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There are many oysters, land crabs and turtles. The alligator and the juba, a venomous reptile about six feet long, are common in the marshy region of the island.
There are several poisonous spiders, twelve varieties of mosquitoes, many kinds of flies, 300 varieties of butterfly. The scorpion and tarantula are indigenous to this island.
SUMMARY The characteristics of these people give ample evidence of distinct nationality. The question now to be decided is whether the intellectual development of the masses will enable them to judiciously govern themselves. Their struggle for independence has been a long one and it is to be earnestly hoped that their longed for hopes will be realized and that they have learned moderation in their pursuit for greatness.
THE CONGRESS OF THE
THE UNITED STATES
IMPORTANT POINTS IN THE PRESIDENT'S
The President in his message to the Fifty-sixth Congress suggests for consideration the following pertinent issues : 1. The Currency question embracing:
I. The currency standard.
II. The National Banking system. 2. Our Merchant Marine. 3. Regulations of the Trusts. 4. Our Foreign relations. 5. Our Relations with South and Central America. 6. The Nicaraguan canal. 7. The Chinese situation. 8. Paris Exposition. 9. Germany and Great Britain. IO. Anglo-American commissi II. Our position in the Boer war. 12. Protection of aliens. 13. Commercial treaties. 14. The proposed Pacific cable. 15. Affairs of Mexico. 16. Bering Sea claims. 17. Partition of Samoa. 18. Future of Cuba. 19. Spanish relations. 20. Claims against Turkey. 21. Revolt in Venezuela. 22. Conventions of reciprocity. 23. Pan-American exposition. 24. Peace conference at the Hague.
25. The volunteer soldiers.
Presented to this Congress are great opportunities. With them come great responsibilities. The power confided to us increases the weight of our obligations to the people, and we must be profoundly sensitive of them as we contemplate the new and grave problems which confront us. Aiming only at the public good, we cannot err. A right interpretation of the people's will and of duty cannot fail to insure wise measures for the welfare of the islands which have come under the authority of the United States and inure to the common interest and lasting honor of our country. Never has this nation had more abundant cause than during the last year for thankfulness to God for manifold blessings and mercies, for which we make reverent acknowledgment.
WILLIAM MCKINLEY. Executive Mansion, Dec. 5, 1899.
THE 56TH CONGRESS, 1ST SESSION.
HE Congress of the United States is the law making depart
ment of our government. It consists of a Senate and House of Representatives.
It devolves upon this body of statesmen to enact the laws which shall govern our great body politic. It is no wonder, therefore, that such stirring scenes of seeming discord occur when nearly four hundred men coming from various parts of our broad country with different opinions and influenced by different environments, sit together to make laws to govern properly, our people, in all climes and in every condition of life. We in civil life often murmur, at what seems to us prolonged, useless discussions; yet when we stop to think of the circumstances governing each of our members in this body, we are forced to admit that each member of this great representative body is acting to perform the will of his constituents, who are perhaps totally unlike.
The following will give us a brief insight of the qualifications and requirements of the members of each branch of Congress, also the manner of formation and conducting of the work they are required to do.
THE SENATE. The Senate of the United States, the dignified branch of Congress, consists of two members from each State of the Union.
QUALIFICATIONS. A Senator must be thirty years old, a citizen of the United States. His term of office is six years.
HOW ELECTED. The Senators are elected on joint ballot by the Legislatures of their respective States.
ALPHABETICAL LIST OF SENATORS OF THE 57TH CONGRESS WITH
THEIR PLACES OF RESIDENCES IN WASHINGTON.
Beveridge, Albert J., Indiana. . The Gordon.
1700 I street NW.