WE invite the attention of our readers to the advertisement, in another column, of vacancies in the Customs' Service of China. We are informed by Mr. Drew that since 1860 the Chinese government has intrusted the collection of its revenue from foreign trade to a department officered by foreigners. Its primary purpose is the collection of revenue; but its peculiar and intimate relations with Chinese officials give it special opportunities, and a powerful influence in promoting the development and progress of China in a great variety of ways. At the head of the organization is the Inspector-General, who resides in Peking, with a staff of secretaries, interpreters, and clerks; and a Commissioner of Customs, with his staff of assistants, is stationed at each of the fourteen ports of foreign trade. The salaries of employes range from 900 to 6,000 taels (3 taels = pound 1 sterling). To attain the higher grades in the service, a knowledge of the Chinese language, as well as other acquirements, is absolutely essential.
Mr. Drew graduated at Harvard in 1863, and was nominated by this University for the Chinese service in 1865. Two other Americans joined the service at the same time, - one a nominee of Union, and the other of Yale. More of our countrymen are now wanted; and if those selected prove intelligent and industrious, it may fairly be expected that in a few years they will hold excellent positions in China.