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members information upon this forestry bill and also other proposed legislation which would be of great importance to all furnishing supplies to the Federal Government, in order that they may individually act upon the matter according to their own wishes.

THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF MASTER COTTON

SPINNERS AND MANUFACTURERS.

At the initiative of this Association, the American Association of Cotton Manufacturers, the Southern Cotton Association, and the Farmers' Educational and Co-operative Union joined with it in calling for a Second International Conference of Cotton Growers and Manufacturers, which was held at Atlanta, Georgia, in the Hall of Representatives on October 7 and 9, 1907. At this meeting was one hundred and eighteen European cotton manufacturers and their guests, also representatives from the Boards of Trade and other commercial organizations throughout the cotton producing states.

A further description of the meeting is contained in Volume 83 of the Transactions, page 287; and also the consensus of opinion of that Conference which was represented by resolutions which were unanimously adopted, as the rules require that in case of any difference, the vote should be by the organizations represented.

It devolved upon this Association to make the arrangements for the meeting and also those for special train conveying them over a route of 4.700 miles in length, and the receptions at various cities which they visited.

In accordance with the vote passed at this Conference asking that each of the associations appoint two delegates to the Executive Committee of the Conference, the President and Secretary were appointed by the Board of Government, ex-officiis, with power of substitution. The English Federation of Master Cotton Spinners' Associations, Limited, and also the European Continental organizations represented in the International Federation of Master Cotton Spinners' and Manufacturers' Associations have not as yet appointed any delegates and the matter has been left in abeyance until their meeting to be held at Paris, June 1, 1908, shall take up the question. The invitation that this Association should send five delegates to the ineeting in Paris has been accepted by the Board of Government, which voted that the President should select the delegates.

CONFERENCE ON TRUSTS AND COMBINATIONS.

The Secretary of this Association was appointed by His Excellency CURTIS GUILD, Jr., Governor, as a delegate to represent the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the Conference on Trusts and Combinations, held at Chicago, Illinois, October 22 to 25, 1907. The opinion of that Conference expressed in its resolutions was considered to be broadly representative of conservative public opinion on many questions which are receiving careful attention. The function of your Secretary in that connection was in the nature of preventing certain lines of resolutions which he believed were not necessary for the welfare of the country at that time.

THE ASSOCIATION MEDAL.

The Association Medal for the year 1907, was awarded to CHARLES B. BURLEIGH, of Boston, Massachusetts, for his paper on the Curtis Vertical Steam Turbine; the Committee on Award being CHARLES T. PLU'NKETT, GEORGE A. AYER, CHARLES T. MAIN, and SIDNEY B. PAINE. The committee for the present year are CHARLES B. BURLEIGH, chairman ; W. IRVING BULLARD, NATHANIEL B. KERR and CHARLES T. MAIN, who will make the report, announcing their award of the medal at this coming meeting.

This Association Medal was established by a trust which the Association April 26, 1898, adopted on the action of the Board of Government in applying the income of the funds established in 1895 for this purpose as is recorded in Volume 68 of the Transactions, page 79. The recipients of this medal have been CHARLES H. FISH, 1901; SIDNEY B. PAINE, 1902; WILLIAM D. HARTS HORNE, 1903; DANIEL MOORE BATES, 1904; HENRY G. KITTREDGE, 1905; WILLIAM D. HARTSHORNE, 1906; CHARLES B. BURLEIGH, 1907.

THE STUDENT'S MEDAL.

The Students' Medals for the encouragement of textile education which is supported by a fund donated for that purpose by the late MOSES PIERCE of Norwich, Connecticut, in commemoration of his ninety-second birthday, July 3, 1900, have been awarded during the year to LLOYD L. DELANO, New Bedford, Massachusetts, a graduate of the New Bedford Textile School; JAMES GROESBECK COMAN. Lowell, Mass., a graduate of the Lowell Textile School; THEODORE ECKHARDT RAHT, 710 Prospect Street, Chattanooga, Tennesee, a graduate of the Textile Department of the Georgia School of Technology; JOEL ROBERT BAKER, 150 East Fourth Street, Oswego, New York, a graduate of the Philadelphia Textile School.

The method of awarding the student's medals was changed a year ago by vote of the Association and in place of special committees of the members appointed by the Board of Government to make the examination and also the decision, certain rules were adopted and sent to all of the known textile schools in the United States.

The replies, both those of correspondence and the published reports of these schools have been examined by a committee of the Board of Government, consisting of Messrs. ROBERT BEATTY and GEORGE P. GRANT, Jr., who reported that the following textile schools conform to the conditions established by this Association for the awarding of this medal to the pupil in the graduating class having the highest general excellence: The New Bedford Textile School, New Bedford, Massachusetts; The Philadelphia Textile School, Philadelphia Pennsylvania; The Textile Department of the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, West Raleigh, North Carolina; and as the Board of Government adopted their report, the Association will present the medals to the three students of highest general excellence in the above institutions at their forthcoming graduation.

THE FIRTH SCHOLARSHIP.

The scholarship established by the Association from the contribution of William Firth, Esq., sustains a student at the New Bedford Textile School. The present recipient of this scholarship will graduate in June, 1908, and the income will be available for the education of another student which, under the conditions of the deed of trust establishing this scholarship, is to be given preferably to the son of a member or of a deceased member of this Association. The Association gives this as a notice that it is ready to give information of detail respecting this scholarship and invites applications for the same.

*LIFE MEMBERSHIP.

Immediately after the close of the present fiscal year, FREDERICK A. FLATHER became a life member, making the whole number of life members fifteen.

MEMBERSHIP.

During the past year the following eleven members have died: HENRY B. ASHTON, BRADFORD C. DIVINE, FRANK H. DWELLY, HENRY S. HOUGHTON, Jr., ALBERT F. KNIGHT, STEPHEN A. KNIGH'T, ALVIN S. LYON, JOHN TEMPEST MEATS, A. Curtis TINGLEY, FRANK P. Vogl, SAMUEL WEBBER, biographical sketches of whom will appear in the Transactions,

Colonel SAMUEL WEBBER, an honorary member of this Association, died at his home in Charlestown, New Hampshire, February 23, 1908, at the age of eighty-five; and the Board of Government adopted the following resolutions :

“RESOLVED : That, this minute be entered on the records to the memory of Colonel SAMUEL WEBBER who died February 23, 1908.

He was one of the organizers and the first Secretary of the Hampden County Cotton Spinners' Association in 1854, the progenitor of this Association, of which he was an honorary member.

Colonel Webber had a brilliant career of many years as a cotton manufacturer, being a pioneer in the introduction of new and technical methods which connected the earlier primitive customs of manufacturing with those now in use.

Among his work of especial value may be noted that of the treatment of copper rolls for printing fabrics, his observations of European methods of manufacture, the presentation of American textile interests in connection with numerous large expositions which have been held in this country, and also his work as a compiler of industrial statistics.

He made many measurements of water-powers and tests of wheels introducing methods which were of especial value in suggestion of improvements and the comparative record of the present with the past. His measurements of power required by shafting and the various textile machines are of great value as records of this day, and he was one of the pioneers on the transmission of power by belting.

Much of his work outside of the routine of manufacturing in which he made numerous developments has been contained in his published works which thus preserved in permanent form many of the investigations which are referred to above."

There have been eighteen resignations and ten dropped for non-payment of dues. On April 1, 1907, the membership was 879, and during the the year 126 have been elected, with the number as stated above, the membership on April 1, 1908, was 961.

Appended to this report the Transactions will contain the membership on May 1, 1908, including the admissions at this meeting and deducting any diminutions of membership during this month. Since April first, twenty-two have resigned, one died, and fifty-five have been elected, in addition to two transferred by election from Associate to Active membership making the total membership May 1, 1908, 993.

MEETINGS.

The Association has held two meetings during the past year, one in Boston, April 24 and 25, 1907, and one at Washington, October 3 and 4, 1907. The latter occasion was graced by the presence of one hundred and eighteen English and Continental cotton manufacturers as guests of this organization.

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