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Proposed amendment read as follows:
MR. Gross: I move the adoption of this amendment.
PRESIDENT Wood: Gentlemen, you have heard the motion of Judge Gross; are you ready for the question? All in favor of the adoption of the amendment to the by-laws will say aye; contrary, no. The motion seems to be carried unani. mously, and as two-thirds of the members present have voted, the by-law is declared adopted.
The next in order is an address by Chief Justice Cassoday, of Wisconsin, "John Scott and John Marshall." The Chair will take great pleasure in inviting Judge Cassoday to come forward and be presented to the Association.
The address will be found in Part II.
MR. SHERMAN: I move the thanks of this Association be tendered to Hon. John B. Cassoday, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, for the very able, learned and discriminating address to which we have all listened with rapt attention and exquisite delight.
JUDGE Gross: I rise to second the motion, and to say, in addition to what has been said, that the occasion is one we shall all remember with very great pleasure, and that we tender our sincere thanks to the distinguished jurist who has favored us with the results of his reading, his research and his wise discrimination.
The motion was adopted unanimously.
JUDGE BURROUGHS: I move that Chief Justice Cassoday be requested to furnish a copy of the address to our Secretary for publication in the proceedings of this Association.
The motion was seconded.
PRESIDENT Wood: A copy of the address has been kindly furnished by Judge Cassoday, and under the rules of the Association it will be printed and appear in the records of the Association. The next in order is an address by Mr. Levy Mayer.
The address will be found in Part II.
PRESIDENT Wood: The next in order is the report of the Committte on Nominations and Election of Officers.
MR. ORENDORFF: The Committee on Nominations of Of. ficers have directed me to report to the Association the following names, with the recommendation that they be elected:
Illinois State Bar Association, July 13, 1900. To the Officers and Members:
Your Committee on Yomination of Officers for the ensuing year respectfully report: For President.
..Jesse Holdom, of Chicago
.John S. Stevens, of Peoria
W. M. Warnock, of Edwardsville
W. R. Hunter, of Kankakee
JAMES M. SHEEAN.
The motion was seconded.
PRESIDENT WOOD: I think under the Constitution and By-Laws, or under the By-Laws at least, this is required to be by ballot, unless the rules should be suspended and a unanimous ballot be requested to be cast by someone.
MR. ORENDORFF: I would then move a suspension of the rules and that Judge Bradwell be directed to cast the unanimous ballot of this Association for the gentlemen named in the report.
MR. SHERMAN: I second the motion.
PRESIDENT Wood: The Chair desires to remind the gentlemen and members of the Association that by vote yesterday, as a special order, the report of the Practice Commission is to be heard this afternoon at 2 o'clock, and discussion had upon it. I desire to emphasize my request heretofore made that the members meet promptly, so that the report may be taken up, and that sufficient time may be had for such discussion as the Association may deem necessary.
JUDGE BRADWELL: I have to report, in accordance with the resolution of the Association as announced, that I have cast the ballot of the Association, and it is now in the hands of the Secretary, for the parties named for the offices reported.
PRESIDENT Wood: The unanimous ballot of the Association having been cast for the officers named in the report of the Committee on Nominations and Election of Officers, those gentlemen are hereby declared duly elected to the several offices named in the report. The next is the report of the Committee on “John Marshall” Day, by Mr. Moses.
MR. MOSES: I have no written report to present to the Bar Association, because the whole matter is still in fieri, as the lawyers say. Gen. Orendorff will, after I take my seat, present the report of the delegates to the American Bar Association, that will to some extent explain that the “John Marshall” Day celebration has been adopted by the American Bar and Bench, and that commemorative services will, I believe, be held in every State and Territory in the l'nited States. I have, at the instance of the Executive Committee of this Association, written a pamphlet which has been handed around, and which is upon the Secretary's desk, "How to Cele. brate John Marshall Day.” These are merely tentative suggestions, but I believe from correspondence with many lawyers and judges in the United States, that this program will be followed, in the main. I wish to announce that the
orator for the commemorative services at Washington City, in conjunction with Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States, has been selected in the person of Wayne MacVeagh, of Philadelphia, and I have just had a letter from the State Bar Association of Virginia, that the Hon. Horace Gray, of the Supreme Court of the United States, has been selected as John Marshall orator by the State Bar of Virginia. This has been done by reason of the fact that a Massachusetts man, John Adams, selected John Marshall, of Virginia, as Chief Justice, and in order to respond to that action, a Massachusetts man has been selected as John Marshall orator by that Association.
We have not yet selected the orator for the exercises to be held by this Association and the City Bar Association, but we expect to be able to announce the selection within the next ten days. It is expected from this Association and the City Bar Association, inasmuch as the movement started in the State of Illinois, that the exercises here will be of a grand character; we expect to have the Auditorium for the purpose of the delivery of the oration, and likely for a banquet. I wish also to return my thanks personally and the thanks of the members of the Bar generally, to Messrs. Callaghan & Company, who, at my request, have reprinted the celebrated address of Horace Binney, delivered in 1835, copies of which are in the hands of the Secretary and perhaps in the hands of the members. I wish also to announce that Messrs. Flood & Company, at my request, are about republishing the orations of Chief Justice Waite, and W. H. Rawle, delivered at the unveiling of the Marshall statue in 1884, at the City of Washington. The main purpose of
The main purpose of this movement has brought fruit. Some persons thought it was a birthday party, or something of that kind, but it is simply the starting of an educational movement for the benefit of the present generation, in order that they may know the grand accomplishments of the state builders whom we have reason to so much ad
mire. And in that regard the movement will be a great success.
While I think of it, I wish also to announce that the State of South Carolina has selected Hon. Charles H. Simonton, the Circuit Judge of that circuit, as the John Marshall orator, and that Prof. James B. Thayer, of Harvard University, will be the John Marshall Day orator at Boston. There are coming to me every day from ten to twenty-five letters from Presidents of the various County Bar, City Bar and State Bar Associations, showing a warm interest.
Even in Florida the movement has taken a strong hold. The Supreme Court of South Dakota, in conjunction with the State Bar Association, have already taken measures to have a celebration. And, without going any farther into details, it is safe to say that on the 4th of February, 1901, every courthouse in the United States will be closed to secular business. Members of the Bar will announce, on Saturday preceding the Monday, in the various courts that are open, that a vacation will be had on the 4th of February, 1901, and those remarks, and the corresponding remarks of the Judges will be recorded upon the minutes of the record, and thus the American Bench and Bar will have the greatest celebration, in my judgment, that has ever taken place in any nation in the civilized world. (Applause.)
PRESIDENT Wood: The Chair inadvertently omitted to call for the report of the Committee on Law Reform, but the report of the delegates to the American Bar Association seems to be logically next in order, and I will therefore ask a report from that Committee and then go back to what was omitted.
MR. ORENDORFF: The verbal report made by Mr. Moses on the subject of "John Marshall" Day renders it unnecessary to read the formal portion of the report that refers to that subject. The Committee from this State, delegates to the National Association, who were instructed by this body to lay