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NO. 4.-OCTOBER, 1915.
With this issue the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor begins the publication of its MONTHLY REVIEW. Since the suspension of the bimonthly bulletin in July, 1912, the bureau has felt the need of some medium which it could use for the presentation of important material which accumulates but which in its separate items may not be sufficiently voluminous to warrant presentation in a separate monograph bulletin in any of our established bulletin series.
The MONTHLY REVIEW will be from henceforth the medium through which the Bureau of Labor Statistics will publish the results of original investigations too brief for bulletin purposes, notices of labor legislation by the States or by Congress, and Federal court decisions affecting labor, which from their importance should be given attention before they could ordinarily appear in the bulletins devoted to these subjects.
Through the MONTHLY REVIEW the Bureau of Labor Statistics will deal with such news items of labor as may officially come to its notice. Attention will be given to the current work of this bureau, the other bureaus of the Department of Labor, or any other Government agencies dealing directly with labor matters. The bureau will aim to keep in touch with the current work of the various State labor bureaus, or State activities by whomsoever conducted, within the field of its purview. There are at the present time 37 of the States, and in addition Hawaii, the Philippine Islands, and Porto Rico, which have bureaus or departments of labor. Similar bureaus exist in 31 foreign countries. In addition to these there are the State industrial and workmen's compensation commissions, the minimum wage commissions, factory and mine inspection offices, the State and municipal employment agencies, and a number of other offices regularly engaged in the study of questions and the publication of reports of special interest to labor. Temporary commissions are appointed with in
creasing frequency to serve but a short time and investigate some single phase of the industrial problem. Most of this material is entirely inaccessible in any form to the general reader. A special purpose of the MONTHLY REVIEW will be to make available regularly and promptly notices and summaries of American and foreign official reports of all bureaus, offices, and commissions of the character indicated above. An attempt will be made to keep in touch with the more important current movements and methods for the reporting of industrial accidents and occupational or industrial diseases and for the prevention of these; to report industrial and vocational surveys, the better housing of workingmen, and any other activities, public or private, that have for their object the betterment of industrial conditions. Summaries of sickness and out-ofwork or old-age benefit funds maintained by large employing corporations, national trade-unions, etc., will receive attention.
It is hoped that through the MONTHLY REVIEW the Bureau of Labor Statistics can come in closer touch with current labor activities and by means of this publication give wider publicity and deeper significance to such activities. In the furtherance of this object it is sincerely hoped that the officials in charge of Federal, State, municipal, and private activities along the lines indicated will cooperate by transmitting to the United States Commissioner of Labor Statistics the earliest copies of any plans, outlines, or reports of work in which they are severally engaged.
The MONTHLY REVIEW will be issued on the 29th day of each month.