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Mr. Wm. Richardson : We have agreed to reconsider the vote of yesterday; in other words, we have agreed to vote again on the motion that was then pending. That is the motion that will be put for us to vote upon now, unless some one makes another motion.
The President : The Chair must rule that we have agreed to reconsider the motion passed yesterday morning approving the recommendation of the Executive Committee.
Mr. Lanius: In order to bring the matter before the Association, I think it is proper at this time to move to adopt so much of the report of the Executive Committee as has just been reconsidered.
The President: It does not need any motion to bring that before the house. The motion made yesterday is before the house. We simply rescind the affirmative action; that leaves it before us for discussion at this time.
Mr. Frayser: As I understand it now, if Mr. Thompson desires to bring that motion up, it will be in order. If he presents the amendment offered at the last meeting, it will be in order for the Association to vote upon it.
Mr. Thompson: I move we adopt the amendment presented at the last meeting by Mr. Richards. It has been read here, and everybody knows what it is.
Mr. Frayser: Now that, as I understand it, carries us back to consider the resolution that was proposed and offered last year as an amendment to our Constitution. Such being the fact, Mr. President and gentlemen of the Association, permit me to call your attention particularly to the Constitution that was adopted when this Association was first organized. As I understand it, this Association, by Article III. of the Constititution, is composed of "American Street-Railway Companies, or lessees, or individual owners of street-railways." The object was the encouragement of friendly and cordial relations between the roads and the public, and for such other reasons as you will find in Article II. of our Constitution. Now, as I look at the purpose of the organization, it was the railroads themselves that formed the Association ; and each railroad sends to the meetings of the Association one or more representatives, its President or its Vice-President, or a Director or Superintendent if they choose; and they are delegated to act in this Association as the representative of the respective railroad company, which is the member. Now, if we desire to change the fundamental law of this Association and admit into it persons connected with other kinds of business, such as persons who sell to us iron, oil, lamps, horses and mules and the different articles that we use in the running of these railroads, do we not actually let down the bars that enclose us as a distinct body, and do away with the identity of the organization ; do we not cast into utter darkness the very purpose that we, in the beginning, had in view ? To be sure, we cultivate these social and friendly feelings between all our fellow men, and maintain a spirit of fraternity amongst all who may become members; but the organization was formed especially to cultivate and maintain these feelings amongst street-railroad men, representing street-railroad corpora. tions. If we are allowed by our law to admit into fellowship with us those who sell us the things that we use in the running and equipping of our railroads (thousands of whom we buy from in order to benefit the many millions that we accommodate), and if we did admit these men as members, the Association would be like the city that the fellow could not see for the houses. [Laughter.] Now, I say that we should not change the fundamental law of this organization. We cannot and should not admit supply men, and I say it with the kindliest regards and best feelings towards them ; I am not willing to disrupt the organization, in order to admit them into fellowship with us. If they desire to form an organization of their own kind, and I know, from their being men of merit and worth, they can succeed, let them do so; but they should not seek, by a desire to be members of this Association, to have our laws diverted and our original purpose thwarted, thus coloring the stream that we wish to be kept as clear to its destiny as when it left the fountain source. [Applause.]
Mr. Littell: I would like to call for the reading of the resolution offered by Mr. Thompson.
The President: The one offered by Mr. Richards is before the house.
Mr. Eppley : I should like to ask whether this resolution will admit horse dealers and mule dealers ?
The President: You have heard the motion of Mr. Thompson; and as the motion is in proper form, and lawfully before the house, and notice, in writing, has been sent by the Secretary to every member of the Association, in the form of the printed
minutes, it is proper now for us to take a vote, which must, in order to carry, be two-thirds of all the Companies represented at this meeting, and whose delegates are now present.
Mr. Scullin: I move that the roll be called.
Mr. Littell: I want to ask, if we adopt that amendment, in what position it puts the supply-men who have already paid ten dollars for their tickets for to-night. Do they have to pay fifteen dollars more for their tickets?
The President stated that the supply-men would be admitted to the banquet-all who had tickets.
The Secretary called the roll and announced the vote : Affirmative, 12; negative, 44.
The President declared the vote lost, and said : any further action to take in regard to this matter?
Mr. Wm. Richardson : I now call for the question on the motion made by me yesterday, which we agreed to reconsider ; and on which motion, the question now recurs.
The President: The inotion made and seconded yesterday morning, that we adopt the report of the Executive Committee, and approve the recommendations of the Committee therein contained, is before you.
The motion was carried.
INSTALLATION OF THE PRESIDENT-ELECT.
Mr. Cleminshaw: Are we going to install our new President, who is in the room ?
The President: The Chair will appoint a Committee consisting of Mr. Littell and Mr. Wharton, to escort the new President to the Chair.
President Holmes: The Chair is pleased to introduce to the Association its new President, Mr. George B. Kerper, .of Cincinnati.
President Kerper : Mr. President and gentlemen-This honor, and it is the highest honor that could possibly be conferred upon any gentleman connected with the Association, comes to me entirely unexpectedly; and coming, as it does, with the unanimous action of your Committee and unanimous approval of this body, I return my sincere thanks to you all, and will endeavor to perform my duties as faithfully as my predecessors have done. I am now yours to command.
DISCUSSION CONCLUDED RELATIVE TO ASSOCIATE
Mr. Winfield Smith: Mr. President, I would like to understand before we adjourn, whether the proposition introduced a little while ago as an amendment to the Constitution is to be considered next year; is the question understood as being determined in view of the vote which has already taken place, or is it to come up next year?
Mr. Thompson: I will make the resolution again, and thereupon read the resolution offered previously by him, as follows:
"Be it Resolved 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 dollars, and the annual dues assessed active members, it being understood that said associate members shall have no voice in the deliberations of the Association except by general consent, and under no conditions shall they be permitted to vote upon any matter before the Association."
H. M. THOMPSON,
GEORGE W. LINCH,
W. H. DELANY.
GEORGE W. VAN ALLEN, President, New Williamsburgh and F. R. R. Co.
CHARLES Y. BAMFORD,
City Railway Co., Trenton. WM. N. MORRISON,
Mr. Winfield Smith: I move it be referred to the Executive Committee.
Mr. Lanius: I distinctly understood, and the Secretary certainly got on the floor and stated, that if the Chair would recede from its position in deciding that the whole report was adopted, so far as to permit a motion to reconsider to bring it up again, he thought the whole question could be settled now; and the gentleman who introduced the resolution here this afternoon said he would be glad to have it done. I certainly understood it was the agreement to settle the matter this afternoon to prevent iis coming before the Association again at the next meeting.
Mr. Frayser: Mr. President-I would like to offer an amendment to the proposed amendment to our Constitution. I have in my State of Tennessee a number of good, whole-souled and jolly mule traders, who supply our Street-Railroad Companies with the amiable, innocent-looking, swan neck, mule, and these mule sellers should come under the meaning of supply men. I. therefore, offer the following to the amendment: “Provided, Mule traders be considered and received into this Association under this amendment as supply-men.” [Great Laughter.]
Mr. Hall, of Peoria: I may be dull of comprehension; but it seems to me that this is a“ tempest in a tea-pot." These supply-men have every privilege that is expected or asked to be obtained for them under this resolution. They have the privilege of speaking as freely as they desire, as we have seen to-day ; and they can go to the banquet by paying two-fifths of what members have to pay. What are they going to gain? Under the present conditions they have every privilege they can possibly desire, and can go to the banquet for ten dollars; while it costs me or my Company twenty-five dollars.
Mr. Lanius : Mr. President, I would like to ask the gentlemen, who have signed the amendment that has been presented, upon the subject-matter of which we have just had a vote of 44 against to 12 in favor, and who asked us to stay here and vote upon it, so that it might be disposed of at this meeting, do they mean to have us do this thing over another year? Cries of “ No," "No."
ADJOURNMENT. A motion was made to adjourn, and being seconded, was carried, and the meeting adjourned sine die.