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make a new law and a new codification and new revision would put us back fifteen years in the application of the irrigation laws of this State.
A vote being taken upon Mr. Hall's motion, it was declared lost.
Henry H. Clark:
Mr. President, this morning we had the pleasure of listening to a very able paper by Senator Taylor upon a very practical and important branch of practice, or what we hope may, ere long, be a branch of our practice in this State; that is, the Torrens system of land tenure. It was suggested by Mr. Taylor in his address that the matter should be investigated by either the Committee on Law Reform of this Association or a special committee, and I should like to see some action taken in that regard. I therefore move, Mr. President, that a special committee of five be appointed by the chair to examine into what is commonly known as the Torrens system of land tenure, and if they decide that the same is feasible and can be applied to this State, that they present to the next meeting of the Bar Association the draft of a bill which can be presented to the legislature, unless definite action shall be taken by the legislature prior to our next meeting,
I second the motion, with the provision that the committee be composed of three members instead of five.
IIenry H. Clark:
It ought to be understood that this committee, if we desire one appointed, will be appointed by the incoming President. do not think the outgoing President ought to select a special committee to act during the term of his successor.
Henry F. May:
Is it not the function of our Committee on Law Reform to consider such matters?
May I be permitted to say a word on this matter? All of the Bar Associations have committees on law reform, but when it comes to elaborate work on any particular measure they are very much given to special committees of this sort, and I think you will find that the work will be done more effectively in that way.
Mr. President, Mr. Macbeth, through a misunderstanding with the Secretary, has not been notified of his appointment as a committee to draft a resolution of thanks to the railroads of this State for the excursion tendered the American Bar Association, and, as this is the last meeting, I move that his resolution, when prepared by him, be the resolution of the Association and be incorporated in the minutes and transmitted to these railroads.
Motion seconded and carried.
The resolution prepared by Mr. Macbeth in pursuance of the foregoing motion is as follows:
"Whereas, The members of the American Bar Association at their twenty-fourth annual meeting, held in Denver, in August, 1901, were the guests of the members of the Colorado bar, at which meeting there were present over three hundred members and delegates of the Association, representing almost every state and territory in the Union, constituting one of the largest meetings of that Association ever held outside of the state of New York;
"Whereas, One of the most memorable features of the occasion provided for the entertainment of the members and delegates and the ladies of their families was an excursion on August 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th, given under the auspices of the Colorado Bar Association, the Denver Bar Association and the Colorado members of the American Bar Association, through the mountains of the state, the itinerary of which was from Denver to Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek, Buena Vista, Leadville and Glenwood Springs, and returning thence via the Canon of the Grand River, Tennessee Pass, Marshall Pass, the Royal Gorge, Pueblo and Colo
rado Springs, thus enabling our visitors to view some of the grandest and most picturesque scenery of the Rocky Mountains; and,
'Whereas, The following resolution was adopted by the members of the American Bar Association at an informal meeting held on the train in the Royal Gorge on August 27th, the Honorable Charles E. Littlefield, of Maine, presiding: “ 'To the Colorado Bar Association and the Denver Bar Association:
" "The members and delegates present at the twenty-fourth annual meeting of the American Bar Association, who, with their families, have enjoyed your unbounded hospitality, cannot leave your state without some expression of the appreciation in which they hold your courtesy-cordial, unvarying and resourceful as it has been.
“ 'In the canon of the Arkansas, therefore, by the Royal Gorge, with one accord, and moved by a common desire, we record the delight with which we have enjoyed the trip, for four days, over the mountains and through the valleys of Colorado, made possible by your unequaled hospitality and attended by a regard for our comfort and provision for our pleasure, as unrivaled in its extent as it has been agreeable in the manner of its delightful and continued operation.
“'The grandeur of Colorado's mountains, the magnificence of her canons, the beauty of her fertile valleys, the unlimited richness with which God has endowed her in material wealth, we shall never forget; but with it all, and above it all, the friendships we have made with your people and the courtesy we have received at your hands will abide with us always, a constant source of delightful recollection and a most brilliant event in the history of our Association.'
"Whereas, The said excursion was made possible by the courtesy and generosity of the officials of the Denver & Rio Grande, the Colorado & Southern, the Colorado Midland and the Midland Terminal Railroad Companies, in providing free trains for the visitors;
"Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That a vote of thanks be tendered to the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Company, the Colorado & Southern Railway Company, the Colorado Midland Railway Company and the Midland Terminal Railway Company for the courteous attitude of their officials and employes toward our guests, and their generous and hospitable welcome to the strangers within our gates; and,
“Be it further Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the minutes of the Association records and that the secretary be directed to forward a copy to each of the above companies."
Ed. T. Taylor:
I would like to suggest that the excellent addresses we have listened to this afternoon ought to be published for use during this summer and fall. For instance, the arguments pro and con on this Bucklin bill ought really to be before the people.
Lucius W. Hoyt:
I will say, Mr. President, that we have had great difficulty in getting the attorneys to return their corrected proofs. But this year the addresses have already been furnished to the Secretary. The plan is to publish the addresses in separate pamphlets, and they will be ready within a week.
The only remaining business is the question as to the place of our next meeting, which it seems we must dispose of before we adjourn, and a motion on that subject will be in order.
Robert G. Withers:
Heretofore that matter has always been referred to a committee on account of the difficulties that would arise in securing terms. If a place is named in advance, it is known that we are going to meet there, and we cannot make the terms we can if it is left to a committee. I think it is always left to a committee, and ought to be so now.
Lucius W. Hoyt:
Mr. Withers is partly mistaken about the matter. We have selected the locality, but not the particular hotel. For example, we decided last year to make it “Colorado Springs or vicinity," but left it to the Executive Committee to decide whether we should meet at The Broadmoor, The Antlers or Manitou; and the date was left to the committee.
John H. Denison :
Mr. President, if it were not against the by-laws of this Association, I would move a vote of thanks to the city of Colorado Springs and the members of the Bar Association here for the entertainment which we have had and hope to have. But as a recognition of what we have had and hope to have, I move that the next meeting be held at Colorado Springs, or Manitou, as the committee may decide.
Frank E. Gregg:
I move to amend the motion by leaving it entirely with the Executive Committee.
Mr. President, there is another matter. I move that a vote of thanks be tendered to the Short Line for the excursion to Cripple Creek which they have tendered.
Motion seconded and carried.
LUCIUS W. HOYT,