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To our brothers of the British crown we bid a special welcome. Before a common sentiment and common language, personal or rational interest must be tempered and cement these two nations side by side, and they will carry the torch of civilization and justice to the end.
The City of Seattle and her citizens bid you a sincere and hearty welcome, and may this meeting, held in this far-off, but energetic city, enure to the great and lasting benefit of the American people.
I have the honor now to present the Honorable Frank S. Dietrich, United States District Judge for the District of Idaho, who will welcome the Association on behalf of the Bar of the Coast.
Frank S. Dietrich, of Idaho:
Gentlemen of the American Bar Association, ladies and gentlemen: I would not weary you with over-much welcome of words ; I am sure that I could not add to the cordialty and grace of the reception already tendered to you by Judge Hanford and by Mayor Miller. Indeed, were the citizens of the State of Washington and of this marvelous young city your only hosts, I could more properly respond as a guest; for 1, too, like many of you, am the recipient of their gracious hospitality. But we of the West, widely scattered though we may be, are so much more widely separated from those of you who live in the East that we usually group ourselves together as one family, and when one of us has as a guest an Eastern cousin, we all feel that the visit is meant for us.
To the members of the Bar and the occupants of the Bench, in these Western States, your coming is of special interest, because there is between you and them a special tie, and there goes out from them to you a special feeling of kinship, springing from common interests and a common training. Many of us, residing here have come from the East. We see in some of you preceptors in the schools where we first acquired the principles of the profession we follow. We see in some of you associates of
early days, and in some of you we find merely friends of mutual friends. Your coming here revives tender memories, renews old acquaintance, and hence it is that your visit gives us a distinct pleasure, whether we be residents of the City of Seattle, or of the State of Washington, or of one of the adjoining states. We welcome you, too, because we feel that your coming not only brings us pleasure, but it brings us good. Many members of the Bar in this sparsely settled district labor in places of solitude, apart from the mighty currents of modern life, and we need, possibly, to have held up before us anew the great ideals of our profession; we need the inspiration of meeting men who are leaders in the centres of our business and social life. We anticipate much from your deliberations and from our conference and association with vou, both of pleasure and of profit.
You have now been thrice welcomed. I trust that you will feel thrice welcome.
Judge Hanford, Mayor Miller and Judge Dietrich: The visiting members of the American Bar Association deeply appreciate this cordial reception in the City of Seattle to the “ Evergreen State," and the delightful hospitality and courtesy that have been shown them in advance fully vindicate
your assurances of welcome, and it seems now that even nature is vying with you in its efforts to be kindly with us, and I now entertain the hope that it will sustain the veracity of those of us who told our friends, who came with us, of the majestic snow-capped mountains lying within view of this city.
Last year we met in Portland, Maine. It is a far cry from Maine to Puget Sound, and I do not mind telling you that the Executive Committee in considering the place of next meeting looked with some fear on a session in Seattle. We are only too thankful today that we consulted our hearts and not our fears, and this gathering shows conclusively that a successful session of the American Bar Association can be held on the Pacific Coast. And so, since we are here, we are going to let joy be unconfined.
The President then delivered the President's Address.
(See the Appendix.) The Secretary :
Mr. President, I am requested to give some noticés. An invitation is extended to all Harvard and Yale men, members of the American Bar Association, to attend a reception tendered Professor Ames and Professor Williston, at the University Club, tomorrow evening at 9.00 o'clock.
I was requested by the President of the University Club to state that members of the Association will be welcome at the club at any time during their stay in the city, and will be accorded all the privileges, without the formality of a card. New members were then elected.
(See List of New Members.) The President:
The election of the General Council is next in order, and, as it is the custom at this time, we will take a recess of five minutes. After recess members of the General Council were elected.
(See List of Officers at end of Minutes.) W. 0. Hart, of Louisiana: I ask unanimous consent to offer a resolution at this time. The President:
Unless objection is made, the gentleman from Louisiana may read his resolution.
W. 0. Hart:
It has just come to my knowledge that Judge William W. Howe, one of the earliest members, and a former President of this Association, has suffered an irreparable loss in the death of his son-in-law and law partner. Now, the resolution is as follows:
Resolved, That the President of this Association be requested tc transmit to Judge William Wirt Howe the sincere sympathy of the members of the American Bar Association in the death of his son-in-law and partner, Mr. Clarence B. Cox.
The resolution was seconded and adopted,
John C. Richberg, of Illinois :
Mr. President, I desire at this time to call attention to the last paragraph in By-law VI, which reads:
No resolution complimentary to an officer or member for any service performed, paper read or address delivered, shall be considered by the Association.
My reason for calling attention to this at this time is that at the last session of the Association we had resolutions offered when there were barely forty members present, at the tail end of the session when the business was presumed to have been practically completed. A resolution was offered of an entirely political nature, and, although the President of the Association begged the mover to withdraw it for various good reasons, still the debate continued for upwards of an hour. The resolution was, however, fortunately defeated. In view of what has occurred and to avoid what is likely to occur in the future, and to prevent this Association from being committed, as the President so well expressed in his opening address this morning, by a small minority, to any resolution which the Association as a whole would repudiate. I, therefore, offer, as an amendment to this By-law, that I have just read the following addition, namely: “ All other resolutions and communications shall be referred, without reading or debate, to the Executive Committee.”
Simeon E. Baldwin, of Connecticut:
I state, for the information of the mover of the resolution, and also for the information of the members generally, that the Executive Committee has already voted to recommend the following amendment to the By-laws: “Add to By-law III the following clause: All resolutions except those of a formal character shall be referred by the Chair on presentation, without debate, to an appropriate committee; and no resolution which is not favorably reported by the committee to which it is referred, or adopted by the Association, shall be published in the proceedings of the meeting.”
That seems to cover the ground.
John C. Richberg:
No, but it is contained in the report of the Executive Committee and will be brought up when the report of the committee is presented.
John C. Richberg:
Then, sir, in view of that amendment, which I understand will come up when the Executive Committee reports, I withdraw the resolution that I offered.
Joseph R. Edson, of the District of Columbia :
Mr. President: I have a resolution which I will either read now or pass up to the Secretary to be handed over to the proper committee.
Simeon E. Baldwin:
I call for the reading of the report of the Executive Committee, which is, I believe, the next business in order.
John Hinkley, of Maryland, the Secretary of the Association, read his report, which, on motion, was received and adopted.
(See the Report at end of Minutes.) The President: We will next listen to the report of the Treasurer.
Frederick E. Wadhams, of New York, the Treasurer of the Association, read his report, and the same was referred by the President to the Auditing Committee.
(See the Report at the end of Minutes.) The President:
The Secretary will read the list of committees appointed for this meeting
The committees appointed were read by the Secretary as follows: