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PRESIDENT LYTE: It becomes my duty as the retiring President of the association to introduce the newly elected President to you and to transfer to him the emblem of my authority. Before doing so, let me return my personal thanks to the members of the asso. ciation, and particularly to the Secretary, for the kindness uniformly shown to me during the year. The resolutions adopted by this body express somewhat of the feelings of all the visiting members of the association with respect to our reception by Los Angeles and California, but words utterly fail to tell fully how delighted we have been with the cordiality with which we were met as we descended upon this city from the Rockies, from the great middle West, from the Atlantic's rock-bound coast, from the St. Lawrence, and from the Rio Grande. I am sure that you do not fully realize how kind you have been to as and how much you have aided in making this meeting a success. The memory of this visit to your charming city, of your sunshine and perfect weather, of your fruits and fowers, of your open-hearted, refined, cultured hospitality, will remain with us as a delightful recollection long after this beautiful south-land has passed from our vision. It will not be uninteresting for you all to know that the enrollment at this meeting is the largest in the history of this association, and that every one of the multitude which has crossed the borders of this golden state has fallen in love with it. I can only wish that the influence of this meeting for good may be as deep as the memory of its pleasures, and that the good people of Los Angeles and vicinity will think of us in days to come with somewhat of the same pleasure with which we shall think of them.
I now take pleasure in transferring to my successor in office the guidance of this body of educators, the greatest and most influential educational association in the world. I am sure that under the leadership of my distinguished friend from Ohio this organization will make rapid strides onward in the great work in which it is engaged. Permit me to introduce to you your newly elected President, Hon. O. T. Corson, of Ohio, to whom I now surrender the gavel.
PRESIDENT O. T. Corson : Mr. Chairman, Members of the National Educational Association, Ladies and Gentlemen:
In expressing to you my grateful appreciation of the honor which comes to me with this introduction, I am not unmindful of the fact that along with that honor come grave responsibilities -- responsibilities that I would neither care nor dare to assume if I did not have an abiding faith in the unswerving loyalty of the membership of this great association to its highest and best interests — a loyalty which I know is a positive guaranty that you will extend to the incoming administration that helpful sympathy and cordial co-operation without which failure is inevitable, and with which success may be possible. I thank you for the confidence you have reposed in me, and beg you to give to us your co-operation, so that this great association may continue its great work.
I feel, Mr. President, at this moment that there is but one appropriate thing for me to do, and that is to return to you this emblem of power, that you may close this association, over which you have presided with such honor, such dignity, and such satisfaction. I beg to assure you, sir, that along with this return go the best wishes of the teachers of the United States; and along with this return go also our congratulations upon the great success of this great meeting.
After the singing of "America ” by the audience, the benediction was pronounced by Dr. Nathan C. Schaeffer, of Pennsylvania, and the meeting was adjourned by President Lyte. IRWIN SHEPARD,
E. ORAM LYTE,
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, LOS ANGELES, CAL. — TUESDAY, JULY 11, 12 M.
The Board of Directors of the National Educational Association met in the Directors'
The following directors were present :
E. Oram Lyte, Pennsylvania; I. C. McNeill, Wisconsin; Nicholas Murray Butler, New York; Aaron
Director Gove moved that the reading of the minutes of the last meeting be dispensed
The resignation of Director Gastman, of Illinois, was read, and upon motion was accepted. The informal resignation of Director Kirk, of Missouri, was read, and upon motion accepted, and W. G. Carrington was elected to fill the vacancy. Director Gove moved that the resignation of Director Bass, of Mississippi, be accepted, and that R. B. Fulton, of that state, be elected director in his stead. Carried.
Treasurer I. C. McNeill presented his annual report.
Director Butler called attention to the increased revenue of the association thru the office of permanent Secretary.
The Secretary reported that two of the terminal lines at Washington, D. C., had not yet closed their accounts for last year, and that an additional $1,000 could be expected from that source.
Director Bartholomew moved that the Treasurer's report be accepted and ordered printed in the minutes. Seconded.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, A. G. Lane, stated that the report of the Treasurer had been examined by the trustees and found to be correct.
Director Bartholomew's motion was then carried
Director Lane, chairman of the Board of Trustees, presented the report of the Board of Trustees, explaining the various items in effect as follows:
Altho there has been default in the payment of interest on $9,300 of Kansas bonds, upon careful investigation, in which we have been greatly aided by J. N. Wilkinson, of Emporia, Kan., we are convinced that the final loss on the principal will not be very great.
The Board of Trustees has voted to accept a proposition to receive 50 per cent. of the amount due from the city of South Hutchinson, its bond being for $1,000. South Hutchinson is a disorganized city. Business houses have been removed, and it is impossible, under the existing laws, to raise revenue enough to pay the interest on the bond. The board also reports that judgment has been obtained against Seward county for interest on a bond of $1,000, and has voted to accept a compromise on the past interest due and on the rate of interest, on condition that an annual levy be made to retire a part of the principal. It is believed that the full amount of the principal of the Seward county bond will be obtained.
The Grant county bonds, amounting to $2,000, and the Lane county bonds, amounting to $3,000, are in default in payment of interest, and suit will probably be necessary to secure payment.
On motion of Mr. Gove, of Denver, the report of the Board of Trustees was approved, and ordered printed in the volume of proceedings,
At the suggestion of Director Butler, it was ordered that the statement of the compromises in cases of defaulting bonds, as made by Mr. Lane, be inserted in the minutes.
Director Fulton suggested that the date of purchase of each bond be entered in the report. The suggestion was accepted without dissent.
Director Greenwood moved that the report of the trustees be received and approved, and printed in the next annual volume.
Pending action, Director Lane reported that Director L. D. Harvey, of Madison, Wis., had been appointed as auditor to examine all of the securities held by the association, and that he would make his report later.
Director Gove called attention to the obligation which was due to the Board of Trustees by the association for its careful management of the financial matters of the association.
Director White, of Ohio, suggested that the motion of Director Greenwood be changed by inserting the words “subject to the approval of the auditor.” The suggestion was accepted by Director Greenwood, and the motion, as so modified, was duly carried.
L. S. Thompson, of New Jersey, by permission, addressed the board concerning the Committee on Course of Study in Art Education, which had been appointed at Washington by the Art Department, and asked that an appropriation be granted to enable it to complete its work. Upon request, the Secretary read the resolution passed by the board at its last meeting concerning the reference of applications for appropriations to the Council. Director Gove moved that the proposition be put into written form and referred to the Council for recommendation. Carried.
Director Lane offered the following:
Resolved, That the President of the National Educational Association is hereby instructed to convey the thanks of the directory of the association to the Central Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Los Angeles, Cal., for the beautiful national flag presented by that organization to the National Educational Association.
The resolution was adopted.
Director Butler announced that an unofficial message had been received from the peace conference at The Hague, stating that it had been successful in its labors in behalf of arbitration, and offered the following resolution, which was adopted :
Resolved, That the President of the National Educational Association be requested to send the following telegram of congratulation on behalf of the association to the American delegates to the peace conference now in session at The Hague: "ANDREW D. WHITE,
Chairman American Delegation to Peace Conference, The Hague, Holland: ** The National Educational Association, in convention assembled, tenders American delegation to peace conference heartiest congratulations on success which has attended their noble efforts in behalf of principle of arbitration."
Miss Estelle Reel presented a petition, signed by twenty-five active members, for the formation of a department of Indian education. Secretary Shepard read the petition and the names of the signers, as follows: To the Honorable Board of Directors of the National Educational Association:
We, the undersigned active members, respectfully petition that the Indian School Service Institute be made a department of the National Educational Association, to be called the Department of Indian Education. C. W. GOODMAN, Superintendent Nicholas MURRAY BUTLER, Colum- L. C. GREENLEE, Denver, Colo.
Chilocco Industrial School, bia University, New York, J. M. GREENWOOD, Kansas City,
D. C. N. M.
J. H. COLLINS, Springfield, Ill. E. W. Coy, Cincinnati, O. S. M. McCOWAN, Phoenix, Ariz. J. A. FOSHAY, Los Angeles, Cal. C. H. AMES, Boston, Mass. 1. C. MCNEILL, West Superior, EDWARD T. PIERCE, Los Angeles, J. F. KEATING, Pueblo, Colo.
J. H. Miller, Lincoln, Neb. A. G. LANE, Chicago, Ill.
Ed. F. HERMANNS, Denver, Colo. G. W. A. LUCKEY, Lincoln, Neb. A, W. CLANCY, Chicago, Ill. G. B. MORRISON, Kansas City, Mo. F. A. FITZPATRICK, Boston, Mass. E. O. LYTE, Millersville, Pa.
Director Butler explained that the government allowed a sum for an annual convention of Indian schools which was sufficient for the expenses of the new department.
Director Greenwood moved that the petition be allowed and the department created. The motion was duly seconded.
Director Soldan wished time for further consideration of this petition, and suggested that the matter be referred to the Executive Committee with power to act.
Director E. E. White stated that, if the new department was created, the proceedings should be printed in the volume as those of any other department.
Miss Reel replied that Congress empowered her to print the proceedings of the Indian school convention, and that she would furnish copies to all members of the National Educational Association.
Director Gove asked what real advantage it would be to the Indian schools if a new department was created under these conditions.
Miss Reel answered that there would be a great advantage to the Indian school workers in the fact of being members of the National Educational Association, and in being assured of the fellow-feeling and sympathy of other teachers.
Director Carrington asked if there was anything to prevent the Indian teachers from becoming members of the National Educational Association under the present conditions.
Director Greenwood spoke of the advantage to them with respect to railroad rates, providing they were a part of the National Educational Association.
Director White made a suggestion to insert the word "affiliated " before the word "department” in Director Greenwood's motion.
Director Fulton urged that it should be a full department, if created at all.
Director Gove explained that an “affiliated department” would be a department without official connection with the association, similar to the relations at present sustained by the National Herbart Society.
Director Beardshear, of lowa, claimed that the additional expense to the association should not be considered in this matter; the National Educational Association is large enough to include all departments of educational work.
Director White moved to amend Director Greenwood's motion by inserting the word “affiliated.” Seconded.
Director Bartholomew asked the chair if a proposal to create an "affiliated department” was in order. The chair ruled that, according to the constitution, Director White's amendment was not in order.
The original motion of Director Greenwood was called for and carried.
Resolved, That the Board of Directors of the National Educational Association learns with profound grief of the deplorable railway accident at Newman on yesterday morning, whereby Mrs. Lena Thomas, of Seneca Falls, N. Y., and Miss Addie Harris, of St. Louis, Mo., members of the association, lost their lives, and many others were severely wounded, and which has passed such a pall over the deliberations of the association.
Resolved, That the Secretary of the association be instructed to express to the bereaved and suffering friends the heartfelt sympathy of the profession in all parts of the land.
The motion to adopt was carried by a rising vote.
The Secretary reported that By-Law No. 1, which provided for the appointment of a committee on nominations at the third session of the meeting, and also for a meeting of the active members to nominate members of the nominating committee at 2 P. M. on the second day of the meeting, were conflicting provisions, since, under the arrangement of meetings for the present year, the third session occurred before 2 P. M. on the second day. He had, therefore, acting under the advice of some members of the Executive Committee, taken the responsibility of changing the time for the meeting of the active members to 5:30 P. M. on Tuesday, the first day of the convention, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. He asked the board to take action upon this matter.
Director Gove recommended that alterations in the by-laws be made, and moved that the Secretary be instructed to formulate the same and present them to the active members at the annual meeting. Seconded and carried.
Director Bartholomew moved to approve the action of the Secretary in making the announcements in the program of the time for the meetings of active members. Seconded and carried.
Director Butler offered the following resolution as a standing order, and moved its adoption :
Resolved, That the following standing order be adopted, until further action by the Board of Directors, to govern the printing and distribution of special reports on educational subjects issued by authority of the National Educational Association:
Of all such reports there shall be printed an edition of 1,000 copies, to be distributed by the Secretary of the National Educational Association, in conference with the chairman of the special committee making the report ; such distribution to be without charge.
Additional editions shall be printed under the direction of the Secretary and offered for sale at a price sufficient to cover the cost of printing and postage; such price to be fixed by the Secretary in conference with the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees.
Director Taylor, of Kansas, suggested that some provision should be made whereby larger editions for gratuitous distribution might be published when it seemed desirable.
Director Butler modified his resolution, with the consent of the second, by introducing the words "unless the Executive Committee otherwise orders ” after the words “an edition of 1,000 copies.” Carried.
Director Lane moved that J. H. Collins be elected as director from Illinois, vice E. A. Gastman, resigned. Seconded and carried.
Director Butler presented the matter of a division of the Department of Manual and Industrial Education, and submitted documents relating to the same, moving to lay these upon the table, expressing the hope that some action might be taken upon them at a later meeting of the Board of Directors. Carried.
A motion to adjourn was made, seconded, and carried. IRWIN SHEPARD,
E. ORAM LYTE, Secretary.