Items of Interest

A recent editorial in the Boston Herald gives the following interesting statistics regarding the growth of the United States during a period of forty years; in 1860 the population was 31,443,321, and in 1900 76,303,387. In 1860 the estimated wealth of the country was $16,159,616,000 or $513.93 per capita, while in 1900 it was $94,300,000,000 or $1,235.86 per capita. The public debt in 1860 was $64,842,288. The interest payment was $3,14,121, and the debt per capita, less cash in the treasury, was but $1.91. In 1890 the public debt was $2,136,961,092. The interest on this amount was $40,160,333 and the debt, less cash in the treasury, was $14.52 per capita. In 1860 the deposits in savings banks amounted to $149,277,504 and was divided among 693,870 depositors. In 1890 there were 6,107,083 depositors and the total deposits amounted to $2,449,547,885.

The Senate has voted in favor of an amendment to the Constitution offered by Senator Hoar, changing the day for the inauguration of the President of the United States from March 4 to last Thursday in April.

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