dollarsa weight. The measures are the chupah, ganton, and coyan.
Sirdang.a The commerce carried on at this place resembles that of Delli, Balu China, and Langkat, though not to such an extent. The trade, however, is rapidly increasing. The Battas, from a place called Dolok, come down in large parties to trade, and the Alas people come across the mountains, bringing camphor, benjamin, gold, and c. which they barter for cloth and other useful articles. Very little opium is consumed by the Malayan population at Sirdang, but considerable quantities are imported to supply the Battas in the interior.
The prices of the principal staples are are follow, viz.
Pepper........20 dollars per behar or 100 gantons.
Bijan ................10 a a 100 a
Tobacco......10 a a picul.
White peas a a .. 8 a a 100 gantons.
It is difficult to form any correct estimate of the revenues of the rajah. The duties are very inconsiderable, viz. on
Pepper........ 1 dr. per 100 gantons.
Slaves........1 a each.
But it was in contemplation to charge duties at Kampong Besar, Dorian and Kallambir, on pepper, rice and salt.
Batu-Bara.a The productions of Batu-Bara are very trifling. Salt fish and silk cloths are the principal exports. Opium, about seventy chests of China raw silk, and a large quantity of salt, cloths of various descriptions, and manufactures similar to those previously detailed as imported into Balu China, form the imports. The Batu-Bara people, however, are the principal owners of the prahus, which bring the valuable produce of the other states to Pinang,