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Dr. Judson was unanimously appointed February 20 by the trustees of the University of Chicago to succeed the late President Harper, since whose death he had been acting in the presidential capacity. Dr. Judson was born in the State of New York, is a graduate of Williams College, was a successful educator at Troy, N. Y., until 1885, and was professor of history in the University of Minnesota from that year until 1892, when he joined the original forces that have created the present University of Chicago. He had made his mark as a classical and historical scholar, with a keen grasp of questions in theoretical and practical politics, a decided literary gift, and an unusual capacity for executive work.
At Chicago he was made professor of political science and dean of the faculty of arts, literature, and science. He was also President Harper's understudy, so to speak, and his substitute in all cases of Dr. Harper's absence from Chicago. His appointment as president follows the example of Yale, Columbia, and Princeton, which, in promoting Drs. Hadley, Butler, and Wilson to the presidency, in each case selected a professor at once scholarly and practical. with a talent for public affairs. Dr. Judson has written a number of books, is an authority on military and political history, has a clear business head, and is eminently fitted to give the University of Chicago the steady, conservative régime needful after the creative and path-finding methods of the brilliant and lamented Dr. Harper.
THE NEWEST WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT.
BY AN OBSERVER AT THE CAPITAL.
THE Department of Commerce and Labor, the last of the nine great executive departments of the Government to be established, touches the every-day life of the people at many points, representing as it does the national Government's activity in those business fields which seem just now to be of even more absorbing interest than usual. It looks into our foreign and domestic trade, supervises our shipping industries, and stocks our waters with fish; it seeks means to promote the welfare of the workingmen and the commercial success of their employers. The special province of the department, according to the act by which it was created, is to foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce, the mining, manufacturing, shipping, and fishery industries, the labor interests, and the transportation facilities of the United States. In addition to these duties, and partly as a means of carrying them out, it is the principal statistical agency of the Government. Indeed, it fosters industry primarily by collecting and disseminating information; but some of its bureaus have also important administrative functions to perform, as in the control of immigration and the safeguarding of water travel.
The Department of Commerce and Labor includes several bureaus formerly under the Treasury Department, which thus performed to some extent the functions of a department of commerce; but for many years commercial bodies urged the establishment of a separate department. A bill for that purpose, prepared by Senator Frye, was introduced in the Fifty-fifth Congress, and with some elaboration was reintroduced by Senator Nelson at the opening of the Fifty-seventh Congress, in December, 1901. This was the bill which, with some additions and amendments, became the act of February 14, 1903, entitled "An Act to Establish the Department of Commerce and Labor." Under it the new department was organized by the Hon. George B. Cortelyou as the first Secretary of Commerce and Labor. On his appointment as Postmaster-General he was succeeded by the Hon. Victor H. Metcalf, of California, who has now been succeeded by
the Hon. Oscar S. Straus, of New York. The Bureau of Corporations was created at the same time as the department of which it forms a part, for the purpose of investigating the organization and conduct of corporations and corporate combinations engaged in interstate commerce, other than railroads, and to compile and publish useful information concerning such corporations. The head of the bureau has power to compel the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of documentary evidence. In a sense, the Bureau of Corporations is successor to the temporary Industrial Commission, which went out of existence in 1902, but its organization is very different and its methods of investigation are more thorough than was possible with a temporary board.
PUBLICITY REGARDING CORPORATIONS.
Under the administration of the Hon. James R. Garfield as Commissioner of Corporations reports specially ordered by Congressional resolutions were made on two industries: a partial report on the beef industry, in March, 1905, and the report on the transportation of petroleum, showing the existence of a great variety of ingenious railway discriminations in favor of the Standard Oil Company, in May, 1906. The beef report presented only part of the information which had been collected, because the Department of Justice took up the case against the packing-house companies before the report was finished. The report on the transportation of petroleum was likewise a partial report on what appeared to be the most important aspect of the oil situation. It was presented while the Railroad-Rate bill was under consideration, and the discriminations disclosed may have had some influence in deciding Congress to enlarge the powers of the Interstate Commerce Commission. The Bureau of Corporations has in preparation reports on other phases of the oil industry and on the tobacco, steel, sugar, and coal industries, and water transportation. Investigations of the lumber industry, of the "Harvester Trust," and of the cotton exchanges were also called for at the recent session of Congress. These investigations will be con
ducted under the direction of the Hon. Her- of Mr. Garfield, and upon his transfer to bert Knox Smith as Commissioner of Cor- the Interior Department were logically in porations, and Dr. Edward Dana Durand line for promotion. as Deputy Commissioner, both of whom have been connected with the bureau almost from its establishment, as the principal lieutenants
The Bureau of Corporations, with the evidence it has collected, has assisted the Department of Justice in preparing its cases.