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Shipments of corn during the year aggregated 45,557,999 bushels, as against 64,101,873 bushels shipped during the year 1901; 111,099,650 bushels during the year 1900; 116,552,096 bushels during 1899; 130,397,681 bushels during 1898; 97,456,807 bushels during 1897; 87,713,321 bushels during 1896; 59,964,265 bushels during 1895; 54,528,482 bushels during 1894; 78,919,781 bushels during 1893, and 66,104,220 bushels during 1892.

Of the quantity shipped from Chicago during the year, 30,610,064 bushels were taken via the Great Lakes, mostly to the port of Buffalo and from thence by Erie Canal for general distribution throughout the eastern states.

The receipts of oats during the year aggregated 78,879,800 bushels, as against 90,632,152 bushels received during the year 1901; 105,226,761 bushels during the year 1900; 110,775,732 bushels during 1899; 110,293,647 bushels during 1898; 118,086,662 busbels during 1897; 109,725,689 bushels during 1896; 79,890,792 bushels during 1895; 63, 144,885 bushels during 1894, and 84,289,886 bushels during 1893.

During the year 53,399 cars of oats were inspected; and of the receipts by lake and canal, 30,520 bushels were inspected. The larger part of the receipts inspected the grade of No. 3 White.

Of the total volume of receipts during the year 1902, the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway brought in a larger quantity than was delivered from any other railway, viz: 12,945,600 bushels; next came the Chicago & North-Western Railway with 12,352,745 bushels; next, the Illinois Central Railway, with 11,814,955 bushels; foliowing, was the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad with 10,872,200 bushels. A detailed statement of the quantity brought in by the various railway lines and also showing the receipts and shipments by months may be found on page 10 of this volume.

The shipments of oats during the year aggregated 58,030,291 bushels, as against 76,310,619 bushels shipped during the year 1901; 77,554,695 bushels during 1900; 85,982,204 bushels during 1899; 85,057,636 bushels during 1898; 104,666,956 bushels during 1897; 82,119,852 bushels during 1896; 66,839,956 bushels during 1895; 50,376,089 bushels during 1894, and 67,129,119 bushels during 1893.

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Of the total quantity shipped from Chicago during the year, the great eastern trunk lines carried 44,030,291 bushels. The quantity shipped via the Great Lakes was 10, 200,846 bushels.

Our receipts of barley for the year aggregated 14,923,173 bushels, as against 15,996,670 bushels received during the previous year; our shipments during the year aggregated 3,505,423 bushels, as against 3,583,753 bushels during the previous year.

At the beginning of the year there were in store in warehouses of Class A located in Chicago, 13,635,346 bushels, comprising wheat, corn, cats, rye and barley ; at the close of the year there were in store 10,770,587 bushels, as against 18,180,900 bushels at the beginning of 1901 and 13,926,834 bushels on December 28th of that year. A statement showing the stocks of grain in such warehouses each week of the year may be found on page 23 of this volume.

The week of the largest receipts of wheat and of flour in its wheat equivalent in this market during the last year, was that which ended August 9th, and aggregated 1,932,115 bushels ; and the week of the largest shipments during the year was that which ended on the 30th of August, and aggregated 1,743,145 bushels. The week of the largest receipts of corn in this market during the year, was that which ended on the 19th of July and aggregated 2,738,880 bushels; the week of the smallest receipts of corn for the year ended on the 12th day of April and aggregated 361,133 bushels. The week of the largest receipts of oats during the year was that which closed on the 13th day of September and aggregated 2,802,560 bushels ; and that of the smallest receipts was that which closed on the 8th of February, aggregating 531,739 bushels. The week of the largest receipts of the principal grains, and of flour in its wheat equivalent, was that which closed on the 20th of September and aggregated 6,729,997 bushels. During the last week of the year the receipts of wheat, corn, oats, rye and barley and of flour in its wheat equivalent, aggregated 5,397,545 bushels.

The week of the largest shipments of corn was that which closed on the 26th of July, when 2,058,118 bushels were shipped; the week of the smallest shipments of corn was that which closed on the 22d of February, and aggregated 158,700 bushels.

The week of the largest shipments of oats during the year was that which closed on the 17th of May, when 1,718,730 bushels

were shipped; that of the smallest shipments was the week which closed on the 22d of February, when 401,782 bushels were shipped.

The week of the largest shipments of the chief cereals, and of flour in its wheat equivalent, during the year, was that which closed on the 23d of August and aggregated 5,230,182 bushels; that of the smallest shipments was the week which closed on the 22d of February and aggregated 1,633,425 bushels.

The number of cars of grain inspected in Chicago under the administration of the State Grain Inspection Department amounted to 152,774 cars, as against 197,893 cars inspected during the year 1901; 278,089 cars during 1900; 291,989 cars during 1899, and 322,914 cars during 1898. Here again is observed the effect of the short corn crop of 1901. The quantity of grain inspected during the year under the statutes of the State, received in this city by lake and rail, aggregated 1,409,052 bushels. It is here proper to observe that a great deal of grain arriving in Chicago passes to eastern points without detention in Chicago and is not inspected in this city.

The receipts of flaxseed during the year aggregated 4,737,667 bushels, as against 4,584,735 bushels received during the year 1901; 4,896,513 bushels during the year 1900; 6,616,626 bushels during 1899; 5,481,173 bushels during 1898; 4,976,209 bushels during 1897; 10,299,525 bushels during 1896, and 8,525,237 bushels during the year 1895.

Diminution in the volume of our flaxseed trade in this market calls for special attention in view of ascertaining the cause of the falling off in the volume of business in this article.

Doubtless it is owing in large degree to the fact that the cul. tivation of flaxseed is steadily increasing in the more northerly western states and diminishing in the middle western states and that the more northern primary markets are those to which the larger part of the flaxseed cultivation is tributary; still it is thought that our receipts might be increased if the standards and system of inspection were more in conformity to the prevailing conditions and quality of the production.

The shipments of flaxseed during the year aggregated, 1,25+,780 bushels, as against 1,221,097 bushels shipped during the year 1901; 3,266,481 bushels during the year 1900; 3,093,843 bushels during the year 1899; 3,366,739 bushels during the year 1898; 2,859,493 bushels during the year 1897; 5,734,551 bushels during the year 1896; 4,726,818 bushels during the year 1895.

On page 90 of this volume may be seen a detailed statement showing the receipts and shipments of flaxseed by months; and also showing the names of routes by which received.

The receipts of grass seed during the year, including timothy, clover, hungarian, millet, etc., aggregated 71,093,567 pounds and shipments 58,174,216 pounds, as against 57,625,250 pounds received and 60,286,985 pounds shipped during the preceding year; 64,487,295 pounds received and 58,252,168 pounds shipped during the year 1900; 84, 225,909 pounds received and 76,097,526 pouuds shipped during the year 1899; 97,039,279 pounds received and 75,764,646 pounds shipped during 1898; 79,071,857 pounds received and 87,840,334 pounds shipped during 1897; 83,577, 243 pounds received and 92,212,310 pounds shipped during 1896, and 63,868,526 pounds received and 65,567,528 pounds shipped during 1895. During the year 20,441,867 pounds were brought in by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railway; next in order came the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway, followed by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway.

Upon pages 89 and 90 of this volume may be seen a detailed and classified statement of receipts and shipments, showing the routes by which received and shipped, and also showing the receipts and shipments by months during the year.

The receipts of lumber in this market during the year aggregated 2,069,385,000 feet and shipments 897,372,000 feet, as against 1,987,580,000 feet and S92,983,000 feet received and shipped during the preceding year; 1,596,746,000 feet received and 769,451,000 feet shipped during the year 1900; 1,692,581,000 feet received and 736,701,000 feet shipped during the year 1999; 1,556,647,000 feet received and 691,841,000 feet shipped during the year 1898; 1,406,580,000 feet received and 574,743,000 feet shipped during the year 1897; 1,286,643,000 feet received and 509,920,000 feet shipped during the year 1896; 1,638,130,000 feet received and 773,983,000 feet shipped during the year 1895, and 1,562,527,000 feet received and 632,039,000 feet shipped during the year 1894.

The number of shingles received during the year was 473,876,000 and the number shipped 469,357,000, as against 324,267,000 received and 289,396,000 shipped during the preceding year; 338,488,000 received and 244,27, 6000 shipped during the year 1900; 350,121,000 received and 236,920,000 shipped during the year 1899; 293,151,000 received and 267,920,000 shipped during the year 1898.

I refer you to page 98 of this volume, where may be found a full statement of receipts and shipinents of lumber and shingles; also a statement for a series of years showing stock on hand January 1 of each year, of lumber and timber, shingles, lath, pickets and cedar posts.

The receipts of cheese during the year aggregated 88,728,830 pounds and shipments 52,689,285 pounds, as against 116,360,043 pounds received and 56,953,342 pounds shipped during the year 1901; 115,383,740 pounds received and 47,160,035 shipped during the year 1900; 99.450,784 pounds received and 43,838,572 pounds shipped during 1899; 88,880,966 pounds received and 44,986,370 pounds shipped during the year 1898; 84,790,975 pounds received and 56,619,902 pounds shipped during the year 1897; 72,011,611 pounds received and 53,639,937 pounds shipped during the year 1896; 59,012,937 pounds received and 52,226,151 pounds shipped during the year 1895, and 53,622,983 pounds received and 56,062,563 pounds shipped during the year 1894.

On page 100 of this volume may be found a classified and detailed statement of receipts and shipments of cheese, sbowing the names of routes over which received, and also over which shipped; likewise showing monthly receipts and shipments for the year. Forty-one million nine hundred and forty-five thousand four hundred pounds of cheese were received via the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway, and 32,027,814 pounds via the Chicago & North-Western Railway, thus indicating the sections of the great Northwest where dairy interests are especially prominent.

The receipts of butter during the year aggregated 219,232,542 pounds and shipments 201,787,285 pounds, as against 253, 809,243 pounds received and 245,488,028 pounds shipped during the year 1901; 244,385,190 pounds received and 208,536,699 pounds shipped during the year 1900; 230,986,886 pounds received and 196,270,910 pounds shipped during the year 1899; 222,627,525 pounds received and 203,432,199 pounds shipped during the year 1898; 225,651,504 pounds received and 206,316,440 pounds shipped during the year 1897.

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