Items of Interest

A bulletin just issued by the Bureau of the Census shows that the number of teachers in schools, colleges, and universities exceeds the total number of clergymen, physicians, and lawyers. In continental United States in 1900 there were 140 teachers for every 10,000 persons between the ages of five and twenty-five, which represents an average of one teacher for seventy-one potential pupils. According to this method of comparison the supply of teachers is increasing, and has more than doubled within the last thirty years. In 1900 Nevada had the largest proportional number of teachers reported in any State or Territory; Vermont was the second State in this respect, Maine the third, and Iowa the fourth. The proportion of teachers in Continental United States is smaller than in England and Wales, but greater than in Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Mexico, or Cuba.

The Marble Hall of the Municipal Building, Manila, was crowded all one day last week with followers of the professional agitators for the independence of the Philippines. who had been invited by GovernorGeneral Wright to air their grievances against the Insular and Federal Governments before the visiting Congressmen of Secretary Taft's party. The speakers urged the immediate independence of the islands. The committee, it is stated, are not convinced of the present readiness of the islanders for independence.

The commander and chief engineer are to be tried by court-martial on the charge of neglect of naval duty in connection with the Bennington disaster. Secretary Bonaparte indorses the findings of the court of inquiry, and speaks of the incident as "a discreditable matter," and takes exceptions to the conclusions of the court on several points.

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A Holy Habitation
September 9, 1905

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