Items of Interest

Acting Secretary Loomis has been notified by the Russian Charge d' Affaires that hereafter passports issued to American citizens who expect to visit Russia will be vised only at the Russian embassy in Washington and the consulates in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. This cuts off Savannah, Mobile, Pensacola, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., Galveston, and Manila, at all of which ports passports have heretofore been indorsed by the Russian consuls or agents. This results from the requirement that the vise must be in Russian, which is not used by the agents at the latter places.

A statement prepared by the Bureau of Insular Affairs of the War Department shows the customs revenues in the Philipines for the first four months of 1903 to have been $2,931,782, against $2,901,011 in the same period in 1902, and $1,215,657 in 1899. A comparison of the customs revenues under Spanish administration during the ten years from 1885 to 1895, with the period from August 20, 1898, to April 30, 1903, under American occupation, shows the volume of business to have increased about fourfold.

Seventeen Years a Witness
August 8, 1903

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