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The Tramways Institute of Great Britain and Ireland was organized to attain the same objects that are accomplished by this Association. The fundamental principle membership in our Association is that the street-railway companies only are eligible, and not individuals. The Tramways Institute was organized on the basis of individual membership, and not of Companies. It was made up of street-railway officers, manufacturers, inventors and others, and was short lived. An effort is about to be made to resuscitate the old organization on the basis of membership of Companies instead of individuals.
It is with pleasure that we record the formation of two local associations during the year, namely: The Street-Railway Association of the State of New Jersey, and the Massachusetts Street-Railway Association.
We desire to express our regard for the welfare of all these associations ; holding ourselves in readiness to manifest this regard at any time that opportunity may offer.
At the last Annual Meeting the following resolution was referred to the Executive Committee : 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 delib. erations of the Association, except by general consent ; and under no conditions shall they be permitted to vote upon any matter before the Association."
After an extended consideration of the foregoing by the Committee, the following resolution was adopted as a substitute therefor : Resolved, That the President be and he is hereby authorized to issue a ticket to any gentleman not a delegate, upon the recommendation of a delegate, who may desire to attend the Annual Banquet. The number of tickets is to be limited by the judgment of the President, and the price of each ticket is to be ten dollars."
INVITATIONS TO FORMER PRESIDENTS. Your Committee considers it desirable, and therefore recommends, that the Secretary be authorized by the Association to extend a cordial invitation to all gentlemen who have held the office of President of the Association, to attend its meetings and participate therein.
During the past year there have been a number of “strikes," with attendant rioting. So far as your Committee has been informed of the facts upon which these strikes were declared, they have been wholly unwarranted the part of the strikers ; and the Committee believes that a long-suffering public will ere long give expression to its righteous indignation by holding to strict accountability those persons responsible for such outrageous interference with the rights of the traveling public. Certain it is that whenever and whatever
differences may arise between the management and employees of a street-railway company, such questions should be settled by arbitration or in some other peaceable way. The public may well demand that their rights, which have heretofore been wholly ignored, in the forcible interference with the running of the cars, shall receive the consideration to which they are entitled ; and that they shall not be subjected to any willful or needless delay by the stoppage of street cars provided for their transit from one point to another.
STREET-RAILWAY EXHIBITION. It was considered advisable that special arrangements should be made this year by the Association, providing for as complete an exhibition of streetrailway appliances as manufacturers, inventors and dealers in supplies might desire to make. The display, therefore, on this occasion is unusual ; and reflects great credit upon those who have participated therein.
A large amount of work has been entailed upon the gentleman on the Local Committee having this exhibition in charge ; and your Committee desires to specially thank Mr. Hurt for his untiring exertions to make this feature of the meeting a thorough success.
ENTERTAINMENT OF DELEGATES.
The Washington Companies have arranged for special entertainment of the delegates and their ladies; and, in addition to providing carriages for the inspection of the public buildings and other points of interest in this beautiful city, have arranged for a trip to Mount Vernon, stopping at Marshall Hall on the return for lunch. This excursion will take place on Friday, and it is earnestly desired by the Local Committee that all the delegates, with their ladies, will remain to enjoy the hospitality of the street-railway companies of Washington on this occasion.
The BANQUET. The arrangements for the banquet have this year devolved upon the Executive Committee. It has been ably assisted, however, by the Local Committee, and desires to acknowledge its indebtedness to the gentlemen who compose it.
We anticipate a very enjoyable reunion on Thursday evening.
LADIES AT BANQUET. By reason of the fact that the Annual Meeting this year is held in the City of Washington, it was considered advisable to have it especially a Ladies' Meeting, and arrangements have been made for the participation of ladies in the banquet. We are pleased to announce the fact that a considerable number of ladies will grace this occasion.
NOTICES OF MEETING.
Notices of this Meeting have, as heretofore, been sent to all street railway companies in the United States and Canada ; and as usual notices have been received from quite a number of new Companies that they intend to be represented at this meeting. We heartily welcome them all to membership with us.
It is with pleasure that we record that no officer of any of our member Companies has died during the year. This fact, in so large a number, must be considered a cause for profound gratitude to God.
C. B. HOLMES,
Mr. Wm. Richardson, of Brooklyn : I move you, sir, that the report of the Executive Committee be adopted by the Association; and that in so doing we approve the recommendation of the Committee that the Secretary shall invite past Presidents of the Association to the meetings in the future; and that the President shall issue tickets to the banquet of the Association at the rate of ten dollars each, to the extent that he may deem wise. Carried.
MINUTES OF MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. MINUTES OF SPECIAL MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, HELD
WILLARD'S HOTEL, WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17,
1888, AT 9 O'CLOCK, A. M. There were present Messrs. Charles B. Holmes, President, R. Dudley Frayser, Charles B. Clegg, Thomas W. Ackley, Daniel F. Lewis, Charles Green and the Secretary.
The proposed report of the Executive Committee was read by the Secretary.
The President stated that he had examined the report and vouchers, and had found the same correct.
On motion, the Treasurer's report was approved.
WM. J. RICHARDSON,
The President: The next business is the report of the Treas
REPORT OF THE TREASURER.
The report in full of the Treasurer is, as follows :
REPORT OF THE TREASURER. THE AMERICAN STREET-RAU.WAY ASSOCIATION, in account with Wm. J. RICHARDSON, Treasurer.
neous Printing, Letter Headings,
Treasurer's Salary, one month....
lyn, Call Loan, at 5 per cent.
1887, Legal Opinion..
1887. October 19. Balance in Bank.
$1,454 66 Lombard and South St. Pass. Ry. Co., Phila.
Camden Horse R. R. Co
25 00 North Hudson County R. R. Co., Hoboken.
25 00 Philadelphia Traction Co
25 00 Essex Pass. Ry. Co., Newark.
6. Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Sundry Print
U.S. Mail Line Committee.
39 60 125 00
$2,843 60 Dr.
25 00 Pittsburgh, A. and M. Pass. Ry. Co...
25 00 London St. R. R. Co., Canada
25 00 Union Pass. Ry. Co., Philadelphia
25 00 Bridgeport Horse R. R. Co.
$2,843 60 December 15. Thomas E. Crossman, Steno
graphic Report, 6th Annual
mittee to Washington and return.
Plates of Invitation and Menu at
50 00 1,500 Prints and 200 Rolls..