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of the Association to a letter received from Mrs. Joseph R. Lamar. The Commitee has instructed me to read the letter, believing it will be a matter of interest to every member of this Association. I will read the letter as follows:
35 West Eleventh Street.
Atlanta, Ga., December 30, 1916. My Dear Mr. Park:
I have just received the copies,—forwarded from Augusta, -of the Report of the twenty-third annual session of the Georgia Bar Association, containing the memorial to my husband, Justice Lamar, which you were so kind as to send me.
You may be sure that I would have written long ag express my grateful thanks, but for the fact that I had heard nothing of this action of the Association until these copies reached me.
I am deeply touched by this expression of admiration and affection from the body of Georgia lawyers with whom he was so closely associated for many years, and whom he held in such warm and affectionate regard.
There were no occasions that he enjoyed more than the meetings of the Bar Association; it was a real deprivation to him when he was unable to attend them, and I like to recall the pleasure he took in the last meeting which he attended, in the Spring of 1913. The Court had not yet adjourned, and he had so much work to do before the close of the term, that it was only by studying the records of unfinished cases on the train, that he was able to afford the time for the journey. But his unalloyed happiness in the meeting, and in seeing and talking to his old friends of the Georgia Bar, constitutes
one of the memories that I cherish most.
I am very much obliged to you and to the Association for the copies of the Report which you have sent me, and deeply appreciative of the words of warm eulogy which the memorial contains, and for the friendship for my husband which inspired this action by the members of the Georgia Bar. With kindest regards, I am
Very sincerely, (Mrs. Joseph R.) C. P. LAMAR.
The President: If there is no objection, the Chair will take the liberty of directing that that letter be incorporated in the report of this meeting.
Mr. Bryan, continuing the report of the Executive Committee: The Executive Committee, gentlemen of the Association, urges that every member of the Association register and secure a badge and put his name on the place on the badge provided therefor. I think it has been the experience of a great many of us that we have attended some of these meetings and gone back home and then found that men whom we knew well by professional reputation or by correspondence or in some other way had been there, and we had never seen them. I remember, too, my experience last year in making a mistake. I tried to catch the spirit of the occasion, and greet everybody; everybody was friendly; and on two or three occasions I spoke very cordially to a gentleman, whom I called Dr. Hardman, a former candidate for Governor; and I afterwards found out that the gentleman I was speaking to was Judge Matthews. (Laughter.) If the Judge had had on one of these badges with an identification card on it like we have this morning, I would not have made that mistake. I am also reminded of an experience I had here in the hotel some years ago, when the same friendly spirit prevailed. To a gentleman sitting next to me I said, "My name is Bryan." He said, “Well, Roosevelt is my name." Being serious-minded, I inquired of some of the Savannah lawyers if there was a lawyer here named Roosevelt, and they said that there was not a lawyer by that name; and I have never found that fellow yet. So the Committee hopes that every member will secure a badge and that he will put his name on it, and that we will all get to knowing each other better.
The Secretary: Heretofore I have found it practically impossible to get a correct roll of the members who have attended the meetings. The only way we have had of getting it was to get the names from the hotel register, and that has not always been satisfactory because some of the members, especially those of the Savannah Bar, stay in Savannah, and just come down between trains. A large proportion of the Savannah Bar do not register at all, and therefore we had to guess at it as far as we could. I have had my attention called to a great many omissions that have occurred in that way. I am particularly anxious that every member here register, in order that we may get his name for the permanent record as being in attendance and also in order that we may become better acquainted by the use of the badge as suggested. Register in the hall right at the door this way.
Mr. W. W. Douglas, of Savannah: And please write the name plainly, so that we may be able to read it on the badge.
Mr. Bryan, continuing the report of the Executive Committee: Mr. Douglas suggests that we write the name plainly on the badge, a natural admonition where he is talking to lawyers.
In a general way we can announce the program for to-day, and give you brief suggestions as to the good things in store for us during the next two days. The distinguished speaker of the occasion, Mr. Henry St. George Tucker, will not arrive before to-morrow night; so his address is scheduled for Saturday morning. The principal thing on the program, in fact
. the sole thing, for this morning, following this report of the Committee is the annual address of our distinguished President, which will follow in a few moments.
It is the desire and intention of the Executive Committee to encourage and co-operate with the Reception Committee and with all others interested in making this meeting a success. There will be a reception to-night in this pavilion, to which all of the members and all of the ladies are invited. There will be dancing for those who wish to dance.
The Executive Committee has, with the assistance and very cordial co-operation of Mr. A. Pratt Adams, the President of the Savannah Bar Association, and his associates and members of the Savannah Bar, arranged for the Association to have a steamboat trip to Wilmington Island to-morrow afternoon at 4 o'clock, Central time. I omitted to say that all meetings will be held, and all engagements made, if not kept, by Central time. So it has been our plan that this steamer shall leave the wharf to-morrow afternoon at 4 o'clock and go to Wilmington Island, where we will have seafood in abundance, and lemonade, and other things, and where, as the President of the Savannah Bar has intimated to this Committee, the Association will be introduced to a thing—I do not know whether it is animate or inanimate — known as
“Cabinet," whatever that is.
This afternoon the Association will be called to order at 3.30 Central time. The session will be devoted to a paper by Mr. J. Ellsworth Hall, to the reception of Committee reports, and to the symposium on the question of governmental control of quasi-public corporations; at least we will go as far as possible in that symposium.
I think that that completes the announcements of the Executive Committee. One thing only remains that I wish to do before taking my seat, and that is to ask Mr. A. Pratt Adams, the President of the Savannah Bar Association, to explain, or make any additional statements that he thinks necessary, relative to the great pleasure that is in store for us on this steamboat ride to-morrow afternoon.
Mr. A. Pratt Adams, of Savannah: The statement of the Chairman of the Executive Committee has covered it fully, but I am afraid that he has aroused unduly the thirst of some of the members.
As to the time, the boat will leave the wharf at the South end of this island two or three blocks from here at 4 o'clock, Standard time. It will take about an hour and a half to go to Wilmington, where we will land, and have a sort of a shore dinner; and we will get back here a little before 9 o'clock, Standard time, so that those who wish to go to Savannah can get the 9 o'clock train.
Mr. Bryan, continuing the report of the Executive Committee: I should have said that the meeting this afternoon will be at 4 o'clock, Central time, instead of at 3:30. Then I overlooked the fact that the next thing in order under the program fixed by the Executive Committee is the report of
the Treasurer, Col. Z. D. Harrison, after which, under the program outlined by the Committee, will come the address of the President.
The President: We will now have the report of the Treasurer, Col. Z. D. Harrison. (Applause.) The Treasurer, Col. Z. D. Harrison, of Atlanta: As
preliminary to the presentation of the Treasurer's Report, let me say that it has been examined and approved by the Executive Committee, as has been the practice heretofore.
At the beginning of the year there was a cash balance in the Treasury of the Association of $1,564.08. Since then the collections have amounted to $1,940.00; total $3,504.08. We have spent during the year $2,651.94; leaving a cash balance of $852.14. The vouchers showing the disbursement of the items have been examined by the Committee.
This cash balance of $852.14, to the man with a full purse may seem very trivial, but to the man with an empty purse it might imply more. To none of us should it be entirely satisfactory. It will be noted, or I might call the Association's attention to the fact, that it appears from the report for last year (page 370 of the Journal) that the collections for the year just passed somewhat exceed the collections during the previous year. Our disbursements were largely in excess of those of the previous year. The printer's bill, for instance, last year was $970; this year, $1,382. The difference arises largely from the fact that printing, as everything else, is very much higher this year than it was last year. Then again, there
. was included in our disbursements for last year no amount for the American Bar Association. That was because of the fact that there was no request for payment of the appropriation made by the preceding session of this Association, and it was omitted by the Treasurer. He simply forgot it. I, however, was reminded of that failure by a member of the American Bar Association, and requested not only to pay the appropriation made last year, but for the past. So we paid this year $200 to the American Bar Association, nothing the year previous.