Items of Interest

The Philippine commission has completed its report and dispatched it to the public printer. The report is voluminous and will be divided into several volumes. One of the interesting features will be a splendid atlas of the Philippine archipelago, especially prepared for the commission by the Jesuits. The first volume will be brought out immediately. It is devoted to the political issues involved in the acquisition of the Philippines, followed by chapters on various subjects—government, currency, the Chinese question, naval requisites, etc. The Second volume is devoted to the resources of the island. Other volumes contain the great mass of testimony taken by the commission in pursuance of the President's instructions.

The sixteenth annual report of the United States Civil Service Commission shows that in the classified service there are seventy-five thousand positions, and in the unclassified one hundred and seven thousand positions. The salaries of the entire service amount to about $104,000,000 per annum. During the year 47,956 persons were examined for all branches of the service, and 35,682 passed. The total number of appointments made during the year was 9,056. Of the 17,073 employees in Washington 1,416 are over sixty years of age, 288 over seventy, and 40 over eighty.

Raphael and Luther: A Contrast
January 25, 1900

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