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THE BRITISH EMPIRE: — UNITED KINGDOM

The quantities of iron and steel of various descriptions exported in four years were as follows : —

Description 1894 1895 1896 1897 Tons Tons Tons Tons Iron, pig and puddled. 830,985 866,568 1,060,165 1,201,104 ! Iron, bar, angle, &c. . 129,132 143,990 178,123 167,688 Railroad 425,242 457,552 747,662 782,045 Wire (not telegraph) , 44,675 42,220 56,110 51,472 Plates for tinning — 34,368 48,405 58,648 Tin plates . 353,928 366,120 266,963 271,230 Cast and wrought iron 265,883 288,864 366,230 374,982 Hoops and plates 296,735 307,132 365,165 345,947 Old iron 83,256 97,100 127,424 86,833 Steel unwrought 211,495 208,283 297,439 299,719 Steel and iron Total . 18,667 23,344 36,712 46,438 2,649,998 2,835,541 3,550,398 3,686,106

The following table shows the quantities of the leading unmanufactured metals and minerals imported, in tons : —

— 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 Tons Tons Tons Tons Tons Copper ore and regulus 199,608 161,650 191,024 178,134 171,186 Copper un- manufactured 43,945 60,296 45,761 65,359 64,360 Lead . 188,249 161,861 162,924 167,799 167,441 Tin 33,553 39,147 41,601 38,375 26,786 Zinc 56,926 52,897 62,525 76,635 69,884

IV. Textile Industry. The quantit}' of raw cotton imported into the United Kingdom has been as follows : —

In 1820 . . 152,000,000 lbs. In 1880 . . 1,628,664,576 lbs > � 1840 . . 592,000,000 ,, „ 1890 . . 1,793,495,200 ,, > ) 1850 . . 663,577,000 ,, ,, 1895 . . 1,757,042,672 „ J > 1860 . 1,390,939,000 ,, ,, 1896 . . 1,754,890,256 „ > � 1870 . 1,338,306,000 ,, „ 1897 . . 1,724,160,368 ,,

The subjoined table gives the total cotton imports, exports, and the home consumption in the last five years : —

Year Total Imports of Total Exports of Retained for Home Cotton Cotton Consumption Lbs. Lbs. Lbs. 1893 1,416,780,064 224,621,488 1,192,158,576 1894 1,788,116,512 239,894,704 1,548,221,808 1895 1,757,042,672 203,284,592 1,553,758,080 1896 1,754,890,256 183,823,808 1,571,066,448 1897 1,724,160,368 225,070,272 1,499,090,096