AN OCEAN OF BEER. GGrrHfiny iGsds ftll countriGS in tliG mnount of i)GGi brGWGcij morG thfl-u thrGG billion ^nllons n> yGO-r. JlhG UnitGd Kingdom stands sGcond, with noarly onG billion gallons,and tho UnitGd StatGS producGS thG third largGst amount, more than Gigbt hundrod million gallons. AftGr thGSG countriGS thG production drops off rapidly, for Austria, which comes next, produces less than half as much as the United States. But when we consider the population of the Scandinavian countries, and remember that they export little or none of their beer, the output of their breweries seems enormous. Outside of Europe and the United States the amount of beer made is comparatively small; but almost every country provides itself with some drink which produces the effect of beer. The United States Bureau of Statistics, making allowance for exports and imports, gives the annual per capita consumption of distilled spirits for 1893 as 1.51 gallons; of malt liquors as 16.08 gallons. The figures for 1890.were, of distilled spirils, 1.40 gallons; of malt liquors, 13.67 gallons. In 1880 the figures were, of distilled spirits, 1.27 gallons; of malt liquors, 8.26 gallons. These significant figures are as nearly accurate as is possible for a government bureau to obtain. A DELUGE OF DRINK.