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SWANSEA AND THE CANADIAN TRADE. Mr. W. L. Griffith, the Canadian agent for wares, m tne and highly pugges- tive lecture he delivered at the Library on Saturday evening, expressed, he opinion that Swansea could not be indifferent to thd enormous development which wn taking place in the food-producing capacity of Wes- tern Canada, and he hinted that the posses- sion of the anthracite deposits lying within close reach of Swansea was bound to be a factor in determining the part which the Bris- tol Channel ports were likely to play in re- ceiving and distributing Canadian produce. We desire to emphasise the point, thus casu- intrdouced by a responsible official of the Dominion Government, in utterances ad- visedly non-committal, in so far as inter-port competition is concerned. Swansea is the nearest practical port available on the main- land of the United Kingdom for receiving and kudling Canadian produce; it is, by reason of the fact that the only British coal likely to be acceptable to the Canadian consumer must find its outlet here, and that it is the natural outlet for Welsh tinplates, the Bristol Channel port most capable of furnishing the exports to Canada that the latter must have unless the eastword cargoes are to pay the freightage for the double voyage. Furthermore circumstances are working to magnify, in Oiner respects the importance of Swansea to Canada. Messrs. Brunner, Mond, and Co.'s works at Clydach are devoted to the treatment of nickel, a metal of which the Dominion has, so far, the monopoly. The promoters of the industry had special inducements offered them to select Caruiff for the venture, but the na- tural advantages of Clyda.ch, with its easy access to the sea. through Swansea were too great, and in the result they decided in favour of the latter. Messrs. Weaver and Co., who have convincingly proved by their commercial success, the suitableness of Swansea as a dis- tributing centre, obtain the bulk of their North American wheat, etc., from Canada, but through New York and other United States ports. Their business would be mater- iall enlarged if facilities were provided for the direct shipment of Canadian produce through Canadian ports to Swansea. Im- ports help exports, and vice versa.. The pos- sibilities of Canada are boundless. Manitoba, which, sixteen or seventeen years ago bought it- food supplies in the States, will, this year, send to Europe a hundred millions of bushels of wheat. And only five per cent. of its soil is, as yet, under cultivation. The selection of a terminal port for the fast ocean service about to be established between the Dominion and England has not yet been made, though some indications have been given that seem to favour Liverpool. In the Bristol Channel, Barry has hitherto appeared to fare best in the competition; the fact that the proprietors of its docks and railways and the colliery owners interested in "fostering an import trade are for all practical purposes the same people has given Barry a substantial advantage in the negotiations. But even it the larger object in view has passed beyond our reach—and that is by no means certain- there remains the fact that outside the traffic concentrated in the terminal port selected, there will be much to pick up, especially for Swansea, with its demand for cereals and various metallic ores which Canada can supply, a.nd with its exclusive supply of an- thracite and tinplates, as well as of bunker coal. It behoves the harbour authorities to be on the alert since great possibilities are onening out. more especially in respect of Canada, which is destined, sooner or later, to challenge in trade and commerce the su- premacy of the United States.

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