Members of the Industrial League: We meet to-day in the third annual convention of this association. As in the past, we come together to consider the interests of the laboring classes, and in our discussions I wish to direct your attention to the following subjects pertaining to the cause of Labor.

1. The interests of the country as affected by a protective tariff.

2. The benefits resulting from Labor unions.

3. Strikes, whether beneficial or not, and their results upon the laboring classes.

4. Arbitration, as a means of settling misunderstandings between employers and employes.

5. New lands. Where they are, and how to reach them, and the inducements offered the unemployed in going there.

6. Convict labor. What course should be pursued by the State and general government, to prevent it from coming too strongly in competition with our workingmen.

7. Less hours for general labor. The attention of the convention is especially called to the need of working less hours in all manufacturing institutions, and in all the industries, in order that the unemployed may have an opportunity to work.

While much important matter will doubtless come before the meeting, I direct the attention of the members to these topics, as subjects exciting general comment, worthy of your careful thought.

Trusting that the harmony which has prevailed in our meetings heretofore may be shown in this, I will now read the programme of exercises for to-day.