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There are fifty-three members who owe for one year's dues to date, $159; twenty-one owe for two years' dues, $126; and seventeen owe for three years' dues, $153; total, $438.
On account of so many members getting one or more years in arrears for dues, and the necessity of the Association to depend (for instance) on this year's collections to pay for last year's Transactions (instead of each year's income being on hand to pay its own expenses), I respectfully request members to promptly pay up arrears and one year's dues in advance, as the By-Laws require.
From the foregoing report it would seem that a renewed effort ought to be made to improve the financial condition of the Association. I respectfully offer the following as the best plan that suggests itself to me to increase the membership and revenue is to suspend the By-Laws (as may be done at once by a unanimous vote) so that as many as apply (and are properly qualified) for membership may be admitted, provided they are officially vouched for by their State societies or Executive Committees, as being worthy of admission; and that they be also recommended for membership by the Committee on Credentials of this Association before being voted for.
JAMES ANTON, M. D., Treasurer.
June 19th, 1883.
On motion of Dr. S. B. Munn, of Connecticut, the report of the Treasurer was referred to the following Committee, namely Doctors J. M. Mulholand, J. T. McClanahan and Albert Merrell.
A beautiful bouquet, elaborately arranged, was presented to the Association by the agent of Messrs. W. S. Merrell & Co. and placed upon the desk of the President.
The Secretary proceeded to read the unapproved parts of his journal of the twelfth annual meeting, held last year in the city of New Haven. The President put the question whether the Association would accept the report, and declared it to be carried.
On motion of Dr. Wilder the following standing resolution, adopted in 1878, was rescinded unanimously:
Resolved, That this Association recommend that any difference between or charges against any medical college or colleges, shall be submitted for the advice and action of the State Society of the State in which they exist; and that this, the National Association shall be governed by the action of said State societies.
Dr. L. E. Russell, of Ohio, submitted the following motion. in writing:
"Inasmuch as questions concerning the status of Medical Institutions are likely to come up during the present session, or Convention of the National Eclectic Medical Association, I move: That a Committee of five members be appointed by the Chair to consider such contingent matters and report upon the same, and that the Committee be continued from year to year till their vacancies through absence shall require filling on the part of the President of the Association."
The President put the question on the resolution and declared it to be duly adopted.
The President, pursuant to the established usage, proceeded to deliver his Annual Address. [See Schedule A at the end of Journal.] It was heard with attention and an order made to include it with the Transactions.
TREASURER'S REPORT APPROVED.
The Committee to which was referred the report of the Treasurer returned it to the Association with the following endorsement :
"TOPEKA, June 20, 1883.
"The above bill has been audited and found to be correct. "J. M. MULHOLAND, M. D., Chairman." The report of the Committee was accepted.
The Secretary read the following letters:
"ALTOONA, PA., June 12, 1883.
"Alexander Wilder, M. D.:
"DEAR DOCTOR :-Owing to feeble health I expect to relinquish the Practice of Medicine as soon as I can find a purchaser. I therefore desire to resign my membership in the National Eclectic Medical Association. With best wishes for its increased and continued prosperity, and with thanks for your courtesies,
"I remain, respectfully,
N. R. ADAMS."
"BROOKLYN, N. Y., June 6, 1883.
"To the President, etc.:
"I very much regret my inability to be with you at our National gathering at Topeka, Kansas. I had promised myself much pleasure in making one of your
number, taking old friends by the hand and receiving fraternal greetings from new ones. As circumstances have occurred to prevent this, I have done the next best thing: sending a short paper for Section D, and my check for dues for the coming "I remain, fraternally yours, D. E. SMITH."
"1822 MARKET ST., SAN FRANCISCO, May 26, 1883. "To the Officers and Members of the National Eclectic Medical Association : "GENTLEMEN :-You will see by my credentials enclosed that I have been elected a delegate by the State Eclectic Medical Society of California, to represent them at the meeting to be held in June. I regret exceedingly that, owing to sickness in my family, I cannot possibly be with you this year; but I hope that at your next annual meeting I may be more fortunate than at present, and meet with you in person. Wishing that every success may attend your efforts to forward the cause of Eclecticism, and that the day be not far distant when our Art and System in the Practice of Medicine and Surgery will triumph, and stand second to none in the known world, I shall be glad to be made acquainted with your doings in session, and shall watch with eager delight its final issue. We are doing well in California, with a bright future in prospect for us. I shall be pleased if I shall be elected to fellowship in the National Association. Hoping that good may result from your meeting, "I remain, fraternally yours.
"W. R. G. SAMUELS, M. D., Chairman.
"EAST CALAIS, VT., June 2, 1883.
"A. Wilder, Secretary of the National Eclectic Medical Association:
"DEAR SIR: -Yours of the 22d ult. is received, I laid it before our State Society at Montpelier, and by unanimous vote of the Society, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted:
"WHEREAS, The Vermont State Eclectic Medical Society wishes to declare its sympathy and accord with the great National movement of Medical Reform and advancement; and believing that it may be the better accomplished by a declaration of union with the National Eclectic Medical Association, therefore,
"Resolved, That we, as a Medical Association, declare ourselves in union and accord with the National Eclectic Medical Association; and be it further
"Resolved, That this resolution be officially communicated to the Secretary of the National Eclectic Medical Association.
“GEORGE H. GRAY, Secretary Vermont Eclectic Medical Society."
"W. D. WALLER,
"P. L. TEMPLETON,
NEWS FROM NEBRASKA.
The following letter was also received from Ex-President: W. S. Latta:
"LINCOLN, NEB., June 19, 1883.
"Prof. A. Wilder:
"DEAR SIR :-Circumstances over which I have no control prevent me from attending the meeting of the National Association this year, and I regret it exceedingly.
"Nebraska is marching on. Our State Association meets regularly each year and
gains new accessions to its membership at each meeting. Our mode of practice is gaining in popularity. We are not only able to defeat adverse legislation, as we did last winter, but we have actually gained three Chairs in the Medical Department of the State University—an achievement which has never been accomplished by our School in any other State. Pardon my boasting, and let me state that during the Civil War we furnished a Surgeon for the Army from the very few Eclectics that were then in Nebraska; and, not long since, one of our men served three or four years as Superintendent of our Hospital for the Insane. Our men, so far as I know, are doing a fair business and becoming financially independent.
In our new attribute as competitors against 'Old Physic' in the State University, if our friends can give us any assistance in the way of suggestions, advice, or otherwise, we will receive it gladly and feel ourselves to be under obligations; for we are engaging in that which is to us a new work, and we desire to be ‘as wise as serpents,' if not quite 'as harmless as doves.' We hope that our cause and principle may not suffer from our deficiencies, but that we may do justice to our professions, and that our relations to this State Institution may give a new impulse to Eclecticism in Nebraska. "Fraternally, W. S. LATTA."
Dr. G. C. Pitzer, from the Committee on Credentials, reported the following names of candidates, pursuant to the By-Laws and Resolutions of the Association, with the recommendation that they be admitted to Permanent Membership, as prescribed by Article II. of the By-Laws, namely:
From the Illinois State Eclectic Medical Society, Adam Simmons.
From the Iowa State Eclectic Medical Society, Hiram A. Read.
From the Kansas Eclectic Medical Association, Samuel B. Boyer, Charles A. Flippin, Seneca de F. Gurney, David W. Scott, William H. Willhoite.
From the Kentucky State Eclectic Medical Association, Martin L. Smiley.
From Nebraska, Ralph B. Crawford.
From the Pennsylvania State Eclectic Medical Association, William P. Biles, J. M. Bunn, C. M. Ewing, W. F. Harshberger, J. S. Kugler.
The report was accepted and the several candidates duly elected as specified.
A recess till two o'clock was then taken.
FIRST DAY-AFTERNOON SESSION.
The Association reassembled at the hour appointed and was called to order by the President.
The Permanent Committee on Affairs of Medical Colleges, which had been authorised in the morning session, was announced as follows: Doctors L. E. Russell, E. Younkin, J. M. Mulholand, J. T. McClanahan, S. B. Fisher.
The Secretary read the following papers by title:
A Study on the Ganglionic Nervous System, by A. Wilder. Diabetes, by Dr. M. Robinson.
Mutual Benefit Association of Physicians, by Dr. W. Steinrauf.
Tracheotomy, by Dr. W. R. G. Samuels.
Abuse of Opiates, by Dr. H. Wohlgemuth.
Convallaria, or Lily of the Valley, by Dr. Richard E. Kunze. Swamp Fever, by Dr. J. W. Pruitt.
Ozone, by Dr. G. H. Merkel.
Catarrh, by Dr. J. E. Briggs.
Thoughts on Surgical Practice, by Dr. Charles Band.
Scientific Basis of Eclecticism in Medicine, by Dr. C. A. F. Lindorme.
Practice of Medicine, by Dr. A. B. Woodward.
Criminal Abortion, by Dr. W. S. Latta.
Statistics of Vaccination, by Dr. J. Kaye.
Variola, by Dr. S. B. Munn.
The papers were duly referred to the several Sections.
AMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS.
The President now called up the proposed amendments to the By-Laws.
The amendment proposed by Dr. Mulholand was then read: "To amend the By-Laws by adding to Article II. the following clause Any member ceasing to belong to an auxiliary society shall also cease to be a member of this Association.'"