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usually for five years, with authority to confer with commissioners of the other states and recommend forms of bills or measures to bring about uniformity of law in the execution and proofs of deeds and wills, in the laws of bills and notes, marriage and divorce and other subjects where such uniformity seems practicable and desirable. The officers of the National Conference consist of a President, Vice-President. Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary, elected annually. Fourteen Conferences have so far been held: the first at Saratoga, for three days, beginning August 24, 1892; the second at New York, on November 15 and 16 of the same year; the third at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 31, 1893; the fourth at Saratoga, August 22 and 23, 1894; the fifth at Detroit, August 26 and 27, 1895; the sixth at Saratoga, August 15, 17 and 18, 1896; the seventh at Cleveland, Ohio, August 23 and 24, 1897; the eighth at Saratoga, August 15, 16 and 17, 1898; the ninth at Buffalo, New York, August 25, 26 and 28, 1899; the tenth at Saratoga, August 25, 27, 28 and 29, 1900; the eleventh at Denver, Colorado, August 19 and 20, 1901; the twelfth at Saratoga, August 25 and 26, 1902; the thirteenth at Hot Springs, Virginia, August 24 and 25, 1903, and the fourteenth at St. Louis, Missouri, September 22, 23 and 24, 1904.

A complete list of the commissioners of the several states, with standing committees will be found in the following pages. Drafts of the various acts recommended by the Conference will be found in the previous reports of the Conference, copies of which can be had by writing to the assistant secretary at Danbury, Connecticut.

At this Fourteenth Conference much time and attention was given to the consideration of the Uniform Sales Act, drafted by Prof. Williston. It is hoped to complete this act at our next Conference, it having been under Prof. Williston's consideration during the last winter with the amendments suggested. Copies may be procured of him, care of the Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, or of the President or assistant secretary.

Ree. Nov. 24, & gest

Through the generosity of the American Warehousemen's Association in giving $1500 for the purpose of drafting a Uniform Act on Warehousemen's Receipts the commissioners have been able to entrust this matter to Prof. Williston and Barry Mohun, Esq., author of a well known work on warehousemen. This committee will report at the next Conference.

Professor James Barr Ames, Dean of the Law School of Harvard University, is to draft a proposed Act on Partnership, which will be the next subject to receive the attention of the Conference.

The Negotiable Instruments Act has been adopted in the following states and territories:

New York, Laws of 1897, chapter 612; 1898, chapter 336.
Connecticut, Laws of 1897, chapter 74.

Colorado, Laws of 1897, chapter 239.
Florida, Laws of 1897, chapter 4524.
Massachusetts, Laws of 1898, chapter 533; 1899, chapter

130.

Maryland, Laws of 1898, chapter 119.
Virginia, Laws of 1897-98, chapter 866.
Rhode Island, Laws of 1899, chapter 674.
Tennessee, Laws of 1899, chapter 94.
North Carolina, Laws of 1899, chapter 733.
Wisconsin, Laws of 1899, chapter 356.
North Dakota, Laws of 1899, chapter 113.
Utah, Laws of 1899, chapter 83.

Oregon, Laws of 1899.

Washington, Laws of 1899, chapter 149.

District of Columbia, Laws of 1899, U. S. Stats., page 785.

Arizona, R. S. 1901, title 49.

Pennsylvania, Laws of 1901, chapter 162.

Ohio, laws of 1902.

Iowa, Laws of 1902, chapter 130.

New Jersey, Laws of 1902, chapter 184.
Montana, Laws of 1903.

Idaho, Laws of 1903.

Kentucky, Acts of 1904, chapter 102, to take effect June 13, 1904.

Louisiana, Act 64 of 1904, to go into effect August 1, 1904. The Conference earnestly urges upon the legislatures of the several states, as well as upon their commissioners, the importance of introducing at the next session all of the bills recommended which have not passed, and the secretaries would ask members to communicate with them whenever such bills are introduced.

In case the list of commissioners as printed in this report is not correct, or any changes are made subsequently, the secretary should be notified at once.

Extra copies of this report and all previous reports may be obtained on application to the assistant secretary at Danbury, Connecticut, or of the President.

RULES OF CONFERENCE OF COMMISSIONERS.

CALLING TO ORDER.

1. The Annual Conference shall be called to order by the President, or, in his absence, by the Vice-President, or, in the absence of both the President and Vice-President, by the Secretary of the last preceding Conference.

ROLL CALL.

2. The Secretary shall call the roll of members by states and report the names of those present.

OFFICERS.

3. The Conference shall annually thereupon proceed, upon nomination of a committee appointed for that purpose, or by direct vote of the Conference, as it shall determine the election of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary, who shall serve as such during the Conference, and until their successors shall be elected.

COMMITTEES.

4. The President shall, as soon as may be after his election, appoint the following standing committees:

a. Executive.

b. Commercial Law.

c. Wills, Descent and Distribution.

d. Marriage and Divorce.

e. Conveyances, Depositions and Proof of Statutes of Other States.

f. Insurance.

g. Congressional Action.

h. Appointment of New Commissioners.

i. Purity of Articles of Commerce.

j. Uniform Incorporation Law.

Also such other committees as may be required.

ORDER OF BUSINESS.

5. At each session of the Conference the order of business shall be as follows, unless otherwise ordered by the Conference: a. Call the roll.

b. Minutes of last meeting.

c. Election of officers.

d. Report of Standing Committees, and discussion thereof, in the order named in section 4.

e. Unfinished business.

f. New business.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES.

6. All reports of committees shall be in writing. No commissioner, except the member of the committee making the report, shall speak more than once to the subject matter of the report, nor for more than ten minutes, until after all the commissioners shall have had an opportunity to be heard.

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS.

7. Motions and resolutions shall, on request of the Chair, be reduced to writing, and be referred at once to the appropriate committee, unless otherwise directed by a majority vote of members present.

8. When a question is under debate no motion shall be received but

a. To adjourn.

b. To take a recess.

c. To lay on the table.

d. For the previous question.

e. To postpone to a certain day.

f. To commit.

g. To amend.

h. To postpone indefinitely.

Which several motions shall take precedence in the order in which they stand arranged. When a recess is taken during

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