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American Bar Association



August 17, 18, and 19, 1915

Tuesday, August 17, 1915. The Thirty-eighth Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association convened on Tuesday, August 17, 1915, at 10 o'clock A. M., in Assembly Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah, President Peter W. Meldrim, of Georgia, in the Chair.


The Association will come to order. Former Presidents of the Association and Members of the Executive Committee, are requested to take seats upon the platform. I present Herbert R. MacMillan, of Utah.

Herbert R. MacMillan :

I take pleasure in introducing the Hon. William Spry, Governor of the State of Utah, who will extend a welcome to the members of the Association.

Governor Spry:

This is a pleasure that comes very seldom-an opportunity to extend a brief word of welcome to so many distinguished people. It goes without saying that the people of Utah are glad you are here. We are glad that you saw fit to hold your convention in Salt Lake City, because of the fact that we were desirous of knowing more of you and of having you know more of us. It is a good thing for men to meet occasionally and look into each other's faces. They know each other better, and perhaps there comes a time when through co-operation greater things may be accomplished because of that knowledge and through that association. The people of Utah want the people of the United States to know them as they are, and the only way to know them is for our friends to come in among us and rub shoulders occasionally. And so we are glad that you are here. We are glad that you have met together to discuss certain problems connected with your profession, and we sincerely hope that from your deliberations much good may result.

We regret very much that you are not staying over, for I understand most of you are devoted to your work during the meetings, and that you may not be able to take as much time away from your duties as we should like to have you take, for out here we have very many things to show you. A gentleman who came on from New York recently said he was very much surprised at what he found here because he had always been under the impression that there were just three things that Utah was noted for, the Mormon Temple, Great Salt Lake, and the Great American Desert. I said : You have overlooked one, there are four things, and that is Death Valley on the other side of us. And he suggested that it had been a good thing for him to come here and look around and see the people and some of the wonderful resources of which Utah is so proud. It may interest you to know that we have very many things here that are little known to the rest of the people of the United States. We have mountains of iron ore, we have mountains of copperwe have one plant just west of here, that I would like very much to have you see, which is producing approximately 35,000 tons of copper per day, and is the cause of distributing nearly $1,000,000 a month in Utah. These are some of the big things that we have. We want you to see the Great Salt Lake. We want you to taste of its saltiness. Not much of it, however, but sufficient that you will know just how salt it is. We have salt enough there to pickle the world. As a matter of fact, if

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