Trade and Products.aForest Produce : Timber.
Timber.aThe enormous quantity of virgin forest in the country affords an unlimited supply of the best woods for every purpose. Very full accounts of the woods were published by the Timber Sub-Committee for the Colonial Exhibition, and also by Mr. A. Cook at the Government Printing Office, Sandakan ; the latter is subjoined in full.
The following report by Mr. A. Cook gives a fair idea of the timber resources of British North Borneo as at present known. He gives the prices at which native or Chinese labourers will bring timber squared and round alongside a vessel. The following are the figures at which a local timber merchant was ready to supply timber alongside vessels. The difference, of course, arises from the fact that the merchant has to allow for his profits, and c.
Price per ton of fifty cubic feet of British North Borneo woods, as supplied by the undersigned free alongside any vessel in Sandakan Bay.
Billian in roughly-hewn squares 20 0
Ballow ,, ,, ... 17 5o
Miraboo ,, ,, ... 17 50
Kumpass ,, ,, ... 15 0
Greeting ,, ,, ... 15 0
Russock ,, , A ... 15 0
Camphor ,, ,, ... 15 0
Serayah ,, ,, a ^ 12 5o
Kruen ,, , ... 12 5o
Gagil ,, ,, ... 12 5o
Billian sawn into squares, flitches and planks . 40 0
Ballow ,, ,, A A 35 0
Miraboo ,, ,, A A 35 0
Kumpass ,, ,, A A 35 0
Greeting ,, ,, A A 30 0
Russock ,, ,, 30 0
Camphor ,, ,, 30 0
Serayah ,, n A A A 18 0
Kruen ,, 18 0
Gagil ,, A 18 0
Penago sawn to the thickness only . 25 0
(Signed) James McLean, Sandakan, 4 Sandakan,
25th February, 1886. British North Borneo.25th February, 1886. British North Borneo.