To conserve the snows of the Blue mountains in the Wenaha forest reserve in Washington, the government forestry bureau is planning to "treat" thousands of acres with cover shrubbery and trees this summer and develop dormant springs. Camps are being established where forces of government rangers and assistants will be quartered this summer to do the work. More water has been demanded by irrigation of lands in the valleys through which the Walla Walla river, Mill creek, Touchet river, and other streams flow. There will be double the water supply in the summer, it is believed, when the treatment of the mountain forests and watersheds is completed. The snows of the winter, instead of melting with a rush in the early spring, will be protected during that period and the water saved until midsummer, when it really is needed.

Secretary of the Treasury MacVeagh announces the offer of fifty million dollars of Panama three per cent canal bonds. These are the first federal bonds issued since the national banking system was established which do not carry the circulation privilege. They are exempted as the result of legislation enacted at the last session of Congress. The government expects that the sale of these bonds will give a good idea of the real measure of the credit of the United States government. These are to be marketed as a partial reimbursement to the treasury for moneys expended on account of the construction of the Panama canal.

The government has asked the supreme court of the United States to advance for hearing next October the "Alaska coal land case," involving the indictment of Charles F. Munday and Archie W. Shields, in connection with the so-called Stracey claims also, the cases in which Frederick A. Hyde and J. H. Schneider were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the government out of public lands on the Pacific slope, and that involving the validity of the indictment under the Sherman antitrust law of James A. Patten and others on charges of "cornering" the cotton market.

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May 27, 1911

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