Various reports on supplies
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This letter describes the Bamako garrison's millet requirements from July until mid-November when the local harvest began. The garrison consumed 2,800 kilgrams/day, which amounted to 347 tons overall. There were already 110 tons in warehouses and Captain Besançon expected to receive 3 tons/month from Siguiri (12 tons in all), 12 tons each from Kankan, Bougouni and Kourousso, 90 tons from Segou, and 50 more that were already enroute from Segou. That added up to 298, leaving them 49 tons short.
The military post at Sokolo was closed and all of its supplies, except that necessary for local civilian administration, were moved to Goumbou.
This letter protests a new regulation that priced supplies for the Soudan at the same level as supplies in Dakar. The merchant specifically mentioned wine prices, which would drop 1 franc/liter as a result of the new regulation, and said that it would be impossible for merchants to fulfill their contracts to supply government posts at those prices, especially in Niamey. (NOTE: Not stated, although clear from the tone of the letter, is that transportation costs make things more expensive in the Soudan than they are at Dakar.)
This letter refers to a request from the administrator at the Mines de Falémé for 30 tons of millet. Leméter is a merchant at Kati who wants permission to buy the millet in Bamako and ship it to them. Transport was to be provided by the Maison Antoine Massad, while M. Porte, Administrateur en Chef de Colonies, Commandant de Cercle de Bamako, had already given his permission.