Reports on Trade by the Foreign Commissioners at the Ports in China Open by Treaty to Foreign Trade 1865-1866 Volume 1

Reports on Trade by the Foreign Commissioners at the Ports in China Open by Treaty to Foreign Trade 1865-1866 Volume 1

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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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ... Cantonese, being bolder speculators, are the only natives who import opium into this fluctuating market; they do not, however, by law enjoy any monopoly. A further tax of 5 taels 94 mace per chest is levied on account of the " defence tax," in which sum is included the wharfage dues to the Municipal Councils of the Foreign Settlements, for which the Taoutai compounds by payment of a fixed sum. This defence tax was originated about seven years ago, and the proceeds were for some considerable time devoted to the support of the corps of disciplined native troops under foreign officers, which was raised during the Taeping rebellion; but although the number of men has beeu much reduced, the tax has not been abolished or even modified. As the pernicious drug proceeds inland various taxes are levied at the transit barrier stations through which it passes, the Treaties stipulating that it can be carried into the interior by Chinese only, and only as Chinese property, the foreign trader being forbidden to accompany it. There is, however, reason to believe that the duties and taxes paid upon opium in Kiaugsu are lower than those imposed by the Government in other provinces. The Imperial Edict which prohibits officials from indulging in the use of opium has not been rescinded, but has become a dead letter. The quantity which entered this port, as I have before stated, was, in--Piculs. c. 1866.......... 41,698 50 1865.......... 36,680 1 Showing an increase of...... 5,018 49 Equivalent to about 14,806 chests. The duties on opium paid into the Government Bank through the Office of Maritime Customs alone during the past year amounted to Haikwan 767,383 taels 4 mace 1 candarin; but I have no means of ascertaining the sum raised by more

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