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Wednesday, July 10, 1901, 2:30 p. m.
The meeting was called to order by the President.
The report of the Committee on Nominations is in order.
Charles E. Gast presented the recommendations of that committee as follows:
For President, Platt Rogers.
For First Vice President, Harry N. Haynes.
For Delegates to American Bar Association: Julius C. Gunter, James W. McCreery and Willard Teller.
I move that the Secretary cast the ballot of the Association for the officers named.
Seconded and carried.
The ballot was cast and the officers named were declared elected.
Edward C. Stimson:
I move that the delegates named by the committee be elected by the Association.
Seconded and carried.
It has been suggested that perhaps it would be better to hold the annual meeting in December instead of June or July. I now ask for suggestions as to the matter.
Julius C. Gunter:
I think, Mr. President, we might secure a better attendance if the meetings were held during the Christmas holidays.
Tyson S. Dines:
It seems to me that experience indicates that the best time for the meeting is the summer and that the holidays is not a favorable time. Too much else occupies the attention at that time.
Lucius W. Hoyt:
The practice of other associations should be a safe guide. I think that probably three-fourths of the associations meet in the
Edward C. Stimson:
I suggest, Mr. President, that if legislative reforms are to be brought forward, it must, for mature consideration, be at meetings longer before the legislature convenes than would be possible if we had a winter meeting.
I have now the pleasure to present a distinguished lawyer from a distant state who honors us with his presence to-day, and who will deliver before you the annual address which has become the most interesting feature of your meetings. In doing so I will ask his permission to read from his letter of acceptance dated December 31, 1900, a few paragraphs which show from what elevation he surveys the field of professional labor and also the genial warmth and hospitality of his association with his brethren of the bar.
"I am having an experience to-day that is quite novel and that in all likelihood will never be repeated. I am spending the closing hours of the last day of a century, on the eve of the first day of another century that will certainly be big with events that will change the world beyond recognition. Standing on the bank of this Rubicon, and looking back over the greater part of the century that is dying, I gratefully recognize the fact that outside of family ties that have bound me my greatest social enjoyment has been derived from my connection with the members of my profession. Looking to the future I have the strongest conviction that its members in the century to come will always stand as an inspiring phalanx to lead in the defense of every cause where justice and the right may be imperiled.
"Since I come to think of it I have no fixed engagement in all of the century to come; and, as I am somewhat self-indulgent, I can see no good
reason why I should deny myself the privilege now so kindly offered of making the acquaintance of the members of the bar of the young and enterprising State wherein you have built your homes. The new century will be filled with many days; and I am like one who has a large check book with a very small balance in the bank; but I shall think it of good omen that my first definite engagement will, as I hope, enable me to meet many gentlemen of the profession distinguished by the ability, learning and virtues which confer upon it the highest claim to universal respect. "If I might venture to stipulate any condition, it would be that if I should find nothing to say that will prove to be either interesting or instructive which will probably happen-neither you nor any other gentlemen who participated in the making of the selection shall be held to strict accountability; and that the association will remember the benign maxim of the law that ignorance of fact is a thing to be excused."
Gentlemen, I introduce the Honorable U. M. Rose of Little Rock, Arkansas.
U. M. Rose of Little Rock, Arkansas, then delivered an address on "The Case Between Jefferson and Marshall."
(For address see the appendix.)
LUCIUS W. HOYT,