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PIRACY ON THE CANTON RIVER,

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PIRACY ON THE CANTON RIVER, The increase of piracy on the West River and the other waterways around Canton is referred to in the reports of several of the Commissioners of Customs for the past year. The Commissioner at Canton says that the pirates, as well as the general public, have profited by the wide extension of inland steam navigation. The advent of steam, launches has concentrated the operations of the pirates, while formerly they were more scattered and on a smaller scale. Formerly passengers travelled in smaller numbers and smaller boats, voyages were more un- certain in speed and duration,and the pirates were less sure of escape; now steam creates regularity, and the pirates can arrange their plans and fix on the time and place to wait for their victims. The launch towing a heavily-laden passenger boat on a route along which much money is sent is an easy capture, and itself affords the outlaws a swift and sure way of escape with their plunder. The evil has grown to such magnitude that lately the Viceroy organised a special system of dealing with it by dividing the river into sections patrolled by armed launches and guard-boats. The authorities were quickened by the apprehension that if they did not deal with the mis- chief others would but the Commissioner remarks that it is most difficult to cope with the pirates, and a much more vigorous Government than the Chinese would be put to an extreme test of its resources in the effort to put a stop to it." The Commissioner at Wu-chau, the new treaty port on the West River, mentions that on account of piracy great secrecy is observed in the shipment of treasure to and from the town,-so that the Customs authority find great difficulty in taking an account of it. A great deal is carried in small sums by passengers sometimes it is carried as freight, but in such case it is shipped in all sorts of unlikely ways, so that its presence on board may be known to as few persons as possible." The Commissioner at Sam-shui, lower down, reports that -steamers now have portholes, gangways, and hatches barred with iron and locked to prevent sur- prise, and latterly Sikh watchmen have been carried to search passengers and luggage for arms.

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