A letter has been received from Yukio Ozaki, the mayor of Tokio, Japan, in regard to the two thousand cherry-trees which were presented by that city to Washington, and which are now at Seattle, Wash., awaiting shipment. "Cherry-trees are extensively cultivated in this country," he says, "and are the most admired of our flowering trees. There are several hundred different varieties, but for the purpose of this shipment ten of the most representative kinds have been selected, and I beg to assure you that it will remain to the citizens of Tokio a pleasing memory as well as a matter of civic pride to know that their small offering will be permitted to contribute to the advancement of the beautiful capital of the great republic which they all admire." Most of the trees will be set out in Potomac park, along the new drive which skirts the river for a distance of a mile and a half, the remainder will be planted in clusters in the various parks of the city.

More than twenty-five million deposit accounts are carried on the books of the banks of all classes of the United States and its insular possessions, according to statements contained in the annual report of the comptroller of the currency. Banks in the New England states held, in round amount, $88,300,000 in actual cash, those in the Eastern states $716,200,000, in the Southern states $105,800,000, in the middle Western states $373,400,000, in the Western states $71,000,000, in the Pacific states $89,600,000, and the banks of the island possesions $7,700,000.

Arbuckle Brothers, the strongest competitors of the American Sugar Refining Company, paid into the United States treasury last week $695,573.19 in reliquidation of back duties following the disclosure of irregularities in the weighing of sugar cargoes on the docks. This action does not affect the criminal standing of the officers of the company. It is reported that the American Sugar Refining Company is ready to pay $700,000 of evaded duties.

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December 25, 1909

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