Items of Interest

The William McKinley National Memorial Arch Association has issued a circular letter to the effect that it has been incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia to erect a national memorial arch by popular subscriptions, in honor of President McKinley in the city of Washington. The arch will be placed at the Washington approach to the memorial bridge across the Potomac, connecting Washington with Arlington. All contributors to the fund will be made members of the association. Hon. Lyman J. Gage, Secretary of the Treasury of the United States at Washington. D. C., will receive contributions and forward certificates to all contributors.

A circular letters, with the bill revising the bankruptey law which was introduced at the last session of Congress, has been sent to the principal business men throughout the Union with the request that they offer suggestions or modifications. As a result fifteen thousand answers have been received, including many important practical suggestions which will be incorporated in the new bill.

In his annual report General Gillespie, chief of engineers, says that twenty-five of the principal harbors of the United States are sufficiently protected against naval attacks by heavy guns and mortars. He asks an appropriation of four million dollars for new fortifications and three hundred thousand dollars for preservation and repair of the old.

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