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TOBAGO.

66. Measures are now in progress for the conversion of the military hospital at Fort King George into a common gaol, and which when completed will enable me to dispense with the long-condemned gaol of Scarborough, other than as a police station and place for the temporary confinement of offenders taken into custody by the police.

General Remarks.

67. I have little to add to the foregoing observations on the principal topics adverted to in the Blue Book for the last year. The statistical tables and returns to which reference has been made sufficiently indicate the improved financial state of the colony, with an increased revenue under diminished taxation, advantages which have been gained without in any way impairing the efficiency of the public service, the parliamentary grants for ecclesiastical and educational purposes, as well as those for the repairs of the public highways and for the maintenance of the poor, having been all maintained or augmented, whilst liberal provision at the same time has been made by the legislature for the execution of public works long required.

68. The sanitary condition of the island has been good; the peace and general tranquillity of the colony has been undisturbed; cultivation and the manufacture of the staple product has been extended, under the encouraging prospect of an improved and remunerative market; and crime has diminished, under the beneficent influence of education and enlightenment.

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I have, &c. (Signed)

Expenditure, Colonial.

1,446

948

Assessed and other Taxes.

£ 4,014

4,760

4,465

6,081

Total.

£ 2,990

2,340

2,340

2,087

£

337

84

503

459

J. V. DRYSDALE, Lieut.-Governor.

Nil.

Expenditure, Great Britain.

£

1,803

4,049

7,869

5,490

Expenditure, Local and Parochial.

Total.

Other
Expenditure.

£

8,014

8,581

10,545

12,169

Total.

£

8,014

7,747

12,571
9,958

Remarks.

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No troops stationed in the island.

One stipendiary magistrate retired on a pension of 150, 8th June 1857.

This Expenditure includes the Salaries of the Lieut.-Governor, the Stipendiary Magistrates, and Deputy
Postmaster-General.

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TOBAGO.

1 & 2 Vict. o. 67.

31st Dec. 1857.
Convict prison,
Clause 12.
31st Dec. 1857.

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99

Increase
Decrease

From
British

Colonies.

Tons.

2,490

1,775

3,069

2,365

Misdemeanors.

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Number of convicts:
1st January 1857
31st Dec.

..

77

From
Foreign

Countries.

Prisoners in this gaol are chiefly,—

1. Persons convicted of minor offences.

2. Committed for trial.

3. Debtors.

Tons.

424

40

210

822

17

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Crimes and other Offences.

Other
Offences.

Committed for want of securities to keep the peace

Committed for trial at Queen's Bench
for debt

1

Total.

Tons.

5,827

4,822

7,093

6,153

Total.

144

117

86

64

1

Murder. Unnatural. Rape. Larceny. Cutting and

wounding.

This prison is in as cleanly and orderly a condition as circumstances admit of.
Of late there have been but few prisoners. At this date the numbers are,

Convicted of minor offences :--

To

Great

Britain.

72

Tons.

7

2,913

2,640

3,678

2,836

2

Increase.

Sub-Enclosure 1.

Tobago, 31st December 1857.

SIR,
In terms of the Imperial Act " for the better regulation of prisons in the West Indies," I have
the honour to report as to the Common Gaol at Scarborough and the "Tobago Convict Prison."
I.-Common Gaol at Scarborough.

5

In convictions for petty thefts I learn that the prisoner is occasionally transferred to the "Tobago convict prison," under the sanction, I presume, of the Lieutenant-Governor.

Decrease on the

12

1

To
British

Colonies.

year

II.-The Tobago Convict Prison.

This gaol is satisfactorily conducted. The following table exhibits the number of convicts and their offences as on 1st January and 31st December 1857 :

Crimes.

OUTWARDS.

Tons.

Total

17

Decrease.

2,490

2,183

1

2,753

2,114

1

1857

49

27

31

22

Conspiracy.

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To

Foreign

Countries.

Sheepstealing.

2

I have, &c.

(Signed) W. A. CHILD,

Tons.
424

48

210

409

Centesimal
Proportion.

2

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Tons.

Total

Debtors.

Inspector of Prisons.

122

5,827

4,871

6,641

5,359

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During the year (1857), therefore, there has been a considerable diminution in the number of convict prisoners (about 57 per cent.), which I chiefly attribute to the fact that those Barbadians who used to crowd our gaols have left or are leaving the colony.

There is also in this gaol a prisoner convicted of petty theft, and transferred from the common gaol.

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Sub-Enclosure 2.

Financial Report for 1857.

The Executive Committee have the honour to lay before the honourable the Legislative Houses the following reports:

1st. An account of the receipts and payments at the public treasury for the year 1857.

2d. Report of proceedings with reference to the loan from Her Majesty's Government to this island to 31st December 1857.

3d. Report on treasury bills.

4th. A statement of the presumed liabilities and assets of the colony, estimated to 31st March

1858.

From the first of these reports it will appear that there was on the 1st January 1857 a balance in the hands of the public treasurer of

That during the year there were received,-
for arrears of taxes for 1855

for arrears of taxes for 1856
receipts in 1857

making a total payment of

and leaving a balance in cash of

Making together a total of

14,033 17 1

and there still remained to be collected at 1st January 1858 about 2761. 2s., of which 1291. 9s. 10d., as
well as 497. 15s. of land and other taxes which were not expected, have been realized to date.
That out of the foregoing monies (14,033l. 17s. Id.) there were paid,-

for arrears due at 31st December 1856

£ S. d. 2,463 18 5 9,258 10 1

for the service of 1857

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together with about 2761. yet to collect for 1856 and 1857, to meet the remaining demands against the public for 1857, amounting to

and the other unextinguished liabilities of former years, amounting to

payable in nine annual instalments

and there remains

in cash

in warrants

at debit of charges account

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Committee Rooms, 5th March 1858.

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or together

exclusive of the monies borrowed by the public from the Loan Commissioners.

In looking at the sum of 12,8471. 13s. as being the apparent expenditure for 1857, it must be remembered that 2,2121. 8s. 03d. was spent in liquidation of treasury bills and interest, of which sum 6881. was only due and payable at 1st April 1858, and 6887. payable at 1st April 1859, but the anticipation of these payments saved the public 877. 17s. 5d. for interest thereon.

With reference to the second report, "the proceedings under the Loan Act," it will be observed that on 31st December last there was due to the Lords of Her Majesty's Treasury 10,000%, which is payable in ten annual instalments of 1,000%. each, with interest at 31. 5s. per centum per annum. The last instalment will fall due and become payable at 1st October 1867. L s. d. Of the 10,000%. so due to the Lords of the Treasury there is due by private borrowers 5,968 3 11 by the public

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99

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S. d.

1,864 2 0

53 5 7 2,618 5 0 9,498 4 6

11,722 8 6

2,311 8 61

1,125 4 5

623 14 3

1,748 18 81

1,367 16 1

making up the

10,000 0 0

The three last-mentioned items, amounting to 1,3677. 16s. 1d., is the difference between the monies borrowed from the Lords of the Treasury and those lent in the island; and as it is unnecessary that the warrants, 9977. 2s. 3d., should be immediately cashed, as the amount will not be required until 1867, it is considered advisable that they should be cancelled, and added at once to the debt due by the "public on loan account," and their amount gradually liquidated by distributing this account over the ten years, and raising the yearly proportion in the annual supplies.

The 3d report (on the treasury bills) shows, that in anticipation of the special revenues set apart by the Treasury Bills Act, the committee have taken out of the general revenue of the colony the sum of 5034. 9s. 11d. to liquidate treasury bills to 1st April 1859, thus saving the interest thereon.

The fourth statement (of presumed liabilities and assets estimated to 31st March 1858) is sufficiently explanatory of our monetary position, and the committee have to congratulate the honourable houses on the improved financial prospects of the colony as exhibited by these respective reports. All which they humbly submit.

(Signed)

- 8,632 3 11

JAMES HY. KEENS.

S. H. FREDERIC ABBOTT.
ANGUS MELVILL.

TOBAGO.

Sub-Enclosure 3.

RETURN, in a Tabular Form, for the last Year in which they can be made up, of the Gross Revenue under their different Heads, exhibiting the Cost of Collection, and any Deductions

made in their Progress to the Public Treasury.

GROSS REVENUE.

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Customs.

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Judicial Esta

blishment.

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59 5 2

s. d.

800 0 0

Tonnage,
Port,
and Harbour
Dues.

Ecclesiastical.

£

d. 8. 312 13 6

£ s. d.

948 10 2

Education.

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s. d.

459 4 9

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Military and Fortification.

Total

Nil.

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d.

7

- 3,102 11 6

- 6,774 2 1

1855 £ 8.

- 2,671 10

Nil.

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Actual payments to the 31st December 1857 Paid since (Warrants, 1857)

Expenses of the Legislature.

Land,
Casual and
Territorial.

Actual Expenditure for 1857

Nil.

£ s. d. £ s. d. L

8. d. £

s. d. £ s. d. £ s. d. £

s. d.

42 2 4 1,510 91 14 540 3 1 500 0 0 46 3 11 225 2 0 112 10 0

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Poor.

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Sub-Enclosure 4.

RETURN, in a Tabular Form, for the last Year in which they can be made up, of the Disbursements under their different Heads, showing the Authority under which such

Disbursements were made.

Hospitals, Lunatic Asylums, and other charitable Institutions.

d.

77

Nil.

2

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Immigrant
Tax.

Stationery.

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Interest.

Interest on Debts.

£ s. d.

£ s. d. Principal

212 0 0

2,076 0 0 Interest 136 8 0

Nil.

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Miscellaneous
Receipts.

(Signed)

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Gross

Amount of
Revenue.

Nil.

8.

£ 12,169 15

CHAS. A. BERKELEY, Treasurer.

d.

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Cost of
Collection.

Total Expendi

ture.

The above amount of 9,9587. 14s. 7d. includes, not only the actual payments in 1857 for that year, but also the amount of warrants drawn for that year, and not called for till subsequently to the 31st December 1857, viz., 7007. 4s. 5d.

ይ 8. d.
9,258 10 2
700 4 5
9,958 14 7

£ s. d. 520 5 2

TOBAGO.

£8, d. Appropriation Act, 1857. 278 3 79,958 14 7

CHAS. A. BERKELEY, Treasurer.

Authority.

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