Items of Interest

In an advance statement from his annual report Secretary Lane calls attention to the fact that since March 4, 1913, settlers have made entry on nearly twenty million acres of public lands, an area equal to that of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Jersey combined. During the same period practically as much more coal and other mineral land of the West has been examined in detail in forty-acre tracts by the geological survey, and most of it has been thrown open to settlement or purchase. Some of these lands, such as those which include workable deposits of phosphate or oil, are still withdrawn pending suitable legislation for their disposal or use. Another important activity in public land classification to which the secretary calls attention, is the designation of lands for entry as "enlarged" or three hundred and twenty acre homesteads. Designations under this law approved by him cover 33,453,056 acres.

Officials of the treasury department at Washington are seeking to lay the groundwork for a vigorous and nation-wide campaign for the detection of income tax dodgers and the collection of unpaid taxes, which some authorities believe may mount into the millions. The effort is directed particularly against stockholders and drawers of dividends from the corporations of the country. There are more than three hundred thousand corporations doing business in the United States. Any plan adopted to institute a thorough search of their lists of shareholders and the records of their dividends will be exhaustive and may take years. Officials hope that the corporations will furnish this information upon request, but there is some question as to the power of the department to make them do so.

Preliminary work is being rushed on the eight million dollar improvement of Michigan avenue, Chicago, which was voted at the recent elections. The north and south sides of the city are to be "linked" by a connecting boulevard and a one million five hundred thousand dollar bridge near the present Rush street structure. The project is the biggest single improvement the city has ever undertaken. It will make Michigan avenue the world's greatest thoroughfare, according to the Chicago plan commission. This commission, which brought out the plan and campaigned for it, is a body of over three hundred of Chicago's leading citizens, non-partizan and non-political, devoted to the city's improvement along lines carefully thought out and with a view to the city as a whole.

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What Jesus Came to Save
November 28, 1914

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