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THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION.
* THOMAS M. COOLEY, of Michigan, Chairman.
EDWARD A. MOSELEY, Secretary.
* Resigned, September 4, 1891.
Died, August 21, 1891.
OFFICE OF THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION,
Washington, D. C., December 1, 1891. To the Senate and the House of Representatives:
The Interstate Commerce Commission respectfully submits its fifth annual report of information and data collected and considered of value in the determination of questions connected with the regulation of commerce. Recommendations and suggestions as to additional legislation are made in connection with the subjects to which they relate. The names and compensation of the persons employed by the Commission, with the appropriations and expenditures for the past year, will be found in the appendix (A) to this report.
In the third annual report the Commission presented a summary of its force, its organization into administrative divisions for the systematic and efficient performance of its duties," enumerating the duties of the several divisions, and showing the distribution of the office work. Results having, in the main, justified this method of organization and distribution, it has been continued with little change. The detail work as set forth in its third annual report has continued with increasing volume since that report was made, but efficiency resulting from experience enabled the office in the last year to deal with a constantly increasing volume of business without augmenting its force.
The work of the statistical division enables the Commission to make a complete exhibit of the condition of railways in the United States for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1890, and includes a compilation of monthly returns of railway income and expenditure for the nine months ending March 31, 1891, thus constituting a report of the operation of railways for a period of twenty-one consecutive months.