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“The preparation of the work which we fondly hoped would be in your hands before this date is almost entirely ready for the printer. Through the efficient aid given us by your special committee, asked for early in the session, we are pleased to say that all obstacles to our progress are now removed.”
Dr. J. B. G. Custis, of Washington City, Chairman of the Auditing Committee, reported that the committee had examined the accounts and vouchers of the treasurer and find his report correct. The report, with that of the treasurer, were then accepted and referred to the Committee of Publication. (See “Report of the Treasurer.”)
The Board of Censors then presented the names of 45 applicants for membership. These were laid over under the rule governing the subject. Adjourned till 9.30 Thursday morning.
JUNE 1, 1893. The Institute reconvened at 9.30 o'clock, President McClelland in the chair.
Dr. Rush, Chairman of the Board of Censors, moved the election of the candidates for membership reported the previous day. His motion was adopted and the candidates declared elected.
Dr. Kinyon, of the same board reported a number of additional names.
THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TIME-LIMIT FOR THE
INSTITUTE SESSIONS was called for and Dr. Kinne, Chairman of the Committee, said that his committee had had a conference with the Committee on the Revision of By-Laws, so as to harmonize their action; and he would ask that the latter committee report first; then will be given the changes arranged by the committee to fix the time-limit.
THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE REVISION OF THE
BY-LAWS was then presented by Dr. Pemberton Dudley, Chairman of the Committee, in a printed pamphlet which had been placed in the hands of the Institute members. The report opens as follows :
Your committee, to whom was assigned the task of revising the Institute By-Laws, has endeavored to retain every operative feature of the present government of the organization, and to eliminate all that has become useless by reason of changes in our methods. We have included in the revised by-laws all the Standing Resolutions that have acquired the force of society law; have recommended the discontinuance of all that have become inoperative from whatever cause, and have corrected that feature of our rules under which, in several instances, they either repeat or contradict each other. And finally we have so re-arranged the by-laws as to bring each of the subjects to which they pertain under its own proper heading and in its own separate Article. This was particularly needed in Article VII. of the old By-Laws, as that article treated of almost every subject connected with the government of the Institute.
The Institute then considered the recommendations of the Committee seriatim. At the request of the chairman these were read by Dr. Kinne.
Article II. Change “Vice-President” to “Vice-Presidents;" and “Treasurer” to “Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer."
Insert after “ which shall” the words“ arrange the business of the session.” Adopted.
Article III., Section 1, strike out the words : “He shall deliver an address at the opening of each session, embodying a résumé of the progress of Homeopathy during the year past, and make such suggestions as he may deem necessary for the Institute to take action on during the session; and he may also consider any subject relating to medical science.” Adopted.
Section 2 change to read, “ The Vice-Presidents, in their order, shall perform," etc. Adopted.
Section 3 strike out the words "and the titles of the subjects selected by said Bureau,” and add “He shall have printed, during the session, a daily list of the members and visitors registered, which shall give the registration number, residence, and local habitation of each person, and shall provide a number sufficient to furnish a copy to each and all those in attendance. He shall be empowered to employ clerical aid necessary to the performance of this duty.”
Dr. Fisher moved the interpolation of the words “wherever practicable” after words “He shall have printed.” Adopted as amended.
Add the following:
Sec. 5. It shall be the special duty of the Provisional Secretary to make, or provide, stenographic reports of scientific discussions of the Institute and of its Bureaus, and of all debates upon the reports and papers presented by the standing committees. He shall send copies of these discussions or debates for revision and correction to their authors respectively, who shall be required to return them within one week after their reception, when they shall be furnished to the General Secretary for publication in the TRANSACTIONS.
Add to the above Section as follows: "The Provisional Secretary shall receive a salary of two hundred dollars, and his actual expenses in the performance of his official duties shall be paid by the Institute."
DR. KINNE: According to the rules of the Institute in years. past, the compensation of the Provisional Secretary has been determined by the officers of the Institute with the exception of the General Secretary; and it has required him to furnish an itemized statement of his accounts and upon that statement the officers have declared he should receive a certain compensation. The committee have found that in years past his actual compensation for his own work has averaged about $200. In the payment to the Provisional Secretary have been included all other stenographic work. It is now proposed to pay him a fixed sum or salary the same as to the General Secretary, and the institute paying the bills for stenographic assistance as heretofore.
DR. TALBOT: We are dividing the duties in an improper way. The General Secretary should be the one responsible for the work done. He is given a Provisional Secretary who shall assist the General Secretary, and in his absence perform his duties. It seems to me that the General Secretary is the one who should have direction of all these reports. If we put this power directly in the hands of the Provisional Secretary the matter becomes very much mixed. I move that the article stand as it originally stood : “The Provisional Secretary shall assist the General Secretary, and in his absence perform his duties."
DR. KINNE: No changes have been made in the rules of the Institute. It is simply taking Resolutions 17, 18, and 38, which have been passed by the Institute and which control the Provisional Secretary, and simply combine them so that they will be uniform,
and put them into the By-Laws, where they belong. That is all there is of it. Not a change of a word one way or the other; simply unifying the resolutions and conferring upon them the dignity of being a by-law, as they have always been in effect.
Dr. Talbot's amendment was lost.
Sec. 6. In the absence or disability of the Provisional Secretary, his duties shall devolve upon the General Secretary. Adopted.
Add as follows:
SEC. 8. The Assistant Treasurer shall render aid to the Treasurer, and, in his absence or disability, perform his duties. Adopted.
In regard to Article IV., Dr. Kinne said : The only question that came up in the committee was whether the Board as a Board should be elected annually, or whether they should be properly a standing committee to hold office five years; that is, change one member each year, and we ask the sense of the Institute upon that matter. After some discussion Dr. Talbot said : This is a question of such manifest importance to us that we cannot safely handle it in this desultory way. I move, sir, that this Article IV. be laid on the table until it can be clearly written out.
The motion was adopted.
Sec. 2. No physician, graduated subsequent to the year 1891, shall be eligible to membership, unless said graduation has followed three, full, annual courses of didactic and clinical lectures of not less than six months each.
That Article VI. be here inserted as
SEC. 3. Members shall pay annually the sum of five dollars towards defraying the expenses of the Institute. The TRANSACTIONS of the Institute shall be sent to those members only who have paid their dues.
That Sec. 14, of Article VII., be transferred to this Article, as follows:
Sec. 4. Members neglecting the payment of dues for three years, after proper notification from the Treasurer, shall have their names dropped from the roll of membership. Any member thus dropped shall have the privilege of reinstatement either by paying all arrearages or by applying as a new member under the existing By-Laws, his membership to date from said application.
Add as follows:
Sec. 5. The Executive Committee shall be authorized to remit, sub silentio, the dues of those who, for ten years, have been in good membership and have paid their dues during that time, provided such members are unable to continue payment of their annual dues.
The above four Sections were adopted.
SEC. 6. All members of the Institute who have maintained twentyfive consecutive years of membership shall be considered Senior Members, and be exempt from the payment of annual dues; and the names of such members shall be printed first in the list of members, in capital letters.
Section 6 of Article V. of the old By-Laws was rescinded, and Section 5 was changed to Section 6.
The hour of twelve having arrrived, the further consideration of the report was postponed to half-past two o'clock, the session to be held in “ Room 29."
The selection of the time and place of the Annual Session of 1894 was next in order, and nominations were called for: Dr. J. P. Dake nominated Boston, Mass.; Dr. Henry M. Smith nominated Newport, R. I. ; Dr. A. C. Cowperthwaite nominated Denver, Col.; Dr. Malcolm Dills nominated Louisville, Ky.
The nomination of Denver was seconded in brief speeches by Drs. Walker, of Denver ; Runnels, of Indianapolis, and Hanchett, of Colorado. Boston was seconded in the same manner by Drs. Boothby and Winthrop T. Talbot, both of that city, and by Dr. H. M. Smith, of New York, speaking for “ Boston or its vicinity.”
The vote being by ballot, Drs. J. E. James, of Philadelphia ; Wm. R. King, of Washington, D.C.; C. W. Butler, of Montclair, N. J., and Z. T. Miller, of Pittsburgh, Pa., were appointed tellers. A single ballot was taken, resulting as follows: Washington, D. C.,
1 Omaha, Neb.,
1 Newport, R. I.,
3 Louisville, Ky.,
19 Boston, Mass.,
50 Denver, Col.,
132 Total, 206. Necessary to a choice, 104. President McClelland declared that Denver, Col., having received