CENTURY IMPRESSIONS OF BURMA.
importers, exporters, general merchantsa and managing agents for the Para Rubber Company, Ltd., and the Mount Pima Mining Company, Ltd.
The Para Rubber Company was formed in
1906, with a capital of Rs. 400,000. A lease of the estate, which is situated on Kingas Island, 12 miles from Mergui, has been granted by the Government for thirty years, and free from taxes for twelve years. The lease is renewable for a further period of twenty years. The land is 1,500 acres in extent, and is fully planted with trees, 20 feet by 20 feet apart. Two hundred acres were planted in 1907, and the remainder by 1909.
The Mount Pima Mining Company, Ltd., was floated in 1908, to extract lead and silver from a concession measuring 10 square miles
London, for the Central Fire Insurance Company, Ltd., and for Messrs. Fraser and Chalmers, mining engineers, London.
The business was established in London and Rangoon in 1892 by Messrs. J. A. Begbie and T. Begbie, both of whom have since died. A year later a branch was opened in Bombay. The present partners are Messrs. A., R. Finlay, D. K. Love, and P. J. Arnot. Mr. Finlay is in charge of the Rangoon office, 61, Merchant Street ; Mr. Love is at the London office, and Mr. Arnot is at Bombay.
J. AND F. GRAHAM e CO.
In addition to their business as shipping and insurance agents, Messrs. }. and F. Graham. e Co., of Grahamas Buildings, Strand Road,
Bombay, Calcutta, and Karachi long before the Rangoon branch was opened in 1898. The managers in Rangoon, Mr. Harold E. Smith and Mr. C. T. Graham, are partners in the business. Mr. Smith went to Calcutta in 1898 for Messrs. Graham e Co., and became manager of their Rangoon branch in the following year. He acquired an interest in the business in 1907. Mr. C. T. Graham became a partner in 1903, when he left Calcutta, after a residence of two years in that city, to come to Rangoon. The home partners in the firm are the Hon. Sir J. H. N. Graham, Bart., Messrs. James N. Graham, A. J. Hunter, J. B. Paterson, Sir F. Forbes Adam, Kt., C.I.E., J. F. N. Graham, J. D. Graham, A. McMillan, A. Cooper, and J. M. Dick. The corresponding firms for the com-
1. Mayer A. Sofaer, Rangoon.
2. Rowland Ady, Rangoon.
3. Domenico De Moro (D. Dominic e Co.),
4. J. D. Stewart (J. D. Stewart e Co.), Moulmein.
5. W. Farrell (Harman e Co.), Rangoon.
6. K. Solomon (Managing Partner, Solomon e Co.),
7. C. A. Petley, Toungoo.
situated at Poungdaw village in the Yamethen district. The mines are connected with the Burma Railways at Pyawbwe, 16 miles away, by means of a light railway, the property of the company. A crushing factory has been opened at Pyawbwe, in which from 100 to 125 tons of ore are treated daily. The smelting is done in England at present, but it is intended eventually to erect a smelting plant at the works. The nominal capital of the company is 20 lakhs of rupees, of which
11 lakhs in shares of Rs. 10 each have been fully paid up.
Messrs. J. A. Begbie e Co. are also agents for the Marine Insurance Company, Ltd.,
8. R. H. Wakefield (Whiteaway, Laidlaw e Co.),
9. J. Meikle (Junior Partner, Stork e Co.),
10. H. T. Gayton (Manager, China Mutual Life
Insurance Company), Rangoon.
11. W. C. Wickersham (Resident Manager,
Shanghai Life Insurance Company), Rangoon.
12. T. Fowle, Rangoon.
have an extensive connection as general import merchants, and export rice and other native produce. Their agencies include those for the Hansa, Indian, and African, and American and Indian lines of steamers, and for the Norwich Union Life Insurance Company, the Norwich and London Accident Insurance Association, and the British American Fire Insurance Company. They act, also, as the Rangoon agents for the Shell Transport and Trading Company, the Asiatic Petroleum Company, and for Messrs. F. W. Heigers e Co., of Calcutta.
The head offices of the firm are in Glasgow, and branches had been established in
13. E. T. LOW' (Managing Director, Crisp e Co.),
14. B. Standen (Manager, Oriental Telephone and
Electric Company, Limited), Rangoon.
15. H. M. Spencer (Manager, Reuter's Telegram
Company, Limited), Rangoon.
16. G. S. Clark (British Plumbing and Sanitary
Engineering Company), Rangoon.
17. S. C. Johannes, Rangoon.
pany are Messrs. W. and F. Graham e Co., of Glasgow and Manchester ; Messrs. W. and R. Graham e Co., Liverpool ; Messrs. Grahams e Co., London ; Messrs. William Graham (Jun.) e Co., Lisbon ; Messrs. W. and J. Graham e Co., Oporto ; Messrs. W. and A. Graham e Co., Bombay; Messrs. Graham e Co., Calcutta ; and Messrs. Donald Graham e Co., Karachi. In addition to their European staffs, the firm employ a large number of natives.
MOWER e CO.
The firm of Messrs. Mower e Co. have many interests in Burma, for in addition toThe firm of Messrs. Mower e Co. have many interests in Burma, for in addition to