Items of Interest

Steps to compel the removal from the New York subway stations of the advertising signs which have given so much offence to the artistic tastes of many of its patrons, have been taken by Mayor McClellan. The Mayor's action followed the receipt of an opinion from the Corporation Counsel stating that the operating company had no legal right to use the subway stations for the display of advertisements and advising the Mayor that he had the right to remove the objectionable signs by force. Accordingly, the subway company has been notified that the signs must be immediately removed. This action has been followed by the issuance of temporary injunctions restraining the city from removing the signs, slot machines, and newspaper stands.

The President has arranged for the following transfers in the high European diplomatic posts, which he contemplates putting into force March 4, or soon after: Ambassador McCormick, now at St. Petersburg, to Paris to succeed Ambassador Porter; George von L. Meyer, Ambassador to Italy, to St. Petersburg; Henry White, Secretary of Embassy at London, to be Ambassador to Italy; Henry L. Wilson, Minister to Chile, to be made Minister to Belgium, succeeding Lawrence Townsend of Pennsylvania, who retires from the diplomatic service. It is generally understood that Whitelaw Reid of New York will succeed Ambassador Choate in London.

The Right of Inheritance
February 18, 1905

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