American Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events Volume 40

American Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events Volume 40

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: enlist in the colonial army, and the rate of pay is high enough to attract others, both Dutchmen and foreigners, in Euro re besides Europeans in the East Indies and alf-castes, who stand on an equal footing with Europeans. Among the total number of enlisted men in 1897 were 15,839 Europeans, 52 Africans, 3,934 Amboinese, and 21.332 natives. The number of horses was 1,478. In the native companies half the noncommissioned oflicers must be Europeans, and all the commissioned oflicers are who are in active service, commissions being 'ven to the native nobility only as honorary tit es. Each infantry battalion is composed of four companies. one or two of them European companies. The naval force is in art provided and maintained by the Netherlands overnment. The Indian navy contains 21 ships, manned by 1,450 Europeans and 750 natives; the auxiliary squadron from the Netherlands of 4 ships, manned by 1,000 Europeans and 200 natives. The soil is mostly Government property in Java, excepting in the western section, where Europeans and Chinese have acquired private estates. The private landowners as well as the Government can r uire the natives on their land to give one day's abor every week by the old law, but the Government in 1882 commuted the right on most of its lands into a tax of 1 guilder per annum. The laborers are bound, however, by strict labor laws, which are thorough enforced by the oflicials, both European an native. There were 4,899,924 acres under rice in 1897. 4.019.092 acres under corn, arachis, cotton, and various crops. 229,894 acres under sugar cane, 240.308 acres under tobacco, 51,707 acres under indigo; total cultivated area, 9,440,925 acres. During 1897 the Government leased for seventy-five years 845,171 acres of more

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