National Geographic : 1900 Apr
GEOGRAPHIC MISCELLANEA RESULTS of the surveys of Gila River, Arizona, have been published as Water Supply and Irrigation Paper, No. 33, of the United States Geological Survey. The bulletin gives a description of southern Arizona, with views illustrating the character of the country, and maps and diagrams showing the location of the sources of water supply and the possibilities of storing water for the de. velopment of agriculture. . It is shown that the construction of storage works on Gila River at a cost of about one million dollars would many times compen sate for the outlay, through the sale of public lands and the increase of taxable property. THE second school of forestry to be founded in the United States will soon be established at Yale University, Mr and Mrs James W. Pinchot, of New York, and their sons, Gifford and Amos R. E ., having generously endowed that institution with $150,000 for the purpose. Mr Gifford Pinchot is the for ester of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, and his services to this cause are well known to the public. In addition to the gift of the large sum named, use is given to the University for a term of years of a large tract of forest land in Pike county, Pa., where the practical workings of economic forestry may be demonstrated-as well as the use of buildings in this locality serve as a local head quarters for the school. Mr Henry S. Graves will be the director of the school. UNDER the law no one can do any dredging on the water front of Cape Nome within p three-mile limit without the authority of the War Department. That authority has now been granted in several instances because it was shown that the proposed dredging of sand would not interfere with navigation or the rights of owners of adjacent territory. The particular character of the sand to be dredged did not enter into the consideration of the case. The Secretary of War states that any one is privileged to dig for gold in the open sea, and the only question considered by the War Department is whether such operations con ducted within the three-mile limit are an interference with navigation or an in fringement on the rights of others. When these conditions are complied with the Department is prepared to grant permission to any one to dig in the beach at Cape Nome or at any point lying within three miles of low-water mark. THE BUBONIC plague has increased in severity and extent during the past month. A dispatch from Cape Town to the London Times announced the dis covery of a case in that port early in March. The infected vessel was an army transport from Rosario, Argentine, where the epidemic had prevailed for sev eral months and where the quarantine had only recently been raised. In San Francisco several cases, supposed to be genuine, were discovered in Chinatown, but energetic measures have prevented contagion. Advices have also been re ceived by the Surgeon-General of the Marine Hospital Service of the presence of the plague in the Island of Cozumel, off the east coast of Yucatan, Mexico. It had probably been brought here directly from Brazil. In Honolulu its severity seems to have passed, though a large number of sporadic cases are still arising. From Manila the disease has spread to Iloilo and also to Hilo. It has, how ever, been considerably retarded in its occupation of the Philippines. In India the frightful ravages have continued on the increase, with no prospect of immediate abatement. A recent telegram from Calcutta states that 4,725 deaths occurred in that city and in Bengal in a single week.