Items of Interest

President Wilson, on recommendation of Secretary Lane, recently eliminated about seven hundred and fifty thousand acres of land from the Cleveland national forest, Cal. The unwithdrawn drawn lands will be subject to settlement only under the homestead laws, beginning at 9 o'clock on the morning of Nov. 2, until and including Nov. 29, 1915, after which they will be subject to be taken up under the laws applicable thereto. The lands, which are rolling in character and covered mainly with chaparral, lie along the boundaries of the national forest in Riverside and San Diego counties in southern California, within the Los Angeles land district, and about three hundred and thirty-three thousand acres thereof are public lands and subject to entry.

The department of agriculture at Washington is making a highly interesting and thus far successful experiment in the publication of a daily market news service covering the movement of perishable crops. The purpose is to aid in the work of distribution, and thus encourage a lowering of retail prices to the consumer. This new service has not yet been made a permanent feature of the activities of the department, but is available by wire and mail to all who care for it. Six telegraph wires run direct into the headquarters of the department's office of markets. During the present summer four crops have been made the subject of this system of reports,—the strawberry, tomato, cantaloupe, and peach. Work on the last two is still under way.

The operation of electric trains for passengers between Philadelphia and Paoli, Pa., was inaugurated by the Pennsylvania Railroad Sept. 11. For the present the electric service will be limited to four round trips a day, the remainder of the schedule being continued with steam trains. As soon as practicable, however, more electric trains will be added and the steam service discontinued. The work of electrifying the main line between Broad street station and Paoil, a distance of twenty miles, consumed more than two years and cost approximately four million dollars.

What Leadeth to Repentance
September 25, 1915

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