The American and Canadian joint commission has begun its deliberations in Quebec. Among other important questions it will have to settle as between the United States and Canada, are the export timber question, which is thought to be a vital issue; the Pelagic sealing question, which is now considered a matter of less concern than the timber question; the fisheries and alien labor question. The tendency toward better commercial relations and a greater measure of amity between the two countries is certainly commendable. It is to be hoped that such cordial relations as should always have existed between the two countries will result from this joint commission, which, on both sides, is composed of men of eminent ability.

Labor-Day was generally observed throughout the country. More than the usual earnestness and enthusiasm prevailed. The dignity of American labor was again successfully vindicated. These demonstrations are most helpful and educative. They tend to emphasize the power of the laboring classes. God speed the day when that mighty principle enunciated nearly nineteen hundred years ago by the greatest laborer the world has produced—because he labored for the whole world—may become the rule governing capital and labor: "Therefore whatsoever things ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them."

September 15, 1898

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