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French descent; 130,000 of British descent); 13,907 were Malay, following table shows the numbers of the births, deaths, and 50,388 Hottentot, 229,680 Fingo, 608,456 Kaffir or Bechnana, and marriages in that year, and in 1898 and 1899 : 247,806 mixed and other. In 1900 it was roughly estimated that the colony, as then constituted, contained about half a million Births. white and a million and a half coloured inhabitants. The proMarriages. fessional, commercial, and industrial occupations employ a comYear. paratively small proportion of the people. In 1891 those of the Europeans. Others. Europeans. Others. white population engaged in such pursuits numbered respectively only 14,253, 17,922, and 31,177, whereas 77,118 were engaged in domestic employment, and 74,095 in agricultural employment, 24,919 6,660 31,432 14,763 7360 1895 while 155,333 were dependants, and the employment of 7089 was 34,031 6,936 37,864 15,340 8718 1898 indefinite or unspecified. The natives follow the domestic and 30,477 6,758 39,258 15,214 8535 1899 agricultural pursuits almost exclusively. The registration of births and deaths did not become compulsory till 1895. The