PROGRESS IN ABYSSINIA.
United States Consul-General writes from Marseilles, France, that there is an immediate call in Abyssinia for cast iron “water pipe, from fifteen to twenty centimetres (5.9 to 7.8 -inches) in diameter. The joints are to he united with screws, inasmuch as these pipes are intended to be deposited at a point where the current of a river to be crossed is exceedingly strong. The importance of the order will depend upon the price of the merchandise. As much as 3,300 feet of piping may be necessary, if the price is sufficiently attractive. The weight of each joint should not exceed 265 pounds. Mr. Mirzayantz’s correspondent adds: ‘What is the length and diameter of pipes that may he obtained ready at present time for delivery? If the dimensions which I have indicated do not exist, what would he the cost of executing a special order?’ Should this order be placed in the United States, payment will be made by Mr. Mirzayantz himself, who is a merchant of great responsibility. As this is the first opportunity ever presented to American machinery manufacturers to make tenders upon Abyssinian supplies (adds the consul-general), I am exceedingly anxious that the order shall not escape them. There are many reasons why it might be desirable to obtain this order. There is at the present time no power gristmill in the entire Ethiopian empire, and, if American machinery should happen to be the first to be introduced successfully, it is altogether probable that similar orders will be forthcoming in the future. The machinery and water pipes must be eventually laid down in Jebuti. Through freight rates from New York can probably be obtained from the lines having steamers from New York to Marseilles. whose agents can obtain quotations from the several companies connecting with Djibouti I am now in correspondence with the Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes in regard to offering through rates under a single bill of lading from New York to Djibouti. A tariff will doubtless be arranged ere long.”