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THE CUSTOMERS AT OUR SHOP!

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THE CUSTOMERS AT OUR SHOP! A return has been issued by the Board of Trade of the declared value of British and Irish produce and manufactures exported from the United Kingdom during the past year. From this document the follow- ing list has been compiled, showing the order in which "the various communities of the world rank as our cus- tomers. Its chief feature is again the extraordinary growth of our Eastern trade :— In 1857 the value of our exports to Australia was exactly equal to those to India, namely, 11,600,0002. In the subse- quent two years the Indian total has increased 75 per cent., while our commerce with Australia, although better in 1859 than 1858, shows a decline. Within the same period, also, our dealings with China have doubled. Contrasted with the figures of 1858, the trade with our own possessions during the past year, which still constitutes more than 35 per cent. of the entire export operations of the United Kingdom, presents an increase in all instances save those of the West Indies, Singapore, the Channel Islands, Mauritius, the Ionian Islands, and British Honduras. The shipments to the United States, which experienced a serious check after the panic of 1857, have recovered to a point beyond their former scale, and are now more than 17 per cent. of our total exports foreign and colonial, and 27 per cent, of our foreign exports alone. Germany, although her trade with us has declined for the past three years, takes about half as much as the United States, and'then follow South America and Holland. France again presents a falling off sufficient to indicate a most unhealthy state of the commercial relations of the two countries. In 1857 Turkey stood before Russia; but last year their positions were transposed. Spain, Portugal, Naples, and the Papal States all figure on the unfavourable side. Sardinia, however, shows a good increase. Sweden and Norway have also carried on a large trade, while that with Belgium has been unsatisfactory. Finally, it is to be remarked that our trade with Euro- pean States is every year becoming of a mbre secondary character as compared with that which we have estab- lished among our colonial and American progeny. It is to those quarters that the magnificent augmentation exhibited in the present total over 1858, and which renders it of unprecedented amount, is entirely due, .The general increase is 13,831,671?., while to the colo. nies and the United States it was 14,022,424?.

A HINT TO VOLUNTEERS.

A SKETCH OF THE POPE IN PUBLIC…

A PERSECUTED PRIEST.

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PARLIAMENTARY SCRAPS.

A MYSTERY TO BE UNRAVELLED.

AN ODD PARLIAMENTARY SCENE.

A GOOD TIME COMING! '

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