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476 COLOMBIA

or 5 fr. ; fineness '835. At Panama and Colon, where paper has not yet been introduced, the sol or Peruvian dollar is the legal tender.

Coined money : —

Nickel. — 2|-cent, 5 -cent, common in every-day use.

Silver. — The ^eso, 10-, 20-, 50-, and 80-cent. pieces, ^-real, 1 real, 2 real, not coined at present.

All the foreign coins have long since disappeared, and any that arrive are bought up at the ports at a high premium.

The metric system was introduced into the Republic in 1857. In custom- house business the kilogramme, equal to 2, 204 avoirdupois pounds, is the standard. In ordinary commerce the arroba, of 25 Colombian pounds, or 124 kilos ; the quintal, of 100 Colombian pounds, or 50 kilos ; and the carga, of 250 Colombian pounds, or 125 kilos, are generally used. The Colombian libra is equal to 1*102 pound avoirdupois. The Colombian vara, or 80 cm., is the measure of length used for retailing purposes, but in liquid measure the French litre is the legal standard.

Diplomatic and Commercial Representatives.

1. Of Colombia in Great Britain.

Envoy and Minister. — J. M. Hurtado. Secretary of Legation. — M. de Santa Maria. Consul- General. — Gonzalo Ramon Ruiz.

2. Of Great Britain in Colombia.

Minister and Consul-General. — George Earle Welby. Appointed Novem- ber, 23, 1898.

Consul at Panama. — Claude C. Mallet.

Vice-Consuls at Bogota, Honda, Medellin, Barranquilla, Carthagena, Colon, and Santa Martha.

Statistical and other Books of Reference concerning Colombia

1. Official Publications.

Colombia Bulletin No. 33 of the Bureau of the American Republics. 8. Washington, 1892. Special bulletins of October and November 1S93 contain reports on coffee and coal in Colombia.

Circulaire du Ministre des Affaires Etrangeres sur les mines d'or et d'argeut de la Repub- lique de Colonibie. Bogota, 1886.

Descripcion historica, geographica y jiolitica de la Republica de Colombia. Bogota, 1887.

Constitution of the Republic of Colombia (August 7, 1886). Bogota.

Diario Official. Bogota, 1898.

Foreign Office Reports, Annual Series and Miscellaneous Series. London.

Informe del Ministro de Fomento — del Ministro de Guerra ; del Ministro de Instruccion Publica ; Ministro de Relacunes Exteriores ; Ministro de Gobierno ; Ministro del Tesoro ; Ministro de Justicia ; Ministro de Hacienda. Bogota, 1898.

Report of the Minister of the Treasury submitted to Congress, 1896. Bogota, 1896.

Annual Statement of the Trade of the United Kingdom with Foreign Countries and British Possessions. Imp. 4. London.

2. Non-Official Publications.

Bates (H. W.), Central and South America. New edition. London, 1882. Borda (J. J.), Compendio de Historia de Colombia. Bogota, 1890.

Bruycker (P. de), Les mines d'or et d'argent de la Colombia. Extrait du Bull, de la See. R. de la Geographie d'Anvers. Antwerp, 1888.

Cadena (P. J.), Anales diploraaticos de Colombia. Bogota, 1878.

Efguerra, Diccionano gcograflco de los Estados Unidos dc Colombia. Bogota, 1879.