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the day will come when we have journeyed to that "country from whose bourn no traveller returns ; when posterity, on a similar occasion to this, can refer to us as we now refer to such as I have named.

The Bar of Cleveland has always had high ideals before it. It is an able and honorable bar, and I repeat, it is fitting that the American Bar Association should have selected Cleveland as the place of holding its Twentieth Annual Meeting. We recognize the great work which this association is doing for the whole country. The legal profession is the surest bulwark of the safety of the nation.

Gentlemen, you remember the language of the hospitable Spanish hidalgo, who informs his guest that his home and all it contains, and even his family, are his. Let us borrow from the language of the courteous Spaniard-only we mean what we say, and he does not-I assure you that everything which belonged to us yesterday is yours to-day. We cordially welcome you.

The President:

Such delightful words of welcome to this beautiful city, known the country through, the world over, as one of the gems of our land, certainly must be very pleasant to every one.

We all know what great contributions have been made by members of the profession of the law of this city and State to the jurisprudence of the country in the days that have gone. The gentlemen of the bar who now fill the places of those of a former er generation are not falling behind. I hope the day is far off when the labors of those who are now in the arena will be mentioned with such apt and fitting and graceful words as have been spoken of those who have passed away. I hope the day is far off when that tribute will be paid to them : not because they will not deserve it, but because the time shall not have come to speak. The President then delivered his Address,

(See the Appendix.)

The Secretary announced that the Cleveland Bar invited all the members of the Association and ladies accompanying them to a ride upon the lake this afternoon.

The Secretary also announced that a reception would be given to the members of Association on Thursday afternoon from 4 to 7 o'clock, at the residence of Mr. Andrew Squire, Euclid Avenue.

The Secretary read the list of delegates accredited to this meeting from State and Local Associations.

(See List of Delegates.) New members were then elected,

(See List of New Members.) Simeon E. Baldwin, of Connecticut:

Mr. President: It is known to some gentlemen that we have had some relation in former years with the International Law Association, whose headquarters are in London, but which meets from year to year at various capitals. Some of us have attended their meetings. Delegates have been sent, I believe, from this body to that Association at those meetings. They are contemplating holding their next meeting in this country, and they have not yet selected the place of meeting or the time for meeting. It is a body composed of publicists of various nations and one of considerable eminence. It has seemed to me that it might be desirable to get them, if we could, to meet at the same place where we meet next year and at the same time. I desire to bring the matter to the attention of the Executive Committee, and for that purpose I offer this resolution, to be considered and reported upon by that Committee :

Whereas, It is understood that the International Law Association is contemplating holding its next biennial session in this country,

Voted, that we express the hope that this purpose will be carried into effect, and that they will find it convenient to meet next year at the place and during the week of our annual session,

Voted, that should such an arrangement be made, the Secretary be directed to invite the International Law Association to be our guests at our annual dinner in 1898, and the President be requested to take part in welcoming the members when they hold their first meeting, and that the Executive Committee extend to them such courtesies as it may deem appropriate.

W. W. Van Winkle, of West Virginia :
I second the resolutions offered by Judge Baldwin.

The motion referring the resolutions to the Executive Committee was adopted.

The meeting then adjourned until 8 o'clock, P. M.

EVENING SESSION.

Wednesday, August 25, 8 o'clock.

The President:

The first business this evening is the nomination of members of the General Council for the ensuing year. The Secretary will call the roll of States, and as the name of each State is called some gentleman from that State will announce the name of the gentleman whom the delegates present from that State nominate as their member of the General Council.

Where no response is made as a State is called the member for last year will be deemed to be continued in office. The General Council was then elected.

(See List of Officers at end of the Minutes.) The Secretary, John IIinkley, of Maryland, read his report, and on motion, it was received, approved and placed on file.

(See the Report at end of the Minutes.) The President:

The Secretary will now read the list of appointments by the President of members of certain special committees.

The Secretary :

Committee on Auditing the Treasurer's Report: Merrill Moores, of Indianapolis, Indiana; J. J. McCarthy, of Dubuque, Iowa.

('ommittee on Publications : Charles Borcherling, of Newark, New Jersey; llenry C. Tompkins, of Montgomery, Alabamı : John D. Lawson, of St. Louis, Missouri; James H. Dempsey, of Cleveland, Ohio; Blewett Lee, of Chicago, Illinois.

Committee on Reception of Members: George P. Wanty, of Grand Rapids, Michigan ; Walter George Smith, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ; John Nicholson, Jr., of Savannah, Georgia ; Charles F. Libby, of Maine ; P. W. Meldrim, of Savannah, Georgia ; M. II. Johnson, of Cleveland, Ohio ; Robert R. Baldwin, of Chicago, Illinois.

The report of the Executive Committee was then read, accepted and placed on file.

(See the Report at end of the Minutes.) The President: Reports of Standing Committees is the next order of business. The first committee is the Committee on Jurisprudence and Law Reform, of which William Wirt Ilowe, of Louisiana, is chairman.

William Wirt Howe, of Louisiana :

Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Association: The report of the Committee has been printed, and I believe the Secretary has caused copies to be sent to every member of the Association, and I understand there are a considerable number of copies here to be distributed to such members of the Association as have not received their copies through the mail. I do not imagine it will be necessary to detain the Association by reading this somewhat lengthy printed paper, but I merely desire to state on behalf of the Committee, that the origin of the report is found in a resolution adopted at Saratoga in 1894, referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence and Law Reform, and was suggested by an exceedingly interesting paper

read at that meeting by Mr. Charles Claflin Allen, of St. Louis. We have printed that resolution; we have printed the Act of Congress, referred to of July 2, 1890, commonly known as the Sherman Act or the Trust Act, and then we have undertaken to collate and state the decisions which have been made under that Act of Congress under the following heads: In the first place, the decisions in regard to commercial and industrial enterprises, including the case of the American Sugar Refining Company as reported in 156 C. S. Under the second head we have noted the various cases on the subject of labor troubles, where injunctions have been issued to prevent combinations and conspiracies of strikers, and people of that kind, to interfere with inter-state commerce, extending from the first decision in the case of Blindell 28. Ilagan, 5+ Fed. Rep., down to the case of Debs, 158 U. S. Under the third sub-division of the report we have noted the decisions as to the business of transportation, and especially the remarkable case of the Trans-Missouri Traffic Association, which appeared in 167 U. S. We have annexed as an exhibit to this report a letter of Judge Harmon, then Attorney General of the United States, containing some suggestions which he thought it proper to make to Congress upon the subject of necessary amendments to this statute of July 2, 1890. And finally in the fifth paragraph of the report we have suggested a question which I believe was first raised by Mr. Guthrie of New York, in a pamphlet printed by him last spring, as to whether under certain circumstances and with regard to certain matters this Act of Congress of July 2, 1890, as construed by the Supreme Court of the United States in the Trans-Missouri case, would not be unconstitutional as depriving many persons in this country of their property without due process of law, in violation of the fifth amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

And in apologizing on behalf of the Committee for the somewhat inconclusive nature of our report, I beg leave to say that in the first place the statute itself is still to be the subject

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