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FIELD AND FARM. i IIIIr

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I GfARDEff GOSSIP,I

I OUR SHORT STORY.

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ROYAL SMALL ARMS FACTORIES. A return has been issued as a Parliamentary Paper showing the number and cost of small arms, sword bayonets, and machine guns manu- factured in the Royal Small Arms Factories at Enfield and Birmingham and by the trade during the past ten years; also the number of men em- ployed in the two Government factories for the same period and their wages. The average number of men employed at the present time on the work specified is given as 2,335 at Enfield, which is the smallest total since 1898-99, and 563 at Birmingham, which is the lowest figure since 1899-1900. Last year the numbers em- ployed at Enfield were 2,724 and at Birmingham 697, the wages amounting to P,237,315 at En- field and £ 50,943 at Birmingham. In 1902-03 the numbers in every instance were considerably higher. The hands employed at Enfield amounted to 3,002 and the wages to IC272,657,, while at Birmingham the number of men en- gaged was 807 and the wage-s paid £ 69,528. In 1894-95 the total of men employed at Enfield was 1,901, which is less than in the present year, but at Birmingham the number was larger, being 606 as against 563 now. The administrative and clerical staff at Enfield amounted in 1904 to 124 as compared with 125 in 1903 and 83 in 1895. The artisans and labourers at the same place num- bered 2,192 in 1904 as against 2,354 in 1903 and 1,467 in 1895. At Birmingham the administra- tive and clerical staff last year amounted to 32 men, and in the previous year to 31, which is the same number as in 1895. There were in 1904 472 artisans and labourers at work at Birming- ham as against 517 in 1903 and 352 in 1895. The average rate of,wages paid to the various classes of workmen at both factories ranges from £1 3s. £ 1 2s. at. Birmingham.) for unskilled labourers, to £ 2 5s. for section hands, these last being em- ployed at Enfield only. In the machine gun de- partment the number of hands employed at the present time is 92, as against 145 last year, this being the lowest number since 1891-92. The number of rifles manufactured at Enfield in 1903-04 was 14,805, at an average price of t2 13s. 7d., and 963 short rifles at a cost of £ 4 lls. 4M. each. The output of ordinary rifles at Sparkbrook in the same period was 8,740 at an average cost of £ 2 14s. 7d.

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I BRITISH CLERKS IN DEMAND.

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