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grow dim with age we will teach the world the lesson, that government ought to be inseparable from a sense of the personal rights and dignity of man.
Gentlemen of the Colorado Bar Association, permit me, in conclusion, to say, for several years I have been coming to your state, in sight of the lofty mountain back of us, in this sweet air, and amid the magnificent scenery about this beautiful city, to find rest, health and pleasure; but “without this” meeting with you I might not have so fully felt the sentiment of the verse:
"The sweetness that pleasure hath in it,
Is always so slow to come forth,
It dies do we know its worth.”
Toastmaster Rogers: The last speaker of the evening is a member of the bar of Colorado. He stands at the fountain from which gushes the intelligence that has established the bar of the United States as a most powerful instrument in the perpetuation of American institutions. The speaker who closes will deal exclusively with the subject of water-water pure and simple; not the waters of Manitou, nor water poisoned by the addition of liquor, but ditch water, ditch water as an element involved in that uncertain quantity known as “The Value of N.” This abstruse and uncertain element will be described by our friend, Mr. Dubbs, of Pueblo. (Applause.)
(Through a misunderstanding, Mr. Dubbs' address was not taken.)
Mr. Butler: Gentlemen of the Bar Association-After the eloquent and extended speeches to which you have listened tonight, I will not add to your burdens. It was voted this morning that the present President of this association should continue in office until the end of the banquet. It was understood, of course, that the banquet should terminate before midnight, or 12 o'clock, and the fact that it has not terminated before that time is due to causes beyond the control of your present President. I want to say, however, in conclusion, that I think this association owes a debt of gratitude which it ought to express by resolution to the distinguished guests who, by their presence and their eloquence, have made the first annual meeting of this association an unquestionable success. I think that we ought to tender to Justice Brewer, of the Supreme Court of the United States; to Justice Caldwell, the presiding judge of the Appellate Court of the Eighth Judicial Circuit, and to Judge Philips, our distinguished guest from the state of Missouri, our cordial and sincere thanks for all the favors which they have conferred upon us, and I therefore will entertain, with great pleasure, a motion to that effect by any member of the association.
Judge A. T. Gunnell: I take great pleasure in making the motion suggested by the chair, only I want to add a little story that will not take long, with reference to some of the speeches, and that is that I had a friend once who admired, very greatly, a preacher by the name of Cameron. He used to say to me: “Mr. Cameron is a great preacher, and I love to hear him speak, but he comes to so damned many good stopping places and don't see them.” Mr. Chairman, I cheerfully make the motion suggested.
Mr. Manly seconded the motion, whereupon it was duly carried.
Mr. Butler: Gentlemen, I desire to state to you that I feel that, even with the limited number present, that the Colorado Bar Association has made an initial success, and that if the spirit which prompted its organization, which kept it alive to the present moment, be continued, it will be a first aid to the courts of nisi prius, the Courts of Appeal in this state, the Courts of Appeal in our circuit, and in the appellate courts of the whole United States, and that it will become a part and an important factor in a movement, beginning with the close of the present century and to continue, as I hope, for an indefinite time to come, which will make the science of jurisprudence a science in the sense of an exact science, and give us all cause, for many years to come, to rejoice in the name of "lawyer.” (Applause.)
I want to conclude my official duties by introducing to you the next President of the association, Mr. Gast, of Pueblo. (Applause.)
On motion, duly seconded and carried, the meeting adjourned.
PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION.
Gentlemen of the Colorado Bar Association—This association was formed, as stated in its Constitution, "To advance the science of jurisprudence; to promote the administration of justice; to secure proper legislation; to encourage a thorough legal education; to uphold the honor and dignity of the bar; to caltivate cordial intercourse among the lawyers of Colorado, and to perpetuate the history of the profession and the memory of its members."
There have been and are many such associations in other states, some only local and some co-extensive with the state in which they exist. There are also Bar Associations in our own state, and even this association as a state organization is not the first one in this state. The object of all such associations, whatever may be their name or whether they be bounded by city or state lines, should be the same, viz.: To create and foster a feeling of brotherhood among its members; to promote the interests of the class or profession to which they belong, and to improve and elevate the profession itself. Such objects are in line with the purposes of other organizations or unions among doctors, scientists, workmen and tradesmen. When confined to such purposes, the motives are selfish, and in so far as they are selfish, any such association may be a detriment rather than a benefit to the public. An association whose object is to increase fees; to increase business or litigation; to increase the privileges of its members or to create exemptions from public duties common to others, would not commend itself to the public.