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503 were granted to German subjecte, 158 to Danish, 95 to British,

58 to French, 48 to Austrian, and 53 to Swedish. Of the 321 taken

out in other Norwegian towns, 157 were issued te German, 70 to

Danish, 33 to British, 24 to Swedish, and 11 to French commercial

travellers. During 1905 the number of licences granted to British

sabjects amounted to 75, and 36 were presented for visa.



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478 THE BOABD OF TEADE JOUENAL. [I>ec. 5,.M07.



Misedlaneoui.

flORYI AY-continued.
The British Vice-Consul at Bergen (Mr. E. F. Gray) has forwarded
- . ^ a cutting from the " Bergens Aftenblad " an-

— t • 11 nooncing the passing of the following Resolution

Hermetically y^^ ^j^^ Bergen Board of Health respecting the
rresarvea uooas j j^ ^j^^ town of hermetically preserved
^^^^ goods:- ^

" From the Ist January next year all hermetically closed goods
offered for sale in Bergen shall bear the firm mark or registered
merchandise mark of the factory where they were made. From
the same date it is forbidden in Bergen to sell inferior quality
(* udsorterede ') boxes of hermetically preserved goods unless they
bear a mark issued from the factory and approved by the Board of
Health [Bergen] and attached to the box^ and also bear the mark
of the factory and the month of manufacture in clear characters."

FRANCE.

H.M. Embassy at Paris has forwarded the following memorandum

▼ -J. xj ^ on the importation of frozen salmon into
Importation of p^^^^ ._ ^

ProMtt Salmon. .^^^^^ ^.^.^^^^ Law of the Slst May, 1865,

prohibits the importation of fish into France during the close
season. On the 12th July, 1880, a circular was issued tolerating
the importation of frozen fish during the close season under certain
conditions, viz. : when accompanied by certificates of origin and
sealed.

** This tolerance having given rise to abuse, such as the sending
of French fish to Holland and Germany to be re-imported as fi^
of foreign origin, the Minister of Agriculture issued a Circular on
the 18th October last cancelling the tolerance accorded in 1880,
and reverting to the strict application of the law of 1865, This
new order, however, has given rise to so many complaints that it
has been finally decided to admit the fish on the terms of the
circular of 1880, and instructions have been given in that sense.
It is understood, however, that at the end of the present close
season, the question will be re-opened in order that this tolerance
may be continued without giving rise to abuse."

SPAIN.

The October Bulletin of the French Chamber of Commerce at

_, .. , Barcelona states that the "Uni6n Itesinera

Tiirpentme ana ggpanola " has produced, during the year 1906,

pI? d t n ^'^^^ ^^^ ^^ essence of turpentine, and 14,601

^ ' tons of colophany. These figures show an

increase of 946 tons of turpentine and 2,445 tons of colophany

over the preceding year. Most of the colophany was exported to,

the United Kingdom.



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Dec 5, 1907.] THE BOARD OF TRADE JOURNAL. 479

MiseeUaneotu.

TURKEY.

Adverting to the extract, noted on pp. 382-3 of the " Board of Trade

Commerci&l Journal " of the 23rd May last, from the annual

Travellera' report of H.M. Consul at Constantinople (Foreign

Samvles Office, Annual Series, 3,776), in which it is

^ ' stated that commercial travellers' samples taken

into Turkey will be considered as goods in transit, and that the

duty (eleven per cent, ad valorem) paid on them will be returned

if they are re-exported within six months, it should be noted that

only ten per cent, will be refunded in these circumstances, the

remaining one per cent, being retained as transit duty.



UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

With reference to the notice on p. 575 of the " Board of Trade

Finftneial Outlook *'^^^^"*^1" ^^ *^® ^^^^ September last, and
. previous notices, relating to commercial and

flft VriL \ t\ financial conditions in San Francisco, the Board
of Trade have now received a further communi-
cation from a trustworthy source, reporting that as regards
the tightness of money the situation remains unchanged.
Owing to the difficulty of financing new undertakings, both the
Southern Pacific and Santa F6 Railroad Companies have given
orders to retrench, and much construction work has been stopped.
Only the most important improvements will be carried out at
present, and hundreds of men employed by those companies at
different railway works have been discharged.



ARGENTINE REPUBLIC.

H.M. Consul at Rosario (Mr. H. M. Mallet) has forwarded a
^ specimen of the quebracho hard wood blocks

mJ^^^' which, after some years' trial, have been

Bl V*^ found to provide an excellent paving for the
streets of that town. The quebracho tree
from which the blocks are obtained grows in large quantities
in the Santa Y6 chaco, and in some of the interior provinces.
Several companies have been formed, and considerable capital
invested in machinery for cutting and preparing the wood.
According to a pamphlet issued by the Rosario Municipality
relating to a contract for street paving, the cost of laying the
pavement is 5*40 dollars (Os. 5^^.) per lineal metre for street curbing,
and 12*25 dollars (IZ. 1«. od.) per square metre for complete paving.

The blocks may be inspected by British firms at the Commercial
Intelligence Branch of the Board of Trade, 73, Basinghall
Street^ K.C.



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480. THE BOABD OF TEADE JOTTBKAL. [Dec. 5» 1907.



MEXICO.

The *' Diario Oficial " of 30th October notifies that a contract has

A 1 -D -M^ ^®®° entered into between El Ministerio de

? 1 ^ifti Fomento and Messrs. Fernando Soils Camara

Jfizp 01 on. and Ricardo Anteaga, conceding rights to the

latter for the exploitation of the guayule rubber plant* in the

nnoocupied Government lands in the States of Zacatecas and

Darango. The contract covers a period of ten years from the date

of its publication in the "Diario." On the expiration of the

contract the lands will revert to the Government.



ECUADOR.

H.M. Consul at Quito (Mr. L. S5derstr5m) has forwarded a copy

^ , . . . - and translation of a contract made between the

"moJi ^te." Government of Ecuador and the firm of

^'^ 0. Alexander & Company of Guayaquil for

colonising the eastern part of Ecuador, known as " El Oriente."

The Consul believes that a representative of the Company was, at

the time of writing (8th October), in Europe with the object of

disposing of the concession to some foreign capitalists. Under

present circumstances, the Consul remarks, all schemes of bringing

emigrants to Ecuador are liable to failure, as on the eastern side of

the Republic there are no roads, properly speaking ; in tibe rainy

season the rivers rise very high and the tracks are rendered almost

impassable ; besides this, the question of the boundary between

Ecuador and Peru remains unsettled.

By the sixth clause of the contract, the Company are bound to
construct a permanent railway, with the corresponding bridges and
causeways, from the inhabited centre chosen by agreement between
the Government engineers and those of the Company, up to the
limit of the lands ceded to the latter. The Company are further
obliged to establish telegraph lines along the* whole of the railway.

H.M. Consul adds that previous to the foregoing contract for
immigration and the colonisation of " El Oriente," the two follow-
ing contracts had already been made : —

1. With Baron Baudouin van Dedem, for the construction of a
railway from the Pacific coast in the province of Esmeraldas, to the
capital, to pass through the towns of Ibaiia and Otavalo (see
"Board of Trade Journal" of the 9th May, 1907, p. 257). This
contract was ratified by the National Assembly on 5th February,
1907, and authorised by the Executive on 14th February, 1907.

2. With Daniel Conde de Chamac6, for the constructiou of a
railway from the town of Ambato to " El Oriente " to the navig-

* Notices regarding the guayale rubber industry in Mexico appeared in the
** Board of Trade Journal " of 28th March last and in preyions issues.



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Misedlaneous.



able tributaries- of the Maranon or the Amazon. It is hardly
probable, says H.M. Consul, that this contract will ever be ratified.

H.M. Consul also refers to another contract — between the
Government of Ecuador and Mr. Abelardo Moncayo A. — on the
same lines as that with Messrs. Alexander & Company, which, he
says, seems to stand a good chance of becoming efiective.

CHINA.

The Acting Commissioner of Customs at Wuchow (Mr. S. M.
- ^ . Eussell) states in his annual report that ** Moxa,"

of *^ig^*^ fp ^ ^^^ woolly mass prepared from the young
OM om j^^gg Qf ^jjQ j^rtehTusia Chinensis, appeared for
the first time in the export returns of that port
in the year 1904, the quantity exported being 12 piculs, valued at
2,100 Hk. taels. In 1906 the export increased to 280 piculs,
valued at 49,000 Hk. taels. Its cultivation has only recently been
introduced at Tengyiin and Slinchow. It is much prized by the
Chinese for its medicinal qualities and is used externally in the
cure of colds and fever. As it is practically a new industry in
these districts and a new export through the Native Customs, it
will be interesting, says Mr. Russell, to watch its future develop-
ment.

The Acting Commissioner of Customs at Santuao (Mr. F. W. Carey),

T All Ti-ft^ f ^^ ^^^ report for 190G, states that the export of

^8 tn ^ *®* ^^' ^^^^ *^^* P^^^' ^® increasing. This oil,

which is expressed from the seeds of the tea

plant by a very crude process, is said to be excellent as a lubricant

for all kinds of machinery. Its price locally is from 10 dols. to

12 dols. a picul. The quantity of the oil exported in 1906 was

7,009 picials, against 6,385 piculs in the preceding year.

Picul = 133i lb.



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482



THE BOAED OF TBADE JOUBNAL.



[Dec. 6, 1907.



STATIST ICAL TABLES.

Ciotton Betornf.
Return of the Mumbeif of Balei of Cotton Imported and Xq^ortad at the
Yariooi Ports of the United Kingdom during the Week and 48 Weeks
ended 28th November, 1907 >-





Weekended

28th Nov.,

1907.


48 Weeks
ended

28th Nov.,
1907.


Weekended

28th Nov.,
1907.


48 Weeks

ended

28th Nov.,

1907.




iMPOBlfl.
(Bales.)


BXPOBTS.

(Bales.)


American

Brasilian

East Indian

Bjorptian

Miscellaneons


No.

87,757
673
174

20,593
*673


No.

8,128,122
192,929
200,159
481,688

1147,644


No.

6,633
100
202

2,400
339


No.
284,852

18,226

77,438
114,294

12,227


xocai ••■ ••• •••


109,770


4,150,412


9,674


457,037



* Including 153 bales British West African.



t



10,485



5,061 bales British West Indian.



Cora Prioes.
Statement showing the iTerage Price of British Conii per qoarter of
8 boshelf , Imperial Measure.* as received from the Inspectors and Offioere of
Excise in the week ended 30th November, 1907, and corresponding weeks of the
seven previous years pursuant to the Corn Returns Act, 1882.



Avemge PricOt




Week ended 30th MoYember, 1907

Corresponding week in^

1900

1901

1902

1908 ... ••• ••• ...

i9v4 ... ••. ... ,.,

19U5 ... ... ... .a.

19Ut> ... ... ... ...



«.


d.


«.


d.


34


7


27


6


26


10


25


11


27


1


26


7


25


1


24


4


26


8


23


9


30


4


24


6


28


8


24


6


26


1


24


1



«. d,

18 7



17
19
17
15
16



17 11
17 2



* Section 8 of the Ck>m Betums Act, 1882, provides that where returns of
purchases of British Com are made to the local inspector of Com Betums in any
other measure than the Imperial bushel or by weight or by a weighed measure that
officer shall convert such returns into the Imperial bushel, and in the case of weight
or weighed measure the conversion is to be made at the rate of sixty Imperial
pounds for every bushel of wheat, fifty Imperial pounds for every bas^e^ qf ^^^i^y*
and thirty-nine Imperial pounds for every bushel of oata.



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Dec. 6, 1907.]



THE BOAED OF TRADE 70UBNAL\



483



ImporU of Agriealtnnl Produce into the United Kingdom,
leooant ihowing the Quantities of certain kindi of l^eaitaval Produce
imported into the United Kingdom in the week ended 30th NoTember, 1907,
together with the quantities imported in the corresponding week of the
nreyioas year.







Weekended








80th Nov.,


img Week in






1907.


1906.


Animak, living :—








Oxen, bulla, cowb, and calves

Sheep and lambs


Number.


4,929


11,064


If


1,516


3.470


Swine




_


_


Horaes




144


193


FwdiMeat:-








Beef (including refrigerated and frozen) ...


Cwts.


90,894


85fi74


Mutton „ „ „ ...


M


76,087


18^25


Fork „ „ „


ft


14,900


11,710


Baited or preserved meat :—








Bacon


Cwts.


85,505


85^4


Beef


If


2,100


3,989


Hams


• M


15,190


17fi65


Pork


I


8,910


3fi04


Heat, uienamerated, fre>h

t> f salted


n


14,048
1.251


} 8,515


„ preserved othertrise than by salting
(tndading tinned and canned)


fi


9,948


5,975








Dairy prodaoe and substitntes :—








Butter


Cwts.


68,762


61J16


Hargarine





17,792


19,4il


Cheese


,)


42,3U2


55^74


Milk, fresh, in cans or drums


II







„ cream


**


119


71


„ condensed




18,454


15,^4


„ preserved, other kinds


Ort.tfundr.


459


150


BggB


418,461


367^36


Poultry


Value £


14,618


10,223


Game




8,922


2M7


Rabbits, dead (fresh and frozen)


Cvns.


10,546


7,543


Lard




33,860


38fiV9


Com, grain, meal, and flour :—








Wheat


Cwts,


1,083,100


lfil5,800


Wheat meal and flour


If


282,500


226,400


Barley


M


619,700


447,800


Oats


II


214,600


lOOfiOO


Peas


n


58,780


33^90


Beans


II


17,760


10,420




n


1,061,200


1,096,100


Fruit, raw :—








AppJes ...


Cwts.


169,089


160,280


Apncote and peaches ^


Bundles.


212





Bananas ..• ••• ...


112,347


140,583


Cherries !." ,['.


Cwts.


_


_


Currants




__


_


Gooseberries


•t


««


_


Grapes


M


17,069


6,a»


Lemons


M


10,952


17^48


Oranges


•I


255,572


168,101


Pears


M


6,036


5,070


Plums




59


..


Strawberries


**




^_


Unennmerated


•t


2'i852


852


Hsy


Tons.


1,991


2,371


Straw

Maie Liner


M


1,281
1,413


1,216
lJi70


Hops


Oiito.


6,283


13fi28


Locust Beans


M


48,613


22,000


Vegetables, raw :—


Bushels.


119,728


247080


PoUtoes "' ."* .'.'.' Z Z [,'.


Cwts.


202,805


35,725


Tomatoes




12,947


12,145


Unenumerated ... ^,


Valn'e £


8,927


S50S


V^eetables, dried

preserved by canning ... .^


C^ts.


9,084
8,918


9,SS9
4,464






uigiiiz


3aDyG00^



484t THE BOABD OF T&ABB JOUBNAIi. [Deo. 6, 1907.

GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS.

TRADE RETURNS OF THE UNITED EINaDOM.

The Monthly Accounts relating to the Trade and Navigation of
the United Kingdom for the month of October, 1907, have been
published. The accounts, which are issued on the 7th or 8th of
each month, may be purchased at a cost, in the present instance,
of Is, 3d. per copy, either directly or through any bookseller, from
Messrs. Wyman & Sons, Fetter Lane, E.G., and 32, Abingdon
Street, 8.W. ; or Messrs. Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh ; or Edward
Ponsonby, 116, Grafton Street, Dublin.

Attention is further called to the fact that the " Annual
Statement of the Trade of the United Kingdom with Foreign
Countries and British Possessions" for the year 1906, in two
volumes and a Supplement, may be purchased at a cost of 6«. 8d,
for the first volume, 3«. 4d. for the second volume, and Ss. 9d. for
the Supplement, at any of the addresses enumerated above. This
publication, which contains much more detailed and exhaustive
information than can be given in the Monthly Accounts, gives
Abstract Tables for the years 1902-1906, and detailed statements
of imports and exports of each article (from and to each country)
in the first volume, in the second volume details as to customd
revenue, transhipments, and articles in bond, and particulars of
the trade of the United Kingdom with each foreign country, and
in the Supplement, Abstract and detailed tables showing countries
of consignment of imports, and countries of ultimate destination
of exports.

BOARD OF TRADE LABOUR GAZETTE.

The " Board of Trade Labour Gazette "* is published by the
Board of Trade on the 16th of each month. The following are
among the more important articles which appear in the November
issue : — State of the Labour Market in 0;5tober ; Railway Dis-
pute, Terms of Settlement ; Mines and Quarries in 1906 ; Bules
of Conciliation Boards; Proceedings of Distress Committees in
1906-7 ; and Conciliation Cases.

COLOHIAL OFFICE REPORT.

A report from the following British Colony has been issued by
the Colonial Office since the last number of the ** Board of Trade
Journal," viz. : —

No. 549. Jamaica.

OTHER GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS.

Statistical Tables relating to British Colonies, Possessions artd
Protectorates. Part XXX. 1905. [Gd. 3,706.] Price 6s. ld.\

This return, which is prepared annually in the Commercial,
Labour and Statistical Department of the Board of Trade, contains
much statistical information in regard to British Colonies, Posses-

* It can be purchased through any newsagent, price \d^

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Government Publieatians.



,. Bion8 and Protectorates supplementary to the figures jpublished in
the *' Statistical Abstract for the Colonies.'* The present issue,
which relates to the year 1905, contains statistics of the population,
foreign trade, shipping, finances, agricultural, and other industries
of the various Colonies, &c. Among statements appearing for the
first time may be mentioned those respecting the value of imports
into the Australian Commonwealth, distinguishing countries of
origin, during 1905 ; agricultural and live stock statistics of the
Transvaal ; the value of Rhodesian imports, distinguishing routes
and countries of origin, in 1905, and of Rhodesian exports, dis-
tinguishing, 60 far as possible, destinations and articles, in 1905;
railway statistics of the Protectorate of Northern Nigeria for each
of the years 1904 and 1905; mineral production (tin and gold) of
the Federated Malay States ; shipping statistics of the Tonga or
Friendly Islands for 1905, &c., &c.

Coal Tables, 1900. 349. Piice Qd.

This is the thirteenth annual number of this return, which is
prepared in the Commercial, Labour, and Statistical Department
of the Board of Trade, showing the production and consumption of
coal in the principal countries of the world during each of the
years from 1885 to 1906, or to the most recent years for which
statistics are available. In addition to statistics of production and
consumption, particulars are given of the average value per ton at
the collieries, the number of persons employed in coal mining,
coal imports and exports, &c. Statistics of lignite production and
petroleum production in certain countries are also contained in the
return.

An article on the coal production and consumption of the prin-
cipal countries of the world, based on this return, appears at
pp. 450-2.

Ali&iiS Act, 1905. A ReUirn of Alien Passengers brought to the
United Kingdom fi'om Ports in Europe or within the Mediterranean
Sea during the three months ended 3i)th September, 1907 ; together
with the number of Expulsion Orders made duHng that period
requiring Aliens to leave the United Kingdom. [Od. 3,831].
Price l^d.

According to this return, the total number of alien passengers
landed in the United Kingdom during July, August, and
September from ports in Europe and the Mediterranean Sea, was
160,277. The number landed during the nine months ended the
30th September, 1907, was 387,155, as compared with 373,617
during the corresponding period of 1906. There were 83 expulsion
orders during the three months, as compared with 92 during the
corresponding period of 1906.



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OovemmerU PMua^iomi.

Board of Agricultv/re amd Fisheries. Agricultural Statisties, 1906.
Vol XLL Part TV. Colonial amd Foreign Statistics. With Index
to Vol. XLL [Cd. 3,832.] Price b^d.

This is the fourth, and final, part of Volume XLI. of the annual
Agricultural Statistics published by the Board of Agriculture and
Fisheries. It comprises particulars, in continuation of those given
for many years past, of Colonial, Indian and Foreign Agriculture,
and it also contains, for the first time, tables relating to the ofiScial
prices of agricultural commodities in certain conntries. Statistics
for Great Britain, Ireland and the United Kingdom respectively,
compiled as nearly as possible on the same plan as those given for
the Colonies and foreign countries, are also (for convenience of
comparison) included in this part of the report, although some of
them have already appeared in Part I., published in December last.

Banlcingy Eailway and Shipping Statistics, Lreland {June, 1907).
[Crf. 3,818.] Price 7 \d.

This is the half-yearly report on the banking, railway and
shipping statistics of Ireland, issued by the Department of Agri-
culture and Technical Instruction for Ireland, and deals with the
period January- June, 1907. The deposits and cash balances in
joint stock banks amounted on the 30th June, 1907, to 48,067,000t
(excluding 2,957,000Z. Government and other public accounts in
the Bank of Ireland), being the highest amount for June of which
there is record, and 2,225,000Z. in excess of that for June, 1906. The
estimated amount in the Post Office Savings Banks in Ireland on
the30th June, 1907, was 10,637,000i., as compared with 10,459,000/.
for the corresponding period of 1906. The receipts of Irish
railways during the first half of the year 1907, amounted to
1,929,240Z., an increase of o0,137/., or 27 per cent., as compared
with the receipts during the first half of 1900.



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THE COMMERCIAL INTELLIGENCE
BRANCH OF THE BOARD OF TRADE,

The Intelligence Branch of the Commercial Department of the
Board of Trade (No. 78, Baainghall Street, London, E.C.) is
intended to be a centre at which information on all subjects of
commercial interest shall be collected and focnssed in a form
convenient for reference, and at which, so fiur as the interests of
British trade permit, replies shall be given to enquiries by traders
on commercial matters. On application being made to it either
personally or by letter, the Branch supplies, so fiEur as is
possible, information with regard to the following subjects, viz. :
Commercial Statistics ; Matters relating to Foreign and Colonial
Tariffii and Customs Regulations ; lists of firms abroad engaged
in particular lines of business in difierent localities ; Foreign and
Colonial Contracts open to Tender. Sources of Supply, Prices,
&c., of Trade Products ; Forms of Certificates of Origin ;
Begulations concerning Commercial Travellers, &c., &c. There
is a Sample Boom at l£e offices of the Branch, where, in addition
to samples illustrative of reports of H.M. Consuls or of the
Correspondents or Special Commissioners of the Board of Trade,
specimens of special interest that may be received from India,
the Colonies, &c.,are exhibited from time to time. The Gk)vem-
ments of India, Canada, and Queensland, also the Oovemments
of the Transvaal and Orange River Colony, have established,
in proximity to the Commercial Intelligence Branch, at 73,
Basinghall Street, special offices for dealmg with trade matters
(see below).

The " Board of Trade Journal " is the principal medium through
which intelligence collected by the Commercial Intelligence
Branch, and intended for general information, is conveyed to the
public. The " Journal " is issued weekly at the price of 3d. All
applications respecting subscription, or the purchase of single
copies, should be addressed in London to Messrs. Wyman Sb Sons,
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