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the New School in America. And all this has been achieved during the short period of sixty years, a period during which Germany, the cradle of Homeopathy, has done nothing but recede in the development of its own offspring. I consider myself, therefore, fully entitled to exclaim: Long live the United States and its laborers in the vineyard of Hahnemann!"
The President then introduced Dr. P. C. Majumdar, of Calcutta, who spoke as follows:
English is not my language; it is my adopted language, so it is very difficult for me to speak. I have long wished to visit America. When it was announced that there would be a Congress of Homeopathists at Atlantic City, I wished to attend it, but could not, as there were some difficulties in my way. This time, when I heard of the World's Congress, I determined to come, and I put aside all the obstacles, and now come to America to see this vast country and its prosperity, and to meet some of the people whose names I have had the honor to read in the journals for so many years. I am very glad to see them here and to be acquainted with them. And I am very glad to see so many ladies who attend this great Congress and who are believers in our doctrines. I shall feel well repaid for the travel and the trouble it has cost me to come. When I left my home my friends said, “What benefit will you derive from going to such a vast country and to such a great distance away?” I replied, “I do not know.” But now I come here and see, and I expect to derive the very greatest benefit from my visit to America. I will be very glad and very happy to convey my hearty thanks to these gentlemen with whom I come in contact, and present to them and this Institute the good wishes of my far-off people. (Applause.)
DR. H. C. ALLEN: I want to make a little addendum to what Dr. Majumdar has just stated, his modesty having forbidden him to mention it. He is the editor of a medical journal published in Calcutta, one-half of which is printed in English, and the other half in his native tongue. He is also the author of a work on Homeopathic practice of upwards of 1000 pages ; a work on materia medica of 800 pages, a domestic practice of 250 pages in addition to being an active practitioner and a graceful and prolific journal writer. It is well that we should know this. (Applause.)
The next speaker to be introduced by the president was Dr. Alfred E. Hawkes, of Liverpool, England, President of the British Congress of Homeopathic Physicians. He said : It is very kind of you to wish to listen to a few words from me. I have enjoyed the meeting very greatly, and will enjoy it still more as I meet with the authors of the many books I have read and which we in the Old Country all have read. If I represent anything now it is more particularly a branch of the British Homeopathic Society located in Liverpool, of which I happen to be chairman, and also as chairman-elect of the British Homeopathic Congress to be held in Northampton in Angust or September, and that will probably call up in your minds the name of an old friend of some of you—Dr. Arthur Clifton. I have the kindest messages for all whom it may concern from Dr. Hayward, of Liverpool, whose letter kindly introducing me must have gone astray or come cver in a later vessel, for
my departure was hurried and almost unexpected. I want to say this, that before entering your magnificent harbor I saw one of the great warships of the world, I think it was an Italian warship; as we passed the Campagnia she very gracefully dipped her colors ; and our little society in the Old Country and its greater branch dips its colors to the American Institute here assembled. (Applause).
Dr. J. C. Molson, of London, was next called by the President and introduced and said:
I too, came away in a great hurry ; only a few days before I went I was notified by the President of the British Homoeopathic Society that I must represent them. Dr. Richard Hughes whom all remember, sends a few kind words to his American friends. He came down and wished me bon voyage and a safe return, and expressed his regret that he could not come himself. We look across the ocean with pardonable pride to you ; it is true that the homeopathic infant was born in our continent, but you have reared him; you have brought him up to be a full grown man; and we are thankful for all we have received from you. The literature that we value in particular comes from your land. Dr. Pope said to me some years ago, invest in Dr. Farrington's Materia Medica, it is the product of a born teacher; I did so, and I have never regretted following his excellent advice. I have the honor to be associated with the London Homoeopathic Hospital; the building is now being pulled down, and in the course of a few months we hope the Princess May, the fiancée of the Duke of York, will lay the foundation-stone of our new hospital. (Applause).
President McClelland then introduced another foreign visitor and delegate, Dr. Charles F. Fisher, from Sidney, Australia, who said I come from the antipodes. But we also have good Homeopathy in my far-off country. In 1854 I went out to New Zealand and introduced Homeopathy in that Island. There we established a small hospital, and it lives yet in the affection of the people. We have in Melbourne a very fine hospital with 120 beds; and have had especially fine results there with typhoid fever ; that is a fever not merely epidemic but endemic. We have yet many things to struggle for in my country that you in your great and free country have already attained; but every day the powerful government is becoming more softened to our efforts and the day may not be far distant when we shall have as great liberties there as you have here. (Applause).
Dr. R. B. Johnson, of Ravenna, Ohio, was added to the Board of Censors, whereupon the Board presented the names of 31 applicants for membership, who were ordered posted as per the requirements of our by-laws.
THE REPORT OF THE BUREAU OF ORGANIZATION, REGISTRA
TION AND STATISTICS was presented by its Chairman, Thomas Franklin Smith, M.D., of New York, and was accepted and referred to the Committee of Publication.
Following is the report :
Fellow-members of the American Institute of Homoeopathy :
During the past year Homeopathy has made good, substantial, healthful progress in the United States.
The years of phenomenal growth have long since passed; we have seen the seed abundantly sown, we have witnessed the growth of the blade and also that of the ear, and now we are seeing the development and ripening of the full corn in the ear, and thus it will go steadily on until it shall cover the entire earth. Many of the old societies are increasing in number of members and also in influence ; they are spreading out new branches which are affording help and succor to many thousands of suffering humanity.
New hospitals have come into existence, and very many of the old ones are putting on new and more vigorous active life.
The Brooklyn Maternity and New York State School for Training Nurses, writes: “The old buildings are just sold; new and more extensive ones will be erected this year.”
The Ward Island Hospital, New York City, has opened a large training-school for purses, which is doing most excellent work.
The Faxton Hospital, at Utica, N. Y., has been making very extensive alterations and repairs, so that it is at the present time in most excellent working order.
The Hahnemann Hospital, of New York City, is about adding a large maternity building to its present building, and plans have already been submitted for it, and it is expected that work will be commenced upon it in a very short time.
From Hahnemann Hospital, of Chicago, we learn that a new hospital is in process of erection at a cost of $100,000.
The Protestant Hospital, of Toledo, Ohio, reports: “We expect to open our new building very soon, worth $5000, with 100 beds and a Training-School for Nurses."
We also have a report from the Central Homeopathic Dispensary, of Brooklyn, that they are about to purchase grounds and erect upon it a fine, large building which will give to them increased facilities for carrying on their good work.
We here desire to correct a mistake which was unintentionally made by us in our report to the American Institute of Homeopathy lasi year. In speaking of the Glenmary, at Owego, N. Y., we reported it closed, while the fact was, it was alive and doing better work than ever before. We have a report from it this year.
Several new Homeopathic journals have been born during the past year and they seem to be well started upon their pilgrim life; we wish them all the success that they deserve.
There are at the present time in the United States three National Homoeopathic Societies, one Sectional Homeopathic Society, 30 State and 83 Local Homeopathic Medical Societies and 30 Homeopathic Medical Clubs.
We have reports from all of the National and Sectional Societies, and from 25 State Societies, 64 Local Societies, and 29 Medical Clubs.
We have been unable to obtain any reports from the following Societies and Clubs, viz. :
Alabama Homeopathic State Medical Society,
Homeopathic Medical Society of Delaware and the Peninsula.
Homeopathic Clinical Society of Maryland and District of Columbia, Washington Branch.
Clinical Society of Hahnemann Hospital, of Chicago.
Columbia and Greene Counties, N. Y., Homeopathic Medical Society.
Homoeopathic Medical Society of Western New York.
There are in the United States at the present time so far as we have been able to ascertain, 43 general and 45 special Homoeopathic hospitals ; from these we have received reports from 38 general and 35 special Homeopathic hospitals; these 73 hospitals report a capacity of 6047 beds; during the past year they have treated 39,373 patients; of these 29,637 have been cured, 4154 have been relieved, 1029 have not been relieved, 1422 have died; the death-rate has been 3.60 per cent.; there are remaining in the hospitals 3136 patients at the present time.
We have been unable to obtain any reports from the following hospitals, viz. :
Homoeopathic Hospital, of Delaware.