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CHARLES B. HOLMES, of Chicago.
Your Committee beg leave to further report that Minneapolis is recommended as the place in which to hold our next Convention ; and request that the thanks of the Convention be given to the gentlemen from Pittsburgh for their kind offer to receive and entertain the Convention in that city. All of which is respectfully submitted,
GEORGE W. LINCH, Chairman,
for the entire Committee."
The President: What is your pleasure in regard to these recommendations ?
Mr. Winfield Smith moved that the recommendations of the Committee be adopted.
The motion was carried.
Mr Cleminshaw, of Troy : Permit me to ask a question. Am I to understand that by this vote the Association has adopted the recommendations of the Nominating Committee?
The President : The Association has approved the recommendations.
Mr. Cleminshaw : Are the appointments as read to be the future officers of the Association ?
The President: It remains for the Association to dispose of that question ; no election has taken place.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS.
Mr. Thompson: I move that the Secretary cast one ballot for the Association for the officers as recommended in the Report of the Nominating Committee.
The Secretary: As the Secretary's name appears on that ticket, it would surely be an indelicate thing for him to vote for himself.
Mr. Thompson : I move that Mr. William Richardson cast the vote of the Association for the officers.
The motion was carried.
The President : It is now in order for the Association to elect tellers.
Mr. Littell : I move that the chairman appoint three tellers.
The President appointed as tellers Messrs. Littell, Thompson and Sinclair.
The President: The balloting is now in order and the gentleman appointed will deposit his ballot.
The President: The report of the tellers is in order.
Mr. Thompson, for the tellers, reported the vote to be as follows : For President, George B. KERPER, of Cincinnati.
First Vice-President, JESSE METCALF, of Providence. “ Second Vice-President, Henry Hurt, of Washington.
Third Vice-President, W. H. Martin, of San Francisco.
The President: You have heard the report of the tellers. The Chair declares the several gentlemen elected to the offices announced.
Mr. McCreery, of Pittsburgh : Mr. President, is there any business for this moment before the meeting ?
The President : No, sir.
Mr. McCreery : I would like to say that the delegation from Pittsburgh is disappointed in not having the Association hold its next meeting in Pittsburgh, but we would like to be presented for the meeting two years from now. I would say that my conscience is a little touched. I am afraid ihat the remarks I made last night has determined the Association in not meeting in Pittsburgh. I am afraid the Committee thought that they would be required to scrape the streets from curb to curb. We wish to say that the city authorities are perfectly satisfied ; they are raising most of their revenue from the street-railways, and they do not propose to tax strangers. [Laughter].
Mr. Hasbrouck: Perhaps, before this Convention adjourns, I ought to make an ample apology to my friend from Pittsburgh. I will say that 'Opkins is dead, and that question will now remain at rest. I have no objection, personally, to meeting in Pittsburgh. It is said to be a rather dirty city, but that was years ago. I take it that since our friend has had charge of things there, matters are very much imprived. A contemporary of mine, when I was a boy in a store, was told by the boss that under all circumstances he must sell the goods; that if a lady came in and wanted this or that thing, and he did not have it, he must ring in something that was pretty near it. A lady came in one day, and inquired for molasses. “Well," said he, we are just out of molasses, but we have got some beautiful tar.” [Laughter.]
The President : We are very grateful to our friend from Pittsburgh for the kind invitation to meet in that city two years hence.
A VOTE OF THANKS TENDERED TO WASHINGTON
Mr. Woodworth : I move that the thanks of the Convention be tendered to the Washington street-railway companies for their kind hospitality to the delegates of this Association.
The President: You have heard the motion. It is a most proper one.
All gentlemen who are in favor of this will please manifest it by rising. The vote was unanimous.
Mr. Hurt: I desire, on the part of the street-railways of Washington, to say that we regret exceedingly that we have not been able to provide an entertainment commensurate with the intelligence and dignity of the Association. [Applause.]
DISCUSSION RESUMED RELATIVE TO THE ADMISSION OF
SUPPLY MEN TO ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP.
Mr. Thompson : Mr. Chairman, there has been some misunderstanding respecting the resolution made last year in giving the gentlemen who furnish supplies to our railroads admission to this Association. There was certainly a misunderstanding, because Mr. Lewis, who was one of the Executive Committee, did not understand that they were to be admitted only to the banquet at an expense of ten dollars each. Notwithstanding the action of the Executive Committee, I now make a resolution that the By-Laws be amended, so that the gentlemen connected with the supplies of our railroads may be admitted to associate membership in this Association on payment of the usual dues, without a voice in the meetings.
The President : The Chair will remind the speaker that it is necessary that such a motion be presented in writing and signed by five members of the Association ; and by members is meant five railroad companies. Under the Constitution, the proposed amendment will have to take that form.
Mr. Wm. Richardson : We had better wait until the gentleman can reduce the proposition to writing,
The President : We will be glad to do so.
COMPLIMENTARY ACTION CONCERNING THE OFFICERS.
Mr. Wm. Richardson: I would be pleased, sir, at this time, if the Secretary will give me his attention. With your permission, sir, I shall move that the thanks of this Association are eminently due, and are hereby tendered to Mr. Charles B. Holmes, the President of the Association, for the able and impartial and clearsighted manner in which he has presided over our deliberations at this meeting
The Secretary put the question, taking a rising vote, which was unanimously carried.
The President: I thank you, gentlemen, for your kind consideration. I never presided over a body of gentlemen who all worked together to make everything so harmonious and pleasant as you have done ; and I thank you for your kind co-operation. [Applause).
Mr. Frayser : I now take pleasure in moving that the thanks of this Association be tendered to our Secretary for the efficient manner in which he has attended to the duties of his office during the past year.
The President put the question, which was unanimously carried
The Secretary: Mr. President and gentlemen-Certainly this is very kindly thing for you to do, to pass this, to a certain extent, gratuitous vote to thank me for the manner in which I have performed the duties of the offices of Secretary and Treasurer of this Association. The first year of my election I undertook the office, or both of them, with a great deal of hesitation. I feared that it would be too much, as young as I was, to undertake the Secretaryship of an organization which was so farreaching in its scope, and so extensive in its membership as this.
You approved my course as Secretary during the first year, and have re-elected me at each succeeding annual meeting, thus puto ting upon my course the seal of your approval. I have been honored, and I wish to express that with the deepest feelings of my heart ; I have been honored in the position which I have held as the only continuing officer of this Association until now; and at this time I am especially grateful for this re-election, for reasons well known to you all, and of which I need say nothing
I said at the outset that this resolution on your part was gratuitous. I meant by that simply this, that as the paid officer of the Association such action was unlooked for ; nevertheless, it is doubly grateful, in that you have gone out of your way to pass such a resolution for me. I appreciate it most heartily, and shall in the future—in the year to come, serve you, I trust, as faith. fully as I have tried to do my duty in the past. [Applause.)
The President : While we are waiting the Chair will take the opportunity to say that there are some things in this world which money cannot pay for. As the presiding officer of this Association, having been brought into intimate connection with the Secretary of the Association during the past year, and having had opportunity for my eyes to be opened to the volume of work which he has had to do, the delicate questions with which he has had to deal, the difficult problems he has had to solve, I say that he, more than any other man in this Association, has wrought and worked for the advancement of the Association ; upon him has rested the burden of our work and the development of the organization. I will say to you, gentlemen, that we are under a great debt of gratitude to our Secretary for the able manner in which he has managed our affairs. Personally I am under great obligations to him for taking the laboring oar and pulling us through the year as well as he has. [Applause.]
The President: Mr. Thompson has properly prepared the amendment in writing, and the Secretary will read it.
PROPOSED AMENDMENT RELATIVE TO ASSOCIATE
The Secretary read the proposed amendment, as follows:
Be it Resoived, That the Constitution and By-Laws be amended so as to permit manufacturers and dealers in street-railway supplies to become associate members of the Association, on the payment of the membership fee of twenty-five