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The chief of the Insular Bureau of the War Department, has made public circulars calling for subscriptions for $7,000,000 Philippine land purchase bonds, the proceeds of which are to be applied to the purchase of the friars' lands. The bonds will be registered in denominations from $1,000 to $10,000. dated February 1, 1904, bearing four per cent interest, payable at the United States treasury in United States gold coin. The bonds will run from ten to thirty years. and be free from all forms of taxation, either in the Philippines or in the United States. Subscriptions will be payable at the New York sub-treasury, where the bonds also will be delivered.

The United States expedition to Abyssinia under Consul General Skinner of Marseilles which arrived at Adis Abeba December 21, has successfully negotiated a treaty with the empire of Ethiopia, opening for the first time friendly commercial relations. Emperor Menelik has also given his formal acceptance of the invitation to participate in the St. Louis Exposition.

The Thanksgiving Service in Berlin
January 9, 1904

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