22 JULY 1905, Page 21

[Under this heading we notice such Books of Lisa weak

as have not been reserved fur review in other forms.] £8,000,000 for the current year. This seems to be amazingly little. The population, including Formosa, is estimated at about 51,000,000. The volume of trade shows a wonderful increase, the returns for 1902 just doubling those of 1895. Nor was this an exceptional growth. The trade of 1868 was doubled in 1878; that of 1878 in 1888 ; and that of 1888 doubled again in 1895.