Items of Interest

Last week President McKinley was called to Washington from his home in Canton, O., to attend a cabinet meeting at the request of the secretaries of state, war, and navy. The question of calling an extra session of Congress to authorize an increase in the army and to consider the advisability of declaring war on China was the subject discussed. President McKinley returned to his home after the cabinet meeting and the Secretary of War issued the statement that the President had determined that the facts now. known do not require or justify calling an extra session of Congress.

Adjutant General Corbin has issued a statement showing the number of United States troops destined for service in China to be as follows: In China, Ninth Infantry, 1,510 officers and men; marines, 2,500; enroute—Fourteenth Infantry, 1,080; Fifteenth Infantry, 540; Fifth Artillery, 142; Sixth Cavalry, 854; en route to Nagasai, Japan, (available)—engineer battalion, 152; First Cavalry, 854; Third Cavalry, 438; Ninth Cavalry, 854; Second Infantry, 1,080; Fifth Infantry, 1,080; Fifteenth Infantry, 540; additional from Philippines—Third Artillery, 568; not designated, but available, five thousand; total, 18,072.

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July 26, 1900

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