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Little River Bar. The information has not been compiled for the session of 1909. But it is safe to say that that session more than kept pace with the previous ones. It will be noticed that since the decision of Davies v. Gaines the number of special acts has rapidly increased, and no one will be found so bold as to place a limit on the increase.
Jos. M. HILL.
SPECIAL ACTS FROM 1875-1907.
No. of Per Cent Ratio Increase General Special Special to over prev. Acts Acts General Acts Year
9 3 9 16
I to 8
I to 3.5 1879 85
I to 2.7
I to 2.25 1883 149
I to 4.14 1885 143
I to 3.93 *1887
I to 2.50 1889 123
88 28.46 I to 2.51 1891 169
1 to 2.31 1893
I to 2.77 1895 160 41 119 25.62
I to 2.91 1897
I to 1.71 †1897
8 to 7
I to 31
84 139 37.67 I to 1.65 1903 217 98
I to 1.21
119 $1905 364 231
63.46 1.74 to I
1.86 to 1 1907 474
*November Term, 1886, Davies v. Gaines, 48 Ark. decided.
Up to 1891 most of special acts were those prohibiting sale of liquor near churches, schools, colleges, etc.
Of last two sessions almost one-half the special acts were those requiring railroads to build depots, stop trains, etc.
Mr. W. M. Lewis stated that he had received a letter from Senator Oldham, who was a member of this committee, regretting that he could not be present to do his part.
After some discussion the report was adopted.
Judge A. B. Grace read a short paper, as a report of the Committee on Practice in the Circuit Court on “The Law's Delays.” (See appendix, page 111.)
Upon motion the thanks of the association were extended to Judge Grace.
Mr. George B. Rose, chairman of the Committee on Memorials, read the report for that committee, as follows, which was received and filed:
The Committee on Memorials reported as follows:
To the President and Members of the Association :
THOMAS E. HARE. Since our last meeting, our brother, Thomas E. Hare, has passed away.
He was born in Mississippi, September 9, 1854, and died at Wynne, Arkansas, on December 24, 1909. He was a gentleman of cultivation and a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of the class of 1873. He shortly afterwards removed to this State, and settled at Wittsburg in 1875, where he continued to practice for two years. He then removed to Cleburne, Arkansas, in 1873, and was a member from Cross County of the Legislatures of 1878 and 1880. He was married to Miss Mary D. Shelton in Doneyville, Tennessee, in 1880. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1884, when Mr. Clevelaud was nominated for president the first time and warmly concurred in the movement to cast the full vote of the State of Arkansas for him. In 1881 he removed to Vanndale, and continued to reside there until his death. Mr. Hare was a diligent and successful lawyer, a man of ability and learning, and enjoyed the esteem and respect not merely of the members of the profession, but of the entire community.
DAVID J. BREWER.
Mr. Justice Brewer of the Supreme Court of the United States, who, at our meeting at Texarkana, four years ago, read so able a paper, was an honorary member of this body. It is unnecessary to detail the history of the life of so distinguished a man, for it is to be found written in every encyclopedia or biographical dictionary.
He was one of the greatest judges that ever sat upon that bench; a man of vast learning and of a mind that could grasp any subject. The most striking thing about Mr. Justice Brewer was his continued intellectual growth. He not only occupied the most important judicial position in the land from Chief Justice of the rising State of Kansas, where most important questions were presented, to Circuit Judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit, where his administrative abilities were tested in the handling of vast receiverships, to a place upon the Supreme Court of the United States, the greatest judicial tribunal that man has ever erected; he was called upon on many special occasions to act as an arbitrator in international disputes, or to present the claims of the United States before bodies of that character; and no matter what was demanded of him, he always showed himself equal to the occasion, and his every act won for him respect and applause.
As a judge he was remarkable for his breadth of view, and his constructive statesmanship. His opinions are amongst the ablest ever delivered, even upon the higher tribunals in whose deliberations he was so important a factor; always remarkably well written, and presenting views in accordance with a liberal public policy, such as becomes a great Nation rapidly developing and stretching out continually into new fields of activity.
In addition to his vast labors upon the bench and in other public employments, he was distinguished for the great value of the addresses which he delivered from time to time, particularly at gatherings of the bar, all of which were characterized by great enlightenment and broad humanity.
Fortunately he was spared to us until his life work was substantially done, and he departed rich in years and in honors, respected by all and mourned by the entire Nation.
G. B. Rose, Chairman.
H. F. ROLESON. Upon motion the secretary was directed to send telegrams to Messrs. J. W. House and J. E. Williams, who were not able to attend the meeting on account of illness, expressing the regrets of the association.
The Committee on Practice in the Supreme Court had no report.
Judge A. Curl addressed the Association briefly upon the advisability of district bar associations, and discussed the work of the Third District Association.
Mr. Sam M. Taylor stated that he was requested by Judge John M. Elliott to express his great regret at not being able to attend the meeting, he having to hold court in another county. Judge Jacob Trieber introduced the following resolution, which was adopted by a rising vote:
Resolved, That this Association appreciates the honor of having with us again on this occasion the Hon. U. M. Rose, who is not only the nestor and recognized leader of the bar of this State, but whose reputation as a jurist sheds luster on the entire State. We sincerely hope that he will continue to confer the honor of his presence at our meetings for many years to come.
Judge Rose thanked the Association, but stated that Col. Halliburton of DeWitt and Judge Cypert of Searcy, were both older than he, and were at the bar when he came to this State, and that he thought Judge Mansfield was older than he. He discussed the wonderful changes in the State since he commenced practicing law here over fifty years ago.
Mr. Sam M. Taylor and Mr. D. L. King both spoke, referring to Judge Rose's life.
Mr. Durand Whipple moved that the Association request Judge Rose to prepare a paper to be read at the next meeting, upon the subject of his early experiences in his practice in this State, which motion was unanimously adopted.
Mr. Ashley Cockrill moved that the Association extend to the local Entertainment Committee, the Pine Bluff Bar and citizens a vote of thanks for the extroardinarily successful and enjoyable meeting, which motion was unanimously adopted.
Upon motion the secretary was instructed to print in the proceedings of this meeting, the paper read by Judge U. M. Rose on the Magna Charta, before the old Arkansas Bar. (See appendix, page 135.)
Mr. W. H. Arnold, chairman of the Nominating Committee, read the report of that committee, and upon motion the report was adopted, and the gentlemen nominated for the various offices were declared elected. (See list of officers, page 5.)
The newly elected president, Mr. W. V. Tompkins, feelingly expressed his thanks to the Association for the honor done him. The Association adjourned.
Roscoe R. LYNN,
CONSTITUTION AND LAWS
ARTICLE 1. The name of this Association is the Bar Association of Arkansas. Its objects are to uphold the honor of the legal profession, inculcate sound professional ethics, promote the administration of justice and the science of jurisprudence, and establish and maintain cordiality and fraternity among lawyers. ART. 2.
The officers of this Association shall be a President, a First Vice-President, one Vice-President for each Judicial Circuit of the State of Arkansas, a Secretary and a Treasurer, who shall hold office for one year and until their successors are elected, whose terms of office shall begin at the close of the annual meeting at which they may be elected. The President shall appoint a committee, consisting of five members, whose duty it shall be to nominate and present the names of officers at the next ensuing annual meeting of the Association.
ART. 3. The Secretary, Treasurer and five members, to be chosen annually, shall constitute an Executive Committee, who shall meet quarterly, a majority thereof forming a quorum for business. The committee shall have full power to do anything necessary to be done for the promotion and well-being of the Association during recess or vacation of the same, subject to revision of the Association at the next annual meeting; also to arrange programs and rules for the regulation of the Association.
ART. 4. All persons who have been enrolled by the Secretary shall be members of this Association, and hereafter every member of the Bar of Arkansas, licensed to practice in the Circuit Courts, in good standing, shall be eligible for membership. A majority of the Executive Committee may admit new members, but their action, in all cases, shall be liable to be revoked by the Association at any pending meeting, or the next regular meeting
ART. 5. The President, or, in his absence, the Vice President, and ten :members of the Association, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and any less number may adjourn the meeting from time to time for the purpose of securing a quorum.
ART. 6. The annual meeting of the Association shall be held on the last Thursday and Friday in May, at 10 o'clock a. m., in the city of Little Rock, or at such other time and place as the Executive Committee may designate, uniess otherwise directed by the Association.
Art. 7. The following standing committees shall be appointed by the President within thirty days after the adjournment of each annual meeting: On Law and Law Reform; on Uniform State Laws; on Public Service Corporations; on Public Improvements and Local Assessments; on Practice in Supreme Court; on Practice in Chancery Court; on Prac