AFFAIRS OF THE NATION. Fresh Topics Gleaned at tbe Capital. TEBBITOBIAL IMPROTEXENT8. Brmrtfc and Thrift !• WmjUmgiam M4 Montana — Department Cterlu Going Rome to Vote—Dr. Mmry Walker 1 ! Appeal Appeal to tbe Women—Short Kotcm. WASEHTOTOS, Oct 30.—Eugene Sample, governor of Washington territory, statee in nil annual report to the secretary of the interior interior that during the past year tbe population population of the territory has increased 24,313, and tie taxable value of property advanced $3L- ooo,ooa •• , The financial condition of the treasury is excellent, the progress of railroad building encouraging, stock raising successful, tbe condition of the Indians peaceful, tbe mining industry in a flourishing condition, and the supply of labor for both mining and agricultural agricultural purposes ample. The question ot irrigation irrigation is receiving much attention, and Governor Semple thinks that by irrigation hundreds of thousands of acres of flrst class agricultural land might be transformed into rich farms. Governor Leslie, ef Montana Territory, in his annual report, speaks of the marked advancement advancement in all branches of industry especially especially the mining business. He says the population has steadily increased, tbe rate of taxation is low, and the treasury is in excellent excellent condition—not owing a dollar. He instances instances the advantages for manufacturing enterprises, especially for men with small capital, and shows that within three years almost 2.000,000 acres of land have been set- led upon and made fine farming properties. The school system of Montana he regards as a striking evidence of the thrift and spirit of :he people. Legislation for the protection of ;he forests and a liberal policy in erecting buildings for territorial purposes are recommended. recommended. COrxG DOME TO VOTZ. A large number of department clerks and officials are going home to vote. "There were 125 leaves granted the other day," re- narked an appointment clerk of one of the argast departments. "There fa one rather lotable feature, and that is tbe largs num- >er who ask for leaves without pay. In the majority of such instances the applicant has xhausted all his annual leave, and now the Darty patriotism is strong enough to induce him to sacrifice a part of his salary for the privilege ol casting bis vote," Indian Commissioner Oberly has a vote in llinois. He said that he thought he would ind some man from tbe «ast and pair with lim and not go home to vote.