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to, and if he should, after perusal, think himself entitled to the "cake,” he can take it.
He has my sympathy, and if he persists in believing that he has a right to live at all, he at least ought to be very grateful to the authorities that he is not taxed out of existence altogether.
The only comfort I can administer is such as an Orderly gave to one of his patients in a London hospital. 'Twas in this wise :
Chaplain—"So poor Hopkins is dead. I should have liked to speak to him once again and soothe his last moments ; why didn't you call me?"
Hospital Orderly—“I didn't think you ought to be disturbed for 'Opkins, sir, so I just soothed him as best I could myself.”
Chaplain—"Why, what did you say to him?"
Yes," sez 'e. "'Opkins," sez I, “I don't think you can 'ope to go to 'eaven." “I don't think I can," sez 'e.
Well, then, 'Opkins," sez I,“ you'll go to 'ell." "I suppose so," sez 'e.
" 'Opkins," sez I, "you ought to be wery grateful as there's a place perwided for you, and that you've got somewhere to go." And I think 'e 'eard, sir, and then he died. [Great laughter.]
The President : Has any one any motion to make ?
The President: The paper read this morning on the Conditions Necessary to the Financial Success of the Cable Power was not disposed of owing to the pressure of business. Has any one a motion to make in regard to that paper ?
Mr. Woodworth, of Rochester: I move it be received and printed in full in the minutes.
The motion was carried.
INVITATION OF HON. JAMES W. HYATT, UNITED STATES
TREASURER, TO VISIT THE TREASURY. The President: I am very glad to make known the following invitation from the Hon. James W. Hyatt, United States Treasurer, and President of the Norwalk Horse Railroad Company. He invites the delegates and their ladies to visit and inspect the Treasury Building between the hours of nine and eleven o'clock, A M., and one thirty and three o'clock, P. M. He will take pleasure in showing all who go, the building and its contents; and this is quite an opportunity, considering there is so large a surplus in the Treasury! [Laughter.] I think if we started in good time in the morning, we could leave the hotel by nine o'clock and be back by half-past ten.
Mr. Sinclair, of Galveston: I move that we accept the invitatation and the surplus. (Laughter].
Mr. Winfield Smith: I move that we visit the Treasury building at the hour suggested by the President, and that we return our hearty thanks to the Treasurer for his courtesy in extending the invitation.
The motion was carried.
APPOINTMENT OF NOMINATING COMMITTEE. Mr. Linch, of New York: I move that a Nominating Committee of seven be appointed to ake nominations for the Officers of the Association for the ensuing year.
The President: How is the Committee to be appointed ?
Mr. Woodworth: I move that the same Committee designate a place of meeting for the next year.
The motion was carried.
The President: The Chair will appoint Messrs. Linch, of New York; Cleminshaw, of Troy; Littell, of Louisville; Longstreet, of Boston; Rugg, of Minneapolis ; Ackley, of Philadelphia ; and Walsh, of St. Louis.
On motion, the meeting adjourned till ten o'clock, Thursday morning
The President: We will now listen to the reading of the paper on Street-Railway Mutual Fire Insurance, C. C. Woodworth, Secretary of the Rochester City and Brighton Railroad Company, Rochester, N. Y., being Chairman of the Committee.
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON STREET-RAILWAY MUTUAL
The Secretary read the report, as follows:
WASHINGTON, D. C., October 18th, 1888. THE AMERICAN STREET-RAILWAY ASSOCIATION,
Gentlemen :- The Committec on Street-Railway Mutual Insurance Company, at a meeting held this day, adopted the following preamable and resolution:
Whereas, This Committee some two months since prepared and sent to the Companies, members of the Association, a request that each Company express to the Commiteee its opinion as to the feasibility of the forniation of a Mutual Street-Railway Insurance Company, and
Whereas, But few responses have been received from the Companies as yet, and
Whereas, The general features of the formation of a Mutual Insurance Company have been heretofore so fully set forth in previous reports and publications, that there appears to the Committee to be no need for further elabo. ration upon these points.
Therefore, be it Resolved. That the Committee report to the Association the fact of the sending of said notices to the different Companies, the meagerness of the returns thereform, and the consequent inability of the Committee to submit such a report as will reflect the general opinion of the members of the Association.
We, therefore, respectfully suggest the continuance of a Committee upon this important subject, in the hope that it may be able before the next meeting of the Association to secure such information from the respective Companies as to their desires in the matter as shall enable the Committee to present a report that will embody the views of the members and a plan of organization and operation in case said views are favorable to the formation of such a Mutual Insurance Company.
C. C. WOODWORTH,
Mr. Eppley, of Orange: I move that the report be embodied in the minutes of the Association. Carried.
The President: Is there any gentleman who has any suggestion to make on the subject of this report ? STRE ET-RAILWAY MUTUAL FIRE INSURANCE COMMITTEE
CONTINUED. Mr. Hurt, of Washington: I presume this Committee will be continued in charge of the subject, as requested in the report.
The President: Do you make this as a motion ?
The President: It is not.
Mr. Hurt: I understood the Committee requested to be continued in charge of the subject.
The President: It says a Committee.
Mr. Hurt: Inasmuch as they have been in possession of the subject, I think it would be wise to have them continue, if agreeable to them; and I therefore make that motion.
The motion was carried.
ANNOUNCEMENT RELATIVE TO THE NEXT REGULAR
MEETING The President: I am requested by the Committee having in charge the matter of selecting a place for the next regular meeting, to say to the Association that if there are any gentlemen present who would like to invite the Association to their city, they will please communicate the fact to Mr. Ackley, of the Nominating Committee. If the gentlemen will let that be known to him, the Committee will then be able to act intelligently.
ANNOUNCEMENTS IN REGARD TO THE EXCURSION. I am very glad to say to the Association this morning, that our friend, Mr. Hurt, who, with his associates, has done so much to make our meeting pleasant, will now address the Association for a moment, in explaining the particulars of the trip to take place to-morrow to Mount Vernon and Marshall Hall.
Mr. Hurt : Mr. President and gentlemen-With your permission, I desire to state to the Association that the excursion is arranged for to-morrow, and the boat will leave at ten o'clock promptly. We shall have cars in waiting on the Pennsylvania avenue side of the hotel promptly at a quarter-past nine, to take the delegates and their friends to the boat. This is rather early, and you should be on hand promptly, for the reason that the cars are running at short intervals, and we have no side tracks at this point. We also desire to extend a cordial invitation to all of the supply men and their lady friends who are with them to accompany us on the trip. I think they have done a great deal to lend interest to this meeting, and we would be very glad to have them go with us on this occasion.
Mr. Pearson, of Washington : Mr. President, in connection with the subject, I would like to know as soon as possible how many
It is very essential for us to know exactly how
intend to go.
many intend going with us; and I should like to know as early as possible. The tickets have been left with the Secretary.
The President: The invitation of our friends is a very broad and generous one. They wish all the delegates who are present, with their lady friends, and all the supply men and their lady friends to accept their invitation, and enjoy this most delightful trip to Mt. Vernon. It is due to our friends that they should be informed as early as possible as to how many will accept their invitation, so that they can make their arrangements accordingly. There are matters that have to be attended to beforehand, and if postponed too long, it will be an unpleasant affair without them. We owe it to these gentlemen to let them know how many will go. I trust before the gentlemen leave the room they will come and get their tickets, so that we may know how many are going.
DISCUSSION RELATIVE TO ELECTRICITY AS A
The President : Gentlemen, I have seen somewhere the picture of a stalwart man, elevated high in the air, with arms extended and both hands full of forked lightning ; and that man, I find, was Calvin A. Richards, of Boston. [Applause.] He had not the slightest fear of lightning, he had just all the bravery that it was possible to put into a man's heart and fibre; but unfortunately for every one of us, that man, who is so endeared to all our hearts, has left the street-railway business; and feels that, in the hitherto existing regulation, it would not be proper for him to be present at this meeting. We are thus denied the pleasure of listening to his glowing terms, as he would describe the power of electricity and lightning in moving our cars.
It is a loss to every one of us, which we feel, not only in not being able to listen to his paper on such an important and interesting subject, but we miss very much his presence. We would like to take him by the hand once more, and cordially greet him to our meeting. [Applause.) But in the absence of Mr. Richards, we are forced now to depend for the discussion on gentlemen who are present, who know all about this matter, so far as any one knows of the workings of electricity in its subtle ways. I trust no one will hesitate to express his views frankly, and give us all the information he can about this interesting and progressive topic. The subject is open for discussion ; and the man who gets on his feet first will have the floor.