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STBANGE AND WONDERFUL. I

NEW YEAR HONOURS, j

GOLD -IN MADAGASCAR. I

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GOLD IN MADAGASCAR. I Reporting on the trade of Madagascar for 1S04, I Mr. Consul 'Sauzier states that the gold exported from the island last year was 3,UÜv adlcs, weight, I worth £ 307,718. In 1900 it was 16, and in 1903 £ 234,271. Mr. Sauzier soys that reefs have been found in different parts of Madagascar, but haw not been worked, as .proper maehdneiry and plant have not reached this island as yet. To show the increase in the pursuit of gold, it is interesting to give a few figures. Two thou- I sand two hundred and twenty prospecting per- mirt: have been examined and dissnied in 1804, as I against 1,133 in 1903--tha,t is, about double. One thousand nine hundred and three new pro- specting permite have beep, asked for, as against 553 in 1903. Up to December 31st, 1904, there were 1,099 prospecting permits held by 317 dif- ferent persons, of whom thero were twelve com- panies and 305 individuals, of whom 221 were French, sixty-four British subjects, nine Greeks, four Germans, -two Americans, one Austrian, one I Norwegian, one Dutch, one Swim-, and one from Luxembourg.

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