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OF THE

THIRTIETH ANNUAL MEETING

OF THE

American Bar Association

HELD AT

PORTLAND, MAINE

30th

AUGUST 26, 27 AND 28, 1907

BALTIMORE:
THE LORD BALTIMORE PRESS

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TRANSACTIONS

OF THE

THIRTIETH ANNUAL MEETING

OF THE

American Bar Association

HELD AT

PORTLAND, MAINE

August 26, 27, and 28, 1907.

Monday, August 26, 1907.

The Thirtieth Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association convened in the City Hall, Portland, Maine, on Monday, August 26, 1907, at 10.30 A. M.

The meeting was called to order by George R. Peck, of Illinois, last President of the Association, who introduced the President, Alton B. Parker, of New York.

Alton B. Parker, of New York:

Gentlemen of the American Bar Association, ladies and gentlemen: I have great pleasure in presenting to you one of Maine's favorite sons, one whom the people of the state have honored with the highest trust in its gift-I present Governor Cobb.

William T. Cobb, Governor of the State of Maine:

Mr. President and gentlemen of the American Bar Association: The duty that brings to me the honor of an invitation to attend this meeting is a simple but most agreeable one. It is to welcome in behalf of the citizens of the State of Maine the delegates who may be present, together with their guests and friends, and to extend to all of them a cordial greeting.

While Maine possesses unusual attractions at this season of the year, and her people are second to none in the cultivation of the

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gracious art of dispensing true hospitality, it is not often that fortune is kind enough to bring within our gates such a distinguished gathering as this, and I assure you that our appreciation of your visit and its purpose is as universal as it is sincere.

Your Association is composed of men who have devoted their time and abilities to the study of the law, and the greater number of them, I assume, have been engaged at some period of their lives in the active practice of that important and dignified profession. Few callings are higher, or if pursued in the right spirit, more ennobling, for through law we expect and await justice, and with justice come social order, well-being, and general content. Speaking then as one of the laity and yet as one not altogether unfamiliar with the history, scope, and aims of your Association, I take it for granted that you will not only labor here for certain technical reforms in your profession, but will use your great influence to encourage the sentiment that the framing of laws and their interpretation should be but honest and practical attempts to preserve and defend the inherent rights and equities of the individual, of society and the state. The interest aroused by the proceedings of this conference will not be confined to Maine, but of all those who follow its deliberations and discussions, none will do so with greater attention or with keener sympathy than the people of this state. In their behalf I again welcome you and express the hope that the results accomplished here may be conducive to public welfare and satisfactory to yourselves.

The President:

I have now the extreme pleasure of introducing to you a gentleman who stands at the head of the Maine Judiciary, and in which position he has rendered distinguished services for many years-Chief Justice Emery.

Lucilius A. Emery, Chief Justice of Maine:

Mr. President, gentlemen of the American Bar Association, ladies and gentlemen: By the constitution of this State of Maine the three departments of government are distinctly sepa

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