Items of Interest

The executive council of the American Federation of Labor had a conference with President Roosevelt last week in which the President stated that he was in sympathy with the demands of labor as to an eight hour bill and a prison labor bill. The President said there had been a great deal of misunderstanding as to the order issued by him relating to Government employes taking part in efforts to secure an increase of pay. The order, he explained, did not refer to the effort of organizations as bodies.

Secretary Long requests the committee on naval affairs to provide for the construction of three battleships, two armoured cruisers, and several smaller ships. He disapproves of building warships in Government yards, and gives as his reason that the cost would be about twenty-five per cent greater, and that it would have a tendency to build up political organizations at the navy yards.

A Communication
April 24, 1902

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