Items of Interest

February figures of the Bureau of Statistics show the largest exports of any February in the history of our commerce, and also show that the exports of the three months ending with February were larger than those of the corresponding period of any earlier year. On the import side the figures also show a continuation of the growth which has characterized the last two years, and the figures of the eight months ending with February suggest that the imports of the United States in the fiscal year 1903 may exceed $1,000,000,000, while the export figures seem likely to exceed $1,400,000,000. The February exports amounted to $125,502,105, which is $12,000,000 in excess of any preceding February, and more than double the figures of February, 1893, in which month the total exports were $59,931,984.

President Roosevelt has declined the invitation of Emperor William of Germany for the United States squadron to visit Kiel on the occasion of the annual yachting season. It is understood in Berlin that the Washington view of the case was that the visit of the squadron to German waters would have been considered by the European cabinets to be in the nature of a friendly demonstration unless the warships also touched at other shores, and the United States Navy Department was not willing to enter upon a prolonged social campaign.

Sir Chen Tung Liang Cheng, K. R. M. G., the new Chinese minister to the United States, arrived at San Francisco last week on the steamer Korea.

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A New Hampshire Woman
April 4, 1903

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