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ALMANAC

AND

POLITICAL REGISTER

FOR

1898.

COMPILED BY GEO. E. PLUMBE, A. B., LL. B.

FOURTEENTH YEAR.

ISSUED BY

THE CHICAGO DAILY NEWS COMPANY.

THE CHICAGO QUARTERLY

OF

THE CHICAGO RECORD and THE CHICAGO DAILY NEWS.

PUBLISHED QUARTERLY AT CHICAGO. ILL., BY THE CHICAGO DAILY NEWS CO.

SUBSCRIPTION PRICE el.OO PER YEAR.

VOL. 5. NO. 2. JANUARY, 1808.

ENTERED AT THE CHICAGO POSTOFFICE AS SECOND-CLASS MATTER.

[Copyright, 1898, by The Chicago Daily News Co.]

•PREFACE.

There are no longer off yearns in American politics. The variety of issues, the multiplicity of parties, the frequency of, elections, all combine to keep up the general interest in political affairs that culminates in the presidential elections. While only a small number of states held elections in 1897 they were of unusual interest as indicating any change in public sentiment since 1896 upon which estimates may be based as to the congressional elections of the present year.

A new feature is incorporated into the present issue of the Almanac and that is the chapter showing the movements of political parties during the year 1897. While they have "mjf jbetn numerous they have been important and significant. Some space IjasCbeen devoted to the war in the east, from the fact that it excited very considerable interest in the United States and may have an important bearing on the history of Europe.

Especial care has been taken in treating the Cuban revolt, annexation of Hawaii, the monetary commission and Alaska, with its gold fields and disputed boundary. The statistics upon education, the tariff, agriculture, forestry, domestic commerce, gold and silver, pensions and other subjects of immediate importance and interest are full, impartial and as accurate as possible. The article on the ship canal from the great lakes to the Atlantic seaboard is of interest to the entire country between the Mississippi valley and eastern tide-water.

The aim has been to give facts and figures from a strictly nonpartisan standpoint according to their value and importance.

Chicago, January 1, 1898.

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1898.

Note.—The time given In this Almanac Is local mean time, except when otherwise indicated.

ECLIPSES. In the year 1898 there will be six eclipses, three of the Sun and three of the Moon. I.—A Partial Eclipse of the Moon, January 7. Visible generally In the Eastern portions of North America, In South America, Europe. Asia and Africa. Occurring as follows;

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First contact of shadow 109 decrees from North point of the Moon's limb toward the East. Magnitude of Eclipse — 0.157. (Moon's diameter — 1.0.)

II.—A Total Eclipse of the Sun, January 22. Invisible to America. Visible to Eastern Europe, the greater part of Asia and Africa, and to the Northern part of the Indian Ocean. The line of totality running through the Chinese Empire, India, and Eastern Africa.

III.—A Partial Eclipse of the Moon, July 3. Invisible to North America. Visible generally in Europe. Asia and Africa.

IV.—An Annular Eclipse of the Sun, July 18. Invisible to North America. Visible to the South Pacific Ocean, and the extreme Southern part of South America. The line of Annulus passing through the South Pacific Ocean.

V.—A Partial Eclipse of the Sun, December 13. Invisible here.

VI.—A Total Eclipse of the Moon. December 27. Visible generally throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Occurring as follows:

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First contact of shadow 112 degrees from North point of the Moon':
Magnitude of Eclipse — 1.384 (Moon's diameter —
THE FOUR SEASONS,

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MORNING AND EVENING STARS.

Mercury will be Morning Star about January 29, May 28. and September 21; and Evening Star about April 10, August 9, and December 3.

Maks will be Morning Star all through this year.

Venus will be Morning Star until February 15; then Evening Star until December 1; and then Morning Star the rest of the year.

Jupiter will be Morning Star till March 25; then Evening Star till October 13; and then Morning Star the rest of the year. _^

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