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FORTY-FIRST ANNUAL MEETING
HELD IN WASHINGTON
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
MEETINGS OF THE NATIONAL BOARD OF TRADE
PROCEEDINGS AT THE ANNUAL MEETING.
Opening Address of the President
Letter from Hon. Philander C. Knox
Council Resolution, Enlargement of the Scope of the
Report of Committee on Bankrutpcy ...
Report of Committee on National Pure Food Law
Report of Committee on American Merchant Marine
Report of Committee on Postal Affairs and Parcels Post...
Report of Committee on Rivers and Harbors
Report of Committee on Tariff and Reciprocity
Report of Committee on Railroad Transportation
Report on International Court of Arbitral Justice
Report of Committee on Commercial Education
Report on Arbitration of Labor Controversies
Report of Committee on Immigration ....
Report of Committee on Administration of Patent Laws...
Remarks by the Chairman, Hon. C. Stuart Patterson
Appointment of Committee on Resolutions
Address by Mr. Finley Acker ...
Address by Hon. A. Piatt Andrew
Address by Mr. Welding Ring ..
Address by Mr. John S. Rossell
Address by Hon. Edward B. Vreeland
Mr. Irving T. Bush, paper read by Professor Joseph F.
Report of Committee on Resolutions,
Nomination and Election of Officers
Report of Committee on Banking and Currency
Report of Committee on Increase of Membership of the
Report of Committee on Diplomatic and Consular Service.
Report of Committee on Forestry, Irrigation and Con-
servation of Natural Resources
Report of Committee on Federal Inspection of Grain
Report, Commercial Exchanges and Marketing Agricul-
Activity of Officers Pending Report of Committee
Committee on Rivers and Harbors Made a Standing Com-
The Business Men's Monetary Conference on January 18th, held under the auspices of the National Board of Trade, in connection with its Forty-first Annual Meeting, was an innovation to the extent that the entire day was devoted to the consideration of our monetary problem; and on the invitation of our President the representatives of a number of commercial organizations, not constituent members of the National Board of Trade, participated in the conference.
The Chairman of the meeting was Hon. C. Stuart Patterson, of Philadelphia, who was the Chairman of the Monetary Commission of 1897, and whose activity contributed much to create public opinion favorable to the enactment of the gold standard law of 1900.
The Monetary Conference was addressed by some of the leading financial experts of the country, among them were Hon. A. Piatt Andrew, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; Hon. E. B. Vreeland, Vice-Chairman of the National Monetary Commission; Mr. Paul Warburg, of New York, and others.
The banquet in the evening was a most enjoyable occasion, and as Toastmaster, President LA LANNE was at his best. Responses were made by Ambassador James Bryce, Secretary of the Treasury MacVeagh, Hon. John W. Weeks, a member of the National Monetary Commission; Hon. J. Hampton Moore and Hon. Wilbur J. Carr, of the Department of State.
At the request of the National Board of Trade, the National Monetary Commission sent two complete sets of its publications to each one of 125 commercial organizations in 102 cities, located in thirty-two States of the Union and the District of Columbia. These publications consist of some forty documents; their voluminous character would naturally discourage the average business man from undertaking a thorough examination of them. For this reason, with the approval of representatives of the Monetary Commission, the announcement was made that a summary of each document would