Items of Interest

The following message was sent on the 16th by President Roosevelt to their Imperial Majesties, the Empress Dowager and the Emperor of China, Pekin, in commemoration of the opening of the last link of the Postal Telegraph and Cable Company's cable connecting the United States and China:

"I gladly take the opportunity afforded by the auspicious completion of the last link in the new American cable that joins the Pacific coast of this country to the Far East, to offer to your majesties my congratulations upon the achievement of a work that must needs contribute to the high purpose of bringing our two Governments and peoples closer together in the bonds of mutual understanding and lasting concord. It is fitting that this fresh tie between the Western and Eastern continents should begin its happy service by bearing a message of good will, and I voice the earnest wish of this Government and of my countrymen for the happiness and welfare of your majesties and for the continued prosperity of the Chinese Empire and of your great people."

An effort is being made in Kansas to have the Legislature appropriate funds to mark the course of the Santa Fe Trail, one of the historic highways of the Union. In California a society has been formed to locate the route of "el camino real," or king's highway, the road used by the Franciscan missionaries from Mexico who founded missions from San Diego to San Francisco more than a century ago. It is proposed to restore this road and make of it a wide boulevard for its whole length. There are many other important historic routes. To be preserved these must soon be marked, as nothing now remains to indicate where they once ran except an occasional deep-worn rut which time has not yet filled up, and the ruins of a "station" far from any habitation. For many miles no traces of the overland routes can be found, and history and tradition will often have to be relied upon to relocate them.

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Christian Science as Common Sense
April 28, 1906

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