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President Roosevelt signed the Isthmian Canal bill, June 28. If the Panama title cannot be transferred then work on the Nicaragua Canal can be begun at once. The President believes that both routes are feasible. The work of negotiating for rights and franchises will probably be turned over to the Department of Justice and receive the personal supervision of Attorney-General Knox. Diplomatic matters will be looked after by the State Department. All parties seem to agree in favoring Rear Admiral Walker for the head of the commission that will construct the canal. Admiral Walker was president of the two commissions that made the recent examinations of canal routes for the Government.

The present Congress passed an omnibus public building bill which provides for the erection of 118 new public buildings which will cost approximately $19,500,000. These buildings will be located in forty-two States of the Union. Mr. J. Knox Taylor, supervising architect of the Treasury Department, has absolute charge of all building operations for the Government in every part of the United States. Upon him will devolve the responsibility of selecting sites for these buildings, also the style of architecture, size, and material of which they will be constructed.

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