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was the maximum value; and it rose gradually, until $9.50 was asked for ordinary qualities. The production in many provinces had reached the extreme limit; and a further increase, in the former at least, is impossible, as the work of cultivation occupies the whole of the male populationaan evidence surely that a suitable recompense will overcome any natural laziness of the natives.*
An examination of the following table will confirm the accuracy of these views:a
EXPORT OF ABAC (In Piculs).
North America, f Atlantic Ports A
1861 1864 1866 1868 1870 1871
198,954 226,258 96,000 125,540 131,180 143,498
158,610 249,106 280,000 294,728 327,728 285,112
6,600 901 16 2,648 5,531 9,426 1,134 5,194 1,932 302 a 14,200 200 21,244 3,646 15,900 244 11,434 1,202 882 22,500 640 6,716 2,992 2,294
273,260 493,352 406,682 460,558 488,570 463,752
Commercial Report Prussian Consular Report Belgian Consular Report English Consular Report Market Report, T. H. Sb Co.
Export of "Manila hemp.**
The consumption in the country is not contained in the above schedule, and is difficult to ascertain; but it must certainly be very considerable, as the natives throughout entire provinces are clothed in guinara, the weaving of which for the family requirements generally is done at home.
Sisal, also sisal-hemp, or, as it is sometimes known, Mexican grass, has for some years past been used in the trade in increasing quantities as a substitute for abac, which it somewhat resembles in appearance, though wanting that fine gloss which the latter possesses. It is somewhat weaker, and costs from A5 to A10 less per ton; it is only used for ships' rigging. The refuse from it has been found an extremely useful adjunct to the ma-
* Rapport Consulaire Belge, XIV., 68.
Large local consumption.