A bill is before the Massachusetts Legislature asking for a charter for "Massachusetts College." The object of this college is to give a college education to those who cannot afford the expense nor the time for attendance at any of the existing institutions. Various high school buildings throughout the state will be used during evenings and become "college centers." Local educators and "traveling" lecturers from other colleges will give instruction leading to the degree of A.B. The cost for a four years' course will be $138.

An effort is to be made in the present extra session of Congress to limit the volume of special pension legislation. Such legislation has grown rapidly, until during the last Congress about eight thousand bills, the object of most of which was to increase existing pensions, were passed. During the present session about one thousand bills providing for pensions not obtainable under the general pension laws have been introduced in the Senate alone.

Bids will be opened in the office of the quartermaster of the army within the next few weeks for the largest consignment of army clothing ever purchased in time of peace. The contract will aggregate about $4,000,000, and represents a year's supply. The largest single item is for eight hundred and twenty-five thousand yards of olive drab cotton cloth of the new shade of khaki, which has been adopted for summer military wear.

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April 24, 1909

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