The Secretary of the Interior, in his annual report, says that in the General Land Office 29,997,566 acres were disposed of, for which the Government received $9,547,273. Fifty-seven additional National forests, embracing 43,838,647 acres, were created in the year. For timber trespasses without suit $80,917 have been collected, and through suits $203,552. It is estimated that approximately seventy million acres in the Western States are underlaid with coal. Further educational work among the Indians is urged. It is suggested that the Crow Indians could profitably engage in the raising of horses for use in the army.

The first session of the Philippine Legislature has adjourned. During the session of ninety days one hundred and twenty-five bills and resolutions were considered. Five of these passed both houses, and one passed the Assembly and was rejected by the Commission. The important acts of the Legislature include the appropriation of one million dollars for suburban schools, the cancelation of loans of provinces by the Insular Government, and the increase of assemblymen's pay.

The rulings of the Postoffice Department, designed to reach the abuses of the second-class mailing privileges, have resulted in eliminating much mail matter that formerly went as second-class. This class constituted sixty-seven percent of all matter handled and yielded only four percent of the revenue. The circulation of mail-order publications in January was said to be eighteen million copies less than in the month of December.

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February 15, 1908

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