Items of Interest

Charles E. Macrum, former United States consul at Pretoria, who gave up his post recently and returned to this country, has issued a brief statement to the public to the effect that he sought leave of absence to come home in order to lay before the Secretary of State certain matters which could only be satisfactorily explained in person, and that he was superseded before reaching Washington. He complains that the British censors opened his official mail and held up his cable messages, and insinuates that a secret alliance exists between the United States and Great Britain. A resolution has been introduced in Congress calling for an investigation of the charges.

Public opinion seems to be turning in favor of the new treaty between the United States and Great Britain relative to the construction of a ship canal through Central America, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Some of the opponents of the treaty in its present form have abandoned their opposition, and it seems possible that it may be ratified without amendment. The European and South American nations are well pleased with the provisions of the treaty. The House committee on interstate and foreign commerce have submitted a favorable report on the Hepburn bill for the construction of the canal and urged early ratification of the treaty.

Acting Governor Taylor of Kentucky has sent away all the state troops from Frankfort except two companies, and has invited the Legislature to resume its sittings in the Capitol. The Democratic majority has refused to sit in Frankfort until all the troops be dismissed. Application was made by the leading officials under Acting Governor Taylor, to Judge Taft of the United States District Court at Cincinnati, for an injunction against the Democratic contestants for their offices and against the state board of elections, but the application was denied on the ground that the court had no jurisdiction in the matter.

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The Pan-Helio-Motor
February 22, 1900

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