Items of Interest

Five hundred and sixty teachers will sail on the transport Thomas for the Philippines July 23. The salaries of the teachers will range from $75 to $125 a month, and before starting they will sign contracts for three years. A sample of the text-books which will be used in the islands has just been exhibited in the Insular Bureau. It contains a three-thousand-word history of the United States, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence, and a map of the country. The pages are printed alternately in Spanish and English.

Secretary Long has directed that the old steam frigate Minnesota now lying at the navy yard in Charlestown, Mass., be sold to the highest bidder. The Minnesota was one of the few Union vessels which escaped destruction from the Confederate monitor Merrimac during the Civil War. For many years her name has been on the naval lists more for sentimental reasons than anything else.

Chicago as a Seaport City
July 18, 1901

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