Items of Interest

The results of the first season's trials in raising cotton in Porto Rico by the United States Agricultural Experiment Station leads to the conclusions, officially announced by Commissioner of the Interior Elliot, that the poorer, sandy soil of Porto Rico, when fertilized, will produce a remunerative crop of sea island cotton, and that the dry months of winter and early spring are adapted to the successful harvesting of this crop. A first crop raised at Rio Piedras, eight miles from San Juan market, yielded twelve hundred pounds of seed and fibre to the acre.

Mr. Andrew Carnegie has purchased and presented to Harvard University the Baron De Beyet zoological collection. The collection is especially rich in specimens of extinct birds and animals of Central Europe and Northern Asia, containing many that cannot be duplicated anywhere in the world. The baron has made a life-long study of the subject, and his classifications have been accepted by most of the European universities. Harvard is particularly fortunate in getting possession of this collection, which has already been classified.

June 20, 1903

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