Items of Interest

There are upwards of forty rear admirals on the navy retired list of the United States. The oldest is Thomas O. Selfridge, who is now nearly ninety-five, and is said to be the oldest retired naval officer in the world. His son, Thomas O., Jr.,is over sixty-five years of age, while there is a younger brother over fifty who is a commander in the navy.

The San Juan Council has appropriated six thousand dollars yearly for the support of a public library. The idea is to combine a public library for San Juan and also have a distributing library for other portions of the island of Porto Rico. The authorities expect to receive from Mr. Carnegie a sufficient amount to build the library.

The second largest claim yet filed with the Spanish Claims Commission has been presented by Francis Seigle, an American citizen resident in Cuba. His claim amounts to $872,427. He says that in 1896 his plantation was worth one million dollars, but owing to depredations of Spanish troops he is reduced to absolute want.

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Some Lessons Taught by the Pan-American
August 15, 1901

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