No. 20.
Mr. Tree to Mr. Bayard.

No. 89.]

Sir: Referring to my No. 84, I have the honor to inform you that the Commission recently appointed by royal decree to inquire into and report the condition of industrial labor in Belgium has organized and commmenced its sessions. Mr. Pirmey, minister of state, and a director of the National Bank has been elected its president, and Mr. Jacobs, ex-minister of the interior, vice-president. The Commission has resolved to create from among its members three subcommittees of inquiry, the first for general statistics, the second for the relations between capital and labor, and the third for the material and moral condition of the working classes.

In view of the men of ability and experience composing each of these subcommittees, some very interesting reports on the subjects referred to them may be reasonably expected.

Whatever solutions may be proposed by these subcommittees will be discussed in open session of the full Commission.

I have, &c.,