Items of Interest

According to the annual report of Governor Dole the total valuation of real and personal property in Hawaii, subject to ad valorem assessment in 1890, is $97,491,584. The receipts from taxes are estimated at $1,341,650. The commerce of Hawaii is shown for the period between January 1 and June 4, 1900, as follows: Imports, $10,683,516; exports, $14,404,496; customs revenues, $597,897. With a few exceptions the development of the natural resources of the islands has scarcely begun. The aggregate area of the public lands is approximately 1,772,713 acres, valued at $3,569,800.

The suspension of the exchange of bonds under the refunding law of last March was officially announced on November 21 by Secretary Gage, to take effect at the close of the calendar year. The refunding law permitted holders of the three per cent bonds, issued for the Spanish war, the old four per cents of 1907. and the five per cents maturing in 1904, to present them to the treasury for exchange into two per cent bonds, payable in gold.

Probably at no time since the Civil War have there been so few regular soldiers stationed in the United States as there are to-day. Of the one hundred thousand officers and men constituting the present army all but about seventeen thousand are serving abroad, mostly in the Philippines.

Recent Archaeological Discoveries
November 29, 1900

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