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contract, relating to tenders for the supply to

the Prussian State Railway Works at Berlin, Eberswalde,

Osterode (East Prussia), Cottbus, Magdeburg-Buckau, Dirschau,

Tempelhof near Berlin, Konigsberg, Halle-on-Saale, and Bromberg,

of the following articles : —

109,700 kilos, of tin, 66,100 kilos, of zinc plate, in 7 lots each ;
14,400 kilos, of antimony, 16,300 kilos, of zinc, 110,000 kilos,
of lead in blocks (Muldenblei), and 77,800 kilos, of rolled lead, in
f) lots each.

Sealed tenders, bearing the inscription ** Angebot auf . . ."
(here follows designation of article tendered for), must be delivered
to ** Das Eechnungsbureau der Koniglichen Eisenbahndirektiou,"
1-4, Schoeneberger Ufer, Berlin, W. 35, by 10 a.m. on the 10th
October, 1907. Tenders must state whether or not the goods
have been made in Germany, and at the works of the firm

Copies of the conditions of contract, specification, and forms of
tender may be obtained for 55 pfennige (6j{i.) — not in stamps —
from "Eechnungsbureau, Konigliche Eisenbahndirektion," 1-4,
Schoeneberger Ufer, Berlin, W. 35. Copies may be seen at the
offices of the Commercial Intelligence Branch of the Board of
Trade, 73, Basinghall Street, London, E.C.

H.M. Consul at Stettin (Mr. E. Bemal) reports that tenders are

invited for the supply of about 7,500 tons of

Qt9A CoaL best gas-coal to the gasworks at Stolp, for

delivery free rail Stolp during the fiscal year

1908-9. Tenders bearing the inscription "Angebot ftlr die

Kohlenlieferung der Gasanstalt," addressed to " Der Magistrat,

Stolp, Pommem,** will be received up to the 14th October. They

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w31 be opened at 11 a.m. on the loth October at the Bathans,
Zimmer No. 38. Conditions of contract may be seen at the
" Stadtsekretariat, Zimmer No. 21 " and may be purchased there
on payment of 60 pfgs. (7d.).

H.M. (Consul states that no further information is obtainable at

Harbour Works. See notice on p. 26.


H.M. Consul at Rotterdam (Mr. H. Turing) reports that the

Director of Naval Establishments at Helle-

CoaL voetsluis invites tenders, up to the 9th October,

for the supply and delivery of about 1,200 tons

CardiflF coal.

The coal must not contain more than 25 per cent, of small coal,
and ma€t be from one of the following mines : Nixon's Navigation
Co., Ltd. ; Penhrwkyber (Penrikyber) Navigation large coals ;
Hani's Deep Navigation ; Ocean Merthyr Steam Coals ; Hooci's
Merthyr Steam Coals ; Oriental Merthyr Steam Coals ; Insole's
Merthyr Steam Coals ; National Merthyr Coals ; Great Western
(Navigation) Smokeless Steam Coals ; Albion Merthyr ; Cory's
Merthyr (Pentre, Gelli, Penrikyber) ; Cyfarthfa ; Dowlais Merthyr ;
Femdale ; Hill's Plymouth Merthyr ; Lewis Merthyr ; Locket^s
Merthyr; Naval Merthyr; Powel Duffrijn ; Dowlais Cardiff;
Rhj^ney Merthyr ; MaeLaren Merthyr.

A copy of the form of contract in the original Dutch may be
seen at the Commercial Litelligence Branch of the Board of Trade,
73, Basinghall Street, E.C.

The "Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant" states that Messrs. A.
-^ Wagenmaker <t Co. have applied for a provi-

r .♦«« +7*^ ;i sional concession for the construction of a
^piSr ^^^^ tramway from Oude Schild to Den Burg.

The same newspaper also states that the ques-
tion of the establishment of an electric tramway between Middle-
bui^ and Flushing is under consideration.

Tlie '* Vaderland " states that negotiations are in progress for
substituting electric traction on the **Goosche Stoomtram" tram-
ways. These comprise a system of some 39 kilometres in the south
of Amsterdam.


The "Bulletin Commercial" of the 21st September contains a

notice that tenders are invited for the enlarge-

Ckaal Works. ment of the Charleroi-Brussels Canal, between

the existing locks Nos. 23 and 81. The estimated

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cost of the work is 2,414,214 francs (aboat 96,5682.). Specifications
and plans can be consulted at the oflSce of the *' Chef de Service dee
Ponts et Ghaus86es/' rue Caponillet 54, Saint-Gilles ; and at the
office of M. Derycke, Chaus6e de Waterloo 345, Saint-Gilles. A
deposit of 120,000 frs. (about 4,800Z.) is required to qualify any
tender. Tenders must be sent in to the Chef de Service des
Ponts et Chauss6es. not later than the 29th October.

The '* Moniteur Beige " of 28th September contains a copy of a

decree granting to the Soci6t6 Nationale des

Railway Plant Chemins de fer Vicinaux the concession for the

construction and working of the line from (1)

Namur Station to La Pairelle with a branch line from Jambes

Bridge to the station of the Chemin de fer du Nord at Jambes ;

(2) Namur (Faubourg Saint Nicolas) to Saint Servais (place


The " Moniteur des Int^rdts Mat6riels " of the 29th September,
contains a notice to the effect that the Maison
Water Works. Communale at Jemeppe-sur-Meuse (Lidge) in-
vites tenders for works connected with a water
conduit, in two lots, viz, : — (1) Water conduit at the estimated cost
of 234.778 francs (about 9,39H.) for which a deposit of 20,000 francs
(800Z.) is required ; (2) a supply reservoir, for which a deposit of
3,000 francs is required. Tenders must be sent in to the Maison
Communale before the 22nd of October.


The " Diaries do Govemo'* of the 18th, 19th and 20th September
coiitain copies of Decrees granting the con-
Mining Plant. cessions for the exploitation of the iron mines
of Aires, S. Bartolomeu and Zambujal, Villa
Nova de Baronia, " Conselho '* de Alvita, to Mr. John Hollway.

The ** Diaries'* of 21st, 23rd and 24th September contain copies
of decrees conceding also the iron and manganese mine of Cerro
das Pedras, in the ** Conselho" of Odemeira, the manganese mine
of the ** Lagoas do Pa9o/' ** Conselho " Ferreira do Alemtejo, and
the manganese mine of Herdade da Cachia in the *' Conselho '' of
Castro Verde, to Mr. John Hollway.


H.M. Consul at Loanda (Mr. H. 6. Mackie), in his report on the

trade of Angola for 1906, writes: — "In my

Bailway Plant* last report attention was called to the fact that

no serious attempt had seemingly been made by

British manufacturers of railway plant to obtain contracts for

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sapplies, and it was pointed out thnt while the Loanda-Malange
and Mossamedes-CheUa lines were being built mostly with Belgian
material^ supplies for the construction of the Lobito-Katanra
Bailway were of British origin. According to a Portuguese trade
joTumaly it would appear that out of some 10,560 tons of plant
recently ordered for this railway, no less than 9,000 tons are now
being supplied by German works, only 1,060 tons falling to the
share of the United Kingdom and 500 tons to that of Belgium.
These orders would seem to include two more engines of increased
hauling power for the 1*4 mile of rack railway on the Apt system,
by means of which the higher plateau about 7 miles from Benguella
is reached, the engine already supplied proving unequal to the
ascent ; four locomotives and tenders of 84 tons, four water tanks,
a quantity of rolling-stock and rails and plant for 161 mile^ of

" As the railway is a British enterprise, British firms interested
would do well to give the matter their early attention. Personal
application to the heads of the departments in Portugal should
jJso be made." (Foreign Office^ Annual Series, 3,928.)


Referring to the notice on p. 594 of the " Board of Trade Journal "

of 26th September, relating to proposed harbour

Port Works. works at Cadiz, H.M. Consul at that port (Mr. A.

Keyser) has now forwarded a copy of the

conditions of contract, which may be seen at the Commercial

Intelligence Branch of the Board of Trade, 73, Basinghall Street,E.C.

The"Gaceta de Madrid" of 19th September contains a notice

-J., inviting tenders, which should reach the

GoncfrniHr " Direcci6n general de Obras Publicas,'* Madrid,

umstmction. before 9th December, for the construction of a

bridge over the river Manzanares in place of the old " Puente

Verde,** joining the road from Madrid to Corunna to the road

which encircles the " Casa de Campo.'* A deposit of 5,000 pesetas

(about 176Z.) is required to qualify any tender. Local represente-

tion is necessary.

The " Gkceta ^ of 21st September contains a notice inviting tenders

CkmatraHii f ^^^ *^® construction of artesian wells at Melilla,

j^T^^'\JJ* Alhncemas, and El Penon de Velez de la Gomera

^^^*^ • (Africa), beginning with the first-named, in the

province of Malaga, the estimated cost of which is 31,970 pesetas

(about 1,140Z.). A deposit of 319 pesetas (about IIZ.) is required

to qualify any tender. Local representation is necessary. Tenders

must be sent to tiie *'Direcci6n general de Obras Piiblicas,"

Madrid, not later than 17th October.

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The same " Gaceta " contains a notice to the eflfect that the " Aynn-
-,, ^. - . , ^ tamiento constitucional de Toro " invites tenders,
jsiecmc liignting ^j^j^j^ ^jjj ^ ^p^^^ simultaneously at the

OTioroae ^^Cslsa consistorial" of Toro, and at the

Mttora. tt Dir^ci6n general de Administraci6n," Madrid,

for the electric lighting of the town of Toro for a period of ten
years. A deposit of 700 pesetas (about 25Z.) is required to qualify
any tender. Local representation is necessary. Tenders must be
sent in to either of the above addresses before the 29th October.

The same " Gaceta" announces that an adjudication will take place

Electric L' hf ^^ the ** Palacio Municipal," Pontevedra, and

liig rng j^ ^jj^ ^^ J)[j.^qq[^j^ general de Administraci6n

p , , local," at Madrid, for the electric lighting of the

^^ ^ former town for a period of 20 years at the

upset price of 20,000 pesetas (about 714Z.) annually. A deposit
of 1,000 pesetas (about 36Z.) is required to qualify any tender.
Local representation is necessary. Tenders must be sent to
the Secretaria del Ayuntamiento de Pontevedra not later than
28th October.

The '* Gaceta " of 25th September contains a notice to the effect

Viadnet ^^^^ tenders are invited for works connected

C tm H ^^^^ ^^^ constructionof a viaduct over the Rio

tonstmcuon. Asab5n, necessitated by the deviation of the

main road from Spain into France. The estimated cost is

346,895 pesetas (about 12,390^.). A deposit of 17,345 pesetas

(61 9Z.) is required to qualify any tender. Local representation is

necessary. Tenders must be sent in before the 28th October to the

" Direcci5n de Obras Pfiblicas,'' Madrid.

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

Balld Saws, Hand-threshing

Machines, Ice Plant, Steel See article on p. 18-19.
Cables, Iron Wire, Tin Plate.


The " Gaceta de Madrid " of the 21st September contains a copy of

Viadnct ^ decree conceding the construction of a viaduct

dmstmction. ^^ ferro-concrete over the ** Barranco Hondo/*

wmfTTUcxion. ^^ ^j^^ ^^^ ^^^^ g^^ ^^^ ^ Orotava in the

province of Tenerife, to Don Luis Gomendio y Saleses.

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The British Yice-C!on8ul at Spezia (Mr. E. M. de Garston) reports that
a public competition will be held simultaneously

American Ash* at the Royal Arsenals (Contract Offices) of
Spezia, Naples, and Taranto, at 11 a.m. on the
23rd October, when sealed tenders will be received for a contract
for the supply to the Italian Navy of American ash (in pieces pre-
pared for oars) for the estimated value of 84,600 lire (about 3,384i.).
A deposit of 8,460 lire (about 339Z.) will be required to qualify
«uiy tender.

The special conditions of contract may be seen at the Ministry
of Marine, Rome ; at the Directorates Greneral of the Royal
Arsenals ; at the Technical Offices of the Navy at Genoa ; and at
the principal Chambers of Commerce in Italy.

Each tender shonld 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 following information regarding openings for British
manufactures in Florence is taken from the report by H.M. Consul
in that city (Major W. P. Chapman), recently published by the
Foreign Office {Annual Series, 3,926) :—

** British locomobiles and threshing machines enjoy a wide
Loco biles reputation, and are found unequalled as to
and Tk^eshine workmanship and duration, being also of better
Ma h* ^^ appearance than those from Germany. How-
^' ever, a local importer informs me that they will

in time have to cede their place on the Italian market to Germany,
imless British makers take more seriously into account the special
requirements of the market, chiefly that of reducing the consump-
tion of fuel for their engines, as much as possible. . . British
manufacturers should take into consideration that coal is much
dearer in Italy than in the United Kingdom, and in building their
machinery should stick to those systems that give a minimum of
consumption. Germany is striving hard to that effect, with a con-
siderable amount of success.

An experienced firm of Florentine merchants state that although

Ttd^ 'tiiiff • ^^^ United States have taken a hold on the

^^^ming Florence market with their type-writing

^* machines, in the face of little or no competition,

jet as local consumption is increasing very fast, and typewriting

is gaining favour with the public, and is expected to come into

general use, British firms might do some business with small

machines of a price, say, of 101.

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ITALY— continued,

" A local firm of high standing stated as follows : — * From i)er8onal

-„. ^ experience, and after having made some en-

Sftn'tft quiries, we think that mnch more business

A li^cL could be done with the United Kingdom in

Jav^ed Ware. *^®®' stoves, pottery, sanitary appliances,

^^^ japanned ware, &c., provided British firms make

the same concessions as Americans and Germans in the matter of

credit, especially in dealing with well-known firms, and in that of

avo'ding e :tras in invoices.'

The " Gazzetta Ufficiale " of 23rd September contains a notice to
the effect that tenders are invited for works
Conduit Works, connected vidth the convejrance of drinking
water from the Pirato spring to the town of
San Manro Castelverde, in the province of Palermo, at the esti-
mated cost of 102,000 lire (about 4,080Z.). A deposit of 5,500 lire
(about 2201.) is required to qualify any tender. Tenders must be
sent to II Signer Sindaco, San Mauro Castelverde, not later than
the 20th October.

The " Gazzetta," containing further particulars, may be seen at
the Commercial Intelligence. Branch of the Board of Trade,
73, Basinghall Street, E.G.


The ** Lieferungswesen " of 22nd September announces that the

luTalidCarriages: ^a^strat Wien Abteilung X. (Vienna) mil

Wheslfi and * competition and adjudicate a contract

India-rnbber ^'^ ^^*^ October for the supply of (a) four

-. invalid carriages for infectious cases, without

^ * the wheels, and (b) the wheels and india-rubber

tyres required, from Ist November, 1907, to 31st October, 1910.


H.M. Consul at Constantinople (Mr. A. T. Waugh) reports that he
has received an application from a member of a

Railway MateriaL British firm in that city who is willing to
represent any well-kno\ni fiim or firms in

tendering for the supply of locomotives and material required by

the Hedjaz Railway Commission.

Communications from British firms should be addressed to H.M.

Consul, Constantinople.

The " Moniteur Officiel du Commerce " of the 19th September

states that there is a good opening at Constan-

Candles. tinople for the ordinary quality of candles.

The sizes most in demand are fours and sizes

They are shipped in cases weighing 11 kilogs.

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OTTOMAN BMY^lRlEi'-continued.
A correspondent of the " Revue Commerciale du Levant " gives
g^ . . • the following information in regard to the soap

^^^^^ trade of Ada Bazar : — No soap being manufac-

tured in this town, all the soap I'equired is
imported. The major portion comes from M6telin for laundry
purposes, the amount imported being about 100,000 kgs., of which
there are several qualities sold at itora 2*25 piastres to 4 piastres
per kilog. Toilet soaps come from Constantinople, and are of in-
ferior quality ; they fetch from 9 to 33 piastres per gross.

Only a small quantity of soap comes from abroad, of which
England sends by far the larger quantity, as soap from other
countries is found too dear by the country people. It would
appear that were some small effort made, such as the distribution
of samples fi-ee or at a reduced price, foreign soap would easily
replace the best quality M6telin, since the price is approximately
the same.

Referring to agricultural machines in a recent report, the Austrian
Consul at Jerusalem states that peti'ol motors
PMrol Motors. with electric ignition are used for watering the
Palestine orange gardens.


The Austrian Consul at Burgas in a recent report calls attention

Affricnltnral ^^ ^^ ^*^' *^^*' *^® employment of agricultural
^^. . machinery, and of threshing machines in par-

^^' ticular, has increased considerably during late
years in the east of South Bulgaria.

The Austrian Constd in Philippopolis reports that in central and
west Bulgaria the plough and harrow trade' is on the increase, as
the peasants now realise the superiority of iron ploughs. It appears
too that a good opening is afforded for threshing macMnes,
especially those which reduce the length of the straw. For
other machines, with the exception of sowing machines, there is no
great demand.


The "Bulletin Commercial" (Brussels) says that there is reason

to expect t^at tenders will shortly be invited

Cement. in Manila for fresh supplies of cement for

Government works. On the two former

occasions on which tenders were invited for cement for such

works, the order was obtained by a German firm, through their

agents — a British firm established at Manila.

In view of the fact that notices inviting tenders are never issued
early enough to allow participation on the part of European firms,
the '' Bulletin " states that it is of importance that manufacturers
ehould endeavour in future to enter into relations with local firms
aeoottomed to submit such tenders.

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The Austrian Consul at Mexico City states in a recent report that

A • ItnrAl ^® opening for agricultural machinery in

'^'^?r Mexico should be good. There should be a

^ ^^* brisk demand for hydraulic engines, threshing

machines and fruit-mills (Obstmtihlen).


The Acting British Consul-General at Hayti (Mr. A, L. Rowley)

-^., reports that the Government of Hayti have

n ^l!!^ ceded to the "Compagnie Nationale des

construction. chemins de Fer d'Haiti " the railway already

existing from Cap Hayti to Grande Rividre. This line is to b^

extended to Hinche, and thence to Port-au-Prince, with a branch

to Arcahaie. It will be connected with the line which the same

company are about to construct from Gonaives to Hinche.


H.M. Consul at Chefoo (Mr. H. F. Brady) in his report for 1906

w h \A atii states that there is undoubtedly an increasing

ouse res, j^i^jj^^d amongst the Chinese for foreign house-

- . ^ ' hold stores, such as tinned and bottl^ goods,

iquors. jams, biscuits, soaps and so on ; also for foreign

wines and liquors. At present dealers get their supplies for the

most part from Shanghai, but the Consul is of opinion that the

trade might be pushed with advantage if British firms were

represented by local agents, who could distribute samples and take

orders in the district

The Consul also reports that as the use of kerosene oil spreads
amongst the Chinese, there naturally follows a
Oil Lamps. demand for lamps of foreign make or style*

There is a large import of lamps from Japan,
many of them being made of common glass, and though they are
exceedi;igly dangerous, their cheapness commends them to the
Chinese purchaser, who is essentially a fatalist, and will rather
save a few pence by buying a lamp that may not explode, than
devote the extra money to a good lamp that will not explode.
The price of these cheap lamps at Chefoo ranges from 50 c.
(about Is.) to 1 dol. 50 c. (3«.) for glass lamps, and 35 c. (8^d.) to
1 dol. 50 c. for tin lamps ; and, in order to compete, the British
manufacturer would need to place a good reliable lamp at the same
low price on the Chefoo market, (Foreign Office^ Annual Series^

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H.M. Consul at Kobe (Mr. H. A. C. Bonar) reports that a growing
industry has sprung up there in marine motors.
ICarme Motors. The number of boats (sea-going) using marine
motors of Japanese maKe is fast increasing, and
there would seem to be an excellent opening if British manufiw-
turers would give the matter their attention. For some time past
A very large number of Osaka river boats have been using petrol
motors of which the first samples came from the United States.
These appear to have been copied, and in some cases, it is claimed,
improved upon, so that now the majority of the motors used on
the river craft are of Japanese manufacture. Though somewhat
noisy and evil-smelling, they appear to answer the purpose per-
fectly, and therefore in that line — unless something cheaper or
btttep of foreign manufacture could be put on the market — the
Japanese motor manufacturing works will have it all their own
way. But for sea-going craft, simple but reliable motors of 12,
15, 20 and 30 horse-power, using common kerosene oil — paraffin —
(the latter is obtainable at every little seaport or village), should
have an unlimited sale provided the price were reasonable enough.
The prices of Japanese-made motors of that description are 901. for
10 horse-power (weight about 2,000 lb.), HOI. for 15 horse-power
(weight about 3,000 lb.), 220Z. for 20 horse-power, and 2701. for
30 horse-power. Seeing that the prices of American-made kerosene
oil motors (of the newest type, it is true) are 1701. (weight,
1,100 lb.), 230Z. (weight, 1,700 lb.), and 350Z. for 10, 15, and 22
horse-power respectively, and that a 10 horse-power good type of
British make costs, laid down in Japan, about 250Z. to 3002., the
problem for the foreign manu&cturer ot motors is not, at first
sight, an easy one.

He should remember, however, that by manufacturing on the
spot he will save 50 per cent, import duty on the motor as a whole
or any part thereof which would otherwise be imported into
Japan. Wages, labour and some other conditions probably are
more favourable in that country, and, above all, his expert
knowledge and inventiveness should enable the foreign manufac-
turer to do well in this line.

Motors of Japanese make, as described above, are being increas-
ingly used by small passenger craft for short distances by sea (say
50 feet long, using a 20 horse-power motor, speed about seven to nine
miles). Thej have also found much employment in small foreign-
shape craft (t.e., not junk form), carrying a certain amount of sail,
being about 45 to 60 feet long, 12 feet beam, and using, say, a
15 to 20 horse-power motor, such as now ply between the city of
Osaka and the Korean coast (some 200 to 300 miles distant), and
also between Osaka and fishing ports on the Inland Sea, carrying
live fish in tanks, which take up most of the space in the vessel.
This is a remunerative trade. It would be impossible to state also

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