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Chicago Nursery, and Half Orphan Asylum.
There are 52 Homeopathic Dispensaries in the United States ; of these we have received reports from 45, showing that these have treated during the past year 160,211 patients, and that 466,202 prescriptions have been inade during that time; these dispensaries have also made 38,080 outside visits.
There have been no reports received from the following dispensaries, viz. :
Samaritan Mission and Free Dispensary of Kansas City, Kan.
We hope to be able to procure statistics from a majority of these, if not from all of them in time to print them in the TRANSACTIONS it is not our fault that we have not received them, as we have sent repeated requests to the officers of these institutions and societies urging them to supply us with what we needed, but all to no pur
pose thus far.
There are 27 Homeopathic journals published in the United States, three of which are not yet a year old.
There are in the United States 20 Homeopathic Medical Colleges. All of which is respectfully submitted.
THOMAS FRANKLIN SMITH, M.D.,
Chairman Bureau of 0., R. and S.
THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN CORRESPON
DENCE,* was presented by its Chairman, Dr. Winthrop T. Talbot, of Boston, Mass. Accepted and referred to the Committee of Publication.
* This report has not been received.- GENERAL SECRETARY.
REPORTS OF DELEGATES FROM SECTIONAL AND STATE
SOCIETIES being in order, the General Secretary called attention to the rule adopted last year for the government of these reports. He read from a letter, suggestions he had sent to the delegates, so far as he had been able to learn their names, recommending that their reports should include the following items :
1st. New Legislation affecting favorably or unfavorably the rights or privileges of Homeopathists.
2d. New societies formed during the last year.
3d. Appropriations, donations and legacies to Homeopathic hospitals and other institutions. Improvements or additions to existing hospitals. New hospitals established.
4th. Homeopathic appointments to governmental positions.
5th. Names of towns in the State, in which Homeopathic physicians are greatly needed.
6th. Any other events of unusual professional interest.
Reports were then presented from New Jersey by Dr. T. Y. Kinne; and from Alabama, by Dr. A. M. Duffield. (See “Reports of Delegates.")
The room in which the Institute was in session had been gradually filling up until, at this time, a large number of physicians were compelled to stand, and a buzz of conversation outside the door rendered it difficult to hear the reports as they were being presented. Dr. J. P. Dake of Nashville, Tenn., therefore moved that the further consideration of this subject be deferred until to-morrow morning when the Institute would assemble in a more commodious apartment. This motion was adopted.
Secretary Dudley then asked for instructions relative to the printing of the Daily Roster, as required by a resolution adopted last year. He stated that Gross & Delbridge, publishers of the Medical Century, had offered to print it in the pages of their journal, which would be on sale during the session at ten cents per copy, or they would make a reprint from their pages for the use of the Institute. The cost in the former case would be merely the cost of composition, and in the latter case the cost of composition together with the cost of paper, presswork, etc. The secretary desired to know if the Institute wished to give him specific instructions in relation to the question.
A discussion followed, participated in by Drs. T. G. Comstock, B. W. James, I. T. Talbot, C. E. Fisher and the Secretary. Dr. H.C. Allen then moved, and the Institute by vote ordered, that a reprint be issued, the number of copies to be as required under the original resolution, and to be distributed gratis to those in attendance.
THE COMMITTEE ON THE INSTITUTE BUTTON, Dr. Henry M. Smith, Chairman, reported that its duty bad been attended to, and that buttons of silver or of copper could be procured on application to the treasurer. The report was accepted and the committee discharged.
The Committee on Medical Legislation was called on for their report. Dr. Dake, of the Committee, responded that because of the absence, on account of indisposition, of the Chairman, Dr. F. H. Orme, of Atlanta, Ga., no report would be presented this year.
The Committee on Pharmacopeia, Dr. J. P. Dake, chairman, requested that its report be deferred till a later period of the session and that a committee of three be appointed to assist the committee in adjusting some matters connected with its work. On motion, the request was granted, and Drs. T. Y. Kinne, O. S. Runnels and D. H. Beckwith were appointed the Special Committee.
The Committee on Publishing List of Graduates of Homeopathic Colleges in the TRANSACTIONS was called on for a report. Drs. O. S. Runnels and B. W. James stated that they thought the committee had finished its work and been discharged last year. The President, therefore, declared that such a report was not properly in the order of business, the committee having gone out of existence.
The Committee on Extending the Time Limit of the Institute Sessions, Dr. T. Y. Kinne, chairman, asked that its report be deferred and made the special order for 9 o'clock on Thursday morning, in order that the report might be made in harmony with that of the Committee on Revision of the By-Laws. Motion granting the request was offered and adopted.
The proposed amendment to the Constitution providing for the annual election of an Assistant Treasurer was, by vote, referred to the Committee on Revision of By-Laws.
The report of the Committee on Revision of the By-Laws was also postponed till Thursday morning.
President McClelland presented a communication, coming, he said, from a State Society and preferring charges against a member of this Institute. Under the rule, he referred it, without reading, to the Senate of Seniors. Adjourned till 9 A.M., Tuesday.
MAY 30, 1893. The Institute re-assembled at 9.15 o'clock, President McClelland in the chair. Only a few members had yet arrived.
The regular order of business was resumed, and reports of delegates from State Societies being called for, Dr. I. T. Talbot, of Boston, Mass., and Dr. Bushrod W. James, of Philadelphia, Pa., reported verbally for their respective states.
Dr. B. W. James moved that any of the State reports as provided for by the rules of the Institute that may be forwarded to the General Secretary be accepted and referred to the Committee of Publication. Agreed to.
The following are the reports of Delegates as received by the General Secretary up to the time of going to press :
I have very little of interest to report. Our annual meeting, which was to have been held at Huntsville, Ala., on May 16th, in conjunction with that of the Tennessee Homeopathic Medical Association, was postponed by mutual consent until May, 1894, when it will be held at the above-mentioned place. Our Legislative Committee, who were to have watched for a chance to have passed an amendment to the present law so that we could have an Examining Board of our own, failed to get together and do anything; upon learning which, Dr. Boyd, our president, hastened to Montgomery, but was too late to accomplish anything before the session closed.
We need more physicians of our school in Alabama, which is a very promising field of labor. There are less than a dozen of us now in the State, and we need to have our ranks recruited.
I often get letters of inquiry in quest of information concerning locations, and always reply promptly, but it results in nothing more, as I never hear from the parties again.
Now, why is it? Simply because they are afraid to be examined by Allopaths, and, perhaps, with some reason, from a sense of pride ; but I passed this inquisition, and others can do the same if they try.
There are plenty of good fields to locate, such as Selma, Decatur, Bessemer, Eufaula, Opelika, Anniston, Florence, Tuscaloosa, and, I might add, every city in the State. The people are holding out their hands and begging for relief from the murderous doses of calomel, quinine, antipyrine, opium, etc., and want our treatment, and why can't they have it?
I would ask those who have students just graduating or recent graduates, who desire to make a good future for themselves, to advise them to go to Alabama and pass the examinations, which are much easier than those required to get their diplomas. It is for their good, for the good of the country, and, above all, for the good of Homeopathy and humanity.
A. M. DUFFIELD, M.D., Delegate.
California. New Legislation. During the past year a bill was introduced into the Legislature by the Allopaths, the object of which was to give them complete monopoly of all medical matters in the State. It was a “single examining board” bill, in which no school was mentioned, simply leaving the appointment of the same in the hands of the Governor. This bill was killed after considerable hard work done by some of our energetic young men. One of the interesting features of the bill was the smoothness in which it was drawn, eliminating all reference to charlatans, quacks and newspaper advertising, since these items had caused the antagonism of the press and consequent loss of the bill in previous years. It was aimed more directly at the Homeopathic and Eclectic schools. Indeed, one of the most prominent charlatans of San Francisco told the writer that he was working with the Allopaths in favor of the passage of the bill.
The Eclectic school joined hands with us in our work, and they introduced a bill giving equal rights to all schools on the Boards of Health and in all institutions supported by public moneys. This passed the Assembly by a vote of 59 to 1 (the latter being an Allopathic physician), but was killed by the boodle element in the Senate. Even the mayor of San Francisco, a druggist by trade, came all the way to Sacramento to fight the bill. All the public health