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FRANCE : — ALGERIA

The special trade of Algeria with various countries in 1897 was : —

Ijnports from

Francs 216,175,322 473,991 5,190,809 4,759,370 1,086,737 1,945,094

Exports to

Francs

237,940,130

4,030,951

12,893.152

1,872,538

8,080,454

901,720

Imports from

Francs

0,192,554 3,822,763 7,692,518 3,438,966 5,504,627 926,220

Exports to

1

France

Belgium

Great Britain .

Spain .

Italy .

Austria

1

1

Russia Tunis . Morocco j United States . Brazil Germany ,

Francs

1,927,580

3,064,029

193,558

764,451

2,584,007

The principal imports in 1897 were: animals, 8,296,010 francs; animal products, 3,462,415 francs; colonial produce 8,716,437 francs; timber, 4,417,377 francs; tissues, 1,242,145 francs; clocks, trinkets, &c., 1,730,264 francs. The chief exports were: flour, &c., 957,964 francs; colonial pro- duce, 4,903,766 francs; metals, 5,288,918 francs. The subjoined statement shows the commerce of Algeria with Great Britain and Ireland in each of the last five years.

1893

1894

1895

1896

1897

Imports into United King- dom from Algeria

Exports of British produce to Algeria .

£ 477,854 225,444

£ 636,372 310,662

£ 549,362 264,905

£ 531,523

257,501

£ 671,014 \ 273,304 :

The most important articles of im])ort into Great Britain in 1897 were : esparto and other fibres, for making paper, of the value of 307,332Z. ; iron ore, 164, 880^.; cork, 24,533^. ; phosphates, 111,852/.; hay, 20,469/. ; skins, 23,769/. The British exports to Algeria consist principally of cotton fabrics of the value of 12,947/. ; coal, 221,328/. ; and machinery, 18,147/., in 1897.

Shipping and Communications.

In 1897, 1,729 vessels of 923,341 tons, entered Algerian ]iorts from abroad, and 1,755, of 928,907 tons, cleared; of the vessels entered, 357 of' 148,014 tons, belonged to France. In the coasting trade 8,976 vessels of 1,437,449 tons entered, and the same cleared. On January 1^^1898, the mercantile marine of Algiers consisted of 650 sailing vessels of 6,977 tons, and 59 steamers of 7,750 tons.

Ahners is now the most important coaling station in the Mediterranean.

IiA898 there were 1,815 miles of national roads in Algeria.

In 1897 there were 2,156 English miles of railway open for traffic ; of this 325 miles was on Tunisian territory.

The postal and telegraph revenue for 1896 was 4,512,746 francs, ami the expenditure 5,335,666 fi-ancs. There were 517 post offices. Other postal statistics are included in those of France.

The telegraph of Algeria consisted in 1896 of 5,025 miles of line and 12,280 miles of wire, with 436 olhces. Messages (1896), 1,674,092, of which 1,550,346 Avere internal, 49,634 international, and 74,112 official.

British Consul- General for yilyeria.—Ciii^tsim F. Hay Newton.

Vice-Consul at Algiers. — F. E. Drummond Hay.

Vice-Consuls at Arzeu, Bone, Oran, and Philippeville.