Notwithstanding tho apparent dullness in trade, affeeting partioularly the salt and lumber niarket, the report of the State Salt Inspector shows a large increase in the amount of salt manufactured over last year, which faet in itself is on encouragiug showing for the business, more particularly taken in connection with the fact that the shipments have been fairly active. Tlie following table shows theimount inspected froin December 1, the beginning of the season, to May, and the amount inspected during the ïnonth of May, 1874: To May lst May. fine - - - 188,170 98,787 Packers ... 4,200 2,038 Solar - 827 Second quality - - 3,071 2,022 Total - - - 19.5,868 294,715 The amount inspeeted in May last year was 41,833 against, 29,980, during May in 1872. The amount of salt inspected during this season to June I, as compared with last year, is as foilovvs : 1X73. 1873 Fine - - - 173,241 2cS 1,907 Tackers - - - 2,657 6,238 Solar - - - 8.9.H 827 Second quality - - 5,51)7 5,69;j Total - . . 198,415 294,715 From thisit will be seen that the amount inspected to June lst is in excess of last year 104,300 barrels, while the amount inspected last year during the sarue time was larger than the auiount iuspected during a corresponding period at any time since salt manufacture has been in progress in Michigan. A portion of this may be attributed to an increase in the territory, but the bulk of the increase is on the Saginaw Eiver. The deniand for Michigan salt continúes good at prices ranging from f 1 30 to $1 35 per barrel, and the amount of salt on hand is not large considering the excess iu manufacture.