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A P. Shkwman. W. D. Morton. MORTON * SHKWMAN, Publisher*. MEBA CITY, ARIZONA Bp«aklug of China, will Germany’s nibble be followed by England’s bite? The chief trouble with American |urles is that they hang too much with out ropes. That man who called a back fence the woman’s telephone probably re ferred to their talking over it. Ex-Consul General laslgi is to keep books during his term in prison. That is hard labor, for those who And it dif ficult It’s such a pleasure for the girls to look over the hats in the millinery •tores, they never think of those behind them in the theater. Ohio has decreed that all medicines containing poison must be labeled with a skull and crossbones. Will the dis tillers observe the law? An Eastern contemporary says that “a philosopher is a man who rides a philosopede.” Nonsense l The mod ern philosopher usually is a woman. The Sultan has declared riding the bicycle to be immoral and Irreligious. 80 would you, perhaps, if you had 368 wives, each clamoring vociferously for a wheel. The Boston City Council has ordered the police force to wage war upon bean-shooters. Here is a commenda ble crusade; it is little less than crim inal to waste beans like that. Governor Pingree of Michigan says that “asphalt is the paving of the future and will be used exclusively.” How about that future place >vhich is ■ai& to be paved with good intentions? Mrs. Josephine K. Henry, of Ver sailles, Ky., announces that she will be a candidate for President in 1900 on the Prohibition ticket. Good! If Josie can carry her own State she will have no trouble with the rest of the country. A novel called “The Typewriter Girl” has appeared in England. It is rather remarkable that the typewriter girl hasn’t been made prominent before now in fiction. She wields a vast influence over the world’s destinies in these busy ' modern times. Turkey is buying a lot of big Krupp guns. Should Russia in consequence of this maneuver take the Sultan by the throat, his Ottoman majesty would pretty certainly develop a case of croup, which Krupp himself would find it im possible to alleviate. A new zone, the Intemperate, is to be added to the list, if the words of Dean Farrar prove true. He lately said, with refreshing bluntness, that he was afraid England was creating a zone of drunkenness in all parts of her em pire which was destroying many of the native races. The New Orleans papers continue to call attention to the fact that the mor tality of the city during the epidemic .was but little higher than the normal figure. But this will count for noth ing In a yellow fever scare. The safe and profitable thing to do is to give the closest attention to thorough sani tary work. John Chinaman has had a thought and wants his head rubbed. He has found that he can get Great Britain to defend all his coasts. All he has to do is to give Great Britain the aforesaid ooostß and she will defend them to the bitter end. It is as simple and practical as the Irishman’s plan for gelling his frying pan to get something to cook in it The proposed telegraphic communi cation between Iceland and the Shet land Islands would give the world dally weather reports from Iceland. The weather predictions made in that far region would not affect the attend ance at a picnic, say on the Penobscot or the Sacramento, but they would show that the ends of the earth are. getting nearer together. Such approxi mation means progress. m That the curiosity seeker sometimes finds more than he wants is shown by a recent experience of Mark Twain. Mr. Clemens has been viewing from the gallery with artistic appreciation the performances of the Austrian Reichs raths. When the show broke up In a general row, he was violently welted over the head by a Czech deputy. Os course it was a case of mistaken iden tity and an apology followed, but it is safe to say that the humorist will be satisfied to gather his further impres sions of Austrian legislation at long It is well understood that Japan is Steadily preparing to lock horns with Russia for the control of the far east. The island empire is building a large and powerful navy and is steadily Im proving its military strength. The presence of Germany adds to the ob stacles which Japan would have to overcome. Should Germany side with Russia, which she might readily do if her Interests should lie that way. Japan’s chances of success would van ish and the sacrifices she has made to secure Corea would be entirely lost. It is hardly probable that the "Dolly Varden” paper currency to be substl tnted for that in use at present will be a great improvement over the elaborate works of art that it displaces. Perhaps the nearest approach to perfection in paper icwney is in the highly unorna mental notes of the Bank of England. The engraving is such that any ordi nary engraver could duplicate it to per fection, yet the notes have rarely been counterfeited with success. The safe guards are in the paper and the Ink, and not in the engraving. The history of counterfeiting shows that there are always engravers as skillful as other engravers. The proposal of the War Department to redu,ce the strength of the ten cav alry regiments by transferring men to’ artillery regiments has caused a good deal of indignation in army circles. This practice of weakening an arm or branch of the force to Increase another is known among army men as “skele tonizing,” and is claimed by them for evident reasons to be destructive of the esprit de corps and the spirit of disci pline. Frequently whole companies have been decimated by this process and officers find themselves attached to divisions of troops which practically have no existence except upon paper. The artillery seems to be specially fa vored in this respect. In 1890 .two com panies of each regiment of cavalry and Infantry were skeletonized for the ben efit of the artillery, and now, it seems, is to be further continued. Skeletonizing has been pronounced ille gal by the judge advocate of the army, but as long as Congress refuses further to increase the army the War Depart ment is practically compelled from time to time to repeat the process in order to keep each branch of the serv ice as efficient as possible. Secretary Alger has withdrawn, for the present, the order which has called forth so many protests, but will probably in the end be compelled to Insist upon it. From the subversion of the Roman empire to the fourteenth or fifteenth century women spent most of their time alone, almost entire strangers to the Joys of social life; they seldom went abroad, but to be spectators of such public diversions and amuse ments as the fashions of the times countenanced. Francis I. was the first who Introduced women on public days to court; before his time nothing was to be seen at any of the courts of Eu rope but gray-haired politicians, plot ting the destruction of the rights and liberties of mankind, and warriors clad in complete armor, ready to put their plots in execution. In the thir teenth and fourteenth centuries ele gance had scarcely any existence, and even cleanliness was hardly considered as laudable. The use of linen was not known, and the most delicate of the fair sex wore woolen shifts. In Paris they had meat only three times • a week, and one hundred livree (about twenty-five dollars) was a large portion for a young lady. The better sort of citizens used splinters of wood and rags dipped in oil instead of candles, which, in those days, were hardly to be met with. Wine was only to be had at the shops of the apothecaries, where it was sold as a cordial; and to ride In a two-wheeled cart along the dirty, rugged streets was reckoned a grandeur of so enviable a nature that Philip the Fair prohibited the wives of citizens from enjoying it. In the time of Henry VIII. of England the peers of the realm carried their wives behind them on horseback when they went .to London, and in the same manner took them back to their country seats, with hoods of waxed linen over their heads, and wrapped in mantles of cloth to se cure them from the cold. “When the potato crop is short,” said an old farmer, “I never have any to sell, but when there is a great hue and cry that potatoes are going to be scarce and I plant a lot of them, the bottom drops entirely out of prices. Two or three years ago there was no end to the comments on the decadence of the horse. He was going out of use forthwith, the bicycle was supplanting him for cheap purposes, trolleys and rapid transit had finished him up as a suburban necessity, and the few people who simply wanted him to ride about with were taking their exercise in some other fashion. Os as a draft animal he must still be in evi dence, but this was about ail that was left to him. Horse raisers went out of business or turned their attention In other directions. It didn’t pay to grow ordinary animals, and the average hard-headed farmer is not very much given to doing unprofitable things when he knows they do not pay. Even with the greatly decreased demand for horses, which is the natural result of electricity and steam, the supply has run very low. Horsemen are beginning to discover that there Is a possibility of something not very far from a horse famine. And just here comes a curious working of the law of supply and de mand. That which It is difficult to se cure immediately arises in market value, and good horses are growing scarce and expensive. Especially is this the case with saddle horses. It is said that a really first-class saddle ani mal will bring almost any price one chooses to ask for him on account of the scarcity. One of the most profitable of industries for the next few years where land is cheap and pasture good will be the rasing of horses, and these should be good ones. It costs justs as much to bring up the cheapest kind of a colt as to raise a good one, and the wonder is that there Is not some con certed action taken toward clearing the country of some of the wretched stock that still exists. Horse breeders’ asso ciations could do excellent work in this direction.” » «• No Chance to Fight. “Jones and his wife are a happy cou ple.” “How do you know?” “She’s deaf and he has the writer’s paralysis.”—Cleveland Leader. The father of triplets considers threv of a kind better than two pair. PACIFIC COAST NEWS Important Information Gathered Around the Coast. ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST. A .Summary of Late Kvente That Are Boiled Down to Suit our Busy Readers. Seattle has voted for free books and supplies for public schools. Lick Observatory officials discovered a bright meteor in broad daylight. The Grand Lodge of the Knights of Pythias will meet at Santa Rosa in May. San Francisco and the whole State is threatened with a serious coal famine. A fortnightly mail service between the Pacific Coast and Australia will be inaugurated April 1. An express service to Dawson City Is to be inaugurated. The first trip will be made February 20. Tacoma advices say that too many laborers are at Dyea and Skaguay, and that wages are coming down. Charles Offer of Bakersfield, pro poses to make a resort of his place and will put up a natatorium. Mayor Templeton died of an apop lectic stroke. He is the third of Vancouver’s Mayors to die a sudden death. The Cramps are now building a large fleet of modern steamships for service between San Francisco and Alaska. The Union Sugar Company will build a beet-sugar factory at once in Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara county. The Supreme Court has declared the San Luis Obispo bonds invalid be cause the voters used a stamp instead of writing “Yes.” The debts of the Methodist churches of San FrSncisco, aggregating $70,000, have been assumed by the Church Ex tension Society. Miners returned from Dawson in sist that they have struck the mother lode, which insures the permanence cf the placer diggings. Joe Campbell, a returning miner, figures that the Klondike gold output for the present season is between sl2,r 000,000 and $15,000,000. A drunken miner was careless with his candle and burned down the Klon dike church. The operahouse was put to holy use on Sunday. At Port Townsend, customs officers seized 402 quart bottles of whisky on the steamer City of Seattle, jus’t be fore she sailed for Alaska. Dawson City has had no regular mail service since last August. The experiment of forwarding letters by the mounted police has failed. The Dominion government has adopted regulations governing duties to be collected of Alaska miners. Clothes go free v but nothing el*se does. The Pacific Coast Steamship* Com pany has arranged a schedule that will give a five-day steamship service between San Francisco and Alaskan ports. The west-bound overland jumped the track at Colfax and Engineer Hackett and Fireman Lighter were killed in the wreck, but no passengers injured. Mrs. James L. Flood, wife of the millionaire mine-owner, died at San Francisco, as the result of an opera tion performed. The deceased was 34 yeara of age. Mrs. John A. Logan and Mrs. George M. Pullman are en route to the Pacific Coast to visit Mrs. Pull man’s .daughter, Mrs. Frank Carolan of Burlingame, Cal. A movement has been started at Santa Rosa for the holding of a rose carnival in that city in May, during the convention of the Pythian Lodge and Rathbone Sisters. There is every prospect of a fight between the Canadian Pacific and the other transcontinental roads over the rate to the Pacific Coast for those in tending to go to Alaska. Gustav Walter, manager of the amusement circuit of Orpheum thea ters, has leased the Ninth-street Thea ter in Kansas City, Mo., and will add that to his growing musical enter prises. Wine shipment by sea continues good, 109,474 gallons for December, valued at $33,812.74. Last week 322,- 988 gallons were received at San Fran cisco, and for the month to Saturday last, 1,205,097 gallons. A national salute from the big guns at the Presidio opened the jubilee celebration at San Francisco. Elabor ate preparations were made and a programme of amusements arranged for every day in the week. The Twenty-third-avenue Baptist Church of Oakland city, has extended a call to Rev. E. R. Bennett, now a resident of Los Angeles, but who for nearly eight years was pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Pasadena. Martial law has been proclaimed at Fort Yukon, and the inhabitants placed on rations. Returning miners vary greatly in their estimates of the probable output of gold, but the placer mines are unquestionably rich. The value of California property for the year 1897, shows the enormous total of $2,089,814,886. This value is divided as follows: Real estate, $54,- 255,114; improvements on real estate, $53,866,020; personal property, $120,- 592,875; money and solvent credits, $31,638,132; railroads, $43,491,745. A popular illusion will be rudely dispelled when the appraisement and inventory of the estate of the late Senator James G. Fair are filed with the Superior Court. Instead of SBO.- 000,000, at which it had been esti mated, its value will be shown by itemized figures to be $12,228,998.07. The Comptroller of the Currency has declared dividends in favor of the creditors of insolvent banks as fol lows: Ten per cent, to the First Na tional Bank of Olympia, Wash.; 10 per cent., the Bennett National Bank of New Whatcomv Wash.; 3.24 per cent., the Columbiana National Bank of New Whatcom, Wash. Contracts have been signed by which 150,000 acres of land near Chico, Marysville and Red Bluffs have been secured, and the work of erecting three immense sugar factories will be started at once. The syndicate in control has a capital of $15,000,000, and intends making the venture a suc cess, if money and experience can do it. The Union Lumber Company of Bakersfield has incorporated. Cap ital stock, $25,000. W. J. Donert, C. P. McLeod, Paul Gates and others are the incorporators. This company will displace Doherty & McLeod, and will operate the Kern County Lumber Co.’s mill on Breckenridge. They have let a contract to cut 1,600,000 feet of logs. Registration at Stanford University for the new semester for the three days ending Friday, shows a large in crease over the registration last year at this time. The total enrollment is 970, which is 200 above that of the third day of registration after the hol idays last year. Os these, 74 are new students, as against 44 last year. This makes the enrollment for this college year 1202, as against 1100, the largest enrollment of former years. Registrar Elliott expects at least seventy-five more students will register during this semester. President Jordan of Stanford Uni versity will be present at the River side county teachers’ institute to be held at the county-seat in March. Besides his position as a noted edu cator, President Jordan enjoys the distinction of being the principal American naturalist appointed on the fur seal commission. He has spent two seasons in the far north investi gating the seal rookeries. While in Riverside he will give a lecture on the fur seal question, which will be illus trated by magic lantern slides. FROM FOREIGN LANDS. Bread riots continue at Rome. Japan has mobilized her naval forces in Chinese waters. Senator Tabarrini, President of the Italian Council of State, is dead. Third-class railway fares in India are less than half a cent a mile. The Belgian government has issued invitations to a sugar conference. Sir Morell Mackenzie’s medical li brary is to be sold at auction in Lon don. Since 1892 there has been a decrease of 1000 students in the Scotch univer sities. The attendance at public schools in Italy in 1870 was 201,632, while now it is 2,471,658. Bodies of fifty victims of the Char koff, Russia, gas explosion, have been recovered. There have been serious floods near Valencia, Spain, and thirty houses have collapsed. By a cable’s breaking, fifteen miners in a cage at Wasner’s, near Brussels, were hurled to death. Excitement continues at Havana over discovery of an alleged plot to overthrow Gen. Blanco. An Athens dispatch says: A great fire at Trikhala has done damage to the amount of £50,000. A Berlin dispatch says: The con dition of the health of Empress Augusta Victoria excites concern. A private cable from London an nounces that Ethel Barrymore is to marry Lawrence Irving, son of Sir Henry Irving. Gen. Billot, the French Minister of War, has made formal complaint against Zola for his open letter on the Dreyfus case. A Rome cablegram says that King Humbert has signed a decree reducing the customs tariff on cereals from 7% to 5 lire until August 30. No further riots have occurred in Paris, though the anti-Jewish feeling continues among the students. Zola s residence is guarded by military. Bjornstjerne Bjorsen, the Norwe gian novelist, writes to Zola heartily commending the French writer’s course of action in the Dreyfus mat ter. The French Dreyfus and anti-Drey fus partisans are making good prog ress toward a revolution. Rioting grows daily more violent and wide spread. Persistent rumors are in circulation to the effect that Gen. Calixto Garcia, the famous insurgent leader, had been killed in a recent engagement with the Spanish troops. The United States cruisers sailed for Havana in great haste January 22, and there was great excitement over reports about violence to Consul-Gen eral Lee and other Americans. Rt.-Hon. Charles Pernam Villiers, member of the British Parliament, and known as the “Father of the Commons,” having sat continuously in the House since 1835, is dead. Oriental mail advices state that Russia is keeping up her policy of aggression in Korea. The appoint ment of a new Russian Minister to Korea was taken advantage of by the Czar’s government. It is rumored that Lord Salisbury will soon retire from the Secretary ship of State for Foreign Affairs, al though retaining the Premiership. Lord Cromer or Arnold Foster will probably succeed him. A Chicago syndicate with $1,000,000 capital, has just purchased the Lopez ranch, the largest in North Mexico. It embraces 1,200,000 acres of land, and contains valuable deposits of as phaltum. Thirty thousand head of cattle are included. Sig. Nicolini, husband of Mme. Adelina Patti-Nicolini, died at Pvau, France, recently. The late Sig. Ernest Nicolini married Mme. Patti in Wales in 1886. She had been divorced from Louis Sebastian Henri de Roger de Gahuzao, Marquis de Caux. HINES AND MINING. The Kew Canadian Minina I-nw*. The Dominion government has pro mulgated the amended regulations re garding placer mining in the Cana dian Yukon. The following summary of the most important provisions covers the changes made: Every miner and every employd of a mine will be required to take out a miner’s certificate, the fee for which will be $lO. In the case of a company it will be SSO or SIOO, according to the amount of capital stock. A miner’s license will confer a right to mine, fish, hunt and to cut timber neces sary for mining. Provision for obtain ing miners’ certificates will be made at a number of cities and towns in Can ada. The general size of the mining claims will be 250 feet; discoverers’ claims, 500 feet. Every alternate ten claims shall be reserved by the gov ernment of Canada, which may dis pose of the same by public auction. Sub-aqueous mining leases will be issued in five-mile sections, with a fee of SIOO per mile per annum, and the usual royalty on the output of gold therefrom. The fee for recording and renewing mining claims will be sls. Any number of miners not less than five, who may be located in a district more than 100 miles distant from the office of a gov ernment mining recorder, may appoint an acting recorder, who may re cord claims, and who shall, within three months, transfer his records and fees collected to the nearest official mining recorder. A royalty of 10 per cent, on the gold mined shall be levied and collected by government officers appointed for the purpose, but provision is made for the exemption on the annual product of any mining claim up to $2500, so that claims which do not produce more will not be liable for royalty. Provisions are made to prevent speculation in claims by throwingv a claim open to entry which has not been worked for a certain number of days, unless reasonable cause is shown for failure to work it, and others pro viding that a record shall not be is sued for more than one claim in the same locality to any miner. There are other provisions guarding the public interest, and at the same time affording ample and appropriate facilities for mining the wealth of the Canadian Yukon. There is no need whatever of cap ital to open and develop the gold mines of the Yukon Basin, either in Alaska or the Northwest Territory. The surface or gold diggings are of such a nature that labor only is re quired to operate them. The appli ances are picks, shovels, a hoisting bucket, windlass, cordwood for fires and a couple of sluice boxes. A few hundred dollars will equip any of the claims with the necessary “machinery.” Os course, money is needed to pay the men wages, but that will come out of the claim when the washing season arrives. No money whatever is re quired for plant. The numerous com panies organized to mine in that le gion may need money to buy claims, but they need practically none to work the mines. Hydraulic mines here need ditch system, pipe lines, reser voirs, bedrock cuts, tailing flumes, etc. Drift mines need expensive long tunnels, and quartz mines need pumping, hoisting and milling ma chinery. But the shallow drift claims or the summer diggings of the Yukon region need none of these things. The claim once acquired needs only labor to get out the gold. Representations that capital is required to operate these mines are entirely false. No person should subscribe for stock in com panies asking for capital to work such mines. It is not needed for any such purpose. EASTERN NEWS ITEiTS. Prospects are good for a long strike by Colorado coal miners. Southern frosts have cut off vege tables from the New York market. Mrs. Astor gave a big ball, and New York- society has something to talk about. A new People’s Party, disclaiming all affiliation with the Populists, has been formed in St. Louis. The Rev. Dr. Michael J. Cramer, a brother-in-law of Gen. U. S. Grant, is dead at Carlisle, from angina pectoris. The investigation of Hanna’s alleged bribery shows how the thing was done by telephones strung on the same wire. Commander Ballington Booth’s pretty secretary was sandbagged by a backsliding Salvationist, who mis took Jier for her sister. A railroad tunnel at Fairview, Ariz., was set on fire by sparks from an en gine and two men were killed in at tempting to subdue the flames. The representatives of an eastern syndicate, supposed to be the Ameri can Malting Company, are in Louis ville, trying to buy up the local brew eries. A blizzard was raging Sunday in Wisconsin, which choked off the rail roads. Ohio is looking forward with dread to floods, almost certain to do tremendous damage. The joint commission appointed at the Baltimore conference of the Meth odist Episcopal Church has reported, recommending steps to be taken look ing to a union of forces. Things became so warm at Fort Sheridan for Charles H. Waddell, the only private who, testified against Capt. Lovering, that Secretary Alger has been forced to grant him an hon orable discharge. The ten thousand cotton operatives of New England jinite to resist the cut in wages. The mills at New Bedford shut down, and the strikers will receive the support of the whole body of operatives. A jubilee celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the birth of the move ment for the emancipation of women will be held in Washington, February 14 to 19, inclusive, by the National American Woman’s Suffrage Associa tion. Rev. T. DeWitt Talmage, the noted divine, of Washington, D. CL, Mrs. Elore McCutcheon Collier of a Alleghany City, were united in mar-| jl riage January 22. The present Mrs. « Talmage is the reverend gentleman’s | third wife, his second having died several years ago. This will be a great year for Gov ernors. These officials will be elected in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mary land, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ne braska, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Penn sylvania, Rhode Island, South Caro lina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming. It is reported on good autnority that “Black Jack’s” gang will never be heard from again. The entire gang of outlaws was surrounded in the mountains near the Mexican boundary line by the different posses, includ ing the posse sent out by the Mexican government. A fight occurred, in which one of the robbers was killed and four captured. Thomas A. Edison, Jr., has in vented a machine for utilizing the wave power of the sea. When in place the machine will be twenty miles out to sea, and consist of a series of gigantic air pumps. The air com pressed by these will be used to run dynamos. For $25,000,000 he can con struct a plant, he says, that will fur nish 1,000,000 horse-power, enough to supply the entire State of New York. Nikola Tesla announces an impor tant discovery. He says that he has perfected vacuum tubes of such high illuminating power that they may be used in lighthouses, and that they will j enable the photographer to work by j night as well as by day. The results which Mr. Tesla has attained have * been achieved by the use of his vacuum tubes and his oscillator. The light which he is able to produce by this means is as bright as that of the noonday sun. WASHINGTON NOTES. Hawaiian matters are not likely to be discussed for three weeks to come. The House yesterday approved an appropriation of $130,000 to furnish free seeds to farmers. President Dole declines to talk for publication, while Congress is consid ering the annexation treaty. The Senate in executive session, con firmed the nomination of McKenna to be Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. As the Chief Executive of a friendly nation, President Dole of Hawaii will be received with all due honor as the guest of the United States. The fate of the Territories now pressing forward for Statehood, al ready has been practicaly settled, and unless the unexpected shall happen, there will be no Territorial legislation at this session. Senator Perkins has offered in the Senate petitions from the Los Ange les Chamber of Commerce, one asking for an increase in the army establish- j ment, the other advocating the * tion of an army commission. Information has been received from Washington which leads prominent miners to believo that there is a fair opportunity for the passage of the bill for the creation of an executive department of mines and mining. Congressman Barlow has presented a bill in the House providing that the National Soldiers’ home and branches be authorized to grant outdoor relief to the amount of $8 a month, to old soldiers who have been one year in the homes. Senator Hoar’s proposition to move the term of office of President from the 4th of March up to the 30th of April, is a good one. Inauguration day falls in the very worst time of the year. The change would also move the Presidential year up nearer to the fiscal year, the latter ending June 3. The Vice-President and Mrs. Hobart entertained the President and Mrs. McKinley last week in a beautifully appointed dinner of twenty covers. . This was Mrs. McKinley’s first ap pearance as a dinner guest in Wash ington since the inauguration, - and was consequently awaited with great interest. For the third time in the history of the nation, in recognition of the im portance of a brilliant enterprise, Postmaster-General Gary has decided * to order a series of special postage stamps, commemorative of the holding of the Transmississippi and Interna tional Exposition at Omaha in 1898. The stamps will be issued in denomi nations of i-cent, 2-cent, 5-cent, 10*- cent and sl. ’ v Senator Stewart has introdoced a bill which permits settlers with im perfect titles to lands included in forest reserves to substitute other lands of equal area outside of re serves. and credits them with work, improvements' and residence on the lands surrendered. Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma i are the only regularly-organized Ter ritories now remaining, in view of the parceling out of Indian Territory among the five civilized tribes, and the only remaining Territory legisla tion in sight would be on the transi tion of Alaska from a district into a single or two Territories, and the ad mission into Statehood of Indian Ter ritory, after the five tribes shall be broken up, and the entire section re organized. With the expiration of the present contract, the United States govern ment will go out of the business of printing return cards on envelopes. This undertaking was adopted by the Postoffice Department a long time ago, but the results have never been very successful, and it is now deemed best " * to leave the work to outside offices, '' i which have at all times kept up a vigorous competition with the govern ment printing office in this business. The Santa Fe Company is carrying out its policy of beautifying its depot < surroundings by putting its chief landscape gardener, Mr. Hesp, and 1 Fred Alden at work on the station J grounds at Riverside with instructions J to produce the best results possible. JI