Items of Interest

A state election was held in North Carolina August 2, at which a constitutional amendment intended to disfranchise the negroes, was adopted by about forty thousand majority. The amendment does not specify negroes, but establishes an educational qualification which provides that every person presenting himself for registration shall be able to read and write any section of the constitution in the English language, but all persons who were entitled to vote under the laws of any state of the United States wherein he resided on January 1, 1867, or at any time prior thereto, a id the lineal descendants of all such persons, are not required to possess the educational qualifications prescribed by the amendment.

Porto Rican silver coins ceased to be legal tender in that island August 1. The Porto Rican Government act provides that these coins shall be retired, and that United States silver coins shall be substituted for them. It was estimated when the law was passed that there were Porto Rican coins in circulation to the amount of about 5,300,000 pesos. There have been redeemed to date more than 4,000,000 pesos, leaving more than a million pesos still scattered over the island.

Ancient Document Found
August 9, 1900

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