A bill has been signed by the Governor of New York which will revolutionize highway construction in that State. It transfers jurisdiction over construction and maintenance from the State engineer and surveyor to a State highway commission, to be appointed for six years, the chairman to have a salary of $6,000 and the other members $5,000, and each must give a bond of $25,000. Directly responsible to the three commissioners will be six superintendents, to have charge of the six divisions of the State, and each of these officials must be a civil engineer. There will be four distinct classes of highways — the trunk, to connect important cities, and to be built entirely by the State; the county, to unite leading points in its territory and be built by State, county, and town; the town, connecting with the county and paid for by State and town, and the local roads, for which the town alone is responsible.

Capt. R. M. Anderson of the Department of Mammalogy and Ornithology of the American Museum of Natural History, and V. Steffansson, an explorer who accompanied the Mikkelssen-Leffingwell polar party two years ago, have just left Edmonton, B. C., for the far north, where they expect to spend eighteen months. Anderson is going for the purpose of getting additional knowledge of Arctic birds and mammals. Steffansson is seeking information on the origin of the Eskimo race, and intends to mingle a great deal with them, gathering what knowledge he can of their ancestry and folk-lore. It is his hope to establish his theory that the Eskimos are not allied to the Japanese.

The Senate, without division, has adopted the joint resolution reported from the Committee on Finance, creating a commission to be called the National Monetary Commission. This is to be composed of nine Senators, to be appointed by the presiding officer of the Senate, and nine Representatives, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House, to inquire into and report to Congress at the earliest date practicable what changes are desirable or necessary in the laws relating to of the United States or in the laws relating to banking and currency, and for this purpose the Commission is authorized to sit during sessions or in the recess of Congress at such times and places as it may deem desirable.

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June 6, 1908

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