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I noticed, in reading our papers this morning, that, by some wise dispensation of Providence, it has been arranged that the bankers shall meet at Bellingham and the lawyers shall meet at Seattle. I think, perhaps, a few inferences might be drawn from the contrast. Bellingham is a "dry" town and our banker friends will be absolutely safe. You gentlemen of the bar are lawyers under such complete control that it does not make any difference where you go to hold your convention. (Applause.) An even balance is maintained in the state by having the legal and banking fraternities thus equally distributed at their convention season.
We certainly rejoice to see so many of you present in this City of Seattle which we rightly believe to be the metropolis of this state. We know that those who come from other points in our state to Seattle have an interest in this city. You have an interest in its building; you have an interest in everything that has to do with the upbuilding of the city which ought to represent, in the best and truest sense, the metropolitan idea of the people of the entire state. I have no doubt that most of you come to Seattle with sufficient frequency so that you keep in touch with the growth of this city. We feel that the accomplishments of Seattle, both in a physical, material way and also along the line of upbuilding in a social and civic reform way are worthy of your study, your observation and of your approbation. Thinking, for a moment, along the material line, I sometimes put it in this fashion, which I think is worthy of your thought: Here we have, in this Ci of Seattle, a piece of nature comprising approximately sixty square miles of land area, to say nothing of the water areas which are included within the city limits and which border our limits. The topography, the contour of this piece of nature is exceedingly rugged and yet, within the past twenty years, this sixty square miles of rough nature has been converted from the primeval forest, from the stumps and logged-off lands, into the city that you see today with its hundreds of miles of paved streets, sidewalks and sewers and water mains and all the other accessories that go with a modern municipality. There has been expended upon this piece of nature that we call Seattle approximately thirty-five to forty millions of dollars but he certainly has raised a fine point of discrimination in saying to us that, by reason of our legal and judicial training, we are capable of exercising restraint when the time arrives. Now, it is written that there is a time for all things—a time to eat, a time to sleep, a time to drink, a time to make merry, a time to be serious and a time to weep. Now, I do not recall, at the present moment, whether that quotation is from the Bible, whether it is from Shakespeare or the 67 Washington, but, anyhow, it comes to me and I give it to you with the sanction of ancient authority. We hope that the Mayor will understand that while we are here the time is propitious for us to transact certain business; that, after we have transacted that business and go hence upon the streets, the time for making merry has arrived.
We outside of Seattle are surely and truly glad to be here and partake of the splendid hospitality of the city of Seattle. Outside of Tacoma and Spokane, I suppose that all the balance of the state recognizes Seattle as the real metropolis of the great State of Washington, and we look up to Seattle for the guide as the moving spirit in all great things that pertain to the general benefit and prosperity of the entire state, and we in the outside counties have always found, no difference where we are situated, or what the cause is, if it is one that is worthy of support and tends to the material advancement of any portion of the state, the city of Seattle and King county have always been found in line to promote that idea and that proposition, hence we do not come here with any. thing but the very best spirit of feeling. We have come to recognize Seattle as being constructed upon the same plane as other cities but a little bit different, and the difference, it seems to me, is best explained by the story of the old darky. He was undertaking to delineate to his congregation, which was a mixed one, the difference between man and woman, and he had explained that God had made man after His own image and thereafter had created woman and he says: “My brethren, a man and woman is just exactly alike nearly. Woman was made after the fashion of man and is just the same, with a few variations.” A very wise old darky sitting in the back part of the congregation rose up and simply said:
“Bless the Lord for the variations.” We think Seattle is like the balance of the cities, but it has got some variations for which we are thankful. (Laughter and applause.)
Mr. President: Gentlemen of the Association, our program is of necessity slightly changed this morning in its order and I will, therefore, at this time introduce to you—not introduce, because you all know him—but present the Governor of the State who will present some ideas from an executive standpoint pertaining to the matter of legislation. I introduce the Honorable Ernest Lister. (Applause.)
Governor Lister: Mr. President, Members of the State Bar Association: I am indeed pleased to be with you for a few moments this morning and desire to say that I regret the necessity of making a change in the program. I do have to leave the city at 12 o'clock and, on account of that, you have to forego the pleasure of listening to some of those good things that could be given out by the President and others here and, for a few moments at least, be imposed upon by listening to myself. I have some ideas regarding the matter of Administrative Legislation and have jotted my thoughts down so that I might a little more clearly present them at this time, and for that reason will read what I have in mind. (Reads paper.) I thank you very much. (Applause.) Appendix for Governor's Address.]
Mr. President: We will now take up the regular order. The Report of the Secretary.
To Washington State Bar Association:
GENTLEMEN: As secretary, I hereby submit my report for the period commencing July 1, 1912, and ending June 30, 1913: Membership per last report..
629 New members admitted.
Total...... Died during year. Withdrawn
Membership to date.....
21.00 Telegraphing and telephoning.
11.80 Register book
1.00 Receipt books
.50 Printing Report of Committee on Amendment of Law
20.50 Expenses of Hanford Committee.
23.66 Personal expenses, hotel, etc..
46.00 Printing, committee announcements..
16.75 Printing for Hanford Committee..
17.66 Stenographer, Grievance Committee, Kennedy and Page
10.00 Expenses Jesse B. Root..
50.00 Expenses Wm. Bristol....
22.50 Printing report, 1,000 copies.
511.50 Clasp envelopes
7.80 Cuts for proceedingsLowman & Hanford...
4.00 Tacoma Engraving Company..
6.00 Printing circular letter and stickers, correction in proceedings
7.00 Printing circular letter about laws.
5.00 Printing program, 1912, letterheads, application blanks, notice due, etc......
88.00 Postage, expressage, telephoning.
152.20 Clerk hire
Balance of receipts over expenditures..
I wish to add, as a part of my report, that the report covers the period from July 1, 1912, to June 30, 1913, and since the last named date there has been over $700 collected in dues. I have deemed it better, however, to make the report cover the exact year rather than a fraction of the year.
Mr. President: The secretary has properly explained accounts. The report of the secretary, if there are no objections, will be placed on file. The report of the treasurer.
The Secretary: Mr. President, the treasurer is not here, but he has handed me his report (reads report):
OLYMPIA, Wash., July 1, 1913. Amount on hand as per last report...
$633.60 Received from Secretary....
$1,893.60 Paid warrant No. 37....
Balance on hand July 1, 1913.....
ARTHUR REMINGTON, Treasurer.
Mr. President: The report of the treasurer will be placed on file unless there are some objections. The report of the Committee on Membership; Mr. Morrow.
Mr. Morrow: (Reads report; report reconsidered and revised; report found on page 34.)
Mr. President: Gentlemen, under the rules of the Association, any person recommended by the Committee on Membership is deemed elected unless there is some objection. Do I hear any objection to any person who has been recommended!
Upon motion the report was adopted as read. (See reconsideration of motion, page 23, and revised report on page 34.)
Mr. President: The persons whose names have been read will be enrolled as members of the Association upon payment of dues. If there are other names to be presented for membership the nominations will be filed with the secretary and reported to the committee, and the committee will make reports from time to time.
Mr. Stedman, will you take the chair?
Mr. President: Gentlemen of the Association: It is now made my duty, as your President, to present and call attention to such laws as have been passed during the year generally affecting the body of the law of the state and of the nation, and such decisions as are of special note and will occupy per