Items of Interest

The total corporate expenditures of 151 cities for the fiscal year 1904, according to a recent bulletin of the Bureau of the Census, were $554,440,215, of which those of New York constituted $167,060,171, or three-tenths. New York, with twice the population of Chicago, has current expenses nearly four times as great. The next six largest cities of the country together expend less than New York. Boston, though about equal in size with Baltimore, has current expenses nearly three times as great. Of the total running expenses of the 151 cities, 61.7 per cent went for salaries and wages, and 38.3 for all other objects. During the fiscal year 1904 the total receipts of the 151 cities were $594,175,998. of which $472,423,858, were from taxes and other revenues, and $121,752,140, from loans increasing indebtedness.

All wireless telegraph stations in the world have been located and catalogued by the Bureau of Equipment of the Navy Department at Washington and the list will soon be published. The systems of wireless are also given. The number of stations in the principal countries are: Denmark, 4; Germany, 13; France, 6; Great Britain and Ireland, 43; Holland, 8; Spain, 4; Italy, 18; Russia in Europe, 8; Sweden, 3; Turkey, 6; Argentina, 5; Brazil, 5; Canada, 5; United States, 88, of which ten are in the possessions of the United States, thirty-two being directly under the control of the navy; China, 5; Hawii, 5; Japan, 2; Dutch East India, 5. The compilation also gives the names of all the merchant ships, and the flags they fly, which are equipped with wireless.

An indictment charging the Standard Oil Company with receiving rebates in the form of non-payment of storage charges to certain railroad companies was returned by the Federal Grand Jury before Judge S. H. Bethea at Chicago last week. The Standard Oil Company is the only defendant. The bond was fixed at $25,000. This is the case investigated by the grand jury in Cleveland, where it was found that the grand jury had no jurisdiction. The indictment contains nineteen counts and alleges that by a system of granting the Standard Oil Company certain concessions the oil company benefited to the extent of $8,506.72 during a period from August, 1903, to February, 1905.

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