The Crown Colonies of Great Britain, an Inquiry Into Their Political Economy, Fiscal System and Trade

The Crown Colonies of Great Britain, an Inquiry Into Their Political Economy, Fiscal System and Trade

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... that people often prefer to purchase the article that is ready for immediate use, even if the quality be somewhat inferior to that which might be had by more trouble; but on the score of cheapness and health, it must often be better could the people obtain sound rice in the husk, which they can clean themselves by manual labour, to D rice cleaned in India and full of dust and weevils. In order to equalise the price of rice in the husk and clean rice to the people of Ceylon, the former, at all events, should enter the island free. It takes much labour to unhusk a bushel of rice. The salt-tax is not much felt by the bulk of the population, but it is said to act injuriously on the health of the people who inhabit remote places; it undoubtedly hinders agricultural improvement in well-known directions. The revenue for the seven years, 1867-73 (at 2S-the rupee), was 7,464,831; for the seven years, 1874-80, it was '9,792,138; for the three years, 1881-83, it was 3,585.434 (at 1s. 1od. the rupee). For the first seven years the duties of customs amounted to 25 per cent. of the revenue, for the subsequent seven years they amounted to over 20 per cent. of it, and for the three years, 1881-83, they were about 22 per cent. of it. Besides the ordinary revenues, there are local revenues for local purposes, amounting to about 200,000 a year. Municipal bodies are elected in Ceylon by a high and therefore limited franchise. There is an item of revenue which exists in this colony (and, indeed, in too many other of the Crown colonies) which compels every male between the ages of 18 and 55 to give six days' work a year on the roads, or pay 1 rupee 50 cents (2 rupees in Colombo). If, as with a conscription, every man physically capable more

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