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Nomination seconded.

B. M. Estes.-My nomination is withdrawn of course, da Brother Stokes does not seem disposed to accept it.

THE PRESIDENT.—I will put the question on Mr. Marks nomination.

Mr. Marks was then unanimously elected to the office of Secretary and Treasurer.

J. M. Dickinson.-I now propose that Mr. Bonner be made a member of the Central Council in place of Mr. Marks. He is a good adviser and will make an excellent member.

Motion seconded and carried.

J. W. Bonner.-I cannot let this occasion pass without extending to the Association, which I have served for the last six years, my very sincere thanks for the indulgence with which they have treated my shortcomings during my administration of the office of Secretary and Treasurer. I cannot say that I have fully discharged my duty, but you have all treated me with so much consideration that I feel profoundly grateful to this Association as a body, and to every one of you.

I shall carry with me in my retirement from the position a pure lore for the Association and for my profession. I have endeavored to discharge my duty, and, while aware of the fact that I have often failed, I shall carry with me the sweetest memories of the hours I have passed with you, both as individuals and as a body. I thank you, gentlemen.

J. B. Heiskell.-I am very certain his intimation that there has been any shortcomings in his administration of this office has not been apparent to any of the members. I think the Meclaration is the only evidence of that fact.

THE PRESIDENT.-The next thing in order is the election of delegates to Saratoga to attend the meeting of the American Bar Association.

W. H. Washington.-I nominate A. D. Marks as a delegate to Saratoga.

Nomination seconded.

J. W. Bonner.-From West Temessee, I nominate M. M. Neil.

J. 11. Dickinson.-I second that nomination.
J. M. Anderson.-I nominate W. P. Washburn.

Nomination seconded.

T. J. Hayes.—I move that the Secretary be instructed to cast the vote of this Association for these three gentlemen.

Carried, and the vote cast by the Secretary.

H. H. Ingersoll.-I would ask of the Secretary how many delegates are to be elected to the meeting of the National Bar Association.

J. W. Bonner.—The last time we were entitled to five.
H. H. Ingersoll.—Has that number been changed?

J. W. Bonner. I do not know of any change in the By-laws or Constitution.

H. H. Ingersoll.-How many were elected last year?
J. W. Bonner.-Five, I think.
H. H. Ingersoll.-Can you give the names of them?

J. W. Bonner.--I suppose the minutes of the meeting would show.

H. H. Ingersoll.-I see by reference to the minutes of the meeting of last year that only three were elected. As General Heiskell's term is about to expire, I move that the Secretary be instructed to cast the vote of this Association for General Heiskell unanimously.

J. B. Heiskell.How many are we entitled to ?
THE PRESIDENT.-I am informed by Judge Dickinson, three.

H. H. Ingersoll.-I believe we are entitled to one for every fifty members.

J. W. Bonner.-Yes, sir.

J. B. Heiskell.-I nominate for the additional member H. H. Ingersoll, of Knoxville.

B. M. Estes.-I nominate Colonel Fort, of Chattanooga.
Nominations seconded, and nominees elected.

J. S. Pilcher.-It has been customary before to elect alternates, so that in case any of the gentlemen who are selected to go as representatives are not able to go there may be some other person to take their place. However, I do not know what the pleasure of the Association is now on that subject.

THE PRESIDENT.– What is the pleasure of the Association now?

J. S. Pilcher.-In order to settle the question, I move that alternates be elected.

THE PRESIDENT.- What number?
J. S. Pilcher. The same number as the others.

B. M. Estes.-It has not been the custom of the Association to elect alternates.

W. H. Washington.-I move to lay the motion on the table.

J. S. Pilcher.—I withdraw my motion, as it does not seem to have been customary.

Luke E. Wright.-I move a reconsideration of the action of the Association in tabling the motion to make judges and Chancellors of the State honorary members of this Association, and requesting them to adjourn their courts at the time of the meeting of this body.

J. M. Dickinson.-At the time that resolution was offered I was in the chair, and had no opportunity of discussing the measure. I desire to say it grew out of this fact: About the time of the holding of this meeting, and before it, lawyers stated that this court was to be held at that time and that court was to be held, etc. I wrote a great many letters, and in some cases I succeeded in getting the courts adjourned, and in some cases I did not. The object in offering this resolution was, that this meeting might be brought to the attention of the different judges and get them to adjourn their courts in order that the lawyers might come here. If all the members had had my experience I do not believe any of them would vote against the resolution.

N. W. Baptist.-I move to amend by adding Criminal Court Judges and County Court Judges.

Luke W. Finlay.-I move to amend by putting on all constitutional officers.

THE PRESIDENT.—The question is upon the motion of General Wright to reconsider.


JI. J. Neil.-The resolution is that all Circuit Court Judges and Chancellors of the State be made honorary members of the Association, and that the Secretary be requested to notify them, sixty days ahead, of the time and place of the meeting of this body, and that they be requested to so arrange the sitting of their courts that they can be present and that the lawyers of their various bars can be present. That is the original motion. Luke W. Finlay.-I move to amend by inserting all commissioned judges of the State of Temessee.

11. M. Neil.-I accept the amendment.

H. H. Ingersoll.-I dislike to oppose any measure of this kind, but we have just passed through the most successful year of our organization, and we have not had any honorary list in our Association. I do not remember that our Constitution provides for any honorary list. If it does not, I submit that we cannot make honorary members. Will the Secretary do me the favor to inform me whether we have any provision for honorary members or not?

J. W. Bonner. We have not.

M. T. Bryan.—I desire to say that we have honorary members. Judge Cooley is one.

H. H. Ingersoll.—That being the case, we have no place for honorary members, if members of the bar of Tennessee. I am opposed to this idea. I do not believe in the idea of suggesting or inducing any person to become a member by offering them a chance to come in in any other than the usual manner. I do not believe in electing gentlemen members of this Association who have done nothing to merit that honor. It is too high a place; a membership in this Association is worth too much to be given away in this manner.

N. W. Baptist.The main purpose of the resolution is to get our judges to so arrange the sitting of their courts that the lawyers can be present. Ir. Dickinson suggested the resolution. I will offer as an amendment to that resolution that the Secretary be requested to notify the judges sixty days in advance of the meeting, and that they be requested to adjourn their courts so that the lawyers can be present.

H. H. Ingersoll.–To that I vote aye most heartily.

R. F. Jackson.- The Central Council presents the name of E. B. McHenry, of Memphis, as a member of this Association.

The PRESIDENT.— Without objection, this gentleman will be considered a member of the Association.

The Association then adjourned to meet at the annual banquet, at 9 o'clock p.M.

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