In order to work out a plan of close cooperation between the office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the bank examiners, and the various clearing house associations of the United States, Comptroller Murray will ask the various clearing house associations to send a committee to Washington to consult with him and the bank examiners in the large cities. He has also decided to establish an office in his bureau to which bank examiners throughout the country will send information of any unusual facts in connection with loans in their respective territories; this office acting in a sense as an information clearing house. Bank examiners who may discover loans in unusual quantities made to other local or outside concerns will be expected to apply to this office for information as to what other examiners have reported regarding loans to the same concerns. The comptroller believes this information will be of very great help to him in determining the value of paper held by the bank under examination.

The first annual report of the Public Service Commission of New York State, second district shows that the steam railroads of the district reported 104,113,466 passengers carried. The total number of persons killed in the year—passengers, employes, and others—was respectively 52, 449, and 591, an increase of 156. The total number of persons injured during the year was 2,427, an increase over the previous year of 167. The electric railroads of this district reported 416,279,788 passengers carried. The total number of persons killed was 95, an increase over the previous year of 21.

The journal of the American Medical Association says the total number of medical students (matriculants) for the year ending June 30, 1908, was 22,602, a decrease of 1,674 compared with 1907. The decrease from two years ago is 2,602. The total number of graduates for this year is 4,741, a decrease of 239 in a year and of 623 in two years. There also is a net loss of nine in number of medical schools.

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September 26, 1908

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