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Captain George D. Williams, formerly division engineer of the eastern division is at Camp Lee at Petersburg, Va., where he has assumed his duties as captain of engineers in the United States army.

Under the title of The Passing of the Great Race," Madison Grant, president of the Bronx parkway commission, has written a notable book which has recently gone through a second and revised edition. In this book Commissioner Grant has written European and American history almost entirely in terms of races, thereby casting aside the conventional method of writing history in terms of politics and nationalities. A discussion of the book was given a prominent place in the New York Sun's book review, which is quoted as follows: "Grant is an anthropologist - which means that he does not care a rap about nationalities. The book is full of statements that slash across the preconceptions of most of us. It is a book with which most readers perhaps will violently disagree here and there at least, but it is an important book, one that should be read, talked about, and thought about."

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS:

STATE OF NEW YORK

OFFICE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC WORKS ALBANY, June 18, 1918. Sealed proposals will be received by the undersigned at his office in the Capitol, at Albany, N. Y., until twelve o'clock noon of Tuesday, July 23, 1918, at which place and hour they will be publicly opened and read, for improving the New York State canals pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 147 of the Laws of 1903, and of the acts amendatory thereof and supplementary thereto, and Chapter 570 of the Laws of 1915, as follows:

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Plans may be seen and detailed specifications, engineer's estimate of quantities, proposal blanks, form of contract and bonds required and other information for proposers may be had at the office of the Superintendent of Public Works at Albany, N. Y., at the office of the Assistant Superintendent of Public Works for the Middle Division at Syracuse, N. Y., at the office of the Assistant Superintendent of Public Works for the Western Division at Rochester, N. Y., and at the canal office, Spaulding's Exchange, Buffalo, N. Y.

Copies of detailed plans or drawings may be obtained from the State Engineer and Surveyor at Albany, N. Y., upon payment to him of the cost of producing them.

Monthly estimates will be paid of ninety per centum (90

per cent.) of the work done at the contract price. Every proposal for said work must be accompanied by a money deposit in the from of a draft or certified check upon some good banking institution in the city of Albany or New York, issued by a national or state bank (or trust company in the case of terminal contract) in good credit within the state and payable at sight to the Superintendent of Public Works for five per centum (5 per cent) of the amount of the proposal.

The person whose proposal shall be accepted will be required to execute a contract and furnish bonds within ten days from the date of notice of award delivered to him or them in person or mailed to the address given in the proposal.

Upon execution of the contract and approval of bonds, the certified check or draft will be returned to the proposer unless the same shall have been presented for collection prior to such time, in which case the amount of the deposit will be refunded by the Superintendent of Public Works.

The deposits of bidders other than the one to whom the award of contract shall be made will be returned immediately after the award has been made.

The bond required for the faithful performance of each contract shall be in such sum as shall be fixed by the Superintendent of Public Works, which sum shall not be less than twenty per centum (20 per cent) of the estimated cost of the work according to the contract price, and an additional bond, known as the labor bond, in the sum of ten per centum (10 per cent) of the amount of the estimated cost of the work according to the contract price, will be required as security that the contractor will pay in full at least once in each month all laborers employed by him upon the work specified to be done in the contract.

In the event that more than one surety company is offered as surety on said bonds co-insurance only will be accepted. Each proposal must be addressed to the Superintendent of Public Works, Albany, N. Y., and must be endorsed on the envelope with the name of the construction for which the proposal is made.

Award, if made, will be made to the person or persons whose proposal shall be lowest in cost to the state for doing the work, and which shall comply with all provisions required to render it formal. Before any award shall be made the lowest bidder will be required to satisfy the Superintendent of Public Works of his ability to provide suitable equipment and materials for the proper performance of the work.

The right is reserved to reject all proposals and readvertise and award the contract in the regular manner, if in the judgment of the undersigned, the interests of the state will be enhanced thereby.

W. W. WOTHERSPOON,
Superintendent of Public Works.

Gossip of New York men interested in politics-What the politicians are doing in the State-Prospects for the year

Senator Elon R. Brown, Republican leader in the senate since 1913, and for many years a member of that body, announced his intention to retire from the legislature. Senator Brown says his reason is personal, as well as the fact that it was "in part based on the breakdown of party government in Albany, with a consequent loss of efficiency in the conduct of affairs in the State. To illustrate: The State has made appropriations of $81,000,000, the largest in its history. For the first time these appropriations were made without a single consultation during the session between the governor and the chairman of the finance committees of the two houses, or the governor and leader of the senate. While the chairmen of these committees were able and conscientious, my attempted discharge of duty could not, under such circumstances satisfy my sense of public obligation. Essential economies and a wise provision for public needs are not best secured in this way.

"It now seems highly probable that this condition will be changed by popular action through the nomination and election of a candidate who will favor the restoration of nominating State conventions. Such conventions are a prerequisite to an efficient State administration and to the exercise of such power and influence of the State on the issues arising during and at the close of the war as her place in the world and the welfare of her people demand. We can no longer drift if we expect to avoid the rocks."

There is no more interesting primary campaign in the State than that between Senator Charles W. Wicks and Frederick M. Davenport, former State senator, who are contesting for the Republican nomination. In his initial speech, June 25th, Mr. Davenport attacks the senate record of Senator Wicks with special reference to his introduction of the bill at the last session alleged to be in the interest of the gas companies and intended to make it possible to increase the price of gas. Mr. Davenport also quotes John J. Dillon, former head of the State food commission, criticizing the legislative investigating committee of which Senator Wicks was chairman.

In a letter to the Rev. O. R. Miller, State superintendent of the New York civic league at Albany, Senator James A. Emerson writes: "Yours of recent date received asking how I will vote on ratification if elected to the senate next year. I stand now just as I told you the last week of the last legislature, that I believe that a majority of my constituents favor the ratification of the National prohibition amendment, and I will, if re-elected to the senate, vote for the ratification of the federal amendment."

Petitions for the renomination of Governor Whitman and Attorney-General Merton E. Lewis, his opponent in the Republican primary, have been circulated and the necessary 3,000 names obtained. Senator Charles D. Newton, candidate for attorney-general on the Whitman ticket, and Deputy Attorney-General Harold J. Hinman, his opponent on the Lewis ticket, also are having their petitions signed.

Theodore Roosevelt, former president of the United States, delivered a number of speeches in the middle west under the auspices of the national security league. He returned from the trip during the month of June and reported that the people of the middle west were loyally supporting the war.

In an address before the State conference of mayors and other city officials at Newburgh in June, Eugene M. Travis, State comptroller, declared himself in favor of home rule for cities. He said: "It is simply a reassertion of the right of local self-government, and in this sense municipalities should be left in control over those things which concern them alone. Make each director responsible for his special constituency and permit neither to exercise other than direct representative authority. The result will be simple, responsible and effective government."

Franklin D. Roosevelt, assistant secretary of the navy, is declared to have changed his mind lately with reference to the governorship of New York State and is now willing to accept the nomination for that office. Mr. Roosevelt is a former State senator and his home is in Dutchess county.

Charles A. Hitchcock, a Syracuse lawyer, is a candidate for governor on the Democratic ticket. Referring to the rural school problem, Mr. Hitchcock recently said: "I believe there is a way by which every child in the rural districts can receive an education without having it accompanied by insane methods of taxation. And I also believe there is a way to promote the welfare of the agricultural interests without removing from office every friend of the farmer."

Senator J. Henry Walters, of Syracuse, will probably be chosen the Republican leader in the next State senate to succeed Elon R. Brown. Senator Walters is one of the ablest members of the senate and has had a long experience in that body.

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Mrs. Edward V. Colbert, of Albany, will be a candidate for the assembly in the second district on the Democratic ticket. Her Republican opponent will be Assemblyman John G. Malone. Mrs. Colbert is president of the Albany Mothers' club and was a prominent suffragist.

Democrats of the 30th congressional district, made up of the counties of Schenectady, Montgomery and Fulton, at a meeting in Amsterdam, July 1st, strongly endorsed Congressman George R. Lunn as a candidate for governor. Mr. Lunn is said to be favored for nomination by President Wilson and other members of his administration. He says he is a candidate for governor if the party wants him.

George W. Perkins, friend of Colonel Roosevelt and former Progressive leader, is in San Antonio, Texas, helping to organize workers for the fall campaign for Y. M. C. A. war funds. In a recent statement he said:

I do not believe that this is a time for politics or political talk. The job we have on our hands is great enough to take all our attention without diverting any of it to politics. Just as the veterans of the civil war have ruled America in the last fifty years, so will our boys in Europe rule us during the next half century. The big work of the Y. M. C. A. is to see that they are kept fit to govern wisely and well."

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OTICE TO CONTRACTORS: Sealed proposals for heating work, underground heating mains, etc., employees' home, Kings Park State Hospital, Kings Park, N. Y., will be received by the State Hospital Commission until 3 o'clock P. M. on Friday, July 26, 1918, when they will be publicly opened and read. Proposals shall be enclosed in an envelope furnished by the State Architect, sealed and addressed, and shall be accompanied by a certified check in the sum of five per cent (5 per cent) of the amount of the proposal. The contractor to whom the award is made will be required to furnish surety company bond in the sum of fifty per cent (50 per cent) of the amount of the contract, and in accordance with the terms of specification No. 2982 and addenda No. 1, dated June 15, 1918. The right is reserved to reject any or all bids. Drawings and specifications may be consulted at the Kings Park State Hospital, Kings Park, N. Y., at the New York office of the Department of Architecture, Room 1224, Woolworth building, and at the Department of Architecture, Capitol, Albany, N. Y. Drawings and specifications and blank forms of proposal may be obtained at the Department of Architecture, Capitol, Albany, N. Y., upon reasonable notice to and in the discretion of the State Architect, Lewis F. Pilcher, Capitol, Albany, N. Y. E. S. ELWOOD,

Secretary, State Hospital Commission.

Dated: July 5, 1918.

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OTICE TO CONTRACTORS: Sealed proposals

for heating work, underground service connections, etc.; sanitary work, underground sewer and water connections; electric work, underground service connections, building for tubercular patients, Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital, Middletown, N. Y., will be received by the State Hospital Commission, Capitol, Albany, N. Y., until 3 o'clock P. M. on Friday, July 26, 1918, when they will be publicly opened and read. Proposals shall be enclosed in an envelope furnished by the State Architect, sealed and addressed, and shall be accompanied by a certified check in the sum of five per cent (5 per cent) of the amount of the proposal. The contractors to whom the awards are made will be required to furnish surety company bond in the sum of fifty per cent (50 per cent) of the amount of the contract within thirty (30) days after official notice of award of contract and in accordance with the terms of specifications Nos. 3019, 3020, and 3021. The right is reserved to reject any or all bids. Drawings and specifications may be consulted at the Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital, Middletown, N. Y., at the New York office of the Department of Architecture, Room 1224, Woolworth building, and at the Department of Architecture, Capitol, Albany, N. Y. Drawings and specifications and blank forms of proposal may be obtained at the Department of Architecture, Capitol, Albany, N. Y., upon reasonable notice to and in the discretion of the State Architect, Lewis F. Pilcher, Capitol, Albany, N. Y. E. S. ELWOOD,

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Byron R. Newton, collector of customs, New York city, is being urged to be a Democratic candidate for governor. Until he was appointed to his present office to succeed Dudley Field Malone, Mr. Newton was assistant secretary of the treasury under William G. McAdoo. In 1912 he was in charge of the publicity campaign of Woodrow Wilson for president. Prior to that time he was a political writer on the New York Herald and on the Buffalo Express.

Miss Sarah Stephenson, lawyer and business woman and enrolled Democrat, Brooklyn, is a candidate for secretary of State. Miss Stephenson declares that she has had the necessary training to fill that office.

Full returns on the woman's suffrage vote by the soldiers from New York State at the camps and on the European front last November show that 19,398 voted to give women the vote, and that 12,114 voted against the proposition. The soldiers coming from 16 of the 62 counties gave a majority against it.

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George A. Glynn, chairman of the Republican State committee, in defending the third term nomination of Governor Whitman said: "I regard the renomination of President Wilson for a third term by the Democrats in 1920 as inevitable if the war should still be in progress then. I very much doubt whether the third-term bogey will ever be seriously raised again as an obstacle to future public service by an official in whom his party has confidence."

William E. Fitzsimmons, of Albany, is a candidate for attorney-general on the Democratic ticket. His name was first urged upon party leaders by the railroad men of the State. He has served as counsel in several important matters before the legislature. Mr. Fitzsimmons has made a wide acquaintance in the State by reason of his work in behalf of the movement for deepening the Hudson river and in obtaining legislation at Albany for canal terminals. He is regarded as one of the most eloquent public speakers in the State.

At their recent meeting in Syracuse, the hotel-keepers of the State resolved to form a new political party to be active in the coming State campaign for the election of governor and other State officers. This action, it is admitted by the officers elected by the hotel-keepers' association, is the result of the activities of the Prohibitionists and their growing power in State affairs. It is the purpose of the association to select a State committeeman from each senatorial district and later one from each of the 150 assembly districts, which is required by the election law. The new party's friends decline to say at present whether they will nominate a ticket of their own or endorse candidates of other parties.

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