170 Appendix.aReport o?i British North Borneo.
(especially since the introduction of Chinese gambier and pepper planters in 1875), as the following figures will show :a
Revenue 1875 .... $158,435
Here also the bulk of the revenue is derived from licences, the Chinese contributing directly and indirectly about $200,000 a year, or $10 per head in the population ; and their introduction into Sarawak resulted in doubling the revenue in ten years.
16. I have collected the foregoing facts as they prove beyond a doubt that by encouraging the immigration of the industrious Chinaman into a sparsely inhabited territory like British North Borneo, you may not only secure the development of the country, but a paying population who will in time provide a revenue so much in excess of the cost of government that the venture has every promise of becoming a profitable investment.
17. The Court of Directors and Governor Treacher being quite alive to the importance of attracting Chinese took immediate steps to secure this end, and Sir W. Medhurst was appointed a Special Commissioner for the purpose. In the absence of any discovery of a paying mineral, or of the influx of sufficient employers of labour, it was soon found that the supply of Chinese exceeded the demand, and the Chairman has fully explained at the half-yearly meetings the depression of trade which followed from French war operations and other disturbing causes, and the consequent up-hill batJe which the country has had to fight. Bearing these circumstances in mind, I am convinced that if any shareholder visited this country he would endorse Lord Brassey's opinion that the progress made during the past five years reflects great credit on the administration.
18. The revenue of the country is steadily increasing, as the following figures will show :a
From Revenue Proper. Land Sales.
When reviewing the growth of the revenue it must be borne in mind that the Company in trying to attract population and capital had to
i5458 2,863 12,034 10,000 86,000i5 458 2,863 12,034 10,000 86,000