Items of Interest

According to the latest annual compilation made by the Automobile, there are in the United States 1,735,369 motor vehicles. This total was obtained by securing from the registration officials in all the states their figures for Oct. 1, with the proper deductions for duplication of registration. This figur shows a gain of 203,503 over the number of cars registered last year, and a gain of about 725,000 in two years. Among the states, New York leads with 160,475 cars, Illinois is second with 126,681, Pennsylvania third with 122,773, Ohio fourth with 118,950, California fifth with 118,061, Iowa sixth with 100,183, Texas seventh with 75,000, Michigan eighth with 74,777, Massachusetts ninth with 72,966, and Minnesota tenth with 66,700. Other states having over 50,000 cars each in order, are Indiana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Missouri. Nevada, with 1,523 cars, is credited with the smallest number of any state; Mississippi is next to the lowest, with 1,650.

Three girls of Athens, Greece, are taking a course in household economics at Simmons College, being the first of a number of girls who are to come to Boston for instruction prior to the setting up of a college in their native city. They have been sent here by a philanthropist in Athens, but the remainder are to come under the direction of the government. To build a college in Athens where courses in domestic science might be obtained, P. Charo-copos of Cephalonia left by will one million five hundred thousand francs about three years ago. Of the income six thousand francs was to be put aside for the education and maintenance of three girls in any suitable school of domestic science that could be found in Europe. No domestic school now in Europe just suited the needs of these girls. Gordon Allen, an archi tect of Boston, when at the American Archxological School of Athens, proposed Simmons College in America. So the Queen of Greece, then Crown Princess Sophie, decided to send them here.

The three-story frame building in Portland, Maine, at the corner of Fore and Hancock streets, in which Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born, has just been dedicated under the auspices of the International Longfellow Society as an international memorial for the poet. Since the purchase of the building by the society it has been thoroughly renovated, and placed as nearly as possible in its original condition. All the partitions which changed it into a tenement house have been removed, and much of the colonial appearance has been restored. Many heirlooms and interesting belongings of the place during the year it was occupied by the poet's family before they moved to the Congress street home, have been secured for the building.

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Thanksgiving Proclamation
November 14, 1914

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