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may be seen a statement of monthly stocks of lard in Chicago for a series of years, and onpage 58 a statement of weekly shipments of lard from Chicago. "Seller the month” at the beginning of the year sold from $9.95 to $10.00 per 100 pounds, closing on the last day of January at from $9.25 to $9.273. Sales of lard for May delivery, at the beginning of the year, were made from $9.871 to $10.021, closing on the last day of January at from $9.374 to $9.40. During March prices improved and lard for May delivery sold from $9.277, during a short period of dullness in that month, to $9.87}, the higher figures prevailing during the latter part of March. The market during April acquired additional strength and sales were made as high as $10.20 for July delivery, and for seller the month” at $10.073. An increased demand visited the market in May, causing sales of July lard to reach $10.45. During the month of June the speculative trade was mostly in transactions for September delivery, sales on the last day of June for that delivery were made at from $10.574 to $10.65. Prices still further improved during the month of July; "seller the month” sold as high as $11.421 and sales for September delivery at $11.50. Prices during the month of August fell off; "seller the month" was quoted on the 30th at $10.40 to $10.45, and for October delivery at $9.471 to $9.70.

The trade in September showed some improvement in prices for "seller the month,” opening at about the same prices as prevailed during the latter part of August, but soon improved and closed at about $11.50 per 100 pounds. On the 30th sales for January delivery were made at from $8.271 to $8.85. Prices improved during the month of October and sales for December delivery were made from $8.90 to $10.05, closing at $9.80 to $9.85 on the last day of that month. There was no material change in prices during November and the trade was comparatively dull. Sales for January delivery made in December showed a slight improvement in prices over those ruling during the previous month.

The receipts of lard for the year aggregated 40,758,916 pounds and shipments 382,498,069 pounds, as against 71,504,703 pounds received and 483,379,116 pounds shipped during the year 1901. On page 42 may be found a statement of receipts and shipments, designating the transportation lines over which received and shipped, also showing the monthly receipts and shipments for the year.

The following statement shows the highest, lowest and closing prices realized for prime steam lard during the year; and also the highest and lowest prices obtained each month of the year 1901:

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March...
April.
May .....
June....
July........
August ......
September .......
October ...
November.
December .......

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... $10 00 $ 9 171 $9 25 @ 9 277

9 40 | 9 071 9 20 (a 9 224
9 75 | 9 127 9 70 (a 9 721

| 9 45 | 9 921a10 027

10 05 10 121a10 15
10 127 l...... 10 55
10 40 10 75 (@10 80

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11 60 10 35 11 40 @11 50
11 421

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8 70
8 97
10 25
9 977

9 60
10 15

8 60 8 47 9 371

RAILROADS. The history of railroads in this country is not simply remarkable, it is startling. The total railway mileage in the United States at the close of the calendar year 1901 was 198,787 miles, showing an increase over the mileage of the preceding year of 4,453 miles. The total miles in operation in 1864, at the close of the war, was 33,908 miles. The railway mileage of the country has more than doubled since 1880. The railway mileage of the Southwestern States was, in 1901, 39,242 miles, and of the Northwestern States, comprising Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakotas, Wyoming and Montana, designated as Group 7 in the classification of railway returns, 32,640 miles. The railway mileage of the New England States was 7,518 miles, and of the Middle Atlantic States 22,497 miles. The number of locomotive engines at the close of the year 1901 was 39,729, of passenger cars 27,144, of baggage, mail, etc., cars 8,667, and of freight cars 1,409,472. The locomotive works are behind in filling orders, and car works are unable to turn out freight cars fast enough to meet the demand. The capital stock of the railroads of this country amounts to $5,978,796, 249, and the funded debt $6,035,469,741. The total cost of construction per mile is $62,926.00 and the net traffic earnings amount to $520,294,727.00.

The number of miles of railroad in Europe, at the close of the

year 1900 as published by Archiv fur Eisenbahnwesen for May and June, 1902, was 176,174; in Asia, 37,469; in Africa, 12,498; in Australasia, 14,922; in North America, 223,447, and in South America, 26,449 miles. The total railway mileage of the world in 1900, as given by the same authority, was 490,959 miles.

Very Respectfully,
GEORGE F. STONE,

Secretary.

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS,

To the Members of the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago:

GENTLEMEN:—Your Directory herewith submits the following report for the fiscal year ended January 5, 1903.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE OF THE

CITY OF CHICAGO FOR THE FISCAL YEAR

ENDED JANUARY 5, INCLUSIVE, 1903.

20 00

RECEIPTS. From 1,796 Annual Assessments @ $50........

$ 89,800 00 From 175 transfers of Membership @ $25.......

4,375 00 From sales Visitors' tickets....

1,395 00 From sales Messengers' tickets....

2,225 00 From sales Clerks' tickets.... Less salary of Manager in charge of Clerks ...

840 00

980 00 From sales Messengers' badges.........

30 50 From sales old furniture ...

150 00 From table and drawer rentals.........

6,276 85 From rental and premiums on Telephones in Exchange Hall. 5,170 57 From rental of Telephone Room 20 ....

274 8+ From Quotation Department............

28,277 56 From Real Estate Department, for Rents, Janitor Service, and Electric Lights........

129,253 59 From Real Estate Department, for sales Steam Pump and Condensor ..........

... 1,505 00 From Real Estate Department, for sales old Metal, etc........ 366 12 From Board of Trade Clearing House...

8,138 22 From Subscriptions for National Live Stock Association...... 135 00

$278,653 25 Cash on hand January 7, 1902. ........

10,815 04

$289,468 29 EXPENDITURES. Interest and expenses on bonded indebtedness $1,240,000.00.... $ 49,581 32 Interest coupons, paid on 5% bonds, former issue...

5 00 Taxes on Real Estate 1901........

... 34,675 88

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Taxes on Personal Property 1901.........
Insurance on Glass, Real Estate Department................
Premiums on Casualty Insurance, Real Estate Department...
Construction account, New Elevator, Toilet Room, etc., Real
Estate Department........

..... .
Repairs to Building, Real Estate Department.....
Wages of Employes, Fuel, Water, Gas, etc., Real Estate

Department ......
Salaries of Secretary's Department.....
Salaries of Exchange Hall employes....
Salaries of Visitor's Room employes... ....
Salary, Henry S. Robbins, attorney..........
Other legal expenses .......... .............
Expenses account Revenue law..............
Expenses attendant on examination of Grain Elevators.
Expenses of Transportation Committee.....
Janitors salary, including scrubbing......
Soap, towels and supplies for lavatory and exchange hall.
Washing towels .....
Ice ............................................
Annual reports and rules............
Stationery, printing and postage...
Market Department-Cable service....

..............
Market Department - Ticker service........
Market Department-Quotations from Duluih, Minneapolis

and St Louis....
Market Department-Salaries of Blackboard Clerks..........
Statistical information from New York. Buffalo, Chicago

Custom House, Union Stock Yards and Illinois and
Michigan Canal...

.............. Telegraphing.............

......... National Board of Trade assessments and expenses.... Expenses of delegates to National Hay Dealers' Association,

Grain Dealers' Association, etc............
Balloting expenses...
Repairs aside from Real Estate Department.
Expenses, Flax Seed, Inspectors Office....
Furniture for Secretary's Office
Newspapers, circulars, books. ....
Special service..................
Insurance on furniture....
Telephone in Secretary's office. ...
Clock service Exchange Hall..
Uniform suits for employes...... ......
725 Messenger badges. ...
Expenses incident to Meetings of Directors and Committees.
Extra Stenographic work .......
Auditing books and vouchers 1901-1902 ..
Chicago Directories for Exchanges and Secretary's office......
Subscriptions to Firemens' and Policemens' Associations.....

2,932 02 3,630 06

1,643 50 1,237 05 213 80

689 59 240 00 210 55 1,832 04

35 52 108 61 7,874 73

76 00 175 00

48 00 109 00

72 50 200 10 100 55 115 00 48 10 50 00

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