Kendall Chronicle (Kendall, Mont.) 1902-190?, July 15, 1902, Image 5

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Kendall, Montana, July 15, 1902. 5. 4 . IRE STRUGGLE IN AFRICA Rebuilding of Old Towns and New Tows Starting. American Manufactures Stand High in Competition With Europe- an Products. Consul Marshal Halstead tends from Birmingham, June 4, 1902, the following extract from Die London Daily Mail: Tne proclamation of peace marks the . beginning of what will probably be the most remarkable trade struggle of mod- ern times. For nearly three years, the great export houses of Europe and Amer- ica have been preparing for this coming battle of commerce. South Africa, devastated, its farms in ruins, and many .of its cities almost wilderness, has to be reconstructed. In the interior of the new dominions, everything will he want- ed afresh—from tombstones to cradles and from bodkins to plows. In mining machinery alone, there will he an outlay within five years of prob- ably £30,000,000 ($145,91)0,000). On the rebuilt farms and in the new cities, fully 100,000 homes will have to be remade within a year. The £3,000,000 414,599,- 000) advanced by the British govern- ment, and the further sums to he loaned by it at low interest are only the begin- ning of expenditure in this direction. A large credit trade will spring up. Agri- coltural machinery in particular will be in keen demand. There is certain to be increase—in — light \ - railways throughout he Transvaal, making ago d institerldeYall road material Co1 all kinds. Where will these orders go? In the case of mining machinery, competition will be very keen. The De Beers oom- pang, a very important factor in the matter, favors America in some ways. Not long since it sent a special represen- tative to New York, who has been mak- ing large purchases there. The Alto' group, another important sect ion, favors Germany, representing, as thkv largely be, German interests. Much . of their business goes to the Grusonwerk. The Robinson group is generally regarded as inclined to give some orders to America. Then there comes a very important sec- tion, headed by the Messrs. Wernher, Belt & Co. and Farrars, which can best be described AP military British. German work is seriously to be reck- oned with in South Africa, but not so much PO in the most profitable fields as American. The Germans in the past have been noted for cheapness rather than quality, although the standard of their wares is steadily improving. The strength of the Americans in the mining field lies partly in the fact that many A merican mining engineors occupy high posts on the Rand. They, in more cases than one, turned losing into paying properties by their methods, and riot un- naturally they favor the products of their own nation. An examination of recent contracts shows the great extent to which Ameri- cans have already got a hold in South Africa. In mining drills, quite 75 per cent, of the drills used in South Africa are of American make, and onecompany in Easton, Pa., is making a first ship- ment of 200 tons this month to East Lon - don e . :..Two great breweries are now be- ing built in Johannesburg and Cape Town, with everthing but the brickwork from America. They cost together be- tween £200,000 and £300,000, ($273,000 and (1,450,000). In the l'aPe.of the Cape Town brewery, the plans were drawn in New York a New York ho* furnishes the necessary structural material, a Cin- monad firm the copper coolers, New York companies the cookers and coolers. a Milwaukee firm the filters, Chicago the brewing machinery, and so on down to terra cotta fireproofing and wire netting. Even tlw carpentering work is done by a Staten Island firm. In milling machinery this country may consider itself fortunate if it maintains its former proportions, and obtains or- ders for one-fourth of the total. In structural steel, for which there is likely to be a considerable field, America seems likely to win For railways, the greater part of the orders bid fair to go to Bel- gium and,the United States. 'The Cape government has strongly shown that for railway material it favors America. The impossibility of obtain- ing quick delivery from British firms largely accounts for this As a role, British houses ask bet wren three or four times as long for delivery as the Ameri- cans Jo. In the rapid development of a revived country, time is everything. Laet summer Sir Charles Elliot, com- missioner for the Cape railways, and the expert high in the confidence _91_,Urd, 'Milner, came north on a special mission of inquiry for his government. Various rut moms were abroad at the time of the commissioner's intentions of placing large orders for new material. His real work, however, was oot to place orders, but to find the best equilriped places for executing contracts. He went through the great works of England. continental Europe, and America, and it is no secret that lie went away highly impressed with the American equipment. This visit will bear important results within the next few months. A demand is certain to arise for a preference for British traders in these new British dominions. Such a prefer- ence already obtains in Natal,_where . it ma tinderstooTtIatsoverniiicent contracts are to be given only to British firma' and are, ins far as liossible, to he made of British raw material. . Up to quite recently, it was impossible to get any bulky imports op country, on account of the railways being required for military work. In consequence, large stocks of goods lay at the ports. Much ham been done to remedy this dar- ing the past few %% ceks: but the railways will be by no means free for ordinary merchandise for some time yet. Al- though a very large extension of trade is coming in South Africa, there will, for the next year, he mary checks 11 it, and there will be little opening in the new field except for firms with conside:able capital and stile to give long credits. England has had real advantages over America iii time past in the fight for South African trade in the better and cheaper shipping facilities from this country... These may not touch longer prevail. Steps are being taken to improve American direct shipping with South Africa, and the British combine, which has for some time had a virtual monoply of our main trade to the Cape, will soon have its field contested. A new steamer service to South Africa is almost on the eve of birth. Save Money AT THE New York Store Buy Your DRY GOODS, CLOTHING, HATS, SHOES, UNDERWEAR, NOTIONS, ETC. at the Cheapest Store in Lewistown, Mont. 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Kendall Chronicle (Kendall, Mont.), 15 July 1902, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.