Items of Interest

A Charleston, S. C., dispatch of May 9 says: "A negro who was arrested for having violated the 'slavery' contract in Anderson County, where the recent system of convict slavery was broken up by the courts, has been released by a magistrate on the ground that a man can no longer sell himself as a slave. The negro was leased for one year to work off a debt of $150, and practically held in slavery by his creditor. The negro agreed to be shackled, locked up in a stockade at night, and to accept whippings when the owners deemed it necessary. An appeal has been taken to a higher court."

The people of Philadelphis are congratulating themselves over the abolition by the legislature of the public building commission, which has been in existence nearly thirtv years for the purpose of building the new city hall and has not yet completed it. The Philadelphia City Hall was designed to cost $3,000,000, and was to be completed within ten years, an extraordinary allowance of time. It has cost $25,000,000. and after nearly thirty years is yet incomplete.

President Mckinley and his party stopped at El Paso, Tex., on May 6, and there exchanged greetings with General Hernandez the personal representative of President Diaz of Mexico, and with the governor of Chihuahua. In the public parade at El Paso in honor of the President, there were four companies of Mexican infantry and three Mexican bands. The President was received with great enthusiasm on his arrival in California.

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The Solar Motor
May 16, 1901

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