Items of Interest

The trustees of the Carnegie Institute have received numerous letters urging them to take up the subject of economics and to make a thorough investigation of the relations between capital and labor, the rate of wages paid in proportion to the unit of work performed, private ownership of natural monopolies, etc. The executive committee of the institution has considered the matter, and an advisory board on the subject of political economy, which will give special attention to strikes and trusts, has already been selected. That the executive committee will bring the subject in concrete form before the board of trustees at its meeting in November is assured.

Friends of the Carnegie Institute believe that with its resources it could not only conduct a most comprehensive investigation of existing labor conditions both in this country and abroad, but it could effectually compare the information already published In varying forms on the subject, eliminate the personal bias with which almost every writer unconsciously colors his premises, and without bias coordinate the results.

The tenth National Irrigation Congress assembled last week at Colorado Springs. This congress is given national importance this year from the fact that the last United States Congress passed a bill authorizing the proceeds from the sale of public lands to be used for irrigation purposes in the several states. President Roosevelt sent a message of congratulation and cordial sympathy to be read before the convention.

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Speed Tests of Steam and Electric Trains
October 16, 1902

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