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    COLONIAL REPORTSANNUAL.

    No.249;

    GOLD COAST.

    A MUAL REPORT FOR1897.

    (For Reportfor 1896, w N o 220.)

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    COLONIAL REPORT*

    The following,among other, report* relating to Her Majeety%ColonialPossessions have been issued, and may be obtained for afewpence from the sources indicated on the titlepage ;

    ANNUAL.

    No. Colony. Year.

    216 Cocos-Keelingand Christmas Islands ... 1897

    217 FIJI . . . 1896218 Ceylon .. . ... ... . * *

    219 Lagos ... ... ... ...

    220 GoldCoast ... ... ...

    221 Labuan .. . . ...

    222223 British Guiana ...Rodrigues* *

    ...

    ... ...

    . . 1896-971896

    224 Basutoland H I ... 1896-97225 Jamaica ... . . . . ...

    226 Bechuanaland Protectorate ... ... ...

    227 Leeward Islands ... . . 1896228 Bermuda .. ... .. 1897229 Gambia ... i . . ... ... 230 Turks and Caicos Islands . *< ... ...

    231 Barbados ... .. ...

    232 Lagos H I ... .**... ... ...

    233 St. Vincent .. . ... ... . .234 Sierra Leone ... * * ...

    235 Falkland Islands ... ... ...236 Straits Settlements ... if248 Gibraltar ... ... ... 9)

    MISCELLANEOUS.

    No. Colony. Subject.

    1 Gold-Coast EconomicAgriculture.2 Zululand Forests.a Sierra Leone Geology and Botany.4 Canada ... Emigration.5 Bahamas ... Sisal Industry.6 HongKong Bubonic Plague.7 Newfoundland Mineral Resources.8 Western Pacific .. . Solomon Islands.

    9 Dominica ... Agriculture.10 Virgin Islands Conditionduring 1897.11 Grenada ... Agriculture in Carriacou.

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    COLONrALREPORTSANNUAL. 8

    No.249.

    G O L D C O A S T . a

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    r(For Report for 1896,teeNo.220.)

    GOVERNOR HODGSON to M R . CHAMB ERLAIN.

    Government House,

    Accra,

    July 2nd, 1898;SIR,

    I HAVE the honour to transmit to you a Report by

    Mr. Haddon Smith, Acting Colonial Secretary, upon the Blue

    Bookof the Gold Coast for the year 1897.

    I have, &c,

    F. M. HODGSON,

    Governor.

    R E P O R T ON T H E BL U E BOOK OF T H E

    GOLD COAST FOR 1897.

    REVENUE.

    1. The Colony is at present in the position of having noPublic Debt. On 31st December 1897 the amount of surplusfunds invested was valued at 30,000. No sales or investmentswere made during the year under review, the stock being thesame as that reported on 31st December 1896.

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    3 C O L O N I A L R E P O R T S A N N U A L .

    GOLD COAST, 2. The revenue collectedduring the year was 237,857 being1 8 9 7

    397 in excess of the previous year.

    3. The subjoinedstatementshows theyearsin which the revenueexceeded the expenditure, and the amountof such excesses.

    1890 ... ... 38,549 \

    1891 .. . 52,614

    1892 24,970

    v 1893 ' ... 22,848

    4. The followingtablegives a comparison o the revenue forthe last twoyearsclassified under the principal heads :

    Items of Revenue, 1896. 1897. Increase. Decrease.

    Wines,spirits,tobacco, guns,&c, (specific duties).

    162,849

    158,382

    4,467

    General merchandise (advalorem duty).

    42,126 42,606 480

    Liquor licences 6,596 8,002 1,416

    Stamps, (postal, telegraph,and revenue).

    11,448 11,899 451

    Other items 14,449 16,968 2,519

    Total revenue .. . 237,458 237,857

    *

    4,866 4,467

    EXPENDITURE.

    5. Theexpenditurefor the*year 1897 amounted to 406,369,being 124,091 in excess of the year 1896, and 85,200 in excessof the amountoriginally voted by theLegislature for the servicesof the year. The excess is, however, due to expenditure onaccount of the Ashanti Expedition of 1896 being brought intoaccount in 1897,amounting in all to 147,587.

    6. The deposits for which the Colony was liable amounted to155,470 asagainst26,865 on 31st December 1896. Thelargeincrease of 128,605 is principally owing to the sum of 97,768,which is due to the Imperial Government on account of theAshanti Expedition of 1896, having been placed during the yearto the credit of the War Office in the books of the Colony.

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    COLONIAL REPORTSANNUAL.

    7. Thefollowing tableshowsthe years in which the expenditure

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    6 COLONIAL REPORTSANNtJAt.

    Year.

    IMPORTS.

    EXPORTS. Total.Year.

    Payingduty. Admitted free.

    EXPORTS. Total.

    1891 464,188 201,593 684,304 1,350,086

    1892 422,026 175,068 665,064 1,262,1581893 475,346 243,006 722,106 1,440,460

    1894 518,163 170,303 850,343 1,538,809

    1895 563,290 231,691 877,803 1,672,784 V

    1896 552,968 225,041 792,111 1,570,120

    1897 562,418 221,770 857,793 1,641,981

    Notwithstanding the disturbed stateof the country as alluded

    to above,it will be seen from the above table that the value oftradein 1 8 9 7 has only been exceeded by thatof the trade in theyear 1895 .

    12. The principal articles oftrade are :

    Imports.Cotton, woollen and silk goods, spirits, hardware,rice,flour, provisions,tobacco, building materials, and wearing-apparel.

    Exports.Palm oil, palm kernels, rubber, gold dust, timber,

    and minbr industries,such as coffee, cocoa,monkey skins, andkolanuts.

    13. The following comparative tables shew that the greaterproportion of the trade is with the United Kingdom :

    Imports.

    Year.From

    the UnitedKingdom.

    FromBritish

    Colonies.

    FromForeign

    Countries.Totals.

    1892 407,038 9,925 180,132 597,095

    1893 524,037 8,719 185,597 718,353

    1894 504,255 12,068 172,143 688,466

    1895 539,718 81,897 173,366 794,981

    1896 569,828 282,520 179,661 778,009

    1897 526,411 60,787 196,990 784,188

    GOLD PPAST, 1 1 . The following table shows the state of the trade of theColony for the last seven years :

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    COtOtflAL REPORTSAlhfUAL. f t

    Year.To

    the UnitedKingdom.

    ToBritish

    Colonies.

    ToForeign

    Oountnes.Totals.

    1892 471,219 2,054 191,791 665,064

    1893 530,300 27,016 164,790 722,107

    1894 608,258 29,765 212,320 850,343

    1895 586,415 38,211 253,177 877,803

    1896 536,106 37,471 218,534 792,111

    1897 581,904 35,667 240,222 857,793

    14. The Customs receipts during the year at the principalportsof the Colonywere as follows :

    Port.

    7mports,exclusive of

    Spirits,Gunpowder,and Guns.

    Spirits.Gun-

    powder.Guns. Totals.

    Axim .. . ... ... 6,330 9,&44 233 108 16,615

    Cape Coast ... 18,819 21,717 1,926 440 42,902

    Saltpond ... 6,519 16,586 1,731 207 25,043

    Winneba ... 2,363 ' 13,688 258 53 16,362

    Accra ... ... . 14,436 27,969 1,428 214 44,047

    Adda ... .. . ... 3,483 8,524 57 67 12,131

    Quittah... . .. . ... 2,998 8,997 1,252 103 13,350

    Otherstations... ... 4,193 24,675 448 41 29,357

    Totals ... 59,141 132,100 7,333 1,233 199,807

    Exports. GOLD COAST,1 1897.

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    8 COLONIAL BfcPOfctSANNUAL.

    Imports.

    Value in Sterling

    Articles.Of importsindetail,excluding expenses.

    Total value,excluding expenses.

    I.Live animals, food, drink,and narcotics.

    II.Raw materials:

    193,029

    (a) Textile .. . (b) Metal .. . .. . .. . 2,911

    (c) Other 15,513' 18,424

    lit.Manufactured articles:' 18,424

    (a) Textile .. . . .. . 281,790

    (b) Metal ... 55,077

    (c) Other 140,456477,323477,323

    IV.Coin and bullion 95,412

    Total ... 784,188

    Exports.

    Articles.

    Value in Sterling

    Articles. Produce andManufacture

    of the Colony.

    Britishand Foreign

    and otherColonial

    Produce andManufacture.

    Totals.

    1.Live animals, food, drink, 17 1,016 1,033

    and narcotics.1,016 1,033

    II.Raw materials:

    (a) Textile .. . 464 464

    (6) Metal ... 84,867 14 84,881

    (c) Other ... .. . .. . 738,754 143 738,897

    Carried forward 823,638 1,637 825,275

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    GOLD COAST, 15. The following statement shows the general classification1 8 9 7

    ' of all imports and exports :

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    COLONIAL SfiPOfi tSANNUAL. 9-

    Value in Sterling.

    Articles. Produce andManufacture

    of the Colony.

    Britishand Foreignand otherColonial

    Produce andManufacture.

    Totals.

    Brought forward

    823,638

    1,637

    825,276

    [II.Manufactured articles

    (a) Textile 44 2,313 2,357

    (b) Metal 628 628

    (c) Other 47 5,556 5,603

    IV.Coin and bullion 23,922 23,922

    Total... ... 823,729 34,056 857,785

    16. The supply of the staple articles,palm kernels and palmoil,has not been satisfactory, but the export of rubber shows a

    considerable improvement.

    The following figures show the trade in the three importantexports for the last threeyears :

    Year.

    Palm Oil. Palm Kernels. Bubter.

    Year.