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SECRETARY'S ANNUAL REPORT.

OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON, July 15th, 1895.

To the Washington State Bar Association:

GENTLEMEN:- I have the honor to submit for your consid

eration this my report for the year ending July 15th, 1895:

Number of members at last report .
Number joined since last report

Total membership

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Cash received for fees of three members prior
to July 18, 1894 .

Cash fees of 61 members after July 18, 1894

Total amount.

By cash paid to Treasurer

Statement of the finances of the Association :

Cash in treasury received from former
Treasurer, A. P. Fitch.

Former Secretary, fees for 64 members
Membership fee of Joseph Shippen
Membership fee of George Donworth
Membership fee of John Wiley . . .
Total. .

By warrant as per Voucher No. 1, for
stationery, printing notices and
postage.

By warrant as per Voucher No. 2, to
H. Preston, acct. Lowman & Han-
ford S. & P. Co. . .

By warrant as per Voucher No. 3, for
printing proceedings and constitu-
tion and expenses connected there-
with

By two warrants as per order of Ex-
ecutive Committee, May 31, 1895

Total. .

To balance cash in treasury

$13.00

6.00

80

64

144

2

142

$ 15.00

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305.00

$320.00

$320.00

$ 66.30

320.00

5.00

5.00

5.00

$401.30

231.00

125.00

375.00

$ 26.30

TREASURER'S REPORT.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, July 15th, 1895. To the President of the Washington State Bar Association: I beg leave to submit to the Association a statement of the amounts received by me, and the disbursements made by me as Treasurer of the Association, together with vouchers for the disbursements made.

I beg leave further to report that I have taken no action in reference to the money in the hands of Mr. J. W. Robinson, the former Treasurer of the Association, for the reason that Mr. Robinson has been out of the State since the last meeting of the Association.

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The Secretary then read the report of the Executive Com

mittee, as follows:

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SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, July 17th, 1895.

To the Washington State Bar Association:

Your Executive Committee respectfully submit a report, as follows:

Since the last session of the Association, we have unanimously elected to membership John C. Kleber and Byron Millett, of Olympia, and Fred. Miller, of North Yakima.

We have audited and approved accounts as per vouchers filed by the Secretary.

Your Committee met at Seattle, per call of the President, on May 31st, in the office of the Treasurer, James B. Howe; President George M. Forster in the chair.

There were present:-George M. Forster, President; Charles S. Fogg, Second Vice-President, per. John Arthur, proxy; Harold Preston, Third Vice-President; Nathan S. Porter, Secretary; and James B. Howe, Treasurer.

The following subjects were selected by the Committee as topics for articles to be submitted and discussions to be had thereon at the next session of the Association, to be held at the city of Spokane, on the 17th of July, 1895:

I. Practice and Procedure in Washington.

2. State and Federal Jurisdiction.

3. Juries and Jury Trials.

4. Stare Decisis.

5. Corporations.

6. Pioneer Judges and Lawyers of Washington.

The following named gentlemen were selected to write said articles respectively: -

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1. Hon. George Turner, of Spokane.

2. Hon. C. H. Hanford, of Seattle.

3. Hon. Charles O. Bates, of Tacoma.

4. Hon. David E. Baily, of Olympia.
5. Hon. Judson Applegate, of Tacoma.
6. Hon. John J. McGilvra, of Seattle.

Hon. John Arthur and E. C. Hughes, of Seattle, C. O. Bates and Thomas Carroll, of Tacoma, and N. S. Porter and T. N. Allen, of Olympia, were appointed a committee to make announcements through the newspapers of the session at Spokane.

Hon. John Arthur, Harold Preston, E. C. Hughes and R. S. Jones were appointed a committee to bring the subject before the King County Bar Association and urge its coöperation.

The sum of $75 was unanimously appropriated for expenses of the Secretary and $50 for expenses of the President in preparing for and attending the said sessions, and warrants were drawn upon the Treasurer for said amounts.

The Secretary was instructed to correspond with those selected to write on the various subjects selected above.

No further business appearing, on motion the Committee adjourned.

Attest:

GEORGE M. FORSTER, Chairman.

N. S. PORTER, Secretary.

N. S. Porter, Chairman of Committee on Obituaries, submitted the following report, which was accepted:

To the Washington State Bar Association:

MR. PRESIDENT:- Your Committee on Obituaries desire to submit this their annual report. There are but two of our number who, during the past year, have passed beyond the transitory scenes of this mundane sphere and made their debut into that undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns.

On Saturday evening, March 16, 1895, Charles E. Laughton died at the rooms of the Bohemian Club, in the city of Tacoma. While he was not an active practitioner at the bar of any of our Courts, he had held several important official positions in this and other states, one of which was that of Lieutenant-Governor. He was a native of the State of Maine, and was 49 years of age. On Tuesday, April 16, 1895, George W. Tyler died at his residence in Alameda, California. He too, we believe, had held some important official positions. He was 68 years of age.

N. S. PORTER,
CHARLES O. BATES.

ELECTIONS TO MEMBERSHIP.

Under this head the following named attorneys were elected to become members of the Washington State Bar Association, upon their complying with the Constitution and By-Laws:

Jacob Hoover, S. G. Allen, Richard W. Nuzum, Henry M. Hoyt, David P. Jenkins, A. P. Sawyer, Norman Buck, George W. Belt, Lucius G. Nash, S. C. Hyde, Cyrus Happy, A. M. S. Hilgard, Eugene Miller, Wirt W. Saunders, Mark F. Mendenhall, H. E. Allen, William A. Huncke, David Herman, R. B. Blake, Ira R. McBride, Joseph Rosselot, James E. Fenton, A. K. McBroom and Herman D. Crow, of Spokane.

A. W. Deming, A. L. Campbell and Allen Weir, of Olympia. S. J. Chadwick, W. H. Winfree, U. L. Ettinger and A. M. Craven of Colfax.

Wallace Mount, N. T. Caton and C. H. Neal, of Sprague.

James Hamilton Lewis and Charles E. Shepard, of Seattle. Emmett N. Parker, John A. Shackleford and F. C. Robertson, of Tacoma.

H. A. P. Myers and A. C. Shaw, of Davenport.

S. L. Crouce, of Ritzville.

'W. T. Warren, of Wilbur.

Richard K. Boney, of South Bend.

Lester S. Wilson, of Walla Walla.

D. H. Fisk, of Cheney.

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES.

Hon. George Turner, Chairman of the Committee on Jurisprudence and Law Reform, reported that he was the only member of that Committee in the city, and asked for further time in which to report.

On motion of Mr. Coiner, further time was granted.

Hon. George Turner, of Spokane, then read his paper on the subject of "Practice and Procedure in Washington." (See Appendix.)

THE PRESIDENT:- Has any member anything to suggest? MR. MCGILVRA:-Mr. President, I simply wish to say that the paper just read meets with my most cordial and hearty approbation. In connection with that statement I would say that I was admitted to the bar of the State of Illinois, at Chicago, in 1853. In that state they then had, and still have, a modified system of common law practice and procedure; the common law forms of action as laid down in Chitty were the forms that were adopted. All that was necessary for the attorney to do in order to commence his action, on a sure basis, was to correctly diagnose his case and to select his form of action. Occasionally a case would arise where it was necessary to have what is called, in common law, a special action on the case. But, as a rule, there was no difficulty in selecting the form to which the action belonged. The action was commenced by the issuance of a summons, and the next step was the filing of the declaration. Then followed the appearance and the demurrer, or answer. During the ten years, or nearly ten years, that I practiced at that bar, we had but very little-and, as a rule, there is very little-contention over settlement of the pleadings.

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