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Senator JAMES H. KYLE, Chairman.
Mr. ANDREW L. HARRIS.
Mr. EUGENE D. CONGER.
Mr. THOMAS W.PHILLIPS.
Mr. D. A. TOMPKINS.
E. DANA DURAND, Secretary.
[Extract from act of Congress of June 18, 1898, defining the duties of the Industrial Commission and
showing the scope of its inquiries.] Sec. 2, That it shall be the duty of this commission to investigate questions pertaining to immigration, to labor, to agriculture, to manufacturing, and to business, and to report to Congress and to suggest such legislation as it may deem best upon these subjects.
Sec. 3. That it shall furnish such information and suggest such laws as may be made a basis for uniform legislation by the various States of the Union, in order to harmonize conflicting interests and to be equitable to the laborer, the employer, the producer, and the consumer.
Washington, D. C., January 15, 1901. The Industrial Commission herewith presents to Congress a report on the distribution of farm products. The object in presenting this report at this time, in advance of a final report on conditions of agriculture and suggested remedial legislation relating thereto, is to furnish Congress and the public with concrete data, assembled from a hitherto but partially exploited field of investigation.
It is not claimed that the conclusions set forth in this report are free from errors of judgment, but the statistical facts presented are from original and official sources and form a basis for intelligent analysis, useful alike to the legislator, the farmer, and the business man. Respectfully,
JAMES H. KYLE,
Chairman. The SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.