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You will note from the foregoing that it will not be necessary for your Association to provide for the Federal Judges or the Judges in the Appellate Court of last resort in your State.

The program has not yet been finally determined upon. The formal invitation to your Association, signed by the Presidents of the Exposition Company and the American Bar Association, will reach you later. You can either name your delegates at present, or provide for their appointment at a later date.

You will see in the last number of the American Law Review the action of the American Bar Association at its last annual meeting. That, with the data I give you, will enable you to explain to your Association the present


All of us here are confident that the Congress will be successful in point of numbers and the character of delegates. Just how attractive the program can be made yet remains to be determined. We hope your Bar Association will send a strong and representative delegation.

Yours truly,


With this comes the following communication from President Hagerman relative to this subject:



Universal Congress of Lawyers and Jurists.

Under the auspices of the Universal Exposition, St. Louis, 1904, and with the co-operation of the American Bar Association, a Universal Congress of Lawyers and Jurists will be held at St. Louis on Wednesday, Thursday

and Friday, September 28, 29 and 30, 1904. The Congress will be composed of:

(1) Delegates named by the Governments of the World.

(2) Delegates from Bar Associations of the United States and kindred associations of other nations.

(3) Delegates from Law Colleges, named by the constituted authorities thereof.

(4) Such eminent judges, jurists and lawyers as may be specially appointed as delegates.

The Congress is immediately to succeed the annual meeting of the American Bar Association for 1904, which is to be held at St. Louis, September 26, 27 and 28, 1904. The American delegates are composed of:

(a) All Federal Judges, and all the Judges of the Appellate Courts of last resort in the various States.

(b) The American Bar Association is to name 100 delegates.

(c) Each State Bar Association is to send delegates equal in number to the representation of the State in the House of Representatives of the United States, provided, however, that each State and Territory shall be entitled to send at least five delegates.

(d) In those States where there are no State Bar Associations, the highest Court of last resort of such State, or the judges thereof, shall name delegates equal in number to the representation of that State in the lower house of Congress, provided, however, that they shall be entitled to name at least five.

(e) All American Law Schools attached to State Universities, and those law schools which belong to the Association of American Law Schools, are each to send from their faculty two delegates and two alternates.

The Governments of the World, the foreign law associations and the foreign law colleges have been requested to appoint such number of delegates to the Congress as they may each determine, and advise the Director of Congresses, Universal Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A., of the number of delegates appointed, their names and residences.

Among the objects of the Congress are the considera

tion of:

First. The history and efficacy of the various systems of jurisprudence;

Second. Those questions of international, municipal and maritime law, which concern the welfare of all civilized nations;

Third. The hope of contributing to greater harmony in the principles and the forms of procedure upon which the law of civilized nations should be based;

Fourth. The bringing of lawyers and jurists from all parts of the world in contact for the purpose of exchanging views on the principles and methods of a just jurisprudence;

Fifth. The establishing of closer relations and associations between members of the profession upon which the administration of justice depends.

The meetings of the Congress and of the Association. are to be held in the Hall of International Congresses on the Exposition Grounds. The proceedings of the Congress are to be published and distributed to the members

of the Congress and the Association. A more detailed program will be published at a later date.

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The object of reading this is to give a general idea of this Congress of Lawyers which will be held next autumn and to provide for a committee representing this Association, and in that connection I move that the President appoint as the representatives of this Association a number equaling the representation of this State in the House of Congress, thirty-seven.

William B. Hornblower, of New York:

I suppose the officers of this Association will be members of the delegation.

The President:

The incoming?

Mr. Hornblower:

The present officers.

The Secretary:

I accept that amendment.

The President:

It is moved and seconded that this Association be represented at the Universal Congress of Lawyers, to be held

at St. Louis, in the autumn, by a delegation from its membership equivalent in number to the number of Congressional districts in this State, and that the President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Association shall constitute three of the delegates.

Frank Harvey Field:

I would suggest that the motion be made to include a representation both in the meetings of the American Bar Association and in the Congress. The American Bar Association meets on three days of the week and the Congress on the other three. The whole week of the Exposition being given to the two meetings and our delegation might be sent to both of those bodies. I make that as an amendment.

The President:

I will undertake to accept the amendment, in the absence of the Secretary, who moved the other, so that the motion is that this delegation represent the Association at both, at the meeting of the American Bar Association and this Universal Congress, as the two are to occur during the same week.

The motion was duly carried.

The President:

Gentlemen, I wish to present to you Gen. John W. Foster, of Washington, who has done us the honor to come and deliver the annual address at the Assembly Chamber this evening; he is too well known to need any more introduction on my part. (Applause.)

General Foster:

I suppose, Mr. President, that concludes the ceremony. You will have to hear me to-night, and I think that will be sufficient on your part.

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