Items of Interest

Memorial Day was observed at Washington, D. C., more generally than ever before. The announcement that President Roosevelt would deliver the oration at the National cemetery at Arlington, where the principal exercises were held, brought a vast throng of people. A touching feature of the exercises was the strewing of flowers over the graves of the Confederate soldiers. After the invocation and the rendition of several pieces by the Marine Band and a choir, Lincoln's address at Gettysburg was read. The President's address followed.

One hundred and fifty additional clerks will be employed in the Chicago postoffice after July 1. The total clerical force will then be 1,791. Twelve hundred and forty-six of the clerks now employed will receive an increase of one hundred dollars a year in their salaries. Ten new sub-stations will be added, making two hundred in all.

Two American naval vessels have been equipped with French wireless telegraph instruments. If the experiment is satisfactory it is probable that the system will be installed at Washington and Annapolis incompetition with various other wireless telegraph systems.

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June 5, 1902

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