Items of Interest

The imperial edict forbidding the importation of arms and munitions of war into China is not satisfactory to the foreign ministers. It ignores the vital fact that the prohibition applies to the government, and is a part of China's punishment. The edict makes it appear to be merely the government's voluntary act, prohibiting Chinese subjects from importing arms and munitions on the ground that the country is disturbed by brigands. The ministers have decided, however, to accept the edict.

Commissioner of Internal Revenue Yerkes has issued amended regulations as to the treatment of goods imported from Porto Rico, in the course of which he calls special attention to the fact that as articles of merchandise received from Porto Rico are not now subject to customs duties, the same are not entitled to entry in customs bonded warehouses, and that the temporary storage of such articles is for the purpose only of detaining the articles until the internal revenue tax due thereon has been paid.

The signal service has nearly perfected a system of wireless telegraphy, which is to be put in operation on the Pacific coast, and which is claimed to be an improvement on the Marconi system. The general plan as laid down by Marconi has been kept in mind by the Government inventors, but the general principle is that of the Hertzian waves. The signal corps people are satisfied that they can receive signals at a distance of thirty miles.

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The Bible and Character
September 5, 1901

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