Items of Interest

Under a court decision confirming the right of a city built on mineral land, to exercise control over the earth below its streets, alleys, and public grounds, the city of Lead-ville, Col., expects to collect about $2,000,000 in royalties from mining corporations for the gold and silver that is being taken from mines under the city. With this source of revenue there will be no eed to levy taxes, and the result will be watched with much interest by economists.

General MacArthur celebrated the surrenders of the insurgent generals, Mascardo and Lacuna, by releasing one thousand Filipino prisoners.

Andrew Carnegie has given £2,000,000 to establish free education in the Scotch universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, and St. Andrews. He stipulates that the beneficiaries be his "Scottish fellow-countrymen" only, no English, Irish, colonials, o foreigners. The fund will produce an income of £50,000. Mr. Carnegie considers that his gift will provide free university education for every boy and girl in Scotland capable of passing the entrance examinations. He desires that all Scotch men and Scots women shall enter the universities on an equal footing, rich and poor alike, hence the money is not given to the students but to the universities themselves. The system is made perpetually free, and will probably be under government auspices.

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The New West
May 30, 1901

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