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CUSTOMS ON THE GOLD COAST. It may be interesting to some of our readers to know that the following curious custom exists on the Gold Coast. When there is war going on, and the people have gone forth to fight, all the full grown women go about the streets shouting, singing, dancing, and prancing about. On the 25th November, while the Bentil and Intin companies were fighting on the plains vear the Salt Pond, vast numbers of the native females of Cape Coast paraded the respective quarters after the fashion we have described. The women of the Intin quarter mustered not less than 900, all between the ages of about eighteen and fifty five, very old and very young women not joining in the ceremonies. All these ladies were dressed in clothes of a white ground, and had likewise rubbed their bodies with some white preparation. The theory is, that while war is going on, no man stays in the town ! and, acting on this theory, the ladies rery often, by way of showing their contempt for the men that stay behind, take liberties and perform seats which at any other time would be considered indecent, but which in these moments are looked upon as a matter of course. The Bentil ladies also paraded their quarter of the town during the time the fighting was going on, but they were far fewer ip numbers than the Inting. It seems that on the day of the combat, Mr. SAMUEL Collins Brew, of Anamaboe, was near being shot. This gentleman was in the midst of the lines, endeavoring to reason with the people, when the firing commenced, and several shots came unpleasantly close to him. Luckily, however, he escaped without being hurt. Mr. Isaac ROBERTSON, a native merchant, of Cape Coast, also had a narrow escape while assisting the mayor in his efforts on the field.
MODERN SHIPBUILDING. At the recent launch of a packet ship of 1,150 tons, at East Boston, named Edward Everett, Mr. E., at a lunch they gave, among other remarks, thus compared our modern ships to those built forty or fifty years ago :
Young mer, sir, hardly know the progress which has been made in shipbuild. ivg, in this generation, in this part of the country, and, indeed, in every part where ships are built. The first voyage I made to Europe, was in 1815, in what was then considered a first class merchant ship, a Liverpool trader, belonging to one of the most enterprising Boston merchants. She was a ship of three hun. dred and fifty tons, and there were not many larger vessels at that time in our commercial marine. I will warrant she was advertised as a first rate burthensome vessel. A ship of six or seven hundred tons would have been thought a wonder, and talked of very much as the Great Eastern is at the present day. In fact, twelve hundred tons were thought a pretty good allowance for a ship of the line. Lord Nelson's famous Victory did not. I believe, exceed that size. Such was the standard of shipbuilding in my younger days. Three years ago I went up Lake Erie from Buffalo to Detroit, in a vessel of twenty-two hundred and filty tons, and I was told she was the smallest of three of which the line consisted. I believe, however, that magnitude is the least important particular in which our shipbuilding has improved. I presume that in skillful and tasteful modeling, choice of superior material of wood, metal and canvas, in thorough. ness of workmanship, and consequent speed, capacity, strength, and beauty, the the improvement has been still more signal. Two of the three vessels in which COLUMBUS made his first voyage were so small as to be without decks, pot bigger, I suppose, than a good sized whale boat. What would not have been the emotions of the Great Discoverer, could be have foreseen that in less than four centuries, vessels like that which you have seen launched to-day would be built in a remote corper of that new-found world.
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CONTENTS OF NO. II., VOL. XLIII.
merce and the Influence which the Proposed Suez Canal is likely to exercise upon its
development; and a Sketch of Recent Political Events in Abessinia and Madagascar.. 154 IIL BRAZIL: ITS TRADE AND FINANCES. No. II. Origin of the Errors of the Financiers of Brazil..........
167 IV. TIIE EFFECTS OF USURY ON PRICES AND WAGES. By Wm. Beown, of Cote des Neiges, Canada.....
178 V. COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL CITIES OF THE UNITED STATES. NO. LXXVI.
NEW ENGLAND TOWNS. Dover-Early Settlement-Fishing-Indian Trade-
Exeter-Settlement of --Annexation-Voters Killed by Indians - Originates
205 206 207
JOURNAL OF MERCANTILE LAW.
COMMERCIAL CHRONICLE AND REVIEW.
to the Atlantic-Contraction-Decreasod Quantity-Imports too Large-Cotton Crop - Har-
in the City Mint-Assay-Office-July Interests - Large Payments - New York-Boston - Manufacturing Dividends - Improved Trade-Demand for Cotton-Situation of Crops—Quantity Consumed -Value Exported.....
208-217 VOL. XLIII.NO. II.
JOURNAL OF BANKING, CURRENCY, AND FINANCE. Real and Personal Property in the city of New York.— Taxable Value of Alabama....... 218 New York City Banks, March, 1859 and 1860..
219 City Weekly Bank Returns- Banks of New York, Boston, Philadelpbia, New Orleans, Pitts
burg. St. Louis, Providence ... Bank of England Circulation.—Valuation of Georgia...... Valuation of the State of Texas
223 Banks of the State of Virginia.—The Revenue of Japan..
924 The State Bank of Iowa, May 7, 1860.- Debt of North Carolina..
005 Banks of the State of New York.- The Banks of Missouri..
226 Banks of New Jersey.- Finances of Austria..
227 Bank of the State of Indiana.-- United States Coins.
229 The Japanese Currency.....
929 STATISTICS OF TRADE AND COMMERCE. Virginia Flour Trade...
230 California to New York, via China...
232 British Trade with Russia...
234 Japanese Trade.....
235 British Imports and Exports...
236 JOURNAL OF INSURANCE. New Jersey Insurance Law...........
240 Goodwin Sands.- Margate Sand and North Foreland Lighthouse..
COMMERCIAL REGULATIONS. Canadian and American Tariffs......
249 POSTAL DE PARTMENT. Cuban Inland Mails..
243 The Telegraph and the Press.-Prepayments of Postage by Stamps...
JOURNAL OF MINING, MANUFACTURES, AND ART. Tin of Commerce..
245 Pegging Shoes by Steam.
246 Copper Mining in Cornwall.-Ferrum, or True Iron..
247 A Southern Shoe Factory.
248 Changes in Labor Value.-Tial Motive Power...
249 Lake Superior Mines.-Coal in England. - Mining Fortune.
22 RAILROAD, CANAL, AND STEAMBOAT STATISTICS. Connecticnt Railways.-Railways in India.... The Simplon to be l'unneled.- Michigan i entral Railroad.
233 Railroad Receipts for June.-Long Duck Tunnel, N. J....
234 St. Mary's Canal.-Ohio Canals.-Marine Engines...
255 The Florida Railway...
256 STATISTICS OF AGRICULTURE, &c. Agriculture in France..
257 Flax Cotton...
259 Agriculture in Georgia-Increase in the use of Fertilizers..
, Population of Georgia in 1859..
260 Emigration and Pauperism.... Statistics of Marriage... Population of Turkey...
MERCANTILE MISCELLANIES. Dimensions and Capacity of the Great Eastern.
265 Arctic Expedition....
266 Creditor vs. Debtor.-Recreation
267 Mercantile Vigilance.- A lost Bank Bill...
269 A Silk Establishment
269 A Bit of Paris Gossip.-" Vuelta A bajo" and “Vuelta Arriba.”—The first Large Ship.-Blankets 270
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