Items of Interest

At the recent session of the National Negro Business Men's League at Nashville, Booker T. Washington said: "We shall succeed in winning our way into the confidence and esteem of the American people just in proportion as we show ourselves valuable to the community in which we live, in all the common industries, in commerce, in the welfare of the State, and in the manifestation of the highest character. The community does not fear, as a rule, the vote of the man, no matter what his color, who is a large tax-prayer."

The expenditures of the Government on account of pensions during the fiscal year ended June 30 last, amounted to $139,092,125. The figures include not only the actual pensions paid, but the expenditures for salaries, clerk hire, rents, medical examination, and contingent expenses at the several pension agencies. The expenditures in the fiscal year 1900 were about $138,485,000. The actual payments of pensions to army and navy pensioners during the last fiscal year amounted to $127,646,141.

New Sight in Science
September 5, 1903

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