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GENERAL MINUTES.

FIRST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS-AFTERNOON

SESSION.

, TALLULAH LODGE, Ga., July 2, 1903. The Twentieth Annual Session of the Georgia Bar Association convened in the Auditorium at Tallulah Lodge at 3:30 p.m., and was called to order by the President, Burton Smith, Esq., of Atlanta.

The President: Upon the program this afternoon we have first the report of the Executive Committee, Judge Marcus W. Beck, Chairman.

Mr. Beck: Before reading any portion of the report which has been prepared by the committee I have the pleasure and honor of introducing a gentleman who will voice to the Association a welcome. I introduce to you Mr. Sweet, mayor of Tallulah Falls.

Mr. Sweet: Gentlemen, members of the Georgia Bar Association: I desire to state that the people of this community feel very much honored to have such a distinguished body of men meet here, and I desire also to extend a welcome to you while you are amongst us. The keys, gentlemen, are turned over to you. Take them and do as you please. We hope while you are here you will enjoy yourselves so much, in this place where Nature has done her best, that you will again honor us.

The President: I feel sure that the Association appreciates the cordial welcome that has been extended to us by this city.

Mr. Beck: Mr. President and gentlemen of the Association: 2gba

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The program as prepared by the Executive Committee for this the twentieth annual meeting of the Georgia Bar Association is necessarily altered because of the hour at which we have met. It was first intended that we should meet on Thursday morning. That hour has been changed and the change of hour has necessitated an alteration of the program, the formal written program prepared by the Executive Committee. I will announce the program for this afternoon and this evening; that for to-morrow will be announced to-morrow morning at the meeting of the Association.

When the nineteenth annual meeting of the Georgia Bar Association was called together, it was announced by the Secretary that there were thirty new members whose names had been added to our roll, and it was then remarked by him as a matter for congratulation and applause that this was the largest number of names of worthy and honorable members of the Georgia Bar, probably, that had been added at any one time to this Association. We have not only attained that number, but we have considerably exceeded it, and the Association is to be congratulated upon the fact that forty names of worthy and honorable members of the Georgia Bar are now to be enrolled as members of this Association. It gives me pleasure to read here the names of the gentlemen who have been elected members of this body since our last annual meeting: Angier, Edgar A..

. Atlanta. Bateman, J. N..

. Atlanta. Batchelor, V. A

. Atlanta.
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Bennett, J. Walter.......

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Born, E. Winn.
Boykin, John A...

........ Atlanta. Chandler, H. H.

.Lavonia. Clay, Brutus J.

Atlanta. Daly, Walter R....

Atlanta Davison, James...

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Atlanta. Felder, Thomas S....

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.Hawkinsville. Hammond, Walter Ji..

Thomasville. Hulsey, William H.

Atlanta. Hunnicutt, Dupree...

......... Athens. Lawrence, Alexander A...

........ Savannah. Logan, J. Clayton

. Atlanta. Maddox, C. D.........

........ Atlanta. Merritt, George A...

... Greensboro. Mitchell, Eugene M...

...... Atlanta. Moore, Hudson...

...... Atlanta. Newman, William T., Jr.

. . Atlanta. Orr, Robert...

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Hartwell. Rogers, James F...

.Covington. Sibley, Samuel H

... Union Point. Smith, John R. L

......... Macon. Spence, George C.

...... Atlanta. Strickland, Judson M

.Griffin. Tichenor, W. R..

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Tindall, Charles C...

...Jesup. Turner, S. M .

......Quitman. Underwood, E. M.........

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..Monroe. Winn, Courtland S....

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..............Rome. Before announcing the program for this afternoon and this evening, I will announce now, so that I may not forget it, that the evening session will begin at 8:30, Atlanta time.

After the report of the Executive Committee this afternoon will be the President's address, coming first in order.

Then the report of the Treasurer.

The report of the Special Committee appointed to investigate the Torrens System and similar systems for the registration of land titles; Washington Dessau, Macon, Chairman.

Evening Session, 8:30 o'clock.

Paper, “Sunday as Viewed by American Law," by R. D. Meader, Brunswick.

Address by P. W. Meldrim, Savannah, “Cicero."

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Now, Mr. President, I call the attention of the Association to an invitation from Mrs. M. A. Lipscomb. I will read the invitation in extenso:

"Mrs. M. A. Lipscomb extends an invitation to the Georgia Bar Association to an Al Fresco Friday evening at 9:30 o'clock, at Lucy Cobb Cottage, to meet Judge and Mrs. Parker of New York.

“Thursday, July 2, 1903.” Mr. Cleveland: I move that we accept the invitation. The motion received a second and was carried. Mr. Beck: There are no other announcements by the Executive Committee at this time. The first matter on the program is the President's address.

The President: This happens to be the twentieth year since the Bar Association was organized, and it is probably not out of order for me to say that the Association, as well as the able Chairman and the Executive Committee, have cause for congratulation upon the satisfactory result of their work during the past year.

I have selected as the subject of my address “Trusts and Monopolies.”

(See Appendix A.) The President: We will now have the Treasurer's report. The Treasurer read his report. (See Appendix B.)

The President: You have heard the report of the Treasurer. What action will you take? Mr. Hill: I move its adoption. The motion received a second and was adopted.

The President: The report of the Special Committee on the Torrens System for the Registration of Land Titles; Hon. Washington Dessau, Chairman.

(For report see Appendix C.)

· Mr.' Van Epps: I don't know whether I am in order in the suggestion about to be made. I regard the paper as the most important and valuable contribution on a practical subject that we have had submitted to our Bar Association during its organization. The report seems to sound a tocsin. The Association is getting down to its legitimate work. The paper leads us to consider a subject of vast interest and importance to the people of the State the common people. I had in mind at a later time to move a resolution that the printer in printing our record prepare a sufficient number of copies of the report of the committee to be handed to the Governor in the form of a pamphlet to be delivered to the members of the Legislature with a special message on the subject, containing such recommendations and suggestions as the Governor sees fit to convey to the Legislature. I mean the Legislature of 1904, as the present Legislature probably will not have time to address itself to the subject. I do not make that as a present motion, but will do so later on after conferring with Mr. Dessau and his committee.

Mr. Meldrim: I agree with what my friend Judge Van Epps has said about the importance of this paper. Fortunately, or unfortunately, very much of my work in life has been in the trial of cases respecting title to lands. I say just here that the subject is not only important from the viewpoint of, I understand my friend to say, the common people; it is also vastly important to those people within the State and out of the State who own, and particularly to those who own considerable bodies of land known as wild lands. Members of the Association from the lower part of the State will recognize to what degree valuable large holdings have been impaired because of the uncertainty of titles. When we approach legislation, I think it should not only be approached with a view of helping the common people, but equally so with a view of helping all people, all

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