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Ten years ago, when Porto Rico passed under the sovereignty of the United States, it had 551 schools with 21,000 pupils, and rot a single building constructed for public instruction; now it has 2,400 schools, with 87,000 pubils, with 160 specially built school Luildings; $35,000 was the annual appropriation for public education; today it is a million dollars. The 172 miles of macadamized road have increased to 624. The total of exports and imports has grown from $22,000,000 to $56,000,000, and the balance of trade has changed from $12,500,000 against the island to $2,500,000 in its favor.

The Territorial Board of Immigration of Hawaii has received requests from the various plantations asking that two thousand families of Portuguese or other European laborers be brought there. They offer $20 a month for the first year, $21 for the second, and $22 for the third of employment to male adult laborers, and from $10 to $15 a month for women and children; also a two-room cottage for families and an acre of ground, the house and land to become the property of the laborer on the completion of three years' service.

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