nf PORTUGUESE ISLANDS. BRITISH FIRMS' DECISION. (Received 5.30 a.m.) LONDON, March IS. The firms of Cadbury Bros., J. S. Fry J mjSons Conplv. and Rountrce and Co., 1 Zxa manufacturers, have decided not to I \rarehase cocoa produced in the Portu--1 Lee islands of St. Thomas and Principe, [ on the ground that it is grown by vir- ; "oil slaves. • of Thomas is a small volca-nic island 'a tie Gulf of Guinea, its southern extremity almost touching the equator. It ,V 32 miles by 21. has an area of 360 sq. mills and a population of 20,000, of 1m 1000 are whites. Although it rises to 6000 ft high it is very unhealthy. Ttwas colonised in 1403 by the Portugese, and reverted to them after a Dutch ! Scupation from 1641 to 1544. A considerable quantity of cocoa is grown on the 'fcland, and coffee, pepper, maize, and Inices are also grown. Principe, or Xjuce's Island, is a smaller island to the north-east of St. Thomas.
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