia are taken from the Report of the State
Department of Mines for the year 1906.

The quantity and value of the minerals raised during the year,
as compared with 1905, were as follows : —



Description of Minerals.



1905.



Quantity.



Value.



1006.



Quantity.



Value.



Black tin (raised) ... Statute tons

€oal (raised) „

Copper ore (raised) ... „

Oold (export and mint) Fine oes.
Ironstone (raised) ... Statute tons
I^estone (raised) ... „

•Pig lead (exported)... „

SilTer (exported) ... Fine oks.
Tantalite (raised) ... Statute tons



Total values



£



I


£




1,079


86,840


1,495


127,364


55,312


149,755


2,389


16,266


7,430


1,955,316


8,306,654


1,794,547


3,218


1,285


1,280


9,146


1,220


9,472


2,730


34,471


2,681


359,744


44,278


282,145


73


10,516


15





8,555,841






£

157,644

57,998

50,337

7,622,749

512

1,691

44,460

37,612

2,644



— 7,975,647



* Contained in bullion from the Fremantle Smelters, Ltd.

Gold. — The output of gold for the year is 1,794,547 oz. fine,
which is less by 160,769 oz. than for the year 1905. The returns
from the majority of the goldfields show decreased productions,
although in several cases substantial increases appear, and it is
pointed out that in nearly every case the reduced output may be
accounted for by the diminished production from a very few mines,
thus showing that mining as a whole is on a sound footing. The
value per ton of ore treated during 1906 was 50*54 shillings as
against 58*51 shillings in 1905, the tonnage treated in 1906 being
234,827 tons in excess of that for the previous year.

Tin. — The tin output for the year as reported to the Department
is valued at 157,644Z., being the highest so far recorded, and
exceeding that for* 1905 by 70,804/. The high price obtainable
for this metal has enabled properties previously unpayable to be
worked, has caused new mines to be opened up, and is leading to
the installation of better treatment plants and improved methods.
The only localities producing tin are the Pilbara and the Green-
bushes fields, the former situated in the north-west of the State
and the latter in the south. In both, the output for the year is a
record one.

Coal — ^The output of the Collie field shows an increase of 22,391
tons as compared with that for the year 1905. No new collieries
have been opened up, the visible supply being far in excess of the
demand. Tlie Railway Department used 110,308 tons, as against
92,921 tons in 1905.



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212 THE BOAED OF TSADE JOURNAL. [Oct. 31, 1967.

Mineral Production of Western Australia.

Copper. — The output of copper for the year was valued at
50,337Z., being 34,071^. in excess of that for the previous year.
The high price of copper induced a considerable amount of pros-
pecting, and the year 1907 should show a considerably increased
output. Development and prospecting work is also being done in
the North Coolgardie, Yalgoo, Murcbison, Ashburton and West
Pilbara goldfields, and in West Kimberley, where rich finds were
reported late in the year, and although inspection of the areas first
occupied rather discounted the original reports there seems every
reason to suppose that a rich mineral belt has been discovered
which should well repay expenditure in prospecting and develop-
ment.

Silver was obtained as a by-product to the value of 37,612f.,
being less by 0,666/. than for the year 1905. Limestone and iron-
stone, to the value of 1,691Z. and 51 2Z. respectively, were produced,
but account has only been taken of that used in connexion with
smelting operations. Deposits of phosphatio rock have been located
in the Dandarragan district, but no development work has been
done, and little, so far, can be said as to the value of the deposit.



AGRICULTURE IN THE LEEWARD ISLANDS.

The following particulars relating to the progress of the cotton,
cacao, tobacco and rubber industries in the Leeward Islands are
taken from the report for 1906-7, recently issued by the Colonial
Office (Annw.ll No. 539) :—

CotUm. — The cotton industry continues to make very considerable
progress, and is now regarded as one of the important staples of
the Leeward Islands. The season on the whole was an unfavour-
able one for cotton throughout the West Indies, but the industry
appears to have been little checked thereby. The quality of the
cotton, particularly in Antigua, has been considerably improved
during the last year or two.

At Antigua several estates, which have not been under cultiva-
tion for very many years, have been cleared and planted in cotton.
Two additional ginneries have been erected, and the ginnery
hitherto profitably worked by the Department of Agriculture has
been transferred to a company.

In St Eitts the industry is very successfully carried on in
conjunction with sagar : owing to the easily worked character of
the soil of this island a crop of cotton can be grown on the sugar
fields immediately before the sugar crop is pbmted, thus dividing
the cost of cultivation between the two crops. Cotton has thus, in
this island, become a valuable ally to sugar.



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THE BOAKD OF TRADE JOURNAL.



213



Agriculture in the Leeward Idartds,



Verisa large area, some 1,700 acres, was planted in cotton,
mug to unpropitious seasons, the crop is but a small one.
does not appear, however, any disposition to abandon the
ry, which will be vigorously carried on for the next year's

Kontserrat the industr}" has been successfully carried on
kS now become a principal industry, ranking in importance
ime juice.

J considerable progress in cotton-growing has been made in

Ifty resulting in most marked changes in the welfare and

on of this small island, which has thus been restored to a

of prosperity beyond what it has enjoyed for a great number

rs. Owing to conditions peculiar to the island the crops of

are not heavy ; they are, however, quickly and cheaply

and are of excellent quality. Over 1,000 acres are now

cotton, and there are thi'ee ginneries at work.

following is a return of cotton exported from the Presiden-

" Antigua (including Barbuda), St. Kitts-Nevis, Montserrat

le Virgin Islands, during the years 1905, 1906 and the

r ended 31st March, 1907. The value is taken at Is. 6d.



sidency.


1905.


1906.


Quarter ended
3l8t March, 1907.


Quantity. Value.


Quantity.


Value.


Quantity.


Value.


1- Nevis ...

rat

Blands


64,720

163,778

82,312

4,100


3,192

12,283

6,173

135


99,948

298,519

86,698

6,976


£

6,456

22,389

6,502

205


Lb.

45.600

218,947

141,042

2,400


£

3,420

16.421

10;578

180


tal


304,910


21,783


492,140


35,551


407,9«9


30,599



commercial extension of the cultivation of Sea Island
has been very marked in the Leeward Islands during
fit four years. It is estimated that for the coming crop
lores are under cultivation in Antigua, 1,000 in Montserrat,
)00 in St. Kitts-Nevis and Anguilla. In the Virgin Islands
tivation of cotton is gradually being extended. In Dominica
tivation has made practically no headway, it being found
.6 climatic conditions are unsuitable to its successful growth,
ns and Montserrat it would appear that cotton is gradually
the place of cane as the staple crop.

0. — Cacao continues to be one of the most important
ries in Dominica, where the cultivation is being steadily



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THE BOABD OF TRADE JOXTRNAIi.



[Oct. 31,



Agriculhire in the Leeward Islands,



extended. In Neyis pioneer cacao plantations are making (
progress; small crops wUl soon be reaped. It is not, howi
probable that any considerable area of Nevis will be found suit
for cacao. The small plantations of cacao in St. Eitts are mal
sufficiently good progress to warrant further extensions, and la
areas are now being planted in a tentative manner. The ex]
mental plots of cacao at Tortola have made more progress than
anticipated; as a result other small plots are being plaut6(
favoured localities, and it appears possible that cacao may
become a peasant industrj-.

Tobac(fo. — ^The experimental cultivation of tobacco continue
be pursued in St. Eitts. The results have so far been promifi
and point to the possibility of eventually establishing a c
tobacco industry in the island.

Rubber. — The cultivation of Castilloa rubber is being ox]
mentally extended in all the islands. In Dominica there a
large number of trees. Some of those growing in the Bot
station have recently been tapf>ed, and the resulting rubber sei
England for valuation and report. The reports obtained y
favourable in all cases.



SILK CONDITIONED AT EUROPEAN SILK CENTRE

H.M. Consul at Milan (Mf . J. H. Towsey) has forwarded
following return of the silk conditioned at Milan and o
European silk centres during the nine months January
September, 1907, compared with the corresponding period of 1
as published by the ** BoUettino di Sericoltura " ot Milan : —





January to September.


Silk
lentrefl.


Organiine.


lYam.


Raw. other.


T<




1906.


1907.


1906.


•1907. 1906. j 1907. 1 1906.


1907.


1906.


Ian

ons

rich

rfeld

Ble

rin

t>erfeld...


1, €49^160
673,062
378,361
172,827
195,743
187,878
222.480


KilORB.

1,082,615
783,493
405,570
152,597
257,684
195,720
253,738


KilogP.
1.118,540
779.851
450.130
146,519
123.495
17,516
120,297


Kilogs.
1,060,780
850,601
434,139
120,203
148,555
9,566
136,396


4,843,260
3.542,678
289,937
69.227
102.151
211,125
124,871


KiloRS. 1 KilogR.
4,973,485 , 188,663
3.972,424 1 47,441

253,959 1 —
70,46{l 12,384

110,432 1 223

207.798 1 24,068

146.799 —


Kilo

35l,J

70,1

9/
l.<





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07.] THE BOABD OF TRADE JOURNAL. 215

PROPOSED TARIFF CHANGES.

BURMA.

I Supplement to the " Burma Gazette " for 2l8t September
"Rft altv ^^* contains a draft Notification issued by the
^ ^ Burmese Government in accordance with Sec. 32'
* f Lac ^^ ^^® Burma Forest Act (No. 4 of 1902), notify-
ing that it is proposed to levy a royalUj of
>er 100 viss* on and after 1st January, 1908, on all lac
by sea from Burma, whether obtained from land at the
of the Government or not.

irther stated that the draft will be taken into considera-
r after 3rd November, 1907, and that any persons desirous
ag any remarks on the proposed Notification should
Lcate with the Revenue Secretary, Rangoon.
* A Bormese visa =: about 3 lbs. 2 oss.



TARIFF CHANGES
ND CUSTOMS REGULATIONS.

AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH.

f a cablegram from the Commonwealth Government has
.. - been received, through the Officer-in-Charge
D^.^ - of the Commonwealth Offices in London, stating

^' that the following is a further list of minor
trhich may be admitted free of duty into the Commonwealth
e new Tarifi*.

pparel: Buttons, pearl shirt buttons, plain or with a
not exceeding trade 18 size, metal trouser buttons and
ittons for underwear, bodice bones, vest and trousers
and the like, whalebone collar supports, trouser clasps,
ain coathangers, stud plates for ties, covered featherbone
iebone sets, dress-horn and casting, plain coat looping in
hangers, rivets and washers for overall trousers.
gs, portmanteauXy and trunks, back fiag hinges, 1^ inches
3r.

UowSy galvanised nails and tacks.

)0t8 arid shoes, buttons, brass plates, and spikes ; for foot-
B, boot looping, plain and otherwise ; and galoon bindings
3lour, 1^ inches in width and under, button moulds, metal
i shanks for buttons.

tmess (breeching and trace), buckles and rings and chains.
ats, artificial silk and cotton braids, crinoline braids,
I plait, internal hatbands, celluloid and fabric combined ;
or imitation leathers.

fibreUaSf metal tubes slotted and fitted with springs, handles
» invoiced at 7s, 6d. each or less.



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Tariff Changes and Customs Regulations.

AUSTRALIAN COfilfilOnVfBAUTH-continued.

For saddles, spring bars ; for saddle-trees, stirrup bars, leaj
heads and sockets ot pilch heads.

The following tools of trade are added to the bye-laws ; Braj
lamps, free-wheel removere, potatoe hooks, vine hooks, bo
making moulds, case scrapers, cotton extractors, dental
vulcanite scrapers, and jigs.

The following machine tools are added to the bye-laws: 1
punching machines and rim dividing machines.

A further cablegram has been received notifying that m

_, - zines containing advertisements excee<

rf iH f one-fifth of the printed matter contained wi

importanon or ^^^ outside covera will be allowed to be deli

^^ * ed free of duty in Australia for a period of

months from 17th October last.

[iVo^e.— After that date, the duty on the above magazines, ui
item 352c of the new Tariff, will be 6d, per lb.]

A copy of a cablegram has also been received, through the Offi

in-Charge of the Commonwealth OflSces

Decisionfl. London, notifying that the duty on "par

wax candles** (item 40a), manufactured in

United Kingdom has been fixed at IJd. per lb. on and i

24th October. A duty of 2d, per lb. on such candles under

General Tariff has been passed, with effect from 19th October

The following other tariff items have also been passed : —









Tariff






General
Tariff.


prnduc




Unit








Kingd


Item 40 (ft) Oandles, tapers and night lights, n.e.i. per lb.


lid.


U.


„ 41 8olid splric heaters





Id.


Id,


„ 42 8teaiine, paraffin wax, beeswax.








canambria, ceresine, and Japanese








or vegetable wax


♦»


U,


U,


„ 43 Lard and lard oil


n


U.


U.


„ 44 Mixed or compounded waxes





Id.


Id.


„ 45 (fl) Confectionery, n.ei., cocoa and








chocolate, sugar candy, carbons,








&c


ft


Hd.


34rf


„ 45 (h to/) Other kinds of confectionery, Ac.





Variou


s rates.



It. is further stated that it has been determined that i
25th October all medicated confectionery shall be charged u
the heading " sugar candy troches " (item 45 (a) above), ins
of as pharmaceutical preparations, under item 291 (15 per (
ad valorem^).



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Oct 31, 1907.] THB BOAKD OF TRADE JOUBNAL. 217

Tariff Changes and CuHoms RegidcUians.

AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH-<-^<««*^

A copy of a Statutory Rule (No. 94 of 1907), dated 13th Septem-

Com A t« ^^' 1907, has been received from the Common-

toinmerce Act : ^^^Ith Govemmeut repealing regulation No.

Aevuea regiua- ^8 of the Rules No. 84 of 1906, made under

Tii!!J?^ the Commerce (Trade Descriptions) Act of

jwuer. jQQ^^ ^^^ substituting, with eflFect from the

above date, the following regulation relating to the classification of

butter for export from the Commonwealth.

28. The oflScer shall classify butter as follows : —

Superfine — Pure creamery butter containing not more
than 14 per cent, of water, and classified at 95 to 100
points.
First grade — Pure creamery butter, classified at 90 to

94 points.
Second grade — Pure bqtter, classified at 83 to 89 points.
Third grade — Pure butter, classified at 75 to 82 points.
Pastry grade — Classified at less than 75 points.

The following Commerce Orders have also been received : —

No. 962.— It is stated in this Order, dated 19th July last

- that importations of liquor are described on the

nimerce labels as " malt extract," which on analysis

lUt^^^lct ®^^^ ***^ ^^^ liquor is not a " malt extract "
in the ordinary sense, but of the nature of a
'* stout" or "porter,^ and containing 11 08 per cent, of proof
spirit. The application of the term ** malt extract " is, without
any qualification, a mis-description, and it is necessary to insert
on the labels the true description of the goods, viz. : — ** Beer *' or
"Stout" as the case requires, in conjunction with the term



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