Miïtneapolis, Sept. ]9.- The labor statistioians were given an unexpected object losson in the settlement of a labor difficulty between the largost floitr milling company in the country and a delegation of its employe3. The commissioners had been invited to the general offices of the Pillsbury-Washburn Flour Mili company to look into its business methods. At the moment of their visit Charles A. Pillsbury,the managing director, washaving a conference with a delegation of employés who asked for a restoration of wages. Pillsbury asked his visitors to lien to the discussion, an invitation they gladly accepted. Statements of both sides were made, Pillsbury showing that the milling business had been without profit for four years, and the men replying that it was profitable now. The reduction of 80 per cent. in wages still stands and they want it removed. After the discussion had progressed for some time Pillsbury turned to the commissioners and asked for their opinions. Commissioner Powers, of Minnesota, diplomatically parried this query by pointing out that it would be manifestly improper to express an opinión. But tho commissioners listened to the discussion, which was very friendly in tone, with evident interest.