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Committees Appointed by President.
Delegates to American Bar Association.
Robert F. Walker, St. Louis, Retiring President. Vinton Pike, St. Joseph.
W. J. Orr, West Plains.
On Jurisprudence and Law Reform.
Wm. M. Williams, Boonville, Chairman.
Rees Turpin, Kansas City.
On Judicial Administration and Remedial Procedure.
Oliver H. Dean, Kansas City, Chairman. George D. Reynolds, St. Louis. J. H. Whitecotton, Paris, Edwin Silver, Jefferson City. J. Scott Miller, Chillicothe.
On Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.
W. T. Ragland, Monroe City, Chairman. Wm. S. Curtis, St. Louis.
Wm. P. Borland, Kansas City. Walter B. Douglas, St. Louis. E. W. Hinton, Columbia.
On Association and Legal Publications.
J. W. Suddath, Warrensburg, Chairman. E. A. Rozier, Farmington. H. C. Smith, St. Joseph. Geo. A. Mahan, Hannibal. J. W. Halliburton, Carthage.
Wm. B. Thompson, St. Louis, Chairman. Robt. T. Railey, Harrisonville. Ralph F. Lozier, Carrollton. S. S. Brown, St. Joseph.
R. F. Roy, New London.
On Statutory Amendments.
Moses Whybark, Cape Girardeau, Chairman. George Robertson, Mexico. B. G. Thurman, Lamar. Jacob Klein, St. Louis.
Charles F. Booher, Savannah.
On Legal Biography.
H. C. McDougal, Kansas City, Chairman. George R. Lockwood, St. Louis. J. W. McAntire, Joplin. F. M. Wilson, Platte City. 0. C. Clay, Canton.
Proceedings had at the Twenty-fourth Annual Meeting of the Missouri Bar Association, held at the Commercial Club Rooms, St. Joseph, Missouri, September 28 and 29, 1906.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1906.
The meeting was called to order by Hon. R. F. Walker, the president, at 10:30, a. m.
The President: Gentlemen of the Missouri Bar Association, I now open this meeting of the Missouri Bar Association for the transaction of business.
I have the honor of presenting Mr. Lucien J. Eastin, president of the Buchanan County Bar Association, who will address you.
Mr. Eastin: Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Missouri Bar Association: It is my pleasure to express at this time the cordial welcome which the St. Joseph Bar Association extends to the Missouri Bar Association. We are exceedingly glad to have you meet in our city. We know you and the work in which you are engaged, and we esteem it a high honor to have you hold this meeting with us. We want the citizens of this part of the State to get better acquainted with you, and we want you to get better acquainted with them. We are sure the acquaintance will be highly satisfactory to us and we hope it may be to you. You represent in organized form that profession which, more than other-more than all others—has secured to our people a government which, though firm and strong, has left with the individual the largest possible measure of personal freedom. You stand to-day as the protectors of that government, and as the guardians of that personal liberty. In the administration of justice between man and man, you are the successors of those who gave to English-speaking people the common law, that splendid system of jurisprudence, which, though it binds with irrevocable firmness, is at the same time so flexible that it may be applied to every varying condition and circumstance of human society. The system-the principle—is old, but the application is ever new, and upon the application depends the peace of society. You are, therefore, the peacemakers and I say to you as it was written of old "Blessed are the peacemakers.”
I may suggest also that the profession represented by you is not a selfish profession. The highest obligation it lays upon its members is duty to another—the client. Self, as against the interest of the client, cannot be considered without dishonor, and it is this constant and faithful performance of duty to others that has taught the lawyer the great lesson of life-service-service in the cause of justice. Thus constantly engaged on behalf of the individual—ever watchful of his interest and welfare-you carry his cause beyond the court to the great forum of the people; you become close and interested observers of political conditions, and you originate and carry forward those conservative reforms which improve and elevate the condition of all the people. At the same time you, repress all those extravagant measures which are apt to lead to disaster and distress. The public thus becomes your client and you give to that client the same efficient and disinterested service that you give when you represent the individual.
It is worthy of note, in this connection, that with the conceded influence and power of the lawyer in all our legislative bodies, he has never used that influence to secure for his profession an undue advantage. In fact, he has failed to secure for his profession those advantages to which, judged by the principle of other professions or callings, he is justly entitled. This generous attitude may be attributed, not alone to the nature of the service imposed upon the lawyer by his calling, but to the elevated and impartial atmosphere of our courts, and to the influence of such organizations as that which has assembled here to-day, which has for its object the attainment of all those ideals early implanted in every lawyer's heart.
We find a pleasure and a pride, therefore, in opening the doors of our city and the very recesses of our hearts to you. Our local association will be greatly strengthened and improved by your meeting, and I trust that your sojourn in the city may be as pleasant to you as it will be to us. Many of the members of the St. Joseph Bar Association are here and when they grasp you by the hand they will prove to you that I am expressing their sincerest sentiments when I bid you welcome.
The President: Mr. President and members of the local Bar Association, and members of the Missouri Bar Association, I feel sure that I but express the feelings of each member of our state association when I say we appreciate the kind words of the welcome which have been extended to us. We appreciate them because they come from our brother. Following a profession which stands higher than any other vocation in life, and coming as we do to a city like St. Joseph, which is characteristically Missourian in every respect, we feel that when this welcome is expressed to us it is but an expression by a part of the people representing all the people of this great city.
Feeling as we do, we cannot but strive in every way possible to show you that we appreciate your welcome and that we will appreciate your hospitality which has been so freely extended.
In the further transaction of the business of this As
sociation I will read to you the address required by the constitution to be prepared and delivered by the president of the state association.
(See Appendix, p. 81.)
Mr. R. T. Railey: A number of members of the Bar have made application for membership, and in order that they may be enabled to participate in our proceedings the General Council has made a report that they have complied with the requirements in every respect, paid their dues, and we find them duly qualified. They are as follows:
Orville M. Shanklin, St. Joseph.
The president, having called the ayes and noes, declared the motion carried.
Upon motion of Judge H. M. Ramey the meeting adjourned until 2 o'clock, p. m.
Pursuant to adjournment, the meeting was called to order at 2 o'clock, p. m., by the president.
Mr. Railey: The General Council desires to report the