United States Senate, Washington, D. C., Dec. 23, 1897.
To the Editor:
—Your favor of the 16th inst. has been received and read with interest. I note what you say with reference to the united effort on the part of the medical profession of our State, supported by the medical men throughout the country, in favor of the establishment of an independent bureau with a commissioner to be appointed by the President at its head.There is no class of professional men in this or any other country more entitled to the highest consideration than that of the medical profession. Upon that profession the people always rely in times of physical distress in their everyday life, or in times when contagious diseases seize and threaten the lives of the people of a locality and the communities surrounding it, among whom the malady is likely to be spread.I therefore should