NOTHING could be more satisfactory than the account that Dr. A. W. Crossley gave on Friday last to the Conference of Research Associations of the constitution and methods of the British Cotton Industry Research Association, of which he is director. It embraces every activity that contributes to the production and utilisation of cotton, and represents more than 95 per cent, of the firms engaged in the industry. Among its members are some of the Labour leaders' and these take the keenest interest in its work. It aims to obtain, in the first place, more exact knowledge of the chemical and physical properties of the fibre and the scientific facts which lie at the base of the processes employed; for it is considered that it is only in this way that the true solution of the problems which present themselves can be assured. It is to be hoped that the same broad and scientific spirit may animate all the associations that have been formed under the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.